Best Survivor Players

Top ten greatest players to ever play the American reality show, Survivor. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Parvati Shallow - Winner - Micronesia
While I think she is a good player, Parvati is a bit overrated, especially for her game in Micronesia. He is attributed with the blindsides of Ozzy, Jason, Alexis, Erik, Natalie and was called the "leader" of the black widow brigade. I believe most people believe she was the leader of this alliance because she created it which does earn her some strategic credit. However, making an alliance is great but to be the leader you have to be the decision maker on who goes home. In that aspect her game lacked. Cirie had the idea to blindside ozzy not parvati and organized the votes to do it so she should get the credit. The decision to blindside Jason was pretty unanimous, they had all the votes, all they had to do was make sure he didn't play the idol since he went to exile (a potentially dumb move on Natalie's part to send him to exile knowing she wanted him out and knowing there was an idol there)but all they had to do was reassure him he wasn't playing the idol in the first place. She did have the idea to blindside Alexis instead of Natalie at Final 6 but it really didn't matter who went. Amanda did the work to make sure they were in fact voting for her (Another dumb move by Cirie, Natalie, Alexis, and Erik by TELLING HER that they were voting for her knowing she had been to exile, of course she was going to say she didn't find it). The plan to make erik give up immunity was proposed by cirie, thought up by cirie, and executed by Cirie (remember after talking to Natalie Erik still didn't want to give up immunity but after talking to cirie he felt guilty) so cirie deserves credit for that. Finally the elimination of Natalie was a consensus decision. After analyzing it, Cirie was the real player of FvF other than making the alliance, parvati didn't do much but be a loyal vote.
Parvati is the best Survivor player ever. While some criticize her flirty ways in cook islands she managed to go relatively far even when she was on the outs. In FvF she decimated. If you watch tribal councils in the final 4 and 5 every suspects Amanda to take home the million. However between those tribals and final tribal Parvati manages to put herself in the perfect spot to win. It is more or less accepted that two of the best moves on survivor history were when Parvati handed out two idols to her fellow villains and of course Erik's tragic blindside. Both of these moves Parvati played an essential role in. In HvV Parvati had a target on her back from literally day one. Somehow, though a whole tribe was focused on getting her out, she managed to make it to final tribal. She never managed to get paranoid and ended up playing not one but two idols for her tribe (an underrated move in my opinion). To those that suggest she just let Russell make the moves let me point out that this move was unknown to Russell. I know many Rob and Russel supporters say Rob should of won All stars and Russell should of won Samoa. While both men played brilliant games in those seasons no matter what anyone says they did not win and Parvati did. Rob played flawless in redemption island. That is undeniable, but the skill level of his competitors was in no way as high a caliber as Amanda, Ozzy, and Cirie (who Parvati beat in FvF) and Rupert, Colby, Amanda, Rob himself, and Russell (who Parvati beat in HvV). Parvati makes bold moves, she dominates challenges, she has mastered the social game, and she won unlike Russell and took only two seasons to do it. Parvati is the queen of survivor!


Watching the FvF season, she is magical. Never bitchy, always cunning, always playing and always smiling. She had fun every season she was out there and won the respect of chauvinists like Coach, Russell, Jonathon based on her strategic/physical play. She never flies under the radar, she manages to make the bold plays to keep herself in the game. Case in point if you have Russell vs. Parv - remember when she played her 2 idols and gave one to Jerri, one to Sandra and saved her whole tribe in one fell swoop? The look on Russell's face said it all.

Parv rules!
[Newest]A coherent combination of physical ability, mental capacity, strategy, confidence, and flirtatiousness.
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2Rob Mariano - Runner Up - All Stars
Rob is the best. To me, he won twice, the first one was just conceded to his wife. The second win was epic, to win when you should be the biggest target proves your the best. Russell made it to the finals two season in a row, but made people so mad, that he couldn't win. He was definitely my favorite to watch. Had to see what he was going to do next. Third is Parvati, she is not good looking, but her looks are personality just draws you in, and you start to think she is better and better looking. You want her around longer and vote out other people. Bring two idols to tribal council and saving her alliance and changing up the whole game was one of the best moves ever. Next is Sandra who won twice, but I just think she is at right place right time, but to do it twice is pretty impressive. Coming in Fifth is Richard Hatch. He started it all, jumping off the final immunity to eat, knowing, either of the remaining players would take him to final two, that was amazing. My top five list is Rob, Russell, Parvati, Sandra, & Richard. I believe this is the most accurate list.
Rob Mariano is by far the best survivor in history. Russell "beating" him in Heroes v. Villains? Yeah, that never happened--he would've been out only a few weeks in had it not been for Tyson. Rob has played flawless strategic games and has proved himself to be physically and mentally dominant over all. He carried Amber to victory in All Stars, was robbed of playing more in Heroes v. Villains, and embarrassed every single player in Redemption Island. He is strong, charming, and smart--and he outwits, outplays and outlasts every other survivor in history
Rob has showed that he's the best because he controls what people think and do. Although I love how Russell plays the game, at the end it was all the same, over and over, from season to season.
[Newest]Rob is by far the best player who ever played in survivor. He should be number 1
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3Russell Hantz - Runner Up - Samoa
First of all, Russell is not even close to a great player. People seem to credit him as the only reason that the Galus lost, but Natalie was the one that made the first move with the Erik vote. Russell didn't believe Natalie turned things around, so he used his idol. The target before Erik was Jaison, so if Natalie didn't make the Erik vote happen, then only the would be left, the Kelly vote would have been the same but the time Laura was voted out, without Jaison it wouldn't be possible because John only flipped because he was scared of the rocks, so then all the Foa Foas would be voted out. Also, all of the Foa Foa Four were responsible for Shambo flipping, therefore Russell only has the Kelly vote for himself, meanwhile, he was treating all of the jury members like garbage, and claimed that he singlehandedly controlled everyone. And the funniest thing is that Natalie had other options to go to the end especially after Kelly was voted out, she could've gone along with the Galu girls, Laura and Monica to the final three, but she stayed with Russell because she knew she could beat him. In the end, Natalie deserved a lot more than Russell especially because she could get the votes of the jury, which is the point of the entire game. Also America can't vote for the winner because we see an hour of up to the days, we don't have to live with the people and we really only saw the game from Russell's perspective in Samoa, therefore we can't see all the variables that came into play in Samoa. Also Russell made a million different promises that he didn't intend to keep especially with Brett, he made an alliance with him on day 38 after he won the immunity challenge, but, if he was smart, he wouldn't want to go near to the end because Brett was the last Galu left. His game in H v V was even more abysmal, he and Parvati alienated themselves from the tribe early on, and only survived because no one liked Randy and Tyson messed up the split vote because he overthought the vote and really wanted Parvati to be voted out, he continued to alienate Sandra and Courtney by saying he wants to vote them off, to their faces, then he turned on Coach for no good reason because Sandra tricked him, he continued to treat Courtney and Sandra like crap. After the whole J.T. thing, he and Parvati would alienate the rest off the heroes by laughing loudly at J.T. 's letter, he continued to alienate Amanda, then he promised Candice the end only for her to be subsequently voted off, then he tried to separate Parvati and Danielle because they were too close, it made no sense because it was a final three, and Parvati made it clear their only chance was against another villain when there happened to be one that one of them could beat in their alliance, and after Russell initiated the plan and they cleared the air, he attacked during tribal council and made her cry, and just to run salt in the wound, he voted her out. Then at the final six, he decided to make an alliance with Rupert and Colby, two people whom he would never beat against a jury, and at the tribal that Rupert was voted out, when Sandra played the idol, the jury was visibly cheering for her, anyone who was smart would realize that people wanted her to win, but someone who he promised final three was voted out again, and then another person he promised final three was voted in Colby. Right before the final tribal council, Russell had a choice between Sandra and Jerri, he chose the person that people were cheering for despite Parvati's advice, a former winner, against it, and then another of Russell's final three promises was voted. Then Russell had to go along and say that he didn't need luck and he was above the game further alienating the jury. He didn't treat them with respect, and therefore didn't play a good game. In RI, Russell used the same exact tactics. But this time he became so unbearable that his tribe didn't want him around anymore, so that didn't reflect a good game at all. Natalie and Sandra deserved their wins because they made all the right decisions to get the jury's votes and the whole point of the game isn't too get to the end, but it's to get to the end and win the jury's votes, if you fail to do that then you don't deserve to win. Russell doesn't belong on this list, and if you want to read more on this, just look up the fall of Russell Hantz pt. 1 and 2.


Russell is the king of survivor for making survivor what it is today. His victory went beyond simply getting to the end;instead went to rival over all through outwitting, outplaying, and outlasting those who failed to see his greatness out of despise and jealousy. His vigorous and almost clairvoyant game-play made not only the survivors tremble in confusion but also had the viewers waiting for more of his "evil" magic. Clearly Russel is highly intelligent although he cannot be a superior man by definition due to the virtuousness and righteousness qualifications needed as stated by Confucius;Russel can be king. Boston Rob and Russel Hantz had a lot in common in terms of gameplay, however, Boston Rob does not hold a candle to Russell because of his inability to highlight the numbers. Rob sees his fellow survivors as numbers, while Russell sees them as pawns capable of damage through his influence to rival the numbers. This key feature is what put Russell above others, especially in a numbers game. Moreover, his... Immunity idols...
Was ripped off in Samoa and again (Though to a lesser extent) in Heros vs Villains, Utterly controlled the game in Samoa and did similar in H vs V, and only didn't win both seasons because the jury was too bitter to reward good gameplay. The master of mind games, always seemed to know exactly what to do in order to manipulate the situation at hand and almost always got things the way he wanted. (If you need examples of that, just look all through Samoa and especially at the Boston Rob and Danielle eliminations in H vs V) The ultimate supervillain of survivor.
[Newest]Russel Hantz is the Greatest villain of all time. He lies, steals and cheats and is very good at it. I personally love villains, he is the king of the villains.

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4Sandra Diaz-Twine - Winner - Pearl Islands
Sandra is the greatest player ever. She won twice, which is very impressive because she only played two times. She is a liability in challenges, but this is best survivor players, not best challenge winners. She's very good at lying because she speaks her mind so often that people think she always tells the truth, so when she lies, nobody can tell. She's also good at changing peoples votes even when they're not in her alliance, like in heros vs. Villains when she made russel's alliance change their vote. People always underestimate her until she makes it to the end, where she blows away the jury in final tribal council to the point where they can't vote for anyone but her. I would love to see her in another all-star season.

Why did Russel win? The only reason he made it to the end twice is because people brought him there because they knew they could easily beat him in the final vote. That's why Sandra, Parvati, and Natalie are great players, and Russel is not. Russel sucks! Go Rob!
Sandra has won twice, and still is not believed to be the best player. This fact only accentuates her skill which is to this day unmatched. She always does whats needed for her to survive another day, never more and never less. Others do more or less, where when they do more the jury turn on them, and when less they get voted out. She is honest and outspoken, which fools other contestants to believe the jury wont like her. But they do. Sandra rarely have to defend her actions because she is consistent in her game play, and pretty much bring her reasoning out in the open.

Because Sandra is still underestimated she stands a good chance to win again if there was another all star season. My favorite player ever.
Won twice, let other players take the bullets while she stayed out of the line of fire, made lasting relationships with fellow players which allowed her to get crucial jury votes, and knew exactly who's name to write down and when, while making important moves behind the scenes. Simple as that.
[Newest]Even with Jeff Disliking her she still manages to win
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5Yul Kwon - Winner - Cook Islands
1) Yul should automatically be in front of Parvati as he ousted her in the season they played together. Parvati wasn't even a threat in that season because Yul was too smart for her.

2) Yul should be in front of Rob because it took Rob four seasons to finally win the game and it only took Yul one. And people seem to forget that Rob didn't do anything the first season he played. He was gone early.


3) Russell is a great player but he still hasn't won the game because he pissed everyone off. He got a lot of help from hidden immunity idols too. Yul is easily the best player that I have seen.
Yul is the best strategic player out there. He totally should have been in another season.
How is russel number 1 if he never won? Yul was the ultimate player
[Newest]Yul was brilliant! Ranks high for me

6Todd Herzog - Winner - China
He should be higher. He was brilliant, and knew how to keep his allies from flipping, and decieved them in such a way that they still liked him enough to vote for him in the end. His brilliance at the last tribal council didn't hurt either.


Todd absolutely dominated his season, and I'm not sure if he should be # 3 or if Parvati should be, but to me these two are pretty well tied.


Great game all around. Text book final tribal council. Hands down, amazing player.

7Cirie Fields - 4th Place - Exile Island
Whenever she was in jeopardy, she pulled some sort of strategic move in order to stay safe. This continued until she wasn't in jeopardy anymore.

When it was a toss-up between her and Melinda, Melinda continued to use the phrase "I'll be pissed! " at tribal council, while Cirie cried and explained how dissapointing it would be to have to leave. Who would you vote for? Filled with kindess and "I'm sorry", she quickly made it to the Final 4 after pulling one of the brightest number moves and eliminating Courtney.

This continued in Micronesia, although her couch-mother strategy was changed to a more strategic game. She managed to blindside person after person including Yau-Man, Joel, Ami, Ozzy, Jason, Erik, and finally Natalie.

Despite her performance in Heroes vs. Villains, she is the ultimate strategic player and is able to analyze you and boot you off with a sweet smile and a funny laugh.
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The queen of the under the radar strategy has proven that you don't have to be the leader in order to get things done. In Survivor Micronesia, Cirie has proven that if she wants you gone, you're toast.
[Newest]She was like Danielle from Big Brother 3 and All Stars probably the smartest player to have never won and I wish she could've won Fans. Vs. Faves

8Kimberly Spradlin - Winner - One World
Won individual immunity four times. She won the trust of everyone and convinced everyone who was voted out that she was aligned with them. Blindsided every single member of the jury and still won their votes in the end.
Not flawless. A great player, but she made a few dumb moves, including an emotional decision to get rid of Kat, reducing her Salani numbers to 3 against the 3 Manono (who, at the time, played to force a tie against the 3 Salani). Also, she kept her hidden immunity idol as a souvenir when she needed to use it to protect her ally Chelsea (in not doing so, she risked losing Chelsea's trust, who knew she had the idol; and she also risked the other three players booting Chelsea that round and then Kim the next round). She also could have thrown challenges after the switch to protect the Salani numbers... she didn't and was only saved because Colton left. Other than that, great player.
She was so good at lying while still having everyone like her!

9Richard Hatch - Winner - Borneo
Yes, he was the first Survivor winner. Yes, he "invented" the game. But let's face it: He was playing against a bunch of morons.
He created the way Survivor was played. His innovations are still being used today, above everyone else's
I still think he's better than every Survivor player he changed the way this game will be played forever.
[Newest]He is the inventor of Survivor!

10J.T. - Winner - Tocantins
Okay in Tocantins nobody ever voted for him at all, he played a perfect game, in fact, Brendan accutally wanted him to win. He wanted to help J. T (even though in that same episode we see Brendan getting voted off but whatever he is a huge fan. ) J. T played the one of the best games ever in the Tocantins, in Heroes vs. Villians his niceness and having Russell play back-to-back seasons and all the castaways not actually being able to see him in action was good for Russell bad for everyone else.
He was seriously hot and amazing guy. I loved the way toward the end, some people even knew he was going to win, but they took him to the end anyway. All without even trying. He was just the best.
Great winner in Tocantins! Really bad in heros vs villians... Jury is out!

The Contenders

11Oscar (Ozzy) Lusth - 2nd Place - Cook Islands
Ozzie is my favourite player of all time. Yul won that season, and deserved to win for playing the best strategic game. But Ozzie was equally deserving as he played the best physical game. If you remember, this was the season when the teams were divided into cultures: Caucasion, Latino, Asian, and African-American. When there was a mutiny, both Candice and Jonathon went back to their own team, leaving Ozzie, Yul, Sundra, and Becky in a team of 4 against the team of 8, which included Parvati who took another two tries at the game before winning. Because of the fabulous way Ozzie and Yul played, the underdog team of 4 took it right to the end. Yul got 5 votes against Ozzie's 4, but Ozzie won the car. They got to the end without scheming and lying, and cleaned the faces of the stronger team of 8. Both Yul and Ozzie should be much higher than the likes of manipulative Parvarti, and controlling Boston Rob.
The game is outwit, outplay, outlast, NOT outLIE, outMANIPULATE, or outSCREW... This game was meant to be who can survive on their own the longest, not a high school campus. It bothers me that people gave the price to Yul over ozzie and Parvarti over Amanda (granted Amanda needs to own it) both were taken BY them and at THEIR mercy, period. outwit is getting yourself sent to redemption island to outplay the competitor, to get back in and have the numbers to outlast the rest. The problem is that in the first season ever richard showed his true colors and ruined the perception of the game forever. the bottom line is that million dollars or not NO ONE could be a SURVIVOR like ozzy is. He is number one in my book, because he is the ONLY ONE yes ONLY ONE worthy to carry the name SURVIVOR
Best performing player in the Survivor: South Pacific... Deserves to win the game... He fought all the way to survive, winning every challenge and every competitor that came in his way... The only reason he lost: He did not win the final immunity challenge and other contestants need to get rid of him or else he will definitely win the USD1mil if he gets to the final 3! Well played Ozzy!
[Newest]Ozzie is fabulous at one third of the game! Not enough

12Malcolm Freberg - 4th Place - Philippines
Why survivor producers? You people designed the final immunity challenge for Malcom to lose. Why do that? I would think that as a producer, you would want to prevent this? Anyways, if you think about any positive aspect that you want to see in a survivor, Malcom had most of that quality. The sad thing is, other survivor contestants will be VERY aware of this.
So much potential! Played great for most of the game then... Gone. He could have prevented that & won. So let down. I wanted him to win, I cheered for him, I prayed for him but somehow all the work/effort gone in a moment when he could not give Denise an answer. It was so disappointing... MALCOLM!
He played a strong game both times. The only reason he was eliminated from either season was that he was a threat to win! He managed to carry his Three Amigos alliance into the merge and got both of them farther in the game.

13Amanda Kimmel - 3rd Place - China
She Came runner up twice. She Would have won, though she was bad at final tribal councel in Survivor China. She went staright into Micronesia, without seeing survivor China, So she couldn't fix her FTC Mistakes. She Was a powerhouse on Survivor Heroes vs villains, but she only lost because the heroes sucked at strategy. She was a big target at the merge, and that's why she got eliminated. Russell Hantz called her the female version of Boston Rob
Amanda orchestrated the blindside on James in China and Alexis in FvF she deserves credit where credit is due. She also plays great strategic and social game every time, her only fault is her jury answers.
Amanda is a very good player. She knows who to make alliances with and for how long should she keep it. She could have won both china and micronesia if she only had better jury answers.
[Newest]She is my all time favorite! And I think she should be higher

14Tom Westman - Winner - Palau
Are you kidding? 27th? He played a perfect game. First he led his team to the most dominant immunity challenge streak ever. Won individual immunities. Then he got rid of his greatest threats in order. Coby, Stephenie and Greg. Then at the end in the greatest final immunity challenge ever he guilted the only person that could maybe of beaten him into quiting. what? Dominated physically. Dominated socially. Dominated strategically and mentally. Never lost his cool. Never got into trouble. Always maintained control and managed jury votes. He should of won a clean sweep but Coby voted for the other person just to be different. Even more dominant than Boston Robs Redemption Island win.
The best all-round player ever. He was the leader of the most dominant tribe in survivor history. He ran the show with his social and physical game. He was a provider for the camp. He was tough as nails in the elements without any sign of weakness or wearyness. He made all the right strategic moves for a decissive victory.


Far and away the Best Player ever to play the game. A true leader, dominant in challenges and a winner.

15Chris Daugherty - Winner - Vanuatu
Definitely in the top ten of all time. To start so weak and then to survive and win over the woman's alliance... That was absolutely incredible and he does not get the credit he deserves. Very smart mental player who should have been in at least one of the "all-star" seasons.


I think Chris is very underrated. As is the season. Even Probst said that this was one of his favorite winners. Chris played a great social game and played every single person while laughing and making jokes. Hell he won even though there were 6 girls against his 4 guys and it's true, he was saved by Twila, but every winner needs that once in a while. Every winner has been saved by an alliance or fellow contestant before. This guy is great.
Opposite of Amanda Kimmel for jurors, but a great physical player and gave better BS than Tom Westman, and that's saying something
[Newest]So lucky! Kinda smart, liked some of his efforts but hard to watch. He was lucky.

16Stephenie LaGrossa - Runner Up - Guatemala
She was more recognising on the bad parts of her game then the good like James getting her voted out saying "she was bad luck" which isn't fair her tribe won a lot of challenges in Guatemala. she dislocating her shoulder but was still seeing how hard she fought in that challenge showers her strength and in her endurance challenge in Guatemala was unbelievable and also was not fair because Danni was taller then her making it easier to reach the rope. people didn't vote for Danni they voted against Stephanie.
She made it to be the last person left on her tribe twice, and the first time, it happened before they even merged. She outlasted more tribal councils than the winner, and then in Guatemala, she came back with a vengeance, knocking out any allies at any time, and controlling everything the way she wanted. Unfortunately for her, the jury of Guatemala were still holding grudges, and gave the money to another worthy player, Danni.
Her game in Palau was AMAZING she definitely could've beaten any body even Tom at the final tribal council

17Rob Cesternino - 3rd Place - Amazon
He was a great player and a credit to all of the other players in the horrendous amazon season. He called the shots on who when t home and when. He also brought humor and fun to the amazon season, unfortunately his time was cut short on All Stars
He was the original Survivor nerd and he proved it for being the most intelligent player in the early seasons. He basically invented blindsides because in the previous five seasons Nearly,90% of the voted out knew they were going home
The "best player to never win" made it to the final three by flip flopping alliances more times than had ever been done.

18Brenda Lowe - 9th Place - Nicaragua
By far my favorite survivor player ever to play from the seasons I have seen (only a few). I really wish she won Survivor: Caramoan but there is always another chance. Now she is pregnant and is ready for a whole new adventure. Brenda is the best!
Probably better than Parvati when it comes to physical strength. But I like them both. I hope for a showdown like Heroes vs. Villains 2. Brenda for the hero and Parvati for the villain.
She was beautiful and kicked ass in challenges. One of the sexiest and exotic woman to be on survivor. Gotta love the Asian beauty.
[Newest]Most beautiful! Physically dominant. A couple bad choices/luck otherwise she's a winner!

19Amber Brkich - Winner - All Stars
Amber is not the least worthy winner! She won. Let it go people.
In amazing race as well


20Yau-Man Chan - 4th Place - Fiji
One of the players that deserved to win a million. He used the idol in a right time. He honored his words with other contestants. He is forgiving, after Dreamz not giving his word to Yau, Yau still forgave him. Yet, still he is underrated, Yau should have a spot in returning to survivor again, in Fiji he is the only one that brightens the heart of those watch that season. So sad that he did not last longer in Micronesia, He is so likable that Cirie wanted him out immediately even though the rest of his tribemates did not want him go. And, after he got voted out he is still a good sport in the end. Hopefully we will see Yau in future survivor seasons, it's nice to watch good heart people in the show again.
While probably not THE BEST player ever, he had the potential to be, and at 61 still could win a season if they brought him back, which is not unlikely.
Got robbed by dreams who wouldn't his necklace away. Super smart
[Newest]He might not have won the game, but he won our hearts!

21Tony Vlachos - Winner - Cagayan
Might not be the most likeable guy every, but he did play an amazing game. He worked harder to win then a lot of other people who played in the past.
Tony belongs with Richard Hatch, Rob, Russell, Parvati and even Tom Westman the best players do ever play.
Played a genius game!

22John Cochran
Like good wine, John got better with time! Hated the first flip flop on his first season... Hard to watch. Became lethal his second season, great confessionals... Like his win
I love Cochran, he is so smart a student of the game and an amazing winner! This guy is so worth 1 million dollars.
One of the most deadliest villains, he turned on his tribe at season 23 and had his tribe eliminated almost one by one, then on season 26, he pulled off the most cruel blindside EVER: Brenda's Blindside.
[Newest]He was very funny

23Tina Wesson - Winner - Australian Outback
Doesn't deserve to be in the top ten but is very underrated. She orchestrated Mitchell's blindside by flipping Colby getting her Keith and Colby in power which led to them becoming the final 3. She and Colby also decided when to take out amber and jerri so they'll still have the majority.
This sweet southern nurse knew how to scheme with a smile. Her biggest accomplishment? Getting Colby to take her to the final two over the unlikeable, completely beatable Keith.
Almost the Second Two-Time Winner

24Danni Boatwright - Winner - Guatemala
With a sly smile and cunning sneakiness, Danni showed that it is possible to survive after your entire alliance has been voted out.
you made a great job in guatemala...
Under rated! Sly, cunning, athletic, social & stanama in a very physically draining season! Love to see her play again

25Earl Cole - Winner - Fiji
A highly underrated winner. Earl is one of the few players that worked side by side with another and knew when the right time was to cut them off. He also never had to win immunity, got every jury vote, and only got one vote against him the entire time. If there were to be an all winners season, I would bet on Earl to win in a heartbeat.
Yau Man my choice. Can live with Earle winning. Really difficult season but not my favorite.

26Bob Crowley - Winner - Gabon
This guy is one of the greats. I would put him at number three. That's how good his game was. I think Parvati is highly overrated. Bob, on the other hand, played a magnificent game while still being sophisticated. Plus, he wore his buff like a bow tie!
He is so under rated. He STARTED fake idols, which many player have tried to copy, but none of them look as good as bobs. Plus, go Maine! I was so shocked when almost half the votes went to the runner up.
Oldest survivor in history, also played an amazing strategic game, making easily the most convincing fake immunity idols of all time.
[Newest]Did not like Gabon! Bob best choice! Smart, liked his strategy.

27Jessica Sugar Kiper - 2nd Runner Up - Gabon
Good vs. Evil was the main priority for this pin-up model, who knew she could not win because she was hated by the jury, so she did the best she could to make sure a good person, particularly Bob Crowely, did win. She manipulated the game any way she could to make sure that happened, and it worked. Sugar was right about the jury hating her, but she was successful in getting Bob a million dollars.
Sugar... Randy... Need I say more!
She is so sweet

28Jerri Manthey - 8th Place - The Australian Outback
Jerri was the only player to go through heroes vs villains without making any ennemis... She was half a second from winning that final immunity challenge and if she would have won, she would of won the million. She went from being a so so player to one of the best the game has seen in heroes vs villains
Jerri made a huge turn around in gameplay in heroes vs. Villains... She was an inch away from a million dollars
She was suppose to be this huge villian but wasn't... Seriously lacking self awareness... Arrogant about her alliance which was non existent! So exhausted from her whining & food talk.

Became better in heros vs villians but mostly was seeking companionship with coach.

She should not play the game, nor provide commentary regarding the game! Sounds not nice but really her skill set needs to be redirected to something other than playing survivor or discussing survivor!

29Courtney Yates - 2nd place - China
She is Survivor's ultimate bitch. She is the smallest person to ever play Survivor and yet she manage to finish in second, ahead of Amanda. In Heroes vs Villains, she did get voted off but still made sure her only ally left in the game, Sandra, was going to win by manipulating the jury. If it wasn't for her, Parvati would of been the only person to win Survivor twice, not Sandra.
Personally courtney is my favorite I love that she is so funny and intellegent!
Loved her in China & Heros vs villians! Funny, intelligent, loyal, & she is the gold standard for the importance of the social component to survivor!
Courtney killed it!

30Spencer Bledsoe - Survivor Cagayan
When he predicted the Final Two I was just blown away. I liked him from the beginning and even when he was playing negatively you always knew he'd rather play honestly than deceptive. If anyone had the worst time in his season it was definitely this guy, one of the few players I want to come back and actually be put on a good tribe.
Jeff said he was going to be first out. He was proved wrong. His alliance was picked out one by one he still stayed in. He was so smart and cunning. Should have beat Tony. I almost cried when he got out.
He was so likable. All my family ever talks about is how spencer should have one the game. He was the underdog and predicted the whole thing. I died laughing when he called woo a dog.

31Ciera M. - Blood vs Water
An absolutely terrible Survivor player. She lucked and ducked through the entire pre-merge game, and then became Tyson's puppet. Then she made the idiotic decision to vote off her mother instead of teaming up with her mom and the new players to overthrow Tyson/Gervase/Monica. Then at final seven she had another chance to overthrow Tyson, but for some reason she betrayed Hayden, Caleb and Katie - and also betrayed any chance she had at winning. Sure, drawing rocks took guts but she wouldn't have NEEDED to draw rocks if she had just been willing to work with Caleb at the final seven. And her pitch to Monica was really weak; Monica was never going to flip because of high-school gossip.
Though I don't think Ciera is the best Survivor player ever, it is important to remember that from day 1 her and the other girls were targeted. Not only did she manage to survive, but she ended up becoming a dominant player in Survivor Blood Vs. Water. She took great lengths to prove her loyalty but was also unafraid to make strategic moves such as drawing stones and voting her mother out. I'd say easily one of the most underrated players in the game.
Cirie is simply the best. Outwit is her niche! Adore her. She should have been at final TC with Amanda! No doubt! She is so entertaining to watch, easy to cheer for. One of the few that should have won & would have but for a couple bad breaks!

32Stephen Fishbach - 2nd Place - Tocantins
The brains of the greatest bromance in Survivor history. Hero's vs. Villains proved what kind of strategic game JT had without Stephen.
Awful! Terrible! So intelligent but stupid on survivor. JT dragged him all the way to final TC! Really like Stephen discussing survivor but not playing the game.
Perhaps the poorest jury management in survivor history!

33Colby Donaldson - 2nd place - Australia
Colby is extremely strategic and athletic. He has amazing attributes both socially and physically. He plays a game with ethic and moral as he allowed Tina to be in the final three in season 2 and he should have won, but kept true to his alliance. A trustworthy, smart, strong man that has every right to win
He stuck with his alliance and was kind. In the end he could have one, if he had not chose Tina. But of course he stuck with his alliance. So kind, strong, and smart. Awesome player.
His Heroes vs Villains performance was the most pathetic that I ever saw.
[Newest]He should be higher! For God sake people named their kids after him! 😀😀

34Tyson Apostal - Winner - Blood vs Water
The guy was quite a character and added tons of laughs in Tocantins although he basically voted himself out in Heroes vs Villains. But in Blood vs. Water, he was a machine. When the merger happened, he proved time and time again he was the smartest player as well as dominating in challenges. He played, in my opinion, a pretty flawless game from Day 1 to 39. Won more challenges than any season 27 competitor, stuck to alliances, manipulated players like Monica and Sierra, and when he made it to the final tribal council, we all knew who would win. He won 7-1-0 with only Vytas voting for Monica. Tyson, based on his season 27 performance alone should be in the top ten players list because he took over the game start to finish.
Funniest player to win and one of the smartest. Domination is the only word worthy of describing of his winning season. In the final tribal council, the other players had nothing to say because he led the alliance and made all the moves. Plus Gervasse annoyed everyone and Monica was just so paranoid and naive.
I used to hate this guy, but I realized that in this game, you have to be manipulating and Tyson showed that off. While Tony Vlachos was the master of the immunity idols, Tyson was king of manipulation, and luck was always at his side. Now if he returns for another season, I'm Team Tyson.
[Newest]Never has a season been so thoroughly dominated

35Ethan Zohn - Winner - Africa
A huge physical threat as well as a great social threat. He also was able to be a leader in disguise with lex who got more votes because he seemed to be the person who was making the decisions. Also it didn't hurt that he was good looking and these qualities made him win survivor Africa
Really? 51st? He doesn't below here, in my opinion Ethan should be at the top ten. He played with integrity and strength.
One of the most undeserving winners. He only got to the end because Lex carried him.

36Aras Baskauskas - Winner - Panama
Yeah... Aras was hot. so very hot. and a great player, he made big moves while staying under the radar which is really difficult. he's one of those winners that were just so likeable in the end that no one could vote against him
Aras is great strategist and manipulator but not with a flashy gameplay.
34? Aras is the bomb, and I will love him forever. he's at least top 10.

37Natalie Bolton - 4th Place - Micronesia
Pulled off a big blindside with Jason, and with help from Cirie, pulled off the biggest blindside ever with Erik.
One of the greatest female survivors to not be an all-star. Also the original last fan standing.

38Alexis Jones - 6th Place - Micronesia

39Matty Whitmore - 4th- Gabon
Although he is generally not looked at as an all-star, he was the piece that held the weak foa foa tribe together. He was a fantastic challenger, and a great social player. He is without a doubt my favorite survivor to watch. He would have won, if he had defeated Bob in the sudden death challenge too.

40Deena Bennett - 8th Place - The Amazon

41Robert "Bob" Crowley - 1st Place - Gabon

42Shannon "Shambo" Waters - 6th Place - Samoa
Seriously number 42? She has the most potential of all the women in survivor to win but only got voted out because of Russells dark plan

43Jane Bright - 6th Place - Nicaragua
Jane was on the first season I ever watched of survivor I think she should be higher! 😃😃
Never judge a book by it's cover, Jane is a living testimate to this because she looks like an old lady, but, she did really well in challenges.

44Erik Reichenbach - 5th Place - Survivor: Micronesia
I love Erik but wish he did more in Caramoan.

45Brian Heidik - Winner - Thailand
Brian invented the strategy Boston Rob used in All-Stars and won with in Redemption Island. Only, Brian was much more dominant than Rob. The other contestants weren't even aware of how manipulative he was - they thought he voted them out because they were scheming against him when really he had always planned on the stabbing them in the back. He won the most individual challenges - despite throwing several of them. Including the car challenge. He also won several of the team challenges by himself. He only won 4-3, because he only needed four votes to win. Obtaining the other votes would just be a waste of his time and energy.
The first player to use the strategy of aligning with multiple individuals and promising them they were going to the end. Played a very covert game while playing up to the camera. Was very modest at tribal council, playing to the jury's ego by telling them each that he voted for them because he thought they were plotting against him. Ultimately brought the biggest loud mouth, Clay, to the end. A very underrated player!


He played so long ago that people forget how flawless his game was (or they just never saw his season), but he's leagues past nearly every player to ever play the game. The only other player in this list in the same echelon is Sandra Diaz-Twine. Tom Westman should be third.
[Newest]Very underrated player he understood the game and played it to perfection plus he make up the way he vote and now boston rob walks up and uses the same move

46Rafe Judkins - 3rd Place - Guatemala
Rafe should be before danni he played strategic and he was also good at individual challenges great player

47Phillip Sheppard - Runner Up - Redemption Island
Hilarious! He made me choke!


48Taj Johnson-George - 4th Place - Tocantins
She pulled her weight where ever she needed and showed she was never the weakest and for these things she was never targeted! She made it to the end and only lost to JT who we all know was going to take Stephen. She made a fake idol, a secret exile alliance (eh), a strong alliance of 3 that went up against 6 others and all made it to the end, and with all of this maintained a great social game and making sure if she made it to the end she would've gotten all the votes. And trust me she would've cleaned up at Final Trobal Council with then laugh out loud. Three words. Smart Stratigic Social
She made a fake idol people. Like really. Who thought of that one... Oh yea Taj did seems pretty smart to me
What did she do bad? (nothing) Had the most secret Survivor alliance ever!

49Hayden Moss - 6th Place - Blood vs. Water
Represented big brother well!

50Candice Cody - 8th Place - Cook Islands
I love candice 100%... the reason why I love watching survivor because of her... I think she was the strongest female player of all survivor seasons... No doubt.. Followed by andrea of redemption island.
Candice was called the strongest female on Survivor Heroes vs Villians by fellow contestant Parvati Shallow, and even in Cook Islands she was proved her strength when fighting off Parvati and Rebecca in a reward challenge in which the time it took them to get Candice, her own tribe had even gotten 2 while she was still not even across. Then in HvV she proved her superiority to Parvati when she tackled her into the mud during a immunity/reward challenge.
She was the reason I started watching survivor she was amazing. AMAZING

51James Clement - 7th - China
Remains one of the most physically strong players ever to play the game. He manages every time to play a good social game, just needs to work on his strategic game.
Geniune at soul, and the strongest physical player of the game, had he played both Idols he would have one surely, because everyone liked him.
Nicest player to leave the game with two idols a very elite club.
[Newest]Best player ever you idiots for not liking him

52Ami Cusack - 6th Place - Survivor: Vanuatu
First truly dominant female player in Survivor. Orchestrated the first powerful female alliance. Made a mistake at final 7 in agreeing to vote out Eliza rather than Chris (she would have cruised to a win otherwise). Strong physically, strong strategically, and underrated socially.
Extremely cunning. Strong physical player. Works well in alliances. A player that can easily take the bull by the horns or disappear into the shadows. By far one of the best to never win the game. She could win, but she can't let her heart get in the way of the game like it did the last 2 times she played.

53Terry Deitz - 3rd Place - Exile Island
Why is this guy way down here. How many people have been able to win that many straight immunity and reward challenges in a row, bring the immunity idol that far, and make it to the final 3 without an alliance.
Terry didn't sink down to shady levels to play the game well! Loved him!

54Natalie Anderson - Survivor San Juan Del Sur
She kicked butt! She hid in the shadows for so long and pretended she didn't even exist, until the one episode where she became the center and told everyone she was going to take revenge. Just amazing. Hands down, AMAZING!
One of a the most fun players to watch that I have ever seen on this show!
Natalie is playing a extremely smart game one of if not te best in recent seasons. if she keeps it up without a wrench in the plan I think we are looking at the winner of Survivor Season 29

55Denise Stapley - Winner - Philippines
This woman reminded me of an older version of Stephanie Lagrossa who was a strong female player noted for being the first player to be on a one man team (only for a short while). Point being she dominated socially and gave every ounce of energy physically. She was never confrontational! She handled conflict like a pro. Not to mention she is from Iowa! #Iowanation I love watching older people dominate in Survivor because it is a hard game to win. I'm all about effort and what you do as a player to win not ride the coattail of someone else. Denise was one heck of a player to watch and was so glad she scored with the jury across the board. She deserved it!
Well of course you must be a good player to go though the whole season going to tribal concil every three days she went through every tribal concil there was that season and I mean I know that some people sorry I mean everyone else on this list could never do that good
Been at every TC. Survived and won the game. Should be at top 10 at least.

56Susie Smith - 2nd Place - Gabon

57Frosti Zernow - 8th Place - Survivor: China

58Monica Culpepper - Runner Up - Blood vs Water
Monica was a badass. The queen of immunity challenges during the merge, Monica proved to Brad culpepper that there's another badass in the house, and that's her.

59Abi-Maria Gomes - 5th Place - Philippines
The atitudial little brazilian girl! She was funny!

60Marty Piombo - 11th place - Nicaragua

61Sonja Christopher - 16th Place - Borneo
What? The first person to be voted out in the history of the show is 62bd best? I don't think so...

62Ken Hoang - 5th Place - Gabon
Ken was the villain of Survivor Gabon, he blindsided Ace by manipulating Sugar, he convinced Susie to flip and blindside Marcus (with help form Crystal) he blindsided Charlie for revenge by manipulating his own tribe, Sugar and Susie, he also outsmarted Corrine by making a brilliant plan which ended up blindsiding her, and made a great plan to blindside Bob, but it ended up going wrong. He dominated Survivor Gabon and also when Fang was down to 4 members and Kota had 6 members, he managed to vote every single Kota member off the game exept for Bob.
Underrated strategic player. Great Blindside on Ace, lying to sugar to save himself. Controlled quite a few votes. He was kind of Annoying complaining about the immunity deal with Bob though.

63Gervase Peterson - 11th place - Borneo
So good only reason he didn't win was that he was a threat and so he should have won

64Eliza Orlins - 4th Place - Vanuatu
An extremely underrated player, she deserves a lot more credit then she's given. Everyone wanted her gone since Day 1 and she lasted until the last episode, with only one immunity under her belt. She won around 2/3 of the reward challenges and was part of the all-female alliance that conquered the game, up until final 7 when Eliza turned against them and got LeAnn and then the ringleader, Ami, out. She was an entertaining player and made a really good underdog. One of my top favorites
Smart player what else can you say! She made an alliance got to the top 7 with them and voted out the leaders of it when needed if she won that immunity challenge she would've won Vanutau

65Michael Skupin - Runner Up - Philippines
Skip in probably would have won Australia if it was not for the campfire.

66Angie Jakusz - 13th Place - Palau
Possibly the strongest female contestant on Palau and one of the nicest and most intelligent. She had amazing strategy, and could have easily won if Ulong hadn't failed so badly.

67Latasha Fox - Cagayan

68Dawn Meehan - 10th Place - South Pacific

69Leif Manson - 9th Place

70Lisa Whelchel - Runner Up - Philippines

71Sash Lenahan - 3rd Place - Nicaragua

72Rudy Boesch - 3rd Place - Borneo

73Peih-Gee Law - 5th Place - China

74Jonas Otsuji - 12th Place - One World

75Jill Behm - 13th Place - Nicaragua

76Tarzan Smith - 6th Place - One World
Although it may seem like an odd suggestion, Tarzan really did use the 'fly under the radar' approach to the game. Although he could be loud and somewhat random at times his strategy of what can be looked at as 'whatever goes' really helped him outlast all the men. Even when he was the last man standing he still used Kat's childish behaviour to his advantage and got her eliminated. I believe he was a great Survivor player because he did not go down without a fight and when he fought, he fought like he was half his age.

77Christine Shields-Macroski - 13th Place - South Pacific
Christine earned her place on the list because, not only was she one of the only people on Upolu to see through the headlights of Coach but she was also a fierce fighter on Redemption Island. The only thing that stopped her was Ozzy's rather dumb move to vote himself out and go to Redemption Island to eliminate her. If Christine had come back she probably would have fought hard to stay in the game and turned on Upolu like she promised the Savaii tribe she would whilst she was on Redemption Island. Furthermore she was taking on people half her age and she was still winning to such an extent that the most athletic guy on the island had to take her out.
She doesn't get enough credit for beating so many people on Redemption Island and on top of that being considered an older woman. Also, she lost to not just anybody, but she lost to the challenge dominator! Let's be real here, she lost to Ozzy.

78Sally Schumann - 8th Place - Panama
Awesome, smart, strong, and screwed by being in the minority. She really needs to return!

79Jenna Morasca - Winner - Amazon
An underrated winner who made amazing moves... The only previous winner who actually had a real chance in survivor All-Star
She didn't deserve to win rob m should have won

80Corinne Kaplan - 7th Place - Gabon
She was really smart but the tribe switch screwed everything up in her game.
She could have gone all the way if they didn't switch the tribes up twice.
She was awesome that's all you need to know!
[Newest]She was also in season 26

81Aaron Reisberger - 12th Place - China

82Sarah Naomi Dawson - 13th Place - Philippines

83Holly Hoffman - 4th Place - Nicaragua
Although she was seen as somewhat of a mean player the moves she made were some of the best that anybody had made. Not only did she blindside the biggest threat, alliance leader Brenda, but she also managed to survive besides doing this long enough to nearly get to the Finals. Although the cast weren't that fond of her, it is pretty obvious that Holly really di shape the way the game turned out through her actions.

84Kelly Wiglesworth - Runner Up - Survivor: Borneo

85Fabio Birza - Winner - Survivor: Nicaragua
He won and he is not higher, what!

86Carter Williams - 6th Place - Phillipines
One of the best players of the season, and super loyal to whoever he was with. Should have won the season. And he won challenges like crazy.

87Elisabeth Hasselbeck - 4th Place - The Australian Outback

88Christy Smith - 6th Place - Survivor: The Amazon

89Lex van den Berghe - Third Place - Survivor Africa
I was disappointed Lex didn't win Africa. As much as I liked Ethan, Lex played a great physical and mental game. A good strong competitor

90Tom Buchana - 4th Place - Survivor: Africa

91Angie Layton -16th Place - Philippines
Angie Layton was a favorite. If Russell wasn't in control of Matsing, Angie would've made it really far with Malcolm & Denise. Such a shame that a great player got voted out so quickly by a returning player :(

92David Samson - 1st Voted Out - Cagayan
Why is he on the list if he was first voted out?
Only reason he went out early was because Garrett was a baby.

93Colleen Haskell - 6th Place - Survivor: Borneo
No one has a single bad thing to say about Colleen. Easily one of the most beloved survivors ever, to the point that CBS would murder children if it meant Colleen returning. But she was also rather smart. She was the first pagong to realize the existence of the Tagi Allaince, as well as the first person to form and counter Allaince (her, Jenna, and Gervase). If Sean wasn't such a spineless twat, she could have turned the game around, and no one on the entire planet would have beaten her at FTC.

94Greg Buis - 9th Place - Survivor: Borneo

95Kathy Vavrick O'Brien - 3rd Place - Survivor: Marquesas

96Sean Rector - 5th Place - Survivor: Marquesas

97Danielle DiLorenzo - 2nd Place - Panama

98Jefra Bland - 7th Place - Cagayan
Such a sweetheart! Very sad to see her go. I felt that she couldve made it further if she sided with Jeremiah, Tasha & Spencer.

99Andrea Boehlke - 5th Place - Survivor: Redemption Island

100Jaclyn Schultz - 2nd Place - San Juan del Sur

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