Best Male Survivor Players

The Top Ten

1 Tom Westman Tom Westman Tom Westman is a Sole Survivor of the series Survivor. He competed on Survivor: Palau and Heroes vs. Villains.

Not enough votes for one of the best there ever was! Underrated due to only appearing on 2 seasons, one he went out pre merge, and lack of hype from CBS. A far better player than Rob or Russell at the very least.

Amazing player. Totally controlled his season like few, if any, ever have. Should be way higher on here.

Amazing player, awesome man, and social game was so good he basically was able to guilt Ian into giving up the game to him. - feisty37

Tom behind Russell is insulting.

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2 Yul Kwon

Excellent social and strategic game. He was very aware of other player's strategies and appealed to the personalities and situations of others to make them do what he needed. He made smart alliances from the beginning and flawlessly adapted to the twists of the game. He maintained decency and stayed true to his alliances, especially with Becky, who voted with him the entire time and helped him get to the end. In addition to that, he found the immunity idol after only one visit to Exile and managed to use it as a diversion of sorts... the other players were reluctant to vote for him when he had the idol because they knew they may be voted off. He kept Aitu strong with his encouraging personality and physical ability, giving him an easy route to the Final Tribal Council. He performed very well when speaking to the jury that he made, ultimately giving him the win.

Brilliant overall player. Near perfect game. Pawned all time greats like Parvati on his season. Should be much higher than 4th. Way better player than Rob and Russell, the two most overrated Survivors ever. - feisty37

He only won the season since it was a racial based racist season and the stupid bottle twist. Plus the overpowered idol which meant he could never be voted out, when you know Ozzy would have taken him out near the end otherwise. Ozzy and Parv were robbed!

The theme of the season is not why Yul won. He was able to keep his alliance together to the very end and had incredible social skills that put him in a great position not only in his alliance, but with his rivals as well. - CloudInvasion

Yul. Pure genius. Came to the top from a minority position that would've cost his game. - naFrovivuS

3 Grant Mattos

Great overall player, was unlucky to not win Redemption Island. Could easily win if he plays again. - feisty37

Sexy beast. He looks like Tarzan with more hair.

Great in challenges and great socially. Probably unbeatable if he ever made the end and a jury vote.

He is a great yoga teacher. I took his glasses. He works at Yoga Moga LA. - jayjustinbest

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4 Russell Hantz Russell Hantz Russell Hantz is an oil company owner and former contestant of the reality show Survivor. He played 3 seasons, and never finished higher than 2nd.

Russell sucks. How can someone who can't ever win the game even if he played it 1000 times be a good player. Denise Martin has a better shot to win the game than him. It doesn't matter how many big plays and moves he makes, if he is incapable of winning.

The only time Rob & Russell ever truly went head 2 head, Russell schooled him! R.I. was a joke! Russell should be number 1!

Better than rob - Malcomx2

He sucks. wouldn't have him 2nd best, not even top 30. - roughstuff

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5 Brian Heidik

If there is ever a villain to be reckoned with its Brian. Rob was a good leader but not necessarily villainous, and Russell was really a bully. Strategic, but a bully. Brian was deadly with his strategy, and played with no remorse. He made the boldest move to take Clay to the end over Helen or Jan because he knew no matter how bad his final tribal performance was, pretty much nobody like Clay. This is why despite Ted, Helen, and Ken sending him through the sewers, he was still able to win. That, in my eyes, is a genius player. - CloudInvasion

A much better versoin of both Boston Rob and Russell. The original villain great, and there is never one like the true original!

6 Richard Hatch Richard Hatch Richard Lawrence Hatch was an American actor, writer and producer. Hatch began his career as a stage actor, before moving on to television work in the 1970s.

His stepping off the beam to let Kelly or Rudy win when he knew both would take him, and he knew he would lose Rudy's vote if he voted him out as he had as he could never win over Rudy was brilliant. The one down side is if Rudy had won the challenge though.

In hindsight his win was huge for the show and what it needed. - feisty37

7 Chris Daugherty

The fact that his entire alliance was killed off at the final 8 and Chris STILL made it to Day 39 should be enough. - CloudInvasion

Biggest comeback in Survivor history.

Should crack the top 10 on this list. - jhunk

8 Ozzy Lusth Ozzy Lusth Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth is a reality star, well known for playing on the his reality show "Survivor." He played in the seasons "Cook Islands," "Micronesia," "South Pacific," and "Game Changers."

Ozzy is a great athlete & outdoorsman. In his first season he threw a challenge to drop "dead weight". Then he got blinded by boobs & a pretty smile. His third attempt he flirted with a girl to the detriment of his team. Leaving Cochron alone & unable to find for himself. Making him an easy flip at the merge. Coach only had to talk to him, make him a bed and offer some rice! He did so well, because coach eliminated all the athletic people & Ozzy didn't have to play a social game on RI, just survive & a physical one-- his strong suit & he still lost to SOPHIE! Maybe in 34 he'll get his head out his ass & play the game! But I do like to watch him play at Tarzan!

He is amazing, loyal, and fair, which is hardly ever seen in the game. Also keeps the tribe alive at camp as well as in challenges.

AMAZING! One of the best ever season included. Should have won at least he got a car

Amazing athlete, was unlucky not to win 2 seasons. Should be #1 male player.

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9 Rob Cesternino

Overrated. Set up his end game in a way he couldn't ever win, and probably loses a jury vote to Jenna of all people. And his All Stars performance was a joke, even the past winners with the casts anti winners pact mostly outlasted him.

10 Rob Mariano Rob Mariano Robert Carlo "Rob" Mariano, known by the nickname Boston Rob, is an American television personality, widely known for appearing in several reality shows, including Survivor, and The Amazing Race with his wife, Amber Mariano.

Way too high on this list. Won a rigged season against 2 goats. - morrislawes

The most overrated player ever, other than maybe russel hantz. - quackerpacker

No fought that Robs awesome. Russels an idiot

Rob is amazing at playing survivor... no doubt about it.

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The Contenders

11 Todd Herzog

I think he's sadly overlooked because he only played once, but I think it's more impressive to play one solid game then it is to finally win one after four tries. Just saying.

Todd was an excellent strategist, always ahead of the pack, and the fact he beat Amanda and Courtney is just amazing. I would love to see this man come back again. - CloudInvasion

How is he number 15.

Sexy gay man. Great ass and cute face. - quackerpacker

12 Wendell Holland
13 Domenick Abbate


14 Malcolm Freberg Malcolm Freberg

They should have kept Brandon Hantz & dumped Phillip! Brandon is controllable if played right. They controlled Dawn so they had the means for Brandon. I think Phillip makes camp horrible & I hate watching him, his dumb team names & he has NO self awareness!

So sexy sweet, funny, strategic, I just love him so much. I hope he isn't replaced by the crazy overrated Joe as Survivor's favorite golden boy. - feisty37

Should be in the top 3! Easily one of the best players to never win, and better than many winners.

A stud and a super popular and sexy beast, yet a very sensitive, sweet, and caring man too.

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15 Yau-Man Chan

Awesome player! Strong at challenges, camp & social. He is a hard worker and loyal. First fake idol! Remember he lived at that sad camp without food or water--- imagine if the other team had the same circumstances!

16 Justin Jay Starrett Justin Jay Starrett
17 David Wright David Wright

Awesome player, hands down.

18 Tony Vlachos

He is overrated. His slash and burn style would never cut it in a regular season. Heck we got the proof of that when he was the 2nd boot on his tribe on Game Changers.

19 Jeremy Collins

On a season called Second Chances Jeremy mastered and perfected his Second Chance. Impeccable game of Survivor by him!

Should be way higher. Played a amazing game on Cambodia.

20 Earl Cole

So overlooked and underrated

21 Colby Donaldson Colby Donaldson

A lot of people are hard on him taking Tina to the Final 2 but I always defend it. People forget Survivor was way different then, and taking Tina instead of Keith made him a hero. He went on to a stellar acting and T.V. career. - feisty37

22 J.T. Thomas
23 Ethan Zohn
24 Stephen Fishbach Stephen Fishbach

Silly nerd and goof. Overrated.

25 Spencer Bledsoe

Played an amazing game in Cambodia and was robbed by a bitter jury. Played an almost equally amazing game in Cagayan and wins if he makes the end as he nearly did. Could have been another 2 time winner for the show!

Tasha was a challenge beast this season and not unlikeable like Cambodia. She probably beats Spencer in a jury vote on Cagayan, unlike Cambodia where she probably would have lost to Spencer if they were with someone they could beat. - feisty37

He should be on number 5

If Kass didn't flip then Spencer could've won

11th Jefra
10th Tony uses idol to save himself Kass gets voted off
9th Woo
8th LJ
7th Tony
6th Jeremiah
5th Trish
4th Sarah

Spencer and Tasha land in final three with Morgan (that lady that no one liked)

26 Jonny Fairplay

Nothing fair about him. The only positive if he was on your team, people would quit to get away from him! He and Phillip are similar in that way... Then he quits his 2nd time after telling everyone for so long how great he is-- puke

27 Benjamin Wade

Dragonslayer. If you are a fan of reality t.v., then you love Coach. If you don't like Coach, you don't get reality t.v.

28 Rupert Boneham Rupert Boneham Rupert Boneham is an American mentor for troubled teens, who became known to reality television audiences in 2003 as a contestant on Survivor: Pearl Islands where he placed 8th.

He sucks!

29 John Cochran John Cochran John Martin Cochran, commonly referred to as simply Cochran, is an American reality television personality and television writer.

His win was nearly as rigged as Boston Rob and Ben's. at least he took advantage of the situation and played a super dominant game though, a better game than Rob or Coach, and a way better one than Steph's dog doo Guatemala game which was supposed to be a fixed win for her. - feisty37

30 Woo Hwang

Worst final vote off choice ever!

Woo dumbest move in history!

31 Gervase Peterson

Was lucky that Ciera was a floater or he would've lost to Hayden Caleb and Katie

32 Aras Baskauskas

Cirie won this game for him. His alience was falling apart & she continually filled the wholes. That is the only way he beat Terry!

33 Ken Hoang
34 Kyle Jason
35 James Clement James Clement

Just a loud obnoxious bully. can't stand him. - feisty37

36 Vytas Baskauskas

Dumb stoner, but probably would be cool to hang out with for a beer. - feisty37

37 Caleb Reynolds Caleb Reynolds Caleb Matthew Reynolds is a hunting guide from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He is best known for his appearance on the sixteenth season of the reality series Big Brother, where he placed fourth,.
38 Bob Gabon

Huge Comeback. Had a huge target on his back come Merge but managed to latch on to Sugar and win enough immunity challenges to win.

39 Rudy Boesch
40 Jon Dalton Jon Dalton
41 Randy Bailey
42 Ben Driebergen

He's okay, but is with many game flaws. He thought he needed three idols and a dumb twist to save him rather than trying to send a crack through the others around him like Chris, Danni, and Brian all did in their respective seasons. When he heard he was getting blindsided, instead of trying to rally troops he just went into complete panic mode. That is not how to be a successful player. We've seen it many times and it bugs me why Ben didn't go for this strategy that even Russell had used to save him. - CloudInvasion

43 Tyson Apostol Tyson Apostol

Funniest player ever hands down!

Amazing game on Blood vs Water, should be higher.

Played a perfect game on Blood vs Water Edition 1. Even better than Natalie A's great game on Blood vs Water Edition 2

44 Brett Clouser

He is sweet and pretty darn amazing at the game of Survivor.

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Top Remixes (8)

1. Tom Westman
2. Wendell Holland
3. Domenick Abbate
1. Rob Mariano
2. Russell Hantz
3. Ozzy Lusth
1. Brian Heidik
2. Yul Kwon
3. Chris Daugherty

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