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.

Tom also can WIN the game unlike Russell. russell shouldn't even be top 40 not only since he didn't win the game which is one thing, but unlike many other non winners he is literally incapable of ever having won the game. There is no chance period of Russell ever winning Survivor due to his poor social skills, terrible jury management, and clueless end game management (eg not even knowing who makes sense to bring to Final Tribal). - morrislawes

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

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

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2 Grant Mattos

Great competitor

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

Very talented player and great looking.

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

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3 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.

Best player ever. You might say he can never win, but first, that's only true if every jury he faces is bitter. Also, if you win, it doesn't automatically make you a great player, brainlets. He's a two time winner.

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!

How is he 3rd. He is a horrible player. I would argue he is one of the 10 worst players of all time, since he literally can't win. Debb Eaton is more capable of winning the game (getting to the end as some flukish floater and winning through bitter jury) than he ever is. - jayjustinbest

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4 Wendell Holland

F you

5 Yul Kwon

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

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.

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.

6 Domenick Abbate


7 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."

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

Way better than Rob and Russell. Should be #1

Awesome guy, awesome athlete, awesome player all around.

Way better player than Rob. SHOULD EASILY be over him.

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8 Justin Jay Starrett Justin Jay Starrett
9 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.

Rob deserves to be a lot higher because he played four times and when he played the fourth time he made a solid alliance and no one even dared to go against him. He was such a strong leader he literally had one person tell him that they were going to vote him about because they trusted him that much. So to all you people saying he is overrated, he did a lot better than you guys could ever do, and he is so liked and strategic that he came back 3 times after he first played.

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

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

No fought that Robs awesome. Russels an idiot

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10 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.

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Ran everything in Nicaragua

The Contenders

11 David Wright David Wright

Best player hands down

Awesome player, hands down.

12 Brian Heidik

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

13 Malcolm Freberg Malcolm Freberg

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.

Hottest survivor ever!

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14 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

15 Earl Cole

So overlooked and underrated

16 Chris Daugherty

Biggest comeback in Survivor history.

Should crack the top 10 on this list. - jhunk

17 J.T. Thomas
18 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.

19 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!

20 Ethan Zohn
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 Todd Herzog

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

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.

How is he number 15.

23 Stephen Fishbach Stephen Fishbach

Silly nerd and goof. Overrated.

24 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)

25 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

26 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.

27 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.

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 Rudy Boesch

Best participant on Survivor. Over 70 years 9ld and still held his ow up against players half his age. Hooo ya Master Chief

32 Ben Driebergen

Great guy

33 Gervase Peterson

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

34 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!

35 Ken Hoang
36 Kyle Jason
37 James Clement James Clement

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

38 Vytas Baskauskas

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

39 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,.
40 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.

41 Jon Dalton Jon Dalton
42 Randy Bailey
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.

45 Davie Rickenbacker

So likable and makes great moves

46 Jonathan Penner Jonathan Penner
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1. Tom Westman
2. Wendell Holland
3. Domenick Abbate
1. Rob Mariano
2. Russell Hantz
3. Ozzy Lusth
1. Tom Westman
2. Tony Vlachos
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