Best Survivor Players

Top ten greatest players to ever play the American reality show, Survivor.

The Top Ten

1 Parvati Shallow - Winner - Micronesia Parvati Shallow - Winner - Micronesia Parvati Shallow is an American television personality and was the $1,000,000 winner of the reality television series Survivor: Micronesia.

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 ...more - toptens217

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 ...more

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!

Why is she so overrated. First of all, in Micronesia Parvati had nothing to do with Ozzys blindside. If you rewatch that episode and pay attention it's obvious that Cirie brought up the idea and rallied everyone. And somehow people say it was her move. Natalie blindsided Jason. Amanda blindsided Alexis. Cirie and Natalie blindside Erik. The only thing Parvati did the entire season was bring Natalie and Alexis into her alliance. In Heroes vs. Villains she would have been the 8th boot had Tyson not been an idiot and switch his vote. And Russell convincing Jerry and Coach to vote Boston Rob. Parvati only made it to the end only because of Russell. She didn't do any of it. Overrated bitch. And I'm a guy so its not a jealous woman saying this.

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2 Rob Mariano - Runner Up - All Stars Rob Mariano - Runner Up - All Stars 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 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 ...more

Rob is so overrated it isn't even funny. Lets review some FACTS on Rob. Fact 1- would have lost a jury vote to everyone except the 2 biggest goats in history on his winning season (Redemption Island). He needed to take the 2 biggest goats in history to ever win Survivor, he is that hated. He is basically Russell with better awareness of what is a goat and what isn't, and since I consider Russell close to the worst player in history that is not a compliment. Fact 2- had to be put on a season with all 1st time players (and Russhole) and himself as a 4th time player, and have it basically be fixed with every twist and advantage in the book for him, to win. Even then he still very nearly lost. Fact 3- didn't even make the jury in 2 of his first 3 seasons. Yes that is right, more often he can't even make the jury, finishing in the bottom half or third of the game. Fact 4- He was badly outplayed by Russell, Russell Hantz who in reality is a terrible Survivor player, on Heroes vs Villians, ...more

Rob is way too high on this list. He is definitely one of the best players but he definitely isn't in the top 5. He took 4 tries to win, and when he finally won he won against a bunch of rookies who worshiped him and had no brains. Had he won All Stars, I would consider him the best. In my opinion, he should have won, but was robbed by a bitter jury. However, the fact is he didn't win. Even though he should have won, the facts are that he lost, he didn't win until his 4th attempt, and he beat a bunch of morons. I would put him at 6th place.

He convinced everybody in redemption island to force a pagong, he somehow succeeded and managed to take 2 goats to the end. Oh and lets not forget he was a returning player being one of two that season, plus he managed to bring his showmance to the final 2 in all stars, good

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3 Russell Hantz - Runner Up - Samoa Russell Hantz - Runner Up - Samoa 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.

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 ...more - russux

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 ...more

However, Russell will NEVER win until he learns that Survivor is a social game. I would put him around 30th or so. - Lukeanimal

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.

"Outwit, Outplay, Outlast." Sorry Sandra fans...Russell did all three, Sandra didn't. Russell is the greatest ever. End of story.

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4 Sandra Diaz-Twine - Winner - Pearl Islands Sandra Diaz-Twine - Winner - Pearl Islands Sandra Diaz-Twine is an American television personality who became known for her appearances on the reality game show Survivor. She's well known for being the only person to win twice.

People who say that Sandra didn't deserve to win twice usually have four reasons:
-She was not able to take out Russell
-She was not very good at challenges
-She did not have a good social game
-She did not deserve to win over Parvati

"She was not able to take out Russell"
During the merge episodes, over time, Sandra realized that Russell had put himself out as the goat. If Sandra could make Russell believe that she was on his side, he would take her to the finals and do everything he can to prevent himself from winning. Which was correct. Russell got zero votes because his social game was atrocious. Sandra let Russell destroy his chances, and removed one possible threat from the F3.

"She was not very good at challenges"
So? Plenty of people have won that are not good at challenges. Challenges don't exactly matter as long as you have a good social game. Who needs immunity when you already have the protection of others?

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Parvati is my favorite Sole Survivor and I pretty much idolize her gameplay. But there is no one who has ever watched this game that can say without hesitation that this woman, Sandra Diaz-Twine, is not the Sole Queen of Survivor. Yes, she's won the game twice, but that doesn't even scratch the surface of the reality that she pretty much is the most clever, conniving, and cunning person to EVER play the game. There is not one player who has had as much a boisterous and aggressive but at the same time sneaky gameplay. The best thing about it? She didn't even break a sweat doing it. Tony said it best, she is the one player who rounds everyone up like sheep and leads them right to the slaughter. Everyone who plays with her and gets a feel for her way of playing immediately sees her as a threat, yet the woman still manages to make everyone vote her way. Even in Game Changers where she was finally voted out for the first time in 94 days of total gameplay, she demonstrated that this game ...more

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.


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5 Yul 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

He literally played in the same season as Parvati and outplayed, outwitted and outlasted the crap out of her. He's strategically brilliant, and won over one of the most dominant players.

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6 Cirie Fields - 4th Place - Exile Island Cirie 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.

C unning
I ntelligent
R eliable
I ngenious
E xtraordinary

Quadruple robbed.

Panama-Lost to Danielle in the fire-making challenge

Micronesia-The final three were surprised with a final TWO and Amanda eliminated Cirie and Parvati won (I HATED PARVATI)

Heroes vs. Villains-Blindsided after Tom played a hidden immunity idol, eliminated TOO EARLY.

Game Changers-BIGGEST. ROB. EVER. In final six, an immunity necklace, an advantage giving an immunity, and THREE hidden immunity idols eliminated her as the only one not immune, despite not receiving one vote that season. NOT ONE.

Best non winner and possibly best player. People Cirie was winning Micornesia if it were a f3 unless she messed u[ jury speech which I doubt. Cirie made most of the move sin the female alliances name up with most the plans even Natalie Bolton admitted it. I love Cirie Parvati and Natalie from Micneisa as they were the best players but Cirie did the most moves

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7 Kimberly Spradlin - Winner - One World

Kim excelled in every aspect of the game, winning four immunity challenges (tied for the most from any woman in Survivor history), and deceiving and blindsiding her entire tribe. She was so social that everyone genuinely adored her, and even when she stuck the knife in each of their backs they still voted for her to win. She knew exactly how to make people trust her, and what people wanted to hear. Kim should be much higher on this list. In my opinion she is the best one-time player next to Yul.

She is the beast among all women players still played the game. She won four immunity challenge and miss one just by some seconds. Also she had such a confident alliance that she never had to give a thought on playing the idol. Also she never really backstab any one, although she blindsided most of them. She is the "HERO".

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.

Way better than Rob or Russell at least.

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8 Todd 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. - ilovekelly75

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. - OfficalReality

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

Great player

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9 Richard Hatch - Winner - Borneo Richard Hatch - Winner - Borneo 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.

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 invented Survivor strategy. If he ever returned to the game for a third time, I don't know how well he'd actually do, but that doesn't matter. He paved the way for Parvati, Boston Rob, Cirie, Russell, Kim, and all the other Survivor greats. Without him, Survivor would not be what it is today. Therefore, he is undoubtedly the best.

He created the way Survivor was played. His innovations are still being used today, above everyone else's

Invented survivor and flipped the game from what the producers intended for survivor.

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10 Oscar (Ozzy) Lusth - 2nd Place - Cook Islands

A lot of people may not think that Ozzy is one of the greatest survivor players ever and thinks he's overrated, but honestly, seeing him in all of his seasons are just so exhilarating especially in the swimming challenges. He just possesses so much capabilities to survive by himself and in a desolated island but, in each of his seasons, sometimes he gets too comfortable and relies on his habitual role of being the provider of the tribe and sometimes he forgets to enhance the social aspect of the game and how much deceit the game actually encapsulates. To me, he's still one of the best survivors ever despite having never been triumphant at the end and I wouldn't mind him playing over and over again because I just love his dominance with the challenges and I'm always just fascinated with the way he plays Survivor.

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.

Being manipulative is part of the game, and other than challenges, Ozzy is a pretty terrible player. - Lukeanimal

Ozzy in the Top 10 Best Survivor Players? Let me break him down, in Cook Islands I absolutely loved Ozzy and was at first impressed with his challenge performance as he won 5 out of 6 immunities. But then we get to Micronesia, UGH! I was annoyed with him as he made that terrible jury speech against Parvati which just showed he was a crybaby and a sore loser! So F______ What! Then in South Pacific, he gets even worse than Micronesia, as he was way too arrogant on Redemption Island. And he got voted out three times and he could've still won the game, that should not happen at all. I miss the Cook Islands Ozzy and I loathe the South Pacific Ozzy. His competitive game is good but he does not have strategy other than win challenges nor social skills. Sorry to all the younger fans out there, but Ozzy's Top 10 inclusion on this current list is a big joke. I agree with 8 of the 10 choices but Brian Heidik should replace Russell and Either JT or Tom should replace this birdbrain of a beast

He is the best!

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The Contenders

11 Tony Vlachos - Winner - Cagayan

Tony was amazing. I was a little salty at first when he won because woo was my bias. Then I realized how he swayed everyone's votes and even had the special power idol. He convinced people to not vote for him since he had the idol but secretly he couldn't use it. Woo took him to the end and unanimously won. He is like a nicer and better version of russel. Deserves to be way higher up.

Why are people disliking the pro-tony comments? Tony played a great game dominated the entire time and convinced Woo to take him to the end which is just amazing. One of the best players/winners ever

Pretty much he is a less evil, funnier Russell Hantz. Similar idol finding capabilities. The only downside is the fact that he had the Tyler Perry idol, which helps a lot. Still should be in the top 10 all time, he was one of those contestants that seemed to never run out of energy!

Was so entertaining to watch was a shame he was voted out early his second time.
Hope they ask him back again but I doubt he would come back himself.

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

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. - rabidsquirrel333

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

Amazing, amazing player. Way underrated. - quackerpacker

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13 J.T. Thomas - Winner - Tocantins

In his first season, his social game was so good that people were blowing up their games so he would make it further, he played a very good physical game near the end and a good strategic game. I believe his strategic game is underrated. Many people call Stephen the strategist, but Stephen Has said that he and JT made the same moves. He is the first person to playa perfect game and the only person to play the most perfect game. Since he also won the fan favorite award, he is considered to be the only person to play the most perfect game.

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.

He literally played a perfect game in Tocantins. How is he not higher up lol

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14 Rob 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

Rob C. deserves to be higher on the list. In Amazon he likely would have still won even after flipping so much during the merge. He was one of the most influential players in the game by creating the idea of flipping on alliances. He deserves a lot of credit. Yeah, in All-Stars he got booted early, but remember, everyone knew how much of a threat he was in strategy. He was voted out because everyone knew how dangerous he could be. So why are people like Russell called "great strategists", but no one mentions Rob Cesternino. His jury liked him despite all he did and if both Jenna and Matt say that he deserved to be at Final Tribal the most, then that is a testament to his skill at the game. Rob C. is on the list of influential players in the game, right along Tina Wesson, Richard Hatch, and Brian Heidik. - Breakdown

The "best player to never win" made it to the final three by flip flopping alliances more times than had ever been done.

How Ozzy is above him is beyond me

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15 Malcolm Freberg - 4th Place - Philippines Malcolm Freberg - 4th Place - Philippines

I think Malcolm is top 20 for me, mainly because there is nothing bad about him. He just plays the game. Physically strong, strategically and socially great, and excellent at finding idols and making alliances. He had the most potential of anyone in all 3 seasons, and got voted off because he was a threat in all 3 seasons. That just goes to show how much of a player he is.

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!

Was great to watch I hope they bring him back a 4th time

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16 Brenda Lowe - 9th Place - Nicaragua

From what I saw from her in Caramoan, she is the definition of overrated! She did nothing in the game as she basically followed Cochran's crew until she was gotten rid of. And her speech on the jury was one of the most bitter tings I have ever heard, Dawn basically did what she wanted her to do (take out her broken teeth) and still didn't get her vote. All of you play Brenda as the victim and Dawn as the antagonist but that was not true at all as she was the most bitter person on the Season 26 jury.

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!

With how bitter she behaved on the jury was plain childish and plain cruel and you still see her as this sweetheart? Come on people she embarrassed Dawn to basically satisfy herself.

Sucks how is she up this high

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17 Ciera Eastin - 5th Place - Blood vs.Water

Sucks at the game. So overrated. Blood vs Water was her 1 good season in 3, and her game here is still probably her most overrated of all 3 despite being by far her best of the 3. People praise her for flipping to rocks, but she only did it since Hayden convinced her, and she would have been in a far better position doing it a round sooner. She is just pretty stupid all around and the hype around her escapes me completely. Also hilarious the dumb ass talking about the big 6 person alliance that Jeremy was leading yet list only 5 names. She don't have a clue how to play the game. 17th best Survivor player ever? Sure and Donald Trump is best U.S president ever. - feisty37

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.

Such a overrated player. She is as overrated as Russell at this point. - quackerpacker

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18 Benjamin "Coach" Wade - 5th Place - Tocantins

First two seasons werent that great, but in South Pacific, he really called the shots. That isn't to say Sophie was undeserving, but its always hard being a returning player, and to play the game that Coach did, I really think he should have came away with the million dollars

His South Pacific performance was pretty surprising. I never thought a former "dragon slayer" could be such a humble leader. Sadly, he had no chance of winning. - CloudInvasion

Coach is hysterical, he makes me laugh, now I meditate because of him!

Amazing player. Robbed by a bitter jury.

19 Stephenie 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.

She was a strongest girl in survivor palau. I guess she should come back for new season

For me, Stephanie is the ultimate queen of survivor. She always never gives up no matter what. She did extremely good in her first two seasons, but in heroes vs. Villains, James had to threaten Stephanie,just for his own selfish self to stay alive in the game to only be eliminated soon enough.(don't mess with Stephanie! )

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20 Spencer 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.

I honestly think Spencer was the greatest non winner ever. He deserved a few votes in Cambodia and in Cagayan, after a lucky tribe switch, ran the game until Tasha's boot. I hope he plays again even though he would be marked as a threat and be voted out first.

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 great to watch both times he played would like to see him a 3rd time and hopefully finally win it but I'm afraid that if he came back again he would probably be a early target

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21 John Cochran - 8th Place - South Pacific John Cochran - 8th Place - South Pacific John Martin Cochran, commonly referred to as simply Cochran, is an American reality television personality and television writer.

SERIOUSLY?!?!?! This guy blindsided all of his allies/threats with a smile on his face. Even more importantly, he sent out the ones who respected his gameplay, such as Malcolm, Andrea, and Brenda. He had such good control of the jury, he played every person except his closest ally in the game, and he won a bunch of immunity challenges. He was the definition of outplay, outwit, and outlast.

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

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.

People seriously don't give Cochran enough credit he played the most perfect game in fans vs favourites he had a strong alliances with most people was on the right side of every vote, he used a lot of shields and got rid of them when the time was right he may not have played as agressive as Russell/tony but the few moves he made were at the right time and no one voted for him during the game and everyone on the jury voted for him.
Now try tell me Cochran didn't deserve that win

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22 Yau-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

Would've won Fiji if Dreamz didn't break his deal. Hey, at least karma knew when to come around. - CloudInvasion

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23 Terry Deitz - 3rd Place - Exile Island Terry 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.

One of the most honorable players. Being one of the record holders for most consecutive immunity wins he played hard for the million. Also a terrific father as he left his second chance to be with his son.

Terry didn't sink down to shady levels to play the game well! Loved him!

I swear this guy is the most forgotten amazing player.

1. Is one of the 5 guys in the 5 immunity wins in a row club.

2. Almost had the other tribe destroy itself with his wins.

3. Never sunk to lowdown plays to further himself.

4. Found a hidden immunity idol.

5. Honorably left his second time for his son.

He is my personal favorite and needs to come back.

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24 Stephen 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.

Stephen is seriously one of the most slept on players ever. People say JT played the most perfect game in tocancines but I personally think Stephen played the best individual game anyone played that season he was the one who orchestrated all the moves, decided who got voted of every time and had the most deals. JT was just a likeable person and good at challenges but Stephen was the mastermind of that season. He was even playing a perfect game in Cambodia till he jumped out the challenge and got the advantage. He is so underrated

Stephen fishbach is one of my favorite players, and I was sad that he lost to JT and got blindsided by Spencer. If I would choose someone to win, hands down it would be Stephen fishbach.

Brilliant strategist. Both he and JT ran the post merge stage in season 18. He obviously wasn't going to beat JT, however, he probably wouldn't have lost unanimously if he didn't fail at the ftc.

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25 Danni 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

She made literally no mistakes. She hid strategy from cameras to avoid jeff's revealing questions at tribal council (like nobody before her) made social bonds with everybody in the jury including steph's only ftc voter, and slid her way into the remaining alliance, orchestrated judd's blidside, and won fic. She is probably the best female player ever.

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26 Tyson 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.

Never have I seen a contestant make such a big comeback. Tyson definitely dominated all aspects of the game in Blood vs. Water. He was physically dominant, socially dominant, and somehow even strategically dominant. Definitely deserved to win.

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.

Yes, Tyson was an idiot twice but played one of the best games ever in bvw. he should be in the top ten

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27 Jon Dalton - 3rd Place - Pearl Islands

The infamous Jonny Fairplay managed to get to the final three despite being the most untrustworthy, unlikeable contestant in the history of the show.

I wish he won. He played the game the way you're supposed to play it - crazyeyes56

24 is to low for johnny FairPlay common did people not see how easy he manipulated people and how easy he got there trust back arfter he done it should be higher, I get maybe not top 10 but he should easily be top 20

How is he not too 20? Potentially the biggest villain ever

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28 Jonathan Penner - 7th Place - Philippines Jonathan Penner - 7th Place - Philippines

He was targeted right from the start by Jeff Kent, but through a combination of challenge wins, smooth talking, and immunity idols he schemed his way to the final seven. He would have won if he had joined Lisa and Skupin. He never gave up, which is why he got so far. He is a consistently strong finisher.

This guy was so enjoyable and charismatic - q1q1q1q1q1

When he returned on the Philippines, I screamed with joy

He was such a great player to watch, I think it’s a crime he wasn’t brought back for either heroes vs villains or game changers.

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29 Natalie White - Winner - Samoa

If Russell is so good the Natalie should be number 1. She played Russell big time. She realized that to win you gotta make it to the finals but you need to do it in a way that does not offend the jury. I am tired of hearing how Russell should have won Nat a lie kicked his dumb butt. Natalie played a complete game and definitely needs to be higher on the list. Only winners can be at the top! I thought the object is to win.

What's with all these Natalie > Russell comments? Did Natalie outwit Russell? Did Natalie outplay Russell? Not even close. Russell controlled the game and fooled everyone, Natalie was lucky that the jury was bitter. However she had a good way in getting people to like her which I respect. Natalie is a good player. But Russell is better.

Natalie really did play under the radar in the sense that she played as one of the less threatening players, only when the game came to it's final stages did her manipulation of Russell start to show when she went al the way to the end with him, she knew she would be more likable than he would be and that's why she won.

Natalie should get a lot of credit here. She manipulated Russell into keeping her, paved the path to defeating the former Galus, and had a strong social game that allowed her to obtain the most jury votes. Russ had his moments, but ultimately, Natalie outplayed him. - CloudInvasion

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30 David Wright - 4th place - Millennials vs. Gen X

He really was the only one who actually knew what he was doing for most of the game. Everyone else really was just searching for allies and not really trying to be social. David had a great read on people and worked harder than anyone to get to the end. He was the only one who really deserved to win.

The MvGX cast was horrendous! This guy pretty much saved the season from being 100% terrible. Managed to avoid getting eliminated for so long despite being deceived as the biggest threat, took out rivals with ease, and if it weren't for Bret, he would've won.

No question David is a top 20 player the only reason he is down at 34 is because he is a new player and this list is like 10 years old. They should really update it

I went “what KEN?! ” when David was voted out. This blindside ruined the entire season because David was my favorite player. And to think DAVID PLAYED AN IDOL ON KEN!

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31 Courtney 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.

Courtney is short, just like me, and she managed to come in 2nd place in China and 10th in heroes vs. Villains. I love courtney because even know she's short and sometimes can be weak, there's always a fire in here that never allows here to quit.( go courtney! )

Yes! I love her reactions at the jury in heroes vs villains!

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!

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

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.

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!

Oldest survivor in history, also played an amazing strategic game, making easily the most convincing fake immunity idols of all time.

He did not start fake idols, china and fans vs favorites had fake idols

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33 Erik Reichenbach - 5th Place - Survivor: Micronesia Erik Reichenbach - 5th Place - Survivor: Micronesia

I love Erik but wish he did more in Caramoan.

He made some good moves in Micronesia and Caramoan, but it's a shame he can only be remembered for giving up immunity. - CloudInvasion


Idiot for giving up the necklace, but I still like Erik. He was robbed in Caramoan due to a med evac. He wouldve won if he made it to the end. - Blizzard

34 Denise 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!

Denise was a very strong competitor that I almost cried when she got eliminated, Amanda chose Todd over Denise. Todd won and became the most worst alcoholic in the world, look him up. Amanda made a bad choice. Denise. I wish you good luck in your life and career

Was someone talking about Denise Martin from China? Well, we're talking about Denise Stapley from Philippines.

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

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35 Hayden Moss - 6th Place - Blood vs. Water

Hope he comes back in another season!

Represented big brother well!

He should be the one getting credit for that rock draw not that moron Ciera!

Beast daddy

36 Tina 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.

She was the secretive mastermind behind every vote in The Australian Outback and almost won a second time. That's how good of a player Tina is. - CloudInvasion

Should be way higher. One of the better winners in the shows history. - morrislawes

Brilliantly got Colby to take her to the final TC. Is sweet lethal southern lady. Others underestimated her sly fox skills.
Not even close to 2 time winner! Please. She was in the final five but no way was she ever going to final TC!

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37 Vecepia Robinson - Winner - Marquesas
38 Sarah Lacina - 11th Place - Cagayan

She clearly played like a villain and voted out the whole jury while only Andrea realized how big of a threat she honestly was and was a part of every blindside. She is the reason why everyone was placed on the jury and in she never had any official votes thrown at her the whole game. She is definitely a game changer

She was included on every vote and and had no official votes against her the whole game which is really impressive. What got her out last time, staying in the middle, is what caused her to win this time.

It disgusts me how she voted Sierra out in Game Changers while she thought Sarah was her close friend in the game just so that she could get the legacy advantage. I'm glad Sierra didn't vote her to win.

Honestly, she could've been better off not relying on the Legacy Advantage.

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39 Dawn Meehan - 10th Place - South Pacific

Dawn should be a lot higher... top 25 at least...

Dawn played a awesome gme the second time. She should have won! Cochran could do nothing without her. She blindsided Corinne and Brenda. Brenda was too bitter. 3> - jhunk

40 Jay Starrett - 6th Place - Millennials vs. Gen X Jay Starrett - 6th Place - Millennials vs. Gen X

So great at the game! Was the biggest threat this season.

Love him so much. So handsome, so good at the game. - jayjustinbest

Such a great player!

41 Amber Brkich - Winner - All Stars

Amber is without a doubt the worst winner of all time. While I do agree like Tom said, every winner has done something right and deserves to win. Yes I do agree with that but with Amber she mostly relied on a lottery style game and others to save her. If I was the only juror on the infamous All Star jury, Rob would get my vote because he was head an shoulders above everyone else that season.

Amber is one of my favourite Survivor gals. She was athletic and smart in the challenges and played a good social game in All Stars. Won the game and the guy. You go girl!

Better than Parvati as a winner. Amber was a very cool camper who was well balanced as a player.

Amber rules

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42 Ami Cusack - 6th Place - Survivor: Vanuatu

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.

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.

43 Ken 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.

Ken should be in top 10, totally an underrated player.

Godlike SSBM player.

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44 Jeremy Collins - 10th Place - San Juan del Sur

Jeremy is way too low. In my opinion, he is the 10th best winner and 11 best player. He played a very dominant game in Cambodia. He led the majority alliance, told all his allies that he had their backs on day one, found 2 idols, aligned with bigger targets so he wouldn't be seen as a threat, let Joe, Savage and Stephen take all the heat, let the others go after Joe, savage, Stephen, Kelly and even Tasha, somehow managed to avoid being a target until the f6 despite being in the control the entire time and pulling all the strings, won the final immunity challenge and played a good social game. His game was so good that people didn't even realize that his game was so good. Ciera pointed out that Jeremy will win if he makes it to the end and he is apart of the majority alliance, but he still managed to not be a target. That's good gameplay. He ran the show from day one. The sympathy card had no impact on his win. He would have won regardless. If he didn't play the sympathy card he would ...more

Why is Jeremy way down here? He should definitely be in the top 15 at least. He was at the top of the game the whole time! He found two idols, and he didn't manipulate or lie to get to the end. He is also a very likeable guy.

Jeremy almost played a perfect game. Nobody targeted him after making that move playing his idol on Stephen. Everything he did in the game had some strategic value.

Love this guy. One of the best social game players and he made several moves(some were very flashy). He deserved to win in Cambodia.

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45 Aras Baskauskas - Winner - Panama

Just like Stephen fishbach and abi, areas is one of my favorite survivor players, and ultimately my favorite winner of all times.

Aras is great strategist and manipulator but not with a flashy gameplay.

He would have won blood vs water too had tyson not been so after him

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

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46 Ethan 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

What makes him such a good player is that he is able to blend in with others and let the big dogs take the shots while he formulates the real plans. - CloudInvasion

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.

47 Chris 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. - jamster3

Chris is deserving of a second chance, but he's gained some weight after Survivor. If he wants to come back, he'll probably need to lose that weight. - CloudInvasion

Deserves respect and praise, totally dominated his season. He had control of his original tribe, twist tribe, and after Twilas plan he had control of everyone and everyone trusted him, after backstabbing all of his friends, he gave the best BS at tribal and is the first and best at perfecting BS, better than Tom westman, needs another season

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.

His entire alliance was taken out at the merge, but he found his way through the cracks of the women's alliance in order to zoom through and find his way to the final tribal. Excellent player, and one that should be respected in the history books. - CloudInvasion

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48 Leif Manson - 9th Place

I almost cried when he got voted out

49 Kass McQuillen - 3rd Place - Cagayan

Dream on, Kass was never winning Survivor. To the person who said she wins. Woo would have even crushed her, probably only losing 1 or 2 votes. Tony gets a 9-0 sweep

Kass figured out that she was not part of her alliance and flipped. If it wasn't for a final two or Tony, Kass wins Survivor

I liked her way more in Cambodia than Cagayan!

50 Frosti Zernow - 8th Place - Survivor: China

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