Best Survivor PlayersTop ten greatest players to ever play the American reality show, Survivor.
The Top Ten
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
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.
The sneakiest player in survivor history, she was so god at manipulating people, and is good at managing the jury.
Rob actually only won once, but he basically won twice. Even though the first time he didn't win the million dollars, he took a girl, Amber, to the end with him and she won. She won right after he proposed to her, so he won as well. The 3rd time he played Tyson is the one that screwed everything up. Rob had a well thought out plan that would have worked if Tyson would've stayed with the plan and not flipped and gotten everyone voted out. He worked the hardest on that tribe in Heroes VS. Villains and even got dehydrated because of how hard he worked.
The 4th time that he played he completely controlled the game. The one girl that didn't trust Rob he got rid of. When Matt started to show some signs of dishonesty he sent him to redemption as well. Everyone on that tribe did everything that he said. Rob worked his butt off for that tribe. He made everyone in that tribe feel comfortable. In challenges he dominated. He won final immunity which carried him to the final 3 and he got to ...more
First fifth-timer has got to mean something. (Oh, and first fourth-timer.) That was a well-deserved victory.
One of the best physical, strategical, and overall best players ever, he should've won twice
A GOAT. He can find idols and fire tokens with no one noticing. He makes great alliances. "Boston" Rob also knows when to lie, and how to keep the vote away from him.
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
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.
His social game is perfect but in Redemtion island he got out because of his history as a player.
Most overrated Survivor ever. Even more overrated than Boston Rob.
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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The very first two time winner which impressive because how many people have won two times only two people.
The first two time winner is smart and a smart strategy "anyone but me" brilliant
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
Yul is the most strategic player in Survivor history, hands down. He controlled his entire alliance, but not in a Boston Rob way - he was always polite and kind with everyone, and funny at the right moments. He was great at immunity challenges and should have won at least one.
Yul is completely dominant on the strategic part of the game, and he is very good at the challenges, even though he has never one immunity.
He deserved his Winners at War return. He was basically immune for all of 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.
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.
I felt so proud of Cirie in Game Changers when she made it across the balance beam because it was an emotional moment to everyone.
She was such a good social player and made Survivor history by being the only person ever to be voted out by default.
Kim is amazing. She is one of the best winners and has an amazing social game. She is willing to take risks and has really good strategic moves.
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.
I love her so much. Hope she can play the survivor season 40- all winners
Kim's social game makes people like her so much that they can't get rid of her. she has one of the best strategic games ever.
AMAZING final tribal speech and I'm kind of sad that he hasn't come back because I want to see more of Todd.
Todd was strategic he was such a plotter and he deserved his win.
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.
Physical threat and Social threat only reason why I LOVE him he is so awesome at challenges and he is an amazing social player but in Cook Islands he lost in a 5-4 vote but he lost to a great player (Yul Kwon)
He is the ultimate survivor because he is a great provider and made the end and barely lost in his first season>
Ozzy is one of the best players ever at challenges, and has a pretty good strategic game too. He voted himself out to give himself the easiest path the the final four ever, even though he couldn't pull it out.
challenge god only got voted out cause he would win and spent most of a season on exile
Don't get me started on Richard I mean in Borneo he was amazing in social and strategic gameplay.
Formed the first alliance, but other than that, he played in a time with n idols, no fire tokens, no twists, and it was easy to beat the morons he faced.
He literally made the game what it is today. People love him, people hate him, but beneath it all he defined Survivor, making it the watchable, lovable scramble of exciting reality T.V. it is today. He is a legend.
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.
Tony is the greatest player of all time. He has won two seasons (Cagayan and Winners at War) while being considered an enormous threat during the entire time he was playing. He was great at winning challenges, great at finding idols, and he didn't even receive a vote against him in Winners at War. He essentially played a perfect game. His strategic gameplay was top-notch and he was perfect at waiting for the moment to strike with a huge move to change the game. On top of it, he is just so funny, entertaining, and likable as a person. He understood that Survivor isn't just a game. It's a TV show that is meant to entertain the audience, and he has provided more hilarious moments to the show than any other contestant I can think of. His "spy" set-ups are the most notable example of this. Tony is definitely the GOAT in my eyes.
If he wins Winners at War it's no longer a the question if he's the greatest player of all time. He already had the most impressive win of all time in Cagayan, where he managed to screw over almost every person on the jury and win them over with excellent jury management and convincing Woo to take him to the final 2. He learned from his mistakes in Game Changers and is now playing just as cutthroat and brilliantly as he did in Cagayan with ousting Sophie and keeping the lions around him to lower his threat level.
This guy is the rendition of what a modern day player should base their game off of. You lay low in the pre-merge, but make sure to build trust with a lot of people, and then going absolutely ham in the merge: backstabbing, and lying. Not to mention how amazing he is at finding idols. If he wins Winners at War, there should be no doubt in my mind that he is the greatest survivor player of all time.
The better half of the two time winners because he actually is strong and controlled votes
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.
He is by far one of the best Winners, very good strategist and probably the second best at Individual challenges (Behind Terry Deitz of course! ). Deserves to be way higher on the list!
THE STUPIDEST MOVE EVER b giving an idol to russel (ever heard of samoa)
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.
Malcolm and the three idols in Caramoan his gameplay was worse but I will give him credit for that idol play.
The idol play in Caramoan was amazing because of his intelligince and strategy but if it was someone like shamar I would be upset.
carried the 3 immigods to the merg and he was the sacrifice for eddie, by the wasy, challenge god
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.
Why is she getting so much hate? She was strong, and sweet. I really wished she would of won!
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.
Never received a vote? Check. Won unanimously? Check. Controlled most of the votes? Triple check.
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
He is underrated since people don't like him. His game on Caramoan was amazing and one of the best ever.
Such a shame the jury had to be bitter and he lost because of a tie!
Dom rocked that season. He and Wendell were in complete control for pretty much the entire time. Domenick was definitely very deserving of the win, but I feel he was a bit more aggressive with his gameplay compared the Wendell's laid back nature and stronger social game. Still, Dom is a great player.
While I do agree Dom and Wendell were in control of pretty much everything, Domenick was a lot more aggressive with his plans, and I feel like this was the reason he lost. Nonetheless, he's a great player.
Dom should've won!
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.
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.
Spencer is the best male player of Survivor by far! His strategy has always gotten him out of tight places which just gravitate towards him, he has Proven he is fully capable of winning immunity and making alliances that trust him and that if he's the target he can get out of it
He was a great winner. He used his alliance to make some amazing plays and stayed under the radar the whole time.
He was controlling the game, while being underrated. Made some great plays too.
Played a great game. Was in control the whole time and no one could see it.
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 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 was a strongest girl in survivor palau. I guess she should come back for new season
Her game in Palau was AMAZING she definitely could've beaten any body even Tom at the final tribal council
He changed the game and he was targeted in both of his seasons. In his first season both of the final 2 said Rob deserved to be in final 2 more than the actual final 2.
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.
Wow. So many played from his playbook after his season. He should get more credit for the way he managed people while letting them think that they were using him.
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
The ultimate goofball. He was hilarious and he made for a very likeable win playing for his girlfriend who became his future wife.
His humor and intelligence got him out his first two seasons but he played it calm and cool in season 27 Blood V.S Water
Really good. He gets targeted, and when not being targeted, everyone wants him on there side.
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.
Ciera is my absolute favorite Survivor. She proved herself to her alliance and weaseled her way into top 5. She was eliminated first in game changers for no good reason, but still the best player
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.
I love ciera she will do anything to win the game and has such a strong social game it was just always lack of numbers that took her out
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.
He is my FAVORITE player of all time in Tocantins he was socially horrible and his physical gameplay but he got better in Heros V.S Villians and in South Pacific he was robbed.
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
Coach is hysterical, he makes me laugh, now I meditate because of him!
Amazing player. Robbed by a bitter jury.