Best Survivor Winners

The Top Ten

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

underestimated in the cook islands as the flirt she was redeemed with her win in Micronesia which was bold, independent and aggressive. in HvV she had a target on her back from Day 1. She made it to Day 39 by using a great social, strategic, and physical game. Unfortunately the jury was too bitter to let her win twice. She has lasted the most days, won FvF, won more physical challenges then anyone with the exception of Colby, and is therefore the best player to play the game

Parvati is the best WInner and one of the best players on survivor simple. People keep saying that if it was a final 3 cirie would have won, how sure are you guys about that? Even if it was a final 3 parvati would have won because inasmuch as cirie played a good social game she was just too idle and didn't make big moves. Parvati didn't need to orchestrate the whole female alliance but she was the driving force behind it. It's not easy to have a huge target on you from day 1 and survive. Get over it haters of Parvati! She's the best.

Although she wasnt labelled much as a power player in cook island, she was able to pull of a win in Micronesia: Fans vs Favourites. She was labelled as the flirt, and she used that to her advantage. With the help of her all female alliance who she took to the final four then beat Amanda Kimmel in the final tribal council. Bravo

By far the best winner, especialy since she is the real one who should have won twice, and not Sandra. Rob being so close to her in votes is a disgrace, but then again I know dumb casuals have a hard on for the overrated Boston Blob.

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2 Sandra Diaz-Twine Sandra Diaz-Twine 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.

The only reason she's near the top is that she won twice. While I haven't seen Pearl Islands, I am certain that her win on Heroes vs Villains was tied with Natalie White's win for worst Jury decisions ever. Sandra sat out most of the team challenges and came close to last in all of the individual challenges. And then she claimed that was her "strategy," which is pretty laughable. She never had any control in the game. The Jury liked that she "played an honest game" or something like that, but she was almost as villainous as Russell if you ask me. She ripped off Sugar's top in the middle of a challenge, lied to Russell about Coach, and threw Russell's hat in the fire for no reason. Parvati did nothing like that. She was very sweet, she won multiple challenges, and that play with giving the two idols to Jerri and Sandra was brilliant. She should've won with Russell in second. Then she'd be the only two-time winner and Sandra would become just as forgettable as Vecepia.

Sandra is the survivor who shows that you don't need to be a physical player to win. She combines a loyal game with a game involving a high level of deceit, manipulation, cunning, and adaptation, which is what it's all about. In both Heroes vs. Villains and Pearl Islands, she had the odds stacked against her, (Burton and Jon in Pearl Islands, and Russell in H vs V were against) but she overcame them spectacularly.

Some people say, "Sandra didn't deserve to win." That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. If she won, she deserved to win. She outwitted and outplayed with her sarcastic and caustic humor and her intelligence. Outlast means to stay longer than everyone else right? So I guess she did that too. TWICE.

Only two time winner in history. Should easily be #1. 3rd behind a 4th time player 1 time winner though? don't make me laugh.

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3 Yul Kwon

WHY THE HELL PARVATI IS AHEAD OF YUL?

They both played on Cook Islands, and Yul is way much better than Parvati at all, she was not even a threat for him because he was much more brilliant than she was, she was inferior according to him.

Yul is the perfect player and the best winner all the times, people who surprised that Yul is ranked that high its because his smartness, and if you think that the rules on Cook Island is making the difference you wrong because you can see Yul's thinking way and check out that his thinking way is further thinking, he is calculated, analyzing the situation much better than any winner overall (Except Tony and Todd - I don't include Boston Rob because his tribe on season 22 was sucks and he is not that smart in my opinion) and I can completely say that Yul is the perfect winner in survivor.

Yul has the whole package - STRONG, WISE, SYMPATHIZED

I'm surprised to see Yul so high. I don't know why people think he was responsible for winning all those challenges with his tribe of four. Ozzy clearly had more to do with it than he did. The only "big move" Yul made was to get Jonathan on their side, and he could only do that because he was lucky enough to get sent to Exile Island at just the right time. That idol he got was overpowered. If it had been a later season, the idol wouldn't have been playable at the Final Tribal Council. He's just really lucky that Ozzy didn't flush the idol out when he had the chance, otherwise it would've been Ozzy with Sundra and Becky in the final three and we all know who would have won. 5 out of 6 immunities, for goodness' sakes. Ozzy was the clear winner, even if he isn't the smartest player. Also, I have to respond to the guy that said Bob had numbers the whole time. That is blatantly false. His alliance was getting picked off one by one, but he won five individual challenges in a row to stay in. ...more

Players don't get to pick the twists. We can't discredit his game simply because of the idol. - Breakdown

How is BOB CROWLEY ahead of Yul?!?! Yul dominated the whole Cook Islands, had an amazing comeback to lead his team to the final four. Bob on the other hand had the numbers the whole game and never had any mental stress he only won a couple of challenges and that's it. Sugar should have won over Bob, or even Susie.

Bob never had the numbers, but I believe the Yul is the 2nd best winner in Survivor history. - Breakdown

Yul led one of the strongest alliances to the end, and his great abilities in persuasion allowed him to swing Jonathan and gain the upper hand in the game. Definitely the best winner for me. - CloudInvasion

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4 Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano

He played such a great game 2 times. He deserves to be number 1 because of the way is was able to play such an amazing social and physical game on survivor all stars and then come back and play an even better one without anyone being worried about him. He gave comfort and is the definition of survivor.

No matter in physical or in social he played better, I feel he can give people security not only in the game, I think he is the man can handle everything well in life, and he found his love in the game. How successful he is!

When he won in his 4th season, he pretty much controlled what everyone was doing. He easily held the reigns and wisely brought two people who he knew wouldn't win to the finals with him.

Rigged winner on the worst season ever, and still needed 2 giant goats at the end with him to stand a shot. I can't believe how high he is on this, are some of you crazy. - morrislawes

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

Way better player than Rob, Sandra, or Russell. Only Yul of those above him on the list even compare.

Completely controlled every moment of Palau. Even made Ian quit for friendship.

No question, toms the best of the best - thedeadthebadandthedexter00

Awesome buddy

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

Being the first, he had no example to follow. He made the ideal 4 person alliance, and took them to the end. This was considered "unethical" yet he won over challenge queen Kelly with the best Final Tribal Council performance ever. Don't forget he also threw the last challenge because he could.

Hello people he invented the game survivor! If it wasn't for him people might still be voting off based on whether or not you help around camp! I can't believe people think Parvati Shallow and Todd Herzog played better then Rich I mean for crying out loud he was able to through the last challenge and I think that says enough.

He knew how to play survivor before anyone else. And was he right. He should be back to show these kids how its done.

Richard must have been pretty powerful. I thought he was first off

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

Learned from his mistakes in his first season and played a perfect game in his second. Way to go, Cochran!

Definitely Cochran because he played a great strategic game and deserved his 8-0-0 win! - survivorfan989

8 Todd Herzog

He had an AMAZING strategy and was playing the game the whole time! Also a very funny contestant... hahaa Courtney was also amazing (: best alliance ever!

He really knew this game he got the stronger players out he lied and he worked the jury and that's why he deserved to win.

He played the game step by step. He put himself in such a power position whoever he wanted gone would be gone.

He needs to be higher

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9 Chris Daugherty

Don't really know what your talking about, the women didn't just turn on each other for the fun of it. Chris caused them to. Also best underdog story=one of best winners.

A better, fatter, Brian Heidik. He is and always will be the king of lies. He needs to come back. Even probst liked him.

Meh, I don't think he was that impressive, save for a few Immunity wins. He only stayed in because the women's alliance viewed him as the least threatening of the men. Then when he was the only man left, Twila came to him and told him to join forces with her, Scout, and Eliza. Though winning those last couple Individual Immunities probably saved him, so kudos to him for that.

Twila was a dork

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10 Kim Spradlin

She owned her season, much like boston Rob did in Redemption island. She had so many alliances: 2 different majority alliances, and an uncountable number of sub alliances, and somehow she kept them all secret from each other and was the leader of each one. She made each deal seem genuine making it impossible for anyone to turn on her. The best part was no one felt betrayed until they were already voted out so in the game no one felt that they had a reason to vote her out.

I pretty much second what the other poster said (the one that starts with "she owned her season") and I'd like to add that she didn't give people much of a chance to vote her out because she was so dominant in Immunity Challenges. One of the strongest female challenge performers in the history of the show, right up there with Laura Morett.

A big strategist. I really think she got an easy win.

She pulled off arguably one of the greatest strategic games, with a flawless mindset. She kept her options open, orchestrated blindsides TC after TC, and to top it all off, she won 4 individual immunities, which is major.

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The Contenders

11 James "JT" Thomas Jr.

JT never got a single vote against him during this season, and that already proves something! He played a brilliant game and won individual immunity challenges quite often. And he was like three times faster than anybody else! His final perfect move was to pick Stephen with him to the FTC. JT showed us that you don't have to stab everybody in the back to stay in the game. His honest lasting alliance and friendship with Stephen was so nice to watch!

Everybody knew he was going to win from the start. When he won the last immunity he had to choose between Erinn and Stephan. Was he smart to choose Stephan because he got every single vote.

He was very hard working

12 Brian Heidik

Brian was the ultimate villain. He made false deals to secure his safety in the competition, led an incredibly powerful alliance to the end, and made a bold choice taking Clay to the end rather than Jan or Helen. It's too bad he shot that puppy or I would've said he should come back for another season. - CloudInvasion

Honestly, one of the best one time players ever. Made the goat strategy and weaved in and out of final 2 alliances and still won. Chris took many pages out of Brian's book. If a great winner wins by using another winner's strategies, that shows how good of a player you are to be imitated at all. - Breakdown

He is the more successful version of Boston Rob by winning in first try.

Hand's down best game played...very underrated

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13 Tony Vlachos

Well Deserved Winner of Survivor: Cagayan. He dominated from start to finish and he played one of the best strategic games that Survivor has ever seen.

Why the heck is he #14? He should be at least in the Top 6.

14 Robert "Bob" Crowley

Uh... can you say 57-year old CHALLENGE BEAST?!? Winning five individual challenges in a row is amazing enough in its own right, but to do it at his age is remarkable. His whole alliance was decimated, but he stayed in by winning. Then when he finally did lose, Sugar decided to give him a chance making fire against Matty because he was so nice to everybody and so hard-working. She said he was like a father to her, which is quite a statement given that her father had recently passed away. In a season with at least four huge villains, I'm glad that one of the good guys won in the end. (I can't believe Susie almost won though! That would have been terrible! )

Most likable winner and also most underrated. He saved himself twice by making the best fake idols in survivor history. Stayed alive by winning three immunities. Got Sugar to vote with him by playing up the grandfather role. Winning the fire challenge against Matty. The list goes on and on. Just an underrated winner in a highly underrated season. (He's also my personal favorite player of all time).

He was a little older than the other players, but he proved he was very athletic. Winning Challenge after Challenge. Which was a big help to him winning the million

Bob was one of the best strategists in Survivor. He was able to get an alliance together and some key players out of the game. Susie winning would have been awful because she played very little game. Sugar wouldn't have been a bad winner, but Bob was the clear choice. - Turkeyasylum

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15 Earl Cole

Should be top 15 easy

Was likeable and made a pretty huge blindside by getting rid of Yau

what?

Only received one vote against him throughout the whole game and then won in a stunning fashion (9-0-0 vote). His game was VERY similar to JT’s

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16 Jeremy Collins

He had the best social game of the entire season and was playing in a very difficult season to win. Jeremy to snag himself a good spot in the majority alliance, get people to trust him, and convince people that there were better targets to get rid of. A lot of the castaways went to Jeremy when trying to make game decisions. The 10-0-0 sweep after Final Tribal Council was very impressive as well.

He led the majority alliance, after aligning with his tribemates he told them that he had their backs so this resulted in nobody turning on him, he found 2 idols, played them at the right time, aligned with the bigger targets so people would focus their attention on them and forget about him, let Savage, Joe and stephen take all the heat, found a way to not make himself a target till the f6, won the final immunity challenge and played a good social game. The sympathy card meant nothing, He would have won regardless.

He got the sympathy vote after the final tribal you knew he was going to win very predictable

He dominated

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17 Tina Wesson

Probably one of the best strategies if she got Colby Donaldson to bring her. Colby would have won if he brought Keith

She's an amazingly strong, smart, kind woman. And she reminds me of my mom :) I adore her!

She was a very kind lady

18 Ethan Zohn

Not sure why he won

19 Denise Stapley

Michael should have won

20 Danni Boatwright

I think Danni deserves more credit than she gets. If you really stop and think about it, most winners only have one or two big moves that get them to the end. First, Danni bought a clue that helped her win Immunity. And then she had a conversation with Judd about who the power players were, making sure that Stephenie saw them talking. Stephenie was then easily convinced by Danni that Judd wanted her gone, and she was able to slide right back into the game after being the only member left in her alliance. Most of all, I think she deserved the money because she gave such honest, straightforward answers at the Final Tribal Council. She knew that that's what the Jury wants to hear. I wish Rafe had won, but Danni is still an underrated winner.

She should actually be in the top 10. Underrated winner and someone everyone loved to see win.

21 Wendell Holland

Wendell definitely played the stronger game of him and Dom.

Wendell was AWESOME!

22 Sarah Lacina

Played the Cesternino game. Knew when to flip, knew when to strike, and always found a way out. Great winner, even though I wanted Cirie to win more. - naFrovivuS

I found her to be a confusing choice for Game Changers, but she proved to be one of the most dangerous villains of the modern Survivor. - CloudInvasion

She played flawlessly and formed great relationships

One of the best

23 Natalie White

A very shocking winner. But if you look back and see how she played the game she deserved to win. If it wasnt for her getting rid of erik Russel would of been toast. She also had one of the best social game in the history of survivor.

She played a strong social game that was very underrated and the jury was very bitter at the final 3 so it ultimately was her social game that gave her the win! I think she is very underrated considering she was the person that convinced the Galu 8 to turn on each other and this led to the eventual downfall of Galu and gave the Foa Foa 4 a path the finale.

24 Aras Baskauskas

Likable, had a strong social game, and was great at challenges. One of the most underestimated winners in survivor history, really would have liked to see him play another time to make a bigger splash in survivor history. Pretty much did everything he could in his one season unlike most of these people who have played multiple times.

25 Sophie Clarke

Easily the most underrated winner ever. I think she gets overlooked because she didn't make any "big moves." But there's a reason for that. She criticized Albert in an interview for wanting to make big moves for the sake of making big moves. Sophie knew better. Why mess things up when you're in an alliance with four Christian men, a couple of which would rather die then go back on their word? I think she strategically made sure she was hanging out with those guys on the first night. Something tells me they're not the kinds of people she'd normally hang out with. She's such a razor-sharp, well-spoken individual that all she really had to do was make it to the end somehow. The rest was history. Nobody could answer questions at the Final Tribal as smartly as she did. Oh, and did I mention she was tough as nails. She won three Immunity Challenges, including one against Ozzy. That last challenge win alone was enough for her to deserve the million because Coach and Albert would've been ...more

She came to my school for an assembly once - ProPanda

26 Michele Fitzgerald

Not the worst winner - thedeadthebadandthedexter00

27 Natalie Anderson

She made a couple of genius moves that I never would have thought of: voting out Alec instead of Keith and using her idol to spare Jaclyn. You look at winners like Rob and Kim and think that they dominated their seasons, but it's easy to forget that either one would have lost if they hadn't won the last Immunity Challenge. Natalie didn't depend on that. She had the best Final Four strategy ever. If Jaclyn won, she knew she could get her and Missy to vote out Keith, which is what happened. But even if Keith had won, she knew she could get him to vote Missy (which he did), and possibly Jaclyn would as well. Both felt like they owed her for saving them, and they didn't want to look like jerks in front of the Jury. A really smart player if you ask me.

Jaclyn should have voted for her and created a tie between Natalie and Baylor. Missy and Jaclyn would have sent Natalie home on the revote. Eliminated by your own idol.

A crazy player, but a bit disappointed about one person in the F3: Jaclyn. Here's what I wanted to happen: in F6, Missy and Baylor vote Jaclyn out on the revote, disappointing Natalie, but at least she got SOME revenge. Jon wins the practice advantage and immunity and Natalie considers targeting Missy or Baylor. Despite voting for Baylor, Natalie plays her idol on her, negating the three votes against her, while Missy and Baylor vote Keith out. Natalie wins the final challenge and Missy reluctantly votes Jon out. Natalie, Missy, and Baylor F3. Nevertheless, Natalie was all about big moves when Nadiya went out first.

BRING HER BACK

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28 Adam Klein

Even Ken should have won that final 3. Ken made moves in the beginning and did not need to afterward because he as in the best position in the game and never targeted. Ken won 4 immunities and convinced people to make moves against their best interests. Think about it: Convinces Jessica to flip: clearly bad move for her as she receives votes next tribal for it. Convinces Adam to flip: bad move as he was targeted because of it next tribal. Hannah flips to his side and is targeted next tribal because of it. Convinces Will to flip and Will is then voted out next tribal because of it. Not only that, David and Jessica both gave up their advantages to protect him. Jessica gave legacy advantage to him instead of David as proof of better social game. Ken made moves when he needed to like voting out David. Ken made it to the end with 2 goats that everyone wanted to go to the end with, and the jury screwed him. The only move that Adam made in the game was flipping which was a bad one because it ...more

Ken had a horrendous social game, made no strategic moves, and rode David's coattail for 38 days. No way would he win. - naFrovivuS

Adam played a very risky game, but it payed off.
Flipped to the Gen X side to guarantee him and his two closest allies safety in order to take out his biggest enemy.
Juggled two alliances in hope of blindsiding both Zeke and David (although he couldn't take out David until the second last day)
Coordinated Will and Jay's blindsides and assisted in Sunday's blindside
And of course, he was somehow able to convince Ken to flip on David, whom he was aligned with since Day 2

Adam played from the heart. He knew where to place himself in order to be safe, and it payed off. I can't say his story about his mom helped him win, because he already had the majority of the jury on his side. A great player, but a top 10? Not quite. - CloudInvasion

Tricky little guy. Tried to get everyone on his side to garner enough votes at the end. He didn't win by pity, the story about his mom would've flipped Taylor and Michelle, but everyone else was with Adam. - naFrovivuS

Misplayed 3 idols (Even tricked David)

29 Jenna Morasca

No entiendo porque es un ganadora subestimada, la temporad la debio de ganar Rob pero ella era la segunda opcion y lo hizo de maravilla, su actuacion en el Consejo Tribal Final fue epica, tanto que es la primera en ganar en una votacion 6-1, otro factor es que uso en parte la belleza para ganar, y ahi habia una desventaja por parte de las mujeres mayores, definitivamente se merece el top 15

30 Amber Brkich

I think Amber is the best because she met her husband Rob

31 Jud "Fabio" Birza

Everyone who's seen the show talks about how great a player Natalie white is such an amazing player ( Which I disagree with). SO TELL ME WHY FABIO GETS SO MUCH HATE! This kid is basically Natalie White, but good.

Pretty much the lovable dumb blonde. Made friends with pretty much everyone. Good player. - naFrovivuS

Most unlikely to win from the start.

32 Mike Holloway Mike Holloway

For years, people have been talking about the potential of having a player that is on the outs, wins challenges, makes it to the end, and wins. We Almost got that with Kelly Wiglesworth way back in the first season, and we probably would've if it wasn't for that stupid number guessing game Greg played. Regardless, it took awhile, but we eventually did get a winner like that in the most recent season with Mike Holloway. Challenge dominator, good around camp, an underdog throughout the second half of the game, and one of the only people that you could possibly root for in a season fully of hatable villains. If they ever do a "Heroes vs. Villains 2", they better bring this guy back as a hero!

He destroyed an alliance with his terrible social game. Rodney completely outplayed him. He will be refacing Rodney on the villains tribe with Rodney on the heroes tribe

How is he last? He won five individual immunities! He took an ally to the end who was popular with the jury, and HE STILL WON!

Oh please, we all knew he would win the moment he came on. - naFrovivuS

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33 Ben Driebergen

No. Ben is the WORST winner to ever play. If you win that means you beat out people with your physical dominance, tactical strategy, and strong relationships. Did Ben have any of that? Nope. Physically poor, even to the point where he was beaten out by the second oldest woman. Four times. Strategically inept, his strategy boiled down to pointing fingers at whoever he found dangerous, and relying on twists to survive. Oh, and let's not forget his horrendous social game. He built a tower of relationships and then crashed a plan into it without any regret. Ben had no idea what he was doing, and constantly whined about his marine life so he could earn sympathy points at the final tribal. Even Amber's more strategic than him. Worst. Winner. Ever. - CloudInvasion

This guy beat all the odds to win the game!

34 Tyson Apostol Tyson Apostol

He should be higher than 30th "best" Survivor winner. He dominated his season from start to finish, formed great alliances, played smart. Plus he doesn't give a damn of anyone's feeling so just for that, he should be the best Survivor winner - and player.

Deserved to win Blood Vs Water - JordanTop10

He voted himself out before

Worst winner ever

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35 Vecepia Towery

Very underrated and she was the pioneer of the under the radar

She played the best game never was in danger until the final 4

The only reason she won was because the jury was STUPID!

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