Top Ten Greatest Survivor Players Never to Win


The Top Ten

1 Cirie Fields Cirie Fields

In Cirie's first two season, most people give another contestant the credit for being a "strong" player or being the mastermind. But, clearly, in Micronesia, Cirie was the mastermind. Cirie put the plans into motion and just had the other girls play them out. It's really irritating that Parvati got the credit for instigating all of the blindsides because the episodes show that Cirie talks about the plan before the plan in executed.
She controlled that alliance on the Favourites tribe after getting included, and once she was reunited with the girl, she put the Ozzy and Erik on the Jury.

Not only is Cirie one of the smartest players ever, she has such a positive, upbeat attitude in the midst of a cruel game. She is a joy to watch play Survivor. Hope she wins season 34.

As much as I love her, they need to stop bringing her back, she's coming back in February. Like she's a series regular. Survivor is fun because it's regular people not a regular cast. She can't sin, get over it.

She was screwed over, especially in Micronesia with the final two stuff. Then in Game Changers, are you kidding me! everyone had an idol but her, what was she supposed to do!

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

Made it to the end twice, both times completely dominating the game. However in the end, the juries from Samoa and heroes vs villains were to bitter to realize that he played a great game and truly deserved to win survivor

Russel is the greatest player to ever play the game, it is sad that Russell hasn't won, but it is a deep flaw in the game that is survivor. The jury is a bitter judge that will rob a deserving player of a victory because they screwed them over and it is a shame. A dud that flys under the radar and doesn't bother anyone will win if they get to the jury and it is a deep deep flaw in the game I hope gets removed for a season.

He definitely deserved it more than Natalie and Sandra. Parvati should have won Heroes vs. Villains but he should have come in second. After all, he found 6 idols and played the best strategic game even though he had no social game.

He should have won Samoa, Parvati should have won hvv and in ri he should have been calmer

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3 Rob Cesternino

Rob an win challenges but his mind game isn't that strong, he annoys people with his villainous charisma, plays his hand too quickly and makes himself a target. He like Russell is good at survivor up to a certain point in the game.

Rob is definitely the smartest player to never win. Flipping to the top of an alliance from the bottom of another one to taking out Christy the swing vote. And he's hilarious.

Described by Jeff Probst as the smartest player to never win. - naFrovivuS

Overrated. Jenna would have likely beaten him in a jury vote on Amazon. - morrislawes

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

Ozzy is the most dominant physical competitor in Survivor history. The only reason he lost Cook Islands is because he lacked a strong social game while Yul had a good enough social game to gain just enough votes to win. He never really formed a strong alliance and relied on winning immunity.

His second time on Survivor he learned from his mistakes and quickly formed an alliance with Parvati, Amanda, and James. His social game was strong with his alliance, and he also formed strong relationships with people he planned to send to the jury (Erik, Alexis, and Jason). His only mistake was trusting his alliance so much that he was blindsided.

His third time on Survivor, Ozzy combined a strong physical game (thanks to Redemption Island) and a decently strong social game since he never had to blindside or piss anyone off on the jury. If he wins that last immunity, I believe he is a millionaire.

By far my favorite player to watch. It would be difficult not to be arrogant with the game he played, but ultimately that was his downfall in fans v favorites. All three seasons he played he was very close and still think he should have won cook islands. Yul would never have been at the end if Ozzy hadn't saved them in challenges time after time. Greatest to ever play the game of survivor overall, despite not winning.

You know before this I was a little low on Ozzy but I realize that at Redemption Island even though he was out of the game he got to say the last word to nearly half of the jury and that should be very important for him to re-enter and get the votes. But he isn't insanely high for me because his strategy is to win competitions and there on out.

Best player ever. He shouldve won Cook Islands. He shouldve won a South Pacific. He shouldve made it farther on Game Changers. Damn you Debbie Wanner. - Blizzard

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5 Spencer Bledsoe

Even though Spencer lost in Cambodia, I thought he improved from Cagayan as he actually did play a good social game, he had some good strategic moves like orchestrating Stephen's blindside who was the smartest player in Cambodia arguably, and he won 3 immunity necklaces. Definitely deserved more than no votes at all.

Yeah, this guy was my fave in Cambodia! His vote-out in Cagayan ruins the entire season!

If he wins Cambodia we have to take him of the list

He got less votes than woo at ftc, he is a terrible player

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6 Jonny Fairplay

Jonny Fairplay will always be my favorite survivor player. He played a wonderful game in Pearl Islands going balls to the wall, which is exactly how you want to play the game. If you mention Grandma and survivor in the same sentence, Jonny will come to mind. I would hope to see him play a 3rd time!

He was the best player in the Pearl Islands. He's just bad at the social game. If Lil had chosen him and the jury wouldn't be bitter he would have won. - jhunk

Jon knew what he was doing the entire time. Never stopped at being a villain, and manipulated pretty much everyone. - naFrovivuS

Get this guy off the list. Now. - Blizzard

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7 Amanda Kimmel

She's definitely an excellent player, but, she's terrible at final tribal counsel, when it comes to getting votes for the title 'Sole Survivor. '

Amanda might take the title of worst liar in Survivor history because it was because of her that Parvati made the double idol play

Amanda should've won Micronesia and China. I love Todd and Parvati, but Amanda was just overall a much more competent player.

Amanda is so underrated. She is the first survivor to make Final tribal councils twice, to win final immunity twice. She is the mastermind of a blindside with a man with 2 idols in his pocket. She is the first player to reach 100 days on Survivor. Even in HvV, Russell was afraid of her. She was his only fear.
She is so underrated.

8 David Wright David Wright

Overcame many obstacles to make it to F4. Ken made huge mistake not taking him. Was on the bottom on Gen X tribe and the rock draw screwed him up. Won two immunities (by the way that's the same amount as Jay). Found two idols and played one correctly, and Adam mislead him to play the other on incorrectly. Great player, unfortunately can't win due to his first season, unless he pulls a Spencer.

I was SO MAD when Ken took him out. That ruined the entire season! I liked his idol plays and still can't understand why he voted Adam! In seasons 31-33, I instantly favored Spencer (28 and 31), Tai (32 and 34), and David (33). Hope he returns for a second time...

Connected with people very well. Tricked by Adam to misplay one idol (That makes 3 idol misplays by Adam)

He got screwed by who used to be the most loyal and Hannah did not deserve to be in the finale

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9 Aubry Bracco

Aubry has to be up there with the best to never win, along with Cydney. She was on the right side of the vote at ever single tribal council she attended, which is an incredible feat. Convincing Tai to flip against his best interest has to be one of the best moves in years, and she did it without any of the flashy idols and trickery that is commonplace. Aubry is the type of old school player that is absent in this new age of survivor. Hopefully she will do well on season 34.

She found herself being bullied by Scot Nick And Jason but she managed to mastermind and alliance and gets robbed by Michele because the jury was salty

She found a way to flip the tide when she suffered a defeat

Please knock Kelley Wentworth off this list!

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10 Kelley Wentworth

Best female dominating player in the modern survivor seasons, would be stupid to take her to the end but she deserved it for her amazing gameplay. PRAYING for her to comeback in another season

Best Survivor in a minority Position...EVER! Used idols amazingly

She was on bottom the entire post merge, and still made final 4 - JJS32503

Spectacular player and only lost San Juan Del Sur because of her father's bad actions

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The Contenders

11 Candice Cody

No matter how many bad mistakes she makes it is for her game and that is what makes a survivor the best player because they do what ever it takes to win

Are you kidding me? The Flip flop player. She has 0% of winning a game like this. She is one of the worst player ever

She may be a flip flop player but the only reason she does this is cause she knows she can't make it much farther in the game with out flipping to the other side, in my opinion she played great in Cook Islands and H v V but in blood v water not so much cause her tribe voted her off cause they could tell how much of a threat she was sense she does what ever it takes to win

12 Colby Donaldson Colby Donaldson

Colby is the definition of a hero on Survivor. He played a phenomenal physical game in Australia that only a select few have been able to match. His social game was amazing as well because Jerri was the only person on the jury that was bitter toward him. Colby took an angel of a woman in Tina with him to the finals and basically handed the money to her however, he was still only 1 vote shy of winning. He would have creamed Keith and possibly would have been the first unanimous winner

He honestly should have won in Australia

Colby was such a physical player in Austrialia that they voted him out early in All-Stars! He was the last Hero on Heroes vs Villains so he wins this, if not Survivor

13 Grant Mattos

He is hot. Would do well in a returnee season as long as they don't put Rob on it, haha.

Player with a lot of potential, who can get even better. - quackerpacker

Played an overall great game on Redemption Island, especialy for a guy who had never watched Survivor, and almost for sure wins the season if Ashley had not won the Final 5 immunity. A true triple threat, great in social and physial aspects, and also good in strategy. Could easily win if he plays again. - feisty37

Strong player for a recruit who barely watches the show.

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

He can't win, get over it.

He might not have won a season, but he did win the million.

A hippie-beast! What's cooler than that!?!?

Loved him
he was and always will be the best

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15 Brenda Lowe

Learned from her mistakes and played a very good game both times. If it weren't for NaOnka's erratic gameplay she could've very well won Nicaragua, she was in great position and very strategic/manipulative. However manipulation failed on her the first time so she took a whole other approach on Caramoan, which is interesting because many players play the same way every time (cough russell cough rupert). She played honest and relied on social game. Very interesting to watch.

Very smart, won competitions, could've won Caramoan if she wasn't blindsided by her own allies

No idea why Brenda keeps popping up in all these lists. Mediocre player, unfairly famous due to made up Dawn scandal. - morrislawes

She was so nice and didn't deserve to be voted off of Survivor: Cochran and Dawn

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16 Terry Deitz Terry Deitz

Amazing, he won so many challenges and managed it all on his own after the merge

He did it all on his own. The only problem was he lost the final challenge.

He was great at challenges. - Awesome55

Needs to be in the Top 10.

Dominated challenges with his back against the wall from the other tribe.

One of the record holders for most individual immunity wins.

One of the earliest players to find a Hidden Immunity Idol.

Played a very fair game.

A great player and a great father giving up his second chance to be with his family.

Needs another chance to really play the game again.

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17 Coach Wade

Coach is one of the most compelling character this game as ever seen! Come back for one more. I have my greats players list and your on it my friend!

The best survivor contestant ever!

18 Yau-Man Chan

Yau-Man was an amazing player! He has to be one of my favorites. I cannot believe what Dreamz did to such a kind, innocent soul.

The guy that won is a dispicable human being he is a stupid man

He was a challenge beast, and had a strong social game.

but DREAMZ... dreamz!

19 Malcolm Freberg Malcolm Freberg

Malcolm is a good player but luck just always seems to run out for him. First he was eliminated at final four for being a threat and then he went out in the minority. No matter how could a player is, once your in the minority, it is almost impossible to make it very far after that.

Malcolm was one of the only deserving people on the original Matsing tribe. Personally, even deserved it over Denise. Denise was just there to vote whoever people wanted. Malcolm was a game changer at many times, and if people didn't see him as a threat, he would have won

How is he only at 18? he's better than Fairplay, David, Candice, and Brenda, just to name a few. His physical game was pretty good, as he won a couple of immunities. His social game was good for all of Philippines, and until he was voted out in Caramoan and Game Changers, In Caramoan, Corrine screwed him over when Corrine told Dawn their plan, and in Game Changers, he was screwed over by the 2 tribe tribal.

Easily the best of Survivor: Phillippines. A little more reckless and less strategic in Survivor: Caramoan. Would love to see a victory in Survivor: Game Changers.

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20 Stephen Fishbach

Come back for season 34.

21 Vytas Baskauskas

Vytas played a great game during Blood vs Water and would have done even better without his brother who played a bad game and took his brother down with him. Vytas was brought back too soon after Blood vs Water, less than two years. He was also brought back during the "America's Vote" debacle, so the contestants thought the other contestants were pre-gaming whether they were or not and since Vytas was friends with many of them, he got painted with a brush he didn't deserve. Not getting to fight for his place after the challenge hurt him since he would have been able to sway a few votes to keep such a strong player for a while, but they went directly to tribal council. Because he was the first boot, his edit was terrible, I doubt that's how most happened. I would love to see him in ten years to see how he would play.

22 Stephenie LaGrossa

I love the fact that she is a sore loser just like myself. Fight to the death, never quit, and the added bonus: hotness! I wish she would come back to play again. The passionate competitor to ever play!

She's great

23 Ciera Eastin

Did all Wentworth's work for her. Had Jeremy not played his idol when he did, she would have been in the final four with Wentworth, Abi, and kimmi. Stephen goes, then joe, than the witches use their idol while Jeremy uses his idol to save himself so spencer goes. Then Kelly, Ciera, Keith, and abi are in the majority. Tasha goes. Jeremy plays his idol but they split the vote and eliminate keith. Vote out Jeremy in 5th place and boom. Then ciera can choose to vote out kimmi or Kelly as she will be targeted by neither of the other 3.

She was cut too soon on Game Changers. Every season that Tony is on, he cuts my favorite. first Sarah, now Ciera!

24 James Clement James Clement

He, like most people that haven't won is good up to a certain point. He is too challenge focused and while he is good in the tribe immunity stage he doesn't have a strong alliance game.

Most hilarious player ever

25 Jay Starrett

Could have won millennials vs gen x if he won the last 3 individual immunities

26 Andrea Boehlke

Andrea is a "triple threat" because she combines a strong physical, strategic, and social game in a beautiful package. Andrea is definitely a strong player that could have won Redemption Island had Rob not been so dominant and cherry picked who he wanted to sit at the finals with him. Who can forget her beating Matt, Grant, and Mike in the final Redemption Island duel?

Come back for season 34.

27 Joe Anglim Joe Anglim

In "worlds apart" he was a very strategic player, and would have made it far, if it weren't for the overpowering blue collar alliance. He was a threat in challenges, he was easy to get along with, and considering most of the jury is likely to be a lot of people who he was aligned with, he would have gotten tons of votes from the jury. He really deserved it

Joe is an amazing player and he has a knack for creating those fake immunity necklaces. I wish he had one a season - LulaKittyMeowMeow

Come back for season 34.

Yeah Joe

28 Woo Hwang

Woo made the dumbest move in survivor history in his first season. He did almost nothing the entire season, and then at the end when the win was handed to him on a silver platter, he just handed it over to Tony. He has now proven during his time in Survivor: Cambodia that he is completely clueless. He is most definitely not one of the best players to never win.

The homie yung woo

29 Jerri Manthey

Jerri is a terrible Survivor player. She is decent at challenges but there are plenty of women who are much better physical performers. Her strategy either does not work (flirting with Colby with Australia) or either consists of riding the coat tails of and selling her vote to a dominant male that disposes of her whenever he chooses (Lex in All-Stars and Russell in HvV). Her social game in her first two seasons is terrible as she has a terrible attitude, gets in constant arguments with her tribe mates, and is generally despised by everyone. In HvV she does redeem herself by becoming more of a hero but she still will never this game no matter how many times she plays

Everyone on the jury said that she would have won in HvV if she made it to the end. Great social game and strategic game. She showed that once she kept her emotions in check she was a great survivor player. Hop she returns a 4th time.

30 Devon Pinto

Damn, he was robbed by a twist. Again, I hate fire challenges. - Blizzard

31 Jonathan Penner Jonathan Penner

Underrated in his time in Cook Islands, Penner played an amazing game two times, bringing him to the final seven twice. In his first season, a lot of people think Penner was an idiot for mutineering, but it was an intelligent move. If Candace was gone, that would mean he'd be voted out next if Raro lost. Then when he reconciled with the Raro Four, it was because of Yul's idol. The all-powerful idol.

In Micronesia, he was playing alongside Eliza Orlins and was almost guaranteed merge if not for his infection. If he hadn't been pulled from the game, I could see at least final nine or eight for Penner that season.

In Philippines, Penner came in with a huge target on his back. He managed to form an alliance alongside Carter and Jeff, though, and reach merge easily. He would've probably made it to the end (and if he did, I think he could win easily unless he was against Malcolm or Denise, pretty much his only threats) if he had accepted Skupin and Lisa's alliance ...more

Penner is definitely an amazing player who is fun to watch. Although he only won 1 immunity in three seasons, he was always a strong competitor during team challenges and was physically strong. He is one of the best strategic players to play the game however, he always seems to make a mistake that costs him the win. Maybe if he is able to have a fourth attempt he will be able to play a game worthy of the win and a million dollars

Come back for season 34.

32 Kass McQuillen

Was very smart.
Could've won if she turned her back on Tony and flipped back to Spencer and Tasha

33 Brad Culpepper

How is he here? He was outsmarted by underdogs and thought he could be like Ronald Trump

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34 Chrissy Hofbeck

yee love

35 Rodney Lavoie Jr.

Surprised everyone with his social game and hidden alliances. No one ever expected him to be a threat at the start of the season.

Worlds Apart played a great social game

Rodney should come back

Hilarious. Awesome guy. Shouldve made it farther. I hate fire challenges for a reason. - Blizzard

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36 Eliza Orlins

Great at making the game a whole lot more interesting. If she went to the finals in season 9 she would've won

37 Rudy Boesch
38 Tom Buchanan
39 Stacy Kimball
40 Lill Morris

Why is she on this list

41 Keith Tollefson
42 Erik Reichenbach Erik Reichenbach
43 Tyson Apostol Tyson Apostol

He did when so he should not be up here.

This is for players who have not won.

Tyson won survivor blood vs water

He won

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44 Alicia Calaway

I will always wave my finger at her. (Seriously)

45 Mike Holloway Mike Holloway

The only good person out of the final seven. Was different than most winners cause he was never on the top

He won the season. Somebody take this entry off the list. - Blizzard

He should not be on this list

1vs 6 fight.
Was a good guy who fought with Shirin. When Shirin got voted off, he took down people like Rodney and won 5 immunity challenges.

Oh, I forgot he won.

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46 Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien

Would have won Mrqueas if she had not been betrayed

47 Shirin Oskooi

Annoying, poor at challenges, awful social game

48 Peih-Gee Law
49 Jeff Varner

Surprised there are no angry comments about him outing Zeke as trans yet. - Blizzard

.Very strategic Eliminated everyone who was voted out before him

One of the most strategic plyers ever.

Come back for season 34.

50 Michael Skupin Michael Skupin Michael David Skupin is an American software publisher and television personality, best known for competing on two different seasons of the reality competition show Survivor.

Again, surprised there are no angry comments about him being a child molester. - Blizzard

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