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.

Why! Game Changers Was supposed to be her season!

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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.

The GOAT period. Doesn't matter if he won or not. Nobody dominated and played a Better game than the Russell Hantz.

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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

He made the boldest move ever

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.

Ozzy is the strongest player ever. He's not the best social player. But he should have been the winner of Redemption Island. He was the strongest player. He was definitely robbed.

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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

Why, this is so stupid! You have clearly never seen some of the best players

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 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

Needs to come back for another season.
- Strong in challenges
- Finds immunities
- Good at strategy
- Great player to watch

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9 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

10 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)

Put him back on the list!

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The Contenders

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

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

He was the best he was hilarious

He can't win, get over it.

14 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

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

Best jury speech ever

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15 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!

16 Terry Deitz Terry Deitz

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

He could have won Cambodia but he had to leave because of a medical emergency hope he returns for a 3rd time

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17 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!

18 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 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.

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Russell Hantz
2. Cirie Fields
3. Rob Cesternino
1. Ozzy Lusth
2. Rob Cesternino
3. Cirie Fields
1. Russell Hantz
2. Rob Cesternino
3. Jonny Fairplay

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