Best Survivor Winners

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

Parvati is the best 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.

2 Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano

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.

So overrated, it isn't even funny. The guy didn't even make jury 2 of his first 3 seasons, lost Survivor to a goat (Amber), and only barely won against 2 gigantic goats who couldn't have won vs anyone on a rigged season (RI).

3 Yul Kwon

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. And at age 57, mind you.

4 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 first person to win twice. (Tony Vlachos is the second 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.

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

Should be a lot higher than 5th. Below Boston Rob, are you kidding me. Rob would get schooled by Tom if they were on a tribe together.

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.

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

He is funny and notorious. I love it when they interview him. He is probably number one on my funniest survivors list.

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!

7 Todd Herzog

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.

All I can say that he had the best tribal council performance.

8 Tony Vlachos

Woah woah woah. Why is this man so low on the list? Sure, his game in Cagayan was very cut throat and almost a similar game to Russel Hantz (well, I actually love this style of play: way too fun to watch) but in Winners at War he played an AMAZING GAME. He actually played kindly, whilst still keeping his antics, but not being stupid about them. Tony is awesome! SPY SHACK FOR LIFE

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.

9 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.

10 Richard Hatch

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.

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.

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.

12 Chris Daugherty

He owned his season. after screwing his tribe from an early lead and they lost, but he convinced the fat guys to keep him and became the leader of his alliance who had to babysit his alliance from killing each other. then during the switch, he made deals with all of the newcomers. at the merge when all the other men got screwed, he teamed up with three women who would never last against a jury, and kicked out the other three, one of them very sore about not going to the end. Then after backstabbing two allies, he took a loudmouth with him and gave the best bs in survivor history to get 5 votes, half of them from those he screwed.

13 Wendell Holland

I adore Wendell's game. He had a amazing social game and his jury management was flawless. Making Dominick appear as bigger threat was very smart. Many downplay his game, but his under the radar game moves and his comp wins at the second half of the game got him a win

Wendell definitely played the stronger game of him and Dom.

14 Earl Cole

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

15 Brian Heidik

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.

Dominated the game end to end, and was never not in control. Created the strategy of bringing an unlikeable player to the end.

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

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.

How is Jeremy below Bob? Jeremy played a great strategic game, creating the meatshield strategy which is now commonly used in modern survivor. Bob was practically carried to the end by sugar, and only won because he was the least disliked in the final 3. He won challenges constantly, sure, but he never made good strategic plans or had any power through most of the game.

17 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! )

18 Tina Wesson

How is Tina below Bob? Tina played an extremely dominant winning game, playing incredibly socially, strategically and physically. Bob was practically carried to the end by sugar, and only won because he was the least disliked in the final 3. He won challenges constantly, sure, but he never made good strategic plans or had any power through most of the game.

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!

19 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.

20 Sarah Lacina

How is Sarah below Bob? Sarah played a great social and strategic game, being able to effectively use advantages and make strategic plans. Bob was practically carried to the end by sugar, and only won because he was the least disliked in the final 3. He won challenges constantly, sure, but he never made good strategic plans or had any power through most of the game.

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.

21 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.

22 Ethan Zohn
23 Denise Stapley
24 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 screwed if they were up against Ozzy in the end.

25 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.

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