The Best Survivor Contestants That Ever Played

Over 45.1K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Survivor Contestants That Ever Played

This is a ranked list of the people who outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted everyone else in the sneakiest, smartest, or just plain most ruthless way. These are the best Survivor players to ever go on the show and many are fan favorite players. Vote for the best Survivor contestants here and make your own list to rank the players in order and add anyone you see missing. When all is said and done, you should have a list of the most popular Survivor contestants ever! Be sure to vote up who you think are the best Survivor players of all time. 

Who are the best Survivor players? This list of every single Survivor contestant - including the cast of Survivor: Edge of Extinction - should give you an idea of who should be or near the top. Vote on this list of greatest Survivor players how you deem it fit.

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  • Tony Vlachos
    13,766 votes
    • Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey

    Tony Vlachos, a cunning and formidable player, took home the million-dollar prize in Survivor: Cagayan with his Machiavellian tactics and made a memorable appearance in Winners at War. His ability to build alliances and outwit his opponents made him a standout amongst Survivor royalty.

  • Rob Mariano
    23,462 votes
    • Birthplace: Hyde Park, Boston, USA, Massachusetts

    Rob Mariano, affectionately referred to as "Boston Rob," is remembered for his strategic prowess and bravado during his numerous attempts at the title, ultimately winning Survivor: Redemption Island. With his wit and determination, Rob has always been a fan favorite and influential player.

  • Parvati Shallow
    22,261 votes
    • Birthplace: USA, Florida, Vero Beach

    Parvati Shallow, known for her charm and persuasive abilities, is a veteran of multiple seasons and triumphantly claimed victory in Survivor: Micronesia. She's not only a skilled social player but has proven repeatedly that she's a force to be reckoned with in challenges.

  • Ozzy Lusth
    Age: 42
    19,391 votes
    • Birthplace: Mexico

    Ozzy Lusth, the quintessential challenge beast, dominated in each season he participated in, particularly in Survivor: Cook Islands. Despite never taking home the top prize, his physical capabilities ingrained him as one of the most legendary players in Survivor history.

  • Cirie Fields
    16,188 votes
    • Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

    Cirie Fields, the woman who "got off the couch" and turned into a savvy game-player, stole hearts in Survivor: Panama and subsequent seasons. Her ability to navigate complex social dynamics, generally with grace and humor, distinguished her as one of the greatest strategists never to win.

  • Sandra Diaz-Twine
    18,546 votes
    • Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut

    Sandra Diaz-Twine's iconic mantra, "as long as it ain't me," perfectly encapsulates her gameplay. She outlasted others and became the first two-time champion in Survivor history, winning both Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. Her blunt, no-nonsense attitude combined with uncanny adaptability remains legendary.