Since Survivor’s debut 18 years ago, we’ve seen a slew of faces come, eat the occasional bug, and go. Some walked away with a million bucks, while others stumbled off into a dark jungle after hearing these now famous words: “The Tribe Has Spoken.”
For good or for bad, these fifteen players will forever live on in Survivor lore for being great TV, period. In no particular order, let’s tip our tiki torches to those who have stood and fallen in the name of the game.
Rob Mariano, aka “Boston Rob” – Best known for winning Survivor: Redemption Island
Some fans call Boston Rob the best player the game has ever seen. And those “some fans” would be me.
Rob not only dominated and won season 11, he fell in love, got married, and is now raising a family with fellow Survivor winner Amber Brkich – who he proposed to on the finale stage during their 2003 season! Showing us all that true love transcends all lack of deodorant, razors, and mouthwash.
Richard Hatch – Best known for winning Survivor: Borneo and showing his asscrack
Winner of Survivor’s debut season in 2000, Hatch was best known for two things: 1) Inventing the concept of alliances, and 2) Bending over naked.
His first contribution made the game what it became – a backstabbing, blindsiding secret war among splinter factions within each tribe. His second contribution made him a legend.
Sue Hawk – Best known for getting really scary in Survivor: Borneo
Sue Hawk was the Midwestern truck driver who never saw Survivor’s first blindside coming. As the fourth place finisher, she threw Survivor’s very first hissy fit at the final tribal council, which is now known as the infamous “snakes and rats” speech.
Sue basically read her former alliance member, Kelly, the f**king RIOT act at the final tribal, which set the bar for scary/angry jurors ever since.
Parvati Shallow – Best known for being a major badass and winning Survivor: Micronesia, Fans v. Favorites
Another all-star, multiple-season player and Survivor winner, Parvati was a triple threat: Brains, Body, Beauty.
She used all of her skills to charm, conquer, and ultimately totally crush her opponents. All while keeping a smile on her cute little face. Memorable moment: Charming the immunity Idol right out of Russell Hantz’ weasely little hands at Tribal Council. Savage.
Russell Hantz – Best known for being the ultimate villain, multiple seasons
The Russell Hantz tornado of chaos swept through three seasons of Survivor, never reaching the million dollar goal – but not for lack of trying. As the ultimate villain, Hantz aimed to win the game by any means necessary, whether that meant dumping out his tribemates’ water, burning peeople’s socks while they slept, or lying about being a victim of Hurricane Katrina.
Oh – he also found EVERY SINGLE immunity idol in existence, some without clues, just by being the night stalker he was. Although people hated him, he made for a great show.