The Biggest Survivor Villains

The participants on Survivor: Winners at War.

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These seven were in it to win it—not to make friends.

These contestants may have been conniving, Machiavellian, and backstabbing, but you have to admit, they could also be brilliant. So forget your one luxury item or sunscreen. Sometimes the best thing to bring to the game is your wilingness to win—no matter what it takes.

1. Russell Hantz

Russell Hants poses for a photo shoot on the beach during Survivor: Redemption Island.

Russell Hantz from Survivor: Redemption Island

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Samoa, Heroes vs. Villains, Redemption Island

Known as one of the dastardliest players in Survivor history, Russell Hantz was infamous for wreaking havoc on his tribe. He burned socks, emptied canteens, and sabotaged his alliances. His aggressive style only took him so far—at the Samoa finale he was berated by his former tribemates for his ruthless gameplay and received zero jury votes.

2. Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch looks slightly sad as he stands shirtless during the first season of Survivor.

Richard Hatch during the first season of Survivor.


Richard Hatch

Borneo, All-Stars

Survivor's first winner was also the first reality TV villain— and arguably one the best to have ever played the game. The often naked corporate trainer was a master at backstabbing, scheming, and acting arrogant. His creation of the first ever alliance—a voting bloc that controlled the game —is still the template for how the game is played two decades later.

3. Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton

Jonny Fairplay Dalton looks slightly conniving from the jungle in Survivor: Pearl Islands.

Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton on Survivor: Pearl Islands

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Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton

Pearl Islands, Micronesia

The architect of "the greatest lie in Survivor history," Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton won the sympathy of his tribemates when he learned at the family reward challenge that his grandmother had died. In the end, he was able to partake in the reward and spend time with his friend who delivered the sad news and was saved from elimination that night at Tribal Council. The kicker? Grandma was alive and well—it was all an elaborate lie that Fairplay had cooked up before he left for Pearl Islands.

4. Parvati Shallow

Parvati Shallow looks wistful on the set of Survivor: Winners at War.

Parvati Shallow on Survivor: Winners at War.

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Parvati Shallow

Cook Islands, Micronesia, Heroes vs. Villains, Winners at War

Charismatic and cunning (and a bit of a flirt by design), Shallow has dominated the game since first appearing on season 13's Cook Islands. On Micronesia her alliance, The Black Widow Brigade, voted the men off the tribe one by one and helped her become that season's Sole Survivor.

5. Jerri Manthey

Jerri Manthey looks on during the filming of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.

Jerri Manthey on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.


Jerri Manthey

The Australian Outback, All-Stars, Heroes vs. Villains

Competing on season two in the Australian Outback, Manthey was the show's first true villainess. Her rivalry with Colby Donaldson and her blindside elimination (orchestrated by Donaldson)was all the talk at the water cooler back in 2001. Manthey got her revenge three years later on All-Stars and voted Donaldson out right before the merge.

6. Sandra Diaz-Twine

Sandra Diaz-Twine on Survivor: Winners at War.

Sandra Diaz-Twine on Survivor: Winners at War.

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Sandra Diaz-Twine

Pearl Islands, Heroes vs. Villains, Game Changers, Winners at War

The self-proclaimed "Queen of Survivor" has competed in four seasons and is the only player to have won the Sole Survivor title twice. Her low-key approach and self-preserving gameplay is legendary.

7. "Boston Rob" Mariano

"Boston Rob" Mariano looks angry drom a shot on Survivor: Winners at War.\u200b

"Boston Rob" Mariano on Survivor: Winners at War.

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"Boston Rob" Mariano

Marquesas, All-Stars, Heroes vs. Villains, Redemption Island, Winners at War

A five-time castaway and winner of Redemption Island, "Boston" Rob currently holds the record for most days spent playing Survivor. For 152 days Mariano conned, controlled, and manipulated his fellow cast-mates to become the greatest threat in the game.

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