Nobody does villainy quite like “Survivor.”
Be it venomous jury speeches, burning an opponent’s footwear, or lying about the well-being of your loved ones, “Survivor’s” villains have proven that all’s fair when it comes to outwitting, outplaying, and outlasting.
So, in the spirit of this season’s “Heroes Vs. Villains” theme, we’ve reached out to some of the show’s top names to find out who they think are the biggest villains in “Survivor” history.
“Richard Hatch, Rob Cesternino, then me, that’s how I’d rank them.” Jon “Jonny Fairplay” Dalton – “Survivor: Pearl Islands” and “Survivor: Fans Vs. Favorites”
“The most vile villain of all time? Russell (Hantz) may have it hands down. He’s an amazing player.” Debra Beebe – “Survivor: Tocantins”
“It’s a toss up between Russell (Hantz) and Jonny Fairplay.” Todd Herzog – Winner of “Survivor: China”
“I think Todd Herzog. And it’s a travesty that he isn’t on the Villains team. I wanted to put him in a wig and send him in my place.” Courtney Yates – “Survivor: China” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains”
“I’d have to say Courtney (Yates) is the most vile villain of all time. No, she’s the most beautiful villain of all time.” Stephen Fishbach – “Survivor: Tocantins”
“I’d like to give the credit to Randy (Bailey) because that was more personal. But for me, Jonny Fairplay was the worst villain.” Susie Smith – “Survivor: Gabon”
“Hands down, I have to give it to him…I’m not a hater. I give credit where credit is due. And Russell (Hantz) to me is the biggest villain I’ve ever seen.” Cirie Fields – “Survivor: Panama,” “Survivor: Fans Vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains”
“It’s gotta be Jonny Fairplay. I mean, who lies about their Grandma passing away?” Dan Kay – “Survivor: Gabon”
“In my mind, it’d be Corinne (Kaplan).” Matty Whitmore – “Survivor: Gabon”
“Jonny Fairplay.” Chris Daugherty – Winner of “Survivor: Vanuatu”
“You’d have to say Russell (Hantz) after this past season.” Coby Archa – “Survivor: Palau”
“I’m going to go all the way back to Susan Hawk. To me, she was as cutthroat as it comes.” Erik Cardona – “Survivor: Samoa”
“I’ve got to go with Richard Hatch. He’s a trend setter. He came up with the whole philosophy on how to play ‘Survivor.’ He came up with the alliance and he won. And I still love him to death even though you want to hate him.” Jerri Manthey – “Survivor: The Australian Outback,” “Survivor: All Stars,” and “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains”
“I would totally have to say Russell Hantz for all-time biggest villain, hands down! He has ice in his veins.” Tamara “Taj” George – “Survivor: Tocantins”
“It would be hard to think of villains on ‘Survivor’ without mentioning Jonny Fairplay, who I believe was the first person who ever went on ‘Survivor’ with the intention of being ‘the villain.’ However, for me, as a viewer I never experienced anything like the emotion I felt watching Richard Hatch win the first ‘Survivor.’ Seeing Richard prevail with ‘Survivor’s’ first million dollar prize was not unlike watching Darth Vader prevail over Luke Skywalker and Han Solo at the end of ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’ Though America may not have been rooting for him at the time, Richard’s strategic, manipulative, and emotionless style of play became the blueprint for how future Survivors (and specifically future ‘Survivor’ villains) would play the game for the next ten years and beyond.” Rob Cesternino – “Survivor: The Amazon” and “Survivor: All Stars”
On the Other Hand: Survivors Speak: Who’s the Biggest ‘Survivor’ Hero Ever?