Survivor: Russell Hantz’s Top 100 Greatest Survivors Ever (10-1)

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Survivor Season 18 contestant James “JT” Thomas Jr (C) is joined by members of the Tocantins Government as he is named the winner of CBS’s “Survivor: Tocantins The Brazilian Highlands” (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

It’s here! The top ten Survivor players have been revealed! Who made the top ten of the most prestigious list there is when it comes to Survivor?

Well, it’s been a long road, but the top ten Survivors have been revealed! The list was put together by Russell Hantz along with four other panelists who based their rankings off of game play, entertainment value, memorability factor, big moves, and legacy factor.

The final episode was nearly two hours long, so if you don’t have the time to watch it, we’ve got you covered! Let’s get to it!

10. J.T. Thomas (Tocantins, Heroes vs Villains, Game Changers)

J.T. Thomas played Survivor‘s first ever perfect game, meaning he made it through the game without receiving a vote cast against him (despite being a huge threat) and also received every single jury vote. This made him one of the best winners of all-time and for good reason.

J.T. went into the merge down significantly in numbers, but he and his Jalapao tribe mates took advantage of the Timbira alliance’s hatred for one another and eventually took control of the game. He was the true master of the show’s motto of Outwit, Outplay, Outlast and he won in a unanimous vote against a tremendous player in Stephen Fishbach.

J.T.’s legacy took a hit the more he returned, as he’s now sadly remembered the most for giving Russell the Hidden Immunity Idol in Heroes vs Villains, which was then used to vote him out not long after. Ouch.

While this was indeed a stupid move, just think if it had worked out. It could have honestly been one of the best moves in Survivor history and as Russell mentions in the video, if this worked out for him, he probably wins Heroes vs Villains and is the show’s first ever two-time winner.

Game Changers was another rough go of it for J.T., as he was voted out early, but a fun fact is that he was the first person to ever get up at tribal council and talk to someone else. That had never been done before. J.T. is a trend setter!

Despite the rough returns, I try not to let J.T.’s second and third appearance take away from his win in Tocantins because it truly was a fantastic win and falls in my top ten wins of all-time.

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