Russell Hantz’s Top 100 Greatest Survivors Ever

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Survivor: Cook Islands
LOS ANGELES – DECEMBER 17: (L-R) Contestants Becky Lee, Nathan “Nate” Gonzalez, Oscar “Ozzy” Lusth and winner Yul Kwon attend the “Survivor: Cook Islands” Finale at CBS Television City on December 17, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) /

14. Ozzy Lusth (Cook Islands, Micronesia, South Pacific, Game Changers)

It’s a little odd that Ozzy Lusth, who lost to Yul in Cook Islands, is ranked ahead of him on here, but to be fair, Ozzy appeared in three other seasons and made a deep run every time. He was a physical threat in all four of his seasons and was blindsided in two of those four seasons as a result of that.

Ozzy came really close to making his second final tribal council in South Pacific, but Sophie won that final immunity challenge and he was voted out as a result. Otherwise, he probably wins that season.

To be honest, I’ve never been a huge Ozzy fan because of his sense of entitlement. He always whines when he doesn’t get his way and acts as though his fellow castaways should just hand him the money. That being said, I understand why Ozzy is ranked this high because there’s no arguing his legacy and what he means to the history of Survivor.

13. Tyson Apostol (Tocantins, Heroes vs Villains, Blood vs Water, Winners at War)

No one’s legacy jumped more from winning than Tyson Apostol, who was blindsided in his first season and essentially voted himself out in his second season. Third time was a charm for Tyson, who played a really good game in Blood vs Water and was rewarded with a victory.

Tyson is so well-liked amongst Survivor fans due to his sense of humor and he was a big threat due to his physical prowess and his intelligence. Fishbach mentions in the video how Tyson was taken out when he was in Tocantins because otherwise, he’d go on to win.

Tyson was a target from the start of Winners at War and was voted out early on as a result. He won his way back in, proving how good he is in challenges, and unfortunately was booted again not long after. Considering how big of a threat he was, the fact that Tyson made it as far as he did (yes, he re-entered the game, but still) was impressive.