Backstage at the “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X” finale, all of the castaways who lost to Adam Klein were still happy for him and praised him as a worthy champion. But is he the best “Survivor” winner of all time? In previous polls, Gold Derby readers determined that their two favorite female winners were Parvati Shallow (Season 16) and Kim Spradlin (Season 24), while their two favorite male champs were Rob Mariano (Season 22) and John Cochran (Season 26). Pitting these five against each other, who’s the best “Survivor” winner of all time? Vote in our poll below.
Parvati was the winner of “Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites,” with a 5-3 vote over Amanda Kimmel. This sultry three-time player almost won two separate seasons, but Sandra Diaz-Twine was able to take her down at the final tribal council in “Heroes vs. Villains.”
Kim was the winner of “Survivor: One World,” with a 7-2-0 vote over Sabrina Thompson and Chelsea Meissner. Though she has only played the game once (so far), Kim made a huge impact in her season by keeping a low profile until it came time to shine.
“Boston” Rob was the winner of “Survivor: Redemption Island,” with a 8-1-0 vote over Phillip Sheppard and Natalie Tenerelli. Rob is a fan-favorite who won his fourth — yes, fourth! — time at bat. His “Godfather”-like approach to the game remains one of the best strategies in “Survivor” history.
Cochran was the winner of “Survivor: Caramoan,” with a 8-0-0 vote over Dawn Meehan and Sherri Biethman. He previously competed as a fan on the “South Pacific” season where he let the game get the best of him, but returned later to claim his rightful place on the “Survivor” throne.