While playing the role of the villain on “Survivor” often puts a target on your back and ensures that you’re eliminated early, a small group have actually gone on to claim victory. From the diabolically cutthroat Richard Hatch back in the first season to Tony Vlachos, a lying and cheating police officer who left his badge at home, we’ve tracked down every villain who won the $1 million prize. Tour our “Survivor” photos below to see the complete list.
Season 1: Richard Hatch
Richard was the winner of Season 1, with a 4-3 vote over Kelly Wiglesworth. That season’s location was Borneo. Richard is considered by many to be one of the most cutthroat villains of all time.
Season 5: Brian Heidik
Brian was the winner of Season 5, with a 4-3 vote over Clay Jordan. That season’s location was Thailand.
Season 15: Todd Herzog
Todd was the winner of Season 15, with a 4-2-1 vote over Courtney Yates and Amanda Kimmel. That season’s location was China.
Season 16: Parvati Shallow
Parvati was the winner of Season 16, with a 5-3 vote over Amanda Kimmel. That season’s location was Micronesia and featured fans battling against favorites.
Season 20: Sandra Diaz-Twine
“Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”
Sandra (the first person to ever win twice) was the winner of Season 20, with a 6-3-0 vote over Parvati Shallow and Russell Hantz. That season’s location was Samoa.
Season 22: ‘Boston’ Rob Mariano
“Survivor: Redemption Island”
Rob was the winner of Season 22, with a 8-1-0 vote over Phillip Sheppard and Natalie Tenerelli. That season’s location was Nicaragua.
Season 27: Tyson Apostol
“Survivor: Blood vs. Water”
Tyson was the winner of Season 27, with a 7-1-0 vote over Monica Culpepper and Gervase Peterson. That season’s location was Palaui Island (Philippines).
Season 28: Tony Vlachos
Tony was the winner of Season 28, with a 8-1 vote over Yung “Woo” Hwang. That season’s location was Cagayan (Philippines) and featured a Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty twist.
Season 34: Sarah Lacina
“Survivor: Game Changers”
On May 24, 2017 Sarah became the winner of Season 34, with a 7-3-0 vote over Brad Culpepper and Troyzan Robertson. That season brought back some of the most notorious players of all time.