Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz are two examples of notable finalists on the television show "Survivor." Finalists include all of the contestants who have made it to the final tribal council, which consists of either two or three contestants, depending on the season.
Fans voted for Mariano and Hantz as the two greatest "Survivor" contestants of all-time. Mariano has appeared on "Survivor" on four separate occasions. He won "Survivor: Redemption Island" and was runner-up on "Survivor: All-Stars." Hantz competed in three seasons of "Survivor." Critics consider him to be a villainous character. He has never won, but he was a runner-up finalist on "Survivor: Samoa" and "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains." Mariano and Hantz were both inaugural members of the "Survivor" Hall of Fame. Five contestants have reached the finals in more than one season: Mariano, Hantz, Amanda Kimmel, Parvati Shallow and Sandra Diaz-Twine.
The winner of the first season of "Survivor" in 2000 was Richard Hatch. Other "Survivor" winners include Tina Wesson, Ethan Zohn, Vecepia Towery, Brian Heidik and Jenna Morasca in seasons two through six. They were followed by Amber Brkich, Chris Daugherty, Tom Westman, Danni Boatwright and Aras Baskauskas in seasons seven through 11, then by Yul Kwon, Earl Cole, Todd Herzog, Robert Crowley and James Thomas Jr. from seasons 12 through 16. Natalie White, Jud Birza, Sophie Clarke, Kim Spradlin and Denise Stapley won in seasons 17 through 21 respectively, followed by John Cochran, Tyson Apostol, Tony Vlachos, Natalie Anderson and Mike Holloway in seasons 22 through 26.