It’s Wednesday which means your favourite day of the week is here with our weekly TOP 10 to make you excited for the rest of hump day! Today we bring you the first of a two part Top 10 as your host Ben Waterworth and Ozlet Julian Groneberg give you the top 10 most successful tribes and top 10 least successful tribes in the history of the show! There have been 63 tribes (not including merge tribes) over the course of 28 seasons but statistically speaking which tribe is the best and which is the worst? Today Ben brings you the top 10 most successful with some results that are bound to surprise!
It’s often debated which is the best and worst tribe in the history of Survivor and our top 10 for this week and next week will finally settle the debate once and for all. To work out which tribe is the most and least successful we worked out the win percentage of a tribe based on the total challenges they took part in. Only tribes pre-merge were counted, and merge tribes were not included in the list as challenges are individual and not team based from that point. In terms of the percent, a tribe must’ve competed in a minimum of four challenges to be counted overall. That therefore excludes The Outcast tribe from Pearl Islands, Viveros from Panama and Puka Puka from Cook Islands who all had a winning percent of 100% but only took part in 1, 2 and 2 challenges respectively. When it comes to a tribe winning immunity but then giving it up (such as on Fiji and One World) we have counted the tribe that WON the challenge as getting the ‘win’ and not the tribe that had the immunity given to them. We have also only included stats from the tribe overall, and the winning stats still count towards the tribe after a switch. There is therefore no separate winning percent for a tribe after a switch. If the challenge was a combined reward/immunity then the tribe got the point for winning an immunity and not a reward. For three or four tribe seasons, each tribe that won immunity/reward was awarded a point for their win. So which 10 came out on top? Read below!
LEGEND: WP=Win Percent, TC=Total Challenges, IW=Immunity Wins, RW=Reward Wins
10. Aparri (Cagayan) – WP 66.67%
TC: 9, IW: 5, RW: 1
Looking back it seemed as though Aparri was the most dominant tribe on Cagayan but given their failure to win more reward challenges and drop a couple of immunities, they just scrape in to the top 10. Considering the final 2 of the season came from the original ‘Brawn’ tribe, there was always going to be a dominance about them. A memorable tribe from a memorable season.
9. Kota (Gabon) – WP 69.23%
TC: 13, IW: 5, RW: 4
On a season with more switches than a Rubik’s Cube, the Kota name remained strong throughout the entire pre-merge phase. 5 immunity wins were the catalyst of their success, although 4 reward challenge wins also helped their cause. It is also one of 5 tribes on this list to have the winner come from it, giving their initial success something to build towards when the game counted.
8. Rotu (Marquesas) – WP 70.00%
TC: 10, IW: 5, RW: 2
The first tribe in history to dominate it’s opposition, Rotu only lost one immunity challenge and won the opening 6 challenges of the game to completely run circles around the opposing Maraamu. The infamous ‘Rotu 4’ also came from this group, but their early game dominance wasn’t translated into a post merge win.
7. Fei Long (China) – WP 72.73%
TC: 11, IW: 4, RW: 4
Fei Long is one of my favourite tribes of all time, and it was a bit of a surprise to see them make this list as I didn’t realise just how successful they ultimately were. The tribe has produced three returning players and as well as the winner of China and is arguably one of the most memorable tribes of all time as well as the most successful. Even a tribe switch couldn’t take away their winning ways. One of the greats.
6. Koror (Palau) – WP 75.00%
TC: 16, IW: 7, RW: 5
I’m sure that when you first saw the title for this top 10 you assumed to see Koror in first place. Well amazingly despite their dominance of Palau, they did only manage to get into 6th on this list. They didn’t lose a single immunity challenge but dropping 3 reward challenges did ultimately bring down their winning percent. Still, when most people think of dominant tribes in the history of Survivor it is usually Koror who first comes to mind, and that will probably never change.
5. Chapera (All-Stars) – WP 76.92%
TC: 13, IW: 5, RW: 5
There is always one tribe on a three tribe season that dominates and case in point on this list with Chapera being the second of four tribes from three tribe seasons to appear on this list. Filled with some of the biggest names in the history of the show, they just couldn’t lose and even though a tribal switch occurred after a tribe dissolve it still didn’t stop the Chapera tribe from bringing home the results. In fact so dominant were they that only one member was voted out before the merge. Incredible.
4. Solana (Cagayan) – WP 77.78%
TC: 9, IW: 3, RW: 4
Another tribe from a three tribe season, the ‘beauty’ tribe surprisingly edges out the apparently more dominant Aparri tribe from being higher on this list based on winning one more challenge in total than their ‘brawn’ rivals. The only tribe besides Luzon (brains) to lose when in a three tribe format, Solana made up for it after the tribes were dissolved by winning an extra reward challenge compared to their orange rivals. Despite that early success, no original Solana member made the final 6 of Cagayan.
3. Galu (Samoa) – WP 80.00%
TC: 10, IW: 3, RW: 5
It’s startling to see just how dominant Galu were in Samoa and not produce the winner. Winning 8 out of the 10 challenges they competed in and going into the merge with more than double the numbers of rival Foa Foa, somehow the highest placed person only got 4th with Brett. Surely the biggest drop off of any tribe in Survivor history from such a dominant tribe early on.
2. Tandang (Philippines) – WP 87.50%
TC: 8, IW: 1, RW: 6
Tandang have the distinct honour of being the only tribe in Survivor history to compete in more than 5 challenges and never go to tribal council. In fact it took to day 19 for a Tandang member to be eliminated from the game. Amazing. Despite that dominance and winning 7 out of 8 challenges, it just misses out on a perfect record by dropping one reward challenge which you could even argue they didn’t ‘lose’ after actually striking a deal in order to give the win to Kalabaw. Produced 2 of the final 3 but still didn’t produce the winner.
1. Moto (Fiji) – WP 93.33%
TC: 15, IW: 6, RW: 8
15 challenges competed in, only 1 challenge lost. With 14 challenge wins Moto are the most dominant tribe in Survivor history based purely on wins. They are also the most successful tribe overall. And the only time they had to vote a member out was when they gave up immunity in order to keep their luxurious camp, a stat which technically puts them alongside Koror as the only tribe in Survivor history never to lose immunity. So dominant, so powerful yet no winner or returning player has every come from it. Can we please change this CBS?
Next week we bring you the other end of the spectrum, with the top 10 least successful tribes in the history of Survivor!
What do you think of the top 10? Do you agree? Disagree? Is it in the wrong order or are there ones that didn’t make the top 10 that you feel should’ve? Leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts!