Top 5 Characters That Would Win “Survivor”

Welcome back to Top 5 Tuesday! I missed last week’s because I’m not really caught up with anything even remotely considered contemporary fiction, so I figured I couldn’t give a good post for it. This week, I’ve wracked my brain for answers to this week’s question. Thanks as always to Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm for hosting!

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what we’ve got!


Septimus Heap, Septimus Heap series

Originally known as Boy 412 for the first ten years of his life, Septimus grew up in the Supreme Custodian’s Young Army and learned how to survive. He had to dig wolverine pits (“Luckily, nothing ever fell in ours.”) He had to survive terrifying nights in the Forest. And he had to survive what he thought was being kidnapped by Crazy Wizards™. If anybody deserves the title of Ultimate Survivor, it would be Septimus.


Philip, Wizard 2.0 Series

Why did I choose Philip over Martin? Simply put, Martin’s a bit of a dunderhead who only survives the series through pure dumb luck. On the other hand, Philip knows what’s going on, has his business firmly established, and knows how to manipulate those around him in order to get what he wants. It’s probably cheating to put Philip on this list, because he controls the world around him through The File and all that, but at least it would give a 50+ year old man a chance, right?


Jim Holden, The Expanse Series

We are first introduced to Holden in Leviathan Wakes, the first book in the series, when his water-cargo ship is blown to bits by something. As the book goes on, he essentially instigates a war between the Belters (those who were born in Space) and the Earthers in order to save his own hide. He knows how to get what he wants, and in the beginning it seems like he will stop at nothing in order to get there. The only thing that I think that could ruin his chances is that he has a very soft heart at his core. That will only come back to bite him in the end.


Harry Creek, The Android’s Dream

He’s a former soldier dying to leave his diplomatic job, and gets the chance when he is tasked with finding and protecting a specific breed of sheep. Along with pet store owner Robin Baker, Harry travels a good portion of the US and into the far reaches of space in order to keep the sheep away from alien hands. Literal alien hands, mind you. With all of Creek’s cunning and his ability to blend in and get in/get out, he would be a perfect Survivor competitor.


Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Sam is one of those characters who never gives up. “I can’t carry it for you, Mr. Frodo, but I can carry you!” sort of thing. He’s resourceful (“Po-Tay-Toes!”) and while he may overpack for trips, he’ll never regret bringing something along. He’s friendly with everyone, and while Survivor may be a game of backstabbing your way to the top, I think Sam would be that character who would slide right along until Final Council, where everyone would vote for him because he’s the only one who didn’t stab them in the back to get where he is. At least, that’s my take on it.


This was a fun one! I will say I’ve never seen a prompt like this, and I’m hoping that there will be more things like this in the future. Let’s just go through all of the reality shows and see who would win them, hm? What about The Amazing Race next? (I’d vote for Frodo/Sam to win that, with Harry Creek/Robin Baker coming in a close second.)

I hope this T5T made you think like it did me! Have a great day, and as always, keep reading.


(P.S.: If you missed it, I’ve got a short story being published in an upcoming anthology!)


10 thoughts on “Top 5 Characters That Would Win “Survivor”

  1. You spoke to my nerdy heart – Samwise! Awe! He’s just the best. Like you said, he’s friendly with everyone yet strong enough to make it through. If anyone had the heart to vote for him then their heart is stone cold!
    Thanks so much for participating – added you to the list 🙂

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      1. There was this guy, Russell, who went to Survivor like four times and always got to the final 2/3/4 (I think he got to the final 2 twice!), because he knew how to manipulate/lie/backstab to get where he was. he never won because he had made two many enemies clawing his way up.

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  2. Samwise, I love it! I never would have imagined him. I agree that I think he would stay under the radar and people would keep him around because they like him and he’s hardworking and capable and then all of a sudden the end would come and he’d win because nobody disliked him! I can totally see it!

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