No, Hatch was a villain...
Okay, you've got a point there: Hatch is and was a jerk in his way, and I'm sure that turned a lot of people off. But I definitely remember people (by whom I mean viewers and also Kelly Wiglesworth) thinking that the alliance itself was a villainous and unfair concept, and that even if the leader of the alliance were a swell dude, it'd be somehow wrong to vote based on anything other than "this person doesn't do much around camp".
After RobM (whom I don't count because it took him 4 tries)
Well, you dislike Mariano the most, so I think you and I have much to discuss, and you also don't count him, which means I might mail you some money, but you lose me around:
my least-favorite winners from a personality standpoint are Brian, Richard, & Aras, and the common theme amongst them is that they are all arrogant/cocky bastards.
On the bright side, hey, someone else remembers Aras exists! I was starting to think I imagined him.
I can see how you came to your opinion - no specious logic here - but those are my three favourite people ever to play Survivor, and it's because of how I think they're the opposite
of arrogant and cocky. I saw them all as having plans, and being self-aware enough and socially dynamic enough to understand that they could probably make their plans work. Troy's attitude is, "This is my island!" Hatch, Heidik, and Aras's, for me, all come closer to, "If I can execute this, I can make this my island." But they're all, always, aware that they could fail. What was Brian Heidik's most famous line ever?* It wasn't, "I'm Mr. Freeze!"
Per the recap, it was:
What skills come into play at this part of the game? Skating skills. Who's the best skater -- ice skater? Who's got the longest skates on? Who's the best at cutting corners -- going around in circles? Because usually on [sic] skating, you gotta be ice cold. You can't lose your cool. You gotta be like ice. You gotta have friendship. You gotta cut off those friendships. You gotta keep stringin' people along and then bam! Throw 'em a nice slider. Mr. Freeze is in the house. Even though it's about 110 out here, I got my skates on.
(Can I just say, also, that especially given his remarkable genius at certain parts of life, I will never get over how poorly-spoken Heidik is? "on skating"? Really?)
Now, the theme of this incoherent ramble is not, "I am great." The theme of this incoherent ramble is, "I understand that there are certain things someone needs to do in order to win this game, so I will do them." Not a single thing he says plays up a single skill that he has that other people don't---just his understanding of the game, his willingness to do certain things, and his implicit understanding that no matter how pretty he is, if he doesn't play it a certain way, he will lose. An arrogant player doesn't think that way. An arrogant player thinks they'll win by showing up and doing what they would usually be doing on a Tuesday, and everyone will say, "Wow, Alicia, you're really cool! Let's give you a million dollars!" I can see where people see arrogance in the kind of player who figures out what they need to do, explain what they need to do, and then does it, but for me, it's literally the opposite of arrogance. For a contestant on a reality TV show (which I don't usually consider Survivor to be, but let's go with it), acknowledging that there are things you have to do to make yourself great is remarkable humility.
I'll find a quote later, but another I'd put in this box was Fiji Alex. He gave at least one striking confessional where he said, basically, "Things seem to be going really well for us right now, but that could change." That's not arrogance. That's knowing you're at the top, which, if it's true, isn't wrong.
And Aras...well, Aras is not of the same species as Heidik, Hatch (or Kim, who's in that species too). In him, I see more of a "fake it 'til you make it". He knew Terry was kicking his ass in challenges, that Terry was the Alpha Male and that he himself was a squeaky little yoga boy. But he needed to sell
others that cockiness, because that's what you respond to if you're Shane Powers, which Shane Powers was. That's the one
way in which I would put Aras in the same league as Heidik, Hatch, and Kim: a very clear-eyed, cold-blooded, "I will do what I need to do to get what I want" style, as opposed to an "I'm really great and I know what I want will find its way to me."
A small, tiny point that nobody but Aras's biggest fan could possibly care about, but I'm going to raise it anyway: remember Cook Islands, when the Queen of the Social Game met her tribe, and they were all, "Hi, Poverty!" And she was all, "Par-va-ti." And they were all, "So, Poverty?" And she was all, "*rolls eyes, reins in her irritation, opts to flirt with them instead* Oh, you!" Little-known fact: Aras is "odd us", not "our ass" (in fairness, some would say the latter would've been a reasonable nickname for him around camp). You ever hear anybody but his dad in his video from home call him "odd us"? 'Cause I didn't. And what was his response? No response at all. Because as long as he got a million dollars, what did he care? And he got a million dollars.
*Oh, hey, trying to find a clip of Heidik calling himself Mr. Freeze, I found this.http://www.youtube.c...h?v=FXpyvVrCnC4
Surely this just cements his best-ever status. Everything he did out there, he was doing without his much-needed calories.
Edited by Yogurt Baron, May 25, 2012 @ 2:21 PM.