What is a story without a great villain? There can be no great story told without a great villain. Star Wars had Darth Vader. The Lord of the Rings had Sauron. The Dark Knight had the Joker. Silence of the Lambs had Hannibal Lecter. Survivor has Russell Hantz. Russell must be one of the greatest villains ever to play the game of Survivor.
There is something about a great villain that draws people to them. Many people love to hate villains and it helps drive the story. The principle is true in movies, television, literature and it is true of Survivor. Great reality television often thrives on the dirty deeds of villains.
What is it that makes Russell such a great villain? What is it that makes people love to hate Russell?
1. Russell seems to survive against the odds
There almost seems to be something mystical about the way that Russell acquires hidden Immunity Idols. Again and again, Russell came up with more and more of these hidden life savers. Not only can he find them without clues, they seem to find him. In Survivor: Heroes versus Villains, the heroes actually gave Russell an Immunity Idol. The Heroes have made one of the dumbest moves ever in Survivor history.
Russell does live up to the title of the show, he seem to be able to continuously survive. The fact is that Russell survives by using a variety of skills to his advantage. He is able to outwit, outlast and out play others continuously.
2. Russell seem to deceive everyone
Russell has the ability to lie through his teeth and make people believe it is the truth. Why would anyone believe a word this man says? Maybe Russell is really a Sith Lord, like Darth Vader, and has mind control power.
Russell may not be a Jedi but he is a master at manipulation. Whenever Russell begins to plant thoughts in the minds of others, they tend to cause paranoia. He calls them “Russell Seeds.” No matter how the game plays out Russell is at the center of manipulation.
3. Russell eliminates any who oppose him
The moment that Russell believes that a person is no longer loyal, those people are the next to leave the game. Over and over, Russell has proven his ability to eliminate threats and reduce the competition. One of the best examples was the Russell was able to eliminate Boston Rob from the Villains tribe by swaying enough people to his side.
4. Russell is more slippery than a snake
Russell destroyed chances for his own team to win in the previous season. Russell dumped out water, burned people’s socks and back stabbed almost everyone. The fact is that Russell is a master at being able to use people for his own gain.
In the game of Survivor, Russell is without a doubt a master. In the realm of Survivor Villains, Russell is among the best. Russell is able to locate the hidden immunity idols easily and makes crucial alliances early in the game. Russell has a Jedi Master like skill at manipulation and he removes any of his competition. Russell Hants has left an incredible mark on reality television and on Survivor.