Characters / Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

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The Tribes



  • A House Divided
  • Badass Crew: Not only did the tribe dominated the merge, but it produced three winners in addition to having two prior winners in its lineup. One of those past winners is actually the season's eventual Sole Survivor (see below), while the other two are Boston Rob (in Redemption Island) and Tyson (in Blood vs. Water).
  • The Bad Guys Win: The final four are all villains. This extends to the Blood vs. Water season where Tyson, the only returning villain ultimately winning that season. Villain Sixth Ranger Candice and designated Big Good Rupert both didn't made that season's merge, with the latter being the first boot.
  • The Bus Came Back
  • Evil Versus Evil
  • Five-Bad Band
  • Heel
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority
  • Not So Different: To the Heroes. Rob, Coach, Tyson, Jerri and Sandra all showed their (somewhat) good sides this season, especially compared to Russell. Averted with Russell and Parvati, being the main Villains, and Courtney, who was on the same side as Sandra but just as snarky as she was in China
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Their Color Motif is red with black highlights and they're the designated bad guys.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Everybody's goal. Averted by Sandra and Parvati for being past winners, though both are in the finals again and respectively finished in the top 2. Played straight by Jerri for being a more competent player and placing her highest rank to date (4th) and coming short on being in the finals.
  • The Rival: To the Heroes.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork
  • Women Are Wiser: The female members, except Danielle, are more calm and collected than the males.

The Sole Survivor

    Sandra Diaz-Twine - Pearl Islands 

Sandra will be returning for a third time on Game Changers.
Last time I was mean, this time I'm meaner. You know I'll lie, I don't care. But I'll make up a good lie.
  • Anti-Villain: Combine Types I and III. Although some argue (even herself) that she's more of an Anti-Hero.
  • Anti-Villainous Friendship: With Courtney and Boston Rob.
  • Arch-Enemy: Russell's. And that extended to the reunion.
  • Badass Bookworm: Physically, she's the weakest. However, she is undoubtedly clever and knows how to read other people. Which is how she managed to make it to merge and win.
  • Badass Boast: When casting the fatal vote for Rupert:
    I'll write your name again, and if I'm up there in the final three you'll still give me the million dollar vote.
  • Born Winner: First and (so far) only two-time winner.
  • The Cassandra: Fridge Brilliance at the very best!
  • Character Development: She's less Hot-Blooded and foul-mouthed compared to Pearl Islands.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Courtney.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Took every opportunity to mock and defy Russell, even in front of the Jury. The only reason it didn't turn Defiant to the End was because Russell mistakenly believed she was a perfect "goat".
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The phlegmatic of the returning winners.
  • Forced into Evil: She hates being on the Villain Tribe, and despises everyone on it with the exception of Courtney and Parvati. She even lampshades it by complaining how she should be with the heroes, but they don't trust her since she's a "villain".
  • Friendly Enemy: She and Parvati seemed to get along pretty well, despite Parvati being Russell's ally. Still, given how Russell turned on her, it's not hard to see why.
  • Guile Anti-Villain
  • The Good Guys Always Win: Sandra would go on to defeat Russell/Parvati in the final three after the pair (with Danielle and Jerri) systematically eliminated her entire alliance.
  • Happily Married
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Courtney.
  • History Repeats: Crowned as the Sole Survivor for the second time. This is also her second time playing with Rupert.
  • Idiot Houdini: At the reunion, Russell painted her as this.
  • Indy Ploy: When it became clear that her attempts to oust Russell wouldn't work, she turned it to her advantage by using him as a "goat", while also making him believe she would be his "goat".
    • That's also exactly why the others eventually stopped trying to get him out. It worked best for Sandra because she was the one who most openly opposed him and because she was the only person who opposed him that got to the final tribal council.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Rice" (based on an answer she gave in the Pearl Islands season: "arroz y gandules").
  • Ironic Echo: Her burning Russell's Nice Hat.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Abrasive and lippy - especially towards Russell. However, she did try to save Courtney and the heroes.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority
  • Little Miss Snarker: Very old compared to the usual examples, but nonetheless plays it straight if you take the trope by name.
  • Living Lie Detector
  • Manipulative Bitch: Tricking Russell into getting the girls to vote out Coach in an attempt to protect herself and Courtney for a while longer. While it did somewhat go in Russell's favor to make the heroes believe he was in danger of an all-girl alliance, it ultimately became his undoing as she told them the truth and he systematically backstabbed them - which gave her the five jury votes she needed to win.
  • Meaningful Name: Well...
  • The Napoleon
  • Noble Demon
  • Non-Action Snarker
  • Older and Wiser
  • Plucky Girl
  • Refuge in Audacity: In a game where most sensible players put on a friendly face and only trash talk other players in confessionals, Sandra will swear at people, throw people under the bus at tribal and even tell people she's working against them. Not only does she somehow get away with it, it actually works in her benefit by giving her a reputation for honesty which makes everyone willing to work with her. And then when she does lie or hide her emotions nobody sees it coming.
  • The Remnant: To the Villains tribe due to being the last remaining member of Boston Rob's alliance.
  • Rule of Seven: Won again after winning the seventh season seven years prior.
  • Sole Survivor: For the second time.
  • Sixth Ranger: Subverted. She attempted to be this numerous times to the Heroes, but they just didn't listen to her.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Spicy Latina
  • Talking Your Way Out
  • Time for Plan B: Her adaptability in the game is like this.
  • Token Good Teammate: Among the Villains, in addition to being The Smart Girl, considering she tried to save the Heroes in a repeated attempt to be their Sixth Ranger. This is what helped her win in the end.
  • True Neutral: Invoked like she did last time - she'd vote out anyone as long as it wasn't her (with the exception of Courtney, who she tried to save). And also because she never considered herself a villain, while also being rejected as a hero.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Her hiding place for the hidden immunity idol. When she played it, she even said, "I would hate to go home with the idol in my bra!" Also the place where she put her million dollar check after receiving it on The Early Show.
  • Worthy Opponent To Danielle and Parvati. The exact opposite to Russell.


    Parvati Shallow - Cook Islands
Why would you hand a Villain your heart? J.T. gave Russell his heart today, and Russell is just going to stab it a million times over, and hand it to me. And Iím going to eat it. *laughs*.
  • Action Girl: Parvati won the most immunity challenges with 3.
  • All There in the Manual: According to a post-game interview with Sandra, Parvati and Russell openly mocked the Heroes by reading the message J.T. wrote to Russell, which certainly would explain why the Heroes' votes didn't go to either of them.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • Anything That Moves:: Courtney used her confessional with "The Russell Impression" to accuse her of this.
  • Batman Gambit
  • Being Evil Sucks
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Despite her claim that Russell is her dragon, both of them are portrayed as the season's main villains. Rupert even lampshaded this in the final tribal calling them "a snake with two heads".
  • Cassandra Truth: She tried to convince Russell to vote out Sandra during the final four, since she knew Sandra had more friends on the jury than Jerri did. Russell, of course, believed it was the other way around.
  • The Charmer: Definitely toward Russell. Not so much the Heroes.
  • The Chessmaster
  • The Dreaded: Parvati was a huge Target because of Micronesia.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She drew the line at Russell voting out Danielle.
  • Even the Girls Want Her
  • Evil Genius
  • Failure Is the Only Option: She already lost the game after Danielle was voted off, since the Heroes would never vote for her and Russell in the end, and the Villains (including herself) would never let even a single Hero to make it to the final vote in fear of them winning instead.
  • Femme Fatale
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The sanguine to the final four, the Micronesia returnees and the returning winners.
  • Friendly Enemies: With Amanda. Sandra also could be considered a partial example as she wasn't a part of Parvati's alliance and Parvati knew that letting her into the finals would be handing her the win, but it was nonetheless clear that she enjoyed hanging out with Sandra a lot more than she did with Russell.
  • Gone Horribly Right: She knew that she had a target on her back going into the season, so she locked herself into an alliance with another dangerous player (Russell) as protection. It got her to the end, but by that time she'd grown so close to Russell that the Heroes on the jury saw the tight alliance as "a snake with two heads." And she ended up with none of their votes.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: Gave Sandra and Jerri the idols she had at the first tribal council of the merge.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: While she played a Stronger game and won more immunity challenges, Parvati's association with Russell cost her the win.
  • Hello, Nurse!
  • Hero Killer
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Sure, keeping the idol she found with Danielle from Russell had its perks, but it was what led to Russell's paranoia about Danielle and Parvati working against him, which in turn led to Russell voting Danielle out and taking an ideal Final Three partner from Parvati.
    • Voting out Courtney and later on Jerri. Have you ever seen Pearl Islands, Parvati? Or even took one look at the Jury?
  • Large Ham: And how!
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Well, as long as she wasn't going after the Heroes' bananas; in that case, she was just an Alpha Bitch.
  • Male Gaze
  • Manipulative Bitch: Perhaps too well.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Older and Wiser
  • Poor Communication Kills: Suuuuuuuuurrrrrre you would have talked J.T. out of giving his idol away. And you said it in a pathetic feeble tone. Yeah, that's gonna sway him.
    • Would you think this was the same Parvati who won Micronesia?
    • Slightly justified, in that she knew she had no chance against Sandra during the Final Tribal Council.
  • Plucky Girl
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: Subverted in a sense that she won in the past already. However a lot of people believe she should have won because she played the game in a style that more people are fond of.
  • Smug Super
  • The Tease
  • Token Evil Teammate: Played with. She is the only villain of the Micronesia returnees, though none of them are clean-cut heroes.
  • Too Clever by Half
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Her social game is significantly weaker this season.
    • In addition, she also voted out Courtney and Jerri. Great potential goats.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Probably because of this.
  • Villainous Friendship: Mainly with Danielle, but also with Russell - at first.
  • Worthy Opponent: The only person that Russell clearly considers in this season. He even said that she should have won (coming from Russell, that's really something!). However, he states that he also considers Tom and Stephenie this too judging by his reactions to their eliminations (And stated that he was afraid to face those two) and has also implied this to Boston Rob and Colby.

    Russell Hantz - Samoa
I'm a villain, I think villains are smarter than heroes, because they don't mind stabbing someone in the back to get what they gotta get. It's a fact, it's a proven fact. Google it.

Jury Members

    Jerri Manthey - Australia
I've been labeled things like, "She-Devil in a blue bikini", "The Wicked Witch of the West"...."Man Eater Manthey", that was my favorite one.

    Colby Donaldson - Australia
I'm almost a decade older than I was first time. So to me, this is a test to see if I still got it.

    Rupert Boneham - Pearl Islands
In my world, I've always tried to show that good will win.

    Danielle DiLorenzo - Exile Island 

    Candice Woodcock - Cook Islands
Momma always said, if you got nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.

    Amanda Kimmel - China
I'm nervous, and I'm excited, and you like before you bungee jump or something you get that knot in your stomach, and it makes you want to throw, kinda? That's how I feel right now.

    James "J.T." Thomas Jr. - Tocantins 
J.T. will be returning for Game Changers
The Heroes are definitely the people I would rather play the game with. The villains are the people I've always been against. So this is perfect for me to be on the heroes side and battle it out against these people I don't like anyway.

    Courtney Yates - China
It's no secret that Russell has a little boy crush on Parvati. Because he's, I mean, let's face it. He's like a bandy legged little troll. Who, you know, sort of like, scampers around with his tooth missing, and, you know, is in and out of the bushes, and never washes. And she pays attention to him, and she has, like, no problem flirting with... clearly... anything that walks.

    Benjamin "Coach" Wade - Tocantins
This time I slay everyone, trust no one. This is my chance for redemption.

Voted Out

    "Boston" Rob Mariano - Marquesas
If these people are smart they'll get rid of me right away. It's the smartest thing they can do. But they won't. They never do.

    James Clement - China
I'm back here to do what I came to do the first time: Get to the end and make the money. So I'm definitely coming back to redeem myself.

    Tyson Apostol - Tocantins 

    Tom Westman - Palau
I'm not in the shape I was last time, but I still think I can hang in there as tough as any guy next to me.

    Cirie Fields - Panama - Exile Island
People think they know me, they really don't know me. I'm a gangsta in an Oprah suit. But I'm not like, a mean gangsta, I'm a nice gangsta with a smile, you know?
  • The Chessmaster
  • Elimination By Irony: Was voted out because Tom, Colby, and J.T. feared she'd be deadly at the merge, and that it was a good idea to sink her now while they had the chance - these were the exact reasons that she led the vote against Yau-Man in Micronesia.
  • The Dreaded: The reason J.T. turned on her along with Tom and Colby is due to her being a dangerous strategist.
  • Four Is Death: In addition to being the fourth person voted off, she also had a strong history with that number. In Panama she placed fourth. In Micronesia, she became part of one of the most dominant Amazon Brigade in the series. Also, the seasons in between the seasons she played were four (Panama was Season 12, Micronesia was Season 16, and this very season was Season 20). She also competed for a fourth time in Survivor: Game Changers, which was the 34th season.

    Randy Bailey - Gabon 

    Stephenie LaGrossa - Palau 

    Jessica "Sugar" Kiper - Gabon 

Alternative Title(s): Heroes Vs Villains