Characters: Survivor Heroes Vs Villains
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- A House Divided
- 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:
- Members who made it to the merge.
- Eliminated pre-merge.
- The Women had a dynamic. Based on overall performance.
- 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.
- 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
The Sole Survivor
Sandra Diaz-Twine - Pearl Islands
Parvati Shallow - Cook Islands
- Action Girl
- 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 Walks: Courtney used her confessional with "The Russell Impression" to accuse her of this.
- Batman Gambit
- 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.
- 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
Jerri Manthey - Australia
- Anti-Villain: Interestingly, she slid on every scale of this.
- Appropriated Appellation: For years after Australian Outback, Jerri railed her perception as a villainess by the Manipulative Editing. Yet during Heroes vs Villains, she seemed to finally accept it and even embrace being on the Villains tribe.
- The Baroness
- The Brute: She's the only member of the villains tribe who was able to go toe-to-toe with the Big Bad Duumvirate in physical challenges.
- Character Development: You can actually trace a character arc through her three seasons. In Outback she's the arrogant, aggressive villain. In All-Stars, she tries to be nicer but it doesn't really pan out, particularly because she's dead-set on getting revenge on Tina and Colby. In Heroes vs. Villains, she's ten years older than she was the first time and has calmed down considerably.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Colby.
- Femme Fatale
- Four Is Death
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The melancholic of the final four but the phlegmatic of the All-Stars returnees.
- Friendly Enemies: Possibly to the Heroes as a whole, but especially Colby.
- Kuudere: Arguably.
- Ms. Fanservice
- My Greatest Third Chance: This is her highest ranking in her three tries and is considered her best season.
- Nice Hat: She was the only member of the Villains tribe not to believe she was improperly placed; hence, her black (Army) hat.
- Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Her reconciliation with Colby wasn't shown in favor of Russell.
- Older and Wiser
- Out of Focus: There seemed to be a lot going on with her this season that got obscured by the focus on other players, primarily Russell.
- Plucky Girl
- Red Baron: The Black Widow. Her first confessional of the season makes note of a couple of these. Her favorite? "Man-Eater Manthey."
- Revenge: In All-Stars it was Boston Rob's deal with Lex that ended up costing Jerri the game. This time around, guess which player she plays a role in getting rid of?
- Ship Tease: With Coach and obviously Colby.
- The Smurfette Principle: Of the All-Stars returnees.
- Supreme Chef: At least among the contestants. A deleted scene shows that Jerri handled a lot of the cooking by herself, stating that she loves cooking for herself and others. The other tribe members enjoyed it and Parvati was especially amazed at how Jerri managed to cook such good food in their current living conditions. This goes along with the time she made homemade tortillas during the second season that everybody loved and came at a good time when they were all starved.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- The Tease
- Took a Level in Badass: She won an individual immunity and ranked better compared to her first two seasons.
- Took a Level in Kindness
- What Happened to the Mouse?: During one Tribal Council, Russell named Danielle and Parvati as the only ones he trusted, leaving Jerri as the fourth man out. This appeared to Foreshadow Jerri flipping on Russell, note but was never brought up again afterwards.
- When She Smiles
Colby Donaldson - Australia
Rupert Boneham - Pearl Islands
Danielle DiLorenzo - Exile Island
Candice Woodcock - Cook Islands
Amanda Kimmel - China
James "J.T." Thomas Jr. - Tocantins
Courtney Yates - China
Benjamin "Coach" Wade - Tocantins
"Boston" Rob Mariano - Marquesas
James Clement - China
Tyson Apostol - Tocantins
Tom Westman - Palau
Cirie Fields - Exile Island
Randy Bailey - Gabon
Stephenie LaGrossa - Palau
Jessica "Sugar" Kiper - Gabon