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Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
Season 20
Filming Location Upolu, Samoa
Season Run February 11, 2010 - May 16, 2010
Filming Dates August 9, 2009 - September 16, 2009
Survivors 20
Winner Sandra Diaz-Twine
Runner(s)-up Parvati Shallow
Russell Hantz
Tribes Heroes
Yin Yang
Returnees Candice Woodcock (27)
Coach Wade (23)
Rob Mariano (22)
Russell Hantz (22)
Rupert Boneham (27)
Tyson Apostol (27)
Opening Sequence
Series Chronology
Previous Season Samoa
Next Season Nicaragua

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains is the twentieth season of the CBS competitive reality television series Survivor.

This season was a celebration of the ten year anniversary of the show and opted to have returning players who were known for their honor and integrity (Heroes) or their deception and duplicity (Villains) - it also marked the first two-time winner; Sandra Diaz-Twine, who beat Parvati Shallow and Russell Hantz in a 6-3-0 vote.


Unlike previous seasons where a break in production occurred between seasons, the twentieth season was shot twenty days after Survivor: Samoa was completed, taking advantage of the existing infrastructure from that season. Casting for Heroes vs. Villains was done simultaneously with casting for Survivor: Samoa. Heroes vs. Villains features ten former Survivors known for their acts of integrity and honor, the Heroes, and ten former Survivors known for their deeds of deception and duplicity, the Villains. The cast was officially announced during the 36th People's Choice Awards on January 6, 2010. Jeff Probst , the show's host, stated that while they wanted to do another season where they brought back former players for the show's 10-year anniversary and 20th cycle, they did not want to simply do another All-Stars season. On reflecting on the most popular players, they realized that these players were either seen as likable or despised for those respective seasons, and opted to use that as the theme for this season.

According to Probst, the production initially selected 50 players from the past seasons, paring those down to twenty and keeping one spot open for a possible player from Samoa. Some selections were made to match players that production thought would be exciting to see, according to casting director Lynne Spillman. While the players have been classified as Heroes or Villains, Survivor's creator Mark Burnett does not expect these players to maintain these roles in the game, and to do what they need to survive to the end. Rather than the usual slogan "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast", the slogan for this season is "Return, Revenge, Redemption". All challenges in this season will be based on challenges used in previous seasons. Due to the back-to-back filming of Survivor: Samoa and this season, the other players did not have an opportunity to see Russell Hantz' gameplay in Samoa; however, the players were told by the production crew that Hantz was considered "one of the 5 most notorious male villains of all time" prior to the start of the game.

The 2009 Samoa earthquake & tsunami occurred shortly after the completion of filming for this season; a CBS spokeswoman stated that no crew members were harmed from it.

Richard Hatch, the winner of the original Survivor, was asked to return for this season. However, he had to apply to leave the country since he was under house arrest. His request was denied by a federal judge in Rhode Island. Jeff Probst also revealed to TV Guide that Corinne Kaplan of Survivor: Gabon and Shane Powers of Survivor: Panama were also asked to return, but Kaplan declined due to work obligations and Powers was replaced by Russell Hantz of Survivor: Samoa, although Jonathan Penner of Survivor: Cook Islands and Survivor: Micronesia has stated he accepted an offer though was replaced by Hantz. Twila Tanner of Survivor: Vanuatu was asked to be back, which she accepted, but was cut at the last minute. Yau-Man Chan from Survivor: Fiji and Survivor: Micronesia was also asked to return but turned the offer down. In addition, Jeff Probst revealed in an interview that the producers would have liked Elisabeth Hasselbeck from Survivor: The Australian Outback and Colleen Haskell from Survivor: Borneo, neither of whom would have accepted the offer. Jenna Morasca, winner of Survivor: The Amazon, was asked to return but declined, because her boyfriend Ethan Zohn, winner of Survivor: Africa had cancer. Shii Ann Huang of Survivor: Thailand and Survivor: All-Stars was asked back but turned it down due to being pregnant. Alicia Calaway of Survivor: The Australian Outback and Survivor: All-Stars had also turned down an offer to appear. Taj Johnson-George of Survivor: Tocantins turned down an offer to return, as did Sierra Reed of the same season. Danni Boatwright received a call to return, but declined due to wanting to appear on an All Winner Season. Tom Buchanan (Survivor: Africa), Natalie Bolton (Survivor: Micronesia), Ozzy Lusth (Survivor: Cook Islands and Survivor: Micronesia), Ace Gordon (Survivor: Gabon), Jean-Robert Bellande (Survivor: China),Tina Wesson (winner of Survivor: The Australian Outback),and Erik Reichenbach (Survivor: Micronesia) were all strongly considered to return but were not chosen. Rudy Boesch of Survivor: Borneo and Survivor: All-Stars was also strongly considered, but the producers deemed him too old to compete. Brian Heidik, winner of Survivor: Thailand, was in talks to compete in the season, but producers were too "repulsed" by him to have him back. Jeff Probst has revealed that Yul Kwon (winner of Survivor: Cook Islands), Terry Deitz (Survivor: Panama), and Michael Skupin (Survivor: The Australian Outback) were considered to return but not chosen. Jon Dalton (Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Micronesia) has said in an interview that he was initially cast, but cut when Hatch could not make it. Kelly Goldsmith (Survivor: Africa) was offered a spot to return as a villain, but she declined due to work commits. Gervase Peterson (Survivor: Borneo) participated in casting, but was not chosen. Hunter Ellis (Survivor: Marquesas) was offered a spot, but he declined the offer.



Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Original Tribe Merged Tribe
S20 sugar t Sugar Kiper
30, Los Angeles, CA
Heroes 1st Voted Out
Day 3
S20 stephenie t Stephenie LaGrossa
29, Glenolden, PA
Palau & Guatemala
Heroes 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
S20 randy t Randy Bailey
50, Austin, TX
Villains 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
S20 cirie t Cirie Fields
39, Jersey City, NJ
Panama & Micronesia
Heroes 4th Voted Out
Day 11
S20 tom t Tom Westman
45, Sayville, NY
Heroes 5th Voted Out
Day 14
S20 tyson t Tyson Apostol
30, Lindon, UT
Villains 6th Voted Out
Day 15
S20 james t James Clement
32, Lafayette, LA
China & Micronesia
Heroes 7th Voted Out
Day 15
S20 rob t Rob Mariano
33, Pensacola, FL
Marquesas & All-Stars
Villains 8th Voted Out
Day 18
S20 coach t Coach Wade
37, Susanville, CA
Villains 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
S20 courtney t Courtney Yates
28, New York City, NY
Villains 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
S20 jt t J.T. Thomas
25, Mobile, AL
Heroes Yin Yang 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
S20 amanda t Amanda Kimmel
25, Los Angeles, CA
China & Micronesia
Heroes 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 30
S20 candice t Candice Woodcock
26, Washington D.C.
Cook Islands
Heroes 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 31
S20 danielle t Danielle DiLorenzo
28, Los Angeles, CA
Villains 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 33
S20 rupert t Rupert Boneham
45, Indianapolis, IN
Pearl Islands & All-Stars
Heroes 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 36
S20 colby t Colby Donaldson
35, Christoval, TX
The Australian Outback & All-Stars
Heroes 16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 37
S20 jerri t Jerri Manthey
38, Los Angeles, CA
The Australian Outback & All-Stars
Villains 17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
S20 russell t Russell Hantz
37, Dayton, TX
Villains Second
S20 parvati t Parvati Shallow
26, Los Angeles, CA
Cook Islands & Micronesia
Villains Runner-Up 8
S20 sandra t Sandra Diaz-Twine
35, Stamford, CT
Pearl Islands
Villains Sole Survivor 3

Season SummaryEdit

Ten of Survivor's greatest Heroes were pitted against ten of Survivor's most notorious Villains. On paper, it seemed that the Heroes had an advantage over the Villains because of sheer strength by winning the first Reward Challenge. But with Rob Mariano's leadership, together with his dominance in challenges (particularly in puzzles), the Villains went on to win 7 of 9 challenges during the first 14 days. The Heroes tribe started to fall apart early because the tribe was torn between shifting alliances. This reflected on challenges, where James Clement started to lose his temper for his tribe's lack of unity. After two weeks of competition, the Heroes were quickly reduced to half.

But the Villains also had their share of mishaps. Jealous of Rob's leadership, newcomer Russell Hantz decided to hide the machete during their sleep, much to the tribe's dismay. After accidentally discovering the clue to the whereabouts of a Hidden Immunity Idol buried somewhere at camp, the tribe had a group consensus that no one shall be caught digging for it, or it will cause their elimination once the Idol was used. Despite this warning, Russell went out to search, much to the anger of his tribe. Upon receiving the news of a double elimination on Day 15, Rob tried to oust Russell by creating an alliance with five other members and splitting their votes between Russell and Parvati Shallow, but only to be thwarted by Russell who made a bold move by secretly asking a gullible Tyson Apostol to vote for Parvati instead of him. In another risky move, Russell handed Parvati his Idol, and much to the surprise of the tribe, Tyson was eliminated in Russell's plan by voting Parvati, causing his elimination. The blindside became Russell's rise to power over the Villains. Despite his newfound power, and after the elimination of James, the Heroes rebounded by winning the next three Immunity Challenge's, causing the Russell-led Villains tribe to eliminate Rob, Coach Wade, and Courtney Yates, leaving Sandra Diaz-Twine to fend for herself. After Courtney's ouster, the Heroes and Villains were even with five members apiece. They were then merged as the Yin Yang tribe.

When the Heroes discovered another clue to another Hidden Immunity Idol, they initially wanted to use it against the Villains. But upon realizing that the male Villains were quickly decimating, J.T. Thomas made a risky move by giving Russell the Idol, hoping that Russell might flip into the Heroes side. But after merging, it was not the case as J.T. got blindsided by the Villains. Parvati surprised the tribe by handing two Hidden Immunity Idols to Jerri Manthey and Sandra. This became the Heroes' subsequent downfall. The Heroes would continue to fall despite attempts by Sandra to convince them to vote otherwise. Russell attempted to play Parvati and Danielle DiLorenzo against each other, and while ultimately leading to Danielle's elimination, set Parvati against Russell. The remaining Heroes would be eliminated, leaving the final four as Russell, Parvati, Sandra, and Jerri. Russell, having won final Immunity, felt he would have a better chance with Sandra, whom he felt did little in the game, over Jerri, and eliminated Jerri at their final vote. At the Final Tribal Council, the jury showed little respect for Russell's gameplay; he would go on to receive no votes. While Parvati argued for her mastery of the physical and social nature of her game to win the jury's favor, Sandra was able to win over the Heroes' votes by pointing out that she tried to help them vote out the Villains and remained the last of her original alliance with Rob. Along with Courtney's vote, Sandra won the title of Sole Survivor over Parvati and Russell, 6–3–0 respectively, and became the first two-time Survivor winner.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewership (in millions)[1] Rating/Share (18-49)
Reward Immunity
1 Slay Everyone, Trust No One February 11, 2010 Heroes Villains Sugar 9–1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
14.15 4.5/12
2 It's Getting the Best of Me February 18, 2010 Villains1 Stephenie 6–3 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
11.97 3.9/11
3 That Girl Is Like a Virus February 25, 2010 Heroes1 Randy 9–1 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
11.60 3.7/10
4 Tonight, We Make Our Move March 4, 2010 Villains Villains Cirie 3–2–02 4th Voted Out
Day 11
12.72 3.8/11
5 Knights of the Round Table March 11, 2010 Villains Villains Tom 5–2 5th Voted Out
Day 14
12.12 3.6/11
6 Banana Etiquette March 24, 2010 Villains Rob Tyson 3–2–03 6th Voted Out
Day 15
11.15 3.4/11
Candice James 5–1 7th Voted Out
Day 15
7 I'm Not a Good Villain April 1, 2010 Heroes Heroes Rob 4–3–1 8th Voted Out
Day 18
11.26 3.5/13
8 Expectations April 8, 2010 Heroes Heroes Coach 4–3 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
11.28 3.8/12
9 Survivor History April 15, 2010 Villains Heroes Courtney 5–1 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
12.31 3.8/12
10 Going Down in Flames April 22, 2010 None Danielle J.T. 5–04 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
11.89 3.6/11
11 Jumping Ship April 29, 2010 Amanda,
Jerri Amanda 6–3 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 30
12.74 4.1/13
12 A Sinking Ship May 6, 2010 None Parvati Candice 5–3 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 31
13.06 4.1/14
Russell Danielle 4–3 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 33
13 Loose Lips Sink Ships May 13, 2010 Jerri
Parvati Rupert 4-05 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 36
13.28 4.1/13
14 Anything Could Happen May 16, 2010 None Parvati Colby 4-1 16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 37
13.46 4.2/11
Russell Jerri 3-1 17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Russell 6-3-0 2nd Runner-Up 10.65 3.6/10
Parvati Runner-Up
Sandra Sole Survivor


^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 Tom used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 3 votes against him.
^3 Parvati used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 4 votes against her.
^4 Jerri used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 5 votes against her.
^5 Sandra used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 2 votes against her.

Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Eliminated: S20 sugar t
S20 stephenie t
S20 randy t
S20 cirie t
S20 tom t
S20 tyson t
S20 james t
S20 rob t
S20 coach t
S20 courtney t
S20 jt t
S20 amanda t
S20 candice t
S20 danielle t
S20 rupert t
S20 colby t
S20 jerri t
S20 russell t
S20 parvati t
S20 sandra t
Vote: 9-1 6-3 9-1 3-2-0 5-2 3-2-0 5-1 4-3-1 4-3 5-1 5-0 6-3 5-3 4-3 4-0 4-1 3-1 6-3-0
Sandra Randy Russell Russell Coach Courtney J.T. Amanda Candice Rupert Rupert Colby Jerri Jury Vote
Parvati Randy Tyson Rob Coach Courtney J.T. Amanda Rupert Rupert Rupert Colby Jerri
Russell Randy Tyson Rob Courtney Courtney J.T. Amanda Candice Danielle Rupert Colby Jerri
Jerri Randy Parvati Rob Courtney Courtney J.T. Amanda Candice Danielle Rupert Colby Parvati Parvati
Colby Sugar Amanda Cirie James James Jerri Parvati Candice Danielle Sandra Sandra Sandra
Rupert Sugar Stephenie Colby Tom James Jerri Parvati Candice Danielle Sandra Sandra
Danielle Randy Tyson Rob Coach Courtney J.T. Amanda Rupert Rupert Parvati
Candice Sugar Stephenie Tom Tom James Jerri Amanda Rupert Sandra
Amanda Sugar Stephenie Tom Tom James Jerri Parvati Sandra
J.T. Sugar Stephenie Cirie Tom James Jerri Sandra
Courtney Randy Parvati Russell Coach Jerri Sandra
Coach Randy Parvati Courtney Courtney Parvati
Rob Randy Russell Russell
James Sugar Stephenie Colby Tom Colby
Tyson Randy Parvati
Tom Sugar Amanda Cirie James
Cirie Sugar Stephenie Tom
Randy Rob
Stephenie Sugar Amanda
Sugar Amanda



  • This is the first season to feature three-time returning players.
  • After filming, the Survivor medical team stayed in Samoa to aid the locals who were affected by the 2009 Samoan Tsunami. As told by Jeff Probst in the TV Guide preview of Survivor: South Pacific, some of the filming locations also took damage from the disaster.
  • This is currently the last season where the merged tribe only consists of ten players.
  • This season marks the first time a previous winner has won for the second time.
  • This season's logo featured silhouettes of the castaways from the Heroes and Villains tribes.
  • This season holds the record for the most Hidden Immunity Idols played, with 6.
  • This is the only one of his seasons where four-time player Rob Mariano did not make the merge.
  • This season is tied with Survivor: All-Stars  for the most winners playing at the time of production with four; Sandra Diaz-Twine, Tom WestmanParvati Shallow and J.T. Thomas .
  • This is the only season that she participated in that three-time player Amanda Kimmel did not make the Final Tribal Council.
    • Amanda Kimmel is also the first player to achieve the record of playing survivor for 100 days at day 22.
  • The "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast" slogan was replaced by "Return, Revenge, Redemption" for this season.
  • Both returning players from Survivor: Gabon were voted out first from both of their tribes, and both were voted out 9-1.
  • This is the last season to feature returning female contestants until Survivor: Caramoan.
  • All contestants this season have made it to the jury phase of the game at least once when they formerly competed.
  • This is the first season to have multiple failed split votes, it would be followed by Survivor: Cagayan.
  • This is the first season with returning contestants to have multiple contestants originating from the same season make the final six.
  • This is the first season where the final three was entirely composed of previous finalists from other seasons.
  • This is the only season in which at least half of the cast are returnees and no one quit or was evacuated.
  • Jerri Manthey was the only player to place higher than they did in a previous season.
    • Jerri and Colby Donaldson are the only players to place higher than they did on their previous season.
    • Jerri is the only player to do make her performance in this season her new personal best.
  • Randy, Cirie, James, Candice, Rupert and Jerri are the six contestants that never reach the finals.
    • Tyson and Coach also never make the final at the time but eventually did during their 3rd season.
      • Coach was runner-up and Tyson won.
  • Randy, James and Candice are the only contestants never to make the Final 4.
  • This is so far the only season to have a non-random tribe pre-selection without a tribal swap.
  • The concept of this season has grown to be very popular. Appearing on many Survivor ORGs as well as on the Canadian animated series that parodies Survivor Total Drama, in the first half of the fifth season, Total Drama All-Stars which also parodies Survivor: All-Stars.



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