|Season||Heroes vs. Villains|
|Namesake||"Deception, Manipulation, and Duplicity"|
|Tribe Type||Starting Tribe|
|Day Formed||Day 1|
|Tribe Status||Merged with the Heroes on Day 25|
|Lowest Placing Member||Randy Bailey (18/20)|
|Highest Placing Member||Sandra Diaz-Twine (Winner)|
Known for their previous acts of manipulation, deception, and duplicity, the Villains dominated the game, despite their apparent dysfunction and being weaker physically than their counterpart. They ended up annihilating all Heroes and occupying all three seats in the Final Tribal Council. Their tribe color was red.
- » Coach Wade, from Tocantins, notable for his seemingly pretentious life stories (such as his previous relationships and his claimed abduction by Amazonian tribesmen) and his eccentric behavior.
- » Courtney Yates, from China, notable because of a sharp wit that compensates her frail body.
- » Danielle DiLorenzo, from Panama, notable for blindsiding Terry Deitz at the penultimate Tribal Council after she had promised to take him to the end in return for teaching her how to make fire in anticipation of a tiebreaker challenge with Cirie Fields.
- » » Jerri Manthey, from The Australian Outback and All-Stars, most notable for having a love-hate relationship with fellow ex-Australia comrade Colby Donaldson in The Australian Outback and being considered the first Survivor "Villainess."
- » » Parvati Shallow, from Cook Islands and Micronesia, she flirted her way though the game, and led a very successful all-women alliance by orchestrating a long string of blindsides, which eventually made her the winner of Micronesia.
- » Randy Bailey, from Gabon, most notable for being a "wedding videographer who hates love."
- » » Rob Mariano, from Marquesas and All-Stars, most notable for his aggressive, cutthroat game play and his wedding proposal to Amber Brkich during the live finale of All-Stars.
- » Russell Hantz, from Samoa, notable for being branded as the most devious player yet. Known for sabotaging and dictating his tribe's voting politics from Day 1 by claiming he was a Hurricane Katrina victim, draining all of the tribe's water canteens, burning Jaison Robinson's socks and successfully finding three Hidden Immunity Idols without any clues.
- » Sandra Diaz-Twine, the winner of Pearl Islands, whose "as long as it ain't me" strategy earned her the title of Sole Survivor. Notable for taking revenge for Rupert Boneham's blindside by secretly dumping all the fish Boneham caught and framing her friend and closest ally Christa Hastie for the incident, leading to Hastie's elimination. She is also known for cussing people out, with Jeff Probst referring to her as the "lippiest mother ever on Survivor."
- » Tyson Apostol, from Tocantis, most notable for his humorous, acid-tongued confessionals.
From the beginning, almost every Villain detested being assigned on the Villains tribe and wondered what they had done to be labeled as such, except Jerri, Rob, and Danielle, who all reveled their placement. During the first Reward Challenge, despite being physically inferior to the Heroes tribe, they held on their own, as the rival tribe incurred several injuries. Despite their determination, however, the Villains lost.
Setting up camp immediately began the moment the Villains arrived at their beach. Rob took charge, threatening Russell. Meanwhile, Russell was up to his old tricks by forming separate alliances with both Parvati and Danielle, which eventually became one due to Danielle and Parvati's friendship. At the Immunity Challenge on Day 3, the Villains once again found themselves trailing from the Heroes, but they caught up, largely because the Heroes stumped at the puzzle-building portion of the challenge. The Villains won immunity and flint.
Dysfunction marred the Villains tribe throughout their days as a tribe, with its members' erratic priorities, with Rob focusing on tribe unity, while Russell was out for his best interests. However, the Villains found themselves coming together when they needed to be, winning five of the next six challenges. Their only loss then was at the Day 8 Reward/Immunity Challenge, after which Randy was voted out because he was the oldest and physically weakest of the tribe. As the Villains extended their winning streak, the Heroes continued to implode, becoming increasingly sour and grump at every loss.
The Rise of Russell
Having not to visit Tribal Council, the Villains failed to resolve their inter-tribal conflicts as the tribe was divided into two warring alliances. Russell, Parvati, and Danielle, and Rob, Coach, Tyson, Sandra, Courtney, and Jerri. This division widened further after the Villains won the Day 9 Reward Challenge, where they received creature comforts. As the tribe unpacked their reward, Russell found a clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol. He tried to hid it from the tribe, but Rob caught him, forcing Russell to surrender the clue to Rob for him to read aloud. The two alliances made an agreement to not find the idol. However, Russell attempted to look for it any way, to the ire of his tribe.
On Day 15, both tribes had to vote somebody out, and Rob decided to split his alliance's votes to ensure that either Parvati or Russell would go home, in case one of them had a Hidden Immunity Idol. Sure enough, Russell had already found the idol and was aware of Rob's plan. Russell tricked Tyson into voting for Parvati instead of him, whom Rob had explicitly assigned as his vote. That night at Tribal Council, Tyson did vote for Parvati, making a 4-3-2 vote with Parvati as the would-be victim, but was shocked when Russell let Parvati play the idol for herself. With Parvati's four votes extinguished, Tyson had the next most, with three, effectively voting himself out.
Rob's alliance attempted to regroup, but crumbled as Coach insisted to keep their stronger members and have Courtney voted out, while Jerri began to mull over joining Russell's alliance. This downward spiral lost them the next Reward and Immunity Challenges. At Tribal Council, Coach stayed in the middle by voting Courtney, allowing Russell's alliance, now with Jerri on their side, to successfully eliminate Boston Rob in a 4-3-1 vote. The remnants of Rob's alliance, Courtney and Sandra, found themselves at the mercy of Russell's now-ruling alliance.
Coach's decision to play the middle ground infuriated Sandra and Courtney. Believing either of them were next, being the physically weakest members of the tribe, Sandra and Courtney plotted to have Coach voted out to save themselves. Sandra came to Russell and made him believe Coach was gunning for him, despite Coach not having the numbers to do so. Russell believed her, while being satisfied with how perfectly his game seemed to come together. When the Villains lost their second Immunity Challenge in a row, Russell decided to play around the idea the Heroes had perceived as an all-female Villains alliance. Wanting to toy with their heads more, Russell, Parvati, and Danielle agreed to vote out Coach at Tribal Council, since they already had two votes in Sandra and Courtney. Coach was voted out at Tribal Council, 4-3.
At the following Reward Challenge, Coach's ouster furthered the Heroes' notion of a girls' alliance on the Villains tribe. The Villains pulled off a win and won a trip to an Outback Steakhouse, where Parvati uncovered a clue to another Hidden Immunity Idol, and only told Danielle about it. Once they got back to camp, the girls quickly found the idol and decided to keep it from Russell. At the Immunity Challenge, the Villains lost and J.T. slipped Russell the Heroes' Hidden Immunity Idol, in order to ensure his safety and that he would join the Heroes when the looming merge occurred.
The Hidden Immunity Idol slip gave both Parvati and Russell a laugh, as it came with a note saying to use it to blindside Parvati that evening. Russell decided to keep the idol and vote out Courtney that night at Tribal Council, letting the Heroes think he played it, only to unanimously eliminate Courtney, 5-1.
On Day 25, the Villains moved to the Heroes' camp for the merge.
- Russell Hantz was not known by cast members of the earlier seasons because his season hadn't been aired yet when the 20th season was being filmed because Survivor: Samoa and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains were filmed back-to-back, with only a 20-day break in between.
- The Heroes and Villains are the fourth and fifth tribe names in the U.S. version of Survivor to come from the English language, after Morgan, Drake, and The Outcasts.
- Randy Bailey and Jerri Manthey were the only members that never reached the Final Tribal Council in any of the seasons they have participated in.
- The Villains tribe is the second red-colored starting tribe for Rob Mariano, Courtney Yates, and Randy Bailey, following Chapera (Survivor: All-Stars), Fei Long (Survivor: China), and Fang (Survivor: Gabon), respectively.