Yin Yang
Yin Yang
Tribe Profile
Namesake: Chinese philosophy to describe contrary, yet complementary forces
Tribe Type: Merged Tribe
Day Formed: Day 25
Tribes Merged: Heroes
Lowest Placing Member: J.T. Thomas (10/20)
Highest Placing Member: Sandra Diaz-Twine (Winner)


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Yin Yang has no sigil.


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Yin Yang is the merged tribe of Heroes and Villains from Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.

Their tribe color is black.


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S20 danielle tS20 jt tS20 jerri tS20 parvati t
S20 rupert tS20 russell tS20 sandra t
  • »» Amanda Kimmel, from China and Micronesia, most notable for making it to Day 39 in both of her seasons, but lost both times for not owning up to her game during the Final Tribal Council.
  • » Candice Woodcock, from Cook Islands, notable for the infamous mutiny twist in her season. She returned to her original tribe, Rarotonga, to be with her former tribemates Adam Gentry and Parvati.
  • »» Colby Donaldson, from The Australian Outback and All-Stars, who competed again to redeem himself from his less-than-stellar performance in All-Stars. He is considered to be Survivor's first Hero and known for his love/hate relationship with former tribemate Jerri (who exacted revenge by voting him out in All-Stars).
  • » 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.
  • » J.T. Thomas, the winner of Tocantins, notable for being the likable, yet duplicitous farm boy. Due to his charm, he played a "perfect game" by getting all jury votes and not having a vote cast against him.
  • »» Jerri Manthey, from The Australian Outback and All-Stars, most notable for having a love/hate relationship with fellow ex-Australia comrade Colby in The Australian Outback and being considered the first Survivor "Villainess."
  • »» Parvati Shallow, the winner of Micronesia and originally from Cook Islands, 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.
  • »» Rupert Boneham, from Pearl Islands and All-Stars, the winner of the Fan Favorite Award (known as "America's Tribal Council"), winning a million dollars, even though he did not technically win the competition. Most notable for his distinctive beard, his tie-dyed shirt, stealing shoes in Pearl Islands, and his signature victory cry.
  • » 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."

Tribe History

On Day 25, the two tribes of the Heroes and Villains merged and became the Yin Yang tribe. Danielle DiLorenzo won the first individual immunity of the season. With the tribe even with five heroes and five villains each, there was a lot of strategy involving Hidden Immunity Idols or getting someone to flip involved, with contestants who played together before, such as Rupert Boneham and Sandra Diaz-Twine, and Amanda Kimmel and Parvati Shallow, trying to see if there was a way they could work together like they had in the past. At Tribal Council, the tribal lines remained intact with 5 votes J.T. Thomas and 5 votes Jerri Manthey, but Parvati handed two Hidden Immunity Idols to Sandra and Jerri (one of which, she received from Russell Hantz, who received it from J.T.), which negated five votes against Jerri and broke the deadlock. J.T. became the third jury member with a vote of 5-0, joining Coach Wade and Courtney Yates on the jury.

The castaways were split into teams for the Reward Challenge on Day 28, which the team of Amanda, Colby Donaldson, and Danielle won. At the reward, a fight broke out between Amanda and Danielle over possession to the clue to another Hidden Immunity Idol. Colby had to intervene, and even though the Heroes desperately needed the idol clue, he let Danielle have it since she found it first. Danielle took possession of the clue, then shared it with Russell, who was able to find the idol. Jerri won individual immunity. At Tribal Council, Russell was concerned about the possibility that Sandra flipped to the Heroes, and unnecessarily played the idol as Sandra stuck with the Villains, while Candice Woodcock also flipped on the Heroes; Amanda became the fourth jury member by a vote of 6-3.

Day 31 featured a surprise Immunity Challenge won by Parvati. After the challenge, host Jeff Probst read a clue to another Hidden Immunity Idol, which was found by Sandra. Sensing that he was in danger, Rupert pretended to have an idol by placing a rock in his pants and hoped that the Villains would believe that he had a real idol. That night at Tribal Council, the Villains split their votes between Rupert and Candice, while Colby and Rupert voted against Candice for her betrayal; Candice was voted out 5-3.

Russell won the Immunity Challenge on Day 33. Danielle became the sixth jury member (and the first Villain voted out of the merged tribe) by a vote of 4-3 after Russell decided that he needed to split the alliance between Danielle and Parvati.

Jerri won the Reward Challenge on Day 34 and selected Parvati and Sandra to join her in the reward, along with their loved ones. Parvati won the Immunity Challenge. At Tribal Council, Sandra used her Hidden Immunity Idol, negating two votes against her. Rupert became the seventh jury member by a vote of 4-0.

Parvati won the final five Immunity Challenge on Day 37. Colby became the eighth jury member (and the last Hero) by a vote of 4-1. Russell won the final four individual immunity and told Sandra he would take her to the Final Three since he thought he could beat her. Parvati, however, argued that Sandra should be voted out since she believed Sandra would get votes from the jury. At Tribal Council, Jerri became the ninth and final jury member by a vote of 3-1.

The final three enjoyed tearing down camp and headed to the Final Tribal Council. Sandra became the first two-time winner by a vote of 6-3-0, with Parvati and Russell placing 2nd and 3rd, respectively.



  • Yin Yang is the fourth tribe in Survivor history to have its name delivered from Chinese language. The first three were Zhan Hu, Fei Long, and Hae Da Fung, all from Survivor: China.
  • Yin Yang is the only merged tribe that Rob Mariano was not a part of in the seasons he competed in.
  • Yin Yang is Jerri Manthey's seventh and Colby Donaldson's fifth tribe.
  • This is the only merged tribe to start with a "Y".
    • It is one of the only three tribes to start with the letter "Y", the others being Yaxhá and Yasur.
  • The words "yin" and "yang" mean "shadow" and "light" in Chinese, respectively.
  • Danielle DiLorenzo is the only member of Yin Yang not to play at least 3 times.
  • This is the first tribe that Amanda Kimmel was voted out of in the 3 seasons she competed in.
  • Yin Yang is one of 5 merged tribes to enter the merge with half of the entire cast remaining. The other 4 tribes were Chuay Jai, Chaboga Mogo, Dabu, and Nobag.
  • Yin Yang, along with Soliantu and Kasama, are the only tribes whose highest and lowest placing members have won the game.
    • Yin Yang is the only tribe to have its highest and lowest placing members be previous Sole Survivors.