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 Samoa. Heroes vs. Villains featured ten former castaways known for their acts of integrity and honor, the Heroes, and ten former castaways 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 had been classified as Heroes or Villains, Survivor creator Mark Burnett did 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 were based on challenges used in previous seasons. Due to the back-to-back filming of 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 five most notorious male villains of all time" prior to the start of the game.

The 2009 Samoa earthquake and 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 season, Survivor: Borneo, 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.[2] 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.[3]


  • Heroes vs. Villains: Ten of the most heroic castaways battled against the ten most villainous castaways for the title of Sole Survivor and the million dollar prize, hence the season title.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: Two idols were hidden for the contestants to find, one at each camp.
  • Double Tribal Council: On Day 15, both tribes competed for individual immunity for an elimination later that night.
  • Expanded Jury and Final Three: The Final Tribal Council had a Final Three and a nine-person jury, including two jurors from the pre-merge portion of the game.


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, Philadelphia, 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, Norwalk, CT
Panama & Micronesia
Heroes 4th Voted Out
Day 11
S20 tom t Tom Westman
45, New York City, NY
Heroes 5th Voted Out
Day 14
S20 tyson t Tyson Apostol
30, Heber City, 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
38, 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, Los Angeles, CA
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
36, 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, Fayateville, NC
Pearl Islands
Villains Sole Survivor 3

Season Summary

The twenty returning castaways were pre-divided into two tribes of ten based on their previous style of gameplay. The Villains dominated the earlier challenges due to Rob Mariano's leadership, only going to Tribal Council once in the first 14 days, and the Heroes were quickly whittled down to six members. The Villains tribe was divided into two factions: Rob's alliance of six, and the minority alliance of Russell Hantz, Parvati Shallow, and Danielle DiLorenzo. At a Double Tribal Council, Rob's alliance decided to split the vote between Russell and Parvati out of fear of the Hidden Immunity Idol which Russell had found. Rob's right-hand man Tyson Apostol, knowing that the minority alliance was voting for him, became uneasy and deviated from the plan, voting for Parvati instead of Russell. This error would prove fatal; Russell decided to play his Idol on Parvati, negating the four votes against her, and Tyson was voted out. The Villains lost the next Immunity Challenge and, due to Jerri Manthey aligning with Russell and Coach Wade's inability to pick a side, Rob was voted out.

During the challenges after Rob's elimination, the Heroes were led to believe that the women of the Villains tribe were methodically eliminating the men. J.T. Thomas found the Heroes' second Hidden Immunity Idol, and gave it to Russell, the last male Villain remaining, with hopes that Russell would use it to eliminate Parvati and align with the Heroes at the merge. Instead, Russell shared the idol with his alliance, unaware that Parvati and Danielle had also found the Villains' second Hidden Immunity Idol. Without Rob, the Villains lost the next two Immunity Challenges, leaving Sandra Diaz-Twine as the last remaining Villain outside of Russell's alliance of four.

With five Heroes and five Villains remaining, the tribes merged into the Yin Yang tribe. While the Heroes believed Russell was on their side, Sandra attempted to warn Rupert Boneham of Russell's distrustful behavior. Ultimately, the Heroes ignored Sandra's warnings, voting for Jerri as she was considered the least likely to have a Hidden Immunity Idol. Parvati played both idols on Jerri and Sandra to gain their loyalty, negating the Heroes' votes, sending J.T. out of the game, and giving the Villains the majority. Despite several attempts to align with the Villains, the remaining Heroes were consistently eliminated. However, after Russell realized that Parvati and Danielle's true loyalty was to each other, Russell betrayed Danielle, working with the remaining Heroes to vote her out. After this, the final Heroes were eliminated, leaving Sandra, Russell, Parvati, and Jerri as the final four. Russell, having won the Final Immunity Challenge, felt he would have a better chance in the Final Tribal Council against Sandra (whom he felt did little in the game) over Jerri, making her the final player voted out. This would ultimately be his downfall.

At Final Tribal Council, the jury blasted Russell for his numerous betrayals and poor social game, and he would go on to receive no votes. While Parvati was acknowledged for her strong challenge performances, she was criticized for her association with Russell. 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 Rob's core alliance. Sandra won the title of Sole Survivor over Parvati and Russell, 6–3–0 respectively, and became the first two-time Survivor winner.

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewership
(in millions)[4]
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
Jury Vote Russell 6-3-0 Second Runner-Up
Parvati Runner-Up
Sandra Sole Survivor
15 "Reunion" 10.65 3.6/10

^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 History

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
Voted out: 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 3-2-01 5-2 3-2-02 5-1 4-3-1 4-3 5-1 5-0-03 6-3-04 5-3 4-3 4-05 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


^1 Tom used a Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore all votes against him were negated.
^2 Russell used a Hidden Immunity Idol for Parvati, therefore all votes against her were negated.
^3 Parvati played two Hidden Immunity Idols, each for Sandra and Jerri. While Sandra did not receive votes, Jerri did, therefore negating all votes against her.
^4 Russell used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but he did not receive votes.
^5 Sandra used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but she did not receive enough votes to be voted out.