Total Drama What The Heck? features 13 returning contestants from previous Total Drama seasons, a former staffer turned contestant, and 11 original contestants. Other characters include the hosts, non-returning contestants and characters met during the casts' journey. Canon characters are subject to Alternative Character Interpretation. Due to the nature of the story, there are a lot of spoilers. To avoid an excess of spoiler tags, all spoilers are unmarked.
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Bridgette, The Surfer
The Fashionista: Bridgette is showing spades of this during the fashion challenge, leading the outfit design due to having learned a bit and showing interest during her recovery.
Make-Out Kids: Like in the previous seasons, Bridgette and Geoff continue to make out early on.
The Load: How Bridgette views herself to her team after getting injured. Her team tries to persuade her otherwise.
Chef Hatchet, Chris' former aide
The Dragon: Similar to how Chef was Chris' Dragon, he seems to becoming one for Bradley.
Going Native: Although Hatchet is considerably older than the other teen/college-age contestants, he has been increasingly acting like them as the story progresses.
Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Chef and Rhonda have this relationship. They annoy and insult each other often. They even engage in a cook-off to see who is better.
Courtney, The C.I.T.
The Atoner: Courtney is attempting to move past her mistakes and show she's a changed person.
Friendly Rivalry: With Jovi, mainly over leadership of their team. Although their jockeying for position can get heated, they still have friendly conversations with each other afterwards and appear to have genuine respect for each other.
Ironic Echo: Delivered twice, against two people who delivered a similar rude speech to her earlier. Jovi lampshades how this often happens to Courtney.
Took A Levelin Kindness: Compared to her behavior in the pass two seasons, Courtney is a lot nicer after becoming friends with Jovi and Rosamond.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Courtney and Jovi are known to bicker and occasionally insult each other, usually over leadership, they are good friends and have been bickering less.
DJ, The Brickhouse With A Heart
Birds of a Feather: DJ's new friend Cosmic River has many similar interests about the environment and a love of animals.
He Is Holding You Back: Bradley convinces DJ that his friend, Cosmic River, is holding him back because of his pacifist nature.
Duncan, The Punk
Duncan’s life hasn’t really changed after the show. All his prize money is gone thanks to juvie bills, a lawsuit over animal abuse against the innocent deer he bullied on his first season and over Britney the raccoon, who he had a custody battle over for in his second season.But Duncan is out juvie and been trying to be a better person, thanks to his girlfriend Gwen. They’ve had a pretty good relationship going even though Gwen’s mom and brother don’t care for him being with Gwen.And they aren’t the only ones. Longtime fans have been outraged at the two’s hookup and have been very open about their dislike. In response, Duncan and Gwen have just been even more about open and romantic.They have done some environmental projects together and have been caught making out a few times in a dark alley. There are some claims that the couple has been caught arguing more than a few times however.Duncan was offered the chance to return for the new season and he agreed to hopefully win the money again and spend time Gwen. He plans to use the money to help him and her and to give some to a charity Gwen cares about.
Heel-Face Turn: At the beginning of season, it seems Duncan has become a much more nicer guy.
Love Redeems: Duncan acts a lot nicer in the beginning because of his relationship with Gwen, being nicer to others and seeming to genuinely care for her. ...It takes a turn for the worst.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Duncan seems to be more of jerk, particularly later in the story, when he and Gwen begin having relationship issues.
Geoff, The Party Dude
Book Dumb: It's established that Geoff didn't do well in school, so bad he was suppose to attend summer school.
After losing all her money in the volcano, Heather has become rightfully angry. After putting up with Chris’ mad challenges and losing her hair, she sacrifices her chance for a boyfriend and still lost the money!Even worse, her life hasn’t been going so well. People have often teased her and ridiculed her. This has lead Heather to step it up on being a Queen Bee. Some say she’s more like a dictator than a queen.Recently, a supposed photo of a nerdy, younger Heather was leaked online. The photo was taken off online a few hours afterwards. Heather denies that the photo was of her, and was likely a fake. A few days after said photo’s appearances it was reported that both of Heather’s younger brother’s arms were mysteriously broken.Some good has happened to the popular girl, for Heather’s hair has finally grown back to it’s original length. But it seems like even with her new hair, Heather is still single. Heather hasn’t seemed to date anyone since finishing the competition. As for Alejandro, Heather claims she isn’t interested in him anymore and hasn’t spoken to him since.Heather was offered the chance to return for the new season and she is determined to win the prize she unfairly lost. She believes she has the tenacity to win a second time. Now she sets out to keep her hair, keep winning and keep away from anyway romantic relationships.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: Has this with Bradley. She acts as if she can't stand him and he teases her, but they do help each other out.
Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Heather seems to be falling for Bradley because he generally cares about Heather's well being. Of course good isn't necessarily the word to describe him.
Took a Level in Jerkass: After coming so close to winning and having to compete all over again, Heather has given up trying to be nicer, and has become a much more angry oppressing person.
Justin, The Hot Guy
The Load: He is shown to have a poor work effort and is so laid back he really pays attention.
The Strategist: Justin claims he talked less and did less in this season than his last as part of his strategy.
The Strategist: Leshawna thought planning more strategically this time around will help her last longer.
Lindsay, The Dumb Blonde
Everyone’s favorite blonde is back! And this is beauty is ready to finally win the season, and remember everyone’s names (she hopes).After her last season, Lindsay’s life hasn’t changed much. Beth is still her BFFFL (Best Female Friend For Life) and Tyler and her were dating. Everything was going great. Beth, Beth’s boyfriend Brady, Tyler and her even went on a double date in New York for one of Brady’s fashion shoots. Lindsay had won a gymnastic competition and even went on a shopping spree recently.Things were looking up for Lindsay…until Tyler dumped her. The details of the breakup haven’t been really discussed and Lindsay has been acting like she doesn’t know whom Tyler is. No one is sure if she just wants to avoid the details of the breakup or if she doesn’t actually remember. Sadly, her pet dog died recently as well and it’s said Lindsay has been extremely depressed.To get her mind off it, Beth and Lindsay have been using their semi-celebrity status to be special-guest volunteers at several events. They’ve worked as camp counselors at camps including band and drama camps. They’ve been at charity events and Lindsay even auctioned her old bandanna at a charity auction.Lindsay was one of the first veterans offered the chance to return and she accepted. Lindsay’s not sure what she wants to do with the money. Maybe put her through college or beauty school or even revisit Paris and move there.She has also thought about starting her own reality show that she hosts and takes place in a mall, called Total Drama Shopping Centre. But more than anything, Lindsay hopes that this season she’ll find a new, loving boyfriend!
Aesop Amnesia: She seems to have learned nothing about being manipulated or betrayed, even technically working with Heather again.
Dumbass Has a Point: Lindsay has occasionally noticed things that other characters haven’t or asked a smart question, such as realizing that the prize money is now five million dollars.
Love Makes You Dumb: Her crush on Bradley seems to have made her not realize she’s obviously being used.
Obfuscating Stupidity: While being pressured, Lindsay admits that she knows Bradley is using her but needs to feel love so goes along with it anyway.
Noah, The High IQ
The Load: Like in TDI, Noah doesn't really participate in challenges.
Consummate Liar: Has shown to be a pretty good liar, convincing people of things rather well, even if he has shown not to be a good guy.
False Friend: To Duncan, DJ, Taylor and a false boyfriend to Lindsay. He claims to have their best interests in mind or to be working with them, but he only is using them.
Friend to Bugs: Bradley was one in the past when he was a child, and is implied to still know a lot about them.
Hidden Depths: Bradley has been shown to know a lot about insects and bugs, despite being a popular jock.
Jerk Jock: Though not as dumb as most examples, Bradley fits the rest of the trope.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bradley is shown to have his nice moments to both Heather and Lindsay and seems to be genuinely caring for them.
Collin, The Annoying Moron
Dreadful Musician: Collin is chosen as the worst singer of all the contestants, not that this stops him from singing.
Flat Character: Has no real importance to the plot or any character development.
The Fool: Collin isn't intelligent but is hapless and oblivious to his surroundings and people's feelings of him.
Fearless Fool: Collin is certainly a fool, but he isn't afraid of anything he faces.
The Load: Collin isn't physically fit and is a klutz. It's no suprise he wasn't chosen for a team
The Scrappy: An in-universe example, everyone hates Collin. EVERYONE.
We Hardly Knew Ye: While he's there he doesn't do anything but annoy people, so we don't really learn anything about him.
Cosmic River, The Gentle Hippie
Cosmic River is just a humble hippie who loves nature. He is very mellow, gentle and friendly. He use to care less until he met a man who taught him the wonders of nature and how important the environment is. He soon wanted to preserve nature and make peace like the man.When is parents wouldn't accept his ideas and wouldn't try to help save earth through small thinks, he decided to run away and became the mellow hippie he is now. He uses non-violent ways to try and convince people protect Earth. He has also become a vegetarian. The biggest issue he has been fighting for have been rights for caterpillars, an animal he is says is "Everyone's spirit animal."One day a strange girl noticed him randomly preaching about caterpillars outside her hotel and decided he would make a good addition to the show. He agreed to appear and hopes to win and use the money to help fund his ideas to use non-violent ways to get rights for caterpillars.
Taking Up The Mantle: Cosmic River isn't his real name, but the name of his mentor that he took after his mentor's death.
Totally Radical: CR speaks like this, using various sixties and seventies slang in his speak.
Jovi, The Smarty Pants
Jovi is just one of those girls, where after you talk to her, you feel like you need to locate the nearest dictionary. She is known for her high intelligence, always getting good grades and acing tests. She has been know as a great strategist. Jovi is also a proud enforcer of rules, and likes to remind people that she's in charge.She also works very hard, knowing you have to work for what you want. She isn't afraid to get angry if it means getting the task at hand done. Even though she may come across as overbearing, she really is trying to help, and be a good person. She tutors kids in all subjects and is very reliable according to one of her friends.Jovi auditioned for Total Drama What The Heck because she wants to leave her mark on the world, and what better way than to be on TV?
Julie, The Disturbed Crazed Insane Psycho Chick With A Love For Chaos and Fanfictions
Julie is very mysterious. Her past is unknown.She claimed to be a ravioli pixie banished to Earth for destroying cities on her home planet after accidentally creating a monster. Then she claimed to be a hippie who was really Chris Mc Lean's father. Then she said she was a former classmate of Alejandro before he moved and ended her friendship with her BFF.She then stated she use to be a nice girl like her twin before her boyfriend broke up with her and she went goth. Then she said she was from the land of colors. She then claimed to be a former contestant on TDI before having son with another contestant and you have to guess who.Then she said she was a bully till a boy with a hat and a dog taught her the joys of pants which she know sings about. She changed her story however, saying she is a box of oatmeal. Then she wanted to know if she could eat our cameraman.But that's Julie. A crazed wacko hoping to ruin all our lives while wearing smile. What we do know about her is she LOVES total drama fanfictions. She spends a lot of time there reading stories she finds funny. She says she can speak to the fanfictions and hears their pleas to burn stuff.Our co-host found her trying to steal a ham sandwich from a hobo screaming " Where are my pants?" When we found out she liked Total Drama, we asked her to join. She said "I'm divorced" stole the slip that let her join, and jumped in front of a bus that rode off. Now somehow, she got on the bus to airport where our show starts, and officially became a contestant on the new season.When asked what she would do if she won she only said "Wouldn't you like to know."
Beware the Silly Ones: Julie is certainly a comedic character. She’s also really strong (and violent) when it comes to fighting not to mention having her own army of ninja girl scouts.
Breakout Character: Although she was not originally meant to be a main character, Julie quickly became the star of the show. Although she was eliminated early in accordance with the original plan, the author soon relented and brought her back despite originally having no plans to do so.
Dark and Troubled Past: Julie’s past is mostly unknown (see Mysterious Past below) but she has revealed that she has been in several abusive relationships in the past.
Expy: Julie is essentially a caricature of the (absent) canon character, Izzy, who was largely a caricature herself. Indeed, Julie's popularity appears to stem largely from the fact that she recalls Izzy without being a carbon copy. The main difference between Julie and Izzy is Julie's lack of respect for the Fourth Wall.
I Am Not Pretty: Julie thinks that her unnatural physical characteristics (purple and lavender eyes and hair) keep people from getting to know her and occasionally feels ashamed of her unnatural appearance.
Love Makes You Crazy: Inverted. Julie spends most of her time bouncing off the walls, but tends to become more serious and introspective (after the first few chapters, anyway) when discussing love and relationships. In some of these scenes, she could actually be mistaken for a normal person.
The Eeyore: Nellie’s character in a nutshell. Her Crapsack World monologues provide some of the story's most memorable moments. One of these monologues even discouraged a dangerous predator that was menacing her team.
Odd Friendship: Nellie is a sad sack but her best friends are a nut and a hyperactive fangirl. And they’re friendship is beloved.
Sarcastic Devotee: Nellie often points out how illogical or dumb her friends plans are, but she still goes along with them.
Sour Supporter: She supports her friends and tries to help her team win, even though she still finds life depressing.
Geek: SG likes using technology, has an interest in superheroes and is a part of the Total Drama fandom.
Oblivious to Love: SG fails to notice Julie's feelings for him, even though she is very friendly and flirty with him.
Taylor, The Broken Hearted Country Girl
Taylor is usually a happy person. She has a loving family and lives in Nashville, a place she loves. She can play the guitar and has a great singing voice. But lately she has been down in the dumps.Her longtime boyfriend since 5th grade was caught cheating on her with the head cheerleader: her mortal rival that bullied her since middle school. Now she only writes and sings sad love songs. Her parents have done all they can to make her feel better but she is still very depressed. She has even started yelling at them.Recently a strange girl has come through Nashville and stopped by Taylor's house after hearing her sing. Knowing her boss might want to do singing, and not wanting the songs to be awful, she decided to get Taylor on. Taylor politely refused, but her parents, thinking seeing the world would make her more happy (they had never seen an episode of Total Drama), signed her up.Taylor still hasn't gotten over boyfriend and it's anyone's guess if she will get over it.
Farmer's Daughter: Taylor is a more innocent version of this trope, but still grew up on working on a farm and dresses similar to the attire of this trope.
Slacker: While Chris never really tries too hard, compared to previous seasons he is doing a lot less work at hosting or running the show.
Rhonda, The Co-Host
Author Avatar: While Rhonda is partially based off the author, she doesn't fit many of the elements of this trope.
Butt Monkey: Rhonda is often the butt of the joke to Chris or her 'friends' Jenny and Toby, and even some of the contestants join in on making fun of her time from time. She's also a common victim of physical humor.
Loony Fan: Such a loony fan, her obsession with show got her job, so she could do a lot of the work. This is downplayed after the first few chapters.
Straight Man: She plays this role to her more selfish and colorful co-hosts and the contestants occasionally.
Not so Above It All: However, she is still a pretty crazy individual who has moments of her own weirdness. She just happens to be focused on work.
Jenny, The Mischievous Girl
Jenny is like the little sister in a modern day sitcom. She's noisy, ditzy, and immature, but can be much clever and sneaky then given credit for. And yet she has an adorable charm to her, despite her mostly negative traits. Jenny does act like a spoiled little girl and prefers to do act like a child then deal with responsibilities.Jenny is rarely seen without her 'sidekick' Toby. The two have a 'love-hate' relationship; they love to hate each other. How they met is unclear, as they often argue whenever asked. The two have travelled all over the world and have had several misadventures, which they only get off through pure stupidity.Jenny and Toby met Rhonda after falling asleep in her yard. The three have an odd friendship that mirrors Jenny and Toby's relationship. It was Rhonda who got them a job on the show, where they half-heartedly co-host.Jenny agreed to co-host in hopes of fame. She is positive she is the main character of the story, or should be if the writer had any brains.
Adventure Duo: Inverted. Jenny and Toby are stated to be adventurers and get into crazy hijinks around the world. But Jenny has the personality the sidekick would usually have of the duo and vice-versa with Toby.
Attention Whore: Jenny is rather angry at the author for not giving her more screen-time and believes herself to be the main character.
Breakout Character: Not to the point of rivaling Julie, but Word of God states Jenny and Toby appear more frequently than originally planned due to Jenny being highly liked by readers.
Catch Phrase: Jenny constantly shouts "YOUR MOM!" constantly enough that it counts.
Man Child: Despite being a teenager, Jenny acts very immature and often uses child-like reasoning. She also enjoys skipping and making up songs.
With Friends Like These...: Jenny seems to have no respect for her friends Rhonda and Toby. She usually finds ways to bug Rhonda and belittles Toby, though Toby also belittles her.
Team Pet: Jenny and Toby's pet vulture Eileen, who becomes their pet after trying to eat them. She now assists them in their duties.
Toby, Jenny's Sidekick
Toby has never been a really happy guy. He prefers not talking and being left to his own devices. His overall faith in human has died sometime ago he claims. But, he still finds himself occasionally doing nice things. Toby's past is unclear, and he prefers to not talk about it. He is also a rather good mechanic and woodworker, being able to fix, construct, and repair several things. He enjoys getting lost in those things.Toby is rarely seen without Jenny, who claims Toby is her 'sidekick'. The two have a 'love-hate' relationship; they love to hate each other. How they met is unclear, as they often argue whenever asked. The two have travelled all over the world and have had several misadventures, which they only get off through pure stupidity.Jenny and Toby met Rhonda after falling asleep in her yard. The three have an odd friendship that mirrors Jenny and Toby's relationship. It was Rhonda who got them a job on the show, where they half-heartedly co-host.Toby really doesn't care about this show, so why he agreed to co-host is rather unclear.
Breakout Character: Subverted. While Jenny and Toby appear more frequently due to being liked by the audience, it was more Jenny who broke out than Toby.
Deadpan Snarker: Toby does use a lot of sarcasm, often at the expense of Jenny...who doesn't get it.
Hypercompetent Sidekick: Jenny often introduces Toby as her sidekick, and the two are almost always together. But it is clear that Toby is the more intelligent of the two, though Jenny is often more remembered.
Fourth Wall Observer: Like Jenny, Toby is aware that he is fiction, though points it out less often than Jenny.
Shipper on Deck: Toby ships Nellie and Sierra and says he's a 'Fun Duo Shipper'. See entry under 'Chris'.
Team Pet: His and Jenny's pet vulture Eileen. See entry under 'Jenny'.