Dethroning Moment: Total Drama
aka: Total Drama Island
Even though it's not technically a Cartoon Network show, you can expect several unsatisfactory moments from this Canadian import. Keep in mind:
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- Troper8909: The fact that none of the winners get to keep 100% of their money. In Island, Owen gives up the $100,000 for the chance to win $1,000,000. Nobody actually wins this money so it gets carried over to the next season. In the Celebrity Manhunt Total Drama Reunion Special it is stated that Beth bought a holiday for her and Lindsay in France with some of her prize money. The two of them accidentally defaced the Mona Lisa and got put in jail. Beth's parents used the rest of the money to bail them out of jail. In World Tour Ezekiel steals the money from Heather then jumps into the volcano burning the prize money. In Revenge Of The Island Cameron decides he doesn't know what to spend the money on so he splits it between the other contestants. Sure he did it willingly but he still didn't keep it. In All Stars the winner isn't shown losing the money but the $1,000,000 probably got lost when the island sinks. Finally, in Pakithew Island Shawn splits the money 50:50 with Jasmine. Again, he was willing to do this but this does mean he wouldn't be able to build his zombie-proof house. The fact that the winners put all of this work in throughout the series to come out on top, mostly for nothing, is pretty unfair.
- Animeking1108: I forget the episode, but it was when Duncan, Geoff, and DJ started tormenting Harold just because he left his underwear on the floor. Duncan, I can understand, but why get DJ and Geoff into it? Especially considering DJ was the only character who didn't suffer Season 2's Character Derailment, it seems immensely out of character for him.
- The episode was "If you can't take the heat". It's stated that Harold has done this many times, complete with a "skid mark", and their frustration is understandable, especially as he denies it, despite all evidence pointing to him. Nonetheless, they went way too far, and as the OP said, it was uncharacteristic of Geoff and DJ to enjoy tormenting Harold so much, showing no remorse once their revenge was complete.
- Ajustice: I think the finale of Total Drama Island in America and Canada is a DMoS cause they let Owen beat Gwen. And the only reason Owen won is because everyone helped him win so they have a party. And seriously Gwen was more deserving of winning; she won more challenges, went through love and loss, and took down Heather the antagonist, while Owen farted, ate, lost his pants, and got beat up a lot. I just want to say I am a fan of Owen as well, and that I'm fat and lazy like him and I am okay that Owen proved fat guys can be winners, but that would've worked better if he was competing against Heather or a Butt Monkey, but not Gwen. It's because the comedic relief who just wanted a party beat a person who went from a recluse to the most developed character on the show and wanted to used the money to help her go to college and make her mom's life easier that makes it a DMoS. And if you've seen the alternate ending you'll realize that it's better, Gwen and Owen split the money, everyone minus Heather still would've have had a wild party, and Trent encouraging Gwen to win was a much better way for the two to get hook up. This troper would also like to admit that he wrote the TDI alternate ending as one of the show's CMoA.
- Gideoncrawle: Even after six increasingly uneven seasons, Lindsay's elimination in Season 1 remains the series' low point for me—a festering boil all the uglier for marring what is overall the best season. Lindsay had finally come into her own, being reasonably competent in two of her last three episodes (still the source of Dumb Blonde jokes, but no longer Too Dumb to Live), and she's eliminated without warning on a technicality that was absurd and poorly thought out even by Chris' standards. Eliminating Lindsay for being the last to cross the finish line in the finals, despite the fact that the rest of the racing world places the last finisher ahead of those who fail to finish, wasn't even the worst part. Why eliminate a finalist instead of someone who failed to qualify for the finals? Or Izzy or Leshawana, for that matter, neither of whom even participated in either the preliminary race or the finals? Leshawna didn't even build a bike. And what was the point of giving the winner invincibility if there wasn't going to be a vote? I get that Lindsay probably needed to go when she did because of how the story arc was meant to play out, but she was a main character. Was it too much to ask that her elimination make a modicum of sense? Although Leshawna's elimination a few episodes later was even more contrived, that was easier to stomach because it clearly satirized executive meddling.
- Sophie Summer: For me, it was in TDA when Trent is going "crazy" over Gwen. He was obviously suffering from OCD, but the intent was obviously for us to laugh at his antics. People having to do rituals over and over is not at all funny.
- Mogo: For this troper action had Beth and Duncan being the final two. Beth and Duncan. The Delinquent Jerk Ass who's only slightly better than his girlfriend and the slightly creepy nice wannabe girl who shouldn't even have gotten this far. But the real suck comes from the fact that the winner was chosen by an audience vote that basically said "fuck you viewers, the ending means nothing to us!" At least with Gwen and Owen, it was strictly an alternate ending and Owen was indeed the intended and the Special just completely ignored it. Despite World Tour's Gainax Ending at least it was planned out.
- RA 2 I would've been ok with this one if they actually tried to make any minuscule semblance what so ever of explaining who voted for whom, hell I would have been happy just to know who the swing vote was - there must have been one person on the fence else the alternate ending would not exist. But no, they just announce the winner and we're supposed to accept that. Also, it's very strongly implied that Harold voted for Duncan. What? The guy bullies him, physically and mentally for two entire seasons, and then Harold not only forgives him, but votes for him over Beth to win the million? If it walks like a Writers Pet…
- Gravity Falls I think that Harold voted for Beth, since she had three votes and the fact that DJ and Justin were confirmed to have voted for her. Because Owen and Courtney voted for Duncan, this leaves Gwen and Heather as Duncan's other votes, as Izzy voted for herself.
- Baronobeefdip: For Total Drama World Tour-esque DMOS, look no further than Sierra revealing she had been manipulating Cody's emotions in order to get close to him at the end of the episode in Paris. Now, for the most part, the episode is decent enough. However, throughout the episode Sierra is acting all wangsty after finding out that Cody doesn't like her. And Sierra sings quite an Ear Worm of a song about this as well. So, Cody pretty much works his ass off trying to cheer Sierra up until he finally snaps and admits that he finds her creepy stalker behavior more tolerable than her constant weeping. Sounds like an attempt to develop Sierra's relationship with Cody and save her from her "Scrappy" status right? Nope. Turns out she was "playing hard to get" so that Cody would start "liking" (or "tolerating", in this case) her. It pretty much cemented Sierra's "Scrappy" status for me right there. Not to mention that, earlier, Chris yelled at Cody to make Sierra stop crying. Um, Chris, you find Sierra to be unbelievably annoying as well, remember? Or did you forget she wouldn't stop talking about your most embarrassing secrets (like being in a "boy band")? If anything, it just made the aforementioned reveal of Sierra playing "manipulative bitch" to Cody all the more unbearable...and I'm not even that big of a Cody fan to begin with.
- dynaboyj: The ending of "I See London". A mostly good episode died with a one-two-three punch of Noah getting kicked off, Ezekiel, who had always got cut short of a plot, becoming a Gollum Expy, and most importantly, Gwen and Duncan kissing. Yeah, that last one would lead to a lot more unpleasant moments.
- Kentucky Troper 1990 : I concur on this episode. Noah was one of my favorite characters during World Tour, and him getting booted was grade-A bullshit. Even though his team won the challenge, they basically say, "Get rid of an interesting character, and lets reboot a tired love subplot". Bull. Shit.
- fluffything: While I agree 100% that Noah's departure is utter BS in all shapes and forms, I must point out another DMOS within the same episode. Namely, Duncan's return (which has also been mentioned above). Why? Because it's the most contrived, asinine, and utterly pointless character return to the series serving no purpose other than to provide "romantic tension" between three characters. At the very start (IE: the first episode) of World Tour, Duncan makes it very clear that he has quit the show since he doesn't want to do the sing along. Fine. A hasty way to write-off a character, but, fine. The DMOS comes in when he's found in London and taken on-board Chris's ship and essentially shoved back into the game. That's it. Just..."Here's Duncan again! He's in the show!". Even worse, instead of using Duncan's return to full potential (There was so much they could've done with the concept, but, sadly, didn't.), they pretty much just use him for a tired Duncan/Gwen/Courtney Love Triangle that the fandom was already sick and tired of. TD, if you're going to get rid of an Ensemble Dark Horse (IE: Noah) for another fan favorite (If Duncan even has fans anymore), then at least do something interesting with it.
- lasalle28: The biggest deal breaker of the third season for me was the episode "Greece's Pieces". The episode opens up with Courtney and Gwen talking about Duncan's return. Gwen, who kissed Courtney's boyfriend yesterday after she finally befriends her, shows a grand total of ten seconds worth of guilt in the confessional and then contradicts herself by saying she won't tell Courtney about the kiss until it happens again and following it up by saying that she is looking forward to kissing him again and asking into the camera if this makes her a bad person. Meaning she is still going to see him behind Courtney's back and won't do a thing about it until they kiss again. So much for the "As long as you're up front, nothing can bite you in the butt" girl from the previous season, right, Gwen?. Meanwhile Duncan, whom cheated on his girlfriend literally behind her back, is busy threatening Tyler to keep quiet about the kiss and then he is seen in the next scene mutually "eye-flirting" with Gwen with Courtney standing right next to her and Gwen lies to her face about it. At this point in time it's safe to say that Duncan's Jerk with a Heart of Gold status he has is pretty much an Informed Ability from this point on, as is Gwen's supposed "guilt". The next scenes leading up to the ending is just Courtney being suspicious about Duncan and Gwen, Gwen pitifully trying to change the subject whenever Duncan is brought up, and Duncan being forced to sing (and one of his songs included saying that he does not regret kissing Gwen behind Courtney's back). When Tyler is forcibly told to spill the beans about Duncan and Gwen, Courtney gets understandably pissed, but what does Gwen do? Does she make any kind of attempt to apologize or accept any kind of responsibilty for her actions? No! Instead she cowers when Courtney gets mad, cries when they want to vote her off, and starts cheering when Cody wins the challenge for her so that she can't get voted off. The scene that took the DMOS award goes to the ending. The episode's Crowning Moment of Disgusting for me was when Courtney, the show's Jerk Ass Tsundere Baxter is seen crying uncontrollably while being comforted by Heather of all people, while Gwen is doing what? Starting a confessional at the end of the episode by talking about how great the kiss was while smiling and topping that off by saying that her sole regret was that she (Gwen) and her "new boyfriend" are going to be eliminated now...except he wasn't. How you ask? At the elimination, when it was unanimous decision to vote off Duncan, Chris, in all of his jerkass glory, announces that he is going to outright ignore the votes and keep Duncan on the show despite the votes because Duncan is bringing the drama right now. Then the episode officially ends with Gwen cheering when Duncan doesn't leave and Courtney tearfully shouting 'I hate you!' at Gwen and Duncan. Duncan and Gwen in this episode were so derailed here, it was disgusting. They had no remorse for what they did, both were incredibly selfish, Duncan's Jerk with a Heart of Gold trait is officially an informed attribute from this point on, and Gwen went from being the Only Sane Man to being just as bad as Duncan, Courtney, and especially Heather. This episode marked the beginning of everyone's character derailment and the last episode of this season (and maybe the series) that I ever watch.
- Scarletscorpio: Actually, Courtney targeting Gwen to me was understandable. With Duncan, while she had the obvious history with him, he was gone for the entire first half of the season up until the London episode. Meanwhile, Courtney was bonding with Gwen. From Courtney's point of view, she finally trusts the girl she's been accusing of trying to steal her boyfriend (which turns out to be half correct in that regard) and literally the next day, she finds out that the girl whom she finally trusted made out with her boyfriend. She is never told any other details, only that they kissed. So, ignoring the fact that Duncan already got knocked out by Cody, she lashes out at Gwen and seeing the lack remorse on both their sides, she strives to vote(not 'murder') them out starting with Gwen. Which leads to my D Mo S in this episode being Gwen confessional at the end of the episode, you know where after everything is said and done and she can clearly her Courtney crying her heart out...she only talks about how 'great' the kiss was and how it's going to affect their (meaning Duncan and Gwen) chances of winning the competition. The girl (who should know the pain of the feeling of betrayal when she thought Trent cheated on her, who was one of the few Only Sane Man ,raged against Heather when she pulled all those stunts, and was actually one of the more decent characters in terms of niceness) can only say that regrets ruining her and Duncans chances at the million...and not, you know, having a hand in stomping all over a relationship and backstabbing her new friend. Seriously, she is so derailed here that the Geoff derailment in TDA look well-written in comparison; And that's not even covering her actions in Australia with Cody and making the audience think she fell, broke her head, got amnesia and consequently get a new personality.
- Ginger Snaps: Cody resolving to take advantage of Sierra's devotion to him in order to get the money, in "Rapa Phooey". The very moment he slapped on that incredibly Smug Snake expression and Jerk Ass-ey smirk, winked at the camera, and said, "if she insists on handing me a million dollars, who am I to stop her? Heh, heh.", his entire "Nice Guy" image crumbled into dust. So when he became the "good guy" of the final three, it gave everything a rather bitter taste.
- Ian: The aforementioned Gainax Ending in World Tour. Even for a show tilting towards Cerebus Syndrome, seeing Al and Zeke get engulfed in lava and horribly disfigured (the latter on fire and screaming in pain) is pretty heavy stuff. The Dethroning Moment sinks in when you realize they created all that Nightmare Fuel just for the sake a couple of asinine, poorly-written, cliched, and entirely predictable homages to Return of the King and Revenge of the Sith, complete with a Big "NO!" contrivedly shoehorned in. In fact, that brings up another problem with the season finales- the writers' insistence on having "alternate endings so not even the actors know who wins." I'm sorry, but that's the close to the stupidest thing I've ever heard. They already know the entire plot, all the eliminations up to the final 2, and the circumstances of the win that are pretty much the same regardless of the victor. The only secret left is 30 seconds of footage and three or four lines of dialogue. Do they seriously think that it's worth diluting the impact of the finale just for that? Also the aforementioned Big "NO!" makes no sense in the version where Heather wins, why would Al be sad to learn that the person who kicked him in the kiwis and embarrassed him on national television just lost a million dollars? I don't know why the director has such a hard-on for alternate endings, but I pray that the crew shake-up prior to "Revenge of the Island" knocks some sense into someone.
- Bleddyn: My DMOS from that episode and thereafter was definitely the treatment of Ezekiel. Look writers I don't care how much you hate the home-schooled prairie for making a ignorant sexist commemt that can be assumed he made just because he was home-schooled and never really encountered other people his age before. But for first 'that was 2 seasons ago, I was not even a fan of this contestant and I felt that watching Ezekiel mentally degrade into a wild child that has more capabilities to kill then Izzy is just plain distasteful and disgusting for an already underdeveloped character that had WAY more potential then that.
- JCH Trope Fan: I'm bias because I'm a Dawn but Backstabbers Ahoy is one. Scott, becomes a Villain Sue, somehow steals everyones things from off their bodies. How does he do that? Also framing Dawn, getting hated In-Universe. Dawn was likely the Favorite of most viewers and it was awful to see her stuffed into a Garbage bag and flung into the sky. This Episode is the epitome of why Scott was The Scrappy of the season when it was airing.
- Dark Shock Bro: Scott's downfall. Just... all of it. Let's take this from the beginning, and explain why this is one of the worst Humiliation Congas I've ever, ever seen. First off, Fang. Look, I get that Fang was angry at Scott for taking his tooth, and that would be fine... if Scott was the one who intentionally took Fang's tooth! But, he didn't. After Fang bit Scott, the tooth got lodged in Scott's rectum, and you expect me to believe that Fang is the one in the right or even that Fang's stalker-like tendencies towards Scott make sense? No chance, writers. Alright, now let's get to part two of this Humiliation Conga. In Scott's boot episode, Chris says that the contestants will have a nice, easy challenge (which is so obviously a lie), before getting flung by a trap Scott put up into the port-o-potty. This wouldn't be so bad, if the blame wasn't entirely shifted onto Scott, even though the traps were meant to catch Fang, who was, need I remind people, stalking him! And after Scott gets the advantage, Fang continues to chase him, all over his damn tooth, and as Scott rightfully points out, Fang has hundreds, and sharks' teeth grow back! And guess what? This is why Scott doesn't win the challenge! And finally, we get to the most egregious sin in Scott's downfall; his elimination. Hoo boy, where do I begin? OK, first off, before the elimination, Scott was already put into a wheelchair as a result of Zoey (who was currently losing her mind) setting traps. Then, after Scott gets eliminated, the toxic marshmallow burns into his skin (not funny), and, surprisingly enough, Scott turns out to be a somewhat Graceful Loser. Good thing Chris then punishes Scott for Chris himself getting accidentally caught in a trap that wasn't meant for him, and then proceeds to bring Fang out, which, again, Scott didn't provoke Fang's anger, and place Fang in the catapult with Scott! So, in case you missed it: none of Scott's Humiliation Conga was his fault! Oh, but it gets worse! Then, we introduce the Trauma Chair, which means that Scott has been paralyzed by Fang's assault, and when he comes back for the finale in said chair, everyone laughs at him while Scott cries! ...I have no words. Although Alejandro's downfall caused me to realize the show was a shell of its former glory, Scott's downfall is what officially told me that the writers are beyond help, and need to be fired before poisoning cartoons with their garbage.
- Rocker1992: Lightning winning the Million Dollars in Revenge of the Island instead of Cameron in the US, I mean he was leading in the polls, that is until one of the producers of the show had to ignore the votes and had to go with Lightning's ending instead, making this an instance of The Bad Guy Wins, and if that wasn't sucky enough, he keeps every last dollar of the prize money, that's right, he doesn't share with every contestant that competed in the season, he keeps all of the prize money to himself, and Jo was very upset, yelling that she "Cheered Lightning on for nothing!", I mean this was not only the first time that the Male Vs Female finals tradition was broken, but also the first time a Big Bad wins.
- ccarlson85: To provide an All-Stars moment (as most of my other problems with the show have already been listed), I'd like to add the ending of the episode "Food Fright". Now, as much as I like Sam and wanted to see him go far this season, I don't have problems with him being eliminated as much as I do the reason why he got eliminated. After Sam owns Alejandro in the challenge, causing the Villains to go to the elimination ceremony for the third time in a row, Chris reveals that Sam had actually cheated by stuffing some of the pancake his team was supposed to eat in his pockets. Sam says that he saved it because he was worried about going to Boney Island again and wanted to save some food just in case. Not only is this out of character for Sam (unless he was saving it for whoever went to Boney Island that night), it seemed like a major Ass Pull, in the episode's final few minutes no less, to get him eliminated. Why Snap Back such an awesome moment for a character that had spent the first three episodes of the season as The Chew Toy just to make him look like a somewhat selfish cheater?
- Mighty Mewtron: I'm sacrificing "The Ex Files" for "Sundae Muddy Sundae", because the latter's destruction of Courtney's character makes the former's look tame. So after ten episodes of building up Courtney's friendship with Gwen and relationship with Scott, having her appear to develop, she undergoes a rapid Face-Heel Turn into her Action personality. Not to mention the continuity errors (despite stating this was the furthest she'd gotten, being in the final five, she was in the final four in Action, and she specifically stated having a strong stomach in World Tour and ate Al's food for him, yet couldn't eat her own gross ice cream). And her elimination was so sudden and predictable, it didn't even offer a good conclusion for her time on the show! This episode may possibly hold the record for "quickest Character Derailment for Total Drama ever."
- Sendo : Considering how much Gwen was working at making amends with Courtney and how she let other things not ruin their friendship, it seems rather strange for Gwen to let a strategic list be what ends it. Then the vote for yourself thing sounds like a round about stab in the back when having her vote Scott would have been more of a sign of trust since it blows a hole in the whole list plan.
- toadgamer80: Same episode as mentioned above, but Mal and your friendly neighborhood Mary Sue, Zoey, making the final two. Especially when a trailer outright spoiled that Mal would revert back to Mike, even if it wasn't obvious, plus neither of them are original contestants which makes it completely pointless for All-Stars. And Courtney, who would have been a prime candidate to win, was completely destroyed in the span of a single episode. Despite most of the Internet despising Zoey, she has tons of younger fans because she's "nice" and devoid of a personality, she's most likely our official winner this season.
- skullsnsouls91: This was the episode that made me drop the season completely. I'm not rewatching episodes or the finale. I tolerated the shit they pulled over the last few episodes. But when they did this? Deciding to put two characters who aren't really even really deserving of the million as the final two and make the focus be on the same thing we've been seeing all through out the season that sucked most of the focus from the other characters story arcs? That was it. I had to take a while to calm myself down after I watched the episode. I don't give a shit who wins. This season never happened. And I'm highly disappointed in Fresh TV and the writers for the show and season for doing this. The whole season really was the Mike/Mal and Zoey show. Tdas can go burn in hell.
- The Real Don East: Since Courtney's lightning fast Character Derailment is accounted for, I'll put down "The Final Wreck-ening" is probably the worst finale in Total Drama history. First off, there's the fact only four of the eliminated contestants actually appear onscreen, TDA & TDWT's finales were bad but at least those had all the season's competitors present. They're just trapped in balloon filled by Owen's farts and drift away into who knows where. Then there's how Mike won, it was so cheaply done & rushed that there was little difference between it and the alternate ending where Zoey wins. And finally, there's how Mal was defeated. After a season of build up as a Bigger Bad & being presented as one step ahead of everyone, Mal gets hit with the Villain Ball big time by placing a literal Reset Button for Mike to push, defeating Mal once and for all. No epic showdown like when Mike faced off with his personalities last season, Mal just goes out kicking & screaming. Anti-climaitc doesn't even begin to describe it. It's a pity it had to end this way, because the first half of the season was pretty good.
- Soulful Ginger 17: Withdrawing my entry from Revenge of the Island for something even more disgusting. The Sky/Dave "relationship" (as well as the character of Dave) has been irritating me all season, but it finally reached its breaking point in "Hurl and Go Seek". Sky rejects Dave, and he votes himself off because of it. That's low enough, but the kicker is that we are supposed to completely side with him. Sure, I'll totally side with someone who has done jack to contribute to his team, acted like a total creeper and couldn't take a hint if his life depended on it. If this loser ever returns, it'll take a lot of growing up from him to make me like him again.
- Woddor: I was close to putting "Hurl and Go Seek" here, but instead I'll choose the finale, "Lies, Cries and One Big Prize." The episode pulls a Sundae Muddy Sundae by completely making the season pointless by ruining Sky & Dave and Shawn & Jasmine's relationships, with Dave being catapulted into The Scrappy territory by going from a insufferable whiner to a abusive psychopath. The episode killed my interest in Total Drama, even after I made it through Hawaiian Punch, Sundae Muddy Sundae and The Final Wreck-Ening.