Total Zeksmit is Great Pikmin Fan's second attempt at a Total Drama competition, and unlike his first attempt this is set in an Alternate Universe where none of the actual seasons happened. Instead, Ezekiel "Zeksmit" Smithy had competed on a show by Chris called Extreme Musical Drama High School, where he happened to win a special "Host your own miniseason" challenge held at some point. As reward, he starts up a game where the story begins at: The prarie campgrounds of Zekitunakwa, with the eleven girls from canon's first season competing as well.Thus is the plot of the first season, Total Zeksmit Plains. Unlike plans for the following seasons, there will only be twelve chapters (counting a pair of Aftermath talkshows) and a special connecting it with the sequel. Following Plains will be Island, Woods, and Campsites Around the World in that order, each of these adding Original Characters to compete alongside the canon cast and by adding a few new gimicks not used in the canon series. There is also going to be a spinoff series called Total Zeksmit Side Stories, which do not take place in a singular competition but is instead a collection of various stories in the Total Zeksmit verse.The fan fic was originally published under the title Total Fan Service Plains and had contained reward challenges, thickening out the total chapter count from thirteen to twenty. This made it up to chapter seven (with a portion of eight written), before Pikmin Fan decided to retool the season due to the current formatting drastically slowing down the production and changed several of his plans. The original eight written chapters are planned to be republished on another website, but details on that have not been fully decided.The first and only season so far can be found here.Be Warned! While this does spoil-tag specific eliminations, the trope list does not strain itself from outright giving away the remaining contestants! Especially because some will inevidably have more tropes to their actions here than others, thanks to having more time in the game! In other words, this page may indirectly spoil some eliminations.
This fan fic provides:
Anyone Can Get Voted Off: First the apparant antagonist, then one of the apparant protagonists, then Leshawna, then it subverts the usual fan season premise in having Katie getting voted off before Sadie.
This is another one of those fan fics based on such: The host and co-host are Ezekiel and Justin respectivley, and the main villain is Eva. All three of which were characters eliminated rather early in canon, and while Justin did get something of an arc in Total Drama Action, it's dropped about halfway and completely forgotten while he's all-but replaced with a "better" version of him. "Blast to and From the Past" just about confirms this. As of its ending, the first three contestants voted off were all part of the final five of the original first season. With Owen and Duncan only having a 1/9th shot at being important this season, that means that the entire final five of Total Drama Island may be shoved off to the sidelines for the main story. Word of God saying that both Heather's elimination as well as the eliminations of chapters 2 and 3 being needed to advance the plot more quickly makes this even more true.
Kathy originally appeared in a previous fan fic by the same author, Total Drama World Tour Rewrite. In it, her role was limited to two brief appearances and might have had a role in the Aftermaths had the fan fic continued, and she was an intern. Then TDWTR was rebuilt from the ground up, and she was confirmed by the author to be Ret Gone. In the TZ universe, she's the game's designer and at the very least warns Lindsay about something. Word of God says that she will be a contestant in the later seasons.
Batman Gambit: Both of the eliminations caused by the main villain so far.
The only thing Eva held in Katie's elimination was pressuring Sadie to vote for her. And to discard Katie. Everything after that was entirely dependant on what someone else does. Oh yes, and the Screaming Buffalo's winning streak to finally be broken.
Eva also makes Sadie to act like she wants to maybe-quit the game, so that Bridgette would sympathize and try to see if she can convince Izzy to vote with her. Izzy lied, saying that she will, only to throw away her vote on Eva. And so Eva and Sadie, being the last two of four members of their team, could tag-team Bridgette's elimination in order for Eva to prove Courtney right. The trope comes in in that this all came from Eva persuading Sadie to act a certain way, and for both of them to vote for the same person.
Big Bad: "Cosplay Roughplay" all-but confirms that Eva will be the contestant to take the role, after Heather's one-chapter long rule of attempted villainy and a flip-flop between either Eva or Courtney as being the spot. With Courtney currently tied up in trying to fix up Lindsay and Beth's friendship (and her own friendship with them), Eva is the definitive antagonist.
Bottle Episode: "Pairing is Caring" had a laid back, pretty low-use challenge for the most part, and was almost completely focused on character development.
Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Bridgette is the only contestant that Ezekiel does not feel confterable seeing naked. The rest of them he finds funny. Inverted with Izzy. There's clearly something working towards her and Bridgette, but she does act pretty perverted towards her and her alone.
Cassandra Truth: Nobody except Izzy believes Katie when she says that Eva is evil. It really doesn't help that she actually tried to attack Sadie.
Color-Coded Characters: Each of the campers are given a color-coding based on something involving their auditions (as that was all Ezekiel had seen of them at the time).
Demoted to Extra: Any male from canon first season who isn't Ezekiel, Justin, or Geoff. Out of the first season guy contestants (and Alejandro), another one of them is set to appear at some point in this season. While not on the actual show, Alejandro appeared in Leshawna's audition, though what he'll be doing is unknown. Otherwise, their whereabouts are unknown. Chris and Chef are also demoted, though Chris has gotten a quick appearance at the beginning.
Development Gag: In "Rather Plain Sports," Ezekiel briefly refers to the Killer Jackrabbits as the Killer Grass before correcting himself, saying that he accidentally called them by the team name back when the series was in progress in-universe. However, "Killer Grass" was the name of the team back before the fan fic got an overhaul. "Blast to and From the Bast" also mentions the season originally having reward challenges, which is true both in-universe and out.
Disc One Final Boss: The pilot sets up Heather as the main antagonist, complete with giving her a speech about eliminating each of the contestants. However, it turns out that one of her own plans completely backfires as she throws away an oppertunity at getting immunity and is rightfully voted off by almost half of the contestants.
Egopolis: The reality show itself is named after a sort-of portmantaeu of Ezekiel's first and last names. Inverted with Zekitunakwa, which Ezekiel was named after.
Establishing Character Moment: The fan fic makes itself clear which route it's taking with Ezekiel right from the beginning, as during the first chapter he is largely characterized through his responses to the camper's comments on the environment. Also there's Chris's first and currently only appearance, where it's implied that he made the ride for the campers unpleasant by deliberately driving badly. Kathy, the first OC introduced, makes her first appearance by picking a deliberate diction that would scare Lindsay with the addition of commenting on her butt. She soon reveals in "Pairing is Caring" that it was just an act.
Everyone Has Standards: Both Izzy and Courtney think that Eva's apparant plans for winning the competition are rather brutal.
Courtney specifically draws a few lines: It's okay to form a secret alliance with someone, and it's okay to use that alliance to threaten outsiders to get what you want. (Thanks to Beth and Lindsay's prior experience with Heather, insiders on the other hand is out of the question.) But you better follow your word through, do not lie about convincing your teammates to kick yourself off.
Ezekiel relies on making his challenges cheap sometimes and lets violence pass through, but he will not downright rig the game in his favor, or do anything else like Chris does. No Loophole Abuses here, unless another contestant tries to do the same — even then, Justin's the one who comes up with a way out.
Ezekiel Smithy Thinks of Everything: Averted and lampshaded a few times. A minor Running Gag is that the campers find some additional out-of-the-box question that stumps the challenge logic that Ezekiel thought was fullproof. In one case, he gets Justin to bail him out.
First Episode Spoiler: The elimination on the very first chapter (not episode, chapter), which in a way seems to be the kickstart for the plot of the season.
Hosts Ezekiel and Justin. The former is disliked by near-the entire cast so far, very ignorant to new tradition, and pretty damn wordy. But seems to have a good heart buried somewhere under that egotism. The latter is popular with the contestants (except Gwen at least), always teaching Ezekiel how the new world works, and much more laconic unless he really needs to explain something. But he seems to be a jerk under all of that.
Eva and Courtney are already contrasted. Namely, in how they do their two eliminations in their teams. While Courtney uses simple popularity by (mostly accidentally) persuading Lindsay and Beth to be on her side, and Leshawna's elimination wasn't even part of her plan, Eva uses lies, manipulation, and guilt to get the contestants she wants out. And unlike Courtney, who is trying to stay on the game, Eva is also using these eliminations as a scare-tactac to show her that she's not messing around.
Foreshadowing: In the "Pairing is Caring," Sadie calls for other people to help her out, as she had been lost in the woods for hours waiting for company and had climbed up on a branch. The last thing she calls is "Someone voted off," and almost right after that, she notices Bridgette walking below her. Bridgette would be eliminated in the same chapter.
Hope Spot: "Cosplay Roughplay." Katie had just made a huge catch up to about half of the campers. She's getting close to being neck-and-neck, and it seems as though Eva might lighten up to her. Especially after finding out about Sadie's slip-up. If anything there's even potential for Eva to suddenly drop Sadie, and refocus herself on Katie instead. Nope. Eva kicks Katie out of the alliance once they and Sadie meet up in person again, and she is soon voted off.
In-Series Nickname: Parodied, Ezekiel wants everyone to call him Zeksmit, but so far the only people who do are either blatant kissups (IE Heather) or, for all intents and purposes, trying to troll/mock him. A few of the contestants don't even bother remembering what his actual name is.
Ironic Echo: At the beginning of "Blast to and From the Past," Courtney gives a speech out loud to herself about being in the lead and life being sweet. In the end, there's a confessional where Eva, after witnessing Courtney's own alliance flop in her face, repeats a similar saying in a confessional, with use of Punctuating for Emphasis:
Courtney: My team is ahead by a load, I'm making two new friends that garuntee us all free from elimination until Leshawna is out, and my biggest enemy has been gone for three days. Life is sweet. Eva:My team is ahead by a longshot, I'm making one new friend while splitting her from her old friend, my biggest enemy is in an emotional panic and the last two campers who have so much as a shot against me are both eliminated now. Life. Is. Sweet.
Last Minute Hook Up: Subverted with Izzy and Bridgette, if "last minute" is considered their elimination. Instead of getting together, Bridgette just tells Izzy off right before the former's elimination for being too immature and letting her petty grudge on Eva get the better of her. Though the author says that the couples will stay the same from the original version of this story, so it is likely that they will get together eventually.
Mundane Made Awesome: The Dance Dance Revolution matchups towards the end of "Rather Plain Sports," to the extent that Pikmin Fan compared it to events later on in the series. What that means exactly is unknown.
Odd Friendship: Courtney forms one with Beth and Lindsay. At first, it was purely for competetive reasons, however within the same chapter as the establishment Courtney takes concern when Izzy wins the final challenge by making Beth slipup and hit her head, leading the other two to assume that she was actually trying to be real friends with them in the first place. And as it turns out at the end, Courtney's okay with that and she just rolls with it.
Opposites Attract: It's implied (and confirmed by Word of God, keeping the same relationship from the old version) that Izzy has some kind of crush on Bridgette. The former is highly wild, chaotic, a near compulsive liar, and a pyromaniac while the latter is calm, prefers order, honest, and... well, prefers the water.
Pet the Dog: "Blast to and From the Past" has Courtney refusing to vote for Leshawna and trying her best to keep her word in that she will give up the game if her plans flop after Leshawna follows them. She risks damaging her own alliance just so that Leshawna can go knowing that Courtney really isn't that bad.
The Plot Reaper: Word of God says that Gwen and Leshawna were only eliminated so early because otherwise they would easily be able to take down Eva; Eva herself mentions this several times, calling them the most competant campers or the only ones with so much as a shot of taking her down.
"We're nearing our halfway point in the game! What's next in store? Who will go home next? Will Izzy get to kick Eva's ass for pulling that stunt? Find out next time, on Total! Zeksmit! Plains!"
Running Gag: Characters getting Ezekiel's self-given nickname wrong in their audition. Heather had gotten it right (presumably in an attempt to kiss up to him) while Gwen, Leshawna, Katie, and Bridgette all mistake it, though the former at least questions if she heard his name right.
Sinister Scythe: Ezekiel's enegmatic assistant Kathy weilds one. She currently has yet to actually use it.
Small Name, Big Ego: Heather and Ezekiel. The former all kinds of Wrong Genre Savvy, expecting to get to the top of the game pretty easily and she thinks she can take control of half of the contestants as soon as the game starts. She also acts like kissing up to Ezekiel will make her stay on the game last any longer. Ezekiel has his method of constantly blabbing about being better than Chris, despite already showing signs of being Not So Different from him.
Spiritual Successor: To Total Drama World Tour Rewrite, in the sense that they are both fan competitions heavily centric on the female parts of the cast, and where Ezekiel plays an antagonistic rule. However, unlike TDWTR, it is unknown if Harold will have a role with an Unwanted Harem (or any role at all for at least the entire first season), or if Owen or Duncan will be villains.
Stepford Smiler: "Blast to and From the Past" implies this for Izzy of all people, when it comes to Bridgette. On the outside she treats her in a very "lead, follow, or get out of the way" adittude, and that since Bridgette disagrees with her about stopping Eva she's not going to bother with her anymore. Yet in the confessions, Izzy reveals that she actually regrets pulling up such a tough facade to her, because of the consequences of Bridgette's opinion on her being colored significantly.
We Hardly Knew Ye: The days and episodes are all one chapter and the pilot contains an elimination, so Heather is voted off on the same chapter she's introduced.