A pair of Total Drama fanfictions byThe Kobold Necromancer which are, in fact, the most popular stories ever written within the fandom.The plot is fairly common. The first story, "Total Drama Comeback" (TDC), is set about six months after the end of Total Drama Island, with the contestants back for a new season where two of them will win $10,000. The rules are different, with teams being formed and dissolved for individual challenges, making alliances and rivalries more complex. While the fic keeps all of the characters at least partially in focus, the Break-Out Character is Ezekiel, who is both bitter about the events of the previous season and determined to do better. He quickly manages to do so, making friends and eventually getting a girlfriend who is also seeking redemption. Meanwhile, the numerous subplots include Courtney seeking revenge on Harold for what he did to her in the first season, Katie having a crush, Tyler dealing with a past trauma and Izzy searching for the mysterious "Jellybean Smuggler," among others.The sequel, "Total Drama Battlegrounds" (TDB), is a similar story set six months after TDC. Here, however, the twenty-two original contestants are joined by twenty-two new ones, who can be found on the author's Deviantart page Total-Drama-Comeback-2 here. The story alternates between "normal" challenges and ones performed via a virtual reality machine, the latter involving tasks that would be impossible in the normal Total Dramauniverse (such as fighting vampires or zombies). This story is ongoing, but in a state of uncertainty- please go review the story or it will die!The Kobold Necromancer is also the author of TDWT Reducks Redux, a Fix Fic for season three and Love Aint Easy Its Ezzy, a Shipping fic about the adventures of Izzy and Ezekiel.Has its own wiki.
This story provides examples of:
Abusive Parents: Comeback reveals that several of the campers have unpleasant homelives.
Tyler has a Missing Mom, who came back after seeing him on TDI... just to berate his father with "I told you so"s and claims that this just proved that Tyler was absolutely hopeless at sports. She also got him barred from all of the teams at his school.
Meanwhile, Noah suffers from Parental Neglect, to the point that when he broke his leg at seven years old, he overheard his mother saying, "Well, at least it was only Noah; he barely moves anyway."
And Courtney's parents are both big on education as well as overdemanding perfectionists. They weren't too thrilled with how she lost on TDI.
Acceptable Targets: In-universe. Apparently, picking on and persecuting Christians is A-OK with Chris and the producers (though note, not the author or audience). Less inflammatory, anyone who is taken with a shred of seriousness insults Twilight and sparkly vampires.
Action Girl: Izzy takes out a serial killer and jellybean smuggler (much like Gwen a season before). Also, Heather is oddly adept at the VR challenges.
Word of God says that Daisy and Jasmine are both black, Sebastian is Brazilian and Colin is just a tanned Caucasian.
Also played with in regards to the canon characters: Justin claims to not know his own race due to being a test tube baby (presumably meaning his mom used a sperm donor), while Sierra and Katie both get cut off before saying what race they are. Noah is apparently Indonesian in this universe, though, despite Word of God recently saying he's Indian and Justin being Hawaiian.
Justified as the announcement from the Word of God came after Kobold decided Noah was Indonesian and Justin was a testube baby.
Arc Words: "Everyone deserves a second chance" in Comeback
Arson Murder and Jaywalking: "The landslide was a muddy crash of charging fervor, a slimy plow of terrible proportion, a tremendous stampede of slushy earth, and it was rather yucky too."
Mandy's rats are named Death, Famine, War, and Snowflake. It was a snowy day when she named that last one.
This line , also from Mandy:
"Man, the airport security was as bad as my school, where they take my daggers, and my vial of poison, and my lighter, and my scalpel, and my whip, and my taser, and my pepper spray, and my razors, and my gum!"
Also, Colin and Zachary (also villains) were the only ones who enjoyed Disaster Movie.
How to kill a centipede, according to Xander:
"Napalm, bazookas, pesticide spray, and maybe a really big meerkat."
Ascended Extra: Ezekiel. Kobold had an almost blank slate to work with. Other characters who are neglected by canon but have decent screentime, focus and development on this story are (but not limited to) Tyler, Bridgette, Eva, Katie, Sadie and Noah, among others.
In-universe, Cid-Vicious's OCs, Gil and Anita and TDI Charlie Brown's Alicia makes an appearance.
The Atoner: A major part of Ezekiel's motivation is making up for what he said last time and how it damaged his parents' reputations to the point that they almost lost their teaching jobs.
Cast Herd: in battlegrounds, the contestants are divided into 6-9 teams before each challenge. This way the author ensures that every character will get some lines and make easier to follow the progress of each team.
Chivalrous Pervert: Howard, who will hit on any girl unless she’s already taken. And of course Cody fills this trope, as per canon, not wanting to make out with Eva until he's decided which girl he'll officially date.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Heather sees Izzy and Bridgette as a threat to her relationship with Ezekiel (can't blame her though, the author ships them). In later episodes, she seems to get over it.
Courtney after Gwen and Duncan start to become friends.
Comically Small Bribe: During the fanservice cruise challenge, Izzy tried to convince Noah to make out with Cody by giving him...one dollar. She laters raises her bribe to the astronomically high amount of...five dollars.
Demoted to Extra: Some characters who get a lot of focus in canon receive very little in this story:
While Owen gets a lot of screentime in every season he's been in and always ranked among the first seven, in both TDC and TDBG gets eliminated very early. In fact, other characters comment how odd is for somebody who did so well the first season to be eliminated so soon. It's worth mention that the author does like Owen, but eliminates him early because he doesn't like the Toilet Humor that comes with him (that and probably to make room for other characters)
Duncan, another character accused of being a spotlight stealer, gets a much reduced role in TDC than in canon (he's basically Courtney's dragon), and is eliminated right after Courtney's revenge plot ends. In TDBG, he's eliminated even earlier.
Heather is a notable aversion: despite TKN has mentioned that the screentime she has in the show is excesive, on TDC she gots lots of Character Focus, Character Development, ranked quite high despite this time everybody knew about her true nature from the very beginning (granted, eliminating her this time around was harder due to having multiple teams instead of just two, plus the follow-up mini challenges where she gained immunity many times), and even became Ezekiel's love interest.
Door Stopper: Do not try to read the entire thing in one day. This is, of course, a testament to the quality of the writing; the author doesn't skimp when it comes to the challenges.
Drama Bomb: Episode 9 of Comeback (Chapters 27-29) serves as a major one: thanks to sabotage, Harold suffers an allergy attack that leaves him temporarily paralyzed (after nearly killing him), and Courtney and Duncan's alliance with Heather is exposed during the ensuing investigation.
Dramatic Ellipsis: Done right, imitating the dramatic pauses in real elimination ceremonies.
Dream Sequence: One chapter of TDC shows all the remaining contestants (plus Chef) dreaming, and other characters’ dreams are scattered throughout. Variants include:
Chris: "Ahhhh, that's how to sell your audience, folks. Show them a preview of what is in store next season, and they'll eat it up. Works well for Pokémon, I hear."
Easily Forgiven: Played with during Comeback after the Drama Bomb episode: some of the contestants are able to forgive Courtney's actions more easily than others, which makes those who don't forgive them so quickly even angrier. Katie, for example, holds a grudge even into TDB.
Fanon Immigrant: Jasmine was originally shown in Leshawna's video from home. Alejandro and Sierra also host the Aftermaths.
Fix Fic: Although Comeback wasn’t intended to fix anything, the poor reception toTotal Drama Action led many readers to think of the fanfic as a rewrite of Season 2. Alternatively, the similarities of Comeback to its source material, Total Drama Island (same cast, same venue, and some of the same challenges) give Comeback a "TDI 2.0" vibe.
Flanderization: Arguably Owen. Also, many of the new contestants conform strictly to their stereotypes.
At least at first; they tend to become more rounded if given their own subplot to develop in. Hannah, for example, pretty much didn't have a line in the early chapters that didn't relate to her religion, but this ended when she started her romantic subplot with Joel.
Flat "What.": Duncan and Heather both deliver one in Comeback when Katie is voted off.
For the Evulz: Colin seems to enjoy upsetting people for no particular reason other than he finds it fun.
Freaky Thursday: after reading both stories, one may think in Owen as somebody who always gets eliminated early into the game (as opposed to canon), and think in Ezekiel as a great player who always manages to get really far in the show (again, contrary to canon).
Freudian Excuse: Courtney, see Abusive Parents. Also, the fact that her school life became miserable after she got the boot (being insulted with names like Crazy In Training) and being beaten for the Student Council President by a guy who's rebuttal was essentially a giant poster of her being dragged down the dock of shame screaming.
"What? The Amazons always fought bare-chested! Haven't you ever seen those ancient paintings? Like all warriors, male and female, they went to battle with little armor, just their raging spirits and weapons and loincloths, but I didn't have a loincloth, so…”
Fun with Acronyms: During the Superhero challenge, the contestant must retrieve the Gemstone of Power Amplification.
The official name of the Rock Star Challenge is the Terrific Wawanakwa Outstanding Battle Of Our Bands challenge, which is later extended to Terrific Wawanakwa Outstanding Battle Of Our Bands Based On Invented New Golden Oldies challenge.
Heroic Sacrifice: TDC, Episode 4: when he realizes DJ is hanging onto him despite his fear of heights, Noah unlocks his handcuffs and willingly drops from his grasp so that DJ won't be dragged down with him.
And in Episode 9, Katie volunteers to be voted off instead of Harold, so he won't have to leave just because of his allergy attack.
Tyler: "...I wonder what Chris meant when he said he'd show these confessions earlier in the show to bring up tension. That'd be mean to the poor viewers."
Hypocrite: Courtney criticizes on Gwen, Leshawna, and Tyler continuing to hold a grudge against her from her actions in Comback despite her own pathetic grudge she held against Harold as well as anyone else who considered him as a friend (IE Leshawna for being his girlfriend, Geoff for simply inviting him to a party, and Gwen for telling her off), so she was in no position to lecture them about it since their grudges against her was due to her own grudge against Harold.
Infant Immortality: It seems that no matter how bloodily the other contestants die during the virtual reality challenges, Rodney will somehow survive.
Averted and Lampshaded in the last part of the alien invasion challenge.
Innocent Fanservice Girl: Izzy gets a stint of this in TDC; though her 'innocence' might be questionable, she does deliver this line:
Izzy: "Hehe, silly Cody! I was just a girl his age with no top on while we were alone at sea with no cameras around. What could be so..." Beat. "Oh. Oh my."
Is This Thing Still On?: During the ninja challenge, when Chris and another campers discussed about Ezekiel's crush on Bridgette:
Lindsay:"Most of them are just walking around. Look, Zachary and Belinda are just sitting down next to each other.
Katie::Ooo, what are they talking about? I knew he had a crush on her!
DJ:Guys, c'mon,It's not nice to spy on people and(Ezekiel and Bridgette turn red)... aww, how cute, they're blushing!
Katie:He likes her, I knew it! Why are they facing away, though?
Owen:They seem upset about something. Maybe they're uncomfortable with what you guys are saying.
Chris:They cannot hear us, you big lug.
Owen:Yes, they can, you left the intercom on.
Katie: Oh sh-
Jerkass: Colin in this series’ standout example, though Chris, Zachary and occasionally Duncan get it as well.
Jerk Jock: Averted and discussed/defied with Tyler.
Tyler:(talking about the Super Hero challenge in the confessional)I'm pretty glad I wasn't made a villain. I mean, I know a lot of people think of jocks as jerks, but I like to think I get along with everyone. Even the really out there ones here, I'm down with them!
Last Minute Hookup: Noah and Katie, Justin and Beth, and Joel and Hannah all hook up right before the girl gets voted off. The first one got almost no setup within a chapter. Averted, however, with Ezekiel and Heather who had a proper setup, and Sakaki and Sebastian who just sort of fell together.
Leet Lingo: Chico the Racoon. One of his original prototype names was even "Racroll."
In a sense, Noah (with Katie) and Justin (with Beth) both become nicer after their hook-ups. At least, until Katie gets voted off TDB...
Love Triangle: In TDC, Cody/Beth/Justin. Cody has more luck as the hypotenuse in TDB, where Eva and Anita vie for his attention.
Also, Izzy/Ezekiel/Heather. Probably.
Love Dodecahedron: Izzy broke up with Owen and quickly entered a Love Triangle with Alfred and Mandy, after Alfred lost Daisy to Yoshi (although that might have been faked) and accepted that Bridgette was taken, and Mandy lost her friend/ Les Yay partner Hannah who ended up with Joel. In addition, Izzy might have feelings for Ezekiel, who's with Heather although he's experiencing some Ho Yay with Tyler (who's still dating Lindsey) and Ezekiel also still has a slight crush on Bridgette who's having trouble with Geoff and possibly crushing on Harold who is having problems with Leshawna. Owen and possibly Alejandro have feelings for Sierra who has her canon crush on Cody who's in a Love Triangle between Eva and Anita, and let's not forget Gwen/Bridgette undertones and Courtney seeing Gwen as a threat to her relationship with Duncan (despite still being with Trent in this fic).
Valerie is attempting to seduce Arthur who may have a crush on Sadie, who has a crush on Zachary, who's stringing her along while he has a secret relationship with Valerie, much to the disapproval of Katie, who's trying to set Sadie up with Clive or DJ (or really anyone), although DJ's also got some ship teasing going on with Eva. Eva, Valerie, Mandy, and especially Izzy think Xander's pretty attractive, although he's more interested in romantic Crystal, but Crystal will only enter into a relationship once she's paired everyone else up, and besides that is mostly just trying to avoid the attention of bully Colin, who may or may not have something going on with Sandra who is crushing on Alejandro and who Owen is hitting on repeatedly.
Howard went through a Love Triangle with Belinda and Jasmine, and Belinda has stated she has another crush in the game, rumored to be Clive, who gets ship teased with just about everyone, including Carol (who had a short-lived romance with Billy the Intern) and Sadie (who is described above).
And to top it all off, Noah's worried that Rodney or Justin will steal Katie from him but Rodney's really more interested in Anita and Justin's still dating Beth, and Katie's lately been a bit worried about Lindsey stealing Noah. Of everyone, Sebastian and Sakaki's (possible) relationship is the least interconnected. Whew.
Moral Event Horizon: Played for Drama in TDC's ninth episode: Courtney sabotages the eating contest by spiking the soup with the thing Harold's most allergic to, kicking off a nearly fatal reaction.
Morality Pet: Cody for Courtney and to a lesser extent Duncan in Comeback (see Chapter 26)
Rodney for Courtney in Battlegrounds
Katie for Noah, in a way. He's at least less cynical with her around.
Ms. Fanservice: The TDB producers hired Anita specifically for this reason, ordering her to wear revealing outfits. Since her motive for joining the show was to prove she was more than just an empty-headed pretty girl, you can imagine she’s not pleased with the situation.
However, Izzy is usually more than happy to provide (see any trope that involves full frontal shots).
The more obvious situation is Ezekiel. Not only he managed to get much further than in his disastrous TDI run, but managed to make some friends, get a girlfriend, and what he thinks to be most important, redeem himself in the eyes of everybody from his sexist comments in Season 1 that caused a massive backlash against his parents.
Courtney and Heather are now trying to redeem themselves from their actions of past seasons (though they still have winning in mind), though Heather seems to be doing better. Competition wise, they're still in the game, though there ar plenty of challenges ahead.
Averted with Duncan and Owen, who were eliminated early in TDC, and both vowed to do better in TDBG. Owen only lasted a few more challenges, but Duncan was eliminated even earlier than in TDC.
Never Accepted in His Hometown: The reason Cody isn't aware of his popularity after TDI is he avoided any mentions of the show online. Why? Because everyone at his school harassed and teased him about being mauled by a bear. Eeesh.
Chris, using the confessional, points out that Duncan and Owen are the only reasons the majority of their audience watches the show (which may well be true for the real show). He then remembers that both are long gone at that point.
Not to mention whoever the hidden "villain" is in both seasons. More for the fans, although TDC characters speculated about it. Expect lots of shadowed faces and question marks whenever the person makes a confessional.
Pair the Spares: As per Word of God, every contestant will hook up with somebody by the end of the fic. The only two exceptions are Rodney (because he's just 8) and Colin (because he's an obnoxious Jerkass).
Pet the Dog: While he mostly Took a Level in Jerkass, Chris does occasionally show a softer side, like in Comeback after Harold's allergy attack, or stepping in and showing everyone confessional footage to prove that Cody's didn't help vote off Trent.
Pitbull Dates Puppy: Heather/Ezekiel and Eva/Cody (although the last one is not officially a couple).
Pretend Prejudice: Though he’ll constantly whine about white people, Zachary seems to quickly click with Owen and Colin, and joins forces with Valerie after only slight hesitation.
Well he only seems to hate racist people, which he views almost everyone as, but Colin hates everyone and Owen's way too nice.
Real Life Writes the Plot: More that the events of the actual show write the plot. Some elements are played straight (Courtney being a Clingy Jealous Girl is inspired by Action), but most are a way to subvert or correct the "wrongs" done by the show that Kobold doesn't like (Duncan and Owen, the supposed "fan-favorites" getting voted off very early in TDB and the general treatment of Ezekiel and Bridgette, especially as of the events in World Tour).
Retcon: Originally, Total Drama Comeback was supposed to be a season set between Total Drama Island and Total Drama Action, referred to as season 1.5. Later, TDC just became the second season in this continuity, and TDA never happened. Both Lampshaded and Handwaved by the contestants and Chris respectively.
Self-Deprecation: Probably an unintentional example: when fans tried to guess who the mystery villain was, many guesses went to Arthur aka "The Schemer", as labelled by Kobold himself, and next chapter basically saw him upset at being labelled as such, complaining the entire time that he was no schemer.
During the MMORPG challenge, Noah advised against rolling a Kobold Necromancer, since it's the worst race-class combination possible.
Serious Business: Izzy applies this trope to MMORPGs (and, by extension, everything)
Which makes even more sense if we consider she's an Expy of WinterRae (everybody believes that Shout-Out was a coincidence...).
Also in Comeback, Courtney shipped Cody/Beth while LeShawna shipped Beth/Justin.
More recently, different characters have recently started taking sides in the Eva/Cody/AnitaLove Triangle. So far Beth, Izzy, Bridgette, Sadie, Gwen, Courtney and Heather are rooting for Eva (Despite Eva yelled at Heather for supporting her, she didn't switch sides) while Ezekiel, Tyler, Harold, Noah and Rondey favors Anita.
Ship Tease: Oh dear C'thullu, where to begin. It doesn't help that Kobold is known for writing Crack Pairings, so just about any male/female interaction can plausibly be seen as this. (Not that all the teases are male/female...)
Shoe Slap: Crystal seems to be adept of this when wonders if "throwing shoes could be a super power."
Shoo Out the Clowns: Variant in TDC: Owen, Sadie and Geoff are the first three out, with the last elimination leading to the Courtney/Duncan/Heather alliance that drives the drama until the Drama Bomb episode. Lampshaded in the fourth episode with Chris complaining about the last elimination making the island "less of a party". Subverted, however, in that Owen becomes an intern after his elimination. And even that is played with, as despite his internship, Owen doesn't appear in the third episode because he went to ensure the second one eliminated wouldn't be lonely.
Subverted in TDB when Joel and Daisy are found doing this, but deny that it necessarily has any romantic connotations. It really doesn't count as anything but Ship Tease, as they both wind up with other people soon after.
Spanner in the Works: Courtney's plotting in TDC was foiled because they never anticipated that someone like Katie would deliberately leave the game so that Harold wouldn't have to go due to his allergies.
Strawman Political: The rampant "picking on Christians" by Chris and the producers starts to sound a lot like a persecution complex after the first few times.
Though to be fair, K.N. says he's not a Christian. Still comes off a bit Anvilicious, though.
TKN has stated that he avoids specific politics for Valerie, so people will not think he is trying to make one side of the political structure is wicked (since Valerie is a villainess).
Stop Being Stereotypical: The reason of Hannah and Anita auditioned for TDBG was to prove that not all Christians are fundamentalists zealots and that not all attractive girls are airheads, respectively. You can expect how much they succeeded.
Stupid Evil: Colin repeatedly backstabs his teammates during challenges for no useful reason.
Time Skip: Six months passed between TDI and TDC, and another six pass between TDC and TDB. This is important, since events that occurred in several of the contestants' normal lives effect their actions in the game. Ezekiel, Tyler, Harold and Courtney are among those most affected in TDC.
Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Ezekiel/Heather stands as the only couple where the girl is taller than the guy.
Harold: Oh, I know all about these kinds of things. See, Leshawna is my Tsundere, how could she resist in the end how my awesome skills are taken Up to Eleven? (Superimposed on the screen as he talks is "WTH IS HE SAYING?")
Up to Eleven: This trope helps to explain the sucess of these fics. The author pick challenges from the actual series, and also creating new types, and then, without the limitations of an animated show of almost half and hour, takes everything Up to Eleven.