In "Up The Creek", Gwen refers to Cody as 'like a little brother'. When you see the video from her family, her brother looks slightly similar to Cody and even shares a voice actor. And her bio states she gets along with her brother, which may be why she tacks the "annoying" onto there- to clarify, and possibly to not offend her real life brother.
In "I See London...", it seems strange that Alejandro got so agitated about Noah not trusting him and calling him an eel, even though Heather hadn't trusted him from the beginning and had called him much worse insults. Then later this troper realized that while Heather had simply seen through the facade and then told him right away, Noah had done something entirely different. See, Alejandro's entire tactic is fooling people into believing he was friends with them, and he thought that he had already managed to trick Noah. But now it's revealed that Noah was only pretending to fall for Alejando's "friendship" tactic, which means Noah had managed to defeat Alejandro in his own game, and THAT was what ticked Al off the most.
More logically, he knew that Duncan and Courtney were dating. He was even upset about the cheating when the cast visited Area 51.
At first Cody's Jerk Ass behavior at Gwen and Duncan's relationship seems like a double standard given how he reacted to Trent's and his actions in Greeces Pieces and then it hit me: The circumstances are totally different. With Trent, Cody realized that not only she really liked Trent but that Trent generally cared for her and that he had no chance and decided to do the right thing and help him out. But Duncan treated him like crap for all of "Greeces Pieces", treated his friend and fellow drama brother Harold, who according to "Hawaiian Style" was at least a bit close to him, like crap for all of Action, and while Cody played Dogged Nice Guy all season, Duncan just waltzes in and wins her over when he already has a girlfriend. His pissy attitude was more than justified.
Trent and Justin were also Drama Brothers, and they were shown to not only have reunited but have been close friends, proving my Harold thing, meaning that Trent and him had also become friends and that Trent thought, and was actually slightly accurate, that Duncan purposely destroyed their relationship. And Justin probably didn't have the highest opinion of him either after the whole Courtney thing. So basically, all of his friends hated him, Cody himself was probably a little suspicious so the things just one giant clusterfuck justifying his behavior even more. At least he's not as bad as Sierra (she did get better though)
In her bio, Heather says she wants to take over Europe. This may have been added because the producers knew that part of the viewers of the show would be Christians and, in almost every apocalyptic romance, like Left Behind, the antichrist would always take over Europe, so this was included to boost her villanious status in the first season. Bonus with her brother being named Damien
If the producers had that much foresight, there wouldn't have been so many continuity gaps in the episodes. The episodes had few if any references to the bios, and flat-out contradicted them in a number of places. A simpler explanation would be that the text bios were written after the fact by people with little or no connection to the creative team.
Many people were upset about Trent and Gwen's breakup, but in his bio, it's said that Trent had a lot of girlfriends before, so he may have a problem with unstable relationships. Their breakup followed this logic.
Bouncing off this logic here, and remembering things from 'Island', Trent's craziness doesn't seem to come out of nowhere anymore. In the episode where Cody helps Trent and Gwen get together, when Cody tells him that Gwen likes him, Trent's first response is "If you're lying, I could easily rearrange your face. You know that, right?" Hardly what one would expect to hear from someone so cool and collected,... unless he has had relationship trouble in the past, which one could surmise from his online bio. From this, one could imagine that he believes that it was his fault for past breakups, even if it wasn't. Now, for Trent's obsession with the number 9, the only explanation we get in show about it before the Aftermath in Action (where it's revealed that 9 is simply his lucky number,) is Harold saying that he noticed Trent doing it around the time he also noticed that he was crushing on Gwen. Duncan's subsequent theory on the combination of hers and Trent's names leaves Gwen to believe that 9 was formed after he fell for her. However, to me at least, When Trent and Gwen arrived on the Island in the very first episode, he already was giving her nice looks, meaning that he liked her as soon as the show began. Since it could have happened from the very beginning, the Aftermath explanation that he had always considered 9 lucky doesn't seem as much as a Retcon anymore. Couple this with the fact that he and Gwen didn't get to spend more than a couple to three weeks tops together, (Courtesy of Heather causing his elimination,) he probably still doesn't know her inside and out. So, when he is separated from her in Action, and seeing that she is now on the same team as Duncan, who she shares an obvious affinity with (leading to its conclusion in World Tour,) Trent is quite worried that she would fall for him. So his craziness is him not obsessing over Gwen so much, but desperation over not wanting to endure breakup again, and doing everything he could to prevent that. Without a successful wingman to let him know what he was doing wrong, all he could do was rely on luck.
And if the writers have planned this before season two, I mean, they created Trent with the sole purpose of being a Satellite Love Interest to Gwen and then be dumped by her.
It is presumed that Trent hates Gwen for dating Duncan behind his back in season two. The only revenge that Trent got on Gwen was writing a hate song about her, dating Katie and Sadie to spite Gwen, and then letting her be hated among the viewers.
Further emphasized by the fact that Gwen and Duncan didn't even date. There was a connection, but both maintained nothing happed, which makes Trent reaction and suspicion a self-fulfilling prophecy. He kept accusing Gwen and freaking out about her relationship with Duncan, that it pushed Gwen away and she became closer to Duncan. Same could be said, probably even more so, about Duncan just finally getting fed up with Courtney's abuse.
Why was Alejandro such a Villain Sue? It can be interpreted that Chris and the producers were editing the footage to make him appear better than everyone (which incidentally stopped when Duncan returned to the game, since he's an equally Genre Savvy character.
Alejandro manipulating Harold into eliminating himself in Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan. At first, I couldnt understand why he would care which member of Team Victory got voted off since the team would still be one member short. In fact, it was revealed the member who was to be voted off was DJ whose strength would have been a great asset for future challenges and been a loss similar to how Heather tricked the Killer Bass in Island into voting off Eva who was one of the most strongest and athletic players. But then I realized something, out of the members of Team Victory, Harold was the highest ranked one in Action managing to get up to the final five. His whole character is based on being a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass who when times gets rough manages to pull his team up with a hidden skill. Heck, he was responsible for scoring the first two wins for the Killer Bass with skills they hadnt known before and pulling them out of their first losing streak. Despite this no one takes Harold seriously. Of course, Alejandro would have watched Total Drama before participating and been able to analyze the characters beforehand, gauging their strengths and weaknesses and which ones would likely be an obstacle. Alejandro recognized him as a threat and decided to eliminate him early before he could pull off any wins for his team. For this troper, this seemed to establish Alejandro's manipulative nature and ability to read people since he saw a potential threat that no one else did. In addition, Harold's elinimation allowed him an opportunity to work on Leshawna without a suspicious cruch questioning his moves and attempting to drive him away
Been thinking way too much lately, but something that bugged me was how the Courtney/Duncan/Gwen love triangle was able to cause so much damage? Couldn't any of the three have talked it out with each other or used the other campers as mediators to help do so? But then I realized, every possible mediator had been eliminated or disabled by this point. From the people eliminated up to these events occurred, Harold, Bridgette, Leshawna, Lindsay, and DJ, generally all kind, easy-going people, could each have acted as a mediator or go-between to help lessen or repair the damage the love triangle would cause. By the time Duncan returns and everything hits the fan, none of them are left. There was still the possibility of Owen doing something to help mediate things too, but that was the purpose of Izzy and Noah's eliminations. With the two of them gone, Owen was lost in grief and worried Alejandro would take him out next. Coincidence? Probably. It's true that Chris had no way to know that Duncan would come back at that point, but looking at it from this perspective, the triangle was deliberately triggered so that everyone who was left in the either game had something to do with the triangle or cared too much about themselves to do anything to lessen the damage.
Could be possible that Cody, Sierra, or even Heather can help, but here are the reasons, Sierra is willing to get Gwen off the show while Cody is an Asshole to Duncan. But Heather is the only chance Gwen has to be saved, unfortunately that got ruined when Courtney got Heather jealous by flirting with Alejandro as part of his own plan. So the true monster of the love triangle is Alejandro, not Duncan, Gwen and Courtney.
In the last episode of Season 1, Gwen's insult to 3/4 of the cast was a big-time Out-of-Character Moment that confused many fans. Those comments were set up so we would get angry at her and feel more satisfied when Owen won.
Alejandro kissed Heather and it looked not unromantic. This of course, could be showing that even someone as allegedly hot as Alejandro, even someone as charming as Alejandro, could be a terrible kisser. It's a brilliant subversion of a trope so omnipresent we forget it's there. Notice that up until that moment, he only kissed through the air, excluding the Bridgette thing but that was a girl-initiated smooch (a.k.a. a press of the lips, not a particularly passionate kiss with tongues and saliva).
What are the two things people complain about the most in season three? The Zombie Zeke subplot and the GDC love triangle. When did these things start happening? In the episode where Noah was eliminated. His departure was symbolic of the show's descent into madness, and possibly Foreshadowing what was to come.
A lot of people have responded negatively to Trent breaking up with a girl via a text message (sent by Justin, no less) in the Celebrity Manhunt special. But remember in "Haute Camp-ture", when Trent announced that he was in love with Gwen? His breakup with her may have made him lose his belief in true love, and now he's just a womanizing celebrity. Perhaps a Deconstruction of the Nice Guy trope?
In "One Flu Over the Cuckoos", a member of the winning team would get a chance to hang out with their friend/family member of their choice. Duncan's "friend" was his parole officer. At first, this seems like a joke in that this was the only person they could trust Duncan to be around. But if you notice, the parole officer has Tyler's old design. In the original Camp TV promo, Duncan and (old) Tyler were shown to be friends. So it makes sense, Duncan and that guy have been friends ever since the beginning!
Sierra has been said to act like someone in a Self Insert Fanfic. Being the crazed Fangirl she is, she probably did write a few of those. She's just bringing them to life now that she's actually in the game.
In Action, Heather and Leshawna finally got on friendly terms, but they're back to being enemies in 'World Tour' with Leshawna actually causing lasting physical damage to Heather. Why they got back to being enemies, with Leshawna actually being the main offender? In the 'Celebrity Manhunt' special, we see that, between seasons, Heather and Gwen had been in a blogs' war, insulting and ridiculing each other, and when they got together for an interview, they got into a catfight. Since Leshawna is Gwen's best friend from the series, she had to take a side in this conflict and obviously sided with Gwen, meaning she and Heather are back in bitter terms, with Leshawna being particularly aggressive due to her protectiveness on her friends.
Gwen's confessional callout in the final episode of Island: it seemed originally like a way to make us hate her so that Owen could walk away with the money, or at least a ridiculous Out-of-Character Moment. The brilliance is that it might just be a Shout Out to a confessional that Boston Rob did all the way back in Marquesas where he insulted all his new tribemates.
You know how Total Drama World Tour, was supposed to be called Total Drama: The Musical, but because of fan rejection it was changed? Well, I realized that the new name has a double meaning; they are indeed travelling around the word, but the Tour part can also refer to a concert tour! This way, the original name and the whole concept are being kept together!
Duncan's "Tooka Levelin Jerkass" makes more sense in that in Season 1, he was more of a "Jerk with a Heart of Gold" and due to that, people outside the show thought of him as a pansy and those who previously feared him, no longer feared him and due to this, he decided to act more like a "Jerkass" to make up for it.
Ezekiel's first elimination seems confusing at first glance. "There were 6 guys and only 5 girls, how did Courtney not get voted off?" but then you may realize-not every guy voted for Courtney. Tyler, DJ Duncan and Geoff probably did, since DJ and Geoff probably listened to Duncan's advice to vote her off and Tyler got nervous that she randomly suggested he gets the boot, Harold probably voted for Duncan because he was smart enough to realize they may have a conflict later on, and Ezekiel? he voted for Eva, because she strangled him and he was terrified of her. If all the girls did vote for Ezekiel, it would be Zeke-5, Cortney-4, Eva-1, Duncan-1, which is why Duncan and Eva were last to receive a marshmallow before Courtney!
Several people wonder why Gwen is subject to most of the in-universe hate over the love triangle in World Tour. The reason is that she kissed, and stole, the boyfriend of someone who was supposed to be her friend. On top of that, Heather kissed Trent in front of Gwen in Island, so she knows the pain that Courtney is going through. However, where as Heather kissing Trent was a stunt, Gwen and Duncan became a couple. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.
And considering Courtney found out about Harold's vote rigging later on, who's to say everyone never found out about her huge rant in the season 1 finale. Plus, she clearly had no resentment for how heartbroken Trent was with her freindship with Duncan in season 2.
Now see, this has always been a gross oversimplification of things to me. When Gwen DID kiss Duncan, she did nothing but feel guilty over it. This whole Tooka Levelin Jerkass is kind of unfounded, as she didn't intend for it to happen, and wasn't malicious or gloating about it when it was revealed. She never mocked Courtney about what happened and again, only felt like crap over what happened, but couldn't shake how it made her feel. She didn't "steal" anyone, honestly, I don't even think Duncan and Courtney were even in a relationship when the kiss happened. Before the kiss, he and her just went through an expensive divorce and when they got back on the show, they MAY have been together, but then he quit the show and disappeared for what, a minimum of a month? Maybe longer? When he came back, he only had time for Courtney to hug him before HE kissed Gwen. And really, Duncan left a poisonous relationship in favour of someone who wasn't horrible to him and has shown to have a connection. Actually a major case of Double Standard, if you think about it. If Duncan had been as violent, rude, backstabby, and insulting to Courtney as she was to him, and she had fallen for someone else (for fun, lets say Trent), people would be lauding and praising her. Seriously, she's abandoned him when he was injured, accused him of infidelity even when he wasn't, acted jealous, constantly demeaned his intellect and appearance, attempted to change everything about him and break his will, spent a fair chunk of his million dollar winnings (since he was the only one to actually ever keep the money) in court proceedings over a lawsuit with a raccoon, constantly fought, and in numerous instances, was physically abusive! Sure, thats what attracted him to her in the first place, but anyone who has gone through that understands that it gets old pretty quick and can really eat away at you. It could have been a bit more tactfully done, granted, but still, it is entirely believable for Duncan to feel pushed away from Courtney's constant negative personality and be drawn to Gwen, who was already a good friend. Really similar could be said about Gwen with Trent's obsessive behavior. Which is where the brilliance comes in. Total Drama.
The reason why Courtney seems more forgiving of Duncan than of Gwen is easier to understand if we recall that Tyler didn't see the start of the kiss. The audience knows that Duncan was the one who initiated everything but Tyler doesn't. So the only information he could hand out was that Gwen and Duncan were kissing. Now, from Courtney's perspective she had two options: think her boyfriend went out of his way to cheat on her, or think that the person she was just becoming friends went out of her way to seduce him away. While the former is what happened, she would be more likely to expect the latter since her trust was developed with one and just developing with the other.
Why is everyone on whatever team Scott is on holding an Idiot Ball, while the people who aren't get evicted? Because this is a stealth parody of Survivor: Samoa - which, at the time, had the stupidest cast in the history of Survivor.note For those who don't know, the current award for "Dumbest cast" has to go to the Ometepes in Redemption Island, who did not vote out a Creator's Pet who knew the game and had production on his side. It takes a special kind of dumb to not vote that person out on day 3. The people who weren't outright Too Dumb to Live got voted out by the Devil in Plain Sight.
Dakota initially seemed to be a shallow character, which is the entire point: Her entire life she was treated as a shallow character by everyone surrounding her, so when Sam spoke to her as though she were a normal person, she felt respected and her character started to gain more depth. It shows that even shallow characters can be good characters and can be considered an anvilicious way to tell Give Geeks a Chance.
Why were their only two votes against Scott and how did Lightning and Zoey get a vote against them if Cameron and Zoey both voted for Scott? Because Cameron didn't vote for Scott. Cameron knew that Lightning was going to hold a grudge against him for stealing his immunity so he voted for Lightning. Seeing as Lightning was grining when Scott got voted off, it's very plausible that he voted with Zoey. So it goes:
Cameron - Lightning
Lightning - Scott
Scott - Zoey
Zoey - Scott
In the Action episode "Top Dog", Beth's raccoon Mr. Whiskers wants nothing to do with her at first, snarling and clawing at her angrily when she tries to interact with it. This seems like normal wild animal behavior until the episode reveals that Mr. Whiskers and the rest of its raccoon family possess human levels of intelligence; therefore it was presumably very offended when Beth indirectly called it vermin and tried to teach it simple commands that were more suited to a dog ("Roll over! Play dead! Anything?"). It's only when Beth begins to act subservient to the raccoon (panting like a dog, catching a treat in her mouth) that it starts to listen to her. Gives new meaning to the title "Top Dog," doesn't it?
In "Million Dollar Babies", Justin says, "That's it, I'm moving to Canada...except I'm already there." Where is Justin originally from, as his bio (and Word Of God) reveal? Hawaii!
It seems a bit odd that Courtney hates Cody so much that she didn't even care when Alejandro threw him to the sharks, but not so much when you realize that he assisted Gwen in trying to vote her off. Hence, "Go, Alejandro! Squish him like a bug!"
Why did Sierra ship Gwuncan? Well, in TDWT, she thought of Gwen as a bit of a threat to her crush on Cody, seeing he had a crush on Gwen. She'll barely blame Cody for anything (she wanted Gwen to stay away from Cody, not vice versa), so Gwen would be the problem in her mind. Pairing off Gwen would help prevent distracting Cody to her. (The simpler answer could be she's an Audience Surrogate, too, of course.)
Way back in "The Sucky Outdoors", one might wonder why Katie was voted off instead of Sadie. Well, given how little their teammates cared for them in the first place, ask yourself, who's name do you often say first when mentioning the pair?
In All Stars, Scott is very determined to find the immunity idol, to the point he insists on going to Boney Island two nights in a row. It makes sense since, out of all the villains, he's the one with the most personal enemies still in the competition (Mike, Zoey and Cameron) who are also in good terms with Sierra, so, if making it to the merge episode, Scott is at the most risk of getting voted off. Also, it's basically the same thing he did last season.
Zoey's tarot cards that she pulls to make sure Mike is okay actually do make sense, despite some of them being made up. The Lonely Prisoner represents Mike, The Evil Leprechaun represents Mal, but The Tower is an actual tarot card that represents Karmic Death which can mean that she is right and Mike will be fine.
Mal rigged the votes to try to get rid of Cameron (it failed, as Duncan was eliminated). Not only was this because Cameron would be the only one who would care enough to study "Mike" and find out what's wrong with him as he did in Revenge (Zoey is on the fence at the moment), but Mal knows that Chris isn't going to care, like when Harold rigged the votes to vote off Courtney all the way back in Island.
In "The Obsta-Kill Kourse", it's revealed that Mal can force Mike's other personalities to give him their abilities whenever he need them. This is why he hadn't noticed Mike releasing Chester yet since, generally speaking, Chester is the less useful of Mike's personalities and therefore Mal hadn't needed to access him; this also explains why Svetlana was the most afraid of Mal's arrival, knowing that, because of her athleticism, Mal would access her abilities regularly, and this seems to be a painful process.
Why did Mal forget Mike gave Zoey a necklace? Because Manitoba's punishment was to destroy Mike's most prized memories and dreams, and obviously this included destroying some little details that Zoey noticed and tipped her on who was really in control of Mike's body.
Zoey keeping up her promise and taking Mike to the final despite knowing Mal is the one in control looks like a case of Honor Before Reason , and it's true to a certain extent... but it also allows her to keep an eye on Mal, and to keep him in an island, under continuos camera surveillance, instead of out on the loose. Zoey is pretty much taking a risk both for Mike and everyone else's sake.
The order Mike finds his other personalities reflect how easy/hard is for each one to surface; Chester is the first one, as he appears when Mike gets frustrated or upset, something relatively common; Svetlana appears when he faces an athletic challenge, something very common for anyone competing in the Total Drama show; Vito doesn't appear unless Mike changes his look (getting shirtless); Manitoba only appears when Mike adds something to his looks (a hat); and, finally, Mal was at the deepest part of his brain, inside a tower, and only got back to surface after Mike suffered a very hard external stimulation, aka a head trauma.
More like Fridge Squick than Horror, but in Basic Straining, Duncan and Courtney share their first kiss...after Courtney had just thrown up.
In "Chinese Fake-Out", Blainley and Courtney were tied for votes and they both had to leave because of budget issues. If this same thing ever happens with a whole team, then they would all have to leave in the same episode if they all have one vote! Yikes!
Made even scarier in the season 4 premiere, where everyone shows up on a cruise ship, dancing and being merry (even Feral Ezekiel is panting like a dog). BLAINELEY IS NOT THERE.
"Backstabbers Ahoy!": Dawn is sabotaged and eliminated. Chef then puts her in her bag,throws it in the catapult, and Chris launches it away. It's a plastic black garbage bag she was just thrown into, full of sticks and seashells. And she's thrashing the entire time...
Throughout the seasons of Total Drama, the main antagonist has been hit by Laser-Guided Karma which has escalated throughout the series (from Heather's head getting shaved to Scott in the trauma suit). Who's the main antagonist of All Stars, you ask? The Superpowered Evil Side of sweet, lovable Mike! Either The Malevolent One is going to be on the receiving end of a five-to-one mental beatdown, or Mike should seriously consider looking for a decent hospital. Soon.
As it was mentioned under Fridge Brilliance , Chris doesn't mind that Mal is cheating and causing troubles among the other contestants. Of course, Chris allows pretty much any amount of chaos as long as he's not affected himself... but this time, there's a potentially murderous contestant in the island, and most of the others have no idea of this! And not just Chris, but the show's producers seem to be perfectly okay with it; they might even have checked up Mal's criminal record after Duncan recognized him, and he's still in the competition.
Had Alejandro-Bot not fallen into the water in the first episode of All Stars, two nightmarish things would have happened: Alejandro would still be trapped in the robot, unable to speak, and Scott would have been forced to dive into the water with the mutant shark hell-bent on killing him.
The fact that Duncan and Alejandro are the only two who have found out that Mal is loose, and their first reaction to it is to get him eliminated. Duncan specifically theorizing that Mal is the alpha personality and Mike is just a cover up shows that they don't even consider or care about the fact that Mike is still trapped inside. Alejandro, towards the beginning of "The Obsta-Kill Course", seems ready to beat Mike/Mal up, and all the abuse Mal has gone through using Mike's body shows how much they're completely unaware that Mike still exists and are only concerned about getting rid of Mal. Not even repressing him again like he was before, but just getting him out of the game. Where he can continue hijacking Mike's body, with nobody being the wiser.
Regarding "Sundae Muddy Sundae": So...did these interns ever get something to eat?
Mal tried to literally drop a house (or part of it) on Gwen; even if he (luckily) didn't kill her, he still managed to literally bury her alive (her worst fear) under the house's debris for a good while. This is bad enough for anyone, but for Gwen it was particularly terrifying.
The eliminated All-Stars contestants that weren't freed by Mal and Zoey were sent hurdling to oblivion. Unlike the other finales, they don't return...
The others aren't even bothered by the loss of them, either.