Tropes Present in Both the Original and the 2014 Remake
Badass: Edd can take down numerous villains with nothing but a sword handed to him by Stewie. And he can build a time car. He's probably the most badass protagonists of the entire series, and that's saying a lot.
Cliff Hanger: It turns out that the Kanker sisters have fused into "Giga Kanker." It should be noted that in Pikmin Fan's profile, while EDventure has a planned sequel chapter, the status for ZA is writen as an ambiguous "[COMPLETED?]"
Hijacked by Ganon: The main villains of this story turn out to be the Kanker Sisters after a confusing battle with SCP-008, who were also the villains of EDventure and would later be used as the apparant main antagonists for a non-SBIG work Movie Day two years later.
Fusion Dance: The Kankers at the very end, fusing into Giga Kanker.
Logic Bomb: Stewie blows up upon seeing his future self. Which is odd because the same does not happen to Edd when he's fighting his future (and later past) selves, even though there is a specific point where it mentioned that he does in fact see himself.
Stable Time Loop: Edd's time car traveling, inspired by What has tobe Riped of. Before Edd travels back in time, he hits himself from the future by accident, who then charges at him in his own car. They fight until Edd accidentally hits the right speed just before killing his future self and is transported back in time. After stopping the zombie virus and returning to his original timeline, Edd is then hit by his past self and temporarly loses memory of what happened, hopping into the copy of the time car and attacking his past self and almost getting killed by him. Yet this raises a question: The existance of the post-time travel Edd in the timeline where the zombies were attacking, and vise-a-versa after Edd "fixes" the problem raise the question on if Edd actually did stop the virus in the first place.
Foot Note Fever: There's thirteen footnotes, all squeezed into a pretty short story.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: For a while. The original forum this was posted on was gone (althoguh at least the author saved up a file of the entire original post), and during that period of time all there was to prove its existance is sheer author's word. It wasn't until March of 2014 that he finally decided to post the original on the fan fiction wiki, with both the source for the very first forum post, and with how it translates onto the wiki formatting. The "polished" version — which stays a little more true to the series's traditions and adds a little more of an ending (sort of) — won't come out for a few more months.
Shaggy Dog Story: The entire first bit, about the actual zomibes. It turns out that Edd stopping the virus may have been pointless, as the Kankers bring it back anyway. The remake changes this to specifically elaborate on how stopping the virus from infecting the world was needed to get to the Kankers.
Tropes Exclusive to the Remake
Adaptation Expansion: Both Stewie and especially Heliose get a lot more screentime, and the story generally about as long as the later installments's chapters are. In addition, Giga Kanker actually gets a description on what she/they look like.
Crazy-Prepared: Edd was already this, but the remake kicks it into high gear. His time car comes with a switch, which can be toggled between "travel through time" and "travel through stories." That's right: Back in the beginning, Edd thought that he might end up so screwed, that no point in time could help him out (in the past, technology would be too underleveled to work, and in the future, it'd already be conquered by whatever he's against, according to his words on how time travel works), so he'd have to cross universes.
Pearl: The story you have just read may have had some brief nudity. On my end. Now, I understand that to humans, female nudity is a little more of a societal issue, and a gray area, and I just want to say that I only partook in that because I felt that it was what the plot demanded. I had a long talk with the author, Mr. Fan about this. I told him that, unlike his "Rip"s or "Carl"s or that little cesspit of perversion you might call his Homestuck fan works, I only bare myself when I feel that the plot calls for it. *Sighs.* And he came up with a plot that called for it. It was... pretty air tight. I mean, I still had the option to decline, but the fact that he came up with a story where it was reasonable and understandable to expose myself... looking back, it was actually juvinille, but back then I thought it was something of an art form!
Hank: Anyway I think it's time for The X-Files. Now. Go!
The Pikmin fan video 8min replaces (among other things, which are disturbing for different reasons) the original Pikmin with... well, they have man-like bodies (Barbie Doll Anatomy on the front, but detailed rear ends), and strange emoticons for their faces. In addition to very elliptical heads, their signature technicolor skin, and leaves/buds/flowers coming from their heads. It's rather unsettling, to say the least.
Spoof Aesop: "Navyed" has an aesop about persuiting an improved state of life that you want, and to put extra effort to break out of a status quo if you're not happy with it. The fic has spent its last eleven chapters up to this point averting Status Quo Is God (Hank becomes manager, Buckley is revealed to not be dead and he becomes a minor character from then on out who is also a werewolf no less, Bill's life is starting to get better, Thatherton is banished to New York, etc), and while it includes several drastic changes to the world that are not undone such as having multiple characters from a Show Within a Show coming to life, almost everything that happens to the main characters over the course of that specific chapter is undone. Bill doesn't gain anything from his conflict with his alternate dimension self, the "mystery" Dale and Boomhauer think they find about Navy-Bill turns out to be a Red Herring, and Rip doesn't [placeholder until I think of something]. The spoof comes from what happens to Bobby: He gets a huge chunk of the cast of Homestuck as his personal butlers, paying them thanks to a new, highly successful job he got over the chapter. However, after preaching about breaking the status quo, Nepeta (er... sort of, the cast has been altered due to in-universe Executive Meddling) takes his words to herself and tries to break out of the quo she was in in both the original series she was brought from and the current state in the Hill residence. So she paints a picture of Bobby kissing Ladybird (a case of Literal Genie earlier), says that she's rebelling, calls him a "bad host" referencing an Ezekiel-Chris dynamic the author wrote earlier, flips him off with a laugh, gets dressed and rides off into the sunset in search for all of the writers who messed up her design from the original concept and tell them off. Everybody else follows, except for Meulin, who Bobby "fires" out of frustration anyway before she takes off too. And to make matters worse, Bobby's job goes out of business seconds after this happens. Ultimately, the one-shot characters learned the aesop talked about from the main characters, and since they have only been one-shots so far, their change isn't that noteworthy. Instead, their attempt at changing their lives reverted the Hills back to how it was at the beginning of the chapter, with the only difference being the giant picture of Bobby kissing a dog.
Izzy's B-plot in "Pairing is Caring." (Surprisingly, the A-plot of going to the middle of the woods and camping out there is treated in a lighthearted manner, with more of the conflict on the contestants bickering with eachother than on any threats in the wild) She's a little unsettled by being alone in camp for an entire day while the other six campers are out partaking in the challenge. She's fine with it for a while, until the first night. She hears an extremely loud roar that's described as a human's, heavily distorted, and panics. (It's revealed to be Ezekiel testing out "Homer's" roar, but not for three more chapters.) She gets a little better when she thinks she might encounter more people, and she does — Sadie and Lindsay come in thanks to the former bailing out and hitting the panic button. Then things get worse. After Justin announces that he'll be leaving to service the eliminated campers, leaving the now-trio alone for the second night, Izzy gets nervous and hits her own panic button Justin supplied to give her company. She soon regrets this when the lights in both cabins suddenly go out, and all three of the present campers try to run off towards the Mess Hall "because it's bigger and easier to hide." Except on the way there, Izzy bails out and runs to the confessional, which cuts to a scene of her freaking out as something starts banging heavily on the door before it cuts to static. Going back to Sadie and Lindsay, they hide as emergency backup generator in the Mess Hall goes out as well, with similar knocks on the doors. Granted, it's revealed that it was just Kathy trying to scare them, but it's some pretty major Mood Whiplash. Especially with the scene of Beth and Courtney enjoying lunch together prior.
A large, sentient, opera-singing mound of crap that dwells in the poo mountain rolled up by several dung beetles. While the series of events leading up to unlocking his lair are counted as part of the Windy chapter, he's technically the boss of his own chapter, Sloprano.
Buga the Knut
A pretty large caveman who runs a coloseum, who sends out several other cavemen as well as a dinosaur named "Fangy" to kill Conker near the end of the Uga Buga chapter. He later serves as the boss.
The Experiment/The Little Girl
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Colonel of the Squirrel High Command
Mr. and Ms. Bee
The Goomba: Wooden-clad, armored imps serve this purpose in Live and Reloaded.
After Dale says "guess who just had sex with his wife!" Boomhauer immediately assumes it's Hank and gets impressed until Dale corrects him.
Syndicated broadcasts of "Sug Night" are, for the most part, oddly left intact. However, it does cut a scene at the very end with Bill emerging from hiding (having followed Hank and Peggy to Paradice Cove) and staring out at the lake naked. It seems that the idea of a nude peeping tom was a bit too much for the episode.
All three of the team's ads in Japan. Fire's and Victory's were both actually poorly put together, while Chris's was almost nothing but Duncan using Testosterone Poisoning.
The in-universe trailer for Total Drama World Tour is redubbed yet still in English for some reason, implies that said dub for the real show is reliant on memes for humor (such as "challenge accepted!"), paints the show in a Hotter and Sexier look by using rather misleading censors and a scene that doesn't seem to be in, and for some reason said scene that doesn't seem to be in the story proper features a character who is hinted to look something like a Total Drama-ized teen Jane. Plus, it invokes Trailers Always Spoil by giving away every location they will visit.
For the whole series in this verse, it starts and ends at Wawanakwa.
The last official "challenge thing" done, going by Chris's word, is Bridgette diving off a cliff and into the sea (chasing after the million dollars). She was the first person to dive off in the first challenge of the game.
The first and last contestants eliminated in the season were arguable Canadian stereotypes. The first and last contestants eliminated in the whole series in this AU were both... well, Ezekiel. Going further than that, Love Makes You Crazy plays a big role in the first arc of the story, then after Geoff's elimination in the second it doesn't come up again until the finale.
More slight example. In the beginning, Ezekiel gets shoved out of the plane, and has to rely on Chris being tossed out by the force of it starting to move in order to get back on the show. With a lasso. In the end, when the volcano errupts and the contestants are running the the jumbo jet, Chris shuts the door for "safety reasons" as soon as Ezekiel succeeds in getting on, showing how throughout the season Ezekiel has finally became a worthy contestant in Chris's eyes. (Not that this is necessarly a good thing, per-say) While Chris himself isn't shoved out this time, the "pre-merge 14" all have to use a lasso method of their own to get on.
The first and last eliminations during the team portions are the result of boat battles.
Creator's Pet: This trope has been played around with in-universe several times.
Ezekiel gradually turns from being hated by everyone to becoming Chris's creator's pet. It helps that with Duncan and especially Owen gone, he's now the one entertaining Chris the most. It also helps that he's the only antagonist who openly opposes the harem plot, while everybody else either doesn't like it for pettier reasons (Duncan's just jealous about his ex being involved and the guy he hates being the center), doesn't care either way (Justin and Alejandro were always focused on Cody prior to their eliminations), or actually accept it (Cody flat out says in "Anything Yukon do, I Can do Better" that he's even ok with multiples guys in a relationship he's involved with as long as the girl:guy ratio is 1:1 or above).
A Running Gag for the first arc is Chris constantly talking up Owen. This seems to be Running Gagged in the Yukon, when Duncan threatens to quit the game because he's getting sick of Chris feeling sad about his elimination. Then, once Duncan is gone, the gag comes to a proper close when Chris rubs it in Duncan's face that he'll have to see Owen immediately after landing. Blaineley seems sympathetic to him too, making him the new co-host and even allowing him to go out and "hunt" the contestants that was supposed to be eliminated yet clung onto the jet later.
It's a lot more subtle and toned down, but Chris also has preference to Duncan in this world. Examples include unsticking him to a pole immediately after finding he is stuck and likely delaying his elimination because of that while in canon he did not do that to Bridgette, and specifically talking with the directors to give him a shot at a second chance should he succeed in capturing everybody in the London challenge. Of course, Owen was his first pick for that role, but he was happy enough being Aftermath host.
Darkest Hour: An inversion (not to the extent where it can be called a Hope Spot) is at the end of "Sweeden Sour." A major thorn on the protagonists's sides has been eliminated, and for the first (and only) time, all of the main nine are either at or have been invited to first class, while Ezekiel is forced to stay by himself in econ. However, immediately after that is when he decides to take much more control, tricking the main cast into going after eachother's throats and thin down the number of contestants he has to deal with before the finals.
Hijacked by Ganon: This story has some pretty odd variations. According to Word of God, its plot is strictly divided into "arcs" between each Aftermath (with the exception of the finale, although it follows the prior Aftermath and that follows the challenge itself by, like, two minutes in-universe), which complicates things as both Ezekiel and Duncan are set up for the villains of the first arc.
To give the only canon comparason, Justin and Alejandro (the antagonist for the first half of the last season and the antagonist of the original World Tour respectively) were hinted to take the lead, and in the second arc they get much more active and even take down one of Ezekiel's allies. Nope, they're not the villains, they are kicked off by a combination of Gwen, Leshawna, and Beth's plan working with Ezekiel's schemes by accident.
Cody's arc has a huge buildup to him finally dethroning Ezekiel and taking over from here, and the fact that he's the only "antagonist" (he has pretty good intentions) and that he is an attempted Starscream appear to cement this. Plus, by this point, the author of this story has had a habit of the "main" villains either getting replaced, or someone bigger turning out to jump in right after the older villain is defeated. He's barely defeated thanks to a Deus ex Machina, and after his elimination Ezekiel takes the plot from there.
The final arc, with the exception of the finale, is about the eight female leads and Harold turning on eachother. For exactly one chapter, the cause of this is revealed to be Gwen, but after that it's revealed that even she had fallen victim to Ezekiel's manipulation, unknowingly. As Bridgette had not been eliminated yet, and she plays a major role in Ezekiel's defeat, they were technically not too late to stop him.
In Spite of a Nail: Despite the sheer number of changes done to the point where this is more-or-less a completely new story that uses World Tour's old locations and challenges, the Jumbo Jet still explodes. It doesn't happen in the same manner as canon, and it doesn't even happen in the same chapter, but by the end it's split in half, and the top half is still blown up.
Intended Audience Reaction: Voting off Sadie, and then Katie one chapter later was said during the latter's elimination's AN to be done to deconstruct the idea of Katie suddenly growing competant and individual by herself, and the idea of a previously minor character easily getting into the "bigger leagues" with the others.
Late Arrival Spoiler: Ezekiel's the villain, Harold has eight girls liking him, Ship Sinking happens a lot and kick starts the plot, and Owen, Tyler, Trent, Duncan, and Geoff are the first five people kicked off.
Love Makes You Stupid: The first five eliminations are all caused by Ezekiel meddling with relationships. He accidentally drives Owen to launch an arrow assault at Team Fire to try to prove himself worthy to Izzy or... something; he makes Tyler kill up Team Fire's ad even worse than it was by jumping in with his plot about Harold being "the Four-eyed Spider," all in an attempt to make it up to Lindsay; Trent practically tries to abandon his alliance (it doesn't work out and could possibly be the only elimination that Duncan actually had anything resembling plotting for) after his various strategies to get Gwen back fail; Duncan himself was tricked by Gwen into getting stuck in a ditch; and finally, Geoff's paranoia over all of the breakups and being the only one on his side left escalates to him attacking Ezekiel for flirting with Bridgette. In an appropriate Laser-Guided Karma, Ezekiel meets his downfall in a similar manner to the guys he tricked off. He does something extremely stupid to try to get closer to Bridgette.
The One Guy: Harold, Ezekiel, and Cody thin out to be this thanks to how the team's eliminations go.
Remixed Level: "Raining Cats and Dollars" features a quick return to Niagra Falls (Ezekiel and Gwen stop by here), as well as an even quicker return to the Yukon (by Harold and Bridgette, taking a "wrong turn"). Of course, this isn't anything official, since Chris never directed the contestants to go there, and there isn't anything set up for them becides "get to Hawaii in the quickest route possible."
Rooting for the Empire: In-universe, by the third Aftermath just about everyone prefers Ezekiel to the alliance against him, even though he's the cause of many of their eliminations. They know Ezekiel manipulated them, they just really don't like how Harold and co. got by.
Cody had a lot more screentime devoted to him in the first three arcs than most of the other characters, particularly out of the pre-merge 14.
Out of the main eight girls, Courtney, Heather, Izzy, and Bridgette tend to get a little more focus than Lindsay, Beth, Leshawna, or Gwen. Now, the first one has an excuse of actually starting off as one of Harold's enemies, so there would need to be more given to them to make the two getting along... believable. And the latter is the crush of the Big Bad. And the second is the one of the most active contestants bar said Big Bad himself. But Leshawna not getting enough spotlight compared to them doesn't make much sense. The girls in general get more lines and screentime than Harold, although he was never directly stated to be the hero of the story (at least, this redo of it) by any means.
The most obvious example is Ezekiel. You know, the original first contestant kicked off? He's revealed to have worked out during the events of Action and after his elimination in Island, and not only is he physically stronger as a result of that, but over the course of this season he slowly starts to adapt to using actual strategy. To the extent that he serves as the Big Bad. You know the nickname he gets for the majority of the story? A mysterious alter ego known as the Boyfriend Eliminator, for kicking off five out of the six boyfriends of the first-season relationships. The reason for getting a nickname in general is because he, unlike Heather, is so stealthy about it that nobody suspects him at all. It gets to the point that once he leaves a note after only Harold and the girls are left saying that the Boyfriend Eliminator is still in the game, the cast all suspects eachother first of being on the inside trying to plot against the team, while Ezekiel kicks back with everybody still thinking he's an in-universe Elimination Houdini. Way to go, homeschool.
Duncan is implied to have done something similar to Ezekiel's post-elimination training, as during the events of "I See London," he, as Jack the Ripper, manages to take down Sierra. Back when he was a contestant, he wasn't able to do this. This is confirmed to be a case of this trope and not an oversight in "Raining Cats and Dollars," where Sierra comments that he's even stronger than his Jack appearance. By the finale, he can also lasso onto a moving plane and get himself and 13 other people inside of it, although it isn't clear if he could do that before his training.
And similar to that... Owen and his new sword skills, which are also present in "Raining Cats and Dollars." It's implied that Blaineley had a "runaway hunt" planned for one future moment or another in advance, and recommended the same form of training for both Owen and Duncan. Of course, both of which only had a few weeks tops so it doesn't make too much sense.
Cody seemed to have picked up some manipulation skills between seasons. Unlike Ezekiel, and to a lesser extent Duncan or Owen, he doesn't really have any reason for this given.
Beth gets much more dynamic and active during the later parts of the story, and even manages to outrank half of the rest of the Unwanted Harem by sheer skill. It gets to the point that, once, she considers taking the role of Izzy after her elimination — and nobody objects.
Webcomic Time: All four of the final non-epilogue chapters take place one after another. The only one that involved some chronological progress was "Raining Cats and Dollars," which takes place over only two days.
"Chinese Fake-Out." Lindsay's elimination one chapter ago isn't surprising given the author's preference (aside from the fact that members of the "harem" are getting picked apart now), but Courtney and Izzy? Both having a ton of character development over the course of this story? Kicked off. In a double elimination. Granted, they stay in the cargo hold until "Raining Cats and Dollars" and even join the final four in said challenge along with everybody else eliminated during this portion of the story, but as with all of the cling-ons they don't get as much screentime as those still in the game and the fact that they're kicked off of all people shows how much into end game territory this really is.
A more milder one than the above and below is "Awwwwww Drumheller," since from then on out, the game completely changes from what it was in canon.
"Raining Cats and Dollars," in addition to being the chapter equivillent of a Walking Spoiler, is this for subverting the expectation (and original plan) set up that Harold would be the one in the finals against Ezekiel. Nope, it turns out Bridgette is the focus of the last chapter and Harold was just a Red Herring/Decoy Protagonist. But this didn't go without warning; the final leg (Drumheller onwards) had way more focus on Bridgette than the other heroes, while in the chapters beforehand, she usually gets the least focus out of the nine. Oh, and for a bonus, it included a pissed off Owen being sent by Blaineley to hunt the "cling-ons", and a pissed off pre-merge 14, as everyone else was also sent by Blaineley to attack them in the sea.
What Could Have Been: The author is self-admitted to be extremely indecicive when it came to this story; even in the final version, he admits that he had trouble deciding who got kicked off between Noah and Justin, the four contestants between Alejandro and Cody, and most of the final ten. Special note goes to the old version, which was as follows:
This version of the second season still had Lindsay and Duncan as the finalists with the former winning, but earlier in "Rewrite Rewrite" (his designation for the newer version), it went back to the canon instance of Beth and Duncan, and instead of Beth winning, Duncan is said to betray her at the very last segment of the final challenge and claim the prize himself. (Later blowing it thanks to a Noodle Incident involving Courtney.) This was changed back and Lindsay still kept her winnings, partly due to making it a bit too obvious that Duncan would have a minor antagonistic role, and partly for Harold joking that he was between two hot blonde millionares at the end.
The elimination order was completely different. The first and fifth eliminations are the only constant, while DJ and Tyler basically swapped roles plot-wise, Duncan would go a chapter early and Trent a chapter later, Geoff would be more of a legitimate villain taking over Duncan's role instead of being sympathetic and paranoid over the new "Boyfriend Eliminator" rumor, said Boyfriend Eliminator didn't even exist, and later down the road, Leshawna was supposed to lose way before any of the other members of the harem. Beth would follow not too far after.
The Unwanted Harem plot was a lot more blatant, and all eight interests were established almost right at the beginning. Now, it's done in a pretty strict "two revealed at a time" rule, which thanks to its limitations the results aren't exactly clear until the characters flat-out say them.
The author's Original Character Kathy appeared here, and had a different physical body type from her later Slender Man-esque proportions later on. She was set to be an intern who was kicked off by Chris in an attempt to avoid Duncan's elimination (and it was here, not Owen's, that a producer would have given him an angry call), and spent most of the game after that having a subplot where she tries to find the Aftermath studio and give them "revenge" for lying to her about letting her help out on the Aftermaths. She's now just about only a major character in one of the author's other Total Drama competition series, with her appearances elsewhere being more-or-less cameoes. Including this story. She appears briefly in "Raining Cats and Dollars" — with her newer/current design — to help direct Harold to a cannon.
Shout-Outs were much, much more common. The humor was also more, for the lack of a better word, bold.
The intended winner was all over the place. Although Ezekiel being a finalist was always a constant. First it was Courtney, then Harold (leaving the "ranking" of the eight girls ultimately pointless), then there was a brief period of Ezekiel pulling a bad guy wins scenario (still good for the leads, since they got closer together than they were before, and some of the pre-merge contestants still like them) while Harold was considered a finalist... and finally, it ended on Bridgette.
Lindsay and DJ were originally on Team Fire, while Leshawna and Tyler were originally on Team Victory. Team Chris is the only one that stayed a constant.
Paris was going to have a more original challenge, involving climbing up the Eiffel Tower half-naked (taken from the flyer of the actual season, as no such challenge came to exist) followed by a series of battles taking place on color-coded tiles up in the air. For one reason or another, this was changed to use the canon challenge again, and originality to the challenges themselves didn't really come until the final leg. (Drumheller = it's different altogether; race = Chris supplies them each with $500, different locations visited, ten people are racing instead of four, with four contestants and six cling-ons instead of three contestants and one cling-on, and eliminated contestants come into play near the end (with Owen coming into play a lot sooner); Hawaii = return of the prehistoric outfits, more difficult obstacle course, teams composed of every eliminated tourist instead of just two and they pick which side they want to be on instead of the finalist as with Island's finale.)
One episode's called "Hank's Back," and another called "Hank's Back Story."
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>There probably isn't 0-level indents.
Since this folder is at the bottom of the page, and has the /folder tag commented out, the Administrivia index guide is now hidden inside the folder. This is not ideal, and anyone who sees it should revert it.
"Ha ha ha get it it's like this but we changed the names around."
In [[ this]] King of the HillYoutube Poop (NSFW at certain scenesnote the painting of Hank, and maybe a gag about Bobby's "butt spoon", but from the linked time onward its mostly worksafe), towards the end Bobby goes on an extremely long trip on the cart he got in order to deal with his gout. He goes across the United States in a seemingly random pattern, crossing everywhere, the only thing he really gets is one bag of chips, and... it becomes pointless for three reasons. One, he ends up in what is supposed to be back at Arlen only a few miles away, but either the distance from his house and Tom Landry is really large or the maker doesn't really understand scale. Two, he walks right past Connie after reaching the dance just to go at a plate of fast food. Three, later that night, he goes back home to see that she hung herself. But at least Bobby gets to spend some time with her ghost.