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Total Drama: Tropes A to G
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    A 
  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • Katie and Sadie to Justin in Island, Trent in Action, and Alejandro in World Tour.
    • Sierra to Cody.
    • Ezekiel to Anne Maria.
    • Zeke and Noah were this to Bridgette, though only for a few minor gags.
    • Rodney to any Female.
  • Abnormal Ammo:
    • Chris' seagull-firing gun-bazooka-thingy in "Beach Blanket Bogus". It returns two seasons later in "Backstabbers, Ahoy!", except the seagulls are part rattlesnake now.
    • Chef Hatchet's "spaghetti cannon" in "Eat, Puke, and Be Wary".
    • The leeches in "Saving Private Leechball".
    • The ballons in "Twinning isn't Everything"
  • Aborted Arc:
    • According to Word of God, Justin's role as the main antagonist of Action was dropped midway through the season because the writers came to the realization that he was too self-absorbed to pose any actual threat.
    • In "Total Drama Drama Drama Drama Island", Courtney found out that the island isn't actually an island. It seemed like this discovery was going to lead up to something, but it wound up just being a bizarre random fact.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The one featured in "Broadway, Baby!" is large enough to ride speed boats in.
  • Accidental Kiss:
    • Alejandro orchestrates one of these between himself and Bridgette in "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better".
    • Courtney and Scott in "Zeke and You Shall Find", though both really enjoyed it.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Geoff, after he becomes a co-host of the aftermaths in the second season, though Bridgette would break him of it.
  • Acrofatic:
    • Owen, Leshawna, Beth and B, although Leshawna and Owen avert this by being unable to run long distances and in Action Leshawna's size gives her problems during a challenge where contestants had to avoid lasers beams.
    • Averted with Staci and Sam, although years of gaming have given Sam excellent reflexes.
  • Action Girl: All the girls have their moments, but Courtney is the most prominent.
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  • Affectionate Parody: Total Drama is this to various reality shows, such as Survivor, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, Big Brother, and The Real World''.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: In "Can't Help Falling In Louvre" Noah is able to distract Sasquatchanakwa by pretending to throw a ball for it to fetch, a trick that always worked on his dog back home. It also accidentally works on Izzy.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Courtney, Gwen and Anne Maria.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Quite often; see Love Dodecahedron in the next page.
  • All-Natural Snake Oil: The love-me tea Sierra gets from the old Chinese woman in "Chinese Fake-Out".
    Sierra: (crying) But [Cody] has to love me back. He has to!
    Old lady: You need love tea. More you drink, more he love!
  • All There in the Manual: The character biographies, audition videos, and online interviews reveal more information about the campers than the show ever will.
  • All Women Are Lustful: The female characters are more prone to sexual behavior than the boys.
  • The Alleged Car: Some vehicles featured in the show are low budget, poorly designed, broken down, and not well maintained.
    • The Boat of Losers, though it's in better condition than most of the other vehicles regularly featured on the show.
    • The Lame-o-sine, complete with a set of bull horns on the hood.
    • The single-prop plane from Island and the Total Drama Jumbo Jet are both certainly less than airworthy. The First Class section and the "reserved for hosts only" rooms are the inside parts of the latter in better condition than the other rooms in the plane.
    • The contestant-built bikes in "That's Off the Chain" deserve a nod, being built from salvaged bike parts and other materials. Some held together, others fell apart, and some exploded.
    • The go-karts in "Grand Chef Auto" played with this. Some looked a bit beat-up but worked just fine, but Scott couldn't drive at all due to his one missing front wheels.
    • In "Up Up and Away in My Pitiful Balloon", the remaining contestants had to build flying machines out of junkyard scrap. While the machines were functional, they were all destroyed by the end of the episode.
  • Almost Kiss / Moment Killer:
    • Gwen and Trent in "Search and Do Not Destroy", the moment is spoiled by Chris.
    • Geoff and Bridgette in "Hide and Be Sneaky", the moment is spoiled when Geoff gets a whiff of Bridgette's skunk smell.
    • Justin and Courtney in "The Princess Pride", the moment is spoiled when Chris announces that Justin has to fight Courtney for immunity.
    • Mike and Zoey in "Grand Chef Auto", the moment is spoiled when Mike gets catapulted off the island. They also attempt to kiss in the All-Stars opening, only to get interrupted by Sierra taking a photo of them.
  • Alpha Bitch: Heather and Courtney. Heather acts more the typìcal Queen Bee whereas Courtney acts more like the Academic Alpha Bitch.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: While it may seem made up, Chris was right about there being rare freshwater sharks.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Several characters, though many have Word of God explanations: Noah is Indian, Justin is Hawaiian, Katie is Caucasian, and Courtney is Hispanic.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Noah, with emphasis on "ambiguous". Initially, in Island, we get the obvious mannerisms and the Ho Yay with Cody, but then it gets subverted during World Tour where it's implied that he may have a crush on Bridgette. And then we get Ho Yay with Alejandro, followed by Ship Tease with Izzy. At this point, the fans really have no freakin' clue, although some theorize that he simply goes both ways.
  • Amusing Injuries: To the point where nearly every character has had at least one, and some of the Butt Monkeys have had more than a few. Tyler is the most prominent example, and the unofficial wiki also has a page listing all of the injuries that happened during the course of the series.
  • Animals Hate Him:
    • Owen, Heather and Chris to a certain extent.
    • DJ, especially during World Tour.
    • Duncan's been bitten by raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, and anything that would give him rabies in the real world.
  • Appease the Volcano God: Subverted, as throwing pineapples into the volcano in the World Tour finale pissed it off.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Heather is this to several campers, especially Gwen and Leshawna
    • She later finds gets an even bigger one in World Tour with the introduction Alejandro, who is labelled "The Arch-Villain", where they develop a love-hate relationship.
    • Lightning and Jo in Revenge of the Island.
    • The "Friendship Finale Trio" (Cameron, Mike and Zoey) and Scott.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Lightning and Jo.
  • Art Shift:
    • A childlike crayon-drawn style is used whenever Owen has a thought sequence, Oh, My Izzy Mix is presented in this style as well.
    • What's Not to Love? uses simple colors to look like a Broadway musical poster.
    • In Versus the two finalists and their helpers are presented in a single color: Blue for one finalist, red for the other.
  • Artifact Title: Episode #22 of the first season was originally called "Haute Camp-ture" and featured a fashion photo shoot challenge. This idea was subsequently scrapped in favor of a "look in on the losers" story called "After the Dock Of Shame". Some networks aired the episode with the original title, which doesn't fit the replacement story.
  • Artistic License - Biology:
    • In the "Phobia Factor" episode, DJ had to face his fear of snakes by picking up the "smallest snake ever." After a dramatic pause, DJ freaks out because the snake blinked. Snakes don't have eyelids.
    • Harold claims that tarantulas are deadly to humans. Although tarantulas can deliver a fair dose of venom, their venom is quite mild and the overall effect is little worse than a bee sting. Some tropical varieties have more potent venom, but even these pose no threat to non-allergic humans.
    • In "Crouching Courtney, Hidden Owen", one of the ingredients to the Kung-Fu Noodle Sout pis "Rabid Piranha". Piranhas are incapable of catching rabies, as it is a disease exclusive to mammals.
  • Artistic License - Law: In "Masters of Disasters", Chris frets that if the teens drown in the locked submarines, his show will be cancelled, but is relieved when they manage to escape. However, in reality, the show would've been cancelled anyway due to the near-death of 9 kids (not that anything else they have to do on the show is much better). The only difference being that if they did happen to drown, Chris would have been arrested rather than simply fired.
  • Ascended Fangirl:
    • Sierra was (and still is) a huge fan of the show, having watched every episode of it multiple times.
    • Zoey mentions having been a fan of the show before joining in Revenge of the Island.
    • Topher, though he's an Ascended Fanboy.
    • Ella, considering that she loved the musical season that is World Tour.
  • Aside Glance:
  • Ass Pull: Lots of these from Chris in-universe.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: An early morning challenge in the second episode of Revenge of the Island causes Dakota to complain she needs her beauty sleep.
    Sam: Come on, you look- (Dakota takes off her sunglasses, revealing her baggy, bloodshot eyes) GREAT SUNS OF ORION!!
  • Attention Whore:
    • As host of the show, Chris is this in spades.
    • Since Total Drama is a parody of reality shows, every contestant is one to some degree, especially during "Celebrity Manhunt's Total Drama Action Reunion Special".
  • Auto-Tune:
    • Used in the theme song on the words "I want to live close to the sun/Well, pack your bags 'cause I've already won."
    • Ezekiel in Come Fly With Us.
    • Used more and more prominently with Alejandro throughout season three as he gets cockier and more confident of winning.
    • Harold when he raps about Cody in Who You Gonna Root For?
  • Award Bait Song: I'm Sorry.
  • Award Snub: An in-universe example occurs during the Action special when the characters don't win the Gemmie award for "Best Reality Ensemble". However, this could have just been a part of Chris' Batman Gambit to get them on season three. A Gemmie is nice but another season is better.

    B 
  • Back for the Dead: Eva returns in the Island episode, "No Pain, No Gain", only to be eliminated in the same episode.
  • Back for the Finale: The first three seasons bring back all of the contestants that competed to watch the final two compete.
    • Revenge of the Island only showed those from that season returning.
    • All-Stars breaks this trend, kind of. All the contestants from that season return, but they are trapped in balloons and float of before the challenge begins, with the exception of Gwen, Cameron, Heather, and Alejandro, who are freed by Mal and Zoey, they're still alive however.
  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: For every Alpha Bitch that has appeared in the show, there is someone there to end her reign:
    • Heather got it handed to her by Beth and Lindsay in "If You Can't Take The Heat", and again by Beth in "Paintball Deer Hunter".
    • Courtney's reign of terror got put to an end by Beth (again) in "2008, A Space Owen".
    • Jo's underling, Cameron, turned on her in an ironic You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness betrayal.
    • Amy got taken down in this fashion by Samey in the most brilliant example of this trope yet in "Twinning Isn't Everything".
  • Bad Bad Acting: Team Victory and Team Chris is Really Really Really Really Hot showcase some fairly bad acting during their commercials in "Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan". Bridgette falters during her speech, DJ freezes up and is unable to say his lines, Harold goes overboard with the dramatics, Alejandro says his line out-of-sync, Noah recites his line in monotone, Izzy gets her line wrong, Tyler yells his line, and Owen reads his sound effects out loud.
  • Badass Biker: Trent, according to his biography for Island, as he would buy a new chopper if he wins the money.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • Duncan in Action. Out of the first three season winners, he's the only one who gets to walk away with the prize money.
    • Depending on where you live, the winner of World Tour is either Heather (Anti-Villain) or Alejandro (true villain).
    • Lightning wins in the alternate ending of Revenge of the Island, and unlike Cameron, he keeps all the money to himself. Jo was the most upset.
      Jo: (Confessional) I carried both maroons to the finale, where's MY million dollars? What a ripoff!
    • Dave sucessfully manages to keep Sky from winning in Shawn's ending of Pahkitew Island.
  • Balloon Belly:
    • Gwen and Heather during "The Big Sleep".
    • Leshawna in "Full Metal Drama".
    • Harold, and Heather again, in the Action special.
    • Lindsay in "The Am-AH-Zon Race".
    • Blaineley in "Aftermath Aftermayhem".
    • Scott in "Food Fright", to the point where he's so heavy he stops the spinning log from working and couldn't be kicked by the boot, while it had no problem with Alejandro and Sam's combined weight (especially considering both of them each ate half their pancake stacks).
  • Bandage Mummy: At different points, Cody, Trent, Justin, Blaineley, Scott, and Cameron.
  • Bare Your Midriff: All the girls except Beth, Eva, Leshawna, Dawn, Jo, Staci, Ella, Scarlett, and Sky. While Courtney and Dakota's regular outfits don't show midriff, Courtney's swimsuit and sleepwear does reveal it, and Dakota shows it on her sleepwear and intern outfit as well as when she mutates.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Heather and Alejandro often make use of these to get other contestants eliminated.
    • In a less-evil sense, Jo sometimes uses these to trick lazy teammates into working.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Cody, regarding Sierra.
    "She's like the stalker girlfriend I always thought I wanted, until I got one!"
    • After receiving a large bribe from Dakota's dad, Chris lets her back on the show...as an intern.
    • In the All-Stars episode "You Regatta Be Kidding Me," Duncan finally gets his wish of being seen as a bad boy again, in exchange for being booted from the competition by Chris and arrested and sent to a legitimate jail instead of juvie for blowing up his cottage.
  • Bears Are Bad News:
    • A large brown bear would often serve as an obstacle during challenges.
    • Cody and Owen are attacked by a polar bear in "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better".
    • A violent baby panda called T'sing-T'sing pummels DJ in "Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan" and tackles Katie in "Aftermath: Revenge of the Telethon".
    • Bridgette befriends a large black bear called Bruno while trapped in Siberia, Bruno is very protective of his owner and attacks anyone that ventures too close to her, including her beloved boyfriend Geoff.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: In All-Stars, when the campers have to go collect eggs from the mutated animals from season 4, one of the eggs starts to hatch before Mike can put it into the bowl and score a point. Said egg happens to be from Chris's pet Man-Eating Plant from Revenge of the Island. One of the numerous plant babies that hatch out looks exactly like Chris. Chris just whistles innocently...
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension:
    • Courtney and Duncan in the first season.
    • Heather and Alejandro in the third.
  • Berserk Button:
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Suffice it to say, almost every heroic (or rather non-villainous) character has their moment where they become a force to be reckoned with.
  • Big Bad: Every season has a respective problem-starter who is hell-bent on kicking everyone else out of the competition.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate:
    • Heather and Alejandro switched between this and Eviler than Thou throughout World Tour depending on how much they needed an ally at any given moment.
    • Justin attempted to be this with Courtney in Action but found himself getting stabbed in the back.
    • Alejandro and Mal in "All-Stars" until Mal betrayed him an episode later, that is.
    • Max and Scarlett in Pahkitew Island, though in actuality one serves as The Dragon.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: All-Stars basically brought back every Big Bad and villain who had ever appeared in the series (coupled with Mal, the evillest villain to date) and put them on one team, where they predictably spend every challenge arguing and betraying each other. They only manage to stay in the game by doing what villains do best: deceit, blackmail and sabotage, but somehow they still end up winning more challenges than the heroes do. However, starting with Cameron in "Zeek and You Shall Find", every one of them gets eliminated in consecutive order.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Max in Pahkitew Island.
  • Bigger Bad: Word of God says that Chris McLean will always be the true villain of the series.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Season four featured a giant cockroach and a giant spider, though the latter turned out to be Izzy in disguise.
  • Big Eater:
    • Owen. In fact this seems to be his defining trait. It's to the extent that in the second season he eats an entire feast in minutes without realizing that it's all prop food.
    Duncan: The dude ate foamcore and wax! Full props for that, man.
    Leshawna: You know what Owen has? Guts. Guts filled with foamcore and rubber, but guts just the same.
  • Big Fun: Owen.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Heather when she lost in Island, when she found out that she threw Alejandro's dummy into the volcano instead of her own in World Tour, and when she got voted off in All-Stars thanks to Alejandro.
    • Lindsay when Courtney suggested voting off Tyler in "Not So Happy Campers - Part 2" and again in "Broadway, Baby!" when she learned she wouldn't be able to shop in New York.
    • Reversed with DJ when he WON the challenge in "Can't Help Falling In Louvre", as he intended to lose and get eliminated.
    • Alejandro when he learns that the money was destroyed in "Hawaiian Punch".
    • Geoff when he found out he wouldn't be competing in World Tour.
    • Cameron in "Suckers Punched", after Sierra decided to not "dump" him.
    • Mike, once Mal takes control.
    • Cameron, after Mal reveals himself.
  • Big "YES!": Tyler when Lindsay finally remembered his name, of course since they're in the alps, he also triggers an avalanche.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Alejandro's last name, Burromuerto, is Spanish for dead donkey. "Mal" translates to "Bad" or "Evil" in Latin, Spanish, Italian, and French. In the case of the former, Chris eventually points out the former
  • Birds of a Feather: Gwen and Duncan.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Most of the antagonists use this to get further in the game.
  • Bi the Way: It's heavily implied that Owen has a crush on Justin despite already being in a relationship with Izzy.
    Justin: I'm back to being just another pretty face.
    Katie: And pecs.
    Sadie: And abs.
    Owen: And butt.
  • Bits of Me Keep Passing Out: In "African Lying Society", four members of the final five accidentally sedate each other with tranquilizer balls and have to perform a song while struggling to get their limbs to function properly.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • Both Action endings are presented this way. In the canon ending, Duncan wins but Beth at least gets to see her boyfriend and in the alternate ending, Beth wins but Duncan gets to go to dinner with Courtney.
    • In both endings of Revenge of the Island Cameron states that he doesn't need to live in a bubble anymore.
    • At the end of All-Stars (the mid-season finale of season five), Mike finally manages to get rid of Mal, at the cost of losing his other personalities as well. However, they reassure him he'll always have a piece of them with him, both figuratively and literally, as he retains all of the abilities they had. Additionally, the iconic Camp Wawanakwa ends up sinking at the very end of the episode, setting the stage for the second part of the season, Pahkitew Island.
  • Black and White Morality: During Island.
  • Black and Gray Morality: During Action and World Tour.
  • Black Best Friend: DJ to Duncan, Geoff, and Tyler; Leshawna to Bridgette and Gwen
  • Black Dude Gets Eliminated First: Beardo in Pahkitew Island.
  • Bland-Name Product: A self conscious Chris has himself "slotoxed" in order to look younger in Pahkitew Island.
  • Blofeld Ploy: In "Greece's Pieces".
    Chris: The drop of shame will be taken by... This intern!
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Owen, Noah and Izzy in World Tour.
  • Body Horror: Alejandro's fate in the World Tour finale. No matter which of the two endings, Alejandro ends up being smothered in the lava of the erupting Kilauea volcano. Saying the result was unsettling is an understatement.
  • Book Ends: Staci only appeared in the first episode and the last episode of Revenge of the Island.
  • Boot Camp Episode: "Basic Straining".
  • Bowdlerise: Cartoon Network loaded the season one episodes with censors for words like "crap", "suck", "freak", and even censor bleeps.
  • The Boxing Episode: "Suckers Punched" in All-Stars.
  • Boxing Kangaroo: The kangaroo that appears in "Picnic at Hanging Dork" and "Aftermath Aftermayhem" has successfully defeated Duncan, Leshawna, and Harold.
  • Brainless Beauty: Lindsay, Anne Maria, and Dakota.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: One of the promotional trailers for Total Drama All-Stars opens with the line (referring to the contestants), "You love them! You hate them! You love to hate them!"
  • Break the Cutie: Being a Sadist Show, it happens regularly, especially as the series gets more cynical. Cody, Lindsay, Bridgette, Sierra, Dawn, Dakota, Zoey, Samey and Ella fall victim to it.
  • Break the Haughty: As much as the show likes to break its innocent characters, it loves to break its jerkasses more.
    • Just keeps happening to Heather.
    • Justin and Courtney in Action.
    • Alejandro and Blaineley in World Tour.
    • Scott in Revenge of the Island.
    • Mal in All-Stars.
    • Even Chris is not immune.
  • Breather Episode: "Brunch of Disgustingness", a gross food challenge smack-dab in the middle of season one. With no elimination and a one-off rejiggering of the teams, this episode is essentially the season's halftime show.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: This is how the prize money is delivered. However, sometimes the case either gets stolen by a rogue former contestant (Ezekiel in season three and Heather in season four) or comically destroyed (eaten by a shark in season one and burned in a volcano in season three).
  • Bridal Carry:
    • After accidentally injuring him Izzy carries Noah this way in "Slap Slap Revolution".
    • Sierra carries Cody this way after he falls into her arms in "The Am-AH-Zon Race".
    • Invoked during the wedding-themed "Niagara Brawls". The characters are expected to do this as part of a challenge, though not all couples play it straight: Cody and Sierra gender-invert it while Duncan carries Courtney over his shoulder instead.
    • After Alejandro rescues Heather from under a rock in "Awwwwww, Drumheller", he picks her up this way. She immediately demands to be put down, but it's obvious from her tone that she's secretly enjoying the attention.
    • During the last few brain sequences in All-Stars Chester is usually being carried by either Mike or Vito (because he doesn't want to walk all the way to the tower), Mike carries him piggyback style but Vito is strong enough to use the bridal carry.
  • Buried Alive: This is Gwen's phobia. She's forced to undergo it in both "Phobia Factor" and "The Treasure Island of Dr. McLean".
  • Burping Contest: In the episode where the teams change to Guys vs. Girls, the guys' team bonds over one of these.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • All the campers could be considered Butt Monkeys since they usually have at least one moment of extreme torment physically, emotionally and/or mentally. But Ezekiel, Tyler, Cody, Owen, Duncan, Trent, Harold, DJ, and Brick are the poster boys of this & Courtney, Gwen, and Heather between the girls.
    • The poor interns. So far they've been tossed to crocodiles, thrown off cliffs, shoved off planes, eaten alive by scarabs, used as footstools for Chris, and chased around a studio by Beth.
    • Team Victory in World Tour.

    C 
  • Call Back:
    • In "One Million Bucks, B.C." Chris uses the top half of Mr. Coconut for a cup while ending the episode.
    • Gwen still hasn't gotten over her phobia of being buried alive as of "The Treasure Island of Dr. McLean".
    • The hat Sierra is wearing during her cameo with the rest of the previous cast at the beginning of Revenge of the Island is the same one that Cody wore as a Drama Brother.
    • A minor one, but the Villainous Vultures team logo is actually of the condor from the World Tour episode "Rapa-Phooey".
    • Before Alejandro takes the Flush of Shame in All-Stars, his Elimination Statement is very similar to Justin's in Action.
    • So far, all of the Exclusive Flush of Shame clips for All-Stars have taken place in locations from World Tour.
  • Calvinball
  • Camp Gay: The escaped serial killer. No, really.
  • Canon Discontinuity: At the beginning of Revenge of the Island, we get a cameo showing all of the original cast. We see Alejandro [who's still inside the Drama Machine] holding Heather in his arms, with Courtney showing disapproval towards this. Implying that they know who's inside. By the time All-Stars starts, the Drama Machine is still with Chris, and the contestants act like it's their first time seeing it. And, are extremely shocked with Alejandro's reveal.
  • Can't Get Eliminated for Nuthin': DJ tries really hard to get kicked off in the third season, but it never seems to work for him. And of course, the moment he does try winning again, Alejandro gets him eliminated.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: The 'Do not throw pineapples in the lava' signs in the World Tour finale.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Cody, and to a lesser extent, Harold.
  • Cast of Snowflakes
  • The Cast Showoff: "The Princess Pride", where Courtney got to sing in order to show off voice actress/jazz singer Emilie-Claire Barlow's pipes.
  • Cats Are Mean:
    • In "Super Hero-ld", Chef Hatchet's cat sidekick "Dander Boy" sabotages Leshawna's attempt at making a superhero costume.
    • In Topher's audition video, his cat, Chef, attacks him because Topher shouted into a megaphone, waking Chef up.
    • In Jasmine's audition video, her cat, Whiskers, bites her upper arm for no apparent reason.
  • Cat Fight: Happens in the "Celebrity Manhunt Reunion Special" of Action, also Josh gets excited whenever he sees one as he happens to be a huge fan of 'em.
  • Censored Title: Averted with "The Sucky Outdoors".
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Kicks in during the second half of World Tour.
  • Chained Heat: Used during the triathalon challenge in Island.
  • Character Shilling: For Owen.
  • Chastity Couple:
    • Gwen and Trent only shared one on-screen kiss during their relationship.
    • Harold and Leshawna only kiss once as well, although this is mainly because Leshawna is slightly conflicted about her feelings for Harold.
  • The Cheerleader: According to her bio Heather is a cheerleader back home.
    • Amy and Samey of Pahkitew Island are cheerleaders.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Played with. Heather gets a meat grinder as a reward in "Broadway, Baby!", thinking it's a Joke Item (and ignoring Courtney's protests that it might be important) she tosses it off the plane instead of keeping it. The next episode revolves around the teams having to grind enough meat to make a giant sausage, a task that would be monumentally easier if one had a grinder. Heather's team is understandably upset.
    • "Broadway, Baby!" establishes that Cody really, really likes candy, to the point where large amounts of it almost seem to hypnotise him. Half a season later, Alejandro wins a cart filled with candy as a reward and promptly uses it to manipulate Cody into being his ally.
  • Chekhov's Volcano: You know the one.
  • Chew Toy: Blaineley becomes one of these both figuratively and literally, in World Tour.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
  • Circling Birdies: In the special bridging the first two seasons, birds circle Courtney's head after she slams into a camouflaged wall. She shoos the birds away, prompting one of them to angrily chirp back at her.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The Curse of the Mummified Dog only takes effect when DJ believes he's under it.
  • Cliffhanger: "Not So Happy Campers - Part 1" in Island, "Mutiny on the Soundstage" in Action, and "Walk Like an Egyptian - Part 1", Jamaica Me Sweat, and "Planes Trans and Hot-air Mobiles" in World Tour.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Courtney, Sierra, and Heather.
    • The Action special mentions that Bridgette once smashed a surfboard over Geoff's head because he was paying too much attention to a group of female fans.
  • Clip Show: Subverted in "Beach Blanket Bogus", where the group makes a return to Camp Wawanakwa.
    Chris: If you need to take a moment to reminisce about the great times you had here...
    (everyone else laughs)
    Chris: Fine. We'll skip the good memories montage.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Izzy, Owen, Lindsay, Geoff, and Sierra.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder:
    • Owen tries to be this for Izzy, but has trouble getting her to listen.
    • Noah keeps Owen from doing anything stupid/detrimental during World Tour, and in "Slap Slap Revolution" he's assigned to watch over Izzy so that she doesn't injure herself.
    • Bridgette keeps Geoff from going overboard with his pranks and games during the Action and World Tour aftermaths.
    • Beth is arguably this for Lindsay, when she's not being one herself.
  • Cluster Bleep Bomb:
    • Lindsay and, a few episodes later, Owen while describing Heather, with the former getting the long bleep replaced by "...no-good selfish, heartless, pushy, bossy, mean, bully of a girl!" in the American version.
    • In a parody of the Christian Bale incident from Terminator Salvation, Izzy flipping out at her movie crew for no apparent reason in the Action special. It's bleeped out in the original Canadian airing, but was one of only a handful of times Cartoon Network censored dialogue in Total Drama Action when the bleeps were replaced, mostly by words like "stinking."
      Izzy: (yelling) Or I'll kick your (bleeping) butt! I want you all off this (bleeping) set! No, don't be (bleeping) "sorry"! Think for a second! No, no, will not take five, (bleep)! You call yourself a director of photography?! Why were you walking right through the set?! WHY were you walking right through the (bleeping) set?!! (in a more calm voice) Okay, I was just kidding. Guys? I just went ballistic there for no good reason. What?
  • Comically Small Bribe: After the talent show challenge, Heather assembles an ad hoc coalition to eliminate the innocent Justin to protect her guilty self after she alienates the other contestants. She recruits Owen by giving him a piece of cake. In a game where $100,000 is at stake.
  • Compressed Vice: Trent develops an OCD level obsession with both the number 9 in Action. Harold claims that this obsession always existed, even though Trent never showed any signs of it in Island.
  • Conspicuous CG: The Combining Mecha raccoon composite. You heard me.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: He got fed to the sharks.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The first episode of World Tour has Owen terrified of getting on the jet, a reference to his fear of heights in season one.
    • At the start of World Tour, Chris asks Lindsay if she understands the voting process this time around, a reference to how she accidentally voted herself out in Action.
    • In "Haute Camp-ture", Noah mentions that he owns a golden Labrador. Two seasons later, in "Can't Help Falling In Louvre", Noah distracts Sasquatchanakwa by pretending to throw a ball for it to fetch, explaining that the trick always worked on his dog back home.
    • In "Celebrity Manhunt's Total Drama Action Reunion Special", Justin mentions that despite being a Drama Brother, he can't play any instruments. For every Drama Brothers song from then on, Justin is only seen shaking a tambourine to the beat of the song.
    • In "Grand Chef Auto", Chris mentions that Duncan still owes him camera time for skipping out on World Tour.
    • In "Up, Up, and Away", Heather states she was "robbed" of her million dollars. This is referencing the previous season where she either won but still lost the money in a volcano or was tricked into helping Alejandro win.
    • The first half of All-Stars pits the Heroes and the Villains against one another.
    • "Suckers Punched" is full of them:
      • Cameron is still scared of Izzy.
      • Alejandro is still scared of his brother, José.
      • Mike is still scared of mutant gophers.
    • Pahkitew Island has Ella randomly breaking into song, as she loved the World Tour season.
  • Convection Schmonvection: The final challenge of World Tour is a race to the top of an active volcano, over a river of lava.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Sadie and Katie match their outfits to represent their incredibly strong friendship.
    • Twins Amy and Samey both wear the same outfits that represent them being identical to one another.
  • Covered in Kisses:
    • Cody by Sierra.
    • When Izzy and Owen sneak off and make-out in the woods in "Hook, Line, and Screamer", Owen emerges from the bushes covered in kisses.
  • Creepy Child: Dawn's overly-serene demeanor and aura-reading abilities freak out a lot of her fellow contestants, and earn her the nickname "Creepy Girl" from Lightning.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-universe, several of Chris' location/challenge descriptions in World Tour. The contestants have corrected him on multiple occasions, but they weren't perfect themselves� Courtney was right about 8,000,000 B.C. being way too early for the building of the Great Wall, but dinosaurs were extinct by then...
  • Crocodile Tears:
    • Heather used them to deceive Trent in Island, Alejandro in World Tour and Lightning in Revenge of the Island.
    • Scott uses them as tactic to gain sympathy from Zoey in Revenge of the Island.
    • In a benign example, Dakota occasionally uses these to bring attention to herself.
    • In another benign example, in World Tour Blaineley sheds a few of these when Owen is eliminated to make herself look good on TV.
  • Crossdresser: Chef Hatchet in a few of the "Gilded Chris" ceremonies, though not by choice. It's happened a few times since, under varying degrees of convincing.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Clé Bennett as DJ's mama
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • Harold frequently proves that the many skills he claims to have really do exist.
    • Cody toughens up when he's cornered or sufficiently determined.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • In Action, the Screaming Gaffers won eight challenges to the Killer Grips three, one of which was only won because Gwen took the fall for them, one of which was only a reward challenge, and the final being because they kissed up to Chris. Chris lampshades the lopsided nature of the contest:
      Chris: Stay tuned to find out who will win this week. Could it be...the Grips?
      Owen: Hey! We heard that!
      Beth: It could still happen! We're not losers! (accidentally spits out her retainer)
    • The Epic Fail that is Team Victory in World Tour. Every single member is gone by the season's halfway point. The only contestant that was eliminated before Team Victory was Izzy, and she was in Team Chris is Really Really Really Hot, and that was only because the army took her in.
    • The Toxic Rats vs. the Mutant Maggots in Revenge of the Island as well, though this is less because the Rats are a weak team and more because Scott keeps screwing them over from within.
    • Mal Vs. Izzy in the All Stars episode "Suckers Punched", thanks to Cameron claiming that the challenge was rigged.
  • Curse:
    • In the Island episode "Up The Creek" Beth picks up a cursed tiki-idol that causes her team's winning streak to come to an end.
    • In the first episode of World Tour, DJ accidentally destroys the remains of a mummified dog, and henceforth believes that it laid a curse on him as revenge. Said curse operated on Clap Your Hands If You Believe and caused him to accidentally hurt any animal that crossed his path, leaving him miserable and stressed-out for most of the season.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    Courtney: Look, I am a very experienced swimmer. I was a synchro captain. I coach minnows! I am a CIT!
    Heather: More like a B-I-T-C-
    Gwen: Guys, let's get going.
    • Same thing occurs to Heather when the horn, from the Guys' victory in the Brunch episode, concealed her swearing.
    • Lightning after when he got eliminated in "Evil Dread." He was going to call Jo an obscenity, but got flushed by Chris.
    • Duncan in "3:10 to Crazy Town", explaining that he's bullying Harold because he found out about Harold rigging the votes to get Courtney eliminated in Island.
      Duncan: Payback's a - (gets cut off)
  • Cursed with Awesome: DJ wants to go home because he keeps killing/hurting animals (accidentally), but he can't lose! And right when he decides he wants to stay in the game in "Jamaica Me Sweat", Alejandeo reveals that the marking on Irene was a fake, after which DJ freaks out, gets an incomplete time on the final round of the Bobsled Challenge (thanks to Alejandro sabotaging DJ's final round of said challenge), thereby causing him to lose, and since he was the last contestant his team to be eliminated, Team Victory was no more.
  • Cute Bruiser: Courtney, Izzy, Sierra and Zoey.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic:
    • The Killer Rabbit guarding Bridgette's key in "Search and Do Not Destroy".
    • Team Maskwak, particularly Sugar, finds Ella's singing to be annoying. Chris is also especially annoyed by it, to the point where he has to remind Ella that there is no singing in Pahkitew Island , and he eventually threatens to expel Ella from the show if she keeps singing.
  • Cute Is Evil: Duncan really doesn't like Celine Dion music store standees.
  • Cute Machines: The robot assistant in B's audition tape.
  • Cute Witch: Dawn, who Zoey thinks is a "wizard". It helps that she's demonstrated quite a few supernatural abilities, such as being able to read auras and communicate with animals.
  • Crying Wolf: In All-Stars, both Duncan and Alejandro try to warn people about Mal's existence but are dismissed because of their bad reputations.

    D 
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • While as not as bad as the other examples on that page, Revenge of the Island is this when compared to the first season; due to radioactive waste, the island is now filled with assorted mutants and monsters, not to mention some of the new contestants' personalities seem a lot "darker" than the previous ones' (take for example Mike's multiple personality disorder, Staci's constant lying to get attention, Scott being a bigger Manipulative Bastard than Alejandro and Heather combined, Dakota being turned into a monster thanks to radiation, ...)
    • All-Stars, with Mal being the first villain who intentionally tries to kill people. One confessional scene even has Alejandro mentioning that he genuinely thinks Mal needs to go to jail rather than be eliminated.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Alejandro.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Chris, Gwen, Duncan, Leshawna, and especially Noah.
  • Death Glare:
    • Being easily aggravated or disgusted by almost anything or anyone, Heather often gives this look.
    • Chef Hatchet is nearly locked into this look.
    • Dawn gives one to Scott prior to her elimination in "Backstabbers Ahoy".
    • Courtney at times seems a little too fond of these.
    • Mal does these very frequently.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen:
    • Gwen visibly learns to care more for many of her fellow campers as the show goes on, though she'd never admit it.
    • Heather in Action. Though most people prefer to think of it as Villain Decay.
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel: After Cameron tells Zoey that Mike usually snaps back to his normal self when she is in danger, Zoey (who is at the moment worried whether Mike or Mal is the real personality) uses herself as bait for a school of piranhas. It works at first, but then Mal catches on, dominates Mike's mind again, and rescues Zoey while pretending to be Mike so as not to look suspicious.
  • Demonic Dummy: The Puppet featured in "Sundae Muddy Sundae".
  • Denser and Wackier
  • Depending on the Writer: Sooo much. Depending on the episode and/or the circumstances, you get a lot of moments where the nice, goodwilled characters suddenly belt out snarky comments and/or act like jerkasses or the local Badass and/or Jerkass suddenly says something polite. It gets even worse when it comes to friendships and/or relationships, where two contestants will be laughing and hugging one day, and trying to slit each others throats the next.
  • Development Gag: Several character designs from Camp TV, Total Drama's prototype series, are often used as minor characters in the finished product.
    • The early designs of DJ, Cody, Tyler, and Katie are quite often seen as interns.
    • Sadie's early design appears in a few episodes of Action.
    • One of Leshawna's early designs was retooled as her cousin Leshaniqua in "One Flu Over the Cuckoos".
    • B in Revenge of the Island resembles DJ's early design.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Alejandro in World Tour and Scott in Revenge of the Island.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: When Ezekiel is about to get beaten up for saying that women are weaker than men Geoff attempts to diffuse the situation:
    Geoff: Okay, guys, let's give him a break. I mean, at least he doesn't think that guys are smarter than girls.
    Ezekiel: But they are!
    • Needless to say both Bridgette, and especially Eva were pissed off after hearing that.
  • Disc One Final Boss:
    • In Action Justin gets replaced by Courtney after being defeated and voted off in "The Princess Pride".
    • In Revenge of the Island Scott gets voted off in "Eat Puke and be Wary", Lightning then takes up the role of Big Bad after accidentally giving Cameron the win, upon which Taking A Level In Jerkass, two episodes later, he defeats Cameron.
    • In Pahkitew Island, Scarlett is eliminated along with Max in "Scarlett Fever", Dave then takes up the role in the finale.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Several of the songs from World Tour, most prominently What's Not To Love?
  • Disney Creatures of the Farce: The animals that would often be around Ella in Pahkitew Island.
  • Disney Death: Ezekiel survives being fully submerged in lava in "Hawaiian Punch".
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • When Noah made fun of Chris' age by asking if they landed in the 70's Chris responded by shoving him off a cliff.
    • Alejandro left Cameron hanging over an underground pit just because Cameron said he didn't trust him.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • In "Xtreme Torture", Heather's top gets torn off by a branch, distracting Harold and causing him to lose the challenge.
    • In "The Very Last Episode, Really!", Heather invokes this by ripping Justin's shirt off in order to slow Gwen down.
    Gwen: Oh wow...
    Trent: (blocks Justin) Gwen! Ignore the incredibly hot man candy and keep walking!
  • Dodgeball Is Hell: One of Island's earliest challenges is a dodgeball game, causing the contestants several injuries.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Celebrity Manhunt reports that Courtney and Duncan are having a custody battle over a pet raccoon.
    • A person with MPD taking control of their personalites and learning to work with them rather than let them control him, only for a new malevolent, sociopathic, personality to show up, hidden to the main person in the body, and get rid of every last one of the other personalties. Are we talking about Mike and Mal or Tara and Bryce?
  • Don't Try This at Home: "This episode of Total Drama contains scenes of extreme stunts performed by ANIMATED TEENS. Do NOT try any of what you see here at home. Seriously, you could get really messed up."
  • Double Entendre:
    • "I'd like to bunk under her."
    • "Haha, Cody's got a tiny sausage!"
    • "Aw, Cody's key is too small!"
  • Double Knockout:
  • Downer Ending:
    • A few individual episodes like "Search and Do Not Destroy", "3:10 to Crazytown".
    • The finale of World Tour. Heather sacrifices a potential relationship with Alejandro to win the game, only to lose the million dollars seconds after winning it. She (and the rest of the cast) is last seen desperately swimming away from flaming rocks spewed by an exploding volcano, with one huge boulder about to hit her before the "camera" cuts away. It is also a Downer Ending for Alejandro. THE ONE TIME he decides to be good and chooses love over money, he gets betrayed, and then disfigured. If he had continued being the jerk he was during the whole season, he would have won without a problem.
    • The alternate ending of World Tour is even worse, Alejandro wins, but not only does he get betrayed, kneed in the crotch, and disfigured, he LOSES the money when Ezekiel grabs the briefcase and is flung into the volcano with it.
    • The finale of All-Stars. Even after the finalist achieves victory, the money is still lost in the chaos of Chef Hatchet accidentally sinking the island that has been the iconic locale for much of the series, and the fates of the eight contestants who are left floating away into the sun trapped in balloons are never disclosed.
  • The Dragon: Chef to Chris.
  • Dramedy: Hence the title.
  • Dream Team: The premise of All-Stars: the most heroic and the most villainous characters of the series join forces. The new relations includes a friendship between former finalists, Gwen and Cameron, and a romance between Courtney and Scott, among others.
  • Drop The Cow: The actual producers of the show do this.
    Courtney: Everyone likes me, I used to be a CIT!
    (a coconut falls on Courtney)
    Courtney: Ow! A coconut? We're in Muskoka, people! If you want to drop something on my head, at least make it geographically correct!
    (several pounds of snow, a toboggan, and an Eskimo fall on Courtney)
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: In the alternate ending to the Revenge of the Island finale, Jo gets annoyed when Lightning refuses to share any of the prize money with her and the other contestants of the season, complaining that she carried both maroons to the finale and that she also got ripped off.
  • Dumb Blonde: Owen, Geoff, pre-mutation Dakota, Lindsay (although her hair is dyed), and Sugar.
  • Dumb Is Good: Played completely straight in the first three seasons the clearly less intelligent candidates like Owen, Sadie, Geoff, Lindsay and Katie were depicted as nice, genuinely friendly people. Revenge of the Island mixed the pattern a little giving us a Spoiled Sweet Dumb Blonde (Dakota) but also a selfish Brainless Beauty (Anne Maria) and a dimwitted Jerk Jock (Lightning).
  • Dwindling Party:
    • Happens to both remaining teams in "I See London...", with Ezekiel abducting people left and right.
    • Happens to the cast as a whole in "Zeek and Ye Shall Find" of All-Stars. Ezekiel is the "monster" doing the abducting.

    E 
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Why the first season tends to be the most well regarded, it also had it's share of weird quirks. Characters would often time go completely unvoiced leading to drastic characterization when they were finally given character spotlight.
    • Some of the first few challenges in Island are also far, far less insane than ones in later episodes and subsequent seasons. For instance, the earlier challenges in Island included being the last person to fall asleep, a talent show, and surviving a night camping. Compare to Action and World Tour, where the first challenges involved outrunning a building-sized animatronic monster and climbing pyramids in Egypt.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Cameron, who was easily the biggest Butt Monkey of Revenge of the Island, wins in the canon ending and later discovers that he doesn't need to live in a bubble anymore.
  • Easy Come, Easy Go: Most of the winners fail to hang on to their prize money long enough for it to matter.
    • Owen (canonical) and Gwen (alternate) give up the money in exchange for a chance to win more money, the difference is that the former decided to go for it, while the latter had the money taken away by Chef.
    • Duncan (canonical) loses the money by the time season three starts, while Beth (alternate) has to use it to pay for bail.
    • Heather (canonical) and Alejandro (alternate) are robbed by Ezekiel, who then falls into the volcano, effectively destroying the money.
    • Revenge of the Island averts this, both Cameron (canonical) and Lightning (alternate) get to keep the prize money in their respective endings, but the former splits the money with everyone, while the latter doesn't.
    • In All-Stars, neither Zoey (alternate) nor Mike (canonical) are seen with the money, moments after one of them won it.
  • Easily Forgiven: Sierra towards Cody.
  • Easily Overheard Conversation: Because the campers are on camera, pretty much everything they say is "easily overheard" to some degree. The most trope-relevant instance is when the campers forget this whilst bonding at the bonfire after Katie's elimination, thereby giving Chris all the information he needs to set up the phobia challenge.
  • Eat That: This happens often. "Brunch of Disgustingness", "Chinese Fakeout", and "Eat, Puke, and Be Wary" have challenges centered around this; however, the dishes were already prepared in the former two episodes while the contestants had to cook theirs in the latter.
  • Electric Jellyfish
  • Elimination Catchphrase
    "The loser must [walk down/take/go down] the [Dock/Walk/Drop/Hurl/Flush] of Shame [to the Boat of Losers/Lame-o-sine], never to return, ev-er".
  • Elimination Statement:
    • Doesn't always happen, the first to get one was Eva in Island.
    • With the introduction of the Hurl of Shame in Revenge of the Island, Chris suggests that this is allowed, but he usually catapults the eliminated contestant before they can say anything.
  • Embarrassingly Painful Sunburn: Cody gets one while trying to get a tan in "Haute Camp-Ture". It's mostly fine till Trent slaps him on the back.
  • Enemy Mine: Happens often due to ever-shifting alliances.
  • Entitled Bitch: Jo in Revenge of the Island, as her audition tape and Lightning's ending of the finale shows just how arrogant she is.
  • Epic Fail:
    Owen: Stay awake for twelve hours?! I can do that in my sleep! Woo hoo! (immediately falls asleep)
    • Tyler is full of them, but the worst of the lot would be the time he tried to eat a banana in World Tour and it ended up in his eye.
    • Geoff and DJ in "Hook, Line, and Screamer". The former walks around mindlessly looking for an ice cream truck while Chef, dressed as a serial killer, simply walks behind him (Chris even called it "The worst mistake yet".) The latter because he ran away screaming like a little girl from Heather and her facial.
    • Pretty much sums up Team Victory. Their terribly unfitting team name is only the tip of the iceberg, the curse of the Mummified Dog DJ put on his team, and his pyscological freak outs over him injuring animals that he comes across with, and Alejandro's manipulation are the primary reasons. They amass just 2 challenge wins, both of which turn out to be reward challenges. As a team they outlast just one opposing player (and only because she was evacuated due to injury). When the team is whittled down to just DJ, he gets discouraged and tries to get eliminated, but forgets to keep his mouth shut during the musical number (instant elimination had he not sung). He wins said challenge and it turns out to be a reward, meaning that even if he had succeeded in failing, all his efforts would have been for naught. In the very next episode he starts trying to win again, and that's when he gets eliminated.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Duncan votes off Courtney in season two after spending the entire season fawning over her and shortly after hooking back up with her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Chris was genuinely disgusted when Heather read Gwen's diary aloud on National TV in "Not Quite Famous".
      Chris: That's really messed up, dude.
    • In the same episode, he feels bad when Justin gets voted off.
    • Heather when compared with Alejandro. As she puts it:
      Heather: Even I'm not that ruthless!
    • And to complete the triangle, Alejandro when compared with Chris.
      Alejandro: You are pure evil!
    • Even Jo felt Chris crossed the line when he strapped bombs to the contestants in "A Mine Is a Terrible Thing to Waste".
      Jo: Too far, McLean!
    • Alejandro and Duncan feel this way about Mal's tactics.
      Alejandro: (sitting in the confessional, distraught) Mal does not belong in juvie... He belongs in jail!
    • Max in his Audition tape for Pahkitew Island
      Max: I’ve been working on that, but with my French horn lessons and the baby sitting, there’s just no time.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Various villains have all been accompanied by a flaming background. Most notably in "Heroes VS Villains", during the Villainous Vultures first confessionals, all of them are featured by a flaming silhouette accompanied by an Evil Laugh.
    • Mal is an exceptional example as half his appearances seem to feature the landscape behind him burning.
    • Eva also has this on her return in Island.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: Mike discovers one in his mind in "You Regatta be Kidding me".
  • Everyone Can See It:
    • Everyone knew about Courtney's crush on Duncan in season one, even though the only person she admitted it to was the cameraman.
      Courtney: Who do I want to win? I can't believe I'm saying this but... Duncan. Don't tell the others!
      Izzy: Oh, we already know. You were all over him.
      Noah: My golden lab drools less over rib eye steak.
    • As of "Chinese Fake Out", everyone knows Alejandro and Heather have a thing for each other, with Blaineley flat-out telling them to make-out before her elimination and Duncan and Chris calling them "lovebirds". Of course, they refuse to admit it.
  • Everyone Hates Mimes:
    • Trent is scared of mimes due to a traumatic childhood incident.
    • When Lindsay ends up hanging on a gate in Paris after her World Tour elimination, a nearby mime manages to creep her out by imitating her instead of trying to help.
  • Everyone Is Single: All the contestants are single when they arrive at the island.
  • Everyone Meets Everyone: The first episode has the campers meet each other for the first time, with the exception of Katie and Sadie who were friends beforehand.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: According to Sierra, Cody sleeps with a stuffed emu named Jerry.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses:
    • The fairytale challenge in Action.
    • Ella of Pahkitew Island is designed to look like a Disney princess.
  • Evil Laugh: Chris does this often, as well as a few other characters.
  • Evil Versus Evil:
    • Heather vs. Alejandro throughout World Tour up to the finale, where they actually face each other. Harold lampshades the situation in Versus:
    "Now it's evil versus wicked!"
    • Also occurs in All-Stars with Al vs. Mal, though by this stage, the former Big Bad has lost most of his villainous touch and has become more of an Anti-Hero. Unfortunately, none of the other contestants see it this way and still treat him like public enemy number 1.
    "I am not the real villain. A greater evil is lurking."
  • Exactly What I Aimed At:
    • Zoey fires an arrow at Chef but it flies over him, prompting Chef to taunt, "You missed!" Zoey just grins at him as the arrow cuts through a vine holding a boulder she had tied up earlier that pendulums into Chef.
    • In "Zeke and Ye Shall Find", Ezekiel shoots his toxic saliva at Cameron, only to miss. Turns out he was actually aiming at the ceiling above Cam to trap him.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags:
    • All the contestants in "The Big Sleep" develop these as a result of the challenge being who can go the longest without sleep.
    • Dakota gets massive bags under her eyes in "Truth or Laser Shark", due to not getting enough "beauty sleep".
  • Executive Meddling: An in-universe example is the increasingly blatant attempts to keep Heather from being voted off in both Island and World Tour.
  • Expy:
  • Extreme Omnivore: Owen, full-throttle.
  • Extraverted Nerd: This was originally Cody's shtick. Now that he has Single-Target Sexuality for Gwen, though, Harold seems to have stepped up to flirt with everyone else.

    F 
  • Face Doodling:
    • Duncan draws a mustache on Harold's face in "Dodgebrawl", though the prank backfires since Harold actually likes the mustache.
    • Leshawna draws a smiley face on the back of Heather's bald head in "Total Drama Drama Drama Drama Island".
    • Geoff draws light pen doodles on the final three's headshots in "Hawaiian Style", giving Cody Girlish Pigtails and making Heather look like a vampire.
    • Alejandro does this to Mal's portrait in All-Stars, though the portrait is really of Mike.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Lightning in Revenge of the Island, after accidentally giving Cameron the win in "Eat Puke and Be Wary", in which he also replaces Scott as the Big Bad.
    • Dave in Pahkitew Island, after he realizes that Sky alredy has a boyfriend, making his Sanity Slippage even worse.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Harold, several times in "Get a Clue".
  • Fake Food: Owen devours a pile of prop food during Action.
  • Falling Into His Arms: Usually subverted for laughs.
    • When the contestants are tossed out of the jet at the start of "Slap Slap Revolution", Alejandro tries to catch Leshawna but ends up getting crushed under her weight instead. Leshawna still appreciated the gesture though.
      Leshawna: Thanks Alejandro!
      Alejandro: (pained) No... problem...
    • "Slap Slap Revolution" has a second example later on: When Alejandro throws Izzy to Noah from atop a giant meat grinder, Noah raises his arms to try and catch her but she ends up smacking into his chest and knocking him over instead.
      Noah: (sickening crunch is heard) And there goes my pelvis.
    • Gender-inverted in "The Am-AH-Zon Race". A giant mosquito kidnaps Cody and begins to carry him away, but Sierra knocks it out with a rock and then catches Cody in her arms when he falls.
      Sierra: I'll always be there for you Cody, always!
  • False Reassurance: In "Jamaica Me Sweat", Chris tell the contestants that the bay they have to dive into is not filled with sharks. It's filled with electric eels and sharks.
  • Fan Disservice:
  • Fandom Specific Plot: A lot of the fanfiction out there is about a season where reviewers can apply for a spot on the show.
  • Fanservice:
    • Heather, Leshawna, and Izzy all get a censored nudity shot (both front AND back for Izzy), though it doesn't cross into Ecchi territory. There's also Gwen's Panty Shot listed below, and just about any time the girls are seen wearing something other than their normal clothes.
    • Lindsay, Katie, and Sadie's bikinis.
    • Alejandro's speedo.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Chris.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Averted by Lindsay, who totally can't.
  • Fetch Quest: A first-season challenge required the contestants to capture an animal of assigned type and bring it unharmed back to camp.
  • Fiery Redhead:
    • The orange-haired Izzy is not only fiery, she's certifiably insane.
    • Although she's normally level-headed, Zoey can get fiery when provoked.
  • Five-Man Band:
    • Mike and his four main personalities form this:
      • Mike: The Leader: As the main personality, he tries to take charge of his other personalities and lead them against Mal.
      • Manitoba: The Lancer: Arguably Mike's most resourceful personality, and Mike's Number Two. He takes up leadership in Mike's absence and is the only one who is willing to challenge Mike's plans.
      • Svetlana: The Chick: She is the kindest most compassionate member of the group.
      • Vito: The Big Guy: The strongest, toughest member who likes to use think with his fists rather than his head.
      • Chester: The Smart Guy: Due to be the complainer he is also infatuated with common sense.
    • In Pahkitew Island, the five main members of Wanihtam Maskwak (present from "Twinning Isn't Everything") form this:
      • Shawn: The Leader: As his expertise in survival allowed his to guide the team through the challenges.
      • Sky: The Lancer: She is easily second in charge, and leads the team in Shawn's place if he's absent or if he's being too cooky.
      • Ella: The Chick: As an All Loving Heroine she is naturally the most kindest and compassionate member.
      • Dave: The Smart Guy: As the team's complainer he has the most common sense and frequently points out flaws in the plan.
      • Sugar: The Big Girl: Possessing little intelligence, and relies completely on her size to get things done, she fits this role.
  • Flanderization:
    • DJ started off as a Bruiser with a Soft Center who was easily frightened but still able to step up when his team needed him. His sensitive nature and cowardice became more and more exaggerated over time, and by season three even the smallest of problems could reduce him to a blubbering wreck.
    • In Island, Cody hits on all of the girls, but he likes Gwen in particular, and is able to downplay that and let her be with someone else. Come World Tour, he's only and obsessively attracted to Gwen.
    • While Izzy was always a Genki Girl, in Island she was portrayed as quirky and weird but ultimately stable. Starting with Action, Izzy became full-blown crazy 100% of the time.
    • In Island, Chris was portrayed mostly as washed-up celebrity and the challenges he devised were mostly designed to embarrass or annoy. By Revenge of the Island, he's become full on Affably Evil with every challenge being potentially life threatening and Chris himself seeming to care more about inflicting pain than generating ratings.
    • At the start of World Tour, Sierra was Cody's personal Stalker with a Crush but this wasn't her most defining trait; being a huge fan of Total Drama meant she was incredibly Genre Savvy and knew how to play to win, even managing to trick Heather by Obfuscating Stupidity. However, as the season progressed more and more focus was placed on her obsession with Cody, and her own focus shifted from actually competing to just smothering him with (unwanted) affection. Come All-Stars her obsession has become so intense that she ends up using Cameron as a substitute for Cody during his absence, even referring to him as "Cam Cody", "Cody Cam", and "Camody".
    • Lightning was always an over-competitive braggart but in Revenge of the Island he at least had skills to back up his claims, while in All-Stars his ego seems completely unfounded in the face of his ineptitude and stupidity.
    • In Total Drama Island, Courtney was bossy and uptight but still one of the more moral characters, and only threatened to sue when she was unfairly kicked off the show. In Total Drama Action, she becomes a control-freak with a Hair-Trigger Temper who threatens to "call her lawyers" at least Once per Episode.
    • Duncan takes a level in jerkass with each passing season. In season one, he was a Jerk with a Heart of Gold with Courtney as his Morality Pet. By season two, his bullying of Harold went Up to Eleven. By season three he suddenly is able to cheat on Courtney without a single shred of guilt and acts like a Jerkass when she finds out and breaks up with him.
    • Lindsay started out as your typical Dumb Blonde, then in All-Stars she became an exaggeration of the trope who doesn't even understand basic concepts such as the difference between pushing and pulling.
  • Flat "What.": Noah's response to the Japanese promo for season two.
  • Follow Your Nose
  • Food As Bribe:
    • Heather gives Owen a piece of cake in exchange for voting for Justin in "Not Quite Famous".
    • Owen tries to bribe a guard with a candy fish tail in "I See London...".
  • Foot Popping: Gender-inverted in "The EX-Files" when Gwen and Duncan kiss.
  • Force Feeding: Leshawna does it to Duncan as part of the first challenge in "Trial by Tri-Armed Triathlon".
  • For the Evulz: Chris likes to mess with the contestants, a lot of times for no real reason.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Everybody.
    • Oddly, Trent's t-shirt has a five-fingered handprint on it.
    • Also, Izzy gains a fifth digit in two instances due to an animation error.
    • Geoff and Trent encounter testing dummies with five-fingered hands in the Action special.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Island. Owen is sanguine, Gwen is phlegmatic, Heather is choleric and Duncan is melancholic.
    • Action: Duncan is choleric, Beth is phlegmatic, Owen is sanguine and Courtney is melancholic.
    • World Tour: Alejandro is choleric, Heather is melancholic, Cody is phlegmatic and Sierra is sanguine.
    • Revenge of the Island: Cameron is melancholic, Lightning is sanguine, Zoey is phlegmatic and Scott is choleric.
    • All-Stars: Mike is melancholic, Zoey is sanguine, Gwen is phlegmatic and Scott is choleric.
    • The Drama Brothers also fit this: Trent is phlegmatic, Harold is melancholic, Cody is sanguine, Justin is choleric.
  • Foreign Queasine: The eating challenge in China. Manman chi!
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In the second Action Aftermath, when Geoff states that money is more important than integrity Ezekiel is the only contestant that agrees with him. A season later, guess who ends up turning feral and stealing the show's prize money?
    • In the intro of World Tour once everyone has settled in front of the plane, Ezekiel unexpectedly crash-lands into the shot, this could be symbolic of his tendency to pop out of nowhere during the season after his elimination, especially in the finale where he suddenly reappears to steal the case from Heather before falling into a volcano.
    • In "Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan", Alejandro throws up after eating a candy fish tail, indicating that he has a low tolerance for strange food. This ends up being a plot point during the eating contest challenge in "Chinese Fake-Out".
    • In the World Tour finale, when Cody and Alejandro are fighting for a spot in the final two, Harold advises Cody to "aim for the kiwis." In the end, this is how Heather takes down Alejandro in the final challenge.
    • Lightning wanted to be a team of one and not only did he almost accomplish that before the merge, after Jo was eliminated he was the last remaining member of his team (if you don't count Scott who switched teams).
    • In Dakota's audition tape she boasts that by the time it's over she'll be "the biggest thing ever."
    • After Mike defeats his other personalities in "Grand Chef Auto", a shadow can be seen on the wall for a split second. Say hello to Mal. For extra points, it happens after he says "This brain is under new management", foreshadowing Mal taking over Mike's body full-time. Further foreshadowing occurs in "Evil Dread", where Mike doesn't lift a finger to help Sam escape a mosquito attack and even laughs when he gets stung by a jellyfish. Guess who reveals himself at the end of the episode?
    • Courtney jokingly tells Duncan to enjoy prison in Season 1. Guess where he's sent 4 seasons later
  • Friend to All Living Things: Dawn, who spends most of her free time interacting with various Wawanakwa creatures.
    • Pahkitew Island has Ella.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Chris uses one to knock Owen out during the first episode of World Tour.

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  • Gag Dub: The Japanese promo for Action that the World Tour contestants have to watch in "Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan".
  • Gambit Roulette:
    • The Island special, which was actually an overcomplicated plot for the Island powers that be (both in and out of universe) to use for the purpose of making the second season.
    • The Action special had elements of this too, especially with the introduction of Sierra and who would actually win the Gemmie.
    • Heather's plan in "Search and Do Not Destroy" required her to be randomly awarded invincibility to save her from elimination.
    • Alejandro's plan in "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better" required Bridgette to stay stuck to the flagpole even after leaving the area to keep her from revealing him to the other contestants.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble:
    • The original cast had eleven boys and eleven girls.
    • Two of the three Newcomers in ''World Tour'' are a teenage boy and a teenage girl respectively.
    • Revenge of the Island tips the scale a bit by having seven boys and six girls.
    • Pahkitew Island will have seven boys and seven girls.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Heather uses her understanding of what reality show producers like best (drama, villainy, fanservice, betrayal, etc) to get to the final three of Island.
      Lindsay: If you hate Leshawna, why are you being nice to her?
      Heather: Have you ever seen one of these shows before? Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
    • Duncan and Gwen get a distinct advantage during slasher and alien monster themed challenges, due to being fans of both genres.
    • Watching every episode of the show has given Sierra acute knowledge about Heather's tactics, allowing her to turn Heather's own plans against her by Obfuscating Stupidity.
    • As of All-Stars, everyone except the very dumbest contestants know when others are trying to manipulate them.
  • Genki Girl:
    • Izzy and Sierra in spades.
    • Lindsay, Katie, and Sadie are tamer examples.
  • Gentle Giant: Owen and DJ.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: It now has its own page. Noah puts it best, "No wonder why my little cousins aren't allowed to see this show."
  • Gilligan Cut: Used at least once.
    Courtney: ...Well, at least I broke up with Duncan on my terms. It was totally empowering.
    (cut to Courtney throwing a temper tantrum and Duncan with a bowl of spaghetti on his head)
  • Girl Posse: Heather, Lindsay and Beth
  • Girlish Pigtails: Sadie, Katie and Zoey.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Averted with Gwen and Izzy; in fact, according to the latter's bio, horror film soundtracks were used as lullabies when she was an infant.
  • Gold Digger: Courtney in Action. She broke up with Duncan after finally getting eliminated, THEN gets back together with him soon after he wins, even having the nerve to say "we're rich!" as if she's entitled to the prize.
  • Gold Tooth: Heather gets one to replace the one she lost in "The Am-AH-Zon Race".
  • Gory Discretion Shot: In the season one episode, "Hook, Line and Screamer", the campers are watching a slasher movie. When the slasher encounters an amorous couple, the original version shows the blood spatter effect on the Fourth Wall, but the bowdlerized U.S. version doesn't even show that. The observant viewer will notice, though, that for several seconds the light beam from the old-style film projector alternates between its normal white and a pale red.
  • Got Volunteered:
    • DJ becomes the victim of this in "Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan".
      Chris: Teams, select a ball guy or gal. Victory?
      Leshawna: We choose DJ.
      DJ: We do!?
    • In "Broadway, Baby!", when Chris explains that one member of each team has to sit in a baby carriage during the race everyone on Team Amazon points at Cody.
    • Happens to Gwen during the musical number of the guard-stripping challenge in "I See London".
      Courtney: If we're gonna find that clue...
      Heather: There's only one thing to do!
      Sierra: Force someone to strip him down!
      Courtney, Heather, and Sierra: (push Gwen forward) And sorry Gwen, that's you!
    • Likewise, this also happens to Tyler.
      Noah: If we're gonna find that clue...
      Owen: There's only one thing to do!
      Noah: Force someone to strip him down...
      Both Noah and Owen: (point at Tyler) And Tyler, dude, that's you!
  • Gosh Hornet: When Lindsay has to retrieve a key that's stuck in a beehive. Izzy gets it for her by ramming her hand right into the hive, and an angry swarm chases Lindsay into a lake. Needless to say, she's not looking so hot in the next scene.
  • Grand Finale: Numerous, and they all end with a Sequel Hook, which is why the series incorporates New Season, New Name.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: So far we have Spanish (courtesy of Alejandro), Japanese, and German.
  • Groin Attack: Many, especially in the earlier episodes. Most importantly, this is how Heather defeats Alejandro in the finale of World Tour.
  • Gross Out Show: Expect a lot of vomiting and farting—sometimes at the same time, and sometimes on other people.


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