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  • Ha Ha Ha No: Used by Chris in "Not So Happy Campers."
  • Handy Remote Control: Most commonly used by Chris as a bomb detonator.
  • Hailfire Peaks: In "Scarlett Fever", Pahkitew island becomes this after Scarlett messes with the island's controls, and after her elimination half the island is left on fire while the other half is covered in ice.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Almost every blonde haired contestant is nice and kindhearted, with the most prominent examples being Bridgette, Lindsay, Owen, Geoff, and Dawn.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: The Killer Rabbit in "Search and Do Not Destroy".
  • Harmless Electrocution:
    • Played with in "Jamaica Me Sweat"; Tyler gets a momentary shock from an electric eel but is unhurt. Gwen, however, gets shocked by three electric eels and has to be rescued by Alejandro and taken to the infirmary.
    • Played straight in "The Ex-Files", where the guys get shocked by a laser, an electric fence, a clone pod, and an alien, in that order, and don't take any lasting damage.
  • Hartman Hips: Every girl except Sadie, Leshawna, Lindsay, Staci and Sugar.
  • The Hat Makes the Man: In Revenge of the Island, Mike (who has multiple personality disorder) becomes an adventurer called Manitoba Smith whenever he puts on a hat.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Tyler has a minor one in the first episode of World Tour, when he believed that Alejandro was trying to charm him.
    Tyler: I like girls!
  • He is Not My Boyfriend:
    • Before they began dating, Courtney would fervently deny having any feelings for Duncan.
    • During World Tour, Heather and Alejandro would become flustered and agitated whenever Chris called them "lovebirds".
    • Scarlett when everyone thinks she's dating Max in Pahkitew Island.
  • Head Pet: Duncan's chameleon in "Top Dog".
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream:
    • Sierra in "Can't Help Falling in Louvre," after finding out Cody tried to vote her off.
    • Scott in "The Obsta-Kill Kourse", only he uses dirt instead of ice cream.
  • Hero Antagonists: The interns, according to Word of God.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Zoey to Mike. Helps that Chris classifies them both as "heroes" in All-Stars
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Katie and Sadie.
  • Hockeymask And Chainsaw: The Escaped Psycho Killer with a Chainsaw and Hook! As well as Chef who was imitating him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Each and every antagonist meets their downfall this way.
  • Hollywood Atlas: World Tour, in spades.
  • Hollywood Healing: Played around with. The show relies on Amusing Injuries a lot (see: Tyler), but it also shows some injuries taking a realistic amount of time to heal, most notably Heather's black eye that took about 2 or 3 episodes to disappear.
  • Hook Hand:
    • In "The Sucky Outdoors", Duncan uses one to scare the daylights out of the Killer Bass at the end of his campfire story.
      Duncan: ...because there, hanging from the door handle, was the bloody hook. They say that this killer is still alive, wandering these very woods. He could be just about anywhere, really. Maybe even right HERE! (whips out hook)
    • The Escaped Psycho Killer with a Chainsaw and a Hook from "Hook, Line and, Screamer".
  • Hopeless Suitor: Cody, whose advances towards Gwen are either ignored or outright rejected.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: "The Sucky Outdoors" features an overnight camping trip as the challenge; the Screaming Gophers get attacked by a bear and have to spend the night stuck up a tree, while the Killer Bass are unable to find food and get their tent burnt down. Then, just as Courtney angrily declares that the situation can't get any worse, it starts to rain.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl:
    • Owen and Izzy.
    • B and Dawn.
  • Hula and Luaus: The finale of World Tour.
  • Hulk Speak: Dakota, after becoming Dakotazoid in "The Treasure Island of Dr. Mc Lean".
  • Human Popsicle:
    • The fate of two interns in "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better".
    • In the game Total Drama Freezer Burn, Alejandro ends up as one if the player loses.
  • Human Shield
    • Courtney uses Sam as one to avoid a barrage of leeches in "Saving Private Leechball".
    • Amy often uses her twin sister Samey as one.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • Of course, Heather did have it coming to her...
    • As did Justin and Courtney in Action.
    • Blaineley received a pretty nasty one in season three, being thrown from the plane without a parachute, trapping her in a full body cast, only for her to suffer even more when she has to represent "Team Heather" on the final Aftermath.
    • Alejandro gets kicked in the balls by Heather, thrown off the volcano, trampled by the rest of the cast, is burned in the lava flow and is revived in the same manner as Darth Vader.
    • While Scott definitely had karma coming, he didn't deserve ending up in a machine in a near coma-like state. Thankfully, he gets better.
  • Hypocrite: Almost every single character, due to Depending on the Writer issues.

  • I Can't Feel My Legs: Being in a robot suit for a year left Alejandro's legs numb and unresponsive. He eventually regains use of them but pretends he's still incapacitated so that Heather will let her guard down.
  • Idiot Ball: Leshawna gets it early in Island. Leaving Owen to guard the food alone? Really?
  • I Lied: Chris, when he said that anyone voted off could never come back to the island.
  • Imagine Spot: Despite parodying a reality show, there are many times where the audience can see what the characters are thinking.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends:
    • Heather, of course.
    • Scott fulfills this trope in Revenge of the Island. He ends up becoming friends with Duncan and Courtney in All-Stars, though.
    • Jo has moments of this.
    • Pahkitew Island contestant Sky has a variation.
      Sky: I'm not here for flirting, I'm here to win!
  • Impact Silhouette: In "Hook, Line, and Screamer", DJ does this with the bathroom door after seeing Heather in a face mask.
  • Improvised Zipline: Used by every member of Team Chris Is Really Really Really Really Hot in order to cross a river filled with piranhas.
    • Alejandro uses his belt.
    • Owen uses his hands, and gets rope burn.
    • Tyler uses his pants, but halfway down the line they end up catching fire.
    • Izzy places Noah in a backpack, wears it, and then slides across using the straps.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Cody in "Dodgebrawl".
  • Incredibly Lame Pun:
    • When reading The History of Canada, Chris says that the North American beaver makes "a dam fine hat."
    • Chris (again) in the pilot of Action
      Chris: Really liking the twos today. Must be Tuesday."
      (complete silence from the cast)
      Chris: Yeah I don't get paid to write this show.
  • Indecisive Parody: The first season started out as an animated parody of reality shows. The focus on shipping and other such plot tumors have essentially made it a totally pre-scripted (read: slightly more scripted than usual) reality show that happens to be animated.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Heather crosses into this territory in World Tour, when it becomes obvious that she'd really like to get on with the backstabbing, but nobody will give her a chance.
  • Informed Ability: Oh boy. One wonders if the writers even read the character biographies at any point.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Many are just shortened forms of their actual names: Geoff calls Bridgette "Bridge", Owen calls Izzy "Iz", Tyler calls Lindsay "Linds", and both Owen and Cody call Alejandro "Al" (which happens to be his Berserk Button).
    • Bridgette uses a lot of pet names for Geoff, including "Schmoopy-Boo", "Cutie-Patootie", and "Sweetie".
    • Geoff calls Bridgette his "Granola Goddess"
    • Duncan calls Courtney "Princess" and Gwen "Pasty".
    • Izzy demands to be called "Esquire", "E-Scope", or "Explosivo" during Action. She also calls Owen "Big-O".
    • Noah calls Izzy "Nutsie", while Eva is "Iron Woman" and Justin is "Anti-Me".
    • Owen and Noah refer to each other as "Chubby Buddy" and "Little Buddy" respectively, and during a wedding-themed challenge Blaineley calls Owen "Chubby Hubby" in a Call Back to this.
    • Ezekiel calls himself "The Zeke", Duncan calls him "Ezeke", and everyone else calls him "Homeschool". After his transformation, Chris calls him "Freakzekial".
    • Cody calls himself "Codemeister" or "Codester" while Sierra calls him "Codykins" or "Cody-Wody". Later when she sees Cameron as Cody, she calls him "Cam-Codykins."
  • Insistent Terminology: Inverted: Chris's mansion is not a cottage!
  • Insufferable Genius: Harold's bragging annoys almost everyone, but he certainly has the skills to back up his claims.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: Happens to Tyler in "Can't Help Falling in Louvre".
    Lindsay: Us being in Paris together means only one thing!
    Tyler: I know. (music swells) I love y-
    Lindsay: Shopping! I can pick up new clothes for you! EEEE!
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Basically every single contestant has suffered multiple incidents of physical damage that should have, by all rights, left them permanently crippled or dead.
  • Ironic Name: Team Victory had the worst track record of any team in World Tour, with a grand total of zero members making it past the merge.
  • Irony: Ezekiel, the lowest ranking contestant in the game, is the first person to find the million dollar case during the hunt for it in "Total Drama Drama Drama Drama Island".
  • It's Raining Men: The theme song for World Tour features the contestants falling off the plane and then parachuting safely to the ground (except Ezekiel, who ends up crash landing).
  • It Tastes Like Feet: After kissing Duncan in Action, Heather disgustedly declares that he "tastes like street!"
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Said verbatim by Sierra to Cody when he tries to take her with him even though her legs are broken.

  • Jerkass:
    • Chris. He holds very little regard for the contestants (and even less for the interns) and often laughs at their misfortune. The only reason he ever worries that the contestants might die is because the show would be canceled if they did.
    • Duncan, who bullies Harold for no reason and cheated on Courtney with no remorse.
    • Heather. She became less of a jerkass in Action... Kinda.
    • While Courtney became more of one.
    • Alejandro, oh God, Alejandro!
    • Blaineley from the World Tour aftermath rivals Chris himself, taking sadistic glee in emotionally torturing Geoff and Bridgette.
    • Scott, who often resorted to eliminating his own teammates to get ahead. He gets better in All-Stars, where he acts far less nasty and actually becomes a team player.
    • Sugar throughout Pahkitew Island, especially to Ella.
  • Jerkass Ball: Almost every single character gets it at some point of the series. Even DJ gets it halfway through the first season when he picks on Harold, along with Geoff (who is also carrying it) and Duncan.
  • Jerk Jock: Lightning, who becomes season four's lead antagonist after Scott is eliminated.
  • Jive Turkey: Leshawna and Ezekiel.
  • Just Friends:
    • Leshawna's stance on the relationship between herself and Harold.
    • Sky initially views her relationship with Dave as this, but eventually accepts that she has feelings for him.

  • Karma Houdini:
    • Chris McLean rates highest in this regard, though he eventually gets what's coming to him in "Brain vs. Brawn: The Ultimate Showdown" when he is arrested by the RCMP for illegally turning Camp Wawanakwa into a toxic waste dump and gets throughly decontaminated. However come All-Stars, he's been granted parole.
    • Sugar rates pretty high as well. Aside from her elimination in the last episode before the finale, she gets no real punishment for any of her actions throughout Pahkitew Island which is shocking considering how she was the arguable main villain and all of them prior to her at least got some form of comeuppance.
    • Duncan also counts considering his actions in World Tour. Though he too got his just deserts in All-Stars when Chris has him arrested for blowing up his cottage in an attempt to prove that he was still bad and thought that he would simply be taken to juvie.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: Heather uses her understanding of what reality show producers like best to get to the final three of Island, and so despite hating Leshawna, acts nice to her for this reason. Despite this, it doesn't last long at all.
  • ** Gwen and Leshawna to Heather.
  • Killer Rabbit:
    • Yep, the island has one, just ask Bridgette.
    • Do not annoy any cute chipmunks or beavers that happen to be hanging around.
    • The pandas and baby seals from World Tour.
    • Mutated squirrel. Eye lasers!
    • A literal gigantic two-headed rabbit with super strength.
    • It gets Uped to Eleven in "Moon Madness", when the weird moon radiation turns every bunny into a blood thirsty killer.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • Mal in All-Stars. As he is the first villain who does not require a reason to attempt to murder others, and regularly does so just for the fun of it. Unlike previous antagonists who are arguably Punch Clock Villains just in it for the money and possess a moral conscience, he is completely without remorse.
    • Scarlett in Pahkitew Island. The episode in which her true nature is revealed, takes a very dark turn from the usual lighthearted nature of the series. While the series regularly puts the contestants' life on the line, her actions make this one of the few occasions where all of them are a few strokes away from imminent death, and just like Mal she is completely unphased with the prospect of them dying.
  • Know Your Vines: Katie and Sadie both squat in poison ivy to pee. Hilarity Ensues.

  • Lampshade Hanging: Happens quite regularly, given the Troperrific nature of the show.
  • Larynx Dissonance: DJ's mom is voiced by the same person who also voices her son and Chef.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Every antagonist ends up suffering from this, which always leads to a Humiliation Conga. Each one is almost always worst than the last.
    • Heather has her head shaven.
    • Justin gets rejected by his crush, pushed of a tower by said crush, getting hit by parts of the tower on the way down. When he is eliminated, no one really cares to see him go.
    • Courtney gets eliminated by her boyfriend for being so uptight.
    • Alejandro gets trampled by the other campers, burnt by lava, and forcefully shoved into a robot suit to "heal." And in his ending, this happens after he learned he won the million, alternately this also happens in Heather's ending after she won the million.
    • Blaineley falls out of the plane with no parachute, crashing into a house and being put into a full body cast and dolly.
    • Scott gets catapulted off the island with Fang, who mauls him to the point where he gets the Captain Pike treatment.
    • Mal is erased from Mike's mind, which is pretty much the equivalent of being Killed Off for Real.
    • Chris himself gets it at the end of Revenge of the Island by being arrested.
  • Laser Hallway: Used in "Dial M for Merger" and "Can't Help Falling In Louvre".
  • Last Minute Hookup:
    • Leshawna and Harold in Island.
    • Mike and Zoey, although they had considerably more build-up.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • Advertisements inevitably indicate who the remaining contestants are by showing scenes from upcoming episodes, and promotional material during or after a season finale tends to be rather direct about naming the finalists. The worst example is an ad for the third season that revealed the two finalists of the second...when the second season was still in progress with six contestants remaining.
    • Some TV Guide-esque website posted small paragraphs about each episode. Oh, don't worry, the paragraphs don't reveal anything about the episode they're talking about: just who was eliminated in the last one. For example, the summary for "I See London..." says 'With DJ gone, only 2 teams remain!', the summary for "Greece's Pieces" says 'Owen is missing his little buddy Noah...' etc.
  • Latin Lover: Alejandro, he even says that his Latin blood keeps him hot in the snow.
  • Laxative Prank:
    • Heather sends Gwen a laxative-spiked cupcake in order to make her lose the final challenge of season one. Unfortunately for her, Owen eats the cupcake instead.
    • In the second season, the pizza they all (well, everyone but Leshawna, because "dairy and [her] do not agree.") eat is laced with itching powder and laxatives.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At the beginning of each episode Chris reads a card that tells the audience not to try the stunts on the show because they were performed by animated teens.
  • Leet Lingo: Sierra in "Walk Like An Egyptian - Part 1".
    "O-M-G, Chris! I am just so L-O-L!"
  • Left the Background Music On: Harold's keyboard in "Get a Clue".
  • Leitmotif:
    • The show has a specific tune that plays during heartwarming moments.
    • Whenever Justin flips his hair or removes his shirt, an Ethereal Choir is heard.
    • The Jaws theme can be heard whenever Izzy is sneaking up on someone.
    • Creepy horror music would start to play whenever Trent talked about his obsession with the number nine; the same music plays whenever Sierra has a stalkerish moment, such as when she reveals how much information she has on Cody (obtained by calling members of his family pretending to be a telemarketer).
    • Alejandro has a Latin theme tune.
    • Duncan has a rendition of Bad to the Bone, which was surprisingly played for Tyler a couple times in World Tour.
    • Brick has a military drum leitmotif.
    • In The Hall of the Mountain King is Mal's. Given that it's a song for people being sneaky...
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Aside from the Big Bad, some seasons contain a secondary antagonist who are stil troublesome, but are greatly dwarfed in evil.
  • Lethal Chef:
    • Played with by Chef Hatchet. Though he is actually a competent chef, it's his job to make barely edible slop for the contestants.
    • Played with by DJ's Momma. She has a seasoning blend that can make any disgusting food palatable; however, when she gets her own cooking show, her food proves to be literally lethal because of how cholesterol-laden it is.
    • Lindsay accidentally poisons Trent with ill-prepared fugu blowfish in "Who Can You Trust?".
    • In "Eat, Puke and Be Wary", the final four's (sans Cameron's) dishes are lethal in more ways than one.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine
  • Limited Wardrobe: The characters wear the same outfit 90% of the time, though they are shown in sleepwear/underwear/swimwear when appropriate.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There are more than 40 named regulars in the series.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Dawn surmises that Dakota's desire to be famous is a cry for love.
    Dakota: Who told you that, my therapist!?
  • Lotus Position:
    • Lindsay and Bridgette in "Brunch of Disgustingness".
    • This is practically Dawn's default pose.
  • Loud of War: One episode featured the contestants being tortured in various off-kilter ways, including being forced to listen to new-age music.
  • Love Dodecahedron: The most frustrating subplot of World Tour. Stalker with a Crush Sierra likes Hopeless Suitor Cody, who likes The Snark Knight Gwen, who likes Bad Ass Duncan, who likes Gwen back even though he's been dating Tsundere Courtney for about two years, and once they break up Courtney falls for Alejandro, who loves the Alpha Bitch Heather, who likes her prize money more than Alejandro. Brain hurt, yet?
  • Love Triangle:
    • Gwen/Duncan/Courtney.
    • Trent/Gwen/Duncan.
    • Cody/Gwen/Duncan.
    • Heather/Alejandro/Courtney.
    • Zoey/Mike/Anne Maria, although Anne Maria is only interested in Vito, one of Mike's alternate personalities.

  • Made of Iron: Everyone other than Cody, Blaineley, and Cameron.
  • Major Injury Underreaction:
    • Most injuries on the show are like this, it helps that almost everyone is Made of Iron.
    • For a non-contestant related injury, in "Wawanakwa Gone Wild", a bear lands on top of a preschooler.
      Preschooler: Ow, get off!
  • Make-Out Kids: Geoff and Bridgette were flanderized into this in Action; however, it's downplayed in World Tour.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: All instances are pixelated.
    • Owen, far too often.
    • Duncan in "One Million Bucks, B.C."
    • Lightning in "The Enchanted Franken-Forest".
  • Male Gaze: Courtney and Heather tend to get a lot of this.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Mandrills attack the contestants in "African Lying Safari", and DJ gets attacked by some in "The Am-AH-zon Race".
  • Manipulative Bastard: Chris in spades. Heather in Island, Justin and Courtney in Action, Alejandro in World Tour and Scott in Revenge of the Island.
  • Manly Tears:
    • Duncan's performance in "Riot On Set" moves Chef to tears.
      DJ: You're gonna teach me how to be tough? (snickers)
      Chef: Tough guys cry!
    • After Cameron defeats him in "Brain vs. Brawn: The Ultimate Showdown", Lighting breaks down in the confessional, apologizing profusely to his father, who he believes he has let down.
  • Marshmallow Hell:
    • Cody falls into the Statue of Liberty's cleavage. The scene was cut out of the US version.
    • Cody gets this treatment many times by Sierra.
    • Noah gets this from Owen in the Yukon.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • All the contestants get one when their bus starts heading towards a cliff.
    • Team Amazon gets one right before Owen, the human cannonball, destroys their boat in "Sweden Sour".
  • Medal of Dishonor: The Marshmallow of Toxic Loserdom in Revenge of the Island.
  • Meat-O-Vision: Owen starts hallucinating that his teammates (and Chris) are food items after he gets injured (and then locked in a safe) in "Ocean's Eight-Or Nine".
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Thanks to Christian Potenza's series of video interviews of the series' voice cast, we can see that behind the voices of all the Jerkasses and Alpha Bitches populating the show are some of the nicest people in entertainment, particularly Rachel Wilson (Heather), Emilie-Claire Barlow (Courtney), and Drew Nelson (Duncan).
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Noah is a Hebrew name for "restful." Interestingly, Cody can mean "cushion", turning the scene in Action where Noah is sleeping with his head on Cody's lap into an Accidental Pun.
    • Courtney.
    • Heather is probably named after the movie Heathers.
    • Gwen means "white" or "fair".
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: Alejandro falls victim to this in the ending of World Tour.
  • Medal of Dishonor: The Marshmallow of Toxic Loserdom in Revenge of the Island.
  • Medium Awareness: When Courtney sees birds circling her head after slamming into a camouflaged wall, she shoos them away, prompting one to angrily chirp back at her.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Mike was entirely defined by his MPD.
  • Mercy Kill: The Villainous Vultures were allowed to vote off a member of the Heroic Hamsters in "Suckers Punched". Despite the fact that almost everyone else on the team was more of a threat, the Vultures voted off Sierra so that she could meet up with Cody and get back to her blogs again, hopefully regaining her "sanity" (and Cameron's).
  • Messy Pig: In "I Triple Dog Dare You!" Heather gets cannon blasted into a pig's mudpile.
  • Milestone Celebration: "Zeke and You Shall Find" the 100th episode in the series.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: One of the only reasons you should feel sorry for Heather is that she has to deal with her alience members in Island which contains ridiculously naive Lindsay and cheerful farm girl Beth.
  • Misplaced Retribution: In order for Harold to get revenge on Duncan for bullying him, he gets Courtney eliminated instead by rigging the votes.
  • Misplaced Vegetation: Chef Hatchet asks what those palm trees are doing in Ontario.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: When Cameron is exiled to Bony island in All Stars, he disguises himself as a fire hydrant and follows a bear around till it pees on him.
  • Modesty Towel:
    • Heather is often found wearing one during Island. She also wears one during her audition tape, only to walk off-camera, take it off and throw it behind her.
    • Courtney, in "Get a Clue".
    • Lindsay, at the beginning of "Rock n' Rule".
    • Jo, in a confessional in "A Mine Is a Terrible Thing to Waste".
  • Morality Pet:
    • Owen for Chris during Action.
    • Courtney for Duncan during Island and the first half of Action. Then it's subverted to hell.
    • Gwen for Duncan. Played straight this time.
    • Bridgette for Courtney during Island and Action and Geoff during the Action aftermath.
    • Heather for Alejandro during World Tour.
    • Scott is becoming in this to Courtney in All-Stars.
  • Motor Mouth: Izzy.
  • Mouse Trap:
    • Sam demonstrates his Super Reflexes in "Runaway Model" by unbaiting one without setting it off. He ends up setting off half a dozen other traps because he accidentally stepped on the trap he just undone.
    • Scott finds one in Chris' garbage bag after drawing an undesirable objective in "Up, Up And Away In My Pitiful Balloon".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Duncan, Trent, Justin, and Alejandro.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Lindsay, who wears a tight tank top and a miniskirt most of the time, and has even dressed up as an admiral and Wonder Woman.
    • Heather, who sports a Modesty Towel in several Shower Scenes and accidentally flashed her boobs during "X-Treme Torture".
    • Courtney, who's prominent behind seems to be the subject of many noteworthy closeups in the series, particularly in the earlier seasons.
  • Multiple Endings: Every season has seperate endings for each member of the final two, a canon ending and an alternate.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Songs about a person stuck to a pole, stripping down guards (It Makes Sense in Context), shearing sheep, and others never were so awesome.
  • Muppet Cameo: In This is How We Will End it.
  • The Musical: Singing is required in Total Drama World Tour, which was originally called Total Drama: The Musical, and Chris even states that any contestant that refuses to sing is automatically eliminated (although this rule isn't strictly enforced, which means no one was eliminated for not singing anyway).
  • Musical Episode: "The Princess Pride" in Action.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Shawn in Pahkitew Island, given that he drinks it all the time to stay alert, given that he's a paranoid doomsayer.
  • Must Make Him Laugh: Owen spends the entirety of "I See London..." trying to make Noah laugh, because "Noah's the funniest guy [he] knows" and Owen wants to "top his honor roll!"


  • Naked People Are Funny: Unfortunately, it's Owen in this case, though most of the other teens get a pixelated nudity shot sooner or later.
  • The Napoleon: Duncan.
  • Near Death Experience:
    • Alejandro getting trampled and drenched in boiling lava.
    • Trent falling 5,000 feet from a plane.
    • Cody getting mauled by a bear.
    • Cody getting swallowed by a shark (Sierra got him out).
    • Ezekiel getting blasted out of a volcano on fire.
    • Scott getting mauled by Fang.
    • Izzy and Owen getting crushed by the plane.
    • Sierra getting caught in the plane's explosion.
  • Never Say "Die": The show defies this trope every which way.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The third season is a musical. Good luck determining that from any of the marketing past the original trailer and pamphlet.
    • An ad for the wild west themed episode of Action showed Duncan and Bridgette in a showdown. Not only did this not happen in the episode, but Bridgette had been eliminated by that point and did not make an appearance.
    • The original trailer for Revenge of the Island featured Staci, with a full head of hair, getting eaten by Larry. However, in the first episode of the season she loses her hair after receiving the Toxic Marshmallow of Toxic Loserdom and the previously mentioned scene never happens.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands:
    • Courtney's super strength in Action.
    • Harold has a tendency to use random and usually obscure skills during This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman situations.
    • Alejandro's endless arsenal of talents as part of being The Ace.
    • Sierra's ancestral teachings go from Chris McLean Scholaring to basket-weaving.
    • Tyler's incredible finger strength. This one is an odd case, because it appeared out of nowhere, was reused in another challenge in a later episode, and then wasn't even REFERENCED when he tried to punch through a metal door.
    • Mal's super strength in All Stars.
  • New Rules as the Plot Demands
  • New Season, New Name: This show incorporates this trope by the season, at this point, it's pretty much becoming a franchise.
  • Nice Guy: Geoff (except during the second season) and Owen.
    Gwen: (to Owen) Have you ever had a bad thought about anyone?
  • Nice Hat:
    • Ezekiel's toque (too bad he loses it in later episodes of World Tour onwards).
    • Geoff's cowboy hat.
    • Eva wears one as part of her Sasquatchanakwa costume.
    • Alejandro, Owen, and Noah are given Pickelhaubes (a type of German army helmet) in "Slap Slap Revolution".
    • Heather, Alejandro, Sierra, and Cody are given traditional Rapa Nui headdresses in "Rapa Phooey!".
    • Manitoba's fedora
  • Nobody Can Die: Exaggerated. Except when it comes to interns.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Mixed with Hypocritical Humor when it comes to Cody, who rebukes and rejects Sierra's advances while continuing to pursue an unwilling Gwen.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Tyler, when he sees the hairstyles Lindsay plans to give him in "Can't Help Falling In Louvre".
  • No OSHA Compliance: Contestant safety is obviously an afterthought for Chris. It's even lampshaded at times.
    • The first season had numerous references to interns being injured or killed in various accidents, presumably due to a lack of safety precautions. Particularly noteworthy is the incident when an intern dies whilst testing part of the final challenge. Chris reacts by saying to himself, "That seems safe enough."
    • Camp Wawanakwa also suffers from "No EPA Compliance" in Revenge of the Island due to the adverse effects of toxic waste to the local fauna and flora after Chris rents it out as a dumping ground to a "nice, family-oriented" bio-hazardous waste disposal company.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination:
    • Played with with Izzy in Island - she flees when a helicopter comes to arrest her, meaning that no one is eliminated that round, but she later returns to the game.
    • Two in Action. One quit and one ejection, though neither are normal.
    • World Tour had Duncan quitting and the informal "elimination" of Ezekiel by Chris, followed by the formal elimination of Sierra after she blows up the plane (in the same episode she was granted invincibility, no less).
    • Revenge of the Island sees Anne Maria walk off in the seventh episode, after getting a giant diamond from Ezekiel in the mine. Too bad it turned out to be a fake.
    • All-Stars has Duncan getting arrested, thereby removing him from the competition.
  • No Reprise Please
  • No One Gets Left Behind:
    • Tyler tries to retrieve Owen from an impenetrable metal room in "The Ex-Files".
    • Brick for Cameron. As part of his code of honour, which causes him to have conflict with Jo.
    • Specifically averted with Alejandro who tries as hard as possible to leave Owen behind, but never seems to be able to succeed.
  • Notable Original Music
  • Not Good with People: Beth is the first type. Her character bio indicates that she genuinely wants to fit in with people, but only really understands how to deal with farm animals.
  • Not in Front of the Parrot: That's part of the reason why Leshawna was eliminated by a landslide.
  • Not So Different: Never said on the show but reading the character bios at Teletoon and Cartoon Network reveals how similar several characters are.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Beth's boyfriend, Brady.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: The very first challenge involved the campers jumping off a thousand-foot cliff into water below. Just try complaining about any unrealistic injuries after that.

  • Obviously Evil: Alejandro.
  • Odd Friendship:
  • Off Model: Some of the character heights vary a bit for particular scenes, and that's just the tamer part. Heather has been drawn with her original hair early in Action, when she was supposed to be bald, and Katie was once missing an arm.
  • Oh Crap: Nearly every contestant that winds up in the bottom two for elimination automatically gets this expression.
  • Older Than They Look: Cody, Beth, Cameron and Dawn.
  • One-Letter Name: B. Subverted in "Truth or Laser Shark" where we find out that it really stands for Beverly.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted.
    • Both Blaineley's Celebrity Manhunt co-host and an intern on Revenge of the Island are named Josh.
    • Also, one of Leshawna's friends and one of the campers from Pahkitew Island are named Jasmine.
  • Only Known by Initials: DJ, though at one point his mother gives him a Full Name Ultimatum and calls him "Devon Joseph."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Blaineley in World Tour, Lightning in Revenge of the Island, and Beardo in Pahkitew Island.
  • Only One Name: Everyone except Chris (McLean), Chef (Hatchet), Harold (Norbert Cheever "Doris" McGrady V), Cody (Emmett Jameson-Anderson), DJ (see above), Alejandro (Burromuerto), (Mildred) "Blaineley" (Stacy Andrews-O'Halloran), Dakota (Milton), Brick (MacArthur), Cameron (Coduroy Wilkins), and (Rudolph) "Lightning" (Jackson).
  • Only Sane Man:
    • During the first two seasons Gwen and Trent were often bewildered and annoyed by the behavior of their fellow contestants and the lunacy of some of the challenges but they both reached the "acceptance" stage by the time season three arrived.
    • Noah is this for the most part, especially during World Tour.
    • Dave starts off as this, spending most of his time complaining about his teammates' strange personalities and bizarre behavior, but once he begins crushing on Sky his mental state steadily deteriorates.
  • On the Next: Shown at the end of "Not so Happy Campers - Part 1".
  • Operation Jealousy: Employed for three episodes in a row in season three. Courtney flirted with Tyler (to make Duncan jealous), Alejandro flirted with Courtney (to make Heather jealous) and Heather flirted with Duncan (to make Alejandro jealous).
  • Opera Gloves: Ella wears these.
  • Opt Out: Zig-zagged; it's played straight in some instances but subverted in others.
    • Heather and Gwen both refused to do certain challenges in Island, but were convinced to participate by either Chris or their teammates.
    • Tyler tries to opt out of the "I See London..." challenge after Chris announces what it is.
      Tyler: We have to strip a dude? I'm out!
    • Noah tries to walk out on Blaineley's second chance challenge in "Aftermath Aftermayhem", but is forced to participate by his contract.
    • In "A Mine Is a Terrible Thing to Waste", Anne Maria leaves Wawanakwa to cash-in a large diamond given to her by Ezekiel; it's only after she quits that Chris tells her it's practically worthless.
  • Out of Focus:
    • Eva, Katie, and Sadie are the most egregious examples, as they do not get any attention in Action and World Tour outside of the Aftermaths.
    • Ezekiel, Cody, Noah, and Tyler during Action.
    • Beth, Justin, and Trent during World Tour after receiving focus and development during Action.
    • Most of the original competitors during Revenge.
    • And obviously, most competitors that don't return to compete in All-Stars.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • A few times with Owen farting.
    • DJ's running and screaming in "Hook, Line and Screamer".
    • Perhaps most infamously, the Gollum gag surrounding Ezekiel, which has been ongoing for three seasons.
  • Overly Long Name:
    • Harold Norbert Cheever Doris McGrady the Fifth.
    • Team Chris is Really, Really, Really, Really Hot (Heck, Chris even gives variations of the team's name because of the length, and the fact it's named after him).
    • Also Cody Emmett Jameson Anderson (According to Sierra, the show's Loony Fan).
    • Mildred "Blaineley" Stacey Andrews O'Halloran. (Wow, the producers really have a thing for long names...)
    • The Escaped Psycho Killer With the Chainsaw and the Hook. Also counts as a Running Gag.
    • Total Drama Yum-Yum Happy Go Time Candy Fish Tails. And the challenge: Total Drama Yum Yum Happy Go Time Candy Fish Tails Challenge (of celebration fun)
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Exaggerated in Sierra's song from World Tour:
    Sierra: Oui, my friends! Now I'm stuck telling you: If you fall in love with a boy on TV, and then audition to get on his show, and audition again, and finally get on his show, and be nice to him, and do nothing but kiss up, you will still, oui, end up in Paris, oui, feeling despaires, and the boy won't even take you outside!
  • Overprotective Mom: Cameron has one.

  • Paintball Episode: "Paintball Deer Hunter".
  • Palette Swap:
    • Courtney's wedding dress in "Niagara Brawls" is a white recolor of her princess costume from "The Princess Pride", complete with the same tiara.
    • Chris' boat in "Newf Kids on the Block" is a green recolor of the Boat of Losers from Island.
    • The cowboy hat Chris wears in "3:10 to Crazytown" is a grey recolor of Geoff's hat.
    • Lindsay's cowboy boots in "Runaway Model" are a blue recolor of the ones she wore.
  • Pandaing To The Audience: The Japan episode of World Tour and the Pandamonium game.
  • Panty Shot:
    • Lindsay in the opening of Island.
    • In season one's "Who Can You Trust?", Heather is able to remove Gwen's skirt completely. They're purple with a skull, in case you're wondering. She also wears stockings.
    • In the episode of Island where Izzy comes back, she scratches her ear with her foot while on all fours.
    • A flat-out blatant shot occurs in the third season episode "Slap Slap Revolution". Sierra tells the audience that she makes a notch on her belt every time Heather tries her "best friend" tactics. She then whips off her belt to show it off, giving a good long shot of her in just her skivvies. Yikes.
  • The Peeping Tom: Cody tries to watch Gwen change into her swimsuit by looking through her cabin's screendoor in "Up the Creek", and "The Am-AH-zon Race" reveals that he owns a pair of X-Ray glasses which he evidently uses to spy on the rest of Team Amazon.
  • Pepper Sneeze: In "Beach Blanket Bogus", Trent spills pepper on his breakfast and then tosses it over his shoulder, straight into Heather's face, causing her to sneeze for the rest of the scene.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When Sierra accidentally blows up the jet in "Awwwwww, Drumheller", Alejandro shields Heather from the blast. He is also concerned after Sierra recovers from the explosion.
    • Heather is infamous for faking these for ulterior motives, but she does occasionally play it straight: She consoles a heartbroken Courtney in "Greece's Pieces", and gives Sierra a headdress to cover her bald head in "Planes, Trains, and Hot Air Mobiles".
    • Chris allows Katie to reunite with Sadie in "Who Can You Trust?". Also, when Harold eliminates himself in "Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan", Chris wishes him luck without a hint of sarcasm.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The mostly-female Team Amazon has a pink logo while the mostly-male Team Chris Is Really Really Really Really Hot has a blue one.
  • Piranha Problem:
    • Lake Wawanakwa is stocked with piranha. In Revenge of the Island, the piranha are mutated.
    • Chris uses a piranha pit as an obstacle in "That's Off the Chain".
    • The Amazon episode of World Tour featured both Owen and Tyler falling into a river and getting attacked by piranhas.
  • Pit Trap: Duncan and Owen use a pit trap to steal the survival gear off Gwen and Heather in "Are We There, Yeti?".
  • Pixellation: Played straight and for laughs when privates are exposed.
  • Plank Gag: Happens multiple times in the first episode when Bridget brings her surfboard on to the pier.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: In-universe examples with "Duncney" (Duncan/Courtney), "Gigette" (Geoff/Bridgette), "Gwuncan" (Gwen/Duncan) and "Coderra"/"Siody" (Sierra/Cody).
  • Power Floats: Dawn levitates to the finish line in the first episode of Revenge of the Island.
  • Power Trio:
  • Precap
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Harold apparently has mad beatboxing and rap skillz.
  • Previously On
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Scarlett sports one in Pahkitew Island, given her intelligence.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Ella in Pahkitew Island.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • In World Tour, it turns out that Courtney's and Trent's fears that Duncan and Gwen were becoming more than friends were pretty understandable after all.
    • In Pahkitew Island, although Shawn's zombie phobia usually has him labeled as a Cloud Cuckoolander, it has proven useful on a fair few occasions. As if his Beserk Button is pushed, he can perform amazing feats.
  • Psychic Powers: Dawn has the power to read aura.
  • Psycho for Hire: Chef Hatchet, and in a way, Duncan.
  • Pun:
    • As Sam is being mauled by grizzlies:
      Sam: I can't bear it!
    • In the same episode, as Sam gets struck in the groin by a booby trap:
      Chris: Nuts? (offers Chef a bag of nuts)
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
    Chris: TOTAL! DRAMA! (current season's name)!
    Mal: I'm just. GETTING. STARTED./HERE. I. COME!
  • Put on a Bus:
    • During the first three seasons eliminated contestants were sent to either the Playa des Losers hotel (season one) or the aftermath studio (seasons two and three) so that Chris could keep tabs on them in case he wanted to bring someone back into the competition.
    • Most of the first three seasons' cast gets this in Revenge, with some showing up in single episodes.
    • With the exceptions of Owen, Ezekiel, and Izzy, none of the characters that did not compete in All-Stars appear during said season.
    • With Duncan blowing up Chris's villa, to desperately prove to everyone (and himself) that he wasn't going soft. Caused him to be arrested, heading to "adult prison" it seems very unlikely he'll ever be coming back, especially since there is no way in hell Chris would allow him back
  • Putting a Hand Over His Mouth:
    • Sierra does this to Gwen to prevent her from jinxing their team in "The Am-AH-Zon Race".
    • In "I See London...", the Ripper does this to Noah while capturing him, to avoid drawing attention from Owen.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: In All-Stars, Mike starts to do this with his other personalities, starting with Chester in "You Regatta be Kidding Me".
  • Pyrrhic Victory:
    • Heather and Alejandro in both World Tour endings.
    • Beth in the alternate ending of Action. The money was used to pay off the damage done to the Mona Lisa in the special, and she's completely left out of the third season.

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