Read the Fine Print: Chris has all of the campers under contract, and uses the fine print to force them into season two, dumping heaps of abuse on them without repercussions; no court in any sane world would let such contracts stand.
Reality TV Show Mansion: According to Noah, the entire premise of Chris' new (and actually fake) show Total Drama Dirtbags is, "A bunch of nasty jerks live in a huge mansion and get all bored and backstabby."
Red Shirt: The interns. One of them got eaten by sharks (presumably), another one got eaten by scarabs, another two got eaten by bears, two more got frozen in a river in the Yukon, another one got attacked by Courtney when he was in a hot air balloon, another one got pushed off a 100-foot diving board by Chef, one had to go through therapy for months after being cursed at by Izzy, and that's not even counting what probably happened to more interns off-screen.
Revenge of the Sequel: Oddly enough the fourth season (rather than the second season) is subtitled like this with respect to Island.
Each season having a designated pain magnet, who gets injured excessively for no apparent reason. Currently they include: Harold, Tyler, Brick, Scott, and Max.
Sacred First Kiss: Subverted with Cody getting kissed by Sierra in "Niagara Brawls", he even vomited in the confessional afterwards.
Sadist Show: To the point that most of the original cast members no longer want to be part of the show in any capacity whatsoever and only participate because of their legally binding contracts. DJ freaked out when he found himself at Camp Wawanakwa again, having vowed to never return, and he was only there as the judge of the challenge.
Same Language Dub: In-universe, the show airs in Japan subtitled and with everyone's voices dubbed over, still in English.
Technically Owen does the same thing in the same season, only his connection is his friendship with Chris. He is exempted from the challenge in "Crouching Courtney, Hidden Owen", and was given a GPS to help get him out of the woods in "Top Dog". And all he had to was sabotage everyone else.
Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Played straight with Dakota, who is so rich she came for the fame not the prize money. She is able to keep returning back to the show to pester Chris, because she whines to her rich dad who pays the sadistic host a large bribe. Chris accepts, though he makes Dakota an intern.
Justin has a tendency to do this; although his logic is a bit flawed considering that the person he clings onto is always smaller than him.
Early in "Walk Like an Egyptian - Part 2", Leshawna, afraid of snakes, jumps into Harold's arms for safety. Later, when Chris releases the scarabs we see Leshawna's back in his arms while Bridgette has climbed onto his back. DJ is also seen balancing atop of scrawny Ezekiel.
Harold and Tyler latch onto each other during Before We Die.
Cody clings onto Owen's shoulders during a polar bear attack in "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better".
Geoff leaps into Bridgette's arms when an anvil nearly crushes him during one of the Action aftermaths.
Sierra grabs Cody when they get attacked by the Ripper in "I See London", they also share a mutual terror-hug when they end up in the middle of a thunderstorm in "Planes, Trains, and Hot Air Mobiles".
When their plane spins out of control in "Can't Help Falling in Louvre" Chef advises the contestants to hold onto the heaviest thing they can find. Cue everyone grabbing onto Owen.
A non-comedic example occurs in "Dial M for Merger", when the remaining contestants think they're about to be killed by a time bomb they exchange goodbyes and then hold each other silently as the timer counts down.
Similarly, when DJ's bus falls off a cliff during the Action special a few contestants can be seen holding each other and closing their eyes as they brace for impact.
Series Continuity Error: In "World Tour," Chris forcibly throws Duncan off the plane for not singing and, for some reason, the rest of the series says that Duncan broke his contract and needed to go into hiding as Chris is hunting him down, trying to bring him back.
"They're stranded in Drumheller, where the number one cause of death is being stranded in Drumheller."
"Owen, Owen! He's our guy! If he can't do it... uh... He's not our guy!"
She's Got Legs: Several female cast members have long legs, making up for more than half of their height. Heather and Katie show theirs off with short shorts, while Izzy shows hers off with her skirt/wrap.
Duncan with Gwen, and to a lesser extent with Heather.
Harold with Heather and Leshawna.
Shock and Awe: The furless mutant squirrel from Revenge of the Island can shoot lightning out of its eyes.
Shocking Elimination: Justin, Courtney, Bridgette, and Leshawna in Island, Heather, Justin, and Leshawna in Action.
Lampshaded by Chris during Bridgette's elimination:
Chris: Okay, that was a shocker. I was shocked, and I knew the answer!
Shoo Out the Clowns: Izzy, DJ, and Noah, the three primary sources of humor for the first half of season three, were all eliminated just prior to Duncan’s return to the game and the start of the Love Triangle saga.
Total Drama Island, Total Drama Action, Total Drama World Tour, Total Drama Revenge of the Island, Total Drama All-Stars, and Total Drama Pahkitew Island are all reality shows within the Total Drama universe.
The Action special also featured a TMZ-equse show called Celebrity Manhunt, which tracked down the contestants once Action ended.
In World Tour, Duncan cheats on Courtney by kissing Gwen. Cue everyone verbally attacking Gwen and her reputation being destroyed while Duncan himself gets only a tiny fraction of the abuse she does.
All-Stars plays with the trope. Gwen's personal situation gets better, but she is placed on the Villains' team solely because of her 'cheating', something that clearly distresses her...and she still feels as though she should apologize to Courtney- who threatened to murder her. Her relationship with Courtney only improves after Gwen admits that she was wrong to "let" Duncan kiss her, and Courtney's grudge against Gwen (rather than Duncan) is portrayed as perfectly reasonable.
Blaineley has an extremely high opinion of her host skills...which have so far included such achievements as getting fired from one show, getting escorted off set from another after throwing a tantrum and causing $500,000 worth of damage to the Aftermath studio after setting off an animal stampede. To quote Blaineley herself:
"What? Who am I? Who am I!? Who are you!? I'm the host of the Puppy Bachelorette! I was nominated for a Gemmie award. I interviewed you for Celebrity Manhunt! It's a fact and scientific that I'm still Blainerific!"
A few contestants are like this too, most notably Lightning.
Smarmy Host: Chris, taken to humorously sociopathic levels.
Snap Back: Most character's injuries are undone in the transition to the following episode. Exceptions include any case where the character lost their hair, the tooth Heather lost from Leshawna beating her up in "Slap Slap Revolution," which had to be replaced with a golden tooth for the remainder of the season, and Gollum!Ezekiel and Drama Machine!Alejandro, in the transition from the World Tour finale to The Cameo in the Revenge of the Island premiere.
Snipe Hunt: Subverted in All-Stars where at the end of every episode Chris has a contestant volunteer to go to Boney Island for the night to look for the immunity idol, however it is revealed in "No One Eggspects The Spanish Opposition" that the immunity idol was in the "Fun Zone", a sealed off area of Boney Island that housed the mutated animals from Season 4. So in others words, the idol was on Boney Island but it was in an area that nobody had access to.
Heather, Duncan, and Owen have the highest episode counts of all the contestants, although Owen's is far lower thanks to him not competing in All-Stars.
Gwen and Courtney, particularly because of the Love Triangle between them and Duncan in Action, World Tour and even carried over to All-Stars.
Leshawna, Lindsay, and Harold, mostly due to their conflicts with Heather, Courtney, and Duncan in the first two seasons, and for the latter two because they produce so many funny moments; all three are eliminated early on in World Tour due to being on the unfortunate Team Victory which was targeted by Alejandro, however Harold is still able to retain some substantial focus by dominating the Aftermath episodes.
DJ especially in Action and World Tour due to his alliance with Chef and his animal curse.
Beth and (to a lesser extent) Justin in Action.
Alejandro, Sierra, and Cody in World Tour, with the latter two partially retaining it in All-Stars.
The "Friendship Finale" trio: Zoey, Mike, and Cameron, and their arch-nemesis Scott, in both Revenge of the Island and All-Stars.
Jerk jocks Lightning and Jo in Revenge of the Island who made it to the Final 5 and the finale, before going Out of Focus in the next season.
Mal in All-Stars.
Shawn, Sky and Sugar in Pahkitew Island. Also to a lesser extent Dave and Ella.
Jasmine as well due to her interactions with the twins and her Ship Tease with Shawn being a predominant focus of Pahkitew Island.
Squee: Katie, Sadie, and Sierra are big time squee-queens. Lindsay and Beth also have some moments.
Stab The Salad: Harold does a non-violent variation of this during "Super Happy Crazy Fun Time in Japan". When selecting a someone to vote off he dramatically raises his passport-stamper over his teammates' passports and then brings it down... onto a deflated beach ball.
Cameron to Harold and Cody (he's essentially Harold and Cody cut and snipped then pasted back together).
Brick to DJ (both are strong but oversensitive).
Dakota to Lindsay (both are rich, spoiled dumb blondes). She is also one to Ezekiel in World Tour (both don't make it very far in their respective seasons and get transformed into horrible monsters, only that Dakota retains her humanity, while Ezekiel doesn't).
Jo to Eva (both are competitive jock-ettes, although Jo is a lot less angry and is developed into a much more complex and competent competitor than Eva).
Zoey to Beth (both are nice but socially awkward), though she's later more like Bridgette (a kindheartedNice Girl who felt sympathy for the enemy).
Cameron's conflicts with Jo and Scott are comparable to: Harold and Duncan (Bully and Wimp Pairing), as well as Cody and Alejandro (manipulative antagonist taking advantage of a physically weak nerd)
Dave and Sky's relationship is initially very similar to Mike and Zoey's but eventually branches off into a different route.
Ella and Sugar's conflict shares many similarities with Lindsay and Heather (both feature a contestant with "Queen" in their label who have a one-sided hatred to a "Princess", both cause the Princess's elimination, and the Princess places 9th while the Queen places 3rd).
Sweet Tooth: Cody, if his candy addiction is any indication.
Tarot Troubles: Zoey does a tarot reading to herself with self-made cards in "Regatta Be Kidding Me" to ensure herself Mike is okay. Two cards, The Evil Leprachaun and The Lonely Prisoner are just for humor (she couldn't remember all the cards, so she made a few up), but the third, The Tower, represents death and destruction and possibly also the Evil Tower of Ominousness Mike finds in his mind.
Scott was definitely this for the Toxic Rats and the Mutant Maggots, as he purposefully threw challenges and framed B and Dawn so that they'd get voted off, he stops doing this in All-Stars.
Trent in Action, to a lesser extent. Thanks to some poor advice from Owen, he started throwing challenges in order to impress Gwen. Unlike Scott, this was for less selfish reasons. At "3:10 to Crazytown" he was voted off, then two episodes later, Gwen returned the favor to the Killer Grips by voting herself off.
Zoey in All-Stars. Over the course of the season she counsels a heartbroken Sam, draws out the niceness in Duncan, acts as Cloud Cuckoolander Minder to Sierra, and looks out for Cameron as he gets his mind messed with by Mal.
Sky in Pahkitew Island. While she doesn't vie for leadership, preferring the idea of democracy, her levelheaded disposition and strategic mindset make her teammates think of her as the authority figure of the group.
Courtney tries to take on this role in both Island and World Tour but ends up coming off as a Control Freak instead.
Team Shot: Each opening ends with a shot of the contestants. See also the page picture, which happened during the first episode.
Teens Are Short: Mostly averted, as many of the contestants are the same height, if not taller, than Chris. Also, Blaineley is roughly the same height as the teens. A few contestants, such as Cameron and Dawn, play this straight, however.
That's Gotta Hurt: The contestants have taken dozens of spills. On one occasion in season one featuring Geoff, Chris decided to show an instant replay of the wipeout. In season two, an Aftermath segment called "That's Gonna Leave A Mark!" is all about this trope.
The Evil Prince: Mal, Mike's evil alternate personality, fits this trope to the letter.
Heather does one in World Tour when Sierra invites her for a group hug.
Eva does one in the alternate ending of Island after Gwen wins.
They Plotted a Perfectly Good Waste: The buried alive conflict between Gwen and Trent from season one. It was incredibly flimsy and came up in random times, as Gwen wanted to be in the same boat as Trent by the episode after Trent left her buried alive, but suddenly the entire conflict comes up again three episodes later. And after that the entire thing just dissolves and is never brought up again.
Just ask Chef, Courtney, or especially Scott, against whom a mutated shark had a personal vendetta. He was mauled so badly by the monster that he ended up stuck in a trauma suit in a near-comatose state. And even after recovering from ''that'' in All-Stars, he's developed a severe phobia of sharks, and just being close to Fang (the aforementioned mutated shark) is enough to put him in a 'blank state' in which he becomes completely unresponsive and helpless.
Inverted in situations involving Justin, who is so gorgeous that when he falls into a shark infested pool in Action, a dismayed shark pulls him out of the water and then proceeds to perform CPR on him.
During the first three seasons Heather often cheated or manipulated events to help her team get ahead.
Alejandro, for the first half of World Tour. In "Jamaica Me Sweat" he steals Gwen's chains while pretending to rescue her, Heather notices, and steals them back from him, prompting the following exchange:
Within the Screaming Gophers and later, the Killer Grips, Beth (tomboy) and Lindsay (girly girl).
Within Team Victory: Leshawna (tomboy) to Bridgette and Lindsay (girly girl).
Within Team Amazon: Sierra and Gwen (tomboys) to Heather and Courtney (girly girls).
Within the Mutant Maggots, Jo (tomboy) and Zoey and Anne Maria (girly girls).
Tongue on the Flagpole: Bridgette gets her tongue stuck to a flagpole in "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better" in World Tour, Chris then forces her to sing about it, with Courtney, Gwen, and Heather as back-up.
This also happens to Heather in an Canadian exclusive clip in All Stars.
Too Dumb to Live: Parodied in the slasher episode. After learning that they are facing either a serial killer or challenge based around one, the campers immediately start splitting off in groups of one to two to take showers, go to the bathroom, grab a snack, and make out in the woods.
Duncan might've topped this. What she did was an accident (she might not have even seen the oil). Duncan was so determined to prove he was bad he threw a challenge and blew up Chris's cottage/mansion. Chris not only eliminated him, but got him arrested into jail not juvie.
An ad for one late season two episode revealed that Owen would return. They also shot themselves in the foot by putting his name into two of the episode titles.
Subverted with the commercials that aired before Island went live, which frequently called Owen an unlikely candidate for victory.
The trailer for Total Drama the Musical (not called "World Tour" at the time), which was released midway through Total Drama Action, basically spoiled the Action special by revealing the arrival of Alejandro and Sierra and which contestants would be returning for the season.
Most of the World Tour previews and trailers have large scale group shots which pretty much confirm which characters make it up to what episode, due to the incredibly obvious backgrounds (pyramids, the Eiffel Tower) most viewers found it extremely easy to deduce exactly which episodes each character is present in.
One trailer revealed that Izzy and Sierra would switch teams after the first episode of World Tour.
Several trailers spoil Duncan returning to World Tour despite quitting earlier on.
The trailer for "Can't Help Falling In Louvre" included a shot of Lindsay wearing a parachute, indicating she had been eliminated.
Another World Tour trailer showed off Duncan and Gwen kissing.
Trailers for Total Drama All-Stars not only spoil both Lindsay and Jo's eliminations but also show Alejandro out of the Drama Machine (aka "The Robot") a few times.
The trailer for "You Regatta Be Kidding Me!" shows that Chester, in Mike's mind, is still OK.
A trailer for "The Final Wreck-ening" had Zoey battling it out with Mike instead of Mal, spoiling the former's return and the latter's defeat.
An Italian trailer for Pahkitew Island spoils Beardo's elimination.
Traditionally, audition tapes are released following each contestant's elimination. Shortly before "Pakhitew," Cartoon Network released audition tapes for everybody except Shawn and Sky. Take a wild guess who the finalists were?
Traintop Battle: Alejandro and Heather have one in "Planes, Trains and Hot Air Mobiles", while singing I'm Gonna Make It.
Trash the Set: All-Stars ends with Camp Wakanawa being sunk due to a drilling mishap, paving the way for the new island in season six.
Troperrific: Obviously, since it's meant to be a lampooning of contemporary reality shows.
Cody acts this way towards Sierra. However, she did constantly violate his privacy and threaten his personal safety, so...
In the Island special, Duncan wrestles an alligator for Courtney to get back the case with the $1,000,000 in it. Seconds later, he sprains his ankle and she runs off with the case.
Courtney does it again in "Moon Madness". After Gwen saves her life from a deer attack, Courtney is shown in the confessional saying that she wouldn't do the same for Gwen, who would have just been deer food.
Izzy carries Ezekiel (who she mistook for a "cool" Egyptian mummy) out of a collapsing pyramid, indirectly allowing him to complete the challenge. His response? He struggles to get away from her and doesn't even acknowledge the rescue, let alone thank her for it. Even worse, he then began complaining that no one came to help him, despite the fact that Izzy just did!
Chris to Chef and the contestants in the All-Stars episode "Zeke and You Shall Find." Despite all of them nearly getting killed just to save him from Ezekiel, he berates them when they finally set him free and doesn't care that Cameron got brutally injured in the process, smugly saying that at least no one important (meaning him) got hurt.
The Unreveal: How Duncan landed in juvie, and some other juicy bits about Heather and Gwen (IF that's her real name).
Up to Eleven: According to the creators, one of the main ideas behind the show: to take a bunch of elements from shows like Survivor and Fear Factor and ramp it up to impossible things like jumping off the thousand foot cliff, "because it's animation and we can get away with stuff like that".
Vasquez Always Dies: Hotheaded tomboy Eva is the first girl to be voted off. Then again she does come back... only to be voted off immediately afterwards. And she's not qualified to compete in Action. OR World Tour.
Ezekiel. Yo, he's the only one that talks like a stereotypical Canadian, eh?
Staci starts a lot of her statements with "yeah".
Lightning tends to add the prefix "SHA-" to several words he says, especially his name.
Villain Decay: In a way, the entire Villainous Vultures team (sans Gwen, who was never really villainous) in All-Stars. Despite their confessional stating that they don't trust anyone on their team, all of them rarely ever do anything villainous. Justified, as the main villain of All-Stars is Mal, who is easily eviler than all the antagonists of the past four seasons combined, barring Chris.
In the first season's penultimate episode, the semifinalists get a special treat: pancakes made with ingredients "relatively close to their expiration date''. The implication is that the food they usually get fits this trope.
In "Hurl and Go Seek!", the first part of the challenge has the contestants get food poisoning from expired food.
We Will Meet Again: Ezekiel delivers one while managing to hang on to the plane after his World Tour elimination.
Ezekiel: I'm not going anywhere! This game's mine, eh! MINE!
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Shawn believes that the world has already succumbed to a Zombie Apocalypse, and joined the cast due to believing he has a better chance of surviving on an island. Needless to say he takes the zombie survival a little too far.
Whale Egg: Mutant fire-breathing goat eggs are part of the challenge in "Up, Up And Away In My Pitiful Balloon".
"The Enchanted Franken-Forest", in which Zoey is voted off by Lightning (Ironically, she voulenteered to take the Hurl of Shame), thereby breaking the tradition of having a male and a female compete in the finale.
"Evil Dread", in which Mal re-awakens.
"No One Eggspects The Spanish Opposition", in which Mal takes over and Mike ends up getting trapped in his own mind (chained to a rock nonetheless).
The mid-season finale, "The Final Wreck-Ening", in which Mike finally defeats Mal at the cost of losing Chester, Svetlana, Vito, and Manitoba Smith but absorbing their respective abilities in the process. Then after Mike wins, Camp Wawanakwa sinks because of a drilling mishap.
Is Owen's family still $50,000 dollars in debt for making a cheese cellar?
Halfway through World Tour Chris abruptly stops handing out Barf Bags Full of Airline Issued Peanuts at elimination ceremonies to announce who is safe. Instead, he just straight-up tells them who's eliminated, he also stops throwing out marshmallows in elimination ceremonies after episode 3 in All-Stars.
What happened to Blaineley after the World Tour finale?
Who Is Driving?: Happens when Chef decides to join Chris in the main body of the plane during World Tour.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: An episode had the campers face their fears (Snakes was one of them). Some have legitimate fears while others have weird or silly fears.
William Telling: Reversed in an episode of Island where the contestants have to shoot crabapples from a slingshot in order to knock arrows off their partner's head whilst blindfolded.
With Friends Like These...: In "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better" Bridgette gets her tongue frozen stuck to a pole. It doesn't even seem to occur to her close friends Gwen and Courtney to help. Okay, she was on a different team but still, that's pretty cold.
Team Victory in World Tour. Among their advantages in the competition, they had six people on their team, while the other teams had five, of those six, five of them were in the final 10 in Island and/or Action and competed in the first three seasons. Despite this, Team Victory was quickly wiped out in six straight elimination episodes. Four of those eliminations were caused by the new Big Bad Alejandro to quickly establish how much of a threat he was.
Lightning and Jo in All-Stars. In Revenge, both made it to the merge, and Lightning even made it to the final two. In All-Stars, both are gone after episode 3.
World Gone Mad: While the universe they exist in is relatively sane, the show-verse is very much this. Saner characters like Gwen will occasionally hang a lampshade on how odd and/or psychopathic almost everyone related to the show is.
Justin invokes this near the end of "The Princess Pride" when he refuses to swordfight with Courtney ("I would never hurt a lady. I refuse to raise a sword to Courtney. I give up any chance at immunity to spare her.") She responds by smacking him off the castle tower.
True to his ditzy nature Tyler invokes this after volunteering to fight the all-female (sans Cody) Team Amazon in "Greece's Pieces".
Writers Cannot Do Math: A common mistake, among other examples Trent's arrival in Island as "Contestant Number 9" when he's actually Contestant number 10.
Chris loves doing this when contestants think they've won a challenge, only for him to come in and tell them that there's either more to the challenge, or that they've screwed up somehow.
The World Tour ending does this to Alejandro, who doesn't even get to touch the money before it's destroyed.
The alternate ending of World Tour does this to Heather instead. She has the money in her possession for about half a minute before Ezekiel steals it, and the episode ends with a giant flaming boulder about to fall on her.
Heather abandons Lindsay after she helps her win in "That's Off the Chain".
Heather and Alejandro both try to befriend DJ in the hopes that he'd join their respective team, but after Chris reveals that DJ isn't allowed to join either team Alejandro immediately gets him eliminated.
Chris says this about the original cast in the first episode of Revenge of the Island.
Scott eliminates Mike after blackmailing him in "Grand Chef Auto".
Cameron, of all people, manages to pull one on Jo in "Up, Up And Away In My Pitiful Balloon".
Bridgette cheats on Geoff with Alejandro in "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better". Geoff is understandably upset at first, but forgives her after she dedicates an apology song to him.
Duncan kisses Gwen while still in a relationship with Courtney, Tyler witnesses this and ends up telling everyone, with disastrous results: Courtney goes on a heartbreak-induced crusade against both adulterers, Sierra brutally snubs Gwen for being a boyfriend-kisser, and Cody starts antagonizing Duncan for "stealing" Gwen from him (even though Gwen was never "his" to begin with).
Yuri Fan: Chris is shown making two Beth dolls kiss each other in the ending of "The Princess Pride".
Zombie Apocalypse: Shawn believes this will eventually happen and hence jumps the gun at even the smallest of signs. In "A Blast from the Past" he mistakes a seaweed-covered Amy for a mutated zombie and in "Hurl and Go Seek!" he mistakes a group of pallid, food-poisoned contestants for a zombie horde. This belief, however, has given him so many skills that are so useful during many challenges, although the very last part of the finale was decided by luck, he wins the Pahkitew Island season.