YMMV / Total Drama

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  • Abandon Shipping:
    • Courtney's antagonistic behavior in Action caused many once die hard fans of Courtney/Duncan to jump ship to Gwen/Duncan or Alejandro/Courtney. Ironically, she got better in World Tour...and the Courtney/Duncan ship was then canonically sunk.
    • A few fans abandoned Dave/Sky after witnessing their fight in "Hurl and Go Seek!", then quite a few more abandoned it when the finale revealed that Sky was already in a relationship when she met Dave. It didn't help that this was followed by Dave deciding to spend the rest of the episode fighting to keep Sky from getting the million just so that he could have the opportunity to burn it to ashes in front of her.
    • Lots of people abandoned Noah/Cody in favour of Noah/Alejandro and Noah/Owen
  • Accidental Innuendo: Izzy's Affectionate Nickname for Owen is "Big O", which is also slang for an orgasm.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy:
    • Sierra is severely injured and loses all her hair in the explosion that results in her elimination immediately after winning invincibility, just because she made a birthday cake for Cody, who was completely ignored on his last birthday.
    • Even if you feel like Dave was the bad guy in the Sky/Dave debacle, you gotta feel bad for him/mad with Sky when Sky reveals that she still has a boyfriend, and then, on international television, says that he "wasn't the one" in favor of Dave. Learning this fact after she's kissed him is what cements his Sanity Slippage.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Justin - A plain out narcissistic Jerkass from the get-go, or was he really a nice guy at the start of the series but Took a Level in Jerkass after Heather got him voted off? Several fanfic writers love exploring the latter.
    • Ezekiel - A sheltered boy who just didn't know any better and got screwed over badly by the creators, or a sexist jerk that got what was coming to him?
    • Is Courtney a whiny Jerkass who puts herself before everyone else or is she a regular girl who lets the competition get to her head? Did she plan to eliminate Gwen in All-Stars because she wanted to win, or because she still had doubts about Gwen wanting to stay her friend?
    • Is Sugar really just a Jerkass, or does her pageant upbringing justify her competitive nature?
    • Is Alejandro legitimately an Affably Evil Manipulative Bastard, or is he just playing the game that way because it works, and was a lot more crueler than he normally is?
    • Did Scott really undergo Villain Decay in All-Stars, or was he always a dumb Country Boy who decided to be crueler than usual in his time on Revenge of the Island as part of a game show persona? Or perhaps he was some combination of the two: a decent, but intelligent guy, who received brain damage when Fang messed him up.
    • Was Dave a self-centered Entitled Bastard whose Sanity Slippage was a result of a well-deserved rejection at long last, or was he a not-entirely-sympathetic Dogged Nice Guy who was outraged at his (proven mutual) crush's reveal of having a boyfriend, whose Face–Heel Turn ironically proved he did have morals?
  • Anti-Climax:
    • Most of the show's Final 2's are seen as this. The most notable examples being Duncan and Beth in Action and Mike and Zoey in All-Stars.
    • The two endings of Pahkitew Island only have a few seconds worth of differences and in both, the winner is just whoever was lucky enough to be pushed past the finish line by the avalanche. We barely even see how the opposite competitor reacts to their second-place status, despite Sky's Second Place Is for Losers mentality and the fact that Dave ultimately succeeded in keeping the money away from her and Shawn's trying to be The Atoner and win the million so he can give half to Jasmine as promised both being things that definitely should have elicited a response from the loser. The fact that only two eliminated contestants came Back for the Finale was also a point of contention, leaving pretty much every other unresolved subplot from the season as one of these.
    • The last three minutes of "Scarlett Fever" are often seen as this due to it being very obvious that they had to rush in order to wrap up a plot that simply ended up far too complex for a 13 episode season.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • Justin, the original villain of Action,ended up falling in love with Courtney, who betrays him by pushing him off a tower. Kind of fitting considering she usurped his position of Big Bad.
    • Mal, who was literally defeated at the push of a button.
    • Scarlett as well (as mentioned above), who got tricked by Max, who she had strung along for the whole season, into opening the door (even though the plan was Sky's idea) and falling victim to a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown courtesy of Sugar.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • One of the most prominent cases of this to date for some was the love triangle between Gwen, Duncan and Courtney, which was a frequent focus across two seasons before coming to an abrupt end in All-Stars.
    • The romantic arc between Mike and Zoey, which is a central focus in two consecutive seasons and a bitter topic among fans.
  • Ass Pull:
    • Thanks to Chris making up the rules whenever he feels like it, this series is chop full of them. The most infamous are Leshawna's elimination in Island and Chris vetoing Duncan's elimination in World Tour.
    • Speaking of Chris vetoing Duncan's elimination, any episode in which Chris vetoes the elimination could be viewed as this for making the whole episode seem pointless. "Greece's Pieces" and "Moon Madness" are perhaps the most infamous examples of this.
    • Gwen's overall treatment in "The Chefshank Redemption" as well as her elimination and the circumstances behind it in Action. See Designated Villain and Informed Wrongness below.
    • Gwen's elimination in World Tour is this as she is eliminated thanks to a eucalyptus allergy that was never foreshadowed once not even in the very episode where it was used making it feel like a poorly written last minute attempt to get rid of her.
    • Alejandro winning World Tour in his ending because... Heather threw his doll into the volcano by accident. You'd think after all her Character Development and the build-up to her getting her revenge on her rival, that she wouldn't make such a stupid mistake.
    • Lightning winning Revenge of the Island in the US is this for many fans both domestic and foreign especially when it was discovered that Cameron was actually winning in the poll for who fans wanted to see win only for Cartoon Network to ditch all his votes and air Lightning's ending anyways.
      • Similarly, they did the same thing with the finale for Pahkitew Island. Shawn's ending was shown in spite of Sky getting more votes in the blog where fans were allowed to say who they wanted to win.
    • One of the more jarring cases is Courtney's elimination in All-Stars, where Chris suddenly changes the challenge and has the contestants eat their own sundaes as opposed to feeding them to the interns. Aside from singling out Courtney who had just won the challenge, the only reason she fails is because she can't eat disgusting foods as it had been puked on by a bird, even though she had been shown to consume much worse in World Tour. Plus, given Courtney's desire to win, her hesitation here only compounds the lack of logic present. Also worthy of mention is her crudely-made chart and how easily it is found; basically, the events of the entire episode count as such.
    • One of the most infamous is in "The Final Wreck-ening" where Mike gathers with his alter-egos to fight Mal and reclaim his body. Ultimately, the key to this is a very literal reset button that would erase all of Mike's personalities including Mal; he does so and supposedly absorbs a little of all of his personas while Mal simply vanishes. The end result is almost universally regarded as anticlimactic.
    • A pretty frustrating example is in "This is the Pits!" where after everything that all the contestants went through in that episode (such as the Confused Bears entering out of the cave through a hole that turns out to be from the toilet of the confessional), Chris decides that both teams lose as neither one did the challenge properly resulting in a non-elimination round. Sky and Max switching teams at the end of the episode also counts due to how said switch would be in effect for only one episode before the merge happens two episodes later essentially rendering it pointless by default.
    • Another very infamous example is in "Sky Fall" where Sugar manages to beat Jasmine by knocking a tree on top of her after lightly leaning on it resulting in the latter being eliminated by being the last to cross the finish line after the tree slowed her down. Even some of the very few Sugar fans that are out there have said that she shouldn't have won over Jasmine.
    • Part of what makes "Lies, Cries, and One Big Prize" one of the show's more infamous finales after "The Final Wreck-ening" is the revelation that Sky has a boyfriend back home named Keith. Leaving out what happens to Dave as soon as this is revealed, but the entire announcement itself feels like it was conceived purely for the sake of having the relationships on the show be subverted for once by having Sky and Dave failing to become one due to this. While the existence of Keith was kinda foreshadowed in previous episodes where Sky was meaning to tell Dave something important about why she doesn't want to be in a relationship, these instances feel like they were hastily added into the episodes to try and fool people into thinking that her already being in a relationship wasn't this trope when it clearly was due to the lack of buildup and poor use of "Foreshadowing".
  • Author's Saving Throw: "Sky Fall" had Jasmine and Shawn share a Big Damn Kiss before Jasmine departed the island, breaking the controversial trend of couples getting their kisses interrupted by Chris before an elimination.
  • Awesome Music: While practically all of the songs the cast sings qualify, one Cartoon Network commercial features a chorus of kids dressed as pilots singing a little number about the season. It's short, but just awesome.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Duncan's status as a badass is inconsistent, but he sure gets his butt kicked a lot for a such a supposedly tough guy: Courtney frequently beat him in Action and both Harold and Cody are able to knock him out with a single blow in "Crouching Courtney, Hidden Owen" and "Greece's Pieces" respectively. All-Stars is taking this and running with it. Duncan's trying to prove he's still a bad boy, but he just can't stop being a kind hero.
    • Happens to every antagonist after their respective season, due to everyone being Genre Savvy about how manipulative they are.
    • In Revenge of the Island, Scott was a Manipulative Bastard and a Team Killer. In All-Stars, he was demoted to a dumb redneck and Butt-Monkey.
    • Gwen was also a victim of this. In Island, she was a strong and viable contender who won several challenges, singlehandedly clobbered a real psycho killer, and survived long enough to make it to the finals. After that, her competitive edge wore down as the writers instead decided to exploit her relationships with Duncan and Trent to stir up romantic drama, resulting in her pre-merge eliminations in Action and World Tour. She started to pick up the pace again in All-Stars, only for her chances of winning to be derailed once again to get her out of the way of the Mal vs. Zoey finale.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Chris McLean himself has become one over the seasons, with many fans adoring him for his ability to bring drama to the scene and for his unpredictable ways in raising tensions among the cast, while there are plenty of vocal detractors who despise him for the same reasons and for being a Karma Houdini as his actions have become increasingly life-threatening to the contestants.
    • Duncan. Some people find his bad boy gimmick funny, and were touched by his secret soft side. Others despised his cruel treatment of others (especially Harold) and felt he got away with everything. He's also blamed for ruining World Tour, by wrecking Gwen and Courtney and creating the love triangle, and how he was an Elimination Houdini who caused other loved characters like Noah and Tyler to be eliminated to make room for him. Then, come All-Stars, his extreme denial of his Badass/Villain Decay and turning into a nicer person, culminating in a massive self-inflicted Heel–Face Door-Slam, was either the most absolutely hilarious thing about the season or just another example of the season's Flanderization.
    • Courtney might be the most controversial character of them all. Some find her to be a relatable character or otherwise funny, entertaining, and developed, but others find her incredibly obnoxious or annoying. This was especially the case when she returned in Action, as some found that she was winning too many challenges and was calling her lawyers too often, but others felt that her stint as the antagonist helped pick up the pace in the season, especially since the season's antagonist for the first half, Justin, was generally disliked. Being involved in the love triangle only furthers her status as a base breaker. Then All-Stars makes it worse when she looks like she was getting development... only to have it thrown away in one episode. Some see her as a Karma Houdini who was simply getting what was coming to her, but others genuinely enjoy her and are resentful of her highly inconsistent portrayal that has inevitably seen her suffer for it.
    • To round out the love triangle, Gwen has also become a base breaker. While it isn't as bad as the former two, many feel that she hasn't stood out since Island and has mainly been regulated to romantic plots. Fans continue to disagree over her part in the love triangle, with some insisting that she was the victim of the drama that followed and others insisting that she's no less guilty for what befell her when her affair with Duncan was exposed. By the time All-Stars ended she drew considerable ire from many for being seen as a far departure from her former self, many even openly debating whether she should be considered goth owing to her intimate friendships with Zoey and Cameron, and severely divided opinion over her brief reconciliation with Courtney. Even then, however, Island still allows her to retain a notable fanbase and many people feel sorry for all the she has to go through.
    • Katie and Sadie. Either extremely annoying fodder characters who do nothing but agree with each other, constantly squeeing, fawn over eye candy whether it's Justin, Trent, or Alejandro, occasionally getting into arguments which end with them getting back together, causing their team to lose twice, each with one getting voted off, and... nothing else. Or, they're hilarious characters who were wasted potential and deserve a chance of returning. This is especially the case for Sadie, who acquired a fanbase simply for her line "Marshmallow Eating Freaks!"
    • Alejandro. Some say that he is one of the best antagonists in the series (if not, the best), while others say that he is one of the most overrated characters, the absolute definition of Invincible Villain, as well as being the first case of the entire cast being dumbed down in order to make the antagonist look better. His return in All-Stars didn't help where he spent most of the season standing on his hands by faking his legs being numb after being trapped inside the Drama Machine for a year, succeeding in eliminating a heavily derailed Heather, and went from being an improved version of Justin to a clone of him.
      Alejandro: (as he's being eliminated) This show just got 100% less beautiful!
    • Sierra. Some people find her stalker-like tendencies funny, but others find her annoying for that exact reason.
    • Beth has a somewhat mixed reception. Some find her to be one of the more relatable characters due to her Friendless Background of being raised on a farm with little social interaction and that despite her naive nature she can grow a spine and stand up for herself as best shown in her conflicts with Heather and Courtney, considering them her crowning moments of awesome. There were some who were glad she made it to the final two of Action and were rooting for her to win over the undeserving, Elimination Houdini Duncan. Others feel that she's a boring character and consider her one of the worst and most forgettable finalists in the series.
    • Owen, mainly post-Island. Many people disliked how long he lasted despite him not winning any challenges after the merge as well as relying on gross-out humor, but others found him to be funny and appreciate how friendly he is compared to everyone else. Action did nothing to help his case, especially after he returned to the competition when there were only five contestants left, World Tour balanced it out with his friendship with Noah and many felt sorry for him after his breakup with Izzy. It also helps that he does not come across as much as the Creator's Pet as much as before, not having competed since that season. Although his return in The Ridonculous Race ended up not sitting well for people who thought that a more deserving character (like Izzy, despite her VA being unavailable due to moving to Los Angeles) could've been used instead, many people are glad that, if he's doing anything, it's continuing his fantastically-received Odd Friendship with Noah. Even after The Ridonculous Race ended, people who hate him despite admitting that this was Owen at his best since Island would still prefer that he'd be retired since his one-note tendencies (farting and eating) were still occasionally highlighted and consider him a character who has long overstayed his welcome.
    • While he used to be an Ensemble Darkhorse Cody became this in World Tour. Many people felt that, despite coming in third place, he contributed very little to the overall story and had no purpose outside of Sierra. On the other hand, others feel that he was still funny that season, keeping up with his attraction towards Gwen in the previous season (though this made him look hypocritical with how he was treating Sierra), as well as what he did while avoiding Sierra.
    • Cameron has received the most mixed reception out of all the Revenge of the Island contestants and is a borderline scrappy. For half the fanbase, he was an Adorkable Badass Bookworm who accomplished astounding feats and underwent substantial Character Development by learning how to stand up to his bullies after receiving a season of abuse. The other half think of him as a clichéd Harold ripoff with a high-pitched, annoying voice who received far too much focus and overstayed his welcome. Being a member of the trio with Scrappies Mike and Zoey doesn't do much to help his cause either.
    • Dawn was formerly a fan favorite but her popularity began to wane around the time All-Stars aired, mainly because those who weren't impressed by her short time on the show felt her popularity was unwarranted when she contributed so little to the show.
    • Lightning has also gotten mixed reception. Part of the fandom hates him for being a flat comic-relief character who was irrelevant for the first half of the season and made little to no plot contribution, before his sudden character change into an obnoxious Jerk Jock. The other half find him to be one of the most hilarious, enjoyable characters on the show, rivaling that of Lindsay's humor.
    • Anne Maria has a very divided base, mainly between the age groups of the show. She's generally disliked by younger fans who consider as being a rude Jersey Shore ripoff who gives Zoey a hard time. While older fans like her for having one of the most refined personalities in the second generation, while being entertaining at the same time. There are however older fans who also claim that there's nothing more to her other than being in the love triangle or the jokes regarding her hair.
    • Mal is one of the show's most controversial antagonists and has a very mixed reception, despite Mike gaining scrappy status. A fair few loved him due to being the evilest villain to date, being a chaotic sociopath, and the whole backstory of a evil Split Personality. However many hated him due to possessing no strategy in his endeavors who spent half the season breaking things, yet was made into an Invincible Villain and fumbled all the way to the finales due to everyone else being dumbed down.
    • Scott in All-Stars. Some people say that his personality change made him the funniest character that season. While others say that it was evidence of him being derailed just as badly as everyone else (especially since in the first few episodes he's more like his Revenge of the Island self) and comes across as a poorly written attempt to make him sympathetic after being one of the previous season's most hated characters (in some cases, a few said that the change made him worse). There's also the fact that just like Cody in World Tour, he did absolutely nothing to justify making it to 3rd place.
    • Max. People either find his Big Bad Wannabe antics to be hilarious, or deem him to be another plain annoying Elimination Houdini. His Gonk design also does little to help his cause.
    • Amy. Some people feel that her cruelty to her sister was pushed too far, but others find this trait entertaining, being reminiscent to that of Heather in Island, and think it helps create Samey's development as a character. In addition, some people find her cruelty to be so ridiculous that it is actually funny, but others hate her even more because of it, believing she comes across as flat with no redeeming qualities.
    • Scarlett's run as a one-episode-antagonist has received both praise and criticism. She is typically regarded as either the best or worst antagonist of all time.
    • Shawn. The biggest complaint with him is his zombie gimmick which has received mixed reception. Depending on who you ask he's either a hilarious successor to Harold, a touching transition from Dirty Coward to Badass Action Hero, or just a plain annoying overused gag.
    • Topher, who also borderlines on being a scrappy. Some people found him hilarious, and love the way he got on Chris's nerves. Others found him to be incessantly annoying, and were irritated by the fact he was a useless Attention Whore, who overstayed his welcome despite having no plot other than with Chris, aside from spending much of the seventh episode working with Jasmine. All in all, the people who ''do'' proclaim themselves fans of him absolutely ''adore'' him.
    • Sugar is one of the most hated characters from the third cast (and possibly of the series), but also has a sizable number of fans despite her borderline scrappy status. She is a cartoon, teenage version of Honey Boo Boo and Mama June, as well as a Distaff Counterpart to Owen minus any of the things that made him amicable in Island. Other reasons for her status include her petty hatred of Ella which ultimately culminated into selling her out to Chris for singing which gets her disqualified, making it to 3rd place after getting Jasmine, arguably the most popular contestant from the season, eliminated, the fact that she provides gross/crude humor that Cartoon Network loves, and finally being a giant Karma Houdini as she is eliminated due to her own stupidity and lack of talent while also suffering no real form of punishment for any of her actions. Many have also said that a lot of the events she triggered throughout the season (such as Dave's further descent into his Sanity Slippage) would've still happened even if she wasn't there to spark them pointing out how much of a non-factor she truly was. It's pretty bad when many fans are hoping that a semi-finalist is retired after only one season despite being very likely to compete again because of her ranking.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The 6teen parody sequence in Action.
  • Bizarro Episode: The Island episode "Camp Castaways" is never mentioned again outside of the next episode's recap and cameos by Mr. Coconut
  • Broken Base:
    • The never-ending debate over whether Courtney is a Hero, Villain, Anti-Hero, or Anti-Villain, due to her very ambiguous morality.
    • Most of the finales seem to fall under this (with the exception of the All-Stars finale with near-unanimous hatred), with World Tour, Revenge of the Island, and Pahkitew Island being the most heavily debated.
    • While the most are in agreement over who deserves to win World Tour, it is highly debated over who the "intended" winner is:
      • Was it Alejandro? Due to the inclusion of the Star Wars Shout-Out as part of his karma, followed by him asking for the money that he never won in Heather's ending. Plus some goofs that were present (like Sierra not using her wheelchair), being corrected in the other ending.
      • Or was it Heather? As it would have been the perfect end to her arc of Character Development from a Villain Protagonist to an Anti-Hero over the whole season. Also it has been pointed out that switching the dummy seems like a really poorly written, last-minute stint.
    • The run-on, dragged out Cameron VS Lightning finale debate of Revenge of the Island. While the finale's plot was fairly well-received there's still quite a bit of conflict over which finalist deserved to win:
    • Scott's karma in Revenge of the Island where he ends up in a trauma chair after being brutally mauled by Fang in "Eat, Puke and Be Wary". Some (including a couple of his haters bizarrely enough) thought that it was way too harsh and uncalled for, while other felt that it was very well justified especially after his actions in "Grand Chef Auto".note 
    • Which episode of All-Stars is worse: "Moon Madness", "Sundae Muddy Sundae", "The Bold and the Booty-ful", or "The Final Wreck-ening?"
    • The debate if the series really is Ruined Forever or not, especially after All-Stars.
    • Who is the best antagonist: Heather, Courtney, Alejandro, Scott, Mal, Scarlett or Sugar? note 
      • On a similar note, which antagonist is the worst: Justin, Courtney, Scott, Mal or Sugar?
    • The entire plotline of Pahkitew Island regarding Dave and Sky's ultimately failed relationship. Some thought it was great because it was unique and different on top of being a subversion of the couples trope by not having them get together by the end. While others (specifically the minority of fans who actually hated Pahkitew Island) thought it was terrible for being a very weak attempt to subvert said couples trope resulting in the franchise once again shooting itself in the foot for needless drama as well as rendering most of the season pointless similarly to the Gwen and Courtney plotline in All-Stars.
    • Samey getting Amy eliminated in her place and the fallout from it in Pahkitew Island. Was it good because it was shocking and epic or awful because the show had to insult their audience's intelligence for it to work? note  Another section holds Chris knew what was happening and said nothing for the drama and the others in Samey's team didn't notice or care note 
    • Was "Scarlett Fever" the greatest or worst episode of all time?
    • Sugar's elimination In "Pahk'd With Talent". Some feel it was so hallow that it felt pointless, since she ultimately gets away with no punishment for any of her actions beforehand, while others were simply satisfied seeing her get eliminated because of her own stupidity and lack of talent.
    • Who is Pahkitew Island's true Big Bad? Is it Scarlett, Sugar, or both of them? Some even factor Max and Amy into the debate. Confirmation from Word of God hasn't succeeded in easing this debate.
    • Which of the newer casts is better? The Revenge of the Island ones or the Pahkitew Island ones? note 
    • Who was at fault for wrecking Dave and Sky's relationship? Was it Dave's clinginess annoying Sky, Sky playing his feelings for her own selfish cause or Chris showing Sky's interview to Dave?
      • Some people blame all three of them for the reasons mentioned above, but they put the most blame onto Chris.
    • The discussion of whether Pahkitew Island and/or the spinoff series managed to save the franchise after All-Stars. The majority will say yes, but a vocal minority will say that both entries simply felt like the franchise was beating a horse that's been dead for more than two years.
  • Cargo Ship:
  • Contested Sequel:
    • Some fans love World Tour and consider it the best season while others hate it and consider it the worst.
    • Some fans think Revenge of the Island gave new life to the series, while others think it's what ruined it.
    • Some have praised Pahkitew Island for doing many things right, like the first season did. Others have claimed it's more proof that the series is losing its touch.
  • Continuity Lockout: To fully understand what's going on in Action and World Tour as far as relationships are concerned, one has to watch Island.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Several of the original cast were compared with characters from 6teen, Total Drama's sister show.
      • Nikki Wong to Gwen.
      • Jen Masterson to Courtney.
      • Jonesey Garcia to Duncan and Justin.
      • Jude Lizowski to Geoff and Owen.
      • Lindsay to Caitlin Cooke.
      • Wyatt Williams to Trent.
      • Darth Mall to Harold.
      • The Clones to Katie and Sadie.
    • Izzy being the Pinkie Pie of Total Drama.
  • Crazy Awesome: Izzy is absolutely off the rails, and fans love her for that. Widely considered the most unpredictable character, she always brings something fresh and funny with her assortment of gags.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Owen had shades of this in the first two seasons, what with him winning the first and coming back after being voted off in the second. However, the third season improved him, giving him sympathy with his breakup with Izzy and his friendship with Noah, making him more of a Base-Breaking Character. The fourth and fifth seasons improved this even further, with him not competing at all. Tom McGills actually stated Owen was his favorite character.
    • Mike and Zoey, especially once All-Stars aired. While Mike was more tolerated by fans for at least having a story arc (at least until the reset button reared its ugly head), Zoey was just a plain, generic girl that the writers tried to promote as an ultimate heroine and embodiment of goodness. This only got worse as both coast their way to the finish with very little effort and in the latter's case wins more challenges than anybody else in the season, and are the only two to receive anything resembling a happy ending to their main conflict in the season.

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  • Damsel Scrappy: Zoey in Revenge of the Island.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Heather during the season three finale, much to her own surprise.
      "You mean I'm the good guy?!"
    • Trent was this in Action until he himself puts a stop to it.
    • The Killer Grips in "The Chefshank Redemption". They're seen as being in the right for forcing Gwen into throwing the challenge for her team and subsequently eliminating herself as blackmail for how Trent would keep throwing challenges for his team to keep her safe... Even though she had no idea that he was doing so in the first place.
    • Cody in World Tour. While Sierra's treatment of him does cross a few lines, he more-or-less acts the same way around Gwen, even after she and Duncan hook up. He's also pretty much useless in challenges, though that might just be because he's on the same team as Heather, Courtney and Sierra, though he does have his moment to shine in Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan where he and Sierra win the challenge for the team because Heather, Courtney, and Gwen were too busy arguing with each other.
    • Some fans believe Gwen and Duncan are this while others believe Courtney is instead.
    • Sierra in All-Stars. While she is a nice person at times, her obsession with Cody and the rest of the cast makes her seem ill-suited to the title of "hero".
    • Zoey in All-Stars; perhaps one of the most blatant examples of this as her prior Damsel Scrappy status and her frequently being Too Dumb to Live throughout the season have left many fans absolutely dumbfounded that she made it all the way to the finale with relatively little issue; being a part of the alleged Spotlight-Stealing Squad has not helped.
    • Shawn and Sky are this to some. See Unintentionally Unsympathetic below.
    • Dave, especially when it comes to his behavior around Sky. Sky tries to tell him that she isn't looking for a relationship and that she already has a boyfriend back home but Dave cuts her off and insists that they start dating. Then, when she outright rejects him in "Hurl and Go Seek!", he starts following her around and refusing to leave her alone; when he finally realizes that he doesn't have a chance with Sky he loses interest in the competition and votes himself off the island, which Sky misinterprets as a Heroic Sacrifice. Throughout these events Dave is presented as "the good guy", while Chris guilt-trips Sky for rejecting him. However, this is ultimately subverted by him performing a Face–Heel Turn in the season finale.
  • Designated Villain:
    • Gwen (in-universe).
      • In Action, when Trent's teammates discover that Trent was throwing challenges for Gwen's benefit, they immediately blame her for it, despite her not knowing about it at all. Later, she gets demonized for breaking up with him despite having a perfectly valid reason for doing so, and on the next challenge she repays the favor by throwing a challenge, and voting herself off.
      • In World Tour, she gets the most harassment and blame for Duncan's adultery, even though she wasn't the one who initiated their kiss. This also extends into All-Stars, where she's placed on the Villainous Vultures despite having done more good than bad. To make things worse, every time she tries to apologize or do something nice for Courtney, she ends up either injuring or humiliating her instead, resulting in a delighted Chris telling her she's on the right team after all.
      • In All-Stars, despite the whole love-triangle facade being only partially her fault, she ends up receiving the full blame and the villainous status to accompany it. Immediately getting treated as the "evil boyfriend stealer" and is put on the Villainous Vultures despite "three seasons of niceness".
    • Courtney in World Tour. The writers ended the love triangle in a de facto deleted scene with Courtney knocked out by a sandal while Gwen and Duncan happily kiss. Then again, considering the way she treats both her boyfriends and how she acts in TDAS, she's pretty much as bad if not worst than Heather.
    • Sure Duncan is no saint but pretty much everyone hates him for cheating on Courtney. Considering the way Courtney treated him throughout three seasons, can you blame him? Then comes season five where only Zoey is willing to take his advice on Mal while Gwen, who doesn't even know Mike more than a single episode practically gives him the finger.
    • Heather in World Tour. She has become (if only slightly) more of a team player, and is actively trying to dethrone Alejandro but nobody wants to trust her after what she pulled in season one. Probably the best/worst example is when Leshawna knocked Heather's tooth out when Heather tried to explain that the new villain, Alejandro, was manipulating her; even when Leshawna finds out that this is true, she still openly brags about attacking Heather and never seems to consider that it was completely unjustified.
    • Lightning in Revenge of the Island, due to needing a villain to accompany Cameron to the finales, but having both of the season's original villains Scott and Jo eliminated a few episodes earlier. Lightning is immediately granted status as the new Big Bad, previously being just Dumb Muscle who remained fairly neutral (albeit a bit arrogant), he suddenly Took a Level in Jerkass (with little reasoning) and becomes the villain Cameron faces-off with in the finales.
    • Anne Maria in Revenge of the Island. Because she showed an interest in Mike after he switches to Vito for the first time she is treated as a mistress or someone trying to steal Mike from Zoey, despite the fact they weren't actual dating yet. She's also presented as a Jerk Ass despite her actual behavior being more in line with Jerk with a Heart of Gold — in one such example, she pushes Zoey off an oxygen tube in order to prevent Jo from suffocating and is immediately reprimanded for "shoving", while nobody acknowledges that she just saved someone's life.
    • Alejandro in All-Stars, who showed a fair bit of redeeming qualities as he shifts towards Anti-Hero status after discovering the greater evil that is Mal. However his heroic acts are rejected by everyone due to his history, and is continuously treated as the real villain up until his elimination.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Scott, Duncan, Alejandro, and Mal.
    • Courtney and Gwen have become both this trope and Ron the Death Eater, with fans on both sides of the love triangle with Duncan refusing to accept the flaws of their preferred character while demonizing the opposing character.
    • Subverted with Heather. Her fans know she's bad, and they love her for it!
  • Ear Worm:
    • All the songs in World Tour. Special mention goes to Sea Shanty, which not even DJ, who was actually trying to get eliminated by not singing, could resist.
      Heather: It's a sea shanty, and it's darn catchy!
      DJ: No you can't catch me with a sea shanty!
    • "Dear Mom and Dad, I'm doing fine..."
  • Elimination Houdini: Has its own page.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Has its own page.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Mike and Zoey's first kiss at the conclusion of All-Stars, as well as Mike regaining control of his body from Mal was clearly meant to be heartwarming, as was their reunion with Cameron and Gwen. However, the destruction of Wawanakwa, the debate around the infamous reset button and the unexplained fates of the eight contestants who were sent floating away did little to win over most fans.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • The implications about mental disorders given by Mike in All-Stars definitely qualify. The scene where he hits himself on the head with a boulder has been compared with encourage kids to administer treatment on themselves, as well as inflict self-harm. Also the infamous "Reset Button" teaches them that mental disorder can be cured with a push of a button.
    • The infamous love triangle may also count as this, given the lax treatment of Duncan who had been unfaithful to Courtney and the greater sympathy lent to both himself and Gwen, even though they had been disloyal and unfaithful to their former friend to get together; Word of God insists that the intent of this was to show that young love doesn't always last, but this message can easily be muddled by the plot's rather lightweight treatment of Duncan's offense, who still gets the girl of his choice even after triggering a volatile rivalry between them.
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • There are certain characters where any criticisms directed at are off limits:
      • Expressing any dislike for Heather will get you torn to shreds and burned alive by the majority of fans.
      • Calling Scott's characterization in ''All Stars'' worse than Revenge of the Island. You will get a scathing, verbal beatdown on how Scott was one of the only interesting or funny parts of All Stars.
    • Refusing to believe Pahiktew Island and/or The Ridonculous Race saved the franchise after the failure of All Stars or just considering them bad seasons in general.
    • Wanna piss off the fanbase? Three words: Mike's Reset Button. Just saying it to a TD fan's face will make them grimace, and may or may not launch them into a rant.
    • Saying Revenge of the Island was a better season than Pahkitew Island will lead to one going into a long-winded rant about the former season being boring, unrealistic and dull with the opposing side likely saying the same about Pahkitew Island.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: First, it was Duncan/Gwen, but then it became canon so the fan preference switched back to Trent/Gwen and Courtney/Gwen instead.
  • Fanon: Since she indicates that she comes from families of farmers, it's a reasonably popular idea that Crimson is in some way related to Scott.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • An extremely small portion of fans like to believe that the show only lasted one season, and ended after "The Very Last Episode, Really!".
    • Many fans don't like to acknowledge Action even if some of the events (Gwen and Trent's breakup and Geoff's brief derailment into being a Chris clone) are referenced in later seasons.
    • Many fans refuse to consider Blainley from World Tour a legitimate member of the cast. Its not that she's refused to be acknowledged at all, but she is rarely if ever spoken of as 'real' contestant. This is pretty easy for fans to get behind too, since the show, itself, seems to ignore Blainley when speaking of previous competitors.
    • All-Stars got hit by this bigtime due to its wider recognition in the fandom as being the worst season yet, even more so than Action. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone willing to discuss the implications of the reset button or Courtney and Scott's brief relationship.
    • The minority of the fandom that didn't like Pahkitew Island either pretends that that season doesn't exist or at the very least ended after "Scarlett Fever" (which even the haters of said season admit to being one of it's only worthwhile episodes).
  • First Installment Wins: Island is the only season to get near-universal acclaim by the fanbase.
  • Foe Yay Shipping:
    • Heather and Gwen.
    • Courtney and Gwen.
    • Blaineley and Geoff.
  • Fountain of Memes: Noah has rattled off countless quotable lines.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The show has always had non-elimination episodes going back to the very first season, but it's how the show abused them later on that became a problem. In Island, there was only one non-elimination (debatably two if one doesn't count Mr. Coconut as a contestant) and it happened at the halfway mark of the season. The problem arguably began with the very next season Action where due to a smaller cast the number of non-eliminations was noticeably increased in order to fill the 26 episode limit meaning that 8 of the 26 were a non-elimination (if one doesn't count two-parters or Aftermaths) and they normally happened every 2nd episode making it very predictable in terms of when these episodes were gonna happen. World Tour was the point where most will agree that these kind of episodes really started to become a problem. Unlike Action, this season also had the extra incentive of deceiving viewers into thinking that the episode in question is a normal one complete with an elimination ceremony and Chris announcing the eliminated contestant... Only to say at the very last second that they're actually spared and get to stay in the game (and usually one who was blatantly wearing Plot Armor)! Of the seven non-elimination episodes in this season (again, not counting two-parters or Aftermaths), only two of these episodes didn't pull this ("Broadway, Baby!" and "Newf Kids on the Rock"). Revenge of the Island through Pahkitew Island due to having only half of the episodes compared to the first three seasons only had one non-elimination each, but they were also guilty of what World Tour would do and usually for the sake of a random team switch that was likely to be in effect for only a few episodes before the merge rendered it pointless as well as forcing a double elimination somewhere down the road.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • You might have noticed the huge American fanbase the series has by now.
    • Beth was (and still is) regarded as one of the more boring contestants on the show, but on the first voting day for Action in Brazil she was winning by 94%! According to the other wiki, the majority of the countries voted for her ending (by 18-10).
    • Italians love the series so much that Pahkitew Island was aired in Italy before all other countries.
  • He Really Can Act: Cory Doran does a better job of voicing Mike in All-Stars, especially when he switches into Mal.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the first episode Trent is introduced as contestant number 9. Most notably, he was actually the tenth camper to arrive!
    • A fanfic called Just you me and Cody had a Sierra/Cameron pairing where Sierra used Cameron as a substitute for Cody since he wasn't in season 5; come "Saving Private Leechball" it actually happens.
    • Another fanfic called Welcome to the Darkside similarly had a fic pairing Scott and Courtney, published merely an episode or two before they started flirting in the show.
    • Somewhat happens with this Jersey Shore fan video. As we know one of Mike's alternate personalities, Vito is a parody of "The Situation", a cast member on Jersey Shore. In this video the song "In The Hall of The Mountain King" is playing which is associated with Mal (Mike's evil personality) whom whistles it near constant. This video was upload a year before Revenge of The Island; The season where Mike and his first (that we see) four personalities where introduce. This also makes it two years older than All-Stars, the season Mal was introduced to us. Oh, YouTube and its ability to predict the future.
    • In an interview that took place a whole year before All-Stars, Cory Doran said that if he could make a fifth personality for Mike he would've made "a total crazy guy like The Joker or The Monarch", sound familiar?
    • This long-running fanfic had José appear in a challenge facing Alejandro. Fast forward to All-Stars, and he actually does!
    • In World Tour, Lindsay asks Tyler if his name is Dave. A few years later, an actual contestant named Dave appears.
    • When a leaked Pahkitew Island storyboard was discovered, a lot of people noticed that Dave was very similar to Ensemble Darkhorse Noah (as they were both Deadpan Snarkers and had eerily similar designs) and concluded that Dave would end up being just as popular. However, once the season actually aired Dave ended up being both controversial and unpopular, with his similarities to Noah being one of the reasons people didn't like him, as it made him seem like a Replacement Scrappy.
    • Total Drama All-Stars had a Heroes Vs. Villains theme like Survivor Heroes Vs. Villains did. While Survivor Heroes Vs. Villains was one of its franchise's most popular seasons, All-Stars is considered the worst season of Total Drama.
      • On the other hand, both All Star Seasons of Survivor and Total Drama are considered to be the some of the worst seasons of their respective shows.
    • Owen's hairstyle in The EX-Files was intended to be a reference to Heath Ledger's Joker, but ended up making him look more like Jared Leto's.
  • Ho Yay: Enough to merit a separate page.
  • Hollywood Homely: Jo is so ugly that a bird vomits upon seeing her nude, but her actual design is fairly nice; she has Hartman Hips and a good figure.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: "Team Escope" for the OT3 of Izzy/Eva/Noah.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Much of the Courtney-Gwen conflict in World Tour. Courtney generates nothing but blind hatred for Gwen, who never tries to apologize to her throughout all this despite clearly feeling guilty, and takes most of the abuse sitting down rather than defending herself. Cody is barely involved in all this, and all of his anger is taken out on Duncan, for "stealing" his beloved Gwen, rather than Courtney, who is the one hurting her.
    • All-Stars practically runs on this, much of it courtesy of the entire arc surrounding Mal. Although he is inherently evil, Mal rarely formulates his own plans to take down the other campers, and most of his schemes amount to little more than petty annoyances or simply fall flat. Unfortunately, almost nobody ever notices Mike's odd behavior, even when Duncan, who recognizes Mal from juvie, warns Zoey multiple times about how dangerous he is. One would have to think something was wrong when everyone saw Mal brutally beat up Izzy and physically attack Alejandro, both of whom became suspicious of him. However, neither Zoey nor the notably more intelligent campers ever take action, or even see through his Paper-Thin Disguise until it is too late. Ultimately, it is Zoey's Designated Hero status that get her through to the finale to face Mal in spite of her earlier ignorance.
  • Informed Wrongness: Gwen in "The Chefshank Redemption". The Killer Grips blackmail her into losing the challenge and ultimately eliminating herself as revenge for how Trent would keep throwing the challenges for the aforementioned team. However, Gwen was completely unaware of the fact that Trent was throwing the challenges on purpose in order to keep her safe so she's basically being punished for something that was both out of her hands and not even her fault. Her constant misfortunes throughout the episode that's supposed to be viewed as "Karma" (such as being puked on by Lindsay) but instead comes across as needless torture don't help either.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • At this point mainly with Mike and Zoey. While the vocal criticism has mostly died down, the debate can occasionally rise up again when the topic is brought up.
    • All-Stars as a whole remains a contentious topic among fans.
  • Iron Woobie: Owen, who borders on being The Pollyanna. Ella is also this because of dealing with the hatred of Sugar and Chris but staying cheerful.
  • It's Short, so It Sucks:
    • The title sequence for All-Stars is only 20 seconds long (compared to a minute for every other title sequence) and features an abbreviated version of the title song. Fans were not pleased.
    • All the 13-episode seasons (Revenge of the Island through Pahkitew Island) also fits the bill, since their half as long as the normal 26-episode seasons, and are also sometimes blamed for rushed plotlines.
    • The Cartoon Network airing of Pahkitew Island ran for 2 weeks, with three double episodes in three points of the run.

    J-P 
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Courtney, her boyfriend cheated on her with Gwen, whom she was starting to become friends with and then she falls for Alejandro, even helping him win the final challenge, only to discover that he loved Heather instead and had just been using her to get ahead. Then in All Stars, she was put through a Humiliation Conga, that quite a few fans thought went too far with her. Some fans even found that her punishment was uncalled for.
    • Duncan, seeing how much abuse he took from Courtney. Sure, he cheated on her, but she still was not that nice to begin with.
    • Alejandro, who was revealed to have been bullied by his older brother and suffered multiple burn wounds in the World Tour finale.
    • Heather, after her Reformed, but Rejected stint in World Tour.
    • Blaineley who ended up in a full body cast by the end of World Tour.
    • Scott, whose comeuppance dipped right into Jerkass Woobie territory.
    • Chef in his more humane moments.
    • Despite most fans believing his actions in Pahkitew Island's finale weren't justified, Dave's fate of being mauled by Scuba Bear 3.0 was seen as too harsh. Also even though Dave way overreacted to the fact Sky already had a boyfriend his pain of learning the girl he liked already has a boyfriend, is all too relatable.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Almost everyone. Gwen, Duncan, Cody, Noah, Katie, and Bridgette would be the most prominent examples though.
  • Love to Hate: Most of the antagonists. With quite a few of them minus the Hate part, especially Heather.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Izzy, who is frequently called the best fighter in the series, due to the wallopings she regularly gives to Chef Hatchet.
    • Kung-fu Master Harold.
    • Shawn, slayer of all zombies!
    • Clucky the Psychopathic Chicken.
  • Memetic Loser:
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Mr. Coconut.
    • "Marshmallow Eating Freaks!"note 
    • Team E-Scope.note 
    • Gwen and her shovel of doom sparked this among the fanbase.
    • Sadie drops a Whopper with onions!
    • "Cody's got a tiny sausage!"
    • Noah's unicorn.
    • Trent's obsession with #9note 
    • "Next you'll be saying it was Professor Plum in the Conservatory with the bacon sandwich!"note 
    • "Ooh, stalkerlicous."note 
    • "Come fly with us, come die with us."note 
    • "Hear that? That's the sound of hundreds of girls all over the world running and rushing, just desperate to... lock their doors."note 
    • The toque-wearing hobo who steals Ezekiel's wallet in the Action special, is said to be his father.
    • Alejandro's attraction towards pineapples.
    • Ale-Puppet.
    • Saying one of Staci's ancestors invented something random.
    • Brick's derp faces.
    • Jo's sweatpants, which originated as a joke from The Other Wiki.
    • "You weren't held enough as a child."note 
    • Jo's killer zingers, especially Alehandwalker. It's common for fans to refer to Revenge of the Island and All-Stars characters using the zingers she came up with.
    • Mal's Demonic Dummy gained a lot of popularity.
    • Chris fucked a plant. note 
    • Max the Little Gnome.note 
    • On Tumblr, it's become popular to post screenshots of random characters, but with hearts and cupids surrounding them like whenever Rodney gets one of his many crushes. Behold.
    • Six. DELICIOUS. EGGS.
    • Total Drama High School: the text videos documenting the lives of contestants in high school, are unironically a meme on Youtube and have an ironic tumblr fanbase. Additionally, TD contestants X years later (usually involving bad recolors of the contestants to look "older" and ridiculous stories).
  • Memetic Psychopath:
    • Mal is this in every way, just search him up on dark corners of Deviant Art.
    • Duncan is also one to a lesser extent.
    • Scarlett, though with her it's more of a case of what could've been.
  • Moe:
    • Beth, Bridgette, Katie and Lindsay for the first generation.
    • Dawn, Zoey, and Dakota for the second generation. While this was the intended reaction for Cameron, it didn't really stick due to his detractors.
    • Ella, Samey, and Sky for the third generation.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Chris crossed this in "X-Treme Torture" where just before DJ and Trent jump out the plane, he asks them to sign forms authorizing organ donation. This is one of the first instances where Chris fully knows the contestants may die, but still goes along with it any way. For those who were willing to overlook the previous example, Chris most certainly reached irredeemable territory in "Walk Like An Egyptian - Part 1", where he stands on top of an intern as he gets eaten alive by scarab beetles, before later on Chris is shown using the intern's skeleton as a footstool.
    • Courtney's treatment of Gwen in World Tour is a very YMMV topic in regards to being this. Meanwhile, though, there is also the earlier incident of her threatening to send Cody, DJ, Tyler, and Owen falling to their deaths to secure the million dollars in the post-Island special, though of course that didn't ultimately amount to anything. Her actions of having Owen unfairly eliminated as well as when she pushes Justin off a tower to secure immunity are considered to be her MEH worthy moments.
    • Alejandro crosses it in the World Tour episode "Jamaican Me Sweat" when he sabotages the wooden bobsled course by breaking a plank of wood and causing it to ramp up, which not only causes DJ to get launched off the course and get severely injured but it also causes DJ's elimination. This happened after Alejandro tricked Bridgette into getting her tongue stuck to the pole and causing her elimination in the process.
    • Blaineley kidnapping Bridgette and sending her to Siberia to avoid a tour and take her place on the Aftermath.
    • In an in-universe example, all the remaining contestants (including Duncan) are shocked and disgusted when Heather betrayed Lindsay in "That's Off the Chain!". Almost breaking up Gwen and Trent earlier in "Search and Do Not Destroy" was pretty nasty too. Heather's act of reading Gwen's diary on international television just to humiliate her is also considered to be a nasty moral event crossing worthy move.
    • Scott starts to cross it in the third episode of Revenge of the Island where he throws a challenge and frames B for it, which causes his elimination. Two episodes later, Scott not only shoots a venomous mutant seagull at Sam to throw another challenge but he also frames Dawn for stealing from the other campers and he goes on to humiliate her even further by having her play a fake immunity idol at the campfire ceremony. His most vile act in that season was when he blackmails Mike over his multiple personality disorder, knocks him out while undergoing one of his personas and then proceeds to have him eliminated.
    • Mal repeatedly commits actions worthy of this trope as his defining trait, with his repeated attempts to murder the other contestants. Especially when he delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown onto Izzy in "Suckers Punched". He could have also crossed it when he attempted to throw Heather (who was helping him win a million dollars) into the acid moat simply for taking too long with finding him something to get past it. This does not really apply to Mike as Mal is just a rogue personality of Mike and he was shown to be unable to control Mal.
    • Amy crossed this in record breaking time when in the first 5 minutes of the first episode she tries to kill her sister by kicking her off her leg while they were parachuting, and was even annoyed that Samey's pack contained a parachute.
    • Sugar crosses this in "Sky Fall" by sending Sky hurtling off a cliff. One could also argue that she crossed it even earlier by getting Ella eliminated or by expressing joy over the possibility of Ella being mauled by Scuba Bear several episodes prior to that.
    • In "Scarlett Fever", Scarlett crosses this by attempting to destroy the island solely because Chris refused to give her the prize money. One could also say that she crossed the line even before the show even started by traumatizing her brother just for pulling her hair.
    • In the Pahkitew Island finale Dave of all people crosses it, or at least comes dangerously close, by endangering both Sky and Shawn's well-being in order to win the money he and Jasmine were promised. But unlike Jasmine (who wants to use the money to build a cage-fighting flower shop), all he wanted the money for was to burn it in front of Sky to spite her all because he felt betrayed by her after he found out that she already had a boyfriend.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • Courtney's voice is very high-pitched. So when she whines or screams, it can get REALLY irritating.
    • Katie and Sadie's squeals get old after a while.
    • As soon as Staci opens her mouth.
    • Zoey's shrieks of "MIIIIIIIIIIIIIKE!!" in Revenge.
    • Scott's voice is very high-pitched. So when he whines or screams, it can get REALLY irritating.
    • Max's voice is this to a few people for similar reasons as Scott, and his ridiculous sounding Evil Laugh doesn't help.
    • Amy's Valley Girl whining is also this to quite a few people.
    • Sugar's singing in general, especially her craptry in "Pahk'd with Talent" (or "Sugar Silo" as it's more commonly known) is this to a large portion of the fandom.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • The "disgusting eating challenge" of each season, in particular "Brunch of Disgustiness" and "I Triple Dog Dare You".
    • Owen throwing up freshly eaten sausages in "Slap Slap Revolution"....Then eating them again at the end of the episode.
    • Sugar is gross for the sake of being gross, indulging in every opportunity to be disgusting. Her actions would make even Owen retch. Though the writers may have intentionally tried to incite this response from viewers.
    • The entirety of "The Bold and the Booty-ful".
    • Brick's dislocated arm in "Ice Ice Baby" might be hard to look at depending on the type of person you are.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Ezekiel's sexism (which is only brought up in the second episode) is considered his most defining trait even after he turns into a monster in season three.
    • Behind the scenes example: Despite his two episodes of Pahkitew Island ("Twinning Isn't Everything" and "Mo Monkey Mo Problems") being better received (for the most part) than all three of his episodes from All-Stars , some fans will never forgive Ed MacDonald for writing the infamous "Sundae Muddy Sundae".
    • Mike's reset button serving as the means to defeat Mal and to apparently cure him of his multiple personalities is arguably the most despised moment in the series.
    • Mike and Zoey's respective fixation on each other receives heavy focus in two straight seasons; this, combined with their relatively minimal character development and increased screentime over the returning veterans has made them a popular target for Snark Bait.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • If only Action was anywhere close to being as epic as some of the trailers that were put out for it, especially this one.
    • Had this lost trailer for All-Stars (from two months before Revenge of the Island aired) been discovered prior to the season's premiere in 2013, it would definitely count.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now has its own page!
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • "Emily" The Flight Attendant from the fourth aftermath of Action is quite popular, often being paired with "Billy" the intern.
    • Beardo in Pahkitew Island. It was obvious to many that he was elimination fodder, but that didn't stop everyone from enjoying him while he was around.
  • One True Threesome:
    • Noah/Cody/Gwen is fairly popular for fans who can't decide which to pick. Sometimes Izzy is thrown in as well for a neat little foursome.
    • With the growing popularity of Noah/Izzy and the continuing presence of the Noah/Cody fanbase, several fans enjoy using Izzy/Noah/Cody instead, because, lets face it, Izzy would be happy to share.
    • After Gwen and Courtney became friends in season 3, at least before "I See London...", there was interest in the idea of Courtney/Duncan/Gwen as a threesome.

    Q-Z 
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Courtney to Heather as the Alpha Bitch in Action, luckily Heather reclaimed her title in World Tour.
    • Some say Sierra is "the poor man's Izzy".
    • To several fans, Sam's presence in "All-Stars" is just to replace Owen (probably, an attempt to make Owen less a Creator's Pet). Indeed, all his jokes are about food and farts exactly as Owen.
    • Sugar is basically Owen except if he was a female and was antagonistic.
    • Dave for both Cody and Noah.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Most of the second generation cast (except for Staci). With Dakota, this is arguably the entire purpose of her character arc, the first two episodes presenting her as little more than a bother, while she spends the entire rest of the season after becoming an intern fleshing out her personality.
    • Owen's break-up with Izzy in season three made a lot of people feel sorry for him.
    • Many fans started liking Sierra better around "Awww, Drumheller" or "Planes, Trains, Hot Air Mobiles," when she finally accepted Cody's Better as Friends proposal. Too bad it didn't last...
    • Scott was pretty unpopular for most of Revenge of the Island, largely due to his Team Killer strategy and directly causing the eliminations of fan favorites Dawn, Dakota and Mike. However, his comeuppance at the end of the season was considered too cruel by much of the fanbase, and he gained some sympathy. Come All-Stars, he's somehow recovered, and has kept himself out of Scrappy territory by being much less of a Jerkass, and not throwing challenges. The natural flow of Vindicated by History has also led to some fans appreciating his role in Revenge as well. His eliminating of Mike has also become less of a reason for the fanbase to dislike him due to Mike becoming The Scrappy.
    • For a portion of the fanbase Heather was not very likable in Island, but that all changed in World Tour where she easily became one of the most beloved due to her actively going against Alejandro and proving that her skills as a villain have not decayed in the slightest by defeating him in the most vicious and unexpected way possible while still managing to Pet the Dog by doing things like giving Sierra a hat to hide her bald head with in "Planes, Trains, and Hot Air Mobiles" and comforting a heartbroken Courtney after Duncan's infidelity came to light in "Greece's Pieces".
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: In general, the romantic relationships among the cast end up getting a disproportionate amount of focus, at the expense of the other subplots and important friendships among the characters. This becomes far more noticeable after the episode count for each season was sliced in half, forcing the writers to cram a lot more into the episodes instead of being able to spread things out.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Trent is by far the most extreme case in many works, especially in Cody/Gwen and Duncan/Gwen fanfiction. His OCD and jealousy issues will be exaggerated to violent levels to justify any former love interest leaving him.
    • Courtney's Heel–Face Revolving Door nature will usually be ignored in favor of making her a one-dimensional Control Freak with a Hair-Trigger Temper.
    • Sierra's Character Development and decision to stop harassing Cody is often ignored in favor of having her act just as violent and creepy as her early World Tour persona, which wasn't helped by her actually sliding back into it in All-Stars. Her newly forged friendship with Cody will often be tossed aside as well, even when there's no real reason for it not to exist.
    • Duncan's a pretty nuanced Anti-Hero (with emphasis on the anti) but his negative traits get even more exaggerated in fanwork and his penchant for petty crimes is sometimes elevated to federal ones — ignoring the fact that the only time he did something truly criminal, he got sent to jail for it.
    • Sky is also a good example of this in the debate over who ruined Dave/Sky completely ignoring how much of a clingy, Entitled Bastard Dave was to her. Likewise, there are many fans who exaggerate her competitiveness and consider her a heartless monster just because she's a Guile Hero who in one instance used Dave's feelings for her to her advantage.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Due to the nature of the show, villains can win without any major consequences on the heroes. As a result, some fans will root for an antagonist, due to loving them and wanting to see what they will do next.
    • The most prominent example is Heather who has one of the largest fanbases on the show.
    • This was also the case in All-Stars due to the season's protagonists, Mike and Zoey, being despised and many of the villains (barring Mal) became the more favorable option.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Many of the post-Island writers have fallen victim to this, but Terry McGurrin and Ed MacDonald were hit the hardest by this in All-Stars and Pahkitew Island. They have written what are deemed six of the worst episodes of all time ("Sundae Muddy Sundae", "The Bold and the Booty-ful", "The Final Wreck-ening", "Hurl and Go Seek", "Lies, Cries, and One Big Prize"). It doesn't help that Ed didn't bother familiarizing himself with any of the past seasons before he joined, while Terry has been noted for his trademark writing style of "dumbing down" a character in their elimination episode.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Ezekiel was a Base-Breaking Character when he was a human, but after his feral transformation in World Tour he is now almost universally hated.
    • Staci among the new cast, but seeing as she was a Flat Character who got eliminated in the first episode, this was probably an Intended Audience Reaction to avoid the last-place contestant becoming an Ensemble Darkhorse.
    • While originally a Base-Breaking Character, Zoey was elevated/demoted to this by the time All-Stars finished airing. The reasons?
      • Despite the writers acting as though her post-merge immunity run was caused by her Taking a Level in Badass, in actuality it was mainly due to Mal tampering with the challenges, making her victories seem hollow and unfair.
      • The subplot of her figuring out Mal's identity drags on for an entire season, making her seem like she's Too Dumb to Live and resulting in Arc Fatigue. note 
      • Despite having been in nearly every Revenge and All-Stars episode she gets virtually no Character Development (save for her Commando phase), and still remains exceptionally bland.
    • Sam in All-Stars, by being underused. The writers didn't do anything interesting with him, save for getting a poorly done Snap Back when he helped win a challenge, making him a very Flat Character whose only defining traits from the last season (video game obsession and having a crush on Dakota) are very underplayed. Instead, he becomes Chew Toy fodder. And even worse, his inclusion meant more popular and noticeably more heroic Revenge alumni Dawn and Brick would not be included in the cast.
    • Mike is an even worse case. While he was formerly a Base-Breaking Character, nowadays most of the fan-base (aside from a small minority) hold an unanimously negative view of him. While Mike fans still exist, nearly everyone finds his comedic portrayal of multiple personality disorder to be in bad taste, and then there's the "reset button" in the All-Stars finale.
    • Sugar from Pahkitew Island. In addition to being an obvious teenaged Expy of Honey Boo Boo and Mama June, wildly considered a poor man's reality show, she's also a Distaff Counterpart to Owen, who already wasn't the most popular character to the Periphery Demographic, except without his redeeming Nice Guy qualities and as a full-blown Jerkass. She's also responsible for a lot of the infamous moments in that season, including her petty hatred of Ella which ultimately culminated into selling her out to Chris for singing, making it all the way to 3rd place through a very poorly-written contrivance that resulted in her getting Jasmine eliminated, and finally being so much of a Karma Houdini that she gives Duncan a run for his money as she is eliminated due to her own stupidity and lack of talent while also suffering no punishment for any of her actions. It's pretty bad when many fans are hoping that a semi-finalist is retired after only one season.
    • Dave, who was already a Base-Breaking Character before the season started. Following the severe and record breaking blows to his character like taking a level in jerkass, his Dogged Nice Guy schtick veering downward, and his Sanity Slippage in "Hurl and Go Seek" and the finale, he has now become one of the most unpopular characters in the series.
    • Leonard. Who was easily Pahkitew Island's least popular character, with his mental state being severely off the rails, an annoying wizard-gimmick, and the fact he's viewed as being offensive to real-life LARPers. Being the fourth and final returnee in The Ridonculous Race did nothing to rescue him with Word of God confirming that he was brought back simply to replace a magician character and save money on production. While he may not have the biggest hatedom in the third generation cast, he has overall the least amount of fans to balance out the hate.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Many fans feel that Action was very poor compared to the previous season. Izzy gets grating after a few episodes, fan faves Gwen and Trent are broken up (doesn't help that it was a result of the producers wanting to make the idea of dating realistic for kids who normally date more than once but ended up falling under a double edged sword) and eliminated early, Owen leaves and comes back later despite becoming The Load, and much of the rest of the cast is very unlikable, particularly Chris, whose jerkassery reaches exasperating levels.
    • Many claimed that All-Stars was even worse than Action. It started off rather promising, with the introduction of Mal and the Character Rerailment of certain campers, not to mention the opportunity to have new and old characters interact. Unfortunately, most of these promises were either wasted or poorly delivered. Mal went from a villain who did things solely For the Evulz to a rather Anti-Climax Boss who was literally defeated at the push of a button, Courtney's re-railment was botched in one episode, reverting her back to her Action-self and rendering the plot of Gwen trying to reestablish her friendship with her (which took up more than half the season and was her only reason for returning) completely pointless, and certain characters were given the Idiot Ball in order to justify their eliminations. The finale was definitely the low point for many though. Unlike the previous finales, only four of the past contestants participated because the rest were all trapped inside gas filled balloons that were sent flying off into the sky, and the final line-up had what many consider to be a very obvious outcome and winner. Add in Mal's simple defeat, Mike curing himself of his MPD in an insultingly easy manner, and Camp Wawanakwa actually sinking and you have a series that left the fanbase broken in more ways than one. The overall reception proved so negative that Fresh TV came forth to request fan feedback on the season to try and figure out what went wrong and try to use it to help with the development of Season 6.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Amy's line to Samey of "Topher thinks you're fat" in "A Blast from the Past" Has led a fair share of the fanbase to believe Samey has a crush on Topher.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • Duncan/Courtney vs. Duncan/Gwen.
    • Duncan/Gwen vs. Trent/Gwen as well, with Duncan/Courtney fans typically tag-teaming with Trent/Gwen fans.
    • Scott/Courtney vs Scott/Dawn.
    • Mike/Zoey vs. Duncan/Zoey.
  • So Ok Its Average:
    • Despite their Seasonal Rot entries, this is the general response to Action (though many say this is its main problem and that it only fits under this trope when compared to All-Stars) and Revenge of the Island.
    • Pahkitew Island is this for the fans who didn't hate it for being on-par with All-Stars but also didn't love it or think that it managed to save the franchise.
  • Sophomore Slump: This was the general opinion of Action, for many of the likable characters either not competing or being eliminated early, large Flanderization, and Owen's favoritism being made more blatant, among other issues that made people see it as a step down from Island. While World Tour is a bit contested, the consensus is that it and Island are both better than Action. Especially since World Tour actually fixes most of the flaws by toning down on the Flanderization, rescusing Owen from the Scrappy heap, and giving far more spotlight on the liked characters who were shafted screentime-wise in Action.
  • Squick:
    • The scene in "The Chefshank Redemption" where Lindsay threw up on Gwen. Dis-gus-TING.
    • The scene from "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better" where Owen pees while swimming near Cody, Cody's mortification is completely understandable.
    • "Brunch of Disgustingness". Particular scenes are Trent vomiting in the confessional after eating the Worm Spaghetti and Leshawna throwing up an alive cockroach after the challenge.
    • Owen throws up the raw sausages he had ingested and later on the plane eats them again; Noah catches on quickly while Heather tries not to puke.
    • The mosquito that bit Sam's head and gained an incredibly distended belly in "Evil Dread".
    • A good amount of the dares in "I Triple Dog Dare You!", especially the one in which Gwen had to drink fruit punch from the communal toilet.
    • Courtney stuffing a used diaper in Duncan's mouth in "Million Dollar Babies".
    • A bird puking on Courtney's sundae in "Sundae Muddy Sundae" which she is then told she has to eat.
    • Sasquatchanakwa using the Flush of Shame toilet as, well, a toilet. It's so disgusting that even Chris objects.
      Chris: Seriously bro, we put PEOPLE in there!
    • Gwen using a bear's fecal matter to repair a portrait of Chris in "The Bold and the Booty-ful", which made Chris barf all over it.
    • Sugar has at least one of these in pretty much every episode she appears in. Special mention goes to eating a glow slug in "This Is The Pits!"
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • This was probably what Scott's Chew Toy status in All-Stars was intended to be, but because he had taken a level in kindness and become a lot more sympathetic, many fans were not amused.
    • While the intention behind Cameron's treatment throughout "Zeek and Ye Shall Find", note , seemed to be an attempt to make people feel sorry for him, but ironically many have treated this episode as a Take That, Scrappy! moment for him, due to the huge dislike for Cameron, and ended up enjoying the episode for this very reason.
    • Courtney's Humiliation Conga that led to her elimination (Gwen dropping her as a friend and alliance partner, Scott dumping her, a bird puking on her ice cream sundae which she was then forced to eat, sharks barfing on her making her cry, etc.) seemed to be this. What the staff failed to understand is that fans didn't want Courtney given a Take That for Action, they wanted her Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
    • Katie and Sadie ("The Sweet Girl" and "The Sweet Girl's Friend" respectively).
    • Under the influence of the blue harvest moon, Heather becomes doe-eyed and starts talking in baby talk. She acts so sweet, it's downright scary. Though it was just a prank.
    • Gwen and Courtney's rekindled friendship in All-Stars. They're so sweet, they may give Katie and Sadie a run for their money.
    • In-universe with the finale of All-Stars. Heather and Alejandro, having finally become a couple, acted like Sickeningly Sweethearts for the majority of the episode, and when Mal was finally defeated, there were three consecutive kisses, on the lips for the couples and on the cheek for friends Gwen and Cameron. It angered Chris so much that he did an Ass Pull, changing the rules just to get everybody to stop.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Fans were not happy about the contestant line-up in Revenge of the Island.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Due to the nature of the show, this tends to be a common fan reaction toward characters who are voted off too early, way before they could get any real development.
    • Eva is probably the biggest source of a wasted character, as she was introduced with a lot of potential for Character Development in that she had joined the show to work on her Hair-Trigger Temper and learn how to work with others so that she could actually become a leader in her daily life. Worse, even when she's elected to return she completely forgets about this goal in favor of attempting to enact revenge on Bridgette, despite the fact forcing herself to learn to work with someone she hates (even if she failed) would have still been a great step in development towards her goals. And of course there's the fact after Island she's never brought back into the competition again... A good example of how Eva's character was wasted was through the World Tour Aftermaths. After appearing as the angry reporter in the first Aftermath, she quickly became Out of Focus as the show focused on the feud between Bridgette/Geoff and Blaineley.
    • The most prominent examples of this being Ezekiel, Noah (mostly in Island), and Dawn. Although Ezekiel arguably got more development than he bargained for later in World Tour, and Noah was finally given a chance to expand his character in The Ridonculous Race.
    • Tyler. He's set up as Lindsay's Love Interest and seems to almost be a major character in Island, only to be thrown out seven episodes in for something he was no guiltier of than several people more directly responsible for his team's loss. Then, come World Tour, his relationship with Lindsay goes from his most prominent characteristic to just another one of many of an extremely fleshed-out Lovable Jock as he pretty much unwittingly becomes a Bumbling Sidekick to Alejandro, even seeming to gain an Odd Friendship with him... Only for him to be thrown out two episodes after Duncan's much-reviled return, with the aforementioned inheriting his and Noah's respective alliance and distrust of the Arch-Villain.
    • Both Justin and Lindsay were set to take a level in badass in Action and step up their game to show they weren't as dumb as they appeared to be ... until the writing staff seemed to suddenly have them remember they actually were as dumb as they appeared to be and nixed any possible development in this direction by having them revert back to their pre-Action characterizations (and in Lindsay's case, have her become more dumber with each passing season).
    • Sierra, all the way. When Sierra was introduced to the show, she was billed as being a Super Fan, knowing everything about the contestants and running 16 different websites about the show. Barring the leg up she would have competition-wise with intimate knowledge of how the show works and what curve balls might be thrown her way, it would've been incredibly funny and intriguing to learn new facts about characters as Sierra gushed over each one, as well as use said information to her advantage in challenges, stroking egos or otherwise using emotional manipulation. She could have become an unwitting pawn to Heather or Alejandro, blabbing crucial personal information about each contestant to help them win, only to have Sierra catch on and use dirt on them to defeat them. Instead, the show delivered a ridiculous caricature of a fan girl, already Flanderized before she even started, exclusively obsessed with Cody (and Chris to a lesser degree), who was already set up to receive more in-universe recognition without attention from Sierra. Her interactions with other characters, and lines in general, were about how cute Cody is and her insightful knowledge of how the show works was eventually forgotten halfway through World Tour to fixate solely on her Cody obsession. All-Stars could have been even better with her involvement had they taken this route, as it would show her off her game with new contestants that she's had less time to study, and previous competitors who know not to trust her as easily. Instead we get her being The Load, being separated from Cody reducing her to being out of touch with reality and seeing everyone as Cody. Sierra had potential to make her role a great one, but the writers fumbled and made her arguably one of the more irritating characters.
    • B, Brick, and Anne Maria from Revenge of the Island also deserve special mention, especially since they only appeared in one season like Eva and Dawn. Brick and Anne Maria were considered for All-Stars, but rejected in favor of Sam and Gwen respectively
    • Dakota is also from Revenge of the Island but is worthy of her own entry due to not only appearing in one season, but also her much reviled transformation into Dakotazoid ultimately putting the kibosh on any development that she received throughout the season. Not helped is Word of God deciding that just like with what happened to Ezekiel in World Tour, her transformation is irreversible.
    • Sam can be considered for this in All-Stars since some believed he would have a prominent role in the season due to having the least amount of screen time of any of the other contestants. Instead he suffered a cruel, teasing, and Idiot Ball holding elimination on the fourth episode, and he never did anything of any significance in his short time on this season. And this after they threw out Brick to let him in!
    • Despite many people finding her to be a Canon Sue fans actually feel like Zoey's character was a waste of potential due to her trait of I Just Want to Have Friends and Hipster stereotype being forgotten within the first few episodes of her introductory season in favor of a love triangle between her Mike and Anne Maria.
    • Speaking of Mike, most of his personalities were arguably more interesting characters than him, namely Mal, Vito, and Manitoba Smith and could have easily been their own characters. However, they are reset button'd away, so even if Mike returns, we're probably not seeing them again without one hell of a Snap Back.
    • Scarlett. It was very obvious by the end of "Scarlett Fever" that there was no way she could ever be used again after she revealed her true colors by attempting to blow up the island after Chris refused to give her the million dollars. This disappointed many fans who considered her to be possibly the show's best villain. Though Word of God has implied there is a possibility they could have her return.
    • There are a fair few who thought Amy could've easily been a meaner, crueler Heather. Yet she was only lasted for 3 episodes before being eliminated, while mostly being a Satellite Character for Samey and only served as a plot device for her supposed Character Development.
    • Some believe that Dave would've worked much better as an actual Only Sane Man instead of having him go through his Sanity Slippage and a rare example of a character being Flanderized and/or derailed within their debut season all for the sake of a weak subversion of the couples trope.
    • Despite being easily one of the most popular characters from Pahkitew Island, some felt that the show focused too much on Jasmine's relationship with Shawn (which for these people felt like they became a couple purely for the sake of having at least one successful one that season) and not enough on her leadership skills thus making her feel more a little like a plot device and slightly weakening her appeal.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Examples from Island:
      • Sadie becoming her own person after Katie was eliminated. Her budding friendship with Lindsay was also left fairly unexplored as well as her Ship Tease with Harold (which was mainly seen in the background).
      • Tyler's relationship with Lindsay and Heather's disapproval of it.
      • Eva's return to the show only to get kicked out in the same episode she came back.
      • Owen trying to get back on Izzy's good side after pushing her into a serial killer to save his own hide.
      • The Guys Alliance.
      • At the end of "That's Off the Chain!", Gwen swore that they would get revenge on Heather for how she treated Lindsay by eliminating her the first chance they got. Cut to two episodes later where they have that perfect chance in "Wawanakwa Gone Wild!", instead of Heather being voted off it's Izzy that's booted because... Reasons.
      • Duncan's alliance with Heather near the end of the season.
      • The revelation in "Total Drama Drama Drama Drama Island" that the island is actually fake.
    • Examples from Action:
      • An alliance between Heather and Harold that began during the Island's special only to be completely abandoned halfway into this season.
      • Justin being the Big Bad. Word of God has confirmed that this was an intentional choice because they realized he wasn't cut out for being a villain.
    • Examples from World Tour:
      • Ezekiel returning to the show. Doesn't stop the writers from shoving the possibility in our faces multiple times. What's really irritating is that in one episode Chris stated that Zeke failed in his chance to return, only to allow Spotlight-Stealing Squad Duncan to return instead, in the process stealing the core aspects of Noah and Tyler's dynamics with Alejandro!
      • Tyler was the first person (other than possibly Heather) to dislike Alejandro due to his flirting with Lindsay. Come next episode where they are getting along just fine and then halfway through the season where for some strange reason Alejandro randomly has Tyler's complete loyalty! In fact, Tyler has been the king of these types of plots ever since the very first season.
      • Heather swearing revenge on Team Amazon for their failed attempt to vote her off in "The Am-AH-Zon Race". It is literally never mentioned again after that episode.
      • DJ becoming a team of one.
      • Izzy becoming Brainzilla. She was apparently taken in by the army when she was "eliminated" but she's back in the Aftermath studio by next episode.
      • Noah's suspicions of Alejandro. Naturally this role is given to the already much too exposed Duncan following Noah's departure.
      • The increased focus on several of the early boots in Island (particularly Noah and Tyler).
      • Courtney and Gwen's newfound friendship.
      • Sierra being such an uber-fan of the show that she uses her knowledge of it to her advantage. This completely disappears halfway into the season to make her focus purely on her obsession over Cody.
      • The possible relationship between Owen and Blaineley.
    • Examples from Revenge of the Island:
    • Examples from All-Stars:
      • Chris's prank used to fool the Villainous Vultures into thinking Ezekiel would be on their team. It's obvious that Zeke would not be competing, but imagine if he was on the Villains side, even if for only one episode.
      • The Villainous Vultures being the first team ever to have a robot.
      • Sam competing, especially in that before the season started, he had the least amount of screen time out of all the contestants.
      • Duncan trying to get Courtney's attention again. This is completely abandoned after Gwen breaks up with him in "Moon Madness".
      • Lightning and Jo's alliance.
      • Duncan's possible friendships with Jo and Scott.
      • Heather and Jo's rivalry
      • It would've been the perfect opportunity to show a saner, non-stalker Sierra, but NO ... they went overboard with it stretching her sanity even further and became even more crazily obsessed with Cameron than she ever was with Cody.
      • The alliance between Mal and Alejandro. It gets proposed, but is immediately thrown out in the next episode.
      • Chris declaring anyone who reached the prize could win in the finale as opposed to it only being eligible for the final two, ultimately it led no where and it still came down to Zoey or Mike who won, with the difference between their endings being about a 2 second clip of the loser happily congratulating the winner.
    • Examples from Pahkitew Island:
      • Jasmine and Samey's friendship. It basically gets thrown away as soon as the latter is eliminated almost as if it never even happened.
      • Samey trying to be her own person
      • Ella having a crush on Dave
      • Scarlett being the only one (aside from Jasmine) to know that Samey was pretending to be Amy in her last two episodes before being eliminated.
      • Some thought that "This is the Pits!" would've been a good opportunity to eliminate Sugar (especially after getting Ella eliminated in the previous episode), but instead the episode wastes itself by being a random non-elimination round with a team switch that was only in effect for one episode before the merge rendered it pointless.
      • Scarlett being the true villain of Pahkitew Island because the very episode where she takes over is the same one she gets eliminated in (along with Max).
  • Tough Act to Follow: None of the later seasons have matched the first season's ratings or critical acclaim.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • While Beth is not the most physically attractive female contestant, her kind and endearing personality gives her a certain adorableness.
    • Dakota finds the mutant squirrel to be cute, wanting one as a pet. At least until it tried to kill her with its Eye Beams.
    • Feral Zeke.
    • Dakota herself could be considered this as of "The Treasure Island of Dr. McLean".
    • Max. Especially when he's cooing at babies.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • Ezekiel in World Tour. He was kicked out first and turned into a Gollum-like creature, which has been his form for three seasons now.
    • Heather in World Tour. Despite being willing to be a team player, she is treated like she is plotting against the others. Especially evident when Heather tried to warn Leshawna about Alejandro and Leshawna attacked her.
    • Anne Maria to the older fans. She was supposed to be the Hate Sink because of getting in the way of Mike and Zoey's relationship. However, because of having a distinct personality and interactions with others, many of them preferred her to Zoey. Especially when Zoey became the Spotlight-Stealing Squad in All-Stars and both became scrappies.
    • Scott in All-Stars. The constant abuse he suffered despite not being an active antagonist came off as unwarranted and unfair, his stories about how poor his family is seemed more depressing than humorous, and his PTSD fear of sharks being played for laughs was widely considered distasteful.
    • Courtney in both World Tour and All-Stars. For all the unpopularity she received for her raging against Gwen following her kiss with Duncan, there are still those who felt for her for having been betrayed by the two people closest to her at the time, and for when she openly cried after this discovery. Astoundingly enough, this also was for many the reaction towards her downfall in All-Stars, where some felt that her punishment exceeded what she deserved for her sudden Heel–Face Turn; the fact that it came on the cusp of a season-long arc that saw her briefly reconcile with Gwen and enter a new relationship with Scott incensed many among a thoroughly broken base.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • The remaining members of the Killer Grips in "The Chefshank Redemption" (Justin, Beth, Owen, Lindsay and by technicality Izzy who returns in this episode) . As already mentioned, them forcing blackmail upon a completely innocent person for something that they didn't have any knowledge or part of (Gwen because of how Trent kept throwing challenges for his team in order to keep her safe) ultimately paints them in a pretty negative light in spite of how the show portrays them as the ones who are right. The fact that they score their first of three wins of the season as a result of this doesn't do them much favors either.
    • Cody in World Tour. We are supposed to feel sorry for him because Sierra is obsessing over him and barging in on his personal space and sympathize with him whenever he pushes her away. However, this instead makes him look like a complete hypocrite because of how by this point in the series he became a Gwensexual and was basically treating her the same way he was being treated by Sierra. There's also the fact that his spot in the semi-finals felt undeserved since he did nothing worthy all season and was essentially carried (both figuratively and literally) to that point by Sierra. Without her, he would have been eliminated as early as he was in Island.
    • Mike. We're supposed to feel for him because his MPD making it for him to get the girl he actually wants. However, because of the portrayal of said MPD is viewed as insulting to people with real with problems. Not to mention the fact he never tells anyone about his MPD and most find out on their own. This hurt Zoey and would have hurt Anne Maria as well, not that we see.
    • Cameron is this to some in Revenge of the Island. There's his fascination with other people's conditions, like Mike's MPD or Dakota's mutations, which comes off as selfish (especially with the former where he'd purposefully trigger Mike's personalities for the sake of completing the challenges). The fact many think he didn't deserve to make it far with how pathetically weak he is, with yet another tedious underdog plot. There's also a camp which think Cameron was at his worst in "The Enchanted Franken-Forest" due to Zoey constantly saving his life from the dangers, yet he still has trouble believing they are on the same side. All-Stars didn't do much to help him either, due to Cameron getting hit by the Idiot Ball, and failing to notice anything off about Mike until it is much too late. His status as an Elimination Houdini, where he evaded elimination several times only added more fuel to the fire.
    • Dave does little to nothing to help his team out and instead spends most of his time creeping on Sky or whining about getting dirty. When Sky rejects him in "Hurl and Go Seek!" it's supposed to be a sad moment, but most viewers felt the rejection was justified and that Dave was being Wangsty. And when he votes himself off, it's solely because he was rejected by Sky, and we're still supposed to sympathize with him the whole time. However, it may not have been as unintentional as expected, considering his actions in the finale.
    • Shawn could be viewed as this due to his entire character revolving around a rather annoying gimmick, as well as being partially at fault for ruining his relationship with Jasmine, and being extremely reluctant to split the million dollars with her. Though some do feel for him since his dream for a zombie bunker is kind of his life goal, and he did end up seeing the light eventually by voluntarily agreeing to split the money with her, due to being weighed down by his own guilt.
    • Sky also falls into this boat due to how harshly she treats Dave late in the season. Granted she never wanted a relationship to begin with, but many thought her actions that resulted in shattering Dave were really uncalled for.
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Heather is a perfect example, she was the most hated character in-universe (until Alejandro showed up), but is a fan favorite and has one of the largest fan bases out of every character in the show.
    • Cody during Island, who was disliked by most of the girls in-universe, but was an Ensemble Darkhorse in the fanbase. In World Tour this gets reversed where he's a favorite in-universe, but becomes a Base-Breaking Character out-universe.
    • Harold is fairly popular in the fan base, but was deemed a loser and Butt-Monkey in the series. Though much like Cody he becomes more liked in-universe as the series progresses.
    • Courtney, in a sense. She's very unpopular with most of the other contestants because of her bossiness. However in real life, while she's currently a Base-Breaking Character, she has one of the largest and most vocal fanbases.
    • Noah is not very liked in the first season of the show, due to his condescending, sarcastic know-it-all, slacker nature (though he Took a Level in Badass and got some Character Development for the season 1 special, continuing into World Tour), but among the fanbase he's an Ensemble Darkhorse for the very same reasons.
    • Scott in All-Stars. His Iron Butt Monkey status and increased stupidity has earned him a lot of fans from his very large hate base.
    • Scarlett is probably universally disliked in the show after the events of "Scarlett Fever", but she gained a lot of fans both before and after that incident in real life.
    • Max is another perfect example, as he's arguably the most hated character since Heather, yet has quite a sizable fan base (despite being a Base-Breaking Character).
  • Vindicated by History: Besides All-Stars and Island, many of the seasons are much better-regarded after they're finished airing, while enduring mass influx of They Changed It, Now It Sucks before it ended. Revenge probably has the most jarring differences in pre and post-airing popularity, with almost every newcomer except Mike, Zoey, and Staci being better-received now than before.
  • Wangst: Dave's default mood.
  • What an Idiot: Has its own page.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Has caused a huge Periphery Demographic among older teens and adults. Contains truckloads of comic violence, pixellated nudity shots, and constant Getting Crap Past the Radar. For ages 8-12.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?:
    • In "The Treasure Island of Dr. McLean", after Dakota gets a radiation overexposure, she ends up mutating into a gigantic monster, with spiky green hair, orange skin, red eyes, shoulder blades, a tail, and Hulk Speak.
    • In "The Final Wreck-ening", all of the eliminated contestants are suspended in giant balloons filled with farts, before the wind blows all of them into the sun. Also at the end of the episode, the entire island itself ends up sinking, because a few trenches were dug into it (although said trenches were made using hydraulic fracturing).
  • Why Would Anyone Take Her Back: How fans reacted to Duncan getting back together with Courtney at the end of Action.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • World Tour managed to bring new life to the series, to some.
    • Pahkitew Island, the second half of Season 5, is probably what kept most of the fan base from abandoning the series altogether after what happened in All-Stars.
  • The Woobie: Has its own page now.

Alternative Title(s): Total Drama Island

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