These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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.
Some fans have abandoned the Zoey/Mike ship after the reveal of Mike's evil personality Mal in All-Stars due to fearing for Zoey's safety, and of course the Unfortunate Implications that Mike's disorder have caused.
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.
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.
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?
Courtney - 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?
Mal, who was literally defeated at the push of a button.
Scarlett as well, 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.
Another 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.
Duncan's status as a Bad Ass 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.
Gwen was also a victim of this. In Island, she was a strong and viable contender who won several challenges and even single handedly defeated a real psycho killer. After that, her competitive edge wore down as the writers instead decided to use her as a source of 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.
Duncan might be the most controversial character of them all. Many feel that he is a Jerkass who doesn't get nearly enough karma for all that he has done (such as cheating on Courtney and bullying other contestants constantly), but others appreciate all the things he causes to happen on the show. In addition, his high amount of screentime (second only to Heather) causes some people to feel that he has been overused and is beginning to get a bit redundant in regards to his plots, but there are others who feel he has developed significantly due to it.
Courtney. Some find her to be a relateable 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.
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. 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.
Sierra. Some people find her stalker-like tendencies funny, but others find her annoying for that exact reason.
Owen. On 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.
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.
Lightning also has gotten mixed reception. Part of the fandom hates him for being an obnoxious Jerk Jock and were annoyed how he just drifted himself through the season while acting like an idiot throughout, while the other half finds him to be one of the most hilarious characters in the show, and rivaling that of Lindsay's humor.
Mal is one of the show's most controversial antagonists and has a very mixed reception, despite Mike gaining TheScrappy 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 a Villain Sue and fumbled all the way to the finales due to everyone else being dumbed down.
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.
Max. People either find his Big Bad Wannabe antics oddly endearing and find him to be one of the funniest characters of the season, or incredibly obnoxious on top of overstaying his welcome far too long.
Scarlett's run as a one-episode-antagonist has received both praise and criticism. She is regarded as either the best or the worst villain of all time.
Surprisingly enough, Sugar. One part of the fandom hated her and everything she did from start to finish, while the other part enjoyed her presence and considered her the main source of humor in Pahkitew Island.
Dave. Some feel that his characterization was interesting and that his behavior towards Sky was a result of her being his first love; others found him creepy or were annoyed by his tendency to get upset or frustrated over minor setbacks.
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 debated.
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:
The debate of whether or not Alejandro was improved as a character in All-Stars or got worse by taking his Villain Sue trait up to 11, making him even more unbelievable as a villain than in World Tour.
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, or Scarlett?
Alternatively, is Mal the greatest or worst villain ever?
The conflict between Sky and Dave in the finale of Pahkitew Island. Was it good because it was unique and different or terrible because it was yet another example of the series shooting itself in the foot for the sake of needless drama?
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 Chris can't tell them apart at the elimination ceremony even though he could in the first episode as well as five seconds before and her teammates saw Samey without her fake mole as Amy was eliminated yet still buy that Samey is pretending to be her (excluding Jasmine who was the only one in on it and Scarlett who thought that everyone knew) 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 Chris definitely knew 'Amy' was Samey by the following episode and aside from Jasmine Samey's team was full of self absorbed Jerkass types (Topher and Max) and ditzes (Max again and Rodney).
Was "Scarlett Fever" the greatest or worst episode of all time?
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 suceeded in easing this debate.
Which of the newer casts is better? The Revenge of the Island ones or the Pahkitew Island ones? note It seems the general consensus is: Pahkitew Island had weirder stereotypes which were executed well, while Revenge of the Island had better stereotypes which were executed poorly.
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?
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 Breaker. 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.
Crowning Music of Awesome: 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.
Crosses the Line Twice: Where most of its humor comes from. A prime example is when Chris fires a gun in the air and ends up killing a bald eagle.
Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: With the increasing focus on showcasing the negative sides of the cast, and the returns of characters that the fans wish would not return (and shall remain nameless), this hits hard.
Some fans believe Gwen and Duncan are this while others believe Courtney is instead.
Zoey in Revenge of the Island, especially during the pre-merge Love Triangle against Anne Maria. She's just as whiny and clingy as Anne Maria is (possibly even more so) but since she's the girl who Mike ends up with, the audience is supposed to side with her.
Sierra in All-Stars. While she is a nice person overall, her obsession with Cody and the rest of the cast makes her seem ill-suited to the title of "hero".
Gwen in All-Stars. We are suppose to feel bad for her for not being able to get her friendship back with Courtney. But she does nothing but whine and cry about it and was too obsessed. Also the thing with Duncan asking about Courtney was a tacked on excuse for her to break up with him. And he was nothing but nice to her so it just makes her look like a jerk. Worse of all, after Gwen makes it up with Courtney, Courtney betrays Gwen. Gwen completely does 90 degree turn. Now hates Courtney, humiliates her and forces her to vote herself off. It was understandable, as Courtney had it coming, but Gwen doesn't feel bad and miss Courtney when she leaves. So it was basically Gwen spending her whole time obsessive over Courtney until the end. And Gwen acts as if it never existed after that.
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.
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.
Lightning in Revenge of the Island, to a degree. Sure, he's a braggart and a bit of a self-centered Jerkass, but he's not evil by any stretch, regardless of being pushed as such in the last few episodes of the season. And his father bet five championship rings on him winning, so it's reasonable that he'd be a bit victory-minded. Despite this, he even makes efforts to warn Cameron about Jo, and ultimately sides with him to remove her from the competition. His moment of Took a Level in Jerkass? Cameron lying and using him to win a challenge after he'd thought they'd had a strong alliance going! Then he's treated like such an awful person because, unlike Cameron in his ending, he keeps his hard-earned prize money.
Alejandro for Duncan/Courtney, Harold/Leshawna, Geoff/Bridgette, Tyler/Lindsay and Heather/anyone else. Never mind the fact that Alejandro was just using the first four female examples, Leshawna, Bridgette and Courtney got over him, and he only had genuine feelings for Heather.
Sierra for Cody/anyone else.
Beth made a lot of enemies for kissing Cody in "Paintball Deer Hunter", although their lack of interaction and the introduction of Sierra in season three eventually caused the hate to die down.
Leshawna for Harold/Heather.
Owen for Izzy/anyone else.
Geoff for Bridgette/anyone else.
Anne Maria for Mike/Zoey. Particularly bizarre in that the show makes it clear that she isn't interested in Mike and only has feelings for Vito, one of Mike's other personalities.
Scott for Duncan/Courtney.
Cameron for Sierra/Cody (or the reverse).
Mike for Zoey/Duncan and Zoey/Mal.
Rodney for Jasmine/Shawn and Max/Scarlett. Never mind the fact that neither girls are even interested in him.
Courtney and Gwen have become both this trope andRon 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.
Scott's karma at the end of Revenge of the Island and his PTSD fear of sharks in All-Stars.
All the abuse Blaineley suffered while helpless in a full body cast.
The portrayal of Trent's sudden OCD in Action and how at times it is played for laughs.
Ezekiel being reduced to a feral maniac very randomly in World Tour in an obvious homage to Gollum and keeping him going as a running gag at the cost of his personality and humanity.
Nearly everything in the final three episodes of All-Stars has been hit with this in one way or another.
Mike's Multiple Personality Disorder, which is largely played for laughs and as the sole obstacle in his relationship with Zoey. Not to mention the very presence of Mal and arguably more infamously, the reset button in Mike's mind.
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!
And of course: "Dear Mom and Dad, I'm doing fine..."
Elimination Houdini: Thanks to Chris gleefully indulging in Screw the Rules, I Make Them!, this is the only reality show that will openly admit to keeping characters on for drama through the most ridiculous plot conveniences and only sending characters home when Chris wants them to go.
The most extreme example would be Izzy, who is actually brought back into the competition after being eliminated, twice in two different seasons.
Courtney has pulled this trope off more than anyone else, especially in Action, where she would have been immediately voted out if she wasn't using her lawyers to cheat the show and getting to win every challenge. Ironically, her first elimination in Island was one of the most unfair in the entire series and thus an inversion of this trope.
Heather also does this numerous times in the first season, often avoiding elimination by either winning invincibility or somehow manipulating someone else into being sent home.
Owen is often seen as this, staying on the show simply for not having any enemies, despite often contributing nothing to his team.
Duncan in World Tour. In "Greece's Pieces", when he got the most votes against him, Chris "eliminates" an intern instead of him, stating that he is keeping Duncan around for the drama. He was also notorious in Action for being in the bottom two a lot after the merge.
Despite deliberately sabotaging his own team, Scott manages to outwit and outplay everyone up until the final four. Interestingly, Scott is this in All-Stars, as well; while he developed into a much more sympathetic character, he rarely did anything useful or strategic, and yet somehow ended up in the final three.
Cameron. While his lengthy time on Revenge of the Island was somewhat justified due to his Character Development, he evaded elimination a ridiculous amount of times in All-Stars (even Cameron himself thought it was strange).
In episode 6 of Pahkitew Island, Max is spared from elimination by Sugar selling Ella out to Chris for breaking her no singing promise during the challenge (even though it helped them win). He also unknowingly hindered all of Scarlett's plans to get rid of him prior to his actual elimination in episode 10. He may have sucked at being evil but he sure was good at sticking around (which gave the people who hated him more reasons to do so).
Noah is incredibly popular with the fandom despite being one of the most minor contestants in the series (he was booted off third in the first season, wasn't even a contestant in the second, and got kicked out half-way in the third). His status is lampshaded by Chris, who introduces him and Cody as "returning favorites" in the first episode of World Tour.
While he was reasonably popular beforehand, Tyler's presence in World Tour cemented him with almost similar levels of popularity to some of the other returning We Hardly Knew Ye types in that season.
Dawn's design was popular before Revenge of the Island even aired, and she's easily the most beloved second generation cast member (only rivaled by Brick), despite having very little screentime.
Brick is fairly well-liked by the fanbase, despite only competing for half a season.
Many thought Amy and Samey's subplot was far too short lived and wanted to see more of them.
Ella has had a similar reception to Dawn, especially after "Mo Monkey Mo Problems".
Beardo, of all characters, has a small but loyal fanbase, surely do to his being highly entertaining, and having a surprising amount of Hidden Depths for one episode of screentime.
"Billy" the intern, a blonde-haired character who appears frequently in Aftermath episodes, speaks only once, and doesn't even have a confirmed name.
"Emily," the flight attendant from the fourth aftermath of Action is quite popular.
Scruffy, Duncan's pet tarantula, also has this going for him.
The alien Cody from the Nevada episode, he even gained a nickname: Evil Alien Cody Clone, EACC for short.
Gwen's goth friends, Marilyn, Pixie Corpse, and Reaper, show up an awful lot in fan work.
Many fans don't like to acknowledge Action even if some of the events (Gwen & Trent's breakup and Geoff's brief derailment into being a Chris clone) are referenced in later seasons.
World Tour got hit by this by a lesser extent, for things like the early eliminations of fan favorites Bridgette & Noah, the introductions of Alejandro & Blaineley, and the love triangle between Duncan, Courtney, & Gwen.
You might have noticed the huge American fanbase the series has by now.
Beth was once 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 country voted for her ending (by 18-6).
Italians love the series so much that Pahkitew Island was aired in Italy before all other countries.
Alejandro, as a result of his talented-at-everything schtick. However, unlike Zoey he appears to be an intentional invokation of this trope, as his overly large skill set is constantly lampshaded and even mocked in-universe. He also doesn't win nearly as many challenges as Zoey does.
He Really Can Act: Cory Doran does a better job of voicing Mike in All-Stars, especially when he switches into Mal.
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 thisJersey 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 it's 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!
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.
In World Tour, Lindsay asks Tyler if his name is Dave. A few years later, an actual contestant named Dave appears.
Idiot Plot: Much of World Tour, especially the Courtney-Gwen conflict. 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.
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.
Duncan, seeing how much emotional and physical 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 his entire life and suffered multiple burn wounds in the World Tour finale.
By the show's standards, there is also Mal, Mike's fifth hidden personality who takes over as the main villain of the first half of Season 5 (All-Stars) and plays everyone (especially Mike's love interest, Zoey) for his own gain and will make alliances only to backstab them later on. He is the cause of almost everyone's eliminations after the merge and nobody (with the exception of Alejandro and later on Zoey) has a clue until it is too late for them.
The second half of Season 5 (Pahkitew Island) might top this with Scarlett. Because Chris wasn't willing to give her the million dollars, she was willing to try and blow up the island along with possibly killing everyone else that was still one it!
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).
Chris crossed this in Action where he only cared about the contestants surviving the flooding submarine challenge in "Masters of Disasters" and escape drowning only so that he could still get his paycheck and keep his "luxurious lifestyle"!
Blaineley crossed this when she kidnapped and sent Bridgette to Siberia to avoid a tour and take her place on the Aftermath.
Courtney crossed it when she said she'd have no problem sending Owen, DJ, Cody, and Tyler falling to their deaths just to win the million dollar briefcase in the Island special.
Alejandro crosses this when he nearly kills Cody in the tiebreaker challenge of "Hawaiian Punch".
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!".
Lightning crosses it when he lets the mutant plant named Larry eat Cameron and Zoey.
Mal crosses this several times as part of his character's 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".
Ezekiel crosses it in "Zeek and Ye Shall Find" by trying to kill Chris. Granted, Zeke has many a reason to hate the man, but it's obvious that the writers had wanted to show just how far he has fallen.
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 and then causing a tree to fall on Jasmine (while this particular feat wasn't intentional, Sugar gleefully taunting Jasmine before running ahead sure was). 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 by endangering both Sky and Shawn's well-being in order to win the money he and Jasmine were promised. To make matters worse, all he wanted the money for was to burn it in front of Sky to spite her.
Some people emphasize Bridgette's supposed Incorruptible Pure Pureness too much, believing she can do no wrong even though she has done wrong several times in the past.
Gwen and Courtney also have this problem. Some fans on different sides of the CxDxG conflict believe the girl they support is entirely blameless.
When she debuted in Revenge of the Island, Zoey appeared to have no flaws besides a self-perceived inability to make friends. All-Stars attempted to introduce some in the form of her being too trusting and by extension gullible, but the fanbase is divided on whether or not these flaws make her more of a dynamic character.
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 favoritesDawn, 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.
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: Courtney, Duncan, Gwen, Trent, and Sierra. Trent is by far the most extreme case in many works, especially in Cody/Gwen and Duncan/Gwen fanfiction.
Scapegoat Creator: Many of the post-Island writers have fallen victim to this but, but Ed MacDonald was hit the hardest by this in Total Drama: All Stars, where two of his three episodes (Moon Madness and Sundae Muddy Sundae) were considered to be some of the worst of the season.
While originally a Base Breaker, 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 To make matters worse, this is after she's warned by Cameron, Duncan, and Alejandro, who all realized that something wasn't right with Mike before she did.
Sam come 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 who's 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 Breaker, 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.
World Tour suffered from this as well due to repeating most of the problems that Action suffered from as well as creating of few of their own like the high number of plot lines in the 1st half of the season that are suddenly dropped in the later half (such as DJ's animal curse, Izzy's alter-ego Brainzilla, and Owen and Noah's growing friendship) and the infamous love triangle between Gwen, Courtney, and Duncan.
Revenge of the Island was hit with this as well, despite having an interesting premise (new characters, on a now radioactive Wawanawkwa). Most of the new contestants were considered bland at best (with the exceptions of Brick, Dawn and Dakota), it introduced The Scrappy Zoey, and the season being 13 episodes long instead of the usual 26 resulted in rushed storylines and meager character development.
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 Bosswho 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 (such as Heather and Gwen) 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.
Despite their Seasonal Rot entries, this is the general response of 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.
This is also the consensus for the people who don't either love or hate Pahkitew Island.
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 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 Just Didn't Care: You'd never believe that All-Stars had the least amount of writers (4) since it's the most inconsistent season to date and was full of plotholes and continuity errors. For example, this is the same season that reused Playa Des Losers and passed it off as Chris' Cottage with none of the characters who had been to it before remembering it.
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.
The most prominent examples of this being Ezekiel, Eva, Noah (mostly in Island), and Dawn.
B, Dakota, Staci, Brick, and Anne Maria also deserve special mention, especially since they only appeared in one season like Eva and Dawn. Staci has had less screentime than Ezekiel.
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.
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 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 ManitobaSmith 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 possibly the show's best villain.
In the eyes of many fans, Amy easily could've been a meaner, crueler Heather.
Dakotazoid, who gets eliminated in the very episode she "appears" in.
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 in All-Stars, especially in that, before the season started, he had the least amount of screen time out of all the contestants.
Lightning and Jo's alliance in All-Stars.
Duncan's possible friendship with Jo.
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.
There's really quite a staggering amount of things in All-Stars that never got a chance to go anywhere or develop. Heather and Jo's rivalry, a possible friendship between Duncan and Scott and Duncan trying to get Courtney's attention again to name a few.
The alliance between Mal and Alejandro. It gets proposed, but is immediately thrown out in the next episode.
Jasmine & Samey's friendship in Pahkitew Island. 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 true villain of Pahkitew Island because the very episode where she takes over is the same one she gets eliminated in (along with Max).
Duncan and Courtney, as well as Gwen and Trent, breaking up was an executive decision, because executives didn't want kids to think that all teenage love lasts forever. However, while Gwen and Trent talked out their problems and ultimately couldn't resolve them, Duncan and Courtney's final break-up was because of the former cheating on her for Gwen and Duncan isn't treated as badly in-universe as he would have been otherwise.
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, Leshawna attacked her.
Cody in World Tour. We are supposed to feel sorry for him because of the fact that 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 (if not sooner) as he was in Island.
Revenge of the Island and All-Stars have moments where the audience is supposed to feel sorry for Chris (such as when he was stuck in a septic tank, or when Duncan blew up his cottage) but these happen after most of the fanbase agreed he'd passed the Moral Event Horizon.
Courtney has had a lot of crap thrown at her, but several of her actions such as bullying Beth and Lindsay, suing her way into the contest, and cheating someone else out of it, her treatment of Gwen and Duncan even before the cheating scandal, plan to backstab Scott and Gwen, her extremely aggravating and controversial "me, me, me" attitude and of course, her threatening to send Owen, DJ, Cody, and Tyler to their deaths for the sake of a million dollars have caused her to become more and more hated over the years.
Mike and to a lesser extent Zoey as this fandom blog points out that its hard to sympathise with him when he causes easily avoidable problems.
Dave, in a manner very similar to Cody, 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.
Shawn could be viewed as this due to his entire character revolving around a rather annoying gimmick as well as secretly criticizing Jasmine's plan for the million dollars behind her back after telling her directly that her plan is a good one. Granted, he does promise to the split the money with her in his ending of the season, due to being weighed down by his own guilt.
Courtney in Action. All of a sudden, she wins her lawsuit and reveals that she can sing like an angel, cook poisonous fish, do mixed martial arts, wrestle a shark, play the guitar, handle a bunch of lawyers, put a go-kart together, figure out a clue that no one else was able to, make up a cool cheer on the spot, wrestle Duncan and win, win almost every single challenge after her debut, manipulate everybody so everything turns out in her favor, keep herself from being voted off and make Justin fall in love with her.
Alejandro, whose main gimmick is that he's better than everyone (other than his older brother José, that is).
Scott to a lesser extent, who threw away all his allies, by sabotaging every challenge, yet is able to easily talk his dumbass team into voting the next sucker off.
Geoff is lured away by Chef with the sound of an ice cream truck in the slasher episode. They're on a semi-deserted island. Unlike other examples, however, this is merely a gag.
In "Chinese Fake-Out", Duncan thinks he can try to get on Courtney's good side and try to get her in an alliance. This is the girl he cheated on and treats like dirt all throughout World Tour. Naturally, Courtney sends him face-first into a cake.
In All-Stars Jo seems to have forgotten that her near-sociopathic treatment of her teammates was what caused her elimination last time. She falls right back into her old habits, only this time is shocked to find that nobody is going to put up with it (but what do you expect on a team with Heather, Duncan and Gwen?) and her causing the team to lose the challenge by shooting one of their own teammates was the final nail in the coffin. The kicker? This was all in the span of three episodes.
In "You Regatta Be Kidding Me", Duncan decides to throw a challenge just to prove that he is still a bad boy. What was his plan? Blow up Chris' cottage on the other side of the island. Naturally, Chris eliminates him, and to add to this, he also calls the cops to escort him off the island and put him into "big boy" prison instead of just having him go through the Flush of Shame.
In "Twinning Isn't Everything", Amy, trying yet again to upstage her sister, essentially caused their team to lose the challenge because she fought over their final balloon with Jasmine and Samey, which results in the trio getting covered in paint. Even if they have missed Shawn and assuming he had no balloons left, Team Kinosewak could have won the challenge on a stalemate over Team Maskwak by having more unmarked team members (3 to 1).
In "Scarlett Fever" Scarlett might have turned out to be an evil genius, but did she really think she could blackmail Chris, a selfish sadist with no conscience, to pay her the million dollars as long as she only threatened the contestants' lives? She would have had to put Chris' own life in danger for that to work.