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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?
Most of the show's Final 2's are seen as this. The most notable examples being Duncan & Beth in Action, and Mike & Zoey in All-Stars.
For Pahkitew Island's finale, while pretty active throughout and considered to be a good choice in final two, wound up having its Multiple Endings only have a few seconds worth of differences and ultimately, in-universe, was entirely down to the luck of who the avalanche was shown to have pushed past the finish line. 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 ever 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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 Villain Sue, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dawn was formerly a fan favorite, but recently her popularity has taken a hit as many considered her to be undeservingly loved for having so little appearance.
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 a Villain Sue 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.
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. While he's generally one of the more popular characters in the season, his zombie gimmick 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.
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 WarsShout-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:
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? note For the vast majority of the fan base, the contenders have been whittled down to Heather and Alejandro, with Scarlett sometimes being included.
On a similar note, which antagonist is the worst: Justin, Scott, Mal, or Sugar?
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 succeeded 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.
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.
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 newBig 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 of showing an interest in Mike after becoming Vito for the first time. She is treated as a mistress or someone trying to steal Mike from Zoey despite the fact they wasn't actual dating yet. Also, she is only mean when provoked as such by her conflict with Jo or when she lead to believe that Dawn stole her brush. Also, the only reason why she pushed Zoey was because of the fact that Zoey was stepping on Jo's oxygen supply.
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.
Sugar is this to a few, as her pageant upbringing is often used to excuse her nasty Jerkass behavior.
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.
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.
All the abuse Blaineley suffered while helpless in a full body cast.
Scott's karma at the end of Revenge of the Island and his PTSD fear of sharks in All-Stars.
The infamous "Flush of Shame" is generally deemed the least favorite elimination method to date, and is toilet humor taken too far.
Nearly everything in the final three episodes of All-Stars has been hit with this in one way or another.
Gwen using bear crap to fix the portrait she wrecked in "The Bold and the Booty-ful".
In "The Final Wreck-ening", all of the contestants floating into outer-space in balloons filled with farts, caused despair and anguish across the fan base.
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.
Dave's Sanity Slippage in "Hurl and Go Seek", leading him to crouch forward and howl like a wolf.
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.
Justin technically qualifies, although he was originally conceived as just "sexy" and only became "evil" later on.
Courtney's never ending oscillation between good and evil also makes her qualify.
Commando Zoey and Mal.
Amy and Scarlett.
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.
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.
Zoey in All-Stars. She still retains her completely unexplained athletic skills from the previous season but no longer suffers from their negative side effects. She also wins three challenges in a row during the merge, largely due to Mal's interference, and even gets to pick a character for elimination. Special mention goes to her physics defying feat in "You Regatta Be Kidding Me", where she balances on a pole in the lake using only one leg, while piranhas snap at the pole and saw it down.
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.
Sugar is also one, despite being extremely unfit and lacking in intelligence, she has pulled off several feats which would clearly be beyond her abilities. The biggest example is in "Pahk'd with Talent" where she climbs the top of a tree (believing there's a bus stop on top), where her weight causes the tree to lean back and slingshot her all the way across the finish line in 1st place ahead of Sky and Shawn (who are both quite athletic). Special mention goes to "Mo' Monkey Mo' Problems" where she flings a coin into a snack machine from 100 feet away only for said victory for her team to ultimately be rendered pointless when she sells Ella out for singing which gets her disqualified.
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.
Also in World Tour, Lindsay asks Tyler if his name is Dave. A few years later, much like an above example, 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.
Intended Audience Reaction: Pretty obvious in the case of Staci and Dakota in Revenge (being the first two eliminated after being The Load and a bother to their team) being hard to like during their run as competitors, and in finding Dave whiny and entitled moreso than the Only Sane Man he's treated as (considering his abrupt Face-Heel Turn). Anne Maria was probably supposed to be unlikable and trouble to Mike and Zoey, but she's definitely a failed example, considering that she's more popular than Mike and Zoey combined.
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.
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 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.
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 likes already has a boyfriend is all too relatable.
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.
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.
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 knocks Cody in shark-infested water.
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". 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.
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.
The "disgusting eating challenge" of each season, in particular "Brunch of Disgustiness" and "I Triple Dog Dare You".
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".
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".
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.
Most of the season four 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.
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.
Trent is by far the most extreme case in many works, especially in Cody/Gwen and Duncan/Gwen fanfiction.
Sky is also a good example of this in the debate over who ruined Dave/Sky.
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 himselfwith 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.
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 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 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.
Dave, who was already a Base Breaker before the season started. Following the severe and record breaking blows to his character like taking a level in jerkass 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.
Sugar is one of the most hated characters from the 3rd cast. For starters, she's a blatant teenaged copy of Honey Boo Boo & Mama June, as well as a Distaff Counterpart to Owen minus any of the things that made him amicable. 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. It's pretty bad when many fans are hoping that a semi-finalist is retired after only one season despite being very likely to be used again because of her ranking.
Leonard. 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. 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.
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 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.
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.
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, Brick, and Anne Maria also deserve special mention, especially since they only appeared in one season like Eva and Dawn.
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 only one (aside from Jasmine) to know that Samey was pretending to be Amy in her last two episodes before being eliminated.
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.
Anne Maria to the older fans. She was supposed to be The Hate Sink because of getting in the way of Mike & Zoey's relationship. However, Because of having a distinct personality and interactions with others, many of them preferred her to Zoke. Especially when Zoke became the Spotlight-Stealing Squad in All-Stars and both became scrappies.
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. 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 & would have hurt Anne Maria as well, not that we see.
Mike also makes Zoey this.
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. 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.
Heather is a perfect example, she was the most hated characters 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 Breaker 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 Breaker, she has one of the largest and most vocal fanbases.
Noah is not very liked in the show, due to his condescending, sarcastic know-it-all, slacker nature. But in the fan base he's an Ensemble Darkhorse, and unlike Cody his support has not waned.
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).
"Three Zones and a Baby." Seriously, Topher, you're supposed to be Chris' biggest fan! How could you have fallen for a weak attempt at disguising his voice, or just assumed that he wouldn't have noticed his missing phone awhile ago? "Never Play a Player" indeed, if this is all your attempts to emulate and surpass Chris amounted to.
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.