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A page detailing tropes on the twenty-two contestants, the three hosts and any other characters met in the story. Due to the nature of the story, there are a lot of spoilers. To avoid an excess of spoiler tags, all spoilers are unmarked.

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    The Molting Eagles 
Overall tropes for the team include:
  • Blue Is Heroic: Their team color and the first challenge demonstrates they're more friendly and likely to play by the rules than the Fireworks.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: Parodied with the team's mascot, a bedraggled-looking bald eagle.
  • Perpetual Molt: The team emblem is an eagle losing a lot of feathers.

The American Patriot
  • The All-American Boy: Born and raised in America, plays baseball, has blond hair and blue eyes, is a boy scout and loves his country.
  • Birds of a Feather: He has a lot in common with Melissa; both are positive, kind and respectful people who love the country they live in. Both live in the show's setting of Washington, D.C. Naturally, they bond extremely quickly.
  • Easily Forgiven: Melissa and Hayden forgive Aiden for his comments as soon as he apologizes, and are over it by the next episode.
  • Grease Monkey: Aiden enjoys messing with machines and has a part time job as a mechanic.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Aiden is blonde and a genuinely nice guy.
  • Innocent Bigot: Aiden does have some ‘issues’ with LGBTQ people and Muslims, but it comes more from a lack of awareness and knowledge than hatred. He quickly works on trying to gain awareness when it isolates him from his two closest friends.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: As one of the youngest contestants, Aiden is naive yet has blue eyes.
  • Lovable Jock: Aiden is an avid fan and player of baseball and a rather nice guy.
  • Manly Tears: Aiden cries at the beauty of America’s monuments, yet is still boyish.
  • Military Brat: Aiden’s father and stepmother are soldiers in the army, and his mother served as a nurse.
  • Missing Mom: His mom died in a terrorist attack in Iraq. However he does have a step mother now.
  • Nice Guy: Aiden is polite to everyone and supportive of his teammates, such as helping Melissa give out food to the homeless.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a baseball cap.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Aiden admits America had and still has issues and doesn’t hate foreigners but still loves America. Enough to cry at the sight of all of Washington D.C.'s monuments. everyday.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Aiden at first has issues with Muslim people because but is a nice, well-meaning guy. He ultimately tries to gain a better understanding of both Muslims and gay people, as his issues are from both personal problems and a lack of awareness.
  • Scout-Out: Aiden’s bio indicates he’s a member of the Boy Scouts.
  • Ship Tease: Aiden and Melissa seem attracted to each other.
  • Tragic Bigot: His mother’s death is part of the reason he has issues with Muslims, as she was killed by Islamic extremists.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Aiden and Hayden tease each other at times, yet are loyal friends.

The All Star
  • Adorkable: Has cute yet nerdy moments, such her excitement at meeting a famous celebrity and constant apologizing.
  • Broken Ace: Bethany is a physically strong player, tall and athletic, and a pleasant person to be around into the bargain, but she also beats herself up when she loses because she feels intense pressure to measure up to the standards of her wildly successful family.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Bethany’s main sport is shot put; guess what her trial revolves around? The first two don’t count.
  • Competition Freak: Bethany enjoys and is excited for competition. Her family is implied to be highly competitive.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Bethany gets a fair amount of focus when we meet the contestants and Word of God says her biography was meant to seem like she would be the main character. She’s the first contestant eliminated.
  • Hidden Depths: Bethany is actually more insecure than the confident jock she appears to be.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Bethany is the tallest contestant on the show yet still in high school.
  • Lovable Jock: Bethany is pretty nice and kind to everyone while also being a basketball and track star.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: As a reward for winning the first challenge, the Fireworks got to vote off someone from the Eagles. They chose Bethany.
  • Numerological Motif: The number one is a recurring motif for Bethany; Bethany’s jersey is numbered one and she’s the first contestant we meet. She’s also first person to go home.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Xidorn is a shorter guy and Bethany while Bethany is the tallest character on the show.
  • Parental Issues: Bethany is implied to have some with her parents and their high expectations of her.
  • Red Is Heroic: Bethany’s signature color is red, while she herself is friendly, kind and ready for a competition. It contributes to her false protagonist image.
  • Token Good Teammate: Ironically she's the only good person in the Good Guy’s Alliance; Vance is a jerk while Pascal and Kalino are villains. Bethany is the most reluctant to join and only does after being convinced it’s for good.
  • '20s Bob Haircut: Her hair is styled in a bob cut.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Downplayed. Despite being voted off first, Bethany does get fair screen time in three episodes and we found out some about her past life.

The Sociopath
  • Ambiguously Evil: While Cynthia hasn’t done anything evil to anyone, her eerie and violent nature is frightening…
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Cynthia has chopped off snake's head with a knife and massacred fish with a chainsaw, and is feared and scary. Subverted in that despite abusing animals and seeming bad, she hasn't done anything bad to any person. She's actually a close friend to Melissa and a supportive girlfriend to Weston.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Cynthia hardly speaks and doesn't even speak till the third episode. She's still threatening even when not speaking.
  • Chainsaw Good: Cynthia carries a chainsaw in her backpack and her talent is described as ‘chainsaw wielding’.
  • Creepy Child: Cynthia has a somewhat young appearance to her yet rarely speaks, never blinks and carries knives on her.
  • Creepy Monotone: She speaks in with no emotion, creeping everyone out.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Cynthia has white hair and virtually all-white eyes to emphasized her macabre and uncanny nature.
  • The Dreaded: The very presence of Cynthia causes chills and fear.
  • Emotionless Girl: She never shows any emotion on her face or in her voice.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Cynthia isn’t really scary name, but that doesn’t stop the mere mention of it to freak everyone out.
  • Killer Rabbit: Cynthia seems nonthreatening, looking like an ordinary at first. Even when you notice her eerie appearance, she is still a short teenage girl. A short teenage girl who can wields knives.
  • Knife Nut: Cynthia carries and constantly sharpens knives. She even uses them to cut open a snake and later a robot.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Cynthia's mother shows up last minute at the loved ones visit and cheery, kind and, always smiling. She even sings. Cynthia's mom seems more like Melissa than her actual daughter.
  • Obviously Evil: Subverted; Cynthia is very creepy, deadly and many expect the worst out of her...yet she never does anything evil and acts as a good friend to Melissa and Weston.
  • Odd Friendship: Cynthia is silent, violent and creepy while Melissa is friendly, cheery and kindhearted. Yet Melissa genuinely considers Cynthia her best friend and Cynthia does seem to genuinely like and care for Melissa.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Cynthia tends to act as the muscle or powerhouse for the Molting Eagles, using her skills with knifes and chainsaws instead of raw muscle. She fights off most the Invaders in the alien invasion challenge, and the only one who can 'catch' the fish in the seven deadliest fish slicing them with a chainsaw.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Cynthia’s outfit is described as like a school uniform despite the story taking place in summer.
  • The Stoic: Cynthia hasn’t smiled…or shown any emotion.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Cynthia’s hair is white despite her young age, and while not a villain she’s not exactly nice...

The Scatterbrain
  • Big Eater: Diamonique’s first thought after eating tacos? It’s about time for lunch.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Diamonique pretends to be allies with Tessa and friends with Melissa to gain their trust, but is only interested in manipulating them so she can control their votes.
  • Brainless Beauty: Diamonique fails to understand sarcasm, but is very fashionable. Subverted though when she’s revealed to have considerable hidden intelligence.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Diamonique’s psychiatrist thinks she could get a career in the field of science if she applied herself, but Diamonique doesn’t care to.
  • Childhood Brain Damage: It's implied her treatment in foster care during her early childhood before being adopted is the cause of Diamonique’s varying intelligence and memory issues.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She is initially jealous of Frannie trying to flirt with Ignacio. At one point, she tries to leave her sent on him so Frannie can't have Ignacio.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Diamonique’s nature causes her to be silly and out there a lot of the time.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Despite being silly, Diamonique correctly predicts she and Frannie will be safe when the Fireworks get to vote off one of their team and predicts the reason for her own elimination.
  • Covered with Scars: Diamonique has some very noticeable ones on her forehead and its implied she has more on her body.
  • Ditzy Genius: Diamonique doesn't appear very smart at first due to her damaged brain, but she completes a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle in under two minutes.
  • Expy: Word of God states her appearance started out as being based of Leshawna’s cousin. Her ditzy nature and fashion evokes the idea of Lindsay.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After returning at the merge Diamonique acts noticeably eviler, voting off Cynthia despite being alliance members and friends because it will benefit her.
  • The Fashionista: Implied, given Diamonique's trendy outfit and her shopping before arriving to the show.
  • Genre Savvy: Diamonique guesses the Fireworks won’t target her or Frannie because of their silly nature. She also says for that same reason, their own team may vote them off.
  • Hidden Depths: Diamonique appears to be a spoiled rich ditz, but is actually more aware and has high intelligence.
  • Improbably High I.Q.: Diamonique has an IQ of 180; a score that indicates high genius and is even higher than Albert Einstein!
  • Shout-Out: Diamonique’s outfit is a reference to the songs Apple Bottom Jeans and Raspberry Beret.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Despite her silly nature, Diamonique is rather intelligent and much more aware of the game then she’d seem to be.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Tries to hunt down Ignacio .
  • Teen Genius: Diamonique is a teenager but can solve an thousand piece puzzle in under two minutes.
  • Tempting Fate: Diamonique says that she and Frannie need to form an alliance, as their team will target them early because they don’t seem as strong and will be underestimated. This is the exact reasoning Kalino uses to convince his team to eliminate Diamonique.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Upon returning to the competition, Diamonique is more aggressive and manipulative, vindictive about being voted off and wanting to do the same to all the other competitors.
  • True Companions: Becomes best friends with Frannie after becoming roommates and bonding over their crush on Ignacio.
  • We Hardly Knew You: Downplayed. Despite being the second out, Diamonique gets a fair amount of screentime and we know more about her backstory. Subverted when she returns at the merge.

The Circus Act
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Diamonique are both ditzy, guy crazy but also concerned with their fate in the game. Similarly, Frannie and Kalino are both jokesters with a similar love of video games and references.
  • Cartoon Juggling: One of Frannie’s talents is juggling, naturally being a clown.
  • Circus Brat: Frannie was born during a circus performance and has lived with the circus her whole life.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Frannie’s an acrobat and described as high wire performances. Guess what trial she takes part in?
  • The Ditz: Frannie has her moments, such as accidentally electrocuting herself.
  • Expy: Frannie bares many resemblances to a character from the author's previous work named Julie who is herself based on the canon character of Izzy, making Frannie the Expy of an Expy.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Frannie seems to be the only contestant aware she's in a fanfiction and pokes fun of the nature of the work.
  • The Freakshow: According to her bio, Frannie’s circus has a freak show of strange carnies, but they’re pretty nice.
  • Girls With Mustaches: Frannie’s mother is a bearded lady. Frannie wears a fake mustache as well.
  • Hidden Depths: While Frannie seems to be just comic relief, she is actually aware of how people perceive her as fodder, and very concerned about the future of her circus and its fate if she fails at the show.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Frannie brings her pet lemur Ziba with her to the competition. Though Ziba occasionally seems like the more serious of the two.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Frannie is a traditional clown, all about making laughs.
  • One-Wheeled Wonder: Frannie shows up on a unicycle.
  • Pungeon Master: Frannie enjoys making horrible puns and jokes.
  • Ship Tease: With Kalino. After two start hanging out and getting into shenanigans, its implied the two end up developing feelings for each other.
  • Sixth Ranger: Frannie is the latest and newest member of the Good Guy's alliance, acting as sort of replacement for Bethany as the Token Girl and Token Good Teammate for the alliance...until she gets eliminated soon after.
  • Those Two Guys: After bonding, Frannie and Diamonique are almost never seen apart and having hijinks together. After Diamonique’s elimination, she ends up forming this dynamic with Kalino.
  • True Companions: Despite only knowing each other for a little while, Diamonique and Frannie form a strong bond and Frannie takes hard when she leaves.

The Big Brother
  • Big Brother Instinct: Is rather protective of Aiden and Melissa because they're younger than him.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Acts as a mentor and big brother to Aiden and tries to with the rest of his team.
  • The Leader: Acts as the leader for the Molting Eagles during the first challenge and continues the role for future challengers. Kalino uses this to put the blame on Hayden for losing the challenge.
  • Not So Above It All: There are instances where he can be irrational, such as being overly excited for alien hunting or be overly protective.
  • Odd Friendship: With Jenny. While Hayden is a character who often acts much older than his age, Jenny acts much more childish than someone her age. Despite this, Jenny and Hayden get along well enough, Jenny clearly favoring him out of the newbies.
  • Older and Wiser: Because he's the oldest contestant, he believes himself to be wiser. Many of the other contestants debate this though.
  • Only Sane Man: Tends to be a voice of reason in regards to his wackier teammates.
  • The Rival: Vance and Hayden form a rivalry early on after butting heads during the water skiing challenge. Hayden finds Vance to be a jerk, while Vance doesn't appreciate being bossed around. It culminates in pushing for the other to be eliminated.
  • The Shrink: Hayden’s intended major is psychology, and often applies what he learns to his life. In one instance, Hayden does mental evaluations of his teammates to see the psychological effects of the show on teens.
  • Straight Gay: Hayden’s a pretty average and masculine guy. He also is in a serious relationship with his boyfriend. Has some elements of Manly Gay as well, given his interest hunting.
  • Student Council President: Hayden was president of his high school before graduating.
  • Token Adult: As the only contestant stated to be eighteen and have graduated high school, Hayden believes himself to be the only adult among his peers. However he’s close in age to all of the cast and while technically an adult is still young. Many of his fellow contestants don't seem him as an adult.

The Slacker
  • Affably Evil: Kalino is friendly, laid back, jokey. He's also willing to manipulate others into voting you off if he feels its best.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Implied; Kalino is leader of several clubs, manipulates more than a few people and finds two immunity idols. He seems to have a lot of potential, but doesn’t use any of it.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Is described and drawn with this style of eyes. We've yet to see his pupils.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Kalino has this dynamic with his older sister. Kalino doesn’t fit the usual naïve nature of the foolish sibling however.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: Kalino’s style of dress. Frannie assumed Kalino came from Hawaii but he actually comes from Nebraska.
  • The Hedonist: Kalino’s seems to have elements of this philosophy, believing people should focus what they enjoy.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The story's early chapters are dominated by over-the-top comedy, in which Kalino participates as much as anyone; but when he eventually emerges as the main antagonist, the story assumes a more dramatic tone, as does Kalino himself.
  • Mellow Fellow: He's rather calm fellow who personally doesn't believe in getting worked up.
  • Mistaken Nationality: While not nationality, Frannie does assume Kalino’s from Hawaii. He’s from Nebraska.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Kalino tends to take off all his clothes and run around naked, and his nudity is generally played for laughs.
  • Ship Tease: A romance between him and Frannie seems hinted after they start hanging out.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Kalino doesn’t care for his sister and joined the show to spite her, as she was actually auditioning.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Kalino’s sister is a ‘Type-A’ while Kalino is ‘Type B’.
  • The Slacker: His label and overall character; he enjoys taking naps and doesn't try too hard in anything.
  • Supreme Chef: Surprisingly, when Kalino has to make soup using the seven deadliest fish in the world for a challenge, he not only properly prepares it, but makes it look and taste great.
  • Surfer Dude: Has the appearance and speech pattern of a surfer dude. Mentions going surfing.

The Sweetheart
  • Achilles' Heel: Melissa has a very weak stomach, which costs her a few challenges that require eating disgusting foods.
  • All-Loving Hero: Melissa is kind and thoughtful to everyone. Even Cynthia. Heck she even feels sympathy for ‘aliens’ that are trying to kidnap her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Melissa is the sweetheart of the show, but she's tougher than she looks. She wins two challenges and spearheads a majority alliance. Then there are her cockroaches...
  • Birds of a Feather: He has a lot in common with Aiden; both are positive, kind and respectful people who love the country they live in. Both live in the show's setting of Washington, D.C. Naturally, they bond extremely quickly.
  • Blithe Spirit: Melissa could be considered this; having no idea she joined a reality show and not acting very competitive.
  • Break the Cutie: Played with. Several times Melissa gets depressed or stressed because the nature of reality TV goes against her kind nature, and even her sister tells her she's too nice. At the end however, she doesn't regret being nice and continues to be kind.
  • Comfort Food: Played with. She finds comfort not in eating food, but making it.
  • The Cutie: Melissa baked snickerdoodles for the other contestants upon her arrival and continues to be even more friendly and kind from there.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Melissa is rather feminine and she can definitely bake.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Sports, short curly ones.
  • Girly Girl: Melissa is rather feminine. Though she’s not obsessed with looks as much as characters usually in this trope.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: While Melissa is an idealist, she recognizes that not everyone is going to be nice, kind or fair. Eventually, she even forms a girl's alliance that dictates a few votes.
  • Good Samaritan: Melissa supports various charities to try and help as many people as possible.
  • The Idealist: Melissa thinks there is good in most everyone and everything. She even views Cynthia's destructive nature as positive and what makes Cynthia special.
  • Minnesota Nice: Melissa moved to Washington from Wisconsin, and is the nicest and most polite newbie.
  • Nice Girl: Taken Up to Eleven with her character, who is a bleeding heart for any charity or cause.
    Melissa: I’m helping a orphanage of deaf children form a chorus for a fundraiser, that way they can accomplish two dreams; becoming a singer and becoming a member of a family.
  • Odd Friendship: With Cynthia. Melissa seems to genuinely like and think the best of Cynthia, despite Cynthia being...well...
  • Pest Controller: After raising and releasing baby cockroaches, Melissa later meets them again and their new families...who form a giant army of cockroaches that will obey her command.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Melissa’s primary color is pink and she is rather feminine, enjoying baking, singing and love.
  • The Pollyanna: She’s almost endlessly positive about most things, even staying at a creepy hotel.
  • Ship Tease: With Aiden, right from their first meeting.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: We meet Melissa's younger sister Beatrice during the loved ones visit, who is cynical and gothic in contrast to Melissa's optimistic and peppy attitude.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Once she and Aiden start dating, they have this sort of dynamic going on. Melissa more so, with the pet names she gives to Aiden, like "sweet boobear" or "shmoopy puppykins".
  • Supreme Chef: Or at least baker; everyone seems to enjoy Melissa’s baked goods.
  • Sweet Tooth: Melissa loves making sweets and is only seen baking pastries.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Melissa's sweetness is over the top, even loving all cookies equally. Lampshaded by Seraphina.
    Seraphina: And I thought these cookies were sugary.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: Melissa tends to think the best of the world.

The Rodeo Champ
  • Badass Mustache: The only contestant with lip hair, and is a badass in the rodeo at least.
  • Bad Liar: Vance always comes up with quite a rushed excuse for why he fails, and his stories do not match up with his skills or contradict each other.
  • Big Eater: He devours a lot of Melissa’s sweets.
  • Butt-Monkey: Has moments of bad things happening to him, like leaning against wet paint or losing the fighting challenge.
  • Cowboy: Vance works at a rodeo, but hasn’t lived the cowboy life. He pretends he is cowboy though and tries to invoke the image, having a cowboy hat and entering on a horse.
  • Fiery Redhead: Vance is a pretty passionate guy and has the red hair to match.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Vance doesn’t always realize how he comes across to others and how it offends them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Vance has an ego and can be insensitive, yet actually shows some kindness to Xidorn after Xidorn tries to help him.
  • Light Is Not Good: Well, Vance isn’t evil but more a jerk, yet dresses in all white.
  • Literal-Minded: When there is fear of a serial killer being in the hotel, Lita is concerned about being murdered. Vance is concerned about their breakfast being in danger.
  • Paper Tiger: In theory, Vance seems like a tough guy whose strength would come in handy, but he merely got lucky in the only challenge he really helped his team win.
  • The Rival: Forms one with Hayden after butting heads during a challenge. Hayden doesn't care for Vance's rude behavior, while Vance doesn't appreciate being bossed around.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Vance has red hair, green eyes and is a contestant so he qualifies.
  • White Stallion: Rides in on a white horse.

The Younger Twin
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: While not that much younger, Weston is convinced Easton seems him as this and in some respects can be viewed as this to Easton.
  • Big Brother Worship: Weston clearly thinks highly of his brother and follows his lead...until they have a falling out.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Weston is not the smartest, but after marathoning enough detective shows he understands how they work well enough to be a competent detective.
  • The Ditz: Weston is not the brightest crayon in the box.
  • Fanboy: Of horror movies and movie monsters. It leads to him bonding with Xidorn and comes into play in a few challenges.
  • Informed Ability: Weston is supposedly a great player on his school’s track team but gets beaten by Tessa in a race offscreen, which makes that fact come off as false.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Weston and his brother have Afro-Brazilian heritage, meaning they’re black and Hispanic.
  • Oblivious Younger Sibling: While not that younger, Weston isn’t as aware of how he comes off, how Easton feels or how his tagging along with Easton might hurt him in the game.
  • Opposites Attract: Weston is a friendly, ditzy, fun loving guy. Yet he ends up falling for with Cynthia.
  • Rescue Romance: A gender flipped version of the usual variation. Cynthia saves Weston from the invading alien, and as she murders it, Weston falls in love with her.
  • Scars Are Forever: Weston has various scars over his body, from incidents he gets into from exploring and his hyperactive nature.
  • Ship Tease: With Cynthia. God help his soul...

The Straight Shooter
  • Ascended Fanboy: Out of all the newcomers, Xidorn is the most likely to recall the original show and share information about it. He correctly predicts a few challenges as tributes based on his knowledge of the show.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Xidorn is of Vietnamese descent and a rather proud nerd, with an enjoyment of sci-fi shows, playing french horn and movie trivia. Unlike other versions of this trope, its not explicit that Xidorn is a good student or not.
  • Brutal Honesty: Has moments of this, such as when he told his teacher she was a witch when asking what he thought.
  • Catch Phrase: “To be honest…” which usually says before admitting something true.
  • Fanboy: A fan of several directors, such as Guillermo Del Toro, Quentin Tarantino and Cornelius Puckerschmidt.
  • Foil: To Seraphina. Both enjoy horror movies and are honest people, but Seraphina is Brutally Honest while Xidorn Will Not Tell a Lie. Seraphina is also The Cynic and Pragmatic Hero while Xidorn is The Optimist and Ideal Hero.
  • Ideal Hero: Xidorn has very strong morals; he is notably against allowing the other team to vote off a player and the questionable acts Rhonda allows.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Xidorn has a very colorful, outrageous outfit.
  • The Movie Buff: Xidorn loves movies and has knowledge of film history. He hopes to be a director in the future.
  • Nerd Glasses: Xidorn is the only one in the cast who wears glasses and is a bit nerdy.
  • Proud To Be A Nerd: Xidorn is pretty aware he's geeky, but doesn't seem ashamed of it in the least.
  • Ship Tease: With Seraphina.
  • Shout-Out: All the pins on his suspenders are references to memes.
  • Transgender: Xidorn is revealed to be transgender. The medical staff didn’t check, so not even the show knew before it was revealed.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Hasn’t told a lie since the third grade and believes in always being honest.

    The Fizzled Fireworks 
Overall tropes for the team include:
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: From the start, the Fireworks struggle to work together than the Molting Eagles. Despite this, they end up winning the first challenge. They do become better friends later on however.

The Older Twin
  • Black and Nerdy: Given he’s a mathlete, though he’s also an athlete and attractive.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Easton and Weston seem to have this as their outfits are near identical, with only the colors reversed.
  • The Dividual: Easton and Weston come across at this at first, but it becomes apparent this isn’t necessarily true. Deconstructed, in that Easton expresses the sentiment that because they are twins, people view them as this.
  • Fanboy: He and Weston are big fans of horror movies and movie monsters.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Easton and Weston have a tendency to do this.
  • Foil: With Weston. Both seem similar at first, being identical twins. Easton is intelligent, seeks independence and wants more than his small town. Weston is not as bright, wants to always be with his brother and doesn't like change.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Easton views his and Weston’s relationship as this, as their parents encourage Easton to watch out for his brother. It’s what their labels seem to imply.
  • Good with Numbers: Easton’s very talented in mathematics.
  • Hidden Depths: Easton isn’t actually just two people in one with his brother.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Weston and his brother have Afro-Brazilian heritage, meaning they’re black and Hispanic.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Not as notable at first, but it becomes aware that Easton is highly intelligent while Weston is...not. Weston wants to be The Dividual with Easton while Easton seeks independence.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Develops this with Weston after his statements are taken out of context.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Subverted. They seem to be this at first, but more differences are revealed as the story goes on.
  • Small Town Boredom: Easton wants to explore more of the world outside his hometown, which is why he applied to the show.
  • Straight Man: Acts this way towards his brother’s wackier ideas and to some of his crazier teammates.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Their names are based on opposite directions (east, west) and end the same. Counts as a Meaningful Name as it hints at how their opposites.
  • Twin Desynch: Somewhat, as we see more of the twins as individuals when they separate.
  • The Un-Favourite: Believes himself to be this, as Weston gets more attention despite Easton getting better grades and working to watch over his brother.

The Lineman
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Griswold is generally friendly guy, but killed the fake invaders during the challenge.
  • Big Eater: Eats a lot to keep up his body weight.
  • Big Fun: Griswold is huge but loves a good party.
  • The Big Guy: As a linebacker he’s this for his team. On the show, Griswold is the second tallest contestant, tallest male and can function as this in a team challenge.
  • Big Man on Campus: Griswold’s appearance match the image of a popular guy in high school, and Griswold is an athlete and well liked by most everyone.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: While he can talk to girls fine as friends, when flirting he stumbles. A lot.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Griswold’s bio mentions his talent as weight lifting. Guess who wins the weightlifting challenge?
  • Fanboy: Not as much as Pascal, but his school has a tradition of players joining reality shows, so he has a fair amount of knowledge of the shows, including Pascal's career.
  • Frat Bro: Griswold is a {{Downplayed Trope mild example]]. He loves to party and is keenly interested in sports, but he's much nicer example than the typical example.
  • Hunk: Griswold is attractive, muscular and masculine. Lita certainly noticed.
  • I Got Bigger: Had a huge growth spurt between middle school and high school and worked out a ton to get even bigger.
  • The Leader: Elected the leader of the Fizzled Fireworks during the capture the flag challenge. Griswold is surprised, considering in football his job is The Big Guy. Considering his team wins the challenge, seems they made the right choice.
  • Lovable Jock: Friendly and popular with his teammates. Also a big fan and player of football.
  • Meaningful Name: Griswold sounds like grizzly bear, fitting Griswold's brown hair, big size and teddy bear like nature.
  • Muscle Angst: It’s implied Griswold still feels like he’s a scrawny kid and or is worried about muscle loss.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Griswold muscles tend to come in handy for challenges and his stronger muscles are why he wins the weightlifting challenge against Aiden.
  • Nice Guy: Griswold is shown to be pretty nice to everyone, even to Tessa.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Griswold jokes about wearing a prom dress for spirit week, but he is perfectly confident in his masculinity.
  • Ship Tease: With Lita. Griswold's clearly he attracted to her, and eventually works up the courage to talk to her. Since he and Lita have broken up, it seems he and Riley may have a ship-tease...
  • Shout-Out: His football, the Bulldogs, is a reference to a previous character from the author’s previously attempted Total Drama fanfiction.
  • Team Spirit: As being part of a football team, Griswold is big on this and makes a big deal about it in regards to the Fizzled Fireworks.
  • Tiny School Boy: Was very puny and small in middle school...not so much in high school.

Mr. Fanservice
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  • Blessed With Suck: Ignacio's shyness makes his extreme beauty—and the attention it brings him—very much a double-edged sword for him.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Ignacio already is shy, but easily loses the ability to speak coherently when a girl flirts with him or
  • Carpet of Virility: While clean shaven as a model, when Ignacio arrives he's extremely hair, especially his body.
  • Distaff Counterpart: He and Lita serve as this for each other, being Mr. and Ms. Fanservice.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Everyone finds him attractive, including male contestants and staff.
  • Expy: Word of God confirms Ignacio’s role as Mr. Fanservice was based on Justin and Alejandro and the discussion of the character before he arrived was to imply he'd be like two characters. Subverted, as Ignacio as a quite the opposite personality than the usual Mr. Fanservice.
  • Eye Candy: Was cast on the show to be a hot guy people can look at, and what he reluctantly ends up fulfilling most of the time.
  • Fanservice Model: Ignacio is specifically an underwear model, so he is almost always showing skin in his shoots. Not that anyone is complaining.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: During the snow fort challenge, Ignacio is able to use trash to create a snowball making and firing machine. He's also able to use mirrors to direct the sun's rays and melt the opposing team's snow fort.
  • Hired for Their Looks: The show worked with a modeling agency to find someone to be eye candy for the show. It’s implied the show didn’t do any research on Ignacio’s personality and simply cast him because he is so attractive.
  • Humble Goal: Despite being an extremely successful model, all Ignacio really wants to do is be a science teacher.
  • Hunk: Muscular and attractive, as everyone on the show has noticed.
  • Latin Lover: While not into flirting, Ignacio is latino and found incredibly attractive.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Ignacio was cast to be the male eye candy, and is specifically referred to as Mr. Fanservice.
  • Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: Ignacio admits that why he gets so uncomfortable when he flirts or ends up in compromising situations, is because he is attracted to other people, but doesn't want to be viewed as a pervert as people expect of him.
  • The Quiet One: Being shy, Ignacio doesn’t talk a lot until he gets to know someone better.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Guy: Ignacio often ends up wearing fewer (or no) clothes or in compromising situations (such as seeing Riley shirtless) despite not wanting to.
  • Running Gag: Ignacio constantly ending up shirtless or nude, either to help his team win a challenge or by some accident.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Ignacio has a habit of using more complicated words.
    Ignacio: But I was continuously perplexed by the biologically unfeasible physiology of these ‘invaders’ and couldn’t immerse myself into the work.
  • Ship Tease: Ignacio is quite clearly attracted to Lita's physical appearance. The two have close moments, bonding over both coming from poor homes. Igancio has also quite a few moments with Ness as well...
  • Shrinking Violet: Ignacio is extremely embarrassed and nervous around people. Unfortunately, he gets a lot of attention.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Ignacio’s great looks bring him a great deal of attention, which he doesn't really want because he's quite shy.
  • Teen Genius: Ignacio is a teenager but is rather intellectual, having an interest in science and being able to create a few plans to help his team when challenges, such as building a snowball firing machine.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Its implied that Ignacio is afraid or really doesn't like snakes, given his reaction to snakes used in the courage trial.

Some Nobody
  • Always Someone Better: Jasper's older brother is implied to be better than him at everything. That's not an especially high bar, though, because Jasper is average in every way.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Jasper gives the "visit with loved ones" reward to Lita because she was the only one of his teammates to not vote him off, and the only person to remember his name when he returned. It's implied he voted for Cynthia just because Lita was afraid of her.
  • Cursed With Awesome:
    • While there are more disadvantages to being so average, it's implied Jasper wins the eating challenge precisely because his stomach is of average strength.
    • During the torture challenge, Jasper shoves his hand—covered in honey, no less—down a fire ant hill and doesn't get bitten because he's so invisible.
  • Downer Ending: Jasper is voted off unceremoniously, but returns and works hard to make it to the just lose. Worse, it seems he's gone back to being forgotten. Overall, he did win a lot of challenges, defeat his brother and make friends so it may not be that bad, but the moment is played as sad.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: By the finale, it's clear Jasper and Lita have some feelings for each other. While there is the implication they could get together, they ultimately don't.
  • Forgettable Character: In-universe, Jasper is lucky if people remember him well enough to call him the wrong name. People tend to mistake him for an intern because they forget he's competing on the show.
  • The Generic Guy: Amid all the zany characters the author is known for, Jasper is ordinary in every conceivable way.
  • The Nondescript: None of his teammates (or staff) can remember who Jasper is. When every character is introduced, they get a description of their appearance. Jasper's is very thin on detail because not even the narrator can remember anything about him.
    He was um...there. Had some luggage and brown hair or something. He wore some shoes, and pants and a shirt with some stripes I think.
  • Only Friend: While "friend" might be stretching it, Lita is the only person who warns Jasper about his impending elimination and doesn’t vote against him. Upon his return, she's the only one to remember him and is willing to vote for whatever he thinks Lita wants. though it maybe for another reason....
  • Out of Focus: Jasper doesn’t even get to finish a confessional. During the sleeping challenge, he is not even mentioned. Subverted when he returns however. He manages to stay in the competition long enough he has to get focus.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Jasper's defining trait is that everything about him is utterly unremarkable, and even the narrator can't remember his name. His record in the challenges is neither particularly good nor particularly bad.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Jasper puts a lot of emphasis on winning...and just falls short. The next moments are showing just how depressed he is at that.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Jasper receives limited focus and is quickly eliminated. The trope is subverted when he unaccountably returns to the game at the midpoint, after which some people actually start remembering who he is.

The Knockout
  • Action Girl: As Vance finds out the hard way, Lita is a very skilled fighter.
  • Arch-Enemy: With Tessa. Tessa assumes because Lita is Ms. Fanservice, she’s also the Alpha Bitch, which leads to them having a big conflict.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: With Ness and Seraphina, her roommates and best friends over the show. She's the Brawn, being more impulsive, athletic, and always ready to get into a fight.
  • Berserk Button: In her own words, “I cannot stand people who think they’re so great they can treat others badly.” Talking about her family seems to be another one.
  • Boobs of Steel: Lita is described as the bustiest female, but also one of the best fighters.
  • Boxing Battler: Lita is a trained boxer and has a mean right hook.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Lita’s talent is listed as boxing, and she nearly breaks a bus seat with her fist during the bus ride. Guess who competes in the fighting challenge?
  • Expy: Lita has reminded some readers of Leshawna, given her confident and tough personality and both being from the streets. Word of God confirms the allusion was intentional, along with taking cues from Sailor Jupiter, who in the dub was named Lita.
  • Formerly Fat: During the game show challenge Jenny hosts, Jenny reveals that one Fizzled Firework use to be really obese as a child. Given her embarrassed reaction, its clear this was Lita.
  • Friendless Background: Lita admits to never having a sleepover or girl's day out, implying this.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Though she's aware of her temper and trying to curb, she still can get riled up rather easy and doesn't direct that anger positively.
  • Lethal Chef: Lita ends up acting as a chef during a trust challenge, where Griswold has to trust she will prepare the soup well. She doesn't. On the one hand it was made of deadly fish. On the other hand, she tried to use an egg beater for it and looked for jelly in a jellyfish.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Lita has gone through several boyfriends, and has been dumped by all of them. One even turned out to be a married man.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Given Lita is one of the taller contestants, and the bustiest contestant, its implied she often causes this when she hugs others. A notable example is when she hugs Ignacio after they win a round in the mud wrestling challenge...forgetting her top just fell off.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The narration outright says she is this.
  • Not So Different: with Tessa. Both have a rough childhood and bad experiences with bullies.
  • Pun: Lita's label 'The Knockout' is both a play on her skills as a boxer and her appearance.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Despite being the hottest girl, Griswold and Ignacio realize they don't really love her and turn down Lita. Both are implied to like someone else, with Griswold eventually hooking up with Riley and Ignacio seeming to be interested in Ness...
  • Sassy Black Woman: She can get sassy when she’s angry.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Lita has a noted to be stylish scarf.
  • Scary Black Woman: She’s not that scary, unless you make her mad.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: While Lita maybe unaware of just how attractive she is, she is very proud of her body. After accidentally flashing her chest in the tag-team mud wrestling challenge, she didn't care at all.
  • Shipper on Deck: She supports Ness in her crush on Pascal and Seraphina with her relationship with Xidorn.
  • Ship Tease: She might have the most out of any character, with many of the other male competitors finding her attractive. Her primary ship teases are with Griswold, Jasper, and Ignacio, having moments of flirting or bonding with each. Her close friendship with female members has even caused shipping...
  • Shout-Out: The author has stated that Lita's color scheme is based on Chelsey's in a fellow Total Drama fanfiction, Total Drama Revolution.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Lita is described as very tall, but is still Ms. Fanservice.
  • Team Mom: Can act like a mom to her roommates Seraphina and Ness. Can lead to Mama Bear or My Beloved Smother territory.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Lita believes she’ll find her true love on the show, as she has heard happens to other contestants on these types of shows. She always views love as very powerful and special. Is overjoyed when she finds some romance.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Has a big love of cheese fries.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Lita’s temper causes her to get violent quickly, and can do a lot of damage.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Lita has a fear of serial killers. Which makes her very uncomfortable at the hotel built by a serial killer...and around Cnythia.

The Jinx
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Ness' two dads embarrass her with their arrival during the loved ones visit, revealing she used to pee herself...while on national television.
  • Animals Hate Her: Animals will attack her for no reason, some even as she's trying to help them, like a caterpillar.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: With Lita and Seraphina. While more cute than hot, Ness is the Beauty of the trio for serving as The Heart and The Chick.
  • Birthday Hater: Ness doesn't like to celebrate her birthday because even worse things happen to her than usual. She tries to keep a secret so her roommates won't try to celebrate it.
  • Born Unlucky: Is labeled as a jinx, and lives up to the name with the amount of bad things that happen to her.
  • Butt-Monkey: One of the biggest ones, alongside Rhonda. In the high wire challenge she had her wire snap, crows attack her, paper airplanes fly in her eye, an air conditioner fall on her and a gorilla kidnap her. And that’s just one challenge!
  • Celeb Crush: Ness has always found Pascal dreamy and his music inspirational. Luckily (or not) he’s on the show.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Ness had a crush for her older next door neighbor. It ended pretty badly.
  • Cone of Shame: Ness has to wear a cone around her neck after her allergic reaction.
  • Cursed With Awesome: While Ness’ bad luck causes her a lot of problems and pain, it has aided her in winning the Awake-a-thon and the interpretative dance challenge.
  • Friendless Background: Her only friend was an older friend from childhood...which ended awkwardly. Ness has never had a sleepover or girl’s day out or even female friends before the show.
  • Has Two Mommies: Gender-inversion. Ness' father, a longtime widower, remarried to a man. A much younger man, who had been dating Ness to get to her father.
  • The Heart: Sometimes acts as a moral voice of reason between her friends and teammates, such as when they won the power to vote someone off. With her roomies she's the least aggressive and they tend to be very concerned over her.
  • Nice Girl: Ness is kind, supportive, and rather upbeat...despite her terrible misfortune.
  • Plot Allergy: Ness ends up having a severe allergic reaction to Melissa’s cupcakes. It ends up helping her win the challenge.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite all the bad things that happen to her, Ness continues to keep trying.
  • Running Gag: Ness gets injured or humiliated every episode.
  • Ship Tease:
    • With Pascal, who she is not subtle up crushing on. It doesn't end well...
    • During the merge she gets teased pretty hard with Ignacio, including an almost kiss...
  • Shrinking Violet: Ness has shades of this trope, being very embarrassed at her bad luck and quiet around others, especially Pascal.
  • Smooch of Victory: What's one of the first things Ness does after winning? Make out with her new boyfriend.
  • Stacy's Mom: Ness’ childhood friend found her dad quite attractive...and the feelings were returned.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fried clams. She's also the only person who seems to actually like black licorice.
  • Unluckily Lucky: While Ness' bad luck gets her into bad or even dangerous predicaments, causing a huge fire during a dancing challenge, Ness manages to survive these events unharmed for the most part. In the dancing challenge, the fire ended up leading to her winning.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ness is terrified of scarabs after a bad field trip to the zoo. Naturally they attack her in the first challenge.

The Pop Star
  • Always Second Best: Pascal has never won a strategy based reality show, only going so far as coming in second in another show.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • He hates a contestant from a former reality show appearance, Amanda Picklestein, for beating him the finale.
    • On Total Drama Genesis, Pascal considers Seraphina his biggest threat and schemes to bring her down...while Seraphina isn't aware and isn't trying too hard at the game. However she does eventually wise up to who he is...
  • Beauty Is Bad: Pascal is found to be quite attractive, yet he's also a huge liar and manipulator.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Pascal initially seems to be the main antagonist, himself believing he's the person to beat because he's a reality show veteran. However Pascal fails to predict the show and his fellow contestants right most of the time. He only causes a few eliminations, including his own and is eliminated before the merge.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pascal acts like a nice guy and is known for spreading a message of positivity, yet lies and manipulates to try and win the game.
  • Catch Phrase: Two; “Believe to achieve!” and “Yippe Skippy!”
  • Chekhov's Skill: Pascal is a ‘showjumper’, term for someone who competes on lots of reality shows. He specifically mentions saving his team by winning a puzzle challenge. Guess who wins the puzzle challenge? note .
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Kalino suggests that Pascal could date someone to avoid getting votes, Pascal refuses, as he fines using someone's feelings like that too much.
  • Expy: He’s based of Pappa Rappa. No, really.
  • Fanboy: Pascal was a huge fan of the original Total Drama, which prompted him to become a showjumper.
  • Foil: Word of God confirms Pascal was meant to be a foil to two other characters:
    • To Seraphina. While she is cynical and appears anti-social, she ends up becoming a friend to many and a good person. Yet while Pascal is an optimist and acts nice, he's trying to manipulate everyone to win the game.
    • To Kalino. Both are villains, Pascal is energetic, over the top and is focused on the endgame while Kalino is mellow, subtler in his strategic moves and goes with the flow.
  • Genre Savvy: Pascal’s been on reality shows before and knows how to play them. He makes an alliance right off the bad.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Pascal's scheming to gain power on his team ends up causing a tied vote. While Pascal is aware of the possibility happening, he believes the tiebreaker wont affect him. Instead the tiebreaker ends up randomly eliminating him.
    • Made worse in that Pascal could have avoided the tiebreaker in the revote, if he kept his promise to Ness and didn't switch his vote to her.
  • Hunk: Pascal is attractive, gaining attention from Ness. Lita points out he has 'dancer abs'.
  • Idol Singer: His musical persona has shades of this, given the upbeat message of songs.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He’s described as somewhat Asian and Word of God confirms Pascal is father is Japanese and his mother American.
  • Morality Pet: Ness is one for Pascal, being someone he actually considers and friend and doesn't want to hurt, not wanting to use her feelings to get himself farther in the game. Yet, Pascal does end up using her as a pawn and voting her off.
  • Nice Hat: Pascal sports a cool orange beanie he isn't seen without.
  • Oblivious to Love: Pascal hasn't picked up on Ness' huge crush, despite some of her obvious slip ups. The same thing happens with the arrival of Mandy Picklestein.
  • Sugary Malice: Encourages everyone to believe and talks in a very chipper tone, but only to gain their trust. Even when being threatening he talks sugary.
    Pascal: Oh driver, could you pretty, pretty, please run those children off the road? Please, with cinnamon and love on top?
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Despite having a great deal of experience on reality shows in general and elimination games in particular, Pascal makes a series of very basic mistakes:
    • He forges a power alliance before teams are selected, and all his allies wound up on the other team.
    • He choose Tessa as the perfect goat to take to the finals with him because she is unlikable, but she is so unlikable that she gets voted off quickly.
    • He expects Zipporah to get deep into the game, despite the fact she hardly interacts with her team and Pascal doesn't even know her name, because she is a Goth and being fearsome elimination game players is what Goths supposedly do. Pascal is shocked when Zipporah is voted off midway through the team phase.
    • He manipulates his team into splitting the votes between Easton and Ness, as a scheme to form a power alliance, but that endangers his only ally Ness. He believes he can convince Ignacio to vote Easton. He fails.
    • As a result of Pascal's vote splitting scheme, a tie in the votes occurs. Pascal believes that a tie causes the bottom two to compete in a tiebreaker challenge, citing previous seasons as an example. Instead, its a revote that fails and leads to Pascal being randomly eliminated.

The Bro
  • Action Girl: As shown in the alien hunting challenge.
  • All-Loving Hero: Riley is friendly with everyone, even forging a friendship with Tessa and possibly Zipporah.
  • Birds of a Feather: Riley and Griswold; both are athletes, love to party down to earth, and extremely nice.
  • Catch Phrase: Riley usually calls someone or something some variation of bro once per chapter.
  • Cool Board: Riley arrives on a skateboard and is an avid skater.
  • The Ditz: Not as extreme as some of the other newcomers, but she has her moments, like forgetting to do the maze challenge, dancing with a mounted dead head on and not realizing her own bad driving.
  • Drives Like Crazy: So far it seems no matter what Riley drives, she drives insanely. She's admitted to crashing a moped, slings Zipporah around on a jet ski, and while stirring toboggan on wheels she hits an old lady, a baby and Rhonda.
    Riley: NO HANDS!
  • Extreme Omnivore: Riley has no trouble eating most foods, especially spicy foods, able to eat ghost peppers without a sweat. She even enjoys dipping chocolate scorpions in expired coffee.
  • Hidden Depths: Riley may seem like a silly, typical bro, but she has grown up without parents and living a lower class life with her brothers. She often has life advice for her teammates and seems to be one of the most confident and happily adjusted contestants.
  • Gasshole: Riley wins a burping contest, by burping so strong she forms a high note and shatters glass.
  • I Have Brothers: The youngest and only sister to eight other brothers.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Riley’s clothes are all from a thrift shop. It shows.
  • The Lad-ette: Riley’s character in a nutshell; a woman with the personality of a frat boy.
  • Life of the Party: Riley enjoys throwing a party and always has a good time. She's the only contestant whose always enjoying herself, even in the life-threatening challenges. Especially the life-threatening challenges.
  • Mellow Fellow: She's rather chill and laid back; notably she's the only one who isn't angry with Tessa as much as feels bad for her.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Riley is Hispanic and Asian. Word of God confirms her parents were from Colombia and Cambodia.
  • The Nicknamer: Riley has given an Affectionate Nickname to almost all of her fellow Fireworks, burritos, and even a shark.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • The kind and fun loving Riley has managed to strike up a friendship with Toby, the not caring Deadpan Snarker, who as co-host is suppose to torture her.
    • During the merge Riley, chill and well liked, becomes close with Tessa, who is known for being pedantic and hated. Though Tessa is becoming a better person.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents died when Riley was one. This is why her eight brothers raised her.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: The quasi-punkish Riley might seem at first an unlikely candidate for gratuitously titillating the audience, but she is reasonably attractive and has little modesty.
  • Shout-Out: Riley’s clothes are a reference to Macklemore’s Thrift Shop.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Riley has a fear of peacocks after a childhood incident. Naturally, she has to steal three feathers from a one-eyed, angry peacock during a challenge. Twice.

The Psychic
  • Anti-Hero: Seraphina is anti-social and cynical and not above playing the social game to stay in longer. However she does seem to care for her new friends and aid them and is certainly against Tessa.
  • Arch-Enemy: with Tessa. Tessa makes it clear she disapproves of Tessa’s behavior and Seraphina makes it clear she doesn’t care. Tessa mistreats Seraphina for this reason.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: With Lita and Ness. She's the Brains, being the most strategic and on occasion acting like The Trickster.
  • Broken Bird: Seraphina was an idealistic child who wanted to use her powers to see the future to help others. That didn’t go so well however, which is why she’s cynical.
  • The Cynic: Seraphina does not have a high opinion of people or life.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Seraphina is fond of snarking.
  • Foil: To Xidorn. Both enjoy horror movies and are honest people, but Seraphina is Brutally Honest while Xidorn Will Not Tell a Lie. Seraphina is also The Cynic and Pragmatic Hero while Xidorn is The Optimist and Ideal Hero.
  • Fortune Teller: Seraphina has elements of this and was one in the past.
  • Friendless Background: Seraphina admits to not having any friends. She doesn’t seem to mind this however.
  • Guile Hero: Seraphina wins the social challenge through her talking.
  • The Insomniac: Seraphina is often up late at night and admits to having insomnia, which aids her in the Awake-a-thon. Its implied to be linked to her psychic powers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Seraphina is anti-social and cynical, but she is there for people who support her.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Seraphina was a bit of a loner but ends up becoming friends with Lita, Ness, Griswold, Xidorn and others.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: How Seraphina’s visions usually manifest. Justified because she has little control of her powers.
  • Not a Morning Person: Seraphina sleeps in, due to not being able to fall asleep at night.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Seraphina’s label is the psychic, yet she doesn’t seem to do many ‘psychic’ things. Justified in that show identifies Seraphina as a psychic, which Seraphina doesn’t make a big deal about, mostly because she doesn’t like her psychic powers. Subverted soon though, which she starts using them.
  • Power Incontinence: She has no knowledge of how to use her psychic powers and still doesn’t have full control of her powers.
    Seraphina: My powers don’t come with a user manual.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Seraphina is willing to lie to win a challenge and vote off Jasper if it leads to her and her friends getting better in the game. Despite this, she is ultimately concerned for her friends and their well being.
  • Screw Destiny: Seraphina admits that her visions are a possibility but not set in stone.
  • Seers: Seraphina’s main psychic ability seems to be seeing the possible future.
  • Ship Tease: With Xidorn. The two eventually become a couple.
  • Shout-Out: Her t-shirt is a line from a song by Marina and The Diamonds.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Seraphina swears the most out of the contestants.
  • The Slacker: Though not as obvious as Kalino, Seraphina joined the show to avoid her getting a job.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Seraphina's ensemble is mainly lavender, emphasizing the otherworldliness of her psychic abilities.
  • The Svengali: Seraphina’s mother used her daughter’s psychic powers to make money, not caring for Seraphina's own ideas or wants.
  • Tarot Motifs: Seraphina uses tarot cards, mostly from the Major Arcana. She uses them to tell fortunes for her teammates, that seem to imply something about what they'll deal with on the show...

The Big Shot
  • The Ace: Tessa is skilled at challenges, winning the racing challenge against an actual track star, coming in third on her team in the Awake-a-thon and being a skilled ice skater. She's also graduated high school alread.
  • Arch-Enemy: With Lita. Tessa assumes because Lita is Ms. Fanservice, she’s also the Alpha Bitch, which leads to them having a big conflict. To a lesser extent, Tessa has this with a Seraphina as well, disbelieving in the girl's psychic abilities as lies and eventually seeing her as one of lita's lackeys.
  • Arc Words: For her character arc, the phrase “The pot calling the kettle black.” These words are used to refer to her hypocritical attitude. When Tessa uses these words herself, she cringes at the realization she’s being hypocritical.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Tessa says she’s going to take everyone down one by one…yet she fails to gain any power because she alienates everyone and is eliminated second from her team.
  • Butt-Monkey: Since returning at the merge, Tessa hasn't had it so good. Some of her misfortunate is Played for Laughs, such as getting skunked or being hit in the head with a cup of coffee.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her share of snarky comments, particularly towards her ditzy competitors.
  • Dead Star Walking: In-universe. Tessa is famous at the moment for winning at the Olympics and her controversy in the media, so her appearance is a big deal. She’s fourth out.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Tessa also becomes friendlier with everyone after the alien challenge...until she snaps at Lita. Returning during the merge, she tries to make a more genuine attempt after realizing how she came across.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tessa had a rough childhood and was bullied for being different. This leads her to view a lot of genuinely nice people as jerks because they fit they seem popular.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: While not a friend, she is a teammate nobody really cares for. This trope is subverted however, in that they get rid of her pretty quickly when it is clear she won’t change.
  • Holier Than Thou: Has this attitude towards some of the other contestants.
  • Hypocrite: The things Tessa calls people out on could apply to her as well. The biggest example is her hatred of bullies, when she bullies the other contestants quite frequently.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Tessa spends the alien challenge bonding with Riley and learning her teammates aren’t as bad as she thought and could be wrong…only to insult Lita and revert to her old mindset and trying to eliminate others.
  • Jerkass: Tessa is rude and mean to just about everyone.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After returning during the merge, Tessa mellows out and works to correct her past mistakes. She's still highly competitive, stubborn, and occasionally rude, but is a lot kinder than before.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted. Tessa is not eliminated at first, but when she fails to be a nicer person is gotten rid of the next opportunity. Word of God says Tessa was a parody of Alpha Bitch or Jerkass style characters in reality shows that treat everyone awfully yet make it far.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Tessa believes people view her as this and somewhat shares this mentality, viewing outsiders as ostracized for not selling out.
  • Not So Different.
    • Tessa and her enemy, Lita both have a rough childhood and bad experiences with bullies. The difference is that Tessa learned to act like a bully herself.
    • Tessa and Zipporah are both outsiders, rude and don’t care for the other contestants. While Tessa sees this, and eventually realizes both are unaware of how they come across, Zipporah doesn't and rejects Tessa as too mainstream.
  • Obliviously Evil: Tessa is honestly not aware of how she comes off.
  • Only Friend: Tessa mentions another Olympic ice skater she is a friend of. We later meet this friend, Ashley, during the merge. Tessa confirms Ashley is her only friend...until Ashley ends their friendship because Tessa is bad publicity. However, Riley ends up being this afterwards.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Tessa tries to apologize for her actions and call out the real villain, but is rejected for being a bully previously.
  • The Scapegoat: Pascal forms an alliance with her because he thinks she’d serve as this in the final two.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Upon returning, Tessa tries to act like a better person. She tries to aplogize and even saves Lita in a challenge. This is a lot different from the girl who wouldn't share her seat on the bus.
  • Sour Prudes: She thinks little of violence or fighting and shames Lita.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Once everyone finds out how mean she is, no one really likes her.

The Token Goth
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ninety percent of Zipporah’s comments are sarcastic remarks. Part of the reason her team votes her off is because they felt she was rather rude and negative, which the team didn't want.
  • Emo Teen: Zipporah acts rather 'emo' despite being a goth; she acts rather whiny and self-important, even though its implied her life is just fine.
  • Expy: Many readers have noticed similarities between Zipporah and the Goths in Ridonculous Race. Word of God states Zipporah was thought of before RR aired however.
  • Goth: An extremely stereotypical goth; wears all black, loves creepy things and hates society.
  • Hipster: She detests society for its 'mainstream' views, like a hipster.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Zipporah has strange interests, though she has friends back home and is a loner by choice on the show. This ends up causing her teammates to vote her off, as they didn't want to vote off a friend and no one was particularly close to Zipporah.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Word of God confirms Zipporah’s mother is half Japanese and her father is a Middle Eastern and Jewish.
  • Not So Different: With Tessa. Both are outsiders, rude and don’t care for the other contestants. Zipporah still hates Tessa however.
  • Recurring Element: Zipporah is a parody on how many Total Drama fanfictions frequently have a goth contestant, being the 'token' goth for this season. Unlike other goth contestants, she doesn't fare as well in the show due to her negative attitude.
  • Straw Nihilist: Thinks society is over run with mainstream people, like her parents, and sucks because of it.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Despite being the fifth voted out, Zipporah rarely interacted with others, so little was know about her. This ends up being a factor in her team's decision to vote her off.

    The Hosts 


  • Author Avatar: Played with. While Rhonda is partially based off the author, she's actually very abused and comically humiliated unlike most examples.
  • Butt-Monkey: One of the most abused characters along with Ness, Rhonda suffers incidents and gets picked on quite frequently by the contestants or her own co-hosts.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: On paper, Rhonda could be the main villain, as she does have the ability to torture the contestants to a degree with challenges and twists, but she isn't given a lot of respect by the contestants or her own subordinates. And while having some power as host, she is limited by the higher ups.
  • Hollywood Ugly: Rhonda is not hideous or even that bad looking, but is called frumpy often and thus unattractive by Hollywood standards.
  • Moral Dilemma: Rhonda finds herself forced between becoming a Sell-Out and using Manipulative Editing or holding to her principles and face cancelation and the shame of failing. Selling out means using the contestants as stepping stones for ratings.
  • Mysterious Past: Rhonda's actual past is unclear, having had unsuccessful career before becoming a host. But who she is before that and why she of all people got the job is unclear...
  • Not So Above It All: Rhonda can get as silly or petty as other characters when provoked.
  • Straight Man: She acts as the more normal person compared to her more childish co-hosts and the colorful contestants.
  • That Man Is Dead: Rhonda has appeared on many reality shows (faring poorly, for the most part) under various assumed names, with "Rhonda" as her latest alias. When Vance learns some of this and inquires, Rhonda tells him she regards her current persona as permanent.
    Rhonda: Who I was before is basically dead; I am Rhonda now.
  • Token Good Teammate: While not a saint, compared to Jenny's self-centered views and Toby's complete indifference, she's the nicest host of the trio.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As the show continues to struggle with its budget and the ratings, Rhonda becomes more unhinged and enjoys torturing the contestants and trying to manipulate them for drama.
  • Vague Age: Rhonda's age is never explicitly stated, but is described as rather young looking. But she is implied to be older than the contestants (who are roughly sixteen), and has some history of a failed career.
  • With Friends Like These...: Jenny and Toby make fun of Rhonda pretty frequently, yet somehow they're still friends and work together.

Jenny and Toby

  • Ambiguously Bi: Toby does have a picture of Ignacio and seems very attracted to him, but is just as mesmerized when Lita's bikini top falls off. His sexuality is not outright confirmed.
  • Adventure Duo: Inverted. Jenny and Toby are stated to be adventurers and get into crazy hijinks around the world. But Jenny has the personality the sidekick would usually have of the duo and vice-versa with Toby.
  • Attention Whore: Jenny is rather angry at the author for not giving her more screen-time and believes herself to be the main character.
  • Catch Phrase: Jenny constantly shouts "YOUR MOM!" enough that it counts.
  • The Corrupter: Jenny has been persuading Rhonda to manipulate the contestants and shared suggestions for ways to torture them, slowing making the hostess a worse person and lose her morals.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Toby uses a lot of sarcasm, often at the expense of Jenny, who doesn't get it.
  • The Dividual: While Jenny and Toby are almost opposite in appearance and personality traits, the two are rarely seen without the other, are introduced together, share the role of co-hosts and Rhonda's mostly useless allies.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Jenny is aware she is in a fanfiction, and uses that awareness to complain about the quality of the story. Like Jenny, Toby is aware he is in a fictional story, though points it out less often then Jenny.
  • Fiery Redhead: Jenny has strawberry blonde hair and is rather passionate, usually when insulting someone.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Toby manages to turn a street of Washington into a winter wonderland during June, building snow snow machines out of wood chippers and paper clips. He ends up making lots of gadgets necessary for
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Jenny is described as rather short while Toby is described as tall, albeit not as obvious due to his slouching.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Jenny often introduces Toby as her sidekick, and the two are almost always together. But it is clear that Toby is the more intelligent of the two, though Jenny is more vocal and active.
  • Manchild: Despite being a young adult, Jenny acts very immature and often uses child-like reasoning. She also enjoys skipping and making up songs.
  • Morality Pet: Jenny favors Hayden the most out of the contestants, being less mean to him and usually tries to give him special treatment. Toby meanwhile favors Riley, who's kind to him and thinks all his gadgets are cool.
  • Odd Friendship: Jenny and Hayden. While Hayden is a character who often acts much older than his age, Jenny acts much more childish than someone her age. Despite this, Jenny and Hayden get along well enough, Jenny clearly favoring him out of the newbies.
  • Redhead In Green: Jenny's outfit is primarily green and one of the few characters with red hair.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Toby. Jenny is the red oni, being much more passionate, outspoken, and aggressive, in contrast to Toby's unemotional, quiet, cynical indifference.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Jenny is a frequent target of Toby's sarcasm, but she doesn't get it he's insulting her.
  • The Slacker: Toby is very annoyed at having to do any work and tries to avoid it when possible.
  • Stopped Caring: Toby has no cares about anything related to the show, even though it could cost them all their careers
  • Vague Age: All three of the hosts' exact age is unclear. Its said that all the hosts seem close in age, and Rhonda is described as looking rather young. Its also implied that Jenny and Toby are older than the contestants (who are roughly sixteen years)
  • With Friends Like These...: Jenny seems to have no respect for her friends Rhonda and Toby. She usually finds ways to bug Rhonda and belittles Toby, though Toby also belittles her.

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