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A page detailing the 16 contestants of Total Drama Lakeside, as well as the hosts and any other miscellaneous characters. Beware of unmarked spoilers...

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    The Artisanal Cheeses 

Artemis - The Performance Artist

An homage to the character of the same name from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Artemis is a brassy broad who "lives her life in the world of the theater," but her alleged dramatic performances are bizarre, nonsensical, and often involve the use of drugs.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Artemis's most prominent roles are in the 7th and 8th chapters, the latter of which contains her elimination.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: She's the curviest of the cast, but she's glamorous.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While she's not a full-fledged villain, Artemis's outward antics mask a crafty and scheming personality.
  • The Burlesque of Venus: She performs something to this degree as "advertisement" for her team's convenience stand, with disturbing results.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Most definitely. Very few things she says make sense.
  • The Hedonist: Artemis basically does whatever she pleases at any given moment.
  • Large Ham: It's impossible to tell when she's doing some sort of performance piece and when she's actually being sincere.
  • Lecherous Licking: She licks Christian's face within minutes of arriving in the premiere.
  • Shout-Out: As described above, to the character of the same name from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
  • The Stoner: She's smoked marijuana multiple times so far, and implies she was on stimulants during the first challenge.

Boris - The Basement Dweller

Boris is the average slovenly, reclusive, unemployed 20-something who spends more time watching anime in his basement than socializing. He has a combative attitude and refuses to try and make friends, but does he have hidden depths? Probably not.
  • Arch-Nemesis: Seems to think Christian is his, but Christian barely knows he exists.
  • Basement-Dweller: Word-for-word as his label.
  • Fat Bastard: Boris is obese and not particularly friendly.
  • Geek Physiques: Take a guess at which one.
  • The Load: Since he's extremely out of shape, he does little to help his team in challenges.
  • Otaku: He's a massive anime fan, especially of the catgirl variety.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Talks like this, likely in an attempt to seem smarter than he is.
  • Shout-Out: He's a partial nod to Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces.
  • Smug Snake: Boris is extremely condescending, which repels his teammates even further.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Thanks to rigorous gym training, Boris learns to use his girth in powerful ways.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Just barely, but it’s there. By the time he gets voted out, he’s actually made a couple friends and is legitimately touched to be considered a threat.

Frances - The Journalist

The editor-in-chief of her college newspaper, Frances is always looking for a good story. She's generally quiet and introverted, but will gladly spy on her teammates to report something juicy.
  • Anti-Hero: She's reclusive, vindictive, passive-aggressive, and most of her attempts at friendship fail miserably, but compared to Erica she's unmistakably the protagonist.
  • Birds of a Feather: Shortly after the merge, she realizes how much she has in common with Kelsey and they become friends.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's quiet and rather witty.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Frances starts feeling isolated right around the merge after yet another falling-out with Suvir, and tries to branch out socially with mixed results.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Frances fancies herself an investigative journalist, so she spends most of her time in the competition looking for stories.
  • Odd Friendship: She and Christian shockingly hit it off once he's transferred to the Cheeses.
  • The Quiet One: Most of the time. She's a lot more talkative when she's with Suvir or in the confessional.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With her alliance partner, Suvir. He's paranoid and anxious, while she's the one helping him calm down and think realistically.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: She gives one of these to Suvir when he's worried about the results of the skit challenge, but it doesn't end well.
  • Tranquil Fury: Frances is absolutely incensed when Rhett causes her notebook to fall into the water, but she speaks in the same calm, quiet tone the entire time.

Kaitlin - The Failed Actress

Kaitlin has dreamed of achieving stardom on the big screen since her youth, but none of those dreams have translated to reality - she's ill-tempered, volatile, and an alcoholic, and has no talent whatsoever. She figures Total Drama is a perfect way to jump-start her TV career.
  • The Alcoholic: She's almost always drunk in some capacity.
  • Attention Whore: This is what sets her apart from Artemis - Artemis is naturally that odd, while Kaitlin just wants attention.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She's extremely aggressive and can be set off by basically anything.
  • Jerkass: She's rude and unpleasant to practically everyone.
  • The Klutz: She's very awkward and gangly, though how much of this is real and how much is just her wanting attention is debatable.
  • Lady Swearsalot: Kaitlin really pushes the PG-13 rating of the story as far as she can.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: The "wacky characters" she creates for the Luncheons & Laggins game and the advertising challenge are incredibly offensive.
  • Shout-Out: Her whole character is a reference to Sweet Dee from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and she was named after the character's actress.

Rhett - The Country Bumpkin

Rhett is a farmer who lives deep in the bowels of the South. He has many questionable hobbies, ranging from riding horses to cow-tipping to drinking over 20 beers and allegedly chugging gasoline, but he's always up for a good time.
  • The Big Guy: He and Rhett are "the muscle" of the Artisanal Cheeses.
  • Book Dumb: Rhett isn't the brightest bulb, and one line implies he can't even count correctly, but he's an asset to the team in many other ways.
  • Deep South: He embodies this part of the country.
  • Good Ol' Boy: Most definitely, though his political views are unknown so far.
  • Nice Guy: Rhett is cheery, positive, and feels legitimately bad when he ruins Frances's notes, not that it matters.
  • Shout-Out: A certain line in his biography references Survivor's Wes Nale, and he bears a slight resemblance to him as well.
  • Those Two Guys: He seems to have buddied up with Roald, and the two partake in keg stands together in the first challenge.

Roald - The Extreme Sports Enthusiast

Roald is the cousin of Puck, from Total Drama Tokyo and Total Drama Superstar Showdown. The two are essentially one and the same, except Roald is a massive fan of sports and claims to be extremely athletic. How true these claims are is yet to be proven.
  • The Big Guy: He and Roald are "the muscle" of the Artisanal Cheeses.
  • It Runs in the Family: Roald is extremely similar to Puck, from his appearance to his hyperactive nature to his need to make friends with everyone.
  • Keet: Roald may be even more hyper and enthusiastic than Puck.
  • Lovable Jock: Unlike a certain jock on the Killer Wildcats, Roald is friendly and outgoing, if a little weird.
  • Nice Guy: Roald is nothing but kind to all of his teammates, and is the only one who attempts to befriend Boris.
  • Odd Friendship: He tries to develop one with Boris by taking him to the gym, and it eventually works out.
  • Opposites Attract: Somehow, he and Whitney actually end up getting together.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: This is Roald's role on the Artisanal Cheeses.
  • Pungeon Master: Not quite as much as his cousin, but he makes a few puns, which naturally horrifies Whitney.
  • Stout Strength: He's very pudgy, and how athletic he actually is is ambiguous, but he's at least strong.
  • Those Two Guys: He seems to have buddied up with Rhett, and the two partake in keg stands together in the first challenge.

Suvir - The Conspiracy Theorist

Suvir is your average conspiracy theorist. He didn't release too many details about his life to the Total Drama staff, as he believes they are a secret organization run by lizard people, so his bio is rather sparse. All we know is that he joined the show to escape the "capitalist hellhole" that is America.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Some of the things he says and believes are flat-out bizarre.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Of course. For instance, he believes everyone else on the show is Truman Show-ing him.
  • Fragile Speedster: He ran track for five years, training him to escape dangerous situations.
  • Just Friends: Although Frances has romantic feelings for him, he only views her as a "buddy."
  • The Paranoiac: He's freaked out about even the most mundane things.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With his alliance partner, Frances. He's paranoid and anxious, while she's the one helping him calm down and think realistically.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He leaves in the middle of the first challenge due to "bad juju."
  • Shared Family Quirks: Suvir's father Rahul initially seems different... until he starts freaking out about imaginary health concerns just like his son.

Whitney - The Ice Queen

Whitney is Total Drama Superstar Showdown winner Wolfgang's older sister. While Wolfgang was a Defrosting Ice King who was much nicer than he let on, Whitney is far different. She's dismissive, haughty, and aloof, and never pretends to be anything other than those things.
  • Alpha Bitch: Whitney is an interesting type of one, since she doesn't seem to be fake or snobby, just... cold.
  • The Comically Serious: This side of her is especially apparent once she starts dating Roald.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just like her brother, although she may have him beat.
  • Early-Bird Cameo/Mythology Gag: She first appeared in Wolfgang's video message from home in the TDSS finale. She was also a contestant in the author's scrapped fanfic from 2012, Survivor: India, although her personality was slightly changed.
  • Emotionless Girl: The only emotion she does show is "vague irritation."
  • Ice Queen: Naturally, as it's her label.
  • It Runs in the Family: She looks similar to her brother Wolfgang, and has a similar fashion sense and snarky personality. However, she's a lot less friendly.
  • Opposites Attract: Somehow, she and Roald actually end up getting together.
  • The Quiet One: Whitney's lines tend to be very short and infrequent.
  • The Stoic: She really doesn't care about any of her teammates' antics, and it shows.
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    The Killer Wildcats 

Christian - The Alpha Prep

Christian is the archetypal frat bro - a simple man with simple tastes. He spends most his days blasting shitty music, throwing parties, hooking up with immense amounts of girls, making freestyle rap videos with his friends, juuling, and sailing his yacht.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While moving in he kept mentioning "male-on-male bonding," and he made some... questionable comments about Kingsley in a confessional.
  • Anything That Moves: After a "dry spell" of one week, he falls into this, even claiming he'd have sex with Chef.
  • The Casanova: Isabella was certainly into him, as are Erica, Artemis, and potentially Kingsley. It's even implied he and Isabella have sex.
  • Dumb Blonde: He's not particularly smart, at one point mistaking French for German.
  • Fratbro: In fact, the president of his frat.
  • Handsome Lech: He constantly thirsts over the women on his team, and the only reason he ever comes close to success is his attractiveness.
  • Jerk Jock: Somewhere between this and Dumb Jock. He is an asshole, but a lot of it is just cluelessness.
  • Odd Friendship: He and Frances shockingly hit it off once he's transferred to the Cheeses.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Christian is one of the main sources of humor in the story.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: He mentions that "Bleach Blaze" is his rapper name.
  • Ship Tease: Early on with Isabella, but it's abandoned for a number of reasons. He later tries to develop these with Erica and Kelsey, with mixed results.
  • Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: At one point, he discusses a past "yacht party" attended by nearly his whole frat, implied to have turned into an orgy.

Erica - The Former Queen Bee

Erica grew up surrounded by a crowd of Alpha Bitches, who were materialistic, vain, and manipulative. She is now attempting to reinvent herself by trying to be nicer and hanging out with more unconventional people, but old habits die hard...
  • Asian Rudeness: Erica is Chinese-American and not particularly friendly.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She attempts to be this, but isn't hiding the "bitch" part very well.
  • Evil Is Petty: Erica targeted Isabella simply because she didn't like her and was jealous of her relationship with Christian. She gets even pettier once the merge hits, targeting Graham and Kelsey solely because they didn't invite her to dinner.
  • It's All About Me: All of Erica's attempts to befriend and bond with her teammates are only so she can feel better about herself.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Erica is hilariously transparent and rude, but has a sweet side.
  • Obliviously Evil: She tries to justify all her bizarre, spiteful behavior to herself and refuses to believe she's anything but a "good person."
  • Took a Level in Kindness: This is her ultimate goal, though it doesn't seem to be working yet.
  • The Un-Smile: She often attempts to grin widely to demonstrate how sweet she is, but it always comes off as overly calculated and fake.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: She does save all her roasting for the confessionals, and is genuine friends with (most of) her teammates.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She admits to Miles that she's cheated on her boyfriend before, which sends him into a rage... and then there's her relationship with Christian.

Graham - The Gentleman

Graham is a peculiar individual who was raised by his grandparents, giving him a sophisticated attitude and a fashion sense like he's in Victorian England. He's a romantic at heart and a talented poet, but he's very shy and wants to expand his horizons on Total Drama.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Whitney doesn't even pretend to reciprocate his crush on her.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: This is generally how he talks.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He's horrified at the prospect of telling Kelsey how he feels for this reason.
  • The Dandy: His outfit alone should say enough.
  • Important Haircut: Graham shaves off his mustache at the end of the sixth chapter to try and win over Whitney once and for all.
  • In Love with Love: He's an avid poet, loves reading romance novels, and gushes over Miles's old relationship.
  • Nice Guy: He's genuinely kind, even if his appearance and mannerisms put some of his teammates off.
  • No Poker Face: He's often tasked with keeping Rachel and Miles's secrets, but instantly turns red and spills the truth whenever someone confronts him, making him a very Bad Liar.
  • Serial Romeo: He spends the pre-merge in love with Whitney, but later gives up... and instantly falls for his close friend Kelsey.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Came to Total Drama wearing a full suit.
  • Shout-Out: Graham's design is based on Animal Crossing's Beardo.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: His obsession with Whitney exhibits this. Chris even quips that Graham doesn't realize he's on Total Drama instead of a romantic comedy.

Isabella - The Local

Isabella is extremely friendly and outgoing, but lacks any sort of substance. She loves binge-watching Webflicks, posting all sorts of heavily filtered photos onto social media, avoiding emotional intimacy, and of course, hanging out with her girl gang.
  • Brainless Beauty: In a sense. She's not extremely stupid, but very basic.
  • Camera Fiend/Phoneaholic Teenager: Isabella loves taking scenic landscape photos as well as selfies, and pops out her phone to take a selfie with her teammates even after being voted off.
  • The Chick: Played this role in her short time on the Wildcats.
  • Dreadful Musician: Her karaoke to ABBA's "Dancing Queen" doesn't end well.
  • Genki Girl: Isabella is very upbeat and cheerful, which aggravates some of her crankier teammates.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: For her faults, Isabella is extremely sweet and overall means well.
  • Kill the Cutie: She's the first contestant voted off, mostly thanks to Erica being petty.
  • Ship Tease: Early on with Christian, but she abandons it for a number of reasons.
  • Valley Girl: A rare Canadian version.

Kelsey - The Go-Getter

Kelsey is extremely smart, driven, and charismatic, and has spent most of her high school and college career swallowed by extracurriculars. She basically runs like a machine, but she's a lot less stable than she appears - on the inside, she's breaking down from all the stress.
  • Broken Ace: In spades. Although she's extremely accomplished, she has low self-esteem and is constantly stressed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's very witty, which comes with being as smart as she is.
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: According to her bio, she was on the high school debate team, played volleyball, ran cross country, and learned French, and in college she has gone to China, interned in DC, done a 34-hour dance marathon, and is doing philanthropic fundraisers.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Just look at her label.
  • Good Counterpart: Of Courtney from the canon series. Kelsey is a lot more friendly and far less aggressive, but she comes with her own issues.
  • Hidden Depths: Kelsey is an Art History major and loves the arts and culture, and all her extracurriculars are just to build up her resume.
  • Oblivious to Love: Perhaps due to everything else on her mind, Kelsey has zero clue that her close friend Graham is in love with her.
  • Only Sane Woman: Played with - she tries to set herself up as this compared to her far weirder teammates, and it seems to work... but only publicly.
  • The Perfectionist: Perhaps to a fault, which is where her weakness lies.
  • Sanity Slippage: Kelsey has a rough time in the canoe challenge after the Wildcats' second loss, spending most of it word vomiting incoherently at Christian and having breakdowns in the confessional.
  • Self-Deprecation: All the time, though it's unknown how much is just her sense of humor and how much is actual insecurities.
  • Stepford Smiler: Most definitely. She's very anxious, but covers it up with humor and leadership.
  • Verbal Backspace: Kelsey is extremely prone to this, especially when she accidentally lets something overly personal slip.
  • Vocal Dissonance: She is described as having a "surprisingly deep" voice.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: During the loved ones' challenge, Kelsey admits in the confessional that the goal of all her academic overachieving is to make her mom happy.

Kingsley - The Social Media Mogul

Kingsley is an avid MyCircle user who spends most of his time vlogging, tweeting, and listening to pop music. He's a very outgoing person who plans to showcase his fierce personality on the big screen and scheme his way to the end.
  • Camp Gay: In spades.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's definitely sarcastic, perhaps to a fault.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Christian has made some choice comments about him, both to his face and in private.
  • The Fashionista: He runs a weekly style vlog, and later spends an entire confessional roasting Isabella for her alleged lack of fashion sense.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Kingsley is voted out in the third episode because of his master plan to take out Christian, and subsequent overstrategizing with Erica, putting a target on his back.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Kingsley seems to be very egocentric, especially seen right before his boot.
  • Smug Snake: Kingsley gets very, very cocky when he thinks he's about to take Christian out.

Miles - The Angsty Musician

Miles was once an up-and-coming musician... until his girlfriend cheated on him. Nowadays, he's much more reclusive, and has dramatically changed his entire appearance, personality, and worldview. He spends most of his time pining over his ex, and his friends signed him up for Total Drama because they were worried about him.
  • The Eeyore: So much so that it seems he actively likes being sad.
  • Emo Teen: Became one after his breakup.
  • Excessive Mourning: Two years after the breakup, Miles is still so obsessed with Jackie that even the smallest, most insignificant things (such as Kelsey merely smiling at him) remind him of her.
  • The Mourning After: He's still madly in love with his ex, Jackie, brings her up in every conversation he can, and all the girls on his team do nothing but remind him of her.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: Miles quits at the end of the seventh episode after Jackie and her new boyfriend show up, but not for the reasons one may expect.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't talk much, and when he does it's usually a mutter.
  • Ship Tease: With Rachel - it's short-lived, however, since she makes it clear she's not into him romantically.
  • Wangst: Invoked with his dialogue, to the degree of parody.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is dyed a bright magenta color.

Rachel - The Free Spirit

Rachel is an artistic, breezy individual who is deeply involved in art, poetry, and astrology, and spends lots of her time frolicking in the woods. She's very passionate and extroverted, and joined the show to experience more of earth's wonders.
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