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A Total Drama fanfic by JoeMerl.

After finding out about Duncan and Gwen's kiss, Courtney decides to pull an Operation: Jealousy. However, instead of doing it with Tyler, she opts for Cody, assuming (incorrectly) that Gwen will be upset at losing her sort-of Love Interest. This results in her and Cody get closer, which leads to other changes from the TV series.

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This fanfiction series contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • Cody became friends with Ezekiel during their time at Playa des Losers, and is very upset about his Sanity Slippage and the way that Chris takes advantage of it.
    • Even after Courtney gets her eliminated, Gwen wants to rebuild their friendship, unlike on the show, where her last words before taking the Drop were "Suck it, Courtney!"
    • Chris and Blaineley have a more acrimonious relationship than in canon.
  • Adapted Out: "Cody Jr.," from "Rapa Phooey." The Chinese lady whom Sierra meets is also switched out with Jenny.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Instead of flirting with Tyler in "The Ex-Files," Courtney decides the better move is flirting with Cody. Things only branch off more from there.
  • Ascended Extra: The interns, who are seen but not heard in canon, get enough dialogue and focus to become supporting characters. They are even dignified with names, though Chris can't be bothered to use them.
  • Bad Boss: Chris, obviously, but also one of his own superiors, Sherri DeVille, who can apparently beat employees within an inch of their life with impunity.
  • Batman Gambit: Attempted but failed. Despite agreeing with Courtney's plan to eliminate Sierra, Cody finds himself unable to go through with it, and attempts another plan: since Courtney and Sierra would vote for each other, and assuming Alejandro and Heather would also vote for each other, Cody decides to vote for himself in the hopes of causing a 5-way tie, assuming Chris would make it a non-elimination round. This backfires majorly after it turns out Alejandro eavesdropped on Cody's plan and revealed it to Heather, resulting in both of them voting out Cody instead.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Played for Laughs, concerning the Sierra/Cody/Courtney Love Triangle.
    Cody: I have two hot girls fighting over me. This is dream. It's supposed to be awesome. WHY ISN'T IT AWESOME?!
  • Connected All Along: The fact that Cody and Ezekiel hung out a lot at the Playa des Losers becomes important during "African Lying Safari."
  • Exact Words: In "Chinese Fake-Out," Chris says that anyone who shows up after the gong has been rung can't participate in the second part of the challenge. Unlike in canon, he excludes Sierra, who arrives after Heather rings it by accident.
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: At one point Cody mentions that, aside from Sierra, the only girl who's ever expressed interest in dating him was his three-year-old cousin.
  • Flashbacks: "Sweden Sour, Part III" and "African Lying Safari, Part I" contain flashbacks to just before the season started, setting up character motivations.
  • For Want Of A Nail: This story's initial divergence from canon is a small one: in an attempt to get back at her faithless ex-boyfriend, Duncan, Courtney flirts with Cody instead of Tyler. Subsequent, ever-increasing divergences tend to flow organically from this.
  • Freudian Excuse: The Flashbacks establish that Ezekiel was desperate to prove himself as more than "some hick kid from the prairie," which helps explain his desire to stay in the game and resulting Sanity Slippage.
  • Henpecked Husband: Played for Laughs in the Niagra Falls challenge with Owen and Heather's fake marriage.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted. In canon, after discovering that Alejandro got Courtney's help to cheat in China, people voted off Courtney but never even mentioned that Alejandro was now a proven cheater; here, cheating with Owen seriously dents his status as a Villain with Good Publicity.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Alejandro makes a vow to do this after he's nearly eliminated in African Lying Safari.
  • Love Epiphany: Cody and Courtney both get one in "African Lying Safari, Part II".
  • Madness Mantra: Ezekiel is still capable of speech, but the only word he seems to say is "Win."
  • Musical World Hypotheses: In the Australia episode, Chris makes the contestants sing while shearing sheep, then pauses the contest so that he can make Team Amazon go down to a makeshift stage and sing it again while playing instruments. He also mentions that the visuals seen in "The Ex-Files" were CGI; in reality, they sang that while just standing in the mine field.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The interns, unnamed in canon, are dignified with names in the fic. Billy keeps his Fanon name, the one who looks remarkably like him is Willy, and the black intern is Nelson.
  • The Nicknamer: Since Chris can't be bothered to learn his interns' names, he refers to Billy as "Guy," Willy as "Other Guy" and Nelson as "Redshirt."
    • Ezekiel can't seem to remember Heather, Alejandro or Chris' names, internally calling them "Bad-Girl," "Bad-Man" and "Worse-Man."
  • Noodle Incident: Alejandro (who is canonically the son of a diplomat) mentions that he and his brothers have broken many international laws at the embassy where they live.
  • Oblivious to Love: Cody, in a way. Courtney is obviously using him for an Operation: Jealousy plan, but he's so fixated on Gwen that he just thinks that she's being unusually friendly to him.
  • Operation: Jealousy: The plot kicks off with an AU take on "The Ex-Files," where Courtney tries this trope with Cody instead of Tyler. She reasons (incorrectly) that Gwen would be upset to lose Cody's fawning over her.
  • Prophecies Are Always Right: "Chinese Fake Out" features fortune cookies. Each seems to Foreshadow something.
    • Courtney's says "Act like a friend and you will find many close companions." In the next challenge, she has to Take a Level in Kindness to get Cody and Ezekiel's support.
    • Cody's says "What you once sought is now right under your nose." He's finally found a girl who will return his feelings.
    • Owen's fortune, later found by Sierra, says "Do not waste your affections on one who doesn't return them." Referring, of course, to Alejandro and Cody, respectively.
    • Chris' says "Stray from the path you are on, for it will lead to great misfortune." The meaning of this one isn't clear yet.
  • Smart Ball: Played for Laughs in both parts of "Chinese Fake-Out," with Owen suddenly displaying detailed knowledge of paleontology and ancient Chinese culinary habits for a gag.
  • Spin-Offspring: Discussed, as Sierra's ridiculously detailed plans for her and Cody's life together includes their future son participating in something called Total Drama Offspring.
  • Through His Stomach: Like Alejandro in canon, Sierra gives Cody candy to try and get on his good side.
    Sierra: My mama always says "the way to a man's heart is through subliminal messages while he's sleeping." But since that hasn't worked, I'll try candy!
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: The narrative occasionally uses the deranged Ezekiel as the point of view character. (Also, Sierra.)
  • Villainous Breakdown: Alejandro has a small one after getting voted off in "African Lying Safari", until he discovers that it was a reward challenge.