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Total Drama Genesis is a Total Drama fanfiction written by Rhonda the stalker fan!.

The story is Total Drama was cancelled at some point after a certain number of seasons. However the show ended up creating a sub-genre of reality shows themed around teens. A new network now has the rights to the Total Drama franchise, except the original Canada footage. So the company decided to 'reboot' the franchise by making an American version of Total Drama! With three failed actors as the new hosts, the competition takes place in America's capital of Washington, D.C..


The problem is that the new company has no faith in the project and are making this only to hold onto the rights, leaving a very meager budget. The story details both the competition between twenty-two all new teens for the prize of two million dollars and the hosts trying to find ways to gain viewers and keep their jobs.

The story is currently finished, with a sequel announced. Has a character page here.


This story provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Jasper is so unmemorable that nobody gets his name right with any consistency, not even the narrator.
  • Aerith and Bob: The contestants’ names range from usual names like Aiden, Bethany, Cynthia and Riley to Diamonique, Kalino, Xidorn and Zipporah. Justified, due to the diverse cast.
  • Alien Invasion: A challenge involves the contestants having to 'fight' a force of invading aliens to pay homage to a movie.
  • All There in the Manual: Much like its parent work, the fic's supplemental materials include brief character biographies and "audition tapes" which reveal various traits and backstories that don't directly impact the story.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: At the first merge challenge we meet some of the newcomers' parents, and quite a few embarrass their children in front of their friends...and on live television.
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  • Amusing Injuries: Ness gets injuries quite frequently; some tend to bruise and continue throughout an episode however.
  • Banana Peel: Tessa slips on a banana peel and falls on her face, courtesy of Kalino during the ice skating challenge.
  • BFS: In the virutal reality challenge, Ignacio's avatar has a sword twice the size of his body.
  • The Big Bad Shuffle: Traditionally, each canon season has a main antagonist. At first, Tessa seems like a stereotypical main antagonist. Yet she is established as not that strategic, unlike Pascal...until its clear he's not the strategic mastermind he thinks he is. As the host, Rhonda could apply...if she wasn't held back by her limited budget and Executive Meddling. The Big Bad seems to be Kalino...until the merge happens, where it seems like two villains team up...but might also try to take each other out.
  • Bigger on the Inside: At the start of the first challenge, crates containing challenge "obstacles" are opened to reveal far more contents than the crates would be expected to hold.
  • Big "NO!": In the virtual reality challenge, Jasper cuts loose with a despairing "Nooooooo!" when a mortally wounded old man, who was about to retire, dies in his arms.
  • Bitch Alert: A big warning sign Tessa's not a nice person is her arrival, glaring and insulting the other contestants.
  • Black Comedy Animal Cruelty: For one challenge, the teams have to fish the seven deadly fish to make 'kung-fu soup'. The Molting Eagles send in Cynthia to deal with it. It is Played for Laughs, particularly because the fish were established as jerks.
  • Bookcase Passage: The Pentagram is filled with secret passages, many triggered by bookcases. The library naturally has a rotating bookcase. Another Melissa accidentally triggers by removing a cookbook in her room's bookcase, allowing her to travel to the kitchen's frozen meat locker.
  • Brick Joke: Kalino and Frannie's flashback to their misadventures getting them kicked out of a mall seemed unimportant. Frannie even joking it wasn't plot important...until a challenge takes place at the mall and forces the two to hide from the cops.
  • Break Them by Talking: Tessa insults another contestant's family, causing that contestant to start crying.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Rhonda lists reasons why the Pentagram Hotel was closed, one which is a little worse than other...
    Rhonda::...the usual; tough economy, poor location choice, the owner and designer turned out to be a serial killer who used the secret catacombs he built in the hotel to murder people…that kind of stuff.
  • The Bus Came Back: Three previously eliminated contestants return to compete again when the teams merge at the game's midpoint.
  • The Butler Did It: Vance suspects the hotel's butler is the killer during a murder mystery trope, claiming it's usually the butler.
  • The Cameo: In ploy to get ratings, Rhonda tries to find ways to have celebrities guest star on the show. She manages to get to fashion icons to appear as guest celebrity judges for the runway challenge.
  • Capture the Flag: One challenge is a game of capture the flag, where teams must steal the other team's flag and move it into their base. Whoever gets it in their base first wins.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Tessa returns at the competition midpoint, she immediately calls out Kalino for his betrayal that led to her elimination. Kalino, naturally, denies it; and although Tessa's charge is gospel truth, no one believes her because Kalino is well-liked and Tessa is almost universally hated.
  • Chained Heat: The mud wrestling portion of the trust challenge had two teammates chained together, to test to see if they trust each other to work together and aid them in a fight.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Lampshaded by Tessa, who obtains a chainmail bikini in the virtual reality challenge and asks incredulously how it can possibly be as effective as the game claims it to be.
    Tessa: Ugh, how does this give me +2 defense? My body will literally be more exposed!
  • Chekhov's Gun: A few noticeable occasions seem more important in hindsight;
    • Rhonda states twice that the contestants can only have one cup for lunch. Those cups decide the teams.
    • Xidorn mentions wanting to see the new reboot of The Invaders, an alien invasion movie. A challenge is later themed around an alien invasion from the same movie.
    • Ness, Lita and Seraphina plan to spend their girls day at a 'big mall' before it gets cancelled. Kalino and Frannie later recount visiting a large mall in a flashback. This mall ends up being a location for another challenge.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: At the start of the show, Rhonda talks with an old lady at the metro. The old lady reappears much later, revealing backstory about the treasure hidden in the hotel.
    • Throughout the story, the contestants occasionally reference their loved ones from home. We actually meet a handful of their loved ones during the first merge challenge, many referenced previously.
  • Christmas in July: When they Fizzled Fireworks notice that Washington has become covered in snow, they believe it to be a Christmas miracle and reference this trope to justify it. However as Seraphina points out, its June.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During the steel cage match fight of the first challenge, Lita lands every hit while Vance barely manages to land a one hit, before going down for the count.
  • Cutaway Gag: Jenny reminds Rhonda that the budget for medical exams had to be cut as a cost-saving measure. Cut to a scene where Jenny and Toby, whose only medical credentials are (obviously worthless) degrees from an online diploma mill, give a prospective contestant an "examination" consisting entirely of asking him if he is healthy.
  • Defeat by Modesty: When Kalino pulls down Griswold's pants to gain an advantage in a challenge, Griswold's overriding priority is to cover himself.
  • Don't Split Us Up: Weston tries to convince Rhonda not to put him and his twin Easton on different teams, to no avail.
  • Drunk on Milk: During a party, Pascal acts drunk, hiccuping, being loopy and eventually passing out...after only having a soda.
    Lita: "Hasn't he only had one cherry cola?"
    Seraphina: "He hasn't even finished it."
  • Eagle Land: The scene takes place in America’s capital Washington, D.C. It’s also the first American season of Total Drama and the show's host tries to play up the American pride, including naming the teams after American symbols.
  • Eat That: There have been two instances of a gross food eating challenge;
    • One of the trials for the first challenge was to see who could drink the most glasses of a blend made of "A special juice containing locally grown cockroaches, organic pigeon poopy, old man sweat, just born maggots…and black licorice.
    • A later challenge involves the contestants racing to see who can finish a feast consisting of foods from around America, including foods such as fried crocodile, reindeer hotdogs, chocolate covered scorpions, deep fried butter, pickled pigs feet...and black licorice.
  • Empathic Environment: All of sudden a thunderstorm happens as the other contestants meet Cynthia and reach their hotel…
  • Enforced Plug: Before the mall challenge, Rhonda explains that some of the shops have paid for shill advertising, which Rhonda and her cohosts will deliver in "a subtle and tasteful way". Because the cohosts are generally incapable of subtlety (or taste, for that matter) they immediately shill various food court restaurants in a blatantly over the top way, right down to parroting the restaurants' slogans.
  • Exact Words:
    • Rhonda often tricks the contestants by saying things and pulling surprises that technically true.
    • Two of the three immunity idols are only usable by members of a specific team. When Tessa, who knows she is an elimination target, finds the immunity idol that is only usable by members of the other team, she asks a member of that team to use the idol on her behalf and thereby negate the expected votes against her. The voting mechanism is such that Tessa's scheme is plausible.note 
  • Fanservice: Invoked by Rhonda, whose stated reason for staging a challenge at a pool is to get the players in their swimwear because "we need to show some skin", presumably to goose the show's ratings.
  • Fashion Magazine: Hotel De Couture, the location for the runway challenge, is filled with fashion magazines. This becomes a plot point, as The Molting Eagles use these magazines for designs in the challenge.
  • Fashion Show: One of the challenges is to design clothes and then model them on a runway as a fashion show, the team with the best outfits winning.
  • The Food Poisoning Incident: When Ness and Melissa eat black licorice, which the story depicts as potentially lethal, Melissa immediately becomes violently ill and one of Ness' teammates promptly examines them for symptoms such as fever, swelling, and so on. The trope is played straight, albeit for laughs, with Melissa, who does not recover quickly. It is subverted with Ness, who actually likes black licorice.
  • Foreshadowing: Rhonda lists a lot of traits the contestants will need to complete the first challenge. This list actually turns out to be a hint at the true nature of the challenge, testing their skills, and the list is the order of the trials.
  • Funbag Airbag: Lita inverts the trope during the fashion challenge when she stumbles in footwear she's not accustomed to and, whilst clutching Ignacio for support, inadvertently mashes her ample bosom into his face. Played straight a few scenes later, when Ignacio flees the stage after his Wardrobe Malfunction and smacks into Lita's chest.
  • Fur Bikini: A male version; Ignacio models a speedo made of squirrel fur during the fashion show challenge.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • When Xidorn asks Vance to come see a movie with him and Weston, Vance initially refuses because he doesn't like Weston. Xidorn tries to change Vance's mind with a Puppy-Dog Eyes routine, but Vance calls him out and insists that tactic won't work. Cut to the three of them departing for the movie.
    • Later in the same outing, Weston states in a confessional spot that there's no way he and Vance could ever be recondiled. Cut to them laughing together, obviously reconciled.
  • Gunship Rescue: Subverted in the virtual reality challenge. The players are preparing for a climactic confrontation with the Witch Queen when Vance (a centaur) arrives with a flock of Cluckys. Vance appears to be leading them into battle, but is actually running for his life. The Cluckys catch and devour Vance soon after, and then fall upon the assembled armies, attacking both sides indiscriminately.
  • Hell Hotel: The Pentagram Hotel is described as similar in appearance a haunted house and even though its in the process of being more child friendly, its still made by a serial killer, has a torture chamber and secret passageways and is supposedly haunted by ghosts.
  • Horde of Alien Locusts: The Cluckys are basically flying, fireball-shooting chickens that will attack and eat other creatures indiscriminately.
  • Hostile Weather: The weather becomes awful as soon as the contestants leave the subway, with horrible winds, downpours and even lightning.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Taking a cue from the show on which it is based, the chapter titles tend to be based on puns. The following are representative:
    • "Invade You Look" ("I made you look") for the alien invasion challenge
    • "Beauty and the Feast" (Beauty and the Beast) for the eating challenge
    • "A Crime of Fashion" ("crime of passion") for the fashion challenge
    • "Wheel With the Devil" (Deal with the Devil) for the "Wheel of Misfortune" challenge
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: When Rhonda and her cohosts undertake some paid shill advertising, Rhonda assures the contestants that it will be done in "a subtle and tasteful way"; but because the cohosts are generally incapable of subtlety (or taste, for that matter) their plugs are absurdly blatant, right down to parroting the restaurants' slogans.
  • Informed Judaism: Seraphina mentions that she is Jewish and Zipporah's character bio mentions Jewish ancestry, but neither engages in any distinctively Jewish behaviors.
  • Literary Allusion Title: Several chapter titles allude to other works, albeit usually via puns:
  • Loophole Abuse: One challenge has the contestants use a bob sled to race down a slip and slide. One team of contestants hires a taxi to drive them to the finish line. Rhonda does not call it cheating, since she said you could use the slip and slide, not that you had to use it.
  • MacGyvering: Toby is able to make a snow machine using paper shedders and wood chippers. Later in the winter wonderland challenge, Ignacio creates a snowball making and firing machine out of parts from the trash.
  • Manipulative Editing: Rhonda is reluctant to edit the show's footage to invent storylines, as that's an issue she has with reality shows, but she eventually does so to cause conflict between Easton and Weston.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Lita unthinkingly shoves Ignacio's face into her ample chest when she hugs him in gratitude. Ignacio is severely embarrassed.
  • The Maze: One of the trials of the first challenge is to solve a maze. However the trick is the contestants aren't navigating the maze, they're trying to lead one of the co-hosts while they're blindfolded.
  • Mud Wrestling: One portion of the trust challenge has two members from each team face off in duels, trying to knock each other off a platform...covered in mud...while in their swimsuits. 'Somehow', swimsuits accidentally fall off...
  • Mystery Meat: During a challenge taking place in a school, Melissa comes across 'meat' in the cafeteria and references this trope. She has no idea what the meat is even used for. Naturally, she finds a baby cockroach inside.
  • Mythology Gag: Occasionally, references are made to the original version but in a simple and vague manner, to avoid Continuity Lock-Out. The Awake-a-thon challenge and Capture the flag challenge are redone versions of older challenges for example.
  • Never Learned to Read: One contestant ends up admitting to a teammate they never learned how to read due to their family background. The teammate resolves to teach them.
  • Nominal Importance:
    • Lampshaded in the virtual reality challenge, when Jasper is cradling a mortally wounded old man. When Jasper laments that he never knew the man's name, the man replies, "The developers … never … gave me one."
    • Also in the virtual reality challenge, Ignacio, playing an orc, is forced by circumstance to present himself as a servant of the Witch Queen. Ignacio surmises that he wasn't really meant to do this, but the fact that some of the other orcs have names suggests that he was indeed expected to join forces with them.
  • Noodle Incident: In a confessional spot prior to the virtual reality challenge, Ness mentions that she once tried to play arcade games. The only detail she gives is that it took the first reponders a couple of hours to put out the fire and pull her out from beneath the game cabinet.
  • No Ontological Inertia: When the Final Boss is vanquished in the virtual reality challenge, the sky that had been raining fire moments before quickly clears.
  • Not So Remote: During the Capture the Flag challenge, the teams must build snow forts in a blizzard to house their flags before searching for the opposing fort. For most of the challenge, the extremely poor visibility obscures the fact that, although both teams had chosen what they thought were remote locations for their forts, they had actually built their forts only a few feet apart.
  • Number of the Beast: Seraphina refers to the 'number of the beast' when she discovers her room is number 666. Naturally, her roommate is Tessa.
  • Oil Slick: One of the obstacles in the go-kart racing challenge were oil slicks on the course that racers had to maneuver through.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: To avoid getting in trouble at the mall, Frannie and Kalino wear masks they cut out from a magazine; Frannie as Blainerson McManly while Kalino wears a mask of the president...and nothing else. This is enough to fool everyone at the mall.
  • Picture Day: A portion of the high school challenge involves getting a good picture taken for picture day. Since the challenge is supposed to be like a high school movie, the newcomers have to make their way through a Foodfight! first.
  • Portrait Painting Peephole: Rhonda, the show's primary host, observes an incident among the contestants through a pair of peepholes concealed in a portrait and located at the eyes of the portrait's subject. Being the story's main Butt-Monkey, she gets a poke in the eyes for her trouble.
  • The Power of Friendship: Melissa provides an exaggerated example during the Virtual Reality challenge. In this fantasy role playing game, she can’t bring herself to fight any of the Always Chaotic Evil monsters she encounters, instead talking to them (aided by the game using Turn-Based Combat), befriending them and providing them with her signature baked goods. As a result, she’s still only Level 1 at the final battle, but quickly raises a formidable army merely by calling on her new friends.
  • Product Placement: Due to the show’s meager budget, Rhonda often uses challenges to advertise the networks’ other businesses, like hotels or products at the mall. The show also does sponsorships, such as free promo for a movie reboot or a go-kart race to advertise a car dealership. Even the hotel was chosen because it belongs to the network and provides free advertising.
  • Retirony: In the virtual reality challenge, Jasper's thiefly contact is mortally wounded one job from retirement.
  • Rousing Speech: When the three-way virtual reality battle between the Witch Queen's army, the players' army and the Cluckys is interrupted by the arrival of a greater threat, Ignacio, who has been playing double agent in the Witch Queen's horde, displays his oratory prowess with a fiery speech that convinces the horde to join forces with the players despite longstanding racial animosity.
  • Running Gag: A few running gags throughout the series;
  • Scavenger Hunt: One challenge involves the teams having to collect various items from stores in an extremely large mall.
  • Schizo Tech: One challenge features a virtual reality fantasy role playing game with programming sophisticated enough to anticipate and respond appropriately to some pretty unlikely events. This same fully immersive, state of the art, virtual reality game also features Turn-Based Combat and in-game messages more typical of primitive text adventure games.
    Riley: Anyone else thinks it's weird this game has turn based combat?
  • Science Fair: A part of teen movie school challenge is winning the fair by successfully making a baking soda volcano.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: During a horror challenge, this trope is directly referenced as a ghost chases contestants into a hall of doorways and an exaggerated chase begins.
    "Now in the grand tradition of chase sequences, Total Drama Genesis is proud to present a classic; The Scooby-Dooby Doors Running Gag. We suggest that you find some corny 60s bubblegum pop music that in no way matches the tone of horror as you read this next part."
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: A challenge during the merge involves the ghost of the hotel's creator and original owner, a serial killer, haunting and capturing the newcomers. The newcomers are mostly Genre Savvy enough to realize this is a challenge, capturing and 'unmasking' the ghost, complete with a Shout-Out to the Trope Namer.
  • Scratch Damage: When the combined army fights the demon lord Voron, who is implied to have an absurd number of hit points, most of the army's attacks do only token damage; but the army has so many attacks that the nuisance damage of each adds up to the point where Voron looks much the worse for wear.
  • Self-Deprecation: The lead host's status as an Author Avatar doesn't save her from being comically humiliated and otherwise made fun of on a regular basis.
  • Shirtless Scene: Ignacio ends up losing his shirt during a challenge, much to the other characters’ enjoyment.
  • Shout-Out: The fanfiction has allusions and references to other shows, other Total Drama fanfictions and certain canonical incidents.
  • Slapstick: People frequently get hurt in the challenges, but it's Played for Laughs and no lasting impairments result.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Both men and women are subjected to physical comedy; two girls, Rhonda and Ness, are the usual victims in fact.
  • Slap Yourself Awake: Ness and Seraphina slap each other to stay awake and win the Awake-a-thon, a challenge to stay awake the longest.
  • Smash Cut: When Rhonda announces the movie genre mashup challenge, she mentions the contestants changing, Ignacio begins to express his trepidation, but the scene changes mid-line.
    Ignacio: Please don't say we're—[scene change to Ignacio dressed as a caveman]—wearing costumes.
  • Snowball Fight: During the winter wonderland challenge, contestants protected their fort using snowballs. Ignacio even made a snow ball making machine for his team.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Vance doesn’t think any of his female teammates should participate in the wrestling challenge, since they are females and could get hurt. No sooner does he say this than he must wrestle Lita, who hands him his head.
  • Stock Animal Diet: In the virtual reality challenge, Jasper (a thief) tries to steal from a monkey he's fighting. He gets a banana.
    Jasper: It’s always bananas.
  • Stock "Yuck!": The eating challenges require contestants to consume black licorice, which is portrayed as potentially lethal.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: In the virtual reality challenge, Ness' character is warned that, if she goes to fight the Witch Queen, she will be changed in ways that will make it impossible to return to business as usual in her presumably dull and apparently xenophobic home village.
  • Stunt Casting:
    • Discussed in-universe, as the show's producers thought they were casting Jasper's famous brother but somehow wound up with the absurdly generic Jasper.
    • Rhonda invokes the trope in-universe, arranging for cameo appearances by big-name stars to boost the show's sagging ratings. The first star to cameo is Pascal's reality show nemesis, Amanda Pickelstein.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Played for laughs when Frannie assures Ignacio that the bell necklace she has made for him is "not at all an attempt to hear your every movement so we can stalk you.”
    • When Lita consults her wall calendar and reacts with surprise, Ness misinterprets the cause and hastily denies ripping out the June page. Lita observes that no one is suggesting Ness did, and reveals the actual cause of her surprise. Ness subsequently reveals in a confessional spot that she did indeed rip out the page for reasons that seem good to her.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: In the Virtual Reality challenge, the game's use of Turn-Based Combat permits a good deal of conversation during battles, especially when Melissa is involved.
  • Teen Idol: Pascal is considered one, being a famous and attractive pop star. Another one mentioned quiet frequently but never seen is Blainerson McManly, who appearance at a mall attracts an army of preteen fangirls.
  • Through His Stomach: Melissa spends most of the cast's downtime in the kitchen preparing a wide variety of tasty foods, especially baked goods, which earns her the affection of the other players. In the virtual reality challenge, she prospers by the same methods, feeding the monsters she encounters instead of fighting them.
  • Tightrope Walking: One of the trials of the first challenge, walking across a rope connected between two buildings.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: When Rhonda calls for "the edgiest music we have the rights to" at the climax of the roller derby challenge, her sidekick Toby cues up "Mmmbop". When Toby insists this is the edgiest music they could afford, Rhonda curls up in the fetal position and cries to herself.
  • Underground Monkey: Lampshaded by Jasper, who notices that he's been fighting many different types of monkeys, including the trope-naming underground monkeys, and that the game is simply recycling the sprites.
    Jasper: [W]hy am I always fighting monkeys? I mean there was normal monkeys, she monkeys, metal monkeys, giant monkeys, king monkeys, sea monkeys, monkey lime pie ... This game is just recycling the same enemy sprites, isn’t it?
    [Jasper is attacked from behind]
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Pascal admits in the confessionals his plans to create an alliance to control the game and goes into specifics on how he'll use his allies to ultimately win the show. Naturally, this plan fails when all his alliance members are placed on the opposite team.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Invoked in the fashion show challenge when Lita's bra is designed with a cup to hold a stash of cheese fries. One of the judges later lampshades the trope by name whilst commenting on this feature.
  • Wacky Racing: The newcomers have a go-karting race challenge during the merge. Naturally everyone builds their own personal kart with various gimmicks to help them in a course filled with various obstacles. The opening commentary before the race is even an allusion to Wacky Races.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Ignacio clothes are ripped off due to a technical malfunction during a dancing challenge. Ignacio, embarrassed stands there covering himself.
  • Water Is Air: An octopus is able to use a lighter to set fire to a picture of Ness and throw it at her...somehow. Lampshaded by Seraphina.
    Seraphina: “How can it even light a fire underwater?"
  • When It Rains, It Pours: When it starts raining as the contestants leave, it ends up soaking them.
  • Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: When Weston asks Cynthia to become his girlfriend, she agrees readily but matter-of-factly. Weston, hearing refusal because that's what he expects, apologizes for asking. When Cynthia points out that she said "yes", Weston asks incredulously if she's sure, at which she asks if he wants her to change her mind.


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