Total Drama Lakeside is a Total Drama fanfic written by Toadgamer80. It is a distinct entry from his previous five-story canon, taking place four years after Total Drama Superstar Showdown and involving a cast of 16 new college-aged contestants competing at a ritzy, suburban lakeside setting. Chris McLean returns as host, now aging and fading out of the public eye, and his various attempts to stay relevant impact the competition greatly.
You can read the story here.
This story provides examples of:
- Aerith and Bob: As per tradition. This story has names like Christian, Rachel, and Isabella mixed with Boris, Suvir, and Artemis.
- Ambiguously Bi: Christian reveals early on, in a "no homo" statement, that he finds Kingsley attractive and would not be opposed to spooning with him at night.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Erica attempts to be this, but doesn't hide the bitch part very well.
- Continuity Nod: In the second chapter, Chef is reading a mystery novel written by Helga.
- Deadpan Snarker: There are a few, as usual. Whitney, Frances, and Kelsey are the main ones.
- Dumb Blonde: For once in the series, all three blonde contestants (Christian, Isabella, and Kaitlin) are morons.
- Fake High: Zig-zagged. For the first challenge, the return of the "Awake-a-Thon," Chris tells Chef to get a keg of non-alcoholic beer so the contestants experience the placebo effect. He does, and they do, but it's later revealed that Chef goofed and actually got real beer.
- Five-Token Band: Four minority contestants all arrive at once in the intro chapter, causing the ever-subtle Chris to make an offhand remark about a "diversity quota."
- Imaginary Love Triangle: Graham creates one of these between himself, Roald, and Whitney - what's really the case is Graham is madly in love with Whitney and Roald has a crush on her as well, but she couldn't care less about either.
- It Runs in the Family: This season introduces Wolfgang and Puck's sister and cousin, respectively, and it is clear that all of Wolfgang's relatives are grouchy, sarcastic, and standoffish, and all of Puck's are rotund, overly enthusiastic, and pun-obsessed.
- Seinfeldian Conversation: As usual for the author's works, these are frequent, especially in the scenes that take place at the beginning of each chapter before the challenge.
- The Bus Came Back: For Chris McLean himself, returning to host once again after Roz's TDSS stint.