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A Total Drama fanfic by agreenparrot

The cast is comprised of twenty original characters, each trying to be the last camper remaining and winning the grand cash prize. Unlike the original Total Drama Island, the campers have to provide their own shelter and food. As an added twist, all campers eliminated before the merge are sent to a different island where they are given a chance to return.

The story follows a strong theme of Grey-and-Gray Morality with most heroes being flawed and no villains being purely evil.


The story is now complete and the author has started a sequel, Total Drama Strandarama, featuring twenty new characters competing.

It can be found here

Now has a character sheet.

In 2013, the author announced plans for an All-Star season, a Crossover of sorts between his first three seasons. Desdemona, Ilona, Jojo, Keith, Misha, Riley and Stanley from this story will be competing.

For the sister fanfics by the same author, see Total Drama Switcheroo, Total Drama Refresh and the currently in progress Uber Drama Island.


This fanfic Total Drama Stranded provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Garfield. An overall nice guy with a vast array of skills.
  • Action Girl: Ilona is this trope.
  • Aerith and Bob: Esme, Garfield, and Ilona are much more uncommon than Keith, Stanley, Chelsea and Riley.
  • Affably Evil: Keith, according to Word of God.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Survivor.
  • Alpha Bitch: Played with. Chelsea is a cheerleader who likes taking charge but she is not mean. Pamela however, firmly believes Chelsea is one for most of the story.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Keith. He kisses Stanley to make him feel better, which is followed with a confessional where he states his own sexuality is "irrelevant" and that he just wants to keep Stanley on his side. Whether he is gay or not is never made clear.
  • Anticlimax Boss: In-Universe. After building up the entire premerge that Misha has incredible strength and will be great at challenges, she is the first one eliminated at the merge. The author points out this was the intent of their arc.
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  • Anti-Hero: Pamela is a Type V. Several other characters could qualify.
  • The Apprentice: Stanley for Sasha, although she calls him her "squire."
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Calvin wins, despite being a major Jerkass.
  • Back for the Dead: Rusty. The author confirms he was only brought back so that he could screw himself over again.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Shannon, although since she only wears a bikini it's a lot more than just her midriff.
  • Berserk Button: For Misha, treating her as a little girl who can't do anything.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Subverted with Misha who acts nice, but clearly isn't.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: At the end of a romance based challenge, the campers are all asked to kiss. Elijah and Desdemona make the biggest scene out of it.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Several characters use this tactic. Misha stands out as the prime example.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Nearly everyone has their flaws and sympathetic moments, as well s motivations for their various strategies. However, many contestants do have their especially relentless or rude moments.
    • A Lighter Shade of Grey: However, some contestants are definitely portrayed as being nicer than others, such as Ilona and Garfield compared to Misha and Jason.
  • Break the Haughty: Briony goes from bossy to broken pretty fast.
  • Butt-Monkey: A lot of people. Shannon, Rusty, Riley, and Briony being the prime examples.
  • The Cameo: Blaineley has a guest appearance for one challenge.
    • Later Chef Hatchet gets one.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Rusty.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Elijah flirts with every girl he sees.
  • Cassandra Truth: Pamela seems to be the only one to see the true side of characters like Misha and Keith; yet since she's a jerk to everyone, they are hesitant to believe her.
  • Character Check: After spending the last few chapters getting cuddly with Elijah, Desdemona regretfully uses him as another scapegoat like she had done with so many others since she does not want to lose.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Elijah is this to tee.
  • The Chessmaster: Keith will frequently remind you that he has everyone in his pocket.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Subverted with Desdemona who only acts that way to avoid attracting negative attention. Played straight with Sasha and Esme.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Most of Misha's confessionals.
  • The Cutie: Everyone thinks Misha is this, even though she only plays it up to get ahead.
  • Dark Action Girl: Misha.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ilona's backstory.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Pamela, if only by a little bit.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The author states this was his intention with Briony
  • Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: Jason, who demands that everyone help him since he is blind but snaps at anything he construes as pity.
  • Disability Superpower: Subverted by Jason. Characters even point it out.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Rusty. Twice.
  • The Ditz: Matilda.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Jason has this attitude towards people since he is blind. In an infuriating twist, he still expects people to help him.
  • Dumb Muscle: Jojo is this for Calvin.
  • Easily Forgiven: Desdemona admits to Elijah that she used him as a scapegoat. He forgives her instantly. Bonus points for also being the only one to forgive her for lying to all of them about being a psychic.
  • Enemy Mine: Occasionally, certain characters will team up with others they don't like to get rid of bigger threats. Pamela is a prime example, as while she doesn't like a lot of people, she hates Keith even more.
  • Elimination Houdini: [[in-universe]]Rusty thinks he's this. He's not
    • Played straight with Keith, who is in the bottom two almost every challenge post merge.
  • Everybody Lives: The reward challenges during the first third. These were added to give the characters time to develop instead of constant eliminations shrinking the cast too quickly.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Pamela and Keith. Although, it's more like Jerkass versus Manipulative Bastard.
  • Expy: Shannon, like Justin from canon, thinks she can use her looks to get members of the opposite gender to do what she wants
  • The Fashionista: Again, Matilda. Somewhat limited, though, as she's stuck on an island.
  • Femme Fatale: Subverted. Shannon thinks she's this, but it doesn't work on anyone.
  • Freudian Excuse: Calvin explains his high school had a social hierarchy where showing weakness leads to getting crushed. He uses this as his excuse or wanting to have power over others.
  • Freudian Trio: Calvin, The Superego, Jojo, The Ego, and Elijah, The Id.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Ten male Contestants and ten female contestants. The teams even start out an even 5-5.
  • The Generic Guy: Jojo.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Defied in the romance challenge in which Chelsea and Misha are paired up. When it comes time for the kiss they find it too awkward and don't go through with it.
  • Graying Morality: Starts of with some fairly straightforward heroes and villians, before everyone begins to show flaws and sympathies. Chelsea stands out as a prime example, staring off as a conventionally good character, than becoming more rounded out.
  • Harmless Villain: Rusty.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Elijah realizes the consequences of his behavior, he vows to become a nicer person.
  • The Heart: Elijah, and later Matilda, for Calvin's alliance.
  • Holier Than Thou: Chelsea has this attitude.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Pamela believes his. Ilona tries to help her see otherwise.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: How Desdemona justifies eliminating Garfield as well as eliminating her own boyfriend.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Pamela says this a couple times. In a bit of a twist, it's not because she really wants to win, she simply just wants to screw everyone over.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Shannon hits on Stanley the minute she sees him, unaware of the fact he is gay.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Garfield. Even after Desdemona got him eliminated, he still treated her kindly.
  • Irony: Elijah, the guy who tries flirting with every girl he sees, rejects Shannon when she repeatedly tries to throw herself at him.
  • Jerkass: Lots
  • Kick the Dog: When Jojo is depressed about losing his girlfriend, Keith takes the chance to taunt him, break his leg, and have him eliminated.
  • Lady Killer In Love: Elijah likes all the girls, but eventually finds one he wants to start a real relationship with. It's Desdemona.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Desdemona backstabs her own boyfriend, Elijah. She pays the price and is voted off in the next episode.
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: Matilda, like, seems to, like, think this.
  • The Load: Riley. He sleeps through nearly all the action. Jason as well, who justifies it as him being blind.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Calvin claims that Keith could be "cool" if he wasn't such a loner.
  • Love Triangle: Between Chelsea, Matilda, and Jojo.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Desdemona, to varying success.
    • Keith pulls it off.
  • The Mentor: Sasha for Stanley
  • Morality Pet: Matilda for Jojo.
    • The Masked Boy for Pamela. Ilona later takes it up for him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Shannon tries to be, but her pushy and bossy personality ruins it for her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Elijah's initial reaction to finding out that Briony had become insane.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: The entire concept of Not Quite Loser Island.
  • Nice Guy: Garfield. Ilona is a Nice Girl.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: In the final challenge, Ilona comes in last out of all four.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Aurelius eventually becomes this for Rusty
  • Official Couple: Matilda and Jojo, as well as Desdemona and Elijah
  • Older Than They Look: Misha, who claims she gets this reaction a lot and is not happy about it.
  • Perky Female Minion: Matilda, in a classic example. She's The Heart of the "villains alliance" while being only girl in it throughout the entire game and never engages in the more nefarious schemes they come up with.
  • Pet the Dog: With some prodding from Elijah, Calvin agrees to use part of his prize money to get Briony a therapist.
  • Pink Boy, Blue Girl: Keith and Pamela are a non-romantic version.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Chelsea is red, Ilona is blue.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Chelsea. While both Desdemona and Matilda try to explain their actions, Chelsea refuses to accept them.
  • Running Gag: Chris's TV messages, which may or may not self-destruct.
  • Scheherezade Gambit: A common tactic employed by Desdemona.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Desdemona states this is how everyone feels. Oddly enough, there is a prize for second place, although at $100,000 dollars it is only a fraction of what the grand prize is.
  • Shocking Elimination: Garfield's, thanks to an idol being played.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Sasha goes home pretty early.
  • Song Parody: Of sorts, to romance Desdemona, Elijah sings Rihanna's "Diamonds", changing the line "Shine bright like a diamond" to "She's bright like a diamond."
  • Sore Loser: Played straight with all losing finalists. Chelsea only begrudgingly congratulates Calvin. Keith reacts with anger and congratulates neither winner nor runner-up, and Ilona calls Calvin completely undeserving, but does does congratulate Chelsea).
  • Spanner in the Works: Keith underestimated Pamela and this leads to Stanley's elimination.
  • Straight Gay: Stanley
  • Strange Girl: Several female contestants:
    • Esme seems to somewhat psychic and is very emotionally detached.
    • Sasha behaves like a knight and is in her own world half the time.
    • Desdemona is a subversion, as she is only pretending to be strange.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Briony, who interestingly really starts losing it after their broken.
  • Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: Esme. Rusty picks it up too.
  • Team Mom: Chelsea tries to be this for the Raging Rivers. Ilona attempts to be this for everyone.
  • Team Pet: Aurelius, the racoon who helped rusty find an idol on Not Quite Loser Island.
    • Tubsy-Wubsy, A bird that likes Riley that shows up in two challenges.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Pamela and the Masked Boy feel like they're heading towards being a couple, but never suggest anything other than mutual attraction.
  • Third-Person Person: Sasha.
  • Tom Boy And Girly Girl: Ilona as the Tom Boy, and Chelsea as the Girly Girl.
  • Token Good Teammate: Stanley and Illona.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Chelsea once she learns that Matilda got Jojo before her.
    • Briony could also count; after being pushed over the edge, she snaps and tries to take revenge on everyone.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Elijah realizes how much of a jerk he was and tries to change his ways.
  • True Blue Femininity: Chelsea is described as having blue incorporated into having every part of her outfit, including her hair.
  • Valley Girl: Matilda.
  • Voted Off the Island: Goes without saying.
  • What Could Have Been: The author occasionally comments at the end of chapter how certain certain ideas were changed or abandoned altogether during the writing process.
  • Wildcard: Riley, of all people. With multiple people thinking they can use him as an extra vote for their agendas, his vote ends up being very important in the power struggle. Unfortunately, he doesn't really to care.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Rusty. He believes that he is The Big Bad that this gives him immunity. Unfortunately there are much more competent villains than him.

The sequel Total Drama Strandarama provides examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: Continuing from the first story, Aloysius, Renada, and Washington compete against Sandy, Betty, and Drew.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Rocky and Drew.
  • Epic Fail: Whenever Randall attempts to do anything, it's sure to end this way.