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Total Drama Island
  • It might seem odd that Chef never rates Heather after she reads Gwen's diary on stage in "Not Quite Famous", but remember what Chris said at the start of the episode, where it had to be legal. Heather openly committed invasion of privacy when she read that diary, and given that Chris loves to invoke technicalities, especially in the later seasons, it is entirely possible Chris and Chef used this as an excuse to not give Heather a grade.
  • Tyler's elimination in "Phobia Factor" initially seems extremely unfair, given that Courtney's inability to conquer her own fear was the main reason why the Killer Bass lost the challenge. However, not only was Courtney an active participant in most of the previous competitions, but her speeches to DJ and Duncan in this episode are what enabled the two to score points for their team. Meanwhile, Tyler has been dead weight from day one, as his physical ineptitude coupled with him being far more interested in making out with Lindsay led him to perform terribly in all previous challenges. From a logical standpoint, eliminating him instead of Courtney seemed like a far more reasonable choice.
  • In "Up The Creek", Gwen refers to Cody as 'like a little brother'. When you see the video from her family, her brother looks slightly similar to Cody and even shares a voice actor. And her bio states she gets along with her brother, which may be why she tacks the "annoying" onto there- to clarify, and possibly to not offend her real life brother.
  • In the first season episode "Wawanakwa Gone Wild", Izzy is voted off instead of Heather despite this being one of the few times Heather actually could be voted off. Why? Well, Heather wasn't the one who spent the episode running around and indiscriminately firing off a tranquilizer gun. Everyone else most likely saw Izzy as the bigger threat, and were too scared of her to think about the game in the long term, so they chose to vote her off instead of (the comparatively non-threatening at the moment) Heather.
    • Heather has a good track record of always having someone more immediately problematic to remove when she's vulnerable, from the mauled and useless Cody to the curse causing Beth.
    • There's also the fact that the losers of this challenge were given the penalty of having to clean the communal bathroom. Izzy and Heather were the only contestants not to complete their challenge, meaning that if neither of them was voted off, they'd have to clean the bathrooms together; whereas if one of them was voted out, the other would have to do it alone. It's likely that some contestants, especially Gwen and Leshawna, enjoyed the thought of Heather having to clean the communal bathrooms all by herself. Ironically, this plan failed as Duncan ended up doing it for her.
  • It may seem weird that Duncan ends up being eliminated despite Owen losing the challenge for his team in "Are We There Yeti?", but remember Duncan and Chef's rivalry in "Basic Straining", and remember Owen repeatedly admitting that he likes Chef's food throughout the series. Chef was more inclined to eliminate the guy who kept causing him trouble than he was the one guy who actually liked his food.
  • In her bio, Heather says she wants to take over Europe. This may have been added because the producers knew that part of the viewers of the show would be Christians and, in almost every apocalyptic romance, like Left Behind, the antichrist would always take over Europe, so this was included to boost her villainous status in the first season. Bonus with her brother being named Damien.
  • Trent is a Satellite Love Interest, to the point of almost being The Generic Guy. In the promo for the show's initial prototype Trent is introduced as "the normal guy"; the writers had planned for Trent to be The Generic Guy and Only Sane Man all along!
  • Gwen's confessional callout in the final episode of Island: it seemed originally like a way to make us hate her so that Owen could walk away with the money, or at least a ridiculous Out-of-Character Moment. The brilliance is that it might just be a Shout-Out to a confessional that Boston Rob did all the way back in Marquesas where he insulted all his new tribe-mates.
  • Ezekiel's first elimination seems confusing at first glance. "There were 6 guys and only 5 girls, how did Courtney not get voted off?" but then you may realize-not every guy voted for Courtney. Tyler, DJ, Duncan and Geoff probably did, since DJ and Geoff probably listened to Duncan's advice to vote her off and Tyler got nervous that she randomly suggested he gets the boot, Harold probably voted for Duncan because he was smart enough to realize they may have a conflict later on, and Ezekiel? He voted for Eva, because she strangled him and he was terrified of her. If all the girls did vote for Ezekiel, it would be Zeke-5, Courtney-4, Eva-1, Duncan-1, which is why Duncan and Eva were last to receive a marshmallow before Courtney!
  • Way back in "The Sucky Outdoors", one might wonder why Katie was voted off instead of Sadie. Well, given how little their teammates cared for them in the first place, ask yourself, who's name do you often say first when mentioning the pair?
  • Why was Geoff voted off for being too nice despite Owen also being around? It's because Owen has annoyed a lot more people than Geoff. If it did come down to a popular vote, there are several people that would vote for Geoff over Owen (For example Leshawna, who could be reminded of Owen eating all of the ribs during the cook out challenge). In fact there is one person in the remaining cast who didn't have any personal issues with Geoff: Heather. If Heather voted for a winner she would give it to Geoff over any other camper at the moment. He really was the most popular guy left.
  • When Eva returned in Island, it seemed like her aggression towards Bridgette was a gross case of Misplaced Retribution that should have been directed at Heather...until one realizes realized why she was targeting Bridgette. She's labelled "The Female Bully" for a reason. Eva is basically a gender flipped version of your stereotypical high school bully (tough, violent, and bad-tempered), and bullies pick on people who are unable to fight back. A bully like Eva would never go after somebody like Heather, whose mean personality makes her tough enough to stand up against them. As a result, Bridgette's gentle and pacifistic nature makes her an easy outlet for Eva's rage and thus a prime bullying target.
    • Eva's bully stereotype also explains why she didn't go after Geoff, Duncan, or DJ either despite the fact they were also responsible for getting her voted off. Duncan's a tough, mean delinquent, while Geoff and DJ are taller than her, quite strong, and much more difficult and dangerous to pick on for a bully due to being Lovable Jocks. A high school bully would never go after people like them, thus leaving Bridgette as Eva's easiest bullying target.
  • Some of the Absurd Phobias displayed by the contestants in "Phobia Factor" are absurdly specific representations of more general and less silly-sounding fears. For example, Cody's fear of having to defuse a time bomb under pressure represents his discomfort with the general idea of being under a ton of pressure to succeed at something (and what bigger pressure is there to succeed than having your own life on the line?), while Duncan's fear of Celine Dion music store standees is actually a broader fear of things that can fall into the Uncanny Valley (music standees look human, but are clearly not human).
  • Eva, Noah, and Izzy is without a doubt the oddest Odd Friendship on the show, but if you think about it, they have all the right traits to avoid ending up at each other's throats all the time. Izzy's energetic but good-natured quirkiness means that she isn't scared of Eva at all or alienated by Noah's condescending nature; Noah's sarcastic and apathetic personality shields him from Eva's aggression and Izzy's craziness; and Eva's gruff demeanor meshes well with Noah's cynicism while her bully characterization makes it difficult for her to intimidate Izzy (who would never be scared by her anger, thus not worth picking on). As a result, all three cancel out each other's most difficult traits to work with and instead bring out their best ones (Noah's intelligence and cool head, Izzy's boldness and adventurous nature, and Eva's strength and toughness).
  • Harold getting Courtney voted off in "Basic Straining" even though it was Duncan making him miserable seems like a weird case of Misplaced Retribution, but then you realize Harold actually wanted to make Duncan as miserable as Duncan had been making him. Duncan detested being on the island and having to do Chef's challenges for the episode, with his relationship with Courtney being the one bright spot for him in the whole thing. If Harold had rigged the votes against Duncan, Duncan would have been fine with not having to participate in more awful challenges like that. Thus Harold got Courtney eliminated instead, knowing Duncan would be much less happy if he had to stay on the island even longer and without his new girlfriend.
    • Also, why was Courtney's unfair elimination allowed to happen in the first place? Chef did say he would get back at the person who stole his dessert. Seeing that they have cameras nearly everywhere, it make sense that Chris and Chef would figure out who did it, and given how happy they were when they tossed her in the boat, it was basically payback for them.
  • Why would someone like Noah who's lazy, hate any physical challenge, and isn't a team player even want to be on the show in the first place? Easy it comes down to his Brilliant, but Lazy nature. He could go to college and work a steady job for years and make a decent living or he could put in eight weeks of work and walk away with 100k (or 1 million in World Tour). Going on a game show to win the cash prize is ultimately less work than getting a nine to five job. His appearance on Ridonculous Race suggests that he's been able to make a career out of it.
Total Drama Action
  • Gwen admits in her diary that she likes Trent because he plays guitar. We later learn in the Action finale that her brother owns a guitar, so it is entirely possible that Gwen fell for boys who play guitar since she grew up hearing a guitar. It is a common occurrence for people to look for romantic partners who share traits with their family members (see the Like Parent, Like Spouse trope).
  • A lot of people have responded negatively to Trent breaking up with a girl via a text message (sent by Justin, no less) in the Celebrity Manhunt special. But remember in "Haute Camp-ture", when Trent announced that he was in love with Gwen? His breakup with her may have made him lose his belief in true love, and now he's just a womanizing celebrity. Perhaps a Deconstruction of the Nice Guy trope?
  • In "One Flu Over the Cuckoos", a member of the winning team would get a chance to hang out with their friend/family member of their choice. Duncan's "friend" was his parole officer. At first, this seems like a joke in that this was the only person they could trust Duncan to be around. But if you notice, the parole officer has Tyler's old design. In the original Camp TV promo, Duncan and (old) Tyler were shown to be friends. So it makes sense, Duncan and that guy have been friends ever since the beginning!
    • It could also explain why Duncan didn't suffer a serious punishment for his crimes until Total Drama All-Stars.
    • Don't forget, Duncan's entire family is on the police force. His parole officer might not just be a friend, he might be one of his relatives. As to why said family member might be his favorite, it is possible they might have developed a Friendly Enemy relationship, particularly as Duncan is usually characterized as being a delinquent with standards and such a thing could be refreshing to deal with from time to time.
      • An alternate yet somewhat less happy answer: If Duncan's relative was a Dirty Cop, their friendly relationship would make a bit more sense.
  • In the Action episode "Top Dog", Beth's raccoon Mr. Whiskers wants nothing to do with her at first, snarling and clawing at her angrily when she tries to interact with it. This seems like normal wild animal behavior until the episode reveals that Mr. Whiskers and the rest of its raccoon family possess human levels of intelligence; therefore it was presumably very offended when Beth indirectly called it vermin and tried to teach it simple commands that were more suited to a dog ("Roll over! Play dead! Anything?"). It's only when Beth begins to act subservient to the raccoon (panting like a dog, catching a treat in her mouth) that it starts to listen to her. Gives new meaning to the title "Top Dog," doesn't it?
  • In "Million Dollar Babies", Justin says, "That's it, I'm moving to Canada...except I'm already there." Where is Justin originally from, as his bio (and Word of God) reveal? Hawaii!
  • Courtney says in "If You Can't Take the Heat..." that she's the most easy-going person she knows. Think about that. Courtney grew up surrounded by people even more uptight than she is. If we searched her hometown, we'd probably find multiple copies of TDA Courtney. This could explain her extreme shift in character that season: she was so pissed off that she lost, and probably mocked for it back home, that she decided to act like all of the monsters she grew up around, thinking it was the only way to win.
    • No matter what season she's in, Courtney has always been an uptight Control Freak who's single-mindedly focused on winning. Her bedroom at home is covered with trophies, ribbons and plaques; her personal motto is "If you can't come in first, don't come in at all"; her audition tape shows her running for Student Council President at her high school. Her personality is very similar to someone whose parents constantly push them to be the best at everything and react very badly when they fail. If her parents are like that, it's no wonder she'll go to any lengths to stay in the game—whenever she loses, her failures are being broadcasted on national TV for everyone to watch. The result? Courtney gets berated by her parents for failing; she becomes more determined to win next time and finally earn their approval, making her more ruthless and selfish in pursuit of her goals, which only serves to make her fall harder; thus she gets back up and tries again, having learned nothing except to be even more ruthless the next time, and the cycle starts all over again. A textbook example of why being a Determinator can be a very bad thing.
  • Some people found it odd that the quiet supermodel, Justin, became a villain in season 2 (and in the special post-finale of season 1). Justin was extremely quiet during his short run in the first season, probably because he was trying to stay off of people's radars to avoid making enemies too early. Additionally, he tries to cheat in the third episode by painting his eyes to look like he's awake, showing he always did have a sneaky streak to him.
Total Drama World Tour
  • In "I See London...", it seems strange that Alejandro got so agitated about Noah not trusting him and calling him an eel, even though Heather hadn't trusted him from the beginning and had called him much worse insults. Well, while Heather had simply seen through the facade and then told him right away, Noah had done something entirely different. See, Alejandro's entire tactic is fooling people into believing he was friends with them, and he thought that he had already managed to trick Noah. But now it's revealed that Noah was only pretending to fall for Alejandro's "friendship" tactic, which means Noah had managed to defeat Alejandro in his own game, and THAT was what ticked Al off the most.
  • Alejandro's dad is an ambassador, so the family travels a lot. That's why he was able to a) speak in Japanese for no apparent reason, and b) understand Jerd's clusterfuck of an accent.
  • It seems that Tyler's horrified expression during his Stealth Hi/Bye to Gwen and Duncan's kiss is just there because...well, because it's hysterical. But he's also a Gwody supporter! So it's also a nudge at the reactions of the horrified sunk-shippers.
    • More logically, he knew that Duncan and Courtney were dating. He was even upset about the cheating when the cast visited Area 51.
  • At first Cody's Jerkass behavior at Gwen and Duncan's relationship seems like a double standard given how he reacted to Trent's and his actions in Greece's Pieces and then it hit me: The circumstances are totally different. With Trent, Cody realized that not only she really liked Trent but that Trent generally cared for her and that he had no chance and decided to do the right thing and help him out. But Duncan treated him like crap for all of "Greece's Pieces", treated his friend and fellow drama brother Harold, who according to "Hawaiian Style" was at least a bit close to him, like crap for all of Action, and while Cody played Dogged Nice Guy all season, Duncan just waltzes in and wins her over when he already has a girlfriend. His pissy attitude was more than justified.
    • Trent and Justin were also Drama Brothers, and they were shown to not only have reunited but have been close friends, proving my Harold thing, meaning that Trent and him had also become friends and that Trent thought, and was actually slightly accurate, that Duncan purposely destroyed their relationship. And Justin probably didn't have the highest opinion of him either after the whole Courtney thing. So basically, all of his friends hated him, Cody himself was probably a little suspicious so the things just one giant clusterfuck justifying his behavior even more. At least he's not as bad as Sierra (she did get better though)
  • Why was Alejandro such an Invincible Villain? It can be interpreted that Chris and the producers were editing the footage to make him appear better than everyone (which incidentally stopped when Duncan returned to the game, since he's an equally savvy character).
    • Alternatively, Alejandro's Invincible Villain status is due to him being a newcomer. He would have watched the previous two seasons and seen how all the original 22 contestants play the game, meaning he knows more about the veterans than they do about him. Combining his "new guy" status with his charming gentlemanly demeanor meant that (almost) everyone was fine with just being friendly with him, allowing him to easily trounce them all without anyone anticipating it.
  • Alejandro manipulating Harold into eliminating himself in Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan. At first, it seems strange that he would care which member of Team Victory got voted off since the team would still be one member short. In fact, it was revealed the member who was to be voted off was DJ whose strength would have been a great asset for future challenges and been a loss similar to how Heather tricked the Killer Bass in Island into voting off Eva who was one of the most strongest and athletic players. But out of the members of Team Victory, Harold was the highest ranked one in Action managing to get up to the final five. His whole character is based on being a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass who when times gets rough manages to pull his team up with a hidden skill. Heck, he was responsible for scoring the first two wins for the Killer Bass with skills they hadn't known before and pulling them out of their first losing streak. Despite this no one takes Harold seriously. Of course, Alejandro would have watched Total Drama before participating and been able to analyze the characters beforehand, gauging their strengths and weaknesses and which ones would likely be an obstacle. Alejandro recognized him as a threat and decided to eliminate him early before he could pull off any wins for his team. This seemed to establish Alejandro's manipulative nature and ability to read people since he saw a potential threat that no one else did. In addition, Harold's elimination allowed him an opportunity to work on Leshawna without a suspicious crush questioning his moves and attempting to drive him away
    • Not only that, but given that Harold knew quite a bit about Japan and probably knew some (or maybe a good amount) of the Egyptian Language, who's to say he wouldn't also know a good amount about the other countries and cultures they'd visit in the future?
    • Also in the finale the two people who help Heather are Cody and Harold, and Harold also helped Heather in Action. So Alejandro may have been trying to deny Heather a possible ally when they teams merged.
    • I always thought that the reason Alejandro wanted Harold gone was because DJ was cursed and he wanted DJ to stay in the game to doom Team Victory.
  • Why does Geoff focus on Bridgette's pole kissing and not the fact that she cheated on him with Alejandro in the first World Tour aftermath? The fact that she cheated with Alejandro was too painful for him to think about, so he argued about the pole.
    • This is further proved by the way Geoff attempts to postpone facing Bridgette in the same episode. He is trying to avoid painful confrontations - both Bridgette and the fact that she cheated on him.
  • How was the Courtney/Duncan/Gwen love triangle able to cause so much damage? Couldn't any of the three have talked it out with each other or used the other campers as mediators to help do so? Well, every possible mediator had been eliminated or disabled by this point. From the people eliminated up to these events occurred, Harold, Bridgette, Leshawna, Lindsay, and DJ, generally all kind, easy-going people, could each have acted as a mediator or go-between to help lessen or repair the damage the love triangle would cause. By the time Duncan returns and everything hits the fan, none of them are left. There was still the possibility of Owen doing something to help mediate things too, but that was the purpose of Izzy and Noah's eliminations. With the two of them gone, Owen was lost in grief and worried Alejandro would take him out next. Coincidence? Probably. It's true that Chris had no way to know that Duncan would come back at that point, but looking at it from this perspective, the triangle was deliberately triggered so that everyone who was left in the either game had something to do with the triangle or cared too much about themselves to do anything to lessen the damage.
    • Cody, Sierra, or even Heather could have helped, but here are the reasons why that didn't happen: Sierra is willing to get Gwen off the show while Cody is an asshole to Duncan. But Heather is the only chance Gwen has to be saved, and unfortunately that got ruined when Courtney got Heather jealous by flirting with Alejandro as part of his own plan. So the true monster of the love triangle is Alejandro, not Duncan, Gwen or Courtney.
  • Sierra is the company that created Leisure Suit Larry. So, in a way, Sierra has a meaningful name—she loves Cody (and knows enough about him to have invented him herself), who fits the archetype of the protagonist perfectly.
  • Alejandro kissed Heather and it looked not unromantic. This of course, could be showing that even someone as allegedly hot as Alejandro, even someone as charming as Alejandro, could be a terrible kisser. It's a brilliant subversion of a trope so omnipresent we forget it's there. Notice that up until that moment, he only kissed through the air, excluding the Bridgette thing but that was a girl-initiated smooch (a.k.a. a press of the lips, not a particularly passionate kiss with tongues and saliva).
  • What are the two things people complain about the most in season three? The Zombie Zeke subplot and the GDC love triangle. When did these things start happening? In the episode where Noah was eliminated. His departure was symbolic of the show's descent into madness, and possibly Foreshadowing what was to come.
  • Sierra has been said to act like someone in a Self-Insert Fic. Being the crazed Fangirl she is, she probably did write a few of those. She's just bringing them to life now that she's actually in the game.
  • In Action, Heather and Leshawna finally got on friendly terms, but they're back to being enemies in World Tour with Leshawna actually causing lasting physical damage to Heather. Why they got back to being enemies, with Leshawna actually being the main offender? In the 'Celebrity Manhunt' special, we see that, between seasons, Heather and Gwen had been in a blogs' war, insulting and ridiculing each other, and when they got together for an interview, they got into a catfight. Since Leshawna is Gwen's best friend from the series, she had to take a side in this conflict and obviously sided with Gwen, meaning she and Heather are back in bitter terms, with Leshawna being particularly aggressive due to her protectiveness on her friends.
  • You know how Total Drama World Tour was supposed to be called Total Drama: The Musical, but because of fan rejection it was changed? Well, the new name has a double meaning; they are indeed traveling around the word, but the Tour part can also refer to a concert tour! This way, the original name and the whole concept are being kept together!
  • Several people wonder why Gwen is subject to most of the in-universe hate over the love triangle in World Tour. The reason is that she kissed, and stole, the boyfriend of someone who was supposed to be her friend. On top of that, Heather kissed Trent in front of Gwen in Island, so she knows the pain that Courtney is going through. However, where as Heather kissing Trent was a stunt, Gwen and Duncan became a couple. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.
    • And considering Courtney found out about Harold's vote rigging later on, who's to say everyone never found out about her huge rant in the season 1 finale. Plus, she clearly had no resentment for how heartbroken Trent was with her friendship with Duncan in season 2.
    • The reason why Courtney seems more forgiving of Duncan than of Gwen is easier to understand if we recall that Tyler didn't see the start of the kiss. The audience knows that Duncan was the one who initiated everything but Tyler doesn't. So the only information he could hand out was that Gwen and Duncan were kissing. Now, from Courtney's perspective she had two options: think her boyfriend went out of his way to cheat on her, or think that the person she was just becoming friends went out of her way to seduce him away. While the former is what happened, she would be more likely to expect the latter since her trust was developed with one and just developing with the other.
      • Plus Courtney's absurdly high opinion of herself would never let her believe that DUNCAN would actually cheat on someone as perfect as HER, so clearly the only reason they would be kissing is because GWEN put the moves on HIM.
    • Everyone on the plane is mad when they find out about Duncan and Gwen's kiss, but when Gwen appears in the third World Tour aftermath, the audience cheers for her instead of booing, and nobody seems the least bit upset, disgusted, or even angry about the kiss. When Tyler spilled the beans to the contestants, all he said was, "I saw Duncan and Gwen kiss!" which was true from his point of view, because he didn't see who started it. But the viewing audience and the eliminated contestants saw that Duncan initiated the kiss, not Gwen. So based on that, they would have more reason to sympathize with Gwen, because they're aware that the kiss wasn't her idea in the first place. They also would have seen her confessionals where she felt bad about the kiss and wanted to tell Courtney. (It also helps that most of the eliminated contestants are likely on better terms with Gwen than with Duncan or Courtney to begin with.)
  • It seems a bit odd that Courtney hates Cody so much that she didn't even care when Alejandro threw him to the sharks, but not so much when you realize that he assisted Gwen in trying to vote her off. Hence, "Go, Alejandro! Squish him like a bug!"
  • Why did Sierra ship Gwuncan? Well, in TDWT, she thought of Gwen as a bit of a threat to her crush on Cody, seeing he had a crush on Gwen. She'll barely blame Cody for anything (she wanted Gwen to stay away from Cody, not vice versa), so Gwen would be the problem in her mind. Pairing off Gwen would help prevent distracting Cody to her. (The simpler answer could be she's an Audience Surrogate, too, of course.)
  • Many of the songs in World Tour are Shout Outs to existing songs. It makes sense when you remember that the songs in the show are supposed to be improvised. Of course the contestants would sing to tunes that they already knew.
  • Some of Bridgette's behaviour in World Tour and the Action special comes off as Out of Character or hypocritical for her, like falling for Alejandro despite normally being extremely devoted to Geoff or hitting Geoff up for getting close to other girls when she's normally a pacifist. But consider this: back on Island, she said her greatest fear was being alone in the woods, and in the Action special, she was distraught at having to compete without Geoff. Bridgette must be extremely afraid of being alone in general and without the people she loves. As a result, she gets distressed and vulnerable when she has nobody she's super close with to make her feel safe and comfortable, and has a deep-seated need for companionship, hence why she can be uncharacteristically clingy sometimes. She was having a huge Moment of Weakness in World Tour, and Alejandro preyed on her vulnerability, which caused her to fall for him. And she must have been really scared that Geoff was losing interest in her and thinking of leaving her side during the Action special, which she expressed in an extreme manner. It might also explain why she was making out with Geoff a lot in the Island special and at the start of Action - the two had been separated for quite a while between their eliminations on Island, so Bridgette must have been absolutely desperate for Geoff's company when they were finally reunited.
    • Fortunately, Bridgette also seems to have matured a lot in regards to her autophobia, as she seemed to do just fine in Siberia and being away from Geoff for 44 days, and was away in Australia during Ridonculous Race. Perhaps her experiences with Alejandro in World Tour made her realize she needed to be less dependent on and needy for the company of others?
  • Through most of Action and the early part of World Tour, Leshawna remains adamant on being only friends with Harold and is frequently annoyed by his inability to accept this. However, in World Tour, following her elimination, she warms up to Harold much more and is even seen cuddling with him alongside Lindsay and Tyler in a bonus clip, implying a Relationship Upgrade. Maybe her experiences with Alejandro caused her to realize how much Harold really meant to her?
  • Why did Courtney ask for Duncan's apology for Gwen despite this being when she hated her the most? Well, it could have been Courtney realized it wasn't ALL of Gwen's fault and felt SOME pity towards her hence why she asked Duncan about the apology. What was the apology for exactly? For inadvertently putting Gwen in so pain and sorrow and not even showing her any sympathy about it. But then why is she still mad at her? Because it was a destruction of trust, she and Gwen genuinely became friends during the time Duncan was away, so of course she's mad at Gwen regardless. This also explains why in All Stars, she still advocates for Gwen to be on the villians team, despite not caring about Duncan anymore, she's still mad at Gwen for betraying her trust and friendship (by cheating, something Gwen herself has suffered through no less).
  • Why didn't Gwen (who is one of Bridgette's closest friends) and Courtney (who is her only official friend as of late) help Bridgette off the pole? Well, they just finished singing a song where Bridgette full on admits to cheating on Geoff. Gwen has both experienced cheating and has probably reconciled her friendship with Geoff, so of course she's going to let her have her karma. And Courtney? Well, it's completely in character for her to leave others (even loved ones) behind as long as she gets to win.
    • Another reason is: even she doesn't like people cheating their significant other (proof being her switching to Team Trent after he sings a sad song about his breakup). So even if she doesn't like Geoff, she pities him enough to leave Bridgette behind.
    • Additionally, in Action, Bridgette was one of those who turned against Gwen for breaking up with Trent. It's possible that Gwen still has some sore feelings over that.
  • During the challenge in "Hawaiian Style", it might seem strange that Harold wins the second place prize, considering that only Courtney got her lei on her animal. However, consider the difference between Harold and Blainley. Harold managed to get his on the platform and had the deer not eaten it, could have swam back to put it on the deer. Blainley on the other hand, didn't land anywhere near the doberman and lei didn't come very close either. Hence, Harold gets second because he got much closer then Blainley did.
Total Drama: Revenge of the Island
  • Why is everyone on whatever team Scott is on holding an Idiot Ball, while the people who aren't get evicted? Because this is a stealth parody of Survivor: Samoa - which, at the time, had the stupidest cast in the history of Survivor.note  The people who weren't outright stupid got voted out by the Devil in Plain Sight.
  • Dakota initially seemed to be a shallow character, which is the entire point: Her entire life she was treated as a shallow character by everyone surrounding her, so when Sam spoke to her as though she were a normal person, she felt respected and her character started to gain more depth. It shows that even shallow characters can be good characters and can be considered an Anvilicious way to tell Give Geeks a Chance.
  • Lightning mistaking Cameron for a girl even though Cameron is clearly a boy (albeit a very short boy) just seems like another example of Lightning being a moron. However, it should be noted that the name "Cameron" is used for both males and females (though it is more common amongst males); thus, the fact that Cameron has a Gender-Blender Name may have thrown Lightning off.
  • Why was Lightning the only one to stay asleep in "The Treasure Island of Dr. McLean", especially considering he'd already shown to have alarm clock discipline in "Backstabbers Ahoy!"? It's because he's a big eater — he probably consumed way more of that mutant turkey than anyone else and was therefore drugged worse.
  • Why were their only two votes against Scott and how did Lightning and Zoey get a vote against them if Cameron and Zoey both voted for Scott? Because Cameron didn't vote for Scott. Cameron knew that Lightning was going to hold a grudge against him for stealing his immunity so he voted for Lightning. Seeing as Lightning was grinning when Scott got voted off, it's very plausible that he voted with Zoey. So it goes:
    • Cameron - Lightning
    • Lightning - Scott
    • Scott - Zoey
    • Zoey - Scott
  • Dakota being turned into a mutated monster might seem a bit odd considering that serious everlasting fates usually happen to villainous characters, something she really isn't. Then one realizes her role as an intern for Chris after coming back to the show, and since the interns get the worst treatment in the show, she herself is subjected to similar fates to them. So basically, if anyone ends up becoming one of Chris' interns, they'll have to risk something horrible happening to them whether it's permanent or lethal no matter who they may be.
  • Chris's particular antagonism to Ezekiel and Dakota always struck me as odd. Sure, their Determinator/Attention Whore status would be annoying with how persistent they are, but in comparison to characters like Topher and Sierra, his patience wore out pretty quick on them. But then I remembered how in Broadway, Baby!, Sierra revealed he was an boy band member in the 80s... and afterwards says he was born in 1978. Then I remembered how the supplementary material said that Zeke was an Spelling Bee champ and Dakota used to do beauty pageants, and it all clicked: Chris sees them as representations of his past self, and thus wants to "punish" them to deal with whatever Freudian Excuse led him to becoming how he is today.
  • Duncan blowing up Mount Chrismore during "Grand Chef Auto" was clearly because he plain hated Chris. However, what may have added another layer onto the idea was that his girlfriend, Gwen, was the last cameo and had to face her fear of being buried alive and was not treated well at all. Duncan may have also been trying to get payback for her.
Total Drama All-Stars
  • Duncan's "Took a Level in Jerkass" moments makes more sense in that in Season 1, he was more of a "Jerk with a Heart of Gold" and due to that, people outside the show thought of him as a pansy and those who previously feared him, no longer feared him and due to this, he decided to act more like a "Jerkass" to make up for it. However when his character would snap back, as he's no where near nasty enough to say that way for that long.
  • In All Stars, Scott is very determined to find the immunity idol, to the point he insists on going to Boney Island two nights in a row. It makes sense since, out of all the villains, he's the one with the most personal enemies still in the competition (Mike, Zoey and Cameron) who are also in good terms with Sierra, so, if making it to the merge episode, Scott is at the most risk of getting voted off. Also, it's basically the same thing he did last season.
  • Zoey's tarot cards that she pulls to make sure Mike is okay actually do make sense, despite some of them being made up. The Lonely Prisoner represents Mike, The Evil Leprechaun represents Mal, but The Tower is an actual tarot card that represents Karmic Death which can mean that she is right and Mike will be fine.
  • Mal rigged the votes to try to get rid of Cameron (it failed, as Duncan was eliminated). Not only was this because Cameron would be the only one who would care enough to study "Mike" and find out what's wrong with him as he did in Revenge (Zoey is on the fence at the moment), but Mal knows that Chris isn't going to care, like when Harold rigged the votes to vote off Courtney all the way back in Island.
  • In "The Obsta-Kill Course", it's revealed that Mal can force Mike's other personalities to give him their abilities whenever he need them. This is why he hadn't noticed Mike releasing Chester yet since, generally speaking, Chester is the less useful of Mike's personalities and therefore Mal hadn't needed to access him; this also explains why Svetlana was the most afraid of Mal's arrival, knowing that, because of her athleticism, Mal would access her abilities regularly, and this seems to be a painful process.
  • Why did Mal forget Mike gave Zoey a necklace? Because Manitoba's punishment was to destroy Mike's most prized memories and dreams, and obviously this included destroying some little details that Zoey noticed and tipped her on who was really in control of Mike's body.
  • Zoey keeping up her promise and taking Mike to the final despite knowing Mal is the one in control looks like a case of Honor Before Reason, and it's true to a certain extent... but it also allows her to keep an eye on Mal, and to keep him in an island, under continuous camera surveillance, instead of out on the loose. Zoey is pretty much taking a risk both for Mike and everyone else's sake.
  • Some have said that nearly everyone picked up the Idiot Ball in regards to not noticing Mike was really Mal. But there's an explanation that makes more sense: Mal was taking advantage of everyone else's relationships and reputations, as well as Mike's. Sure, most of Mal's plans were off-the-cuff, but everyone was more distracted with their previous rivalries (e.g. Courtney vs. Gwen and Duncan, Alejandro vs. Heather, Lightning vs. Jo, etc.) and their romantic issues (Sierra's obsession with being apart from Cody, Cam's newfound fear of Sierra, Heather and Alejandro's Belligerent Sexual Tension, Courtney and Scott's developing relationship, etc.) to really notice until it was too late. Mike didn't have any rivalries going into the season, so as long as Mal could successfully impersonate him, no one would pay much attention to the meek skinny guy always in the background instead of center stage. Mal correctly counted on everyone underestimating Mike.
  • The order Mike finds his other personalities reflect how easy/hard is for each one to surface; Chester is the first one, as he appears when Mike gets frustrated or upset, something relatively common; Svetlana appears when he faces an athletic challenge, something very common for anyone competing in the Total Drama show; Vito doesn't appear unless Mike changes his look (getting shirtless); Manitoba only appears when Mike adds something to his looks (a hat); and, finally, Mal was at the deepest part of his brain, inside a tower, and only got back to surface after Mike suffered a very hard external stimulation, aka a head trauma.
  • At first, it's hard to tell why Duncan suddenly had feelings for Courtney again, despite their huge conflict from World Tour. Well, in the third episode of All-Stars, Duncan states that he's upset no one is giving him any attention. Up until their breakup, Gwen didn't really talk to or acknowledge Duncan. Duncan wanted to be back with Courtney because when they were together, Courtney paid attention to him. In short: Duncan is an Attention Whore.
    • Lampshaded when Gwen comments on how large Duncan's ego is.
    • Duncan being an attention whore makes perfect sense the more you think about his character. His entire clothing style is centered around not only looking tough, but drawing attention to him (who wouldn't notice the guy with a green mohawk whose face is covered in metal?). He arrived to the island with a speaker blasting rock music to make everyone look at him. He'll flirt with anyone even if they refuse him, including Heather, Lindsay, and Courtney in TDI, and later Gwen. He even purposely tries to push people's buttons just to get a reaction, like Chef in 'Basic Straining', or making sexist comments at Courtney, Heather, and Gwen... Really, Duncan's main character trait is an extreme need for attention, good or bad. It just so happens that negative attention is easier to get!
    • It's likely why he started acting out in the first place. Heck, if one wants to Freudian Excuse him Duncan probably developed that because his entire family are cops and thus never home. What better way to get a cops attention than being a criminal?
  • Some have said Mike curing his multiple personalities with a press of a button was insultingly easy towards the actual condition, but listen to how the personalities put it. They other four say they'll 'always be a part of him'. Given it's in Mike's brain, it's entirely possible pressing the button didn't 'cure' Mike so much as serve as a symbolic medium for him and his four personalities to perform a Split-Personality Merge (notice afterwards, Mike exhibits super strength, showing he has the other personalities powers) rather than a literal one, which is actually a fashion his condition is treated in real life. Meanwhile, Mal is defeated by Mike acknowledging they're the same person, but admitting he's outgrown the need for Mal, essentially realizing Mal was always him and overcoming the inner darkness that had manifested as Mal.
  • It makes sense for Alejandro to be one of the first to pick up on Mal's presence and villainy as, as mentioned under Bilingual Bonus, "Mal" means "bad" or "evil" in several Romance languages. Including Spanish. Same in French; as a result, in the French versions (both European and Canadian), Mike's evil personality is literally called "Evil".
  • Why does Larry the plant have a Chris hybrid child? Because Chris raised him as his own, technically making Larry a McLean.
  • Owen's absence from All-Stars left many confuse, seeing that he's essentially the mascot of the series. In The Ridonculous Race, Owen and Noah stated that they both have competed in many reality shows since Total Drama, it's entirely possible they reached out to Owen to compete, but had other commitments.
Total Drama: Pahkitew Island
  • Why is Max good with babies? Because his audition video reveals he babysits, so watching over a little baby is natural to him.
  • In "Sky Fall", Sugar reveals she's planning on using the million dollars for a college funding. And given her background, she wants to be the first person in her family to get a college degree. It's her main goal in life, which would explain why she's so determined to win!
  • Red is usually associated with Hell, blood, or evil in general. Isn't scarlet a shade of red?
  • Jasmine, being a survival expert, is a very good amateur botanist, easily recognizing edible and/or toxic plants, even exotic ones; owning a flower shop (combined with cage-fighting school) makes perfect sense.
  • The Pahkitew Island's final three were originally part of the 'Confused Bears', so, basically, the bears finished with the salmons.
    • It's also a clever comeback to the first season, when the final three were all members of the Screaming Gophers pre-merge.
  • Shawn is obsessed with zombies. He was probably named for the movie Shaun of the Dead.
  • Sky is the shortest female of the Pahkitew Island cast. Elite Gymnasts are often shorter than average people.
  • Topher is a Chris wannabe. Both "Chris" and "Topher" are derived from "Christopher". All the more fitting.

    Fridge Horror 
  • More like Fridge Squick than Horror, but in "Basic Straining", Duncan and Courtney share their first kiss...after Courtney had just thrown up.
  • "Backstabbers Ahoy!": Dawn is sabotaged and eliminated. Chef then puts her in her bag, throws it in the catapult, and Chris launches it away. It's a plastic black garbage bag she was just thrown into, full of sticks and seashells. And she's thrashing the entire time...
  • Throughout the seasons of Total Drama, the main antagonist has been hit by Laser-Guided Karma which has escalated throughout the series (from Heather's head getting shaved to Scott in the trauma suit). Who's the main antagonist of All Stars, you ask? The Superpowered Evil Side of sweet, lovable Mike! Either The Malevolent One is going to be on the receiving end of a five-to-one mental beatdown, or Mike should seriously consider looking for a decent hospital. Soon.
    • Unfortunately for Mal, it seems that the next step up from 'trauma suit' is 'body bag' (or at least the mental equivalent of), as he's defeated by being erased from Mike's mind.
  • Why does one of Larry's seedlings look like Chris?
  • As it was mentioned under Fridge Brilliance , Chris doesn't mind that Mal is cheating and causing troubles among the other contestants. Of course, Chris allows pretty much any amount of chaos as long as he's not affected himself... but this time, there's a potentially murderous contestant in the island, and most of the others have no idea of this! And not just Chris, but the show's producers seem to be perfectly okay with it; they might even have checked up Mal's criminal record after Duncan recognized him, and he's still in the competition.
  • Had Alejandro-Bot not fallen into the water in the first episode of All Stars, two nightmarish things would have happened: Alejandro would still be trapped in the robot, unable to speak, and Scott would have been forced to dive into the water with the mutant shark hell-bent on killing him.
  • Regarding "Sundae Muddy Sundae": So...did these interns ever get something to eat?
  • Mal tried to literally drop a house (or part of it) on Gwen; even if he (luckily) didn't kill her, he still managed to literally bury her alive (her worst fear) under the house's debris for a good while. This is bad enough for anyone, but for Gwen it was particularly terrifying.
  • The eliminated All-Stars contestants that weren't freed by Mal and Zoey were sent hurdling to oblivion. Unlike the other finales, they don't return...
    • Word of God confirmed that they're all alive and well, thankfully.
  • So, um...where the heck is Zeke?
    • According to Julie Giles, after the events of Zeke and Ye Shall Find, Ezekiel went to the Fun Zone and is currently happy where he is, with his fellow monsters.
  • A lot of fans wonder how Scott became such a lovable idiot from the transition from TDRI into TDAS. Well, considering how Fang brutally mauled Scott at the end of TDRI, it's no surprise if Scott suffered some brain damage...
  • Camp Wawanakwa has sunk as of the finale of All-Stars. How many animals died when the island went underwater? That also means the toxic waste from one of the moats is in the ocean now.
    • At least some of the animals were shown escaping on a boat before the end credits rolled. Still, it certainly explains why Chris now has to use robot animals on Pahkitew Island instead of real ones.
  • In "I Love You, I Love You Knots", Chris informs the winning team that they'll be receiving dinner from one of their sponsors as a reward. Said sponsor's slogan implies they use horse meat in their food. This is bad enough, but Chris then informs the clearly and understandably disgusted contestants that they can just have the chicken that Chef's making instead. He says this just moments after Chef carries Clucky the lie-detecting chicken offscreen...
  • Two-for-one in "Phobia Factor". Harold could easily have drowned in the toilet after falling into it while trying to fight the ninjas, and if not for Chris's "I'm gonna bury him in hail!" comment, Trent might not have remembered about Gwen and she could very well have suffocated in the glass coffin. Remember, there was only enough air in there for an hour.
  • It's implied in a gag in "Basic Straining" that Ezekiel ran away. Most people ignore it, but consider the fact he's now a freakish animalistic mutant who's implied to be carried around with the Total Drama producers as a running gag (Chris can pretty much pull Zeke out of thin air whenever need be for the sake of a challenge or a quick joke). This means that either: A. Ezekiel's parents think their son ran away and have no idea what he's become or B. His parents don't care where/what he is anymore, which makes him an even bigger Woobie than fans initially thought.
    • Option B, His parents are fully aware of what happened to him, confirmed on Fresh TV's tumblr.
  • It is most likely that most of the contestants had to go into therapy after everything that Chris made them go through.
  • Sierra essentially put Cody under with a date rape drug in "African Lying Safari".
  • In the Amazon challenge, Gwen quips towards Heather about her parents loving the show since it gets her away from them. In a video message for Heather, her parents are happy and celebrating about Heather being gone.
  • Alejandro got so injured in the 'World Tour' final that he needed mechanical assistance to survive and recover; at 'All Stars' first episode, we realize he had been inside that robotic suit for A WHOLE YEAR. Did his parents know where he was the whole time? And if they did, they even care? Probably not if they allowed their son to spend a whole year in these conditions.
  • Mike's disorder as a whole- his MPD/Dissociative Identity Disorder is Played for Laughs, but in Real Life, it's a reaction to severe childhood trauma, where the switches often come out to protect the host from potential trauma. What happened to Mike that caused his alters to develop as they did, especially one as terrifying as Mal? The fact he states in his biography that he never had a good childhood memory makes this idea even more plausible (childhood amnesia is a symptom of DID, given that it emerges from a need to disassociate due to severe childhood trauma). Even worse in that he's only sixteen.
    • Vito is the most flirtatious of all of Mike's alters, and is triggered by Mike being shirtless. Partial nudity being a trigger for Mike, resulting in an alter that seems focused on handling flirtatious situations, makes it easy to conclude that the trauma that resulted in Vito splitting off was something particularly unsettling for a teenage boy.
  • During the second World Tour Aftermath, Bridgette shows signs of still being slightly attracted to Alejandro even despite everything he did to her and her guilt for letting herself be seduced by him. What makes this unusual is how Leshawna was shown to have gotten completely over him in the same episode, and how Bridgette did in fact try to fight off her attraction to Alejandro ("I have a boyfriend!"). Bridgette's mind must have been severely messed-up by Alejandro's persistent flirting with and manipulation of her, far more than all the other girls smitten by him were. Her Freudian Slip in one confessional ("I just want to run my fingers through your [Geoff's] thick, dark - BLONDE! Blonde hair!") and the things she says following the Accidental Kiss ("I kind of have a boyfriend.") can be seen as further evidence of how badly imbalanced Bridgette's brain was by Alejandro's charms - something none of the other girls showed serious signs of.
  • In "I Triple Dog Dare You!", Lindsay's dare was for the victim to have their head shaved by Chef. While it ended up being Heather's downfall, it could just as easily have been Gwen's. Even though she made the deal with Owen to get half of his freebies in exchange for taking down Heather, no one could have predicted that happening. If Heather and Gwen both didn't have any freebies, and Heather got the "shave your head" dare and made her rival do it, Gwen would have been the one being forced to make a Sadistic Choice between having her head shaved or losing the million dollars.
    • The reason that Heather had such with a problem with was because of how vain she was. Gwen, on the other hand, isn't as vain. So if she got the dare, sure it would suck, but to her, the money would be much better.


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