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  • HA HA HA—No: Used by Chris in "Not So Happy Campers."
  • Handy Remote Control: Most commonly used by Chris as a bomb detonator.
  • Hailfire Peaks: In "Scarlett Fever", Pahkitew Island becomes this after Scarlett messes with the island's controls, and after her elimination half the island is left on fire while the other half is covered in ice.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Almost every blonde haired contestant is nice and kindhearted, with the most prominent examples being Bridgette, Lindsay, Owen, Geoff, and Dawn. Averted with Sugar, who is clearly self-centered, lazy and doesn't mind messing with the other contestants to get further.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: The Killer Rabbit in "Search and Do Not Destroy" looks cute at first, but reveals sharp fangs and roars viciously when Bridgette approaches him.
  • Hand Gagging
    • Sierra does this to Gwen to prevent her from jinxing their team in "The Am-AH-Zon Race".
    • In "I See London...", the Ripper does this to Noah while capturing him, to avoid drawing attention from Owen.
  • Harmless Electrocution:
    • Played with in "Jamaica Me Sweat"; Tyler gets a momentary shock from an electric eel but is unhurt. Gwen, however, gets shocked by three electric eels and has to be rescued by Alejandro and taken to the infirmary.
    • Played straight in "The Ex-Files", where the guys get shocked by a laser, an electric fence, a clone pod, and an alien, in that order, and don't take any lasting damage.
  • Hartman Hips: Beth, Blaineley and especially Anne Maria (her hips are massive).
  • The Hat Makes the Man: In Revenge of the Island, Mike (who has multiple personality disorder) becomes an adventurer called Manitoba Smith whenever he puts on a hat.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Tyler has a minor one in the first episode of World Tour, when he believed that Alejandro was trying to charm him.
    Tyler: I like girls!
  • He is Not My Boyfriend:
    • Before they began dating, Courtney would fervently deny having any feelings for Duncan.
    • During World Tour, Heather and Alejandro would become flustered and agitated whenever Chris called them "lovebirds".
    • Scarlett when everyone thinks she's dating Max in Pahkitew Island.
  • Head Pet: Duncan's chameleon in "Top Dog" stayed on his head during the woods challenge.
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream:
    • Sierra in "Can't Help Falling in Louvre," after finding out Cody tried to vote her off.
    • Scott in "The Obsta-Kill Kourse", only he uses dirt instead of ice cream.
  • Hero Antagonist: The interns, according to Word of God. Also, any contestant that isn't a "villain" archetype is technically one with any other contestant outside of team competitions.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Zoey to Mike. Helps that Chris classifies them both as "heroes" in All-Stars
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Katie and Sadie are the perfect examples. They cannot bear to be separated from each other, and practically share a brain.
    • Lindsay and Beth after they split from Heather.
    • Noah and Owen's relationship became this in World Tour.
    • Gwen and Courtney were this in World Tour until Gwen kissed Courtney's boyfriend Duncan. They reconciled in All Stars and became this again but it was strained when Mal exposed Courtney's elimination chart
  • Hockeymask And Chainsaw: The Escaped Psycho Killer with a Chainsaw and Hook and Chef (who was imitating him) wear these as they hunt down the campers in "Hook, Line and Screamer".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Each and every antagonist meets their downfall this way.
    • Heather in Island had been bullying Lindsay the entire game, including once threatening to shave her head. She's ultimately eliminated when getting a dare from Lindsay to shave her head. She kicks Chef's razor, resulting in her losing her hair. Since she didn't do it willingly, she was out.
    • Justin, after using his good looks to win over the other contestants during Action, ultimately gets a facial injury that's enough to make the girls not want him any more.
    • Alejandro, after seducing or charming his competition to elimination, loses to Heather, his long-term Slap-Slap-Kiss love interest by her seducing him, kicking him in the "kiwis" and leaving him in the erupting volcano.
    • Scott, after running from Fang the shark the entire season after taking his tooth, finally gets beaten up by it in the end.
    • Mal loses after Zoey sets up a "Friendship Final" that really is a plot to rescue Mike from his own subconscious.
  • Hollywood Atlas: World Tour gives challenges based on the most basic elements of the location of the week.
  • Hollywood Healing: Played around with. The show relies on Amusing Injuries a lot (see: Tyler), but it also shows some injuries taking a realistic amount of time to heal, most notably Heather's black eye that took about 2 or 3 episodes to disappear.
  • Hook Hand:
    • In "The Sucky Outdoors", Duncan uses one to scare the daylights out of the Killer Bass at the end of his campfire story.
      Duncan: ...because there, hanging from the door handle, was the bloody hook. They say that this killer is still alive, wandering these very woods. He could be just about anywhere, really. Maybe even right HERE! (whips out hook)
    • The Escaped Psycho Killer with a Chainsaw and a Hook from "Hook, Line and, Screamer".
  • Hopeless Suitor: Cody, whose advances towards Gwen are either ignored or outright rejected.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: "The Sucky Outdoors" features an overnight camping trip as the challenge; the Screaming Gophers get attacked by a bear and have to spend the night stuck up a tree, while the Killer Bass are unable to find food and get their tent burnt down. Then, just as Courtney angrily declares that the situation can't get any worse, it starts to rain.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl:
    • Owen and Izzy.
    • B and Dawn.
  • Hula and Luaus: The finale of World Tour takes place on Hawaii, along with a special challenge during the last Total Drama Aftermath episode of the season.
  • Hulk Speak: Dakota, after becoming Dakotazoid in "The Treasure Island of Dr. McLean".
  • Human Popsicle:
    • The fate of two interns in "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better".
    • In the game Total Drama Freezer Burn, Alejandro ends up as one if the player loses.
  • Human Shield
    • Courtney uses Sam as one to avoid a barrage of leeches in "Saving Private Leechball".
    • Amy uses Samey as one against tennis balls.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • Heather's elimination in Island. She is forced to submit to every other camper's dares, such as being shot into a pile of pig dung, slapping herself in the face repeatedly and swimming in a pool filled with leeches, before finally being shaved bald and disqualified by Chris..
    • Blaineley received a pretty nasty one in season three, being thrown from the plane without a parachute, trapping her in a full body cast, only for her to suffer even more when she has to represent "Team Heather" on the final Aftermath.
    • Alejandro gets kicked in the balls by Heather, thrown off the volcano, trampled by the rest of the cast, is burned in the lava flow and is revived in the same manner as Darth Vader.

  • I Can't Feel My Legs: Being in a robot suit for a year left Alejandro's legs numb and unresponsive. He eventually regains use of them but pretends he's still incapacitated so that Heather will let her guard down.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Leshawna gets it in "If You Can't Take the Heat". Leaving Owen to guard the food alone? Really?
    • Almost all of the contestants get hit by this in All Stars, with the most prominent cases being: Scott (who's now a full-blown moron), Courtney, Zoey, Cameron, and Heather.
    • Dave gets hit by this in the Pahkitew Island finale, which is lampshaded by Sky:
      Sky: He was brighter before, wasn't he?
  • I Lied: Chris allows Eva and Izzy to return to the competition halfway through Island. When questioned about it, he replies that he lied when he said that anyone voted off could never come back to the island.
  • Imagine Spot: Despite parodying a reality show, there are many times where the audience can see what the characters are thinking. One episode of Island shows Owen's dream, and Mike's entire character in All-Stars revolves around his Battle in the Center of the Mind against his split personalities.
  • Immoral Reality Show: The show embodies this trope. The very first event has the players dive off an absurdly high cliff into shark-infested waters, with only a very small "safe zone". It doesn't help that the host Chris McLean is an apathetic sadist.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends:
    • When Lindsay realizes she has just been eliminated, she asks why Heather is not sad that her "best friend" is about to leave the competition. Heather coldly replies that the two were never friends and she only cares about fame.
    Heather: We are not here to make friends. We are here to become celebrities, remember?
    • Scott fulfills this trope in Revenge of the Island. He ends up becoming friends with Duncan and Courtney in All-Stars, though.
    • Jo has moments of this.
    • Dave literally says this in his audition video.
    • Sky has a variation. When she admits to liking Dave in one of her confessionals, she adds, "I'm not here to meet boys, I'm here to win!"
  • Impact Silhouette: In "Hook, Line, and Screamer", DJ does this with the bathroom door after seeing Heather in a face mask.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Virtually every girl, especially Lindsay. In fact it's easier to list the ones who aren't: Beth, Leshawna, Sadie, Jo, Staci, and Sugar. Lindsay, however, is apparently the most attractive female character on the show.
  • Improvised Zipline: Used by every member of Team Chris Is Really Really Really Really Hot in order to cross a river filled with piranhas.
    • Alejandro uses his belt.
    • Owen uses his hands, and gets rope burn.
    • Tyler uses his pants, but halfway down the line they end up catching fire.
    • Izzy places Noah in a backpack, wears it, and then slides across using the straps.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In "Dodgebrawl", Cody eliminates DJ and Katie from the dodgeball competition by throwing his ball in ways that make it work like a boomerang and a guided missile.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun:
    • When reading The History of Canada, Chris says that the North American beaver makes "a dam fine hat."
    • Chris (again) in the pilot of Action
      Chris: Really liking the twos today. Must be Tuesday."
      (complete silence from the cast)
      Chris: Yeah I don't get paid to write this show.
  • Indecisive Parody: The show starts out satirizing reality show conventions in the island-based Season 1 (Total Drama Island) and movie conventions in the movie-themed Season 2 (Total Drama Action), but later seasons' increasing focus on shipping and other such plot tumors progressively transforms the show into mainstream character-driven comedy that just happens to have a reality show setting.
  • Insecure Protagonist, Arrogant Antagonist: During the fourth season, Revenge of the Island, Mike, Zoey and Cameron are presented as the heroes of the season. All three are presented as rather withdrawn, with Mike being ashamed of having Multiple Personality Disorder, Zoey being a Shrinking Violet and Cameron having been coddled his whole life and not used to danger. Compared to the villains of the season, Jo and Lightning are both egotistical Jerk Jocks and Scott being convinced he is the best player ever.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Many are just shortened forms of their actual names: Geoff calls Bridgette "Bridge", Owen calls Izzy "Iz", Tyler calls Lindsay "Linds", and both Owen and Cody call Alejandro "Al" (which happens to be his Berserk Button).
    • Bridgette uses a lot of pet names for Geoff, including "Schmoopy-Boo", "Cutie-Patootie", and "Sweetie".
    • Geoff calls Bridgette his "Granola Goddess"
    • Duncan calls Courtney "Princess" and Gwen "Pasty".
    • Izzy demands to be called "Esquire", "E-Scope", or "Explosivo" during Action. She also calls Owen "Big-O".
    • Noah calls Izzy "Nutsie", while Eva is "Iron Woman" and Justin is "Anti-Me".
    • Owen and Noah refer to each other as "Chubby Buddy" and "Little Buddy" respectively, and during a wedding-themed challenge Blaineley calls Owen "Chubby Hubby" in a Call-Back to this.
    • Ezekiel calls himself "The Zeke", Duncan calls him "Ezeke", and everyone else calls him "Homeschool". After his transformation, Chris calls him "Freakzekial".
    • Cody calls himself "Codemeister" or "Codester" while Sierra calls him "Codykins" or "Cody-Wody". Later when she sees Cameron as Cody, she calls him "Cam-Codykins."
  • Insane Troll Logic: Courtney's argument about why she should be leader.
    Courtney: I happen to like winning and being in first class making me an ideal leader.
  • Insistent Terminology: Inverted: Chris's mansion is not a cottage!
  • Insufferable Genius: Harold's bragging annoys almost everyone, but he certainly has the skills to back up his claims.
  • Intended Audience Reaction: Pretty obvious in the case of Staci and Dakota in Revenge (being the first two eliminated after being The Load and a bother to their team) being hard to like during their run as competitors, and in finding Dave whiny and entitled moreso than the Only Sane Man he's treated as (considering his abrupt Face–Heel Turn). Anne Maria was probably supposed to be unlikable and trouble to Mike and Zoey, but she's definitely a failed example, considering that she's more popular than Mike and Zoey combined.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: In the episode where the cast travels to Japan, Chef makes an entrance in a Chinese costume, which Harold immediately points out to be culturally insensitive. Later on, one of the challenges involves baby pandas, which are animals native to China, not Japan. Finally, when Lindsay recalls ordering pad thai at a Japanese restaurant, Leshawna angrily tells her that is a Thai dish.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: Happens to Tyler in "Can't Help Falling in Louvre".
    Lindsay: Us being in Paris together means only one thing!
    Tyler: I know. (music swells) I love y-
    Lindsay: Shopping! I can pick up new clothes for you! EEEE!
  • Interrupted Kiss: Each series intro except for World Tour ends with a couple almost kissing before something interrupts them.
  • Interspecies Romance: Bruno the bear, who previously attacked Blaineley, is seen hugging her on a swan boat during a Tunnel Of Love ride. The two appear to be very, very good friends. At least.
  • Introdump: The first episode of every season introduces the contestants, setting, and premise of the season.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Almost every single contestant has suffered multiple incidents of physical damage that should have, by all rights, left them permanently crippled or dead. Some big examples include Owen and Izzy getting crushed by a giant plane, Ezekiel falling into lava from a volcano, Scott and Cody getting severely mauled by animals, Sierra falling off a high cliff without a bungee cord and getting caught in a huge explosion, and Justin falling off a castle tower that appeared to be at least 5 stories high. Luckily all of the contestants either get out unharmed or get injured but fully recover in time.
  • Ironic Name: The World Tour season had two teams that fit the trope.
    • Team Victory had the worst track record of any team in the season, with the entire team of 6 being eliminated in the first 7 eliminations.
    • This also goes for Team Chris is Really, Really, Really, Really Hot. While Sierra did come up with the name herself, she would be transferred over to Team Amazon while Izzy goes to Team Chris. If the team being dominated by males (Alejandro, Noah, Owen, Tyler, and later Duncan) is not enough, everyone on the team (even the team member that came up with the name) hated Chris and want nothing to do with him or the show anymore.
  • Irony:
    • Ezekiel, the lowest ranking contestant in the game, is the first person to find the million dollar case during the hunt for it in "Total Drama Drama Drama Drama Island".
    • In Island, Gwen's belief that she has been cheated on sends her into a Heroic BSoD, and Duncan declares in a confessional that two-timing is "messed up". In World Tour, a major plot point is that the two have been dating behind Courtney's back.
  • It's Raining Men:
    • In the opening credits for Season 3 (Total Drama World Tour), the contestants form a human pyramid on the plane's fuselage, only to fall when the the pilot (Chef Hatchet) shakes them off. The contestants have parachutes, so they land safely ... except for Ezekiel.
    • In Season 3, one of the plane's doors blows out (with an assist from Chef) in the Japan episode, and the contestants are blown out. They plummet to earth without parachutes, singing all the way down, but land safely in a giant bowl of rice.
    • In Season 5.1 (Total Drama All-Stars), the contestants arrive on the island via jumping or being thrown out of the plane. They have no parachutes, but land safely in water.
    • In Season 5.2 (Total Drama Pahkitew Island), the contestant must jump out of the plane to get to the island. All have parachute packs, but only half of those contain actual parachutes, which is the season's team selection method. With or without parachutes, the contestants land safely in water.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: After kissing Duncan in Action, Heather disgustedly declares that he "tastes like street!"
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Said verbatim by Sierra to Cody when he tries to take her with him even though her ankles are broken.

  • Jerkass Ball: Almost every single character gets it at some point of the series. Even DJ gets it halfway through the first season when he picks on Harold, along with Geoff (who is also carrying it) and Duncan.
  • Jerk Jock: Lightning, who becomes season four's lead antagonist after Scott is eliminated.
  • Just Friends:
    • Leshawna's stance on the relationship between herself and Harold.
    • Sky initially views her relationship with Dave as this, but eventually accepts that she has feelings for him.

  • Karma Houdini:
    • Chris McLean rates highest in this regard, though he eventually gets what's coming to him in "Brain vs. Brawn: The Ultimate Showdown" when he is arrested by the RCMP for illegally turning Camp Wawanakwa into a toxic waste dump and gets thoroughly decontaminated. However come All-Stars, he's been granted parole. Likewise, following the show's abrupt cancellation in September 2018, Chris is the only Total Drama villain to not be punished in any way.
    • Duncan also counts considering his actions in World Tour. Though he too got his just deserts in All-Stars when Chris has him arrested for blowing up his cottage in an attempt to prove that he was still bad and thought that he would simply be taken to juvie.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close:
    • In the second episode, Heather refuses to participate in the challenge because she doesn't want to get her hair wet. This prompts Leshawna to furiously push her off the cliff and into the lake below. Though the two would strike a truce later on, Heather confides to Lindsay that she only acted nice to Leshawna because, in shows like these, you must "keep your friends close; and your enemies, closer".
    • In "Riot on Set", as Gwen is choosing her teammates, Leshawna reminds her to keep her enemies closer. Gwen then begrudgingly picks Heather to join her group.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: When the remaining contestants manage to break into Scarlett's control room in "Scarlett Fever", Sugar tackles Scarlett to the ground and hogties her with her own hair.
  • Killer Rabbit:
    • In "Search and Do Not Destroy", Bridgette has to retrieve a key from an adorable little bunny. As soon as she approaches the critter, it roars furiously at her, showing a sharp row of teeth.
    • The pandas and baby seals from World Tour look cute enough, but become viciously vindictive after DJ accidentally injures them.
    • Mutated squirrel. Eye lasers!
    • A literal gigantic two-headed rabbit with super strength.
    • It gets Uped to Eleven in "Moon Madness", when the weird moon radiation turns every bunny into a blood thirsty killer.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • Mal in All-Stars. As he is the first villain who does not require a reason to attempt to murder others, and regularly does so just for the fun of it. Unlike previous antagonists who are arguably Punch Clock Villains just in it for the money and possess a moral conscience, he is completely without remorse.
    • Scarlett in Pahkitew Island. The episode in which her true nature is revealed takes a very dark turn from the usual lighthearted nature of the series. While the series occasionally puts the contestants' life on the line, her actions make this one of the few occasions where all of them are a few strokes away from imminent death, and just like Mal, she is completely unphased with the prospect of them dying.
  • Know Your Vines: In the second episode, Katie and Sadie both squat in poison ivy to pee. This causes the two to develop a rash which their teammates mock them for.

  • Lack of Empathy: Chris shows zero remorse for his interns' or his contestants' suffering.
  • Larynx Dissonance: DJ's mom is voiced by the same person who also voices her son and Chef.
  • Laser Hallway: Used in "Dial M for Merger" (Action), "Can't Help Falling In Louvre" (World Tour) and "Scarlett Fever" (Pahkitew Island).
  • Last Minute Hookup: Harold and Leshawna, as he only directly confesses his love right as he's kicked off the island with no other clue seen in the series before this episode. (Their relationship gets more exploration in later seasons.)
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • Advertisements inevitably indicate who the remaining contestants are by showing scenes from upcoming episodes, and promotional material during or after a season finale tends to be rather direct about naming the finalists. The worst example is an ad for the third season that revealed the two finalists of the second...when the second season was still in progress with six contestants remaining.
    • Some TV Guide-esque website posted small paragraphs about each episode. Oh, don't worry, the paragraphs don't reveal anything about the episode they're talking about: just who was eliminated in the last one. For example, the summary for "I See London..." says 'With DJ gone, only 2 teams remain!', the summary for "Greece's Pieces" says 'Owen is missing his little buddy Noah...' etc.
  • Latin Lover: Alejandro, he even says that his Latin blood keeps him hot in the snow.
  • Laxative Prank:
    • Heather sends Gwen a laxative-spiked cupcake in order to make her lose the final challenge of season one. Unfortunately for her, Owen eats the cupcake instead.
    • In the second season, the pizza they all (well, everyone but Leshawna, because "dairy and [her] do not agree.") eat is laced with itching powder and laxatives.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At the beginning of each episode, Chris reads a disclaimer that tells the audience not to try the stunts on the show because they were performed by animated teens.
  • L33t L1ng0: Sierra in "Walk Like An Egyptian - Part 1".
    "O-M-G, Chris! I am just so L-O-L!"
  • Left Hanging: As of 2018, the series has ended for good and will not have any more installments after Pahkitew Island or The Ridonculous Race, which has left many characters and plotlines with no proper sendoffs or conclusions. Some examples of unresolved issues include the current status of several characters (mainly the ones who haven't been seen since the first episode of Revenge of the Island) and relationships (such as Harold and Leshawna), Ezekiel and Dakota never going back to normal after their transformations and never finding out what happened to Dave after he was left behind with Scuba Bear at the end of Pahkitew Island.
  • Left the Background Music On: Played with in "Get a Clue". At one point, Harold pulls out a keyboard to play a dramatic cue; Courtney immediately complains where that annoying music is coming from.
  • Leitmotif:
    • The show has a specific melody that plays during heartwarming moments.
    • Whenever Justin flips his hair or removes his shirt, an Ethereal Choir is heard.
    • The Jaws theme can be heard whenever Izzy is sneaking up on someone.
    • Creepy horror music would start to play whenever Trent talked about his obsession with the number nine; the same music plays whenever Sierra has a stalkerish moment, such as when she reveals how much information she has on Cody (obtained by calling members of his family pretending to be a telemarketer).
    • Alejandro has a Latin theme tune.
    • Duncan has a rendition of Bad to the Bone, which was surprisingly played for Tyler a couple times in World Tour.
    • Brick has a military drum leitmotif.
    • In The Hall of the Mountain King is Mal's. Given that it's a song for people being sneaky...
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Aside from the Big Bad, some seasons contain a secondary antagonist who are still troublesome, but are greatly dwarfed in evil.
  • Lethal Chef:
    • Played with by Chef Hatchet. Though he is actually a competent chef, it's his job to make barely edible slop for the contestants.
    • Lindsay accidentally poisons Trent with ill-prepared fugu blowfish in "Who Can You Trust?".
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Heather is Dark Feminine while Lindsay is Light Feminine.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Chris and Chef behaved like this in the first part of "Jamaican Me Sweat" when they run out of plane fuel and accidentally land in Jamaica, causing them to bicker.
    • Katie and Sadie also behave like this whenever there is the slightly wrinkle in their relationship. However, they are also quick to make up with each other.
    • Duncan and Courtney had their moments of this as well.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The characters wear the same outfit 90% of the time, though they are shown in sleepwear/underwear/swimwear when appropriate.
  • The Load:
    • Ezekiel in World Tour is presented as the most incompetent participant, as his poor singing causes his castmates to be attacked by scarabs, and he costs his team the first challenge by losing the divining rod they were supposed to transport to the finish line. Unsurprisingly, he is the first to be eliminated.
    • Staci from Revenge was a clear-cut example since all she did was constantly spout stories about her relatives, all of which were blatant lies.
    • Pahkitew Island in particular was notorious for this, with about half the cast falling under this trope on several occasions if not constantly.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The show first started with Chris, Chef Hatchet and 22 teenagers, which is already a fairly large cast. World Tour added three newcomers to the first generation cast, Revenge of the Island introduced a second generation cast with 13 teens, and Pahkitew Island introduced a third generation cast with 14 teens. Then there are several minor characters. Its spin off, The Ridonculous Race had the biggest cast since "Island" with a whopping total of 36 contestants, including 4 from past seasons and a new host
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Dawn surmises that Dakota's desire to be famous is a cry for love.
    Dakota: Who told you that, my therapist!?
  • Loophole Abuse: In Aftermath Aftermayhem, Blaineley says that whoever answers her question correctly will be allowed to re-enter the competition. When she accidentally answers her own question, Geoff declares that Blaineley is the winner and will join the other campers in the following episode.
  • Lotus Position:
    • In "Brunch of Disgustingness", Lindsay is unable to eat the disgusting meals Chef presents, jeopardizing her team's chances of winning the competition. Bridgette then teaches her to meditate in this position, calming her down enough to swallow the next few dishes. Unfortunately, it somehow also ends up causing Lindsay to suffer from short-term memory loss.
    • This is practically Dawn's default pose.
  • Love Dodecahedron: The most frustrating subplot of World Tour. Sierra likes Cody, who likes Gwen, who likes Duncan, who likes Gwen back even though he's been dating Courtney for about a year, and once they break up Courtney falls for Alejandro, who loves Heather, who likes the prize money more than Alejandro. Brain hurt, yet?
  • Love Triangle:
    • Gwen's close friendship with Duncan causes hostility between him and her then boyfriend Trent in Action. Come World Tour, Duncan and Gwen have become an official couple, but this causes attrition with Courtney, whom Duncan has cheated on; Cody, who is Gwen's Abhorrent Admirer; and Sierra, who likes Cody and resents Gwen for "taking him away from her".
    • Late in World Tour, Heather and Courtney start competing for Alejandro's affections. Heather wins, and the two begin dating during All Stars.
    • Zoey/Mike/Anne Maria, although Anne Maria is only interested in Vito, one of Mike's alternate personalities.

  • Male Frontal Nudity: All instances are pixelated.
    • Owen, far too often.
    • Harold, Duncan, and Justin in "One Million Bucks, B.C."
    • Chris in "The Aftermath: IV".
    • Justin, Trent, Cody, and Harold in "Celebrity Manhunt's TDA Reunion Special".
    • Lightning in "The Enchanted Franken-Forest".
    • Max in "Mo Monkey, Mo Problems".
  • Male Gaze: The show has a lot of this, but the most noticeable is Courtney. Courtney gets a bunch of butt shots for no other reason besides Fanservice in every season in which she participates. It's especially noticeable when she does her Cheerleader bit.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Mandrills attack the contestants in "African Lying Safari", and DJ gets attacked by some tiny monkeys in "The Am-AH-zon Race".
  • Manly Tears:
    • Duncan's performance in "Riot On Set" moves Chef to tears.
      DJ: You're gonna teach me how to be tough? (snickers)
      Chef: Tough guys cry!
    • After Cameron defeats him in "Brain vs. Brawn: The Ultimate Showdown", Lighting breaks down in the confessional, apologizing profusely to his father, who he believes he has let down.
  • Marshmallow Hell:
    • Cody falls into the Statue of Liberty's cleavage. The scene was cut out of the US version.
    • Cody gets this treatment many times by Sierra.
    • Noah gets this from Owen in the Yukon.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy:
    • Sky (athletic and tough) to Dave (germaphobic and wimpy).
    • Jo (the angry sergeant) to Brick (the sensitive sergeant).
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • All the contestants get one when their bus starts heading towards a cliff in the Action special.
    • Team Amazon gets one right before Owen, the human cannonball, destroys their boat in "Sweden Sour".
  • Meat-O-Vision: Owen starts hallucinating that his teammates (and Chris) are food items after he gets injured (and then locked in a safe) in "Ocean's Eight-Or Nine".
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Noah is a Hebrew name for "restful." Cody can mean "cushion", turning the scene in Action where Noah is sleeping with his head on Cody's lap into an Accidental Pun.
    • Courtney influences most of the competitions in Action by calling her lawyers.
    • Gwen means "white" or "fair", tying to her kind-hearted nature and her rather pale skin.
    • Mike's evilest persona is named "Mal", the Latin word for evil.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: Alejandro falls victim to this in his ending of World Tour, where he wins the game, but his prize has been burned to ashes and he has sustained such severe injuries that he has to remain inside a life support machine.
  • Medal of Dishonor: The eliminated camper is given a Marshmallow of Toxic Loserdom in Revenge of the Island.
  • Medium Awareness: When Courtney sees birds circling her head after slamming into a camouflaged wall, she shoos them away, prompting one to angrily chirp back at her.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Mike is entirely defined by his Dissociative Identity Disorder.
  • Mercy Kill: The Villainous Vultures were allowed to vote off a member of the Heroic Hamsters in "Suckers Punched". Despite the fact that almost everyone else on the team was more of a threat, the Vultures voted off Sierra so that she could meet up with Cody and get back to her blogs again, hopefully regaining her "sanity" (and Cameron's).
  • Messy Pig: In "I Triple Dog Dare You!", Heather gets cannon blasted into a pig's mudpile.
  • The Millstone:
    • Scott invokes this as part of his Team Killer strategy. Since Scott knows how to manipulate his teammates, he successfully convinces his teammates to eliminate someone else, usually by him framing his victim beforehand.
    • Leonard overly relied on his non-existent wizard powers and was the reason why Team Maskwak lost its first two challenges.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Heather's alliance members in Island are the ridiculously naive Lindsay and cheerful farm girl Beth.
  • Mirror Reveal: When Dakota starts morphing into a radioactive monster, the other campers look horrified and Chris gives her a mirror. At first she thinks it's just a picture of a scary monster, but when Scott tells her it's a mirror, she gets even angrier Chris for what he has done to her.
  • Misplaced Retribution: In order for Harold to get revenge on Duncan for bullying him, he gets Courtney eliminated instead by rigging the votes.
  • Misplaced Vegetation: Chef Hatchet asks what those palm trees are doing in Ontario. Courtney later asks the same question.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: When Cameron is exiled to Bony island in All Stars, he disguises himself as a fire hydrant and follows a bear around till it pees on him.
  • Modesty Towel:
    • Heather is often found wearing one during Island. She also wears one during her audition tape, only to walk off-camera, take it off and throw it behind her.
    • Courtney, in "Get a Clue".
    • Lindsay, at the beginning of "Rock n' Rule".
    • Jo, in a confessional in "A Mine Is a Terrible Thing to Waste".
  • Morality Pet: Courtney being one to Duncan is a subversion. She claims to be trying to reform him into a better person, but her competitive nature compels him to be even more aggressive towards the other contestants, and her overbearing attitude ends up alienating him to the point he eventually breaks up with her.
  • Motor Mouth: Izzy noticeably talks much faster than the rest of the cast, to emphasize her Cloudcuckoolander personality.
  • Mouse Trap:
    • Sam demonstrates his Super Reflexes in "Runaway Model" by unbaiting one without setting it off. He ends up setting off half a dozen other traps because he accidentally stepped on the trap he just undone.
    • Scott finds one in Chris' garbage bag after drawing an undesirable objective in "Up, Up And Away In My Pitiful Balloon".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Justin and Alejandro are considered the most attractive male members of the cast and get plenty of shirtless scenes.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Lindsay, who wears a tight tank top and a miniskirt most of the time, and has even dressed up as an admiral and Wonder Woman.
    • Heather, who sports a Modesty Towel in several Shower Scenes and accidentally flashed her boobs during "X-Treme Torture".
    • Courtney and Zoey's behinds are the subject of many noteworthy closeups in the series.
  • Multiple Endings: Every season has separate endings for each member of the final two, a canon ending and an alternate.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Songs about a person stuck to a pole, stripping down guards (It Makes Sense in Context), shearing sheep, and others never were so awesome.
  • The Musical: Singing is required in Total Drama World Tour, which was originally called Total Drama: The Musical, and Chris even states that any contestant that refuses to sing is automatically eliminated (although this rule isn't strictly enforced, which means no one was eliminated for not singing anyway).
  • Musical Episode: "The Princess Pride" in Action features a couple songs from "Princess Courtney".
  • Must Have Caffeine: Shawn in Pahkitew Island. He drinks it all the time to stay alert, since he's a paranoid doomsayer.


  • Near-Death Experience: All of the contestants come pretty close to serious harm during the entire series, but some notable instances are:
    • Alejandro getting trampled and drenched in boiling lava.
    • Trent falling 5,000 feet from a plane.
    • Cody getting mauled by a bear.
    • Cody getting swallowed by a shark (Sierra got him out).
    • Ezekiel getting blasted out of a volcano on fire.
    • Scott getting mauled by Fang.
    • Izzy and Owen getting crushed by the plane.
    • Sierra getting caught in the plane's explosion.
  • Nerdy Bully: Scarlett at first seems like a standard nerd who befriends Max the Laughably Evil Big Bad Wannabe, but is later revealed to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing and has tricked Max into hurting himself multiple times for her own amusement.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The third season is a musical. Good luck determining that from any of the marketing past the original trailer and pamphlet.
    • An ad for the wild west themed episode of Action showed Duncan and Bridgette in a showdown. Not only did this not happen in the episode, but Bridgette had been eliminated by that point and did not make an appearance.
    • The original trailer for Revenge of the Island featured Staci, with a full head of hair, getting eaten by Larry. However, in the first episode of the season she loses her hair after receiving the Toxic Marshmallow of Toxic Loserdom and the previously mentioned scene never happens.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands:
    • Courtney's super strength in Action.
    • Harold has a tendency to use random and usually obscure skills during This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman situations.
    • Alejandro's endless arsenal of talents as part of being The Ace.
    • Sierra's ancestral teachings go from Chris McLean Scholaring to basket-weaving.
    • Tyler's incredible finger strength. This one is an odd case, because it appeared out of nowhere, was reused in another challenge in a later episode, and then wasn't even REFERENCED when he tried to punch through a metal door.
    • Mal's super strength in All Stars.
  • New Rules as the Plot Demands: Invoked by Chris invoking Screw the Rules, I Make Them!.
  • New Season, New Name: Every season has a different name in the form, Total Drama X. Season 1 is Total Drama Island, a Survivor parody satirizing reality show and teen drama conventions; Season 2 is Total Drama Action, satirizing movie conventions; Season 3 is Total Drama World Tour (called Total Drama Musical in development), featuring a Hollywood Atlas and the cast singing Once per Episode; Season 4 is Total Drama Revenge of the Island, returning to the original island (now a toxic waste dump) with a new slate of contestants; Season 5 is Total Drama All Stars, an All Stars season mixing the original cast with the one from Revenge; Season 6 is Total Drama Pahkitew Island, set on a new island with another all-new contestant roster; Season 7, which was the final season of TDI, is Total Drama: The Ridonculous Race, featuring a new host and thirty-two new contestants, along with some classic favorites.
  • Nice Guy:
    Gwen: (to Owen) Have you ever had a bad thought about anyone?
    • For the girls, Bridgette (that is paired with Geoff) and Gwen; she becomes much more friendly after her de-frosting in Island. Lindsay too (that is more a Spoiled Sweet).
    • Revenge of the Island adds Mike (at least when his main personality is in control), Sam and Cameron, who, after he wins in the finale of said season, gives a share to every one of his friends and his enemies. Female examples are Zoey (except for Scott and Mal in All-Stars, she's nice to practically everyone) and Dawn; she may be a little off her rocker, but she definitely is friendly, kind and considerate.
    • Pahkitew Island has Ella. She is one of the nicest, if not the nicest character in the whole series; she is an Actual Pacifist who just wants to be everyone's friend. Samey too, in contrast to her Jerkass sister.
  • Nice Hat:
    • Ezekiel's toque (too bad he loses it in later episodes of World Tour onwards).
    • Geoff's cowboy hat.
    • Eva wears one as part of her Sasquatchanakwa costume.
    • Alejandro, Owen, and Noah are given Pickelhaubes (a type of German army helmet) in "Slap Slap Revolution".
    • Heather, Alejandro, Sierra, and Cody are given traditional Rapa Nui headdresses in "Rapa Phooey!".
    • Manitoba's fedora
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween:
    • Of the hosts: Don cares more about the rules and is a lot less dangerous than Chris, a remorseless sadist who willingly puts people's lives at risk for the sake of ratings. Chef is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who just rolls with Chris's punches.
    • The three girls on Team Maskwak: Ella is quite possibly the nicest character in the entire series, Sugar is extremely self-centered and hates Ella for petty reasons, and Sky is levelheaded and focused on winning.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Mixed with Hypocritical Humor when it comes to Cody, who rebukes and rejects Sierra's advances while continuing to pursue an unwilling Gwen.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Tyler, when he sees the hairstyles Lindsay plans to give him in "Can't Help Falling In Louvre".
  • No OSHA Compliance: Contestant safety is obviously an afterthought for Chris. It's even lampshaded at times.
    • The first season had numerous references to interns being injured or killed in various accidents, presumably due to a lack of safety precautions. Particularly noteworthy is the incident when an intern dies whilst testing part of the final challenge. Chris reacts by saying to himself, "That seems safe enough."
    • Action takes place in a rundown and abandoned film lot.
    • During World Tour, the contestants travel in a less than airworthy Jumbo Jet.
    • Camp Wawanakwa also suffers from "No EPA Compliance" in Revenge of the Island due to the adverse effects of toxic waste to the local fauna and flora after Chris rents it out as a dumping ground to a "nice, family-oriented" bio-hazardous waste disposal company. Except for the "Fun Zone" on Boney Island, the camp is remediated by the time All Stars takes place. However, the island sinks by the finale, due to possibly illegal fracking by Chef to create the final challenge.
    • Pahkitew Island itself is the trope incarnate after Chris reveals that the island is mostly mechanical and artificial.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination:
    • Played with with Izzy in Island - she flees when a helicopter comes to arrest her, meaning that no one is eliminated that round, but she later returns to the game and then gets voted out normally.
    • Two in Action. DJ quit and Owen was ejected by Chris for failing as his mole.
    • World Tour had Duncan quitting and the informal "elimination" of Ezekiel by Chris before the competition even really got started, though both returned after these incidents (after a long absence in Duncan’s case) and then got voted out by normal means. Followed by Harold quitting in a misguided attempt to impress Leshawna with his “honor”, then Izzy being taken away by the military, and then the immediate elimination of Sierra after she blows up the plane (in the same episode she was granted invincibility, no less).
    • Revenge of the Island sees Anne Maria walk off in the seventh episode, after getting a giant diamond from Ezekiel in the mine. Too bad it turned out to be a fake.
    • All-Stars has Duncan getting arrested, thereby removing him from the competition and Cameron being removed due to his injuries.
  • No One Gets Left Behind:
    • Tyler tries to retrieve Owen from an impenetrable metal room in "The Ex-Files".
    • Brick for Cameron. As part of his code of honour, which causes him to have conflict with Jo.
    • Specifically averted with Alejandro who tries as hard as possible to leave Owen behind, but never seems to be able to succeed.
  • Noodle People: Many of the nerdier guys such as Harold and Cody tend to be scrawny. Some non-nerdy guys like Mike and Dave are also relatively scrawny.
  • Not Good with People: Beth is the first type. Her character bio indicates that she genuinely wants to fit in with people, but only really understands how to deal with farm animals.
  • Not in Front of the Parrot: In "Haute Camp-ture", the eliminated campers are given the chance to vote off one of the remaining contestants. After a few characters carelessly mention Leshawna, a nearby parrot starts repeating her name, which Chris decides to count as votes against her.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Beth's boyfriend, Brady, shows up during the Action finale, despite every other character believing him to be just a lie Beth had come up with to impress them.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: The very first challenge involved the campers jumping off a thousand-foot cliff into water below. Just try complaining about any unrealistic injuries after that.

  • Odd Friendship:
  • Off-Model:
    • Some of the character heights vary a bit for particular scenes, and that's just the tamer part.
    • Heather has been drawn with her original hair early in Action, when she was supposed to be bald.
    • Katie was once missing an arm.
    • Perhaps the most infamous example - for a split second in "Sundae Muddy Sundae", Gwen's eyes disappear.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: During the song of "Super Crazy Happy Fun Time Japan", Leshawna looks visibly confused as Lindsay teleports from holding her left hand to her right hand.
  • Oh, Crap!: Nearly every contestant that winds up in the bottom two for elimination automatically gets this expression.
  • Older Than They Look: Cody, Beth, Cameron and Dawn are shorter and look considerably younger than their castmates, despite all contestants explicitly being 16.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten:
    • Gwen will likely never live down being kissed by another girl's boyfriend. That one scene led to Gwen getting voted out and all her allies abandoning her (with Sierra even referring to her as the 'New Heather), even though she'd been a good friend and strong competitor up until then. In All-Stars, she is placed on the villain team entirely because of this, and becomes their Token Good Teammate.
    • Bridgette getting her tongue stuck to a pole when she tried to kiss Alejandro. Several characters love to ridicule her for it or are angry at her for her actions, even despite the fact Bridgette herself showed immense guilt and shame for what she did and was ultimately forgiven by Geoff, and how the couple moved on from it to happily continue their relationship.
  • One-Letter Name: B. Subverted in "Truth or Laser Shark" where we find out that it really stands for Beverly.
  • Only Known by Initials: DJ, though at one point his mother gives him a Full-Name Ultimatum and calls him "Devon Joseph."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Blaineley in World Tour, Lightning in Revenge of the Island and Beardo in Pahkitew Island.
  • Only One Name: Everyone except Chris (McLean), Chef (Hatchet), Harold (Norbert Cheever "Doris" McGrady V), Cody (Emmett Jameson-Anderson), DJ (see above), Alejandro (Burromuerto), (Mildred) "Blaineley" (Stacy Andrews-O'Halloran), Dakota (Milton), Brick (MacArthur), Cameron (Corduroy Wilkins), and (Rudolph) "Lightning" (Jackson).
  • Only Sane Man:
    • During the first two seasons Gwen and Trent were often bewildered and annoyed by the behavior of their fellow contestants and the lunacy of some of the challenges but they both reached the "acceptance" stage by the time season three arrived.
    • Dave starts off as this, spending most of his time complaining about his teammates' strange personalities and bizarre behavior, but once he begins crushing on Sky his mental state steadily deteriorates.
  • On the Next: Shown at the end of "Not so Happy Campers - Part 1".
  • Operation: Jealousy: Employed for three episodes in a row in season three. Courtney flirted with Tyler (to make Duncan jealous), Alejandro flirted with Courtney (to make Heather jealous) and Heather flirted with Duncan (to make Alejandro jealous).
  • Opt Out: Zig-zagged; it's played straight in some instances but subverted in others.
    • Heather and Gwen both refused to do certain challenges in Island, but were convinced to participate by either Chris or their teammates.
    • Tyler tries to opt out of the "I See London..." challenge after Chris announces what it is.
      Tyler: We have to strip a dude? I'm out!
    • Noah tries to walk out on Blaineley's second chance challenge in "Aftermath Aftermayhem", but is forced to participate by his contract.
    • In "A Mine Is a Terrible Thing to Waste", Anne Maria leaves Wawanakwa to cash-in a large diamond given to her by Ezekiel; it's only after she quits that Chris tells her it's practically worthless.
  • Out of Focus:
    • Eva, Katie and Sadie are the most egregious examples, as they do not get any attention in Action and World Tour outside of the Aftermaths.
    • Ezekiel, Cody, Noah and Tyler do not return for Action and of the four of them, Cody and Noah are the only ones who have any lines during the Aftermath episodes and each has only one line at that.
    • Beth, Justin, and Trent do not participate in World Tour after receiving focus and development during Action, but still get a couple of lines and interactions during the Aftermath episodes.
  • Overly Long Gag: In "Hook, Line and Screamer", DJ finds Heather shaving her legs and is so horrified he runs away screaming. The scene is followed by a 20-second-long montage of him fleeing through the bathroom wall, in the forest, up a cliff and underwater.
  • Overly Long Name:
    • Harold Norbert Cheever Doris McGrady the Fifth.
    • In World Tour, Chris names one of the teams Team Chris is Really, Really, Really, Really Hot (Later on, Chris would give variations of the team's name because of the length, and the fact it's named after him, often shortening it to just "Chris is Hot").
    • According to Sierra, Cody's full name is Cody Emmett Jameson Anderson.
    • Mildred "Blaineley" Stacey Andrews O'Halloran.
    • In "Hook, Line and Screamer", the murderer is always referred to as "The Escaped Psycho Killer With the Chainsaw and the Hook".
    • One episode is titled Total Drama Yum-Yum Happy Go Time Candy Fish Tails. And the challenge: Total Drama Yum Yum Happy Go Time Candy Fish Tails Challenge (of celebration fun).
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Exaggerated in Sierra's song from World Tour:
    Sierra: Oui, my friends! Now I'm stuck telling you: If you fall in love with a boy on TV, and then audition to get on his show, and audition again, and finally get on his show, and be nice to him, and do nothing but kiss up, you will still, oui, end up in Paris, oui, feeling despaires, and the boy won't even take you outside!
  • Overprotective Dad: Cameron has an overprotective mom.

  • Padding the Paper: In "Basic Straining", Chef makes all the contestants write a three hundred word essay about how much they love him. Duncan just writes "I like Chef very, very, very, very......... much". Duncan says he meets the exact word requirement, but this doesn't make Chef any less angry.
  • Paintball Episode: In "Paintball Deer Hunter", the campers are divided into groups of "hunters" and "deers". "Hunters" must track down the "deers" of the other team and shoot them with paintballs, with the winning team being the one whose campers have less stains by the end of the time limit.
  • Palette Swap:
    • Courtney's wedding dress in "Niagara Brawls" is a white recolor of her princess costume from "The Princess Pride", complete with the same tiara.
    • Chris' boat in "Newf Kids on the Block" is a green recolor of the Boat of Losers from Island.
    • The cowboy hat Chris wears in "3:10 to Crazytown" is a grey recolor of Geoff's hat.
    • Lindsay's cowboy boots in "Runaway Model" are a blue recolor of the ones she wore.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: The Japan episode of World Tour featured the Pandamonium game, where pandas are prominently used.
  • Panty Shot:
    • In the opening of Island, Izzy and Harold accidentally ram themselves into the confessional, knocking Lindsay outside and giving the audience a shot of her pink panties.
    • In season one's "Who Can You Trust?", Heather is able to remove Gwen's skirt completely. They're purple with a skull, in case you're wondering. She also wears stockings.
    • In the episode of Island where Izzy comes back, she scratches her ear with her foot while on all fours.
    • A flat-out blatant shot occurs in the third season episode "Slap Slap Revolution". Sierra tells the audience that she makes a notch on her belt every time Heather tries her "best friend" tactics. She then whips off her belt to show it off, giving a good long shot of her in just her skivvies. Yikes.
  • The Parody: The show began as a clear parody of Survivor, satirizing reality show and teen drama conventions. Later island-based seasons are more character-driven, although they retain some of the satirical elements.
  • The Peeping Tom: Cody tries to watch Gwen change into her swimsuit by looking through her cabin's screendoor in "Up the Creek", and "The Am-AH-zon Race" reveals that he owns a pair of X-Ray glasses which he evidently uses to spy on the rest of Team Amazon.
  • Pepper Sneeze: In "Beach Blanket Bogus", Trent spills pepper on his breakfast and then tosses it over his shoulder, straight into Heather's face, causing her to sneeze for the rest of the scene.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When Sierra accidentally blows up the jet in "Awwwwww, Drumheller", Alejandro shields Heather from the blast. He is also concerned after Sierra recovers from the explosion.
    • Heather is infamous for faking these for ulterior motives, but she does occasionally play it straight: She consoles a heartbroken Courtney in "Greece's Pieces", and gives Sierra a headdress to cover her bald head in "Planes, Trains, and Hot Air Mobiles".
    • Chris allows Katie to reunite with Sadie in "Who Can You Trust?". Also, when Harold eliminates himself in "Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan", Chris wishes him luck without a hint of sarcasm.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The mostly-female Team Amazon has a pink logo while the mostly-male Team Chris Is Really Really Really Really Hot has a blue one.
  • Piranha Problem:
    • Lake Wawanakwa is stocked with piranha. In Revenge of the Island, the piranha are mutated.
    • Chris uses a piranha pit as an obstacle in "That's Off the Chain".
    • The Amazon episode of World Tour featured both Owen and Tyler falling into a river and getting attacked by piranhas.
  • Pit Trap: Duncan and Owen use a pit trap to steal the survival gear off Gwen and Heather in "Are We There, Yeti?".
  • Pixellation: Played straight and for laughs when privates are exposed.
  • Plank Gag: Happens multiple times in the first episode when Bridget brings her surfboard on to the pier.
  • Plot Armor: It's obvious that some characters only survive as long as they do because the plot necessitates it. The most obvious example of this would be Heather in Island, who survives all the way to the Final 3 despite everyone outside of her alliance despising her and having multiple opportunities to vote her out.
    • Duncan is among the most ridiculous examples. The first season only had Duncan go far by forming a guys alliance in episode 17 and an alliance with Heather in episode 20. In the second season, he was only there to torment Harold. It is worth noting that Duncan never won individual immunity in Island nor Action.
  • Poorly Timed Confession: Alejandro invokes this several times to mess with the other team:
    • In "Newf Kids on the Rock", a cursed DJ has to kiss a fish for a challenge and he notices that the fish has a Egyptian symbol on it. Alejandro tells him that that kissing the fish will break his Egyptian curse, but by the end of the episode it's revealed that Alejandro drew the symbol on the fish. In "Jamaica Me Sweat", with DJ believing that the curse is lifted, he starts doing well in the competition and he believes he can win. But when Alejandro "accidentally" confessed to Tyler about the truth about the fish with DJ standing behind him, DJ starts doing poorly and eventually gets eliminated.
    • In "Greece's Pieces", he invokes Tyler into doing this during the competition to create a rift between Gwen and Courtney, who were starting to become friends. Tyler witnessed Duncan and Gwen kissing each other despite Duncan being in a relationship with Courtney. Before the tie breaker match can begin, when Tyler reveals the kiss to everyone, Courtney became furious at Gwen. And while their team won the challenge, Courtney began trying to sabotage her own team into losing so she can vote Gwen off.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: In-universe examples with "Duncney" (Duncan/Courtney), "Gigette" (Geoff/Bridgette), "Gwuncan" (Gwen/Duncan) and "Coderra"/"Siody" (Sierra/Cody).
  • Power Floats: Dawn levitates to the finish line in the first episode of Revenge of the Island.
  • Power Trio:
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Heather is the Big Bad of Island and always a villain; mean and hated by nearly everyone. However, she will not screw with her teammates if doing so would hurt the team's chances of winning a challenge (except for in "Not Quite Famous"), and more than once has gotten mad at others for doing just that, most notably Courtney during World Tour.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Harold has mad beatboxing and rap skillz.
  • Previously On…: Every episode is started by Chris uttering this sentence, followed by a brief recap of the last episode's events.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Scarlett sports one in Pahkitew Island, given her intelligence.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Ella's dress, playing off her Disney princess parody.
  • Prom Wrecker: Discussed when Gwen lists "prom destroyer" as something that she wants to be in the song "Before We Die" in Total Drama World Tour.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • In World Tour, it turns out that Courtney's and Trent's fears that Duncan and Gwen were becoming more than friends were pretty understandable after all.
    • In Pahkitew Island, although Shawn's zombie phobia usually has him labeled as a Cloud Cuckoolander, it has proven useful on a fair few occasions. As if his Berserk Button is pushed, he can perform amazing feats.
  • Psychic Powers: Dawn has the power to read aura.
  • Psycho for Hire: Chef Hatchet, and in a way, Duncan.
  • Pun:
    • As Sam is being mauled by grizzlies:
      Sam: I can't bear it!
    • In the same episode, as Sam gets struck in the groin by a booby trap:
      Chris: Nuts? (offers Chef a bag of nuts)
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
    Chris: TOTAL! DRAMA! (current season's name)!
    Mal: I'm just. GETTING. STARTED./HERE. I. COME!
  • Pushed at the Monster: In "Hook, Line, and Screamer" when Izzy and Owen encounter the killer, Owen screams, "I don't want to die! Here, take Izzy!" and pushes Izzy towards the killer. It turns out to have just been Chef in a costume, so she's fine, but still mad at Owen in the next episode.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • During the first three seasons eliminated contestants were sent to either the Playa des Losers hotel (season one) or the aftermath studio (seasons two and three) so that Chris could keep tabs on them in case he wanted to bring someone back into the competition.
    • Most of the first three seasons' cast gets this in Revenge, with some showing up in single episodes.
    • With the exceptions of Owen, Ezekiel, and Izzy, none of the characters that did not compete in All-Stars appear during said season.
    • With Duncan blowing up Chris's villa, to desperately prove to everyone (and himself) that he wasn't going soft. Caused him to be arrested, heading to "adult prison."
  • Putting the Band Back Together: In All-Stars, Mike starts to do this with his other personalities, starting with Chester in "You Regatta be Kidding Me".
  • Pyrrhic Victory:
    • Heather and Alejandro in both World Tour endings. Not only is the cash prize lost in a volcanic eruption, but Alejandro is covered in lava and forced inside the Drama Machine to heal. In Heather's ending, she also gets crushed by a volcanic rock before the screen cuts to static.
    • Beth in the alternate ending of Action. The money was used to pay off the damage done to the Mona Lisa in the special, and she's completely left out of the third season.


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