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  • The Quiet One:
    • Justin only has FOUR LINES of dialogue in the first season (not counting the special), and they were all in the first episode in the timespan of about one minute.
    • B, whose main character trait is him never speaking.
    • Beardo copes with his shyness by communicating using sound effects. His only line during Pahkitew Island is a rushed farewell while being shot out of a cannon.

  • A Rare Sentence: From All-Stars:
    Sam: Well, no one else was gonna pee on me. (beat, chuckles) Huh, that is a weird sentence.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: DJ recollecting the mummy-dog incident he had in Egypt in "Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan".
    • What really happened: DJ pats the mummy dog. It turns to dust, then the chamber starts to cave in.
    • DJ's version: DJ, wearing Harold's tinfoil hat for some reason, pats the mummy dog. It explodes. Then the pyramid explodes too.
  • Read the Fine Print: Chris has all of the campers under contract, and uses the fine print to force them into season two, dumping heaps of abuse on them without repercussions; no court in any sane world would let such contracts stand.
  • Real Fake Wedding: On World Tour, the contestants have to fake-marry for the Niagara Falls challenge, and Cody gets stuck with Sierra. In the confessional, she explains that she's an ordained minister on the Internet, and attempts to say the wedding vows really fast and trick Cody into saying "I do." She eventually succeeds, but it's Subverted in the next episode when Heather notes that that's not actually legal.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • At the end of Revenge of the Island, Chris is arrested for dumping biohazardous waste on the island.
    • Similarly, in All-Stars, Duncan tries to prove he belongs with the Villains and decides to blow up Chris' cottage. The result? Not only is he eliminated, he is arrested, and instead of going to Juvie as he expects, is taken to "big boy prison".
    • The actions of Heather, Alejandro, and Courtney means absolutely no one has any incentive to trust them. Heather is especially despised for her acts of cruelty to Gwen, and it takes very little convincing for Mal to get everyone to vote off Alejandro because of his actions in World Tour.
    • The second Tyler exposes their relationship, Duncan and Gwen become villain number one in both of their respective teams. Duncan only avoids elimination the first time because of Chris, and the second time because of striking a deal with Alejandro.
  • Reality TV Show Mansion: According to Noah, the entire premise of Chris' new (and actually fake) show Total Drama Dirtbags is, "A bunch of nasty jerks live in a huge mansion and get all bored and backstabby."
  • Reality Warper: The Blue Harvest Moon
  • Record Needle Scratch: Used in the scene with Tyler and the alien, in "The EX-Files".
  • Red Shirt: The interns. One of them got eaten by sharks (presumably), another one got eaten by scarabs, another two got eaten by bears, two more got frozen in a river in the Yukon, another one got attacked by Courtney when he was in a hot air balloon, another one got pushed off a 100-foot diving board by Chef, one had to go through therapy for months after being cursed at by Izzy, and that's not even counting what probably happened to more interns off-screen.
  • Rejection Ritual:
    • Like many of the elimination game shows it parodies, Total Drama features a ritualized expulsion of players who have been Voted Off the Island. Early on, the elimination ceremonies were fairly tame, with the "Dock of Shame" and "Walk of Shame" in Island and Action, respectively.
    • However, as the series progressed, the eliminations became more over the top; Revenge of the Island had the "Hurl of Shame", a large catapult used to fling contestants off the island, All Stars had the "Flush of Shame", a giant toilet where eliminated players are flushed down the drain, and Pahkitew Island had the "Cannon of Shame", a circus cannon which was used to shoot eliminated players off the island.
  • Revenge by Proxy: When Harold has enough of Duncan, he rigs the vote to eliminate Duncan's girlfriend, Courtney instead of Duncan himself.
  • Revenge of the Sequel: Oddly enough the fourth season (rather than the second season) is subtitled like this with respect to Island.
  • Rhyme Theme Naming:
    • The first generation has the single-minded best friends Katie and Sadie.
    • The third generation brings the Polar Opposite Twins Amy and Samey (whose actual name is Sammy, but Amy prefers to call her like this because she considers her sister an inferior version of her).
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter:
    • DJ's bunny, the chipmunks, the squirrels, and even the skunks.
    • The baby pandas (when they're tamed).
    • The bird that Duncan couldn't bring himself to hurt in All-Stars. Even with three eyes, it's adorable.
  • Ring Ring Crunch: The first morning after Brick switches over to the Toxic Rats, his alarm clock wakes the other guys up extremely early and they all try to get rid of it.
  • Rocky Roll Call: In "Are We There Yeti?" the four remaining campers end up running into each other in a dark cave while trying to hide from Sasquatchanakwa.
    Owen: Duncan?
    Heather: Owen?
    Duncan: Heather?
    Heather: Duncan?
    Gwen: Heather?
    Heather: Gwen?
    Owen: Gwen?
    Gwen: Owen?
  • Rogues Gallery: Every season a new antagonist emerges, but they typically stay around in later seasons to menace the cast. This comes full circle in All-Stars where all of them come back in as a Big Bad Ensemble. They are as follows: Chris, Heather, Courtney, Justin, Alejandro, Ezekiel, Scott, Mal, Max, Amy, Sugar, and Scarlett.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: This happens to some of the contestants who have been the runner-up in Canada and/or the United States.
    • In Island, Owen was the winner of the season. However, Gwen (who placed 2nd) is still popular than him in many ways. However, Gwen wasn't more popular than Owen; there were many others that didn't make the finals that season: Leshawna, Izzy, Lindsay, Bridgette, etc.
    • For Action, Duncan was voted as the winner. However, while he is more popular than Beth (who was the runner-up), he was more controversial in the wake of the love triangle mess in season 3 and his arrest in season 5. Just like in season 1, there were more contestants that were popular than Duncan: Lindsay, Harold, and Courtney were among them.
    • Depending on the ending, Heather and Alejandro would suffer less in each other's endings of World Tour.
      • If Heather won (the United States ending), Alejandro gets trampled on and is placed in the robotic suit until All-Stars. Heather was last seen trying to flee a molten rock in the final frame of the season.
      • If Alejandro won (the Canadian ending), then he wins on a cheap technicality after Heather throws his idol in the volcano. Since Heather placed 2nd in Alejandro's ending, she does not get hit by the rock.
    • In Revenge of the Island, Cameron was voted the winner in almost every country (even Canada). Lightning only won in the United States and the Philippines. In the following season, Cameron's reputation took a massive nosedive. While Lightning was not all that popular then, there were many fans that were rooting for him. Lightning nor Cameron were the popular characters in that season. We also had: Zoey, Jo, Mike, Brick, Dawn, etc.
    • While the idea of a Zoey and Mike finale was not a great idea in All-Stars, there were more people that deserved to be in the final two in place of either of them. Notable examples include: Gwen (who would have been a two-time finalist had Chris not disqualified her in the final four), Courtney (who was the fan-favorite before the most disgraceful episode killed any chance of redeeming her character), Scott, Alejandro, Heather, etc.
    • It is zig-zagged for Pahkitew Island between Shawn (U.S. winner) and Sky (Canadian winner). While both were fan favorites of the season (just as favorable as the finalist choice in season 1 and 3), there were more people that were as popular as them: Jasmine, Scarlett, Ella, and Sammy.
    • In The Ridonculous Race, The Surfers (Geoff and Brody; U.S. winners) and the Police Cadets (MacArthur and Sanders; Canadian winners) were also fan favorites. However, they weren't the popular of the cast. We also had: The Sisters (Emma and Kitty), The Best Friends (Carrie and Devin), The Goths (Crimson and Ennui), and others to name.
  • Running Gag:
    • Owen's farting and eating anything that can fit in his mouth (which is later passed on to Sugar).
    • Lindsay forgetting other people's names, and misunderstanding the voting process.
    • Courtney mentioning her CIT training.
    • Duncan having trouble hiding a secret nice side, which is taken to the extreme in All-Stars where he can't stop being nice.
    • Justin taking off his shirt.
    • Izzy departing the show using an improper method.
    • Noah experiencing odd events whenever he sleeps, including the infamous incident with Cody.
    • Harold hitting himself on the head with his nun-chucks.
    • Sierra's stalker-ish behavior towards Cody, which is amped Up to Eleven in All-Stars where he is not competing and so she starts seeing others as Cody.
    • DJ accidentally injuring animals.
    • Anne Maria's hair being rock-solid.
    • Dawn's aura reading which creeps other people out.
    • Lightning lack of intelligence, namely by struggling to spell words or to count, mistaking Jo for a boy in Revenge, and of course adding "SHA-" in front of sentences.
    • Cameron getting excited when doing something for the first time.
    • Gwen accidentally doing something villainous to Courtney in All-Stars.
    • Shawn mistaking other characters and things for zombies.
    • Ella singing at inopportune times.
    • Max failing at being evil.
    • Scarlett giving a lengthy, technical explanation of something, before having to dumb it down when others don't understand.
    • Each season having a designated pain magnet, who gets injured excessively for no apparent reason. Currently they include: Harold, Tyler, Brick, Scott, and Max.
    • The end of each series' intro (except for World Tour) has a couple preparing to kiss, only for something to kill the moment.


  • Sadist Show: To the point that most of the original cast members no longer want to be part of the show in any capacity whatsoever and only participate because of their legally binding contracts. DJ freaked out when he found himself at Camp Wawanakwa again, having vowed to never return, and he was only there as the judge of the challenge. Ultimately, The Ridonculous Race is the first, and currently the only, season to not have the sadistic host.
  • Sadistic Game Show: Between the abuse and injuries suffered by the contestants, the low survival rate of the interns that have to test the challenges, and the environments themselves, it fits the trope to a tee.
  • Same Language Dub: In-universe, the show airs in Japan subtitled and with everyone's voices dubbed over, still in English.
  • Sanity Slippage: Sierra suffers from this pretty badly over the course of All-Stars due to Cody not competing that season, to the point where she begins to see Cameron as a Cody substitute.
    • Ezekiel's mental state sinks faster than Wawanakwa itself. It's to the point when he has no hair, hat, or ability to speak. Just a green, Gollum-esqe, monster. Each season, he does show signs of crawling back to humanity, such as: standing on two legs, yelling with his old voice, and attempting to communicate. The writers also hint he may be still in there.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Leshawna's archetype. She is the most vocal against Heather's bad behaviour.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Sierra is loud and excitable, but her crush, Cody, is a meek boy and one of the saner characters in the show.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Many male characters in the series tend to have a high pitched scream, even if they're the manliest of manly men.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!:
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Played straight with Dakota, who is so rich she came for the fame not the prize money. She is able to keep returning back to the show to pester Chris, because she whines to her rich dad who pays the sadistic host a large bribe. Chris accepts, though he makes Dakota an intern.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Chris often introduces new rules after the competition had already started, usually resulting in an unexpected competitor being eliminated.
    Alejandro: What? You never said that, you're just making rules up as you go along!
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!:
    • In the second season, Justin uses his looks to try to manipulate people, get out of work, and avoid elimination.
    • Lindsay does a minor version of this in the first episode, where she asks Chris if she could have a cabin with an ocean view since she's the prettiest camper.
    • Alejandro has a bit of this as well, but its thrown into obscurity due to his master manipulation being given more focus.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Duncan quits in the first episode of World Tour because "Duncans don't sing", but is forced to return several episodes later.
    • In the first episode of All-Stars Lindsay decides that the prize money isn't worth it and votes for herself during the elimination ceremony.
  • Security Cling:
    • Justin has a tendency to do this; although his logic is a bit flawed considering that the person he clings onto is always smaller than him.
    • Early in "Walk Like an Egyptian - Part 2", Leshawna, afraid of snakes, jumps into Harold's arms for safety. Later, when Chris releases the scarabs we see Leshawna's back in his arms while Bridgette has climbed onto his back. DJ is also seen balancing atop of scrawny Ezekiel.
    • Harold and Tyler latch onto each other during "Before We Die".
    • Cody clings onto Owen's shoulders during a polar bear attack in "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better".
    • Geoff leaps into Bridgette's arms when an anvil nearly crushes him during one of the Action aftermaths.
    • Sierra grabs Cody when they get attacked by the Ripper in "I See London", they also share a mutual terror-hug when they end up in the middle of a thunderstorm in "Planes, Trains, and Hot Air Mobiles".
    • When their plane spins out of control in "Can't Help Falling in Louvre" Chef advises the contestants to hold onto the heaviest thing they can find. Cue everyone grabbing onto Owen.
    • A non-comedic example occurs in "Dial M for Merger", when the remaining contestants think they're about to be killed by a time bomb they exchange goodbyes and then hold each other silently as the timer counts down.
    • When DJ's bus falls off a cliff during the Action special a few contestants can be seen holding each other and closing their eyes as they brace for impact.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Within the Killer Bass, DJ (sensitive), Duncan (manly), and Geoff (sensitive to Duncan, manly to DJ).
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • In World Tour, Chris forcibly throws Duncan off the plane for not singing and, for some reason, the rest of the series says that Duncan broke his contract and needed to go into hiding as Chris is hunting him down, trying to bring him back.
    • At the beginning of Revenge of the Island, we get a cameo showing all of the original cast and see Alejandro who's still inside the Drama Machine holding Heather in his arms while both she and Courtney scowl at him, implying that they know who's inside. By the time All-Stars starts, the Drama Machine is still with Chris and the contestants act like it's their first time seeing it.
    • Alejandro claims that he was in the Drama Machine for a year in All-Stars, but the season took place two years after Total Drama World Tour ended.
    • At the end of Total Drama Island Courtney finds out that the island is connected to a city but Izzy, Owen, DJ, and Geoff all flew over the island and didn't notice this. The contestants were also able to use canoes to travel around the island in season 5.
    • The Celebrity Manhunt special has a few of these.
      • The Drama brothers were interviewed for the special, but during World Tour, Cody (the only one of the quartet to still be competing when Blainely arrives) has no recollection of ever meeting Blainely.
      • At the end of the video, Chef proposes the idea to make World Tour a musical season. However, in the first episode, Chef angrily states that it was one of Chris' worst ideas ever.
      • When Sierra is interviewing the Drama Brothers, she seems to hold very little interest in getting together with Cody.
      • Alejandro in the special doesn't even try to hide his Jerkass persona (even knocking over Cody in front of everyone!) and all of the main cast don't seem to like him very much. But when the first episode of World Tour comes around, he's playing the charmer and no one acts like they've met before, instantly charmed by him.
  • Series Mascot: Owen is the primary advertising figure of the series, partly because he was the first winner, and because kids (the series' target audience) really love him.
  • Sexy Figure Gesture: In season 3 (Total Drama World Tour). During Blainley's song "Blaineriffic", Owen, who has a small crush on her, joins in and draws the shape of her body while singing:
    Owen: Bl- Bl- Blainerrific! So so so terrific!
  • Shaped Like Itself:
    • "They're stranded in Drumheller, where the number one cause of death is being stranded in Drumheller."
    • "Owen, Owen! He's our guy! If he can't do it... uh... He's not our guy!"
  • Share the Male Pain: One of the challenges in Island involved the campers eating gross foods. The very first round involves eating bull testicles: Chris notes that it's the "hardest thing for a man to do".
  • She's Got Legs: Thanks to Hartman Hips, many of the girls have long legs, making up for more than half of their height. Heather and Katie show theirs off with short shorts, while Izzy shows hers off with her skirt/wrap.
  • Ship Sinking:
    • Gwen and Trent break up during Action, especially as the show hints at a Gwen-Duncan relationship.
    • Courtney and Duncan in World Tour after Duncan kisses Gwen.
  • Ship Tease:
    • During season 2 (Total Drama Action) the writers loved to tease Duncan with girls other than his canon love interest Courtney. Mostly this was with Gwen but he also ended up kissing Heather (as part of a challenge) and going on a 'date' with Lindsay (to deliberately infuriate Courtney). Then season three, the tease with Gwen became reality.
    • Harold and Leshawna have a lot of Will They Wont They in their interactions, and his friendship with Heather often has hints of attraction. Beth is also willing to dump her offscreen boyfriend when she thinks Harold is into her (much to his horror) and is implied to be attracted to Gwen for one scene.
    • Noah/Izzy seem to be just friends, but a lot of their interactions come off as cutesy or romantic. They also happen to be a Fan-Preferred Couple.
    • Heather and Alejandro in World Tour. It's eventually confirmed.
  • Shock and Awe: The furless mutant squirrel from Revenge of the Island can shoot lightning out of its eyes.
  • Shoehorned Acronym: A Running Gag involves two female contestants referring to each other as "BFFFLs", a cacophonic acronym for "Best Female Friends For Life".
  • Shoe Size Angst: The episode "The Princess Bride" has the girls fight for the challenge of fitting into a glass boot. Lindsay then reveals to have huge feet, with only her big toe fitting in the boot, though this is never actually seen.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Izzy, DJ, and Noah, the three primary sources of humor for the first half of season three, were all eliminated just prior to Duncan’s return to the game and the start of the Love Triangle saga.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • Total Drama Island, Total Drama Action, Total Drama World Tour, Total Drama Revenge of the Island, Total Drama All-Stars, and Total Drama Pahkitew Island are all reality shows within the Total Drama universe.
    • The Action special also featured a TMZ-equse show called Celebrity Manhunt, which tracked down the contestants once Action ended.
    • Blaineley apparently hosts The Puppy Bachelorette.
  • Sibling Team: Amy and Samey in Pahkitew Island.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Izzy gets this after jumping into a radioactive box in World Tour.
  • Sigil Spam: In Total Drama Revenge of the Island and Total Drama All-Stars, the logo of Team Chris Is Really Really Really Really Hot can be seen on things.
  • Silly Walk: Alejandro uses his hands for movement rather than using his legs in All-Stars.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss:
    • Courtney and Duncan's entire relationship is built off this.
    • Heather and Alejandro constantly fight because they both want the money. During the All Star finale, when they had both been eliminated from winning, they were actually a sickeningly sweet loving couple. Up until Chris gave them a chance to get back in the game.
    • Courtney and Scott
  • Slippery Swimsuit:
    • In "Haute Camp-Ture", Izzy emerges from the pool having found a bikini bottom. It's hers.
      Katie: I think that's yours, Izzy.
      (beat, Izzy dips her head underwater to check)
      Izzy: Oh, crap, it is! (dives back underwater, accidentally flashing everyone in the process)
    • Owen also loses his trunks in both the cliff-jumping challenge in Island and the theme song of World Tour.
  • Slut-Shaming:
    • In World Tour, Duncan cheats on Courtney by kissing Gwen. Cue everyone verbally attacking Gwen and her reputation being destroyed while Duncan himself gets only a tiny fraction of the abuse she does.
    • All-Stars plays with the trope. Gwen's personal situation gets better, but she is placed on the Villains' team solely because of her 'cheating', something that clearly distresses her...and she still feels as though she should apologize to Courtney- who threatened to murder her. Her relationship with Courtney only improves after Gwen admits that she was wrong to "let" Duncan kiss her, and Courtney's grudge against Gwen (rather than Duncan) is portrayed as perfectly reasonable.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Blaineley has an extremely high opinion of her host skills...which have so far included such achievements as getting fired from one show, getting escorted off set from another after throwing a tantrum and causing $500,000 worth of damage to the Aftermath studio after setting off an animal stampede. To quote Blaineley herself:
    "What? Who am I? Who am I!? Who are you!? I'm the host of the Puppy Bachelorette! I was nominated for a Gemmie award. I interviewed you for Celebrity Manhunt! It's a fact and scientific that I'm still Blainerific!"
  • Smarmy Host: Chris, taken to humorously sociopathic levels.
  • Snap Back: Most character's injuries are undone in the transition to the following episode. Exceptions include any case where the character lost their hair, the tooth Heather lost from Leshawna beating her up in "Slap Slap Revolution," which had to be replaced with a golden tooth for the remainder of the season, and Gollum!Ezekiel and Drama Machine!Alejandro, in the transition from the World Tour finale to The Cameo in the Revenge of the Island premiere.
  • Snipe Hunt: Subverted in All-Stars where at the end of every episode Chris has a contestant volunteer to go to Boney Island for the night to look for the immunity idol, however it is revealed in "No One Eggspects The Spanish Opposition" that the immunity idol was in the "Fun Zone", a sealed off area of Boney Island that housed the mutated animals from Season 4. So in others words, the idol was on Boney Island but it was in an area that nobody had access to.
  • Solo Duet:
  • Something That Begins with "Boring":
    • The four finalists play this in "Camp Castaways".
    • Sierra and Cody play this in "Planes, Trains, and Hot Air Mobiles".
      Sierra: I spy with my little eye, something that is... cute!
      Cody: Seagull? Cloud shaped like a monkey?
      Sierra: (giggles) No, you, silly! Your turn!
      Cody: (chortles) Okay, I spy with my little eye, something that is... (sees thunderstorm dead ahead) GONNA KILL US!
  • Spin-Off:
  • Spit Take:
    • Chris does this to Noah after the latter gives him a cold latté.
    • Heather accidentally spits orange juice at Trent when Chris informs her that she has to battle a Sumo wrestler in "Phobia Factor".
  • Speaks Fluent Animal:
    • Izzy communicates with a prairie dog in "The Chefshank Redemption", and a camel in "Walk Like An Egyptian - Part 2".
    • Dawn can understand certain species, such as rats and beetles.
    • Ella seems to understand her animal friends who hang around her when she sings. She even talks to them. And they have names.
  • Spicy Latina: Courtney, according to Word of God.
  • Split Personality: Mike has five alternate personalities who are all "erased" in the final episode of All-Stars.
  • Split-Personality Makeover: Whenever Mike changes into one of his personalities, his appearance changes, as well as his voice.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad:
    • Duncan, Heather, Gwen, and Owen have the highest episode counts out of all of the contestants in the series. All four of them made it to the final four in the first season without returning, Duncan and Owen have also been some of the few contestants to return in the game. All four of them were also finalists, which means that in certain countries, they were picked as that season's winner. Although Owen's is far lower thanks to him not competing in All-Stars. note 
    • Courtney is this from Action onwards, where she became the Big Bad of the second half of the season. In World Tour and All-Stars she her involvement in the Love Triangle with Duncan and Gwen is heavily focused in both seasons. Also in All-Stars, she makes it very far and is given a new love interest in the form of Scott, which also put her at centre stage.
    • Leshawna, Lindsay, and Harold, mostly due to their conflicts with Heather, Courtney, and Duncan in the first two seasons, and for the latter two because they produce so many funny moments; all three are eliminated early on in World Tour due to being on the unfortunate Team Victory which was targeted by Alejandro, however Harold is still able to retain some substantial focus by dominating the Aftermath episodes.
    • Geoff and Bridgette had a substantial amount of focus in Island, and despite their early eliminations in later seasons remained important characters through hosting the Aftermaths. Especially the case for Geoff who goes on to become a finalist in the Ridonculous Race.
    • In World Tour, newcomers Alejandro and Sierra receive a lot of focus, especially when they interact with any of the aforementioned Spotlight Stealers. It did not help when it became gradually obvious that Alejandro was Heather's long awaited canonical love interest, while also serving as the Big Bad of World Tour. Both return in All-Stars, but only Alejandro with a big role.
    • Zoey has had the most screentime of any second generation cast member, receiving ample focus in both Revenge of the Island and All-Stars. Her being in the spotlight is particularly strange in that she spends most of Revenge as a Satellite Love Interest and does not contribute anything to the plot of All-Stars until the very end of the season.
    • Cameron was also hit by this to a lesser extent, having been one of the main protagonists and ultimately a finalist in Revenge of the Island and later returning in All-Stars. Always a Love or Hate Character, there were just as many who enjoyed his focus in Revenge as there were those who hated it; it took a turn for the worst though in All-Stars as he becomes the new subject of Sierra's obsessions and dodges multiple eliminations, only to end up as dead weight for much of the season.
    • As of All-Stars Mike has also been hit with this status, with his multiple personalities receiving more spotlight than Mike himself (particularly villainous alter-ego Mal), compounded with his friendship with Cameron and relationship with Zoey.
    • Alongside the Revenge of the Island trio (Cameron, Mike, and Zoey), is Scott. Being Big Bad of Revenge already gave him substantial focus. However All-Stars had him last the entire season (up until an episode before the finale), even though he had virtually no plot save for his relationship with Courtney.
    • Shawn and Jasmine in Pahkitew have substantial focus throughout the season due to their Ship Tease with, the respective friendship with Dave and Samey. About Shawn, considering he's also a finalist, this makes him the overall the most focused on contestant in Pahkitew Island.
    • Sugar in Pahkitew. She has made more enemies than any other contestant in the season, and is the most focused on Big Bad this time round. As well as frequently stealing the show with gross-out gags in a manner similar to Owen.
  • Squee!: Katie, Sadie, and Sierra are big time squee-queens; for the former two, it's practically their trademark. Lindsay and Beth also have some moments.
  • Stab the Salad: Harold does a non-violent variation of this during "Super Happy Crazy Fun Time in Japan". When selecting a someone to vote off he dramatically raises his passport-stamper over his teammates' passports and then brings it down... onto a deflated beach ball.
  • Stalker with a Crush:
    • Cody for Gwen during "Up the Creek" and the first half of World Tour.
    • Sierra for most of the cast, but especially Cody. She mentions having called members of his family pretending to be a telemarketer.
      Cody: She's like the stalker girlfriend I always wished I had... until I got one!
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Dawn has a habit of appearing and disappearing without warning to her teammates, needless to say it freaks them out a bit.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • In the intro to World Tour, Gwen crashes into Duncan and Courtney's boat.
    • Alejandro calls Owen, "Butter donkey". "Butter" is "fat" and "donkey" is "ass". Think about it.
    • In the final challenge of Action, Duncan and Beth have to race through a bunch of different movie genres. One could call it a Movie Marathon.
  • Stock Scream: The girl screaming in the slasher film in "Hook, Line, and Screamer". The same scream is used after Dakota falls into the mudpit in "Truth or Laser Shark".
  • Stripping Snag: Heather, riding a rapidly moving vehicle, loses her top when a passing tree branch slips under it and tears it off.
  • Supreme Chef: DJ's Mother's special spice can turn even the grossest food into a tasty dish.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Some Revenge of the Island and Pahkitew Island contestants are such to the original cast:
    • Alejandro to Justin (irresistible Chick Magnet).
    • Cameron to Cody (tech-savvy geek that struggles during physical activities).
    • Brick to DJ (both are strong but oversensitive).
    • Dakota to Lindsay (both are rich, spoiled dumb blondes). She is also one to Ezekiel in World Tour (both don't make it very far in their respective seasons and get transformed into horrible monsters, only that Dakota retains her humanity, while Ezekiel doesn't).
    • Jo to Eva (both are competitive jock-ettes, although Jo is a lot less angry and is developed into a much more complex and competent competitor than Eva).
    • Zoey to Beth (both are nice but socially awkward), though she's later more like Bridgette (a kindhearted Nice Girl who felt sympathy for the enemy).
    • Sam to Owen (the team's Big Eater and Nice Guy).
    • Scott to Alejandro (manipulative Big Bad whose karma causes them to be put in a robot suit).
    • Shawn to Ezekiel (as they are both toque wearing, homeschooled boys) and Harold (both unexpectedly resourceful and in a relationship with a large, dark-skinned girl).
    • Scarlett to Harold (due to her nerdy appearance and tendency to use Techno Babble).
    • Topher to Sierra (as the new Chris McLean fan).
    • Amy and Samey to Heather and Lindsay (an Alpha Bitch who treats the Nice Girl as an expendable lackey).
    • Max to Mal and Scott (troublemakers who live for evil and are addicted to mayhem. Additionally, none of the three could make through an episode without giving off an Evil Laugh).
    • Jasmine to Manitoba Smith (both are Awesome Aussie wilderness survivors).
    • Sky to Courtney (fiercely competitive Action Girls).
  • Sweet Tooth: Cody is shown to have a candy addiction in World Tour.

  • Take a Third Option:
    Blaineley: (about the Ezekiel sightings on the plane) What do you think? Real, or fake?
    Katie: Ghost!
    Sadie: Aaaah!
  • Take That!: Sierra appears to be a blatant parody of the series fangirls and their original characters they like to pair people like Cody with.
  • Tarot Troubles: Zoey does a tarot reading to herself with self-made cards in "Regatta Be Kidding Me" to ensure herself Mike is okay. Two cards, The Evil Leprachaun and The Lonely Prisoner are just for humor (she couldn't remember all the cards, so she made a few up), but the third, The Tower, represents death and destruction and possibly also the Evil Tower of Ominousness Mike finds in his mind.
  • The Team: Countless ones are formed due to the nature of the show.
  • Team Killer:
    • Scott was definitely this for the Toxic Rats and the Mutant Maggots, as he purposefully threw challenges and framed B and Dawn so that they'd get voted off, he stops doing this in All-Stars.
    • Trent in Action, to a lesser extent. Thanks to some poor advice from Owen, he started throwing challenges in order to impress Gwen. Unlike Scott, this was for less selfish reasons. At "3:10 to Crazytown" he was voted off, then two episodes later, Gwen returned the favor to the Killer Grips by voting herself off.
  • Team Mom:
    • Bridgette in Island.
    • Zoey in All-Stars. Over the course of the season she counsels a heartbroken Sam, draws out the niceness in Duncan, acts as Cloudcuckoolander's Minder to Sierra, and looks out for Cameron as he gets his mind messed with by Mal.
    • Sky in Pahkitew Island. While she doesn't vie for leadership, preferring the idea of democracy, her levelheaded disposition and strategic mindset make her teammates think of her as the authority figure of the group.
    • Courtney tries to take on this role in both Island and World Tour but ends up coming off as a Control Freak instead.
  • Team Shot: Each opening ends with a shot of the contestants. See also the page picture, which happened during the first episode.
  • Teens Are Short: Mostly averted, as many of the contestants are the same height, if not taller, than Chris. Also, Blaineley is roughly the same height as the teens. A few contestants, such as Beth, Noah, Cameron, Dawn, and Max play this straight, however.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • DJ in "Not So Happy Campers - Part 1":
      DJ: It's our first challenge, how hard can it be?
      (camera cuts to the 1000-foot cliff that the contestants have to jump off of)
      DJ: ...Oh sh- (bleep)
    • After the Killer Bass lose their camping tent to a stray ember in "The Sucky Outdoors", a furious Courtney declares that their situation couldn't get any worse. Cue the Rain.
  • That Came Out Wrong: What Owen quotes whenever he says something inappropriate.
  • That's Gotta Hurt: The contestants have taken dozens of spills. On one occasion in season one featuring Geoff, Chris decided to show an instant replay of the wipeout. In season two, an Aftermath segment called "That's Gonna Leave A Mark!" is all about this trope.
  • Theme Tune Cameo:
    • In "Ocean's Eight: or Nine", Chris' car horn plays the "I Wanna be Famous" tune when he drives up.
    • In the "Chinese Fake-Out", it's his ringtone, justified as the show is a Show Within a Show in-universe, so its theme song would be known by Chris. The ringtone shows up again in "Ice, Ice Baby".
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When Chef Hatchet kills Mr. Coconut at the beginning of Camp Castaways.
  • There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: Shepherds and sheep, according to Heather in "Hide and Be Sneaky". She sees herself as the former and Lindsay as the latter.
  • Thermometer Gag: Duncan attempts to put a rectal thermometer in Harold's mouth in "One Flu Over the Cuckoos".
  • The Unsmile:
    • Heather does one in World Tour when Sierra invites her for a group hug.
    • Eva does one in the Gwen's ending of Island after Gwen wins.
  • They Plotted a Perfectly Good Waste: The buried alive conflict between Gwen and Trent from season one. It was incredibly flimsy and came up in random times, as Gwen wanted to be in the same boat as Trent by the episode after Trent left her buried alive, but suddenly the entire conflict comes up again three episodes later. And after that the entire thing just dissolves and is never brought up again.
  • This Is a Competition: Naturally, some characters, especially antagonists, take this position.
    Izzy: (objects to a suggestion to vote Owen off, and goes on about how much fun he is)
    Heather: This is an elimination game, not a dance. We need to vote someone off if we want to stay in the game.
  • Threatening Shark:
    • Just ask Chef, Courtney, or especially Scott, against whom a mutated shark had a personal vendetta. He was mauled so badly by the monster that he ended up stuck in a trauma suit in a near-comatose state. And even after recovering from ''that'' in All-Stars, he's developed a severe phobia of sharks, and just being close to Fang (the aforementioned mutated shark) is enough to put him in a 'blank state' in which he becomes completely unresponsive and helpless.
    • Inverted in situations involving Justin, who is so gorgeous that when he falls into a shark infested pool in Action, a dismayed shark pulls him out of the water and then proceeds to perform CPR on him.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Duncan, DJ, and Geoff in the first season. Cameron, Mike, and Zoey in the 5th season. The latter gets up upgraded to a Four-Temperament Ensemble to include Gwen.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • "The Am-AH-zon Race" almost feels like the writers are apologizing to Team Victory, not only giving them the win but giving them the least amount of trouble throughout the hike.
    • After a season and a half of forgetting who he was, Lindsay FINALLY remembered Tyler in "Slap Slap Revolution", and it brought back their relationship.
    • Gwen in All-Stars gets a chance to redeem her character, even if everyone constantly calls her a villain.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Cody and Sierra; Sam and Dakota after the latter's mutation.; Shawn and Jasmine.
  • Title Scream: Chris's introductory speech always ends with him doing this for the season. Usually in the episode's wrap-up, too.
  • Toilet Humour: Owen's main shtick, besides fat jokes.
  • Token Adult: Blainely in World Tour, albiet briefly.
  • Token Evil Teammate:
    • During the first three seasons Heather often cheated or manipulated events to help her team get ahead.
    • Alejandro, for the first half of World Tour. In "Jamaica Me Sweat" he steals Gwen's chains while pretending to rescue her, Heather notices, and steals them back from him, prompting the following exchange:
      Alejandro: (chuckles) I suppose I deserved that.
      (camera cuts to Noah and Tyler, who are glaring at him from atop the cliff)
      Noah: WE didn't!
    • Courtney was this for the Killer Grips, and later the Heroic Hamsters until her behavior wound up getting her transferred to the Villainous Vultures.
    • Duncan insists he is this after he gets traded to the Heroic Hamsters, although his cheery teammates staunchly refuse to believe him.
    • While Revenge had multiple antagonists, Scott was the only one portrayed as outright villainous and was often juxtaposed against the "nice" contestants of his team to highlight his devious personality.
  • Token Good Teammate:
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • Within the Screaming Gophers and later, the Killer Grips, Beth (tomboy) and Lindsay (girly girl).
    • Within Team Victory: Leshawna (tomboy) to Bridgette and Lindsay (girly girl).
    • Within Team Amazon: Sierra and Gwen (tomboys) to Heather and Courtney (girly girls).
    • Within the Mutant Maggots, Jo (tomboy) and Zoey and Anne Maria (girly girls).
  • Tongue on the Flagpole:
    • Bridgette gets her tongue stuck to a flagpole in "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better" in World Tour, Chris then forces her to sing about it, with Courtney, Gwen, and Heather as back-up.
    • This also happens to Heather in an Canadian exclusive clip in All-Stars.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Parodied in the slasher episode. After learning that they are facing either a serial killer or challenge based around one, the campers immediately start splitting off in groups of one to two to take showers, go to the bathroom, grab a snack, and make out in the woods.
    • Duncan was so determined to prove he was bad he threw a challenge and blew up Chris's cottage/mansion. Chris not only eliminated him, but got him arrested into jail not juvie.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass:
    • Lindsay seems to get dumber every season.
    • Scott in Revenge: A wicked, cunning mastermind that plots several eliminations. Scott in All-Stars: An idiotic country boy that makes one wonder how he ever made it far in Revenge.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • Geoff, Justin, Courtney, and to a lesser extent, Leshawna, Owen, and Beth in Action.
    • Duncan, Cody, and Gwen in World Tour.
    • Lightning near the end of Revenge of the Island.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • Courtney in World Tour, though only briefly.
    • Duncan in All-Stars. He doesn't want to be nice, but keeps unconsciously doing good deeds.
    • Scott, to the point that he's almost an entirely different character than he was in Revenge.
  • Too Quirky to Lose: The winner of the first season was Owen, who wasn't physically fit, wasn't very smart, and was often The Load for his cabin.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: The more fit (e.g. Alejandro, Justin, Geoff, Trent, Lightning) and muscular (e.g. DJ, Brick, Rodney) guys tend to have stocky upper bodies. Duncan is the most prominent example as his legs make up less than a third of his height. Overweight guys like Owen and Sam also tend to be top heavy.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • An ad for one late season two episode revealed that Owen would return. They also shot themselves in the foot by putting his name into two of the episode titles.
    • Subverted with the commercials that aired before Island went live, which frequently called Owen an unlikely candidate for victory.
    • The trailer for Total Drama the Musical (not called "World Tour" at the time), which was released midway through Total Drama Action, basically spoiled the Action special by revealing the arrival of Alejandro and Sierra and which contestants would be returning for the season.
    • Most of the World Tour previews and trailers have large scale group shots which pretty much confirm which characters make it up to what episode, due to the incredibly obvious backgrounds (pyramids, the Eiffel Tower) most viewers found it extremely easy to deduce exactly which episodes each character is present in.
    • One trailer revealed that Izzy and Sierra would switch teams after the first episode of World Tour.
    • Several trailers spoil Duncan returning to World Tour despite quitting earlier on.
    • The trailer for "Can't Help Falling In Louvre" included a shot of Lindsay wearing a parachute, indicating she had been eliminated.
    • Another World Tour trailer showed off Duncan and Gwen kissing.
    • Trailers for Total Drama All-Stars not only spoil both Lindsay and Jo's eliminations but also show Alejandro out of the Drama Machine (aka "The Robot") a few times.
    • The trailer for "You Regatta Be Kidding Me!" shows that Chester, in Mike's mind, is still OK.
    • A trailer for "The Final Wreck-ening" had Zoey battling it out with Mike instead of Mal, spoiling the former's return and the latter's defeat.
    • An Italian trailer for Pahkitew Island spoils Beardo's elimination.
    • Traditionally, audition tapes are released following each contestant's elimination. Shortly before "Pakhitew," Cartoon Network released audition tapes for everybody except Shawn and Sky. Take a wild guess who the finalists were?
  • Traintop Battle: Alejandro and Heather have one in "Planes, Trains and Hot Air Mobiles", while singing I'm Gonna Make It.
  • Trash the Set: All-Stars ends with Camp Wakanawa being sunk due to a drilling mishap, paving the way for the new island in season six.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Poor Gwen always seems to be constantly given the short end of the stick no matter how hard she tries. First she's humiliated by Heather reading her diary aloud to the world near the beginning of season one. Then she makes it to the final two of the season only to lose at the last minute. She ends up having a falling out in her relationships with both Trent and Duncan, leading directly to her returning to the show in the fourth season in hopes of patching up her friendship with Courtney only to have the latter betray her. And that's not even counting all the torture Chris and Chef put her through in the main show.
  • Troperrific: The series lampoons numerous contemporary reality show conventions and teenage archetypes.
  • Truth-Telling Session:
  • Try Not to Die:
    • Said word-for-word by Chef to the remaining contestants in "Are We There Yeti?" when he drops them off in the middle of the woods.
    • Gwen says a slight variation in "The Ex-Files".
      Gwen: Try not to get eliminated.
  • Tsundere:
    • In Island, Courtney continually denies having feelings for Duncan despite how obvious it is. When she starts ignoring him in All-Stars, Duncan assumes she's being tsundere again, but this theory is quickly proven incorrect.
    • Duncan is also this over the course of the series as he acts like a jerk a few seconds on entering Island and threatened to pierce Noah's lip. He bullies Harold a lot as well. His nice side first shows when he gets DJ a new bunny after Geoff accidentally loses DJ's old one. He reverts back to aggressive in Action as he punches a seagull in the face in Action but his relationship with Harold slightly improved and he started a good friendship with Beth. He also acted as a motherly figure towards DJ, Harold, and Justin as shown in a hidden clip in the finale when he helps all of them sleep better by placing teddy bears and adjusting sleep masks. His status as this trope fully blows over when he takes a hit for Gwen in the leech challenge and is forced to switch to the heroes team and he later cries over taking an innocent birds egg.
    • Heather refuses to admit that she's attracted to Alejandro and in turn, Alejandro refuses to admit that he sees her as an equal rather than a pawn. They air out their feelings during the World Tour finale and begin dating in All-Stars.
    • Jasmine is this towards Amy and Samey in Pahkitew Island as she ask if there was going to be a problem between her and then but she warms up to Samey when she finds out about her problems with Amy.
  • Tuck and Cover: When the jet explodes in "Awwwwww, Drumheller" Alejandro is seen shielding Heather from the blast.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Amy and Samey.

  • Uncool Undies: In "If You Can't Take The Heat...", Duncan, Geoff, and DJ steal all of Harold's pairs of pants and underwear to teach him a lesson about leaving his dirty underwear everywhere. After DJ pours a bucket of water over his pants, he goes to the cabin to change himself and comes back to the challenge set in a skimpy pair of thongs and no pants, as it was the only thing he had left (other than his pajamas). When the others see him, Courtney and Chris are disgusted, while the other Killer Basses laugh at him.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Scott in All-Stars, owing to Amusing Injuries.
  • Unimpressive Progress Reveal: In the first episode of Action, Owen spends ten and a half hours trying to walk only three city blocks to get to the bouncy castle where all the other contestants except him are being held to rescue them.
  • Unishment: At the start of All-Stars, Chris was shown in prison enjoying it. He enjoyed it to the extent that he made up a "Total Drama" season in his cell, naming two cockroaches Duncan and Lightning, and making Chef Hatchet out of a cashew. When Chef Hatchet came to bail him out after a year, Chris refused to leave (even though his sentence was over then). Chef tells him the producers have renewed "Total Drama" for another season and they made Chris the host again.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • Cody acts this way towards Sierra. However, she did constantly violate his privacy and threaten his personal safety, so...
    • In the Island special, Duncan wrestles an alligator for Courtney to get back the case with the $1,000,000 in it. Seconds later, he sprains his ankle and she runs off with the case.
    • Izzy carries Ezekiel (who she mistook for a "cool" Egyptian mummy) out of a collapsing pyramid, indirectly allowing him to complete the challenge. His response? He struggles to get away from her and doesn't even acknowledge the rescue, let alone thank her for it. Even worse, he then began complaining that no one came to help him, despite the fact that Izzy just did!
  • The Unreveal: How Duncan landed in juvie, and some other juicy bits about Heather and Gwen (IF that's her real name).
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Anytime someone tries to get an antagonist voted off. If it's the antagonist organizing the vote, it goes off without a hitch.
  • Unwanted Rescue: Cody does an unsuccessful version of this during the tag team wrestling match in "Greece's Pieces". Courtney, Sierra, and Cody are pitted against Tyler and Owen, Cody is knocked out of the ring in the first few seconds of the fight but the girls easily subdue the other team on their own. Then just when they're about to win, Cody suddenly returns to the ring declaring, "Never fear, ladies, I'm here to save you!" which manages to tick Courtney off and make her yell at him, which in turn causes Sierra to halt her assault on Owen and switch to beating up Courtney instead. A Double Knockout ensues, and Owen ends up winning the round by default.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
  • Up to Eleven: According to the creators, one of the main ideas behind the show: to take a bunch of elements from shows like Survivor and Fear Factor and ramp it up to impossible things like jumping off the thousand foot cliff, "because it's animation and we can get away with stuff like that".


  • Vasquez Always Dies: Hotheaded tomboy Eva is the first girl to be voted off. Then again she does come back... only to be voted off immediately afterwards.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Ezekiel. Yo, he's the only one that talks like a stereotypical Canadian, eh?
    • Staci starts a lot of her statements with "yeah".
    • Lightning tends to add the prefix "SHA-" to several words he says, especially his name.
  • Villain Decay: In a way, the entire Villainous Vultures team (sans Gwen, who was never really villainous) in All-Stars. Despite their confessional stating that they don't trust anyone on their team, all of them rarely ever do anything villainous. Justified, as the main villain of All-Stars is Mal, who is easily eviler than all the antagonists of the past four seasons combined, barring Chris.
  • Villain Song:
    • "This is How We Will End it" is a duet between Alejandro and Heather, where the former recounts how he manipulated and got rid of the other female contestants, while the latter tries to convince him not to leave her trapped under a boulder.
    • "Versus" is a song where Alejandro and Heather hurl insults at each other while encouranging their respective teammates to help them in the current challenge.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song:
    • "Her Real Name Isn't Blaineley", which Geoff sings exclusively to roast his hated co-host. Lyrics include calling her a "nasty, fake blond schemer" who "makes (him) wanna hurl".
    • "Versus" is rather unique as it's a Villain Song with two villains insulting each other. Alejandro says Heather has weak arms and a flat behind, and she retaliates by making fun of his knobby knees and "big fat head".
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Chris Mclean makes a living by torturing the teenagers who agree to participate in his shows, mistreats his interns (causing the death of some of them) and is overall an apathetic Jerkass. However, according to Sierra, he is absolutely adored in-universe and considered a great host.
  • Villainous BSoD: Lightning breaks down in the confessional after he loses to Cameron in the Revenge of the Island finale.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Chris and Chef Hatchet are a good example of this as they often bicker but remain good friends
    • Ella and Sugar have a one sided case of this in " Pahkitew Island" with the vitriolic bud being Sugar as she despises Ella's sweetness and singing while Ella just wants to be friends with Sugar.
  • The Voiceless: B never speaks until he gets voted off.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: In Revenge of the Island, Dawn would speak on behalf of B when it comes to giving out plans in challenges.
  • Voted Off the Island: The result of not getting immunity after the votes are tallied, or in Revenge of the Island getting the "Marshmallow of Toxic Loserdom".
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
    • This cartoon is infamous for its puking scenes. It all started in the Island episode where Bridgette projectile vomits while doing a handstand, and then became a Running Gag that occurred at least Once per Episode.
    • Taken to ridiculous levels when characters start vomiting violently over the slightest stimuli, such as Courtney eating too many brownies, or Izzy barfing because Owen kissed her hand.
    • Sometimes a Vomit Chain Reaction is triggered, such as in "The Brunch of Disgustingness", when Leshawna barfs cockroaches she had just been forced to eat, culminating with the boys vomiting directly into the screen.

  • Walk Into Camera Obstruction: In "I See London", Owen falls onto the camera after jumping off the plane.
  • Way Past the Expiration Date:
    • In the first season's penultimate episode, the semifinalists get a special treat: pancakes made with ingredients "relatively close to their expiration date''. The implication is that the food they usually get fits this trope.
    • In "Hurl and Go Seek!", the first part of the challenge has the contestants get food poisoning from expired food.
      Chef: These things expired in 1976!
  • We Are Not Going Through That Again: Chris offers all the contestants a second shot at the million in "Total Drama Drama Drama Drama Island", but everyone other than Owen refuses the call.
    Heather: Let me get this straight, after messing with our heads for an entire summer, you expect us to start running around the island like idiots all over again!?
  • We ARE Struggling Together: In "Paintball Deer Hunter", the Screaming Gopher girls start an argument that escalates into them shooting their paintballs at each other instead of hunting down the Killer Bass like they're supposed to. The Bass hunters take advantage of their distraction and blast them with paint.
  • Webcomic Time: Some continuity errors aside, The Ridonculous Race confirms this as some of the original contestants are now aged 19-20, meaning about 3 or so years have passed since Total Drama Island (despite it actually being almost 10 years in real life).
  • We Can Rule Together: Alejandro offers this to Heather as a way to prove his love. She rejects the offer.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: Enforced. Certain challenges require all members of a team to be present in order to continue or win.
  • We Will Meet Again: Ezekiel delivers one while managing to hang on to the plane after his World Tour elimination.
    Ezekiel: I'm not going anywhere! This game's mine, eh! MINE!
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Shawn believes that the world has already succumbed to a Zombie Apocalypse, and joined the cast due to believing he has a better chance of surviving on an island. Needless to say he takes the zombie survival a little too far.
  • Whale Egg: Mutant fire-breathing goat eggs are part of the challenge in "Up, Up And Away In My Pitiful Balloon".
    Chris: They also don't breathe fire. Unless they live here.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "The Chefshank Redemption", in which both teams have to work together without a captain, following Gwen's elimination.
    • "Ocean's Eight...or Nine", in which Courtney is allowed to compete in Action, and is allowed to vote off whoever she wants (Owen), showing the hold she'll have on the season.
    • "I See London", in which everything was fairly normal until Duncan kisses Gwen behind Courtney's back, effectively making them an Official Couple. The episode also marks the start of Ezekiel's transformation and ends with fan favourite Noah being voted off.
    • "Evil Dread", in which Mal re-awakens.
    • "No One Eggspects The Spanish Opposition", in which Mal takes over and Mike ends up getting trapped in his own mind (chained to a rock nonetheless).
  • Wham Line: "One by one, they will all go down/fall." This sentence has been said by both Alejandro and Mal to denounce their evil personalities at the start of their respective seasons.
  • Scarlett declaring "I am not your sidekick!" as she reveals her supervillain persona.
  • Sky's line from her audition tape: "I'll really miss my boyfriend Keith!"
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode:
    • "Phobia Factor". Every remaining contestant reveals their fears and has to face them to win immunity.
    • "Suckers Punched" has the contestants box their fears.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • What happened to DJ's second pet bunny?
    • Is Owen's family still $50,000 dollars in debt for making a cheese cellar?
    • Halfway through World Tour Chris abruptly stops handing out Barf Bags Full of Airline Issued Peanuts at elimination ceremonies to announce who is safe. Instead, he just straight-up tells them who's eliminated, he also stops throwing out marshmallows in elimination ceremonies after episode 3 in All-Stars.
    • What happened to Dave after being left on Pahkitew Island with an enraged Scuba Bear for company?
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?:
    • Duncan gets his pet tarantula sent to him near the end of Action. No amount of Duncan holding and stroking it or genuinely showing affection for it could have protected it.
    • The scarabs were so cute when they were in love (but not very cute when they were eating that nameless intern.)
  • Who Is Driving?: Happens whenever Chef decides to join Chris in the main body of the plane during World Tour.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: An episode had the campers face their fears (Snakes was one of them). Some have legitimate fears while others have weird or silly fears.
  • William Telling: Reversed in an episode of Island where the contestants have to shoot crabapples from a slingshot in order to knock arrows off their partner's head whilst blindfolded.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Eva is very strong and athletic, but she is the second camper voted off in Island thanks to a Batman Gambit pulled by Heather.
    • Team Victory in World Tour. Among their advantages in the competition, they had six people on their team, while the other teams had five, of those six, five of them were in the final 10 in Island and/or Action and competed in the first three seasons. Despite this, Team Victory was quickly wiped out in six straight elimination episodes. Four of those eliminations were caused by the new Big Bad Alejandro to quickly establish how much of a threat he was.
    • Beverly was the smartest member of the Toxic Rats in Revenge and an excellent leader who could have easily carried them to the merge, but he is eliminated early thanks to sabotage and manipulation by Team Killer Scott.
  • World Gone Mad: While the universe they exist in is relatively sane, the show-verse is very much this. Saner characters like Gwen will occasionally hang a lampshade on how odd and/or psychopathic almost everyone related to the show is.
  • World of Snark: After three seasons, the main contestants who weren't snarky before certainly developed a sharp tongue towards Chris and the torture he inflicts on the contestants.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • Duncan explicitly states that he has no issues with fighting a girl. In a bonus scene for World Tour, he knocks Courtney out by hitting her with his sandal.
    • In the Island special, Courtney orders the boys to give her the suitcase with the prize money. Tyler tells her to back off, or he will "mess her up".
    • Cody attacks Courtney during the World Tour finale. Though she manages to subdue him at first, he turns the tables when she gets distracted and tosses her off-screen.
    • A more comical version would be Harold, who has had slapfights with both Heather and Courtney in Action and Island respectively.
    • Mal has no problem beating up Izzy in "Suckers Punched".
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl:
    • Justin invokes this near the end of "The Princess Pride" when he refuses to swordfight with Courtney ("I would never hurt a lady. I refuse to raise a sword to Courtney. I give up any chance at immunity to spare her.") She responds by smacking him off the castle tower.
    • True to his ditzy nature Tyler invokes this after volunteering to fight the all-female (sans Cody) Team Amazon in "Greece's Pieces".
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: A common mistake, among other examples Trent's arrival in Island as "Contestant Number 9" when he's actually Contestant number 10.

  • Yandere: Sierra is greatly infatuated with Cody at the beginning of World Tour, but as the season progresses and he doesn't reciprocate her feelings, she starts to grow dangerously obsessive towards him. By the time there are only four contestants left, she tries to outright murder Heather because she believes the latter is in love with Cody.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • Chris loves doing this when contestants think they've won a challenge, only for him to come in and tell them that there's either more to the challenge, or that they've screwed up somehow.
    • Alejandro's ending of World Tour does this to Alejandro, who doesn't even get to touch the money before it's destroyed.
    • Heather's ending of World Tour does this to Heather instead. She has the money in her possession for about half a minute before Ezekiel steals it, and the episode ends with a giant flaming boulder about to fall on her.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Heather abandons Lindsay after she helps her win in "That's Off the Chain".
    • Heather and Alejandro both try to befriend DJ in the hopes that he'd join their respective team, but after Chris reveals that DJ isn't allowed to join either team Alejandro immediately gets him eliminated.
    • Chris says this about the original cast in the first episode of Revenge of the Island.
    • Scott eliminates Mike after blackmailing him in "Grand Chef Auto".
    • Cameron, of all people, manages to pull one on Jo in "Up, Up And Away In My Pitiful Balloon". It's such a cutthroat move that Jo ends up being more impressed than angry.
  • You Need a Breath Mint:
    Ezekiel: We should hit the winners' compartment, eh? I ain't never gonna sit back here, NEVER!
    Noah: (waving away the stench) Is "never" your policy on mouthwash too?
  • Younger Than They Look: DJ, Leshawna, Trent, Alejandro, Brick, B, Sam, Jo, Jasmine and Rodney were all around 16 at the time of their debuts, but they could all easily pass for full-grown adults.
  • Yuri Fan: Chris is shown making two Beth dolls kiss each other in the ending of "The Princess Pride".

  • Zombie Apocalypse: Shawn believes this will eventually happen and hence jumps the gun at even the smallest of signs. In "A Blast from the Past" he mistakes a seaweed-covered Amy for a mutated zombie and in "Hurl and Go Seek!" he mistakes a group of pallid, food-poisoned contestants for a zombie horde. This belief, however, has given him so many skills that are so useful during many challenges, although the very last part of the finale was decided by luck, he wins the Pahkitew Island season.


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