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  • Fandom Life Cycle: Currently at stage 3, but is nearing the brink of stage 4.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The recurring blond intern is nicknamed "Billy". The creators of the show have also referred to said intern as Billy.
    • The flight attendant from the final episode of Action is nicknamed "Emily".
    • The one-eyed fireworks salesman from the episode "Planes, Trains, Hot Air Mobiles" is nicknamed "Lester".
    • Beth is sometimes referred to as "Ugly Bethy".
    • Ezekiel's feral Gollum form is commonly referred to as "Zombie Zeke", "Feral Zeke", "Gollumschool", "Freakzekiel" and "Freakiel".
    • "Darth Alejandro" or "Alejan-Bot" is used to describe Alejandro's state after he is put in the Drama Machine, as part of the Star Wars Shout-Out.
    • B is commonly referred to as "Silent B".
    • "Zoebo" for Commando Zoey (because her headband is reminiscent of Rambo) after she Took a Level in Badass.
    • Lightning is often nicknamed "SHA-moron", by fans and haters alike.
    • When Cameron dons the Powered Armour he made in the Revenge of the Island Finale it has earned him the title "Iron Cam"
    • Haters of Cameron have often call him as "Cammy-Bear" after his nickname his mother gave him.
    • Cameron, Mike, and Zoey have been dubbed "The Terrible Trio" by a very large group of dedicated haters, for obvious reasons. Love them or hate them, that's the name they're now known by.
    • Sam is often referred to as "The Non-All-Star", due to odd choice of including him in the season despite his low placing.
    • Up until Mal's name was revealed in "No one Egg-spects the Spanish Opposition" the fans had a variety of placeholder names for him, including Xander, Shadow, Ekim, Venom, Mikeleficent, Mike Ishtar/Yami Mike, Melvin, Mad Mikey, Evil Mike, Anti-Mike, and Mikey Hyde.
    • Various ones have been given to All-Stars like "Eww-Stars", "All-Sucks", or "The Mal and Zoey Show".
    • Some of its episodes have also acquired names such as:
      • The infamous "Sundae Muddy Sundae" as "Sundae Destroyer Sundae" or "Sundae Bloody Sundae".
      • "The Bold and the Booty-ful" is often referred to as "The Bold and the Bears**t-full" (or something along those lines).
      • "The Final Wreck-ening" is often known as "The Final Retch-ening". (On Teletoon and Cartoon Network, it was actually spelled "The Final Wrech-ening")
    • Rodney was known as Wreck-It Rodney for a while.
    • Some fans refer to Shawn as "Shawn of the Dead" or "Zombie Slayer Shawn".
    • Sugar is often called "Sugar Boo-Boo".
    • Leonard has been referred to as "The Hogwarts Reject" or "Gandalf the Great Delusional Idiot".
    • Sammy, Shawn, and Jasmine are the ¡Three Amigos!.
    • Amy, Max, and Scarlett are the Evil Trio.
    • Scarlett is The Scarlett Witch.
    • Topher is frequently called "Tofu".
  • Flagship Franchise:
    • The series is this for Fresh TV, as its considered their most well-known series and has received several seasons beyond the first as well as spin-offs such as The Ridonculous Race and Total DramaRama.
    • To a lesser extent, Teletoon as well. It was Teletoon's highest rated series ever when it debuted, is among the longest-running shows from that channel, and is arguably the channel's most iconic animated series worldwide.
  • Franchise Killer: All-Stars was very nearly this for the franchise as a whole, whether its subsequent installments, Pahkitew Island and The Ridonculous Race averted this varies over different parts of the fandom.
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  • Accidentally Correct Writing: As contentious as the show's portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder is, some aspects of the portrayal reflect some less well-known aspects of the disorder, such as the presence of a headspace. While Mike deleting his alters while retaining some of their skills is pretty cartoonish, it does resemble the concept of integration, where a system learns to integrate into one being (though it's obviously a much more lengthy and complex process than pushing a button.)
  • Adored by the Network:
    • Total Drama was Teletoon's highest rated show of all time when it debuted on the channel in the summer of 2007, so it should come as no surprise that the network was quick to transform it into their Flagship Franchise following the first season's huge success in the United States. Throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s, Teletoon gave Total Drama plenty of healthy airings at accessible hours for its audience, lots of visible advertising, opportunities for young viewers to interact with the show (see here and here), and even cross-promotion of the series with other shows like Stōked (see here) and Skatoony (where the contestants appear as guest characters). Even after Total Drama's abrupt end, Total DramaRama was promoted under the impression kids would already be familiar with the parent series (see here and here). To put it simply, it's safe to say that Total Drama is the biggest success story to have come out of Teletoon ever.
    • The show has also been treated very nicely by Cartoon Network ever since it came to the channel in the summer of 2008, and has since proven to be Teletoon's most successful series in the United States. Throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s, the show always received heavy promotion and plenty of airtime during the spring and summer, with the network even sacrificing time usually reserved for major airwave hogs just to prepare for a new season and make room for reruns of the previous seasons. Heck, the success of the Spinoff Babies show Total DramaRama even resulted in the original show making an unexpected return to the channel.
  • Channel Hop: In some countries, Total Drama Island was aired on Disney XD.
    • In Britain, the show initially ended at Action. However, the show would rerun on Kix, although only Island was reran.
    • In the Netherlands, the show ended at Island until Cartoon Network continued the show starting with Action.
    • In Canada, the show moved to Cartoon Network starting with the spin-off The Ridonculous Race, after six seasons on Teletoon (which continues to produce the series). However, Total Drama would return on Teletoon with Total DramaRama. This leaves The Ridonculous Race as the only installment in the franchise to not air on Teletoon in Canada.
  • Christmas Rushed: Pahkitew Island was not only produced at the same time as All-Stars, but supposedly also underwent no rewrites or revisions before going into production. This would definitely explain some of the more questionable writing decisions made during the season such as the way that Sugar managed to get Jasmine eliminated.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Cartoon Network and Netflix classified Pahkitew Island as Season 6, despite it being the second part of Season 5. Likewise, The Ridonculous Race was considered Season 7, even though it was a spin-off.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Despite preferring Gwuncan over Duncney, allegedly Drew Nelson (Duncan) wasn't too keen on the way that the former couple came to be in World Tour.
    • Similarly, Megan Fahlenbock (Gwen) has supposedly said that she wasn't proud of Gwen's overall behavior in that season, mainly her handling of the love triangle.
    • Christine Thompson (an employee at Fresh TV in charge of their social media profiles) was greatly against the producers' decision to have Gwen and Courtney's friendship fail once more in All-Stars, in order to keep the drama between them going.
  • Creator's Favorite:
    • Owen to Tom McGillis. As confirmed in a Reddit interview, he also likes Duncan, Heather, Noah, and Beth.
    • Cameron to Ed MacDonald.
    • Apparently, Duncan to Todd Kauffman and Alex Naussbaum.
    • Izzy to Jennifer Pertsch.
    • Max to Terry McGurrin.
  • Creator's Pest:
    • It's implied that Courtney is one, at least to the post All-Stars writing team. If her out of the blue Humiliation Conga in "Sundae Muddy Sundae" wasn't an indication, Word of God has stated they have no intention of redeeming Courtney as many fans wanted.
    • It's all but stated that Ezekiel is this, at least to some of the writers. Initially intended as an expendable early boot, the writers eventually brought him back for World Tour due to his unexpected popularity... at which point he was made to look like a fool, wound up the first eliminated again and eventually got turned into a barely-sapient feral monster. Even afterwards, the writers seemed to take delight in repeatedly bringing him back solely to inflict abuse upon him while refusing to change him back or do anything with him beyond the gag.
  • Development Gag:
    • Several character designs from Camp TV, Total Drama's prototype series, have been used as minor characters, or even additional contestants, in the finished product.
      • All of the interns from the first three seasons are recycled from the concept designs for DJ, Cody, Katie, and Tyler.
      • LeShawna had two concept designs. The second one was recycled into her cousin, Leshaniqua, who shows up in "One Flu Over the Cuckoos".
      • The Queen Bee's eyes, body shape and outfit are recycled from Eva's concept design, while her name, "Heather", was originally given to the loner who would eventually become Gwen. Also, Heather's alliance with Lindsay is a throwback to how the former's Big Bad role in Island was played by the latter in Camp TV.
      • Courtney's eyes and freckles are recycled from Bridgette's concept design, while Noah shares a few visual similarities with Ezekiel's concept design.
      • In the Aftermath episodes, the silhouettes of several concept designs can be seen in the audience.
      • In Action, Sadie's concept design is recycled into a paparazzi cutout and, later, into Justin's ex-girlfriend.
      • In World Tour, Katie's concept design is recycled into the show's very first female intern.
      • B from Revenge of the Island resembles DJ's concept design, with a few modifications.
    • In Island, Gwen forms a platonic friendship with Geoff. In the show's pre-production stages, they were love interests.
    • In Action, Gwen and Trent are split up and forced to form opposing teams against each other. In the show's pre-production stages, there seemed to be an actual enmity between the two.
    • Zoey's final design is recycled from Dakota's concept design, while the hairstyle of Staci's final design is similar to that of Zoey's concept design.
    • The pancake eating challenge in the All-Stars episode "Food Fright" was originally intended for "Bigger! Badder! Brutal-er!" from Revenge of the Island before being cut for time.
  • Digital Destruction: The remastered version of "Trial by Tri-Armed Triathlon" cuts out the "D x C" that Duncan carves on the back of wooden Courtney's head.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The higher-ups at Teletoon asked for the break-ups of Gwen & Trent in Action and later Duncan & Courtney and Owen & Izzy in World Tour because they wanted to show kids that "First loves don't always last".
    • Megan Fahlenbock (Gwen) confirmed in a now deleted Facebook post that it was a decision made by "the network" (meaning either Teletoon and/or Cartoon Network) to not only not have her reprise Gwen for DramaRama but fire her from the role entirely.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • While Australia has yet to release The Ridonculous Race on DVD, Total Drama Island remains the only season to be released on DVD in North America from Warner Bros Home Entertainment. And even then, it's the CN version with edited dialogue and the episodes cropped to 4:3 instead of their original 16:9 aspect ratio.
    • The European French dub ofPahkitew Island only has the first 3 episodes on YouTube, none of the others are found.
  • Late Export for You: The Turkish dub of Total Drama Island was released in May 2015, roughly 8 years after it was released in Canada.
  • Milestone Celebration: "Zeke and You Shall Find" the 100th episode in the series, not counting the specials. The main plot centered around Chris finally being on the receiving end of punishment, with Feral Zeke threatening to dump him in a pool of toxic waste.
  • No Export for You: While Britain aired the first two seasons (even though Netflix has the remaining episodes up to "Pahkitew Island"), Cake Entertainment has never sold the rights to Total Drama to Germany or Japan.
  • Old Shame:
    • All-Stars is this to Tom McGillis, and pretty much anybody that worked on it.
    • McGillis has also admitted that hiring Ed MacDonald (the writer behind the infamous "Sundae Muddy Sundae") might not have been the best idea.
  • Schedule Slip: Revenge of the Island was originally to air in 2011 as evidenced by its original teaser. However, the 2011 earthquake and subsequent nuclear disaster in Fukushima caused the production to be delayed to change and remove elements of the season that would've been seen as being in poor taste in light of the recent tragedy. According to Christian Potenza (Chris), the season was originally set to air in July 2011, then September before ultimately having its English premiere delayed until January 5th, 2012. The season still had its world premiere in December 2011, but in France and in French only.
  • Scully Box: Cody is actually drawn a couple inches above the ground whenever Sierra uses Marshmallow Hell, to make up for their height differences.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Katie Crown improvises some of her lines as Izzy depending on the situation.
    • In "Monster Cash", Owen was originally to tell everyone that he's fine after eating all the prop food. However, Scott McCord improvised the line "Nope. Call 911" which the producers found so funny that they kept it in.
  • Troubled Production: As mentioned above, Revenge of the Island had to be heavily reworked out of respect for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster which ultimately delayed the season by at least half a year after its intended July 2011 premiere.
  • Unfinished Dub: The Castilian Spanish dub of the show only aired Total Drama Island. The Catalan dub, however, aired later seasons and would end at Revenge of the Island.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Some of the voice actors originally auditioned for characters who weren't the ones they ended up becoming:
      • Emilie-Claire Barlow (Courtney) originally auditioned for Heather.
      • While Cory Doran originally auditioned as Mike, he was also given a chance at doing Scott and Cameron.
      • Besides Noah, Carter Hayden also auditioned for Owen & Chris.
      • Caitlynne Medrek (Dawn) originally auditioned for Molly (Dawn's prototype from Total Drama Reloaded) and Zoey.
      • Besides Duncan, Drew Nelson also auditioned for Owen, Chef, Chris, Cody and several minor characters.
      • Christian Potenza originally auditioned for Ezekiel, but was persuaded by Tom McGills to voice Chris.
      • Besides Heather, Rachel Wilson also auditioned for Gwen & Lindsay and really wanted to be cast as one of the two aforementioned.
    • Lindsay was intended to be the series' Big Bad, which explains Heather's absence from Camp TV.
    • Gwen was originally known as Heather.
    • The Island episode "Haute Camp-ture" was supposed to feature a Fashion Show-esque challenge, but the idea was dropped at the last minute. The episode's title was changed to "After the Dock of Shame" in some TV guides.
    • Justin was intended to be the Big Bad of Action, which is obvious given his earlier episodes in that season, before the staff realized he was just didn't have what it takes to be an actual threat.
    • World Tour was originally to be called Total Drama, the Musical, feature only 15 contestants, and include visits to locations such as Italy; Hershey, Pennsylvania; Scotland; and Toronto, none of which made it in the final product note .
    • Revenge of the Island has a few:
      • Cameo appearances by Leshawna, Harold and Tyler were planned, but scrapped at the last minute. All three still made brief cameos along with the rest of the original characters in the first episode.
      • Revenge of the Island had radically different character designs in its early stages.
      • According to this article from 2008, Revenge of the Island was also originally called Total Drama Comedy in its very early planning stages.
      • Elements of the season that were changed due to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster included the Toxic Rats originally being named the Radioactive Rats and Fang also having the ability to shoot lasers from his eyes (which would explain why an episode is titled "Truth or Laser Shark").
    • According to Word of God, the original All-Stars line-up included Owen, Cody, and Brick, but last minute decisions had them replaced with Gwen and Sam, and the cast cut down to 14. However Owen still managed to get a cameo in the finale, while Cody was frequently mentioned by Sierra with his face appearing in her hallucinations. The same line-up also revealed plots that didn't make it into the season such as Courtney getting revenge on Heather, Duncan getting revenge on Courtney, the continuation of Zoey's commando persona, and Scott creating a new and improved strategy after analyzing past Total Drama episodes.
      • Owen was dropped because according to rumors, Scott McCord declined to voice him for a whole season.
      • Cody was dropped because they thought his relationship with Sierra had been fully played out in World Tour.
      • Brick was replaced by Sam because the latter had "more drama potential".
      • Anne Maria was also a part of the original cast before being replaced by an Island competitor (allegedly Gwen).
      • And then there's a trailer from late 2011 (two months before Revenge of the Island aired and almost two years before All-Stars actually aired).
    • Pahkitew Island:
      • According to his character bio, Max from Pahkitew Island was said to have psychic powers that allowed him to see only 3 seconds into the future. No traits of his psychic powers were shown in the actual season and he was simply the Big Bad Wannabe.
      • Topher originally wore a blue and yellow shirt with gray pants. This was changed to have his clothing match Chris'.
    • Shortly after the poor reception of All-Stars started piling up from fans, Fresh TV reached out to them to address all their criticisms to them so that they could use them to improve for Season 6. This implies that at one point there were plans to legitimately make a sixth season of the original series, only for it to be confirmed about five years after All-Stars ended that there are currently no plans for future seasons after Pahkitew Island (which by that time had originally aired more than four years earlier). Though it's possible that they might've actually been referring to the spinoff series, The Ridonculous Race, which for many felt like a return to form for the franchise.
    • Tom McGillis' original goal was to produce ten seasons. With the show's confirmed cancellation, it is very unlikely he will come anywhere close to that number for a while.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Total Drama Wiki.
  • Word of God: In later years, Fresh TV started revealing facts about characters or situations in the series that were never stated on-screen. Several of these tend to come across as an Author's Saving Throw in regards to addressing some of the more questionable aspects of the series. Such examples include:
    • Trent's full first name being "Trenton".
    • Cody no longer having romantic feelings for Gwen following the end of World Tour.
    • The contestants who were inside the balloons in "The Final Wreck-ening" that floated away safely landed in the water after their balloons popped.
  • Working Title:
    • World Tour started out as Total Drama: The Musical.
    • Revenge of the Island started out as Total Drama Comedy, then Total Drama - Return to Wawanawka note  and lastly Total Drama Reloaded.
    • The Pahkitew Island episode "Break Back Mountain" became "Sky Fall".

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