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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The meme in which Chris says "Alright campers, I heard from an anonymous source that SOMEone is [doing blank]. Not. Cool. Dudes." is not an actual line of dialogue in the show. The screencap commonly used alongside the quote is from the World Tour episode "Broadway, Baby!" when Chris yells at Sierra to stop talking about him. This makes the quote even less accurate in spirit, since the contestants are not called "campers" in World Tour.
  • 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".
    • When Cameron dons the Powered Armour he made in the Revenge of the Island Finale it has earned him the title "Iron Cam"
    • 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.
    • 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".
    • The term "cannon fodder"note  sometimes gets used in reference to characters who only seemingly exist to be eliminated early, such as Beardo and Staci.
  • Fanwork Ban: While fanfiction tends to get off lightly, Fresh TV doesn't take kindly to other kinds of fan projects based on the series and has taken down several particularly high-profile ones:
    • FusionFall Legacy, a fanmade continuation of the now-defunct FusionFall was originally planned to have Total Drama characters, with Chris McLean being shown off as an NPC before a claim from Fresh TV requested that he and the TD universe be removed.
    • Fresh TV has taken action against several Roblox servers based on the show, forcing those servers to either be taken down or change the character names to legal-friendly substitutes.
    • Infamously, the non-profit Web Animation Total Drama Reunion was taken down by Fresh TV a mere day after the first episode went up, with Christian Potenza himself going on record as calling the web show "plagiarism".
  • Flagship Franchise:
    • The series is this for Fresh TV, as it's 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.
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  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Ever since the scene first aired, rumors circulated of Heather's exposed chest in "X-Treme Torture" airing uncensored in different countries. No hard evidence of it ever airing uncensored anywhere exists, though Tom McGillis confirmed that a YouTube upload of the scene uncensored was real and he had no idea how it leaked.
  • The Wiki Rule: Here.
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    Production 
  • 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 order new seasons and transform the show into their Flagship Franchise once they got word of 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 fund the series' production). 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 English-speaking Canada. However, The Ridonculous Race was on Teletoon in French-speaking 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 Season 2 special leading into World Tour has Chris initially refer to Season 3 as Total Drama Musical before changing his mind. Total Drama: The Musical was Season 3's Working Title. Additionally, the challenge in the World Tour episode "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better" is called "Total Drama: The Icicle" as a pun on the original season title.
    • 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.
  • God Never Said That:
    • It was widely believed that Lindsay was meant to be a finalist in Action, but due to her voice actress having scheduling issues, it was changed to Beth. However, none of the creators have said or hinted at that being the case.
    • Another commonly believed rumor was that Courtney was intended to be a finalist in All-Stars after redeeming herself for her actions in prior seasons. Not only was this never said by the creators, but they explicitly said that they had no intention of redeeming Courtney.
  • Inspiration for the Work: The concept for the series came about after a discussion between creators Jennifer Pertsch and Tom McGillis on how children were increasingly watching reality TV over animation at the time, leading the two to decide that an effort should be made to get kids interested in cartoons again by making a cartoon with all the most popular elements of reality TV.
  • 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.
    • While the Catalan dub initially ended after Revenge of the Island (which premiered in 2012), later seasons of Total Drama would be dubbed in Catalan in 2019, 4-6 years after their initial airdate, most likely as a result of Total DramaRama's success.
      • All-Stars premiered in 2013, but its Catalan release was in 2019.
      • Pahkitew Island premiered in 2014, but its Catalan release was in 2019.
      • The Ridonculous Race premiered in 2015, but its Catalan release was in 2019.
  • 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 on Disney XD, Cake Entertainment has never sold the rights to the Total Drama franchise to Japan.
  • Old Shame:
    • All-Stars is this to Tom McGillis, and pretty much anybody that worked on it.
    • McGillis has admitted that hiring Ed MacDonald (the writer behind the infamous "Sundae Muddy Sundae") might not have been the best idea.
    • McGillis has also admitted that Ezekiel's mistreatment is the worst thing he had ever done on Total Drama.
  • Real-Time Timeskip: All-Stars (which aired in 2013) took place one year after the events of Revenge of the Island (which aired in 2012). Chris lampshades this when he berates Chef for betraying him in the season 4 finale, and letting him get arrested for dumping toxic waste on the island. Alejandro even implied that the events of World Tour and Revenge of the Island took place in the same year, when he mentioned being in the robot suit for one year.
  • 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.
  • Screwed by the Network: Between All Stars to The Ridonculous Race, Cartoon Network promoted the series less and less. Reruns almost never ran unless there was a season currently airing, and when they did air, they'd usually be during school hours. Both Pahkitew Island and Ridonculous Race had their premiere schedules changed from weekly to every weekday, which meant there was hardly promotion and reruns for both seasons. Despite the fact that it was a hit on Cartoon Network, many fans thought the channel would no longer be producing any new content related to the series after the spin-off (which was billed as a Total Drama season in the U.S.) anytime soon, as the seven seasons had not reran between 2016 and 2017, likely due to the fact that Teen Titans Go! reruns dominated the network. However, the series did return at some point in 2018 to promote the Spin-Off Babies cartoon, but were taken off schedule again in 2019. It is currently unknown if the seven seasonsnote  will rerun again to promote the upcoming HBO Max reboot.
  • 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. This became especially common later in the series' run; Izzy's dialogue was entirely scripted in early episodes, but as production continued and the writers got a better feel for the actors' performances, more and more of Izzy's dialogue was left up to Katie Crown to ad-lib.
    • 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.
    • Another example from Scott McCord. According to Noah's voice actor Carter Hayden, during Team Chris is Really Really Really Really Hot's commercial in "Super Happy Crazy Fun Time In Japan", the script simply called for Owen to make "monster noises", but Scott McCord ad-libbed the performance to have Owen literally shout "Monster Noises!", which the producers found so hilariously in-character for Owen that they kept it that way.
    • And another one: In "If You Can't Take The Heat...", Scott McCord improvised the line "Purple gerbil fish bag!" when Owen passes out after getting stung by a hive of bees.
  • 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 (Zoey's prototype from Total Drama Reloaded) and the original 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 McGillis 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, and she was more of a loner.
    • 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.
    • Noah was originally supposed to be apart of Heather's alliance in Island where his job was to spy on the boys for her, hence his original title being "The Schemer" and he would have been eliminated in the 15th episode after she exposed him. This was dropped after the writers decided that they wanted Heather to have an all-female alliance, bumping Noah's elimination to third and bringing Eva back just to eliminate her again in order to avoid having two non-elimination episodes in a row.
    • 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 productnote .
    • 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.
      • Mike was pale and blonde in his prototype design. According to Mike's voice actor, this was changed because he looked very similar to Jimmy Two-Shoes. Due to their respective shows sometimes airing back to back and both being voiced by Cory Doran, the network decided Mike being Ambiguously Brown would make them easily differentiable. Additionally, his eyes were Black Bead Eyes to eyes with sclera.
      • Cameron's prototype design is a white guy. The design was reused for Jay and Mickey in Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race.
      • In his prototype design, Scott has a small beard, wears a green military shirt, and wears dogtags. The beard was removed altogether and the shirt color and dogtags went to Brick in the final product.
      • With the exceptions of Jo and late-addition Dawn, all female characters have had their traits exchanged in various ways. Dakota originally had the red hair and flower that ended up on Zoey. Aside from that, Zoey is a fusion of another girl named Zoey and a girl named Molly. She has Zoey's name and references to her 60s retro enthusiasm remain in the final product even though the final Zoey doesn't look like she'd care about that. Of Molly, she has her earrings and bracelets and possibly the title "The Indie Chick", although that might also be the other Zoey's original title. The original Zoey's hair was shortened and given to Staci, who originally was going to be a blonde, and her top was made pink and given to Anne Maria.
      • B and Dawn are late additions. Dawn was created to fill the gap following Zoey's and Molly's fusion into a new Zoey and B was added as a thirteenth contestant when originally there were going to be twelve.
      • 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).
      • Lightning was originally meant to have brown hair again, but the writers left it white.
    • 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) before being picked up for two more seasons on HBO Max. 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.
  • 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:
    • Trent's full first name is "Trenton", Samey's is "Samantha", and Max's is "Maximillian".
    • Cody no longer has romantic feelings for Gwen following the end of World Tour.
    • Lightning's real name is Rudolph Jackson.
    • The contestants who were inside the balloons in "The Final Wreck-ening" that floated away safely landed in the water after their balloons popped.
    • Shawn doesn't have an audition tape, he drinks large amounts of caffeine to stay awake and alert and like Ezekiel, he's homeschooled.
  • 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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