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  • Abandon Shipping:
    • Lots of people abandoned Noah/Cody in favour of Noah/Emma and Noah/Owen.
    • Many fans of Jacques/Josee jumped ship once Jacques left Josee to have a panic attack because she had mistreated him for so long.
    • Dwayne/Kelly died down once it was revealed they were both married.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The Ridonculous Race show can be like this. If the producers really are from the same makers of the Total Drama series Chris hosts, then why do they make the challenges questionable to Don rather than vice versa? Is Ridonculous Race a whole new series from Total Drama or is a spin-off?
    • Don, regarding his very different personality from Chris. Is he really the answer to Chris for the spin-off or is someone hired by the producers to host the show without thinking that he is like Chris or not? Does he know Chris very well that he makes his show far from how Chris does it or is just a very fair man?
  • Anti-Climax Boss: The Ice Dancers who, after everything they did, get taken out of the race and miss the final thanks to a flat tire.
  • Arc Fatigue: The decision to return to a full season's worth of episodes was warmly embraced by the fanbase at large. However it did lead to some problems with this:
    • Stephanie and Ryan, the Daters a.k.a. the Haters Slap-Slap-Kiss Masochism Tango arc, since it's about the only thing they contribute to the series while never really going through any kind of progression as characters (it's hinted that their breakup isn't anything new for them, so them ultimately reconciling at the end of the season feels less like development and more like them going back to square one for the umpteenth time). Not helped by the fact they technically lost the race three times but the first two times just so happened to be a non-elimination round, with the second time in "Lord of the Ring Toss" (an episode where they arguably got the most focus out of all the teams) really annoying fans, in particular.
    • Even fans of the duo felt that Carrie and Devin's Will They or Won't They? storyline dragged on for too long, which wasn't helped by the fact it was resolved in one episode. However, this might actually have been the intended reaction, as even Don and the other contestants comment that they've gotten tired of it.
    • Chet and Lorenzo managed to have this despite barely making it past the half-season mark, due to the entirety of their plot happening in the span of their last two legs in the race.
  • Ass Pull:
    • Don pulls the classic "this was a non-elimination round if a major character happened to lose!" on more than one occasion, to the point of there being an instant of two non-elimination rounds in a row! But even that pales in comparison to the double elimination in "Down and Outback," taking out Rock and Spud for coming in second-last right after they beat Chet and Lorenzo.
    • The many instances where a team wins (or at least, gets spared from being eliminated) in spite of the fact that they should've received a penalty for not doing a part of the race properly. Some of the more infamous examples include:
      • The Fashion Bloggers in "Bjorken Telephone" where they receive their Travel Tip during the translation challenge by not doing said translation but instead simply complimenting the tip giver's swan dress.
      • "Brazilian Pain-Forest" could possibly be summed up as this trope since FIVE teams end up failing to do a portion of this leg of the race properly yet the Vegans are the only ones penalized which results in their elimination. The other teams that should've been penalized but weren't include Adversity Twins (they ran past the first Don Box without receiving their Travel Tip and later Jay pulled two out of the glove. One for him and one for Sisters), Sisters (Kitty didn't actually retrieve the Travel Tip herself), Stepbrothers (both Chet & Lorenzo take part in the "Botch or Watch", even though it was supposed to be the latter's turn) and the Ice Dancers (during the costume challenge, both Jacques & Josee make both parts of the costumes for themselves when they were supposed to make one, and have each member build a different part. Additionally, the costumes they make are not the right design).
      • The Ice Dancers ranking first in "Last Tango in Bueno Aires" despite Jacques not catching his emu on horseback.
    • The Rockers suddenly ranking first place during the air guitar challenge in "I Love Ridonc and Roll" after spending most of the episode in last place.
    • The Ice Dancers managing to still come in first place in "How Deep Is Your Love?" despite being slapped with a half-hour penalty beforehand due to Josee sabotaging the Sisters during the challenge by stealing their ball.
    • The Daters/Haters making it all the way to 6TH despite doing virtually next to nothing all season besides arguing and screaming at each other while receiving next to no actual development can easily be described as the definition of this trope when it comes to this series. What makes matters worse is that the show had at least two opportunities to eliminate them beforehand but blew these chances by deciding to make them random non-elimination rounds.
    • This trope is pretty much the only reason how Best Friends (Carrie & Devin) were able to make it all the way to 5th:
      • When Shelley breaks up with Devin at the end of "Shawshank Ridonc-tion", he spends the next five episodes going through what Spud calls the "Seven Stages of Heartbreak" even though most shows only have a character going through the Five Stages of Grief. In other words, the show blatantly added two more stages of grief for Devin to go thorough out of thin air for basically no reason other than to further drag out Devin & Carrie's Will They or Won't They? plot when it was already starting to get tired even by this point in the series.
      • The two of them undergoing Swapped Roles in "Dude Buggies" seems to happen really for no reason other than to further drag out their Will They or Won't They? plot when it easily could've ended half a season earlier. Doesn't help that Devin had previously just finished his "Seven Stages of Heartbreak" which started 5 episodes before.
      • Finally, their elimination in "Last Tango in Buenos Aires" where they're forced out of the competition (in a non-elimination round no less) thanks to Devin being accidentally pushed off a cliff by Emma & Kitty's emu. It pretty much happens for no logical reason other than the speculation that Geoff & Brody's return into the show to take their place being a result of Executive Meddling to have more males for the finale (all of the known considered versions of the Final 3 would've only had one or two males against four to five females). Not helped is the fact that the episode was originally planned to be a real elimination round with Emma & Kitty being the ones to get the boot which makes the complete randomness of the circumstances behind Best Friends' elimination in the actual episode with a non-elimination all the more obvious.
    • Similar to Rockers in "I Love Ridonc and Roll", the Surfer Dudes suddenly going from last place to first in "Bahamarama" is very hard to swallow considering that they were the only team to go through no struggles during the episode.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Noah and Emma seemed almost an apology for Dave & Sky the previous season. First off, they made it clear from the start Emma was not only single but absolutely was in need of a new boyfriend. Noah's attempts to win her over came off as very endearing rather than annoying. While Emma was attracted to Noah as well, she was upfront in telling him she wants to focus on the competition for the time being and spared his feelings by telling him she does want to be with him. Noah's attraction to her led him to become a better person over the course of the season, as opposed to Dave's Face–Heel Turn. It's implied that by the end of the season, the two pursued their relationship.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Don is either a Replacement Scrappy for fans who prefer Chris (and Chef), or a More Popular Replacement for those who consider Chris the show's most unlikable character.
    • Owen keeps this going from the main series. There are quite a few who feel his character has improved dramatically, after seeing him mature for the first time and being more focused on the competition. Though he still has haters who feel too much of his character is taken up farting and excessive eating and would prefer he doesn't return.
    • Ellody started out as an Ensemble Dark Horse, but opinions soon became divided once people noticed how similar she was to Scarlett and Courtney (who she shares the same voice actress). It also didn't help her early elimination did not give her enough time to develop her character. While she still has fans, most consider her an overall one-note and forgettable character.
    • Taylor is an extreme 'love her or hate her' type of character with very little middle ground. She's either loved for her stereotype as a Spoiled Brat that is original and offers lots of potential plots, or she's despised for being an Ungrateful Bitch who treats her mother like trash and is incredibly annoying due to her constant whining.
    • People either love MacArthur for her witty banter, action persona, and how she parodies the "bad cop" stereotype, or dislike her for her brutish nature, Hair-Trigger Temper, selfish behavior, and Gasshole humor. Her carelessness which causes Sanders to break her arm in "How Deep Is Your Love" really didn't help as some viewed it as the beginning of her Character Development while others consider it her point of no returnnote  and that it cancels out any chance of sympathy for her.
    • The fanbase's opinions on Dwayne are split between those who find his comments and antics to be obnoxious or amusing. He was also under fire for a comment that was deemed sexist.
    • Emma. While some fans think she's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold whose relationship with Noah is finally bringing her out of her shell and giving her character depth, others consider her nothing more than a Jerkass and a stand-in for Heather/Amy, whose relationship with Noah is being exploited by the show as her only redeemable trait.
    • The Tennis Rivals were also quite divisive in their reception. Some people enjoyed them because of their Friendly Rivalry nature and their Self-Deprecation blend of humor and wished they'd lasted longer. Others were sick of their elderly senior jokes, and how they did nothing but laugh at the other teams. They were especially unpopular among the younger portion of the fanbase who were happy to see them eliminated so quickly. Yet another side enjoyed them yet had no problem with them being eliminated as early as they were, but would've preferred them last a little longer when compared to some of the more repetitive and underdeveloped teams that outranked them such as the Stepbrothers.
    • While the Ice Dancers (Jacques & Josee) remain one of the more popular teams, their are still divided opinions on them especially in regards to Josee. The two biggest reasons against Josee is her constant screaming and evil laughs become much more prominent and ear-grating to some, as well as how they would keep cheating starting around the halfway mark and continue to get away with itnote .
    • The Daters/Haters. Starting off as Sickeningly Sweethearts was met divisively, but it's what happened afterwards that really split the fandom apart. After their breakup, they spend every episode arguing and fighting, which some found immensely annoying while others felt was greatly entertaining. However, the fact that they managed to evade eliminationnote  rubbed a lot of the fandom the wrong way.
  • Broken Base:
    • Noah falling in love with Emma. Fans either consider it interesting development for Noah or are angry that it contradicts the fanon theory that he is gay. Then there's a third camp who doesn't mind Noah being in a straight ship, but find his choice in Emma of all characters, the presented explanations thereof, and to some even his general behavior in the season, extremely out of character.
    • The many non-elimination rounds. Some fans found them cheap and disliked how they spared certain teams that would've been better off getting booted, while others appreciate them because they give the remaining contestants a chance at having more screentime and development.
    • Are the Adversity Twins, Mickey or Jay, better or worse versions of Cameron? Given how large Cameron's hatebase is, it's actually a pretty divisive topic over whether his replacements are an improvement, even more tedious, or equally bad pointless additions.
    • Was Jacques crossing the Moral Event Horizon by letting Josee suffer a panic attack due to her claustrophobia as revenge for being mistreated for 14 years, or are his actions justifiable, considering how much of a jerkass Josee was to him? Some fans take the middle road and posit that it was the right idea, just at the worst time possible.
    • Geoff's overall characterization. Some loved how it was a return of his original Island persona while others say that it came across as yet another example of a character from the 1st Generation cast being Flanderized in later seasons by losing a lot of his common sense he had in World Tour and actually acting dumber than he was in Island. Being partnered up with Brody didn't help his case very much either as he came across as pretty flat when the character he mostly interacted with was essentially an even stupider version of himself. Some even go as far as to say that they would've preferred he stayed forgotten rather than being brought back and becoming yet another victim of returning characters (especially those from the original cast) being Flanderized and/or derailed in subsequent seasons.
    • The discussion of whether The Ridonculous Race managed to save the Total Drama franchise after All-Stars and Pahkitew Island. The majority will say yes, but a vocal minority will say that TDRR simply felt like the franchise was beating a horse that's been dead for more than one year.
    • The debate on the host. Some would wish Chris McLean was made the host for the race based on his efforts in the seasons leading up to The Ridonculous Race, while others would prefer Don as the host not only because of Chris crossing the line in All-Stars and Pahkitew Island, but the new host made Total Drama a more watchable show.
    • The Ice Dancers' comeuppance of receiving bronze in the final challenge and being forced to watch the Cadets, their sworn enemies compete in the final leg. Some find it good or otherwuse fitting considering their mindset or just see it as a break from the over-the-top "villain gets horribly maimed to the point of needing to be put on life support" formula that had been a point of criticism for several of the later seasons (barring Pahkitew Island). But others thought it bad due to the constant foreshadowing from other characters that karma was going to bite them in the butt big time....only for the payoff to be so underwhelming that it's virtually non-existent (especially when compared to many of their earlier actions).
  • Cargo Ship: Josee/Bunbun.
  • Character Rerailment: Somewhat. Geoff is brought much closer to his original characterization of being a nice party guy, after Action and World Tour turned made him more serious, meaner, and sometimes sadistic host... Though at the expense of most of his character complexity by being portrayed at his absolute dumbest.
  • Contested Sequel: Counts despite being a spinoff. Some say that it has managed to save the franchise by breathing new life into it, while others say that it further shows that the franchise is past its prime.
  • Crack Pairing: Pete/Laurie. (Yes, really).
  • Creator's Pet: Reconstructed with Owen. He's been accused of being this for a while now, but the writers of Race seemed to make a deliberate effort to reign it in and address some of the criticisms thrown at him by the fanbase. His cute and funny friendship with Noah, actually trying to help their team win, dialing back the food and fart jokes a tad and not even getting close to the finals made it so even his haters have to admit this was Owen at his best (even if they'd still wish that was retired).
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: While it doesn't quite reach Total Drama levels (depending on who you ask), "Ca-Noodling" and "How Deep Is Your Love" are often looked at as this due to both episodes containing blatantly uninteresting and infuriating romance plots that had been long dragged out by this point and having the more unlikeable characters (such as Josee, Stephanie and MacArthur) acting even nastier than normal.
  • Designated Hero:
    • MacArthur for quite a few. The show mostly portrays her as a hero or at worst a very aggressive Anti-Hero, but a lot of her actions tend to lean more on the antagonistic side to the point where some thought she was more of a villain than Jacques and Josee, the actual villains of the series! This especially didn't help after her actions in "How Deep Is Your Love" where her recklessness over intentionally dropping Sanders down the 7-foot bore hole, resulting in her breaking her arm was seen as her crossing the Moral Event Horizon.
    • Carrie is another example. She has a crush on Devin, but when his girlfriend breaks up with him, instead of comforting him, she enjoys it due to the fact that she could get a chance with Devin. She also acts selfish throughout it, as she deliberately pushes the five stages of grief so he could recover faster.
  • Designated Monkey: Dwayne. Unlike other pain magnets, there's actually a lot more to his character than just being comic relief, so his constant injuries aren't even necessary. He's just a Bumbling Dad who wants to win over the respect of his son but the powers that be are determined to make that as hard for him as possible.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Emma for Noah/anyone else.
    • Brody for MacArthur/Sanders.
    • Brody for Bridgette/Geoff, due to the Ho Yay moments with the latter.
  • Elimination Houdini: Has its own page.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Noah being one of these in the main series was the reason he got to compete.
    • The Fashion Bloggers, Tom and Jen, are a pretty straightforward example. Well-liked characters who were eliminated fairly early.
    • Though they started off the season to rocky reception (see Rescued from the Scrappy Heap), it became increasingly difficult to find people who dislike Rock and Spud by the season finale. Their being one of the few teams to have lines among the peanut gallery was met with praise.
    • Despite making it to a respectable 7th place, the Goths, Ennui and Crimson, really never got any notable arcs to flesh them out. However, they're very popular with fans for having original designs and personalities, their Deadpan Snarker moments, having one of the few stable romantic relationships in the series, and owning a badass bunny named Loki.
      • Mentioned above, their pet rabbit Loki is also quite popular, not only is he absolutely adorable, but he's also a Hypercompetent Sidekick, despite The Goths being pretty competent in their own right.
    • The Tennis Rivals are pretty popular despite being eliminated second due to their well-received Friendly Rivalry leading to plenty of funny dialogue.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Depending how you feel about the Daters/Haters relationship, them getting back together in the end can be this. Especially since it's hinted that them constantly breaking up and getting back together is a regular occurrence as well as how Stephanie wants to start a family.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • MacArthur/Sanders and Brody/Geoff are both popular. The latter especially for those who have only watched Ridonculous Race and thus never met Bridgette.
    • Also shipping The Fashion Bloggers together (Tom/Jen) is very popular, despite many fans thinking Tom is Camp Gay. Many were unhappy when Word of God confirmed Tom is indeed gay.
    • Jacques/Josee is quite a common pairing as well.
    • Dwayne/Kelly has quite a few shippers, especially before the season officially began and it was revealed they were both married.
  • Fanon:
    • It has yet to have Word of God confirmation, but many fans firmly believe the Ice Dancers are the same ones mentioned by the Total Drama cast during "Not So Happy Campers - Part 2".
    • Many fans have the assumption that Tom is gay and, somehow, Jen is a lesbian. So far they are half right as Word of God has confirmed the former on Tom.
  • Fountain of Memes: The Goths are among the most quotable characters in the entire Total Drama franchise.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The Total Drama franchise has always had non-elimination episodes even going back to Island. However, even the season that abused non-eliminations the most (World Tour, where basically every non-elimination was treated like a regular episode (complete with an elimination ceremony) until the very last second) never resorted to an instance of two of them happening back to back!
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • You might have noticed the huge American fanbase the show has.
    • In-universe, Japan loves the series and Ridonculous Race is apparently huge in Croatia despite the real-life No Export for You.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • This isn't the first time that Stacey DePass gets annoyed by Stephanie Anne Mills. On 6teen they voiced Nikki and Kirsten (one of the clones).
    • Speaking of 6teen. As of this season, nearly the entire main cast is now a part of the Total Drama shared universe, sans Caitlin and Wyatt. (Jude is Chris McLean, Jen is Gwen, Jonesey is Don, Nikki is Emma/Crimson)
    • In one episode, fashionista Tom decides to try and make fez hats popular. This, of course, happened some years after a certain Doctor already did so.
    • The tennis players got eliminated because one of them didn't step on the mat fully. In Season 30 of The Amazing Race, the first team got eliminated because one racer was the last one to put her foot on the mat
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: After listening to feedback from the fans, Ridonculous Race switched back to a 26-episode run instead of the 13 the franchise had been using for the last few seasons of Total Drama. All well and good...except then they screwed it up by airing it all over the course of one month.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Josee, but only in "Bahamarama" when she had her worst panic attack.
  • Love to Hate: The Ice Dancers thanks to Evil Is Cool and Evil Is Sexy.
  • Memetic Badass: Loki, the Goths' badass bunny.
  • Memetic Loser: Leonard, for being the worst competitor in the series.
  • Moe: Carrie, Ellody, Jen, Kitty, and Miles. Also, Crimson without her goth makeup.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Josee crossed this, or at least came very close in "Bahamarama". It's at least clear it goes no farther than then her rival MacArthur saves her from drowning by sharing her oxygen tank with her, and Josee repays the favor by chucking a coconut at MacArthur's head mere minutes later during a footrace to the finish line, without a single ounce of remorse whatsoever. Though some would argue that she and Jacques had already crossed it even earlier in "My Way or Zimbabwe" when they tried to purposely run Dwayne over after he tells them that medals aren't important.
  • More Popular Replacement:
    • Don took over from Chris as the host, which was welcomed by the majority of the fandom given how unlikable Chris had become in the later seasons with the flanderization of his sadism and sociopathy. Don on the other hand is closer to the original interpretation of a hedonistic but overall fair host who does not change the rules willy-nilly for his own amusement, unlike Chris who is a contender for Trope Codifier of Screw the Rules, I Make Them!.
    • Crimson and Ennui replaced Gwen as the goth stereotype characters, with the two of them proving insanely popular with many fans deeming them superior due to Gwen's own waning popularity. This is likely the reason why Gwen was made to be more like Crimson in the Spinoff Babies series.
    • Taylor ended up being almost a carbon-copy of Amy, even down to the same voice actress, but nearly all of the fandom consider Taylor to be a better character due to being somewhat more fleshed out thanks to her backstory being provided, as well as actually having a few redeeming qualities. Also, Taylor ended up having a small ounce of respect for her mother, while Amy remained as awful a person as she was from the beginning.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • The infamous challenge in Morocco, where Owen drinks camel saliva to try to mitigate the spicy stew. That makes Chet almost barf and barely containing it, and mentions that the vomit in his mouth was at least less spicy that the stew... Which almost makes the other teams puke as well.
    • A good portion of "New Beijinging" which has the contestants being forced to eat a disgusting meal and most of them throwing up because of it. Carrie even vomits a lot before she starts eating because even the word "barf" or "worm" makes her sick.
    • Sanders intentionally dislocating her arm in "A Million Ways to Lose a Million Dollars" in order to retrieve the travel tip after it falls into the sewer.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now has its own page!

    P-Z 
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Carrie to both Bridgette and Zoey.
    • Devin to both Trent and Tyler.
    • To some viewers, MacArthur is basically a (mostly) non-antagonistic Jo.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Thanks to his time here, Owen's scrappydom seems to have further waned. While he's still guilty of many of his previous character faults, this season he actually seems to be trying to win, has good friendship chemistry with Noah, and him not making it so far in the competition doesn't feel anywhere near as forced as previous seasons.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor:
    • Carrie/Devin for the parts of the base that found them blander than the rest of the cast with a plot that was extremely predictable. It's worth saying that the reaction was never as negative as previous Total Drama examples, probably thanks to Race being a full length season so their romance didn't stifle the other plots due to competing for limited airtime.
    • Stephanie/Ryan also fit the bill for the same reasons. Unlike with Carrie/Devin, the reaction to them is about as negative as previous Total Drama examples (if not worse) due to many finding their immaturity to be very insufferable (most of their post-breakup conversations boils down to them yelling and screaming at each other) as well as dodging elimination three times due to most of them conveniently falling into the "Non-elimination episode if an important character loses" trap that the original series was guilty of.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Jacques and Josee are two of the most popular characters in Ridonculous Race and the franchise as a whole, due to being very entertaining to watch. Many fans wanted them to win despite all of their foul play in the game, and were disappointed they didn't make it to the final two.
  • Squick:
    • Pretty much any time the characters throw up (which is often) and Vomit Discretion Shot isn't used. Ick.
    • Owen drinking camel spit in "None Down, Eighteen to Go - Part 2."
    • The Sisters and Reality TV Pros escaping through the sewers in "Shawshank Ridonc-tion", after Owen had used the toilet they entered from.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Carrie's monologues about her love for Devin for those who consider the Best Friends a Scrappy team.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Due to the nature of the show, this tends to be a common fan reaction toward characters who are voted off too early, way before they could get any real development.
    • The LARPers were this to some. Quite a few were hoping that bringing Leonard back would allow him to have some development. But outside of having a slightly more fleshed out backstory, he's pretty much exactly the same as during his time on Pahkitew Island and once again serves to only be an early-out, while Tammy had no characterization other than being his partner/female clone.
    • The Tennis Rivals. While the characters eliminated right before and after them were bland, one-note pairs without much to go on, the Friendly Rivalry of these Cool Old Guy Vitriolic Best Buds was never allowed to develop. Plus, they managed to go from last place to fourth in the first challenge, which showed they might have been good competitors.
    • The Geniuses. Mary didn't do much of anything, but Ellody was seen having friendly interactions with both Geoff and Laurie, which might have afforded her some character development. She also placed high in challenges until her elimination.
    • Tom and Jen, who are an Author Avatar team of the show's creators, were eliminated in favor of the Daters. Some fans believe they had potential for more storylines, and keeping them over the Daters would've broken the cliché 'couple argues and gets back together just in time to be eliminated' plot line. Additionally, Laurie and Miles, two other competitors who were named after some of the show's writers, were just eliminated before them, leading viewers to believe one Author Avatar team would go early while the other team would last a while longer.
    • The Rockers, after half the season was spent developing their Hidden Depths, and them both growing on the fandom (Spud less so and later than Rock, but still), were abruptly thrown out in an completely unprecedented double elimination right as Spud really began to be an active part of the plot.
    • Despite lasting almost the whole season, both Emma & Kitty of the Sisters were never able to truly shine mostly thanks to the former's romance plot with Noah making them feel more like plot devices rather than actual characters. Having Emma being put into a relationship felt like it weakened her appeal as a character the same way Jasmine's relationship with Shawn on Pahkitew Island weakened her appeal as well. While Kitty was completely overshadowed by Emma the whole time her relationship plot was going on and didn't get any true focus until after Noah & Owen were eliminated.
    • Despite lasting the entire season, Sanders of the Police Cadets was severely overshadowed by MacArthur for most of her time in the race. This resulted in her feeling more generic by comparison (especially as a finalist) as she only got at least two or three instances to really shine (all of which are within the last five episodes).
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The alliance between the Adversity Twins and the Sisters, which was the one thing that made the hatred for the twins drop a bit, is thrown out after one episode.
    • Tom and Jen's interaction with Carrie on the plane to Romania was one of the first team interactions of the season and instigated the Bloggers' plot, and one is left wondering what kind of interaction they could've had if Tom and Jen weren't eliminated in Romania.
    • The Tennis Rivals getting eliminated before the tennis challenge in "Hello and Dubai".
    • "I Love Ridonc n Roll" succeeds in wasting two plots in one episode!
      • The Goths learning to live with each other without makeup. The new outfits they get after that plot's abandoned are also gone by next episode.
      • Noah deciding to give up on Emma. He's back to being sappy over her next time they meet.
    • Kitty's selfie skills not coming up during the "Selfie Safari Challenge" in "My Way or Zimbabwe".
    • Three for the Ice Dancers:
      • The belief that their luck in many of the early challenges was due to Josee's lucky rabbit's foot charm Bun-Bun which leads into their sideplot of being cursed when she loses it in Romania. Once said curse was lifted, Bun-Bun was never referenced to again.
      • When they break their curse and resolve to become active villains, they make a change in wardrobe. It disappears without explanation in the next episode.
      • As the season was coming to an end, several characters who were victims of their nefarious ways (such as Sisters & Goths) commented that karma would eventually get them or express desire in them suffering some form of punishment implying that karma was inevitable. But when they're finally eliminated... Well, see Anti-Climax & Anti-Climax Boss.
    • Chet and Lorenzo becoming best friends after hating each other the entire competition. Especially noticeable given the duo lasted half the season yet this only came up one episode before their elimination. Although one could argue their lack of development was what kept them in the game and once they made up, their arc was completed and they no longer had a reason to stay.
    • The gameplay element of the boomerang, which allows a team to force another team to redo the previous challenge. The idea of a team being forced to go back and do the previous challenge all over again, could have added tension and drama, due to said team having a higher chance of being eliminated. Unfortunately, it's only brought into play in two episodes, both of which end up being non-eliminations, rendering them entirely pointless.
    • Spud coming into his own as a partner after a half-season of Rock carrying the team.
    • Bridgette failing to show up (or be mentioned) in either of the episodes that took place in Australia. Some fans thought that Geoff should have mentioned splitting his half of the prize money with Bridgette.
    • In "Got Venom" it was revealed that MacArthur is just an alias she used to fake her way into the police academy, and that her real name is Valentina Escobar. Furthermore, she revealed the reason she needed an alias in the first place was that she had a rap sheet a mile long (for everything from illegal fruit smuggling to jaywalking), so it was impossible for her to pass the required background check. After this fact is revealed, it was just as suddenly dropped and neither MacArthur/Valentina nor Sanders mention it outside of a single reference. Word of God has confirmed that the whole thing was simply meant to be a one-time joke.
    • When Noah gets eliminated in "Got Venom", Emma tells him that they'll go out on their first date if he meets her at the final Chill Zone in the finale. But because Sisters end up getting eliminated right before the finale, this ultimately ends up never amounting to anything. The aforementioned line was likely leftover from one of the versions of the season where Emma and Kitty were finalists.
    • Carrie & Ryan's friendship. It's completely forgotten without explanation in the episode where the latter is eliminated.
    • MacArthur and Brody's Ship Tease, although it did at least get something of a wrap-up at the very last moment when MacArthur hits on Brody but only in the ending where the Surfers win.
    • This show was easily the best-received thing to come out of the Total Drama franchise since Island, which makes Fresh TV's decision to move forward with Total DramaRama instead of a second season all the more disappointing and baffling.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Funnily enough, Ridonculous Race, which the producers insist is only a Spin-Off in the same verse, is regarded as one of the best Total Drama seasons since the first.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • The show wants us to root for Carrie's attempts to try and proclaim her feelings for Devin, but most of her actions in doing so come across as either selfish or downright despicable. The prime examples of this occur in "The Shawshank Ridonc-tion" and "Down and Outback". In the former, her first instinct after Devin and Shelly break up due to the latter cheating on him with her tennis coach is not to comfort him in any way, but instead think that NOW is the ideal opportunity to confess her feelings for him (but ultimately decides that it isn't the right time, while still not even attempting to comfort him), while in the latter, she intentionally provokes Devin's feelings by angering him in order to push him through his "seven stages of break-up" faster.
    • MacArthur is this for the people who view her as a Designated Hero. It's hard to feel sorry for her grief over accidentally causing Sanders to break her arm at the end of "How Deep Is Your Love?" due to the fact that she intentionally dropped her partner down the seven-foot hole as fast as she did due to her recklessness. And prior to that, she spent most of the season treating Sanders like garbage by teasing her for being weak and doing things that made her feel more like a villain than the Ice Dancers (the actual villains of the spinoff) such as commandeering a taxi from its driver in "Mediterranean Homesick Blues" and taking enjoyment out of being part of the "Axis of Evil" in "Ca-Noodling" by sabotaging the "Axis of Good".
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Many of the teams, especially the Goths and Ice Dancers who together may be the most popular teams of all for the fanbase.
    • Noah was not very liked in the first season of Total Drama, due to his condescending, sarcastic know-it-all, slacker nature (though he Took a Level in Badass and got some Character Development for the season 1 special, continuing into World Tour), but among the fanbase he's an Ensemble Dark Horse for the very same reasons. It's what got him a place on Race.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • In "None Down, Eighteen to Go-Part 2", Leonard & Tammy were leading a race for last place against Laurie & Miles and Dwayne & Junior at the end of the leg. Instead of just running to the chill zone and finishing the leg, they stop to cast a spell, allowing the other two teams to pass them and ensuring their elimination.
    • Carrie admitting she has a secret crush on her best friend, Devin, on a reality show while he still had a girlfriend who will watch said show and before Carrie had even made a final decision on if she had the nerve to admit her feelings to Devin. She immediately calls herself out on what she's just done, complete with a Face Palm.
    • Stephanie using the Boomerang (force a team to repeat the previous challenge) on her own partner, Ryan. Even after Ryan points out this will affect her too and before Don checks the rules, she doesn't even try to take it back. They would have been easily eliminated if not for this being their third non-elimination lucky break that season.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Has caused a huge Periphery Demographic among older teens and adults. Contains truckloads of comic violence, pixellated nudity shots, and constant Getting Crap Past the Radar. For ages 8-12.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Ridonculous Race seems to have been made specifically for this reason, after the negatively received seasons starting from Revenge of the Island. Not only did they go back to the original 26-episode format, but the general theme of the season was very similar to previous fan-favorite season World Tour, while also being different enough to not feel like a Recycled Script. In addition, the gross-out humor was severely toned down (oh, it's still there, but there is less of it), and they brought back fewer previous contestants so they could still give fans the occasional Continuity Nod while avoiding the Continuity Snarl they ran into in All Stars.
  • The Woobie: Has its own page now.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: When the Polish dub was released, the comments on YouTube complained about Geoff's new voice actor, Jarosław Boberek, sounding too much like Grunkle Stan.
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