Topher is such a huge Chris McLean fan that he gave himself the nickname "Chris 2.0" and even has a cat named after Chef Hatchet. He frequently goes out of his way to try to talk to Chris, which usually causes him to hinder his team. Just like Chris, Topher can be quite arrogant and frequently admires himself. He joins the show not to win the prize money but to replace Chris as the host, and will attempt to do so at any opportunity, whether it's by taking over his job in announcing the challenges or humiliating him on live TV. He is very ambitious in this endeavor, eventually stealing Chris's cell phone to contact the producers and frequently insulting Chris's age to imply that they need a younger host, such as himself. These situations beg the question of whether or not Topher truly does admire Chris, or was just stroking his ego so as to lower his guard in his attempt to steal his job.
When Topher is introduced, it is immediately obvious that he is a huge fan of Chris, and is eager to indulge in every opportunity to show his appreciation to his idol. He is also under the impression that, his constant kissing up to Chris gives him special treatment. In reality, he is no exception to the host's love of causing pain and suffering, such as when he gleefully orders Chef Hatchet to toss Topher away. His obsession with Chris is to the extent where he even praises Chris for the cruel challenges he comes up with, such as the grease obstacle course in I Love You, Grease Pig!. Chris at first enjoys the attention, but after a while becomes irritated when Topher repeatedly attempts to steal his spotlight.
Soon it's hinted that Topher may have ulterior motives, and he begins making remarks about Chris's age. This leads Chris to worry he's getting old, and goes to drastic measures to look younger. However, Topher continues to press the host on this sensitive issue. By Mo Monkey Mo Problems, it's clear that Topher's true intention is to upstage Chris and take his job. He excuses himself from his team and runs right into Chris. He apologizes to Chris and passes it off as an accident; however, this turns out to be a ruse to steal Chris's cell phone. Using the phone, he leaves a message with the network's producers to plant a "seed of doubt" about Chris's age.
With his plans in motion, Topher eagerly awaits a response in This Is The Pits! This is made difficult when the pit they are in begins to collapse, and he is forced to retreat into the tunnels, and ends up alone with Jasmine. After a while, he begins to irritate Jasmine by constantly checking the phone for bars of reception, and continuously narrating their actions in Chris's absence. They eventually reach a seemingly bottomless chasm, where a fearful Jasmine hugs him tightly in fear, causing him to pass out due to oxygen deprivation. Once they awaken at the surprisingly shallow pit, Topher leads Jasmine to a possible exit by following the path where the phone was getting bigger signal, eventually leading them out.
In Three Zones and A Baby, Topher doubles his efforts to overthrow Chris. He once again annoys Chris before the start of the challenge, by stating the host was "running out of creative steam". As payback, Chris has Chef Hatchet shoot Topher, followed by increasing the challenge difficulty by having them carry babies. Throughout the challenge, Topher expends all his efforts in showing off his ability to the producers, giving them the "Topher Experience", and keeps on awaiting his phone call. His actions cause him to fall behind, such as when he gives away his position to Chef's bazooka after posing for the camera. After repetitively dragging the team down, his teammates become immensely frustrated with him especially Scarlett, who gives him a threatening look. At the final part of the challenge in the "Avalanche Zone", Topher finally gets a call from the producers, and is delighted to hear they them offer him a position as the show's new host. Overjoyed, Topher yells out, causing the team to be buried in an avalanche and costing them the win. Topher is voted off that night, but at first he appears unphased. Confident that he has been inducted as the new host, he proclaims that he would be staying and it is in fact Chris who would be eliminated. However, he is shocked to discover the producer who called him is actually Chris in disguise, and that he knew Topher had his phone all along. Chris gives Topher one final lesson: that he should "never play a playa", before firing a confused Topher from the Cannon of Shame.
- Topher's Audition Tape can be viewed here.
In his audition, Topher is in a room with his cat, named after Chef, and a picture of Chris McLean on the wall. He says how people keep telling him he looks like a younger Chris, and how he nicknamed himself Chris 2.0. He yells into a megaphone in an attempt to mimic Chris, which frightens the cat. He then states how he doesn't care about the money and that he just wants a chance to introduce the show like Chris. Chef the cat then attacks Topher, ending the audition.
- Topher, Sugar, and Jasmine are currently the only third generation cast members that are known to own a pet. In Topher's case, it is a cat named after Chef Hatchet.
- Topher is heavily affiliated with Chris in the following ways:
- Both have similar color schemes.
- Both are self-centered and theatrical.
- Both share a name with their respective voice actors; Topher's is named Christopher and Chris's is named Christian.
- It is worth noting that when combining Chris and Topher's names together, it forms "Christopher", which is traditionally the full version of the name "Chris".
- Topher is one of two contestants confirmed to be a huge fan of Chris prior to joining, with the other being Sierra.
- As confirmed by Topher himself, he attended on-camera poise classes before joining Total Drama.
- According to Christine Thompson, Topher was partially based off of Ryan Seacrest, the host of American Idol.
|Eliminated from Total Drama: Pahkitew Island|
|Ella||Three Zones and a Baby||Dave|
|Pimâpotew Kinosewak teammates|
|Amy | Jasmine | Max | Rodney | Samey | Scarlett | Sky | Topher|