Total Drama Action is the second season of Total Drama.
Total Drama Action takes place on an abandoned film lot somewhere in Toronto, Ontario. It follows the same format as Total Drama Island, with fifteen contestants from last season participating in movie-themed challenges on separate teams. After being voted off, contestants must take the Walk of Shame and travel to the Total Drama Aftermath show via the Lame-o-sine. This process continues until one player wins $1,000,000.
- Returning/Fewer Players: 14 former contestants returned to compete for another shot at the $1,000,000 prize after ending in a tie during the special episode from the past season.
- Shorter Game: The game lasted 42 days — that is, 6 weeks — 2 weeks shorter than the first season.
- Individual Start: For the first time, the first two episodes of the game were completely individual.
- Double Elimination: During the first elimination round, the contestants had to vote out two competitors, instead of the usual one, for the first time. During the final four, two contestants were sent to the Lame-o-Sine for different reasons.
- Schoolyard Pick: The winners of the second challenge would become the captains of a Schoolyard Pick, starting the team phase of the game.
- Returning by name: A contestant returned after the host only eliminated their alter-ego, meaning that contestant was still in the game.
- New Team Member: In episode 13, Courtney debuted in the game, due to her winning a law suit against the producers.
- Smaller Merge: The two teams merged when there were just 7 contestants remaining in the game, with 1 returning later in the game.
- Saboteur: A previously eliminated contestant returns for the chance to earn money by sabotaging the competitors during the merge phase.
- Jury Vote: Since the final challenge ended in a tie, the eliminated contestants were asked to vote for one of the two finalists.
Like the previous season, this season consists of twenty-six episodes plus a special.
|Voice actor||Role||Episode count|
|Christian Potenza||Chris||27/27 episodes|
|Clé Bennett||Chef Hatchet||27/27 episodes|
|Drew Nelson||Duncan||27/27 episodes|
|Sarah Gadon||Beth||27/27 episodes|
|Brian Froud||Harold||26/27 episodes|
|Stephanie Anne Mills||Lindsay||24/27 episodes|
|Adam Reid||Justin||23/27 episodes|
|Scott McCord||Owen||21/27 episodes|
|Novie Edwards||Leshawna||20/27 episodes|
|Rachel Wilson||Heather||18/27 episodes|
|Emilie-Claire Barlow||Courtney||16/27 episodes|
|Katie Crown||Izzy||16/27 episodes|
|Clé Bennett||DJ||14/27 episodes|
|Megan Fahlenbock||Gwen||13/27 episodes|
|Scott McCord||Trent||11/27 episodes|
|Dan Petronijevic||Geoff||8/27 episodes|
|Kristin Fairlie||Bridgette||8/27 episodes|
- Cody, Eva, Ezekiel, Katie, Noah, Sadie, and Tyler all appeared in six episodes.
- Alejandro, Blaineley, Sierra, Josh, and Brady all appeared in one episode.
The Surfer Girl
The Funniest Guy Around
The Psycho Hose Beast
|Killer Grips||3rd eliminated
|"Riot on Set"|
The Cool Guy
|Killer Grips||4th eliminated
|"3:10 to Crazytown"|
|Screaming Gaffers||5th eliminated
|"The Chefshank Redemption"|
The Brickhouse with Heart
|Screaming Gaffers||6th eliminated
|"The Sand Witch Project"|
The Psycho Hose Beast/"Explosivo"
|Killer Grips||7th eliminated
|"Full Metal Drama"|
The Party Guy
|Killer Grips||8th eliminated
|"Ocean's Eight — or Nine"|
The Queen Bee
|Screaming Gaffers||Screaming Gaffers||9th eliminated
|"Million Dollar Babies"|
The Sister with 'Tude
|Screaming Gaffers||Screaming Gaffers||Merge||10th eliminated
The Eye Candy
|Killer Grips||Killer Grips||11th eliminated
|"The Princess Pride"|
The Dumb Princess
|Killer Grips||Killer Grips||12th eliminated
|"Rock n' Rule"|
|Screaming Gaffers||Screaming Gaffers||13th eliminated
|"2008: A Space Owen"|
|Killer Grips||14th eliminated
The Party Guy
|Killer Grips||Killer Grips||15th eliminated|
|Killer Grips||Killer Grips||Finalist
|"The Aftermath: IV"|
|Screaming Gaffers||Screaming Gaffers|
|3||"Riot on Set"||Drama|
|4||"Beach Blanket Bogus"||Beach|
|5||"3:10 to Crazytown"||Western|
|7||"The Chefshank Redemption"||Prison|
|8||"One Flu Over the Cuckoos"||Hospital|
|9||"The Sand Witch Project"||Horror|
|10||"Masters of Disasters"||Disaster|
|11||"Full Metal Drama"||War|
|13||"Ocean's Eight — or Nine"||Bank heist|
|14||"One Million Bucks, B.C."||Prehistoric|
|15||"Million Dollar Babies"||Sports|
|16||"Dial M for Merger"||Spy|
|19||"The Princess Pride"||Fairy tale|
|20||"Get a Clue"||Mystery|
|21||"Rock n' Rule"||Rock and roll|
|22||"Crouching Courtney, Hidden Owen"||Kung fu|
|23||"2008: A Space Owen"||Space|
|24||"Top Dog"||Animal buddy|
|25||"Mutiny on the Soundstage"||Pirate, misc.|
There are many more rewards this season than in the previous season. Since this season has less contestants, many of the challenges end in non-eliminations.
Total Drama Action EXTRA
Total Drama Action EXTRA is Cartoon Network's Total Drama Action website featuring videos, information about the season, games, and announcements for Best. Game. Ever.
Best. Game. Ever.
Best. Game. Ever. was a role-playing game in which players created their own avatar and received weekly missions from Chris. Players were tasked with forming alliances, fighting enemies, and obtaining money to purchase more accessories in-game.
The Big Picture
The Big Picture is another Cartoon Network game. The main goal is to take high-quality pictures of the contestants in a short amount of time as they run across the film lot.
There are no Region 1 or Region 2 DVD releases of Total Drama Action. An Australian company called Madman Entertainment released Total Drama Action: Collection 1 in a Region 4 DVD on November 2, 2011. Total Drama Action: Collection 2 was later released on July 4, 2012.
On Netflix, Total Drama Action is displayed in HD, full screen and 16:9 aspect ratio, using the censored version. In November 2020, Netflix's global rights to the show were set to expire, resulting in it no longer being available on the platform. Netflix later confirmed that the show would be staying on for a little longer. However, in February 2021, all seasons of Total Drama were removed from Netflix in some regions, though it remained available in the United States and Canada.
- As revealed by Chris in "Total Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama Island," this season takes place two days following the previous season.
- Cody, Courtney, Eva, Ezekiel, Katie, Noah, Sadie, and Tyler did not originally qualify for this season. However, Courtney later debuted in "Ocean's Eight — or Nine."
- Counting Courtney's debut, in this season there are three females and four males who do not compete.
- Eva is the only contestant who reached the merge in Total Drama Island but did not qualify for Total Drama Action.
- Beth, Duncan, Courtney, Harold, Justin, and Lindsay all made it farther than they did in Total Drama Island.
- This is the first season where an elimination occurs before teams are formed.
- This season is currently the only season where team captains select the teams, rather than the host making the decision or by rankings in a challenge.
- This is also the only season in which the teams weren't formed in the first episode.
- This is the first season to ever feature a double elimination.
- This season introduced the Total Drama Aftermath, in which the eliminated contestants reunite to talk about their experiences on the show.
- This is the only season where none of the contestants swap teams.
- This is the only season in which the merge episode is a non-elimination round.
- All of the characters that were voiced by Peter Oldring (Cody, Ezekiel, Tyler) did not compete in this season.
- This is the only season in the series where a winner is decided by a vote among the eliminated contestants.