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The confessional is a location in Total Drama where contestants on the show can reveal their personal thoughts on the game, explain their plans, and cast votes for their fellow contestants. For the most part, these sessions are carried out in complete secrecy, only being revealed upon the airing of the show or at Chris' discretion.

Total Drama Island

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Gwen using the confessional, being the first contestant to do so in the series.
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In Total Drama Island, the confession cam takes on the appearance of an old fashioned outhouse. On the side facing the campers is a camera taped to the wall, where the campers dish their personal feelings. Also inside the bathroom are typical outhouse sights - a toilet, toilet paper, a window, several carvings in the wooden walls, and a roll of fly paper with several dead flies stuck to it. Despite these amenities, however, the confession cam doesn't seem to be the campers main lavatory, as there are bathroom stalls in the communal bathrooms. Still, some campers have used the confession cam as an outhouse at times, but mostly by accident on Lindsay's part. It's clear that the outhouse is not a hygienic place, as during most confessions, a large swarm of flies are constantly buzzing around the campers' heads and chest.

Normally, a confession consists of only one camper speaking into the camera, however, on occasions, two enter the stall to talk together, such as Katie and Sadie, due to their habit of staying together at all times. Even though Chris mentions that these confessions are completely secret, some of the campers at times worriedly ask if the person they are talking about will ever hear their confessions or another camper is heard, waiting outside. There was only one time that the confessional videos were shown to the campers in Total Drama Island. This was in the episode No Pain, No Game in which Eva was eliminated for the second time.

Aside from speaking their mind, campers also go in the stall to cast their votes. It's unclear if all that is needed to cast a vote is the camper saying their name into the camera or if a written ballot is also needed, as Harold is seen rigging paper ballots in Basic Straining; whereas in No Pain, No Game, Chris only shows their vocal votes.

In The Very Last Episode, Really!, the Confession Cam is left unusable by Owen when he uses it as a bathroom after eating Heather's laxative cupcakes. However, in Total Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama Island it appears to be operational again. In the special, Katie and Sadie made the last confessional of Total Drama Island.

Total Drama Action

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Lindsay is the first person to use the confessional in the season
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With the confessional outhouse camera unusable because of their change of location, Chris announces to the castmates in Monster Cash that for Total Drama Action, the contestants will now dish their secrets in a confessional make-up trailer (which Lindsay is happy about). Despite its identification as a make-up trailer, there are various shirts and other props seen in the background. The trailer itself is filled to the brim with various cosmetics for the castmates to use if they choose. Unlike last season, confessionals with two contestants seemed more common.

Also, inside the confessional appear to be make-up artists, who at times try to apply make-up to the castmates. These artists are only been seen with arms reaching out from beyond the border of the mirror to apply the make-up to the castmate. Occasionally, an object is thrown at a castmate when they're using the confessional. It is unknown if objects are thrown by the make-up artists or the interns or producers of the show.

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DJ in the voting confessional for the finale.
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However, the biggest change to the use of the confessional is that now the contestants cast their votes right before the elimination ceremony and no longer in their private confessionals, probably because of what Harold did to Courtney in Total Drama Island.

In order to vote for a winner in the season finale, Chris and Chef presented a portable bathroom for the eliminated contestants to cast their vote for a winner in. A pen was provided to write with, while toilet paper was used to write on. However, some of the contestants still cast their votes vocally.

Total Drama World Tour

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Leshawna angrily discovers the confessional.
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After asking where the restrooms on the Total Drama Jumbo Jet were, Leshawna was directed to the main Total Drama World Tour confessional, which was, to her dismay, yet another bathroom. At elimination ceremonies the contestants must vote while inside this confessional.

There is also a second additional confessional in the cockpit of the plane, which is usually interrupted with Chef's side-commentary, since he is also there listening to them. Only Heather, Cody, and Alejandro have used the Cockpit Confessional.

Even though the jet exploded as of Awwwwww, Drumheller, the confessional booth is still somewhat intact, although the roof is missing. Despite the damage, the contestants continue to use it in Planes, Trains, and Hot Air Mobiles.

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Cody using the confessional in Hawaii.
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In Hawaiian Punch, a new confessional is used, due to the plane's confessional being destroyed. Located in Hawaii, it resembles the original outhouse confessional. It has wooden walls surrounding it, which resemble planks, and a single roll of toilet paper on the wall; there are several vines dropping into it as it has no roof. Alejandro, Cody, and Heather are the only contestants to use this confessional, as they are the only contestants that are still actively competing in the season.

Total Drama: Revenge of the Island

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Mike using the confessional in Total Drama: Revenge of the Island.
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The outhouse confessional from Total Drama Island returns in this season, and is the only one that has been used this season. Generally, the confessionals have the same purpose as before and show no major differences from their function in Total Drama Island.

Total Drama All-Stars

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Courtney is the first to use the confessional in Heroes vs. Villains.
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The outhouse confessional returns in this season as well, remaining the same as previous seasons. However, it sinks along with Camp Wawanakwa in The Final Wreck-ening.

Trivia

  • According to Tom McGillis, the confessional was not an original idea of the creators, and was a last-minute addendum to the show, due to the first episode needing more footage.
  • Total Drama Island, Total Drama: Revenge of the Island and Total Drama All Stars are the only three seasons to feature only one confessional each.
    • Coincidentally, all three seasons featured the exact same confessional.
  • Located behind the campers in the confessional outhouse is an image of Kilroy, a popular doodle that is part of the "Kilroy was here" fad. Other graffiti includes: a skull and crossbones, a love-struck heart, and either an ankh or the sign of Venus.
  • The only campers to ever seem to use the confessional outhouse as a bathroom are Owen and Lindsay. Owen in The Very Last Episode, Really! and Camp Castaways, and Lindsay in the opening sequence and Search and Do Not Destroy.
  • Chris was the first person to use the Confession Cam in Total Drama Island.
    • Gwen was the first camper to use the Confession Cam in Total Drama Island.
      • She is also the first female to use the Confession Cam in Total Drama Island, and the first female to ever use the Confession Cam. Owen was also the first male contestant to use the Confession Cam in Total Drama Island, but the second male to ever use the Confession Cam.
        • Coincidentally, they are both the two finalists of Total Drama Island.
  • Lindsay was the first cast member to use the Confession Cam in Total Drama Action.
  • Gwen, DJ, Scott, and Zoey are the only contestants to use the Confession Cam while in their swimwear.
  • Courtney and Scott are the only contestants to use the Confession Cam while in their pajamas.
  • Heather is the only character to be seen using every Confession Cam on the show.
  • Cody and Justin were the only contestants to use the confessional and foreshadow something happening later in the episode. (Cody was covered in bandages and was in a wheelchair after being mauled by a bear. Justin was covered in tar from falling into the tar pit).
  • Chris, Alejandro, Cameron, Cody, Trent, Lightning and Gwen are the only characters to throw up in the confessional.
  • Total Drama Action and Total Drama All-Stars are the only seasons where every competing contestant uses the confessional at least once.
  • The confessional in Total Drama Action and the cockpit confessional in Total Drama World Tour are the only confessionals in the series that are not in the form of some sort of lavatory.
  • Over the course of the series, more than one character are often seen using the confessional together:
  • Total Drama World Tour features the most amount of double confessionals in the series so far.
  • A majority of the double confessionals in Total Drama World Tour are due to one person barging in on the other.
  • There is only one instance in which the confessional has been seen with three people in it:
    • Gwen, Duncan and Tyler (in Total Drama World Tour)
      • Although Tyler didn't completely enter the confessional only his head did and he wasn't even supposed to be in there.
  • Blaineley was the last contestant of the original cast to use the confessional. She first used it in Niagara Brawls, the episode in which she debuted as a contestant.
  • Tyler is the contestant who went the longest before using any confessional. Despite being introduced in Not So Happy Campers - Part 1, he didn't use the confessional until Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better.
  • Ezekiel, Alejandro, and Sierra are currently the only contestants to use the confessional in a season they did not participate in.
  • Ezekiel, Tyler, Izzy, and Staci are the only four contestants to never have used the confessional in a season that they competed in; Ezekiel and Tyler never used the confessional in Total Drama Island, Izzy never used the confessional in Total Drama World Tour, and Staci never used the confessional in Total Drama Revenge of the Island.
  • Ezekiel, Justin, Noah, Alejandro, and Sierra all had their very first confessional in one of the one-hour specials:
  • Owen is the first male contestant in the first two seasons to use the confessional.
  • Alejandro is the first male to use both the lavatory confessional and the cockpit confessional.
  • Leshawna is the first contestant to use the Total Drama World Tour confessional.
  • The amount of confessionals in each season matches the number of each season: Total Drama Island had only one confessional (the outhouse stall), Total Drama Action had two (the make-up booth and the outhouse stall in the finale), and Total Drama World Tour had three (one in the lavatory, one in the plane's cockpit, and an outhouse in the finale).
    • This trend was broken in Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, with only one confessional booth
  • Total Drama staff are allowed to use the confessional, as both Chris and Chef have used the confessionals on several occasions.
  • The Killer uses the outhouse confession in Hook, Line, and Screamer.
  • Animals have periodically been seen using the confessional, specifically a bear, loon, panda bear, Sasquatchanakwa, and Fang.
  • Total Drama World Tour's Cockpit Confessional is the least-used recurring confessional in the series, as most contestants apparently favor the Lavatory Confessional. The last time it was used was in Chinese Fake-Out by Blaineley.
    • Coincidentally, the final three of Total Drama World Tour are three of the only five contestants (along with Blaineley and Izzy) who have ever used the Cockpit Confessional.
  • Geoff and Bridgette, Duncan and Gwen and Alejandro and Heather are the only couples who are caught kissing in the confessional.
  • A running gag in the series is that the contestants are able to use the confessional no matter how far they are from it.
  • In Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, it seems that the outhouse has little to no changes, despite most of Camp Wawanakwa being effected by toxic waste dump.
  • Currently, Staci is the only contestant in Total Drama to not use the confessional.
  • Dakota (after her first elimination) is the first intern to use the confessional.
  • Mike is the first contestant to use the confessional in Total Drama: Revenge of the Island.
  • In Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, Scott is often seen getting hurt while using the confessional.
  • Courtney is the first contestant to use the confessional in Total Drama All-Stars.
  • Mal is the only contestant to break the confession camera.
  • Gwen is the first and last contestant to use the outhouse confessional before it was destroyed after the island begins to sink at the end of Total Drama All-Stars.

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