Dakota is one of the show's most fame-hungry contestants. The daughter of a very wealthy man, she has dreams of becoming a multi-talented Hollywood superstar. Unlike the other competitors, Dakota joined Total Drama not only to win the money but to get enough camera time to turn her life into a spin-off reality series. She even carries a cell phone with her to inform paparazzi of her presence. While Dakota is spoiled, selfish, and can be picky when it comes to friends, she is far from heartless, behaving quite kindly towards her fellow contestants.
In Truth or Laser Shark, Dawn determines that Dakota's desire for fame is actually "a depressed cry for love". Dakota becomes frantic when she hears this, revealing that not only is this true, but she requires a therapist to deal with it. She is revealed to be a kind person underneath her spoiled demeanor, thanks to Sam, who loves her even after she transforms. No one has ever accepted her true self, and no one saw her beyond her looks, and when Sam saw under the surface, Dakota shows her true colors as someone sweeter and with more heart than she appears.
Dakota's intense desire for attention is evident from her first appearance in Bigger! Badder! Brutal-er! She thoughtlessly pushes aside Anne Maria and scolds the camera man for panning away, interrupting her introduction. Anne Maria retaliates automatically, spraying her with her hairspray. After Chris blows up the yacht, Dakota manages to land on a lifeboat and texts her paparazzi to photograph her. She is placed on the Toxic Rats due to when she arrives in the forest race. When a mutated squirrel appears in front of the teams, Dakota thinks it's cute, and declares that she wants one before the squirrel, angered, blasts her with its laser eyes. She narrowly escapes the line of fire, jumping into Sam's arms. In the first challenge of the season, Dakota struggles to use a saw until Dawn frantically tells her to pretend it's her dad's steak knife.
In Truth or Laser Shark, Dawn unintentionally wakes Dakota from her sleep. Dawn tells Dakota her need for fame is actually "a depressed cry for love" and Dakota tells her to "go eat a worm". Sam attempts to compliment Dakota when she complains about not having gotten enough sleep, but panics at the sight of her eyes. Soon after, Dakota and Sam's abuse of their electronic devices prompts Chris to confiscate them. While walking through the forest, Sam again tries to compliment her. Dakota fails to come up with a compliment for him and says she will "get back to him later". This leads the two to find some common ground, somewhat redeeming Sam for his failed attempts to woo her. Dakota pulls out her backup phone during the first challenge while the other contestants are preoccupied arguing. In the second part, she becomes too distracted by her looks and paparazzi to focus and ends up losing for the Rats. Dakota is voted off with only Sam still on her side. She is forced screaming about not having gotten her spin-off series yet into the Hurl of Shame.
Dakota makes an unexpected return in Ice Ice Baby when she crashes her hang glider into the Toxic Rats' elimination ceremony. She begs Chris for the opportunity for more camera time so she can get her spin-off series. He complies with this demand only after receiving a call from her father, who offers him a large sum of money in return. She is not being brought back as a competitor, however, but an intern. Chris provides her with different duties to perform around the camp in Finders Creepers, such as waking up the remaining contestants with an air horn. As the challenge progresses, she finds Sam, who has fallen into a grave and unknowingly pours kitchen grease all over him, attracting the presence of several large mutant maggots. She considers apologizing, but doesn't like the feeling and simply walks away. Dakota takes the Hurl of Shame again to satisfy Chris's desire to catapult someone, as no one gets eliminated that night. He tells her she is welcome to come back providing she can swim that far.
After being thrown into the lake by Chris and attacked by piranhas in the recap, Dakota is paired with original contestant Bridgette on a canoe in Backstabbers Ahoy! Their challenge demonstration goes horribly wrong when Dakota flies into a buoy and is left there for the rest of the episode, fending off Fang. In Runaway Model, Dakota continues to obey Chris's every order, completing the chores she is told to do. She warms up even more to Sam when he asks her for fashion advice, and feels good because no one has ever asked her for her opinion before. She happily accepts and tells him that stripes are in. Later, she again calls her paparazzi to take pictures of her aiding in Lindsay's rescue. However, they instead snap pictures of Sasquatchanakwa, much to her annoyance. Before Sam takes the Hurl of Shame, Dakota attempts to give him her phone number, telling him to call her. The paper falls back into her hands as he flies away from the island.
In A Mine Is a Terrible Thing to Waste, Chris sends Dakota down into the mine to verify that the contestants only have minutes to escape it before dying from toxic exposure. While she does survive, she loses all of her hair from the radiation. When she realizes what has happened, she screams and vows revenge on Chris. Following Anne Maria's departure, Chris decides to fire Dakota from her job as an intern but makes her rejoin the competition as a member of the Mutant Maggots, which she is not happy about.
In The Treasure Island of Dr. McLean, Dakota undergoes a quick, startling transformation due to the radiation from the previous episode. Her hair grows back green and spiked, her skin turns orange, she grows a tail, her height increases drastically, she also has protruding shoulder blades and she begins to speak in broken English. Before this, she recognizes that she will need an ally, and turns to Zoey for support as her transformation progresses. She now possesses enough strength to knock Fang off of the raft with a single punch. When the team gets to shore, Dakota becomes agitated at the fact that Sam has been kidnapped by Chris and buried underneath the sand. When the chest he and Gwen are in is located, Dakota pushes aside Jo, tosses Gwen away, and hugs him. Scott and Zoey vote to eliminate Dakota, and since he has the McLean-Brand Chris Head, negating the votes against him, she is eliminated. She doesn't seem to care and simply makes out with Sam, even when they are being hurled off the island.
Dakota returns once again in Brain vs. Brawn: The Ultimate Showdown, still mutated, with the rest of the eliminated contestants where she roots for Cameron. When the mutated animals begin to attack the cast, Dakota fights a giant turtle, who is seen crushing Sam between his legs. She is last seen celebrating in Cameron's ending and in Lightning's ending, and then leaving the island along with the other contestants and Chef. She also laughs at Chris when his karma comes true.
Although Dakota did not compete, her boyfriend mentions her in the first episode. He pulls out a picture of the two of them together, which shows she is still a mutant, looking happy together. He mentions that his motivation for returning was to expose himself to toxic waste and become a mutant like her, after which he gets upset due to finding out that the island is cleared of waste.
Dakota is once again mentioned by Sam in Saving Private Leechball, telling his teammates that Dakota would bring him through the forest without difficulty.
In her original design, Dakota's initial body shape and facial design were the same, but her overall look was drastically changed. She originally had red hair with a flower in it, and her hair was only about shoulder length. She wore olive ankle-length jeans and a purple strapless shirt. Her skin was also paler. She lacked the sunglasses that she currently wears. Her original design was instead recycled and touched up into the current design for Zoey. Since then, her shoulder length red hair is changed to long blonde hair, her purple top was changed to a pink top, her long tanned pants were changed to a hot pink color, her shoes are currently pink and her skin is now tan.
- View this video for Dakota's audition tape.
Dakota greets viewers by telling them hello and her name. She then states that she will one day be a reality show mega-star, fashion model, and award-winning movie actress. She adds that she may also be a pop music star if she has the time. Then, she tells the viewer that they may want to preserve her audition for prosperity. The last thing she says is that when she is done on Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, she will be the "biggest thing ever", ending the audition.
- Dakota is the third contestant after elimination to hold a staff-like position on the show; in her case, a job as an intern; the others are Owen in Total Drama Action and Ezekiel in Total Drama World Tour.
- Dakota is one of ten contestants to have their full name revealed; with the others being Alejandro, Blaineley, Brick, Cameron, Cody, DJ, Harold, Lightning, and MacArthur.
- Dakota is one of the few characters who possesses more than one main design, having her regular design and her Dakota-zoid design. Other characters include Ezekiel, Heather, Mike, Sierra, Lightning and Scarlett.
- Dakota shares many similarities with Ezekiel:
- Both were the only two contestants to be brought back to the show as something entirely different from a contestant; Dakota as an intern and Ezekiel as a challenge.
- Both were eliminated second in a season.
- Both were eliminated once, but Chris eventually let them back in after someone else quit.
- Both placed on the team with more contestants eliminated before the merge in a season.
- Both eventually transformed into hideous monsters at the end of their participation in the show.
- Dakota is one of six characters to have their own sleep masks with the others being Heather, Lindsay, Justin, Courtney, and Tom.
- Dakota is one of nine characters on the show to have been bald or currently be bald, with the others being Alejandro, Chef, Chris, Dave, Ezekiel, Heather, Sierra, and Staci.
- She is one of two contestants to become bald due to radiation with the other being Staci.
- She is also the only person to have been completely bald without any hair left on her head or any patches.
- Dakota is one of three contestants confirmed to have competed in a beauty pageant, with the other two being Sugar and Taylor.
- Dakota is the fifth contestant in the series to return after being previously eliminated, with the others being Eva, Izzy, Owen, and Duncan.
- Dakota holds the record for taking the Hurl of Shame the most amount of times, having taken it a total of three times.
- Dakota's stereotype, "Fame Monger", is a term on the Total Drama Online website, a contest that rewards a different person monthly for being a big Total Drama fan.
- The picture on her Total Drama Online profile shows Dakota's top as black instead of pink.
- Dakota is the highest ranking Total Drama: Revenge of the Island contestant to not compete in Total Drama All-Stars.
- Dakota's fate was foreshadowed twice in the show:
- With her mutation, Dakota has become the tallest contestant in Total Drama.
- Dakota Milton is a parody of famous socialite Paris Hilton.
|Interactions with||Chris | Sam|
|Eliminated from Total Drama: Revenge of the Island|
|Staci||Truth or Laser Shark||B|
|Anne Maria||The Treasure Island of Dr. McLean||Mike|
|Toxic Rats teammates|
|B | Brick | Dakota | Dawn | Jo | Lightning | Sam | Scott | Staci|
|Mutant Maggots teammates|
|Anne Maria | Brick | Cameron | Dakota | Jo | Mike | Scott | Zoey|