The opening sequence is traditionally played before every episode of Total Drama. Chris usually recaps the previous episode first and then the theme song begins. It is played to the tune of I Wanna Be Famous by Graeme Cornies and Dawna Toews.
Dear Mom and Dad I'm doin' fine,
You guys are on my mind.
You asked me what I wanted to be
And now I think the answer is plain to see,
I wanna be famous.
I wanna live close to the sun,
Go pack your bags, 'cause I've already won,
Everything to prove, nothing in my way
I'll get there one day.
Cause, I wanna be famous!
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na!
I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be famous
I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be famous
(Whistling in tune)
In the Total Drama Island theme song, the song begins with a total of four spotlights and cameras coming out of random places, such as out of the grass or from a tree, the last two knocking down a beaver and a squirrel. Then a clapperboard then clamps down, and the camera starts moving through Camp Wawanakwa and past the host of the show, Chris, who is drinking coffee and commanding the camera crew from a folding chair. It then goes to the top of the cliff and then down it, where Owen is seen in the water, farting and knocking out a fish with the smell. The scene pans over to Bridgette and Geoff, in the lake on Bridgette's surfboard, flirting. However, the smell reaches them and they look disgusted. As the unconscious fish reaches the surface, an eagle flies by and and picks it up, dropping it somewhere in the forest where DJ is seen sitting in the forest with two birds, a chipmunk, a skunk, a frog, two squirrels, a turtle and a bunny. DJ seems to get along well with them until the dead fish drops right in front of him, startling the animals and causing them to attack him, so DJ screams and runs away. Duncan is seen laughing at DJ's misfortune, until he notices Courtney glaring at him disapprovingly. The camera then goes through the forest to where Heather and Leshawna are seen slap-fighting in a rubber raft that falls off a waterfall since they were not paying attention. Once they fall by, Harold is seen practicing martial arts moves on a log stretched across a gorge behind the waterfall, up until Izzy, who is swinging on a vine, crashes into him, sending them both flying back into camp, where they crash into the confessional and knock a half-dressed Lindsay out of it, revealing her pink panties.
Chef Hatchet is then seen in the kitchen, stirring a pot of food with his bare hands. He then looks at Noah and Ezekiel, who are tied up together at the counter. They briefly glance at each other nervously before the camera pans over to Tyler and Eva, who are arm-wrestling at a nearby table. Tyler is struggling to win, until Eva defeats him and grins evilly. The camera moves out the window and pans over to Katie and Sadie, who are sitting near the beach on some stairs, fawning over Justin, who is looking at himself in two different mirrors. A seagull, with a fragment of net wrapped around its neck, is seen sitting on the water as a shark jumps over it and eats a trout in mid-air. The seagull appears to be safe until a mysterious tentacle grabs it and pulls it under the water. Beth is then seen when the camera moves over to the Dock of Shame, where she is twirling fire batons in her hand. Beth then tosses the fire baton in the air and it switches to night. Gwen and Trent are now seen, sharing a romantic moment at the campfire pit, sitting next to each other and leaning in closely while smiling, until Cody appears between them and puts his arms over their shoulders. The camera then zooms out, with Gwen and Trent looking awkwardly at an oblivious and smiling Cody while the rest of the contestants are seen gathered in a circle around the fire while whistling the tune of "I Wanna Be Famous!" A wooden sign with "Total Drama Island" painted onto it is then seen, and the words flash briefly before the screen fades out.
In the Total Drama Action theme song, the song once again begins with spotlights and cameras appearing out of various places, bringing up a rat from the sewers and knocking a raccoon out of a tree, before a clapperboard clamps down in front of it. The camera then makes its way through the abandoned film lot, where Chris is seen driving a golf cart. The camera goes through some fake prop sets and then a rack of clothing. It then goes up the replica of the 1,000-foot cliff, and then down into a small pool. Owen is seen swimming in it, with a shark approaching him from behind. However, Owen farts into the shark's mouth, propelling himself away and disgusting the shark, making it cough. The camera then goes up to the beach movie set, where Harold is evading the seagulls that Duncan is shooting at him while he stands on the surfboard. However, one hits him in the face and he falls off into the pool. Duncan is then seen laughing at Harold's misfortune, with Courtney glaring at him from behind. Duncan then turns around and Courtney and Duncan share a kiss, then grin evilly at each other. The camera passes through them and through a Sasquatchanakwa wearing a bra and a pink wig to a large metal door opening, revealing a big flash of light. Beth and two more sharks are now seen relaxing on beach chairs on the beach set, wearing sunglasses. The camera zooms in on Beth, who smiles and shows that she is no longer wearing braces.
Justin is then seen in the confessional, getting his make-up done. He turns around, only to get sprayed in the eyes by some kind of spray. Heather and Leshawna are then seen on top of two platforms, fighting each other with giant Q-tips. Heather and Leshawna fight back and forth, until Leshawna knocks Heather's wig off her head. The wig falls into Chef's pot of soup in his kitchen. Chef notices it, but simply shrugs and hands it to DJ. DJ then puts some Momma's Spice into the stew, tastes it, and smiles in delight. The camera pans over to Lindsay, who is in the control tent. Lindsay presses a button, which makes a building visible on the screen explode. A bear is seen standing where the building was moments earlier, its fur charred. Izzy then runs right up in front of it and waves at the camera while smiling wildly. The angry bear roars at Izzy. However, Izzy roars back at the bear, making it run away. Izzy chases the bear throughout the film lot, and past the Lame-o-sine. The rear window of the Lame-o-sine rolls down, revealing Gwen inside, where she smiles at the camera. Trent then opens the door for her while she smiles at him. He gestures with his arm at the red carpet behind him, and the camera follows. Multiple pairs of arms are seen leaning in front of the camera with cameras of their own, wildly taking pictures and with camera flashes everywhere, and the camera eventually comes to the stage, where Chris is standing at the podium with a blue tuxedo. Chris opens an envelope, and Chef, in a pink transparent dress, hands him a tray of Gilded Chris Awards. Chef frowns angrily while Chris simply rolls his eyes and looks back at the camera. The image of Chris and Chef then becomes slightly more static-like, and the camera pulls back to reveal that this is on a giant screen. Below the screen, Bridgette and Geoff are sitting on a couch in the middle of the stage in the aftermath studio, about to kiss. But they realize that everyone is looking at them and stop, looking at the camera with shocked expressions. The camera pulls out to reveal all of the twenty-two contestants from the first season, sitting in the bleachers on either side of the Aftermath stage. The screen above them then changes from Chris and Chef to the logo for Total Drama Action.raccoon from the jet's engine, and then from a suitcase, finishing with a clapperboard clamping down, indication the start of the episode. The camera then rushes through the Total Drama Jumbo Jet's first class section, through the cockpit, past Chef Hatchet, while Chris jumps out of the way. After flying out of the plane, over the CN Tower, the camera leans down and drops from the sky, passing by a familiar island and landing in a familiar lake. Owen is seen underwater, smiling at a fish. The smile then turns into an embarrassed look as he realizes that he has lost his swimming trunks, therefore covering up his "kiwis." Above the water, Harold is practicing karate moves on top of a hut on a basket canoe, but gets knocked off by an oar thrown at him by Duncan, who is in the same canoe, alongside Courtney, who is also paddling along. Alligators are seen swimming around them, leaping into the air repeatedly as they paddle by. The canoe then paddles off-screen and the screen briefly shakes, implying a crash. The camera pans over and shows that the canoe had crashed into an orange inflatable raft, which Gwen is standing on. Duncan gives Gwen a flirty smile before her raft starts to sink. Duncan leans out to try to help her, until Courtney glares at him and he turns around and sheepishly grins at her. The camera then goes up to the sun, with a bright flash transitioning from this scene to the top of the Statue of Liberty, where Alejandro is helping Heather up onto a beam, smirking while doing so. Heather simply glares at him. Tyler then runs past with Cody in a baby carriage, until he trips on a crouching Ezekiel. This causes Cody's carriage to roll right over to the edge, where it crashes into a sign, sending Cody flying out of the carriage, off the statue, and into the Yukon, where he falls into Sierra's arms. Sierra seems pleased and hugs Cody tight, while Cody seems horrified. A couple of feet behind Cody and Sierra is Lindsay, holding a picture of Tyler, trying to remember who he is. However, she then notices a polar bear behind her, and drops the picture, running off in fear. The polar bear removes its mask to reveal Izzy, who laughs at her prank, before she is attacked by an angry baby seal, which bites her on the arm, causing her to run off in panic.
Elsewhere, in the ocean, DJ and Bridgette are surfing, with Bridgette doing so nonchalantly and even waving at the camera with a smile, while DJ seems a bit nervous. They eventually collide and are knocked off their boards into the water. Leshawna and Noah are then shown crossing the famous Abbey Road crosswalk in In England together, and then ducking to avoid getting hit by the Total Drama Jumbo Jet as it swoops in low. The camera then cuts to the top of the plane, where all the contestants are arranged in a human pyramid. Then, the plane is shown flying through several locations, such as Paris, London, and Australia. The camera cuts back to the top of the plane, where contestants (still in a human pyramid) are singing the lyrics of the theme song and dancing, with the camera cutting to Owen at the top with Izzy on his shoulder, then Courtney and Heather glaring at each other, then DJ at the bottom right corner, who gets hit in the face by a seagull. Then, in the cockpit, an annoyed Chef Hatchet turns the plane sharply, causing all of the contestants to fall off. While most of them use parachutes (except Cody, who is being held by Sierra) and land safely, Tyler falls flat on the ground, while Courtney and DJ land on their rears, the latter looking scared and is holding his head. The plane pulls up behind the group, with the season's logo on a piece of metal on the side. As it stops, the piece of metal shifts and slightly falls out of place. Ezekiel then falls flat on his face in front of the group, visibly shocking Noah, and then the theme song ends.Camp Wawanakwa where a creature is shown to the right side of the water. While it goes in the camp, four interns are shown carrying a tiki totem with a toxic logo on it, which appears to be too heavy for them. Chris is on top of it with a whip, whipping them to go faster. The camera then goes through the trees, up to the top of the cliff, and dives down into the lake. Cameron is underwater, apparently drowning while a school of piranhas gathers around him. He is lifted up by his underpants with a fishing rod. The camera goes to the surface of the water and shows that B was the one who pulled him up. He is shown fixing a fishing rod machine until its power flings Cameron up into the air, with his underpants falling onto B's face. The camera then pans over the forest where Jo is punching a punching bag until Cameron falls into her arms. She sees Brick run past, so she drops Cameron and races after him. Still in the forest, Dawn is meditating with many animals around her. Then a large, mutated groundhog pops out of the ground and roars at her, causing Dawn and the animals to flee. The camera goes over to the waterfall where Zoey and Mike are in a raft; the former is noticeably mad while the latter is acting like his alternate personality, Svetlana. Then their raft goes over the edge of the waterfall, and they fall out. Lightning is repeatedly lifting a massive log like a weight while he stands on a larger log that is spread out over a gorge. The raft falls past behind him while Zoey and Mike land on the log that he is lifting. The weight of all three of them causes the log underneath Lightning to break, and they all fall off-screen. Scott, leaning against the confessional, laughs at their misfortune until Fang comes out and scares him off.
The camera then moves over to Chef's kitchen where he pulls a pair of earmuffs out of a pot of soup, quickly putting them on before looking behind him with an annoyed expression. The camera pans over to Staci at the counter, babbling away until Chef shoves a spoon into her mouth to shut her up. Next to her, Anne Maria is seen with six used bottles of hair spray around her. She appears to be on her seventh, spraying it on her hair until she realizes that the camera's there, which she sprays angrily. The camera then goes over the beach where Jo wins the race against a noticeably exhausted Brick. The camera then pans over to show Sam playing one of his video games on the Dock of Shame. Sasquatchanakwa taps his shoulder and makes him turn around, then takes the handheld system from his hands. Once Sam sees what happened to his game, he unsuccessfully tries to get it back as Sasquatchanakwa starts playing his game. Dakota then grabs the camera and moves it over to her, where she kisses the lens, leaving a pink lipstick stain. An intern briefly appears to wipe it off. Dakota then starts texting on her cell phone until the paparazzi arrive and start taking pictures of her while she poses. Then a bucket of water is dumped on her from above, and when she looks up angrily, it is revealed to be Chris on a jet pack. The burst of fire from his jetpack transitions the scene from day to night, where Mike and Zoey are holding hands until Chef comes over in a HazMat suit, holding a pair of tongs that holds the Marshmallow of Toxic Loserdom. Mike and Zoey quickly retract from the dangerous marshmallow, and the camera zooms out to show the entire cast around the campfire. Everyone is whistling the theme while staring nervously at the marshmallow. The camera shows the season's title on a wooden sign, which flashes twice before the screen fades to black.
This intro is noticeably shorter than previous seasons as it skips the first two verses, resulting in half of the song being cut out and instead cutting straight to the chorus of "I wanna be famous." Like the past four sequences, it starts out with various equipment, from cameras to spotlights, appearing in different places. The first one appears with a price tag on it, while the second one has a sleek shine on it. The third one pops up, knocking out a toilet paper roll in the process. Next to the spotlight is a spray bottle. The fourth spotlight comes out of a tree, with a bar of soap and a brush popping out beforehand. It then shows a pair of hands closing a clapperboard and has the camera zooming in from right to left. The camera shows both the McLean Brand Spa along with the regular cabin, the communal bathroom, and a squirrel. The camera then goes to the cliff, showing Chris and Chef in a helicopter in the process; the fomer is shown holding a case with a scared look on his face. When the camera reaches the top off the cliff, it dives off into the lake. In the water, Sierra and Heather are shown fighting over a treasure chest until they both get shocked when the chest opens, revealing Cameron, a bunch of McLean-Brand Chris Heads, and Mr. Coconut inside. In the background, Scott is seen swimming away from Fang, with Sam hanging onto his tail. The camera then goes above the water, where both teams are shown battling each other with jousting sticks. Jo is shown fighting Lindsay and effortlessly taking her down, Lightning taking down Mike in the same gesture, Alejandro taking down Zoey, and then Duncan and Gwen both battling Courtney, who is armed with a burning jousting stick and is glaring at the couple with a devious grin on her face.
The camera then zooms in closer to the top part of Courtney's jousting stick, which transitions into the Campfire Ceremony. In the ceremony, Mike and Zoey are about to kiss until Sierra sneaks up on them and taking a photo of them. Shocked by the flash of the camera, they turn around and cover their eyes after the picture is taken. While the picture gets taken, the camera zooms out showing the rest of the contestants and Chris, with all of them, minus Heather and Chris, either having an angry or confused face. Chris is shown smiling while Heather is shown smirking. The camera shows the season's title on a wooden sign, which flashes twice before the screen fades to black.
- The Total Drama Island opening sequence is the only one in which some of the contestants in the final group shot have their backs to the camera.
- The final five castmates in Total Drama Action are the first five to appear in the season's theme song. Likewise, the first five eliminated are the last five to appear in it (not counting the contestants that didn't compete in the season).
- In the first three theme songs, Harold is seen doing karate stances over water until he gets hit by something or someone.
- Two of the three times, it's Duncan who hits him with something.
- His animation sequence in the third opening also matches his sequence in the first one, save for when he gets hit, in which the sequence matches the second opening.
- Owen is the first original contestant seen in the first three theme songs. He is also seen swimming in every one (except the fourth and fifth theme songs).
- Chris is the first character to be seen in all five theme songs.
- In the Total Drama Island and Total Drama Action theme songs, Trent and Gwen, Duncan and Courtney, and Bridgette and Geoff are always seen together.
- In addition, Leshawna and Harold and Lindsay and Tyler are never seen together in any of the openings, if one doesn't count Lindsay trying to figure out who Tyler is in the third opening.
- Duncan and Courtney are the only couple together in all opening sequences to feature the original contestants.
- In the Total Drama Island, Total Drama Action, Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, and Total Drama All-Stars theme songs, there is a romantic moment that is interrupted right before the theme song ends.
- In the Total Drama World Tour theme song, there is no romantic moment, unless one counts Duncan being embarrassed after wanting to help Gwen in front of Courtney, or Sierra holding Cody in her arms.
- Courtney is the first female to appear in two of the five openings.
- In the first three theme songs, Duncan is seen laughing at someone's injury, until Courtney ends up stopping him by glaring:
- In the Total Drama Island theme song, he laughs at DJ getting attacked by animals and then Courtney stops him by glaring.
- In the Total Drama Action theme song, he shoots Harold with a seagull, making him fall into the water. Duncan laughs at Harold until Courtney stops him by glaring at him, and then starts making out with him.
- In the Total Drama World Tour theme song, he hits Harold with a paddle, making him fall into water again. Duncan laughs at Harold next to Courtney until he crashes into Gwen's boat, where he looks down at her with a worried look on his face. He is about to help her up, but notices Courtney glaring at him from behind.
- Leshawna and Heather are seen physically fighting in the Total Drama Island and Total Drama Action opening sequences.
- Justin is seen with a mirror in both the Total Drama Island and Total Drama Action theme songs.
- In the Total Drama Island theme song, the neon Total Drama Island sign is seen at the end of the song near the campfire pit. In the actual competition, the sign remains by the campfire pit, and was proven to actually be part of the camp, and not simply part of the theme song.
- Izzy is the first person to be seen in a costume in a theme song.
- She is dressed as a polar bear in the Total Drama World Tour theme.
- Izzy is seen interacting directly or indirectly with Lindsay in the first three opening sequences:
- In Total Drama Island, Izzy swings on a vine, accidentally hitting Harold and knocking Lindsay out of the confessional stall.
- In Total Drama Action, Izzy runs up to the remains of a hangar that Lindsay blew up and waves at the camera.
- In Total Drama World Tour, Izzy scares Lindsay by dressing up as a polar bear.
- In the human pyramid in the Total Drama World Tour theme song, the contestants are initially lined up based on what teams they're on: Team Victory is on the bottom row. The middle row features all members of Team Amazon, except that Sierra is switched with Duncan (who, arguably, would've been on Team Amazon had he not quit), and all members of Team Chris Is Really Really Really Really Hot are on the top row, along with Sierra (who was originally on that team), with Owen and Izzy on the very top.
- Total Drama Action opening sequence is the only one where the contestants never sing or whistle the theme song.
- In the Total Drama World Tour theme song, Tyler, Ezekiel, and Cody (all voiced by Peter Oldring) are all seen next to each other for the first time.
- In the final frame of the Total Drama Action opening sequence, Tyler is the only non-contestant sitting on the left side of the stage.
- In the Total Drama World Tour theme song, a bra that is identical Leshawna's bra that was seen in Celebrity Manhunt's Total Drama Action Reunion Special makes an appearance after a camera appears out of a suitcase.
- In both the Total Drama Action and Total Drama World Tour theme songs, Owen, Harold, Duncan, and Courtney are the first four people seen.
- The boat that Courtney, Duncan and at one point, Harold, are on is the same boat that Sierra wove in Walk Like An Egyptian - Part 2 for Team Amazon.
- In the Total Drama World Tour theme song, none of the characters voiced by Peter Oldring had their feet on the ground at the end. Cody was in Sierra's arms, and Tyler and Ezekiel were lying flat on the ground.
- In the Total Drama World Tour theme song, when Leshawna and Noah are crossing the street, they seem to be reenacting The Beatles' cover for "Abbey Road."
- This is the second time in the series that "Abbey Road" has been parodied. The first being by The Drama Brothers in Celebrity Manhunt's Total Drama Action Reunion Special.
- In the Total Drama World Tour theme song, the baby carriage that Cody is in is the same one that the mother had her baby inside in Broadway, Baby!.
- The Total Drama World Tour theme song is the first to feature locations from all around the world, as the previous theme songs featured one area.
- In the Total Drama World Tour theme song, the mime seen in Paris is the same one seen in Phobia Factor and Celebrity Manhunt's Total Drama Action Reunion Special.
- The Total Drama Action theme song gave hints at various pieces of potential foreshadows for the whole season, including Courtney's eventual debut, DJ's alliance with Chef Hatchet, a "technical misfire" tied to Lindsay, and Geoff and Bridgette hosting the Total Drama Action Aftermath show after their elimination.
- The Total Drama World Tour opening also foreshadows several significant events that occur in the season, including the main love triangle, Lindsay trying to remember who Tyler is, Alejandro and Heather's attraction to each other, Sierra's attraction to Cody, Heather and Courtney's conflict, and DJ's terrible curse.
- The Total Drama World Tour theme song is the only one to not feature all the contestants competing in the season, as Blaineley doesn't appear at all.
- In the Total Drama World Tour theme song, Alejandro and Heather appear together, making it the first time that the final two of a season appear together in a theme song.
- The Total Drama World Tour theme song is the first not to feature Geoff and Bridgette and Trent and Gwen together, as Geoff and Trent did not compete in the season.
- Additionally, Gwen and Trent had broken up.
- In the Total Drama Island theme song, the two campers that were tied up by Chef, Ezekiel and Noah, are the first campers eliminated from their respective teams.
- In the Total Drama Island theme song, six of the seven non-competing contestants in Total Drama Action are all seen consecutively, whereas Ezekiel and Noah were shown, then Eva and Tyler, and finally Katie and Sadie.
- The Total Drama Action theme song is the only theme song to show non-competing contestants in it, making the Total Drama World Tour theme song the first opening theme to not feature all of the contestants.
- The Total Drama: Revenge of the Island opening is the first to not feature any of the original contestant and the first to feature the new contestants.
- There are many noticeable similarities between the Total Drama Island opening and the Total Drama: Revenge of the Island opening:
- Both follow the same path throughout Camp Wawanakwa (over the Dock, off the Cliff, through the woods, through the main lodge, onto the beach, and ending at the Bonfire pit with the cast whistling the theme song).
- The first contestant to appear in both openings is inside the lake (Owen and Cameron).
- Incidentally, the two of them (in their endings) are the winner of their respective seasons.
- Both feature a contestant sitting on a tree stump surrounded by animals (DJ and Dawn).
- Both feature a pair of contestants in a boat that goes over a waterfall (Heather and Leshawna, Mike and Zoey).
- Both feature a contestant standing on a log over a chasm behind the waterfall that the boat fell off of (Lightning and Harold).
- Both feature a contestant near the confessional stall (Lindsay and Scott).
- Both feature Chef and several of the contestants in the main lodge.
- Incidentally, the first people seen in the lodge behind Chef in both openings are the first people eliminated from their teams in that season (Ezekiel & Staci and Noah & Anne Maria).
- After moving out of the main lodge, the camera shows two contestants with an athletic personality (a male and a female) in an activity that the male loses (Tyler losing arm-wrestling to Eva and Brick losing a race to Jo).
- At the very end, a couple is leaning in close to each other before someone interrupts them by showing up in between them (Gwen and Trent are interrupted by Cody in the original while Mike and Zoey are interrupted by Chef in the second one).
- The Total Drama All-Stars opening sequence is edited, with most of the lyrics cut out.
- In the third season's opening, when the contestants appear in front of the plane, Noah's cargo bag is missing, even though his parachute is still visible behind him.
- When Ezekiel is shown falling at the end of the third theme song, he is not wearing a parachute, but is seen with one after he lands.
- Also, Bridgette overlaps his left hand, even though he's seen falling in front of her.
- In the fourth season's opening, after Chef Hatchet pulls out noise canceling headphones, puts them on his ears and starts glaring at Staci, Chef has full set of teeth.
- In the first season's opening sequence, when Justin stares at his second mirror, his reflection's left eye (the actual Justin's right eye) blinked, but Justin himself didn't blink that eye.
- When Lindsay is knocked out of the confessional, there is no camera seen on the door. However, in Camp Castaways there was a camera when Owen opened the door of the outhouse.