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Screaming Gaffers
Number of members 6
Highest ranking member Duncan, 1st/2nd place
Lowest ranking member Gwen, 12th place
Advanced to World Tour 6 (all)
Advanced to All-Stars 3
Team selected by Gwen

The Screaming Gaffers is one of the two opposing teams in Total Drama Action. Their symbol is a light green circle containing a green light-bulb with crossbones, surrounded by a green circular outline. They appear to be the counterpart to the Screaming Gophers of Total Drama Island, and are rivaled by the Killer Grips. The team is picked by Gwen and consists of herself, Duncan, Leshawna, DJ, Heather, and Harold.

Total Drama Action

In Riot On Set, Duncan wins the acting challenge after his tearful performance, making the Screaming Gaffers the first team to win a challenge in Total Drama Action. In Beach Blanket Bogus, the Gaffers win a beached-themed dinner after Trent begins throwing challenges for Gwen. Trent continues his cheating in 3:10 to Crazytown, and he is later voted out after Justin discovers what he is doing.

Justin and the other Grips convince Gwen to even the score with them and Gwen ends up keeping her end of the deal in The Chefshank Redemption, where she tries to slow her team down through any means possible such as convincing them she has cramps, and telling DJ and Leshawna not to work so hard. She tops it off by breaking a golden shovel over Harold's head, snapping it in two. This was one of the reasons Leshawna, Harold, and Heather voted Gwen off, removing her from the competition. With Gwen and Trent gone, the competition returns to normal, as the Gaffers win again in One Flu Over the Cuckoos. Leshawna then fake cries to get the team to vote for her to win the reward: a trip to a spa with a close friend. Leshawna also tries to start an alliance with Duncan and Harold against Heather, though this doesn't work out until Dial M for Merger, when Heather is already out of the game.

By The Sand Witch Project, DJ's illegal alliance with Chef starts to wear on his conscious. After Chef helps the Gaffers win the first challenge, they must scare the Grips out of the craft services tent to win invincibility. After Duncan and Harold's plans fail, DJ cooks one up that wins the Gaffers invincibility. Even though they won, DJ's conscience gets the better of him, and he quits the game for his pride, setting the Gaffers one member back behind the Grips. Conflicts begin to rise in Masters of Disasters, when it is revealed that Leshawna fake cried to win the spa trip. Even though they won, Leshawna is disliked for many future episodes. By Full Metal Drama, Duncan states he considers Leshawna already off the team. The team manage to win invincibility again after Duncan and Harold put their conflict aside to prevent the Grips from stealing the Trunk of Mind Blowing Secrets.

The Screaming Gaffers are once again on even footing with the Grips, with four members each in Ocean's Eight - Or Nine. During the challenge, Leshawna ends up being locked in a vault, and they have to get her out. They eventually decide not to let Leshawna out of the vault and instead go on to complete the challenge without her. Duncan is shocked to learn that Courtney will be returning to the game, and will be put on the Killer Grips. Thanks to Duncan, the Gaffers easily construct their get away car and begin down the hill. The Grips almost pass them when they run out of gas, but the Gaffers still manage to win invincibility by pushing their cart towards the finish line.

When Leshawna was released from the vault and Courtney as the leader of the Grips, the Gaffers have to work harder during the challenges to keep up, especially in One Million Bucks, B.C.. Even though Duncan built his fire first, it was revealed he used a lighter (which was not a prehistoric tool), so the Grips get bigger bones during the duel challenge. Leshawna defeats Lindsay, Heather loses to Beth, and Harold and Justin tie. In the tie-breaker, Courtney tricks Duncan, and he falls into the tar, making the Grips the winners. The Gaffers lose again in Million Dollar Babies, and although Leshawna was caught trash-talking the other contestants during her spa night, it was Heather who was sent home because Harold and Duncan accepted Leshawna's apologetic cheer.

The Screaming Gaffers are broken up in Dial M for Merger, with Leshawna, Duncan, and Harold going on to the merge. Leshawna was sent home by Duncan, Courtney, Justin, and even Harold in Super Hero-ld thanks to the new guys' alliance and due to her being a big threat. Harold was voted off in 2008: A Space Owen as he was about to reveal Owen's cheating as a traitor to everyone after he got eliminated, but fails as he gets dragged away from the show. In Duncan's ending of the season finale, he receives the most votes to win and takes home the million dollar prize.


Screaming Gaffers teammates
DJ | Duncan | Gwen | Harold | Heather | Leshawna


Contestant Gender Rank Team rank Episode Reason for elimination
Gwen Female 12th 6th The Chefshank Redemption Voted herself off in order to repay the Killer Grips for when Trent had thrown challenges for her.
DJ Male 11th 5th The Sand Witch Project Quit the competition while Lindsay's elimination and confessed his illegal alliance with Chef, due to guilt.
Heather Female 9th 4th Million Dollar Babies Leshawna's cheerleading convinced Duncan and Harold to vote for Heather, who lost a challenge, instead of Leshawna.
Leshawna Female 8th 3rd Super Hero-ld Sent home because Duncan, Courtney, and Justin all convinced Harold to vote her off with them.
Harold Male 5th 2nd 2008: A Space Owen Owen voted for him to keep himself covered, since he had been caught by Harold. Duncan also voted for him after he squished Scruffy.
Duncan Male 1st/2nd 1st The Aftermath: IV Duncan got more votes than Beth. Runner-up in Beth's ending.


  • A Gaffer is a manager of electronic equipment used in executing lights on film sets.
  • This is the second most successful team in the series. Of the eleven episodes of the season in which the two teams competed against each other, the Gaffers won eight of these episodes. Team Amazon ties this record.
  • Despite the Gaffers' incredible performance as a team, hardly any of their former members won a challenge after the merge, with almost all of the wins primarily going to Courtney, Beth, or Lindsay, all former members of the Killer Grips. The only exceptions were Harold in Crouching Courtney, Hidden Owen, and Duncan in his ending of The Aftermath: IV.
    • Not only that, but also, after the merge the Screaming Gaffers got eliminated fairly early compared to the other contestants, with the final four consisting of three former Killer Grips and only one former Screaming Gaffer.
  • The Gaffers have three major conflicts in the series; Gwen and Heather, Harold and Duncan, and Leshawna and Heather.
    • DJ is the only member of this team to not be part of any major conflict.
  • In Total Drama Island, all the Screaming Gaffers members (except for Harold) were eliminated irregularly:
    • DJ was automatically eliminated.
    • Leshawna was accidentally voted off by the eliminated contestants from Playa Des Losers.
    • Duncan was eliminated by Chef Hatchet.
    • Heather was eliminated due to a technicality from losing a challenge.
    • Gwen was one of the finalists, and thus never being eliminated.
  • All the females from the Screaming Gaffers (Gwen, Heather, and Leshawna) were originally on the Screaming Gophers, and all the males (DJ, Duncan, and Harold) were originally on the Killer Bass.
    • In addition, this is the only team in the series to have a perfect, even balance between former Screaming Gophers and former Killer Bass on it, with three each.
  • With the exception of Owen, all members of the final five in Total Drama Island were on this team.
  • Harold was the only member of this team to not make it past the merge in Total Drama Island.
  • All of the members of this team get eliminated before the merge in Total Drama World Tour except Heather (although Duncan returns). Coincidentally, Heather was the last Gaffer voted off before the merge in Total Drama Action.
  • All of the contestants of this team make it to Total Drama World Tour, making the Screaming Gaffers the only team in the series to have all of their members return to another season.
  • Gwen is the highest ranking member of Total Drama Island to be on this team.
  • Harold is the lowest ranking member of Total Drama Island to be on this team.
  • The Screaming Gaffers were the first team in Total Drama who didn't have any extra members. The second team was Team Victory.
  • This is the first of only two teams to have an even amount of members without a switch involved. The other being Team Victory.
  • DJ and Heather are the only former Gaffers not to be attacked by a kangaroo in Total Drama World Tour.
  • The final three members of this team (Duncan, Harold, and Leshawna) have all placed fifth at some point in time during the show.
    • They have placed fifth in the season the same number that they ranked on this team.
  • With the exception of Heather, Alejandro is responsible (directly or indirectly) for the elimination of all former Gaffers in Total Drama World Tour.
  • Harold and Leshawna are the only members of this team to not have cameo appearances in Total Drama: Revenge of the Island.
    • They are also the only members of Team Victory to not have any cameo appearances.
  • This team contains two pairs of people who have been on the same team in the first three seasonsDJ and Harold, and Gwen and Heather.
  • Every male member of this team has quit the game at some point in the series. DJ in Total Drama Action, and Duncan and Harold both quit in Total Drama World Tour.
    • Though, Duncan later returned in the series.
  • This is the second team featuring Duncan as the highest ranking member; the other is the Killer Bass.
  • DJ is the only member of this team to not be in a relationship.
  • Two of the three people to eliminate themselves were from the Screaming Gaffers.
  • They are the only team in Total Drama history to win 5 challenges in a row.


Total Drama teams
Total Drama Island Killer Bass | Screaming Gophers
Total Drama Action Killer Grips | Screaming Gaffers
Total Drama World Tour Team Amazon | Team Chris Is Really Really Really Really Hot | Team Victory
Total Drama: Revenge of the Island Mutant Maggots | Toxic Rats
Total Drama: All-Stars Heroic Hamsters | Villainous Vultures
Total Drama: Pahkitew Island Pimâpotew Kinosewak | Waneyihtam Maskwak

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