In Not So Happy Campers - Part 1, the team members are chosen by Chris. The Screaming Gophers have gone undefeated for the first two episodes. They seem to get along pretty well in the first challenge and their teamwork is better than their rival team. Their winning streak ends in Dodgebrawl, when the Killer Bass manage to defeat them in three out of five dodgeball matches after the Gophers have already taken the lead with two wins, losing the third and fourth thanks to Duncan's prison tactics. They lose the last match due to Harold's figure skating skills, which gives them their first loss. Noah becomes the first Screaming Gopher voted off the island, because of his refusal to help in the dodgeball match and lack of team spirit. All the way up until If You Can't Take The Heat..., the Gophers have always either tied or at an advantage in numbers.
From Up the Creek to If You Can't Take The Heat..., the Screaming Gophers lose three consecutive challenges, losing Izzy, Cody, and Beth respectively, which decreased their numbers below those of the Killer Bass for the first and only time in the season's run. This is mostly perceived as bad luck from a cursed tiki idol that Beth unknowingly had taken from Boney Island in Up the Creek, which led up to her elimination. However, following Beth's elimination. The Gophers redeem themselves by winning another three consecutive challenges up until Brunch of Disgustingness, when the teams are split up by gender temporarily and merge in the next episode (giving the Gophers a six-four advantage over the Bass), meaning that Heather, Trent, Gwen, Leshawna, Owen, and Lindsay are the only Gopher members to make it to the merge.
The two teams end in Brunch of Disgustingness; Bridgette moves to the Gophers' cabin, while Trent and Owen move into the Bass' cabin in order to have the two genders compete against each other during the challenge. Izzy returns in No Pain, No Game, claiming to have been living in the woods since her elimination and in that same episode the teams are permanently dissolved.
|Screaming Gophers teammates|
|Beth | Cody | Gwen | Heather | Izzy | Justin | Katie | Leshawna | Lindsay | Noah | Owen | Trent|
|Contestant||Gender||Rank||Team rank||Episode||Reason for elimination|
|Noah||Male||21st||11th||Dodgebrawl||Refused to participate in the dodgeball game by being over-sarcastic and ticked off his teammates.|
|Justin||Male||20th||10th||Not Quite Famous||Heather tricked others into voting off Justin instead of her.|
|Izzy||Female||Returns||Returns||Up the Creek||Although she was not actually eliminated, the RCMP arrive to arrest her and she runs off screaming, "You'll never get me alive!"|
|Cody||Male||17th||9th||Paintball Deer Hunter||He was in a full body cast due to being mauled by a bear and the team thought he wasn't useful anymore.|
|Beth||Female||16th||8th||If You Can't Take The Heat...||Her team found out about the cursed tiki idol she took from Boney Island and was blamed for their losses.|
|Trent||Male||11th||7th||Search and Do Not Destroy||Gwen told Leshawna that Heather kissed Trent. Leshawna told everybody to vote him or Heather off. Since Heather won invincibility, they voted off Trent instead.|
|Lindsay||Female||9th||6th||That's Off the Chain!||Thanks to Heather she crossed the finish line second, but since Owen and Duncan couldn't make it to the finish line, due to their bikes being destroyed, by a technicality, she was the last to cross the finish line.|
|Izzy||Female||7th||5th||Wawanakwa Gone Wild!||She shot Heather, Chef Hatchet, a plane, and a horse with a tranquillizer gun due to having bad hunting skills and being too crazy.|
|Leshawna||Female||5th||4th||Haute Camp-ture||Katie and Sadie accidentally caused many of the campers and a parrot to vote her off by saying her name.|
|Heather||Female||3rd||3rd||I Triple Dog Dare You!||Gwen and Owen teamed up against her, and she failed a dare on a technicality.|
|Gwen||Female||1st/2nd||1st/2nd||The Very Last Episode, Really!||Won the final challenge and won the first season; came in second in Owen's ending.|
|Owen||Male||1st/2nd||1st/2nd||The Very Last Episode, Really!||Won the final challenge and won the first season; came in second in Gwen's ending.|
- The Screaming Gophers are seen as the superior team to the Killer Bass in challenges, losing only five challenges compared to the Killer Bass' seven.
- They are the first team ever to lose more than twice in a row.
- Throughout the entire series, original members of the Gophers are generally more successful in winning than the Bass' members. Examples of this include:
- They win most of the pre-merge challenges in Total Drama Island, and later, all of the post-merge challenges are won by a former Gopher.
- All of the Screaming Gophers except for Cody and Noah return for Total Drama Action.
- All of the Screaming Gophers except for Beth, Justin, and Trent return for Total Drama World Tour.
- Every former Gopher except Katie competes in at least two seasons.
- Every former Gopher except Noah and Katie reaches the merge at least once.
- Four out of the final five contestants in Total Drama Island are Screaming Gophers, and the final three campers are all Screaming Gophers.
- A Gopher always reaches the final two in the first three seasons, whereas no former Bass member reaches the finals in Total Drama Island and Total Drama World Tour.
- There are several animation errors in the Screaming Gophers' cast picture:
- For some reason, Ezekiel is included with the Gophers instead of the Bass, his actual team.
- Gwen's foot is in midair and isn't actually resting on the dock.
- Cody's shirt and pants are altered from the promotional picture, and his legs are very irregularly shaped.
- Some of the highlights in Heather's hair have disappeared.
- This is the only team that Leshawna has been on without Harold and DJ.
- Beth is the only female Gopher to compete in only two seasons.
- Owen is the only male Gopher to compete in all of the first three seasons.
- This is the only team Izzy has been on in which she is not the first to be eliminated.
- The Screaming Gophers are one of two teams to make up the final three of the season, with the other being Waneyihtam Maskwak.