Dakota is arguably the show's most fame-hungry contestant. 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 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 whereabouts. While Dakota is spoiled, a little 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.
Dakota's time in Total Drama was very interesting, first after she was eliminated she came back and asks Chris to let her return to the competition, saying she needs more time on the camera. Reluctantly, he brings her back as an intern after getting a call from her father, who offered him a large amount of money to bring her back. Then after some raidioactive waste, it wasn't before long until she was transformed into a hideous mutant!