Western Animation: Camp Lakebottom

Summer has arrived, it's time to go to summer camp, and ever eager McGee couldn't be more thrilled to spend it at Camp Sunnysmiles, the most elite summer camp/resort in the country—even if he has to spend the summer with his overbearing sister Suzi. Thanks to rich jerk Jordan Buttsquat, he, along with aloof Gretchen and big, softhearted Squirt, wind up heading to Camp Lakebottom. It's a gloomy wreck of a camp, staffed by a friendly zombie, a fancypants sasquatch, and a short lunch-lady. Though spooked at first, the trio find out Camp Lakebottom isn't such a bad place to spend the summer after all. The only thing that stands in the way of their summer fun is McGee's rivalry with Buttsquat over whose camp is better.

Tropes featured in Camp Lakebottom:

  • Alpha Bitch: Suzi.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: McGee's prankster traits probably made him an example to Suzi, but he's otherwise always ready to stick up for, and help his older sister. She rarely reciprocates.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: McGee comments that "Camp Lakebottom [is] creepy, terrifying, and could never pass even the most basic safety testing".
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: "Attack of the 50-Foot Squirt".
  • Attention Whore: Suzi must always be the best most prolific person in the area, even if it means letting her little brother get hurt to stay at the top. Or say cursing an entire play and calling upon dark curses that leave her a lightning shooting, wild-haired monster.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Armand, the finicky arts and crafts teacher.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Suzi has these when she's possessed during "Stage Fright".
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfiresauce: The super-hot chili peppers that prove to to be the best defence against the mutant raccoons in "High Plains Garbage Eater".
  • Boomerang Comeback: Buttsquat hits himself in the back of the head with his own boomerang, which knocks him off his boat, in "Slimey Come Home".
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When the campers get "Rashmallows" growing out of their skin, McGee sees his reflection and declares that he has mumps, measles, and his measles have mumps.
    • In "Clockwork Slime", McGee is looking for treasure and says they're going to find "Gold! Diamonds! Maybe even gold diamonds!".
  • Butt Monkey: McGee and Buttsquat.
  • Captain Colorbeard: The campers run afoul of the Ghost Pirate Captain Spitbeard in "Pirates of Ickygloomy".
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: Gretchen does this to herself when she tries to prove she is girly enough to enter Camp Sunnysmiles beauty pageant in "Ring Around the Gretchen". When she buries her face on her bed in sorrow, her face sticks to the blanket.
  • Counting Sheep: In the "Bloody Marty" episode, McGee is hiding from Marty who wants to make McGee fall asleep so that he can trap him in a mirror. He notices a sheep jumping over a fence, then another and then another before he realises that Marty is throwing them over.
    Bloody Marty: Mind helping me count my flock?
  • Cowboy Episode: In "High Plains Garbage Eater", it's Western Week at camp and the gang finds themselves in the middle of a good ol' fashioned showdown with mutant raccoons, over garbage!
  • Cow Tipping: The campers try to do this in the "Bloody Marty" episode while staying up past their bedtime and playing with Marty.
    Squirt: Cows sleep standing up, if you sneak up on them, you can tip them over.
    Bloody Marty: What are you doing man? (Puts a dollar on the on the cow's horn) I already tipped him!
  • Cup Holders: In the "Slimeball Run" episode, Buttsquat shows off that his new Beach Blitzer has a titanium frame, turbo thrusters, a missile launcher and seven cup holders.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Lakebottom is a gloomy pit, filled with monsters and all numbers of strange things. And they're all friendlier than the jerks at Sunny Smiles.
  • Did You Get a New Haircut?: In "Mindsuckers From the Depths", Squirt gets a huge, evil leech attached to the top of his head. Armand notices there is something different about him and wonders if he is using a new cologne.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: After Buttsquat banned gum, Suzi and a number of other Sunnysmiles campers started acting like they were drug addicts on withdrawal.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Chipper from "Cheeks of Dread" made his first appearance in the opening.
  • Everything's Worse with Bears: Well, bearverines anyway.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: A miniaturized McGee ends up inside Buttsquat in "Buttastic Voyage".
  • Fictional Holiday: Doo Doo Day.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: The result of eating the super-hot chilies in "High Plains Garbage Eater".
  • Forbidden Fruit: Gum becomes this for Suzi after Buttsquat bans it. Lampshaded, "I don't even like gum, but now I gotta have it!" after which she starts gnawing used pieces off off the bottom of McGee's bed.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Squirt.
  • Friend to Bugs: Squirt, whose Friend to All Living Things tendencies extend to bugs. This results in him attempting to make a pet of every creepy-crawly that finds its way into camp, no matter how terrifying or potentially lethal it is.
  • From Bad to Worse: Everything that happens in Camp Lakebottom.
  • Ghost Pirate: Captain Spitbeard, and the ghost cabin boy Swabby, in "Pirates of Ickygloomy".
  • Harmless Electrocution: McGee was electrocuted three times in the episode "Pranks For Nothing", with no lasting damage. He was fine immediately after each zapping.
    • Literally everyone in "Stage Fright".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Gnome Force", McGee makes Papa Gnome turn himself to stone using the reflective mascot suit Buttsquat made him wear.
  • How We Got Here: In almost every episode. "Escape From Camp Lakebottom" is a notable exception.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: In "The Great Tiki Hunt", McGee and his friends find an old Tiki idol and accidentally unleash an ancient Tiki deity. Although the deity initially seems nice, he soon gives the campers the "honor" of being his prey in the Great Tiki Hunt.
  • Ignoring by Singing: In "Buttastic Journey", Buttsquat tries this in an attempt to drown out McGee (who is talking to him from inside his head).
  • Jerkass: Buttsquat.
  • Killer Rabbit: The demon squirrel from the Underworld.
  • Lava Surfing: In "Rise of the Bottom Dwellers", Gretchen and Squirt escape the erupting Mount Fittoblow by surfing down the lava flow on a rock.
  • Light Is Not Good: At the same time, Sunnysmiles is a bright, high-tech camp full of Jerkasses run by a tyrannic Buttsquat.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Averted in the Taken for Granite example below. It's just a stone-shell over the target.
  • Made of Explodium: In "Slimey Come Home" when the giant crab rips one of the Sunnysmiles cabins out of the ground and skips it across the lake, it explodes after a distance.
  • Magic Meteor: The Lakebottom campers and Buttsquat gain temporary superpowers in the "The Superfantastic Mega-Buds" episode from a glowing meteorite that lands in the middle of the camp.
  • Meat-O-Vision: When McGee and Buttsquat are lost in the wilderness and starving they start to hallucinate all kind of things of food; including a pile of leaves as a giant plate of nachos and a tree stump as a giant sundae.
  • My Beloved Smother: Sawyer's mom, who is not only sickeningly doting, but an old-school undead brain-eating zombie who tries to get her son to start noshing on noggins again.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: All the kids at Camp Lakebottom to an extent, but in particular Squirt.
  • Nothing but Skulls: In "Cheeks of Dread", the lair of the killer chipmunk Chipper contains a mound of human skulls.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: "Cluck of the Were-Chicken".
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Sawyer doesn't desire to eat brains. He's just a big friendly undead guy.
    • Although a throwaway line Played for Laughs at the end of "Zombie Dearest" has him say that he does desire to eat brains (and regularly fantasizes about eating the brains of the campers), he just chooses not to act on it so he can be a camp counselor.
  • Overly Long Gag: Papa Gnome seems to have spent the greater part of the episode repeating "Or else!" and petrifying things building up a rather big pile.
  • The Power of Rock: In "The Great Tiki Hunt", McGee overcomes the evil Tiki god with the power of a ukelele solo.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: "Mindsuckers from the Depths" has an army of mind control leeches hell-bent on world domination with their leader, the largest, taking head on Squirt.
  • A Rare Sentence: From "Fanboy Freakout":
    Gretchen: "Squirt, don't eat our fake poop. There's a sentence I never thought I'd have to say. Again."
  • Road Sign Reversal: In the first episode, Jordan does this to send the bus carrying McGee, Gretchen and Squirt to Camp Lakebottom instead of Camp Sunnysmiles.
  • Running Gag: Sawyer's limbs falling off and Buttsquat yelling about having revenge.
  • Scary Scarecrows: In "The Ghost in the Mower", the campers summon up a ghostly groundskeeper called the Grim Keeper to take care of their overgrown soccer field. The Grim Keeper manifests in the form of a scary scarecrow.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In "Pandora's Jock", the counselors banished the training titan Jacques the Jock to limbo by sealing him in an old television and tossing it into the shed. Naturally, McGee lets him out.
  • Self-Serving Memory: In "Jaws of Old Toothy", Buttsquat's interpretation of him against Old Toothy depicts him as a muscular Adonis defeating him with ease. Sawyer's version isn't nearly as dignified.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shrunken Head: There are trees around the camp with shrunken heads hanging from the branches that snap at anyone who gets close.
    Squirt: Ahhh! Shrunken head! Can you eat shrunken heads?
    Gretchen: No, but they can eat us!
  • Similar Squad: The kids find Camp Bottomlake in an underwater cave, containing Fish People versions of themselves and a Giant Squid version of Buttsquat. There aren't any counselors to be found though (it's implied that the Buttsquid may have had something to do with that).
  • Spoiled Brat: Buttsquat.
  • Summer Campy: Naturally.
  • Swiss Army Appendage: Sawyer's right hand contains everything, but for some reason he most prominently wields the chain-saw.
  • Taken for Granite: In "Gnome Force", Papa Gnome does this to the counselors with his monocle after demonstrating with several items, including a head of cabbage, a bucket, a chicken, and a rock.
  • Taking the Bullet: In "Late Afternoon of the Living Gitch", Gitch (who is a pair of Squirt's underpants that has been brought to life) leaps in front of McGee to take a shot of super-strength fabric cleaner fired by Buttsquat. This is played exactly like this trope, including the dramatic slo-mo.
  • The Teaser: Episodes open with a clip of the climatic scene, framed as a (title) postcard from McGee to his mother with a quip about plot events.
  • Toilet Paper Prank: In "Late Afternoon of the Living Gitch", Buttsquat attempts to wrap Lakebottom in toilet paper. However, he ends up wrapped in toilet paper and hanging from a tree.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Popcorn for Gretchen and marshmallows for Armand.
  • Trap-Door Fail: In "Stage Fright", Gretchen attempts to sabotage Susie's audition by opening a trap door on the stage. When this misses, she opens additional trap doors (by continually yanking the same lever) until most of the stage has dropped away. This still fails who get Susie, who eventually falls though a trap door in the back wall.
  • Unfortunate Names: Buttsquat.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Buttsquat and Suzi have been saved by the Bottom dwellers time and again, yet neither one has ever uttered one word of thanks.
  • Vegetarian Zombie: Sawyer does want to eat brains, apparently, but his sense of duty as a camp counselor and his love for the kids keep him from doing so.
  • Walk the Plank: Ghost Pirate Captain Spitbeard tries to make McGee walk the plank (off a flying ship) in "Pirates of Ickygloomy". He ends up going off the plank himself.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Gretchen is afraid of chipmunks, although the events of "Cheeks of Dread" seemingly cure her.