Western Animation: Casper Scare School
The main cast of Casper's Scare SchoolCasper's Scare School: The Series
is a 2009 animated series based on the CGI film Casper's Scare School
, starring Casper the Friendly Ghost
. The series is broadcast three days a week on YTV
Canada and aired on Cartoon Network
UK & Ireland.
Casper's Scare School provides the following tropes
- Academy of Adventure
- All-CGI Cartoon
- All-Ghouls School: the titular scare school
- Anime Hair
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Alder and Dash take this very literally. They once punished Casper for giving a gift to one of the teachers, not because it could be considered a bribe, but because it was a nice thing to do.
- Big Fancy House: The Ghostly Trio's manor could qualify, in spite of it's creepiness.
- Blind and the Beast: In season 2 there's a recurring near-sighted old lady who sees Casper and friends as normal human kids.
- Blindfolded Vision: Cappy. In fact, when he has his blindness taken away he loses all sense of direction.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Played straight with Norman [the skater], but averted with Jimmy
- Boarding School
- Berserk Button: Never, not ever, threaten to tell anyone about Casper's friendship with Jimmy. Mosshead learned this the hard way in "Messy Business At The Manor".
- Bumbling Dad: Jimmy's dad.
- Continuity Reboot
- Covers Always Lie: The cover of issue 2 of the spin-off comic shows Jimmy in Scare School, but this does not happen in the story itself.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mantha
- Expy: Jimmy is similar to Chris from Casper: A Spirited Beginning. Both are "experts" in the supernatural.
- Enemy Mine: In the "Power Outage" 4-part special, the students and staff of Scare School team up with Mr. Bradley, a Creature Catcher, to stop Razznik.
- Extranormal Institute
- Five-Man Band:
- A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: Ra in "Rich Kid Ra", however he was already rich to begin with until an archaeologist raided his family's tomb.
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: in the comic, Ra, Mantha and Wolfie go trick or treating in their regular outfits. Casper however averts the trope since he dresses up in a pirate costume, both since he doesn't want to dress like a Bed Sheet Ghost and because he promised Cappy to wear this costume in exchance for a ride to Deedstown.
- Humanity Ensues: In one episode, Wolfie was turned into a "fleshie", or human.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: In "Dream Team" the ghost invading Jimmy's dad's dreams looks a lot like Casper, except he's red. Oddly, there seems to be no reason for the resemblance, as it never becomes plot-relevant.
- Instant Fan Club: Ra in "The Ra-Minator", "Rich Kid Ra", and "Wiz Kid Ra".
- Interspecies Friendship: Casper, Ra, Mantha, Jimmy and Wolfie are all good friends, despite all being different creatures.
- Jerk Ass: Alder and Dash; Thatch to a lesser extent
- Jerkass Woobie: Sure, Mosshead might be annoying and kind of an Ungrateful Bastard, but you can't help but feel bad for him when his family went to a condo development and wouldn't take him, leaving him homeless.
- Kids Are Cruel
- Lawful Stupid: Alder and Dash
- Lighter and Softer: The Ghostly Trio, so much that they actually care about Casper. Of course they still love to scare humans.
- Literal Metaphor: Alder and Dash's replacement from "Master Blister" literally has eyes in the back of his head.
- Lovable Alpha Bitches: Mickey and Monaco
- Missing Mom: Jimmy's mom, Rebecca, only made a few appearances.
- Mistaken for Murderer: The sea monster.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Kibosh's manservant Razznik betrayed him after enduring two centuries of Kibosh treating him almost like an slave.
- Monster Mash
- Mythology Gag: Deedstown shares the same name as the town from Casper: A Spirited Beginning.
- Negative Continuity: Season 2 overall is infamous for it's number of inconsitencies with season 1, a few examples:
- In the season 2 episode "Cappy's Mail Order Eyes" Cappy gets new eyes and manages to make his way to Deedstown, despite the 4-part special from season 1 establishing that he loses all sense of direction when he's not blind.
- In the season 1 episode "Revenge of the Creature Catcher", Jimmy is able to travel from the manor of Casper's uncles to Scare School, proving that he knows how to operate the clock and open the dimension tube. But in the season 2 episode "The Manor Has Disappeared", he somehow does not know this and ends up shrinking the manor when trying to open the tube.
- In the 4-part special, Mr. Bradley finds out Jimmy is friends with Casper and co. But in later episodes, he does not seem to know this.
- In the episode "Our Boy Wolfie", Wolfie does not know who Jimmy is, despite the fact that this episode is clearly set after "Ghost Bust a Move" (as Graham is already a creature catcher by now) in which Wolfie and Jimmy met.
- Nice Guy: Casper
- Maybe too nice for his own good.
- Nurse with Good Intentions: The school nurse seems to be under the impression that her sadistic methods will cure her patients rather than making them worse.
- One-Federation Limit: of every creature, there is only one within Scare School (Casper is the only Ghost student, Ra the only mummy, Thatch the only vampire etc.) The only exceptions are Mickey and Monaco, who are both skeletons.
- One Steve Limit: In a possibly accidental aversion, Jimmy has had two completely different bullies in different episodes, both named Norman. One has brown hair in a mullet hairstyle, and the other is a blond skater in a beanie and red hoodie. They appeared in the same scene in one episode (though the one with a mullet is possessing Casper).
- Only Six Faces: A lot of humans look basically the same, based on the same generic model. The monsters are mostly a Cast of Snowflakes.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Thatch isn't harmed by sunlight and doesn't have to drink blood to survive.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Wolfie is perpetually a werewolf. When there's a full moon he turns into a bigger werewolf and loses all control.
- Our Monsters Are Different: Many of the creatures that would normally be former fleshies were never fleshies. Mantha was always a zombie, Ra was always a mummy, etc. The only characters that were confirmed to be formerly human were Fly Boy and his father.
- However, in the episode "Scare Day", after Mantha wins a scaring competition, she mentions this is the best day of her afterlife. This suggests she too was once a human, died, and then became a zombie.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Mantha is smart and agile. The walking slowly while chanting "Braaains..." routine is just a scare tactic zombies use. And though she does eat brains, it's not all she eats.
- Out-of-Character Moment: In "Potent Brew" Casper is trying to pull something from a toddler's grip and when Mantha scares the toddler into letting go, making her cry, Casper thanks her. What the hell.
- Power Parasite: In the 4-parter "Power Outage" Razznik steals everyone's powers with the help of a magic crystal.
- Power Trio:
- Casper (Superego)
- Mantha (Ego)
- Ra (Id)
- Potty Emergency: In "Fang Decay" there is a long line of students in front of the Boys' bathroom. Mosshead really has to go and unfortunately for him, Thatch is in there. Right at that moment, Mosshead sees Mickey and Monaco having a drink, much to his horror. Soon Thatch comes out, but poor Mosshead has to wait even longer due to Quasi cutting the line.
- Potty Dance: See Potty Emergency above.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: In "The Reflesherator" Fly Boy's father wants to be human again, but Fly Boy doesn't, so Fly Boy gets Casper, Mantha and Ra to help him destroy the machine that would cure them. Not once are Fly Boy's father's feelings considered.
- Secret Keeper: Jimmy
- She's Not My Girlfriend: In "Possessed", one of the Normans called Mantha Casper's girlfriend.
Norman: Show me how to get home, and I won't mail your girlfriend's head to China.
Casper: She's not my—
Norman: Hmm, now where can I find a box big enough?
- Single-Minded Twins: Mickey and Monaco
- Skunk Stripe: Thatch
- Something Only They Would Say: To find out whether or not it's Wolfie (who turned human), Thatch asked him if he remembers what Thatch did yesterday. Wolfie tells him of Thatch's prank on Alder and Dash, but he shuts Wolfie up and says he meant about the prank on Casper.
- Stranger in a Strange School: Jimmy in the episode "A Real Little Monster".
- Terrible Trio: Thatch, Mickey and Monaco in the film
- Those Two Girls: Mickey and Monaco
- íThree Amigos!: Casper, Ra and Mantha.
- Time To Move: the main plot of the episode "Ghost Bust a Move", in which Casper, Ra, Mantha and Wolfie try to help Jimmy from having to move away from Deedstown to a small desert town.
- Token Good Teammate: Casper
- Town of Adventure: Deedstown
- Valley Girls: Mickey and Monaco
- Watch Out for That Tree!: A Running Gag with Thatch in season 2.
- Where's the Fun in That?: Nurse Gorgon says this in "Fang Decay".
Nurse Gorgon: Oh, that fang looks bad, oh dear. This might take a lot of pain!
Thatch: Don't you mean "a lot of ice"?
Nurse Gorgon: Ice? Where's the fun in that?