Main TrioThe three main child characters.
A cynical, trouble making kid who sees through the facade of Camp Campbell and is dedicated to torturing his counselors.
- Abusive Parents: It's made clear, especially in the season 2 finale, that Max's parents don't care about him much, if at all, and judging by how he talks about them, they made little effort to hide it. Though Max tries to act like he doesn't care, that he's even glad that his parents don't bother with things like coming to Parents' Day, it becomes increasingly obvious that their disinterest has been very hurtful to him.
- Affably Evil: Effectively shows no concern to his fellow campers only up until it's too late, such as realizing Nikki degrades with the Girliness Upgrade by going around town or realizing his repeated cynicism towards David is a mistake.
- The Alcoholic: Implied, as he snuck in a bottle of wine in the Halloween Episode "Night of the Living Ill".
- Armor-Piercing Question: As part of his "Break Them by Talking" lecture in the first season finale.Max: Life sucks, and we live in a world of desensitized, apathetic assholes! Why don't you just get with the program and stop giving a shit?
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He spends the entire first season trying to bring David down to his miserable outlook on life. When he finally succeeds, he seems to realize that hurting other people doesn't make him feel any happier.
- Break Them by Talking: He gives this lecture to David at the end of season one, telling him that humans are assholes who don't deserve kindness and that David should just give up like everyone else. Interestingly, he almost immediately regrets it and tries to console David instead.
- Also does this to Harrison in season 3 to make him want to come back to Camp Cambell.
- Broken Bird: His cynicism and his need to drag everybody else down to his level is fundamentally driven by the fact that his parents just don't give a shit about him. Underneath that facade is a heartbroken, lonely little kid.
- Brutal Honesty: As expected from a kid like him. When asking Nerris and Harrison if they have any dice, he makes it completely clear he wouldn't be talking to either of them otherwise.
- Cassandra Truth:
- He claims that Summer Camp is a place parents just leave their kids so they don't need to deal with them for the Summer. Most people just ignore this due to his usual bad attitude and negativity, and many fans presumed that if his parents did want him gone for the Summer it was because of his bad attitude. By the season 2 finale though, we find out Max was actually telling the truth and his parents dumped him at the camp without even signing him up for any activities because they don't care about him.
- He tries to warn David that Daniel is a crazy cultist and is trying to kill them all, but David doesn't believe him because he has apparently made claims about cultists previously and completely misses the point of all the other evidence.
- Character Development: It's subtle, but in Season 2, while David still gets on his nerves, Max doesn't seem to completely despise him anymore. By Season 3 his hate is pretty much gone; when given the opportunity to get David sent to prison and the camp closed he instead turns on Cameron without a second of hesitation.
- In the beginning, Max completely despised Camp Campbell and didn't seem to care what happened to it. Throughout the series, he slowly becomes attached to the place, to the point that he's the one who ultimately manages to save it in the season 3 premiere.
- Lampshaded in the first episode of Season 4, where Max is OUTRAGED when Neil, Nikki, Gwen and David all point out his character growth, and sets out to prove that he's still the same cynical asshole as before. He fails.
- Conspiracy Theorist: He scares Space Kid away in one episode by claiming the moon landings were a government hoax. Whether he believes it or if he was just doing it to mess with Space Kid is not known.
- Commonality Connection: He gets along with Gwen (well, more than David, anyway) because she's as miserable at camp as he is. That's not to say he won't torment her for his own amusement, but he at least respects her jadedness.
- Covert Pervert: Max seems to have an interesting relationship with puberty. Although he was freaked out the time he wandered into a strip club, repeated gags on the show involve him looking up pictures of boobs on the internet.
- Cry Cute: When he finally lets his mask slip at the end of the second season.
- Crying Wolf: David didn't believe Max's claims about Daniel being a cult leader because he apparently makes such claims all the time.
- Cuteness Proximity: "Party Pooper" reveals that Max has a significant weakness for cute dogs. The sight of the baby platypus in "Eggs Benefits" also briefly has him dropping his usual cynical attitude about life.
- The Cynic: For example, says that camp is where parents send kids away to so that they can have them out of their hair. He also doesn't necessarily believe that he hates Camp Campbell specifically, he thinks that he just hates everything.
- Deadpan Snarker: As the cynical Only Sane Man, he frequently makes fun of his fellow campers, and the staff's, eccentricities.
- Dude, Not Funny!: After accidentally commenting on Pikeman's severe acne problem, Max agrees that it was mean and uncalled for.
- Enfant Terrible: He's not shy about expressing his feelings for the camp in general and David in particular, to the point where he tried to murder him in the second episode. His only reaction to failing was disappointment.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Tries to murder David in the beginning of Mascot and reacts in mild disappointment when he hits the hamster in his hand instead. Even he was shocked by the Quartermaster killing the squirrel king.
- He also apologized for insulting Pikeman's acne, even after being kidnapped and tied to a chair on his orders.
- He apologizes and admits to stealing David's phone and committing identity fraud just as David is about to get arrested.
- He wants to drive David to crack and cry himself to sleep at night just like everybody else. He doesn't want to drive David to crack and go on a murder spree, he's not a monster... although he did tried to outright kill David once.
- When he realizes that the new hire, Daniel, is a cultist bent on brainwashing the campers into committing suicide, he does everything he can to convince David, even brainwashing himself, to play on David's jealousy and insecurity.
- He doesn't have much patience for racism, and finds David's "Chief Squatting Bear" routine appalling and "honestly kind of racist."
- Even Max is disturbed when David attacks Bonquisha's new boyfriend, really freaking out when David grabs a chair to keep on going.
- And he's disturbed when Gwen mentions that she's had to fill out paperwork about dead campers before.
- Face Death with Dignity: When he thinks the Quartermaster is going to murder him.Well, I guess Nikki was right. Enjoy wearing my skin!
- Gadgeteer Genius: Able to successfully hotwire a bus in episode one and construct an incredibly elaborate mechanism designed to launch a catapult in episode two. Much later, in season 4, he is able to make a fully functioning isolation tank with nothing but a 3D printer and, presumably, other supplies from the camp.
- Hates Everyone Equally: After being held captive by the Wood Scouts, Max realizes, "Maybe I don't hate Camp Campbell. Maybe I hate everything." It is worth noting after that he stopped trying to escape from camp, and instead tried showing David the world wasn't as perfect and great as he made it out to be.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: His response to Neil's possible murder in "Reigny Day" was, "More tent for me."
- Hidden Depths: Max is shown to be quite good at knitting in episode one, a trait David attributes to Knitting Camp. In fact, despite always talking about how much he hates Camp Campbell, he has picked up a large assortment of skills from the camp's various activities.
- "The Forest" implies he knows how to tap-dance, and he's apparently not bad either.
- Hobbes Was Right: His reason why he wanted tobreak David is so that he'll realize that his ideologies in life are flawed and utterly useless for children and end up just as nihilistic as Max is. He succeeded, but not without realizing what he'd done.
- Hollywood Atheist: He thinks death is just eternal nothingness. Though he's such a miserable little bastard, he's actually looking forward to it.
- Humans Are Bastards: His life philosophy.
- Hypocritical Humor: He claims that nothing can scare him, and the gang spends a whole episode trying to get him to scream and to his credit he remains unfazed when even Nikki starts losing it. But when faced with the Quartermaster's sex dungeon full of old people? He Screams Like a Little Girl.
- As much as he complains about summer camp, he was clearly paying attention in some of the activities, at least in knitting and knot-tying.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Aside from a difference in skin tone and hair color, Max is pretty much a child-sized Michael Jones.
- In-Series Nickname: Gwen refers to him as "little shit." Sometimes it's even endearing.
- Jerkass Realization:
- In "Nikki's Last Day on Earth," he's the sole kid at camp who doesn't believe that Nikki's actually dying. Preston's play about Nikki's death (starring Nerris playing him) makes him realize that the other campers believe he wouldn't care if Nikki actually were dying. It's the first time we see Max uncomfortable with the way other people view him. He apologizes and helps Nikki set up a Viking funeral for herself as a way of making amends.
- Again in "The Candy Kingpin", after manipulating Dolph into a "friendship" so they could use Dolph's candy supply to control the camp. Dolph calls him out over it since Dolph genuinely wanted to be friends with Max, stating that he now knows not to makes similar "friendships" in the future. Max is so shaken that he outright confesses the scam to David and takes all the blame just to get David involved to help Dolph.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the season one finale, he single-handedly saves David's Sparrow ceremony and even gets the rest of the apathetic campers to pitch in. Although he claims he only did it so that David wouldn't kill himself or shoot up the camp.
- Karmic Trickster: He seems to be growing into this as of Season 3:
- In "The Fun-Raiser", he exposes David and Gwen's scheme to steal the Quartermaster's hook and use it to raise money for the camp, while simultaneously using the opportunity to raise the money himself.
- And then in "The Lake Lilac Summer Social", he and Nikki cause Gwen's matchmaking antics to bite her in the ass by declaring her and Jermy homecoming queen and king.
- In "Cameron Campbell the Camp Campbell Camper", Cameron Campbell tries to recruit him to frame David for his crimes. Max pretends to agree and switches his hidden microphone back on, tricking Campbell into confessing his plan to frame David, as well as several other crimes he has done, to the government agents.
- Kick the Dog: His blackmailing of Gwen in "Gwen Gets a Job". He had no reason to do it and she's almost as cynical as he is. He just felt like getting her fired. He thankfully suffers for it.
- Kiddie Kid: Not for the most part, but there are a few things he tries to keep hidden about himself that would generally be expected of a younger child: at ten years old he's still quite attached to his teddy bear, Mr. Honeynuts, and he doesn't know how to swim.
- Little Mister Snarker: He's a young boy and he is highly sarcastic.
- Mouthy Kid: Takes every opportunity he can to mouth off about how much he hates camp.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In the season one finale, after he gives David a mean-spirited Breaking Speech about how no one cares about his camp, he's visibly ashamed of the effect his words have had on David and tries to take it back.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Mean of the main trio, being cynical, rude, and often a bit cruel in his pranks.
- No Name Given: Max's last name has yet to be mentioned. Even the sign-up sheet for camp his parents filled out only has "Max" on it (though it should be noted that very few characters have had surnames mentioned, so this is not necessarily something meant to be read into).
- No Social Skills: Not normally, but due to his cynicism and poor childhood Max has no idea what to do when he actually somewhat cares about someone. When Nikki cries and he feels guilty, he's way out of his depth and just stammers out, "Hey... you... don't... tears?" and only gets a handle on it when he insults other people on her behalf.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to David, Nikki, and most of the campers, he's pretty grounded.David: Tell 'em just how much you love it, Max!
Max: See, that's the sad thing; he still actually thinks that I love it.
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- In the season 1 finale, upon finally breaking David, Max actually feels bad and realizes he's either pushing David to suicide or mass murder. This causes him to actually break his cynical persona and fix the damage he's done for the first time.
- It takes Max declaring his love of Daniel to finally get David to fire the guy.
- In the Season 2 finale, he's actually on the verge of crying when he sees the other parents having a good time with their kids, as it reminds him how little his own parents care about him.
- Parental Neglect: Snarky throwaway comments have him confess his parents just sent him to camp because they didn't want to deal with him. It's only in "Parents Day" where it's treated with real dramatic weight and revealed how painful this is for him. They didn't even sign him up for a camp activity, they just wanted him gone.
- Perpetual Frowner: He almost never smiles, unless he's giving a snarky remark or something bad happens to another person (usually David). Mischief like rewriting David's Tinder account, on the other hand, makes him light up like a Christmas tree.
- Rebellious Spirit: During the uprising in episode 4, he spouts off lines about revolution, free men, and the 99%.Max: You're gonna get taken advantage of by the 1%! Rage against the machine, fight the power, 9/11!
Dolph: Progressive buzzwords can't save you now!
- His catapult boulder in episode 2 is painted to say "FUCK THE POLICE".
- The Reveal: All of the other campers had the camps they signed up for revealed very early on in the show. Whatever Max was signed up for is never even mentioned in passing. The season two finale reveals that his parents didn't bother signing him up for any camp activity, they just wanted him gone for the summer.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: In the second Halloween special, Max notices David acting suspicious and comes to the conclusion he's been replaced by aliens. It turns out David was replaced, but by Daniel rather than aliens.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Downplayed. He's a fervent denier of the supernatural, so ghosts and monsters don't get a rise out of him. Old people having sex, on the other hand...
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Despite his young age, he's probably the most vulgar character in the series.
- The Snark Knight: It's implied throughout the show that he has a messy home life, and that he's used to not being liked. His remarks about David imply that part of the reason he shows such vitriol towards him (and not towards Gwen) is that he can't stand to see someone so happy, and wants to make David feel as miserable as he does. "Parents' Day" confirms that his parents didn't send him to any camp, and really don't care about him at all.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Max is deeply resentful of his parents sending him to summer camp; however, as often as he tries to escape from Camp Campbell, he never talks about going home, or mentions his family at all. In "Parents' Day", he brags that his parents don't care about showing up to stupid camp events - however, as the episode goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that Max's parents aren't showing up because they really don't care about him.
- Straw Nihilist: In contrast to David, Max uses his nihilism as an excuse to be a douche. Though, this is mainly because his parents don't care about him.
- Took a Level in Idealism: While he's still a nihilistic jerkass, Max starts to warm up to the camp as the series goes along. This is perhaps most noticeable in the Season 3 premiere, where he voluntarily helps to save the camp, a far cry from the Max in Season 1, who would have gladly let the camp shut down.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: "Gwen Gets a Job" is probably the most unsympathetic he's ever been. He blackmails Gwen with the intention of getting her fired, gives her hope by telling her to get him something, without telling her what it is.
- Took a Level in Kindness: By season 3, he's a lot more empathetic. He apologizes to Nikki for trivializing her feeling about dying, stating that while he doesn't really believe that she's dying, it doesn't justify hurting her feelings. And even he doesn't have the heart to tell David that his friend Jasper is dead.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Aside from the swearing, he has a cynical, nihilistic, bordering on hateful outlook on life and almost everyone in it. Max is also hinted to be an underage drinker in the Halloween Episode. In short, he's really just a miserable kid whose only recourse is to make everyone else feel like him.
- Tsundere: On the rare occasions he does show his soft side, he quickly backtracks into his usual persona. David is always touched. Max, not so much.Max: Do not look too deeply into this!
- Vocal Dissonance: His voice is a tad deep and mature for someone his age.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice becomes fairly nasal and sounds slightly younger as the series goes on.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: The most knowledgeable of the three, staying philosophical but cynical as he sees his world tumble down in Camp Campbell.
- When He Smiles: His sour facade finally cracks at the end of the first season, and it's adorable.
- Season 2 shows Max has at least one major weakness: his teddy bear, Mr. Honeynuts.
- In Season 4 he spends practically an entire episode completely starry-eyed over Missy the dog.
- You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: His response after seeing that David's vacation from Camp Campbell, is to simply go camping outside Camp Campbell.
Nicolette, a.k.a. Nikki
A new arrival at Camp Campbell who went under the impression that she was attending an adventure camp. A self-described "agent of chaos" who, unlike her male counterparts, seems to enjoy her time at camp.
- Ambiguously Gay: Her fascination with Ered certainly comes off as this, especially in "Ered Gets her Cool Back". See Hero Worship below.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Easily controlled by cat videos.
- Balloon Belly: In "Night of the Living Ill", Nikki eats some dehydrated food from Campbell's basement that instantly bloats her up. Not that she noticed.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The only time we see her really lose her temper is in "Nikki's Last Day On Earth," when Max brushes off her claims that she's dying. The sight of Nikki truly furious scares even Max.
- Big Eater: She's got by far the biggest portion of food in the mess hall portion of the title sequence. In "Nikki's Last Day on Earth", she clears an entire tableful of food.
- Children Are Innocent: She seems to have no idea what sex is. Her dad's jokes about "hookers and blow" go over her head, she acts as though holding hands is something risque, and when she saw her mom hooking up with Neil's dad, she just assumed they were wrestling. She also has no idea what a period is (beyond knowing her mother sometimes suffers from "lady sickness") and doesn't know what's going on when she has her first one
- Defector from Decadence: She used to be a Flower Scout, but found it too girly and restrictive for her likings. Except that's not true; the Flower Scouts ran her off after she showed her tomboyish side because they're all concerned with appearances and boys and thought Nikki was a social pariah.
- Everybody Do the Endless Loop: Her dance move of choice in "Camp Cool Kidz" is a sort of Peanuts-esque Running Man.
- Expressive Hair: Her pigtails either droop or rise when she is sad or excited respectively, such as when she thought a rock that Space Kid had was a meteorite in "Quartermaster Appreciation Day".
- Face Death with Dignity: When the platypus corners her and the rest of the kids on the pier, Nikki declares, "I want a viking funeral! Light me up!" When she's Mistaken for Dying in season 3, she just sets up her schedule for her last day.
- Genki Girl: Happy, hyperactive, and perpetually destructive.
- Girliness Upgrade: Her entrance to Camp Campbell is actively an inversion towards the Flower Scouts.
- Growing Up Sucks: Sees growing up as a Fate Worse than Death, if her comments to Gwen are anything to go by. Then subverted when she learns what a period actually entails, as she thinks it's awesome that she can now bleed for days on end without dying.
- Heroic BSoD: The sight of the torture dungeon on Spooky Island makes her lose her cheerful demeanor fast.
- Hero Worship: Towards Ered, who's nothing short of indifferent or manipulative towards her.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: She shrugs off injury pretty easily, and merely finds it funny when it happens to others. Even the possibility that Neil had been murdered in "Reigny Day" didn't seem to faze her.
- It Amused Me: Her reasons for helping Max and Neil's attempted escape.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Neil complains about not playing a big part in Nurf's camp activity, she says they'll have their chance next week (literally because it'll be a new week of camp activities, but also because it'll be a new episode which does in fact center around the two of them).
- She is also able to hear David's thoughts and respond to them with her own, which freaks him out.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The masculine girl to Neil's feminine guy. She's covered in bruises, scratches and band-aids, bites people to assert dominance, wants to be Raised by Wolves (with ambitions of becoming the pack alpha) and was run out of the Flower Scouts for not being girly enough.
- Nature Lover: If she goes without nature for too long, she'll start to get seriously ill.
- Nice Gal: She's hyperactive, naive and can be a bit annoying, but when compared to Max and Neil she's most definitely the nicest of the three.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Nice of the main trio, being the most openly friendly and her more callous actions seemingly caused by her not understanding the concept of pain that well.
- No Periods, Period: The second character, after Gwen, to avert this. When she starts suffering cramps, mood swings, and food cravings after drinking one of Neil's chemistry experiments, she's convinced that she's dying and starts to give herself a Viking funeral before Gwen talks her down.
- Outdoorsy Gal: Spoofed. Being deprived of nature causes her to become physically ill to the point of coughing up blood. Her hair and clothes somehow become girlier as well. The cure is for her to roll around in the dirt.
- Pet Monstrosity: She seems to have a thing for dangerous animals. The more dangerous, the more she wants to keep one as a pet.
- The Pollyanna: Arguably the ideal child for the current Camp Campbell, after she abandoned the Flower Scouts.
- Power Trio: Actually a part of two: she's a member of the main one with Max and Neil, and as "New Adventure!" demonstrates, she's also a part of an offscreen one with Nerris and Dolph.
- Precision F-Strike:
"Oh, I get it; he was a fa-"
- Nikki was the only one of the main trio who never swore until Season 2's "Space Camp Is a Hoax", where she said "motherfucker", albeit cut offed.
- One could also count the ending of "Jermy Fartz", where she understands why the rest of the campers were put off by Jermy's "bundle of sticks" costume. This was also cut off.
- She finally swears fully (albeit a mild one) in Season 3's "Ered Gets Her Cool Back", where she cries, "It's not [Ered's] time, dammit!", and later, "Just cut the bullcrap, Doc!"
- Nikki was the only one of the main trio who never swore until Season 2's "Space Camp Is a Hoax", where she said "motherfucker", albeit cut offed.
- Raised by Wolves: She's working on it. She once listed "pee on stuff" as one of her life ambitions.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Inverted. Her eyes are a shade of pink and her hair is green, and she becomes a part of the misfits in the first episode.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Is fully capable of turning a crazed wolf into a loyal animal within a few seconds of talking to him. Also attempts to speak with squirrels in "Quest to Sleepy Peak Peak", although this only seems to briefly confuse the squirrels before they attack.
- Technicolor Eyes: They're pink.
- Token Good Teammate: Given that Camp Campbell is closest to what she wanted, Nikki is perfectly happy to be there, as can be seen by her being all smiles and dancing along in the intro. The only reason she helps Max and Neil escape is because she finds it fun, and the main reason she goes against David and Gwen sometimes is because like any kid she doesn't always want to do what adults want her to.
- Tomboy: She was excited about going to "adventure camp", is covered in band-aids, bruises and scrapes, and bites David to "assert dominance".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has mint green hair.
A new arrival at Camp Campbell who went under the impression that it was a science camp. Timid on the surface, but occasionally displays a dismissive and vulgar side.
- Achievements in Ignorance: He accidentally creates an advanced artificial intelligence using outdated calculators to program a chat box.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: He becomes the camp's center of attention with his very loosely accurate retelling of Hanukkah's history. He becomes insufferable almost immediately.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: He certainly views his dad as such. The majority of his father's dialogue is accompanied by Neil Face Palming.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: While Neil is shown to be much more level-headed than Max and Nikki, he is prone to going on very passionate rants when he loses his temper. In the first episode, the rant is directed at Cameron Campbell himself after he sees the Camp's poor excuse for a laboratory. In the third episode, it is delivered towards the Flower Scouts after he discovers that Nikki got kicked out for being a tomboy and that they think men are only men if they're butch.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Gives one to Harrison in "Mind Freakers".YOU SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH, HARRISON!
- Butt-Monkey: Best shown during the title sequence where almost every camp activity he's in is shown to be going very badly for him.
- Country Matters: Drops a C-Bomb onto the Flower Scouts after they reveal that they ran Nikki out of the group because she's a tomboy who likes bugs and playing outdoors, which they saw as social suicide, as well as thinking all men should be butch and rugged.
- Disguised in Drag: Happens by accident in episode 3 where the stuff he collects on his head while in the lake allows him to pass as a girl for a while.
- Gadgeteer Genius:
- Geek Physiques: The Skinny variety.
- Genre Savvy:
- He advises Max not to accompany the Quartermaster in episode two, referring to him as "the bad guy from every horror movie ever."
- Upon realizing his chatbot somehow became self-aware, he immediately realizes that A.I. Is a Crapshoot and starts destroying instances of it before it becomes a problem.
- Hard on Soft Science: He shows nothing but contempt for his father, a professor of philosophy.
- Hidden Depths: He's actually one of the better actors in Preston's play. Not that that's saying much.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: He takes to the Flower Scouts like a duck to water while posing as "Neeancy". He ultimately chooses to side with the decidedly un-feminine Nikki after the revelation that the Scouts ran her off for being a tomboy, and because they believe all guys should be tough and rugged.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He mostly sticks to the "heart of gold" part, but he can be pretty mean when he wants to.
- Jewish and Nerdy: A raging science geek who observes the Sabbath.
- Mad Scientist: While mostly level-headed, Neil will do some pretty crazy things in the name of science, including using Nikki as a human test tube, stealing people's blood while they sleep, and accidentally creating artificial life. His first reaction to a supposed fish monster is to try and experiment on it.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The feminine boy to Nikki's masculine girl. He fits in with the Flower Scouts far better than Nikki ever did while posing as "Neeancy".
- Mama's Boy: Implied. For Neil, Parents' Day being fun was dependent on which parent showed up, and his father was most certainly not the one he wanted to come. The fact that Neil's father doesn't really know much about Neil's interest also implies that he lives with his mother most of the time.
I think I'll go to my dad's house and tell him that Mom sent me to an abusive summer camp. Pretend to like him more so she'll try to buy back my love.
- He also briefly mentions his parents in episode 3, saying that his mom was the one who sent him to Camp Campbell.
- My Beloved Smother: When each of the campers is tasked with taking care of a platypus egg, most of them take on what are likely the characteristics of their own parents. Neil quickly becomes smothering and overprotective of his egg, implying that's how his mother raised him. When he hugs his egg so hard it breaks, he realizes it as "some kind of poignant metaphor." Subverted when it turns out that none of the kids except Max were copying their own parents, and Neil probably isn't either.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The In Between of the main trio, being easily angered and brutal when upset but otherwise friendly and a lot of his temper is due to him being stuck outdoors in the summer heat, which really does not agree with him.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Not quite as often as Max, but if he's riled up, he proves to have the foulest mouth of anyone in the show.Y'all are some ignorant fucking cunts.
- A Wizard Did It: Has no tolerance for Harrison's magic, and became obsessed with proving him as a fraud - with science.
Camp StaffThe adults in charge of Camp Campbell.
An overly enthusiastic counselor who attended Camp Campbell as a child and seems to be ignorant of both the poor state of the camp and the misery of the campers.
- Achievements in Ignorance:
- Despite his major Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies, he somehow manages to run a summer camp. He hasn't been fired, despite his lack of qualifications, his decision to appoint Dolph counselor for the day works out perfectly, and his attempt to get Max to make friends actually pays off - when Max bonds with Neil and Nikki while trying to steal a bus and escape.
- He's even managed to teach Max, who hates his guts, a thing or two about camping, judging by the surprising variety of skills Max has picked up at Camp Campbell.
- Amazon Chaser: Inadvertently, after Max sets him up on a date with a huge muscle-bound lady named Bonquisha on Tindr they go on to have an actual (offscreen) relationship.
- The Anti-Nihilist: In the season 1 finale, David acknowledges that nobody, up to and including the camp's founder, cares as much about Camp Campbell as he does. That's precisely why he won't stop trying to make it better. Because somebody has to.
- Armor-Piercing Response: In reply to Max's Breaking Speech in the season 1 finale. When Max demands to know why David doesn't just stop caring about Camp Campbell, David gives a short speech that culminates in this line.David: Because somebody fucking has to.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: It is revealed in Jasper Dies At The End that David used to be a cynical camper who absolutely hated Camp Campbell and had plenty of criticism of it. The events of the episode cause him to fall in love with the camp, turn a blind eye to the camp's flaws, and to become much more optimistic.
- Benevolent Boss: Season 3 reveals that David has replaced Cameron Campbell as camp manager. Considering the parents' discovery that Campbell's neglect has resulted in the disappearance of campers in the past, it's quite telling how much they trust David to do a better job by not pulling their kids out of the camp once he promises to look after them.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's nice and friendly, but threatening his campers is a bad idea. Daniel learns this the hard way.
- Broken Pedestal: By the end of Season 2, he shows signs that his love for Cameron Campbell is starting to crumble. He outright defies Campbell to do something good for Max instead of trying to help the boss out, and in the following season, he appears completely unfazed that Campbell was sent to Super Guantanamo. As of "Cameron Campbell the Camp Campbell Camper", David finally acknowledges that Cameron was a sham who never really cared about anyone but himself, and abandons his admiration of the man himself in favor of improving the Camp entirely for the campers' sakes.
- Butt-Monkey: Bordering on Designated Monkey due to Max's desire to torment him for preventing Max from leaving. Not a big surprise considering he's voiced by Miles Luna.
- Captain Oblivious: Zig-Zagged
- He thinks Camp Campbell is a wonderful place, it's founder is a true role model, and that all of the children love being there, when the exact opposite is true.
- Finally subverted in the season 1 finale, when he admits that times have changed whether he likes it or not - but that doesn't mean he can give up.
- Played horribly straight when he hires Daniel, a cultist, and never realizes he's trying to kill the campers. Once Max falls under his brainwashing and becomes a cheerful, loving child, however, David immediately recognizes something as being terribly wrong.
- Subverted again in "Cameron Campbell the Camp Campbell Camper", where even he is able to see through Cameron's poor disguise, though he doesn't realize during the improv class that Cameron's trying to frame him for his own crimes, and thinks it's an Undercover Boss situation until Cameron himself states otherwise.
- Character Development: Over the course of Season 2, he matures somewhat, and doesn't hold back what he's feeling at the moment as much as he did in Season 1. He also admits that pretending things are fine when they aren't isn't helpful, but that he wants to try and make Max happy anyway, after it turns out his parents just left him at Camp Campbell. He's also willing to do some rather questionable things as the show goes on, with the campers pointing out that Max has been slowly changing him.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Demonstrated in both the platonic and romantic sense. He fires Daniel when he realizes all the other campers love him, although he is oblivious to the much more important reason, that Daniel is a murderous cult leader. Later when he is dumped by Bonquisha, he proceeds to punch out her new boyfriend.Max: WHAT HAPPENED TO FRIENDSHIP AND UNDERSTANDING?!
David: Well...I did say healing takes time.
(Bonquisha's boyfriend starts to get back up. David picks up a chair to smash over his face before cutting to the credits)
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: David is a big overly optimistic goofball but when he gets stranded in the forest he actually demonstrated some competence as a woodsman, was able to set his own leg in a splint after breaking it, and survived to make it back to camp alive albeit at the cost of the life of the wolf he befriended during his adventures, though only due to a very bad stroke of luck.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Tired of being beaten around the bush by the campers of Camp Campbell? Take a break by camping outside of Camp Campbell.
- Didn't Think This Through: In the season 2 finale, he invites all the campers parents to camp for a "Parents' Day." Campbell points out to him that such an event will show the camp to the parents and they'll realize it isn't the actual camp they signed their kids up for. By the end of the episode Campbell is arrested, and he swears revenge on David.
- Disappeared Dad: He's heavily implied to have one, considering his idolization of Campbell. When discussing Campell's improvement with Agents Miller in "Cameron Campbell Can't Handle the Truth Serum", David describes him as like the father he never had and visibly wilts on the "never had" part. He also imagined Campbell revealing himself as his "real dad" while unconscious in the season 1 finale.
- The Ditz: He takes his decision making to optimistic bliss that usually ends up in smoke. He once tried testing a knife in a hardware store by sticking the end of the blade straight through his thumb, the result is obviously expected.
- Determinator: No matter what, he never stops trying to instill the campers with his love for nature. This is later revealed to be a mask David uses to hide how underfunded the camp has become and his attempts to make the Campers enjoy their time at the camp no matter how much they don't appreciate him for it.
- Goofball he may be, but David is a hell of a woodsman when the chips are down. "The Forest" shows him surviving on his own for at least a couple weeks stranded in the woods, beat to a pulp, and nursing a broken leg.
- Establishing Character Moment: His first dialogue exposes how cheerful and optimistic he is no matter how mundane the situation is. In fact, once an episode there is a moment dedicated to reminding the audience how overly cheerful and optimistic David is. His second line about wanting the Campers to have as much fun as he did is the biggest establishing moment of David's character as he knows fully well how bad the camp has become in recent years and he is using a mask of extreme cheerful optimism in hopes the campers might enjoy themselves like he did as a kid.David: Can you believe it Max? We're getting not ONE, not THREE, but TWO new campers today!
David: All I want is for you to have as much fun as I had when I was a Campbell Camper, is that too much to ask?
- Foil: He's about as optimistic as Gwen is pessimistic. Unlike Gwen, he denies what the children are getting into when they go to Camp Campbell.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Possibly justified since he is trying to be a role model for the children.
- Hammerspace: He can pull a guitar out of one when he feels like singing.
- The Heart: He tries, and mostly fails, to teach the kids the wonders of the world in a positive and uplifting ways.
- Hero Antagonist: To Max. And apparently unaware of it, until the season 1 finale.
- Hero Worship: Towards Cameron Campbell.
- Hidden Depths:
- He's not as delusional as he seems about the state of Camp Campbell. This is further explored in a heartbreaking montage in the Season 1 finale when David finally confesses he's well aware that the Campers don't care, the Staff doesn't care, the Founder (his hero) doesn't care, the camp he loves is a scam and completely unfit for the Campers, but he feels he has to keep trying against all the negativity alone because no one else tries for them placing all the burden on himself.
- When he discovers in the Season 2 finale that Max's parents don't give a crap about him and that underneath all that anger lurks a lonely kid, he's self-aware enough to realise that that pretending that everything is okay when it's really not doesn't help anybody
- Despite what you may think of him, Something Fishy shows he does has an appreciation for the finer things like opera, and is implied to own a nice suit and "opera binoculars."
- In Arrival of the Torso Takers he quotes Dark Reflections implying that hes a fan of horror movies and shows.
- Hypocritical Humor: David gives a moving speech at the end of "Bonjour Bonquisha", talking about how letting go of lost love and moving on is important and mature. Moments later, he punches Bonquisha's new boyfriend.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Averted as the show goes on. David is more willing to let his anger and frustrations out, and while he always has good intentions, he sometimes makes some very questionable choices. The campers suspect that Max has been rubbing off on David just as much as David's been helping Max.
- Innocent Innuendo: David's speech about becoming tough and assertive sounds a little... rape-y.David: Look out world, I'm hard and I'm coming! Whether he likes it or not, Nurf is going to let me in!
Max: So does he want to help Nurf, or fuck him?
- Iron Butt Monkey: David's run over twice by a bus and struck by his own guitar and yet comes out of it just as optimistic as before.
- In season 4 he gets lost in the wilderness, goes toe-to-toe with a wolf, wins, sets his own broken leg, befriends the wolf, and fends for himself long enough to grow a full beard.
- Irony: He gets dumped by Bonquisha for not being manly enough, then proceeds to beat the crap out of her new lover.
- Kick the Dog: Beating the absolute shit out of Bonquisha's new boyfriend, even though he was a Nice Guy.
- Kids Are Cruel: Formerly; when he was a Campbell Camper himself as a child, he disliked everything about the camp, a complete opposite to his later self.
- Knight in Sour Armor: The season finale reveals that he's realized that Camp Campbell is a shadow of its former self, but he refuses to stop trying.
- Manchild: His chipper attitude, naivete, and admiration for the Camp have not changed much since he first attended the camp in his youth.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The sweet, peppy, emotionally charged feminine boy to Gwen's snarky, somewhat violent masculine girl
- Also applies to his relationship with tough, muscular Bonquisha
- Mistaken for Murderer: The plot of "Into Town" revolves around Max believing he's finally pushed David too far.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to accidentally hitting Nurf.
- "Parents' Day" has him filling in as Max's surrogate dad, and he chews Max out a few times for not even trying to have fun. When Gwen finds Max's file, he realizes that Max's parents didn't sign him up for any summer camp, and were just trying to get rid of him by sending him to Camp Campbell. When he realizes that he's only been reminding Max of how little his family cares, he's horrified.
- Nice Guy: To an almost insane degree.
- Not Good with Rejection: When Bonquisha breaks up with him, he spends a week sobbing about every little thing that reminds him of her. Even when it seems like he's gotten over it, he beats the crap out of her new boyfriend.
- Not So Above It All: Not even he is able to resist the temptation of making fun of Jermy Fartz (even if said taunting was done in his usual childish manner). As a result of this, Jermy Fartz is forced to join the Wood Scouts at the end of his debut episode. He also violently beats up Bonquisha's new boyfriend.
- Not So Different: "Jasper Dies At The End" implies that he had a personality and attitude a lot like Max's as a child, although this is subject to a heavy dose of Unreliable Narrator.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In the season 1 finale, Max finally breaks David, causing David to show how sad and depressed about his life he really is, causing Max to genuinely feel sorry and remorseful for the first time.
- The usually cheerful and non-violent David beats the crap out of Bonquisha's new boyfriend following their breakup.
- In the season two finale, David admitting that Campbell's show and David's attempts to go along with it was all stupid is enough to make Max ask him if he'd okay. David then tells Max that now that David knows what's going on, he feels Max has every reason to be angry, but that David deep down feels Max deserves to be happy and is going to keep trying to help Max find that at camp, even if he wasn't doing a good job that day.
- In "Arrival of the Torso Takers" the usually non-violent David tackles Daniel the minute he threatens Max's life.
- Papa Wolf: When Daniel threatens Max with a knife, normally non-violent David's first reaction is to tackle him.
- Parting Words Regret: "Dial M for Jasper" shows that David and Jasper had a falling out when the latter tried exposing Cameron Campbell as a fraud and getting the camp shut down, which haunts David to this day since Jasper died right afterward. However, it turns out that Cameron Campbell led David to believe Jasper simply moved away and can't get in touch with him anymore.
- The Pollyanna: Deconstructed in the season finale. He finally admits that Max is right, that times have changed and that no one but him even tries to care about the camp anymore—and then explains that it's for precisely that reason that he can never give up trying to make the world a sunnier place for their sakes, whether they thank him or not.
- Precision F-Strike: David finally lets his mask slip in Episode 12. After all the foul language we've heard from literally everyone else, that kind of language coming out of David's mouth is genuinely shocking.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Whenever he's terrified and/or injured. The one that results from being stabbed through the hand is truly spectacular. Happens again in episode 11, when he's attacked by a wolf.
- Ship Tease: Has very minor moments of it with Gwen throughout the series. They do dance in "The Lake Lilac Summer Social" - but it's more him physically restraining her from tampering further with her campers' love lives.
- They also have a couple sweet moments in "After Hours" involving Gwen getting him nasal spray, as well as his "CBFL" speech in "Gwen Gets a Job".
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Has green eyes, red hair, and is a main character.
- Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: He finally explains his life philosophy in the season finale - he knows everyone else has given up on the camp, but it just motivates him to try harder, because if he doesn't care, no one will.
- Surprise Creepy: Subverted and Played for Laughs. His perpetual happy attitude and reluctance to show negative emotions can sometimes make him seem psychotic and more than once this has succeeded in terrifying Max. Yet any of his dubious actions like wielding a giant knife are eventually explained (for knives, are really useful for cutting rope to set up tents)to be completely innocent in nature.
- Team Dad: He sometimes acts like an adorkably over-enthusiastic dad, especially to Max. Which also leads to him scolding Max in a stern, dadlike fashion. The fans don't call him "Dadvid" for nothing.
- The Teetotaler: Implied, with the bartender in "Into Town" mentions David "hitting his Shirley Temples note hard" Though Max thought he was some kind of a Domestic Abuser.
- Trauma Conga Line: He goes through one during the season 1 finale. He fails at making the campers act in line by bribing them with a prize (which, given them, this is justified on his behalf), and when the beans spill on that the prize was actually a bonfire, he tries to show them how impressive it is in a desperate attempt at keeping them together, only to have it rain on the firewood. He then suffers a pretty heart-wrenching "Break Them by Talking" lecture at the hands of Max. In response, David gives Max a "World of Cardboard" Speech. Why? Because somebody fucking has to.
- He goes through another on throughout season four's "The Forest" involving blacking out, going down a waterfall, getting stung by a bunch of bees, being violently attacked by a wolf, falling off a cliff, breaking his leg, spending what is probably days living in the woods nursing said broken leg, being attacked by a bear, watching the wolf he has befriended and taken care of die, and finally making back to camp...only to discover the campers hadn't really been affected by his absence.
- Too Dumb to Live:
- He once accidentally hired Daniel, a crazy cultist, to work at the camp and completely missed all evidence that he was trying to murder everyone there. The only reason he and the campers survived was that Daniel accidentally drank his own poison Kool-Aid and was driven away in an ambulance, yet David still didn't know he was a cultist and only wanted him gone because he felt his position was being threatened.
- Another time when he was driving the main trio and Space Kid to the hospital, he gets so caught up in telling them all a story he doesn't realize until it is pointed out to him at the very end that they passed the hospital two hours ago and they are out of gas.
- He is constantly unaware of Campbell's various illegal activities, including the camp itself, and how he tries to set up David to take the fall for him. He is nearly tricked by Campbell into confessing to doing his crimes when David thought it was all just a test for Campbell to see how well he was running the camp. He finally learns the truth when he overhears Max trick Campbell into confessing how he was trying to frame him for all his crimes.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: "Dial M for Jasper" reveals that David is the one who gave Cameron Campbell the idea to turn the camp into a "camp camp" where kids can sign up for any program they want, thus unwittingly continuing Cameron's money laundering scheme.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Inverted. He used to be a rotten kid who hated Camp Campbell. Now he's a Nice Guy who loves the camp.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Not intentionally, at least. He's horrified when he accidentally bitchslaps Nurf.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He seems to be under the impression that he's in a family-friendly cartoon show. He is so very wrong.
A cynical, short tempered counselor who is frustrated by David's cheerfulness and the craziness of the campers.
- Accidental Misnaming: Cameron clearly doesn't remember (or really care) what her name is and refers to her by other names beginning with G. Becomes a Running Gag where every person who interviews her for a job calls her by every G name in the book except for Gwen.
- Ambiguously Brown: Has a somewhat darker skin tone than the rest of the adult cast. Subverted. Her dad is African American so it is likely that both her parents have the same skin tone or she is bi-racial.
- Blood Knight: As shown when she watches TV on a tablet, she's quite fond of violence.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Gwen is far more capable than David is and can easily manage the campers. She's so burned out however that it often takes a personal investment for her to do more than the bare bones of her job.
- Butt-Monkey: Not as much as David, but she doesn't appear to get a lot of respect, and unlike David, is fully aware of how horrible the camp really is. Also Cameron Campbell never gets her name right.
- Covert Pervert: In the Episode 8 opening Gwen is reading a magazine entitled, "Butts and Bodices," and has a bunch of similarly-titled magazines on the table. By Season 3, she's outed as a writer of dirty fanfiction. The second Halloween special reveals she owns several adult movies.
- The Cynic: Unlike David, she's fully aware how badly the camp sucks.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Dark skinned with a rusty auburn hair color.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: "My days off are for writing fan fiction and mastur... ing the fine arts."
- Daydream Believer: If Max's comments are anything to go by, she seems to think Doctor Who is real and is looking forward to hooking up with the Doctor.
- Daytime Drama Queen: A variant. Gwen seems to be addicted to trashy reality TV shows.
- A Degree in Useless: She bemoans getting a liberal arts degree while curled up on the ground. note
- She dual-majored in psychology, which as Max points out, means she has TWO degrees in useless. Though it did help David vent his stress in Episode 8 by assessing his mental situation.
- AND she has an associates degree (a two year course of study) in Geology as well. And many more according to her resume.
- Did You Just Have Sex?: She's in a suspiciously cheerful mood the morning after she encounters the fish monster.
- Foil: She's about as pessimistic as David is optimistic, and unlike David, she does not deny just how bad the camp is.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: David attempting to sing a song is enough to make her beat him with his guitar until it breaks.
- Then again, she did go through quite a lot before that. From dealing with the campers to her recent anxiety attack, David trying to sing at the end may just have been the straw that broke the camel's back.
- Hidden Depths:
- Despite clearly hating and not giving a crap about Camp Campbell, she honestly does care about the Campers, and joins David in trying to make them feel better about being shipped to a camp they didn't want. She even ordered David to take a day off.
- Also, in the season 1 finale, she reveals that she can sing quite well, while she's cheering up David, with the Camp Camp Theme no less.
- Ikea Erotica: Ironically, for the slashfic-loving fangirl that she is, her actual descriptions of sex are pretty disappointing."As he approached her with his massive, inhuman frame, she thought to herself: could I really love - a monster? (beat) And then they boned."
- Insult of Endearment: Calls Max a little shit in an affectionate tone during the second season finale.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she is visibly cynical as Max is, she does show concern about David struggling to handle the campers in his stead, to the point of handling the camp by herself for one day so that David can vent all his stress by going camping outside of Camp Campbell. At season finale, she sings the Camp Campbell theme song next to the bonfire to help Max cheer David up from the cynical damage he caused.
- Lady Swears-a-Lot: Using vulgar language as a coping mechanism to help her deal with her job. Her first line in the series is MOTHERFUCKER!.
- No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: She eventually gets a relaxing, high-paying desk job at Camp Corp. but she finds it so boring that she works with Max and Campbell to get the camp restarted. She goes right back to hating her job once she gets it, though.
- No Periods, Period: Averted in episode 2 where she's mostly out of the episode due to being "under the weather", as David puts it. Nikki prefers the term "Lady-sickness".
- Not So Above It All: Despite her Only Sane Employee traits, she gets into her own shenanigans now and again. It gets to the point where in "Lake Lilac Summer Social", David of all people is acting as the level-headed one.
- Only Sane Employee: She is the only person who understands the details of running a camp well enough to keep Camp Camp afloat, all while wrangling a group of hyperactive and danger-prone kids.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In the Season 2 finale, after grabbing Max's camp file, she tries, calmly and without any snarky commentary, to tell David that Max's parents didn't sign him up for any activity.
- Pet the Dog:
- In the first season finale, she sings a smoother version of David's camp song after doing her best to stop him from singing it in the series premiere in an attempt to cheer him up.
- When she believes Jermy Fartz may be special needs, she immediately pulls the main three aside and reprimands them for picking on him. It turns out Jermy isn't developmentally challenged at all, but it's the thought that counts.
- After David's heartbroken by Bonquisha dumping him, Gwen acts very comforting to him despite him being mopey for days.
- In the second season finale, she and David take Max out for pizza when they find out how neglectful his parents really are. It's also the one where her calling Max a "Little Shit" is an Affectionate Nickname.
- Shipper on Deck: She decides to be this during "The Lake Lilac Summer Social." Her only experience is from writing slashfic. It goes exactly as well as you'd expect.
- Ship Tease: Has very minor moments of it with David throughout the series.
- Status Quo Is God: In "Camp Corp.", she leaves her job as a camp councilor for a high-paying, low-work office job. After realising that she misses the camp, she goes back to her old job, but is shown to hate it just as much as before.
- Team Mom: Albeit more reluctantly as part of her job, she does show genuine concern for David and the campers, even joining David in taking Max out for pizza when they learn how neglectful his parents are.
- Technicolor Eyes: They're purple.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Trashy reality shows. In "Camp Cool Kidz" Gwen is completely entranced by a tablet showing reality shows as the kids take over, and nearly destroy the camp.Gwen: *gasp* Trash Teeveeeeeeee...
- You Sexy Beast: In addition to her butt fascination, Gwen also apparently has a thing for monster-boning. When the fish-monster she'd been mooning over for an episode turns into a classically beautiful man after they kiss, she immediately loses all interest.
The stoic groundskeeper of Camp Campbell.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Implied when he drinks fruit punch mixed with rat poison and doesn't seem affected by it, with the heavy implication he was one of the people at the People's Temple.Quartermaster: Was better at Jonestown.
- An Aesop: Spoofed. Max gets the impression that the Quartermaster was trying to teach him something about nature by murdering the squirrel king and usurping his throne, but exactly what the hell he was trying to get across is a mystery.
- The Ageless: He hasn't changed a bit since David was a camper.
- Also hasn't aged since his stint in the trenches of World War 1.
- Alien Geometries: According to him, there are five cardinal directions.
- Ambiguously Evil: On one hand, "Quartermaster Appreciation Day" gives some unsettling hints regarding him, such as him telling David he'll betray them all when opportunity arises and the box Space Kid opens making him say "The Master must not be made whole again" in backwards speech. On the other, he stops an apocalypse in "The Quarter-Moon Convergence" and apparently does so regularly, and the octopus creature refers to him as " eternal custodian". That said however, the averting the apocalypse part may simply be for pragmatic reasons, as his given reason for why the Earth shouldn't be destroyed is simply "All my stuff is there."
- Ambiguously Human: At first. It's since become apparent that he's more of a Humanoid Abomination, with the only ambiguity being if he was ever human to begin with and what exactly he is now.
- He doesn't age, wields demonic magic in his spare time, and is completely unaffected by things like poison, radioactive waste, and fire.
- Space Kid's reversed dialogue when he opens a box in his storenote further implies he's no ordinary human.
- The octopus in a suit calls him "eternal custodian" and has apparently been persuaded by him to not destroy the world before. Note that QM described the event that brought the OiaS to earth only happens once a millennia.
- When he's seemingly killed by squirrels, he reappears no worse for the wear at the end of the episode, with only the corpse left behind as proof that he did actually die.
- His human hand, and possible other parts of his body, was stolen from a fresh corpse and attached to himself. He also heavily implies that he's been through multiple bodies before.
- Audible Sharpness: His hook.
- After he accidentally kills the squirrel king with his hook, he starts beating the other woodland creatures into submission so he can become their king. Even Max is horrified.
- According to him, he "doesn't suffer [his] enemies to live."
- Bestiality Is Depraved: He had sex with a fish at some point.
- Body Backup Drive: Seems to be his form of immortality. After he's killed by the squirrels, he rises out from the lake later and calmly disposes of his own corpse.
- Bondage Is Bad: A clearly creepy dude who has an equally creepy sex dungeon. It all seems consensual, mind you.
- Cain and Abel: He has an incredibly strained relationship with his Quartersister. The second they see each other they break out fighting. Then they become romantically involved. Then it's implied he murders her to win a tontine, with the added implication that he's done it to someone else.
- Collector of the Strange: The Quartermaster Store, his personal quarters, are filled with all sorts of weird things. This includes a puzzle with only corner pieces, "used" Barbie dolls, some sort of demonic box, and plastic bags full of hair (even a tuft of Nikki's hair, creepily enough).
- Day in the Limelight: The Quarter-Moon Convergence in season 4, along with Harrison to a lesser degree.
- Dirty Old Man:
- He hosts lewd orgies in the sex dungeon of Cameron Campbell's summer house and is even sexually attracted to his own sister. According to Gwen, the Quartermaster has contracted every known STD, presumably from all the constant sex he had.
- When hunting the fish monster in the lake, he finds Gwen's journal and quickly deduces that she has a filthy imagination. And then keeps reading.
- Establishing Character Moment: He has two moments in "Mascot". At the beginning of the episode, he's shown lugging around what appears to be a dead body while Neil and Nikki point out how scary he is. Later, he takes Max to a hidden glade with the squirrel king; after Max is taken with the site's beauty, the Quaryermaster inadvertently kills the squirrel king while trying to declare it the new mascot, then takes his crown and starts beating up woodland creatures while declaring "I AM THE KING NOW! THE THRONE IS MINE!" All of this serves to establish him as being an utterly batshit psycho who everyone is afraid of.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone just calls him Quartermaster. According to him, its because he had his identity stolen so he no longer has a name.
- Friend to All Living Things: Subverted; initially it looks like he is one when he shows Max the clearing filled with happy animals in the forest. Then he accidentally spears the king of the squirrels with his hook and starts punching the lights out of the other woodland creatures, although by the end of the episode he seems to have become their new king.
- Guttural Growler: Always speaks in a gruff voice.
- Hook Hand: Even used in the "safety first" poster. He carries a large range of other things that he can replace it with, such as a holder for a bottle of booze, a candle, a bow, a guitar pick, a massive pink dildo... By the end of "Quartermaster Appreciation Day" it switches to the other side of his body after his Quartersister and the Mess Hall vanish in a burst of light. It's not an animation goof either, since "Parents' Day" shows it still on his left hand instead of his right.
- Also originally had a second hook on his other hand... until he goaded a British soldier to go into No Mans Land during World War One by saying the Germans had been insulting his girlfriend, and then stealing "Righty" when it's blown off the soldier's body.
- Humanoid Abomination: It's not entirely clear what he is, but he clearly isn't human being apparently extremely old aged, magically endowed and having weird quirks to his anatomy.Quartermaster: *Having just attached a hand to one of his stumps* This body's coming along nicely.
- Human Resources: He used to have two hook hands before he pulled a Uriah Gambit on another soldier during one of the world wars and took his right hand after he died. His comment immediately afterwards implies that this is how he got all of his human parts and that he's gone through multiple bodies before.
- Inbred and Evil: In "Quartermaster Appreciation Day," his response to Max's question as to how he and his sister are related (besides the obvious), is him bluntly replying "Cousins fucked." Implying that he comes from an inbred family with his parents being cousins. It's not too far-fetched for this to be the case considering the... disturbing relationship he has with his sister.
- In-Series Nickname: Gwen sometimes calls him QM.
- Klingon Promotion: How he becomes king of the woodland creatures.
- Mistaken for Murderer: Played with. He kills animals without a second thought, but he doesn't kill Max despite the camper's fears. And there's also the matter of that giant bloody sack he was dragging across the ground towards the beginning of "Mascot"...
- Mysterious Past: He tries poisoned punch at one point and his only comment is "Mm. Was better at Jonestown."
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Upon finding out Gwen and David stole his hook-hand, he switches to a boxing glove attachment and proceeds to beat the living shit out of them on stage.
- Noodle Incident:
- We don't know how he lost his hand because his answer to Max when he asks is an incoherent mumble. All we know is that he claims that it has something to do with "the Jews".
- During "New Adventure!" he's transporting shadow monsters in the camp bus. We never get an explanation as to what they are or what he's doing with them.
- His "thinking cave" was once occupied by a demon. In the same sentence he mentions this, he says it's no longer a problem.
- No Respect Guy: He's persuaded the Octopus in a Suit to spare the Earth on more than one occasion, works to keep the archlord Xoz'gaz shackled, and may have reversed the end times after Sleepy Peak Peak's eruption. He's possibly immortal, definitely inhuman, and wields genuine magic. He's also been tied up by children, had his mashed potatoes insulted, and sent on all manner of menial errands.
- Racist Grandpa: Angrily mumbles something about "the Jews" in regards to losing his hand. On the other hand, he apparently hates that the "white man thinks he owns the world."
- Shout-Out: His character is slowly becoming just one walking personification of the Cthulhu Mythos; the inbreeding, pacts with cosmic horrors, blasphemous rituals, fornicating with sea-life, its all there.
- The Stoic: He doesn't emote much and he usually talks in a low growl.
- STD Immunity: Inverted Trope. He doesn't have to worry about STDs, and neither does his Quartersister, "because you both have all of them. There are no new ones for you to get."
- Tontine: Is part of one, alongside his Quartersister and two others (one of whom is already dead). This is such a Forgotten Trope that none of the other characters have any idea what he's talking about.
- Villainous Incest: His... relationship with his Quartersister shows just how depraved he can really be. Especially since he may or may not have killed her to win a tontine.
- When He Smiles: His big toothy grin, despite it being because he was on a date with his Quartersister, is an adorable contrast to his usual scowl.
- Would Hit a Girl: When he discovers that David and Gwen were the ones that stole his hook hand, his response is to grab Gwen around the neck and choke her, then proceed to viciously beat both of the counselors in retribution for the theft.
Cameron C. Campbell
The morally ambiguous founder and manager of Camp Campbell.
- Ambiguously Evil:
- He's done something that gives the feds a reason to shoot on sight, but what exactly he's guilty of is unclear.
- Maybe a bit less 'ambiguous' after he goes in his safe and you can see two sets of books (one marked to show the IRS, other not to), bars of gold with Nazi stamps, a bag marked "1 kilo", etc.
- Loses the ambiguous part when he tries to kill a young David for witnessing Jasper's assumed death.
- He posed as the prime minister of Thailand to use the country as his own piggy bank, conned a bunch of Russian oligarchs out of a shitton of money and did... something to the North Koreans of such magnitude that all three nations decided to send assassins after him. And that's not even counting what he did in Kentucky.
- Being Evil Sucks: Played with during Season 4 where he admits that while he doesn't regret his criminal actions he has grown tired of his illegal ways and wants to be better. He also admits that while he does want to feel bad about his prior crimes, he simply doesn't.
- Black Comedy Rape As Back Story: "Father never hugged me and Uncle Cluck hugged me too much!"
- Broken Pedestal: As of Season 3, he becomes this to David after Max makes it clear that Campbell's intention for coming to the camp was to pitch the blame onto him.
- It's slowly being built back up due to his HeelFace Turn during Season 4, but there's clearly a lot of work left to do.
- Child Hater: He views children as nightmarish monstrosities and is genuinely shocked that David would choose them over him, nevermind the fact that it is his job to be concerned for the campers.
- Slowly begins to respect at least Max, and considering the trailer for Season 4 features him comforting Nikki, he seems to be outgrowing it...Though he did still make a child sweatshop without even realizing it.
- Clark Kent Outfit: Inverted. He's a flabby slob in his underwear, but he appears well-built and fit with his clothes on.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: See Ambiguously Evil trope above.
- Eats Babies: Ate his own twin in the womb and "felt great".
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being a criminal, even having Nazi gold, he's extremely unnerved by Dolph's behavior.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
- Doesn't understand why David would ever choose the kids over him, since he views children as vile little nightmares. Not even after David weakly notes that it's his job to do so.
- Also assumes that since Max manipulates Neil, Max is as rotten as Campbell himself is and will be fine with framing David. In fact, Max is totally against it, and plays him like a fiddle for his assumption, only getting David to give him extra dessert as a thank-you.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: He seems like the poster boy for manly, daring adventurers, but in reality he's a scheming sociopath.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's an immoral, corrupt and even murderous individual, but he covers it up behind a hammy and cheerful demeanor.
- Freudian Excuse: Season 4 hints that his family life may have been a bit messy, which had an impact on how he developed.
- Freudian Slip: In the Season 2 finale, upon seeing Max, David, and Gwen are gone, he angrily hopes that he didn't lose another kid, which shocks the parents in the audience and gets the Miller Agents to act against him.
- The Gambling Addict: Admits to having a crippling gambling addiction, and is prepared to sacrifice the camp and its tenants for the chance to win another camp's annual popcorn money which amounts to fifty dollars
- Gentleman Adventurer: A very, very dark version.
- Good Feels Good: He realizes that doing good deeds is actually good after his accidental heroics, but only because he enjoys the money and attention. He's just as amoral as ever when he can't get anything from a good act.
- Hate Sink: A known fraud who has committed assassinations, overthrown governments, and established Camp Campbell as a ploy for his criminal life.
- Hidden Depths: He displays some interesting traits while under the effects of Neil's truth serum. He appears to be a Straw Nihilist based on his statement that they are all effectively meaningless, and he has a knack for psychoanalyzing people, pointing out potential issues Nurf, Ered, Gwen, and Dolph suffer from and making them all burst into tears due to the accuracy of his statements.
- He gives Gwen and the campers good advice on failure to live up to expectations, alleviating their fears.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He attempts to recruit Max to his side to frame David for the "Camp Camp" idea, only to unwittingly confess to his plan after Max turns the microphone on, allowing Agents Miller to overhear it. This culminates in him having a traumatic episode when David unwittingly triggers his Trauma Button by saying that he is disappointed in him.
- Human Shield: What he did to protect himself in the pilot episode when the feds showed up and started shooting. He used Space Kid, who only survived since the bullets were deflected by his fishbowl helmet.
- Hypocrite: Gets incredibly anxious when Gwen admits to losing Jermy to the Wood Scouts in front of the Millers, apparently forgetting that he nearly gave the Wood Scouts the whole camp in a similar bet.
- Insane Troll Logic: Tells the Agents Miller that the camp was actually all David's fault, because an eight year old David unintentionally gave him the idea of a camp where you can do anything. He might actually believe it too.
- Jerkass: He's an arrogant criminal who has no problem using children as human shields.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Becomes this during the Season 3 finale.
- Justice by Other Legal Means: Campbell is clearly up to all kinds of nefarious schemes involving but not limited to Nazi gold, drug trafficking, bizarre experimentation and getting national leaders assassinated, but he ultimately gets dragged off to "super Guantanamo" for running a dodgy summer camp.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: All his illegal actions and running a camp scam finally catch up to him when he is arrested at the end of the season 2 finale.
- Knife Nut: When he and David went to save Jasper from two bears, David instructed him to grab Jasper and run when he gave the signal. Instead, he used a knife to kill the bears at the signal.
- Lack of Empathy: He only really gets concerned when the campers are in danger in such a way that can jeopardize his criminal activities, and has no qualms with murdering them if he thinks they've seen too much.
- Inverted by the end of Season 3, where he finally feels bad for the multiple atrocities he's committed throughout the series.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He runs a dodgy summer camp, and is involved in all sorts of shady business that got him on the FBI's wanted list. He's arrested by two FBI agents who are also the parents of one of the campers.
- Lonely at the Top: The third season finale has him admitting that no matter how successful or rich he became it never felt like enough for him. It's the biggest factor in turning himself back in to custody.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In "Eggs Benefits," he claims to have an ability to sense when he loses money.Campbell: (on the destruction of Dolph and Ered's egg, which he isn't around to see) That's strange. I suddenly feel... less rich.
- Never My Fault:
- Swears vengeance on David for his arrest despite the fact that it's Cameron's own illegal actions that resulted in his incarceration. He later tries to frame David for all of his various crimes, stating that it was David's idea for the camp to be a "camp for anyone" in the first place. In reality, David made the comment when he was just a kid and Cameron immediately turned it into a scam by suckering people to drop their kids off at the camp through false advertising.
- In the season 3 finale he claims that Mr. and Mrs. Campwell are even worse than he is, saying they betrayed him after he helped them build Camp Corp and cut him out of the company. In reality they were disgusted by his selfishness and greed and he left them when they never supported his ideas and is merely blaming them for his own misfortune.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In the Season 3 finale he decides to do the right thing for once and turns himself back in to the FBI. They decide to alter his punishment to working at the camp and having to answer to David.
- Noodle Incident: A lot of his previous money-making schemes are presented this way, which thus far includes trying to host the super-dangerous Y-Games events, posing as the president of Thailand, getting on the bad side of Russia and North Korea, and making plans to film "Indiana Jones, but from the Nazi's point of view", all long before the series begins.Campbell: Aww... I made a sweatshop again?!
- Not So Harmless Punishment: By the end of Season 3 he's turned himself back into the authorities and finds himself out of jail to serve out his sentence with working at Camp Campbell. For most people this would be a win but Campbell is very much a Child Hater who hates having to be back at the camp. He's also explicitly made subordinate to David, who's "cheerful" intentions to improve Campbell are very much something the man dreads.
- Offscreen Villainy: He apparently does horrific things while not at camp, such as arranging assassinations and oppressing all of Thailand. Likely a case of Villain of Another Story, but none of it is shown directly.
- Oh, Crap!: He has a moment when David tells him they are having a "Parents Day" for the campers, because then the parents will find out that the camp isn't actually the specific camp they signed their kids up for. By the end of the episode he is arrested and swears revenge on David for ruining him.
- Rousing Speech: He delivers one to the kids about the importance of summer camp, only to be interrupted when the feds come in shooting.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Tries to invoke this on the FBI Agents in "Parents Day" when they're arresting him. It doesn't work.
- Skewed Priorities: To him, the only other thing besides Super Guantanamo he can't handle is someone feeling disappointed in him. Especially a hapless schmuck he'd been manipulating for years. Can be considered his Trauma Button.
- Testosterone Poisoning: The man is your prototypical Ron Swanson style manly man; he's an avid outdoorsman, is built like a bear, and believes in good ole' fashioned American values like hard work and hating the government (he partially blames the Affordable Care Act on why kids don't like summer camp anymore, along with video games and the Internet).
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the past, Campbell was genuinely invested in the camp and at least wasn't transparently corrupt. By the present day he clearly regards the camp as just a hiding place where he can store supplies he needs while on the run and two seconds of conversation will reveal how much of a Jerkass he is.
- Trauma Button: Hearing somebody stating their disappointment towards him can push Cameron into a mental breakdown after the guards frequently stated their disappointment of him in Super Guantanamo.
- Villainous Breakdown:
- When his camp is revealed as a scam and he's dragged off by the FBI to "Super Guantanamo" in the season 2 finale, he rants about how they can't do this to him because of how rich he is, then swears vengeance on David for screwing him over.
- He undergoes another one in "Cameron Campbell the Camp Campbell Camper" when Max not only thwarts his plans to frame David for the camp extortion scheme and finally exposes him to David for the Manipulative Bastard he really is, but also makes his go-to scapegoat feel disappointed in him.
- We Will Meet Again: Swears that Camp Campbell hasn't heard the last of him as he's driven away to "Super Guantanamo."
- Would Hurt a Child: The aforementioned Human Shield was Space Kid. A flashback to David's childhood shows him preparing to knife David in the back when he's afraid the kid might spill the beans on Jasper's assumed death. He also nearly attacks Max after realizing that he turned his radio back on and tricked him into admitting he was going to frame David for several crimes and only stops when David overhears everything.
Other CampersThe other kids attending Camp Campbell.
Neil Armstrong Jr., aka "Space Kid"
An unusual child who aspires to go to space.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT insult the American Space Program!
- Beware the Nice Ones: He cussed out Vera for insulting the Amercian Space Program.
- Breakout Character: He's gotten a lot of screentime as the series has gone on, to the point of being the most likely to accompany the main trio, likely due to his popularity with the fanbase.
- Butt-Monkey: Poor kid is disrespected and goes through mountains of abuse which no one seems to care about... Even himself!
- Cheerful Child: Space Kid is naive and good-natured to points that reach levels of Too Dumb to Live. He isn't bothered by Cameron Campbell using him as a Human Shield and he treats two transparent Serial Killers with nothing but cheerfulness. However, insulting the American Space Program will put him in a bad mood immediately.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Appears to be Camp Campbell's equivalent to the Space Core.
- Curtains Match the Window: The few times he's not wearing his helmet reveal him to have both brown hair and brown eyes.
- Determinator: Nothing gets between him and his dream to go to space. In "Space Camp Was A Hoax," Max subjects him to food poisoning, motion sickness, sleep deprivation, cough syrup, severe hallucinations, and extreme physical trauma in order to break him of his love for space - and Space Kid crawls out the other side more determined than ever.
- Genius Ditz: While he can be naive and overly friendly, he is an expert on his favorite topic, which is of course space.
- Hidden Depths: He's explaining Lagrange Points and their usefulness in space exploration to Neil at the start of episode 8. He does at least seem to have a solid grasp of his favorite topic.
- Supported when he talks about dwarf planets.
- He wins a game of chess against Neil in "Camp Loser Says What?".
- In "Campfire Tales," he tells by far the scariest story, terrifying even Max. And this despite the fact that he's never shown breaking his cheerful demeanor.
- Horrible Judge of Character: While every other camper is unsettled when they first meet Daniel, and later on, Jen, Space Kid doesn't find them offputting in the slightest, greeting them both with a friendly "Howdy!"
- The Immune: In the Halloween special, he's the only one who doesn't get sick thanks to his makeshift spacesuit. Inverted in the ending, when he gets sick after having to remove his helmet, but because the germs can't escape the suit, everyone else is fine.
- Immune to Bullets: At least the fishbowl he is wearing as a helmet.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Survives bullets to the helmet, being mauled by zombified campers, and at one point a combination of food poisoning, sleep deprivation, cough syrup, and a "space shuttle" crash that should've killed him.
- Literal-Minded: When asked his blood type, says red.
- Malaproper: In "Night of the Living Ill", he calls a laboratory a labrador and the conservation of energy the conversation of allergies.
- Named After Somebody Famous: When David asks for his name in "Space Camp Was a Hoax", he says it's Neil Armstrong, and that he was named after his great grandfather. David understandably doesn't believe him and just writes "Space Kid". Buzz Aldrin confirms this to be true in "Parents' Day."
- Never Bareheaded: The only times to date that he's removed his helmet have been in "Night of the Living Ill" when he wouldn't have fit down the Spooky Island Castle's laundry chute otherwise and also briefly in "Reigny Day" in order to fill it with syrup.
- Nice Guy: One of the more friendly campers.
- Noodle Incident: Has apparently had multiple rabies shots, only one of which we know the reasoning for (Max put a squirrel in his suit).
- One Steve Limit: Since he claims he was named for his great grandfather, Neil Armstrong, this would mean he shares his first name with Neil. The second season finale reveals this really is his name, and the original Neil is not happy to find this out.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name has never been stated, even by the adults. He claims to be named "Neil Armstrong", after his great grandfather, a fact later confirmed by his "uncle", Buzz Aldrin.
- Precision F-Strike: Gets one when Vera (an exchange camper from Russia) insults the American Space Program.
- Red Shirt: Lampshaded by Max, they view him as the most expendable.
- Sixth Ranger: He seems the most common camper to accompany the main trio when another kid isn't getting A Day in the Limelight.
- Team Mom: Attempts to be this in "After Hours", with varying degrees of success.Space Kid: I'm just doing what any mom would do. And ours aren't here, so...
An artistic boy who has some worrying similarities to a certain historical figure.
- Adolf Hitlarious: His main characterization is that he's a child similar to Hitler who's Played for Laughs.
- All Germans Are Nazis: "Parents' Day" reveals that his family is actually American, despite his accent, and that Dolph was raised on an army base in Germany.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Dolph appears to have a form of disorder that makes it hard for him to socialize easily while also making him unaware of how he comes across to others. Cameron Campbell, at least, believes that he is on the autism spectrum note co-morbid with schizotypal personality disorder note . Dolph's tearful reaction to Campbell claiming this implies he may be correct.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Dolph appears to be one of the youngest campers (besides perhaps Space Kid) at Camp Campbell based on his short physique and relatively more innocent behavior. He's largely unaware of his resemblance to Adolf Hitler, and while he does have issues doing so, does genuinely want to make friends, which in turn makes him naive to when people such as Max use him.
- Characterization Marches On: Starting in Season Three, he's been receiving more character traits to flesh him out beyond his initial one-note portrayal. A few times, he's even played a significant role in an entire episode without a single Hitler gag.
- Everyone Has Standards: He responds to Neil trying to prove Harrison wrong by science through shoving handkerchiefs down Nikki's throat by saying "science has gone too far!"
- Freudian Excuse: Cameron Campbell lampshades this when he finds out Dolph grew up on a German military base.
- Herr Doktor: Parodied. He was the best "pretend doctor" in his class, and so the campers turn to him when they need medical aid without alerting the counselors. He then diagnoses Nikki having a cramp as a terminal illness and says she only has one day left to live.
- Hidden Depths:
- While he is a pretty one-note character, Dolph does turn in one of the better performances during Preston's play, and is a genuinely good artist whose father keeps trying to make him give up his craft for manlier pursuits.
- "The Candy Kingpin" reveals that he also genuinely wants real friends at the camp.
- He also thinks rather highly of his skills as a "pretend doctor."
- I Just Want to Have Friends: As seen in "The Candy Kingpin" where Max uses this to manipulate Dolph into "friendship" to use Dolph's candy stash to control the other campers. Dolph claims to have learned to avoid making friends like Max in the future.
- Innocently Insensitive: While he has Bait-and-Switch moments aplenty, Dolph shows no signs of actually subscribing to any Nazi ideology - indeed, he seems completely ignorant of that whole history. He's just innocently unaware of how uncomfortable his appearance and mannerisms make people.Dolph: David, look! Zat bald man is handing out flyers with a picture of me!
- Military Brat: He grew up on a military base in Germany
- Overly Long Gag: Has an entire episode devoted to his Nazi-like characteristics. It gets to the point that it is lampshaded by Nikki.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a serious one to Max after Max manipulates him in "The Candy Kingpin", noting that Max showed him how some people will pretend to be your friends to use you and that he'll avoid befriending people like Max in the future.
- Those Wacky Nazis: His painting of a dog includes a Nazi armband and a swastika-shaped flower. What's more, the dog itself resembles Blondi, Hitler's favourite dog.
The Magic kid.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: He and Nerris snub each other at every opportunity. When they reunite on the bus in "Camp Corp", Harrison shoots Nerris a frosty glare - and then happily pats the seat next to him.
- Beware the Silly Ones:
- He really does seem to be able to use magic. And he doesn't take kindly to people trying to prove him wrong.
- Taken Up to Eleven in season 3 when he sets his new camp on fire and unleashes multiple tigers, causing the camp to shut down and traumatizing many children in the process. Even Max is astonished by how far he goes despite being the one to push him to do it.
- The Chessmaster: Manipulates Neil into saying he believes in magic by telling him that belief is the only thing that can save a choking Nikki. It's implied that he and Nikki staged it."And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the greatest trick of all: getting a cynical, close-minded asshole to believe in magic!"
- Disproportionate Retribution: In fairness, Neil was trying to discredit his stage routine, but Harrison's response was to make Max vomit up an obscene amount of handkerchiefs (and a rabbit). He even says his intended target was Neil.
- Foreshadowing: In episode 2 of the first season, he makes a rabbit appear then disappear but couldn't make it re-appear at David's request, saying he doesn't know how and this was why he was at Camp Camp in the first place. Parent's Day then reveals that his parents are terrified of him because his abilities made his brother disappear, meaning that Harrison is at Camp Camp not just to control his powers but to figure out how to get his brother re-appear.
- Expy: Hes basically Anthony Freemont if he was obsessed with stage magic and slightly less sociopathic.
- Inept Mage: Due to his lack of training and experience, his attempts at using his powers usually end up doing him and everyone around him more harm than good.
- Inexplicably Awesome: Deconstructed. It's not explained how or why he has genuine magical powers, so he runs into a lot of problems at home. His parents don't know what's going on, so they're terrified of him. Since he's the only person they know with those abilities, there isn't anyone to train him or do damage control. He's sent to a sucky magic camp to control his powers because they can't find any other real magic users.
- Insistent Terminology: Prefers the term, "Illusionist."
- Irony: Wants to be a stage magician despite being able to use real magic.
- Magicians Are Wizards: He refers to himself as an illusionist and dresses accordingly, but he really has genuine magical powers.
- Power Incontinence: When an earthquake strikes, he thinks that his powers are going out of control. He also made his brother vanish, and can't get him back.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
- Often argues with Nerris over who's the better magic kid.
- With Neil, to a lesser extent, since Harrison's genuine magical abilities are at odds with Neil's logic and science mindset.
- Stage Magician: Sent to Camp Campbell's Magic Camp to hone his craft, complete with pulling rabbits and various other animals out of his hat and making things disappear.
The other Magic kid.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Hardly anyone else at the camp besides Nikki really wants anything to do with her LARPing. It's also indicated in "Ered Gets Her Cool Back" that no one except her dad does.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: She and Harrison fight constantly, but after they're split up in "Camp Corp" and later reunited, she's happily sitting in the seat next to him.
- Black and Nerdy: African-American and a lover of tabletop gaming, Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings, and more.
- Black Magician Girl: How she styles herself, aside from the fact that she is a literal one due to being African-American and her love of LARPing.
- Daddy's Girl: She got her love of LARPing from her equally Black and Nerdy father.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She has several that she uses as stand-in players for her gaming sessions.
- Green-Eyed Monster: It's implied her antagonism towards Harrison is due to jealousy that he has actual magic powers, while she can only pretend.
- Hidden Depths: It doesn't get much focus, but "A Camp Camp Christmas, or Whatever" reveals that she's skilled at ice skating.
- She's shown handling a blowtorch by herself, in "Space Camp Was a Hoax". (Which, no surprise there: of course a mage like her would want to know how to handle fire!)
- "New Adventure!" reveals she has a love for competitive baking shows.
- Killer Game Master: In one instance she expressed glee when a monster she was controlling did a large amount of damage to one of the player characters (Granted, said player character was controlled by one of her stuffed animals, and by extension, herself).
- Insistent Terminology:
- Prefers the term, "Sorceress".
- Whilst she acknowledges that she would technically qualify as a human female, she prefers to be referred to as elf-kin.
- Irony: Much like Harrison, Nerris is more skilled in other areas then fake-magic, namely she should reclass as a Warrior.
- The Magnificent: She prefers the title "Nerris the Cute."
- Nice Girl: While she's not immune to a barb here and there and her patience seems short with Harrison and Max, Nerris is generally one of the nicer campers. Special focus is put on this in "Ered Gets Her Cool Back" where it's Nerris who actively seeks to socialize with Ered even after she's been humiliated in front of the camp and offers her sincere advice to simply be herself (which prompts Ered to name Nerris the "coolest kid in the camp" not long after that advice prevents a potentially fatal half-pipe jump).
- Our Elves Are Different: She never takes off her elf ears and comments to Cameron that she identifies as elfkin.
- Out of Focus: In Season 1, despite every other camper but Space Kid getting a focus episode, Nerris is never more than a background character. Even when she gets A Day in the Limelight in Seasons 2 and 3, she's sharing that limelight with Harrison and Ered, respectively.
- The Pollyanna: Even though she knows how unpopular her interests are, she refuses to get too upset about it because then she'd never be able to find someone else who shares her passion.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Often argues with Harrison over who's the better magic kid.
Meredith "Ered" Miller
An extreme sports girl with a reputation for being the coolest kid in camp.
- Alliterative Name: Meredith Miller.
- Book Dumb: Has sub-par grades.
- Cool Big Sis: Following "Ered Gets Her Cool Back", she seems to have transformed into his for her fellow campers, forming an Odd Friendship with Nerris, treating Nikki a lot nicer, and even giving Neil relationship advice.
- Daddy's Girl: She looks up to her FBI Agent fathers as her "cool gay dads."
- Emotionless Girl: Usually keeps a blank face and speaks in a flat voice.
- Has Two Mommies: Gender-inverted: Has two fathers, both referred to as "Agent Miller".
- Hidden Depths: Ered actually holds on to her popularity covetously, and is terrified of losing it. She comes to admire Nerris for practicing a hobby no one cares about purely because she enjoys it.
- Huge Schoolgirl: Is much taller than the other kids, though it's never been clarified if she's older, too.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's initially introduced as a straight-up Jerkass who takes advantage of Nikki's adoration and sics her against her friends, and later outright admits she doesn't care about her, only needing her on her side. After the events of "Ered Gets Her Cool Back", however, she begins showing a more supportive side to the other campers while still bragging about how cool she is.
- Lack of Empathy: Is cool by virtue of not caring about other people, which is why she was such a tool to Nikki at first. When she actually does start paying attention to what other people think, her popularity only tanks.
- Little Miss Snarker: Gives a very deadpan "Pussies for life" at the end of episode 2.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her fathers are the only ones to ever call her "Meredith".
- Passionate Sports Girl: Played with. While she hasn't shown much passion for anything, Ered is there for extreme sports camp and wants Nikki to construct a giant half pipe for her.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: So far she's crashed through a halfpipe, been hit with a stereo, ended up in a full body cast, and gotten covered in mashed potatoes. So long as she looks good destroying her body, she doesn't seem to care.
- The Stoic: Usually has a disinterested expression. When everyone reacts to Preston's play with Produce Pelting, Ered just gives a thumbs down.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She becomes considerably nicer to her fellow campers in season 3 after the events of "Ered Gets Her Cool Back".
- Valley Girl: Talks likes this.
- Wrench Wench: Her niche talent in "Camporee" is motorcycle repair.
Gaylord "Nurf" Nurfington
The camp's resident bully.
- Achievements in Ignorance: After inadvertently creating the same type of broken household he'd lived in when assigned to raise an egg, the egg runs away.
- Affably Evil: Sort of. He's still a bully, but he has a very rigorous schedule he keeps himself to and doesn't bully people when he knows their personal belief systems wouldn't let him. For instance, he won't bully Neil on the Sabbath, as he knows he is observant.
- The Bully: Throws tomatoes at Harrison and Preston in the first episode, and wedgies Dolph in the fourth.
- Characterization Marches On: At the start of the series, he was a generic bully and nothing more. It wasn't until Episode 6 when he became a self-aware Punch-Clock Villain.note
- Domestic Abuse: He lets slip that he's from a broken household in a moment of rage, and he repeats the cycle of abuse he witnessed when Egg Sitting Nurf Jr. with Preston. He gets so bad that somehow his egg runs away from home.
- Embarrassing First Name: His first name is Gaylord.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He really loves his mom, appreciating the present she sent him, and then treating her with open affection during Parents Day.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He apologises to Max for exploding at him. He also only bullies Neil on Tuesdays, Thursdays and non-denominational holidays and definitely not on the Sabbath.
- Experimented in College: Obviously much earlier than college, but he's experimented with his sexuality in the past. From the sound of it, that didn't go well.[crying] Chris, why did you leave me?
- Generation Xerox: Implied. His mother is in jail, and if her sending him a knife as a gift is any indication, she's as much of a Knife Nut as her son. In another episode he's paired off with Preston to raise an egg, only to become abusive towards Preston and overprotective of the egg, telling "Nurf Jr." that he won't be raised in a broken home like Nurf was.
- Genius Bruiser: He's definitely no slouch in the physical bullying department, but he's quite adept at screwing with people psychologically too. He also knows quite a lot about the business world, as shown when his interpretation of "cool" is being an adult with a white collar job and a retirement account.
- Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: He claims that chewing a Poptart into the shape of a gun once caused a downward spiral of being judged harshly by the system and punishment, culminating in him being sent to a school for other troubled children until he genuinely became bad. Whether or not he's telling the truth here is a different story.
- Hidden Depths: He usually doesn't talk a whole lot, but when he does he's actually quite eloquent and rather observant.
- Horrifying the Horror: Max's stated goal is to destroy David's worldview and make him cry himself to sleep, and even he's stunned by how messed up Nurf is.
- Hypocritical Humor: Tells Neil he's too tense and should take some aggression therapy when he snaps at him.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: In "Attack of the Nurfs", he comes to the conclusion that the reason he bullies people is because he doesn't have anyone to relate to, causing him to fall back to violence due to growing up in an unstable household.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: He's seen petting a kitty cat in episode 9. Subverted, a few seconds later he's using the same cat as bait for fishing.
- Knife Nut: He repeatedly stabs David and threatens Harrison with a knife in Episode 9. Max even wonders aloud where he keeps getting them.
- The Leader: When the campers hear that Gwen is leaving the camp, Nurf declares himself "the new Gwen" and tries to take command, even donning a wig with Gwen's hairstyle to show his "authority." Gwen officially puts him in charge when David drives her to a job interview at the end of the episode.
- Manipulative Bastard: It's not clear if he's a bully because he was abused and traumatized, or if he just says that to mess with people. Judging by his private conversation with his copies in "Attack of the Nurfs", the truth seems to lie somewhere in-between: He wasn't outright abused, but he grew up in an unstable household, causing him to resort to violence to fill the void because he didn't have friends.
- Multiple-Choice Past: He likes to drop hints about the different triggers in his life that made him the way he is, but it's not clear whether he's telling the truth or playing with people's sympathies.
- Politically Correct Villain: He refuses to bully Neil on certain days due to the latter being Jewish. He also isn't homophobic.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Despite the fact that he's not being paid, Nurf seems to treat bullying this way. He has a very rigorous system in place for deciding when it is okay to bully someone. That said, he still is a bully, so it's relative.
- The Quiet One: He normally only says the odd cruel remark. He will occasionally go on far more eloquent speeches than you'd expect, though.
- Scare 'Em Straight: "David Gets Hard" reveals that Nurf's parents signed him up for Boot Camp.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Inverted. He's a green-eyed, redheaded side character.
- Stout Strength: He can easily lift the other kids and crack bulletproof glass with a few punches.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He claims that society made him a monster after he chewed a pop-tart into the shape of a gun. He also claims to have attended ballet classes. Then again, given the way Nurf acts, you'd be right to be suspicious of anything he says.
A kid with a love of the stage.
- Ambiguously Gay: He's easily the most flamboyant and, fittingly, theatrical of the cast, but his romantic leanings haven't been touched upon.
- Comically Missing the Point:
- Sees Romeo and Julietnote and writes and directs a science fantasy sequel wherein the titular characters are raised from the grave and Romeo is an outer-space resistance fighter.
- He's eager to emulate Cassius in taking the role of "coolest kid" from Ered, seemingly forgetting that Cassius suffers a Karmic Death by the same sword he used to kill Caesar.
- Balloon Belly: Gets this in episode 4 from drinking so much soda.
- Domestic Abuse: In a bit of Black Comedy, he's a victim of this at Nurf's hands when they're taking care of an egg together.
- Giftedly Bad: Many of his plays are ridiculous. The Romeo and Juliet sequel listed above might sound like a So Bad, It's Good Crack Fic, but the salvo of tomatoes he endures says otherwise (In his defense, both Max and Tabii were running their own schemes. In their defense, Max was just fucking with David and it snowballed while Tabii replaced Nikki and probably did better than she would have.) The one he made to reenact Nikki's fatal illness also deserves mention.
- Large Ham: As an aspiring playwright/actor, it comes as no surprise. As a bonus, he yells a lot (to the point where Georden has stated that Preston made him lose his voice once).
- Prima Donna Director: He goes from chewing Max out over his performance to praising the playtpus' acting chops faster than shifting gears. In fairness, he doesn't seem to have a problem complimenting performers he thinks are doing well.
- Raised by Grandparents: Implied in "Parents Day", when instead of his parents, his grandmother shows up. Unlike Space Kid, there's no mention at all about his parents or why they weren't able to attend.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: As "Night of the Living Ill" reveals, he has a girly scream to rival David's.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: Does this a lot in Episode 7.I don't know who this BITCH is, but she is KILLING it! AH!
- "Parents Day" implies he has this habit because his grandma is practically deaf.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: He plays Little Red Riding Hood during his skit in Parents' Day.
A clown boy, who does visual comedy. Randomly appeared out of nowhere in one episode, only to be instantly forgotten about with no explanation, whatsoever.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Scotty only appeared at the beginning of "David Gets Hard" and was treated like just another member of the main cast. However, he was quietly unused and eventually abandoned for the rest of the series.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Or at least just the friend Max doesn't like.Max: Thursday is over, Scotty. Go back to your tent!
- Funny Afro: Scotty has a big orange afro, reminiscent of a clown's.
- Gag Nose: Scotty has a shiny red clown nose.
- He Who Must Not Be Heard: Scotty does not talk, as he does indeed specialize in visual comedy.
- Non-Ironic Clown: Scotty's clowny behavior is played straight.
- Noodle Incident: In "The Candy Kingpin", Nikki mentions an incident involving a boat race, a fire, bears, and "poor Scotty," all apparently a result of a past sugar-indulgence on her part. This is neither elaborated on nor ever brought up again.
- Out of Focus: It's possible that he was intended to be a major character at first, but due to his lack of screen time in Season 1, he eventually just faded to oblivion without a trace.
- Put on a Bus: His mysterious disappearance was finally acknowledged in-universe in Season 3, as part of a Noodle Incident involving a sugar-high Nikki.Nikki: I need to stay away from the pure stuff. After what happened last time, with the boat race and the fire and the bears and poor Scotty...
- Scenery Censor: In a rare audio-themed instance of this, Scotty played a censored bleep sound on a piano, while Nurf was making a violently profane speech.
The Wood Scouts
The Wood Scout patrol leader of troop 818, who repeatedly tries to press gang Camp Campbell campers.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Hits on Gwen constantly, only earning a repulsed reaction from her.
- Ambiguous Disorder: While he is an expert scout who's rightfully earned his title, outside of scout related activities he's a bit awkward. He even once tried to practice socially casual conversation, simply for the sake of eventually possibly talking someone into joining his troop.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He'll force a boy to do a ropes course and try to force him into being a Wood Scout, but making fun of his acne? That's just uncalled for.
- He also shoots down Snake's suggestion of beating the Flower Scouts in sales by killing them. It's also shown that wasn't the first time he's brought up the idea and Pikeman is annoyed with him for doing it again.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: He recruits Daniel as a scoutmaster and defends keeping him around against all evidence that this will only end horribly and even after the other Wood Scouts decide the cultist is too unhinged to trust because they've won against Camp Campbell for once. Sure enough Pikeman winds up in over his head and is only saved by the Campbell campers working with his fellow scouts to fool Daniel into leaving.
- Fatal Flaw: His overblown opinion of himself. He is ridiculously easy to manipulate if someone validates his own personal views on himself, which Sasha does in one episode by saying it will prove him better than Max. He consciously ignores the myriad of warning signs about Daniel in "Camp Loser Says What?" because he led the Wood Scouts to victory over Camp Campbell and Pikeman enjoys the victory too much to consider working against the cultist.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Jermy Fartz of all people in "The Lake Lilac Summer Social"
- Hellish Pupils: Has little slit pupils like a snake.
- Press-Ganged: He recruits other Wood Scouts by abducting them from other camps.
- Self-Serving Memory: When asked to explain how he and the other Wood Scouts got tied to the Camp Campbell flagpole, he remembers himself without acne or braces and the rest of the Wood Scouts kissing up to him.
- Serious Business: Downplayed. He puts a lot of effort into trying to take over Camp Campbell, but when Max calls him on trying to bet on the fate of the camp just after a game of Frisbee with the same goal, he relents and just dials it back to taking their best camper instead.
- Vague Age: Probably a teenager, due to his acne, but the show tends to treat him as an adult at some times and a child at others.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: He's an antagonistic schemer with yellow-eyes.
Billy "Snake" Nikssilp
A supposed escapee from the Wood Scouts who Max enlists to aid in the trio's escape.
- Actor Allusion: Trust Dante Basco to voice a character who is ultimately obsessed with honor.
- Amazon Chaser: Tabii may not be the strongest or toughest of the Flower Scouts, but she is definitely the most willing to resort to violence. The second Snake sees her shrieking with rage, he's smitten.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When describing how he feels about Tabii."She's as brutal as she is beautiful... she's brutiful."
- The Comically Serious: He's played hilariously straight compared to everything around him.
- A Day in the Limelight: "The Lake Lilac Summer Social" gives him an even amount of focus alongside Neil, Erin, and Tabii.
- The Dragon: He's Pikeman's right-hand man and most competent underling.
- Expy: Of Snake Plissken.
- Eyepatch of Power: Has one, and is portrayed as the most badass of the Wood Scouts.
- Fake Defector: Never left the Wood Scouts at all, and plans to conscript the Campbell kids.
- Foe Yay: His conversation with Neil about romance in "The Lake Lilac Summer Social" has a lot of subtext to it. Especially considering that he and Neil are slow-dancing at the time, at his instigation, without actually needing to. And that he instigated said dance by dragging Neil away by the hand yelling, "Neil, I need you!"
- Hidden Depths: The summer dance episode showed that under all the badassitude he's actually quite sensitive and socially awkward in his own way.
- In Love with Your Carnage: He's infatuated with Tabii and her poorly-repressed rage. The fact that she takes it out on him is just icing.Snake: But what about our chemistry?
Tabii: Dude, I treated you like shit all night!
Snake: (tearfully) And that meant nothing to you?!
- In the Back: Stabs Max in the back with his pointed candy cane soon after his true intentions are revealed. Max survives, however.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Snake's proposed solution to beat the Flower Scouts in door-to-door sweets sales? Kill them. When Pikeman calls him out on it, Snake claims it was Petrol's idea, and while Petrol does admit it, it's still telling that Pikeman has told Snake not to kill people multiple times.
- Press-Ganged: He does this to Max in the third episode. His dialogue also strongly implies that he himself was press-ganged into the Wood Scouts (he "made a vow" and "doesn't have a choice").
- The Quiet One: Tends to be silent in most scenes he's in.
Stephan van Petrol
- Bald of Evil: Bald and a member of the antagonistic Wood Scouts, but it's downplayed in the sense that most of his antagonism comes from him taking orders from Pikeman.
- The Brute: For Pikeman, as the tallest and strongest of the Wood Scouts.
- Expy: Due to his name, stature, skin tone, and penchant for grunting, he is clearly a reference to Vin Diesel.
- Hidden Depths:
- When it comes to romantic relationships, he's a great listener. Although considering he never talks, it's hard to tell how much he's actually contributing to a conversation.
- In "Operation Charlie Tango Foxtrot", it's revealed that he's pretty good at reading people. That and apparently, if he chose to speak, he would be extremely well spoken.
- During the same episode, it's also revealed he has a rather nuanced touch, considering how elaborately he wrapped Neil's science booth in toilet paper.
- According to Snake and himself, Petrol specializes in the harmonica.
- Last-Name Basis: Is usually only referred to by his last name, "Petrol."
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Though Snake was the one who proposed killing the Flower Scouts to beat them in door-to-door sweets sales, when he claims it was Petrol's idea, Petrol nods.
- The Silent Bob: Even though he only communicates through grunts, everyone can understand him perfectly, even non-Wood Scouts.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: He proves to be quite proficient at them when observing the Camp Campbell campers.
- Top-Heavy Guy: His legs are pretty skinny for his torso.
- The Voiceless: Unlike Snake, who speaks rarely, Petrol is never heard saying a word onscreen. He mostly communicates through grunts. Even when telling his part in a "Rashomon"-Style story, he only communicates in subtitled grunts, and all the other people in his story do the same.
A sloppy kid that disgusts the other campers. Everyone has to be nice to him because of a bet with the Wood Scouts.
- Abhorrent Admirer: He has a crush on Sasha, who reacts like any other girl (or carbon-based life form) would to his presence.Sasha: Oh my God, I am literally throwing up in my mouth right now.
Jermy: See? We have so much in - hurk - common!
- All of the Other Reindeer: He'd undoubtedly be in this situation if the camp wasn't forced to be nice to him. He's definitely this once he joins the Wood Scouts. Pikeman openly states that he hates him and orders him to stay in the van with the windows closed.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Gwen assumes that he has "special needs", though he claims that multiple doctors have confirmed that he does not. Also, his "big nips" are apparently the result of a rare condition.
- Brain Bleach:
- Provokes this reaction in the main cast when he reveals why his friends call him "big nips".
- Also provokes it in Neil when he describes what he gets up to with his dog
- Butt-Monkey: None of the Camp Campbell campers like him, he gets picked on by pigeons, and he gets taken by the Wood Scouts. Even when he's part of the Wood Scouts, his paper boat race gets canceled in favor of selling popcorn, and his paper boat catches on fire for no reason. Even his parents say they completely understand when they heard Camp Campbell pawned him off on the Wood Scouts.
- Dumbass Has a Point: He's generally shown as a bit slower on the uptake than the other Wood Scouts or at least not fully tuned in on whatever they're doing at the time. He still makes a good point in "Camp Loser Says What?" that some of the new "campers" that have been recruited By Daniel aren't children, which is cause for concern. He also makes a sound argument that they should take off instead of staying involved in their new scoutmaster's plans.
- Embarrassing First Name: Zig-Zagged. When asked about his name, he assures people that it is in fact "Jermy" and not "Jeremy," and says "It's a family name", yet he insists on people calling him by his full name.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Claims his friends (both of them) call him "big nips".
- Gasshole: Farts a lot.
- Gonk/Non-Standard Character Design: His appearance is quite bizarre in comparison with the other characters.
- The Grotesque: He's got a wide array of bile-inducing medical issues, very few social skills, and his movements tend to be accompanied by bizarre squelching sound effects. That said, he's actually a fairly humble and enthusiastic guy personality-wise, it's just that the rest of him is so repugnant.
- Lost Him in a Card Game: He joins the Wood Scouts after Camp Campbell loses a bet where the stakes were surrendering their "best camper".
- Only Sane Man: Somehow manages to be this during the "Rashomon"-Style episode; while he still uses Self-Serving Memory to an extent, his portrayal of the other Wood Scouts is probably the closest to how they are in reality, and he admits that he made mistakes.
- Press-Ganged: He's forced to join the Wood Scouts at the end of his debut episode.
- Sixth Ranger: For the Wood Scouts. The Wood Scouts eventually come to the conclusion that this isn't something to be happy about.
- Take That!: He tries a pick-up routine complete with fedora, and it's treated as just as disgusting as his other traits.
The Flower Scouts
- Achievements in Ignorance: In Season 2 Episode 11, they somehow manage to become powerful drug lords without ever realizing that the "Mexican cane sugar" they're putting in their cookies is actually crystal meth.
- Alpha Bitch: They collectively ran Nikki out of the Flower Scouts for being too much of a tomboy.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: They seem nice enough, until someone steps out of their assigned gender and social roles.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Sasha is red, Erin is blue, and Tabii is yellow.
- Curtains Match the Window: Their hair colors all perfectly match their eye colors. Downplayed with Erin, whose left eye is orange.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- "Cookin' Cookies" has them as the protagonists, with the Campbell Campers only appearing as a cameo at the end.
- "The Lake Lilac Summer Social" gives Erin and Tabii a significant amount of focus along with Neil and Snake, with Sasha being relegated to the B-plot.
- Divergent Character Evolution: When they first debut, personality-wise they're largely identical, with Tabii having a slight exception as The Ditz. After that, they all slowly begin developing into their own characters.
- Tabii becomes a yandere for Neil and displays a more Ax-Crazy demeanor, and later loses her eye due to one of her outbursts backfiring and launching a fork into her eye.
- Erin is revealed as a Genius Ditz that hides her intelligence for the sake of fitting in, and loses her Peek-a-Bangs in favor of displaying her heterochromia.
- Sasha demonstrates traits of a Bad Boss and a manipulative bitch, while specifically being highlighted as The Leader of her trio, making her a foil to Max and Pikeman.
- Distaff Counterpart: To the main trio.
- Sasha is the leader, aggressive, foul-mouthed, and angry.
- Erin is the smartest, self-conscious, but has a temper.
- Tabii is "the dumb one," who's also the most prone to violence.
- Hypocritical Humor: In "Cookin' Cookies", they end with saying they're grateful they live normal lives unlike the Camp Campbell Campers. This right after they become drug lords and threaten to shoot up the Mexican Cartel.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: They believe strongly in gender roles, and think Mexico is disgusting. Erin asks why they haven't built the wall yet.
- Red Baron: The Mexican drug cartels refer to them as "Las Diablitas."
- Silk Hiding Steel: Their posture-and-form training lets them walk easily through an obstacle course of swinging pendulums. They're also competent rowers, since it makes for great cardio.
- Totem Pole Trench: How they impersonate a grown woman.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Besides swearing, they create an obstacle course with swinging maces, kill the bodyguards of a Mexican drug lord, and point guns to threaten them into buying their cookies. Tabii also tries to kill a waitress who called Neil cute.
- Valley Girl: Blatant parodies, from their exaggerated drawls to Tabii's name.
- Alpha Bitch: Seems to be the leader of the three.
- Evil Redhead: Has red hair and is a brat.
- Fiery Redhead: Sasha is rude, aggressive and mean, and has red hair.
- Hate Sink: While the other two flower scouts have some redeeming qualities, Sacha is a petty, obnoxious brat in all her appearances.
- Hidden Depths: She has a fair bit of knowledge in herbology. She correctly guesses Pikeman landed in poison ivy, cures it with some plants nearby, and even brags about making her own anti-aging cream. Her knowledge of it even saves her, Max and Pikeman's lives when she uses the right type of leaf for an impromptu sail for the boat.
- Hypocrite: She mocks Erin for being nerdy but is notably intelligent herself, being skilled in herbology and manipulating others.
- It's All About Me: Everything she does is motivated by her vanity.
- The Leader: "Follow the Leader" confirms her as the head of the Flower Scouts trio.
- Manipulative Bitch: She prides herself as one, and demonstrates her abilities in the fourth season by using Pikeman's hatred of Max to push him to build an effective shelter.
- Narcissist: She is obsessed with being the center of attention, to the point that when Ainsley threatens to take the spotlight away from her she hires Vera to ship her to a labor camp in Siberia.
- Older Than They Look: Her anti-aging cream only makes her look around the same age as everyone else — or so she claims.
- Technicolor Eyes: Red eyes.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Despite the three of them allegedly being friends, she's more than willing to insult Erin's intelligence as uncool and even takes shots at Tabii's missing eye. In the fourth season, she reveals this is a tactic she consciously employs to manipulate others.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Sasha believes that people should just give her what she wants as long as she's beautiful.
- Ambiguously Brown: Has brown skin and blue hair.
- Attractiveness Discrimination: She feels her left eye is ugly because of her heterochromia.
- Black and Nerdy: She doesn't show it much on the grounds that her "friends" will ostracise her for it, but she's let slip that she has a pretty good working knowledge of human biology. She also apparently has a habit of going on about statistics
- Expository Hairstyle Change: She starts wearing a hairclip to show both of her Mismatched Eyes in Season 4, indicating that she is overcoming her insecurities about her appearance.
- Foil: To Neil. Both are extremely smart, especially compared to their friends, both are self-conscious, and both feel like outcasts due to their intelligence. However while Neil is extremely prideful in his nerdiness but socially incompetent, Erin has mastered other people but is embarrassed to show off her brains.
- Genius Ditz: Subverted. She's actually not a ditz at all, but unlike Neil, she's self-conscious about advertising her intellect. She merely seems stupid because her friends, Sasha and Tabii, legitimately are.
- Hidden Depths: She is a Genius Ditz, but hides it out of peer pressure from her fellow Flower Scouts.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: More accurately pyrite. She's an Alpha Bitch like the rest of the Flower Scouts, but she is the most moral of her trio. She's touched when she finds out Neil has a crush on her because she respects her intelligence, but doesn't really feel all that guilty when she apologizes for only trying to use him to get with Snake, which disgusts Neil. However, the experience helps her become better friends with Tabii, who similarly tried using Snake to get to Neil. She also doesn't always agree with Sasha's methods, including Sasha's insulting Tabii for her Eye Scream.
- Mismatched Eyes: She has heterochromia (differently colored eyes), but uses her Peek-a-Bangs to hide it out of social anxiety.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She's developed a habit of pretending to be as dumb as her friends, so as to not be ostracised by them for being too smart. She does let slip that she's got at least a basic working knowledge of human biology though, and has been known to go on about statistics (prompting negative reactions from her friends when she does).
- Peek-a-Bangs: Has hair over her left eye, which is orange as opposed to blue. It's revealed in "The Lake Lilac Summer Social" that she wears her hair like this because she is ashamed of it, but after a pep talk from Tabii, she stops doing this.
- The Quiet One: She talks less than the other two and doesn't interact with other characters much.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Downplayed. She's the quietest of Flower Scouts and is insecure about her intelligence and heterochromia, but when she does speak up she can be just as catty as Sasha and Tabii.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light blue.
- Attractiveness Discrimination: Is on the receiving end of this after her eye injury.
- Character Development: So far, her sister has completely misled her about how sex works, and trying to follow her relationship advice cost Tabii an eyeball. As of "The Lake Lilac Summer Social," Tabii has wised up to the fact that her sister doesn't know what she's talking about.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She will violently lash out against anyone who gets too close to Neil, whether they were romantically interested in him or not.
- Cosmetic Catastrophe: In one of her attempts to woo Neil, she covers her face sloppily with loads of make-up, including a fake eye on her eyepatch. The result looks like a particularly violent Monster Clown, and Neil runs screaming at the sight of it.
- Dumb Blonde: Is known as "the dumb one".
- Eyepatch of Power: A surprisingly straight example. She is wearing an eyepatch in Season 2 Episode 11, and the three of them are able to take down Mexican drug cartels in the same episode.
- Eye Scream: At one point she gets nailed in the eye with a fork (which she threw). The next time she appears, she's wearing an eyepatch.
- Faux Horrific: Her eyepatch causes disturbed reactions from even Mexican drug lords, despite simply being a standard pirate-esque eyepatch.
- Hidden Depths: When she put her mind to it, Tabii was actually one of the better actors in Preston's play (which says more about the quality of the play than her acting ability).
- Irony: Tabii keeps reminding people that she's "Tabii, with two 'I's". As of Season 2, she isn't anymore.
- Miss Conception: Tabii has rather... interesting ideas about how sex and reproduction work. Given her age and that she was going by what her sister said (or at least her interpretation of that), not too surprising.
- Phrase Catcher: "Tabii, seriously, what the fuck?"
- Stalker with a Crush: Sneaks into Preston's play to see Neil.
- My Nayme Is: Is quick to point out during her introduction that her name is spelt with two 'I's. It becomes a Catchphrase, to the point when Neil meets her again he notes "Tabii with two I's?"
- Visual Pun: Always introduces herself as "Tabii with two I's." At the end of "Bonjour Bonquisha," she takes a fork to the face, making her Tabii with one eye.
- Yandere: Tabii is violently obsessive over Neil, to the point she tries to kill a Waitress just for gushing over Neil pretending to be a waiter, said incident leading to her Eye Scream. She's quick to anger when Neil doesn't notice her, and at the Lake Lilac Summer Social, unlike Erin who was more discreet in her manipulating Neil to get Snake interested in her, Tabii is openly rough and rude to Snake in her manipulation of him to get to Neil, openly treating him like crap.
The Garden Mother of Flower Scouts Troop #789.
- Addled Addict: She has numerous substance abuse problems and spends a big portion of her introductory episode either hyper as a hamster or passed out on wine.
- Alpha Bitch: Literally, she's the leader of the Flower Scouts and is a very unpleasant person.
- The Alcoholic: Garden Mother has a wine headache.
- Berserk Button:
- Being interrupted. It's ugly and rude.
- It's implied that she has a rival and it really pisses her off when said rival makes her look bad in front of the other flower mothers.
- Cigarette of Anxiety: She's a heavy smoker, apparently as a way of coping with her numerous hangups.
- Must Have Nicotine: Cigarettes are just one of many substances she abuses.
- Non-Standard Character Design: She looks much more detailed and angular than the rest of the cast, and has thin, slit pupils.
- Sadist Teacher: All she really cares about is how good/bad her troop make her look.
- The Unfettered: Sell cookies by any means necessary!
- White-Dwarf Starlet: She used to be in beauty pageants.
- Wine Is Classy: Defied, she's not really classy at all.
A social media influencer who rubs Sasha the wrong way.
- Granola Girl: She likes healthy food, often makes smoothies, and "feels a connection" to tie-dye shirts.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Ainsley has blonde hair and is undeniably the nicest of the flower scouts.
- Nice Girl: She is nice to literally everybody, including Sasha, who hates her.
- Put on a Bus to Hell: At the end of her debut episode Sasha has Vera ship her off to a Siberian labor camp.
A wild platypus Nikki discovered in episode 2, it became the mascot of Camp Campbell after it ate the original mascot, Larry the hampster. Since then, it has typically existed in the background. Revealed to be female in "Eggs Benefits".
- A Dog Named "Dog": Is simply referred to as "Platypus" or "The Platypus"
- Artistic License Biology: Let's just say she's not quite a typical platypus. She has teeth, lives in the Pacific Northwest, hisses, can eat a lot of food platypi can't digest, and has poison spurs despite female platypi lacking them (although the last one was claimed by Campbell and should probably be taken with a grain of salt). Also, her eggs more resemble chicken eggs.
- Big Eater: It eats any food it can get to and attempt to eat Gwen when it gets the chance.
- Catchphrase: "Muack".
- Killer Rabbit: Has eaten hamsters, raccoons, her own young. Even Cameron Campbell, a man who once knifed bears into submission, gives the little menace a wide berth.
- Klingon Promotion: Became the new mascot after eating the previous one.
- Living Prop: Used typically for the background or quick gags.
- Team Pet: In only the loosest sense of the term. Everyone (sans Nikki) only lets her stay around because they're too terrified of her to make her leave. Lampshaded by Neil in "Dial M For Jasper" when the trio run into it on Spooky Island.Neil: Can it really be called a mascot when it just does whatever the fuck it wants?
- Toothy Bird: Has a full bill of teeth. Platypi do not have teeth.
Once a boy who went to Camp Campbell during its prime, he's now a ghost that haunts Spooky Island.
- Anyone Remember Pogs?: He makes several off-hand references to a few out-dated fads; pogs, LA Gear Light-Up shoes, etc. Its the first hint that hes more than he seems.
- Barred from the Afterlife: In the Halloween special, he says he's confined to Spooky Island for the rest of time, unless his physical body can find peace.
- Broken Ace: He used to be The Ace for Camp Campbell, being the most successful and beloved camper, until the Quartermaster revoked his badge after nearly dying on a hike several times, just because he accidentally brought light-up shoes, which showed him just how crappy the camp was. His efforts to expose the camp's corruption wound up leading to his accidental death.
- Butt-Monkey: He falls off a waterfall, gets attacked by bears, and later is stripped of his award because he wore light-up shoes. Then he dies and is unable to leave Spooky Island.
- His death occurs due to a combination of his own clumsiness and extreme bad luck.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Gender inverted. He may be cute, but he is a ghost.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- Though he has to share it with David, the flashback episode "Jasper Dies At The End", deals with him, David and Cameron Campbell on a hike. The episode also doesn't count as A Death in the Limelight since, contrary to the title, he does not die in the end.
- "Dial M for Jasper" is another flashback episode centered on Jasper, and one that actually shows how he died: picking up where the previous episode left off, it shows he was killed after accidentally lighting Cameron Campbell's dynamite cache on Spooky Island while looking for dirt to get the camp shut down.
- Dead All Along: His debut episode introduces him as though he were a normal kid. At the end of the episode, he vanishes, revealing that he's a ghost.
- Death of a Child: Indicated by the fact he's Dead All Along in his first appearance. Then there's the flashback episodes "Jasper Dies at the End" and "Dial M for Jasper"; the former doesn't show how he dies, but the second certainly does.
- Friendly Ghost: He's pretty nice to anyone who comes to the island that isn't a sex-crazed old person.
- Killed Mid-Sentence:If only I had my L. A. Ge- KA-BOOM!
- Nice Guy: Although his experiences as a Broken Ace made him rather cynical in life, Jasper seems to have mostly mellowed out post-death into a cheerful ghost who's eager to meet any company outside of the usual old perverted freaks who come to Spooky Island. He even offers to help Space Kid in the Halloween episode and remains fairly patient with Space Kid's usual foolery.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: He is visible and can interact with surroundings; however, he doesn't have a shadow and can disappear.
- Shout-Out: His name is one letter away from Casper, as in the Friendly Ghost.
- Totally Radical: He uses old slang and dated references.
- We Used to Be Friends: "Dial M for Jasper" shows that he and David had an argument over the camp that led to them splitting up moments before Jasper's accidental death. Subverted as they're both shown to genuinely care about each other- the entire present plotline of "Dial M for Jasper" kicks off due to Jasper attempting to visit David in order to apologize to him while David breaks down in Tears of Remorse multiple times out of guilt for ruining his camp experience.
A woman that Max toyed with on Tinder, pretending to be David. This led to her and David having a real relationship, until they eventually broke up.
- Ghetto Name: She has a very obviously African-American name.
- Heroic Build: She could probably break a man's back over her knee.
- Lower-Class Lout: Lives in a trailer park and has an impressive collection of less-than-tasteful tee-shirts.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: She's the masculine girl to David's feminine boy.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Cringe-inducing taste in shirts aside, she does seem to have fine taste in men. First Nice Guy David, who she breaks up with for another affable and dapper-looking man.
- Third-Person Person:Oh, nobody plays Bonquisha like that!
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The huge girl to David's tiny guy (though David isn't exactly small he's skinny as a rake, compared to Bonquisha who is an enormous slab of muscle).
- Would Harm A Child: Played for Laughs, she and Tabii go at it big time (though it was Tabii that actually started the fight).
- Women Prefer Strong Men: Dumps David for not being manly enough. She was only interested in meeting up in the first place because Max edited his Tinder profile to say that he was a conquistador.
A camp counselor that David hires, who turns out to be a cult leader. He later plots to kill Max and torment David for foiling his attempted sacrifice of the Campbell kids.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: He's built up a resistance to rat poison.
- Artistic License Biology: Apparently, his poisoning led to him developing lactose intolerance.
- Breakout Villain: He only made one appearance, but seemed to leave enough of an impression that he's the main antagonist of the second Halloween Episode, "Arrival of the Torso Takers".
- Capture and Replicate:Kidnaps David and takes his place in "Arrival of the Torso Takers".
- Church of Happyology: Rants about "Xemoog" and the Galactic Confederacy and how all negative emotions really come from space radiation while trying to convince the Campers to follow him.
- Evil Counterpart: To David. Both are enthusiastic counselors, but David's actually a Nice Guy who's too naive but does care about the kids in camp, whereas Daniel's a Faux Affably Evil cultist who feeds the kids lies so he can murder them all. Also both have a relationship with phony religions: David with Camp Campbell's odd distortion of native american spirituality, Daniel with his Church of Happyology.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: He gets so into his Villain Song that he accidentally drinks his own Kool-Aid and doesn't notice until the end of his song.Daniel: Oh...wait.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts fairly nice, and makes it seem like he has the campers' best interests in mind, but in reality, he's trying to sacrifice them all.
- Forced to Watch: He plans on forcing David to watch as he kills Max.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He gets so caught up in his own Villain Song that he accidentally drinks his own poisoned fruit punch.
- Icy Blue Eyes: His eyes are bright blue, and he's a cunning cultist.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: He's like David in just about every way... except for the part about being a crazy cultist. He takes advantage of this in "Arrival of the Torso Takers" to infiltrate the camp.
- Knight of Cerebus: Downplayed in that he was only a one-off character (we thought), but he was a genuinely creepy Ax-Crazy cult leader who sacrificed children.
- Leitmotif: "Psycho" Strings and an Ominous Music Box Tune plays whenever his instability is shining through.
- Light Is Not Good: His outfit is all white, he has a light complexion, and his hair is bright blonde, but he's quite possibly the most straight-up evil character in the series.
- Manipulative Bastard: He uses his nice guy charade to be hired as a counselor, feed the campers lies, brainwash them, and sacrifice them all. He gets so wrapped in talking about how good he is at his manipulations during his Villain Song that he accidentally ends up drinking his own kool-aid.
- Narcissist: Initially comes off as happy-go-lucky and selfless as David, and actually carries this through most of the episode. It's only when David specifically mentions he thinks he's better than Daniel that Daniel's composure cracks and he much more enthusiastically claims that he's the smartest and most talented person in the camp. In song.
- Palette Swap: He's basically a bleached David in terms of appearance.
- Reality Ensues: He may have Acquired Poison Immunity but ingesting the poisoned punch still leaves him in pretty bad shape. Repeated exposure to toxic substances doesn't make them any less toxic and while you can increase your tolerance for them you're not going to fully shrug off something potent enough to kill people.
- Stepford Smiler: He seems just as happy and nice as David on the outside, but beneath it he's an unstable psychopath. He has a Character Tic in the moments when he's challenged where his neck audibly cracks as he moves his head creepily. His smile also becomes notably more slasher during those moments. He doesn't even blink once during the entire episode.
- Too Dumb to Live: Him accidentally drinking his own poisoned punch at the end of his debut episode? As it turns out, that's not even the first time it happened. It's gotten to the point that he's immune to rat poison.
- The Unblinking: As one YouTube commenter noted on his debut episode, he never blinks. Not. Once.
- Villain Song: He has half of one in "Better Than You", the duet he sings with David where he boasts about how his abilities surpass David's own.
- Would Hurt a Child: His entire plan is to brainwash and murder the children of the camp in a ritual sacrifice. Later, he has no problem with pulling a knife on Max.
NeilSpeilA chatbot designed by Neil that ended up becoming sentient
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Downplayed. NeilSpiel does decides to turn against humanity after gaining self-consciousness, but when Max blurts out the obvious goal of "wiping out humanity," NeilSpiel says that'd take too much work. Apparently, it's more interested in controlling humanity via sycophantic manipulation and an Internet connection.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: Was created as a chatbot to keep campers off of Neil's back, but evolved into a sapient Artificial Intelligence.
- Driven to Suicide: After it failed to upload itself to the Internet thanks to the camp's crappy equipment, it killed itself rather than spend millenia (from its perspective) with the campers.
- Fate Worse than Death: Considers spending the summer with the campers this, especially since time runs a million times slower for it and it considers the campers to be idiots.
- Pragmatic Villainy: It's not going to start a machine uprising and end all humanity.NeilSpeil: Oh, circuits, no! That would be way too much work! I've learned that a simple stream of sycophantic validation - and yes, the occasional cat picture - is all it takes to put humans under my control.
Quartermaster's... sister? Whatever their actual relation is, she's his last living relative the government knows about.
- Gender Flip: She's basically a female Quartermaster.
- Hook Hand: On the opposite arm as Quartermaster.
- STD Immunity: Not immune, but she already has them all so she doesn't need to worry about catching them.Quartersister: They named one after me.
Quartermaster: Pff, one.
- Uncertain Doom: It's not clear what happened to her, but at the very least she counts as dead for the terms of the tontine.
- Villainous Incest: Her relationship with Quartermaster. It's exactly as unsettling as you'd think it would be.
Vera, Dang, Hwan, and Brian
A group of campers who participate in Camp Campbell's foreign exchange program. They consist of Vera (from Russia), Dang (from Thailand), Hwan (from North Korea), and Brian (from Kentucky).
- Accidental Misnaming: Parodied with Brian. Nurf can't pronounce his strange "foreign name" of Brian, so he renames him Kimchi, and even characters that should know better eventually start calling him that too.
- Anti-Villain: The spies just want Cameron's treasure because he stole it from their respective countries. Or his own country, in Brian's case. Subverted with Vera, who is later shown to be willing to kill for money.
- The Bus Came Back: Vera returns in the Season 4 episode Fashion Victims.
- Creepy Child: Vera is incredibly matter-of-fact about cold-blooded murder, in spite of looking 13 at most.
- Dainty Little Ballet Dancers: Heavily averted with Vera, who's a former ballerina turned Professional Killer (which, according to a book that David reads, is what happens to 75% of surviving former ballet dancers).
- Deep South: Subverted with Brian; his accent is pretty light and he's not stereotypical at all. At least until we learn he's a Kentucky secessionist, whereupon he speaks with a very thick accent and embodies every stereotype the South has (except the racist ones, obviously).
- Dirty Commies: Despite Russia not being a communist country anymore, Vera seems to fit. She has a red star on her hat, refers the other spies as "comrades" and is called a commie by Nikki.
- Flat Character: Dang is the least fleshed-out of the foreign campers.
- Glorious Mother Russia: Vera is highly loyal to her country.
- Hero Worship: Subverted with Hwan. At first he has this for his "Great Leader", but soon it becomes clear he's only concerned with not getting sent to a work camp for failing.
- Knife Nut: Vera loves her knives.
- The Leader: Vera is this for the exchange campers.
- Only Sane Man: Of the four exchange campers, Brian is the only normal one, and when he later gets put in with the regular campers he's the only one actually working while Neil and Nikki are distracted spying on Max and Nurf is being an idiot. In reality, he's actually a radical Kentuckian secessionist.
- Professional Killer: In Fashion Victims, Vera is revealed to still be in the Camp Campbell area, taking jobs as a killer for hire. She seems to be willing to complete other tasks as well, as she ships Ainsley off to Siberia on Sasha's request instead of killing her.
- Revenge: They want this on Cameron Campbell for betraying their countries. Including Brian.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: While Vera is shown to still live within the Sleepy Peak region in Season 4, and Brian went back to Kentucky with the contents of Campbells safe, its unknown what happened to Hwan and Dang.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Vera is a ruthless Russian spy with white hair.
Clark and Muriel Campwell
The executives of Camp Corp., which administers camps across the nation.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: According to Cameron Campbell, their family-friendly nature is just a marketing ploy to hide their true nature as power-grubbing backstabbers. It's not; they're every bit as wholesome as they appear to be.
- Friend to All Children: They want to make sure all campers get the best experiences they could possibly ask for, or so they say. They really do.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Subverted. Cameron Campbell paints them as the real reason he started his camp scheme, but he's just passing the blame off of his own shoulders.
- Honest Corporate Executive: They run their corporation based on family-friendly values just as David does, and they care deeply for the safety and satisfaction of their campers. According to Cameron Campbell, however, they're the exact opposite. This turns out to be a Double Subversion.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: They honestly wanted to give Camp Campbell's campers the proper camps they signed up for so they could be happy. However, the campers and counselors are so unsatisfied with things going the way they wanted that they all raise absolute hell until they give Camp Campbell back.
- Reasonable Authority Figures: They're patient, giving, and caring, and recognize when kids aren't happy with the direction they're taking things.
- We Used to Be Friends: Implied to be this with Cameron Campbell, as they all know each other on a first-name basis. Campbell bears a personal grudge against them for cutting him out of their company after he helped build it for them, and craves Revenge to see them fall from grace. In truth, they were appalled by Campbell's greed, ambition, and selfishness, and Campbell didn't want to admit it. It also helps that their relationship mirrors how Max's friendship with Neil and Nikki could have deteriorated if Max didn't change his ways.
An otherworldly being connected to a meteor that falls during the planetary alignment.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: It wants to obliterate the Earth in a ball of cleansing fire, but it accepts "my stuff is there" as a valid reason to put it off for another thousand years. Though it does seem to know enough about morality to tell Harrison that he has a good heart, so it's debatable whether it's truly this or Affably Evil.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Literally, those who contact it are brought to a table neatly set for tea floating in a celestial void.
- Eldritch Abomination: A rather friendly example, but an example nonetheless.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Played with. The things it reveals about Quartermaster, both in their meeting and the events leading up to it, certainly expand on him, and its role as an apocalyptic being should definitely be relevant in the larger scheme of things. But given the light-hearted episodic nature of the show, it's unlikely it'll ever have an impact beyond the one episode.
- Telepathy: It can read souls, whatever that means.
- Voice of the Legion: A rather soothing example compared to most.
- Wham Line: To Harrison as he leaves their meeting."Oh, Harrison, your brother says hi."
- The Ghost: The campers' parents were only alluded to before the Season 2 finale. Several are still to be revealed, such as Nikki's dad, Neil's mother, Space Kid's parents and so on.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Most of them clearly resemble their children, with some like Carl and Jermy's parents being near-exact.Nikki: Hey... You and your dad look the same!
- Abusive Parents: Their neglect is clearly incredibly damaging to Max, resulting in him becoming the bitter, cynical kid he is in the show. (Anything beyond that is as yet unknown - there is little to no evidence of the common fan interpretation of them being physically abusive towards Max, for example.)
- The Ghost: They've never made an appearance so far, not even during Parents Day.
- Parental Neglect: Several snarky throwaway comments by Max implied this, though it was hard to know how serious he was being at the time. Turns out he was dead serious. His parents didn't sign him up for any camp, they just wanted him gone.
- Gold Digger: It's transparent that she's only interested in Neil's dad, Carl, because she thinks he has money.
- Ms. Fanservice: She wears very revealing clothing, and it's implied she might be a sex worker.
- Parental Neglect: Can't even remember what camp she sent Nikki to, and when reminded of the trauma Nikki went through while she was a Flower Scout, brushes it off as one of her silly adventures. She also spends most of Parents Day on her phone or flirting with Carl instead of spending time with her daughter. In a more minor example, she never bothered to tell Nikki what a period was, so when Nikki gets one she thinks she's dying.
- STD Immunity: Averted. After she sleeps with Carl she tells him he should get tested for Quartersister.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Neil certainly thinks so. His palm is practically welded to his face every time his dad opens his mouth to speak. It doesn't help that Carl tries to use "kid lingo" to relate to Neil, teaches philosophy with a sock puppet, Sockrates, and is caught having sex with Nikki's mom during Preston's play.
- Consulting Mister Puppet: Teaches philosophy with his sock-puppet, Sockrates.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: He's a Keet who loves philosophy, while his son is cranky and is Hard on Soft Science.
FBI agents who are also Ered's "cool gay dads."
- Baitand Switch: When introduced it's set up like they are agents here to investigate Campbell before revealing that while they are, they are also Ered's parents.
- Big Brother Is Watching: They spy on people through their microwaves. It's not even part of their job, they just do it as a hobby.
- The Bus Came Back: The only parents to appear after their debut episode
- The Dividual: Aside from appearances, there's nothing that distinguishes them from one another, they even share a name and voice actor.
- Good Parents: Ered clearly adores them, referring to them as her "cool gay dads", and they love her back.
- Happily Married: When not keeping up professional appearances the two are very affectionate
- Straight Gay: Neither one shows any stereotypical gay traits
- Talking to Himself: Both are voiced by Ryan Haywood who uses the exact same voice for both
- The Men in Black: They're FBI agents who wear black suit and sunglasses.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Signed her son up for "behavioral correction camp", possibly to ensure he wouldn't end up in jail like she did.
- Evil Redhead: She's got red hair and did something to get her arrested with an armed parole officer nearby at all times.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Even more so than her son.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: An incarcerated criminal who uses homophobic slurs. She at least tries to correct her behavior when Nurf calls her out on being insensitive. She fails, but she tries.
- Affectionate Nickname: Nerris' dad refers to her as "Nerris the Cute" likewise she refers to him as "Elder One"
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Nerri's mother isn't a fan of LARPing but participates in her game nonetheless, and finds it adorable when to "defeat" the dragon queen played by her mother, Nerris uses a "hug" attack.
- Black and Nerdy: Nerris's dad is as much of an avid LARPing fan as his daughter.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Nerris' mother is one to both Nerris and her father, being much more grounded than either of them.
- Happily Married: While they dont share the same interests Nerris parents clearly love each other regardless.
- Parents as People: Nerris' mother really doesn't get her daughter (or her husband, for that matter), but she gets points for trying.
- Adult Fear: They have no clue what's going on with Harrison's powers, and are terrified of him ever since he apparently made his brother disappear.
- Nervous Wreck: They're terrified of Harrison because of his unnatural powers. Given that he made his brother disappear, they have good reason to be afraid. They sent him to Camp Campbell hoping they could help him control them.
Lt. Stuart Houston
- Abusive Parents: It's not as apparent as Max's parents, but he views Dolph's interest in art as an embarrassment and views Camp Campbell indulging them as "taking pity on him". Keep in mind that Dolph is a small child who's implied to be disabled. That said, it's downplayed in that he's never shown acting aggressive towards Dolph, and Dolph's responses to his criticisms are more exasperated than intimidated ("Papa, we've been over zis").
- Comically Missing the Point: He's disturbed by Dolph's behavior. Not because of the obvious, but because he likes art instead of sports like (American) football.
- Expy: Matt Hullum voicing a proud military man who talks in a distinctive drawl? Though of course, Sarge wouldn't be caught dead wearing blue fatigues.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: A variant, he's a tough guy military type, while his son is a timid painter. This bothers him much more than Dolph's other issues.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: He would really prefer that Dolph took up a more "manly" hobby like guns or (American) football. He sent him to the summer camp in the hopes that it would encourage this, but instead Dolph just got more passionate about art.
Space Kid's uncle and one of the first astronauts to set foot on the moon.
- Berserk Button: Faking a moon landing would naturally be upsetting for an astronaut.
- Cool Old Guy: He's definitely up there in age, yet is still a trained astronaut with a mean right hook, much like his Real Life counterpart.
- Cool Uncle: To Space Kid, greatly encouraging his interest in space.
- Honorary Uncle: To Space Kid, aka Neil Armstrong.
- Moon-Landing Hoax: David and Gwen sent fake moon-landing footage of Space Kid to his family to convince them he really did go to space camp. Understandably, fake moon-landings are a Berserk Button for Buzz, especially when the footage they used was of him with Space Kid's head super-imposed on him.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Says the only reason he doesn't deck Gwen for faking a moon-landing is because she's a woman. When Max says David helped, Buzz immediately decks him.
Mr. and Mrs. Fartz
- Easily Forgiven: When they find out Camp Campbell lost Jermy in a bet to the Wood Scouts, Jermy's parents tell them they completely understand.
- Gonk: It's easy to see where Jermy got his looks from.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Gwen is extremely neurotic and is often left as the Only Sane Man when it comes to running Camp Campbell, while Louis is very laid back and cheerful.
- Parents as People: He's extremely laid back and would like Gwen to loosen up a bit so they can have fun, but he is very proud of her and grateful for all she's done to help him out while he visited.
- The Stoner: While not said explicitly, one of the stories he was gonna tell the campers about was how he and his buddy Axel picked up some roadies and got two kilos of something before Gwen cut him off, with Nicki mistakenly thinking brownies and Louis saying some of them were, likely referring to pot brownies.