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"It's the Color War, Paulette. Doesn't that mean anything to you?"
Last time on Camp Pining Hearts...
Camp Pining Hearts is a popular Canadian teen soap opera note  set in the titular camp. It focuses on two campers and Star-Crossed Lovers, Pierre and Paulette. Unfortunately, Pierre and Paulette are on opposite sides of the Color War. The Color War is a yearly competition where the campers must compete with each other in various sporting events. One of the rules of the Color War is that participants cannot talk to each other in fear of strategies being leaked out to opposing teams. In season 2, the scenario complicates itself even further with the introduction of Percy, the strongest man in the camp who is also vying for Paulette's affection while struggling to work with Pierre.

Trope Away, Campers!

  • Accidental Kiss: This happens to Officer Patel and Statue while they both try and swat a fly. While she assures Counselor Jacques it meant nothing, she admits to Pierre, and later Patel himself, that she enjoyed it and is fighting the urge to kiss him intentionally. This sparks the Love Triangle between the three.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Several times.
    • Gabrielle never catches on that Cheaters Never Prosper.
    • Season 6, episode 3 is dedicated to Paulette's team being turned against her by Gabrielle, with only Percy and Pierre believing in her. After they discover the truth (working to expose it despite their hang-ups with each other and the Color War, because they're honest), the camp learns an important lesson about not believing in gossip and not jumping to conclusions incriminating friends... and one season later, Paulette is again the primary suspect for something.
  • All There in the Manual: The show's website and tie-in book Pining for More, reveals several details not mentioned in the show itself.
    • A lot of the characters full names are revealed:
      • Francois' full name is Francois Francois, Jr.
      • Kozue's last name is Ikenaga.
      • The sumo wrestler from the Season Four trailer is actually a canon character; Kozue's uncle, Minoru, who she mentioned in passing in a few episodes.
      • Ludwig Fick, the camp janitor, is a veteran of some kind and immigrated to Canada from Germany in 2002.
  • American Gothic Couple: The camp was previously land owned by two deceased farmers (Stale Bread and Rice Pudding Smith), who are shown in a picture aping the painting American Gothic.
  • Annoying Laugh: Francois, a local cop, has a very awkward, donkey-like laugh. The campers try to avoid anything that could amuse him whenever he's around.
  • Archangel Raphael: Counselor Jacques claims that Raphael visits him in his dreams.
  • Arc Villain:
    • The Devil Werewolf acts as the primary source of overarching conflict in Season 3. He returns in Season 7, although he shares this role with the New Campers (well, mostly Lucian, Isabel, and James- the rest are Innocently Insensitive for the most part, but they trust those three), who provide more personal conflict.
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    • The Undead Wanderer in Season 4 provides a similar source of conflict, though his role is a tad more hands off.
    • Dr. Cactus McCactus, a mysterious medical doctor trying to get the camp closed, serves as a threat throughout Season 9.
  • Beach Episode: Season 5 had twelve episodes taking place at the beach. The first few were Justified, as the camp is near a lake and the beach was used for the events- canoeing, firemaking, swimming, and sandcastle building respectively. The rest... not so much. The one with a listing under Bizarro Episode is probably the most pointless.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Paulette is probably the kindest person in camp and part of the reason she hesitates so much is that she doesn't want to make anyone upset by her actions, but she's the one who ultimately lures out and (re)kills the Undead Wanderer.
    • It also turns out you shouldn't actively try and upset Hervé, as Doctor McCactus learned.
  • Bizarro Episode: Season Five's eighth Beach Episode had Pierre be transformed in a giant pineapple by a motorcycle gang made up entirely of Polynesian witches, Paulette being hypnotized into thinking she's in love with Madelyn and challenging Kozue to a breakdancing contest to win the former's affections, and Percy doing nothing but play romantic ballads an accordion on a rocking chair (after a previous episode established that he had never even heard of accordions before Counselor Jacques showed him a picture of one).
  • Captive Date: In the fifth Beach Episode, this is a plot point; Gabrielle kidnaps a random man to build a sandcastle with her for a couples' sandcastle building contest.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Alicia Chavez was kidnapped for several years by her own uncle
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulu: Statue says her ex-boyfriend was, and we quote, "a 70-foot tall tentacled insect-crustacean hybrid with fire for blood and the screams of thousand perishing galaxies for a voice, who rules the eternally traveling nebula born of humanity's suffering as he bathes in the water mountains of cosmic decimation". She never clarifies if she was kidding or not.
  • Ejection Seat: Wilfred of Ivanhoe inexplicably has an "Eject" button (big and red, naturally) on his dashboard, leading to a Running Gag throughout Season 2 involving other cops.
  • Emotion Eater: The Undead Wanderer is this. It is revealed he is drawn to the camp because of Paulette's uncertainty. Yes, uncertainty is his favorite "flavor", although he also has a taste for paranoia and distrust, to a lesser extent.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The camp janitor is always referred to as just that or even just "the janitor"...until the Season 6 premiere, where Officer Francois introduces him to Officer Patel as Ludwig Fick.
  • Fanservice with a Smile: Jackie and Flappy's, a breakfast-focused restaurant in town, has waitresses who dress in revealing plaid flannel shirts and jean hot pants. As such, Counselor Jacques doesn't want the campers to go there when they go to town for supplies (so of course some of them do). Interestingly, a line by a minor female character suggests the waitresses choose to dress that way because they enjoy how daring it looks.
  • Fatal Flaw: Paulette's uncertainty and inability to make decisions. It's the reason the Undead Wanderer attacked the camp. She eventually exploits it by using herself as bait to lure him into an ambush. Her uncertainty over the danger of the whole thing prevented him from realizing that it was a trap.
  • Genre Shift: The first two seasons were very rooted in normal life and teen romance drama, while Season 3 begins to introduce supernatural creatures. The latest seasons include psychological horror and crime thriller elements.
  • Healthcare Motivation: The reason the burglars in Season 2, Episode 7 try to rob Counselor Jacques is to pay for an operation for one of their younger sisters. Upon finding this out, Jacques convinces the burglars to leave by reminding them that they live in Canada and thus have universal healthcare anyway.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: The Season 4 premier actually had someone having the hiccups be a serious plot point.
  • Hypno Pendulum: In an attempt to get Pierre and Percy to work together in one episode of Season 2, Paulette uses a cameo that she wears around her neck as one. Her hypnosis goes awry when she realizes that someone forgot to cover the mirrors, and she hypnotizes herself because of it.
  • The Igor: The last Beach Episode of Season 5 has a man who fits every facet of this trope appear...but without a mad scientist, instead being the assistant to a Jerkass ice cream vendor.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gabrielle, despite doing some rather eye raising things, actually regards her team as her friends. Outside of the Color War, it's shown she actually doesn't have anything against those not on her team, even if she treats it as seriously as everyone else does.
  • Love Triangle: Following Percy's introduction, he and Pierre fight for Paulette's affections, and all the while Paulette becomes more and more unsure of who she truly loves.
    • Shortly after Officer Patel's Accidental Kiss with Statue in Season 7, one of these develops with Counselor Jacques. It lasts until the end of Season 9 when Statue leaves Jacques for Patel after growing sick of his pettiness towards Patel.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Gazsi Kedves, the actor who played the villainous title character of Señor Gates, is apparently "the kindest semi-retired Hungarian-Australian actor you can ever meet in a Thai restaurant in Wholesale City, Manitoba, Canada."
  • Missing White Woman Syndrome: Parodied; the missing poster for Alicia Chavez, a middle aged Latina who is one of the camp cooks (who briefly goes missing in Season 5), is shown to be much smaller than a gigantic picture of a young blonde that says "I'm more important" (and nothing else) in the police station. Dialogue indicates that the blonde was found years ago, but that some genius insisted on having the poster permanently glued to the wall. In Season 8, they paint over it and put up a new payphone.
  • Murderous Mask: A mask shaped like a skull with a large fin on top is seen as one of the items owned by the Undead Wanderer. It is never used, but it implied to make anyone who wears it go ballistic and then explode.
  • Neutral Female: Paulette zig-zags this. There's a lot of episodes that are basically about Percy and Pierre with her as the prize, but she has won some contests herself, and there are episodes dedicated to her relationships with her teammates (neither Percy nor Pierre appear in Season 2, episode 5), and her attempts at solving conflict within the camp. She's also the one who finally kills the Undead Wanderer.
  • Nice Girl: Paulette is friendly to everyone at camp and just wants everyone to get along.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Dr. McCactus receives one at the hands of Hervé, of all people.
  • Nubile Savage: The cavewomen seen in the visuals accompanying the Undead Wanderer's explanation for how he came to be look surprisingly healthy and beautiful from a modern perspective.
  • Odd Friendship: Lucian and James are extremely different from one another; Lucian is snooty, a neat freak, and is a pretentious aspiring author and James is blunt, a bit of a slob, and is illiterate. Despite this, they actually seem to have. a sort of twisted camaraderie they lack with Isabel.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Statue, though she's eventually revealed to be named Ruth Luther.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The Devil Werewolf has Black Eyes of Evil, glows in the dark, is essentially a human who just has wolf-like attributes, is stuck in his form permanently (which obviously mean he doesn't require a full moon to transform), is harmed by the sunlight like a vampire, can teleport in puffs of red smoke, and is vulnerable to, not silver, but rust from metal.
  • Posthumous Character: A few examples...
    • Stale Bread and Rice Pudding Smith, the long deceased farmers whose land became the camp.
    • Counselor Jacques's father is deceased. This comes up in dialogue because said father was also a counselor for the camp.
    • Randy, a camper who died in a car crash four years before the start of the show. He shows up in a flashback. Subverted in Season 9, which reveals he actually faked his death to flee to Scotland and start a new life, becoming Doctor McCactus.
  • Repetitive Name: Subverted with Doctor Cactus McCactus, who is revealed to really be named Randy Founder.
  • Rugby Is Slaughter: Percy gets the crap knocked out of him when he attempts to play rugby in Season 3.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Poor Paulette gets this In-Universe as well as out. She's usually the first person to be suspected of any sabotage because of all the time she spends with Percy and Pierre (who are on the other team). In Season 6, Episode 3, Gabrielle uses her reputation to slander her, hoping to make her team start infighting (and as a cover for Gabrielle's own cheating). According to Gabrielle's rumors, Paulette has Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and is using the Color War to weasel her way into (false) friendships in both sides. Or maybe she's just a Yandere who loves Pierre so much she'll sabotage her own team for him. The rumors weren't all that consistent, but everyone but Percy and Pierre believed it.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Secondary campers Kozue and Madelyn are revealed to be in a relationship near the end of Season 5.
  • Serious Business: The Color War. Paulette's about the only camper who treats it more as a game than an actual war, which has caused friction between her and her team.
  • Shot-for-Shot Remake: In-Universe, Paulette decries the remake of Señor Gates for being this, since she's already seen the original.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shoe Shine, Mister?: A kid in town very randomly sings a song offering to shine Paulette's shoes in Season 7.
  • Show Within a Show: Señor Gates, a crime-horror film about an American Serial Killer fleeing to Mexico and buying and operating a hotel as a cover.
  • Snow Means Death: The Undead Wanderer died in a pile of thick snow.
  • Spontaneous Crowd Formation: In the Season 9 premier, a crowd forms when Pierre first encounters Dr. McCactus.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Conselour Jacques' fiancé is three feet taller then him and is gorgeous. Appropriately, the campers call her Statue.
  • Summation Gathering: Parodied in the trailer for Season 4, where Counselor Jacques does this to some completely random characters who don't appear in the show, who then point out he isn't supposed to be there and that it's nothing more than an unusual book club.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Officer Patel is flat out called this by Percy.
  • Thicker Than Water: Paulette is very loyal to her cousin Colette even though she tried to sabotage her attempts to talk to Pierre.
  • Token Minority:
    • Alicia Chavez, one of the cooks, is the only Latin American.
    • Kozue is the only Asian Canadian camper, while Statue, Counselor Jacques fiancé, is the only Black Canadian to appear who has spoken lines.
    • Subverted in Season 5, which introduces another Asian Canadian camper named Hervé, though he only plays a real role in the story in two episodes. In later seasons he receives more focus and development.
    • Season 6 introduces Francois' new partner, an Indian Canadian named Officer Patel.
  • Turtle Island: The final Beach Episode of Season 5 reveals that an island off in the distance is actually a large monster that looks like a giant manatee with a turtle-like shell. The episodes writer confirmed in an interview that it was a reference to a dream he had, and it is otherwise irrelevant to the plot.
  • Unexplained Accent: Madelyn has a stereotypical Upper Midwestern accent despite no indication she isn't a homegrown Canadian. This is because her actress is from Granite City, USA.
  • Was Once a Man: The Devil Werewolf reveals this is his backstory, disproving the campers' theories of it being an alien.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: The Devil Werewolf has glowing yellow eyes. Notably, he is shown to have had them back when he was human in a flashback.
  • Zombie Infectee: A good part of Season 7's plot is finding who the Devil Werewolf may have infected and became the person stalking the camp. Paulette is a prime suspect, due to the events of the Season 3 finale. It's no one. The wound on Paulette's wrist was a Red Herring; Paulette and Percy really did stop the Devil Werewolf from turning her. The one responsible is the spirit of the Devil Werewolf himself, brought back by a few of the campers using New Camper Kiara's occult books (going behind her back). The suspicion against Paulette did serve a purpose, as the Devil Werewolf was trying to isolate her so he could finish what he started. It unfortunately doesn't work, since Paulette befriended some of the New Campers, who mostly didn't believe in the Devil Werewolf.


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