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Camp Lakebottom is a Canadian animated series produced by 9 Story Media Group that aired on Teletoon in its home country, as well as on Disney XD in the U.S. It was created by Eric Jacobson and Betsy McGowen, and ran for 64 episodes over 3 seasons between 2013 and 2017.

Summer has arrived! That means it's time to for kids to go to summer camp, and ever-eager 12-year-old McGee couldn't be more thrilled to spend his summer at Camp Sunnysmiles, the most elite summer camp in all of Canada — even if he has to spend his time there with his overbearing sister, Suzi. But thanks to Suzi and rich jerk Jordan Buttsquat (whose dad owns Camp Sunnysmiles), he, along with an aloof girl named Gretchen and a big, softhearted goof named Squirt, wind up taking the bus to the creepy, old summer camp across the lake known as Camp Lakebottom. It's a gloomy wreck of a camp, staffed by a friendly zombie named Sawyer, a fancypants sasquatch named Armand, and a short, surly lunchlady named Rosebud. Though spooked at first, the trio find out Camp Lakebottom isn't such a bad place to spend the summer after all, even despite the freaky and supernatural stuff that occurs there regularly. The only thing that stands in the way of these kids, their counsellors, and their summer fun is their rivalry with Buttsquat and Suzi over whose camp is better.

Tropes featured in Camp Lakebottom:

  • Abnormal Ammo: In "Big Top Terror", Doofus the Clown has a cannon that fires rubber chickens.
  • The Ahnold: "I Zomborg".
  • Almost Kiss: In "The Camp Lakebottom Classic", when McGee and Gretchen are about to kiss, it was interrupted by her sneezing on his face.
  • Alpha Bitch: Suzi.
  • Alternate Reality Episode: Season 2 episodes "Bottom Dome" and "Anti Gravity", the latter of which is likely paying homage to Star Trek.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: McGee's prankster traits probably made him an example to Suzi, but he's otherwise always ready to stick up for, and help his older sister. She rarely reciprocates.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: McGee comments that "Camp Lakebottom [is] creepy, terrifying, and could never pass even the most basic safety testing".
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: "Attack of the 50-Foot Squirt".
  • Attention Whore: Suzi must always be the best most prolific person in the area, even if it means letting her little brother get hurt to stay at the top. Or say cursing an entire play and calling upon dark curses that leave her a lightning shooting, wild-haired monster.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti:
    • Armand, the finicky arts and crafts teacher of Camp Lakebottom.
    • Abomina LaFur, a yeti who was part of Armand's spy past.
    • The Bigfoot Officers of Naturalized Sasquatches (FOONS) from "The Last of the Wild".
    • The episode "The Rise of the Dawn of the Beginning of the Planet of Armand!" features an alternate universe where sasquatches have taken over Camp Lakebottom, with Armand as their king.
  • Big Sister Bully: Suzi doesn't hesitate to mock and antagonize McGee.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Suzi has these when she's possessed during "Stage Fright".
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfiresauce: The super-hot chili peppers that prove to to be the best defence against the mutant raccoons in "High Plains Garbage Eater".
  • Boomerang Comeback: Buttsquat hits himself in the back of the head with his own boomerang, which knocks him off his boat, in "Slimey Come Home".
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When the campers get "Rashmallows" growing out of their skin, McGee sees his reflection and declares that he has mumps, measles, and his measles have mumps.
    • In "Clockwork Slime", McGee is looking for treasure and says they're going to find "Gold! Diamonds! Maybe even gold diamonds!".
  • Broken Pedestal: In "Bird Brains" Squirt meets his birdwatching hero Dr. Sapstein, and the two team up to find the legendary Mocker bird. When they find the Mocker, Sapstein takes it, and plans to scientifically transfer its flight powers into him so he can become a true bird. Squirt and Sapstein's failed experiments help defeat Sapstein in the end.
  • Bubble Boy:
    • In "It Came From My Nose", McGee is sealed in a bubble for not staying in bed while he's sick.
    • In "Smells Like The Holidays", Squirt seals himself inside a bubble after he vows never to fart again as a result of one of McGee's pranks.
  • Butt-Monkey: McGee and Buttsquat.
  • Camp Wackyname: The titular camp, as well as Camp Bottomlake and Camp Sunnysmiles.
  • Captain Colorbeard: The campers run afoul of the Ghost Pirate Captain Spitbeard in "Pirates of Ickygloomy".
  • Circus Episode: In "Big Top Terror", McGee find a painting of a clown while snooping through Armand's old circus gear. They decide to frame it and put it in his cabin. Armand screams at the sight of it, the campers have accidentally summoned Doofus the clown. Despite Armand's protests, the campers insist on employing Doofus as their circus coach, oblivious to the fact that he is trying to kill them.
  • Close on Title: The first episode's title isn't revealed until the end. It's "Escape from Camp Lakebottom".
  • Clothes Make the Maniac: In "Remember Fort Sunny Bottom", the stone hat from the statue of General Butt falls on Buttsquat's head; causing him to be possessed by the ghost of the general and declare war on Camp Lakebottom.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Armand's blonde wig from "Fanboy Freakout" is then used again in "When Suzis Attack".
    • When Nanny Num Nums robs the Bottom Dwellers of their youth, Armand, Rosebud and Sawyer look like their future selves from "Clockwork Slime".
    • Gretchen's turkeysaurus counterpart from "Tur-Keepin' It Real" resembles her were-chicken form from "Cluck of The Were-Chicken".
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: Gretchen does this to herself when she tries to prove she is girly enough to enter Camp Sunnysmiles beauty pageant in "Ring Around the Gretchen". When she buries her face on her bed in sorrow, her face sticks to the blanket.
  • Costumes Change Your Size: In "Live And Let Squatch", one of Abomina Lafur's ninja penguins is revealed to be Armand in disguise. Her unzips the penguin costume and steps out: transforming from penguin-sized to full-sized Sasquatch (and wearing a tuxedo).
  • Counting Sheep: In the "Bloody Marty" episode, McGee is hiding from Marty who wants to make McGee fall asleep so that he can trap him in a mirror. He notices a sheep jumping over a fence, then another and then another before he realises that Marty is throwing them over.
    Bloody Marty: Mind helping me count my flock?
  • Cowboy Episode:
    • In "High Plains Garbage Eater", it's Western Week at camp and the gang finds themselves in the middle of a good ol' fashioned showdown with mutant raccoons, over garbage!
    • In "Slugfight at Bottom Gulch", the Bottom Dwellers went back in time to prevent Blackbutt from taking the deed.
  • Cow Tipping: The campers try to do this in the "Bloody Marty" episode while staying up past their bedtime and playing with Marty.
    Squirt: Cows sleep standing up, if you sneak up on them, you can tip them over.
    Bloody Marty: What are you doing man? (Puts a dollar on the on the cow's horn) I already tipped him!
  • Cup Holders: In the "Slimeball Run" episode, Buttsquat shows off that his new Beach Blitzer has a titanium frame, turbo thrusters, a missile launcher and seven cup holders.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Lakebottom is a gloomy pit, filled with monsters and all numbers of strange things. And they're all friendlier than the jerks at Sunny Smiles.
  • Dartboard of Hate: In "Tooth Troll", the Tooth Troll has a dartboard with a picture of the Tooth Fairy on it in her lair.
  • Dating Catwoman: Armand shares a mutual attraction with his professional rival, Abomina LaFur.
  • Did You Get a New Haircut?: In "Mindsuckers From the Depths", Squirt gets a huge, evil leech attached to the top of his head. Armand notices there is something different about him and wonders if he is using a new cologne.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: "Pod Parents" reveals that Suzi was once very close to McGee, the two of them often performing a musical dance act together. But after McGee played off accidentally dropping his pants into a comedy routine, Suzi got angry at him for "ruining the show" and "humiliating" her, leading to her current antagonistic attitude towards him.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: After Buttsquat banned gum, Suzi and a number of other Sunnysmiles campers started acting like they were drug addicts on withdrawal.
  • Dread Zepplin: In "Live And Let Squatch", Abomina Lafur and her ninja penguins attack Camp Lakebottom in a black blimp armed with volatile chocolate brownie explosive torpedoes.
  • Duct Tape for Everything: In "Frankenfixer", the campers build a Frankenstein Monster named Frankie to serve as a fix-it man for the camp. He uses duct tape for every repair. When he inevitably turns evil, he starts using duct tape as a weapon.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Chipper from "Cheeks of Dread" made his first appearance in the opening.
    • Huggly Bear (the stuffed bear toy that hypnotised nearly everyone) appears in McGee's dream in "Doo Doo Doomsday" before his antagonistic role in "Terror From The Toybox".
  • Everything's Worse with Bears: Well, bearverines anyway.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: A miniaturized McGee ends up inside Buttsquat in "Buttastic Journey".
  • Fictional Holiday: Doo Doo Day, a holiday celebrated by monsters around the world. On the day, a large mullet-donning bird called the Permadactyl arrives at monster locations, and, if given compliments and food, will lay eggs containing the best presents ever for the monsters who pleased her.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: The result of eating the super-hot chilies in "High Plains Garbage Eater".
  • Forbidden Fruit: Gum becomes this for Suzi after Buttsquat bans it. Lampshaded, "I don't even like gum, but now I gotta have it!" after which she starts gnawing used pieces off off the bottom of McGee's bed.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In "Being McGee", a cursed amulet causes McGee and Buttsquat to swap bodies.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Squirt.
  • Friend to Bugs: Squirt, whose Friend to All Living Things tendencies extend to bugs. This results in him attempting to make a pet of every creepy-crawly that finds its way into camp, no matter how terrifying or potentially lethal it is.
  • From Bad to Worse: Everything that happens in Camp Lakebottom.
  • Futureshadowing: In "Clockwork Slime", the Bottom Dwellers went to the future of Camp Lakebottom, only to see future Buttsquat's slime factory. Since they went to the future, the present Buttsquat started making money out of the slime after he got hit by its geyser.
  • Ghost Pirate: Captain Spitbeard, and the ghost cabin boy Swabby, in "Pirates of Ickygloomy".
  • Grossout Show
  • Harmless Electrocution: McGee was electrocuted three times in the episode "Pranks For Nothing", with no lasting damage. He was fine immediately after each zapping.
    • Literally everyone in "Stage Fright".
    • Suzi gets electrocuted in "When Suzis Attack", resulting an a Bride of Frankenstein hairdo.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: The episode, appropriately titled "Hiccups", has McGee getting hiccups when he drinks fizzy water mixed with break berries. Unfortunately, it makes everything around him disappear. He eventually loses them after literally hiccupping away everything when in the falls.
  • Hidden Depths: It is implied from time to time that Buttsquat is actually very lonely, and he constantly clashes with the Bottom Dwellers because they're the ones he feels closest to.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Gnome Force", McGee makes Papa Gnome turn himself to stone using the reflective mascot suit Buttsquat made him wear.
  • How We Got Here: In almost every episode. "Escape From Camp Lakebottom" is a notable exception.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: In "The Great Tiki Hunt", McGee and his friends find an old Tiki idol and accidentally unleash an ancient Tiki deity. Although the deity initially seems nice, he soon gives the campers the "honor" of being his prey in the Great Tiki Hunt.
  • Ignoring by Singing:
    • In "Marshmallow Madness", Armand refuses to listen to Sawyer's campfire story through using this tactic.
    • In "Buttastic Journey", Buttsquat tries this in an attempt to drown out McGee (who is talking to him from inside his head).
  • Improvised Parachute:
    • In "Frankenfixer", McGee uses Sawyer's handkerchief as a parachute.
    • In "Live And Let Squatch", Gretch and Squirt get knocked out of Abomina Lafur's Dread Zepplin but are saved when the pants Squirt is wearing on his head act as a improvised parachute. (It Makes Just As Muchsense In Context)
  • Indy Escape: McGee and Buttsquat are chased by a giant boulder while raiding an ancient temple at the start of "Being McGee".
  • I Taste Delicious: At some point in "Marshmallow Madness" Squirt is seen licking his "Rashmallows" on his skin.
    McGee: Eww, Squirt. It's probably not a good idea to lick them.
    Squirt: Aww, but I'm so delicious!
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: The plot of "It's a Horrible Life" features McGee messing up a surprise party for Squirt, making him feel so awful he wishes he never existed. A fairy goblin named Torus grants his wish, revealing a universe where Buttsquat took over Camp Lakebottom, renamed it Camp Sunnybottom, and enslaved everyone there.
  • It's All About Me: Suzi will always put her own needs above everyone else's.
  • It's Always Spring: The show is set during summer vacation.
  • Jerkass: Buttsquat. Suzi isn't too far behind either.
  • Killer Rabbit: Chipper, the demon chipmunk from the Underworld who tries to eat the campers.
  • Landing In Someones Bath Tub: In "Tooth Troll", Sawyer loses control of his golf cart while attempting to pull out Squirt's tooth and crashes into Armand's hot tub, while Armand is in it.
  • Lava Surfing: In "Rise of the Bottom Dwellers", Gretchen and Squirt escape the erupting Mount Fittoblow by surfing down the lava flow on a rock.
  • Letting the Air out of the Band: Happens to Frankie's electronic voice after McGee removes the two brains and the jar of evil pickles from his head in "Frankenfixer".
  • Light Is Not Good: At the same time, Sunnysmiles is a bright, high-tech camp full of Jerkasses run by a tyrannic Buttsquat.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Averted in the Taken for Granite example below. It's just a stone-shell over the target.
  • Living Clothes: In "Late Afternoon of the Living Gitch", Squirt's stinky underwear is washed in toxic cleanser and comes alive: leading the rest of the laundry on a campaign of terror.
  • Made of Explodium: In "Slimey Come Home" when the giant crab rips one of the Sunnysmiles cabins out of the ground and skips it across the lake, it explodes after a distance.
  • Magic Meteor: The Lakebottom campers and Buttsquat gain temporary superpowers in the "The Superfantastic Mega-Buds" episode from a glowing meteorite that lands in the middle of the camp.
  • Meat-O-Vision: When McGee and Buttsquat are lost in the wilderness and starving they start to hallucinate all kind of things of food; including a pile of leaves as a giant plate of nachos and a tree stump as a giant sundae.
  • The Men in Black: Armand wipes away the memories of the campers in "The Spy Who Squatched Me" as McGee said that they will never forget their first spy mission.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Many animals seen near Camp Lakebottom are a combination of two or more creatures. Examples include rhino-chickens, bat bunnies and zom-bees.
  • Moral Myopia: Suzi. She insults and antagonizes McGee and his friends remorsely, but if one of them even accidentally inconveniences her, she treats it as something heinous and worthy of instant, terrible retribution. She sees nothing wrong with this attitude, and even claims in "Head Two Head" that she's "always nice."
  • My Beloved Smother: Sawyer's mom, who is not only sickeningly doting, but an old-school undead brain-eating zombie who tries to get her son to start noshing on noggins again.
  • The Napoleon: Ittibiticus the minotaur.
  • Never My Fault: In "Sword of Ittibiticus," Suzi messes with McGee by opening and closing the screen on one of Buttsquat's fancy jetskis, pretending to let him have some air conditioning on a hot summer's day. Inevitably, the mechanism breaks, leaving it stuck halfway, which Suzi immediately blames on McGee.
  • Never Say "Die": In the episode "Nanny Num Nums" where the trio face a Life Drinker that likes to speak in rhyme.
    Nanny Num Nums: What is this? Two meddling kids, I spy! One more breath and you two shall...give me your youth!
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Most of the shenanigans throughout the series are caused by McGee.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: All the kids at Camp Lakebottom to an extent, but in particular Squirt.
  • Nothing but Skulls: In "Cheeks of Dread", the lair of the killer chipmunk Chipper contains a mound of human skulls.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: McGee's pet dragon Lizzy in "How to Potty Train your Dragon".
  • Our Gnomes Are Weirder: "Gnome Force".
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Esmeralda, the antagonist of "McGee the Mermaid". The gang find her inside a trunk, and plots to Take Over the World with quite a voice to match.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: "Bite of the Buttsquat" has Buttsquat bitten by multiple bat bunnies that turns him into a "Campire".
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: "Cluck of the Were-Chicken".
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Sawyer doesn't desire to eat brains. He's just a big friendly undead guy.
    • Although a throwaway line Played for Laughs at the end of "Zombie Dearest" has him say that he does desire to eat brains (and regularly fantasizes about eating the brains of the campers), he just chooses not to act on it so he can be a camp counselor.
  • Overly-Long Gag: Papa Gnome seems to have spent the greater part of the episode repeating "Or else!" and petrifying things building up a rather big pile.
  • Perky Goth: Gretchen.
  • Pirate Episode: In "Pirates of Ickygloomy", while playing Pirates on a shipwreck, the Bottom Dwellers must battle the Ghost Pirate Spitbeard the Pirate, who is determined to win back his ship.
  • Pop the Tires: This is one of the dirty tricks Buttsquat pulls on McGee in "Slimeball Run".
  • Potty Emergency: In "Camp Lockdownbottom", the camp is turned into a prison. However, McGee desperately needs to go, and soon discovers that the latrines are on the other side of the fence.
  • The Power of Rock: In "The Great Tiki Hunt", McGee overcomes the evil Tiki god with the power of a ukulele solo.
  • Prison Episode: In "Camp Lockdownbottom", Rosebud turns Camp Lakebottom into a prison after her favourite ladle goes missing. Prison tropes immediately set in with McGee planning a Great Escape and Armand getting prison tattoos cut into his fur.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: "Mindsuckers from the Depths" has an army of mind control leeches hell-bent on world domination with their leader, the largest, taking head on Squirt.
  • A Rare Sentence: From "Fanboy Freakout":
    Gretchen: "Squirt, don't eat our fake poop. There's a sentence I never thought I'd have to say. Again."
  • Road-Sign Reversal: In the first episode, Jordan does this to send the bus carrying McGee, Gretchen and Squirt to Camp Lakebottom instead of Camp Sunnysmiles.
  • Running Gag: Sawyer's limbs falling off and Buttsquat yelling about having revenge.
  • Scary Scarecrows: In "The Ghost in the Mower", the campers summon up a ghostly groundskeeper called the Grim Keeper to take care of their overgrown soccer field. The Grim Keeper manifests in the form of a scary scarecrow.
  • Scary Stinging Swarm: In "Pod Parents," Suzi disturbs a hive of "zombees" and is shown badly stung in a subsequent scene.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In "Pandora's Jock", the counselors banished the training titan Jacques the Jock to limbo by sealing him in an old television and tossing it into the shed. Naturally, McGee lets him out.
  • Self-Serving Memory: In "Jaws of Old Toothy", Buttsquat's interpretation of him against Old Toothy depicts him as a muscular Adonis defeating him with ease. Sawyer's version isn't nearly as dignified.
  • Sequel Episode:
    • From "Zombie Dearest" to "Zombie Scouts".
    • From "Sword of Ittibiticus" to "Ice Queen".
    • From "The Spy Who Squatched Me" to "Live and Let Squatch".
    • From "The Day Squirt Stood Still" to "You Sank My Battle-Squirt!".
    • From "Big Top Terror" to "F.L.O.P.P.Y the Elephant".
    • From "Voyage to the Bottom of the Deep" to "Working Over-Slime".
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shrunken Head: There are trees around the camp with shrunken heads hanging from the branches that snap at anyone who gets close.
    Squirt: Ahhh! Shrunken head! Can you eat shrunken heads?
    Gretchen: No, but they can eat us!
  • Similar Squad:
    • The kids find Camp Bottomlake in an underwater cave, containing Fish People versions of themselves and a Giant Squid version of Buttsquat. There aren't any counselors to be found though (it's implied that the Buttsquid may have had something to do with that).
    • In "Now With 100% More Portal", The Bottom Dwellers went to a different dimension where they meet their zombified selves, alongside with the counselors. (Except for Sawyer, who is trying to survive in his dimension.)
    • In "Tur-Keepin' It Real", there are turkeysaurus versions of the Bottom Dwellers and the counselors.
  • Spoiled Brat: Buttsquat.
  • Summer Campy: Naturally.
  • Swiss-Army Appendage: Sawyer's left hand contains everything, but for some reason he most prominently wields the chainsaw.
  • Taken for Granite: In "Gnome Force", Papa Gnome does this to the counselors with his monocle after demonstrating with several items, including a head of cabbage, a bucket, a chicken, and a rock.
  • Taking the Bullet: In "Late Afternoon of the Living Gitch", Gitchy (who is a pair of Squirt's underpants that has been brought to life) leaps in front of McGee to take a shot of super-strength fabric cleaner fired by Buttsquat. This is played exactly like this trope, including the dramatic slo-mo.
  • The Teaser: Episodes open with a clip of the climatic scene, framed as a (title) postcard from McGee to his mother with a quip about plot events.
  • Terrifying Tiki: McGee and his friends unleash one of these in "The Great Tiki Hunt".
  • Toilet Paper Prank: In "Late Afternoon of the Living Gitch", Buttsquat attempts to wrap Lakebottom in toilet paper. However, he ends up wrapped in toilet paper and hanging from a tree.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Popcorn for Gretchen and marshmallows for Armand.
  • Trap-Door Fail: In "Stage Fright", Gretchen attempts to sabotage Suzi's audition by opening a trap door on the stage. When this misses, she opens additional trap doors (by continually yanking the same lever) until most of the stage has dropped away. This still fails who get Suzi, who eventually falls though a trap door in the back wall.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: McGee, Squirt, and Gretchen are the main characters of the show.
  • Unconventional Food Usage: In "Fanboy Freakout", Gretchen uses chocolate to create fake Sasquatch droppings. (It Makes Sense Incontext.)
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Buttsquat and Suzi have been saved by the Bottom Dwellers time and again, yet neither one has ever uttered one word of thanks.
  • Vegetarian Zombie: Sawyer does want to eat brains, apparently, but his sense of duty as a camp counselor and his love for the kids keep him from doing so.
  • Wacky Racing: "Slimeball Run" features a race across the swamp with ownership of Camp Lakebottom at stake.
  • Walk the Plank: Ghost Pirate Captain Spitbeard tries to make McGee walk the plank (off a flying ship) in "Pirates of Ickygloomy". He ends up going off the plank himself.
  • Weaponized Car: Buttsquat's Beach Blitzer in "Slimeball Run". Its weapons include missiles, a dart gun, and a giant magnifying glass.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: A surname example. What kind of family would keep the name "Buttsquat"?
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Gretchen is afraid of chipmunks, although the events of "Cheeks of Dread" seemingly cure her.
  • World of Weirdness: Oh, where do we begin? In case you couldn't guess from the premise or the fact that the place is staffed by a zombie, sasquatch, and a cook with the grossest food on her menu, the titular Camp Lakebottom is a good ol' fashion hotspot for such strangeness as a desert complete with a mummy's tomb, access to a Lost World, a tree that lets one time travel, is near a forest with countless spooks, and even the very wildlife is weird and dangerous such as giant talking raccoon bandits and demon chipmunks with a taste for flesh. And you cannot overlook how the counselors themselves have a vast collection of supernatural and possessed objects such as a titan held prisoner in a tv set or the remains of an evil sentient rally truck.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: In "Smells Like The Holidays", McGee inadvertently causes Squirt to vow never to fart again and to seal himself inside a smell-proof bubble. That night he is visited by Gretchen who fulfills the role Jacob Marley's ghost, and then the Ghosts of Farts Past (Rosebud), Present (Armand), and Future (Sawyer).
  • Zombie Apocalypse: "Zombie Scouts" and "Now With 100% More Portal".