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Casper's Scare School: The Series is a 2009 animated series based on the CGI film Casper's Scare School, starring Casper the Friendly Ghost. The series is broadcast three days a week on YTV Canada and aired on Cartoon Network in the US as well as in UK & Ireland.

Casper's Scare School provides the following tropes

  • Academy of Adventure: the eponymous scare school, where the characters spend most of their time and have most of their adventures.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: just look at the page image. The entire series is CGI.
  • All-Ghouls School: the titular scare school is a school entirely for (and run by) monsters.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: Alder and Dash take this very literally. They once punished Casper for giving a gift to one of the teachers, not because it could be considered a bribe, but because it was a nice thing to do.
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  • Big Fancy House: The Ghostly Trio's manor could qualify, in spite of it's creepiness.
  • Blind and the Beast: In season 2 there's a recurring near-sighted old lady who sees Casper and friends as normal human kids.
  • Blindfolded Vision: Cappy. In fact, when he has his blindness taken away he loses all sense of direction.
  • Boarding School: Scare School is this type of school, with the students living there.
  • Lighter and Softer: The Ghostly Trio, so much that they actually care about Casper. Of course they still love to scare humans.
  • Literal Metaphor: Alder and Dash's replacement from "Master Blister" literally has eyes in the back of his head.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Kibosh's manservant Razznik betrayed him after enduring two centuries of Kibosh treating him almost like an slave.
  • Monster Mash: Let's see; the main characters are a ghost, a zombie and a mummy, the main antagonists a vampire and a two-headed monster, and there's a werewolf, two skeletons, a swamp creature, and various other monsters as background characters.
  • Muggles: The human characters, with Jimmy and his dad being the most important ones.
  • Mythology Gag: Deedstown shares the same name as the town from Casper: A Spirited Beginning.
  • Negative Continuity: Season 2 overall is infamous for it's number of inconsistencies with season 1, a few examples:
    • In the season 2 episode "Cappy's Mail Order Eyes" Cappy gets new eyes and manages to make his way to Deedstown, despite the 4-part special from season 1 establishing that he loses all sense of direction when he's not blind.
    • In the season 1 episode "Revenge of the Creature Catcher", Jimmy is able to travel from the manor of Casper's uncles to Scare School, proving that he knows how to operate the clock and open the dimension tube. But in the season 2 episode "The Manor Has Disappeared", he somehow does not know this and ends up shrinking the manor when trying to open the tube.
    • In the 4-part special, Mr. Bradley finds out Jimmy is friends with Casper and co. But in later episodes, he does not seem to know this.
    • In the episode "Our Boy Wolfie", Wolfie does not know who Jimmy is, despite the fact that this episode is clearly set after "Ghost Bust a Move" (as Graham is already a creature catcher by now) in which Wolfie and Jimmy met.
  • Never Wake Up a Sleepwalker: In the season 2 episode Dream Team, Mr. Bradley starts suffering from frequent sleepwalking, and Jimmy is unwilling to wake him up because of this trope.
  • Nice Guy: Casper (perhaps a bit too nice for his own good, in fact, as he also suffers from Chronic Hero Syndrome.
  • Nurse with Good Intentions: The school nurse seems to be under the impression that her sadistic methods will cure her patients rather than making them worse.
  • One-Federation Limit: Of every creature, there is only one within Scare School (Casper is the only Ghost student, Ra the only mummy, Thatch the only vampire etc.) The only exceptions are Mickey and Monaco, who are both skeletons.
  • One Steve Limit: In a possibly accidental aversion, Jimmy has had two completely different bullies in different episodes, both named Norman. One has brown hair in a mullet hairstyle, and the other is a blond skater in a beanie and red hoodie. They appeared in the same scene in one episode (though the one with the mullet was possessing Casper at the time).
  • Only Six Faces: A lot of humans look basically the same, based on the same generic model. The monsters are mostly a Cast of Snowflakes.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Thatch isn't harmed by sunlight and doesn't have to drink blood to survive despite him being a vampire.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Wolfie is perpetually a werewolf. When there's a full moon he turns into a bigger werewolf and loses all control.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: Many of the creatures that would normally be former fleshies were never fleshies. Mantha was always a zombie, Ra was always a mummy, etc. The only characters that were confirmed to be formerly human were Fly Boy and his father. However, in the episode "Scare Day", after Mantha wins a scaring competition, she mentions this is the best day of her afterlife. This suggests she too was once a human, died, and then became a zombie.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Mantha is smart and agile. The walking slowly while chanting "Braaains..." routine is just a scare tactic zombies use. And though she does eat brains, it's not all she eats.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: In "Potent Brew" Casper is trying to pull something from a toddler's grip and when Mantha scares the toddler into letting go, making her cry, Casper thanks her. What the hell?
  • Potty Emergency: In "Fang Decay" there is a long line of students in front of the Boys' bathroom. Mosshead really has to go and unfortunately for him, Thatch is in there. Right at that moment, Mosshead sees Mickey and Monaco having a drink, much to his horror. Soon Thatch comes out, but poor Mosshead has to wait even longer due to Quasi cutting the line.
  • Power Parasite: In the 4-parter "Power Outage" Razznik steals everyone's powers with the help of a magic crystal.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Casper does this to Mosshead in "Messy Business At The Manor'. for Mosshead supposedly being an Ungrateful Bastard.
    Casper: Grrrrr! I've had it with you! I did you a favor and all you've done is act like an obnoxious jerk! You wanna tell on me?! Go ahead, but don't ever come to me for anything else ever again! I never should've let you in my house!
  • Secret Keeper: Jimmy keeps the fact that he is friends with Casper and other monsters a secret from everybody.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: In "Possessed", one of the Normans called Mantha Casper's girlfriend.
    Norman: Show me how to get home, and I won't mail your girlfriend's head to China.
    Casper: She's not my—
    Norman: Hmm, now where can I find a box big enough?
  • Single-Minded Twins: Mickey and Monaco are always together, and always on the same page about everything.
  • Skunk Stripe: Thatch has one.
  • Something Only They Would Say: To find out whether or not it's Wolfie (who turned human), Thatch asked him if he remembers what Thatch did yesterday. Wolfie tells him of Thatch's prank on Alder and Dash, but he shuts Wolfie up and says he meant about the prank on Casper.
  • Stranger in a Strange School: Jimmy in the episode "A Real Little Monster", where he goes to Scare School (a school only for monsters) disguised as a creature.
  • Terrible Trio: Thatch, Mickey and Monaco in the film
    • Thatch, Slither, and Dummy Girl in the series.
    • The Ghostly Trio whenever they appear.
  • Those Two Girls: Mickey and Monaco, who are mostly background characters and only have a few lines whenever they appear.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Casper, Ra and Mantha.
  • Time to Move: The main plot of the episode "Ghost Bust a Move", in which Casper, Ra, Mantha and Wolfie try to help Jimmy from having to move away from Deedstown to a small desert town.
  • Token Good Teammate: Casper is the nicest monster of the main trio, and the one least eager to scare people.
  • Town of Adventure: Deedstown, which is the main setting for any episode not set at the Scare School.

Alternative Title(s): Casper Scare School


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