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  • Adorkable: The Jelly Beans and Samson are pretty endearing for how socially awkward they are. Dave also carries shades of this.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The events of the finale (namely, his nonchalance when finding out that his scoutmaster is actually a deranged lunatic) has made some see Lazlo as a massive Stepford Smiler with an "I Reject Your Reality" kind of mindset.
  • Bizarro Episode: The final episode itself, "Lumpus' Last Stand." Lumpus discovers how to turn paint into a cheap alternative for clothes, making him a hero of society. Two green moose travel back in time to see him be honored for his wonderful invention, bringing a statue made of all the world's dirty laundry. Then... it rains... washing off everyone's painted clothes. The future changes- the moose lose their antlers and body fat, and the Lumpus statue reverts back to a mountain of filthy clothes. Prickly Pines's people scramble to cover up in said clothes, then form an angry mob to attack Lumpus. However... a policeman shows up with a cow... and it's an older Heffer (or at least a steer that resembles him)! Heffer says he's the actual Camp Kidney scoutmaster and Lumpus is an impersonator who locked him up from the very start of the show. Lumpus gets put in a straightjacket and hauled off to prison. Despite this, Lazlo somehow sees a bright side, though Edward immediately calls him out for it. Finally, the campers, stuck in the buff, all walk offscreen, while Samson gets the last line of the show, where he lampshades the whole ordeal and pretty much sums up why this is the last episode:
    Samson: Okay. I think it's just officially got to the point where it can't get any weirder.
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  • Crack Ship: Lazlo/Edward. Well, maybe not THAT crack...
  • Crazy Awesome: Clam. It's like The Ace and a Cloudcuckoolander combined. When Clam attempts anything, it tends to be very weird, but always successful. He does not swim; he runs on water.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Many of the minor Squirrel Scouts, most notably Amber the bunny scout, Suzie the poodle scout, and Almondine the owl scout. A number of the Bean Scout extras also count.
    • Pothole McPucker, the hideous mayor of Prickly Pines is pretty popular as well.
    • Slinkman is easily the most popular character in the fanbase though. Even people who don't like the show admit to liking him. It's not hard to see why either. He's a very friendly and good-hearted fellow as well as one of the very few examples of Only Sane Man in all fiction that isn't a Deadpan Snarker, a Butt-Monkey, or both. Unfortunately, his status as this was somewhat tarnished in the later seasons when he Took a Level in Jerkass and held onto the Jerkass Ball for the sake of a conflict for some episodes.
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  • Fanon Discontinuity: A lot of fans don't like the series finale (and to a lesser extent, the entire last season) and don't consider it to be canon, due to how it heavily contradicts the show's history (even for a show like this.)
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • As explained on the Creator Breakdown section on the Trivia page, Joe Murray wasn't involved with the show anymore because his second wife divorced him. That's exactly the same as when his first wife committed suicide during production for Rocko.
    • The comic book story "Vote Lazlo" features Scoutmaster Lumpus' disappearance and it's eventually revealed that he rolled himself under the bed and nobody noticed. It no longer sounds so funny after it happened for real to a nine-year-old boy. Or it may be funnier, depending on who you're talking to.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "The Big Cheese", a police officer describes Scoutmaster Lumpus, who's driven off in Commander Hoo-Ha's jeep, as "A bloated escapee from some asylum". Cue Grand Finale.
  • Ho Yay: "Irreconcilable Dungferences", to the point that the "friendship ceremony" was set like a wedding.
    • In one episode, the scouts are going camping, and Edward had his sleeping bag destroyed by a beaver, so he tries sharing a sleeping bag with every other camper. Not enough? When he tries Lazlo's, Edward feels Lazlo's PJs and asks what they're made of. Lazlo replies that he sleeps in the nude.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Edward is this at times, especially given how badly he's treated by his older brothers. In "O Brother Who Art Thou" he gets punched by a boxing glove on a spring, then turned into a tether ball and sent flying way out into the woods.
  • Moe: This show provides one of the few furry examples of this trope due to the adorkable nature of many of the characters.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If Edward deliberately tripping Lazlo and breaking his ankle in "The List" wasn't bad enough, Lumpus was arguably even worse in this episode as he crosses it by straight-up congratulating Edward for doing so and expressed visible joy and amusement at the thought of Lazlo's ankle being broken. Keep in mind that Lazlo is a child and Lumpus is a full-grown adult.
    • Edward again crossed it in "Float Trippers" when he actually took joy in the possibility of Lazlo, Clam, and Raj dying from the waterfall.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Although it's not as funny as most of its contemporary Cartoon Network shows, and doesn't have as much adult humour as much as Joe Murray's previous show, it's still an altogether decent show with more than a few Funny Moments. It did win an Emmy after all.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: Aside from the state that CN was going through at the time this show was airing, a lot of the criticism it receives is a result of the show's subtle, but still noticeable, similarities to SpongeBob SquarePants (mostly the pre-movie episodes), if it were to take place at a summer camp and use nature animals as its cast: Lazlo bears some similarities to SpongeBob in terms of being an optimistic, cheerful, free-spirited, eccentric, happy-go-lucky, naïve but good-hearted All-Loving Hero who has a similar high-pitched and somewhat nasally voice, unintentionally causes annoyance towards others (sans his friends) with his goody-goody personality, and is oblivious to others hatred of him. Raj and Clam are similar to Patrick in terms of being the protagonist's best friend(s) and being seemingly idiotic but with Hidden Depths. Edward and Scoutmaster Lumpus' personalities are reminiscent of Squidward in that they are both cynical, assholish Grumpy Bears who are frequently annoyed by the Bean Scouts' enthusiasm and happy-go-lucky attitude while trying to mind their own business (though, Lumpus' Flanderization as a Psychopathic Manchild made him a little less of a Squidward resemblance). Lastly, the show often uses the same background music as SpongeBob, and Tom Kenny—SpongeBob's voice actor—does the voices for Scoutmaster Lumpus and Slinkman.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Some feel that a lot of internet criticism towards the show simply comes from how many viewers were expecting a Cartoon Network version of Rocko's Modern Life instead of a more SpongeBob SquarePants-esque show. This can be seen as rather unfair since unlike Camp Lazlo, Rocko's Modern Life (as well as other contemporary shows such as Ren & Stimpy) was never intended primarily for children (it was aiming for a general audience similar to that of The Simpsons, but execs decided it was for kids anyways).
  • Toy Ship: Anything between the Squirrel Scout and Bean Scouts.
  • Ugly Cute: The Dung Beetles, Gretchen, and Scoutmaster Lumpus.
  • Unexpected Character: Heffer from Murray's previous cartoon , or at least a steer who resembled him, turned out to be the real scoutmaster in the series finale. Honestly who saw that coming?
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Edward is not very well-liked In-Universe, to say the least. In real life, he was one of Joe Murray and the crew's favourite characters to write for.
  • The Woobie:
  • Slinkman. He has to put up with a deranged Scoutmaster for every day of each summer until the Grand Finale.

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