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This camp kinda sucks...

—"Jasper Dies at the End"

Jasper is a former Camp Campbell camper. He makes his unofficial debut in "Camp Campbell Wants YOU!" before his main series debut in "Journey to Spooky Island". He is hinted and later confirmed to be a ghost stranded on Spooky Island, unable to move on.

Appearance

Jasper's appearance partially consists of apparel popular in the 90's: He wears a yellow Camp Campbell shirt over a purple flannel long-sleeved shirt, blue shorts with a sky-blue triangle pattern and lavender LA Gear light-up shoes with orchid colored laces. He also has olive colored hair, dark eyebrows, and light blue eyes.

Personality

When he is first shown in "Journey to Spooky Island", Jasper is soft-spoken, rather nervous and speaks in outdated lingo. He seems like a follower and when he met Max, Nikki, and Neil, tried to be part of their "gang". He is fearful of being out on the island due to some spooky groaning that later turned out to be something not quite etheral.

He appears to enjoy company from other campers, especially given that the other visitors to the island are Quartermaster and his friends wanting to do perverse acts. He even cites this as the exact reason for wanting to help Space Kid locate the laboratory in "NIGHT OF THE LIVING ILL".

Jasper has also been shown via flashbacks in the episodes "Jasper Dies at the End" and "Dial M For Jasper". In the former, he is shown to be quite calm and frequently speaking in outdated slang. After being let down time and time again by Cameron Campbell during the course of their adventure, he realizes how much the camp sucks by the end of the episode. In the latter, he is left sullen and bitter from this previous experience. He spends this episode repeatedly attempting to show David the truth of Campbell's ineptitude and greed, and his recklessness in doing so ultimately lead to his own death.

History

According to David's story in "Jasper Dies at the End", Jasper was popular with the camp at large due to his laid-back positive attitude - in direct contrast to David, who is seen as a troublemaker. He seemed to enjoy the camp to a great extent, to the point where he was chosen as a worthy camper for the Order of the Sparrow. As part of the ritual, Campbell and Jasper are meant to go on a hike together, with David forcibly joining in as it was considered to be a good experience for him. After Jasper falls off a cliff, Campbell presumes him dead and is instantly willing to kill David in order to leave no witnesses. Despite the episode's title however, Jasper was still alive, and was rescued thanks to David applying the skills he'd learned at camp. Upon returning to the camp, he is disqualified from the Order due to illegal use of light-up shoe technology, and stripped of his badge. This, and witnessing Campbell's ineptitude during their journey home, left Jasper feeling disenchanted about his time at the camp.

In the special "NIGHT OF THE LIVING ILL", it is revealed that Jasper's spirit is unable to leave Spooky Island and is cursed to haunt the realm of the living until his corporeal body is able to find peace.

At the beginning of "Dial M For Jasper", David is briefly visited by Jasper's spirit, and he is left severely distraught and wracked with guilt. Max, Nikki, and Neil are shown a photo of a young David with Jasper at his side, and are promptly left stunned. They recognize him from their meeting in "Journey to Spooky Island", and search him out to find the truth, as they believe he is purposely haunting David.

Jasper has been left bitter by the previous events of "Jasper Dies at the End", contrasting David's newly positive attitude, and the two are tasked to find an old box of notes stashed at Campbell's summer home. Jasper spends the bulk of the episode trying to convince David that Campbell is underhanded and the camp is shitty, insisting he would find physical evidence to expose him and have the camp shut down. This creates tension in their friendship, as David defends Campbell, blinded by his admiration. In search of evidence to prove his point, Jasper stumbles upon a cave filled with piles of gold and various illegal contraband, including a massive stock of dynamite. Unfortunately for him, he had accidentally lit up a stick of dynamite to use as a flashlight, and he is immediately killed by a combination of the explosion and the cave collapsing on top of him. Jasper again states that his spirit cannot leave the island until his body is at peace, and he regrets the fight they'd had that lead to his death. Thus, he had attempted to reach out to David, in an attempt to potentially resolve both their friendship and his wandering spirit, but it turns out that it is difficult for his spirit to venture too far away from the island. He asks the campers to relay the message to David, and Neil assures him they will.

Having now learned the truth, Max, Nikki, and Neil return to speak with David. As it turns out, David is completely unaware of Jasper's death, and had simply assumed that his friend had left camp early. Because he is so distraught over their last words being an argument, he wishes he could see Jasper one last time to express his remorse. Despite the fact that both sides have expressed a desire to see each other again, the trio ultimately decide not to disclose Jasper's fate to David, presumably because he would be left utterly inconsolable. Whether or not this plot point is eventually addressed remains completely unknown.

Affiliation

Main article: Affiliation

Trivia

  • Jasper's name is a possible allusion to Casper the Friendly Ghost.
    • Jasper also appears in one of the photos shown at the end of "Camporee".
  • Jasper is the only character that uses such outdated lingo, even though a young Davey and Cameron Campbell are both present in the 90’s era. Davey and Campbell do not remark on Jasper’s choice of words.
    • His line, "Don't have a cow man," is possibly a reference to a catchphrase that Bart had in earlier seasons of The Simpsons.
  • There is subtle hint of Jasper's ghostly status in "Journey to Spooky Island": he lacks a shadow.[1] This seems to have been used as a way to differentiate the dead from the living. In episodes which feature him in the past, however, he has a shadow, further illustrating the point.
  • In "Journey to Spooky Island", Jasper's shoes are different from the infamous LA Gear light-up shoes that he wore in "Jasper Dies at the End".
    • It is revealed in "Dial M For Jasper" that he burned the LA Gear shoes after they cost him his bravery badge at the end of that previous episode.
      • His final words are a wish for his light-up shoes seconds before the cave explodes.
  • Jasper is seen to have a Pog collection in the same episode, he first mentions about playing Pogs in "Journey to Spooky Island".
    • In "NIGHT OF THE LIVING ILL", Max and Nikki stumble across his Pog collection in the cellar of Campbell's abandoned summer home.

References

  1. "We've done a couple of things animation-wise nobody has picked up on. In the Spooky Island episode, we didn't give Jasper a shadow." Jordan Cwierz [via /u/RoosterTeeth] Reddit. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
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