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This page covers tropes found in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.

[[SouthPark/TropesAToD Tropes A-D]] | '''Tropes E-J''' | [[SouthPark/{{TropesK-Q}} Tropes K-Q]] | [[SouthPark/{{TropesR-V}} Tropes R-V]] | [[SouthPark/TropesWToZ Tropes W-Z]] | [[YMMV/SouthPark YMMV]] | [[ShoutOut/SouthPark Shout Outs]]

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Butter's Dad appears in the riots for a brief second in "Chickenlover."
** Wendy also appears in the short that was made before the series "The Spirit of Christmas"
** "Black Friday" and "A Song of Ass and Fire" both serve as one for the ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' video game that is planned to come out early 2014, since it introduces many of the new costumes for the kids, as well as reinforces their serious approach at [=LARPing=] and even Kenny's crossdressing.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In episodes two to six in the first season, Kyle was the one who says, "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!", rather than Stan. The seventh episode, the first HalloweenEpisode, had the line said by Stan as normal at the beginning, but the ending features a variant said by Kyle. Subsequent episodes have Stan as the primary deliverer of the line. On another note, "You bastards!" wasn't said in the Volcano episode.
** The 1992 short "Jesus vs. Frosty", which came out ''before'' "The Spirit of Christmas", is even more drastic; the character that is to become Cartman is called Kenny and is TheSpeechless, Future Kenny has no name and speaks coherently, and they both die. The characters are also missing their ''{{Garfield}}''-style SphereEyes, having only unfilled circles and dots in their place.
** In "Weight Gain 4000", Cartman wins an essay contest by cheating. In later seasons Kyle would be the one trying to move heaven and earth to prove it while no one believed him, but in this episode it's ''Stan'' among the four main boys who gets pissed. Later, he'd be the least likely to give half a shit.
* EasyRoadToHell: A definite example PlayedForLaughs in the movie. Kenny has been killed (again) and his soul drifts up towards Heaven. However, as soon as he touches it, he gets an "Access Denied" message and tumbles straight down to Hell, which has a "Population" sign showing a huge and ever-increasing number, whilst the equivalent sign for Heaven revealed a tiny population.
** Originally, the only people who could get into Heaven are Mormons. '''''Everybody''''' else went to hell. {{Retcon}}ned in "Best Friends Forever" where Heaven had to create an army to fight an invasion from Hell—which made sense considering the overly excited Mormons were generally pacifists, as well as microscopic in number compared to Hell's population.
* EccentricTownsfolk: And how.
* EekAMouse: Parodied in the episode "Eek, a Penis!"
* EggSitting: The plot of "Follow That Egg!"
* EldritchAbomination:
** [=WalMart=] from "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes". It is simply a formless entity (later revealed as a manifestation of human desire) that materialized as a chain of superstores, slowly corrupts all humans it comes in contact with, and exists [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil so long as there is human desire to give it power]].
** Cartman's "Trapper Keeper".
** Coon 2: Hindsight has [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]] himself.
* EldritchLocation:
** The [[DarkWorld evil half]] of Imaginationland. They never allow anyone or anything good to cross into their territory or else they'll be killed. Otherwise, they have no interest in war, [[PretextForWar until the terrorists attacked both halves of Imaginationland and pinned attacks on the Evil territory on the Good Imaginary Characters.]]
** The [[spoiler:Dark Oblivion, also known as the Sunken City of R'lyeh]] in Coon 2 literally personifies this trope, as it is supposed to be Cthulu's home plane.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Only the InUniverse press refers to Butters Stotch as "Leopold".
* EmbarrassingSlide: "Cartman Sucks". [[HoYay Literally.]]
* EmergingFromTheShadows: Captain Hindsight in "Mysterion Rises".
* EndOfEpisodeSilliness
* EnemyMine: Al Qaeda saving South Park from the Jerseyites.
* EskimosArentReal: In "The Tooth Fairy's Tats 2000", the American Dental Association laugh when Dr Foley [[CassandraTruth tries to convince them of exactly what’s happening to the teeth]], favouring their own chicken-squirrel hybrid theory. They further ridicule Foley when he says that he says that he has seen it before in UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}, derisively asking “And where, pray, is this Montreal?”.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Both of Kyle's parents have these. The first thing Sheila Broflovski does in the show? Try to cancel ''Terrance and Phillip'' by going on strike with all of the other parents. 4 episodes later, Gerald is being too hard on Kyle this Hanukkah for having what was thought to be an imaginary friend. They both mellow out a little as the series progresses, for the most part.
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: The first thing that happens in the show is someone kicking a baby. And it all goes downhill from there.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Cartman, for all his atrocities, draws the line at [[GroinAttack shooting people in the dick.]] He also [[KindheartedCatLover loves cats]], going to a lot of trouble to protect them when they're banned from South Park in "Major Boobage". And he adored the Jakovasaurs in spite of everyone else's hatred of them.
*** On that note, it's worth mentioning that he also holds himself to the widely accepted Gentleman's code, as shown by SouthParkTheStickOfTruth. Never ever ever fart on anyone's balls.
*** He also seems to draw the line at mocking people for being fat. But he's cool with making fun of people for any other reason.
** In TheMovie, the [[MoralGuardians Mothers Against Canada]] (except Sheila) support war with Canada, but not if it means [[NotInMyBackyard their]] children are in the middle of it. Sheila learned her lesson [[HeelRealization the hard way]].
** Even ''Al freaking Qaeda'' suicide bombs the "armies" of [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] to help America before the idiocy can spread to Afghanistan.
** Satan does this often. In addition to hating his {{Jerkass}} boyfriend Saddam Hussein, he also despises [[Series/MySuperSweetSixteen rich, spoiled 16 year old girls]] (he fears that he might become one, but one of his minions tells him "you're not ''that'' bad") and thinks that someone dressing up as Steve Irwin with a sting ray through their chest at his Halloween party is offensive. [[spoiler: Turns out that it actually ''is'' Steve Irwin, so Satan kicks him out for not wearing a costume.]]
** The "Native Americans" from Cherokee Hair Tampons have no problem in helping Miss Information scam the towns folk out of their money by selling fake products and lying about their true heritage, ([[spoiler:they're really Mexicans]]), hell they found the whole thing funny. But once they see the physically ill Kyle, they tell them that he should go to a doctor and come clean about the whole thing.
** When Bill Gates viciously beat the head of Sony to Death in the Game Of Thrones/Console War Trilogy, all the kids were visually disturbed, Even and ESPECIALLY Cartman, which speaks miles and volumes on how horrible the Console Wars and Black Friday are. Hell Cartman is the one who opts to just play outside after everything is said and done. (Which apparently leads into the video game 'Stick of Truth', complete with an ad for it.)
** In ''Imaginationland'', after Jason Voorhees encounters the Woodland Critters, he says "I'd hate to meet the person who thought them up."
* EverybodyDidIt: In the end of "Lice Capades", [[spoiler:every single student in the class had lice.]]
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: In the "Imaginationland" trilogy, there is a hilarious subplot where Kyle loses a bet against Cartman and is ordered (by Cartman and by the Supreme Court) to [[spoiler:suck his balls.]] The first time, he is sent off by the FBI right at the front door of Cartman's house. The second time, Cartman wastes WAY too much time preparing and runs out of time. The THIRD time, the court order is cancelled by law. [[spoiler:FINALLY, at the end of the episode, Cartman uses the power of Imaginationland to create a scene of Kyle sucking Cartman's balls in front of a large crowd.]]
--->'''Cartman:''' KYLE! [[spoiler:[[LampshadeHanging I did NOT wait this whole time just to see you weasel your way out of this! Before this day is over, you WILL SUCK MY BALLS. I SWEAR IT!]]]]
* EveryoneIsBi: Every guy's masturbated with another guy before. But not in a hot tub at a party.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]" deals with this InUniverse. After being excited to read ''Literature/CatcherInTheRye'' because it was previously banned, the boys are disappointed that it turns out to be nothing but "a whiny teen talking about how lame he is" with a few curse words here and there. They then decide to deliberately create a book that ''deserves'' to be banned (the title of which is the title of the episode). Despite it being so disgusting that nobody can read a single sentence or even recall a single event from the book without [[VomitIndiscretionShot vomiting violently]], it is nonetheless hailed as the greatest piece of literature ever written due to everyone seeing symbolism that isn't really there.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: In "Toilet Paper", Cartman simply cannot wrap his mind around why Stan and Kyle feel bad that Butters is going to be punished for something they did.
-->"Is it because you think you'll get in trouble ''later''?"
* EvilSoundsRaspy: Parodied in an episode with one of Satan's minions relaying instructions to a corrupt politician. As the demon tells the politician what to say, he has to remind him not to repeat his raspy wheezes.
* EvilStoleMyFaith: One episode sees Cartman inheriting a million dollars and buying his own private theme park. Kyle is dumbfounded at the idea that God would reward such a rotten person, and ends up getting a hemorrhoid. As things get better for Cartman, Kyle's condition worsens and he renounces his faith. At the point where Kyle is on the verge of death ([[RuleOfFunny yes, from a hemorrhoid]]), Stan brings him to the theme park in time to see Cartman's dream destroyed by his own greed, at which point Kyle makes a miraculous recovery.
--> '''Kyle (looking up, smiling):''' [[ThereIsAGod You]] ''[[ThereIsAGod are]]'' [[ThereIsAGod up there!]]
** The episode also has Kyle [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] the [[Literature/TheBible story of Job]] by asking how the God who would punish a decent man just to prove a point to Satan could possibly be considered benevolent. It doesn't help that his parents forgot the last part of the story where God rewards Job,and gives him more than what Job had before he lost everything.
* EvilTwin: Played with in "Spookyfish".
* EvilVersusEvil: Eric Cartman vs. Saddam Hussein. Eric Cartman vs. Scott Tenorman. Eric Cartman vs. Osama bin Laden. The Coon vs. Professor Chaos. Celebrities vs. ginger kids in "200/201" (and they eventually team up).
* EvolvingCredits: The first four seasons used the same opening, but with more characters, objects, and events added each season.
** Later openings consist of clips from various episodes, but the group shot at the end is still updated every season.
** And every few seasons, Kenny's muffled line in the song changes.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Some of the news reporters are people like "a Hispanic Man with Some Gravy Stains on his Lapel", or "Midget Wearing Bikini".
** There was also a reporter who was introduced by the anchor as "a normal-looking guy with a funny name" (his name is shown as "Creamy Goodness").
** "Kenny Dies"
** In "Bass to Mouth", when Mackey says that they'll have to throw Eric Cartman under the bus, and another teacher asks how they'll do that, Mackey says "we get a bus... and we throw Eric Cartman under it." And then they proceed to do just that.
* ExactWords: Again in "Bass to Mouth", Cartman is recruited by the South Park Elementary faculty to prevent a Pete Melman, a fellow student, from being mocked after [[PottyFailure crapping his pants]]. His response is slip another student laxatives to make ''her'' crap herself even worse than Pete did. As Cartman says, they told him to prevent ''Pete'' from being mocked.
* ExcuseQuestion: The town once held a quiz show filled with these for the benefit of Jakovasaurs in an attempt to get rid of them. Unfortunately, they ''didn't'' get the correct answers, and Officer Barbarry forgot that he was supposed to be throwing the competition.
* {{Expy}}: All of the children at the handicapped summer camp in "Crippled Summer" save for Jimmy and Timmy, are expies of classic WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and Creator/TexAvery characters.
** Funnybot is a large Series/{{D|octorWho}}alek, with elements of other sci-fi robots thrown in.
* ExposedToTheElements: Inverted in the early seasons where the kids are wearing winter outfits even in such places like Sub-Sahara Africa, the Tropical Rainforest, and Afghanistan. It was even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded upon]] when one member of the Make A Wish foundation asked Kenny if it was hot under his parka.
* ExtremeDoormat: Liane Cartman.
** Butters in his pre-{{breakout|Character}} days. Though he sometimes sill qualifies when he's not playing the {{Woobie}} or BadassAdorable.
* TheExtremistWasRight: [[KnightTemplar Cartman]] in "Die Hippie, Die".
* EyeScream: In the the Season 8 premiere "Good Times With Weapons", Butters gets a shuriken stuck in his eye. He screams.
** In an instance from the very first season, Kenny winds up having an eye torn from his skull as he's mauled to death by turkeys.
** Done quite graphically to StrawberryShortcake in "Imaginationland". To say nothing of the [[UpToEleven woodland critters' input on the matter]].
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* TheFaceless: Kenny, though his face has been seen at least six times: In TheMovie, "Super Best Friends," "Good Times With Weapons," "The Jeffersons," "The Losing Edge," and "Major Boobage." This, is of course combined with YouAllLookFamiliar: If you know he has [[spoiler:blonde]] hair, there's no mystery.
** Subcerted in Rise of Mysterion, when Mysterion is unmasked. Of course [[spoiler: every kid in town with the exception of Cartman and Token look exactly the same without a distinguishing item such as a poofball hat or visible hair, so you don't know it is Kenny until a later episode.]] The police purposely are vague, with comments such as "take the kid to jail."
* FailOSuckyname: Sea Man from the episode "Super Best Friends". Not only do the superhero religious figures call him by [[PunnyName a pun on "semen"]], but it doesn't help that he can communicate with fish, one of which is a sidekick named Swallow:
-->'''Narrator:''' Meanwhile, in the ocean depths, Seaman seeks out water to mix with the concrete.\\
'''Sea Man:''' ''*looks at camera*'' Sea Man! ''*looks at pipe*'' Look, Swallow, we should be able to divert the water with that pipe.\\
'''Narrator:''' And so, Seaman and Swallow get to... get to work. ''*laughs*''
** The boys' school football and dodgeball teams are the Cows.
** Kyle joins the {{superhero}} group "Coon & Friends" under the alter-ego "The Human Kite". "The Coon" is Eric Cartman. [[DontExplainTheJoke Guess what he gets called...]]
* FailureGambit: In one episode, Satan fights Jesus, and intentionally takes a dive after the people of the town have all bet on his victory due to his overwhelming physical advantage. He then reveals that he made a fortune by being the one and only person to bet on Jesus winning, all according to plan.
* FakeOutOpening: The opening scene in "Spooky Fish" appears to set up an AlienInvasion story... only for the alien in question to get run over by the school bus. The rest of the episode revolves around {{Evil Twin}}s and a MirrorUniverse.
* FakeRealTurn: The Obama administration.
* FanDisservice: Among others, Ms. Choksondik's enormous, sagging breasts and the sex scene between her and Mr. Mackey, as well as Ms. Garrison's "boob job".
* FanOfTheUnderdog: Pip, Butters and Dougie are all [[ButtMonkey "Melvins" prone to bullying at school]], and so often act as their only friends. Stan and Kyle occasionally ThrowTheDogABone as well ([[JerkassFacade so long as no one else is around]]).
* FantasyCharacterClasses: The five basic classes in the South Park RPG are Fighter, Mage, Thief, Cleric... [[OddNameOut and Jew]].
* FantasticRacism: When Stan complains about the time traveling immigrant "Goobacks" taking away all the present day people's jobs, his parents accuse him of being "an ignorant timecist".
* FartsOnFire: Cartman in the first episode. In the {{pilot}} version, it was caused by eating extra spicy tamales that Chef gave to the boys to help give them an excuse to leave school. In the actual premire, his {{anal prob|ing}}e was causing this.
** [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Kenny's cause of death]] in ''[[TheMovie Bigger, Longer and Uncut]]'', after [[DoNotTryThisAtHome imitating something they saw in the Terrance & Phillip movie]], which just so happened to be called ''Asses of Fire''.
* FatCamp: Cartman is sent to one in [[ThePlace "Fat Camp"]]. [[spoiler:He appears to have actually come back having lost weight, but it was really another kid he paid to show up.]]
* FelonyMisdemeanor: The boys get this a ''lot'' from their parents.
* FieldTripToThePast: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in "I'm a Little Bit Country" where Cartman's refusal to study for a history exam like Stan, Kyle and Kenny leads him to [[InvokedTrope intentionally attempt this]] based on [[GenreSavvy his knowledge of it]] by harming himself in various ways to render himself unconscious and induce a flashback. His final plan involves [[spoiler:electrocuting himself in a tub with a [=TiVo=] that he recorded to capacity with History Channel programs. ''[[CrazyEnoughToWork And it actually works]]''.]]
* FightingFromTheInside: Randy does this between sarcastic statements in "Sarcastaball" when attempting to break through his sarcasm addiction's hold on him:
-->"''[[TearsOfFear (teary-eyed)]]'' Help me, Sharon."
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Played straight sometimes, but more often subverted. Sure, there's plenty of flame, but as often as not it seems to be a pleasant and fun place, and just about everyone winds up there regardless of their goodness or badness.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Stan
** TheLancer: Kenny (or Kyle)
** TheBigGuy: Cartman (possibly subverted in the fact that although he can enact more damage (either directly or indirectly) on someone (via manipulation et al.) he's fairly weak and whiny physically)
** TheSmartGuy: Kyle (or Kenny... particularly considering that in the earlier seasons Kenny was the only one who really understood things)
** TheChick: Wendy
** TheHeart: Butters
** TagalongKid: Ike
** SixthRanger: Jimmy, thought this can be any of the other kids depending on the episode.
** Also, the fandom applies this trope to Craig's team as well:
*** TheHero(or AntiHero, more appropriately): Craig
*** TheLancer / TheSmartGuy: Token
*** TheBigGuy: Clyde (he's said to be the second fattest kid in the class, after Cartman)
*** TheChick: Tweek, when he occasionally tags along with them.
*** [[SixthRanger The Fifth Ranger]]: Jimmy or Kevin
* {{Flatline}}: Present in some episodes where characters happen to be in hospital for various reasons.
* FlatWhat: Cartman gives one in "T.M.I." when he finds out that the school actually ''didn't'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext post the boys' penis sizes]].
** Cartman also does it in "Crack Baby Athletic Association" when Kyle proposes using 30% of the company's profits to build an orphanage for the crack babies.
** Stan is quite prone to these when something immensely strange, stupid or unexpected happens. Sometimes he upgrades it to a deadpan [[PrecisionFStrike "Dude, what the fuck?"]].
* FlawExploitation: Cartman's revenge plot against Scott Tenorman relies heavily on this. If Stan and Kyle didn't [[spoiler: rat him out to Scott]], or Scott himself had reacted differently, the whole plan could have fallen apart.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Limited only to Mormons. It's ''extremely'' dull as a result.
* FoodPorn: Taken to disturbingly literal territory with Randy's short-lived obsession with Food Network in "Crème Fraiche".
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''[[TheMovie South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut]]'', when Kenny wants to go see the Terrance and Philip movie instead of going to church, his mom says, "Well, fine, you go ahead and miss church. And then, when you die and go to hell, you can answer to Satan!"
* ForInconveniencePressOne: "Pinkeye" has this in the middle of a ZombieApocalypse.
* ForgettableCharacter: In the episode "The Last of the Meheecans", the boys play a Border Control role play game, and eventually the Mexican side claim victory. It takes a long while until Cartman realizes they forgot about Butters (and even then only because he can now still win as the Texan side). As the others wonder how this happened, Craig Lampshades that Butters is a rather easy to forget person.
* FormallyNamedPet: Cartman's cat, Mr. Kitty.
* ForTheEvulz: Apparently the Mongolians' only motivation for repeatedly destroying sections of the Great City Wall of South Park in "Child Abduction is Not Funny."
* ForTheFunnyz
* {{Fratbro}}: Musical theatre creators Creator/StephenSondheim, Creator/StephenSchwartz, Creator/AndrewLloydWebber and Creator/EltonJohn are all portrayed as being beer-swilling bros in secret.
* TheFreelanceShameSquad:
** When Stan shows up to the class Halloween party dressed up as Raggedy Andy (and Wendy doesn't go through with dressing as Raggedy Ann), Mr. Garrison actually says "Let's all laugh and point at Stan, everyone", and they do.
** When Randy gets a DUI in "Bloody Mary", Mr. Garrison gives a lecture on drunk driving, in which he brings Randy into the classroom to give a half-hearted apology speech. Mr. Garrison then berates him quite thoroughly while he addresses the class as Stan hides his face in agonized embarrassment.
* FreeRangeChildren: Very possibly the most overt use of this trope in the history of Western media.
* FriendshipSong: One episode of the show has the song "You Guys Are My Best Friends". Sung by "Evil" Cartman from a MirrorWorld. The song s about how they've always been friends through thick and thin. It has some irony to it since the real Cartman would never say that.
* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: The relationship between Cartman and Stan and between Kyle and Kenny is never really developed as compared to relationships between [[SitcomArchNemesis Cartman and Kyle]] or [[HeterosexualLifePartners Kyle and Stan.]] Honestly, though, [[TheUnintelligible Kenny]] [[OutOfFocus doesn't have too many plots tying him too closely with any of the other boys in the group.]]
** While there have at least been a few exceptions between the four boys, Kenny and Butters barely interact at all in ''South Park''. This amusingly came into play in the episode "Going Native", where it is revealed Kenny is actually Butters' favorite friend and the two finally share an entire plot together.
* FriendshipDenial:
** This dialogue in the episode "Canada On Strike"
--->'''Stephen Abootman''': "Look, guy. We have to stay strong. If you don't stand with your fellow Canadians, then you are a rat!"
--->'''Terrance''': "Don't call me a rat, buddy."
--->'''Stephen Abootman''': "I'm not your buddy, friend."
--->'''Phillip''': "He's not your friend, guy."
--->'''Stephen Abootman''': "I'm not your guy, buddy."
--->'''Terrance''': "He's not your buddy, friend."
--->'''Stephen Abootman''': "I'm not your friend, guy."
** This also happens in "The Death Of Eric Cartman" where the other boys deny Eric as their friend and that they will start ignoring him from this point on:
--->'''Token''': "Ignoring him? How come?"
--->'''Kyle''': "Because he's a [[FatBastard fat]], [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain racist]], [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]], [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence intolerant]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulating]] [[TheSociopath sociopath]]."
--->*beat*
--->'''Token''': "Oh yeah."
* FromBadToWorse: BP first drills into the ocean and creates another Oil spill. Then they dig again and release monsters from another dimension. They dig into the moon now, can't get worse right? [[spoiler: They release ''Cthulhu.'']]
** Oh cmon, that's total bullshit...everyone knows [[spoiler: Cthulu]] is sealed somewhere in the Atlantic near Antarctica!
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: The kids are usually a lot more worldly than one would expect from their age, but other times they are quite innocent.
* FullyAutomaticClipShow: When Cartman is not invited to Kyle's birthday party, the latter mentions the times Cartman teased him for being Jewish.
* FurAndLoathing: An example of the sheer extent the show takes this trope is near the end of "Douche and Turd" when [[spoiler:PETA]] throws [[spoiler:blood]] on PDiddy's jacket, causing him to [[spoiler:murder everyone in the organization.]]
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* GainaxEnding: The PlotTwist near the end of the "Coon and Friends" arc.
** The end of "Butterballs". [[ItMakesSenseInContext Context aside]], it still manages to be a major curve ball. It even has the [[TropeCodifier penguin]] from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' in one of the shots.
* GambitPileup: In 'Cat Orgy', [[BitchInSheepsClothing Shelly]] is baby-sitting Cartman and invites her boyfriend over. This leads to Cartman [[InterruptedIntimacy taking a picture of them making out]] with the intent to show it to his mother and bust them, and eventually this leads to a—[[XanatosSpeedChess likely on the fly]]—[[GambitPileup pileup]] between the two.
--> (Cartman lets Shelly into his locked room.)
--> '''Shelly:''' Haha! That was a turd trick! Your mom isn't really dead!
--> '''Cartman:''' Aha! I knew it was a turd trick, and I opened the door because Mr. Kitty is on his way right now to my mom's party with the picture!
--> '''Shelly:''' Aha! I knew you sent the cat, and that's why I went outside and got him. *Holds up the picture.*
--> '''Cartman:''' Aha! I saw you get the picture back from Mr. Kitty and that's why I wrote a letter to the press, to be opened in case of my demise. Should anything happen to me that letter will go out, and you will never find it.
--> '''Shelly:''' *Picks up the letter* You mean this one?
--> '''Cartman:''' ... [[IndyPloy Okay, let's see now...]] Aha! Umm... [[OutGambitted god damn it!]]
* GameShowAppearance: "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson" opens with Stan's dad as a ''WheelOfFortune'' contestant.
* GarageBand: The Lords of the Underworld. They only become popular when they become [[EnsembleDarkhorse Timmy]] and the Lords of the Underworld.
** The boys' band Moop in "Christian Rock Hard". Randy's reaction sums their sound up pretty well.
--->'''Randy:''' Stan, are you okay?\\
'''Stan:''' Yeah, dad. We're just rehearsing our band.\\
'''Randy:''' Oh, I thought a group of Vietnamese people were having their intestines pulled out through their mouths.
* TheGenerationGap: The ability of the adults to be unearthly retarded and allow the children to be WiseBeyondTheirYears is due to that gap, which breaks the possibility of the two parties to share the same wave-length; the show puts this one into an extreme as it exhibits the'' '''children's''' point of view''; essentially: Because the show is about the children, and the children cannot comprehend how adults behave; they perceive them to be retarded.
** Actual example from the show would be "You're getting old"; The parents perceive the children's music to ''literally'' be shit, while the children hear literal bowel movements during the adult's music.
* GeniusDitz: Randy Marsh is a brilliant scientist, but otherwise a complete idiot.
** Cartman can come up with [[MagnificentBastard crazy villainous schemes]] and speak Spanish and German fluently, yet is otherwise dimwitted and clueless.
* GenreSavvy: Subverted. The children (especially Stan and Kyle) seem to be at least partially aware of the insanity of their world and its other inhabitants, but are unable to change anything.
** In "Stanley's Cup" the characters correctly realize that they are in a typical sports movie and thus are bound to win against all odds. They also understand that to achieve that, they need to invite a really good player to their team for the final match, which they also do. This is subverted when they turn out to be WrongGenreSavvy and are beaten brutally: the opposing team were the real protagonists all along. Similarly, in "The Losing Edge" the team remarks that at this point of the movie, they should include a new, special player in the team to achieve their goals. Only their goal in to ''lose'' and the player is absolutely terrible.
** Cartman plays this straight in "Spooky Fish" when Stan, wanting to send Cartman to the 'evil' universe', is deciding on which one to send back. [[spoiler: Cartman tells them to [[KillUsBoth send both him and his good twin back, knowing that normally he'd never say something like that, and they send back his 'evil' self instead.]] ]]
** Also, Kenny as Mysterion is sort of GenreSavvy, treating his inability to die as a "super power".
*** Kenny in general is occasionally very genre savvy about his dying. In "Tweek vs Craig" he avoids shop class knowing exactly what will happen (and does happen) the moment he gets around those dangerous power tools. In "Christmas in Canada" he's wary about getting on a plane because, saying (muffled) "dude, I'll fucking die." In "Cherokee Hair Tampons," when Stan is distraught about Kyle nearly dying he points out with increasing irritation that nobody gives this much of a crap when he dies, before leaving in frustration (and instantly dying).
*** In fact, Kenny tends to be something of a genre-savvy StraightMan in general: the gag being that the audience can't generally understand what he's saying even though it's a {{lampshade}} or something savvy.
** [[DeadpanSnarker Craig]] is this, especially in latter episodes, with "Pandemic" being the most blatant example.
** Kyle shows this in "Butt Out", advocating prematurely aborting their ZanyScheme to avoid being grounded lest they fall into the same formula of the entire town overreacting and one of them having to admit that they learned something. They end up following through anyway, with results exactly as Kyle predicted. Further [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Kyle retorts to Stan's "Well, I guess we learned our lesson." with "No we didn't, dude".
* GenreShift: ''South Park'' initially started out as a simple surrealist comedy, but the creators later shifted it to a commentary of the real world, from everything such as politics to celebrities. The creators intentionally wrote Mr. Hat out of the show as a symbol of the transition.
** In-universe: in "Sexual Healing", the video game franchise ''Tiger Woods PGA Tour'' turned into a pastiche of fighting games based on Woods' marital infidelity. Cartman, Stan, and Kenny loved the game. Once Woods got over his sexual addiction at the end of the episode, the next ''PGA Tour'' game [[StatusQuoIsGod went back to the status quo]], upsetting Cartman and Stan (Kenny, meanwhile, [[TheyKilledKennyAgain had died. Again]]).
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Said word-for-word to Butters in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Despite the TV-MA rating, the show seems to have its limits as to what gets shown or heard on TV. Of course since it's ''South Park'', they find loopholes...
** According to an interview featured in ''Film/ThisFilmIsNotYetRated'', TheMovie's subtitle was supposed to be "All Hell Breaks Loose", but the use of the word "hell" was resisted. By the time that resistance figured out what else "Bigger, Longer & Uncut" can refer to, the authors could get away with saying they'd already ordered the posters and making new ones with the original title would cost them too much money.
** Kenny's dialogue is not nonsensical mumbling, but just Matt Stone speaking into his sleeve. If you're able to decipher it Kenny easily has the most raunchy dialogue. ''Especially'' in the [[http://southpark.wikia.com/wiki/Kenny_McCormick#In_The_Theme_Song opening]].
** The song Wendy sings for her audition in "Something You Can Do With Your Finger" [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion substitutes swear words with ones that have similar beginning syllables]].
** Liu Kim, owner of City Wok. Whenever he says "City Wok" or any of his "City" products his accent makes it sound like "Shitty Wok" and so on, much to the kids' amusement.
** In "Spookyfish", Stan's "Aunt Flo" visits. It's mentioned [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything she only visits Sharon once a month for five days, she's a bitch who demands things be done particular ways, is very emotional, and while she's there Randy has to sleep on the couch]].
** Most recently, DP-oil. Though they didn't simply get the crap past the radar, but sneaked in the control room and, well, DP-d the operator.
** Muhammad was in the opening crowd shot for 27 episodes (from "Smug Alert!" to "The List").
** On at least one occasion in "The Coon 2" saga, Cartman refers to Kyle as [[UnusualDysphemism "The Human Kike"]][[note]] "Kike" is an offensive term for a Jewish person[[/note]].
*** He also says it to Kyle's mother in "Le Petit Tourette", which also had relaxed language regulation (though the "F" word and [[CountryMatters that other one]] were still avoided).
** Speaking of which, "Coon". Cartman believes it's just a slang for "raccoon", when of course the [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=coon the word has another major connotation]].
** The bowling place in "You're Getting Old" has an arcade cabinet of ''Custer's Revenge''[[note]] a VideoGame for the Atari2600 notorious for its heavily pixellated pornographic graphics[[/note]].
** About halfway through Season 15, the original broadcast version of episodes have now become able to say "shit" without being bleeped out, although other episodes didn't follow this. "Fuck" is still unable to be said uncensored.
** In "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000", Kyle is ranting to Cartman in PigLatin and calls him an "ucking-fay aggot-fay".
** In certain parts of the world the show is entirely uncensored.
** In "Raisins", Stan asks Jimmy to tell Wendy that she remains "a continuing source of inspiration for Stan". Given Jimmy's [[PorkyPigPronunciation stutter]], this goes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpqNjLX_hTs about as well as you'd expect.]]
* GilliganCut:
** "Asspen" opens with all the boys' parents having drinks together, and the Stotches saying how glad they are that Butters finally seems to have finally made some close friends. Cut to the kids watching TV, and Cartman urinating on Butters while he's asleep.
** In the episode "Woodland Critter Christmas", Stan {{defie|dTrope}}s this by [[InteractiveNarrator arguing with the narrator]]. It happens anyway.
* AGodAmI:
** In the "Cartoon Wars" episodes, Cartman thinks he's managed to pull ''FamilyGuy'' off the air:
--> "I did it! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I...am...GOD!]]"
** He also proclaims "I am God of the sea people" but is later told that ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' already did it and that was a ShoutOut to ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.
** In "Cartman's Incredible Gift", the police comes to the serial killer's house, who refers to himself as God. The not-too-bright officers take this to be his real name.
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: In TheMovie, Satan and Saddam Hussein rise up from hell and take over earth. Only the fact that Saddam is such a {{Jerkass}} and Satan is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold saved Earth from being plunged into a 1000 years of darkness, and yet God does not seem to be doing anything to stop him. It's especially jarring considering that Jesus and God are both recurring characters, and you can actually briefly see Jesus in the background of one of the shots in the movie (when the soldiers are marching in front of Kyle's house). Also, in the newest episode, "Mysterion Rises", God and Jesus don't seem to care that Cartman and the evil god [[EldritchAbomination Cthulhu]] are taking over the world.
* {{Gonk}}: Subverted with Ugly Bob in "Not Without My Anus", who is by all accounts extremely hideous but is [[PlayedForLaughs rendered with the same facial and bodily features as his fellow minimalistically-drawn Canadians]].
** Played straight with their portrayal of SarahJessicaParker in "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoggerballs=]".
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Spoofed in "Ike's Wee-Wee" when Mr. Mackey contemplates drinking alcohol.
* GoodAngelBadAngel[=/=]PowerTrio: Nowadays there is a tendency for Kyle to act as the superego (good angel), Cartman act as the Id (devil), and Stan be the ego. ([[PlayingWithTropes Played with]] frequently, however).
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: During the StandAndDeliver episode, one of the students is pregnant but refuses to have an abortion. Cartman convinces her otherwise (since it's "cheating").
** In "Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut", Liane wants to abort Cartman and slept with many politicians in order to allow abortions in the 40th trimester. It turns out, however, that she confused "abortion" with "adoption".
* GoodIsNotNice: Kyle. Seeing some of the conflicts between him and Cartman [[ItMakesSenseInContext out of context]] wouldn't make all that clear that Kyle's supposed to be the good guy.
** One example is "Le Petite Tourette". Cartman fakes Tourette's Syndrome to get what he wants, and Kyle, [[CaptainObvious who's known Cartman all his life]], gets annoyed and says that he doesn't have Tourette's, and an authority figure that hears it accuses Kyle of being a bully and he is taken to observe various kids with Tourette's (with lack of swearing). He is then forced to apologize to Cartman. However, when Cartman plans to bad-mouth Jews, it's the straw that breaks the camel's back, so Kyle devises an elaborate plan that [[spoiler: actually saves Cartman from going in too deep]].
** In earlier episodes, Stan and Kyle were essentially lower scale {{Jerkass}}es that actually joined Cartman in bullying or manipulating others when they weren't the target (usually [[ButtMonkey Butters, Pip or Kenny]]). It was only around [[FauxAffablyEvil Cartman]] that they looked moralistic (though admittedly they are far more toned down and sympathetic in later episodes).
* GoodNewsBadNews
* GoodOlBoy: Many locals, particularly the "I'm A Little Bit Country" guy.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: In the "Coon & Friends" trilogy, it's revealed that Kenny coming BackFromTheDead isn't just a gag, but an actual superpower. That he's had to use his power hundreds of times by the time he's turned ten is apparently a coincidence.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: In the episode "Chef Goes Nanners", the KKK conclude their meeting by playing "Who's Got the Silliest Thing On Under Their Robe?" One of them is wearing heart-print boxers.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Usually, Butters. Aversions are notable, such as the end of "Christian Rock Hard, "Imaginationland" and "Breast Cancer Show Ever", as well as the ''entirety'' of "Butters' Bottom Bitch".
** "All About Mormons" contains a more subtle example where Butters refers to Gary, the new kid, as a peckerface, though quiet and in the background. He also tells the rest of the gang to "suck on [his] weiner" in "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerBalls=].
* GotVolunteered: A RunningGag with Butters, usually suggested by Cartman and agreed by Stan and Kyle.
* GratuitousEnglish: Spoofed in "Good Times With Weapons".
* GratuitousJapanese: "Over Logging", in which we find out that Randy Marsh has a fetish for [[RaceFetish Japanese girls]] [[ShockSite puking in each other's mouths]] ([[BestialityIsDepraved among other perversions]]), said porn features "dialogue" along the lines of "kawaii deshou" and "watashi wa *barf* daisuki..."
** This gets even more amusing when you remember Trey Parker speaks fluent Japanese.
* GratuitousRap: From "Cat Orgy":
-->'''Cartman''': Well I'm a {{badass}} cowboy living in the cowboy days. A wiki wiki scratch yo yo jiggy jiggy. [[Film/WildWildWest Me and Artemis Clyde frog from the big metal spider]]. A wiki wiki what.
** The eponymous PublicServiceAnnouncement troupe at the beginning of "Butt Out".
* TheGrays: The aliens in the first episode who put satellites in people's butts are this. This later turns out to be a plot point in a later episode they re-appear in. They are also seen in the background in nearly every episode.
** When the series started, that part of Colorado ranked very high in UFO-related claims. Trey Parker claimed to have been abducted and probed in his first ''TonightShow'' interview.
* GreedyJew: Cartman uses the term "Covetous Jew".
** Played with heavily. Gerald Broflovski is a lawyer and has invoked this from time to time, most notably in "Sexual Harrassment Panda". It's also implied that Kyle's family is a little better off than much of the town (but nowhere near the Blacks). Kyle himself usually averts this trope despite Cartman's (hands down the most greedy character) constant ripping on Jewish sterotypes.
* GreenAesop: Sometimes spoofed, but more often subverted in that the Aesops are anti-environmentalist (or, at the very least, anti-GreenAesop). Going as far as to flat-out say that rain forests are evil, and there's no evidence of global warming.
** One of the creators of the show actually visited Costa Rica. During the commentary for "Rainforest Schmainforest", [[WordOfGod they said]] that Cartman's view of the place was about the reaction they'd had to their own personal experience with the place.
** Played pretty straight—albeit in twisted ''South Park'' fashion—in "Lice Capades".
* GrossOutShow
* GrotesqueCute
* GrowingUpSucks: "You're Getting Old" and "1%".
* GuestStarPartyMember: Non video-game example. Pretty much every other boy in class, especially Butters and Tweek, has been part of the main four's group.
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* HalfArcSeason: Season 6 had most of the episodes deal with Butters and Tweek as Kenny's replacements, and later Cartman being possessed by Kenny's spirit.
** While they have different plots, most of the "non-issue" episodes in Season 4 tended to revolve around Cartman's various attempts at getting $10 million. In Season 12 it's the boys' gradual discovery of their unpopularity.
* HandicappedBadass: Timmy and Jimmy. In "Cripple Fight" they manage to beat each other up despite being wheelchair and crutch-bound. Jimmy can out-limp street thugs and reach between speeding cars, and Timmy is perfectly capable of... well, doing whatever it's funny for a retarded kid in a motorised wheelchair to do.
* HannibalLecture: Played with in "Toilet Paper."
* HappilyEverAfter: Subverted in some episodes:
** "Pip":
--->"And they all lived Happily Ever After, [[spoiler:except for Pocket who died of hepatitis B]]."
** "Woodland Critter Christmas":
--->"And they all lived Happily Ever After, [[spoiler:except for Kyle who [[RunningGag died of AIDS]] two weeks later]]." ("Goddamnit, Cartman!")
* HardWorkMontage: The end of "Goobacks" being one example.
* HarmlessVillain: Butters' "Professor Chaos" alter-ego.
* HauntedHouse: Randy buys a Blockbuster Video store which has no customers because everyone now watches movies online. It is haunted like the Overlook Hotel in ''Film/TheShining''. After Randy sees a ghost dressed in a 1980s aerobics outfit ask for ''Film/TurnerAndHooch'' and disappear:
-->'''Randy:''' Oh I get it! Video stores are so old they have ghosts in them! Okay I get it! (pointing upwards) But you're wrong!
* HauntedHouseHistorian: A parody of Judd Crandall from ''Film/PetSematary''.
* HaveAGayOldTime: "The F Word" argues and advocates the notion that "fag" is no longer a derogatory term for homosexuals, but for loud, annoying douchebags. Like [[AcceptableTargets Harley riders]].
* {{Headdesk}}: In "Hooked on Monkey Fonics" Kyle falls in love with the {{Homeschooled Kid|s}} Rebecca, who is unfamiliar with the public school system. When he asks her to come to the dance, she says she might see him there. Kyle explains that he meant going to the dance with him, but Rebecca explains there is no need for that since her father will drive her there. Once she leaves the room, Kyle bangs his head against her chair.
* HeadlessHorseman: One of the "evil" characters that resides in "Imaginationland".
* HearMeTheMoney: In the episode "Super Fun Time," robbers stole both money and food from a Burger King. When one of them wants out, he is given his cut. He then flips through the sandwich to make sure that all of the toppings were there.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Parodied with Captain Hindsight, whose only superpower, besides {{flight}}, is to tell people what they ''should've'' done before an accident happened. This somehow counts as saving the day.
** [[spoiler: Mintberry Crunch]] uses his abilities to defeat Cthulhu.
* HeavyVoice: When Cartman gains a lot of weight in "Weight Gain 4000", his voice gets deeper (and thicker). The same happens to all the boys in "Make Love, Not Warcraft."
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: Liane Cartman is revealed to be one at the end of the "Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut". [[spoiler:Though recent events suggest this may have been a fabrication]].
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Cartman has gone from being one of the team to actually being the villain of the episode and back again so many times over the years, he may as well be labeled the poster boy for this trope.
** Cartman will generally do whatever will benefit him at the moment, but there a few episodes where he does something good even when he won't get anything out of it.
* HellInvadesHeaven: In one episode, the legions of Hell are invading Heaven and Kenny (who [[TheyKilledKenny died]] and went there) is called upon to stop them.
** This is also mentioned in TheMovie.
* HellOfAHeaven: Heaven is full of Mormons. At one point, this is used to [[spoiler:punish Sadam Hussein.]]
* HenshinHero: Bradley Biggle plays this trope straight to become ''Mint Berry Crunch.'' Complete with [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull a henshin phrase]], [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman a costume]] influenced by ''Franchise/KamenRider'', and a TransformationSequence which is heavily influenced by ''Anime/SailorMoon.''
* HeroicSacrifice: Polly Prissypants in "1%", who tells Cartman to shoot her so she can no longer feel guilt about "killing" Cartman's stuffed animals, and so Cartman can avoid blame for it. He does.
** In "A Nightmare on Face Time", when Kyle's iPad is about to die before the final judging in the costume contest, Kyle is desperate for a charger so Stan can see their trophy, but Stan tells them not to worry about it and tells Kenny (in his Iron Man costume) to "stay gold" before the iPad dies.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Stan and Kyle, though both Randy and Cartman [[HoYay have questioned the 'heterosexual' part]].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Although it's never explicitly shown or mentioned in the show, this trope has been very gradually wearing away at Kyle since the beginning of the series, owing to Cartman's constant verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse. As of now, Kyle has only reached {{Determinator}} status, but his obsession breaks through rather...[[KnightTemplar darkly]] on occasion (eg. "Ginger Kids", "Fatbeard").
** Abiding by some circumstances, Cartman himself. While often depicted as a sociopath and a {{Jerkass}} it is made clear the other boys enjoy picking on him whether he provokes it or not, this perhaps becomes most coherent in "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" where after Cartman's departure, Stan and Kyle label Clyde the new fat kid and pick on him excessively for no reason until he gradually gains the same obnoxious temperament as Cartman. Indeed a lot of Cartman's treatment may come off as rather cruel and sympathetic if not for the [[DisproportionateRetribution rather extreme manners of revenge he commits]].
** The plot of "Crack Baby Athletic Association" is heavily based on Kyle fulfilling this trope. In one scene where he attempts to justify Cartman's shady behavior to Stan, Stan repeatedly responds that it "sounds like something Cartman would say" as Kyle continues his monologue. Eventually Kyle becomes enraged at Stan's comments and snaps back "I do ''not'' sound like Cartman, GODDAMNIT!", complete with raspy voice and grimacing face. He quickly covers his mouth in embarrassment and the episode cuts to commercial.
** An interesting pattern is given in both characters' behaviour as a result of their abuse, Kyle is tortured by Cartman and thus bullies fat people, Cartman is tortured by Kyle and thus is anti-semetic.
* HeroicBSOD: Kyle at the end of the TraumaCongaLine that is "Ginger Cow."
* HeyYou: Shelley hasn't called Stan by his given name since Season One, generally preferring "Turd" or, on special occasions, "Stupid Turd."
* HiddenDepths: Lots of characters but Ike in particular. He is a conservative, intellectual, jewel thief, pirate, adopted, Canadian/American, Jew in Kindergarten. And a knight in Canada.
** And if his [[spoiler:late]] female [[TeacherStudentRomance teacher/lover]] is to be believed, [[{{Squick}} a demon in the sack.]]
** Another great example would undoubtedly have to be Cartman himself. Despite being the most laziest piece of stupid scum who abhors anything that he doesn't like, Cartman, despite being incredibly all-around stupid, ignorant and a regular invoker of InsaneTrollLogic, has repeatedly shown himself to be a master manipulator who can whip out BatmanGambit's like nobodies business. He can also speak fluent Spanish AND German. Let me remind that this guy would not study if his life depended on it and the only way for him to study is have studying further his goals in some way. Did I mention this guy is quite possibly the biggest Troll in the South Park Universe?
* HighDiveEscape: Of the many attractions Cartman talks about in the "Casa Bonita" episode, the cliff diver waterfall becomes of [[ChekhovsGun particular significance]]. When he finally makes it to Casa Bonita, Sheila Broflovski reports him to the police after discovering that he had manipulated Kyle into bringing him by hiding Butters inside a bomb shelter. The police chase him throughout Casa Bonita as he hurriedly samples every attraction in his path, finally being cornered at the top of the cliff diver waterfall. You can probably guess what happens next.
* HighOnCatnip: Parodied in "Cat Orgy". Kitty brings her tomcat friends in the house, dumps catnip on the floor, and one of the cats ''snorts it''.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Considering the fact that ''all'' the protagonists suffer from some form of child abuse, this trope follows naturally.
* HippieJesus
* HissBeforeFleeing: [[VampireVannabe Butters]] in "The Ungroundable".
* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: There's an in-universe example in the halloween episode in season 1, arguably a parody of this trope as well. Cartman dresses up in a Hitler costume for Halloween, so the principal shows him a classroom video about how Hitler was a bad person. Because it's made for 8-year-old American children, it only says that "Adolf Hitler was a very, very naughty man!" and merely shows him speaking to a bunch of parading soldiers, which Cartman can't understand because of the language barier. Based on that the children are supposed to learn AnAesop that dressing up as Hitler to school is not acceptable. Things like the Holocaust and other war crimes couldn't be shown of course, because it's directed towards children. [[MisaimedFandom Cartman finds Hitler very cool instead, and imagines being in his place]].
* HistoryRepeats: "Pre-School" ends with the same exact events that were shown at the beginning of the episode: The boys from pre-school, with Trent Boyett, cause a fire that burns Ms. Claridge, but was the boys' idea, and Trent gets arrested while the boys [[KarmaHoudini face no punishment]]. At the climax of the episode, the boys cause an accident that sets Ms. Claridge on fire again and Trent is once again blamed and arrested.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In "Cartman Sucks", Cartman decides to show an incriminating photo to the class before Kyle can to take the wind out of his sales, only to discover that Kyle didn't have it after all and that he simply misplaced it.
** In "Crippled Summer", all of Nathan and Mimsy's plans to kill Jimmy backfire on them. #1: [[spoiler:Mimsy plans to put a Black Mamba snake in Jimmy's canoe, but accidentally puts it in their canoe.]] #2: [[spoiler:They try to redirect Jimmy's team into the land of the vicious Tardicaca Indians, but they end up on that path and Nathan gets struck.]] #3: [[spoiler:They attempt to get Jimmy eaten by summoning a Tardicaca shark, but he blows the whistle on land, and was supposed to while underwater. Then, a shark comes out of the water and humps Mimsy.]] #4 (and final): [[spoiler:The boys plant half a pound of C4 into Jimmy's ukelele, which is set to go off during the ukelele solo of his song. He skips the solo because he doesn't remember it, and goes right to the second verse, then Mimsy tries to do it but a furious Nathan takes the ukelele. Then he starts performing the solo, but he ends up doing the B flat and the ukelele blows up on him, and gets humped by a shark ''again''.]] Needless to say, those didn't go over well.
* HollywoodAtlas: Mocked. The city of South Park is a send-up of the cliches and stereotypes about "flyover country."
* HollywoodTourettes: Played straight ''and'' deconstructed in "Le Petite Tourette".
* {{Homage}}: See the '''[[ShoutOut/SouthPark Shout Out]]''' page.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter:
** Cartman's mom seems to think he's a "little angel" to the point where she doesn't even question his story about why he has a picture of him with Butter's penis in his mouth in "Cartman Sucks". She also lets him get away with murder and always takes his side, with the exception of more recent episodes ("Tsst!", "Coon 2: Hindsight" and "[=HUMANCENTiPAD=]").
*** The members of the Mel Gibson fan club in "The Passion of the Jew", who are unaware that Cartman want to restart the Holocaust and instead think that he just wants to promote Christianity.
** Played in "Free Hat" [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]]. The episode's titular character, Hat [=McCollough=], is a serial murderer of twenty-three babies, but a protest group wants him freed from jail, claiming he killed the babies in self-defense.
*** Or maybe it ''[[WMG/SouthPark really was]]'' self-defense...
* HugeHolographicHead: [[spoiler:Moses]] in "Jewbilee" and [[OffToSeeTheWizard the Prime Minister]] in "Christmas in Canada".
* HughMann: "Bill Cosby" in "Trapper Keeper".
* HumanoidAbomination: Wall-Mart in "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes". Wall-Mart is actually portrayed as a complete EldritchAbomination in the episode, being an abstract entity from beyond that exists [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil as long as there is consumerism]] and poisons every town in which it manifests itself. Near the end of the episode however, it temporarily [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith takes on human form]] so it can talk to Stan and Kyle.
* HumansAreMorons: The episode "Cancelled," reveals Earth to be a giant RealityTV show for the rest of The Universe's silly amusement.
* HumbleGoal: Many episode plots involve the kids wanting something relatively mundane—say, getting the latest gaming system, or returning a rented video on time—but continually getting waylaid by assorted weirdness.
** {{Lampshade}}d by Craig in "Pandemic".
* HumiliationConga: The entirety of "AWESOM-O" is this to Cartman. Especially the ending.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Everyone at some point in this show. The adults are the biggest offenders, mostly in the earlier seasons.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: The only time Shelley shows ''any'' affection towards Stan is when it looks like someone else might have the privilege of beating him up.
* HypocriticalHumor: In the Spanish dub of TheMovie, since there isn't a word for "bitch" in Spanish, Cartman sings "la mama de Kyle is una puta" (Kyle's mom is a whore). And we all know about [[ReallyGetsAround Cartman's mom...]]
** From "My Future Self 'n Me":
--->'''Sharon:''' Stan, what did I tell you about watching ''Series/TheOsbournes''?\\
'''Stan:''' Aw, come on, Mom.\\
'''Sharon:''' [[TakeThat It's going to make you retarded!]]\\
'''Stan:''' It's just a show! [[ClusterFBomb It doesn't have any fucking effect on me, for fuck's sake!]]
** In the episode "Free Hat," the boys attempt to get GeorgeLucas and Creator/StevenSpielberg to stop releasing updated and altered versions of their movies. Midway through the episode, there is an advertisement for a fictional updated rerelease of "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" that includes things such as CGI, Star Wars characters, and other things Parker and Stone didn't have the budget for when they initially created the series.
** In "I'm A Little Bit Country", Sheila is holding a picket sign reading "War Is Not My Voice" at the anti-war protest. Strange considering the fact that she once ''started one.''
*** Maybe she's learned her lesson since then.
** In 201 Jesus says that people get upset when Muhammad is made fun of because he's a religious figure, immediately followed by {{Buddha}} doing crack in front of kids.
** In "It Hits the Fan", the kids in school are taught about the proper use of the word shit. Kyle gets angry over everyone's obsession of the word and gets reprimanded by the teacher when he lets out a PrecisionFStrike.
--> '''Ms. Choksondik''': Boys! Watch your language! Shit!\\
*** The same episode at the end has the boys telling everyone that there's no need to be cursing all the time, despite the fact that they and everyone else swears all the time.
** "Eat, Pray, Queef" has the men complain about the women queefing, yet when the women point out how a man farting is no different, the men make a bunch of excuses.
** In the episodes where the boys role-play as high fantasy characters ("The Return of the Fellowship of the King to the Two Towers", the "Black Friday" trilogy), they will come across a group of kids role-playing as characters from a different franchise (Harry Potter, Star Trek) that Cartman makes fun of.
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* IAmBigBoned: Cartman
* IAmNotMyFather: Stan in particular is pretty ashamed of his father most of the time and tries to avoid being like him, not that he always succeeds.
** To a lesser extent, Kyle is like this, but usually with his mother. [[{{Catchphrase}} "It's a Jersey Thing"]].
* IAteWhat:
** Scott Tenorman's [[spoiler:parents]] are the most infamous example.
** The "chocolate milk mix" Cartman drank. It was actually [[spoiler:''Kenny's cremated body.'']]
** The baby (technically, since it doesn't say anything) in the Mr. Hankey Fake Commercial.
** Butters' "creamy goo" in "Sarcastaball."
---> '''Randy Marsh:''' [[spoiler:This is cum.]]
* IBangedYourMom: Cartman's mom is known for this. By everyone in town. Including the women. Including Jesus. [[{{Robosexual}} Including the time traveling robot.]]
* IcarusAllusion: In "Cartman's Incredible Gift", Cartman tries to fly from his roof with cardboard wings and ends up in the hospital recovering from head trauma. The cops believe that he now has psychic abilities because they have heard of similar cases; they take his advice and dismiss Kyle's. Kyle concludes he has to be as stupid as Cartman to be acknowledged. Before he does so, Butters tells him not to fly too close to the sun.
---> '''Stan:''' God damn it, Butters.
* IdealizedSex: Subverted spectacularly when Mr. Mackey and Ms. Choksondik fall for each other, and when the same happens for [[spoiler:Richard Dawkins and Ms. Garrison.]]
* IdiotBall: The adults always get tossed this.
** Passed back and forth between Stan and Kyle in select episodes.
** In "[[Recap/SouthParkS7E7RedMansGreed Red Man's Greed]]", the townspeople beat the Native Americans at their own game, and have enough money to resolve the plot of the episode. However, the rush of winning gets to the adults and bid their winnings for 12¼ million dollars. Needless to say, they wind up back at square one, prolonging the episode.
* IgnoredAesop: Sometimes the Aesop summation devolves into this, not that the straight Aesops make much sense to begin with.
* IHaveThisFriend: Randy attempts this in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", when trying to discuss whether or not watching another guy masturbate would make you gay. This merely drives the other men in wanting to kick this "friend"'s ass, until Randy mentions he lives in Florida.
* ImMrFuturePopCultureReference: Parodied with [=VSM471=], a cyborg from the year 2034 coming to our time and adopting the name "Creator/BillCosby".
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Happens often with automatic weapons. Particular examples include:
** "Wing," where multiple Chinese thugs fire at the boys and miss completely from mere feet away
** "Medicinal Fried Chicken," when a bunch of heavily-armed gangsters are taken down slowly and one by one, in a close-range gunfight with South Park's incompetent police force, who are wielding only pistols
** Taken UpToEleven in "Little Crime Stoppers," where the boys' presence incites nearby gangs to ''accidentally shoot each other to death''.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Cartman's brief impersonation of a police officer in an early episode. He dressed like a cop (complete with [[CoolShades aviator sunglasses]]) and pulled people over in his big wheel. When they inevitably figured out that he wasn't a real cop, he'd start beating them with a baton.
-->"''RESPECT MY AUTHORIT-AH!''"
* ImplausibleDeniability: The show is full of them:
** Cartman's constant use of IAmBigBoned whenever someone calls him fat. It doesn't help that his mother told him he was big boned all the time too until the episode "Fat Camp" had her tell him the truth.
** Randy Marsh in "You're Getting Old" tries to defy fate by pretending the new album his son and the rest of the kids like is cool, even though it sounds like shit to him. No matter how much his wife tries to force him to admit the album is crap, Randy insists that it sounds cool and that he is not like the rest of the adults that are old and think new music is shit.
* InadequateInheritor: When Cartman inherited one million dollars, it was mentioned his benefactress left her money to him because she feared her other relatives would spend it on crack.
* IncrediblyLameFun: In the episode "Here Comes The Neighborhood", while the rich kids play polo, the "normal" kids amuse themselves by running around and [[GroinAttack kicking each other in the balls]].
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: "Kenny Dies" first shows Kenny coughing a bit, and it being commented that he's had the cough for a while. The titular death is the result of "a muscular disease."
* IndianBurialGround: They have a couple episodes with them, featuring full-on homages to ''Literature/PetSematary''.
* InformedAttractiveness: In "Pre-School" the Fifth Graders say Stan's mom has the hottest "bewbs" in South Park.
* InformedDeformity: PlayedForLaughs with Ugly Bob from "Not Without My Anus".
* InformedObscenity: In the episode "It Hits The Fan", The Knights of Standards and Practices each represent a different bad word. One of these: "Mee Krob", the name of a really nasty Thai dish.
* InfantImmortality: Subverted and played straight: While one of the recurring gags of the show is the death of Kenny, he keeps coming back at the next episode. [[spoiler: Eventually is revealed that Kenny is indeed immortal.]] Played straight with Cartman, Stan and Kyle, that despite being put constantly on situations that normally would kill somebody (Like for example, being in the middle of the war) they manage to survive.
* InsaneTrollLogic: How else can you get from buttsex (which wasn't even mentioned) to binary code?
** Pretty much all adults (and often the children too though less frequently) use Insane Troll Logic most of the time. And that's all of them, in the world.
** Cartman is the most fond of this, as can be seen in "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce" (using irreverent mathematics to pin 9/11 on Kyle) and "Dances With Smurfs" (as a parody of political pundit GlennBeck).
* InsistentTerminology: "Bucky Bailey's Bully Buckers, [[TradeSnark trademark]]"
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Cheerfully subverted with Timmy and Jimmy, who in addition to having plenty of achievements that have nothing to do with their disabilities also have dynamic personalities, with character strengths and flaws.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: Mecha Streisand.
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: "Let's Fighting Love".
** And, Trey Parker [[ShownTheirWork majored in Japanese]]. Translated, there are some jokes in there.
*** Some of the lines translate to things such as "I have a fantastic penis", "This English is screwed up". If you ever wanted to know the Japanese word for a man's jewels, it's in there as well.
* IntercourseWithYou: Pretty much every time Chef sings, intentional or not.
** Cartman's band Faith +1 inserts [[{{Jesus}} the Big Guy]] into some pretty blatant examples of this in "ChristianRock Hard"
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: In City Sushi, the City Wok guy tries to get revenge of the owner of City Sushi due to this trope.
* InterestingBackgroundEvent: In the "Bloody Mary" episode, one of the aliens makes an appearance as a reflection in the car window if viewed at the right time during the scene when Stan tries to dissuade his father from driving drunk once again.
* InternalDeconstruction: Kenny dying was eventually played painfully straight as a way to show how traumatic it would be, showing him slowly dying in a hospital. This was eventually used as a way to move on to where they don't kill Kenny ''every'' episode.
* InternalRetcon: The 200th episode revealed this to be the case with [[spoiler:the early story arc concerning Cartman's father]].
* IntimidatingRevenueService: Cartman inherited one million dollars in one episode and a good part of it was taken by tax collectors.
* InvisibleStreaker: Subverted in "Good Times With Weapons", wherein Cartman attempts this during the fairgrounds auction at the climax in the episode, but he was only imagining things—he ends up nude on stage and causing bigger controversy than the sight of Butters with a [[EyeScream ninja star impaled in his eye]].
-->'''Mr. Garrison:''' You see the damage you've caused, [[FullNameUltimatum Eric Cartman]]? ''What were you thinking?!''\\
'''Cartman:''' I told you it was a WardrobeMalfunction!
* IronicEcho: In "The Jeffersons", Kenny asks if he's too big to be Blanket, to which Kyle replies that Mr. Jefferson doesn't pay enough attention to notice. Sure enough, when Mr. Jefferson sees Kenny disguised as Blanket, he immediately picks him up thinking he's his son.
* {{Irony}}: In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA," Kenny spends the whole episode trying to stop his father from impregnating his mother, then when that doesn't work, he tries to get rid of the unborn baby anyway. [[spoiler:In the end, Kenny dies (again) before the baby is born, and the baby becomes him.]]
** Cartman's SmallNameBigEgo alter-ego "The Coon", also known as a racial slur for black people.
* ISeeDeadPeople: Or "Dead Celebrities".
* ItAmusedMe: Mysterion's reasoning for why Coon and Friends keeps that name even after the Coon was kicked out: "Because it pisses Cartman off beyond belief, and I find that extremely funny."
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls" contains an InUniverse {{Parody}}: "If you work in the entertainment industry, and you make money, you're a sellout."
* [[ItIsAlwaysSpring It Is Always Winter]]: It is almost always Winter in this show, even during times of the year when it shouldn't be. A rare exception is in "Summer Sucks", where humor comes from how quickly everyone gets bored with the lack of snow, which was probably a response to ''TV Guide'' claiming during season one that Trey Parker was too stupid to animate the Characters' legs.
** Cartman makes a joke in one episode about having only two seasons in South Park: winter and July.
** Semi-justified by the fact that South Park is a mountain town.
* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: The Sür Lá Täblé store clerk in "Margaritaville" pronounces not only the name of the store with a "leh" instead of an "uhl", but [[RunningGag does this with every word that has the same spelling]], making sure to fit in as many of them as possible.
--> '''Stan:''' So do you think that I could get this returned?
--> '''Store Clerk:''' That would be impobab-leh, but not impossib-leh.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: In "200", when they discussed the last time Muhammad appeared in public.
--> '''Sergeant Yates:''' Muhammad showed up and there was no violence at all?\\
'''Stan:''' [[CallBack Well, this giant John Wilkes Booth shot]] AbrahamLincoln...[[note]]In "The Super Best Friends", while the Blainetologists are trying to commit mass suicide, David Blaine brought the Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial to life in order to attack the Super Best Friends. The Super Best Friends, in turn, create a statue of Booth to assassinate the Lincoln statue.[[/note]]
** In-universe example from the episode "Cartoon Wars Part 2."
--->'''Cartman:''' Excuse me, Kyle, but I have some idea balls to remove from a manatee tank.\\\
(turns and leaves)\\
'''Kyle:''' What!?
** "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls," which are actually [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin balls made of chocolate which taste salty]], not Chef's testicles.
** The ending to "Butterballs". [[GainaxEnding Not that it helps much]].
* [[ItsAlwaysSunnyInMiami It's Always Snowy in South Park]]
* ItsBeenDone: "The Simpsons Already Did It".
* IvyLeagueForEveryone
* [[IWasToldThereWouldBeCake I Was Told There Would Be Punch and Pie]]: The kids' lure to get people to join LaResistance.
* IWasJustJoking: Randy Marsh invents "Sarcastiball" in an extended one of these
* IWishedYouWereDead: Stan in "[[Recap/SouthParkS1E7PinkEye Pink Eye]]" after Wendy went to the school's costume contest as [[Franchise/StarWars Chewbacca]] instead of Literature/RaggedyAnn (she and Stan were meant to enter as a pair, but Wendy thought they'd look stupid and assumed Stan would come to the same conclusion), and gave away the two-ton candy prize for charity.
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* JapaneseRanguage: "Herro, Shitty Wok!"
* {{Jerkass}}: Eric Cartman, whose visage has been displayed on the trope page at least once. Others include Mr(s). Garrison, Sergeant Yates, Mayor McDaniels, the goth kids and numerous secondary characters.
* JerkAssHadAPoint: Cartman surprisingly enough had one of these in one of the newer episodes "Informative Murder Porn" where he states that maybe because one kid's father had killed his mother didn't mean that Murder Porn was neccessarily the cause. Maybe for all they knew the kid's parent had been cheating on each other and doing drugs for a long time before Murder Porn (a near direct quote from Cartman himself). However when Wendy tries to agree with him, Cartman promptly boo's her simply for being Wendy
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Cartman is one of television's most infamous examples. Sometimes he does something that seems genuinely generous or selfless, but there's always a selfish reason to it. His friends expect this. In fact in one episode he protects a lot of persecuted cats and throughout the episode viewers are waiting for the moment he turns out to have hidden agendas. The twist is that he doesn't. He really doesn't. He did it because he likes cats.
* JesusWasWayCool: Jesus is just a friendly guy living in suburbia and hosting his public access TV show.
** Until he went and sacrificed himself... to save Santa Claus from kidnappers in Iraq on Christmas Day, thus forever marking Christmas as a day to remember Jesus... for saving Santa Claus in Iraq.
*** He came back near the end of Holy Saturday (which is close to Easter Sunday), to help put down the extensive corruption in the Catholic Church (with the help of its friendly, but somewhat impotent, pope).
---->"I'm pretty sure that killing Jesus is not very Christian."
**** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exultet The other wiki will make this clear.]]
* JewishComplaining: Particularly from Kyle's mother, and his cousin.
* JoinsToFitIn: This is Cartman's reason for forming the Ginger Separatist Movement, after being forcibly transformed into a ginger himself.
** Kyle allows himself to be "made over" by his newly metrosexualized friends in "South Park is Gay". It doesn't last very long.
** Another example is in the newest episode and season finale "The Hobbit" where [[spoiler: Wendy photoshops a picture of herself in order to be "attractive". Ironically enough, she was the one who accidentally started the whole photoshop ordeal when she had photoshopped a picture of a very unattractive girl at the school and everyone believed that the picture was the girl's "real" image despite her looking absolutely nothing like the picture. This eventually leads to every girl in school aside from Wendy getting their pictures photoshopped and therefore becoming "attractive" because of said pictures. Wendy is eventually peer-pressured into creating a photoshopped picture in order to stop being bullied by pretty much everyone in the entire school.]]
* JumpingOutOfACake: "Butters' Bottom Bitch" has an undercover cop posing as a hooker in one of these.
* JurisdictionFriction: Mocked. In "Lil' Crime Stoppers" the boys are playing city cops, and the kids playing FBI keep showing up to take their cases away. Addressed more seriously in the episode in which the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and several other government agencies debate who should be the ones stopping a potential terrorist attack aimed at Hillary Clinton.
* JustEatGilligan: The episode "Butt Out" (Where Cartman idolizes Rob Reiner because of his fascist and manipulative tactics to get people to quit smoking) could've been solved easier had Cartman known Rob Reiner was a Jew, a people Cartman's not a fan of.
* JustLikeMakingLove:
-->'''Chef''': Children, playing football is like making love to a really beautiful woman. You can't always score, but when you can, it makes all the trying worthwhile.
* JustTheIntroductionToTheOpposites
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* EarlyBirdCameo: Butter's Dad appears in the riots for a brief second in "Chickenlover."
** Wendy also appears in the short that was made before the series "The Spirit of Christmas"
** "Black Friday" and "A Song of Ass and Fire" both serve as one for the ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' video game that is planned to come out early 2014, since it introduces many of the new costumes for the kids, as well as reinforces their serious approach at [=LARPing=] and even Kenny's crossdressing.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In episodes two to six in the first season, Kyle was the one who says, "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!", rather than Stan. The seventh episode, the first HalloweenEpisode, had the line said by Stan as normal at the beginning, but the ending features a variant said by Kyle. Subsequent episodes have Stan as the primary deliverer of the line. On another note, "You bastards!" wasn't said in the Volcano episode.
** The 1992 short "Jesus vs. Frosty", which came out ''before'' "The Spirit of Christmas", is even more drastic; the character that is to become Cartman is called Kenny and is TheSpeechless, Future Kenny has no name and speaks coherently, and they both die. The characters are also missing their ''{{Garfield}}''-style SphereEyes, having only unfilled circles and dots in their place.
** In "Weight Gain 4000", Cartman wins an essay contest by cheating. In later seasons Kyle would be the one trying to move heaven and earth to prove it while no one believed him, but in this episode it's ''Stan'' among the four main boys who gets pissed. Later, he'd be the least likely to give half a shit.
* EasyRoadToHell: A definite example PlayedForLaughs in the movie. Kenny has been killed (again) and his soul drifts up towards Heaven. However, as soon as he touches it, he gets an "Access Denied" message and tumbles straight down to Hell, which has a "Population" sign showing a huge and ever-increasing number, whilst the equivalent sign for Heaven revealed a tiny population.
** Originally, the only people who could get into Heaven are Mormons. '''''Everybody''''' else went to hell. {{Retcon}}ned in "Best Friends Forever" where Heaven had to create an army to fight an invasion from Hell—which made sense considering the overly excited Mormons were generally pacifists, as well as microscopic in number compared to Hell's population.
* EccentricTownsfolk: And how.
* EekAMouse: Parodied in the episode "Eek, a Penis!"
* EggSitting: The plot of "Follow That Egg!"
* EldritchAbomination:
** [=WalMart=] from "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes". It is simply a formless entity (later revealed as a manifestation of human desire) that materialized as a chain of superstores, slowly corrupts all humans it comes in contact with, and exists [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil so long as there is human desire to give it power]].
** Cartman's "Trapper Keeper".
** Coon 2: Hindsight has [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]] himself.
* EldritchLocation:
** The [[DarkWorld evil half]] of Imaginationland. They never allow anyone or anything good to cross into their territory or else they'll be killed. Otherwise, they have no interest in war, [[PretextForWar until the terrorists attacked both halves of Imaginationland and pinned attacks on the Evil territory on the Good Imaginary Characters.]]
** The [[spoiler:Dark Oblivion, also known as the Sunken City of R'lyeh]] in Coon 2 literally personifies this trope, as it is supposed to be Cthulu's home plane.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Only the InUniverse press refers to Butters Stotch as "Leopold".
* EmbarrassingSlide: "Cartman Sucks". [[HoYay Literally.]]
* EmergingFromTheShadows: Captain Hindsight in "Mysterion Rises".
* EndOfEpisodeSilliness
* EnemyMine: Al Qaeda saving South Park from the Jerseyites.
* EskimosArentReal: In "The Tooth Fairy's Tats 2000", the American Dental Association laugh when Dr Foley [[CassandraTruth tries to convince them of exactly what’s happening to the teeth]], favouring their own chicken-squirrel hybrid theory. They further ridicule Foley when he says that he says that he has seen it before in UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}, derisively asking “And where, pray, is this Montreal?”.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Both of Kyle's parents have these. The first thing Sheila Broflovski does in the show? Try to cancel ''Terrance and Phillip'' by going on strike with all of the other parents. 4 episodes later, Gerald is being too hard on Kyle this Hanukkah for having what was thought to be an imaginary friend. They both mellow out a little as the series progresses, for the most part.
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: The first thing that happens in the show is someone kicking a baby. And it all goes downhill from there.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Cartman, for all his atrocities, draws the line at [[GroinAttack shooting people in the dick.]] He also [[KindheartedCatLover loves cats]], going to a lot of trouble to protect them when they're banned from South Park in "Major Boobage". And he adored the Jakovasaurs in spite of everyone else's hatred of them.
*** On that note, it's worth mentioning that he also holds himself to the widely accepted Gentleman's code, as shown by SouthParkTheStickOfTruth. Never ever ever fart on anyone's balls.
*** He also seems to draw the line at mocking people for being fat. But he's cool with making fun of people for any other reason.
** In TheMovie, the [[MoralGuardians Mothers Against Canada]] (except Sheila) support war with Canada, but not if it means [[NotInMyBackyard their]] children are in the middle of it. Sheila learned her lesson [[HeelRealization the hard way]].
** Even ''Al freaking Qaeda'' suicide bombs the "armies" of [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] to help America before the idiocy can spread to Afghanistan.
** Satan does this often. In addition to hating his {{Jerkass}} boyfriend Saddam Hussein, he also despises [[Series/MySuperSweetSixteen rich, spoiled 16 year old girls]] (he fears that he might become one, but one of his minions tells him "you're not ''that'' bad") and thinks that someone dressing up as Steve Irwin with a sting ray through their chest at his Halloween party is offensive. [[spoiler: Turns out that it actually ''is'' Steve Irwin, so Satan kicks him out for not wearing a costume.]]
** The "Native Americans" from Cherokee Hair Tampons have no problem in helping Miss Information scam the towns folk out of their money by selling fake products and lying about their true heritage, ([[spoiler:they're really Mexicans]]), hell they found the whole thing funny. But once they see the physically ill Kyle, they tell them that he should go to a doctor and come clean about the whole thing.
** When Bill Gates viciously beat the head of Sony to Death in the Game Of Thrones/Console War Trilogy, all the kids were visually disturbed, Even and ESPECIALLY Cartman, which speaks miles and volumes on how horrible the Console Wars and Black Friday are. Hell Cartman is the one who opts to just play outside after everything is said and done. (Which apparently leads into the video game 'Stick of Truth', complete with an ad for it.)
** In ''Imaginationland'', after Jason Voorhees encounters the Woodland Critters, he says "I'd hate to meet the person who thought them up."
* EverybodyDidIt: In the end of "Lice Capades", [[spoiler:every single student in the class had lice.]]
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: In the "Imaginationland" trilogy, there is a hilarious subplot where Kyle loses a bet against Cartman and is ordered (by Cartman and by the Supreme Court) to [[spoiler:suck his balls.]] The first time, he is sent off by the FBI right at the front door of Cartman's house. The second time, Cartman wastes WAY too much time preparing and runs out of time. The THIRD time, the court order is cancelled by law. [[spoiler:FINALLY, at the end of the episode, Cartman uses the power of Imaginationland to create a scene of Kyle sucking Cartman's balls in front of a large crowd.]]
--->'''Cartman:''' KYLE! [[spoiler:[[LampshadeHanging I did NOT wait this whole time just to see you weasel your way out of this! Before this day is over, you WILL SUCK MY BALLS. I SWEAR IT!]]]]
* EveryoneIsBi: Every guy's masturbated with another guy before. But not in a hot tub at a party.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]" deals with this InUniverse. After being excited to read ''Literature/CatcherInTheRye'' because it was previously banned, the boys are disappointed that it turns out to be nothing but "a whiny teen talking about how lame he is" with a few curse words here and there. They then decide to deliberately create a book that ''deserves'' to be banned (the title of which is the title of the episode). Despite it being so disgusting that nobody can read a single sentence or even recall a single event from the book without [[VomitIndiscretionShot vomiting violently]], it is nonetheless hailed as the greatest piece of literature ever written due to everyone seeing symbolism that isn't really there.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: In "Toilet Paper", Cartman simply cannot wrap his mind around why Stan and Kyle feel bad that Butters is going to be punished for something they did.
-->"Is it because you think you'll get in trouble ''later''?"
* EvilSoundsRaspy: Parodied in an episode with one of Satan's minions relaying instructions to a corrupt politician. As the demon tells the politician what to say, he has to remind him not to repeat his raspy wheezes.
* EvilStoleMyFaith: One episode sees Cartman inheriting a million dollars and buying his own private theme park. Kyle is dumbfounded at the idea that God would reward such a rotten person, and ends up getting a hemorrhoid. As things get better for Cartman, Kyle's condition worsens and he renounces his faith. At the point where Kyle is on the verge of death ([[RuleOfFunny yes, from a hemorrhoid]]), Stan brings him to the theme park in time to see Cartman's dream destroyed by his own greed, at which point Kyle makes a miraculous recovery.
--> '''Kyle (looking up, smiling):''' [[ThereIsAGod You]] ''[[ThereIsAGod are]]'' [[ThereIsAGod up there!]]
** The episode also has Kyle [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] the [[Literature/TheBible story of Job]] by asking how the God who would punish a decent man just to prove a point to Satan could possibly be considered benevolent. It doesn't help that his parents forgot the last part of the story where God rewards Job,and gives him more than what Job had before he lost everything.
* EvilTwin: Played with in "Spookyfish".
* EvilVersusEvil: Eric Cartman vs. Saddam Hussein. Eric Cartman vs. Scott Tenorman. Eric Cartman vs. Osama bin Laden. The Coon vs. Professor Chaos. Celebrities vs. ginger kids in "200/201" (and they eventually team up).
* EvolvingCredits: The first four seasons used the same opening, but with more characters, objects, and events added each season.
** Later openings consist of clips from various episodes, but the group shot at the end is still updated every season.
** And every few seasons, Kenny's muffled line in the song changes.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Some of the news reporters are people like "a Hispanic Man with Some Gravy Stains on his Lapel", or "Midget Wearing Bikini".
** There was also a reporter who was introduced by the anchor as "a normal-looking guy with a funny name" (his name is shown as "Creamy Goodness").
** "Kenny Dies"
** In "Bass to Mouth", when Mackey says that they'll have to throw Eric Cartman under the bus, and another teacher asks how they'll do that, Mackey says "we get a bus... and we throw Eric Cartman under it." And then they proceed to do just that.
* ExactWords: Again in "Bass to Mouth", Cartman is recruited by the South Park Elementary faculty to prevent a Pete Melman, a fellow student, from being mocked after [[PottyFailure crapping his pants]]. His response is slip another student laxatives to make ''her'' crap herself even worse than Pete did. As Cartman says, they told him to prevent ''Pete'' from being mocked.
* ExcuseQuestion: The town once held a quiz show filled with these for the benefit of Jakovasaurs in an attempt to get rid of them. Unfortunately, they ''didn't'' get the correct answers, and Officer Barbarry forgot that he was supposed to be throwing the competition.
* {{Expy}}: All of the children at the handicapped summer camp in "Crippled Summer" save for Jimmy and Timmy, are expies of classic WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and Creator/TexAvery characters.
** Funnybot is a large Series/{{D|octorWho}}alek, with elements of other sci-fi robots thrown in.
* ExposedToTheElements: Inverted in the early seasons where the kids are wearing winter outfits even in such places like Sub-Sahara Africa, the Tropical Rainforest, and Afghanistan. It was even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded upon]] when one member of the Make A Wish foundation asked Kenny if it was hot under his parka.
* ExtremeDoormat: Liane Cartman.
** Butters in his pre-{{breakout|Character}} days. Though he sometimes sill qualifies when he's not playing the {{Woobie}} or BadassAdorable.
* TheExtremistWasRight: [[KnightTemplar Cartman]] in "Die Hippie, Die".
* EyeScream: In the the Season 8 premiere "Good Times With Weapons", Butters gets a shuriken stuck in his eye. He screams.
** In an instance from the very first season, Kenny winds up having an eye torn from his skull as he's mauled to death by turkeys.
** Done quite graphically to StrawberryShortcake in "Imaginationland". To say nothing of the [[UpToEleven woodland critters' input on the matter]].
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* TheFaceless: Kenny, though his face has been seen at least six times: In TheMovie, "Super Best Friends," "Good Times With Weapons," "The Jeffersons," "The Losing Edge," and "Major Boobage." This, is of course combined with YouAllLookFamiliar: If you know he has [[spoiler:blonde]] hair, there's no mystery.
** Subcerted in Rise of Mysterion, when Mysterion is unmasked. Of course [[spoiler: every kid in town with the exception of Cartman and Token look exactly the same without a distinguishing item such as a poofball hat or visible hair, so you don't know it is Kenny until a later episode.]] The police purposely are vague, with comments such as "take the kid to jail."
* FailOSuckyname: Sea Man from the episode "Super Best Friends". Not only do the superhero religious figures call him by [[PunnyName a pun on "semen"]], but it doesn't help that he can communicate with fish, one of which is a sidekick named Swallow:
-->'''Narrator:''' Meanwhile, in the ocean depths, Seaman seeks out water to mix with the concrete.\\
'''Sea Man:''' ''*looks at camera*'' Sea Man! ''*looks at pipe*'' Look, Swallow, we should be able to divert the water with that pipe.\\
'''Narrator:''' And so, Seaman and Swallow get to... get to work. ''*laughs*''
** The boys' school football and dodgeball teams are the Cows.
** Kyle joins the {{superhero}} group "Coon & Friends" under the alter-ego "The Human Kite". "The Coon" is Eric Cartman. [[DontExplainTheJoke Guess what he gets called...]]
* FailureGambit: In one episode, Satan fights Jesus, and intentionally takes a dive after the people of the town have all bet on his victory due to his overwhelming physical advantage. He then reveals that he made a fortune by being the one and only person to bet on Jesus winning, all according to plan.
* FakeOutOpening: The opening scene in "Spooky Fish" appears to set up an AlienInvasion story... only for the alien in question to get run over by the school bus. The rest of the episode revolves around {{Evil Twin}}s and a MirrorUniverse.
* FakeRealTurn: The Obama administration.
* FanDisservice: Among others, Ms. Choksondik's enormous, sagging breasts and the sex scene between her and Mr. Mackey, as well as Ms. Garrison's "boob job".
* FanOfTheUnderdog: Pip, Butters and Dougie are all [[ButtMonkey "Melvins" prone to bullying at school]], and so often act as their only friends. Stan and Kyle occasionally ThrowTheDogABone as well ([[JerkassFacade so long as no one else is around]]).
* FantasyCharacterClasses: The five basic classes in the South Park RPG are Fighter, Mage, Thief, Cleric... [[OddNameOut and Jew]].
* FantasticRacism: When Stan complains about the time traveling immigrant "Goobacks" taking away all the present day people's jobs, his parents accuse him of being "an ignorant timecist".
* FartsOnFire: Cartman in the first episode. In the {{pilot}} version, it was caused by eating extra spicy tamales that Chef gave to the boys to help give them an excuse to leave school. In the actual premire, his {{anal prob|ing}}e was causing this.
** [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Kenny's cause of death]] in ''[[TheMovie Bigger, Longer and Uncut]]'', after [[DoNotTryThisAtHome imitating something they saw in the Terrance & Phillip movie]], which just so happened to be called ''Asses of Fire''.
* FatCamp: Cartman is sent to one in [[ThePlace "Fat Camp"]]. [[spoiler:He appears to have actually come back having lost weight, but it was really another kid he paid to show up.]]
* FelonyMisdemeanor: The boys get this a ''lot'' from their parents.
* FieldTripToThePast: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in "I'm a Little Bit Country" where Cartman's refusal to study for a history exam like Stan, Kyle and Kenny leads him to [[InvokedTrope intentionally attempt this]] based on [[GenreSavvy his knowledge of it]] by harming himself in various ways to render himself unconscious and induce a flashback. His final plan involves [[spoiler:electrocuting himself in a tub with a [=TiVo=] that he recorded to capacity with History Channel programs. ''[[CrazyEnoughToWork And it actually works]]''.]]
* FightingFromTheInside: Randy does this between sarcastic statements in "Sarcastaball" when attempting to break through his sarcasm addiction's hold on him:
-->"''[[TearsOfFear (teary-eyed)]]'' Help me, Sharon."
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Played straight sometimes, but more often subverted. Sure, there's plenty of flame, but as often as not it seems to be a pleasant and fun place, and just about everyone winds up there regardless of their goodness or badness.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Stan
** TheLancer: Kenny (or Kyle)
** TheBigGuy: Cartman (possibly subverted in the fact that although he can enact more damage (either directly or indirectly) on someone (via manipulation et al.) he's fairly weak and whiny physically)
** TheSmartGuy: Kyle (or Kenny... particularly considering that in the earlier seasons Kenny was the only one who really understood things)
** TheChick: Wendy
** TheHeart: Butters
** TagalongKid: Ike
** SixthRanger: Jimmy, thought this can be any of the other kids depending on the episode.
** Also, the fandom applies this trope to Craig's team as well:
*** TheHero(or AntiHero, more appropriately): Craig
*** TheLancer / TheSmartGuy: Token
*** TheBigGuy: Clyde (he's said to be the second fattest kid in the class, after Cartman)
*** TheChick: Tweek, when he occasionally tags along with them.
*** [[SixthRanger The Fifth Ranger]]: Jimmy or Kevin
* {{Flatline}}: Present in some episodes where characters happen to be in hospital for various reasons.
* FlatWhat: Cartman gives one in "T.M.I." when he finds out that the school actually ''didn't'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext post the boys' penis sizes]].
** Cartman also does it in "Crack Baby Athletic Association" when Kyle proposes using 30% of the company's profits to build an orphanage for the crack babies.
** Stan is quite prone to these when something immensely strange, stupid or unexpected happens. Sometimes he upgrades it to a deadpan [[PrecisionFStrike "Dude, what the fuck?"]].
* FlawExploitation: Cartman's revenge plot against Scott Tenorman relies heavily on this. If Stan and Kyle didn't [[spoiler: rat him out to Scott]], or Scott himself had reacted differently, the whole plan could have fallen apart.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Limited only to Mormons. It's ''extremely'' dull as a result.
* FoodPorn: Taken to disturbingly literal territory with Randy's short-lived obsession with Food Network in "Crème Fraiche".
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''[[TheMovie South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut]]'', when Kenny wants to go see the Terrance and Philip movie instead of going to church, his mom says, "Well, fine, you go ahead and miss church. And then, when you die and go to hell, you can answer to Satan!"
* ForInconveniencePressOne: "Pinkeye" has this in the middle of a ZombieApocalypse.
* ForgettableCharacter: In the episode "The Last of the Meheecans", the boys play a Border Control role play game, and eventually the Mexican side claim victory. It takes a long while until Cartman realizes they forgot about Butters (and even then only because he can now still win as the Texan side). As the others wonder how this happened, Craig Lampshades that Butters is a rather easy to forget person.
* FormallyNamedPet: Cartman's cat, Mr. Kitty.
* ForTheEvulz: Apparently the Mongolians' only motivation for repeatedly destroying sections of the Great City Wall of South Park in "Child Abduction is Not Funny."
* ForTheFunnyz
* {{Fratbro}}: Musical theatre creators Creator/StephenSondheim, Creator/StephenSchwartz, Creator/AndrewLloydWebber and Creator/EltonJohn are all portrayed as being beer-swilling bros in secret.
* TheFreelanceShameSquad:
** When Stan shows up to the class Halloween party dressed up as Raggedy Andy (and Wendy doesn't go through with dressing as Raggedy Ann), Mr. Garrison actually says "Let's all laugh and point at Stan, everyone", and they do.
** When Randy gets a DUI in "Bloody Mary", Mr. Garrison gives a lecture on drunk driving, in which he brings Randy into the classroom to give a half-hearted apology speech. Mr. Garrison then berates him quite thoroughly while he addresses the class as Stan hides his face in agonized embarrassment.
* FreeRangeChildren: Very possibly the most overt use of this trope in the history of Western media.
* FriendshipSong: One episode of the show has the song "You Guys Are My Best Friends". Sung by "Evil" Cartman from a MirrorWorld. The song s about how they've always been friends through thick and thin. It has some irony to it since the real Cartman would never say that.
* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: The relationship between Cartman and Stan and between Kyle and Kenny is never really developed as compared to relationships between [[SitcomArchNemesis Cartman and Kyle]] or [[HeterosexualLifePartners Kyle and Stan.]] Honestly, though, [[TheUnintelligible Kenny]] [[OutOfFocus doesn't have too many plots tying him too closely with any of the other boys in the group.]]
** While there have at least been a few exceptions between the four boys, Kenny and Butters barely interact at all in ''South Park''. This amusingly came into play in the episode "Going Native", where it is revealed Kenny is actually Butters' favorite friend and the two finally share an entire plot together.
* FriendshipDenial:
** This dialogue in the episode "Canada On Strike"
--->'''Stephen Abootman''': "Look, guy. We have to stay strong. If you don't stand with your fellow Canadians, then you are a rat!"
--->'''Terrance''': "Don't call me a rat, buddy."
--->'''Stephen Abootman''': "I'm not your buddy, friend."
--->'''Phillip''': "He's not your friend, guy."
--->'''Stephen Abootman''': "I'm not your guy, buddy."
--->'''Terrance''': "He's not your buddy, friend."
--->'''Stephen Abootman''': "I'm not your friend, guy."
** This also happens in "The Death Of Eric Cartman" where the other boys deny Eric as their friend and that they will start ignoring him from this point on:
--->'''Token''': "Ignoring him? How come?"
--->'''Kyle''': "Because he's a [[FatBastard fat]], [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain racist]], [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]], [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence intolerant]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulating]] [[TheSociopath sociopath]]."
--->*beat*
--->'''Token''': "Oh yeah."
* FromBadToWorse: BP first drills into the ocean and creates another Oil spill. Then they dig again and release monsters from another dimension. They dig into the moon now, can't get worse right? [[spoiler: They release ''Cthulhu.'']]
** Oh cmon, that's total bullshit...everyone knows [[spoiler: Cthulu]] is sealed somewhere in the Atlantic near Antarctica!
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: The kids are usually a lot more worldly than one would expect from their age, but other times they are quite innocent.
* FullyAutomaticClipShow: When Cartman is not invited to Kyle's birthday party, the latter mentions the times Cartman teased him for being Jewish.
* FurAndLoathing: An example of the sheer extent the show takes this trope is near the end of "Douche and Turd" when [[spoiler:PETA]] throws [[spoiler:blood]] on PDiddy's jacket, causing him to [[spoiler:murder everyone in the organization.]]
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* GainaxEnding: The PlotTwist near the end of the "Coon and Friends" arc.
** The end of "Butterballs". [[ItMakesSenseInContext Context aside]], it still manages to be a major curve ball. It even has the [[TropeCodifier penguin]] from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' in one of the shots.
* GambitPileup: In 'Cat Orgy', [[BitchInSheepsClothing Shelly]] is baby-sitting Cartman and invites her boyfriend over. This leads to Cartman [[InterruptedIntimacy taking a picture of them making out]] with the intent to show it to his mother and bust them, and eventually this leads to a—[[XanatosSpeedChess likely on the fly]]—[[GambitPileup pileup]] between the two.
--> (Cartman lets Shelly into his locked room.)
--> '''Shelly:''' Haha! That was a turd trick! Your mom isn't really dead!
--> '''Cartman:''' Aha! I knew it was a turd trick, and I opened the door because Mr. Kitty is on his way right now to my mom's party with the picture!
--> '''Shelly:''' Aha! I knew you sent the cat, and that's why I went outside and got him. *Holds up the picture.*
--> '''Cartman:''' Aha! I saw you get the picture back from Mr. Kitty and that's why I wrote a letter to the press, to be opened in case of my demise. Should anything happen to me that letter will go out, and you will never find it.
--> '''Shelly:''' *Picks up the letter* You mean this one?
--> '''Cartman:''' ... [[IndyPloy Okay, let's see now...]] Aha! Umm... [[OutGambitted god damn it!]]
* GameShowAppearance: "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson" opens with Stan's dad as a ''WheelOfFortune'' contestant.
* GarageBand: The Lords of the Underworld. They only become popular when they become [[EnsembleDarkhorse Timmy]] and the Lords of the Underworld.
** The boys' band Moop in "Christian Rock Hard". Randy's reaction sums their sound up pretty well.
--->'''Randy:''' Stan, are you okay?\\
'''Stan:''' Yeah, dad. We're just rehearsing our band.\\
'''Randy:''' Oh, I thought a group of Vietnamese people were having their intestines pulled out through their mouths.
* TheGenerationGap: The ability of the adults to be unearthly retarded and allow the children to be WiseBeyondTheirYears is due to that gap, which breaks the possibility of the two parties to share the same wave-length; the show puts this one into an extreme as it exhibits the'' '''children's''' point of view''; essentially: Because the show is about the children, and the children cannot comprehend how adults behave; they perceive them to be retarded.
** Actual example from the show would be "You're getting old"; The parents perceive the children's music to ''literally'' be shit, while the children hear literal bowel movements during the adult's music.
* GeniusDitz: Randy Marsh is a brilliant scientist, but otherwise a complete idiot.
** Cartman can come up with [[MagnificentBastard crazy villainous schemes]] and speak Spanish and German fluently, yet is otherwise dimwitted and clueless.
* GenreSavvy: Subverted. The children (especially Stan and Kyle) seem to be at least partially aware of the insanity of their world and its other inhabitants, but are unable to change anything.
** In "Stanley's Cup" the characters correctly realize that they are in a typical sports movie and thus are bound to win against all odds. They also understand that to achieve that, they need to invite a really good player to their team for the final match, which they also do. This is subverted when they turn out to be WrongGenreSavvy and are beaten brutally: the opposing team were the real protagonists all along. Similarly, in "The Losing Edge" the team remarks that at this point of the movie, they should include a new, special player in the team to achieve their goals. Only their goal in to ''lose'' and the player is absolutely terrible.
** Cartman plays this straight in "Spooky Fish" when Stan, wanting to send Cartman to the 'evil' universe', is deciding on which one to send back. [[spoiler: Cartman tells them to [[KillUsBoth send both him and his good twin back, knowing that normally he'd never say something like that, and they send back his 'evil' self instead.]] ]]
** Also, Kenny as Mysterion is sort of GenreSavvy, treating his inability to die as a "super power".
*** Kenny in general is occasionally very genre savvy about his dying. In "Tweek vs Craig" he avoids shop class knowing exactly what will happen (and does happen) the moment he gets around those dangerous power tools. In "Christmas in Canada" he's wary about getting on a plane because, saying (muffled) "dude, I'll fucking die." In "Cherokee Hair Tampons," when Stan is distraught about Kyle nearly dying he points out with increasing irritation that nobody gives this much of a crap when he dies, before leaving in frustration (and instantly dying).
*** In fact, Kenny tends to be something of a genre-savvy StraightMan in general: the gag being that the audience can't generally understand what he's saying even though it's a {{lampshade}} or something savvy.
** [[DeadpanSnarker Craig]] is this, especially in latter episodes, with "Pandemic" being the most blatant example.
** Kyle shows this in "Butt Out", advocating prematurely aborting their ZanyScheme to avoid being grounded lest they fall into the same formula of the entire town overreacting and one of them having to admit that they learned something. They end up following through anyway, with results exactly as Kyle predicted. Further [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Kyle retorts to Stan's "Well, I guess we learned our lesson." with "No we didn't, dude".
* GenreShift: ''South Park'' initially started out as a simple surrealist comedy, but the creators later shifted it to a commentary of the real world, from everything such as politics to celebrities. The creators intentionally wrote Mr. Hat out of the show as a symbol of the transition.
** In-universe: in "Sexual Healing", the video game franchise ''Tiger Woods PGA Tour'' turned into a pastiche of fighting games based on Woods' marital infidelity. Cartman, Stan, and Kenny loved the game. Once Woods got over his sexual addiction at the end of the episode, the next ''PGA Tour'' game [[StatusQuoIsGod went back to the status quo]], upsetting Cartman and Stan (Kenny, meanwhile, [[TheyKilledKennyAgain had died. Again]]).
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Said word-for-word to Butters in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Despite the TV-MA rating, the show seems to have its limits as to what gets shown or heard on TV. Of course since it's ''South Park'', they find loopholes...
** According to an interview featured in ''Film/ThisFilmIsNotYetRated'', TheMovie's subtitle was supposed to be "All Hell Breaks Loose", but the use of the word "hell" was resisted. By the time that resistance figured out what else "Bigger, Longer & Uncut" can refer to, the authors could get away with saying they'd already ordered the posters and making new ones with the original title would cost them too much money.
** Kenny's dialogue is not nonsensical mumbling, but just Matt Stone speaking into his sleeve. If you're able to decipher it Kenny easily has the most raunchy dialogue. ''Especially'' in the [[http://southpark.wikia.com/wiki/Kenny_McCormick#In_The_Theme_Song opening]].
** The song Wendy sings for her audition in "Something You Can Do With Your Finger" [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion substitutes swear words with ones that have similar beginning syllables]].
** Liu Kim, owner of City Wok. Whenever he says "City Wok" or any of his "City" products his accent makes it sound like "Shitty Wok" and so on, much to the kids' amusement.
** In "Spookyfish", Stan's "Aunt Flo" visits. It's mentioned [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything she only visits Sharon once a month for five days, she's a bitch who demands things be done particular ways, is very emotional, and while she's there Randy has to sleep on the couch]].
** Most recently, DP-oil. Though they didn't simply get the crap past the radar, but sneaked in the control room and, well, DP-d the operator.
** Muhammad was in the opening crowd shot for 27 episodes (from "Smug Alert!" to "The List").
** On at least one occasion in "The Coon 2" saga, Cartman refers to Kyle as [[UnusualDysphemism "The Human Kike"]][[note]] "Kike" is an offensive term for a Jewish person[[/note]].
*** He also says it to Kyle's mother in "Le Petit Tourette", which also had relaxed language regulation (though the "F" word and [[CountryMatters that other one]] were still avoided).
** Speaking of which, "Coon". Cartman believes it's just a slang for "raccoon", when of course the [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=coon the word has another major connotation]].
** The bowling place in "You're Getting Old" has an arcade cabinet of ''Custer's Revenge''[[note]] a VideoGame for the Atari2600 notorious for its heavily pixellated pornographic graphics[[/note]].
** About halfway through Season 15, the original broadcast version of episodes have now become able to say "shit" without being bleeped out, although other episodes didn't follow this. "Fuck" is still unable to be said uncensored.
** In "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000", Kyle is ranting to Cartman in PigLatin and calls him an "ucking-fay aggot-fay".
** In certain parts of the world the show is entirely uncensored.
** In "Raisins", Stan asks Jimmy to tell Wendy that she remains "a continuing source of inspiration for Stan". Given Jimmy's [[PorkyPigPronunciation stutter]], this goes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpqNjLX_hTs about as well as you'd expect.]]
* GilliganCut:
** "Asspen" opens with all the boys' parents having drinks together, and the Stotches saying how glad they are that Butters finally seems to have finally made some close friends. Cut to the kids watching TV, and Cartman urinating on Butters while he's asleep.
** In the episode "Woodland Critter Christmas", Stan {{defie|dTrope}}s this by [[InteractiveNarrator arguing with the narrator]]. It happens anyway.
* AGodAmI:
** In the "Cartoon Wars" episodes, Cartman thinks he's managed to pull ''FamilyGuy'' off the air:
--> "I did it! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I...am...GOD!]]"
** He also proclaims "I am God of the sea people" but is later told that ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' already did it and that was a ShoutOut to ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.
** In "Cartman's Incredible Gift", the police comes to the serial killer's house, who refers to himself as God. The not-too-bright officers take this to be his real name.
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: In TheMovie, Satan and Saddam Hussein rise up from hell and take over earth. Only the fact that Saddam is such a {{Jerkass}} and Satan is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold saved Earth from being plunged into a 1000 years of darkness, and yet God does not seem to be doing anything to stop him. It's especially jarring considering that Jesus and God are both recurring characters, and you can actually briefly see Jesus in the background of one of the shots in the movie (when the soldiers are marching in front of Kyle's house). Also, in the newest episode, "Mysterion Rises", God and Jesus don't seem to care that Cartman and the evil god [[EldritchAbomination Cthulhu]] are taking over the world.
* {{Gonk}}: Subverted with Ugly Bob in "Not Without My Anus", who is by all accounts extremely hideous but is [[PlayedForLaughs rendered with the same facial and bodily features as his fellow minimalistically-drawn Canadians]].
** Played straight with their portrayal of SarahJessicaParker in "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoggerballs=]".
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Spoofed in "Ike's Wee-Wee" when Mr. Mackey contemplates drinking alcohol.
* GoodAngelBadAngel[=/=]PowerTrio: Nowadays there is a tendency for Kyle to act as the superego (good angel), Cartman act as the Id (devil), and Stan be the ego. ([[PlayingWithTropes Played with]] frequently, however).
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: During the StandAndDeliver episode, one of the students is pregnant but refuses to have an abortion. Cartman convinces her otherwise (since it's "cheating").
** In "Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut", Liane wants to abort Cartman and slept with many politicians in order to allow abortions in the 40th trimester. It turns out, however, that she confused "abortion" with "adoption".
* GoodIsNotNice: Kyle. Seeing some of the conflicts between him and Cartman [[ItMakesSenseInContext out of context]] wouldn't make all that clear that Kyle's supposed to be the good guy.
** One example is "Le Petite Tourette". Cartman fakes Tourette's Syndrome to get what he wants, and Kyle, [[CaptainObvious who's known Cartman all his life]], gets annoyed and says that he doesn't have Tourette's, and an authority figure that hears it accuses Kyle of being a bully and he is taken to observe various kids with Tourette's (with lack of swearing). He is then forced to apologize to Cartman. However, when Cartman plans to bad-mouth Jews, it's the straw that breaks the camel's back, so Kyle devises an elaborate plan that [[spoiler: actually saves Cartman from going in too deep]].
** In earlier episodes, Stan and Kyle were essentially lower scale {{Jerkass}}es that actually joined Cartman in bullying or manipulating others when they weren't the target (usually [[ButtMonkey Butters, Pip or Kenny]]). It was only around [[FauxAffablyEvil Cartman]] that they looked moralistic (though admittedly they are far more toned down and sympathetic in later episodes).
* GoodNewsBadNews
* GoodOlBoy: Many locals, particularly the "I'm A Little Bit Country" guy.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: In the "Coon & Friends" trilogy, it's revealed that Kenny coming BackFromTheDead isn't just a gag, but an actual superpower. That he's had to use his power hundreds of times by the time he's turned ten is apparently a coincidence.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: In the episode "Chef Goes Nanners", the KKK conclude their meeting by playing "Who's Got the Silliest Thing On Under Their Robe?" One of them is wearing heart-print boxers.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Usually, Butters. Aversions are notable, such as the end of "Christian Rock Hard, "Imaginationland" and "Breast Cancer Show Ever", as well as the ''entirety'' of "Butters' Bottom Bitch".
** "All About Mormons" contains a more subtle example where Butters refers to Gary, the new kid, as a peckerface, though quiet and in the background. He also tells the rest of the gang to "suck on [his] weiner" in "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerBalls=].
* GotVolunteered: A RunningGag with Butters, usually suggested by Cartman and agreed by Stan and Kyle.
* GratuitousEnglish: Spoofed in "Good Times With Weapons".
* GratuitousJapanese: "Over Logging", in which we find out that Randy Marsh has a fetish for [[RaceFetish Japanese girls]] [[ShockSite puking in each other's mouths]] ([[BestialityIsDepraved among other perversions]]), said porn features "dialogue" along the lines of "kawaii deshou" and "watashi wa *barf* daisuki..."
** This gets even more amusing when you remember Trey Parker speaks fluent Japanese.
* GratuitousRap: From "Cat Orgy":
-->'''Cartman''': Well I'm a {{badass}} cowboy living in the cowboy days. A wiki wiki scratch yo yo jiggy jiggy. [[Film/WildWildWest Me and Artemis Clyde frog from the big metal spider]]. A wiki wiki what.
** The eponymous PublicServiceAnnouncement troupe at the beginning of "Butt Out".
* TheGrays: The aliens in the first episode who put satellites in people's butts are this. This later turns out to be a plot point in a later episode they re-appear in. They are also seen in the background in nearly every episode.
** When the series started, that part of Colorado ranked very high in UFO-related claims. Trey Parker claimed to have been abducted and probed in his first ''TonightShow'' interview.
* GreedyJew: Cartman uses the term "Covetous Jew".
** Played with heavily. Gerald Broflovski is a lawyer and has invoked this from time to time, most notably in "Sexual Harrassment Panda". It's also implied that Kyle's family is a little better off than much of the town (but nowhere near the Blacks). Kyle himself usually averts this trope despite Cartman's (hands down the most greedy character) constant ripping on Jewish sterotypes.
* GreenAesop: Sometimes spoofed, but more often subverted in that the Aesops are anti-environmentalist (or, at the very least, anti-GreenAesop). Going as far as to flat-out say that rain forests are evil, and there's no evidence of global warming.
** One of the creators of the show actually visited Costa Rica. During the commentary for "Rainforest Schmainforest", [[WordOfGod they said]] that Cartman's view of the place was about the reaction they'd had to their own personal experience with the place.
** Played pretty straight—albeit in twisted ''South Park'' fashion—in "Lice Capades".
* GrossOutShow
* GrotesqueCute
* GrowingUpSucks: "You're Getting Old" and "1%".
* GuestStarPartyMember: Non video-game example. Pretty much every other boy in class, especially Butters and Tweek, has been part of the main four's group.
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* HalfArcSeason: Season 6 had most of the episodes deal with Butters and Tweek as Kenny's replacements, and later Cartman being possessed by Kenny's spirit.
** While they have different plots, most of the "non-issue" episodes in Season 4 tended to revolve around Cartman's various attempts at getting $10 million. In Season 12 it's the boys' gradual discovery of their unpopularity.
* HandicappedBadass: Timmy and Jimmy. In "Cripple Fight" they manage to beat each other up despite being wheelchair and crutch-bound. Jimmy can out-limp street thugs and reach between speeding cars, and Timmy is perfectly capable of... well, doing whatever it's funny for a retarded kid in a motorised wheelchair to do.
* HannibalLecture: Played with in "Toilet Paper."
* HappilyEverAfter: Subverted in some episodes:
** "Pip":
--->"And they all lived Happily Ever After, [[spoiler:except for Pocket who died of hepatitis B]]."
** "Woodland Critter Christmas":
--->"And they all lived Happily Ever After, [[spoiler:except for Kyle who [[RunningGag died of AIDS]] two weeks later]]." ("Goddamnit, Cartman!")
* HardWorkMontage: The end of "Goobacks" being one example.
* HarmlessVillain: Butters' "Professor Chaos" alter-ego.
* HauntedHouse: Randy buys a Blockbuster Video store which has no customers because everyone now watches movies online. It is haunted like the Overlook Hotel in ''Film/TheShining''. After Randy sees a ghost dressed in a 1980s aerobics outfit ask for ''Film/TurnerAndHooch'' and disappear:
-->'''Randy:''' Oh I get it! Video stores are so old they have ghosts in them! Okay I get it! (pointing upwards) But you're wrong!
* HauntedHouseHistorian: A parody of Judd Crandall from ''Film/PetSematary''.
* HaveAGayOldTime: "The F Word" argues and advocates the notion that "fag" is no longer a derogatory term for homosexuals, but for loud, annoying douchebags. Like [[AcceptableTargets Harley riders]].
* {{Headdesk}}: In "Hooked on Monkey Fonics" Kyle falls in love with the {{Homeschooled Kid|s}} Rebecca, who is unfamiliar with the public school system. When he asks her to come to the dance, she says she might see him there. Kyle explains that he meant going to the dance with him, but Rebecca explains there is no need for that since her father will drive her there. Once she leaves the room, Kyle bangs his head against her chair.
* HeadlessHorseman: One of the "evil" characters that resides in "Imaginationland".
* HearMeTheMoney: In the episode "Super Fun Time," robbers stole both money and food from a Burger King. When one of them wants out, he is given his cut. He then flips through the sandwich to make sure that all of the toppings were there.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Parodied with Captain Hindsight, whose only superpower, besides {{flight}}, is to tell people what they ''should've'' done before an accident happened. This somehow counts as saving the day.
** [[spoiler: Mintberry Crunch]] uses his abilities to defeat Cthulhu.
* HeavyVoice: When Cartman gains a lot of weight in "Weight Gain 4000", his voice gets deeper (and thicker). The same happens to all the boys in "Make Love, Not Warcraft."
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: Liane Cartman is revealed to be one at the end of the "Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut". [[spoiler:Though recent events suggest this may have been a fabrication]].
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Cartman has gone from being one of the team to actually being the villain of the episode and back again so many times over the years, he may as well be labeled the poster boy for this trope.
** Cartman will generally do whatever will benefit him at the moment, but there a few episodes where he does something good even when he won't get anything out of it.
* HellInvadesHeaven: In one episode, the legions of Hell are invading Heaven and Kenny (who [[TheyKilledKenny died]] and went there) is called upon to stop them.
** This is also mentioned in TheMovie.
* HellOfAHeaven: Heaven is full of Mormons. At one point, this is used to [[spoiler:punish Sadam Hussein.]]
* HenshinHero: Bradley Biggle plays this trope straight to become ''Mint Berry Crunch.'' Complete with [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull a henshin phrase]], [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman a costume]] influenced by ''Franchise/KamenRider'', and a TransformationSequence which is heavily influenced by ''Anime/SailorMoon.''
* HeroicSacrifice: Polly Prissypants in "1%", who tells Cartman to shoot her so she can no longer feel guilt about "killing" Cartman's stuffed animals, and so Cartman can avoid blame for it. He does.
** In "A Nightmare on Face Time", when Kyle's iPad is about to die before the final judging in the costume contest, Kyle is desperate for a charger so Stan can see their trophy, but Stan tells them not to worry about it and tells Kenny (in his Iron Man costume) to "stay gold" before the iPad dies.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Stan and Kyle, though both Randy and Cartman [[HoYay have questioned the 'heterosexual' part]].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Although it's never explicitly shown or mentioned in the show, this trope has been very gradually wearing away at Kyle since the beginning of the series, owing to Cartman's constant verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse. As of now, Kyle has only reached {{Determinator}} status, but his obsession breaks through rather...[[KnightTemplar darkly]] on occasion (eg. "Ginger Kids", "Fatbeard").
** Abiding by some circumstances, Cartman himself. While often depicted as a sociopath and a {{Jerkass}} it is made clear the other boys enjoy picking on him whether he provokes it or not, this perhaps becomes most coherent in "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" where after Cartman's departure, Stan and Kyle label Clyde the new fat kid and pick on him excessively for no reason until he gradually gains the same obnoxious temperament as Cartman. Indeed a lot of Cartman's treatment may come off as rather cruel and sympathetic if not for the [[DisproportionateRetribution rather extreme manners of revenge he commits]].
** The plot of "Crack Baby Athletic Association" is heavily based on Kyle fulfilling this trope. In one scene where he attempts to justify Cartman's shady behavior to Stan, Stan repeatedly responds that it "sounds like something Cartman would say" as Kyle continues his monologue. Eventually Kyle becomes enraged at Stan's comments and snaps back "I do ''not'' sound like Cartman, GODDAMNIT!", complete with raspy voice and grimacing face. He quickly covers his mouth in embarrassment and the episode cuts to commercial.
** An interesting pattern is given in both characters' behaviour as a result of their abuse, Kyle is tortured by Cartman and thus bullies fat people, Cartman is tortured by Kyle and thus is anti-semetic.
* HeroicBSOD: Kyle at the end of the TraumaCongaLine that is "Ginger Cow."
* HeyYou: Shelley hasn't called Stan by his given name since Season One, generally preferring "Turd" or, on special occasions, "Stupid Turd."
* HiddenDepths: Lots of characters but Ike in particular. He is a conservative, intellectual, jewel thief, pirate, adopted, Canadian/American, Jew in Kindergarten. And a knight in Canada.
** And if his [[spoiler:late]] female [[TeacherStudentRomance teacher/lover]] is to be believed, [[{{Squick}} a demon in the sack.]]
** Another great example would undoubtedly have to be Cartman himself. Despite being the most laziest piece of stupid scum who abhors anything that he doesn't like, Cartman, despite being incredibly all-around stupid, ignorant and a regular invoker of InsaneTrollLogic, has repeatedly shown himself to be a master manipulator who can whip out BatmanGambit's like nobodies business. He can also speak fluent Spanish AND German. Let me remind that this guy would not study if his life depended on it and the only way for him to study is have studying further his goals in some way. Did I mention this guy is quite possibly the biggest Troll in the South Park Universe?
* HighDiveEscape: Of the many attractions Cartman talks about in the "Casa Bonita" episode, the cliff diver waterfall becomes of [[ChekhovsGun particular significance]]. When he finally makes it to Casa Bonita, Sheila Broflovski reports him to the police after discovering that he had manipulated Kyle into bringing him by hiding Butters inside a bomb shelter. The police chase him throughout Casa Bonita as he hurriedly samples every attraction in his path, finally being cornered at the top of the cliff diver waterfall. You can probably guess what happens next.
* HighOnCatnip: Parodied in "Cat Orgy". Kitty brings her tomcat friends in the house, dumps catnip on the floor, and one of the cats ''snorts it''.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Considering the fact that ''all'' the protagonists suffer from some form of child abuse, this trope follows naturally.
* HippieJesus
* HissBeforeFleeing: [[VampireVannabe Butters]] in "The Ungroundable".
* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: There's an in-universe example in the halloween episode in season 1, arguably a parody of this trope as well. Cartman dresses up in a Hitler costume for Halloween, so the principal shows him a classroom video about how Hitler was a bad person. Because it's made for 8-year-old American children, it only says that "Adolf Hitler was a very, very naughty man!" and merely shows him speaking to a bunch of parading soldiers, which Cartman can't understand because of the language barier. Based on that the children are supposed to learn AnAesop that dressing up as Hitler to school is not acceptable. Things like the Holocaust and other war crimes couldn't be shown of course, because it's directed towards children. [[MisaimedFandom Cartman finds Hitler very cool instead, and imagines being in his place]].
* HistoryRepeats: "Pre-School" ends with the same exact events that were shown at the beginning of the episode: The boys from pre-school, with Trent Boyett, cause a fire that burns Ms. Claridge, but was the boys' idea, and Trent gets arrested while the boys [[KarmaHoudini face no punishment]]. At the climax of the episode, the boys cause an accident that sets Ms. Claridge on fire again and Trent is once again blamed and arrested.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In "Cartman Sucks", Cartman decides to show an incriminating photo to the class before Kyle can to take the wind out of his sales, only to discover that Kyle didn't have it after all and that he simply misplaced it.
** In "Crippled Summer", all of Nathan and Mimsy's plans to kill Jimmy backfire on them. #1: [[spoiler:Mimsy plans to put a Black Mamba snake in Jimmy's canoe, but accidentally puts it in their canoe.]] #2: [[spoiler:They try to redirect Jimmy's team into the land of the vicious Tardicaca Indians, but they end up on that path and Nathan gets struck.]] #3: [[spoiler:They attempt to get Jimmy eaten by summoning a Tardicaca shark, but he blows the whistle on land, and was supposed to while underwater. Then, a shark comes out of the water and humps Mimsy.]] #4 (and final): [[spoiler:The boys plant half a pound of C4 into Jimmy's ukelele, which is set to go off during the ukelele solo of his song. He skips the solo because he doesn't remember it, and goes right to the second verse, then Mimsy tries to do it but a furious Nathan takes the ukelele. Then he starts performing the solo, but he ends up doing the B flat and the ukelele blows up on him, and gets humped by a shark ''again''.]] Needless to say, those didn't go over well.
* HollywoodAtlas: Mocked. The city of South Park is a send-up of the cliches and stereotypes about "flyover country."
* HollywoodTourettes: Played straight ''and'' deconstructed in "Le Petite Tourette".
* {{Homage}}: See the '''[[ShoutOut/SouthPark Shout Out]]''' page.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter:
** Cartman's mom seems to think he's a "little angel" to the point where she doesn't even question his story about why he has a picture of him with Butter's penis in his mouth in "Cartman Sucks". She also lets him get away with murder and always takes his side, with the exception of more recent episodes ("Tsst!", "Coon 2: Hindsight" and "[=HUMANCENTiPAD=]").
*** The members of the Mel Gibson fan club in "The Passion of the Jew", who are unaware that Cartman want to restart the Holocaust and instead think that he just wants to promote Christianity.
** Played in "Free Hat" [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]]. The episode's titular character, Hat [=McCollough=], is a serial murderer of twenty-three babies, but a protest group wants him freed from jail, claiming he killed the babies in self-defense.
*** Or maybe it ''[[WMG/SouthPark really was]]'' self-defense...
* HugeHolographicHead: [[spoiler:Moses]] in "Jewbilee" and [[OffToSeeTheWizard the Prime Minister]] in "Christmas in Canada".
* HughMann: "Bill Cosby" in "Trapper Keeper".
* HumanoidAbomination: Wall-Mart in "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes". Wall-Mart is actually portrayed as a complete EldritchAbomination in the episode, being an abstract entity from beyond that exists [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil as long as there is consumerism]] and poisons every town in which it manifests itself. Near the end of the episode however, it temporarily [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith takes on human form]] so it can talk to Stan and Kyle.
* HumansAreMorons: The episode "Cancelled," reveals Earth to be a giant RealityTV show for the rest of The Universe's silly amusement.
* HumbleGoal: Many episode plots involve the kids wanting something relatively mundane—say, getting the latest gaming system, or returning a rented video on time—but continually getting waylaid by assorted weirdness.
** {{Lampshade}}d by Craig in "Pandemic".
* HumiliationConga: The entirety of "AWESOM-O" is this to Cartman. Especially the ending.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Everyone at some point in this show. The adults are the biggest offenders, mostly in the earlier seasons.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: The only time Shelley shows ''any'' affection towards Stan is when it looks like someone else might have the privilege of beating him up.
* HypocriticalHumor: In the Spanish dub of TheMovie, since there isn't a word for "bitch" in Spanish, Cartman sings "la mama de Kyle is una puta" (Kyle's mom is a whore). And we all know about [[ReallyGetsAround Cartman's mom...]]
** From "My Future Self 'n Me":
--->'''Sharon:''' Stan, what did I tell you about watching ''Series/TheOsbournes''?\\
'''Stan:''' Aw, come on, Mom.\\
'''Sharon:''' [[TakeThat It's going to make you retarded!]]\\
'''Stan:''' It's just a show! [[ClusterFBomb It doesn't have any fucking effect on me, for fuck's sake!]]
** In the episode "Free Hat," the boys attempt to get GeorgeLucas and Creator/StevenSpielberg to stop releasing updated and altered versions of their movies. Midway through the episode, there is an advertisement for a fictional updated rerelease of "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" that includes things such as CGI, Star Wars characters, and other things Parker and Stone didn't have the budget for when they initially created the series.
** In "I'm A Little Bit Country", Sheila is holding a picket sign reading "War Is Not My Voice" at the anti-war protest. Strange considering the fact that she once ''started one.''
*** Maybe she's learned her lesson since then.
** In 201 Jesus says that people get upset when Muhammad is made fun of because he's a religious figure, immediately followed by {{Buddha}} doing crack in front of kids.
** In "It Hits the Fan", the kids in school are taught about the proper use of the word shit. Kyle gets angry over everyone's obsession of the word and gets reprimanded by the teacher when he lets out a PrecisionFStrike.
--> '''Ms. Choksondik''': Boys! Watch your language! Shit!\\
*** The same episode at the end has the boys telling everyone that there's no need to be cursing all the time, despite the fact that they and everyone else swears all the time.
** "Eat, Pray, Queef" has the men complain about the women queefing, yet when the women point out how a man farting is no different, the men make a bunch of excuses.
** In the episodes where the boys role-play as high fantasy characters ("The Return of the Fellowship of the King to the Two Towers", the "Black Friday" trilogy), they will come across a group of kids role-playing as characters from a different franchise (Harry Potter, Star Trek) that Cartman makes fun of.
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* IAmBigBoned: Cartman
* IAmNotMyFather: Stan in particular is pretty ashamed of his father most of the time and tries to avoid being like him, not that he always succeeds.
** To a lesser extent, Kyle is like this, but usually with his mother. [[{{Catchphrase}} "It's a Jersey Thing"]].
* IAteWhat:
** Scott Tenorman's [[spoiler:parents]] are the most infamous example.
** The "chocolate milk mix" Cartman drank. It was actually [[spoiler:''Kenny's cremated body.'']]
** The baby (technically, since it doesn't say anything) in the Mr. Hankey Fake Commercial.
** Butters' "creamy goo" in "Sarcastaball."
---> '''Randy Marsh:''' [[spoiler:This is cum.]]
* IBangedYourMom: Cartman's mom is known for this. By everyone in town. Including the women. Including Jesus. [[{{Robosexual}} Including the time traveling robot.]]
* IcarusAllusion: In "Cartman's Incredible Gift", Cartman tries to fly from his roof with cardboard wings and ends up in the hospital recovering from head trauma. The cops believe that he now has psychic abilities because they have heard of similar cases; they take his advice and dismiss Kyle's. Kyle concludes he has to be as stupid as Cartman to be acknowledged. Before he does so, Butters tells him not to fly too close to the sun.
---> '''Stan:''' God damn it, Butters.
* IdealizedSex: Subverted spectacularly when Mr. Mackey and Ms. Choksondik fall for each other, and when the same happens for [[spoiler:Richard Dawkins and Ms. Garrison.]]
* IdiotBall: The adults always get tossed this.
** Passed back and forth between Stan and Kyle in select episodes.
** In "[[Recap/SouthParkS7E7RedMansGreed Red Man's Greed]]", the townspeople beat the Native Americans at their own game, and have enough money to resolve the plot of the episode. However, the rush of winning gets to the adults and bid their winnings for 12¼ million dollars. Needless to say, they wind up back at square one, prolonging the episode.
* IgnoredAesop: Sometimes the Aesop summation devolves into this, not that the straight Aesops make much sense to begin with.
* IHaveThisFriend: Randy attempts this in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", when trying to discuss whether or not watching another guy masturbate would make you gay. This merely drives the other men in wanting to kick this "friend"'s ass, until Randy mentions he lives in Florida.
* ImMrFuturePopCultureReference: Parodied with [=VSM471=], a cyborg from the year 2034 coming to our time and adopting the name "Creator/BillCosby".
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Happens often with automatic weapons. Particular examples include:
** "Wing," where multiple Chinese thugs fire at the boys and miss completely from mere feet away
** "Medicinal Fried Chicken," when a bunch of heavily-armed gangsters are taken down slowly and one by one, in a close-range gunfight with South Park's incompetent police force, who are wielding only pistols
** Taken UpToEleven in "Little Crime Stoppers," where the boys' presence incites nearby gangs to ''accidentally shoot each other to death''.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Cartman's brief impersonation of a police officer in an early episode. He dressed like a cop (complete with [[CoolShades aviator sunglasses]]) and pulled people over in his big wheel. When they inevitably figured out that he wasn't a real cop, he'd start beating them with a baton.
-->"''RESPECT MY AUTHORIT-AH!''"
* ImplausibleDeniability: The show is full of them:
** Cartman's constant use of IAmBigBoned whenever someone calls him fat. It doesn't help that his mother told him he was big boned all the time too until the episode "Fat Camp" had her tell him the truth.
** Randy Marsh in "You're Getting Old" tries to defy fate by pretending the new album his son and the rest of the kids like is cool, even though it sounds like shit to him. No matter how much his wife tries to force him to admit the album is crap, Randy insists that it sounds cool and that he is not like the rest of the adults that are old and think new music is shit.
* InadequateInheritor: When Cartman inherited one million dollars, it was mentioned his benefactress left her money to him because she feared her other relatives would spend it on crack.
* IncrediblyLameFun: In the episode "Here Comes The Neighborhood", while the rich kids play polo, the "normal" kids amuse themselves by running around and [[GroinAttack kicking each other in the balls]].
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: "Kenny Dies" first shows Kenny coughing a bit, and it being commented that he's had the cough for a while. The titular death is the result of "a muscular disease."
* IndianBurialGround: They have a couple episodes with them, featuring full-on homages to ''Literature/PetSematary''.
* InformedAttractiveness: In "Pre-School" the Fifth Graders say Stan's mom has the hottest "bewbs" in South Park.
* InformedDeformity: PlayedForLaughs with Ugly Bob from "Not Without My Anus".
* InformedObscenity: In the episode "It Hits The Fan", The Knights of Standards and Practices each represent a different bad word. One of these: "Mee Krob", the name of a really nasty Thai dish.
* InfantImmortality: Subverted and played straight: While one of the recurring gags of the show is the death of Kenny, he keeps coming back at the next episode. [[spoiler: Eventually is revealed that Kenny is indeed immortal.]] Played straight with Cartman, Stan and Kyle, that despite being put constantly on situations that normally would kill somebody (Like for example, being in the middle of the war) they manage to survive.
* InsaneTrollLogic: How else can you get from buttsex (which wasn't even mentioned) to binary code?
** Pretty much all adults (and often the children too though less frequently) use Insane Troll Logic most of the time. And that's all of them, in the world.
** Cartman is the most fond of this, as can be seen in "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce" (using irreverent mathematics to pin 9/11 on Kyle) and "Dances With Smurfs" (as a parody of political pundit GlennBeck).
* InsistentTerminology: "Bucky Bailey's Bully Buckers, [[TradeSnark trademark]]"
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Cheerfully subverted with Timmy and Jimmy, who in addition to having plenty of achievements that have nothing to do with their disabilities also have dynamic personalities, with character strengths and flaws.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: Mecha Streisand.
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: "Let's Fighting Love".
** And, Trey Parker [[ShownTheirWork majored in Japanese]]. Translated, there are some jokes in there.
*** Some of the lines translate to things such as "I have a fantastic penis", "This English is screwed up". If you ever wanted to know the Japanese word for a man's jewels, it's in there as well.
* IntercourseWithYou: Pretty much every time Chef sings, intentional or not.
** Cartman's band Faith +1 inserts [[{{Jesus}} the Big Guy]] into some pretty blatant examples of this in "ChristianRock Hard"
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: In City Sushi, the City Wok guy tries to get revenge of the owner of City Sushi due to this trope.
* InterestingBackgroundEvent: In the "Bloody Mary" episode, one of the aliens makes an appearance as a reflection in the car window if viewed at the right time during the scene when Stan tries to dissuade his father from driving drunk once again.
* InternalDeconstruction: Kenny dying was eventually played painfully straight as a way to show how traumatic it would be, showing him slowly dying in a hospital. This was eventually used as a way to move on to where they don't kill Kenny ''every'' episode.
* InternalRetcon: The 200th episode revealed this to be the case with [[spoiler:the early story arc concerning Cartman's father]].
* IntimidatingRevenueService: Cartman inherited one million dollars in one episode and a good part of it was taken by tax collectors.
* InvisibleStreaker: Subverted in "Good Times With Weapons", wherein Cartman attempts this during the fairgrounds auction at the climax in the episode, but he was only imagining things—he ends up nude on stage and causing bigger controversy than the sight of Butters with a [[EyeScream ninja star impaled in his eye]].
-->'''Mr. Garrison:''' You see the damage you've caused, [[FullNameUltimatum Eric Cartman]]? ''What were you thinking?!''\\
'''Cartman:''' I told you it was a WardrobeMalfunction!
* IronicEcho: In "The Jeffersons", Kenny asks if he's too big to be Blanket, to which Kyle replies that Mr. Jefferson doesn't pay enough attention to notice. Sure enough, when Mr. Jefferson sees Kenny disguised as Blanket, he immediately picks him up thinking he's his son.
* {{Irony}}: In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA," Kenny spends the whole episode trying to stop his father from impregnating his mother, then when that doesn't work, he tries to get rid of the unborn baby anyway. [[spoiler:In the end, Kenny dies (again) before the baby is born, and the baby becomes him.]]
** Cartman's SmallNameBigEgo alter-ego "The Coon", also known as a racial slur for black people.
* ISeeDeadPeople: Or "Dead Celebrities".
* ItAmusedMe: Mysterion's reasoning for why Coon and Friends keeps that name even after the Coon was kicked out: "Because it pisses Cartman off beyond belief, and I find that extremely funny."
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls" contains an InUniverse {{Parody}}: "If you work in the entertainment industry, and you make money, you're a sellout."
* [[ItIsAlwaysSpring It Is Always Winter]]: It is almost always Winter in this show, even during times of the year when it shouldn't be. A rare exception is in "Summer Sucks", where humor comes from how quickly everyone gets bored with the lack of snow, which was probably a response to ''TV Guide'' claiming during season one that Trey Parker was too stupid to animate the Characters' legs.
** Cartman makes a joke in one episode about having only two seasons in South Park: winter and July.
** Semi-justified by the fact that South Park is a mountain town.
* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: The Sür Lá Täblé store clerk in "Margaritaville" pronounces not only the name of the store with a "leh" instead of an "uhl", but [[RunningGag does this with every word that has the same spelling]], making sure to fit in as many of them as possible.
--> '''Stan:''' So do you think that I could get this returned?
--> '''Store Clerk:''' That would be impobab-leh, but not impossib-leh.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: In "200", when they discussed the last time Muhammad appeared in public.
--> '''Sergeant Yates:''' Muhammad showed up and there was no violence at all?\\
'''Stan:''' [[CallBack Well, this giant John Wilkes Booth shot]] AbrahamLincoln...[[note]]In "The Super Best Friends", while the Blainetologists are trying to commit mass suicide, David Blaine brought the Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial to life in order to attack the Super Best Friends. The Super Best Friends, in turn, create a statue of Booth to assassinate the Lincoln statue.[[/note]]
** In-universe example from the episode "Cartoon Wars Part 2."
--->'''Cartman:''' Excuse me, Kyle, but I have some idea balls to remove from a manatee tank.\\\
(turns and leaves)\\
'''Kyle:''' What!?
** "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls," which are actually [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin balls made of chocolate which taste salty]], not Chef's testicles.
** The ending to "Butterballs". [[GainaxEnding Not that it helps much]].
* [[ItsAlwaysSunnyInMiami It's Always Snowy in South Park]]
* ItsBeenDone: "The Simpsons Already Did It".
* IvyLeagueForEveryone
* [[IWasToldThereWouldBeCake I Was Told There Would Be Punch and Pie]]: The kids' lure to get people to join LaResistance.
* IWasJustJoking: Randy Marsh invents "Sarcastiball" in an extended one of these
* IWishedYouWereDead: Stan in "[[Recap/SouthParkS1E7PinkEye Pink Eye]]" after Wendy went to the school's costume contest as [[Franchise/StarWars Chewbacca]] instead of Literature/RaggedyAnn (she and Stan were meant to enter as a pair, but Wendy thought they'd look stupid and assumed Stan would come to the same conclusion), and gave away the two-ton candy prize for charity.
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* JapaneseRanguage: "Herro, Shitty Wok!"
* {{Jerkass}}: Eric Cartman, whose visage has been displayed on the trope page at least once. Others include Mr(s). Garrison, Sergeant Yates, Mayor McDaniels, the goth kids and numerous secondary characters.
* JerkAssHadAPoint: Cartman surprisingly enough had one of these in one of the newer episodes "Informative Murder Porn" where he states that maybe because one kid's father had killed his mother didn't mean that Murder Porn was neccessarily the cause. Maybe for all they knew the kid's parent had been cheating on each other and doing drugs for a long time before Murder Porn (a near direct quote from Cartman himself). However when Wendy tries to agree with him, Cartman promptly boo's her simply for being Wendy
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Cartman is one of television's most infamous examples. Sometimes he does something that seems genuinely generous or selfless, but there's always a selfish reason to it. His friends expect this. In fact in one episode he protects a lot of persecuted cats and throughout the episode viewers are waiting for the moment he turns out to have hidden agendas. The twist is that he doesn't. He really doesn't. He did it because he likes cats.
* JesusWasWayCool: Jesus is just a friendly guy living in suburbia and hosting his public access TV show.
** Until he went and sacrificed himself... to save Santa Claus from kidnappers in Iraq on Christmas Day, thus forever marking Christmas as a day to remember Jesus... for saving Santa Claus in Iraq.
*** He came back near the end of Holy Saturday (which is close to Easter Sunday), to help put down the extensive corruption in the Catholic Church (with the help of its friendly, but somewhat impotent, pope).
---->"I'm pretty sure that killing Jesus is not very Christian."
**** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exultet The other wiki will make this clear.]]
* JewishComplaining: Particularly from Kyle's mother, and his cousin.
* JoinsToFitIn: This is Cartman's reason for forming the Ginger Separatist Movement, after being forcibly transformed into a ginger himself.
** Kyle allows himself to be "made over" by his newly metrosexualized friends in "South Park is Gay". It doesn't last very long.
** Another example is in the newest episode and season finale "The Hobbit" where [[spoiler: Wendy photoshops a picture of herself in order to be "attractive". Ironically enough, she was the one who accidentally started the whole photoshop ordeal when she had photoshopped a picture of a very unattractive girl at the school and everyone believed that the picture was the girl's "real" image despite her looking absolutely nothing like the picture. This eventually leads to every girl in school aside from Wendy getting their pictures photoshopped and therefore becoming "attractive" because of said pictures. Wendy is eventually peer-pressured into creating a photoshopped picture in order to stop being bullied by pretty much everyone in the entire school.]]
* JumpingOutOfACake: "Butters' Bottom Bitch" has an undercover cop posing as a hooker in one of these.
* JurisdictionFriction: Mocked. In "Lil' Crime Stoppers" the boys are playing city cops, and the kids playing FBI keep showing up to take their cases away. Addressed more seriously in the episode in which the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and several other government agencies debate who should be the ones stopping a potential terrorist attack aimed at Hillary Clinton.
* JustEatGilligan: The episode "Butt Out" (Where Cartman idolizes Rob Reiner because of his fascist and manipulative tactics to get people to quit smoking) could've been solved easier had Cartman known Rob Reiner was a Jew, a people Cartman's not a fan of.
* JustLikeMakingLove:
-->'''Chef''': Children, playing football is like making love to a really beautiful woman. You can't always score, but when you can, it makes all the trying worthwhile.
* JustTheIntroductionToTheOpposites
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** Satan does this often. In addition to hating his {{Jerkass}} boyfriend Saddam Hussein, he also despises [[MySuperSweetSixteen rich, spoiled 16 year old girls]] (he fears that he might become one, but one of his minions tells him "you're not ''that'' bad") and thinks that someone dressing up as Steve Irwin with a sting ray through their chest at his Halloween party is offensive. [[spoiler: Turns out that it actually ''is'' Steve Irwin, so Satan kicks him out for not wearing a costume.]]

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** Satan does this often. In addition to hating his {{Jerkass}} boyfriend Saddam Hussein, he also despises [[MySuperSweetSixteen [[Series/MySuperSweetSixteen rich, spoiled 16 year old girls]] (he fears that he might become one, but one of his minions tells him "you're not ''that'' bad") and thinks that someone dressing up as Steve Irwin with a sting ray through their chest at his Halloween party is offensive. [[spoiler: Turns out that it actually ''is'' Steve Irwin, so Satan kicks him out for not wearing a costume.]]
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The "I learned something today" speech at the end of "201" was this to a point where ''the entire speech'' got bleeped, due to ExecutiveMeddling. The speech is:
-->'''Kyle:''' That's because there is no goo, Mr. Cruise. You see, I learned something today. Throughout this whole ordeal, we've all wanted to show things that we weren't allowed to show, but it wasn't because of some magic goo. It was because of the magical power of threatening people with violence. That's obviously the only true power. If there's anything we've all learned, it's that terrorizing people works.
'''Jesus:''' That's right. Don't you see, gingers, if you don't want to be made fun of anymore, all you need are guns and bombs to get people to stop.
'''Santa:''' That's right, friends. All you need to do is instill fear and be willing to hurt people and you can get whatever you want. The only true power is violence.
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The "I learned something today" speech at the end of "201" was this to a point where ''the entire speech'' got bleeped, due to ExecutiveMeddling. The speech is:
-->'''Kyle:''' That's because there is no goo, Mr. Cruise. You see, I learned something today. Throughout this whole ordeal, we've all wanted to show things that we weren't allowed to show, but it wasn't because of some magic goo. It was because of the magical power of threatening people with violence. That's obviously the only true power. If there's anything we've all learned, it's that terrorizing people works.
'''Jesus:''' That's right. Don't you see, gingers, if you don't want to be made fun of anymore, all you need are guns and bombs to get people to stop.
'''Santa:''' That's right, friends. All you need to do is instill fear and be willing to hurt people and you can get whatever you want. The only true power is violence.
7th Jul '14 8:48:10 PM MacronNotes
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* ForgettableCharacter: In the episode "The Last of the Meheecans", the boys play a Border Control role play game, and eventually the Mexican side claim victory. It takes a long while until Cartman realizes they forgot about Butters (and even then only because he can now still win as the Texan side). As the others wonder how this happened, Craig Lampshades that Butters is a rather easy to forget person.
4th Jul '14 2:33:49 PM TomKhan86
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** The [[DarkWorld evil half]] of Imaginationland.

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** The [[DarkWorld evil half]] of Imaginationland. They never allow anyone or anything good to cross into their territory or else they'll be killed. Otherwise, they have no interest in war, [[PretextForWar until the terrorists attacked both halves of Imaginationland and pinned attacks on the Evil territory on the Good Imaginary Characters.]]
28th Jun '14 10:52:57 AM phoenix79
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* JustEatGilligan: The episode "Butt Out" (Where Cartman idolizes Rob Reiner because of his fascist and manipulative tactics to get people to quit smoking) could've been solved easier had Cartman known Rob Reiner was a Jew, a people Cartman's not a fan of.
27th Jun '14 11:36:27 AM DannWoolf
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* ExactWords: In "Bass to Mouth", Cartman is recruited by the South Park Elementary faculty to prevent a Pete Melman, a fellow student, from being mocked after [[PottyFailure crapping his pants]]. His response is slip another student laxatives to make ''her'' crap herself even worse than Pete did. As Cartman says, they told him to prevent ''Pete'' from being mocked.

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** In "Bass to Mouth", when Mackey says that they'll have to throw Eric Cartman under the bus, and another teacher asks how they'll do that, Mackey says "we get a bus... and we throw Eric Cartman under it." And then they proceed to do just that.
* ExactWords: In Again in "Bass to Mouth", Cartman is recruited by the South Park Elementary faculty to prevent a Pete Melman, a fellow student, from being mocked after [[PottyFailure crapping his pants]]. His response is slip another student laxatives to make ''her'' crap herself even worse than Pete did. As Cartman says, they told him to prevent ''Pete'' from being mocked.
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