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This page covers tropes found in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. [[SouthPark/TropesAToD Tropes A-D]] | [[SouthPark/TropesEToJ Tropes E-J]] | '''Tropes K-Q''' | [[SouthPark/{{TropesR-V}} Tropes R-V]] | [[SouthPark/TropesWToZ Tropes W-Z]] | [[YMMV/SouthPark YMMV]] | [[ShoutOut/SouthPark Shout Outs]] ---- [[foldercontrol]] [[folder:K]] * KansasCityShuffle: Cartman pulls this off at the end of "Scott Tenorman Must Die" episode, after several failed attempts to get back at Scott who initially conned him. ** Another earlier, elaborate version occurred at the beginning of the "2000" arc, within the season 4 premiere "The Tooth Fairy's Tats 2000", again involving Cartman. As this long, and ''extremely'' complicated plan began with Cartman convincing the boys to pose as imitation tooth fairies to get rich quick, which immediately draws the attention of the [[spoiler:Tooth Fairy Mafia and the American Dental Association]] ([[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Don't ask)]]), drawing Cartman's plans to a temporary halt through the rest of the "2000" arc, until "Something You Can Do With Your Finger", where Cartman's goals of obtaining $10 million come back, this time seemingly disguised as plans to become an ultra-successful boy band. It isn't until the two-parter "Do The Handicapped Go To Hell?"/ "Probably" that Cartman, under the guise of [[spoiler: fearing eternal damnation, convincing the children of South Park, through twisting Father Donovan's rather extremist words into a sign that they need to split off from the church, leave South Park, and start their own religion. He gets so far as stating that God would strike them down if they didn't start "donating" a dollar to him. When Kyle discovers Cartman rolling around in his spoils, Cartman reveals that this rather elaborate plan was in development ever since they became false Tooth Fairies.]] * KarmicRape: A minor villain is raped by a shark. * KidAppealCharacter: The main characters ''[[InvertedTrope inverted]]'' this trope, so they're more like "adult-appeal kid characters". * KidHero: Often the day is saved by the boys (see: AdultsAreUseless), but played more traditionally in the Mysterion arc. * KidsAreCruel: Pretty much a series premise. ** CharacterDevelopment tones down this aspect with at least Stan and Kyle after the first few seasons. This leaves [[EnfantTerrible Cartman]] who goes on to [[SerialEscalation push this trope with each passing season]]. * KilledOffForReal: The Season 5 "finale" [[WhamEpisode "Kenny Dies"]]. ** Only to [[UnexplainedRecovery mysteriously return]] at the end of the following season. ** Matt and Trey seem to have a habit of [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness killing off characters they no longer have a use for]], such as Ms. Choksondik (the fourth grade teacher with the hideous, sagging breasts and the lazy eye) at the end of "Professor Chaos", Ms. Crabtree in "Cartman's Incredible Gift", Pip Pirrup in "201" and now [[spoiler:all of Cartman's dolls]] in "1%". * KillerRabbit: During the "Pandemic" two-parter, [[spoiler:the world rounds up Peruvian flute bands to avoid their music... only to discover they were keeping giant killer live-action guinea pigs in cute costumes away.]] Also [[spoiler:the Woodland Critters]]. ** OneWingedAngel: The leader of the guniea pigs in "Pandemic" turns out to be [[spoiler:the Director of Homeland Secruity, whose true form is... a Guinea {{Pirate}}. What would happen if he he met a Guinea {{Ninja}} is not discussed.]] * KillThePoor: Kyle's dad inadvertently gives his son the idea that [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/150687/poor-people-camps putting all poor people in concentration camps would be good for the world.]] * TheKlan: Appears several times, most notably in "Chef Goes Nanners" and Cartman's ghost costume in "Pinkeye" resembles a KKK robe, much to Chef's dismay. ** Averted when the townspeople attempt to scare away the new residents, whom they don't like because they're wealthy. They dress up in costume as "spooky ghosts" and decide to burn a lower-case t on the rich families' lawns, for "time to leave". The rich families -- who are, coincidentally, all black -- take it ''exactly as it was intended''. * KnightOfCerebus: Sheila Broflovski (in TheMovie), Trent Boyett, The Super Adventure Club and Grandma Stotch are some of the villains that were NOT PlayedForLaughs. ** He can be played for laughs all the time, but Cartman is played much more seriously in the "Coon & Friends" trilogy. * KnightTemplar: ** Eric Cartman. His DisproportionateRetribution in "Scott Tenorman Must Die" and his [[ObliviouslyEvil bizarre concept of "good"]] in the "Coon" episodes are just a sampling of him embodying this trope. ** Kyle himself is gradually leaning towards this trope in his rivalry with Cartman, some of their conflicts have shown his willingness to outright kill him (in ''[=FatBeard=]'' for example, he attempts to convince Cartman to travel to Somalia in his ill-defined plan to become a pirate, he is later seen gloating about assisting in Cartman's supposed death, unfazed by the fact that Butters, Clyde and Kevin went along with him, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Ike joining, however, is enough to change his mind]]. ** Rob Reiner is portrayed as an arrogant wealthy liberal who eats vast and unhealthy amounts of junk food, yet still harasses people who smoke in "Butt Out". The tobacco company he attacks is shown to have a nice executive and happy workers, and in contrast, Rob Reiner is a terrorist with creepy followers who tried to kill Cartman. ** [[LightIsNotGood The Knights of Standards and Practises]] in "It Hits the Fan", who are only slightly more heroic than the dragon summoned by using cursewords. Helps that they look like classical knights. ** Played with with the NSA. On one hand, they're shown to be genuinely reasonable. On the other, a brief scene shows that they accomplish their work by [[spoiler:imprisoning Santa]]. * KubrickStare: When Randy starts acting like [[Film/TheShining Jack Torrence]] in "A Nightmare on Face Time", he shows one of these watching ''Film/{{Ted}}'' on a monitor, and then later when he ends up imitating the famous "frozen shot" from the end of the film. * KungFuJesus: In "Red Sleigh Down", "Fantastic Easter Special" and "A Scause for Applause". In "Fantastic Easter Special", Jesus kills a preacher by [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja throwing a five-pointed curve-bladed ninja star boomerang that slices the preacher in half in slow motion]], then catching it with one hand while doing a badass pose and then [[CoolShades slips on a pair of jet-black sunglasses with his other hand]]. ''Jesus'', how much more badass can you get? [[/folder]] [[folder:L]] * LackOfEmpathy: Done very frequently, perhaps the most notable involving Kenny's deaths, which, aside from the standard shocked exclamation, are rarely treated with much weight at all and forgotten about quickly. Subverted with "Kenny Dies" when the boys actually treat Kenny's supposedly permanent death with much more sorrow. It doesn't last long, however, and by "A Ladder To Heaven" it's obvious they've all but forgotten about him. ** Kyle and Stan are not shocked by his death in "Gnomes" at all, and say their usual PhraseCatcher lines in a flat, MotorMouth fashion. * LampshadeHanging ---->'''Stan:''' "Kyle! What the hell's going on ''this'' time?!"\\ '''Kyle''': "I have no idea!" ** The famous "They killed Kenny!" exchange was played with more than once during the show, before it fell into disuse after Kenny was KilledOffForReal. And then came back. ** "Krazy Cripples" focused on Jimmy and Timmy for the A-story and Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman for the B-story. Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny become GenreSavvy enough to just walk away from the craziness of both. ** In "Butt Out", Kyle realizes that a lot of ''South Park'''s episodes feature a climatic battle between two large groups and always end with the kids spouting what they learned so the fight can end, and [[DefiedTrope tries to avert it]], pointing out that before Rob Reiner attacks the tobacco company, they could simply tell the adults they smoked out of their own free will and simply get grounded for three weeks instead of having to preach to an entire town that's about to attack them. It doesn't work out. ** Craig in the two-part "Pandemic" {{lampshade|Hanging}}s how everyone else in town has started to notice how the four main characters keep getting into trouble. ** Kenny's many deaths are acknowledged by the character in "Mysterion Rises". ** Another from "200": --->'''TomCruise:''' By taking what Muhammad had, we would all be safe from ridicule. Like Creator/TimBurton here. Imagine this, Tim: nobody could rip on you for all the rehashed movies you've made lately. There'd never be a TV show that pointed out you haven't had an original thought since ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''. And you put JohnnyDepp and [[DannyElfman the same crappy music]] in every film. And [[HoYay if you're that in love with Johnny Depp you should just have sex with him already]]. A TV show could never say that! [[note]]Made more humorous in that Tim Burton had never been mentioned or made an appearance in South Park before.[[/note]] ** In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" (episode #53), when the new baby Kenny shows up: --->'''Mr. [=McCormick=]''': God, this must be the fiftieth time this has happened.\\ '''Mrs. [=McCormick=]''': Fifty-second. ** From the climax of "You're Getting Old" ---> '''Sharon:''' "I'm unhappy too. We both are, obviously. How much longer can we keep doing this? It's like the same shit just happens over and over and then in a week it just all resets until it happens again. Every week it's kind of the same story in a different way but it just keeps getting more and more ridiculous." ** In "It Hits The Fan" they mock the controversy that just because someone swears on television doesn't mean it harms society. * LargeHam: Cartman and Randy Marsh for starters. Mel Gibson takes this trope UpToEleven. * LaserGuidedKarma: Cartman. He doesn't ''always'' get what he deserves, but for the most part it hits him good and hard. And yet he never seems to learn his lesson... * LastMinuteBabyNaming: Kenny's mom is pregnant. After his OncePerEpisode death, the baby is born and the parents decide to name the new baby Kenny. -->'''Mr. [=McCormick=]:''' [[LampshadeHanging God, this must be the 50th time this has happened.]]\\ '''Mrs. [=McCormick=]:''' Fifty-second. * LastNameBasis: Eric '''Cartman''', who is typically only referred to by his last name by the students. The adults are more likely to call him 'Eric'. * LastSecondWordSwap: The punchline of "It Hits the Fan" (in which the word "shit" is repeatedly said uncensored): -->'''Stan:''' Holy sh--! ...poo. * LastSupperSteal: In "Margaritaville", Kyle says he has "this feeling that one of you will totally betray me." Everyone gasps and freezes into Last Supper position. ** Earlier in "Fantastic Easter Special", which mimicks DanBrown's ''TheDaVinciCode'', Professor Teabag shows Stan and Kyle a portrait of the Last Supper, which looks the same, except that [[spoiler:there is a colored egg next to St. Peter, whom Teabag reveals to be [[Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit a rabbit]]]]. * LateArrivalSpoiler: The DVD cover for Season 14 reveals that [[spoiler:Kenny]] is Mysterion. * LaughTrack: The episode "Kenny Dies" inexplicably begins with one (and over a completely inappropriate scene to boot), but it's soon revealed that it's coming from a television showing ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'', which is soon turned off. -->'''Doctor:''' Alright, Ms. Sanders, all ready for your abortion?\\ ''(audience laughter)''\\ '''Ms. Sanders:''' Ready as I'm ever going to be, I guess.\\ ''(audience laughter dies down)''\\ '''Doctor:''' Well, try to relax. It will all be over very soon.\\ ''(more audience laughter)'' * LaxativePrank: "Bass To Mouth" has Cartman give Jenny Simons a laxative-laced cupcake, to distract the school from Peter Melman's recent PottyFailure, as they do not want him to [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]], as a former student did when this happened to him. Cartman's plan backfires when the obvious occurs: ''Jenny'' ends up attempting suicide. So nobody gets singled out, the staff and Cartman attempt to give the entire student body laced Pizza Hut pizza, so [[EscalatingWar everyone will crap themselves]]. At the end of the episode, Cartman [[spoiler:[[LiteralMetaphor gets thrown in front of a school bus]] by the school school staff and was declared that he committed suicide. Cartman gets back at the staff with certain cupcakes...]] -->'''Mr. Mackey:''' Ooooooooooooh, it's bad, m'kay! * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The beginning of the 200th episode had Kyle and Cartman exchanging insults. Stan tells them to stop, saying "all you're doing is rehashing a bunch of old stuff!" ** Also, 100 episodes before ''that'' (actually, 103): --->"You've made it to a hundred episodes, you should be proud!"\\ --->"Yeah, a show should never go past a hundred episodes, or else it starts to get stale with ridiculously stupid plotlines and settings." ** In Cartman's anti-''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' rant he explicitly compares himself as a character in a comedy show to the writing of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', much to Kyle's confusion. *** Also from that episode, when Stan and Kyle are dragged outside while everyone's panicking. ** In the episode where the word shit is uncensored, Mr. Garrison goes around calling people fags because [[NWordPrivileges he's gay and thus is allowed to say it.]] When the men in the bar discuss what curse words get censored (complete with the censor beep when spoken), fag is beeped out for everyone except when Mr. Garrison says it. When Jimbo says fag, he is not bleeped out and someone notes it while questioning him. * LaResistance: In the movie, possibly the {{Trope Namer|s}}. * {{Leatherman}}: Mr. Slave * LeftItIn: In "Volcano", while the mayor's speech is being recorded live: -->'''Mayor [=McDaniels=]:''' All we know right now is that some of our children are camping on that mountain and... Oh, I'm sorry, can I start over?\\ '''Newscaster:''' Huh?\\ '''[=McDaniels=]:''' You can edit this, right? * LethalChef: Double subverted, Randy made some appetizing dishes (In South Park's animation at least) but it was too complex and not to the liking of the kids and the adults. * LethallyStupid: ALL THE ADULTS. But Randy is the worst. * LighterAndSofter: The season 16 was much more of this compared with the earlier seasons. * LimitedWardrobe * LiesToChildren: All over the place as this is a show about 10 years old. The main one to suffer from this is Butters, being encompassed by a veil of protective isolation by his parents. Most recently shown in Sarcastaball, especially its ending: -->'''Butters:''' ''"Dad! My wiener is all stiff and pointy!"''\\ '''Mr.Stotch:''' ''"Oh, ah, well, Butters: That is a 'friendly compass'! Whenever you have friends in the area, that compass will point towards where they are."''\\ ''...''\\ '''Mr.Stotch:''' ''"...It points upwards, [[HilarityEnsues because Jesus is your friend.]]"'' * LikeGoesWithLike: This is thoroughly explored when a new girl comes to the school and is the only black female student (in the same year as the main characters anyway). She and Kyle share a mutual crush but Cartman insists on pushing her together with Token since Token and the black girl, Nichole, are the only ones at the school of their race and gender. At the end of the episode Kyle ends up alone since Nichole is with Token. * LiteralAssKissing: Randy Marsh's "apology" to Jesse Jackson. * LiteralGenie: In "Crippled Summer", Mimzy is this for Nathan. Nathan sends Mimzy to sabotage Jimmy several times, but due to Mimzy's literal interpretation of Nathan's orders they always backfire. For example, when Nathan sent Mimzy to switch Jimmy's map with a fake so he gets lost he repeats the order to make sure Mimzy understood, Mimzy then switches the maps twice, because Nathan gave him the order twice. * LittleGuyBigBuddy: In "Coon vs. Coon and Friends", Cartman and [[spoiler: freakin' ''Cthulu'']]. Complete with shout outs to ''WesternAnimation/FeedTheKitty''. * LittleKnownFacts: Cartman is fond of spewing these about ginger kids, Jews, and everyone else. * LittleProfessorDialog: ''Everyone,'' though it's most notable with Stan, Kyle, and Cartman, for obvious reasons. In fact, fanfiction writers have used this trope to justify writing so much ''HighSchoolAU'' fic, seeing as how aging the characters requires virtually no change in personality. * LizLemonJob: Stan, for all the adults, especially [[BumblingDad his dad]]. Kyle as well on occasion, as long as it has something to do with [[ArchEnemy Cartman]]. * LogicalFallacies: Randy. Continuously. Also a lot of the other adults as well. ** Parodied in Creme Fraiche when the boys make a terrible job of impersonating Gordon Ramsay. Stan remarks, "I know my Dad's retarded, but not THAT retarded." Randy proves, that yes, he is that retarded. ** In "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining", Cartman drinks exorbitant amounts of Mountain Dew in order to prevent himself from succumbing to the [[spoiler:killer]] boredom. He works his way up to Double Dew, a fictional (hopefully) version of Mountain Dew with double the sugar and caffeine. By the time Kyle starts berating him giving himself diarrhea with Mountain Dew, Cartman points out that he's drinking ''Diet'' Double Dew, which has half the sugar and caffeine of Double Dew, making it... regular Mountain Dew. * LonelyDollGirl: Cartman has tea parties with his own dolls, stuffed animals, and action figures. The sheer extent of his relation to this trope is brought to light in "1%" * LonelyPianoPiece: Used in hilarious RunningGag fashion in "The Tooth Fairy's Tats 2000" as Kyle [[spoiler:learns that the Tooth Fairy isn't real.]] * LongRunners: ''South Park'' has been running continuously since 1997, with plans to renew the series far into 2016. * LongSongShortScene: In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' commentary for the season seven episode "Christian Rock Hard", it is revealed that full songs were written for Cartman's band "Faith +1". However, due to lack of time, they only played a small amount of each song. WordOfGod says they may be release the full songs on a CD, so far they haven't. * LoudOfWar: In "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", the ATF try to force people out of the house where a "comet party" is being held by playing an obnoxious pop song that's a thinly disguised parody of "Believe" by Cher. It went unnoticed because the same song was playing on the stereo inside. * LoveMakesYouUncreative: In "The Succubus", Chef finding true love results in his sensual baritone singing voice turning into that of a high-pitched dweeby white guy. As is evident from the title, his fiancée' is really a soul-draining succubus. * LoweredRecruitingStandards: "Best Friends Forever": Kenny dies and ascends to Heaven in order to command Heaven's army against the forces of Hell. He is told by the angels that they used to only let Mormons into Heaven, but they started to let others in order to increase their army's size. * LowSpeedChase: Kenny gets into a huge police chase in a battery-powered toy car in "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime [[{{Trope2000}} 2000]]". ** "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" has the boys tying to outrun the onset of [[LiteralMetaphor killer]] [[SuckinessIsPainful boredom]] on a 4 mile-an-hour boat. ** There's a tricycle race of appropriate speed between Eric and Kyle in "Cartoon Wars". A police car somehow loses control trying to keep up. * LukeIAmYourFather: More like [[spoiler: "Luke, you killed your father and fed him to me"]]. [[/folder]] [[folder:M]] * {{Machinima}}: "Make Love, Not Warcraft" * MagicFeather: In the episode "Bloody Mary", when the news reports that the Virgin Mary statue is bleeding out of its ass, Randy—[[ItMakesSenseInContext convinced that his drinking problem is a disease]]—goes to the church and gets sprayed in blood by the statue. This apparently cures him. A later news report reveals that the statue was actually bleeding out of its vagina ("A chick bleeding out her vagina is no miracle. Chicks bleed out their vaginas all the time."), and Randy briefly lapses until Stan tells him the truth about what happened to him. * MalignantPlotTumor: The first episode of Season 14's "Coon & Friends" trilogy was about Cartman trying to get Captain Hindsight to join his superhero team, with BP's recurring drilling accidents being the B-plot. Then BP unleashes Cthulhu and the last two episodes focus mostly on him, tying up Captain Hindsight's story in the second. * ManufacturingVictims: In "Bloody Mary", Randy is forced into Alcoholics Anonymous after being arrested for drunk driving. After being told that he has a "terminal illness", he [[InducedHypochondria convinced himself that he was a sick man with alcoholism]], sitting in a wheelchair downing beer bottles like the alcoholic he believes himself to be. It's implied that the other members of the "support group" had equally dysfunctional relationships. * MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Randy and Sharon, though all the adults qualify to a [[DependingOnTheWriter varying]] extent. * McLeaned: "The Return of Chef," where Chef gets quite possibly the biggest bridge dropped on ''any'' character ''ever''. ** Also an instance of RealLifeWritesThePlot. ** Almost all one-episode characters who die have this happen to them. Hell, almost every death is this. Most of the time, characters die and it will never be mentioned again. ** In "Cripple Fight", Timmy is extremely jealous of the attention Jimmy gets and becomes resentful of him, to the point of seeking vengeance. At the end of the episode he plots a scheme that involves [[spoiler:photoshopping him into a homosexual situation that goes against the Boy Scout's rules, getting him kicked out.]] They are later good friends and never bring this up again. * MeaningfulName: Ms. Information (say the name a few times) in "Cherokee Hair Tampons" lives up to her name, which almost gets Kyle killed from his illness since she suggested herbal medicine instead of traditional western medicine. * MediumAwareness: In "It Hits The Fan", Mr. Garrison says, "On television they usually don't allow 'fag,' but because I'm gay, it's alright." Later, when South Park adults are lamenting that HBC needs to find a new swear word, Mr. Garrison again argues that the word "fag" is a case of NWordPrivileges. Randy says the word and gets censored for it, causing Mr. Garrison to say, "See, you got beeped." After a random character also says it, Jimbo says it himself in a rant, but doesn't get censored. Randy remarks, "Hey, you didn't get beeped." * MediumBlending: [[{{Machinima}} "Make Love, Not Warcraft"]] ** Also season 2's "The Mexican Staring Frog of South Park", which uses live-action historical StockFootage of Vietnam for Mr. Garrison's ImagineSpot and StockFootage of helicopters for Jimbo's rather... bizarre recollection of the Vietnam War. * MemeticMutation[[invoked]]: The subject of the episode "Faith Hilling". It also alludes to LOLCats by depicting cats evolving to the point where they're creating their own memes and declaring war on humanity. The episode even has this quote: --> There are two ways a species evolves: physically, from genes, and culturally, from memes. Just like genes, memes replicate, mutate, and adapt. ** The Underpants Gnomes business plan is referenced extensively outside of it's original context even by writers. * MessianicArchetype: Kyle plays to this more times than you'd think. The most obvious example is "Margaritaville" (where this is played ''very'' literally), but it's underpinned subtly in a few episodes. And, in direct opposition Cartman tends to play to the more DarkMessiah or AntiChrist side of things (how far he goes down this road depends on whom you ask). * MidlifeCrisisCar: Stan's dad gets one. * MidwordRhyme: In an old playground rhyme that melds with a little SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion. * MilestoneCelebration: "Cancelled" was intended to be the 100th episode, but aired as the 97th in order to be the 7th Season premiere (due to the [[MindScrew nature of the episode itself]]). The actual 100th episode, "I'm a Little Bit Country", by contrast had a tacked-on Milestone Celebration ending. "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 200]]", meanwhile, plays it completely straight. * MinorInjuryOverreaction: At the end of "Christmas in Canada", Cartman starts a fight with Kyle for having him miss Christmas. Kyle taps jabs him lightly on the shoulder and he cries out for his mother. * MirrorUniverse * MisplacedAccent: In the "Crack Baby Athletic Association", Slash is revealed to be "Vunter Slaush", a parody on the Dutch Sinterklaas, complete with parody song. The problem? The name and song are in German, not Dutch... ** Actually, no. They're not in German. Most likely they're just vaguely Dutch/German sounding gibberish. * MisplacedSorrow: After Kenny is KilledOffForReal, the boys discover that he has the winning ticket to a candy store shopping spree, so they decide to build a ladder to heaven in order for him to give it to them. But when adults ask what they're doing they don't mention the candy part, they just say they want to see Kenny again. * MistakenForGay: Happens to Kyle and Cartman in "Tonsil Trouble" and Butters and Cartman in "Super Fun Time." ** Stan and Kyle have been warned multiple times their relationship would fall under this. ** Kyle and Cartman in "Cartman Finds Love", only in this case perpetuated by Cartman himself. Kyle is unsurprisingly not amused. * MistakenForRacist: Inverted in "Here Comes The Neighbourhood" where they are trying to get rid of all the rich people in town (who are all black). Mr. Garrison proposes burning a "lower-case t" on their lawn as in "time to leave". The victims take it as exactly this. --> '''Kobe Bryant:''' T. Time to leave? * MistakenForSubculture: The Goth kids get tired of being mistaken for vampire kids. ** In another episode, they get referred to as "emo kids". * MistakenForTerrorist: "The Snuke" * MisterDescriptor: Misters Hat, Twig, and Slave. * MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Scuzzlebutt. * {{Mondegreen}}: Timmy's [[InaneBlabbering "lib-a-lah!"]] was so commonly heard as "livin' a lie" that it was later used for an actual Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld song and became part of Jimmy's comedy routine in "Cripple Fight". * MoodWhiplash: "You're Getting Old", which ends with FleetwoodMac's "Landslide" without irony. Trey and Matt said on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' that after the airing of the episode, a lot of people came up to them asking if anything was wrong, but [[{{Jossed}} denied that they're tired of the show]]. ** The ending of "Kenny Dies". ''Twice''. * MoralDissonance: In "Toilet Paper" the boys feel guilty about letting Butters take the blame for what they did. They have no such qualms in "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]" when they attempt to blame Butters for writing the book when they think it'll get them in trouble and when they blame SarahJessicaParker's death on him. ** Actually the former example actually runs in contrast to the boy's treatment of Butters in earlier seasons, they frequently abused him or left him for dead in episodes such as "Jared Has Aides" and "Freak Strike". Much akin to other {{Butt Monkey}}s such as Kenny and Pip, it is mostly a case of DependingOnTheWriter whether the boys are sympathetic towards Butters or outright [[ComedicSociopathy Comedic Sociopaths]] towards him (though at least in "The Tale Of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]" they felt slight empathy for what he's been through). * MoralGuardians: The show was a frequent victim of them during TheNineties, much in the same way ''TheSimpsons'' and ''BeavisAndButthead'' were. Today, it's much less of a target, only really being attacked when it "insensitively" depicts some kind of minority group (such as Scientologists or Muslims). ** Ironically, some conservative Christian leaders (who were the show's most frequent critics when it first began) now openly admit to [[PeripheryDemographic being fans, for its shameless Liberal bashing]]. ** An in-universe example is Sheila Brovlovski, whose hot-headed dedication to a cause that was in most cases unwarranted, to the point that her actions crossed to the point of KnightTemplar/ KnightThemplarParent territory. * MoreThanMindControl: Arguably, Cartman when he's trying to stop his friends from destroying the Wall-Mart. ** That or NotBrainwashed. * MotivationalLie: In the episode "Damien": -->'''Stan:''' You know, somebody once said, "Don't try to be a great man, just be a man."\\ '''Jesus:''' Who said that?\\ '''Stan:''' You did, Jesus.\\ '''Jesus:''' ...You're right, Stan. Thank you, boys! ''(resumes his fight against Satan)''\\ '''Kyle:''' Wow, did he say that in Literature/TheBible?\\ '''Stan:''' Nah, I saw it on ''Franchise/StarTrek''. * MotionCapture: Cartman documents a handicapped walk through this method in "Up the Down Steroid". * MotorMouth: In "Toilet Paper": -->'''Cartman:''' Okay. Last night, all four of us were at the bowling alley until about 7:30, at which time we noticed Ally Sheedy, the Goth chick from the Breakfast Club, was bowling in the lane next to us, and we asked her for her autograph, but she didn't have a pen, so we followed her out to her car, but on the way we were accosted by five Scientologists who wanted to give us all personality tests, which were administered at the Scientology Center in Denver until 10:45, at which time we accidentally boarded the wrong bus home and ended up in Rancho de Burritos Rojos, south of Castle Rock, and finally got a ride home with a man who was missing his left index finger, named Gary Bushwell, arriving home at 11:46. * MundaneMadeAwesome: "Make Love Not Warcraft" makes transporting a flash drive to succeed in a computer game '''''epic'''''. [[Manga/DeathNote Takeshi Obata]] would be proud. ** "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" manages to portray field trip boredom as life-or-death suspense. [[spoiler:''Literally'' life-or-death.]] * MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Wendy]] sends [[spoiler:Ms. Ellen]] into the sun by taking control of the Iraqi guard and framing her as an Iraqi traitor. '''DON'T. FUCK. WITH. HER.''' * MurphysLaw * MusicalEpisode: Several, including TheMovie. * MutuallyFictional: A ridiculous example in the first season finale and second season premiere; "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" shows the characters [[ChekhovsGun see a promo for the movie "Not Without My Anus"]] and say [[{{Foreshadowing}} they will watch it]], and in the second season premiere, which turned out to ''be'' "Not Without My Anus" itself, Terrence and Philip flip channels and watch part of the former ''South Park'' episode (where you can at least hear Cartman's name). [[/folder]] [[folder:N]] * NarrativeShapeshifting: In "Up the Down Steroid", Timmy attempts to tell Mr. Mackey about Jimmy using steroids, but doesn't have much luck since all he can say is [[PokemonSpeak "Timmy"]] and "Jimmy". So he mimics Jimmy shooting up and then getting all muscular, but Mr. Mackey still doesn't get it. * {{Narrator}}: "Woodland Crittr Christmas" * NativeAmericanCasino: Evil Native American casino owners are planning to pave over South Park in order to build a freeway directly to their casino. * NegatedMomentOfAwesome: In "Pee", one drop of urine manages to flood the water park that the boys spend time at. Since Kyle can hold his breath the longest, the others suggest for him to swim down to the submerged maintenance room to release the emergency valve, but Kyle is very disgusted by all the urine, and [[spoiler: objects to the park owner's suggestion of drinking 24 oz. of pee to make the mission easier (don't question it too much).]] Kyle attempts to do it anyway, [[spoiler:but unfortunately, Randy gets to save the day instead, and Kyle gets to play AudienceSurrogate.]] --> '''Kyle''': [[spoiler: Are you fucking kidding me?!]] * NegateYourOwnSacrifice: Kenny has done this a few times, knowing that he'll come BackFromTheDead. * NegativeContinuity: Kenny's frequent deaths in the early seasons, and the town of South Park's penchant for being destroyed. ** As of "Mysterion Rises," [[spoiler:it seems Kenny's [[BlessedWithSuck deaths]] aren't Negative Continuity after all]] *** That just causes more NegativeContinuity, as it was already established earlier that [[spoiler:Kenny's parents just keep having more kids and naming them Kenny. The boys also once said "Who wasn't expecting that?" in response to one of his deaths, implying that they were in fact aware of his previous deaths.]] *** "Coon vs. Coon and Friends" shows that [[spoiler: whenever Kenny dies, Kenny's mom gives birth to a new baby that she puts in Kenny's parka and lays in bed at night. However, this still conflicts with some earlier episodes.]] * NeurodiversityIsSupernatural: Played with in the episode "Sexual Healing," where the government blames sex addiction on a wizard alien living in Independence Hall. But what the government calls "sex addiction" isn't really sex addiction; it's just successful men taking advantage of their positions to fulfill normal urges like cheating on a partner. And the wizard alien story is bullshit on all levels, made up so people wouldn't have to admit to themselves that the urges that the sexual urges of men like Tiger Woods and Bill Clinton are normal. * NeverBareheaded: The four main kids almost never take off their hats. In Kyle's case, it's to hide a really embarrasing Jewfro. Kenny never took off his hood, so no one knew what he looked like until he finally took it off in TheMovie. * NeverSayDie: Parodied in "The Biggest Douche In The Universe", where it was repeatedly said that Cartman is "running out of time", and near the beginning it is suggested that he needed a "time transplant" ([[CrypticBackgroundReference without explaining how it's done]]). Subverted when Kyle and Stan go tell Chef about it and Stan says, "Cartman is in the hospital. They think he might die." * NeverTrustATrailer: The preview for "200" was shown to be a simple class-action lawsuit by most of the celebrities who appeared on South Park. It turned out to be much more epic than that. * NiceJewishBoy: Despite Kyle's intense hatred and resentment towards Cartman, he can be a darn nice fella. * NighInvulnerability: In the early seasons, Kenny was always killed off OnceAnEpisode, only to inexplicably return the next week. In later seasons, it's revealed that he will always resurrect due to a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] curse that was placed on him. Worse yet, because of the curse no one can remember any of his previous demises. * NinjaPirateZombieRobot: "Manbearpig" * NippleAndDimed: Lampshaded in "Major Boobage", when Randy complains about TheChiefsDaughter in the boob-themed MushroomSamba world that "you never get a good look at her naked boobs, anyway". * NixonMask: The "Chicken Fucker". * NoBisexuals: Mr./Ms. Garrison becomes a lesbian for one episode. S/he never considers the possibility of being bisexual. But then, Garrison just has generally twisted ideas about sexuality. * NoBudget: The first shorts and first episode was done with construction paper. [[TheArtifact Still has this look]] despite being animated with rather powerful software, though on a smaller budget than other animated shows. * NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Averted. Celebrities are parodied, ''mercilessly'', by name and without warning. "Mr Jefferson" may be a parody of this trope, being an ''incredibly obvious'' MichaelJackson hiding behind a fake name and a thin moustache. * NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The town of South Park is claimed to have been geographically based on the real-life town of Fairplay, Colorado, located within the real-life South Park Basin of the Rocky Mountains. * NoDeadBodyPoops: Brought up in "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes" and also occurs in "The Return of Chef." * NoEnding: "Fatbeard". * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The fight between Wendy and Cartman at the end of "Breast Cancer Show Ever". Cartman never stood a chance. * NoIndoorVoice: Mrs. Crabtree, the bus driver, prior to her death in "Cartman's Incredible Gift" at the end of Season 8. * NoKillLikeOverkill: [[CaptainObvious This happens to Kenny quite often]]. One particularly notable example is in "Pinkeye". After "[[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies Zombie Kenny]] gets [[DyingMomentOfAwesome sliced in half vertically by a chainsaw]] [[ABloodyMess in a ludicrously bloody manner]], he attempts to rise from his grave a few days later. First, the angel decoration on a nearby gravestone collapses on top of him. Then, ''a small airplane collapses directly on top of his [[DeaderThanDead dead undead]] body''. * NoManShouldHaveThisPower: After Butters successfully infiltrates a girls' slumber party and steals a fortune teller, the boys decide that the power to tell the future is to great and dangerous to possess, and destroy it with a spectacular explosion. * NonHumanSidekick: ** Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo. ** Towelie. ** Mr. Hat and Mr. Twig. ** Music/JenniferLopez[[spoiler:/Mitch Conner]] (Cartman's hand puppet in "Fat Butt & Pancake Head"). ** K-10, who, thanks to time distortions, later became KIT-9 and COCKA-3. * NonStandardCharacterDesign: Mr. Mackey. Ike was initially an example, but it was {{retcon}}ned to him being of Canadian birth in the second season. ** There are also a few characters whose heads are just taken from celebrity photos. A handful of examples include the Christina Aguilera monsters that Cartman sees in "Timmy 2000", Mel Gibson in his appearances, Ben Affleck at the end of "How To Eat With Your Butt", Mr. Garrison after his nosejob in "[[Recap/SouthParkS1E11TomsRhinoplasty Tom's Rhinoplasty]]", and of course, Saddam Hussein. ** Iraqi and Iranian people were depicted in the Canadian character design template in "Terrance and Phillip in ''Not Without My Anus''". Subsequent episodes featured them in the normal character design, though the aforementioned Saddam Hussein retained the design as he debuted on the show in the same episode. Since ''Not Without My Anus'' is a ShowWithinAShow, the "Iraqi and Iranian people" were probably Canadian actors, and Saddam himself speaks in a heavy Canadian accent for no apparent reason this is probably due to RuleOfFunny. ** The Danish as well, in "Canada On Strike" which calls them "[[TakeThat The Canadians of Europe]]" *** The Canadian celebrities that appeared in the show {Music/JustinBieber, Creator/JimCarrey, Creator/JamesCameron and Ghyslain Raza aka the ''StarWars'' Kid just to name a few) were drawn normally than the other Canadians depicted in the show, [[ViewersAreMorons possibly because so that the viewers can tell them who they are.]] CelineDion is the only Canadian celebrity so far that was drawn in Canadian style. ** Also the band Korn in "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery". The band meant to be a parody of the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' gang and aren't designed like ''South Park'' characters, but how they would be in a Hanna-Barbara cartoon. ** The head Sixth Grader's eyes are slanted compared to the typical circular eyes of the show. ** In the episode "Here Comes The Neighborhood" Aslan the lion is animated like he was in the animated film of ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' from the 1970's. * NoodleIncident: The entire plot of "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]". ** Also, from "Die Hippie Die": -->'''CARTMAN''': "I've never had to get rid of this many hippies before." * NoRespectGuy: Stan and Kyle. * NoSell: Professor Chaos is strong enough to fight off four ninjas! But he is vulnerable to a ninja star to the eye... ** "You fool! You think your bullets can hurt him!" * NotAllowedToGrowUp: Nearly everyone in the show. * NotGoodWithPeople: In the early episodes, Craig gave the finger to every single person. Damien had an aversion to people, too. But that was [[ItRunsInTheFamily because of their families]]. * '''NothingExcitingEverHappensHere:''' This is commonly what the people of South Park think, although watching any episode obviously says otherwise. * NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: "Trapped in the Closet"'s telling of the story of [[EvilOverlord Xenu]] was captioned "THIS IS WHAT [[ChurchOfHappyology SCIENTOLOGISTS]] ACTUALLY BELIEVE" because people would think they were taking the piss (an all too common occurrence on the show) otherwise. ** Parodied in the episode "The Return Of Chef", where Chef joins a club of child molesters, and the captions were "THIS IS WHAT THE SUPER ADVENTURE CLUB ACTUALLY BELIEVES". Of course it still was a not-so-thinly veiled reference to Scientology, since IsaacHayes[[note]]Chef's voice actor[[/note]] was a member of it. * NotSoAboveItAll: Stan and Kyle are hit with this every now and then. * NotSoDifferent: Cartman and Kyle. In earlier episodes especially, Kyle was essentially a lower-scale bully with a much more fickle approach to his ethics and morals. He becomes more genuine in his moral code later on, but his rivalry with Cartman also takes an occasional [[HeWhoFightsMonsters ''extreme'']] approach at times. ** This becomes most apparent in Season 12: in "Breast Cancer Show Ever," Stan and Kyle tell Cartman that they, along the rest of the school's 4th grade students, have always hated him, only to have him refuse to believe them; then, ''one episode later'' in "Pandemic," Stan and Kyle refuse to believe Craig when he tells them that all their classmates think they're assholes. ** Liberals and conservatives are subject to this trope as well, with both sides being portrayed as irrational and self-righteous. * NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: ''South Park'' has many in-universe organizations that act like this, and portrays many real-life organizations as acting like this as well. * NutritionalNightmare: There's Double Dew (with twice the caffeine and sugar of Mountain Dew) in "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining". Then, it subverted the trope with Diet Double Dew (with half the caffeine and sugar as regular Double Dew). [[/folder]] [[folder:O]] * ObfuscatingDisability: Cartman in "Up the Down Steroid". ** Done [[InducedHypochondria completely unintentionally]] by Randy in "Bloody Mary". * ObfuscatingStupidity: Ike of all people if you skipped a few seasons. It is most obvious in "About Last Night...", but by "Fatbeard" it has either become canon or OnlySaneMan territory with nobody noticing. ** Also from "About Last Night...": Sarah Palin, who has a highly technical role in the heist, and a [[FakeBrit Faux British]] accent. * ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: In "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe", Cartman is watching a news report on CropCircles and the camera pulls back to show that the circles form an exact portrait of him. -->'''Cartman:''' "Hey! That looks like... Tom Selleck." * OddballDoppelganger: In one episode, Mephisto's son creates an OffModel clone of Stan. It's got an oversized head, one arm is elongated, and about all it can say is "Bachamp, bachamp." * OddNameOut: "Who built the pyramids? Was it the Babylonians? Barbrady? Samaritans?" * OffOnATechnicality: To avoid being arrested for illegal hunting, Jimbo always claimed his game was about to attack him. When a new law made it impossible to use that excuse, Jimbo started claiming he was reducing the animal population to save the whole bunch from starving to death. * OffModel: Tended to happen a little more often in earlier episodes. Notable examples include Kyle being briefly animated with a vertical mouth in "Fat Camp", and Pip having three arms in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub". * OffToSeeTheWizard: "Christmas in Canada" * OnceAnEpisode: Turns into an OverusedRunningGag. ** Also, an on-air episode rarely goes by without at least one SoundEffectBleep. * OnePersonBirthdayParty: The first ChristmasEpisode ends with Jesus singing "Happy Birthday" all by himself. * OnlineAlias: In "Make Love, Not Warcraft": "We are looking for a great knight by the name of... [[UnfortunateName lovestospooge]]." * OnlySaneMan: Stan Marsh, save for the episodes where he gets thrown the IdiotBall, leaving the role to Kyle. ** When he was around, Chef was usually one of the very few adults with any kind of common sense. *** [[CloserToEarth Sharon]] has become the closest to fulfilling this in Chef's absence. ** Though, as Craig pointed out in "Pandemic", Stan has a tendency to [[WhatTheHellHero mire himself in insanity]] and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero exacerbate an already absurd situation]] into a ZanyScheme of pure destruction, so he's not entirely a victim. ** [[GeorgeWBush President Bush]], ironically enough, especially when compared to his cabinet and the press. "A Ladder to Heaven" contains a [[CassandraTruth particularly infamous example]]. ** By this point, it appears that Kenny is the only one that has showcased routine common sense throughout the series. This is arguably lampshaded by Butters (of all people) in ''Going Native'' where, after [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech chewing out most of the others kids for their quirks]], claims that Kenny is the only one with "any sense of dignity." ** Apparently, Father Maxi is the 'only' catholic priest who doesn't rape boys. * OnlySixFaces: The kids are defined almost entirely by [[LimitedWardrobe their wardrobe]], while the adults are only marginally more varied. In the episode "Super Best Friends," when the cast ends up in the same outfits and shaved heads, Stan and Kyle ''lose track of which of them is which'' and have to put on their hats to figure it out. ** This trope is important in the episode "The Coon". Though Mysterion reveals his face at the end, the face cannot be identified. The characters appear to know who the unmasked hero is, but the viewers do not. Cartman mentions that he guessed Mysterion's identity, but he had guessed several different secret identities for Mysterion earlier, and the viewer is not told which guess was correct. It isn't until "Mysterion Rises" where he is revealed to be [[spoiler: Kenny]]. * OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In "Cartoon Wars Part 1", Cartman seemed to be genuinely concerned about ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' offending Muslims with their portrayal of TheProphetMuhammad. It isn't until long after Kyle joined his cause that Cartman reveals he just wanted to take ''Family Guy'' off the air entirely. * OpinionChangingDream: In "I'm A Little Bit Country" Cartman specifically says he's "uninterested in American history", yet still has to contribute to the gang's book report. He decides to [[CrazyEnoughToWork give himself a "flashback" by rendering himself unconscious]], invariably putting him in a [[FieldTripToThePast dream taking place during the American Revolution]]. The dream gives him the information he needs to write his book report, which changes the entire town's opinion's about the war in Iraq. ** Happens a second time with "Jewpacabra", where Cartman's tranquilizer-fueled dream of the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Exodus]] has such an effect that he [[spoiler: '''''converts to Judaism''''']]. * OtherMeAnnoysMe: The giant dragon in "It Hits the Fan" has Cartman's voice—when it's defeated, Cartman says "What a lame voice..." * OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: In both parts to the "Go God Go" episode, Cartman finds himself in a future where everyone was inspired by RichardDawkins to give up their religious beliefs, thus making everyone but him an [[HollywoodAtheist atheist]]. * OutOfFocus: Kenny, as well as most of the original supporting characters. * OverlyLongGag: Used on occasion, such as when Cartman has to smuggle cigarettes and other items into prison up his anus. His grunting when... [[DiscretionShot taking them out offscreen]] take a... [[NauseaFuel disturbing]] amount of time. ** Also in "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" and "Catman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut" this trope was used. ** "Now that's what I call a sticky situation." in the episode "City on the Edge of Forever" [[/folder]] [[folder:P]] * PaintingTheMedium: In "201", when Tom Cruise steals Muhammad's goo, a CensorBox appears over him just like Muhammad. When Stan makes a joke at his expense during the final battle, the box disappears. ** Also in 201, there were two main plots; one was a [[AuthorTract political plot]] about censorship, the other was about [[ContinuityPorn finding Cartman's true father]]. Cartman and Kyle argue with each other about which is more important, then look straight at the camera. ** The "Coon & Friends" arc initially got bad reviews after the first episode, in part because the boys (playing superheroes in silly outfits) couldn't be recognized due to the OnlySixFaces art style. And ''then'' it turns out to be done on purpose, deconstructing the secret identity aspect of superhero stories, and the characters' identities are very slowly revealed throughout the episode trilogy. And then the story takes a few very dark turns once Mysterion's is revealed. * PalsWithJesus: His show isn't named ''Jesus and Pals'' for nothing, you know. * PandaingToTheAudience: Or else they'd be a bunch of sad pandas. * PaperThinDisguise: Used effectively quite a few times, with "AWESOM-O" making a full episode out of it. ** Possibly the best is Towelie using a hat and mustache to pass for human. No one notices this until Oprah's "minge" conspires to expose him. * ParallelPornTitles: Inverted, as they copied the title "Bigger, Longer, & Uncut" from John Bobbit's (Yes, [[GroinAttack THAT one's]]) porn movie. * ParentalObliviousness: On the rare occasions when their parents know what they're doing, they either punish them for all the wrong reasons (for example: "Butt Out," in which the boys get grounded for smoking as opposed to ''burning their school down'') or fail to realize that they're doing anything all that bad (like in "Pandemic," when Sharon and Sheila claim that Craig is a bad influence on Stan and Kyle; according to Craig, it's the other way around, since Stan and Kyle tend to suck everyone around them into the insanity they get swept up in). * ParodiedTrope: So many. * ParodyEpisode: Again, so many. ** "Die Hippie, Die" parodies ''Film/TheCore'', with elements from ''TheDayAfterTomorrow'' and ''Film/{{Armageddon}}''. ** "Pip" is a parody of Creator/CharlesDickens' ''"Literature/GreatExpectations"'' ** "Good Times With Weapons" [[ArtShift alternates]] between the usual ''South Park'' universe and a {{Shonen}} {{anime}} parody. ** The primary storyline of "D'Yikes!" is a parody of ''Film/ThreeHundred''. ** "I Should Have Never Gone Zipining" parodies the {{reality TV}} series ''Sereis/IShouldntBeAlive''. ** "Britney's New Look" parodies "Literature/TheLottery." ** "A History Channel Thanksgiving" parodies ''Film/{{Thor}}.'' ** "Tsst" parodies three shows at once in regards to Cartman's destructive behavior. The shows include ''Nanny 911'', ''Series/{{Supernanny}}'', and ''The Dog Whisperer''. * ParodySue: [[spoiler: Mintberry Crunch]], who turns out to be a living DeusExMachina. * PeekABangs: Thad Jarvis from "Guitar Queer-O". * PerpetualPoverty: Kenny's family. * [[PetTheDog Pet The Cat]]: Cartman is a really bad person, but he goes to extremes to protect the cats in the neighborhood in "Major Boobage." * PhonyPsychic: The Biggest Douche in the Universe. * PhysicalGod: Apparently, MickeyMouse is a powerful godlike entity limited only by his need to slumber in Valhalla after his destructive, fire-breathing rampages. ** Cthulhu also makes an appearance. * PyrrhicVictory: "201" reveals Eric's revenge over Scott Tenorman in Season 5 to be this. * PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize: Rather than an adult opposing a teenager, we instead get a little kid opposing a teenager. It's also inverted, in that KidHero Cartman is the one who's determined to get even with the [[TeensAreMonsters teenage villain]] Scott Tenorman. ** This is inverted ''again'' when at the end of the episode everyone realizes that Cartman, embodying the NotSoHarmlessVillain trope, is not a {{Jerkass}} with occasional cruel moments like everyone thought, but rather a [[EnfantTerrible complete psychopath]]. * PigLatin: In "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000", Kyle brings a cake as a gift to Cartman when visiting him in juvenile hall, mentioning that there's an "ailnay ilefay" baked inside of it, which will enable Cartman to "eakbray out of isonpray". When Cartman informs him that they're not allowed to accept gifts, Kyle goes into a lengthy rant while still speaking Pig Latin. Stan on the other hand just calls Cartman "umbassday". * ThePigPen: Dogpoo, a minor character. * PingPongNaivete: Very. They swear like sailors, but they don't know that you don't have to wear a condom if you don't have sex. ** In one episode, Jimmy remarks that he and his girlfriend took ecstasy and stayed up all night having sex. Later on, in "Erection Day", he gets his first erection and doesn't have a clue what he's supposed to do with it. * PinkElephants * ThePlace * PlanetOfSteves: Marklar, home of the Marklar, who like to [[{{Smurfing}} Marklar on the Marklar with plenty of Marklar to Marklar]]. * PlayfulOtter: "Go God Go". * PleasureIsland: Several episodes. ** "Chinpokomon" is about a BlandNameProduct version of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' that turns out to be an {{Imperial Japan}}ese indoctrination tool. ** "South Park is Gay" reveals that the [[CampStraight metrosexual]] subculture was started by evil crab people to turn all men into effeminate sissies and make taking over the world easier. ** "Die, Hippie, Die." A large contingent of hippies arrives in town from Colorado's big cities for a massive 1960s-style music festival; they claim that the purpose of the festival is to stick it to all the corporate bigwigs and other "little Eichmanns" who supposedly run America. Stan, Kyle, and Kenny naively join in the "fun" at first, donning their best "student protester" outfits and learning to play the guitar. But as the festival drags on they start to become bored, and they realize the message of social activism preached by the college kids is, well, pretty much b.s. And on top of it all, all the marijuana smoke is starting to make them sick. They try to leave, but the crowds have become much too thick... ** "You Have 0 Friends" portrays Facebook this way when Stan gets sucked into a ''Film/{{Tron}}''-esque digital world and has to fight the embodiment of his own Facebook profile. * PlotImmunity: In "Whale Whores" when the Japanese bomb the Whale Wars ship, the entire crew of the ship dies. But somehow, the three 10-year-olds (even Kenny) make it out just fine. * PlotCoupon: One [[http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/South-Park.html draft]] of TheMovie's script had Saddam Hussein sending Kenny out to find some Snacky S'mores proofs-of-purchase so he can get a wish granted. This is really a SnipeHunt, however, as there are no proofs-of-purchases in Hell. When Terrance and Philip's blood is spilled on American soil and the Legions of Hell emerge on the Earth's surface, Kenny takes the opportunity to get the proofs-of-purchase and presents them to Saddam, only to be told, "ILied." After Satan gets rid of Saddam, he accepts the proofs-of-purchase and grants Kenny's wish as in the final movie. * PoesLaw: ** Later episodes can sometimes go that route. ** Meta-example: Parker and Stone's reaction upon discovering [[http://www.wingmusic.co.nz/ Wing]] was that it was either a [[http://youtu.be/sojqBLIhwyE super-sweet joke or a super-sweet not-joke.]] * PokemonSpeak: '''''"TIMMY!"''''' * PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: ''South Park'' is fond of making fun of people who make the left-wing look bad by taking political correctness too far. "The Death Camp of Tolerance" and "Sexual Harrassment Panda" are just two episodes. ** When Chef attempted to inform Principal Victoria about Garrison's inappropriate in-class demonstration of what to do with a gerbil, ''Chef'' is the one who gets punished for being "intolerant". --->'''Victoria:''' I believe the word you used to describe him was... "Sick Queer."\\ '''Chef:''' ''He ''is'' a [[DepravedHomosexual sick queer]]!!''\\ '''Mr. Garrison:''' Yeah!!! *** Chef has stated on multiple occasions that there is a ''big'' difference between gay people and Mr. Garrison, and even [[TheDitz Randy Marsh]] knows that he is seriously fucked up. * PooledFunds: Cartman once proves Kyle wrong and wins money in the process, so he turns it into dollar notes, and then quarters, just so Kyle can see him dance and swim in it. * PoorCommunicationKills and all its subtropes: Very commonly used. * PostModernism: Given that the show is all about social satire, this is a given. * PottyFailure: On the worldwide level in "Worldwide Recorder Concert", and on a graphic level in "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining". * ThePowerOfRock: Eric uses a Music/{{Slayer}} CD to rid the town of hippies in "Die Hippie, Die". * PrecisionFStrike: Some of the characters who don't swear very often will drop these in extreme circumstances. See: Butters in "Christian Rock Hard" and "Breast Cancer Show Ever". And there was also that time Kenny [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere was eaten by a giant bird that busted through the ceiling after the plot of the episode was already resolved.]] * PrematureEncapsulation: In "Red Hot Catholic Love", people learn how to eat with their butt after becoming atheist and abandoning the Catholic church due to child molestation allegations, and not the earlier episode entitled "How To Eat With Your Butt" where Kenny poses for his school picture in his parka upside-down and attracts the attention of a family with real butts for faces who lost their son. * PretendPrejudice * PreviewPiggybacking: InUniverse in "The New Terrance and Philip Movie Trailer". The only reason why the kids of South Park were watching through ''[[ShowWithinAShow Fightin' Around the World with]] RussellCrowe'' was because a movie trailer for ''Asses of Fire 2'' was playing during one of the commercial breaks. None of the boys cared for ''Fightin' Around the World'', and the show also attracted criticisms from most anyone around them. * PrideParade: In the episode "South Park is Gay", all the males in town have turned metrosexual. Once the women of the town start getting fed up, the men put on a Metrosexual Pride Parade, which includes the chant, "We're here, we're not queer, but we're close, get used to it!" * ProductPlacement: The show uses real brand names just as often as [[BlandNameProduct Bland Name Products]], but given the tone of the show, it's probably not because they're getting paid. ** The show seems to have an uncanny obsession with DrPepper. Nearly any drink that has a label on it is going to be this, and dinner parties will very often consist of nothing but it as a beverage. It also plays a major role in "The Poor Kid" ([[spoiler:the foster father has a fridge consisting of nothing but it, and explicitly states that it is the only beverage allowed]]). A possible explanation is that Trey is just a big fan of the drink, and expresses his partiality to it via the show. ** Many references are made to the {{Xbox}} and {{Xbox 360}}, often in situations where the kids would usually just talk about VideoGames in general. In "Tonsil Trouble", Kyle [[spoiler:attempts to break everything that Eric owns, including his most treasured stuffed animal, but is stopped at his Xbox]]. Trey himself has mentioned "playing Xbox" as something he does during off-time, so this is almost certainly a case of expressing his choice of products through his work, much like the theoretical Dr. Pepper example. * ProperlyParanoid: Tweek, partially because of his [[GRatedDrug coffee]] habit. * TheProphetMuhammad: He's a member of a team of superheroes. Jesus and Buddha are on the same team. Portrayal Problem #1 is redefined into a superpower. In one episode, Tom Cruise is trying to steal this superpower, so that he can be immune from getting depicted by the tabloids. * ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Invoked in "Coon vs. Coon & Friends". -->'''The Coon:''' It's not my fault you guys turned evil, Kenny! -->'''Mysterion:''' You are the bad guy, fat boy. '''You!''' -->'''The Coon:''' I'm going around making the world a better place! -->'''Mysterion:''' For ''you!'' You're making the world a better place ''for you!'' -->'''The Coon:''' ...right, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint that's what superheroes]] ''do?'' ** This is Eric Cartman's sociopathy at work again - his total LackOfEmpathy means that he thinks by making the world better for himself, he is ''also'' making it better for everybody else. It doesn't make his teaming up with Cthulu any more excusable though. * ProWrestlingEpisode: "W.T.F." * PunchClockVillain: Satan provides a borderline, if not outright example. * PunctuatedForEmphasis: ** Don't. Fuck. With. Wendy. ''Testaburger''. [[spoiler:Or else she'll send you into the sun on a rocket ship.]] ** [[Film/ThreeHundred "This. Is. LES BOS!"]] * PunnyName: '''Aunt Flo''' Kimble, the 50/60-year-old relative of the Marshes (Sharon's direct aunt, Stan and Shelly's great-aunt), who was introduced and unceremoniously disposed of in Season 2's Halloween episode "Spookyfish". Even after the one-shot character's death came and went, it seemed as though the writers could not resist the urges to throw one more pun related to the poor woman's name into the mix. * PutOnABus: Officer Barbrady announces at the end of "Toilet Paper" that he needs to take a long vacation, and his role is soon replaced by an actual police department. He still shows up from time to time, though. [[/folder]] [[folder:Q]] [[/folder]] ----
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This page covers tropes found in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. [[SouthPark/TropesAToD Tropes A-D]] | [[SouthPark/TropesEToJ Tropes E-J]] | '''Tropes K-Q''' | [[SouthPark/{{TropesR-V}} Tropes R-V]] | [[SouthPark/TropesWToZ Tropes W-Z]] | [[YMMV/SouthPark YMMV]] | [[ShoutOut/SouthPark Shout Outs]] ---- [[foldercontrol]] [[folder:K]] * KansasCityShuffle: Cartman pulls this off at the end of "Scott Tenorman Must Die" episode, after several failed attempts to get back at Scott who initially conned him. ** Another earlier, elaborate version occurred at the beginning of the "2000" arc, within the season 4 premiere "The Tooth Fairy's Tats 2000", again involving Cartman. As this long, and ''extremely'' complicated plan began with Cartman convincing the boys to pose as imitation tooth fairies to get rich quick, which immediately draws the attention of the [[spoiler:Tooth Fairy Mafia and the American Dental Association]] ([[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Don't ask)]]), drawing Cartman's plans to a temporary halt through the rest of the "2000" arc, until "Something You Can Do With Your Finger", where Cartman's goals of obtaining $10 million come back, this time seemingly disguised as plans to become an ultra-successful boy band. It isn't until the two-parter "Do The Handicapped Go To Hell?"/ "Probably" that Cartman, under the guise of [[spoiler: fearing eternal damnation, convincing the children of South Park, through twisting Father Donovan's rather extremist words into a sign that they need to split off from the church, leave South Park, and start their own religion. He gets so far as stating that God would strike them down if they didn't start "donating" a dollar to him. When Kyle discovers Cartman rolling around in his spoils, Cartman reveals that this rather elaborate plan was in development ever since they became false Tooth Fairies.]] * KarmicRape: A minor villain is raped by a shark. * KidAppealCharacter: The main characters ''[[InvertedTrope inverted]]'' this trope, so they're more like "adult-appeal kid characters". * KidHero: Often the day is saved by the boys (see: AdultsAreUseless), but played more traditionally in the Mysterion arc. * KidsAreCruel: Pretty much a series premise. ** CharacterDevelopment tones down this aspect with at least Stan and Kyle after the first few seasons. This leaves [[EnfantTerrible Cartman]] who goes on to [[SerialEscalation push this trope with each passing season]]. * KilledOffForReal: The Season 5 "finale" [[WhamEpisode "Kenny Dies"]]. ** Only to [[UnexplainedRecovery mysteriously return]] at the end of the following season. ** Matt and Trey seem to have a habit of [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness killing off characters they no longer have a use for]], such as Ms. Choksondik (the fourth grade teacher with the hideous, sagging breasts and the lazy eye) at the end of "Professor Chaos", Ms. Crabtree in "Cartman's Incredible Gift", Pip Pirrup in "201" and now [[spoiler:all of Cartman's dolls]] in "1%". * KillerRabbit: During the "Pandemic" two-parter, [[spoiler:the world rounds up Peruvian flute bands to avoid their music... only to discover they were keeping giant killer live-action guinea pigs in cute costumes away.]] Also [[spoiler:the Woodland Critters]]. ** OneWingedAngel: The leader of the guniea pigs in "Pandemic" turns out to be [[spoiler:the Director of Homeland Secruity, whose true form is... a Guinea {{Pirate}}. What would happen if he he met a Guinea {{Ninja}} is not discussed.]] * KillThePoor: Kyle's dad inadvertently gives his son the idea that [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/150687/poor-people-camps putting all poor people in concentration camps would be good for the world.]] * TheKlan: Appears several times, most notably in "Chef Goes Nanners" and Cartman's ghost costume in "Pinkeye" resembles a KKK robe, much to Chef's dismay. ** Averted when the townspeople attempt to scare away the new residents, whom they don't like because they're wealthy. They dress up in costume as "spooky ghosts" and decide to burn a lower-case t on the rich families' lawns, for "time to leave". The rich families -- who are, coincidentally, all black -- take it ''exactly as it was intended''. * KnightOfCerebus: Sheila Broflovski (in TheMovie), Trent Boyett, The Super Adventure Club and Grandma Stotch are some of the villains that were NOT PlayedForLaughs. ** He can be played for laughs all the time, but Cartman is played much more seriously in the "Coon & Friends" trilogy. * KnightTemplar: ** Eric Cartman. His DisproportionateRetribution in "Scott Tenorman Must Die" and his [[ObliviouslyEvil bizarre concept of "good"]] in the "Coon" episodes are just a sampling of him embodying this trope. ** Kyle himself is gradually leaning towards this trope in his rivalry with Cartman, some of their conflicts have shown his willingness to outright kill him (in ''[=FatBeard=]'' for example, he attempts to convince Cartman to travel to Somalia in his ill-defined plan to become a pirate, he is later seen gloating about assisting in Cartman's supposed death, unfazed by the fact that Butters, Clyde and Kevin went along with him, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Ike joining, however, is enough to change his mind]]. ** Rob Reiner is portrayed as an arrogant wealthy liberal who eats vast and unhealthy amounts of junk food, yet still harasses people who smoke in "Butt Out". The tobacco company he attacks is shown to have a nice executive and happy workers, and in contrast, Rob Reiner is a terrorist with creepy followers who tried to kill Cartman. ** [[LightIsNotGood The Knights of Standards and Practises]] in "It Hits the Fan", who are only slightly more heroic than the dragon summoned by using cursewords. Helps that they look like classical knights. ** Played with with the NSA. On one hand, they're shown to be genuinely reasonable. On the other, a brief scene shows that they accomplish their work by [[spoiler:imprisoning Santa]]. * KubrickStare: When Randy starts acting like [[Film/TheShining Jack Torrence]] in "A Nightmare on Face Time", he shows one of these watching ''Film/{{Ted}}'' on a monitor, and then later when he ends up imitating the famous "frozen shot" from the end of the film. * KungFuJesus: In "Red Sleigh Down", "Fantastic Easter Special" and "A Scause for Applause". In "Fantastic Easter Special", Jesus kills a preacher by [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja throwing a five-pointed curve-bladed ninja star boomerang that slices the preacher in half in slow motion]], then catching it with one hand while doing a badass pose and then [[CoolShades slips on a pair of jet-black sunglasses with his other hand]]. ''Jesus'', how much more badass can you get? [[/folder]] [[folder:L]] * LackOfEmpathy: Done very frequently, perhaps the most notable involving Kenny's deaths, which, aside from the standard shocked exclamation, are rarely treated with much weight at all and forgotten about quickly. Subverted with "Kenny Dies" when the boys actually treat Kenny's supposedly permanent death with much more sorrow. It doesn't last long, however, and by "A Ladder To Heaven" it's obvious they've all but forgotten about him. ** Kyle and Stan are not shocked by his death in "Gnomes" at all, and say their usual PhraseCatcher lines in a flat, MotorMouth fashion. * LampshadeHanging ---->'''Stan:''' "Kyle! What the hell's going on ''this'' time?!"\\ '''Kyle''': "I have no idea!" ** The famous "They killed Kenny!" exchange was played with more than once during the show, before it fell into disuse after Kenny was KilledOffForReal. And then came back. ** "Krazy Cripples" focused on Jimmy and Timmy for the A-story and Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman for the B-story. Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny become GenreSavvy enough to just walk away from the craziness of both. ** In "Butt Out", Kyle realizes that a lot of ''South Park'''s episodes feature a climatic battle between two large groups and always end with the kids spouting what they learned so the fight can end, and [[DefiedTrope tries to avert it]], pointing out that before Rob Reiner attacks the tobacco company, they could simply tell the adults they smoked out of their own free will and simply get grounded for three weeks instead of having to preach to an entire town that's about to attack them. It doesn't work out. ** Craig in the two-part "Pandemic" {{lampshade|Hanging}}s how everyone else in town has started to notice how the four main characters keep getting into trouble. ** Kenny's many deaths are acknowledged by the character in "Mysterion Rises". ** Another from "200": --->'''TomCruise:''' By taking what Muhammad had, we would all be safe from ridicule. Like Creator/TimBurton here. Imagine this, Tim: nobody could rip on you for all the rehashed movies you've made lately. There'd never be a TV show that pointed out you haven't had an original thought since ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''. And you put JohnnyDepp and [[DannyElfman the same crappy music]] in every film. And [[HoYay if you're that in love with Johnny Depp you should just have sex with him already]]. A TV show could never say that! [[note]]Made more humorous in that Tim Burton had never been mentioned or made an appearance in South Park before.[[/note]] ** In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" (episode #53), when the new baby Kenny shows up: --->'''Mr. [=McCormick=]''': God, this must be the fiftieth time this has happened.\\ '''Mrs. [=McCormick=]''': Fifty-second. ** From the climax of "You're Getting Old" ---> '''Sharon:''' "I'm unhappy too. We both are, obviously. How much longer can we keep doing this? It's like the same shit just happens over and over and then in a week it just all resets until it happens again. Every week it's kind of the same story in a different way but it just keeps getting more and more ridiculous." ** In "It Hits The Fan" they mock the controversy that just because someone swears on television doesn't mean it harms society. * LargeHam: Cartman and Randy Marsh for starters. Mel Gibson takes this trope UpToEleven. * LaserGuidedKarma: Cartman. He doesn't ''always'' get what he deserves, but for the most part it hits him good and hard. And yet he never seems to learn his lesson... * LastMinuteBabyNaming: Kenny's mom is pregnant. After his OncePerEpisode death, the baby is born and the parents decide to name the new baby Kenny. -->'''Mr. [=McCormick=]:''' [[LampshadeHanging God, this must be the 50th time this has happened.]]\\ '''Mrs. [=McCormick=]:''' Fifty-second. * LastNameBasis: Eric '''Cartman''', who is typically only referred to by his last name by the students. The adults are more likely to call him 'Eric'. * LastSecondWordSwap: The punchline of "It Hits the Fan" (in which the word "shit" is repeatedly said uncensored): -->'''Stan:''' Holy sh--! ...poo. * LastSupperSteal: In "Margaritaville", Kyle says he has "this feeling that one of you will totally betray me." Everyone gasps and freezes into Last Supper position. ** Earlier in "Fantastic Easter Special", which mimicks DanBrown's ''TheDaVinciCode'', Professor Teabag shows Stan and Kyle a portrait of the Last Supper, which looks the same, except that [[spoiler:there is a colored egg next to St. Peter, whom Teabag reveals to be [[Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit a rabbit]]]]. * LateArrivalSpoiler: The DVD cover for Season 14 reveals that [[spoiler:Kenny]] is Mysterion. * LaughTrack: The episode "Kenny Dies" inexplicably begins with one (and over a completely inappropriate scene to boot), but it's soon revealed that it's coming from a television showing ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'', which is soon turned off. -->'''Doctor:''' Alright, Ms. Sanders, all ready for your abortion?\\ ''(audience laughter)''\\ '''Ms. Sanders:''' Ready as I'm ever going to be, I guess.\\ ''(audience laughter dies down)''\\ '''Doctor:''' Well, try to relax. It will all be over very soon.\\ ''(more audience laughter)'' * LaxativePrank: "Bass To Mouth" has Cartman give Jenny Simons a laxative-laced cupcake, to distract the school from Peter Melman's recent PottyFailure, as they do not want him to [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]], as a former student did when this happened to him. Cartman's plan backfires when the obvious occurs: ''Jenny'' ends up attempting suicide. So nobody gets singled out, the staff and Cartman attempt to give the entire student body laced Pizza Hut pizza, so [[EscalatingWar everyone will crap themselves]]. At the end of the episode, Cartman [[spoiler:[[LiteralMetaphor gets thrown in front of a school bus]] by the school school staff and was declared that he committed suicide. Cartman gets back at the staff with certain cupcakes...]] -->'''Mr. Mackey:''' Ooooooooooooh, it's bad, m'kay! * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The beginning of the 200th episode had Kyle and Cartman exchanging insults. Stan tells them to stop, saying "all you're doing is rehashing a bunch of old stuff!" ** Also, 100 episodes before ''that'' (actually, 103): --->"You've made it to a hundred episodes, you should be proud!"\\ --->"Yeah, a show should never go past a hundred episodes, or else it starts to get stale with ridiculously stupid plotlines and settings." ** In Cartman's anti-''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' rant he explicitly compares himself as a character in a comedy show to the writing of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', much to Kyle's confusion. *** Also from that episode, when Stan and Kyle are dragged outside while everyone's panicking. ** In the episode where the word shit is uncensored, Mr. Garrison goes around calling people fags because [[NWordPrivileges he's gay and thus is allowed to say it.]] When the men in the bar discuss what curse words get censored (complete with the censor beep when spoken), fag is beeped out for everyone except when Mr. Garrison says it. When Jimbo says fag, he is not bleeped out and someone notes it while questioning him. * LaResistance: In the movie, possibly the {{Trope Namer|s}}. * {{Leatherman}}: Mr. Slave * LeftItIn: In "Volcano", while the mayor's speech is being recorded live: -->'''Mayor [=McDaniels=]:''' All we know right now is that some of our children are camping on that mountain and... Oh, I'm sorry, can I start over?\\ '''Newscaster:''' Huh?\\ '''[=McDaniels=]:''' You can edit this, right? * LethalChef: Double subverted, Randy made some appetizing dishes (In South Park's animation at least) but it was too complex and not to the liking of the kids and the adults. * LethallyStupid: ALL THE ADULTS. But Randy is the worst. * LighterAndSofter: The season 16 was much more of this compared with the earlier seasons. * LimitedWardrobe * LiesToChildren: All over the place as this is a show about 10 years old. The main one to suffer from this is Butters, being encompassed by a veil of protective isolation by his parents. Most recently shown in Sarcastaball, especially its ending: -->'''Butters:''' ''"Dad! My wiener is all stiff and pointy!"''\\ '''Mr.Stotch:''' ''"Oh, ah, well, Butters: That is a 'friendly compass'! Whenever you have friends in the area, that compass will point towards where they are."''\\ ''...''\\ '''Mr.Stotch:''' ''"...It points upwards, [[HilarityEnsues because Jesus is your friend.]]"'' * LikeGoesWithLike: This is thoroughly explored when a new girl comes to the school and is the only black female student (in the same year as the main characters anyway). She and Kyle share a mutual crush but Cartman insists on pushing her together with Token since Token and the black girl, Nichole, are the only ones at the school of their race and gender. At the end of the episode Kyle ends up alone since Nichole is with Token. * LiteralAssKissing: Randy Marsh's "apology" to Jesse Jackson. * LiteralGenie: In "Crippled Summer", Mimzy is this for Nathan. Nathan sends Mimzy to sabotage Jimmy several times, but due to Mimzy's literal interpretation of Nathan's orders they always backfire. For example, when Nathan sent Mimzy to switch Jimmy's map with a fake so he gets lost he repeats the order to make sure Mimzy understood, Mimzy then switches the maps twice, because Nathan gave him the order twice. * LittleGuyBigBuddy: In "Coon vs. Coon and Friends", Cartman and [[spoiler: freakin' ''Cthulu'']]. Complete with shout outs to ''WesternAnimation/FeedTheKitty''. * LittleKnownFacts: Cartman is fond of spewing these about ginger kids, Jews, and everyone else. * LittleProfessorDialog: ''Everyone,'' though it's most notable with Stan, Kyle, and Cartman, for obvious reasons. In fact, fanfiction writers have used this trope to justify writing so much ''HighSchoolAU'' fic, seeing as how aging the characters requires virtually no change in personality. * LizLemonJob: Stan, for all the adults, especially [[BumblingDad his dad]]. Kyle as well on occasion, as long as it has something to do with [[ArchEnemy Cartman]]. * LogicalFallacies: Randy. Continuously. Also a lot of the other adults as well. ** Parodied in Creme Fraiche when the boys make a terrible job of impersonating Gordon Ramsay. Stan remarks, "I know my Dad's retarded, but not THAT retarded." Randy proves, that yes, he is that retarded. ** In "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining", Cartman drinks exorbitant amounts of Mountain Dew in order to prevent himself from succumbing to the [[spoiler:killer]] boredom. He works his way up to Double Dew, a fictional (hopefully) version of Mountain Dew with double the sugar and caffeine. By the time Kyle starts berating him giving himself diarrhea with Mountain Dew, Cartman points out that he's drinking ''Diet'' Double Dew, which has half the sugar and caffeine of Double Dew, making it... regular Mountain Dew. * LonelyDollGirl: Cartman has tea parties with his own dolls, stuffed animals, and action figures. The sheer extent of his relation to this trope is brought to light in "1%" * LonelyPianoPiece: Used in hilarious RunningGag fashion in "The Tooth Fairy's Tats 2000" as Kyle [[spoiler:learns that the Tooth Fairy isn't real.]] * LongRunners: ''South Park'' has been running continuously since 1997, with plans to renew the series far into 2016. * LongSongShortScene: In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' commentary for the season seven episode "Christian Rock Hard", it is revealed that full songs were written for Cartman's band "Faith +1". However, due to lack of time, they only played a small amount of each song. WordOfGod says they may be release the full songs on a CD, so far they haven't. * LoudOfWar: In "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", the ATF try to force people out of the house where a "comet party" is being held by playing an obnoxious pop song that's a thinly disguised parody of "Believe" by Cher. It went unnoticed because the same song was playing on the stereo inside. * LoveMakesYouUncreative: In "The Succubus", Chef finding true love results in his sensual baritone singing voice turning into that of a high-pitched dweeby white guy. As is evident from the title, his fiancée' is really a soul-draining succubus. * LoweredRecruitingStandards: "Best Friends Forever": Kenny dies and ascends to Heaven in order to command Heaven's army against the forces of Hell. He is told by the angels that they used to only let Mormons into Heaven, but they started to let others in order to increase their army's size. * LowSpeedChase: Kenny gets into a huge police chase in a battery-powered toy car in "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime [[{{Trope2000}} 2000]]". ** "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" has the boys tying to outrun the onset of [[LiteralMetaphor killer]] [[SuckinessIsPainful boredom]] on a 4 mile-an-hour boat. ** There's a tricycle race of appropriate speed between Eric and Kyle in "Cartoon Wars". A police car somehow loses control trying to keep up. * LukeIAmYourFather: More like [[spoiler: "Luke, you killed your father and fed him to me"]]. [[/folder]] [[folder:M]] * {{Machinima}}: "Make Love, Not Warcraft" * MagicFeather: In the episode "Bloody Mary", when the news reports that the Virgin Mary statue is bleeding out of its ass, Randy—[[ItMakesSenseInContext convinced that his drinking problem is a disease]]—goes to the church and gets sprayed in blood by the statue. This apparently cures him. A later news report reveals that the statue was actually bleeding out of its vagina ("A chick bleeding out her vagina is no miracle. Chicks bleed out their vaginas all the time."), and Randy briefly lapses until Stan tells him the truth about what happened to him. * MalignantPlotTumor: The first episode of Season 14's "Coon & Friends" trilogy was about Cartman trying to get Captain Hindsight to join his superhero team, with BP's recurring drilling accidents being the B-plot. Then BP unleashes Cthulhu and the last two episodes focus mostly on him, tying up Captain Hindsight's story in the second. * ManufacturingVictims: In "Bloody Mary", Randy is forced into Alcoholics Anonymous after being arrested for drunk driving. After being told that he has a "terminal illness", he [[InducedHypochondria convinced himself that he was a sick man with alcoholism]], sitting in a wheelchair downing beer bottles like the alcoholic he believes himself to be. It's implied that the other members of the "support group" had equally dysfunctional relationships. * MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Randy and Sharon, though all the adults qualify to a [[DependingOnTheWriter varying]] extent. * McLeaned: "The Return of Chef," where Chef gets quite possibly the biggest bridge dropped on ''any'' character ''ever''. ** Also an instance of RealLifeWritesThePlot. ** Almost all one-episode characters who die have this happen to them. Hell, almost every death is this. Most of the time, characters die and it will never be mentioned again. ** In "Cripple Fight", Timmy is extremely jealous of the attention Jimmy gets and becomes resentful of him, to the point of seeking vengeance. At the end of the episode he plots a scheme that involves [[spoiler:photoshopping him into a homosexual situation that goes against the Boy Scout's rules, getting him kicked out.]] They are later good friends and never bring this up again. * MeaningfulName: Ms. Information (say the name a few times) in "Cherokee Hair Tampons" lives up to her name, which almost gets Kyle killed from his illness since she suggested herbal medicine instead of traditional western medicine. * MediumAwareness: In "It Hits The Fan", Mr. Garrison says, "On television they usually don't allow 'fag,' but because I'm gay, it's alright." Later, when South Park adults are lamenting that HBC needs to find a new swear word, Mr. Garrison again argues that the word "fag" is a case of NWordPrivileges. Randy says the word and gets censored for it, causing Mr. Garrison to say, "See, you got beeped." After a random character also says it, Jimbo says it himself in a rant, but doesn't get censored. Randy remarks, "Hey, you didn't get beeped." * MediumBlending: [[{{Machinima}} "Make Love, Not Warcraft"]] ** Also season 2's "The Mexican Staring Frog of South Park", which uses live-action historical StockFootage of Vietnam for Mr. Garrison's ImagineSpot and StockFootage of helicopters for Jimbo's rather... bizarre recollection of the Vietnam War. * MemeticMutation[[invoked]]: The subject of the episode "Faith Hilling". It also alludes to LOLCats by depicting cats evolving to the point where they're creating their own memes and declaring war on humanity. The episode even has this quote: --> There are two ways a species evolves: physically, from genes, and culturally, from memes. Just like genes, memes replicate, mutate, and adapt. ** The Underpants Gnomes business plan is referenced extensively outside of it's original context even by writers. * MessianicArchetype: Kyle plays to this more times than you'd think. The most obvious example is "Margaritaville" (where this is played ''very'' literally), but it's underpinned subtly in a few episodes. And, in direct opposition Cartman tends to play to the more DarkMessiah or AntiChrist side of things (how far he goes down this road depends on whom you ask). * MidlifeCrisisCar: Stan's dad gets one. * MidwordRhyme: In an old playground rhyme that melds with a little SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion. * MilestoneCelebration: "Cancelled" was intended to be the 100th episode, but aired as the 97th in order to be the 7th Season premiere (due to the [[MindScrew nature of the episode itself]]). The actual 100th episode, "I'm a Little Bit Country", by contrast had a tacked-on Milestone Celebration ending. "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 200]]", meanwhile, plays it completely straight. * MinorInjuryOverreaction: At the end of "Christmas in Canada", Cartman starts a fight with Kyle for having him miss Christmas. Kyle taps jabs him lightly on the shoulder and he cries out for his mother. * MirrorUniverse * MisplacedAccent: In the "Crack Baby Athletic Association", Slash is revealed to be "Vunter Slaush", a parody on the Dutch Sinterklaas, complete with parody song. The problem? The name and song are in German, not Dutch... ** Actually, no. They're not in German. Most likely they're just vaguely Dutch/German sounding gibberish. * MisplacedSorrow: After Kenny is KilledOffForReal, the boys discover that he has the winning ticket to a candy store shopping spree, so they decide to build a ladder to heaven in order for him to give it to them. But when adults ask what they're doing they don't mention the candy part, they just say they want to see Kenny again. * MistakenForGay: Happens to Kyle and Cartman in "Tonsil Trouble" and Butters and Cartman in "Super Fun Time." ** Stan and Kyle have been warned multiple times their relationship would fall under this. ** Kyle and Cartman in "Cartman Finds Love", only in this case perpetuated by Cartman himself. Kyle is unsurprisingly not amused. * MistakenForRacist: Inverted in "Here Comes The Neighbourhood" where they are trying to get rid of all the rich people in town (who are all black). Mr. Garrison proposes burning a "lower-case t" on their lawn as in "time to leave". The victims take it as exactly this. --> '''Kobe Bryant:''' T. Time to leave? * MistakenForSubculture: The Goth kids get tired of being mistaken for vampire kids. ** In another episode, they get referred to as "emo kids". * MistakenForTerrorist: "The Snuke" * MisterDescriptor: Misters Hat, Twig, and Slave. * MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Scuzzlebutt. * {{Mondegreen}}: Timmy's [[InaneBlabbering "lib-a-lah!"]] was so commonly heard as "livin' a lie" that it was later used for an actual Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld song and became part of Jimmy's comedy routine in "Cripple Fight". * MoodWhiplash: "You're Getting Old", which ends with FleetwoodMac's "Landslide" without irony. Trey and Matt said on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' that after the airing of the episode, a lot of people came up to them asking if anything was wrong, but [[{{Jossed}} denied that they're tired of the show]]. ** The ending of "Kenny Dies". ''Twice''. * MoralDissonance: In "Toilet Paper" the boys feel guilty about letting Butters take the blame for what they did. They have no such qualms in "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]" when they attempt to blame Butters for writing the book when they think it'll get them in trouble and when they blame SarahJessicaParker's death on him. ** Actually the former example actually runs in contrast to the boy's treatment of Butters in earlier seasons, they frequently abused him or left him for dead in episodes such as "Jared Has Aides" and "Freak Strike". Much akin to other {{Butt Monkey}}s such as Kenny and Pip, it is mostly a case of DependingOnTheWriter whether the boys are sympathetic towards Butters or outright [[ComedicSociopathy Comedic Sociopaths]] towards him (though at least in "The Tale Of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]" they felt slight empathy for what he's been through). * MoralGuardians: The show was a frequent victim of them during TheNineties, much in the same way ''TheSimpsons'' and ''BeavisAndButthead'' were. Today, it's much less of a target, only really being attacked when it "insensitively" depicts some kind of minority group (such as Scientologists or Muslims). ** Ironically, some conservative Christian leaders (who were the show's most frequent critics when it first began) now openly admit to [[PeripheryDemographic being fans, for its shameless Liberal bashing]]. ** An in-universe example is Sheila Brovlovski, whose hot-headed dedication to a cause that was in most cases unwarranted, to the point that her actions crossed to the point of KnightTemplar/ KnightThemplarParent territory. * MoreThanMindControl: Arguably, Cartman when he's trying to stop his friends from destroying the Wall-Mart. ** That or NotBrainwashed. * MotivationalLie: In the episode "Damien": -->'''Stan:''' You know, somebody once said, "Don't try to be a great man, just be a man."\\ '''Jesus:''' Who said that?\\ '''Stan:''' You did, Jesus.\\ '''Jesus:''' ...You're right, Stan. Thank you, boys! ''(resumes his fight against Satan)''\\ '''Kyle:''' Wow, did he say that in Literature/TheBible?\\ '''Stan:''' Nah, I saw it on ''Franchise/StarTrek''. * MotionCapture: Cartman documents a handicapped walk through this method in "Up the Down Steroid". * MotorMouth: In "Toilet Paper": -->'''Cartman:''' Okay. Last night, all four of us were at the bowling alley until about 7:30, at which time we noticed Ally Sheedy, the Goth chick from the Breakfast Club, was bowling in the lane next to us, and we asked her for her autograph, but she didn't have a pen, so we followed her out to her car, but on the way we were accosted by five Scientologists who wanted to give us all personality tests, which were administered at the Scientology Center in Denver until 10:45, at which time we accidentally boarded the wrong bus home and ended up in Rancho de Burritos Rojos, south of Castle Rock, and finally got a ride home with a man who was missing his left index finger, named Gary Bushwell, arriving home at 11:46. * MundaneMadeAwesome: "Make Love Not Warcraft" makes transporting a flash drive to succeed in a computer game '''''epic'''''. [[Manga/DeathNote Takeshi Obata]] would be proud. ** "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" manages to portray field trip boredom as life-or-death suspense. [[spoiler:''Literally'' life-or-death.]] * MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Wendy]] sends [[spoiler:Ms. Ellen]] into the sun by taking control of the Iraqi guard and framing her as an Iraqi traitor. '''DON'T. FUCK. WITH. HER.''' * MurphysLaw * MusicalEpisode: Several, including TheMovie. * MutuallyFictional: A ridiculous example in the first season finale and second season premiere; "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" shows the characters [[ChekhovsGun see a promo for the movie "Not Without My Anus"]] and say [[{{Foreshadowing}} they will watch it]], and in the second season premiere, which turned out to ''be'' "Not Without My Anus" itself, Terrence and Philip flip channels and watch part of the former ''South Park'' episode (where you can at least hear Cartman's name). [[/folder]] [[folder:N]] * NarrativeShapeshifting: In "Up the Down Steroid", Timmy attempts to tell Mr. Mackey about Jimmy using steroids, but doesn't have much luck since all he can say is [[PokemonSpeak "Timmy"]] and "Jimmy". So he mimics Jimmy shooting up and then getting all muscular, but Mr. Mackey still doesn't get it. * {{Narrator}}: "Woodland Crittr Christmas" * NativeAmericanCasino: Evil Native American casino owners are planning to pave over South Park in order to build a freeway directly to their casino. * NegatedMomentOfAwesome: In "Pee", one drop of urine manages to flood the water park that the boys spend time at. Since Kyle can hold his breath the longest, the others suggest for him to swim down to the submerged maintenance room to release the emergency valve, but Kyle is very disgusted by all the urine, and [[spoiler: objects to the park owner's suggestion of drinking 24 oz. of pee to make the mission easier (don't question it too much).]] Kyle attempts to do it anyway, [[spoiler:but unfortunately, Randy gets to save the day instead, and Kyle gets to play AudienceSurrogate.]] --> '''Kyle''': [[spoiler: Are you fucking kidding me?!]] * NegateYourOwnSacrifice: Kenny has done this a few times, knowing that he'll come BackFromTheDead. * NegativeContinuity: Kenny's frequent deaths in the early seasons, and the town of South Park's penchant for being destroyed. ** As of "Mysterion Rises," [[spoiler:it seems Kenny's [[BlessedWithSuck deaths]] aren't Negative Continuity after all]] *** That just causes more NegativeContinuity, as it was already established earlier that [[spoiler:Kenny's parents just keep having more kids and naming them Kenny. The boys also once said "Who wasn't expecting that?" in response to one of his deaths, implying that they were in fact aware of his previous deaths.]] *** "Coon vs. Coon and Friends" shows that [[spoiler: whenever Kenny dies, Kenny's mom gives birth to a new baby that she puts in Kenny's parka and lays in bed at night. However, this still conflicts with some earlier episodes.]] * NeurodiversityIsSupernatural: Played with in the episode "Sexual Healing," where the government blames sex addiction on a wizard alien living in Independence Hall. But what the government calls "sex addiction" isn't really sex addiction; it's just successful men taking advantage of their positions to fulfill normal urges like cheating on a partner. And the wizard alien story is bullshit on all levels, made up so people wouldn't have to admit to themselves that the urges that the sexual urges of men like Tiger Woods and Bill Clinton are normal. * NeverBareheaded: The four main kids almost never take off their hats. In Kyle's case, it's to hide a really embarrasing Jewfro. Kenny never took off his hood, so no one knew what he looked like until he finally took it off in TheMovie. * NeverSayDie: Parodied in "The Biggest Douche In The Universe", where it was repeatedly said that Cartman is "running out of time", and near the beginning it is suggested that he needed a "time transplant" ([[CrypticBackgroundReference without explaining how it's done]]). Subverted when Kyle and Stan go tell Chef about it and Stan says, "Cartman is in the hospital. They think he might die." * NeverTrustATrailer: The preview for "200" was shown to be a simple class-action lawsuit by most of the celebrities who appeared on South Park. It turned out to be much more epic than that. * NiceJewishBoy: Despite Kyle's intense hatred and resentment towards Cartman, he can be a darn nice fella. * NighInvulnerability: In the early seasons, Kenny was always killed off OnceAnEpisode, only to inexplicably return the next week. In later seasons, it's revealed that he will always resurrect due to a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] curse that was placed on him. Worse yet, because of the curse no one can remember any of his previous demises. * NinjaPirateZombieRobot: "Manbearpig" * NippleAndDimed: Lampshaded in "Major Boobage", when Randy complains about TheChiefsDaughter in the boob-themed MushroomSamba world that "you never get a good look at her naked boobs, anyway". * NixonMask: The "Chicken Fucker". * NoBisexuals: Mr./Ms. Garrison becomes a lesbian for one episode. S/he never considers the possibility of being bisexual. But then, Garrison just has generally twisted ideas about sexuality. * NoBudget: The first shorts and first episode was done with construction paper. [[TheArtifact Still has this look]] despite being animated with rather powerful software, though on a smaller budget than other animated shows. * NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Averted. Celebrities are parodied, ''mercilessly'', by name and without warning. "Mr Jefferson" may be a parody of this trope, being an ''incredibly obvious'' MichaelJackson hiding behind a fake name and a thin moustache. * NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The town of South Park is claimed to have been geographically based on the real-life town of Fairplay, Colorado, located within the real-life South Park Basin of the Rocky Mountains. * NoDeadBodyPoops: Brought up in "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes" and also occurs in "The Return of Chef." * NoEnding: "Fatbeard". * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The fight between Wendy and Cartman at the end of "Breast Cancer Show Ever". Cartman never stood a chance. * NoIndoorVoice: Mrs. Crabtree, the bus driver, prior to her death in "Cartman's Incredible Gift" at the end of Season 8. * NoKillLikeOverkill: [[CaptainObvious This happens to Kenny quite often]]. One particularly notable example is in "Pinkeye". After "[[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies Zombie Kenny]] gets [[DyingMomentOfAwesome sliced in half vertically by a chainsaw]] [[ABloodyMess in a ludicrously bloody manner]], he attempts to rise from his grave a few days later. First, the angel decoration on a nearby gravestone collapses on top of him. Then, ''a small airplane collapses directly on top of his [[DeaderThanDead dead undead]] body''. * NoManShouldHaveThisPower: After Butters successfully infiltrates a girls' slumber party and steals a fortune teller, the boys decide that the power to tell the future is to great and dangerous to possess, and destroy it with a spectacular explosion. * NonHumanSidekick: ** Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo. ** Towelie. ** Mr. Hat and Mr. Twig. ** Music/JenniferLopez[[spoiler:/Mitch Conner]] (Cartman's hand puppet in "Fat Butt & Pancake Head"). ** K-10, who, thanks to time distortions, later became KIT-9 and COCKA-3. * NonStandardCharacterDesign: Mr. Mackey. Ike was initially an example, but it was {{retcon}}ned to him being of Canadian birth in the second season. ** There are also a few characters whose heads are just taken from celebrity photos. A handful of examples include the Christina Aguilera monsters that Cartman sees in "Timmy 2000", Mel Gibson in his appearances, Ben Affleck at the end of "How To Eat With Your Butt", Mr. Garrison after his nosejob in "[[Recap/SouthParkS1E11TomsRhinoplasty Tom's Rhinoplasty]]", and of course, Saddam Hussein. ** Iraqi and Iranian people were depicted in the Canadian character design template in "Terrance and Phillip in ''Not Without My Anus''". Subsequent episodes featured them in the normal character design, though the aforementioned Saddam Hussein retained the design as he debuted on the show in the same episode. Since ''Not Without My Anus'' is a ShowWithinAShow, the "Iraqi and Iranian people" were probably Canadian actors, and Saddam himself speaks in a heavy Canadian accent for no apparent reason this is probably due to RuleOfFunny. ** The Danish as well, in "Canada On Strike" which calls them "[[TakeThat The Canadians of Europe]]" *** The Canadian celebrities that appeared in the show {Music/JustinBieber, Creator/JimCarrey, Creator/JamesCameron and Ghyslain Raza aka the ''StarWars'' Kid just to name a few) were drawn normally than the other Canadians depicted in the show, [[ViewersAreMorons possibly because so that the viewers can tell them who they are.]] CelineDion is the only Canadian celebrity so far that was drawn in Canadian style. ** Also the band Korn in "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery". The band meant to be a parody of the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' gang and aren't designed like ''South Park'' characters, but how they would be in a Hanna-Barbara cartoon. ** The head Sixth Grader's eyes are slanted compared to the typical circular eyes of the show. ** In the episode "Here Comes The Neighborhood" Aslan the lion is animated like he was in the animated film of ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' from the 1970's. * NoodleIncident: The entire plot of "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]". ** Also, from "Die Hippie Die": -->'''CARTMAN''': "I've never had to get rid of this many hippies before." * NoRespectGuy: Stan and Kyle. * NoSell: Professor Chaos is strong enough to fight off four ninjas! But he is vulnerable to a ninja star to the eye... ** "You fool! You think your bullets can hurt him!" * NotAllowedToGrowUp: Nearly everyone in the show. * NotGoodWithPeople: In the early episodes, Craig gave the finger to every single person. Damien had an aversion to people, too. But that was [[ItRunsInTheFamily because of their families]]. * '''NothingExcitingEverHappensHere:''' This is commonly what the people of South Park think, although watching any episode obviously says otherwise. * NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: "Trapped in the Closet"'s telling of the story of [[EvilOverlord Xenu]] was captioned "THIS IS WHAT [[ChurchOfHappyology SCIENTOLOGISTS]] ACTUALLY BELIEVE" because people would think they were taking the piss (an all too common occurrence on the show) otherwise. ** Parodied in the episode "The Return Of Chef", where Chef joins a club of child molesters, and the captions were "THIS IS WHAT THE SUPER ADVENTURE CLUB ACTUALLY BELIEVES". Of course it still was a not-so-thinly veiled reference to Scientology, since IsaacHayes[[note]]Chef's voice actor[[/note]] was a member of it. * NotSoAboveItAll: Stan and Kyle are hit with this every now and then. * NotSoDifferent: Cartman and Kyle. In earlier episodes especially, Kyle was essentially a lower-scale bully with a much more fickle approach to his ethics and morals. He becomes more genuine in his moral code later on, but his rivalry with Cartman also takes an occasional [[HeWhoFightsMonsters ''extreme'']] approach at times. ** This becomes most apparent in Season 12: in "Breast Cancer Show Ever," Stan and Kyle tell Cartman that they, along the rest of the school's 4th grade students, have always hated him, only to have him refuse to believe them; then, ''one episode later'' in "Pandemic," Stan and Kyle refuse to believe Craig when he tells them that all their classmates think they're assholes. ** Liberals and conservatives are subject to this trope as well, with both sides being portrayed as irrational and self-righteous. * NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: ''South Park'' has many in-universe organizations that act like this, and portrays many real-life organizations as acting like this as well. * NutritionalNightmare: There's Double Dew (with twice the caffeine and sugar of Mountain Dew) in "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining". Then, it subverted the trope with Diet Double Dew (with half the caffeine and sugar as regular Double Dew). [[/folder]] [[folder:O]] * ObfuscatingDisability: Cartman in "Up the Down Steroid". ** Done [[InducedHypochondria completely unintentionally]] by Randy in "Bloody Mary". * ObfuscatingStupidity: Ike of all people if you skipped a few seasons. It is most obvious in "About Last Night...", but by "Fatbeard" it has either become canon or OnlySaneMan territory with nobody noticing. ** Also from "About Last Night...": Sarah Palin, who has a highly technical role in the heist, and a [[FakeBrit Faux British]] accent. * ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: In "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe", Cartman is watching a news report on CropCircles and the camera pulls back to show that the circles form an exact portrait of him. -->'''Cartman:''' "Hey! That looks like... Tom Selleck." * OddballDoppelganger: In one episode, Mephisto's son creates an OffModel clone of Stan. It's got an oversized head, one arm is elongated, and about all it can say is "Bachamp, bachamp." * OddNameOut: "Who built the pyramids? Was it the Babylonians? Barbrady? Samaritans?" * OffOnATechnicality: To avoid being arrested for illegal hunting, Jimbo always claimed his game was about to attack him. When a new law made it impossible to use that excuse, Jimbo started claiming he was reducing the animal population to save the whole bunch from starving to death. * OffModel: Tended to happen a little more often in earlier episodes. Notable examples include Kyle being briefly animated with a vertical mouth in "Fat Camp", and Pip having three arms in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub". * OffToSeeTheWizard: "Christmas in Canada" * OnceAnEpisode: Turns into an OverusedRunningGag. ** Also, an on-air episode rarely goes by without at least one SoundEffectBleep. * OnePersonBirthdayParty: The first ChristmasEpisode ends with Jesus singing "Happy Birthday" all by himself. * OnlineAlias: In "Make Love, Not Warcraft": "We are looking for a great knight by the name of... [[UnfortunateName lovestospooge]]." * OnlySaneMan: Stan Marsh, save for the episodes where he gets thrown the IdiotBall, leaving the role to Kyle. ** When he was around, Chef was usually one of the very few adults with any kind of common sense. *** [[CloserToEarth Sharon]] has become the closest to fulfilling this in Chef's absence. ** Though, as Craig pointed out in "Pandemic", Stan has a tendency to [[WhatTheHellHero mire himself in insanity]] and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero exacerbate an already absurd situation]] into a ZanyScheme of pure destruction, so he's not entirely a victim. ** [[GeorgeWBush President Bush]], ironically enough, especially when compared to his cabinet and the press. "A Ladder to Heaven" contains a [[CassandraTruth particularly infamous example]]. ** By this point, it appears that Kenny is the only one that has showcased routine common sense throughout the series. This is arguably lampshaded by Butters (of all people) in ''Going Native'' where, after [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech chewing out most of the others kids for their quirks]], claims that Kenny is the only one with "any sense of dignity." ** Apparently, Father Maxi is the 'only' catholic priest who doesn't rape boys. * OnlySixFaces: The kids are defined almost entirely by [[LimitedWardrobe their wardrobe]], while the adults are only marginally more varied. In the episode "Super Best Friends," when the cast ends up in the same outfits and shaved heads, Stan and Kyle ''lose track of which of them is which'' and have to put on their hats to figure it out. ** This trope is important in the episode "The Coon". Though Mysterion reveals his face at the end, the face cannot be identified. The characters appear to know who the unmasked hero is, but the viewers do not. Cartman mentions that he guessed Mysterion's identity, but he had guessed several different secret identities for Mysterion earlier, and the viewer is not told which guess was correct. It isn't until "Mysterion Rises" where he is revealed to be [[spoiler: Kenny]]. * OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In "Cartoon Wars Part 1", Cartman seemed to be genuinely concerned about ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' offending Muslims with their portrayal of TheProphetMuhammad. It isn't until long after Kyle joined his cause that Cartman reveals he just wanted to take ''Family Guy'' off the air entirely. * OpinionChangingDream: In "I'm A Little Bit Country" Cartman specifically says he's "uninterested in American history", yet still has to contribute to the gang's book report. He decides to [[CrazyEnoughToWork give himself a "flashback" by rendering himself unconscious]], invariably putting him in a [[FieldTripToThePast dream taking place during the American Revolution]]. The dream gives him the information he needs to write his book report, which changes the entire town's opinion's about the war in Iraq. ** Happens a second time with "Jewpacabra", where Cartman's tranquilizer-fueled dream of the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Exodus]] has such an effect that he [[spoiler: '''''converts to Judaism''''']]. * OtherMeAnnoysMe: The giant dragon in "It Hits the Fan" has Cartman's voice—when it's defeated, Cartman says "What a lame voice..." * OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: In both parts to the "Go God Go" episode, Cartman finds himself in a future where everyone was inspired by RichardDawkins to give up their religious beliefs, thus making everyone but him an [[HollywoodAtheist atheist]]. * OutOfFocus: Kenny, as well as most of the original supporting characters. * OverlyLongGag: Used on occasion, such as when Cartman has to smuggle cigarettes and other items into prison up his anus. His grunting when... [[DiscretionShot taking them out offscreen]] take a... [[NauseaFuel disturbing]] amount of time. ** Also in "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" and "Catman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut" this trope was used. ** "Now that's what I call a sticky situation." in the episode "City on the Edge of Forever" [[/folder]] [[folder:P]] * PaintingTheMedium: In "201", when Tom Cruise steals Muhammad's goo, a CensorBox appears over him just like Muhammad. When Stan makes a joke at his expense during the final battle, the box disappears. ** Also in 201, there were two main plots; one was a [[AuthorTract political plot]] about censorship, the other was about [[ContinuityPorn finding Cartman's true father]]. Cartman and Kyle argue with each other about which is more important, then look straight at the camera. ** The "Coon & Friends" arc initially got bad reviews after the first episode, in part because the boys (playing superheroes in silly outfits) couldn't be recognized due to the OnlySixFaces art style. And ''then'' it turns out to be done on purpose, deconstructing the secret identity aspect of superhero stories, and the characters' identities are very slowly revealed throughout the episode trilogy. And then the story takes a few very dark turns once Mysterion's is revealed. * PalsWithJesus: His show isn't named ''Jesus and Pals'' for nothing, you know. * PandaingToTheAudience: Or else they'd be a bunch of sad pandas. * PaperThinDisguise: Used effectively quite a few times, with "AWESOM-O" making a full episode out of it. ** Possibly the best is Towelie using a hat and mustache to pass for human. No one notices this until Oprah's "minge" conspires to expose him. * ParallelPornTitles: Inverted, as they copied the title "Bigger, Longer, & Uncut" from John Bobbit's (Yes, [[GroinAttack THAT one's]]) porn movie. * ParentalObliviousness: On the rare occasions when their parents know what they're doing, they either punish them for all the wrong reasons (for example: "Butt Out," in which the boys get grounded for smoking as opposed to ''burning their school down'') or fail to realize that they're doing anything all that bad (like in "Pandemic," when Sharon and Sheila claim that Craig is a bad influence on Stan and Kyle; according to Craig, it's the other way around, since Stan and Kyle tend to suck everyone around them into the insanity they get swept up in). * ParodiedTrope: So many. * ParodyEpisode: Again, so many. ** "Die Hippie, Die" parodies ''Film/TheCore'', with elements from ''TheDayAfterTomorrow'' and ''Film/{{Armageddon}}''. ** "Pip" is a parody of Creator/CharlesDickens' ''"Literature/GreatExpectations"'' ** "Good Times With Weapons" [[ArtShift alternates]] between the usual ''South Park'' universe and a {{Shonen}} {{anime}} parody. ** The primary storyline of "D'Yikes!" is a parody of ''Film/ThreeHundred''. ** "I Should Have Never Gone Zipining" parodies the {{reality TV}} series ''Sereis/IShouldntBeAlive''. ** "Britney's New Look" parodies "Literature/TheLottery." ** "A History Channel Thanksgiving" parodies ''Film/{{Thor}}.'' ** "Tsst" parodies three shows at once in regards to Cartman's destructive behavior. The shows include ''Nanny 911'', ''Series/{{Supernanny}}'', and ''The Dog Whisperer''. * ParodySue: [[spoiler: Mintberry Crunch]], who turns out to be a living DeusExMachina. * PeekABangs: Thad Jarvis from "Guitar Queer-O". * PerpetualPoverty: Kenny's family. * [[PetTheDog Pet The Cat]]: Cartman is a really bad person, but he goes to extremes to protect the cats in the neighborhood in "Major Boobage." * PhonyPsychic: The Biggest Douche in the Universe. * PhysicalGod: Apparently, MickeyMouse is a powerful godlike entity limited only by his need to slumber in Valhalla after his destructive, fire-breathing rampages. ** Cthulhu also makes an appearance. * PyrrhicVictory: "201" reveals Eric's revenge over Scott Tenorman in Season 5 to be this. * PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize: Rather than an adult opposing a teenager, we instead get a little kid opposing a teenager. It's also inverted, in that KidHero Cartman is the one who's determined to get even with the [[TeensAreMonsters teenage villain]] Scott Tenorman. ** This is inverted ''again'' when at the end of the episode everyone realizes that Cartman, embodying the NotSoHarmlessVillain trope, is not a {{Jerkass}} with occasional cruel moments like everyone thought, but rather a [[EnfantTerrible complete psychopath]]. * PigLatin: In "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000", Kyle brings a cake as a gift to Cartman when visiting him in juvenile hall, mentioning that there's an "ailnay ilefay" baked inside of it, which will enable Cartman to "eakbray out of isonpray". When Cartman informs him that they're not allowed to accept gifts, Kyle goes into a lengthy rant while still speaking Pig Latin. Stan on the other hand just calls Cartman "umbassday". * ThePigPen: Dogpoo, a minor character. * PingPongNaivete: Very. They swear like sailors, but they don't know that you don't have to wear a condom if you don't have sex. ** In one episode, Jimmy remarks that he and his girlfriend took ecstasy and stayed up all night having sex. Later on, in "Erection Day", he gets his first erection and doesn't have a clue what he's supposed to do with it. * PinkElephants * ThePlace * PlanetOfSteves: Marklar, home of the Marklar, who like to [[{{Smurfing}} Marklar on the Marklar with plenty of Marklar to Marklar]]. * PlayfulOtter: "Go God Go". * PleasureIsland: Several episodes. ** "Chinpokomon" is about a BlandNameProduct version of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' that turns out to be an {{Imperial Japan}}ese indoctrination tool. ** "South Park is Gay" reveals that the [[CampStraight metrosexual]] subculture was started by evil crab people to turn all men into effeminate sissies and make taking over the world easier. ** "Die, Hippie, Die." A large contingent of hippies arrives in town from Colorado's big cities for a massive 1960s-style music festival; they claim that the purpose of the festival is to stick it to all the corporate bigwigs and other "little Eichmanns" who supposedly run America. Stan, Kyle, and Kenny naively join in the "fun" at first, donning their best "student protester" outfits and learning to play the guitar. But as the festival drags on they start to become bored, and they realize the message of social activism preached by the college kids is, well, pretty much b.s. And on top of it all, all the marijuana smoke is starting to make them sick. They try to leave, but the crowds have become much too thick... ** "You Have 0 Friends" portrays Facebook this way when Stan gets sucked into a ''Film/{{Tron}}''-esque digital world and has to fight the embodiment of his own Facebook profile. * PlotImmunity: In "Whale Whores" when the Japanese bomb the Whale Wars ship, the entire crew of the ship dies. But somehow, the three 10-year-olds (even Kenny) make it out just fine. * PlotCoupon: One [[http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/South-Park.html draft]] of TheMovie's script had Saddam Hussein sending Kenny out to find some Snacky S'mores proofs-of-purchase so he can get a wish granted. This is really a SnipeHunt, however, as there are no proofs-of-purchases in Hell. When Terrance and Philip's blood is spilled on American soil and the Legions of Hell emerge on the Earth's surface, Kenny takes the opportunity to get the proofs-of-purchase and presents them to Saddam, only to be told, "ILied." After Satan gets rid of Saddam, he accepts the proofs-of-purchase and grants Kenny's wish as in the final movie. * PoesLaw: ** Later episodes can sometimes go that route. ** Meta-example: Parker and Stone's reaction upon discovering [[http://www.wingmusic.co.nz/ Wing]] was that it was either a [[http://youtu.be/sojqBLIhwyE super-sweet joke or a super-sweet not-joke.]] * PokemonSpeak: '''''"TIMMY!"''''' * PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: ''South Park'' is fond of making fun of people who make the left-wing look bad by taking political correctness too far. "The Death Camp of Tolerance" and "Sexual Harrassment Panda" are just two episodes. ** When Chef attempted to inform Principal Victoria about Garrison's inappropriate in-class demonstration of what to do with a gerbil, ''Chef'' is the one who gets punished for being "intolerant". --->'''Victoria:''' I believe the word you used to describe him was... "Sick Queer."\\ '''Chef:''' ''He ''is'' a [[DepravedHomosexual sick queer]]!!''\\ '''Mr. Garrison:''' Yeah!!! *** Chef has stated on multiple occasions that there is a ''big'' difference between gay people and Mr. Garrison, and even [[TheDitz Randy Marsh]] knows that he is seriously fucked up. * PooledFunds: Cartman once proves Kyle wrong and wins money in the process, so he turns it into dollar notes, and then quarters, just so Kyle can see him dance and swim in it. * PoorCommunicationKills and all its subtropes: Very commonly used. * PostModernism: Given that the show is all about social satire, this is a given. * PottyFailure: On the worldwide level in "Worldwide Recorder Concert", and on a graphic level in "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining". * ThePowerOfRock: Eric uses a Music/{{Slayer}} CD to rid the town of hippies in "Die Hippie, Die". * PrecisionFStrike: Some of the characters who don't swear very often will drop these in extreme circumstances. See: Butters in "Christian Rock Hard" and "Breast Cancer Show Ever". And there was also that time Kenny [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere was eaten by a giant bird that busted through the ceiling after the plot of the episode was already resolved.]] * PrematureEncapsulation: In "Red Hot Catholic Love", people learn how to eat with their butt after becoming atheist and abandoning the Catholic church due to child molestation allegations, and not the earlier episode entitled "How To Eat With Your Butt" where Kenny poses for his school picture in his parka upside-down and attracts the attention of a family with real butts for faces who lost their son. * PretendPrejudice * PreviewPiggybacking: InUniverse in "The New Terrance and Philip Movie Trailer". The only reason why the kids of South Park were watching through ''[[ShowWithinAShow Fightin' Around the World with]] RussellCrowe'' was because a movie trailer for ''Asses of Fire 2'' was playing during one of the commercial breaks. None of the boys cared for ''Fightin' Around the World'', and the show also attracted criticisms from most anyone around them. * PrideParade: In the episode "South Park is Gay", all the males in town have turned metrosexual. Once the women of the town start getting fed up, the men put on a Metrosexual Pride Parade, which includes the chant, "We're here, we're not queer, but we're close, get used to it!" * ProductPlacement: The show uses real brand names just as often as [[BlandNameProduct Bland Name Products]], but given the tone of the show, it's probably not because they're getting paid. ** The show seems to have an uncanny obsession with DrPepper. Nearly any drink that has a label on it is going to be this, and dinner parties will very often consist of nothing but it as a beverage. It also plays a major role in "The Poor Kid" ([[spoiler:the foster father has a fridge consisting of nothing but it, and explicitly states that it is the only beverage allowed]]). A possible explanation is that Trey is just a big fan of the drink, and expresses his partiality to it via the show. ** Many references are made to the {{Xbox}} and {{Xbox 360}}, often in situations where the kids would usually just talk about VideoGames in general. In "Tonsil Trouble", Kyle [[spoiler:attempts to break everything that Eric owns, including his most treasured stuffed animal, but is stopped at his Xbox]]. Trey himself has mentioned "playing Xbox" as something he does during off-time, so this is almost certainly a case of expressing his choice of products through his work, much like the theoretical Dr. Pepper example. * ProperlyParanoid: Tweek, partially because of his [[GRatedDrug coffee]] habit. * TheProphetMuhammad: He's a member of a team of superheroes. Jesus and Buddha are on the same team. Portrayal Problem #1 is redefined into a superpower. In one episode, Tom Cruise is trying to steal this superpower, so that he can be immune from getting depicted by the tabloids. * ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Invoked in "Coon vs. Coon & Friends". -->'''The Coon:''' It's not my fault you guys turned evil, Kenny! -->'''Mysterion:''' You are the bad guy, fat boy. '''You!''' -->'''The Coon:''' I'm going around making the world a better place! -->'''Mysterion:''' For ''you!'' You're making the world a better place ''for you!'' -->'''The Coon:''' ...right, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint that's what superheroes]] ''do?'' ** This is Eric Cartman's sociopathy at work again - his total LackOfEmpathy means that he thinks by making the world better for himself, he is ''also'' making it better for everybody else. It doesn't make his teaming up with Cthulu any more excusable though. * ProWrestlingEpisode: "W.T.F." * PunchClockVillain: Satan provides a borderline, if not outright example. * PunctuatedForEmphasis: ** Don't. Fuck. With. Wendy. ''Testaburger''. [[spoiler:Or else she'll send you into the sun on a rocket ship.]] ** [[Film/ThreeHundred "This. Is. LES BOS!"]] * PunnyName: '''Aunt Flo''' Kimble, the 50/60-year-old relative of the Marshes (Sharon's direct aunt, Stan and Shelly's great-aunt), who was introduced and unceremoniously disposed of in Season 2's Halloween episode "Spookyfish". Even after the one-shot character's death came and went, it seemed as though the writers could not resist the urges to throw one more pun related to the poor woman's name into the mix. * PutOnABus: Officer Barbrady announces at the end of "Toilet Paper" that he needs to take a long vacation, and his role is soon replaced by an actual police department. He still shows up from time to time, though. [[/folder]] [[folder:Q]] [[/folder]] ----[[redirect:SouthPark/TropesKToQ]]
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21st Jul '14 3:33:46 AM SeptimusHeap
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21st Jul '14 3:16:58 AM SeptimusHeap
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8th Jul '14 9:26:29 PM Jake18
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** Liberals and conservatives are subject to this trope as well, with both sides being portrayed as irrational and self-righteous.
17th May '14 7:32:11 AM WaveSwallow
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* LiteralGenie: In "Crippled Summer", Mimzy is this for Nathan. Nathan sends Mimzy to sabotage Jimmy several times, but due to Mimzy's literal interpretation of Nathan's orders they always backfire. For example, when Nathan sent Mimzy to switch Jimmy's map with a fake so he gets lost he repeats the order to make sure Mimzy understood, Mimzy then switches the maps twice, because Nathan gave him the order twice.
15th May '14 12:56:25 PM EKonoMai
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It swerves wildly between left-wing and right-wing and occasionally kicks libertarianism in the crotch.
** Played with with the NSA. On one hand, they're shown to be genuinely reasonable, surprisingly in a show infamous for it's libertarian agenda. On the other, a brief scene shows that they accomplish their work by [[spoiler:imprisoning Santa]].
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** Played with with the NSA. On one hand, they're shown to be genuinely reasonable, surprisingly in a show infamous for it's libertarian agenda.reasonable. On the other, a brief scene shows that they accomplish their work by [[spoiler:imprisoning Santa]].
10th Apr '14 11:40:54 AM IronLion
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* PutOnABus: Officer Barbrady announces at the end of "Toilet Paper" that he needs to take a long vacation, and his role is soon replaced by an actual police department. He still shows up from time to time, though.
29th Mar '14 2:42:16 PM Lawman592
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* LoveMakesYouUncreative: In "The Succubus", Chef finding true love results in his sensual baritone singing voice turning into that of a high-pitched dweeby white guy. As is evident from the title, his fiancée' is really a soul-draining succubus.
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* KarmicRape: A minor villain is raped by a shark.
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