History TearJerker / SouthPark

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** The terrified looks on Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Token's faces as they witness the above and [[spoiler: realize it was their teasing from earlier in the episode that made Cartman do this]].
21st Jul '16 1:53:09 PM KizunaTallis
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** The abuse the Weatherhead's put their foster children, combined with Mr. Adams horrified reaction.

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** The abuse the Weatherhead's put their foster children, children through, combined with Mr. Adams horrified reaction.



* In one episode, Cartman's grandmother dies and leaves him a million dollars. Rather than save it or donate it to charity, Cartman decides to buy a theme park that only he can enjoy and no one else can come in. The whole ordeal upsets Kyle greatly because he knows people like Cartman do horrible things to people on a daily basis, yet [[KarmaHoudini they never get punished for their actions]] while Kyle himself suffers a nasty hemorrhoid for no reason, even though he does his best to do the right things in life. Kyle also sees Cartman putting up television ads that show off his theme park while still bragging about how no one is allowed to visit it. Kyle then renounces his Jewish faith and believes that if people like Cartman can get away with anything while Kyle suffers for no reason, then there is no god. Towards the end of the episode, Kyle is slowly dying from his hemorrhoid because ''he gave up the will to live''. Stan tells Cartman what is happening to Kyle, but naturally, Cartman doesn't care. Once Cartman starts to feel the effects of LaserGuidedKarma by selling his park back to the original owner and then losing everything to the IRS for tax evasion, Stan takes Kyle out to the park to witness Cartman's meltdown and seeing it is what brings Kyle back to life.

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* In one episode, Cartman's grandmother dies and leaves him a million dollars. Rather than save it or donate it to charity, Cartman decides to buy a theme park that only he can enjoy and no one else can come in. The whole ordeal upsets Kyle greatly because he knows people like Cartman do horrible things to people on a daily basis, yet [[KarmaHoudini they never get punished for their actions]] while Kyle himself suffers a nasty hemorrhoid for no reason, even though he does his best to do the right things in life. Kyle also sees Cartman putting up television ads that show off his theme park while still bragging about how no one is allowed to visit it. Kyle then renounces his Jewish faith and believes that if people like Cartman can get away with anything while Kyle suffers for no reason, then there is no god. Towards the end of the episode, Kyle is slowly dying from his hemorrhoid because ''he ''[[DespairEventHorizon he gave up the will to live''.live]]''. Stan tells Cartman what is happening to Kyle, but naturally, Cartman doesn't care. Once Cartman starts to feel the effects of LaserGuidedKarma by selling being forced to sell his park back to the original owner and then losing everything to the IRS for tax evasion, Stan takes Kyle out to the park to witness Cartman's meltdown and seeing it is what brings Kyle back to life.



* "Free Willzyx" is a ''merciless'' episode in many senses. The boys become convinced, by a stupid prank, that an orca from Sea World has become sentient and will die unless he goes home to the moon. They go to quite extraordinary lengths to help it, recruiting the Animal Liberation Front to rescue him and drive them down to Mexico for a cheap space program (the ALF think that they're trying to release him back into the ocean). [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone The sheer horror of the ALF when they realize what's happening is bad enough,]] but worst of all is the ending. [[spoiler: Willzyx asphyxiates on the moon, and the credits roll in eerie silence.]]
* "Tsst" reveals that Cartman's mother, Liane, has a lot of personal problems. Most notably that her son is a psychopath and she isn't strong enough to discipline him. Just when it seems like Cartman is about to reform with the help of Caesar Milan, Liane begins to fall for him and he turns her down. She then slips right back into the old routine of letting Cartman run her life.
** In the final moments of that episode, it becomes painfully clear that Liane is a very lonely woman, which has greatly affected her parenting skills. The only reason she spoils Cartman is so that she can feel needed.
* #REHASH: After Randy's disastrous concert, we're treated to a visualization of Shelly crying.

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* "Free Willzyx" is a ''merciless'' episode in many senses. The boys become convinced, by a stupid prank, that an orca from Sea World has become sentient is actually an alien and will die unless he goes home to the moon. They go to quite extraordinary lengths to help it, recruiting the Animal Liberation Front to rescue him and drive them down to Mexico for a cheap space program (the ALF think that they're trying to release him back into the ocean). [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone The sheer horror of the ALF when they realize what's happening is bad enough,]] but worst of all is the ending. [[spoiler: Willzyx asphyxiates on the moon, and the credits roll in eerie silence.]]
* "Tsst" reveals that Cartman's mother, Liane, has a lot of personal problems. Most notably that problems and she's a deeply lonely person with no friends. Worst of all, her son is a psychopath and she isn't strong enough to discipline him, and because of her aforementioned loneliness, she only spoils him because it makes her feel needed by him. Just when it seems like Cartman is about to reform with the help of Caesar Milan, Liane begins to fall for him and he turns her down. She then slips right back into the old routine of letting Cartman run her life.
** In the final moments of that episode, it becomes painfully clear that Liane is a very lonely woman, which has greatly affected her parenting skills. The only reason she spoils Cartman is so that she can feel needed.
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* #REHASH: After Randy's Lorde's (really [[spoiler:Randy's]]) disastrous concert, we're treated to a visualization shot of Shelly crying.crying. The look on Randy's face just screams [[spoiler:guilt for feeling like he let her down]].



* In "Stunning and Brave", Cartman is beaten to a bloody pulp by the new PC Principal after trying to frame him for pedophilia. When his friends visit him in the hospital to encourage him to come up with a way to get back at him, Cartman just lies there, [[HeroicBSOD admitting that PC has won]] and deciding that it's best for him to turn over a new leaf, starting with being nice to Kyle.

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* In "Stunning and Brave", Cartman is beaten to a bloody pulp by the new PC Principal after trying to frame him for pedophilia. child molestation. When his friends visit him in the hospital to encourage him to come up with a way to get back at him, Cartman just lies there, [[HeroicBSOD [[VillainousBSOD admitting that PC political correctness has won]] and deciding that it's best for him to turn over a new leaf, starting with being nice to Kyle.



* In "The City Part of Town", Jimmy Fallon mocks all of South Park after Mr. Garrison decides to run for president. Every character is watching and feeling the burn. The sadness sets in when Randy - the biggest ManChild in town - just shuts off the tv and says ''"That's not funny"'' in a flat voice. The poor guy's spirit was crushed.

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* In "The City Part of Town", Jimmy Fallon mocks all of South Park after Mr. Garrison (mirroring Donald Trump's infamous campaign) decides to run for president. Every character is watching and feeling the burn. The sadness sets in when Randy - the biggest ManChild in town - just shuts off the tv TV and says ''"That's not funny"'' in a flat voice. The poor guy's spirit was crushed.



* Butters is faced between either working like a slave to help celebrities and Cartman avoid feeling remotely offended or facing 2 weeks of detentions and being grounded. He instead [[TakeAThirdOption tries to]] [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself.]] Think about that, he would rather kill himself than get grounded.

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* "Safe Space": Butters is faced between with either working like a slave to help filter the negative Internet comments celebrities and Cartman get to avoid feeling remotely offended hurt, or facing 2 weeks of detentions detention and being grounded. He instead takes the former, and slowly (and justifiably) [[SanitySlippage begins losing his mind]] and then [[TakeAThirdOption tries to]] [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself.]] Think about that, he would rather kill himself than get grounded.



** Sharon trying to call Randy out on becoming a nitpicky PC bully is quite sad for anyone who's lost relationships with friends or loved ones because of conflicting political views. Randy just calls Sharon a bigot because she used gender-specific pronouns.

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** Sharon trying to call Randy out on becoming a nitpicky PC bully is quite sad for anyone who's lost relationships with friends or loved ones because of conflicting political views. What clinches it is when Randy completely missed the point and just calls Sharon a bigot because she used gender-specific pronouns.
20th Jun '16 11:12:21 PM BNSF1995
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** Sharon trying to call Randy out on becoming a nitpicky PC bully is quite sad for anyone who's lost relationships with friends or loved ones because of conflicting political views.

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** Sharon trying to call Randy out on becoming a nitpicky PC bully is quite sad for anyone who's lost relationships with friends or loved ones because of conflicting political views. Randy just calls Sharon a bigot because she used gender-specific pronouns.
19th Apr '16 7:48:23 AM Berrenta
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** [[spoiler: They both are. Kip because everyone avoids him for next to no reason and Kyle, just for being nice to him, loses everyone just for being nice to Kip, just for showing a kid kindness. It makes what happens below all the more satisfying.]]
*** ItGotBetter at the end when [[spoiler: all of the "friends" collected by Stan's vanquished self-aware profile were transferred to Kip. I don't know any individual profile with 200,000+ Facebook friends!]]

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** [[spoiler: They both are. Kip because everyone avoids him for next to no reason and Kyle, just for being nice to him, loses everyone just for being nice to Kip, just for showing a kid kindness. It makes what happens below all the more satisfying.]]
*** ItGotBetter
]] It improves at the end when [[spoiler: all of the "friends" collected by Stan's vanquished self-aware profile were transferred to Kip. I don't know It's rare to find any individual profile with 200,000+ Facebook friends!]]
14th Apr '16 9:26:41 AM TVRulezAgain
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*** Cartman doesn't know about the potential of stem cell research, just how much the fetuses are worth, until he visits the research group. Of course, this makes it even more twisted, as this means that Cartman is genuinely mournful over Kenny until it becomes profitable. He's so sociopathic, he alienates ''his'' feelings.

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*** Cartman doesn't know about the potential of stem cell research, just how much the fetuses are worth, until he visits the research group. Of course, this This makes it even more twisted, as this means that Cartman is genuinely mournful over Kenny until it becomes profitable. He's so sociopathic, he alienates ''his'' feelings.



* The end of ''The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]'': [[spoiler:All of Butters' former readers now want him dead as his second book became instrumental in the murders of the entire Kardashian family. The boys try to rub it in his face that his fame has plummeted, but Butters couldn't care less as he's horrified that his own book got Kim Kardashian, whom he had a crush on, and her entire family killed.]]

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* The end of ''The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]'': [[spoiler:All of Butters' former readers now want him dead as his second book became instrumental in the murders of the entire Kardashian family. The boys try to rub it in his face that his fame has plummeted, but Butters couldn't care less as he's horrified that his own book got Kim Kardashian, whom he had a crush on, and her entire family killed.]]



** Don't forget earlier when he lost all of his Facebook friends for befriending Kip in the first place. Makes you think which one is the bigger {{Woobie}}, huh?

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** Don't forget earlier Earlier when he lost all of his Facebook friends for befriending Kip in the first place. Makes you think which one is the bigger {{Woobie}}, huh?



** From that same episode, something that makes more sense in Hindsight, Butters (dressed as Marjorine) sobs out in the bathroom to the girls "You have no idea how hard it is to be me!" Note that Butters says "me", not "The new girl". He's not acting...

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** From that same episode, something that makes more sense in Hindsight, Butters (dressed as Marjorine) sobs out in the bathroom to the girls "You have no idea how hard it is to be me!" Note that Butters says "me", not "The new girl". He's not acting...



** Then again, that WAS the joke. It was kind of like a parody of those Public Service Announcements. Still, the entire scene is tragic and maybe even the joke added to the tears.

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** Then again, that WAS the joke. It was kind of like a parody of those Public Service Announcements. Still, the entire scene is tragic and maybe even the joke added to the tears.



** Not to mention making Stan [[WhatTheHellHero feel like a dick for the rest of the episode.]]

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** Not to mention Plus making Stan [[WhatTheHellHero feel like a dick for the rest of the episode.]]



* "You're Getting Old" is easily one of the most depressing episodes so far. It starts off initially well, with Stan having his 10th birthday party surrounded by friends and family. He receives a CD from Kyle featuring music that his mother, Sharon, disapproves of (because "it sounds like crap"), and it's taken away. However, Stan has already downloaded the music to his iPod, and begins listening to it, only to realize that he [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literally only hears shit]]. He speaks to Kyle about this, who can apparently hear the music perfectly, and Kyle suggests that he sees a doctor. The doctor administers some tests which consist of playing two music tracks (both of which sound like more crap to Stan), and then comparing a poster of crap to a poster of an upcoming movie to Stan, to which he responds that they look the same. The doctor eventually tells him that he's developing cynicism, which comes with age, and it will entail viewing and hearing things that once seemed great as a child, as crap. Stan continues to go about his life as more and more things appear as crap to him while Randy gets into more youth-related mishaps with the new musical movement (naturally, this is all PlayedForLaughs, with even a bit of LampshadeHanging thrown in by Sharon, up until the [[MoodWhiplash last five minutes of the episode]]). Things eventually turn darker as [[spoiler: Stan's friends completely alienate him due to his new attitude, and to make things worse, Randy and Sharon begin to argue and acknowledge that neither of them are happy with their lives anymore]]. The episode ends with [[spoiler: Stan seeing pretty much everything as crap now, even his former best friend Kyle, while Randy and Sharon begin to sell their house and divide their belongings as they prepare for their upcoming divorce.]]

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* "You're Getting Old" is easily one of the most depressing episodes so far. It starts off initially well, with Stan having his 10th birthday party surrounded by friends and family. He receives a CD from Kyle featuring music that his mother, Sharon, disapproves of (because "it sounds like crap"), and it's taken away. However, Stan has already downloaded the music to his iPod, and begins listening to it, only to realize that he [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literally only hears shit]]. He speaks to Kyle about this, who can apparently hear the music perfectly, and Kyle suggests that he sees a doctor. The doctor administers some tests which consist of playing two music tracks (both of which sound like more crap to Stan), and then comparing a poster of crap to a poster of an upcoming movie to Stan, to which he responds that they look the same. The doctor eventually tells him that he's developing cynicism, which comes with age, and it will entail viewing and hearing things that once seemed great as a child, as crap. Stan continues to go about his life as more and more things appear as crap to him while Randy gets into more youth-related mishaps with the new musical movement (naturally, this is all PlayedForLaughs, with even a bit of LampshadeHanging thrown in by Sharon, up until the [[MoodWhiplash last five minutes of the episode]]). Things eventually turn darker as [[spoiler: Stan's friends completely alienate him due to his new attitude, and to make things worse, Randy and Sharon begin to argue and acknowledge that neither of them are happy with their lives anymore]]. The episode ends with [[spoiler: Stan seeing pretty much everything as crap now, even his former best friend Kyle, while Randy and Sharon begin to sell their house and divide their belongings as they prepare for their upcoming divorce.]]



*** [[spoiler: Not to mention the whole conversation between Randy and Sharon sounds horribly like Matt and Trey expressing the unsaid tensions of the show's difficult period, making this a meta-Tearjerker.]]

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*** [[spoiler: Not to mention the The whole conversation between Randy and Sharon sounds horribly like Matt and Trey expressing the unsaid tensions of the show's difficult period, making this a meta-Tearjerker.]]



** Stone and Parker have recently confirmed that the show ''will'' continue, which makes you wonder what the hell this episode was all about.

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** Stone and Parker have recently confirmed that the show ''will'' continue, which makes you wonder what the hell this episode was all about.



** Hell, this episode can work as a metaphor for just getting more and more cynical and depressed with age or even just depression.

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** Hell, this This episode can work as a metaphor for just getting more and more cynical and depressed with age or even just depression.



** And then [[spoiler:'''''fucking converting to Judaism''''']] of all things in the end. Anyone even remotely familiar with Cartman's, um, contentious opinions on the matter can imagine just how indescribably fucked up this is. And yet, the episode manages to pull it off with earnest heart.

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** And then [[spoiler:'''''fucking converting to Judaism''''']] of all things in the end. Anyone even remotely familiar with Cartman's, um, contentious opinions on the matter can imagine just how indescribably fucked up this is. And yet, the episode manages to pull it off with earnest heart.



* Despite being [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]], Kyle pretending to [[ItMakesSenseInContext likes Cartman's farts so he won't cease peace in the Middle East]] is also kind of sad to watch as he cries (particularly when Stan confronts him), knowing Cartman has pretty much beaten him.

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* Despite being [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]], Kyle pretending to [[ItMakesSenseInContext likes Cartman's farts so he won't cease peace in the Middle East]] is also kind of sad to watch as he cries (particularly when Stan confronts him), knowing Cartman has pretty much beaten him.



* "Free Willzyx" is a ''merciless'' episode in many senses. The boys become convinced, by a stupid prank, that an orca from Sea World has become sentient and will die unless he goes home to the moon. They go to quite extraordinary lengths to help it, recruiting the Animal Liberation Front to rescue him and drive them down to Mexico for a cheap space program (the ALF, of course, think that they're trying to release him back into the ocean). [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone The sheer horror of the ALF when they realize what's happening is bad enough,]] but worst of all is the ending. [[spoiler: Willzyx asphyxiates on the moon, and the credits roll in eerie silence.]]

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* "Free Willzyx" is a ''merciless'' episode in many senses. The boys become convinced, by a stupid prank, that an orca from Sea World has become sentient and will die unless he goes home to the moon. They go to quite extraordinary lengths to help it, recruiting the Animal Liberation Front to rescue him and drive them down to Mexico for a cheap space program (the ALF, of course, ALF think that they're trying to release him back into the ocean). [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone The sheer horror of the ALF when they realize what's happening is bad enough,]] but worst of all is the ending. [[spoiler: Willzyx asphyxiates on the moon, and the credits roll in eerie silence.]]
17th Feb '16 10:17:06 AM DrakeClawfang
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-->'''Grandpa:''' I thought I'd never forget her happy slobbering face... I can't even remember what she looks like.

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-->'''Grandpa:''' Billy, did I ever tell you I used to have a border collie named Patches? \\
'''Stan:''' Yes, Grandpa. \\
'''Grandpa:''' I loved that dog. She always made me so happy. When she died I didn't let myself get too sad, because
I thought I'd never forget always have the memory of her slobbering, happy slobbering face... I can't even remember what she looks like.looked like, Billy.


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** And then tears of happiness at the episode's end. [[spoiler:Stan gives his grandpa a framed picture of him and Patches, so he can remember.]]
7th Jan '16 9:51:00 PM IvanovTroping97
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* Butters is faced between either working like a slave to help celebrities and Cartman avoid feeling remotely offended or facing 2 weeks of detentions and being grounded. He instead [[TakeAThirdOption tries to kill himself.]] Think about that, he would rather kill himself than get grounded.

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* Butters is faced between either working like a slave to help celebrities and Cartman avoid feeling remotely offended or facing 2 weeks of detentions and being grounded. He instead [[TakeAThirdOption tries to to]] [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself.]] Think about that, he would rather kill himself than get grounded.
21st Dec '15 7:04:20 PM TheDragonDemands
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***What ''generally'' seems to have happened, among other things, is that Stone and Parker were feeling kind of down from keeping up the frenetic pace of producing 14 episodes per season - actually, split into two micro-seasons per year of 7 episodes each, one in spring and one in fall. They were noticeably cranking out some filler episodes and overall don't seem to have been satisfied with the situation. "You're Getting Old" was the mid Season 15 finale. But then, starting with Season 17, Stone and Parker abandoned this split-season model to make only 10 episodes per season, all aired in fall instead of spread across the year. They explicitly said they wanted to do this to focus on quality over quantity - and seasons since have received ''widespread acclaim'' from critics for their quality and innovation. Starting in Season 18, they even started experimenting with making season long storyarcs. The point of this long explanation: don't walk away from the above feeling depressed, things ''were'' pretty shitty by Season 15, but they got better.
12th Dec '15 12:00:32 AM IvanovTroping97
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* In "Sentient Content", despite what a royal JerkAss PC Principle is, his reaction to finding out [[spoiler: [[TomatoInTheMirror he is a sentient Ad]]]] is quite sad to see.

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* In "Sentient "Sponsored Content", despite what a royal JerkAss PC Principle is, his reaction to finding out [[spoiler: [[TomatoInTheMirror he is a sentient Ad]]]] is quite sad to see.
24th Nov '15 8:21:12 PM TroperBrink
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** Sharon trying to call Randy out on becoming a nitpicky PC bully is quite sad for anyone who's lost relationships with friends or loved ones because of conflicting political views. Randy doesn't respond to anything she says except to call her a bigot for the agenderphobic microaggression of "he or she".

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** Sharon trying to call Randy out on becoming a nitpicky PC bully is quite sad for anyone who's lost relationships with friends or loved ones because of conflicting political views. Randy doesn't respond to anything she says except to call her a bigot for the agenderphobic microaggression of "he or she".
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