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->''[[AmericaSavesTheDay America]]! [[ClusterFBomb Fuck Yeah]]!''\\
''Comin' again to save the motherfuckin' day, yeah!''\\
''America! Fuck Yeah!''\\
''Freedom is the only way, yeah!''
-->--'''Theme Song'''

[[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone The guys who made]] ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' use (cheap) marionettes to lampoon U.S. foreign policy and the war on terror, the action films of Creator/MichaelBay, liberal Hollywood actors, and everyone else for that matter.

Gary Johnston is a skilled actor who joins Team America, a group of five counterterrorists whose preferred method involves StuffBlowingUp. The leader, Spottswoode, wants him to go undercover to discover the next terrorist plot, dubbed [[HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure "9/11 times a thousand"]] (911,000).

Unbeknownst to our heroes, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il is secretly funding and arming the terrorists. He is also encouraging the '''[[FunWithAcronyms F]]'''ilm '''[[FunWithAcronyms A]]'''ctors '''[[FunWithAcronyms G]]'''uild (led by Alec Baldwin) to shut down Team America and its ultra violent antics.

Notable for using ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''-style [[SuperMarionation marionettes and miniatures for visuals]]. The reduced scale allowed different shots and large scenes on the cheap. Its cartoonish qualities also let it turn up the sex and violence because, hey, they're puppets!

The script for this film was actually Plan B from Trey Parker and Matt Stone in making a marionette movie - their first idea was filming ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen word-for-word with the puppets]]. The idea was that the script was silly enough, and the movie would only improve if it was being filmed with SuperMarionation. Them not being able to secure the rights of the ''The Day After Tomorrow'' script, led to them making a straighter parody of (and homage to) ''Thunderbirds''.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AffectionateParody: Parker and Stone got the idea when they saw ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' in rerun for the first time, and learned that the ''Thunderbirds'' movie would not be using puppets.
* AmericanTitle: Of the subversive variety.
* [[AmericaSavesTheDay America Saves The Motherfucking Day]]: Yeah!
* AnAesop: The whole point of the movie is to contrast what the film presents as pussies, dicks, and assholes. Team America is violent, stupid and dangerous, but the people who protest their actions in favor of diplomacy and peace are helpless without them before the likes of Kim Jong Il, who are violent and just cannot be reasoned with. WordOfGod compares it to cops being hated for making life difficult for normal people, but [[HobbesWasRight they are needed]] to keep the ''real'' criminals in line.
* AnalogyBackfire:
-->'''Spottswoode''': Remember, there's no "I" in "Team America".
-->'''I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E.''': Yes, there is!
* AntiHero: Team America are {{Unscrupulous Hero}}s, causing large amounts of property damage on their missions and using lethal force on everyone in their way. Gary even admits that "pussies" [[WhatTheHellHero need to call them out]] whenever they go too far.
* {{Anvilicious}}: PlayedForLaughs in-universe with the ShowWithinAShow, ''Lease'', a parody of ''{{Theatre/Rent}}'' that builds itself around making the HIV/AIDS aspect of ''Rent'''s storyline feel significantly less subtle.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Parodied mercilessly. The "Islamic" terrorists' vocabulary consists of: durka, durk, ha, sherpa, Allah, Muhammad, and jihad. Everyone who doesn't speak American has their vocabulary similarly chopped.
** The French are pretty much only saying "frere jacque" over and over again, even when running away in fear.
** The Panamanian people just say "no me gusta" while [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction dying]].
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: Kim's killer ''[[{{Slurpasaur}} deadly panthers]]!'' [[CuteKitten D'aaaaaw.]]
* BadGuyBar: The terrorist hangout in Cairo, Egypt, complete with the Cantina theme from ''StarWars'' played ''backwards''. A bar patron wears a gas mask that makes him resemble a character in the Cantina scene.
* BerserkButton: Apparently Kim's roneriness.
-->'''Lisa:''' Having so little faith in humanity must make you a very lonely man.
** More like "Worthy Enemy Button", since this was probably the first time anyone figured out his FreudianExcuse.
* BigBad: Kim Jong-il.
* BigNo: Lisa's reaction to Carson's death in the beginning.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Lampshaded in the "dicks, pussies and assholes" speech. Team America, the "dicks" fight for good causes, protecting the innocents and serving justice to the evil, but can go too far. The "pussies", F.A.G. and the rest of the world, can tell when the "dicks" are out of line, but can become evil if they are too self-righteous. The "assholes"- Kim Jong Il and terrorists, are simply evil.
* BlackComedy: TooSoon for 9/11 or the perfect wakeup call for broken politics? You decide!
* BlackComedyRape[=/=]DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: Chris' FreudianExcuse for why he hates actors. [[spoiler:He was molested and raped by the cast of ''Cats''.]]
* BloodFromTheMouth: Gary after the final battle.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick:
---> UsefulNotes/McDonalds!
---> (Fuck Yeah!)
---> Wal*Mart!
---> (Fuck Yeah!)
---> Gap!
---> (Fuck Yeah!)
---> Baseball!
---> (Fuck Yeah!)
---> NFL!
---> (Fuck Yeah!)
---> Rock n'Roll!
---> (Fuck Yeah!)
---> Internet!
---> (Fuck Yeah!)
---> Slavery!
---> (Fuck Yeah!)
* BritishTeeth: Seen on the "BW" (a parody of BBC) newsreader in a deleted scene.
* BulletTime: Parodied, it's not the cameras that revolve around the characters, it's the characters that stop in the air and turn around with the room standing still.
* ButNotTooGay: When Gary performs fellatio on Spottswoode to show his loyalty, the ''homosexual'' action is essentially off-camera, with only Spottswoode's face visible; Spottswoode is fully dressed and his only reaction to the BJ is to blink once or twice; there are no sound effects suggestive of oral sex. In contrast, the ''heterosexual'' action between Gary and Lisa is stark ravin' nude, loud, physically acrobatic, and crosses into kinky (even more so in the DVD version) -- and all of this is accompanied by a power ballad with lyrics that include: ''Only a woman / Is allowed to touch me there / All I ask is that you're a woman''
** [[spoiler:Or a man...]]
* CaptainObvious: Sarah's [[SpiderSense clairvoyance]] manifests as this.
-->''(as her aircraft is crashing into the sea)'' "I sense that I'm going down!"
** Whenever it's not CaptainObvious, it's completely wrong. She senses that Gary's trapped inside the Cairo tavern, when he and the terrorists have escaped in a jeep.
* CensorDecoy: The explicit sex scene was thrown in entirely to distract the MPAA from the movie's ''other'' offensive elements. It worked perfectly. The film's original rating with the sex scene was NC-17. The theatrical cut ''only'' alters this scene to get the R.
** When paired with the extremely tame and brief Gary/Spottswoode oral sex scene, the over-the-top Gary/Lisa sex scene may be interpreted as a satiric protest against the ButNotTooGay double standard.
* ChekhovsGun: Gary's infamous "dicks, pussies and assholes" speech was first given to him by some random drunk after he quit the team.
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: In his DyingSpeech, Carson tells Lisa to find someone else to love.
* ClicheStorm: Intentional, and mocked constantly. [[invoked]]
* ClusterFBomb: "America, Fuck Yeah!" is the most notable.
* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: Kim Jong Il's translator, whom he kills in his first scene before spending the rest of the movie talking [[AsianSpeekeeEngrish Engrish]].
* CoolCar[=/=][[CoolBoat Boat]][=/=][[CoolPlane Plane]]: Team America's "Valmorphanizing" vehicles.
* CoolChair: Spotswoode's command chair, the sole function of which appears to be to slide from side to side in the most pointless way possible.
* CreditsMedley: Starts with America (Fuck Yeah!) then goes into every song used in the film.
* CreditsMontage: The musical version, including [[TheStinger a stinger]].
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Every member of [[FunWithAcronyms F.A.G.]] has quite a gory death.
* CurseCutShort: Subverted.
--> '''Spottswoode''': ''Jesus tittyfucking- [boom] '''CHRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIST'''
* CyanidePill: Mocked. When Gary is being prepped for a mission, they somberly tell him that he might be captured and wish to take his own life. So they give him...[[spoiler: a hammer]].
** It turns into a BrickJoke when [[spoiler:the hammer]] reappears by Gary's side as he drinks himself into depression at a bar, [[DrivenToSuicide contemplating suicide]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Subverted with Kim Jong-il when he's about to activate the bombs.
--->'''Kim Jong Il''': "You see, no Prince Charming rode in on a white stallion to save the day. This is the real world. '''I'm afraid your world is over!''' ''[[RaceAgainstTheClock ...in five minutes]].''
* DarkReprise: America, Fuck Yeah (Bummer Remix).
* DeconstructiveParody: Of Creator/MichaelBay movies, among other things.
* DestructiveSaviour: The reason Team America is so hated is because they fight terrorists, but in the process usually end up causing as much death and destruction as they tried to prevent.
* DisguisedHostageGambit: [[spoiler:Susan Sarandon pretends to be a prisoner, tied up for her dissent, to fool Team America]].
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Defied when Joe tries to tell Sarah how he feels when they're trapped, but Sarah declares that she won't let things end this way.
* {{Eagleland}}: Essentially, the whole movie's purpose is parodying both flavours of this trope.
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler:Kim Jong-Il is planning "9/11...times two thousand, three hundred, and fifty six!" Yes, he is that cruel.]]
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: Gary, pride of the dinner-theater circuit.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Kim Jong-Il.
* FirstNameBasis: Apart from Gary Johnston, the rest of the team goes only by their first names. Only Spotswoode is on a LastNameBasis.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero - Gary.
** TheLancer - Chris.
** TheBigGuy - Joe.
** TheSmartGuy - Lisa.
** TheChick - Sarah.
* FlatWhat: Gary's reaction when Spotswoode tells him that he'll agree to trust him and let him back on the team, [[spoiler: if Gary performs oral sex on him]].
* FreezeFrameBonus: Lots of little details are hidden in the film's vehicles and locations; the streets in France are made out of miniature croissants, Carson carries a fingernail clipper on his harness, a woman in Egypt carries goldfish in a basket on her head, and the Korean fighter jets have sailing-ship steering wheels and broken off gas pump handles in them, to name a few.
* FreudianExcuse: Chris doesn't trust Gary (or actors in general) because when he was a teen [[spoiler: he was gang-raped by the cast of ''{{Cats}}''.]]
* FriendlessBackground: Kim Jong Il's FreudianExcuse... and VillainSong!
* FunWithAcronyms: Alec Baldwin loves to remind his fellow Film Actor Guild members they are [=FAGs.=] Team America's computer is named I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. so they can remark how they have no I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. when the power goes out. Also, when Spottswoode scolds the computer, saying, "That was bad, I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E! Very bad I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E!" it references the common belief that America got into the war in Iraq based on bad intelligence reports.
* FutureCopter: The team's deploys from the mouth of Abe Lincoln.
* GunsAkimbo: [[spoiler:Both Gary and Susan Sarandon draw and shoot submachine guns akimbo. [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Not that Susan hits anyone, though.]]]]
** Gary is actually able to pull this off rather well during his rescue attempt, dispatching several soldiers in short order.
** [[spoiler: Tim Robbins wields two AK-47s akimbo. Again, they don't help him.]]
* HandWave[=/=]AppliedPhlebotinum: Parodied with "Valmorphanisation", used to describe seemingly every unlikely technology at the Team's disposal.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Gary's acting skills are considered critical to the mission, especially when he [[spoiler:sees through Susan Sarandon's disguise]].
* HobbesWasRight: What Kim Jong-il believes in.
* HypocriticalHumor: A deleted scene has Spottswoode, lamenting that the disaster in Panama was a result of his failure to suspect the non-Middle Eastern Kim Jong-Il in the terrorist plot, promising he'll "never be racist again"... immediately after calling Kim a "goddamn gook".
** [[spoiler: Tim Robbins mocking Team America for "coming so close to stopping peace"... while pointing [[GunsAkimbo two AK-47s]] in their faces.]]
* IfWeGetThroughThis: As a show of apologizing for being a JerkAss towards Gary, Chris offers to buy him a beer after they stop Kim Jong Il's plans.
* InformedAbility: Lisa is declared to be the team's psychologist. Apart from a single line of psychobabble, she largely sticks to shooting guns.
* ImColdSoCold: Carson, Lisa's love interest, who gets killed in Paris, France.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Kim Jong-Il]]'s demise. On the German representative's pickelhaube, no less.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy
* {{Irony}}: The lyrics to ''America Fuck Yeah'' in their entirety. If you listen to them casually, they sound very patriotic, but if you actually read the lyrics, they are brutally ripping on every {{Eagleland}} cliche in existence and in truth are actually pretty insulting.
** InsultBackfire: Of course, even the people who ''do'' recognize the satire in this song have taken on the phrase as an exclamation of patriotism.
*** InsultMisfire: ...to say nothing of the people who just think the song is funny regardless of whether or not they get the irony or not.
* JapaneseRanguage: The Korean version. Kim Jong-Il talks like this constantly.
* {{Jerkass}}: Chris, towards Gary, because of his hatred toward actors.
* KillerGorilla: Gary Johnston's saddest memory is the day when his brother fell into the gorilla enclosure in the zoo and pummelled to death.
* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase: Team America's [[StealthPun head]]quarters is located inside [[RushmoreRefacement Mount Rushmore]].
** Subverted in the fact that when a group wants to protest them, they can show up at outside the monument and then [[spoiler:inside the hangar]].
* LastBreathBullet: The way Carson is being slayed by one of the terrorist in the film's opening.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Sarah's response upon learning that Joe "has feelings for her".
-->'''Joe:''' That's all I ever am! Like a brother!!
* LiteralMinded:
-->'''Gary''': Okay, [[CoolCar a flying limo]]...now I ''have'' seen everything.
-->'''Spottswoode''': Have you ever seen [[LogicBomb a man eat his own head]]?
* LondonEnglandSyndrome: Whenever they change location, a subtitle points out its distance to America. "Paris: 2,258 miles from America." (It's actually the distance to New York).
** And then Panama is located "south from the real America".
* LoveDodecahedron: Carson and Lisa loved each other, but Carson got killed and tells Lisa to find someone who will love her as much as he did. Gary and Lisa falls for each other, but Sarah falls for Gary and Joe falls for Sarah. And then Gary has to [[spoiler:perform oral sex on Spotswoode to get back onto the team]].
** That wasn't about sex, it was about ''trust!''
* LyricalDissonance: Played with "The End of an Act". The melody and scene it accompanies is very sad and 15% of it's lyrics are appropriately about Gary missing Lisa. The thing is that the other 85% of the lyrics are about [[TakeThat ripping apart]] ''Film/PearlHarbor''.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: The desert ChaseScene.
* MagicBullets: Sarah enters the Egyptian bar wielding a {{Gatling g|ood}}un, and somehow manages to machine-gun every terrorist while leaving all the innocent bystanders intact.
* MeaningfulName: Although not necessarily gay, Spottswoode evidently has some homoerotic fascination with getting oral sex from another man -- and "spots wood" = "notices an erection."
* MegaNeko: Kim Jong-Il's panthers are enormous (and also [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments actual domestic cats]]).
* MonsterSuit: [[spoiler: Kim Jong-Il is actually an alien cockroach. Once his plans are ruined, the insect crawls out of Kim Jong-Il's mouth and flies away in a miniature shuttle. A credits-only song gives more background story to this: apparently his planet is also inhabited by alien bees, who the cockroaches are in war with and Kim was sent to Earth to nuke it so that the cockroaches could move there.]]
* {{Mooks}}: Terrorists, KPA soldiers, and [[FunWithAcronyms F.A.G.]] members.
* MonumentalBattle: Every action scene.
* MonumentalDamage: The Eiffel Tower falls over and smashes the Arc de Triomphe. Later, the team blows up one of the Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings tomb, and the Sphinx. Still later, Michael Moore blows up Mount Rushmore.
* MookFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Subverted with Susan Sarandon, who claims to have been tied up when she refused to go along with the plan.]]
* MoreDakka: Almost every gun fired anywhere in the movie is a fully automatic, with only few exceptions.
** As a rather odd case, a terrorist in the Cairo BadGuyBar is shown firing an SKS carbine fully-automatic.
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: The American anti terrorism squad is being portrayed as causing more damage to other countries than actually helping them. An important story arc too, as Gary is shocked by their actions and refuses to help his country any longer.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Gary's acting killed his brother, and then caused the death of millions.
* NameOrderConfusion: Hans Blix calls Kim Jong-Il "Mr. Il". It should be "Mr. Kim".
* NorthKoreansWithNodongs: They appear as mooks in Kim Jong-il's palace, and their jets shoot down Team America via ZergRush.
* NotSoPhonyPsychic: Sarah. Throughout the film she makes simple, obvious assumptions in a PstandardPsychicPstance. At the climax, despite Joe admitting that the team was just humoring her claims of psychic abilities, she uses a genuine JediMindTrick to turn Kim Jong Il's "[[{{Slurpasaur}} deadly panthers]]" on their captors. And it is ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R6wWgVp9kA awesome.]]''
* ObliviouslyEvil: The F.A.G. toward the end.
* OhCrap: Or "Jesus Titty-Fucking CHRIIIIIIIIST!
** Kim Jong-il's translator also gets one:
--> "He asks what part of the deal you did not understand. He says perhaps his translator did not make it clear to you. He says he should...[[YouHaveFailedMe fire his...translator]]?"
--> ''*{{B|oomHeadshot}}ANG*''
* OneWomanWail: During the scene after the dam bursts and everyone drowns.
* OverlyLongGag: The vomit, and the original cut of the sex scene.
* {{Parody}}: The play "LEASE" with its theme song "Everyone has AIDS" is a parody of ''Theatre/{{Rent}}''.
* PatrioticFervor: Team America's vehicles are covered in red, white, and blue, their base is in Mount Rushmore, and their logo depicts an eagle posed against the backdrop of an American flag with a globe clenched in its beak.
* PokemonSpeak: MATT DAMON!
* ThePowerOfActing: Why Gary got hired. Turns out that when he's confident enough, he can pull off {{Jedi Mind Trick}}s, defend others from the same, and pull them on ''several hundred people at a time.''
* PowerOfTrust: Gary has to prove his dedication to the team to Spotswood to be allowed back after leaving...by [[spoiler:performing oral sex on him.]]
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: The main theme of this film, as it explores and makes a case for MyCountryRightOrWrong.
* PsychopathicManchild: Played for laughs with Kim Jong-Il, where a good chunk of his appearances have him throwing tantrums for one reason or another.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: The first two lines of the theme song.
* {{Qurac}}: Parodied, of course; the terrorists are based in a country called, wait for it, "Derkaderkastan.".
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Kim Jong-Il's argues that there are no clichéd happy endings because they live in the real world ...and then starts a [[TimeBomb 5 minute coundown]] that the BigDamnHeroes stop.
--->'''Kim Jong Il''': "You see, no Prince Charming rode in on a white stallion to save the day. This is the real world. '''I'm afraid your world is over!''' ''...in five minutes.''
** The filmmakers intentionally designed non-American locations to look like what Americans might assume those places to look like. All of France's monuments are within walking distance of each other, and citizens of Cairo all dress like they're in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* RepeatCut: Used when [[spoiler: Kim Jong-Il [[BoomHeadshot shoots Alec Baldwin in the head.]]]]
* RousingSpeech: Gary's Big Speech that changes the mind of everyone in the stadium.
-->'''Gary:''' We're dicks! We're reckless, arrogant, stupid dicks. And the Film Actors Guild are pussies. And Kim Jong Il is an asshole. Pussies don't like dicks, because pussies get fucked by dicks. But dicks ''also fuck assholes'': assholes who just want to shit on everything. Pussies may think they can deal with assholes their way. But the only thing that can fuck an asshole is a dick, with some balls. The problem with dicks is that sometimes they fuck too much or fuck when it isn't appropriate -- and it takes a pussy to show them that. But sometimes, pussies get so full of shit that they become assholes themselves ... because pussies are only an inch and half away from assholes. I don't know much about this crazy, crazy world, but I do know that if you don't let us fuck this asshole, we're going to have our dicks and pussies all covered in shit!
-->'''Lisa:''' You had me at "dicks fuck assholes".
* SequelHook: An obvious one, however, Stone and Parker don't want to touch marionettes anymore, and the movie, while not a bust, fared quite poorly.
* ShoutOut. Tons of them, such as Gary starring in a Broadway production of ''[[Theatre/{{Rent}} Lease]]'' which concludes with a song about how "Everyone has AIDS".
** The lyrics of the song "America, Fuck Yeah" include "[[Series/{{Cops}} Whatcha gonna do when they come for you now]]".
** The film's spoof of ''Film/TheMatrix''-style bullet time is especially noteworthy because director of photography for ''Team America: World Police'' Bill Pope was also the DP on all three ''Matrix'' films.
* {{Slurpasaur}}: See Mega Neko. Also, a SharkPool is stocked with dogfish.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Kim Jong-Il.
-->Why is everyone so fucking stupid? Why aren't more people intelligent, like me?
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the show that inspired it:Thunderbirds. Made funnier by the fact that a live action Thunderbirds movie came out the same year.
* StealthPun: Gary wrapped a bath towel around his head as part of his "disguise" as a Muslim terrorist. [[spoiler:He's a Towelhead.]]
* StockScream: Wilhelm fell... AGAIN!
* StrawmanPolitical: Both Team America and FAG.
** AcceptablePoliticalTargets: Michael Moore and the FAG.
*** ...and Team America of course.
* StuffBlowingUp: They usually blow up most of the city they're trying to save in the process.
** Taken UpToEleven in the opening credits, which themselves explode... followed by ''the entire planet exploding''.
* StylisticSuck: Most of the movie, but particularly the opening puppet show. This was done to freak out the financers (the story goes that one of them yelled "My god, they fucked us!")... but then the camera pans back to show the crude puppet and backdrop are part of a rather more sophisticated puppet's performance.
** Some of the DVD extras reveal that the puppeteers were actually capable of even more complex and realistic puppetry than is seen in the movie, though at times it is deliberately done overly simply, partly because it was simply funnier, and partly because overly realistic puppets slam deep into the UncannyValley, which they wanted to avoid.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Kim Jong-Il's song "I'm So Ronery".
* TakeThat: Well, yeah.
** For some reason, Stone and Parker are ''extremely'' cruel to Susan Sarandon in particular.
*** And (say it with me now) Matt. Damon.
*** According to the IMDB trivia page for this film, they wanted to portray Damon as intelligent and articulate, but chose not to do so because his puppet "looked retarded". Damon himself apparently thought it was hilarious, and wished that they'd asked him to do the voice work.
*** Sean Penn was infamously so angry with his portrayal in the movie that he wrote an "angry letter" to Stone and Parker over it, signing it with ''"All the best, and a sincere fuck you"''.
*** Tim Robbins said in an interview that he wanted to frame the burnt, injured puppet of himself and put on his wall.
*** Parker and Stone had a particular beef with MichaelMoore and took it out on his character. Specifically, Moore made it seem like they'd done an animation for one of his documentaries (''Film/BowlingForColumbine'') that was in favor of his position. They didn't, and they weren't. In fact, for the scene where Moore explodes himself in a suicide attack, they stuffed his puppet with ''ham''.
** The movie ''Film/PearlHarbor'' also gets it pretty hard (there's a whole song pretty much detailing all the ways it - and Creator/BenAffleck - sucked).
** Besides his credits-only song detailing all the ways in which Alec Baldwin is worthless, Kim Jong-Il gets in a StealthInsult when explaining the timing of his plan to Lisa - "When you see Alec Baldwin, you'll see the true ugliness of human nature."
* TelevisionGeography: Done on purpose. Any country that isn't America has all of its landmarks within blast radius.
** To the degree that the Eiffel Tower can fall over and land upon the Arc de Triomphe in [[GayParee Paris]].
* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Gary after the retaliatory attack on the Panama Canal, which he blames himself for.]]
* TheEndingChangesEverything: After the revelation that [[spoiler: Kim is an alien cockroach, the movie goes from being about a team of dicks screwing everything up to stop an asshole, to being a movie about a team of dicks who are unknowingly fighting to save the earth from an alien invasion]].
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: America (Fuck Yeah!) plays when the team goes into action.
* [[ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld There Are Three Kinds of People in the World]]: Dicks (who fuck everything), Pussies (who ''get'' fucked by everything), and Assholes (who shit on everything).
** It seems that Parker and Stone are a bit more "ha ha only serious" than they originally let on; you can see the same speech given by a conservative blogger, Bill Whittle. He calls it [[http://www.ejectejecteject.com/archives/000129.html TRIBES]], and the three groups are "sheepdogs (protect sheep, attack wolves)", "sheep (protected by sheepdogs, attacked by wolves)" and "wolves (attack ''everyone'')", respectively, but it's the same basic idea.
** This is also a standard US response to accusations of imperialism: Namely, that no matter how bad some might consider the American government, there's [[LesserOfTwoEvils always someone worse]]; and that while said government's behavior is a long way from perfect, it does allow the rest of the world to continue on in relative normalcy, which would be considered uncertain if another country gained preeminence.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Often using missiles to destroy lone terrorists. Which usually blows up the city as well.
* TrainingMontage: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFrMLRQIT_k musically.]]
* TrapDoor: Kim's preferred method of dealing with nuisances and ball-breakers.
* TryNotToDie: Parodied to the point of becoming a RunningGag.
* TheUnintelligible: Kim Jong-Il's accent sometimes renders his speech this way.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: All of the events that the film mocks were ''very'' recent when it was released, and though it's only been 9 years old, it's already so 2004 it hurts. One can only imagine what it'll seem like 20 years from now.
* VerbThis: "Hey, Terrorist! Terrorize THIS!"
* VillainousBreakdown: Kim Jong Il has one after [[spoiler:Gary's speech turns the delegation against him]].
* VillainSong: "I'm so Ronery", which also counts as a VillainousLament.
* {{Visual|Pun}} PunnyName: On Lisa's Team America business card (when she's giving it to Gary), the L and the I of Lisa are closer together than the other letters, making LISA look like USA.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Absolutely intentional and takes up 60 seconds of screen time.
* WhatTheHellHero: Most of the team's reaction to [[spoiler:Gary coming back after his TenMinuteRetirement]]. The F.A.G. also gets in on this from time to time, and Gary points out that they're sometimes right.
* WimpFight: Fight scenes consist of two marionettes flailing arms and limbs for about ten seconds before one of them abruptly stops moving and the other declares victory.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Kim Jong Il. He's plotting the destruction of society as we know it, but deep down, he's just "a rittre ronery" (read: little lonely).
* WorldOfHam: Everyone is prone to shouting and melodrama. PlayedForLaughs, naturally.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Kim shoots Alec Baldwin.

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