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* AcceptableTargets: Everyone and everything on the planet, at one point or another, has been lampooned on the show, even the show itself.
** Amazingly, U.S. presidents usually get off fairly lightly, with most jokes about them either being too lighthearted or somewhat flattering (Matt Stone has said that this is because they're "too easy"). UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump was the only exception due to his real life darkhorse victory, and they said that they wouldn't do any jokes about him in season 21 because they would get stale too fast.
** Out of everyone they've ridiculed, favoured butt-monkeys include hippies, Creator/BenAffleck (at least until ''Film/{{Argo}}'' came out), and Music/BarbraStreisand.
** While several episodes in the past have made fun of PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad, it's the main theme of Season 19. Season 20 counters this by targeting the Alt-Right.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Cartman's complex personality, his multiple mental illnesses and just being messed up about sex in general thanks to the town whore being his mom sometimes leave people pitying him, even when he is showing his JerkWithAHeartOfJerk nature.
*** Others believe Cartman's [[TookALevelInJerkass increasing cruelty]] is the result of him being aware that he's TheFriendNobodyLikes and deciding ThenLetMeBeEvil.
*** On another complex note, in "Cartman Finds Love", is he THAT hellbent on fixing Nicole up with Token due to both of them being black (he's racist of course) or is he THAT hellbent in having Kyle to himself once he finds out Nicole has a crush on him (this is the same kid who wanted Kyle to suck his balls)? Not even South Park [=FAQs=] can answer this one.
** Stan's increasing {{Angst}} and SanitySlippage is either due to an early onset of puberty or the [[AwfulWeddedLife gradual decay of his parents' marriage]]. Based on what we've seen with his father and grandfather, it might be [[InTheBlood hereditary]].
** Either TheMovie [[NegativeContinuity didn't really happen]] and Sheila Broflovski has just [[CharacterizationMarchesOn naturally matured]] or it really ''did'' happen and Sheila has been [[TheAtoner atoning for her actions]] ever since.
** Wendy has also been a recipient of this, ''especially'' after "The Hobbit" with feuding fan views going to bat: Was she in the right and is she actually a believer in feminism, or is she more of a StrawFeminist only using the cause as her excuse to call others ugly and act superior to them? Was she unfairly ostracized, or was the ending [[BreakTheHaughty "putting her in her place"]]? The matter isn't helped by the fact that Parker and Stone's (and Bill Hader's) characterization of Wendy differs heavily depending on the season and episode, and that while they've sometimes had her as [[OnlySaneMan one of the few voices of reason]] in the ''South Park'' universe, they've also used her as a way to [[SoapboxSadie lampoon feminism and activists]]. Even the episodes that have her painted as more in the right are subject to dissection as to whether or not she truly is, such as "Breast Cancer Show Ever" and "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset".
*** It seems that while she has good intentions, her approach can be very heavy-handed and she can screw that up like anyone else. Regarding "Breast Cancer Show Ever" and "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset" she approached adult figures who assisted and supported her, often learning an important moral in the process, as both Principal Victoria and Mr. Slave taught.
** The abuse Butters receives from his parents [[FridgeBrilliance makes more sense]] when you [[FridgeHorror realize one of them has]] [[PsychopathicManchild his]] [[TheBully grandmother]] [[FreudianExcuse as their mother]].
** Speaking of Butters' grandma, when Butters gave his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, she was completely silent. Was the frown on her face the product of a HeelRealization or a VillainousBSOD?
** Gary Harrison (the minor Mormon character): As shown in [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2011152?view_adult=true this fic]], is he a genuinely happy and kind-hearted kid who's proud of his family's values, or is he a secret life-hating [[BitchInSheepsClothing douchebag who only pretends to be cheerful?]]
** Kyle. Is he really TheConscience and TokenGoodTeammate, or is he a big case of HeWhoFightsMonsters? Episodes like "Douche And Turd" and "Ass Burgers" show he's quite willing to throw his "best friend" Stan under the bus, and other episodes like "Fatbeard" and "Good Times With Weapons" show he's willing to kill people if it suits his needs, [[NotSoDifferent just like Cartman.]]
** Is Kenny's dad unemployed because he's an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]]? Or is it because he's simply too [[LazyBum lazy]] to get a job? The show has implied both in the past.
** In "Sponsored Content", was PC Principal's behavior towards Jimmy due to him being afraid of being labeled a bigot towards handicapped people? Or, considering he never actually interacted with Jimmy before this episode, is he legitimately uncomfortable around them?
** Could Liane Cartman (Eric's mom) also be anti-Semitic? She never shows any qualms against her son's hatred of Jews and even made him a Hitler costume for Halloween. It would easily explain where Cartman gets his attitude towards Jews from...
*** However Liane has NEVER shown any sign of anti-semitism onscreen especially around Sheila whom she happens to be friendly towards... plus she did ground Cartman for his actions in "Passion of the Jew" according to "A.W.E.S.M.O".
** Is Kyle incredibly selfish for [[spoiler: protecting Gerald's ass from anyone knowing he is [=Skankhunt42=] to prevent his parents from divorcing (or even worse)? And then there's the fact he COULD end the gender war by revealing Gerald's identity... but of course he doesn't do it, and thus the gender war has not been resolved as of right now.]]
* AmericansHateTingle: An odd example in that some ''South Park'' fans in France strongly dislike the original English version, due to the local dub largely being considered a SuperlativeDubbing. This got to the point that French fans vocally complained on ''English''-speaking forums about ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' not having a French dub, resulting in befuddlement and apathy from non-French fans responding to their posts.
** Same story with the Russian voiceover, which became iconic for Russian fans of the show. While the MTV[=/=]Paramount Comedy had the voices done only by two people, one of them happens to be Evgeny Rybov, a legendary and extremely charismatic voice actor.
* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: After a horrendous test screening, ''nobody'' expected this show to be as successful as it'd become! And even after its initial success, Trey and Matt assumed that it would be canceled by the end of season 2, which is why they handed the reigns to other writers and made ''Film/{{Baseketball}}'' during it (and why [[CreatorBacklash nobody]] [[DorkAge likes it]]).
* {{Anvilicious}}:
** "Eat, Pray, Queef". Talk about a 21-minute sledgehammer of male guilt. Ironic, considering the show's stance on Aesops.
*** [[AlternateAesopInterpretation Or it could be a jab at women who use tears to get what they want.]]
** Like everything else, they have fun with it. "...yeah, but at least ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' doesn't get all preachy and up its own ass with messages!"
** "A Nightmare On Face Time" ''really'' beat you over the head with "Nobody rents movies anymore now that the Internet and Netflix have made it easy to get any film or TV show you want to see." Though that was the point: Randy is all too aware of the jokes, and spends the episode complaining about it.
** "Go Fund Yourself", which has the boys start a start-up business called the Washington Redskins. When the Redskins football team's owner complains to the NFL about it, rather than provide a voice actor, they use actual soundbites from press conferences on the real life controversy surrounding the team's name.
** The Black Friday trilogy: The war between Cartman and Princess Kenny was supposed to be between Xbox One and PS4 respectively. But in the end, the epic ''Series/GameOfThrones'' between the Factions made video games completely boring in comparison, thus why [[PyrrhicVictory the Xbox One was immediately abandoned even if its faction was the victor]]. The lesson is that video games do not have the enjoyment that is in actually going out to role-play with your friends.
* AssPull:
** [[spoiler:Stan's parents getting back together at the end of "Ass Burgers".]]
** The Crab People on "South Park is Gay", which becomes a discussed trope in a later episode.
** UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden was shot in the face by a US Marine in "[[Recap/SouthParkS5E9OsamaBinLadenHasFartyPants Osama Bin Laden has Farty Pants]]" [[UnexplainedRecovery He returns in "It's a Jersey Thing"]] and gets shot again.
** UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein was in hell, then exiled to heaven after Satan got sick of dealing with him, where he's seen in one later episode. He then shows up suddenly as the prime minister of Canada. It stands to reason heaven got sick of him too, and [[RunningGag where else was he gonna go, Detroit?]]
** The mayor surviving her suicide attempt in 'Die Hippie Die'. There was no way she could have put a bullet through her head and be healed in a couple of days.
** Mr. Garrison getting rid of Mr. Hat after "The Death Camp of Tolerance" offscreen. The show revealed many times that Mr. Hat was a split personality of Mr. Garrison's, and it seems odd that a mental disorder like that was cured so easily.
** Kenny [[spoiler:being a spawn of Cthulhu]] has been contradicted a few times. For starters, in "Cartman's Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut", Kenny spawned from thin air at the beginning of the episode after he died in the previous one instead of [[spoiler:literally being reborn from his mother]]. Another one is whenever Kenny's parents were surprised that he died when the "Coon and Friends" trilogy showed that they were aware Kenny kept dying and were more annoyed than distraught. The third is how the boys don't seem to remember when Kenny dies, even though there were moments where they did, like Cartman claiming he always dies in "Cartmanland".
* AuthorsSavingThrow: After the Season 10 finale "Stanley's Cup" proved to be too cruel to be funny for a lot of viewers, Season 11's premier episode "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson" picked its targets much more carefully. i.e. It's white men who get humiliated the most for using a racial slur and Cartman gets knocked out by a dwarf after laughing at him for the whole episode.
** Mrs. Garrison managed to offend a lot of transgender people, yet her sexuality was toned down considerably. While Mr. Garrison commited bestiality and tried to solicit sex from both his father and Cartman (though he thought he was soliciting sex from a pedophile and was shocked and disgusted when it turned out to be Cartman), Mrs. Garrison only ever had sex with consenting adults. The show's more enlightened attitude towards transgenderism was also shown in "The Cissy", which made a point on the dilemma of public restrooms.
** "Safe Space" was a highly risky episode, as it could easily be misread as condoning cyberbullying. Come Season 20 and the consequences of harassing undeserving targets are shown to be very real.
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Cartman. There are two types of fans - those who love him for his CrossesTheLineTwice behavior (and occasional MagnificentBastard tendencies), who are responsible for turning him into the show's BreakoutCharacter, and those who absolutely hate him for being a {{Jerkass}} who commits MoralEventHorizon grade evil acts at least once a season. The creators seem to be aware of this and try to cater to both (there are entire episodes dedicated to making Cartman suffer for his actions such as when Wendy beats the crap out of him in "Breast Cancer Show Ever" and getting hit by lightning in "Human[=CentiPad=]").
*** In Season 20, Cartman began making an effort to improve himself and get past his former bigotry (although he was still doing it in an insensitive way at times). Some embraced the change, and praised it as an interesting new direction to take the character, while others were extremely negative towards this due WeWantOurJerkBack sentiments. Still others believed that Cartman was lying about his self-improvement, and had a plan for the groups that ruined him. In the end, the base was broken further because [[spoiler:it turned out his attempt at redemption ''was'' indeed sincere and he had no plans for revenge... but he ended up suffering a perhaps inevitable relapse into {{Jerkass}}ness, and is [[BitchInSheepsClothing passive-aggressively hiding it from his girlfriend.]]]]
** Randy Marsh. Fans either love his wacky antics or see him as everything wrong with the later episodes. A third camp think he's funny, but only when he plays a small role in an episode.
** Wendy evolved from TheScrappy to this sometime after she beat up Cartman in "Breast Cancer Show Ever". While some fans are fond of her and think of her as the voice of reason among the child characters, there are still others that peg her as an obnoxious SoapboxSadie and hysterical about her causes and that see her as the designated villain for her beating up Cartman, and think of her as hypocritical and cruel to fat people based off of that and her comments about Kim Kardashian in "The Hobbit" - an episode that split fans further between agreeing with Wendy's anti-Photoshopping stance, or hating her for the abrasive way she went about it.
** Kyle and Stan. Either the only sane ones of the series or holier than thou designated heroes who are no better than Cartman? Becomes pretty glaring when those outside of the main group sees them as the latter.
** No one is really sure what to make of PC Principal. Many fans like him for being funny, while others hate him for being annoying and viscous. Many anti SJW types LoveToHate him since he mocks everything their opponents stand for as part of an IntendedAudienceReaction. Pro SJW types obviously view him as a poorly thought out straw man. Now that the season is over, people are even more confused since [[spoiler: PC Principal turned out to be GoodAllAlong and quite badass with a tolerable speech to boot.]] Now anti SJW types are conflict about him and SJW types have slightly upped their response to him, but only slightly. Those not involved in the drama simply found his actions in the end to be a fun change of pace.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone Trey and Matt]]'s live-action cameo in "Free Hat". [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Context]] won't help much.
** The opening scene of "Spookyfish", where a scary alien touches down on South Park, and ends up getting squished by the school bus because it's very tiny.
** The end of "The Tooth Fairy's Tats 2000": Kyle spends the entire episode questioning his existence after Cartman learns that the Tooth Fairy isn't real. Eventually, [[spoiler: Kyle somehow manages to vanish, but seconds later he comes back in a MushroomSamba and summons the [[BrickJoke Half-Chicken Half-Squirrel]].]]
** The ending of "Butterballs", while set up by a recurring line earlier in the episode, still makes absolutely no sense whatsoever in relation to the episode's plot.
** Another BrickJoke who comes off as weird even in context is [[spoiler: the giant reptilian-bird deity]] killing Kenny at the end of "The Poor Kid".
** The live-action sequence at the end of ''"I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining"''.
** This is basically what starts off "You Got F'd In The A" when the Orange County kids show up and "serve" the main four for no reason given.
** In "Weight Gain 4000" Clyde and Mr. Garrison get into a conversation discussing whether he's playing an Indian or pioneer that feels intentionally dragged out and serves no purpose in the plot.
** Jesus' appearance in "Butterballs", where he copies the bathroom scene from said episode that has been repeating over and over again. He comes out of nowhere and leaves as if he was never apart of the episode.
** ''Skank Hunt's'' B-Plot about Scott Malkinson constantly going to Mr. Mackey about quitting Twitter hasn't been talked about for the rest of the season, nor was it resolved in the episode.
** The scene where [[YourHeadAsplode Cartman's head explodes]] in ''Medicinal Fried Chicken.''
* CounterpartComparison: Kenny has been compared to [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Rika Furude]]. Both of them suffer brutal deaths on a regular basis while nobody remembers except for themselves, leading them both to become rather jaded and unaffected by being killed, only avoiding death [[ImmortalityHurts because it hurts]]. The Coon and Friends trilogy has established the similarities even further. South Park is also a small, unusual town like Hinamizawa.
* CriticalResearchFailure: In the episode "Go, God, Go!", a Catholic family scolds Principal Victoria for teaching evolution at her school. The Catholic church supports evolution, and Catholic schools do indeed teach it.
** The correlation between the popularity of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' and the rise of the alt-right. In reality, plenty of alt-right figures are critical of ''The Force Awakens'' over the fact that the two main protagonists are a white woman and a black man, especially the former who is considered a MarySue.
*** Granted, the show is likely interlocking these concepts in its lesson about the dangers of excessive nostalgia.
** ''Oh, Jeez'' features a moment where Bill Clinton signs a duet with Creator/BillCosby. In June of 2016, Cosby lost his eyesight to keratoconus, months before the episode aired. However, during that scene, he looked like he could see just fine.
* CrossesTheLineTwice:
** The 14th season episode "It's a Jersey Thing," in which ''The Jersey Shore'' is pitted against UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden.
** After Jimmy labels Germans the least funny people of all, Cartman, of course, puts this trope into effect.
-->'''Cartman''': ''Do you know what happened to the last people to piss the Germans off? Tell him Kyle.''
** Honestly, this show deserves its own page for this.
** Matt Stone and Trey Parker were once interviewed if there was any line they '''wouldn't''' cross. Their answer was a blunt ''no''.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: It's clear that the show is a BlackComedy SadistShow where almost anyone and anything is a fair target for Trey and Matt, along with the entire cast full of obnoxious jerks, with the main characters being GoodIsNotNice at best and [[TheSociopath Sociopathic]] [[EnfantTerrible Enfantes Terrible]] at worst. The closest to a completely likable character is Leopold "Butters" Stotch, and even then, he's not a completely good role model. Cartman himself borderlines on the trope. He can be a complete jerk to everyone, including his own mother, but [[LaserGuidedKarma he rarely gets away with his actions.]] Cartman, however, never learns his lesson.
** There are two episodes with InUniverse examples. "Douche and Turd" involves Stan Marsh suffering a case of this, [[FelonyMisdemeanor refusing to vote]] in a school mascot election owing to the fact that one is (quite literally) a giant douche and the other is a turd sandwich. The lesson he learns from a member of PETA is that all elections involve either a douche or a turd of some sorts and one must simply choose the lesser evil. This happens again in "[[Recap/SouthParkS16E5Butterballs Butterballs]]" where he believes he's trying to do the right thing, but Kyle Broflovski argues that the real right thing to do is to let Butters find the courage to confront his grandmother himself. In the end, [[Awesome/SouthPark Butters tells his grandmother off]], which means Kyle was in the right all along, while [[ItMakesSenseInContext Stan is the one to learn his lesson the hard way]].
* DracoInLeatherPants
** Cartman is this quite often with some groups of fans, particularly in some interpretations of the "Kyman" pairing. Because of his FreudianExcuse about his mother or feeling bad for him, he'll tend to be simplified into an innocent boy driven mad by Kyle's fat jokes and that really just wants to be loved. This tends to overlap with him growing up to be a slimmer, more conventionally attractive teenager. Of course, some also like Cartman precisely for his diabolical nature, and depict him as an attractive MagnificentBastard type.
** Mysterion tends to be pegged as an attractive hero. Although at the same time he's also [[spoiler: ''Kenny'', who's known for his infamous perversion and crude attitude, and his willingness to do anything for money or attention]].
** For being a brief character that's otherwise only appeared in cameos, Damien can easily be watered and simplified down into a tragic bad boy and anti-hero, and has quite the fans willing to overlook that he hated Pip and actually turned his "friend" into fireworks just so he could be considered cool to the other kids [[note]]Of course, Pip survived, although earlier drafts of the episode him killed right off until Matt and Trey realized they had a limited amount of students to use for classroom scenes. They finally delivered on their intent by "201"[[/note]].
** Reality is often celebrated for calling out the corrupt charity participants on their gluttony, dependence on safe spaces, and driving Butters to attempted suicide by forcing him to handle their social media comments. Although [[JerkassHasAPoint he is given solid points]] and the creators of the show do intend the participants to come off negatively, ''Reality'' was the one who gave Butters the final push to insanity by showing up in his room and threatening him.
* EarWorm:
** "I'm goin' down to South Park, gonna have myself a time..."
** "Kyle's Mom Is a Stupid Bitch" in D minor.
** "I'm a Jew, a lonely Jew, I'd be merry but I'm Hebrew, on Christmas..."
** ''"You and the Death Lord Cthulhu!"''
** ''"WORK, MEXICAN, WORK!"''
** ''[[WesternAnimation/TheHobbit "Go Lemmiwinks! Stop Wikileaks!"]]''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpQdqWfuL-U "With a hidey-lidey-lidey and a hidey-lidey-lay, we work and we make cigarettes all hidey-lidey day..."]]
** "Jackin' it, jackin' it, jackety-jack. Spankin' it, jackin' it, spankity-smack..."
** ''"Everyone knows it's Butters!"''
** "His name is Creator/JamesCameron, the bravest pioneer..."
** "Joseph Smith was called a prophet, dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb!"
** "[[Series/GameOfThrones Oooooone wiener next to another wiener]]."
** "[[GratuitousJapanese Ima kayobi desu]], [[JustForFun/PrincessKenny Princess Kenny korosu]]..."
** "Ya ya ya, I am Music/{{Lorde}}..."
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYqugtl0cKE Hark hear the bells, sweet silver bells, all seem to say, ding dong m'kay]]"
** "Craaaaaab people, craaaaaab people..."
** "HEY HEY LET'S GO [[GratuitousJapanese KENKA SURU! TAISETSU NA MONO]] [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny PROTECT MY BALLS!]]"
** "SOCIAL JUSTICE 1 2 3! WOO WOO! I WANNA BE [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad PC!]] WOO WOO!"
** "California! Super cool to the homeless..."
** "Boogers and Cum"
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORBgNjm2K0w "Born in New Zealand in '64, a hot-headed actor named Russell Crowe. He loves to act but he loves one thing more: FIGHTIN' ROUND THE WORLD!"]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-56XZJSQfxc Tjing Tjang Tjing Lu, Tjing Tjang Tjing Lu, Tjing Tjang Tjing Luutilej!]]
* FairForItsDay: The message of "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina" is that just because cosmetic surgery (i.e. sex change) makes you look like something doesn't mean you truly are what the surgery aimed for, and it compares being transgender to Kyle becoming black and his father becoming a dolphin.[[note]] Though some would argue that it's painfully obvious that Mr. Garrison wasn't actually transgender and just got the surgery for kicks and, therefore, should not be considered representative of transsexuals[[/note]] The episode came out at a time when the general public saw sex change as a joke; the much-later episode "The Cissy" is more sympathetic to the trans community.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: A staple of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', which makes sense given that it's a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids Family-Unfriendly Show]].
* FanonDiscontinuity: A lot of things get this treatment by fans, such as Chef's death and ''especially'' Mr. Garrison's sex change.
* FanPreferredCouple: Hooooo boy, [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Craig/Tweek]]. They have interacted in the show only once or twice and now they are the second most shipped characters after Stan and Kyle, who are the protagonists, anyway. Talking about [[EnsembleDarkhorse ensemble darkhorses]], huh?
** This becomes HilariousInHindsight with the airing of "Tweek x Craig". It all began with Parker/Stone asking fans to actually ''give'' them Craig/Tweek fan art for the episode.
** After [[VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth The Stick Of Truth]], quite a few fans started getting into the New Kid being shipped with Annie, seeing how he [[RescueRomance rescued her from bullies that tried to break her Justin Bieber doll]] as a good way to justify starting a relationship between them.
* FridgeHorror: In "Mysterion Rises" Kenny reveals that his superpower is immortality and that, no matter how many times he dies and catches glimpses of the afterlife, he'll always wake up in his bed the next morning. Not only that, but everyone who witnesses him dying gets their memory wiped the moment he comes back, leaving him as the only one who remembers the experience. Considering his dozens of deaths over the course of the series, you really have to wonder what kind of mental strain that would leave on a nine year old.
** Enough strain to justify his [[FridgeBrilliance constant attempts to get high and have sex with a girl rumored to have an STD despite knowing the negative repercussions]]. It's also worth noting that whenever he dies of a disease, they hold a funeral for him.
** [[FridgeBrilliance It also explains a lot]] about all the times he's willingly engaged in dangerous and/or self-sacrificial behavior.
** Might also explain why, in the first episode he doesn't die, [[FridgeBrilliance he cheers when the end comes]].
** Imagine getting your limbs chopped off by psychotic Earth Day head honchos. Kenny's whimpering takes on a whole new level of horrifying with above knowledge of his condition.
** Kenny himself sums up the true horror of what it is to be immortal:
---> '''Kenny''': "Pretty cool? Do you know what it feels like to be stabbed? To be shot? Decapitated? Torn apart? Burned? Run over? [[BlessedWithSuck It's not pretty cool]], Kyle! [[ImmortalityHurts It fucking hurts!]]"
* GeniusBonus: One episode has Jimmy mistaking the Crips gang for a group of fellow "cripples." In reality, the Crips' name ''does'' refer to "cripple." They got the nickname for always appearing in public with pimp canes in TheSeventies, and the [[AppropriatedAppellation nickname stuck]].
** The leader of the Anti-Semitic sect of Judaism in the episode "Jewbilee" worships Haman aka the BigBad of ''Literature/TheBookOfEsther'' who was an infamous Anti-Semite himself
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
** The German-speaking fandom is the second largest after the English-speaking fandom. It has become so popular that the channel it airs on has started to show the newest episode 10 days after their US debut in English with subtitles not only giving German viewers the chance to see it earlier (until it has been properly dubbed) but also get a chance to hear the original voices and untranslated jokes.
** The considerable Latin American fandom.
** And of course, the Japanese fanbase. It's not as big as it was around season 7, but it's still loyal and responsible for some of the anime-style fanart. Japanese South Park fans also tend to love ''WesternAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''.
** The show is also quite popular in France. Popular enough that when the video game got released without a French dub, [[InternetBackdraft there was a furious backlash]], especially given how popular the French dub is. (Also the fact that many French fans prefer to listen to a French-dubbed work, read up more on the AmericansHateTingle page.)
** In an in-universe example: Terrance and Phillip, a Canadian show, is popular with American kids.
* GottaShipEmAll: The kids get paired with alot of other kids, slash,femslash or straight.The four main kids gets paired with about everyone, Wendy and Bebe gets to be paired with about everyone. even [[LivingProp Red and the other girls]] gets their fair share of being paired with several kids. HarsherInHindsight when it's revealed [[spoiler: how many of the children were couples before the girls initiated a school-wide break up.]]
* GrowingTheBeard: Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone consider season 4 to be the point where this happened, and [[CreatorBacklash absolutely]] ''[[OldShame hate]]'' the entirety of seasons 1-3 bar "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without my Anus". Ironically, seasons 1-3 were the highest rated in the history of the show, while season 4 was the lowest rated. Even still, the new shift toward DarkerAndEdgier social commentary and current events has seen the show through an unprecedented 17 seasons, with consistently high ratings for Comedy Central.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: Big Gay Al was ousted from the Boy Scouts for being gay, but didn't hold it against them and stated that they shouldn't be forced to accept him against their will. In 2015, the Scouts finally allowed gay people to be scout leaders.
* HypocriticalFandom: Like other animated shows, South Park uses StockFootage to save time and money, especially considering that this show is produced on a low, low budget. It is hilarious however when some ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fans complain at other budget shows/movies when they also reuse animation cels for the same reasons.
** There's also "[[AnimationAgeGhetto Only kids watch animation]]...and [[StrawHypocrite besides, nobody watches]] [[NoTrueScotsman South Park for the ANIMATION anyway!]]"
** A number of fans criticize ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' for many things that ''South Park'' [[WriterOnBoard is just]] [[AuthorTract as guilty]] [[AuthorFilibuster of doing]]. However, the shows vary on how well they handle what they do. The writers on Family Guy cannot write episodes that try to make points without botching them up really badly due to not caring, or not realizing what they write is really badly written before it's voice acted & animated. South Park tries to entertain as well as attack issues, a part Family Guy constantly struggles with, often with better results due to good writing & an understanding of what they're talking about from more than just one angle, or no angle at all, as well as a clear focus on what they're talking about.
** [[http://i.imgur.com/5Saktmn.jpg The fandom has been accused of delving into this in Season 19]], for using the show as a means to circle jerk about being anti-politically correct despite their insistence that the show is supposedly apolitical and "attacks everyone."
** In going with the theme of ramped-up remakes, "Free Hat" featured a parody skit revolving around a remastered version of "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe." Fast forward to the season 7 episode "Cancelled", in which the beginning of the episode plays out very much like this before the real plot kicks in.
* IAmNotShazam: "In this scene, Mohammed hands a football helmet to Family Guy." Nice one, Comedy Central.
* IdiotPlot: "Freak Strike", "Jared Has Aides", "Toilet Paper", "Butt Out", "Douche and Turd", "Two Days Before The Day After Tomorrow", "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin More Crap]]", "Tonsil Trouble"[[note]]Which has Cartman getting AIDS after a tonsillectomy due to [[AdultsAreUseless the doctors' stupidity]][[/note]], and "The China Probrem"[[note]]Not just the main plot of Cartman terrorizing a Chinese restaurant without any good motivation, but for the {{Narm}}-tastic subplot where the other characters cry over Franchise/IndianaJones being "raped"[[/note]].
** "Fat Camp", "Free Hat", and "Bass to Mouth" have the respective Idiot Subplots of Kenny becomes famous for doing nauseating acts, the adults wanting a baby killer named Hat [=McCullough=] freed from prison, claiming that "the babies were killed in self-defense", and the faculty of South Park Elementary poisoning the entire school just to keep anyone from committing suicide even though Eric (the one who gave them the idea) was the only one who was driving students to suicide.
** "The Magic Bush" has Butters' father blindly believing his drone has a mind of its own and undergoing SanitySlippage after his son flew the drone without his permission, and whenever someone suggest Butters flew it, he insists Butters couldn't have because "He's not allowed to fly it without my permission." This wouldn't have been as bad if this wasn't the same guy who grounds Butters for everything even things beyond his control
** Season 20 revolves around everyone going to more and more extreme lengths to stop a troll online (Gerald), and no one even once considers tracking the IP address.
* InternetBackdraft: Comedy Central received thousands of e-mail complaints from angry fans regarding the episode "Not Without My Anus", which was meant as an [[TrollingCreator April Fools Joke on fans]] who were waiting for the reveal of Cartman's father following the cliffhanger at the end of the season 1 finale "Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut".
** Mr. Garrison telling people to vote against him in the 2016 election, and the clear disdain Matt and Trey express for UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump in general, has led to some right-leaning fans accusing the creators of being Hillary Clinton shills.
** Trey and Matt received similar complaints from left-wingers when they announced that they wouldn't be taking any digs at UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump in season 21.
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: Some fans say they liked the show better back in its early days when MoralGuardians condemned the show and concerned parents who had cable (or access to a VCR or a DVD player) banned it from their households. Now that it is Comedy Central's highest rated show and widely popular, some people don't like it anymore.
* JerkassWoobie: You could make this case for almost every character in the show, especially when they are not normal [[TheWoobie woobies]].
** Scott Tenorman can count as such in particular. To start, after Cartman killed his parents and tricked him into eating them, one can't help but show sympathy for him. Even though he was a bully and [[spoiler: became a psychotic villain afterwards as a result of this]], he did care a lot about his parents.
** Cartman does occasionally get subtle moments of sympathetic spotlight, usually under a HeelRealization of how [[BeingEvilSucks lonely his monstrous behavior makes him]]. Every now and then the boys will do something cruel to him without his usual provocation as well. Naturally it comes off as somewhat petty compared to what he does in retaliation but still...
*** "The Death of Eric Cartman" is a good example of this. Everyone at school starts ignoring him to the point where ''believes he is dead and is now a ghost'', [[DisproportionateRetribution all because he]] [[spoiler:ate all the chicken breading off an order of KFC.]] Though that was more the straw that broke the camel's back.
*** More conventionally in "Jewpacabra" as Cartman does it all to himself, but getting chained up and left as bait does given him a rare sympathetic moment.
*** "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" seems to imply that Cartman's behavior might have been caused by the other boys' bullying. With Cartman gone, they deem Clyde to be the new fat kid, and Clyde starts to gain Cartman-like attributes in response to their teasing.
*** Considering it was before his MoralEventHorizon, Cartman does deserve some sympathy in "Cartman's Mom Is A Dirty Slut", where it's revealed Cartman is very insecure about not having a father and at one point feels completely heartbroken when he realizes that he might never know who his dad is. To top it all off despite not doing anything too bad in the episode, he's humiliated on TV thanks to Stan & Kyle
** Shelley qualified twice: in "Cat Orgy" when her much older boyfriend dumped her for not putting out and she tearfully admitted to Cartman that no guys her age would date her because of her looks and in "Broadway Bro Down" when her [[spoiler:(age-appropriate this time around) boyfriend died]].
** Ms. Crabtree. It's possible that she's suffering extreme trauma and that might be leading to her yelling and screaming.
** Kyle counts too when he's not a regular [[TheWoobie woobie]], considering that a lot of horrible things happen to him over the course of the series.
** Nathan. At least in the episode 'Handicar' where he seems to suffer far more abuse this time around while also acting far less cruel and evil than he did in his previous appearance. And it's learned that his parents are as bad to him as he is to others, maybe even worse.
** In {{the Movie}} Satan is revealed to be this due to suffering constant abuse under Saddam Hussein.
** Butters as of Season 20. True, he definitely TookALevelInJerkass and his new-found hatred of women is hardly sympathetic, but when you consider the reason he became that way to begin with...
---> '''Bill Clinton''': What happened, son? Did a girl break your heart?
---> '''Butters''': (tearing up) [[BlatantLies ...No.]]
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: In "World War Zimmerman", [[spoiler: [[MoralEventHorizon Cartman shoots Token]] while invoking "Stand Your Ground". The next scene has him only injured in the arm.]]
* LoveItOrHateIt:
** The tie-in [[Pinball/SouthPark pinball machine]] for pinball fans, released shortly after Season 1. Whether they find the machine fun or not lines up largely with whether they like the show or not.
** "Terrance and Phillip in: Not Without My Anus" can seem like this. Even years after the fervor over it being a "prank" episode, people still debate over if the prank was funny or a low blow from Trey and Matt, and if the episode itself is a hilariously over-the-top bit of grossout humor or if it's just dumb. Most fans are at least glad that it introduced Saddam Hussein as a character, though.
** The first three or four seasons in general also gets this. Depending on who you ask, they are either the best seasons or the worst. As mentioned above, Matt and Trey themselves hate the first three seasons, especially Season 2.
** Just about every recent RippedFromTheHeadlines episode is this, ESPECIALLY ones that revolve around hotly debated political topics.
* MagnificentBastard:
** Eric Cartman bringing his A game in "Scott Tenorman Must Die." He executed a flawless BatmanGambit to punish Scott for humiliating him and not giving him back his money.
** Lennart Bedrager. [[spoiler: He's actually an American who rose to power in Denmark and created Troll Trace in order to troll the entire world. He knew that when people had the power to look up anyone's internet history, everyone would become paranoid and everyone would hate each other when they see what they did online. And why did he do it? [[ForTheEvulz Because it's]] [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] [[ForTheEvulz hilarious!]]]]
%%* ManipulativeBastard:
%%** This is what defines Eric Cartman.
%%** [[spoiler: Stan (of all people!)]] during "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce."
* MemeticMutation: Has its own [[Memes/SouthPark page]].
* MemeticMolester:
** Parodied by a mascot known as Sexual Harassment Panda. Then In-Universe, the episode ''Red Hot Catholic Love'' led to all of South Park believing the Catholic Church as this.
** ''Imaginationland'' turned Eric Cartman into this due to his obsession to make Kyle suck his balls. The sexual antics he does with Butters doesn't help either.
** Mr. Garrison, due to his ''huge'' sexual dysfunction problem bordering on DepravedBisexual. Started out a homophobe but became extremely gay, trans, lesbian, a gay lesbian at the same time, a BDSM freak, and generally any sexuality you could think of. In his presidential campaign, his only national policy was to literally ''FUCK THEM ALL TO DEATH!!!''
-->''"I say let's round them up, pull down their pants, and fuck them until their spirits left their bodies"'' -Garrison answering a question from a reporter
* MemeticPsychopath: There's Eric Cartman, but since the Movie Shiela Broflovski has turned into this due to NeverLiveItDown. Since then (even when if she has tolerant moments) most people will still know her as an insane fanatic.
* MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales: While "The Cissy" was viewed as good or average by the majority of viewers, it was EXTREMELY popular with trans (and trans supporting) fans of the show.
** There are a number of episodes that poke fun at Canada (like one that paints it like it's [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Oz]]). That said, it has a surprisingly-plentiful fanbase among Canadians. Hell, it's to the point where at least one Youtube comment jokingly said that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSTWw6-ueIs this clip]] is 100% accurate.
* MisaimedFandom: Yeah, there are people out there who actually agree that "gingers have no souls." ''And act on it''.
** Like his spiritual forebear [[Series/AllInTheFamily Archie Bunker]], there is a VocalMinority of Cartman's fanbase who completely miss the satire inherent in his racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic rants.
** Likewise, there are those who fail to recognize that the show employs stereotypes (racial, sexual, regional, national, religious, etc.) for the purpose of ''mocking'' them, rather than endorsing them.
** The "Nice" Meme. It was meant to mock society's DoubleStandard on statutory rape, but there are now guys who use it completely unironically.
** In the Season 19 Episode "Where My Country Cone?", the song of the same name where Mr. Garrison rants about immigration in changing up South Park was taken seriously by far-right fans of the show who did not understand the blatant satire.
** Unfortunately, the phrase "stunning and brave" has been hijacked by transphobic radical feminist communities to sarcastically demean ANY trans women, not just Caitlyn Jenner, who was the only one the joke was actually referring to.
* {{Moe}}: [[TheWoobie Butters]], at least for the first half of the series' seasons.
** The "[[{{Animesque}} anime]]" version of [[WholesomeCrossdresser Princess Kenny]] parodies Moe Magical Girl Series.
** Some fans view Cartman's Mom's Doormat behavior as this.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[MoralEventHorizon/SouthPark Gets its own page]]. The standout in most people's minds is likely Cartman's, encapsulated with six gloating words: ''"I made you [[spoiler:'''eat your parents''']]!"''
* NarmCharm: Mr. Adler reminiscing about his dead fiancee. The flashbacks are funny, but his pain sure isn't.
* NauseaFuel: The opening scene in "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina". Right before Mr. Garrison's operation begins, the doctor says, "I think if more people could just see a sex-change operation, they would know how perfectly natural it is." That tells you right there that {{Discretion Shot}}s will not be used at all. The rest of the sequence has the process described -- and shown -- in detail, complete with {{Art Shift}}s to live action. (in actuality, the live-action shots are of a dog neutering rather than a sex change, but that doesn't make it any better for the viewer.)
** In "Poor and Stupid", Cartman goes to a drugstore and drinks Vagisil in order to become stupid enough to be a NASCAR racer.
** The "creamy goo" from "Sarcastaball". [[spoiler:It's Butters' ejaculate, which he bottles and saves in his closet -- and ''everyone drinks it!'']] [[IAteWhat When the other characters found out what it was, they reacted appropriately.]]
** The "[=HUMANCENTiPAD=]" episode. It's one of South Parks most vulgar episodes. It's one thing to have a Christmas Turd as a speaking character. It's another to have the kid who's supposed to be your moral compass be the middle part of something that forces him to eat shit.
** Underwear-sniffing Cartman in "Stunning and Brave". [[HoYay The underwear belongs to Butters. ("Why, this is Butters' underwear.")]]
* NeverLiveItDown:
** Sheila Broflovski has mellowed out considerably over the years, becoming one of the saner, more rational parents in South Park. Yet most fans still see her as the villainous KnightTemplarParent she was in TheMovie.
** Although it only happened over the course of the first five seasons, the show was and still is best known for [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Kenny dying on almost every episode]].
** Everytime Cartman showed signs of HoYay, especially towards Kyle and Butters. This was toned down in season 20 because of his relationship with [[spoiler: Heidi Turner, though it resurfaced with Butters in the finale.]]
* SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames:
** The 2014 RPG, ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', was widely received as not only the best ''South Park'' game to date, but a decent game in its own right, though it's fairly short.
** 2009's ''South Park Let's Go! Tower Defense'' was also generally well received.
** In contrast to the [[Pinball/SouthPark 1999 physical table,]] the two South Park tables featured in ZenPinball are considered to be excellent.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Chef was fighting zombies with [[DualWielding dual-wielded]] {{chainsaw|Good}}s over a decade before ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''.
** Seasons 18 and 19 have received praise for their season-long story-arcs and tighter continuity. However, this wasn't the first time the show did that. Season 2 had a brief arc about Mr. Garrison replacing Mr. Hat with Mr. Twig, the first half of Season 4 had a subplot of Cartman trying to obtain ten million dollars and Mr. Garrison coming to terms with his sexuality, and Season 6 focused on the reprecussions of Kenny's death from the season prior.
** While children wrestling was something that people thought South Park made up, there actually was [[https://youtu.be/FaN-edgLXTo a wrestling federation for children.]]
* OneSceneWonder: Patty Nelson from "Le Petit Tourette" is the only other girl besides Wendy and Heidi Turner who Cartman has ever shown attraction to.[[note]]Although he also showed attraction to substitute teacher Ms. Ellen along with the other boys in "Tom's Rhinoplasty", as well as reminding Stan's sister Shelley how hot she is in"The New Terrance & Phillip Movie Trailer", although he was most likely saying the latter so Shelley would let them watch "Fighting Around The World"[[/note]] She only appeared in one brief scene, but she's got a good amount of fanart and the third most popular straight pairing involving Cartman after Cartman/Wendy and Cartman/Heidi.
* PeripheryDemographic: The show is ''extremely'' popular with {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s on FanfictionDotNet and Website/DeviantART. Blame all the ambiguous (and obvious) HoYay and interesting character interactions.
** Quite a few conservative Christians (who would normally condemn this show for its vulgarity) have come around to being fans of the show, due to its unabashed liberal bashing.
** The show also has a small but dedicated Japanese audience because of how [[WidgetSeries very bizarre and surreal]] the show frequently becomes.
** The show is popular with the geekdom in general due to its willingness to venture outside the GeekReferencePool, which is quite unlike many other sitcoms (animated or otherwise).
* PortmanteauCoupleName: Style (Stan/Kyle), Creek (Craig/Tweek), Kyman (Kyle/Cartman), K2 (Kyle/Kenny), Crenny (Craig/Kenny), Bunny (Butters/Kenny), Candy (Cartman/Wendy) and many, many more.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames::
** The Creator/{{Acclaim}} published video games based on the series - ''South Park'', ''South Park: Chef's Love Shack'', and '' South Park Rally'' - received a less-than-stellar reception upon release, with the experience of having little control in the game's direction & the generally poor representation of the show making Matt Stone & Trey Parker more protective of what they licensed the series out for.
** The [[Pinball/SouthPark pinball machine]], at least at first. See VindicatedByHistory below.
** ''South Park: Tennorman's Revenge'', a time travel themed platformer exclusive to Xbox Live, received a mediocre reception upon release.
* RecycledScript:
** "Quest for Ratings" has many similarities to "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka", as both are satires on how far shows will go for ratings, with characters going extreme lengths for ratings.
** The movie is basically "Death" made for feature length.
** Season 19's arc of [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad ironically treating Political Correctness like a dictatorship]] is basically a season-long retread of ''Death Camp of Tolerance.''
* ReplacementScrappy: Tweek was regarded by some fans as one for Kenny and, to a lesser extent, Butters. A number of fans resent Sergeant Yates for usurping Officer Barbrady's role.
** Generally averted with Jimmy, instead. He supplanted the wildly popular Timmy ('''''TIMMEH!!!'''''), but his very nice and bright personality gained him much respect.
** After "Stunning and Brave", where Principal Victoria got PutOnABus, PC Principal has quickly earned this status, being viewed as a HotBlooded KnightTemplar with little (if any) likability to him, [[spoiler: who by the end of the episode essentially gets away with bullying both students and parents alike.]] though time will tell if he actually stays or not. [[spoiler: Now that the season is over, PC Principal is here to stay, but his badass actions and speech in the end of the season have genreally gotten him RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap.]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: PC Principal won a lot of his detractors over as the season progressed, but cemented his status as being rescued when he [[spoiler: pulls a HeelFaceTurn in the season 19 finale and kills [[BigBad Leslie]]. It continues in season 20 where he's much more of a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and less of a {{Jerkass}} to the students.]]
* RewatchBonus: A lot of Kenny's scenes take on new meaning after he reveals [[ImmortalityHurts the nature of his condition]].
* TheScrappy: The goth kids have become this for a lot of people, as many believe their decidedly one-note schtick (while funny in the Season Seven episode "Raisins") has gotten old.
** [[AbusiveParents Stephen and Linda Stotch]] because of their tendency to punish Butters for every [[DisproportionateRetribution minor offense]], [[KickTheDog beating him]] in ''Jared Has Aides,'' and [[MoralEventHorizon selling him to]] ParisHilton. Their abuse towards him has gotten so bad that he imagines his father as a monster and clearly has pent-up aggression towards him as shown in ''Grounded Vindaloop.''
** Officer Yates for replacing Barbrady and for being a [[FlatCharacter one-note]] critique of the police force.
** Lisa Berger, particularly in "The Hobbit." She might have been TheWoobie for her one-sided crush on Butters, but after she gets Photoshopped, she turns into an abrasive bitch. The fandom feuds about how Wendy handled the episode, but they're pretty much in agreement that Lisa was terrible.
** A large portion of the fanbase view Mr. Garrison as this. While at times he could be rather [[ActuallyPrettyFunny hilarious]], the writers seemed to be heaping more and more unlikable traits onto him. The tipping point is when he became transgender, it was unsympathetic. The writers then can't decide whether he likes men or women, even having him become a 'lesbian' (which, as FridgeLogic dictates, somehow he always had an attraction to women...which from the early seasons is [[RetCon non-existant]]). Another problem was that most of Mr. Garrison's humor came from his dependence on Mr. Hat, so him getting dropped and replaced with Mr. Slave didn't do go over well.
** Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo Ś first appearing in Season 1's Christmas EpisodeŚwas originally intended to be an EnsembleDarkhorse BreakoutCharacter à la Slimer (although... see ''Ghostbusters'' for how that turned out), and was heavily marketed and designed to be quite MerchandiseDriven. However, his shrill annoying voice, general lack of personality, and role as a pointless gross-out prop led to unpopularity with fans. He has been entirely phased out of later seasons and he only appeared once in a "Hey, remember me?" kind of gag.
** The Member Berries, what should have been a one-episode gag, got beaten into the ground throughout season 20. Their constant utterance of "Member X?" just screamed "ForcedMeme." Their story [[AbortedArc abruptly ended]] after the 2016 presidential election, and their story will likely stay that way.
* SeasonalRot: Season 17 is considered this due to its short length and large amount of lackluster topical episodes (though many fans love the "Black Friday" trilogy).
** Season 20 fell into this when its unusually complex StoryArc was abruptly altered by real world events. Parker and Stone hadn't prepared for the possibility that UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump, whom Mr. Garrison was serving as an {{Expy}} of, would be elected President of the United States over [[UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton Hillary Clinton]] (who was being used straight up), so the final four episodes had to be substantially rethought in a very short span of time -- in the case of the post-Election Day episode within ''less than 24 hours'' or risk coming off as completely irrelevant. The results were that several significant characters, in particular the Member Berries, fell OutOfFocus while most of the plot threads were not brought to satisfying conclusions -- and likely never will be with Parker and Stone announcing in February 2017 that UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump will '''not''' be a target of the show in Season 21 due to how '''difficult''' he is to parody.
*** The fact that they were somehow trying to connect people who were supporting Trump with the people who like their nostalgia and the people who supported JJ Abrams' ''Star Wars'' film by seeing it and giving it praise comes off as confusing and kind of stupid considering that those things are completely unrelated. Separated into their own plots, they could've worked, but the fact that they tried to connect them just makes you wonder what they were thinking. The only connecting reason seems to be that ''Star Wars Episode VII'' was very reminiscent of ''A New Hope'', and thus is hearkening back to the old days, while Trump getting elected was seen as causing ''regressions'' rather than ''progressions'', which is a somewhat flimsy connection ''at best'', since they're not compatible at all. Also, the assertion that the people who like their nostalgia and ''Episode VII'' are blind to the rest of the world outside of media is just unfounded, as people can easily separate things going on in the world and their enjoyment of media. Not only that, but not all people who like nostalgia and ''Episode VII'' supported Trump.
* SelfFanservice: Well, fan art usually portrays South Park characters rather differently. Possibly [[TakeThatAudience parodied]] in the show itself with "[[{{Kawaisa}} Princess Kenny]]".
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Discussed in the commentaries: The first few episodes of the show were very controversial when they first aired, but look rather tame nowadays. Even the foul language is more heavily bleeped than it would need to be today.
* ShallowParody: Parodied mercilessly in "Cartoon Wars", specifically as relating to how pop culture jokes and references are written on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
** Played straight again in "Insheeption," which parodies ''Film/{{Inception}}'' [[http://tv.gawker.com/5671082/south-park-creator-admits-to-plagiarizing-college-humors-inception-parody using College Humor as research instead of the film itself]].
** And yet again in "You're Getting Old", in which Stan and his friends watch the trailer for ''Film/JackAndJill''. The actual trailer hadn't even came out yet at the time the episode aired, so all Matt and Trey had to go by were the title and the fact that Creator/AdamSandler stars as both characters.
** The ''Series/GameOfThrones'' parody had many jokes rely on the series having a lot of dicks everywhere. The show rarely depicts full male nudity, with the appearances of nude women far outnumbering the appearances of nude men throughout its run.
* ShipToShipCombat: In '''SPADES.''' Usually, Stan/Kyle fans fight against Cartman/Kyle and Stan/Wendy fans, who fight against Cartman/Wendy fans, who fight against Cartman/Heidi fans alongside Cartman/Kyle fans, [[LongList and they also fight against Cartman/Butters fans, who fight against Kenny/Butters fans, who fight against...]] you get the drill.
* {{Squick}}: Happens a lot. Mr. Garrison's sex-change operation is probably the most disgusting thing they've ever shown.
** Followed immediately by Mr(s) Garrison having anal sex with Richard Dawkins.
** Stan's grandfather having sex with an elderly ex-contortionist will give you nightmares.
** Kenny's antics in "Fat Camp".
** In "Rainforest Schmainforest", a man is swallowed whole by a python and immediately crapped out.
** Cartman smelling Butters' used underwear in "Stunning and Brave".
** In "Wieners Out", we are graphically treated to Gerald and Sheila engaging in piss porn. [[PrimalScene With Ike and Kyle witnessing it.]] Poor boys need a ton of therapy after that.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: You'd pretty much have to agree with Cartman's thoughts about today's music videos in "Butterballs". Hell, Cartman sometimes says things that, believe it or not, are true in some way.
** While PC Principal is rather extreme with his methods, his heart's in the right place. The only person he ever assaulted for being Politically Incorrect was Cartman, and [[AssholeVictim Cartman is an extreme bigot]].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong:
** In "Christian Rock Hard", Cartman plays one song that is kinda similar to the Delfonics' "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didn%27t_I_%28Blow_Your_Mind_This_Time%29 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)]]".
*** Considering that Cartman openly stated that his songwriting technique was plagiarizing other songs and throwing "Jesus" into the lyrics, this probably applies to most of their other songs.
** DVDA's "Now You're a Man" is basically [[Music/BonJovi "You Give Love a Bad Name"]] with different lyrics.
* TakeThatScrappy: Watching Butters [[GroinAttack punch his father in the nuts]] in ''Grounded Vindaloop'' was definitely satisfying.
* TaintedByThePreview: Since 2008, all of the show's episodes were able to be streamed for free on southparkstudios.com. Needless to say, fans were NOT happy when the website switched to Creator/{{Hulu}} for streaming.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM9aBd7gvLA The new intro for Season 17]] takes a more 3D/clay animation style compared to the past seasons, but it's been received rather negatively compared to the previous ones that utilized clips from past episodes and such.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** Damien. Considering how many possible avenues the character could have traveled down (including ones with his father, and/or the other schoolchildren), his being written out after his only episode is something of a letdown.
** Terrance. The antagonistic son of the town MadScientist, with his own CoDragons? Yes, please.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Played deliberately in the "You're Getting Old"/"Ass Burgers", [[spoiler:after an enormous number of life changes occur as a result of him maturing (including his parents divorcing and Kyle and Cartman becoming friends and business partners), Stan is just coming to appreciate the new directions in his life and new possibilities there are. Cue a stack of {{Reset Button}}s reverting everything [[StatusQuoIsGod back to normal]], much to his despair.]]
** "Cartman Finds Love" ends with the entire school believing that Cartman and Kyle are a couple. This is never brought up again despite the ''vast'' amount of comedic potential.
** No one ever mentions the Wii U in the "Black Friday" three-part saga. Not once, is it ever referred to as being a third choice. Same applies to PC gaming.
** After "The Cissy" a lot of people were disappointed to find out that Wendy was just faking transgenderism like Cartman was.
** Cartman replaces Wendy as the student body president in ''Dances With Smurfs.'' Like most changes to the status quo in the show, it's never mentioned again.
** Some were disappointed that Professor Chaos or the boys Ninja alter egos from ''Good Times With Weapons'' didn't appear in Imagionationland.
** "Cash for Gold" could've been the first South Park episode to have Cartman primarily come into conflict Stan, rather than Kyle or Wendy. Given how vehement Stan was in his opposition of gemstone networks, and how Cartman was trying to set up his own gemstone network, the two could've easily come to blows. But this does not come to be, as Stan does not really confront Cartman about his gemstone network.
** The ending of "The Hobbit" is considered this for some, as the effects of all the girls (including Wendy) giving into the Photoshop craze is never brought up again and completely discarded next season.
* UnacceptableTargets: Muhammad. Parker and Stone went for lampooning the fact that he's not an acceptable target, instead -- particularly because 5 years before the Muhammad taboo entered the limelight, he had been depicted with no repercussion. "201", the second episode of their 200th anniversary two-parter, had all mentions of Muhammad's name censored by the network, along with the "I learned something today" speeches at the end (which didn't even mention Muhammad). Comedy Central went so far as pulling it from ever airing again - they won't even let it be streamed on the show's official website. You can find it [[http://xepisodes.com/southpark/episodes/1406/201.html here,]] but it being a TV rip means the bleeps are still in place.
** Subverted in [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Latin America]], where the dub kept the mentions of Muhammad.
* UncannyValley: Kenny [[InvertedTrope inverts]] this for some viewers. His face-hugging hood and muffled speech make him seem a bit ''less'' human than the other characters, which gives him some mascot-like "cute" appeal that's only helped by his nature as TheWoobie and in spite of (or maybe ''also'' helped by) his hedonistic tendencies. [[spoiler: Coincidentally, he's indeed a HumanoidAbomination.]]
** Some viewers might feel this way about when the characters ACTUALLY move their legs when walking. In the early seasons this doesn't happen but in the recent ones it does and it's a bit jarring to see.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: In "The City Part of Town", we're supposed to feel bad for the South Park citizens for feeling insulted by Jimmy Fallon's jokes about them. Considering they do the same on a regular basis to celebrities, their reaction comes off as more hypocritical than sympathetic
** [[TakeThatUs This may have been intentional.]]
* UnpopularPopularCharacter:
** Butters practically defines the tropes
** Pip was on the butt end of harassment till his death, fans however, love him.
** Not so much a character, but show. "Fighting Around The World" was given poor reception by all the characters in "New Terrance & Phillip Movie Trailer". A majority of the fandom, including Russell Crowe, found it the funniest part of the episode and have even said they would watch it if it was a real show
* VindicatedByHistory: The [[Pinball/SouthPark pinball machine]] initially got a lot of complaints, both because of its offensive content and because of its layout and rules, so much so that Creator/{{SEGA}}, the company that made it, quit the pinball business. However, if the reviews at the [[http://www.ipdb.org/rate/showrate.pl?gid=4444 Internet Pinball Database]] is anything to go by, the ''South Park'' pinball machine now brings in good money when out in public, is one of the more sought-after ''South Park'' items for collectors, and is genuinely liked by pinball fans who are also ''South Park'' fans.
* Season 4 has aged extremely well with many issues satirized actually becoming more prevalent than when they first aired such as people assuming a crime towards a person being a minority is directly a crime towards that minority, people condemning Western medicine in favor of pseudoscience holistic medicine, the South Park flag being changed for being considered racist, and actually having to work to lose weight
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The updated title sequence (mentioned above), which was made by acclaimed titling house Creator/ImaginaryForces.
** "Make Love, Not Warcraft" was really raised up by the in-game segments, which were animated by Blizzard themselves.
* {{Wangst}}: Kyle in ''Cartmanland'', he loses the will to live because Cartman inherited a million dollars and bought a theme park.
** And Mr. Mackey in "Royal Pudding." While he does a {{Freudian Excuse}} about him wanting to do a play about Tooth Decay (since Tooth Decay killed his father), he does go too far in his abuse of the kindergarten students and Kyle for messing up his play, with [[DesignatedMonkey Kyle receiving most of the abuse.]]
* WereStillRelevantDammit: Most cartoons take too long to make to be truly topical, while this show takes days, making it a major aversion to this trope. The one time they were beaten to the punch (regarding Radio/GlennBeck's challenges to the White House) was because just days before the episode aired Creator/JonStewart on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' had done a similar razing, which some people argued was more vicious and/or funny. However, this also causes the episode subjects to become dated in a few years when their subject matters are no longer relevant.
** The Facebook episode "You Have 0 Friends" comes off as this, as a result of Trey Parker's reluctance to get into Facebook.
** "Faith Hilling" pokes fun at this, though even that episode may not age as well as others given the subject matter.
** "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers", which talked about emo kids five years too late.
** The episode "The Snuke", which had Hillary Clinton's first attempt at presidency, a parody of ''Series/TwentyFour'', and a few mentions of MySpace. That episode just reeked of ''2007''.
** "Something You Do With Your Finger", which poked fun at the BoyBand craze during the turn of the millennium, seems incredibly dated now.
** "The Ring" lampooned Music/TheJonasBrothers when they were at the height of their popularity in 2009.
* WhatAnIdiot: "Cow Days": Not only are the carnival workers crooked as hell, but once the townspeople declare shenanigans, the carnies call them "screwy" ''right to their faces''. [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting What did they think was going to happen?]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Yes, the animation looks childish and crude, and yes, the protagonists are children. But it contains way too much graphic violence, raunchy language, sex, swearing, and other mature content to be seen by young kids.´ Which hasn't stopped it from finding a huge and adoring audience among teens and preteens. In fact, that's probably a large part of ''why'' it has.
* TheWoobie: Butters' personality is enough to melt even the hardest of hearts. The fact that his parents take all of their problems out on him makes him this.
-->'''Butters:''' I don't think I'm a happy person. Every night I fall asleep to the sounds of my own screams... And every morning I wake up to the sounds of my own screams. Do you think I'm a happy person?[[note]]He says this in the [[MissingEpisode banned episode]] "Super Best Friends"[[/note]]
** '''Kip Drordy.'''
** In the Coon and Friends trilogy, [[spoiler:Kenny/Mysterion]] has been revealed to be an IronWoobie.
** Stan can be seen as this or a JerkassWoobie, but he certainly qualifies as this in ''You're Getting Old'' given the fact it was his friends abandoning him after he was diagnosed with cynicism.
** Kenny's sister Karen. "The Poor Kid" can attest to that.
** Mr. Mackey in "Ike's Wee Wee".
** Music/BritneySpears in "Britney's New Look". The writers were apparently sick of people being mean about Britney for no good reason.
** [[SympathyForTheDevil Satan]] is a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds in TheMovie.
** Wendy might be considered TheScrappy or at least a BaseBreakingCharacter, but after the [[DownerEnding end]] of "The Hobbit" you will want to give her a great big hug.
** Pip. He's bullied mercilessly by EVERYONE[[note]]Except for Butters and Dougie, whom he's shown to be friends with in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub"[[/note]](even moreso than his eventual replacements Butters or Scott Malkinson who at least get SOME social accecptance), he lost both his parents, any and all of his accomplishments are ignored by kids and adults alike. How he managed to keep that cheerful demeanor up to his death remains a mystery.
** Kyle himself qualifies as this on occasions, when he isn't a JerkassWoobie, the episode "Ginger Cow" is a crowning example of this. By the time the episode ends, you will end up feeling very sorry for Kyle.
** [[NervousWreck Tweek]] is this to some, especially those who have suffered from anxiety or the like and can relate.
** Cartman's mother in "Tsst".
** Clyde in "Reverse Cowgirl". His mom was a complete asshole to him and then he accidentally killed her when he forgot to put the toilet seat down. The funeral wasn't any better for him.
** Officer Barbrady in "Naughty Ninjas". The entire episode is basically a TraumaCongaLine for him. To elaborate: he loses his job despite being the original cop because PC Principal told the police there was a Code Red at the school (which was actually just Leslie talking) and he accidentally shot someone. And then, he gets home to his apartment where he promises to get another job so he can care for his sick and elderly dog, with his wife implied to be dead. But due to the cop hatred, he cannot find a new job and ends up homeless. He receives a cruel HopeSpot when the mayor and everyone ask him to save the town from ISIS, actually the gang playing Ninja, and he accidentally shoots them when Randy knocks his arm trying to stop him after finding out the truth. And then he's thrown under the bus by Randy and fired again. [[spoiler: Though things do get better for him at the end of the season when he helps to save the world from the ads.]]
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