* 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").
** Though out of everyone they've offended, hippies have gotten a lot of targeting
* AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark: The trope namer. Upon its premiere, the show was hugely popular for it's [[RefugeInAudacity shameless, excessive vulgarity]], despite only being half as dirty as most claimed it was. At any rate, this is what network suits picked up on when they saw the numbers and to this day, animated shows for adults, even [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons ones that had already]] [[TheRenAndStimpyShow been established]], are pushed to be [[ToiletHumor disgusting]] and [[SadistShow mean-spirited]] for no other reason than to appear "adult." Not surprisingly, when ''South Park'' started focusing more on social commentary, many of these shows [[FollowTheLeader followed suit]].
** There are two major problems with this trope: for one, many of those other shows air on network television, meaning that they [[SupposedlyRebelliousSeries can't go as far as possible]] at the risk of offending their sponsors; on cable, it's the opposite, and the shows are typically pushed ''too'' far in the other direction. The second is AnimationLeadTime: thanks to it's using high-end technology to produce [[StylisticSuck something that looks like crap]], ''South Park'' famously makes each episode [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants in the span of six days]], one at a time, allowing for the kind of spontaneity necessary for topical humor, while the other shows, most of which are traditionally animated, take nearly half a year to make, by which time something once ripe for satire has long since become yesterday's news.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Cartman is a very complex character. Is he an AntiVillain and TookALevelInKindness, as is implied in episodes such as "The Death of Eric Cartman" and "Jewpacabra"? Is he a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, or is he a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk, [[FauxAffablyEvil just hiding his true nature]]?
*** Cartman's multiple mental illnesses and hints of bisexuality is also subject to this.
*** 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.
** Kyle, Stan and Kenny themselves. Are they really good boys, but with some AntiHero traits? Or they are {{Enfant Terrible}}s and sociopaths who are NotSoDifferent compared to Cartman? The fact that they still are Cartman's friends after he crossed the MoralEventHorizon in "Scott Tenorman Must Die" or the infamous attempted genocide in "Coon & Friends" support this interpretation.
*** To be fair, the boys have questioned their friendship with him more than a few times. An interesting thought comes from the fact that while they ''are'' friends with him, [[TheFriendNobodyLikes that doesn't mean they like him per say]].
** 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 [[OnlySaneWoman 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 go the wrong way or she has trouble. Regarding "Breast Cancer Show Ever" and "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset" she approached adult figures who assisted and supported her. In the former, it was Principal Victoria telling Wendy that you can't always say what you want and not expect consequences. With the latter, Mr. Slave made good points and the girls ''were'' harassing the boys and freaking them out. Also, while it can be easy to forget sometimes, Wendy still is a child like everyone else and is trying her to best to follow her ideals.
** 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?]]
* {{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.
* 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?]]
* 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 K.O.ed by a dwarf after laughing at him for the whole episode.
* BaseBreaker:
** 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 "Brest Cancer Show Ever" and getting hit by lightning in "Human [=CentiPad=]").
** Randy Marsh. Fans either love his wacky antics or see him as everything wrong with the later episodes.
** Wendy evolved from TheScrappy to this sometime after she beat up Cartman in "The 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.
* 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 [[{{Trope2000}} 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.
* BrokenBase:
** The show's increasing reliance on topical episodes. Some fans embrace this, while others miss the episodes that consisted of original plotlines that weren't RippedFromTheHeadlines.
*** There are still plenty of these, but the Real Life-based ones really are very obvious.
** Fans argue whether ''South Park'' was better as a lighthearted, yet vulgar Creator/MontyPython-esque sitcom, or the darker political satire of later episodes.
** Season 17 has also caused this. Apart from the widely-loved Black Friday trilogy, some have pegged it as one of the worse seasons due to its shorter length and overly topical nature, while others cite it as an improvement over the last few seasons.
** The fact that LetsPlay/PewDiePie guest starred AsHimself in the season 18 two-part finale and ''wasn't'' made fun of doesn't begin to cover it.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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]].
* EarWorm:
** "I'm goin' down to South Park, gonna have myself a time..."
** "Kyle's Mom Is a Stupid Bitch" in D minor.
** ''"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!]]"
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** Marjorine and Professor Chaos, Butter's alter egos are very popular among the Butters fanbase.
** The {{Goth}} Kids are sure to steal any episode they're in. The creators seem to have noticed this, as the characters have been appearing more frequently, and even [[ADayInTheLimelight got to star in their own episode]]. Twice!
** Characters that only appear in TheMovie, like Gregory and Christophe, have fanbases that are equal in size to those of reappearing characters.
*** Damien from season 1 is also comparable to Gregory and Christophe's following. Lesser examples (contested depending on part of the fanbase and the time period) also include Bradley from "Cartman Sucks", Thomas from "Le Petit Tourette", the Cotswolds siblings, Kenny's first girlfriend Kelly and his second girlfriend Tammy Warner. All one-shot characters (save for any later background cameos by Mark or Damien), but very beloved by their fans all the same [[note]]Although Kelly and Rebecca are more contested cases due to the overlap of DieForOurShip in play[[/note]].
** '''''[[PokemonSpeak TIMMY]]!!!'''''
** Mysterion became one almost the moment he showed up. Even after being revealed as Kenny[[note]]and thus subverting the trope since Kenny is a main character[[/note]], he's STILL one of the most talked about characters. In fact, Mysterion, before he was revealed, was such a major thing, that the South Park creators put out a ''Who Is Mysterion?'' t-shirt.
** As far as Kenny's alter-egos go, [[WholesomeCrossdresser Princess Kenny]] is also well-loved for being a perfect parody of {{Moe}} in anime and for being adorable in ...her?... own right, inspiring tons of fanart, cosplay, and even [[JustForFun/PrincessKenny a fake trope page for a Princess Kenny series]] on this wiki, despite only appearing as an anime character for about 2-3 minutes. While his appearance in ''The Stick of Truth'' tones down the anime elements, [[spoiler: it also makes him into one of the main villains and the FinalBoss via a PlotTwist]], ''despite'' [[DidntSeeThatComing his super-girly princessy getup]].
** The tertiary classmates can have their own fan followings, such as Kevin Stoley (the Star Wars-loving kid) and [[http://southpark.wikia.com/wiki/DogPoo_Petuski Dog Poo]].
** [[VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth The New Kid]], [[PlayerCharacter naturally]].
** The Mole. For a character who appeared only in the movie, and for only about fifteen minutes, he's widely popular, and has practically an entire subgenre of fan-art, cosplays, and fan-fics devoted to him.
* 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?
** After [[VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth 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.
* FreudWasRight: The {{a|nAesop}}esop for "T.M.I."
* 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!]]"
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** Every single one of Kenny's deaths throughout the run of the show become this when we find out that [[spoiler: Kenny is immortal and hates feeling the pain of dying every time.]]
** In the commentaries, Parker and Stone noted that of all the early episodes, the only one that's ''more'' edgy nowadays and which they probably wouldn't be able to get away with now is "Volcano" because it features [[UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} children pointing guns and threatening to shoot each other.]]
** ''Cartman Sucks'' had a running gag in the scenes of Butters at the Christian camp where all the sexually-confused boys kill themselves rather than live with trying to change their sexuality. Kinda hurts now, given the rash of LGBT teen suicides that made the news in 2010 (as well as the banning of "conversion therapy").
** In "Clubhouses," Randy and Sharon briefly separate after a series of arguments. They get back together at the end of the episode. The episode itself is funny... but then along comes "You're Getting Old...," which is "Clubhouses," only more dramatic (and a two-part episode).
** The entire plot of "Cartoon Wars" (about people panicking over ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' broadcasting an episode that has Muhammad on it) became a FunnyAneurysmMoment thanks to the "201" debacle. In fact, this and the line about the truck driver liking ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' because it's not preachy and up its own ass in morals aren't so funny anymore now that ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' have had their SeasonalRot blamed on being [[{{Anvilicious}} heavy on the morals]]. Also HilariousInHindsight as the show predicted that ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' would do an episode that has to do with Peter and Islam ("Turban Cowboy"). It didn't have any reference to Muhammad in it, but it is a very happy coincidence.
*** The cancellation of the release of ''Film/TheInterview'' due to potential terrorist threats disturbingly mirrors the reasons for the conflict of this episode, just replace UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden with Kim Jong Un.
** At the end of "Professor Chaos", we are abruptly asked, "Which of these six South Park residents was killed, and will never be seen again?" Since this is a parody of cliffhanger endings, the answer is immediately given as Ms. Choksondik. Besides her, the suspects were the Mayor, Officer Barbrady, Jimbo, Mr. Garrison, and... Chef, which wouldn't be true until four years later.
** As [[NauseaFuel gross]] as the "stick food up your butt and shit out your mouth" concept in "Red Hot Catholic Love" was, it was at least [[RefugeInAudacity ridiculous enough to be seen as impossible]] -- until a video on ''Tosh.0'' proved that vomiting up feces is physically possible.
** [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Funny Aneurysm Line]]: From "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics", after the "Through the years we all will be together/If the fates allow" part of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", Kenny is [[MoodWhiplash killed by a chandelier]].
** In "Jared Has Aides" after a misunderstanding, people think Jared Fogle wants to give people AIDS, including children. 13 years after this episode premiered, Jared had his home searched by the FBI under suspicion of, and pled guilty of, possessing child pornography.
** In "Trapper Keeper" a man under the alias Bill Cosby comes to South Park pretends to want to be Cartman's friend (his real motives will take too long to explain). And Cartman responds "Nah, my mom says I'm not allowed to have male friends over thirty." This line becomes a lot less funny after the rape allegations against Bill Cosby
* 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]].
* 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''.
** 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.
* 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.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** In-universe example- In the episode "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" the boys are playing a board game called "Investigative Reports With Bill Kurtis." Cartman gives Kyle an AIDS card in the game and the other characters are horrified by this. Years later, the episode "Tonsil Trouble" had Cartman actually giving Kyle AIDS.
** The part in "Christian Rock Hard" when the boys illegally download songs and a SWAT team comes bursting in. Before the raid of the Megaupload offices this was thought to be ridiculous.
** If there was ever any humor to be gained from the opening of "Dances with Smurfs," it left after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Hook_Elementary_School_shooting 2012 Connecticut school massacre]], in which the sounds of the shooting were broadcast to the entire school after someone activated the office intercom.
** Also, seeing Cartman attempt to kill his mother while she sleeps in "Tsst" becomes creepier in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, where the shooter shot and killed his mother while she slept.
** In ''Cherokee Hair Tampons'' Kenny berates Stan for not caring when he dies. This episode was immediately followed by ''Chef Goes Nanners'', in which we see Stan ''laugh'' when Kenny dies. Poor Kenny.
** After another man was convicted for the murder of Chandra Levy, "Butters' Very Own Episode" becomes this. [[OldShame Trey and Matt have gone on to say that neither Gary Condit nor the Ramseys deserved the treatment they got]] in this episode.
* 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.
* HilariousInHindsight: In "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls", Cartman describes independent movies as being about "gay cowboys eating pudding". 7 years later, ''Brokeback Mountain'' fills 2/3rds of that criteria. Parker and Stone even said in an interview "if there's any pudding eating, we will sue".
** In "The Passion of the Jew", Creator/MelGibson is portrayed as a raving lunatic who loves torture. Tapes to his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva makes this exaggeration even funnier.
** "At least it doesn't get all preachy and up its own ass with messages, you know?": Once a [[SelfDeprecation burn]] on ''South Park''[='=]s descent into being more political than funny, it can now also be applied to ''South Park''[='=]s biggest rival ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' as well.
*** The whole plot of "Cartoon Wars" was kicked off by ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' deciding to show the prophet Mohammed uncensored. Then ''South Park'' did it with the episode "201" and caught controversy because of it.
** Remember the episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft", wherein Butters said he prefers playing "Hello Kitty Island Adventure"? [[http://www.hellokittyonline.com/ Yeah, that's more-or-less real now]]...
** Osama Bin Laden being shot in the head by US soldiers on multiple occasions (namely the season five episode [[Recap/SouthParkS5E9OsamaBinLadenHasFartyPants "Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants"]] and the season 14 episode "It's A Jersey Thing") becomes funnier now that bin Laden's death (and how he died) has become a reality.
*** Fun Fact: That episode aired on Australian television the day before Bin Laden was reported dead.
** TheMovie (which depicts Saddam Hussein in Hell and as the Big Bad) was made years before Saddam Hussein's death, interestingly enough.
** The entire "Make Love, Not Warcraft" episode seems to have become a prophecy for the future of WorldOfWarcraft now that a hacker has started killing large groups of people in major cities.
** "Medicinal Fried Chicken" counts as this, since the state of Colorado subsequently voted to allow marijuana for recreational use.
** In "Fantastic Easter Special", we hear a news reporter say that "Pope Benedict has stepped down, ushering in a new era of... Pope Bill Donohue" (since Bill is an American of Irish descent). Nearly six years later, Benedict did indeed step down, and now we have a new American pope (a ''South American'' one, if you want to be pedantic, but it still works).
** In "Britney's New Look", after Music/BritneySpears is paparazzi'ed to death [[TheLottery as a sacrifice for a good corn harvest]], the show implies that Music/MileyCyrus will be the next sacrifice. Come 2013, and Miley's starting to veer towards train-wreck territory...
** Although this can be applied to many adults of the late 90s, "Chinpokomon" seemed to imply that, like many other "fads," ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' would eventually fade into obscurity. Nope. The Pokemon series is still as popular now as it was back then, with Pokemon as a whole being Nintendo's second biggest CashCowFranchise (just after Mario), and the anime series actually rivals South Park [[LongRunners in terms of longevity]] (both premiered in 1997 and are still going strong). Even better, statistics and sales data show that Pokemon is just as popular with adults today as it is with children. Granted most of those adults are probably people who got into the series as kids in the 90s, but hey it shows that there are adults out there who do understand Pokemon's wide appeal, unlike the adults in South Park.
** In the "Go God Go" series ("Go God Go" and "Go God Go XII"), one of the atheist groups, the Unified Atheist League, wears hats that kind of look like condoms on their heads. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'''s LighterAndSofter AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'', we kind of get the feeling that SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's whoopee cushion crown [[UnfortunateCharacterDesign looks like]]... you know... [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar a condom]].
** [=YMMV=] on "hilarious", but Mr. Garrison being told that "most teachers ''don't carry a gun!''", demonstrating what a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} he is. As of 2013, some groups ''are'' pushing for teachers to be given guns in the wake of school shooting tragedies.
** In "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", two men speculate that Ricky Martin is gay. This episode aired over a decade before he actually came out.
** In "The Snuke", it's revealed in the midst of the ''Series/TwentyFour'' parody that [[spoiler:Hilary Clinton has a nuke in her vagina]]. In the 2014 video game, ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes]]'', it's implied that [[spoiler:Paz has a bomb placed there herself]], and ''24'' star Keifer Sutherland voices the lead character in the game.
** The purple unicorn on Wendy's t-shirt in "Breast Cancer Show Ever" looks somewhat similar to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]], who would not exist for another two years.
** The Black Friday trilogy's primary conflict was X-Box One vs Playstation 4. Its thought that the X-Box One would 'win' the Console Cycle...but now months later its sales are tanking with Playstation 4's flying off the shelves. It was true even in the holiday season!
** TheMovie was a fully-blown {{Disneyesque}} musical. Years later, we get the episode "Elementary School Musical", which focuses entirely on how the boys react badly to everyone else in the school singing and dancing like the characters in a Disney musical.
** The episode "Cripple Fight" has Timmy being jealous of Jimmy stealing all of the attention and taking his place as the new crippled kid. This becomes hilarious when Jimmy appears more frequently and actually does end up replacing Timmy in following episodes, and Timmy has been DemotedToExtra as a result.
** The opening narration for ''The Coon'' sounds just like the opening narration for ''Arrow''.
** In 1997, South Park did a bumper commercial for Magic: The Gathering, where Kenny said that it sounded "fucking gay" But fast forward to 2014 and the episode "Cock Magic" involves Magic The Gathering... and Kenny turns out to be a pro at it! Kinda makes Kenny sound like a hypocrite.
** Cartman believing that he's somehow turned ginger, as it was later revealed that his biological father was a ginger.
** ''Christian Rock Hard'' Cartman forms a Christian rock band by taking inserting Christian lyrics into secular songs. Well now there's a RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ApologetiX band]] that does pretty much that.
** The episode "Butt Out" opens up with a cheesy anti-smoking rap and dance routine. Over a decade later we got this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcAj3lOyv3s anti-smoking commercial]].
** In ''Eek! A Penis'', Cartman encouraged the inner-city kids to cheat by saying that the New England Patriots cheated all the time. In 2015, the Patriots get accused of deflating footballs.
** At the end of "Cripple Fight", Big Gay Al tells the crowd that the law shouldn't force the Scouts to accept gay leaders and instead the correct approach is educate the organization so they will change their mind. In 2015, Boy Scouts of America decided to change their policy without any lawsuits making them.
** In "Fat Camp" Kenny starts eating and doing gross things for money with people egging him to do it and taking pleasure in watching him. This episode premiered 6 months before the premiere of Series/FearFactor
** The 2002 episode ''Jared Has Aides'' had Jared, the Subway guy falling from grace because he wanted everyone to [[PoorCommunicationKills have aides]]. 13 years later, the real Jared is going to jail for child porn. YMMV on whether it's hilarious or [[HarsherInHindsight harsh]], but it'll probably be funny in [[RunningGag 22.3 years]].
* 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 cells 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]].
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Captain Hindsight is a parody of stupid powers somehow being useful, but think about it- he has the power of always, *''always''* learning the right lesson from a mistake. Even Superman and Batman have had to have sense beaten into them more than once.
* 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 IndianaJones being "raped"[[/note]].
** "Fat Camp" and "Free Hat" have the respective Idiot Subplots of Kenny becomes famous for doing nauseating acts and the adults wanting a baby killer named Hat [=McCullough=] freed from prison, claiming that "the babies were killed in self-defense".
** "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
* InformedAttribute: Stan and Kyle's friendship can be this. While Stan can sometimes be a douche to Kyle, he usually makes up for it somehow or he's punished by the plot for it (Outside of South Park is Gay!), but when Stan's in trouble in some shape or form, Kyle is often quick to abandon him (Raisins, Douche & Turd, for example) for not doing what Kyle wants him to do.
* 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".
* 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.
** 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.
* JumpingTheShark: As with every long-running show, you'll find people who insist that it's not what it used to be and was funnier in the past than it is now. Of course, the fans all have their own ideas on what point this show started going downhill. Some prominent examples include:
** After the movie:
** When Cartman became more violent and sociopathic (starting with "Scott Tenorman Must Die")
** When Kenny was KilledOffForReal [[note]]which lasted until the 6th season finale[[/note]]
** When the show went from having fart jokes and bizarre storylines to making fun of current events and being more dramatic.
** After the backlash of "Trapped in the Closet" from the Church of Scientology.
** After Chef was killed off on season ten's "The Return of Chef" and Isaac Hayes died in real life two years later.
** After the "200/201" two-parter that caught controversy for visually depicted Muhammad (which, in the Islam religion, is ''highly'' taboo)
** The {{Wangst}}y Stan two-parter episode "You're Getting Old"/"Ass Burgers".
* 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: 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.
** 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"
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler: Stan (of all people!)]] during "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce."
* MisaimedFandom: Yeah, there are people out there who [[TooDumbToLive 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.
* {{Moe}}: The "[[{{Animesque}} anime]]" version of [[WholesomeCrossdresser Princess Kenny]] is a perfect parody of {{Moe}} anime characters.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Most people label "Scott Tenorman Must Die" as either Cartman's SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome or this trope. Sometimes both.
** Wendy crossed this earlier than Cartman when in "Tom's Rhinoplasty", she had Miss Ellen kidnapped by Iraqis who then sent her spiraling into the sun...all because [[DisproportionateRetribution Stan had a crush on her.]]
** [[AbusiveParents Butters' parents]] in "Jared Has Aides". After they both beat their son ''at the same time'' (and from the sounds of it, the event was pretty savage), it was generally agreed that they are, while not certifiably evil, ''not'' GoodParents. This opinion didn't change after his mother tried to drown him in "Butters Very Own Episode". They cross the line ''even further'' in "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset", not only for selling Butters to ParisHilton for $250 Million, but for ''scolding him'' when he begs not to be sold to a SpoiledBrat who treats her pets so poorly, they get DrivenToSuicide.
** Saddam Hussein crosses this territory when he takes the power of Canada as a tyrannical Prime Minister, forcing the family Broflovski to almost lose Ike, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking later he kills]] [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Kenny]] for no reason. All this [[ForTheEvulz to prove how evil he is]].
** The Cheistmas Critters' brutal torture and murder of Strawberry Shortcake, which involved infecting her with AIDS. Even Jason Voorhees is disturbed by their evil.
** Two characters cross this in "Miss Teacher Bangs A Boy. First, if Miss Stevenson repeatedly having sex with Ike (who's underage) wasn't bad enough, kidnapping him, trying to flee to Milan, and trying to talk him into a suicide pact definitely was. Then Officer Yates crossed this by not taking the statutory rape case seriously and even laughing at Sheila for wanting Miss Stevenson arrested.
* 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!'']]
** 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.
* 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.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Chef was fighting zombies with [[DualWielding dual-wielded]] {{chainsaw|Good}}s over a decade before ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''.
* OneSceneWonder: Patty Nelson from "Le Petit Tourette" the only other girl besides Wendy who Cartman ever shown attraction to. She only appeared in one brief scene, but she's got a good amount of fanarts and the second most popular straight pairing involving Cartman after Cartman/Wendy.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* SeasonalRot: Season 17 is considered this due to its short length and large amount of lackluster topical episodes.
* 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 ''{{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 has penises on-screen, in fact having breasts or vaginas in almost literally every episode.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped:
** Jimmy and Timmy exist to show that disabled people are human too, with all their positive and negative attributes displayed alongside their handicaps.
** "Butterballs" showed that ''anyone'' can be a bully, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters even people trying to stop them]], and how all that stereotypical advice on how to deal with bullies is not quite so helpful when it's put into practice.
** "My Future Self and Me": Parents, be honest with your kids, and kids, work hard on improving yourself now for a good future.
** "Conjoined Fetus Lady" has a rather nice anvil about how hurtful and demeaning the InspirationallyDisadvantaged mindset can be.
** "Go, God, Go": Removing religion will not stop conflicts or end the world's problems, no matter how much atheism and anti-theism are revered over religion and spirituality. Why? Because, those problems would still be around, and people would use something else as a scapegoat.
** "The Death Camp Of Tolerance": Being overly tolerant is just as bad as being intolerant.
* {{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.
* 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.
* 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 [[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 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.
** After "The Cissy" a lot of people were disappointed to find out that Wendy was just faking transgenderism like Cartman was.
* 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 its being a TV rip means the bleeps are still in place.
** Subverted in [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Latin America]], [[TheyJustDidntCare 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.]]
* 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.
* 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 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.
** 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.
* 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 of the [[IronWoobie iron variety]].
** 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".
** 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 BaseBreaker, 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 (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.