Wait, this is a "Heartwarming Moments" page, right? What the heck is it doing in a show like South Park? Believe it or not, even a show like South Park, with its killing Kenny, F-bombs, and Black Comedy, has its emotionally redeeming moments as well. One would be surprised about how much more there is to the show than blatantly offensive comedy. For moments specific to a particular entry, go to the following:
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
- South Park: The Stick of Truth
- South Park: The Fractured but Whole
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- Butters... Oh so much. Most of his scenes and a number of his focus episodes (see below) fall under this. More pronounced given he is surrounded by Too Stupid To Live adults and Jerk Ass friends
- Arguably Stan has had the most frequent earnest (unlike Cartman) moments of bonding with Butters. He took him in throughout his tirade against Motivation Corp in "My Future Self and Me", even asking him to run away from home with him, and is brought out of his depressive state from breaking up with Wendy after Butters delivers some rather poignant insight about the humanity of feeling sad in "Raisins".
- Amid the endless episodes where they react to him dying with complete apathy, it's rather touching the odd times the boys are genuinely worried about Kenny's safety.
- Meta: This one comment found on 'The Guardian's website regarding a South Park episode:
I love South Park. So long as it's running, free speech is still alive in at least part of the world, and pretension and humbug are in its scopes.
- In their LARP group, Kenny put together the persona of "Princess Kenny." And Cartman is the one who just takes it in stride...
Cartman: (while Kenny is playing with a lock of his hair) Don't ask why Kenny is dressed up as a chick; that's just the way he seems to be rolling.
- Episodes like "Woodland Critter Christmas" and "Two Days Before The Day After Tomorrow" show that deep down, Cartman considers Stan to be a true friend.
- Any time Kyle and Cartman actually get along and play together pleasantly is a heartwarming moment in itself.
- Meta: Trey Parker's Instagram page, where he posts a lot of pictures with his daughter Betty, including one adorable picture of her with Trey's own father, Randy Parker. Awww.
- After a huge mix-up between him and Cartman, Marvin returns home to Ethiopia with the dead genetically altered turkeys (which were previously terrorizing South Park). His people are overjoyed to see them, for they had been starving for a long time and the arrival of the dead turkeys meant that they could finally have food. Also, Sally Struthers, who had been keeping food from the Ethiopians despite promoting their plight on television, is seen tied up as punishment. What a sweet way to end off the episode!
- "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" is the first episode in the whole series where Kenny does not die, and proud of it: throughout the whole episode, Kenny is put through all sorts of dangerous situations where he could easily die, yet he survives. As the episode comes to a close, Stan and Kyle feel like they're forgetting something, as Kenny is quite blatantly still alive. Then the words "THE END" appear above the boys. Kenny cheers, and the credits roll. Oh, and it was Christmas. How's that for a first Throw the Dog a Bone moment for Kenny?
- The AV Club's review of the episode frames this as a Heartwarming Moment in a meta sense, too, seeing as Parker and Stone were considerate enough of our love of Kenny-death to keep him walking the tightrope for most of the episode:
- This episode features Robert Smith, who is one of the only famous people not made fun of by South Park. Robert Smith himself was touched by the episode, especially when they call him, "The best person ever."
- The fact that Stan, Kyle and Kenny actually express concern for Cartman's well-being, given that they spend most of the time insulting him. When the video of him having a tea party is shown on America's Stupidest Home Videos, they're genuinely sorry for humiliating him and use the money they won for DNA testing to find out who his dad is.
Ike's Wee Wee
- Despite Kyle doing some crazy things throughout the episode (like sending Ike to Nebraska and allowing his parents to think Ike died), the fact he was only doing that to protect his brother from what he thought was castration.
- Kyle looking through the photo album and realizing Ike truly is his brother regardless of the fact he's adopted then subsequently going back to trying protect him again.
- Kyle telling Stan that he's so close to him, he's more than family
- Uncle Jimbo, Principal Victoria, and Mr. Garrison (whose fault it was he got fired in the first place) helping Mr. Mackey get his life back together. Even if it was a deconstruction of Drugs Are Bad, getting rehabilitated was way healthier for Mackey than the life he was living.
- The boys get some of the musicians that Chef knew and have them play music to raise money for getting Chef out of jail. When Chef finds out, he's amazed! And then Johnny Cochran, touched by all this devotion, agrees to defend Chef for free.
- Towards the end, Kenny gets struck by lightning right after committing to a long-distance-relationship with his new girlfriend...who then proceeds to resuscitate him with CPR. He's fine and dancing happily with her in the next, and final, scene. On top of that, she calls Stan and Kyle out for just standing by and doing their "Oh my God, they killed Kenny! / You bastards!" shtick instead of actually helping Kenny, even bringing into question the "they" who keep killing him.
- It should also be noted that, unlike with Tammy, Kenny never used Kelly for sex meaning he did genuinely love her.
- In a really bizarre example, one of the Christmas songs starts with Hitler crying over not having a Christmas tree in song. It's pretty depressing, even if it is Hitler. Satan comes in and cheers everybody up with a happy song, even giving Hitler a wrapped Christmas Tree. Mostly played for laughs, but the whole "no one deserves to be miserable on Christmas, even Satan and Hitler" message behind it all is really touching. Hear the song here.
- The last song in is Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and unlike the others it's unaltered for Rule of Funny. Around the line "happy golden days of yore," there's suddenly a mini-Montage of some of the South Park females, followed by them and others crowding around Author Avatars Stan and Kyle during "faithful friends who are dear to us." All of those characters were originally voiced by Mary Kay Bergman, who committed suicide shortly before the episode was produced.
- During "through the years we'll always be together," the four boys throw their arms around each other's shoulders in a rare moment of full group solidarity so nice it's only partially ruined by Kenny's death during "if the Fates allow." The line also gets a layer of meta-heartwarming when you consider what a Long Runner South Park turned out to be. They really do get to be together for years!
- Kenny's parents spend the majority of the series ignoring him and are instead wasting their money on beer and constantly arguing among each other, so it's actually quite sweet in this particular episode where despite the family's limited income, Kenny's mom accompanies her son all the way to Europe so he can further his singing career at a conservatory since she sees how much it means to him.
- Stan's concern for Kyle in quite endearing. When Kyle falls ill and is not getting better, Stan visits the town's doctor to ask what is wrong with him. When the doctor replies that Kyle needs a kidney transplant, Stan offers to be a donor for him, "even it hurts a real lot." Since Stan is unfortunately not a match, he spends the rest of the episode going to great lengths to find Kyle a kidney and see him well again.
- Cartman's legitimate disappointment at the end of the episode, when it is implied he might have enjoyed the idea of Wendy having feelings for him. All in all, it seems more like a Bittersweet Ending, but you have to admit, it's always nice to see Cartman with softer, genuine feelings.
- Also there's the fact that Stan and Kyle misinterpret the topic of the debate and don't know the flag symbolizes past racism, they think it represents capital punishment and that's why it's so controversial. This touches Chef's heart as it's shows that all they saw was five people, not caring about the color of their skin.
- The boys show genuine concern for Timmy's soul after the local priest tried to scare everyone into coming to church. Typically, the adult characters would react to such threats in the most melodramatic and selfish way imaginable (usually involving riots and public nudity), so it's nice to see that the boys take on a "no-one gets left behind" attitude.
- A little girl telling Satan he should go to God for advice, even as she's damned in Hell for all eternity.
- God gives Satan advice on how to deal with his relationship problems despite everything that's happened between them.
- Timmy's relationship with Gobbles, a turkey with disabilities, in the Helen Keller school play show. Especially when he goes to sleep and Gobbles hops up to sleep beside him.
- Kyle watches Cartman get all sorts of wonderful things, and the stress of a Jerk Ass like Cartman getting his own theme park makes him horribly sick, and he loses his faith and his will to live. But what's sweet is that Stan knows him so well that he brings him all the way to Cartmanland to see Cartman lose everything. Kyle recovers pretty sharpish when he sees that God gave Cartman gifts to take them away, just the same as he does with everybody else (at least that's how it works according to Chef).
- The scene with Cartman and Kenny at the hospital. Also counts as a Tear Jerker.
Cartman: ...You know, it's funny, Kenny. Stan and Kyle have always been sort of two best friends, you know, and... well I- I don't know if I ever told you this, Kenny, but um... I kind of always thought you were my best f-friend. I don't know.Kenny: Eric, well you're my best friend, too.
- Having Kenny back at the end of "Red Sleigh Down" was kind of nice. On a similar note, so was having Cartman channel Kenny's ghost from "A Ladder to Heaven" to "The Biggest Douche in the Universe".
- A lot of the moments where Stan and Kyle's friendship is made clear qualifies as a Heartwarming Moment. Once such moment took place in the episode "Ass-Pen", some time after Kenny was killed off for real, when Stan was planning to race an experienced skier down an extremely dangerous slope.
Kyle: Look, Stan. When Kenny died I learned how important friends are. I'm not gonna lose another friend.
- A small one, but when the kids (led by Stan) stage a lock-in in Stan's room to protest the slaughter of calves into veal. When the parents decide not to interfere or feed them in order to get them to drop the protest, Liane sneaks the kids some food.
- Cartman is given complete control over the situation when he easily manipulates the negotiator into giving him anything he wants (except North and South Dakota). Despite the fact that he initially wanted no part of their protest, has no problems with veal, and thinks he has become the thing he hates (a hippy) it's Cartman who actually ends up saving the calves. By forcing the word "veal" to be changed to "tortured baby cow" there is no longer a market for veal, and the calves are allowed to grow up in safety.
- Under the assumption that the boys had raped and killed Ms. Choksondik, Chef packs their clothes and plans to go on the run with them. Hilarious, but also heartwarming when you realize that he was willing to give up his life in order to protect the kids.
- ...even if they would have done such a horrible thing.
- After being corrupted by Bebe's breasts, all the boys in the class start fighting over her. However after she finally tires of it and finds a way to cover them, they snap out of their primal state, with Stan delivering wisdom (from Randy no less) about not letting them cloud their judgement again, leading all the boys to apologize and hug. Even Mr Mackey expresses out loud how adorable this is.
- Randy's speech beforehand is actually fairly sweet as well, too, being a very sincere bit of father-to-son advice about how there will be women he's attracted to and they'll come and go, but someday he'll find someone special whom he'll love beyond just her body and want to share his life with. And he says that last one whilst looking at his wife, who smiles and says "I love you, Randy" in response.
- The boys try to build a ladder to heaven to ask Kenny where he put the ticket stub for the candy shopping spree they won. Oh sure, it's just candy... but they still think you can build an actual, physical ladder to heaven. Kinda cute, even if it is more shallow than the grown-ups think. And all the time Cartman is channelling Kenny's memories.
I'm a Little Bit Country
- Its ending, more on a meta-level. One could not really care less if the Jerkass useless adults were killing each other or not, but the overall message it carried was very heartwarming.
- The final punchline was surprisingly heartwarming. The entire episode was making fun of Mormonism, but when Stan insults Gary's family and faith, Gary gives him a massive "The Reason You Suck" Speech because his faith gave him good values and closeness with his family.
- Butters, up until now little more than the Butt-Monkey, is crying because he had his heart broken by a Raisins girl who only liked him because the Raisins girls are trained to flirt with boys for extra tip money (and Butters, naive as he is, took this to mean that she really did like him). A group of goths attempt to get him to join their depressing group, but Butters refuses, stating that even though he's depressed over having his heart broken, he feels happier knowing he can express that kind of pain and would rather be mocked for being a wuss who cries a lot instead of a "faggy Goth kid." For such a cynical, satirical show, it was oddly uplifting and was a turning point for the character.
- The line that really makes the moment is Butter's brilliant insightful revelation that, as he puts it, him being that sad means that he was happy enough in the first place to have managed to become so sad. The sadness he was feeling was equal to the happiness he felt previously, and he's only that sad because he lost something that had made him THAT happy. He looked at his sadness and correlated it to the happiness he had experienced. If it didn't matter to him, and if it didn't make him so happy, he wouldn't be nearly as devastated. So he decides that it's worth being that sad, because it means he's capable of achieving happiness just as great. Simple enough, but it's the kind of thought process that can change a person's life around.
- The fact that the Goth Kids were willing to let Butters hang out with them, when the Vampire Kids would only let cool kids into their group.
- Kyle went to great lengths to get Ike back by traveling to Ottawa with his friends, a Mountie, a French-Canadian mime, and a Newfoundland fisherman, to the see the Prime Minister (in an homage to The Wizard of Oz, no less) because of the respective laws of Ike going back to his birth parents, Mounties being forced to ride sheep in lieu of horses, wine being outlawed, and a ban on sodomy. When they arrived, the guard refused entry, and the boys started crying, and the guard felt so bad for them that he decides to grant them entry. It turns out that the Prime Minister was Saddam Hussein in disguise and the Canadians proceed to beat the crap out of the villainous Iraqi dictator, and in the end, the laws are null and void, and Kyle and Ike are reunited.
- Although the effect is diminished somewhat by the fact that they were just going with Kyle so they could get presents at Christmas, and didn't give a damn if Kyle would never see his brother again and Saddam remained in control of Canada.
- Butters and AWESOM-O having a "sleepover", and Butters falling asleep, smiling and hugging his new friend. And to top it off, AWESOM-O (That is, Eric freaking Cartman) doesn't seem to mind.
- Just when the military soldiers are about to kill Cartman (who they are unaware AWESOM-O is in disguise), Butters saves him and pulls an awesome Big Damn Heroes moment, begging the scientists not to hurt AWESOM-O and how much he means to him. The entire squad of hardened soldiers are left in a state of tears. That is, until Cartman accidentally farts and is forced to reveal his true identity and get embarrassed.
- Kyle shows a little big brother instinct and helps take care of "Mr. Jefferson's" son's scraped knee.
- At the end, when Mr. Slave delivers a speech about how parents need to do better in being role models to their children, thus proving his wisdom... right after outwhoring Paris Hilton.
- Santa revives the mountain lion at the end. Yes it was a story by Cartman that ended with Kyle getting AIDS but seeing the mountain lion cubs happily reunited with their mother is just too joyful.
The Death of Eric Cartman
- A lot of "The Death of Eric Cartman", in which Cartman actually shows some sincere decency and regret for past actions. Especially heartwarming is his relationship with Butters through the episode. Of course, at the very end things return to normal and Cartman reverts back to the Jerk Ass everyone loves to hate, but the episode was heartwarming all the same.
- One scene in particular is the scene where a tearful Cartman tells his mother, through Butters, that he loves her and wishes he had been a better son. She's so moved that she begins to cry, causing Cartman to cry more, and eventually even Butters begins to sob along with them.
- Cartman asking Mrs. Garrison to give Heidi an A after he accidentally breaks their egg, because he feels she doesn't deserve to get a failing grade for something he did. Even after it's implied that he said that on purpose (she gets an A he gets an F so overall let's make it a C on the report card), he still wanted Heidi to get the A. It's nice to see Cartman express positive feelings toward someone other than himself for a change.
- Randy walking with Stan into the sunset, discussing how much alcohol Randy should drink for it to be considered "in moderation." One of the few moments on the show that actually feels human, and a season finale to boot.
- Cartman cheering his mom up by singing to her.
- To be fair, he did it to get out of trouble.
- Even Cartman can't go through with killing his own mother.
- A meta example: the fact that Blizzard not only agreed to help work on the episode, but even went so far as to send some people over to South Park's studio to help animate and set up a private server for the crew to record gameplay with.
- It's always nice when Butters gets thrown a bone. At the end, he not only manages to get Biggie Smalls to Satan's Halloween party, but gets to boogie on the dance floor (in his jammies) with him and everyone else when Satan decides to stop being a spoiled brat and let everybody in, rather than just those who received the special invitations.
- After two full episodes of seeing the various factions viciously war back and forth, killing mercilessly and speaking of little other than their grand ambitions to wipe out the others, Cartman manages to alter the timeline. This occurs in such a way that all of the involved parties are not only at peace; they were never even at war to begin with. It's oddly heartwarming to see the three factions leaders calmly, cheerfully working together in light of how we know things could have turned out.
- The end is so uplifting (the music doesn't hurt) even the subsequent Take That! can't reduce its effect.
- Despite Bradley getting him into trouble with counselors for stashing men's underwear catalogues, he forgives him very nonchalently and suggests cheerfully that if they continue their work maybe they won't be confused anymore. The sheer kindness of this actually leads to Bradley gaining affections for him.
- Butters is sent to a church camp for sexually confused boys and tries to save his friend, Bradley, from suicide by accusing the camp counselors of being confused and projecting their insecurities on the children (despite not knowing what "confused" means in terms of sexual orientation).
- Cartman crying and screaming trying to revive Kyle, and grinning and laughing with joy when he succeeds.
Cartman: Goddammit, Kyle, you never walked away from anything in your life! Now fight! Fight! Fight! Right now! [begins to break down] Fu-hight! Fu-hu-hight! [pounds Kyle's chest hard] Fight!
- Stan and Wendy reuniting as a couple. Despite a less than stellar breakup five seasons earlier, seeing them get along amicably enough to give their relationship a second chance is a breath of fresh air amidst South Park's typical cynicism. Stan barfing on her before the credits roll arguably even seals the deal instead of being a Moment Killer.
Cartman: He always pukes when he's in love.
- Especially, and ironically, when you consider Cartman's line from "Tom's Rhinoplasty"
- When Clyde is revealed to be falsely considered the hottest guy in school, he does show support to Kyle and criticizes Butters for mocking Kyle for being on the bottom.
- Whilst Kyle is a jerkass who continually laughs at Cartman's expense in accidentally getting HIV, Butters doesn't treat Cartman any differently. He even kisses Cartman on the cheek, possibly to try and comfort him or prove he's not afraid to touch him.
- At a special commemoration for Cartman, no one has bothered to show up, except for Butters and Jimmy who enthusiastically cheer on Cartman.
- A meta-example: This episode came out around the time Britney Spears was having a lot of issues and shit being thrown at her. With this show's reputation for insulting everyone,especially celebrities it would've been no surprise had South Park insulted her as well. Instead, the creators were so sick of Britney Spears being insulted while being in a rough period in her life, they actually made an episode that insulted the people giving her shit and delivered the much needed anvil that celebrities are just as human as we are and it's inhumane to exploit them when they're going through a rough period in life.
- When all cats are deemed illegal in South Park, Cartman of all people is the one that steps up to protect them and hides them in his attic - with no ulterior motive at all.
- After Cartman makes a joke out of her speech for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Wendy decides to beat the crap out of him. Eventually, Cartman goes to his mother, resulting in Wendy's parents issuing an ultimatum. Defeated, Wendy lets it drop, but is called into Principal Victoria's office at the last moment. Her Rousing Speech (which is full of thinly veiled Double Meaning) gives her the resolve to do it anyway.
When you have cancer, you fight. It doesn't matter if you win or not - you refuse to let that fat little lump make you feel powerless!
- After Stan is worried Wendy may leave him for the popular kid Bridon, she assures him that would never happen and kisses him on the cheek. The first time she's ever done so without him throwing up. Even if it didn't allay Stan's fear, it was still a sweet moment.
- It's also worth noting that Stan was willing to let her be with Bridon if she wanted. After their breakup in "Raisins", he fell into a deep depression and all he wanted was to be with her again. In "Follow that Egg", after Kyle and Wendy are selected to be partners on a project, he thought they were getting together. While he was upset, Stan eventually told Kyle that he should "just be with Wendy and be happy", even though Kyle just wanted a good grade. Here, he told Wendy straight-up that he didn't want to be in her way if she wanted to be with another guy. All of this is proof that, even if he doesn't always show it, Stan does care about her.
- It's a little weird, but I thought it was sweet that Ike ran to Kyle for help when he was seeing ghosts. It may sound messed up, but it shows how close they are and that Ike feels so safe with Kyle.
- Cartman helping Kyle and Ike (Who's possessed by the late Michael Jackson), convincing one of the judges to vote for Ike by giving her helpful advice about how to continue eating Chipotle without having to buy new underwear. What makes it better is that unlike in his usual plans, he has no ulterior motive.
- Butters becomes the most successful pimp in South Park purely by being himself. He takes care of his employees, looks into securing housing loans for them, and is so respectful of women that other prostitutes defect from their pimps to join his company. He only refers to them as "bitches" because he's under the impression it's a technical term that good pimps use.
You Have 0 Friends
- Kip GODDAMN Drordy. The kid had a sad clown poster on his wall and spent all his time looking sadly at his friendless Facebook page, and was just so ridiculously happy that Kyle was his Facebook friend. At the end, he got all Stan's friends.
- Cartman, out of all people, actually succeeds in helping Kyle make a friend via Chatroulette (even though this is short lived due to his friendship with Kip), contrasting greatly with Stan's anger and hesitance in having to participate in Facebook activities throughout the whole episode.
- Cartman's genuine gratitude when Kyle saves him from a Gollum-like Snooki during the Jersey invasion, despite Cartman previousy having been on an all-episode crusade against him. "Kyle, you're still a monster..."* Cartman pinches Kyle's cheek and grins* "But you're my monster!"
- Kenny's willingness to perform a Heroic Sacrifice for his friends in order to get them out of R'lyeh. While he has done this many times before, the fact that he can so willingly suffer pain and harm for his friends speaks volumes for what kind of person he is and that deep down, he truly deserves the moniker of Superhero.
Crack Baby Athletic Association
- Its ending.
- Though the episode itself was soul-crushingly depressing and deserves to be on the Tear Jerker page, the fan reaction to this episode has been pretty touching. You have people who have been so touched by this seemingly asinine show; they are depressed, they are sad, but as a fanbase, we are pulling together.
- Cartman and Kyle smiling pleasantly at each other in the ending montage. Heartwarming in a weird way, definitely.
- A drunk Stan for his friend back, while his expressions from happy to sad to Jerk Ass tend to be a case of Mood Whiplash. He actually finally tells his best friend that he loves him.
- After leaving him at a clinic, Sharon leaves saying his goodbyes to a deflated Stan and telling him she loves him with earnest concern. This is pretty heartwarming considering Stan is generally treated with No Sympathy throughout the two partners.
- This episode reveals to Randy that men sit through Broadway musicals with their wives because they use Sub Text to Brainwash them into giving blow-jobs. By the end, Sharon is understandably pissed at Randy for all that, who goes from "pretending to agree with her" mode to "genuinely apologetic" mode. The heartwarming comes when Sharon decides that she still likes Broadway musicals despite the brainwashing, since all it does is make her make Randy happy, bringing them closer together. Considering the end of "Ass Burgers", in which they decided to live together in an unhappy coexistence because Status Quo Is God, seeing them have something that bonds them and bring them happiness was very moving.
- As well as the fact that Stan's cranky sister Shelly stands up for Larry Feegan when no-one else will.
- Kenny as Mysterion consoling his sister upon being placed in foster care.
- Also, this episodes shows one important thing, you DON'T fuck with Karen McCormick, otherwise Kenny will kick your ass.
- Even beyond the beatdown, the fact that he puts on his Mysterion costume to make his scared little sister feel protected (something that, according to their conversation, was a regular occurrence even before the latest incident) is just fantastic.
- From the same episode, a small CMOH but worth a mention is Kenny holding Karen's hand on her way to class.
- And also him hugging her as she is crying while being interviewed by their incompetent case worker.
- In fact, almost every shot that contains the two of them together has Karen either crying on Kenny's shoulder or holding his hand.
- Mr. Adams, the bad caseworker got one as well. For most of the episode this guy was more interested in telling dumb Penn State jokes rather than giving children advice. Than he discovered the abusive tactics of the Weatherheads and not only pulls the children out of the home, but is deeply distraught for sending kids into a bad home. In a show where the adults are rarely competent or even held accountable for their behavior, it is quite telling that there is an adult who will try to make things right.
Cash for Gold
- The parts with Stan and his grandpa. 'Nuff said.
- Even with the Mood Whiplash directly afterward.
- While heartwarming is probably the last thing that would come to mind when one would tell another to kill themselves, when Dean threatens Stan with a lawsuit, Stan says he doesn't care about what happens to him as long as his grandpa is satisfied. So even if Stan was fined and/or arrested over Dean killing himself, he would fully accept it if his grandpa was fine.
- Especially with it.
- After Cartman has been chained in a dark, empty park at night in a bunny costume, doused with blood, shot with a tranquilizer dart, and forced to suffer through one of the worst night terrors of his entire life, Kyle comes along and cuts his chains, walks him home, and tucks him into bed. By the end of the episode, after having suffered through one of the scariest nights of his life, Cartman ends up with a much greater appreciation for Jewish people (even going so far as to convert himself, if only for a day).
- The concern of the boys- even Craig- at Butters being bullied. Its really nice to see that the Reset Button hasn't affected everything in the show, and for all that Butters has been through he's gone from an unpopular wuss to actually being good friends with his class, even a fifth member of the main four boys. Before, Stan and Kyle would only be nice to Butters out of pity, but now it's because he's their friend. Made even better in that it shows Character Development in terms of Stan being the most angered by Butters getting bullied (despite what it ended up setting off), when back in the third season's "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub" he hated the idea of having to just spend a few hours with him.
- Token and Nicole's Falling in Love Montage.
- Okay, despite Cartman's intentions of avoiding interracial couples, it's pretty awesome the lengths he went to just to get them together. And in the end, they seemed to genuinely like each other; Nichole even says that she doesn't care if people assume they're supposed to be together, making Cartman's reasons moot! Hell, he even makes Kyle happy for a while because the girls seem more attracted to him (this was because he and Cartman were apparently gay, but...). Cartman's a racist asshole, but at least he's a racist asshole who made some people happy.
- Butters is driven into an aggressive state due to a biological state from being Hawaiian. When he makes an outburst that reveals Kenny is actually his best friend, the latter is willing to support him and even go with him to his migration to Kuaui. Pretty touching considering the two have barely interacted at all prior to this.
- What's more, since Butters is Professor Chaos and Kenny is Mysterion, their friendship becomes even more touching as it shows that when the chips are down they'd put aside their differences and help each other out. This might be due to the fact that Mysterion treats Professor Chaos with respect.
- The fact that not only does Kenny SURVIVE the entire episode, but he gets made an honorary Hawaiian for helping save Hawaii's culture, makes this episode even more sweet. Of course by now, it's pretty much established Kenny's dying days are fewer than before.... Except when it's REALLLY funny.
Informative Murder Porn
- It's in a twisted way, but Randy and Sharon bonding over being able to kill each other in Minecraft.
- When Michael and Pete come to Henrietta to tell her that the camp was a hoax and that she became an emo on her own, she starts to feel embarrassed and ashamed for doing so. Feeling bad for her, they lie by telling her that they lied and that they destroyed the body-snatching plants, which makes her feel better and makes her a goth again.
- Firkle's "Welcome Back, Bitch" sign.
- Kyle's determination to help Ike.
- Cartman's prank accidentally triggers peace in the Middle East. The camera men then show footage of this peace. Being South Park, you expect a ton of irony and sarcasm, but instead you get live action footage of Muslims, Christians and Jews celebrating and having a good time while rocking out to Van Halen.
- Kane West proclaims that he doesn't care if his fiancee Kim Kardashian is a Hobbit (it.. kinda makes sense in context) - he loves her nevertheless. And Wendy even gives up her crusade to expose the photoshopped pictures of women for the fakes they are, so as not to destroy their happiness.
- Sharon's speech about Lorde (It Makes Sense in Context):
Do you know why young people like Lorde so much? It's because she's something different. Kids have had pop music artists flash tits and crotch in their face and most kids are actually smart enough to be sick of it. Lorde represents something in all of us: the truth that wants to be heard. If I could talk to Lorde right now, you know what I'd tell her? I’d tell her not to let people change who she is. I’d tell her that if people are making fun of her, it’s probably because they lost touch with being human. I’d tell her to keep on doing what she does, because when someone’s not allowed to express who they are inside, then we all lose. That's...what I would say to Lorde.
- The whole scene after Sharon's speech. Randy inspired to go on with writing Lorde's new song, while many people are seen enjoying it- Butters, Principal Victoria, Shelly (which Randy noticed, making him smile), the employees of Lorde's record company, and the daughters of Randy's co-worker, who went on to urge her boss to not set up the transgender restroom at the office, then leading to both of them listening and liking Lorde's new song. The SPIN magazine reporter is shown about to publish his article detailing all of Lorde's secrets, but then has a change of heart, and deletes it, then walks away from his computer.
- Butters dancing to Lorde's new song near the end of the episode - while wearing a tutu - was just about the biggest bow Matt and Trey could've put on the episode after that speech.
- It's probably the kindest depiction a celebrity has ever gotten on South Park really (Outside of the gag about Lorde being Randy in drag)
- Timmy started Handicar to make money for summer camp, and at the end, he sells the company to Elon Musk for 2.3 billion and gives it all to the camp.
- Satan sitting down with Stan and explaining about addiction and why Stan has addiction problems and teaching him how to deal with it.
- The boys, even Cartman, having reservations about putting their rooster, McNuggets, through a dangerous card competition. Eventually, Kenny does take his place.
Where My Country Gone
- Butters and Charlotte the Canadian falling in... "Slow Cosby."
- At the end of "Tweek x Craig" we see that Butters is still keeping in contact with Charlotte via video cam.
- Even if he is exploiting child labor to spruce up City Wok, Tuong Lu Kim is genuinely distraught that he can't pay Kenny more.
- Kenny getting a doll that his little sister Karen wanted with his pay from City Wok since their parents sure weren't going to do it.
- Despite being on the edge of going out of business, Tuong Lu Kim decided to pay Kenny enough for his hard work to get his sister that doll.
- In another rather twisted example, a furious, violent riot starts in downtown South Park during the events of The City Part of Town. What's surprisingly heartwarming, however, is why the riot starts - when Kenny gets harassed, yelled at, and finally outright punched by a furious Randy, Kenny's fellow coworkers are outraged and jump his attacker. Hitting a child is not okay, and for such an angry moment, it's surprisingly nice to see how quickly they leap to Kenny's defense.
- In his own twisted way, PC Principal, who truly just wants to protect people from shaming and seems genuinely concerned with the people who he believes are in trouble.
- There's something sweet about how, towards the end of the episode, when Reality reveals that Butters is dying from sifting through everyone's negative comments, all the celebrities, PC Principal and Randy are distraught, having a collective My God, What Have I Done? moment. They all visit Butters in his hospital room. It's really strangely touching... of course, this being South Park, we get some good old Black Comedy to deflate the feels in the best way.
- Even though he was only introduced in the previous episode, by the end of this episode, David is greatly concerned when an eccentric and naked Butters is going insane, and chases after him trying to help as much as Stan, Kyle, and Kenny do.
- The fact that South Park is acknowledging their fanbase by showing off their yaoi fanart. It doesn't matter if the fans misinterpret a scene or let their imaginations run wild, just the fact that they're fans is something the creators appreciate. They even give fans who sent in artwork a thank you message in the credits◊.
- Although it's easy to miss, Craig's possible acceptance of his sexuality at the end. He may have only realized it because of the town's antics, but there are strong hints throughout the episode—namely in Craig's shameful expression when Tweak asks him to try getting back together—that Craig has been repressing his sexuality for a long, long time.
- Whether Craig is gay or not, Craig's dad finally saying that he accepts his son's sexuality, and that he still loves him.
- Whether their relationship is romantic or not, it's still rather touching that Craig was the first person to ever tell Tweek that he was capable of more than he thought he was, and that this gave Tweek a boost in his self-confidence.
Craig: You can do it, Tweek! You're capable of more than you think.(Later)Tweek: You made me believe in myself in a way I never have before. I didn't think I had any of that in me, but... you were right. I can do more than I think.
- As of Season 19, it was indeed confirmed that Tweek and Craig are officially a couple.
- In its own weird way, showing that Butters is still injured from the crap he went through in the last episode. For all the season's ridiculing of political correctness, it's nice to see that actual problems are being given attention.
- Cartman, of all people, deciding "just because I don't understand it, doesn't mean I can't support it." He doesn't understand homosexuality with regards to how one man can be sexually attracted to another, and is worried that Craig may have seen his penis at one point. But he's still going to support his friends because it makes them happy. Not only that, but when the entire town becomes depressed because of Tweek and Craig's break-up, he's tries to convince Cupid Me to make things better.
- Barbrady has an old sick dog that he cares for and promises he'll try his best to buy her medication after losing his job and later on when he's sent to kill the kids that the other adults think are part of ISIS, he tries to reason with them and beg them not to be part of ISIS. It doesn't work because of Randy, but it shows that Barbrady is a good man at heart.
- Barbrady saves Jimmy from getting shot by the Geico advert! Would count as Moment of Awesome for him!
- Even if he is ordered to do so, Barbrady still refuses to shoot the kids (Jimmy and Leslie) and outright helps them escape.
- Whenever two or more characters start pointing guns at each other. Given how high-strung that characters are you'd expect a shootout to occur, but instead they realize how bad things are if they're trying to kill each other and talk through their issues.
- The Season 20 trailer. Sure, it's really tongue-in-cheeky, but damn it, it's still relatably sweet.
- After spending most of Season 19 recovering from his attempted suicide, it's nice to see that Butters has healed and is able to laugh again.
- After he got wrongly accused of being Skankhunt42 and got his stuff destroyed, so he can't access Twitter; it's heartwarming to see Cartman and Heidi Turner - who left Twitter due by trolling actions caused by Skankhunt42, Gerald Broflovski - becoming friends. It helps that Cartman is sincere that males and females are equally funny. Heidi even admits she was wrong for accusing him and apologizes to him.
- As of "Wieners Out", they're a real item now. In addition, Cartman and Heidi act like very close lovers, using pet names and complimenting each other and giving each other gifts.
- Sheila tries her best to be there for Gerald, and when he leads her to believe he's into piss porn she doesn't judge him for it and is even willing to try it to make him happy.
- Kyle apologizing to Cartman for what he and the rest of the boys did to him two episodes earlier. Cartman tells him it's cool because it brought him and Heidi together.
- This episode not only features Cartman and Heidi's love and their trying to stop the gender war, but Randy attempts to help Mr. Garrison in an oddly touching way. Sure, it began as confusion, but seeing Randy make an effort to help others after his string of selfish and chaotic events last season is almost as endearing as the new lovebirds in the school.
- Speaking of them, Cartman continues to treat Heidi better than any living being, if not thing, than ever before, reassuring her after her plan to help Denmark finish up Troll Trace.com is ruined by the Troll army. And then, Cartman sings once again, but this time it's a duet with his newfound girlfriend. Hell, even at the beginning of the episode, they kiss very shortly after she shows up to back him up when the girls berate him.
Put It Down
- The ending song, since it shows the boys and girls singing together without a hint of malice towards the other gender, indicating that the reset of the internet ended the gender war (though whether or not the couples got back together is unknown).
- Jossed in Double Down, where Kyle was trying to appease the girls when he tried to discuss with them regarding Heidi's relationship, meaning that them singing together was Teeth-Clenched Teamwork.
- This episode also shows that Craig and Tweek really are a couple and they both adore each other. It also shows that Craig is surprisingly a sweet and attentive boyfriend to Tweek and really just wants him to be happy. The two have gone from having a violent fistfight in the early seasons to being a genuinely pleasant couple, something very rare in South Park these days.
- We get to see the very rare sight of Tweek being calm and smiling once Craig finally learns to listen rather than attempt to problem solve, and it's absolutely adorable.
- According to Randy, Witch Week has been 20 year long tradition for him and the guys.
- Garrison happily rejoining Witch Week.
- Kyle doing everything he can to help Heidi in her toxic relationship with Cartman, from trying to convince Cartman to treat her better, to trying to put the gender war behind everyone to just try to convince the girls to not keep telling Heidi "I Told You So" over the latter's relationship with Cartman, and talking to Heidi about her feelings of loneliness and self-deprecation, and in response, tells Heidi that she's not a bad person for making the wrong choice. And when he tells the girls to treat Heidi better, the girls team him about "liking" Heidi, leading to this line:
Kyle: No, I don't! ... Do I?
- Later on in the episode, we see Kyle and Heidi talking on the swings, looking at each other from their lockers, and apparently sending love notes to one another. It seemed that two had gotten together after Heidi's break-up with Cartman. After all that Heidi had been through at the hands of Cartman, it's very pleasant to see her get with someone who's bound to treat her like a princess, especially since one could get vibes of the more innocent relationship of Stan and Wendy in the older seasons from these two. At one point, it shows Kyle getting ready for a date with Heidi, clearly giddy and putting on hair-gel to most likely impress Heidi with better-looking hair. It's very sweet, and especially heartwarming, since nowadays, it's hard to find Kyle quite as joyful and happy as he is here. Which makes it all the more heartbreaking when she ultimately leaves Kyle to go back to Cartman.
- When Heidi and Cartman start complaining about the Special Ed Science Fair, and the former stating that she isn't interested in their projects and that their experiments won't contribute to society, Stan and Kyle defend them by saying the special ed kids are their friends and that their experiments are actually pretty interesting.
- Jimmy calling Timmy 'Tim-Tim' throughout the episode was pretty darn sweet.
- A small example, but when Heidi and Cartman start interrogating Butters and try to goad him into taking Heidi's place as the Special Ed Science Fair judge, Butters says he has a birthday party to attend to. The two assume Butters is just trying to get out of "helping", but Clyde comes in, attesting to it saying that "it's [his] birthday". It shows Butters has come a long way from being The Friend Nobody Likes.
- After everything that Kyle went through from "Doubling Down" till now its very nice to see that his friend are still by his side and are more than willing to find his missing brother. Even Cartman is willing to pitch in, though his reason are a bit more self-centered than the rest of the boys as he just wants to find an excuse not to go out on a date with Heidi.
- Speaking of Heidi's relationship with Cartman, its finally nice to see Heidi finally leaving Cartman, for a more productive future. It is very touching to see that as far as she fell, she isn't beyond redemption and is still capable of turning her life around.