This page covers tropes found in South Park
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- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Randy and Stan Marsh.
- Walk Into Camera Obstruction:
- "Coon 2: Hindsight" with Mysterion; near the ending as he and Coon and Friends run out of Stan's house after watching the news.
- War Has Never Been So Much Fun: Vietnam was actually a lot of fun, and involved waterslides.
- Wasteful Wishing: God allows the human race the answer to a single question, and Stan asks him... why he hasn't gotten a period yet.
- Watching the Sunset: Stan and Kyle are briefly seen doing this in the opening of "The Return of Chef".
- Weaponized Landmark: The Lincoln Memorial. Combated with a giant stone John Wilkes Booth.
- Weirdness Magnet: Heavily lampshaded by Craig in 'Pandemic'.
- We Should Get Another Tape: Cartman's video of his Boy Band in "Something You Can Do With Your Finger" runs on to a bondage/urine fetish video his mom made.
- Wham Episode: "Kenny Dies", "Raisins", "You're Getting Old" and "1%"
- Wham Line:
- "Christmas poo? You mean Mr. Hankey?"note
- "What, [you wanted to tell me] that you put pubes in your chili?"[[note]]"Scott Tenorman Must Die"
- "He just said, 'Where's Stan?'"note
- "Wendy breaks up."note
- "I. Can't. Die."note
- "You must now harness and focus your power, Gok-Zerrah. The power of mint and berries, yet with a tasty, satisying crunch."note
- "Get in the car, Stan! Your mom and I are movin' back in together!"note
- What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of "201" we never found out how they got rid of Mecha Streisand. The Super Best Friends distract her with a Neil Diamond duet and that's the last we see of her.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Mint-Berry Crunch, with the combined powers of Mint and Berry with a tasty crunch! Then subverted when he's the one who saves the day.
- What's a Henway?: The Mole asks the boys if they brought along "the butfor" in The Movie. ("For pooping, silly.")
- What the Hell, Dad?: Pretty much all the parents. Justified in that most, if not all, of the adults are complete idiots. Randy takes the cake in the later episodes.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In "The China Probrem", after Butters accidentally shoots a hostage in the crotch:
Cartman: Aw dude, you shot him in the dick.
Cartman: That's not cool Butters. You don't shoot a guy in the dick.
Butters: But I was just trying to stop him, and you said-
Cartman: [faces him] It doesn't matter, Butters! You never shoot a guy in the dick. Everyone knows that! Shooting a guy in the dick?? That's just, that's just weak. I can't believe you, Butters.
- Chef chews out the boys for revealing that his bride-to-be Veronica is a Succubus on the night before the wedding (which is true). It doesn't help that they were jealous of her. He forgives them after they send her back to the pits of Hell.
- It's not all that rare that in as soon as season 6, Kyle and especially Stan get called out by their parents or someone else. For example, in "Fun With Veal", the adults call the boys out for "saving" the baby cows from becoming veal. You can't help but side with the kids on this, though, and this is an Author Filibuster based on one of Trey's real-life traits of not eating baby animal meat. And in "The F-Word"note , the school staff calls the boys out for spray-painting "FAGS GET OUT" on a wall to get the annoying Harley riders out of South Park. Mayor McDaniels does this twice, one of them during the call out.
- Widget Series
- Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Plays out the trope straight and is the main personality trait of Kyle in episode 222, a History channel Thanksgiving by subverting it; Kyle is shown to be fixated on the thought that the Pilgrims were human, thus he rants about the assumption they are aliens. As the episode progresses, everything Kyle says is a complete sarcastic succession of rants, but they turn out to be the truth; thus the episode escalates to more and more absurd heights to exhibit Kyle's inability to Suspend his Disbelief in the episode he exists in. The trope is wrapped by the end of the episode, as Kyle finally accepts the fact that the Pilgrims are indeed aliens; allowing him to live along in his universe. But is restored to his snarky self when the History Channel suggests that Ghosts might had been a part of the event as well. Because that just goes too far!
- Wise Beyond Their Years: The four protagonists, despite being only 8-10 years old, are usually smarter and act more mature than most adults in the show. They usually see a problem or approaching danger first and come up with the solution for it in the end.
- A Wizard Did It: In Sexual Healing; the government suspects that the origin of sex addiction, is from a malevolent Alien Wizard.
- White Dude, Black Dude: When Cartman needs to form a band in "Christian Rock Hard", he gets Token to play bass. Because he's black. When Token protests that he doesn't own one, Cartman tells him to look in the basement. Sure enough, there's one there. When Token further protests that he's never picked up a bass in his life, Cartman tells him that he's black, he can play bass. Sure enough, he can.
- Who's Laughing Now?: Played and subverted with Butters, his own attempts at revenge as Professor Chaos always fail miserably, though he manages to accompolish amazing acts of retribution for his abuse completely by accident (eg. "AWESOME-O", "The Tale Of Scrotie McBoogerballs").
- Scott Tenorman pulls this on Cartman on 201 when he reveals that they both shared the same father.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: In "Mysterion Rises" Kenny reveals that he is Cursed with Awesome in that no matter how many times he dies, he is always resurrected. He remembers each death vividly, but no-one else ever does.
- Wiki Walk: In the episode "Canceled".
- With Friends Like These...: Cartman and everyone else on the show, especially Kyle.
- World of Ham
- World of Snark
- Worth It: From "Casa Bonita":
Well, kid, you made an entire town panic, you lost all your friends, and now you're going to juvinal hall for a week. Was it worth it? Cartman:
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Often played straight, but sometimes averted ("Up the Down Steroid" and "Wing").
- Would Hit a Girl: Kenny in "The Poor Kid". You don't fuck with Karen McCormick.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Subverted in the case of Kenny and Butters quite often, and subverted to a lesser degree with Ike.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Cartman is quite fond of these as a method of manipulating his mother. He, Stan, and Kyle also pull this at least Once per Episode in Season Six, using Kenny's death to garner sympathy from their friends and family.
- Writer on Board: Cartman's mom, Liane, is named after Trey Parker's ex-fiancee, who cheated on him. On the show, Liane is a promiscuous woman who has banged nearly every man in town (along with at least one woman), who is a terrible mother and a naive idiot who enables and coddles her manipulative, sociopathic son. Parker also named an unfaithful horse Liane in his first film, Cannibal! The Musical.
- Xanatos-Gambit: Cartman pulls one off in the season 3 episode "The Red Badge of Gayness" (The one with "S'more-flavored Schnapps") - He makes a bet with the others that he can make it so the south won the civil war, and the agreed stake in the bet is, the loser(s) have to act as the winners' slaves. When he loses the bet, he (successfully) argues that he can't be a slave because the south losing the civil war resulted in the abolition of slavery.
- X Must Not Win: Kyle's feud with Cartman is usually justified given the latter's highly malicious intent. However even in petty wars, Kyle takes a sometimes disturbing extra mile to make sure Cartman's plans go up in smoke. eg. In "Douche And Turd" he and Cartman create opposing school mascots, with Kyle using increasingly manipulative methods to get people to vote against Cartman's candidate. Similarly a lot of Cartman's intentions are built around making Kyle lose.
Butters: Whoa, you sure seem with it, Eric. You must have some... ih-inspiration.
Cartman: Yes, the tears of Kyle Broflovski when he loses his ten dollars to me.
- To add onto the Cartman example, there are plenty of occasions Cartman comes out with amazing success and fame due to a bet with Kyle, but brushes it all off because he didn't win the bet in particular. In "Christian Rock Hard" for example, Cartman bets Kyle he can make a Platinum album before him. Cartman succeeds in making a highly successful Christian rock band, gaining enormous popularity and wealth. However once he finds out that Christian "Platinum" albums are called "Myrr" instead (thus technically losing his bet with Kyle) he flies into a rage in public, destroying the band's career.
- And for more Cartman, in "Fat Butt and Pancake Head," Cartman pretends he (or his hand, at least) is Jennifer Lopez. "Ms. Lopez" creates a hit album, gets affectionate with Ben Affleck, and enjoys the wealth and fame of celebrity life via Xanatos Speed Chess. The reason is to make Kyle admit the possibility that the hand is an independent living being from Cartman and calls the whole thing off when Kyle makes even the tiniest admission. (In the episode "200," the hand is proven to be an actual separate entity.)
- Xylophone Gag: Played surprisingly straight, albeit with a ukelele.
- Yandere: Wendy in the episode "Tom's Rhinoplasty."
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Justified in that Randy's an idiot.
- You Bastard: Occasionally.
- You Can Panic Now: The parents in South Park, usually.
- You Must Be This Tall To Ride: Cartman takes it to the extremes in "Cartmanland", forbidding anyone else from entering the park so he could enjoy the rides as often as he like, with no lines to wait in. However, his disregard for the park's other needs results in him letting in more and more people.
- Your Head A Splode:
- A juror's head explodes after hearing a complement to the Chewbacca Defense in "Chef Aid".
- Kenny's death at the "Plane'arium" in "Roger Ebert Should Lay Off the Fatty Foods".
- The future guns in "Go God Go". They fire a dart into the target that, after a few seconds, causes their head to explode.
- Cartman's reaction to KFC's closing down in "Medicinal Fried Chicken", combined with a Big "NO!". Also a Big Lipped Alligator Moment (his head is back to normal the next time he's seen, and the explosion is never mentioned since).
- Tay Zonday's head explodes after the "Dramatic Chipmunk" stares him down during while waiting with other YouTube superstars in "Canada on Strike". Complete with dramatic music and everything. He manages to blow the critter's head off with his gun before he croaks.
- You Say Tomato: The planetarium manager in "Roger Ebert Should Lay off the Fatty Foods" has a rare disorder that doesn't allow him to pronounce the t in "planetarium", although he seems to have no problem pronouncing it elsewhere.
- When Mr. Garrison tries to scare all the "rich" people out of town in "Here Comes the Neighborhood", the "richers" scream when they see their neighbors in ghost sheets and say: "South Park is hainted!"
- When Al Gore shows up looking for "ManBearPig", a Running Gag has him pronouncing "serious"/"seriously" as "serial".
- In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, the Americans make fun of how Canadians pronounce "about" to sound like "a-boot."
- YouTube Poop: Chef's dialogue comprised of Isaac Hayes'note archived recordings for the show in "The Return of Chef" gives the impression of one of these.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Played straight ("Pinkeye") and parodied ("Night of the Living Homeless").