Tear Jerker / South Park

Cartman just has something in his eye.

South Park may be known for being so offensive it's funny, but they've also managed to get us teary eyed.

  • The early episodes can surprise you, here are two examples from season one: "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig" when Shelly saves Stan from being sent away (but not before kicking his ass yet again), and "Starvin Marvin"'s ending when Marvin brings Thanksgiving to Ethiopia after the mutant turkeys get slaughtered. While not sad, they can get some a little teary eyed.
  • Butters being bullied by his sadistic grandma in "Butterballs".
    • This is a very special case, because in this episode, the issue of child abuse and bullying is played very seriously. Especially things like her stabbing him with a fork under the table. One of the most realistic portrayals of a child being abused mentally, physically and emotionally... on South Park.
    • Though not as upsetting as Butters' much more severe abuse, seeing Mr. Mackey and Stan crying after being bullied can elicit real-life "aww"s.
  • The episode "Kenny Dies", in which Stan spends the entire time afraid to face Kenny as he wastes away. He works up the courage to visit him at the end of the episode, and to a triumphant tune, he strides in to the hospital with a present for Kenny and an ear-to-ear grin. The scene that ensues is one of the most powerful uses of Mood Whiplash there is.
    Stan: Did he say anything before he went?
    Kyle: He just said... "...Where's Stan?"
    [fade to black]
    • Cartman crying on Kyle's shoulder after talking to Kenny in the hospital. Eric Cartman crying genuine tears of sorrow.
      • He later goes before Congress to plead with them to legalize stem cell research so that Kenny might be helped, singing "Heat of the Moment" by Asia, eventually getting everyone standing and singing along.
        Cartman: My name is Eric Cartman and I live in Colorado. My best friend in the whole world's Kenny McCormick and h-he's sick right now. He's real sick. He's only eight-years-old and the doctors don't think he has very long to live. Look, I realize that using the tissue from aborted fetuses for research is a touchy subject, but... all I know is that if there's a chance - a chance - that stem-cell research can save my best friend's life, well... I guess I owe it to him to try and change your minds. I love Kenny McCormick, and-[chokes up briefly] and I want you to love him too.
    • I always assumed Cartman might be crying from happiness, with him suddenly coming up with a way to make Stem Cell research legal again so he could sell off the aborted foetuses. He had just realised he could use Kenny as emotional leverage. It being Cartman, he considers Kenny's possible recovery a convenient side-effect of him making money. Cartman gets money and Kenny gets better. Everybody wins. Being sociopathic, Cartman can't see what's wrong with thinking that way.
      • Cartman doesn't know about the potential of stem cell research, just how much the fetuses are worth, until he visits the research group. This makes it even more twisted, as this means that Cartman is genuinely mournful over Kenny until it becomes profitable. He's so sociopathic, he alienates his feelings.
    • According to Parker/Stone, one of the goals was see how far they could go in one episode without telling a single joke. There is some dark humour (hearing "On The Road Again" as a bunch of foetuses are packed up, the Make A Wish foundation being put in its place, Cartman's enthusiasm over dead foetuses, Chef comforting Stan) but none of the dirty and sexual jokes South Park was by then famous for.
  • In the movie, the soldiers' reaction to Kyle's speech to his mother has the same effect on me.
    Kyle: But Mom, you never took the time to talk to me. Whenever I get in trouble, you go off and blame everybody else. But I'm the one to blame. Deal with me. You keep going off and fighting all these causes, but I don't want a fighter... I want my mom.
    Soldier: (sniff) Poor little fella.
    • The Mole's reprise of the song "La Resistance" as he dies also counts.
    • And Kenny being allowed to go to heaven at the end of the movie also.
      • "Goodbye, you guys."
      • That he says it after removing his hood and revealing his face for the first time in the series' history caps this moment quite a bit.
    • Phillip screaming when Sheila shoots Terrance. Followed by Phillip getting the same.
    • The song "Eyes of a Child" during the credits. despite the humorous lyrics, just listen to it and try not to shed a tear.
  • "The Return of Chef". The whole damn climax and ending, but particularly "Chef... we love you" and then Kyle's usual Catch Phrase only this time it's so much more. And Cartman's attempt at a Hope Spot makes it even more heartbreaking.
    • Also the episodes opening having Cartman genuinely in tears as Chef leaves.
  • "Chef's Salty Chocolate Balls" has Mr. Hankey's apparent death, and the montage following. The Woobie in Kyle was clearly visible.
    Kyle: (weeping) I'll never forget you. You were my best friend after Stan.
  • "Guitar Queer-O". Stan on his Heroin Hero trips are pretty moving, as is his post-meltdown sequence while playing a driving game. And when he makes up with Kyle, that's moving too.
  • "The List". There's funny stuff in that episode. And then there's Kyle ranting to himself obsessively while getting ready to burn the school down.
  • Cartman's subplot in "Major Boobage" as he hides all the cats he found, like a rip from an Anne Frank movie.
  • The end of The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs: All of Butters' former readers now want him dead as his second book became instrumental in the murders of the Kardashian family. The boys try to rub it in his face that his fame has plummeted, but Butters couldn't care less as he's horrified that his own book got Kim Kardashian, whom he had a crush on, and her family killed.
  • Kyle deleting Kip Drordy as a friend on Facebook in You Have 0 Friends. It's much sadder than it sounds.
    • Earlier when he lost all of his Facebook friends for befriending Kip in the first place. Makes you think which one is the bigger Woobie, huh?
    • They both are. Kip because everyone avoids him for next to no reason and Kyle, just for being nice to him, loses everyone just for being nice to Kip, just for showing a kid kindness. It makes what happens below all the more satisfying. It improves at the end when all of the "friends" collected by Stan's vanquished self-aware profile were transferred to Kip. It's rare to find any individual profile with 200,000+ Facebook friends!
  • Towelie trying to overcome his drug addiction in "Crippled Summer".
  • "Butters Very Own Episode." It can make you cry like that seeing that kid being treated like crap, and specifically Butters saying "No, I'm lying" after seeing the truth of the matter.
  • Another Butters moment - in "Marjorine", Linda Stotch is completely hysterical at his apparent death. She's screaming and sobbing over the adorable blue coffin and Stephen has to hold her back. We know he's alive, but she doesn't.
    • From that same episode, something that makes more sense in Hindsight, Butters (dressed as Marjorine) sobs out in the bathroom to the girls "You have no idea how hard it is to be me!" Butters says "me", not "The new girl". He's not acting...
  • In Heller Keller! The Musical, there is this heart-breaking bit where Timmy has to give up his pet turkey Gobbles. And then it has people all down the street, with dead relatives and run-over dogs, and you're just waiting for the joke, but then some lady comes on the screen, and she says something like, "What have you done today?" and then it pans to the sky. Very sad.
    • Then again, that WAS the joke. It was kind of like a parody of those Public Service Announcements. Still, the scene is tragic and maybe even the joke added to the tears.
  • A big, BIG YMMV, but the deaths of Mingee and Gary in "A Million Little Fibers."
    • Who'd have thought television viewers could get so attached to a talking vagina and bunghole?
    • Only on South Park, my friend. Only on South Park.
  • The ending of "Chef Goes Nanners" when Wendy declares that all of her feelings for Cartman are gone, and she runs off after Stan while Cartman sighs and shuffles offscreen, dejected.
  • The "Third Grade" song from "Fourth Grade". Clyde actually cries after hearing it.
  • The cast singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" for two reasons. One, them showing Mary Kay Bergman's characters (she committed suicide shortly before) and the boys saying that they'll be together throughout the years if the fates allow, not aware they'll be together for at least the next eleven seasons.
  • The mountain lion's death in "Woodland Critter Christmas". Even though you don't know the Woodland Critters worship Satan yet, it's still depressing when the mountain lion's children cry over her death.
  • Kyle's "I'm a Jew on Christmas" song in "Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo".
  • While most of it was Played for Laughs, some of the things Cartman blurted out in "Le Petite Tourette" actually made you feel bad for him, and... no, I'm serious, you felt bad for Cartman.
    Cartman: I cry at night because I don't have a dad!
    • Speaking of Le Petite Tourette, when Kyle's at the Tourette's building and sees kids who actually DO have Tourettes, a kid gives a very sad story about his dad divorcing his mom simply of his son's illness. The kid ends the story saying that he'd probably be better off dead. It makes Cartman's abuse of it all the more infuriating-maybe until you get to the above, but still.
  • "Best Friends Forever", big time. While not to the same extent as Kenny Dies, it plays very similar.
  • "Fat Camp" has one for those struggling with obesity. Cartman gets sent to a fat camp and, being Cartman, figures out a way to exploit the other fat kids by selling them candy. The weeks go by and none of the kids lose any weight. At the end of the episode, the kids' parents angrily take the children home, demanding refunds, until one of the kids speaks out and tearfully confesses that Cartman has been selling them all candy.
    Horace: "No, he's right. The counselors've been doing a good job. We've just been cheating. I believe I can lose the weight with exercise and proper diet. I don't wanna make excuses no more."
  • "You're Getting Old" is easily one of the most depressing episodes so far. It starts off initially well, with Stan having his 10th birthday party surrounded by friends and family. He receives a CD from Kyle featuring music that his mother, Sharon, disapproves of (because "it sounds like crap"), and it's taken away. However, Stan has already downloaded the music to his iPod, and begins listening to it, only to realize that he only hears shit. He speaks to Kyle about this, who can apparently hear the music perfectly, and Kyle suggests that he sees a doctor. The doctor administers some tests which consist of playing two music tracks (both of which sound like more crap to Stan), and then comparing a poster of crap to a poster of an upcoming movie to Stan, to which he responds that they look the same. The doctor eventually tells him that he's developing cynicism, which comes with age, and it will entail viewing and hearing things that once seemed great as a child, as crap. Stan continues to go about his life as more and more things appear as crap to him while Randy gets into more youth-related mishaps with the new musical movement (naturally, this is all Played for Laughs, with even a bit of Lampshade Hanging thrown in by Sharon, up until the last five minutes of the episode). Things eventually turn darker as Stan's friends completely alienate him due to his new attitude, and to make things worse, Randy and Sharon begin to argue and acknowledge that neither of them are happy with their lives anymore. The episode ends with Stan seeing everything as crap now, even his former best friend Kyle, while Randy and Sharon begin to sell their house and divide their belongings as they prepare for their upcoming divorce.
    • What about when the real version of "Landslide" started playing? Not some usual South Park parody, but the real freaking song as sung by Stevie Nicks. And seeing Sharon packing up the china. It doesn't hit you that there would be no crap-people, no Satan dressed as Britney Spears, no Tom Cruise or government conspiracy to save the day. And that hurt. We have grown up on this show, and to see it come to it's end is painful. That's the Tear Jerker here. That a show we have grown-up with and and loved will end soon.
      • The whole conversation between Randy and Sharon sounds horribly like Matt and Trey expressing the unsaid tensions of the show's difficult period, making this a meta-Tearjerker.
      • It gets even sadder for three reasons: 1. Two men stealing underwear from Randy in order to protect them from his shitting on stage, no matter how surprisingly entertaining it is especially in this episode, doesn't make it any less depressing. and 2. Seeing Randy, who's random interests has been one of the funniest parts of the show, suddenly reveal that he was actually hiding his boredom with life. Yes, that's right, all of those great episodes are truly about a man trying to avoid the truth about his life, take them from crowning moments of funny to Funny Aneurysm Moments. shivers and finally 3. Stan and Kyle's friendship ending, especially Stan seeing his friend as a literal pile of shit after all of those other times they've separated, after all the other things that nearly tore them apart, it just hurts. The fact Cartman and Kyle, who normally can barely stand each other are seen happily playing together while Stan is who knows where, seeing the world as shit and having had his parents split up and being unable to enjoy anything. Wow. Just wow.
    • Stone and Parker have recently confirmed that the show will continue, which makes you wonder what this episode was all about.
      • What generally seems to have happened, among other things, is that Stone and Parker were feeling kind of down from keeping up the frenetic pace of producing 14 episodes per season - actually, split into two micro-seasons per year of 7 episodes each, one in spring and one in fall. They were noticeably cranking out some filler episodes and overall don't seem to have been satisfied with the situation. "You're Getting Old" was the mid Season 15 finale. But then, starting with Season 17, Stone and Parker abandoned this split-season model to make only 10 episodes per season, all aired in fall instead of spread across the year. They explicitly said they wanted to do this to focus on quality over quantity - and seasons since have received widespread acclaim from critics for their quality and innovation. Starting in Season 18, they even started experimenting with making season long storyarcs. The point of this long explanation: don't walk away from the above feeling depressed, things were pretty shitty by Season 15, but they got better.
    • This episode can work as a metaphor for just getting more and more cynical and depressed with age or even just depression.
    • "Ass Burgers" snapped everything back to status quo with the exception that Stan has turned to alcohol to escape the monotony. The poignancy of it all makes it perhaps a greater tearjerker than the episode that preceded it.
    • Stan being diagnosed with Asperger's despite clearly having depression is tremendously sad since there are actual mental health experts in South Park, yet due to the Adults Are Useless trope, are rendered completely incompetent and unable to help Stan.
    • This troper finds it difficult to watch "Ass Burgers" due to having Aspergers, Depression, Cynicism, and divorced parents, just like Stan.
  • In "Pinewood Derby", there's a man who, when he loses the derby, kills himself in front of his son. Suicide humor isn't unheard of from South Park and usually, it's pretty damn funny. What separates this joke, however, is that the son, with a horrified expression, starts yelling to himself "He's okay!" over and over.
    • Something similar happens in "Coon vs. Coon & Friends" where, distressed that no one remembers him dying (something that isn't exactly new), Kenny shoots himself in the head in hopes that his friends will remember him committing suicide right in front of their eyes, much to the horror of Stan and Kyle.
      • It's not the usual glazed-eyed "Oh my God, they killed Kenny," of the early seasons. Each time Kenny dies in Coon & Friends, everyone else reacts with realistic, and rather heart wrenching, horror.
  • 1%. Cartman does deserve punishment for a lot of things but how can you not feel bad for him as one by one, all his favorite toys are destroyed. The kicker is that his Polly Prissy Pants doll turns out to be the one who killed off his other toys and asks Cartman to kill her. He, with tears in his eyes, complies.
    • This isn't the doll gaining sentience like usual SP tradition. This is Cartman, destroying all his favorite childhood toys, in his version of "Growing Up". That's both terrifiyng and sad at the same time.
    • The terrified looks on Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Token's faces as they witness the above and realize it was their teasing from earlier in the episode that made Cartman do this.
  • "Broadway Bro Down" ends with Shelly's Adorkable new boyfriend drowning to death the first time he took off the life preserver his parents always made him wear.
  • Stan's monologue from "Raisins".
    Stan: You guys have no idea how this feels. It's like... you always hear songs about a broken heart and you think it's just a figure of speech. But it's true. My chest hurts. I have this... like... sinking feeling where my heart is. It's broken.
    • Believe it or not, this is actually Truth in Television. It's called Takotsubo cardiomyopathy - severe chest pain and possible heart failure caused by severe emotional stress.
    • Butters' "beautiful sadness" speech in "Raisins," where, after Butters finds out the Raisins girl he pined over only liked him so she can get more money out of him at the restaurant, the Goth kids want Butters to be one of them, but Butters declines, stating that his being upset that he got dumped is actually a beautiful thing because the sadness makes him feel human.
  • Stan watching in horror as the Japanese kill the whales and dolphins in "Whale Whores".
  • Stan telling Wendy that he wished she were dead in "Pinkeye", after she donated her Halloween candy to starving children in Nairobi, and Stan wanted to trick-or-treat with her.
    • And later when Stan sees she's become a zombie and must choose whether to kill her or not.
  • A small one in "It's A Jersey Thing", when Kyle discovers his Jersey side Teen Wolf-style.
    Kyle: What am I, Mom?
  • Any time when Kyle is so depressed, he actually agrees with Cartman's bigoted opinions (ex. "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina" and "The Passion Of The Jew").
  • The death of Clyde's mother in "Reverse Cowgirl".
  • In "Cash for Gold" there's a heartbreaking scene where Grandpa Marsh tells Stan about his dog.
    Grandpa: Billy, did I ever tell you I used to have a border collie named Patches?
    Stan: Yes, Grandpa.
    Grandpa: I loved that dog. She always made me so happy. When she died I didn't let myself get too sad, because I thought I'd always have the memory of her slobbering, happy face... I can't remember what she looked like, Billy.
    • Specifically its revealed that Grandpa Marsh has Alzheimer's disease.
    Grandpa: She's just a baby after all.
    Stan: She's not a baby, grandpa. She's 13.
    Grandpa: Shelley's 13? ...Right.
    • And then tears of happiness at the episode's end. Stan gives his grandpa a framed picture of him and Patches, so he can remember.
  • Cartman being chained and prepared for sacrifice in "Jewpacrabra".
    • And then fucking converting to Judaism in the end. Anyone even remotely familiar with Cartman's, um, contentious opinions on the matter can imagine just how indescribably fucked up this is. And yet, the episode manages to pull it off with earnest heart.
  • The boys' Despair Event Horizon in "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining."
    Kyle: You sold us out... for an iPod Nano?
  • "Stanley's Cup" is a very depressing episode. In it, Stan coaches a kindergarten hockey team, and one of the team members (Nelson) is suffering from cancer. Nelson ends up in the hospital, and the fate of him depends on whether or not the team wins. Eventually, the team plays against the Detroit Red Wings, but are beaten senseless and lose, so then Nelson, watching the match on TV in the hospital, says "No hope..." and then dies. Sure, it was probably played for laughs, but think about it: This kid just wanted to see his team win for once, but the last thing he saw before he died was his team being brutally beat down and losing.
    • This line can be very depressing especially the fact no one seems to care about the implications of it.
    #6: "Coach please don't let us lose to Adams County, my daddy will beat me again."
  • Everything that happens to Karen in "The Poor Kid." Gives the name of the episode a double meaning.
    • The abuse the Weatherheads put their foster children through, combined with Mr. Adams horrified reaction.
  • Mr Mackey may have been an asshole to the kids doing the dental hygiene play in "Royal Pudding" but he reveals that his father had been killed by tooth decay two years ago.
  • "Raising the Bar" has a small one when Cartman admits he's fat after Kyle tries to tell him at Wal-Mart at he is. Not absolutely heartbreaking, but this can be seen as rather emotional. (Until the last line of his speech, which veers into narmy territory because he apparently felt the need to pepper it with obligatory F-bombs.)
    Cartman: I've been doing a lot of thinking, about what you said at Wal-Mart. You're right, Kyle. I'm fat. All these years, you telling me, and me saying "No, I'm big-boned" or "no, that's just muscle"... It was always just me living in denial. I'm fucking fat, Kyle. I'm fucking fat as fucking fuck.
  • With some Adult Fear mixed in, Sheila screaming at (what she thinks is) Ike getting mauled by a dog in "Ike's Wee Wee".
  • In the Episode "Fat Camp," where Cartman is selling smuggled candy to the campers, a camper called Chad comes on screen crying to Cartman about his weight woes; how he is always going to be fat, has been to seven camps, and can't control his eating habits. Made worse when Cartman offers him a chocolate bar calling it a "Friend" and Chad nibbles the bar tearfully.
    Camper: [sobbing] 'Cause I'm always gonna be fat. I don't wanna eat no sweets, but I can't control myself when they're right in front of me like this. [sobs some more. Cartman moves away a bit] All my life I've been fat. I've beh- I've been to seven camps and I swore to my momma that I'd lose the weight. I want to, but I can't help myself. [breaks down]
  • In "Fatbeard", Cartman goes to Somalia with Butters, Clyde, Kevin, and Ike. There's one pirate who explains to Butters and Ike why he became a pirate, is scared every day because he fears his family will die, does not want to be a pirate, and can't understand why anybody would want to live like that.
    Pirate: Every day, I dream that I can go to school, learn about the world. But my mother, she is dying of AIDS, and there is no money for medicine. My father was killed trying to find food for us. Do you know how I feel every time we try to capture a boat? Scared! And not just scared because I might get killed, but scared because if I don't get something out of it, my family and friends are going to die! I don't want to be a pirate. I don't see how anybody would!
  • In one episode, Cartman's grandmother dies and leaves him a million dollars. Rather than save it or donate it to charity, Cartman decides to buy a theme park that only he can enjoy and no one else can come in. The whole ordeal upsets Kyle greatly because he knows people like Cartman do horrible things to people on a daily basis, yet they never get punished for their actions while Kyle himself suffers a nasty hemorrhoid for no reason, even though he does his best to do the right things in life. Kyle also sees Cartman putting up television ads that show off his theme park while still bragging about how no one is allowed to visit it. Kyle then renounces his Jewish faith and believes that if people like Cartman can get away with anything while Kyle suffers for no reason, then there is no god. Towards the end of the episode, Kyle is slowly dying from his hemorrhoid because he gave up the will to live. Stan tells Cartman what is happening to Kyle, but naturally, Cartman doesn't care. Once Cartman starts to feel the effects of Laser-Guided Karma by being forced to sell his park back to the original owner and then losing everything to the IRS for tax evasion, Stan takes Kyle out to the park to witness Cartman's meltdown and seeing it is what brings Kyle back to life.
    • What really makes it hurt is when Kyle and Stan attempt to climb over the huge fence to the park to spite Cartman. While climbing the fence, Kyle pops his hemorrhoid and starts sobbing in pain. It seems really stupid (and probably is), but there's just something about the way Kyle breaks down just really makes you feel for him.
  • Despite being hilarious, Kyle pretending to likes Cartman's farts so he won't cease peace in the Middle East is also kind of sad to watch as he cries (particularly when Stan confronts him), knowing Cartman has beaten him.
    • And Stan, his best friend, misinterprets Kyle's suffering and accuses him of being a sanctimonious dick. Kyle is truly alone.
    • When Stan is confronting Kyle about the latter's suffering, Kyle responds "I don't know." When he said that, it sounds like he's about to break down crying.
    • The ending of the episode.
  • The ending of the "Black Friday" trilogy. Cartman, of all people, is absolutely crestfallen by Bill Gates brutally killing the president of Sony to win the meaningless victory of the console wars. He manages to get an Xbox One, but can't find the effort to play it after what happened.
    • Stan and Kyle have an earlier moment that's heart-wrenching. After Stan gets framed and grounded (thanks to Cartman), Kyle tries to set things right, but ends up getting rejected. This is Harsher in Hindsight when you realize in earlier episodes, it is usually Stan that goes through Hell just to fix any problems between him an Kyle, and in this sequence he finds himself unable to trust his best friend anymore. When he calls for his mother to get Kyle to leave, his voice cracks and rises, making the moment more heart-wrenching. Luckily, Kyle fixes this and promises to get Stan a PS4.
  • The ending to "The Hobbit", in which Wendy gives up her crusade on self-image after Kanye West guilt-trips her by reading a story of how Photoshop helps girls feel better, followed by her tearfully Photoshopping a picture of herself to look like a bombshell.
    • And unlike "You're Getting Old," there was no follow-up episode to give this one closure, nor is it ever addressed again, leading one to believe that this is something she's keeping bottled up.
  • Cartman crying for his mom while in juvenile hall in the episode "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000".
  • "Free Willzyx" is a merciless episode in many senses. The boys become convinced, by a stupid prank, that an orca from Sea World is actually an alien and will die unless he goes home to the moon. They go to quite extraordinary lengths to help it, recruiting the Animal Liberation Front to rescue him and drive them down to Mexico for a cheap space program (the ALF think that they're trying to release him back into the ocean). The sheer horror of the ALF when they realize what's happening is bad enough, but worst of all is the ending. Willzyx asphyxiates on the moon, and the credits roll in eerie silence.
  • "Tsst" reveals that Cartman's mother, Liane, has a lot of personal problems and she's a deeply lonely person with no friends. Worst of all, her son is a psychopath and she isn't strong enough to discipline him, and because of her aforementioned loneliness, she only spoils him because it makes her feel needed by him. Just when it seems like Cartman is about to reform with the help of Caesar Milan, Liane begins to fall for him and he turns her down. She then slips right back into the old routine of letting Cartman run her life.
  • Chef's eulogy in "The Return of Chef". One gets the feeling that this is really Trey Parker and Matt Stone saying goodbye to Isaac Hayes.
    Kyle: We are all here today because Chef has been an important part of our lives. A lot of us don't agree with the choices Chef has made in the last few days. Some of us feel hurt and confused that he seemed to turn his back on us. But we can't let the events of the last week take away the memories of how much Chef made us smile. I'm going to remember Chef as the jolly old guy who always broke into song. Iím going to remember Chef as the guy who gave us advice to live by. So you see we shouldn't be mad at Chef for leaving us. We should be mad at that fruity little club for scrambling his brains.
  • #REHASH: After Lorde's (really Randy's) disastrous concert, we're treated to a shot of Shelly crying. The look on Randy's face just screams guilt for feeling like he let her down.
  • Seeing the bodies of the gay children who committed suicide in "Cartman Sucks" can be harrowing to watch.
  • In "Stunning and Brave", Cartman is beaten to a bloody pulp by the new PC Principal after trying to frame him for child molestation. When his friends visit him in the hospital to encourage him to come up with a way to get back at him, Cartman just lies there, admitting that political correctness has won and deciding that it's best for him to turn over a new leaf, starting with being nice to Kyle.
    • Kyle's treatment by Randy and the PC frat boys for his opinions on Caitlyn Jenner, which include shaving him bald, drawing penises on his face and duct-taping him to a tree, before Kyle give in and calls Jenner a hero. It should hit hard for people who are often bullied for their opinions.
  • In "The City Part of Town", Jimmy Fallon mocks all of South Park after Mr. Garrison (mirroring Donald Trump's infamous campaign) decides to run for president. Every character is watching and feeling the burn. The sadness sets in when Randy - the biggest Man Child in town - just shuts off the TV and says "That's not funny" in a flat voice. The poor guy's spirit was crushed.
    • Kenny's parents rather bluntly telling Karen they can't buy her anything because of how poor they are. It gets especially depressing when Mr. McCormick rubs it in that getting a job is worthless because the pay is pitiful.
  • "Safe Space": Butters is faced with either working like a slave to filter the negative Internet comments celebrities and Cartman get to avoid feeling remotely hurt, or facing 2 weeks of detention and being grounded. He takes the former, and slowly (and justifiably) begins losing his mind and then tries to kill himself. Think about that, he would rather kill himself than get grounded.
    • The episode ends on a rather gloomy note, with Reality being hung in public.
  • During the first montage in "Tweek x Craig" Mayor Mc Daniels looks at a framed photograph of a man and smiles while Peter Gabriel's "The Book of Love" plays. There is no mention of this moment until the second montage when we see that this person, whoever it is, has died. While this brief look into the mayor's personal life may have come from left field, it's surprisingly poignant when combined with A Great Big World's "Say Something". Considering how much she's had to deal with throughout season 19, let alone the events of the entire show, it seems that she finally couldn't hold it in any longer.
  • Barbrady is fired in "Naughty Ninjas" for accidentally shooting a Latino-American child in the shoulder because PC Principal called the cops to get rid of Leslie and we find out that he lives alone in a tiny poorly lit studio apartment with his old dog who is sick and needs medicine. They end up evicted and homeless after Barbrady tries and fails to get a new job. He then gets his job back to get rid of the kids playing ninja (The Mayor and other adults think they're part of ISIS because they're idiots) and when Randy tackles him while he's trying to plead with the kids not to be part of ISIS, his gun fires and he accidentally shoots Daveed. They then fire him again and he ends up worse then when he started, despite the fact that it was all Randy and the Mayor's idea. The whole episode is a Trauma Conga Line for him and it's just sad.
    Barbrady: You know me, I like to help.
  • In "Sponsored Content", despite what a royal Jerk Ass PC Principle is, his reaction to finding out he is a sentient Ad is quite sad to see.
    • Sharon trying to call Randy out on becoming a nitpicky PC bully is quite sad for anyone who's lost relationships with friends or loved ones because of conflicting political views. What clinches it is when Randy completely missed the point and just calls Sharon a bigot because she used gender-specific pronouns.
  • After internet troll skankhunt42 becomes famous for harassing pretty much every woman on social media, the girls at South Park retaliate by breaking up with all the boys permanently. Yes, even Wendy.
    • What's really heartbreaking is the reveal that a majority of the children were couples by the time this happened, yet the only attention they're given is at the very end of their relationships.
      • This becomes worse when you realize what this could mean for Butter's relationship with Charlotte, if she knew about the troll or even felt the same way the girls did. She eventually finds out in "Wiener Hunt", and joins the South Park girls' protest by dumping Butters via Skype.
    • The boys deciding to stop skankhunt42 by luring Cartman into a cabin in the woods and destroying all of his devices. Cartman, who was excited about eating junk food and playing Counter-Strike, cries and begs them not to do it, but his pleas are ignored. His gut-wrenching screams as his devices are destroyed are absolutely harrowing. What makes this worse is the fact that at this point, we know that Cartman really isn't skankhunt42.
    • Kyle, despite hating Cartman's guts, is still antsy about destroying his gadgets, and is racked with guilt when it turns out Cartman isn't skankhunt42. Even Clyde, who had the idea and says that every boys thought about doing it, is uneasy when Cartman starts begging.
  • "The Damned": After one too many horrible trollings, Danish volleyball player and breast cancer survivor Freja Ollegard commits suicide.
    • The look of complete and utter horror on Gerald's face when he sees that his idiotic new hobby can cause real harm.
      • The people of Denmark mourning for Freja.
    • Garrison's genuinely scared pleas for people to stop voting for him as he tries to sabotage his own campaign, yet all that happens is that he gains more support.
  • "Weiners Out"
    Charlotte: Butters, I'm sorry, but I told you not to Skype me anymore, right?
    Butters: But baby, I love you! I need you! You can't break up with me!
    Charlotte: I have to stand with my girlfriends.
    Butters: Oh my god, I can't believe they got to you. Those sneaky snakes in the grass!
    Charlotte: Who?
    Butters: Well you know who, the girls in my school! They all broke up with their boyfriends and now they got you to go along with them!
    Charlotte: This is a time when women and girls have to stick together.
  • "Douche and a Danish":
  • "Oh Jeez":
    • Butters gets a visit from Bill Clinton, discussing the "Weiners Out" movement that had been happening for the past several episodes.
    Bill Clinton: What do you think you're gonna achieve, young man? Do you really think all this pickle-pressing is gonna get you anywhere?
    Butters: Well, I'm just angry, Mr. Gentleman. I'm tired of girls saying boys need to change. Somebody has to stand up for our rights!
    Bill Clinton: What happened, son? Did a girl break your heart?
    Butters: (visibly tears up) ...No.
    • The very first scene of the episode has Randy looking at the election results, utterly shocked and bewildered, weakly whispering, "This wasn't supposed to happen..."
  • "The End Of Serialization As We Know It":
    Gerald: I can't argue with you anymore. I want to say that we're different, but it's not true. All we've been doing is just making excuses for being terrible people.
    Lennart: (looks down, internally agreeing with him)
    Gerald: I look at you and all I see is a big fat reflection of myself.