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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/d8418da6_294e_413a_8662_16d972ea6641.jpeg]] ˛˛'''Originally aired''': December 5, 2001˛˛Kenny's RunningGag is PlayedForDrama when he's put in the hospital for a terminal disease that may kill him. Cartman is determined to get the government to remove the ban on stem cells to save his friend's life. ˛----˛!"Kenny Dies" contains examples of:˛* AntiHumor: The fact that Kenny is going to die is not played for laughs. The creators have gone on record to say that they "wanted to see how long they could go without telling a single joke."˛* BreakTheCutie: Happens to Stan at the end when he realizes it's too late to see Kenny, since the latter is already gone. ˛* ChekhovsGag: Early in the episode, when Cartman is told how stem cells could be used to replicate any adjacent cell in the body, he wonders aloud if he could replicate his own Shakey's Pizza that way. The episode ends with him indeed creating his own Shakey's using stem cells.˛* ChildrenAreTenderHearted: When [[LittlestCancerPatient Kenny is terminally ill]], all his friends show varying degrees of concern for him, especially Stan, who can't bring himself to visit Kenny because he can't stand to see Kenny in such a state. Cartman, however, ends up zigzagging this; he weeps over the possibility that Kenny may be KilledOffForReal and initially uses aborted stem cells to save him, but [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk he ends up using the stem cells to build a second Shakey's]]. ˛* DownerEnding: Kenny dies for real (until the end of season 6, when he returns) and Stan was unable to see him before he died.˛* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Kenny dies. Simple as that.˛* ExposedToTheElements: Inverted when Kenny tells the doctor he doesn't want to take his jacket off despite it being pretty warm.˛* {{Foreshadowing}}: Cartman asked about stem cells possibly clone a restaurant (Shakey's Pizza Place), while claiming to use them to save Kenny's life. At the end of the episode, he clones Shakey's Pizza Place using the aborted fetuses that he had found.˛* GodIsEvil: Chef explains to Stan that God takes those closest to us because it makes him feel better about himself, and that tears are what give him his great power. ˛* HopeSpot: Stan finally works up the courage to see Kenny, goes into the hospital exuberantly, proudly holding a gift in his hand. Patients and doctors everywhere congratulate him on getting over his funk. Then he enters the room and... sees the bed is empty, is told that Kenny passed on, and that his final words were "Where's Stan?"˛* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Kenny is first shown coughing a bit, and it is noted that he's had the cough for a while. The titular death is the result of "a muscular disease."˛* KickTheDog: Cartman decides to use the stem cells to create a duplicate restaurant for himself rather than using them to save Kenny. ˛* MoodWhiplash: ˛** The episode starts like a normal episode before the boys are called to the principal's office. ˛** The episode is rather sad throughout, but it returns to funny when Cartman reveals he actually used the stem cells he collected to make a replicate of Shakey's Pizza and then gets attacked by Kyle for it. ˛--->'''Stan:''' ''(feeling much better)'' Hey, I wasn't Kenny's worst f-f-friend. Cartman was!˛* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: Stan can't bear to see Kenny in the hospital, and by the time he is ready to see him, [[TearJerker Kenny is gone]]. ˛* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Kyle gives one to Cartman at the end. ˛* RunningGagged: This was the last time that Kenny was killed off OncePerEpisode since the series began. He would occasionally be killed after his return, but his deaths were limited to once or twice per season.˛* SandInMyEyes: Cartman denies that he was crying and says there is something in the air. ˛* SawItInAMovieOnce: Cartman knows that stem cells could cure disease because he saw it on ''Series/ThreeTwoOneContact.''˛* ShoutOut: The beginning of the episode features a brief nod to Series/TheBennyHillShow.˛* TheyKilledKennyAgain: The last time it's used as a RunningGag, except it wasn't [[PlayedForDrama treated like one]].˛* UnexpectedlyDarkEpisode: This is the first episode where it is rather serious the most part (though the comedy is still there in some instances). While Kenny's deaths were always PlayedForLaughs in previous episodes, this death is played ''completely straight'' and Kenny gets KilledOffForReal, at least until the end of season 6. ˛-->'''Stan:''' Did [Kenny] say anything before he went?\˛'''Kyle:''' He just said, "Where's Stan?"˛* WaxingLyrical: Cartman appears before Congress, and after making his speech, says "I'm not the best speaker in the world. Maybe I can put it best in the words of a timeless song." He then proceeds to lead them by singing Asia's "The Heat of the Moment."˛* WhamEpisode: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Right there in the title]], and Kenny's final use of his RunningGag wasn't PlayedForLaughs. It was PlayedForDrama.˛-->'''Stan:''' No! This can't happen! Kenny can't die! Kenny can't die!!˛* YankTheDogsChain: With the help of Chef, Stan finally musters the courage to meet with Kenny... only to find his hospital room empty.

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