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Thinking news of Somali pirates attacking ships is a return to the days of 16th century swashbucklers, Cartman convinces his friends to run off to Somalia.

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  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Kyle is overjoyed about Cartman going to Somalia to certain death, even going so far as to take credit for it. He does not even seem perturbed by the fact he took several classmates along with him (that is until he realizes one is Ike...).
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  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: The kids meet no resistance from the French vessel they board. To be fair to the crew, the pirates did have a toy lightsaber.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Cartman somehow persuades the Somali pirates into becoming swashbucklers, helped by the fact they weren't exactly in a better condition before. The one-legged pirate even seems pleasantly surprised with the makeshift peg leg Cartman made him wear.
  • First World Problems: The reason the boys go to Somalia is because they're sick of school, listening to their parents, and Susan Boyle. When they tell one of the pirates, he tells them that he always hated the pirate life; he always dreamed of going to school and living peacefully but had to turn to a life of piracy because otherwise his family will die.
  • Funny Background Event: As Cartman is trying to gather recruits on the intercom, Kyle is seen cringing, then burying his face in his desk when Cartman tells everyone Kyle told him that Somalia was perfect for piracy.
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  • He Who Fights Monsters: Kyle's borderline murderous hatred of Cartman is put on full display here. He is really banking on Cartman getting killed in Somalia. He also shows a shocking Lack of Empathy for the kids who go along with Cartman, even though none of them are nearly as antagonistic to him as Cartman is.
  • Idiot Ball: The French crew the boys meet thinks Kevin's lightsaber is a real functioning weapon instead of a toy.
  • Jerkass Ball: Kyle had no problem sending Cartman and a few of his classmates to get killed in Somalia. That being said, he does head over to save them upon realizing Ike is with them.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • By sheer persuasion alone, Cartman manages to convert a band of modern day pirates into quirky fictional-esque rogues complete with sea shanties.
    • Likewise Kyle manages to convince Cartman that going to Somalia is a great idea and he believes him.
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  • Morality Pet: Ike is this to Kyle in this episode. It's when he learns that Ike is with Cartman and his classmates that Kyle goes over to Somalia to save them.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Kyle when he encourages Cartman's posse to go to Somalia to get killed, only to find out Ike went with him.
    • Ike and Butters after speaking to Guleed, realize they gave up decent lives to do a dangerous job full of hardship.
  • Pirate Song: Cartman tries to regiment a gang of modern day Somalian pirates into 16th century style treasure hunting rogues through a montage song shanty. It works.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Guleed, one of the pirates, reveals he was forced into piracy because of his family's poverty, and spends every moment afraid of getting killed or his family dying if he can't support them. This leads to a My God, What Have I Done? moment from Ike and Butters.
  • Reality Ensues: Somalia is anything but paradise.
    • Piracy is not an adventure, rather the people doing it are forced into such circumstances because of extreme poverty.
    • When Cartman hijacks a French ship for the Somalian pirates, the US army intervenes to take down the pirates.
  • Running Gag: Cartman says "The fuck?!" more times than Kenny drops the F-bomb in a single season.
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates: This episode is the Trope Namer for this trope's alternate name, "A Disgrace to Blackbeard".
  • Take That!: In Ike's goodbye letter, he says that he'll puke his balls through his mouth if he hears people talk about Susan Boyle's performance on Britain's Got Talent one more time.
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