Airdate: February 18, 1998
"Tropes of Zinthar":
- Affectionate Parody: Of Japanese Kaiju movies, particularly those made by Toho and Daiei Films. Giant monsters based on the likenesses of Godzilla, Mothra, Gamera, and Ultraman appear to fight each other and cause destruction, all to the campy soundtrack of some random Japanese guy who's singing along to all the chaos.
- Anything but That!:Chef: "Woohoohoohoo. An insurance salesman!"
- Artifact of Doom: The Triangle of Zinthar is one part of an ancient artifact that, when assembled, will turn its bearer into a nigh invincible monster.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Mecha Streisand is only defeated when Smith punches her nose, releasing the Triangle of Zinthar and weakening her severely.
- Author Appeal: This explains why a bunch of eight year old boys (in 1997) are gushing over Robert Smith.
- Author Avatar: The fact that Kyle says that "Disintegration is the best album ever!" should be understood as the opinion of Matt Stone, who voices Kyle and is known as a huge fan of The Cure.
- Big Damn Heroes: Robert Smith of The Cure defeats Barbra Streisand and saves the world.
- Bilingual Bonus: The Japanese song literally translates to "Barbara, Barbara, the person we hate the most! Barbara, Barbara, you have a big nose!"
- Butt-Monkey: Pip. He finds an arrowhead and Cartman Roshambos him for it and then throws it aside since he claims he didn't really want it.
- Call-Back: When Cartman mistakes Streisand's helicopter for an alien spaceship, he covers his ass.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Streisand's singing is so torturous to the boys it causes one of them to tell her where he hid a small artifact he took from Kyle. Guess which one it is.
- Continuity Nod: The town being destroyed before by mutant genetic creatures, zombies, and Thanksgiving turkeys is mentioned by a news reporter, right before being destroyed again by Mecha Streisand.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Pip falls over after Cartman kicks him in the nuts, and Butters laughs at this.
- Foreshadowing: Remember whose name was mentioned at the end of Cartman's Saddam-destroying V-Chip-fueled profanity rant in The Movie?
- Gratuitous Japanese: The Japanese singer who pops up during the fight and sings; notable in that it's actual Japanese (which Trey Parker speaks fluently), as opposed to foreign-sounding gibberish.Singer: Megara Poitier, Megara Poitier
Sokuroi da neTranslation
Megara Poitier, Megara Poitier—
Chef: Is that really necessary?
- Groin Attack: What the Roshambo is. Two guys kick each other in the nuts until one of them can't stand up. Cartman does it to Pip and Robert Smith does it to Cartman.
- Hell Is That Noise: The Boys' reaction to Barbra Streisand's singing.
- Not Zilla: Barbra Streisand is obviously changing into the Mechagodzilla from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (with Streisand's hair on top, but still), but this is never pointed out by the other characters.
- One-Winged Angel: Barbra Streisand uses the completed Triangle of Zinthar to turn into Mecha Streisand and go on a rampage. Leonard Maltin, Sidney Poitier and Robert Smith transform as well.
- Pet the Dog: Mecha Streisand stops her rampage in South Park to sign an autograph for Sheila, aka Kyle's mom.
- Running Gag: A Japanese man singing in Engrish due to celebrities transforming and fighting.
- Sinister Schnoz: Streisand is pure evil, and has a hideously large nose to compliment it. It turns out to be her weak point.
- Take That!: The entire episode is one to Barbra Streisand, since she's one of the few celebrities that Matt and Trey genuinely hate instead of just poking fun at her like they do with other celebrities. Appropriately enough, she didn't like the "homage" either.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Kenny narrowly avoids being stomped by Mecha-Streisand, only to get himself strangled playing tetherball.
- Too Dumb to Live: The boys all get into a car with Barbara Streisand wearing a Paper-Thin Disguise. Kyle does comment about getting into cars with strangers, only for Cartman to say, "No, not when money's involved, stupid."
- Unusual Euphemism: The act of kicking someone in the nuts is called Roshambonote .
- Would Hurt a Child: Barbara Streisand picks up Kyle and strangles him for information on the Triangle of Zinthar. Later she kidnaps all of them, tortures them for information with medieval torture methods and uses her voice on them.