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Kyle tries to bring the boys and girls together, but Butters ruins it with his own approach. Meanwhile, Gerald is getting paranoid about being outed for his trolling.

Wieners Out contains examples of:

  • Angry White Man: Butters genderflips feminist tactics (most prominently the practice of slutwalks) and manages to get all the other boys rallying for male pride. Over time, Stan and Kyle join him.
  • Bait-and-Switch: After an earlier episode subverted the stereotypical depiction of online trolls as sad, lonely and miserable people with Gerald, this episode depicts the rest of the trolls exactly as you expect them to be.
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  • Bilingual Bonus: The Danish man in charge of the anti-troll website's name is Lennart Bedrager. His surname is the Danish word for "fraud," which may be foreshadowing that he's not all that he seems to be.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: The boys' argument is that they shouldn't be victimized by collective guilt and that there's nothing wrong with being male, and girls' argument is they shouldn't be getting victimized by this troll and need to stand together. They both have perfectly valid points, but are arguably letting their emotions get the better of them and escalating the situation's negativity.
  • Call-Back: Jenkins, the griefer from "Make Love, Not Warcraft", re-appears as one of the trolls.
    • Gerald mentions he was a Yelp reviewer.
    • Butters refers to Craig and Tweek as a gay couple.
    • The scenes with Gerald getting cut off by a cyclist and having a car drive up behind him parallel the "Steal My Sunshine" sequence in "Skank Hunt".
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    • We've previously seen that Gerald and Sheila have a fetishistic sex life in Insecurity and Chef Aid, neatly mirroring her willingness to go along with Gerald's fake pee fetish in this episode.
    • The J.J. Abrams reboot of the national anthem from "Member Berries" in mentioned.
  • Category Traitor: Butters refer to Kyle as "Uncle Kyle," a reference to blacks being called an "Uncle Tom" for betraying their own kind.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Denmark failed to realize that by creating a service that automatically gives the address and name of people online, that people can do that to anyone whether they're a troll or not. Though when it's pointed out, they don't change anything about how their product works.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: After Gerald lies about having a urination kink, Sheila offers to cater to it, resulting in her feelings being hurt when he turns down the offer. He's ultimately forced to let her piss on him to maintain the lie.
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  • "El Niño" Is Spanish for "The Niño": At the end of the BBC's report on the upcoming Troll Trace internet service:
    Bedrager: (heavily accented) Come out, troll. Come out and die.
    Dick: I Google Translated the last part. He says, "Come out, troll. Come out and die."
  • Embarrassing Cover-Up: Rather than confess to trolling, Gerald tells Sheila he's been watching piss porn. Hilarity Ensues.
  • From Bad to Worse: The gender war escalates as of this episode due to the "Wieners Out" movement.
  • Given Name Reveal: The Danish man who announced his plan to retaliate against trolls in the previous episode is identified as Lennart Bedrager.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Kyle wanted to use Cartman as this to stop Butters, but he eventually changed his mind.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Gerald is willing to give up trolling after realizing he went too far, but goes back when Denmark threatens to expose him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Gerald has no one to blame but himself for getting literally pissed on by Sheila.
  • Hope Spot: It looked like Kyle's plans to bring the girls and boys together at the Girls Volleyball game, was actually working. Then Butters starts the "Wieners Out" protest, and things go From Bad to Worse.
  • The Horseshoe Effect:
    • The boys' protests and hostility towards the girls mirror historical feminist actions.
    • Denmark is fully willing to knowingly risk the privacy and safety of millions of people for the sake of hunting down a single troll.
  • Hypocrite: The girls are mad at the boys protesting their rights and being hostile towards the girls, even though they had been doing the same thing all season.
  • Irony: That after Cartman Took a Level in Kindness, that he is among the few boys that isn't protesting the girls, despite usually being the most misogynistic character himself.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: During his rant on the playground, Butters makes quite a few good points. First, the girls kept telling the boys to do something about Cartman and they complied. It wasn't the boys fault it turned out he wasn't the troll and the girls refused to acknowledge they did try to put a stop to it. Second, the girls punishing all of the boys because of the actions of one troll is unfair. Lastly, he correctly points out the Double Standard in society of praising females when they express pride for their gender, but viewing males as bigots when they do the same.
  • Loophole Abuse: Discussed in the BBC interview. The reporter points out anyone could be tracked through Troll Trace whether they are a troll or not. The man behind Troll Trace then exploits this by looking into the camera and telling people not to do that - while not actually changing the service at all.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: After Cartman gets with Heidi. While he's not as abrasive as before, he's also stopped seeing the big picture.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: When Butters starts the titular "Wieners Out" movement at the girls' volleyball game during the National Anthem for the purpose of rallying for male pride, the rest of the males join the movement. The result is a load of uncensored wieners.
  • Moral Myopia: After spending the last three episodes taking doing drastic things to fight for their gender, the girls complain when the boys do something drastic to fight for their gender.
  • Never My Fault:
    • The boys, led by Butters who was one of the people who actually committed the act, decide that Cartman's devices getting destroyed was actually the girls' fault because they were the ones who kept demanding something be done about skankhunt42.
    • The girls are angry and disgusted at the boys for the "Wieners Out" movement, but refuse to acknowledge that it was their actions against the boys that spurred it in the first place.
  • Nightmare Face: Gerald at one point.
  • Official Couple: Cartman and Heidi are officially a couple now.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Gerald realizes he could be exposed as skankhunt42.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Part of the reason PC Principal doesn't reprimand the boys for showing their genitalia is because he believes that doing so would be "body shaming".
  • Precision F-Strike: When Kyle brings up the idea to attend a girls' volleyball game to show support for the girls, an embittered Butters drops an F-bomb as he tells Kyle to shut up.
  • Primal Scene: Ike and Kyle both walk in on Sheila pissing on Gerald. The former acts very nonchalant about it. The latter on the other hand…
  • Punny Name: Dick's troll alias, "DildoSchwaggins", is a pun on Bilbo Baggins.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Covering up your embarrassing online activities by telling your wife that you're watching fetish porn, even if she's fine with it, is not exactly a good idea, especially if it's a fetish you don't actually have.
    • The futility of covering past online activities is also brought up. As Gerald ultimately realizes, once you post on the Internet, it can always be found. Doxing is a serious thing even without the in-universe Danish website.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Gerald referring to his trolling as "harmless locker room humor" was a reference to Donald Trump's comments about a leaked Access Hollywood video in which he made lewd comments about him grabbing women's genitals; while he acknowledged the video, Trump dismissed his comments as "locker room talk".
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Surprisingly, PC Principal. When the girls complain about what the boys did during the national anthem, he tells them the boys have just as much right to protest it as they do and he can't disallow one protest while allowing another because the students' genders are different.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Butters is right about the boys being treated unfairly, but he's just bitter over Charlotte dumping him.
  • Seers: Cartman seeing Heidi's vagina gives him a vision that introduces a new subplot for this Four Lines, All Waiting season:
    Cartman: She stood six feet away and flashed it really fast, but in that instant, you know what I saw? I saw that humandkind could colonize Mars. I saw the potential of our species to terraform other planets and reach the infinite.
  • Ship Sinking: Charlotte finds out about the South Park girls' protest and dumps Butters in solidarity during their Skype date.
  • Shout-Out: Towards the "Dicks Out for Harambe" fad.
  • Start of Darkness: Butters noticeably Took a Level in Jerkass after Charlotte dumped him.
  • Take That!:
    • Towards slutwalks and other radical feminist movements, like Free the Nipple, showing how even if they're legally protected under law, they're still incredibly inappropriate. At the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, Trey Parker and Matt Stone stated that they would do an episode based on the Free the Nipple movement.
    • Denmark thinking they solved the possibility of their service being abused by telling people not to abuse it may be a joke at people who think issues like rape can be solved by simply telling people not to.
  • Team Switzerland: Cartman and Heidi decide not to help Kyle in the gender war because they enjoy not having to deal with the ugliness of social media.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Stan didn't join the "Wieners Out" movement until Wendy dismissed him as one of them.
  • The Unfair Sex: Deconstructed. After days of being attacked and vilified by the girls, the boys decide to take a stand by protesting. When the girls go to PC Principal to complain, he states that the boys have every right to protest as much as they do.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Even while he took a level in Jerkass as well, Butters managed to lead the "Wieners Out" movement, rather than be the Butt-Monkey he usually is.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • After getting dumped by Charlotte, Butters becomes a lot angrier and abrasive and leads a movement to fight back against the girls.
    • Gerald displays difficulties in being nice and polite around others without using his trolling as an outlet for the impulses to be mean.
    • Kyle may have joined Butters' pro-boys movement with the intent to destroy it from the inside, which makes him one step closer to the old Cartman, who did things like exactly that all the time.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • PC Principal, of all people. He maintains a neutral stance in the gender war, and tells the girls the boys have as much right to protest the national anthem.
    • Cartman continues to become a better person, now made even more explicit by his conversation with Kyle - or at least he's trying to make things seem this way.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: Gerald comes across a support group for Member Berry addiction, and ends up telling them off in a manner similar to when he was trolling the internet.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Kyle knows Cartman well enough to see that he is the only person that can take down Butter's Wieners Out movement. Unfortunately, Cartman has changed.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • Charlotte dumped Butters after it seemed like he would be the only one with a girlfriend.
    • Kyle's idea to have the boys attend the girls volleyball match to ease the tensions seems to work at first. Then Butters leads the boys in showing their wieners and raising their right fists, which angers the girls more.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Played with. After Cartman sees Heidi's vagina, he claims to be inspired by humanity's potential, and becomes a good boyfriend for her, but is still shown to be quick to irrational anger, and a little pushy.

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