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Recap / South Park S 6 E 11 Child Abduction Is Not Funny

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All the recent reports of child abduction charges have Tweek growing paranoid (more than usual) of being abducted. After he almost does get abducted, the whole town goes to extreme lengths to protect their kids

Child Abduction Is Not Funny includes examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Tweek's parents, they worsened the poor kid's paranoia by pretending to be a child abductor disguised as a cop in an attempt to hammer in the point about not being able to trust anyone.
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  • Adults Are Useless: The parents response to the news of child abduction is to go to extreme and ridiculous lengths to keep them safe, with Stan even repeatedly calling them stupid for their actions.
  • Affably Evil: The Mongolians go out of their way throughout the episode to torment Tuong Lu Kim for no real reason but not only do they do it in very entertaining ways but they're also kind enough to take care of the towns kids when they're abandoned by their parents.
  • Affectionate Parody: The conflict between Tuong Lu Kim and the Mongolians bears similarity to something from Elmer Fudd or Wile E. Coyote.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tuong Lu Kim as the Mongolians keep tearing down his wall and torture him in the process.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: Tweek
  • Dude, Not Funny!: It's in the title itself.
  • Free-Range Children: The parents ultimately resort to letting their children live by themselves when it was reported that the most likely abductors of children are their own mother or father.
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  • Hero Antagonist: What the Mongolians turn out to be. Randy realizes at the end that building the wall was the wrong solution and the Mongolians had the right idea all along. They also take care of the children after the parents exile them.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Happens to the City Wok owner several times when building the wall around the city
  • No Sympathy: Stan, Cartman, and especially Kyle towards Tweek after him nearly getting abducted caused them to have to wear ridiculous helmets
  • Out of the Frying Pan: Every time the parents think they've solved the child abduction crisis, another probable abductor candidate comes to light. First, they had Tuong Lu Kim build a wall to keep strangers out of South Park, but a news study reveals that the majority of child abductions are actually committed by somebody the child knows in their own town. Then the parents start distrusting their own friends and accompanying their children everywhere they go, even at school. The another study reveals that nine out of every ten abduction cases are committed by the parents themselves, so the parents, being too suspicious of each other, ultimately let their children live on their own.
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  • Properly Paranoid: It's hard to blame Tweek for thinking everyone around him is a child abductor after his parents pretended to be child abductors pretending to be cops. And when the one guy who tried to restore his faith in people turned out to be an abductor himself.
  • Rabble Rouser: When the conflict between Tuong Lu Kim and the Mongolians finally attracts the attention of the town, Randy stirs up the townspeople simply by saying the word "rabble" repeatedly.
  • Reality Ensues: The town hires the City Wok owner, Mr. Kim to build a wall and guard the town from kidnappers. It doesn't work because one person alone cannot guard a town, as he finds out the hard way when he gets distracted and ambushed by the Mongolians (and the kids). Then he builds himself a home-made missile launcher to fire at the Mongolians but they launch a flaming baseball to distract the missiles and hit the wall instead. Then he sees a trojan horse and goes Leeroy Jenkins on it, only to fall for the trap, and the Mongolians break another hole in the wall. Then he dresses himself in ancient Chinese armor for battle and does a war dance, but while he is doing this, the kids wheel a large cart laden with explosives in behind him and blow up the wall.
  • Screwy Squirrel: The Mongolians
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: The parents collectively banish all the kids from town out of fear that they themselves will abduct their own children! Even the mayor does not question this.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: Tuong Lu Kim gets understandably annoyed by the citizens of South Park telling him to build the wall solely because his Chinese ancestors built the Great Wall of China.
  • Take That!: While Tweek is watching the news, one report is how Manhattan citizens are preparing to evacuate if Hilary Clinton's ass gets any bigger.
  • Too Clever by Half: Throughout the episode, Tuong Lu Kim continually springs Mongolian traps that only work because he expected the trap to be something else entirely.
  • Troll: The only intention the Mongolians seem to have is to annoy Tuong Lu Kim. Despite breaking the wall multiple times, they never once actually raid South Park.
  • Villain Has a Point: At the end of the episode, the adults come to the conclusion that the man pretending to be the ghost of human kindness was right, not about what he did, but about what he said. He told Tweek that the world is not as awful as the media makes it out to be, and that people who do good don't receive the same type of attention as people who commit crimes.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: After the increasingly paranoid and distrusting parents let the children leave on their own for parts unknown as their ultimate solution to the child abduction problem, the news happily reports that no child abductions have taken place for several days, as parents don't know where their children are. Sharon is left to wonder if they did the right thing.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Right when Tweek was starting to trust people more, it turns out the guy who helped restore his faith was an actual abductor
  • You Meddling Kids: The Ghost of Human Kindness would have gotten away with kidnapping Tweek if it were for those meddling policemen.
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