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God has smiled upon you this day
The fate of a nation in your hands
And blessed be the children
We who fight with all our bravery
'Til only the righteous stand
You see the distant flames
They bellow in the night
You fight in all our names
For what we know is right
And when you all get shot
And cannot carry on
Though you die, La Resistance lives on!

— Gregory's La Résistance song in the fight against their parents for starting a war with Canada.

South Park: Bigger, Longer & UncutThe Movie of that famous cartoon about the foulmouthed fourth graders (third graders at the time)—hit theaters in summer 1999, less than two years after the show's premiere, making it one of the fastest TV-to-film adaptations in history.

Cartman, Kenny, Kyle and Stan sneak into a Sunday morning screening of Asses of Fire, a new film starring their favorite Canadian comedians, Terrance and Philip. The epic number of obscenities they take from the film (and quickly spread to the other kids at school) causes all sorts of trouble; before too long, the parents of South Park, led by Kyle's mother Sheila Broflovski, go on the Moral Guardian warpath. Their culture war eventually results in the arrest of Terrance and Phillip, which starts an actual war between Canada and America. The American government plans to execute Terrance and Philip during a USO show...which would allow Satan to rise up and cause The End of the World as We Know It. The world's only hope for salvation? You guessed it: Cartman, Kenny, Kyle and Stan.

While vulgar and patently offensive (it received a Guinness World Record for most profanity in an animated feature—399) it's notable for being just plain laugh-out-loud funny, and the terrific original tunes—including "Blame Canada", "Mountain Town", "Uncle Fucka" and "What Would Brian Boitano Do?"—certainly help in that regard.

Released by Paramount Pictures in North America (where an enhanced version of the studio's logo debuted, internationally this was first seen on The General's Daughter) and Warner Bros. internationally (a product of Comedy Central, the home network of South Park, being a joint venture of Viacom and Time Warner at the time), Bigger, Longer & Uncut was a critical and commercial hit, holding the highest-grossing adult animated movie until The Simpsons Movie in 2007. It is one of only three R-rated animated films to receive any form of recognition from the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the other two being Waltz with Bashir (2008; nominated for Best Foreign Language Film) and Anomalisa (2015; nominated for Best Animated Feature). "Blame Canada" was nominated for Best Original Song, losing to Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart" from Disney's Tarzan, a loss that Trey Parker did not take lightly).

He'd make a list of tropes for you — that's what Brian Boitano'd do!

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: A few famous people Kenny passes by as he falls into Hell (among them Adolf Hitler, George Burns and Mahatma Gandhi) are rendered as this. Although they're not people so much as demons.
  • Abandoned Warehouse: The kids have their meeting in Carl's Warehouse.
  • The Ace:
    • Gregory, due to his political competence and good grades.
    • Brian Boitano, at least according to Stan's song.
  • Actually Quite Catchy: During Cartman's song "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch", Stan starts dancing along with the other students (except Kyle), despite him being Kyle's best friend and generally disliking Cartman.
  • Adam Westing: George Clooney has a cameo as a doctor who attempts to save Kenny's life. It goes without saying that Kenny dies, but the kicker is that the doctors replaced his heart with a baked potato.
  • Adults Are Useless: One of the movie's major themes is the adults are useless and also deals with bad parenting. The opening song even includes the line "Off to the movies we shall go/where we learn everything that we know/'cause the movies teach us what our parents don't have time to say". When the boys got in trouble at the school, the parents decided to declare war on Canada instead of dealing with the boys' behavior and teaching them that swearing is wrong.
  • Affectionate Parody: Trey and Matt are pretty big musical theatre fans (later having penned The Book of Mormon), and it shows; this is basically a South Park-ified entry in the Disney Renaissance (with some elements of stage musicals like Les Misérables for good measure). This is even mentioned directly in the script.
    Very happy, Disneyesque MUSIC swirls in.
    It is a scene reminiscent of, if not directly ripped off from, the opening number of Beauty and the Beast.
  • Afterlife Welcome: Kenny receives his halo and wings from other angels at the very end.
  • Anachronism Stew: Played for Laughs in "What Would Brian Boitano Do?", in which the eponymous skater beats up Kublai Khan while building the Pyramids of Giza.
  • Anatomy Anomaly: Ze Mole is the only kid to have ears.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: "It's been six weeks since Saddam Hussein was killed by a pack of wild boars, and the world is still glad to be rid of him."
  • Angry Mob Song: "Blame Canada" and "La Résistance".
  • Animated Musical: Thirteen original songs are performed by cartoon characters.
  • Animated World Hypotheses: An ambiguous case. The Terrance and Phillip movie, as well as the TV show it was based on, is referred to as a cartoon, but the real Terrance and Phillip look exactly like the supposedly animated characters they're playing.
  • Animation Bump: Appropriately enough, compared to Seasons 1 and 2. Subverted, however, from Season 3 onward, as the animation team took all the data and techniques used in the film and cranked them up. By Season 13 standards, Uncut looked like shi-ZZZZZZZZZAP 
  • Animesque: The film naturally spoofs anime with the Dragon Ball Z-esque battle between Cartman and Saddam near the end, complete with motion lines and odd camera angles.
  • Anti-Villain: For being the Prince of Darkness, Satan's actually a big softy and is by far the most sympathetic villain in the Big Bad Ensemble.
  • Any Last Words?: As Terrance and Phillip are about to be executed, Sheila asks them if they have any last words:
    Phillip: How's aboot 'Get me the fuck out of this chair!'?
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "What about Ike, huh, Mom? Did you forget that your own adopted son is Canadian!?"
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Cartman's cluster swear line at the end: "Fuck, shit, cock, ass, titties, boner, bitch, muff, pussy, cunt, butthole, Barbra Streisand!!"
    • South Park's creators considered this justified, as they have outright said that they hate Streisand.
  • Artistic License – Economics: Played for Laughs. During the UN meeting, we learn that Terrance and Phillip and related merchandise is responsible for almost half of Canada’s economy. Just to get a sense of how ridiculous that is, in Real Life, Canada’s single largest industry (real estate, including selling/managing/renting/leasing) makes up about 13% of Canada’s GDP.
  • Artistic License – Law: Sheila says that Terrance and Phillip are under citizens' arrest and produces a court order allowing it. However, court orders give government approval for such a thing, technically not making it a citizens' arrest.
  • Artistic License – Linguistics: "Bich" is not Latin for "generosity". (It's Luxembourgish for "beech tree", but that wouldn't make as snappy a lyric).
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The foreign languages segment of "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch" is essentially random syllables mashed together and pitch-shifted to sound somewhat like whatever language it's supposed to be in.
  • As Long as There Is One Man: Parodied with "La Résistance", as the song gradually turns into Go, Ye Heroes, Go and Die, and Stan, Kyle and Cartman find it increasingly uninspiring.
  • Audience Participation Song: The film version of "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch": "Come on, you all know the words!" Granted, Cartman's addressing the other kids in the playground, but it's pretty obvious that he's also addressing the viewers to get up for some toe-tapping sweary fun.
  • Avoid the Dreaded G Rating:
    • Paramount executives originally wanted Bigger, Longer & Uncut to be rated PG-13 in response to how much money the film would accumulate, but Trey and Matt said they wouldn't make the film if it wasn't rated R.
    • Trey and Matt were later forced to invert this trope when the original cut received an NC-17 rating. They made several edits, such as changing "Mother Fucka" to "Uncle Fucka" and downplaying the Winona Ryder ping pong ball scene. The film got an R after the sixth attempt.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: At the beginning, Kyle kicks Ike through a window and complains to his mother that he's adopted. Later on, it's shown that Kyle does care about Ike when the American government begins rounding up Canadian-born citizens. Kyle hides Ike in his attic so he won't be taken away and promises him that things will get better. While Kyle protects Terrance and Phillip, he asks his mother about Ike whom she adopted from Canada.
  • Award-Bait Song:
    • "Up There", Satan's big showstopper. A specific parody of the "I Want" Song as seen in Disney Renaissance movies.
    • Parodied with "Eyes of a Child" by Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers.
    • This is averted by the song that actually got award nominations, "Blame Canada".
  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: The other mothers leave Sheila on her own to go find their children, who are stuck in the middle of the battlefield.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Satan kills Saddam Hussein and pulls his demons back to Hell, though it's more of a Dog Bites Back moment for Satan.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Winona Ryder's ping pong ball trick. She just sits down and smacks them with a ping pong paddle, though the POV shot clearly suggests at first that she's propelling them in a more... visceral manner.
  • Barred from the Afterlife: After he dies, Kenny is rejected entry into heaven and falls into hell. At the end, after convincing Satan to stand up to Saddam and undoing all the damage caused by the war between America and Canada, he's allowed into heaven.
  • Barrier Maiden: Terrance and Phillip are the only two people preventing the apocalypse from being brought about.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: At the end, after Satan finally has enough of Saddam's abuse, he agrees to pull back his minions, return to Hell, and restore everything to normal simply because Kenny asked him to and the boy was the only one to show him sympathy during his more depressed episodes.
  • Behind the Black: The Canadian artillery platforms come over the hill, and the camera pans back to reveal many more were already over the hill. The camera then moves over to the American general who expresses surprise, whose reaction is like he didn't see the entire Canadian artillery platoon until the camera panned out to show them all.
  • Belly Dancer: Some are shown in Saddam's "I Can Change" musical number. The series' notorious black comedy rears its head again, however, as Saddam takes a dancer and snaps her body in half during the song.
  • Benevolent Genie: Satan of all people is this! When he offers to grant Kenny any wish he wants and Kenny wishes for everything to go back to normal, he goes through with it. All the people who died come back to life and Satan calls off his invasion and returns his minions to Hell. Satan doesn't abuse Exact Words, claim Kenny's soul as payment, or do anything that a Deal with the Devil usually entails.
  • Berserk Button: Call Sheila a bitch once, let alone do it repeatedly during a polka song-and-dance.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Played for laughs twice.
    • The first time is this conversation between Terrance and Phillip in "Asses of Fire".
      Terrance: You're such a pig-fucker, Phillip!
      Phillip: Terrance, why would you call me a pig-fucker?
      Terrance: Well, let's see. First of all, you fuck pigs.
      Phillip: [Beat] ...oh yeah!
    • Later on, Dr. Vosknocker tests the V-Chip using flash cards with words and pictures. The first obscenity he has Cartman say is "horsefucker", and the graphic depicts a man having sex with a horse.
  • Beyond the Impossible: When Kenny goes to Hell, there's a sign that says Hell has 900 billion people in it. Not that many people have even existed. Maybe they were counting animals and/or aliens? Even ignoring this, the show said that Mormonism was the right religion. Mormons actually believe that only the truly wicked go to Hell and not because they weren't Mormon. Even if that wasn't the case, "All About the Mormons" called Mormonism dumb over and over and said it was a Scam Religion. Hell having that many people is absolutely incomprehensible from any perspective.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Sheila Broflovski, Satan and Saddam Hussein. Sheila is responsible for creating M.A.C. and starting a war between America and Canada, while Satan and Saddam Hussein form a Big Bad Duumvirate and plot to manipulate the war to come Back from the Dead and Take Over the World.
  • Big Damn Movie: What the title says. Notably, it premiered not long after the series premiered on Comedy Central, though.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Kyle gives one to Cartman when Cartman starts to sing "Kyle's Mom's A Bitch".
  • Big "NO!":
    • Stan when the electric chairs holding Terrance and Phillip are turned on by Mr. Garrison.
    • Sheila shouts this when Kyle is able to stop the Canadian/American war... ...then shoots Terrance and Phillip.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • Kenny, when he is shown Heaven (which, due to him being a pervert, is full of naked girls)... only to have the carpet yanked out from under him when he tries to enter, and is subsequently banished to hell since he refused to go to church and went to the movies instead.
    • Terrance, after hearing Sheila Broflovski give her justification of why the US is at war with Canada to the troops at the USO show.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: The General attempts to justify the killing of Terrance & Phillip to the kids by saying they can still watch fart jokes on Nickelodeon, who is under the same parent company as Comedy Central.
  • Black Dude Dies First: The army attempts to send in all the black soldiers first as "Operation: Human Shield" and the white soldiers getting behind them as "Operation: Get Behind The Darkies", even after Chef reminds the general of the Emancipation Proclamation (the freedom of slaves). Chef helps avert this trope when he tells all the black soldiers to duck at the right time.
  • Blackface: Cartman briefly appears wearing blackface during his performance of "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch."
  • Blatant Lies: In his Villain Song, Saddam says that he can change. He never says that he will change, though. Big difference.
    • When he shouts out "Just watch, I'm changing!", all he actually does is breakdance.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After Ze Mole is severely mauled by guard dogs, shortly before he dies from his wounds he coughs up blood.
  • Book Burning: The parents of South Park hold a massive bonfire of Canadian media to protest how Canada produced the filthy comics Terrance & Philip. Later, it escalates into rounding up Canadians and sending them to "happy camps", and eventually results in the US invading Canada and starting World War III.
  • Book Ends: The film begins and ends with the song "Mountain Town" sung by the main characters.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Kyle pees his pants when Terrance and Phillip are being electrocuted.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Saddam's constant verbal abuse towards Satan eventually becomes his own un-doing once Saddam calls Satan a "weak, stupid cum bucket".
  • Butt-Monkey: Cartman; he gets a V-chip implanted and shocks him anytime he swears (after cussing the most out of the boys and singing a insulting song of Kyle's mom, Shelia), until the end where he uses the electric powers to stop Saddam Hussein.
  • The Cake Is a Lie: Sorry if you came to La Résistance hoping for punch and pie.
  • Call-Back:
    • The "Don't call me fat, you butt-fucking son of a bitch!" quote by Cartman was previously said by him in the Jesus vs. Santa short.
      • Terrance and Phillip weren't the first characters in the series to use the term "pigfucker"; Cartman originally used the term in the aforementioned Jesus vs. Santa short.
      • Also in the same short, due to the conflict of them not knowing whether to help either Jesus or Santa, Stan asks "what would Brian Boitano do?", and much to the boys' luck, he actually appears (unlike in the movie, where Brian Dennehy appears after mishearing his name).
    • This is the third time Kyle has played "kick the baby" with Ike, the first was in the very first episode "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" and the second was in "Ike's Wee Wee".
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Kyle does this to Sheila near the end. She wasn't pleased.
  • Camp Gay: This is played straight... gay... whatever, with Big Gay Al, and it goes even further with his big musical number, "I'm Super".
  • Canada, Eh?: The entire film is about parents trying to exterminate Canada because of Terrance and Phillip influencing their children to use vulgar language. Many of the Canadian stereotypes are portrayed throughout.
  • Canadian Equals Hockey Fan: During "Blame Canada", the Mothers Against Canada criticize Canada for "all their hockey hullabaloo".
  • Captivity Harmonica: Ike's reaction to being forced to hide in the attic.
  • Car Cushion: Conan O'Brien, after his My God, What Have I Done? moment, jumps out of the window and lands on a car. All the car's owner does is turn the alarm off.
  • Celebrities Hang Out in Heaven: Inverted. When Kenny's falling to Hell , he sees Adolf Hitler, Mahatma Gandhi and George Burns.
  • Celebrity Casualty: The film is set roughly in its release year of 1999 where "It's been six weeks since Saddam Hussein was killed by a pack of wild boars, and the world is still glad to be rid of him." The real Saddam Hussein would be hanged in 2006. Bill Gates is shot to death in the film.
  • Celebrity Power:
    • Brian Boitano, as represented by "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" Apparently in possession of fire breath, and a Time Machine, among other strange powers.
    • "Barbra Streisand" is a swear word profane enough to trigger the V-Chip.
  • Censored Title: On the back cover of the soundtrack album, "Uncle Fucka" is censored as "Uncle F**ka".
  • Chainsaw Good: The Canadians use chainsaws as melee weapons.
  • Character as Himself: The film credits Saddam Hussein as himself, though the voice was actually done by Matt Stone.
  • Cheated Death, Died Anyway: When the Canadian army bombs the Baldwin family manor, Billy Baldwin miraculously survives. He comes dancing out the wreckage taunting the planes, "Ha ha, you missed me!" Then one more plane flies over and drops a bomb that scores a direct hit.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Cartman's V-chip. It later malfunctions and can be used as a weapon.
  • Chekhov's News: The news reporter's line during "Mountain Town":
    "It's been six weeks since Saddam Hussein was killed by a pack of wild boars, and the world is still glad to be rid of him."
  • Children's Covert Coterie: The kids create a secret group aptly named La Résistance dedicated to save Terrence & Philip from being executed.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: When Cartman's V-chip malfunctions near the climax, his newly-gained electrical powers are fueled by this trope. "Uncle Fucka" also qualifies. On a meta level, the entire film qualifies.
  • Comically Inept Healing: The doctors somehow botch Kenny's surgery so badly (at one point, they seem to be going in there with hedge trimmers) that they replace his heart with a baked potato. Somehow, he survived long enough for them to tell him he had three seconds to live.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • When the President declares war on Canada, everyone in the school gym is shocked...except for Mr. Garrison:
    Garrison: All the Baldwins are dead?!
    • When the Canadian ambassadors are talking the unjustness of Terrance and Phillip's arrest and declaring war upon the United States, the United Nation's ambassadors can't get over the way they pronounce "about".
    • The doctor who implants Cartman's V-chip to curb his foul mouth proclaims it as a success after Cartman doesn't want to swear—not because he's learned his lesson, but because every time he swears, it electrocutes him, which he takes exception to (and often leads to more swearing).
    • At school, after Cartman tells Kyle, "don't call me fat, you fucking Jew!", Mr. Garrison asks about him using the F-word. Cartman apparently thinks he was referring to his use of the word "Jew".
  • Compressed Vice: The boys are portrayed as innocents who don't take up swearing until seeing the Terrance & Phillip movie. They cursed just as much before and after then.
  • Condescending Compassion: A potential example with Cartman and Kyle.
    Cartman: All those times I said you were a big dumb Jew, I didn't mean it... you're not a Jew.
    Kyle: [irritably] Yes I am! I am a Jew, Cartman!
    Cartman: No, no, Kyle, don't be so hard on yourself.
    • The reason this is a questionable example is that the film takes place within the early seasons of South Park where Cartman was more of an Expy of Archie Bunker (whose racism was due to being oblivious and from an older time) rather than The Sociopath Manipulative Bastard he is more well known for being nowadays. In this case, Cartman may legitimately think and believe that calling someone Jewish is an insult without actually understanding it what it means.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The subplot of "Death" (season 1, episode 6) also involved parents protesting Terrance & Phillip. This was a major inspiration for the movie's plotline, and is basically that subplot expanded from 22 minutes to 81 minutes and with musical numbers.
    • If you look closely at the newspaper Gerald is reading in the opening number, you can see it says "Bookmobile Driver Released", which is a reference to "Chickenlover" (season 2, episode 3), where the driver was found to be the titular culprit.
    • In the theater where the kids watch Asses of Fire for the second time after "It's Easy, M'kay", you can see Damien from "Damien" (season 1, episode 10) sitting next to them.
    • The four-assed ostrich from "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig" (season 1, episode 5) can be seen in the crowd.
    • The midget wearing a bikini reporter from "Pinkeye" (season 1, episode 7) returns.
    • A poster on a movie theater entrance reads Mecha-Streisand Takes New York, a nod to "Mecha-Streisand" (season 1, episode 12).
    • The title card of "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus" (season 2, episode 1) can be seen on a TV in a store Stan walks into.
    • The map of the Canadian internment camp that Gregory uses when sharing his plans to the others is the same one used in "Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut" (season 2, episode 2).
    • Satan and Saddam Hussein are officially confirmed to be a couple, this was first foreshadowed in the ending of "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka" (season 2, episode 6).
    • Kelly, Kenny's girlfriend from "Rainforest Shmainforest" (season 3, episode 1), also makes a cameo in the same scene, despite living on the other side of the country.
    • Scuzzlebutt from "Volcano" (season 1, episode 3) can be seen in the crowd, singing the reprise of "Mountain Town".
    • Cartman sang "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch" before in "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" (season 1, episode 9), and here, it's modulated from the original D minor to C major and includes a tutorial on how to sing the song in different languages.
  • Cooldown Hug Interruption: Sheila shooting Terrance and Phillip after Kyle stops the warring sides.
  • Country Matters: Among the words used during Cartman's literal swear-storm at the end of the movie.
  • Creator Cameo: Composer Marc Shaiman (himself an out and proud gay man) makes a brief background appearance as the pianist in "I'm Super".
  • Credits Gag: Satan and Saddam are listed as playing themselves. Also, the songs are said to have been performed by the characters themselves.
  • Cultural Translation:
    • In the Japanese dub, the Clitoris' voice sounds like that of a woman orgasming, like you would hear in an undubbed hentai.
    • The German version changes the German porn video to British porn.
  • Culture Police: Sheila ends up starting a war with Canada (and eventually The End of the World as We Know It) over the Terrance and Phillip film Asses of Fire.
  • Dark Reprise: The dying words of Ze Mole are one of "La Resistance".
  • Deathly Unmasking: Right before he performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save his friends that gets him sent back to the afterlife, Kenny drops his hoodie to tell them goodbye before fading away, giving the audience a clear view of his head for the first time. Kenny's deaths in the series are never permanent, but the unmasking made this particular death feel more significant for The Movie.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Satan may be the chief entity of evil in the universe, but Saddam is clearly the one who wears the pants in their relationship.
  • Descent into Darkness Song: The "Hell Isn't Good" song that plays when poor Kenny, well, goes to Hell.
  • Description Cut: After "It's Easy, M'kay", Mr. Mackey tells the children they can take the rest of the day off for personal reflection or to do something constructive. Cut to the movie theater where the entire class (except for Wendy and Gregory) is watching Asses of Fire.
  • Destination Defenestration: Outside-to-inside example. Ike is kicked through a window twice, courtesy of Kyle.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: How Ze Mole dies.
  • Digital Destruction: Even though the film was made digitally, the Blu-ray transfer was taken from a film print that went through digital scratch remover, most noticeable during the scene where Cartman demonstrates the V-Chip, as his eyes keep disappearing.
  • Disney Villain Death: Saddam dies when Satan throws him down into hell, getting impaled by the rocks below.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The kids watch Terrance and Philip's movie and start cussing worse than they usually do (except for Kenny, who's typically more risqué in his dialogue than his friends), which eventually leads to an all-out war with Canada because the parents refuse to accept responsibility and Kenny died because of a movie he shouldn't have watched in the first place.
    • Sheila's retribution against Canada wasn't just disproportionate; it was misplaced. She was seeking to punish the entire nation of Canada based on the actions of only two of its citizens.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Satan finally has enough of Saddam's emotional abuse and impales him on a stalagmite. Not that it makes any difference—after all, where else was he going to go? Detroit?
  • Double Standard: Sheila says that it's okay for a film to have all the carnage and mayhem it wants, as long as there are "no naughty words". Stan and Kyle do a double take in response.
  • Dramatic Unmask: At the end, Kenny's face is shown for the first time, when he sacrifices himself to save the rest of the Earth at the cost of going back to the afterlife.
  • Driven to Suicide: Conan O'Brien, following his My God, What Have I Done? moment.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • Terrance and Phillip appear on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and do their fart joke routine but after guest Brooke Shields admits that she once farted on the set of Blue Lagoon, (Beat), Terrance slaps her in response.
    • Mr. Garrison thinks that the mothers of the kids are overreacting about the swearing incidents when he finds he has to teach their syllabus, and makes an offhand remark about them being on their periods. Wendy and Gregory call him out on it (deeming it a sexist statement), but he makes an even cruder comment in response.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Butters makes several throughout, when his first named and voiced debut in the series was in season 3 (the season produced directly after the film).
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The boys don't have it so good before Kenny's wish.
  • Easily Forgiven: Even after causing World War III over a show, set up death camps, and nearly causing the end of the world after gunning down Terrance and Phillip (even when Kyle reasoned with her), Sheila was pretty much forgiven for causing the whole mess. Justified that Kenny wished Satan to bring back everything to normal.
  • Easy Road to Hell: In the South Park universe, the only people who go to Heaven are Mormons. Everyone else, including poor Kenny, goes straight to Hell.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Cartman's V-chip gets its wiring fried and accidentally reversed, allowing him to use it as a cuss-powered Kamehamehadoken.
  • Entertainment Above Their Age: Stan, Kenny, Cartman, Kyle, and Ike pay a homeless man to pretend to be their guardian so they can watch Terrance & Phillip: Asses of Fire, an in-universe R-rated movie. By the end of the it, they're the only people still in the theater, and they become much more foul-mouthed after viewing it, leading Sheila and the parents to start a war against Canada for making the movie.
  • Epic Fail: Before Gregory takes command, Stan's plan to save Terrance and Phillip involves prank-calling the South Park police and sending them pizza that they didn't order.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • During the opening number, Sheila's verse is noticeably darker in tone, and all about how evil the world is. She also blames Ike (her adopted, Canadian child) for something Kyle was clearly responsible for. The same scene also establishes that Kyle is useless at standing up to her.
    • Butters has his status as a Cloudcuckoolander who takes orders from Cartman established after he gives in to Cartman's demands for somebody to touch him and says "Oooh" while doing so.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: When all the kids joined in when Cartman began singing "Kyle's Mom Is a Bitch", even Stan couldn't help but sing along.
  • Evil Overlooker: Satan is seen looming above the characters in the poster above.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Sheila doesn't take Kyle's Armor-Piercing Question to her very well.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Mothers Against Canada (except Sheila) support war with Canada, but not if it means their children are in the middle of it. Sheila learned her lesson the hard way.
  • Evil Is Petty: Sheila and the Mothers Against Canada declared war on Canda and wanting to kill Terrence and Phillip all because the boys got in trouble in school after watching an R-Rated movie.
  • Evil Matriarch: Sheila (Kyle's mother) is the main antagonist of the film, blaming the film for Kyle cursing more.
  • Family-Values Villain: Mothers Against Canada. Especially Sheila.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • At the end of "I'm Super", Big Gay Al bares his naked genitals to the audience. Of course, most of the audience was male.
    • During the apex of "Mountain Town", Sheila sings so powerfully that her fat, foldy granny knickers are exposed.
  • Fanservice: Kenny sees Heaven as being full of naked women, since he's a pervert.
  • Fantastic Racism: Sheila has no problem talking down to Canadians, especially about "their beady little eyes and flapping heads". The Canadian ambassador she tells this to immediately denounces her as racist.
    • The General is this as well, referring to his African American soldiers as "Darkies" and intending to use them as human shields.
  • Farts on Fire: Turns out that this really works, much to Kenny's regret.
  • Final Solution: Sheila's Evil Plan is to wipe out all Canadians, not just Terrance and Phillip
  • Flanderization: Several characters are exaggerated from their show versions. Of course, it's all part of the plot.
    • Sheila's Jerkass and Moral Guardian qualities are taken even further here.
    • Terrance and Phillip swear much more harshly here than in the show — might be justified as Asses of Fire and their Late Night appearance were intended in-universe for adults, and of course, their being arrested unfairly and nearly executed.
    • The boys had a reputation for having filthy mouths before, but it's also taken to higher levels in the movie.
  • Foreshadowing: Several during the "Mountain Town" opening number:
    • Kyle hops over the same hobo that would later pay the boys' admission to see the Terrance and Phillip movie for them.
    • A news report says that Saddam Hussein (who appears in Hell as Satan's lover) was killed six weeks ago by wild boars.
    • There's also a line by Kenny's mom that predicts Kenny will end up in Hell (which happens after he dies).
    • Sheila yells at Ike for breaking a window that was really Kyle's doing. His Canadian blood aside, Kyle later asks his mother why she always blames everyone else when he gets into trouble.
  • For Want of a Nail: The boys watching the Terrance and Phillip movie and Kenny dying after imitating one of the movie's stunts leads to a war between the United States and Canada as well as Satan and Saddam rising into power.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • A chart on the hospital wall where Kenny dies lists several doctors assigned to different things; the doctor assigned to "Kill Bond" is No.
    • When Kyle's mom tells Mr. Garrison to pull the switch on the electric chairs while Kyle yells "Mom, no!", if you look carefully, you can see that Kyle has peed himself.
    • When the troops are marching through South Park on their way to the USO Show, you can see Jesus in the marching line.
    • A movie poster at the South Park Bijou Cinema features Mecha-Streisand fighting Leonard Maltin in a film titled, Mecha-Streisand Takes New York.
    • Before they break into the USO camp, Ze Mole looks at his watch to check how much time they have before the rendezvous with La Resistance. If you look closely, the label on his watch reads "Third Act: The Ticking Clock".
    • The Establishing Shot of the UN has a Jolly Roger flag and a gay pride flag flying outside.
    • In the first song, a log covered in snow has a suggestive yellow patch on it.
    • As Kenny first lands in Hell and is too terrified at the horror before him, a tiny fart is heard. At first, you think this is Kenny's nature, but you see a skeletal dragon breathing fire in the background. Watch carefully as the fart is heard and the dragon makes its pass off-screen. Just before it flies off and you hear the fart, you can see a very tiny flaming rock falling from the general direction of what we're supposed to assume is the thing's anatomy.
    • Right before the boys' mothers come into the hospital room, you can see the astronaut-themed episode of Terrance & Phillip playing on the TV.
  • Gag Penis: Saddam teases Satan with two of these, which are fake, but extremely realistic-looking.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: Satan and Saddam Hussein rise up from hell and take over earth. Only the fact that Saddam is such a Jerkass and Satan is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold saved Earth from being plunged into a 1000 years of darkness, and yet God does not seem to be doing anything to stop him. It's especially jarring considering that Jesus and God are both recurring characters, and you can actually briefly see Jesus in the background of one of the shots in the movie (when the soldiers are marching in front of Kyle's house).
  • Go Through Me: Attempted, but... subverted. While it's no doubt cool that La Résistance forms a human shield to protect Terrance and Philip, the fact that they're kids and thus much shorter than the duo doesn't prevent them from getting shot at all.
  • Good is Not Nice: Ze Mole is a heroic character (working with Gregory to free Terrance and Phillip), but has an abrasive personality.
  • Go, Ye Heroes, Go and Die: "La Resistance" is a very inspiring song for everyone who hears and sings it... except Stan, Kyle and Cartman, who are the three people that the song is supposed to inspire.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
    • Sheila's dialogue is obviously devoid of swearing (since she along with the rest of the boys' mothers are trying ban foul-mouthed content and most of all exterminate Canada). In fact, she notably advocates Dr. Vosknocker's idea of placing V-chips inside children's heads to prevent them from swearing, after hearing Cartman's foul-mouthed song about her ("Kyle's Mom is a Bitch"). She also uses "heck" as a substitute for the F word:
    Sheila: What the heck is a rimjob?
    • What Mr. Mackey tries to teach the kids by singing "It's Easy, M'kay", although he does use swear words in an educational manner.
    • Cartman is reduced to this, since the V-Chip installed in his head shocks him whenever he tries to swear.
    • Inverted with Liane Cartman, whom, hypocritically enough, swears in the musical number "Blame Canada" (with the lines "Now when I see him [Eric Cartman], he tells me to fuck myself" and "And that bitch Anne Murray too!") despite being part of the Mothers Against Canada organization trying to prevent children from swearing.
  • Grounded Forever:
    • Inverted. The kids are grounded by their moms for a few weeks for seeing the Terrance & Phillip movie again (and maybe for causing Kenny's death).
    • Also inverted by Ze Mole before he and the boys sneak into the USO show.
    Ze Mole: You guys know that if we do this, we could get grounded for two, maybe three weeks.
  • Guilt by Association Gag: For some reason, Wendy and Gregory are in Mr. Mackey's support group with the other kids despite neither having seen Asses of Fire.
  • Hammerspace: Where Cartman got his megaphone from.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?:
    Mr. Garrison: Oh boy, I can't wait for our first shore leave so I can get me some fucking poontang.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Mrs. Broflovski, at the end. Demonstrated during the closing number, wherein she pats Terrance and Phillip on the shoulder, calling them, "super sweet".
  • Heel Realization: Most of the Mothers Against Canada have one when they realize that they have endangered their own boys with their actions. Sheila's doesn't come around until it's almost too late (in other words, it doesn't come until she executes Terrance and Phillip and unleashes Hell on Earth.
  • Hell on Earth: Happens near the end as a result of Terrance and Phillip's execution.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kenny is willing to sacrifice a second chance at life in order to hit the Reset Button on the Canadian-American war. For his selfless wish, he is admitted into Heaven.
    • This becomes absolute Fridge Horror when it is revealed during the Mysterion timeline that Kenny doesn't stay dead. That means the poor kid received the reward of going to Heaven...and was then reincarnated into his abusive, drug-addicted, white-trash family—with his memories of Heaven intact.
  • Homage: Gregory to Enjolras from Les Misérables: Long blond hair? Check. Charismatic leader of La Résistance? Check. Waves a red and black flag? Check.
  • Hope Spot:
    • After Kenny's surgery, it briefly seems like everything is fine and he'll live through it, as the doctors calmly wake him up. They then inform him that they accidentally replaced his heart with a baked potato and he's gonna die in roughly three seconds.
    • It looked like Sheila finally came to her senses before gunning down Terrance and Phillip.
  • Human Shield: The General of the American forces reveals that he's planning to use all African-American soldiers as human shields to protect them from the Canadian forces. Chef obviously takes offense at that and commands his men to duck.
    Chef: "Operation Human Shield", my ass!
  • Hypocrite: Kyle calls out his mom for trying to exterminate Canada, when her adopted son Ike is also Canadian.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Liane is a part of the Mothers Against Canada organization trying to prevent their children from swearing, yet she swears in the musical number "Blame Canada" with the lines "Now when I see him [Cartman], he tells me to fuck myself" and "And that bitch Anne Murray too!", but no one seems to take notice. Although, this could imply that it's only okay for the boys' parents to swear, but the kids can't due to their youth.
    • Kyle says, "God damn, your mom sucks, Cartman" after the boys find an Internet video of her doing German scat porn (there's also a chance Kyle may have been speaking literally). Considering what his own mother is in this film, it's definitely throwing stones in a glass house on Kyle's part. To be fair, it's not as though Kyle approves of his mother's actions either, and calls her out on her Moral Knight Templar Parent nonsense. He just gets tired of Cartman making musical numbers dedicated to his mom.
    • Terrance, co-star with Phillip on their titular show that, in-universe, is notorious for an obscene amount of fart jokes on their program, slaps Brooke Shields on The Conan O'Brien Show for happily mentioning that she once farted on the set of The Blue Lagoon.
    • After Mr. Garrison tells Cartman off for calling Kyle a "fucking Jew", Kyle responds with “No, he’s talking about fuck. You can’t say 'fuck' in school, you fucking fatass!”
    Cartman: Why the fuck not?!
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: Ze Mole says this after his cover is blown during the USO show.
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Mr. Garrison is shot in battle against the Canadian forces and so he passes down Mr. Hat to the Boys. Later on, Satan picks it up as his new Companion Cube.
  • Ignorant About Fire: Kenny farts on a match, resulting in his whole body catching on fire. Cartman tries to help him by whacking him with a stick, which does nothing but also set the stick on fire.
  • Ignored Epiphany:
    • A variation of the trope in that someone tries to invoke self-reflection on others, only for the people in question to take it for granted:
    Mr. Mackey: Now you're cured! You can take the rest of the afternoon off for personal reflection, m'kay? Find your own constructive way to better yourself, m'kay?
    (cut to the kids watching Terrance and Philip at the theater yet again)
    • See Hope Spot above, even after her son reasoned with her, she ignores it, and kills Terrance and Phillip.
  • Immune to Bullets: When Saddam Hussein rises from Hell along with Satan, the American soldiers immediately shoot him. He laughs off their gunfire.
  • Internal Homage: Kenny's heart being replaced by a baked potato is one to the duo's first project, Cannibal! The Musical, in which the opening song features the lyric "My heart's as full as a baked pa-tay-da."
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: The News reporter claims that the Terrance and Phillip Movie was worse than Bryan Adams. The Canadian ambassador was insulted saying "The Canadian government has apologized for Bryan Adams on several occasions."
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: When Satan throws Saddam Hussein back into Hell, he lands with a sharp rock going through his torso.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Terrance and Phillip are so innocent that killing them immediately opens the gates to Hell and allows Saddam and Satan to rule over the Earth, as Satan explains to Sheila when she decides to murder them.
  • Invaded States of America: In the climax, the Canadian Armed Forces invade Colorado to rescue Terrance and Phillip from execution. This is after the Americans themselves already attacked Toronto and interned Canadians in "Happy Camps".
  • Irony:
    • Cartman describes Terrance & Phillip as having "crappy animation" in order to convince himself that the movie isn't all that good after the movie theater clerk prevents the boys from seeing Asses of Fire, even though Terrance and Phillip is a live-action movie instead of an animated one. Right after that scene, we see four crudely animated boys (Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny) walking down the sidewalk:
      Stan: This can't be happening.
      Kyle: We have to see this movie dude.
      Cartman: Ah, screw it. It probably isn't all that good anyway.
      Kyle: Cartman, what are you talking about?! You love Terrance & Phillip!
      Cartman: Yeah, but the animation's all crappy.
    • Cartman gets a V-chip that zaps him to prevent him from swearing. After it malfunctions, it allows him to electrocute people whenever he does swear, and uses it to overpower Saddam. Cartman saved everyone by swearing.
    • The film is about mothers uniting to push for censorship and banning works with swearing in them, but unlike the broadcasted TV episodes of South Park, all of the swearing in the movie is uncensored.
  • It's All About Me: Cartman is stoked that he doesn't have to pay Kenny after he dies on the operating table. Right before Kenny was sent to the hospital, Cartman bet Kenny $100 that he couldn't light his own fart on fire.
  • "I Want" Song:
    • "Up There" for Satan, as he describes how he hates being in Hell and just wants to live on Earth. Just like most classic Disney-styled "I want" songs, it has an open interpretation.
    • The bridge in "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" serves as this for Cartman, Kyle, and Stan.
    Cartman: I want this V-chip out of me. It has stunted my vocabulary.
    Kyle: And I just want my mom to stop fighting everyone.
    Stan: For Wendy I'll be an activist too, 'cause that's what Brian Boitano'd do!
  • I Was Told There Would Be Cake: The kids' lure to get people to join La Résistance. Only two kids walk out when they find out there is no punch and pie.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Considering everything Sheila does throughout the movie which includes executing Terrance and Phillip, Cartman singing "Kyle's Mom is a Big, Fat Bitch" was warranted no matter what protests Kyle may have.
  • Joke and Receive: When the boys stumble upon a German scheisse video, Stan jokingly asks if the woman in the video is Cartman's mom. Kyle looks closer on the screen and realizes it actually is Cartman's mom!
  • Killed Off for Real: Subverted in that everyone who is killed in the war, including Ze Mole, Mr. Garrison, Terrance, and Phillip, comes back to life thanks to the Reset Button. This also includes Bill Gates, who was shot in the head by the General, and appears in a later episode still with a hole in his forehead!
  • Kneel Before Zod: After Armaggeddon begins, Saddam Hussein demands that everyone, Americans and Canadians, all bow down before him.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Mothers Against Canada, and Sheila Broflovski in particular, who eventually starts a war over a dirty movie.
  • Lampshade Hanging: "Why did our mothers start this war, what the fuck are they fighting for? When did this song become a marathon?"
  • Land of Tulips and Windmills: During Cartman's performance of "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch", there's a segment where he and the other South Park elementary boys are depicted as people from around the world. The Dutch (singing gibberish like the other nationalities depicted) are shown in traditional clothing with windmills in the background.
  • La Résistance: The Trope Namer. The kids start a riot against the adults trying to execute Terrance and Phillip and prevent Saddam and Satan from taking over the earth.
  • Laughably Evil: Saddam. He's not really evil because he never gets physical, and is too funny to hate because of his sexual acts with Satan being the only thing that matter to him.
  • Lawful Stupid: Mothers Against Canada, and again, Sheila Broflovski.
  • Letting the Air out of the Band: Happens at the end of "Mountain Town". The flourish stops after the clerk at the Bijou says "No!"
  • Literal Soapbox Speech: While forming La Résistance, Gregory of Yardale stands on a wooden crate with the word "SOAP" on it.
  • Location Song: "Blame Canada", a song the citizens of "South Park" sing when caught up in a media frenzy about the country, because they made a film that upset the parents with its vulgar language. It was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song.
  • Logo Joke: The Paramount logonote  fades into an equivalent as part of the mountain backdrop of South Park. The joke was ruined for the international version though, where the 1998 Warner Bros. shield takes the place of the Paramountain. note 
  • Mama Bear: Sheila takes this trope way too far. She goes as far as to launch a full-scale attack against the Canadians and kill Terrance and Phillip just to prevent Kyle from swearing.
  • Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number: Tying with this, Reprise Medley and The Song Before the Storm, "La Resistance" proves to be a Crowning Music triple-threat.
  • Megaphone Gag:
    Mr. Garrison: How would you like to go to the school counselor's office?!
    Cartman: How would you like to suck my balls?
    Mr. Garrison: WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?!
    Cartman: Oh, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. Actually, what I said was...(produces a megaphone) HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUCK MY BALLS, MR. GARRISON?
  • The Mel Brooks Number: "Up There" and "La Resistance"
  • Memetic Badass: invoked In-universe: The boys mention that Brian Boitano did three salchows and a triple lutz blindfolded, can breathe fire, fought the Evil Robot King, built the Pyramids, and killed Kublai Khan.
  • Meta Fiction: Terrance and Phillip in the movie function as a satire of South Park itself and its controversial nature. Asses of Fire acts as a satire of the movie it takes place in.
  • The Musical: This movie parodies Disney Animated Canon musicals (which were pretty big at the time), right down to the (tongue-in-cheek) Award-Bait Song during the credits. It even recycles "Kyle's Mom's a Bitch" from a Musical Episode of the series proper. In fact, it was a minor cliché at the time for (mostly) non-musical cartoons such as Animaniacs to get musical movies, although South Park is probably the only one that's an adult cartoon.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: The "Kyle's Mom is a Big, Fat Bitch" song comes to an awkward, grinding halt when the kids, followed by Cartman, realize in horror that Sheila is glaring right down at Cartman in silent, slowly building rage.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
  • Mythology Gag: "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" is a callback to the "Jesus vs. Santa" (see Call-Back above) short done as a video Christmas card prior to the start of the series that featured Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny. This includes Brian Dennehy saying "Bye-ee!" in the same way Boitano did in the original short.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Mothers Against Canada. An early draft of the script even has it made explicitly clear that the "Happy Camps" are purely Sheila Broflovski's idea.
  • Never Going Back to Prison: Ze Mole isn't getting grounded again. Not for you, not for anyone!
  • Never My Fault: Mothers Against Canada immediately blame Canada partly because they want someone to blame before anyone thinks about blaming them for not being proper parents.
  • NOT!: Happens during Cartman and Saddam's showdown.
    Saddam: Hey, buddy! I know I was mean before, but don't worry, I can change.
    Cartman: Okay... NOT!
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Cartman has an R-rated version of this reaction when he sees Sheila right behind him after singing "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch".
    Cartman: ...oh, fuck.
    • Cartman has a pretty effective silent one when he's instructed to say "horsefucker" with the V-chip on him.
    • Sheila has one herself when Satan reveals that Terrance and Philip were innocent all along, and her hatred against them and murdering them allow him to cause The End of the World as We Know It. Chef rubbing salt in the wound with his Sarcasm Mode doesn't help and makes her feel worse.
  • Once More, with Volume!:
    Mr. Garrison: How would you like to go to the principal's office?!
    Cartman: How would you like to suck my balls?
    Mr. Garrison: WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?!
    Cartman: Oh, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. Actually, what I said was...(produces a megaphone) HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUCK MY BALLS, MR. GARRISON?
  • One-Shot Character: Gregory, Dr. Vosknocker and Ze Mole are only used for the movie.
  • Operation: [Blank]: Parodied with Operation: Human Shield and Operation: Get Behind The Darkies.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: The mothers of South Park never think twice to consider the fact that it's all on them for letting their kids watch the movie in the first place, or looking it up online to realize the rating. Stan's mother seems to recognize what movie it is when Stan shows her the tickets, in fact. They seem to have forgotten what they learned in the episode "Death" when they found out their kids were watching Terrance and Phillip in the first place, and the movie is canon to the series.note 
  • Patter Song: "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch" is fast-paced and uses "bitch" constantly to mesh with the instrumental.
  • The Pearly Gates: When he dies early in the film, Kenny finds himself ascending to Heaven, where he's greeted by the Pearly Gates as well as a pair of beautiful naked women... right before he's sent plummeting to Hell for having skipped church that day.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Ze Mole, who despises God with a passion and isn't afraid to let Him know it.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Kyle's mom is this when it comes to Canadians — despite the fact that her own adopted son is Canadian.
  • Precision F-Strike: Wendy never says any profanity at allnote  until the ending, where she says, "Fuck Gregory. Fuck him right in the ear!" This trope is especially true in the eighth draft in which she has much more dialogue, none of which feature any curse words at all.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Ze Mole does this constantly, as he has a propensity to badmouth God.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kyle gives one to his mom, calling her a good-for-nothing bitch who's never around for him and instead goes off fighting against things she shouldn't be fighting against.
  • Reduced to Ratburgers: Kyle hid Ike in the attic to protect him, but forgot to leave him any food. Ike after not having eaten for a while finds a mouse and eats it up.
  • Reset Button: After Kenny inspires Satan to kill Saddam Hussein (who he was getting sick of), Satan grants him a wish, which he uses to get everything back the way it was before the war. See "Deus ex Machina".
  • The Reveal: At the end, Kenny's face and unmuffled voice are revealed for the first time.
  • Right Behind Me: Kyle's mom is standing right behind Cartman while he's singing "The Villain Sucks" Song, which leads to him having the V-chip implanted in his head.
  • Romantic False Lead: Gregory - there are constant hints that Wendy Testaburger is falling for him and his activist ways until the denouement.
  • Ruder and Cruder: It's the only animated film to initially ever earn an NC-17 rating on language alone — although its creators managed to get it reduced to an "R" rating through sheer attrition.
  • Running Gag: Stan vomits every time Wendy speaks to him.
  • Say My Name: Phillip when Sheila shoots Terrance.
  • Screen-to-Stage Adaptation: Well, with all the Broadway-style singing and dancing, do you think people wouldn't try this? There have been two unofficial stage musical adaptations of Bigger, Longer & Uncut: one by the Berklee College of Music with only the musical numbers, and a "24-Hour Musical" version by University College Dublin.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Stan, Kyle, and Cartman break all of the rules they normally wouldn't along with the rest of the kids in La Resistance in order to stop their parents and fix their mistakes.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: When the General of the American forces reveals that their big battle plan is to place all black people in front and use them as Human Shields, Chef has his men drop to the ground at the appropriate point—which lets Canada eviscerate a good chunk of America's armed forces right off the bat.
  • Self-Deprecation: Cartman criticizes Terrance & Phillip's poor animation to convince himself that the movie will suck after the theater clerk prevents the boys from sneaking in, all while he and the boys do the show's famous "bobbing walk".
  • Series Fauxnale: The ending plays out very much like a series finale, with every single character who'd appeared in the series up to that point making cameos in the final scenes (and also being featured on the poster). It was also originally intended to be the last hurrah, but its unexpected success made sure that didn't happen.
  • Shock and Awe: A malfunction in Cartman's V-Chip during the final battle allows him to shoot electricity from his body when he swears—the more profane, the more powerful.
  • Shout-Out: See the South Park Shout Out page for the movie.
  • Silly Reason for War: See Disproportionate Retribution above; only in the South Park universe is war declared over a movie.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot:
    • All four boys (Stan less than the others) become this after seeing Asses of Fire.
    • Terrance and Phillip cuss a lot more (and a lot harsher) in The Movie than they normally do in the show.
    • This is taken further when Cartman's V-Chip malfunctions.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The Hobo who takes the boys into the theater only appears at the beginning, but he accidentally kickstarts the entire film's story off.
  • Skewed Priorities: From what we see, most of the American military's planning for the war with Canada seems to revolve around the big USO Show where Terrance and Philip will be executed. This comes back to bite them when it becomes clear that Canada, conversely, has been preparing for an actual invasion of the United States.
    • Through most of the movie, Stan is more interested in "finding the clitoris" (even though he has no idea what that actually means) than in stopping the war and preventing The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Spoof Aesop: The ending of the Movie Within a Movie:
    Terrance: Well, Phillip, I hope you learned something from this whole experience.
    Phillip: I did, Terrance. I learned that you are a boner biting dick fart fuck face!
  • The Starscream: Saddam Hussein when he declares himself ruler of the world and tries to have everyone killed, completely betraying Satan in doing so.
  • The Stinger: Ike eats a rat in the attic.
  • Suddenly Shouting: Sheila, when Kyle doesn't want to bring Ike along to the movies:
    Sheila: DO AS I SAY, KYLE!
    Kyle: Okay, okay, I'm sorry.
  • Suicide as Comedy: Conan O'Brien's jumper suicide is played for laughs, especially when he crashes into and destroys a car parked on the street below, and the owner walks up to turn off the car alarm.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Literally! While in Hell, Kenny notices how Satan is driven to tears by his frequent arguments with Saddam and offers to comfort him, even encouraging the Devil to just break up with the former dictator already. Even the people of South Park feel sympathy for him when they see how lonely he is and invite him to come back to the surface at anytime.
  • Take That!:
    • When Kenny demands to go see the Terrance and Phillip film rather than go to church, Ms. McCormick tells him that when he dies, he's going to Hell to see Satan. Kenny doesn't care.
    • Who knew that "Barbra Streisand" was the foulest word in the English language?
    • An African-American soldier asks "Is the people gonna die?" in a voice that sounds a lot like Jar-Jar Binks, a jab at the character's alleged racist implications.
    • And of course, the entire film is essentially one of the most vicious Take Thats ever made against Moral Guardians, the MPAA, censorship and scapegoat parenting.
    • It's hard not to pick up on a certain amount of frustration with Windows 98 in the scene where Bill Gates is summoned by the General, yelled at for not making Windows 98 fast enough, and then getting summarily shot in the head.
    • The first one in the film was about the fictional death of Saddam Hussein (who died seven years after the film's release), when the movie bluntly stated that "the world is still glad to be rid of him."
    • Played more for laughs, but "Blame Canada" calls Anne Murray a bitch, which the real Anne Murray was amused by (she was even invited to sing the song at the Oscars, but had to decline due to previous commitments).
    • During the news debate:
    Newsreader: This movie isn't the first troublesome thing to come out of Canad. Let us not forget Bryan Adams.
    Canadian Minister: Now, now. The Canadian government has apologised for Bryan Adams on several occasions.
  • Talk Show Appearance: : Terrance and Phillip appear on Conan O'Brien's show where it's a trap set up by Shelia and the Mothers Against Canada group where they arrest the duo. After the duo call out Conan for his betrayal, he has a My God, What Have I Done? moment before he jumps out of the window and lands on top of a car.
  • Tempting Fate: After the Baldwin family's home gets bombed by the Canadian Air Force, all of them are dead except for a single survivor. He triumphantly boasts "Ha ha! You missed me!" right before the last plane drops a bomb on his head as well.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Kenny's death in this movie comes from trying to light one of his farts on fire, leading to being set on fire. This and a Plethora of Mistakes by the medical staff leads to his death — and because of how South Park's afterlife works, Kenny goes to Hell.
  • Too Much Information: When Gregory starts going into details about just what will happen if La Résistance is captured in song form, Stan, Kyle, and Cartman all silently look on with horrified faces.
  • Triumphant Reprise: The reprise of "Mountain Town" at the end.
    Chef: Everything worked out, what a happy end…
    Americans and Canadians are friends again…
    So let’s all join hands and knock oppression doooown…

    Soldiers: Good Lordy, I’m found!
  • Troll: The afterlife itself. When Kenny dies (again), he gets to see heaven... for a total of ten seconds before being plummeted into hell.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: “Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch” does this four times, moving from C major to E major one semitone at a time in less than 90 seconds.
  • Tunnel King: "Ze Mole" digs his way to the USO show stage to free Terrance and Phillip, but the boys forget to turn off the alarm on time and he's mauled to death by guard dogs.
  • Unfortunate Search Results: Stan has been told that finding the clitoris is the key to making a girl like him, but no other information about what the clitoris is. At one point, he tries turning to the Internet with Kyle and Cartman. Of course, they get lots of pornographic hits; the one they click on is a German fetish video featuring Cartman's mom.
  • Unishment: Mr. Mackey announces a ban on Terrance and Phillip apparel in school, adding that anyone wearing such clothing will be sent home immediately. Every kid, save for Wendy and Gregory, cheers and runs out.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Barbra Streisand, one of the many profanities said by Cartman while his V-Chip was malfunctioning.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Sheila shooting and killing Terrance and Phillip.
  • Villainous Lament: In the musical number "Up There", quite possibly the only serious number in the movie, Satan expresses his sorrow due to never being able to live back on Earth and be a normal member of society.
  • Villain Song: Three of the villains get their own songs: Saddam sings "I Can Change", Satan performs "Up There", and Mothers Against Canada perform "Blame Canada".
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch," originally from the series' first Christmas special. Thanks, Cartman.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Sheila is sided with by the rest of the South Park adults in their striving to stop their kids from swearing and obviously doesn't isn't Hated by All since she was a normal character before the movie.
  • Walking Out on the Show: Everybody who went to see Asses of Fire—except our heroes, of course—left en masse during the "Uncle Fucker" song.
  • War Is Hell: Most of the Mothers Against Canada are horrified when seeing the actual Canadian-American battlefield, especially since their sons are wandering around in it. But of course, being South Park, it also manages to play this trope for laughs. In song.
    "They may cut your dick in half, and feed it to a pig,
    And though it hurts you'll laugh, and dance a dickless jig!
    For that's the way it goes, in war you're shat upon..."
    • Keep in mind, considering Team America: World Police and a few other South Park episodes on the subject, the creators aren’t anti-war, per se, but they are anti-this war.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Ze Mole. He only has 15 minutes of screentime, and ultimately gets killed by the guard dogs.
  • We Have Reserves: In the invasion plans of Canada, black people are put into units best described as "Operation: Human Shield".
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sheila may go too unreasonably far lengths to enforce the morality and safety of the town's children by launching a war against Canadians, but it was really for a good cause.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Kyle just wants his mom to stop fighting and actually be a mom to him.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": "All Canadian-Americans are to report to one of these death camps right away. Did I say death camps? I meant happy camps!"
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After getting killed yet again, Kenny thinks he's going to heaven. He's wrong.
  • You Are Grounded!: Happens to Stan, Kyle and Cartman after Kenny's death. In fact the word "Grounded" is used a total of 14 times in this film, as if it were a swear word on its own accord. If Butters were made more prevalent as he was in the later seasons, that tally would have quadrupled, given it's his most important character trait.
  • You Have Failed Me: When the Army's holo-projector fails, which runs on Windows 98, the General orders his men to bring in Bill Gates and shoots him in front of everyone.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Although it's never said outright, Satan and Saddam Hussein all but tell Sheila to her face that she's responsible for the end of the world. She did not take their compliment well...

Thank God we live in this quiet, little, pissant, redneck, podunk, jerkwater, greenhorn, one-horse, mud-hole, peckerwood, right-wing, whistle-stop, hobnail, truck-drivin', old-fashioned, hayseed, inbred, unkempt, out-of-date, out-of-touch, white-trash — kick-ass! — moun~tain town~!

Alternative Title(s): South Park The Movie


The Hobo

The Hobo who takes the boys into the theater only appears at the beginning, but he accidentally kickstarts the entire film's story off.

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