South Park (2010)
There are 3 episodes of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Southpark that contain Lovecrafts Mythos creatures. They all take place in the 14th season and are Episode 11: "Coon 2: Hindsight", Episode 12: "Mysterion Rises" and Episode 13: "Coon vs. Coon and Friends". Cthulhu also appeared very briefy in the Imaginationland episodes in Season 11 as part of 'Characters of the Evil Side'. You can see a still here.
Cartman's alter-ego, The Coon, now leads an entire team of crime-fighters, which includes fellow heroes Mysterion (Kenny McCormick) , Toolshed (Stan Marsh), Iron Maiden (Timmy), TupperWear (Token Black), Mosquito (Clyde Donovan), Mintberry Crunch (Bradley Biggle), and Human Kite (Kyle Broflovski), although the Coon is intent on taking all the glory. A fire breaks out in a local apartment building, and the Coon gets his mother to drive them over. Before they can take any action, though, Captain Hindsight, a renowned hero, arrives at the burning hotel, telling them of safety measures that should have been taken and departs to a standing ovation. People are relieved, happy that Captain Hindsight has "solved" the problem and promptly abandon the still burning building, leaving fourteen people in the apartment to burn to death. In the aftermath, the Coon concludes that they will need to get Captain Hindsight to join them in order to regain their former glory. He is unsuccessful in recruiting Captain Hindsight and instead plans to blackmail him into joining by photoshopping Hindsight's face onto images of a homeless person having sex with Courtney Love (actually Butters Stotch, alias Professor Chaos, in disguise).
Meanwhile, a BP drilling vessel drills a new hole in the Gulf, only to accidentally cause an oil leak in a protected zone, prompting one of the crewmen to exclaim "Oh, don't tell me we did it again!", a reference to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As they start trying to fix their mishap, the CEO of the company, Tony Hayward, immediately issues a "we're sorry" campaign to try and avoid a severe public backlash, changing the name from "Beyond Petroleum" to "Dependable Petroleum" (DP) and in addition to the campaign, he announces that "we no longer fuck the Earth, we DP it". On a Coon & Friends meeting, the Coon explicitly states that he has no care for the people suffering from the DP spill, prioritizing his plans to blackmail Hindsight. Disagreeing with the Coon's interests, the rest of the group vote, after which the Coon is reluctantly forced to go with Mosquito's idea to set up a fundraising event in order to help the people affected by the DP crisis. The Coon viciously assaults Mosquito and Mintberry Crunch (a reference to the film A Clockwork Orange) to regain control.
DP's second drilling in an attempt to stem the oil spill accidentally opens up a gateway to another dimension, causing the entire gulf to be attacked by giant alien creatures. Hayward, after another "we're sorry" campaign, determines that they will need to drill on the Moon in order to change the gravitational pull on the Earth and quell the swells on the ocean, which will allow them to place a cap on the gateway. Unfortunately, in the act of doing this, they inadvertently release Cthulhu, bringing 3000 years of darkness to earth, forcing Hayward to send out a third "we're sorry" campaign. By that time, the Coon is unanimously kicked out of Coon and Friends due to his behavior conflicting with what the Friends want to accomplish and his mother grounds him for swearing and beating up his friends. With Cartman no longer in control, and Captain Hindsight too distraught to save the day, the Friends go to fight Cthulhu themselves. Believing that the Friends have "turned evil", Cartman decides to take matters in his own hands and look for revenge.
- As well as an appearance from Cthulhu - Elders things and something that looks similar to a Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath.
- Strange creatures emerging from another dimension to attack society bears similarities to the plot of The Mist.
The episode starts off with comic-like recap of the previous episode ("Coon 2: Hindsight") before turning into a Batman-like title screen. The group is now led by Mysterion, although still called "Coon and Friends" (because it "pisses Cartman off"), and hold a bake sale to aid those in the Gulf affected by Cthulhu's arrival at the end of the previous episode, meeting a strange man who state their efforts to stop Cthulhu are futile. Coon and Friends then return to find that Captain Hindsight has ransacked their base looking for incriminating photos of him with Courtney Love. The boys reveal the pictures are fake and solely constructed by Cartman as blackmail, but Hindsight is too conflicted to believe them. Mysterion tells Hindsight that if he does not believe them, he has no choice but to pull the trigger. All the other heroes are shocked by this show of what can only be fearlessness or foolishness as Mysterion tells them to leave. In the process, Human Kite (Kyle) inadvertently reveals Mysterion to be Kenny. After Hindsight admits that he is growing tired of the burden placed on him by his powers, and Kenny explains that he too has been cursed with an ability of his own: he cannot die. It is revealed that every time Kenny dies, he simply wakes up in his bed the next day restored to full health. Furthermore, nobody seems to be able to remember his death, even if they witnessed it first hand.
While this occurs, Cartman is at the airport to make his way to Cthulhu, who delayed Cartman's flight by defecating on the runway. After attacking a little girl (in his mind, a villain), Cartman arrives at Cthulhu's location and tries to get the attention of Cthulhu, so he can get revenge on his former team. However, Cthulhu is uninterested and leaves Cartman. Cartman then decides to be cute and adorable to manipulate Cthulhu. After introducing himself as "the little Coon" and rubbing Cthulhu's belly (much like Mei from My Neighbor Totoro), Cartman befriends Cthulhu. He then calls a press conference and declares them the new, and this time trademarked, "Coon and Friends". Along the way to South Park, Cartman and Cthulhu are shown destroying various things: a synagogue, hippies, and San Francisco, all things that Cartman despises. By then, after deliberating over his situation, Hindsight decides to remove his powers and resume being news reporter Jack Brolin. But seeing an innocent person with an injured arm crying for his help makes Brolin realize that "Hindsight" should not have removed his powers.
Back at South Park, after Coon and Friends learn about cult of Cthulhu, where they discover that Kenny's parents were a part of it, Kenny (as Mysterion) goes to his house. It turns out his parents were only indirectly involved with the Cult of Cthulhu (they went for the free beer), and he forces them to tell him whereabouts of the South Park chapter. Together with the other heroes, they go to the Cult meeting, and notice familiar faces (Mr. Adler, the Goth Kids, and the Star Trek nerds). Kenny, however, becomes alarmed over the famousLovecraftian couplet: 'That is not dead....'
He abandons his friends and confronts the Goth kids in an alley about what it means. The leader of the cult then shows up and asks for the Goth kids' assistance in dispensing of Mysterion. Coon and Friends show up too late, as the leader takes Kindergoth's switchblade and stabs Kenny in the chest. At this point, it is revealed that the Human Kite is Kyle when he exclaims "You bastards!" in reaction to Kenny's death. Inevitably, Kenny wakes up in his bed, unharmed. The rest of the Friends show up at his bedroom door asking him why he ran away from the cult and that they have to defeat Cthulhu, completely unaware of the fact that he just died. Kenny sighs in disappointment.
- At the cultist ritual they chant the famous couple: " That is not dead which can eternal lie. And with strange aeons even death may die".
- A copy of the boardgame Arkham Horror can be spotted on a shelf behind the Piests of Cthulhu at their meeting.
- The Necronomican also gets a shoutout.
The episode begins with Bradley Biggle, as Mint Berry Crunch, summarizing the previous episode in a comic book format. The boys raise concern over Mint Berry Crunch's super powers, as they do not accept "the power of mint and berry set with a satisfying tasty crunch" as a legitimate super power. While discussing powers, the boys ask Mysterion about his power. Mysterion boldly states that he "can't die." The other boys, who are only imagining their powers, casually take note. Mysterion sees that they are not taking him seriously, and with mounting frustration, he elaborates to them that he "really, really can't die." He tries to remind them that they witnessed him being stabbed to death the night before, but the other boys do not remember at all. In an attempt to prove his point, Mysterion shouts at them to remember, pulls out a handgun, and shoots himself in the head, leaving the boys in utter shock. However, much to the annoyance of Mysterion, they completely forget about it later when everyone including Mysterion returns for another meeting on good deeds.
Justin Bieber as shown on South Park, despite being Canadian is shown like a regular character.
After providing his own distorted summary of the story so far, Cartman arrives and lures the heroes outside, where he orders Cthulhu to banish the boys to a dark oblivion. Mint Berry Crunch runs away and watches Judge Judy pretending to be heroic, while the rest of the heroes are transported to R'lyeh. With that done, Cartman has Cthulhu head to the Burning Man festival to massacre hippies. At R'lyeh, seeing death as his only potential escape back to Earth and save his friends, Mysterion commits suicide by jumping into a pit of deadly spikes (complaining about the pain of this particular manner of death as he does so). Kenny awakens back in his bed and dons his Mysterion outfit, setting off to learn more about Cthulhu and his own powers in order to save his friends. He goes to Henrietta's house, where she and the other Goth kids are complaining about Cthulhu not changing everything as they were made to believe. Just then, Henrietta's mother comes in and tells her that her brother, who turns out to be Bradley, wants to play with them. Upon entering the room, Bradley sees Mysterion and runs back to his room to change into his Mint Berry Crunch outfit. Meanwhile, the Goth kids tell Mysterion that Cthulhu can only be killed by another immortal, meaning that Kenny is seemingly the only one who has the power to stop Cthulhu's rampage.
Followed by Mint Berry Crunch, Mysterion tracks down the Coon and Cthulhu as the latter have just finished massacring Justin Bieber and a number of his fans thus making the world a better place. After berating the Coon for re-making the world in his own image (something no superhero is meant to do), Mysterion challenges Cthulhu by offering him an easy win if he brings his friends back, only for the to Dark lord to simply walk away after being influenced by the Coon's "cute kitten" act. A bright light descends from the air and a man appears inside, who reveals himself to be Bradley's biological father from a far away planet who sent his son to Earth to stop evil from taking over the Earth. Bradley, whose Mintberry Crunch powers were actually real, manages to subdue Cthulhu, drag him back to the dimension from which he came, save the other heroes from oblivion, and shut the hole BP drilled into the Gulf of Mexico. With Cartman jailed at the Coon & Friends' secret base, Mint Berry Crunch vanishes in a flash of light as the rest of the heroes express surprise that Bradley really did have superpowers. Mysterion, now giving up on discovering his true past and identity, says he is going to bed and shoots himself in the head. The scene shifts to show Kenny's mom giving birth to Kenny again. Kenny's parents then lay Kenny in his bed, placing his orange parka over him, and say that they never should have gone to that cult meeting, implying that Kenny's powers were a result of the cult's practices.
- Cthulhu banishes the South Park gang to R'lyeh. There is little non-euclidean architecture there but it is filled with weird Mythos like creatures.