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God: You got kicked out of here for being a headstrong rebel. And now you're a whiny little bitch.
Voiced by: Trey Parker
Debut: "Damien"The King of Hell and Jesus' opposite number. Also, he was the first villain in the series.
- Affably Evil: He's certainly less evil than Saddam and Cartman. Everybody in Hell gets the day off on Christmas. And there's singing.
- Anti-Villain: In spades. It's telling that Cartman is more evil than him.
- Art Evolution: Since season 9, Satan appears to be older and more muscular.
- Badass Decay: In-story. During a conversation with God, the latter tells Satan that for someone who was expelled from Heaven for being a headstrong rebel, he has become "a whiny little bitch."
- Badass Gay: Badass Decay or not, he's still Satan, and, is thus, a Physical God. He's also a gay dude who's had several different boyfriends at one time or another.
- Batman Gambit: Pulls one during his boxing fight against Jesus. While betting his money on Jesus while the rest of the city bet on Satan, he beat up Jesus big time until he pretended to be KO'ed by Jesus's weak punch. When Jesus was declared victorious, Satan became several million dollars richer and went back to Hell taunting the rest for their stupidity. Satan's total Moment of Awesome of the century.
- Big Bad: In the earlier seasons, especially in Season 1.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Saddam and Sheila Broflovski in The Movie. Amazingly, he's depicted as the least evil of the three.
- Big Red Devil: And the most well-known one too.
- Characterization Marches On: Rule of Funny reigns supreme when deciding if Satan is looking to take over Heaven, or if he's just lonely stuck in Hell and wants a meaningful relationship. One episode seemed to indicate he tried to take over Heaven because his boyfriend wanted him to.
- Dark Is Evil/Dark Is Not Evil: Is a bit of both; physically he's evil incarnate, but as mentioned elsewhere, Satan is a friendly, sensitive guy under most circumstances.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Hell on Earth 2006."
- Demonic Possession: He possesses Stan's body in "Freemium Isn't Free" in order to deal with Beelzeboot. Unlike most examples, he is polite enough to ask Stan first, and even returns him home after the battle.
- The Devil Is a Loser: God complains that Satan went from a headstrong rebel to a "whiny little bitch" when he comes to Him for relationship advice.
- The Dog Bites Back: At the climax of The Movie.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Was horrified that he was acting like a 16-year-old girl at his party in the "Hell on Earth 2006", but his minions assured him that he isn't THAT bad.
- He's very bothered by Beelzeboot making the Terrance & Philip mobile game since temptation must always be nuanced and not just blatant manipulation of addicts.
- Evil Is Hammy: Whenever he's on the clock, he's pulls off the dramatic Evil Overlord pretty well (like in his dramatic entrance, complete with booming voice, prose, and demonic background music, after Stan accidentally summons him to teach about addiction).
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has a rather deep-sounding voice. Isn't usually that bad a guy, though.
- Flaming Devil: Played with - he's certainly gay, but he's almost always portrayed as a pretty nice guy.
- God Karting with Beelzebub: Though he and God hadn't spoken in millennia, in "Probably" he goes to ask him for romantic advice.
- Hidden Depths: Due to one of his main roles in the universe, he has a pretty decent grasp of the biology surrounding addiction (and he taught it to Stan is in a pretty clear way).
- Jerkass Realization: See Even Evil Has Standards above.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: See Affably Evil & Pet the Dog.
- Pet the Dog: Satan receives several; although the biggie was near the end of The Movie, when Satan agrees to delay Armageddon at Kenny's request... because Kenny helped him end his terrible relationship with Saddam.
- Another moment occurs in "Freemium Isn't Free", in which he helps Stan with his addiction problem, and goes as far as to confront the Beelzeboot over the game causing this addiction.
- Punch-Clock Villain: A borderline example, if not an outright one. He only seems to torture truly bad people and even then is usually chanting pleasantly with them otherwise.
- He has to put out temptation so humanity has free will, but it's just part of the job and it has to be done right.
- Put on a Bus: Stopped appearing regularly after "Hell On Earth 2006."
- The Bus Came Back: Finally appeared again in "Freemium Isn't Free," roughly eight years later.
- Satan Is Good: Or at least, he's kind of a big softie.
- Straight Gay: Satan has had two lovers — Saddam Hussein, and a guy named Chris. He also had a relationship with his advisor prior to killing him.
- Villain Decay: Lampshaded by God, who notes that Satan's angsting over if he wants to be with Saddam or Chris is a far cry from the headstrong rebel who was kicked out of Heaven.
- Villain Song: "Up There" from The Movie. Also a subversion, since he is actually singing about how lonely he is down in Hell, where his only real company is Saddam, and how he wants to live up on Earth. Thus doubles as his "I Want" Song.
"Hey! Relax, guy!"
(smacks Satan's ass) "Shut it, bitch. You're better seen than heard!"
Voiced by: Matt Stone
Debut: "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus"
Final appearance: "It's Christmas in Canada"Saddam Hussein was one of the main antagonists of the series in the earlier seasons, and the Big Bad in The Movie. Initially the dictator of Iraq, he was killed either by wild boars or in a Canadian "gas attack" after attempting to invade the countrynote , he was sent to Hell after he died. While technically deceased after The Movie, he was still a recurring guest villain character until season 7, where he was captured by Canadian soldiers. He is arguably even worse than Cartman.
- Back from the Dead: After Bigger, Longer and Uncut, he went back to Hell. Where was he supposed to go, Detroit? Played more straight later, where he somehow comes back from Heaven (where he was last seen building chemical weapons) to attend Christopher Reeve's Legion of Doom meeting, then (even later) become Prime Minister of Canada.
- Bastard Boyfriend: He only wants Satan for sex and pushes him around.
- Batman Gambit: He'll do this as part of his evil plans.
- Big Bad: In The Movie with Sheila, as well as a couple of episodes.
- Blatant Lies: He does this A LOT. But, because pretty much everybody in this show is a complete idiot, they all believe him.
- The Caligula: Particularly as the Prime Minister of Canada.
- Catch-Phrase: "Heeeey! Relax guy!," usually said when someone is (correctly) questioning his motives.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Hasn't made an appearance since It's Christmas In Canada.
- Depraved Homosexual: As Satan's Bastard Boyfriend.
- Dirty Coward: To an extent.
- Evil Plan: Many. He's taken over Canada by sneaking his troops in through the airlines, manipulated Satan into invading earth with his demons so Saddam could push him aside and take control, built chemical weapons plants in HEAVEN (even fooling God), and fooled all of Canada into electing him Prime Minister.
- Faux Affably Evil: In spades."Hey buddy, relax, take a load off, I'm not hiding any bombs".
- For the Evulz: Frequently, perhaps the best example being when posing as the Canadian Prime Minister and establishing all manner of seemingly trivial but surprisingly effective and life destroying laws.
- Freudian Excuse: He explains that his parents were abusive in The Movie. He might be telling the truth, but it is much more likely he was just lying to Satan so he'll forgive him (which was kind of the entire point of his song...)
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Whenever there's a hint of decency in him, it's either blown away before he stabs you in a back, or has some selfish gain out of it.
- Kneel Before Zod: In The Movie, his first act after conquering the world.
- Laughably Evil: Half the fun of Saddam is how ridiculous he is, with his high voice, inexplicable Canadian heritage, and outrageously zany acts of villainy.
- Multiple-Choice Past: How he died. In "Not Without My Anus" he was killed by the Canadians, The Movie says it was a pack of wild boars, while "Ladder to Heaven" says the Americans assassinated him in secret (with a pack of wild boars, maybe?)
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He stabs Satan's "pussy" boyfriend Chris in order to get back with Satan. Not that it makes much difference — after all, where was Chris going to go, Detroit?
- Non-Standard Character Design: Not only is he animated in the same style as the Canadians (which kinda made sense since he first appeared an episode starring Terrance and Phillip), but he's one of the few characters with a photo head (some others include Mr. Garrison after his nose job, Ben Affleck in "How to Eat With Your Butt", and the little pink Christina Aguilera monsters from "Timmy 2000").
- Sadist: And how, reaching even sexual things with it. In The Movie, he tortures Kenny with a sexual pleasure.
- Seme: In his relationship with Satan.
- Staying Alive: It's never explained how he got back to Earth between "Ladder to Heaven" and "Krazy Kripples."
- Put on a Bus: Hasnt been seen since he was arrested by the Canadians in Christmastime In Canada, and presumably wont be, due to his execution in real life.
- Villain Song: "I Can Change" from The Movie
- Yandere: In "Probably" he stabs Satan's new boyfriend to death. (He came back the next day back in Hell. Where was he supposed to go? Detroit?)
- Would Hurt a Child/Kick the Dog: Twice. In The Movie, he tortures Kenny with a sexual pleasure, and even kills him with no reason when he was the Prime Minister of Canada.
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Head of Homeland Security / Guinea Pirate
Voiced by: Matt Stone
Final appearance: "Pandemic II"The Big Bad of the Pandemic saga.
- Big Bad: Of Pandemic and Pandemic II
- Disproportionate Retribution: He tries to send the pan flute bands to Guantanamo Bay because they were annoying. Subverted in that the real reason he wanted them out of the picture was because they kept the guinea pigs at bay.
- Eldritch Abomination: Parodied. His true form is a guinea pirate.
- Karma Houdini: Yes, he was imprisoned, but the last time we see him is when he breaks out of his imprisonment.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He himself does nothing through out the entire saga.
- One-Winged Angel: See Eldritch Abomination above.
- Say My Name: "Curse you, Craaaaaaaaaaaaig!"
- Would Hurt a Child: He orders the soldiers to kill Craig.
Voiced by: Trey Parker (Rabbity the Rabbit, Skunky the Skunk, Beavery the Beaver, Beary the Bear, Racoony the Racoon), Matt Stone (Mousey the Mouse), Adrien Beard (Squirrely the Squirrel), April Stewart (Deery the Dear, Woodpeckerey the Woodpecker, Porcupiney the Porcupine), Mona Marshall (Foxy the Fox, Chickadee-y the Chickadee)
Debut: "Woodland Critter Christmas"The twisted products of Cartman's imagination. They were part of his Christmas story in the season 8 Christmas special, then later were reincarnated in Imaginationland with the evil characters.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: They pretty much become the de facto leaders of the evil imaginary characters in the Imaginationland trilogy.
- Depraved Bisexual: Their favorite group activity is a Blood Orgy. That is, gutting and devouring the flesh of a friend, then having sex with each other in the remaining viscera.
- A Dog Named "Dog": There's Squirrely the squirrel, Rabbity the rabbit, Beavery the beaver, Beary the bear, Porcupiney the porcupine, Skunky the skunk, Foxy the fox, Deery the deer, Woodpeckery the woodpecker, Mousey the mouse, and Chickadee-y the chickadee. The raccoon's name is not mentioned, but he's presumably named Raccoony. Confirmed when the group has a cameo in South Park: The Stick of Truth.
- Eviler Than Thou: They are seen as this for all evil characters, including horror icons. To quote Jason Voorhees: "Man, I do not want to meet the kid who dreamed those things up."
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: They're cute, cheerful... and they worship Satan.
- Faux Affably Evil: They are quite cheerful, when they're not trying to summon the Anti Christ or creating walls of fire to try to kill 8-year-old kids.
- Got Volunteered: Gleefully force Stan and Kyle to do their bidding in their first appearance. Granted there's a bit of forceful But Thou Must! on the narrator's part.
- Light Is Not Good: These bright, cheerful animals are dark and demented to their very core.
- Made of Evil: They are the most twisted things ever imagined, and everything from Cartman's mind.
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulated Stan into killing the mountain lion that actually kills the Anti Christ and more or less setting up their entire satanic initiation.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: They exist but only in imaginationland unfortunately the government built a portal.
- Sadists: YES, very sadistic characters, even more than Cartman.
- The Speechless: Woodpeckery has no individual lines in either of their appearances.
- Vocal Evolution: Deery is more helium-pitched in their "Imaginationland" appearance.
Voiced by: Toby Morton ("Scott Tenorman Must Die"), Trey Parker ("201")
Debut: "Scott Tenorman Must Die"A teenager who tricked Cartman into forking over ten dollars. He manages to get his way out of all of Cartman's revenge schemes until Cartman finally has his parents killed. And tricked Scott into eating them. Scott reappears as the Big Bad of the two part "200/201" story, which reveals him as the new leader of the Ginger Separatist Movement and Cartman's half-brother.
- Arch-Enemy: To Cartman.
- Anti-Villain: He starts out as a more restrained anti-villain (as seen at the end of "Scott Tenorman Must Die"), but in "201", we see how he turned insane after Cartman tricked him into eating his parents.
- Big "NO!": When he realizes he just ate his own parents and when Radiohead saw him crying.
- Big Bad: In the videogame "Tenorman's Revenge".
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Rob Reiner and Tom Cruise in "200/201".
- The Bully: You almost start to feel sorry for Cartman for what Scott puts him through solely For the Lulz, but course with what Cartman does next...
- Cain and Abel: Cartman is his half-brother, though Scott is the Abel in comparison.
- The Cameo: Appeared briefly in "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers" and "The Death of Eric Cartman."
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He was genuinely horrified when finding out that Cartman killed his parents.
- Even Evil Has Standards: A manipulative bully of the highest order, though obviously pretty mortified by his parents' murder which seems to make him a more redeemable character than Cartman given his reaction later on.
- Eviler Than Thou: Subverted. It seems this way throughout "Scott Tenorman Must Die", with Scott constantly outdoing Cartman in schemes and sheer Jerkass antics, then Cartman takes a far more monstrous step...
- I Ate WHAT?!: He was broken when he realized that it was his parents ground up into chili.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In "201," he tells Cartman that they are half-brothers.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's introduced by tricking Cartman into buying his pubes.
- Out-Gambitted: The end of "Scott Tenorman Must Die" has Cartman turn his final prank against him and trick him into eating his own parents.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!:Scott: You really care that much about sixteen measly dollars? I mean, what can you buy with $16? My parents give me a $50-a-week allowance. This pittance means nothing to me.
- Smug Snake: That is, until Cartman has the last laugh at the end of "Scott Tenorman Must Die".
- He still is one when he returns for "201" and the video game "Tenorman's Revenge", albeit now an insane one.
- Teens Are Monsters: Selling his pubes to a naive kid and then degrading him just to burn the money in his face is a really dick move.
- Tragic Villain: His descent to further villainy and insanity were a result of being tricked to eating his own parents.
- Villain Ball: Looking back on it now, it may have been better just to give Cartman the damn money, rather than burning it in front of his face.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left!: Done in "201." The only response by anyone is Jesus asking, "Who's the creepy ginger kid?"
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Eating his own parents made him a sad and unhinged person.
- You Killed My Father: His beef with Cartman in "201", as a result of the events of "Scott Tenorman Must Die".
Voiced by: Trey Parker
Debut: "Trapped in the Closet"
Final appearance: "201"A real-life actor who shows up in Stan's house after Stan is declared to be the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard. He locks himself in Stan's closet when Stan says he thinks "that guy who played Napoleon Dynamite" is a better actor than him. He later gathers every celebrity that the town of South Park has ever pissed off to unite them all against the town.
- Ambiguously Gay: Many jokes about his ambiguous sexual orientation are made, such as his house being filled with closets and him being a "fudge packer" (that is, he is employed at a fudge factory).
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Of "200" and "201" with Rob Reiner.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Scott Tenorman in the aforementioned "200/201".
- Cloudcuckoolander: Seems to have a somewhat loose grip on reality. It ties into the "ambiguously gay" example above; he denies being "in the closet," when he is physically in a closet, and denies being a "fudge packer" despite the fact that he is in a fudge factory loading fudge into boxes.
Voiced by: Trey Parker
Debut: "Butt Out"
- Back from the Dead: Even though he's killed at the end of "Butt Out," he returns in "200" as one of the major Big Bads.
- Big Bad: Of "Butt Out."
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Tom Cruise in "200" and "201."
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Scott Tenorman in the aforementioned "200/201".
- Fat Bastard: Is fat and always seen stuffing his face with junk food. He's also willing to murder a child and blame smoking to hurt tobacco companies.
- Hypocrite: Tries to force people to stop smoking by claiming that it's harmful to their health while constantly eating junk food.
- Karma Houdini: Averted in "Butt Out," but played straight in "201." While Tom Cruise, the other big bad, is killed, Reiner is not.
- Would Hurt a Child: He's perfectly willing to poison Cartman and lie about the circumstances if it makes the tobacco companies look bad.
Voiced by: Trey Parker
Debut: "The Cissy"
Final appearance: "#Happy Holograms"The record producer in charge of Lorde/Randy's career.
- Big Bad: Of Season 18.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Forms one with Cartman during the Season 18ís two part finale.
- The Don: He certainly has this feeling, including the typical dinner scene in an Italian restaurant
- Hijacked By Cartman: In the final episode of Season 18.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Gets killed by the Michael Jackson hologram at the end of the season.
- No Name Given: His name is never revealed. He's just known as the "Record Producer", even in the (unofficial) South Park Wiki.
- Would Hurt a Child: Tries to kill both Stan and Kyle to lure Randy towards him.
Voiced by: April Stewart
Debut: "Where My Country Gone?"
Final appearance: "PC Principal Final Justice"A frequent victim of PC Principal's anger for talking during school assemblies (whether she's actually guilty of it or not). She is later revealed to be a sentient advertisement, and the true Big Bad of Season 19.
- Ai Is A Crapshoot: She's a sentient advertisement.
- Big Bad: Of Season 19.
- Beneath Suspicion: Seemed to just be a Running Gag character, until the end of "Naughty Ninjas" revealed she had a greater significance.
- Disproportionate Retribution: PC Principal called in the cops because she was supposedly talking during an assembly (she wasn't).
- Evil Counterpart: To Butters' girlfriend Charlotte. Both are foreign characters, with Leslie being an ad and Charlotte being Canadian. While Charlotte's interest in Butters was genuine, Leslie's is completely fabricated. While Charlotte's race were just trying to escape their psychotic president, Leslie's intended to take over South Park.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: PC Principal punches his fist through her head.
- Fille Fatale: She manipulates Jimmy and Kyle into helping her, by playing the scared little girl.
- The Heavy: While only one of an entire race of sapient Internet ads, she is the only that is capable of having a human form and serves as the most active threat in South Park.
- Manipulative Bitch: She got Jimmy to help her escape from the news anchors that were keeping her in captivity. As soon as she finds a computer, she beats the hell out of Jimmy and starts sending advertisements through it. After she's done there, she sets her sights on manipulating Kyle.
- Oh, Crap!: Her reaction when she sees PC Principal at the Gun Show, ready to beat her up.
- Phrase Catcher: "God dammit, Leslie! Shut your fucking pie-hole!"
- Super-Strong Child: She doesn't just knock Jimmy out cold, she picks him up and throws him straight across the room.
- Uncanny Valley Girl: When we finally get to hear her talk out loud, she has a very odd and unnerving way of talking. Because she is a living advertisement.
Voiced by: Unknownnote
Debut: "Member Berries"
- Always Chaotic Evil: While some of the berries seem to be worse than others, all of them delight in bringing down entire civilizations through the power of Nostalgia. They also have few qualms about betraying and killing each other in order to further their Evil Plan.
- Ambiguous Situation: They apparently had some sort of history with J. J. Abrams but it's not clear if he was The Man Behind the Berries, an Unwitting Pawn or People Puppet.
- Anthropomorphic Food: They are a bunch of talking grapes.
- Badass Adorable: They may seem like a bunch of innocent little grapes at a first glance, but they're actually capable of manipulating you.
- Been There, Shaped History: They were the "grapes" the ancient Romans were always pictured eating, and caused the fall of the Roman Empire. In "Members Only", it was revealed that they were responsible for Brexit; British Secretary of State Boris Johnson tried to warn President-Elect Garrison to not eat the "mem'bries", but Garrison refused to listen to him.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Garrison, Lennart and Gerald in Season 20.
- The Corrupter: Anyone who eats them will start to believe what they believe in.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Revel in this.
- Fantastic Fruits and Vegetables: Talking grapes that speak in Star Wars references and control your mind.
- Flanderization: Initially they made references to several popular franchises from the 70s and 80s such as Ghostbusters, Star Trek, and The Six Million Dollar Man. Now they exclusively make Star Wars references.
- Faux Affably Evil: The Member Berries genuinely love partying, cheering people up, and reminiscing- and helping you reminisce- about your favourite movies and hobbies. Unfortunately, they also like reminiscing about homophobia, xenophobia, racism, war all manner of other unpleasant topics, and brainwashing the entire planet into returning into the past.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of season 21. While they have been largely Out of Focus near the end of season 20 and only appear once in the season 21 episode "Doubling Down", When all is said and done their still responsible for making Mr.Garrison president allowing him to send racial tweets to North Korea, rape his staff, and nuke Canada.
- Hive Mind: Though they seem to have individual sentience and can interact amongst themselves, individual berries think positively nothing about letting themselves be killed on their higher-ups' orders. Of course, they're berries.
- Karma Houdini: Nothing bad happens to them by the end of the season. They are shown to still be control in "Doubling Down" and watching Garrison from a shelf.
- Leitmotif: The leader has "Sing Sing Sing" as his.
- Let's Meet the Meat: They appear to be sentient, but don't react at all to being eaten.
- The Man Behind the Man: Not only are they this to Mr. Garrison, but they have one of their own in the form of an older mafia style berry.
- Made of Indestructium: They cannot be destroyed by any means other than being consumed. Strangely they were seen squished early in season 20 and they are capable of killing eachother.
- The Mafia: They appear to be organized this way.
- May the Farce Be with You: They speak almost entirely in Star Wars references.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: At first they could be squished but then they somehow devolope indestructability and then suddenly get the ability to possess people via being vomited in the face by one of their plague dogs.
- More Than Mind Control: They are able to brainwash people so thoroughly that their victims donít even remember anything amiss.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Subverted with extreme prejudice. At first, they only seem to be able to wait for people to eat them, but later episodes reveal that they're perfectly capable of moving around and doing the dirty work themselves.
- Nostalgia Ain't Like It Used to Be: People like them because they remind them of classic pop culture then they start talking about things like racism, homophobia and the like.
- Politically Incorrect Villains: They hate immigrants and homosexuals. Or at least, they like "membering" when it was okay to hate them, and pitting the country against them. Whether they actually feel any such bigotry themselves or just sadistically enjoy stoking it For the Evulz is up to debate, though they fit this trope either way.
- President Evil: They're poised to become this via President Garrison.
- Purple Is Powerful: They are colored a vivid purple, and collectively serve as dispensers for a Hate Plague.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: They may be villains capable of bringing down civilisations and manipulating Politics, but try to deny that at the very least they look just so adorable.
- Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear: They are a bunch of Berries that can be consumed.
- Those Wacky Nazis: In "Members Only", their leader reveals that their ultimate goal is to bring back the stormtroopers. No, not those stormtroopers...
- Verbal Tic: They always pronounce remember as "member".
- Zerg Rush: Despite being no bigger than normal berries, they can use their sheer numbers to knock down the doors in the White House.
Voiced by: Trey Parker
Debut: "The Damned"
Final appearance: "The End of Serialization as We Know It"A Danish anti-troll activist and the CEO of TrollTrace. While his intentions appear to be good, his methods are shown to be rather extreme and it is hinted that he is not all that he appears to be.
- Anti-Villain: He's unquestionably evil, but his intentions for the world seem to be good. Subverted, though, when we learn that his "good intentions" are a sham and he's just a regular villain.
- Ax-Crazy: Letís not mince words here. The fact that he decided to try and doom humanity by kickstarting another world war just for a giggle proves to everyone present that despite his well-intentioned pretences, he is completely insane and a danger to everyone around him.
- Beard of Evil: He has a dark blonde beard, and is undeniably evil despite his seemingly good intentions.
- Big Bad: He is initially part of a Big Bad Ensemble, but he graduates to singular Big Bad status in the second half of the season, with the Member Berries being Out of Focus and Garrison and Gerald doing Heel Face Turns.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, he seems to be an Affably Evil extremist until he turns out to be a contender for the ultimate troll.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Contrast to what we thought as a Knight Templar, he's revealed to actually be this.
- The Chessmaster: He's revealed to be this in "Not Funny," when he reveals to Gerald that he successfully drove the entire world into chaos through manipulation alone just because he thought it'd be funny to do so.
- Crapsaccharine World: Likely what he'd have ended up creating if he actually cared about improving the world.
- The Comically Serious: The few comedic moments he gets show him as this. The two most notable ones are him saying that TrollTrace is only to be used against trolls and seemingly expecting that to be enough of a deterrent for misuse of the system, and later dancing in the TrollTrace commercial while pitching his product with a straight face.
- Composite Character: Take Sheila's actions, Geralds motivation, throw in a little bit of Funnybot and Kim Jong-Il for good measure and top it off with Cartman's Manipulativeness and Sociopathy and you've got Lennart Bedrager.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Plans to use TrollTrace to destroy society and build a new one in his own image. Although he does have good intentions,note he is still undoubtedly corrupt.
- Did Not Think This Through: Subverted. While it initially appears that he failed to consider the possibility that TrollTrace will be misused, it later turns out that he'd been counting on that exact outcome the whole time.
- Dirty Coward: Downplayed. When it becomes apparent that a bomb strike on the TrollTrace building is imminent, Bedrager escapes and seals everyone else inside.
- Disney Villain Death: Gets one in the season 20 finale, courtesy of Gerald.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Wages a war on the internet privacy of everyone in the world over a single trolling-induced suicide. It turns out his true motivation wasn't to avenge Freja, but for a cheap laugh.
- Establishing Character Moment: He's first seen conducting Freja Ollegard's funeral and vowing revenge on the troll who caused it. It's a scene utterly devoid of humor, and helps establish him as a character who isn't Played for Laughs, a rarity in the South Park universe.
- Evil Counterpart: More like Eviler Counterpart though, but they are.
- To Gerald. Both troll people not to rebel against society, but because they're just a couple of assholes who get their kicks at everyone else's expense. Gerald, however, was horrified when his trolling caused someone to commit suicide (even if it was only because he was scared of getting in trouble), while Lennart not only doesn't care, but actually expects to cause millions of deaths.
- Also one to Funnybot, another antagonist. While Funnybot also wanted to destroy the world for comedy purposes, he had the excuse of being unable to think like a human and thus unable to understand the gravity of the situation he was causing. Lennart, however, is a human who is just doing it because he's a cruel psychopath.
- A third villainous example, to Sheila, they both started a war with a whole country to eliminate the offensive language of a small group of people living there which soon escalated into World War III but sheila was Well Intentioned, so focused on making the world a better place she was oblivious to the suffering she was causing and genuinely thought she was doing good, when she realized the extent of what she'd done she was truly horrified, Bedrager on the other hand Saw the extent of what he was doing right away and it was All According to Plan, has no good intentions, knows exactly what he's doing and finds it freaking hilarious.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He genuinely believes ending the world would be funny. When Gerald tells him otherwise, he's absolutely baffled.Gerald: Hacking the world to show that most people act differently online isn't even technically satirical.Lennart: How is it not satirical?
- Eviler Than Thou:
- To Gerald. See Evil Counterpart above.
- Possibly to the Member Berries as well. They seem to still be in control of Garrison when he helps Kyle in the latter's efforts to stop TrollTrace. This could mean that even they see Bedrager as a threat and want to stop him. To wit, although both of their actions will basically lead to World War III, the Member Berries want to establish the US as the new Neo-Nazi ultimate superpower of the world, while Bedgrager is perfectly happy to let the entire world fall to ruin.
- Evil vs. Evil: With skankhunt42. A notorious and persistent internet troll who delights in causing grief and chaos For the Evulz and is remorseless about the fact that his trolling caused somebody to commit suicide vs. a Corrupt Corporate Executive who aims to eliminate the internet privacy of everyone in the world (which is shown to plunge one town so far into chaos that it had to be walled off) because of the aforementioned suicide. Yeah, there's really no moral high ground here.
- Expy: Of Kim-Jong Il in Team America: World Police. Both became leaders of nations they aren't native to and hatched an elaborate plan to turn all of humanity against each other. When a disaster occurs, they manage to deflect the blame onto acceptable targets. They also kidnap and torture characters that are depicted as a bad influence on society while gloating over their plans.
- Fake Nationality: In-universe example. He isn't even really Danish. It's part of his trolling act.
- Faux Affably Evil: When his true nature slips out, itís obvious that he only bothered being polite and civilised to make others trust him and let their guard down. When he drops the act heís an unfeeling, insane man-child fully dedicated to causing mass destruction simply because he thinks itís something to have a good laugh over.
- For the Evulz: His true motive for attempting to start World War III? He thought it would be "FREAKING HILARIOUS!"
- Groin Attack: Gets kicked in the nuts by Gerald, who then throws him off the ledge they're standing on into the abyss below.
- Hannibal Lecture: Tries to give one to Gerald about how they're Not So Different. Gerald gives him a Shut Up, Hannibal!.
- Hero Antagonist: To skankhunt's Villain Protagonist in that particular storyline. The "hero" part becomes questionable later on, though, and gets fully subverted by "Members Only."
- He Who Fights Monsters: He officially sinks lower than the trolls did when he continues TrollTrace even after his experiment actually killed people. Though as we later find out, this was his intended result. Subverted due to the fact that he never really had any good intentions to begin with.
- Humans Are Bastards: Certainly believes this. As if forcing people not to say mean things online by providing certain retribution were not enough, during his Motive Rant in "Not Funny" he says that his plan involves letting everyone else in the world demonstrate by their own behavior that they are just as cruel and fucked up as he is.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Goes to war against Internet Trolls, but turns out to be the biggest troll of them all.
- Hypocrite: Leads his country in a war against internet trolling after a troll causes the death of a beloved celebrity, yet his methods cause panic and chaos upon implementation, and also lead to internet-related deaths. What really seals the deal is that he's aware of this, yet sees it as a positive development.
- Straw Hypocrite: Turns out to be this when he reveals to Gerald he is fully aware of the chaos that will ensue.
- I Lied: Makes a deal with the U.S. government to shut down TrollTrace if they give him skankhunt42. He double crosses them because his true intentions are to collapse society and rebuild it as a happier, more open one.
- Jerkass: His true personality as a troll basically takes skankhunt42's jackassery Up to 11.
- Just a Stupid Accent: Invoked. He's not really Danish, and his act of being one consists of nothing else besides speaking with an accent and throwing in a few instances of You No Take Candle. Possibly foreshadowing this, the one instance where he supposedly speaks Danish in an earlier appearance, it's just extremely heavily-accented English.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's arguably one of the most serious villains in the entire history of the show, even more so than William P. Connelly above. Aside from a few comically serious moments in his earlier appearances, there's really nothing all that funny about him. While the damage his TrollTrace system causes upon implementation is shown in a rather exaggerated manner, he's presented as a legitimate threat and is most definitely not Played for Laughs. Even when he starts talking like your average douchey Frat Bro after he drops his Danish trolling persona, he's still arguably Played Straight as a serious villain. Unlike Funnybot mentioned below, Bedrager trying to destroy the world as part of a punchline isn't considered funny in-universe.
- Knight Templar: His methods of fighting trolls make him come across as being just as villainous as them, if not more so. Subverted in that he has no higher ideal at all.
- Leitmotif: "Tjing Tjang Tjing" serves as this for him as well as Denmark in general.
- Manipulative Bastard: Rivals Cartman in terms of skill at manipulation. He managed to trick an entire country into making him their leader and setting his evil plan in motion without anybody so much as suspecting a thing.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Dresses in nice suits, lives in a huge building with tons of high-tech equipment, and eats fancy foods.
- Meaningful Name: "Bedrager" roughly translates to "con-man", "fraud", or "impostor" in English, and is clearly related to 'betrayer'. He at first appears to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist who is just trying to make the internet a safer place. In actuality, he wants to plunge the entire world into war so that he can create a new, happier society out of the ashes of the old. Revelations in "Not Funny" imply that that, too, is a lie, and he's doing it purely For the Lulz.
- Motive Rant:
- He gives one to the trolls (namely Gerald).Lennart: We're going to use you. To set the world on fire. When the (troll trace) servers go online, there will be panic, chaos, and war. And from the ashes a new world will rise ó A world where everyone is happy and a-singing and has no secrets. Like Denmark!
- He later gives another one to Gerald, this time revealing his true intentions.Lennart: What if you could troll the entire world? Somebody who could rise to political power through nothing more than pushing people's buttons and getting them all riled up? Become the leader of...a Scandinavian country, perhaps? Get them to listen to you when actually...(sheds Danish accent) you're not even fucking Danish?
Gerald: (dumbfounded) No way.
Lennart: Use that country to create a machine that relies on the shittiness of people to fuck over other people, and watch the whole world go completely batshit!? [...] Completely fool everyone and keep your real intentions completely anonymous?
Gerald: You would deliberately start World War 3? Let the people of Denmark die? Set everyone on earth against each other? Why!?
Lennart: Because it's FREAKING HILARIOUS! Getting a Scandinavian country to fight trolls? By building a giant machine that actually shows that everyone on earth is kind of a troll, too?
Gerald: That's not funny!
Lennart: IT'S NOT FUNNY!? Don't be a fag, dude! That's real bro shit there! Sorry to step on your fucking dicks in the mouth and tit jokes, you amateur little pussy! Have some fucking balls!
- He gives one to the trolls (namely Gerald).
- Nice Hat: A brown trilby with a red feather in it ...the same type of hat that trolls are famous for wearing.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Averted. When he launches TrollTrace in a single town, said town descends into complete madness and ends up having to be walled off. Despite this, however, it's not a straight example because Bedrager knows what he has caused, and actually sees it as a positive development. As we later find out, it was part of his plan from the very beginning.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If he hadn't returned to the TrollTrace headquarters to stop Gerald, he'd have gotten away scot-free (though his plan still would have failed).
- No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Serves Gerald dinner when the latter infiltrates his building disguised as a Turkish ambassador, before locking him up with the other trolls under orders from Hillary Clinton.
- Not So Different: From Gerald. They're both Troll's that bully people on the internet for kicks. He even lampshades this (sort of).Gerald: You can't do this to people! It's not right!Lennart: (laughs) Listen to YOU!
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He does seemnote to genuinely want to stop trolling to make the world a safer place and prevent similar fates like Freja. However many of his methods result in massive destruction, such as the incident in Fort Collins, and his plan to pit countries against each other. Then it is revealed in "Not Funny" that he has no well intentions at all and wants to cause World War III solely because he finds it amusing.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Wants to cause World War III, which would likely result in the deaths of millions of people, just for a cheap laugh.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Ironically, it's his real accent that slips. When he reveals that he's not actually Danish in the penultimate episode of season 20, he speaks with a relatively generic American accent. In the finale, however, he seems to have gained a vaguely midwestern one.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He looks to be in his 40's, but when he drops his Danish act, he shows that his personality is similar to that of a douchey fratboy.
- President Evil: His actual title is unknown, but he's confirmed as the leader of Denmark in "Not Funny."
- Red Baron: "The Troll Hunter." He's never referred to by this name in-universe, but closed captions and promotional material nearly always tend to call him by it instead of his actual name.
- The Sociopath: Pretends to be Danish to rise to power in Denmark so that he can start World War III just because he thinks it's funny. The fact that millions of people, including the Danish, will be killed because of him means absolutely nothing at all to him. He seals Gerald inside his conference room with a smile on his face and intends to leave him there to die if the TrollTrace building gets bombed. Tellingly, in "The End of Serialization as We Know It," he gives a Hannibal Lecture to Gerald in which he states that he believes there's no difference in Gerald accidentally causing one suicide and him deliberately causing millions.
- Straw Nihilist: According to him, part of his joke is showing people that all the stuff they panic over doesn't really matter. Gerald accuses him of being a nihilist in their showdown, but Bedrager denies this.
- Unwitting Pawn: Possibly to the Member Berries. His scheme seems to play a big part in theirs, but he doesn't appear to be under their influence.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: His true intentions for TrollTrace are to pit countries against one another and destroy society so that he can create a new one where everyone is happy and no one has any secrets, like Denmark. Except that's a lie, and he's doing it all for his own amusement.
- Villain Cred: After Bedrager pulls off Rickrolling both the captured trolls and the Troll Trace employees, Dildo Schwaggins admits that the whole thing was "pretty impressive."
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left!: Escapes the TrollTrace building in a helicopter when it becomes apparent that the United States is going to bomb it. However, he goes back once he finds out that Gerald is trying to disable the safeguard he put in place to keep his databases from overloading. It ends up costing him his life.
- Villain Has a Point:
- The only reason his plan is working at all is because he's right about everyone being a little troll too.
- During their final showdown, Gerald eventually concedes that he and Bedrager are really Not So Different...except the difference is that what Gerald does is actually funny.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: It may be a bit inaccurate to call South Park "saccharine," but in comparison to many of the show's other villains, Lennart really stands out as a surprisingly dark antagonist with no humorous quirks or motivation to detract from his villainy.
- Visionary Villain: His professed vision is one where everyone is happy and has no secrets. Unfortunately, he has decided to go about realizing his vision by plunging the whole world into war and causing them to destroy each other first. Subverted, though, when it's revealed that he doesn't actually care about making the world any better, he just wants to cause widespread ruin in order to entertain himself.
- Walking Spoiler: While his actions are questionable from the start, becoming more and more sordid as the season goes on, his ulterior motive (revealed in the penultimate episode) is what makes them even more alarming.
- Wham Line: "You want to know what's really funny?"
- You No Take Candle: On some occasion, he's portrayed with broken English. Justified in that he's an American only pretending to be Danish, and therefore over-exaggerates his "foreign" accent.Lennart: You are making a very jackass of yourself.