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- South Park has many jokes concerning Stan and Kyle's deep friendship. And even when it's not part of a joke, a lot of their deeper moments simply reek of Ho Yay. "Style" is the most popular slash pairing in South Park fanfiction.
- Early on, in "Two Naked Guys in a Hot Tub", Stan's father tells Stan he should hang out with Kyle less because people will think they're "funny".
- In "Cherokee Hair Tampons" Stan was willing to give up his kidney to save Kyle. He also said he "didn't want Kyle to die until he did."
- The episode "Guitar Queer-O" plays like a break-up/make-up love story between Stan and Kyle, complete with Stan declaring "I need you." to Kyle at the emotional climax.
- At the end of "Super Best Friends", Stan and Kyle announce their super best friendship, to which Cartman responds
Mrs. Garrison: How 'bout our gay couple: Stan and Kyle?
- "The China Probrem" features the most blatant Ho Yay ever: Stan and Kyle, sobbing in each others arms after Indiana Jones' Canon Defilement, outright saying "I love you!" to each other while caught in the moment.
- The egg episode with Stan and Kyle basically functions like the episode "Guitar Queer-O" in some parts. "Nice hat," indeed.
- The episode name is "Follow That Egg"; in it, Stan and Kyle are the reason gay marriage gets legalized in Colorado. It's complete with lines like:
- In "The Jeffersons", when Stan hears a knock outside of his bedroom, he immediately assumes it's Kyle. And in "Crack Baby Athletic Association", he is completely unfazed at finding Kyle is in his bedroom past midnight, leading to the assumption that this is fairly common.
- In "Smug Alert", Stan is crushed when he realizes that Gerald is forcing Kyle to move to San Francisco, and declares that he'll find a way to get everyone to drive Hybrid cars just to have his friend back. The rest of the episode is him trying to contact Kyle and fretting over his safety. Not to mention the hug Stan gives Kyle when he returns to South Park that definetly gets an "AW" from the fangirls.
- In the beginning of "The Return of Chef", Stan and Kyle hug and watch the sun set together.
- The two can be seen hugging or sleeping on each others' shoulders many times throughout the series.
- In "Death Camp of Tolerance", while Mr. Garrison is spanking Mr. Slave, the whole class looks on in horror... with the exception of Stan, who is staring at Kyle.
- According to Word of God, Kyle and/or Stan were considered "most likely" to grow up to be bisexual/gay.
- Kyle has a picture of him and Stan smiling while holding each other that he must often keep with him.
- We see this in "Asspen": after Stan tells Kyle he's going to ski down a dangerous slope, Kyle is later seen staring at the picture with a worried expression on his face.
- Stan and Kyle pose for a picture by holding hands when they get the definition of the word "fag" changed from an insult toward homosexuals to instead mean annoying Harley riders.
- Also earlier in that episode, when the adults think the kids meant "fag" as a slur against gay people, Mr. Mackey expresses his shock that Stan and Kyle in particular would show any intolerance toward gay people.
- In South Park: The Stick of Truth Stan repeatedly calls Kyle "My Lord". It's worth noting too that their respective roles as a Knight in Shining Armor & The High King are very common among romantic couples in fantasy settings.
- In the episode "Quintuplets", Stan and Kyle try to imitate circus performers by trying to do somersaults while dressed in only their underwear. They tumble together and crashland with Stan right on top of Kyle.
- "Assburgers" plays out like a love triangle between Stan, Kyle and Cartman. Stan's alcoholism worsens when he thinks Kyle has picked Cartman over him. Drunk, Stan stumbles over to Kyle to tell him "I love you," several times.
- In "Clubhouses", Bebe hands Stan a note to pass to Kyle. Mr. Garrison makes Stan read it out loud. Stan ends up describing the many things he (in actuality, Bebe) wants to do to Kyle's ass.
Stan: (reads note) "Dear Kyle, you have got such a great ass. I could sleep for days on those perk cheeks, let me tell you. I'd like to live with you and wear your ass as a hat for all eternity." Whoa, dude!
- Cartman can be a little too obsessed with Kyle. A lot of his antics involve humiliating Kyle sexually in some way. And while it sure ain't a healthy relationship, it does get very intimate sometimes.
- Imaginationland's subplot consists of Cartman trying to force Kyle into oral sex.
- Averted, in the commentary for that episode Matt and Trey make it clear that Cartman trying to get Kyle to lick his balls isn't sexually motivated and he just wants to humiliate Kyle. However, that doesn't stop the context from being written in large, bold letters.
- At the end of Part I of the trilogy, Cartman takes out a photo of a sweet, innocent-looking Kyle and lustfully traces his finger across Kyle's lips, while saying, "Make no mistake, Kyle. Before this is over, you WILL suck my balls."
- In "Fun With Veal" Kyle comes very close to kissing Cartman's ass to save some baby cows.
- In "Cancelled", Cartman got another anal probe which leaves a satellite inside his rectum. When they went to the scientist for help, the scientist asked them to activate the satellite... which requires someone to put his/her hand into Cartman's rectum. Not too surprisingly, Cartman insisted that Kyle must be the one to do it. Sure, Cartman was probably just trying to humiliate Kyle (as he proceeded to fart in Kyle's face seven times). Still, Cartman seemed a little too enthusiastic about having Kyle put his hand into his ass...
- In "ManBearPig" Cartman hovers over Kyle while he is sleeping.
- In "Le Petit Tourette", when Kyle ruined Cartman's chance to go on a national TV show (not knowing that Cartman was in fact desperately trying to avoid doing so), Cartman gave Kyle a hug, and even said "I love you!"
- In "It's a Jersey Thing", we get this.
Cartman: You saved my life, Kyle. Deep down inside you're a monster. (pinches Kyle's cheek) But you're my little monster.
- Throughout "Smug Alert", Cartman expresses nothing but joy that Kyle and his family no longer live in South Park, and he uses Butters as his "Jew Substitute", but quickly comes to realize that without Kyle to rip on, his life is empty and shallow.
- And at the end, Cartman travels to San Francisco to single-handedly save Kyle's entire family because he misses Kyle so much.
- "Tonsil Trouble". Cartman gives Kyle AIDS and the two must travel together crosscountry to find a cure. Kyle will angrily and frequently remind or tell people that it was Cartman's fault that he has HIV, and is met with many, many gay jokes. Not to mention the massive amounts of Foe Yay.
Kyle: "Oh please, no reason! I got AIDS from him!"Airline Worker: "Oh, so you boys are like that, huh?"Kyle: "NO!"Announcer: "These brave friends-"Kyle: "Oh stop! We're not friends! He's the one who infected me with AIDS!"Announcer: "...These brave lovers..."
Butters: Wow, you really know what you're doing.Cartman: Yeah, I sneak into Kyle's room lots of times.
- When Kyle and Cartman were on the plane to visit Magic Johnson, Cartman tries to hold Kyle's hand on the plane, but lets go after Kyle's angry "Don't. Touch. Me."
Cartman: "I know. I'm scared, too."
- Oh and this little gem:
- When Kyle and Cartman were on the plane to visit Magic Johnson, Cartman tries to hold Kyle's hand on the plane, but lets go after Kyle's angry "Don't. Touch. Me."
- In "Kenny Dies", Kyle sees Cartman crying and hugs him while the two cry together. At the end of the episode, when it turns out it was just a scheme, Kyle says "I don't believe it... I actually held you in my arms and cried with you!"
- In "Funnybot" the translation for part of what Cartman tells the Germans about Kyle is that he's:
Cartman: A handsome soft Jew. He's fresh. And beautiful, beautiful.
- In recent episode "Crack Baby Athletic Association", Cartman and Kyle sit together naked in a hot tub full of KFC gravy. While eating french fries. (They could be wearing swim trunks, but the naked implication is justifiably plausible.)
- In the same episode, Kyle attempts to explain to Cartman his plan to build a crack-baby orphanage out of their profits. Cartman is so happy with the idea (because it will get the public on their side) that he pulls Kyle into a hug. Kyle finds it slightly worrying.
- Imaginationland's subplot consists of Cartman trying to force Kyle into oral sex.
- Season 16 hasn't been dubbed by fans as "The Kyman Season" for nothing:
- Jewpacabra is yet another episode focusing on Cartman's usual antisemitic antics, with Kyle taking on the role of the exasperated straight man once again. What's different about this episode, however, is that despite having the perfect opportunity to watch Cartman get his just deserts, Kyle decides to save him. And get him a blanket. And tuck him into bed.
- Cartman Finds Love takes this to its most extreme. Cartman tells the whole school that he and Kyle are a gay couple and even tells Nichole "stay away from my man, bitch!" Later he confesses his love for Kyle in front of an entire basketball game, claims that "there's magic when they kiss" and serenades him while a heart forms around them on a giant screen.
- Note that the episode's synopsis says "Now, to make sure nobody gets in the way of true love, it is time for Cartman to finally let someone know exactly how he feels." The "true love" was initially meant to trip the audience up, and make them believe he was in love with Nicholenote (when he really wants her to end up with Token). So, that special "someone"? Kyle, apparently.
- Obama Wins! continues the trend with Cartman (regarding Kyle) saying "Run now, Little Firefly", reminiscent of Hannibal Lector talking to Clarice Starling (whom Hannibal became obsessed with and stalked, watching her sleep and touching her hair). Also, near the end of the episode, Cartman saved Kyle's life, preventing him from getting shot by General Tsao.
- "Ass Burgers" plays out like a love triangle between Stan, Kyle and Cartman. Stan gets angry at Kyle for picking Cartman over him. Kyle even says to Stan at one point, "I'm with Cartman now."
- In the video game "Stick of Truth", one of Kyle's battle-cries is "By the moon and the stars in the sky!" which are, word for word, the lyrics of "I Swear", the song Cartman sang to him in "Cartman Finds Love".
- Season 20, so far, has had Kyle's subplot playing out very similarly to him being Cartman's jilted lover - not only does he mourn Cartman's "disappearance" and cry over it in a montage of the boys being dumped, he joins Butters' Weiners Out cause only after he finds out Cartman is dating Heidi and the two speak directly about how "Kyle doesn't like Heidi" (Cartman's words). Additionally, much of Kyle's dialogue in regards to Cartman in the second episode directly mirrors Wendy's dialogue in regards to Stan.
- Cartman once performed oral sex on Butters (hence the Pun-Based Title "Cartman Sucks") while he was passed out from cold medicine, took a picture of it, and even had the balls (sorry) to say that Butters was the gay one in that situation. And let's not forget the fact that Cartman attempted to have Butters reciprocate the not-so-blatant blowjob.
- And how could we forget the scenes before that? Cartman showed Stan, Kyle and Kenny a series of pictures of how he messed with Butters when the latter is sleeping. Set aside the implications that Cartman either sneaked into Butters' room or had sleepovers with Butters frequently, many of the photos involved Cartman doing some really sexual things to Butters. E.g., rubbing his ass cheeks against Butters' face is just one of the many.
- And then there's the time he walked in on an "indecent" Butters in the bath during "The China Problem". Even holding his hand... while he was still inside the tub.
- Near the beginning of "Tonsil Trouble", Butters kisses Eric in front of a room of people to show him that he's not afraid to touch him.
- "The Death of Eric Cartman" has this vibe throughout its duration, especially when paralleled with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost.
- "Super Fun Time" involves Butters spending an entire field trip escorting Cartman by hand. As this basically plays out like the two of them are on a date, that appropriately invoked very predictable responses from some people.
- When they first arrive at the arcade Cartman says if Butters doesn't let go of his hand, people will think they're gay, and Butters is completely okay with that.
- Of all the townspeople, Cartman is the first—and most eager—to try Butters' "creamy goo" in "Sarcastaball". As in, his semen that occurs during his nocturnal emissions.
- Cartman is the first person to notice Butters has gone missing in "Last of the Meheecans". In the context of the episode, it's not much (Cartman just wants to win the game) but given that Cartman and Butters have a fairly deep friendship in other episodes...
- In "Proper Condom Use", Butters is putting on a condom, and Cartman watches him.
- More or less, the entirety of "AWESOME-O". Special mention goes to Butters having AWESOME-O (Cartman) put in his rectal suppository for him.
- In Casa Bonita: "Eric, you're the best friend in the whole world. I-I love you..."
- Butters and Cartman wrestling at the beginning of "WTF". This trope is lampshaded.
- At the end of "Lil' Crime Stoppers", Butters extracts his first semen sample by thinking about Stan's mother's breasts. In "Pre-School", the boys were unwilling to get an actual picture of her breasts, so they took a picture of Cartman's ass with nipples drawn on it instead. So if Butters had never seen her actual breasts, then that means Butters decided to improvise for the sample.
- In season 4, episode 2 we have this gem: "All that time, we didn't understand what a unique and magical ass it was." note
- Cartman hugs Butters after Butters gets his first kiss.
- In South Park: The Stick of Truth, Butters refers to Cartman as "my king".
- In the movie, before Butters even had a name, we get this absolute gem:
- Cartman: Yes, I saw the Terrance and Philip movie. Who wants to touch me? [Beat] I said, who wants to fuckin' touch me?!Butters: *pokes at Cartman, clearly interested* Ooooooh.
- Butters gives Cartman a hickey in "The Ungroundable". He was actually attempting to suck Cartman's blood after becoming a member of the Vamps, but the context is still there.
- Not to mention Cartman doesn't seem to mind Butters being attracted to him.
- Butters comforts Cartman after Token and Nichole's breakup in "Cartman Finds Love".
- In "Going Native", Cartman is extremely jealous of Kenny when Butters claims that Kenny is his best friend.
- In season 18's "#REHASH", Cartman (in his "CartmanBra" persona) calls Butters his bitch because the latter finds everything the former says funny. Butters just laughs at that.
- In "Stunning and Brave", Cartman attempts to have PC Principal framed and fired from the school, so he comes up with a plan that involves Butters' underwear. That is suspicious, but when Cartman confronts PC Principal, he takes out Butters' underwear to explain his plan to frame PC for pedophilia... and sniffs the underwear to determine that the underwear belongs to Butters. His immediate comment ("Why, this is Butters' underwear") makes it official that he has upgraded his status to "underwear sniffer", and that is highly disturbing.
- Butters, himself, didn't seem that disturbed in having to give Eric his own underwear.
- When Cartman is waking up from a nightmare, he immediately starts calling Butters' name. Butters, having stayed behind to watch Cartman while everybody else left, grabs Cartman's hand and asks if he is all right.
Kenny and Butters have had a number of moments themselves throughout the show, as they are shown to be very close. Considering the two were a very popular pairing in the show's slash fandom long before they had any significant interaction, it's plausible this could be Ascended Fanon.
- Butters shows affection for Kenny in "Major Boobage" by holding him, and is the only one to show sympathy for him when Kenny is high off cat urine, acting more like he's on heroin.
- Butters states that Kenny is, as of "Going Native", the only person at school Butters likes.
- This causes Cartman to respond with "You guys gonna make out, Kenny?"
- That episode in general is full of Ho Yay moments between them, including multiple scenes where they're holding hands.
- Butters drew a picture for Kenny of him and Kenny together in an airplane in "Kenny Dies".
- Kenny is both physically and emotionally sweet and comforting to Butters in "Lil' Crime Stoppers" while playing "Good Cop".
- Kenny and Butters hug each other while everyone else just high fives when Stan and Kyle reach 100,000 points in "Guitar Queer-O".
- Butters was really upset when he found out Kenny had a girlfriend in "The Ring", and even called Kenny's then-girlfriend a "total slut." Ouch.
- In the video game South Park: The Stick of Truth (which is considered canon to the show), Butters even admitted to having a crush on Princess Kenny. Even though Kenny was roleplaying as a chick, it wasn't as if Butters didn't know it was just Kenny wearing a dress.
- "Tweek x Craig":
- In general, Craig is nicer to and more gentle towards Tweek in the latter half of the episode than he usually is towards people. Tweek seems to be a bit of a Morality Pet for him.
- During the latter half of the episode, Tweek noticeably calms down and stops twitching when he is around Craig. It's the calmest he's ever been in the show.
- Tweek asks Craig to get back together, even after they had "broken up" their fake relationship.
- Tweek says to Craig that he changed something in him and that he wants to fix whatever is hurting Craig now. Craig told Tweek earlier that he was capable of more than he thought he was.
- Craig's upset expression after he tells Tweek to go be gay with someone else could mean that he didn't want Tweek to be gay with someone other than him. It's also worth mentioning that unlike every other "sad" expression seen on other characters up to that point, Craig's eyebrows curved upwards, as opposed to being simple black lines.
- Despite their claims of not being gay throughout the episode, the look that Tweek gives Craig near the end could indicate something a bit more than friendship. The smile Craig directs at Tweek in the same scene could also indicate the same thing. At the very least, it shows that Craig does enjoy hanging out with him. Seriously, how many times in the course of 19 seasons have the viewers seen Craig smile like that and at how many people?
- On Tumblr, when responding to a photo post involving Kyle saying "But the point is, there’s nothing about it that means Tweek and Craig are actually gay at all.", the South Park Digital blog responded, "Are you SURE?", implying that they actually do feel for each other. The blog also posted a gif from "Tweek x Craig" and tagged it with "creek is canon".
- In "PC Principal Final Justice", Tweek and Craig casually walk down the hallway holding hands while absolutely no one is paying attention to them.
- In the Season 19 Bluray commentary, Matt and Trey have addressed Craig and Tweek as a gay couple.
- In "Fort Collins", if you look closely at Heidi Turner's emoji tracking bulletin board, you can see that Craig and Tweek apparently send each other hearts and rainbows◊. If they're still just pretending, they're very good at it.
- South Park: The Fractured but Whole:
- While we don't know the circumstances behind Tweek's outfit choice, he is wearing what is either Craig's clothes or something that looks almost exactly like Craig's clothes as his superhero costume.
- Tweek's superhero name is Wonder Tweek while Craig's is Super Craig, which is a play upon Wonder Woman and Superman. Wonder Woman and Superman have been a canon couple many times in the various continuities of DC comics.
- In some of the notes for the game, it is stated that Craig only cares about his guinea pig and Tweek. The same notes say that Tweek is paranoid about everything except Craig and describes their relationship as "dating, but fighting".
- Tweek and Craig banter quite a bit in a pre-alpha demo battle for the game, with Tweek apologizing to Craig for attacking him and them arguing Like an Old Married Couple when Craig takes his time making a move. They also argue before the battle proper about how they were supposed to be a duo.
- One of Tweek's attacks is an ice-elemental attack that takes the form of him blowing a kiss. While he can use it on anyone in the game proper, guess three times who he usually uses it on in the demo battle.
- Jimbo and Ned both live in a single house for no important reason and are unrelated. They also have hospital visitation right to see each other if one of them gets hospitalized. Both of them are at the very least Ambiguously Bi.
- In "Jakovasaurus", Ned is seen walking around wearing nothing but zebra-striped underpants and a short red bathrobe in front of Jimbo and Jimbo seems perfectly fine with this.
- In "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", Randy and Gerald admit that they both masturbated in a hot tub at the same time during a meteor party and they get worried that it made them gay. Jimbo and Ned admit that they did the same thing and Jimbo goes on to say that "everyone is a little gay".
- In "It Hits The Fan", Mr. Garrison claims that anyone who says the word "fag" without getting bleeped is a homosexual. Randy and another man try to say it but get bleeped. Then Jimbo protests Mr. Garrison's claim and says the word fag without getting bleeped, which implies Jimbo to be gay and Mr. Garrison mocks him for it. Ned does not say anything in this scene though but he fails to defend Jimbo from Mr. Garrison's mocking.
- In "A Ladder to Heaven", when Randy says that the boys are building a ladder to Heaven to see Kenny (at that point Killed Off for Realnote ), everyone starts crying at how sweet that is and as a result couples start comforting each other by wrapping their arms around their partners' backs; during the process, Ned does so as Jimbo starts breaking into tears.
- Towards the end of "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka", after Ned has been put into a semi-comatose state, Jimbo claims showing him some hardcore porn will snap Ned right out of it, suggesting they've enjoyed porn together quite often. Notice Jimbo never specifies the type of porn...
- One of the embarrassing secrets Cartman would have admitted, in "Le Petit Tourette", was an experimental homosexual act he committed with his cousin.
- Cartman: My cousin and I touched weeeEEEE...WEEN-ter is a very cold time of year!
- The throwaway lines about Cartman which includes him acquiring semen by orally pleasuring a man. Or his obsession with Mel Gibson. Or that time he whacked off Ben Affleck...or Kenny's dog... or Leonardo DiCaprio.
- There are significant moments for Cartman and Clyde Donovan. From "The Death of Eric Cartman":
Cartman: Clyde, can you feel me? Feel me, Clyde!
Cartman: When Hitler rose to power, there were a lot of people who just stopped playing. You know who those people were? The French. Are you French, Clyde?Clyde: No.Cartman: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, Clyde? (Do you want to sleep with me, Clyde?)Clyde: All right, all right, I'll do it!
- In "Make Love, Not Warcraft", during the meeting to form a plan against the player who keeps killing them, we get this dialogue.
- Clyde hugging and affectionately squeezing Cartman at the end of "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000".
- In the beginning of "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playst", Bebe is shown holding Wendy's hand as she takes her to see Paris Hilton in person.
- In "Something You Can Do with Your Finger", Wendy choses Annienote to fall for her in the boys' Fingerbang band and as a result Annie is shown touching/rubbing on Wendy, clearly interested.
- In one season 19 episode according to the boys Clyde was joking around and asks Token to give him a blowjob.
- The forbidden tape of Cartman dressing up as Britney Spears and dancing with a cardboard cut-out of Justin Timberlake in "AWESOME-O".
- In "Goobacks", all the men in South Park are trying to stop the Bad Future from happening in order to solve the time traveler immigration problem. Their solution? Gay orgy.
- After the episode's Aesop about doing your part to keep the planet clean so that future generations will have a nice place to live, everyone starts cleaning up South Park to a musical montage, but when they realize that "This is gay. This is really gay. This is even gayer than when all the men were having sex with each other in a big pile.", they stop... and go back to the pile.
- "Tweek vs. Craig" is full of Ho Yay quotes. You can even see some in Tweek and Craig's overall behavior in the episode.
- "How could I resist an ass so great?" Asked by Craig after sumo-wrestling with Cartman, and the trainer tells him to resist.
- Randy Marsh (Stan's dad) and Gerald Broflovski (Kyle's dad) masturbate together in a hot tub in the titular episode "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub". Afterwards, Randy is visibly uncomfortable while Gerald is especially clingy and wants to talk about it.
- From "Terrance & Phillip in Not Without My Anus":
Terrance: That Scott really hates us.Phillip: Yes, perhaps he's homophobic.(Silence)Terrance: But we're not gay, Phillip.Phillip: We're not?
- In "It Hits the Fan", Kyle mentions that the first male-on-male kiss on television was on none other than The Terrance and Phillip Show.
- In "Fat Camp", Kenny gave Howard Stern oral sex (off-screen).
- Bradley and Butters in "Cartman Sucks" (in addition to Cartman and Butters, as mentioned above).
- Mysterion, later revealed to be Kenny, seeks out Kyle for help by sneaking into Kyle's room through his window.
- Stan and Kenny have their share, too. In "Kenny Dies", Stan is the most upset about Kenny's illness, and later Kyle tells Stan that Kenny's last words were "Where's Stan?"
- I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining. Kenny gives the other three boys herpes. He constantly insists that it's a cold sore, which it possibly is.
- In "T.M.I.", Cartman very meticulously measures the penis sizes of the entire male student body. You know, so he can "make sure they're accurate". He even compliments Butters on his size. Even Sigmund Freud would say that he has some sort of issue.
- Butters is more than happy to share his "creamy goo" with all the "Sarcastaball" players in Colorado.
- When Randy drinks it, he's able to immediately identify it as cum. Somehow.
- Matt and Trey themselves have a few moments during the DVD forward for Cartman Gets An Anal Probe.
- Cartman and "Mr. Jefferson". Stan even has a dream about them almost making out!
- Cartman and Scott Tenorman, especially in "201" when Scott begins grabbing Cartman... and getting awfully close to his face. This quickly goes into uncomfortable territory when it's discovered that Eric and Scott are half-brothers.
- "A Million Little Fibers" has Gary and Minge. Yes, Oprah's asshole and vagina. Minge is fiercely protective of Gary, Gary calls him "Mingie", they try to run away to Paris together and end up Together in Death. It should not be as endearing as it is.