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Leopold "Butters" Stotch

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Who's the boy who can laugh at a storm cloud?
Turn a frown into a smile for free?
Who's the kid with the heart full of magic?
Everyone knows it's Butters!
Butters: Th-That's me!

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Voiced by: Matt Stone

One of the fourth graders at South Park Elementary, Butters is the typical Butt-Monkey and laughingstock among his peers. He is the incredibly sweet, good-natured, innocent, sensitive, effeminate and idealistic little boy of the school, but at the same time socially awkward. Because of this, his reputation makes him a frequent target for harassment, bullying, manipulation and exploitation by the more mature and foul-mouthed boys, in addition to being the only child of two Abusive Parents. Despite his loss, Butters nevertheless knows better and can grow a spine at the most unexpected of moments.

Despite having been around since the show's beginning, he was mostly a Living Prop in the early seasons, but became a major character after "Kenny Dies". He's a Wide-Eyed Idealist who should be commended for remaining so after the world tries its hardest to give him reasons not to be.

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His "evil" alter-ego is Professor Chaos, who is the arch-rival of Coon and Friends.


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    A-E 
  • Accidental Aiming Skills: Whenever Butters is in possession of a firearm, he'll always accidentally aim it at a guy's dick as shown in "The China Probrem". Even Cartman finds this act morally horrendous.
  • Accidental Pervert: In "Butters' Very Own Episode", Butters ventures into a gay bathhouse and walks in on many men engaging in sexual acts, although he only went there to spy on his dad and was completely oblivious to the X-rated nature of the place.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: In "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerBalls", Butters takes credit for writing the boys' novelty book The Poo That Took a Pee and is by the following day a celebrity among the school. When the boys contront him, Butters is too blinded by fame to rationalize their words and instead joins his fans' claims that they're mooching off of his success. However, this was largely to spite the boys for using him as a scapegoat author when they thought the book’s profanity would get them in trouble, then attempting to reclaim authorship when the book was praised.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Comes with the territory of being just about the only kid in the show who doesn't represent negative views of children. He occasionally tries to assist the local adults and deliver his voice of reason to them, even if too naïve to be taken seriously.
  • Adorkable: He's hopelessly naive and innocent, and very endearing.
  • Aerith and Bob: He's always called "Butters". Even his never-used first name "Leopold" is not as common as Stan, Kyle, Eric, or Kenny.
  • Afraid of Blood: As a result of the mass manslaughter he accidentally committed during a tapdancing event, Butters holds an immense fear of blood.
  • The All-American Boy: He shows signs of being one; he's an Adorably Precocious Child with a good reputation among authority figures, is implied to love Jesus, has blond hair, plays outside like an innocent child, and uses phrases like "Gee whiz".
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Due to his aversion of the manly, rebellious, adult-like lifestyle that the other kids strive to live, Butters is frequently ostracized by his peers due to his effeminate and childlike personality.
  • All-Loving Hero: In a world known for idiotic sociopaths, Anti Heroes, and Villain Protagonists, Butters gets to serve as the most enduring Nice Guy in the series, helping and saving the people he cares for and even people who hate him and want him to suffer.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Butters has shown himself on numerous occasions to be attracted to girls, however he has still gotten himself into some pretty not-so-straight situations, such as selling his semen as an athletic enhancement beverage in "Sarcastaball", giving Cartman a hickey in "The Ungroundable", and kissing Cartman on the cheek in "Tonsil Trouble". However, in his defense, most of these instances are done out of manipulation or naivety. "Cartman Sucks" has him sent to conversion camp after Cartman tricked him into sucking his penis, and while he spends much of the episode confused why he's in trouble, by the end of the episode he does accept the label of "bi-curious."
  • Anti-Villain: As Professor Chaos. Also, when he assists Cartman in his schemes — he's not trying to be actively malevolent, he's just too naive to realize/understand the consequences of his actions.
  • Apologises a Lot: Sometimes he'll even apologize for things that aren't his fault.
  • Ascended Extra: Was initially a background character lucky to get even speaking roles (and even had a woman's voice when he first screamed in "Damien"). Starting with Season 3, Butters' personality is established and he slowly gains larger and larger roles as the series progresses. While still absent from the Boys' iconic bus stop scenes, he's essentially an official member of their group these days.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Butters holds the unfortunate reputation of being the Kiddie Kid among the other boys, in that they usually don't take anything he says or does seriously and ignore him whenever he shares his quirks. Whenever his Attention Whore moments are exhibited, they don't treat them as seriously as Cartman's. Additionally, his feminity and childishness is very often taken advantage of in that the boys force him into risky, sexual, or illegal situations whether or not he likes it in order to "man him up". Perhaps less unfortunately, his role as this gradually becomes downplayed as the series progresses, courtesy of Characterization Marches On, as Butters—while still a bit childish—becomes more intelligent and mature, thus he is more willing to affiliate himself with his male peers without pressure, and they in turn become more appreciate of his company.
  • Badass Adorable: He is, without a doubt, the sweetest, cutest, and most innocent of the South Park boys. He has also sunk an ocean liner with a golf ball, burned down the school gym, became a professional pimp, led a Mexican revolution, recreated Imaginationland from scratch, and punched his father in the balls.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Stan's exploiting of his grandmother's bullying of him in "Butterballs" eventually causes him to punch out Dr. Oz on national television. He also got swift revenge on Cartman (both intentionally and not) in "AWESOME-O".
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Butters is an eccentric fellow, but is not afraid to unleash his dark side if pushed around.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: In "T.M.I.", Cartman measures Butters' penis while doing so for the rest of the male 4th graders. It's a long story. Butters' penis size is revealed to be 2.4 inches, which Cartman compliments on, and Butters even proclaims that he's hung like a horse. Out of the known 4th graders, it's the biggest size.
  • Blackmail: As revenge for all the schemes he's pulled on him, Butters once eavesdropped on Cartman dressed up as Britney Spears dancing with a Justin Timberlake cutout in his backyard and threatened to show it to the whole class should he be messed with again.
  • Born Unlucky: His birthday is on September 11th note  and he is constantly grounded for little to no reason.
  • Breakout Character: Initially a background character, now the de facto fifth lead star.
  • Break the Cutie: Butters is a naive, wide-eyed, sweet-hearted little boy who Matt and Trey exhaust their imaginations thinking of new torments to inflict upon, including beatings, attempted murder by his mother, a ninja star in the eye (which was ignored in favor of everyone being outraged over Cartman being naked in public), etc.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Butters pees himself as a result of stage fright during his performance in "Erection Day".
  • Bumbling Sidekick: From Cartman's perspective, since they are usually portrayed as equally bumbling.
  • Butt-Monkey: More like Butters Monkey. His character has effectively replaced Kenny, who was also a prime example of this in early seasons.
  • Camp Straight: Butters is shown to be attracted to girls and yet has some effeminate interests like crossdressing, dancing, and art.
  • Captain Oblivious: At one point his mother tried to kill him by driving the car into a river. He assumes it was a water park ride until it crashes into a rock, at which point he says that now that the car has come to a complete stop, he can undo his seat belt, which he does, then goes off on his way.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Neat-o!"
    • "Aw hamburgers!"
    • "Oh gee whiz."
    • "Fellas! Fellas!"
    • In earlier episodes, he sometimes commented on the substance of objects by saying "Oh, it's all X..."
  • Character Development: Butters went through an awkward phase following his introduction. At first, he was just a Living Prop with no established personality whatsoever. Then came along "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", where Butters was established as a geeky, innocent goody-goody in the same boat as Pip. Suddenly, "Hooked on Monkey Phonics" and "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" abruptly portrayed him as a Jerkass bully alongside the other kids, shockingly contrary to his depiction in his Ascended Extra role. He was reverted back to a goody-goody sometime later.
  • Character Tics:
    • Rubbing his knuckles together.
    • When he uses a urinal, he completely drops his pants instead of just opening them enough to get his dick out.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • Butters seems to be getting smarter throughout the seasons. Examples include "The Ungroundable," "Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs" and "The Human CentiPad".
    • In terms of his once incorruptible morals and timidness, the other four boys (particularly Cartman) have been rubbing off on him lately beginning around season 12; he has been slowly becoming more hardened as the show goes on and becoming more opinionated and bold. But, in the end, he'll usually lose whatever spine he grew over the course of the episode, or put his values back in check.
    • He has become somewhat more hyperactive and kooky as time passed, bordering somewhat as a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Cheerful Child: Despite being the Butt-Monkey by everyone—including his own parents—Butters still maintains a cheerful and happy-go-lack personality under most circumstances—even when the world gives him reasons not to.
  • The Chew Toy: Butters' gullibility and childlike innocence is frequently taken advantage of by the boys in cruel-yet-amusing ways, be it a ninja star lodged into his eye, unprofessional liposuction surgery at the hands of the boys, sending him out to buy tampons, or being locked in a bomb shelter out of fear that the world is going to end.
  • Children Are Innocent: The closest thing the show has, based on his reluctance to offend and lack of maturity that his peers have; however, Butters-centric episodes often subvert this, such as "Butters' Bottom Bitch" and "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs".
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Butters is one of the most sexually mature members of younger cast, to the point where he once became a benevolent pimp and is noted to have wet dreams almost nightly, but he is still really kindhearted and innocent. Averted with Lisa Berger, who he rudely rejected a date with by telling her to her face that she was too fat for him.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: He fails at being a traditional hero because he's a bit... pathetic and ineffective.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Butters is a kooky and hyperactive little boy with eccentric rituals like pulling his pants all the way down to pee.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In "Raisins", Butters is too oblivious to realize that Lexus, one of the Raisins girls, isn't actually interested in him and is just using him in the name of financial gain.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: The more Butters hangs around the boys, the more he becomes like one of them.
  • Covert Pervert: As innocent as he may seem, Butters' sexual curiosity is easily brought out when being exposed to pornography and sexually clad women.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He gets a surprisingly high number of these moments.
  • The Cutie: A sweet, naive Cheerful Child and by far the most innocent character on the show.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: In "Lil' Crime Stoppers", Butters is forced to masturbate until he releases a semen sample for the Boys' police roleplay game. He struggles up until the end, at which point he ejaculates following a thought of Stan's mom's breasts, but the boys had then transitioned from playing policemen to playing laundromat.
  • Determinator: In "Super Fun Time", he spends the entire episode holding Cartman's hand because he was ordered to by the teacher, despite being caught in the middle of a hostage crisis and a large gunfight, culminating in Butters dragging the unconscious Cartman back onto the bus at the end, before finally letting go of his hand.
    Butters: Teacher? My partner is back on the bus!
  • A Day in the Limelight: Several episodes, but "Butters' Very Own Episode" deserves an honorable mention, as it is the first time he is given his own spotlight, with the boys Demoted to Extra, thus preparing the audience for the more major roles he would come to play in the later season.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • Butters' maturity level ranges from being an innocent, naïve little kid with a childlike outlook on adult culture to being a sexually mature Dirty Kid who hates being treated like a child.
    • His amount of respect for others can also vary greatly. Overall, Butters is an incredibly sweet and warm-hearted All-Loving Hero without a single mean bone in his body. Other times, not so much...in that he is prone to fits of rage, hostility, and assault even when he is not in the right, which is more prominent in the later seasons.
  • Disguised in Drag: Butters is forced to dress up as a girl named "Marjorine" in the eponymous episode to infiltrate Heidi's sleepover in pursuit of her cootie catcher (which the boys think is a device that can accurately predict the future).
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Butters creates his Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds alter-ego Professor Chaos with the intention of draining the entire world with a hose, all because the boys dropped him as Kenny's replacement.
  • The Ditz: The most oblivious character. He tends to believe anything told to him by others.
  • The Dog Bites Back: There are times where Butters becomes fed up with the boys' exploitation of him and musters up the courage to stand up for himself. Same with his parents.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: As gullible and naïve as Butters is, he occasionally serves as the show's moral compass and gets several opportunities to deliver An Aesop at the end of an episode.
  • Dumb Blonde: He's not really dumb, just painfully naive and gullible.
  • Dumb Is Good: Butters may be naïve, but he truly is a kind-hearted little boy.
  • Enfant Terrible: Subverted as Professor Chaos. His evil schemes, despite being Cartoonish Supervillainy, are utterly pathetic in execution.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first significant thing Butters does in the series comes from The Movie, in which he—still a background character—has his Cloudcuckoolander status established by touching Cartman out of curiosity.
    Cartman: Yes, yes, I saw the Terrence & Phillip movie. Who wants touch me? (beat) I said who wants to fucking touch me?!
    Butters: (touches Cartman's body, clearly interested) Ooh.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Although he rages against the world as Professor Chaos, he just doesn't want to blow up a hospital because "it just seems mean." Of course, he's not exactly that evil to begin with.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Somewhat implied, Clyde is shown having an attraction toward him while he's disguised as Marjorine and in "Cartman Sucks", Bradley is shown being attracted to him.
  • Evil Is Petty: His evil deeds as Professor Chaos are mostly limited to stealing chalkboard erasers, switching restaurant orders, and trying to flood the Earth with a garden hose.
  • Extreme Doormat: Butters never lets himself stop getting exploited by the boys and is too timid to stand up for himself.
  • Eye Scream: In "Good Time with Weapons", Butters has a ninja star lodged into his eye at the hands of Kenny, which causes him to bleed and scream in immense pain throughout the rest of the episode until he is cured off-screen.

    F-M 
  • Foil: Butters' personality highlights Cartman's by contrast, as both are naïve, ignorant, and seek attention, but differ from each other in that:
    • Cartman is a complete Jerkass with no moral decency whatsoever.
    • Butters is a sweet and endearing All-Loving Hero without a single mean bone in his body.
  • The Fool: In Cartman's eyes at least. No matter how hard the latter tries to corrupt, torment, or even kill him, Butters always finds his way out of it safely.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Initially when acting as a replacement for Kenny. After being thrown out of the main team, he actually gained a softer relationship with the boys (at least compared to Cartman). This was more prominent in the earlier seasons and in a different way from Cartman, at that point. The other boys never actively hated him per se, but they always either refused to let him play with them, often calling him "too gay and lame", or only let him join when they wanted to use him. But, out of the four other boys, the only one who actively bullies him nowadays is Cartman. Stan often takes advantage of him, though, Kyle only rarely sticks up for him, and Kenny generally ignored him up until recently.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Butters interacts regularly with all of the boys except Kenny. This amusingly came into play in "Going Native" where it's revealed Kenny is actually his favorite friend and the two finally share an entire plot together. It's especially odd seeing how their alter egos, Mysterion and Professor Chaos, are supposedly mortal enemies.
  • Genius Ditz: There are some hints that he may be fairly book-smart despite his general naïvité. In "Christian Hard Rock" he is able to solve a complicated math problem instantly, and in "My Future Self and Me" Stan asked him for help with homework. In "Crack Baby Athletic Association", Cartman specifically mentions that Butters was the one who does the group's computer work.
  • Girls Have Cooties: The nearest Butters has to a vindictive trait is his childish disgust of girls, though he is still rather friendly to certain female characters at times. He does get over this in Season 19 when he gains a girlfriend in the form of Charlotte, but when they break up in Season 20, he becomes a straight-up misogynist.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Which is why Cartman can usually lure him into helping him with schemes more easily than with the others.
  • Good with Numbers: He falls into this trope, multiplying two large numbers almost instantaneously in one episode.
  • Goshdang It To Heck: Uses phrases like "Aw, hamburgers!", "fiddlesticks.", and "Son of a biscuit!"
  • Got Volunteered: Happens all the time even now.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Butters punches his father in the balls in "Grounded Vindaloop". It was a long-time coming.
    • In "The List", he hits a girl named Nelly between her legs in order to receive the 'Cutest Boys' list from her.
  • Gullible Lemmings: He frequently (and blindly) goes along with Cartman's schemes without ever stopping to question Cartman's integrity.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's a very nice kid and he's way more innocent, naive, and friendly than his classmates.
  • Harmless Villain: Professor Chaos. His plots range from really idiotic to merely not very well thought out (as seen in the episodes "Professor Chaos" and "The Simpsons Already Did It"). Doesn't seem to understand the concept of bacteria (the mayonnaise plot) infecting disease, though as he thought it would just be annoying.
  • Has a Type: Butters has a thing for women who resemble Kim Kardashian.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Zig-zagged with Kenny. In earlier seasons, while they were friends, they barely interacted. With "Going Native", Butters revealed Kenny to be his most honest friend, while both still showing their interest in girls. Also, in "The Stick of Truth", Butters confesses to having a crush on Kenny (in his Princess Kenny alter ego) during the final battle.
    • Cartman could be qualified. Despite the latter's treatment of him, Butters often takes his side, helps outs with his schemes and considers him a close friend, albeit with some friction.
    • Played much straighter with the New Kid in "The Stick of Truth". In fact, the game all but states that the New Kid considers Butters his best friend out of the several they've made throughout his adventure. They're even still friends in The Fractured But Whole and Phone Destroyer. Though if the player makes the New Kid female, this trope gets changed to Platonic Life-Partners, Ship Tease, or Like Brother and Sister.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood:
    • Butters' parents ground, beat and berate him constantly, his mother went crazy and attempted to drown him in a lake, his parents attempt to sell him to Paris Hilton, Cartman convinces him the world is ending and he lives in a bunker and a junkyard for several weeks, he gets committed to a mental asylum and anally probed by a machine for eight straight hours... the creators ended up having to put a moratorium on torturing Butters because it was just becoming too much.
      "Butters... why there is Hamburger Helper in my glass of milk?"
    • Butters has also been sexually abused by his Uncle Bud. When an investigator shows the things that pedophiles do to children, he licks the doll's crotch and Butters tells him that his Uncle Bud does that to him.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He keeps believing that Cartman is a friend, when really Cartman just wants to either embarrass him, use him as a pawn in his latest scheme, or get him in trouble.
  • Humiliation Conga: In "Good Time with Weapons", Butters gets a shuriken lodged into his eye and starts hurting immensely. Instead of giving him medical attention, the boys—to undermine the likelihood of getting in trouble for playing with weapons—disguise him as a dog and send him to an animal shelter, where he is subsequently urinated and defecated on by dogs.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness:
    • For the most part at least. He's becoming less pure as the show continues, but, to his credit, some of his more outrageous actions lately (becoming a pimp in "Butters' Bottom Bitch", helping Cartman hold a PF Chang's hostage at gunpoint in "The China Probrem", attacking a boy with diabetes in "Going Native", etc.) have been due to either naïveté; or stress.
    • "Butters' Bottom Bitch" is something of a Reconstruction since while he becomes a pimp, he does so through the innocent belief it's nothing more than a "kissing club". He ends up obliviously hiring real prostitutes who were drawn in by how nicely and respectfully he treats his employees, and he eventually retires and lets them run their own business.
    • Subverted in Season 20, where he snaps and begins to despise women the way Cartman despised Judaism.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Whenever Butters engages in inappropriate behavior that majorly contradicts his sweet demeanor, it's almost always done out of peer pressure and rarely with malice.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: An ongoing theme in the series is Butters exhibiting stereotypically feminine interests, cross-dressing, and enjoying the company of girls more than boys (despite having the occasional childish disgust of them).
    • In "Marjorine", Butters is forced by the other boys to disguise himself as a girl and infiltrate Heidi Turner's slumber party to steal a cootie catcher (which the boys think is a device that can accurately predict the future). He does it with reluctance at first, but genuinely starts to cry when the girls—oblivious to his true identity—ostracize him for his quirky appearance. However, they soon apologize and agree to give him a makeover, which Butters adheres to, and then dance to a Justin Timberlake album, which Butters also enjoys.
    • "Make Love, Not Warcraft" reveals that Butters has an interest in Hello Kitty, as he'd rather play a video game based on the said franchise rather than World of Warcraft.
    • In "World War Zimmerman", Butters is briefly seen playing jump rope with two girls.
    • In "The Cissy", during the montage of the South Park girls listening to "Lorde" (in reality, Randy Marsh), Butters is shown dancing in his room while wearing a tutu.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Butters illogically manages to survive the fate of his many exploitations, most notably Cartman trapping him in a refrigerator in "Casa Bonita" and having a ninja star lodged into his eye in "Good Times with Weapons".
  • Jerkass Ball: Despite being one of the nicest kids on the show, Butters still has his moments of jerkassery. Although, in his defense, most of these are done out of manipulation or plain naivety.
    • In "Hooked on Monkey Phonics", Butters is shown as one of the schoolyard bullies tormenting the homeschooled kid Mark. Although, this was when he had only just become an Ascended Extra, so his personality wasn't entirely developed.
    • In "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000", Butters exhibits shocking misogyny towards the South Park girls and profanely bad-mouths them. Again, this was when his personality wasn't quite developed, so it can be excused.
    • In “The List,” he, along with Cartman and the other kids, makes fun on Kyle for apparently being the ugliest boy in his 4th grade class.
    • In Season 20, Butters acts significantly more antagonistic than before, especially after losing Charlotte.
  • Kiddie Kid: While the other kids are based on the suspicious beliefs parents hold on how children would act when adults aren't around, Butters is way more innocent and friendlier than his classmates.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: His occasionally tragic innocence and positive outlook stands out like a sore thumb in the Crapsack World of South Park.
  • Lethal Klutz: A flashback in "You Got F'd in the A" shows that the last time Butters tap-danced, he accidentally killed eight people. Also in "Going Native" where he sinks a cruise ship, killing everyone on it, with a golf swing.
  • Likes Older Women: "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerBalls" and "The Hobbit" reveal that Butters has a crush on the Kardashians.
  • Literal-Minded: Butters tends to have a very naive outlook on figurative speech.
    Wendy: Are you just an asshole, is that it?
    Butters: Am I just an asshole?
    Wendy: Yeah!
    Butters: Well, no. I've got arms, legs, and everything.
  • Lovable Coward: Butters is cowardly when faced with the likelihood of cynicism, but remains likable due to his innocence and hopeless naivety.
  • Motor Mouth: In earlier seasons, he had a tendency to talk at a fast pace.
  • Mistaken for Gay:
    • Zig-zagged - the other boys often call Butters a "fag", but this seems to be more of a slur directed at his more innocent interests. However in "Cartman Sucks", Butters is sent to a Sexual Correction Camp and in "Raisins," after Butters tells his parents about falling for a Raisins girl, it's revealed that Butters' parents bet on their son's sexuality, after it was revealed in "Butters' Very Own Episode" that Stephen was a Depraved Homosexual.
    • Cartman interprets Kenny and Butters' close relationship as less than straight: "You guys gonna make out, Kenny?"
    • In "My Future Self n' Me", Butters tries to reveal to Stan that he is Professor Chaos, but Stan thinks that he's coming out of the closet.
    Butters: Maybe I used a little too much silver.
  • Mr. Imagination: Pretty much The Chosen One in the Imaginationland trilogy. And if you think of the kids' ninja battles as being between their residual self images, his imagination's powerful enough for him to steamroll Stan and Kyle at the same time, and they acknowledge it in their game.

    N-Z 
  • Naïve Newcomer: For the Gang. He has trouble adapting to their Vitriolic Best Buds schtick.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Throughout Season 20, Butters and his male peers participate in a meninist movement dedicated to flashing their genitals in the school hallway to get back at the girls for dumping them.
  • Nice Guy: Butters is by far the sweetest and most kind-hearted of the South Park kids. He has the odd Jerkass Ball moment, but is usually too ineffectual about it even then.
  • No Social Skills: Butters is hopelessly naïve whenever faced with Brutal Honesty and cynicism, and initially has trouble adapting to the Vitriolic Best Buds relationship of his peers.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Butters doesn't handle rejection very maturely, as "Professor Chaos" shows, in which he becomes a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds following his elimination from the boys' group.
  • Not So Above It All: Butters is by default The Baby of the Bunch and Kiddie Kid of the group and feels uncomfortable whenever faced with the likelihood of their stereotypical masculinity and rebellion, however he isn't above joining them in on their antics and having vulgar interests. This was done more-or-less out of peer pressure in the earlier seasons, but he genuinely does it in the later seasons.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: No one ever calls him by his real name "Leopold". Not teachers, his own parents, or even himself.
  • Only Sane Man: Despite having the mindset and personality of a little kid, Butters is one of the few people in the town with any moral decency and has shown himself numerous times to be able to incorporate logic into dramatic situations. He has even been given the opportunity to deliver an episode's Aesop several times.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The episode "Going Native" has Butters attacking Scott Malkinson at school, complaining about Kyle and Stan's personalities, and snapping at his parents (who actually deserve it). It's so serious that he gets sent to Hawaii.
  • The Pollyanna: As well as being the most innocent of the kids, he's easily the most cheerful too, despite being the Butt-Monkey by everyone, including his own parents.
  • Precision F-Strike: In "Christian Rock Hard" and "Breast Cancer Show Ever". Made all the more potent in the context of his otherwise squeaky clean tongue.
  • Precocious Crush: "The Hobbit" shows that Butters has a crush on Kim Kardashian.
  • Punny Name:
  • Reality Warper: As long as he's in Imaginationland.
  • Running Gag:
    • Pulling his pants all the way down to pee.
    • Getting grounded.
    • Singing to himself.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: To the extent that he genuinely doesn't know what sarcasm is.
  • The Scapegoat: Whenever the boys need to eliminate any responsibility for their actions, they will typically throw Butters under the bus, prompting yet another You Are Grounded moment from his parents.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: This trope is primarily played with the naive and idealistic Butters (Sensitive) to the sadistic and aggressive Cartman (Manly).
  • Significant Birth Date: Butters' birthday is on September 11th, perfectly complementing his unlucky nature.
  • Sixth Ranger: Becomes the Replacement Goldfish after "Kenny Dies", but was eventually fired from the role. Rather than disappearing back into obscurity (like his own replacement, Tweek), Butters continues to hold a prominent place in the show, operating as the unofficial "fifth friend" (and, since Kenny is often Out of Focus, probably should count higher).
  • Speech Impediment: He had a frequent propensity to stutter in the earlier seasons.
  • Stealth Pun: Has a literal Girlfriend in Canada for about a season and a half. Now when one remembers that he's picked on for not being manly...
  • Stepford Smiler: "Super Best Friends" reveals that he wakes up to the sound of his own screams.
  • Split Personality: Dr. Janus misdiagnoses him with this since he likes to play pretend when doing mundane things (such as Postman Butters when handing out fliers, Inspector Butters when trying to solve a minor mystery and Big Rig Butters when he's pretending to be a truck driver in his backyard).
  • Stupid Good: Due to his naïveté, Butters can teeter anywhere from mildly oblivious and gullible to Too Dumb to Live. This happens especially in "Butters' Very Own Episode".
  • Sudden Name Change: Was originally called "Swanson" in the Season 2 episode "Conjoined Fetus Lady", as well as "Puff Puff" in storyboards, but has been called "Butters" ever since "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub".
  • Super Gullible: Butters is incredibly naïve and easy to manipulate, and since he has the intelligence of a brick, he'll usually go along with whatever he's brought into.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Inverted. His evil side is even less effectual than he is.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Though he does let out feelings of contempt toward Cartman every now and then.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to the other four main characters in "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs". He even delivers more to his male classmates, except Kenny, in the "Going Native" episode.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • "Sarcastaball" allowed him to shine when football is replaced with a sport in which the premise is being very kind. Butters excels at this due to his Nice Guy personality, but... he gets grounded at the end of the episode because of unknowingly giving many people his semen to drink to boost performance in Sarcastaball.
    • He does still get some genuine redeeming moments. For example, he gets sweet revenge on Cartman in "AWESOME-O" and pretty much becomes an icon to the entire Mexican state by the end of "The Last of the Meheecans".
    • There's also his relationship with Charlotte, in contrast to Lexus, Charlotte and Butters have formed a mutually loving relationship and even after she has to return to Canada, she left while still being on good terms with Butters and even promises to Skype him, implying that he gets to have a long-distance relationship with her. Too bad a protest split them apart.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: He's the Tiny Guy to Charlotte's Huge Girl, who's visibly taller than him.
  • Token Good Teammate: He was initially the only kid in the main cast not to fall into the Kids Are Cruel territory.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Among the circle of recurring male fourth graders, Butters is inarguably the cutest and most endearing of them all.
  • Token Religious Teammate: Not as significant as other examples, but comes up a few times, like in "The Death of Eric Cartman" and "Jewpacabra".
  • Token Wholesome: In a cast full of characters whose sense of fashion is tacky, Butters' is just a pure turquoise shirt that showcases his innocence. However, he's Not So Above It All.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Butters is so oblivious and incredibly gullible that he falls for Cartman's schemes and his parents' attempts to endanger him. Luckily for him, he manages to survive all of these schemes.
  • Took a Level in Badass: On numerous occasions without even trying, though he still retains his timid personality most of the time.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: The last few seasons. He's become less blind to the world's imperfections.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 20, he takes one after losing Charlotte. Downplayed prior, however, and exaggerated after Cartman tries to help him cover for him. It seems to be have been reverted after the season ended however, with him being back to his normal cheerful, Nice Guy self in South Park: The Fractured but Whole and South Park: Phone Destroyer. He even mentions in the latter that he misses his video chats with Charlotte.
  • Tuckerization: His naive personality and nickname were derived from the crew member Eric "Butters" Stough (who would later contribute some minor voice roles).
  • Unexplained Accent: Neither of his parents share the Southern accent he speaks with.
  • Vocal Evolution: He lacked his Southern accent in his early appearances. While he still retains the accent in his newer appearances, his voice has become notably lower-pitched over the years. It was also more monotone in his earlier appearances, which became less prominent by Season 6.
  • Wet Dream: Has one in "Sarcastaball" involving Wendy and Red kissing him, which causes him to sell a "drink" entitled "Butters' Creamy Goo" (which is, in reality, his semen from the nocturnal emission).
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: So far, he disguised himself as a girl named Marjorine to steal a device that assumedly sees into the future from the girls (he even got a makeover during this), and dressed up as Courtney Love as part of Cartman's plot to force Captain Hindsight into joining his superhero team. In "Douche and Turd", Cartman gets Butters to dress up as a Luau dancer.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Butters is very idealistic.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His alter-ego Professor Chaos was created after he was rejected as Stan, Kyle, and Cartman's new friend.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He kicks a girl named Nelly in the groin in order to receive the 'Cutest Boys' list from her in "The List".
  • You Are Grounded: Butters fears this more than any other punishment in the world, with good reason.
  • You No Take Candle: He occasionally speaks improperly.
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