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Leopold "Butters" Stotch
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!

Voiced by: Matt Stone

One of the kids at South Park Elementary. 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.

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

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  • Abusive Parents: And how. They ground him for pretty much everything short of breathing, try to sell him to Paris Hilton in "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset", beat the crap out of him after it was actually Cartman (imitating Butters) who cussed them out on the phone, even try to murder him by abandoning the car he's in and letting it drown into the river in his own episode, and chain him in the basement for a week at the end of "Marjorine" (where he faked his death in order to have a new identity as a girl). And they are saints compared to his grandma, who bullies him constantly.
  • 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.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Comes with the territory of being the only kid in the shows who represents adults' views of children.
  • 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.
  • All-Loving Hero: In a world known for idiotic sociopaths, cynical 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.
  • 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 realise/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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Born Unlucky: His birthday is on September 11th note  and 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.
  • 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.
  • 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" and a few of the Gosh Dang It to Heck! variety (ie. "Aw hamburgers!").
  • Character Tics: Rubbing his knuckles together.
  • 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.
    • When he was formally introduced in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", he was portrayed as an innocent yet geeky kid labeled as a "Melvin" by Stan, yet his later appearances in "Hooked on Monkey Phonics" and "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" portrayed him as much more of a Jerkass bully alongside most of the other kids.
    • 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.
  • Children Are Innocent: The closest thing the show has; 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.
  • 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.
  • The 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!
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Just look at how his parents treat him.
  • The Ditz: The most oblivious character. He tends to believe anything told to him by others.
  • Dumb Blonde: He's not really dumb, just painfully naive and gullible.
  • Enfant Terrible: Subverted as Professor Chaos. His evil schemes, despite being Cartoonish Supervillainy, are utterly pathetic in execution.
  • 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.

  • 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 little hints that he may be fairly book-smart despite his general naivite. 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!" The few times he does curse are usually Crowning Moments of Awesome.
  • 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Zig-zagged with Kenny. In earlier seasons they had been shown to be incredibly close friends, and "Going Native" displayed this the most while still showing their interest in girls. However, in "The Stick of Truth", Butters confesses to having a crush on Kenny during the final battle.
    • 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 Brotherand Sister.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood:
    • Butters's 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.
  • 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 naivety 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.
  • Jerkass Ball: Despite Butters being one of the nicest kids on the show, he has his moments of jerkassery.
    • In “The List,” he, along with Cartman and the other kids, makes fun on Kyle for apparantly 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 how they act when adults aren't around (which can be very much Truth in Television), Butters is based on the belief adults hold about kids, being way more innocent and friendly 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.
  • 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.

  • Naïve Newcomer: For the Gang.
  • Nice Guy: He has the odd Jerkass Ball moment, but is usually too ineffectual about it even then.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: No one ever calls him by his real name "Leopold". Not teachers, his own parents, or even himself.
  • 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.
  • Punny Name:
  • Reality Warper: As long as he's in Imaginationland.
  • Running Gag:
    • Pulling his pants all the way down to pee.
    • Getting grounded.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: To the extent that he genuinely doesn't know what sarcasm is.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Cartman's Manly Man.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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" (Stan refers to him by this name in the opening dodgeball scene), as well as "Puff Puff" in storyboards, but was renamed "Butters" in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub".
  • 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 leaved while stilling be 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 the only kid in the main cast not to fall into the Kids Are Cruel territory.
  • 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: However, he's Not So Above It All.
  • 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.
  • 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, & 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.