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From left to right: Eric Cartman, Kyle Broflovski, Stan Marsh, and Kenny McCormick.

A group of four foul-mouthed third-then-fourth grade boys who reside in a Crapsack World in the state of Colorado known as South Park. Along their misadventures in the town, they often find themselves in various sticky situations and exposing themselves to things kids their age shouldn't be. They are based on the suspicious belief parents hold about how their children behave without adult supervision and are quite possibly Western Animation's most infamous example of Kids Are Cruel, but they nevertheless come out clean and learn An Aesop at the end of the day.


  • Adorably Precocious Child: All four of them are prone to possessing the knowledge of adults or teenagers in the recent seasons and voicing their opinions on the recent news, but still have that childish side to them nonetheless.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Due to Status Quo Is God being played straight prior to Season 18, the boys forget whatever lesson they previously learned and are back to their rebellious ways by the next week.
  • Anti-Hero: All four boys have different shades of anti-heroism.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: At the start of the series, they were relatively well-liked by their classmates, and were perfectly willing to bully their less popular peers. However, as the show went on, a combination of Character Development and Characterization Marches On led their social status to become much more fragile. According to Craig, all of the other kids think they're assholes. Even if he was exaggerating, it still isn't all that unusual for their popularity to dip beneath Butters. Though their popularity is constantly in flux, being despised by their peers in some episodes, and having sleepovers with them in others. Generally speaking, Stan, Kyle and Kenny are usually in good standing with the other kids, although they have a rivalry now with Craig, Clyde and Token who have their own little group. The lightning rod of the disdain is, of course, Eric Cartman, who is the most hated kid in school by far. As much as the other kids pick on Butters, their hatred of Cartman is exponentially greater.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Excluding Cartman, they're generally well-meaning, if occasionally troublesome. But if you get on their bad side, you will regret it.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Kenny's the Blonde, Stan and Cartman are the Brunettes, and Kyle's the Redhead.
  • Butt-Monkey: All four of them have had their own moments of suffering misfortunes:
  • Characterization Marches On: In the older seasons, they were all average foul-mouthed schoolyard bullies who targeted the less fortunate and engaged in rebellious behavior for the fun of it. Fast-forward to Season 12, and they've become more opinionated and brutally honest in regards to the world's imperfections. Pretty much reaches its epitome by Season 18, where the show has developed a story arc.
  • Childhood Friends: They have known each other since preschool... and even back then, Kyle and Cartman were Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Cartman - Red, blue, and yellow
    • Stan - Brown, blue, and red
    • Kyle - Orange and green
    • Kenny - Orange
  • Cute Bruiser: With the exception of Cartman (though even he has his moments), all of them have shown remarkable hand-to-hand combat skills; they effortlessly toss around another group of kids in "Faith Hilling"; Kenny (as Mysterion) beats up an older girl in "The Poor Kid"; and Kyle knocks out Cartman with a single punch in "Doubling Down", among other examples.
  • Deadpan Snarker: They all have their moments of witty banter and sarcasm, though Cartman, moreso.
  • Depending on the Writer: Their intelligence fluctuates by episode. In some they are capable of taking on adult responsibilities and rant about the wrongs in modern-day society, which has become more prominent in the recent seasons, while in others they can't even tell the difference between TV and real life.
  • Five-Man Band: In a way. Stan is The Leader, Kenny would be his Lancer, Cartman is The Big Guy, Kyle is The Smart Guy, and Butters is The Chick.
  • Flanderization: With the exception of Kenny (whose pervertedness has been notably toned down), all three of their traits have become more prevalent as the show continues.
    • Stan and Kyle's statuses as the only sane men have increased either due to the adults' incompetence or Cartman's ridiculously cruel and sociopathic actions.
    • Speaking of whom, Cartman has become more sociopathic and malicious following the infamous "Scott Tenorman Must Die", also becoming more criminal and manipulative in the process. Compare him in the first four seasons, where he was a naïve bully with a good heart, and you'll notice how drastically he's changed.
    • Kyle and Cartman's rivalry went from childish teasing to full-blown hatred.
  • Four-Man Band:
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Stan: Phlegmatic. He's calm, sensitive, easygoing, and even-tempered, rarely losing his cool.
    • Cartman: Choleric. He's temperamental, loud, domineering and callous. He's a young brat that's known for being sadistic and also egotistical and loves wearing his psychopathic instability on his creepy little sleeves.
    • Kyle: Melancholic. He's temperamental, morally-driven and quite the most compassionate and emotional of the group. In earlier seasons, he's occasionally seen as an outcast. Additionally, Cartman's shenanigans often get the best of his mood.
    • Kenny: Sanguine. A perverted Dirty Kid who's shown to be light-hearted and hedonistic. Underneath his hood, he's heroically selfless, loyal, and can be surprisingly eloquent.
  • Free-Range Children: They're old enough to wander outside without adult supervision.
  • Guile Hero: In their Crapsack World, they tend to save the day by being smarter and having more common sense than the adults (though Cartman tends to border more into Manipulative Bastard territory).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: They're Vitriolic Best Buds, but they're always on each other's side in the end and are not embarrassed to exhibit their emotional sensitivity should something bad happen to one another. Even Cartman still manages to gain some acceptance from the other three every now and then.
  • Karma Houdini: Often due to the fact that the adults in town are either useless or just as immature and irresponsible, the boys tend to receive zero comeuppance for their Troubling Unchildlike Behavior.
  • Kids Are Cruel: They are based on the suspicious belief parents hold about how their children would behave without the presence of an authority figure. Technically speaking, the Boys are notorious for using foul language, disrespecting authority, watching vulgar media, and bullying the less fortunate. This becomes Downplayed around Season 12, where the show becomes more up-to-date in regards to Real Life events and the Boys in turn become more culturally adept.
  • Never Bareheaded: Except for Cartman (who is frequently seen without his hat) they almost never take off their hats. In Kyle's case, it's to hide a really embarrassing Jewfro. Kenny never took off his hood, so no-one knew what he looked like until he finally took it off in the movie.
  • Nice Hat: All of the main four characters wear hats (though one would be hard pressed to consider them particularly "nice"). The episode, "Follow That Egg", however, has the following exchange:
    Kyle: Do you really think my hat is stupid?
    Stan: As a matter of fact... I think it is the nicest hat I have ever known.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Notorious for having the mouths of sailors.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Around Season 12, the Boys become more culturally adept in turn of the show becoming more up-to-date about Real Life events, and start to abandon their childish ways in favor of a social justice warrior knowledge.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Stan and Kyle in Season 6 toward Kenny's replacements (Butters, and later Tweek). It's no surprise that Cartman would manipulate others, but it's unusally cruel for them. Cartman in season 5 big time where he went from being usually a Nominal Hero to usually a Villain Protagonist.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: They become notably less hostile to social outcasts like Butters and Scott Malkinson by Season 12, even allowing them into their extended group at times.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Since Adults Are Useless, their main schtick is using foul language, outfoxing authority, watching vulgar media, and even engaging in criminality at times.
  • True Companions: Lampshaded in the South Park episode "The Biggest Douche in the Universe", when Chef tells Stan and Kyle that Cartman is their friend whether they like him or not. This trope becomes more apparent in later seasons, once their Weirdness Magnet status has begun to wear old; the boys fall victim to All of the Other Reindeer more often, making it evident that, while their classmates may tolerate them, they don't really have any friends outside of one another. As much as they would hate to admit it, they're a textbook example of this trope.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Their most defining trait is using aggression and teasing to portray their friendship. They're also not above outcasting one another out of their group for a bit, only to come back together in the end.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Lampshaded in South Park "Pandemic 2 — The Startling," when Craig gets sucked into the boys' adventure because they were using his birthday money for their scheme.
    Craig: That's a shock. I decided to follow you guys, and now I'm in the Land of the Giant Lost World.
    Stan: Craig, it isn't our fault! You make it sound like we always wanna be in situations like this but we don't have any choice!
    Kyle: Yeah! Stuff just happens!
    Craig: "Stuff just happens."
    Kyle: That's right!
    Craig: You just wind up being sent by the government to take down the city of Lima only to wind up in the Land of the Giant Lost World.
    Cartman: That's right.
    Craig: You know what stuff happens to most kids? They fall off their bikes. They get in fights with their parents. They get swindled out of their birthday money.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: They're all pretty perceptive for their age, albeit in different ways.
  • With Friends Like These...: Cartman versus everyone else. He takes this further than most cases of this trope, as Cartman has almost no redeeming qualities. Also uncommon for the trope, the other characters will flat out tell Cartman that he is a monster. Not only do they state he's a horrible person but that they all hate him and the only reason he was ever with anyone was that they thought he was just always following them or that he was with someone else. After realizing this they decided to ignore him completely. The creators stated that Cartman's relationship to the others is based on their assumption that everyone has one friend that they don't really like. It's worth noting that in the early seasons, Cartman was just a Fat Idiot - his supervillainish disposition evolved over time.

    Stanley "Stan" Marsh 
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"Dude, this is pretty fucked up right here."
"Dude, sometimes I think our parents are really stupid."

Voiced by: Trey Parker

The straight man out of the original four kids, he is often the one to give An Aesop at the end of each show. The closest thing to a main character of the show, who tends to be the protagonist of many episodes and is probably not coincidentally the most "normal" character.

His role in Coon and Friends is Toolshed.


  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: In the episode "Guitar Queer-O". Becomes a regular character trait in later seasons where even when well intentioned, he ends up preferring glory and money over his original message.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Despite being Kyle's best friend, he gets amused by Cartman's song about how Kyle's mom is a bitch, to the point where he starts dancing along with the other students to it.
  • The Alcoholic: Had intakes of whiskey in "Ass Burgers". The ending of the episode implies he may stay that way, though it hasn't been mentioned again since. One could argue this was foreshadowed in "Trapped in the Closet", when he asks, "What if I become an alcoholic, like Grandpa?"
    • In "Freemium Isn't Free" Stan confronts his addictive tendencies and develops coping mechanisms to avoid addictive things. While alcohol isn't explicitly mentioned (at least in relation to Stan), Stan's efforts not to slip into an addiction again suggest he isn't drinking any longer.
  • Allergic to Love: He always barfed whenever Wendy got close to him in the early episodes. As of now, he no longer does this.
  • Angst: The closest thing to the series' poster boy. Parodied in "Raisins" (to the point where he becomes a Goth) and "You're Getting Old"/"Ass Burgers", played straight in other episodes.
  • Animal Lover: Stan has consistently shown a love for animals. He is unable to kill animals when Jimbo takes him hunting in "Volcano", tries to save baby cows and temporarily becomes a vegetarian until he develops vagina sores in "Fun with Veals", attempts to return a goat to its rightful owners in "Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants" and sets out to save whales and dolphins from the Japanese in "Whale Whores", becoming captain of Whale Wars and sinking a number of Japanese ships in the process.
  • Anti-Hero: Type 3 in the early episodes, turns into a Type 2 later on. "Ass Burgers" and onwards shows traits of a Type 4. Since the release of The Stick of Truth, he seems to be showing more heroic qualities, going back to being a Type 2.
  • Author Avatar: He's a stand-in for Trey Parker, which probably explains why he's the most prominent character.
  • Berserk Button: Do not swindle his grandfather. He will call your phone number and actually tell you to kill yourself.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • He served as the Betty to Gregory's Veronica to Wendy's Archie in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
    • He also served as the Betty to Cartman's Veronica to Wendy's Archie in the earlier seasons.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Usually a friendly and pleasant boy, but the second you cross the line, you'll regret it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To Butters, to an extent.
    • He might feel this a little towards Kenny as well. In "The Passion of the Jew" he did the talking and made the plans. In "Super Fun Time" he did the "ultimate sacrifice" (looking like a fool in front of Wendy) in order to save Kenny's life.
  • Big "OMG!": "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!"
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: At the end of "Raisins", Stan says "Screw you guys, I'm going home" (which was Cartman's old catchphrase) to the Goths.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: In the earlier seasons, he would often disrespect his parents' authority and whine to them.
    • At the beginning of "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", he complains to his parents that he doesn't want to attend the party and hang out with the nerdy kids in the basement.
    • Reaches its peak in "Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!", where, despite his parents telling him not to, he sneaks out of the house to go on vacation with Cartman's family along with Kyle and Kenny.
  • Break the Cutie: It's pretty rare for him, but it happens. The most notable was when Wendy broke up with him and when he became cynical after his 10th birthday.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the earlier episodes, he was constantly bullied by his older sister, and now has to deal with embarrassing moments from his father (and in earlier seasons, his mother too). Also, while not as much of a target as Kyle or Kenny, he isn't spared from being insulted by Cartman.
  • Byronic Hero: He has endured a lot of anguish from the idiotic citizens of South Park, especially from his father and sister, to the point that his growing cynicism and depression was the subject of a particularly heavy two-parter. He is also incredibly impassioned when he takes up a cause.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Without puking on them if he likes them. This trait has disappeared in recent seasons.
  • Catch Phrase: "Aw- awww!", "Oh, no. No, no, no, no, no!", and "God damn it!" In the earlier seasons, he had "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!" and "Dude, this is pretty fucked up right here!" He also has the simpler "Dude."
  • Characterization Marches On: Was more childish and mean-spirited in earlier episodes. More the Only Sane Man in later seasons. Starting with Seasons 15 and 16, he has started to ease back a bit, having more obnoxious or immature moments. He is still much more toned down from how he began however.
  • Character Development: He grows far more nihilistic and cynical as the series goes on, as well as more exasperated with the world around him.
  • The Chew Toy: In regards to his sister's abuse towards him.
  • The Cutie: In the first season character commercials, Cartman was known for being fat, Kenny as lucky, and Kyle as smart. Stan was known for being cute.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the later episodes, Stan has a habit of pinching the bridge of his nose and sigh when another character does something stupid. He often exclaims "Dude, this is pretty fucked up right here", and in "Child Abduction is Not Funny", he remarks to Kyle, "Dude, sometimes I think our parents are really stupid", and as they rejoin their families at the conclusion of the episode, "Jesus Christ, dude, they've done some stupid crap before, but, Jesus Christ...".
  • Demoted to Extra: During Seasons 19 and especially 20, he's this. He doesn't even appear in a few of the Season 20 episodes.
  • Determinator: Once Stan sets his mind to something, it's pretty hard to get him to stop.
  • Dirty Coward: Happens often. When he, along with the rest of his friends, does something wrong (or even think that they did), he usually tries to frame it on Butters. The most notable instance was the Trent Boyett pre-school incident.
  • Dysfunctional Family: His parent's relationship is a perpetual up down, repeatedly getting separated and back together again. In recent seasons their relationship has deteriorated as Randy has, amongst other things, gaslighted Sharon into apathy about her children's wellbeing. Both are completely indifferent to Shelley's rage issues and her abuse of Stan, and ignore Marvin's blatant suicidal ideation. Moreover, Randy regularly drives his entire family into misery with his insane exploits.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Often involuntarily throughout "Ass Burgers".
  • The Everyman: As the leader of the group, and the most "normal" character.
  • Extreme Doormat:
    • It's pretty subtle, but he can be seen as this to an extent in his relationship with Wendy. Any episodes with scenes that focus on their relationship show that Wendy is always the one to suggest an idea for a date, and Stan (even if he detested the idea at first) goes along without objection. Examples of this are in "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe", "Tom's Rhinoplasty", "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls", and it is hinted near the end of "Ass Burgers". Other examples of hints for the trope include:
    • In "Elementary School Musical", rather than discussing how he felt about Wendy and Bridon, Stan simply tells her that she should be with him, and he doesn't want to hold her back.
    • In "Raisins", Wendy is the one to break up the relationship, and from then on Stan never once tries talking to her about wanting to get back together. Even in "The List", they don't get back together until Wendy mentions that she liked how Stan changed over time.
    • Wendy is also always the one to initiate their kisses, as shown in "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe", "Tom's Rhinoplasty", The Movie, and "The List".
    • The only time Stan averts this trope is if he sees somebody insulting his girlfriend, but in those instances Wendy doesn't seem bothered, except possibly for "Butters' Bottom Bitch". When Wendy does stand up for herself, Stan never intervenes and lets her take care of things on her own.
  • Facepalm: Pinching the bridge of his own nose (or the space where the bridge of his nose would be, as the kids don't have visible noses) isn't uncommon.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The other three start avoiding Stan after he becomes cynical.
  • Friend to All Living Things: A more jaded and snarky example, but he still qualifies. He refused to shoot a rabbit as early as Season 1, gave up entirely on meat for baby cows, and was the only one determined to stop the Japanese from killing whales and dolphins. The Stick of Truth calls back on this with his dog Sparky accompanying him in battle, and he feels guilty when he decapitates a zombified version of Princess Kenny's unicorn.
  • The Generic Guy: His personality hardly stands out from the rest of the main and recurring cast.
  • Goth: In "Raisins".
  • Growing Up Sucks: The show has "You're Getting Old", where Stan turns 10 and realizes how shitty things are progressively getting to the point of seeing and hearing nothing but shit, a disorder called by a doctor "Being a cynical asshole". This leads to an end of his friendships and with his mother divorcing Randy after not being able to take his shenanigans anymore, moving away from South Park. Of course humorously, Status Quo fixes everything by the next episodes end. Though Stan need a little "help" to get through the days now.
  • Heroic BSoD: Stan's had two. The first one is when Wendy dumps him to the point that he becomes Goth. Butters' speech about loving life helps him out of it. The second starts in "You're Getting Old" and ends in "Ass Burgers" due to Status Quo Is God. One could argue that it's still going.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kyle.
  • Hey, You!: Shelly almost never calls him by name. Poor Stan. His grandpa always calls him Billy instead of his real name as well.
  • Hidden Depths: In "Board Girls" it's offhandedly revealed that Stan knows a lot about board games. Kyle even Lampshades this.
    Kyle: Dude, you're really into board games.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Shelley's abuse of Stan is played for laughs, as is the fact that his parents refuse to believe him, regardless of how many bruises he has or how much he asks for help. Only once did they attempt to defend him ("Over-Logging"), but Shelley went right back to abusing Stan halfway through the episode without Randy, Sharon, or their grandfather caring.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: In "A Very Crappy Christmas", when Butters draws the boys' cartoon forms for their short film, Kyle (who notes that he has a sharper nose) notes that Stan has blue eyes while explaining that their drawings kind of look like them.
  • It Runs in the Family: Some of his Catch Phrases are also used by his father.
  • Jerkass Ball: He and Kyle are usually Only Sane Men to the craziness of the world around them, and act as more moralistic foils to Cartman. At times however, often when Cartman is not in a starring role, they can act rather selfish or immoral, having nothing against using similar bullying or conniving tactics to Cartman to get what they want. This is more toned down in later seasons, though still pops up every now and then.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he does have some Jerkass and Kids Are Cruel moments, he's still a decent and friendly guy.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Although not as much as Cartman, Kenny, or even Kyle.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Frequently hates doing the right thing because Being Good Sucks and he always gets screwed over, but he will still make the right choice every time... eventually.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Usually subverted as Stan is often contrasted with his father (and depicted as the more responsible), see "Band in China", "Pinewood Derby", "Freemium Isn't Free", "Margaritaville", "Grey Dawn". However, Stan occasionally displays some Randy-like tendencies such as his egomaniac behavior in "Butterballs".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining".
  • Nice Guy: Arguably the second-nicest of the boys behind Kyle, if not a bit sensitive and socially awkward.
  • Nice Hat: A blue one.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
  • No Respect Guy: Stan would usually get no respect from his father at the very least.
  • Not So Above It All: Every now and then. It's mostly common in the early seasons, where he's prone to jump on the bandwagon of the latest absent-minded trends, disrespect his parents' authority, and view Terrance and Phillip—a vulgar, potty-mouthed, crude comedy duo—as role models.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Downplayed with Cartman. While Stan holds does Cartman in contempt for his behavior like the rest of his friends, he seems less hostile to him in comparison to Kyle and Kenny and there have been moments of the two spending quality time together in "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow" and "Sexual Healing".
    • Stan seems to have formed one with the Goth Kids, despite no longer being goth. He is occasionally seen to talk to the goth kids and it seems that he still gets along with them pretty well. They even give him advice in "Breast Cancer Show Ever".
  • Only Sane Man: Most of the time, save for the episodes where he gets thrown the Idiot Ball, leaving the role to Kyle.
  • Out of Focus: During Seasons 19 and 20, he gets the short shift of the trio of him, Kyle, and Cartman. Focus on him has increased again, as of Seasons 21 and 22.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: In "Whale Whores".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Kyle and Wendy's Red Oni.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: His tearful remorse in "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" is induced by his inability to trade the 5th generation iPod Nano that he sold his friends out for.
  • Satellite Character: In Season 19. He gets very little screen time, and he's not used to advance the main plotlines. This is true to an even greater degree in Season 20, as despite the fact that he is directly affected by the girls' Lysistrata Gambit, he is completely absent from several episodes.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Not quite as much as Cartman, but when something happens that he doesn't like or doesn't want to see the outcome of he's usually the first (second if Cartman goes first) to bail.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Cartman's Manly Man.
  • Straight Man: The Straight Man to the whole town in later seasons.
  • Straw Nihilist: Played with in later seasons, particularly after "You're Getting Old". Of all the main boys, Stan's certainly the most cynical of them all. Lampshaded in "Member Berries". Kyle straight up calls him a nihilist in "Super Hard PCness".
  • Symbiotic Possession: Used as a vessel for Satan towards the end of "Freemium Isn't Free".

    Kyle Broflovski 
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"Do you think kids in every town have to deal with this crap?"
"I'm Jewish. I've got some hang-ups about killing Jesus."

Voiced by: Matt Stone

Stan's closest friend. He and his parents are Jewish, but his younger brother Ike is actually from Canada. He appears to be the smartest, at least academically, of the original four, but has a tendency to get sucked into the latest fads/problems/social issues sweeping South Park. Kyle is also known as the moral compass of the otherwise chaotic town - although he has a nasty temper to go along with it.

His role in Coon and Friends is The Human Kite.


  • Academic Athlete: A young version. He's noted in-series as loving football and basketball while also demonstrating high intelligence (his wimpy cousin Kyle even calls him a "redneck jock stereotype" in one episode).
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Along with Stan, he's among the more mature of the children in town, but that doesn't stop him from behaving like an ordinary kid sometimes.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • In earlier seasons, Kyle would often feel left out by his friends around the holidays, him being a Jew and all. He even gets an Anti-Christmas Song, "The Lonely Jew at Christmas".
    • In general, while he's usually well-liked and has a number of friends, he has been ostracized and singled out by his peers on numerous occasions (ex. "South Park is Gay", "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce, "The Problem with a Poo").
  • Amicable Exes: Possibly with Heidi in Season 22. They don't seemed to have got back together, but they are shown willing to sit near each other in the music room without showing any hostility during "The Problem With A Poo".
  • Anti-Hero: Usually of Type 3, but can be Type 4 depending on how much he's fueled by his hatred of Cartman. However...
  • Anti-Villain: By "Super Hard PCness", Kyle becomes this of Type 2 and Type 3. He believes that all the bullying and meanness appearing in South Park were a result of the vulgarness of Terrence and Phillip and Canadian media in general and tries to put an end to their shows so they can no longer corrupt the morals of people in other countries. It leads to Canada getting nuked by the President much to Kyle's horror.
  • Arch-Enemy: For Cartman. The two clash with each other the most due to Kyle's strong moral compass and Cartman's complete lack of such. Plus Kyle's usually on the receiving end of Cartman's anti-Semitism.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Gives one to Heidi Turner that it makes her realize how far she has sunk ever since she dated Cartman. Doubles as a brief "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    Heidi: Oh, what's the matter Kyle? You don't want me around 'cause you had the hots for me and I shot you down?
    Kyle: I would never have the hots for the person you are now. (Heidi is stunned by Kyle's answer)
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Briefly, in "The Tooth Fairy Tats 2000".
  • Atrocious Alias: You probably shouldn't name yourself "The Human Kite" when you're Jewish and Eric Cartman is around.
  • Author Avatar: He's a stand-in for Matt Stone.
  • Back from the Dead: In "Imaginationland", he is choked to death by ManBearPig, only for Cartman to resuscitate him.
  • Badass Bookworm: On the outside, a potty-mouth, angry nine-year old who's also the smart one of the group, but the movie demonstrated that he can hack into top secret military databases. He has also been shown to be fairly athletic at points of the show and fully capable of kicking Cartman's ass when necessary.
  • Being Good Sucks: Kyle always tries to do the right thing, even if it doesn't get him rewarded or gain happiness. It becomes more apparent when Cartman, a sociopath at the age of 10, is involved because despite Kyle hating him with all his heart, he could never let Cartman suffer from his own stupid actions and wants to at least see him do the right thing once in his life.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call his mom a bitch. Or make fun of his Jewish heritage. Or be Eric Cartman and do pretty much anything. At this point in the series, it's more the third thing than the first two.
  • Betty and Veronica: Served as the Betty to Cartman's Veronica to Heidi's Archie in Season 21.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kyle is usually very kind, but you might not want to anger him if you know what's good for you. See Berserk Button above.
  • Big Brother Bully: To Ike in the first season. "Kick the baby!"
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Ike has become one of Kyle's highest priorities sometime after "Ike's Wee Wee", from following him to Somalia and getting him home safe to worrying about Ike getting circumcised or keeping him from running off with his teacher to Milan. Could be Kyle's biggest drive after his antagonism towards Cartman.
    • He briefly played this role to Blanket in "Jeffersons" due to his father neglecting him. He goes from giving him a band-aid to trying to take away Jefferson's custody of him.
  • Break the Cutie: Most notably in "Cartmanland". It's one thing being pushed into denouncing the existence of a God (or in this case a righteous God). It's another to be pushed to the point of giving up on life due to Cartman's constant Karma Houdini instances. It takes one major case of divine intervention to rectify. That case of divine intervention was Cartman needing to staff a fully operating amusement park, selling it back to the original owners, and seeing Cartman lose his cash because he was liable for Kenny's death since it took place while he was still owner.
  • Brutal Honesty: Kyle very frequently lampshades the many flaws of Carman's asinine logical fallacies and thus tells him what he needs to hear rather than what he wants to hear.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mostly having to do with being the center of Cartman's torment around him being a Jew.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Kyle does this to his mom in "Fun with Veal" and in The Movie.
    Sheila: Kyle, if you don't do as you're told, I'm going to be very angry!
    Kyle: Well, you made me eat veal and didn't tell me what it was, so go ahead and be angry, you baby calf-killing bitch!
    Sharon: Very persuasive.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "You bastards!", after Stan's "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!".
    • "You know, I've learned something today," although this is sometimes said by Stan, and other characters as well.
    • "Fatass" is something he says to Cartman every episode they interact in. Stan sometimes calls him that, too.
  • Characterization Marches On: Early in the show's run, his personality was more similar to Stan's; he was more childish, bratty, indifferent and a Big Brother Bully to Ike on a larger scale. As the series went on, his character got more fleshed out and unique to Stan's, and he also became much more kind-hearted (if you aren't Cartman, that is), and his love for Ike is a lot more manifested. On the other hand, he can be more overly-dramatic about social values (almost bordering on Soapbox Sadie in Seasons 19-20) and will move mountains to prove Cartman wrong about the silliest of things, something his earlier self wouldn't have done due to apathy.
  • Chick Magnet: Kyle has attracted the most girls out of all his friends, including Bebe, Rebecca, Nichole, and Heidi. That said, it didn't stop Bebe from labeling him the ugliest boy for selfish reasons.
  • Child Prodigy: He's regularly portrayed as the top student in his class, has the highest capabilities with the computer, including photoshopping a photo to fool the Japanese government to stop whaling and get his best friend out of trouble and single-handedly thwarting a terrorist attack with some inspired Google-fu. He's also shown more than a slight capability with philosophy and managed to remove himself from reality.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: This is available only when Cartman has a new, evil plan.
  • Compressed Hair: He easily gets a Jewfro that's larger than his head into a small hat. Justified since it's just the art style exaggerating the size of it.
  • The Conscience: Over the course of the show, he's evolved into this, as he's often stuck playing the voice of reason as well as the conscience in a show featuring Eric Cartman.
  • Cool Big Bro: Tries to be a protective and admirable brother to Ike.
  • Cute Bruiser: Cute appearance aside, Kyle is one of the most proficient fighters among his peers, capable of delivering swift beat-downs upon Cartman whenever they engage in physical confrontations, even knocking him out with a single punch in "Doubling Down". He also holds a noticeable advantage during his fight with Stan in "Prehistoric Ice Man" and, along with the other three Boys, dishes out a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on a group of kids in "Faith Hilling" that was so bad they ended up in the hospital.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: He never stops reminding everyone that Cartman's fat.
  • Deuteragonist: Strictly speaking, though he and Stan can switch roles from time to time.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Unlike the rest of the boys, he has never been in a serious relationship. In total he has been romantically tied to Bebe Stevens, Rebecca Cotswolds, Nichole Daniels, Leslie Meyers and Heidi Turner, and everytime he gets romantically involved with someone, the world gives him the middle finger and the girl ends up dumping him for whatever reason - though in the case of Bebe he was not interested, running away after she kissed him, and Leslie only feigned her interest in order to manipulate him.
  • Dirty Coward: Happens often. When he, along with the rest of his friends, does something wrong (or even thinks that they did), he usually tries to frame it on Butters.
  • Disney Death: In "Imaginationland Part II", during a scene parodying The Abyss.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: During "Cartman Finds Love" and "Doubling Down" both due to Cartman, the latter of which seemed to have mentally broke him.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While he really was becoming like his mom, in his defense, he was far less of an extremist than she is. While Sheila was perfectly willing to start a genocidal war with Canada, with it taking the coming of the apocalypse to have her regret her actions, Kyle never had any murderous intent and was immediately stricken with guilt when he saw his actions had led to Canada being nuked (which, while horrible, is a bit less horrible than The End of the World as We Know It).
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Parodied. After realizing that Terrence and Philip didn't make him laugh anymore and becoming disillusioned with them, he shaves his hair to a smaller style (along with a new non-Terrence and Phillip shirt). Then he immediately puts his hat and jacket back on before admiring his "new" look in the mirror. The hat remains on the rest of the episode.
  • Fiery Redhead: Mixed with his Hot-Blooded tendencies whenever his Chronic Hero Syndrome personality kicks in.
  • The Finicky One: He has shades of this at times, though his foil, and more or less the entire world he lives in, is so immoral he doesn't really need that high standards to get wound up over it.
  • Flanderization: His obsession with beating Cartman, to the point of occasionally leaning into Knight Templar territory.
    • Reaches the point in Season 21 where his anger that a girl he liked rejected him for Cartman and basically turned into a female Cartman enraged him so much that he indirectly got Toronto nuked.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Cartman to varying degrees. It tends to fluctuate from Cartman being an Arch-Enemy to Vitriolic Best Buds. Muddying matters further is Kyle's idealism pushes him to try to find the good in everyone and Cartman's morality tends to be more unconventional than flat out evil. While Cartman is often called a sociopath, he is capable of feeling strong attachments to people and he's mostly just really screwed up in the head. Put best by Kyle:
    Kyle: This is Cartman. He's my sort of friendish.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's described by Mr. Garrison to be a straight A student and is regarded as the smartest of the four boys. He's also one of the more skilled brawlers out of the main kids as well, usually being the one with the upper hand in many fights, and in "Doubling Down" actually knocked out Cartman with one punch.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: The voice of morality and plays the "good angel" on Stan's shoulder, prodding him to do the right thing, in direct opposition to Cartman's "bad angel" who will do the wrong thing and take Stan along for the ride.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Seeing some of the conflicts between him and Cartman out of context wouldn't make all that clear that Kyle's supposed to be the good guy. One example is in "Le Petit Tourette", though, in the perspective of the adults. Cartman fakes Tourette's Syndrome to get what he wants, and Kyle, who's known Cartman all his life, gets annoyed and says that he doesn't have Tourette's, and an authority figure that has it accuses Kyle of being a bully and he is taken to observe various kids with Tourette's (with lack of swearing). He is then forced to apologize to Cartman. However, when Cartman plans to bad-mouth Jews, it's the straw that breaks the camel's back, so Kyle devises an elaborate plan that actually saves Cartman from going in too deep. His method involved having tons of pedophiles committing suicide to stop the show and is angry when Cartman thanks him for it.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He is quite easily pissed off, usually because of something Cartman says or does.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: After Cartman starts a rumor in "Cartman Finds Love" that he and Kyle are together, Kyle tries his damnedest to express that he is not gay and not gay for Cartman.
  • The Hero: Either swaps this role with Stan semi-frequently or works with Stan (and sometimes the other boys) as a duo/team of sorts in undermining the numerous insane and evil plots they often (unwillingly) discover.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Without death involved. "Margaritaville" has Kyle use his new credit card without a spending limit to pay for the town's debts, even if it means he will be in debt himself for the rest of his life.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Stan. Out of the other three boys, Kyle shares the closest bond with him and there have been many episodes focusing on the jeopardy of their friendship.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Has shades of this due to his antagonism toward Cartman. In some episodes he thinks nothing of having him dead. Although this also depends on how far Cartman has spent in monster territory in previous episodes.
  • Hot-Blooded: At least when Cartman's involved. Plus he can also be very neurotic, prone to anger and dramatic natually makes him very intense as a young kid.
  • Hypocrite:
    • In "Tonsil Trouble", he complains about Cartman making fun of HIV, despite laughing at his condition earlier. Even if he was laughing at the irony of the situation based on previous episodes where Cartman wished AIDS upon him, this episode alone frames him as this trope.
    • In The Stick of Truth, he requests a group of elves to kidnap your character and threatens to blackmail your character, even though you're already a member of Kupa Keep. Ironically, Cartman recruited your character in a much more polite manner. This example is more benign than the former, though, as the characters were playing a game and he puts his grudge towards Cartman aside to stop Clyde.
    • In Doubling Down, he criticizes the concept of self-victimization. Come Super Hard PC-Ness, he acts like the victim himself. Ike calls him out on this.
  • Idiot Ball: Sometimes Kyle is deceived by Cartman's false claims of changing, oblivious to his ulterior motive. In "Casa Bonita", Kyle thinks that Cartman has made a Heel–Face Turn by accepting the fact that he isn't invited to his birthday party and moving on, so he allows him to take Butters' place if the latter is unable to attend. Little does Kyle know that he influenced Cartman to imprison Butters in a bomb shelter to sabotage his chances of showing up.
  • Ill Boy: Not too blatant, but Kyle gets sick much more often than the other boys (unless you count Kenny's constant dying). Suffered kidney failure and mentioned to have Type 1 Diabetes in "Cherokee Hair Tampons", got infected with a hemorrhoid in "Cartmanland" (which turned fatal), was sick throughout the entirety of "The Snuke", and had a quick cold in "Guitar Queer-O". Well, it's either this or plot convenience or for other reasons.
  • Informed Judaism: For all the mentioning of his family's faith, Kyle rarely goes to temple or prays, or even wears a kippah. Plus, his family eats pork products (they had pork for dinner in "Conjoined Fetus Lady" and Kyle threw up bean with bacon soup in "Cherokee Hair Tampons"), which isn't kosher. Partial justification: early on, Kyle's family was the only Jewish family in town, and they're probably not very religious to begin with (as we've mentioned, he's a stand-in for Matt Stone, who is ethnically Jewish but was raised agnostic and is an atheist). Plus, that's part of the joke. And finally, in Christmas Snow, there's a Christmas tree inside his house.
  • Insufferable Genius: Sort of. Kyle, being The Smart Guy, is very intelligent, and when this is combined with Hot-Blooded and Snark Knight, it becomes something of a subtle version of this trope. He occasionally believes himself to be on a moral high ground above others, especially Cartman.
  • Jerkass Ball: He and Stan are usually Only Sane Men to the craziness of the world around them, and act as more moralistic foils to Cartman. At times however, often when Cartman is not in a starring role, they can act rather selfish or immoral, having nothing against using similar bullying or conniving tactics to Cartman to get what they want. This is toned down in later seasons, though it does pop up every now and then.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be Hot-Blooded on occasion, mostly due to Cartman's behavior, and in earlier seasons he wasn't much better than Cartman himself. He's also susceptible to Kids Are Cruel, but he's about as friendly as you'd expect a 9-year-old boy to be. Despite his intense hatred and resentment towards Cartman he's still a Nice Jewish Boy, especially in later episodes.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: Subverted. He's Jewish and the smartest kid in the group, but he's cool enough to avert the trope. He also hates his cousin's stereotypical nerdiness.
  • Kids Are Cruel: In earlier episodes, Kyle was essentially a lower-scale bully. It was actually him that tormented Pip to the point of earning a broken nose and joined in exploiting and disregarding Butters and Kenny on numerous occasions. There are also subtle hints that his bullying turned Cartman into the anti-Semitic monster he is today. This is toned down in later episodes, though he can still act self righteous or show Jerkass traits on occasion. He often calls Cartman "fatass" even when Cartman hasn't done anything wrong in that episode towards anyone.
  • Knight Templar: He is gradually leaning towards this trope in his rivalry with Cartman; some of their conflicts have shown his willingness to outright kill him. In "Fatbeard" for example, he attempts to convince Cartman to travel to Somalia in his ill-defined plan to become a pirate, and he is later seen gloating about assisting in Cartman's supposed death, unfazed by the fact that Butters, Clyde, and Kevin went along with him. Ike joining, however, is enough to change his mind. He must have picked up the trait from his mother.
  • The Lancer: Often, to Stan's The Hero.
  • Messianic Archetype: Blatantly so in Margaritaville.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: While Kyle wanted Canada to pay for their influence its media has on children, he never expected his actions to start a nuclear war between Canada and the USA.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The reason why Heidi chose Cartman over him was because the girls ignored Kyle's warnings and continued to mock Heidi for her choices. However Kyle blames Canadian TV shows for the reason why Heidi dumped him.
  • Mistaken for Gay:
    • With Cartman in "Tonsil Trouble", whenever he exclaims that he's the one who gave him AIDS.
    • In "Cartman Finds Love", only perpetuated by Cartman.
  • My Beloved Smother: Kyle on frequent occasions is shown to be submissive if not outright terrified of his overbearing mother. He has been shown to betray every moral ethic he has in fear of provoking her wrath.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His face screams this at the end of "Super Hard PCness" after he gets Garrison to nuke Toronto in a fit of anger.
  • Mommy Issues: In earlier seasons, especially in The Movie.
  • Morality Chain: Tries to be this to Cartman.
  • Nice Hat: He even made a big deal out of it when getting his school picture taken:
    Photographer: Take off your hat, please?
    Kyle: But I never take off my hat.
    Photographer: Come on now, I bet your parents want a picture of you lookin' natural.
    Kyle: This is how I look natural.
    Ms. Choksondik: Kyle, we're taking pictures without hats today!
    Kyle: (taking off hat) Crap!
  • Nice Jewish Boy: Probably the best modern version of the stereotype. Although he borders on Jerk with a Heart of Gold at times due to his short temper, he is well known for being a moral and compassionate boy who tries to do the right thing.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Near the end of "Stunning and Brave", Cartman utilizes a plan for getting rid of PC Principal and his friends (and shockingly doing so for Kyle's benefit no less!), so what does Kyle do? He intervenes by saying he changed his mind about Caitlyn Jenner, which foiled the plan and allowed the PC Frats to be able to stay. Subverted when you realize that if Kyle hadn't done that, PC Principal would've never gone through a Heel–Face Turn.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished:
    • Kyle tries to help Heidi get out of an emotionally abusive relationship with Cartman, only for Cartman to use Kyle's interference to make Heidi reject Kyle and become anti-Semitic. Though this gets Subverted when Kyle gives Heidi an Armor-Piercing Response for rejecting his help, which causes her to end the abusive relationship for good.
    • In "The Problem With a Poo", Kyle tries to help Mr. Hankey because he was his friend. This causes the town to shun him just for being associated with Mr. Hankey.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Didn't take Heidi's rejection well, especially when she went back with Cartman and becoming like the latter.
  • Not So Different: Kyle on occasion can show similar moments of greed (although not nearly on the same scale) as Cartman. This is highlighted in "Crack Baby Athletic Association", where Kyle agrees to exploiting crack-addicted babies for profit, and spends the entire episode obsessively trying to justify himself, beginning to sound more and more like Cartman as Stan nonchalantly points out.
    • In Season 21 Kyle ends up taking a page from his mother and goes on a Moral Guardian crusade against Canada that ultimately starts an armed conflict that gets over a million people killed, again.
  • No Respect Guy: He usually gets this treatment from Cartman.
  • Only Sane Man: Often trades this role with Stan.
  • Out-of-Character Moment:
    • In "Woodland Critter Christmas", he willingly becomes the human host of the Antichrist, just so that the Jews could "take control of Christmas once and for all". He comes to his senses soon after when he feels his soul burning. Of course, it's only a story Cartman wrote.
    • In "South Park is Gay", he gets so upset about his classmates making fun of him for not being metrosexual that he takes a train to New York City with intent to kill the cast of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy. This is before it's revealed that the show is actually a plot by the Crab People to destroy humanity, so that does not excuse him.
  • The Paragon: ...Or at least he tries to invoke it. He would succeed... if the town wasn't so stupid.
  • Please Keep Your Hat On: Considers wearing his hat to be how he "looks natural" rather than showing off his very large Jewfro.
  • Positive Friend Influence: Wants to be this for Heidi in Season 21 trying to convince her to leave Cartman and be a sweet boyfriend to her. It doesn't plan out as Kyle intended as Cartman manipulates Heidi into rejecting Kyle, going back to Cartman and becoming his Distaff Counterpart but in the end he gets to be this for her as his Armor-Piercing Response causes Heidi to have Heel Realization, break-up with Cartman, and by Season 22 returns to her old self.
  • Pragmatic Hero: How he deals with Cartman's schemes most of the time. In some cases however, he is fueled more out of personal hatred for Cartman, making him more a case of He Who Fights Monsters.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Weirdly enough both. He's the Red Oni to Stan's Blue and the Blue Oni to Cartman's Red.
  • The Rival: Alternates between this and Arch-Enemy with Cartman.
  • The Smart Guy: The smartest of the group, at least academically.
  • The Snark Knight: One of the most sarcastic characters this series has.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Despite the fact that he is not nearly as malicious as Cartman, he has proved to be less sensitive than Stan and has had several moments where he has proved to be cold, callous, and willing to do reprehensible things, especially when his Character Development comes into play.
  • Straight Man: When Stan is the designated holder of the Idiot Ball. Has become a regular occurrence from Season 15 on.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: His Jersey self is treated as this. While it's not explicitly superpowered, it is the only way to take on people from Jersey on their own terms.
  • Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: Kyle's given many variations of this over the years, usually in response to something Cartman says.
  • Third Wheel: serves as one for Stan and Wendy especially during the earlier seasons.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Occasionally. Particularly in the episode "Tonsil Trouble" when he makes fun of Cartman when he contracts HIV. This happens in the later seasons a lot more frequently.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: More or less the same evolution as Stan. He still has occasional self-righteous moments, though they are much more rare.
  • Tragic Hero: Kyle wants to do the right thing and convince others to do the same. However, his antagonism towards Cartman and obsession in beating him tends to override this and put his own morals into question. It reaches its climax in Season 21 when a girl he likes dumps him for his rival and becomes his Distaff Counterpart, so he goes on a moral crusade against Canada so no one else will become like Cartman, only to get the country nuked.
    • Happens again in "Buddha Box" when Kyle's furious rant at Cartman for using anxiety to avoid facing problems causes Cartman to convince everyone to use Buddha Box to ignore the world around them, though this is far less severe compared to Kyle getting Canada nuked.
  • Tragic Mistake: Convincing President Garrison to nuke Canada.
  • Trans Nature: According to "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina", Kyle felt he was black all his life. However, this was never mentioned again. Kyle apparently accepted the way he was born.
    Kyle: I've listened to Hip-Hop, I watch UPN, and I love playing basketball.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Has this happening to him in later seasons.
  • The Unfavorite: Is implied to be this, especially towards his father who mockingly tells Ike that he doesn't want him to be like Kyle.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Cartman's final revenge gambit in "Scott Tenorman Must Die" hinges on him and Stan backstabbing him.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Implied to be one to his father, Gerald.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Even compared to his more observant peers, he is very intelligent.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: After all the shit he had to endure in South Park, it seems that he has finally reached his breaking point after Heidi breaks up with him for anti-Semitic reasons, goes back to Cartman and becomes a more extreme version of the latter, as well as the subsequent bullying that he faced afterwards. He blames Canada for all his suffering and the meanness of South Park, which leads to him to getting the country nuked.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The earlier seasons had Kyle occasionally kick his baby brother Ike around like a football following his "Kick the baby!" schtick.
  • You Have to Have Jews: For Cartman to hate.

    Eric Theodore Cartman 
For tropes related to him, see South Park: Eric Cartman.

    Kenneth "Kenny" McCormick 
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"You never get upset when I die."
Click here to see him hoodieless 
"All the time! I die all the time! And you assholes NEVER REMEMBER!"

Voiced by: Matt Stone (normal muffled voice, Mysterion, and Iron Man costume), Mike Judge (South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut), Eric Stough (unhooded), Lex Lang (adult narrator in "The Scoots")

The one with the orange parka. An unkillable boy who cannot die, he comes from a very poor family and often has to struggle to survive. He used to get killed off Once per Episode only to come back to life later, but that's not the case anymore... usually, since Parker and Stone were getting tired of killing him off in every episode and running out of original ways to kill him. He almost always speaks with a muffled voice, with various levels of intelligibility.

His role in Coon and Friends is Mysterion.


  • All Men Are Perverts: One of the prominent young examples on the show. He's the most sexually knowledgeable of the boys and often fantasizes about the female body.
  • And I Must Scream: Kenny dies again and again, only to wake up in bed absolutely fine. He remembers each and every one of his deaths, no matter how painful, and furthermore, no one remembers when he dies.
  • Anti-Hero: Kenny has the most heroic personality of the four main kids, as evidenced by his heroic sacrifices and general selflessness, though is also cynical to go with it. He has a lot of vices too, but not to the extremes of the others, and he doesn't deny them.
  • Archnemesis Dad: He's the spawn of Cthulhu, whom he called a pussy.
  • Back from the Dead: All the time. It's apparently his superpower.
  • Badass Adorable: Mysterion is hardcore, and his entire story arc shows the true nature of Kenny's character. Yet he's only ten years old and wears a regular pair of his underwear over his costume.
  • Baleful Polymorph: He is turned into a duck-billed platypus by Damien. The kids are only mildly impressed.
  • Being Good Sucks: When it comes down to it, he will do the right thing, but due to how his immortality works, no one remembers his Heroic Sacrifices.
  • Berserk Button:
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Whilst Kenny is normally one of the more kind-hearted of the Boys, that changes when you press one of his buttons.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Kenny, who is normally both The Quiet One and The Unintelligible, certainly qualifies as of the "Mysterion" story arc. He says the most he ever does during these few episodes, and his Berserk Button is revealed; do NOT mess with his little sister.
  • Big Brother Instinct: You don't want to mess with Karen McCormick. Mysterion will come and kick your ass, even if you are a girl. In The City Part of Town, when his father screams at Karen to get a job if she wants stuff and she runs off in fear, he death stares his dad as he walks off to comfort her. At the end of the episode, Kenny gets her a new doll just to make her happy.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Does this a couple of times, most notably in the Cthulhu trilogy and at the end of The Movie. As of "The Poor Kid", he is this to his little sister.
  • Big Good: As Mysterion, he's the unofficial leader of Coon And Friends, despite Cartman thinking that he's the leader.
  • Blessed With Suck: Either that or Cursed With Awesome. His super power is being unable to die, and people don't remember that he died. He does, however, and when Kyle remarks that being immortal would be cool, Kenny snaps that it's not cool, because he remembers every single one of his deaths and he remembers how much it fucking hurts.
    Human Kite: What's the big deal? I mean, I think it'd be pretty cool not to be able to die.
    Mysterion: PRETTY COOL?! Do you know what it feels like to be stabbed?! To be shot?! Decapitated?! Torn apart?! Burned?! Run over?!
    Toolshed: Kenny, Kenny, calm down.
    Mysterion: It's not "pretty cool", Kyle! It fuckin' HURTS! And it won't go away, and nobody will believe me! Remember this time! Try and fuckin' remember! (pulls out a gun and shoots himself in the head)
  • Born Unlucky: His repeated, traumatic deaths are almost always Played for Laughs.
  • Break the Cutie: Played straight in The Movie at first, where Kenny's fatal death sends him into the fiery pits of hell in which he suffers perpetual abuse at the hands of Satan. Thankfully, his fate ends when he realizes that Satan is a actually a misunderstood nice guy who's suffering an abusive relationship with his boyfriend Saddam, which thereafter sends Kenny into Heaven like he initially desired.
  • Broken Masquerade: He's the only one (besides his parents) who knows/can remember that he keeps dying, and is aware of (and remembers) some of the Eldritch Abominations that the cast encounters. He also hates it when other people don't remember him dying.
  • Butt-Monkey: He used to be the show's resident Chew Toy / Butt-Monkey. In much earlier seasons, he dies at the end of nearly every episode. It's lampshaded in the Thanksgiving short with Jay Leno making a guest appearance. Not only was Kenny dying every episode, but he and his family were constantly mocked by the other characters because they were so poor. It was mostly Cartman who joked about it, but the others would always laugh along.
  • Camp Straight: Downplayed. Kenny has definitely shown attraction to girls and does regular boy activities, yet he willingly dresses up as a princess during the Black Friday Trilogy.
  • Catch Phrase: "Woo-hoo!", usually said when excited about something; it being sometimes sexual.
  • Character Development: He starts off as the most bland one of the four and merely a prop. Nowadays he has a fully fleshed out character and even has a superhero alter-ego.
  • Characterization Marches On: In early seasons, Kenny was nothing but a little pervert, a chew-toy of fate and a Yes-Man for many of Cartman's schemes. While bits of this is still present, since he's started dying less often he's become slightly more intelligible for regular viewers and with him disagreeing often to Cartman's more unpleasant schemes, it has since moved on to Butters. Once we learned that his superpower is real and not just a continuity reset, he's become slightly more virtuous, more assertive, and more respected by the boys themselves. He still doesn't like dying, though.
  • Character Tics: Pulling on the drawstrings of his hood when he's scared.
  • The Chew Toy: He has been injured, beheaded, burned, shot, run over, etc. hundreds of times.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: As Mysterion, he wears his underwear on his costume.
  • Cool Big Bro: This guy puts on his superhero alter-ego just to cheer his little sis up, and in "City Park of Town" used the money he's earned to buy Karen a new doll. Yeah, hard to get much cooler than that.
  • Cosmic Plaything: The universe really hates him. Taken to extremes in "The List": Wendy and Bebe are fighting over a gun, then it accidentally discharges. Everyone in the vicinity checks themselves, and none have been shot. Cut to Kenny in his house miles away, where the bullet suddenly comes through the window and strikes him in the head. It may be due to the universe not liking having the spawn of Cthulhu in it.
  • Creepy Child: As Mysterion. Also is this if you consider his usual obscured face and quietness a bit on the creepy side.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Underneath his hedonistic exterior, Kenny is hardcore as Mysterion.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: As Mysterion. He wears black and talks in a (bad) Nolan Batman-like gravelly voice, but is a legitimate superhero — unlike the Coon. Notably, the Mysterion persona downplays Kenny's hedonistic and perverted qualities and rather shows another side of Kenny's character... His character's true nature.
  • Demoted to Extra: After a few years of resurgence (especially with the Mysterion arc), he eventually ended up as background decoration by Season 20, in which he had one line; even Annie and Red, living props in their own right, have more lines than him. In fact, Kenny had more prominence in Season 6 (you know, the time when he stayed dead for a whole season) than he did in Season 20. He retains his spot in the opening credits over the much more prominent Butters and Randy, however. This trend was reversed again during Seasons 21 and 22, when he had as much screen time as the other three boys, multiple lines in many episodes, A Day in the Limelight episode in "The Scoots", and his first deaths since Season 16.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Pretty much literally. "Come on, Cthulhu! Kill me, you big pussy!"
  • Die Laughing: In "Scott Tenorman Must Die" and "Chickenpox".
  • Dirty Coward: Happens often. When he, along with the rest of his friends, does something wrong (or even think that they did), he usually tries to frame it on Butters. He can also be rather cowardly in life-threatening situations, even though he can't actually die.
  • Dirty Kid: While the other kids suffer from Ping-Pong Naïveté, Kenny is dirty through and through!
  • Doom Magnet: In addition to inadvertently dooming others along with his friends, he also attracts doom to himself, of course.
  • Double Standard: Violence, Child on Adult: Completely Played for Laughs, he chases his mother around the house with a plunger in "Cartman Joins the NAMBLA" to begin an abortion procedure on her.
  • Dreadful Musician: Like seemingly every child in the Unites States, Kenny has no talent with the recorder.
    • Averted with every other musical instrument he's been seen playing, which includes (among others) drums, bass, and zampoña. He's also a talented singer.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: In the Big Damn Movie, he drops his hood to his friends and says goodbye before setting the world back to the way it was and reviving all the dead.
  • Dysfunctional Family: While most South Park families have their fair share of problems, his is one of the more stand out examples. His parents; while they have their moments, are alcoholic, drug addicts. They also tend to beat each other a lot, are in poverty, and generally neglectful. This forces Kenny to be the 'adult' of his family sometimes, as he tries to make things more bearable for his siblings, especially his little sister. His older brother is implied to be a drunkard as well.
  • Expy: Becomes one for Batman in the Coon episodes (with a question mark theme a la the Riddler).
  • Enfante Terrible: Becomes this in "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" when he tries every method he can think of to stop his younger sibling from being born.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: As "anime" Princess Kenny, he can apparently make men fall in love with his cuteness just by being there, though it's debatable whether the Sony Princess Box turns him into an actual girl.
  • Extreme Omnivore: There's a few times where he'd ingest things he shouldn't. The episode "Fat Camp" had him do this for money.
  • The Faceless: Except for The Movie, "Good Times with Weapons", "The Losing Edge", "Meet the Jeffersons", and "Major Boobage". Also in "The Coon" and the "Coon and Friends" trilogy. His princess outfit in South Park: The Stick of Truth would apparently have been another example, but was scrapped for the current design that puts the costume over his parka (most likely because the linked design would have made him unrecognizable and, due to the art style, too much like an actual female).
    • Amusingly, the times he's appeared without his hood on the show (following The Reveal from the movie) have all happened without any attention being drawn to it, to the point that it takes many viewers a little while to realize that the messy-haired blond kid is actually Kenny.
  • Flanderization: Think about how poor he is or how he's ignored. His perverted nature has also been exaggerated, though granted this has arguably broadened his character as well.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "The Most Offensive Song Ever", good lord. In the opening credits for the first five seasons, Kenny's muffled dialogue is "I like girls with big fat titties, I like girls with deep vaginas". This remains intact in all reruns, because you can't really hear it.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He may be ready to pull out all the stops to get high or get laid, but he's an honestly Nice Guy who cares about his friends, and when it comes to other people, he will do the right thing including being willing to die for people, and has executed a Heroic Sacrifice on more than one occasion. But if he gets the chance to take revenge on some bastard who pissed him off or did the wrong thing (mostly Cartman), he will take it, and he will fuck up anyone who threatens his little sister.
  • Guttural Growler: His usual, unmuffled voice is the highest pitch-sounding of the boys. As Mysterion, he masks it with a deep, raspy voice to hide his identity and sound intimidating.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Subverted; see Good Is Not Soft above. As Princess Kenny he even parodies this trope by using a blonde wig for the outfit, with golden-haired princesses being the most significant examples.
  • The Hedonist: Kenny's far too interested in sex for his own good and will do anything to get high.
  • Hero Antagonist: In "Poor and Stupid". The episode focuses on Cartman trying to become a NASCAR driver and, in the process, starting to ruin the business's reputation. Kenny goes as far as to risk his own life to end this.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He has died this way a few times, including at the end of The Movie.
  • Honorary Princess: In "A Song of Ass and Fire", the Japanese make Kenny a princess.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The source of his immortality has something to do with the Cult of Cthulhu and R'lyeh.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Dark blue eyes, actually. In "Starvin' Marvin", a turkey clan attacks him and rips one of his eyes out, with a close-up revealing a dark blue iris.
  • In the Hood: A defining example. Not counting his time as Mysterion, he's dropped his hood on less than 10 occasions, and when asked by a nurse while he was dying this one time why he insisted on wearing it, he only shrugged. His hood has also been suggested to attract bad luck to him, and although he has died without it, you really have to wonder why he's insistent on keeping it on. Also, for those who are new to the show and may be wondering, he has blond Shonen Hair underneath it.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: His dialogue in early seasons is made up of muffled grunts, but the other characters respond as if they understand.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Zigzagged. Despite often being as cynical and profane as the other boys, his heroism has not gone unnoticed — by the audience at least. The characters are another story, which may well explains his "less-than-heroic" traits.
  • Killed Off for Real: Subverted. In the episode "Kenny Dies" he is hospitalized, and nearly the entire episode is taken seriously (at least as seriously as South Park can be taken). He dies at the end of the episode and remains dead throughout the entire next season, showing up only as a ghost or in flashbacks.
  • Kill the Cutie: The universe loves to break or kill him. And then bring him back again.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Don't mess with his little sister Karen, or you WILL face the consequences.
  • Kawaiiko: Again as anime Princess Kenny. Apparently he's so cute that his cuteness is his superpower.
  • Living Prop: One of the reasons for his eventual replacement. He came back, though.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He's obsessed with the female body, reads porn magazines, and is sexually knowledgeable despite his age. One episode even medically 'diagnosed' him as a "Sex Addict". He's also well received among the fandom on the "Lovable" part through his general selflessness, his sacrifices, his bond with his little sister, Karen, and his heroic alter-ego, Mysterion.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Played so straight that Kenny, when he's acting as Mysterion, may as well be the first "Lovecraftian superhero".
  • Mauve Shirt: Nowadays, he tends to only get killed off once a season or so.
  • Meaningful Name: Kenny means "born of fire". What do Kenny McCormick and the mythological phoenix have in common?
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Any attention his parents actually do give the kids is often split between his delinquent old brother and emotional younger sister, leaving Kenny the odd one out. Best shown in "The Poor Kid" when Kenny just watches TV bored as his dad fights with his brother as his mom is tries to comfort his crying sister.
  • Morality Pet: Kenny seems to be a student Mr. Garrison has a soft spot for, as he spoke a heartfelt eulogy for him in "Kenny Dies" and tried to feed him when he was off life-support in "Best Friends Forever".
  • Mundane Utility: If Kenny ever feels tired, he can just kill himself and wake up after a night of sleep.
  • Never Bareheaded: Until the movie, his head was never seen without being covered by his parka.
  • Nice Guy: Very much so. Kenny's usually the most light-hearted of the four boys and will go to almost any lengths to do the right thing, especially as Mysterion. Despite this, he can be just as cynical and rude as the other boys if he needs to.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Since he knows he will come back. However, it still really fucking hurts.
  • Only Sane Man: In his family. He is also this in "The Coon Trilogy".
  • Out of Focus: He gets the least amount of individual spotlight out of all of the four boys (and even some other regulars), especially after his Running Gag deaths were omitted. He tends to get A Day in the Limelight at least Once a Season to moderate it, and generally does a lot more from the "Coon and Friends" trilogy onwards. In recent seasons, however, his role has diminished again.
  • Promotion to Parent: Since his parents are neglectful, Kenny often finds himself having to be the "grown up" for his younger sister.
  • Put on a Bus: His death in "Kenny Dies" had a permanent effect for the remainder of Season 5 and Season 6. He was "revived" and resumed his role in "Red Sleigh Down" onwards.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't speak in several later episodes.
  • Running Gag: His deaths. Originally Once per Episode, but have been downplayed more and more post Season 7. Many later episodes also tend to make elaborate gags about his voice. Another more subtle gag is that due to his economic status; he'll usually have a "poorer" version of whatever the other kids have, barring a few exceptions where he actually gets something rather expensive.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Possessed Cartman's body after his ashes were consumed towards the end of the sixth season.
  • Shonen Hair: Under the hood.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: One of the most obscene kids. Just about a majority of his sentences include some form of swearing. It's barely audible due to his muffled voice, so this is a case of Getting Crap Past the Radar. Interestingly enough, due to the fact that the word's use of hard consonants means it's more intelligible than most in Kenny's muffled voice and that he says it so much long-time viewers are used to hearing it, "fuck" is one of his most intelligible words.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": At one point, his surname was spelled with a "K".
  • Staying Alive: No matter how many times he dies, he always comes back from his deaths.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Kenny is a master of this when he's dressed as Mysterion.
  • The Stoner: He doesn't have the "surfer accent", but Kenny has had an entire episode dedicated to him getting high on cat piss, and Cartman once mentioned that he enjoys getting high by paint-sniffing.
  • Super-Powered Alter Ego: His superhero identity as Mysterion definitely counts, as he's also shown to be Super-Strong Child at times, as mentioned below.
  • Super-Strong Child: He's been shown to be pretty strong on quite a few occasions, especially as Mysterion. According to him in "The Fractured But Whole", he apparently works out.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: It's mentioned in one episode that he's only friends with Cartman out of pity.
  • Take That, Audience!: You know how South Park fangirls often draw the characters in "kawaii" anime styles? Well, in the "Black Friday" trilogy, Kenny actually becomes a character of that type. And he's a super-prissy Magical Girl too.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Trope Namer. He dies in nearly every episode during the first five seasons. Thereafter, he's only killed sporadically.
  • The Unintelligible:
    • Usually Kenny's speech is muffled by his parka, allowing his dialogue to be far more profane than the other characters' at times. However, there have been a few occasions where he has taken off the hood and been able to speak intelligibly, such as the end of the movie, "The Jeffersons", and whenever he appears as Mysterion. Later episodes tend to get rather creative in using Kenny's voice unmuffled while still maintaining his ambiguity.
    • A couple of episodes have people who've known Kenny for a while, such as Kyle, translating Kenny's mumblings for people who've just met him. People who've known Kenny for a long time can often learn to understand what he's saying, even including longtime viewers.
    • Oddly enough, even though Kenny still wears his hood as "anime" Princess Kenny (complete with female wig), he can speak intelligible (but purposely mangled) Gratuitous Japanese. "PURINSESU KENNI ASSISUTO!" Additionally, when Kenny dressed up as Iron Man for Halloween, the mask simply added a metallic reverb to his voice rather than muffling it completely (the voice was provided by Matt Stone himself).
    • If you watch certain episodes on DVD however, turning on English subtitles can provide translations to most of his dialogue.
  • Token Immortal: Is revealed to be this in the "Coon and Friends" Trilogy, being a form of Resurrective Immortality where he never stays dead and nobody remembers him dying after his rebirth the next day.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As Mysterion, he went from one of fiction's most (in)famous Butt Monkeys to the show's equivalent of Batman. While his fight with Professor Chaos (Butters) was a slap fight, he may have been holding back to not hurt him, as he easily beat up a larger bully to protect his sister later on.
  • True Companions: With Butters in "Going Native".
  • Tuckerization: Kenny is named after a childhood friend of Trey Parker's, who was the poorest kid in the neighborhood, always wore an orange hoodie that muffled his speech, and would sometimes disappear for days at a time, leading the other kids to speculate that he'd died.
  • Underwear of Power: Parodied with Mysterion, as he wears a pair of plain white underwear over his superhero costume.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his friends and his sister.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In early seasons, Kenny's deaths were treated as a normal occurrence to the point that the other characters are aware or weren't phased by them at times. Certain episodes like "Cartman's Mom Is Still A Dirty Slut" and "Cartmanland" even make light of it. However, from Season 7 onward and as of the Mysterion arc, the only ones that can remember his deaths anymore are Kenny himself and his parents since they now cause a mind wipe whenever he resurrects.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Decides to be a princess in the Game of Thrones episode trilogy and the game "The Stick of Truth". Not so wholesome in the latter though, considering he betrays the group and ends up being the Final Boss.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Kenny (as Mysterion) explains how horrible it is to die over and over again in disturbing detail.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite his hedonism and general lack of self-preservation instincts, Kenny is one of the most level headed characters in South Park when it comes to serious situations and is usually the one that the characters can trust with their life decisions. He is also the only member of the boys to understand the responsibilities of being an adult even when he is just a 10 year old boy.
  • With Friends Like These...: While Cartman has always mocked Kenny for how poor he is, in earlier seasons, Kyle and Stan were just as guilty of this. All three were also very dismissive of his well-being at times. This changed in the later seasons.
  • Would Hit a Girl: If you mess with Karen McCormick, Kenny will invoke this one. He's also seen beating up two girls in "Faith Hilling" from a rival group.
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In a bleeped speech from the episode "201", Kyle, Jesus, and Santa Claus teach Tom Cruise about "the magical power of threatening people with violence."

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