"I swear! By the moon and the stars in the sky! I'll be there, Kyle!"
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has many jokes concerning Stan and Kyle's deep friendship. And even when it's not part of a joke, a lot of their deeper moments simply reek of Ho Yay
. "Style" is the most popular slash pairing in South Park fanfiction.
- In "Cherokee Hair Tampons", Stan was willing to give up his kidney to save Kyle. He also said he "didn't want Kyle to die until he did."
- "Guitar Queer-O" plays like a break-up/make-up love story between Stan and Kyle, complete with Stan declaring "I need you." to Kyle at the emotional climax.
- South Park: The Fractured but Whole:
- Stan and Kyle's respective superhero alter-egos Toolshed and Human Kite have a lot of Ho Yay moments, such as Human Kite wanting Toolshed to come back to re-join Coon and Friends when Toolshed and some other former members leave the team to form the Freedom Pals.
- "The China Probrem" features Stan and Kyle, sobbing in each other's arms after Indiana Jones' Canon Defilement, outright saying "I love you!" to each other while caught in the moment.
- In "Follow That Egg", Stan and Kyle are the reason gay marriage gets legalized in Colorado, with the interactions between Stan and Kyle basically functioning like "Guitar Queer-O" in some parts. "Nice hat," indeed. It's complete with lines like:
Mrs. Garrison: How 'bout our gay couple: Stan and Kyle?
- In the beginning of "The Return of Chef", Stan and Kyle hug and watch the sunset together.
- According to Word of God, Stan and/or Kyle were considered "most likely" to grow up to be bisexual or straight-up gay, particularly with the former, since he's the most sensitive of the four boys.
- Kyle has a picture of him and Stan smiling while holding each other that he must often keep with him.
- We see this in "Asspen": after Stan tells Kyle he's going to ski down a dangerous slope, Kyle is later seen staring at the picture with a worried expression on his face.
- In "The F Word", Stan and Kyle pose for a picture by holding hands when they get the definition of the word "fag" changed from an insult toward homosexuals to instead define annoying Harley riders.
- Also, earlier in that episode, when the adults think the kids meant "fag" as a slur against gay people, Mr. Mackey expresses his shock that Stan and Kyle in particular would show any intolerance toward gay people.
- In a Freeze-Frame Bonus in The Death Camp Of Tolerance, During the scene where Mr. Garrison is punishing Cartman by spanking Mr. Slave's ass with a paddle, everyone in the classroom looked on with disgusted faces... except Stan who was staring at Kyle while they were seeing this, possibly implying that he's having similar thoughts about Kyle.
- In "Smug Alert", Stan writes a song convincing people to buy hybrid cars to get Kyle to move back to South Park.
- Also, multiple people including Cartman, the Ranger, Keenan, Jimbo, and Randy call Stan's song gay in the episode.
- In Mexican Joker, Stan sends Cartman to a border camp because he's really upset Cartman sent Kyle there and basically did so as an act of revenge.
- Also mentioned in Band in China as Kyle being in the camp was one of the reasons for Stan's inner turmoil which led him to start a band with Kyle being referenced as a "close friend"
- In South Park: The Stick of Truth Stan repeatedly calls Kyle "My Lord". It's worth noting too that their respective roles as a Knight in Shining Armor & The High King are very common among romantic couples in fantasy settings.
- In "Quintuplets 2000", Stan, Kyle, and Cartman try to imitate circus performers by trying to do somersaults while dressed in only their underwear. Stan and Kyle tumble together and crash-land with Stan right on top of Kyle.
- "Ass Burgers" plays out like a love triangle between Stan, Kyle, and Cartman. Stan's alcoholism worsens when he thinks Kyle has picked Cartman over him. Drunk, Stan stumbles over to Kyle to tell him "I love you," several times.
- In "Clubhouses", Bebe hands Stan a note to pass to Kyle. Mr. Garrison makes Stan read it out loud. Stan ends up describing the many things he (in actuality, Bebe) wants to do to Kyle's ass.
Stan: (reads note) "Dear Kyle, you have got such a great ass. I could sleep for days on those perk cheeks, let me tell you. I'd like to live with you and wear your ass as a hat for all eternity." Whoa, dude!
Since they spend most of their shared screen time being at each other's throats and tend to treat each other as reluctant old friends
at best, Kyle and Cartman don't usually fall into this... on Kyle's side at least. On Cartman's side, however, he can be a little too obsessed with Kyle.
A lot of his antics involve humiliating Kyle sexually in some way. And while it sure ain't a healthy relationship, the interaction between these two rivals does get very intimate sometimes.
- "Imaginationland"'s subplot consists of Cartman trying to force Kyle into oral sex.
- Averted, in the DVD Commentary for that episode Trey Parker and Matt Stone make it clear that Cartman trying to get Kyle to lick his balls isn't sexually motivated and he just wants to humiliate Kyle. However, that doesn't stop the context from being written in large, bold letters.
- At the end of Part I of the trilogy, Cartman takes out a photo of a sweet, innocent-looking Kyle and lustfully traces his finger across Kyle's lips, while saying, "Make no mistake, Kyle. Before this is over, you WILL suck my balls."
- Though it's a The Only One Allowed to Defeat You thing (Kyle can't die until he sucks Cartman's balls), Cartman nonetheless looks distressed that Kyle might actually die, leading to him crying and screaming when trying to revive him, and laughing with joy when he succeeds. Even if its for the sake of his testicles, its a wholesome moment.
- In "Fun with Veal", Kyle comes very close to kissing Cartman's ass to save some baby cows. Of course, this is just so Cartman can fart on him.
- In "Cancelled", Cartman got another anal probe which leaves a satellite inside his rectum. When they went to the scientist for help, the scientist asked them to activate the satellite... which requires someone to put his/her hand into Cartman's rectum. Not too surprisingly, Cartman insisted that Kyle must be the one to do it. Sure, Cartman was just trying to humiliate Kyle (as he proceeded to fart in Kyle's face seven times). Regardless, Cartman seemed a little too enthusiastic about having Kyle's hand in his ass...
- In "ManBearPig", when Cartman brags to a sleeping Kyle about how he's going to sneak the treasure he found while the boys were caved in, he hovers so close to Kyle's face, it looks like their lips could touch at any moment.
- In "Le Petit Tourette", when Kyle ruined Cartman's chance to go on a national TV show (unaware that Cartman was in fact desperately trying to avoid doing so), Cartman hugged Kyle, saying I love you man! out of pure relief in being spared from public humiliation.
- In "It's a Jersey Thing", we get this.
Cartman: You saved my life, Kyle. Deep down inside you're a monster. (pinches Kyle's cheek teasingly) But you're my little monster.
- Not to mention that it's Cartman getting sexually assaulted by Snooki that triggers Kyle's Jersey transformation in the first place, despite other boys suffering the same fate before him. And after getting saved, Cartman even gives a tearful thank you to Kyle.
- Throughout "Smug Alert!", Cartman expresses nothing but joy that Kyle and his family no longer live in South Park, and he uses Butters as his "Jew Substitute", but quickly comes to realize that without Kyle to actually react (Butters simply takes the bullying and doesn't retaliate, making him boring), then his life is empty and hallow. This prompts a Status Quo Is God through Cartman saving Kyle and his family (including Sheila, the woman who he thinks of as a "big fat bitch", got a V-chip implanted in his brain, and would probably be the heaviest person to carry) from the smug storm and returning them to South Park.
- In "Tonsil Trouble" Kyle and Cartman are on the plane to visit Magic Johnson after Cartman infects Kyle with AIDS. Cartman tries to hold Kyle's hand on the plane, but lets go after Kyle's angry "Don't. Touch. Me."
- This scene notably gets paralleled a couple episodes later by Kyle's parents◊.
- In "Kenny Dies", Kyle sees Cartman crying and hugs him while the two cry together. At the end of the episode, when it turns out it was just a scheme, Kyle says "I actually hugged you... I held you in my arms and cried with you."
- In "Funnybot", the translation for part of what Cartman says to convince the Germans about Kyle (when attempting to get him captured or worse) is:
Cartman: A handsome soft Jew. He's fresh. And beautiful, beautiful.
- In "Crack Baby Athletic Association", Cartman and Kyle sit together naked in a hot tub full of KFC gravy. While eating French fries. (They could be wearing swim trunks, but the naked implication is justifiably plausible.)
- Kyle attempts to explain to Cartman his plan to build a crack-baby orphanage out of their profits. Cartman is so happy with the idea (because it will get the public on their side) that he pulls Kyle into a hug. Kyle finds it slightly worrying.
- Season 16 hasn't been dubbed by fans as "The Kyman Season" for nothing:
- "Jewpacabra" is yet another episode focusing on Cartman's usual antisemitic antics, with Kyle taking on the role of the exasperated straight man once again. What's different about this episode, however, is that despite having the perfect opportunity to watch Cartman get his just desserts, Kyle decides to save him. And get him a blanket. And tuck him into bed.
- In "Cartman Finds Love," Cartman tries to get the new girl Nichole to date Token since they're both black, but Nichole has a crush on Kyle. How does Cartman deal with this? He tells Nichole that Kyle is his boyfriend. To hammer this in, he crashes Nichole and Kyle's date at a basketball game to serenade Kyle with "I Swear," with a heart surrounding them on the Jumbotron. Even though his motivation is just to get Kyle out of Nichole's way, the fact this is the first idea Cartman has to fulfill that goal, and the sheer dedication he has to the plan, makes it look like Cartman's also jealous of Nichole.
- "Obama Wins!" continues the trend with Cartman (regarding Kyle) saying "Run now, Little Firefly", reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter talking to Clarice Starling (whom Hannibal became obsessed with and stalked, watching her sleep and touching her hair).
- "Ass Burgers" plays out like a love triangle between Stan, Kyle, and Cartman. San gets angry at Kyle for picking Cartman over him. Kyle even says to Stan at one point, "I'm with Cartman Burger now", referring to their business. Of course, this all ends with Status Quo Is God and the two become rivals again.
- South Park: The Stick of Truth:
- One of Kyle's battle quotes is "By the moon and the stars in the sky, I swear we will destroy you!" which is awfully similar to the lyrics of "I Swear", the song Cartman sang to him in "Cartman Finds Love".
- One of Cartman's defeat quotes if you choose to fight him has him saying "Tell Kyle to suck my balls."
- One of his battle quotes is "I wish there was a spell to make Kyle suck my balls."
- Season 20, so far, has had Kyle's subplot coming off as him being Cartman's jilted lover.
- Much of Kyle's dialogue in regards to Cartman in the second episode directly mirrors Wendy's dialogue in regards to Stan and he mourns Cartman's "disappearance" and crying over it in the montage where the boys are being dumped.
- He joins Butters' Weiners Out cause only after he finds out Cartman is dating Heidi and the two speak directly about how "Kyle doesn't like Heidi" (Cartman's words), though it could be because he was annoyed with their relationship as everyone else is, and initially shocked at someone like Cartman being in a relationship.
- South Park: The Fractured but Whole:
- In "A Boy and a Priest", Kyle is immediately goaded into telling Butters to make Father Maxi leave Clyde's birthday party simply by Cartman growling a stern "Kyyyyyle" when Cartman backs up Clyde. Many fans joke about how "whipped" Kyle must be.
- There's the time he walked in on an "indecent" Butters in the bath during "The China Probrem". Even holding his hand... while he was still inside the tub.
- Near the beginning of "Tonsil Trouble", Butters kisses Eric in front of a room of people to show him that he's not afraid to touch him.
- When Cartman crashes and ends up in the hospital in "Poor and Stupid", Butters stays by his bedside well into the night (you have to wonder whether he told his parents where he was). When Cartman says he may as well kill himself because he can't be a NASCAR driver, Butters gets upset and sternly tells him never to say something like that again.
- Of all the townspeople, Cartman is the firstand most eagerto try Butters' "creamy goo" in "Sarcastaball". As in, his semen that occurs during his nocturnal emissions.
- In "Proper Condom Use", Butters is putting on a condom, and Cartman watches him.
- More or less, the entirety of "AWESOM-O". Special mention goes to Butters having AWESOME-O (Cartman) put in his rectal suppository for him.
- In "Casa Bonita": "Eric, you're the best friend in the whole world. I-I love you..."
- Butters and Cartman wrestling at the beginning of "W.T.F". This trope is lampshaded.
- At the end of "Lil' Crime Stoppers", Butters extracts his first semen sample by thinking about Stan's mother's breasts. In "Pre-School", the boys were unwilling to get an actual picture of her breasts, so they took a picture of Cartman's ass with nipples drawn on it instead. So if Butters had never seen her actual breasts, then that means Butters decided to improvise for the sample.
- However, this could be Jossed, as Parker and Stone stated in the commentary that they felt that he lied about providing a sample due to his age.
- In "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000", we have this gem: "All that time, we didn't understand what a unique and magical ass it was." note
- Cartman hugs Butters after Butters gets his first kiss.
- In South Park: The Stick of Truth, Butters refers to Cartman as "my king".
- In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, before Butters even had a name, we get this absolute gem:
Yes, I saw the Terrance and Philip
movie. Who wants to touch me? [Beat
] I said, who wants to fuckin' touch me?! Butters:
*pokes at Cartman, clearly interested* Ooooooh.
- Cartman clearly smiles when Butters does that.
- In season 18's "#REHASH" (S 18 E 09), Cartman (in his "CartmanBra" persona) calls Butters his bitch because the latter finds everything the former says funny. Butters just laughs at that.
- In "Stunning and Brave", Cartman attempts to have PC Principal framed and fired from the school, so he comes up with a plan that involves Butters' underwear. That is suspicious, but when Cartman confronts PC Principal, he takes out Butters' underwear to explain his plan to frame PC for pedophilia... and sniffs the underwear to determine that the underwear belongs to Butters. His immediate comment ("Why, this is Butters' underwear") makes it official that he has upgraded his status to "underwear sniffer", and that is highly disturbing.. Butters, himself, didn't seem that disturbed in having to give Eric his own underwear.
- When Cartman is waking up from a nightmare, he immediately starts calling Butters' name. Butters, having stayed behind to watch Cartman while everybody else left, grabs Cartman's hand and asks if he is all right.
Kenny and Butters have had several moments themselves throughout the show, as they are shown to be very close. Considering the two were a very popular pairing in the show's slash fandom long before they had any significant interaction
, it's plausible this could be Ascended Fanon
- Butters shows affection for Kenny in "Major Boobage" by holding him, and is the only one to show sympathy for him when Kenny is high off cat urine, acting more like he's on heroin.
- Butters states that Kenny is, as of "Going Native", the only person at school Butters likes.
- That episode in general is full of Ho Yay moments between them, including multiple scenes where they're holding hands.
- Kenny is both physically and emotionally sweet and comforting to Butters in "Lil' Crime Stoppers" while playing "Good Cop".
- Kenny and Butters hug each other while everyone else just high fives when Stan and Kyle reach 100,000 points in "Guitar Queer-O".
- Butters was really upset when he found out Kenny had a girlfriend in "The Ring", and even called Kenny's then-girlfriend a "total slut". Ouch.
- In South Park: The Stick of Truth (which is considered canon to the show), Butters even admitted to having a crush on Princess Kenny. Even though Kenny was roleplaying as a chick, it wasn't as if Butters didn't know it was just Kenny wearing a dress.
- Jimbo and Ned both live in a single house for no important reason and are unrelated. They also have hospital visitation right to see each other if one of them gets hospitalized. Both of them are at the very least Ambiguously Bi.
- In "Jakovasaurus", Ned is seen walking around wearing nothing but zebra-striped underpants and a short red bathrobe in front of Jimbo and Jimbo seems perfectly fine with this.
- In "A Ladder to Heaven", when Randy says that the boys are building a ladder to Heaven to see Kenny (at that point Killed Off for Realnote ), everyone starts crying at how sweet that is and couples start comforting each other by wrapping their arms around their partners' backs; during the process, Ned does so as Jimbo starts breaking into tears.
- There are significant moments for Cartman and Clyde.
- In the beginning of "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset", Bebe is shown holding Wendy's hand as she takes her to see Paris Hilton in person.
- In "Something You Can Do With Your Finger", Wendy chooses Annienote to fall for her in the boys' Fingerbang band and as a result Annie is shown touching/rubbing on Wendy during their performance, clearly interested.
- In Season 19's "Truth and Advertising", Cartman states that one time Clyde was joking around and asks Token to give him a blowjob.
Cartman: Yeah, yeah, so, so, Clyde says to Token: "Why don't you open a bank account with your mouth so I can deposit my dick in it?" [The boys laugh]
- "Tweek vs. Craig" has Craig ask "How could I resist an ass so great?" after sumo-wrestling with Cartman, and the trainer tells him to resist.
- Stan and Kenny have their share, too. In "Kenny Dies", Stan is the most upset about Kenny's illness, and later Kyle tells Stan that Kenny's last words were "Where's Stan?"
- "Le Petit Tourette" had Craig showing some admiration and affection towards Thomas, who has Tourette's Syndrome, which caused him to insult Dateline's Chris Hansen to his face.
- Craig even puts his hand on Thomas' shoulder during that last line.
- In "It Hits the Fan", Kyle mentions that the first male-on-male kiss on television was on none other than The Terrance and Phillip Show. Apparently, the two men kissing on that show were Terrance and Phillip themselves for reasons unknown.
- In "T.M.I.", Cartman very meticulously measures the penis sizes of the entire male student body. You know, so he can "make sure they're accurate". He even compliments Butters on his size. Yeah...
- Butters is more than happy to share his "creamy goo" with all the "Sarcastaball" players in Colorado.
- In South Park: The Stick of Truth, when the New Kid meets Karen at Kenny's house, he instantly becomes Facebook friends with her while she states that her "sister", Princess Kenny, thinks that the New Kid is cute.
- "A Million Little Fibers" has Gary and Minge. Oprah's asshole and vagina. Minge is fiercely protective of Gary, Gary calls him "Mingie", they try to run away to Paris together and end up Together in Death. It should not be as endearing as it is.
- This exchange of words between Mrs. Tweak (Tweek's mother) and Mrs. Testaburger (Wendy's mother) in "The Pandemic Special".
- The boys' friendship fallout in "The Vaccination Special" treats Cartman, Stan, and Kyle as if they're in a committed relationship undergoing divorce or separation, with Kenny playing the role of the child who they're trying to keep out of the drama. For example, there's a scene where they argue over who gets to take care of Kenny during each day of the week, and a scene near the end when the reporters refer to the boys' fallout as a breakup and insist people respect their privacy.
- During the big celebration at the end of "The Vaccination Special," Kanye West (who still identifies as a gay fish) hugs Stuart closely and lifts him a bit into the air.
- Stan, Kyle, and Cartman's plotline in "Professor Chaos" has them select a replacement friend for Kenny...in the style of The Bachelor. This means taking their male friends to the amusement park, making the contestants put on a swimsuit competition, and handing out roses to the boys who make it to the next round. At one point, Jimmy brings them a gift basket with candy and games inside.