10. Mr Garison
Mr. Garrison’s sexuality is complex. During the entirety of the show he has had heterosexual and same-sex relationships, both as a male and female. However, across the series he displays a myriad somewhat conflicting and ambiguous sexual indentities, which he clings to exclusively for long periods of time. This may have some relation to the multiple personality disorder which Mr. Garrison manifested in earlier seasons through Mr. Hat and Mr. Twig.
James “Jimmy” Vulmer (formerly Jimmy Swanson), like Timmy, is physically handicapped by muscular dystrophy, but he wears braces and uses crutches to walk. He is able to speak to people, albeit with a severe stutter and a Brooklyn-sounding accent, although he sometimes inappropriately ends his sentences with “very much”, and says, “Wow, what a great audience.” after telling a joke. He likes to perform stand-up comedy, with every joke including, “Have you seen this, have you heard about this?”, in the fashion of Jay Leno. Voiced by Trey Parker, Jimmy’s character is inspired by Tiny Tim Cratchit from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. He is generally a popular and gifted student at school, and he is moral and knows how to be a friend. However, he is foul-mouthed and very competitive, even to the point of taking steroids to win the Special Olympics. Jimmy is also one of the few students at South Park who have lost their virginity. In the episode “Erection Day”, he was suffering from constant erections. When Butters told him that having sex would make him stop, he went to the rough part of town and had sex with a hooker (but his erection problem didn’t stop, as he had one when he went on stage at the school talent show that night). Also, in “My Future Self n’ Me”, Jimmy notes that he took ecstasy once and him and his girlfriend stayed up all night having sex.
Timmy (his full name is probably Timothy), voiced by Trey Parker, is a child with orange hair who uses a wheelchair, but he can actually stand and walk somewhat without his wheelchair. His surname has never been revealed, and in the South Park intro in season four, only the name “Timmy” is shown, followed by an exclamation mark. He usually only says his own name and what sounds like the slurred phrase “livin’ a lie”. In some episodes, he says some other basic words such as names like “Gobbles”, the name of his pet turkey; the word “shit”, as seen in “It Hits the Fan”; “Go” in “The Tooth Fairy Tats 2000″; “and the Lords of the Underworld” in “Timmy 2000″; and “Jimmy”, as seen in “Up the Down Steroid” and “Cripple Fight”. In the episode “4th Grade”, right before he thinks that his wheelchair is going to blow up, he actually says, “Please, help me!”. Timmy was originally described as being mentally retarded, but over time his character has become described less as such and more often as “disabled”. In various episodes (such as “Up the Down Steroid”) he appears to be quite cognizant, intelligent, and principled.
7. Leopold “Butters” Stotch
Leopold “Butters” Stotch (voiced by Matt Stone) is a fictional character in the animated television series South Park; his nickname is a play on the word butterscotch. Butters has a large tuft of blond hair on top of his head, and wears an aquamarine jacket with dark green pants. His birthday is on September 11, as revealed in the episode “AWESOM-O.” Having a birthday that’s the same day as a national tragedy is just one of Butters’ many misfortunes. Butters speaks with a distinctive Southern accent with a wholesome manner. The character is loosely based on South Park director of animation Eric Stough, whom Stone and Trey Parker regarded as a “goody-goody” because of his reluctance to offend.
6. Kyle Broflovski
Kyle Broflovski is a fictional character in the Emmy-award-winning animated series South Park. Voiced by series co-creator Matt Stone, Kyle is one of the show’s four central characters, together with Stan Marsh, Kenny McCormick, and Eric Cartman. Stone has asserted that the character is loosely based on himself and his experiences growing up in suburban Colorado.
5. Jerome “Chef” McElroy
Jerome “Chef” McElroy was a recurring character on the Comedy Central series South Park. He was voiced by Isaac Hayes. The character was killed off in the beginning of the tenth season, following controversy with Hayes, who left the show after the Scientology episode. University legend has it that his character was loosely based on the chef at Sewell Hall at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
4. Stan Marsh
Stanley “Stan” Marsh is a fictional character in the animated television series South Park. Voiced and based on series co-creator Trey Parker, Stan often trades places with Kyle as the protagonist of the show. Stan is arguably the most “normal” of the kids, and is generally honest, very mature for his age, and well-meaning. He is slightly more assertive than his best friend Kyle. He is often distinctly unimpressed by adults or adult influences, and although not particularly troublesome, holds very little respect for them. Stan also has asthma, as shown in “Sexual Harassment Panda” when Cartman wants to take his inhaler, although this condition has not affected Stan since.
On the episode commentary, Trey and Matt explain that the origin for Towelie began on a boat trip they took with several writers and friends, where people were constantly telling each other “don’t forget to bring a towel” and the phrase eventually morphed into “Towelie says to bring a towel.”.
Matt and Trey have asserted (in the VH1 special and elsewhere) that they were becoming increasingly aware as to how heavily merchandised and exploited their creations were becoming. Towelie was their way of poking fun at themselves. They designed Towelie as a shallow, two-dimensional (both literally and figuratively) character who has no real purpose except to “spout catch phrases and merchandise the hell out of”. This is why they threw in the fake commercial during the show, and also why Cartman calls him the “worst character ever”.
2. Kenny McCormack
Kenny comes from a poor, violent, and alcoholized family.His friends, especially Eric Cartman, often tease him for his poverty.
Kenny likes toilet humour and pornography, and is more sexually knowledgeable than the rest of the boys. In the episode “Rainforest Schmainforest” (1999), Kenny has a girlfriend named Kelly.
In a running gag for the five first seasons of the show, Kenny died in almost every episode. This was often followed by the catchphrase “Oh my God, they killed Kenny!” “You bastards!”, usually said by Stan and Kyle, or some variation of it. He “permanently” died in the episode “Kenny Dies” (2001), and was taken off the show, with the creators confirming that they had killed the character for good. Despite of this, Kenny returned to the show less than one year later, first as a spirit possessing Cartman in “A Ladder to Heaven”, then as his old self in “Red Sleigh Down”. Kenny still dies in some episodes, most recently in “The List” (2007), but far less regularly than he did before “Kenny Dies”.
1. Eric Theodore Cartman
Eric Theodore Cartman, commonly referred to by his family name, Cartman, is a fictional character and one of four main leads in the animated series South Park. Cartman is voiced by Trey Parker.
Cartman is notably and darkly eccentric, to the point of being evil, and often reacting in violent and over-dramatic ways to events. He dislikes and openly expresses his hatred of any race or group of which he is not a member, particularly of hippies and Jews, which is the cause of his intense rivalry with Kyle Broflovski. He often manipulates others to meet his own ends (at which he is very skilled) regardless of the consequences, even if it can result in death and destruction.