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Most of Cartman's lines are ad-libbed by Trey Parker, who has stated that Cartman is his favorite character on the show.
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Cartman's mom is named Liane after Trey Parker's former fiancée. He caught her with another man, and so he named the promiscuous character after her.
To date South Park still holds the Guiness World Record for "Most Swearing in animated series."
Matt Stone records Kenny's dialogue by talking into his sleeve or hand.
Kyle's hair is meant to resemble Matt Stone's haircut during the early years of South Park.
During the opening credits for the first two seasons, Kenny said something extremely crude. Trey Parker and Matt Stone were able to get away with this because his voice was muffled and very few people could make out what he was saying.
The characters of Terrance and Phillip were created because Trey Parker and Matt Stone kept getting complaints about the show being "nothing but bad animation and fart jokes".
When the school counselor tells Mr. Garrison that Mr. Hat is an impersonation of his gay side, Mr. Hat is replaced by the "hand puppet" Mr. Twig, which has a pink triangular patch on its shirt. The same patch was used in Nazi concentration camps to label homosexuals.
The character of Mr. Hankey was inspired by something from Trey Parker's childhood. When Trey was a kid, he had the habit of not flushing the toilet. Because of this, Trey's dad told him that if he didn't flush the toilet "Mr. Hankey" would come out and eat him.
Stan's family (parents Randy and Sharon, sister Shelley) are named after Trey Parker's family. Kyle's parents, Gerald and Sheila, are named after Matt Stone's parents.
During the theme song in the first season and the second season Kenny says "I like girls with big, fat titties, I like girls with deep vaginas."
In the late 1990s, a mother in Canada filed a complaint against this series with the CRTC (Canada's equivalent of the FCC). She stated that her young son, named Kenny, was being traumatized by the death of the character Kenny in each episode, this trauma being made worse by classmates teasing him about it. She requested the CRTC pressure Parker and Stone to change Kenny's name to something else. Her request was thrown out.
In the original unaired version of the pilot, Trey Parker is credited as "Tupac Schwartz" and Matt Stone is credited as "M.C. Goldstein".
The pilot episode was made using paper cutouts of the characters. Every episode thereafter was animated with a computer.
While Matt Stone and Trey Parker have confirmed on the commentary that it is only a few random episodes that aliens make appearances the myth persists that in every episode there is a hidden image of an alien that is on screen for only one shot.
The character of Chef is based on an actual dining hall worker at the University of Colorado, the college Trey Parker and Matt Stone attended.
Because the show is made on computers, each episode only takes 6 days to make.
Eliza Schneider took over the voice acting for most of the female roles after the suicide of Mary Kay Bergman.
Butter's birthday is September 11th. (9/11)
The character Towelie was created to mock the real-life trend where every new South Park character introduced was a new marketing blitz. Towelie represented the absolute dumbest thing possible to create: a talking towel.
Butters' supervillain alter-ego, Professor Chaos, is based on Marvel Comics villain Doctor Doom.
Butters was originally named Poof Poof.
Kenny's uncovered face has, to date, been shown five times: "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" (episode 110, airdate: 7 December 1997) where Kenny is seen singing on the stage at the beginning of the episode; In "Super Best Friends" (episode 504, airdate: 4 July 2001), Stan comes upon a drowned corpse, which he first mistakes for Kyle before saying "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!"; "The Jeffersons" (episode 807 - airdate: 21 April 2004) features an un-jacketed Kenny (wearing an eye-covering masquerade ball masque) posing as Michael Jackson's toddler, Blanket, and - for the first time on the actual series - speaking; "The Losing Edge" (episode 905 - airdate: 6 April 2005) shows Kenny in baseball uniform several times (he's the one with the dark, dirty blonde hair sitting on the right-hand side in Whistlin' Willy's Pizza Gultch); "Lice Capades" (episode 1103, airdate: 21 March 2007) Kenny's face is half shown when he is being sock bathed for a few seconds. He is also shown in the shower with Stan, Kyle and Cartman in the episode Lil Crime Stoppers (episode 706, airdate April 23, 2003)
The creators commented that when the show was first popular, the catch phrase from people on the street had been, "Omigod! They killed Kenny! You bastards!" With the introduction of a wheelchair-bound boy with cerebral palsy, the catch phrase became "TIMMAY!"
As of 2007, Trey Parker is mainly credited for directing and writing episodes while Matt Stone focuses on voice acting and production coordination.
Kenny was going to be killed off permanently in season 5, but Parker and Stone decided not to kill him off since they realized that he was a huge part of the show.
The character of Butters was based on Eric Stough, the show's animation director.
Traditionally, an animated series takes 8 to 12 months to be completed, making it almost impossible to address current events. In the case of "South Park", computer animating the show has afforded the creators lee-way to put certain episodes together quickly (such as -"Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut" - 22 April 1998), sometimes resulting in identifiable changes between the episode and its promo. Most notable have been what are known as the "11th hour episodes", episodes put together mere days - and sometimes hours - before airtime. These include, but are not limited to:
  • "Quintuplets 2000" a.k.a "Janet Reno in a Bunny Suit" (airdate: 26 April 2000): This episode mirrored the U.S. government's removal of Elian Gonzalez from the home of his Miami relatives, an event which occurred three days prior to air.
  • "Trapper Keeper" (airdate: 15 November 2000), which parodied the scandal of the 2000 presidential election, which happened a week earlier.
  • "It Hits the Fan" (airdate: 20 April 2001): Numerous story changes kept the episode in production all the way up to the airing. Upon its original airing, the show was notably lacking in numerous completed sound effects. Most obvious was the lack of sound during Kenny's death.
  • "Osama bin Laden has Farty Pants" (airdate: 7 November 2001): Airing weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the USA, this episode became one of the first fictional series to address the matter.
  • "It's Christmas in Canada" (airdate: 17 December 2003), which acknowledged the capture of Saddam Hussein a mere four days after it took place.
  • "Best Friends Forever" (airdate: 30 March 2005), which parodied the media coverage of the Terry Schiavo case.
"Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow" (airdate: 19 October 2005). This episode was inspired by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, noting that people blamed the government what happened and how long it took for aid to arrive. It was also stated in the season's commentary that it was a parody of the movie "The Day After Tomorrow (2004)".
The scripts for the episodes contain what Kenny is actually saying in every instance. It is difficult, but many times it is possible to decipher what he is saying.
Eric Cartman's middle name is Theodore.
Jason Priestley, John Cusack, and David Caruso all offered their services as guest voices but were denied the opportunity.
Chewbacca is a running theme in the series. Every Halloween episode, at least one child dresses as Chewbacca, and usually wins the costume contest. Also, "the Chewbacca defense" is always used by Jonnie Cochran.
The first ever weekly show to get a TV-MA rating.
The character of Mr. Hat is based on a children's story book character called High Hat, which is a puppet that teaches children the letters of the alphabet.
The famous Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics episode (S3E05) features live-action footage after every commercial break of Trey Parker as a newsreader saying, "Frizzies at 11." This references a widely-circulated bootleg video of the infamous The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) which included "pause button delay" sound bites of a real newscaster saying just that.
Mr. Garrison's first name is Herbert. Ms. Garrison's first name is Janet.
The episode South Park: Fatbeard (2009) was supposed to air a few weeks before it actually did. However, it was delayed due to the Maersk Alabama Highjacking, in which Somali pirates boarded an American cargo ship of the same name and took the captain hostage on a lifeboat for five days. Stone and Parker delayed the episode because they didn't want to air an episode that appeared to mock the situation.
One of Cartman's less common catchphrases is "Ha ha, charade you are," in a British accent. This is a reference to the Pink Floyd song "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" from the "Animals" album.
Kyle and Ike's names are most likely derived from "kike", which is a vulgar slang term for Jewish people.
As a gag during the theme song in Season 2, they said that Jay Leno was the voice of "Kitty".
The show is animated using Maya, the same program used to animate Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) and Final Flight of the Osiris (2003).
The character of "Dr. Alphonse Mephesto" spoofs Marlon Brando's character in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).
When the Production company logo appears at the end, the music that accompanies it is from the song "Shpadoinkle" from Trey Parker's student film Cannibal! The Musical (1993) (aka Cannibal! The Musical).
Norman Lear worked as a consultant for Trey Parker and 'Matt Stone (I)' on this show when he was 80 years old. He assisted on South Park: Cancelled (2003), where he came up with the idea of the giant talking taco. He also worked on the South Park: I'm a Little Bit Country (2003) episode.
Kenny is based on a person who Trey Parker was friends with in elementary school. The real life kenny wore a big orange jacket that covered his face and would make it difficult for people to understand what he was saying. He would also skip class often which started rumours of him being dead.
The music usually played over the closing credits is just the original opening theme song by Primus, only instrumental and slowed down.
Les Claypool, the theme song singer, also composed the theme song for Robot Chicken (2001).
This is a compilation of all the ways Kenny is killed, sorted from 1997 to 2010. For more details, please visit each individual episodes' FAQ page. Season 1 1: Alien ship laser, heard of cows, police car, rats take his corpse. 2: Shot by Mr. Garrison, impaled through head on flag pole. 3: Lava, shot by Ned, rats take his corpse. 4: Arms and head pulled off at football game, rats take his corpse. 5: Stan's evil clone knocks him into the microwave. 6: Kenny kill Death in his dream. Later Death kills Kenny, rats take his corpse. 7: Dies multiple times, Mir Space Station lands on him, turned into a zombie, gets chain sawed in half, angel statue land on him, airplane crashes on him. 8: Wild turkey plucks out his eye. 9: For Christmas Kenny doesn't die. 10: Turned into duckbilled platypus, shot by Jimbo, rats take his corpse. 11: Scimitar through head. 12: Hanged on tetherball rope. 13: Dragged by a go cart, hit by train. Season 2 1: April Fools joke episode which does not include the main characters. 2: Electrocuted by the hospital's emergency generator, rats freeze to him. 3: A Christmas tree falls on him. 4: Falls into grave, headstone falls on him. 5: Gets hit with dodge ball. 6: Pulled him apart on "Jesus and Pals," rats take his corpse. 7: Dies twice, monster eats him, in a flashback The Fonz hits him with his bike. 8: Dies twice, blown up by M-80, crushed by giant snake firework. 9: Run over by a crowd. 10: Chicken pox. 11: Head explodes, rats take his corpse. 12: Trampled in mosh pit, rats take his corpse. 13: Thrown off a bull. 14: Ozzy Osbourne bites his head off. 15: Evil goldfish eats him. 16: Police shoot him. 17: Mining cart falls on him. 18: Pulled under an escalator. Season 3 1: Struck by lightening, comes back to life when girlfriend performs CPR. 2: Spontaneous combustion. 3: Killed by succubus. 4: Killed by bear while dressed as deer. 5: Circular saw, box of rusty nails. SP: B, L and U: Lights his fart and catches on fire, heart replaced with baked potato. 6: Gets pulled into a giant fan while holding a magnet. 7: Not in this episode. 8: Not in this episode. 9: Cracks his head open on conch shell. 10: Snow-speeders from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) shoot him while he is wearing an ED-209 costume from RoboCop (1987). 11: video game induced seizure, rats explode out of his body. 12: phonics monkey. 13: Laminated. 14: Shot by National Guard flare gun. 15: A chandelier falls on him. 16: Tampon in butt. 17: The Brown Noise. 4 1: Thrown in river with cement shoes. 2: Sledding accident. 3: Frying pan to the head. 4: Shot by Romanian Police. 5: In dream, killed by new born brother. Run over by Ambulance. 6: Piano falls on him. 7: Eats antacids tablets and explodes. 8: Crushed under elevator. 9: Run over by a tour bus. 10: Still dead from previous episode. 11: Dragged to death. 12: Attacked by the Trapper Keeper. 13: Stage light falls on him. 14: not in this episode. 15: Arrested for prostitution. Kenny look-a-like dies in bus driver's uterus. 16: Sacrificed at Carousel. 17: Run over by car. Season 5 1: Pukes to death. 2: Taken by Eagle. 3: Participates in mass suicide. 4: Dies laughing. 5: Arms and Legs chopped off throughout the episode. 6: Faulty roller coaster. 7: Boomerang in the face. 8: Falls into vat of molten lead. 9: Shot by military plane. 10: Run over by motorcycle. 11: Shot by airport security. 12: Already dead. 13: Terminal illness kills Kenny for real. Season 6 12: Cartman drinks Kenny's ashes. 15: Kenny's spirit is exorcised out of Cartman and into a pot roast. Pot roast get eaten by Rob Schneider. Rob/Kenny is impaled through head on flag pole. 16: Shows up mysteriously at the end of the episode with no explanation. Season 7 15: Laser blows him up. Season 8 6: Michael Jackson throws him into the ceiling. Season 9 3: Shot to death. 4: Run over by a truck, and then, after being resurrected to a vegetable-like state, dies in a hospital. Season 11 14: Gunshot in the back of the head. Season 13 1: Dies from syphilis. 10: Explodes with a fireworks rocket. 14: Drowns in pee. Season 14 Episode 1: Kenny is strangled with a belt around his neck while wearing a Batman costume.
When Kenny takes his parka off, it is shown that he has blond hair. His hair is shown least of the four main characters. Although his face is not entirely shown, it is mostly revealed in South Park: The Jeffersons (2004).
Stan's dog Sparky despite not having any dialogue is played by Oscar winner George Clooney.
Stan's birthday is October 19.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone were so confident that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 US Presidential Election that they had a script all written to reflect the news. The episode had to be quickly rewritten when she didn't win.
Kyle's hat is based on Matt Stone's character of Humphreys in Cannibal! The Musical (1993).
Timmy replaced Kenny in the theme song for half of season 6.
Tweek has appeared numerous times, and was the replacement Kenny in the second half of Season 6.
Butters' full name: Leopold "Butters" Stotch.
Kenny says something different every time they change the theme song.
Cartman's hair appears most often out of the four main characters. Second is Stan, then Kyle, then Kenny (Kenny's hair appeared once in the episode Little Detectives in the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999))
When the show was renewed in 2013 for three more years, Trey Parker and Matt Stone made a deal with the network to produce 10-episode seasons which would air on consecutive weeks, instead of the 14/16 episode split season, aired in two blocks, that Comedy Central had them doing for years prior.
The character of Josh in the South Park: Toilet Paper (2003) is based on the character of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
By some critics, the show is considered sexist, when in reality, the show stands up for women's rights. An example is at the end of South Park: Eat, Pray, Queef (2009).
Stan's relationship with Wendy slowly devolves throughout the series. In Season 1 he vomits whenever she speaks to him, and in later seasons they date, and eventually only engage in small talk.
Cartman has been arrested 6 times, despite having done countless other crimes these include.

Murder, Rape, Arson, Prostitution, Enforced Cannibalism, Attempted Genocide, Manslaughter, Animal Abuse, Hate crimes, Grave Robbery, War crimes, Child abuse, Vandalism, Theft, Piracy, Embezzlement, Shoplifting, Terrorism, Drug possession, Smuggling, Armed Robbery, and many many more.
Kenny being killed off in each episode and coming back in the following episode, as if never happened, only to die again was influenced by the MTV cartoon Æon Flux (1991). At the end of each episode, Aeon Flux is killed, but is alive at the beginning of the next episode, only to die again.
Mr. Garrison is from Arkansas.
Running gag: Usually whenever Cartman wears a costume everybody thinks he's Bruce Vilanch.
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The first season contained 439 swears, including 86 uses of ass
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Trey Parker claimed in an interview on The Project 2 that his favourite celebrity reaction from his and Matt Stone's antics in their careers was from Jennifer Lopez, who walked by him at a party and just pushed him. He assumed it was because he wore her dress to an academy awards show years ago. They have also made fun of her in season seven, episode five of South Park if no other time, as Cartman had a hand puppet of her.
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During the later seasons, Matt Stone started using Audio-tune when voicing Kyle to make him sound more like a little Kid.
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In the first episode, everyone was made on scraps of paper. But still today, if you look closely at Chef's hand, you will see that it looks like a piece of paper cut to look like a hand.
The only Character to be written out of the show and not to die is Officer Barbrady.
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The episode 200 and 201 was banned in Sir Lanka for showing Buddha sniffing Cocaine.
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The original ending of the episode Fish-sticks has Kanye West - after having sex with the fish - lying face down on the surface of the ocean similar to Tom Cruises death in 201.
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The first season includes about 440 swear words.
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Trey Parker and Matt Stone have given every noteworthy minor character at least one episode. Bebe: Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society. Clyde: Licecapades. Token: Raising The Bar. Wendy: Breast Cancer Show Ever. Tweek: Gnomes. Craig: Pandemic 1 & 2. Pip: Great Expectations.
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The first twelve seasons were produced in 4:3 standard definition, with the show switching to 16:9 high definition in the thirteenth season. South Park Studios later remastered the first twelve seasons in high definition and reanimated every scene to fill a 16:9 aspect ratio. As the pilot, South Park: Cartman Gets an Anal Probe (1997), was produced on film using cutout animation it was rescanned in high definition but remains in its original 4:3 aspect ratio.
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In the episode Follow that Mr Garrisons old boyfriend Mr. Slave gets married to Big Gay Al. The two characters don't talk to each other again till Not funny in season 20.
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Stan has the worst relationship with his family of all the boys. His parents get divorced twice, he has a terrible relationship with his father, and his sister constantly beats him up.
A running gag in the first five seasons featured Kenny dying in most of the episodes.
Token was the only black kid in South Park until Nicole who appeared in season 16.
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In just about every photo with Stan and his sister Shelly, she is always shown looking evilly at Stan.
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Apparently Cartman can never become successful or else Kyle will die.
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The opening theme song is performed by Primus.
South Park was named the most controversial TV show of all time by Watchmojo.com
Ike, Kyle's younger brother speaks mostly with swear words, in season 20 he says he got it from his dad.
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The Black Friday trilogy is a parody of the show Game of thrones and makes fun of the multiple pointless sex scenes in the show.
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Kenny is seen to be more skilled with weapons while Cartman uses them more.
Despite having died in the episode Osama Bin Laden has party pants, Osama Bin Laden reappears in a live action cameo in Cartoon wars part 1, and again in It's a Jersey thing, though he does die in that episode.
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Because a lot of films in 2000 such as the film Fantasia 2000, a few of the first episodes of season 4 had 2000 in the title as a in-joke.
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In the episode 201 because of death threats Kyle speech at the end of the episode had to be entirely censored. The uncensored version was released a few years later and had Kyle talking about how people's problem's can be solved with threat and violence, with Jesus and Santa agreeing.
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Apparently just about every family in South Park lives on welfare. Cartman mentions in The Tooth Fairy Tat's 2000 that his family lives in poverty due to his schemes.
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The Boys have a group that contain: Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, Kenny McCormick, Tweek Tweak, Clyde Donovan, Token Black, Butters Stotch, Towlie, and Bebe Stevens.
Usually whenever Kenny dies, rats come and eat his body.
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Production on a new episode starts 5 days before that episode is meant to be aired, which is how they are able to keep up with recent events so quickly. Suprisingly enough despite the short time-span to make an episode, they have only missed a deadline once or twice, due to blackouts.
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Similar to Timmy, Jimmy was meant to be a one time character, and is mentioned as being from out of town in his first appearance. However he was liked so much by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, that they kept him around. A few episode's later Jimmy is in the south park gang's (Cartman, Kyle, Stan, Kenny) class meaning that Jimmy moved to South Park.
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Stan and Butters are the two boys in the show whom are abused by members of their family. Stan gets abused by his sister Shelly and Butters gets abused by his parents Stephen and Linda.
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In the episode Do the handicap go to heaven has a plot line about the character Timmy how is disabled and can't say anything except for his name about going to heaven. The second part of the episode is titled Probably which is the answer to the title of the first episode.
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On The Top Tens website, Butters Scotch came in at No. 2 in the Top Ten Cartoon Characters with Abusive Parents.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Ms. Choksondik most likely died after choking on Mr. Mackey's penis in South Park: Proper Condom Use (2001) but it wasn't mentioned until the episode South Park: Professor Chaos (2002).
In South Park: Cartmanland (2001), when Kenny dies, you can hear Cartman say, "Kenny? But Kenny dies all the time!" indicating that someone does remember his deaths.
Timmy was originally supposed to be a one time character but he was so popular, Matt Stone and Trey Parker kept him in the show.
The original plot of South Park: Kenny Dies (2001) was for Kyle to be permanently killed off instead. It was decided by Matt Stone and Trey Parker that Stan and Kyle's personalities were too similar and that Butters be his replacement. For unknown reasons, they ultimately changed their minds and killed off Kenny.
As of South Park: Cartman Joins NAMBLA (2000), Kenny has died a total of 52 times.
Ike is the youngest character to have sex with an adult on the show, he had sex with his teacher multiple times despite being 4 years old.
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