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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.
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 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.
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.
Matt Stone records Kenny's dialogue by talking into his sleeve.
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".
To date South Park still holds the Guiness World Record for "Most Swearing in animated series."
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.
Butter's birthday is 11 September.
In many episodes there is a hidden image of a visitor 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.
The pilot episode was made using paper cutouts of the characters. Every episode thereafter was animated with a computer
Eliza Schneider took over the voice acting for all the female roles after the suicide of Mary Kay Bergman.
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.
Most of Cartman's lines are ad-libbed by Trey Parker, who has stated that Cartman is his favorite character on the show.
Kyle's hair is meant to resemble Matt Stone's haircut during the early years of South Park.
There is either a celebrity impersonator or mention of a celebrity's name in every episode.
Butters was originally named Poof Poof.
Butters' supervillain alter-ego, Professor Chaos, is based on Marvel Comics villain Dr. Doom.
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 music usually played over the closing credits is just the original opening theme song by Primus, only instrumental and slowed down.
Mr. Garrison's first name is Herbert. Ms. Garrison's first name is Janet.
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!"
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.
Kyle and Ike's names are most likely derived from "kike", which is a vulgar slang term for Jewish people.
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)
Eric Cartman's middle name is Theodore.
Traditionally an animated series takes eight to 12 months to be completed, making it almost impossible to address current event. 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) and identifiable changes between the episodes and that episode's own 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 removal, by the U.S. government, of Elian Gonzalez from the home of his Miami relatives; an event which occurred three days prior.


  • "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 terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001, it 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, first being that people blamed the government what happened, and also that it took so long for aid to arrive.


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 my 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.
Jason Priestley, John Cusack, and David Caruso all offered their services as guest voices but were denied the opportunity.
Because the show is made on computers, each episode only takes five days to make.
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.
George Clooney, Jay Leno, Jennifer Aniston, and Robert Smith (lead singer of "The Cure") accepted roles on the show. Samuel L. Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Buscemi, and Jeff Daniels asked to do guest voices, but were either rejected or declined the offer afterward. Stone and Parker also asked Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995) alumni Tom Kenny, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Brian Posehn, and John Ennis as well as Family Guy (1999) voice talent Seth MacFarlane to do guest voices, but all declined because their shows were doing well (Mr. Show has since been canceled, and MacFarlane again declined due to other commitments).
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.
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 character of "Dr. Alphonse Mephesto" spoofs Marlon Brando's character in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).
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).
As of 2007, Trey Parker is mainly credited for directing and writing episodes while Matt Stone focuses on voice acting and production coordination.
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 movie South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999))
The character of Butters was based on Eric Stough, the show's animation director.
Tweek has appeared numerous times, and was the replacement Kenny in the second half of Season 6.
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.
The famous South Park Holiday Special episode features live-action footage after every commercial break of Trey Parker as a newsreader saying "Fight the frizzies. Film 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.
Stan's birthday is October 19.
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).
Butters' full name: Leopold "Butters" Stotch.
Terrance and Phillip often wear shirts that say "t" and "p" - also Trey Parker's initials.
A running gag in the first five seasons featured Kenny dying in most of the episodes.
Mr. Garrison is from Arkansas.

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