Eric Cartman

Eric Theodore Cartman , Often Referred to as just Cartman , [1] is a hand character in the animated television series South Park , created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker , and voiced by Trey Parker. Cartman is one of four central characters in South Park , along with Stan Marsh , Kyle Broflovski , and Kenny McCormick . Cartman first appeared, originally named Kenny, in prototypical form in a 1992 Jesus animated short Frosty , and a 1995 animated short Jesus vs. Santa , and first appeared on television in thepilot episode of South Park , ” Cartman Gets an Anal Probe “, on August 13, 1997.

Is an elementary school student who lives with his mother in the fictional town of South Park, Colorado , where he has a great deal of experience. Cartman has been portrayed as aggressive , prejudiced , arrogant , and narcissistic since his character’s inception; Stone and Parker describes the character as “a little Archie Bunker “. These traits are significantly augmented in later stages, and he begins to exhibit highly psychopathic , sociopathic and manipulative behavior, and also be depicted as highlyclever , able to execute morally appalling plans and business ideas with success.

Cartman is considered to be the most popular character on South Park . [2] [3] [4] Parker and Stone state that he is their favorite character, and the one with whom they most identify. South Park has received both praise and criticism for Cartman’s politically incorrect behavior. Prominent publications and television channels have been included Cartman on their lists as one of the most iconic television and cartoon characters of all time.

Role in South Park 

Eric Cartman is waiting for South Park Elementary as part of Mr. Garrison ‘s class. During the show’s first 58 episodes, Cartman and the other main characters are in the third grade , after which they move on to the fourth grade . He is an only child being white raised by Ms. Cartman , a promiscuous single mother. In ” Cartman’s Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut ” (1998), Liane Cartman claims to be a hermaphrodite when she also claims to be the father of Cartman and that she did not know the woman who gave birth to Cartman. [5] However, the season 14(2010) episode ” 201″later reveals that Liane actually is his mother, and that his true biological father is Jack Tenorman, a fictional trainer for the Denver Broncos whom Cartman arranged to be killed in the season (2001) episode” Scott Tenorman Must Die “, making Cartman and Scott Tenorman half-brothers and putting Liane’s intersexual identity in question. [6]

Among the show’s main characters, Cartman is distinguished as “the fat kid”, [7] and his obesity is a continuing subject of insults and ridicule from other characters throughout the show’s run. [8] Cartman is frequently portrayed as an antagonist or villain whose actions are set in motion the events serving the main plot of an episode. [9] Other children and classmates are alienated by Cartman’s insensitive, racist , xenophobic , anti-semitic , lazy , self-righteous behavior, [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] but are influenced by their obtrusive , manipulative, and propagandist antics.[15]

Kyle, who is Jewish , is often the target of Cartman’s slander and anti-Semitic insults. The two have been very popular since the beginning of the year, and their rivalry has become more pronounced as the series has progressed, with Cartman even routinely exposing Kyle to physical endangerment. [7] [16] Kyle has intentionally endangered Cartman by ” Fatbeard “”Where do you go from here?” Where do you go from here to where they are going to be? at other times, Kyle is an enthusiastic participant in Cartman’s schemes and Cartman is Sometimes seen Actually being white nice to Kyle in Some bodies; ALTHOUGH this is Generally to put aside Their hatred momentarily for a common goal, or for manipulation. [17] Parker and Stone has compared the relationship by Archie Bunker and Michael “Meathead” Stivic on the 1970s sitcom All in the Family. Kyle has a tendency to make a lot of things that are safe with Cartman, and these are often times when the improbable actions promised by Cartman are accomplished. Cartman’s motivation in this view is not really consistent gain, but an obsession with scoring a victory over Kyle, a fixation that ultimately plays a major part in a subplot to the three-part episode ” Imaginationland ” ( season 11 , 2007). [7] Cartman wishes to achieve, for instance, in ” Christian Rock Hard ” Cartman makes a bet with Kyle that he can make a platinum album before Kyle can. After recruiting Buttersand Token, Cartman creates a Christian rock band called “Faith + 1” and “writes” and “Jesus” (which humorously implicates sexual relations with Jesus). Against all odds, the band is becoming successful, managing to sell over a million copies (and possibly gaining millions of dollars). However, since Christian rock bands can not really get a platinum album (which is not true in real life), Cartman loses the bet. Despite having amassed a large, steady fan base, he was unable to win a bet with Kyle. Careless in his anger accepting the “Myrrh” album in front of a large Christian crowd, Cartman goes into an anti-Christian rant which drives away all of the fans as well as profits. Cartman has also been shown to have a high sadistic streak when concerning Kyle. He has always been expressed in the eyes of the sufferer.[18] He has also shown to enjoy Kyle’s suffering and humiliation to the extremes. [19] In ” You’re Getting Old “, the final episode of the first half of South Park’s 15th season, it is suggested that Kyle and Cartman may be developing a genuine friendship, possibly due to the void left by Stan’s apparent departure. This time with both of you at the end of ” Ass Burgers”due due Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart Cart. Stan shares with Stan’s sensitivity, affection for animals, and the relationship Stan shares with Wendy Testaburger . [20]

Despite being intolerant of other cultures, Cartman displays an aptitude for learning foreign languages. In the episode ” My Future Self n ‘Me ” when he starts “Parental Revenge Corp.”, he speaks Spanish to his Latino workers, though he may have learned the language from a practical standpoint in order to better exploit a labor pool. He also knows German, and spoke a few phrases while dressed up as Adolf Hitler while promoting the extermination of Jews to an oblivious audience that did not speak German. Cartman may also be speaking broken with an American accent in Season 15 Episode 2 ” Funnybot “. Conversely in one episode (” Major Boobage “) Cartman acts as an Oskar Schindler character for the town’s cats, a rare case of a subplot based on Cartman’s altruism.

Cartman frequently teases Kenny for being poor, and derides Kenny’s family for being on welfare . [21] He will also use an awkward pause during a conversation as an opportunity to casually remind Kenny that he hates him. [22]Cartman’s mischievous treatment of Butters Stotch , and the relationship of the duo’s shares in the most recent seasons of the series. [7] This reflects Parker’s interest; the scenes between the two are the ones he most enjoys writing. [23]

Several episodes center around Cartman’s greed and his get-rich-quick schemes. [9] His extreme disdain for hippies serves the satirical counterculture of the 1960s and its influence in contemporary society, [24] reflecting Parker’s real-life antipathy towards hippies. [25] Though the role is customarily taken by Stan or Kyle, Cartman will occasionally be the one to reflect on the lessons learned during the course of an episode with a speech that begins with “You know, I’ve learned something today. .. “. [26]


Creation and design

Cartman is voiced by series co-creator Trey Parker .

A precursor to Cartman first appeared in the first The Spirit of Christmas short, dubbed Jesus vs. Frosty , created by Parker and Stone in 1992 while they were students at the University of Colorado . In the short, Cartman was actually named “Kenny”, and the catchphrase “Oh my God, they killed Kenny!” was excluded when the character representing Cartman was killed by an evil snowman. The character was made of paper cutouts and animated by the use of stop motion . [27] When commissioned three years later by Brian Graden to create another short as a video Christmas cardthat he could send to friends, Parker and Stone created another similarly-animated The Spirit of Christmas short, dubbed Jesus vs. Santa . [28] [29] In this short, his character first appears in the series, and is given the name “Cartman”, while the character of Kenny appears as the character is depicted today and given. . Cartman next appeared on August 13, 1997, when South Park debuted on Comedy Central with the episode ” Cartman Gets an Anal Probe “.

In keeping with the show’s animated style , Cartman is composed of simple geometric shapes and primary colors . [27] [30] He is not offered the same range of motion associated with hand-drawn characters; his character is mostly shown from one direction, and his movements intentionally jerky. [7] [27] [30] Ever since the show’s second episode, ” Weight Gain 4000 ” ( season one , 1997), Cartman, like all other characters on the show, has been animated with computer software, though he is portrayed to give the impression that the show still uses its original technique. [27]

Cartman is usually depicted wearing winter coat which consists of a red coat, brown pants, yellow gloves / mittens, and a yellow-brimmed turquoise knit cap tapered with a yellow pom-pom . He has parted with brown hair, and he is seen with his head. As he is overweight, his body is wider, his hands are noticeably larger and his head is a more elliptical shape in contrast to the circular heads of the other children. An additional curved line on his face is a double chin.

Although he was originally speaking with a translator, Parker now does so by speaking with a normal child. The recorded audio is then edited with Pro Tools , and the pitch is altered to make the voice sound of a fourth grader. [31] [32] [33] Parker says to achieve the effect of Cartman’s voice, he simply uses the same technique when voicing Stan while “adding a lot of fat to it”. [34]


Matt Parker, a high school classmate of Parker who remains a friend of both Parker and Stone. [35] Cartman is also inspired by All in the Patriarch family Archie Bunker , who is himself inspired by Alf Garnett from Till Death Us Do Part , the original British version of All in the Family . Parker and Stone are big fans of All in the Family . They state that creating Cartman as a “little eight-year-old fat kid” made it easier for the two to portray a Bunker-like character after the introduction of political correctness to late-20th century television. [9] [36]While developing the character, Parker noted that everyone either remembers “an annoying fat kid in their pasts”, or “they were the annoying fat kid”. [37] Stone has observed that “kids are not nice, innocent, flower-loving little rainbow children […] they do not have any kind of social tact or etiquette, they’re just complete little raging bastards”. [11]

In the season five (2001) episode “Scott Tenorman Must Die”, Cartman is tricked into buying the pubic hair of local eighth-grader named Scott Tenorman for $ 16.12. Scott in his front line of his favorite band Radiohead , by getting Scott’s parents killed and then tricking Scott into eating them. [38] The show’s writers debated during the production of the episode whether or not the incident would be “a step too far, even for Cartman”. [9] Parker felt that the act of the culmination of Cartman’s sociopathic behavior, and would “[set] a new bar”[9] [39] [40] [41] [42] Fans reacted by ranking it as Cartman’s “greatest moment” in a 2005 poll on Comedy Central’s website. [43] It is Revealed later in theseason fourteen episode ” 201 ” that Jack Tenorman, Scott’s father, Was a soccer player for the Denver Broncos and Cartman’s father. Dr. Alphonse Mephesto also admits that he lied about Cartman’s mother being a hermaphrodite . [44]

Parker and Stone, despite being the basis for Stan and Kyle, insist that Cartman is their favorite character, and one with whom they identify the most. [9] [45]

Personality and traits

There’s a big part of me that’s Eric Cartman. He’s both of us, the things we’d never say.

 Trey Parker [46]

Cartman is full-mouthed (as are his friends) [30] [47] According to Parker, Cartman does not possess the “underlying sweetness” of the show’s other child characters. Cartman is shown at times to be completely amoral and remorseless. Cartman is amused by bodily functions and toilet humor , [48] and his favorite TV personalities are Terrance and Phillip , a Canadian duo whose comedy routines on their show-within-the-show revolve substantially around fart jokes.

Cartman is sensitive and in denial about his obesity . Often reasserting Liana’s notion by exclaiming “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned!” and will be just as aggravating or aggravated. [9]He has also had some people killed, such as when he is a psychiatrist’s wife to suicide after enduring a long tirade about his weight. He views himself as more mature than his fellow friends and classmates, and often grows impatient with their company; to be more mature, he will often be broken down crying childishly and pathetically whenever he feels defeated. Peevishly saying “Screw you guys … I’m going home!” and then leaving. [9] In action King’s College philosophyProfessor David Kyle Johnson describes “directing and directing a person’s happiness or unhappiness of others”. [15] The lack of a true father figure in his life, and Liane’s promiscuity and drug use have caused psychological repression in Cartman’s life. As a parent, Liane often spoils Cartman, [49] [50] and is largely ineffectual as a disciplinarian. [51] Cartman sometimes commissions his mom to do tasks for him. When neither method works, he resorts to excessive and indecipherable whining, to which Liane usually succumbs. [52]Parker has noted that this is the primary cause for Cartman’s behavior, stating that Cartman is “just a product of his environment”. [9]

We always had this thing where it was so sweet-she was so sweet to him and giving him whatever he wanted. And I do not know if it’s worse in the country-I hope so-but [we’ve met] so many parents who were just so desperately trying to be friends to their kids. And it was the thing we really picked up on. And it was just like, ‘These [people] are making these really evil kids’.
– Trey Parker, Liane’s discussion role in shaping cartman’s personality in an interview with NPR [9]

Cartman thrives on achieving ascendancy over others, [53] and exerts his will by demagogy and by demanding that others “Respect my authoritah!” [9] Cartman has several times declared that his dream is getting “Ten million dollars”. He has shown initiative in taking a businesslike approach to earning money, starting his own ” hippie control” and “parental revenge” operations, as well as a Christian Rock and a boy band , a basketball team of crack babies (parody of the NCAA ) and his own church. [54]

Cartman’s anti-Semitism, while mostly limited to Kyle mocking, culminates in the season eight (2004) episode ” The Passion of the Jew “. In the episode, Cartman, after watching The Passion of the Christ , deifies the film’s director, Mel Gibson , and starts an official Gibson fan club, praising Gibson for “trying to express-through the cinema-the horror and filthiness of the common Jew “. [55] Cartman’s interpretation of the film influences him to dress up as Adolf Hitler and lead other fan club members (who are oblivious of Cartman’s actual intentions) in a failed effort to engage in a systematic genocide of the JewsFinal Solution . [55] In the season 10 (2006) episode ” Smug Alert! “, Cartman anonymously saves Kyle’s life in an effort to get him back to South Park from San Francisco , revealing that he craves the animosity shared between the two . [56] And in ” Coon vs. Coon and Friends ” ( season 14 , 2010), Cartman direct the “evil god” Cthulhu to destroy “most of the synagogues”. However, in the 16th-season episode ” Jewpacabra”Cartman revealed he had converted to Judaism after a hallucinogenic dream.” As of season 19, it is unsure whether it has been this trait or whether it was simply a point in that one episode.

They may be more likely to think that they could not possibly think of a worse, a stubborn Cartman misinterprets this act to make them feel better, and convinces himself that everyone thinks he is the “coolest kid in school”. In the season 13 (2009) episode ” Fishsticks “, Cartman subconsciously believes that it is becoming a nationwide sensation, despite the fact that the character Jimmy Valmer writes the joke without any assistance. Carlos Delgado of If Magazine noted this as “Cartman being so egotistical that he manipulates the past to serve his own purposes”. [57]

Before season 20, little was shown concerning Cartman’s romantic interests, for the most part, his attitude towards females had been sexist. However, at least in one episode (” Chef Goes Nannerscausing him to become despondent to everything around him. That is until Heidi Turner, who had social media in response to the trolling, offers to show him life outside of social media. The two quickly become friends, and later, an official and shockingly very happy couple.

Although it is commonly portrayed as chauvinist disrespect for foreign cultures, Cartman is shown at least twice (” My Future Self ” and ” Pandemic “) to fluent Spanish (and German). [58]

In some episodes, Cartman is shown to be a skilled fighter, only to be beat up by Wendy, Token, Stan, and Kyle at different times. However, when Cartman thinks he has some sort of authority, such is the Coon or the hallway monitor, he displays various martial arts knowledge and proves to be able to beat various other characters such as Clyde and Bradley.

Cultural impact

Cartman is a favorite South Park fan, [8] and is often described as the most famous character of the series. [9] [59] [60] With NPR reported Cartman as “America’s Favorite Little $ @ # & *%”. [9] “Respect my authoritah!” and “Screw you guys … I’m going home!” became catchphrases and, during the show’s earlier seasons, were highly popular in the lexicon of viewers. [61] [62] His eccentric enunciation of “Hey!” was included in the 2002 edition of The Oxford Dictionary of Catchphrases . [63]Stone has said that when fans recognize him or Parker, the fans will usually do their imitation of Cartman, or, in Parker’s case, he must do Cartman’s voice. [64]

In 2005, Comedy Central ran a three-night marathon of showcasing episodes what voters had deemed to be his “25 greatest moments”. [43] A two-disc DVD collection entitled ” The Cult of Cartman “, which Comedy Central described as “12 classic episodes with Cartman at his very worst!”, Was released in 2008. [65]

In a 1999 poll conducted by NatWest Bank , eight and nine-year-old children in the United Kingdom voted Cartman as their favorite personality. [66] This was the subject of several parent councils who were expecting a character from a television show aimed at children to the top of the list, [66] to which they responded by claiming the results of the poll. idyllic vision of what kids are like “. [66] Parker and Stone have always asserted that due to Cartman’s actions and dialogue, their appearances in South Park are not meant to be viewed by younger children, and they note that the show is . [67]

While some in the Jewish community have praised the show’s depiction of Cartman holding an anti-Semitic attitude towards Kyle as a way of accurately portraying what it is like for a young Jew to have to endure prejudice, [68] other Jews have blamed South Park and Cartman for having found themselves surrounded by “acceptable racism”. [69] On November 20, 2008, Facebook group titled “National Kick has Ginger Day, are you going to do it?” surfaced, report abuse towards redheads . Thousands of internet users signed up to a member of the group, and reports of a feared increase The group’s administrator, a 14-year-old fromVancouver Island , said the group was only intended for joke, and apologized for the offense it caused. The group was inspired by the season nine (2005) episode ” Ginger Kids “, in which Cartman incites damage towards those with red hair, pale skin, and freckles, a group he calls “Gingers” and claims are inherently evil and without souls. [70]

Cartman commonly provokes; this HAS resulted in thesis characters giving Their opinions are derived Such As haste crime legislation , [71] civil liberties , [24] excessive religious devotion, [72] the stem cell controversy , [12] anabolic steroid use, [73] the ” right to die “debate, [74] and prejudice . [8] In the season 10 (2006) episode ” Cartoon Wars Part II”, Cartman, planning to exploit the public’s fear of terrorism, seeks to get the Fox television series Family Guy , a program he despises, permanently removed from the airwaves when Fox plans to air an episode despite its inclusion of a cartoon likeness of Muhammad . This leads to a short speech about the ethics of censorship , [75] which reiterates Parker and Stone’s feelings of “Either it’s all okay, or none of it” satire. [76]Both Cartman’s commentary and resulting from his comments are the result of these statements. Parker and Stone are attempting to make to the public viewing, [77] and these opinions have been subject to much critical analysis in the media and literary world.

The book South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today includes an essay in which Johnson uses Cartman’s actions and behavior as examples when discussing the logical problem of moral evil , [78] and another essay by College of Staten Island Professor Mark D White cited the season two (1998) episode ” Chickenlover “, in which Cartman is hereby granted law, in its discussion of the command theory of law and what obligates a citizen to obey the law. [78] Essays in the South Park and Philosophy books : Bigger, Longer, and More Penetrating ,Blame Canada! South Park and Contemporary Culture , and South Park Taking Seriously have also analyzed Cartman’s perspectives within the framework of popular philosophical, theological, political, and social concepts. [77] [79] [80] Parker and Stone downplay the political affiliation, and deny having a political agenda when creating an episode. [38] [81] [82] In response to the focus on satire in South Park , Parker has said that the main goal of the show is to portray Cartman and his friends as “kids just being kids” accurately showcasing “what it’s like to be in [elementary school] in America”. [84]


TV Guide ranked Cartman at number 10 on their 2002 list of the “Top 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters”, [85] 24th on TV Guide’s “25 Greatest Villains TV”, 198th on VH1’s “200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons”, [86] and is 19thCongratulations ‘ s “100 Greatest TV Characters” television special in 2004. [87] When Declaring _him_ the second-scariest character is television (behind only Mr. Burns of The Simpsons ) in 2005, MSNBC ‘s Brian Bellmont described Cartman as a “bundle of pure, unadulterated evil all wrapped up in a fat-er, big-boned-cartoony package” who “takes a feral delight in his evildoing “. [88]In 2014, IGN ranked Cartman first place on their list of “The Top 25 South Park Characters”, commenting that it was “the obvious choice” of “one of the ones” and that “sometimes the right choice is the right one.” The website stated that despite Cartman being “one of the worst human beings in the history of fiction […] he’s the most loathsome character we’ve ever loved.” IGN concluded by calling him “the biggest contribution to the world of animals that South Park has made – and that’s saying something.” [4]

In other media

  • Cartman: has a major role in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut , [89] the full-length movie based on the series, and Appeared on the movie’s soundtrack singing the musical numbers Sami Performed in the movie. [90] As a tribute to the Dead Parrot sketch, to a short that features. Cartwriter’s Guide to Kyle aired during a 1999 BBC television commemorating the 30th anniversary of Monty Python’s Flying Circus . [91] Cartman is also featured in the documentary film The Aristocrats , telling his version of the film’s titular joke to Stan, Kyle, and Kenny, [92]and in “The Gauntlet”, a short spoofing both Gladiator and Battlefield Earth that aired during the 2000 MTV Movie Awards . [93] [94]
  • For their 2007 Snakes & Arrows tour, the rock band Rush commissioned a short, video introduction for the song ” Tom Sawyer “. Cartman, dressed in a long wig to look like a singer Geddy Lee , sings his own, personal, version of the song lyrics prompting the usual outrage from Kyle. The video can be seen on the band’s Snakes & Arrows concert video. [95]
  • In 2002 , Cartman became the protagonist of a series of videos for the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL , which is played on the big-screen TVs inside of Staples Center where the ridiculous characters of the rival teams and reactions to various aspects of the game. [96]
  • Short clips of Cartman introducing the starting lineup for the University of Colorado football team were featured during ABC’s coverage of the 2007 match-up between the University of Colorado and the University of Nebraska . [97]
  • In Plants vs. Zombies 2 , the Winter Melon plant, has a costume of Eric Cartman’s hat.
  • In 2008, Parker, as Cartman, gave a Proust Questionnaire by Julie Rovner of NPR . [9]
  • Parker performs as Cartman on tracks for Chef Aid: The South Park Album and Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics . [98] [99] [100] Cartman also appears in six South Park -related video games: In South Park , Cartman is controlled by the player through the first person shooter who tries to ward off enemies from terrorizing the town of South Park . [101] In South Park: Luv Shack’s Chef , a user of the game of cartoons when participating in the game’s several “minigames” based on other popular arcade games. [102] In the racing game South Park Rallya cartman against other users playing as other characters, while choosing to place him in any of a variety of vehicles. [103] In South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! , Cartman can be selected as a playable character used to establish a tower defense against the game’s antagonists. [104] In South Park: The Stick of Truth , Cartman is the leader of one of two tribes in South Park, at War on the Stick of Truth. This is a JRPG-style game. He plays a similar role in this game’s superhero themed sequel, South Park: The Fractured but Whole , where he leads the Coon & Friends team.
  • A cover of ” Poker Face ” was released as DLC for the Rock Band video game series in 2010 based on the version of Heard in the episode ” Whale Whores “, released la même day as the original, featuring Cartman is lead vocals.
  • An episode of Futurama has his head in it.
  • The twelfth episode of Yuri On Ice includes a flashback in which a young JJ Leroy is dressed to resemble Cartman.
  • In the episodes “The Bart of War”, “O Brother, Where Bart Thou?” and “Gorgeous Grampa” of the Simpsons; Cartman appeared, his clothes are seen in these episodes.

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