Joffrey Baratheon, Francis Underwood, Skeletor - When it comes to TV villains (animated or otherwise), Eric Cartman easily gives this group a run for its money, and more. He may only be 10 years old, but this little 4th grade nightmare was capable of unimaginable and inhumane acts in his time. From manipulation and kidnapping to murder and attempted genocide, there's no depth Cartman won't sink to if it means getting what he wants.
One of the best things about Cartman's character is that he sometimes comes across as more of an idiot than an evil genius - as shown by his many moments of ignorance. Yes, he's manipulative, but his stubbornness and petty attitudes usually bring him down in the end - and don't you love it when that happens?
Eric Cartman might be the best character we all love to hate. Any South Park fan will enjoy watching Cartman's many psychotic plots and schemes fail miserably, and when they don't, we marvel at how a character (and a child!) can be so completely and hilariously selfish. Hats off to the creatorsfood kameneTrey Parkerfor creating a ten-year-old cartoon that we'd all love to watch if we had the chance. The show definitely wouldn't be the same without him!
In tribute to perhaps the worst fictional character in history, here's a reminder of 15 of the most pathetic, twisted, and horribly despicable acts Eric Cartman has ever committed...
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When Cartman first discovers what Tourette's syndrome is in the episode "Le Petit Tourette", he can't believe his luck. Realizing that some people with Tourette's can't be blamed for it out loud, Cartman sees a golden opportunity to scream whatever he wants in public.
In order to make his "Tourette's" official in the eyes of his teachers and everyone at school, Cartman somehow convinces the doctor to diagnose him with the syndrome. Not content with being able to insult everyone in his hometown without consequence, Cartman soon draws the nation's attention - and that's when things start to fall apart.
When a Tourette's event is held in Cartman's honor, his deliberate cursing is quickly replaced by actual tics that reveal some pretty painful and uncomfortable truths about him. Justice has never been so funny!
14Everything is set for a party invitation
When Cartman learns that Kyle's birthday party will be at his favorite restaurant, Casa Bonita, he hatches a plan to get on the guest list. Less evil people would just bribe their friends with gifts, but Cartman needs a guaranteed invitation. How does he do it? By kidnapping one of the guests and convincing them that the apocalypse is on the way.
Sweet, naive Butters is Cartman's chosen captor, and he wastes no time in putting his plan into action. He immediately hides Butters in an air raid shelter, and after the town learns of his absence, Kyle's party is postponed, forcing Cartman to hold out until he goes to Casa Bonita. Long story short, Cartman traumatizes a sweet boy, sends his parents into a panic, and tricks the entire town... into eating tacos. Psycho.
In "Up the Down Steroid", the Special Olympics are in town and Jimmy and Timmy ask the boys to show their support. Cartman learns that the winner of the Special Olympics competition will receive $1,000, and excited by the belief that he can easily beat the other contestants, Cartman quickly begins preparing for the games (even managing to enlist his mother's help).
In a delightfully ironic way, Cartman discovers that he's actually the worst candidate in the Special Olympics—ranking last in every event. To save his pride, he tells the others that he lost on purpose to make athletes think twice about cheating with performance-enhancing drugs. A valuable lesson for all. Thanks Cartman.
12Bought a theme park (and kept it for myself)
When Cartman inherits a million dollars from his grandmother, he gets the chance to fulfill his dream of owning his own amusement park. What he doesn't realize is that it costs money to maintain the attractions and pay the employees in 'Cartmanland', and that comes at a price - sharing it with others.
Cartman's ridiculous luck leads Kyle to doubt the existence of God - he is confused as to why God would reward someone like Cartman. Fortunately, Kyle's religious faith (and our faith in humanity) is finally restored when Cartman's dream goes bad. He is forced to start letting people pay to maintain the park and, unhappy with the possibility of sharing his park, tries (and fails) to sell it back. Famously!
This one might be harmless and scowling if he just dressed like Hitler, but Cartman doesn't do anything half-heartedly, as evidenced by his shocking turn in "Jewish Passion." Becoming obsessed with a Mel Gibson movieMuka Kristova, Cartman is inspired to launch a campaign to wipe out the Jewish population.
Cartman marches through the streets with a gathered crowd (who he believes is defending Christianity) and repeatedly chants "The time for revenge has come. We must exterminate the Jews!" Sooner or later, the proverbial you-know-what hits the fans with Cartman feeling the full force of Mel Gibson's broken heart. He is later punished for his horrible actions during this episode. A fair punishment, don't you agree?
10Osnovali "Crack Baby Athletic Association"
We know there is so much wrong with the title of this entry that it's hard to know where to start. But we must begin.
In this episode, Cartman starts volunteering at the hospital (nothing suspicious so far). Of course, we learn that his motives are far from sweet, and that his time spent among crack-addicted babies gives him a moment of light - get the babies to fight over crack and post the footage online.
If that's not high enough on the despicable scale, Cartman begins to see the crack babies as his slaves. He then assumes the guise of a southern slave owner and questions the leader of the basketball association about his slave management tactics (believing that all-black teams are slaves). Wow.
9Super Nanny Destroyed
When Cartman's mother can't take it anymore, she enlists the help of nanny Stella from Nanny 911. Unfortunately, no one told her that she'd be working with the most toxic and venomous child in existence. Someone who would push her to her limits like no other child she had ever worked with.
It's not so much what Cartman does to Nanny Stella that's sad, but what he says to her. She asks why she became a nanny if she never had children. When she nervously tries to sidestep the problem, he concludes that no one has ever wanted her and never will, thanks to her "dry ovaries". In one sentence, he manages to completely destroy her self-confidence, all in retaliation for taking away her Xbox.
You may have noticed a recurring theme here - Cartman enjoys playing on Butters' sweet naivety for his own selfish gain. In the episode "Cartman Sucks", Cartman pranks Butters, putting him in a... compromising position. Poor, innocent Butters has to wear a blindfold all the time, so when his father catches him in the act, he innocently explains that he's waiting for Cartman's "surprise". We have no idea what he thought that surprise would be.
Horrified that his son is bi-curious, Butters' father sends him to a gay conversion camp - all because of Cartman's sick joke. Unfortunately for Cartman, he made sure to take a picture of his prank and came back only to bite him in the ass!
7Stem cells used to recreate AFood Outlet
Stem cells have incredible potential to repair and regenerate certain cells in the body and could very well change the way we treat disease. What does Cartman plan to do with things? Use it to clone your favorite fast food restaurant. Clean.
To Kyle's astonishment and even admiration, Cartman set about legalizing stem cell research. On the surface, he seems to be doing this to (again) help the dying Kenny. In reality, his goal from the beginning was to lift the ban so he could sell a truckload of ferns he found at the crash site. What's even more hilariously disgusting is that he uses some of the ferns to grow an exact replica of Shakey's Pizza restaurant. He goes out easy with Kyle's kick.
6They are slaughtering their most hated minorities
Only Eric Cartman could win the favor of Cthulhu - HP Lovecraft's terrifying sea monster - and use his powers to express his long-standing hatred of certain communities. In the second half of the "Coon and Friends" trilogy from season 14, Cartman orders Cthulhu to ravage synagogues, massacre hippies at the Burning Man festival and destroy San Francisco. An elegant movement.
Cartman, also known as 'The Coon', declares in rather Hitlerian fashion that his actions will "make the world a better place". Ethnic cleansing and city burning aside, Cartman isn't as bad as his superhero alter-ego—after all, he orders Cthulhu to kill Justin Bieber.
5Attempt to kill all "non-red-haired" children
Tired of Cartman's rhetoric full of hatred towards redheads, Stan and Kyle decide to dye his hair red, bleach his skin and draw freckles on his face. As usual in Cartman's world, no one but himself is above criticism or hatred. So when he unexpectedly becomes part of a previously discriminating group and gets a taste of prejudice, he naturally starts lashing out at the haters.
Cartman soon founds the Ginger Separatist Movement, which quickly sets up a plan to kill every non-redhead person in South Park in a pool of lava. In a particularly pathetic move, Cartman decides that Kyle should be the first to die, since he's not a true redhead (he has red hair, but no freckles). However, when Kyle lets Cartman in on his little prank, Cartman quickly changes his mind about the whole plan to save himself.
4He asked for money in exchange for donating his kidney
When one of your best friends is on the brink of death and needs a kidney transplant, you do whatever it takes to save him, right? Not if you're Eric Cartman. He is the only suitable donor in South Park and of course sees an opportunity for blackmail. Cartman agrees to give up his kidney on one minimum condition - to pay ten million dollars. Sounds like a fair price, right?
When it comes to despicable and selfish behavior, this tops the list. Fortunately, his demands are not met and Good triumphs over Cartman (as he was eventually tricked into signing the kidney donation contract!).
This isn't the last time Cartman lets a friend's life be put on the line to get something he wants. Like this next example...
3APSP killed his friend
Since Cartman was frozen until the Wii came out, it's obvious that he can become obsessed with the latest gadgets, and the episode "Best Friends Forever" was no exception, this time with the PSP.
When Kenny is run over by an ice cream truck, his will is read, revealing his surprising intention to leave his PSP console to Cartman. Needless to say, Cartman was happy and quickly got over his friend's death. Shortly after the will debate, Kenny comes back to life, albeit in a vegetative state - prompting Cartman to take matters into his own hands. Eager to get his hands on the PSP he was promised, Cartman makes it his mission to remove Kenny's feeding tube and succeeds.
2Kyle infected with AIDS
First, it's pretty understandable why it deserves such a high "despicable" rating. It all starts when Cartman accidentally contracts AIDS while having his tonsils removed. After the other boys find out, no one is happier to hear the news than Kyle, who sees it as the ultimate revenge for a lifetime of cruel behavior. Judging by the rest of Cartman's actions on this list, it's hard to argue with that.
Distraught by Kyle's taunts, Cartman breaks into Kyle's house and infects him with the AIDS virus in his sleep. Both were later cured of AIDS, but that doesn't change the fact that Cartman was unaffected by sharing the disease with one of his oldest friends.
1Fed Scott Tenorman Chilli (featuring Scott's parents)
They say revenge is a dish best served cold. Well, the dish that Cartman serves to local boy Scott Tenorman overcomes the cold and goes full psycho. Many South Park fans consider this to be Cartman's most villainous act of all time - and with good reason. Even creators Stone and Parker see this as the yardstick by which all of Cartman's future misdeeds will be measured.
When Tenorman tricks Cartman out of a few bucks (and later makes him eat a pubic hair pepper), a deeply humiliated Cartman can't let it go and hatches a revenge plot that would make Dexter shudder. On the day of the South Park Pepper Festival, Cartman brings his homemade peppers to Scott to taste. Believing this gesture to be a sign of truce, Scott accepts his offer, while Cartman looks on.
After Scott starts eating, Cartman reveals to him that his parents were killed and ground up to make pepper. Also, Cartman makes sure Scott's favorite band (Radiohead) is there to taunt him as he cries over his dead and broken parents. The sadistic cherry on top is when Cartman climbs onto the table to begin licking Scott's tears, gleefully uttering "Oh, tears of unfathomable sorrow! Delicious, everyone!" messy.
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Although having committed many atrocities before he has only been arrested in any way about six times. Cartman's record includes but remains not limited to: Murder and Attempted Murder: In "Butt Out" Cartman stabbed Rob Reiner with a fork essentially killing him.Is Eric Cartman the most evil character ever? ›
He's possibly one of the most loveably nasty characters in TV, and South Park wouldn't be the same without Eric Cartman. Of all the characters ever created for television Eric Cartman stands proud as possibly the most evil.Who is the most evil character in South Park? ›
Gerald Broflovski, Kyle and Ike's father and a major recurring character (recently seen when the parents supported their kids in an Airsoft battle), is a genuinely worse person than anyone else in South Park.Why is Cartman obese? ›
In the meantime, Cartman becomes extremely obese after constantly eating a bodybuilding supplement called Weight Gain 4000. An advertisement for the bodybuilding supplement "Weight Gain 4000", which serves as a commentary on American consumerism.What is the most saddest South Park episode? ›
- South Park (TV Series 1997) The saddest "South Park" moments are counted down.
- "South Park" Kenny Dies (TV Episode 2001) Kenny's Death for Real is #1.
- "South Park" Butters' Very Own Episode (TV Episode 2001) ...
- "South Park" Raisins (TV Episode 2003) ...
- "South Park" Woodland Critter Christmas (TV Episode 2004)
Jacob Hallery is the poorest student at Greeley Elementary. He made his first appearance in "The Poor Kid", during Eric Cartman's first day at the school.Who is more evil Cartman or Stewie? ›
Stewie Griffin is the more intelligent, but Eric Cartman is most definitely the most malicious. It most explainable through the use of ratings, in which the most Stewie Griffin is able to use his cunning—yet immature—intellect to grant his selfish wishes; Family Guy never smashed through the 12 rating here in the UK.Who is the toughest kid in South Park? ›
Inception. In the beginning of South Park, Craig was said to be the most violent and strongest student in the third-grade class (excluding Cartman). Cartman once claimed that Craig was the "biggest troublemaker in [their] class", and parents of his classmates have cited him as a "bad influence".Who was the cutest boy in South Park? ›
Plot. The boys discover that the girls in their class have made a list of them, ordered by cuteness. The boys, after two attempts, eventually succeed in stealing the list and discover it ranks Clyde as the cutest, and Kyle as the ugliest, with Cartman just above him.
DogPoo Petuski, voiced by Trey Parker, is a student at South Park Elementary that's always seen covered in dirt. He was mainly a filler in the classroom throughout the first three seasons, but since "Fourth Grade", he only appears occasionally in large group or in the playground, gymnasium, or hallway.How heavy is Eric Cartman? ›
Cartman was the first one of the boys to be shown without his hat, as seen in "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson!". He also weighs 90 pounds, as revealed in "Weight Gain 4000".Does Cartman have a crush on Kyle? ›
When Kyle takes Nichole on a date, Cartman gets on the Megatron and continues the charade, proclaiming his love for Kyle and singing a song. A heart with their faces appears on the Megatron.How did Cartman get a million dollars? ›
In the episode, Eric Cartman inherits a million dollars from his deceased grandmother and uses it to purchase his own amusement park, which he names Cartmanland. The resulting success causes Kyle Broflovski to have a hemorrhoid and lose his faith in God.Has Cartman ever kissed anyone? ›
Answer: Well, the answer to this one might actually surprise you… and that answer is YES. He's kissed Wendy. This happens way back in Season 4's “Chef Goes Nanners“… after Wendy and Cartman are forced to work together on the “Change the Flag” debate team.What is Cartman's hero name slur? ›
In the episode, Cartman poses as a comic book superhero vigilante named "The Coon", who grows increasingly jealous of the popularity and success of a rival superhero named "Mysterion". Episode no.Has Cartman ever been nice? ›
Believe it or not, there were a few times Cartman was actually nice to someone. For this list, we'll be looking at those once in a blue moon moments where South Park's Eric Cartman exemplified kindness and empathy… or at the very least did something that benefited society or someone other than himself.What are the 5 banned episode of South Park? ›
I know you're curious so the list of episodes are Super Best Friends (Season 5), Cartoon Wars Part I (Season 10), Cartoon Wars Part II (Season 10), 200 (Season 14) and 201 (Season 14).Is there a banned South Park episode? ›
Censorship was at the heart of the South Park season 14 episodes "200" and "201." The story celebrates the landmark of the show's 200th episode by referencing several past storylines — including the South Park Cartoon Wars episode...What's the darkest episode of South Park? ›
- 1 "Scott Tenorman Must Die" – Season 5, Episode 4 (2001)
- 2 "HumancentiPad" – Season 15, Episode 1 (2011) ...
- 3 "Crack Baby Athletic Association" – Season 15, Episode 5 (2011) ...
- 4 "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" – Season 4, Episode 5 (2000) ...
Cartman and Kenny's relationship has been rocky at times, but they always return to their close friendship status, playing with toys or hanging out at Casa Bonita together. Cartman has considered the both of them to be best friends on multiple occasions, both for selfish and selfless reasons.
During the debate, Wendy is distracted because she is attracted to Cartman and cannot deliver her opening remarks. She walks over and kisses him in front of the whole town, breaking the built-up tension and leaving Stan shocked.Who was Cartman's first kiss? ›
South Park on Twitter: "#DidYouKnow This isn't Cartman's first kiss - Wendy kissed him in Season 4's "Chef Goes Nanners." https://t.co/qIS4m6W50i" / Twitter.Which South Park character is depressed? ›
“South Park”, portraying depression? That sounds like a recipe for disaster and backlash as soon as the episode airs. Surprisingly enough, the creators do a good job of displaying depression in one of the main characters, Stan Marsh.Do they cuss in South Park? ›
Parents need to know that South Park is a satirical animated series created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone that isn't meant for young kids. It's jam packed with mature themes, swearing (including "f--k," "s--t," and more), over-the-top cartoon violence, potty humor, and innuendo.Is there an autistic character in South Park? ›
James "Jimmy" Valmer (/ˈvɑːlmər/) is a fictional character from the American animated television series South Park.Who hates Cartman? ›
Tolkien really hates Cartman because he is generally racist toward numerous minority groups, including black people. In "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000", when Tolkien constantly mocks Cartman about his weight, and Kyle after provokes him, Cartman throws a rock Tolkien.Who is the most main character in South Park? ›
Stan is a third- then fourth-grade student who commonly has extraordinary experiences not typical of conventional small-town life in his hometown of South Park. He is also commonly portrayed as the main protagonist of the series.
Lisa Has A Crush On Butters! To boost her confidence, the cheerleaders encourage Lisa Berger to ask Butters on a date.Who is the oldest kid in South Park? ›
|Family||Stuart McCormick (father) Carol McCormick (mother) Kevin McCormick (brother) Karen McCormick (sister)|
|Relatives||Grandpa McCormick (paternal grandfather)|
|Residence||South Park, Colorado, U.S.|
While shopping in a toy store, Cartman sees a boy named Thomas who continuously shouts obscenities, as his mother and other shoppers try to explain to Cartman that he has Tourette syndrome (TS).Why is butters called butters? ›
The nickname "Butters" evolved from Parker and Stone calling Stough "little buddy" for about three years.Who is Kyle Broflovski crush? ›
He seemed on the cusp of a relationship with Leslie Meyers, until her secrets were revealed to the town. Despite his charming personality, Kyle has never made it passed one date with any of his love interests on-screen, meaning he's yet to have had an official girlfriend.Who is Kenny's crush South Park? ›
Kelly was the love interest of Kenny McCormick from the South Park episode, Rainforest Shmainforest.Is the F word censored in South Park? ›
The F word is used frequently, but it is bleeped when it airs on TV (not on HBO Max usually), and it is uncensored on DVD and online. In the Season 5 episode "It Hits the Fan", the S word was said 162 times. This is meant as a satire to the over-censorship of television.Who is the red hair girl in South Park? ›
Red aka Rebecca aka Bertha. She's one of the students in the boys' class with that signature red hair. One of the most popular girls, she's friends with Bebe, Wendy, and the rest of the SP girls clique.Who is the purple shirt kid in South Park? ›
An example of him doing something good for others would be when he saves cats. In the earlier seasons, he also appears to care for his mother when he can't bring himself to end her life. He also saves kyles life but for his own selfish purposes.What episode is Cartman suicidal? ›
|"Put It Down"|
|Episode no.||Season 21 Episode 2|
|Directed by||Trey Parker|
|Written by||Trey Parker|
Since nobody wants to be partners with him, Cartman is forced as punishment to take Butters as his partner and Garrison tells Butters not to let go of Cartman's hand until they are back on the bus. Thieves led by Franz have robbed a Burger King and flee to Pioneer Village, taking everyone hostage.
Maybe they chalk it up to tradition or didn't give it much thought, but the AV Club explains that there's a very good reason for it that goes back to the old days of animation. Before computers, you see, artists drew cartoons by hand. By sketching characters with only four digits, it saved time — and money.Is Cartman in love with Kyle? ›
While rubbing Kyle's belly, he says calls Kyle "a handsome, soft Jew" and says that he is "fresh and beautiful". In "Cartman Finds Love", Cartman tells everyone he and Kyle are a gay couple in order to prevent Kyle from stepping in Token and Nichole's relationship.What is the banned episode of South Park? ›
The depiction of Buddha snorting cocaine in "200" and "201" prompted the government of Sri Lanka to ban the entire series outright.What episode is Cartman autistic? ›
Jimmy begins using steroids to improve his chances in the special Olympics. Meanwhile, Cartman disguises himself as a handicapped boy so he can enter as well and win the cash prize.What grade is Cartman in? ›
Eric Theodore Cartman, Or Simply Just Cartman is a character of South Park. He attends to South Park Elementary as part of Mr. Garrison's fourth grade class. During the show's first 58 episodes (1997 until the season four episode "4th Grade" in 2000), Cartman and the other main child characters were in the third grade.Why do they call Cartman by his last name? ›
Calling someone only by their last name is a way of keeping them at a distance.What is Cartman full name? ›
Eric Theodore Cartman, commonly referred to by his surname, is a fictional character in the adult animated sitcom South Park, created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. He is voiced by Parker, and is one of the series' four main characters, alongside Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, and Kenny McCormick.Is Kenny's soul in Cartman? ›
As they all leave, Cartman says that he is happy just to have Kenny's memories, but Cartman then insults himself in Kenny's words, implying that Kenny's soul really is trapped in Cartman's body.