Top 10 Best South Park Characters

South Park, where it snows every day. But who's the best character?
The Top Ten
1 Eric Cartman Eric Theodore Cartman, often referred to just by his surname, is a main character, as well as a major antagonist and occasional antihero in the animated television series South Park, created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and voiced by Parker. He is one of four central characters in South Park, along with Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, and Kenny McCormick. Cartman first appeared, originally in prototypical... read more

Cartman is one of the worst human beings in the history of fiction. He's a narcissist and a sociopath, for starters. He'll betray his friends, his family, and anyone else who gets in the way of whatever petty and insignificant goal has grabbed his attention at any given moment.

And yet, against all odds, he's the most loathsome character we've ever loved. Whether it's his grating voice, his petulant whining, or his brilliant business ideas - "Oh Randy, you're breaking my balls here. You're breaking my balls, Randy." - there's stuff that only Cartman can do. Only Cartman could feed Scott Tenorman his parents, get his mother arrested, or change the future of civilization so he can play the Nintendo Wii.

Cartman is that kid you hung out with - even though you hated him. Or he's that kid you realize you hate when you're an adult, and he's just a kid and man, you should cut him some slack. But some kids are already huge jerks. At the same time, Cartman is our id. He's the guy who will say what we want to say but can't. He's the one who will do what we fantasize about doing but thousands of years of civilization hold us back.

Cartman is the biggest contribution to the world of animated characters that South Park has made - and that's saying something. Even if you argue that he's one-note, you've got to admit: That's one awesome note.

2 Leopold "Butters" Stotch

Butters is one in a million! I was barely into the South Park seasons, and as soon as I saw him, I knew he was the one. He's so caring and kind to everyone he meets and is amazing at making friends with new people, even if they aren't nice at first. He's just the sweetest little bundle of joy!

I'm so glad that he didn't stay a background character and is more involved in the show. I always await the moment he shows up on TV and get so excited when he does. To be honest, I think that Butters should be number one because he's just a really great and well-thought-out character in general!

Honestly, Butters is one of the most stable and sensible people in South Park, which is saying a lot, seeing as he is a 10-year-old. Compared to many of the other characters, he's a breath of fresh air. He keeps things funny and interesting, but he's not so obnoxious and overbearing like some other characters.

Butters is one of the most iconic characters in South Park. His trademark is childlike innocence and ignorance. In all these weird adventures he gets caught up in, he's still positive and optimistic. In my opinion, he's a blinding ray of sunshine amid the darkness of the other South Park characters. That's what makes him so special and, in my view, the best character in South Park. You can't change my mind.

3 Kenny McCormick Kenneth "Kenny" McCormick is a main character in the animated adult television series South Park, along with his friends Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, and Eric Cartman.

Kenny is a really underrated character. He's an amazing big brother to his sister Karen. He's very boyish and cheerful. Hell, despite having practically inaudible dialogue, he's made me laugh more than any of the other characters.

Also, he's the only child character to have a superpower: the inability to actually stay dead. I love that Kenny is aware of his power and takes it quite seriously, as he should. Everything about Kenny makes me very happy, even his silly, perverted mind.

Although he dies very often and isn't exactly given as much attention as the other three main characters, I feel Kenny has a lot deeper character than meets the eye. On the outside, yes, he's adorable and continues to make us laugh at his constant perverseness.

Yet, if we look closer, we can see he's shown to really show compassion for his friends. He does well as a protective older brother, and we can see how much he hates and feels about his curse. I especially love the more recent episodes where Kenny is no longer so much of a "prop" and more like an actual character. It really shows that Kenny has feelings, and it makes you rethink all the times he's died and how he's had to relive them over and over.

Really, Kenny is a very interesting character, and a very cute one at that.

4 Kyle Broflovski Kyle Broflovski is a main character in the animated television series South Park. He is voiced by and loosely based on co-creator Matt Stone.

Kyle has really shown great growth. When the show first began, Kyle was actually kind of boring and was a less funny version of Stan. But ever since Season 5, he has really changed, becoming more determined and standing up to Cartman because it's the morally correct thing to do. He's just interesting and funny overall.

Kyle is now a bright, able, courageous, and persistent kid who excels in dry humor and sarcasm. He has great one-liners and is a funny character. I also love Kyle because I can relate to him well, as he's always trying to do the right thing. I respect him so much when he gets humiliated by Cartman (who is hilarious, by the way) and is still able to do what's right. He is a phenomenal character and should be higher up on this list.

Kyle is basically the only reason I watch South Park. Honestly, it gets on my nerves that most of the fandom prefers the show's humor more than its moral nature. We need morals, and with that being said, Kyle would be a perfect leader! I'm surprised people call him a hypocrite compared to Cartman. When he saves Cartman from something, he has proper reasons. On the other hand, Cartman has only saved Kyle for his own selfish motives.

Even though Kyle is often thought of as the least popular of the four boys, which is a shame, people still call him overrated. Given that fact, he's clearly underrated! People really need to check their facts and realize that we all need a Kyle Broflovski in our lives.

5 Randy Marsh Randy Marsh is a fictional character in the animated television series South Park. He is the son of Marvin and Grandma Marsh, the half-brother of Jimbo Kern, the husband of Sharon, and the father of Stan and Shelly. He first appeared in the Season One episode, "Volcano", and is voiced by Trey Parker.

As a worshiper of Randy at the Church of Randy Marsh, I can without a doubt say that Randy is the best and funniest South Park character ever. Every episode Randy stars in and every episode where he makes a cameo is the greatest. Randy is a classic. He's so childish yet thinks he's so great. He's the only scientist in town and he's just the best. I can't even explain it. His run when he's dressed as Spider-Man says it all.

He's the best around! No one's ever gonna keep him down! He really is the best character, often used as the key character to highlight the satirical point of the episode, to brilliant effect. South Park simply couldn't work without him or Cartman, but I think Randy has both the funniest and cleverest moments. Cartman appeals to the lower common denominator, but Randy is where it's at!

Slowly but surely, Randy has become my favorite character by far. His silly remarks, which really make no sense in the situations, make me laugh harder than any other character. Sure, Cartman is hilarious, but Randy is just too comical. "What seems to be the officer, problem?" Wow, great line. Referring to Sharon (his wife) about not having the world's largest poop, "OH YEAH SHARON, ACT LIKE EVERYTHING'S OKAY, REAL MATURE SHARON!" I laugh out loud. I'm surprised he's not number 2 at bare minimum. I can see why he's not number 1. Everyone votes for Cartman. But one day you all will realize how hilarious Randy is and his conduct. Butters sucks. The only times I think he is funny is when he says his famous line, "I can't do [X] because my parents will ground me." Randy all the way!

6 Stan Marsh Stanley "Stan" Marsh is a main character of the animated television series South Park. He is voiced by and loosely based on series co-creator Trey Parker. Stan is one of the show's four central characters, along with Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McCormick, and Eric Cartman.

Stan is reasonable, caring, and adorable. In more detail, I like Stan the best because he actually cares about all of his friends, even though it's not always shown. He sometimes labels Cartman as evil, but who really doesn't? Anyone who doesn't recognize Cartman as a (lovable) jerk is blind.

I especially find his sensitivity about animal issues cute and nice. Stan makes many good points about humanity and society in general. He also has great interactions with characters that don't get much love, both in the series and in reality. I really like him and agree with how Cartman made him the hero in his bloody Christmas story. Stan really is the hero of the show.

The reason Stan is my favorite is that he's the most relatable character on the show. Most of the decisions he makes are things that most people would do. He's also much smarter and more mature than Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman. Having him as the voice of reason is what makes his character the strongest, in my opinion.

With all this madness going on, there has to be someone normal there too. His reactions to all the crazy things happening are both hilarious and relatable. Cartman may be the face of the series, but Stan is the heart and soul. The series just wouldn't be South Park without him.

7 Chef (Jerome McElroy) Jerome "Chef" McElroy was a cartoon character on the Comedy Central series South Park who was voiced by soul singer Isaac Hayes.

He burst into the most inappropriate songs at the most random moments, and we love him for it. Isaac Hayes was the number one actor on the show, no question. Then there's the fact that in the first episode, he pulled the fire drill just to let the kids go save Ike. RIP, Chef.

Chef is really cool! Especially when he says overly libido-centric stuff all the time, and nothing else. So funny! Hey, and also like when he says, "Hey kids, how you doing?" and they say "bad" all the time. That's seriously hilarious!

I loved Chef. I wish he was still on South Park. Chocolate Salty Balls is the best South Park song of all time. It's a shame the guy who voiced him died.

8 Mr. Herbert Garrison

"Now what do you think will happen when I introduce the element of the gerbil to the endothermic heat of Mr. Slave's tight ass?" Cue innocent (except for Cartman) nine-year-olds staring in horror. He's insane and has been a closeted and openly gay man, a transsexual, a lesbian, and straight. He is the most demented resident, second only to Cartman, in South Park.

He's hilarious. In the first season's "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo," at the town meeting, I laughed my ass off when he stood up at the end of the meeting and said, "Can we also get rid of all the Mexicans?" The Mayor replied, "No, Garrison, we can't get rid of the Mexicans." That just cracked me up, but there are so many more underrated great lines of his.

Yeah, I'd say Garrison/Pres. Garrison deserves top 10. They have changed his persona a lot over various seasons. Whether they're good or not is your preference. For me, Garrison having the equivalent personality of Sir Donald Trump is gold.

9 Tweek Tweak Tweek Tweak is a recurring character in the animated adult television series South Park and is a student at South Park Elementary. He drinks lots of coffee, which causes paranoia and jittery muscle spasms. He made his first appearance in the Season Two episode, "Gnomes".

I'm obsessed with him! He's adorable! No, adorable is an understatement. There is no word to describe how cute he is! I think I love him so much because he's so relatable, at least to me. I also love coffee and Twitch, and I'm gay. There's a reason why he was the one to replace Kenny. It's because he has great character and his development was able to happen in just a few episodes. His personality is a great match for the boys. He fits in everywhere. Even though he's a spaz, he's just such a great friend.

I love Tweek so much. He is so adorable. He is an angel and he's the reason I decided to start drinking coffee (I'm not kidding). He actually inspires me in a strange way. The first episode of South Park I watched starred Tweek, so maybe that's why I love him so much.

Tweek actually has a pretty interesting personality and is also a good example of anxiety. Despite being jittery, paranoid, and seeming to be scared of everything, he's really brave and is able to protect his friends. Tweek is also just a funny and cool character to watch. I love this crackhead.

10 Timmy Burch

Timmy really just needs his own show. I love it when he has a feud with Jimmy.

Timmy is a really underrated character. People think it's boring that he can only say TIMMY! or LIVIN' A LIE! and some other phrases, but I always get excited when he is in an episode. He should appear more often. I also love the Timmy-Jimmy relationship.

He should get a spin-off.

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11 Mr. Mackey Mr. Mackey is a recurring character in the animated adult television series South Park. He is the guidance counselor at South Park Elementary, best known for saying "m'kay" at the end of most of his sentences. He also serves on the City Council as head of Public Health.

Mr. Mackey: And why do you think the other children hate you?
Kid, whose name I for some reason can't remember: Because I burn them and kill them?
Mr. Mackey: Mkay, now that's a good start.

"Drugs are bad, M'kay." Mr. Mackey is my favorite adult character in terms of a school setting. I always thought he was great, whatever you could do with him.

Best South Park character ever, Mkay, and I don't know why he is so low on this list, Mkay.

12 Jimmy Valmer James "Jimmy" Valmer, is a fictional character from the American animated television series South Park. He is voiced by Trey Parker. He is physically disabled, requiring forearm crutches in order to walk. His disability is confirmed to be cerebral palsy but it is also rumoured to be muscular dystrophy.

Jimmy is easily the most underrated character. At first, I just thought he was a boring cripple kid, but I really got to know him in "Cripple Fight," "Erection Day," and that steroid episode. He's really grown on me.

"Cripple Fight!" Jimmy is alright to me, not that bad, but ugh... I felt he got some better material in Season 19 during the PC season, where he plays a major role in detailing news and ads, which I thought was clever to do.

Super underrated character. Although disabled, he's hilarious and sometimes badass! Jimmy always has something that makes me laugh or puts a giant smile on my face.

13 Craig Tucker Craig Tucker is a fictional character in the animated television series South Park and is a member of the boys' fourth grade class. Craig's most distinguishing physical feature is his blue chullo hat topped with a yellow puffball. One of his traits is his compulsive tendency to flip people off, usually for no discernible reason.

Craig is definitely the best character. He flips off people and he's badass. Plus, he's actually a fan favorite along with Kenny, and he deserves the most love. I really love him a lot. He's my third favorite after Butters and Kenny, followed by Pip as fourth. Seriously, how could you not love him? Plus, he's gay. If Craig were number one on this list, I'd be so happy.

Ah yes, Craig Tucker, one of my top 10 favorite characters. I relate to him in some way, but dang, I'll never be as cool as him. He is cute (not in a weird way) and is never afraid to speak out his opinion, even though he sometimes says it sarcastically. I find his signature chullo hat and his habit of flipping people off randomly to be really iconic.

He's a reserved person who loves his beloved pet and boyfriend. I totally forgot about his beloved boy toy. His relationship with Tweek is really adorable and is one of the most stable, healthy relationships ever. I hope to see him more in upcoming episodes.

14 Ike Broflovski Ike Broflovski is a recurring character in the animated adult television series South Park. Ike is Kyle Broflovski's adopted little brother from Canada.

Ike is a straight-up boss. He has sex with his hot teacher and is smarter than most people in town.

Whenever I see Ike and the way he reacts to things, I laugh out loud every time. He's super cute too.

I can't help but listen to little Ike's voice so often. It's so cute!

15 Wendy Testaburger Winifred "Wendy" Testaburger is a fictional character in the animated television series South Park. She is best known for her on-again, off-again relationship with her boyfriend Stan Marsh, and being more intelligent and mature than most children her age, which is utilized by her activism and feminism.

I really don't understand why there's so much hate for her. If it's because she broke up with Stan, it's true that she did, but she also said they can still be friends. I hate how Stan acted like a jerk, even though Wendy's responses were mean. Also, they've been back together since The List, when she realized that he has really grown in a fantastic way.

If the hate is because she beat up Cartman, then you must also hate Token, because Token has beaten up Cartman as well. In both cases, Cartman really got what he deserved. Overall, Wendy is highly underrated. She's my favorite character anyway.

An extremely underrated character. All of the characters in South Park have shown growth in their personalities, but I think Wendy has shown one of the most substantial. In the earlier episodes, she was, at times, an obsessed and mentally unstable clinger to Stan. The episode "Tom's Rhinoplasty" is like the "Scott Tenorman Must Die" before that episode was even made.

It seems that after Mary Kay Bergman died and a more mature voice was given to her, her character really began to mature. The episodes where she takes the main role usually involve her fighting a cause, usually for the greater good, and fighting a bunch of idiots, really. Not to mention she's one of the only characters to ever get back at Cartman successfully. When she's the main character, she's just kind of the underdog you always root for.

16 Jesus Christ

Jesus gets my vote. He literally dies to save someone. And when he resurrects, he's the guy you want on your side.

Should be number one, with Eric number two!

He got my vote.

17 Mickey Mouse

A pissed-off Disney owner who literally beats the crap out of anybody who doesn't agree with him! Plus, his little "ha ha" between every sentence is perfect!

I like Mickey in general. Haha. But in South Park, he's so crazy and downright greedy that it makes him more likable. Haha.

Haha, this guy is awesome! He's so funny and hilarious. I can't stop laughing at the ring episode.

18 Pip Pirrip

Pip is my favorite South Park character. He is really nice. I hope Trey Parker and Matt Stone do the right thing and bring Pip back to South Park.

Pip is my favorite South Park character. He is really nice. I hope Trey and Matt will do the right thing and bring Pip back to South Park.

Oh, what jolly good fun. Why did they kill off Pip? They should bring him back. He and Butters would make a good team.

19 Tuong Lu Kim, a.k.a. City Wok Guy

Mongorians! I literally ran out of breath from laughing too hard. This guy is like every Asian stereotype I've ever encountered in real life.

Ultimately, the best South Park character! The only reason he's not number one is because he has few appearances. Cartman is number two for me.

He's an ill-tempered, hilarious racist who really has an issue with "Japanese dogs."

20 Towelie Towelie is a recurring character in the animated adult television series South Park. Towelie is a talking towel who was genetically engineered by Tynacorp, in order to allow him to make people as dry as necessary depending on the situation. He is usually seen either appearing out of nowhere to give towel advice to the citizens of South Park or getting high.

Towelie is the funniest character. He's the typical stoner, in his own world.

"You're a towel!"

"I have no idea what's going on."

Don't forget to bring a towel!

I like how the Popeye song plays when he gets high.

21 Mysterion Mysterion is a recurring character in the animated adult television series South Park. He is the super hero identity of Kenny McCormick.

Mysterion is so cute when he is saving Karen! He is one of the most mature characters, and it always makes me sad how he hates his curse and how everyone else can't understand him. Definitely the best character!

I was having a little trouble picking, so I just picked Mysterion because I love Mysterion. So, anyway, yeah, Mysterion is pretty awesome. Plus, he's adorable.

Underrated character. So damn badass, you've got to love him.

22 PC Principal PC Principal is a recurring character in the animated adult television series South Park. He is the current principal at South Park Elementary, first introduced in the Season Nineteen premiere episode, "Stunning and Brave".

"PC Bro!" PC Principal is one of my favorite characters ever. The way he was introduced, and then takes no crap from anybody, makes him a very intimidating and fearless character in the series.

Annoying (but designed that way). Proves a nice satirical point about PC culture, but I'm ready to see him taken out of the show in the most 'South Park' way possible.

Despite being overly PC, he's showing it in a very masculine way, which is the point, I guess.

23 Jimbo Kern

He's literally the most underrated character ever.

He is a hilarious guy, especially when he is out hunting in his very unique hunting style.

24 Clyde Donovan

Clyde isn't the most popular kid in the school and only has a small group of friends, which is Craig's gang. He takes the lead in Craig's absence. I find Clyde to be a very likable character, what with his nasally voice and his defensiveness for his peers. He speaks up for his friends when he sees them being wronged.

Clyde isn't the cleverest. I think he should be higher on this list because even though he's a side character, he still plays a very important role.

He is just yes. I enjoy his random commentary and how he is pervy like Kenny. He also doesn't seem to fully hate Cartman. I enjoy seeing Clyde in South Park. I like his character in general.

Clyde is so funny. I don't get why he is ranked so low. His cry is so iconic. I just love him!

25 Tolkien Black

He is one of the most likable people in South Park. Mature, intelligent, smart - uh, I'm just listing synonyms at this point. I'll just say he's cool and I like him.

Well-mannered, mature, sensible, kind, caring, and polite are words to describe Token himself.

Token is a mature, good kid and is definitely raised the best out of any other kid. I enjoy seeing him in South Park.

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