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|“||Kyle or Stan: Oh my god, they killed Kenny!
Kyle: You bastards!
|~ The quote said whenever Kenny dies.|
|“||Goodbye you guys.||„|
|~ Kenny's first quote without his hood on.|
|~ Kenny's quote.|
Kenneth James "Kenny" McCormick is one of the four main characters of the adult animated sitcom South Park and of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
Kenny dies constantly, but always comes back to life and no one seems to remember. This was a running gag in the series appearing in almost every episode until Season 6, which was Kenny's hiatus after being killed off at the end of Season 5. However, he comes back in the end of Season 6. In all following episodes the frequency of Kenny's deaths has been considerably reduced.
He is voiced by the series co-creator Matt Stone (who also voiced Kyle and Butters) in his muffled voice. His unmuffled voice was voiced by the series' producer and animation director Eric Stough in the TV series and in South Park: Bigger, Louder and Uncut his unmuffled voice was voiced by Mike Judge, who also voiced Hank Hill as well as Beavis and Butt-Head (whom he also created). In the Japanese dub from the series, he is voiced by Mitsuru Ogata.
Kenny wears an orange parka, orange pants and brown gloves. Almost all of the time Kenny has his hood on so that only his eyes are seen. Underneath his hood he has messy blond hair which looks somewhat similar to that of Tweek Tweak's. On occasion, usually when he is scared or crying, he will pull the strings on his hood to make it tighten, although he did this once after Cartman had farted in an unventilated space on an airplane ("Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants"). In "South Park is Gay!", Kenny has a parka that is light purple with a part of his hair coming out of the hood, black pants, and brown boots with a black stripe down them. Later in the episode, he buys another parka that is pink and fluffy.
He is shown at times to have almost nothing on underneath his parka, as seen in the episodes "The Tooth Fairy Tats 2000", the film, "Lil' Crime Stoppers", and "Lice Capades", though mostly he does have a white T-shirt on. Kenny is shown to have blue eyes in the episode "Starvin' Marvin", in which a mutant turkey pulls out his eye and in a close-up, a blue iris is momentarily visible. In Good Times With Weapons, in anime style Kenny's eyes shows his iris which are blue. However, in an early draft for South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Kenny is described as having hazel eyes. In the film and "A Very Crappy Christmas", it is shown that Kenny sleeps in his underwear, making him the only one of the boys who does so (Kyle, Cartman, and Stan all wear pajamas, and Tweek Tweak rarely sleeps and thus has no pajamas, except in "Child Abduction is Not Funny").
However, in other episodes, he is shown sleeping in his parka. It would seem that his parka was made from pieces of his bedroom curtains, because in the episode "Quintuplets 2000", when we see Kenny practicing opera singing, we see his curtains in the background. They are of orange material, and a huge part of one is missing.
Kenny is the most sexually knowledgeable and experienced of the group. In earlier episodes, when an unknown term is introduced to Stan, Kyle and Cartman, Kenny will be called upon by his friends to clarify, although Kenny sometimes does not know the meaning of the term himself. His muffled responses are often met with laughter or further confusion. Kenny does seem to act differently without his parka on.
In "The Ring", upon finding out that his girlfriend Tammy Warner gave another boy a "B.J." (oral sex) in a T.G.I. Friday's parking lot, he pursued that wish throughout the episode and eventually got his wish, though he subsequently died of syphilis. In "Fat Camp", he gave Howard Stern a "hummer" (also oral sex) for ten bucks while promoting his Krazy Kenny Show.
His sexual knowledge may be gleaned from his parents, or from the pornography which Kenny possesses in "Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants". He often performs disgusting acts for money, such as dissecting a Manatee and eating its spleen, then regurgitating it and eating it again ("Fat Camp"). He also drinks from Jimbo's gas tank in "Volcano".
Powers and Abilities
One of Kenny's best known abilities is being able to come back from the dead. He is also show to be skilled with weapons, such as in the episode "Good Times With Weapons" where he hit Butter's eye with a shuriken. He is also very strong, as shown when he grabs Death by the wrist, flips him off a tricycle onto his back, and jumps on him, sending all his bones flying out, without seeming to be tired at all. He has the ability of Immortality whenever he gets killed dozens of times in every episode every week he gets revived. He was also able to put 2 girls in the hospital after beating them up in "Faith Hilling".
It was revealed in The Coon Saga that Kenny is in fact the vigilante known as Mysterion. Mysterion protects South Park from the evil forces such as Professor Chaos, portrayed as a superhero of justice. It is revealed that the reason he keeps coming back from the grave is because his parents give birth every time he dies, possibly after going to the Cult of Cthulhu meetings. This baby then ages 9 years in the space of a few hours and becomes Kenny.
Kenny's ability to come back from the dead allows him to do some incredibly heroic deeds that would, and normally does, cost someone their life. To that extent he's probably the most heroic character of all the South Park boys.
His supernatural ability to never permenantly die has been used by Kenny in multiple situations in acts of heroism. This is including but not limited to:
- Fixing the backup generator at a hospital by using himself to connect two wires, an example of him using his immortality to help
- While dressed up as Iron Man in "A Nightmare On FaceTime", Kenny and the boys attempt to capture the Redbox Killers instead of trick-or-treating, with Kenny giving the boys instructions, dressed up as the Avengers.
- Protecting his little sister, Karen
- Wishes to Satan for the world to be saved instead of getting out of Hell, which allows him in Heaven for saving the world from eternal damnation.
- Saves Heaven in "Super Best Friends" from Satan's army
- His vigilantism as Mysterion
Kenny is very protective of her little sister Karen, which even earned Kenny the nickname "Guardian Angel". Karen also looks up to Kenny for protection and comfort, and Kenny is seen as a very good selfless big brother.
Kenny is somewhat more heroic than the other South Park boys. However, due to the controversial nature of the show, even Kenny has been shown to do things that fall under wrongdoing rather than heroism. His sexual knowledge inevitably leads to him being notably lecherous, which is one of his only corrupting traits that always exists and leads to crime. He was implied to have only killed one person off-screen in the TV show, which is less than all the other main boys in the series (though Butters killing 14 people in "You Got F'd in the A" was all unintentional).
While many of Kenny's crimes are minor and sometimes unintentional, possibly his two worst ones include brutally assaulting Cartman and killing Sarah Jessica Parker (implied).
As a zombie, Kenny was guilty of cannibalism and turning people into zombies. However, as he was a zombie himself not in control of his actions, this doesn't really count.
Kenny is a friendly person in general, often seen interacting with other boys in background scenes. He is one of the leaders of the male student population, along with the rest of the boys. Despite his obsession with sex, he seems to have a decent relationship with girls. He was shown to be successful in maintaining a serious relationship with two girls in "Rainforest Shmainforest" as well as "The Ring".
Even though Kenny usually rivals against Craig and his friends along with Stan, Kyle and Cartman, they all seem to still get along with him for the most part when the two groups aren't in disagreement. They can all been seen playing and working together in episodes like "Free Willzyx" and "Guitar Queer-O". Craig and Kenny chose to be partners in "Super Fun Time". Craig even allowed Kenny to join him in making his "Animals Close-Up With a Wide-Angle Lens" video when Cartman wouldn't let Kenny join their report team in "Quest for Ratings". This is explained by the fact that Kenny is hooded all the time - being a news reporter, he would have had to show his face and have a really nice hairstyle. The given reason, though, is that Cartman thinks Kenny doesn't watch the news because he's poor. However, in episodes like "Pandemic 2: The Startling", Kenny has shown dislike for Craig by saying that he doesn't like him, though it could have merely been out of frustration that Craig refused help them again.
Millie is one of Kenny's classmates. While the two have never extensively interacted, there may be some unrequited love between them. In "Something You Can Do with Your Finger", Kenny chose Millie to "fall for him" in his music video. Also, in "The Biggest Douche in the Universe" while Kenny was possessing Rob Schneider, Kenny tried to kiss Millie which may conclude that he has a crush on her.
Cartman generally seems to tolerate Kenny, although he regards him as being lesser than him because he is poor, and can even at times be seen to treat Kenny as sort of a general laborer/servant, he is also very abusive, both physically and verbally. Cartman does appear to consider Kenny as his best friend out of the other three boys, although he is not above exaggerating the depth of their friendship in order to achieve or obtain something he wants, usually after Kenny dies or is incapacitated, such as in the episode "Best Friends Forever". In the same episode, Kenny described his general attitude toward his friendship with Cartman as his feeling sorry for him, because everyone else hates him. However, it is also shown that the two share a "best friends forever" necklace (hence the title of the episode). However it is implied that Cartman managed to sneak the necklace onto Kenny's neck in order to prove to everyone that he and Kenny were indeed best friends. It is seen that some times when something beneficial happens to the town, Cartman and Kenny are seen hugging, such as in the episodes "Red Man's Greed" and "The F Word". In the episode "Kenny Dies", Kenny agrees with Cartman's assessment that the two are best friends, as Kyle and Stan are. However, this is refuted in the episode "Best Friends Forever," in which Kenny had written in his will that Stan and Kyle were his best friends and he never really liked Eric Cartman. All things considered, their "best" friendship seems to end as of "The Death of Eric Cartman".
Kenny will go along with Cartman if he talks about something he agrees on, such as the time he giggled uncontrollably when Cartman farted in Kyle's face in "Cancelled", or Kyle and Stan if he gets really annoyed by Cartman's attitude. Although muffled, Kenny has often called Cartman by his first name "Eric", such as in "Probably", when he calls Cartman on the phone from Mexico and later when Jesus sends Cartman to Mexico as punishment. On occasion, he is known to punch Cartman when Cartman rips on him for being poor, and Cartman has been shown beating up Kenny when Kenny refuses to go along with his ideas, particularly in the early seasons. In fact, in "Cartmanland", Kenny was invited to go to Cartman's theme park, when Kyle and Stan couldn't come.
Cartman has shown to get angry and defensive after Kenny has died, while Stan and Kyle take it like it's nothing and have sometimes used it to get what they want (such as asking for ice cream with butterscotch in "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut"). He also seemed to be aware of Kenny dying in "Cartmanland", but in "Mysterion Rises" Kenny said nobody noticed.
Kenny has also been known to detest or mock Cartman on occasion, such as when Cartman degraded NASCAR fans by crashing a stolen car into a lake in Poor and Stupid - Kenny stormed down to Cartman's house to yell at him (nearly destroying the door in the process) - he was even prepared to kill Cartman in defense of NASCAR's reputation. He also laughed when Kyle and Stan abandoned Cartman for cheating at a war game when he yelled "I can play with myself all day!" in "Clubhouses". In "Jakovasaurs", Kenny got mad at Cartman again when he started claiming he hated Kenny. He then tried to distract Cartman by pretending to be a new species of antelope (so that the Jakovasaurs could be smuggled to France), but instead got mauled by a bear.
It should be noted that although his voice is muffled, Kenny can be heard using Cartman's first name, "Eric", on occasion (such as in "Probably"), making him the only one out of Cartman's primary three friends to do so. However, in "Chickenlover" and more recent episodes, Kenny called Cartman by his surname when Cartman was at his house.
It should also be noted that Kenny's alternate identity, Mysterion, and Eric's, the Coon, appear to have a rivalry. This can be seen in the episodes "The Coon", "Coon 2: Hindsight", "Mysterion Rises" and "Coon vs. Coon & Friends". In particular, Mysterion kept the group name "Coon and Friends" after Cartman was kicked out because it "pissed Cartman off beyond belief", and he found it "extremely funny".
Cartman is the only character to be aware of Kenny's constant dying, saying "He dies all the time!" in "Cartmanland". In "City on the Edge of Forever (Flashbacks)" he told a story while they were stranded on the bus about Kenny dying before he was killed by a giant black monster. Kyle points out that Kenny dying before would have been impossible because "he can't die twice". This would mean he is immune to the psychic effect that Kenny's deaths have on others. By extension, this may mean Cartman has immunity to mind control or other psychological effects.
While not shown in as much detail as Kyle and Cartman's newfound friendship, with the boys ending their friendship with a pessimistic Stan in "You're Getting Old", he also seems to be developing a better one with Cartman.
A picture of Kenny and Cartman at Casa Bonita is seen "A Song of Ass and Fire" which implies they have a close friendship.
Kenny does not take part in smashing Cartman's electronics in "Skank Hunt".
Although Kenny and Stan don't seem to share the same bond that Stan and Kyle do, Stan does seem to think of Kenny as a close friend. In "Kenny Dies", out of the 3 boys, Stan has the hardest time dealing with Kenny dying, and can't even bear to see him in the hospital. When Stan finally realizes that Kenny passed on "for good", he feels like he's Kenny's worst friend (until they hear about Cartman's selfishness). The two boys often hang out with one another when Cartman and Kyle get into their arguments and Stan and Kenny don't want to listen to it, such as in "The Passion of the Jew". In "Best Friends Forever", Stan and Kyle fight against Cartman to not have Kenny's feeding tube removed to save Kenny's life.
However, in "Cherokee Hair Tampons", when all hope seems lost to save Kyle and Stan breaks down crying in front of Kenny because of Kyle's impending death, he doesn't seem to care or even acknowledge the fact that Kenny dies all the time. This angers Kenny and makes him leave Stan to go home after using Cartman's catchphrase "Screw you guys I'm going home!" - which in turn causes his death by walking under a falling piano, and even then Stan still fails to notice or care.
During the first five seasons, Stan would merely say, "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!", after one of Kenny's classic deaths, and then he wouldn't acknowledge him again after that.
Like Cartman and Kyle, Kenny is at first only annoyed with Stan in You're Getting Old, with his constant complaining and buzzkilling. Unfortunately, when Stan gets worse and becomes unbearable to be with, he first ditches him and then, along with Cartman and Kyle, breaks off their friendship until the conflict is resolved in Ass Burgers.
Kenny and Kyle's relationship doesn't seem to be as strong as it is with the other boys. Kyle doesn't seem to really even notice Kenny a lot of the time. There is even a time in the episode "Chickenpox" when Kyle says that Kenny isn't his friend (this could be to get out of going to his house).
Though along with Stan, Kyle's shown his definite concern for Kenny and does view him as a very close friend, they rarely interact one-on-one. In "Best Friends Forever", Kenny gives all of his belongings (excluding his PSP) to Stan and Kyle, and Stan and Kyle fight very hard to save their friend from Cartman and his supporters. He also invites Kenny to his birthday party in "Casa Bonita". Kenny often sides with Kyle on many issues, even over Cartman, like in "Douche and Turd", where Kenny supports Kyle's mascot instead of Cartman's. Also in "Jewbilee" Kyle asked Kenny to come to Jew Scouts so that it would be fun.
Despite the neglect, Kenny has been shown to bear feelings of friendship towards Kyle, even to the point of trying to convince him of his own power as Mysterion to the point of shooting himself in front of him and Stan, much to their surprise and his later dismay when neither of them remember. Kenny also thinks Kyle is the smartest kid in his class, asking him for help in "The Coon" for that reason.
In the first five seasons and sporadically afterward, whenever Kenny dies, Kyle follows with "You bastards!" after Stan yells, "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!"
Kenny's relationship with Butters has been extremely close as well, often acting like a big brother towards him (despite being younger.) They both usually get along well, and Butters even drew him a picture of them in an airplane together when Kenny was dying. Their friendship truly evolved in "Going Native" though, when Butters admitted that Kenny's the only kid at school that has any dignity and isn't "fake or stuck-up." In the same episode, Kenny also helped him board his plane to Hawaii, and goes through thick and thin to help Butters get his Hapa Noa, so he'll return to his cheery self. He can also be seen holding Butters' hand throughout most of the episode (much like he does with his younger sister, Karen.) Kenny also joined Butters' "Wieners Out" movement during the genders war inflicting upon South Park Elementary. He is later seen in the crowed of boys encouraging Butters to fight Nelly in "Douche and a Danish", indication that Kenny fully supports Butters' decision to form this retaliatory movement, as do the rest of the boys.
Kenny briefly had a girlfriend named Kelly in "Rainforest Shmainforest" (she was first to admit her feelings for him), who came to his aid during one of his famous "death" scenes. In the next episode, "Spontaneous Combustion", it is revealed that he spends a lot of time at a new girlfriend's house but the viewer never sees her. Because Kenny had started dating Kelly in the previous episode, it is safe to assume that they are one and the same. Kelly hasn't been heard of since, although she was seen at the dance in "Hooked on Monkey Fonics", possibly having arranged to meet up with Kenny, but not being able to as he is dead at that point. If you look closely, however, you can actually see parts of Kenny's parka with Kelly at the dance.
In the episode "The Ring", Kenny gets a new girlfriend, a fifth grader named Tammy Warner. She happens to be the only person in the school poorer than Kenny's family. Classmates at school call her a slut because she gave a boy named Dave Darskey a B.J. (blow job) in the parking lot of a T.G.I. Friday's. Kenny later finds out that she did this because she got worked up watching the Jonas Brothers on television. This prompts Kenny to go and buy her tickets to a Jonas Brothers concert, hoping that it's his way into her heart, as well as her body. After the concert, Tammy and several other girls are called backstage where they are given a purity ring by the Jonas Brothers themselves, which stops them from doing anything "naughty". As Kenny is given a purity ring by Tammy, he is very upset at this, as well as completely bored. Eventually, due to boredom, they take off the purity rings and Tammy gives Kenny a B.J. Unfortunately, the next day, Kenny ends up contracting syphilis and thus dies; in the final minutes of the episode, his funeral is held, and the Vicar attending the funeral gives a speech about the dangers of syphilis: "And so, as we commit this young child to the earth, let us all be reminded that syphilis is still a deadly disease, and it can be caught even if using protection."
In the episode, "The Scoots", Kenny interacts with Wendy for the first time, where the girls ask if they want to trick or treat with them.
- Kenny's inner monologue voice is noticeably more dulcet than his actual voice, except when he's disguised as Mysterion in which case he uses his Mysterion voice.
- Kenny is the only main character to not appear in Butters' Simpsons-like hallucination, due to his temporary removal in Season 6.
- "Red Sleigh Down" marks Kenny's only appearance in Season 6.
- Kenny needed to take a year-off break in Season 6 back in 2002 from being killed dozens of times in every episode.
- Kenny serves as the posthumous protagonist in Season 6, as he is still seen in flashbacks in the "A Ladder to Heaven" after Eric Cartman mix Kenny's ashes (misaking them as chocolate mix) with milk and drinks it. Whenever Cartman gets hit on the head, he then seen visions Kenny's memories of where he locking tickets in a box.
- "The Scoots" marks the first time Kenny interacts with Wendy Testaburger.
- Trey Parker has noted that Kenny's creation was inspired by a real childhood friend of his. Much like Kenny, his name was Kenny, and he was poor and had an orange parka that made understanding him fairly difficult.
- The tab icon for the South Park Fandom Wiki is Kenny McCormick.