13 South Park facts you probably didn’t know
Cartman’s mom is named Liane after Trey Parker’s former fiance. He caught her with another man, and so he named the promiscuous character after her.
The character of Chef is based on an actual dining hall worker at the University of Colorado, the college Trey Parker and Matt Stone attended.
The characters of Terrance and Phillip were created because Trey Parker and Matt Stone kept getting complaints about the show being “nothing but bad animation and fart jokes”.
Butters was originally named Poof Poof and his birthday is on September 11th.
The character of Mr. Hankey was inspired by something from Trey Parker’s childhood. When Trey was a kid, he had the habit of not flushing the toilet. Because of this, Trey’s dad told him that if he didn’t flush the toilet “Mr. Hankey” would come out and eat him.
Cartman was dreamed up when Stone and Parker wondered how they could revive a misogynistic, racist character like Archie Bunker in this day and age. By making him eight years old, of course.
In the first season’s theme song, Kenny sings “I like girls with big vagina’s / I like girls with big fat titties,” but because of his muffled voice it was never censored.
There is either a celebrity impersonator or mention of a celebrity’s name in every episode.
The character Towelie was created to mock the real-life trend where every new South Park character introduced was a new marketing blitz. Towelie represented the absolute dumbest thing possible to create: a talking towel.
In the original unaired pilot, Stone and Parker used the pseudonyms Tupac Schwartz and M.C. Goldstein in the credits.
Butters’ supervillain alter-ego, Professor Chaos, is based on Marvel Comics villain Dr. Doom.
In the late 1990’s, a mother in Canada filed a complaint against the series that her young son, named Kenny, was being traumatized by the death of the character Kenny in each episode. She requested the CRTC (Canada’s equivalent of the FCC) to pressure Parker and Stone into changing Kenny’s name to something else. Her request was thrown out.
To date South Park still holds the Guinness World Record for “Most Swearing in animated series.”