the boys, fans, and others, voiced by Trey Parker, is one of the five main and well-known characters of South Park along with Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and in later seasons, Butters. He is a very popular and well-known South Park character, and has become an international celebrity around the world. Most of the time, he is the show's primary antagonist, but sometimes a hero. Eric was the first one of the boys to be shown without his hat as seen hat-less in "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson!". Cartman's birthday is disputed. Using the evidence of the episode "Damien", his birthday is thought to be on February 7th for the episode's original airdate was on Wednesday, February 4th, and Cartman had said his birthday was on Saturday. However, the official South Park Calendar lists Cartman's birthday as July 1st. He also weighs 90 pounds (41 kg) as of the episode "Weight Gain 4000".
Cartman wears a red jacket, yellow gloves (or mittens) and a blue hat with a yellow puff ball on top, brown pants, black shoes, and white socks (as seen in the episode "Super Fun Time"). He sometimes wears a green t-shirt with a bear picture on under his jacket, a white tank top, and sometimes a dark red t-shirt. He has medium-brown hair, which is always dyed black when he is dressed up as Hitler , and a double-chin. Cartman is overweight, but always denies it by saying "I'm not fat. I'm just big boned." in early seasons, or some variation thereof. However, as seen in the episode "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson!" and "Cartmanland", his weight problem may in truth be genetic and runs in the family as seen by the fact that with the exception of his mother and another woman, his entire family is extremely overweight. But in "Fat Camp", when he tells his mother talk about how he's big boned and such, she says "Those were all lies, sweetie, you're just fat." From the episode "Tsst" onward, he is slightly thinner, but this does not affect anything but his appearance itself. According to drawings of him, he has either brown or hazel eyes. However according to actions taken in "The Succubus", after getting an eye transplant from a dead Kenny, he should have Kenny's blue eyes, not brown ones. However, due to Kenny's constant death and resurrection, Cartman's eyes may be his own once again.
Concept and CreationEdit
According to the creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, they thought it would be impossible to put a character like Archie Bunker on late-20th century television. But then they came up with the idea that it might be allowed if the character were an animated nine (formerly eight) year-old boy living in the mountain town of South Park, Colorado. Thus, Cartman was born.
Contrary to popular belief that Cartman's name is derived from German war-pilot Erich Hartmann (which would reflect his love of Hitler and the Nazis), Trey and Matt confirmed in an online interview that Cartman's name is based on someone with the surname "Carpman". Trey Parker and Matt Stone have repeatedly stated that Cartman is their ultimate favorite of all the characters in the show. Although Cartman is initially modeled after Archie Bunker, Toni Johnson-Woods, author of Blame Canada: South Park and Contemporary Culture, says that she believes Cartman also draws parallels to Jackie Gleason of The Honeymooners, and Fred Flinstone.
PersonalityEditCartman is a spoiled, foul-mouthed, ill-tempered, violent, insensitive, cruel, irresponsible, sociopathic, arrogant, narcissistic, greedy, racist, sexist, dim-witted, rude, hypocritical, delusional, sadistic, corrupt, and manipulative child. The very dark, often disturbing undertones to his personality often hint at an extreme mental imbalance. Apart from being portrayed as having a general lack of moral responsibility or social conscience, he also seems to express schadenfreude, a German word (ironically), which means taking pleasure from others' misfortune, and is generally unable to show empathy, although there have been only two sole exceptions, "How to Eat with Your Butt" and "Major Boobage". This has been parodied as well, in the cliché of a typical villain becoming benevolent. In these episodes, he usually convinces Kyle that he has good intentions, such as in the "Cartoon Wars" two-parter, where Cartman appears to Kyle that he is concerned about people's safety at the beginning, but it is later shown to only have been doing it to get a show he hated off the air. In the "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?" and "Probably" two-parter, Kyle, and many others, fall for Cartman's apparently "good intentions" for trying to prevent the children of South Park from going to hell, but as we find out later, he only did it so he could get money. And in "Kenny Dies", where he is distraught at Kenny's impending death, leading Kyle to console him, and later when his supposedly real motives were revealed, knowing how Cartman typically is, Kyle promptly fights him in Kenny's defense (although Cartman was genuinely distraught over Kenny's illness before and after he learns that he can benefit from it and the end of the episode clearly shows that Cartman went through Congress for Kenny and that he just doesn't have a healthy way of dealing with the death of his friend).
Cartman has shown compassion towards cats, as in "Major Boobage" where he hides them from the authorities in his attic. He arguably shows more affection towards non human animals/objects; his stuffed animals being a strong example as well.
In "The Death of Eric Cartman", Kyle sums up Cartman's character, calling him a "fat, racist, self-centered, intolerant, manipulative sociopath". He is also constantly shown to harass and bully people at his school, and as a result many people in the show despise him. Cartman, however, does not consider himself to be a bully who likes to pick on other people to pleasure his self person; in fact, he seems to disregard good or bad altogether (or perhaps simply does not have a concept of it) and does whatever he feels necessary for him to get ahead. Cartman seems to be motivated not so much by personal gain as by asserting superiority over others. In "Red Hot Catholic Love", he won $20 in a bet with Kyle, but instead of using the money, he simply flaunted it in front of Kyle until Kyle conceded that Cartman was right, ruining his sense of victory and causing him to throw a tantrum (and apparently even abandon the money). The same thing happens in "Christian Rock Hard": Kyle makes a $10 bet that he can get a platinum album before Cartman, Cartman makes a successful album and makes millions of dollars and earning the album. But when Cartman discovers that the Christian companies do not give out platinum albums (Christ did not believe in such things, the albums stem from the gifts of the three wise men—they give out Gold, Frankincense and Myrhh), thus meaning he cannot win the bet, he angrily destroys the album, showing that he did not care how he just made millions of dollars, he just wanted to beat Kyle.
Cartman's much quoted line, "Respect my authority" (or as Cartman pronounces it, "respect mah authori-tah") highlights his power hungry and dictatorial characteristic. Cartman's friendships with the other kids are clearly existent, but just not shown as much because of his personality.
Ironically, despite (or perhaps because of) these qualities, Cartman also seems to be a natural leader, able to utilize overwhelming charisma and rhetoric to gain the obedience of large groups on a moment's notice (as in "The Passion of the Jew"), appearing to be innately aware of how to take advantage of "mob mentality" and direct it toward accomplishing his personal goals, as has been evidenced in countless episodes throughout the series' history. In situations where the other boys share his goals, Cartman is often the de facto leader (e.g., "Make Love, Not Warcraft", The List and "Marjorine", ). Indeed, the others consistently show a willingness to follow him and trust in his leadership when he's using his abilities for "good."
Cartman also seems to share many of the shows creators (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) more controversial opinions, despite both of them modeling Stan and Kyle after them. Examples of this include an extremely strong dislike for Family Guy for its lack of character development, plot, or smart humor. Other examples include Cartman's strong distaste of hippies, to the point that he has personally kept them out of South Park since he was 4 years old, and his belittlement of the Catholic Church as extremist, homophobic, and a supporter of pedophiles (in "Medicinal Fried Chicken"). He also considers John Lennon to be the king of hippies.
Antisemitism and other Forms of BigotryEdit
"If you had a chance to go back in time right now and stop Hitler, wouldn't you do it? I mean, I personally wouldn't stop him, because I think he was awesome, but you would, right?" - Cartman in "Make Love, Not Warcraft"
Cartman is extremely anti-Semitic, and a great many of his bigoted actions are directed towards Jews and especially toward his Jewish friend Kyle, who he openly hates and considers sub-human because of his faith. In the episode ."The Passion of the Jew", after seeing The Passion of the Christ, he believes the film was Mel Gibson's way of rallying people against the Jews, and idolizes him for it. He then dresses up as Hitler and manipulates people, who think that they are simply raising awareness for the movie and Christianity, to join him in an anti-Jew march while chanting in mispronounced German: "Es ist Zeit für Rache" (It is time for revenge) and "Wir müssen die Juden ausrotten" (We must exterminate the Jews).
When he tried to win the Special Olympics by feigning a disability in "Up The Down Steroid" , Kyle attempts to talk him out of it by telling him, regardless of their differences, that Cartman will surely go to Hell for such an act; Cartman replies that Kyle does not understand that Hell is reserved for the Jews, indicating once again his self-righteousness. He also has been shown to consider Judaism to be a disability and the title "Jew" to be an insult. He also believes Jews to be incapable of many professions, such as basketball player, singing, fireman, pirate or even so much as someone tough, however on some occasions his accusations have been proven true.
In the episode "Pinkeye", Cartman dresses up as Hitler for Halloween (A costume made by his mother even though Cartman himself did not know who Hitler was, showing that his antisemitism comes from his mother in some part). When shown a documentary to demonstrate why dressing like him isn't cool, Cartman is enthralled and imagines himself being the one commanding the Nazi troops in the video. Cartman's admiration for Hitler is further emphasized in "The Entity", after being offered $40 by Kyle not to tease Kyle's cousin, Kyle Schwartz. Since Cartman has trouble restraining himself from teasing Kyle about his Jewish heritage, when the class teacher (Ms. Choksondik) later tells Kyle's cousin to concentrate, Cartman impulsively blurts out: "Maybe we should send him to concentration camp!"
A contradiction of his idolization of Adolf Hitler is seen in "I'm a Little Bit Country" where in this episode Cartman is incapable of pronouncing "Nazi" correctly (pronouncing it "Nay-zee") upon seeing it written, as though he had never come upon the word before. Another contradiction occurs in "Tsst", when Cartman compares his mother who had been instructed how to treat her rampantly egocentric son by the Dog Whisperer, with Hitler, as a reason why she should be killed (although this is probably because Cartman is not being allowed to indulge in his personal desires).
In addition to taking regular jabs at racial, ethnic and religious minorities, as well as people of lower income like Kenny, Cartman is also prejudicial against red-haired, light skinned and freckled people. This particular prejudice most probably originated from the notorious incident with Scott Tenorman, who had red hair and freckles, although it may also be partially due to the fact that Kyle has red hair. During the episode "Ginger Kids", when the other three boys lead him to believe he has become a Ginger himself, he is horrified. Later, he organizes a cult of homicidal ginger children bent on world conquest known as the "Ginger Separatist Movement", remarking: "I'm not going to live my life as a Goddamn minority!" Ironically, Cartman has an aunt who is red-haired. An even bigger irony however, would be when he later discover that he was indeed half-Ginger, as his biological father, Jack Tenorman (who was also father of Scott Tenorman) was a Ginger football player for the Denver Broncos. This would technically make him a "Daywalker"; he does have the Ginger gene.
Cartman also may harbor some bigotry towards African-Americans. He is never shown out right hating black people (although he does believe in several stereotypes), and is shown several times playing with Token and seeking advice from Chef (one of the few characters on the show Cartman generally respected). Although Cartman was in jail for his "hate crime" on Token, even though it is quite obvious he did not bash Tokens head with a rock because he is black, but because he thought Token had insulted him (it was in fact Kyle who did this). Even though he usually rips on Token for being black, and he said he is gonna kill Token someday - ("Christian Rock Hard"), he does not seem to harbor negative feelings for black people, and Cartman always says he is going to kill people, so saying he was going to kill Token might not be personal.
Cartman's most passionate abhorrence is aimed at hippies, though he seems to use this term for liberals in general. In "Die Hippie, Die", he believes that hippies will destroy the town, and while the rest of the townspeople are initially skeptical, his fears are eventually borne out. When too close to liberals, he suffers what could be called an allergic reaction. He also wore a bio-suit upon entering San Francisco in Smug Alert.
Cartman's bigotry and antisemitism seem to come in second next to his personal desires, however; despite his hate for the Jews, Cartman saves Kyle in the episode "Smug Alert" for the sole reason of needing someone entertaining to pick in order to avoid boredom. In "Le Petit Tourette", he is not above thanking Kyle for stopping him from possible public humiliation. He saves Kyle's life again (who had been previously electrocuted in the hands of Manbearpig) in "Imaginationland Episode II"; this time because Kyle would not be able to suck his balls dead. Not able to live with the prospect of failing to humiliate his frenemy, Cartman begins performing CPR on Kyle.
Cartman is notable for having a very large criminal record. Although he has committed many atrocities and crimes, he has only been arrested three times, for his hate crime, and kidnapping Butters and hippies. Even then he was released almost immediately after his arrest. The real reason why Cartman doesn't stay in prison for a very long time because the town is full of idiots. Cartman's criminal record includes but isn't limited to:
- Murder: In "Butt Out", Cartman stabbed Rob Reiner, essentially killing him. This can be considered self defense; Reiner had been trying to lynch him by gathering a mob. However, Rob Reiner does appear in a later episode proving he did not actually die. When he flash-backed to 1776 in "I'm a Little Bit Country", he brutally murdered a messenger boy with a log, although this was in his imagination, and therefore was not a real crime. He was also indirectly responsible for the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Tenorman in Scott Tenorman Must Die.
- Vandalism: He mentions in "The Death of Eric Cartman" that he had broken a man's fence without telling him about it. He also destroyed most of the stuff in Butters' room with a baseball bat in the same episode.
- Manslaughter: He accidentally bashed Kenny's skull in "Timmy 2000" with a frying pan while trying to hit a bug on his face, though it was Kenny.
- Murder By Proxy: In "Scott Tenorman Must Die", although he did not directly murder Scott's parents, he did know that the situation he was putting them in would get them killed. He also conspired with Kenny to have Sarah Jessica Parker murdered in "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs", resulting in her getting shot. He also tries multiple times to convince the others to kill Kyle.
- Attempted Murder: He attempted to kill Kenny, Stan, & Kyle in "Toilet Paper" using a wiffle bat, not comprehending the stupidity of the plan. He also attempted to fire on the President of FOX in Cartoon Wars Part II, without realizing his gun wasn't loaded.In the episode "Tsst" he conspired to kill his own mother because he felt oppressed by her.
- Attempted Genocide: In The Passion of the Jew he tries to exterminate the Jews & in Ginger Kids he tries to get people to wipe out the Gingers. When he becomes one, he instead plans to kill all non-gingers, not wanting to live out his whole life as a minority.
- Assault: Done several times, although many of these are not crimes, but in fact just fighting with friends. In "The Coon" he also attacks a man and woman with the claws on his hands, scratching the man's face up and causing the woman to run away in terror (he thought the woman was being raped). In "Coon 2: Hindsight" Cartman brutally assaults Mintberry Crunch and Mosquito with the metal claws on his hands.
- Police Brutality: In Chickenlover he brutalized suspects physically, also done in Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy, although this is more of a case of "Hall Monitor brutality" and bullying.
- Smuggling: He became the leader of a fried chicken cartel in "Medicinal Fried Chicken".
- Theft/Obstruction of Criminal Investigation: Cartman stole the dead bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Tenorman off a crime scene while Barbrady was investigating. It is also mentioned in "About Last Night", Cartman had stolen everyone's televisions while they were out getting drunk.
- Violation of Firearm Laws/Threatening with a deadly weapon: The Glock pistol that Cartman carries is almost certainly illegal and unregistered. Although it is never explained where he obtained the gun, it is likely he obtained during the events of Wing. He constantly uses it to threaten people such as Kyle and the President of FOX.
- Prostitution: Done when he suffered brain injury and began to think he was a Vietnamese prostitute.
- Hate Crimes: He bashed Token's head with a rock in "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000", although he was later proven not to have done this to Token for racial reasons, and therefore was released from jail almost immediately after his arrest. Still counts as a mild case of assault. However, his attempts against Jews, Hippies, Gingers, and non-Gingers while he thought he was one may count, as his motivations are specifically because they are members of this group.
- Kidnapping and false imprisonment: Locked Butters in a bomb shelter for a week in "Casa Bonita" and kidnapped hippies and trapped them in his basement "Die Hippie, Die") He also held the Hakeems prisoner in "The Snuke" (though this was government-sanctioned.) and he took Butters from the mental hospital without permission from officials in "The Death of Eric Cartman".
- Terrorism: Cartman admits to this when he is trying to get Family Guy pulled, both through threats from Islamic bombers and through threatening the FOX President with a hand gun. He also formed an anti-Chinese organization with Butters, and held an entire building full of hostages on the gun point, with Butters wounding 2 police officers and a civilian with badly aimed gunshots. His attempt to split up the US through manipulating a drunken army of southerners to plunder towns and march on DC might also count, although this was not for political reasons so much as it was for making Stan and Kyle his slaves. In "The Coon" he tries to bomb a hospital to lure out Mysterion by planting dynamite on it. He managed to set the explosives, but ditched the plot and decided helping Mysterion would be more preferable.
- War Crimes: The Drunken Southern Civil War army he led is seen looting, pillaging, attacking civilians, and burning down buildings. It is also implied by Cartman at one point his troops are raping women (When he offers Kenny a spot in his army he says: "Join me, and you shall have many plunders and women!", although he does not specifically reference rape). He also employed at least two other child soldiers, Kenny and Butters.
- Piracy: In "Fatbeard", he assembled several groups of Somali pirates to plunder ships in increasingly aggressive ways, until all his pirates are shot to death by US snipers.
- Breaking and Entering: In "Tonsil Trouble" and "Mecha-Streisand" he broke into Kyle's room. He also broke into the veal ranch in "Fun With Veal". In "AWESOM-O" he pretends to be a robot to enter Butters' house without his knowlege.
- Hit and Run: In "Poor and Stupid" he hijacked a race car at NASCAR after consuming a lot of Vagisil and ran over several spectators and several pit crew members. Shortly after this incident, it said on the news that a NASCAR fan (Cartman) hijacked a race car and killed eleven people.
- Blackmailing, Framing, False Evidence: Coon 2: Hindsight, Cartman (a.k.a. The Coon) he tries to blackmail Captain Hindsight, in order to have him join the superhero team.
- Conspiracy to Blackmail: In "AWESOM-O" he convinces Butters to give him information to blackmail him.
- Torture: In "The Snuke" he used farts to torture the Hakeem family.
- Fraud/Plagarism: In "Christian Rock Hard" he replaces the words 'Baby' in love songs with 'Jesus', which is plagarism, and fraudulent as the band is not technically Chrisitan rock. He also pretends to be mentally disbled twice in "Le Petit Tourette" and in "Up The Down Steroid".
- Rape: In "Cartman Sucks" he gave Butters a blowjob (technically) without his knowlege, and put his own penis in Butters' mouth. Even if Butters had given consent, it would have be statutory rape.
Neutral Evil: willing to either follow or break the rules if suiting him or his goals, although leaning more towards Chaotic Evil due to his intense sadistic streak and desire to cause misfortune for no reason other than amusement.
It has been repeatedly shown that Cartman has serious behavioral and emotional problems. He has extremely exaggerated anger issues and violent tendencies when upset. Perhaps the best example of this is seen in "Scott Tenorman Must Die", when he had two people shot, ground into chili and then fed to their distraught son, causing a horrified Kyle to say that he and Stan should never piss off Cartman again. This has since been regarded as Cartman's defining moment towards true sociopathy, and has been brought up again countless times during the series.
He also has displayed traits of gender confusion; he occasionally has tea parties with stuffed dolls (pretending they are talking about how cool he is), owns a (supposed) female cat named "Mr. Kitty", and in "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society", he was seen re-enacting a scene from The Silence of the Lambs as Buffalo Bill with a rag doll he named Polly Prissy-pants trapped down a well. In "Freak Strike", Cartman goes on the Maury Povich Show to be a panelist during a discussion on out-of-control kids. In an attempt to win the assumed prize, he dresses up as a promiscuous teenage girl. In the episode "AWESOM-O", Butters reveals to the residents of South Park a video of Cartman dressed as Britney Spears, while dancing around a cardboard cut-out of Justin Timberlake, which he apparently later made out with.
Cartman's confused sexuality is most apparent in the episode "Cartman Sucks", in which Cartman takes pictures of himself with Butters' penis in his mouth to make Butters look gay. However, Kyle, Stan and Kenny explain that such actions actually make Cartman look gay, which results in Cartman trying to get a picture taken of his own penis in Butter's mouth. Another moment of this apparent confusion can been seen during the events of the "Imaginationland" trilogy, where he bet Kyle that Leprechauns were real, and if he won, Kyle would have to suck his balls. Although Cartman was proven to be right, Kyle refused, causing Cartman to become obsessed, and began going to extreme lengths to force Kyle to suck on his balls. He later explained to Jimmy that this was all to humiliate Kyle.
He also speaks with a very strange but geographically indeterminate accent, which has shown to be a dominant trait in the extended Cartman family. Aside from the sheer volume of expletives in his dialog, he also uses words in different (and often grammatically incorrect) context. Some examples of this are: instead of saying 'I'm serious" he will say "I'm seriously", instead of saying "here" he will say "heahre" (sometimes in the earlier episodes, he would even pronounce "here" as "myah") and instead of saying "respect my authority", he'll say "respect mah authoritah." This became a well-known catchphrase of the show.
A defining arc during the show's fourth season was Cartman's single-minded quest to make 10 million dollars. The schemes he has tried include; becoming a part of the Denver "tooth racket" and stealing Tooth Fairy money from kids, starting a boy band called Fingerbang, and forming his own church and embezzling it's collection money These all failed miserably for several reasons. He also tried at it in the episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons" when Kyle's kidneys were failing and Cartman, being the only one with Kyle's blood type, demanded a payment of 10 million dollars when Stan begged him to let Kyle have his kidney. He has also tried to sell a crashed truck-load of aborted fetuses to the highest-bidding stem cell research center, and even to a restaurant as food. In "Up the Down Steroid", Cartman had also pretended he was retarded to compete in the Special Olympics and win $1000. The reasons for this are never fully explained, although in one episode "Cartmanland", after inheriting a million dollars from his grandmother, he reveals that he wishes to buy his own amusement park so he won't have to wait in lines for the rides. He also stated that it has been his dream to own a million dollars since he was two years old. In "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow", he threatens Kyle with a gun for his "Jew gold". In "ManBearPig" Cartman stumbles upon a pile of treasure while the boys are trapped in a system of caves. Afraid that the others might find the treasure and demand a share, Cartman decides to swallow as many of the coins and jewels as he can, causing him to become extremely bloated and unable to walk or swim on his own. Later in the episode it is revealed, during the process of painfully crapping it out, that the treasure is fake and used for photographs for tourists at the caves. He is miserly, determined not to give up the slightest amount of money, such as refusing to give a dollar to Afghan children: "I'm not giving a dollar to those towel-heads!".
Although Cartman can at times be worldly, he is often wildly misinformed; he once believed that dolphins lived in igloos. Cartman also appears to know very little about the female anatomy. One time, he threatened a woman with, "Bitch, I'll twist your nuts off". Also, in the episode "Chickenpox", when he was told that his mom sent him to Kenny's house so he would catch chickenpox, he claimed that he would "kick her in the nuts", which is an intriguing threat since Cartman's mother was believed to be a hermaphrodite.
Cartman's ignorance is best demonstrated in "The List" when he made a plan to steal a list the girls made of who the cutest boys in the class were. The plan involved Butters kicking one of the girls in the balls, which failed of course, forcing Cartman (and the rest of the boys) to conclude that "Apparently, girls have no balls". In "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy", it is shown that Cartman's idea of sexual intercourse is to "Stick it inside her and pee. If you don't want to get her pregnant you pull it out and pee on her leg." In the first episode. Cartman complains "Mom! Kitty's being a dildo!" showing ignorance of the context in which "dildo" is used and, possibly, what a dildo is. However, it is possible he is using it as a generic insult, such as calling someone a "dick".
Also in Pee, his ignorance is again displayed when he thinks all the minorities in "his" water park are what the Mayans predicted and by 2012, the apocalypse will be when the whole world is minorities.
Cartman also confuses English people with French people. In the early seasons, he often teased Pip and called him a "French piece of crap". On the other extreme, in the movie, he called The Mole a "'British piece of' shit", despite The Mole being supposedly French. Additionally, in "The Jeffersons", he alludes to despising Austrians, apparently failing to note the irony of the fact that he admires Hitler, who was Austrian.
It is also worth noting that Cartman is completely oblivious to the fact the other kids hate him, and often assumes they're joking when they imply or even openly declare it .
In the episode "201" Cartman completely ignores the fact that he got his own father killed and fed to his half-brother and is more concerned about being half-ginger.
Cartman shows a pathological degree of impatience when forced to do something he doesn't want to do or when he has to wait for something he wants. An example of the former is seen in "I'm a Little Bit Country", in which Cartman electrocutes himself in an attempt to create a flashback and avoid studying. In the episode "Go God Go", where Cartman freezes himself so that he won't have to wait three weeks for the Wii console to be released, which shows irony in the end; Butters forgets where Cartman's block of ice is buried and Eric is thawed out almost 600 years in the future, the people there zap him back to his own time where it turns out that he got sent back three months before the Wii's release.
Although Cartman frequently insults and taunts his friends, he sometimes appears to be more cowardly than they are when it comes to physical confrontation. In "It's Christmas in Canada", after repeatedly threatening to beat Kyle up if they didn't get home in time for Christmas, Kyle punches Cartman and he immediately bursts into tears, a similar instance can be seen during "Cartman Sucks", although Kyle only punched Cartman in the arm.
In another episode, Cartman threatens Kyle and it leads to Kyle giving Cartman a bloody nose, in "Goobacks". In "Christian Rock Hard", Cartman is beaten up by Token after provoking him with racial jibes. In several episodes, he is seen able to overpower Kenny, but in some episodes he isn't capable of doing so. However, in earlier episodes like "Damien" he is able to beat up Kyle. Despite this, Kyle beat up Cartman in the more recent "Tonsil Trouble" without hesitation.
In "Tweek vs. Craig", Cartman has no problem with fighting the other boys back physically (and it is revealed that Sumo is his martial art of choice). In "I'm a Little Bit Country" he smiles and sings the Dawson's Creek theme while he kills the Official Messenger Boy with a piece of wood then drags the body off-screen, although this happens in what was essentially a fantasy of Cartman's and may, therefore, due to Cartman's inflated ego, not be representative of his actual abilities. Also in the episode "Cartoon Wars Part II", he and Kyle has a slapfight, which he won (though this was more through deceit than skill), and in the episode "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson", he was dominant in a physical fight against a midget (who supposedly had a black belt in karate). Also in "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" he threw a rock at Token, giving him a black eye.
In Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy, Cartman is shown being physically abusive to innocent kids in the hallways. He once pushes an unnamed kid up against a wall, until the kid showed him his hall pass, after which Cartman acts as if nothing happened. The kid questions Cartman about his abuse of power, and Cartman promptly kicks him across the room in a somewhat cartoonish way, although he is never shown pulling off a feat like that again. In "Breast Cancer Show Ever", Cartman is shown to be quite nervous over fighting Wendy and is shown going to great lengths to avoid the confrontation. However, when Wendy decides to fight him regardless, he is quite spectacularly defeated.
Overall, Cartman is a decent fighter, although he can be a wuss and particularly enraged opponents can beat him with ease. His specialty lies more with weapons than his fists. Throughout all of these scenes, it is heavily suggested that Cartman indeed has a high tolerance for pain, however will often feign pain to gain sympathy from those around him. This shown especially in It's a Jersey Thing, where it wasn't until after Kyle left did he start crying from being attacked by him, and then later used it to convince other boys to lock him in a meat locker.
Cartman has a disturbing habit of appearing in other people's homes in the middle of the night. He has a preoccupation with becoming mature, or at least more so than his friends, which frequently ends in him doing something that is anything but mature. Cartman also appears to be driven by a desire to surpass Kyle (especially), Stan, and Kenny. Knowing that his satisfaction chiefly comes with seeing other people unhappy, Kyle once deliberately congratulated Cartman on winning a bet, this, of course, ruined Cartman's egotistical satisfaction at having humiliated him.
Cartman also carries around what appears to be a Glock 17 pistol that has been seen in several episodes. He has actually never fired it, and only uses it to threaten people. He used it to "persuade" Kyle into giving him his Jew Gold in "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow." In "Cartoon Wars Part II", Cartman used it to threaten the president of FOX, however he realizes soon that he forgot to load it, causing him to throw it to the ground in frustration. His most recent use of it was when he and Butters stormed a Chinese restaurant, and he orders Butters to use his gun to hold the crowd and fire at any intruders (although Cartman begins to regret giving Butters the firearm because he keeps accidentally shooting men in the genitals).
Cartman apparently sees scenes of sickening and/or disturbing imagery every time he closes his eyes, but thinks nothing of it. He also occasionally has milk come out of his nose when he laughs, even when he was not drinking any. This milk-sneezing problem is due to a malfunctioning kidney, which Cartman is tricked into donating for transplant, benefiting his friend Kyle, who receives the malfunctioning organ as seen in the episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons". Many of Cartman's mannerisms were revealed to be inherited in "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson!", in which most of the Cartman family were depicted in a similar manner.
When South Park first premiered, Cartman's outrageous and shocking behavior made him instantly popular with viewers. Another reason Cartman tends to stand out is because he is generally the most pro-active of the four main characters. Cartman is frequently the one to come up with new ideas and plans, usually told excitedly to an often unimpressed Stan, Kyle, and Kenny. Cartman frequently comes up with ideas that are ridiculous or offensive, and while he may appear to have the upper hand, his antics tend to inevitably turn on him. He is often shown receiving the brunt of consequences generated by his behavior by the end of the episode, although on certain occasions, Cartman is shrewd enough to either earn himself a Pyrrhic victory ("Toilet Paper", for example), or allowing Stan and Kyle only such a gain.
There have been a few people, while never having heard of South Park before, had still heard of Cartman, or had seen his image somewhere.
In the episode "Weight Gain 4000", one of the main plots of the story revolves around Cartman getting "in shape" for the presentation with Kathie Lee Gifford. He sees an advertisement on the television for "Weight Gain 4000", and he believes it will make him buff in time for the presentation. However, he merely gets fatter and for comical effect, his fat shoots up his height as well. At the end of the episode, he has gotten so obese that he can't even get out of his house; when he appeared on the Geraldo show, they had to interview him in his own house, and transmit the recording back to the studio. In a false memory in, "City on the Edge of Forever", he recalls that the formula actually worked, and he showed up at the presentation very tall and muscular.
It is normally shown that Cartman has no self-consciousness or even realization of his obesity. This may be in part due to the fact that Liane allowed him for the first few seasons to believe that he really was big-boned.
- Liane: "Now boys, Eric isn't fat, he's big-boned!"
- Kyle: "He must have a huge bone in his ass then!"
- "(Liane laughs, to Cartman's frustration.)"
He is almost shell-shocked during the intervention in "Fat Camp", when he looks to his mother for defense, saying that she always told him he was simply big-boned. She replies "Uh, sweetie, those were all lies. You're just fat."
In the first episode of the twelfth season, "Tonsil Trouble", it is revealed that Cartman has in the past needed a routine tonsil checkup. In this episode, however, his tonsils had to be removed. And in doing so, they accidently gave them the HIV virus.
Also in "Tonsil Trouble", Cartman was accidentally infected with blood contaminated with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. He was angered by this, and his anger worsened when Kyle laughed - out of irony, disbelief and thrill that something so horrible has happened to his worst enemy. Cartman, with the help of Butters, then snuck into Kyle's room and intentionally gave Kyle AIDS. Kyle figured it out and hunted Cartman down and beat him up in the schoolyard and broke many of his toys (including his favorite, his crown-jewel, the beloved Clyde Frog). Cartman, in the meantime, researched the virus and found out that Magic Johnson had AIDS for decades and is still alive. Cartman and Kyle then found out, along with Mr. Johnson, that the actual cure for AIDS was heavy doses of cash, the point being the solution to any problem is to throw lots and lots of cold-hard cash at it. Cartman and Kyle have both since recovered from the disease. Kyle still made it a point to break his Xbox after they come back from New York and LA curing AIDS.
- Kyle's mockery of Cartman's infection with HIV is ironic, since Cartman has wished on many occasions in past episodes for Kyle to have AIDS:
- In the episode "Casa Bonita", Cartman, Kenny, and Stan are all playing video games when Kyle enters and says that he has good news, to which Cartman hopefully replies "You have AIDS?"
- In the episode "Woodland Critter Christmas", Cartman ends his fictional Christmas story with the line, "And everyone lived happily ever after...except for Kyle who died of AIDS two weeks later." This similar closing line also used in the episode "Pip".
- In the episode "Red Man's Greed", Cartman suggests giving Kyle AIDS as a potential way to raise money.
- In the episode "Cartman Joins NAMBLA", while playing a board game Cartman gives Kyle an AIDS card, giving him AIDS in the game. Stan then remarks to Cartman, "Dude, that's not cool. Don't give Kyle AIDS."
In the episode "Succubus" it is revealed that Cartman's eyesight is rubbish. After several unsuccessful attempts by the optician to cure them, including a pupil dilation that resulted in him walking into several walls and a botched laser eye surgery that ended up with Cartman having to wear bandages over his eyes for three days, he managed to get a transplant from a "donor" who's head he had preserved in ice - the donor being Kenny, who Cartman says had perfect sight.
However, obesity, HIV, and tonsils may be the least of Cartman's health concerns; Cartman seems to have a very poor mental health. He shows signs of not only anti-social behavior, but also sadism, Schizophrenia, identity issues, gender confusion, psychosis, psychopathic nature, narcissism, and possibly even insanity. He apparently dreams of humiliating, beating, emotionally destroying or even killing Kyle. For example in "Fat Butt and Pancake Head", Cartman dreams of taunting Kyle ("I told ya so!") so much that the latter starts crying. In "South Park is Gay!", he seems to hope to kill Kyle without any reason. However, it was not until the season five "Scott Tenorman Must Die" incident that we see how deep his insanity goes, when he creates a highly elaborate and sociopathic scheme, resulting in murder and cannibalism. Cartman also seems incapable to admit his own errors and history, and instead alters past events in his own mind to show himself in a better light, as seen in "City on the Edge of Forever" and "Fishsticks". Cartman's mind even once turned against him during Le Petit Tourette, during which he made everyone believe he was suffering from Tourrette's Syndrom, so as to be able to go around saying whatever horrible hateful thing he wanted without consequences. Unfortunate, this resulted in him being completely unable to control what he said, and began revealing assorted secrets such as him and his cousin touching penises. Cartman's sanity is called in to question with the existence of Mitch Conner/Jennifer Lopez, who is Cartman's hand given a personality/backstory. In "Fat Butt and Pancake Head" Cartman did ventriloquism with his hand, claiming it thought itself to be a real person, named Mitch Conner, who was a con-man posing as Jennifer Lopez. Cartman would often argue with the hand at length, and the hand would apparently work independently of Cartman, such as masturbating Ben Affleck. Cartman would later claim it was just a prank on Kyle and the others. However in "200", Cartman brings back Mitch Conner to swindle a group of celebrities, and again proceeds to argue with his hand and disagreeing with it, despite the fact there is no one around him to trick, leading one to believe that Cartman really believes the hand is a person. The hand also claims to have knowledge that Cartman does not, such as who Cartman's father really is. In "201" it is revealed that Cartman is Scott Tenorman's half-brother, meaning that he killed his own father; Jack Tenorman and fed it to Scott Tenorman in a bowl of chili. However, he was more concerned about being half-ginger than the fact that he murdered his own father.
Cartman often shows less interest in sexuality than the other boys. This seems intentional on the writer's parts, and fits with his self-absorption, immaturity, and gender confusion. An example for this would be seen in the episode "Raisins", where the boys end up in an eponymous Hooters-like restaurant, and Cartman only shows interest in the food, rather than all the skimpily-dressed waitresses. The other boys, however, do show interest in them, except Stan, who was too depressed at the time because Wendy Testaburger broke up with him.
Cartman also displays a lack of knowledge about sex, despite the fact that his mom is frequently having sexual relations with other people in South Park; when Kyle says that Ike is too young to understand sex in the episode "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy", Cartman replies, "What's there to understand? You get a boner, slap her titties around some, then stick it inside her and pee". Cartman's lack of knowledge is also displayed in the episode "Sexual Harassment Panda", when he tells Mr. Garrison that sexual harassment is "trying to have intercourse with a lady friend, and some other guy comes up and tickles your balls from behind." However, the other children, except for Kenny, Butters (who explains sex in great depth to Jimmy "Erection Day" but in a childlike sort of way) and possibly Clyde, do not seem to have more knowledge of sex than Cartman, which is probably because they are only 9 years old.
In "Imaginationland", Cartman makes a bet with Kyle, stating that if he can prove that leprechauns are real, then Kyle will suck his balls. Cartman wins the bet, and his single-minded quest to force Kyle to suck his balls subsequently becomes a significant subplot of the trilogy. Although he doesn't get Kyle to suck his balls in reality, he does imagine Kyle sucking the balls of an imaginary Cartman with much enthusiasm at the end of "Imaginationland Episode III". It is quite plausible, however, to assume that Cartman's obsession with his quest stems significantly from his desire to humiliate Kyle, rather than from any homosexual attraction to him.
In "Jared Has Aides", after listening to Butters get beaten by his parents, as Cartman was responsible for it by pretending to be Butters on the phone and insulting them, Cartman says, "If I were older I would totally start jacking off right now", hinting sexual sadism.
In 'Make Love, Not Warcraft", when Clyde Donovan tells Cartman he's going to stop playing World of Warcraft, Cartman says that the French also stopped playing when Hitler rose to power. He then taunts Clyde by asking him if he's French, and then says, "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, Clyde?", meaning "Do you want to sleep with me, Clyde?" in French, although he could just be quoting the French lyric from the song Lady Marmalade without understanding the meaning, but he could have been taunting him by saying he's French and using the French stereotype as a way to taunt him.
There is evidence of a potential homosexual bond between Cartman and Butters. In "Cartman Sucks", Cartman seeks to humiliate Butters by taking a picture of himself with Butters' penis in his mouth. After being told by Kyle and Stan that being photographed that way is humiliating him rather than Butters (in other words, being photographed in such a way makes him gay), Cartman then seeks out Butters to make him put his penis in Butters' mouth, but this fails, as the both of them are caught by Butters' father.
In "Proper Condom Use", Butters is putting on a condom, when Cartman is caught by Kyle looking at Butters' penis; Cartman dismissively claims he was trying to see how to put on a condom, which Kyle doesn't believe.
In "Cancelled", Cartman once again finds himself the victim of getting an anal probe from aliens. When Chef and the boys take him to see a proctologist, the doctor sticks his finger and his entire hand in Cartman's rectum. Although initially surprised, Cartman lets out moans of pleasure, just before a fifty foot satellite dish shoots out of his rectum. Although when the satellite retreats back into his rectum, he experiences severe pain.
However, during the events of "Chef Goes Nanners", Cartman briefly became an object of affection for Stan's girlfriend Wendy Testaburger. After being passionately kissed by Wendy at the end of the episode, he is disappointed at the end when she says that she no longer has any feelings for him. In "Tom's Rhinoplasty", Cartman, along with Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and the entire third-grade class, were all attracted to the substitute teacher, Ms. Ellen. Although she was a lesbian, and the boys did not understand what it meant, they tried to become lesbians in order to try to win her. Additionally in "Le Petit Tourette" he accidently admitted to having a crush on a girl named Patty Nelson, but he also accidentally said that he and his cousin touched each others wieners.
In "W.T.F", he cross dresses as "Bad Irene", a woman who is addicted to abortions.
Cartman has also had encounters with sexual abuse. In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA", his attempt to find older friends winds up with him almost being molested by members of the North American Man/Boy Love Association. In "Simpsons Already Did It", after discovering that semen (which he confuses with "sea-men") will fertilize his sea-people, he goes to a sperm bank to collect "sea-men". At the sperm bank, he pretends to test a semen sample by smearing it on his fingers. When Cartman later empties a bowl of semen into the tank, he tells Stan and Kyle that he got some of it from a man named Ralph in an alley, who told him to "close his eyes and suck it out of a hose", meaning he performed fellatio on Ralph.
In "AWESOM-O", a movie producer asks Cartman, who is disguised as a robot, if he is a pleasure model. Cartman does not understand him until he takes his pants off, at which point, he runs out yelling in monotone fashion "Lame!" Also, in the episode "Fat Butt and Pancake Head", Cartman convinces Ben Affleck, among others, that his left hand is an actual woman named Jennifer Lopez; Affleck later has a sexual encounter with "Miss Lopez", leaving Cartman's hand covered with his semen.
In "Fun with Veal" Cartman is awoken by Kyle, Stan and Butters to help save some baby cows from slaughter. As the other boy's knock on his window Cartman gives a scream of "NO UNCLE JESSE, NO!" implying that one of his relatives may have abused him. It could also mean he has a sexual fear of Uncle Jesse from the TV show Full House.
In "Cow Days", he receives a concussion that makes him think he is a Vietnamese prostitute named Ming Li, who frequently says "Sucky sucky, five dolla" (a reference to Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket), to passing male carnival goers. He then "services" Leonardo DiCaprio, much to his disgust after he reverts back to his normal self.
The most active family member in Cartman's life is his Mother, Liane Cartman. A recurring joke throughout the series is that, despite his mother's sweetness and wholesome demeanor, she is in fact a promiscuous, oversexed, crack-smoking, scheisse porn queen and nymphomaniac. Many of these aspects of Liane's personal life are a constant source of annoyance for Cartman, whose friends often mock him over, and which he attempts to fruitlessly deny. An example being when Stan and Kyle continuously stated she was on the cover of "Crack-Whore" magazine in Pinkeye. Cartman, attempted to deny this fact, until presented with the magazine itself. He then stated that she had been "young and needed the money", which unfortunately did not work, as Stan and Kyle pointed out that the pictures had been taken just a month ago. Liane constantly dotes over Cartman, doing almost anything he asks and at times even agreeing to his most horrible ideas and plans, such as signing him up for the Special Olympics in Up The Down Steroid. The fact Liane allows Cartman to bully and control her is apparently due to extreme loneliness brought up by not have a serious romantic partner and also apparently not having any close friends. She thus desires that Cartman be her 'friend', and will do anything to keep him happy. This unfortunately could explain much of his behavior. It has been implied (at least in earlier episodes) that Liane may be responsible for much of Cartman's racism, anti-semitism and homophobia, as he often was to quote disparaging things that he had supposedly heard her say. For the most part, it seemed that Cartman was perhaps lying or misquoting his mother, except for in Pinkeye, in which Liane made Cartman an Adolf Hitler Halloween costume, despite Cartman not knowing who that was at the time.
For over 12 seasons since Cartman's Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut, Cartman has also lived under the belief that his mother was a hermaphrodite and also his biological father. In "200" however, Cartman's hand/puppet Mitch Conner reveals that what Cartman was told was a lie and that Liane was not Cartman's father. After demanding answers out of Mr. Garrison and Mr. Hat, it is revealed that the paternity tests were altered and one of the people in the room at the time of revelation was indeed Cartman's father. In "201" it is revealed that Cartman's father is actually Jack Tenorman, a ginger haired member of the Denver Broncos and father of Cartman's arch-rival Scott Tenorman. Apparently during the night of the Drunk Barn Dance, Liane proceeded to have sex with assorted men and women; however Jack was the one who impregnated her. Cartman unfortunately never got to meet his father properly, due to the fact that during his war against his half-brother Scott (in which Scott sold Eric his pubes, stating it would allow him to reach maturity), Cartman killed both Jack and his wife, ground their bodies up into ground meat, cooked it in chili and proceeded to feed it to Scott. Cartman does not regret killing his father however, instead is horrified to know that he is half-ginger and thus carries the ginger gene in his body. He was, however, happy when reminded that his father was actually a Denver Bronco.
Cartman's extended family is shown in the episode "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson!", where he and the others go on a trip to Nebraska to visit them for Christmas. Most of his relatives appear to be similar in manner to him; all fat, with the same speech accent and catchphrases. The family is seen again in the episode "Cartmanland", at his grandmother's funeral. Where she leaves her estate (valued at $1,000,000) to Eric, citing that all the other family members would have spent it all on crack.
In the original, Unaired Pilot episode, Cartman was shown to have a father and sister, but these characters were cut out in the official pilot. In "Le Petit Tourette", he accidentally revealed that he cries at night because he does not have a real father.
He has some Dutch and Irish descent, as in "Tom's Rhinoplasty", he mentions that his grandmother (Mabel) is Dutch-Irish.
Pets and ToysEdit
Cartman has a cat named Mr. Kitty, and a pot-bellied pig named Fluffy Mr. Kitty and Fluffy have never been seen together in the series thus far. He also has a stuffed frog toy named Clyde Frog. Other beloved stuffed animals include Wellington Bear (a take on Paddington Bear), Polly Prissypants the rag doll, purple lizard Rumpertumskin (a take on Rumpelstiltskin), and Peter Panda. Cartman nearly always plays with these toys by himself, perhaps out of embarrassment or (just as likely) mean-spiritedness. Occasionally others are allowed to play with him, such as Bebe in "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society". Not surprisingly, Cartman's games with these toys can demonstrate his vindictive and cruel nature; one of his games, as seen in aforementioned episode, is "Lambs", in which Cartman reenacts scenes from "The Silence of the Lambs" with his dolls, such as placing a doll in a pit in his basement and then voicing the doll begging to be released while the doll holding it prisoner threatens the pit-bound doll. Often Cartman's games involve the toys telling him how cool and smart he is, and he directs towards them an affection which is not seen towards any other person except his mom. Oddly enough, during one incident in which Cartman's toys were 'praising' him, one of the toys called him a 'fat piece of crap' which was a surprise to Cartman himself. Considering Cartman was voicing the toys, this could imply that a small part of a Cartman despises himself, and that the insult was a subconscious slip. In "Die Hippie, Die", when a group leaves to conduct a rescue mission, all the group members say goodbye to a person close to each of them, except Cartman who bids farewell to Clyde Frog.
- Cartman: "I... don't want you to worry about me.
- Clyde Frog: "(Clyde Frog just sits there)
- Cartman: "Hey, you're the best stuffed animal I ever had."
In the season twelve episode "Tonsil Trouble", although Cartman had given Kyle AIDS as punishment for Kyle laughing at him for having HIV, Kyle angrily breaks many of Cartman's toys in reaction. Among these toys, he rips off Clyde Frog's head. In "Dances With Smurfs" Clyde Frog is seen on the chalkboard in Cartman's morning announcements implying that Cartman has fixed him.
Cartman, though incapable of empathy towards people, exhibits a strong bond with cats. In the episode "Major Boobage", cats are made illegal because Kenny, along with other kids around the country, begins using male cat musk as a hallucinogenic drug. Cartman lies to the police, claiming that he had his cat put down when he really is hiding his cat in the attic. Throughout the episode he collects abandoned cats in his attic out of sympathy. His cat has been on the show since the series began, and his love for cats could have developed from his lack of other family members besides his mother; he has no father or siblings. This empathetic relationship is reserved for cats and not humans; he does not (or more likely chooses not to) recognize a parallel between his cat safe-haven to the history of Jews hiding from Nazi soldiers during the Holocaust, which Kyle points out.
Relationship with Liane CartmanEdit
Liane dotes on her son endlessly, spoiling him beyond all measures whenever possible. Cartman usually gets whatever he wants simply by whining in his signature style. He also frequently insults her in her presence, which she accepts without question. Although Liane possesses a social and moral conscience, Cartman is usually able to manipulate her into doing even morally reprehensible things for him. In "Up the Down Steroid", Cartman is able to have his mother sign him up for the Special Olympics, even though Cartman was not disabled. It appears that Liane is convinced of her son's goodness and accepts any excuses or stories he makes up, no matter how improbable. The relationship between the two shows a significant change in "Tsst". To manage Cartman's behavioral issues, she hires Cesar Millan. Cesar's methods work, and Cartman becomes a normal, good natured, well behaved boy. Liane tries to form a relationship with Cesar, but he turns her down as she is just a client, and she soon begins to spoil Cartman again—as this boy is the closest thing to a friend she really has. However, Liane seems to be one of the only humans whom Cartman generally cares about; it was only his much-repressed conscience that kept him from killing her in the same episode. Liane doesn't seem mind doing extremely unsanitary actions if it helps her son, as seen in "Make Love, Not Warcraft", when she takes a toilet down to the basement where the boys are playing Warcraft and lets Cartman crap into the toilet that she is holding, after which she says "That's a big boy".
Friendship/Conflict with Kyle BroflovskiEdit
The rivalry between Cartman and Kyle has been a recurring theme from the beginning. Before the amplification of their rivalry in season 5, Cartman tries to atone for all the times he had called Kyle a "big dumb Jew" during "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut". Cartman exclaims that he doesn't actually think he is one, to which Kyle bewilderedly answers that he is in fact Jewish. Cartman tells him not to be so hard on himself, implying a naive thought process that Jew was an insult rather than a religion. However, after season 5, Cartman and Kyle's rivalry grows from simple bickering to near hatred. This can be explained via Cartman's transition into a sadistic sociopath around this time, as well as Kyle's alteration into a more moral-headed and hot tempered character. Their rivalry amplifies into full on hatred around season 10, growing stronger with every consecutive season.
Cartman appears to have a very strong hatred for Kyle, and shows that he has no tolerance for his Jewish faith. He also despises his rival's strong moral center; clashing with his sociopathy and nearly nonexistent moral compass. Kyle of course, hates him in turn. However, neither one of them seems to realize the effects of their almost poisonous relationship, and continue to live in close proximity with one another.
Kyle is often put in the shoes of the protagonist to Eric Cartman's antagonist. For Example, in "Cartoon Wars", the two of them work against each other; when Cartman tries to get Family Guy canceled, Kyle tries to stop him. The two of them often have arguments about morals, like in "Up The Down Steroid", where Cartman decides to pretend to be mentally handicapped so he can win the "Special Olympics".
Cartman has attempted to murder Kyle more than once, the most significant incident being in a scene from "Toilet Paper" in which he lures Kyle into going rowing with him to the middle of Stark's Pond, and then, when Kyle's back is turned, attempts to bludgeon him to death with a wiffle bat, without comprehending the stupidity of the plan. When he learns someone has confessed to the crime he, Kyle, Stan and Kenny had committed, thus eliminating the need to kill Kyle who was going to confess himself, Cartman asks Stan (in his usual trademark-pathetic way) if he can still kill Kyle. Cartman tries to murder Kyle again in "Fatbeard".
However, in "Smug Alert" Cartman saves Kyle and his family when a large storm is about to go towards their house in San Francisco, although for selfish motives. Cartman ultimately finds Butters too boring a nemesis as he will accept anything Cartman directs at him without providing a significant reaction, and realizes that in order to have someone to argue incessantly against he must get Kyle back. At the end of the episode he hides the fact that he was the savior of Kyle's whole family due to embarrassment, opting to insult Kyle again instead; Kyle replies angrily and storms off, to Cartman's satisfaction.
Cartman's obsessive hatred of Kyle above almost all others, has called into question Cartman's deeper feeling for Kyle. In the episode "Imaginationland", Cartman wins a bet with Kyle which requires Kyle to suck his balls, and goes to various extreme measures throughout the "Imaginationland" trilogy to make Kyle do so, including going to the Supreme Court and breaking into the Pentagon (twice). In the end of the trilogy's first part, Cartman is seen with a photo of an innocent looking Kyle. The scene ends with Cartman dragging his finger slowly across Kyle's mouth in the photo, which could be interpreted as an act of lust. At the end of the trilogy's third part, Cartman conjures up an imaginary Kyle to suck the balls of an imaginary Cartman.
Cartman also, in the episode "Go God Go XII", offers to suck Kyle's balls (after Kyle said "Suck my balls, Cartman"), in exchange for Kyle's help in getting Cartman back from the distant future. In the episode "Fatbeard", Kyle encourages Cartman to run away to Somalia, hoping that he will die. Cartman also seems to have no qualms about seriously invading Kyle's personal space, as shown in a scene from "Manbearpig" wherein Cartman, while contemplating his hatred for Kyle, looms a mere inch or two from Kyle's face as he sleeps; soon Kyle wakes up and yells, "Dude, get away from me!"
However, the fact that Kyle challenges Cartman more than any other character in the series, may in fact be the core reason for Cartman's obsessive fixation on him; his rivalry with Kyle as well as the ladder's reactions stimulating him- as shown in "Smug Alert". In "Fatbeard", he says that Kyle has "finally come to terms with his disability" and seemed more willing to kill Kyle later in the episode by making his walk the plank over an alligator.
The two have occasionally gotten along such as in "Kenny Dies" and "Pinkeye" when Kyle put his hand on Cartman's shoulder when was upset about Kenny dying. In fact, in "You have 0 Friends", Cartman helped Kyle make new friends, Cartman not appearing to gain anything out of it- although he did in go out of his way to inform his Facebook followers to dumb Kyle as a friend, gleefully. Overall, although ultimately hating Kyle, Cartman enjoys the rivalry shared between the two- although the same cannot be said from Kyle.
Friendship/Conflict with Butters StotchEdit
Butters has become Cartman's most frequent victim. Butters sees Cartman as his good friend and treats him as so but in later episodes he treats Cartman the same as everybody else. But, Cartman takes advantage of this and finds Butters extremely easy to manipulate and convert to his point of view, or get him to do what he wants. In "Douche and Turd" Cartman easily gets Butters to vote for his idea of a "turd sandwich" simply by describing the candidates in a certain way. In "Go God Go" he gets Butters to bury him in snow so that he can be unfrozen three weeks later in time for the release of the Wii video game console.
In many episodes entire plots are centered on Cartman's antics against Butters. In "Casa Bonita", Cartman faked an apocalypse so Butters would hide in a bomb shelter for over a week, so Cartman could go with Kyle, Stan, and Kenny to Casa Bonita instead of Butters. In "AWESOM-O" he dressed as a robot to trick Butters, but in the end this failed miserably and Butters happily showed a tape of Cartman dressed like Britney Spears in front of everyone for revenge. In the episode "Christian Rock Hard", Butters does another one at Cartman while he is beaten down by token, by farting on his face giving him the finger while saying "fuck you Eric", for his repeated blasphemy and ruining their band. He also taunts Cartman for being the real 'ugliest' kid in their class and mocks his neo-Nazism in a deleted scene in the episode "The List".
In "The Death of Eric Cartman" all of the people in South Park decide to ignore Cartman because they feel he is a "son of a bitch". Unlike the other boys, Butters isn't aware of the plan and Cartman believes that Butters is the only one who can see him, now that he is "dead". In "Cartman Sucks" he repeatedly invited Butters over to spend the night to play pranks on him, until it backfired on him and he made an inappropriate picture which featured him putting Butter's penis in his mouth, and which ended up being showed to the entire fourth grade class, humiliating Cartman instead of Butters. In the episode "Breast Cancer Show Ever", after Cartman gets brutalized by Wendy, Butters agreed with Craig that he always hated Cartman with everyone else. However, "Eat, Pray, Queef", Cartman shows as much compassion as the other boys towards Butters after he is queefed upon, and even gives him a present, as well as participating in a state-wide attempt to ban queefing with Butters as a mascot, suggesting some compassion for Butters although he, like the others, refuses to go near Butters after he was queefed on. Cartman also "punishes" Butters with the tetherball for not kissing another girl in "Butters' Bottom Bitch". In the episode "Pee" when everybody is rescued Butters is disappointed that Cartman didn't die.
Cartman has the tendency to pull pranks on Butters while he is asleep. This is most apparent in "Asspen" and "Cartman Sucks". One of which is to place a warm glass of water under Butter's hand and then urinate on him. Also in "Jared Has Aides" while Butters got Grounded by his parents, Cartman decided to cover for Butters while Stan and Kyle tried to get 4 million dollars when Butters' parents told him they would call him on the phone every hour.
Friendship/Conflict with Stan Marsh Edit
Cartman and Stan's friendship is clearly existent but it is very tense. In fact, when Kyle and Kenny aren't around, he and Stan often show a close friendship with each other or rarely interact one-on-one. In "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow", Stan and Cartman hang out at the boating rack, and Cartman even comments that it is great that they are hanging out with each other without Kyle. In "Fat Butt and Pancake Head", while Kyle is immediately distrustful of Cartman's truthfulness in his claim that he cannot control the actions of his hand (which has seemed to take on a life of its own), Stan gives Cartman the benefit of the doubt and admits that, with all the stuff that happens in South Park, Cartman could be telling the truth.
In "Woodland Critter Christmas", Cartman made Stan the protagonist of his Christmas story (he is described as 'the boy in a red poof-ball hat'). Everyone but Kyle likes the story, including Stan. The fact that Stan is portrayed normally in the Christmas story hints that Stan is Cartman's friend, unlike Kyle, who is portrayed as evil. In "Douche and Turd", Stan votes for Cartman's mascot instead of Kyle's, much to Kyle's dismay. Also, in the episode "Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus", when Stan appears to be the only boy who hasn't gotten their period, Cartman reassures him that he will get it one day. However, in "Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants", Cartman declares that he hates Stan because Stan loves animals. Even so, in the episode "Trapped in the Closet", all three boys de-friend Stan after he becomes the leader of Scientology. As the boys leave, Cartman turns to Stan and says, "I still hate Kyle more than you". In "Fun with Veal", when Cartman was negotiating for weapons and an escape route for him and the rest of the boys, he is at first reluctant to meet the demands of the timid FBI negotiator, but soon agreed to his conditions when he looked at Stan and recognized the sores (which were actually mini-vaginas) on his body and his deteriorating health. This implies that Cartman cares about Stan's well being to an extent.
In some episodes Stan is shown having a strong hatred for Cartman even if Cartman isn't doing anything. In "Trapper Keeper" when the cyborg says he has to kill Cartman, Stan asks if he can do it, and prepares to shoot Cartman before the cyborg decides against the idea. In "Spooky Fish" Stan is fully for sending Cartman away forever. Although Stan is much more tolerant of Cartman than Kyle is, he often holds Cartman in very high contempt for his unacceptable behavior.
(Best) Friendship with Kenny McCormick Edit
Because of Cartman's selfish personality, his best friendship with Kenny isn't as obvious as Stan and Kyle's, and it sometimes looks fake, but it is clearly existent. They're also shown to share a sense of humor, as can be seen in the episode "How to Eat with Your Butt" when Kenny and Cartman continue an elaborate joke, despite Stan and Kyle's objections.
However, Cartman has at times displayed a special dislike for Kenny, often without any reason; most often, he shows contempt for Kenny's family living in poverty. In two separate episodes, "Chickenpox" and "A Ladder to Heaven", Cartman is heard singing the song "In The Ghetto" in order to tease Kenny. In "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" Kenny and Cartman are alone in the scene, and Cartman blurts out "I hate you, Kenny" out of nowhere. In the episode "Jakovasaurs", Cartman makes up a song called "I Hate You Guys" where he sings:
- "I hate you guys / you guys are assholes / especially Kenny / I hate him the most".
In the episode "Lice Capades" he attempts make Kenny a scapegoat for the class's lice problem, and upon "proving" Kenny's guilt with an elaborate, phony experiment, Cartman then organizes a cruel "sock bath" for Kenny. In the earlier seasons, Kenny was often painted as Cartman's much abused sidekick, although this role has been filled by Butters since season 6.
It is possible that Kenny is Cartman's only real friend and he does not understand how to react to having such a friend, or the opposite since Stan and Kyle at some points have stated that Kenny isn't really their friend and that they don't give a crap about him. In the episode, "Kenny Dies", Cartman proclaims that Kenny is his best friend among the three boys, but at the end of the episode it is implied that Cartman is Kenny's "worst friend" since they assumed he exploited Kenny's illness for personal gain. However, he cried over Kenny's illness before discovering the possibility of making his own "Shakeys". Kenny has generally taken Cartman's side. Cartman is the only person who seems to take Kenny's deaths seriously. In season 3's "Succubus", when he can't see Kenny (who was crushed seconds earlier) he calls out "Guys? Is Kenny okay?", showing that he might consider Kenny a close friend.
In the episode "Best Friends Forever", Kenny states in his will that he felt sorry for Cartman because of his inability to feel compassion and empathy, and the fact that he will almost certainly end up bitter, miserable, and alone for the rest of his life. Also, in the episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons", the two are shown playing with spaceships without Stan or Kyle. And in the episode, "A Ladder to Heaven", when Cartman drinks Kenny's ashes mistaking them for chocolate milk, leaving Kenny's soul trapped in his body, until the episode "The Biggest Douche in the Universe". Kenny also chooses to appear to Cartman as opposed to Stan or Kyle in "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut", although this might be because it was Cartmans fault he died. Cartman is shown to be aware of Kenny's deaths telling the IRS that Kenny "dies all the time". Kenny was the only one out of the four main boys (excluding Butters) to enter his theme park, as well as the only one offered a spot in Cartman's southern army. At the end of the episode "Pinkeye", Cartman was the only one sobbing over Kenny's death. In fact, Cartman even showed a little concern for Kenny when he found out his new girlfriend was a whore. In the episode "Chinpokomon", after Kenny has a seizure and is rendered unresponsive after playing the Chinpokomon video game, Cartman was the only one of the three who seemed to notice that rats were swarming over Kenny and attempting to eat him, and the only one to detach them, telling them, "Bad rats, he isn't dead yet!", and unlike Stan and Kyle (who immediately laughed), he was initially disgusted when it was discovered the rats had actually eaten him from the inside out, before proceeding to laugh. Also in the episode "Butt Out", he noticed that Kenny was eating his own hands, whilst he did nothing he still mentioned it to the boys as if to say 'should we help him?' Kenny also aided Cartman in his escape when Cartman was charged with hate crimes.
Relationship/Conflict with Wendy TestaburgerEdit
Cartman is known to taunt Wendy for her liberal and environmentalist views, and often refers to her as a hippie or a tree hugger. However, in "Chef Goes Nanners", after they were working together on the flag debate, he entertained her by talking through two action figures. He and she then found out that they had a lot in common with each other. When Wendy kissed him at the presentation to get her emotions out of her system, he was pleased (albeit surprised) and facially bragged to Stan about it. He later seemed dejected when Wendy told him her feelings for him were gone. In "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society" after Wendy grows adult-sized breasts Cartman and the other boys laugh at her and Cartman calls her a "stupid bitch." In the episode "Breast Cancer Show Ever", Cartman treats Wendy's plea for breast cancer awareness as a joke, and subsequently she beats his ass, leaving him in his own pool of blood. Despite this, Cartman may still have a sexual attraction to Wendy seen in Cartman's inaccurate flashbacks and imaginations in "Fishsticks": when Cartman "killed a dragon" and "saved South Park from the Jew-Bots" as Wendy showers him in praise as he basks in it. Cartman seems to grow more hate and always assaults Wendy when he gets any chance in "Dances with Smurfs" as he may still hold a grudge against Wendy after being beaten up by her in "Breast Cancer Show Ever".
Although Cartman doesn't generally like anyone in particular, he was very fond of Chef, as seen in "The Return of Chef" where Cartman was crying in front of Butters and even admitted that he was going to miss Chef, but didn't know how to tell him. He normally used to go to Chef with his problems, and Chef was always willing to help him. Chef even helped Cartman get Kenny's soul out of his body, before it killed him.
However, when Cartman was creating a crew to free the town from the hippies, he chose Chef as the black man to sacrifice himself later. It should be noted that before Cartman found out that Liane was his father, he had been told that Chef was his father. And despite Chef's willingness to help Cartman, he like everyone else in town, is more than willing to insult Cartman and call him fat.
Friendship with Clyde DonovanEdit
Ever since "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000", Clyde seems to show great respect for Cartman, since he went through everyone calling him a fat ass. Everyone seems to be shocked whenever Clyde stands up for Cartman, especially Cartman (one example was in Marjorine). Clyde joined Cartman's pirate crew in "Fatbeard". He is also always in Cartman's groups whenever Cartman assembles a group against other enemies.
Relationship with Bebe StevensEdit
Wendy's best friend, Bebe, often shows hatred for Cartman, as he does for her. In "Raisins", Bebe tells Stan that Wendy wants to break up with Stan, leading to a heated argument between Cartman and Bebe, Cartman calls Bebe a whore numerous times to which Bebe calls Cartman a fat ass. In "The Ungroundable" at the beginning of the episode, all of the kids are seen playing Call of Duty: World At War. Cartman is shot and killed by someone within the game and he says, "Ah! Who just shot me!", and Bebe leans away from her computer and flips Cartman off, saying that she killed him within the game, when Cartman's character respawns, he immediately attacks Bebe and refers to her as a "bitch". Also, in "The List", Cartman says to Bebe: "Fuck you, Bebe! Fuck you, bitch!". In "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society", Cartman role plays "Silence of the Lambs" with his dolls with Bebe and the two seemingly get on well together without anyone else around.
Relationship with Patty NelsonEdit
In "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy" Cartman said that he had put his finger up his butthole, and then walked up to Patty and asked her if she smelled lemon grass (which she then puked at). In "Le Petit Tourette", when Cartman's fake Tourette's become real, he reveals to everyone that he is in love with Patty Nelson, and that he fantasizes kissing her. Upon hearing this however, Patty Nelson looks horrified as she mutters "Eww..."
Relationship with Heidi TurnerEdit
In "Follow That Egg!", Cartman was assigned and paired up with Heidi to take of an egg for a school assignment, later when Cartman broke the egg he begged Ms. Garrison to give her an "A" and give him an "F", this could possibly prove that Cartman cares and has feelings for her, however in later episodes it doesn't show much of them having a relationship. It is also likely that he said this to get a better grade, because the A and F average out to a C, whereas two F's would mean Cartman failed.
Friendship with Ike BroflovskiEdit
Ike has been shown working with Cartman on occasion, and is the only Jew that Cartman does not seem to discriminate against (although it is possible he does not know he is Jewish). In the earlier seasons, Cartman seemed either indifferent or hostile to Ike, although recently he has started to work with him more. Ike joined Cartman's crew in "Fatbeard", and was the only Jew in the crew. He acted as Cartman's right hand man and 2nd in command, Cartman usually going to him when he needed something done.
Friendship with Jimmy ValmerEdit
Jimmy is one of the kids that Cartman have manipulated sometimes, and sometimes becomes his rival in "Craig's Gang". However, Jimmy seems to be one of the few people that Cartman respects and is willing to do good deeds for. As shown in many episodes, he enjoys Jimmy's comedy and often goes to him whenever he needs advice. He was even willing to sacrifice himself to save Jimmy in "Fishsticks". Even though this was because Cartman believed he wrote Jimmy's joke and was in a way trying to take credit, the fact that he was willing to sacrifice himself to Kanye West to save Jimmy, this is still very noteworthy as one of the few times Cartman did a good deed without being promised anything in return. Jimmy also sometimes go to Cartman for advice, such as when Cartman helped Jimmy with his love life in "Erection Day".
In "Dead Celebrities" Cartman shows surprising respect and loyalty to Billy Mays for introducing him to the product Chipotlaway, which allows him to continue eating at Chipotle despite the fact that it causes blood to stain his underwear. Throughout the entire episode, Cartman is motivated solely by his desire to put Billy Mays' soul to rest, never once expressing any intention to gain anything from this endeavor in the process. Even at the end of the episode, by which time Cartman usually reveals his ulterior motive(s), Cartman still focuses on the fact that Billy Mays is at peace.
Cartman seems to have formed a genuine friendship with his cell-mate while he was in prison in "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" after Romper Stomper showed compassion to him when he was seen crying. Though Cartman seems to have held him little regard (as evidenced from when he attempted to run away from the prison while Romper-Stomper suffered an injury and stayed behind), he appears to have genuinely appreciated Romper-Stomper's help. After Cartman was released from prison, he visited Romper-Stomper again and pooped Disneyland (the place Romper-Stomper had always wanted to see) into the toilet for him with nothing to gain from it. In addition to his relationship with Billy Mays and Shelley Marsh, Romper-Stomper is one of the few people which Cartman has done a good deed for without being promised anything in return.
Conflict with Scott TenormanEdit
Scott Tenorman is Cartman's half-brother and arch nemesis. Their first meeting was in "Scott Tenorman Must Die", in which Scott sold Cartman his pubic hair, convincing Cartman it would signify maturity for him. When Cartman realized the truth, he then proceeded to attempt several fruitless revenge plots, until at last he created an elaborate scheme in which he had their father Jack, and Mrs. Tenorman killed, ground up into Chili and fed to Scott. This event drove Scott insane, and during his time in a mental institution he plotted his revenge. They met again in 201, in which Scott resurrected the Ginger Separatist Movement that Cartman created, as part of a complicated plan to get revenge on Cartman by revealing who his real father was. After capturing Cartman and all the surviving possible fathers of South Park (Chef & Jack Tenorman both being dead) and Ms. Cartman, Scott revealed that Cartman's father was a member of the Denver Broncos, but that the town covered up the truth because they didn't want to ruin the Bronco's season by spreading knowledge of an illegitimate child scandal. Scott then explains that his own father was a member of the Broncos, and the only one who lived in South Park. Cartman is horrified to learn that Scott's father was also his father as well. After feeding Cartman tainted chili, Scott escapes capture by means of a jet-pack, not doubt with the intent of getting further revenge against his half-brother and his friends. Scott's plan works however, in that Cartman is left in tears, not because his father is dead however, but because he's half-ginger.
Social Standing in GeneralEdit
Most people at school openly despise Cartman for being as selfish and mean spirited as he is, and also mock him all the time for his weight (which has lead Cartman to be extremely insecure, going as far to dismember children when they insult his weight). Kyle and possibly Stan, however, seem to be the only ones aware of how dangerous and mentally imbalanced he is, as well as the only ones who try to keep others from falling into his manipulation. He has been portrayed as somewhat of a bully; he always insults new kids with offensive, often profane words, never really leaving them alone. He physically abuses others both through his fists and weapons (such as when he hit Token and Pip with rocks). He is also shown to be very vulgar and disgusting, doing things like holding people down and farting on them and making them smell his rectum. He also tells extremely dirty jokes. While most of his male peers think this is funny (especially Kenny), it often causes the girls to despise him. He is heavily implied to only pick on others because of the insecurity he has acquired from others calling him fat. Also, despite their hatred of him, all the kids seem to accept him as a leader, and sometimes invite him to social events such as parties and vice versa. In the Pandemic 2 parter, it is implied that Stan, Kyle, and Kenny hang around with Cartman because they can't find other friends or vice versa; Craig states that everyone at school hates them.
Manipulation and Leadership AbilityEdit
"You are such a manipulative asshole Cartman" -Kyle upon seeing Cartman manipulate the gingers into doing the opposite of what he had previously told them to do in "Ginger Kids"
"Yes but at least I'm not going to die" - In which Cartman (for once agrees with Kyle), as he admits that he is manipulative, 'cause that's likely what he does in almost every episode.
Although having his origins as little more than a comic foil, Cartman has evolved into a character of stunningly articulate manipulative talents and techniques. His abilities are deeply Machiavellian in nature, and his character follows closely in the footsteps of other famous manipulators such as the character Iago from William Shakespeare's Othello. In several episodes throughout the series, he employs this skill to get what he wants. His most frequent targets are adults in general, and "Butters Stotch", though he often targets other children for more personal purposes, including convincing Butters to "take one for the team" and be anally gang-raped by men from NAMBLA in "Cartman Joins NAMBLA", and repeatedly convincing Kyle that he is doing good, only to exploit Kyle's help later on. He talked the ginger kids out of killing all non-gingers after Kyle told him that they had played a trick on him in "Ginger Kids". Earlier in that episode he had rallied all the gingers into a genocidal frenzy, convincing them that all non-gingers are inferior in a Hitler or KKK-esque way, as well as stage violent protests and march down the streets chanting "red power!". He then made them kidnap all the children in town and hold them in a cage over a pit of lava, but managed to convince them to stop when he figured out the penalties for himself in very little time. Along the same line, in "The Passion of the Jew", he is able to rally all the members of the Mel Gibson fan club to march through the town while yelling, "Wir müssen die Juden ausrotten!" (We must exterminate the Jews!). However it should probably be noted that they were ignorant of the true meaning of this phrase, mistaking it for Aramaic. But given the fact that it caused a large argument in the middle of the city between his group and some Jews, and given the violent and ignorant nature of most adults in South Park, it would not be surprising if it had turned into violence if allowed to continue. Cartman was also shown smiling in the background at the argument, as if all was according to his plan. He also demonstrates great understanding of the human mind and the way to exploit it. In the episode "Tsst", Cartman was able to drive several nannies from his house with insults and insinuation (even causing one to be put in a mental hospital). In the same episode, he also made one child saw his own leg off in a reference to the movie "Saw".
Cartman's perceived stupidity by his friends can be attributed to his sometimes naive, careless behavior, however his uncanny skill at manipulation, bilingualism, and ability to create elaborate schemes which are often effective imply a surprisingly high intellect. Cartman seems to have no problem talking to people and speaking in general. He has an uncanny way with words and uses that to his advantage whenever he plots an idea. For example, in "Kenny Dies", Cartman delivers a speech to the United States House of Representatives convincing them to vote in favor of stem cell research. He also appears to be multilingual (though not very well). He claims to be able to speak Spanish in "Rainforest Schmainforest", when he tells a Costa Rican freedom fighter that he wants burritos, and in "My Future Self n' Me", he actually speaks Spanish to the Mexican workers hired to smear Butter's home with excrement. In "D-Yikes" Cartman again demonstrates his proficiency in Spanish when hiring Mexicans to write an "essay" (which the immigrants mistake for the Spanish informal word for a friend, ese) on The Old Man and the Sea. He is the only one of the children in South Park to speak Spanish fluently, as shown when kids go to him when they can't understand people, although he is sometimes prone to grammatical errors, such as the previously mentioned example. In "The Passion of the Jew", Cartman also speaks German (but most of his words are mispronounced, and it is likely he only knows those few Nazi slogans).
In "Cartoon Wars", he exploited a controversy involving the appearance of Muhammad on Family Guy to try to get the show off the air; he pretended to be the hapless victim of an Islamic terrorist attack to try to discourage the FOX president and the Family Guy staff writers from airing the Muhammad episode. On another occasion he was able to convince the majority of the adults of South Park (as well as many people from other cities and the entire state of South Carolina) to nearly take over the U.S. via an out-of-hand re-enactment of the Civil War, as long as he kept them drunk so they wouldn't realize what they were doing.
Cartman is also a very good leader as a pirate captain, in "Fatbeard", when he convinces all the Somalian pirates to join his crew, and causes so much trouble to international shipping that the United States Navy had to track him down and kill his crew.
Cartman's shining accomplishment (according to Comedy Central's list of "Cartman's 25 Greatest Moments") came in the episode "Scott Tenorman Must Die", a testimony to Cartman's hidden ingenuity and cunning, as well as the full extent of his cruelty and mental imbalance. Scott Tenorman continually defeats Cartman's attempts at retrieving a sum of money Scott tricked him out of throughout the episode, humiliating Cartman and elevating his hatred and desire for revenge. Finally, Cartman gets the last laugh, as he indirectly coerces Scott's parents into a situation where they are trespassing, and are consequently shot and killed. Cartman then steals the bodies and makes them into chili which he promptly feeds to Scott. Cartman then coolly tells Scott how his parents died, hints at what happened to their remains, and inquires about his chili: "Do you like it? Do you like it Scott?". Scott is traumatized and horror-stricken, and Cartman gloats and laughs hysterically at the inconsolable Tenorman, while licking Scott's "tears of unfathomable sadness" off his face with intense pleasure. However, Scott got the last laugh when Cartman discovered that Jack Tenorman was also his father, much to his shock.
Cartman has also organized several groups of boys when rallying against his enemies, including an online griefer (in "Make Love, not Warcraft) and the girls on at least 2 occasions: Where he tries to obtain a "future telling device" in Marjorine, and when he captures a list of what the girls declared the cutest guys in "The List", the boys following by Cartman's plans. He is always the leader, and manages to lead all the boys in the group into success almost every time. Butters or Craig usually act as his right hand man, and recurring members of the groups include Token, Craig, Clyde, Kyle, Stan, Kenny, and Butters.
Throughout the entire run of the South Park series, there have been a few instances where Cartman spoke languages other than English quite fluently. For example, in "Passion Of The Jew" (Season 8, Episode 4), when Cartman dressed as Hitler, while rallying outside the theater presenting "The Passion" with a group of Christian followers, he began chanting hateful comments to Jews in German such as "Es Ist Zeit zu säubern" ("It's time to cleanse), while the crowd replies ""Wir müssen die Juden ausrotten!" ("We must exterminate the Jews!"). Next, Cartman exclaimed "Es ist Zeit für Rache!" ("It is time for revenge") and the crowd replies "Wir müssen die Juden ausrotten!" ("We must exterminate the Jews!"). While Cartman didn't necessarily pronounce the German words correctly, it was pretty clear that he understood what they meant in English and his followers did not. However, in "Pandemic" (Season 12, Episode 10), the boys decided to start heir own Peruvian band to earn some spending money. When they spotted a real Peruvian band "stealing their spotlight", after the other boys first confronted them in English and the band members continued to play as if they didn't hear them (since they didn't speak English), Cartman began yelling at them in Spanish, generally telling them to stop playing in their area. The band paused for a long second in confusion, then continued to play. This then prompted Cartman to repeat what he originally told them in Spanish and out of anger he even snatched one of their instruments away and threw it off into the distance. Granted, there really hasn't been much focus on this particular talent of Cartman's (since most of the story plots don't focus on it) so there's virtually very little known as to how he learned these other languages so well at such a young age. It's possible that his mom Liane Cartman may have personally taught him the other languages, as was revealed in Hooked On Monkey Phonics when she purchased a educational game that helped Cartman to improve his spelling skills.
Cartman appears to be very musically talented. He plays the piano quite well in the episode "Christian Rock Hard" (although the piano plays by itself whilst he is singing), the violin in "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes", the French horn in "Summer Sucks", the drums in "The Red Badge of Gayness", the harmonica in "Jakovasaurs" and "Whale Whores", the recorder in "World Wide Recorder Concert", the acoustic guitar in "Chinpokomon", and pan flute in "Pandemic".
His Christian rock group "Faith + 1" sold 1,000,000 copies of its album in the episode "Christian Rock Hard". In the film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Cartman is shown singing in mock versions of Chinese, French, Dutch and an unidentified African language by singing "Kyle's mom's a Bitch". In "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics", Cartman sings, "O, Holy Night" (despite several interruptions). In "Chef Aid", he sings and does a German dance to raise money for Chef's legal fees. He also leads a boy band in the episode "Something You Can Do with Your Finger".
Cartman's musical tastes run toward progressive and arena rock in general and maudlin power ballads in particular. "Cartman's Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut" shows for the first time that Cartman has the uncontrollable urge to finish singing Styx's "Come Sail Away" whenever he hears any part of the song, which he can do, under pressure, in 27 seconds (possibly a sign that he has a very minor case of OCD based on the fact that he mentioned it was not only songs he had to finish). In "Kenny Dies", Cartman sings "Heat of the Moment" to the United States House of Representatives convincing them to vote in favor of stem cell research. Cartman also appears to enjoy teen pop, as demonstrated in his Britney Spears dance sequence in "AWESOM-O". He also quotes, "Haha charade you are" from Pink Floyd's song, Pigs (Three Different Ones).
Cartman frequently bursts into song spontaneously, sometimes with melodies and topical lyrics of his own devising. He often uses this skill in order to persuade others by using the song to manipulate their thoughts and emotions. This penchant for ad hoc songs was specifically mentioned in "Ginger Kids". This also happened in the episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons" when Stan asks Cartman to donate a kidney to a very sickly Kyle, Cartman replies by singing "No no no no no no no no no no!" to the tune of "Comedy tonight" from "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
In a mean-spirited feeling, Cartman begins singing an Elvis version of "In The Ghetto" When in Kenny's neighborhood, namely, the ghetto.
For Rush's Snakes and Arrows tour, a short animated clip was made to introduce the song "Tom Sawyer," featuring the boys from South Park as a band attempting to perform the song. Cartman is featured as the lead singer. In "Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo", he bursts into song, singing "Kyle's Mom's a Bitch" he also did this in "South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut", despite Kyle's repeated warnings.
Cartman has also been featured on several tracks on all three South Park albums.
Cartman knows a lot about Photography, as shown in a few episodes. In "Christian Rock Hard", he demonstrates his knowledge of the nature of music artist's album covers, such as how the members of a band are mostly in random places looking in other directions and never smile. Also, in "Cartman Sucks", Cartman takes up his hobby of inviting Butters over, just to take embarrassing photos of him. He is also shown presenting a slideshow in class, and comments about them skillfully. Also, in "Imaginationland Episode II" and "Imaginationland Episode III", he is talking about how he should take his picture of Kyle sucking his balls. He even has professional help with his photo shoot in Part III. Also he is good at Photoshop, (though his art skills are very first grade like) as we can see from "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce", when he is framing Kyle.
Cartman has been good at sports, and also bad. He has been seen playing center in Football in "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride" and on the Dodge-Ball team in the episode "Conjoined Fetus Lady". He plays Baseball, as he is seen hitting a home run and plays catcher on the Baseball team, as seen as one of the three players (Stan, Kyle, and Cartman) hitting a home run in "The Losing Edge". In later episodes "ManBearPig" and "Guitar Queer-o", Cartman is seen to be playing basketball with the other boys, however he isn't nearly as talented as he seems to think or the others. He often cries out 'Stop cheating you black asshole!' when an opponent beats him, or 'You tricked me!' as if this was illegal. However, Cartman seems to have a grasp of cheating strategies (as seen in "Eek, A Penis!".) Cartman tries out for the wrestling team in "W.T.F", but leaves after he is put into a "gay" move by Butters, who was told by the teacher to do so. In the same episode he formed a wrestling league along with some of the other boys. However, the wrestling in which they performed was more dramatic theater in which they created complicated in depth story lines for their wrestling personas, rather than actual athletic prowess. Cartman also is seen as a not very good swimmer, in "Summer Sucks". Cartman is upstaged by handicapped children in "Up the Down Steroid", where his elaborate plan to beat the handicapped children in athletics backfires, with him placing dead last.
Cartman is shown carrying weapons more than any other kid in South Park, although where he obtains these weapons is almost never properly explained. He has been shown using a dagger when trying to stop Stan and Kyle from destroying the Wall-Mart, and a pair of sai (a Japanese short sword) in "Good Times With Weapons". He never actually struck anyone with these weapons, although it is pretty obvious he could have.
In the early episode "Chickenlover", Cartman receives a nightstick (otherwise known as a baton) due to his duty as police officer. He constantly uses it to abuse suspects and criminals, usually hitting them in the legs.
In the first part of Imaginationland, Cartman is seen brandishing a Bowie knife
In "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy", he also was shown using a very potent type of mace (other wise known as "Pepper Spray") designed for use on bears. He uses it with gusto on suspects and people evading capture, as well as on people who probably did not need it. The rest of his crew uses the same mace.
Cartman also carries around what appears to be a Glock 17 pistol that has been seen in a few episodes. He however has never fired it, and only uses it to threaten people. He used it to "persuade" Kyle into giving him his Jew Gold in "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow." In Cartoon Wars part 2, Cartman used it to threaten the president of FOX, however he realizes soon that he forgot to load it, causing him to throw it to the ground in frustration. His most recent use of it was when he and Butters stormed a Chinese restaurant, and he orders Butters to use his gun to hold the crowd and fire at any intruders (although Cartman begins to regret giving Butters the firearm, as Butters keeps accidentally shoots men in the dick).
Despite the fact that he has many weapons at his disposal, he does not seem to be very good with them. In Wing, he is seen firing an unidentified assault rifle, although he never can land precise shots with it due to the recoil making Cartman flail his arms around, although this is understandable as 9 year olds are not generally intended to use firearms. He also shows an inability to use his dagger when fighting Kenny over the Wall-Mart, although it is likely he either had no interest in killing Kenny (only use the dagger for threatening people), or that he was too pre-occupied with Kenny lightly slapping him to use it.
Cartman has an Facebook account as seen in You Have 0 Friends. He ran a regular podcast named Mad Friends. The episode is based on the ever growing Facebook craze. He tried to help Kyle delete Kip Drordy and get new friends by using Chat Roulette, but the only result he got were men masturbating and pictures of penises. In the real world, he has a Facebook account which is run by someone from South Park Studios
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