South Park has been around for over two decades and is still considered one of the best animations ever made. Comedy Central has been trusted over the years to bring quality and entertaining shows to our screens, and they have always delivered with South Park being one of its longest-running programs. The show also comes with many popular and interesting characters who made the show what it is today.
One interesting fact about this animation is that it has been deemed unsuitable for children as the show is characterized by the unapologetic use of profanities and swear words. The animation also addresses major political, cultural and social issues that cannot be understood by children. It is set in the fictional town of South Park in the American state of Colorado and is centered on the activities of four 4th graders; they used to be 3rd graders (season 1) but have been in 4th grade since the second season of the TV show.
The series has been incredibly successful since its debut in 1997. It is also credited for paving the way for matured television by being the first weekly series to earn the “TV-MA” (or “Mature Audiences”) label. It has been so successful that it has won 5 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award among several other awards and recognitions. It is so popular that its catchphrases and lexicon have become popular memes among viewers and on the internet. In 2002, an insect mutation was named after one of the shows reoccurring character, Kenny, notorious for dying in most of the episodes.
This show is written and produced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone who are also popular characters on the show. Let’s take a look at the four most popular South Park characters and the voices behind them.
Voices Behind Popular South Park Characters
South Park is known for its 4 main characters, Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick. These are the most popular characters on the show. Most of the other characters are voiced by the show’s creators – Trey Parker and Matt Stone. To keep things interesting, we will also be discussing the most prominent female character, Wendy Testaburger on the show and the voice(s) behind her character.
Trey Parker as Eric Cartman
Eric Cartman is arguably the most popular character on the show. This character began appearing on screen though in a prototypical form, first in the short animations created by Trey and Matt – Jesus vs. Frosty (1992) – and then Jesus vs Santa in 1995. He appeared first on South Park on August 13, 1997, marking its pilot episode. Eric is popularly called by his surname. He is arrogant, amoral, manipulative, egocentric, and prejudiced. He is also extremely sociopathic and psychopathic. However, he is also very intelligent and possesses entrepreneurial skills.
He is an elementary school student in South Park, Colorado. He has a father, mother, and a half-brother. The story of South Park revolves around the extraordinary experiences Eric and his friends have. This character is voiced by Trey Parker, a popular American actor, animator, writer, producer, director, and composer. He is also the co-creator of this iconic television program.
Trey Parker as Stan Marsh
Another main character of South Park is Stan Marsh and he is also voiced by Trey Parker. Stan is described as being kind-hearted, intelligent, trustworthy and patient. He also appeared in the first episode of South Park titled “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe”. Stan Marsh also experiences extraordinary events as a 4th grader of an elementary school in South Park, Colorado. He has an on and off romantic relationship with another popular South Park character, Wendy Testaburger.
Matt Stone as Kyle Broflovski
Kyle Broflovski is also one of the main characters in South Park. He is one of the four most popular South Park characters. He is a fourth-grader in Colorado’s elementary school. Like Cartman, Kyle also made his first appearance on Jesus vs Frosty (1992). He is Jewish and this makes him feel like an outsider among his four friends. His traits include profanity and the highest level of intelligence and morality among the boys.
Broflovski is a character voiced and loosely based on co-creator, Matt Stone. Like his friend and long-time colleague, Trey Parker, Matt is also an actor, animator, writer, producer, and composer. He is also popular for the production of The Book of Mormon (2011).
Matt Stone (and several others) as Kenny McCormick
The last of the four boys is Kenny McCormick, a short boy from a poverty-stricken family with a hood that covers most parts of his face. He usually speaks incorrigibly because of his muddled face. Kenny is also notorious for dying. Since the show began until season six, Kenny died in all the episodes. His character only began not dying frequently from the season finale of season six.
His character has been voiced by Matt Stone, Eric Stough, Mike Judge, and Lex Lang. Matt voices him when he is muffled while Eric voices him when he is unmuffled. Mike voiced him in the 1999 movie, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Lastly, he was voiced by Lex Lang in the 5th episode of the 22nd season.
April Stewart (and several others) as Wendy Testaburger
This character is known for her violent behavior as well as being the most prominent female character on the show. Wendy has been involved in burglary, assault, battery, civil unrest, murder for hire, among other violent behaviors. From the beginning of the show she has been voiced by a couple of women, they are Mary Kay Bergman, Eliza J. Schneider, Mona Marshall, and currently April Stewart.