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Villain Overview

Screw you guys! I'm(-a) goin' home!
~ Cartman's catchphrase.
~ Cartman's other catchphrase.
How would you like to suck my balls?!
~ Cartman in Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

Eric Theodore Cartman, more commonly known by his surname Cartman, is the main antagonist as well as one of the protagonists of the adult animated sitcom South Park; he is usually a morally ambiguous anti-hero, antagonist or protagonist villain.

He is an 8-to-10-year-old boy who lives in the fictional town of South Park, Colorado near Denver. He has been the longtime arch-nemesis and companion of Stanley "Stan" Marsh, Kyle Broflovski and Kenny McCormick despite hanging out with them none have considered him a true friend. He was also the social rival of Stan's sometimes-girlfriend and love interest Wendy Testaburger and later the abusive (ex-)boyfriend of Heidi Turner as well as the only son of Liane Cartman.

Being disliked by nearly everyone in town Cartman is nothing but a fat, bigoted, racist, sexist, cowardly, foulmouthed, manipulative, tyrannical psychopath constantly spreading hate speeches and bullying as well as deceiving and using others (especially Kyle and Butters) to achieve his goals.

He is voiced by co-creator Trey Parker, who also voices many other characters on the show, as well as Kim Jong-il in Team America: World Police and Balthazar Bratt in Despicable Me 3.


Cartman has an intensely heated rivalry of-sorts with Kyle due to his constant immoral scheming and disrespect for other cultures, especially his tendency towards anti-Semitic words and actions - their particular enmity has intensified over the course of the series and the struggle between them can be seen as one between good and evil later on. He has slightly-lesser animosities with Stan, Kenny, Wendy and Butters among many others: he pokes fun at Kenny coming from a near-destitute family, teases Stan and Wendy's feelings for each other while openly deprecating their respective ideals and takes advantage of Butters's generous nature by leaving him in the dust when anything goes wrong. Also, no matter how much Kyle and the rest of the boys keep telling Cartman the truth he refuses to believe the young Jew (or anyone else for that matter). Cartman is delusional which makes him believe he is awesome and better than everyone but he is too ignorant and arrogant to see the truth. He had always been in denial about the facts he was overweight and disliked by nearly everyone in town (especially Kyle and the other kids). However, he was truthful when he admitted to being racist (making fun of other Jews, ripping on African-Americans, etc.). It was shown that he worships those such as Adolf Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan much to the dismay of Kyle and Jerome "Chef" McElroy; he also worshipped Mel Gibson for his role in The Passion of the Christ which he believed to prove Jews as scum.

Cartman is often very immature and quite a coward, being reduced to tears once or twice with a passive hit from Kyle - however, he shows remarkable knowledge when he wants to sometimes verging on the role of a knowledgeable and master manipulator as he manages to gather large crowds to his will via impressive speeches and surprising charisma.

Cartman's Chili Con Carnival.

The Ginger Separatist Movement's Chili Con Carnival under the command of the "Head Ginger".

Cartman's plans vary from story to story but are typically small-scale and petty such as cheating someone out of money or obtaining a new toy/gadget - though he also has grander plans, some of which have verged on world domination though he always fails to achieve his goals (with one notable exception). Some of his more evil plans revolve around committing murder (or genocide) which usually happens.

Cartman is a spoiled brat who will do anything to get what he wants. Denying Cartman of his goal is a dangerous game as he easily develops obsessions over such things and can be extremely vindictive when feeling wronged and if sufficiently annoyed gains a psychopathic glee in destroying perceived enemies. Despite this Cartman has no qualms about whining, begging and manipulating people as well and a foul temper that explodes at any moment.

The cause of Cartman's flaws seemed to be a product of his environment as having been given everything from an early age he came to expect such treatment and his lazy, selfish behavior was rewarded rather than punished by his mother Liane Cartman who normally seemed all-but-incapable of disciplining her demonic child regardless of the abuse she received.

Unlike other characters (e.g. Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Butters) he did not actually seem to learn from mistakes and continued to do things that backfired blaming everyone except himself for the results.

Another recurring theme in the series is Cartman seen doing something selfless and it somehow always turns out to be a coverup for some selfish plot - the effort put into these master plans show that Cartman is not as stupid as he acts and smarter than he lets on but are usually doomed to failure due to the actions of others (especially Kyle and the rest of the children) or other factors.

While Cartman has always been a crass child he was not originally seen as entirely evil; however, the show's fifth season was when his character arc took a turn for the worst and ultimately became the psychopath and sociopath of today.


He's a fat, racist, self-centered, intolerant, manipulating sociopath.
~ Kyle Broflovski.
Kyle: Dude, I think it might be best for us to never piss off Cartman again.
Stan: Good call.
~ Kyle and Stan after Eric Cartman feeds Scott his parents.


Despite being one of the main characters on the show and arguably the most popular and primary mascot Cartman is arrogant, psychopathic, sociopathic, foul-mouthed (the most foul-mouthed character in the show's fictional universe), self-centered, argumentative, egotistical, greedy and openly prejudiced against anyone not a healthy, average-income, cisgendered, heterosexual and Catholic, Christian or atheist Caucasian male. Cartman says and does despicable things for fun or a higher purpose such as theft, lying, slander, even torture and murder. He once calmly said the pain and suffering of others amused him, seemingly not realizing it was a bad thing. On occasions, he embraces the negative side of life such as willingly and knowingly being an emotional monger for avaricious reasons. He is constantly making nasty remarks at the expense of individuals with foreign heritage or blood and flatly thinks females are automatically inferior to males in everything. He also stereotypes every possible race and religion and makes up generalized assumptions about things he knows in the world around him (both positively and negatively) without hesitation or shame. Due to the messed-up nature of South Park his beliefs more or less turn out right; a gag in the series shows him and Kyle having bets on whether or not what Cartman says is true with the oversized boy actually being correct in most regards, something that infuriates Kyle further and solidifies Cartman's delusions.

Because of being spoiled rotten by his single mother he has a ridiculously excessive condition of a superiority complex. He knows in his heart-of-hearts that he is a cruel, overindulged obese beast of a child but it seems no human-discovered method makes him realize it. He constantly denied being fat except when he used his weight to abuse the rights of mobility scooter riders and never seemed to know that just about everyone hates him (no matter how obviously they spelled it out). Cartman's ego makes up preposterous and nonsensical alternatives to things that happen so he always sees himself as an awesome hero everyone loves. This causes him to think he is indeed humble and everyone who challenges this are the ones with ego problems. Unlike the other people of South Park who are fans of the hometown Denver Broncos, Cartman is actually a fan of the rival Las Vegas Raiders.

There are more episodes focusing on Cartman than any other characters but he is never presented as a hero (at least not one with nothing to repent for). When an episode focuses on him it was usually because he had or was about to have done something terrible for personal gain and others attempted to stop him or resolve it. Even when fighting for what is right he went about it in a morally-dubious way.

Though Cartman seems to have low intelligence in school this could just be a lack of regard for academics. He has demonstrated exceptional cunning for his age in all other situations. He knows how to speak foreign languages and understands enough about economics, politics and religions to manipulate them with little effort. Cartman is also a powerful leader and has easily rallied his classmates and even large groups of adults to follow him in missions. Despite seeming to be rather lazy in most cases Cartman has demonstrated a great passion for acting. When he thought he was of Native American and then African-American heritage he flawlessly took on the stereotypes of both cultures adopting their mannerisms, attires and gestures perfectly. He also shows this talent whilst temporarily acting as a police officer, Hitler, a mentally-handicapped child, a Christian Rock musician and Gandalf the Grey Wizard among many others.

Cartman has the uncanny habits of sneaking into people's houses at night and spontaneously bursting into song to express his deepest feelings. His racism stemmed from an obsessive paranoia that all other groups are equally xenophobic towards the Caucasian race and will attempt an uprising as revenge for years of oppression. Another interesting note about Cartman is him being one of the town's residents with a Southern accent. Due to this he mispronounced several words in some of the show's seasons: "Mom" as "Myem" or "Meeeem", "Guys" as "Geyz", "Hey" as "I" or "A", "Here" as "Myah" or "Nyah" and most words that end in "-ity" as "-itah". A prime example of the final one is Cartman's catchphrase "Respect my authoritah!"

Cartman's sanity and mental state are things of question too. In addition to obviously being near-psychotic Cartman has split personalities. This is demonstrated when doing the voices of his stuffed animals, making them all compliment him immensely but then having one of them insult him. He also thinks his hand-puppet Mitch Conner is another person entirely. Despite doing Conner's voice he seems oblivious to the fact it is just his hand.

There were instances when Cartman's suppressed ethical senses manage to surface such as:

  • When he redeemed for a few hours at the end of "Tsst",
  • made up for everything he had done wrong in "The Death of Eric Cartman" (though for self-serving reasons),
  • attempted to help the other boys stop everyone from playing "the brown note" in "World Wide Recorder Concert"
  • and saved Terrance and Phillip from execution and single-handedly fought Saddam Hussein, saving the world in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

While being simply tendentious in earlier seasons Cartman had gotten considerably worse and even nastier as the show progressed but occasionally became more laid-back and then went to being a villain again. Cartman also cannot seem to make up his mind if he liked Butters, Stan, Kyle and Kenny or not as he said he hates them but occasionally did the opposite and was always hanging out with them, sometimes even singing about it. In addition he usually seems horrified whenever Kenny dies though he later takes advantage. It is important to note that these instances were before Season 5 (and Cartman's breakthrough with Scott Tenorman) and he had attempted since then to both kill his friends and remain indifferent to their well-being overall.

Antagonistic Roles

Cartman was introduced as an antihero of the show but after Season 5 became more of a protagonist-villain. However, later seasons have shown him constantly switching from a villain to an anti-hero. He served as the main antagonist in "Cartoon Wars" and "Coon and Friends" and one of two main antagonists in "#REHASH" and "#HappyHolograms" (along with Mr. Big Record Producer) and Season 21 (alongside Mr. Garrison). He's also the bigger bad in South Park: The Fractured But Whole since he created Mitch Connor in the first place. He also appears as the secondary antagonist of the 23rd season.

Criminal Record

Butters: Boy oh boy, Eric, you've got a lot to atone for.
Eric: Really?
Butters: Really. I mean, honestly, i don't know how you're gonna make up for all this.
~ Butters to Eric about his crimes and redemption.

Cartman is notable for having a large criminal record and having crossed Moral Event Horizon. Although having committed many atrocities before he has only been arrested in any way about six times. Cartman's record includes but remains not limited to:

  • Murder and Attempted Murder: In "Butt Out" Cartman stabbed Rob Reiner with a fork essentially killing him. This could be considered self-defense; Reiner had been trying to lynch him through conspiracy and gathering a mob. However, Reiner reappeared in "200" and "201" proving he did not actually die. When he flashbacked 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 not a real crime. He was responsible for the murders of many people in other episodes. He shot and killed two members of a Chinese mafia group in "Wing" but that was also in self-defense. He murdered dozens of people while they were zombies in "Pinkeye" which was unnecessary as all he had to do was kill a zombified Kenny; however, he was not aware of this at the time. He electrocuted several Mexicans to death with a taser after soaking them in water and attempted to murder Butters to prevent him from crossing the U.S-Mexico border in "The Last of the Meheecans". He accidentally bashed Kenny's skull with a frying pan in "Timmy 2000" while trying to hit a bug that looked like Moral Event Horizon on his face. Though it was the side-effects and a hallucination from overdosing on Moral Event Horizon he did not mean to legitimately murder Kenny. When he tried to kill Timothy "Timmy" Burch's disabled turkey Gobbles with an overhead stage light in "Helen Keller! The Musical" it accidentally killed Kenny instead due to him rigging the wrong one. He attempted to kill Kyle and later Kenny and Stan in "Toilet Paper" using a wiffle bat, not comprehending the stupidity of this plan. He tried to use a firearm on the President of FOX in "Cartoon Wars Part II" without realizing it was not loaded. In "Tsst" he conspired to kill his mother because he felt oppressed after she hired the Dog Whisperer Moral Event Horizon to help deal with Cartman's behavior. In "Scott Tenorman Must Die" he set up Scott's parents to be murdered; this counted as parricide since "200" and "201" revealed he and Scott shared the same biological father. He and the other three boys conspired to have Moral Event Horizon murdered in "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs" resulting in her getting shot by a hunter. He even tried multiple times to convince others and himself to kill Kyle. In "Mysterion Rises" and "Coon vs. Coon & Friends" although he does not directly murder anyone he manipulated Cthulhu into murdering those he personally deemed evil which included hippies, Jews, the people of San Francisco and Moral Event Horizon. In "Funnybot" he used his language skills by talking Germans into killing Kyle but this also failed.
    • Enforced Suicide: In "T.M.I." Cartman was put in an anger-management group and while there used his Moral Event Horizon to send a series of text messages to the wife of the psychiatric doctor trying to get a reaction out of him. The messages placed the doctor's wife in a very bad position because Cartman forced her to commit suicide by saying he was engaging in sexual activities with prostitutes he met online. It is unknown how he got the wife's phone number as he required it to have made the texts. He banished Kenny (aka Mysterion), Stan (aka Toolshed), Kyle (aka Human Kite), Timmy (aka Iron Maiden), Clyde Donovan (aka Mosquito) and Token Black (aka Tupperware) to a "dark oblivion" in "Coon vs. Coon & Friends" after which Kenny was forced to get himself impaled on a spike under a cliff in order to die and respawn allowing him to save his friends. He did this again in "Bass to Mouth" when he tricked Jenny Simon into eating a Moral Event Horizon Cartman secretly spiked with a strong Moral Event Horizon. He caused Jenny to crap her pants in class and as a result she attempted suicide. The suicide failed and she survived but suffered a fractured pelvis and had to be taken to the hospital while placed under Moral Event Horizon. He even caused one student named Pete Melman to crap his pants so much he needed new clothes from his mother, therefore exposing him to the embarrassing-news website run by Wikileaks named Eavesdropper and making him think about suicide. A year before he instigated the event of a student named Corey Duran crapping in his pants and made a hazing ritual out of it causing him to kill himself.
    • Attempted Genocide: In "The Passion of the Jew" he tried to get people to exterminate the Jews and in "Ginger Kids" tried doing the same to the "Moral Event Horizon". When he became one of the latter he created the Ginger Separatist Movement and instead planned to kill all "non-Gingers", not wanting to live out his whole life as any kind of minority. In "Mysterion Rises" and "Coon vs. Coon & Friends" he and Cthulhu attempted to wipe out Jews by attacking synagogues.
  • Vandalism and Destruction: He mentioned in "The Death of Eric Cartman" that he broke 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. He did this in "AWESOM-O" when he messed up the entire Stotch house trying to find an embarrassing videotape Butters had of him making out with a Moral Event Horizon cardboard cutout while dressed up as Britney Spears. He helped TP houses in "Toilet Paper" and "The Ring" and since Butters was put in jail for it both times Cartman was instead praised for being honest when confessing the crime for real.
    • Theft, Shoplifting, Fraud and Plagiarism: In "Fatbeard" Cartman stole his mother's credit card and presumably her ID as well, using it to buy plane tickets to Cairo, Egypt for himself, Clyde, Butters, Kevin Stoley and Kyle's adoptive Canadian brother Ike Broflovski. In "Christian Rock Hard" he replaced the word "Baby" in love songs with "Jesus" which was plagiarism and fraudulent as his short-lived band Faith Plus One was technically not Christian Rock. He pretended to be mentally disabled in "Le Petit Tourette" and "Up the Down Steroid". He did it again in "Freak Strike" when he decided to go on Moral Event Horizon's show and pretend to be an out-of-control teenage prostitute to obtain a valuable prize after Butters unintentionally scammed him out of one by appearing on the same show with fake testicles attached to his chin as a practical joke by the rest of the boys and "Ass Burgers" when he faked Moral Event Horizon by putting hamburgers in his butt. He stole many voter ballots from the election in "Obama Wins". In "Poor and Stupid" Cartman went to a local grocery store with Butters in hopes of finding Moral Event Horizon there; Butters forgot to bring money because Cartman did not tell him to. Cartman decided to ingest multiple Vagisil products and left without paying. This is not even counting all the times where Cartman conned or attempted to con other's out of his money.
      • Embezzlement: In "Probably" Cartman started his own church after he and the other kids caught Father Maxi having sex in the local church confessional with Clyde's aunt. Cartman made every kid in town evangelists and asked for their money to be sent to charity. In reality he took full advantage of them because he spent it all on himself. In "Kenny Dies" he convinced the American government to approve stem cell research through an impassioned speech and singing only to use the resources he acquired to replicate the restaurant Shakey's Pizza, thus leaving Kenny and many other people unable to be healed much to Kyle's outrage.
    • Arson: These were accidental and unintentional because in "Pre-School" the boys as children tricked a younger Trent Boyett into starting a fire which they believed they could put out with their urine but were unable to. In "Butt Out" Cartman and the other boys were smoking and threw their cigarettes away to avoid being caught by Mr. Mackey but they landed in a dumpster near the school and set it on fire. He did it again in "1%" but committed arson in his own room. He was told to grow up and so divided his multiple personalities into his stuffed animals and got rid of them through brutal and weird ways. He did not mean to set his own room on fire and might've been sleepwalking when he did it. However, since it wasn't his property it still counts.
    • Graverobbing: In "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" the boys unearthed Kyle's dead grandmother from the local cemetery and planned to use it to scare the living daylights out of a couple of the 6th Graders. This brought up false rumors about the people in South Park having sexual intercourse with corpses and then-recent pirate-ghost hysteria to a whole new level.
    • Breaking and Entering: In "Tonsil Trouble" and "Mecha-Streisand" he broke into Kyle's room; in the former episode he admitted to breaking into Kyle's room before. The purpose was to steal the Triangle of Zinthar needed to complete the Diamond of Pantheos and give Kyle Moral Event Horizon. He broke into the veal ranch in "Fun with Veal". Cartman also busted into several houses in "About Last Night..." to steal television sets.
      • Armed Robbery: In "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow" Cartman got Kyle into a stickup. He pointed a gun at Kyle and demanded he be given his "Jew Gold". Kyle gave Cartman a bag of rocks first and then presumably threw another bag into a fire. In "Go God Go Part 2" he robbed two kids of their Prank Time Phone with a presumably-expensive laser gun.
    • Piracy: In "Fatbeard" he and some of the other kids in South Park assembled several groups of Somalian pirates to plunder ships in increasingly aggressive ways until they were all shot by American snipers. This crime was ignored by the government because the soldiers thought Cartman and his friends were hostages due to their skin colors.
      • Smuggling: He became the leader of a fried chicken cartel under the control of Colonel Sanders in "Medicinal Fried Chicken". However, this did not count because Moral Event Horizon was not illegalized in South Park and merely had restaurants shut down.
  • Abuse and Torture: In various episodes he abused Mr. Kitty whenever the cat attempted to get some of his food. In addition, "Douche and Turd" mentioned that he broke Kenny's pet cat's leg. In "Crack Baby Athletic Association" Cartman made babies diagnosed with fetal cocaine syndrome play a game of basketball with a bag of cocaine and videotaped it; Cartman was making a profit out of this and did not give the babies any credit which also counted as slave labor. In "The Snuke" he used farts to torture the Hakeem family. However, this did not count because Cartman did not use weapons but rather his own bodily gas to annoy and provoke them. What Cartman did was actually government-sponsored and therefore not branded into his criminal record. Unfortunately, in "Tsst" he kidnapped a fellow student named Billy Turner and forced him to play a Jigsaw-esque game by cuffing one of his ankles to the school flagpole. Cartman said he spiked Billy's lunch milk with Moral Event Horizon and it would kill him unless he sawed off his own leg and got the antidote. In "Ginger Cow" he made Kyle cut his hair and farted in his face while forcing him to enjoy it because he threatened to make Christians, Muslims and Jews disband their mutual peace. He eventually got both ends of the deal as he lied about having a huge penis to both wrongfully keep his self-respect and allow peace itself to be destroyed.
    • Assault and Battery: Done several times, although many of these were not crimes but just fighting with friends and others. He beat up Jimmy Valmer when he wasn't expecting it in "Casa Bonita" and considering the latter was handicapped it could be a crime. In "The Coon" he attacked a man and woman with the metal claws on his hands, scratching the man's face up and causing the woman to run away in terror ( in his defense, he thought the woman was being raped). In "Coon 2: Hindsight" he brutally assaulted Bradley Biggle (aka Mint-Berry Crunch) and Clyde for absolutely no reason at all. Cartman did this again in "Mysterion Rises" when he beat up a little girl in an airport after she asked him what the former was like. He attacked Pip Pirrip and Token with a rock in "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" causing their bones to break which was mild assault but was arrested for a hate crime instead.
    • Enforced and Committed Cannibalism: One of his most infamous, most despicable and his first MEH crossing. In "Scott Tenorman Must Die" Cartman tricked a farmer into killing Scott's parents, took the corpses and ground them up into chili so he could serve it in a Chili Con Carne Festival. Cartman did so and therefore tricked Scott into cannibalism, this action led him become a truly evil character. In "A Ladder to Heaven" he mistook Kenny's ashes for chocolate milk mix and drank them, eventually becoming possessed by his soul.
    • Kidnapping and False Imprisonment: He locked Butters in a bomb shelter for three days in "Casa Bonita" and kidnapped 63 hippies, trapping them in his basement in "Die Hippie, Die". He held the Hakeems prisoner in "The Snuke" (though this was government-sanctioned) and took Butters from a mental hospital without permission from officials in "The Death of Eric Cartman".
      • Forceful Confinement: During the events of "Coon 2: Hindsight", "Mysterion Rises" and "Coon vs. Coon & Friends" he (as The Coon) forced Butters to stay in a small jail cell in his basement. He also locked away 63 hippies there in "Die Hippie, Die" and tricked Butters into being trapped inside a bomb shelter in "Casa Bonita".
    • Prostitution: After Kyle caused him to have a severe concussion and amnesia in "Cow Days" he began to think he was a Vietnamese prostitute named Ming Lee and it was implied he prostituted himself to Moral Event Horizon. He did this in "Chickenlover" and "Freak Strike" but did not have real sex with anyone, pretending to be a prostitute. In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" he became the poster child for NAMBLA the pedophile organization though he was not aware of this until the police showed up with the Moral Event Horizon NAMBLA.
      • Rape: In "Cartman Sucks" he (technically) gave Butters a blowjob without his knowledge and put Butters' penis in his mouth.
  • Drug Possession:: In "Crack Baby Athletic Association" Cartman gave some crack to babies diagnosed with fetal Moral Event Horizon syndrome and videotaped them playing with a bag of it, putting the video on the Internet. He also gave crack to a pregnant woman addicted to it. The crack he possessed may have come from his mother and she was seen smoking some after having sex with two men in "Jakovasaurs".
  • Unlicensed Surgery: In "Jared Has Aides" he, Stan and Kyle performed unlicensed liposuction on Butters with a hose to make him thinner in hopes of getting money from a weight loss scam. They even framed him by simply running away and hiding causing yet another grounding for Butters from his parents.
  • Assorted Terrorism: Cartman admitted to this in "Cartoon Wars" when trying to get Moral Event Horizon pulled entirely through threats from Islamic bombers and threatening the FOX President with a handgun. He formed an anti-China organization with Butters in "The China Problem" and held an entire building of hostages at gunpoint with Butters wounding two police officers and a civilian with badly-aimed gunshots that hit them in the Moral Event Horizon. His attempt to split up the U.S. through manipulating a drunken army of southerners to plunder towns and march on the capital might count although this was not for political reasons so much as it was for making Stan and Kyle his slaves because of a bet they made. In "The Coon" he tried to bomb a hospital to lure out Mysterion by planting dynamite in it. He managed to set the explosives but ditched the plot and decided helping Mysterion would be more preferable. In "Mysterion Rises" and "Coon vs. Coon and Friends" Cartman along with Cthulhu performed numerous terrorist actions against assorted groups, cities and individuals. He also participated with his anger-management classmates and Stan's father Randy Marsh in "T.M.I." in terrorizing a Moral Event Horizon building and threatened to not release the hostages until their demands were met. He caused numerous plane crashes and nationwide panic to happen in "World War Zimmerman". In "Tonsil Trouble" Cartman snuck into Kyle's room, drew HIV-contaminated blood from himself and squirted it into Kyle's mouth giving him HIV as well. This was terrorism because Cartman intentionally made someone critically- and terminally-ill to satisfy a desire for revenge. The motive for this was Kyle laughing in disbelief after hearing that his arch-nemesis received a deadly virus which would kill him within less than a decade (ironically, Cartman had frequently talked about Kyle getting this particular disease before). Cartman thought he was being insensitive and shared the virus, giving Kyle AIDS for real so he would not be laughed at anymore.
    • War Crimes: The drunken Southern Civil War army he led was seen looting, pillaging, attacking civilians and burning down buildings. It was also implied by Cartman at one point his troops raped women (when offering Kenny a spot he said "Join me, and you shall have many plunders and women!" although he did not specifically reference rape). He also employed at least two other child soldiers which were Kenny and Butters.
    • Blackmailing, Framing, Incrimination, Tyranny, Scapegoating, Submitting False Evidence and Obstruction of Criminal Investigations/Justice: In "Dances With Smurfs" Cartman used the lie he made about Wendy killing the Smurfs as the key plot device for his movie. He then used the movie to frame Wendy by poorly dressing up as her and doing the same thing he claimed she did. Not only did he provide a sneak peak for all the students of South Park Elementary to see on his morning show, but he also released it on DVD and Blu-Ray to stores across America. This lawbreaking led to the creation of the James Cameron movie Moral Event Horizon. In "Coon 2: Hindsight" Cartman (aka The Coon) tried to blackmail Captain Hindsight into joining his superhero team. He framed Trent twice in "Pre-School" for arson and the assault of a schoolteacher to get out of trouble and avoid his wrath for 5 years. He committed blackmail in "The Passion of the Jew" when he pressured Kyle into seeing The Passion of the Christ and told him to have the Jews apologize for the death of Jesus. However, this kind of blackmail was emotional because Cartman did not threaten Kyle with extortion, a videotape or photos. Another example was shown in "Cancelled" when Joozians were caught having weird alien sex (sucking on each others' "jagons" while sticking their fingers inside their "thrushers" after getting high on alien drugs) in front of him and the other boys. Kenny took a picture of them doing this and Cartman used it to their advantage. However, this crime may not count because Cartman broke these laws on another planet and did it to save Earth from being destroyed. Unfortunately, Cartman may be held accountable in the Intergalactic Justice System because he indeed broke the laws of another planet and may be an example of extradition. However, he had his memory erased afterwards and could not remember anything. In "Cartman's Incredible Gift" people who had actual supernatural powers accused Cartman of being a fraud and sued him. In order to avoid the lawsuit Cartman intentionally framed them for the murder of Veronica Crabtree and caused them to be arrested with one shot and killed. He framed his mother in "The Poor Kid" after finding out his family had the second-lowest income rate in his hometown just before Kenny's family. He engineered a plan to get into a foster home by creating a meth lab in his backyard and getting her arrested. The police found out later and arrested Cartman as well, placing him in jail for two months. In "The Red Badge of Gayness" the drunken Southern Civil War army demanded the Confederate States of America to be a separate country and almost achieved this through blackmailing Bill Clinton by threatening to release a bluff video of him with Moral Event Horizon. He also framed Butters numerous times for things he and the other boys did which all resulted in Butters being arrested by authorities and/or grounded by his strict and abusive parents Stephen Stotch and Linda Stotch. In "Scott Tenorman Must Die" he stole the dead bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Tenorman from a crime scene while Officer Barbrady was still investigating. In "Mexican Joker", when Cartman realizes how he can manipulate I.C.E. through an anonymous call (due to their profound incompetence) into arresting Kyle's family and having them separated into migrant detention centers, despite the fact that Kyle and his family are U.S. citizens. Cartman's motivation for doing this while not due to anti-semitic reasons, was his way of getting back at Kyle, for all the times he was being a "dick" to him and for his own sadistic amusement. Given that Cartman perceived Kyle as "dick" due to Kyle calling Cartman out on his misdeeds, the latest instance being that Cartman attempted to snap one of their female classmates' bra, which is arguably a form of sexual assault. Cartman called Kyle in advance and wanted him to apologize for "every time he was ever a dick to him". Since Kyle was completely justified and Cartman was being completely delusional in thinking he was owed an apology as all of these instances are implied to be Cartman getting called out for his own faults in terms of morality and mentality.
      • Vigilantism: Due to Cartman's attempts at crime-fighting and violent methods of dealing with crime in "The Coon" and "Coon 2: Hindsight" he was technically in violation of laws regarding vigilante actions. However, due to his constant ineffectual attempts this was overlooked by South Park authorities.
      • Hate Crimes: He bashed Token and Pip with a rock in "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" although he was later proven not to have done this for racial reasons and therefore released from jail almost immediately but it still counted 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 were specifically because of them being members of certain ethnic and social groups. During his actions with Cthulhu against them, San Francisco and Justin Bieber during the events of "Mysterion Rises" and "Coon vs. Coon & Friends" he along with Cthulhu performed numerous terrorist actions against these and more assorted groups, cities and individuals which could also be considered hate crimes.
      • Slander: During the events of "Breast Cancer Show Ever" he repeatedly cracked jokes and made remarks at the expense of Moral Event Horizon patients which angered Wendy and upset Stan and Kyle to the point the former ruthlessly beat him up in a fight on the school playground. In "HUMANCENTiPAD" Cartman declared not only in general, but on national TV that his own mother "F***** [him]" because she refused to let him have the latest variants of an Moral Event Horizon. While speaking figuratively audiences and Moral Event Horizon assumed him to mean it literally. In a less liable manner Cartman slandered Wendy in "Dances With Smurfs" by accusing her of being a slut, embezzling money from the school, performing genocide on the Smurfs and numerous other atrocities but escaped any liability by adding "allegedly" at the end. He also did this in "The Snuke" when he told the CIA the Hakeem family were a group of terrorists. However, this lie served a good purpose because Cartman ended up stopping Britain from invading America again. He tried to make people think Kyle was a homosexual in "Cartman Finds Love" which culminated in him singing a song for Kyle much to his anger.
      • Resisting Arrest: In "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" he escaped custody after being found guilty of committing a presumed hate crime. He bribed Kenny to drive him to Mexico in a battery-operated kiddie car and therefore put the police on a wild goose chase ending near the U.S.-Mexico border. He did it again in "Casa Bonita" when Kyle's mother Sheila Broflovski and the other boys found out he had Butters locked up in a bomb shelter and later sent to a nearby dump which scared the entire town just so Cartman could go to the nearest Moral Event Horizon restaurant for Kyle's 9th birthday. When Sheila said the police were on their way to arrest him for Butters' kidnapping he ran into the establishment and tried to avoid them while enjoying what Casa Bonita had to offer in the process. The chase ended after Cartman tried one last-ditch effort to escape by jumping off a 20-foot waterfall only to get cornered.
      • Contempt of Court: In "Sexual Harassment Panda" he sued Stan for sexual harassment and took full advantage of this in court. However, Cartman was being used by Kyle's father Gerald Broflovski so he could make money by telling him to sue South Park Elementary as well.
      • Violation/Obstruction of the Pure Food and Drug Act: In "Ass Burgers" Cartman pretended he had Moral Event Horizon and Moral Event Horizon disorders by placing multiple hamburgers in his butt and farting on them. He gave one to Kyle who liked it a lot. Cartman then started a business in which he placed multiple hamburgers up his butt to give them the taste Kyle loved. He was later found out and forced to shut down. This violated the Moral Event Horizon because Cartman put hamburgers up his butt and sold them to customers. Since the burgers were up his butt they were contaminated and most likely had bacteria such as Moral Event Horizon in them which was known to make people very sick. Some of the customers who ate might've even died from the germs. He did this again in "Bass to Mouth" when he spiked laxatives into cupcakes and tricked students into eating them. He even made the school faculty spike more laxatives mixed in with Moral Event Horizon and served with Moral Event Horizon making virtually the entire school crap their pants. He also did this to Mr. Mackey with more cupcakes and made him crap his own pants, farting his whole body across the hallway.
      • Violation of Firearm Laws and Use of a Deadly Weapon: The Glock pistol Cartman carries around with him was almost certainly illegal and unregistered. Although unexplained where he obtained it he likely did during the events of "Wing" (it was the same weapon he used to fight off Chinese triads during said episode). He constantly used it to threaten people such as Kyle and the President of FOX. He stole a taser from his mom to defend himself from an older Trent after he was released from juvenile hall in "Pre-School".
  • Underage/Hit-and-Run Operation of a Motor Vehicle: In "Poor and Stupid" he hijacked a Moral Event Horizon race car and ran over several spectators and pit crew members culminating in the deaths of eleven people. He later repeated this, going off the racetrack and into a trailer campsite presumably killing many more. In addition he ran over Moral Event Horizon on purpose after she was eliminated.
  • Hitchhiking: In "Imaginationland" Cartman hitchhiked to Moral Event Horizon to get Kyle to "suck his balls" for proving leprechauns existed but in Colorado hitchhikers face up to 2 years in prison.

Cartman's Redemption

  • Although rarely, Cartman sometimes becomes aware of his evil deeds if it was self-redemption in the episode "The Death of Eric Cartman" where he thought he had died and had left on earth like a lost soul because of his wrongdoings he made every effort to do good, more specifically it suggests in his song: "Make It Right". However, he only did it because he thought that if he didn't do it he wouldn't go to the afterlife and he did not mean to apologize to them and wasn't sorry at all.
    • Incredibly, Cartman has become much more sympathetic and light in his wickedness in the 16th season, particularly in the episode "Jewpacabra" where his hatred of Jews seems to have been completely removed, and eventually (albeit apparently) converts to Judaism for the rest episode until "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" when he unintentionally blamed Kyle for killing Kenny which he dies from boredom and herpes and rest of the ziplining trip, unintentionally or likely re-converting back to Roman Catholicism for unknown reasons after the events of the episode.
    • He originally claimed he was not fat but snapped in "Raising the Bar" when he rethought this and told Kyle he would spend his entire life in a scooter before leaving him; instead of getting weight loss he wanted to ride a scooter around to make fun of Kyle and everyone else who was not fat.
  • In The Pandemic Special, he tries to destroy the Pangolin Randy had sex with (which would find a cure to Covid) as he wanted the coronavirus and the lockdown to continue to exist so social distancing would continue, which he greatly enjoyed. However, when Stan revealed he just wanted his life back and broke into tears, Cartman changed his mind and safely gave the Pangolin to the head specialist so they could find a cure. However, President Garrison would kill it before they could do so.

The Coon

The Coon was the superhero (or rather supervillain) alter-ego of himself. He first appeared in the self-titled episode. He was also the leader of Coon and Friends in "Coon 2: Hindsight" before being kicked out because he kept beating up and blackmailing innocents and other heroes; Mysterion ironically chose to keep the group's name despite his absence just to annoy him.

The Coon eventually went to the evil side when he formed an alliance with Cthulhu in "Mysterion Rises". He embarked on a killing spree with Cthulhu, eventually making him level San Francisco. In "Coon vs. Coon and Friends" he continued his killing spree making Cthulhu destroy the Burning Man festival, slaughter Justin Bieber and most of his fans and banish his friends to the City of R'Lyeh.

However, Cthulhu was eventually defeated when Mint-Berry Crunch used his newfound superpowers to seal him back into his own dimension. The Coon was then made powerless and captured by the new Coon and Friends who put him in the same cell with Professor Chaos (Butters).

"Coon" was in itself a racist term, Cartman's raccoon-themed costume aside.

In video games

South Park: Tenorman's Revenge

Cartman was given a more heroic role than he had in the show. Instead of being a villain Cartman was again one of the main protagonists and helped the other boys get their Xbox 360's hard drive back from Scott. Besides making occasional nasty comments Cartman was much more tame here.

South Park: Stick of Truth

In the beginning Cartman was more of an anti-villain by helping the New Kid join the game and recruiting them into the Kingdom of Kupa Keep; you needed to recruit the Goth Kids for him. If you chose to follow Kyle then Cartman's army would invade the school and you had to fight him while he tried to knock you down with fiery farts.

South Park: The Fractured but Whole

Cartman served as a supporting protagonist as he led Coon and Friends against their rival team Freedom Pals to make money for their own superhero franchise. His alter-ego Mitch Conner served as the main antagonist as he was the one behind all the crimes in town.


~ Cartman
(Token: And with Cartman's enormously fat ass, the boys are sure to win!) Token, I swear to God, if you call me fat one more time I'm gonna smack you on the head with this rock!
~ Cartman threatening to hit Token Black if he calls him fat again.
(Scott: I'm glad you like it so much, because now that you're almost finished, I have something to tell you.) What? You mean about how you put pubes in your chili? ( Scott: What?!) I'm afraid this isn't your chili, Scott. I switched it with Chef's. It's delicious, Chef. I hadn't planned on that. What I did plan on, however, was that my friends, Stan and Kyle, would betray me and warn you that the Chili Con Carnival was a trap. I assumed that they would tell you that I had trained Denkins' pony to bite off your wiener. What they didn't tell you was that Denkins is a crazy redneck who shoots trespassers on sight. Knowing that you would try and do something to the pony, I warned Mr. Denkins that violent pony killers were in the area. [A shot of Cartman telling Denkins of such a thing. Denkins is armed] I also know that you wouldn't go yourself, for fear of having your wiener bitten off. You would most likely send your parents. And, I'm afraid that when Mr. Denkins spotted them on his property, he shot and killed both your parents. (Scott: My... mom and dad are... dead?) I came just in time to see Mr. Denkins giving his report to Officer Barbrady. And of course, to steal the bodies. After a night with the hacksaw, I was all ready to put on my Chili Con Carnival, so that I could tell you personally about your parents' demise! And of course, feed you your chili. Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili."
~ One of the most heinous crimes of Eric, when he took revenge on Scott Tenorman by killing his parents, turning them into chili and making him eat it.
You're sterile, is that it? No, that's too convenient of an excuse. The truth is, nobody ever wanted to have babies with you. Isn't that it? (her jaw drops) Always the mom's maid and never the mom? Must be hard on you, knowing that the years are ticking away, your friends all getting married and all the while your uterus is slowly shriveling away, drying up, becoming totally worthless.
~ Cartman destroying Nanny Stella.
(Kenny: Hey, fat boy!) Kenny? What the hell? I sent you to the...(Kenny: To the sunken city of R'Lyeh fallen from the stars! You little fucking prick! What is wrong with you?! What kind of sick fuck does that to his friends?!) It's not my fault you guys turned evil, Kenny! (Kenny: You are the bad guy, fat boy! YOU!) I'm going around making the world a better place! (Kenny: For you! You're making it a better place for you!)
~ Cartman confronted by Kenny for using Cthulhu for massacring people.


  • Cartman parodied Tony Montana, the first time in a play imitating him and the second for real.
  • Cartman was shown to go to great lengths to get revenge on people who did relatively minor things or really nothing at all. An example is in "Tsst" when Cartman made a kid saw off his own leg and get sent to the hospital just because he called him "chubby"; he never did something similar to any of his friends despite them calling him names worse than "chubby" or arranged a gambit to get Wendy's parents killed like Scott's parents regardless of the fact that what Wendy did was more painful than what Scott did. Why he didn't do such things is still not known although Wendy can occasionally outsmart Cartman and turn his schemes against him and he still has an ambivalent measure of caring for his "best friends". He may have failed to seek extreme revenge on the former due to his feelings for her; it was revealed he actually likes her but it is also unknown why he did not begin his evil planning when she reaffirmed her affections for Stan and dislike for him.
    • Cartman saved Kyle for the sole reasons of having something to do by picking on him and forcing him to "suck his balls" after proving leprechauns existed despite his desire to get rid of him.
  • "1%" marked the first time he possibly made an advance in psychological health as he destroyed all of his stuffed animals who he gave voices and personalities to the point that one even insulted him in "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut", severing a dangerous attachment to his stuffed toys even if through delusional mental episodes.
    • If Cartman had split personalities then he had at least five: Clyde Frog, Peter Panda, Muscleman Marc, Wumpletumpkins and Polly Prissypants. If Mitch/Jennifer Lopez was included he would still have one left.
  • In a scene removed from a season he knocked out Token to probably settle old accounts.
  • Cartmanland.

    Cartman along with his namesake theme park Cartmanland from the titular Season 5 episode shared similarities with Bowser (with World Bowser and Bowser Land) from Super Mario Bros. and Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik (with Eggmanland and Robotnikland) from Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Cartman show a lot of similarities to Peter Griffin, both who were fat dimwitted idiots who were mostly anti-heroes before, but gradually became more cruel, manipulative, and sadistic, Cartman's breaking point was in Season 5 with Scott Tenorman must die but Peter's breaking point is hard to pinpoint, but his actions became especially heinous in Season 8.
    • However, Cartman would go out of his way to try and redeem himself in "The Pandemic Special" while Peter never shows an ounce of redemption and continues to grow worse.
  • In the 1996 unaired Pilot episode, Cartman was originally going to have a father and younger sister, but Cartman's unnamed father and sister were scrapped and Cartman would only have a single mother instead.
  • He is similar to Patrick Hockstetter from the novel It:
    • Both are Fat.
    • Both get unconditional, steadfast love from their mothers.
    • Both committed child abuse.
    • Both are mentally insane and are more intelligent than credited for.
    • Both are criminals, though not convicted as one by cops.
    • However, Eric became insane due to being humiliated and prior pampering whilst Patrick was insane due to a mental disorder.
  • Cartman's Fingerbang outfit bears a striking resemblance to the late Elvis Presley's outfit from his later years.
  • Cartman's mother, Liane Cartman. Is one of the main (if not solo) reason on why Cartman is the way he is.

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