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|“||You go to Hell! You go to Hell and you die!!!||„|
|~ Mr. Hat's famous quote also shared by Mr. Garrison.|
|“||Well Kyle, no! No, no, no! I'm Mr. Hat! You're on my turf! You hear me?! You got to Hell, you go to Hell and you die!||„|
|~ Mr. Hat to Kyle in a lost scene of "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe" of South Park.|
Mr. Hat is one of the well-known characters of South Park. He is a puppet worn on Mr. Herbert Garrison's hand and Mr. Garrison appears to converse with it. Mr. Hat was used by Mr. Garrison from the episode "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" until "Summer Sucks", (Where he was replaced with Mr. Twig), and then from the end of "Chef Aid" to his last regular appearance in "A Ladder to Heaven". He was replaced by Mr. Slave in the episode "The Death Camp of Tolerance" and since he has only made one cameo appearance in the episode "Pre-School" in a flashback, he has returned to the show in the episode "200" because Cartman knows he could know the truth behind his father.
Mr. Hat is a puppet who resembles a person's torso and head with the puppet wearing a purple shirt, a brown beard and mustache with a tall red and white hat which his eyes are placed on. In "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" Mr. Hat doesn't have eyes. His moustache looks the slightest bit like Zebedee's, and they are both puppets.
Mr. Garrison appears to have had Mr. Hat since he was a child as seen in the episode "Weight Gain 4000". Mr. Garrison uses Mr. Hat to channel his homosexual emotions and thoughts through even when he accepted he was gay. Mr. Garrison often blames Mr. Hat for something unethical such as being a racist and appearing with the KKK protesters in "Chef Goes Nanners" and chasing Principal Victoria's ass in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub". When Garrison came out as gay, he continued to use Mr. Hat as his teaching assistant while working as the kindergarten teacher. However, when he was promoted to the 4th grade teacher, he replaced Mr. Hat with Mr. Slave.
Recently in the episode "200", Mr. Garrison is forced by Eric Cartman and his hand-turned-con-artist-puppet Mitch Conner to pull Mr. Hat out of storage, so as to reveal the truth about his father who until recently was believed to be Cartman's mother, Liane Cartman. Garrison is initially dismissive of using the old puppet, saying he no longer needed it. However, as the conversation between Mr. Garrison, Cartman and Mitch progresses, Garrisons seems to regress back to talk with and to Mr. Hat as if the puppet is alive.
Following "201", Mr. Hat has not been seen again, implying that Garrison's regression was only a brief one-time event.
Real or Not?
Some people remain undecided whether Mr. Hat is a real living character or merely a puppet. Below is a list of reasons and key moments in the series where Mr. Hat shows sentience:
- Manages to jailbreak Chef and Mr. Garrison by ramming an SUV into the jail wall in "Chef Aid" and the only thing Chef wonders is how he reached the pedals, not how he drove a car.
- Attempts to destroy Mr. Twig by boiling him and snapping him, also in "Chef Aid". However, this could have been Mr. Garrison's unconscious behavior.
- When Mr. Garrison refuses to take Mr. Hat to the KKK rally, he disappears off Garrison's hand and appears at the meeting anyway in "Chef Goes Nanners".
- His eyes begin to glow and his head rotates in "Weight Gain 4000" although it may have been a nightmare that Mr. Garrison was having.
- In "World Wide Recorder Concert", Mr. Hat gets into a fight with Mr. Mackey (during which he is separated from Mr. Garrison) and wins.
- In the Season 2 episode "Summer Sucks" Mr. Hat appears in a sauna room with Brett Favre and he blinks and looks at Brett without anyone holding him. Favre meanwhile seems to treat Mr. Hat as an actual person, greeting him warmly.
- At the end of the episode "Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut" his mouth can be seen if you look closely.
- In "200", he and Mitch Conner (Cartman's own personal Mr. Hat), knows the truth of Cartman's true father.
- In "Cherokee Hair Tampons", he jerks off Mr. Garrison.
- Despite being gay, Mr. Hat is a KKK member.
- Mr. Hat was a boss in the South Park videogame for the N64. He operated a robot vehicle, without Mr. Garrison anywhere near.
- Mr. Hat is based on a puppet used by Trey Parker's kindergarten teacher.
- Mr. Hat was able to drive a car through a prison building to bust out Mr. Garrison and Chef, prompting Chef to ask how he reached the pedals.Mr. Hat had no eyes in his first appearance, "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe".
- Mr. Hat makes a reappearance in "200" when Cartman has Mr. Garrison take him out of a dresser drawer.
- Mr. Hat wears a red and white hat like the Cat in the Hat.
- Mr. Hat can sometimes be seen blinking.
- Mr. Hat appears in the South Park video game, "Cartman's Authoritah", as an enemy, where he jumps toward the player, dealing damage if he comes into contact with the player.
- In the 2014 role-playing video game South Park: The Stick of Truth, before the fight with Nazi Zombie Chef, the player is required to shrink down and enter Mr. Slave's asshole to "abort" a snuke and stop South Park from being destroyed in a massive explosion. In addition to Mr. Slave's cell-phone and Mrs. Cartman's vibrator, the player can find Mr. Hat, whom you must climb up to get further in the level. After finding him, Mr. Hat will become your friend on Facebook, further adding to the belief that he is alive.