South Park

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Name: South Park
Abbreviation(s): SP
Creator: Trey Parker, Matt Stone
Date(s): 1997-present
Medium: cartoon, movie
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: wikipedia
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South Park is an animated sitcom that tells the adventures of four ten-year old boys (who had been eight and nine-years old in previous seasons). Known for its incredibly foul language, sexual references and satirical humor, it is supposedly directed toward more mature audiences, falling into the same genre as Family Guy and Futurama.

A movie for the cartoon was released in 1999, called South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

On November 25, 2021, South Park: Post Covid was released exclusively on Paramount Plus. It was followed up on December 16, 2021 with the second part titled South Park: The Return of Covid. On June 1, 2022, South Park: The Streaming Wars was released along with South Park: The Streaming Wars Part 2 on July 13, 2022.


The four main characters are Stanley Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman (usually referred to by his last name) and Kenneth McCormick, as the show normally centers around them. South Park is a small mountain town in Colorado, though it is not like other towns - strange and bizarre things often happen in South Park, such as random cavemen appearing, being attacked by a giant robot of Barbara Streisand, an affair between a five-year old Canadian and a Kindergarten teacher, as well as the constant reappearances of a Christmas poo and a towel that enjoys getting high.

The series has always had a strong undercurrent of socio-political commentary, but in the early seasons it was blended into the simple, vulgar humor the show was more known for. The socio-political leanings became stronger around season 7, and in season 18 the show went from an episodic format to season-long arcs and tighter continuity.

Fandom nods

A season 19 episode was focused on the yaoi sector of fandom and highlighted the supposed relationship between characters Craig Tucker and Tweek Tweak, whom the Asian exchange students drew fanart of. The art featured in the episode was actually submitted by fans of the show, at the request of the writers.


South Park's general fandom has existed since 1997, when the show premiered. It quickly became deluged with OCs on early websites that have now been deleted.[1]

It also had an RP community on Yahoo! Groups as early as 2004.[2]

South Park's slash fandom began receiving significant attention on in 2008, where it presently has 18,600 fanworks and is the seventh most popular cartoon fandom on FFn. Notable FFn authors at the time were IndianaBeachBum, BroflovskiFan, Fermata, Seaouryou, Fletset, BratChild3, Ben Barrett, The English Professor, and Faery Goddyss. SekritOMG also remained a pervasive writer in the fandom from 2008 to 2016.

The slash fandom gained a revival in late 2011-2012, especially with the genesis of a kink meme[3] and a big bang challenge, which debuted in 2012, with successive challenges running in 2013, 2014, and 2016.[4] [5] There also was briefly a forum for South Park slash fans[6], as well as a South Park Prom event[7] in the same year.

There is a booru for fan art of the show; it is currently inactive and posting is moderated, however, as of October 2017 the site houses over 62,000 images.[8]

Mary Sue fanfiction is (was?) also popular on FFn.[9][10]

As for fanart, South Park has a sizeable fandom on DeviantArt[11] for English-speaking fans. There has also been a large Japanese fandom on Pixiv[12], and a Chinese fandom on Lofter.[13] There is also a significant presence on Tumblr.

Age and Target Audience

Though South Park's target audience is 18-24[14], and tends to be more classically male, the audience in fannish spaces tends to lean heavily amongst female fans (in slash fandom especially) between the ages of 13-25. There is a pattern of fans either discovering the fandom on as young as 12-13, or in early adulthood on Tumblr and AO3.

Minors and the Fandom

Because a part of the South Park fandom are underage fans interacting with a sexually explicit show and content, some adults both in and outside of the fandom may be uncomfortable with it (see Minors in Fandom). This issue is present in many fandoms that involve minors, either as characters or as a portion of the fan base. Fandom members may age the characters up for art and fanfiction, though there is still debate regarding whether explicit content of the characters is problematic.[note 1]

Ships and Characters

The fandom's most popular ship is Stan/Kyle, or Style[15] Runner-ups include Butters/Kenny, Craig/Tweek, Kyle/Cartman, and Kyle/Kenny. Other largely known ships are Craig/Kenny, Cartman/Wendy, Stan/Wendy (which is canon), Greg/Christophe, and Cartman/Butters. Twenny aka Kenny/Tweek, is a rare pair.

Pairings are usually made by combining the characters' names, which makes several pairing names words, such as: Style (Stan/Kyle), Creek (Craig/Tweek), Bunny (Butters/Kenny), Candy (Cartman/Wendy), Bendy (Bebe/Wendy), and Dip (Damien/Pip).

In the fandom, appearances of adult characters are very rare, and they are typically minor characters. Many OCs are child characters.

Fanwork Examples




Reactions to Socio-Political Commentary

Fans' reactions to South Park are largely passive in response to the socio-political commentary of the show. Some fans hold similar libertarian views as the creators[citation needed], while others separate their political opinions from their enjoyment of the show.[citation needed]

The social justice attitude wrought by early 2010's Tumblr fandom became a heated discussion when South Park aired 'The Cissy' on October 8, 2014, an episode discussing the large discussion of gender, particularly nonbinary identities, that had been primarily on Tumblr at the time. A blog called safepark[16] was created in reaction to the episode, and cites itself as "a place for south park fans who feel persecuted in the fandom for being critical & anxious about the issues it tackles and how it tackles them. the priority is to make you feel safe and loved in this fandom."

Coincidentally, South Park launched an episode about and entitled 'Safe Space' the following year, on October 15, 2015. safepark was also featured on /r/TumblrInAction[17], resulting in backlash such as:

I can't believe this is real I thought reddit was lying. You realize this is a textbook safespace right? A safespace is a place where you are free to dish out criticism but will take none, it isn't simply a place that contains no criticism. I really hope you eventually see that South Park itself is trying to show just how wrong places like this are, and how they are really fucking up social media/the internet.

One mod's response was:

I’m personally finding it hilarious that you (and south park, but that’s not my point here) find the idea of safe spaces ridiculous in that we refuse to take criticism and only criticize things ourselves - it sounds like you want to defend south park, which criticizes things, but you don’t want us to criticize it. hmm.

On another note, we welcome critics of this blog, but considering they’re just as hypocritical as you in that most people who hate this blog want to censor us for bringing up the idea of censorship - or, you know, basic human decency - it kind of renders a lot of their points moot. Honestly the narrative of this whole argument is that “you shouldn’t be allowed to say whatever you want so I can say whatever I want!” It is circular and illogical. Try again.

The blog has been inactive since 2015.

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Notes and References


  1. ^ As someone in NSFW and cartoon fandom circles for some time, the concept of "aging up" characters who are minors in canon in order to draw/write NSFW of them is a hot topic of debate. If someone ends up with a "call out post," and they also have practiced aging up minors, that will usually be on the call out post among everything else. (Patchlamb 8/2/2020)