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Eric Cartman
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Full Name

Eric Theodore Cartman

Nicknames

Cartman, the Coon, Fatass, Grand Wizard King

Goals

Make the world a better place for himself by getting rid of the people he hates

Fate

Indecisive

Screw you guys, I'm going home.
~ Eric Cartman

Eric Theodore Cartman, also known simply as Cartman, is the deuteragonist villain of the animated series South Park. He is voiced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show's creators.

He is the son of Liane Cartman, whom he frequently manipulates and mistreats. His closest friends are Kenny and Leopold "Butters" Stotch, whom Cartman often subjects to abuse and humiliation. His girlfriend is Heidi Turner.

Despite being the deuteragonist, he's sociopathic, vengeful, selfish, guiltless, and remorseless which also makes him the series' main antagonist.

Biography

Eric Cartman resides in South Park, Colorado, as an only child raised by Liane, a licentious single mother. He attends South Park Elementary as a student in Mr. Garrison's class, originally in third grade before moving on to fourth grade, where he has currently remained. His friends are Stan, Kyle, and Kenny, whom he has been friends with since preschool. Cartman's crass behavior and constant schemes tend to put him at odds with his friends, particularly Kyle, with whom Cartman has a bitter rivalry with.

Cartman is well-known for his intolerant, xenophobic, and bigoted viewpoint; in particular, his anti-semitism, which contributes to his rivalry with Kyle, who is Jewish. Cartman's xenophobia sometimes extends to attempts of genocide. In addition to his emnity with Kyle, Cartman is also frequently at odds with Wendy Testaburger, Stan's on-and-off girlfriend. Notable incidents of their rivalry include a schoolyard fight, during which Wendy beat Cartman to a bloody pulp, and a slandering campaign by Cartman during his time reading the morning announcements in an attempt to destroy Wendy's reputation.

The topic of Cartman's biological father was a subject of debate for years; Liane claimed to be a hermaphrodite and that she was Cartman's father, though she did not know the identity of Cartman's birth mother. However, it was eventually revealed that Liane was indeed Cartman's mother, and his biological father was Jack Tenorman, whom Cartman had arranged to be killed beforehand as part of a revenge scheme against Scott Tenorman; this makes Cartman and Scott half-brothers.

Recently, Cartman formed a bond with a female classmate, Heidi Turner, after circumstances resulted in them losing access to the internet. The two became a couple, and Cartman has shown himself to be determined to keep their bond stable and intact.

Personality

He's a fat, racist, self-centered, intolerant, manipulative sociopath.
~ Kyle, describing Cartman

Cartman's defining personality traits are his arrogance, self-centeredness, greed, laziness, and sociopathy. He's the most foul-mouthed character in the show, and is generally portrayed as utterly remorseless and lacking empathy for others. Because of this, Cartman has shown himself willing to violate the rights of others and commit heinous crimes, including torture, abduction, and murder, with no remorse. He has openly admitted that the pain and suffering of others amuses him.

Despite their friendship, Cartman is often at odds with the other boys. The boys hold a considerable disdain for Cartman and have admitted to hating him on numerous occasions. Cartman also has a rocky relationship with his classmates, having a tendency to bully or annoy them; this has resulted in him being despised by the majority of his schoolmates. In spite of this, Cartman's classmates will sometimes take part in Cartman's schemes.

In spite of his negative qualities, Cartman has shown considerable charisma and leadership skills; along with Stan, Kyle and Kenny, Cartman acts as the de facto leader of the male classmates, who tend to follow his lead if they have the same goals. Cartman has also shown himself adept at forming organizations and stirring up mobs; these are most notable in "The Passion of the Jew" and "Ginger Kids". Cartman is a skilled manipulator, able to trick and deceive others into doing his bidding, and has shown himself capable of forming complex schemes to achieve victory.

Cartman is also known for his racism and bigotry. He's extremely anti-semitic, directing much of this prejudice towards Kyle for his Jewish faith. He's shown himself to be a believer in nazism, expressing admiration for Adolf Hitler on numerous occasions. He also has a tendency to stereotype minorities, particularly African Americans. At times, Cartman's bigotry has led him to attempt to commit genocide; in "The Passion of the Jew", Cartman attempts to restart the Holocaust by rallying the town against the Jewish population, during which he dressed as Adolf Hitler. In the episode "Ginger Kids", after his friends played a prank on Cartman by dyeing his hair red, tricking Cartman into believing that he was a ginger, he formed a cult of ginger children and attempted to wipe out all non-ginger children, only being stopped when the prank was revealed to him by Kyle.

Due to being spoiled by his mother, Cartman has an inflated ego and sense of entitlement. He's also easily offended, and has a low tolerance for criticism. He reacts with rage whenever he is insulted for his weight, and often denies being fat, instead preferring to call himself "big-boned". He is terrified of being seen as "uncool" by his peers, even though they have expressed their contempt for him multiple times.

Alter-Egos

The Coon

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The Coon

The Coon is Eric Cartman's superhero alter-ego. Cartman first took on the role of a costumed vigilante in order to quell a perceived spike in crime in South Park, though it was clear he was primarily motivated by fame. He soon formed a rivalry with fellow superhero Mysterion (who was later revealed to be Kenny) after the latter proved more popular than him. The Coon later formed a superhero team called "Coon and Friends", consisting of several of his classmates, of which he was the head of. Despite being the self-proclaimed leader of the group, the Coon often quarreled with his team due to his beliefs conflicting what the rest of the team was trying to accomplish. At one point, the Coon was kicked out of the group, which led to him forming an alliance with the Dark Lord Cthulhu in order to exact vengeance, though he was later defeated. Despite his actions, he appears to have been accepted back into the team. Coon and Friend's arch-enemy is Professor Chaos (Butters).

Grand Wizard King

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Grand Wizard King Cartman

The Grand Wizard King Cartman is another of Cartman's alter-egos that he usually takes on while role-playing. This alter-ego is based on Gandalf the Grey from The Lord of the Rings. Cartman first used this identity in "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers". Cartman made a reappearance in this alter-ego during the "Black Friday" trilogy, where he acted as the leader of the Xbox One faction. This alter-ego is featured prominently in the game South Park: The Stick of Truth. In the game, he is the ruler of the human faction at the Kingdom of Kupa Keep, and acts as a guide to the New Kid when he arrives in South Park. His arch-nemesis is the High Jew Elf King (Kyle), who commands the Drow Elves of Larnion. His primary ally is Paladin Butters the Merciful.

Trivia

  • Eric Cartman is arguably the most popular and iconic character in South Park. The show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have stated that Cartman is their favourite character, and the one with which they identity with the most.
  • In the episode "Cartmanland" Cartman expresses his awareness of Kenny's frequent deaths and subsequent revivals, despite Kenny himself stating that nobody ever remembers his constant demises.
  • Originally, Cartman was going to have a father and sister. However, they were scrapped before the show began. In the episode "201", Cartman's father was revealed to be Jack Tenorman.
  • Cartman is usually referred to by his surname by the other children rather than his first name. This may be due to the other children's disdain for him and not truly considering him a friend. By contrast, the adults usually refer to Cartman by his first name.
  • Though Cartman is on bad terms with the majority of the other 4th grade children, he has a particular rivalry with Kyle Broflovski and Wendy Testaburger.

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