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Craig's Gang


Craig's Gang, also commonly known as Craig and Those Guys, is a group of fourth graders led by Craig. The group consists of Craig Tucker, Tolkien Black, Clyde Donovan, and Jimmy Valmer. Additional members include Tweek Tweak (Craig’s boyfriend), Jason White, and Butters Stotch. They are best known for being rivals to the main boys, although in the majority of episodes they are friendly and part of the same larger social group.

Background[]

Though the group was not formally established until later in the series, future group members Craig, Tolkien, Clyde and Tweek appear together alongside Terrance Mephesto, Bill Allen, Fosse McDonald, Annie Knitts, Bebe Stevens as students who bully Mark Cotswolds and tie him to a flagpole as early as in "Hooked on Monkey Fonics". Those four could also be seen together as the boys' extended group in "How to Eat with Your Butt". Craig, Clyde, and Tolkien throughout these seasons are already depicted together frequently. They, alongside future members Jason and Jimmy, are also prominent in "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers". Craig, Clyde, Jimmy and Tolkein can be seen with the boys in the opening of "My Future Self n' Me" as well.

The group was formally introduced in "South Park is Gay!", where Craig, Tolkien, as well as Tweek and Jason, are seen antagonizing (Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, and bullying Kyle, for not adhering as closely to the metrosexual fad. They wear matching outfits and praise themselves for how 'gay' they appear to be in an effort to seem cooler than the boys are.

The boys later brag about their newly purchased weapons "Good Times with Weapons" to the group, which is first seen to include Craig, Tolkein and now Clyde, who are joined by Jimmy Valmer when they confront the boys. Though they seem like rivals, they put aside their differences to try to hide Butters' injuries from being exposed to the adults. For the next several seasons, the core group consists of Craig, Tolkien, Clyde and Jimmy.

In "Ginger Kids", they are shown sitting together at lunch, when they kick Gary Nelson out of the cafeteria for being ginger, and again later with Bradley Biggle at lunch when Eric Cartman tries to join them and they kick him out as well.

From the ninth season on, both the boys' group and Craig's group are more often seen as friends than enemies, and are increasingly depicted as part of the same larger social group, though Craig, Clyde, Tolkien and Jimmy still generally appeared closer to one another than other characters, with other male classmates sometimes joining them in episodes such as "The Losing Edge", "The Death of Eric Cartman", "Marjorine" and "Free Willzyx". From the tenth season onward both groups are almost always seen eating lunch together in the cafeteria as well, sometimes including Tweek, Jason, occasionally Kevin Stoley or Scott Malkinson to fill out the group.

The friendship between both groups seems fairly solidified by the twelfth season. In "Super Fun Time", Craig even paired up with Kenny McCormick, and Jimmy Valmer with Kyle Broflovski. It is also suggested that Craig is the one who holds a particular dislike of the main group. In "Pandemic" and "Pandemic 2: The Startling", Craig explains that he doesn't like them because they always get themselves into trouble that escalates to ridiculous degrees and never learn from the past. From those episodes onward, Craig seems to prefer to avoid conflict with the boys rather than instigate. It is notably that in "Elementary School Musical", Craig, Clyde, Jimmy, Tolkein and Jason are all seen participating in the High School Musical fad after explaining it to the boys.

Though the rivalry no longer exists between groups, the characters still seem to hang out together as a unit. Craig, Tolkien and Jimmy let Clyde know about the sock bath in "Lice Capades", while Tolkien, Clyde and Jimmy are seen trying to talk to Craig about his situation with his mother in "The Magic Bush". All six members are seen with the boys and Timmy in "Eat, Pray, Queef". Only the four core members of the group help the boys in "Skank Hunt" destroy Cartman's electronics.

Tolkien, Clyde, Craig and Tweek are seen hanging out together in "The Problem with a Poo", marking the first appearance without Jimmy in the group in several years, however, Tolkien, Clyde, Jimmy, and Butters Stotch are shown preparing for Halloween together at the Donovan Residence in "The Scoots", with Craig and Tweek part of a separate group.

To see images of Craig's Gang, visit Craig's Gang/Gallery.

Lineup[]

Core Members[]

Though the group has shown to have different members at certain times, there are 4 boys who are shown to be the most prominent:

The group has also shown to occasionally have other members randomly replacing one of, or joining, the 4 most prominent characters, such as:

Tweek is the most common additional member of the group, especially in the earliest and most recent seasons, followed by Jason, who appeared with them in "South Park is Gay!" and in the twelfth and thirteenth seasons alongside Tweek. Butters had only been used once, in "The Scoots." Though they both appeared before Jimmy, he has been favored over both in most instances after "Good Times with Weapons".

Members[]

Craig Tucker[]

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Craig Tucker

Craig wears a blue jacket and a matching blue chullo hat with a yellow puffball on top. In the early seasons of the series, he wore blue jeans, but in more recent seasons he wears high-waisted black pants. Craig's hair is usually shown to be black, although it appeared to be brown in "The Losing Edge". In "Good Times with Weapons" Craig's eyes are shown to be blue.

Tolkien Black[]

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Tolkien Black

Tolkien wears a light purple Armani Exchange shirt with a letter "T" in light orange and a pair of dark gray pants. Being African-American, his skin is dark. He has short black hair. He is usually referred to as 'the richest kid' in south park.

Clyde Donovan[]

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Clyde Donovan

Clyde has medium-brown hair, wears a burgundy coat, grayish-brown trousers, and sometimes wears ocean-blue mittens. Underneath, he has been shown to wear a green T-shirt with a cow's face on the front. He has been labeled "the second fattest kid next to Cartman" despite appearing about the same weight as the others.

Jimmy Valmer[]

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Jimmy Valmer

Jimmy wears a yellow long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and black boots; he wears braces, has a rather lopsided face, brown hair, and sideburns. Like Timmy, he is handicapped, but with a far less severe form of cerebral palsy and can still walk with the aid of crutches. From "Cripple Fight" through "Super Fun Time," his eyebrows were the same color as his hair. However, as of "The China Probrem," they're black just like other characters his age.

Tweek Tweak[]

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Tweek Tweak

Tweek has messy blond hair and wears an incorrectly-buttoned green shirt with blue jeans. In "Gnomes", his physical appearance was slightly different to more recent episodes; instead of a green collar, he had a black one, and his jeans were also of a darker color. During the metrosexual fad in "South Park is Gay!" he appeared in a pink jacket with slicked down hair.

Jason White[]

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Jason White

Jason had brown hair with sideburns and a large forehead. He wore a purple top and a pair of blue jeans, which were originally dark gray. In "The Hobbit", Wendy mentions that he has freckles. His character is based on Jason McHugh, who was featured with Trey Parker and Matt Stone in Cannibal! The Musical and Orgazmo.

Butters Stotch[]

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Butters Stotch

Butters has a small tuft of bright blond hair on the top of his head. He wears a turquoise jacket and dark green pants. In "A Scause For Applause", Butters was seen talking with Craig, Clyde and Jimmy in the school hallway towards the end of the episode. He was later seen with Craig's gang in the Season Twenty-Two episode "The Scoots," and South Park Twitter hinted at him now being a part of Craig's gang.[1]

References[]

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