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Death is the personification of death itself, who first appeared in the Season One episode, "Death".

Background

In the eponymous episode "Death", the four boys, along with Stan's grandfather Marvin Marsh, encounter Death when he comes for Kenny McCormick, unbeknownst to them. Marvin Marsh also sees Death and, while Death chases Kenny and the boys, Grandpa Marsh gives chase to Death as well, demanding his own death. The boys are saved when Death is distracted by an episode of Terrance and Phillip, of which he appears to be a fan of, on a TV display in a downtown shop window, but just then the adults are successful in removing Terrance and Phillip from air and Death proceeds to kill Kenny. Death then shows Marvin Marsh his own grandfather who is now in eternal limbo. Death then disappears, along with Great-Great-Grandpa Marsh and Kenny.

In the Season Two episode, "City on the Edge of Forever (Flashbacks)", the exact same moment is shown in Kenny's flashback, but instead Kenny is shown killing Death by jumping on him while all of Death's bones come out of the robe and ice cream cones are released from his body.

Death appears in South Park: The Stick of Truth, who was summoned by Nazi Zombie Princess Kenny against Butters before he transforms into Professor Chaos before being swept away by his Chaos Blast finisher.

Death returns in the series starting with "The Pandemic Special", where he shows the deceased loved ones died of COVID-19 and sees Jimbo hospitalized at the Hell's Pass Hospital before being treated by Randy's Pandemic Special weed. He appears on a tricycle like in "City on the Edge of Forever (Flashbacks)", looking out for the boys during the pandemic.

Appearance

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Death is envisioned as a faceless character, presumably a skeleton, holding a wooden-handled sickle who communicates only in grunts. Death wears a dark-purple, full-body robe with a hood that obscures his face. His hood is shaped similar to his sickle.

Nazi Zombie Death in South Park: The Stick of Truth.

In South Park: The Stick of Truth, his appearance retains the same except he dons a Nazi armband on the left arm with a cap and holding a Nazi staff. Much like every Nazi Zombies in the game, he uses sound clips from Adolf Hitler's speech for this character when he got swept away by Professor Chaos.

A different version of Death appears in South Park: The Fractured But Whole, serving as an ultimate for Netherborn powers.

Powers and Abilities

Death demonstrates supernatural power, such as being able to kill Kenny with a single touch. When Death reveals itself, lightning and smoke precede its arrival.

Prominence

References


Minor Characters from Season One
Anthropologist | Barbra Streisand | Bob Johnson | Bob Saget | Chief Running Water | Clone Stan Marsh | Damien Thorn | Death | Denver Broncos | Doctor Tom | Don King | Elton John | Enrique | Ethiopian Tribe | Farmer Carl Denkins | Fluffy | Frank Hammond and Phil | Geraldo Rivera | Great-Great-Grandpa Marsh | Hakeem Korashki | Halfy | John Warsog | Kathie Lee Gifford | Kyle's Elephant | Leonard Maltin | Michael Buffer | Midget Wearing a Bikini | Milo | Mr. Allen | Mr. Kitty | Mr. McDonald | Ms. Ellen | Mutant Turkeys | Patrick Duffy | Photographer | Quadriplegic Swiss Man on a Pony | Rex | Richard Stamos | Robert Smith | Sally Struthers | Scuzzlebutt | Sidney Poitier | Sparky | Starvin' Marvin | Stevens Family | Suzanne Somers | Sylvester | Ted | Tom Pusslicker | Unnamed Couple | Visitors | Weight Gain 4000 Ad Actor

More information: List of Minor Characters from Season One | Season One

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