Kenneth "Kenny" McCormick, voiced by Matt Stone, is one of the 5 main characters of South Park (along with Stan, Kyle, Cartman and, Butters). Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, he first appeared in the short films both entitled "The Spirit of Christmas" in 1992 and 1995. He is voiced by Mike Judge in the feature film "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" and Matt Stone in the season 8 episode "The Jeffersons".
Kenny is most famous for dying in nearly every episode in the first five seasons of South Park. He is also easily recognizable for almost always wearing an orange parka that covers most of his face and muffles his speech. His birthday is 22nd March
The character was taken off the show in the fifth season episode "Kenny Dies", but returned in the following season and has since been a regular character; however, he now only dies occasionally. In most of the episodes in the 10th and 11th seasons, he tends to recede into the background, though this tendency seems to have ended with the 11th season finale. Throughout the twelfth season, Kenny did not die once. Kenny died three times in total in Season 13.
Early versions of the character first appeared in Parker and Stone's two pre-South Park shorts, "The Spirit of Christmas" (1992 and 1995). In the first Spirit of Christmas short, the character resembling Kenny is unnamed, while the character resembling Cartman is named Kenny. Both of these characters get killed in the short. In the second Spirit of Christmas, a character with both Kenny's appearance and name appears and dies.
Like the other three main characters, Kenny first appeared on the South Park television series in the first episode, "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" (1997).
Kenny, like many of South Park's characters, is based on a real person; in this case it was a childhood friend of Trey Parker's also named Kenny. In a 2000 interview Trey said that the real life Kenny was the poorest kid in the neighborhood and wore an orange parka that made it difficult for anyone to understand what he was saying. Trey continued stating that real life Kenny would disappear from time to time causing the others to wonder if he was dead.
Other Possible Inspirations
There was an immortal named Kenny who was stuck at the age of around 10 or so, and who was over 1000 years old, in the 1990s Highlander series. The Highlander immortals typically die repeatedly and then come back to life, until they are decapitated. In the one of the openings, you can clearly see Kenny's head being cut off with a pair of scissors. Also in: "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride" Kenny has his arms torn off and his head knocked off by the Middle Park players during the game.
Meatloaf's "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are"
In the song "May Appear Closer Than They Are" by Meatloaf, the first verse is about a boy named Kenny who died, and the second verse is about having an alcoholic father. The question remains: coincidence, or deliberate on the part of the writer?. And one day he did die
Kenny almost always wears an orange Snorkel parka, orange trousers, and brown gloves. Almost all of the time, Kenny has his hood on so that only his eyes and nose are visible. The shape of his hood surrounding his face makes him look considerably like a large vagina or ankh symbol; whether or not this was intentional on the creators part is unknown. Underneath his hood he has messy blond hair, which looks somewhat similar to that of Tweek, another South Park character. When he gets frightened, or when he's crying, he'll pull the strings of his hood, making the face of his hood close up a bit. In "South Park is Gay", Kenny has another parka. His parka is a light purple with very light purple pockets and his sleeves too. Also in this episode he buys another parka that is pink and fluffy. His trousers are black and with brown boots with a black stripe down of the boots. He is also shown to have almost nothing on underneath his parka, as seen in the episodes "The Tooth Fairy Tats 2000", the film, "Lil' Crime Stoppers", and "Lice Capades", though he does have a white T-shirt on. In the episode "Major Boobage" and in "Good Times with Weapons", his anime self is shown to have blue eyes. Kenny is also shown to have blue eyes in the episode "Starvin' Marvin", in which a mutant turkey pulls out his eye and in a close-up, a blue iris is momentarily visible. It is worth mentioning however, that in an early draft for South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut; Kenny is described as having hazel eyes. In the film and "A Very Crappy Christmas" it's shown that Kenny sleeps in his underwear, making him the only one of the boys who does so (Kyle, Cartman, Stan, and Butters all wear pajamas and Tweek Tweak never sleeps and thus has no pajamas except for in "Child Abduction is Not Funny"). Whether this has something to do with his perversion or his poverty (I.E. being unable to afford central heating and/or pajamas) is unknown. However, in other episodes, he is shown wearing all his clothes including his parka in bed. It would seem that his parka was made from pieces of his bedroom curtains, as in the episode "Quintuplets 2000", when we see Kenny practicing opera singing, we see his curtains in the background. They are of orange material, and a huge part of one is missing.
Ever since the debut of the South Park Movie "Bigger, Longer and Uncut", the few appearances Kenny has had without his Parka on all featured him with spikey golden blonde hair. However, there was one exception in the episode "Super Best Friends", when towards the end Stan found Kenny drowned to death in the pool, he actually had a bald fade & brown hair.
In the original Christmas short, he looks generally the same, but he wears green mittens, his mouth is visible and his voice is intelligible (it sounds a little like Craig's or Clyde's). He only has one line, though.
A photo-realistic version of Kenny's appearance was produced as a police artist sketch for the episode "Free Willzyx", showing his nose. In "Margaritaville", when the boys are playing with squirrels, Kenny is shown wearing part of his "toga" over his face mimicking how his parka covers his face, but more parts, such as his hair, are still visible, in W.T.F he wears a mask that muffles his voice as El Pollo Loco a parody of Mexican wrestler Rey Mysterio. And he also shows entire face (without any speaking line) in "The Losing Edge" with a cap which covers a little of the right eye/forehead.
Kenny's speech is muffled, so that it is often difficult to hear what he says (although the closed captioning sometimes verifies his lines), though his lines have become somewhat more intelligible in later episodes. An example of this is in the episode "Chinpokomon", where he appears to say "Fuck you" to Cartman after he attempted to trade another chimpokomon for Kenny's Pengin. His unique muffled voice is accomplished by his voice actor Matt Stone, speaking into his cupped hand. He speaks clearly and without his hood in "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut", "The Jeffersons", and "Lice Capades" with proper, unmuffled lines. He also cheers in "The Losing Edge" and groans and is seen naked in "The Tooth Fairy Tats 2000" but doesn't speak and his backside is seen . Kenny is shown without his hood in "Lil' Crime Stoppers", "The Losing Edge","Good Times With Weapons", "Lice Capades", "The Jeffersons", "Super Best Friends", "Margaritaville" , "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" "W.T.F.", and " Pee"
In the film, Kenny's voice unhooded is performed by Mike Judge, creator of "Beavis and Butt-head" and "King of the Hill". In "The Jeffersons" and "Lice Capades", Kenny's unmuffled voice was performed by Matt Stone making it sound considerably different than it did in the movie. In the original Christmas short, his mouth is visible and he has an unmuffled line ("Yeah!") which sounds slightly nasally (a bit like Craig or Clyde).
Despite that his mouth is rarely shown and covered by cloth, causing the muffled lines, he vomits in "Major Boobage" and his mouth is clearly seen - it disappears when he finishes vomiting, Also on episode "Fat Camp" Kenny is to eat all kinds of disgusting things for money, you can clearly see his mouth as he eats a dissected piece from a Manatee in class as a bet as with many other daring stunts.
Personality and impact
Kenny is the most sexually knowledgeable of the group, and is probably the most perverted. In earlier episodes, when an unknown term is introduced to Stan, Kyle and Cartman, Kenny will be called upon by his friends to clarify, although sometimes Kenny does not know the meaning of the term. His muffled responses are often met with laughter or further confusion. He was tried desperately to get his girlfriend to give him a BJ in the episode "The Ring" (but died of sexually transmitted disease shortly after). . His knowledge may be gleaned from his parents or from the pornography which Kenny is shown to possess in "Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants". He often performs disgusting acts for money such as dissecting a Manatee, eating its spleen, regurgitating it, and eating it again, drinking from Jimbo's gas tank or giving Howard Stern a "hummer." Stan and Kyle noticed this behavior in "Fat Camp" and created the "The Krazy Kenny Show" which starred Kenny doing undesirable acts for money such as eating mice, pretending to kill newborn babies in front of their mothers, and washing his hair in battery acid. in "Roger Ebert Should Lay Off the Fatty Foods" he creates a haiku:
When you rub your dick
You might find a discharge that
Winds up on the floor.
Although he is something of a silent protagonist, Kenny still seems to be very empathetic when it comes to his friends. In "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?" he is quick to show worry about the prospect of Timmy going to Hell. in "Best Friends Forever", Kenny's will states that Cartman will receive his PSP because he feels sorry for him. Kenny also alludes to his many deaths and his friends' attitude towards them in "Cherokee Hair Tampons", when he gets angry at Stan for crying over Kyle's impending death and not recognizing Kenny's at all. Kenny is ultimately revealed to be a heroic character in "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" when he saves the world by sacrificing himself.
Kenny is also shown to be very loyal to his friends, even when he is insulted or ridiculed. In the episode "Jewbilee", Kyle betrays Kenny by ratting him out to the elders. Afterwards, Kenny ends up saving everyone by sacrificing himself. In the early seasons, Cartman consistently insults Kenny for being poor and constantly reminds him how much he hates him. In "The Biggest Douche in the Universe", in which Cartman is possessed by the late Kenny, Kenny is shown to be a fan of Rob Schneider. When Cartman refuses to watch Rob Schneider's films, Kenny's soul keeps trying to get him to change the channel back.
Originally, Kenny barely said anything in the episodes because his voice was muffled and no one could really understand him. But starting in the episode "Major Boobage" Kenny had more lines and played a bigger role. "Major Boobage" and The Ring were 2 episodes that focused on Kenny.
Kenny is also a candidate for the identity of Mysterion,a child super hero show in The Coon because Kenny is always hooded and so is Mysterion. Also in the episode W.T.F Kenny dressed up as a wrestler called El Pollo Loco and he dressed as a version of a W.W.E wrestler named Mysterio and if you look closely all you have to do is to add an "n" to the name Mysterio and you would get Mysterion.
Kenny McCormick is best known in the show for his recurring death in nearly every episode of the first five seasons, often followed by some variant of "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!" and "You bastards!" from his friends Stan and Kyle, respectively. The gag has many precedents, going back at least as far as the regular cry, "You rotten swine! You've deaded me!" by Bluebottle voiced by Peter Sellers in "The Goon Show" in 1951. In the first few episodes, Kyle said the entire phrase. Later on, it varied, depending on who killed Kenny.
Kenny has died and come back over 103 times in the South Park franchise (80 in the series, to date, two in the early animated shorts, six in other authorized TV parodies, six times in the video game, and twice in the movie). He is also killed nine different ways in the opening sequence. Kenny’s most recent death was in season 13 in the season finale "Pee".
Kenny died in almost all the episodes until the writers killed him off permanently in the fifth season, in "Kenny Dies", but he returned at the end of the next season's finale, "Red Sleigh Down", remarking that he's "just been over there" (pointing off screen). By the sixth season, Matt and Trey dispensed with the practice of killing him in every episode, as they got bored with the joke. The reason why Kenny died continuously was given in an interview with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who stated vaguely that it was because Kenny is poor. Kenny is always resurrected for the next episode, although the explanations for his reappearance varied. One episode explained that his soul returns to his mother, takes to another body, is reborn, and then grows to be 8 or 9 years old in record time, while another simply had Kenny magically reappearing out of thin air in the second part of the two-part episode "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" after he was run over by a train in the first.
None of the other characters seem to find this at all unusual. Stan merely greeted Kenny when he materialized, and no one else even blinked. Kenny himself is sometimes aware of the fact that he is constantly killed, expressing resentment over the fact that Stan was worried about Kyle's impending death while never mourning Kenny, and opting to take home economics classes over wood shop partly because he was afraid of getting killed by the dangerous power tools in the shop class, and cheering after realizing he had survived the episode "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo".
Other characters occasionally seem to be vaguely aware of Kenny's deaths. In "Cartmanland", Kenny dies in Cartman's theme park, and when the lawyers suing him mention "that boy who died," Cartman replies with, "Who, Kenny? He dies all the time." It would seem that the others are also aware of Kenny's deaths, but are quite nonchalant about them since they know he will re-appear. Even Stan mentioned that Kenny died all the time in the episode "Gnomes", in which the gnomes accidentally crush Kenny, and mourn over this tragedy, but are confused as to why the kids don't seem to care. In "Chef Goes Nanners", Kenny eats antacid tablets, thinking they're mints, and drinks a lot of water afterward. When Kenny explodes, the four boys and Kyle's dad laugh and applaud, and Stan even says, "That was a good one." And in 4th grade kenny dies on a wheeled sled and Stan says "Well who didn't see that coming" Kenny survives a few episodes in the first five seasons:
- "City on the Edge of Forever (Flashbacks)", which takes place entirely within Stan's dream. Kenny only dies within the dream (and a false flashback that Cartman has in the dream).
- "Rainforest Schmainforest", when he is struck by lightning and then revived with CPR by his new girlfriend Kelly.
- The "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?"/"Probably" two-parter, when he is run over by a bus in Part 1 and presumed dead. When the bus stops in Mexico in Part 2, he is scraped from underneath the bus by a Mexican man and found to still be alive.
- "Fat Camp", in which a kid from drug rehab who had previously been posing as Cartman is forced by Stan and Kyle to dress in Kenny's orange parka and climb into Ms. Crabtree's uterus as part of a television stunt. His dead body is later squeezed out, followed by the corpse of another kid resembling Harry Potter. Kenny was serving jail-time in New York after performing a sex act on Howard Stern during his live radio show at the time.
- In the fifth season episode "Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow", Earth Day activists hack all of Kenny's limbs off, but he is not shown to die at any point in the episode.
- "Cripple Fight" - the hawk takes him, but he is seen in scouts later.
In addition to escaping death in a few episodes, Kenny does not appear in the episodes "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus", "Cat Orgy", "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", and "Pip" and therefore does not die in any of these episodes.
Kenny has died only rarely during seasons 7 through 11. Some "deaths" are not actual instances of Kenny dying, but are still accompanied by Stan and Kyle's remarks, such as when Kenny's "" character was killed in "Make Love, Not Warcraft".
The episode "Cripple Fight" suggests that Kenny's deaths are caused by his parka. When Timmy gives Jimmy a nearly identical parka, a series of unfortunate and fatal events repeatedly happen behind him (meaning they all miss him); a voice can even vaguely be heard screaming, "There's Kenny! Kill him!", but Jimmy does not even notice. On the other hand, in some episodes, Kenny dies without the parka, such as "The Jeffersons" when Mr. Jefferson tosses him up through the ceiling (thinking it was his son) and killing him.
In The Theme Song
Kenny's lines in the first season are:
I like girls with big fat titties; I like girls with big vaginas.
In season 2:
I like girls with big fat titties; I like girls with deep vaginas.
- In season 3, this changed to:
I have got a ten inch penis; use your mouth if you want to clean it.
- In mid way season 6, he gets stuck in Cartman:
Ample parking day or night; people spouting HOWDY NEIGHBOR!!
- In season seven, this changed to:
Someday I'll be big enough to stick my dick up Britany's butt.
- In season ten part two, the theme was revamped and Kenny's lines were:
I like fucking silly bitches; and I know my penis likes it.
Background and family
Kenny's family is one of the poorest families in South Park. Even worse is that it's also fairly large Because Kenny's family is so poor, they eat frozen waffles with no side dishes for dinner and bread sandwiches for breakfast. In "Starvin' Marvin", Kenny won a can of green beans for his family, though they could not afford a can opener. Cartman frequently exploits Kenny’s poverty by offering him money for performing strange or dangerous tasks. In "The List", Cartman frequently mentions that his family eats Pop-Tarts for dinner. This is actually proven at the end of the episode, as Kenny and his family are all seen eating Pop-Tarts before a stray bullet kills Kenny at the dinner table. In "Best Friends Forever" all of Kenny's possessions could be kept in a small cardboard-box
Despite his family’s poverty, Kenny always manages to stay current with trends in toys and video games, such as maintaining a "" subscription (and a computer to play it on), being the first kid to get a in South Park (though he received this for free), or buying the Chinpokomon dolls, and being the only child in the town to have a Go Go Action Bronco, a battery-powered miniature car.
He is Kenny's alcoholic father. He is usually seen hanging out with the other men in South Park, or arguing - and sometimes beating - his wife. Stuart is an alcoholic, which is the most likely reason behind his family's poverty.
She is Kenny's young mother. She is said to have had Kenny when she was only sixteen years old. In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA", it is implied that after Kenny dies, his soul returns to her, takes to another body, and is reborn (though this was likely just a cutaway joke.)
He is Kenny's older brother. He is very untidy in appearance. He hasn't had very many speaking lines, but when he does speak, he seems to repeat much of what he says. His voice sounds similar to those of Terrance Mephisto, Bill, and Fosse, but he must get the accent from his mum. He's seen with a few band aids on his face.
See "Best Friends Forever" for details
She is Kenny's reclusive younger sister. She first appeared in "Best Friend's Forever", when she and the rest of the McCormicks visited Kenny in the hospital. She has had no speaking lines, and her name has not yet been given, although Matt Stone has called her "Karen".
See "Fat Camp" for details
He didn't have any speaking lines either, but he appeared in "Fat Camp", when Kenny, as a stunt on the 'Krazy Kenny Show', gave him a full-body massage on live television.
Friends and Relationships
Friendship with Eric Cartman
Cartman generally seems to tolerate Kenny, although he regards him as being lesser than him because he is poor, and can even at times be seen to treat Kenny as sort of a general laborer/servant, he is also very abusive. Cartman does appear to consider Kenny as his best friend out of the other three boys, although he is not above exaggerating the depth of their friendship in order to achieve or obtain something he wants, usually after Kenny dies or is incapacitated, such as in the episode "Best Friends Forever". In the same episode, Kenny described his general attitude toward his friendship with Cartman as his feeling sorry for him, because everyone else hates him. However, it is also shown that the two share a "best friends forever" necklace (hence the title of the episode), and in the episode "Kenny Dies", Kenny agrees with Cartman's assessment that the two are best friends, as Kyle and Stan are.
Kenny will go along with Cartman if he talks about something he agrees on (such as the time he giggled uncontrollably when Cartman farted in Kyle's face in "Canceled"), or Kyle and Stan if he gets really annoyed by Cartman's attitude. On occasion, he is known to punch Cartman when Cartman rips on him for being poor. In fact, in "Cartmanland", Kenny was invited to go to Cartman's theme park, when Kyle and Stan couldn't come. Cartman has shown to get angry and defensive after Kenny has died, while Stan and Kyle take it like it's nothing and have sometimes used it to get what they want (such as asking for ice cream with butterscotch in "Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut"). He is also aware of Kenny's deaths.
Friendship with Stan Marsh
Although Kenny and Stan don't seem to share the same bond that Stan and Kyle do, Stan does seem to think of Kenny as a close friend. In "Kenny Dies", out of the 3 boys, Stan has the hardest time dealing with Kenny dying, and can't even bare to see him in the hospital. When Stan finally realizes that Kenny passed on "for good", he feels like he's Kenny's worst friend (until they hear about Cartman's selfishness). The two boys often hang out with one another when Cartman and Kyle get into their arguments and Stan and Kenny don't want to listen to it, such as in "The Passion of the Jew". In "Best Friends Forever", Stan and Kyle fight against Cartman to not have Kenny's feeding tube removed to save Kenny's life.
However, in "Cherokee Hair Tampons", when all hope seems lost to save Kyle and Stan breaks down crying in front of Kenny because of Kyle's impending death, he doesn't seem to care or even acknowledge the fact that Kenny dies all the time. This angers Kenny and makes him leave Stan to go home - which in turn causes his death by walking under a falling piano, and even then Stan still fails to notice or care.
During the first 5 seasons, Stan would merely say, "Oh my god, they killed Kenny!", after one of Kenny's classic deaths, and then he wouldn't acknowledge him again after that.
Friendship with Kyle Broflovski
Kenny and Kyle's relationship doesn't seem to be as strong as it is with the other boys. Kyle doesn't seem to really even notice Kenny a lot of the time. There is even a time in the episode "Chickenpox" when Kyle says that Kenny isn't his friend (this could be to get out of going to his house).
Though along with Stan, Kyle's shown his definite concern for Kenny and does view him as a very close friend. In "Best Friends Forever", Kenny gives all of his belongings (excluding his PSP) to Stan and Kyle, and Stan and Kyle fight very hard to save their friend from Cartman and his supporters. He also invites Kenny to his birthday party in "Casa Bonita". Kenny often sides with Kyle on many issues, even over Cartman, like in "Douche and Turd", where Kenny supports Kyle's mascot instead of Cartman's. Also Kyle asked Kenny to come to jew scouts so it would be fun.
Friendship with Butters Stotch
After the episode "Kenny Dies" and after Kenny's comeback in Season 7, he seems to have less of a major role (untill season 11), sharing with Butters. The episode "Kenny Dies", where Butters drew a picture of him and Kenny (as best friends) together in an airplane in which Kyle delivered to Kenny at the hospital, indicates that Butters sees Kenny as a really close friend. Kenny played the "good cop" and comforted Butters in "Lil' Crime Stoppers", and Butters tried to help Kenny during "Major Boobage". The two were also playing together in a sandbox in the episode "Eek, A Penis!". Butters took Kenny's place when Kenny died, leading to that the two should interact more often. In "Guitar Queer-o", Kenny and Butters can be seen hugging when Stan and Kyle break 100,000 points on . Also, in "The Ring", Butters seemed quite alarmed when he discovered Kenny had a new "whore" girlfriend.
Relationship with Kelly
Kenny briefly had a girlfriend named Kelly in "Rainforest Schmainforest" (she was first to admit her feelings for him), who came to his aid during one of his famous "death" scenes. In the next episode, "Spontaneous Combustion", he spends a lot of time at a new girlfriend's house but the viewer never sees her. Because Kenny had started dating Kelly in the previous episode, it is safe to assume that they are one and the same. Kelly hasn't been heard of since (although she was seen at the dance in "Hooked on Monkey Phonics", possibly having arranged to meet up with Kenny, but not being able to as he is dead at that point). If you look closely, you can actually see parts of Kenny's parka with Kelly at the dance.
Relationship with Tammy Warner
In the episode "The Ring", Kenny gets a new girlfriend, the fifth grader Tammy Warner. She happens to be the only person in the school poorer than Kenny. Classmates at school call her a slut because she gave a boy named Dave Darskey a BJ in the parking lot of TGI Fridays. Kenny finds out later in the episode that she did this because she got worked up watching the Jonas Brothers. This prompts Kenny to go and buy her Jonas Brothers tickets, hoping it is the way into her heart, and other body parts. After the concert, Tammy is called backstage where she is given a purity ring by the Jonas Brothers themselves, which stops her from doing anything 'naughty'. Eventually, due to boredom, they take off the purity rings and Tammy gives Kenny a BJ. Unfortunately it is this act that kills Kenny in the end - in the last few minutes it shows his funeral scene, in which the Vicar is heard to say: "And so, as we commit this young child to the earth, let us all be reminded that syphilis is still a deadly disease, and it can be caught even if using protection."
Friendship with Craig Tucker
Even though Kenny usually rivals against Craig and his friends along with Stan, Kyle and Cartman, they all seem to still get along with him for the most part when the two groups aren't in disagreement. They can all been seen playing and working together in episodes like "Free Willzyx" and "Guitar Queer-o". Craig and Kenny chose to be partners in "Super Fun Time". Craig even allowed Kenny to join him in making his "Animals Close-Up With a Wide-Angle Lens" video when Cartman wouldn't let Kenny join their report team in "Quest for Ratings". This can explain that Kenny would be hooded all the time, joining Cartman's crew with super nice hair style and unhooded, would reveal Kenny's face (then best reason to avoid this is that Kenny is too poor).
However, in episodes like "Pandemic 2: The Startling", Kenny has shown dislike for Craig by saying that he doesn't like him. Though it could have merely been out of frustration that Craig refused help them again.
Friendship with Millie
In the episode "The Biggest Douche in the Universe", Rob Schenider was possesed by Kenny, after eating a meat loaf that Kenny was inside. Then, during a commercial for a Rob Schneider movie coming out, he was seen trying to kiss Millie which may conclude that Kenny had a crush on her. Also in the episode Something You Can Do with Your Finger, Kenny chose Millie to rub and hug him for their music video.
Despite these problems, Kenny is often portrayed as the hero of the group; indeed, many of his deaths have been acts of heroic self-sacrifice. This makes him a plausible candidate for being Mysterion, due to the heroic nature of his many deaths. The most touching of these deaths was in South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut, when he wishes for everything to be back to normal, despite that meaning his return in hell. He is also the mysterious hooded kid who's face is rarely revealed much like Mysterion.
Kenny, like Stan, is good with weapons. As in Volcano he blows up fish in the lake and shoots a ram down. He also showed skill with a shuriken in Good Times With Weapons.
Kenny has a very good opera voice (after taking lessons), as seen in "Quintuplets 2000". He uses this talent to travel to Romania where he sings for money. He is also a proficient drummer as seen in "Christian Rock Hard" and "The Red Badge of Gayness" and plays violin as seen in "Summer Sucks." He can also sing and dance at the same time, extremely evident in "Rainforest Schmainforest", "Something You Can Do With Your Finger" and "Elementary School Musical".
Kenny is shown to have a large mastery of strategic video gaming in "Best Friends Forever", reaching Level 60 in the Game "Heaven vs Hell", and was known by the angels as the heaven's equivalent of Keanu Reeves (Neo or Constantine). In "Make Love, Not Warcraft" he is a human hunter in the game World of Warcraft (a race/class combination not actually possible in the game). In "Towelie", he plays the 2001 Okama Gamesphere with the other boys until his death, at which time Towelie takes his place. In the "Chinpokomon" episode, he suffers a non-fatal seizure while playing a game about bombing Pearl Harbor.
Kenny has fought on a few occasions. He also holds the ability to perform his "Spin Blossom Nut Squash" on command, as seen in "The Return of Chef" . He is also able to throw shurikens correctly, as demonstrated by hitting Butters directly in the eye with one in "Good Times with Weapons".
Kenny dressed up as a pregnant underage girl to get morning-after abortion pills (though the only thing he wore was a long, blond wig) in "Cartman Joins NAMBLA".He also dressed up as Michael Jackson's son in "The Jeffersons" He also acted in the episode "W.T.F" as a wrestler.
Played football in the season one episode "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride", was part of the dodgeball team in the season two episode "Conjoined Fetus Lady", and played centerfield of the baseball team in the season nine episode "The Losing Edge". In "The Losing Edge" and "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride", the number on the back of his shirt is the number 13, a joke on how Kenny is unlucky due to being in poverty and dying all the time. In the second of those episodes, his number is 69, a reference to his perverted sense of humor. Kenny can also play tetherball, but ended up getting strangled by it in "Mecha-Streisand".
In "Christian Rock Hard" he teaches Stan and Kyle how to download music for free off the Internet. He also helped save the in "Make Love, Not Warcraft". In the "The Ungroundable", Kenny was seen playing Call of Duty: World at War
- The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers-Possessing Cartman.
- The Biggest Douche in the Universe-Possessing Cartman and Rob Schneider.
References in other media
- In the book South Park and Philosophy: Bigger, Longer, and More Penetrating, there is an article about Kenny, by Southern Illinois University philosophy professor Dr. Randall Auxier, entitled: "Killing Kenny: Our Daily Dose of Death."
- In Episode 3 of the anime FLCL, there is a scene best seen via freeze frame in which a car ornament in the likeness of Kenny can be seen impaled through the head with an arrow.
- In his 2007 television special Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity, ventriloquist comedian Jeff Dunham and his puppet Walter remarked while looking into the camera, "This is Comedy Central! I can see Cartman. I can see Kenny. Oh, he just got killed."
- The rapper Master P released a single in 1998 entitled "Kenny's Dead" as part of the Chef Aid album.
- Kenny's deaths and the "Oh my God! They killed Kenny!" catchphrase is well known in popular culture, and has appeared on various pieces of merchandise, from T-shirts to guitar straps (like the one used by The Police guitarist Andy Summers),
- In an episode of Celebrity Deathmatch, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) vs Kenny G, when Kenny G dies Nick Diamond cries out "Oh my god! Flea Killed Kenny G! Flea killed Kenny G!" Then a child that is modeled like a kid from South Park calls out "You Bastards!"
- The golden Spacesuits in Danny Boyle's Sunshine (2007 film) are influenced by Kenny's trademarked Parka
- In volume 3 of the Shrine of the Morning Mist manga, one of the posters shown in Yuzu Hieda's room is that of Kenny McCormick. In episode 5 of FLCL, Lieutenant Kitsurubami's has a Kenny McCormick key chain and when Naota is having an awkward conversation with Mamimi, his appearance changes to resemble Kenny and talks with his voice muffled.
- In the game Fallout, there is a man named Deputy Kenny, and when killed it says on his computer screen "Oh my god, you killed Kenny."
- In the popular MMOFPS 'Battleground Europe' when you type in the .wtf command one of the responses can be 'Maybe they were aiming for KenneY.' The misspelling is deliberate.
- In the 2007 The Police reunion tour, the guitar strap used by Andy Summers features Kenny being electrocuted (the words "Oh My God! They killed Kenny!" can be read on the strap).
- In a fan-made video on Youtube called "South-Eater" Kenny is seen in pictures both as Tsubaka and as Medusa
Quotes and Catchphrases
- "Holy s**t, dude!"
- "Dude, F**K YOU!"
- (to Cartman after he apparently kills Kyle) You bastard!
- "Girls like shaved balls."
- "Hi, ladies!"
- (First unhooded line spoken South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut) "Goodbye, you guys!"
- (Unhooded in "The Jeffersons") "Aren't I a little too big to be Blanket?"
- (Unhooded) "Alright, but you guys owe me for this."
- "I'm Okay!"
- "Oh, your Penis!"
- "Hey Guys, what's up?"
- "I don't know, but I gotta think of something!"
- "Hey Mom, I fixed your favorite drink!"
- "That Does IT!!"
- "What's happening?"
- "Hey guys, I'm dyin-"(in Ike's Wee Wee)
- "SHUT UP CARTMAN, YOU BLOOD BELCHING VAGINA!"
- "Damn, I'd like to get a taste of her!"
- (To Kelly in Rainforest Schmainforest), "Heh, I'm not poor!", "That's good!", and "Okay, I can do that!"
- (Hoodless in Lice Capades) NO, NOT THE SOCKS, NOT THE SOCKS!
- "I almost made it to level 60."
- "But mom, I'm f**king sick!"
- (While his ghost is possessing Cartman's body) "Luckily, Cartman is big enough for the both of us."
- (While his ghost is possessing Cartman's body) "That's what 'lost' means, stupid!"
- (While his ghost is possessing Cartman's body) "I wanna watch, fat boy!"
- "F**king awesome!"
- "Try this, Professor Chaos! Feel my wrath!"
- "Oh my God, they killed Cartman!"
- "Oh my God, they killed Mephesto!"
- "This is f*ckin ridiculous!!"