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Pip Pirrip


For the eponymous episode in Season Four, see "Pip".

Philip "Pip" Pirrip[2] was an often mistreated, awkward English orphaned exchange 4th Grade student, who was heavily based on the protagonist of the same name from Charles Dickens' novel, Great Expectations. He was voiced by Matt Stone and first appeared in the Unaired Pilot before making his official series debut in the Season One episode, "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe". He was a major character in the early seasons, but was written out of the show and then killed off in "201".

Background[]

Metrosexual Pip

Pip in "South Park is Gay!"

Pip told the Boys in "Summer Sucks" that his parents were dead. However, in the previous season, during the episode "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo", he was seen caroling along with a British-looking family in America. It is assumed by people that this family adopted him, or were instead some of his other close relatives.

Before coming to South Park, he attended Staffordshire Primary in Staffordshire, England (though in the episode "Pip", it was shown that he was briefly educated in London), where he excelled in archery.

Role[]

During the first three seasons, Pip was a very prominent character and usually served as the punching bag of the kids, being bullied mercilessly. However, his role diminished dramatically after Butters' introduction, as he claimed more and more of Pip's traits for his own character. After his eponymous episode, Pip was rarely seen afterward, usually in class or tagging along with the other boys. He made one last speaking appearance in "Professor Chaos", being among the final six of the boys' potential friends.

In some episodes, such as "Follow That Egg!", Pip was missing entirely. He then permanently disappeared from the classroom after "D-Yikes!", with no mention or reason for his disappearance being shown. He also did not appear on the ranked list of boys in "The List".

Criminal Record[]

  • Murder by Proxy: Near the end of "Pip", Pip unhooks Estella Havisham from the Genesis Machine, resulting in the death of Miss Havisham. However, this could be seen as a case of "Justifiable Homicide" as Ms. Havisham was technically trying to murder Estella and unhooking her from the machine was the only way to save Estella's life.
  • Assault: In "Conjoined Fetus Lady", Pip violently hits Kyle in the face with a dodgeball after being provoked by him, resulting in Kyle's nose bleeding. Also, in "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society", Pip fights with Tweek and Stan while engaging in a jealousy-filled ape-like brawl with the rest of the boys.

Death[]

Pip is Killed

Pip is crushed to death by Mecha-Streisand.

Pip made a brief reappearance in "201", his second speaking appearance in eight years, where he politely asked Mecha-Streisand to stop destroying the town, coming back when other townspeople ran away. She merely moved forward and stepped on him, crushing him and leaving his bloodied remains behind. When someone asked if he was really dead, the South Park Studios FAQ replied, "He looked pretty dead to me".

Appearance[]

Pip wears an old-fashioned, brown gatsby cap (nowadays known as a 'newsboy' cap), a brown bow-tie, an old-fashioned red smoking jacket, a white shirt, blue shorts, and violet knee-high socks. He has blond hair, and his body is slightly smaller than the other childrens'. Although he is usually bare-handed, a few scenes in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut show him wearing brown-colored mittens.

After his titular episode, Pip's model was cleaned up slightly, with a small fringe of hair added that sticks out under his cap on the top left.

To see images of Pip Pirrip, visit Pip Pirrip/Gallery.

Personality[]

Pip was generally portrayed as a polite, caring, passive, but awkward character, who may be constantly knocked down, but always got right back up again. The only time he ever seemed to act against this description is in "Conjoined Fetus Lady", where the boys continually called him "French", despite the fact that he hates French people. Whenever they insulted him in this way, Pip would pick up a dodgeball and throw it at whoever was saying it, at times with inhuman strength and precision, including taking out an entire steroid-juiced Chinese dodgeball team with a single throw. He would usually apologize a moment later and revert to his old self.

Pip was not generally foul-mouthed, but he had uttered a few swear words in "Pip", where he used the word "bitch", and also briefly in "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000", where he says "Let's hear it for Cartman's big fat ass!". He was also seen singing "Uncle Fucka" with his classmates in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Pip was very friendly with the other students at South Park Elementary, but they did not return the favor.

Interactions[]

The Boys[]

In the first three seasons, the main boys taunted him, saying nasty things about him and performing horrible activities with him - in "Hooked on Monkey Fonics", Stan makes him request that they hit him, claiming he would not do so, only to do so anyway, for example. However, in "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society", in one scene Pip and Cartman are shown seeming to get along while a bunch of other kids are talking beside.

Pip did not retaliate against the boys' bullying and abuse, except for once in "Conjoined Fetus Lady" when he angrily threw a dodgeball at Kyle for the latter calling him "French" and spreading false stereotypes about his nationality, causing Kyle's nose to bleed. However, in the same episode, they gain brief acceptance for him after being impressed by his dodgeball skills and Kyle even offers Pip to be on the boys' team again, much to his pleasure.

Stan in particular is forced to hang out with Pip along with Butters and Dougie (whom he names them "Melvins") in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub" while being locked in the basement at Mr. Mackey's adult party during the Meteor Shower night. At first he is annoyed by their antics and reenactment of Charlie's Angels, but once they hear the ATF was outside the house planning to shoot everyone inside on suspicions that the party attendees are part of a mass suicide cult, he collaborates with the trio and joins their game by encouraging them to hand a videotape out to the ATF containing a mock news report to confirm what is really going on inside the house. After the ATF leaves, Stan seems to have warmed up to Pip and the other two and acknowledges that he and the other kids separate them in school based on their peculiarities, but realizes they are just normal kids like him. This is quickly retracted when Kyle arrives, with Stan pointing out his night with "these friggin' Melvins".

Damien Thorn[]

In the Season One episode, "Damien", Pip briefly befriended Damien Thorn and tried to sympathize with him and discourage his destruction of the school property and threat to the other students, knowing what's it's like to be an outcast, though this friendship also seemed to be one-sided. This became even more apparent when, at Cartman's birthday party, Damien and Pip crashed at the party, and Damien then set Pip on fire so that he would gain popularity amongst the other kids.

Herbert Pocket[]

In the Season Four episode, "Pip", a spoof of the novel Great Expectations, Pip befriended a boy named Pocket who later died of Hepatitis B. Pocket was quite friendly to Pip, and taught him what he needed to know about table manners so he could become a gentleman. He accompanied Pip on their raid on Ms. Havisham, and helped him free the people she had captured.

Estella Havisham[]

Pip would have feelings for Estella, though this relationship was one-sided until the end of the episode, where she would return his feelings. Ever since their first encounter, she would berate him with quips and insults, which he seemingly ignored since he was nevertheless captivated with her. He even became a gentleman to try and win her affections.

Butters Stotch and Dougie O'Connell[]

Pip seemed to have been friends with Butters and Dougie, as they were seen playing together and getting along very well in the Season Three episode, "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", even collaborating to create a fake news report to videotape and show the ATF to debunk their suspicions of a suicide cult being in the house. Pip and Dougie also are seen sledding together with Tolkien and Clyde in "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000".

However, Butters can be seen punching Pip in "Weight Gain 4000", though this was part of the South Park play rehearsal where the pioneers and Indians had a rivalry, and wasn't a genuine moment of assault. Butters was also shown in the group of kids surrounding Pip on the playground and watching him get spat on by Clyde and Bebe in "Damien" and among the kids clapping after Damien set Pip on fire at Cartman's party. Butters also laughs with the others over Cartman kicking Pip in the groin in "Mecha-Streisand". These instances can be excused as Butters had yet to be established as a character in the earliest seasons and was just an unrecognized prop.

However, their friendship from "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub" seems to have dissipated after the said episode since Butters is among the students who assures Cartman that British people don't count as an ethnicity for hate crimes after hitting Pip with a rock towards the end of "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000".

Other Children[]

Pip can be seen talking to Timmy, Jimmy, and Kevin Stoley in "South Park is Gay!".

Lizzy[]

Pip was seen at the school dance with Lizzy in "Hooked on Monkey Fonics" and they did not seem to mind each other's presence.

Chef[]

Despite being nice to the school children, Chef does not seem to care for Pip. In "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride", when the kids are about to play football, Pip is the only one on the team without a helmet. Chef tells him that the school cannot afford helmets for everybody, so he advises him to just cope with it. Acknowledging this, Pip politely tries negotiating with him to rotate who does not get to wear a helmet each week, but Chef declines his request. Expressing no concern for his well-being, Chef advises him to bear through it and "get his ass" in the football field.

Despite his distaste for Pip, Chef showed a lot of appreciation for him after he saw how good he was at dodgeball in "Conjoined Fetus Lady" and encouraged him to keep up the good work in order to make the South Park Cows team world champions. This did not last long, as once Pip knocks out the final team of players, Chef realizes that his obsession with dodgeball went too far and thus feels regretful for forcing the children into it. As a result, he does not bother congratulating Pip after he cheerfully exclaims that he won the game. He instead tells him to shut up as he walks out and goes home with the children.

Quotes[]

  • Pip: "Lunchy munchies, hmmm?" from "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig".
  • Pip: "Yes, I'll pay fifty dollars for one!" from "Starvin' Marvin".
  • Pip: "Oh, good day Damien. My name is Philip, but everyone calls me Pip... because they hate me."
    Damien: "Then I will call you Pip."
    Pip: "Righto." from "Damien".
  • Pip: "Well, I have to spend my summer in summer school because I can't be left alone. You see, my parents are dead."
    Cartman: "Your parents are dead? Goddamn, you suck, Pip!" from "Summer Sucks".
  • Estella: "Who are you?"
    Pip: "I've come to answer the want ad."
    Estella: "Is that so, you smelly little bastard?"
    Pip: "What?" from "Pip".
  • Pip: "Not so fast, you ugly ancient bitch!" from "Pip".
  • Pip: "Cheerio! My name is Pip. I would like to see if you would mind not smashing our little town into bits." from "201"
  • Pip: "Oh dear, I've cracked me noggin!" + "I must flee to the nurses office!" from "The Unaired Pilot"

Video Games[]

South Park[]

Pip appears as an unlockable playable character in multi-player mode. He can be unlocked by inputting the code "FISHNCHIPS".

South Park Rally[]

Pip appears as an unlockable playable character in the game.

South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play![]

Pipreturns

"Cheerio, lads!"

Pip reappeared for the first time since being written out of the show when the level "South Park Docks" is complete. Pip begins to explain he knows who is behind the game's events but the kids quiet him insisting they were not hanging out with him and tell him to go away, with Stan proclaiming that "It'll be a cold day in hell before we need help from Europeans." According to his character biography, his special ability is "French rage", but his secret ability involves him singing "The Merry Tune of Stratford" and then running - anything he touches will take damage or die. Aside from his special ability, Pip plays identically to Kenny McCormick, Craig Tucker, and Professor Chaos, dealing a lot of damage with snowballs and having great range but being extremely slow.

South Park: The Stick of Truth[]

Hall of Honor SOT

Pip's photo can be seen on the "Hall of Honor".

Pip's picture is seen on the "Hall of Honor" along with deceased faculty members (excluding Mr. Mackey and Ms. Claridge, who were featured, but not deceased) and Gordon Stoltski.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole[]

As with the previous game, Pip's photograph is present in the Hall of Honor, although this time it is not explorable.

Prominence[]

Pip Oh Dear I cracked me noggin

"Oh dear, I cracked me noggin!"

Pip's parents?

Pip's possible adoptive family

Movies[]

Trivia[]

  • According to the DVD commentary of "Damien", it was planned that Pip would die in the same episode, but because back then he was needed for crowd scenes, this does not happen, until the episode "201", by which time the character has been removed even as a background character for three seasons.
UnusedSot1

Pip's skull in the South Park: The Stick of Truth files

  • Two characters resembling Pip can be seen in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut during the Dutch verse of "Kyle's Mom's a Bitch".
  • While he didn't have a role in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, the running gag of Pip being called French was referenced by Cartman calling The Mole a "British piece of shit".
  • Matt and Trey compare Pip's role in the series to Butters Stotch's, proclaiming in the audio mini-commentary for "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub" that Butters is "a better character than Pip".
  • Before being killed off, Pip had a speaking role in 15 episodes.
  • His last name "Pirrip" can also be spelled as "Pirrup".
  • Pip's skull can be found in the gfx files of South Park: The Stick of Truth, it is unknown what this would be used for (or make sense since his skull was crushed by the step of Mecha-Streisand) in the game besides being a weapon.
  • Despite not being in the show anymore, Pip is a result on SP and ME. He was also one of many residents of South Park who attended the September 2020 Week 3 NFL Broncos vs. Buccaneers game.[3]

References[]

  1. "South Park" Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride (TV episode 1997). IMDb.com.
  2. Pip in "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig" and the Pilot: "Well, my father's family name being Pirrip and my Christian name Phillip..."
  3. @SouthPark on Twitter..
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