- For other uses, see Pip (disambiguation).
Phillip "Pip" Pirrup was an often mistreated, awkward English exchange student, who was heavily based on the protagonist with the same name from the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations. He was voiced by Matt Stone. He was a major character in the early seasons, but ultimately in "201", he was crushed to death by Mecha-Streisand, while trying to convince her to leave South Park alone. Many people questioned the South Park Studios FAQ, which has left open the possibility of his return.
In keeping up with the character from "Great Expectations", Pip told the others in the episode, "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. It is assumed by fans that this family adopted him, or were instead some of his other close relatives. It could be possible he has parents in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", because at an adult party, he is sent down to the basement with a few other children: Stan, Butters, and Dougie, whose parents had no where to take their children, and it was assumed that it is the same situation for Pip. However, he may have been there with the foster family mentioned above.
Before coming to South Park, he attended Stratfordshire Primary in Stratford, England (though in the episode Pip, it was shown that he was briefly educated in London), and excelled in archery. This is probably because no English orphanage would take him after his parents died, until someone from South Park took him in.
During the first three seasons, Pip was a very prominent character, and usually served as the "tortured guinea pig" of the kids, being usually bullied mercilessly. His role diminished dramatically after Butters' introduction, as Butters claimed more and more of the parts for his own character. After his own episode during the fourth season, Pip was rarely seen afterward, usually in class or playing with other boys, implying that since his character-decline, he had gained more acceptance in school. He made one last speaking appearance in "Professor Chaos", being among the final six of the boys' potential friends. Ironically, the last lines they speak to him are "Pip, get the fudge out!"
In some episodes, such as "Follow That Egg!" Pip was missing entirely, and he disappeared permanently midway through D-Yikes, his seat being empty for the remainder of the episode. No mention or reason for his disappearance was shown, although it may have had something to do with the brief war between America and Britain in The Snuke. He did not appear on the ranked list of boys in "The List", although nor did Bill, Terrance and Fosse, the boys who call things gay in several episodes or Dog Poo.
His removal from the show is likely due to Matt and Trey mentioning during the commentary for "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub" that they consider Butters "a better character" and Pip's final appearances coincide with Butters' growth, and in addition, Pip's role as "tortured guinea pig" was very similar to that Butters has assumed. However even Butters' role has been surmised slightly, with Scott Malkinson later being considered the least popular kid in school, although Butters remains a major character while Scott has only made a few appearances.
DeathPip finally made a brief reappearance in "201", his second speaking appearance in ten years, where he politely asked Mecha-Streisand to stop destroying the town (coming back while other townspeople ran away), but she merely moved forward and stepped on him as he ran, leaving his bloodied remains behind. His death was not addressed by the other characters. When asked if he was really dead, the South Park Studios FAQ replied that "he looked pretty dead to me." However, when asked on who died for good in another question, it was replied "it's too early to tell now, but we'll just have to see about Pip."
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 and blue and violet trousers. He has blond hair. His head is shaped subtly differently from the other children in that his jaw section is more angular than the other children's, and his body is slightly smaller. However, he is occasionally seen with a more "normal" appearance. After his titular episode, Pip was cleaned up slightly, with a fringe of hair sticking out under his cap on the top left.
He is generally portrayed as a cheerful, laid-back 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 the episode "Conjoined Fetus Lady". In the episode, the main characters continually called him "French", despite the fact that he hated French people (A stereotypical British trait). Whenever they insulted him in this way, he would pick up the dodge ball 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.He was not generally foul-mouthed, but he had uttered a few swear words in two episodes, Worst of all, "Pip", in which he used the word "bitch" and also briefly in "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" - both times saying "arse". He also is seen singing Uncle Fucka in the film with his classmates.
Pip was very friendly with the other students at South Park Elementary, but they did not return the favor. In the first three seasons, the main boys were forever taunting him, saying nasty things about him and performing horrible activities with him - in "Hooked on Monkey Phonics" Stan makes him request that they hit him, claiming he won't, only to do so anyway, per example: In the episode, "Damien", he briefly befriended Damien, 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. Pip was never seen with Damien again after that. (Given, Damien wasn't featured as a speaking character in an episode since then.)
In the episode "Pip", a spoof of the novel: "Great Expectations", Pip befriended a boy named "Pocket" (a character based on Herbert Pocket, from the original novel) who later died of Hepatitis B. He also had a romance with Estella Havisham (another character reference), though this relationship was also one-sided until the end of the episode.
Pip may have been friends with Butters and Dougie, as they were seen playing together (and getting along very well) in the episode "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub." He can also be seen talking to Timmy, Jimmy and Kevin Stoley in South Park is Gay!.
- Pip: "Hello, my name is Phillip, but everyone calls me Pip, because they hate me."
Damien: "Then I will call you Pip."
Pip: "Righto." from "Damien".
- Although disliked in the show, Pip has been very popular with many fans since the series began.
- Outside of the show, Pip is featured in 3 South Park video games, "South Park", "South Park Rally", and "South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play!", as an unlockable character in each.
- Pip is likely left-handed.
- Matt and Trey compare Pip's role in the series to Butters Stotch, proclaiming in the audio mini-commentary for "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub" that Butters is "a better character than Pip."
- Many groups on Facebook have been created requesting Pip come back from the dead. However, these requests have been ignored so far.
- "Unaired Pilot" - Pip talks to the four main boys in the cafeteria (a scene which is later moved to "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig".) When dared to go down the slide, Pip hits his head on the slide post and is later seen neglected in the nurse's office. He also ends the episode with the line "God bless us, everyone." another Dickens reference.
- "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" - Pip is set on fire by Cartman's flaming fart.
- "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride" - Pip is the only football player without a helmet, despite his constant pleas to Chef. He fills in for Stan during the homecoming game and is beaten up by the Middle Park team.
- "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig" - The boys make fun of him in the lunch room in a scene recycled from the pilot.
- "Pinkeye" - Pip is one of the many South Park residents that turns into a zombie.
- "Damien" - Pip befriends Damien and is set on fire by Damien at Cartman's party to entertain everyone. This is one of the first episodes where he is seen a lot more than a crowd character.
- "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" - Appears visiting a mall Santa and later singing Christmas carols with his presumed adoptive family.
- "Mecha-Streisand" - Cartman Roshambo's him for an arrow head he found but gives it back to him
- "Ike's Wee Wee" - Pip is the first in class who smokes a marijuana.
- "Conjoined Fetus Lady" - Pip becomes the star player of the school dodgeball team, and singlehandedly wins the world championship. First time he gets angry.
- "Summer Sucks" - He tells Mr. Garrison that he can't go home because his parents are dead, later appears in the school band.
- "Gnomes" - Pip is in a group with Wendy, Bebe, Token, and Clyde.
- "Rainforest Schmainforest" - Pip yawns when Mrs. Stevens explains why it is necessary to save the rainforest.
- "Jakovasaurs" - Jakov's and Jun-Jun's offspring jump on Pip's desk.
- "Sexual Harassment Panda" - Pip sues Cartman for 1.6 million dollars for Cartman telling him to "suck his...you-know-what"
- "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub" - Pip spends the night at a meteor shower party with Butters Stotch, Dougie and Stan. He is revealed to be an archery esquire at Stratfordshire Primary.
- "Hooked on Monkey Phonics" - Stan plays a game with him in which Pip is repeatedly hit. He is later seen dancing at the disco, and is kissed by Rebecca Cotswolds.
- "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" - Cartman knocks him out with a rock, then asks if British people count as a ethnic minority.
- "Pip" - Pip is the main character in the retelling of Charles Dickens' novel, Great Expectations.
- "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?" - Pip is one of the students in the Sunday-school class.
- "The Wacky Molestation Adventure" - Pip is one of the kids that attacks the kindergardeners after they cross the white line.
- "Proper Condom Use" - Pip is part of the boys' army near the end of the episode. He has a black mohawk.
- "Butters' Very Own Episode" - Pip can be seen in different Butters-related snippets, most notably those from "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub."
- "Professor Chaos" - Pip is one of the potential replacement friends. He is eliminated after asking for tea and crumpets at a baseball game. This was his last speaking appearance until the fourteenth season.
- "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society" - Pip holds cellotape for the "Bebe For Class President" poster and is seen regularly as one of the 'ape-men'
- "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers" Pip plays an elf from Lord Of The Rings, though he does not speak.
- "I'm a Little Bit Country" - Pip is in a group with Craig, Tweek, Bradley and Francis.
- "Lil' Crime Stoppers" - Seen in the background of Mr. Garrison's class.
- "South Park Is Gay!" Pip is seen as one of the metrosexuals at school, though he does not speak.
- "AWESOM-O" (cameo)
- "Douche and Turd" - Pip is seen voting for Turd Sandwich.
- "Woodland Critter Christmas" - Seen in the background of Mr. Garrison's class.
- "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce" - Pip, along with Timmy, Bill and Terrance are seen in the audience when Mr. Mackey is giving his speech, though he does not speak.
- "Go God Go" - Seen in the background of Mr. Garrison's class.
- "Cartman Sucks" - Seen in the background of Mr. Garrison's class when Cartman shows the photo to the shock of everyone.
- "D-Yikes!" - Penultimate appearance, disappears midway through the episode.
- "201" - His final appearance. He confronts Mecha-Streisand, who steps on him, crushing him.
Let's Go Tower Defense Play!
In the video game South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play! Pip reappeared for the first time since being written out of the show. When the level "South Park Docks" is complete, the Japanese Video Game Voice announces "You have unlocked... Pip", Pip greets the boys, who immediately react with groans of anger. Pip begins to explain he knows who is behind the game's events but the kids quiet him insisting they're not hanging out with him and tell him to go away, proclaiming "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 Merrie Tune of Stratford" and then running - anything he touches will take damage or die. Aside his special ability, Pip plays identically to Kenny McCormick, Professor Chaos, and Craig Tucker, dealing a lot of damage with snowballs and having great range but being extremely slow.