Being a heavy alcoholic, Stuart is drunk most of the time. He is shown to often argue and abuse his wife, but it appears to go both ways, as in some episodes Mrs. McCormick berates him without direct provocation. Although he and his wife have been shown physically abusing each other, it has never been shown or implied that Stuart abuses his children. When he is sober, he is very loving and caring to his wife. In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA", the two of them decided to have another child. When Kenny, trying to kill the unborn baby, offered his mother a drink, which he had blended a whole bottle of abortion pills into, and she explained that she couldn't take alcohol while pregnant, Stuart offered to drink it for her. He also tried to stop Kenny when he tried to plunge the baby out of his wife and at the end is the one to suggest they name the baby Kenny.
In the episode "Mysterion Rises" it is revealed that Stuart and his wife had been part of a cult centered around Cthulhu ten years before the series' events and that he had been with Mrs. McCormick at the time. He and his wife claim to have been extremely drunk while there - something their son does not question. It is also revealed that Kenny, disguised as Mysterion, has been scaring Stuart and Mrs. McCormick not to get high at night, fight as much, and to pay their children allowances.
Stuart and his family live in a run down old bungalow. In "Chickenpox", it is revealed the house was made by Stuart and Gerald Broflovski when they were young. Their car is dismantled in front the home and is home to stray cats and dogs. Inside it is dirty and stained. The McCormicks do not own much modern technology, as the family video game system is a ColecoVision, which is plugged into a monochrome television. In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA", the North Park Funland commercial is shown in color, implying that somewhere between the episodes "Chickenpox" and "Cartman Joins NAMBLA", the McCormicks procured a color television.
In "Chickenpox", it is also mentioned that Stuart used to work in a pizza factory when he was a teenager. He is currently jobless, due in major part to his alcoholism, and he and his family are on welfare, and live mainly off of plain frozen waffles, pop tarts and bread sandwiches because of this. However, in "The Poor Kid" it is proved the McCormicks run a Meth lab.
Stuart wears a greasy, faded jean jacket overtop of a white shirt, and mucky blue jeans. He also wears a red cap, with a yellow sign featuring the word "Scotch" embroidered on the front. His hair, mustache, and beard are all a mousy-brown color. After Season Thirteen, his character design model was repolished, like many other characters. When sleeping he wears dark blue pajamas.
Stuart's surname suggests Irish and/or Scottish ancestry.
She is Stuart's wife and mother of Kevin, Kenny, and Karen. Stuart is shown to care deeply for his wife, when he's sober. Although, when he's drunk, he and his wife consistently argue and get into domestic squabbles.
Kevin is Stuart's eldest son. He appears to be as old as Shelly Marsh, therefore being around thirteen years old. His relationship with Kevin tends to be strained, enough so that during a drunken fight with Kevin, both he and his wife are arrested.
Kenny is Stuart's second son. Stuart is shown to care for Kenny, as he plays catch with him in "Cartman Joins NAMBLA". In "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut", when the army is shown singing, Stuart has a picture of Kenny on his helmet. In "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining", Stuart was seen to be shocked and mortified at Kenny's deceased remains, which further reinforces his love and care for his son.
Karen was seen with the McCormick's in the hospital in "Best Friends Forever", she had no speaking lines. She made a second appearance in "The Poor Kid". Her name was confirmed by Matt Stone. Stuart's relationship with Karen has not been expanded on so it is unclear how he views her as a father.
In "Fat Camp", while performing on the "Krazy Kenny Show", Kenny gave his grandfather a Swedish massage. The old man's name was not given, so it is unclear whether he is Stuart's father or father-in-law.
In "Death", a man named Mr. McCormick, who was dressed very similarly to Stuart, was catapulted against the production building in protest of the TV show Terrance and Phillip. Judged by his relatively young appearance, he may have been one of Stuart's brothers. In any case, Stuart has at least one surviving brother, as there was another one in Stuart's house, along with his girlfriend, her mother, and some other guests, in the episode "Chickenlover".
Stuart frequently hangs out with the other local men at the bar. Being the father of one of the main characters, he is closest to Randy Marsh, Gerald Broflovski, and Stephen Stotch. Although he is not as relevant as the other fathers.
Stuart and Gerald used to be best friends in high school, until Gerald started to get better grades, while Stuart's grades declined.
In "Chickenpox", Sheila and Mrs. McCormick arranged a fishing date for their husbands, in hopes that the old friendship could be restored. The outing went awry when the two of them argued over their views on each other which eventually turned into a fist fight. They made up at the end of the episode.
Mr. McCormick: (talking to Cartman dressed as a cop) It's just me and my wife and my brother. And my wife's cousin and his son and my brother's girlfriend, and our two kids. And my brother's girlfriend's mother, and this guy Bob who I met last year.
Cartman: (to the camera) Poor people tend to live in clusters.
Mr. McCormick: What? What did you say?
- "Starvin' Marvin" - He and his wife cheer Kenny on while he's fishing for a can of preserved food.
- "Chickenlover" - Stuart and his wife are shown fighting when Cartman, as a police officer, investigates on them.
- "Chickenpox" - Stuart and Gerald go on a fishing trip in an effort to restore their old friendship.
- "The Red Badge of Gayness - Stuart participates in the war re-enactment.
- "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" - Stuart and his wife are trying to have another baby.
- "Fat Camp" - Stuart and his wife are proud that Kenny has his own live TV show.
- "The Wacky Molestation Adventure" Stuart is taken to jail with the other parents and then returns back.
- "Cripple Fight" - Stuart doesn't want Big Gay Al leading the boy scouts.
- "Cartmanland" - Stuart and his wife sue Cartman because Kenny died on one of the rides in his amusement park.
- "How to Eat with Your Butt" - Stuart and his wife get Kenny to apologize to the Thompsons, when he unintentionally tricked them into thinking that their lost son had been discovered.
- "Kenny Dies" - Stuart, his wife, and family mourn Kenny's semi-permanent death.
- "Red Hot Catholic Love" - Stuart becomes temporarily atheist.
- "A Ladder to Heaven"
- "I'm a Little Bit Country" - Stuart is a pro-war fighter.
- "South Park is Gay!" - He becomes metrosexual along with all the other men.
- "Best Friends Forever"
- "More Crap" - Stuart is one of the men marveling at the size of Randy's latest crap.
- "The List " - Seen eating dinner with his family and shocked after seeing Kenny getting hit by Bebe 's stray bullet.
- "It's a Jersey Thing" - With Randy Marsh and the boys fight against the Jerseyites trying to take over South Park.
- "Coon 2: Hindsight" - Awakened by the Coon alarm.
- "Mysterion Rises" - Mysterion speaks with him and his wife.
- "Coon vs. Coon & Friends"
- "The Poor Kid" - Gets arrested, along with his wife.
- "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" - Seen shocked after receiving his son Kenny's remains from Mr. Hankey.
- "Sarcastaball" - Seen at the PTA meeting with all the other parents.
- "Insecurity" - Seen with the other adult males rallying to get rid of the UPS delivery driver.
- "A Scause For Applause" - Seen in the background while Jesus Christ gives his speech.
- Stuart's favorite liquor seems to be scotch, as it is written on the front of his trademark cap. This is also referenced by Eric Cartman in "Pinkeye".
- In "The Red Badge of Gayness", it is noted that Stuart is employed.
- A character referred to as 'Mr. McCormick' kills himself in the episode "Death". The character is similar to Stuart in many respects.
- Stuart is apparently very skilled in architecture, construction, and electronics. He and Gerald Broflovski built a clubhouse in their earlier years, which became the house the McCormicks now live in.
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