The Boys, also known as the Broship, are a group consisting of the four main characters Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McCormick, and Eric Cartman. Earlier episodes usually opened with an establishing shot of the boys standing at the Bus Stop. They were also referred to as "Children" by Chef.
After Kenny's death, Stan, Kyle, and Cartman first replaced him with Butters Stotch for the first five episodes of Season Six. In "Professor Chaos", the boys hold a contest spoofing The Bachelor, and settle on replacing him with Tweek Tweak until "Child Abduction is Not Funny". Kenny permanently reappears in "Red Sleigh Down". Other students in the 4th Grade (or the 3rd Grade, in the first three seasons) are usually included as part of the extended gang.
Cartman, Stan, and Kyle agreed to disband the group in "South ParQ Vaccination Special" after COVID-19 had led to straining relationships with each other, with the only established connections being who gets to keep Kenny using the 2-2-3 system. They kept this information secret from Kenny - until the end of the episode, when Kenny finds out about Cartman's wishes for the group to disband when he reveals his "new" clique. Cartman's new friends invite him to Casa Bonita over the weekend, but he storms off in frustration when he realizes that it is the weekend where Cartman is with Kenny, with the latter being left confused.
The separation carried over to a future timeline set in South Park: Post Covid. Following Kenny's death, Cartman, Stan, and Kyle gather again to attend Kenny's funeral. While attempting to find out the cause of Kenny's death, the group discovers that Kenny intended to go back in time and fix their estranged relationships. After reflecting upon themselves, Stan and Kyle plan to travel back in time and change the future. Though Cartman decides to put his family first and prevent the pair from doing so by any means necessary, he eventually gives in when his wife begins pointing out his changing behavior ever since he meets his friends again. The trio travel back to the past, and successfully mended the relations among their younger selves through blackmailing South Park Elementary student Heather Williams into getting them VIP tickets for a basketball match.
- To see images of The Boys, visit The Boys/Gallery.
- Main article: Stan Marsh
Stan is mostly commonly shown wearing a brown jacket with a red collar, a blue hat with a red puffball and rim, blue jeans, and red gloves. Under his jacket, he either wears a red and blue baseball shirt or a white T-shirt/V-neck. He also wears a blue Terrance and Phillip shirt to bed and a green suit for special occasions. He has black hair. For a time between Season Twenty-Two and Season Twenty-Three, he wore a brown T-shirt made of 100% hemp to promote his father Randy’s marijuana business, Tegridy Farms.
- Main article: Kyle Broflovski
Kyle wears a lime-green ushanka, a bright orange jacket, midnight green pants, and lime-green gloves. He also wears dark blue Terrance and Phillip pajamas to bed. He has curly red hair.
- Main article: Kenny McCormick
Kenny wears an orange parka, orange pants, and brown gloves. Almost all of the time, Kenny has his hood on so that only his eyes are seen. Underneath his parka, he has blond hair.
- Main article: Eric Cartman
Cartman is obese (although he denies it). He wears a red jacket, yellow gloves, an aqua blue hat with a yellow puffball on top, brown pants, black shoes, and white socks. He sometimes wears a green T-shirt with a bear picture on under his jacket, a white tank top, and occasionally a dark red T-shirt. He has medium-brown hair and a double-chin. He also has triangular-shaped eyebrows in contrast to the other main boys' rectangular ones. He was originally named Kenny in 1992's Jesus vs Frosty.
- Main article: Stan Marsh
Stan is generally the most tender and sensitive of the four boys. Stan has shown various positive traits; heroism, empathy, altruism, and various other positive traits. He is usually the one who is unaffected by the many scams, cults, and mass influences that South Park has been subjected to, and has a knack for seeing through falsely glorified practices and celebrities. Stan has been shown to have an overwhelmingly clear understanding of scams and corporate corruption than anyone else in South Park and has an especially good grasp of the dangers of cults. It is notable that he has a tendency to ridicule, make enemies out of, and/or bring shame to a very large number of celebrities that are shown in a poor light within the show.
- Main article: Kyle Broflovski
Originally, Kyle's personality was extremely similar to Stan's - he had firm morals and generally was the "good boy" of the group, often being the one to deliver the "I learned something today" speech at the end of the episodes. After the abandoned plan to kill Kyle off in Season Five (that honor went, predictably, to Kenny) his personality was changed - most notably, his temper shortened considerably. Kyle has extremely strong beliefs, and when forced to question them, he becomes very upset and has somewhat of a short temper, especially when it comes to Cartman. This has caused a lot of fights between the two boys. For the most part, Kyle bases his decisions on both his emotions and beliefs; therefore, he is easily coaxed into fights and manipulated by his feelings. Kyle also gets mad at Cartman's excessive anti-semitic statements.
- Main article: Kenny McCormick
Kenny is the most sexually knowledgeable and experienced in the group. 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 Kenny sometimes does not know the meaning of the term himself. His muffled responses are often met with laughter or further confusion. Most of the time, the boys understand Kenny perfectly. He has also shown positive traits such as loyalty and heroism. Many of his deaths were sacrifices for his friends and even the whole world.
- Main article: Eric Cartman
Cartman is described in various terms; in short, he is an evil, vicious, angry, selfish, greedy, spoiled, and insane child. He is the most foul-mouthed character in the show. He is also racist and stereotypes almost everyone he sees. The very dark, usually disturbing undertones to his personality often hint at an extreme mental imbalance. Apart from being portrayed as having a general lack of moral responsibility or social conscience, he also seems to take pleasure from others' misfortune and is generally unable to show empathy. Cartman enjoys delivering hate speech, especially to people of the Jewish religion. He speaks in a breathy Southern accent.
This is a list of episodes which did not feature all four boys in a prominent role (save for the intro).
- "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus" - Everyone but Kenny made a brief appearance on the TV.
- "Cat Orgy" - Only Cartman featured in full.
- "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub" - Only Stan appears fully, Kyle made a brief appearance and was mentioned once.
- "Jewbilee" - Only Kyle and Kenny featured.
- "Pip" - None of the boys appear.
- "Cripple Fight" - Everyone except Kyle appear.
- Season Six - Kenny died in the Season Five episode "Kenny Dies"; he is mentioned a lot throughout the season. His soul was inside Cartman's body from "A Ladder to Heaven" until "The Biggest Douche in the Universe", after that he reappears at the end of "Red Sleigh Down", making his first return in 13 episodes.
- "Butters' Very Own Episode" - Stan, Kyle, and Cartman briefly appear but Kyle has no lines. Kenny does not appear in person but can be seen in episode clips used in the "It's Butters!" intro.
- "My Future Self n' Me" - Only Stan and Cartman, Kyle has a few appearances.
- "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset" - Kyle and Kenny appear briefly but do not have lines; only Cartman and Stan speak.
- "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow" - Everyone except Kenny appear.
- "Follow That Egg!" - Stan and Kyle are seen together without Cartman and Kenny. All of them are paired with different kids.
- "Smug Alert!" - Everyone except Kenny appear.
- "Cartoon Wars Part II" - Only Cartman and Kyle appear; Stan and Kenny appear in the recap of the first part.
- "A Million Little Fibers" - None of the boys appear.
- "Hell on Earth 2006" - Everyone except Kenny appear.
- "Go God Go XII" Only Cartman and Kyle appear.
- "Stanley's Cup" - Only Stan and briefly Kyle featured.
- "The Snuke" - Only Stan, Cartman, and Kyle; Kenny appears in a few shots, but with no lines.
- "Fantastic Easter Special" - Cartman appears briefly and Kenny did not appear at all.
- "Le Petit Tourette" - Only Cartman and Kyle; Stan and Kenny appear in a few shots but with no lines.
- "More Crap" - Only Stan featured.
- "Imaginationland, Episode II" - Everyone except Kenny appear.
- "Imaginationland, Episode III" - Everyone except Kenny appear.
- "Britney's New Look" - Everyone except Kenny appear.
- "Canada on Strike" - Kenny appears briefly at the school assembly.
- "Over Logging" - Cartman and Kenny appear briefly but have no lines.
- "Breast Cancer Show Ever" - Only Cartman feature in full; Stan, Kyle and Kenny briefly appear, but Kyle has only one line and Kenny has none.
- "About Last Night..." - Only Stan, Kyle, and briefly Cartman appear.
- "Pinewood Derby" - Only Stan, and briefly Cartman and Kenny featured.
- "Fatbeard" - Kenny appears briefly in the classroom without any lines.
- "Medicinal Fried Chicken" - Only Cartman feature in full; Stan, Kyle, and Kenny only appear briefly and Kenny has no lines.
- "You Have 0 Friends" - Kenny does not appear after the first scene.
- "Poor and Stupid" - Only Cartman and Kenny; Stan and Kyle briefly featured at the beginning of the episode.
- "Insheeption" - Only Stan featured in full; Cartman, Kyle, and Kenny only appear briefly while Kyle only appears in the last scene along with Wendy and Kenny has no lines.
- "Crack Baby Athletic Association" - Everyone except Kenny appear.
- "City Sushi" - The four boys were seen briefly in the crowd at the school assembly about the diversity of Asian people.
- "Broadway Bro Down" - Stan has a small role in the beginning, Cartman and Kenny appear briefly (the former with only one line and the latter with none), and Kyle is absent.
- "Jewpacabra" - Only Kyle and Cartman; Kenny has a small role and Stan does not speak.
- "Insecurity" - Kenny appears only at the beginning of the episode and has no lines.
- "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" - All four can be seen briefly during the Goth styled intro and later Stan, Kyle, and Kenny are briefly seen in the Gymnasium, but none of them have any speaking roles.
- "The Cissy" - Kyle and Kenny appear in the first scene, late Kyle makes a cameo and they are seen in the assembly of the school.
- "Handicar" - None of the boys appear.
- "#HappyHolograms" - Everyone except Kenny appear.
- "You're Not Yelping" - Kenny does not appear.
- "Sponsored Content"- Cartman and Kenny do not have any speaking roles.
- "Member Berries"- Kenny can be seen briefly at the beginning and does not have a speaking role.
- "Wieners Out" - Stan and Kyle are seen without Cartman and Kenny. Kenny has no lines.
- "Skank Hunt"- Kenny does not have a speaking role but is seen during Heidi Turner's Twitter "funeral" and crying when his girlfriend breaks up with him.
- "The Damned" - Kenny is absent throughout the entire episode.
- "Fort Collins" - Only Cartman and Kyle appear. Stan and Kenny appear briefly in a brief recap of the season's previous episodes.
- "Members Only" - Only Cartman and Kyle appear. Stan and Kenny appear very briefly in Kyle's flashback.
- "Not Funny" - Only Cartman and Kyle appear.
- "White People Renovating Houses" - Only Cartman featured in full, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny were only seen at the beginning of the episode.
- "Splatty Tomato" - Kenny does not appear in this episode.
- "Mexican Joker" - Kenny does not appear in this episode.
- "Band in China" - Only Stan and Kenny featured in full, Cartman and Kyle appear at the end of the episode.
- "Let Them Eat Goo" - Only Cartman appears in full with multiple lines, Stan has one line, and Kyle and Kenny have no lines .
- "Board Girls" - Only Stan and Cartman featured in full, Kyle and Kenny are only in one short scene with Kyle saying only one line and Kenny not saying anything.
- "The Big Fix" - Only Stan is the focus, with Cartman and Kyle having minor roles, Kenny appears but has no lines.
- "City People" - Only Cartman appears.
- "Back To The Cold War" - Butters is the focus of the episode, with all four boys having no lines.
Occasionally, other classmates, both male and female, are considered a part of the group or replace a regular member. Some episodes, such as "Marjorine" and "Make Love, Not Warcraft", feature most or all of the 4th Grade boys (and Bridon Gueermo in "T.M.I.") acting as a group, with Cartman usually portrayed as the leader. Butters is the most frequent secondary member.
- "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" - Wendy Testaburger.
- "Weight Gain 4000" - Wendy.
- "Gnomes" - Tweek.
- "Chinpokomon" - Butters.
- "Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus" - Butters replaces Kenny after he dies.
- "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" - Tolkien replaces Kenny; Clyde briefly replaces Cartman.
- "Something You Can Do with Your Finger" - Wendy; Randy replaces Kenny.
- "Cripple Fight" - Timmy, Jimmy; Butters replaces Kyle.
- "The Entity" - Kyle Schwartz, but they did not like him.
- "Jared Has Aides" through "The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer" - Butters replaces Kenny.
- "The Simpsons Already Did It" through "Child Abduction is Not Funny" - Tweek replaces Kenny; Bebe briefly replaces Cartman in "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society".
- "The Death Camp of Tolerance" - Butters, Tweek; Kenny is still dead but trapped in Cartman's body.
- "Cancelled" - Chef.
- "Casa Bonita" - Kyle invites Butters over Cartman.
- "Raisins" - Butters, Jimmy; Stan is with the Goth Kids.
- "Quest for Ratings" - Butters, Jimmy, Tolkien; Cartman does not allow Kenny to join.
- "Marjorine" - Tolkien, Clyde, Francis, Bradley, Kevin, Jason, Brimmy, Craig, Tweek, Jimmy, Timmy, Butters.
- "Free Willzyx" - Craig, Clyde, Tolkien, Jimmy, Timmy and Tweek.
- "Smug Alert!" - Butters replaces Kyle; Kenny is not present.
- "Tsst" - Butters replaces Cartman.
- "Hell on Earth 2006" - Butters, Tolkien, Tweek, Jimmy; Kenny is not present.
- "Imaginationland" - Butters, Jimmy; Cartman is not present.
- "The List" - Butters, Jimmy, Clyde, Craig and Tolkien; Later, Wendy replaces Cartman and Kenny.
- "Britney's New Look" - Butters; Kenny is not featured.
- "Canada on Strike" - Butters; Kenny is not featured.
- "The China Probrem" - Jimmy, Clyde; Cartman is not present.
- "Pandemic" and "Pandemic 2: The Startling" - Craig.
- "Elementary School Musical" - Scott Malkinson; Stan is not with the boys for part of the episode.
- "W.T.F." - Butters, Jimmy, Tolkien.
- "The F Word" - Butters, Jimmy, Clyde, Tolkien.
- "Pee" - Butters, Jimmy; Cartman is not with them and Kenny dies early on.
- "Crippled Summer" - Butters, Clyde.
- "Coon 2: Hindsight", "Mysterion Rises", "Coon vs. Coon & Friends" - Bradley, Clyde, Tolkien, Timmy; Cartman is kicked out.
- "HUMANCENTiPAD" - Butters replaces Kyle; Cartman is not present.
- "Funnybot" - Jimmy; Kenny is not present.
- "Crack Baby Athletic Association" - Butters, Clyde, Craig; Stan does not join them and Kenny is not present.
- "You're Getting Old" - Butters, Jimmy, Clyde, Craig, Timmy, Tweek.
- "Ass Burgers" - Butters; Stan is not present.
- "The Last of the Meheecans - Texans: Cartman, Clyde, Craig, Timmy, DogPoo, Jason; Mexicans: Stan, Kyle, Kenny, Butters, Jimmy, Tolkien.
- "Bass to Mouth" - Butters, Wendy, Craig, Tolkien, Bebe, Red; Cartman is not present.
- "1%" - Tolkien.
- "Reverse Cowgirl" - Clyde, Jimmy; Cartman and Kenny are not present.
- "Faith Hilling" - Butters.
- "Obama Wins!" - Jimmy, Craig, Tolkien; Cartman is not present.
- "Informative Murder Porn" - Wendy (Briefly).
- "Go Fund Yourself" - Butters.
- "You're Not Yelping" - Butters, Tolkien, Craig and David Rodriguez; Kenny is not present.
- "Naughty Ninjas" - Butters, Jimmy, Tolkien, Clyde, and David.
- "Sponsored Content", "Truth and Advertising", and "PC Principal Final Justice" - Butters.
- "Skank Hunt" - Jimmy, Craig, Tolkien, Clyde, Butters; Kenny is not present.
- "Franchise Prequel" - Jimmy, Clyde, Tolkien, Tweek and Craig.
- "Hummels & Heroin" - Butters.
- "Splatty Tomato" - Tolkien, Tweek, Craig, and Heidi; Kenny is not present.
- "Band in China" - Butters and Jimmy; Kyle and Cartman are not present.
- "The Big Fix" - Tolkien; Kyle, Cartman and Kenny are not present.
- Main article: Butters Stotch
Butters is seen frequently seen with The Boys and ever since Kenny's temporary death in Season Six, he has become more and more popular. Over time, his role in the show has grown and has become a fan favorite.
- The boys have the four main hair colors: black (Stan), red (Kyle), blonde (Kenny), and brown (Cartman). Even when Butters or Tweek replace Kenny, this remains the case.
- Each boy and their respective father is voiced by the same person.
- 2 of the boys' names both start with the same letter. Kyle and Kenny both start with 'K'.
- The Boys have Afghan counterparts known as The Afghan Boys.
- According to the commentary for "Professor Chaos", they planned on changing the fourth friend every run, but after Tweek, they ultimately decided to bring back Kenny.
- Although there seems to be an ongoing rivalry between the Boys and Craig's Gang (as seen in the episodes "South Park is Gay!", "Good Times with Weapons", and "Quest for Ratings"), the two groups often put aside their differences and coalesce into one group to pursue a greater cause ("Free Willzyx", "Marjorine", and "Make Love, Not Warcraft", among others). In later seasons, Jimmy, Tolkien, Clyde, and Craig are frequently seen hanging out with the Boys and Butters.
- Season Seventeen marks the first season in which The Boys were never seen functioning as a quartet. Every episode generally focused on 1 or 2 of the boys, the kids as a whole, or supporting characters.
- On another note, Season Twenty is the first season where the boys are never shown together as a whole.
- All of the boys' homes are different shades of green.