Kenny McCormick

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Kenny McCormick
Kenny McCormick

Kenny McCormick, voiced by Matt Stone, is a fictional character in the animated series South Park. He is one of the four central characters, all of whom are eight-year old boys, and is famous for dying in nearly every episode.

He is well-known for almost always wearing his orange parka. Due to his hood, which covers his mouth and nose, all of his lines are mumbled, and are often such that they'd be censored if they weren't.



Kenny has a colorful sense of humor and a perverted mind, and appears to be more sexually mature than his friends. He is frequently the only character who knows the meaning of various sexual terminology and slang, and his bedroom is decorated with posters of bikini clad women. Kenny's muffled lines in the South Park theme song refer entirely to sexual subjects:

I like girls with big fat titties; I like girls with big vaginas.

In season 3, this changed to:

I have got a ten inch penis; Use your mouth to help me clean it.

Kenny took a break for the 6th season but returned for the 7th with:

Someday I'll be old enough to stick my dick in Britney's butt.

Kenny's un-muffled voice sounds like a slightly higher-pitched version of Stan. In the movie Kenny’s voice was performed by Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill. In the Season 8 episode The Jeffersons, Kenny's voice was performed by Matt Stone.

Kenny's family is extremely poor, with his father an alcoholic, and his friends (especially Eric Cartman) often tease him about it. Despite these problems, Kenny is often portrayed as the hero of the group; indeed, several of his deaths have been acts of heroic self-sacrifice.

Visual appearance

Kenny almost always wears an orange hooded anorak with brown gloves (although he does remove it during the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and in episodes #706 and #807, "Lil' Crime Stoppers" and "The Jeffersons", respectively). Underneath his hood he has blonde hair, which looks very similar to that of another South Park character, Tweek.

Geometrically, the shape of the portion of Kenny 's face visible through his hood is almost a lens, although the arcs are either elliptical or parabolic rather than circular. This gives the face a squashed look, as does the use of an ellipse rather than a circle for the lip of the hood. The dark areas to either sides of the face are lunes.

It has not been widely noted, but it is very clear that he is dressed in this way to make him appear like a vulva or venus symbol (♀). It has also been noted that his body is very similar in shape to an ankh, which goes along with the theme of reincarnation that is present in the character - see also anorankh.


Kenny is most famous for dying in nearly every episode, often followed by a cry of "Oh my God! They killed Kenny!" and "You bastards!" from his friends Stan and Kyle. Usually right after his death, rats show up, start nibbling on the body and carry off body parts. In the Succubus episode #303 Kenny even dies twice: first when the boys are waiting for Chef to come play baseball, then the next day when he is squashed by the Succubus during chef's wedding.

Matt Stone & Trey Parker tried to kill him off for a year (he died in the "Hell's Pass Hospital" of a muscle disease) and replaced him first with Butters and then Tweek. During the 2002 Christmas episode Kenny returned after being trapped inside Cartman. Cartman had mistakenly made chocolate milk from Kenny's ashes while the boys were searching Kenny's house for tickets, entrusted to Kenny, to a candy shopping spree. During the following season, he seemed to have lost his bad luck and didn't die anymore. Kenny's lucky streak ended during the 2003 Christmas episode ("It's Christmas in Canada").

Throughout the series, many of Kenny's deaths have been described as "senseless," only serving as cheap amusement until he really died in season five. However, in the March 30th, 2005 episode, Best Friends Forever, Kenny was the first in South Park to get a Sony PSP and the first in the world to reach level sixty; he died early in the episode to command Heaven's armies in the final battle against Satan (in the episode he is frequently likened or referred to as Keanu Reeves). His death is not permanent, however, and he is revived, but in a persistent vegetative state with a feeding tube in an almost-serious spoof of the controversy surrounding the Terri Schiavo case in Florida.

Ways Kenny dies

The following is a list of Kenny's deaths in each episode:

Season 1

  1. Cartman Gets an Anal Probe
    • Hit by Officer Barbrady in police cruiser chasing cows
  2. Weight Gain 4000
  3. Volcano
    • Shot by Ned when he drops his gun on the ground
  4. Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride
  5. An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig
  6. Death
  7. Pinkeye
  8. Damien
    • Shot by Uncle Jimbo being mistaken for a rare duckbilled platypus
  9. Starvin' Marvin
    • Attacked by mutant turkeys; loses an eye in the attack
  10. Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo (he doesn't die in this episode, and in fact cheers when he sees "The End" appear onscreen with him still alive)
  11. Tom's Rhinoplasty
    • Pierced by Iraqi sword carelessly swung by Miss Ellen
  12. Mecha Streisand
  13. Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut

Season 2

  1. Terrance & Phillip in "Not Without My Anus" (doesn't appear)
  2. Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut
  3. Chickenlover
    • Crushed by falling tree during credits
  4. Ike's Wee Wee
    • Fallen into open grave and crushed by gravestone
  5. Conjoined Fetus Lady
    • Killed by overpowered dodgeball throw from Chinese opponent
  6. The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka
    • Torn apart by two members of Jesus and Pals
  7. City on the Edge of Forever
    • Does not die in this episode, but died twice in the dream. Once he was taken away by a scary monster. Then he was killed by Fonzie motorcycle.
  8. Summer Sucks
    • Dies in a flashback when he was in preschool, holding a firecracker too long so he blows up.
    • Crushed by giant carbon pyrotechnic snake
  9. Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls
    • Trampled by crowd leaving theater
  10. Chickenpox
  11. Roger Ebert Should Lay off the Fatty Foods
    • Spontaneously exploded due to intensity of planetarium demonstration
  12. Clubhouses
  13. Cow Days
    • Pierced by horns of the bull Cartman was riding
  14. Chef Aid
  15. Spooky Fish
    • Killed by Stan's evil fish
  16. Merry Christmas Charlie Manson
    • Shot dead by police while attempting to surrender
  17. Underpants Gnomes
    • Killed (squashed "like a bug") by a cart containing underpants
  18. Prehistoric Ice Man

Season 3

  1. Rainforest Schmainforest (he doesn't die in this episode)
    • Struck by lightning & nearly dies but is revived by his "girlfriend". One of the only instances in the entire series where a character on the show actually attempts to help Kenny after he has died instead of simply standing and watching. In another amusing twist, before Kenny is revived, Stan and Kyle say their trademark post-Kenny-death line, and an observer, confused, asks, "Who?" (since he was struck by lightning). They sheepishly reply, "You know... they!"
  2. Spontaneous Combustion
  3. Succubus
    • 1 Dies in an unknown manner while waiting for Chef at the bus stop, miraculously revives at dawn
    • 2 Smashed to death by succubus
  4. Tweek vs. Craig
    • Caught on a drill and lands in a pile of rusty nails in crafts class
  5. Jakovasaurs
    • Killed by a bear while impersonating a deer, distracting Cartman,
  6. Sexual harassment Panda
    • Pulled by magnet into giant fan
  7. Cat Orgy (he doesn't die/appear in this episode)
  8. Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub (he doesn't die/appear in this episode)
  9. Jewbilee
    • Sacrifices self to open the shell Moses is contained in; saves the Jews
  10. Chinpokomon
    • Gets a seizure from the Chinpokomon video game and spends most of the episode catatonic; explodes at the end, revealing that he was filled with rats
  11. Starvin' Marvin in Space (he doesn't die in this episode)
    • Frozen in carbonite, but isn't actually shown to die (Han Solo didn't die when frozen; it can be assumed Kenny didn't either)
  12. Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery
  13. Hooked on Monkey Phonics
    • Killed by Phonics Monkey
  14. The Red Badge of Gayness
  15. Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics
  16. Are you there God - It's me, Jesus
    • Exploded due to pressure buildup from tampon stuck in ass
  17. World Wide Recorder Concert
    • Died due to massive defecation upon playing "the brown note"

Season 4

  1. Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000
    • Crushed by bricks, meant to be Cartman test dummy, after flying off sled
  2. The Tooth Fairy Tats 2000
  3. Quintuplets 2000
  4. Timmy 2000
  5. Pip (he doesn't die in this episode)
  6. Cartman Joins NAMBLA
    • Crushed by ambulance after Mr. McCormick is loaded therein
      • He is also killed in a dream, by his just born alien like brother. His parents have another child just before the credits and name him Kenny; his mother states this is the 52nd time Kenny has died
  7. Missing image
    Kenny crushed by piano in episode 407 - Cherokee Hair Tampons
    Cherokee Hair Tampons
    • Crushed beneath piano just after angrily leaving for home - while Stan is very upset and sobbing, because his other friend Kyle may die of kidney failure unless he gets one of Cartman's kidneys.
  8. Chef Goes Nanners
    • Explodes from gas and foam buildup when massive dose of antacid tablets (thought to be mints) is exposed to water
  9. Something You Can Do With Your Finger
    • Smashed by an elevator just prior to performance in the shopping mall
      • Stan's father steps in for Kenny in the performance
  10. Do the Handicapped go to Hell (he doesn't die in this episode)
    • Run over by a bus before he was able to attend confession; is revealed to be alive in next episode
  11. Probably (he doesn't die in this episode)
    • Revealed to be alive and well in Mexico; he and Cartman are left there
  12. Fourth Grade
    • Dragged and ground by Timmy's wheelchair while attempting to fix it ŕ la Speed
  13. Trapper Keeper
    • Smashed against wall by Cartman's bedroom door
  14. Helen Keller - The Musical
    • Crushed by stage light, meant for Timmy's dysfunctional turkey, Gobbles
  15. Fat Camp (he doesn't die in this episode)
    • Kenny is in prison for prostitution; Cartman's replacement at fat camp takes Kenny's place and suffocates in Mrs. Crabtree's uterus
  16. The Wacky Molestation Adventure
    • Sacrificed at "Carousel"; not shown on screen
  17. A Very Crappy Christmas
    • Run over by car
      • Death occurs in the middle of film production; Stan decides to have Kenny's character die in the film

Season 5

  1. Scott Tenorman Must Die
    • Laughs himself to death seeing Cartman's "I'm a little piggy" video
  2. It Hits The Fan
    • Vomits his intestines out just before credits
  3. Cripple Fight
    • A eagle-like bird flies down and takes Kenny away just after putting the scout leaders on stocks
  4. The Super Best Friends
  5. Terrance And Philip Behind The Blow (he doesn't die in this episode)
    • The Earth Day people cut his arms and legs off, but he doesn't die
  6. Cartmanland
    • Gets impaled in the face by a beam/bar on a roller coaster (the "Ole Mine Shaft"?)
  7. Proper Condom Use
    • Bebe throws a boomerang and slices his face in half
  8. Towelie
    • Falls into a vat of lava
  9. Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants
  10. How To Eat With Your Butt
    • Gets run over by a motorcycle toward the end
  11. The Entity
    • Security guard at the airport shoots him after finding toenail clippers
  12. Here Comes The Neighborhood
    • He is seen dead in this episode, but it's never shown how he died.
  13. Kenny Dies
    • Dies of a "terminal disease"
  14. Butters' Very Own Episode (he doesn't die/appear in this episode)

Season 6

Since Kenny's death in 513 - Kenny Dies, he does not reappear until 617 - Red Sleigh Down. So he doesn't die in any of season 6.

  1. Jared Has Aides
  2. Asspen
  3. Freak Strike
  4. Fun With Veal
  5. The Terrance and Phillip Moive Trailer
  6. Professor Chaos
  7. Simpsons Already Did It
  8. Red Hot Catholic Love
  9. Free Hat
  10. Bebes Boobs Destroy Society
  11. Child Abduction is not Funny
  12. A Ladder to Heaven
  13. The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers
  14. The Death Camp of Tolerance
  15. The Biggest Douche in the Universe
  16. My Future Self n' Me
  17. Red Sleigh Down

Season 7

Since his reappearance in 617, he hasn't been subjected to dying in each episode and only dies once in season 7.

  1. I'm A Little Bit Country
  2. Krazy Kripples
  3. Toilet Paper
  4. Cancelled
  5. Fat Butt and Pancake Head
  6. Lil' Crime Stoppers
  7. Red Man's Greed
  8. South Park is Gay
  9. Christian Rock Hard
  10. Grey Dawn
  11. Casa Bonita
  12. All About the Mormons?
  13. Butt Out
  14. Raisins
  15. It's Christmas in Canada

Season 8

Since his reappearance in 617, he hasn't been subjected to dying in each episode and only dies once in season 8.

  1. Good Times With Weapons
  3. Up the Down Steroid
  4. The Passion of the Jew
  5. You Got Fucked in the Ass (You Got Served - alternate title)
  6. Goobacks
  7. The Jeffersons
  8. Douche and Turd
  9. Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes
  10. Pre-School
  11. Quest for Ratings
  12. Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset
  13. Cartman's Incredible Gift
  14. Woodland Critter Christmas

Season 9

Since his reappearance in 617, he hasn't been subjected to dying in each episode and has died in the two most recent episodes.

  1. Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina
  2. Die Hippie, Die
  3. Wing
    • Shot by the Chinese mafia
  4. Best Friends Forever
    • He is hit by a truck and brought to heaven but is resuscitated and kept alive on a feeding tube (i.e., Terri Schiavo), which is removed and he finally dies
  5. The Losing Edge
  6. The Death of Eric Cartman
  7. Erection Day

Episodes in which Kenny doesn't die

  1. 110 - Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo
  2. 201 - Terrance & Phillip in Not without my anus
  3. 301 - Rainforest Schmainforest
  4. 307 - Cat Orgy
  5. 308 - Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub
  6. 311 - Starvin' Marvin in Space
  7. 405 - Pip
  8. 410 - Do the Handicapped go to Hell
  9. 411 - Probably
  10. 415 - Fat Camp
  11. 514 - Butters' Very Own Episode
  12. 601 - Jared Has Aides
  13. 602 - Asspen
  14. 603 - Freak Strike
  15. 604 - Fun With Veal
  16. 605 - The Terrance and Phillip Moive Trailer
  17. 606 - Professor Chaos
  18. 607 - Simpsons Already Did It
  19. 608 - Red Hot Catholic Love
  20. 609 - Free Hat
  21. 610 - Bebes Boobs Destroy Society
  22. 611 - Child Abduction is not Funny
  23. 612 - A Ladder to Heaven
  24. 613 - The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers
  25. 614 - The Death Camp of Tolerance
  26. 615 - The Biggest Douche in the Universe
  27. 616 - My Future Self n' Me
  28. 617 - Red Sleigh Down
  29. 701 - I'm A Little Bit Country
  30. 702 - Krazy Kripples
  31. 703 - Toilet Paper
  32. 704 - Cancelled
  33. 705 - Fat Butt and Pancake Head
  34. 706 - Lil' Crime Stoppers
  35. 707 - Red Man's Greed
  36. 708 - South Park is Gay
  37. 709 - Christian Rock Hard
  38. 710 - Grey Dawn
  39. 711 - Casa Bonita
  40. 712 - All About Mormons
  41. 713 - Butt Out
  42. 714 - Raisins
  43. 801 - Good Times With Weapons
  44. 802 - AWESOM-O
  45. 803 - Up the Down Steroid
  46. 804 - The Passion of the Jew
  47. 805 - You Got Fucked in the Ass (You Got Served - alternate title)
  48. 806 - Goobacks
  49. 808 - Douche and Turd
  50. 809 - Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes
  51. 810 - Pre-School
  52. 811 - Quest for Ratings
  53. 812 - Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset
  54. 813 - Cartman's Incredible Gift
  55. 814 - Woodland Critter Christmas
  56. 901 - Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina
  57. 902 - Die Hippie, Die
  58. 905 - The Losing Edge
  59. 906 - The Death of Eric Cartman
  60. 907 - Erection Dayde:South_Park#Kenny_McCormick

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