Cartman vs. Ginger Kids
Stupid kids imitating the stupid things they see on TV is, alas, hardly a new phenomenon (see also: Beavis and Butthead, MTV’s Jackass, etc). Last week, it happened again when a group of kids in Los Angeles beat up several red-haired children, inspired by the 2005 South Park episode “Ginger Kids.” Cartman, ever the bastion of taste and good sense, did a school report on red-haired children, saying, “They creep us out and make us feel sick to our stomachs,” and, “Ginger kids have no souls.”
Cartman vs. Scott Tenorman
“Ginger Kids” wasn’t Cartman’s first tussle with a freckled foe. In Season 5, Cartman went the full Titus Andronicus on red-headed bully Scott Tenorman, escalating a fairly harmless prank war into full-on accidental cannibalism.
Cartman vs. Jewish People
Believe it or not, Season 8’s “Passion of the Jew” was not the first time Cartman donned a Hitler outfit, but it was definitely the most outrageous. Using the success of Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ and what he assumed was a preternatural hatred toward Jewish people by the Christian residents of his town, he tried to incite a second coming of the Third Reich.
Cartman vs. NAMBLA
It wouldn’t surprise us to learn this Season 4 episode had nasty real-world repercussions, as well. When Kyle’s parents deny his simple request to go to a “Raging Pussies” rock concert, he makes a passing comment about wishing he didn’t have parents. Cartman, more naïve than evil, in at least this clip, shares some information that worked for him: calling the cops and pretending you’ve been molested.
Cartman vs. God
When Cartman starts a Christian rock band in Season 7 to win a bet against his friends, it doesn’t take him long to say the one thing you really, really can’t say in front of a group of churchgoers. We’ll give you a hint—Linda Blair’s character said it during The Exorcist’s infamous crucifix scene, but she had the excuse of being possessed by the devil.
Cartman vs. The Handicapped
Cartman is clearly not one to let a moneymaking scheme pass him by, even if it involves exploiting the handicapped during the Special Olympics, as in this Season 8 episode.
Cartman vs. Common Decency
After four seasons of Kenny dying with little reaction from his closest friends, the South Park crew decided to go in a different direction in this Season 5 episode by giving him a serious illness and a death worthy of a funeral. Cheerful! Cartman seems at first to be the most deeply affected member of the gang, even going to Washington to have the ban on stem cells lifted, ostensibly to help save Kenny. But his true intentions come to light, and, as usual, they’re simply awful.
Cartman vs. Well, Everyone
Season 13 recently ended in typically crass fashion, with Cartman crooning a song about his hatred of minorities, who he feels have overtaken his beloved water park.
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