BiographyKenny attends South Park Elementary as part of Mr. Garrison's third grade class. Kenny comes from a poor household, presided over by his violent, alcoholic and unemployed parents, Stuart and Carol McCormick.
Kenny has an older brother named Kevin. He also has a younger sister, shown with his family in the season nine episode "Best Friends Forever", but does not make another appearance until the 15th season episode, The Poor Kid, in which her name is revealed to be Karen. When addressing fan speculation that the girl was Kenny's sister, series co-creator Matt Stone merely stated that the character was a "mystery". Kenny is friends with Stan and Kyle, and has indicated that he maintains a friendship with Cartman solely out of pity. Kenny is regularly teased for living in poverty, particularly by Cartman.
Prior to season six, Kenny died in almost every episode, with only a few exceptions. The nature of the deaths was often gruesome and portrayed in a comically absurd fashion, and usually followed by Stan and Kyle respectively yelling "Oh my God! They/you/he/she/I/we killed Kenny!" and "(You) bastard(s)!". Shortly afterward, rats would commonly appear and begin picking at his corpse.
Kenny had a major role in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, the full-length film based on the series, and appeared on the film's soundtrack singing (albeit muffled) some of the same musical numbers performed in the movie. As a tribute to the Dead Parrot sketch, a short that features Kenny as a "dead friend" being returned by Cartman to a shop run by Kyle aired during a 1999 BBC television special commemorating the 30th anniversary of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Kenny was also featured in the documentary film The Aristocrats, listening to Cartman tell his version of the film's titular joke, and in the "The Gauntlet", a short spoofing both Gladiator and Battlefield Earth that aired during the 2000 MTV Movie Awards.
Kenny also appears in four South Park-related video games: In South Park, Kenny is controlled by the player through the first person shooter mode who attempts to ward off enemies from terrorizing the town of South Park.
Despite his character flaws, in all of his guises Kenny is usually depicted as being uncommonly selfless, even dying for the sake of others.