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Kyle's Hair In South Park Has More Significance Than You Realized

Matt Stone and Trey Parker's animated series, "South Park," has been one of Comedy Central's most popular shows since it began in 1997. The show features the adventures of pre-teens Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick in their quirky little fictional Colorado town. The series has gone on to inspire one theatrical motion picture, "South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut," and several Paramount+ original movies

The show, which was initially a low-budget series, went on to become very expensive to make. Stone and Parker even signed a deal with Comedy Central parent comedy ViacomCBS Inc. that, according to Bloomberg, will pay them over $900 million to continue to create the show. The iconic characters have gone on to be featured as toys, video game characters, and other collectibles. One such character, Kyle, has a deep connection to one of the show's creators and a film he made before "South Park."

Kyle's hair is inspired by Matt Stone

Before creating the beloved series, Matt Stone and Trey Parker made the 1993 film "Cannibal! The Musical." The film is indeed a musical loosely based on a real-life ill-fated trip in which explorers, led by Alferd Packer, became stranded and resorted to cannibalism among the group. Originally titled "Alferd Packer: The Musical," the film's name was changed for its eventual release in 1996 by the infamous indie studio Troma Entertainment, the studio behind "The Toxic Avenger." It was changed due to the fact they believed no one outside of Colorado knew who Alferd Packer was, according to the film's official website. Matt Stone produced and starred in the movie, alongside Parker, and his character in the film wears a hat that might look familiar to "South Park" fans.

Underneath the hat, Stone sports a curly, afro-like hairstyle. Kyle's bright red hair, when finally revealed in the episode "How to Eat with Your Butt" of "South Park," is this same hairstyle as a nod to Stone's character from "Cannibal! The Musical." Kyle's hair has only been revealed a couple more times in the show's run, but fans surely remember it. Stone told ESPN of his hair, "Well, my hair didn't work before and it doesn't work now."