A Canon Pairing is a pairing that either has an inarguable basis for existence in the canonical South Park universe. This includes not only currently ongoing relationships, but also one-sided attractions and broken relationships, which still form a basis for shipping purposes. It also includes fanon pairings which produced a relationship later in the show's run.
Though fanon pairings are popular among dedicated fanfiction writers and fan artists, canon pairings have the unique distinction of having appeal outside the fandom and spurring discussion among casual fans, and this awards them an advantage in creating and receiving fan works.
During the twentieth and twenty-first seasons, all of the ongoing relationships among the fourth graders were broken at some point (primarily but not exclusively in "Skank Hunt") though many of them seem to be slowly resuming in more recent episodes.
In addition, some fans consider the Egg Couples as canon ships, as they have a canon basis and were selected by Matt and Trey; however, it is still a school project with no romantic background.
List of Canon Pairings
- See also: Canon Pairings
The following relationships among the fourth graders have a major canonical basis:
- Stendy - Stan/Wendy
- Creek - Craig/Tweek (as of "Tweek x Craig")
- Tokole - Token/Nichole (as of "Cartman Finds Love")
- Kybe - Kyle/Bebe ("Clubhouses")
- Kybecca - Kyle/Rebecca ("Hooked on Monkey Phonics")
- Kelley - Kenny/Kelly ("Rainforest Schmainforest")
- Pipella - Pip/Estella ("Pip")
- Candy - Cartman/Wendy ("Chef Goes Nanners")
- Tenny - Kenny/Tammy ("The Ring")
- Buttus - Butters/Lexus ("Raisins")
- Tokendy - Token/Wendy ("Raisins")
- Clybe - Clyde/Bebe ("Clubhouses", "The List")
- Catty - Cartman/Patty ("Le Petit Tourette")
- Clisa - Clyde/Lisa ("The Hobbit")
- Chartters - Butters/Charlotte ("Where My Country Gone?")
- Revin - Red/Kevin (as of "Skank Hunt")
- Heiman - Cartman/Heidi (as of "The Damned")
Below are canon pairings amongst the adults. For the sake of simplicity, we will exclude the parents' marriages from this list.