- See also: Fanfiction involving Creek
Though a fanon pairing in existence for well over a decade prior, on October 24th, 2015, SouthParkStudios.com acknowledged Creek's existence and requested Creek fanart from South Park fans for use in an upcoming episode. The resulting episode "Tweek x Craig" essentially canonized the ship and provided a perspective from the shows' creators on the fandom's shipping culture.
Craig and Tweek's first interaction in the series, shortly after both were introduced, was in the popular episode "Tweek vs. Craig", where the boys, on account of a bet they had made, claimed to Tweek and Craig that each had insulted the other, and convinced them to fight in front of the entire school. When it turned out neither of them knew how to fight, they had them trained for it. Craig was trained by Cartman, in Sumo wrestling and Tweek by Stan and Kyle, in boxing. After the fight, both boys were hospitalized and seemed to be getting along fairly well, but the kids fooled them into fighting again soon after.The relationship between Craig and Tweek after this episode is highly ambiguous, as they share no major direct interaction between the third and seventeenth seasons. Several background sequences, primarily but not limited to the fifth through seventh seasons, seem to depict them as friends, and animators often placed them next to one another in larger sequences, seeming to show them as part of the same social circle and strongly suggesting a friendship had developed off-screen, though its exact nature was/is unknown. Tweek's limited role in recent seasons has made it very difficult to ascertain his exact relationships with other characters in the series, even the main boys.
In a famous example of these ambiguous interactions, the episode "South Park is Gay!" depicted Tweek as a member of Craig and Those Guys, and by extension friends with Craig, Token and Jason, however, Matt and Trey provide no dialogue for Tweek in the finished episode. By the next run of episodes in "Good Times With Weapons", Tweek and Jason are no longer part of Craig's inner social circle, replaced by Clyde and Jimmy, who remain part of the group in most episodes after this point, though animators continued to sometimes place Craig and Tweek in the background together. However, some fans believe there are may have been lingering antagonism between them in this interim period, due to the ambiguity of their relationship - they fought in both "Tweek vs. Craig" and the later "Tweek x Craig".
During the seventeenth season, interactions between Tweek and Craig suddenly resumed - in "Informative Murder Porn", Craig, Tweek and Jimmy confronted Stan, Kyle and Kenny to discuss their parents' MineCraft activities, and shortly after in "Black Friday", they both pick the PlayStation 4 and side with each other.
As a result of these mixed interactions, Creek is a pairing that has a unique appeal as both a love-hate relationship, based on "Tweek Vs. Craig", similar to Kyman and an appeal as more of a friendly and caring relationship, more akin to Style.
HintsTweek and Craig can be seen standing side by side in the background in numerous episodes including "Ginger Kids", where they are trapped in a cage together, and in "The Wacky Molestation Adventure", and where they are on the same side of the town. Tweek and Craig can also be seen sitting together at multiple school assemblies. In "Marjorine", they hide next to each other, behind the bushes, and in "You're Getting Old", they sit near one another at Stan's birthday table.
In "How To Eat With Your Butt", they appear in the background, shoving each other and fighting over a spot at Kenny's window, and as Tweek chose to fit in next to Craig, before Craig backed away and went behind Tweek, letting him occupy the front spot.
This ship was considered a fanon crack pairing, even among its most ardent supporters, until the Season 19 episode "Tweek x Craig", where the school's new Asian female students begin drawing 'yaoi' artwork of Tweek and Craig together, and they are showcased in the school and near Whole Foods at an Art Fair. Though initially confused and angered by the assumption, Tweek and Craig eventually choose to create a pretend relationship and stage a fake "break-up" in order to stop the production of the pictures. Craig encourages Tweek to act out and make it look real, only for Tweek to accidentally humiliate Craig by making him out to be a cheater, causing the school to shun the latter. After seeing how miserable the town is without their relationship, and an accepting speech from Craig's father, they choose to "get back together" and reconcile, inspiring the town once again.
There is still much debate, even among Creek supporters, about whether or not this episode constitutes a canonization, and it is generally believed this ambiguity is intentional. It is important to note that while both characters maintain a heterosexual attitude, it is very common in Yaoi manga for male characters to continue to claim heterosexuality despite engaging in homosexual acts, and this may be part of the satirical and parody element of the episode. A key example is how Tweek suggests that Craig has inspired him and that he wants to help Craig with whatever is "hurting" him, a common Yaoi trope.
The pairing has been referenced in the background of multiple episodes released since - for example, Cartman references their relationship in "Naughty Ninjas", they openly hold hands in the school hallway in "PC Principal Final Justice", and Butters references their relationship in "Weiners Out". They appear together in almost all background sequences as well since this. Despite the breakup of many other canon couples in the twentieth season, Craig and Tweek's relationship has remained intact, and will play a role in South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
Even if the relationship ends, this Wiki considers it a "canon" pairing as it has been acknowledged by the series.
Craig has generally been portrayed as the dominant one in the Creek relationship due to the fact that he seems to be described as more stereotypically masculine, physically and personality-wise, generally being tougher and more down-to-earth than Tweek, who is portrayed with more 'feminine' associated traits as emotional, anxious and fearful. The fact that Craig is animated as slightly taller than many other child characters also contributes to this.
However, in recent years, more and more occurrences of Tweek being dominant have been happening in fanart and fanfiction. The pairing is commonly referred to as Twig, and has gained popularity. However, dominant Craig still remains the most popular version, as is reflected in the episode "Tweek x Craig". Some believe this may be due to where Craig was announced three pounds skinnier than Tweek in "Tweek vs Craig", thus making him the "weaker" one due to the stereotype that the submissive ones are normally skinnier and smaller. Tumblr user Ukaisha offered a financial reward to anyone who could get Twig fanart into "Tweek x Craig".
Some fans find the use of application of gender and dominance roles to the characters can lead to narrative problems, especially among inexperienced writers, who may allow role stereotypes to override the character's canon personalities in favor of sticking closer to dominant Yaoi roles. This is often avoided by more experienced and self-aware writers, but it is nonetheless a common association of the ship.
As mentioned above, the canonization of the ship remains a controversial topic with fans due to the ambiguity of their final moment in the episode's storyline. Many fans were disappointed the episode seemed to imply the characters resumed their relationship only to make others happy and therefore had their agency taken away from them by others, while other fans felt that the characters' relationship is genuine and should be treated as such. Multiple topics have been started at South Park Studios looking for clarification if the characters are genuinely homosexual. This issue remains a point of contention and debate among fans.
In the Season 19 Bluray commentary, Matt and Trey have addressed Tweek and Craig as a gay couple.
The excitement amongst Creek fans since the "Tweek x Craig" episode aired, and even the ensuing controversy itself, have inspired some backlash on social media websites such as Tumblr, where many fans who are not interested in the couple often become overwhelmed with the amount of content that is produced for it, while fans who do like the couple remain sensitive to criticism about its portrayal. Some fans feel the relationship is becoming overused, while others feel that the show should use them more to increase LGBTQA+ representation.
The couple was the most popular Crack Pairing until its subsequent canonization and is the most popular pairing in the fandom after Kyman and Style, with a rather large amount of fanart and fanfiction dedicated to it. On FanFiction.Net, most stories are dedicated to Style, followed by Creek, then Kyman. This now therefore makes it the most popular Canon Pairing in the fandom, though whether or not it is truly canon is left ambiguous and therefore still a matter of significant debate within the South Park community.
- CraigxTweek-FC - Creek fanclub on DeviantART
- Tweek-x-Craig-Club - Creek fanclub on DeviantART
- THE-CREEK-CLAN - Creek fanclub on DeviantART
- Playing In The Creek - Creek Appreciation blog on Tumblr
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