|Debut Episode/Fic||"Cartman Gets An Anal Probe"|
Clyde Donovan (formerly Clyde Goodman or Clyde Harris) is a boy in the fourth grade class of South Park Elementary in South Park. He has consistently remained present throughout the seasons, though recently, he has taken on a larger role, as part of the boy's extended group.
Please visit his article on the South Park Archives for more information.
He has medium-brown hair, wears a burgundy coat, grayish-brown trousers, and sometimes wears ocean-blue mittens. He has been labeled "the second fattest kid next to Cartman" despite appearing about the same weight as the others. He has a somewhat nasal voice, similar to that of Craig's.
Clyde Donovan is not very clever, or at least not good at mathematics and is often portrayed as one of the less intelligent members of the class. When Mr. Garrison asks him what two times five equals, he guesses twelve - Garrison then referred to him as "a complete retard". However, considering that Mr.Garrison never actually teaches the kids, it's probably not Clyde's fault.
He has a habit of sobbing uncontrollably whenever he witnesses something upsetting. For example, he cries when the adults decide to give all of the money they would have spent on Christmas presents for their kids to the Broflovski's in "It's Christmas in Canada", and when he realized that there were no crystal clear lagoons, treasure, and plunder after he joined Cartman's "Somalian pirate club" in "Fatbeard". This usually gets an angry response from Cartman.
On several occasions when things get surreal in the show, Clyde shows little or no interest. For instance, when the boys audition for a new fourth friend, and he is eliminated as a candidate, he eventually decides that it is stupid and shows no actual interest in being their fourth friend. Also, while everyone else is obsessing over the World of Warcraft game, he questions its importance and reads Playboy instead, which causes the "rogue" to defeat the other players once again.
Clyde appears to be one of the nicer boys, or at least he has a better sense of morality. In "Lice Capades", he refused to sock bathe Kenny McCormick when Kenny is accused of having head lice, since Clyde believed himself to be the only one who had lice. He also notified Ms. Garrison to stop the sock bathing and tried to delay the other boys until it arrived. In "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce", Clyde even tried to take the fall for the person (later shown to be Stan) who defecated in the urinal. However, it is revealed that he had a colostomy when he was younger and would be unable of committing the act.
In the episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons", Butters comments that Clyde would have helped in getting Cartman's kidney for Kyle, but his appetite for tacos got in the way. The fandom has portrayed him as being obsessed with tacos, which would make more sense than him simply not caring enough about Kyle enough to miss dinner.
In "The List", when Clyde is listed on the corrupted list as best looking, he becomes arrogant and self loving of his looks. He attempts to make Kyle feel better for being listed last, though does it in a careless way.
Clyde seems to have a liking for adult-related materials. In the episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft", he is seen reading a Playboy magazine instead of playing the game, and in "Ginger Kids", the topic of his presentation is mentioned as "lesbian cheerleaders." In the episode "Marjorine", Butters (in the character of Marjorine) says that one of her hobbies is getting my snootch pounded on Friday nights," to which Clyde responds, "Nice.".
Clyde has grown popular with the fandom in recent years, especially as part of pairings such as Cryde and Stolovan, with emphasis on his love of tacos mentioned briefly in "Cherokee Hair Tampons". He was most notably popular between the airings of "The Coon" and "Mysterion Rises" when he was considered the most likely candidate for Mysterion as a result of him falling asleep in class during Cartman's presentation on the Coon.