Style (sometimes Kyan) is the romantic pairing of Stan Marsh and his best friend, Kyle Broflovski. It was long the most popular pairing in the South Park fandom, and as a result has been subject to frequent criticism.
- See also: Fanfiction involving Style
The pairing stems from the general fact that the two are best friends and have shown to care a lot for each other, more so than other characters, with some scenes that are read as implying a homosexual relationship between the two. It is generally considered unlikely that they are actually intended to be gay by South Park co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
In the series, the first mention of a possible relationship between the two was brought forth by Stan's father, Randy, who told his son "You can't just hang out with your buddy Kyle all the time. People will think you guys are, you know, funny." in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub". The episode suggests all characters are "a little gay".
Some fans also cite Matt and Trey basing the characters on themselves due to the misconception that Matt and Trey are homosexuals due to their appearances in Cannibal! The Musical and BASEketball, the latter of which includes a kiss between them.
Throughout the run of the series, supporters of the pairing have pointed out scenes that, through images and dialogue, can be seen to imply that the two may be leading into a romantic relationship.
- In "Super Best Friends", after Stan saved Kyle's life, Kyle thanked Stan for it and said to him, "Stan, you're my super best friend." Then Stan said the same thing back to him. They both smiled and looked at each other kind of lovingly. Then Cartman came up and said "Aw, that's so sweet. You guys wanna get a room so you can make out for a while ?" Stan and Kyle both shoved Cartman onto the ground and started kicking him and hurting him in a way so painful and raunchy that it wasn't even funny. It was hilarious.
- In "Follow That Egg!", Stan became very jealous of Kyle about him and Wendy working together. The two were later paired up together, although Stan remained malcontent. Kyle later explains he only wanted an 'A' on the project and not a relationship with Wendy Testaburger. Kyle later asks him if he really thinks his hat is stupid, a comment Stan made in an act of jealously on the phone. Stan puts his arm around Kyle's shoulders and says, "As a matter of fact, I think it is the nicest hat I have ever known".
- During the "Previously on South Park" montage at the start of "The Return of Chef", Kyle held Stan close to him when the two were watching the sunset. It's arguable as being non-canon as it was a flashback of a nonexistent episode.
- The episode "Guitar Queer-O" is chockful of references - the entire episode is spoofed around stereotypical band stories, and as a result, invokes many tropes involving breaking up and reformation, but as Stan and Kyle are the only characters involved, the end result closely parallels a relationship and love story. Many songs played by the two, in addition, are romantic in nature. Even the nature of the falling out, regarding the emotional attachment, is carefully played into this story. (However, both are displeased at the end by being called "Fags")
- In "Cherokee Hair Tampons", Stan, without hesitation, wanted to give Kyle his kidney "even if it hurts a whole lot". After the doctor told him that he wasn't a match and only Cartman was, he spends the rest of the episode trying to get Cartman's kidney. Stan also cried when he was afraid that he was going to lose Kyle (making Kenny angry). At the end of the episode, Kyle did get the kidney he needed and Stan was by side. Kyle says, "Hey, thanks for going through all that to save my life, Stan". Stan replies, "Dude, you're my best friend. I don't want you to die until I do".
- In "Super Best Friends", Stan tried to get Kyle out of David Blaine's cult, Blaintology. Although Kyle had no desire to leave, Stan tried his best to get him out of the cult throughout the entire episode. He also briefly tried to lead Kyle out of the dorm by the hand. At the end of the episode, Kyle was saved by Stan and the Super Best Friends. The two called each other "Super Best Friends." Notably, Stan only expresses concern for Kyle and not Cartman or Kenny. Cartman even said, "Aww that's so sweet you guys, do you guys wanna get a room so you two can make out for a while?".
- In "The China Probrem", after coming to terms with witnessing the rape of Indiana Jones, Stan bursts into tears and hugs Kyle, exclaiming while doing so "I love you!" to which Kyle responds, "I love you too!"
- In "Ass Burgers", Stan visits Kyle at his new job at Cartman Burger, drunk, and runs up to give him a hug. He admits that he had been a shitty friend and missed him, and wanted Kyle to come with him. Kyle declines, saying that he's with Cartman Burger now, to which Stan angrily replies, "C'mon Kyle, this is about you and me, remember?!" Kyle tries to explain that things can't go back to the way they were, and sometimes the only way to keep going is to make a left turn. Stan curses at him, in which he sighs and walks away. He then pleads, "Kyle, I love you!" Kyle walks back, in whence Stan curses him again, causing Kyle to turn around and walk away again. Stan then repeats, "I love you..."
- In "Crack Baby Athletic Association", Kyle tries very hard to justify his doings to Stan throughout the episode, even going as far as appearing in Stan's room at night while the other is sleeping just to talk to him. Stan does not seem interested.
Style is one of the most popular pairings in the fandom, alongside Kyman and Creek. There are many fanarts and fanfiction dedicated to the pair on many websites, including international ones. Up until Season 11, substantially more Style fanfiction existing than any other pairing in South Park, and there are anecdotal reports of Style shipping as far back as 1998.
However, the pairing increasingly has a rivalry and conflict with fans of the Kyman pairing and social media sites such as Tumblr are rife with fans of each pairing criticizing the others' ships for different reasons.
By the 2020s, the pairing's popularity had declined as interactions between Stan and Kyle had steadily decreased over later seasons, and former supporters of the ship are less active in fandom as a result. Though it has lost some popularity to Kyman and Creek, it still remains the most popular pairing in the fandom and is one of the most viewed pages on this very wiki.
A debate that has gone on for a while between fans of the pairing is which of the two is the "dominant" one. One side of the debate places Stan as the "dominant" one in their relationship because of Kyle's compassionate personality, often portraying Stan as more of a "jock" and Kyle as the nerd, leading the assumption that Stan to be the "dominant" one and Kyle the "passive" one. Fans of Kyle have registered frequent criticism of this portrayal and feel that Kyle is often made overly weak in fanfiction, pointing out that his athletic, cynical and sometimes aggressive.
In some fanfics, the dominance roles overshadow the characters' personas, with the 'dominant' character often being spotlighted in masculine ways and the 'bottom' character being portrayed as feminine, and often assigned traditionally feminine duties, however, this trend is declining as more fans realize gender stereotyping in homosexual relationships can get controversial and inaccurate.
A small minority of fans also suggest the characters alternating or taking turns, however, this is generally not a popular viewpoint.
There are many fanworks of either of the two being the dominant one in the relationship, but the dominant Stan has generally been accepted as more popular with fans than the dominant Kyle. This perception of popularity, however, has resulted in an increase in fanworks portraying a dominant Kyle as a result.
Many fans, including some within the slash subfandom, dislike Style, with many of the hints being seen as simply related to their best friendship and have no overt homosexual undertones. Some on social media have expressed feeling interpreting their friendship through a romantic lens cheapens it or implies that their friendship is valueless without a romantic component, a criticism common in shipping communities. There is also criticism that due to its perceived over-popularity, many fanfictions involving it are cliché or fall into similar plotlines, such as the above dominance debate relating to Kyle specifically, portraying either character's parents as homophobic or abuse, and other tropes. However, different tropes often fall in and out of fashion and many of these problems are not necessarily rooted in Style.
- Style-fans - Style fanclub on DeviantART
- SP-Style - Style fanclub on DeviantART
- style-ftw - Style FTW fanclub on DeviantART
- Style ( stan x kyle south park ) - Style Fanclub on Facebook
- Super Best Friends The official Style fanlisting
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