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Jimmy Valmer
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Character Information
Gender Male
Hair Brown
Age 10
Occupation Student
Religion Protestant
Voiced by Trey Parker[1]
Relatives
Father Ryan Valmer
Mother Sarah Valmer
Appearances
First "Cripple Fight"
For other uses, see Jimmy (disambiguation).

Jimmy Valmer, formerly Jimmy Swanson, is a male fourth grader. He is voiced by Trey Parker. Originally created as a one time character for "Cripple Fight" as a rival for Timmy Burch, he quickly became a fan favorite and plays a supporting role in many episodes. He also became good friends with Timmy and is less of a rival to him.

Background

Like Timmy, the humor of Jimmy's character comes from his endless optimism despite his handicap. His disability is not mocked; rather his exaggerated eagerness to be a successful "handi-capable" person. Jimmy's role has recently been expanded, bringing him more screen time and giving his character more depth. In "Professor Chaos", he's one of the final 10 chosen to be their fourth member, but ultimately he is not picked (for trying too hard and being a sycophant). In later seasons, he is shown hanging with Craig's Gang.

He is generally a popular and gifted student at school; he is moral and knows how to be a friend. However, he is foul-mouthed and very competitive; he took steroids just to win the Special Olympics. He and Timmy also competed against Christopher Reeve in "Krazy Kripples."

Comedy

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Jimmy hosting the first Annual Comedy Awards.

He likes to perform stand-up comedy in the style of Jay Leno (often starting jokes with "Have you seen this?" or "Have you heard about this?"), but he is often criticized for his jokes, although everyone considered them hilarious in "Cripple Fight". When finishing a joke, even if there's only one person listening to him, and no matter what their reaction to the joke, he will usually say "Wow, what a great audience!".

In "Fishsticks," one of his jokes became world famous and was considered to be the greatest joke in the world by everyone except Kanye West.

Music

Jimmy also likes to sing. In "Red Sleigh Down," he sang "The Twelve Days of Christmas" painfully slowly with a stutter in front of a polite audience at City Hall.

Fighting

Jimmy seems to be good at fighting. In the episode "Cripple Fight" he and Timmy engage in a fistfight that is, shot-for-shot, nearly identical to the fistfight scene in the John Carpenter 1980's science fiction film They Live. Timmy and Jimmy become friends in subsequent episodes. Jimmy seems to be the only one who can understand Timmy's limited speech.

Jimmy was using steroids in "Up the Down Steroid", and was shown developing drug-induced 'roid rage," beating up his girlfriend and threatening to kick Cartman's ass. He often uses his crutches as a weapon when fighting, as demonstrated in "Good Times with Weapons."

However, in "Casa Bonita," Cartman is able to easily subdue Jimmy, smashing him against the lockers, but this could be attributed to the fact that it was a surprise attack.

Name Dispute

Jimmy's last name is uncertain; he was known as Jimmy Swanson in "Krazy Kripples," but his name was changed to "Valmer" in "Up the Down Steroid" and all subsequent episodes. This was possibly referenced in "Tsst," when Cartman told him they were best friends, Jimmy asked him "What's my last name?", a question Cartman couldn't answer.

The South Park Studios FAQ states that the names of many South Park characters, including Jimmy, have changed because the show's fast-paced production, which results in the original name occasionally being forgotten and replaced with a new one.

Appearance

Jimmy wears a yellow long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and black boots; he wears braces, has a rather lopsided face, brown hair, and sideburns. Like Timmy, he is handicapped, but with a (far less severe form) of cerebral palsy and can still walk with the aid of crutches. They seem to hinder his arm use, as in "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes," when he's struggling unsuccessfully to get Sharon Marsh a shopping cart.

From "Cripple Fight" through "Super Fun Time," his eyebrows were the same color as his hair. However, as of "The China Probrem," they're black just like other characters his age. He is also able to communicate with people, thоugh with a severe stutter and a Brooklyn-type accent. He sometimes ends sentences with "very much," unnecessarily.

To see more images of Jimmy Valmer, visit Jimmy Valmer/Gallery.

Family

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Jimmy's parents Ryan and Sarah Valmer

Ryan and Sarah Valmer, Jimmy's dad and mom, believe that God sent them a handicapped son to punish them for teasing handicapped people when they were in high school together.

When Jimmy started getting erections in "Erection Day", his parents hired a counselor called Dr. Pal to convince Jimmy that these spontaneous erections were a normal phase and nothing to worry about.

In "Night of the Living Homeless", Ryan is portrayed as the Chief of the Fire Department.

Relationships

Jimmy is generally portrayed as a well-liked character in the boys' circle of friends; he has never been hatefully singled-out in the school or bitterly discriminated against.

Timmy Burch

Timmy and Jimmy are frequently seen together; they'll often be in the same situation and have the same goals and will work together to achieve them. Jimmy is the dominant voice and decision-maker in the friendship, being the one who can speak.

Jimmy first entered the show in "Cripple Fight," making Timmy be jealous that Jimmy was given the attention and adoration as the "handicapped kid", a reputation that was originally his.

Timmy presumably ended his jealousy soon afterwards, as he became friendly and loyal to Jimmy in every following episode in which they were together. They often work together and look out for one another, as seen in subsequent episodes such as "Krazy Kripples" and "Up the Down Steroid".

Jimmy sometimes calls Timmy "Tim Tim" in "Krazy Kripples".

Eric Cartman

Jimmy appears to be much more permissive and accepting of Cartman than most others. He's also the only character other than Butters (and most adults) to usually refer to him by his first name Eric, suggesting that Jimmy doesn't hate or strongly disrespect him. Jimmy and Butters were also the only students who attended Cartman's AIDS benefit in "Tonsil Trouble". However, he has also expressed some dislike of Cartman and has rejected him as a friend, as seen in "The Death of Eric Cartman", where Jimmy agrees to ignore him.

Butters Stotch

Based on the one-on-one interactions Butters and Jimmy have had on the show, they seem to be good friends. In "Krazy Kripples," Butters was the only person who went to see Jimmy's comedy show instead of Christopher Reeve's public appearance. In "Erection Day," Jimmy came to Butters for advice on his erection problems, expressing that Butters is the only one he can tell who won't make fun of him for it. The two were also seen sitting together at Cartman's AIDS benefit in "Tonsil Trouble". During Season Fifteen's episode "1%" Jimmy and Butters form the 99% club to protest the Presidential Fitness Test results. They stand outside and picket the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, Colorado Division Regional Office, only the media believe they are protesting the Red Robin Restaurant. In "Funnybot," Butters is the only person in the audience who was clapping and cheering Jimmy while everybody else was asleep. In "Going Native," Butters reveals that he doesn't find Jimmy's jokes funny. In "A Nightmare on Face Time," the two are seen trick-or-treating together.

Craig Tucker

In "Fishsticks", Craig is shown to have some concern for Jimmy, giving him advice over what he should do about Cartman taking credit for his jokes, telling him, "I like you, Jimmy, but you're not gonna win this. Consider yourself lucky he's only asking for half."

Craig's Gang

Jimmy is often seen as a part of Craig's gang, notably in the episodes "Good Times with Weapons" and "Ginger Kids". He is the most frequent fourth member of the group.

The Boys

Jimmy often hangs out with the boys, often filling the place of the fifth member.

Although Jimmy is part of Craig's group of friends in "Good Times with Weapons", he is shown trying to really hard to get into The Boys group in "Professor Chaos", even bribing them with a basket of gifts and begging to be chosen.

Nancy

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Nancy

In "Up the Down Steroid," Jimmy had a girlfriend named Nancy, whom he'd met in free period in school the previous week. He beat her up in a testosterone rush after consuming steroids and also accused her of cheating on him. He also beat up his mother when she came to defend Nancy. But Nancy still rooted for him at the Special Olympics, so it seemed like she forgave him.

In terms of other romantic interests, in "My Future Self n' Me", Jimmy told another boy that he and his girlfriend had sex all night after trying ecstasy. This claim is unsubstantiated.

Nut Gobbler

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Jimmy and Nut Gobbler in the streets

In "Erection Day," Jimmy started getting erections, and in an effort to stop them in time for the talent show, he had sex with a prostitute who went by the street name Nut Gobbler, after approaching a classmate named Rebecca for sex and getting slapped and called a jerk.

Trivia

  • In his very first appearance in "Cripple Fight," Jimmy was intended to be a one-shot character and "didn't really live in South Park", but Trey Parker enjoyed him so much he was brought back periodically in seasons five ("How to Eat with Your Butt") and six ("Professor Chaos", "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers", and "Red Sleigh Down"), eventually becoming a regular supporting character in the seventh season.
  • In the episode "Tsst," his house address is given as 1331.
  • Behind Ike Broflovski, Jimmy is the second youngest kid in South Park known to have had consensual sex ("Erection Day").
  • In "Crippled Summer," it's shown that, while unable to walk without crutches, he can stand on his own without any support.
  • Jimmy is a Christian, and possibly a Protestant, he wasn't seen at the church in "Red Hot Catholic Love," meaning he isn't Catholic, but in "Krazy Kripples," he mentions about doing "a lock-in at the Rec Center for church".
  • Jimmy was not a regular student of Garrison's class until "Le Petit Tourette," where he seemingly replaced Pip. However, Jimmy was shown to be in the class in "Goobacks," "Up the Down Steroid," "Erection Day," and "D-Yikes!".
  • Jimmy tends to be more of the main character in episodes with Timmy. He slowly started to replace Timmy in season 7 and has since become a regular secondary character, whereas Timmy has been reduced to mostly background appearances starting in season 9. This may be due to speaking characters being easier to develop.
  • Jimmy is usually part of the Boys' gang whenever they go past 5 or one of them is preoccupied elsewhere.
  • Although he has an askew face, he isn't considered one of The Ugly Kids. The same is true for Timmy. Jimmy was ranked #10 on the girls' list of boys from cutest to ugliest, and was apparently ranked higher on the true list.
  • Jimmy has spoken in every season since his introduction in Season Five.
  • As of Season Seventeen, Jimmy has had a speaking role in 57 episodes.

Prominence

Jimmy started off as a would-be one-off character but was reworked into an occasional gag character. He eventually became a regular supporting character and arguably the most prominent of the secondary children, receiving episodes focusing on him on a fairly regular basis.

Video Games

South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play!

Jimmy plays a small role in the storyline of South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play! and comes out at the end of the "Hell's Pass Hospital" level to inform the player that Jimbo Kern and Ned Gerblansky are in trouble at Stark's Pond, setting the stage for the next level.

Jimmy is the first character outside of the main five to make a prominent appearance.

In gameplay, he's of the same class as Stan, Butters, and Clyde, doing average damage, speed, and range, and his special ability involves using his crutches to create a small tornado and killing all enemies that he touches.


South Park: The Stick of Truth

Jimmy plays an important role in South Park: The Stick of Truth, serving as a boss, and later, as a buddy and playable character. His class is Level 10 Bard.

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Jimmy as The Bard

References

  1. ""South Park" Cripple Fight (TV episode 2001)". IMDb.com. Retrieved on August 11, 2012.
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Valmer Family

Jimmy Valmer | Ryan Valmer | Sarah Valmer

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