Saddam Hussein is the former dictator and president of Iraq in South Park. Shortly before the American-Canadian War, he was killed by a pack of wild boars and became Satan's jealous, emotionally abusive, and manipulative boyfriend (later ex-boyfriend). He is a recurring antagonist in South Park and the secondary--but eventually main--antagonist of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
Hussein first made a very brief cameo in "Tom's Rhinoplasty" in an image shown by some Iraqis to the third grade class as evidence of Ms. Ellen being Hussein's mistress. He does not have the Canadian look in the photograph. Her connection to him is a significant plot point that results in Ms. Ellen's ultimate death.
Hussein first appeared in "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus," in which he kidnapped Celine Dion and tried to take over Canada. He launched an assault on Canada, sneaking his troops through the air lines, the Canadians not noticing that large numbers of Saddam's troops were moving in. By the end of the episode, he managed to take over most of Canada, although he was killed when all the Canadians farted, and later becomes a very visible resident of Hell.
In "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka," Hussein is briefly seen with Satan welcoming Jesus' television producer to Hell. This is where it is first hinted he has a relationship with Satan, as he is seen holding hands with him.
In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, he is the secondary later true main antagonist. Hussein continues his romantic relationship with Satan as he plans to conquer the world by taking advantage of Satan's power as ruler. Also, in the film, it was stated at the start that he got killed by a pack of wild boars six weeks earlier. That was an error because boars never killed him in the show, as he died in "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus" due to a "mass fart". He uses his position of power over Satan to launch an invasion of earth after the Canadian-American war made it possible for him to enter, and his demons briefly manage to take over the world. US soldiers tried to shoot him, but he was shown to be immune to their weaponry. He is defeated after Cartman hits him with several powerful electrical shocks, and when Satan, tired of his abuse, throws the weakened Saddam down a cliff, where he is impaled on a spike. He is later seen briefly singing Mountain Town (Reprise) while still being impaled on the spike.
In "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?", Saddam returns to Hell (having no where else to go after his death) and tries to move in with Satan. He constantly murders Satan's new boyfriend, Chris, however he keeps coming back since they are already in hell.
In "Probably", Satan deals with his decision to choose his current boyfriend over Saddam. He ends up choosing neither, and as punishment for Saddam's abusive, manipulative actions, banishes him to heaven to live with Mormons. He finds their kindness unbearable.
Hussein also appears briefly in "A Ladder to Heaven" when he is suspected by the US government of building a chemical weapons plant in Heaven. Being the manipulative character that he embodies in South Park, he even convinces God that he couldn't possibly be building chemical weapons in Heaven, despite the fact that he himself admits his cover up for the plant, a chocolate chip factory, is easily see-through.
He also appeared in "Krazy Kripples", in which Christopher Reeve called the attention of all the bad guys in South Park, including Hussein, David Blaine, Osama bin Laden, Kim Jong-il, Professor Chaos, his sidekick General Disarray and others. He recommends "killing all the infidels" as opposed to getting rid of Gene Hackman. Although it is unknown how he returned to Earth from Heaven, God may have discovered his cookie factory was a cover for weapons of mass destruction exiled him to Earth.
In "It's Christmas in Canada", Hussein appears as the man controlling the Prime Minister of Canada, in reference to the man behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz. He makes many new, unnecessarily hateful and eccentric laws, including one that forced Ike to leave the US and move to Canada. The boys travel to Canada to get Ike back, coming across several other people who were affected by Saddam's laws. When they finally reach Saddam, he kills Kenny with lasers, and refuses to give Ike back to his brother. When Kyle asks "What the hell is wrong with you? What kind of Prime Minister bases all his decisions on hatred?" he is unveiled as the Prime Minister of Canada, and is promptly arrested by Canadian soldiers. He is last seen being paraded through a city on a float, with the Canadians celebrating his capture.
If you look very carefully in "A Million Little Fibers" when it shows the reporter from the Middle East, you can see a portrait of Hussein in the background.
Saddam Hussein appears as any other Canadian character except his head is a cut out of the real person. He has a floppy head and wears gray pants, a dark brown military jacket, and black shoes.
Saddam Hussein in South Park has mannerisms that differ from the real Saddam. First of all, he speaks English only, secondly, he talks in a whiny, high pitched voice, and thirdly, he is homosexual. He also is shown to be very manipulative, often accomplishing his tasks fairly easily due to the stupidity of nearly everyone around him, even God and Satan at certain points. He often creates schemes to take over the world. Most prominently in the film, where he manipulated his boyfriend Satan into invading earth, just so Saddam could push him aside and assume control of the world himself. He also organizes a gambit to invade Canada, sneaking his soldiers through the airlines, and apparently built a chemical weapons plant to take over the world in "A Ladder to Heaven". His most recent (and last) plot was to become the Prime Minister of Canada by tricking the Canadians. He becomes the Prime Minister for a short time, but is defeated when the boys find out who he really is, and Canadian soldiers arrest him. Saddam appears to be very sadistic, as evidenced by his torture of Kenny in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, he is heavily implied to have a sexual fetish for it. On a similar note, Saddam appears to be very sex-crazed. He satisfies both his lust for power and his sex cravings by being in a homosexual relationship with Satan, whom he is very abusive to. As shown in "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?" and "Probably" his first instinct when his relationship with Satan is threatened when Satan finds a new, much kinder boyfriend is to murder said boyfriend, and his first reaction after Satan breaks up with him is to constantly stalk him. He is a self-proclaimed psychopath, as evidenced in his song "I Can Change", which contained the following lyrics:
"I like to kill I like to maim but its OK because I can change!", during which he kills a dancer by breaking her back. He also apparently had abusive parents, as evidenced by other lyrics from the same song:
"Its not my fault, that I'm, so evil its society. society. You see my parents were sometimes abusive, and it made a prick of me." During these lyrics caricatures of Saddam's parents are seen hitting their infant son.
Saddam also is depicted as very power hungry (as evidenced by his constant plots to take over the world), he is greedy and dishonest. On one occasion, he is implied to be a religious bigot (unlike the real Saddam who allowed religious pluralism in Iraq), as evidenced by his line in "Krazy Kripples", where he recommends "Death to the infidels" as opposed to getting rid of Gene Hackman.
- U.S. Government Representative: "Mr. Hussein, the U.S. government is becoming worried."
Saddam: "Worried? Aboot what? Take a load off! Relax!"
Representative: "You seem to be taking over Canada."
Saddam: "Taking over Canada? Me? Hey, you need a rest, fella! I'm not hiding any bombs!" Representative: "We didn't say anything about bombs."
Saddam: "Oh. You didn't? Hey, relax!"
Representative: "We're giving you just three years to clear your forces out of Canada. After that, we're gonna bomb all of Iran."
Saddam: "I'm from Iraq."
Representative: "Iran? Iraq? What's the difference?" from "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus"
- "Heeeeeeyyyyy! Relax, guy!"
- It is rumored by some U.S. Soldiers that the real Saddam Hussein was shown the film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut while on trial for genocide/crimes against humanity as a form of torture.
- Saddam is assumed to have been hanged like in real life, although he could still be in Canadian jail, as if he was hanged he would go back to hell, and he was not seen with Satan in "Best Friends Forever". He was depicted being hung on the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine, where his execution was photographed by Cartman with a camera phone.
- Saddam has the most appearances of any villain in the series.
- When Saddam talks, he pronounces about "aboot". This, combined with his Canadian style head and his habit of saying "relax guy/friend" when people are (usually rightly) suspicious about his motives, implies that he is Canadian in some way.
- The cause for Saddam's death changes every time it is mentioned in the series - the film states he was killed by a pack wild boars while in "A Ladder to Heaven", George Bush claims U.S. assassins took him out. The generally canon explanation was that he died from a chemical gas attack by the Canadians (from "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus"). However, this episode is shown as a fictional show-within-a-show in the episodes "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" and "Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow" although it could still be canon as it is said to be "based on a true story".
- Saddam was described by Satan once as "fucking crazy." Considering this is Satan, this is fairly ironic, although Satan has been shown as considerably nicer and more sensitive than he is depicted in other media.
- When Saddam Hussein first appeared on South Park, he was still the dictator of Iraq, making his appearance as Satan's boyfriend rather surreal, especially the first time they aired.
- Although Saddam is South Park's biggest villain and a real person and celebrity, he does not appear in "200" or "201".
- Saddam is referenced a few times as the Iraqi Dictator instead of Satan's boyfriend:
- In "Red Sleigh Down", an image of Hussein is seen in the room where Santa Claus is being tortured by the Iraqis.
- The pro-war guy sings a song about America's need to fight Saddam Hussein in "I'm a Little Bit Country".
- In "Erection Day", Jimmy tells a joke about how Saddam fell, but the price of gas didn't.
- In the commentary track for South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut's Blu-ray release, Trey Parker mentions that they had an idea to bring back Saddam in Season Thirteen, however, this never came to fruition.
- "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus"
- "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka"
- "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut"
- "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?"
- "A Ladder to Heaven"
- "Cancelled" - Seen as one of Najix's forms.
- "Krazy Kripples"
- "It's Christmas in Canada"