Butters is a blonde-haired fourth grader who lives in the town of South Park, Colorado. He is the only child of Chris and Linda Stotch. More than anyone else in South Park, Butters has a wide-eyed innocence about him and is notably gullible, which makes him an easy target for manipulation from the other kids in town. Butters attends school at South Park Elementary.
Stan, Eric and Cartman were given a "quest" to bring a copy of the Lord of the Rings video cassette to the Stotch household. However, they were unaware that the video had been accidentally switched for a pornographic movie called Backdoor Sluts 9. Chris and Linda sent Butters down into the basement to watch what they believed was going to be Lord of the Rings. Transfixed by the graphic images, Butters became obsessed with the porno, and refused to return it to the other boys, referring to it as his "precious". When the others took the video away from him, he stalked them all the way to the Two Towers video store where he was put inside the overnight drop box along with the movie. 
Once while playing with apples in his front yard, Butters earned the attention of celebrity socialite Paris Hilton. Having recently lost her beloved pet dog from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Hilton was anxious to replace him. Enamored with Butters, she wanted to buy him and dress him up in a bear costume. She offered his parents $200 million dollars for him. After much consideration, Chris and Linda conceded, but upped the cost to $250 million. Butters didn't want to go with Paris, noting that she had a big nose and "something squishy" between her legs. Chris told him that if he could earn $250 million on his own, he could stay. Butters attempted to earn his freedom by mining for coal in his front yard, but didn't find any. Fortunately, Paris Hilton became a prisoner of Mister Slave's sphincter during a Whore Off and Butters did not have to go with her.