In the Season 19 episode " Tweek x Craig ", Asian-American female students started drawing homoerotic " yaoi " images of Craig and Tweek depicting them as lovers. Immediately, the two try to repudiate the rumors about them prompted by this. They eventually resolve to stage a public "break-up" to end the rumors. Though Tweek fears he cannot do this believably, Craig encourages him that he indeed can. However, Tweek goes too far by claiming that Craig is a manipulative cheater, which has the effect of ruining Craig's reputation with girls. Tweek later reveals that Craig's encouragement him gave him the confidence to believe in himself. They are seen to be together and holding hands are referred to as "boyfriends" in episodes like " Put It Down ".