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[[folder:Mr./Ms. Herbert/Janet Garrison]]
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->''"I tell you, there's some crazy stuff going on in this town."''

The boys' eccentric homeroom teacher throughout most of the series. He used to carry a sarcastic hand puppet with him (two, actually: Mr. Hat and Mr. Twig), but later left them behind. His gender and sexual preferences have been in constant flux.

* AnythingThatMoves: He's ''been'' anything that moves and back again at this point.
* ApatheticTeacher: When he's not busy belittling his students, he basically phones in his job.
* AxCrazy: Has tendencies of this.
* BadBadActing: His ventriloquist act...isn't.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Occasionally, when he or Mr. Hat is angry:
--> "You go to hell! You go to hell and [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment you die!]]"
* CharacterDevelopment: Complete with a ''StarWars'' style quest to come to terms with his sexuality. It... didn't entirely stick.
* CloudCuckoolander: He believes Mr. Hat and Mr. Twig to be sentient beings, for starters. [[spoiler: Though eventually, it turns out ''[[TheCuckoolanderWasRight they are]]''.]]
* ComedicSociopathy
* CompanionCube: Mr. Hat and Mr. Twig [[spoiler:subverted, as they actually are alive.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Originally the second-most prominent adult on the show, he's now limited to a single line in scenes inside the classroom.
* DepravedHomosexual: He's been a Depraved Homosexual, a Depraved Heterosexual, a PsychoLesbian... He's a depraved ''whatever''-his-orientation-is-at-the-moment. As Chef puts it:
-->"Children, there's a big difference between gay people and Mr. Garrison."
* DirtyCoward: In "Super Fun Time" he tries to sacrifice some children to save himself from gunmen.
-->Please, don't take me. Take the children, they're worth more for you!
* DynamicCharacter
* FantasticRacism: He suggests to get rid of all the Mexicans every Christmas and he manipulated the men of South Park to get rid of the black people by claiming that he's trying to get rid of the rich people. At the end of the episode, he almost says the N word but the credits roll.
* FirstLawOfGenderBending: Subverted in Season 12 when his female-to-male sex change operation turns out to be a success.
** Played straight in the episode where he first gets the male-to-female operation. He changes his mind, but his testicles get destroyed and he is unable to go back to being a man until the Season 12 episode mentioned above.
* FreudianExcuse: Inverted. He has been deeply tormented all his life because his father ''didn't'' molest him as a child, thinking it meant that his father didn't love him. Bizarrely, his ''mom'' also thinks the same thing.
-->'''Garrison's Mom:''' That's not true! Your father ''loved'' you! Often!
* GayConservative: Despite his ever-changing sexual orientation he is generally depicted as being one of the town's Republicans rather than a Democrat.
* HairTriggerTemper: The only adult in South Park as remotely volatile as Eric Cartman.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: He was this way before coming out of the closet.
* {{Jerkass}}: Though since his second change in season twelve, this has been toned down somewhat.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Whenever he tries to teach children. From the first episode alone: "ChristopherColumbus discovered America and was the Indians' best friend. He helped the Indians win their war against Frederick Douglass, and freed the Hebrews from Napoleon, and discovered France." Becomes a RunningGag in later seasons when he tries to teach the children the plots of various popular plays and television shows, for example [[CrowningMomentOfFunny presenting the plots of Game of Thrones and Les Miserables as real history.]]
* PetTheDog: In ''Best Friends Forever'', Mr. Garrison is arrested for trying to bring food and water to Kenny whilst the latter is in hospital.
* RapeAsBackstory: Averted, [[ArentYouGoingtoRavishMe much to his disappointment.]]
* SadistTeacher: His emotional imbalances cause him to be this quite often.
* StrawMisogynist:
-->Well I'm sorry, I just don't trust something that bleeds for five days and doesn't die.
* TransparentCloset: For the first few seasons.
* {{Transsexual}}: Became a woman in season 9 and back to a man in season 12.
* TurnInYourBadge
* YouAreWhatYouHate: He was quite homophobic in the early seasons before coming to terms with his sexuality.
** Then became homophobic again after becoming a woman... until s/he became a lesbian.
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[[folder:Chef (Jerome [=McElroy=])]]
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->''"Hello there, children!"''

!!!!!!Voiced by: Isaac Hayes (regular voice), Peter Serafinowicz (Darth Chef)

The school chef and token minority of the early seasons (Seasons 1-9). The former go-to guy for advice for the boys, which was often dispensed in R-rated songs about making love to women.

* BigBeautifulMan: Women love his chocolate balls even though he's overweight.
* [[spoiler:BrainwashedAndCrazy: In his final episode.]]
* CatchPhrase: "Hello there, children!"
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: A massively violent and gory one to boot. Given the falling out between his voice actor and the rest of the staff, it's not at all surprising.
** [[spoiler: Reappears in the Video Game, only to die again...and his skin is burnt off.]]
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Him Chef]]
* [[spoiler:ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Along with many other things, such as mutilation.]]
* IntercourseWithYou: The subject nearly every time he sings, intentional or not.
* KilledOffForReal: In "The Return of Chef". [[spoiler:Or maybe not.]]
* MagicalNegro: In fact, while he was on the show he seemed to be the only adult with any kind of common sense.
** Subverted when he sometimes decides that helping the boys would be more trouble than it's worth (in "Simpsons Already Did It", for example, he starts singing a song when he realizes the boys just told him that they killed their teacher and the autopsy found their "sea men" in her stomach, and he starts preparing to send them to Thailand instead). And when Chef goes crazy, he ''really'' goes crazy.
** In the episode "Red Hot Catholic Love", when the confused boys asked Chef why and what the priest want to put something on their butts, he walks away.
-->'''Chef:''' Hello there, children!
-->'''Stan:''' Chef! What would a priest want to stick up my butt?
-->'''Chef:''' ...g'bye!
** Similarly, when they ask him what a prostitute is in "Fat Camp" he gets angry:
-->'''Chef:''' Dag-nabbit, children! How come every time you come in here you've got to be asking me questions I shouldn't be answering!? "Chef, what's a clitoris? What's a lesbian, Chef? How come they call it a rim job Chef?!" For once, can't you kids come in here and say "Hey Chef, nice day isn't it?!"
* [[spoiler:MentorOccupationalHazard]]: Although this was really just a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot.
* NWordPrivileges: {{Subverted|Trope}}. He calls the boys "crackers."
** Of course, the boys don't even know what it means. (Although Cartman does later on, as he says to Stan: "Token is gonna want to kick your cracker teeth in!)
* OnlySaneMan: At least among the other adults.
** Until his final episode, [[spoiler:he was brainwashed into becoming a child molester.]]
* {{Pluralses}}: While at the proctologist, he at one point tells Kyle that a proctologist is, "a doctor that specializes in your asshole."
* ReallyGetsAround: He has alot of sex with alot of women.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* TakeOurWordForIt: Whenever the children ask about something he ''really'' doesn't want to tell them.
* TokenMinority: The only non-white adult in the town in the early seasons.
* VerbalTic: Always greets the kids with "Hello there, children.", even if there's only one of them.
** His father has also been heard using "children" when referring to one child. Although it was Cartman, so it could have been a fat joke.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: He has had sex with lots of white women (cf. "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig," where, while watching Kyle's elephant make love to Cartman's pig, Chef realizes that it's similar to the many times he's made it with a white woman), but really, he's not picky.
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[[folder:Mr. Mackey]]
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->''"Drugs are bad, mmm-kay?"''

!!!!!!Voiced by: Trey Parker

South Park Elementary's guidance counselor with a very large head. Incredibly mellow, mmm-kay?

* BerserkButton: Don't crap in the urinal. Don't touch his mountain of stuff. Don't take tooth decay even remotely lightly. And don't partake in whatever other new childhood trauma-spawned pet peeve he's dealing with this week.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Is often nice unless one of his various aforementioned buttons are pushed.
* ButtMonkey: Most of the kids have no respect for him whatsoever, as shown in "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce" and "Erection Day".
* CluelessAesop: Often tries to deliver messages to the kids with no logic or knowledge behind them. At one point he fails at teaching sex ed because he's forgotten how it works.
* DrugsAreBad: The TropeNamer, heavily parodied. After giving an anti-drug speech to the class, he got [[MisBlamed busted for allegedly holding marijuana]], leading to him being fired. The ensuing depression and poverty led him to using the same drugs he talked about to cope.
* {{Flanderization}}: "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce" and onward have begun play up the angry aspect of his personality. That was originally a one off/one time thing, but with Seasons 14 onward, Mr. Mackey's temper has become more frequent to the point of consuming his personality. Many fans feel that this has derailed his character severely. Compare "Ike's Wee Wee" to "Royal Pudding".
* FreudianExcuse: The reason for his stern attitude towards directing a play about tooth decay is because [[spoiler: his father was killed by tooth decay]].
* HairTriggerTemper: He seems to have developed quite a nasty one recently, for example "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce", "Insheeption" and "Royal Pudding".
--> "I will rape you in the fucking mouth, m'kay! I will rape you in the fucking mouth!"
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: In "Bass to Mouth," he (along with the Principal Victoria) severely rebuke Cartman for nearly driving two kids to suicide. [[spoiler:The near-end of the episode sees him throwing Cartman under a moving bus, while making it look like a suicide, for his own purposes]].
* JerkAss: Seasons 14 onwards.
* MeaningfulName: [[PunnyName Say his name out loud a few times]].
* [[OddFriendship Odd Attraction]]: Being considered so very unattractive by society is what attracts Ms Choksondik to him.
* OminousOwl: In "Insheeption," he's revealed to have a hoarding problem stemming from a childhood incident when he was molested by a Woodsy Owl mascot (''"Give a hoot, don't pollute!"''). When Mr. Mackey faces up to this traumatic memory in a dream, the owl mascot turns into a monstrous embodiment of Mr. Mackey's trauma. Eventually, believe it or not, the other people in the dream have to bring in ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]]'' to stop the owl.
* SternTeacher: Although he's started crossing over into SadistTeacher as of late (see above episodes).
* TooDumbToLive: No one in their right mind would accept a gift from Eric Cartman of all people after [[spoiler: throwing him bodily under a bus]]. You can't really feel sympathy for Mackey's comeuppance in this episode.
* TookALevelInJerkass: See HairTriggerTemper.
* VerbalTic: Mr. Mackey ends most of his sentences with "m'kay".
** It also crosses over into other languages; when speaking Spanish in "Rainforest Schmainforest" he uses "m'bien".
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[[folder:Diane Choksondik]]
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!!!!!!Voiced by: Trey Parker (2000-2002)

A grossly big-breasted woman who temporarily teaches the 4th graders until her death in Season 6.
* DeathByIrony: It seems, from the comments made about the contents of her stomach ''post-mortem'', that she literally... well, I'm sure you can figure it out.
* FanDisservice: The sex scene between her and Mr. Mackey in "Proper Condom Use".
* GagBoobs: They practically sag to her feet. In one episode the rest of the staff discusses asking her to wear a giant bra but they are too afraid of offending her to do so.
* KilledOffForReal
* MeaningfulName: Just read it out loud. Interestingly, the children never catch on to this obvious source of mockery, instead calling her "Ms Makesmesick" or some tame variation thereof.
* [[OddFriendship Odd Attraction]]: Being considered so very unattractive by society is what attracts Mr. Mackey to her.
* SternTeacher: She at least tries to be this.
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[[folder:Principal Victoria]]
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->''"Ooh my, what an exciting day!"''

!!!!!!Voiced by: Mary Kay Bergman (1997-1999), Eliza Schneider (1999-2003), April Stewart (2004-present)

The principal of South Park Elementary, constantly trying to please everyone and failing.

* AmericanAccents: Minnesotan.
* BenevolentBoss: Sometimes.
* BerserkButton: She has zero tolerance for jokes about breast cancer, to the point where she not only allowed, but ''encouraged'' Wendy to beat up Cartman for making fun of it. This stems from the fact that [[spoiler: she is a breast cancer survivor.]]
* MeaningfulName: A {{spoonerism}} of ''{{Dallas}}'' actress' Victoria Principal's name.
* PointyHairedBoss
* StonersAreFunny: In "Helen Keller! The Musical."
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[[folder:Veronica Crabtree]]
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->''"SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!"''
!!!!!!Voiced by: Mary Kay Bergman (1997-1999), Eliza Schneider (1999-2003)
The school bus driver in the early seasons of the show.

* ADayInTheLimelight: [[spoiler: Subverted]]. She had a prominent role in ''City On The Edge Of Forever'', [[spoiler: [[DreamWithinADream though it turns out to be part of a dream within a dream]], something that [[LampshadeHanging even the "dream" Veronica Crabtree acknowledges.]]]]
* [[spoiler:BackForTheDead]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In ''Cartman's Incredible Gift'', Sergeant Yates addresses her lack of prominence in the show [[spoiler: whilst investigating her murder.]]
--> ''"I know she hadn't been in any recent episodes, but dammit, she deserved better than this."''
* GivenNameReveal: Not that there was much point by the time it's revealed.
* JerkAss
* KickTheDog: In ''City On The Edge Of Forever'', she continually threatens to shoot a cute little bunny if the kids don't "sit down and shut up." [[spoiler: Though it's later revealed to have been all part of Stan's double-dream, this raises questions as to how much he (and possibly the other children) feared her.]]
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Was murdered by Michael Deats (a.k.a. the left hand killer) in ''Cartman's Incredible Gift'']].
* NoIndoorVoice: Crabtree yells almost all the time.
* PutOnABus: Ironic trope indeed. ''The Simpsons Already Did It'' was her last proper appearance, aside from a cameo in the ending of ''I'm A Little Bit Country''. She disappeared for a while, until... well... [[spoiler:see KilledOffForReal.]]
* RunningGag: Kids would say something rude or vulgar, only for Mrs. Crabtree to yell "WHAT DID YOU SAY?!" The kid would respond with something non-vulgar that sounded similar, and she would let it go. Example:
-->'''Stan:''' Yeah, whatever, ya fat bitch!
-->'''Ms. Crabtree:''' WHAT DID YOU SAY?!
-->'''Stan:''' I said I have a bad itch.
-->'''Ms. Crabtree:''' Oh.
** PlayedWith in "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut:"
-->'''Stan:''' We're not getting on, you fat ugly bitch!
-->'''Ms. Crabtree:''' WHAT DID YOU SAY?!?
-->'''Stan:''' I said "We're not getting on, you fat ugly bitch."
-->'''Ms Crabtree:''' Oh. Alright then... (drives away)
-->'''Kyle:''' Whoa dude.
-->'''Stan:''' I always wondered if that would work.
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