Characters: South Park Family Members

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    Marsh Family 

Sharon Marsh

"It's like, the same shit just happens over and over and then in a week it just all resets until it happens again. Every week it's kind of the same story in a different way, but it just keeps getting more and more ridiculous!"

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

Stan's mom, who is much saner than her husband. Not that that says much.

  • Characterization Marches On: Sharon was actually the more unhinged of the two in the earlier seasons, Clubhouses being a good example. In recent seasons, she's really the only one of the boys' parents who is semi-normal, and is, relatively speaking, one of the few sane adults, in the wake of Chef's demise.
  • Closer to Earth
  • A Day in the Limelight: Although it is only the B-story, "Crème Fraiche" is the only time we follow Sharon without Stan or Randy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like her son, Stan. It can lead to this whenever she's fed up with Randy's or anyone else in the town's antics.
  • Informed Attribute / Informed Attractiveness: Due to her character being introduced when women in the show were still drawn without breasts. This does nothing to stop several characters, most notably the sixth grade boys, from being fixated on her alleged breasts.
    • This trope is now subverted because several episodes feature her in either a swimsuit, her bra, or sweat pants and a tank top (as seen in "Creme Fraiche"). Indeed, those instances depict her as actually having large breasts.
  • Mars-and-Venus Gender Contrast: With her husband, Randy. Inarguably the show's definitive example.
  • Not So Above It All: She still gets involved in a lot of the town's mass panic attacks.
  • Only Sane Woman: The only one of the boy's parents who is somewhat normal, with the possible exception of Gerald.
  • Retcon: Initially referred to as "Carol" in "Death" (as was Mrs. Broflovski), but season 2 established her name as Sharon.
  • Tuckerization: She's named after Parker's mom, too.

Jimbo Kern and Ned Gerblansky

"It's coming right for us!"

Voiced by: Matt Stone (Jimbo Kern) and Trey Parker (Ned Gerblansky)

Stan's redneck Uncle (Jimbo Kern) and his old Vietnam war buddy (Ned Gerblansky) who lost his arm due to a grenade explosion and speaks with a voice box thanks to a laryngectomy he had to have for his throat cancer. They own the local gun store and love to go hunting.

  • Badass: In South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut they prove that they still have some fight in them when they take on the Canadian army.
  • Characterization Marches On: They've been considerably more calm and level-headed in recent seasons (though granted this may be partially due to being Out of Focus and are still among the mindless panicking masses in South Park usually).
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Until recently, Ned pretty much vanished off the face of the Earth.
  • Eagleland: Mostly Type II.
    Jimbo: Whoo! Let's go kill some god damn Australians!
    Ned: I think we are actually fighting Canadians.
    Jimbo: Canadians, Australians, what the hell's the difference?
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Though there are some questions about Jimbo...
  • Living Prop: Ned.
  • Loophole Abuse: They often use phrases like "It's coming right for us!" and "Thin out their numbers!" in order to get around "pussy laws" regarding hunting.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt
  • More Dakka: See No Kill Like Overkill below
  • Out of Focus: Neither have had much focus in the recent seasons, usually appearing in crowd scenes. Ned has not had a speaking role since "Here Comes the Neighborhood".
    • Jimbo was mentioned in "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" and can be seen briefly at the wheel. However, he doesn't say anything or do anything else. Also, Ned has had lines in the video games South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play and South Park: The Stick of Truth, indicating that Trey Parker is still capable of doing the voice.
  • Refugee from Time: Possibly the reason they are Out of Focus. They're Vietnamn vets which means that realistically they'd be in their early 60's by now.
    • To clarify, it was perfectly reasonable (albiet starting to push it) for this to be the case when the show started back in The '90s, but considering that nobody has been allowed to age for the past sixteen years, this emerged. Alternatively, it may have been retconned or forgotten about but it would still be unlikely.
  • Satellite Character: Ned.
  • Straight Gay: Jimbo wasn't bleeped when he said the word fag when Mr. Garrison mentions gay peoples' N-Word Privileges when it comes to that particular word.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: They often use automatic weapons and rocket launchers to hunt deer and rabbits.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: In "Summer Sucks", Ned can somehow do this despite speaking through his voice box.
  • Vocal Evolution: Ned's synthesized voice in "Volcano" was a lot more authentic-sounding, as opposed to later episodes where it became a highly transparent imitation.

Shelley Marsh

"Shut up, turd!"

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

Stan's older sister, who cruelly bullies him to ridiculous levels.

Marvin "Grampa" Marsh

"I killed my grandpa when I was your age."

Voiced by: Trey Parker

Stan and Shelley's grandfather and Randy's father. Calls Stan "Billy," and has been suicidal since he turned 102.

  • Accidental Misnaming: As mentioned above, always calls Stan "Billy" for some reason. Trey Parker says his own grandfather used to do the same.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Catch Phrase: "(You) son of a whore!"
  • Cerebus Retcon: Is revealed to have Alzheimer's in "Cash for Gold", casting a slightly less comical light on some of his habits.
  • Compressed Vice: "Freemium Isn't Free" claims he always had a gambling problem.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Death" and "Gray Dawn".
  • Death Seeker: Marvin is over 100 years old, can't really do much of anything anymore, and most of his friends and loved ones are almost certainly dead. Even before the retcon revealing he had started to develop Alzheimers, he was clearly not in good physical condition. He'd commit suicide except he's "to damn old".
  • Driven to Suicide: In "Death". Multiple times. All of them unsuccessful.
  • Drives Like Crazy: In "Grey Dawn".
  • Out of Focus: Though his appearances were infrequent to begin with, he was non-existent for several seasons before reappearing in Season 16's "Cash for Gold".
  • Senior Sleep Cycle
  • Veteran Instructor: The only man old enough to have actually seen the Civil War… reenactment of 1924.

    Broflovski Family 

Sheila Broflovski


Voiced by: Mary Kay Bergman (1997-1999), Mona Marshall (1999-present)

Kyle's mom. A "big fat bitch", according to Cartman. She's proven to be one on several occasions.

Gerald Broflovski

"So call me, Kyle's dad. Because it's not about money, it's about… wait, what am I saying? Call me!"

Voiced by: Matt Stone

Kyle's dad, and a wealthy lawyer.

Sir Ike Broflovski

Ike (season 1): Zeeponanner.
Ike (season 13): I feel like an asshole.

Kyle's baby brother, very smart for his age.

Kyle Schwartz

"I'm back!"

Kyle's cousin Kyle, called "Kyle 1" by Sheila. Became a millionaire.

    Cartman Family 

Liane Cartman

"Yes, darling. You can have whatever you want."

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

Cartman's mom andnote  dad, who lets him get away with anything. She's also a "Dirty Slut".

  • Cerebus Retcon: Originally she was just the town bike who spoiled Cartman rotten, then "Tsst" revealed that the reason she's so willing to please her son and horny men (yes, I just realised how that sounded) is because she has no friends.
  • Characterization Marches On: Despite the early concept of her being a "crack whore," she hasn't been shown sleeping with anyone since "The Death of Eric Cartman." The drug part is actually Lampshaded in "The Poor Kid," when she mentions that she hasn't taken any in "months." Apparently she's been cleaning up her life off-screen.
  • Dope Slap: Believe it or not, there are a handful of episodes where she whacks Cartman after he says something offensive.
  • Extreme Doormat: It turns out in one episode that she spoils Cartman for his attention, because she doesn't have any real friends.
    • In "Coon 2: Hindsight", she actually grounds Cartman for beating up his friends and cursing. She quickly falls before the LeBron James Technique however.
    • "HUMANCENTiPAD" has her scold Cartman for trying to get her arrested at Best Buy because she refused to get him a 64 GB iPad (so she "fucked" him, in his words). She holds her ground for the whole episode, but she is then booed by the audience on the Dr. Phil show because they believe Cartman's story over hers.
  • Flanderization: Inverted since the show has rather seldom shown her doing anything promiscuous in recent seasons, in favor of playing out her submissive traits.
    • And then making her less submissive in even more recent ones.
  • Good Bad Girl
  • Hermaphrodite: Revealed in the season 1 finale/season 2 premiere two-part episode "Cartman's Mom Is (Still) a Dirty Slut."
    • "201" reveals that this was a lie just used to hide the identity of Cartman's real father.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She's almost always cheerful and nice to a fault, and also (at least early on) the town bicycle.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She seems to think Cartman is a "little angel" to the point where she doesn't even question his story about why he has a picture of him with Butter's penis in his mouth in "Cartman Sucks." She also lets him get away with murder and always takes his side, although more recent episodes have had her wising up and growing a spine.
  • In the Blood: In one episode where she takes the kids to visit her relatives, almost all of them act like Cartman, except his grandmother, who acts like Liane.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after Trey Parker's ex-fiance who cheated on him numerous times.
  • Pushover Parent: Towards Cartman. She rarely disciplines him.
  • Really Gets Around: In "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut," Mr. Garrison asks an entire bar full of people if any of them haven't slept with her; aside from Halfy, everybody had (including the Mayor and Principal Victoria). Later, there were twenty men who might have been Cartman's biological father.
  • Supreme Chef: She is a really good cook, to the point that everyone looks forward to Cartman's birthday and gets him whatever he wants simply so they can go to his party.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Coon 2: Hindsight", she grounds Cartman and in "HumancentiPad", gets fed up with his attitude. Later on, after he claims to the public that she has "fucked" him and ends up getting struck by lightning she is completely indifferent to his sobs, clearly through with his attitude.

    Stotch Family 

Stephen and Linda Stotch

Linda: Oh, Stephen, I don't know if we should ground him or call a doctor.
Stephen: No, I think you'd better call a doctor. I'll ground him.

Voiced by: Trey Parker (Stephen Stotch), Mona Marshall (Linda Stotch, 2000-present)

Butters' authoritarian parents. Extremely strict, especially Stephen, and it's debated over how mentally stable either of them are. Close friends of the Marshes and Broflovskis, but not well-developed.

  • Abusive Parents: Both physically and emotionally. It's just that no attention has been drawn to it yet, which can be Truth in Television.
  • All Crimes Are Equal: Ground Butters for any punishment, no matter how petty, or occasionally, extreme the actual crime is.
  • Alliterative Name: Stephen.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Stephen in "Butters' Very Own Episode", and along with every other man in the town in "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers."
  • Anti-Hero: Both are Nominal Heroes. Neither is heroic in any true sense, though they (or at least Stephen) are up alongside Randy whenever the town faces a threat.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Sort of. As badly as they treat Butters, whenever he goes missing (which happens quite a few times) they always freak out, and Linda is always reduced to tears. Given that this is South Park, it's possible that they aren't intentionally malicious, just really stupid.
  • Catch Phrase: "You Are Grounded!" (in various ways).
  • Characterization Marches On: Linda's personality in seasons 5 and 6 can be quite jarring, most notably trying to drown Butters in Butters's Very Own Episode and both of them physically beating him in Jared Has Aides. In contrast Linda is played as the more gentle and submissive of the two in later seasons, usually only going along with punishing Butters under Stephen's influence. Though given the events of My Future Self 'N' Me, it could simply be that Linda is simply making more of an effort to be a better parent.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Stephen.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: They ground Butters for minor infractions, things he has no control over, and things that aren't even his fault.
  • Jerkass: They were willing to sell their son to Paris Hilton. She offered $200 million. They haggled for $250 million.
  • Karma Houdini: They regularly get away with their poor treatment of Butters.
    • Karma Houdini Warranty: Stephen finally gets punched in the balls by Butters for grounding him one to many times in "Grounded Vindaloop".
  • Offing the Offspring: Linda releases the brakes on her car near a lake, in an attempt to drown him in "Butters Very Own Episode".
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his authoritarian attitude to parenting and his questionable attitude to discipline, Stephen seems to show genuine love and concern for Butters on a regular basis. At the very least he seems to be a more devoted parent than Randy as of recently.
  • Retcon: In earlier episodes, Stephen's name was Chris. For a while they jumped back and forth until settling on Stephen. Linda was also initially named Carol when she appeared in "Super Best Friends".

    McCormick Family 

Stuart and Mrs. "Carol" McCormick

Carol: Yes. Kenny's such a great name. My little Kenny, a brand-new Kenny.
Carol: Fifty-second.

Voiced by: Matt Stone (Stuart McCormick), Mary Kay Bergman (Carol McCormick, 1997-1999), Eliza Schneider (Carol McCormick, 1999-2003), April Stewart (Carol McCormick, 2004-present)

Kenny's unemployed, neglectful, drug-addicted parents.

  • Abusive Parents: Not all the time but Stuart can be emotionally abusive to the point that him yelling at Karen because she asked if they could get icecream from Sodasopa in The City Part of Town. Plus all the Domestic Abuse with his wife can't be too healthy either. The Poor Kid addressed this but ended with him getting his kids back.
  • The Alcoholic: Both of them, but Stuart seems to be the town alcoholic and is even worse then Randy when it comes to drinking.
    • It was also the reason for Kenny's birth as they went to a cult meeting solely for the alcohol. They don't even remember the meetings because they spent the entire time drunk, something Mysterion finds entirely plausible. This somehow wound up with Carol being chosen to birth "the spawn of Cthulhu".
  • American Accents: Carol has a Southern one. Mary Kay Bergman based her voice off Bill Clinton's.
  • The Chew Toy: Stuart in "Cartman Joins NAMBLA." In his words, he's had his "nuts broken..." (from Kenny hurling a baseball at his crotch), "body poisoned..." (when Kenny tried to give his mom a chocolate milk and vodka cocktail spiked with morning-after abortion pills, and Stuart drank it after Carol declined), "...and have been made love to in the ass by three dozen 40-year-old men" (he was looking for Kenny and walked into the wrong hotel room). He also broke his nose and got violently ill on North Park Funland's "John Denver Experience" ride.
  • Domestic Abuse: On the season two episode "Chicken Fucker," Stuart and Carol appeared on an episode of COPS where Stuart is being beaten up by Carol for being a lazy alcoholic who can't hold down a job.
    • Dialogue seems to indicate that they both beat on each other a lot, but it's true that on-screen we only ever see it go one way.
      • Further applied in "Make Love Not Warcraft". The teaser depicted a shot of Stuart just about to slug his wife, but cuts off just beforehand. The finished episode has this altered to Carol actually shown beating Stuart up onscreen.
    • This was also used as a plot setup for "The Poor Kid".
    Police Officer: Now, look at the camera and say "I'm white trash and I'm in trouble!"
    Stuart: I'm white trash and I'm in trouble.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: The most likely explanation for the above. Both Kenny and Kevin think it's hilarious.
  • Groin Attack: Stuart becomes the victim of this in "Cartman Joins NAMBLA."
  • Jerkass: Stuart is a bitter drunk who beats up his wife regularly (She beats him up too) and gets into drunken fights with his older son. He's also yelled at his daughter and Kenny when they've done nothing wrong at least once each on-screen.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Season 19 is not kind to their property, which Stuart is justifiably vocal about objecting to.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not actual gold or they wouldn't be poor but Mrs. McCormick isn't much better then her husband since she beats him up regularly and appears to drink alot, but she at least tries to be a decent mother to Kenny and Karen. During the Poor Kid she was saying not to take her kids while Stuart was complaining about his arm being hurt.
  • Never My Fault: Stuart refuses to admit that his being too lazy to work is the reason the family is poor.
  • No Name Given: Mrs. McCormick's name has never actually been revealed, but fans often refer to her as "Carol", as it was a common placeholder name used for other mothers early on (ie: Mrs. Marsh in season 1, Mrs. Stotch in early season 5), as well as to lessen the awkwardness of having to always list her as "Mrs." or "Kenny's mom". In the early fanbase days, some fanworks would commonly refer to her as "Peggy".
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, Mysterion (aka Kenny) did something really brutal to them, as they cower at the sight of him.
    • The whole "Kenny being the spawn of Chthulu" thing, the most we get from them is that they "never should've gone to that cult meeting" and that they don't remember anything because they spent the entire time drunk.
  • Parental Neglect: Cartman pointed out in "The Wacky Molestation Adventure" that Kenny never tells his parents where he is because "they're alcoholics and they don't care."
    • Of course, considering how Kenny was birthed...
  • Stoners Are Funny: More like "Drunks are Funny," but the principle's the same.
    • But they are also seen using weed during the Cthullu Trilogy.

Karen McCormick

Voiced by: Celeste Javier
Kenny's adorable little sister.

  • Children Are Innocent: She's the only character on South Park that never swears or commits acts of violence. That says alot.
  • Fragile Flower: Karen's pretty sensitive; she cries at the drop of a hat.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Starts sporting some, tied with bows, in "The City Part of Town".
  • Morality Pet: She's Kenny's and he loves her dearly and does everything he can to try and make her happy.
  • Protectorate: Mysterion's.
  • Shrinking Violet
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Kenny was mentioned to have a sister even back in season 1 press releases, though she seemed more like Ike's age back then, and was supposed to pop up in "Starvin Marvin" but never did. She made one appearance in a season 9 episode but didn't pop up ever again until season fifteen's "The Poor Kid". It was often speculated that she had been in foster care during that time.

Kevin McCormick

Voiced by: Trey Parker
Kenny's seemingly slow older brother.

  • The Alcoholic: In "The Poor Kid", his mother implies that he too is a heavy drinker, and refers to him and his father as "drunk pieces of shit".
  • American Accents: Speaks in a bit of a Southern accent.
  • Flat Character: Little is really known about this kid, and he rarely shows up or speaks much.
  • Vague Age: Seems to be around the age of Shelley (12-13) if not a little younger and taller than Kenny, though his age is never really commented on, aside his mother being stated to have had Kenny at sixteen in on episode, thus he would have to be three years older than his brother at the most.