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"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)
Debut: "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig"Stan's mom, who is much saner than her husband. Not that that says much.
- Angst Coma: She was so traumatized by 9/11 that in its immediate aftermath she spent three weeks on the couch watching CNN nonstop.
- 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 only sane adults, in the wake of Chef's demise.
- 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 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 "Crème 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.
- Sudden Name Change: Initially referred to as "Carol" in "Death" (as was Kyle's mom, Mrs. Broflovski), but season 2 established her name as Sharon.
- Tuckerization: She's named after Parker's mom, too.
- Women Are Wiser: She's more levelheaded than her husband.
Jimbo Kern and Ned Gerblansky
"It's coming right for us!"
Voiced by: Matt Stone (Jimbo Kern) and Trey Parker (Ned Gerblansky)
Debut: "Weight Gain 4000" (Jimbo Kern), "Volcano" (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.
- 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: Oh boy! Military action, Ned. Let's kill us some god damned Australians!
Ned: I think we're fighting Canadians.
Jimbo: Canadians, Australians, what's the difference?
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Though there are some questions about Jimbo...
- Living Prop: Ned usually just stands there to make short comments via his voice box and hardly contributes to the plot.
- 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.
- Nice Guy: Uncle Jimbo, which isn't to say he can't mess up or do wrong from time to time, but overall he's one of the nicest adults on the show. In more recent episodes one could argue he's a better parental figure towards Stan than Randy is.
- No Kill Like Overkill: They hunt using Napalm, bazookas, explosives, and flamethrowers.
- Out of Focus: Ned hasn't had much focus in the recent seasons, usually appearing in crowd scenes. He has not had a speaking role in the series since "Here Comes the Neighborhood". He has, however, had lines in the video games Let's Go Tower Defense Play! and Stick of Truth, indicating that Trey Parker is still capable of doing the voice.
- Reality Ensues: Why Ned speaks with a voicebox, as he smoked in the past (as Jimbo put it, "he smoked so much he lost his trake").
- Refugee from Time: Possibly the reason they are Out of Focus. They're Vietnam vets which means that at the youngest they'd be in their mid-60s by now. It was perfectly reasonable (albeit 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 two decades, this emerged. Alternatively, it may have been retconned or forgotten about but it would still be unlikely.
- Satellite Character: Ned.
- Straight Gay: Implied, in the episode It Hits the Fan, when Jimbo wasn't bleeped when he said the word "fag" when Mr. Garrison mentions gay people's N-Word Privileges when it comes to that particular word.
- Those Two Guys: More often than not, these two aren't seen separate, however, this seems to have changed in more recent seasons, with Ned being Out of Focus and Jimbo making a cameo appearance in World War Zimmerman (Ned not making an appearance).
- Trrrilling Rrrs: In "Summer Sucks", Ned can somehow do this despite speaking through his voice box.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In "Scott Tenorman Must Die", they are the ones who teach Cartman to aim for his target's weaknesses during his war with Scott Tenorman. This costs the latter boy his parents' lives.
- 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.
"Shut up, turd!"
Voiced by: Mary Kay Bergman (1997-1999), Eliza Schneider (1999-2003), April Stewart (2004-present)
Debut: "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig"Stan's older sister, who cruelly bullies him to ridiculous levels.
- Big Sister Bully: To Stan, mostly in early seasons.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig", Stan implies that she tends to play nice in front of their parents. In the later seasons, she doesn't even bother trying.
- Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: Has large braces. She's quite self-conscious about them, too.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Her general characterization since Season 12. "Over Logging", "The Cissy", and "#REHASH" are good examples.
- Berserk Button: She dislikes any mention of her braces being brought up.
- Characterization Marches On: Only a few later appearances refer to her original sociopath persona (eg. "Over Logging") with her usually acting as merely a generic sister character.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Most of her abuse to Stan is played for laughs.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Cat Orgy" and "Broadway Bro Down".
- Defeat Means Friendship: In Stick Of Truth, it's possible for her to become your friend after her boss battle.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She's the only one not seen cheering when Butters accidentally kills the opposing dancing team in "You Got F'd in the A".
- When she thinks Stan is attempting to murder their grandfathernote , she gets angrier at him than usual.
- In "Pre-School", she offers to protect Stan from Trent Boyett if he comes clean to his kindergarten teacher (looooong story). She may act a violent Jerkass towards her brother, but she's not the type of person to abandon him completely when he desperately needs help.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She often flips out about insults that are entirely in her head.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: In "Pre-School", she agrees to protect Stan and his friends from Trent Boyette, claiming that "no juvenile hall turd is going to kill you, that's my job."
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Implied to be lonely and insecure due to her looks. A key reason her head gear is a huge Berserk Button.
- Jerkass: Often angry and violent.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: "Broadway Bro Down" and "Cat Orgy" attempt to give her a softer side.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Shelly steps in to defend Stan when his parents think he caused a rampage in "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig". Judging from her expression when Stan cries, she might have felt genuinely bad for him, but once the problem is sorted, she proceeds to beat him up again.
- Karma Houdini: She regularly gets away with her bullying. "The Wacky Molestation Adventure" marks the only time in the show that Stan gets effective revenge on her.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: In Stick Of Truth where she's one of the enemies of the game which can be defeated.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Stan's Feminine Boy.
- Older Than They Look: She's 13, but is the same height as the average South Park fifth grader. To put that in perspective, Scott Tenorman, who is the same age or at most one year older than she is, is much taller, and even the sixth graders dwarf her.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Towards Stan."No Juvenile Hall turd is going to kill you. That's my job."
- Pet the Dog:
- She was willing to protect Stan from Trent Boyett.
- Shelly also had a good relationship with Larry Feegan.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some official material spells her name as Shelley.
- Speech Impediment: Speaks with a lisp, most likely because of her braces.
- Super Strength: Where are a lot of humor from her comes from...and much of the abuse.
- Teens Are Monsters: A teenager and a total bully.
- Trigger Happy: Was a little too excited at the thought of shooting her own grandfather.
- Tuckerization: Shelly is named after Parker's sister, who also abused Trey by tossing him down the stairs, punching him, and locking him out of the house (though, arguably, what happened to Trey is nothing compared to what Shelly does to Stan).
- The Unfavorite: She accuses Sharon of favoring Stan, which could account for her Big Sister Bully tendencies.
Marvin "Grampa" Marsh
- "I killed my grandpa when I was your age."
Voiced by: Trey Parker
Debut: "Death"Stan and Shelly's grandfather and Randy's father. Calls Stan "Billy", and has been suicidal since he turned 102.
- Accidental Misnaming: As mentioned above, he always calls Stan "Billy" for some reason. Trey Parker says his own grandfather used to do the same.
- Alliterative Name: Though he is usually just called Grampa.
- Bungled Suicide: All his suicide attempts in "Death" failed.
- 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 "too 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".
- Veteran Instructor: The only man old enough to have actually seen the Civil War… reenactment of 1924.
Voiced by: Mary Kay Bergman (1997-1999), Mona Marshall (1999-present)
Debut: "Death"Kyle's mom. A "big fat bitch", according to Cartman. She's proven to be one on several occasions.
- Beehive Hairdo: Her hair is long and red, much like her son Kyle's, and put up in a beehive.
- Berserk Button: God help you if you swear while she's in earshot.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Shares this position in The Movie with Saddam Hussein.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Sharon from angry Jerseyites in "It's a Jersey Thing".
- Big "WHAT?!": Her Catch-Phrase.
- Catch-Phrase: "Whatwhatwhaaaat?!"
- Character Development: Has gone from the overzealous Knight Templar Parent to later softening up to being one of the more sensible parents in South Park, to the point of sometimes being among the more sane adults in the show alongside Sharon.
- Covert Pervert: She's not nearly as much of a prude when it comes to her sex life with her husband.
- The Dreaded:
Dildo Schwaggins: They're gonna set countries against each other! We have way bigger problems!Gerald: You don't know my fucking wife!
- At least to Gerald.
- Kyle also sees Sheila as this.
- Easily Forgiven: Everyone was quick to accept her apology despite declaring war over a show and nearly causing the end of the world.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being a shrewish nosy Jewish prude who caused alot of problems in the movie, she actually draws the line at respecting her husband's privacy... this actually helped Gerald get away with his actions as Skankhunt 42.
- Fan Disservice: In "Insecurity", where she wears lingerie to engage in sexual roleplay with Gerald... and pisses on him.
- Fat Bitch: Cartman even made a song about her being this trope. She isn't as abrasive in later seasons though.
- Fiery Redhead: She is a full blown fiery Jewish Knight Templar redhead.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Like her son, she's quick to anger.
- Hate Sink: Became one in the movie. Despite being a Knight Templar, she instigates a war that results in scores of deaths on both sides and an attempted genocide against Canadians. She also shoots Terrance and Phillip, which nearly triggers the end of the world. However, she has a Heel–Face Turn at the end, and Kenny's wish undoes all the damage she caused. Of course, it's an incredibly satisfying moment when Cartman makes fun of her with his song.
- Heel–Face Turn: At the end of The Movie.
- Hidden Depths: The Jersey side of her doesn't really come out unless she gets around other people from Jersey.
- Hypocrite: As much as she hates it when children swear, especally her own, she has no problem swearing herself. Truth in Television however, since many normal parents and adults would act the same way.
- Jerkass: Her overzealous attempts to make a "safer environment" for the town's kids involving starting a war with Canada and trying to kill Terrance and Phillip in cold blood. She can also be rather overbearing to her son, at times, to the point where he is shown to be outright terrified of her. She gets better after the movie.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- While Sheila can be too overbearing, sometimes she makes valid points. Like in the movie, she was correct on how it was a bad influence on the children.
- In “The List,” Sheila tells Kyle that he’s not ugly when the latter complains about being listed as the ugliest boy in his grade. She ends up being right due to the fact that Kyle isn’t actually ugly and that he wasn’t the ugliest boy on the list after all.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her over-protective and annoying personality have diminished a lot after the movie.
- Jewish Mother: Early seasons did this a lot with Shiela in a parody of this trope along with plenty of Jewish stereoypes.
- Karma Houdini: One might say she got off way too easily for instigating a Canadian holocaust, killing Terrance and Phillip despite Kyle's warnings and nearly causing The End of the World as We Know It.
- Knight of Cerebus: She is played very seriously in The Movie.
- Knight Templar Parent: Her abrasiveness against anything that offends her goes too far at times.
- Lesser of Two Evils: To her husband Gerald. While she may have done many unscrupulous things in the past, she always had motives that were well-intentioned (at least in her mind). In stark contrast, Gerald goes online to viciously troll women, including his own wife, willing to allow a gender war to happen, and even frames his own son Ike as the troll, all for personal enjoyment.
- Mama Bear:
- Taken way too far, as she is willing to literally start wars to protect her children against things they really don't need protecting against.
- In an episode, the parents feel forced to follow the kids everywhere, and when Cartman insults Kyle while Sheila is near... well, maybe it's a good thing that we don't see what happens next.
- Inverted in "Not Funny" and "The End of Serialization as We Know It", where she gradually gets more and more hateful towards her children, especially Ike.
- Moral Guardian: A scathing parody.Remember what the MPAA says: "Horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words!"
- My Beloved Smother: She's started wars over being protective of her son. This was made a major plot point in The Movie.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: By the climax of the movie, she has Canadians being gunned down in the streets, death camps for Americans with Canadian ancestry, and fully endorses electric torture on children.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Coupled with My God, What Have I Done? in the movie.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Her "moral crusades" were normally played for laughs, but in The Movie she single handedly causes World War III and subsequently the Apocalypse.
- Old Shame: In-universe. She was born and raised in Joisey, moved as far away as she could, and went to great lengths to never let the truth be known.
- Open-Minded Parent: In more recent seasons, when the issue is Kyle finding Ike to be growing up fast or something, she brushes it off as a phase.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Towards Canadians in The Movie, despite the fact that her own adopted son is Canadian. Kyle even brings this up to reason with her, but she carelessly ignores it and continues to exterminate Canada.
- Sanity Slippage: After calming down for a long period of time, "Not Funny" and "The End of Serialization as We Know It" show that she seems to have completely lost it.
- Think of the Children!: Her motivation in the episode "Death" and in The Movie is to get Terrance and Phillip off the air so the kids won't imitate them anymore.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After the movie, her abrasiveness is toned down. See "A Very Crappy Christmas" and "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina".
- Tuckerization: Even if it's kinda unflattering to Sheila Stone.
- Villain Decay: Not nearly as abrasive in later appearances. Over the past eight seasons, Randy Marsh has taken the mantle of "parent who overreacts to things and causes problems". She isn't even a villain anymore.
- Villainous Breakdown: Involves shooting Terrance and Phillip. Though thankfully they come back to life at the end of the movie when Kenny wishes for everything to go back to normal.
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: Gets one at the end of the movie, where she realized that she brought enough intolerance to the world to allow the second coming of Satan (and his boyfriend Saddam).
- Villain Song: "Blame Canada".
- "The Villain Sucks" Song: "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch". Courtesy of Cartman.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: And how! Emphasis on "extremist".
"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
Debut: "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo"Kyle's dad, a lawyer. For most of the show's run he was portrayed as a relatively pleasant milquetoast with a small nasty side; then Season 20 happened.
- Abusive Parents: Used Ike as a scapegoat to avoid punishment in "Members Only" and did nothing to make the situation better for him. In the next episode he starts out using emotional blackmail to make him comply and when Kyle asked him why he did it he responds by giving him a "Reason You Suck" Speech accusing him of not having a sense of humor, it's amazing they didn't let him be bombed in Denmark.
- Ascended Extra: Becomes one of the main protagonists of Season 20 and even starts to get more screen time than his son.
- All Men Are Perverts: Yes, he read how disgustingly obscene porn in the People. Not to mention his hallucinations while "cheesing".
- Ambiguously Bi: Watched Randy masturbate in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub" and surprisingly didn't feel awkward about it and didn't seem to understand why Randy did.
- Amoral Attorney: Once exploited the town, who was on a suing spree for sexual harassment, to make enough money to get a bigger house.
- Ax-Crazy: In Season 20, he's a gleeful sadist who loves trolling women and young girls. The fact that he's completely willing to annoy people much younger than him pretty much shows just how much sanity he has, or rather lacks.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Garrison, Lennart and the Member Berries in Season 20.
- Broken Pedestal:
- His son, Kyle, used to idolized to his father, once referring to him as "the smartest guy in the world". However any admiration Kyle had for his father goes down the drain when he finds out that he's skankhunt42 and tried to frame Ike, Kyle's little brother for his trolling.
- Likewise Dildo Schwaggins used to believe Gerald was the ultimate anti-establishment rebel, only to realize he was just an asshole who only trolls for shits and giggles.
- Carpet of Virility: Has a very hairy upper body, as seen in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub".
- Characterisation Marches On: At first he was just a laidback father who looked Closer to Earth compared to his wife. As the series went on and he had more episodes focusing on him he was shown to be greedy, smug and owned a colossal ego. Seasons 19 and 20 also shows that he is an asshole on the Internet, be it as a self-absorbed yelper or a troll who harrasses little girls.
- Compressed Vice: As revealed in "Red Man's Greed", he has a gambling addiction. Of course that isn't his only addiction (see What You Are in the Dark).
- Dirty Coward: He is always trying to finds way to weasel out of punishment whenever he's cornered. This ranges from reminding others that suing people is bad when they decide to sue him for everything he has done in "Sexual Harassment Panda" to framing Ike for being the troll skankhunt42 so he won't have to face his wife's wrath in "Members Only".
- Enemy Mine: By the end of Season 20, he and his sons are working to take down Trolltrace, but it's clear that he's totally lost their trust at this point due to his framing of Ike for his trolling.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While he went so far as to get chuckles out of causing someone to kill herself, even he was horrified when Bedrager admitted that he wants to, effectively, start World War III just for kicks.
- Evil All Along: It is revealed at the end of "Member Berries" that Gerald is the internet troll skankhunt42, going onto the school message board to harass and shame the girls. The next episode reveals he does so because he gets a kick out of it. The reason it is this trope and not a Face–Heel Turn is that he pretty much says he has always been like this and loved to make fun of other kids even when he was in school, and to top it off he thinks that it's everyone ELSE who is wrong for not finding his behaviour hilarious!
- Evil Counterpart: To Randy Marsh. Both serve as the wacky parent to their sane children Stan and Kyle, are known for creating crazy dilemma's for the town, and refuses to accept blame for their actions. However, Randy despite his outwardly wackiness is shown to care for his family and is willing to protect them, especially towards his youngest child Stan, and while Gerald despite acting polite and sophisticated, only cares about himself, going as far as to frame his youngest child Ike, just so he can avoid getting into trouble.
- Eviler Than Thou:
- As skankhunt42 he proves to be even worse than the rest of the trolls, as they all believe they're rallying against authority and suffered from persecution and bullying when they were younger. Gerald, on the other hand, doesn't care about making any statements and is only interested in harassing people because he's an asshole. To drive the point home, when Gerald asks if Dildo Schwaggins remembers calling people "fags" for no reason when he was young, Dildo replies that he remembers being called a fag for no reason when he was young.
- Gerald proves to be far more evil than his wife ever was. While Sheila may have done many unscrupulous things in the past, she always had motives that were well-intentioned (at least in her mind). Gerald on the other hand goes online viciously trolling women, including Sheila, willing to allow a gender war to happen, and even frames his own son Ike as the troll, all for personal enjoyment - and defends this by saying people just need to get a sense of humor.
- Bedrager pulls this on him by plotting to start World War III for kicks.
- Evil vs. Evil: With Lennart Bedrager. A notorious and persistent internet troll who delights in causing grief and chaos For the Evulz and is remorseless about the fact that his trolling caused somebody to commit suicide vs. a Corrupt Corporate Executive who aims to eliminate the internet privacy of everyone in the world (which is shown to plunge one town so far into chaos that it had to be walled off) because of the aforementioned suicide. Yeah, there's really no moral high ground here.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite his affable demeanor, he turns out to be one of the most vicious internet trolls on the show.
- For the Evulz: Unlike the other trolls, he only trolls others, mainly women, simply because he enjoys doing so.
- Frame-Up: Frames Ike, his own son, for being the troll skankhunt42.
- Hate Sink: As skankhunt42, a cowardly Troll who does so for a cheap laugh. Even the other trolls, who are implied to have a Freudian Excuse, are sickened of him.
- The Heavy: Out of all the members of the Big Bad Ensemble, he has the most influence in Season 20 with his trolling being responsible for the girls breaking up with their boyfriends, Heidi and Cartman's relationship, and Freja's suicide which give Lennart an excuse to create Trolltrace and kickstart World War III.
- Heel–Face Turn: In "The End of Serialization as We Know It", he teams up with the Danish, the other trolls, and Kyle to take out Bredrager.
- Heel Realization: After reading Kyle's report that suggests getting rid of all the poor people.
- Henpecked Husband: When he tries downplaying online harassment as harmless ribbing to his wife, she stares at him blankly until he yields, showing that despite his nastiness online, he's a total pussy in real life. A joisey wife isn't someone you want to upset.
- Hot Guy, Ugly Wife: Compared to most cartoon dads, he's fairly attractive. Compared to most cartoon mothers, Sheila isn't.
- Hypocrite: The things he says as skankhunt42 are actually worse than the things he sued people for saying in "Sexual Harassment Panda".
- Hypocrite Has a Point: Despite being a troll who drove Freja Ollegard to suicide, he is utterly horrified by Bedrager's plan to set off World War III for kicks. Bedrager retorts, "Listen to you!" when Gerald tells him that what he's doing is evil, but the story makes no bones about the fact that the former is worse than the latter in every regard.
- Innocently Insensitive: When hanging out with Stuart McCormick everything he says or does comes off as flaunting his wealth.
- Internet Tough Guy: He's secretly the internet troll, skankhunt42, when he's off the computer he's such a pussy he'd throw his five-year-old son under the bus to avoid getting into trouble with his wife.
- Jerkass: Sometimes crosses into this territory by being as bad as Randy, especially after The Movie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In some episodes, coinciding with Depending on the Writer.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: As of season 20, as skankhunt42. He is horrified at first when his online antics cause someone to commit suicide, but it is later shown that he was just worried about getting in trouble. It's also shown that the other trolls looked up to him because they thought he was trying to make a political statement with his trolling, but they all turn their backs on him once they realize that he's "just a dick." In the episode "Oh, Jeez", when he finally comes face to face with Lennart Bedrager, it's pretty clear that Bedrager knows who he is by the way he recites the names Gerald used to push said person to suicide, and Gerald can barely keep from laughing.
- Karma Houdini: In "Sexual Harassment Panda", he gets away with all the money he made from encouraging the town to sue each other all the time. And in "The End of Serialization as We Know It" the Internet and all its history get destroyed at the exact moment Sheila looks up his history on Trolltrace, meaning she never finds out he is skankhunt42, thus, most likely, preventing him from having to face her wrath. Even though she had plenty of time to do so after she find out Ike was innocent and was told that she shouldn't trust her husband's online activities by a good friend who'd discovered her husbands cheating, because for the first time ever, Sheila was the only one respectful and rational enough to respect another's right to privacy and Gerald's sons didn't tell her for some reason despite the fact that he made multiple people quit social media, started a gender war, drove a beloved Danish celebrity to suicide and gave the season's Big Bad the excuse he needed to get the Danish to build TROLLTRACE and start World War III, which very nearly happened. Instead he got a happy ending with only Kyle and Ike been mad at him. Seriously, everyone who knew the truth, even the Danish, forgave him.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: In Phone Destroyer it's downplayed, but apparently the people of South Park all eventually found out that He's skankhunt42, and they all lost respect for him as a result.
- Leitmotif: Smokin' by Boston.
- Never Bareheaded: "Major Boobage" is the only time in the entire series to date that he is shown without his yarmulke.
- Never My Fault: Like Randy, he to tends to shift the blame to someone or something else when he is being confronted.
- In "Sexual Harassment Panda" he says that it was the Lawsuits for causing problems, when it was he who was behind the lawsuits.
- In "Smug Alert" he says that Hybrid cars were responsible for causing the Smug in South Park, despite being the instigator of the trend in the first place.
- In "Major Boobage" he says the people should be the ones to control the urges of cheesing, but not referring to himself after that fact that he was just cheesing.
- He even pins the blame on Ike, his own son, for being the troll skankhunt42.
- When Kyle, his other son finds out that he is the troll and confronts him about it, he blames Kyle for not having sense of humor.
- Not So Different: "Smug Alert" reveals he can be just as self-righteous as his wife.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He viciously trolls women online because it reminds him of being a kid again. Shockingly enough, he's an adult and he still likes to annoy people younger than him.
- Sadist: In Season 20, he loves trolling people for kicks.
- Skewed Priorities: Cares more about avoiding his wife's wrath than being told he'd be used to start World War III, to be fair anyone who knows Sheila.
- Slasher Smile: When trolling online.
- Smug Snake:
- He sets the plot of "Smug Alert" in motion by becoming ridiculously arrogant after he brought a hybrid car and eventually started to genuinely enjoy the smell of his own farts.
- In "Major Boobage", he tries to get everyone to cheer for him shortly after he was found high on cat piss fighting Kenny in a playground.
- In "You're Not Yelping", he, like all of the other Yelp reviewers, becomes convinced he was The Leader.
- Finally, as skankhunt42 he becomes insanely proud of himself for his skills at writing offensive comments on the Internet, seeing himself as a Memetic Troll.
- Snobs Vs Slobs: His conflict with Stuart McCormick.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 20, he goes beyond his jerkish tendencies as a sociopathic troll.
- Trans Nature: "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina" reveals him to have a very, very disturbing form of it.
- Troll: He is skankhunt42, and he posts all sorts of things (from petty sexist insults to crude photoshops with dicks in mouths) not to back them up, but to provoke a reaction (with which he takes enjoyment) and only do more. When he took a Danish athlete's response to his antics as a challenge, a shadow appears over him resembling a literal troll.
- Tuckerization: Continuing the pattern, he's named after Stone's father.
- Villain Protagonist: Of Season 20, along with Mr. Garrison.
- Walking Spoiler: It is impossible to discuss him in Season 20 without letting it slip that he is skankhunt42, and thus, that his true character is much meaner than he seems at first.
- Hell, most of his tropes refer to or contain a mention of his notorious online identity as a troll, as he was mainly just Kyle's dad prior to Season 20.
- What You Are in the Dark: While Gerald normally acts like a model citizen, there are moments which show he's not as sorted-out as we've been led to believe.
- "Cartmans Mom is a Dirty Slut" reveals to spite seemingly being Happily Married to Sheila he slept with Liane Cartman, though since he was OK with her sleeping with Chef it's possible they're swingers.
- "Major Boobage" reveals that he used to be addicted to inhaling cat pee and the sight of a cat during a time of moral panic causes him to relapse.
- In "Skank Hunt", he's a misogynistic cyberbully behind closed doors.
- Wicked Pretentious: He is a lawyer who drinks A Glass of Chianti and acts smug and sophisticated, but behind closed doors he's just a immature man, who enjoys trolling women in the internet For the Evulz.
Ike (season 1): Zeeponanner.
Ike (season 13): I feel like an asshole.
Ike (season 13): I feel like an asshole.
Voiced by: Franchesca Clifford ("Cartman Gets an Anal Probe", parts of Bigger, Longer, and Uncut), Jesse Howell (Seasons 1-3, parts of Bigger, Longer, and Uncut), Anthony Cross-Thomas (parts of Bigger, Longer, and Uncut), Nico and Milan Aliya Agnone (Seasons 4-5), Spencer Lacey Ganus (Seasons 6-7), Katharine Howell (Season 10), Eric Bauza (pubescent self in "Taming Strange", credited as "True List"), Betty Parker (Season 20)
Debut: "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe"Kyle's baby brother. Very smart for his age.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Played with. Originally, he was this, following Kyle and inevitably going through the "kick the baby!" routine. However, as time went on, the two became much closer as Ike's intelligence increased, and now Ike serves as one of Kyle's biggest priorities whenever he gets into trouble.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: He becomes a knight of Canada in "Royal Pudding" after saving the Princess of Canada from Tooth Decay.
- Baby Talk: Sometimes talks like this.
- Badass Adorable: He a Child Prodigy and a knight of Canada at the age of four. And he is... so cute!
- Big Brother Worship: He idolizes his brother Kyle very much by copying his words and actions, even following him to school in the first episode.
- Brainy Baby: At age three he can barely speak, but gets to go to kindergarten early and apparently reserves the TV every night to watch the news. In one episode he reads several novels written for adults in the course of one day.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Runs away to Somalia because he's tired of the tedium of middle class suburban life before hitting 4 years old.
- Butt-Monkey: Was the butt of Kyle's "kick the baby" gag in the early episodes.
- Canada, Eh?: Actually where he's from (he's adopted). He lacks the accent, though.
- Character Development: He is the only character to age mentally, rather than simply chronologicallynote ; he started out as a babbling toddler who spouted nonsense, yet now, at just a year older, he's very intelligent, and speaks more coherently.
- Characterization Marches On: He's started acting more and more like an adult in a toddler's body.
- Child Prodigy: While the other Jew Scouts at Jewbilee made macaroni art looking like they were actually made by children, Ike created an exact replica of The Last Supper with the same materials.
- Cool Sword: He gets one in "Royal Pudding".
- Dirty Kid: In "Taming Strange", he wants to "tame Foofa's strange" due to having taking steroids that made him catch puberty early.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: What everyone thinks of his relationship with his teacher."Nice..."
- Driven to Suicide: Subverted. In "About Last Night" he was a McCain voter who reacted to the election's outcome by jumping out the window of the first floor of the house. As it turns out, it was all a ruse, since he was under orders from Obama and McCain all along.
- Happily Adopted:
- With the Broflovskis, Ike is fairly content; his real hindrance is with the monotony of middle-class life, the fact that his peers are "fucking idiots", and constantly having to hear about Susan Boyle's performance of Les Misérables on Britain's Got Talent.
- Subverted in "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy", in which he tells Kyle that he is "dead to him" and runs away from home to go to Milan with his teacher. He eventually learns the error of his ways, however. He also becomes very upset about leaving his adopted family in "It's Christmas in Canada".
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: "Noo.. don't kick da baby..." "Kick the baby!" "Don't kick da goddamn baby" "Kick the baby!"
- Jerkass Ball: In "Taming Strange", Ike becomes a typical horny rebellious teenager thanks to a screw up on the Canada Healthcare system's part that involved Ike getting hormones instead of constipation medicine. He's mostly better after he stops taking them and learns An Aesop to not rush growing up.
- Likes Older Women: In "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy". Although it's clear he has no idea what he is doing.
- Otaku: His search history on Troll Trace reveals that he is a fan of Naruto and Yuri!!! on Ice.
- Retcon: Was originally not meant to be adopted, but was revealed to be such after Parker and Stone realized he resembled Terrance and Phillip.
- The Runaway: In "Fatbeard".
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Not often shown, but he's occasionally shown wearing a nice suit with matching fedora.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He learned from "Daddy".
- The Southpaw: He wields his sword in his left hand in "Royal Pudding".
- Teacher/Student Romance: In "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy".
- Took a Level in Badass: In "About Last Night" and "Royal Pudding". The kid's four and he's a knight in Canada and a skilled computer hacker.
- Unexpected Virgin: Hilariously inverted, as he loses his virginity at age four.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Ike's entered kindergarten 2 years early, watches conservative political commentary, makes a macaroni replica of The Last Supper, has been hired to help cover up a massive jewel heist, and is a knight in Canada. As of seasons 15ish he's only 4.
- Wrongly Accused: In "Members Only", he's blamed for everything skankhunt did.
Voiced by: Trey Parker
Debut: "The Entity"Kyle's cousin Kyle, called "Kyle 1" by Sheila. Became a millionaire.
- All Jews Are Cheapskates: He doesn't like paying if it is very expensive.
- Catch-Phrase: "I'm back!"
- Hypocritical Humor: Is a walking talking stereotype, yet criticizes the main characters for being "stereotypical rednecks" which they really aren't.
- Jewish and Nerdy: A complete dork and is jewish.
- Jewish Complaining: Tends to complain about his asthma, various other health issues, or about money.Mrs. Broflovski: So how was your flight?Kyle: Oh it was terrible, they recycle the air and it really did a number on my asthma, I asked them to turn up the oxygen and they wouldn't.
- One Steve Limit: Averted intentionally.
- Sickly Neurotic Geek: Tied in with his Jewish Complaining.
- Stop Being Stereotypical: The entire premise behind his first appearance.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: The boys try numerous times to ditch him, but he always returns with an enthusiastic "I'm baaack!"
"Yes, darling. You can have whatever you want."
Voiced by: Mary Kay Bergman (1997-1999), Eliza Schneider (1999-2003), April Stewart (2004-present)
Debut: "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe"Cartman's mom andnote dad, who lets him get away with anything. She's also a "Dirty Slut".
- Beware the Nice Ones: As of Season 14, she's become a bit more willing to discipline Cartman, and also scolded him in "HUMANCENTiPAD" after he misbehaved at Best Buy.
- Bi the Way: Cartman's Mom Is A Dirty Slut indicates that she has had sex with both Principal Victoria and Mayor MacDaniels.
- Butt-Monkey: Is quite the doormat. She also gets falsely accused of "fucking" Cartman in "HUMANCENTiPAD".
- 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 have a lot of unprotected sex is because she has no friends, and looks for a friend in her son by spoiling him.
- 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.
- Character Development: Later episodes have shown her being less cowed by Cartman, and more willing to stand up to him.
- 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 "Tsst" that she spoils Cartman for his attention is 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.
- In "PC Principal Final Justice", she pointed a gun at Cartman to get him to go to bed.
- 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
- Freudian Excuse: It's revealed in "Tsst" that Ms. Cartman spoils her son as a way to look for a friend in him, because she has no friends otherwise.
- Friendless Background: In the episode "Tsst", this is why Ms. Cartman goes out of her way to spoil her son rotten; She's looking for a friend in her son, since she has no friends otherwise.
- Good Bad Girl: She can't remember who Cartman's dad actually was (because she banged multiple men at the Drunken Barn Dance), and porn videos starring her are sometimes mentioned during the series, especially in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, when Kyle and Stan were doing a little research, they found a scat porn video starring Liane herself.
- 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 Butters' 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.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: It's revealed in "Tsst" that this is Ms. Cartman's Freudian Excuse for spoiing her son rotten. She wants to have friends, and looks for a friend in her son; she has no friends otherwise.
- 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.
- Like a Son to Me: In South Park: The Fractured but Whole, She vaguely implies she sees the New Kid as like a second child to her.
- Meaningful Name: Named after Trey Parker's ex-fiance who cheated on him numerous times.
- Nice Girl: She's a cheery, sweet sort of woman. It's not easy to be this when your son is Eric Cartman.
- Parental Substitute: Some of her interactions with the New Kid in South Park: The Fractured but Whole give shades of this. Not that the New Kid's parents are bad, mind you, they're just a bit too busy with their own problems.
- Pushover Parents: Towards Cartman. She rarely disciplines him. Season 14 has started to subvert this.
- 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.
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)
Debut: "Chickenlover" (Stephen Stotch), "The Wacky Molestation Adventure" (Linda Stotch)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. This abuse includes punishing Butters for minor offenses, beating him up in Jared Has Aides, and selling him to Paris Hilton. In fact, their abuse towards him has gotten so bad that he imagines his father as a monster and clearly has pent-up aggression towards him as shown in Grounded Vindaloop.
- 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".
- Almighty Mom: Well, dad. Stephen apparently has the authority to ground Vladimir Putin.
- 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' 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 is revealed to be one in "Butters' Very Own Episode".
- Disproportionate Retribution: They ground Butters for minor infractions, things he has no control over, and things that aren't even his fault.
- Freudian Excuse: In The Fractured but Whole Stephen implies (while drunk) that he himself was continually grounded by his mother, Grandma Stotch, at least giving an explanation for why he continually falls back on grounding Butters.Stephen: (mumbling in his stupor) No, mom... No, please don't... I'll be a good boy, I promise. Please, please! Don't ground me... I'm sorry! OH, GOD! OH, GOD! NO! NOOOoooooo... (dozes off)
- Groin Attack: Stephen is on the receiving end of this by Butters in "Grounded Vindaloop".
- Hate Sink: Just look at Abusive Parents and you'll find out why.
- Jerkass: They are constantly grounding Butters, even for tiny things. They were even willing to sell their son to Paris Hilton. She offered $200 million. They haggled for $250 million.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- Stephen is portrayed as the Only Sane Man when it comes to the Muhammad controversy. He picks the role every once in a while when the adults are together.
- There are a few occasions where Butters gave them a good reason to ground him ("Freak Strike, "Fun with Veal", etc).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Linda has had her moments, such as "Pre-School" and "Marjorine", as she was seen crying when Butters was beaten up by Trent Boyett in the former and when she believed that Butters committed suicide in the latter.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Stephen pretends to truly care for and understand his son, but he's always happy to harshly and unjustly punish him. He never seems to learn from it, either; he constantly finds things to punish him for being the unbelievable authoritarian Jerk Ass he is.
- 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".
- Obliviously Evil: Neither of them seem to be entirely aware of the negative effect their actions have on their son (sometimes even thinking that it's for his own good). They never even consider it, as Stephen once called their parenting "awesome". True to the nature of this trope, this only makes their treatment of him that much more reprehensible.
- Offing the Offspring: Linda releases the brakes on her car near a lake, in an attempt to drown him in "Butters' Very Own Episode" due to Sanity Slippage.
- 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.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Parental version. They do try to discipline Butters, but often for the wrong reasons.
- 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".
- Took a Level in Kindness: After Season 12, they're not as abusive to Butters as they were in earlier seasons, and they only seem to ground Butters when he actually deserves it, such as "Grounded Vindaloop" when Butters goes on a spree of bad behavior, because he thinks he's still in virtual reality.
Stuart McCormick and Carol McCormick
Carol: Yes. Kenny's such a great name. My little Kenny, a brand-new Kenny.
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)
Debut: "Starvin' Marvin"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 ice cream 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.
- It is heavily implied that they cannot even be called parents at all due to how free range Kenny is. With the advent of Mysterion during the events of the Coon vs. Coon and Friends arc, it could even be said that Kenny is the true parent of the family rather than them being in any way responsible for their children.
- The Alcoholic: Both of them, but Stuart seems to be the town alcoholic and is even worse than 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".
- 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:
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.
- In the season 2 episode "Chickenlover", Stuart and Carol appeared on an episode of C.O.P.S. 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 used as a plot setup for "The Poor Kid".
- 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 since they wouldn't be poor, but Carol isn't much better than her husband since she beats him up regularly and appears to drink a lot. Though, she at least tries to be a decent mother to her kids. During "The Poor Kid", she was saying not to take her 'babies' away while Stuart was complaining about his arm being hurt. Both of them tend to show genuine sorrow and/or concern when Kenny dies too. Also when there were drug-addicted homeless people threatening him on his property, Stuart not only brings Kenny back inside the house with him, he immediately calls the police about them scaring his kids.
- Never My Fault: Stuart refuses to admit that him being too lazy to work is the reason the family is poor. Carol calls him out on this repeatedly—a borderline Establishing Character Moment for them has the two of them arguing about this.Stuart: You know, [Kyle's] dad and I used to be best friends when we were teenagers. We would work together at Pizza Shack. But he got promoted and went off to community college and I didn't. And you know why? 'Cause your dad's Jewish!
Carol: That ain't why, Stuart! It's because you are an alcoholic retard and he had dreams of not eating frozen waffles for dinner every night!
Stuart: Hey, is it my fault you don't know how to cook?!
Carol: What am I supposed to do with frozen waffles, clamhead?! You put 'em in the toaster and you cook 'em!
Stuart: You just don't know how to use spices and stuff.
- 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."
- Stoners Are Funny: More like "Drunks are Funny", but the principle's the same. They are also seen using weed during the Cthullu Trilogy.
- Teen Pregnancy: Implied (but not outright said aside from a throwaway line in one episode), as according to the South Park site, Carol is in her 20s-30s and if you subtract the ages of her kids from hers.
- Unnamed Parent: Mrs. McCormick went unnamed for a long time, but fans often referred 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". In what may be a case of Ascended Fanon, the name Carol was confirmed in South Park: The Fractured but Whole, when the player overhears an argument between her and Stuart.
Voiced by: Celeste Javier
Debut: "Best Friends Forever"Kenny's adorable little sister.
- Children Are Innocent: She's one of the very few child characters on South Park who hasn't committed acts of violence. That says a lot.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: She initially had straight hair similar in shape to Heidi Turner's, up until her hairstyle changed in "The City Part of Town", where pigtails tied with bows were added to it.
- Fragile Flower: Karen's pretty sensitive; she cries at the drop of a hat. Sadly Truth in Television due to her really terrible home life thanks to her parents.
- Girlish Pigtails: Starts sporting some, tied with bows, in "The City Part of Town". She also has these with her Vamp Kid look in South Park: The Fractured but Whole.
- Identical Stranger: In her pre-Season 19 appearances, her character design looks almost indistinguishable from that of Heidi Turner's, the only differences being that Heidi has dull brown hair, wears a lighter-green coat, doesn't have dirt on her face, and, as of Season 20, wears a hat.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Oddly enough, she seems to do this in South Park: The Fractured but Whole when she asks the New Kid if they've seen Kenny, noting that she lately rarely ever sees him. Which seems to allude to how not only how Kenny's civilian identity makes no appearance in the game outside of photos, but also alludes to how in recent seasons of the show he tends to be conspicuously absent in certain episodes despite being a main character.
- She also seemingly did this earlier in South Park: The Stick of Truth where she notes that Princess Kenny doesn't need protection but asks the New Kid to look out for 'her' anyway, assuming she doesn't know about Kenny's immortality (though if she does, she could be saying the aforementioned line for the New Kid's benefit since Revive Potions are useless on Kenny in that game), she could be alluding to Kenny's full combat prowess during the Princess Kenny boss fight, where 'she' takes on the New Kid by herself and manges to hold 'her' own.
- Morality Pet: She's Kenny's little sister and he loves her dearly and does everything he can to try and make her happy.
- Precision F-Strike: She, of all people, provides one in FBW when she realizes how "fucking lame" vampires are (as well as gift bags).
- Protectorate: Mysterion's.
- Shrinking Violet: Quite the shy type.
- Smoking Is Cool: Does this when Henrietta Biggle gives her a cigarette after asking how can she be goth in TBW.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Kenny was mentioned to have a sister all the way 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 15's "The Poor Kid". It was often speculated that she had been in foster care during that time.
Voiced by: Trey Parker
Debut: "Starvin' Marvin"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".
- The Ditz: With what little characterization we do get from him, it seems that he's not all that smart.
- 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 Shelly (12-13) if not a little younger, and taller than Kenny, though his age is never really commented on aside from his mother being stated to have had Kenny at sixteen in one episode. Thus he would have to be three years older than his brother at the most.
Voiced by: Trey Parker
Debut: "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut"Scott Tenorman's father. He and his wife are tricked into trespassing on Farmer Denkins' property, as part of a convoluted revenge scheme by Cartman, and are gunned down and ground into chili. He is later revealed to be a member of the Denver Broncos, and Cartman's biological father.
- Boom, Headshot!: Gets shot straight in the head by Denkins.
- Death by Irony: When the DNA test revealed he was Cartman's father, he made sure Cartman didn't find out the truth. He ends up being indirectly killed by Cartman, but for a completely different reason.
- Hypocrite: He gets indignant when he catches Jimbo and Ned ogling his wife's breasts, but he cheated on his wife with Liane Cartman at the time of the Drunken Barn Dance.
- Leeroy Jenkins: When Scott lies that Denkins is abusing his pony (to try to foil what he thinks Cartman's plan is), Jack immediately decides to go sneaking onto his property and take the pony away. It goes spectacularly badly.
- Massive Multiplayer Scam: He and the Broncos got Dr. Mephesto to alter the DNA results, then got Liane and all of the other possible fathers to lie about Liane being a hermaphrodite.
- Parental Abandonment: At the very latest, he knew he was Cartman's father when the DNA test was done, but covered up the truth. This was ostensibly because he didn't want any distractions from the football season. However, given that Cartman had moved on to 4th grade before he met Scott, the football season was long over by then, and he wasn't showing any signs of coming forward. To be fair, he probably wasn't jumping at the chance of being responsible for Eric Cartman, but it's hard to imagine that it could have turned out worse than it did.
- Parental Obliviousness: He seems pretty unaware of what Scott's doing in his free time.
- Skewed Priorities: Cartman was clearly distraught over not knowing who his father was, but Jack and the Broncos decided to cover up the truth because they didn't want a scandal to affect their winning season.
- Walking Spoiler: There's a lot of white here.
- Your Cheating Heart: He was already married when he had a week-long affair with Cartman's mom.
Richard Tweak and Mrs. Tweak
Mrs. Tweak: Oh, you’ll like this coffee. It’s fresh.
Richard Tweak: Country fresh, like the morning after a rainstorm.
Voiced by: Trey Parker (Richard Tweak), Mary Kay Bergman (1998-1999), Eliza Schneider, Mona Marshall (2000-present) (Mrs. Tweak)
Debut: "Gnomes"Tweek’s seemingly down to Earth, soft-spoken parents who own a coffee shop in town called Tweak Bros. Coffee.
- Abusive Parents: They could rival the Stotches when it comes to bad parenting.
Richard: You know, here at Tweek Bros, we believe in using homegrown labor. That's why our son toils in the back all day. Sure, we could hire workers, but I guess we just care a little more.
- They encourage their son to drink coffee to calm him down, thinking that it calms down his ADD and anxiety issues. That's not how caffeine works. Mr. Tweak also jokes about selling his son into slavery right in front of him.
- In "Child Abduction Isn't Funny", they use extreme scare tactics on their son to teach him to stay away from strangers, like pretending to be a police officer and then holding a gun up to his head.
- The Stick Of Truth reveals that one of the chores they send their son to do is to pick up deliveries from a meth lab. His dad seems fine with testing the quality of the meth on Tweek. Tweek seems oblivious to meth being anything more than some kind of harmless "secret ingredient", having sent you to collect it. Even before the meth stuff, the player first finds Tweek hard at work sweeping up in the back room, with Mr. Tweak reminding his anxiety-ridden son that "the family business is relying on [him]".
- Affably Evil: They're very neighbourly towards the other residents of South Park, and speak in soothing, serene voices. Even while doing everything listed above.
- Family Business: Their coffee shop, Tweak Bros. Coffee.
- The Hypocrite: Considering what goes in their coffee, Mr Tweak seems perfectly calm and focused, so it's pretty obvious that he never drinks it.
- I Was Quite The Looker: Mrs. Tweak, according to the talk her husband has with their son in "Tweek vs. Craig".
- It's All About Me: A variation: In The Fractured But Whole, Richard suggests Tweek and Craig get relationship counseling to deal with their break-up not because it'd make Tweek feel better, but because having a gay son is good for coffee sales.
- Meaningful Name: "Tweaking" is a stage in a meth experience, specifically the one that Tweek seems trapped in constantly.
- No Name Given: Mrs. Tweak has yet to be given a first name.
- Shipper on Deck: For their son and Craig in "Tweek x Craig". Though it's implied that they're only supportive of the relationship because it makes them as parents and their town look PC and progressive.
- Talks Like a Simile: Richard constantly drones off into cheesy country metaphors, especially when describing his coffee and business.
- Unnamed Parent: Mrs. Tweak's name is not revealed.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: A double subversion. Mr. and Mrs. Tweak's calm demeanors are a huge contrast to their son's jitteriness, yet they're both actually Affably Evil while their son is Properly Paranoid.
- Women Are Wiser: Mrs. Tweak, at least in her first appearance where she objected against her husband using their son and his classmates in political commercials to drum up sympathy for their business.
Thomas and Laura Tucker
Thomas Tucker: Oh.
Laura Tucker: Don't just "oh" him, Thomas.
Craig Tucker: Yeah, don't just "oh" me!
Thomas Tucker: I'll "oh" whoever I want.
Voiced by: Trey Parker, Matt Stone ("The Magic Bush" and "Tweek x Craig") (Thomas Tucker), Mary Kay Bergman (1999-1999), Elise Gabriel (2000-present) (Laura Tucker)
Debut: "Tweek vs. Craig"Craig’s father and mother.
- Alliterative Name: Thomas Tucker.
- A Day in the Limelight: Thomas's subplot in "Tweek x Craig", where he comes to terms with the possibility of his son being gay.
- It Runs in the Family: They all share Craig's odd tic of constantly flipping the bird, though as with Craig, this tic seems to have become phased out over the years.
- Shipper on Deck: By the time The Fractured But Whole comes around, Thomas has apparently started shipping his son and Tweek, occasionally commenting that he hopes that they patch things up. He also instigates the Yaoi collection sidequest, claiming that he plans on selling them.
- Stacy's Mom: Mrs. Tucker in "The Magic Bush". She gets spied on while undressing, and is annoyed at how obsessed the town's men become over her private area and aforementioned bush.
- Unnamed Parent: Mrs. Tucker's first name went unknown for a good while, until it was revealed to be Laura.
- Your Cheating Heart: In "The End of Serialization As We Know It", Laura looks up her husband's internet history and finds that he has several online mistresses.
Voiced by: Unknown
Debut: "Tweek vs. Craig"Craig's rarely seen little sister.
- Alliterative Name: Much like her father, Tricia Tucker.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her hair is in long pig-tails with red hair bands.
- Identical Stranger: She resembles Millie, one of Craig's classmates.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In The Fractured But Whole, She acts very rude and blunt toward The New Kid when they try to talk to her. But when they request a selfie, she tells them she'll consider it if they bring her dad a certain amount of yaoi art, implying she supports his hobby, and by extension her brother's homosexuality. The latter is supported by another line by her, where she expresses hope they'll make a baby. Not completely how that works, but it's a nice sentiment. She even thanks the New Kid when they help Craig and Tweek get back together.
- No Name Given: A popular Fan Nickname for her used to be Ruby; in TFBW, her name is given as Tricia.
- Shipper on Deck: She wants her brother and Tweek to get married and have a baby.
Steve and Linda Black
Token Black: Mom? Dad? Why do we have a bigger house than everybody in South Park?
Steve Black: Well, because we have more money, son.
Voiced by: Adrien Beard (2000-2002), Trey Parker (2002-present) (Steve Black), Mona Marshall, Eliza J. Schneider (2000-2001), April Stewart (2008-present) (Linda Black)
Debut: "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000"Token’s rich parents.
- All Men Are Perverts: Steve was already aware of which porno Backdoor Sluts 9 was in The Return Of The Fellowship Of The Ring.
- Good Parents: One of the rare pairs of equally sane parents in the town.
- Meaningful Name: They are black.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. Linda Black has the same first name as Butters’ mother, Linda Stotch.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: A light case. They’re both clearly uncomfortable and confused when their son takes them shopping at J-Mart for the first time. Given that they prefer specialized store and people look at them wrong since they are too rich for that might explain why.
- Uncle Pennybags: They're among the friendliest and most sensible of adults in South Park. Heck, it's heavily implied that in "Fractured But Whole's" Danger Deck DLC that they personally paid Tuong Lu Kim to call off his assassination attempts on the New Kid.
- Sudden Name Change: They were originally the Williams, but were later changed to the Blacks.
- Token Minority: Originally they were the only black family in town.
Voiced by: April Stewart
Debut: "Ike's Wee Wee"Bebe's mother. A large-chested, stereotypical dumb blonde.
- Be a Whore to Get Your Man: Relied on her looks rather than her intelligence and personality to get through life.
- Dumb Blonde: She's blonde and an idiot.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Makes a cameo in "Ike's Wee Wee" when the train drops Ike off to Nebraska.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: In her cameo debut in "Ike's Wee Wee", she wasn't shown with visible breasts.
- Uncanny Valley Makeup: Wears too much makeup, thus justifying her past reliance on her looks to get through life.