Characters: South Park Other Recurring Characters
"My children, you should know something. I'm packing."
Voiced by: Matt StoneSon of God and host of his own talk show, "Jesus and Pals."
- Back from the Dead: "Fantastic Easter Special."
- Badass: May he who is without sin kick the first ass.
- Big Good: He's a member of Imaginationland's Council of Nine.
- Characterization Marches On: In his debut episode, he performed his miracles as parlor tricks, and he only beat Satan in their boxing match because Satan himself bet that Jesus would win. Afterwards, not only did he actually display supernatural powers (flying in the Super Best Friends episode, and resurrection in the one set in the vatican), he's straight up Rambo Jesus.
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: After coming back from the dead, he kills Bill Donohue with a glaive (this was his Moment of Awesome).
- Flight, Strength, Heart: Jesus is an excellent Bare-Fisted Monk and Multi-Melee Master. He is also a superb carpenter.
- Good Is Not Soft: A decent guy for the most part, but he's a skilled martial artist. And as part of a Running Gag in Butterballs, bullies a studio executive with the torment he'll face in hell.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Santa
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: In one episode, "Fantastic Easter Special", Jesus and Kyle have been imprisoned in the Vatican. Jesus realises that if he dies, he can resurrect himself outside the bars. He's unable to kill himself, as suicide is a sin, so he asks Kyle to do it. After initially refusing ("I'm a Jew. I have a few hang-ups about killing Jesus."), he reluctantly agrees, on the condition that "Eric Cartman can never know about this."Jesus: I understand. And Kyle, Happy Easter.
Kyle: Happy Easter, Jesus.
- Jesus Was Way Cool: As shown in the above example, way way cool.
- Kung-Fu Jesus
- Pals with Jesus: Everyone in South Park, except for Satan. (and even then..)
- Physical God
- Public Domain Character
- Running Gag: People using "Jesus Christ" and similar expressions to curse despite him being right there, including Jesus himself.
- Supporting Leader: During the "Imaginationland" trilogy.
- Took a Level in Badass: He was originally quite meek. Then, starting in "Red Sleigh Down", Jesus kicks all sorts of ass.
"My geologist? Now? Tell him the infection is fine and I don't need another check-up."
Voiced by: Mary Kay Bergman (1997-1999), Eliza Schneider (1999-2003), April Stewart (2004-present)Corrupt and idiotic mayor of South Park.
- Bi the Way: She's implied to be in a relationship with Officer Barbrady and slept with Chef, but she's also slept with Mrs. Cartman and was shown looking at a porn magazine of busty women in one episode.
- Characterization Marches On: Originally she was a lot stupider than most of the other South Park adults, but as they got dumber she's generally become smarter; modern episodes tend to vary on whether she's just as dumb as them or the Only Sane Adult in town.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: see Surrounded by Idiots below.
- Pointy-Haired Boss
- Surrounded by Idiots: Is perfectly aware of the absurd hijinks that occur in the town and has little respect for the idiocy of its citizens, though she rarely comes off as much smarter.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: No, it's not a shower cap.
"Sister, the Jews crucified our Lord and Savior. I mean, if you don't go to hell for crucifying the Savior, then what the hell do you go to hell for?"
Voiced by: Matt StoneSouth Park's resident Catholic priest.
- Ambiguously Gay: Claims in one episode to be an ex-homosexual.
- The Fundamentalist: He believes that Jews and the handicapped will end up in hell. He's right, but what he doesn't know is that so will Catholics, since only Mormons go to heaven.
- Only Sane Man: In "Red Hot Catholic Love", we find out that he's the only Catholic priest in the universe that doesn't molest children.
"Okay, people, move along. Nothing to see here."
Voiced by: Trey ParkerThe town cop, incredibly stupid and unhelpful, at least in the earlier seasons. His squad car says "To Patronise And Annoy". Coinciding with decreased prominence, it seems that he has gotten more competent over the years.
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop
- Catch Phrase: "Move Along, Nothing to See Here..."
- Clueless Deputy
- The Ditz: At one point, it turns out he's illiterate. Took A Level In Smartass in later seasons.
- Man Child
- Out of Focus: In later seasons.
- Police Are Useless
- Took a Level in Badass: Grew more competent in later seasons, helping to arrest a pharmacist for selling cough syrup to minors in "Quest for Ratings", warned people about the giant hamsters attacking in "Pandemic", attempted to stop the drunken party in "About Last Night" (here he fails because the partiers tip his car over), and in "Medicinal Fried Chicken", helps to take down the illegal KFC cartel, surviving the shootout between the cops and Colonel Sanders' enforcers.
Sergeant Harrison Yates
"JESUS CHRIST MONKEY BALLS!!! We could have made an innocent man go to jail who wasn't black!"
Voiced by: Trey ParkerAn incompetent and corrupt police officer who hates rich black people. Works under the Park County Police Department.
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop
- By-the-Book Cop: When it comes to rich black men. Otherwise, he is pretty much a Cowboy Cop."We've got another rich black guy. I want him humiliated and dragged through the dirt, and I want it done by the books!"
- Clueless Detective: Partially subverted; he does figure out the culprit behind the left-hand murders using his own police work, but it was unnecessary police work because the evidence was screaming right in his face. He also would have never seen said evidence had it not been for Kyle.
- The Commissioner Gordon: In "The Coon," he is this to Mysterion and the Coon wants him to be it for him.
- Custom Uniform: He and his partner Mitch Murphy are plainclothes detectives.
- Dirty Cop
- Jerkass: He snubs Kyle more than anyone else.
Dammit Marsh, why couldn't you have just kept your stupid ugly kid in line?!
- Regarding Stan:
- Lawful Stupid
- Officer O'Hara
- Police Are Useless: Whenever Kyle reports something.
- Retcon: First shown as part of the FBI and then the South Park Police.
- Satellite Character: Detective Mitch.
- Too Dumb to Live
- Villain Protagonist: In "The Jeffersons" and arguably "Butters' Bottom Bitch," seeing as how the first 2 men he arrested were portrayed sympathetically.
Terrance and Phillip
Phillip: "Terrance, I-"
Terrance: "No. No, Phillip, don't say it. I was an asshole, and this is mostly my fault."
Phillip: "That's what I was gonna say: You were an asshole, and this is mostly your fault."
Voiced by: Matt Stone (Terrance) and Trey Parker (Phillip)A comedy duo from Canada who host a show that seems to consist entirely of fart jokes, and is a favorite of the four main boys.
- Author Avatar: For Trey Parker and Matt Stone, most prominently in "Canada on Strike" and The Movie.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S"
- Canada, Eh?: To an extreme, eh, buddy?
- Closer to Earth: In the later seasons, whenever some major scheme occurs in Canada, they are usually the ones to recognise the true gravity of the situation. Examples include Canada On Strike and Freemium Isn't Free.
- Cluster F-Bomb: "Terrance and Phillip: Asses of Fire"
- A Day in the Limelight: Terrance & Phillip: Not Without My Anus
- Distaff Counterpart: The Queef Sisters, Katherine and Katie.
- Domestic Abuser: Phillip slaps one of the Queef Sisters, all because she let one rip whilst they were having sex.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In their first appearance, Trey Parker was the voice of Terrance while Matt Stone voiced Phillip.
- Gasshole: They fart a lot.
- Happily Married: To the Queef Sisters.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Although there is some question about Phillip.Terrance: Why do you think Scott hates us so much Phillip?Phillip: Maybe he's homophobic.Terrance: (beat) But we're not gay, Phillip.Phillip: We're not?!
- Only Sane Man: They were the only ones who were aware of how the Canadian strike would affect their economy and were ultimately right in the end
- Out of Focus: Appeared a lot more frequently in the show's early seasons than in the later ones.
- Retcon: Their show was originally referred to as a cartoon, and the whole intent was that the animation was even worse than South Park's. However, it was later established that the "crappy animation" is how all of Canada (and Saddam Hussein) looks. Lampshaded with the fact that they had an Saturday morning cartoon, which "started to breed confusion over whether Terrance and Phillip were animated characters or real people." They were also originally intended to be British (as revealed on a DVD commentary), before being retconned into Canadians for season 2. This also lead to Ike being revealed as adopted, due to his resemblance to them.
- Self-Deprecation: Meta-example. They were originally created in response to criticisms that South Park was a badly animated, vulgar show filled to the brim with fart jokes and foul language. So Trey and Matt created an show within a show with even worse animation that is nothing but fart jokes.
- Snipe Hunt: The duo are prone to randomly deciding to search for treasure within their immediate surroundings.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: In The Movie.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Terrance or Terrence? It's usually the former, but sometimes the latter can crop up.
- Toilet Humor: Every joke on their show seems to have the same punchline: One of them farts in the other's face.Phillip: Say Terrance, what did the Spanish priest say to the Iranian gynecologist?Terrance: I don't know Phillip, what?Phillip: *fart*Terrance and Phillip: HAHAAHAHAAHA!
- Trademark Favorite Food: Kraft Dinna.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Zig-zagged in-universe. Sometimes Terrance & Phillip is referred to as a children's show, sometimes it's for adults. Either way, kids love it.
"Don't forget to bring a towel."
Voiced by: Vernon ChatmanA talking, drug-addicted towel made in a lab. Intentionally a flat "ancillary character with a few amusing catchphrases."
- Animate Inanimate Object
- Breather Episode: "A Million Little Fibers" and "Crippled Summer", two Towelie-centric episodes, aired immediately after "Cartoon Wars" and "200/201", which were controversial even by South Park standards.
- Catch Phrase: "Don't forget to bring a towel" and "You wanna get high?"
- A Day in the Limelight: "A Million Little Fibers". (Although, in all fairness, the few times Towelie does appear he is usually the focus of the episode.)
- No, You: "You're a towel!"
- The Scrappy: In-universe, though "A Million Little Fibers" didn't help in real life.
- The Stoner: He's also used and is addicted to crystal meth, and crack cocaine, and tried using heroin and inhaling computer duster.
- Vague Age: He's 17 in towel years. Whatever those are.
"Ooh, Jethuth Chritht!"
Voiced by: John HansenMr. Garrison's former lover and current husband of Big Gay Al.
- Ass Shove: He rams small animals up his anus for his own sexual pleasure. He's done it so often that he's become flexible enough to be able to cram an adult woman in there.
- Catch Phrase: "Ooooooh! Jethuth Crhitht!"
- Charles Atlas Superpower: How else to describe his ability to insert an entire Paris Hilton into himself?
- Depraved Homosexual: A subversion, for the most part. Sure, he does dip into it with him killing small animals by shoving them up his ass, but despite that and his choice in clothing, with humans he only engages in mutually consensual acts and emphasizes that whores like himself and Paris Hilton are not good role models for children.
- Everyone Calls Him Mr. Slave: No one knows what Mr. Slave's real name is, though it may be possible that it is his real name.
- Happily Married: To Big Gay Al.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Appears to be just a submissive whore to Mr. Garrison, but he has a lot of common sense and knows that children should not look up to him as a role model. He tells Wendy, who wanted to be a whore like him at one point, that being a whore isn't all fun and games and there's more to life than just partying and having sex. He is also among the most peaceful characters which is noted when he offered to help Wendy with her maths work when she visited him then lectured her about the whore lifestyle.
- Macho Camp
- Only Sane Man: When you go beyond his self-admitted depravity, he is one of the few adults to give good advice and generally not be useless.
- He's also the only adult to realize that being a whore is a bad thing and shouldn't be something you want to be.
- Orifice Invasion/Evacuation: He enjoys forcing small animals to crawl up his ass. Most of these animals die, but one gerbil named Lemmiwinks manages to traverse Mr. Slave's entire digestive system and crawl out his mouth.
- You read it: you can't un-read it.
- Speech Impediment: Talks with a stereotypical gay lisp.
- The Nicknamer: He often calls people "Sweetie".
Big Gay Al
"I'm super, thanks for asking!"
Voiced by: Matt Stone, Trey Parker (singing voice, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut)
- Camp Gay: Really, the name should say it all. Even he lampshades it!Scoutmaster: It's come to our attention that you're... gay.
- Happily Married: To Mr. Slave.
- Nice Guy: Really, the only mean, cruel, evil, or in bad taste thing he ever does is (for some reason) perform an opening number for Terrence and Phillip's public execution in The Movie.
- Only Sane Man: He seems exempt from the usual obliviousness and stupidity that seems to affect every South Park resident above the age of 12.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Big Gay Al was once the scoutmaster for South Park: responsible, helpful, and happy to teach the boys about valuable wilderness skills. However, since he's really, really gay, he was kicked out - and replaced by a stern, authoritarian closet pedophile.
"Hey! We don't take kindly to your types in here."
Voiced by: Matt StoneA man who gets pissed off about a lot of things, often seen in the bar or passionately leading inane movements. Usually depicted as more of a redneck than the main fathers (who are just whatever the plot calls for), but still considered one of the Guys.
- Fiery Redhead
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "We don't take to kindly to..."
- The bartender sometimes acts as his Phrase Catcher, saying "Now Skeeter, he ain't hurtin' nobody..."
- Too Dumb to Live
Dr. Alphonse Mephesto
"I've done it, Kevin. I've successfully spliced this chipmunk with a piece of provolone cheese. Do you know what this means, Kevin? No more will the world have to look in two different places for squirrels and provolone cheese."
Voiced by: Trey ParkerThe proprietor of the South Park Genetic Engineering Ranch. In addition to traditional Mix-and-Match Critters, he likes to create multi-assed creatures.
- Aesop Amnesia: In his first appearance, he learns that it's best to "just leave nature alone, to its simple one assed schematics." In his second appearance, he genetically engineered ill-tempered turkeys for Thanksgiving. At the end of the episode, he even starts saying the exact same aesop he learned in his first appearance until Chef interrupts him with a "yeah, yeah, yeah."
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He hasn't been seen much for a while.
- Internal Retcon: He falsely revealed Cartman's father to be his mother for the sake of the Denver Broncos, who were among the people suspected to have fathered Cartman at the time.
- Mad Scientist
- Satellite Character: Kevin, a midget who follows Mephesto almost wherever he goes. In season one's "Starvin' Marvin," Chef interrupts an important speech to ask Dr. Mephisto what the hell Kevin is supposed to be.
- Shout-Out: To The Island of Doctor Moreau (the film version starring Marlon Brando). Lampshaded in "Cartman Joins NAMBLA", where he has a completely different NAMBLA of his own — the North American Marlon Brando Look-Alikes (filled with men who look like Marlon Brando — most of which are Brando as Don Vito Corelone from The Godfather).
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Until season 14, he hadn't been seen in ten years bar a few background cameos. Trey and Matt mentioned in the commentary for his season 14 episode that they "stopped finding him funny" and wish they'd permanently taken him off the show in the NAMBLA episode.
Flush him down, but he's never gone!
His smell and his spirit ling-er on!
Voiced by: Trey ParkerChristmas-themed sapient poo. Based on a character made up by Trey Parker's father, who told him when he he was a kid that if he did not flush the toilet after going, Mr. Hankey would jump out and bite him.
- Big Damn Heroes: He saves the boys from the boat trip in "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining".
- Catch Phrase: "Howdy ho!"
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Made a brief cameo in "201" along with many other characters.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe
- Domestic Abuser: Attacks his wife for embarrassing him. She's perpetually drunk as well, implying that his abuse has well and truly broken her by the time she appears.
- Dysfunctional Family
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Literally.
- Non-Human Sidekick
- Robe and Wizard Hat: In "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls."
- Talking Poo
- Tooka Levelin Jerkass: See Domestic Abuser
Santa: "Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand
just like that river twistin' through the dusty land"
just like that river twistin' through the dusty land"
Jesus: "Uh, Santa, Santa, Santa. That's not a Christmas song, bud."
Santa: "I know, but there's, like, 300 Jesus Christmas songs and only four fucking Santa ones!"
Voiced by: Trey ParkerSanta Claus. Jesus' best friend.
- Badass Santa
- Christmas Elves: Employs the Underpants Gnomes.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Jesus
- The Lancer: To Jesus.
- Santa Claus
The Super Best Friends
Narrator: In the great hall of the Super Best Friends there are assembled the leaders of the world's biggest religions. Jesus! Buddha! Krishna! Muhammad! Lao Tse and Joseph Smith! And the mighty Semen.
Sea-Man: It's not Semen, it's Sea-Man!
Announcer: And their mission, to right that which is wrong and to serve all mankind!An organization of religious superheroes and Sea-Man, seemingly led by Jesus.
- Breath Weapon: Joseph Smith.
- Captain Ersatz: Sea-Man is a Captain Ersatz of Aquaman.
- Charm Person: Lao Tse
- Continuity Nod: Moses is the same as he was in "Jewbilee," Joseph Smith is the same in "All About Mormons," most of the team appears in the Imaginationland trilogy, and the whole crew is brought back for "200"/"201."
- Huge Holographic Head: Moses is identical to the MCP from TRON, for some reason.
- An Ice Person: Joseph Smith
- Invisibility: Buddha
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Poor Semen (laughs). No one can get his name right.Sea-Man: "Sea-Man"!Buddha: Uh, that's what I said. Semen. (everyone laughs)Sea-Man: Stop it!
- Hilariously, it ends up saving the day in 201 when Sea-Man tries to jump Tom Cruise, followed by Stan and Kyle noting that Tom Cruise has Semen on his back.
- Physical Gods: Except Sea-Man.
- Playing with Fire: Muhammad. Hilariousin Hindsight never rang truer.
- Public Domain Characters
- Show Within a Show: "Super Best Friends" © 2001 Divinity Comics Inc. and Coexist Peacefully Productions, INC.
- Unfortunate Names: Semen's (laughs) name is technically not this trope, but the name of his pet bird Swallow certainly is, especially when it leads to lines like this:Sea-Man: Swallow, come! (Everyone laughs)Moses: Hehe, no way he just said that.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Krishna
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Sea-Man, naturally. Being a Captain Ersatz of the Superfriends version of Aquaman made this inevitable.
"You will hit puberty when the time is right. But you will never have a period, because you are a man — with titties. Thus spaketh the Lord. And now I return to heaven."
Voiced by: Trey ParkerJesus' father and a Buddhist, even though only Mormons, Kenny (sometimes), and Saddam are allowed into Heaven.
- Big Good
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: His true form has only appeared twice; other times he appears just as a beam of light shining on a person while they speak.
- Mix-and-Match Critter
- Physical God
- Too Dumb to Live: In "A Ladder To Heaven," he's been hearing rumors that Saddam Hussein has been constructing chemical weapons (in heaven). God confronts him about it...:Saddam: (ordering around people on what is clearly a chemical weapons plant complete with working missiles) Get those nitrogen capsules over there by the warheads. Chop chop, come on! (a light shines on him from the sky)God: (from offscreen) Saddam, I've been hearing rumors that you're secretly building weapons of mass destruction up here.Saddam: Weapons of mass destruction? Nooooo! This is just a chocolate chip factory, see? (gestures to a logo on on of the silos that reads "Saddam's Heavenly Chocolate Chips)God: It looks like a chemical weapons plant.Saddam: Look guy, if I was gonna secretly build a chemical weapons plant I wouldn't make it look like a chemical weapons plant would I? I'd make it look like a chocolate chip factory or something.God:...Alright, just checking. (leaves)Saddam: (chuckles) Stupid asshole.
- But then again, what is He to be afraid of?
Scott the Dick
"Awrah! I hate you more than ever, Terrance and Phillip! I absolutely abhor you both!"A grumpy television critic from Canada. Everyone hates him. He REALLY hates Terrance and Phillip.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: "You're a dick, Scott! You've always been a dick! And then you got radiation poisoning in Ottawa and now you're a giant dick!"
- Berserk Button: His loathing of fart jokes.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": The letter "S" on his shirt.
- Canada, Eh?
- Catchphrase: "You'll rue this day!" usually as he's walking off screen.
- "I'll fix you!", usually after calling them a fart lover.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He's willing to team up with Saddam Hussein and let Canada get taken over if it means getting rid of you-know-who.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's the biggest patriot of Canada and he would never harm the royal family and helps save the Princess.
- Grumpy Bear
- I Love Nuclear Power: Becomes a giant after getting radiation poisoning.
- Non-Standard Character Design: A minor example. His head isn't round like most Canadians; it's... pear-shaped?
- Phrase Catcher: "Watch out for Scott! He's a dick!"
- Poke the Poodle: He may be a Big Bad, but only by Lighter and Softer Canadian standards.Scott: "I'm wishing cancer upon you!"Philip: "Cancer!?"Scott: "That's right! I'm trying to give you cancer with my mind!"Terrance: "Ah! Stop that!" (hides behind Philip)Philip: "Hey! Don't give me cancer!"
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He's vocally and absurdly prejudiced against Inuit, calling them no-good "Ice Beaners" and "Polar Gooks".
- Real Men Wear Pink: He dons a pink blanket/wrap in Royal Pudding.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: "I hate you more than ever, Terrance and Phillip! I absolutely abhor you both!"
- Satellite Character: He pretty much exists to hate Terrance and Phillip. In later episodes, however, he has begun to antagonize the boys and even all of Canada, though he has an Enemy Mine moment to save the Princess of Canada. Basically, his entire character exists to be a dick.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Was this for Terrance and Philip in "Not Without My Anus", then became one for all of Canada whenever he appeared.
Tuong Lu Kim/Dr. Janus
"Herro, wercome to Shitty Wok, tay your order pree?"
Voiced by: Trey ParkerA stereotypical Chinese man who is the owner of the City Wok restaurant, and the dissociative alter ego of Caucasian therapist, Dr. Janus.
- Asian Rudeness: Acts polite he's trying to get your money, but he really can be quite an unpleasant person. Highlighted in the way he bosses his wife around. Lampshaded when he's seen in anger management after dumping some food on a customer's head over a misunderstanding.
- Asian Speekee Engrish: Milked for all its hilarious worth.
- Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: The episode "City Sushi" turns this into a sort of tic for him.
- Japanese Ranguage: Though he's Chinese. Justified as he's actually white.
- Jerkass: Acts like this to the Japanese. Dr. Janus is like this to Butters.
- Janus is arguable since, despite being an incompetent quack who misdiagnoses Butters, he is rather soft spoken and understanding to Butters' "condition" and genuinely believes he is helping him. One of his other personalities on the other hand...
- Meaningful Name: Dr. Janus is a reference to the Roman God Janus which is normally depicted with two or more faces; a clear reference to his multiple personality disorder.
- Put on a Bus: After The Reveal.
- Split Personality
- Tomato Surprise
Mr. KittyEric Cartman's pet cat.
- The Chew Toy: In the first episode alone, she was caught on fire and implied to be used as a sex toy. Eugh.
- Animal Gender Bender: Was shown to be female in Cat Orgy, but was shown again as a functional male in Major Boobage.
- Formally Named Pet
- Uncatty Resemblance: The Animal Gender Bender above could be a reference to Mrs. Cartman.
"They took our jobs!"A redneck and member of the Construction Workers' Union who is known for his catchphrase and his conservative views.
- Catchphrase: "They took our jobs!"
- There have been many variations on the phrase. For example, in the episode "W.T.F.", he says, "They broke his jaw!" at a match of the fictitious W.T.F. Professional Wrestling league, and he makes a variation of the phrase when he attends a WWE match and is shocked that John Cena slept with "Edge's girl".note
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: His pronounciation of the word "jobs".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance is patterned on Jeff Foxworthy.