Can you guess which one of them used to have an afro back in the day?
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are creative partners in crime, best known for being the creators of South Park
. The two became friends in college and made their first short, The Spirit of Christmas
(aka Jesus Vs. Frosty
), that caught the eye of many and got South Park
launched as the success it still is.
Creative works by the two include:
They also starred in BASEketball
(a fact that they are NOT proud of
), but didn't write or direct.
Tropes related to the creators:
- Amusing Injuries: A staple in their work.
- Author Appeal:
- They like reasons to include Mormonism in their works. This includes a Mormon missionary as the main character in Orgazmo, a South Park episode ("All About Mormons") dedicated to the religion, and The Book of Mormon.
- They enjoy throwing in musical numbers into their works, due to their love of musical theater.
- Trey Parker is an admitted Japanophile, so you can pretty much expect any use of the Japanese language in their work to be some kind of Bilingual Bonus.
- They also have a soft spot for imbecilic voices and laughable speech impediments.
- Being big fans of Monty Python's Flying Circus they have referenced the show and its style often in their work.
- Author Catchphrase: "Derp" was apparently a nonsense word invented on the set of BASEketball to exemplify stupid humor. It has been carried over to South Park in several forms, with no in-show explanation or link between them. Once there was a substitute school chef named "Mr. Derp" who did stupid physical gags; another time there was a Rob Schneider movie trailer (as part of a running gag of successively stupider movie trailers) whose narration consisted almost entirely of nonsensical permutations of the word "Derp". The movie title? Da Derp Dee Derp Da Teetley Derpee Derpee Dumb.
- Bad Impressionists: They deliberately put no effort in their celebrity voice impersonations, left alone the characterizations. Celebrities will appear in a way that is grossly exaggerated and often has little to do with their public image.
- Big Eater: In the behind-the-scenes South Park documentary, Parker reveals that, when writing, he eats copious amounts of McDonald's food... and a Coke Zero.
- Black Comedy
- The Cast Show Off: Both of them are capable singers, as seen in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Cannibal The Musical. Trey can speak fluent Japanese, and on occasion Matt and Trey will speak Spanish.
- Garfunkel: Parker is the chief creative force behind the duo, with Stone playing more of a supportive role. Stone seems to have made peace with his secondary role in group judging by his answers to interviewers. For his part, Parker says that he considers their work relationship to be a partnership and that their joint ventures would not be the same without Stone's input. He also says that Stone has a more forceful personality and will take charge in situations where Parker is more likely to bend to pressure.
- Corrupt Church: Also a topic in their work, although they have attacked atheists and agnostics too.
- Deranged Animation
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Will pretty much happen in any of their work, due to their tendency to do most of the voice work all by themselves.
- Here We Go Again: They lost the Academy Award for Best Song to Phil Collins at the 1999 Oscars, then had to go up against Bono and The Edge in the 65th Tony Awards, with Trey especially despising the idea of losing to both Phil Collins and Bono in one lifetime. They didn't, and won nine Tonies.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: The two have been friends since college. Stan and Kyle's relationship in South Park makes this trope evident even more, considering the two are based on their creators (Stan being Trey and Kyle being Matt).
- Man of a Thousand Voices: South Park features the voices of the two for every male character with very few, case-by-case exceptions. And they flat out admit their imitations of celebrities are done "poorly".
- Refuge in Audacity: They are "Equal opportunity offenders" after all.
- Self Plagiarism: Trey & Matt wrote the gag song "Montage" for an episode of South Park, but the same song was used in their completely unrelated movie Team America: World Police.
- Terrible Artist: Parker and Stone enjoy Stylistic Suck. They deliberately don't make the animation in "South Park" and "Team America" too good, because they enjoy the jerky movements.