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:
- 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.
- 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".
- 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.
- The Cast Show Off: Both of them can Sing really well(The best examples are 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.
- 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.
- 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.