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A hand puppet that was worn and manipulated by Mr. Garrison. He was temporarily replaced by Mr. Twig from "Summer Sucks" up until "Chef Aid". He was much more prominent in the show's early seasons, but eventually disappeared completely after being replaced by Mr. Slave in "The Death Camp of Tolerance".
- Ass Shove: Is shown inside Mr. Slave's ass in one of the levels in The Stick of Truth.
- The Bus Came Back: Cartman forced Mr. Garrison to take him out in "201", but he didn't seem particularly into it anymore. He comes back in The Vaccination Special
- Childhood Friends: Mr. Garrison has had him ever since he was a child, as shown in a flashback in "Weight Gain 4000".
- Hand Puppet: Served as this for Mr. Garrison.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The writers themselves can't seem to decide if he's alive or Mr. Garrison is just crazy.
- Put on a Bus: Or more accurately put in Mr. Garrison's drawer after he got over his sexuality issues (for the most part.) Trey Parker and Matt Stone indicate that him being taken off the show represented the series' becoming more grown up and its shift into Darker and Edgier territory.
Son of God and host of his own talk show, Jesus and Pals.
- Badass Normal: He's this in comparison to the rest of the Super Best Friends. While he can fly, all of them can, and his only other shown ability is a mastery of Carpentry (to the point where he was able to, single handedly, create the mold needed for their giant, stone John Wilkes Booth to combat a giant stone Abe Lincoln).
- Back from the Dead: "Fantastic Easter Special". Being Jesus, it's obviously a Justified Trope.
- Big Good: He's a member of Imaginationland's Council of Nine.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in the season 23 episode "Christmas Snow" after being absent for the past seven seasons.
- Came Back Strong: Any time he is killed, he resurrects as an even bigger badass than before.
- 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 big moment).
- 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", he bullies a studio executive with the torment he'll face in hell.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Santa.
- Hypocrite: Played for Laughs in the "200"/"201" two-parter, in a potshot at the double standards of which religious figures are and aren't okay to depict. He criticizes Buddha for snorting cocaine ("Don't do coke in front of kids!"), while looking at pornography.Jesus: Buddha, would you lay off that stuff already? It's getting to be a problem.
Buddha: Oh, and you're one to talk, with all your internet porn!
Jesus: Watching porn isn't like doing coke, fag.
- 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 of 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.
- Kamehame Hadoken: In The Spirit Of Christmas pilot short has him and Santa flinging them back and forth.
- Kung-Fu Jesus: After taking a few levels in badass, he can wipe the floor with a lot of people.
- Pals with Jesus: He's the Trope Namer with his JESUS AND PALS talks show.
- Physical God: Downplayed. His power only come when he dies.
- 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.
- Vague Age: When he appears in the Jesus VS Frosty short, he emerges from a manger with a baby-sized body but a bearded adult head.
The corrupt and idiotic mayor of South Park.
- Bungled Suicide: She shoots herself in "Die, Hippie, Die". However, later on in the episode, she is shown to be alive with a bandage around her wound.
- 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.
- Elderly Blue-Haired Lady: Gives off this impression, but originally she was meant to be wearing a shower cap.
- Jerkass: She considers everyone in town a bunch of hillbillies and isn't above trying to convince Barbrady to shoot kids.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: See Surrounded by Idiots below.
- The Lost Lenore: In "Tweek x Craig", the Mayor has a picture of a mustached man on her desk, which she looks at very sadly. Later, she is seen visiting a gravestone while holding the picture.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Greedy, stupid and prefers a sweep-under-the-rug approach.
- Slave to PR: Most of the time, she only cares about making the town look good to the press and outsiders rather than helping the citizens.
- Sleazy Politician: Rather unsurprisingly. She has bigger political ambitions like becoming a Senator, and occasionally laments being stuck in a dead-end podunk town like South Park.
- 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.
South Park's resident Catholic priest. Despite the header quote, he's one of the vanishingly few adults in South Park with a firm grasp on the Sanity Ball.
- Ambiguously Gay: Claims in one episode to be an ex-homosexual.
- Bad Liar: Denies having anything to hide in his Internet history in "Not Funny", but it's very clear he's lying.
- Characterization Marches On: Was a strawman fundamentalist in the first 4 seasons, but eventually became a legitimate voice of reason from Season 6 onward. A good indicator of this is how in Cripple Fight, he wanted to convert Big Gay Al to become heterosexual. Four seasons later in Follow That Egg, he officiated his wedding with Mr. Slave.
- The Fundamentalist: He (formerly) believed 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.
- Good Shepherd: Once he grows past his fundamentalist ways.
- Hypocrite: During his The Fundamentalist phase, he was condemning people for their sins, but was having sex with women in the confessional despite his vows.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He strikes one up with Butters in "A Boy and a Priest", since he's the only person who understands him.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Repeatedly, even by other Catholic priests... especially other Catholic priests.
- 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.
- Punny Name: Punning on the musician Maxi Priest.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: After Season 6, he becomes a genuinely decent and logical person that usually has the best interest of his congregation, especially the kids, at heart.
The town cop. Incredibly stupid and unhelpful, at least in the earlier seasons. His squad car says "To Patronize And Annoy". Coinciding with decreased prominence, it seems that he has gotten more competent over the years.
- Anti-Hero: However his heart is in the right place.
- Back to School: In "Chickenlover", Barbrady goes back to school so he can learn how to read.
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Incompetent; the mayor can make him believe the people he left to die in jail never came despite the bodies being in front of him. He apparently killed the chicken lover just to show Cartman how you hit someone with a nightstick.
- Catchphrase: "Move Along, Nothing to See Here..."
- Continuity Nod: "I used to be the only policeman in this town, remember!"
- Clueless Deputy: He is really easy to fool.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Chickenlover" was his first major role. However, "Naughty Ninjas" gave him more focus and development than he'd received in years.
- The Ditz: At one point, it turns out he's illiterate. Took A Level In Smartass in later seasons.
- Handicapped Badass: Implied to be partially deaf, as he has a hearing aid (which may explain his way of speaking).
- Heroes Love Dogs: In "Naughty Ninjas", he has a very elderly and sick dog he takes care of.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: See Token Good Teammate.
- Manchild: When he returns to class so he can learn to read he reverts quickly to a child.
- Never Learned to Read: In "Chickenlover", Barbrady reveals that he's illiterate.
- The Only Believer: The only member of the South Park Police Department who actually cares about justice.
- Out of Focus: In later seasons when South Park gets an actual police force.
- Police Brutality: Offhandedly kills the Chickenlover in order to show Cartman how to take down suspects.
- Police Are Useless: Sometimes is unable to deal with the problems in the town.
- Token Good Teammate: He might be an incompetent moron prone to Police Brutality and criminal neglect when it comes to his prisoners, but Barbrady is often portrayed as the only member of South Park's police force who is neither corrupt nor racist. "Naughty Ninjas" seems to imply he's the only member of the force who joined to protect the town rather than to beat up minorities.
- 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. He also saves Jimmy's life from a psychotic GEICO representative in "Sponsored Content".
- Trauma Conga Line: The entirety of "Naughty Ninjas", with him losing his job, being unable to provide for his sick and elderly dog, and ending up on the street and homeless.
- Vetinari Job Security: He had this in the first few seasons, when he was the only police officer in South Park.
An incompetent and corrupt police officer who hates rich black people. Works under the Park County Police Department.
- Ambiguously Bi: He has a wife and seems to have sexist views on women, but he has no problem getting laid with other men and even expresses curiosity in kissing another man in Naughty Ninjas.
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Abuses minorities, arrests someone for calling for a different type of cock magic and takes hours to figure out an obvious clue of who a serial killer is.
- Becoming the Mask: Subverted during his time as Yolanda the hooker. At the end it looks like he married his pimp, but after post-marital sex he ends up arresting him. Yates plays the long con.
- 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!"
- Child Hater: In "The Pandemic Special", he openly admits this to Officer Johnston when he tries to teach the class. When the department is refunded, he's only too happy to abuse his authority to kill any child he can find.
- 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.
- Creepy Crossdresser: His "Yolanda" disguise.
- Dirty Cop: Tends to be very abusive towards minorities, although in South Park it's actually part of being a police officer.
- Evil Counterpart: To Officer Barbrady. Both are the main law enforcement officers in South Park, aren't very intelligent and are incompetent at their jobs. However Barbrady, despite his incompetence and stupidity, genuinely wants to uphold justice in town and is the only cop that isn't racist, while Yates is not only incompetent and dumb, but also corrupt and only joined the police force to beat up minorities.
- Hate Sink: He is one of the most unlikable characters of the show. Comedic moments aside, he's a stupid, bigoted, inept, unpleasant Dirty Cop who refuses to uphold the law if he can't beat up minorities and hates the kids, especially Kyle. It doesn't help the fact that he is a critique of the police force. He becomes even more hated after he wrongfully arrests The Boys for the school shootings and ManBearPig's rampage just so he can go back to playing Red Dead Redemption 2.
- He snubs Kyle more than anyone else.
- Regarding Stan:Dammit Marsh, why couldn't you have just kept your stupid ugly kid in line?!
- Lawful Stupid: He isn't as stupid as Barbrady, but the way the laws work in South Park is incredibly stupid and he takes entrapment to a whole new degree.
- My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting:Yates: What happened to Fort Collins will not come to pass in our town, as long as we believe in the rationality and the basic decency of the American people.
Yates: Perhaps I should have phrased that differently.
- Nominal Hero: Beating minorities is part of the police work and why the whole precinct save Barbrady joined in. But he tries getting the police job done.
- Only Sane Man: Believe it or not, he is the only one to point out that TrollTrace can't work if nobody uses it.
- 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.
- Villain Protagonist: In "The Jeffersons" and arguably "Butters' Bottom Bitch", seeing as how the first 2 men he arrested were portrayed sympathetically.
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."
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": The letters T & P, in case you forgot which one was which.
- Canada, Eh?: To an extreme, eh, buddy?
- Cluster F-Bomb: In "Terrance and Phillip: Asses of Fire".
- A Day in the Limelight: In "Terrance & Phillip in Not Without My Anus".
- Defiant to the End: In The Movie, they sing "You're an Uncle-Fucker" to the guards, while chained to the wall an awaiting execution.
- Distaff Counterpart: The Queef Sisters, Katherine and Katie.
- Domestic Abuse: 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?!
- Nonstandard Character Design: Their Pac-Man-esque heads and odd body shape (like most Canadians in the show) make them stand out next to everyone else (as they were originally meant to be cartoon characters in-universe).
- Only Sane Man: In the later seasons, whenever some major scheme occurs in Canada, they are usually the ones to recognise the true gravity of the situation. In Canada On Strike, They were the only ones who were aware of how the Canadian strike would affect their economy and were ultimately right in the end. Likewise, they are justifiably suspicious of a mobile game about them in Freemium Isn't Free which is eventually revealed to exploit players with addictive personalities for profit.
- 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 a 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: The Movie has them cuss like there's no tomorrow in their film, "Asses of Fire." The opening song itself, "Shut Your Fucking Face, Uncle Fucker" is a massive Cluster F-Bomb.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: In Season 21, Terrance and Phillip are now incredibly elderly despite everyone else remaining the same.
- 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?
Terrance and Phillip: HAHAAHAHAAHA!
- Trademark Favorite Food: Kraft Dinna.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Producing and releasing the movie "Asses of Fire" ended up sparking a war between the United States and Canada, which in turn opened up the door for Satan to invade Earth. To be fair, the movie itself wasn't the problem, it was really the fault of the South Park prents for blowing things out of proportion because some children saw the movie and picked bad behaviour (a movie that wasn't even aimed at kids and the dangerous stuff wasn't portrayed in a good light), thus the parents decided to literally start the war against Canada.
- 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.
A talking, drug-addicted towel made in a lab. Intentionally a flat "ancillary character with a few amusing catchphrases."
- Ambiguously Bi: Has a wife and child, but is willing to suck dick when he's in desperate need of more drugs.
- Animate Inanimate Object: He's a towel come to life through a government project to create the perfect towel.
- Ascended Extra: Towelie was just a minor recurring character only appearing once every few seasons. Then he becomes Randy's business partner in Season 22 appearing in two episodes and by Season 23, he shows up in almost every episode featuring Randy, effectively becoming a secondary main character.
- Base-Breaking Character: Deliberately invoked with the fake commercial for "I Love Towelie" and "I Hate Towelie" T-shirts.
- 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.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns after leaving Tegridy Farms early on in Season 23 and rejoins Randy in "SHOTS!!!" after Randy apologizes and breaks off his deal with the Chinese government.
- Catchphrase: "Don't forget to bring a towel." and "You wanna get high?"
- A Day in the Limelight: "A Million Little Fibers" primarily focuses on Towelie. None of the four main boys appear at all. (Although, in all fairness, the few times Towelie does appear, he is usually the focus of the episode.)
- No, You: "You're a towel!"
- Put on a Bus: After serving as Randy's partner in running Tegridy Farms, he leaves at the beginning of Season 23 when Randy teams up with MedMen.
- The Scrappy: In-universe, though "A Million Little Fibers" didn't help in real life.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He leaves Tegridy Farms in "Mexican Joker" when Randy sells out and commits an act of domestic terrorism so he can hold the monopoly in the marijuana business.
- The Stoner: The main joke is that he's always smoking weed. He's also used and is addicted to crystal meth, and crack cocaine, and tried using heroin and inhaling computer duster.
- Stoners Are Funny: Many jokes are made at how his drug abuse has turned him into a barely coherent mess often unaware of what is happening around him.
- Token Good Teammate: Subverted. In Season 23, he initially seems more ethical than Randy when he leaves Randy for selling out to MedMen and the Chinese government, only becoming his partner again after he breaks off his partnerships with the companies. In Let Them Eat Goo, it soon turns out that hes just as unethical as Randy, suggesting selling people the undesirable and unusable parts of marijuana and is perfectly willing to help Randy murder the cows to stop them from eating all their weed (and actually enjoys doing so).
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Season 23 initially portrays him as more ethical than Randy, but Let Them Eat Goo shows that he is equally as unethical and perfectly willing to help with the crimes Randy commits to help their business thrive.
- Uncertain Doom: In "Christmas Snow", after Randy crashes his snowmobile with Towelie onboard, and while he is seen worn by Randy throughout the rest of the episode, there is no sign that he is still alive. "The Pandemic Special" also doesnt help by not featuring him at all, in spite of Tegridy Farms playing a large part in the episode. The following Vaccination Special, however, reveals him to be alive and well.
- Vague Age: He's 17 in towel years. Whatever those are.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Wears a bikini during the boys' swimsuit competition in "Professor Chaos". The shape of his feet also makes it look like he's wearing women's shoes.
Mr. 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 Paris Hilton in there.
- The Bus Came Back: After marrying Big Gay Al in Season 9, he doesn't make another major appearance until Season 20, in "Not Funny".
- Catchphrase: "Ooooooh! Jethuth Crhitht!"
- Charles Atlas Superpower: How else to describe his ability to insert an entire Paris Hilton into his ass?
- Depraved Homosexual: A subversion, for the most part. Sure, he does dip into it by doing crazy things like killing small animals by shoving them up his ass and shows a willingness to engage in sex acts in front of children, but despite that and his choice in clothing, he only engages in mutually consensual acts with other men 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 that 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 math homework when she visited him, then lectured her about the whore lifestyle.
- Leatherman: Always wear a leather hat and vest.
- Macho Camp: He is rather buff.
- Mr. Vice Guy: He makes it clear that his lust is not something to be inspired with. His shamelessness about it leads to torturing animals, scaring kids for money, and the thrill of it all, but aside from that, he is a genuinely nice person.
- Nice Guy: Mr Slave is one of the nicest and most grounded characters in the series. He only causes trouble for people when he is influenced by someone else or if it's for the greater good. When Wendy Testaburger came to his house while he was "busy" with Mr. Garrison, rather than be angry with her, Mr. Slave gave her a friendly greeting and asked her if she needed help with her schoolwork.
- Nice Mean And Inbetween: The In-Between to Big Gay Al's Nice and Mr. Garrison's Mean; where he lands on seems to depend on who he's with.
- The Nicknamer: He often calls people "Sweetie".
- 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.
- Took a Level in Kindness: While always a Nice Guy, he used to be more willing to go along Mr. Garrison's amoral ideas; being rid of Mr. Garrison and marrying Big Gay Al seems to have left him a lot better off.
- Unwitting Pawn: In "Not Funny". Under request from the people of South Park, he phones President Garrison and convinces him to bomb Denmark, thereby playing right into the Member Berries' nonexistent hands.
- Camp Gay: Really, the name should say it all. Even he lampshades it!Scoutmaster: It's come to our attention that you're... gay.
Big Gay Al: Oh, stop the presses! Did you figure that out all by yourself, silly buns?
- Catchphrase: "I'm super, thanks for asking!" He even has a song about it in the movie.
- Happily Married: To Mr. Slave as of "Follow That Egg".
- 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.
- Nice Mean And Inbetween: The Nice to Mr. Slave's In-Between and Mr. Garrison's Mean; after he and Mr. Slave get married, Big Gay Al's presence seems to have left Mr. Slave a lot better off in the long run, especially after he was rid of Mr./Mrs. Garrison back in Season 9.
- 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.
A 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.
The 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 was more prominent in the earlier seasons of the show. However, he showed up over 10 seasons later in the "200/201" two-parter to have a notable role again. Ever since, he's been pushed to the background. Trey Parker said this was intentional, as he and Matt Stone "stopped finding him funny" after a while and didn't care enough to give an in-universe reason for demoting him to extra.
- 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.
- Joke of the Butt: He's really into creating multi-arsed animals.
- Mad Scientist: He performs genetic experiments on animals, most of which involve giving them multiple butts.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: He's a member of NAMBLA...the North American Marlon Brando Look-Alikes.
- Satellite Character: Kevin, a midget who follows Mephesto almost wherever he goes. In Season 1'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 Dr. Moreau (1996). 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).
A Christmas-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".
- The Bus Came Back: After a long absence, he returns in "The Problem with a Poo".
- Catchphrase: "Howdy ho!"
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Made a brief cameo in "201" along with many other characters, which was his first appearance in almost ten years. Hasn't been seen since "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining."
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: When Kyle shows him to everybody, they only see a lifeless piece of crap. However, once everyone admits that they believe in Mr. Hankey, he automatically comes to life. Thus, he's only visible to those who believe in him.
- Domestic Abuse: 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: His wife is an alcoholic and drug user who frequently argues with him causing major problems within the family.
- Fallen Hero: Goes from the boys occasional savior who brings Christmas cheer in South Park to a self-destructive asshole whose obnoxious behavior causes him to become an social outcast.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: He is forced to leave South Park before he gets a chance to atone for is obnoxious behavior.
- Never My Fault: Throughout "The Problem With a Poo" he refuses to take responsibility for his racist tirades, instead blaming ambien for all his problems.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Kyle.
- Pie-Eyed: He has classic cartoon-styled pupils in his eyes.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of "The Problem With a Poo", the citizens of South Park force him to leave and move to a place that doesnt care about intolerance or bigotry, Springfield.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: In "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls".
- Shadow Archetype: He could serve as one to Heidi Turner, who she herself serves as a Shadow Archetype for other characters. Both were once heroic characters whose bad choices has caused them to be shunned by their peers, with only Kyle trying to help them out, only for them to take a level in jerkass and mistreat Kyle resulting in Kyle giving up of them. Unlike Heidi who would eventually hold herself accountable for her behavior, while Mr. Hankey would continue to refuse admitting any fault of his own blaming his behavior on ambien. As a result Heidi was able to find redemption, improve her life and return to her circle of friends, while Mr. Hankey predicament only worsened and was forced to leave town before he had a chance to atone for his behavior.
- Talking Poo: He's the freakin' page image.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Not only does he become a domestic abuser to his wife, but by "The Problem With a Poo" he's become an obnoxious douchebag who refuses to take responsibility for his actions.
just like that river twistin' through the dusty land"
- Badass Santa: This Santa is portrayed tougher than others.
- Christmas Elves: Employs the Underpants Gnomes.
- Final Boss: Being the Hero Antagonist for "Christmas Snow", Santa serves as this for Season 23.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jesus.
- Hero Antagonist: While Santa's taking the antagonist role in "Christmas Snow", He just trying to protect the adults from their stupidity by banning drugs and alcohol until the holidays are over.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In the Season 22 final, Santa is willing to help the town with their Jeff Bezos problem...until he finds out that they kicked out Mr. Hankey for saying "inappropriate things" on Twitter.
An organization of religious superheroes and Sea-Man, seemingly led by Jesus.
- Breath Weapon: Joseph Smith's ice breath.
- Captain Ersatz: Sea-Man is a Captain Ersatz of Aquaman, specifically his Superfriends incarnation.
- Continuity Nod: Moses is the same as he was in "Jewbilee", Joseph Smith is the same as in "All About Mormons", most of the team appears in the Imaginationland trilogy, and the whole crew is brought back for "200"/"201".
- Heh Heh, You Said "X": Poor Semen (heh, heh). Absolutely nobody can say his name without bursting out laughing.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: After "Super Best Friends", Muhammad became this. Both "200" and "201" revolve around not being able to see him, and when he is on screen, he's completely covered by a censor bar. "201" even went so far as to censor his name. This actually makes him the target of both celebrities and gingers, who want to steal his power to not be made fun of.
- Huge Holographic Head: Moses is identical to the MCP from TRON.
- An Ice Person: Joseph Smith has ice breath as his superpower.
- Irony: As noted within their debut episode, while the followers of their religions fight and quarrel, the Super Best Friends are, well, super best friends.
- 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.
- Playing with Fire: Muhammad.
- 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.
Jesus' father and a Buddhist, even though only Mormons, Kenny (sometimes), and Saddam are allowed into Heaven.
- Big Good: The closest equivalent of one in the South Park universe.
- Daddy Didn't Show: Doesn't show up to Jesus' New Years Eve party. However it was to teach him that he needs to be able to depend on himself and not ask him for help everytime there's a problem. When Jesus realizes this, God shows up.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: The form he's shown in is stated to not be his true form, but rather how he lets humans preceive him. According to the writers they thought his design up when thinking "what form would God take to mess with humanity?".
- 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: As opposed to most depections in other shows. The script of "Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus" calls him a "hippo-rodent".God: What did you expect me to look like, My son?
Mr. Garrison: ...Well, not like that!
- Open-Minded Parent: Gives relationship advice to Satan and tells him he needs to learn to love himself more.
- Physical God: Well, sort of. He has a form but it is apparently only a form he has taken that is easier on the eyes for humans than his "true" true form.
- 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...note 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.
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.
- "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, he would never harm the royal family, and he helps save the Princess.
- Grumpy Bear: He never smiles and is always a sourpuss.
- Hypocrite: Considers himself a patriot of Canada, yet has twice aided Saddam Hussein in taking it over (the second time, he didn't know it was him, though).
- I Love Nuclear Power: Becomes a giant after getting radiation poisoning.
- Meaningful Name: Look at the shape of his head. Yeah, there's a reason they don't call him "Scott the Mean Guy." He might also be a play on the No True Scotsman fallacy given his chauvinistic nature and his proclamation that Terrance and Philip "give other Canadians a bad name!"
- Non-Standard Character Design: A minor example. His head isn't round like most Canadians; it looks a bit like a bellend.
- 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!
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 Phillip in "Not Without My Anus", then became one for all of Canada whenever he appeared.
A 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 when 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.
- Benevolent Boss: Surprisingly acted this way towards the child-labor workers he hired in "The City Part of Town".
- Berserk Button: He really doesn't like Mongolians.
- Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: The episode "City Sushi" turns this into a sort of tic for him.
- Fauxreigner: He's actually a white man with split personality disorder.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He is a short-tempered and aggressive business owner who hates Japanese and Mongolians.
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: "Tuong" is a Vietnamese name, "Lu" is Chinese and "Kim" is Korean.
- Jerkass: Acts like this to the Japanese. Dr. Janus is arguably like this to Butters. 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...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very rarely, but sometimes he does show his calmer side and eventually does help out with bigger issues going on South Park.
- Meaningful Name: Dr. Janus is a reference to the Roman god Janus, who is normally depicted with two or more faces; a clear reference to his multiple personality disorder.
- Out of Focus: After The Reveal, Tuong Lu Kim vanished for awhile, but reappeared in "The City Part of Town" as part of the subplot with Kenny and has been fairly prominent since then.
- Split Personality: Of Dr. Janus.
- Split-Personality Takeover: The townsfolk allow Kim to take over as the sole personality, because otherwise South Park would lose its only Chinese restaurant.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: His true personality, Dr. Janus, is a therapist, but doesn't have the slightest knowledge of his own serious mental illness.
- Tomato Surprise: Turns out that he's the one with multiple personalities all along.
- Too Clever by Half: In "Child Abduction is Not Funny", he keeps setting off Mongolian traps that only work because he expects them to be something else altogether.
Eric 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.
- Formally Named Pet: Her name is Mr. Kitty.
- Gender Bender: Was shown to be female in Cat Orgy, but was shown again as a functional male in Major Boobage. Because of this, she is later confirmed to be a hermaphrodite.
- Uncatty Resemblance: The Gender Bender above could be a reference to Mrs. Cartman.
A redneck and member of the Construction Workers' Union who is known for his catchphrase and his conservative views.
- Catchphrase: "They took our jobs!", spoken increasingly incoherently the longer any conversation goes on. "THEY TOOK OUR JERBS!" "DEY TUK ERR JERBS!" "DURK ER DURR!"
- 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
- A Day in the Limelight: "White People Renovating Houses."
- Drop-In Character: He's usually accompanied by other rednecks who'll echo his catchphrase, sometimes walking on scene just to shout it.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": His pronunciation of the word "jobs".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first glance he comes across as a stereotypical angry redneck, but to his credit, he (along with all the other rednecks in South Park) do show sympathy toward people that lost their jobs (which leads to a variation of the aforementioned Catchphrase).
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance is patterned on Jeff Foxworthy.
- The Rival: He has one in the occasionally recurring character Aging Hippy Liberal Douche, who can figure out a way to blame just about anything on America.
A male-to-female transgender former Olympic swimmer who becomes a subject of ridicule in Season 19. She later teams up with Mr. Garrison when he runs for president.
- Ascended Extra: She made a cameo in "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerBalls" as Bruce Jenner, then in Season 19, she's the highlight of several episodes, even becoming a recurring character.
- Body Horror: Her plastic surgery is depicted as having gone wrong.
- After ingesting a Member Berry, she starts projectile vomiting on anyone who threatens their plans for world domination.
- The Brute: She's very muscular and is a former Olympic athlete, which is occasionally taken advantage of by Mr. Garrison (and later the Member Berries) by having her act as a physical enforcer.
- Catchphrase: "Buckle up buckaroo!"
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She isn't seen or mentioned in season 21, with Garrison's vice president becoming the real-life vice president Mike Pence.
- Drives Like Crazy: Always runs someone over whenever she drives.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: She's touted as a paragon of bravery and progressiveness by PC Principal due to being transgender, despite actually being a self-centered Jerkass who picks on others for fun and murders a person whenever she gets behind the wheel of a car.
- Jerkass: Cheerfully joins Mr. Garrison in openly bullying others while campaigning for presidency, and regularly runs over people when driving her car.
- Karma Houdini: Has yet to be arrested for all the people she ran over.
- The Lancer: She becomes this to Mr. Garrison when he runs for president.
- Running Gag: Whenever she gets on the wheel she runs over someone, killing them, which nobody seems to mind.
- The Unintelligible: Due to her botched surgery which left her with her tongue hanging out, she can't speak clearly.
- Unwitting Pawn: She becomes the host of the Member Berries.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She grows into this with Mr. Garrison over time. While Garrison refers to her as "the best running mate ever", he's also quick to mock her grotesque appearance. She doesn't seem to mind, though, simply laughing them off and calling him "such an asshole".
The fourth-grade class pet, the victim of Mr. Slave in "The Death Camp of Tolerance".
- And the Adventure Continues: In "Death Camp of Tolerance", he makes his way out of Mr. Slave's digestive tract, aided by the tormented spirits of previous animal marital aidsnote , to find out he's the king of gerbils. The adventure indeed continues, in "Bass to Mouth".
- A Day in the Limelight: He's normally just the class pet, but "The Death Camp of Tolerance" and "Bass to Mouth" give him his own B-plot.
Satan's boyfriend-turned-ex in the "Do The Handicapped Go To Hell?" two-parter.
- Ambiguously Gay: Seems more asexual, really, than gay. Which is part of the reason why Satan has such a difficult time being attracted to him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He actually puts up a pretty good fight with Saddam at the end of "Probably."
- Dogged Nice Guy: Not only is he Saddam's nemesis, but he struggles to make Satan happy as well. Satan eventually ends their relationship once and for all.
- Extreme Doormat: Not only does he constantly take Saddam's abuse (at least until the very end of the two-parter), but he shows zero emotion or passion when Satan cheats on him with Saddam. This, of course, is the breaking point for Satan.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: When Satan confiscates Saddam's bomb (which he dressed to look like a baked potato), Chris exclaims, "What the heck is wrong with you?"
- Nice Guy: To a fault. He's very nice and friendly but also very insecure and a bit of a pushover.
- What Are You in For?: Meta. It's never explained why Chris is in Hell (whereas, with Saddam, it's quite obvious). The only logical possibilities are his homosexuality and that he probably is not a Mormon.
A stripper that is temporarily Nathan's girlfriend.
- Berserk Button: Nathan learns the hard way to never slap her. Ever.
- Catchphrase: "Oh heeeeeeell no!"
- Cool Car: The "Classimobile," a convertible decked out in leopard print. In the show, she uses it to get Jimmy to the gun show and save the day; in The Fractured But Whole, summoning her in battle causes her to drive across the screen and damage anyone in her way.
- Gold Digger: She sees her relationship with Nathan as nothing more than a business transaction.
- HeelFace Turn: She helps out Jimmy after she beats up Nathan.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: After her aforementioned HeelFace Turn, she helps Jimmy and Officer Barbrady take down the ads in "PC Principal: Final Justice". She even becomes an important character that helps the New Kid and their allies in South Park: The Fractured but Whole.
- Lady Swears-a-Lot: Even by South Park standards she has quite the mouth of a sailor.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers several punches to Nathan after he slaps her.
- Only Sane Woman: She's the only person in the whole town who realizes that the Ads are playing everyone for fools and using them to advance their own agenda: "I think the Ads are playin' yo ass."
- Sassy Black Woman: Has a snarky bite and a rough attitude.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: She's initially in a relationship with Nathan because he promises to make her rich, but the instant he slaps her, she unleashes a beatdown on him and tells him that no one pushes her around. She then helps Jimmy by returning his crutches and getting him to the gun show, where he's able to tell everyone about Leslie.
- Small Role, Big Impact: It initially seems like she's a one-off joke character who serves as Nathan's girlfriend, but it's her fighting back against him and teaming up with Jimmy that allows the latter to reveal the truth behind the Ad conspiracy. If it wasn't for her, the Ads would have won.
- Spell My Name with an "S": My name is "Classi," with an "i," and a little dick hanging off the "C" that bends around and fucks the "l" out of the a-s-s. As seen here◊.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Inverted. Nathan views her as a replacement for Mimsy, but Classi quickly lets him know in her own words, "I ain't no Mimsy ass ho! I'm a classy bitch!"
- Would Hurt a Child: She has no problem beating a child with Down's syndrome when she feels disrespected.