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Creator / Trey Parker and Matt Stone

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Can you guess which one of them used to have an afro back in the day?
"Me and Matt love to argue, but in general our sense of humor is pretty much alike."
Trey Parker
"We are entertainers. We're trying to entertain people."
Matt Stone

Trey Parker (born Randolph Severn Parker III, October 19, 1969) and Matt Stone (born Matthew Richard Stone, May 26, 1971) are creative partners in crime, best known for being the creators of Comedy Central's long-running, brutally satirical, extremely vulgar animated sitcom 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:

  • Your Studio and You (Their first Hollywood gig, an internal video for Universal after their buyout by the liquor company Seagram in the mid 90s; modeled after a 50s educational short, filled with famous cameos)
  • Time Warped (two pilots- one for Fox, the other for Fox Kids- intended as a "musical romp through time")

They also starred in BASEketball (a fact that they are NOT proud of), but didn't write or direct. Trey has also voiced the villain in Despicable Me 3, a very different turn from the duo's usual adult fare.

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 (similar to Seth MacFarlane doing the same on his three animated sitcoms).
    • Trey Parker is an admitted Japanophile and actually knows the language, 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 (really most of their work fits, ergo). 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 is Da Derp Dee Derp Da Teetley Derpee Derpee Dumb.
  • Bad Impressionists: They deliberately put no effort in their celebrity voice impersonations, let alone the characterizations. Celebrities will appear in a way that is grossly exaggerated and often has little to do with their public image.
  • Berserk Button: Barbra Streisand once insulted the duo's home state of Colorado in an interview. They responded by depicting her as a robot destroying South Park in "Mecha-Streisand", and even her very name is a swear word in of itself in BLU. Bottom line: don't mess with Colorado!
    • They also do not like hearing their show compared with Family Guy.
  • 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: Their staple.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Parker and Stone are Real-Life examples as far as their writing goes. Seriously, many of the plots of various South Park episodes simply have to be seen to be believed.
  • Cool Old Guys: Have evolved into this now.
  • Corrupt Church: Also a topic in their work, although they have attacked atheists and agnostics too.
  • Deranged Animation
  • Equal-Opportunity Offender: Their personal philosophy has always been "If one thing is off limits, then everything is."
  • 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, making his producer credits well-earned.
  • Here We Go Again!: They lost the Academy Award for Best Song to Phil Collins at the 1999 Oscars (Collins won it for his songs in Disney Animation's newest animated classic, Tarzan), 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".
  • Not So Above It All: They've actually been involved in celebrity causes (notably the WM3case involving three teenagers falsely convicted of murder); though in fairness, it later turned out that the kids WERE innocent.
  • Reclusive Artist: Not to the extent of Stanley Kubrick or Thomas Pynchon, but after being in the press a lot and a film during the first 3 seasons of South Park, they’ve noticeably done far less interviews and prefer to not be seen out in public too much, only going to the occasional event now and then. They still do commentaries for the show for the Blu-Rays/DVDs, but even those are around 7 minutes or less.
  • Refuge in Audacity: They are "Equal opportunity offenders" after all.
  • Running Gag: Back in the early seasons when they introduced each episode of South Park at the beginning, they would refer to each episode as their favorite episode.
  • 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.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Surprisingly, while they’re no stranger to dark moments, their works end up being very idealistic and express hope for mankind.
  • Stage Names: While Stone uses a shortened version of given name Matthew, Parker's name is actually Randolph Severn Parker III - and given "Three" is "Tre" in Italian...
  • Technician vs. Performer: Parker is clearly the more creative of the two, while Stone handles more of the business side (fitting, as his father was an economist). See "Garfunkel".
  • 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.
    • Subverted with The Book of Mormon, which looks just as professional as any other broadway musical.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In recent years, they've been treating their designated Butt-Monkey Butters with much more dignity. For instance, when Butters does finally break and attempts suicide, it's not played for laughs and his injuries stay with him for the rest of the season.

Alternative Title(s): Matt Stone, Trey Parker


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