List of South Park families
- 1 The Marshes
- 2 The Broflovskis
- 3 The Cartmans
- 4 The McCormicks
- 5 The Stotches
- 6 List of other families
- 7 References
Randy and Sharon Marsh
Randy and Sharon Marsh are the most prominent set of parents on the show. Their first names are derived from the first names of series co-creator Trey Parker's parents, and Parker describes Randy as "the biggest dingbat in the entire show". Randy is voiced by Parker. Sharon was originally voiced by Mary Kay Bergman, later Eliza Schneider, and is currently voiced by April Stewart.
Shelly Lynn Marsh is Randy and Sharon's daughter and Stan's older sister. The character was voiced by Mary Kay Bergman until Bergman's death, and Shelly has subsequently been voiced by Eliza Schneider. Her new voice artist is April Stewart.
Shelly has an extremely aggressive temper and has very little respect for Stan and his friends, usually referring to them as "turds". In "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig", she physically abused him, hurled him around their house, and in the feature film South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut, she demolished a wooden chair over his head. This does not mean she hates her brother, as in the former episode she lies to protect him from being sent away. There have been other moments when she also seems to have superhuman strength, and once had the ability to lift a piano over her head with ease, seen during "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics". She does help Stan when he is in real danger, although in "Pre-School" this was apparently only because she wants the privilege of beating up her brother all to herself.
In the episode "Cat Orgy", Shelly was dating Skyler, a 22-year-old who has his own band. Shelly also internet dated a boy named Amir in the episode "Over Logging" who she later met in California but could not properly look him in the eye.
She is also a fan of the TV show Friends, as in some episodes, it is shown that she watches the show a lot.
Shelly is prominent in the episodes "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig", "Chickenpox", "The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer", "Cat Orgy", "Over Logging", "Pandemic", "Pandemic 2: The Startling", and "Broadway Bro Down".
"Grampa" (Marvin) Marsh is Stan's grandfather. He is voiced by Trey Parker, who also provides the voices for both his son Randy and his grandson Stan. In "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes" Sharon acknowledges to Sheila that Marvin is her father (although she may just refer to her father-in-law that way). According to the episode "Death", Grampa is 102 years old. It is also revealed in the episode that he helped his grandfather commit suicide. In the episode "Grey Dawn", he revealed that he worked 55 years in a steel mill and he flew Spitfire fighter planes over Germany in World War II. In another episode "Fantastic Easter Special" Randy is driving and says to Stan that he was brought into the society by his father prompting Stan to say "grampa is a member too?" "He is also familiar with typically British words as "wanker" and "poofter". Both Grampa Marsh and his own grandfather call their grandsons "Billy", even after being corrected multiple times.
Jimbo Kern (sometimes portrayed as Kerns or Uncle Jimbo) is uncle to Stan. Earlier episodes indicated him to be the brother of Stan's mother Sharon, but an interview with Stone established him as the half-brother of Stan's father, Randy, though their fraternal relationship is rarely explored on the show. Jimbo is voiced by series co-creator Matt Stone. Jimbo is a Vietnam veteran and gun enthusiast, owning a local firearms store and leading an outdoors lifestyle. He is often accompanied by his war buddy Ned Gerblansky. Jimbo frequently keeps company with the town's working-class citizens, and often expresses a blue-collar point of view during the show's frequent satire of both liberal and conservative politics. Jimbo and Ned were inspired by characters series co-creator Trey Parker used to draw during high school. It is hinted in the episode "It Hits the Fan" that Jimbo is gay, as he is the only character apart from Mr. Garrison who can say "Fag" without being bleeped. However, he was seen in the episode "Scott Tenorman Must Die" peeking at the title antagonist's mother when Cartman saw that she was removing her bra; putting his possible homosexual identity in question.
Jimbo is shown on numerous occasions to drive a Hummer. He likes to place bets on local sporting events, such as elementary school football games and boxing matches. Jimbo campaigned in opposition of a proposal to change the South Park flag because the flag depicted the town's racist past. As a show of friendship with Chef, Jimbo agreed to a compromise with supporters of the change. Jimbo has also publicly voiced his opinion on other occasions, such as when he was displeased with a fireworks ban, and clashed with protesters of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
Aunt Flo Kimble was Sharon's aunt. Up until "Spookyfish", she used to visit the Marshes every month, and stay for about five days or so. This would turn Sharon into "a total bitch". During the episode, the goldfish she had given Stan for Halloween killed her, and this upset Sharon, because now Aunt Flo could never visit her again. Her monthly routine of visiting, the standard time her visits lasted, and Sharon's reaction to them, was a parody of menstruation. Similarly, her death parodied menopause, as the phrase "a visit from Aunt Flo" is a common euphemism for menstruation. Aunt Flo also had Parkinson's disease. Her character is based on Katherine Hepburn.
Gerald and Sheila Broflovski
Sir Ike Moisha Broflovski (born Peter Gints) is the adopted baby brother of Kyle, born in Canada. He has appeared in the series since the very first episode. Ike has black hair, and, like all Canadians portrayed on the series, is depicted as having small beady eyes and a head which is completely divided in two, and separates completely from the lower half whenever he talks.
Ike's original birth name was Peter Gints. He was put up for adoption by his Canadian parents after Canada had been 'devastated by the cola wars'. Although Kyle initially rejected Ike upon finding out that he was adopted, Ike idolizes his brother and Kyle watches out for him. In a recurring gag during some earlier season episodes, Kyle would exclaim "Kick The Baby!" and proceed to punt Ike like a football.
It is revealed in season four that Ike is a genius and is sent to Kindergarten a year early. At age 3, Ike composes sheet music, reads John Steinbeck novels, and watches The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer every night. On his first day at school, he ran for class president and won, and at Jewbilee camp, he recreates Leonardo da Vinci's the Last Supper using macaroni. He is also knighted in "Royal Pudding" after saving the Canadian Princess and was also involved in Barack Obama and John McCain's plans to steal the Hope Diamond in "About Last Night...".
Throughout the show's run, Ike's dialogue has consisted of sound bites provided by various small children of the show's production staff. Despite Ike being a genius, his dialogue mostly consists of toddler-like, nonsensical babble, such as "I pooped my pants" or "ring around a rosy". Later season episodes depict him as speaking more coherently. His body temporarily was taken over by the spirit of Michael Jackson in the episode "Dead Celebrities".
Ike is a very passionate Canadian. In the episode "Canada on Strike" he stands out in the cold for days waiting for the strike to end. This shows that he is very passionate about his Canadian nationality, despite everyone not caring about Canada at all.
Kyle Schwartz is Kyle Broflovski's irritating, and stereotypically Jewish cousin from Connecticut, with mannerisms distinctly modeled after Woody Allen. Kyle Schwartz has a goofy looking appearance with a fat head and small mouth. He has heavy breathing due to asthma along with bad eyesight for which he has large glasses.
He is voiced by Trey Parker. His voice is based on Tony Curtis' impression of Cary Grant in the movie Some Like it Hot. Tony Curtis' real name was Bernard Schwartz, which may explain Kyle's surname. His first appearance was in "The Entity" when he had to stay with Kyle and his family since his mother was in the hospital. At the end of "The Entity," Kyle receives a $5 million check after the "IT," a vehicle he invested in, was banned and the airline companies were bailed out.
Cleo Broflovski (1928-1999) was Sheila's mother and Kyle's grandmother, who died three months before "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery". The boys dig her up in an attempt to scare the fifth-graders on Halloween.
Liane Marie Cartman, originally voiced by Mary Kay Bergman and later by Eliza J. Schneider and April Stewart, is the sweet-natured mother of Eric Cartman. Initially, her promiscuity, often with total strangers, was a running gag. It seemed as though all of the adults in South Park had slept with her (including the women). Although in episode 7, she is indicated to be a "crack whore", she says in "The Poor Kid" that she has not done drugs in some time, and works two jobs, even though she and Eric are the second-poorest family in South Park after Kenny McCormick's. It is also revealed that she is a hermaphrodite, though this is brought to debate when Dr. Mephisto states that as a hermaphrodite she could not bear children and in episode "201" it is revealed that Eric's real father is Jack Tenorman, the father of his arch-nemesis Scott Tenorman.
Jack Tenorman is the father of Scott Tenorman and Eric Cartman. He dies in the season five episode "Scott Tenorman Must Die", when he and his wife are shot dead by a farmer who had been told by Cartman that they were going to kill a pony he owns.
In the season two episode "Cartman's Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut", Cartman is told that Liane is a hermaphrodite (has both male and female genitalia) and that she is actually his father, having impregnated an unknown woman. However, in the season fourteen episode "200", Mr. Garrison tells Cartman that this was actually a cover-up. In the following episode "201", it's revealed that it was a lie the entire town told to protect the Denver Broncos American football team, especially since they were in the midst of a Super Bowl run. Jack, a Broncos player, was Cartman's actual father and Liane is his mother after all, meaning also that his nemesis Scott Tenorman is his half-brother. Cartman, however is more distraught to learn that he is "half ginger", than to realize that he fed his own father to his half-brother.
Scott Tenorman is Jack's son, and Cartman's half-brother. Scott and Cartman have an ongoing feud with each other. In his first appearance in "Scott Tenorman Must Die", Scott is depicted as a bully to Cartman, selling him his pubic hair, stealing his money and publicly humiliating him, which further encourages Cartman to keep their feud alive. Their feud temporarily dies down after Cartman feeds Scott his parents' remains in the form of chili. In the season nine episode "The Death of Eric Cartman", Cartman, with help from Butters Stotch, attempts to officially end their feud by giving Scott a fruit basket. It is revealed in "201" that Scott is the leader of the "Ginger Separatist Movement" and wants revenge on Cartman. Scott also takes glee in the facts of informing Cartman that they share the same birth-father, the fact that their father was a ginger and that Cartman already had him killed. He was the antagonist in the 2009 Xbox 360 game "Tenorman's Revenge".
Extended Cartman family
The extended Cartman family is shown in the episode "Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!", where Eric and the others go on a trip to Nebraska to visit them for Christmas. Most of his relatives (except for his grandmother) appear to be physically similar to him; all fat (this is in direct contradiction to the episode "Fat Camp" in which Eric's mother Liane states that the Cartman extended family is in fact not genetically fat as she had led her son to believe), with the same speech impediment and catchphrases such as "Kick-ass!", "I'll kick you squah in the nuts", "Respect mah authoritah!", and "No, kitty that's my pot pie. No, kitty that's a bad kitty!". The family returns in the episode "Cartmanland" at his grandmother's funeral, where she leaves her entire estate (valued at $1 million) to Eric, citing that all the other family members would have spent it all on crack. His grandparents' names are Harold and Mabel; his uncles are Howard and Stinky. He has an aunt, Lisa, and three cousins, Fred, Alexandra (who is thin, like Liane and unlike the other Cartmans) and Elvin. He also has a great-grandmother, Florence, and a relative named "Fat Bob".
Stuart and Carol McCormick
Stuart and Carol McCormick are both unemployed alcoholics raising their son Kenny, older son Kevin and youngest daughter Karen under poverty-stricken circumstances. Stuart is voiced by series co-creator Matt Stone and Carol, who was originally voiced by Mary Kay Bergman, is currently voiced by April Stewart.
The McCormicks are one of the poorest families in the town of South Park, living in a small, dilapidated house overrun by rats. Aside from Stuart once mentioning that he was missing work, he and Carol have always been portrayed as being unemployed with little means of income; they are involved in methamphetamine production, and Eric Cartman has mentioned numerous times that the two are dependent on welfare. In the episode "Death", Sharon Marsh and Sheila Broflovski are both referred to as Carol, and during the fourth season so was Linda Stotch. The name 'Carol' was attached to Mrs. McCormick after the episode "Cripple Fight", although exactly which of the men's wives was being discussed is unclear.
Stuart was childhood friends with Gerald Broflovski, and the two worked together as teenagers at a pizza store. Having been unable to hold a steady job since, Stuart later felt contempt for and had a falling out with Gerald after Gerald went on to attend college and became a lawyer. Early in the show's run, it was revealed that the McCormicks' house was actually a play fort Stuart and Gerald built when they were young. The two later reconciled their differences, and Stuart has been portrayed as maintaining a friendship with Gerald and other adult characters on the show by keeping company with them at a local bar.
Kevin McCormick is the rarely seen eldest McCormick child. He has parted, messy brown hair that sticks up and has a messy face like his parents. His age is unknown. He has only spoken on two occasions and was voiced by Trey Parker with a rough voice similar to the former characters Bill and Fosse, though with a Southern accent.
Karen McCormick (voice of Celeste Javier) is the youngest of the McCormick children. She first appeared briefly in "Best Friends Forever". Her first prominent role was in "The Poor Kid", in which she and her brothers are placed in foster care, and Kenny adopts his Mysterion persona in order to protect and comfort her. Mysterion is also known as her guardian angel.
Kenny's unnamed grandfather appears in "Fat Camp" which has Kenny giving him a "sensual full-body massage" in front of a live audience for money. Kenny's grandfather is also mentioned in "Chickenpox", where Gerald Broflovski implies that he was an unemployed drunk much like Stuart. He also appears to have masturbation problems.
Stephen and Linda Stotch
Stephen and Linda began appearing towards the end of season 4, in correlation with their son Butters becoming a more significant character. Their most prominent role as a couple occurred during the season 5 finale "Butters' Very Own Episode", where they have to deal with the issues of Stephen's extramarital affairs with men and adhering to their concocted story about their son being abducted when Linda mistakenly thought she had successfully murdered Butters. Stephen and Linda were portrayed as having established a friendship with the parents of the show's other main child characters, joining them for book club meetings and vacationing with them in Aspen.
In keeping with the show's tradition of portraying adult South Park residents as frequently seizing upon irrational ideas, both Linda and Stephen have also been commonly depicted in this manner. Stephen even instigated one such concept when he constructed a mountain bunker as a proverbial "ark" to provide shelter for John McCain supporters who thought Barack Obama's victory in the 2008 presidential race would bring about chaos and the end of civilization. In addition to his tendency to be an overzealous disciplinarian, Stephen also adheres to a strict method of running his household, such as demanding that items in the kitchen pantry be alphabetized, noting that a well-organized pantry is "what keeps a family together".
In his first role as a major character, Stephen was discovered to have been frequently going to a gay movie theater and a bath house to have casual sex with men. Assuring Linda that he only did so out of curiosity, he promised to suppress any future homosexual urges, and Stephen expressed slightly homophobic tendencies in later episodes. Though in the episode Sarcastaball, he grounded Butters for being "homophobic, chauvinistic and completely lacking in maturity", after Butters had made others drink his semen, not knowing what it was as he previously only had been told by his father that it was "happy feelings". In Going Native, he actually refrained from grounding Butters after getting yelled at, even after threatening to do so.
Linda, despite being a strict disciplinarian herself and rarely objecting to the punishments Stephen personally gives Butters, is usually shown to be a sympathetic mother towards her son. Serving on the city council as the town's treasurer, she is also an engineer.
Stephen and Linda exhibit somewhat extreme reactions and a notable level of selfishness in their relationship with their son, often causing them to overlook or ignore Butters' attempts to communicate. In Marjorine, both are visibly distressed by Butters' (faked) death with Stephen going so far as to attempt bringing him back to life. When Butters returns home intending to expose the hoax, both parents think he is a zombie and chain him up in the basement. Though disgusted and afraid to approach their son, they nonetheless lure a woman to their home and kill her in order to "feed" Butters. They both often seem to care for Butters, but were willing to sell him to Paris Hilton in "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset". Their mixed sentiments are a likely cause of Butters' anxiety and neuroses.
Extended Stotch family
Butters has an aunt and uncle living in Los Angeles as seen in the episode "AWESOM-O". He also mentions he has cousins in Florida in "Major Boobage" and an Uncle Bud who he admits sexually molested him in "The Return of Chef". He has a grandmother whom Butters' parents visit in the hospital when she is admitted with a stroke, the cause of which was seeing Butters on national TV with prosthetic testicles attached to his chin. She also appears in the episode "Butterballs" in which she visits the Stotch family and bullies Butters whenever his parents are not looking.
List of other families
Tweek's family. Tweek's parents run a coffee shop called Tweek Bros. Coffee (a parody of Dunn Bros Coffee). It was nearly put out of business by the major coffee corporation, Harbucks. After a large feud both businesses learned to work together. The Tweeks are their own product's most devoted fans. Even their son consumes several cups of coffee a day (despite his age), hence his constant twitching and general nervousness. They usually have heart-to-heart talks with their son in times of concern or crisis (such as child abduction or their company going out of business), but unfortunately they often oversimplify or overexaggerate the problems making Tweek's paranoia worse - generally speaking, every time Tweek has a new concern or problem his parents tend to aggravate it. Richard Tweak wears a maroon jumper which is his shirt for work (hence the name tag on it) and black trousers. He has a long pointed nose and dark curly brown hair. Mrs. Tweak, whose first name has not been revealed on the show, wears a blue dress with a white apron, and long light brown hair.
Tweek's parents have appeared in several episodes, most notably "Gnomes" and "Child Abduction Is Not Funny". Mr. Tweek is voiced by Trey Parker and Mrs. Tweek has been voiced by Mary Kay Bergman and Eliza Schneider. She has not spoken since the episode "South Park Is Gay!", though she has made background appearances.
Token's family. They are the "token" black people on this show, and Token Black is the "token black kid" at school. The only African-American family in South Park and also the wealthiest. In "Here Comes the Neighborhood", it is revealed that Token's mother, Linda Black, is a chemist (although Randy Marsh is considered the only scientist in South Park), and his father Steve is a lawyer.
Cartman always makes fun of Token for being black and is very stereotypical toward him. Token's last name in the series was originally "Williams". The name "Black" is given, because he is the only black child in South Park. Some of Cartman's racist comments include that Token has a bass guitar in his basement and that he knows how to play it, both of which turn out to be true, despite Token not knowing it. Cartman bases these assumptions about Token and his family on nothing more than the stereotype that "if you're black, you can play bass".
Clyde's family (portrayed as Harris in one episode). Clyde has stated that his father is a geologist (although Randy Marsh is considered the only scientist in South Park). In the episode "The List", it is said that Clyde's father owns a shoe store. The family was accidentally referred to as the "Harrises" in "Lice Capades", however, this was changed back to Donovan in the later re-airings of the episode.
Betsy Donovan is killed in the episode Reverse Cowgirl in a toilet accident.
Wendy's family. The Testaburgers seem to be fairly well-off and fairly functional compared to most South Park families, though they seem to be less intelligent and socially aware than Wendy herself. Although, it seems that they don't pay much attention to her or listen to her; nevertheless they attempt to rein her in when she seems to be acting badly herself. Wendy's mother attempts to prevent her from getting breast implants in "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society", while her dad is indignant that Wendy supposedly wants to dress like a whore in "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset", though he was eventually convinced to allow it by the store's whorish clientele. They also refused to listen to her excuses for beating up Cartman in "Breast Cancer Show Ever", and forced her to promise that it wouldn't happen. In the episode "Night of the Living Homeless", it is revealed that Mrs. Testaburger is the city planner.
Bebe's family. From what has been shown of them, they are very stereotypical. Her mother appears in "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society", where it is implied that she is dumb and managed to get by relying on her looks. In that episode, Bebe is smart and more thoughtful than her mother, though she seems more interested in make-up and boys than Wendy. Bebe's father is briefly seen in "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset".
The Tuckers are Craig's family. The family consists of Craig, his insanely tall portly redheaded father Thomas Tucker, who is balding with an orange semi-mohawk, his mother, and his younger sister named Ruby. Little is known of them except that flipping each other the middle finger appears to be the family norm. Craig's family's tendency for flipping each other off has been heavily ingrained into Craig, who for the first several seasons is implied to have been sent to either the principal's or counselor's office on a daily basis because of the habit. In the recent episode "Pandemic", neither Craig nor anyone in his family flipped anyone else off, even when they got into a heated argument with the Broflovskis and Marshes, but this is possibly because they only do it in each other's company.
All members of the Tucker family were first seen in the episode "Tweek vs. Craig", and were not seen again in their entirety until the "Pandemic" duology (Craig's sister only appeared in a photograph), but Mr. and Mrs. Tucker have made short cameos throughout the series.
Timmy's parents are named Richard Burch and Helen Burch, and apparently suffer from the same form of mental retardation as Timmy himself. When they are interviewed on television in "Timmy 2000", all they can say are their own names, just like their son.
Formerly named Swanson (and often misspelled Vulmer), this is Jimmy's family. His father, Ryan Valmer, dresses much like Stephen Stotch, and apparently likes coffee and sexual exchange talk. At the beginning of the episode "Night of the Living Homeless", Mr. Valmer displays the title "Chief of Fire Department". Very little is known about his mother, Sarah Valmer. Jimmy's parents also say (in the episode Krazy Kripples) that the reason Jimmy was born with a handicap because they made fun of handicapped people in high school and it was God's way of punishing them.
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