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Randy Marsh
Randy Marsh

Gender:

Male

Hair:

Black

Birthday:

March 1

Age:

39

Job:

Geologist

Religion:

Roman Catholic. Temporarily Atheist and Mormon

Voiced by:

Trey Parker

Randy Marsh is a character on South Park. He is the father of Stan & Shelley and the husband of Sharon Marsh. Despite being a geologist, which requires a high level of intelligence, he is often shown to be absent-minded when it comes to a lot of things. This oftentimes provokes the storyline in many episodes.

AppearanceEdit

Randy wears a blue colored shirt with chest pockets on each side and dark gray trousers. Under his jacket, it is implied is a white shirt. His left-side pocket usually has a yellow, a red, and a blue pen, plus some white paper pinned in. He has thick, black hair with parted bangs, and a thick black mustache, both of which seem to evoke a 1970s hairstyle. In early episodes, though, his hairstyle was somewhat different (see left). Up until "Conjoined Fetus Lady", he didn't have a dimpled chin. But in and after that episode he mysteriously developed one (of course, in the early stages of South Park, many things changed).

At bedtime, Randy wears deep blue pajamas with a long-sleeved shirt, and gray slippers. Though he appears slim and in shape when clothed, he is rather flabby, and has a protruding stomach, as seen when naked. Randy also has prosthetic testicles following the removal of his own due to testicular cancer.

In his special occasion outfit, which consists of a white dress shirt, a light blue tuxedo, blue pants, and a gold tie, he has a gold handkerchief in his blue coat pocket.

CharacterEdit

PersonalityEdit

Randy is often portrayed as an intelligent but simultaneously dim-witted, quick to think, naive man, while all the same a caring, doting father. He has a habit of being led astray by new fads or events, like many of the characters. All the same, he has also been known to go completely against such things, though his reasons are usually selfish and immature. He will also try to do a heroic thing, but will then be distracted due to a selfish reason as seen in Insheeption. This and his casual beer drinking habits draw parallels to Homer Simpson, who has similar characteristic elements. Randy also seems to drink a lot of coffee, shown carrying a cup in most episodes he is in at one point or another.

Randy has a tendency to act very melodramatic. Whenever things get surreal in the show, and Randy is calling for his son, he usually puts on an act of being very ill and weak, and moaning Stan's name out: "Staaaaaan!". Randy is also shown to be a hypochondriac.

In the episode "My Future Self n' Me", "Future Stan" reveals that Randy doesn't like chicken. He also doesn't like cherry pop-tarts, as he expressed disgust when Linda Stotch pointed out that those were the only ones left in "Night of the Living Homeless".

In the episode "Guitar Queer-o", Randy can be seen strumming a guitar with his right hand; he may therefore be right-handed.

He is obsessive with a few things, as evidenced with his video camera in "Pandemic" when he videotaped his father Marvin Marsh in the bathtub, Sharon, Stan and Shelley eating dinner (which is implied to have happened multiple times), a Peruvian flute band outside the house (asking Stan to go outside next to them), Sharon and Shelley watching CNN, Sharon talking to the Broflovskis and Tuckers about their missing boys, Sharon calling someone to help with the missing boys and the gargantuan guinea pigs rampaging through town. Sharon frequently reprimanded him for doing this, calling him an idiot at one point.

AlcoholismEdit

In "The Red Badge of Gayness", "Clubhouses" and "The Losing Edge", it was hinted that Randy has a drinking problem. This drinking problem(although in "The Red badge of Gayness", it was shown that most of the men in the town are involved in the manipulation by Cartman. Cartman also mentioned it in the episode "Grey Dawn", at one point stating, "Looks like Stan's dad's been hitting the bottle again." His problem was more closely examined in "Bloody Mary" after he was caught drunk-driving.

He has been depicted as everything from a casual drinker to a heavy alcoholic. He still isn't as bad as Kenny's father, Stuart McCormick, as, unlike the latter, he is sober most of the time. He also had a job until he got himself fired in "About Last Night" for a drunken tirade directed toward his boss. (It reveals again, though, that he was re-hired as a Geologist in You Have 0 Friends.) It appears Randy Marsh is a binge drinker - one who stays most of the time sober but drinks heavily at suitable instances.

MarijuanaEdit

He appears to be extremely drawn to marijuana, going as far as to intentionally giving himself cancer just so he could get his hands on legal marijuana. (He tried many ways to get cancer, such as smoking, getting a tan, and attaching cell phones to his face. He eventually came up with the idea of sticking his testicles in a microwave, as seen in Medicinal Fried Chicken, just to get weed. Every male in the town soon follows Randy's example.)

Musical talentEdit

It appears Randy Marsh is very musically talented. He is a good singer and he can play guitar really well as seen in Guitar Queer-O.

HistoryEdit

It is also implied in "Die Hippie, Die", that Randy and his wife, Sharon used to be hippies,and they met at Woodstock in 1969. If this were the case, though, they would be in their mid-forties to mid-fifties. But Randy stated in one episode in Season 9 that he was thirty-five years old, so this may have been simply a cutaway joke. Also, Randy and Sharon were revealed to have met in a tree-fort playing Truth or Dare, in the episode "Clubhouses".

Randy tells the other adults in town, at the end of "Child Abduction is Not Funny", that he studied Mongolian in college. He then speaks it to the children, who have joined a tribe of Mongolians. However, it appears that he doesn't apply his knowledge of the language to his life, as this is the only time he is heard speaking it.

In "Make Love, Not Warcraft", Randy makes a World of Warcraft account (which is named Falcorn and is a level 2 human hunter, which is not possible in the actual game at the time of the episodes creation.) after seeing his son Stan play it.

Randy is named after, and based upon, Trey Parker's father, Randy Parker. Randy Parker is also a geologist.

Careers and OccupationsEdit

He also serves the City Council. It should be noted that Randy Marsh bears the same name as an umpire in Major League Baseball.

Boy-Band SingerEdit

In "Something You Can Do With Your Finger", Randy reveals to Stan that he was in a boy band when he was eighteen, after having been in a choir during high school. He was so eager about this new career, that he dropped out of school, left his girlfriend and his family, and immediately joined up. The name of his band was The Ghetto Avenue Boys, which is meant to be a parody of The Back Street Boys. They had a hit single, "You Got It", and they made millions, living in a big mansion with dozens of women sharing his bed with him at once. But one year later, all of the group members were fired for being too old for a boy band, despite the fact that Randy was only nineteen at the time. Randy was in debt to the studio, and in order to make up for it, he had to give up all of his possessions. He then returned home at last, and used up what money he had left resuming his education.

An interesting thing to note is that Randy is shown to be very proficient at the guitar in "Guitar Queer-o". He also mentions in that episode that he knows how to play several famous rock songs on the guitar, such as "Carry on Wayward Son" by Kerry Livgren.

GeologistEdit

Ever since his first appearance, he has been shown to be a geologist. In later seasons, notably in the season 8 episode "Goobacks", he is known to be a worker for the United States Geological Survey. He became famous for his theory on moderation in the episode "Spontaneous Combustion", and won the Nobel Prize Award for it. He is often called upon to perform many scientific tasks, due to his education and positions. He usually is unable to perform the tasks, though, despite the fact he is a geologist and thus has a high level of understanding of many areas of science, including chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics. However his skills in geology might not be that good as well, as in Volcano he had to call someone to figure out why the "needle thing" was moving and what it meant when the mountain was smoking, and even after discoving it was a Volcanic Eruption, he casually finishes his coffee first. He lost this job in "About Last Night" for verbally and physically abusing his boss and then punching him, obviously mistaking him for a McCain supporter while he voted for Obama.

Due to the fact that Randy told Stan he saw his new Facebook page while at the office, in You have 0 Friends, its implied he found a new job or was re-hired by his old one.

Wall-Mart EmployeeEdit

In the episode "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes", Randy worked at the Wal-Mart in South Park until Stan saved him from being killed as the store was destroyed in the end.

Elementary School ChefEdit

FamilyEdit

Sharon Marsh Edit

She is Randy's wife. She seems to be more sensible than him at the best of times, although they both are known to be very hotheaded on occasion. In "Clubhouses", they were constantly bickering, and finally they divorced. Randy then became an incompetent father who spent the whole time partying the nights away, and never seemed to have time for his children. At the end of the episode, Sharon decided she still loved Randy, and they had sex in Stan's tree fort. They then presumably remarried. Up until this episode, they had been inseparable from each other; afterwards, they're still loving, but their relationship is a bit less normal. In more recent seasons, Sharon has become more annoyed with Randy's over-the-top and childish behavior, such as the events of Pandemic, where she freaks out and attacks him, when he spends all his time playing with a video camera while the family's lives are in danger.

Stan Marsh Edit

Stan is Randy's son, and youngest child. Randy loves his son very much, and goes out of his way to protect him, as shown in episodes "Grey Dawn", "Pee", and "Die Hippie, Die". When events suit him. Stan, however, gets very annoyed and frustrated by Randy's dim-witted behavior, and usually only takes his advice because he feels obliged to do so.

In "About Last Night", Stan so got irritated by the street party outside which was being led in large part by his father, that he made a noise complaint. All he could say when they tipped Officer Barbrady's car over was, "Jesus Christ!" and continued to watch in annoyed horror as his father's action became steadily worse. Things in-fact became even worse when Randy refused to help with Kyle's younger brother Ike, who had fallen out of the window and Randy ended up getting fired from his job for acting like a drunk-idiot towards his boss.

He also will publicly vocally express his annoyance in certain incidences in which Stan was apart of, most of the time being incredibly harsh in situations that do not call for it.

Shelley Marsh Edit

Shelley is Randy's daughter, and elder child. She is very violent to her younger brother, Stan, although she is very nice or at least indifferent whenever her parents are around. Because of this, Randy and Sharon have remained completely oblivious to her abusive nature. and when Stan told them what she did, they didn't believe him. Shelley however, like Stan and Sharon often gets annoyed with her father's behavior, rolling her eyes but rarely saying anything other than, "Mom, what's up Dad's ass?"

Marvin Marsh Edit

He is Randy's ancient father, who is 102 years old. He is very suicidal, though everyone merely laughs at his requests to be killed, saying, "That's our silly Grampa!" In "Grey Dawn", he was frustrated by the way Randy spoke to him as if he were speaking to his son, rather than his father. Stan then explained that that was partly why Grampa waged the war between the young and the elderly, because he didn't want to be "treated like he was 12". In "Fantastic Easter Special" it is revealed that Marvin brought Randy to the Hare Club for Men when he was little.

Grandma MarshEdit

She is Randy and Jimbo Kern's mother. She apparently divorced or cheated on Jimbo's father to be with Marvin. However due to the fact that they do not live together and Marvin had a sexual encounter with a contortionist in Quintuplets 2000, this would imply that she also left Marvin eventually. She is currently suffereing from an unknown illness in the hospital. She frequents Facebook, and often calls Randy to bully Stan into keeping up with her facebook status as seen in You have 0 Friends.

Jimbo Kern Edit

Jimbo is Randy's half-brother, as Matt Stone revealed in an interview. He said that they were birthed by the same mother, but each have different fathers. They appear to have a decent friendly relationship, often drinking together and talking about normal guy stuff. Despite the fact their mother left Jimbo's father, Jimbo himelf seems to hold no ill-will towards his half-brother.

Vehicles OwnedEdit

Randy has driven red sedans, Lexus RX300s, and Lincoln Navigators. In Smug Alert, he drove a Honda Civic Hybrid.

South Park Let's Go Tower Defense PlayEdit

In South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play, Randy appears in the peniultimate level 'Mountain Pass'. He told the boys to look out for ManBearPig (who was the level's boss) before humorously saying, "I'm gonna have a Beer!".

Major RolesEdit

Randy has been a relatively prominent character since the beginning of the show, eventually becoming the most prominent adult character and then one of the most significant characters on the show.