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Top 10 Best Secondary South Park Characters

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Mark Sammut
It’s the home of the weird, funny, and playfully offensive. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Secondary South Park Characters. For this list, we’re looking at "South Park's" greatest characters not named Stan, Kyle, Kenny, or Cartman. Only the TV show will be taken into consideration.

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It’s the home of the weird, funny, and playfully offensive. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Secondary South Park Characters.

For this list, we’re looking at "South Park's" greatest characters not named Stan, Kyle, Kenny, or Cartman. Only the TV show will be taken into consideration.

#10: Terrance & Phillip

One of the many awesome things about "South Park" is that many of the gags work at several levels. Voiced by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Terrance and Phillip are the stars of a popular Canadian comedy show primarily consisting of juvenile humor. While the kids love Terrance and Phillip, parents hate the comedy duo with a fiery passion - which reflects the way that many adults dismissed "South Park" itself. Terrance and Phillip are simultaneously hilarious, meta, and iconic - showing that you’re never too old to giggle at a well-written fart joke.

#9: Jimmy Valmer

You can never have too much of a good thing, and Jimmy exemplifies this motto. Initially introduced as a one-off character to rival "South Park's" other physically impaired resident, Jimmy was popular enough to warrant a recurring role. Arguably the most optimistic person in the series, Jimmy is constantly striving to prove the doubters wrong, even if that entails cheating at the Special Olympics. In lesser hands, Jimmy may have been a one-joke character, but "South Park" created a foul-mouthed comedian who’s much more than meets the eye.

#8: PC Principal

He might not represent South Park at its subtlest . . . but he is damn hilarious! As the name suggests, PC Principal satirizes so-called “social justice warriors”, and introducing the character, “South Park” pulls none of its punches. Liable to fly off into a tirade at the smallest indiscretion, PC Principal starts out as a violent villain who tries to ruin the "South Park" experience we’ve all come to love. Eventually, PC Principal reveals a few extra dimensions and becomes a genuinely fascinating character, particularly once Vice-Principal Strong Woman enters the scene and romance blooms between the two progressive-yet-obnoxious caricatures.

#7: Mr. Mackey

Underneath this counselor's boring green shirt, blue jeans, and thinning hair; rests a tormented hoarder aching to lash out at anyone unfortunate enough to get in the way. Mr. Mackey stands out as one of "South Park's" competent adults, although the educator has steadily grown more unhinged with each passing season. Season 14's "Insheeption" dives deep into Mr. Mackey's painful childhood, although the counselor is primarily known for adding the phrase "m'kay" to the end of every sentence. In "South Park," normal is relative, and Mr. Mackey set the standard.

#6: Timmy Burch

Confined to a wheelchair and boasting quite a limited vocabulary, Timmy has a solid case for being "South Park's" most controversial secondary character, which is saying something. At first glance, Timmy comes across as a crude collection of disability traits. But he also subverts these stereotypes, and is treated as an equal by the other children. "South Park" might mock the way people react to Timmy, but the character isn’t actually the joke. Along with spawning numerous catchphrases, Timmy continues to be a highlight whenever he makes an appearance.

#5: Jerome "Chef" McElroy

What do you do when you can’t rely on your teachers for words of wisdom? Turn to the school cafeteria cook! For the show’s best ten seasons, Chef acts as the voice of reason . . . or something close to it. Sure, he may break into song a lot about his favorite topic, but at least he actually offers some sort of advice. He also cooks fantastic meals and composes future Alanis Morissette songs, which is more than a little impressive. "South Park" was never quite the same after his passing, which just serves as a testament to Chef's brilliance.

#4: Tweek Tweak

Perpetually on the verge of a panic attack, Tweek doesn’t exactly exude positivity. But that hasn’t stopped the kid from becoming one of "South Park's" standout secondary characters. When not unwittingly aiding Cartman during one of his schemes, Tweek can be found hanging out with Craig. Initially introduced as enemies, Tweek and Craig eventually form such a close friendship that the town becomes convinced they’re dating. While it isn’t true at first, Tweek and Craig steadily embrace the idea and start to date - becoming one of “South Park”s most endearing couples.

#3: Herbert Garrison

How to even begin describing such a complex character? Mr. Garrison has multiple personalities, often communicates through puppets, dated a man named Mr. Slave, and succeeded in becoming the 45th President of the United States. In season nine. he undergoes a sex change and spends the next few years as Janet Garrison . . . before regrowing a penis. Whether adopting atheism, or taking a stand against Canadian immigrants, Mr. Garrison tends to take everything to its absolute extreme. As one of "South Park's" most eccentric personalities; Mr. Garrison is unpredictable, irreverent . . . and a riot.

#2: Randy Marsh

Stan's father is a walking contradiction - but in the most entertaining way. On one hand, he has a doctorate in geology, so must be reasonably smart . . . On the other, he microwaves his genitalia in the hopes of contracting cancer and scoring legal marijuana. His naivety and selfishness drive the plot forward in quite a number of episodes, with the character often playing a significant role in the cartoon's darkest or strangest moments. "South Park" is primarily about The Boys, but nobody steals the spotlight quite like Randy Marsh.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Wendy Testaburger

Clyde Donovan

Token Black

Officer Barbrady


#1: Leopold "Butters" Stotch

"South Park's" unofficial fifth main character, Butters underwent a gradual rather than meteoric rise to fame, culminating in the character temporarily replacing Kenny in season six. Unlike virtually every other elementary student on the show, Butters actually behaves like a pretty regular kid. Because he isn’t as cynical or as assertive as the likes of Cartman and Stan, Butters tends to be the butt of many jokes and attract the attention of bullies; but if pushed too hard, he also has the potential to snap and plot sweet revenge . . . even if his schemes never quite came to fruition.


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