Randy Marsh

Randy Marsh

    South Park
Photo Credit: Everett Collection

Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living… in South Park, Colo., with wife Sharon, children Stan and Shelly, and father Marvin. Randy has a powerful id and is probably the least disciplined person in his family. His impulsive behavior often gets him in trouble with “The Man.” Once after getting pulled over for speeding, Randy pops a stick of gum into his mouth to a mask the scent of alcohol, gathers himself and asks, “What seems to be the officer, problem?”

Profession… geologist, and a damn good one! Randy has a Nobel Prize under his belt for his theory on spontaneous combustion. In addition to geology, Randy has worked in a miscellany of fields. He briefly owned and operated a Blockbuster Video store, and he moonlighted as a Wal-Mart greeter and then as a South Park Mall security guard. Randy also serves on the South Park City Council.

Interests… singer Billy Ray Cyrus, binge drinking, starting riots, the Food Network, and P.F. Chang’s.

Relationship Status… married to Sharon. The two of them are prone to minor squabbles. Randy is a terrible communicator, and he tends to express his displeasure with a frustrated “G’aww!” Though they’ve divorced on more than one occasion, they have always reconciled. If there is one thing their relationship can count on, it is their robust sex life.

Challenge... being a good father, rather than just an over-involved one. Part of Randy’s strategy for living vicariously through Stan is to stay current on all the hot new trends. He is constantly embarrassing Stan: when he joins up with Stan and his friends in World of Warcraft, when he becomes cafeteria chef of South Park Elementary, when he gets wasted at all of Stan’s Little League games. As Stan tells his mom, “I think something might be wrong with Dad.”

Personality... obsessive, irrational, and melodramatic. Surprisingly, Randy is something of a big shot in South Park. Because he gets worked up so easily, his rabble-rousing voice rises above all others, and in times of crisis he often assumes a leadership role – which speaks either to Randy’s character or to the (deficient) collective character of the residents of South Park. Or both.


Fans of him also like:

Find out how you match to him and 5500+ other characters