Randy Marsh

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Randy Marsh is a character on the US TV show, ‘South Park.’ His name is derived from series co-creator Trey Parker’s father, and Parker describes Randy as ‘the biggest dingbat in the entire show.’ Randy is voiced by Parker.

The show established Randy and his wife Sharon as being a couple as young adults during the flower power era. Their marriage has not been without its frequent arguments, which are usually instigated when Sharon is annoyed, ashamed, or disgusted by Randy’s eccentricities. The two even once went through a brief divorce. After quickly entering a new relationship, Sharon realized how much she was still in love with Randy, and the two promptly reconciled. Randy and Sharon tend to showcase liberal viewpoints, having protested the 2003 invasion of Iraq and supported Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential race.

Like Parker’s father, Randy is a geologist. Randy’s is often seen overreacting and obsessively seizing upon irrational ideas and fads, whether by himself or as part of a large contingent of the town’s adult population. Though the show frequently depicts him to be a moderate drinker, numerous episodes have dealt with Randy’s exorbitant behavior brought upon by his severe intoxication.

A few instances of personal achievement have made Randy a hero in the eyes of his friends and fellow townsfolk, such as being awarded a Nobel Prize, and twice setting a record for producing the world’s largest piece of human excrement. He is also shown to be the toughest of the South Park parents, by frequently getting in fights at Stan’s baseball games, usually winning. He has an unbridled desire to prove himself, when no-one has asked him to do so.

Randy has also been subjected to ridicule from the entire town, ranging from when he inadvertently accelerated the effects of global warming by suggesting the entire populace take on a more uninhibited approach to passing gas, to when he reluctantly exclaimed ‘n-word’ while attempting to solve a puzzle during a live taping of Wheel of Fortune. Randy is quite musically talented as he can play guitar and is able to sing and dance; he was part of a pop band in the 1980s called The Ghetto Avenue Boys.

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