Trey Parker and Matt Stone are creative partners in crime, best known for being the creators of South Park. The two became friends in college and made their first short, The Spirit of Christmas (aka Jesus Vs. Frosty), that caught the eye of many and got South Park launched as the success it still is.
Creative works by the two include:
- Cannibal! The Musical
- South Park
- That's My Bush
- Team America: World Police
- The Book of Mormon
- Author Appeal:
- They like reasons to include Mormonism in their works. This includes a Mormon missionary as the main character in Orgazmo, a South Park episode ("All About Mormons") dedicated to the religion, and (obviously) The Book Of Mormon.
- They enjoy occasionally throwing in musical numbers into their works, due to their love of musical theater.
- Trey Parker is an admitted Japanophile, so you can pretty much expect any use of the Japanese language in their work to be some kind of Bilingual Bonus.
- Author Catchphrase: "Derp" was apparently a nonsense word invented on the set of BASEketball to exemplify stupid humor. It has been carried over to South Park in several forms, with no in-show explanation or link between them. Once there was a substitute school chef named "Mr. Derp" who did stupid physical gags; another time there was a Rob Schneider movie trailer (as part of a running gag of successively stupider movie trailers) whose narration consisted almost entirely of nonsensical permutations of the word "Derp".
- Garfunkel: A quite common accusation towards Matt Stone; the two have a creative partnership, but Trey Parker always directs their feature films and always plays the lead role, suggesting that Matt Stone is a less active creative partner. Additionally, most South Park episodes are written and directed by Parker alone. Stone, on the other hand, focuses on the business side of production, althought he does take part in the conception of the stories.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Will pretty much happen in any of their work, due to their tendency to do most of the voice work all by themselves.
- Here We Go Again: They lost a Grammy award to Phil Collins, then had to go up against Bono and The Edge in the Tony Awards, with Trey especially despising the idea of losing to both Phil Collins and Bono in one lifetime. They didn't, and won nine Tonies.
- Heterosexual Life Partners: The two have been friends since college. Stan and Kyle's relationship in South Park makes this trope evident even more, considering the two are based on their creators (Stan being Trey and Kyle being Matt).
- Man of a Thousand Voices: South Park features the voices of the two for every male character with very few, case-by-case exceptions.
- Refuge in Audacity: Their calling card.
- Self-Plagiarism: Trey & Matt wrote the gag song "Montage" for an episode of South Park, but the same song was used in their completely unrelated movie Team America: World Police.