South Park Archives

November 2007 Featured Article Winner
For other uses, see Herbert (Disambiguation).

Herbert Garrison (previously Janet Garrison; after a sex-change operation that was later reversed), is a 4th grade teacher at South Park Elementary. He first appears in the Season One episode, "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe", and is voiced by Trey Parker.

Mr. Garrison was a man throughout the first nine seasons of South Park until "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina", where he received gender confirmation surgery and became a woman. This was undone in "Eek, A Penis!", where he got a reverse sex change operation and became male once again.

He ran for President in Season Nineteen, eventually gaining the Republican nomination. He became elected as President of the United States in the Season Twenty episode "Oh, Jeez" and appears as the 45th President of the United States from Seasons Twenty-One to Twenty-Three. However, in the Season Twenty-Four episode "South ParQ Vaccination Special", he returned to South Park to continue his work as a 4th grade teacher.


1012 pillow-talk

Ms. Garrison and her first love after her sex-change operation.

Herbert Garrison grew up in Arkansas, where most of his problems originated. Even at a young age, Garrison showed signs of homosexuality, when he felt unloved by his father when he would not molest him. Garrison knew about many cases of child molestation and saw it as a form of love, not a disturbing crime. Garrison received a degree of mechanical engineering in college. It is unsure when, but instead of becoming an engineer like he was qualified to be, Garrison became the third-grade teacher at South Park Elementary, despite his lack of knowledge of his subjects. Despite being a homosexual, he would react in negativity or "go nuts" if anyone would ask him if he was gay, once using the excuse of "acting like it to get chicks." He was caught trying to molest a boy, Eric Cartman, who was looking to find an older and more mature person to hang out with. After Garrison was released from prison, he was fired from his job for what he tried to do and decided to pursue a career in writing romance novels. He published one novel, which unfortunately for him won an award in Best Homo-erotic Novel, despite the novel’s main audience was women. This led him to have a severe breakdown, causing him to leave to the mountains to live in solitude. When Ms. Choksondik comes to see him in the mountain for advice on how to handle his class, he realized that he must admit his sexuality and gets a different job at South Park Elementary, teaching the Kindergarten class.

After Ms. Choksondik's death, Garrison was promoted as the Fourth Grade teacher and was reunited with his old class. He had started a new relationship with a man called Mr. Slave, who in the episode "The Death Camp of Tolerance" was used by Garrison to try and get himself fired for being gay, so that he could sue the school for millions of dollars. This did not work and The Boys ended up getting sent to tolerance camp. The Boys were released from the camp due to his behavior at the Tolerance Museum and unfortunately for Mr. Garrison, he got sent to the camp himself, along with Mr. Slave, deemed intolerant of their own homosexuality. In "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina", he got a sex change operation, realizing he was not gay, but just a woman stuck in a man's body and changed her name to Janet. This led to the break up of her and Mr. Slave, who said he liked having sex with men, not women. It was at this point that Mrs. Garrison became homophobic once more and returned to her original beliefs on homosexuals. Ms. Garrison was very promiscuous with her sexuality, claiming to have let truckers 'do' her in their trucks.

600px-Music Cover

As "Janet Garrison".

After she learned she could not have periods or get pregnant, Ms. Garrison decided she was not actually a woman, but it was too late to have the operation undone, and she accepted what she was. When Ms. Garrison learned that Mr. Slave was going to marry Big Gay Al, she tried to stop the governor from passing the law for gay marriage, by having two of her male students (Stan & Kyle) take care of an egg. She expected the two to break the egg, thus proving gay couples were irresponsible and could not take care of a child. The egg, though, was still intact by the end of the project, letting gay couples marry. Ms. Garrison was morally opposed to teaching evolution in "Go God Go" and was replaced by Richard Dawkins as the teacher. After initially fighting one another, the two form a relationship and Richard Dawkins convinces Ms. Garrison to give up Christianity and become an atheist like him. Dawkin's views on atheism and Ms. Garrison's 'assertion' combined would apparently lead to the world becoming atheists. Their relationship ends, though, when Eric Cartman reveals that Ms. Garrison used to be a man.

Ms. Garrison explored her sexuality some more after mistakenly going into a Lesbian Bar and ending up having sex with a woman named Allison. She took to her new sexuality quickly, defending Lesbian rights and Les Bos, the bar where she became gay again. Yet in "Eek, A Penis!", after watching the famous show of Oprah about Thomas Beatie, she realizes that the sex change operation was a big mistake. She pays to have her penis re-grown using her DNA and became a man once more. It is unknown if he is once more homosexual after his sexual encounter with women. In the episode "The Cissy", where Cartman requests to use the girl's washroom because he claims he is transgender or as Cartman says "transginger", Mr. Garrison advises Principal Victoria to give in to avoid the scandal Cartman is almost certain to cause otherwise, speaking from experience as he was once transgender himself.

In "Where My Country Gone?", he starts to speak out against the undocumented immigrants (Canadians) in the country, which results in him being fired from South Park Elementary. He then starts a movement to "fuck 'em all to death" and to build a wall separating the countries; only to find that the Canadian President has already built a wall to keep out the Americans. He sneaks into Canada, and literally fucks the Canadian president to death, which results in mass reverse-immigrations. He later bids in the Presidential Elections. In "Sponsored Content" at the Debate, he suggests fucking all the Syrian Refugees to death, believing they are all ISIS soldiers. It also seems that he has a lot more supporters than Hillary Clinton. He also returns to South Park with Principal Victoria and Caitlyn Jenner to stop the town's fate of ending.


Mr, Garrison attempting to destroy the member berry to lose the election.

In Season Twenty Garrison is still running for President, but after realizing he could win and does not have any plans to do in his presidency, he tries to foil the election in order to lose his supporters by trying to sit down the national anthem during a football game, however he fails since the rebooted version of the national anthem allows people to sit, stand, or kneel. He again tries to foil the election by making derogatory remarks against women and the TSA during a campaign rally. Instead of losing supporters, he instead gets chased by an angry mob demanding answers. When he finds out that the reason of why he was gaining more supporters was because of the memberberries, he tries to destroy them with Randy but to no avail. However, having consumed a memberberry himself, he goes on his campaign and wins the election.

In Season Twenty-One, though stating how he can handle societal psychology, despite being informed, his approval ratings are very low as depicted in the episode "Doubling Down", a desperate Garrison ends up running back to South Park after launching a nuke at Toronto that killed a million Canadians at the end of "SUPER HARD PCness". During the events of "Splatty Tomato", he starts appearing all over South Park scaring people by asking about his approval ratings. Eventually, he is found and captured, but manages to escape while everyone is looking away.

In Season Twenty-Two, he makes a brief cameo at the end of the season finale "Bike Parade", enjoying the town's newfound sense of tegridy, but has handcuffs on implying that he was recaptured.

However, in Season Twenty-Three, he is seen back in office by "Season Finale" where Randy Marsh calls for help to get out of jail after Randy's crimes in the episode "Mexican Joker". Garrison suggests the DARVO technique: Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and, Offender. They role-play the tactic, which seems to work for Randy. Garrison ends the phone call by telling him that he'll take care of the problem.

In "The Pandemic Special", set during the COVID-19 pandemic, Garrison reveals to Stan that he is choosing to "actively not do anything" about the pandemic, as it is helping his campaign promise to get rid of all the Mexicans (when Stan objects that the pandemic isn’t killing only Mexicans, Garrison responds that it's killing "a whole lot of 'em". He later appears at the end of the episode where he uses a flamethrower to burn a scientist along with the pangolin to prevent the COVID-19 vaccine from being created and spoiling his anti-Mexican agenda, before then asking people to vote for him in the upcoming election.

In "South ParQ Vaccination Special", Garrison becomes a fourth-grade teacher again after he is shown to have lost the election, and he returns to South Park along with a man sidekick named Mr. Service. He acts oblivious to his tenure as president and attempts to continue on with his normal life. He uses the Hollywood Elites to warp reality and turn Mr. Service into Mr. Hat, and manages to return to being the teacher for the 4th grade students.


As 3rd and 4th grade teacher, Mr. Garrison teaches a rather incompetent class. The students in his classroom never pay attention and instead chat with each other while he is giving a lesson. While the children do occasionally receive punishment for slacking off, such as Stan having to read an embarrassing note that Bebe passed up to him in front of the whole class in "Clubhouses", they never learn from their mistakes and usually repeated the behavior.

Mr. Garrison is also noted for his class showing no concern for his well-being. In "Gnomes", when he announces that the school is considering firing him on grounds that he does not teach his class about current events, the students have no problem with it. Additionally, in "Tom's Rhinoplasty", Kyle even tells the substitute teacher that they have no respect for Garrison when she tells the kids to treat her the same way they treat him.

Despite this, however, Stan, Kyle, and Wendy go out of their way to visit him at the mental home and tell him that they hope he is able to come back to school soon and teach again in "Weight Gain 4000".


Garrison wears dark green pants, a green jacket, and black shoes. He also wears black-framed eyeglasses. He is mostly bald, with gray hair on the sides.

As a woman, she tailored his jacket into a tank-top, wore lipstick and gold earrings (similar to Alexis Testaburger's) as well as shorter pants and new white shoes. Her hair remained the same, however, bald spot and all. Mr. Garrison is also left-handed.

After becoming male again in "Eek, A Penis!", Garrison returns to an outfit almost identical to his original one, with a belt added to his pants and an altered collar.

When running for President on the Republican ticket in Season Twenty, Mr. Garrison's appearance changes to include an artificial tan, and later he adopts a blonde hairstyle resembling that of Donald Trump, signifying his role as a fictional analogue of Trump during the 2016 election season. As President of the United States, Garrison wore a dark-blue suit with a red tie and white shirt. In "Put It Down", he is shown to no longer wear his glasses in his Twitter picture, though he continues to wear them in all physical appearances.

After losing the election and returning to South Park in "South ParQ Vaccination Special", Garrison returns to his previous revised appearance with the belt and collar.

His hair was brown at the Drunken Barn Dance as seen in "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut", but in "Weight Gain 4000" as a kid his hair is grey and he resembles himself as an adult almost perfectly.

In terms of animation, in the first several seasons of the show, Garrison's glasses were always shown resting on his nose in the sideview, while beginning from the twelfth season on, he is usually shown from the side with the glasses over his eye.

In South Park: Post Covid, Mr. Garrison aged into an old man. His head became bigger and lost a few hair. He retained his original outfit while wearing a brown jacket.

To see images of Herbert Garrison, visit Herbert Garrison/Gallery.


Herbert Garrison is shown to a sociopathic, immature, manipulative and dimwitted man suffers from many psychological problems that are touched many times throughout the show, though it appears nothing is ever done about it. The most noticeable of his problems are multiple identity disorder, represented through various puppets. At the beginning of the series, while Mr. Garrison still taught Third Grade, he held a puppet on his hand known as Mr. Hat. Mr. Garrison used this puppet to show a second, more aggressive personality and to emote some of his most inner conflicts. One of these conflicts being the fact he was gay and his inability to come to terms with that. It was hinted many times that he was gay, but Mr. Garrison would take deep offense and insist he was straight. He would say Mr. Hat was gay and later admitted his second-hand puppet, Mr. Twig, was also gay. Mr. Garrison denied the fact he was gay so much, that he even appeared homophobic and believed gay people were an abomination and were not human. In one particular episode, he tells Stan, "Gay people are evil. Their hearts pump not blood like yours and mine, but rather a thick, vomitous oil."

Garrison is very outspoken, often campaigning to have changes made that he feels are right or to block other people's ideals and can be considered heavily opinionated. During certain seasons and on occasion, he will slur the last part of a word in a sentence especially when he is saying something in emphasis.

Mr. Garrison is racist, first shown as a gag for "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo", where he proposes the town gets rid of all the Mexicans every Christmas, which he again suggests in "It's Christmas in Canada", to which the Mayor angrily replies "Mr. Garrison, every year you suggest that and every year we tell you NO!"; in "Here Comes the Neighborhood", when rich black people were moving to South Park, he was able to gather the town's men into getting rid of them, under the pretense that the rich people were taking over the town. He got people to dress up like "ghosts" to scare them away and burned lower case T's on the black peoples' lawns standing for "Time to Leave." Once the town was rid of the rich people,

614 image-12

Mr. Garrison and his lover, Mr. Slave

Mr. Garrison said they could all get rich by selling the houses. This confused the town folk, who replied that they would then become what they did not want in the town. Mr. Garrison then exposed his true motive by saying "Well, at least I got rid of those damn ni-" (and the episode cuts to black and the credits roll). Mr. Garrison was also seen among a KKK group, but said he was not a member, but Mr. Hat was, again using his puppet to dispute the conflicts inside himself. Mr. Garrison appears to be on good terms with Chef though, a black man who works at the school and was even at his funeral.

Mr. Garrison is an incompetent teacher, who teaches his students useless things, such as why Chubby Checker left the Beatles and once spent a whole week of just showing his class old Barnaby Jones tapes. He has also taught his students a few times subjects far too advanced for them, like Joseph Stalin and communism. There have only been a few instances, mostly in more recent episodes, when Mr. Garrison has been portrayed as more competent as of a teacher taught a normal subject for a Fourth Grade class (many instances being after his sex change to a woman and back to a man), mostly Times Tables. Yet he goes about it by insulting the kids when they get an answer wrong, which is often. It is possible that Mr. Garrison teaches the students more about pop culture because he himself does not know a lot about the school curriculum, or just does not pay attention to it.

One of Mr. Garrison's common personality traits since giving up Mr. Hat is how his aggressive behavior now causes him to take things to the extremes. When he came out as gay, he began performing extremely vulgar homosexual acts with Mr. Slave. Of course, part of this was most likely because of the fact he wanted to get fired in order to sue the school. However, after becoming a woman, he became obsessed with declaring how much of a woman he was in the loudest and again most vulgar way. For example, he once shouted loudly to other women about how wonderful it was to have a period. Later, when Mrs. Garrison begins a brief relationship with Richard Dawkins, she gives up her religious faith due to the fact the Dawkins found her attractive and then became obnoxiously vocal about Atheism to the point of being fanatical. The same held true for when Mrs. Garrison decided to become a lesbian following a one-night stand with another woman. Following the encounter, Mrs. Garrison began to sexually harass all the women at the local lesbian bar and became obsessed with the idea of having random sex with women. These extreme shifts and stances of belief mixed with his already aggressive behavior make it to where Garrison is often verbally abusive to any and all who disagree with him. All of this suggests that he is an extreme narcissist.

Due to the fact that Mr. Garrison has had both male and female relationships during the course of the series, it is now unclear whether or not he can or should still be considered gay, but rather pansexual. Since Garrison's last relationship was lesbian in nature prior to returning to being a male, it has not been made clear what Garrison's current orientation is. It was once implied during earlier episodes that Garrison might have had sex with Cartman's pet pig 'Fluffy', meaning he may also enjoy bestiality. In addition, "Jakovasaurs" also suggests that same idea when the people are watching the Jakovasaur and Garrison suggests that they let him keep the Jakovasaur. They replied that he once found a bird that he kept at his house to keep it alive, but he ended up having sex with it, to which Garrison replies that the bird was a total slut and then he tells everyone who did not have sex with the bird to raise their hands and everyone raises their hands (a reference to "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut").

Perhaps the most appropriate description of his orientation is in "The Death Camp of Tolerance", when Chef states that there is a big difference between being gay and being Mr. Garrison, suggesting that he believes Mr. Garrison is a pervert. Mr. Garrison may also be a pedophile, as he was shown attempting to "hook up" with young boys in "Cartman Joins NAMBLA".

Since returning to male gender in Season Twelve, Mr. Garrison's behavior as of lad has been shown to be less eccentric than before, having been involved in no acts of deviant sexual behavior, outrageous outbursts, or psychotic episodes. Instead, he is behaved more or less like a responsible and sane teacher. The closest exceptions to this has been when he offered up his students as hostages in "Super Fun Time" and being afraid (along with all the other Republican members of South Park) that it was the end of the world after Barack Obama was elected president in "About Last Night..." he still did teach the curriculum ,however. One example of this is teaching them about Game of thrones in Cartman Finds Love.

But his weird behavior returned in the Season Nineteen episode, "Where My Country Gone?", he is fired from his teaching job after he verbally bashes South Park's many Canadian immigrants. He begins a political campaign to get rid of all the Canadians by "fucking them all to death." After traveling to Canada and doing this to the Canadian president, he decides to go to Washington, D.C. to run for President, with Caitlyn Jenner as his running mate possibly because they are both transgender.

Teaching Assistants

Throughout the seasons, Mr. Garrison has had four teaching assistants. The first of these was Mr. Hat. It was through this puppet that Mr. Garrison channeled deep emotions through him he was afraid to show, like the fact he was gay. Mr. Garrison would use Mr. Hat to voice things he himself would never have said at the beginning of the show. Mr. Hat was gay and racist, according to Mr. Garrison, who he himself denied being. Mr. Hat was able to do things without the help of Mr. Garrison, which makes many people wonder if Mr. Hat does have a mind of his own. Some of those instances are when Mr. Hat drove a car through a prison wall to rescue Mr. Garrison and Chef and he has blinked and moved his eyes around a few times. Mr. Garrison had a debate with Mr. Hat about whether or not to go to a KKK meeting and when Mr. Garrison refused, Mr. Hat disappeared from the room. He has also shown he has had Mr. Hat since he was a young boy.


Mr. Garrison with Mr. Hat

Mr. Garrison replaced Mr. Hat with a new hand puppet, Mr. Twig. Mr. Twig is a twig wearing the same shirt as Mr. Hat and spoke in the same voice until his final episode, where he spoke in a French accent (although since Mr. Twig's final speech to Mr. Garrison was romantic in nature, it may have been simply a joke). Mr. Garrison's students did not receive Mr. Twig well and wanted Mr. Hat back. Mr. Garrison insisted Mr. Hat would never be coming back. In the episode "Chef Aid", Mr. Twig kept on ending up in unfortunate accidents. Mr. Garrison soon discovered they were being caused by Mr. Hat, who wanted him to take him back. At the end of the episode, Mr. Twig helped Garrison realize that Mr. Hat was the best choice and Mr. Garrison discarded him and Mr. Twig has not been seen since.

In "The Death Camp of Tolerance", Garrison learns that he can sue the education board for a lot of money if he is fired for being gay, and does his best to ensure this happens. He hires his then boyfriend Mr. Slave as his teaching assistant or "teacher's ass". His classes become increasingly sexual and degenerate in nature, culminating in Mr. Garrison inserting the class gerbil, Lemmiwinks, into Mr. Slave's rectum.

In the episode "200", Mr. Garrison is forced by Eric Cartman and his hand-turned-con-artist-puppet Mitch Conner to pull Mr. Hat out of storage, so as to reveal the truth about his father who until recently was believed to be Cartman's mother, Liane Cartman. Garrison is initially dismissive of using the old puppet, saying he no longer needed it. However, Mitch greets Mr. Hat, claiming they are old friends and war buddies and as the conversation between Mr. Garrison, Cartman, and Mitch progresses, Garrison seems to regress back to talk with and to Mr. Hat as if the puppet is alive.

In "South ParQ Vaccination Special", Mr. Garrison is given a secret service agent, Mr. Service because he previously served as President of the United States. Towards the end of the episode, Mr. Service is digitally manipulated into Mr. Hat by the Hollywood Elites.

Criminal Record

Mr. Garrison has committed numerous misdemeanors and felonies throughout the series.

  • Assault: In "D-Yikes!", she attacks the Persian representative sent to the Les-Bos lesbian bar to negotiate by kicking him in the groin.
  • Attempted Murder/Manslaughter: In "Weight Gain 4000", he attempts to assassinate Kathie Lee Gifford during her visit to South Park out of revenge for her humiliating him in a talent show as children. Despite attempts by Stan and Wendy to talk him down, he shoots at Mrs. Gifford, only to accidentally kill Kenny instead.
  • Murder: In "Weight Gain 4000", he unintentionally shoots Kenny during his assassination attempt on Kathie Lee Gifford. In "The Pandemic Special", Mr. Garrison kills a scientist and the Pangolin with a flamethrower.
  • Hate crimes: In "Follow That Egg!", he attempts to illegalize gay marriage and even round up and abuse all gays.
  • Child abuse: In "The Death Camp of Tolerance", he enacts inappropriate sexual acts with Mr. Slave in front of his class of children.
  • Escaping from Jail: In "Chef Aid", he, along with Chef, escapes from Officer Barbrady's cell after Mr. Hat manages to break down the wall with a car.
  • Kidnapping/False Imprisonment: In "Truth and Advertising", he, along with Caitlyn Jenner and Principal Victoria, kidnap and interrogate Randy Marsh on what has happened to the town since they left.
  • Arson: In "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes", he burns down 2 stores: Wall-Mart and Jim's Drugs RX.
  • Murder-Rape: In "Where My Country Gone?", he rapes the Canadian President to death.
  • Soliciting Sex from a Minor: In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA", he attempts to solicit sex from young children via the internet. He meets up with Cartman at the docks and is arrested in an FBI sting operation. As a result, he temporarily loses his job as a teacher.
  • (Alleged) Bestiality: Implied to have had sex with Cartman's pet pig and a pigeon in the episodes "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig" and "Jakovasaurs".
  • Indirect Mass Murder/Biological Terrorism/Attempted Genocide: In "The Pandemic Special", Mr. Garrison intentionally hinders any progress to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic because he sees it as a way to kill off Mexicans. He ignores the immoral nature of this as he is committing indirect mass murder and the fact that the pandemic is affecting the entire country and the world itself. Later, when scientists finally re-acquire the pangolin needed to study and help develop a potential vaccine for Coronavirus, Garrison shows up with a flame thrower and uses it to kill the pangolin and scientist, condemning the world so he can succeed with his twisted personal agenda.


Mr. Garrison has had both male and female relationships before, during, and after his sex -change, because of this it is unclear what his sexuality is, it is likely that he is bisexual.

Mr. Slave

Mr. Garrison starts dating Mr. Slave in "The Death Camp of Tolerance", this relationship lasted until his sex change operation in "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina". They had a falling out in "Follow That Egg!", where Mr. (at the time, Ms.) Garrison tried to sabotage Mr. Slave's and Big Gay Al's wedding. Its hinted in "Not Funny" that Garrison might still have some feelings for Slave.

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins was Ms. Garrison's first boyfriend since the sex-change operation. This relationship was formed in "Go God Go" when Richard asks her on a date. He also successfully "converted" her to Atheism though this was probably just said because she was afraid to lose the first man who has found her attractive, in the future they get married and rid the world of religion, however thanks to Eric Cartman who uses the time phone in "Go God Go XII" to contact Mr. Garrison he reveals to Richard the truth about the sex change operation and doing so proceeds Richard to break up with her and runs out of the house in disgust.


Allison was one of the women who Ms. Garrison experimented with in "D-Yikes!" and officially made her a lesbian, it is unclear if they were dating or just friends with benefits, however after the events of the episode it may be clear that they never spoke again.

The Boys

Mr. Garrison does not have many interactions with the boys outside his role of teacher, he usually shows annoyance toward them and frequently talks to them in a very vulgar way, and he is often shown to loathe Cartman (like most of the other teachers), even once threatening to break his legs and burn his house down in "Follow That Egg!". Sometimes, however, they can show sympathy toward each other. In "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig", he shows concerns for Stan when he saw that he has a black eye, thinking that his parents beat him but when Stan is explaining to him that it was caused by his sister, Mr. Garrison loses any worries and get mad at Stan for "making him wasting his time". In "The Succubus", he explains to the boys that Veronica is a succubus and how she can be defeated. Mr. Garrison is also invited at Cartman's house to look at his seamen in "The Simpsons Already Did It".


Rick is Mr. Garrison's current boyfriend who made his debut in "Pajama Day".


  • Despite his elderly appearance, according to Herbert's father, Mr. Garrison Senior, Herbert is only 41 years old.[4]
  • Garrison's sexual orientation remains ambiguous since his multiple sex-change operations. Forming relationships with both men and women, he is shown having a preference for both sexes.
  • He may or may not have had sexual intercourse with Stephen Stotch, as both of them were revealed to be regular visitors to The White Swallow bathhouse in "Butters' Very Own Episode", however, this could have been where he met Mr. Slave.
  • He is probably fond of bestiality, as it was implied in "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig" and "Jakovasaurs", that he has had sex with a pigeon and Cartman's pet pig.
  • Mr. Garrison appears to be quite fond of Kenny, as in the episode "Best Friends Forever" he is seen trying to bring food to Kenny in the hospital but gets arrested.
  • Mr. Hat is known to be a racist, member of KKK, in "Chef Goes Nanners" and Mr. Garrison stays out of the KKK and apologizes to an irate Chef for Mr. Hat's involvement. However, in "Here Comes the Neighborhood" Garrison seems to be racist as well. He is also spotted during town
    1106 battle-cry

    Ms. Garrison leading the riot in "D-Yikes!".

    meetings suggesting to get rid of all the Mexicans as shown in "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" and "It's Christmas in Canada" with each suggestion getting denied by Mayor McDaniels.
  • When Mr. Garrison shows off his new boobs in "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina", while grotesque looking, they are more or less equal in shape and size. However, in "Go God Go", when he reveals them again, they are even more misshapen, with one being notably smaller than the other. This may be due to one of them being damaged in "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow".
  • Mr. Garrison carries a gun with him to class, it is unknown why and it also unknown why he did not use it when his whole class was held hostage in Pioneer Village in "Super Fun Time", although it could have been confiscated by the staff at school, the robbers, or he may have simply forgotten to bring it.
  • Mr. Garrison is also one of only two teachers at South Park Elementary (the other being Mr. Mackey) who have been fired from the school but later returned.
  • In the episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons", his name that appears on the cover of his best-selling book is Ethan P. Garrison, a possible pen-name.
Garrison gas station

The gas station owned by Mr. Garrison Senior in "World Wide Recorder Concert"

  • Mr. Garrison seems to get some of his more bizarre worldviews from his mother. When he returns home in "World Wide Recorder Concert", his mother encourages his father to molest him (both she and her son see it as a sign of love) and is distraught upon hearing from Garrison that her husband never molested Garrison as a child. Mr. Garrison also seems to have inherited his mother's appearance more than his father's.
  • Before being a teacher, he was going to be an engineer. He studied mechanical engineering at university and in "World Wide Recorder Concert" his father's gas station sign reads "Garrison and Son". How he came to leave his father's business and teach in Colorado has not yet been revealed. This also implies that he is an only child.
  • Mr. Garrison invented IT, a high-speed vehicle that he built to put airplane companies out of business, but his business was shut down by the government due to airports losing money.
  • It is revealed in "The Entity" that Mr. Garrison is left-handed.
  • His relationship with Mr. Hat was very similar to The Ventriloquist and Scarface from the Batman series. The reason is that they both had a puppet that they claim to have a mind of its own, they both are old and have grey, balding hair, wear glasses, and they forced the owners to kill people.
  • Even outside of school, he is still referred to by his teacher name, "Mr. Garrison", rather than his first name "Herbert".
  • Mr. Garrison has had a speaking role in every season except Season Twenty-Two.


Video Games

South Park Rally

Mr. Garrison appears as a secret playable character in the game. To unlock him, the player must win the Rally Days 2 race while not letting any enemies reach a checkpoint.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

When the New Kid is tasked with putting a sign from the Goth Kids on the table in the community center, Mr. Garrison is able to be seen and briefly talked to. He can be friended on Facebook after completing the PTA Problems quest.

South Park: Phone Destroyer

There are four cards featuring Mr. Garrison in South Park: Phone Destroyer. All of his cards, except Commander Hat, are Fighters. He is also the first character to have a Neutral card despite having cards in other themes.

Swordsman Garrison is a 5-Cost Rare Fighter of the Adventure theme that sees Mr. Garrison dressed up as Zorro. His Charge skill makes him a sword slash in a small area, dealing large damage and being capable of hitting flying enemies.

Commander Hat is a 4-Cost Epic Ranged unit of the Sci-fi theme that sees him in an outfit resembling a character from Star Trek. When summoned, he will command all allies to kill the highest cost ground enemy in sight. He will give all allies an Attack and speed buff until that enemy is defeated.

Witch Garrison is a 4-Cost Rare Fighter of the Fantasy theme that sees Mr. Garrison in his witch outfit from "Sons A Witches". When he uses his Charge skill, he will throw a liquid onto a large area when used. Any enemies who touch it will get slowed down for 10 seconds.

President Garrison is a 5-Cost Epic Fighter of the Neutral theme that sees Mr. Garrison in his Donald Trump-esque outfit as President of the United States from Season 19-24. His attacks do area damage and his Charge skill fires a laser beam at a random enemy, doing large damage to them.

See Also


  1. Revealed by Mr. Garrison Senior during counselling with Mr. Mackey in "World Wide Recorder Concert"
  2. "The Death Camp of Tolerance" on IMDB.
  3. Mentioned in "World Wide Recorder Concert" that he molested him "last Saturday".
  4. Revealed by Mr. Garrison Senior during counselling with Mr. Mackey in "World Wide Recorder Concert"
South Park Elementary staff
Coach Miles | Girls' Volleyball Coach | Herbert Garrison | Mitchell | Mr. Derp | Mr. Garrett | Mr. Harris | Mr. Mackey | Mr. Meryl | Mr. Thompson | Mr. Wyland | Mrs. Streibel | Ms. Bronski | PC Principal | Pearl | Recess Supervisor | Richard Adler | Strong Woman | Substitute Teacher | Unnamed Bus Driver
Diane Choksondik | Jerome "Chef" McElroy | Jose Venezuela | Margaret Nelson | Miss Claridge | Mr. Conners | Mr. Slave | Ms. Ellen | Ms. Stevenson | Nurse Gollum | Principal Victoria | Randy Marsh | Veronica Crabtree

Fictional Celebrities
Bill KeeganBrian JeffriesCanadian PresidentCaptain HindsightCartmanBrahCharles KincadeChiquitaChuck E. CheeseCoyote BrownDuck PresidentFreja OllegardHardly BoysHeather SwansonHeidi (Simply Heidi)Herbert GarrisonJohn GarnerKatherine and Katie QueefManuelo FurnandaMitch ConnerMoney Quest HostsNick JabsPrince of CanadaPrincess of CanadaPrince and Princess of CanadaQueen of CanadaRichard StamosSanctifiedSandy CervixSmelly JohnSid GreenfieldSkankhunt42Stephen AbootmanTammy ThompsonTerrance and PhillipThe Ghetto Avenue BoysTom PusslickerTom ThompsonTrinity
More Information: Fictional Celebrities