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For other uses, see Starvin' Marvin (Disambiguation).

Starvin' Marvin is a thin little boy from Ethiopia, who first appeared in the episode, "Starvin' Marvin".


In his first appearance in "Starvin' Marvin", Marvin was accidentally shipped over to the boys, who then took him into their custody, and tried to teach him the ways of the Americans. However, they are eventually found out, and forced to return him to Ethiopia, but not without a large number of mutant turkeys to feed his family.

In his second and most recent major appearance in "Starvin' Marvin in Space", Marvin got control of a spaceship, which he and the boys used to travel to outer space. Later in the episode, Marvin brought all of the other Ethiopians to the paradise planet Marklar.

Marvin makes a brief cameo in the 100th episode, "I'm a Little Bit Country" in the large crowd at the very end. It is not explained how he returned from Marklar. Though a group of Marklars were spotted next to him and presumably took him with them.


He does not know how to speak English, but he learns how to say a few of Cartman's catchphrases, such as "Sweet!" or "Yeah, I want the Cheesy Poofs!". He also learned how to say his name (that is, the name the boys give him). His real name in his clicking-based language sounds something like "(click)-(oh-in-uh)-ma'bin" - the boys find this difficult to pronounce and shorten it to just "Marvin" based on the ending. According to the government agents who greet his parents, his surname is "(click)-(click)-derk".


Starvin' Marvin is incredibly malnourished due to the famine in his home country, thus appearing incredibly emaciated. He has nothing to wear except a dirty loincloth.


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  • Marvin has the longest absence from the show (17+ years).
  • The boys were intrigued by the clicking sounds of Starvin' Marvin's language, which actually bear a greater resemblance to the Khoisan languages of Southern Africa, rather than any languages spoken in Ethiopia.


Minor Characters from Season One
Anthropologist | Barbra Streisand | Bill Denkins | Bob Johnson | Bob Saget | Chief Running Water | Clone Stan Marsh | Damien Thorn | Death | Denver Broncos | Doctor Tom | Don King | Elton John | Enrique | Ethiopian Tribe | Fluffy | Frank Hammond and Phil | Geraldo Rivera | Great-Great-Grandpa Marsh | Hakeem Korashki | Halfy | John Warsog | Kathie Lee Gifford | Kyle's Elephant | Leonard Maltin | Michael Buffer | Midget Wearing a Bikini | Milo | Mr. Allen | Mr. Kitty | Mr. McDonald | Ms. Ellen | Mutant Turkeys | Patrick Duffy | Photographer | Quadriplegic Swiss Man on a Pony | Rex | Richard Stamos | Robert Smith | Sally Struthers | Scuzzlebutt | Sidney Poitier | Sparky | Starvin' Marvin | Stevens Family | Suzanne Somers | Sylvester | Ted | Tom Pusslicker | Unnamed Couple | Visitors | Weight Gain 4000 Ad Actor

More information: List of Minor Characters from Season One | Season One