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Ned Gerblansky is missing his right arm and talks through an electrolarynx with a voice performed by Trey Parker. He was almost always presented as Jimbo Kern's apparently platonic companion. Ned and Jimbo were both inspired by characters Parker drew in high school.[2]

Background

Vietnam

Jimbo and Ned met while in the Vietnam War, where Jimbo was a helicopter pilot. During the war, Ned lost his right arm when a hand grenade exploded prematurely in his hand. In earlier episodes he can be seen with a skeletal, gray, prosthetic arm. Ned also lost his formerly mellifluous voice due to a laryngectomy, apparently caused by laryngeal cancer from cigarette smoking, and speaks with an electrolarynx. Despite the fact that Ned lost one of his arms, he can still wield two-handed weapons, such as a flamethrower, and even an M249 SAW in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

Huntin' and Killin'

He is usually seen hunting with Jimbo and is a co-host on "Huntin' and Killin'". When Jimbo says "It's coming right for us", Ned usually repeats it in his electronic voice.

Ned's Role in the Series

Ned was more prominent in the first five seasons, much like Pip Pirrup and Chef, usually featured alongside Jimbo Kern with the two acting as leaders of the townspeople in times of crisis. Their roles gradually diminished, and by the fifth season, Jimbo Kern began acting more as one of the townspeople, with Ned fading, and after the sixth season Ned has ceased to have speaking roles, being almost completely absent by season eight. He did appear in "Cartoon Wars Part I" and three seasons later in "The F Word", and during Season 14 has made quite a few cameos, in "Medicinal Fried Chicken", "200", "201" and "It's a Jersey Thing", but having no lines in any of them. Ned has not spoken alone since around the fifth season, but he did speak in "South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play!" and "South Park: The Stick of Truth" which were both released during the thirteenth and seventeenth seasons respectively, showing Trey Parker is still capable of performing his voice.

Appearance

Ned has short, messy, gray-brown hair. He has a small mustache and goatee, a left arm, and missing right arm. He wears a camouflage shirt, light blue jeans, sunglasses, and a black headband. Ned is usually straight-faced. He's very skinny and noticeably smaller than the other South Park adults. He is comparatively less detailed than some of the other adults in the show.

Personality

Ned Gerblansky and his best friend Jimbo Kern represent South Park's large population of stereotypical "hicks". They are obsessed with large trucks, beer, guns, explosions, and killing animals. They detest "liberals" and circumvent anti-hunting laws by yelling, "It's coming right for us!" before shooting any animal, thereby justifying the kill as self-defense. Later, after a court ruling, shooting the animals so as to "thin out their numbers", despite the fact that they are shown shooting at endangered species when they shout this phrase. Ned hardly shows any emotion; mostly just staring blankly ahead of him. It was revealed in "Tweek vs. Craig", that Ned used to be a State Champion Boxer until a grenade blew his right arm off. Throughout the episodes, many characters (mainly Jimbo) say that Ned is 'accident-prone' due to certain unfortunate things that have happened to him; blowing his arm off, running into a telephone pole, getting trampled by a herd of cows, etc. Though they both are best friends and share the same interests; Ned seems to be the opposite of Jimbo. While Jimbo is tall, fat, and loud; Ned is short, skinny, and quiet; Jimbo is a natural leader while Ned seems very dependent on Jimbo and does everything he says. Ned also seems more easily frightened than Jimbo, particularly in the episode "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka" when he frequently states how terrified he is of the frog, working himself into such a state that he becomes catatonic upon seeing it. Ned also has very varied interests and hobbies; he is a local history buff ("Chef Goes Nanners"), a former champion boxer (see above) and used to be a good singer, not that that stops him from singing now.

Relationships

Jimbo Kern

Ned dressing gown

Ned walking around the house he shares with Jimbo in his more relaxed attire. (From "Jakovasaurs".)

Due to his close relationship with Jimbo Kern and the speculation about Jimbo's sexuality, there has been much speculation over Ned's sexuality. As with Jimbo, there is evidence for him being gay and straight, so he is probably bisexual. In the early seasons, he lived in the same house as Jimbo, and was completely comfortable walking around in front of Jimbo wearing small, zebra-stripe underpants and a very short dressing gown which is completely open at the front. However, he has had sexual relationships with Liane Cartman, even stating that he "could be" Eric Cartman's father in "Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut". It is revealed in "Summer Sucks" that he used to be married, mentioning his ex-wife. However, he also admitted to watching another man masturbate in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub".

Quotes

  • Ned: "Hello, Mrs. Cartman. How are you today?"
  • Ned: "Moh Yeah, that's right, I don't think eight year old kids drink beer, mmm."
  • Ned: "Were you stationed in Da Nang?"
  • Ned: "Moohh, rabbit, rabbit, 5 o'clock."
  • Ned: "It's coming right for us."
  • Ned: "Mmm, oh, it hurts, it hurts, mmm."
  • Ned: "Moh man it smells like dead fish here."
  • Ned: "There's not many animals out today, Jimbo, mmm."
  • Ned: "Mm I don't know man. I've got some bad gas."
  • Ned: "We'll be on the cover of Guns & Ammo."
  • Ned: "Mmm, so much for the cover of Guns & Ammo."
  • Ned: "Mmm, holy crap."
  • Ned: "Mmmoh no, out of ammo."
  • Ned: "Mm-one day at a time, Mayor. Mm-one day at a time."
  • Ned: "Thin out their numbers!"
  • Ned: "Mmmm. Damn that frog!"
  • Ned: "Are fireworks legal in Mexico?"
  • Ned: "Nnnn-no moleste el gato spectacularrrr."
  • Ned: "Mmm-it looks like my ex-wife!"
  • Ned: "Mmmm-gahyah! Git along, little doggies!...AAAAAH!"
  • Ned: "Mmm whatcha got, bee-ahtch?"
  • Ned: "Shut... up... Jimbo." (Burps this out.)
  • Ned: "Is... there... re... ward... money?" (Burps this out.)
  • Ned: "Mmm. Aw, Jimbo, I can't thank you enough for the new voice box. Gmmm, now, what in the devil is this thing? Mmm-aw, what a bloody pickle this is! Did you keep the receipt, then?" (Irish voicebox.)
  • Ned: "We can't go around saving every form of life, any more than we can kill them all. We have to let nature run its course." (With voicebox that sounds just like his old voice.)

Prominence

Nedcoma

Ned in a coma ("The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka").

Ned has been seen in various cameos throughout the series, usually with Jimbo.

Let's Go Tower Defense Play!

Jimbo plays a major role in the game South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play! alongside Ned Gerblansky, hunting out at Stark's Pond when it is attacked by Jakovasaurs and other enemies. He and his partner both function as powered-up 'fiery-works' towers, but without costing the player any money. Neither character is playable, however, and it is unknown if the game is canon.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Ned is found manning South Park's local weapon store alongside Jimbo, where the player can buy high level weapons, and start a quest to hunt down several rare wild creatures.

Trivia

  • In the "Night of Bethlehem" Christmas short, it is revealed that Ned's voice-box runs on batteries.
  • In "Summer Sucks", it is implied that Ned used to have a wife, it is unknown if she divorced Ned or passed away.

References

  1. ""South Park" Volcano (TV episode 1997)". IMDb.com.
  2. Trey Parker, Matt Stone. (2003). South Park: The Complete First Season: "Weight Gain 4000" (Audio commentary) [CD]. Comedy Central.
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Big Gay Al | Officer Barbrady | Farmer Carl Denkins | Mr. Derp | Ned Gerblansky | Tuong Lu Kim
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