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Officer Barbrady
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OfficerBarbrady
Character Information
Gender Male
Hair Brown
Age Unknown; likely 30's
Birthday February 18
Occupation Police Officer
Religion Government/ Department of Motor Vehicles 09/25/2013
Voiced by Trey Parker[1]
Appearances
First "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe"

Officer Barbrady is a police officer. He is extremely incompetent at his job, usually being incapable of solving the crimes he is legally obliged to investigate. Despite this, he actually does maintain the balance of peace in South Park as shown in "Chickenlover" when shortly after he retired the city fell into chaos.

Background

For the first six seasons, Officer Barbrady was the only Police Officer in South Park, as shown in "Chickenlover". However, during the seventh season, Sergeant Yates and several other officers were added, starting in "Lil' Crime Stoppers" and Officer Barbrady became the Police Chief. Since then, he has appeared in the background, and as shown in "Die Hippie, Die" and "Erection Day", it has seemingly been so long his voice has actually changed. However, his voice seems to have returned to normal once again in "The Snuke".

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Officer Barbrady under alien control, seen in "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe"

It appears that the decline in his role made him a lot more competent, as in "Quest for Ratings", he arrests a pharmacist for selling drugs to minors, in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", he questions the evidence for a "religious cult" in Mr. Mackey's house party, he realizes his mistake when he gives Jimmy directions to a sleazy part of town, shows apparent discomfort after helping to kill Britney Spears in "Britney's New Look", and told Randy that South Park was being ravaged in "Pandemic". He also tried to stop the Obama supporters from disturbing the peace in "About Last Night...", but fails and his patrol car gets tipped over by rowdy supporters.

He has started to appear more and more in episodes in Season Fourteen with him being in "Medicinal Fried Chicken", "200" and "It's a Jersey Thing".

Illiteracy

Barbrady was illiterate until the episode "Chickenlover" when the Chickenlover enacted a plot to make him read by having sex with chickens. Barbrady was also sent to school to learn how to read by the Mayor. The Chickenlover made Barbrady learn where he would strike next by reading the clues left at the crime scenes. When the arrest was finally made, Barbrady acted gratefully to the Chickenlover, but had to arrest him nonetheless for being a gallophile. Chickenlover then gave him the book Atlas Shrugged which Barbrady thought was "a load of crap" and made him realize reading is "a waste of his time".

Appearance

He wears a traditional blue police officer's uniform, and black sunshades. He appears to be slightly overweight. Barbrady is likely near deaf; he wears a hearing aid and speaks in a loud, expressionless manner. Of note, he has not been seen without the sunglasses except during the ending of "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe", but his eyes, mouth and cheeks are changed due to the alien control and so it is unknown how he looks without his glasses.

Personality

Officer Barbrady fits the personality of an oaf: unintelligent, willing to use unnecessary force, etc.

Family

Unnamed Wife

In "Chickenlover", Barbrady is revealed to have a wife. However, she has yet to appear and is seldom mentioned.

Relationships

Mayor McDaniels

Many episodes which feature both Barbrady and Mayor McDaniels, it is implied that they are in a relationship - in "Pinkeye", they are seen "not wearing any pants" (Barbrady in lingerie) and McDaniels shirt open, insisting to Chef it has "nothing to do with the Japanese mafia". In "Summer Sucks", McDaniels is at her desk when suddenly Barbrady's voices comes up asking where the "little man in the boat" is. McDaniels tells him to keep looking and at the end of the scene, swoons when he says he's found him. Despite this, in "Spontaneous Combustion", McDaniels is seen reading "Jugs" and in "The Coon", Cartman questions the Mayor's sexuality, implying that their relationship is secret.

Also, despite the fact that Barbrady is generally portrayed as a bumbling oaf, the Mayor still tended to call on him up until Season 7. This is due to the fact that until then he was the only officer in the town.

Trivia

  • Officer Barbrady doesn't drink coffee, as seen in the episode "Gnomes". He instead prefers to get hit in the face by a cat swung by the tail.
  • At the South Park Studios FAQ, it's mentioned that Barbrady has been too busy taking reading classes to do police work.
  • Officer Barbrady has a Long Island accent, particularly noticeable in "Erection Day".
  • Barbrady did not appear at all in seasons 10, 13, or 16.

Prominence

References

Townsfolk
Big Gay Al | Officer Barbrady | Farmer Carl Denkins | Mr. Derp | Ned Gerblansky | Tuong Lu Kim
Priest Maxi | Mayor McDaniels | Dr. Alphonse Mephesto & Kevin | Mitch Murphy | Nelson
Skeeter | Skyler | Scott Tenorman | Darryl Weathers | Dr. Schwartz | Sergeant Yates
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