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Sheila Broflovski
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MrsBroflovski
Character Information
Aliases S-Woww Titty Bang
Gender Female
Hair Red
Age Unknown; likely 40s
Birthday June 17
Occupation Frequent Protester
Religion Judaism
Voiced by Formerly: Mary Kay Bergman[1]
Currently: Mona Marshall[2]
Relatives
Mother Cleo Broflovski
Husband Gerald Broflovski
Son Kyle Broflovski
Adoptive Son Ike Broflovski
Nephew Kyle Schwartz
Appearances
First "Death"

Sheila Broflovski is Kyle Broflovski's mother and the adoptive mother of Ike Broflovski. She is frequently insulted by Cartman, who calls her a 'bitch' as she usually spoils his misguided fun. In fact, he has even created a song to make fun of her, entitled Kyle's Mom is a Bitch.

Background

Protests

Upon hearing of anything she finds offensive, Sheila exclaims her catchphrase, and often starts something up about it. Cartman once noted this happens usually once a month, demanding to know why at the exact same time of the month, she always gets irritated by something, and he always ends up getting screwed by it. Sheila has protested against many things including:

Terrance and Philip

Her best-known protests are probably the ones connected to the Terrance and Philip show.

In "Death"

She lobbied with the other parents to have "Terrance and Phillip" taken off the network (much like the controversy and the protests against the TV show "Beavis and Butthead" who Terrance and Phillip are based on). Though it succeeded, She caused many lives to be lost when she had protesters take part in suicide attacks on the studio and a worse TV show was put on the air as a replacement. She was referred to as "Carol" in this episode along with Sharon Marsh.

In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Sheila was one of the main antagonists. She was offended by the influence Terrance and Phillip's antics from their film Asses of Fire had on the children, so she created "MAC" or "Mothers Against Canada" since Terrance and Phillip are Canadian. When Cartman sang a song insulting her in protest, she had a V-Chip prototype installed in him to give off electric shocks whenever he swore. Although Sheila meant well in protesting the obcenity for the children's sake, it then lead to a war between United States and Canada.

In "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo"

She was angered at the school nativity - particularly how Kyle was playing Joseph. She forced the play to adopt a non-offensive theme which everybody hated, ultimately provoking a riot in which she beat up Priest Maxi as he was restrained by Gerald.

In "Conjoined Fetus Lady"

She was annoyed by the boys making fun of Nurse Gollum because she had the fictional disease "conjoined twin myslexia"(parasitic twin), so she taught them about the disease, but the boys started trying to split their heads open with ice picks to get supposed fetuses out (except Kyle and Kenny, who probably knew better).

In "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce"

A rare instance where her protest would actually help Kyle. She attempted to protest against Cartman for leading the whole school into believing her son was responsible for 9/11. However, this topic was brushed aside in favor of who defecated in the urinal at school, which happened to be Stan.

Minor protests

Appearance

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Sheila on South Park Studios.

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Sheila in "Margaritaville".

Sheila wears a midnight blue dress suit with a white shirt and a violet-red skirt underneath. She also wears beige nylons, red lipstick, and gold earrings. Her hair is long and red, much like her son Kyle's, and put up in a beehive. She is overweight and shorter than average height. She speaks with a rather broad Brooklyn/Jersey accent, although she mentions in the movie that she moved to South Park from a larger city. In "It's a Jersey Thing", Sheila reveals that her family lived in Newark, New Jersey, that Gerald impregnated her with Kyle there, and that they moved to South Park two months later. In "Margaritaville", she wore a brown bedsheet in the form of a toga. For special occasions, her outfit is in black and dark grey colors (like Gerald).

When she lived in Jersey, Sheila wore a yellow sleeve-less t-shirt that had "S-Woww Titty Bang" on it, a denim Jacket with the sleeves cut off, gray trousers, and black high heels.

Personality

Sheila is very protective about her family and has often led huge campaigns against beliefs and other such examples which she believes are unsafe, often going too far in her efforts and steamrolling her son in the process. She was the cause of the America-Canada War and was the leader behind "Mothers Against Canada" (M.A.C.). She also seems to be somewhat nosy, poking into things that are other people's business. For instance, when she found out that Gerald Broflovski and Stuart McCormick used to be friends in high school she arranged a fishing date between the two (which had bad results.) In retrospect, either the relationship between Gerald and Stuart OR the fact that the Broflovskis are from New Jersey may be non-canon, unless Stuart McCormick lived in New Jersey with Gerald prior, or Gerald and Stuart went to high school together in South Park or some other location, before Gerald moved to New Jersey and impregnated Sheila with Kyle.

She is also quite quick to anger when she is challenged, or more correctly when someone tries to tell her she's wrong. An example being that she shot Terrance and Phillip when Kyle told her she was wrong in starting a war with Canada when all he did was go see an R rated movie, in normal episodes when Kyle tries to talk back Sheila raises her voice and gives him into trouble no matter how right he might be to do so.

In the 8th draft of the script for the movie, it is clear that the power of leading M.A.C. went to her head and made her insane to the point where after discovering Ike, Cartman, and Kyle were at the USO show, General Plymkin thinks they are "Canadian Sympathizers" and wanted them executed along side with Terrance and Phillip and apparently she and Cartman's mom were okay with it while Stan and Kenny's mothers were shocked at this act.

After the war began she went on a insane rant about how perfect her plan is to eliminate "not pretty things" and among other things admitted that Kyle wasn't born in a hospital. That and she mistook Satan for Alan Dershowitz. This aspect of Sheila's was dropped from the main film as it seemed to be very uncharacteristic of her and to make her more sympathetic as she saw what the war lead to.

However, her over-protective and annoying personality and protests seem to have diminished a lot in recent seasons.

Family

Her first name, and red hair, suggest that she is of Irish or Scottish descent. However, red hair is also common in Jewish heritage. This coincides with the fact that she, and not Kyle's father, is the more stereotypical Jew in the family. It is also possible that her maiden name is Schwartz, since Kyle Schwartz is her nephew.

Similarities and Differences to Matt Stone's Family

Sheila is named after Matt Stone's own mother, and Kyle's family surname is derived from Stone's mother's original maiden name, Broslovski (which was changed to "Belasco" when her ancestors immigrated to the United States). This may explain why the family's name was spelled in various ways early on in the series (e.g., Brosloski, Brovlofski, etc.).

Even though the entire Broflovski family practices Judaism on the show, in real life, Matt Stone's mother is the only Jew in the family (and he has mentioned that he and his sister, Rachel, were brought up agnostic.) His sister is the only member of his family who isn't represented on the show. This could possibly be because Stan (and in real life, Trey Parker) has a sister and with Matt and Trey considering themselves very similar anyway, for both Kyle and Stan to have a sister would make them far too similar.

Stone claims to have learned phrases and pet names like "bubbe" from his maternal grandparents, who, like their daughter, were Jewish.

Gerald Broflovski

Main article: Gerald Broflovski

He is Sheila's husband and the town of South Park's most prominent lawyer. The pair met while in College, and apparently it was Sheila's decision for them to move back to Gerald's hometown of South Park to raise their family. The pair of them seem to have a strong marriage, and aside from a period of Gerald having erectile dysfunction, have never appeared to have any obvious marital problems. However in "Chef Aid" she cheated on Gerald with Chef and Gerald strangely accepts this adulterous affair. Gerald seems to accept his wife's hard character activism, and often supports her, such as the events of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. The pair have one natural born child, Kyle, and either due to the inability to have another or simply a personal decision, adopted Ike.

Kyle Broflovski

Main article: Kyle Broflovski

He is her only biological son and also one of the main characters. Shelia has unquestionable love for Kyle, who loves equally as much and often defends her a lot, particularly from his friend/foe Eric Cartman. However, even Kyle finds her personality hard to bear at times, as the things she does for him can often cause him grief and social stigmata, such as protesting Terrance and Phillip. As the series has progressed however, Sheila's activism has lessened, making Kyle's relationship with his mother easier to deal with.

Ike Broflovski

Main article: Ike Broflovski

He is Sheila's adopted son from Canada. Its clear that Shelia loves him as much as her biological son Kyle, and she often even seems to forget that he's adopted. The reason for adopting Ike is never clear, but its possible that Sheila was incapable of bearing another child after Kyle—possibly the reason that Kyle gets sick so often. Shelia seems to become upset with Ike when he breaks a window after Kyle plays "Kick the Baby" with him.

Kyle Schwartz

Main article: Kyle Schwartz

He is Sheila's nephew. She welcomed him with open arms during his visit to South Park, and even, to make him feel a little more comfortable, promised to address him as "Kyle", and her own son as "Kyle 2".

Cleo Broflovski

Main article: Cleo Broflovski

She is Sheila's deceased mother, who was never seen alive on-screen. She apparently had the surname "Broflovski", as this was the name on her gravestone in the episode "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery". While this is most likely just a mistake, it seems to imply that she and Gerald had the same surname before they were married, which in turn could indicate that they were related and committed incest. Of course, it could also mean that Gerald chose to go by Sheila's name after marriage, instead of the other way around.

Quotes

Her catchphrase is the exclamation "What-what-WHAT!" This may be a borrowing of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice". Shylock says "What-what-what!" After hearing that his daughter, Jessica, has run away and taken his money. South Park often deals with stereotypes, and this reference to one of the most famous stereotypical characters in literature is ironic. Sheila Broflovski: ""What What What?!?""

Trivia

Prominence

Sheila had a fairly major role in the series early on, but her prominence quickly decreased after Mary Kay's death and the increasing use of Randy as the main parent. She has had a speaking role in every season to date, as well as a major role in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and a minor appearance in South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Video Games

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Sheila Broflovski appears in the game as a minor character, remaining in the Community Center during the entire game.


References

South Park families

Broflovski Family | Cartman Family | Marsh Family | McCormick Family | Stotch Family | Tweak Family | Valmer Family | Black Family | Biggle Family | Cotswolds Family | Donovan Family | Gueermo Family | Hakeem Family | Stevens Family | Tenorman Family | Testaburger Family | Tucker Family | Mephesto Family


Broflovski / Schwartz Family

Cleo Broflovski | Gerald Broflovski | Ike Broflovski | Kyle Broflovski | Kyle Schwartz | Murrey Broflovski | Sheila Broflovski

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