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Shelly Marsh
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Character Information
Gender Female
Hair Brown
Age 13[1]
Birthday unknown
Occupation Student, part-time babysitter
Religion Roman Catholic, temporarily Atheist and Mormon
Voiced by Formerly:
1997-1999:
Mary Kay Bergman[2]
2000-2004:
Eliza J. Schneider[3]
Mona Marshall
Currently:
April Stewart[4]
Relatives
Grandfather Marvin Marsh
Grandmother Grandma Marsh
Great-Aunt Flo Kimble
Father Randy Marsh
Mother Sharon Marsh
Brother Stan Marsh
Uncle Jimbo Kern
Appearances
First "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig"

Shelly Marsh is Randy Marsh and Sharon Marsh's daughter and Stan Marsh's older sister. Shelly has been voiced at different times by Mary Kay Bergman, Mona Marshall, Eliza Schneider, and April Stewart. She is extremely ill-tempered, often beating Stan up and calling him and his friends "turds".

Background

It is suggested that Shelly was not always angry and that she only gained a temper after she got braces. The braces gave her a dowdy appearance and gave her low self-esteem, causing her to pick on her brother Stan. No one believed Shelly was beating up Stan, due to the fact when their parents were around she would act sweet and innocent (although Shelly whacked Stan a few times in front of her parents but received no punishment).

Despite the increasing use of the Marsh family over the recent seasons, Shelly's role has not expanded, and many episodes that feature her brother and parents prominently continue to exclude her. In "You're Getting Old", she is not seen at her brother's birthday party and only briefly appears at the end, looking sad as her mother packs after she divorces Randy.

Interests

Shelly loves watching television. Her favorite shows include Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Friends. She is also a fan of Russell Crowe, but all these things fall short of her favorite pastime: making Stan suffer. She also enjoys listening to Britney Spears records. In "Over Logging", there were posters of horses in the back of her room. This could mean she likes horses. Another poster of Sadie Dakota (a parody of Hannah Montana) can also be seen.

Strength

Shelly has also been shown to be exceptionally strong, even being able to pick up an entire piano in "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" and drop it on Stan and Kyle. In "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig", she was able to subdue Stan's mutant clone, which was wreaking havoc upon the town. In "Pre-School", when the boys turned to her as a last resort when the sixth graders couldn't stop Trent Boyett, implying that Shelly alone is stronger than all of the sixth graders combined.

Music

She can play the piano relatively well and sing relatively badly, as seen by her performance of "I Saw Three Ships" in "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics".

Social Standing

Shelly is rarely seen with any friends, implying that she is a loner. In "Cat Orgy", she has a 22 year old boyfriend (Skyler Morse). According to her nobody her own age will go out with her because she's too ugly.

Appearance

Shelly wears a grayish-white shirt and pink pants. She has shoulder-lenght, messy brown hair and bangs. She has bad dental problems and has to wear orthodontic head gear, giving her a very unappealing appearance. Because of that, she is usually scowling or frowning. She has a distinct adenoidal, slurred voice, where she breathes heavily through her mouth and nose, and has a lisp. On some occasions, she has been seen with her pajamas on; her pajama shirt is dark pink and her pants are light pink. For special occasions she wears a pink dress

Personality

Shelly Marsh is filled with a lot of anger and hatred, mostly caused by the head gear she has to wear. Her favorite way to vent this anger and hate is to beat up her younger brother, Stan. The anger also comes from the fact she is not very good-looking, with or without the head gear, meaning nobody likes her at school. This issue is explored in the episode "Cat Orgy", where she confesses this to Cartman.

In addition to revealing her vulnerable side during "Cat Orgy", Shelly has also been found to show compassion for her little brother Stan (usually after he plays the Brother-Sister-Family Card) when all other choices have been exhausted. A perfect example of this is the episode "Pre-School" where Stan and the others are threatened to be killed by Trent Boyett, Shelly vows to protect her little brother because killing him is her job.

She insists however that Stan come clean about the lies that made Trent want to kill him in the first place, showing that Shelly also cares about the way Stan is growing up and tries to teach him how to be a responsible person.

Family

Stan Marsh

Stan is Shelly's younger brother. In early seasons, Shelly would often intimidate her younger brother with threats of physical violence which she would never hesitate to follow up on. Shelly does not hesitate to extend her acts of violence to Stan's friends, in "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics", she smashed both Kyle and Stan over the head with a piano.

Although Shelly's violent tendencies have appeared to taper off in later episodes, she did start punching him repeatedly in "Over Logging", however, when she thought of how her online boyfriend might worry for her if they could no longer e-mail each other. To date, this episode is the only instance in which her violence towards Stan is noticed by their parents, as Randy then runs over and tells Shelly to calm down. Shelly and Stan may have resolved their sibling rivalry, as Shelly has not shown any violence towards Stan since this incident.

Sharon Marsh

She is Shelly's mother. Of all the grownups in the family, Sharon seems closest to Shelly.

Randy Marsh

Randy is Shelly's father. He is usually seen interacting with Stan, but he and Shelly have spoken to each other several times. She was frustrated by Randy recording ridiculously everyday family antics, saying "Turn it off, Dad!". Randy has shown to love her very much as seen in "Broadway Bro Down".

Marvin Marsh

He is Shelly's paternal grandfather. She seems to love him a lot, because when she thought Stan was trying to kill him, she grew even angrier than usual at him.

Jimbo Kern

He is Shelly's uncle. Not much interaction happens between them.

Flo Kimble

She was Shelly's maternal great-aunt. Aunt Flo gave Shelly a television/CD player/surround sound home theater for Halloween, before she was killed by the evil goldfish she gave Stan.

Roy

Roy is Shelly's step dad. After Sharon divorces Randy in "Clubhouses", she stays with Roy. They stayed together until Sharon dared Randy to have sex with her and they make up.

Relationships

Skyler

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Skyler was Shelly's boyfriend in "Cat Orgy".

No one liked Shelly at school, which led her into a relationship with a twenty-two year old wanna-be musician, Skyler, who did like her, if only because he wanted to have sex with her. He broke up with her after she refused to have sex him in "Cat Orgy", leaving her depressed.

Eric Cartman

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Cartman and Shelly in "Cat Orgy".

After Skyler broke up with her, she became depressed and it took Eric Cartman, the boy she had been baby-sitting when Skyler broke up with her, to make her realize that she did not need him and that he was a jerk. The two had been enemies, but soon became friends after getting revenge on Skyler.

However, in subsequent appearances, their mutual understanding appears to have deteriorated, and Shelly treats him just as she treats any of Stan's other friends. She refers to him as a "fat turd".

Amir

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Amir and Shelly finally meet.

In the season twelve episode "Over Logging", Shelly had a new boyfriend over the internet for some time. She believes that the emotions between herself and Amir are real. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that he does care for her, as he also traveled to California so that he and she could resume chatting online. There, they also end up meeting in person, and promise to e-mail each other that night.

Given her subsequent involvement with Larry Feegan, it can be assumed this relationship ended.

Larry Feegan

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Larry and Shelly playing together in "Broadway Bro Down".

Shelly befriends Larry Feegan in "Broadway Bro Down" after she stands up to his parents. They begin to spend a lot of time together, playing Settlers of Catan and eventually going to see the play Wicked together. However, Randy, knowing that Shelly will end up giving Larry a blowjob if they go to see the play, breaks in and floods the performance. Larry Feegan is killed in the resulting chaos, leaving Shelly heartbroken.

Prominence

The Stick of Truth

Shelly is seen as an enemy in her room. When you first go into her room without Stan as a buddy, she threatens the player. When the player goes with Stan, she can be battled. After she is defeated, she befriends the player, stating that at least he doesn't fight like a girl. Surprisingly, Kenny's Charm ability works on her.

Trivia

  • In the 1992 short Jesus vs. Frosty, the original Stan mentions having a sister living in Minnesota.
  • Her name is alternatively spelled on the main site and in official scripts as both "Shelly" and "Shelley".
  • As all of Stan Marsh's family members are named after members of Trey Parker's family, Shelly takes her name from his sister.
  • As of Season Seventeen, Shelly has had a speaking role in 23 episodes.

References

Kern / Kimble / Marsh Family

Jimbo Kern | Aunt Flo Kimble | Marvin Marsh | Grandma Marsh | Randy Marsh | Sharon Marsh | Shelly Marsh | Stan Marsh | Sparky

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