Terrance and Phillip are the Canadian comedy duo, voiced by Matt Stone and Trey Parker respectively. Terrance's birthday is January 18th and Phillip's is November 12th. The pair appear as the stars of The Terrance and Phillip Show.
Phillip (Sir Phillip Niles Argyle of Montréal) has blond hair and a blue shirt with a "P", while Terrance (Sir Terrance Henry Stoot from the "small village" of Toronto) has black hair and wears a red shirt with a "T". Like virtually all Canadians in South Park, they are geometrically-figured with small beady eyes and egg-shaped heads which flap up and down whenever they speak.
According to Terrance in "Canada on Strike", Phillip has diabetes, though this may have just been something to attempt to stop the strike that was going on before it gets out of hand. After fighting with Phillip in "Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow," Terrance becomes fat and stays that way for several episodes.
In South Park, Terrance and Phillip are the stars of a popular television show. This show-within-a-show serves an interesting role; the parents of the South Park characters view Terrance and Phillip's obsessive fart gags in much the same way that many parents in the real world view South Park - with considerable contempt. Terrance and Phillip are "Beavis and Butt-Head" in the South Park world. Matt and Trey have said in the past that to them Beavis and Butt-Head were like "the blues. It's the same thing over and over, but it's always good". More evidence of this is the South Park movie being a satire on the fire controversy of 1993 when a Moraine, Ohio mother blamed the cartoon for her son setting their trailer on fire killing his 2 year old sister (Kenny lighting his fart on fire). Mike Judge voiced Kenny at the end of the movie. Matt and Trey have also stated that the characters were in response to the critics claiming the show was nothing but fart humor.
The two characters have heavy accents, ostensibly to represent stereotypical American views of Canadians. The "aboot" pronunciation has also been used in The Simpsons and Canadian Bacon. The fact their career is based on an accidental fart Phillip made on the The Ed Sullivan Show at the age of six, because that was the only part of their act Americans understood, may be saying something about Canadian perceptions of Americans.
The duo popularized a catchphrase in the show-within-a-show, as they would invariably say "You FAH-ted!" and then giggle to almost any farting sound. They are the favorite show of Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick as well as most of the South Park children.
Early episodes reference the show as airing on Cartoon Central, a spoof of Comedy Central, which airs South Park, but newer episodes consistently state it as airing on the "Canadian Network". The Canadian Network cancels the show in "Eat, Pray, Queef," then reinstates it with Terrance, Phillip, and their wives, the Queef Sisters in "Crème Fraiche". This implies that The Queef Sisters was cancelled, because Stan and Kyle reference the show as Terrance and Phillip.
Terrance and Phillip are huge celebrities within the South Park universe, and have won the Nobel Peace Prize. Some time before "Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow" they broke up but they were reunited in that episode. They apparently are so famous that they have their own line of dolls as seen in "Cow Days". "Royal Pudding" establishes that they are both Knights in Canada.
While it can be assumed that Terrance is heterosexual, Phillip's sexual orientation is, as of late, unknown. In "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus", the following conversation is heard:
- Terrance: "Wow, Scott really hates us, Phillip."
- Phillip: "Yes. Perhaps he's homophobic."
- Terrance: [pause] "But we're not gay, Phillip."
- Phillip: "We're not?"
In numerous episodes, it is implied that Phillip has feelings for Terrance. In the film, Terrance claims that Phillip had once performed fellatio on him, while taking a picture. This incident may have inspired Eric Cartman to imitate this in "Cartman Sucks". In "It Hits the Fan" Kyle also admits that the two kissed each other on screen.
The comedy duo creates tensions between Canada and the United States with their foul-mouthed humor, especially the hit song "Uncle Fucka". While appearing as guest stars on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the duo are apprehended and placed under citizen's arrest by Mothers Against Canada. At the United Nations, the Canadian Ambassador demands their release only to have the Americans ridicule them on their pronunciation of "about."
When the Canadians bombs the Baldwin residence, America declares war and orders Terrance and Phillip's execution. They are put in electric chairs at a USO show but when Mr. Garrison flips the switch, the show is ambushed by the Canadians. Though Cartman saves them by turning the switch off, they are shot and killed by Sheila Broflovski.
When their blood touches the ground, Satan and Saddam Hussein enter from Hell to rule the Earth. However, Satan, tired of being abused, kills Saddam by throwing him on a stalagmite in Hell and Terrance and Phillip are brought back to life due to Kenny's sacrifice.
Terrance used to date Canadian pop vocalist Celine Dion, and had a daughter with her. Their daughter, named Sally, is very close to her father and was an illegitimate birth, as Terrance refers to her as "my bastard daughter". Phillip's family has yet to be seen.
- In "Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow", Terrance does a sketch that he wrote back in the '60s. Since a sign read "Earth Day 2001", he would have to be at least 10 years older than in his twenties.
- In the Italian version of the show their names are "Trombino & Pompadour". Those are clear sexual innuendos, since Trombino sounds like "Trombare" (to fuck) and Pompadour sounds like "Pompino" (blowjob).
- In "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus", Phillip is left-handed.
- In "Canada on Strike", Phillip is revealed to be diabetic.
- In Behind the Blow, Phillip was born in Montreal, He is English speaking Quebecer - a native of Quebec.
- The criticism of South Park fart jokes led to the creation of these characters. Their basis of being Canadian in origin and repeating jokes related to grossness and even flatulence is a referential jab to Canadian humor and comedy shows, particularly that of You Can't Do That On Television! and Stickin' Around.
- After "Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow", Terrance was shown to have gained much weight. In a cameo in "The Return of Chef", he returned back to normal, but only a couple episodes later ("Cartoon Wars Part II") he returned to his obese state. As of Season 12's "Canada on Strike", he has shown to have returned to his normal weight.
- "Death" - The first appearance of the pair and the show.
- "Starvin' Marvin" - A Thanksgiving Special episode of their show is seen.
- "Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut" - Cartman watches the show during the episode.
- "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus" - The only episode to focus solely on the pair, they clash with Scott the Dick and Saddam Hussein in an action-packed adventure.
- "Chickenpox" - An episode of their show is watched by the boys.
- "Clubhouses" - Stan's mother disapproves of Terrance and Phillip and flips to the Fat Abbott Show.
- "Cow Days" - The duo appear as dolls.
- "Spookyfish" - A Halloween Special episode of their show is seen on the television.
- "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson!" - A Christmas episode of their show is seen.
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut - Their movie Asses of Fire is central to the plot of the film.
- "Timmy 2000" - An episode of their show is seen on the television.
- "Quintuplets 2000" - (voice only)
- "Fat Camp" - The boys watch their show.
- "Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow" - The boys try to reunite the pair after they split up over creative differences.
- "The Simpsons Already Did It" - An episode of their show is seen on the television.
- "The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer" - The boys spend the episode trying to catch a glimpse of their new movie trailer.
- "I'm a Little Bit Country - Cameo.
- "The Return of Chef" - Cameo.
- "Cartoon Wars Part II" - An episode of their show is seen on the television.
- "Canada on Strike" - They reveal Stephen Abootman's ineptness and the hardships caused by his strike.
- "Eat, Pray, Queef" - They come into conflict with the Queef Sisters, but later marry them.
- "Royal Pudding" - Cameo
- "Crack Baby Athletic Association" - An episode of their show is seen on the television.
- "Raising the Bar" - Seen on Cartman's television during Here Comes Fatty Doo Doo.
- "Freemium Isn't Free" - They are displeased by the mobile game released under their brand name by the Canadian Minister of Mobile Gaming, and see through the charade of micropay freemium gaming.