Stephen Stotch (previously Chris) and is recurring characters in the animated series South Park. He is Butters' bisexual father.


Stephen is most notable for his harsh treatment of Butters. He seems to also have homosexual tendencies, but suppresses them after nearly losing his family in "Butters' Very Own Episode". He is also shown to be very selfish, considering his needs and ambitions above those of Butters, as seen in the episode "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset", when he attempts to sell Butters to Paris Hilton. He is a good friend of Randy Marsh and Gerald Broflovski and among the more prominent adults of the town. Two interesting things to note, are that a protester that looked identical, and sounded identical to Stephen can be seen in "Quintuplets 2000", and a reporter who also looked identical to Stephen was seen in "Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus". His name repeatedly switches between Stephen and Chris. In "Raisins", Linda addresses him as Stephen, while in "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset", she calls him Chris. Either one of them could be a middle name.

It is suggested that he is homophobic, which is ironic because in "Butters' Very Own Episode", Butters discovers that Stephen experimented with homosexuality and in "Cartman Sucks", Stephen reveals to Butters that he's bicurious and doesn't mind if his son turns out the same way. It is shown in "Raisins" that he had made a bet with Linda that Butters wouldn't turn out gay (which he won). However, on his part, Herbert Garrison (a former closet homosexual) was homophobic before coming out, and showed homophobia after returning to being a man, so this may be common.

Stephen can also be noted for his unusual, and seemingly phoney or forced, way of crying or weeping.