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Beef Tobin is the main protagonist of The Great North. He is the patriarch of the Tobin family and the father of Wolf, Ham, Judy, and Moon.


Beef is a forty-year-old man with red hair and a beard. He wears a red plaid coat, blue jeans, and brown boots. When inside, he wears a white Henley shirt.


Beef is a man of tradition and family. He goes into a state of depression whenever his equilibrium is thrown off, especially by unexpected change (e.g. Judy getting a job, Wolf and Honeybee moving into the guest cabin, someone forcing him to acknowledge that his wife, Kathleen, left him and their children for a man in Pennsylvania).


Love Interests[]

Kathleen Tobin[]

Beef was deeply devoted to his ex-wife, Kathleen, whom he idolized and maintained a shrine to despite her having been an unfaithful partner, a bad mother, and a low-level criminal. She eventually left Beef and the children to move to Pittsburg to be with her lover, Marcus. While the Tobin kids were fully aware that their mother left them and Beef (Judy even admits to reading Kathleen and Marcus’s blog about shoplifting called “The Pittsburg Stealers”), Beef claimed that Kathleen was killed by a bear while out buying medicine for the children’s hospital. In the pilot episode “Sexi Moose Adventure”, Beef is devastated when a moose destroys his shrine to Kathleen that includes her “glorious” hair extensions and fur bikini. When the Tobin kids tell Beef that they know Kathleen is still alive, Beef finally admits the truth and slowly comes to terms with Kathleen leaving.


Wolf Tobin[]

As with all his children, Beef is close to his oldest son. He is reassuring with him, such as giving Wolf a small pep talk during the Feast of Not People Festival.

Ham Tobin[]

As with all his children, Beef is close to Ham. They often plan parties together, albeit with Judy doing most of the work, and tend to go into great detail with what they think they are planning.

Judy Tobin[]

As well all his children, Beef is close to his only daughter. They give each other pep talks, such as Judy telling him her mother is never coming back and Beef telling her not to be scared of kissing after one bad experience.

Moon Tobin[]

As with all his children, Beef is close to his youngest son. They comfortably talk to one another during meals and share a love for the outdoors.


Beef is estranged from his parents.


Honeybee Shaw[]

Beef is accepting of Honeybee as a member of his family and wife of his eldest son, Wolf.


Delmer acted as a surrogate father to Beef and his brother, Brian, when their parents were in jail or part of a cult. He is thankful for his stepping in when he did.


  • Beef enjoys fishing and owns a boat, The Mighty Kathleen, named for his ex-wife.
  • His parents were conspiracy theorists.