Randy Marsh is a pillar of the South Park community. But is he any good at being a dad? At times a concerned father, at times a drunken oaf, Randy is truly a man of contradictions. Now it’s time to decide once and for all whether he’s a fit parent.
GOOD FATHER: HE FIGHTS FOR WHAT HE BELIEVES IN
On the face of it, getting hammered and fighting another parent at your son’s Little League game isn’t the mark of a good dad. But look beneath the surface. Randy isn’t just fighting for fun — he’s fighting to uphold his code of honor. And that code is very strict: Any parent who mocks South Park’s baseball team must face Randy’s wrath. As a bonus, Randy’s insistence on fighting gets the South Park team disqualified, saving them from having to play more of the wildly tedious game known as baseball.
BAD FATHER: HE PERFORMS PENIS TRICKS IN FRONT OF HIS CHILD
The boys of South Park aren’t exactly sheltered — after all, Cartman once did this — but Randy’s performance here is still traumatic. In fairness, Randy thinks he’s looking out for Stan and his friends’ best interests. But no one wants to watch their dad dramatically manipulate his own penis. Bad dad move, Randy.
GOOD FATHER: HE IS LORDE
You may want to sit down for this, but Randy is actually acclaimed pop music sensation Lorde. Does that make him an awesome dad? Ya ya ya.
BAD FATHER: HE GOES MAD AFTER BUYING A VIDEO STORE
To state the obvious, it is no longer 1998. Buying a video store is therefore not the smartest business move. Nevertheless, Randy drags his whole family along for this catastrophe. To make matters worse, the hopeless isolation of trying to run a profitable video store sets Randy on a downward spiral of insanity. It’s not his finest fatherhood moment.
GOOD FATHER: HE TEACHES IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS
“Son, you have to learn how to lie correctly someday. It might as well be today.” So says the sage Randy Marsh as he teaches Stan how to convincingly deceive the judges at his pinewood derby race. Some people may think that teaching your son how to cheat isn’t good parenting. But those people clearly have never experienced the drug-like high of winning a pinewood derby race.
For all his faults, Randy’s a good dad. He cares about his family, and even though his schemes aren’t always (or ever) fully thought-out, he tries to set an example that his children can look up to. Does that example sometimes include getting into shirtless fistfights at Little League games? Yes. Now quit being so judgy.