We’ve been watching a lot of South Park recently after a seven year lay off and we’d forgotten how enjoyably surreal the whole thing is.
What immediately came to our attention was the excellence that is Butters. For those of you who have never watched South Park, it’s about the lives of four young boys who live in a quiet town in America.
On the Brilliance of Butters
And South Park delivers on many, many levels. It’s subjective you you prefer—many will go for the diabolical Cartman, for example.
Even though he clearly has an emerging narcissistic personality disorder, his obnoxious behaviour is endlessly entertaining.
Butters is the exact opposite, though. He’s sweet natured, naïve, optimistic, and has a magnanimous streak.
In South Park, though, his life is far from normal.
Despite the seemingly relaxed, normal setting of the location, he and his friends continuously get involved in thoroughly bizarre events and deal with it all with profane language.
Despite the show’s best attempts to infuriate absolutely everybody the series has evolved into a much celebrated satire of modern life and the often illogical order of things.
Butters (Leopold “Butters” Scotch) is a peripheral character of sorts who often has a larger role in the four main character’s (Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman) extended circle of friends.
He’s an extremely optimistic, cheerful, loveable and naïve lad who delights in almost everything despite often being slung headlong into chaotic situations.
He is regularly duped by the particularly profane and despotic Eric Cartman, and is often grounded by his parents for surreal or ridiculous reasons.
Despite most events being out of his control he remains chipper and delights in the simple things in life.
We think he’s a proper cool role model and everyone should look up to him! All hail Butters!