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Look, I know J.R.'s got it out for me. If I'm ever axed from this company, I need an insurance policy to get me back in. And if Daddy's little insurance policy gets off track by befriending some idiot, the Ridley empire crumbles.
~ Rand Ridley in a flashback and his infamous quote.
Aw, come on. There are special people like us who should run the world, and then there's normies like Orrin who deliver our pizza and fight our wars. Haven't you seen The Incredibles?
~ Rand Ridley fully revealing his callous and self-serving true nature to Reagan.
Hey there, jellybean.
~ Rand Ridley revealing himself as Cognito, Inc.'s replacement CEO.
Rand Ridley is the main antagonist of Netflix adult animated series Inside Job.
He is Reagan Ridley's toxic, dependent and neglectful father, Tamiko Ridley's ex-husband, and the co-founder of Cognito, Inc., a shadow government company keeping the world conspiracies, most of which are true, out of the public eye. While initially appearing as likely a deeply hurt and broken man, in truth he is a manipulative, self-centered, power-hungry, abusive, obnoxious, narcissistic sociopath who cares little about Reagan other than for his own benefits and selfish advantages. At the end of the first season, he becomes the new and current CEO of Cognito Inc. after the previous one, J.R. Scheimpough, was sent to a black site prison by the Shadow Board. He is the archenemy of his daughter, Reagan.
Not much is known about Rand Ridley’s early life, besides the fact he may have had a poor relationship with his father. He seemed to have connections with the deep state in which he met J.R Scheimpough, and founded Cognito Inc.
Sometime in the later ’70s to Early ’80s, the purpose of which was to keep the public from finding out about the various conspiracies surrounding the world, which, in the show's universe, are mostly true, e.g. The Fake Moon Landing or The Hollow Earth theory. He then married a Japanese woman named Tamiko and had a daughter, Reagan (presumably named after his acquaintance President Ronald Reagan). Because he was absorbed by maintaining his name in Cognito, Inc. and the power it gave him as well as believed that emotionality makes people weak, he exhibited little to no empathy for his daughter, not even bothering to hug her in difficult moments, instead tasking it with his bear-like robot creation, Bear-O, which has repeatedly ambushed and traumatized Reagan throughout her life, leading her to repress the memory of the robot and develop a defense mechanism of punching people when they tried to hug her.
Since she exhibited a lot of technological genius similar to his at an early age, Rand made her skip the rest of elementary and middle school in her fourth grade, which involved erasing her memories of her only friend, Orrin Carthwait, so she wouldn't be held back by their friendship from graduating as soon as possible and joining him at the company to preserve his influence and become his insurance policy in case he was ever fired by J.R.
Sometime later, he had divorced Tamiko and lost all connection he had with her, endlessly and furiously arguing with her whenever he had the time, which inadvertently caused the L.A. Riots.
After he was actually fired as an elderly man and fully replaced by J.R., Rand moved to Reagan's and let himself go completely, drinking uncontrollably and repeatedly transplanting himself new livers to avoid lethal liver damage, becoming infuriatingly dependent on Reagan, nearly exposing the world conspiracies in random places and becoming obsessed with upstaging J.R. and reassuming his position in the company through any means necessary, even once wide-spreading the Flat Earth theory to his advantage and defaming J.R. through his YouTube channel. Reagan, in turn, started to become more and more aware of his devious influence inflicted upon her throughout her work misadventures, and once, fed up with his obnoxiousness and dependence, voluntarily embarked on a flight to the Moon to inspect a homing call from the real Buzz Aldrin, who stayed on the Moon following his landing in 1962 with a group of sex cultists to become a hostile colony to the Earth.
After getting there with her work partner and best friend Brett Hand, Reagan not only found out that the colony has become friendly and utopian since the Moon landing, but Rand also had stowed away with her to find the sunglasses he lost there while on a Moon tour with Tamiko shortly before Reagan's conception, to her and Buzz Aldrin's, who already had his beef with Rand, fury. A distracting power outage in the colony provoked Reagan and Aldrin to investigate and fix it, while Rand was being held captive and at Brett's supervision. Rand, furious at Reagan's suspicion of Aldrin being her true father due to Tamiko cheating on Rand with him around the time Reagan was conceived, decided to take a DNA test to prove he is, in fact, her real father. After making a DNA test device and gaining Brett's trust, he escaped his confinement and headed out with Brett to find his glasses. When he spotted them on the Moon's surface, he discovered Neil Armstrong's body with a bullet in the head, deducing Aldrin had killed him for uncovering his true plans for the satellite - deorbiting it to fulfill its severance from Earth - and possibly beating him to be the first man on the Moon and rushed to save Reagan from him. After Aldrin exposed himself as both a murderer and a pervert, Rand helps defeat him and admits his obnoxious nature to Reagan, partially reconciling with her, and confirming he is her biological father as the test says. The two remain on frenemy terms when landing on Earth.
On the day of Reagan's promotion to become the CEO of Cognito, Inc., and J.R. becoming inducted to the Shadow Board, the company's true superiors, a mole was found to have stolen sensitive data. Because of that, J.R.'s promotion was resumed, and Reagan was tasked with locating and identifying the mole. After a while of a chaotic hunt, Rand had dropped from the ceiling, revealing he had wanted to celebrate Reagan's promotion. When Reagan's coworkers deduced he had stolen the data, Reagan decided to defend her father from the team, and, after a tireful fight, Bear-O suddenly revealed himself to be the mole, as he wanted Reagan to get fired from a job she hates to finally be happy, his highest priority. He then blamed her state on her coworkers, deciding to eliminate them and forcing Reagan to deactivate him, the only thing stopping her is that she had forgotten the deactivation password. She and Rand go inside her mind to uncover the password, during which Rand attempts to hide the half-erased memories of Orrin from her, which she deduces after a time and subdues him to investigate herself. Uncovering the truth and losing trust in Rand completely, she awakens along with Rand and Brett (who had accidentally entered her mind and inserted himself into her homecoming memory to make her happier) and deactivates Bear-O with the password, ORRIN. When Rand tries to callously defend himself in vain, saying that genius people like him and Reagan are above normal people like Orrin as an excuse for his awful actions, she ultimately rejects him and throws him out of her home. A day later, celebrating her victory, Reagan is informed by the shadow board that she has been degraded from her position for the chaos she and her coworkers inflicted upon the building during the mole hunt while J.R. has been imprisoned for his many crimes against the board. They then reveal they have replaced her with the most experienced worker and their biggest shareholder, Rand. As he wickedly reveals himself and "promises" his daughter they will have equal working conditions, a bewildered and enraged Reagan curses him out.