King of the Hill is an American animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels.
King of the Hill Main Characters
Henry “Hank” Rutherford Hill
Hill is a tall, strict, and serious father and husband. He frequently boasts his selling of “propane and propane accessories” and is a proud worker for Strickland Propane. Although Hank is well-meaning, he can be somewhat annoyingly compulsive about little things and aggressive to others, for example, in “Hank’s Dirty Laundry” he goes to court to get out of paying $40 for a pornography film he didn’t rent. The assistant manager is the usual-protagonist of the series, and in a lot of episodes, he must fix everything after his friends mess up something important of his. He resembles the character Tom Anderson from Beavis and Butt-head.
Much of the humor of the show results from the collision of Hank’s deeply conservative manner, nature, and philosophy with the world and people around him. He is uncomfortable with intimacy and with expressions of affection or sexuality (as demonstrated by the running joke throughout the series, in which Hank is extremely averse and overreacts to physical contact or anything sexual concerning his niece, Luanne), but he has a healthy relationship with his wife, as well as the rest of his family. He believes passionately in hard work, honesty, tradition, responsibility, and convention (he refuses to leave work early, even so much as 10 minutes early on a Friday); and is a proud Texan and American always trying his best to see others, regardless of culture, for their personal character.
He is, however, a highly respected authority among his friends and family, who often seek his help and advice, knowing that he will always advocate doing the right thing in the right way.
Hank is against charcoal, butane (which he refers to as a “bastard gas”) and the use of propane alternatives (such as electric water-heaters, heaters, stoves and ovens). Hank believes that propane is the best source of fuel and is known to try to “convert” people to propane use. When niece Luanne Platter uses charcoal on burgers at a barbecue, Peggy and Bobby find them delicious and eat them all: they are horrified to learn that they enjoy charcoal grilling. Hank’s love for propane is sometimes shown in an ironic juxtaposition with his love of all things Texas, for example being introduced to mesquite, a traditional Texan barbecue wood, by his immigrant neighbor Kahn.
Margaret “Peggy” Platter Hill
Is a well-meaning but arrogant and conceited mother and wife. She is seen often to think she is very smart and she tends to be over-protective of Bobby and sometimes, Luanne. On top of this, she is a substitute Spanish teacher at Tom Landry Middle School, but will gladly jump on any opportunity to substitute, like in “Square Peg” where she becomes the sex ed teacher. She is also a winner of the Tom Landry Middle School Substitute Teacher Award three years in a row, and has been or is a restauranter, (“High Anxiety”) an avid boggle fan (“Peggy the Boggle Champ”-present), a newspaper columnist (“Bystand Me”-“Glen Peggy Glen Ross”) and a real estate agent (“Glen Peggy Glen Ross”-present).
Robert Jeffery “Bobby” Hill
Is Hank and Peggy’s overweight son who has an ambition to be a prop comic when he’s older, much to Hank’s dismay. Bobby has awkward moments with Hank, and the two get along in an on and off fashion, sometimes Hank is proud of his son, like in “Suite Smell of Excess” where Bobby gets a liking in football, but sometimes he is bitterly shamed of him, like in “Bobby Goes Nuts” where Bobby fends off bullies by kicking them in the groin. Despite all this, he is loyal to his father and only wants to please him.
Luanne Leanne Platter Kleinschmidt
Is a stereotypical and promiscuous blonde who is portrayed as a good mechanic in earlier seasons. She becomes slightly depressed after her boyfriend Buckley dies in “Propane Boom”, but gets over it when she sees his angel in “Wings of the Dope”. In “Care Takin’ Care of Business”, she meets Lucky, who first appeared in “The Redneck on Rainy Street”, and she later gets married to and has a baby with.
Dale Alvin Gribble
Is a neurotic and paranoid conspiracy theorist and friend of Hank Hill. He is a skinny, smoking exterminator, who due to his health is told he could die before he is 50, in “The Exterminator”. Most of the time, it is Dale in fact who causes most of Hank’s trouble. Dale owns many possessions he seems to find important and loves baskets, as we find out in “Dreamweaver”. Earlier on in the series, who commonly uses the alias “Rusty Shackleford”, who he thought was dead, until the real Rusty shows up to settle things in “Peggy’s Gone to Pots”. Despite all his trouble, he sometimes is the protagonist of an episode.
William Fontaine “Bill” Delatour Dauterive
Is a depressed, divorced, and overweight friend of Hank Hill. He often whines over his ex-wife Lenore who abused and cheated on him. Formerly, he had a bright future in high school, being a star of the football team, and he had long, lush brown hair, and because of his ability to push tacklers out of the way to get to the touchdown line, he was nicknamed “The Billdozer”. He later became an army barber but when he married Lenore, his life took a turn for the worst. He soon became depressed and cut his hair off with a weed wacker.
Bill is said to be from a Cajun family of upper-class Cajuns in Louisiana. His family owned a large estate called Chateau D’Haute Rive until Gilbert, his cousin, had to sell it. He can speak fluent Cajun French, and he plays the accordion with skill. This surprise comes as much to him as it does to everyone else. His abusive father used to spank him and put him in a rabbit cage. Bill attempts to justify his actions by mentioning them. According to the season 2 episode, “The Final Shinsult”, Bill is still living (though he is slowing down). Bill also commented to Hank that his father couldn’t load a hunting rifle anymore. Bill added that he must “practically hold it in his hands and fire the trigger.” His only male relative, Gilbert, still lives in Louisiana at the time of season 4. The two become guardians of Bill’s secret barbecue sauce recipe. Gilbert won’t allow Bill to sell it by season 11. However, Bill eventually gives Bobby Hill the recipe so that he can pass on the Dauterive tradition to his children. Although Bill claims he never had children, it is possible that he could have one or both of his deceased cousins’ wives get pregnant while he was at the family home. Hank was trying for money at halftime at the Louisiana Superdome by throwing a football in a large Alamo beer can.
Jeffrey Dexter “Jeff” Boomhauer III
Is a young-looking womanizer and Texas Ranger. He has a very obvious speech impediment where he talks fast, almost in a way that makes him completely incomprehensible. While it is hard to fully understand what he says, it is easy to hear him say “Dang ol'”, “I tell you what” and “man” often when he talks. He usually only likes woman for one-night stands but he falls in love in “Dang ol’ Love” with a woman who in coincidence, only wanted a one-night stand.
Other Hill, Platter and Kleinschmidt relatives
Ladybird Hill King Of The Hill
Is the Hill’s 13-year old purebred bloodhound. She is seen most of the time as sleepy and tired, although in “Pregnant Paws”, she is seen in flashbacks as a very active and playful puppy. Also in “Pregnant Paws”, Hank tries to breed her before she dies, but Hank learns she has a “narrow uterus” compared to Hank’s narrow urethra.
Col. Cotton Lyndal Hill (deceased)
Was a deranged, somewhat psychotic, politically incorrect wartime hero and the father of Hank. While he seems to dislike his son, he loves his grandson, Bobby very much, and once he has his third kid, he names him “Good Hank”, stating that the other Hank wasn’t good. He dies in “Death Picks Cotton” after he falls onto a grill in a Japanese performance restaurant and winds up on a deathbed in a hospital.
Is Cotton’s second wife, who in “Shins of the Father” is revealed to have gone to kindergarten when Hank was already an adult. She, like Luanne, is portrayed as a dim-witted blonde. As well, she is somewhat laconic and speaks in a very soft and gentle voice, as if she is shy.
Is Cotton’s third son. His name stands for “Good Hank”.
Is Hank’s mother and the former-wife of Cotton.
Is Tilly’s husband and the stepfather of Hank.
Is Hank’s half-brother and the son of Cotton.
Is Luanne’s unstable father. He only appears in “Life: A Loser’s Manual”.
Is Luanne’s alcoholic mother. She only appears in “Leanne’s Saga”.
Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmidt
Is a well-meaning husband and father, but is portrayed as an unintelligent redneck. He initially is not accepted by Peggy, who sabotages him of getting his GED in “Edu-macating Lucky”, but earns her respect later on, while Hank seems to neither like or dislike him.
Is Peggy’s and Hoyt’s mother and Bobby’s and Luanne’s grandmother. Mother Platter lives in Montana with her son Hoyt.
Is Peggy’s father. He makes only a single major appearance when Peggy, Bobby and Hank visit the family ranch.
Is a wife and mother who commonly addresses people as “sug”, which is presumably short for “sugar”. She had a 14-year affair with John Redcorn, which resulted in Joseph’s birth, but decided to stop the affair in “Nancy’s Boys”. She is somewhat competitive.
Joseph John Gribble
Is the illegitimate son of Dale and Nancy. He is the best friend of Bobby and is seen to hit puberty before him, and comes somewhat off as a pervert. He is the result of Nancy’s affair with John Redcorn. Despite the many obvious Native American features of him, Dale does not recognize his differences, and later on believes that he was conceived when aliens took his sperm and impregnated Nancy with it. He vaguely knows John Redcorn after John and Dale become friends.
Is Dale’s father, who had been estranged from Dale for many years for kissing Nancy at her and Dale’s wedding reception. Bug is actually gay and had been flirting with a Filipino caterer instead, and, upon sensing Dale’s imminent entry into the room, attempted to hide his orientation from his son by grabbing and kissing ‘the nearest thing in a dress’.
is Jeff Boomhauer’s sleazy, womanizing younger brother.
Dr. and Mrs. Boomhauer is Jeff Boomhauer’s parents. Mrs. Boomhauer is shown to speak like Boomhauer in “Peggy’s Turtle Song”. In “Three Coaches and a Bobby”, Boomhauer mentions that his parents had won the lottery and moved to Florida.
Eric Dauterive (deceased)
Is Bill’s implicitly-deceased father, who was said to be an abusive man and a heavy drinker, and is largely responsible for Bill’s emotional instability. Among the abuses Bill recalls from his father are having been spanked every day between the ages of 9 and 16, being called a girl and made to wear “pretty, pretty dresses”, and being locked in a rabbit hutch.
Alphonse Dauterive (deceased)
Is Bill’s uncle and Gilbert’s late father.
Was Bill’s aunt, and Gilbert’s mother, and matriarch of the Dauterive clan. She expressed deep concern over the family’s ever-shrinking headcount, lamenting that “the Dauterive blood is down to a trickle”. She happily received Bill upon his return for a visit and was not displeased to see him and his cousins’ widows taking mutual interest. She is only seen in “A Beer Can Named Desire”; it is later revealed that she had died after a fever.
Is Bill’s cousin and one of the only Dauterives left. Though at one point shown to live on the family estate with his aunt and cousin in a Louisiana bayou in “A Beer Can Named Desire”, he and Bill eventually wind up as the last two living Dauterives. It is strongly implied that he is gay, and he even hits on Buck Strickland when Buck attempts to capitalize on the Dauterive family’s traditional barbecue sauce recipe in “Blood and Sauce”.
Violetta Dauterive (deceased)
Was Bill and Gilbert’s cousin. She lived on the family estate in Louisiana with Esmé, Gilbert, and Rose and Lily, the widows of two other Dauterive cousins. Upon Bill’s visit she, Rose, and Lily, all having been without male companionship for too long, vied for Bill’s affections and attempted to seduce him, even despite Violetta’s own blood relation to him. Like Esmé, she is only seen in “A Beer Can Named Desire”; it is later revealed that she had died in her sleep.
Is Bill’s mean-spirited ex-wife. She is mentioned frequently throughout the course of the series, but only appears twice — once being when Bill and Bobby watch Bill’s wedding video. She appears when Bill begins dating former Texas Governor Ann Richards to meddle with their relationship in “Hank and the Great Glass Elevator”, but with help from Richards, Bill is finally able to tell her off and move past her toxic influence.
Kohng Koy “Kahn” Souphanousinphone
Is the Laotian neighbor of Hank and a hudband and father. He is married to Minh, who is an aggressive and competitive woman who often competes with Peggy and Nancy. He is also the father of Kahn, Jr. or Connie, a straight-A student with an on-and-off relationship with Bobby.
Is the Laotian wife of Kahn and the mother of Kahn, Jr. She has a garden which she can be seen tending to very often and is competitive.
Kahn “Connie” Souphanousinphone, Jr.
Is the daughter of Kahn and Minh, and is named Kahn because her father wanted a boy. She is a friend of Bobby, and at times, his girlfriend. She also plays violin and is a straight-A student who loves studying. Everyone except Kahn addresses her as “Connie”.
Is the West Highland White Terrier puppy of the Souphanousinphone’s. His name is a play on “Donkey Kong”.
Tid Pao Souphanousinphone
Is Connie’s criminally-inclined cousin from Los Angeles and the main antagonist in “Bad Girls, Bad Girls, Whatcha Gonna Do”, who was sent to stay at Kahn’s for a semester because she stole drugs from a street gang. She attended Tom Landry Middle School in the meantime.
Is Connie and Tid Pao’s cousin and also the nephew of Kahn and Minh.
Is Kahn’s mother who has a relationship with Bill. She only appears in “Maid in Arlen”.
Is Minh’s father who dislikes Kahn. He only appears in “Pour Some Sugar on Kahn”
Is the boss of Hank and the owner of Strickland Propane. He openly expresses his favoritism of Hank as the best employee and is almost uncontrollable when it comes to drinking, gambling, and going to Jugstore Cowboys.
Joe Jack King Of The Hill
Is a truck-driver who addresses people as “honey” regardless of their gender. He, like Buck Strickland, has a drinking problem.
Is a Hispanic truck-driver who tends to be an annoying character although he is good-natured. He has trouble with his wife, Yolanda.
Is the secretary, who was fired when Buck stated that he found stolen office supplies in her room, and Hank said “Donna is robbing us blind!”.
New Donna King Of The Hill
Is the secretary, who is paid in cash, and has no personal information on file. It is possible that these secretaries are not even named Donna, since Buck said to “Find us a new Donna.”. In “Lost In MySpace”, she is promoted to temporary assistant manager, and later fired. It turns out that she is just as bad as Old Donna, never doing any work. However, this time they reconciled with New Donna.
Roger “Booda” Sack
Is an employee who was originally a comedian. After he saves Bobby from a racist comedy act, Hank helps him get hired.
Debbie Grund (deceased)
Was the mistress of Buck Strickland, who after Buck dumped her, accidentally shot herself when she planned to kill Buck.
Melinda King Of The Hill
Is a blonde worker with glasses who is only seen as cameo. Unlike the rest of Strickland employees, she has never been an important character in any episodes.
Is an accessories associate at Strickland. She first appears in “Junkie Business” as a secondary character and subsequently as a silent background character.
Tammi Duvall King Of The Hill
Is a prostitute who was from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (referred to as The “OKC”) in the episode “Ho Yeah!”. She was hired at Strickland Propane and went to lunch with Peggy.
Elizabeth “Miz Liz” Strickland
Is Buck’s suffering wife who had kicked Buck out of the house in “The Good Buck” but accepts him back in after he becomes better when he turns to religion.
Tom Landry Middle School
Carl Moss King Of The Hill
Is the principal of Tom Landry Middle School who often is put in situations between doing what will keep the school in a safe shape and what will keep his long time friend, Hank, happy. He is temporarily replaced in “No Bobby Left Behind” with Coach Kleehammer. He becomes a steak salesman quickly after, selling steaks on campus. It is also revealed in that episode that he is an alcoholic. Another episode he moves to the school during his divorce.
Is a former teacher and now a full time coach that does not want to go back to teaching. He is quite forceful, but not out of line.
Clark Peters King Of The Hill
Is the main bully at Tom Landry who focuses on Bobby as one of his main targets. He starts to bully less after Bobby kicks him in the groin. He speaks as if he is sick and has a blonde ponytail.
Stuart Dooley King Of The Hill
Is a laconic, red-haired, deep-voiced child at Tom Landry Middle School. He usually says obvious things within little words. He is somewhat of a bully.
Emily King Of The Hill
Is the hall monitor who seems to take her job too seriously. She appears to be a student, but Moss considers her as faculty.
Is an arrogant bully who Kahn wants Connie to date because he is Laotian and Teds son. He calls Bobby “booby”.
Somewhat an antagonist, a show off, and charismatic.
Randy Miller King Of The Hill
Is portrayed as a nerd who likes to tattle on people. He is not seem very much after season 5.
Marie King Of The Hill
Is a rebel whom Bobby believes to be his girlfriend, but, as she reveals at the end of the episode, is just his friend.
Olivia King Of The Hill
Is a girl from Tom Landry whom Bobby gets a crush on, but she turns out to be a crazy protester. She only appears in “Bobby Rae”.
Lori King Of The Hill
Is a classmate of Bobby and Joseph. Joseph once dated her.
The Arlen VFW
Topsy, Stinkey, Fatty, Brooklyn, Irwin, and Ted “Pops” Popacito are Cotton’s wartime buddies who meet at the VFW building early on in the show. All of them die eventually from mixed reasons before Cotton, who also eventually dies.
King Of The Hill Other Characters
John Redcorn III King Of The Hill
Is the former-lover of Nancy and biological father of Joseph. His attempts to get closer to Joseph fail and make Joseph think he is a creep.
Ted Wassanasong and Cindy Wassanasong
Are the parents of Chane and rich misers who talk in a strange fashion. Kahn makes many attempts to get closer to them.
Monsignor Martinez King Of The Hill
Is the star of a Spanish action show who Peggy adores.
David Kalaiki-Ali’i King Of The Hill
Is the star football player for Arlen High School in the episode “Peggy Makes the Big Leagues”. He has a carefree attitude towards school, figuring he can coast by on his football skills (as most of the Arlen High teachers cut him slack due to his importance on the team), but he runs afoul of Peggy.
Octavio King Of The Hill
Is a Hispanic man who does various chores for Dale.
M.F. Thatherton King Of The Hill
Is the owner of Strickland Propane’s rival company “Thatherton’s”. He has the same habits as Buck Strickland.
Karen Stroup King Of The Hill
Is the Reverend of Arlen First Methodist.
Jimmy Wichard King Of The Hill
Is a mentally ill owner of a racetrack.
Chuck Mangione King Of The Hill
Is a sponsor of Megalo Mart who hides in an unused part of Arlen’s Megalo Mart.
Lane Pratley King Of The Hill
Lane Pratley is a car dealer whom is mostly disliked.
Was Luanne’s boyfriend until he died in a propane explosion after a mishandling of a propane tank.
Officer Brown King Of The Hill
Is the local police officer.
Jack King Of The Hill
Is an old and crazy barber, who once shaves all Hank’s hair off.
Bob Jenkins King Of The Hill
Is a worker at the Arlen Bystander, with an eyepatch. He lost his eye during a brain tumor surgery.
Anthony Page King Of The Hill
Is an overzealous worker who tries to take Bobby away from Hank in the very first episode.
Chris Sizemore King Of The Hill
Is a real estate agent Peggy works for.
Stuart Appleseed King Of The Hill
Is a hippie whom Hank is somewhat friends with. His name was revealed to be Stuart (or Stewart) in the episode Bill’s House.
Spongy King Of The Hill
Is a hobo who goes around cleaning cars to get money. He only appears in “The Texas Panhandler” and “The Boy Can’t Help It”
Jody “Rayroy” Strickland
Is Buck’s abandoned son, who has Buck’s habits. He only appears in “What Happens at the National Propane Convention in Memphis Stays at the National Propane Convention in Memphis”.
Wesley Cherish King Of The Hill
Is a neighbor who becomes the Straight Arrow leader with Hank but is too caught up with safety. He only appears in “Straight as an Arrow”.
Trip Larson (deceased)
Was the owner of Larson Pork Proucts who became Luanne’s boyfriend. He was psychotic, and died after falling onto the conveyor belt for tenderizing meat and getting electrocuted and pounded. He only appears in “Pigmalion”.
Yolanda is Enrique’s wife and Inez mother. She only appears in “Enrique-cilable Differences”. However, she is believed to have been seen on “Lady and Gentrification”. Mentioned, but does not appear in other episodes.
Inez King Of The Hill
Is Yolanda and Enrique’s daughter. She only appears in “Lady and Gentrification”. Mentioned, but does not appear in other episodes.
Caleb King Of The Hill
Is an obnoxious boy who pulls pranks and torments Hank, but he shapes up after his father gets involved. He only appears in “Hank’s Bully”.
Ward King Of The Hill
Is a dude who leads a group called the coven of Artemis. They are into Magick and Bobby gets involved with them after he buys some tarot cards.