Main characters[ edit ] Henry "Hank" Rutherford Hill voiced by Mike Judge — Hank is the main protagonist who proudly sells " propane and propane accessories" as the assistant manager at Strickland Propane , and throughout the entire series always makes a big deal about the job when everybody around Hank finds his occupation boring.
As told in the episode "Movin' On Up" and "Chasing Bobby", Hank uses his lawn and his truck as escapism, Putting countless hours and days into tasks for the purpose of enjoyment or escaping from his troubled home life when times are tough. Hank is generally a well-meaning father, but is often confused and anxious towards modern trends and the antics of his friends and family members. He suffers from a narrow urethra , which made Bobby's conception difficult.
Hank is uncomfortable with public displays of intimacy with his wife and son. He has a very difficult time saying "I love you" to any member of his family, as he thinks it is unmanly. Hank's trademark exclamation when surprised or angered or in times of discomfort sounding like "Bwaaa! Hank is a byproduct of a bygone era, nevertheless the qualities are principled; ever faithful, friendly, firm, reasonable, well-read and hard working.
Much of the series revolves around Hank's desire to do the right thing compared to much of the rest of the people around him who would rather cheat, lie or exploit. Hank is a proud Texan, having grown up there. He was, however, born in a ladies room at Yankee Stadium, and spent the first three days of his life in New York City.
Her strained relationship with her mother is a source of drama for her. Peggy is a substitute teacher in Arlen, Texas, specializing in teaching Spanish despite having a terrible grasp of the language. Peggy is also a freelance newspaper columnist, notary public , an exemplary softball pitcher and a Boggle champion and has started a career in real estate.
She has a habit of adding or changing ingredients to ordinary dishes then naming them after herself. She has brown hair and typically wears glasses, an aquamarine sleeveless shirt, and denim culottes , but often wears different outfits. Although friendly, gentle, lovable, and generally well-liked, he is not very bright and often prone to making bad decisions. He wants to be a famous prop comic and move to New York when he is older.
Bobby displays little interest in gender roles and, although superb at golf and target shooting, dislikes team sports, often taking such classes as Home Economics and Peer Counseling, instead of more traditionally "masculine classes". Although many including Hank tend to typify him as "not right", he is romantically successful, dating Connie and other girls throughout the series. And as Hank puts it when referring to Bobby in the episode "An Officer and a Gentle Boy" "born a pile of mush, mush isn't all bad.
You can keep stomping on it but it's all give; it just stays mush. You can't build it up but you can't break it down, either. In a funny way, mush kind of has the edge"  Dale Alvin Gribble A. His physical appearance was modeled after Hunter S.
His greatest expertise lies in his knowledge of conspiracy theories and loopholes. Dale is paranoid about any government activity and frequently uses the alias of Rusty Shackleford to operate anonymously including having received unemployment payments from said alias. Dale is the president of the Arlen gun club and a licensed bounty hunter. He possesses a vast collection of guns from pistols to automatic weapons and is an ardent defender of Second Amendment rights.
Despite being a firearms aficionado, his aim is relatively poor and despite being knowledgeable in military matters, he is physically the weakest of the main cast and is an abject physical coward. He is an avid UFOlogist. Dale remains oblivious to the fact that his wife, Nancy, has cheated on him with John Redcorn for fourteen years and his son Joseph is not actually his biological son.
Everyone else knows but chooses not to tell him because of his total obliviousness, the loving, trusting relationship he has with Joseph and Nancy, and the fact that Dale is more of a father to Joseph than John Redcorn is, although it is implied in one of the last scenes of the final episode that Dale found out somehow and is rather unconcerned, leading to the possibility he either knew all along, Nancy told him, or he found out through other means.
Hank considers Dale a close friend, but he often gets annoyed with his schemes and conspiracies. He grew up in Louisiana with his cousin Gilbert and speaks French and English. He was formerly a rugged and attractive star lineman on Arlen High's football team, nicknamed the "Billdozer", and is now a sergeant barber in the United States Army. While his job mostly consists of shaving recruits, he is in fact an extremely talented barber able to replicate Hank's signature flattop when his barber he had known for 20 years was becoming senile.
Bill once had a bright future in the Army wanting to be a tanker , but ended up ruining his life after marrying the promiscuous Lenore. Bill is something of a masochist and is often attracted to people who abuse him; after suffering under his father and Lenore, Bill has an almost complete lack of self-worth. He obsesses about his ex-wife, and his loneliness is a running gag on the series. He frequently tries to flirt with and win over Peggy. Despite coming across as a loser, however, Bill has enjoyed several romantic successes or near-successes , including Kahn's and Luanne's mothers, former Texas governor Ann Richards , and the young widows of two of his dead cousins.
He is named after executive producer and writer Jim Dauterive. Jeffrey Dexter "Jeff" Boomhauer III voiced by Mike Judge — Often referred to as his surname, Boomhauer is a slim womanizer whose mutterings are hard to understand to the audience but easily understood by his friends.
A running joke is when his friends fail to understand him for some reason other than his incoherence. His speech is usually heavily littered with the phrases, "dang" and "dang ol'". Boomhauer can mumble his words, but he sings clearly and speaks other languages clearly mainly French and Spanish. Boomhauer is a classic-car aficionado and owns a Dodge Coronet Super Bee in high school he owned a late s Ford Mustang nicknamed "Ms. Sally" , and, despite his incoherent ramblings and womanizing, often displays himself to be more intelligent and philosophical than his three friends.
Although hinted at previously, in episode 18 of season 13, his first name is finally revealed when a Canadian woman who lives next door to the family who trades houses with him for the summer calls him "Jeff", and the driver's license shown in the series finale reads "Boomhauer, Jeff".
Throughout the series it is never known what he does for a living, although it was revealed in an early episode that he was an electrical engineer but was on workers compensation. At the end of the series finale, a badge seen in his open wallet reveals that he is a Texas Ranger. Luanne moves in with the Hills after her mother Leanne stabs Hoyt with a fork during a drunken fight which tips over their trailer.
Hank initially makes frequent attempts to encourage Luanne to move out on her own, but later more-or-less accepts her as a member of the family. She was a student at the beauty academy and later at Arlen Community College.
She was often portrayed as an airhead , but was shown to be an expert mechanic in the first two seasons and is good at logic puzzles. Luanne was promiscuous, but she settles down after being visited by the spirit of her first boyfriend, the slacker Buckley, whom she calls "Buckley's angel"; and then attending a church-sponsored " born-again virgin " program and starts a Bible study class. Luanne created a puppet show entitled "The Manger Babies" for a Public-access television cable TV station, featuring the barnyard animals who witnessed Christ's birth though they included a penguin and an octopus.
In the 10th-season finale, Luanne revealed that she was pregnant with the child of Lucky, whom she married in the 11th-season finale. In the 13th and final season, she has a baby girl named Gracie Margaret Kleinschmidt.
Her companionship temporarily relieved Hank's stress and narrow urethra , allowing him to impregnate Peggy. Later on in the series Ladybird would become deaf and despite much effort on Hank's part, would never bear puppies because of her narrow uterus. Cotton Lyndal Hill voiced by Toby Huss — Hank's cantankerous father, Peggy's father-in-law and Bobby's grandfather he has a hair-trigger temper.
Despite his many shortcomings, he occasionally showed a softer side, for example in the episode "Cotton's Plot" where he helped Peggy learn to walk again after her parachuting accident. His shins were blown off in World War II by a "Japan man's machine gun" and his feet were reattached to his knees, resulting in a short height and stilted gait.
Despite his disability, he eventually reached the rank of colonel in the state militia. After Cotton and his first wife Tillie, Hank's mother, divorced, he married a much younger, soft-spoken, busty blonde candy striper named Didi who gave birth to his youngest son "G. He was immensely proud of his military service. Though his claim of fighting " nazzies " Nazis was proven false and his claim of killing "fitty [fifty] men" was dubious, his participation in several of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific Theater was confirmed and his uniform was shown to be decorated with the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart.
Cotton himself died in episode , "Death Picks Cotton", after suffering severe burns and an allergic reaction to shrimp during a flashback at a Japanese restaurant. Instead of addressing Peggy by her name he calls her "Hank's wife".
Didi Hill voiced by Ashley Gardner — Didi is Cotton's second wife, Hank's stepmother, Peggy's stepmother-in-law and Bobby's stepgrandmother she's a candy striper after she retired from being an exotic dancer. She has breast implants and suffers from postpartum depression following the birth of Cotton's third son "G. She was absent at the time of Cotton's death and was only seen once more, where she says she is engaged and will remarry. Didi was a classmate of Hank's in Kindergarten indicating they are the same age.
Good Hank Jeffrey "G. She divorced Cotton after suffering years of verbal abuse. Tillie is a kind woman who collects miniatures because they made her happy during Cotton's abuse. Hank is often over-protective of her, fearing she is too old and fragile to go out and do things on her own.
Tillie lives in Arizona with her husband Chuck, having formerly lived with her Jewish boyfriend Gary voiced by Carl Reiner. Tillie's legal name varies during the series. She is listed as "Tillie" on Hank's birth certificate, but is addressed as Matilda by the clergyman during her wedding to Chuck. Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt voiced by Tom Petty — Lucky is Luanne's itinerant, but generally benign redneck husband, and is the father of Luanne's child.
It's often hard for Lucky to hold down a job he has no credit or Social Security number. He was nicknamed "Lucky" after the settlement windfall. Peggy tried very hard to break him and Luanne apart, but after Luanne's pregnancy was revealed, she and Hank reconciled the two, giving them a shotgun wedding at Lucky's request.
Although dimwitted in some aspects, Lucky has learned some facets such as basic math through life experience as opposed to formal education, and was astute enough to deduce that his father-in-law spent time in jail whereas Luanne believed the story that he works on an oil rig. He yearned to receive his GED but only to prove he was good enough to marry Luanne. She was born in the season 13 episode "Lucky See, Monkey Do". Luanne originally wanted to name her Lasagna stating that lasagna was their favorite food while under the influence of hospital analgesics, but choosing a more conventional name after she had recovered.
She is an intelligent, modern mother who only appears in the episode "Lucky See, Monkey Do". She has two children, one son and one daughter Gracie's paternal first cousins and raises them in strict accordance with contemporary parenting practices , something which leads her into a rivalry with Peggy, whose parenting skills are from older schools of thought, over how to assist Luanne as her pregnancy due date approaches.
When Luanne goes into labor, Myrna commandeers the situation and insists that Luanne have a natural, drug-free water birth , but under Hank's encouragement to think for themselves about how to raise their child, Luanne and Lucky opt for a hospital birth instead.
Leanne Platter voiced by Pamela Adlon — Leanne, Luanne's violent alcoholic mother, Gracie's grandmother, Bobby's aunt and Lucky's mother-in-law she was imprisoned for "second-degree assaulting" her husband in the back with a fork. Though she is often mentioned during the course of the series, she appears only in the episode "Leanne's Saga," visiting Luanne in Arlen after her release from prison and briefly being courted by Bill Dauterive.
Despite Luanne's beliefs, he never worked on an oil rig , but was in jail for most of Luanne's life, with the oil rig story acting as a cover so Luanne wouldn't know her father was a convict. He appears in only one episode: After being released from jail, Hoyt commits a robbery and tricks Lucky into taking the blame, but he eventually confesses and is sentenced to life in prison under a three-strikes law. The episode "Leanne's Saga" reveals that Hoyt was planning on marrying a pharmacist girl before Leanne, then working as a stripper, entertained at his bachelor party.