History WesternAnimation / KingOfTheHill

25th Jun '16 11:17:35 PM TheCuza
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** Played with whenever it comes to grilling; no matter what kind of food it is, if it's made on a charcoal grill, Hank will not only refuse to eat it, but lecture whoever is within the vicinity about how it's essentially toxic waste. It's implied that Peggy actually loves Charcoal-grilled meats, but she can never admit to it.
* TrueCompanions: Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer for sure. No matter how much of a creepy loser Bill is or how much of an untrustworthy idiot Dale is the four will always be best friends. Even when Hank, Dale and Bill stole Boomhauer's beloved car, accidentally destroyed it after a joyride and lied about it for 20 years Boomhauer was only mad at them for two weeks (Hank was reduced to one week when Bobby told Boomhauer Hank always quotes him).

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** Played with whenever it comes to grilling; no matter what kind of food it is, if it's made on a charcoal grill, Hank will not only refuse to eat it, but lecture whoever is within the vicinity about how it's essentially toxic waste. It's implied Of course, Hank doesn't like ''any'' method of cooking food that doesn't use propane (he felt extremely betrayed upon finding an electric stove in Buck's house), but he seems to hold a special hatred of charcoal. An entire episode centred around Peggy actually loves Charcoal-grilled meats, but she can never admit and Bobby trying charcoal-grilled food for the first time and finding it so delicious [[GRatedDrug they're addicted to it.
it]], sneak out of the house every night to secretly grill with charcoal, and have to hide evidence of their activities from Hank.
* TrueCompanions: Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer for sure. No matter how much of a creepy loser Bill is or how much of an untrustworthy idiot Dale is the four will always be best friends. Even when Hank, Dale and Bill stole Boomhauer's beloved car, accidentally destroyed it after a joyride and lied about it for 20 years years, Boomhauer was told Bobby he'd only be mad at them for two weeks (Hank weeks, maybe three. Hank was then reduced to one week when after Bobby told Boomhauer that Hank always quotes him).him.
23rd Jun '16 8:38:46 PM Boba_Fett88
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The entire series is also available on the iTunes Store and Cartoon Network has been airing reruns ever since the show's final years, so it's very easy to tune in and find a favorite episode or an episode you've never seen before (though, as of 2015, Creator/AdultSwim does not air the episodes of ''King of the Hill'' from seasons one and two, except for the Season 2 episode "Hilloween", whenever the holiday comes around. The episodes that currently air are from three to 13, plus the four unaired-on-FOX episodes). The [=DVDs=] of seasons after Season 6 were cancelled in 2006 due to poor sales, but the rest of the seasons were licensed by Olive Films and they started releasing them in 2014. Netflix streaming in America used to have every episode of the show (including the four unaired ones) until they were pulled in 2013.

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The entire series is also available on DVD and the iTunes Store and Store. Cartoon Network has been airing reruns ever since the show's final years, so it's very easy to tune in and find a favorite episode or an episode you've never seen before (though, as of 2015, Creator/AdultSwim does not air the episodes of ''King of the Hill'' from seasons one and two, except for the Season 2 episode "Hilloween", whenever the holiday comes around. The episodes that currently air are from three to 13, plus the four unaired-on-FOX episodes). The [=DVDs=] of seasons after Season 6 were cancelled in 2006 due to poor sales, but the rest of the seasons were licensed by Olive Films and they started releasing them in 2014. Netflix streaming in America used to have every episode of the show (including the four unaired ones) until they were pulled in 2013.
15th Jun '16 3:59:16 AM PF
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*** Cotton takes the fall for Bobby when he accidentally lights a fire in the bathroom and is blamed for arson.
*** Cotton doesn't have much respect for Peggy. However, when she's learning to walk again, for ''no apparent reason'', Cotton helps rehabilitate Peggy in his own way. It seems like an almost OutOfCharacterMoment until Hank explains to Peggy that the doctors thought that Cotton would never walk again, and that Cotton ''had'' gone through the same situation.

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*** Cotton takes the fall for Bobby when he the latter accidentally lights a set the church on fire in the church's bathroom and is blamed for arson.
by claiming that he was one who did it.
*** Cotton doesn't have much respect for Peggy. However, when she's learning to walk again, for ''no apparent reason'', Cotton helps rehabilitate Peggy in his own way. It seems like an almost OutOfCharacterMoment until Hank explains to Peggy that the doctors thought that Cotton would never walk again, and that Cotton ''had'' gone through been in the same situation.situation that she was in when the doctors thought that he would never walk again.



* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: Cotton is a heavily decorated World War II vet, with his decorations are slowly revealed throughout his appearances. In "Returning Japanese", his uniform includes the Medal of Honor and American Campaign Medal. In "Cotton Comes Marching Home" his Silver Star is shown in a display case in the Arlen VFW. In season twelve, he shown wearing the third class, Commandeur, of the French Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France and only awarded to a handful of Americans during the war.

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* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: Cotton is a heavily decorated World War II vet, with his decorations are slowly revealed throughout his appearances. In "Returning Japanese", his uniform includes the Medal of Honor and American Campaign Medal. In "Cotton Comes Marching Home" Home", his Silver Star is shown in a display case in the Arlen VFW. In season twelve, he shown wearing the third class, Commandeur, of the French Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France and only awarded to a handful of Americans during the war.



* RightOnQueue: In "Hank Fixes Everything", Lucky, Luanne, and Bobby waiin line for several days to get the first tickets to see Brownsville Station (of "Smokin in the Boy's Room" fame). When the box office opens, not a single person has gotten in line behind them. Then Lucky starts waiting at the door:

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* RightOnQueue: In "Hank Fixes Everything", Lucky, Luanne, and Bobby waiin waiting line for several days to get the first tickets to see Brownsville Station (of "Smokin in the Boy's Room" fame). When the box office opens, not a single person has gotten in line behind them. Then Lucky starts waiting at the door:



* RoadTripPlot: Several: "Three Days of the Kahn-Do," "Escape from Party Island," "Shins of the Father," "A Beer Can Named Desire," "The Bluegrass Is Always Greener," "Queasy Rider," "Living on Reds, Propane and Vitamin C," "The Honeymooners."

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* RoadTripPlot: Several: "Three Days of the Kahn-Do," "Escape from Party Island," "Shins of the Father," "A Beer Can Named Desire," "The Bluegrass Is Always Greener," "Queasy Rider," "Living on Reds, Propane and Vitamin C," and "The Honeymooners."



* RuleOfDrama: Lampshaded in one episode.

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* RuleOfDrama: Lampshaded in one episode.episode:



** At the end of a later episode, Connie's badgirl cousin from LA, Tid Pao (voiced by Lucy Liu) is punished by being sent to work on her Uncle's ranch, who gives her a stern warning upon arrival:

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** At the end of a later episode, Connie's badgirl bad girl cousin from LA, Tid Pao (voiced by Lucy Liu) is punished by being sent to work on her Uncle's ranch, who gives her a stern warning upon arrival:



** In the episode where an artist embarrasses Hank by putting Hank's colonoscopy showing his colon clogged by beef up in a museum, the artist is arrested for "defaming beef", which is apparently serious business in Texas, probably a reference to a famous case involving Oprah Winfrey.

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** In the episode where an artist embarrasses Hank by putting Hank's the latter's colonoscopy showing that shows his colon clogged by beef up in a museum, the artist is arrested for "defaming beef", which is apparently serious business in Texas, Texas. This is probably a reference to a famous case involving Oprah Winfrey.



** Also, in the basket-weaving episode, Dale tries to kill Hank with a forklift. Hank even utters the line, [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 "He tried to kill me with a forklift."]]

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** Also, in In the basket-weaving episode, Dale tries to kill Hank with a forklift. Hank even utters the line, [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 "He tried to kill me with a forklift."]]
13th Jun '16 5:02:43 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* ThatCameOutWrong: In their addiction support group, Bobby mentions that he's been an addict since his dad "let" him smoke a whole carton, to horrified reactions. Hank tries to correct him, in that he "made" him smoke them (neglecting to mention it was a punishment for smoking at all), to even more horrified reactions.



* YankTheDogsChain: In "Tankin' it to the Streets", Bill notices that the vast majority of his military medical records are censored. Dale gets ahold of the original documents and spills the secrets: When Bill joined the military in his '20s, he was given an experimental injection that would cause excess hair and fat growth. It was designed to prepare soldiers for being stationed in Alaska. Upon hearing this, Bill is at first dismayed that the military gave him this drug without telling him the side effects (he assumed they were booster shots), gets drunk and steals a tank from the base. Hank, Dale, and Boomhauer convince Bill that at least now he knows that his shortcomings aren't actually his fault. However, later Dale mentions the "name" of the injection: "Placebo". So Bill wasn't really being injected with body-altering substances, and he realizes that his hair growth and excess body fat ''are'' his own doing. Typically Bill is getting his chain yanked whenever anything positive happens to him thanks to StatusQuoIsGod. Especially if it involves women in any way. Poor man just can't catch a break.

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* YankTheDogsChain: Poor, poor Bill...
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In "Tankin' it to the Streets", Bill notices that the vast majority of his military medical records are censored. Dale gets ahold of the original documents and spills the secrets: When Bill joined the military in his '20s, he was given an experimental injection that would cause excess hair and fat growth. It was designed to prepare soldiers for being stationed in Alaska. Upon hearing this, Bill is at first dismayed that the military gave him this drug without telling him the side effects (he assumed they were booster shots), gets drunk and steals a tank from the base. Hank, Dale, and Boomhauer convince Bill that at least now he knows that his shortcomings aren't actually his fault. However, later Dale mentions the "name" of the injection: "Placebo". So Bill wasn't really being injected with body-altering substances, and he realizes that his hair growth and excess body fat ''are'' his own doing. doing.
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Typically Bill is getting his chain yanked whenever anything positive happens to him thanks to StatusQuoIsGod. Especially if it involves women in any way. Poor man just can't catch a break.
13th Jun '16 4:55:10 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* TheUnfairSex: Not played entirely straight; Nancy cheating on Dale is played for laughs rather than to make Dale look like a bad husband. In fact, he's usually portrayed pretty sympathetically as far as this issue goes. It gets brought up in the episode "Night and Deity" where Nancy thinks Dale is flirty with a female exterminator and Nancy is afraid that he will cheat. Dale mentions that he never had any problems with Nancy spending so much time with John Redcorn.

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* %%* TheUnfairSex: Not played entirely straight; Nancy cheating on Dale is played for laughs rather than to make Dale look like a bad husband. In fact, he's usually portrayed pretty sympathetically as far as this issue goes. It gets brought up in the episode "Night and Deity" where Nancy thinks Dale is flirty with a female exterminator and Nancy is afraid that he will cheat. Dale mentions that he never had any problems with Nancy spending so much time with John Redcorn.
13th Jun '16 3:30:29 PM ryanasaurus0077
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** Cotton takes the fall for Bobby when he accidentally lights a fire in the bathroom and is blamed for arson.
** Cotton doesn't have much respect for Peggy. However, when she's learning to walk again, for ''no apparent reason'', Cotton helps rehabilitate Peggy in his own way. It seems like an almost OutOfCharacterMoment until Hank explains to Peggy that the doctors thought that Cotton would never walk again, and that Cotton ''had'' gone through the same situation.

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** Cotton, despite his cantankerous nature, does have a heart of gold, which he demonstrates on a couple of occasions:
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Cotton takes the fall for Bobby when he accidentally lights a fire in the bathroom and is blamed for arson.
** *** Cotton doesn't have much respect for Peggy. However, when she's learning to walk again, for ''no apparent reason'', Cotton helps rehabilitate Peggy in his own way. It seems like an almost OutOfCharacterMoment until Hank explains to Peggy that the doctors thought that Cotton would never walk again, and that Cotton ''had'' gone through the same situation.
13th Jun '16 3:15:45 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* RadishCure: In the episode "Keeping Up with Our Joneses," Hank makes Bobby smoke a whole carton of cigarettes as punishment for catching him smoking. The plan backfired spectacularly; not only does Bobby end up hooked, but Hank and Peggy fell victim to their own past cigarette habits as well. In their addiction support group, Bobby mentions that he's been an addict since his dad "let" him smoke a whole carton, to horrified reactions. Hank tries to correct him, in that he "made" him smoke them (neglecting to mention it was a punishment for smoking at all), to even more horrified reactions.

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* RadishCure: In the episode "Keeping Up with Our Joneses," Hank makes Bobby smoke a whole carton of cigarettes as punishment for catching him smoking. The plan backfired spectacularly; not only does Bobby end up hooked, but Hank and Peggy fell victim to their own past cigarette habits as well. In their addiction support group, Bobby mentions that he's been an addict since his dad "let" him smoke a whole carton, to horrified reactions. Hank tries to correct him, in that he "made" him smoke them (neglecting to mention it was a punishment for smoking at all), to even more horrified reactions.
13th Jun '16 1:47:57 PM ryanasaurus0077
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** In "Cotton's Plot", Cotton fights to get a burial plot at the Texas State Cemetery and ultimately succeeds. However, in "Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key", his ashes are flushed down a toilet, and not just any toilet.

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** In "Cotton's Plot", Cotton fights to get a burial plot at the Texas State Cemetery and ultimately succeeds. However, in "Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key", his ashes are flushed down a toilet, and not just any toilet.toilet, but one General Patton used back in World War I.



** Not only do Cotton's wife, Didi, and infant son, Good Hank, not appear at his deathbed, they aren't even mentioned (though it is implied that Didi divorced Cotton and took Good Hank with her). In the episode "Daletech", Cotton finishes an argument with Didi with "Fine, call your lawyer!" before Didi speeds off and Cotton informing the Hill family Didi has "gone to visit her folks" and telling the family he doesn't know when she will be back, suggesting Didi divorced him and moved away. Didi does show up, in a new Cadillac (having remarried less than a year after Cotton's death) to give Hank some of Cotton's possessions and will in "Serves Me Right for Giving General Goerge S Patton the Bathroom Key", including a final wish to flush his cremated ashes down the toilet Patton used during WWI, which contradicts his earlier securing of a burial plot in a veteran's cemetery.

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** Not only do Cotton's wife, Didi, and infant son, Good Hank, not appear at his deathbed, they aren't even mentioned (though it is implied that Didi divorced Cotton and took Good Hank with her). In the episode "Daletech", Cotton finishes an argument with Didi with "Fine, call your lawyer!" before Didi speeds off and Cotton informing the Hill family Didi has "gone to visit her folks" and telling the family he doesn't know when she will be back, suggesting Didi divorced him and moved away. Didi does show up, in a new Cadillac (having remarried less than a year after Cotton's death) to give Hank some of Cotton's possessions and will in "Serves Me Right for Giving General Goerge S Patton the Bathroom Key", including a final wish to flush his cremated ashes down the toilet Patton used during WWI, which contradicts his earlier securing of a burial plot in a veteran's cemetery.
13th Jun '16 1:43:53 PM ryanasaurus0077
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** Hank was mistaken for gay in "Be True to Your Fool" after he sees a doctor to get his "BILL" tattoo removed. The doctor warns Hank that tattoo removal is

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** Hank was mistaken for gay in "Be True to Your Fool" after he sees a doctor to get his "BILL" tattoo removed. The doctor warns Hank that tattoo removal isis a long and painful procedure and asks if it would be easier to just "work things out with this Bill."
** Dooley mistakes Joseph for being gay for Bobby in "I'm With Cupid". Their school has a Valentine's event where girls buy carnations for boys they like, Bobby already has two while Joseph has none. Bobby helps Joseph talk to a girl by lending him his carnations. After Joseph succeeds in asking the girl out, he happily returns the carnations to Bobby and thanks him. Dooley walks in on Joseph pinning the second carnation on his shirt. Dooley tells Joseph, "That took courage."
* MistakenForMasturbating: In "Hank's Dirty Laundry", someone has been renting porn using Hank's name and getting fined for not returning one of the videos. At one point, the culprit sends him some video tapes to provide clues that he did not rent them so Hank locks himself in the bedroom to watch them. Peggy walks in on him thinking he was masturbating and runs out; he was actually crouched down and taking notes.[[note]]Originally, Hank was supposed to be shaking a pen that had dried up while he was taking notes, but the FOX censors thought this was too raunchy and asked that the scene be changed. Keep in mind, this was before ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' exploded on the scene with its brand of humor.[[/note]] The original scene can be found on DVD and in some non-FOX broadcasters.
* MistakenForProfound: Hank does this to his father-in-law.
* MistakenForRacist: In "Racist Dawg," Ladybird attacks a black repairman trying to fix the water heater, prompting everyone to think that Hank and Ladybird are racists. Turns out Ladybird doesn't like anyone (regardless of race) except for Hank doing repairs around the house.
* MistakenNationality: Kahn. When Hank first meets him, he asks him, "Are you [[SmallReferencePools Chinese or Japanese]]?" Cotton correctly identifies Kahn as Laotian at first glance (as he fought in World War II, so he would know the difference between a Chinese person, a Japanese person, and a Laotian), surprising even Kahn:
-->'''Hank:''' So are you Chinese or Japanese?\\
'''Khan:''' We're Laotian.\\
'''Bill:''' [[TheDitz The ocean? What ocean?]]\\
'''Khan:''' From Laos, stupid! It's a small landlocked country in southeast Asia.\\
'''Hank:''' Uh-huh. ''*beat*'' [[CompletelyMissingThePoint So are you Chinese or Japanese?]]
* MonsterClown: A gag from "Lucky See, Lucky Do" has Peggy digging up Bobby's old things from when he was a baby. One of them is a clown doll with a creepy stare and grin:
-->'''Bobby''': {''eyes narrowed''} We meet again, Mr. Giggles.\\
''Suddenly jump to an extreme closeup of Mr. Giggles' face, complete with ScareChord. Bobby gasps and immediately backs off.''
* {{Mooning}}:
** In "The Order of the Straight Arrow", Dale repeatedly moons Hank, Bill, and the troop members as Boomhauer passes them in his vehicle.
** A plot point in "Hank and the Great Glass Elevator": Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer guilt trip Hank into feeling like he's no fun, so when the trio want to moon the hotel lobby as they ascend an elevator, Hank decides to prove them wrong. But Hank is the only one who pulls down his pants, and he accidentally moons former governor of Texas, Ann Richards:
--> '''Hank''': I'm doin' it! I'm a mooner!
* MoonLandingHoax: In "Meet the Manger Babies", Dale suggests that the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl is pre-selected and is filmed in an unidentifiable location where they filmed the fake Moon landing, months before the game ever began. In "Dale to the Chief", Dale discovers that the government report on the Kennedy assassination actually made sense and said, "If the government was right about this then maybe we really did go to the moon."
* MoralityPet:
** Even though Peggy is a complete SmallNameBigEgo and generally annoying and incompetent, she genuinely cares about Hank and Bobby and can do some pretty {{badass}} stuff to defend them.
** Bobby plays this role for Cotton. Cotton may be a misguided {{Jerkass}}, but he does love Bobby.
** Bobby interestingly works as a sanity pet for Bill on occasion. With Bobby being the closest thing to a son he has due to his [[StalkerWithACrush "closeness" to the Hills]], Bill and Bobby often bond over things, reaching a very heartwarming PetTheDog peak in "Blood and Sauce" where Bill and Bobby bond over the preparation and cooking of barbecue, ending with Bill making Bobby an honorary member of his family.
* TheMoralSubstitute: Subverted; Christian Rock suddenly becomes big in their area, but after hearing it, Hank denounces it: "You're not making Christianity better -- you're making rock 'n' roll ''worse!''"
* MotorMouth: Boomhauer.
* MrsRobinson: Miz Liz, Strickland's wife, who is visibly a much older woman, who has an emotional breakdown after mentioning that everyone calls her madame now instead of miss.
* MsFanservice: Luanne during most of the show (bikini scenes, close-ups of bouncing breasts, and "hands over boobs" shots, as well as an episode where Bobby accidentally sees Luanne naked and becomes depressed over it, while Joseph wants to see Luanne naked for himself), and Nancy shows up in a tiny string bikini (or nude) at other times.
* MushroomSamba: Hank accidentally inhales too much varnish in "Hillennium", and passes out. What follows is a dream sequence where he imagines he's one of the Whack-a-Moles.
* MyCarHatesMe:
** Hank is about to be mowed down by a train in "Chasing Bobby" but desperately tries to start his old truck so he can drive off the train tracks. Eventually he does exit the vehicle but his truck is destroyed.
** In the pilot, Hank tries to unbolt the alternator, but Dale move the light and the wrench slips off. The hood then collapses on him for no apparent reason.
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Peggy's Spanish skill amounts to this. Fortunately, it also serves to convince the Mexican court that her kidnapping of a young girl was really a terrible misunderstanding as she had no clue what the girl was saying:
-->'''Judge:''' No es culpaldo (Not guilty).
-->'''Peggy:''' ''Oh god, I'm going to jail!!!''
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Hank is willing to overlook a ''lot'' of Buck Strickland's faults, but even he has his limits. Later episodes hint that Hank knows perfectly well his boss is an total moron and is ''[[OnlySaneEmployee constantly]]'' having to run damage control to mitigate his screw-ups. Hank even states his actual loyalty is more to the company he's dedicated the last 15 years of his life to, than the man who runs it.
* NamesTheSame: InUniverse in "Junkie Business". Leon decides that he now wants to be known as "Hank", in order to distance himself from his drug days:
--> '''Hank:''' No! That's going too far. I cannot accommodate that. I won't!\\
'''Anthony:''' It's not up to you, Hank! It's up to ''Hank''! This man is not your slave! You don't get to name him!
* NauseaDissonance: In "My Own Private Rodeo", when Dale recounts how he caught his father, [[CampGay Bug]], kissing his wife Nancy on their wedding day, his story starts off catching Bill puking in the bathroom, and afterwards, nonchalantly heading straight to the kitchen, where he caught Bug in the act.
* TheNeidermeyer: Cotton.
* NegativeContinuity:
** An episode where Hank's coworker Enrique has a quinceañera for his daughter (15th birthday celebration for a Mexican girl, a rite of passage into womanhood) is contradicted by an earlier episode where Enrique and his wife are having marital problems and he mentions the kids have moved out of the house.
** In "Cotton's Plot", Cotton fights to get a burial plot at the Texas State Cemetery and ultimately succeeds. However, in "Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key", his ashes are flushed down a toilet, and not just any toilet.
** Cotton's Cadillac Car was always a different model or bodystyle every time it appeared.
** In "Hilloween", Bobby mentions Hank made him eat chopped liver. Just one season later in "Love Hurts and So Does Art", when Bobby gets gout, Hank says they've never fed Bobby chopped liver because they're not "ghouls."
** The episode "A Rover Runs Through It" portrays Peggy's mother with a completely different appearance, personality, and life to her previous appearances. The episode also claims that Peggy has not spoken with her mother in twenty years. The other "version" of the character appeared in the episode "I Remember Mono", a subplot in a Valentine's Day episode as Bobby's secret admirer, and the plot of the Thanksgiving episode revolved around the Hill's trying to get to Peggy's parents' house for Thanksgiving dinner. "Pregnant Paws" also reveals that Hank and Peggy have her on speed-dial.
* NewMediaAreEvil: Played with. Hank expresses disappointment when all of the violent video games Bobby plays don't affect him, wondering "What's the point?"
* TheNewRockAndRoll: Referenced in "Father of the Bribe", where the school mistakes a note Connie wrote ("I'm so bored I could kill myself!", which she wrote sarcastically because of how boring class was) for a suicide note, and Principal Moss notes that they want to avoid a double suicide "''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' thing".
* NiceGuy: Irv the Meteorologist.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In the episode "Pretty, Pretty Dresses," Hank's misguided attempts to keep Bill from killing himself only make the situation worse (he even yells at Bill for being a burden and abandons him). It's almost a checklist of what ''not'' to do when dealing with a suicidal person.
* NightmareSequence: "The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteburg" features one.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Bill's jerkass doctor in "Dia-Bill-ic Shock" is an obvious {{Expy}} of [[Series/{{House}} Dr. House]].
** Bill's cousin Gilbert is very much a modern-day Tennessee Williams.
** In a little overlap with BlandNameProduct, one episode has Bobby finding a pink-and-white stripped bag (the trademark of Victoria's Secret), which Hank hurriedly explains "Your mother only went there to buy athletic socks!"
** Buck initially appears modeled on UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson (he even holds staff meetings on the toilet), though the resemblance is downplayed in later seasons.
* NoExceptYes: From "Plastic White Female":
--> '''Hank:''' You're just using this head as a crutch.
--> '''Bobby:''' It's not a crutch, Dad. It's something I've come to rely on to help me through life.
* NoMatterHowMuchIBeg: In "To Kill a Ladybird", Dale goes underneath the house after the raccoon, instructs Hank to put the grate back on, and tells him that no matter how much he begs, to not remove the grate until he's subdued the raccoon. Within only a few seconds, Dale is begging for Hank to remove the grate so he can get out. In an amusing subversion of this, the grate gets loose and the raccoon gets out, fights Ladybird, and runs away. Dale then emerges and says, "I give you one task, and you screw it up!"
* NonstandardPrescription: During marriage counselling, the councilor prescribes Hank and Peggy a motorcycle, because they had been planning on buying a pair of motorcycles and riding around the country together.
* NoodleIncident: In "Hank's Bad Hair Day", Hank's old barber, Jack, is seen gradually going insane throughout the beginning of the episode. After Hank tells Jack that he will no longer be going to his shop during a haircut, Jack walks outside, [[FunnyBackgroundEvent clotheslines a bicyclist and steals his bike]]. Bill visits Hank that night and says: "I heard about Jack, I'm really sorry." Hank asks how did he hear about Jack and Bill responds with: "It was on TV, didn't you see the high speed chase?"
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Subverted in the episode "Aisle 8A" when Connie is staying with the Hills while her parents are out of town:
-->'''Hank:''' What's wrong, Connie?
-->'''Connie:''' Um … *''hands Hank a note''*
-->'''Hank:''' Lessee … *''reading''* "Mr. Hill, I just got my first period." *''beat''* BWAAHHH!
* NoSympathy
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Not allowed to hit puberty in Bobby's case. He does age a year or two over the course of the series, but he never changes, in spite of being older than Joseph and Connie (both of whom have episodes about them growing up). In-universe, it's due to being a late bloomer, but behind the scenes it might have something to do with requiring a change of voice actors and ruining Bobby's position as a foil to his dad.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: According to the opening, anyway. Apparently all four regulars didn't have any work that day, allowing them to hang out in the alley most of the day drinking beer and shooting the breeze. This is lampshaded in one episode, when a reality TV show producer watches footage of Hank and the gang drinking beer in front of their fence, and subsequently exclaims "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis This is not INTERESTING!]]"
* NotSoDifferent:
** Realized by Hank and Kahn in "Westie Side Story" when they both punish Bobby and Connie:
--> '''Hank:''' You know, Kahn, we may deny our kids completely different desserts, [[SpoofAesop but they both go to bed hungry, and that's what really matters.]]
** In "The Perils of Polling", Hank criticizes Luanne for supporting UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush for entirely shallow reasons (she thinks he's handsome and has a nice smile). But when Hank questions his support of Bush due to a weak handshake, Luanne calls him on the fact that he's being just as shallow.
** In "The Bluegrass is Always Greener", we get to see Khan pressuring Connie to be a concert violinist, but she hears Hank and the guys playing bluegrass and gets into it. They form a band, but Hank quickly becomes just as bad as Khan.
** In "Cops and Robert," Hank accidentally steals a man's wallet because he mistakenly thinks the man just pick-pocketed him. Throughout the episode, the man is shown, like Hank, to be sick and tired of getting ripped off by slimeballs; in fact, before the wallet incident, Hank sees the man getting ripped off by a pretzel vendor and remarks on it to Peggy.
** Despite appearances Hank and his father have a lot in common mainly in how they treat their son and how that affects them (see AesopAmnesia). Hank's character is so uptight because Cotton would scream at Hank any time he ever showed the slightest hint of emotion. It has been hinted numerous times that Bobby’s TooDumbToLive is mainly due to the fact that Hank refuses to appreciate other skills. For example in “The Witches of East Arlen” after Bobby loses his part in the play Oklahoma to Ken Hayashi, another actor, and begins to doubt what he is good at. He always thought that acting was his "thing." At the behest of Peggy, Hank takes him to the flea market to find something new, preferably something Hank would approve of. And anyone who saw the sheer loof of determination in Bobby’s eyes in “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Clown” after Hank told him that he didn’t find him funny will know that he went on that stage to prove Hank wrong.
* NotWhatISignedOnFor:
** Hank in the episode "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo", where the director decides to "reinterpret" history and make the Alamo's most famous figures look like incompetent boobs, much to Hank's dismay.
** Hank does this to Bobby at times, whenever Bobby expresses an interest in something mildly competitive, to which Hank responds too much and ruins the joy. In one episode, Bobby becomes interested in growing roses, which Hank is against until he learned that there are Rose competitions, at which point he completely muscles Bobby out of the picture and takes over.
** In "Soldier of Misfortune", despite being a gun club, Mad Dog is the only one who's serious about holding Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer hostage and torturing them for real:
--> '''Earl:''' Twenty minutes ago, we were talking about ordering a pizza. What happened here?!
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Many instances, but "Dog Dale Afternoon" really stands out. When Hank, Bill and Boomhauer secretly steal Dale's lawnmower as a prank, Dale becomes increasingly paranoid, but forgets about it when he finds out he has an appointment to spray for silverfish at the community college. Bill sees Dale spraying the bell tower and thinks he has a gun and intends to shoot people (similar to Charles Wittman), and calls the police, then calls Hank and Peggy.
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* ObfuscatingDisability:
** Bill was told by a doctor that he had diabetes that would take his legs away within a year, so in order to prepare, he started making all his movements in a wheelchair and seems to have [[ForgotICouldFly forgotten he could actually still use his legs]] until he was drunk in a bar and stood up, shocking and majorly pissing off the wheelchaired basketball players he had befriended.
** Inverted in one episode, when Lucky gets talked out of suing Strickland Propane, and obfuscates ''not'' having a disability so his AmoralAttorney can't go through with suing them. [[spoiler:When it was just about to fail, Hank gets Dale to "injure" Lucky in the office in the same stunt that caused the actual injury, forcing the lawyer to match Lucky's settlement from Costco.]]
* ObnoxiousInLaws:
** Cotton. He almost always treats Peggy with contempt.
** Minh's Laotian military General father.
** Inverted with Peggy's family, who get along better with Hank when the Hill family visit the ranch.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Anthony Page. In the pilot, he investigates Hank for child abuse (Bobby got a black eye in baseball) without interviewing the little league coach and gets removed from the case for it. In "Junkie Business", he lets a clearly incompetent druggie take over Strickland Propane because he went into rehab [[LoopholeAbuse before he was officially fired]], and therefore qualified for the Americans with Disabilities Act (who is only fired when Hank quits and makes the company too small to be covered by the act).
* ObstructiveZealot: Dale, very often.
* OhCrap:
** Trip Larsen's reaction when he was zapped while on the pig grinder and became sane just in time to see where the conveyor belt was taking him.
** Hank's reaction when Dale tells him how much of an idiot Jimmy Witchard (who Bobby was working for) is and he realizes that Bobby was right about him being an abusive sociopath.
** Hank's reaction in "Propane Boom" when he smells a propane leak just before Mega Lo Mart explodes as a result.
* OnceAnEpisode: Though, not always in this order:
-->'''Hank:''' Yep.\\
'''Bill:''' Yep.\\
'''Boomhauer:''' Mm-hmm.\\
'''Dale:''' Yep.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Comes up often when Nancy's affair with John Redcorn is involved, as his act of "healing" her "headaches" is used as a euphemism for their relationship which only Dale is oblivious to.
* OneSteveLimit:
** There were two separate characters named Donna that worked at Strickland Propane. The first Donna was a black woman around Hank's age who never had a speaking role. The second Donna was a Caucasian woman, [[OlderThanTheyLook also the same age as Hank]], with a relatively minor role in some episodes. Apparently Buck has had an affair with a Donna but frankly it's unclear which one. It's possibly the former because she was fired for stealing office supplies.
** Cotton's various war buddies include two "Brooklyn"s, three "Fatty"s (there was a fourth, but he died during the events that lead to Cotton losing his shins), and at least five "Stinky"s.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname:
** Elroy Kleinschmidt known as "Lucky" which he got his nickname from a lawsuit he filed at Costco for tripping on pee-pee in the restroom.
** Most of Cotton's war buddies are only known by their nicknames, primarily because the only people who refer to them is Cotton (who likely gave them the nicknames) and Hank (who doesn't know a whole lot about them to begin with).
* OnlySaneEmployee: Hank at Stickland Propane.
* OnlySaneMan: Boomhauer, although Hank sees himself as this.
* OnThree: In "Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall", this occurs when Hank, Boomhauer, Bill, Dale, and the doctor try to get Peggy (who's lying on a gurney) into the house. She doesn't fit, so they have to tilt the gurney, on three. There's confusion as to what that means, so Hank sighs and says, "Just lift."
* OutOfFocus: Connie after breaking up with Bobby, and Luanne at various points in the series.
* OutOfOrder: Several Season 3 episodes. Episodes where Luanne's hair is completely grown back are followed by episodes where it's much shorter than usual.
* OutGambitted: In "The Substitute Spanish Prisoner", ''Peggy'', of all people, manages to successfully con a tricky bastard of a ConMan into successfully conning an obviously bad con so that he'd put the money in his room safe … which was actually not a room safe, but a safe Peggy had put there. If that plan had failed, Peggy was just going to steal his car.
* OutsideInsideSlur: Kahn's idol, Ted Wassonasong, calls him a banana, after which Kahn tries to get in touch with his Laotian culture.
* PacManFever:
** Averted; Bobby is shown playing a ''Franchise/TombRaider''-style game in "Get Your Freak Off", plays a ''Dance Dance Revolution''-style game in "Returning Japanese", and Hank gets addicted to a ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' clone (the 3D games, that is) in "Grand Theft Arlen". All feature visuals on par with the rest of the show.
** Somewhat played straight in that the show suggests two guys in their early twenties are able to create an entire 3D open world sandbox game with multiplayer, sounds, voice acting, etc. within 24 hours of meeting Hank. Even a mod would take significantly more time than that.
** There's an InUniverse example where Bobby pretends to be playing a game (to throw his family off the trail) by mashing buttons randomly … on a GAME OVER screen. Justified, however; one can spot that the D-pad and the buttons were swapped.
* PantyShot: Luann in "Luann Virgin 2.0."
* PapaWolf: Hank Hill is usually very good at keeping his temper, but anyone who threatens or abuses Bobby soon learns how dangerous an angry Texan can be. And let's not even consider Peggy, who simply goes overboard with this.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: What Laos is ([[TruthInTelevision correctly]]) portrayed as. At one point, Kahn is almost tricked into joining LaResistance against the regime, but [[NotInThisForYourRevolution wisely decides to back out]] while he still can.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord:
--> '''Dale:''' Objection: conjecture. Objecture!
--> '''Hank:''' THAT IS NOT A WORD!
* PervyPatdown: In "Lupe's Revenge", a female officer Hank unintentionally seduced pulls him over and doesn't let him go until she can frisk him. Which she uses an an opportunity to grab his butt.
* PetTheDog:
** Cotton takes the fall for Bobby when he accidentally lights a fire in the bathroom and is blamed for arson.
** Cotton doesn't have much respect for Peggy. However, when she's learning to walk again, for ''no apparent reason'', Cotton helps rehabilitate Peggy in his own way. It seems like an almost OutOfCharacterMoment until Hank explains to Peggy that the doctors thought that Cotton would never walk again, and that Cotton ''had'' gone through the same situation.
** Bobby's clown professor is really hard on and sarcastic to Bobby, but when he [[HeelRealization notices that he actually hurt Bobby's feelings]], he tries to encourage him (albeit in the wrong way). That said, he still remains the antagonist for the rest of his episode.
* PhraseCatcher: '''… Thatherton!'''
* PickedLast: In "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Clown", Hank and his friends find a kickball and decide to start playing. When their other family members and neighbors come to join the game, they split into teams. Dale is picked last, even after Connie, a 12-year old girl who wasn't the most athletic person to choose from. Team captain Bill is obviously disappointed at having Dale on his team.
* PingPongNaivete:
** Hank about certain issues, like the concept of being transgender. In one episode, he references "the bank teller who is between genders". However, in the episode where he's informed that Peggy's new friend is a crossdresser, he replies, "Now hold on there, that doesn't make any sense!"
** Hank is frequently shown to be extremely careful with money, yet was for some reason under the impression that the ''sticker price'' was the best price possible on a car in "The Accidental Terrorist." In the same episode, he was shocked to see a salesman trick people ("I know [you are a salesman], that's why this doesn't make any sense"). However, in "Death Buys a Timeshare", the episode where Cotton was buying a timeshare, he is very savvy to various sales tricks.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything:
** Bill, an Army barber and sergeant, seems to spend relatively little time on base.
** Even though he is supposed to be a Texas Ranger, Boomhauer is never shown doing his job, what with all the standing around in the alley with the guys and his excessive canoodling.
* PlagueOfGoodFortune: The subplot of "The Peggy Horror Picture Show" involves Bobby and Joseph trying to prank various people around Arlen, only for them to run into good luck as a result.
* PlanetOfSteves: Luanne once unwittingly joined an all-woman {{Cult}} masquerading as a sorority where all the members were named Jane.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Hank to Luanne when she's coming out of the shower:
-->'''Hank:''' [[VerbalTic Bwaaah!]] Put some pants on, Luanne!
-->'''Luanne:''' ''(lifts her shirt up to reveal a pair of [[WhoWearsShortShorts Daisy Dukes]])'' [[CompletelyMissingThePoint I'm wearing shorts, Uncle Hank.]]
* PlotAllergy: Bobby becomes allergic to Ladybird in "Hank's Choice". Lampshaded by the doctor who makes the diagnosis, who tells Hank that "allergies come and go."
* PokeThePoodle: In "Be True to Your Fool", Bill wants to get stuck in jail because the prisoners treat him better than Dale, Hank, and Boomhauer do. Hank tries to get arrested so he can go apologize. His first two attempts are using a crosswalk when the "Don't Walk" sign is lit, and taking off his shirt in a store; both times he's in full view of policemen, both times they just kind of shrug and don't care. [[FelonyMisdemeanor Then he just barely taps a patrol car's rear bumper and gets arrested immediately.]]
-->'''Police officer:''' You scratched the bumper sticker from my daughter's school, ''jackass!''
* PoliceAreUseless:
** Every time the cops show up, it's to misunderstand things and blame the good guys for something, leaving it to Hank and his friends to solve the problem of the week. Police in Arlen seem bored, lazy, easy to annoy, and overly committed to doing things with instructions even when they turn out to be useless. On the other hand, "High Anxiety" has a Texas Ranger show up to investigate a murder case and he turned out to be very competent and attractive, in contrast to the fat local sheriff who was more focused on getting an arrest than actually finding out who the criminal was.
** Averted in "Love Hurts, and So Does Art" when a policeman helps Hank get the picture of his colon taken down from the art museum, as the X-rays are considered defamatory to Texas beef, which ''is'' considered an offense.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: In "Tears of an Inflatable Clown", a diversity expert inflicts white guilt (and black guilt, and every other kind of guilt) on Bobby and his classmates, nearly derailing the school fair they were organizing. Thankfully Hank and the others keep the fair going and convince the kids not to beat themselves up over what other people did in the past.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Cotton, who is a war hero.
* PoorCommunicationKills: In "Cops and Robert", Hank accidentally steals a man's wallet because he mistakenly thought the man had picked his pocket. When Hank realizes his error, he calls the man up to say that he wants to return the wallet and apologize...only he words it in such a way that it sounds like he's coming to assault and/or kill the guy. The man is waiting for Hank with a baseball bat, and at that point is beyond any further attempts at reasoning.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure:
** Hank's knowledge of famous people, such as the fact Music/WeirdAlYankovic "blew his brains out in TheEighties because no one bought his music" (Yankovic is still alive and still making music parodies) or that Rudy, from ''Film/{{Rudy}}'', died of cancer shortly after the big game (he actually spent ten years pitching the movie to studios afterwards).
** In "The Peggy Horror Picture Show", Peggy tells a Diana Ross impersonator: "If she wasn't dead I would swear you were the real thing." Like the Weird Al Yankovic example, Diana Ross is still alive, though, unlike Weird Al, she's not in the spotlight much.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Averted; TokenMinority Kahn Souphanousinphone is the biggest jerkass of the regular cast ''and'' a rather overt bigot.
* PottyEmergency: In "Beer and Loathing", Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer drink tainted beer and eat bad bananas:
--> '''Dale:''' Step on it, Bill! I don't know which way it's comin' out, but it's comin' out!
* ThePrankster: All of ZZ Top, but especially Dusty (Hank's cousin) towards Hank in "Hank Gets Dusted". However, after the {{Jerkass}} RealityShow producer goes too far, Dusty tells him to back down by pointing out "You've seen what we do to Hank, and we ''like'' him!"
* [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Pre-Groin Kicking One Liner]]: ''That's my purse! I don't know you!"
* PrecisionFStrike: Peggy manages to deliver this in "Death and Texas", without even using an actual f-bomb:
--> "I forgot to add the meat! How could I be so ''freaking'' stupid?!"
* PrettyInMink:
** In the episode "Snow Job," Luanne is shown standing outside in her normal skimpy outfit and a white fur muff, which probably doesn't do much considering it's cold enough that it has snowed in Texas.
** In "The Hank's Giving Episode," Luanne wears a white fur jacket.
* ProperlyParanoid:
** In one episode, a theory Dale had was actually ''right''. Of course, it's probably pretty rare to find an example of that.
** Dale's conspiracy paranoia (which he gave up for flag-waving patriotism after discovering that the U.S. government could be right about who killed John F. Kennedy) plays into another episode where he helps Hank get his driver's license corrected by threatening a DMV attendant with going to his superiors, which he correctly lists in order of ascending authority:
--> "I am YourWorstNightmare! I have a three-line phone and absolutely nothing at all to do with my time!"
** Early in Death of a Propane Salesman, the following exchange happens:
---> '''Dale:''' (smugly) "That's what they ''want'' you to think."
---> '''Arson Investigator:''' (Matter-of-factly) "Sir, we ''are'' 'they'."
---> ''Dale jumps back in shock and fear, then runs away.''
* PunishmentBox: Bobby is put into one of these at a military school. It most assuredly does not break him:
-->I've slept on a mattress. I've slept on cement. I'm a mattress guy.
* QuoteToQuoteCombat: [[HalloweenEpisode "Hilloween"]] parodies this when this conversation happens between Hank and an overzealous priest:
-->'''Judy Harper:''' "The complacency of fools will destroy them." Proverbs.\\
'''Hank:''' "Get out of my house!" Exodus.
* RadishCure: In the episode "Keeping Up with Our Joneses," Hank makes Bobby smoke a whole carton of cigarettes as punishment for catching him smoking. The plan backfired spectacularly; not only does Bobby end up hooked, but Hank and Peggy fell victim to their own past cigarette habits as well. In their addiction support group, Bobby mentions that he's been an addict since his dad "let" him smoke a whole carton, to horrified reactions. Hank tries to correct him, in that he "made" him smoke them (neglecting to mention it was a punishment for smoking at all), to even more horrified reactions.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Luanne leases a house with others in an attempt to move out of Hank's house. These unbelievably immature assholes don't lift a finger to help, make up a series of one LameExcuse after another to avoid paying the rent, and are mind-blowingly rude to everyone. Luanne finally gets even with them by paying all the utility bills and then closing the accounts, figuring that if they want food or water so badly they can pay for it themselves. ''Then'' one of the roommates meets Cotton and one of his wartime buddies, Topsy, and call them Nazis. This particular roommate become an AssholeVictim when Cotton and Topsy actually have an awesome moment when they wade in and [[CurbStompBattle beats him up]].
* RailroadTracksOfDoom: In "Chasing Bobby," Hank's truck stalls on a railroad track. Hank barely makes it out, but the truck is "killed."
* RantInducingSlight: After being run ragged from doing all the baby's chores during "Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall" Bobby snaps when Didi asks him to get her some lottery tickets.
-->'''Bobby:''' Gah! I am a twelve year old boy! I am the child's nephew! I cannot do this. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. CANNOT. DO. THIS!]] (Hands her the baby) If someone makes some food, I'll eat. But that's it! '''ALL I'LL DO IS EAT!'''
* RashomonStyle: How Hank and company burned down the firehouse. Bill, Hank, Boomhauer, and Dale tell their versions of what went wrong. They also have their own interpretations of the other three:
** Dale's version has himself as being tall and muscular with long-flowing hair (and Hank was dressed as a DrillSergeantNasty). Bill's version has himself being a good hundred pounds ''fatter'' and completely bald. Boomhauer's version has himself speaking normally, while everyone else speaks with his VerbalTic.
* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: Cotton is a heavily decorated World War II vet, with his decorations are slowly revealed throughout his appearances. In "Returning Japanese", his uniform includes the Medal of Honor and American Campaign Medal. In "Cotton Comes Marching Home" his Silver Star is shown in a display case in the Arlen VFW. In season twelve, he shown wearing the third class, Commandeur, of the French Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France and only awarded to a handful of Americans during the war.
* RealFakeWedding: A prank war erupts between Bobby (who's twelve) and Luanne (his older cousin). After he replaces her birth control pills with candy, she [[MissConception convinces him]] that women have to take a birth control pill every day or they get pregnant. Hank and Peggy actually get in on the joke and put on a fake ShotgunWedding, to Bobby's horror. Then, to teach Luanne a lesson too, they claim that the celebrant, Bill, is actually an ordained minister and their marriage is valid. Also, you supposedly can't get divorced in Texas for at least a year.
* ARealManIsAKiller: The point of the hunting trip in "The Order of the Straight Arrow".
* RealMenEatMeat: Hank fervently believes this. On "Hank's Unmentionable Problem," it's implied that Hank is so ignorant (or abhorrent) of vegetables that he orders macaroni and cheese to balance out the meat he ordered at a cafeteria.
* RealMenHateSugar: Comically subverted. Dale's "macho" gun club is fond of desserts, with Dale regularly baking macaroons as part of (or possibly his entire) campaign for presidency. His opposition in one election, Mad Dog, is basically a walking macho stereotype and prepared a wide variety of cakes to one-up Dale.
--> ''You're going down, Gribble. And unlike your macaroons, you're '''staying''' down!''
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** In "The Incredible Hank", Hank shoots down Dale's theory that he's a clone of a warrior from the future, using four bullet points. Dale gets progressively more meek with each point Hank makes.
** Dale gives one to Bill (and the rest of the Harmonaholics) near the end of "It Ain't Over Till the Fat Neighbor Sings".
** Kahn receives an absolutely brutal one from his father-in-law in "Pour Some Sugar on Kahn," but instead of getting upset, he concedes it.
* RefugeInAudacity: A lot of the schemes dreamed up by many characters fall into this territory, like Peggy's scam against an Internet con-artist who made her blow her life savings on a fake Master's Degree.
* RepurposedPopSong: After Big Mountain Fudgecake collapses, John Redcorn repurposes their songs for children and becomes "the Native American Raffi". For example, he rewrites a song about suicide into being about personal hygiene:
-->''"Wake up, I want to … wash myself, clean my wrists, scrub my brains out …"''
* {{Retcon}}: This series has had a number of 'em:
** Peggy's background was rewritten so that she spent most of her early life in Montana, rather than spending her high school years in Arlen. This complicates the episodes where Hank and Peggy are shown as HighSchoolSweethearts. Not only that but Peggy's mother went from being older-looking version of Peggy, who was a bit critical of her, into a downright mean and verbally abusive bitch who never forgave Peggy for abandoning the family ranch, even after saving it. It also contradicts the episode "I Remember Mono" where she sends Bobby a gift and is all-but stated to be on good terms with Peggy.
** Luanne's father. In the first episode, Luanne, then aged 18, is dropped off at the Hill residence after her mother stabs him. In later episodes, it is revealed that he is working on an oil rig just to stay safely away from Luanne's psycho mother, refusing to come back until Hank faxes him her death certificate and even visiting his and Peggy's family for Thanksgiving. All this is chucked out the window when he finally makes an appearance. He's introduced as a manipulative drunken bastard and Hank and Peggy decide to cover up the truth about him to his grown daughter. He claims that Luanne was five when he last saw her. He's a felon out of prison, rather than having been working on an oil rig (he used the "oil rig" story to keep Luanne from knowing that he is a felon). And he looks nothing like his sister Peggy. In an earlier episode, he was described as strongly resembling Peggy but with smaller feet.
** Hank and his old Arlen High School football teammates challenged the team that they lost against in the state championship to a rematch that they eventually win. This one is made more glaring by the fact that Hank had come to terms with losing the game in an earlier episode.
** Cotton's second starring episode deals with him going senile. Hank notices that Cotton has gone from being his crazy old self to just plain crazy and Cotton is portrayed as such. The only reason Cotton avoids being institutionalized is by having Didi be his caretaker. However, in all subsequent episodes, Cotton's senility is either toned down or abandoned entirely and Didi eventually divorces him (and is implied to take Good Hank with her, since we don't hear about Good Hank ever again following the divorce).
** Dale's understanding of John Redcorn's sexuality. In "My Own Private Rodeo", the episode where Dale and Nancy renew their vows, Nancy asks Dale if he is truly OK with his dad being gay. Dale replies, "Why would have a problem with it? John Redcorn's gay and I've been friends with him for years". A later episode, "Untitled Blake [=McCormick=] Project", has him send John Redcorn after Bill's new girlfriend Charlene, to break them up, and even calls him a "chick magnet".
** In his initial appearances, Dale's dad, Bug, appears to be an ordinary guy, looking a lot like his son. In his [[ADayInTheLimelight focus episode]] "My Own Private Rodeo," Bug is revealed to be a gay rodeo star with no physical, let alone personality resemblance to Dale.
** Cotton's wartime service, though some of it is heavily implied to be lies and senility (like claiming to have been in Münich on April 30 and Okinawa on May 2).
** It was originally established that Dale's alias, Rusty Shackleford, came from the birth certificate of a child that died in 1953. However, in "Peggy Goes to Pots", it is revealed that the alias actually came from a third grade classmate whom Dale thought had died.[[note]]In reality, he simply moved away. He came back to Arlen to get Dale to sign some paperwork so he could move on with his life.[[/note]]
** Cotton's funeral. In "Cotton's Plot", he earns a plot in the Texas State Cemetery in recognition of his service and he is later stated to have been buried there. However, in "Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key", it's revealed he was cremated with a final request to be flushed down a toilet once used by General Patton. It is also revealed Topsy and the rest of Cotton's platoon were flushed down the same toilet, yet Cotton states he scattered Topsy's ashes over a prostitute (it also raises the question of who left his urn in a bus station locker).
* TheReveal: The GrandFinale reveals, in a quick shot during the final couple of minutes, what Boomhauer's job is: [[spoiler:he's a Texas Ranger]].
* RewindReplayRepeat: In "The Perils of Polling", Hank repeatedly plays the tape of George W. Bush shaking a random guy's hand:
--> '''Hank''': Look, look: Surprise, then disappointment. Surprise, disappointment. Surprise, disappointment. (etc.)
* RightOnQueue: In "Hank Fixes Everything", Lucky, Luanne, and Bobby waiin line for several days to get the first tickets to see Brownsville Station (of "Smokin in the Boy's Room" fame). When the box office opens, not a single person has gotten in line behind them. Then Lucky starts waiting at the door:
--> Lucky: "I want to be sure they don't run out of my shirt size, Women's Medium."
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: Dale is a comedic, mostly harmless version. The one-shot character [[MeaningfulName Mad Dog]] provides a straighter example.
* RiskyBusinessDance: Spoofed. Bobby slides in his underwear just as Luanne is watching the scene on TV. Turns out he hasn't seen the movie.
* RoadTripPlot: Several: "Three Days of the Kahn-Do," "Escape from Party Island," "Shins of the Father," "A Beer Can Named Desire," "The Bluegrass Is Always Greener," "Queasy Rider," "Living on Reds, Propane and Vitamin C," "The Honeymooners."
* RousingSpeech: Bobby gives one at the end of "Old Glory", which is more meant to be an apology for taking the credit for Peggy's work on a paper, but ends up being more of a PatrioticFervor speech:
--> '''Bobby:''' What has this school taught us about the flag? I say the Pledge of Allegiance every day, but I don't know what it means. I hear "The Star-Spangled Banner" before every football game, but by "Oh say can you see," I'm looking for the guy with the peanuts. But today, I watched a grown man cry while his flag burned. And when I saw how much it meant to him, I realized how much it should have meant to me. So tomorrow, if you're sitting near me in detention, and one of your spitballs comes anywhere near that flag, you better watch your back. Tom Landry rules! (audience cheers)
* RuleOfDrama: Lampshaded in one episode.
-->Peggy's friend: "HURRY!"
-->Peggy: "Why?"
-->Peggy's friend: "It's simply more dramatic!"
* RuleOfThree: In "What Makes Bobby Run":
--> '''Hank:''' Look, Peggy, Bobby's got Mr. Crackers! Bobby's got Mr. Crackers! ''Bobby's got Mr. Crackers!''
* TheRunaway: Bobby is briefly one in "Death of a Propane Salesman" due to overhearing (and misinterpreting) Bill and Dale competing over who would get him after Hank dies.
* RunningGag:
** Every time Chuck Mangione starts to play a tune on his flugelhorn, he ends up shifting into "Feels So Good" after a few bars.
** Hank usually introducing himself as the assistant manager of Strickland Propane, even if it's irrelevant to the discussion.
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes:
** Hank's seen ''The Great Santini'' dozens of times.
** Bobby claims to know a ton about golfing due to having seen ''Film/HappyGilmore'' fifty times.
* SceneryCensor:
** Crops up often in "Sug Night." In Hank's erotic dreams, Nancy's breasts are covered with either a burger or a plate of them and she's holding a bag of buns over her rear [[DoubleStandard (nevermind that showing the men's butts are fair game)]]. Not a case of HandOrObjectUnderwear since this is not deliberate covering on anyone's part. Later in the same episode, Hank and Peggy are covered by various objects as part of their grilling, and two nudists are always behind waist-high bushes. One of them has GodivaHair, the other is perpetually covering herself by holding a volleyball.
** Near the beginning of "Naked Ambition," Bobby accidentally catches Luanne naked in the shower. When shown from Bobby's side, his head blocks the viewers from seeing anything.
* ScoutOut: The Order of the Straight Arrow. Much to Hank's dismay, the more scout-like survival lessons have been gutted in favor of "safer" activities like "camp-ins" with toy knives and indoor campfires with streamers for flames.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl:
** Inverted; Hank has a very ''manly'' scream, which sounds so ridiculous that it became a RunningGag. "D-WOOOAAAGH!"
** Played semi-straight with Bobby:
-->'''Hank:''' "I have a surprise for you, but you have to promise not to squeal like a girl. I've decided to let you grow your roses." ''(cue Bobby squealing like a girl)''
** Hank says as much about Dale: "I don't hear any girlish screams so either Dale's not here yet or he's dead."
** As if he wasn't enough of a ButtMonkey already, we also find out Bill has a very high-pitched, unmanly scream.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior:
** Cotton, although he was probably always like that regardless of his age.
** Tilly's friends in "Escape From Party Island" fall under this are this, the opposite of NiceToTheWaiter, and TheLoad.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Subverted, when Hank enters a shooting competition with Bobby, and the boy is glad they did so well in an actual competition.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: In an in-universe example, Bobby attempted to try to figure out what was so funny about Ray Jay Johnson, a comedian all the adults on the show loved.
* SentOffToWorkForRelatives:
** In one episode, Connie is desperate to get a summer internship with Peggy because the alternative is spending the summer on a "family fishing boat in Laos" because her father Kahn thinks it will look good on her college applications.
** At the end of a later episode, Connie's badgirl cousin from LA, Tid Pao (voiced by Lucy Liu) is punished by being sent to work on her Uncle's ranch, who gives her a stern warning upon arrival:
--->"I'm last Uncle you got. You screw up here, we send you back with Grandma in Laos!"
* SeriesContinuityError: In "Hilloween", Bobby mentions how Hank once made him eat chopped liver. In "Love Hurts and So Does Art", when Bobby gets gout from eating too much chopped liver, Hank mentions they never feed Bobby foods like that.
* SeriousBusiness:
** Propane and propane accessories. Not in the "be careful around it, it's flammable" way, but in a "insult it or disrespect it in any way and I will kick your ass" way. Hank takes this to absurd levels, due to his job (and how seriously he takes it). For example, he calls butane a "bastard gas", he has a beeper specifically for "propane emergencies", and when Peggy and Bobby eat a burger grilled on a charcoal grill, he drags them into the kitchen and makes them ''pray to God for forgiveness''.
** In the episode where an artist embarrasses Hank by putting Hank's colonoscopy showing his colon clogged by beef up in a museum, the artist is arrested for "defaming beef", which is apparently serious business in Texas, probably a reference to a famous case involving Oprah Winfrey.
** In another episode, Hank describes medium rare as the perfect way to grill a steak; Bobby asks what they do if someone wants their steak cooked another way, and Hank responds "We politely but firmly ask them to leave."
** Football at any level is serious business. This is very much TruthInTelevision in Texas.
** In the final episode, Bobby joins a junior college meat grading team and has a lot of fun until he sees the darker side of competition and rivalry. Best emphasized when, at dinner, his teammates see an opposing team and say they should blind them by throwing red pepper flakes in their eyes. Bobby laughs, but when the rest of the team shoots a glare his way, he asks "Wait, you guys are ''serious?!''"
** Having a masculine haircut. After Hank's barber Jack bleaches Hank's hair out of spite, Hank is told by Buck that he can't be paid for the day and has to take the afternoon off to get his hair dyed back to "a boy's color."
** Hair is always serious business to Bill; despite all his quirks, he's [[BunnyEarsLawyer one hell of a barber]]. In "Hank's Bad Hair Day", Bill offers to cut Hank's hair after his regular barber is forced to retire due to going senile, but Hank declines. Later on Bill tells Hank that the refusal feels like a massive insult ("It's like you're callin me an '''IDIOT!!'''") and actively dismisses Peggy's remarks on the matter -- which, considering his massive [[StalkerWithACrush stalker-crush]] on her, is pretty shocking.
** Lawn care for Hank. The day Bobby was born Hank bought a whetstone, to be presented to him when he becomes a teenager. The whetstone is for sharpening mower blades, which is what Bobby is to do every Saturday until he has shown himself to be responsible enough to mow the lawn. In other words, a common chore assigned to teenagers is treated as a rite of passing and a privilege that must be earned. Another episode has Hank see Khan using mowing the lawn as a punishment for Connie and being completely bewildered by it.
** Beer is worshipped by the guys. Beer is so sacred that it even supersedes the lawn in the SeriousBusiness hierarchy, with Hank saying he wouldn't pour out a beer to extinguish a grass fire. Spitting out beer is to be avoided at all costs, so much so that when someone actually does it its for a serious reason. Even that which contains beer, the cooler, is treated with respect. When Cotton blindly drives his [[InsistentTerminology Cadillac Car]] down the alley and nearly kills Bill, Hank's immediate concern is whether or not the cooler was dented.
** That's ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'', kiddo.
** Boris is taking this class for the ninth time, and he is almost a clown.
** Boggle.
* SexyPriest:
** Monsignor Martinez from ''[[ShowWithinAShow Los Dias y Las Noches de Monsignor Martinez]]''.
** Bill sees Reverend Stroup as this. The (perceived) forbidden nature of their relationship is shown to be a necessary part of his interest in her.
* ShootingGallery: In "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo", Peggy puts a Flat Stanley cutout into one of these for a series of photos to "teach kids lessons", it then gets shot to pieces.
* ShoutOut:
** Boomhauer's "disco" outfit in the episode "Strangeness on a Train" makes him look a lot like [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Robert Garcia]].
** Luanne Platter's name is one to the Lu Ann Platter, a combination dish served at a Texas-based restaurant chain called Luby's. Which has a BlandNameProduct ShoutOut in the form of Luly's.
** Bill's obsessive longing for his ex-wife Lenore can't possibly be anything else except this for Edgar Allan Poe's ''The Raven''.
** Also, in the basket-weaving episode, Dale tries to kill Hank with a forklift. Hank even utters the line, [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 "He tried to kill me with a forklift."]]
** In one episode, Bobby is reading an issue of [[ComicBook/{{Invincible}} Unvincible]]. Aside from the one letter difference, Mark doesn't look any different.
** Bobby has a doll of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]] in his room.
** In [[Film/DogDayAfternoon "Dog Dale Afternoon"]], Dale, having been finally driven around the bend by a prank played by his friends, takes refuge at the top of a local clock tower and is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman mistaken for a sniper.]]
** In "The Passion of Dauterive", Bill begins contemplating the meaning of life after the roof collapses on his bed. Boomhauer responds by talking about ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.
** Hank's flashback to his childhood Halloween fun has obvious elements of WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown, such as the music and Boomhauer's ghost costume.
** Stuart Dooley is an {{Expy}} of [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Butt-head]] while Hank is pretty much Tom Anderson if he were younger, had a son, and sold propane and propane accessories.
** In "Little Horrors of Shop", Peggy tries to get the students to vote for her as Substitute Teacher of the Year; three votes go to "[[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]], whoever the heck that is".
** The episode where Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer are under investigation for burning down the firehouse features an amount of slapstick that is excessive by the show's standards, and the show ends with a riff from ''[[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Blind Mice]]''.
** In "Yard, She Blows," the neighborhood where Hank goes to buy lawn gnomes was basically traced from photos of [[http://http://www.solvangusa.com/ Solvang, CA.]]
** In "Death and Texas", Peggy receives a letter from "Wesley Martin Archer", a reference to director Wes Archer.
** In "Peggy Makes the Big Leagues", David Kalaiki Ali'i has a poster in his room of Seven of Nine from [[Series/StarTrekVoyager]]
** In "Joust Like a Woman", Dale cites the Prime Directive when telling Hank that he can't help Hank win the joust against King Phillip Motzinger.
* ShowerShy: This happens to Bobby Hill in "The Incredible Hank."
* ShownTheirWork:
** A lot of Texas references are completely accurate, from Big Tex at the state fair, to a Laotian minority population, football (whether it's the NFL or high school) and beef being a big deal, to a ShoutOut to Luly's cafeteria.
** Murray Hoggarth ''was'' the long-time president (okay, not commissioner) of the Texas Propane Gas Association. Hoggarth's business, Action Propane, is the inspiration for Strickland Propane; it's still owned by Hoggarth's wife Wanda.
** A number of Dale's conspiracy theories (such as his rant about the gold fringe on a US flag indicating an Admiralty Court, and that he's not subject to its jurisdiction) are based on actual, recognized conspiracies. And yes, they are just as nonsensical and untrue in real life.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Los Dias y Las Noches de Monsignor Martinez''. [[JustForFun/LosDiasYLasNochesDeMonsignorMartinez Now with its own page]].
* SilentCredits: For the most part, the credits to "Fun With Jane and Jane" are like this; it's just a group of emus standing around like Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer do, with no music playing during it.
* SkewedPriorities: Due to the fact that football is SeriousBusiness in Texas, Hank and the waffle board are willing to ruin a football player's future by letting him coast through high school after Peggy failed him. Hank changes his stance when he realize that Peggy made the right decision.
* SkintoneSclerae: A few characters, most notably Boomhauer and Cotton.
* SkywardScream:
** "DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!"
** In "Of Mice and Little Green Men", Nancy wonders why God is punishing her. Then she shouts to the sky, "WHY, SUG?!"
** In "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Hill," Peggy gives one of these when she dreams that her lack of knowledge about the Catholic faith has damned her students to Hell forever. "I JUST WANTED A FULL-TIME JOB!"
* SingleIssuePsychology: when he is seeing a psychologist to fix his aim, Hank tries to interpret his problem this way and connects it to Cotton yelling at him as a boy, but the actual psychologist cuts him off and has him do visualization techniques.
* SliceOfLife: A relatively rare Western-animated "adult" example.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: Mostly Level 3, with earlier seasons leaning further towards Level 4 and later seasons leaning back to Level 2. Major changes to the status quo in the first five seasons include Buckley's death, Luanne quitting beauty school, Didi giving birth to G.H., Luanne moving out of the Hill house, Nancy breaking up with John Redcorn and Joseph going through puberty.
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: As close to "Mundane" as animation could be.
* SlowClap: Occurs in "Plastic White Female".
* SmallNameBigEgo: Peggy, to the point where she could have been the TropeNamer had ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' never existed. And let's not forget Cotton, though part of this also seems to be dementia brought on by his old age - while he did have to be a legitimate badass to survive the injuries he took during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and kill fitty men, he also seems to believe he fought on both the Western ''and'' Pacific fronts within days of each other and essentially won the war on his own.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Lucky has often shown that he's pretty savvy in certain areas, even if he gives off the vibe that he's just … not.
* SmokingHotSex:
** Subverted in "Nancy's Boys"; there's a close-up of Dale smoking and saying, "Oh yeah." The camera cuts back to reveal that he and Nancy still have their clothes on and haven't begun yet.
** Parodied in another episode, where Dale claims the last time he did this, the bed caught fire.
* SmugSnake: Peggy in the later episodes
* SnipeHunt: "Order of the Straight Arrow".
* SoapBoxSadie: Averted with Bobby. He's often just as obnoxious as a straight example, but thankfully never portrayed as being in the right.
* SoapPunishment: In "That's What She Said", Hank washes out the foul mouth of a new employee with soap. Said employee manages to make one last filthy joke before OhCrap sets in.
* SoccerHatingAmericans: Hank disapproves of Bobby's switch from football to soccer, and eventually convinces him to switch back, because real Americans play football.
* SpinTheBottle: Played in "Plastic White Female".
* SpitTake:
** Hank play it straight in "Square Peg" when he spits beer when he hears Peggy yelling "VAGINA!"
** Two examples in one when Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer do a synchronized spit-take upon discovering that the beer they've been drinking has been tainted:
--> '''Hank:''' If it wasn't the bananas that made us sick, then what was it? … Oh my God, '''the BEER!'''\\
''(Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer spit out their beer.)''\\
'''Hank:''' And Peggy knew!\\
''(Bill does another spit take, [[FatIdiot apparently having taken another drink of beer he just learned was tainted]].)''
** Subverted in "Hilloween" when Peggy tells Hank that Bobby has gone off to Junie Harper's anti-Halloween party, he comes about as close as possible to a spit take before swallowing hard:
--->'''Hank:''' I came very close to spitting out beer!\\
'''Peggy:''' I knew you'd be upset.
* SpringtimeForHitler: See AdviceBackfire.
* StandardizedSitcomHousing: Completely averted. Every house on the show is designed like a real house, which would be a pain to shoot on a live action three camera sitcom.
* StealthPun:
** In "Returning Japanese" Hank calls [[spoiler: his half brother Junichiro]] a crazy bastard. Considering his parents aren't married, it adds a new layer to Hank's term of endearment.
** '''H'''ank '''R'''utherford '''H'''ill. '''HRH'''. '''H'''is '''R'''oyal '''H'''ighness. '''KING''' of the Hill.
* {{Sting}}: From "The Perils of Polling":
--> '''Hank''': Oh my ''GOD'' … his handshake … (three note dramatic sting) it was ''limp''!
* TheStinger:
** Nearly every episode featured a sound clip from earlier in the episode over the "Deedle Dee Productions" logo. It's usually a line that is made funnier due to there being no context, though in some episodes ("The Arrowhead", for example) it's a continuation of what was happening before the credits.
** The logo was silent during the first season, with the exception of "The Company Man".
* The show itself, considering after the series finale, there were still four unaired episodes.
* StopBeingStereotypical: Inverted in one episode, where Hank was dealing with a client from Boston who expected everything in Texas to be cowboys and country, meaning Hank had to ''act'' stereotypical in order to draw the guy's attention. Eventually, he gets sick of it and tells the guy off, saying (in effect) "If you want dumbass cowboy antics go with Thatherton, but if you want quality propane stick with Strickland." The guy ends up going with Thatherton.
* StrawMisogynist: Cotton, most definitely. Coach Kleethammer, with his constant claims that girls can't play sports.
* StrawmanPolitical: A number of the one-off smug Northerners who make appearances in Arlen, usually voiced by David Herman. Like Hank's new boss who fired the truck drivers, or the disability advocate.
* StrippingTheScarecrow: In "Yankee Hankee," Hank gets left nearly naked in the courtyard of the Alamo. He ends up having to take clothes off a Davy Crockett mannequin, before wondering why he bothered putting on the raccoon hat.
* StuckAtTheAirportPlot: One episode, "Happy Hank's Giving" has this happening to the Hills, the Gribbles, the Souphaniousinphones along with Bill and Boomhauer over Thanksgiving (which involves the destruction of Hank's propane-smoked turkey when a bomb-sniffing dog barks at his luggage). After everyone misses their flights, the families eventually settle with eating dinner at the airport with whatever they can scrape together.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJr_u4fW3VI The Baaah! song]], which consists of variations of Hank's [[BigNo Baah!]]
* SuddenlyVoiced: Debbie Grund, who previously appeared on the show but was not given any lines, has some dialog in "Hanky Panky".
* SunglassesAtNight: Dale.
* SuicideAsComedy: Bill in the Christmas episode "Pretty Pretty Dresses." Even tries to slam his own head in a drawer, kill himself using an electric oven, and is kept from shooting himself by Dale ''threatening him with a gun''.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Hank.
* SustainedMisunderstanding: From "Hank's Got the Willies":
--> '''Willie Nelson:''' Hey I know you; you're the kid who rakes my yard.\\
'''Bobby:''' No, I'm the kid who hit you in the head.\\
'''Willie:''' With a rake?\\
'''Bobby:''' No, with a golf club.\\
'''Willie:''' You've been raking my yard with a golf club? I want my quarter back!
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* TheTag: Occasionally done, usually with Hank giving the viewer a humorous disclaimer.
* TakeAThirdOption:
** Connie and Bobby have to wrestle each other for the last spot on the team, but each has too much to lose. So they take RefugeInAudacity and stage a full-on WWF style chair throwing extravaganza so that they'll ''both'' be kicked off, but be hailed as heroes by the other students.
** When Bobby was thought to be the Lama, he used the third option of "Pick anything you see on this rug" … and he picked Connie, whose reflection he could see in the mirror.
** In "Movin' On Up", Luanne moves out of the Hills' den, but ends up with a bunch of lazy jerkass roommates who won't pay their share of the bills and [[GodwinsLaw call her a Nazi]] whenever she tries to exert any authority. Given the choice between putting up with them or admitting defeat and moving back with the Hills, she [[spoiler:closes the house's accounts, meaning the roommates can't sponge off of her for power, heat, water or phone lines anymore, while living in the yard with a hidden stash of food at the bottom of the pool.]]
** In "Lupe's Revenge", Peggy's poor grasp of the Spanish language results in her accidentally kidnapping a young girl during a field trip to Mexico. Hank knows they can prove her innocence, but is worried about crushing Peggy's feelings by outright telling her that her Spanish sucks. The solution he finds: have Peggy testify herself, in Spanish; the judge realizes that she didn't know what she was doing and declares her innocent, while Peggy remains convinced that her impassioned plea won him over.
* TanLines: Hank, Dale, and Bill in hot weather.
* TemporaryBlindness: Hank, after witnessing his mother and her boyfriend having sex, temporarily goes blind in "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying".
* TemptingFate: In "Bobby Goes Nuts," when the guys hear about Bobby [[GroinAttack kicking Hank in the groin]]:
-->'''Bill:''' I wish ''I'' had a son to kick me in the groin.\\
''(Dale obliges him)''\\
'''Dale:''' ''(sips his beer)'' BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.
* ThatsWhatICallX: "Traffic Jam" has: "BAM! Now THAT'S what I call general haberdashery!"
* ThatsWhatSheSaid: The plot to the title of the same name; a new employee at Strickland Propane (voiced by Ben Stiller) frequently replies to people with this catchphrase. At first, everyone thinks he's hilarious, but soon they begin to feel uncomfortable because every time they open their mouth, they fear he will turn whatever they say into a DoubleEntendre (particularly bad for a business which sells items to cook ''meat''). As usual, it's up to Hank to set things right.
* ThatWasObjectionable: When Dale has a restraining order put on Hank after he accidentally saws off Dale's finger:
--> '''Dale:''' Objection: conjecture. Objecture!
--> '''Hank:''' THAT IS NOT A WORD!
* TheThemeParkVersion: In "he Company Man", Hank has to do business with a pushy Bostonian who seems to think Texas is/should be this. In order to keep his business, Hank tries to conform to the man's beliefs, making himself an ExtremeDoormat (as Peggy points out). After a heart-to-heart with a stripper, Hank finally tells the man off, but he goes to Thatherton Fuels to get what he wants.
* ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange: The Québécois dub did this to this one of all series, changing the setting from Texas to small-town Quebec (Ste-Irène)... despite the fact that the setting is almost always referenced as being warm, the times snow actually does pop up (which often tends to be a light coating at most), it's treated as a major crisis in universe, and the plots and setting being very steeped in Texan culture (the characters are all obsessed with football and barbecues).
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: In "Death of a Propane Salesman (Part 2)", at the funeral, Dale opens a casket and looks into it as a part of uncovering one of his conspiracy theories involving Mega Lo Mart and insurance fraud. The sight of the corpse causes him to turn pale and he throws up.
* ThrowingOutTheScript: Played with:
-->'''Bobby:''' ''(rehearsing)'' I rehearsed a speech on the way over here, but I'm throwing it out, because nothing says ''I'm sorry'' like "I'm sorry."
* TitlePlease
* ToiletHumor:
** The pilot episode where Hank is mistaken for a child abuser (after Bobby gets a black eye during a baseball game and rumors spread of Hank losing his temper with a Mega Lo Mart clerk) had Hank listening to a "Funny Phone Jerks" audio recording, which consists of farting noises (he mistook it for some music Bobby was listening to).
** "Hank's Unmentionable Problem", which is about Hank's severe case of constipation. The final scene where Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" plays after Hank finally poops is a highlight.
** In one episode, Peggy says, "Hope in one hand, poop in the other, and see which fills up first."
** Dale, in "Beer and Loathing", after drinking some tainted beer: "I don't know which way it's coming out, but it's coming out!"
** "Flush With Power" is all about the town council members having to use the john in the last act.
* TokenMinority: An interesting InUniverse variation, in which Hank is invited to join a country club because Ted Wassonasong is concerned that its all-Asian membership looks bad.
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: When it starts snowing in ''King of the Hill'', Peggy says "Nobody lick any flagpoles!"
* TonightSomeoneDies:
** The Mega Lo Mart explosion ''and'' the shooting cliffhangers both were advertised as this. Fox actually spoofed this with the Mega Lo Mart explosion cliffhanger, which left four characters -- Hank, Luanne, Buckley, and Chuck Mangione -- unaccounted for, one of whom viewers were told would die. Over the summer, Fox ran a series of commercials in which their execs threatened to kill off Hank unless he agreed to let the show be retooled and moved to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles (where it would be renamed "King of the Hollywood Hills"). Eventually, Hank got ahold of some compromising photos of Fox executives and they agreed to let him stay in Texas without killing him off. In the end, [[spoiler: Buckley]] was the one who died.
** Hank's co-worker and Buck Strickland's mistress Debbie died ([[spoiler:she accidentally killed herself while trying to get her rifle and a basket of nachos into the dumpster she was hiding in]]); she was a relatively minor character.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Anthony Page, the social worker in the pilot who puts the family under investigation after Bobby gets a black eye at baseball, but doesn't bother questioning the coach.
** Bobby, who can be influenced by pretty much anything: his sexist grandfather, a white supremacist website, a group of teenagers pretending to know wizardry … the list goes on. He personifies this so much that one of the most frequently-reused episode plots is "Bobby falls in with a bad crowd of some sort and Hank bails him out".
** The rest of the cast has their moments of insane stupidity. Many other episodes feature the Dale/Bill/Boomhauer trio or one of the three (usually Dale or Bill) getting into trouble for something stupid until Hank saves the day (including the time they tried frying everything imaginable and started a grease fire, while Dale used bees to cure things, even his own broken arm … and then there's the fact Dale's allergic to bees).
** All the young employees at Mega Lo Mart are clueless about ''their own respective departments'', pissing off customers like Hank, and have supervision over older and wiser coworkers. Most notably, Buckley [[spoiler: died in a propane explosion after he failed to listen to Hank's advice about not dragging the propane tank by the nozzle, thus causing a leak.]]
** In "Fun with Jane and Jane", Luanne joins a sorority that is obviously a front for a cult. After she escapes, Peggy takes her right back to the cult because she doesn't understand (despite Luanne saying that they deprived her of food and sleep and punished her by locking her in a closet and yelling at her) and takes Luanne right back writing off their dangerous behavior as "hazing" to a new member saying that "all sororities do hazing, the harder it is the stronger the friendship; why do you think POW's are always having reunions?"-- ''and'' joins the cult herself because they offer to let her vent about her terrible mother.
* TookALevelInJerkAss: Everyone in the cast does something genuinely selfish or rude throughout the series:
** DependingOnTheWriter, Kahn. He's a downright jerkass during the earlier seasons, yet sometimes in the later seasons, he seems to genuinely ''want'' to help or be friends with everyone else, just is too stubborn (though an episode from season 13 reveals that Kahn's jerkass ways stem from the side effects of the medication he has to take for his bipolar disorder). Minh is a bit better at it than he is, though.
** Dale invoked this in-verse in "The Trouble with Gribbles" where he was attempting to sue the company that makes his smokes on the premise that they ruined his wife's skin. When they try to bug him to expose him, Dale counter-bluffs them...by acting as an emotionally abusive husband to Nancy. It doesn't end well, and nearly costs him his marriage.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood:
** Bobby sure loves his fruit pies.
** Hank is quite fond of burgers and steak.
** Played with whenever it comes to grilling; no matter what kind of food it is, if it's made on a charcoal grill, Hank will not only refuse to eat it, but lecture whoever is within the vicinity about how it's essentially toxic waste. It's implied that Peggy actually loves Charcoal-grilled meats, but she can never admit to it.
* TrueCompanions: Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer for sure. No matter how much of a creepy loser Bill is or how much of an untrustworthy idiot Dale is the four will always be best friends. Even when Hank, Dale and Bill stole Boomhauer's beloved car, accidentally destroyed it after a joyride and lied about it for 20 years Boomhauer was only mad at them for two weeks (Hank was reduced to one week when Bobby told Boomhauer Hank always quotes him).
* TwoferTokenMinority:
** When Dale is being opposed for Gun Club President, he laments that his opponent has "already got the black vote -- Earl -- and the gay vote -- Earl."
** Buck is told that he isn't allowed to fire a drug-addicted employee because he is in rehab, which makes his addiction legally classified as a disability, and it's illegal for a business of his size to fire an employee based on their race, sexual orientation, disability, weight, etc. Buck then utters this line in his frustration:
--->'''Buck:''' Hell, I'd kill for a big, fat, black, blind, deaf, gay guy if he would just get some damn ''work'' done around here!
* UglyGuyHotWife:
** Cotton and Didi.
** Lucky and Luanne.
** Dale and Nancy. Dale isn't particularly ugly and is more average looking.
* UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000: In "Grand Theft Arlen", Hank gets addicted to a ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' clone programmed by local college students and featuring a {{Badass}} version of himself as the hero. Somewhat subverted in that the game lets the player be a "good guy", which is how Hank plays it, rather than just being a straight-up criminal.
* UnCancelled: After spending its last few seasons being constantly victimized by sports preemptions and schedule changes, Season 11 was finally announced as being the last, with [[spoiler:Luanne's wedding]] being the series finale. It was unexpectedly picked up for two additional seasons, however, when Fox decided to revamp its animation lineup in the Fall of 2007, but was later cancelled for good at the end of season 13, leaving 4 unaired episodes to debut in syndication.
* UnderdogsNeverLose:
** Averted in "How to Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying". The episode concerns Hank overcoming his problems with firing a rifle. However, even when he manages to get it together during the shooting tournament, he still loses on the final shot. However, it's still a happy ending because Bobby's thrilled that he and Hank got second place and wants to compete again next year.
** Averted in "Hank's Back Story", where Hank loses the mower racing competition.
* UnderTheMistletoe: Brought up during one episode:
-->'''Hank:''' Now I don't want to name names, but due to last years unfortunate "[[NoodleIncident Kissing Incident"]], Mistletoe is banned from this years Christmas party.
-->[[DeathGlare Glares]] at Bill.
-->'''Bill:''' Peppermint Schnapps makes me sloppy.
* TheUnfavorite:
** Hank was this to Cotton even before G.H. was born.
** To a lesser extent, Hank glaringly prefers Ladybird to Bobby, though he does love Bobby. For what it's worth, Hank also makes it no secret he views his niece Luanne as a burden.
* TheUnfairSex: Not played entirely straight; Nancy cheating on Dale is played for laughs rather than to make Dale look like a bad husband. In fact, he's usually portrayed pretty sympathetically as far as this issue goes. It gets brought up in the episode "Night and Deity" where Nancy thinks Dale is flirty with a female exterminator and Nancy is afraid that he will cheat. Dale mentions that he never had any problems with Nancy spending so much time with John Redcorn.
* UngratefulBastard:
** Hank uses the American way to get his temporary obnoxious Canadian neighbor out of jail by sacrificing his "kegerator" to pay the defense attorney to get him out. What does the guy do after reuniting with his family whom acted more civil and apologized to the Hills? Boast that Canada is better than America. Despite this, Hank feels he did the right thing.
** The ''entire HCJC meat team and their manager'' is this. After being hijacked by their rivals for having sprayed pepper on their eyes the previous night, Bobby is the only one to show up and do ''every event flawlessly without their help''. Once they come to the event, they all kick Bobby aside without thanking him for holding them on and they were fated to lose in their examination, hadn't Bobby stepped in when they ignored a fatal flaw on the meaty carcass.
* {{Unishment}}: In "An Officer and a Gentle Boy", Bobby is able to withstand all of Cotton's punishments, including sitting on a block of ice, eating the mixed-up leftovers of cafeteria food, and having to sit in a tiny cell for days.
* TheUnintelligible: Boomhauer. This is lampshaded several times. For example:
** In the pilot, after the child services investigator asks Dale (who tells him Hank does not abuse Bobby), he talks to Boomhauer, who complains about Ladybird barking, so the social services investigator slowly backs away.
** Played with in an episode where Boomhauer has a flashback: Hank, Dale, and Bill all talk like him, while he talks normally.
** Played with again in an episode where Boomhauer falls asleep in an inner tube and floats all the way to Houston; the locals don't understand him, and he's committed to a mental hospital.
** Hank will often say "Boomhauer, I can't understand a word you just said", attributing the lack of intelligibility to interference, like loud music or the echoes of a cave.
** Subverted on the episode "The Bluegrass is Always Greener", where Boomhauer's singing voice is actually coherent. And sounds just like Vince Gill.
** When Boomhauer makes an impassioned (and barely intelligible) plea to Dale to surrender to the police before they use force against him, Dale responds "Boomhauer, if I ever heard anyone reading from a script, that was it."
** In "Propane Boom", the episode where the Mega Lo Mart explodes, Boomhauer gets on the horn to 911 to report it in and the operator tells him she can't understand what he's saying, urging him to speak more slowly, which he does and it's just as unintelligible as whenever he speaks normally.
* UnreliableNarrator: Certain elements of Cotton's story regarding his experiences in World War II, as well as his medical history, are rather questionable.
* TheUnreveal: Boomhauer's first name, Jeff, isn't revealed until near the end of the series, but was mentioned on various websites years prior.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: By the second season, everybody takes turns being this. It's hard to feel bad for Hank when his problems are often caused by his own naivete or even flat-out ignorance, or Peggy when her problems are caused by her ego, or the rest of the cast, who apparently juggle {{Idiot Ball}}s or make {{JerkAss}} decisions.
* VerbalTic:
** I'll tell you what, that dang ol' Boomhauer, man.
** Joe Jack saying "Honey".
** Nancy saying "Sug":
--> "Oh, sugar! I'm out of sugar, sug."
* VerySpecialEpisode:
** "Death of a Propane Salesman" deals with the effects the Mega Lo Mart explosion had on Hank and Luanne. Hank is afraid of propane and in denial of the problem, while Luanne's grief over [[spoiler:Buckley's death]] and the loss of her hair has manifested itself in the form of anger at the general injustice of the world.
** "Return to La Grunta," about sexual harassment and assault. Bonus points because Hank, a male, goes through it too.
** "That's What She Said" deals with the stigma against men reporting sexual harassment, although the harassment in that episode comes from incessant unwelcome sexual jokes.
** "Keeping Up With Our Joneses," complete with a funny PSA at the end with Boomhauer holding up a clesn white belt for his car engine next to a greasy black one and compares them to "your lungs on air" and "your lungs on smoke," respectively. Even with his garbled speech he manages to make the dangers clear: "Dang ol' ear hair, mang, low sperm count."
** "My Own Private Rodeo" was nominated for a Gay And Lebian Alliance Against Defamation Media Award for its portrayal of Dale coming to terms with his dad being gay. It aired in 2001 - ''two years'' before ''Lawrence v. Texas'' made it legal to be gay in the state and across the country.
** "Aisle 8A" and "I Don't Want to Wait..." deal with concerns about puberty - respectively, Connie's first period and Bobby struggling with being a late bloomer (and being treated like a child) while Joseph laments being an early bloomer.
* ViceCity: What Arlen used to be (Harlot Town -> Harloton -> Arlen).
* ViewerGenderConfusion: In-universe example with Gale, Debbie's roommate. [[spoiler: When he is charged Debbie's murder and his arrest is shown on TV]], Luanne believes that he is a woman because of his name and appearance. Even after Hank corrects her, she still thinks that Gale's a woman.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Trip Larson from "Pigmalion".
* VocalEvolution: Dale and Bill both were initially given lower voices but they got higher in subsequent seasons as the voice actors gave them more range. Hank originally had a more forceful voice but it gradually softened a bit.
* VomitDiscretionShot: In "The Buck Stops Here", Bobby has to wait in the alley while Buck gambles inside. A woman begins to vomit from having drunk too much alcohol, though it's not shown in graphic detail:
--> '''Man:''' You all emptied out, Carla? (resumes kissing her)
--> '''Bobby:''' Oh GOD!
* WannabeDiss: Bobby, when getting interested in Tarot reading, joins a group of losers claiming to be genuine wizards or … something. When he sees that these idiots are ineffectual dorks that have likely been emotionally broken due to being picked on and are just throwing together a bunch of crap they likely saw in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', he tells them that [[EvenNerdsHaveStandards even ''he'' wants to kick their asses.]]
* WarriorPoet: Minh's father General Gum considers himself one. When we actually hear his poetry, though...
-->"We must not forget, yet we cannot remember/Death be not proud?/Then who?"
* WellDoneSonGuy:
** Hank. He constantly seeks his father's admiration (or at least his respect), but Cotton is a jaded World War II veteran who has absolutely no respect (and just barely a little love) for Hank, going so far to name his newborn son Good Hank.
-->I gots mah shins blowed off by a Japan man's machine gun, so don't crying to me about your problems!
** Bobby, his own son, also has it rough. But compared to his grandfather, Hank is ''far'' easier to please.
--> "Bobby, if you weren't my son I'd hug you."
** Female variation with Peggy and her mom: even saving her family's Montana ranch is not enough to impress her mother, though, so Peggy just gives up on trying.
** When Cotton's confronted by Hank after he runs off to Las Vegas to avoid raising G.H., Cotton admits that Hank is a better father than he ever was (in the most insulting manner possible of course).
---> You made ''Bobby!'' All I made was ''you!''
** Kahn is another example. He tries to impress his father-in-law, who apparently worked for several dictators in the past, calls Kahn a "descendant of fishermen," and generally has no respect for him.
** Minh, for that matter, can't seem to get any respect from Kahn's mother either. The difference between Kahn and Minh is that Minh doesn't ''care'' if Laohma respects her, she just doesn't want to deal with her. Laohma's insistence to show Minh how to do housework "the right way" comes more from her being a professional homemaker than wanting to show Minh up. Kahn is constantly trying to prove himself to Minh's dad, whereas Minh and Laohma are more than happy to stay out of each other's way. For that matter, Kahn does nothing to stop his mom from criticizing Minh, nor does he seem to care, whereas Minh is very bothered by how her dad treats Kahn and tries to make him stop.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Not only do Cotton's wife, Didi, and infant son, Good Hank, not appear at his deathbed, they aren't even mentioned (though it is implied that Didi divorced Cotton and took Good Hank with her). In the episode "Daletech", Cotton finishes an argument with Didi with "Fine, call your lawyer!" before Didi speeds off and Cotton informing the Hill family Didi has "gone to visit her folks" and telling the family he doesn't know when she will be back, suggesting Didi divorced him and moved away. Didi does show up, in a new Cadillac (having remarried less than a year after Cotton's death) to give Hank some of Cotton's possessions and will in "Serves Me Right for Giving General Goerge S Patton the Bathroom Key", including a final wish to flush his cremated ashes down the toilet Patton used during WWI, which contradicts his earlier securing of a burial plot in a veteran's cemetery.
** This happens to Kahn's mother, who in "Maid in Arlen" is in a relationship with Bill. She is mentioned in the next episode, but never appears again.
** This has happened quite a few times: in "Pretty, Pretty Dresses", Bill gets a pet iguana whom he names Lenore, in "Returning Japanese" Luanne buys another bloodhound whom is presumably male after she thinks she's killed Ladybird, and in "I'm with Cupid", Bobby gets a new girlfriend named Debby, but none of these characters are ever seen again.
** One of John Redcorn's old flings and his newly discovered daughter end up moving into his trailer with him in "Untitled Blake [=McCormick=] Project". They are never seen or mentioned again.
* TheWhitestBlackGuy: Khan is accused of being the whitest Asian guy in the episode "Orange You Sad I Did Say Banana?" when Ted calls him a banana.[[note]]A pejorative term used to refer to Asians who live a "white" lifestyle.[[/note]] So, he tries to [[AvertedTrope avert this]] by restyling his entire life to get more in touch with his ancestry. After finding he doesn't enjoy his new lifestyle, he comes to terms with himself and accepts he should just be happy with who he is, and enjoy what he likes:
---> Khan: "If you want someone to play round of golf, give me call! If you want someone to feel guilty about the way they choose to live, call someone else."
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Subverted. It's established that Arlen is in Texas. ''Where'' in Texas varies from episode to episode. Some episodes have it close to the Mexican border (which would make sense, given that Arlen has a sizeable Mexican population and it is implied in "Lupe's Revenge" and "Three Days of the Khan-Do" that heading to Mexico from Arlen doesn't take that long), while others have it in central Texas, and a couple have it somewhere near Dallas or Houston.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: Peggy, scoffing at ''Steinbeck'' during a performance of ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Bobby, as viewed by Hank:
--> [[CatchPhrase That boy]] [[RunningGag ain't right.]]
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Discussed. When Bobby is planning on stealing a rival school's mascot (an armadillo), he asks Dale if he could pump poison into the school to render the mascot's guards unconscious. Dale points out that the amount of poison needed would kill an armadillo. Plus the kids probably wouldn't wake up.
* WomenAreWiser: Inverted with Hank and Peggy, though played straight for Kahn & Minh and Dale & Nancy.
* TheWorstSeatInTheHouse: There's an episode where Hank, his son, and a few of their friends attend a conference title game in Dallas. They buy absurdly expensive seats that turn out to be in the bloodiest of the nosebleed section, but through some good luck they end up in a luxury suite by the end of the game.
* WroteTheBook: Crossed with {{Metaphorgotten}}:
-->'''Storekeeper''': This fella never went to school. He grew up in the hills, but he wrote the book on homemade bait. 'Course it's just a bunch of scribbles 'cause he never went to school.
* XanatosGambit: By Peggy, of all people. After getting conned, she hatches up a scheme with all the other victims to get their money back. They trick the conman into bringing the money to a motel where they've set up a phony gambling hall. If he keeps betting, it's rigged so that he'll lose it all. If he tries to leave with the money, they have several other ways of stealing it back from him.
* YankTheDogsChain: In "Tankin' it to the Streets", Bill notices that the vast majority of his military medical records are censored. Dale gets ahold of the original documents and spills the secrets: When Bill joined the military in his '20s, he was given an experimental injection that would cause excess hair and fat growth. It was designed to prepare soldiers for being stationed in Alaska. Upon hearing this, Bill is at first dismayed that the military gave him this drug without telling him the side effects (he assumed they were booster shots), gets drunk and steals a tank from the base. Hank, Dale, and Boomhauer convince Bill that at least now he knows that his shortcomings aren't actually his fault. However, later Dale mentions the "name" of the injection: "Placebo". So Bill wasn't really being injected with body-altering substances, and he realizes that his hair growth and excess body fat ''are'' his own doing. Typically Bill is getting his chain yanked whenever anything positive happens to him thanks to StatusQuoIsGod. Especially if it involves women in any way. Poor man just can't catch a break.
* YourMom: In "Traffic Jam," Roger "Booda" Sack launches into a series of these against Hank's mom when Hank tells Buddha Sack that his mother didn't raise him right. Also [[BerserkButton Hank's urethra]].
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* LostHimInACardGame: Buck Strickland once bet -- and lost -- Hank to '''''Thatherton!''''' in a game of poker. Apparently he usually bets Joe Jack, meaning this must occur quite often. He also lost his North Branch this way.

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* LostHimInACardGame: Buck Strickland may as well be the poster child for this:
** Apparently he usually bets Joe Jack, meaning this must occur quite often. But Joe Jack's not the only one this has happened to;
** He
once bet -- and lost -- Hank to '''''Thatherton!''''' in a game of poker. Apparently he usually bets Joe Jack, meaning this must occur quite often. poker.
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He also lost his North Branch this way.



** Hank was mistaken for gay in "Be True to Your Fool" after he sees a doctor to get his "BILL" tattoo removed. The doctor warns Hank that tattoo removal is a long and painful procedure and asks if it would be easier to just "work things out with this Bill."
** Dooley mistakes Joseph for being gay for Bobby in "I'm With Cupid". Their school has a Valentine's event where girls buy carnations for boys they like, Bobby already has two while Joseph has none. Bobby helps Joseph talk to a girl by lending him his carnations. After Joseph succeeds in asking the girl out, he happily returns the carnations to Bobby and thanks him. Dooley walks in on Joseph pinning the second carnation on his shirt. Dooley tells Joseph, "That took courage."
* MistakenForMasturbating: In "Hank's Dirty Laundry", someone has been renting porn using Hank's name and getting fined for not returning one of the videos. At one point, the culprit sends him some video tapes to provide clues that he did not rent them so Hank locks himself in the bedroom to watch them. Peggy walks in on him thinking he was masturbating and runs out; he was actually crouched down and taking notes.[[note]]Originally, Hank was supposed to be shaking a pen that had dried up while he was taking notes, but the FOX censors thought this was too raunchy and asked that the scene be changed. Keep in mind, this was before ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' exploded on the scene with its brand of humor.[[/note]] The original scene can be found on DVD and in some non-FOX broadcasters.
* MistakenForProfound: Hank does this to his father-in-law.
* MistakenForRacist: In "Racist Dawg," Ladybird attacks a black repairman trying to fix the water heater, prompting everyone to think that Hank and Ladybird are racists. Turns out Ladybird doesn't like anyone (regardless of race) except for Hank doing repairs around the house.
* MistakenNationality: Kahn. When Hank first meets him, he asks him, "Are you [[SmallReferencePools Chinese or Japanese]]?" Cotton correctly identifies Kahn as Laotian at first glance (as he fought in World War II, so he would know the difference between a Chinese person, a Japanese person, and a Laotian), surprising even Kahn:
-->'''Hank:''' So are you Chinese or Japanese?\\
'''Khan:''' We're Laotian.\\
'''Bill:''' [[TheDitz The ocean? What ocean?]]\\
'''Khan:''' From Laos, stupid! It's a small landlocked country in southeast Asia.\\
'''Hank:''' Uh-huh. ''*beat*'' [[CompletelyMissingThePoint So are you Chinese or Japanese?]]
* MonsterClown: A gag from "Lucky See, Lucky Do" has Peggy digging up Bobby's old things from when he was a baby. One of them is a clown doll with a creepy stare and grin:
-->'''Bobby''': {''eyes narrowed''} We meet again, Mr. Giggles.\\
''Suddenly jump to an extreme closeup of Mr. Giggles' face, complete with ScareChord. Bobby gasps and immediately backs off.''
* {{Mooning}}:
** In "The Order of the Straight Arrow", Dale repeatedly moons Hank, Bill, and the troop members as Boomhauer passes them in his vehicle.
** A plot point in "Hank and the Great Glass Elevator": Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer guilt trip Hank into feeling like he's no fun, so when the trio want to moon the hotel lobby as they ascend an elevator, Hank decides to prove them wrong. But Hank is the only one who pulls down his pants, and he accidentally moons former governor of Texas, Ann Richards:
--> '''Hank''': I'm doin' it! I'm a mooner!
* MoonLandingHoax: In "Meet the Manger Babies", Dale suggests that the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl is pre-selected and is filmed in an unidentifiable location where they filmed the fake Moon landing, months before the game ever began. In "Dale to the Chief", Dale discovers that the government report on the Kennedy assassination actually made sense and said, "If the government was right about this then maybe we really did go to the moon."
* MoralityPet:
** Even though Peggy is a complete SmallNameBigEgo and generally annoying and incompetent, she genuinely cares about Hank and Bobby and can do some pretty {{badass}} stuff to defend them.
** Bobby plays this role for Cotton. Cotton may be a misguided {{Jerkass}}, but he does love Bobby.
** Bobby interestingly works as a sanity pet for Bill on occasion. With Bobby being the closest thing to a son he has due to his [[StalkerWithACrush "closeness" to the Hills]], Bill and Bobby often bond over things, reaching a very heartwarming PetTheDog peak in "Blood and Sauce" where Bill and Bobby bond over the preparation and cooking of barbecue, ending with Bill making Bobby an honorary member of his family.
* TheMoralSubstitute: Subverted; Christian Rock suddenly becomes big in their area, but after hearing it, Hank denounces it: "You're not making Christianity better -- you're making rock 'n' roll ''worse!''"
* MotorMouth: Boomhauer.
* MrsRobinson: Miz Liz, Strickland's wife, who is visibly a much older woman, who has an emotional breakdown after mentioning that everyone calls her madame now instead of miss.
* MsFanservice: Luanne during most of the show (bikini scenes, close-ups of bouncing breasts, and "hands over boobs" shots, as well as an episode where Bobby accidentally sees Luanne naked and becomes depressed over it, while Joseph wants to see Luanne naked for himself), and Nancy shows up in a tiny string bikini (or nude) at other times.
* MushroomSamba: Hank accidentally inhales too much varnish in "Hillennium", and passes out. What follows is a dream sequence where he imagines he's one of the Whack-a-Moles.
* MyCarHatesMe:
** In the pilot, Hank tries to unbolt the alternator, but Dale move the light and the wrench slips off. The hood then collapses on him for no apparent reason.
** Hank is about to be mowed down by a train in "Chasing Bobby" but desperately tries to start his old truck so he can drive off the train tracks. Eventually he does exit the vehicle but his truck is destroyed.
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Peggy's Spanish skill amounts to this. Fortunately, it also serves to convince the Mexican court that her kidnapping of a young girl was really a terrible misunderstanding as she had no clue what the girl was saying:
-->'''Judge:''' No es culpaldo (Not guilty).
-->'''Peggy:''' ''Oh god, I'm going to jail!!!''
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Hank is willing to overlook a ''lot'' of Buck Strickland's faults, but even he has his limits. Later episodes hint that Hank knows perfectly well his boss is an total moron and is ''[[OnlySaneEmployee constantly]]'' having to run damage control to mitigate his screw-ups. Hank even states his actual loyalty is more to the company he's dedicated the last 15 years of his life to, than the man who runs it.
* NamesTheSame: InUniverse in "Junkie Business". Leon decides that he now wants to be known as "Hank", in order to distance himself from his drug days:
--> '''Hank:''' No! That's going too far. I cannot accommodate that. I won't!\\
'''Anthony:''' It's not up to you, Hank! It's up to ''Hank''! This man is not your slave! You don't get to name him!
* NauseaDissonance: In "My Own Private Rodeo", when Dale recounts how he caught his father, [[CampGay Bug]], kissing his wife Nancy on their wedding day, his story starts off catching Bill puking in the bathroom, and afterwards, nonchalantly heading straight to the kitchen, where he caught Bug in the act.
* TheNeidermeyer: Cotton.
* NegativeContinuity:
** An episode where Hank's coworker Enrique has a quinceañera for his daughter (15th birthday celebration for a Mexican girl, a rite of passage into womanhood) is contradicted by an earlier episode where Enrique and his wife are having marital problems and he mentions the kids have moved out of the house.
** In "Cotton's Plot", Cotton fights to get a burial plot at the Texas State Cemetery and ultimately succeeds. However, in "Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key", it's reaveled he was cremated.
** Cotton's Cadillac Car was always a different model or bodystyle every time it appeared.
** In "Hilloween", Bobby mentions Hank made him eat chopped liver. Just one season later in "Love Hurts and So Does Art", when Bobby gets gout, Hank says they've never fed Bobby chopped liver because they're not "ghouls."
** The episode "A Rover Runs Through It" portrays Peggy's mother with a completely different appearance, personality, and life to her previous appearances. The episode also claims that Peggy has not spoken with her mother in twenty years. The other "version" of the character appeared in the episode "I Remember Mono", a subplot in a Valentine's Day episode as Bobby's secret admirer, and the plot of the Thanksgiving episode revolved around the Hill's trying to get to Peggy's parents' house for Thanksgiving dinner. "Pregnant Paws" also reveals that Hank and Peggy have her on speed-dial.
* NewMediaAreEvil: Played with. Hank expresses disappointment when all of the violent video games Bobby plays don't affect him, wondering "What's the point?"
* TheNewRockAndRoll: Referenced in "Father of the Bribe", where the school mistakes a note Connie wrote ("I'm so bored I could kill myself!", which she wrote sarcastically because of how boring class was) for a suicide note, and Principal Moss notes that they want to avoid a double suicide "''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' thing".
* NiceGuy: Irv the Meteorologist.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In the episode "Pretty, Pretty Dresses," Hank's misguided attempts to keep Bill from killing himself only make the situation worse (he even yells at Bill for being a burden and abandons him). It's almost a checklist of what ''not'' to do when dealing with a suicidal person.
* NightmareSequence: "The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteburg" features one.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Bill's jerkass doctor in "Dia-Bill-ic Shock" is an obvious {{Expy}} of [[Series/{{House}} Dr. House]].
** Bill's cousin Gilbert is very much a modern-day Tennessee Williams.
** In a little overlap with BlandNameProduct, one episode has Bobby finding a pink-and-white stripped bag (the trademark of Victoria's Secret), which Hank hurriedly explains "Your mother only went there to buy athletic socks!"
** Buck initially appears modeled on UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson (he even holds staff meetings on the toilet), though the resemblance is downplayed in later seasons.
* NoExceptYes: From "Plastic White Female":
--> '''Hank:''' You're just using this head as a crutch.
--> '''Bobby:''' It's not a crutch, Dad. It's something I've come to rely on to help me through life.
* NoMatterHowMuchIBeg: In "To Kill a Ladybird", Dale goes underneath the house after the raccoon, instructs Hank to put the grate back on, and tells him that no matter how much he begs, to not remove the grate until he's subdued the raccoon. Within only a few seconds, Dale is begging for Hank to remove the grate so he can get out. In an amusing subversion of this, the grate gets loose and the raccoon gets out, fights Ladybird, and runs away. Dale then emerges and says, "I give you one task, and you screw it up!"
* NonstandardPrescription: During marriage counselling, the councilor prescribes Hank and Peggy a motorcycle, because they had been planning on buying a pair of motorcycles and riding around the country together.
* NoodleIncident: In "Hank's Bad Hair Day", Hank's old barber, Jack, is seen gradually going insane throughout the beginning of the episode. After Hank tells Jack that he will no longer be going to his shop during a haircut, Jack walks outside, [[FunnyBackgroundEvent clotheslines a bicyclist and steals his bike]]. Bill visits Hank that night and says: "I heard about Jack, I'm really sorry." Hank asks how did he hear about Jack and Bill responds with: "It was on TV, didn't you see the high speed chase?"
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Subverted in the episode "Aisle 8A" when Connie is staying with the Hills while her parents are out of town:
-->'''Hank:''' What's wrong, Connie?
-->'''Connie:''' Um … *''hands Hank a note''*
-->'''Hank:''' Lessee … *''reading''* "Mr. Hill, I just got my first period." *''beat''* BWAAHHH!
* NoSympathy
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Not allowed to hit puberty in Bobby's case. He does age a year or two over the course of the series, but he never changes, in spite of being older than Joseph and Connie (both of whom have episodes about them growing up). In-universe, it's due to being a late bloomer, but behind the scenes it might have something to do with requiring a change of voice actors and ruining Bobby's position as a foil to his dad.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: According to the opening, anyway. Apparently all four regulars didn't have any work that day, allowing them to hang out in the alley most of the day drinking beer and shooting the breeze. This is lampshaded in one episode, when a reality TV show producer watches footage of Hank and the gang drinking beer in front of their fence, and subsequently exclaims "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis This is not INTERESTING!]]"
* NotSoDifferent:
** Realized by Hank and Kahn in "Westie Side Story" when they both punish Bobby and Connie:
--> '''Hank:''' You know, Kahn, we may deny our kids completely different desserts, [[SpoofAesop but they both go to bed hungry, and that's what really matters.]]
** In "The Perils of Polling", Hank criticizes Luanne for supporting UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush for entirely shallow reasons (she thinks he's handsome and has a nice smile). But when Hank questions his support of Bush due to a weak handshake, Luanne calls him on the fact that he's being just as shallow.
** In "The Bluegrass is Always Greener", we get to see Khan pressuring Connie to be a concert violinist, but she hears Hank and the guys playing bluegrass and gets into it. They form a band, but Hank quickly becomes just as bad as Khan.
** In "Cops and Robert," Hank accidentally steals a man's wallet because he mistakenly thinks the man just pick-pocketed him. Throughout the episode, the man is shown, like Hank, to be sick and tired of getting ripped off by slimeballs; in fact, before the wallet incident, Hank sees the man getting ripped off by a pretzel vendor and remarks on it to Peggy.
** Despite appearances Hank and his father have a lot in common mainly in how they treat their son and how that affects them (see AesopAmnesia). Hank's character is so uptight because Cotton would scream at Hank any time he ever showed the slightest hint of emotion. It has been hinted numerous times that Bobby’s TooDumbToLive is mainly due to the fact that Hank refuses to appreciate other skills. For example in “The Witches of East Arlen” after Bobby loses his part in the play Oklahoma to Ken Hayashi, another actor, and begins to doubt what he is good at. He always thought that acting was his "thing." At the behest of Peggy, Hank takes him to the flea market to find something new, preferably something Hank would approve of. And anyone who saw the sheer loof of determination in Bobby’s eyes in “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Clown” after Hank told him that he didn’t find him funny will know that he went on that stage to prove Hank wrong.
* NotWhatISignedOnFor:
** Hank in the episode "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo", where the director decides to "reinterpret" history and make the Alamo's most famous figures look like incompetent boobs, much to Hank's dismay.
** Hank does this to Bobby at times, whenever Bobby expresses an interest in something mildly competitive, to which Hank responds too much and ruins the joy. In one episode, Bobby becomes interested in growing roses, which Hank is against until he learned that there are Rose competitions, at which point he completely muscles Bobby out of the picture and takes over.
** In "Soldier of Misfortune", despite being a gun club, Mad Dog is the only one who's serious about holding Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer hostage and torturing them for real:
--> '''Earl:''' Twenty minutes ago, we were talking about ordering a pizza. What happened here?!
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Many instances, but "Dog Dale Afternoon" really stands out. When Hank, Bill and Boomhauer secretly steal Dale's lawnmower as a prank, Dale becomes increasingly paranoid, but forgets about it when he finds out he has an appointment to spray for silverfish at the community college. Bill sees Dale spraying the bell tower and thinks he has a gun and intends to shoot people (similar to Charles Wittman), and calls the police, then calls Hank and Peggy.
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* ObfuscatingDisability:
** Bill was told by a doctor that he had diabetes that would take his legs away within a year, so in order to prepare, he started making all his movements in a wheelchair and seems to have [[ForgotICouldFly forgotten he could actually still use his legs]] until he was drunk in a bar and stood up, shocking and majorly pissing off the wheelchaired basketball players he had befriended.
** Inverted in one episode, when Lucky gets talked out of suing Strickland Propane, and obfuscates ''not'' having a disability so his AmoralAttorney can't go through with suing them. [[spoiler:When it was just about to fail, Hank gets Dale to "injure" Lucky in the office in the same stunt that caused the actual injury, forcing the lawyer to match Lucky's settlement from Costco.]]
* ObnoxiousInLaws:
** Cotton. He almost always treats Peggy with contempt.
** Minh's Laotian military General father.
** Inverted with Peggy's family, who get along better with Hank when the Hill family visit the ranch.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Anthony Page. In the pilot, he investigates Hank for child abuse (Bobby got a black eye in baseball) without interviewing the little league coach and gets removed from the case for it. In "Junkie Business", he lets a clearly incompetent druggie take over Strickland Propane because he went into rehab [[LoopholeAbuse before he was officially fired]], and therefore qualified for the Americans with Disabilities Act (who is only fired when Hank quits and makes the company too small to be covered by the act).
* ObstructiveZealot: Dale, very often.
* OhCrap:
** Trip Larsen's reaction when he was zapped while on the pig grinder and became sane just in time to see where the conveyor belt was taking him.
** Hank's reaction when Dale tells him how much of an idiot Jimmy Witchard (who Bobby was working for) is and he realizes that Bobby was right about him being an abusive sociopath.
** Hank's reaction in "Propane Boom" when he smells a propane leak just before Mega Lo Mart explodes as a result.
* OnceAnEpisode: Though, not always in this order:
-->'''Hank:''' Yep.\\
'''Bill:''' Yep.\\
'''Boomhauer:''' Mm-hmm.\\
'''Dale:''' Yep.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Comes up often when Nancy's affair with John Redcorn is involved, as his act of "healing" her "headaches" is used as a euphemism for their relationship which only Dale is oblivious to.
* OneSteveLimit:
** There were two separate characters named Donna that worked at Strickland Propane. The first Donna was a black woman around Hank's age who never had a speaking role. The second Donna was a Caucasian woman, [[OlderThanTheyLook also the same age as Hank]], with a relatively minor role in some episodes. Apparently Buck has had an affair with a Donna but frankly it's unclear which one. It's possibly the former because she was fired for stealing office supplies.
** Cotton's various war buddies include two "Brooklyn"s, three "Fatty"s (there was a fourth, but he died during the events that lead to Cotton losing his shins), and at least five "Stinky"s.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname:
** Elroy Kleinschmidt known as "Lucky" which he got his nickname from a lawsuit he filed at Costco for tripping on pee-pee in the restroom.
** Most of Cotton's war buddies are only known by their nicknames, primarily because the only people who refer to them is Cotton (who likely gave them the nicknames) and Hank (who doesn't know a whole lot about them to begin with).
* OnlySaneEmployee: Hank at Stickland Propane.
* OnlySaneMan: Boomhauer, although Hank sees himself as this.
* OnThree: In "Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall", this occurs when Hank, Boomhauer, Bill, Dale, and the doctor try to get Peggy (who's lying on a gurney) into the house. She doesn't fit, so they have to tilt the gurney, on three. There's confusion as to what that means, so Hank sighs and says, "Just lift."
* OutOfFocus: Connie after breaking up with Bobby, and Luanne at various points in the series.
* OutOfOrder: Several Season 3 episodes. Episodes where Luanne's hair is completely grown back are followed by episodes where it's much shorter than usual.
* OutGambitted: In "The Substitute Spanish Prisoner", ''Peggy'', of all people, manages to successfully con a tricky bastard of a ConMan into successfully conning an obviously bad con so that he'd put the money in his room safe … which was actually not a room safe, but a safe Peggy had put there. If that plan had failed, Peggy was just going to steal his car.
* OutsideInsideSlur: Kahn's idol, Ted Wassonasong, calls him a banana, after which Kahn tries to get in touch with his Laotian culture.
* PacManFever:
** Averted; Bobby is shown playing a ''Franchise/TombRaider''-style game in "Get Your Freak Off", plays a ''Dance Dance Revolution''-style game in "Returning Japanese", and Hank gets addicted to a ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' clone (the 3D games, that is) in "Grand Theft Arlen". All feature visuals on par with the rest of the show.
** Somewhat played straight in that the show suggests two guys in their early twenties are able to create an entire 3D open world sandbox game with multiplayer, sounds, voice acting, etc. within 24 hours of meeting Hank. Even a mod would take significantly more time than that.
** There's an InUniverse example where Bobby pretends to be playing a game (to throw his family off the trail) by mashing buttons randomly … on a GAME OVER screen. Justified, however; one can spot that the D-pad and the buttons were swapped.
* PantyShot: Luann in "Luann Virgin 2.0."
* PapaWolf: Hank Hill is usually very good at keeping his temper, but anyone who threatens or abuses Bobby soon learns how dangerous an angry Texan can be. And let's not even consider Peggy, who simply goes overboard with this.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: What Laos is ([[TruthInTelevision correctly]]) portrayed as. At one point, Kahn is almost tricked into joining LaResistance against the regime, but [[NotInThisForYourRevolution wisely decides to back out]] while he still can.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord:
--> '''Dale:''' Objection: conjecture. Objecture!
--> '''Hank:''' THAT IS NOT A WORD!
* PervyPatdown: In "Lupe's Revenge", a female officer Hank unintentionally seduced pulls him over and doesn't let him go until she can frisk him. Which she uses an an opportunity to grab his butt.
* PetTheDog:
** Cotton takes the fall for Bobby when he accidentally lights a fire in the bathroom and is blamed for arson.
** Cotton doesn't have much respect for Peggy. However, when she's learning to walk again, for ''no apparent reason'', Cotton helps rehabilitate Peggy in his own way. It seems like an almost OutOfCharacterMoment until Hank explains to Peggy that the doctors thought that Cotton would never walk again, and that Cotton ''had'' gone through the same situation.
** Bobby's clown professor is really hard on and sarcastic to Bobby, but when he [[HeelRealization notices that he actually hurt Bobby's feelings]], he tries to encourage him (albeit in the wrong way). That said, he still remains the antagonist for the rest of his episode.
* PhraseCatcher: '''… Thatherton!'''
* PickedLast: In "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Clown", Hank and his friends find a kickball and decide to start playing. When their other family members and neighbors come to join the game, they split into teams. Dale is picked last, even after Connie, a 12-year old girl who wasn't the most athletic person to choose from. Team captain Bill is obviously disappointed at having Dale on his team.
* PingPongNaivete:
** Hank about certain issues, like the concept of being transgender. In one episode, he references "the bank teller who is between genders". However, in the episode where he's informed that Peggy's new friend is a crossdresser, he replies, "Now hold on there, that doesn't make any sense!"
** Hank is frequently shown to be extremely careful with money, yet was for some reason under the impression that the ''sticker price'' was the best price possible on a car in "The Accidental Terrorist." In the same episode, he was shocked to see a salesman trick people ("I know [you are a salesman], that's why this doesn't make any sense"). However, in "Death Buys a Timeshare", the episode where Cotton was buying a timeshare, he is very savvy to various sales tricks.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything:
** Bill, an Army barber and sergeant, seems to spend relatively little time on base.
** Even though he is supposed to be a Texas Ranger, Boomhauer is never shown doing his job, what with all the standing around in the alley with the guys and his excessive canoodling.
* PlagueOfGoodFortune: The subplot of "The Peggy Horror Picture Show" involves Bobby and Joseph trying to prank various people around Arlen, only for them to run into good luck as a result.
* PlanetOfSteves: Luanne once unwittingly joined an all-woman {{Cult}} masquerading as a sorority where all the members were named Jane.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Hank to Luanne when she's coming out of the shower:
-->'''Hank:''' [[VerbalTic Bwaaah!]] Put some pants on, Luanne!
-->'''Luanne:''' ''(lifts her shirt up to reveal a pair of [[WhoWearsShortShorts Daisy Dukes]])'' [[CompletelyMissingThePoint I'm wearing shorts, Uncle Hank.]]
* PlotAllergy: Bobby becomes allergic to Ladybird in "Hank's Choice". Lampshaded by the doctor who makes the diagnosis, who tells Hank that "allergies come and go."
* PokeThePoodle: In "Be True to Your Fool", Bill wants to get stuck in jail because the prisoners treat him better than Dale, Hank, and Boomhauer do. Hank tries to get arrested so he can go apologize. His first two attempts are using a crosswalk when the "Don't Walk" sign is lit, and taking off his shirt in a store; both times he's in full view of policemen, both times they just kind of shrug and don't care. [[FelonyMisdemeanor Then he just barely taps a patrol car's rear bumper and gets arrested immediately.]]
-->'''Police officer:''' You scratched the bumper sticker from my daughter's school, ''jackass!''
* PoliceAreUseless:
** Every time the cops show up, it's to misunderstand things and blame the good guys for something, leaving it to Hank and his friends to solve the problem of the week. Police in Arlen seem bored, lazy, easy to annoy, and overly committed to doing things with instructions even when they turn out to be useless. On the other hand, "High Anxiety" has a Texas Ranger show up to investigate a murder case and he turned out to be very competent and attractive, in contrast to the fat local sheriff who was more focused on getting an arrest than actually finding out who the criminal was.
** Averted in "Love Hurts, and So Does Art" when a policeman helps Hank get the picture of his colon taken down from the art museum, as the X-rays are considered defamatory to Texas beef, which ''is'' considered an offense.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: In "Tears of an Inflatable Clown", a diversity expert inflicts white guilt (and black guilt, and every other kind of guilt) on Bobby and his classmates, nearly derailing the school fair they were organizing. Thankfully Hank and the others keep the fair going and convince the kids not to beat themselves up over what other people did in the past.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Cotton, who is a war hero.
* PoorCommunicationKills: In "Cops and Robert", Hank accidentally steals a man's wallet because he mistakenly thought the man had picked his pocket. When Hank realizes his error, he calls the man up to say that he wants to return the wallet and apologize...only he words it in such a way that it sounds like he's coming to assault and/or kill the guy. The man is waiting for Hank with a baseball bat, and at that point is beyond any further attempts at reasoning.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure:
** Hank's knowledge of famous people, such as the fact Music/WeirdAlYankovic "blew his brains out in TheEighties because no one bought his music" (Yankovic is still alive and still making music parodies) or that Rudy, from ''Film/{{Rudy}}'', died of cancer shortly after the big game (he actually spent ten years pitching the movie to studios afterwards).
** In "The Peggy Horror Picture Show", Peggy tells a Diana Ross impersonator: "If she wasn't dead I would swear you were the real thing." Like the Weird Al Yankovic example, Diana Ross is still alive, though, unlike Weird Al, she's not in the spotlight much.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Averted; TokenMinority Kahn Souphanousinphone is the biggest jerkass of the regular cast ''and'' a rather overt bigot.
* PottyEmergency: In "Beer and Loathing", Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer drink tainted beer and eat bad bananas:
--> '''Dale:''' Step on it, Bill! I don't know which way it's comin' out, but it's comin' out!
* ThePrankster: All of ZZ Top, but especially Dusty (Hank's cousin) towards Hank in "Hank Gets Dusted". However, after the {{Jerkass}} RealityShow producer goes too far, Dusty tells him to back down by pointing out "You've seen what we do to Hank, and we ''like'' him!"
* [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Pre-Groin Kicking One Liner]]: ''That's my purse! I don't know you!"
* PrecisionFStrike: Peggy manages to deliver this in "Death and Texas", without even using an actual f-bomb:
--> "I forgot to add the meat! How could I be so ''freaking'' stupid?!"
* PrettyInMink:
** In the episode "Snow Job," Luanne is shown standing outside in her normal skimpy outfit and a white fur muff, which probably doesn't do much considering it's cold enough that it has snowed in Texas.
** In "The Hank's Giving Episode," Luanne wears a white fur jacket.
* ProperlyParanoid:
** In one episode, a theory Dale had was actually ''right''. Of course, it's probably pretty rare to find an example of that.
** Dale's conspiracy paranoia (which he gave up for flag-waving patriotism after discovering that the U.S. government could be right about who killed John F. Kennedy) plays into another episode where he helps Hank get his driver's license corrected by threatening a DMV attendant with going to his superiors, which he correctly lists in order of ascending authority:
--> "I am YourWorstNightmare! I have a three-line phone and absolutely nothing at all to do with my time!"
** Early in Death of a Propane Salesman, the following exchange happens:
---> '''Dale:''' (smugly) "That's what they ''want'' you to think."
---> '''Arson Investigator:''' (Matter-of-factly) "Sir, we ''are'' 'they'."
---> ''Dale jumps back in shock and fear, then runs away.''
* PunishmentBox: Bobby is put into one of these at a military school. It most assuredly does not break him:
-->I've slept on a mattress. I've slept on cement. I'm a mattress guy.
* QuoteToQuoteCombat: [[HalloweenEpisode "Hilloween"]] parodies this when this conversation happens between Hank and an overzealous priest:
-->'''Judy Harper:''' "The complacency of fools will destroy them." Proverbs.\\
'''Hank:''' "Get out of my house!" Exodus.
* RadishCure: In the episode "Keeping Up with Our Joneses," Hank makes Bobby smoke a whole carton of cigarettes as punishment for catching him smoking. The plan backfired spectacularly; not only does Bobby end up hooked, but Hank and Peggy fell victim to their own past cigarette habits as well. In their addiction support group, Bobby mentions that he's been an addict since his dad "let" him smoke a whole carton, to horrified reactions. Hank tries to correct him, in that he "made" him smoke them (neglecting to mention it was a punishment for smoking at all), to even more horrified reactions.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Luanne leases a house with others in an attempt to move out of Hank's house. These unbelievably immature assholes don't lift a finger to help, make up a series of one LameExcuse after another to avoid paying the rent, and are mind-blowingly rude to everyone. Luanne finally gets even with them by paying all the utility bills and then closing the accounts, figuring that if they want food or water so badly they can pay for it themselves. ''Then'' one of the roommates meets Cotton and one of his wartime buddies, Topsy, and call them Nazis. This particular roommate become an AssholeVictim when Cotton and Topsy actually have an awesome moment when they wade in and [[CurbStompBattle beats him up]].
* RailroadTracksOfDoom: In "Chasing Bobby," Hank's truck stalls on a railroad track. Hank barely makes it out, but the truck is "killed."
* RantInducingSlight: After being run ragged from doing all the baby's chores during "Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall" Bobby snaps when Didi asks him to get her some lottery tickets.
-->'''Bobby:''' Gah! I am a twelve year old boy! I am the child's nephew! I cannot do this. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. CANNOT. DO. THIS!]] (Hands her the baby) If someone makes some food, I'll eat. But that's it! '''ALL I'LL DO IS EAT!'''
* RashomonStyle: How Hank and company burned down the firehouse. Bill, Hank, Boomhauer, and Dale tell their versions of what went wrong. They also have their own interpretations of the other three:
** Dale's version has himself as being tall and muscular with long-flowing hair (and Hank was dressed as a DrillSergeantNasty). Bill's version has himself being a good hundred pounds ''fatter'' and completely bald. Boomhauer's version has himself speaking normally, while everyone else speaks with his VerbalTic.
* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: Cotton is a heavily decorated World War II vet, with his decorations are slowly revealed throughout his appearances. In "Returning Japanese", his uniform includes the Medal of Honor and American Campaign Medal. In "Cotton Comes Marching Home" his Silver Star is shown in a display case in the Arlen VFW. In season twelve, he shown wearing the third class, Commandeur, of the French Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France and only awarded to a handful of Americans during the war.
* RealFakeWedding: A prank war erupts between Bobby (who's twelve) and Luanne (his older cousin). After he replaces her birth control pills with candy, she [[MissConception convinces him]] that women have to take a birth control pill every day or they get pregnant. Hank and Peggy actually get in on the joke and put on a fake ShotgunWedding, to Bobby's horror. Then, to teach Luanne a lesson too, they claim that the celebrant, Bill, is actually an ordained minister and their marriage is valid. Also, you supposedly can't get divorced in Texas for at least a year.
* ARealManIsAKiller: The point of the hunting trip in "The Order of the Straight Arrow".
* RealMenEatMeat: Hank fervently believes this. On "Hank's Unmentionable Problem," it's implied that Hank is so ignorant (or abhorrent) of vegetables that he orders macaroni and cheese to balance out the meat he ordered at a cafeteria.
* RealMenHateSugar: Comically subverted. Dale's "macho" gun club is fond of desserts, with Dale regularly baking macaroons as part of (or possibly his entire) campaign for presidency. His opposition in one election, Mad Dog, is basically a walking macho stereotype and prepared a wide variety of cakes to one-up Dale.
--> ''You're going down, Gribble. And unlike your macaroons, you're '''staying''' down!''
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** In "The Incredible Hank", Hank shoots down Dale's theory that he's a clone of a warrior from the future, using four bullet points. Dale gets progressively more meek with each point Hank makes.
** Dale gives one to Bill (and the rest of the Harmonaholics) near the end of "It Ain't Over Till the Fat Neighbor Sings".
** Kahn receives an absolutely brutal one from his father-in-law in "Pour Some Sugar on Kahn," but instead of getting upset, he concedes it.
* RefugeInAudacity: A lot of the schemes dreamed up by many characters fall into this territory, like Peggy's scam against an Internet con-artist who made her blow her life savings on a fake Master's Degree.
* RepurposedPopSong: After Big Mountain Fudgecake collapses, John Redcorn repurposes their songs for children and becomes "the Native American Raffi". For example, he rewrites a song about suicide into being about personal hygiene:
-->''"Wake up, I want to … wash myself, clean my wrists, scrub my brains out …"''
* {{Retcon}}: This series has had a number of 'em:
** Peggy's background was rewritten so that she spent most of her early life in Montana, rather than spending her high school years in Arlen. This complicates the episodes where Hank and Peggy are shown as HighSchoolSweethearts. Not only that but Peggy's mother went from being older-looking version of Peggy, who was a bit critical of her, into a downright mean and verbally abusive bitch who never forgave Peggy for abandoning the family ranch, even after saving it. It also contradicts the episode "I Remember Mono" where she sends Bobby a gift and is all-but stated to be on good terms with Peggy.
** Luanne's father. In the first episode, Luanne, then aged 18, is dropped off at the Hill residence after her mother stabs him. In later episodes, it is revealed that he is working on an oil rig just to stay safely away from Luanne's psycho mother, refusing to come back until Hank faxes him her death certificate and even visiting his and Peggy's family for Thanksgiving. All this is chucked out the window when he finally makes an appearance. He's introduced as a manipulative drunken bastard and Hank and Peggy decide to cover up the truth about him to his grown daughter. He claims that Luanne was five when he last saw her. He's a felon out of prison, rather than having been working on an oil rig (he used the "oil rig" story to keep Luanne from knowing that he is a felon). And he looks nothing like his sister Peggy. In an earlier episode, he was described as strongly resembling Peggy but with smaller feet.
** Hank and his old Arlen High School football teammates challenged the team that they lost against in the state championship to a rematch that they eventually win. This one is made more glaring by the fact that Hank had come to terms with losing the game in an earlier episode.
** Cotton's second starring episode deals with him going senile. Hank notices that Cotton has gone from being his crazy old self to just plain crazy and Cotton is portrayed as such. The only reason Cotton avoids being institutionalized is by having Didi be his caretaker. However, in all subsequent episodes, Cotton's senility is either toned down or abandoned entirely and Didi eventually divorces him (and is implied to take Good Hank with her, since we don't hear about Good Hank ever again following the divorce).
** Dale's understanding of John Redcorn's sexuality. In "My Own Private Rodeo", the episode where Dale and Nancy renew their vows, Nancy asks Dale if he is truly OK with his dad being gay. Dale replies, "Why would have a problem with it? John Redcorn's gay and I've been friends with him for years". A later episode, "Untitled Blake [=McCormick=] Project", has him send John Redcorn after Bill's new girlfriend Charlene, to break them up, and even calls him a "chick magnet".
** In his initial appearances, Dale's dad, Bug, appears to be an ordinary guy, looking a lot like his son. In his [[ADayInTheLimelight focus episode]] "My Own Private Rodeo," Bug is revealed to be a gay rodeo star with no physical, let alone personality resemblance to Dale.
** Cotton's wartime service, though some of it is heavily implied to be lies and senility (like claiming to have been in Münich on April 30 and Okinawa on May 2).
** It was originally established that Dale's alias, Rusty Shackleford, came from the birth certificate of a child that died in 1953. However, in "Peggy Goes to Pots", it is revealed that the alias actually came from a third grade classmate whom Dale thought had died.[[note]]In reality, he simply moved away. He came back to Arlen to get Dale to sign some paperwork so he could move on with his life.[[/note]]
** Cotton's funeral. In "Cotton's Plot", he earns a plot in the Texas State Cemetery in recognition of his service and he is later stated to have been buried there. However, in "Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key", it's revealed he was cremated with a final request to be flushed down a toilet once used by General Patton. It is also revealed Topsy and the rest of Cotton's platoon were flushed down the same toilet, yet Cotton states he scattered Topsy's ashes over a prostitute (it also raises the question of who left his urn in a bus station locker).
* TheReveal: The GrandFinale reveals, in a quick shot during the final couple of minutes, what Boomhauer's job is: [[spoiler:he's a Texas Ranger]].
* RewindReplayRepeat: In "The Perils of Polling", Hank repeatedly plays the tape of George W. Bush shaking a random guy's hand:
--> '''Hank''': Look, look: Surprise, then disappointment. Surprise, disappointment. Surprise, disappointment. (etc.)
* RightOnQueue: In "Hank Fixes Everything", Lucky, Luanne, and Bobby waiin line for several days to get the first tickets to see Brownsville Station (of "Smokin in the Boy's Room" fame). When the box office opens, not a single person has gotten in line behind them. Then Lucky starts waiting at the door:
--> Lucky: "I want to be sure they don't run out of my shirt size, Women's Medium."
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: Dale is a comedic, mostly harmless version. The one-shot character [[MeaningfulName Mad Dog]] provides a straighter example.
* RiskyBusinessDance: Spoofed. Bobby slides in his underwear just as Luanne is watching the scene on TV. Turns out he hasn't seen the movie.
* RoadTripPlot: Several: "Three Days of the Kahn-Do," "Escape from Party Island," "Shins of the Father," "A Beer Can Named Desire," "The Bluegrass Is Always Greener," "Queasy Rider," "Living on Reds, Propane and Vitamin C," "The Honeymooners."
* RousingSpeech: Bobby gives one at the end of "Old Glory", which is more meant to be an apology for taking the credit for Peggy's work on a paper, but ends up being more of a PatrioticFervor speech:
--> '''Bobby:''' What has this school taught us about the flag? I say the Pledge of Allegiance every day, but I don't know what it means. I hear "The Star-Spangled Banner" before every football game, but by "Oh say can you see," I'm looking for the guy with the peanuts. But today, I watched a grown man cry while his flag burned. And when I saw how much it meant to him, I realized how much it should have meant to me. So tomorrow, if you're sitting near me in detention, and one of your spitballs comes anywhere near that flag, you better watch your back. Tom Landry rules! (audience cheers)
* RuleOfDrama: Lampshaded in one episode.
-->Peggy's friend: "HURRY!"
-->Peggy: "Why?"
-->Peggy's friend: "It's simply more dramatic!"
* RuleOfThree: In "What Makes Bobby Run":
--> '''Hank:''' Look, Peggy, Bobby's got Mr. Crackers! Bobby's got Mr. Crackers! ''Bobby's got Mr. Crackers!''
* TheRunaway: Bobby is briefly one in "Death of a Propane Salesman" due to overhearing (and misinterpreting) Bill and Dale competing over who would get him after Hank dies.
* RunningGag:
** Every time Chuck Mangione starts to play a tune on his flugelhorn, he ends up shifting into "Feels So Good" after a few bars.
** Hank usually introducing himself as the assistant manager of Strickland Propane, even if it's irrelevant to the discussion.
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes:
** Hank's seen ''The Great Santini'' dozens of times.
** Bobby claims to know a ton about golfing due to having seen ''Film/HappyGilmore'' fifty times.
* SceneryCensor:
** Crops up often in "Sug Night." In Hank's erotic dreams, Nancy's breasts are covered with either a burger or a plate of them and she's holding a bag of buns over her rear [[DoubleStandard (nevermind that showing the men's butts are fair game)]]. Not a case of HandOrObjectUnderwear since this is not deliberate covering on anyone's part. Later in the same episode, Hank and Peggy are covered by various objects as part of their grilling, and two nudists are always behind waist-high bushes. One of them has GodivaHair, the other is perpetually covering herself by holding a volleyball.
** Near the beginning of "Naked Ambition," Bobby accidentally catches Luanne naked in the shower. When shown from Bobby's side, his head blocks the viewers from seeing anything.
* ScoutOut: The Order of the Straight Arrow. Much to Hank's dismay, the more scout-like survival lessons have been gutted in favor of "safer" activities like "camp-ins" with toy knives and indoor campfires with streamers for flames.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl:
** Inverted; Hank has a very ''manly'' scream, which sounds so ridiculous that it became a RunningGag. "D-WOOOAAAGH!"
** Played semi-straight with Bobby:
-->'''Hank:''' "I have a surprise for you, but you have to promise not to squeal like a girl. I've decided to let you grow your roses." ''(cue Bobby squealing like a girl)''
** Hank says as much about Dale: "I don't hear any girlish screams so either Dale's not here yet or he's dead."
** As if he wasn't enough of a ButtMonkey already, we also find out Bill has a very high-pitched, unmanly scream.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior:
** Cotton, although he was probably always like that regardless of his age.
** Tilly's friends in "Escape From Party Island" fall under this are this, the opposite of NiceToTheWaiter, and TheLoad.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Subverted, when Hank enters a shooting competition with Bobby, and the boy is glad they did so well in an actual competition.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: In an in-universe example, Bobby attempted to try to figure out what was so funny about Ray Jay Johnson, a comedian all the adults on the show loved.
* SentOffToWorkForRelatives:
** In one episode, Connie is desperate to get a summer internship with Peggy because the alternative is spending the summer on a "family fishing boat in Laos" because her father Kahn thinks it will look good on her college applications.
** At the end of a later episode, Connie's badgirl cousin from LA, Tid Pao (voiced by Lucy Liu) is punished by being sent to work on her Uncle's ranch, who gives her a stern warning upon arrival:
--->"I'm last Uncle you got. You screw up here, we send you back with Grandma in Laos!"
* SeriesContinuityError: In "Hilloween", Bobby mentions how Hank once made him eat chopped liver. In "Love Hurts and So Does Art", when Bobby gets gout from eating too much chopped liver, Hank mentions they never feed Bobby foods like that.
* SeriousBusiness:
** Propane and propane accessories. Not in the "be careful around it, it's flammable" way, but in a "insult it or disrespect it in any way and I will kick your ass" way. Hank takes this to absurd levels, due to his job (and how seriously he takes it). For example, he calls butane a "bastard gas", he has a beeper specifically for "propane emergencies", and when Peggy and Bobby eat a burger grilled on a charcoal grill, he drags them into the kitchen and makes them ''pray to God for forgiveness''.
** In the episode where an artist embarrasses Hank by putting Hank's colonoscopy showing his colon clogged by beef up in a museum, the artist is arrested for "defaming beef", which is apparently serious business in Texas, probably a reference to a famous case involving Oprah Winfrey.
** In another episode, Hank describes medium rare as the perfect way to grill a steak; Bobby asks what they do if someone wants their steak cooked another way, and Hank responds "We politely but firmly ask them to leave."
** Football at any level is serious business. This is very much TruthInTelevision in Texas.
** In the final episode, Bobby joins a junior college meat grading team and has a lot of fun until he sees the darker side of competition and rivalry. Best emphasized when, at dinner, his teammates see an opposing team and say they should blind them by throwing red pepper flakes in their eyes. Bobby laughs, but when the rest of the team shoots a glare his way, he asks "Wait, you guys are ''serious?!''"
** Having a masculine haircut. After Hank's barber Jack bleaches Hank's hair out of spite, Hank is told by Buck that he can't be paid for the day and has to take the afternoon off to get his hair dyed back to "a boy's color."
** Hair is always serious business to Bill; despite all his quirks, he's [[BunnyEarsLawyer one hell of a barber]]. In "Hank's Bad Hair Day", Bill offers to cut Hank's hair after his regular barber is forced to retire due to going senile, but Hank declines. Later on Bill tells Hank that the refusal feels like a massive insult ("It's like you're callin me an '''IDIOT!!'''") and actively dismisses Peggy's remarks on the matter -- which, considering his massive [[StalkerWithACrush stalker-crush]] on her, is pretty shocking.
** Lawn care for Hank. The day Bobby was born Hank bought a whetstone, to be presented to him when he becomes a teenager. The whetstone is for sharpening mower blades, which is what Bobby is to do every Saturday until he has shown himself to be responsible enough to mow the lawn. In other words, a common chore assigned to teenagers is treated as a rite of passing and a privilege that must be earned. Another episode has Hank see Khan using mowing the lawn as a punishment for Connie and being completely bewildered by it.
** Beer is worshipped by the guys. Beer is so sacred that it even supersedes the lawn in the SeriousBusiness hierarchy, with Hank saying he wouldn't pour out a beer to extinguish a grass fire. Spitting out beer is to be avoided at all costs, so much so that when someone actually does it its for a serious reason. Even that which contains beer, the cooler, is treated with respect. When Cotton blindly drives his [[InsistentTerminology Cadillac Car]] down the alley and nearly kills Bill, Hank's immediate concern is whether or not the cooler was dented.
** That's ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'', kiddo.
** Boris is taking this class for the ninth time, and he is almost a clown.
** Boggle.
* SexyPriest:
** Monsignor Martinez from ''[[ShowWithinAShow Los Dias y Las Noches de Monsignor Martinez]]''.
** Bill sees Reverend Stroup as this. The (perceived) forbidden nature of their relationship is shown to be a necessary part of his interest in her.
* ShootingGallery: In "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo", Peggy puts a Flat Stanley cutout into one of these for a series of photos to "teach kids lessons", it then gets shot to pieces.
* ShoutOut:
** Boomhauer's "disco" outfit in the episode "Strangeness on a Train" makes him look a lot like [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Robert Garcia]].
** Luanne Platter's name is one to the Lu Ann Platter, a combination dish served at a Texas-based restaurant chain called Luby's. Which has a BlandNameProduct ShoutOut in the form of Luly's.
** Bill's obsessive longing for his ex-wife Lenore can't possibly be anything else except this for Edgar Allan Poe's ''The Raven''.
** Also, in the basket-weaving episode, Dale tries to kill Hank with a forklift. Hank even utters the line, [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 "He tried to kill me with a forklift."]]
** In one episode, Bobby is reading an issue of [[ComicBook/{{Invincible}} Unvincible]]. Aside from the one letter difference, Mark doesn't look any different.
** Bobby has a doll of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]] in his room.
** In [[Film/DogDayAfternoon "Dog Dale Afternoon"]], Dale, having been finally driven around the bend by a prank played by his friends, takes refuge at the top of a local clock tower and is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman mistaken for a sniper.]]
** In "The Passion of Dauterive", Bill begins contemplating the meaning of life after the roof collapses on his bed. Boomhauer responds by talking about ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.
** Hank's flashback to his childhood Halloween fun has obvious elements of WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown, such as the music and Boomhauer's ghost costume.
** Stuart Dooley is an {{Expy}} of [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Butt-head]] while Hank is pretty much Tom Anderson if he were younger, had a son, and sold propane and propane accessories.
** In "Little Horrors of Shop", Peggy tries to get the students to vote for her as Substitute Teacher of the Year; three votes go to "[[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]], whoever the heck that is".
** The episode where Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer are under investigation for burning down the firehouse features an amount of slapstick that is excessive by the show's standards, and the show ends with a riff from ''[[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Blind Mice]]''.
** In "Yard, She Blows," the neighborhood where Hank goes to buy lawn gnomes was basically traced from photos of [[http://http://www.solvangusa.com/ Solvang, CA.]]
** In "Death and Texas", Peggy receives a letter from "Wesley Martin Archer", a reference to director Wes Archer.
** In "Peggy Makes the Big Leagues", David Kalaiki Ali'i has a poster in his room of Seven of Nine from [[Series/StarTrekVoyager]]
** In "Joust Like a Woman", Dale cites the Prime Directive when telling Hank that he can't help Hank win the joust against King Phillip Motzinger.
* ShowerShy: This happens to Bobby Hill in "The Incredible Hank."
* ShownTheirWork:
** A lot of Texas references are completely accurate, from Big Tex at the state fair, to a Laotian minority population, football (whether it's the NFL or high school) and beef being a big deal, to a ShoutOut to Luly's cafeteria.
** Murray Hoggarth ''was'' the long-time president (okay, not commissioner) of the Texas Propane Gas Association. Hoggarth's business, Action Propane, is the inspiration for Strickland Propane; it's still owned by Hoggarth's wife Wanda.
** A number of Dale's conspiracy theories (such as his rant about the gold fringe on a US flag indicating an Admiralty Court, and that he's not subject to its jurisdiction) are based on actual, recognized conspiracies. And yes, they are just as nonsensical and untrue in real life.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Los Dias y Las Noches de Monsignor Martinez''. [[JustForFun/LosDiasYLasNochesDeMonsignorMartinez Now with its own page]].
* SilentCredits: For the most part, the credits to "Fun With Jane and Jane" are like this; it's just a group of emus standing around like Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer do, with no music playing during it.
* SkewedPriorities: Due to the fact that football is SeriousBusiness in Texas, Hank and the waffle board are willing to ruin a football player's future by letting him coast through high school after Peggy failed him. Hank changes his stance when he realize that Peggy made the right decision.
* SkintoneSclerae: A few characters, most notably Boomhauer and Cotton.
* SkywardScream:
** "DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!"
** In "Of Mice and Little Green Men", Nancy wonders why God is punishing her. Then she shouts to the sky, "WHY, SUG?!"
** In "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Hill," Peggy gives one of these when she dreams that her lack of knowledge about the Catholic faith has damned her students to Hell forever. "I JUST WANTED A FULL-TIME JOB!"
* SingleIssuePsychology: when he is seeing a psychologist to fix his aim, Hank tries to interpret his problem this way and connects it to Cotton yelling at him as a boy, but the actual psychologist cuts him off and has him do visualization techniques.
* SliceOfLife: A relatively rare Western-animated "adult" example.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: Mostly Level 3, with earlier seasons leaning further towards Level 4 and later seasons leaning back to Level 2. Major changes to the status quo in the first five seasons include Buckley's death, Luanne quitting beauty school, Didi giving birth to G.H., Luanne moving out of the Hill house, Nancy breaking up with John Redcorn and Joseph going through puberty.
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: As close to "Mundane" as animation could be.
* SlowClap: Occurs in "Plastic White Female".
* SmallNameBigEgo: Peggy, to the point where she could have been the TropeNamer had ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' never existed. And let's not forget Cotton, though part of this also seems to be dementia brought on by his old age - while he did have to be a legitimate badass to survive the injuries he took during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and kill fitty men, he also seems to believe he fought on both the Western ''and'' Pacific fronts within days of each other and essentially won the war on his own.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Lucky has often shown that he's pretty savvy in certain areas, even if he gives off the vibe that he's just … not.
* SmokingHotSex:
** Subverted in "Nancy's Boys"; there's a close-up of Dale smoking and saying, "Oh yeah." The camera cuts back to reveal that he and Nancy still have their clothes on and haven't begun yet.
** Parodied in another episode, where Dale claims the last time he did this, the bed caught fire.
* SmugSnake: Peggy in the later episodes
* SnipeHunt: "Order of the Straight Arrow".
* SoapBoxSadie: Averted with Bobby. He's often just as obnoxious as a straight example, but thankfully never portrayed as being in the right.
* SoapPunishment: In "That's What She Said", Hank washes out the foul mouth of a new employee with soap. Said employee manages to make one last filthy joke before OhCrap sets in.
* SoccerHatingAmericans: Hank disapproves of Bobby's switch from football to soccer, and eventually convinces him to switch back, because real Americans play football.
* SpinTheBottle: Played in "Plastic White Female".
* SpitTake:
** Hank play it straight in "Square Peg" when he spits beer when he hears Peggy yelling "VAGINA!"
** Two examples in one when Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer do a synchronized spit-take upon discovering that the beer they've been drinking has been tainted:
--> '''Hank:''' If it wasn't the bananas that made us sick, then what was it? … Oh my God, '''the BEER!'''\\
''(Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer spit out their beer.)''\\
'''Hank:''' And Peggy knew!\\
''(Bill does another spit take, [[FatIdiot apparently having taken another drink of beer he just learned was tainted]].)''
** Subverted in "Hilloween" when Peggy tells Hank that Bobby has gone off to Junie Harper's anti-Halloween party, he comes about as close as possible to a spit take before swallowing hard:
--->'''Hank:''' I came very close to spitting out beer!\\
'''Peggy:''' I knew you'd be upset.
* SpringtimeForHitler: See AdviceBackfire.
* StandardizedSitcomHousing: Completely averted. Every house on the show is designed like a real house, which would be a pain to shoot on a live action three camera sitcom.
* StealthPun:
** In "Returning Japanese" Hank calls [[spoiler: his half brother Junichiro]] a crazy bastard. Considering his parents aren't married, it adds a new layer to Hank's term of endearment.
** '''H'''ank '''R'''utherford '''H'''ill. '''HRH'''. '''H'''is '''R'''oyal '''H'''ighness. '''KING''' of the Hill.
* {{Sting}}: From "The Perils of Polling":
--> '''Hank''': Oh my ''GOD'' … his handshake … (three note dramatic sting) it was ''limp''!
* TheStinger:
** Nearly every episode featured a sound clip from earlier in the episode over the "Deedle Dee Productions" logo. It's usually a line that is made funnier due to there being no context, though in some episodes ("The Arrowhead", for example) it's a continuation of what was happening before the credits.
** The logo was silent during the first season, with the exception of "The Company Man".
* The show itself, considering after the series finale, there were still four unaired episodes.
* StopBeingStereotypical: Inverted in one episode, where Hank was dealing with a client from Boston who expected everything in Texas to be cowboys and country, meaning Hank had to ''act'' stereotypical in order to draw the guy's attention. Eventually, he gets sick of it and tells the guy off, saying (in effect) "If you want dumbass cowboy antics go with Thatherton, but if you want quality propane stick with Strickland." The guy ends up going with Thatherton.
* StrawMisogynist: Cotton, most definitely. Coach Kleethammer, with his constant claims that girls can't play sports.
* StrawmanPolitical: A number of the one-off smug Northerners who make appearances in Arlen, usually voiced by David Herman. Like Hank's new boss who fired the truck drivers, or the disability advocate.
* StrippingTheScarecrow: In "Yankee Hankee," Hank gets left nearly naked in the courtyard of the Alamo. He ends up having to take clothes off a Davy Crockett mannequin, before wondering why he bothered putting on the raccoon hat.
* StuckAtTheAirportPlot: One episode, "Happy Hank's Giving" has this happening to the Hills, the Gribbles, the Souphaniousinphones along with Bill and Boomhauer over Thanksgiving (which involves the destruction of Hank's propane-smoked turkey when a bomb-sniffing dog barks at his luggage). After everyone misses their flights, the families eventually settle with eating dinner at the airport with whatever they can scrape together.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJr_u4fW3VI The Baaah! song]], which consists of variations of Hank's [[BigNo Baah!]]
* SuddenlyVoiced: Debbie Grund, who previously appeared on the show but was not given any lines, has some dialog in "Hanky Panky".
* SunglassesAtNight: Dale.
* SuicideAsComedy: Bill in the Christmas episode "Pretty Pretty Dresses." Even tries to slam his own head in a drawer, kill himself using an electric oven, and is kept from shooting himself by Dale ''threatening him with a gun''.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Hank.
* SustainedMisunderstanding: From "Hank's Got the Willies":
--> '''Willie Nelson:''' Hey I know you; you're the kid who rakes my yard.\\
'''Bobby:''' No, I'm the kid who hit you in the head.\\
'''Willie:''' With a rake?\\
'''Bobby:''' No, with a golf club.\\
'''Willie:''' You've been raking my yard with a golf club? I want my quarter back!
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* TheTag: Occasionally done, usually with Hank giving the viewer a humorous disclaimer.
* TakeAThirdOption:
** Connie and Bobby have to wrestle each other for the last spot on the team, but each has too much to lose. So they take RefugeInAudacity and stage a full-on WWF style chair throwing extravaganza so that they'll ''both'' be kicked off, but be hailed as heroes by the other students.
** When Bobby was thought to be the Lama, he used the third option of "Pick anything you see on this rug" … and he picked Connie, whose reflection he could see in the mirror.
** In "Movin' On Up", Luanne moves out of the Hills' den, but ends up with a bunch of lazy jerkass roommates who won't pay their share of the bills and [[GodwinsLaw call her a Nazi]] whenever she tries to exert any authority. Given the choice between putting up with them or admitting defeat and moving back with the Hills, she [[spoiler:closes the house's accounts, meaning the roommates can't sponge off of her for power, heat, water or phone lines anymore, while living in the yard with a hidden stash of food at the bottom of the pool.]]
** In "Lupe's Revenge", Peggy's poor grasp of the Spanish language results in her accidentally kidnapping a young girl during a field trip to Mexico. Hank knows they can prove her innocence, but is worried about crushing Peggy's feelings by outright telling her that her Spanish sucks. The solution he finds: have Peggy testify herself, in Spanish; the judge realizes that she didn't know what she was doing and declares her innocent, while Peggy remains convinced that her impassioned plea won him over.
* TanLines: Hank, Dale, and Bill in hot weather.
* TemporaryBlindness: Hank, after witnessing his mother and her boyfriend having sex, temporarily goes blind in "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying".
* TemptingFate: In "Bobby Goes Nuts," when the guys hear about Bobby [[GroinAttack kicking Hank in the groin]]:
-->'''Bill:''' I wish ''I'' had a son to kick me in the groin.\\
''(Dale obliges him)''\\
'''Dale:''' ''(sips his beer)'' BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.
* ThatsWhatICallX: "Traffic Jam" has: "BAM! Now THAT'S what I call general haberdashery!"
* ThatsWhatSheSaid: The plot to the title of the same name; a new employee at Strickland Propane (voiced by Ben Stiller) frequently replies to people with this catchphrase. At first, everyone thinks he's hilarious, but soon they begin to feel uncomfortable because every time they open their mouth, they fear he will turn whatever they say into a DoubleEntendre (particularly bad for a business which sells items to cook ''meat''). As usual, it's up to Hank to set things right.
* ThatWasObjectionable: When Dale has a restraining order put on Hank after he accidentally saws off Dale's finger:
--> '''Dale:''' Objection: conjecture. Objecture!
--> '''Hank:''' THAT IS NOT A WORD!
* TheThemeParkVersion: In "he Company Man", Hank has to do business with a pushy Bostonian who seems to think Texas is/should be this. In order to keep his business, Hank tries to conform to the man's beliefs, making himself an ExtremeDoormat (as Peggy points out). After a heart-to-heart with a stripper, Hank finally tells the man off, but he goes to Thatherton Fuels to get what he wants.
* ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange: The Québécois dub did this to this one of all series, changing the setting from Texas to small-town Quebec (Ste-Irène)... despite the fact that the setting is almost always referenced as being warm, the times snow actually does pop up (which often tends to be a light coating at most), it's treated as a major crisis in universe, and the plots and setting being very steeped in Texan culture (the characters are all obsessed with football and barbecues).
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: In "Death of a Propane Salesman (Part 2)", at the funeral, Dale opens a casket and looks into it as a part of uncovering one of his conspiracy theories involving Mega Lo Mart and insurance fraud. The sight of the corpse causes him to turn pale and he throws up.
* ThrowingOutTheScript: Played with:
-->'''Bobby:''' ''(rehearsing)'' I rehearsed a speech on the way over here, but I'm throwing it out, because nothing says ''I'm sorry'' like "I'm sorry."
* TitlePlease
* ToiletHumor:
** The pilot episode where Hank is mistaken for a child abuser (after Bobby gets a black eye during a baseball game and rumors spread of Hank losing his temper with a Mega Lo Mart clerk) had Hank listening to a "Funny Phone Jerks" audio recording, which consists of farting noises (he mistook it for some music Bobby was listening to).
** "Hank's Unmentionable Problem", which is about Hank's severe case of constipation. The final scene where Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" plays after Hank finally poops is a highlight.
** In one episode, Peggy says, "Hope in one hand, poop in the other, and see which fills up first."
** Dale, in "Beer and Loathing", after drinking some tainted beer: "I don't know which way it's coming out, but it's coming out!"
** "Flush With Power" is all about the town council members having to use the john in the last act.
* TokenMinority: An interesting InUniverse variation, in which Hank is invited to join a country club because Ted Wassonasong is concerned that its all-Asian membership looks bad.
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: When it starts snowing in ''King of the Hill'', Peggy says "Nobody lick any flagpoles!"
* TonightSomeoneDies:
** The Mega Lo Mart explosion ''and'' the shooting cliffhangers both were advertised as this. Fox actually spoofed this with the Mega Lo Mart explosion cliffhanger, which left four characters -- Hank, Luanne, Buckley, and Chuck Mangione -- unaccounted for, one of whom viewers were told would die. Over the summer, Fox ran a series of commercials in which their execs threatened to kill off Hank unless he agreed to let the show be retooled and moved to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles (where it would be renamed "King of the Hollywood Hills"). Eventually, Hank got ahold of some compromising photos of Fox executives and they agreed to let him stay in Texas without killing him off. In the end, [[spoiler: Buckley]] was the one who died.
** Hank's co-worker and Buck Strickland's mistress Debbie died ([[spoiler:she accidentally killed herself while trying to get her rifle and a basket of nachos into the dumpster she was hiding in]]); she was a relatively minor character.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Anthony Page, the social worker in the pilot who puts the family under investigation after Bobby gets a black eye at baseball, but doesn't bother questioning the coach.
** Bobby, who can be influenced by pretty much anything: his sexist grandfather, a white supremacist website, a group of teenagers pretending to know wizardry … the list goes on. He personifies this so much that one of the most frequently-reused episode plots is "Bobby falls in with a bad crowd of some sort and Hank bails him out".
** The rest of the cast has their moments of insane stupidity. Many other episodes feature the Dale/Bill/Boomhauer trio or one of the three (usually Dale or Bill) getting into trouble for something stupid until Hank saves the day (including the time they tried frying everything imaginable and started a grease fire, while Dale used bees to cure things, even his own broken arm … and then there's the fact Dale's allergic to bees).
** All the young employees at Mega Lo Mart are clueless about ''their own respective departments'', pissing off customers like Hank, and have supervision over older and wiser coworkers. Most notably, Buckley [[spoiler: died in a propane explosion after he failed to listen to Hank's advice about not dragging the propane tank by the nozzle, thus causing a leak.]]
** In "Fun with Jane and Jane", Luanne joins a sorority that is obviously a front for a cult. After she escapes, Peggy takes her right back to the cult because she doesn't understand (despite Luanne saying that they deprived her of food and sleep and punished her by locking her in a closet and yelling at her) and takes Luanne right back writing off their dangerous behavior as "hazing" to a new member saying that "all sororities do hazing, the harder it is the stronger the friendship; why do you think POW's are always having reunions?"-- ''and'' joins the cult herself because they offer to let her vent about her terrible mother.
* TookALevelInJerkAss: Everyone in the cast does something genuinely selfish or rude throughout the series:
** DependingOnTheWriter, Kahn. He's a downright jerkass during the earlier seasons, yet sometimes in the later seasons, he seems to genuinely ''want'' to help or be friends with everyone else, just is too stubborn (though an episode from season 13 reveals that Kahn's jerkass ways stem from the side effects of the medication he has to take for his bipolar disorder). Minh is a bit better at it than he is, though.
** Dale invoked this in-verse in "The Trouble with Gribbles" where he was attempting to sue the company that makes his smokes on the premise that they ruined his wife's skin. When they try to bug him to expose him, Dale counter-bluffs them...by acting as an emotionally abusive husband to Nancy. It doesn't end well, and nearly costs him his marriage.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood:
** Bobby sure loves his fruit pies.
** Hank is quite fond of burgers and steak.
** Played with whenever it comes to grilling; no matter what kind of food it is, if it's made on a charcoal grill, Hank will not only refuse to eat it, but lecture whoever is within the vicinity about how it's essentially toxic waste. It's implied that Peggy actually loves Charcoal-grilled meats, but she can never admit to it.
* TrueCompanions: Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer for sure. No matter how much of a creepy loser Bill is or how much of an untrustworthy idiot Dale is the four will always be best friends. Even when Hank, Dale and Bill stole Boomhauer's beloved car, accidentally destroyed it after a joyride and lied about it for 20 years Boomhauer was only mad at them for two weeks (Hank was reduced to one week when Bobby told Boomhauer Hank always quotes him).
* TwoferTokenMinority:
** When Dale is being opposed for Gun Club President, he laments that his opponent has "already got the black vote -- Earl -- and the gay vote -- Earl."
** Buck is told that he isn't allowed to fire a drug-addicted employee because he is in rehab, which makes his addiction legally classified as a disability, and it's illegal for a business of his size to fire an employee based on their race, sexual orientation, disability, weight, etc. Buck then utters this line in his frustration:
--->'''Buck:''' Hell, I'd kill for a big, fat, black, blind, deaf, gay guy if he would just get some damn ''work'' done around here!
* UglyGuyHotWife:
** Cotton and Didi.
** Lucky and Luanne.
** Dale and Nancy. Dale isn't particularly ugly and is more average looking.
* UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000: In "Grand Theft Arlen", Hank gets addicted to a ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' clone programmed by local college students and featuring a {{Badass}} version of himself as the hero. Somewhat subverted in that the game lets the player be a "good guy", which is how Hank plays it, rather than just being a straight-up criminal.
* UnCancelled: After spending its last few seasons being constantly victimized by sports preemptions and schedule changes, Season 11 was finally announced as being the last, with [[spoiler:Luanne's wedding]] being the series finale. It was unexpectedly picked up for two additional seasons, however, when Fox decided to revamp its animation lineup in the Fall of 2007, but was later cancelled for good at the end of season 13, leaving 4 unaired episodes to debut in syndication.
* UnderdogsNeverLose:
** Averted in "How to Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying". The episode concerns Hank overcoming his problems with firing a rifle. However, even when he manages to get it together during the shooting tournament, he still loses on the final shot. However, it's still a happy ending because Bobby's thrilled that he and Hank got second place and wants to compete again next year.
** Averted in "Hank's Back Story", where Hank loses the mower racing competition.
* UnderTheMistletoe: Brought up during one episode:
-->'''Hank:''' Now I don't want to name names, but due to last years unfortunate "[[NoodleIncident Kissing Incident"]], Mistletoe is banned from this years Christmas party.
-->[[DeathGlare Glares]] at Bill.
-->'''Bill:''' Peppermint Schnapps makes me sloppy.
* TheUnfavorite:
** Hank was this to Cotton even before G.H. was born.
** To a lesser extent, Hank glaringly prefers Ladybird to Bobby, though he does love Bobby. For what it's worth, Hank also makes it no secret he views his niece Luanne as a burden.
* TheUnfairSex: Not played entirely straight; Nancy cheating on Dale is played for laughs rather than to make Dale look like a bad husband. In fact, he's usually portrayed pretty sympathetically as far as this issue goes. It gets brought up in the episode "Night and Deity" where Nancy thinks Dale is flirty with a female exterminator and Nancy is afraid that he will cheat. Dale mentions that he never had any problems with Nancy spending so much time with John Redcorn.
* UngratefulBastard:
** Hank uses the American way to get his temporary obnoxious Canadian neighbor out of jail by sacrificing his "kegerator" to pay the defense attorney to get him out. What does the guy do after reuniting with his family whom acted more civil and apologized to the Hills? Boast that Canada is better than America. Despite this, Hank feels he did the right thing.
** The ''entire HCJC meat team and their manager'' is this. After being hijacked by their rivals for having sprayed pepper on their eyes the previous night, Bobby is the only one to show up and do ''every event flawlessly without their help''. Once they come to the event, they all kick Bobby aside without thanking him for holding them on and they were fated to lose in their examination, hadn't Bobby stepped in when they ignored a fatal flaw on the meaty carcass.
* {{Unishment}}: In "An Officer and a Gentle Boy", Bobby is able to withstand all of Cotton's punishments, including sitting on a block of ice, eating the mixed-up leftovers of cafeteria food, and having to sit in a tiny cell for days.
* TheUnintelligible: Boomhauer. This is lampshaded several times. For example:
** In the pilot, after the child services investigator asks Dale (who tells him Hank does not abuse Bobby), he talks to Boomhauer, who complains about Ladybird barking, so the social services investigator slowly backs away.
** Played with in an episode where Boomhauer has a flashback: Hank, Dale, and Bill all talk like him, while he talks normally.
** Played with again in an episode where Boomhauer falls asleep in an inner tube and floats all the way to Houston; the locals don't understand him, and he's committed to a mental hospital.
** Hank will often say "Boomhauer, I can't understand a word you just said", attributing the lack of intelligibility to interference, like loud music or the echoes of a cave.
** Subverted on the episode "The Bluegrass is Always Greener", where Boomhauer's singing voice is actually coherent. And sounds just like Vince Gill.
** When Boomhauer makes an impassioned (and barely intelligible) plea to Dale to surrender to the police before they use force against him, Dale responds "Boomhauer, if I ever heard anyone reading from a script, that was it."
** In "Propane Boom", the episode where the Mega Lo Mart explodes, Boomhauer gets on the horn to 911 to report it in and the operator tells him she can't understand what he's saying, urging him to speak more slowly, which he does and it's just as unintelligible as whenever he speaks normally.
* UnreliableNarrator: Certain elements of Cotton's story regarding his experiences in World War II, as well as his medical history, are rather questionable.
* TheUnreveal: Boomhauer's first name, Jeff, isn't revealed until near the end of the series, but was mentioned on various websites years prior.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: By the second season, everybody takes turns being this. It's hard to feel bad for Hank when his problems are often caused by his own naivete or even flat-out ignorance, or Peggy when her problems are caused by her ego, or the rest of the cast, who apparently juggle {{Idiot Ball}}s or make {{JerkAss}} decisions.
* VerbalTic:
** I'll tell you what, that dang ol' Boomhauer, man.
** Joe Jack saying "Honey".
** Nancy saying "Sug":
--> "Oh, sugar! I'm out of sugar, sug."
* VerySpecialEpisode:
** "Death of a Propane Salesman" deals with the effects the Mega Lo Mart explosion had on Hank and Luanne. Hank is afraid of propane and in denial of the problem, while Luanne's grief over [[spoiler:Buckley's death]] and the loss of her hair has manifested itself in the form of anger at the general injustice of the world.
** "Return to La Grunta," about sexual harassment and assault. Bonus points because Hank, a male, goes through it too.
** "That's What She Said" deals with the stigma against men reporting sexual harassment, although the harassment in that episode comes from incessant unwelcome sexual jokes.
** "Keeping Up With Our Joneses," complete with a funny PSA at the end with Boomhauer holding up a clesn white belt for his car engine next to a greasy black one and compares them to "your lungs on air" and "your lungs on smoke," respectively. Even with his garbled speech he manages to make the dangers clear: "Dang ol' ear hair, mang, low sperm count."
** "My Own Private Rodeo" was nominated for a Gay And Lebian Alliance Against Defamation Media Award for its portrayal of Dale coming to terms with his dad being gay. It aired in 2001 - ''two years'' before ''Lawrence v. Texas'' made it legal to be gay in the state and across the country.
** "Aisle 8A" and "I Don't Want to Wait..." deal with concerns about puberty - respectively, Connie's first period and Bobby struggling with being a late bloomer (and being treated like a child) while Joseph laments being an early bloomer.
* ViceCity: What Arlen used to be (Harlot Town -> Harloton -> Arlen).
* ViewerGenderConfusion: In-universe example with Gale, Debbie's roommate. [[spoiler: When he is charged Debbie's murder and his arrest is shown on TV]], Luanne believes that he is a woman because of his name and appearance. Even after Hank corrects her, she still thinks that Gale's a woman.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Trip Larson from "Pigmalion".
* VocalEvolution: Dale and Bill both were initially given lower voices but they got higher in subsequent seasons as the voice actors gave them more range. Hank originally had a more forceful voice but it gradually softened a bit.
* VomitDiscretionShot: In "The Buck Stops Here", Bobby has to wait in the alley while Buck gambles inside. A woman begins to vomit from having drunk too much alcohol, though it's not shown in graphic detail:
--> '''Man:''' You all emptied out, Carla? (resumes kissing her)
--> '''Bobby:''' Oh GOD!
* WannabeDiss: Bobby, when getting interested in Tarot reading, joins a group of losers claiming to be genuine wizards or … something. When he sees that these idiots are ineffectual dorks that have likely been emotionally broken due to being picked on and are just throwing together a bunch of crap they likely saw in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', he tells them that [[EvenNerdsHaveStandards even ''he'' wants to kick their asses.]]
* WarriorPoet: Minh's father General Gum considers himself one. When we actually hear his poetry, though...
-->"We must not forget, yet we cannot remember/Death be not proud?/Then who?"
* WellDoneSonGuy:
** Hank. He constantly seeks his father's admiration (or at least his respect), but Cotton is a jaded World War II veteran who has absolutely no respect (and just barely a little love) for Hank, going so far to name his newborn son Good Hank.
-->I gots mah shins blowed off by a Japan man's machine gun, so don't crying to me about your problems!
** Bobby, his own son, also has it rough. But compared to his grandfather, Hank is ''far'' easier to please.
--> "Bobby, if you weren't my son I'd hug you."
** Female variation with Peggy and her mom: even saving her family's Montana ranch is not enough to impress her mother, though, so Peggy just gives up on trying.
** When Cotton's confronted by Hank after he runs off to Las Vegas to avoid raising G.H., Cotton admits that Hank is a better father than he ever was (in the most insulting manner possible of course).
---> You made ''Bobby!'' All I made was ''you!''
** Kahn is another example. He tries to impress his father-in-law, who apparently worked for several dictators in the past, calls Kahn a "descendant of fishermen," and generally has no respect for him.
** Minh, for that matter, can't seem to get any respect from Kahn's mother either. The difference between Kahn and Minh is that Minh doesn't ''care'' if Laohma respects her, she just doesn't want to deal with her. Laohma's insistence to show Minh how to do housework "the right way" comes more from her being a professional homemaker than wanting to show Minh up. Kahn is constantly trying to prove himself to Minh's dad, whereas Minh and Laohma are more than happy to stay out of each other's way. For that matter, Kahn does nothing to stop his mom from criticizing Minh, nor does he seem to care, whereas Minh is very bothered by how her dad treats Kahn and tries to make him stop.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Not only do Cotton's wife, Didi, and infant son, Good Hank, not appear at his deathbed, they aren't even mentioned (though it is implied that Didi divorced Cotton and took Good Hank with her). In the episode "Daletech", Cotton finishes an argument with Didi with "Fine, call your lawyer!" before Didi speeds off and Cotton informing the Hill family Didi has "gone to visit her folks" and telling the family he doesn't know when she will be back, suggesting Didi divorced him and moved away. Didi does show up, in a new Cadillac (having remarried less than a year after Cotton's death) to give Hank some of Cotton's possessions and will in "Serves Me Right for Giving General Goerge S Patton the Bathroom Key", including a final wish to flush his cremated ashes down the toilet Patton used during WWI, which contradicts his earlier securing of a burial plot in a veteran's cemetery.
** This happens to Kahn's mother, who in "Maid in Arlen" is in a relationship with Bill. She is mentioned in the next episode, but never appears again.
** This has happened quite a few times: in "Pretty, Pretty Dresses", Bill gets a pet iguana whom he names Lenore, in "Returning Japanese" Luanne buys another bloodhound whom is presumably male after she thinks she's killed Ladybird, and in "I'm with Cupid", Bobby gets a new girlfriend named Debby, but none of these characters are ever seen again.
** One of John Redcorn's old flings and his newly discovered daughter end up moving into his trailer with him in "Untitled Blake [=McCormick=] Project". They are never seen or mentioned again.
* TheWhitestBlackGuy: Khan is accused of being the whitest Asian guy in the episode "Orange You Sad I Did Say Banana?" when Ted calls him a banana.[[note]]A pejorative term used to refer to Asians who live a "white" lifestyle.[[/note]] So, he tries to [[AvertedTrope avert this]] by restyling his entire life to get more in touch with his ancestry. After finding he doesn't enjoy his new lifestyle, he comes to terms with himself and accepts he should just be happy with who he is, and enjoy what he likes:
---> Khan: "If you want someone to play round of golf, give me call! If you want someone to feel guilty about the way they choose to live, call someone else."
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Subverted. It's established that Arlen is in Texas. ''Where'' in Texas varies from episode to episode. Some episodes have it close to the Mexican border (which would make sense, given that Arlen has a sizeable Mexican population and it is implied in "Lupe's Revenge" and "Three Days of the Khan-Do" that heading to Mexico from Arlen doesn't take that long), while others have it in central Texas, and a couple have it somewhere near Dallas or Houston.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: Peggy, scoffing at ''Steinbeck'' during a performance of ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Bobby, as viewed by Hank:
--> [[CatchPhrase That boy]] [[RunningGag ain't right.]]
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Discussed. When Bobby is planning on stealing a rival school's mascot (an armadillo), he asks Dale if he could pump poison into the school to render the mascot's guards unconscious. Dale points out that the amount of poison needed would kill an armadillo. Plus the kids probably wouldn't wake up.
* WomenAreWiser: Inverted with Hank and Peggy, though played straight for Kahn & Minh and Dale & Nancy.
* TheWorstSeatInTheHouse: There's an episode where Hank, his son, and a few of their friends attend a conference title game in Dallas. They buy absurdly expensive seats that turn out to be in the bloodiest of the nosebleed section, but through some good luck they end up in a luxury suite by the end of the game.
* WroteTheBook: Crossed with {{Metaphorgotten}}:
-->'''Storekeeper''': This fella never went to school. He grew up in the hills, but he wrote the book on homemade bait. 'Course it's just a bunch of scribbles 'cause he never went to school.
* XanatosGambit: By Peggy, of all people. After getting conned, she hatches up a scheme with all the other victims to get their money back. They trick the conman into bringing the money to a motel where they've set up a phony gambling hall. If he keeps betting, it's rigged so that he'll lose it all. If he tries to leave with the money, they have several other ways of stealing it back from him.
* YankTheDogsChain: In "Tankin' it to the Streets", Bill notices that the vast majority of his military medical records are censored. Dale gets ahold of the original documents and spills the secrets: When Bill joined the military in his '20s, he was given an experimental injection that would cause excess hair and fat growth. It was designed to prepare soldiers for being stationed in Alaska. Upon hearing this, Bill is at first dismayed that the military gave him this drug without telling him the side effects (he assumed they were booster shots), gets drunk and steals a tank from the base. Hank, Dale, and Boomhauer convince Bill that at least now he knows that his shortcomings aren't actually his fault. However, later Dale mentions the "name" of the injection: "Placebo". So Bill wasn't really being injected with body-altering substances, and he realizes that his hair growth and excess body fat ''are'' his own doing. Typically Bill is getting his chain yanked whenever anything positive happens to him thanks to StatusQuoIsGod. Especially if it involves women in any way. Poor man just can't catch a break.
* YourMom: In "Traffic Jam," Roger "Booda" Sack launches into a series of these against Hank's mom when Hank tells Buddha Sack that his mother didn't raise him right. Also [[BerserkButton Hank's urethra]].
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** Hank was mistaken for gay in "Be True to Your Fool" after he sees a doctor to get his "BILL" tattoo removed. The doctor warns Hank that tattoo removal is a long and painful procedure and asks if it would be easier to just "work things out with this Bill."
** Dooley mistakes Joseph for being gay for Bobby in "I'm With Cupid". Their school has a Valentine's event where girls buy carnations for boys they like, Bobby already has two while Joseph has none. Bobby helps Joseph talk to a girl by lending him his carnations. After Joseph succeeds in asking the girl out, he happily returns the carnations to Bobby and thanks him. Dooley walks in on Joseph pinning the second carnation on his shirt. Dooley tells Joseph, "That took courage."
* MistakenForMasturbating: In "Hank's Dirty Laundry", someone has been renting porn using Hank's name and getting fined for not returning one of the videos. At one point, the culprit sends him some video tapes to provide clues that he did not rent them so Hank locks himself in the bedroom to watch them. Peggy walks in on him thinking he was masturbating and runs out; he was actually crouched down and taking notes.[[note]]Originally, Hank was supposed to be shaking a pen that had dried up while he was taking notes, but the FOX censors thought this was too raunchy and asked that the scene be changed. Keep in mind, this was before ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' exploded on the scene with its brand of humor.[[/note]] The original scene can be found on DVD and in some non-FOX broadcasters.
* MistakenForProfound: Hank does this to his father-in-law.
* MistakenForRacist: In "Racist Dawg," Ladybird attacks a black repairman trying to fix the water heater, prompting everyone to think that Hank and Ladybird are racists. Turns out Ladybird doesn't like anyone (regardless of race) except for Hank doing repairs around the house.
* MistakenNationality: Kahn. When Hank first meets him, he asks him, "Are you [[SmallReferencePools Chinese or Japanese]]?" Cotton correctly identifies Kahn as Laotian at first glance (as he fought in World War II, so he would know the difference between a Chinese person, a Japanese person, and a Laotian), surprising even Kahn:
-->'''Hank:''' So are you Chinese or Japanese?\\
'''Khan:''' We're Laotian.\\
'''Bill:''' [[TheDitz The ocean? What ocean?]]\\
'''Khan:''' From Laos, stupid! It's a small landlocked country in southeast Asia.\\
'''Hank:''' Uh-huh. ''*beat*'' [[CompletelyMissingThePoint So are you Chinese or Japanese?]]
* MonsterClown: A gag from "Lucky See, Lucky Do" has Peggy digging up Bobby's old things from when he was a baby. One of them is a clown doll with a creepy stare and grin:
-->'''Bobby''': {''eyes narrowed''} We meet again, Mr. Giggles.\\
''Suddenly jump to an extreme closeup of Mr. Giggles' face, complete with ScareChord. Bobby gasps and immediately backs off.''
* {{Mooning}}:
** In "The Order of the Straight Arrow", Dale repeatedly moons Hank, Bill, and the troop members as Boomhauer passes them in his vehicle.
** A plot point in "Hank and the Great Glass Elevator": Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer guilt trip Hank into feeling like he's no fun, so when the trio want to moon the hotel lobby as they ascend an elevator, Hank decides to prove them wrong. But Hank is the only one who pulls down his pants, and he accidentally moons former governor of Texas, Ann Richards:
--> '''Hank''': I'm doin' it! I'm a mooner!
* MoonLandingHoax: In "Meet the Manger Babies", Dale suggests that the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl is pre-selected and is filmed in an unidentifiable location where they filmed the fake Moon landing, months before the game ever began. In "Dale to the Chief", Dale discovers that the government report on the Kennedy assassination actually made sense and said, "If the government was right about this then maybe we really did go to the moon."
* MoralityPet:
** Even though Peggy is a complete SmallNameBigEgo and generally annoying and incompetent, she genuinely cares about Hank and Bobby and can do some pretty {{badass}} stuff to defend them.
** Bobby plays this role for Cotton. Cotton may be a misguided {{Jerkass}}, but he does love Bobby.
** Bobby interestingly works as a sanity pet for Bill on occasion. With Bobby being the closest thing to a son he has due to his [[StalkerWithACrush "closeness" to the Hills]], Bill and Bobby often bond over things, reaching a very heartwarming PetTheDog peak in "Blood and Sauce" where Bill and Bobby bond over the preparation and cooking of barbecue, ending with Bill making Bobby an honorary member of his family.
* TheMoralSubstitute: Subverted; Christian Rock suddenly becomes big in their area, but after hearing it, Hank denounces it: "You're not making Christianity better -- you're making rock 'n' roll ''worse!''"
* MotorMouth: Boomhauer.
* MrsRobinson: Miz Liz, Strickland's wife, who is visibly a much older woman, who has an emotional breakdown after mentioning that everyone calls her madame now instead of miss.
* MsFanservice: Luanne during most of the show (bikini scenes, close-ups of bouncing breasts, and "hands over boobs" shots, as well as an episode where Bobby accidentally sees Luanne naked and becomes depressed over it, while Joseph wants to see Luanne naked for himself), and Nancy shows up in a tiny string bikini (or nude) at other times.
* MushroomSamba: Hank accidentally inhales too much varnish in "Hillennium", and passes out. What follows is a dream sequence where he imagines he's one of the Whack-a-Moles.
* MyCarHatesMe:
** In the pilot, Hank tries to unbolt the alternator, but Dale move the light and the wrench slips off. The hood then collapses on him for no apparent reason.
** Hank is about to be mowed down by a train in "Chasing Bobby" but desperately tries to start his old truck so he can drive off the train tracks. Eventually he does exit the vehicle but his truck is destroyed.
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Peggy's Spanish skill amounts to this. Fortunately, it also serves to convince the Mexican court that her kidnapping of a young girl was really a terrible misunderstanding as she had no clue what the girl was saying:
-->'''Judge:''' No es culpaldo (Not guilty).
-->'''Peggy:''' ''Oh god, I'm going to jail!!!''
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Hank is willing to overlook a ''lot'' of Buck Strickland's faults, but even he has his limits. Later episodes hint that Hank knows perfectly well his boss is an total moron and is ''[[OnlySaneEmployee constantly]]'' having to run damage control to mitigate his screw-ups. Hank even states his actual loyalty is more to the company he's dedicated the last 15 years of his life to, than the man who runs it.
* NamesTheSame: InUniverse in "Junkie Business". Leon decides that he now wants to be known as "Hank", in order to distance himself from his drug days:
--> '''Hank:''' No! That's going too far. I cannot accommodate that. I won't!\\
'''Anthony:''' It's not up to you, Hank! It's up to ''Hank''! This man is not your slave! You don't get to name him!
* NauseaDissonance: In "My Own Private Rodeo", when Dale recounts how he caught his father, [[CampGay Bug]], kissing his wife Nancy on their wedding day, his story starts off catching Bill puking in the bathroom, and afterwards, nonchalantly heading straight to the kitchen, where he caught Bug in the act.
* TheNeidermeyer: Cotton.
* NegativeContinuity:
** An episode where Hank's coworker Enrique has a quinceañera for his daughter (15th birthday celebration for a Mexican girl, a rite of passage into womanhood) is contradicted by an earlier episode where Enrique and his wife are having marital problems and he mentions the kids have moved out of the house.
** In "Cotton's Plot", Cotton fights to get a burial plot at the Texas State Cemetery and ultimately succeeds. However, in "Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key", it's reaveled he was cremated.
** Cotton's Cadillac Car was always a different model or bodystyle every time it appeared.
** In "Hilloween", Bobby mentions Hank made him eat chopped liver. Just one season later in "Love Hurts and So Does Art", when Bobby gets gout, Hank says they've never fed Bobby chopped liver because they're not "ghouls."
** The episode "A Rover Runs Through It" portrays Peggy's mother with a completely different appearance, personality, and life to her previous appearances. The episode also claims that Peggy has not spoken with her mother in twenty years. The other "version" of the character appeared in the episode "I Remember Mono", a subplot in a Valentine's Day episode as Bobby's secret admirer, and the plot of the Thanksgiving episode revolved around the Hill's trying to get to Peggy's parents' house for Thanksgiving dinner. "Pregnant Paws" also reveals that Hank and Peggy have her on speed-dial.
* NewMediaAreEvil: Played with. Hank expresses disappointment when all of the violent video games Bobby plays don't affect him, wondering "What's the point?"
* TheNewRockAndRoll: Referenced in "Father of the Bribe", where the school mistakes a note Connie wrote ("I'm so bored I could kill myself!", which she wrote sarcastically because of how boring class was) for a suicide note, and Principal Moss notes that they want to avoid a double suicide "''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' thing".
* NiceGuy: Irv the Meteorologist.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In the episode "Pretty, Pretty Dresses," Hank's misguided attempts to keep Bill from killing himself only make the situation worse (he even yells at Bill for being a burden and abandons him). It's almost a checklist of what ''not'' to do when dealing with a suicidal person.
* NightmareSequence: "The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteburg" features one.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Bill's jerkass doctor in "Dia-Bill-ic Shock" is an obvious {{Expy}} of [[Series/{{House}} Dr. House]].
** Bill's cousin Gilbert is very much a modern-day Tennessee Williams.
** In a little overlap with BlandNameProduct, one episode has Bobby finding a pink-and-white stripped bag (the trademark of Victoria's Secret), which Hank hurriedly explains "Your mother only went there to buy athletic socks!"
** Buck initially appears modeled on UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson (he even holds staff meetings on the toilet), though the resemblance is downplayed in later seasons.
* NoExceptYes: From "Plastic White Female":
--> '''Hank:''' You're just using this head as a crutch.
--> '''Bobby:''' It's not a crutch, Dad. It's something I've come to rely on to help me through life.
* NoMatterHowMuchIBeg: In "To Kill a Ladybird", Dale goes underneath the house after the raccoon, instructs Hank to put the grate back on, and tells him that no matter how much he begs, to not remove the grate until he's subdued the raccoon. Within only a few seconds, Dale is begging for Hank to remove the grate so he can get out. In an amusing subversion of this, the grate gets loose and the raccoon gets out, fights Ladybird, and runs away. Dale then emerges and says, "I give you one task, and you screw it up!"
* NonstandardPrescription: During marriage counselling, the councilor prescribes Hank and Peggy a motorcycle, because they had been planning on buying a pair of motorcycles and riding around the country together.
* NoodleIncident: In "Hank's Bad Hair Day", Hank's old barber, Jack, is seen gradually going insane throughout the beginning of the episode. After Hank tells Jack that he will no longer be going to his shop during a haircut, Jack walks outside, [[FunnyBackgroundEvent clotheslines a bicyclist and steals his bike]]. Bill visits Hank that night and says: "I heard about Jack, I'm really sorry." Hank asks how did he hear about Jack and Bill responds with: "It was on TV, didn't you see the high speed chase?"
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Subverted in the episode "Aisle 8A" when Connie is staying with the Hills while her parents are out of town:
-->'''Hank:''' What's wrong, Connie?
-->'''Connie:''' Um … *''hands Hank a note''*
-->'''Hank:''' Lessee … *''reading''* "Mr. Hill, I just got my first period." *''beat''* BWAAHHH!
* NoSympathy
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Not allowed to hit puberty in Bobby's case. He does age a year or two over the course of the series, but he never changes, in spite of being older than Joseph and Connie (both of whom have episodes about them growing up). In-universe, it's due to being a late bloomer, but behind the scenes it might have something to do with requiring a change of voice actors and ruining Bobby's position as a foil to his dad.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: According to the opening, anyway. Apparently all four regulars didn't have any work that day, allowing them to hang out in the alley most of the day drinking beer and shooting the breeze. This is lampshaded in one episode, when a reality TV show producer watches footage of Hank and the gang drinking beer in front of their fence, and subsequently exclaims "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis This is not INTERESTING!]]"
* NotSoDifferent:
** Realized by Hank and Kahn in "Westie Side Story" when they both punish Bobby and Connie:
--> '''Hank:''' You know, Kahn, we may deny our kids completely different desserts, [[SpoofAesop but they both go to bed hungry, and that's what really matters.]]
** In "The Perils of Polling", Hank criticizes Luanne for supporting UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush for entirely shallow reasons (she thinks he's handsome and has a nice smile). But when Hank questions his support of Bush due to a weak handshake, Luanne calls him on the fact that he's being just as shallow.
** In "The Bluegrass is Always Greener", we get to see Khan pressuring Connie to be a concert violinist, but she hears Hank and the guys playing bluegrass and gets into it. They form a band, but Hank quickly becomes just as bad as Khan.
** In "Cops and Robert," Hank accidentally steals a man's wallet because he mistakenly thinks the man just pick-pocketed him. Throughout the episode, the man is shown, like Hank, to be sick and tired of getting ripped off by slimeballs; in fact, before the wallet incident, Hank sees the man getting ripped off by a pretzel vendor and remarks on it to Peggy.
** Despite appearances Hank and his father have a lot in common mainly in how they treat their son and how that affects them (see AesopAmnesia). Hank's character is so uptight because Cotton would scream at Hank any time he ever showed the slightest hint of emotion. It has been hinted numerous times that Bobby’s TooDumbToLive is mainly due to the fact that Hank refuses to appreciate other skills. For example in “The Witches of East Arlen” after Bobby loses his part in the play Oklahoma to Ken Hayashi, another actor, and begins to doubt what he is good at. He always thought that acting was his "thing." At the behest of Peggy, Hank takes him to the flea market to find something new, preferably something Hank would approve of. And anyone who saw the sheer loof of determination in Bobby’s eyes in “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Clown” after Hank told him that he didn’t find him funny will know that he went on that stage to prove Hank wrong.
* NotWhatISignedOnFor:
** Hank in the episode "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo", where the director decides to "reinterpret" history and make the Alamo's most famous figures look like incompetent boobs, much to Hank's dismay.
** Hank does this to Bobby at times, whenever Bobby expresses an interest in something mildly competitive, to which Hank responds too much and ruins the joy. In one episode, Bobby becomes interested in growing roses, which Hank is against until he learned that there are Rose competitions, at which point he completely muscles Bobby out of the picture and takes over.
** In "Soldier of Misfortune", despite being a gun club, Mad Dog is the only one who's serious about holding Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer hostage and torturing them for real:
--> '''Earl:''' Twenty minutes ago, we were talking about ordering a pizza. What happened here?!
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Many instances, but "Dog Dale Afternoon" really stands out. When Hank, Bill and Boomhauer secretly steal Dale's lawnmower as a prank, Dale becomes increasingly paranoid, but forgets about it when he finds out he has an appointment to spray for silverfish at the community college. Bill sees Dale spraying the bell tower and thinks he has a gun and intends to shoot people (similar to Charles Wittman), and calls the police, then calls Hank and Peggy.
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* ObfuscatingDisability:
** Bill was told by a doctor that he had diabetes that would take his legs away within a year, so in order to prepare, he started making all his movements in a wheelchair and seems to have [[ForgotICouldFly forgotten he could actually still use his legs]] until he was drunk in a bar and stood up, shocking and majorly pissing off the wheelchaired basketball players he had befriended.
** Inverted in one episode, when Lucky gets talked out of suing Strickland Propane, and obfuscates ''not'' having a disability so his AmoralAttorney can't go through with suing them. [[spoiler:When it was just about to fail, Hank gets Dale to "injure" Lucky in the office in the same stunt that caused the actual injury, forcing the lawyer to match Lucky's settlement from Costco.]]
* ObnoxiousInLaws:
** Cotton. He almost always treats Peggy with contempt.
** Minh's Laotian military General father.
** Inverted with Peggy's family, who get along better with Hank when the Hill family visit the ranch.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Anthony Page. In the pilot, he investigates Hank for child abuse (Bobby got a black eye in baseball) without interviewing the little league coach and gets removed from the case for it. In "Junkie Business", he lets a clearly incompetent druggie take over Strickland Propane because he went into rehab [[LoopholeAbuse before he was officially fired]], and therefore qualified for the Americans with Disabilities Act (who is only fired when Hank quits and makes the company too small to be covered by the act).
* ObstructiveZealot: Dale, very often.
* OhCrap:
** Trip Larsen's reaction when he was zapped while on the pig grinder and became sane just in time to see where the conveyor belt was taking him.
** Hank's reaction when Dale tells him how much of an idiot Jimmy Witchard (who Bobby was working for) is and he realizes that Bobby was right about him being an abusive sociopath.
** Hank's reaction in "Propane Boom" when he smells a propane leak just before Mega Lo Mart explodes as a result.
* OnceAnEpisode: Though, not always in this order:
-->'''Hank:''' Yep.\\
'''Bill:''' Yep.\\
'''Boomhauer:''' Mm-hmm.\\
'''Dale:''' Yep.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Comes up often when Nancy's affair with John Redcorn is involved, as his act of "healing" her "headaches" is used as a euphemism for their relationship which only Dale is oblivious to.
* OneSteveLimit:
** There were two separate characters named Donna that worked at Strickland Propane. The first Donna was a black woman around Hank's age who never had a speaking role. The second Donna was a Caucasian woman, [[OlderThanTheyLook also the same age as Hank]], with a relatively minor role in some episodes. Apparently Buck has had an affair with a Donna but frankly it's unclear which one. It's possibly the former because she was fired for stealing office supplies.
** Cotton's various war buddies include two "Brooklyn"s, three "Fatty"s (there was a fourth, but he died during the events that lead to Cotton losing his shins), and at least five "Stinky"s.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname:
** Elroy Kleinschmidt known as "Lucky" which he got his nickname from a lawsuit he filed at Costco for tripping on pee-pee in the restroom.
** Most of Cotton's war buddies are only known by their nicknames, primarily because the only people who refer to them is Cotton (who likely gave them the nicknames) and Hank (who doesn't know a whole lot about them to begin with).
* OnlySaneEmployee: Hank at Stickland Propane.
* OnlySaneMan: Boomhauer, although Hank sees himself as this.
* OnThree: In "Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall", this occurs when Hank, Boomhauer, Bill, Dale, and the doctor try to get Peggy (who's lying on a gurney) into the house. She doesn't fit, so they have to tilt the gurney, on three. There's confusion as to what that means, so Hank sighs and says, "Just lift."
* OutOfFocus: Connie after breaking up with Bobby, and Luanne at various points in the series.
* OutOfOrder: Several Season 3 episodes. Episodes where Luanne's hair is completely grown back are followed by episodes where it's much shorter than usual.
* OutGambitted: In "The Substitute Spanish Prisoner", ''Peggy'', of all people, manages to successfully con a tricky bastard of a ConMan into successfully conning an obviously bad con so that he'd put the money in his room safe … which was actually not a room safe, but a safe Peggy had put there. If that plan had failed, Peggy was just going to steal his car.
* OutsideInsideSlur: Kahn's idol, Ted Wassonasong, calls him a banana, after which Kahn tries to get in touch with his Laotian culture.
* PacManFever:
** Averted; Bobby is shown playing a ''Franchise/TombRaider''-style game in "Get Your Freak Off", plays a ''Dance Dance Revolution''-style game in "Returning Japanese", and Hank gets addicted to a ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' clone (the 3D games, that is) in "Grand Theft Arlen". All feature visuals on par with the rest of the show.
** Somewhat played straight in that the show suggests two guys in their early twenties are able to create an entire 3D open world sandbox game with multiplayer, sounds, voice acting, etc. within 24 hours of meeting Hank. Even a mod would take significantly more time than that.
** There's an InUniverse example where Bobby pretends to be playing a game (to throw his family off the trail) by mashing buttons randomly … on a GAME OVER screen. Justified, however; one can spot that the D-pad and the buttons were swapped.
* PantyShot: Luann in "Luann Virgin 2.0."
* PapaWolf: Hank Hill is usually very good at keeping his temper, but anyone who threatens or abuses Bobby soon learns how dangerous an angry Texan can be. And let's not even consider Peggy, who simply goes overboard with this.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: What Laos is ([[TruthInTelevision correctly]]) portrayed as. At one point, Kahn is almost tricked into joining LaResistance against the regime, but [[NotInThisForYourRevolution wisely decides to back out]] while he still can.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord:
--> '''Dale:''' Objection: conjecture. Objecture!
--> '''Hank:''' THAT IS NOT A WORD!
* PervyPatdown: In "Lupe's Revenge", a female officer Hank unintentionally seduced pulls him over and doesn't let him go until she can frisk him. Which she uses an an opportunity to grab his butt.
* PetTheDog:
** Cotton takes the fall for Bobby when he accidentally lights a fire in the bathroom and is blamed for arson.
** Cotton doesn't have much respect for Peggy. However, when she's learning to walk again, for ''no apparent reason'', Cotton helps rehabilitate Peggy in his own way. It seems like an almost OutOfCharacterMoment until Hank explains to Peggy that the doctors thought that Cotton would never walk again, and that Cotton ''had'' gone through the same situation.
** Bobby's clown professor is really hard on and sarcastic to Bobby, but when he [[HeelRealization notices that he actually hurt Bobby's feelings]], he tries to encourage him (albeit in the wrong way). That said, he still remains the antagonist for the rest of his episode.
* PhraseCatcher: '''… Thatherton!'''
* PickedLast: In "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Clown", Hank and his friends find a kickball and decide to start playing. When their other family members and neighbors come to join the game, they split into teams. Dale is picked last, even after Connie, a 12-year old girl who wasn't the most athletic person to choose from. Team captain Bill is obviously disappointed at having Dale on his team.
* PingPongNaivete:
** Hank about certain issues, like the concept of being transgender. In one episode, he references "the bank teller who is between genders". However, in the episode where he's informed that Peggy's new friend is a crossdresser, he replies, "Now hold on there, that doesn't make any sense!"
** Hank is frequently shown to be extremely careful with money, yet was for some reason under the impression that the ''sticker price'' was the best price possible on a car in "The Accidental Terrorist." In the same episode, he was shocked to see a salesman trick people ("I know [you are a salesman], that's why this doesn't make any sense"). However, in "Death Buys a Timeshare", the episode where Cotton was buying a timeshare, he is very savvy to various sales tricks.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything:
** Bill, an Army barber and sergeant, seems to spend relatively little time on base.
** Even though he is supposed to be a Texas Ranger, Boomhauer is never shown doing his job, what with all the standing around in the alley with the guys and his excessive canoodling.
* PlagueOfGoodFortune: The subplot of "The Peggy Horror Picture Show" involves Bobby and Joseph trying to prank various people around Arlen, only for them to run into good luck as a result.
* PlanetOfSteves: Luanne once unwittingly joined an all-woman {{Cult}} masquerading as a sorority where all the members were named Jane.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Hank to Luanne when she's coming out of the shower:
-->'''Hank:''' [[VerbalTic Bwaaah!]] Put some pants on, Luanne!
-->'''Luanne:''' ''(lifts her shirt up to reveal a pair of [[WhoWearsShortShorts Daisy Dukes]])'' [[CompletelyMissingThePoint I'm wearing shorts, Uncle Hank.]]
* PlotAllergy: Bobby becomes allergic to Ladybird in "Hank's Choice". Lampshaded by the doctor who makes the diagnosis, who tells Hank that "allergies come and go."
* PokeThePoodle: In "Be True to Your Fool", Bill wants to get stuck in jail because the prisoners treat him better than Dale, Hank, and Boomhauer do. Hank tries to get arrested so he can go apologize. His first two attempts are using a crosswalk when the "Don't Walk" sign is lit, and taking off his shirt in a store; both times he's in full view of policemen, both times they just kind of shrug and don't care. [[FelonyMisdemeanor Then he just barely taps a patrol car's rear bumper and gets arrested immediately.]]
-->'''Police officer:''' You scratched the bumper sticker from my daughter's school, ''jackass!''
* PoliceAreUseless:
** Every time the cops show up, it's to misunderstand things and blame the good guys for something, leaving it to Hank and his friends to solve the problem of the week. Police in Arlen seem bored, lazy, easy to annoy, and overly committed to doing things with instructions even when they turn out to be useless. On the other hand, "High Anxiety" has a Texas Ranger show up to investigate a murder case and he turned out to be very competent and attractive, in contrast to the fat local sheriff who was more focused on getting an arrest than actually finding out who the criminal was.
** Averted in "Love Hurts, and So Does Art" when a policeman helps Hank get the picture of his colon taken down from the art museum, as the X-rays are considered defamatory to Texas beef, which ''is'' considered an offense.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: In "Tears of an Inflatable Clown", a diversity expert inflicts white guilt (and black guilt, and every other kind of guilt) on Bobby and his classmates, nearly derailing the school fair they were organizing. Thankfully Hank and the others keep the fair going and convince the kids not to beat themselves up over what other people did in the past.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Cotton, who is a war hero.
* PoorCommunicationKills: In "Cops and Robert", Hank accidentally steals a man's wallet because he mistakenly thought the man had picked his pocket. When Hank realizes his error, he calls the man up to say that he wants to return the wallet and apologize...only he words it in such a way that it sounds like he's coming to assault and/or kill the guy. The man is waiting for Hank with a baseball bat, and at that point is beyond any further attempts at reasoning.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure:
** Hank's knowledge of famous people, such as the fact Music/WeirdAlYankovic "blew his brains out in TheEighties because no one bought his music" (Yankovic is still alive and still making music parodies) or that Rudy, from ''Film/{{Rudy}}'', died of cancer shortly after the big game (he actually spent ten years pitching the movie to studios afterwards).
** In "The Peggy Horror Picture Show", Peggy tells a Diana Ross impersonator: "If she wasn't dead I would swear you were the real thing." Like the Weird Al Yankovic example, Diana Ross is still alive, though, unlike Weird Al, she's not in the spotlight much.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Averted; TokenMinority Kahn Souphanousinphone is the biggest jerkass of the regular cast ''and'' a rather overt bigot.
* PottyEmergency: In "Beer and Loathing", Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer drink tainted beer and eat bad bananas:
--> '''Dale:''' Step on it, Bill! I don't know which way it's comin' out, but it's comin' out!
* ThePrankster: All of ZZ Top, but especially Dusty (Hank's cousin) towards Hank in "Hank Gets Dusted". However, after the {{Jerkass}} RealityShow producer goes too far, Dusty tells him to back down by pointing out "You've seen what we do to Hank, and we ''like'' him!"
* [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Pre-Groin Kicking One Liner]]: ''That's my purse! I don't know you!"
* PrecisionFStrike: Peggy manages to deliver this in "Death and Texas", without even using an actual f-bomb:
--> "I forgot to add the meat! How could I be so ''freaking'' stupid?!"
* PrettyInMink:
** In the episode "Snow Job," Luanne is shown standing outside in her normal skimpy outfit and a white fur muff, which probably doesn't do much considering it's cold enough that it has snowed in Texas.
** In "The Hank's Giving Episode," Luanne wears a white fur jacket.
* ProperlyParanoid:
** In one episode, a theory Dale had was actually ''right''. Of course, it's probably pretty rare to find an example of that.
** Dale's conspiracy paranoia (which he gave up for flag-waving patriotism after discovering that the U.S. government could be right about who killed John F. Kennedy) plays into another episode where he helps Hank get his driver's license corrected by threatening a DMV attendant with going to his superiors, which he correctly lists in order of ascending authority:
--> "I am YourWorstNightmare! I have a three-line phone and absolutely nothing at all to do with my time!"
** Early in Death of a Propane Salesman, the following exchange happens:
---> '''Dale:''' (smugly) "That's what they ''want'' you to think."
---> '''Arson Investigator:''' (Matter-of-factly) "Sir, we ''are'' 'they'."
---> ''Dale jumps back in shock and fear, then runs away.''
* PunishmentBox: Bobby is put into one of these at a military school. It most assuredly does not break him:
-->I've slept on a mattress. I've slept on cement. I'm a mattress guy.
* QuoteToQuoteCombat: [[HalloweenEpisode "Hilloween"]] parodies this when this conversation happens between Hank and an overzealous priest:
-->'''Judy Harper:''' "The complacency of fools will destroy them." Proverbs.\\
'''Hank:''' "Get out of my house!" Exodus.
* RadishCure: In the episode "Keeping Up with Our Joneses," Hank makes Bobby smoke a whole carton of cigarettes as punishment for catching him smoking. The plan backfired spectacularly; not only does Bobby end up hooked, but Hank and Peggy fell victim to their own past cigarette habits as well. In their addiction support group, Bobby mentions that he's been an addict since his dad "let" him smoke a whole carton, to horrified reactions. Hank tries to correct him, in that he "made" him smoke them (neglecting to mention it was a punishment for smoking at all), to even more horrified reactions.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Luanne leases a house with others in an attempt to move out of Hank's house. These unbelievably immature assholes don't lift a finger to help, make up a series of one LameExcuse after another to avoid paying the rent, and are mind-blowingly rude to everyone. Luanne finally gets even with them by paying all the utility bills and then closing the accounts, figuring that if they want food or water so badly they can pay for it themselves. ''Then'' one of the roommates meets Cotton and one of his wartime buddies, Topsy, and call them Nazis. This particular roommate become an AssholeVictim when Cotton and Topsy actually have an awesome moment when they wade in and [[CurbStompBattle beats him up]].
* RailroadTracksOfDoom: In "Chasing Bobby," Hank's truck stalls on a railroad track. Hank barely makes it out, but the truck is "killed."
* RantInducingSlight: After being run ragged from doing all the baby's chores during "Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall" Bobby snaps when Didi asks him to get her some lottery tickets.
-->'''Bobby:''' Gah! I am a twelve year old boy! I am the child's nephew! I cannot do this. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. CANNOT. DO. THIS!]] (Hands her the baby) If someone makes some food, I'll eat. But that's it! '''ALL I'LL DO IS EAT!'''
* RashomonStyle: How Hank and company burned down the firehouse. Bill, Hank, Boomhauer, and Dale tell their versions of what went wrong. They also have their own interpretations of the other three:
** Dale's version has himself as being tall and muscular with long-flowing hair (and Hank was dressed as a DrillSergeantNasty). Bill's version has himself being a good hundred pounds ''fatter'' and completely bald. Boomhauer's version has himself speaking normally, while everyone else speaks with his VerbalTic.
* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: Cotton is a heavily decorated World War II vet, with his decorations are slowly revealed throughout his appearances. In "Returning Japanese", his uniform includes the Medal of Honor and American Campaign Medal. In "Cotton Comes Marching Home" his Silver Star is shown in a display case in the Arlen VFW. In season twelve, he shown wearing the third class, Commandeur, of the French Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France and only awarded to a handful of Americans during the war.
* RealFakeWedding: A prank war erupts between Bobby (who's twelve) and Luanne (his older cousin). After he replaces her birth control pills with candy, she [[MissConception convinces him]] that women have to take a birth control pill every day or they get pregnant. Hank and Peggy actually get in on the joke and put on a fake ShotgunWedding, to Bobby's horror. Then, to teach Luanne a lesson too, they claim that the celebrant, Bill, is actually an ordained minister and their marriage is valid. Also, you supposedly can't get divorced in Texas for at least a year.
* ARealManIsAKiller: The point of the hunting trip in "The Order of the Straight Arrow".
* RealMenEatMeat: Hank fervently believes this. On "Hank's Unmentionable Problem," it's implied that Hank is so ignorant (or abhorrent) of vegetables that he orders macaroni and cheese to balance out the meat he ordered at a cafeteria.
* RealMenHateSugar: Comically subverted. Dale's "macho" gun club is fond of desserts, with Dale regularly baking macaroons as part of (or possibly his entire) campaign for presidency. His opposition in one election, Mad Dog, is basically a walking macho stereotype and prepared a wide variety of cakes to one-up Dale.
--> ''You're going down, Gribble. And unlike your macaroons, you're '''staying''' down!''
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** In "The Incredible Hank", Hank shoots down Dale's theory that he's a clone of a warrior from the future, using four bullet points. Dale gets progressively more meek with each point Hank makes.
** Dale gives one to Bill (and the rest of the Harmonaholics) near the end of "It Ain't Over Till the Fat Neighbor Sings".
** Kahn receives an absolutely brutal one from his father-in-law in "Pour Some Sugar on Kahn," but instead of getting upset, he concedes it.
* RefugeInAudacity: A lot of the schemes dreamed up by many characters fall into this territory, like Peggy's scam against an Internet con-artist who made her blow her life savings on a fake Master's Degree.
* RepurposedPopSong: After Big Mountain Fudgecake collapses, John Redcorn repurposes their songs for children and becomes "the Native American Raffi". For example, he rewrites a song about suicide into being about personal hygiene:
-->''"Wake up, I want to … wash myself, clean my wrists, scrub my brains out …"''
* {{Retcon}}: This series has had a number of 'em:
** Peggy's background was rewritten so that she spent most of her early life in Montana, rather than spending her high school years in Arlen. This complicates the episodes where Hank and Peggy are shown as HighSchoolSweethearts. Not only that but Peggy's mother went from being older-looking version of Peggy, who was a bit critical of her, into a downright mean and verbally abusive bitch who never forgave Peggy for abandoning the family ranch, even after saving it. It also contradicts the episode "I Remember Mono" where she sends Bobby a gift and is all-but stated to be on good terms with Peggy.
** Luanne's father. In the first episode, Luanne, then aged 18, is dropped off at the Hill residence after her mother stabs him. In later episodes, it is revealed that he is working on an oil rig just to stay safely away from Luanne's psycho mother, refusing to come back until Hank faxes him her death certificate and even visiting his and Peggy's family for Thanksgiving. All this is chucked out the window when he finally makes an appearance. He's introduced as a manipulative drunken bastard and Hank and Peggy decide to cover up the truth about him to his grown daughter. He claims that Luanne was five when he last saw her. He's a felon out of prison, rather than having been working on an oil rig (he used the "oil rig" story to keep Luanne from knowing that he is a felon). And he looks nothing like his sister Peggy. In an earlier episode, he was described as strongly resembling Peggy but with smaller feet.
** Hank and his old Arlen High School football teammates challenged the team that they lost against in the state championship to a rematch that they eventually win. This one is made more glaring by the fact that Hank had come to terms with losing the game in an earlier episode.
** Cotton's second starring episode deals with him going senile. Hank notices that Cotton has gone from being his crazy old self to just plain crazy and Cotton is portrayed as such. The only reason Cotton avoids being institutionalized is by having Didi be his caretaker. However, in all subsequent episodes, Cotton's senility is either toned down or abandoned entirely and Didi eventually divorces him (and is implied to take Good Hank with her, since we don't hear about Good Hank ever again following the divorce).
** Dale's understanding of John Redcorn's sexuality. In "My Own Private Rodeo", the episode where Dale and Nancy renew their vows, Nancy asks Dale if he is truly OK with his dad being gay. Dale replies, "Why would have a problem with it? John Redcorn's gay and I've been friends with him for years". A later episode, "Untitled Blake [=McCormick=] Project", has him send John Redcorn after Bill's new girlfriend Charlene, to break them up, and even calls him a "chick magnet".
** In his initial appearances, Dale's dad, Bug, appears to be an ordinary guy, looking a lot like his son. In his [[ADayInTheLimelight focus episode]] "My Own Private Rodeo," Bug is revealed to be a gay rodeo star with no physical, let alone personality resemblance to Dale.
** Cotton's wartime service, though some of it is heavily implied to be lies and senility (like claiming to have been in Münich on April 30 and Okinawa on May 2).
** It was originally established that Dale's alias, Rusty Shackleford, came from the birth certificate of a child that died in 1953. However, in "Peggy Goes to Pots", it is revealed that the alias actually came from a third grade classmate whom Dale thought had died.[[note]]In reality, he simply moved away. He came back to Arlen to get Dale to sign some paperwork so he could move on with his life.[[/note]]
** Cotton's funeral. In "Cotton's Plot", he earns a plot in the Texas State Cemetery in recognition of his service and he is later stated to have been buried there. However, in "Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key", it's revealed he was cremated with a final request to be flushed down a toilet once used by General Patton. It is also revealed Topsy and the rest of Cotton's platoon were flushed down the same toilet, yet Cotton states he scattered Topsy's ashes over a prostitute (it also raises the question of who left his urn in a bus station locker).
* TheReveal: The GrandFinale reveals, in a quick shot during the final couple of minutes, what Boomhauer's job is: [[spoiler:he's a Texas Ranger]].
* RewindReplayRepeat: In "The Perils of Polling", Hank repeatedly plays the tape of George W. Bush shaking a random guy's hand:
--> '''Hank''': Look, look: Surprise, then disappointment. Surprise, disappointment. Surprise, disappointment. (etc.)
* RightOnQueue: In "Hank Fixes Everything", Lucky, Luanne, and Bobby waiin line for several days to get the first tickets to see Brownsville Station (of "Smokin in the Boy's Room" fame). When the box office opens, not a single person has gotten in line behind them. Then Lucky starts waiting at the door:
--> Lucky: "I want to be sure they don't run out of my shirt size, Women's Medium."
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: Dale is a comedic, mostly harmless version. The one-shot character [[MeaningfulName Mad Dog]] provides a straighter example.
* RiskyBusinessDance: Spoofed. Bobby slides in his underwear just as Luanne is watching the scene on TV. Turns out he hasn't seen the movie.
* RoadTripPlot: Several: "Three Days of the Kahn-Do," "Escape from Party Island," "Shins of the Father," "A Beer Can Named Desire," "The Bluegrass Is Always Greener," "Queasy Rider," "Living on Reds, Propane and Vitamin C," "The Honeymooners."
* RousingSpeech: Bobby gives one at the end of "Old Glory", which is more meant to be an apology for taking the credit for Peggy's work on a paper, but ends up being more of a PatrioticFervor speech:
--> '''Bobby:''' What has this school taught us about the flag? I say the Pledge of Allegiance every day, but I don't know what it means. I hear "The Star-Spangled Banner" before every football game, but by "Oh say can you see," I'm looking for the guy with the peanuts. But today, I watched a grown man cry while his flag burned. And when I saw how much it meant to him, I realized how much it should have meant to me. So tomorrow, if you're sitting near me in detention, and one of your spitballs comes anywhere near that flag, you better watch your back. Tom Landry rules! (audience cheers)
* RuleOfDrama: Lampshaded in one episode.
-->Peggy's friend: "HURRY!"
-->Peggy: "Why?"
-->Peggy's friend: "It's simply more dramatic!"
* RuleOfThree: In "What Makes Bobby Run":
--> '''Hank:''' Look, Peggy, Bobby's got Mr. Crackers! Bobby's got Mr. Crackers! ''Bobby's got Mr. Crackers!''
* TheRunaway: Bobby is briefly one in "Death of a Propane Salesman" due to overhearing (and misinterpreting) Bill and Dale competing over who would get him after Hank dies.
* RunningGag:
** Every time Chuck Mangione starts to play a tune on his flugelhorn, he ends up shifting into "Feels So Good" after a few bars.
** Hank usually introducing himself as the assistant manager of Strickland Propane, even if it's irrelevant to the discussion.
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes:
** Hank's seen ''The Great Santini'' dozens of times.
** Bobby claims to know a ton about golfing due to having seen ''Film/HappyGilmore'' fifty times.
* SceneryCensor:
** Crops up often in "Sug Night." In Hank's erotic dreams, Nancy's breasts are covered with either a burger or a plate of them and she's holding a bag of buns over her rear [[DoubleStandard (nevermind that showing the men's butts are fair game)]]. Not a case of HandOrObjectUnderwear since this is not deliberate covering on anyone's part. Later in the same episode, Hank and Peggy are covered by various objects as part of their grilling, and two nudists are always behind waist-high bushes. One of them has GodivaHair, the other is perpetually covering herself by holding a volleyball.
** Near the beginning of "Naked Ambition," Bobby accidentally catches Luanne naked in the shower. When shown from Bobby's side, his head blocks the viewers from seeing anything.
* ScoutOut: The Order of the Straight Arrow. Much to Hank's dismay, the more scout-like survival lessons have been gutted in favor of "safer" activities like "camp-ins" with toy knives and indoor campfires with streamers for flames.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl:
** Inverted; Hank has a very ''manly'' scream, which sounds so ridiculous that it became a RunningGag. "D-WOOOAAAGH!"
** Played semi-straight with Bobby:
-->'''Hank:''' "I have a surprise for you, but you have to promise not to squeal like a girl. I've decided to let you grow your roses." ''(cue Bobby squealing like a girl)''
** Hank says as much about Dale: "I don't hear any girlish screams so either Dale's not here yet or he's dead."
** As if he wasn't enough of a ButtMonkey already, we also find out Bill has a very high-pitched, unmanly scream.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior:
** Cotton, although he was probably always like that regardless of his age.
** Tilly's friends in "Escape From Party Island" fall under this are this, the opposite of NiceToTheWaiter, and TheLoad.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Subverted, when Hank enters a shooting competition with Bobby, and the boy is glad they did so well in an actual competition.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: In an in-universe example, Bobby attempted to try to figure out what was so funny about Ray Jay Johnson, a comedian all the adults on the show loved.
* SentOffToWorkForRelatives:
** In one episode, Connie is desperate to get a summer internship with Peggy because the alternative is spending the summer on a "family fishing boat in Laos" because her father Kahn thinks it will look good on her college applications.
** At the end of a later episode, Connie's badgirl cousin from LA, Tid Pao (voiced by Lucy Liu) is punished by being sent to work on her Uncle's ranch, who gives her a stern warning upon arrival:
--->"I'm last Uncle you got. You screw up here, we send you back with Grandma in Laos!"
* SeriesContinuityError: In "Hilloween", Bobby mentions how Hank once made him eat chopped liver. In "Love Hurts and So Does Art", when Bobby gets gout from eating too much chopped liver, Hank mentions they never feed Bobby foods like that.
* SeriousBusiness:
** Propane and propane accessories. Not in the "be careful around it, it's flammable" way, but in a "insult it or disrespect it in any way and I will kick your ass" way. Hank takes this to absurd levels, due to his job (and how seriously he takes it). For example, he calls butane a "bastard gas", he has a beeper specifically for "propane emergencies", and when Peggy and Bobby eat a burger grilled on a charcoal grill, he drags them into the kitchen and makes them ''pray to God for forgiveness''.
** In the episode where an artist embarrasses Hank by putting Hank's colonoscopy showing his colon clogged by beef up in a museum, the artist is arrested for "defaming beef", which is apparently serious business in Texas, probably a reference to a famous case involving Oprah Winfrey.
** In another episode, Hank describes medium rare as the perfect way to grill a steak; Bobby asks what they do if someone wants their steak cooked another way, and Hank responds "We politely but firmly ask them to leave."
** Football at any level is serious business. This is very much TruthInTelevision in Texas.
** In the final episode, Bobby joins a junior college meat grading team and has a lot of fun until he sees the darker side of competition and rivalry. Best emphasized when, at dinner, his teammates see an opposing team and say they should blind them by throwing red pepper flakes in their eyes. Bobby laughs, but when the rest of the team shoots a glare his way, he asks "Wait, you guys are ''serious?!''"
** Having a masculine haircut. After Hank's barber Jack bleaches Hank's hair out of spite, Hank is told by Buck that he can't be paid for the day and has to take the afternoon off to get his hair dyed back to "a boy's color."
** Hair is always serious business to Bill; despite all his quirks, he's [[BunnyEarsLawyer one hell of a barber]]. In "Hank's Bad Hair Day", Bill offers to cut Hank's hair after his regular barber is forced to retire due to going senile, but Hank declines. Later on Bill tells Hank that the refusal feels like a massive insult ("It's like you're callin me an '''IDIOT!!'''") and actively dismisses Peggy's remarks on the matter -- which, considering his massive [[StalkerWithACrush stalker-crush]] on her, is pretty shocking.
** Lawn care for Hank. The day Bobby was born Hank bought a whetstone, to be presented to him when he becomes a teenager. The whetstone is for sharpening mower blades, which is what Bobby is to do every Saturday until he has shown himself to be responsible enough to mow the lawn. In other words, a common chore assigned to teenagers is treated as a rite of passing and a privilege that must be earned. Another episode has Hank see Khan using mowing the lawn as a punishment for Connie and being completely bewildered by it.
** Beer is worshipped by the guys. Beer is so sacred that it even supersedes the lawn in the SeriousBusiness hierarchy, with Hank saying he wouldn't pour out a beer to extinguish a grass fire. Spitting out beer is to be avoided at all costs, so much so that when someone actually does it its for a serious reason. Even that which contains beer, the cooler, is treated with respect. When Cotton blindly drives his [[InsistentTerminology Cadillac Car]] down the alley and nearly kills Bill, Hank's immediate concern is whether or not the cooler was dented.
** That's ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'', kiddo.
** Boris is taking this class for the ninth time, and he is almost a clown.
** Boggle.
* SexyPriest:
** Monsignor Martinez from ''[[ShowWithinAShow Los Dias y Las Noches de Monsignor Martinez]]''.
** Bill sees Reverend Stroup as this. The (perceived) forbidden nature of their relationship is shown to be a necessary part of his interest in her.
* ShootingGallery: In "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo", Peggy puts a Flat Stanley cutout into one of these for a series of photos to "teach kids lessons", it then gets shot to pieces.
* ShoutOut:
** Boomhauer's "disco" outfit in the episode "Strangeness on a Train" makes him look a lot like [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Robert Garcia]].
** Luanne Platter's name is one to the Lu Ann Platter, a combination dish served at a Texas-based restaurant chain called Luby's. Which has a BlandNameProduct ShoutOut in the form of Luly's.
** Bill's obsessive longing for his ex-wife Lenore can't possibly be anything else except this for Edgar Allan Poe's ''The Raven''.
** Also, in the basket-weaving episode, Dale tries to kill Hank with a forklift. Hank even utters the line, [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 "He tried to kill me with a forklift."]]
** In one episode, Bobby is reading an issue of [[ComicBook/{{Invincible}} Unvincible]]. Aside from the one letter difference, Mark doesn't look any different.
** Bobby has a doll of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]] in his room.
** In [[Film/DogDayAfternoon "Dog Dale Afternoon"]], Dale, having been finally driven around the bend by a prank played by his friends, takes refuge at the top of a local clock tower and is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman mistaken for a sniper.]]
** In "The Passion of Dauterive", Bill begins contemplating the meaning of life after the roof collapses on his bed. Boomhauer responds by talking about ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.
** Hank's flashback to his childhood Halloween fun has obvious elements of WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown, such as the music and Boomhauer's ghost costume.
** Stuart Dooley is an {{Expy}} of [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Butt-head]] while Hank is pretty much Tom Anderson if he were younger, had a son, and sold propane and propane accessories.
** In "Little Horrors of Shop", Peggy tries to get the students to vote for her as Substitute Teacher of the Year; three votes go to "[[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]], whoever the heck that is".
** The episode where Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer are under investigation for burning down the firehouse features an amount of slapstick that is excessive by the show's standards, and the show ends with a riff from ''[[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Blind Mice]]''.
** In "Yard, She Blows," the neighborhood where Hank goes to buy lawn gnomes was basically traced from photos of [[http://http://www.solvangusa.com/ Solvang, CA.]]
** In "Death and Texas", Peggy receives a letter from "Wesley Martin Archer", a reference to director Wes Archer.
** In "Peggy Makes the Big Leagues", David Kalaiki Ali'i has a poster in his room of Seven of Nine from [[Series/StarTrekVoyager]]
** In "Joust Like a Woman", Dale cites the Prime Directive when telling Hank that he can't help Hank win the joust against King Phillip Motzinger.
* ShowerShy: This happens to Bobby Hill in "The Incredible Hank."
* ShownTheirWork:
** A lot of Texas references are completely accurate, from Big Tex at the state fair, to a Laotian minority population, football (whether it's the NFL or high school) and beef being a big deal, to a ShoutOut to Luly's cafeteria.
** Murray Hoggarth ''was'' the long-time president (okay, not commissioner) of the Texas Propane Gas Association. Hoggarth's business, Action Propane, is the inspiration for Strickland Propane; it's still owned by Hoggarth's wife Wanda.
** A number of Dale's conspiracy theories (such as his rant about the gold fringe on a US flag indicating an Admiralty Court, and that he's not subject to its jurisdiction) are based on actual, recognized conspiracies. And yes, they are just as nonsensical and untrue in real life.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Los Dias y Las Noches de Monsignor Martinez''. [[JustForFun/LosDiasYLasNochesDeMonsignorMartinez Now with its own page]].
* SilentCredits: For the most part, the credits to "Fun With Jane and Jane" are like this; it's just a group of emus standing around like Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer do, with no music playing during it.
* SkewedPriorities: Due to the fact that football is SeriousBusiness in Texas, Hank and the waffle board are willing to ruin a football player's future by letting him coast through high school after Peggy failed him. Hank changes his stance when he realize that Peggy made the right decision.
* SkintoneSclerae: A few characters, most notably Boomhauer and Cotton.
* SkywardScream:
** "DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!"
** In "Of Mice and Little Green Men", Nancy wonders why God is punishing her. Then she shouts to the sky, "WHY, SUG?!"
** In "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Hill," Peggy gives one of these when she dreams that her lack of knowledge about the Catholic faith has damned her students to Hell forever. "I JUST WANTED A FULL-TIME JOB!"
* SingleIssuePsychology: when he is seeing a psychologist to fix his aim, Hank tries to interpret his problem this way and connects it to Cotton yelling at him as a boy, but the actual psychologist cuts him off and has him do visualization techniques.
* SliceOfLife: A relatively rare Western-animated "adult" example.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: Mostly Level 3, with earlier seasons leaning further towards Level 4 and later seasons leaning back to Level 2. Major changes to the status quo in the first five seasons include Buckley's death, Luanne quitting beauty school, Didi giving birth to G.H., Luanne moving out of the Hill house, Nancy breaking up with John Redcorn and Joseph going through puberty.
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: As close to "Mundane" as animation could be.
* SlowClap: Occurs in "Plastic White Female".
* SmallNameBigEgo: Peggy, to the point where she could have been the TropeNamer had ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' never existed. And let's not forget Cotton, though part of this also seems to be dementia brought on by his old age - while he did have to be a legitimate badass to survive the injuries he took during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and kill fitty men, he also seems to believe he fought on both the Western ''and'' Pacific fronts within days of each other and essentially won the war on his own.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Lucky has often shown that he's pretty savvy in certain areas, even if he gives off the vibe that he's just … not.
* SmokingHotSex:
** Subverted in "Nancy's Boys"; there's a close-up of Dale smoking and saying, "Oh yeah." The camera cuts back to reveal that he and Nancy still have their clothes on and haven't begun yet.
** Parodied in another episode, where Dale claims the last time he did this, the bed caught fire.
* SmugSnake: Peggy in the later episodes
* SnipeHunt: "Order of the Straight Arrow".
* SoapBoxSadie: Averted with Bobby. He's often just as obnoxious as a straight example, but thankfully never portrayed as being in the right.
* SoapPunishment: In "That's What She Said", Hank washes out the foul mouth of a new employee with soap. Said employee manages to make one last filthy joke before OhCrap sets in.
* SoccerHatingAmericans: Hank disapproves of Bobby's switch from football to soccer, and eventually convinces him to switch back, because real Americans play football.
* SpinTheBottle: Played in "Plastic White Female".
* SpitTake:
** Hank play it straight in "Square Peg" when he spits beer when he hears Peggy yelling "VAGINA!"
** Two examples in one when Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer do a synchronized spit-take upon discovering that the beer they've been drinking has been tainted:
--> '''Hank:''' If it wasn't the bananas that made us sick, then what was it? … Oh my God, '''the BEER!'''\\
''(Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer spit out their beer.)''\\
'''Hank:''' And Peggy knew!\\
''(Bill does another spit take, [[FatIdiot apparently having taken another drink of beer he just learned was tainted]].)''
** Subverted in "Hilloween" when Peggy tells Hank that Bobby has gone off to Junie Harper's anti-Halloween party, he comes about as close as possible to a spit take before swallowing hard:
--->'''Hank:''' I came very close to spitting out beer!\\
'''Peggy:''' I knew you'd be upset.
* SpringtimeForHitler: See AdviceBackfire.
* StandardizedSitcomHousing: Completely averted. Every house on the show is designed like a real house, which would be a pain to shoot on a live action three camera sitcom.
* StealthPun:
** In "Returning Japanese" Hank calls [[spoiler: his half brother Junichiro]] a crazy bastard. Considering his parents aren't married, it adds a new layer to Hank's term of endearment.
** '''H'''ank '''R'''utherford '''H'''ill. '''HRH'''. '''H'''is '''R'''oyal '''H'''ighness. '''KING''' of the Hill.
* {{Sting}}: From "The Perils of Polling":
--> '''Hank''': Oh my ''GOD'' … his handshake … (three note dramatic sting) it was ''limp''!
* TheStinger:
** Nearly every episode featured a sound clip from earlier in the episode over the "Deedle Dee Productions" logo. It's usually a line that is made funnier due to there being no context, though in some episodes ("The Arrowhead", for example) it's a continuation of what was happening before the credits.
** The logo was silent during the first season, with the exception of "The Company Man".
* The show itself, considering after the series finale, there were still four unaired episodes.
* StopBeingStereotypical: Inverted in one episode, where Hank was dealing with a client from Boston who expected everything in Texas to be cowboys and country, meaning Hank had to ''act'' stereotypical in order to draw the guy's attention. Eventually, he gets sick of it and tells the guy off, saying (in effect) "If you want dumbass cowboy antics go with Thatherton, but if you want quality propane stick with Strickland." The guy ends up going with Thatherton.
* StrawMisogynist: Cotton, most definitely. Coach Kleethammer, with his constant claims that girls can't play sports.
* StrawmanPolitical: A number of the one-off smug Northerners who make appearances in Arlen, usually voiced by David Herman. Like Hank's new boss who fired the truck drivers, or the disability advocate.
* StrippingTheScarecrow: In "Yankee Hankee," Hank gets left nearly naked in the courtyard of the Alamo. He ends up having to take clothes off a Davy Crockett mannequin, before wondering why he bothered putting on the raccoon hat.
* StuckAtTheAirportPlot: One episode, "Happy Hank's Giving" has this happening to the Hills, the Gribbles, the Souphaniousinphones along with Bill and Boomhauer over Thanksgiving (which involves the destruction of Hank's propane-smoked turkey when a bomb-sniffing dog barks at his luggage). After everyone misses their flights, the families eventually settle with eating dinner at the airport with whatever they can scrape together.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJr_u4fW3VI The Baaah! song]], which consists of variations of Hank's [[BigNo Baah!]]
* SuddenlyVoiced: Debbie Grund, who previously appeared on the show but was not given any lines, has some dialog in "Hanky Panky".
* SunglassesAtNight: Dale.
* SuicideAsComedy: Bill in the Christmas episode "Pretty Pretty Dresses." Even tries to slam his own head in a drawer, kill himself using an electric oven, and is kept from shooting himself by Dale ''threatening him with a gun''.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Hank.
* SustainedMisunderstanding: From "Hank's Got the Willies":
--> '''Willie Nelson:''' Hey I know you; you're the kid who rakes my yard.\\
'''Bobby:''' No, I'm the kid who hit you in the head.\\
'''Willie:''' With a rake?\\
'''Bobby:''' No, with a golf club.\\
'''Willie:''' You've been raking my yard with a golf club? I want my quarter back!
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* TheTag: Occasionally done, usually with Hank giving the viewer a humorous disclaimer.
* TakeAThirdOption:
** Connie and Bobby have to wrestle each other for the last spot on the team, but each has too much to lose. So they take RefugeInAudacity and stage a full-on WWF style chair throwing extravaganza so that they'll ''both'' be kicked off, but be hailed as heroes by the other students.
** When Bobby was thought to be the Lama, he used the third option of "Pick anything you see on this rug" … and he picked Connie, whose reflection he could see in the mirror.
** In "Movin' On Up", Luanne moves out of the Hills' den, but ends up with a bunch of lazy jerkass roommates who won't pay their share of the bills and [[GodwinsLaw call her a Nazi]] whenever she tries to exert any authority. Given the choice between putting up with them or admitting defeat and moving back with the Hills, she [[spoiler:closes the house's accounts, meaning the roommates can't sponge off of her for power, heat, water or phone lines anymore, while living in the yard with a hidden stash of food at the bottom of the pool.]]
** In "Lupe's Revenge", Peggy's poor grasp of the Spanish language results in her accidentally kidnapping a young girl during a field trip to Mexico. Hank knows they can prove her innocence, but is worried about crushing Peggy's feelings by outright telling her that her Spanish sucks. The solution he finds: have Peggy testify herself, in Spanish; the judge realizes that she didn't know what she was doing and declares her innocent, while Peggy remains convinced that her impassioned plea won him over.
* TanLines: Hank, Dale, and Bill in hot weather.
* TemporaryBlindness: Hank, after witnessing his mother and her boyfriend having sex, temporarily goes blind in "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying".
* TemptingFate: In "Bobby Goes Nuts," when the guys hear about Bobby [[GroinAttack kicking Hank in the groin]]:
-->'''Bill:''' I wish ''I'' had a son to kick me in the groin.\\
''(Dale obliges him)''\\
'''Dale:''' ''(sips his beer)'' BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.
* ThatsWhatICallX: "Traffic Jam" has: "BAM! Now THAT'S what I call general haberdashery!"
* ThatsWhatSheSaid: The plot to the title of the same name; a new employee at Strickland Propane (voiced by Ben Stiller) frequently replies to people with this catchphrase. At first, everyone thinks he's hilarious, but soon they begin to feel uncomfortable because every time they open their mouth, they fear he will turn whatever they say into a DoubleEntendre (particularly bad for a business which sells items to cook ''meat''). As usual, it's up to Hank to set things right.
* ThatWasObjectionable: When Dale has a restraining order put on Hank after he accidentally saws off Dale's finger:
--> '''Dale:''' Objection: conjecture. Objecture!
--> '''Hank:''' THAT IS NOT A WORD!
* TheThemeParkVersion: In "he Company Man", Hank has to do business with a pushy Bostonian who seems to think Texas is/should be this. In order to keep his business, Hank tries to conform to the man's beliefs, making himself an ExtremeDoormat (as Peggy points out). After a heart-to-heart with a stripper, Hank finally tells the man off, but he goes to Thatherton Fuels to get what he wants.
* ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange: The Québécois dub did this to this one of all series, changing the setting from Texas to small-town Quebec (Ste-Irène)... despite the fact that the setting is almost always referenced as being warm, the times snow actually does pop up (which often tends to be a light coating at most), it's treated as a major crisis in universe, and the plots and setting being very steeped in Texan culture (the characters are all obsessed with football and barbecues).
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: In "Death of a Propane Salesman (Part 2)", at the funeral, Dale opens a casket and looks into it as a part of uncovering one of his conspiracy theories involving Mega Lo Mart and insurance fraud. The sight of the corpse causes him to turn pale and he throws up.
* ThrowingOutTheScript: Played with:
-->'''Bobby:''' ''(rehearsing)'' I rehearsed a speech on the way over here, but I'm throwing it out, because nothing says ''I'm sorry'' like "I'm sorry."
* TitlePlease
* ToiletHumor:
** The pilot episode where Hank is mistaken for a child abuser (after Bobby gets a black eye during a baseball game and rumors spread of Hank losing his temper with a Mega Lo Mart clerk) had Hank listening to a "Funny Phone Jerks" audio recording, which consists of farting noises (he mistook it for some music Bobby was listening to).
** "Hank's Unmentionable Problem", which is about Hank's severe case of constipation. The final scene where Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" plays after Hank finally poops is a highlight.
** In one episode, Peggy says, "Hope in one hand, poop in the other, and see which fills up first."
** Dale, in "Beer and Loathing", after drinking some tainted beer: "I don't know which way it's coming out, but it's coming out!"
** "Flush With Power" is all about the town council members having to use the john in the last act.
* TokenMinority: An interesting InUniverse variation, in which Hank is invited to join a country club because Ted Wassonasong is concerned that its all-Asian membership looks bad.
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: When it starts snowing in ''King of the Hill'', Peggy says "Nobody lick any flagpoles!"
* TonightSomeoneDies:
** The Mega Lo Mart explosion ''and'' the shooting cliffhangers both were advertised as this. Fox actually spoofed this with the Mega Lo Mart explosion cliffhanger, which left four characters -- Hank, Luanne, Buckley, and Chuck Mangione -- unaccounted for, one of whom viewers were told would die. Over the summer, Fox ran a series of commercials in which their execs threatened to kill off Hank unless he agreed to let the show be retooled and moved to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles (where it would be renamed "King of the Hollywood Hills"). Eventually, Hank got ahold of some compromising photos of Fox executives and they agreed to let him stay in Texas without killing him off. In the end, [[spoiler: Buckley]] was the one who died.
** Hank's co-worker and Buck Strickland's mistress Debbie died ([[spoiler:she accidentally killed herself while trying to get her rifle and a basket of nachos into the dumpster she was hiding in]]); she was a relatively minor character.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Anthony Page, the social worker in the pilot who puts the family under investigation after Bobby gets a black eye at baseball, but doesn't bother questioning the coach.
** Bobby, who can be influenced by pretty much anything: his sexist grandfather, a white supremacist website, a group of teenagers pretending to know wizardry … the list goes on. He personifies this so much that one of the most frequently-reused episode plots is "Bobby falls in with a bad crowd of some sort and Hank bails him out".
** The rest of the cast has their moments of insane stupidity. Many other episodes feature the Dale/Bill/Boomhauer trio or one of the three (usually Dale or Bill) getting into trouble for something stupid until Hank saves the day (including the time they tried frying everything imaginable and started a grease fire, while Dale used bees to cure things, even his own broken arm … and then there's the fact Dale's allergic to bees).
** All the young employees at Mega Lo Mart are clueless about ''their own respective departments'', pissing off customers like Hank, and have supervision over older and wiser coworkers. Most notably, Buckley [[spoiler: died in a propane explosion after he failed to listen to Hank's advice about not dragging the propane tank by the nozzle, thus causing a leak.]]
** In "Fun with Jane and Jane", Luanne joins a sorority that is obviously a front for a cult. After she escapes, Peggy takes her right back to the cult because she doesn't understand (despite Luanne saying that they deprived her of food and sleep and punished her by locking her in a closet and yelling at her) and takes Luanne right back writing off their dangerous behavior as "hazing" to a new member saying that "all sororities do hazing, the harder it is the stronger the friendship; why do you think POW's are always having reunions?"-- ''and'' joins the cult herself because they offer to let her vent about her terrible mother.
* TookALevelInJerkAss: Everyone in the cast does something genuinely selfish or rude throughout the series:
** DependingOnTheWriter, Kahn. He's a downright jerkass during the earlier seasons, yet sometimes in the later seasons, he seems to genuinely ''want'' to help or be friends with everyone else, just is too stubborn (though an episode from season 13 reveals that Kahn's jerkass ways stem from the side effects of the medication he has to take for his bipolar disorder). Minh is a bit better at it than he is, though.
** Dale invoked this in-verse in "The Trouble with Gribbles" where he was attempting to sue the company that makes his smokes on the premise that they ruined his wife's skin. When they try to bug him to expose him, Dale counter-bluffs them...by acting as an emotionally abusive husband to Nancy. It doesn't end well, and nearly costs him his marriage.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood:
** Bobby sure loves his fruit pies.
** Hank is quite fond of burgers and steak.
** Played with whenever it comes to grilling; no matter what kind of food it is, if it's made on a charcoal grill, Hank will not only refuse to eat it, but lecture whoever is within the vicinity about how it's essentially toxic waste. It's implied that Peggy actually loves Charcoal-grilled meats, but she can never admit to it.
* TrueCompanions: Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer for sure. No matter how much of a creepy loser Bill is or how much of an untrustworthy idiot Dale is the four will always be best friends. Even when Hank, Dale and Bill stole Boomhauer's beloved car, accidentally destroyed it after a joyride and lied about it for 20 years Boomhauer was only mad at them for two weeks (Hank was reduced to one week when Bobby told Boomhauer Hank always quotes him).
* TwoferTokenMinority:
** When Dale is being opposed for Gun Club President, he laments that his opponent has "already got the black vote -- Earl -- and the gay vote -- Earl."
** Buck is told that he isn't allowed to fire a drug-addicted employee because he is in rehab, which makes his addiction legally classified as a disability, and it's illegal for a business of his size to fire an employee based on their race, sexual orientation, disability, weight, etc. Buck then utters this line in his frustration:
--->'''Buck:''' Hell, I'd kill for a big, fat, black, blind, deaf, gay guy if he would just get some damn ''work'' done around here!
* UglyGuyHotWife:
** Cotton and Didi.
** Lucky and Luanne.
** Dale and Nancy. Dale isn't particularly ugly and is more average looking.
* UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000: In "Grand Theft Arlen", Hank gets addicted to a ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' clone programmed by local college students and featuring a {{Badass}} version of himself as the hero. Somewhat subverted in that the game lets the player be a "good guy", which is how Hank plays it, rather than just being a straight-up criminal.
* UnCancelled: After spending its last few seasons being constantly victimized by sports preemptions and schedule changes, Season 11 was finally announced as being the last, with [[spoiler:Luanne's wedding]] being the series finale. It was unexpectedly picked up for two additional seasons, however, when Fox decided to revamp its animation lineup in the Fall of 2007, but was later cancelled for good at the end of season 13, leaving 4 unaired episodes to debut in syndication.
* UnderdogsNeverLose:
** Averted in "How to Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying". The episode concerns Hank overcoming his problems with firing a rifle. However, even when he manages to get it together during the shooting tournament, he still loses on the final shot. However, it's still a happy ending because Bobby's thrilled that he and Hank got second place and wants to compete again next year.
** Averted in "Hank's Back Story", where Hank loses the mower racing competition.
* UnderTheMistletoe: Brought up during one episode:
-->'''Hank:''' Now I don't want to name names, but due to last years unfortunate "[[NoodleIncident Kissing Incident"]], Mistletoe is banned from this years Christmas party.
-->[[DeathGlare Glares]] at Bill.
-->'''Bill:''' Peppermint Schnapps makes me sloppy.
* TheUnfavorite:
** Hank was this to Cotton even before G.H. was born.
** To a lesser extent, Hank glaringly prefers Ladybird to Bobby, though he does love Bobby. For what it's worth, Hank also makes it no secret he views his niece Luanne as a burden.
* TheUnfairSex: Not played entirely straight; Nancy cheating on Dale is played for laughs rather than to make Dale look like a bad husband. In fact, he's usually portrayed pretty sympathetically as far as this issue goes. It gets brought up in the episode "Night and Deity" where Nancy thinks Dale is flirty with a female exterminator and Nancy is afraid that he will cheat. Dale mentions that he never had any problems with Nancy spending so much time with John Redcorn.
* UngratefulBastard:
** Hank uses the American way to get his temporary obnoxious Canadian neighbor out of jail by sacrificing his "kegerator" to pay the defense attorney to get him out. What does the guy do after reuniting with his family whom acted more civil and apologized to the Hills? Boast that Canada is better than America. Despite this, Hank feels he did the right thing.
** The ''entire HCJC meat team and their manager'' is this. After being hijacked by their rivals for having sprayed pepper on their eyes the previous night, Bobby is the only one to show up and do ''every event flawlessly without their help''. Once they come to the event, they all kick Bobby aside without thanking him for holding them on and they were fated to lose in their examination, hadn't Bobby stepped in when they ignored a fatal flaw on the meaty carcass.
* {{Unishment}}: In "An Officer and a Gentle Boy", Bobby is able to withstand all of Cotton's punishments, including sitting on a block of ice, eating the mixed-up leftovers of cafeteria food, and having to sit in a tiny cell for days.
* TheUnintelligible: Boomhauer. This is lampshaded several times. For example:
** In the pilot, after the child services investigator asks Dale (who tells him Hank does not abuse Bobby), he talks to Boomhauer, who complains about Ladybird barking, so the social services investigator slowly backs away.
** Played with in an episode where Boomhauer has a flashback: Hank, Dale, and Bill all talk like him, while he talks normally.
** Played with again in an episode where Boomhauer falls asleep in an inner tube and floats all the way to Houston; the locals don't understand him, and he's committed to a mental hospital.
** Hank will often say "Boomhauer, I can't understand a word you just said", attributing the lack of intelligibility to interference, like loud music or the echoes of a cave.
** Subverted on the episode "The Bluegrass is Always Greener", where Boomhauer's singing voice is actually coherent. And sounds just like Vince Gill.
** When Boomhauer makes an impassioned (and barely intelligible) plea to Dale to surrender to the police before they use force against him, Dale responds "Boomhauer, if I ever heard anyone reading from a script, that was it."
** In "Propane Boom", the episode where the Mega Lo Mart explodes, Boomhauer gets on the horn to 911 to report it in and the operator tells him she can't understand what he's saying, urging him to speak more slowly, which he does and it's just as unintelligible as whenever he speaks normally.
* UnreliableNarrator: Certain elements of Cotton's story regarding his experiences in World War II, as well as his medical history, are rather questionable.
* TheUnreveal: Boomhauer's first name, Jeff, isn't revealed until near the end of the series, but was mentioned on various websites years prior.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: By the second season, everybody takes turns being this. It's hard to feel bad for Hank when his problems are often caused by his own naivete or even flat-out ignorance, or Peggy when her problems are caused by her ego, or the rest of the cast, who apparently juggle {{Idiot Ball}}s or make {{JerkAss}} decisions.
* VerbalTic:
** I'll tell you what, that dang ol' Boomhauer, man.
** Joe Jack saying "Honey".
** Nancy saying "Sug":
--> "Oh, sugar! I'm out of sugar, sug."
* VerySpecialEpisode:
** "Death of a Propane Salesman" deals with the effects the Mega Lo Mart explosion had on Hank and Luanne. Hank is afraid of propane and in denial of the problem, while Luanne's grief over [[spoiler:Buckley's death]] and the loss of her hair has manifested itself in the form of anger at the general injustice of the world.
** "Return to La Grunta," about sexual harassment and assault. Bonus points because Hank, a male, goes through it too.
** "That's What She Said" deals with the stigma against men reporting sexual harassment, although the harassment in that episode comes from incessant unwelcome sexual jokes.
** "Keeping Up With Our Joneses," complete with a funny PSA at the end with Boomhauer holding up a clesn white belt for his car engine next to a greasy black one and compares them to "your lungs on air" and "your lungs on smoke," respectively. Even with his garbled speech he manages to make the dangers clear: "Dang ol' ear hair, mang, low sperm count."
** "My Own Private Rodeo" was nominated for a Gay And Lebian Alliance Against Defamation Media Award for its portrayal of Dale coming to terms with his dad being gay. It aired in 2001 - ''two years'' before ''Lawrence v. Texas'' made it legal to be gay in the state and across the country.
** "Aisle 8A" and "I Don't Want to Wait..." deal with concerns about puberty - respectively, Connie's first period and Bobby struggling with being a late bloomer (and being treated like a child) while Joseph laments being an early bloomer.
* ViceCity: What Arlen used to be (Harlot Town -> Harloton -> Arlen).
* ViewerGenderConfusion: In-universe example with Gale, Debbie's roommate. [[spoiler: When he is charged Debbie's murder and his arrest is shown on TV]], Luanne believes that he is a woman because of his name and appearance. Even after Hank corrects her, she still thinks that Gale's a woman.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Trip Larson from "Pigmalion".
* VocalEvolution: Dale and Bill both were initially given lower voices but they got higher in subsequent seasons as the voice actors gave them more range. Hank originally had a more forceful voice but it gradually softened a bit.
* VomitDiscretionShot: In "The Buck Stops Here", Bobby has to wait in the alley while Buck gambles inside. A woman begins to vomit from having drunk too much alcohol, though it's not shown in graphic detail:
--> '''Man:''' You all emptied out, Carla? (resumes kissing her)
--> '''Bobby:''' Oh GOD!
* WannabeDiss: Bobby, when getting interested in Tarot reading, joins a group of losers claiming to be genuine wizards or … something. When he sees that these idiots are ineffectual dorks that have likely been emotionally broken due to being picked on and are just throwing together a bunch of crap they likely saw in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', he tells them that [[EvenNerdsHaveStandards even ''he'' wants to kick their asses.]]
* WarriorPoet: Minh's father General Gum considers himself one. When we actually hear his poetry, though...
-->"We must not forget, yet we cannot remember/Death be not proud?/Then who?"
* WellDoneSonGuy:
** Hank. He constantly seeks his father's admiration (or at least his respect), but Cotton is a jaded World War II veteran who has absolutely no respect (and just barely a little love) for Hank, going so far to name his newborn son Good Hank.
-->I gots mah shins blowed off by a Japan man's machine gun, so don't crying to me about your problems!
** Bobby, his own son, also has it rough. But compared to his grandfather, Hank is ''far'' easier to please.
--> "Bobby, if you weren't my son I'd hug you."
** Female variation with Peggy and her mom: even saving her family's Montana ranch is not enough to impress her mother, though, so Peggy just gives up on trying.
** When Cotton's confronted by Hank after he runs off to Las Vegas to avoid raising G.H., Cotton admits that Hank is a better father than he ever was (in the most insulting manner possible of course).
---> You made ''Bobby!'' All I made was ''you!''
** Kahn is another example. He tries to impress his father-in-law, who apparently worked for several dictators in the past, calls Kahn a "descendant of fishermen," and generally has no respect for him.
** Minh, for that matter, can't seem to get any respect from Kahn's mother either. The difference between Kahn and Minh is that Minh doesn't ''care'' if Laohma respects her, she just doesn't want to deal with her. Laohma's insistence to show Minh how to do housework "the right way" comes more from her being a professional homemaker than wanting to show Minh up. Kahn is constantly trying to prove himself to Minh's dad, whereas Minh and Laohma are more than happy to stay out of each other's way. For that matter, Kahn does nothing to stop his mom from criticizing Minh, nor does he seem to care, whereas Minh is very bothered by how her dad treats Kahn and tries to make him stop.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Not only do Cotton's wife, Didi, and infant son, Good Hank, not appear at his deathbed, they aren't even mentioned (though it is implied that Didi divorced Cotton and took Good Hank with her). In the episode "Daletech", Cotton finishes an argument with Didi with "Fine, call your lawyer!" before Didi speeds off and Cotton informing the Hill family Didi has "gone to visit her folks" and telling the family he doesn't know when she will be back, suggesting Didi divorced him and moved away. Didi does show up, in a new Cadillac (having remarried less than a year after Cotton's death) to give Hank some of Cotton's possessions and will in "Serves Me Right for Giving General Goerge S Patton the Bathroom Key", including a final wish to flush his cremated ashes down the toilet Patton used during WWI, which contradicts his earlier securing of a burial plot in a veteran's cemetery.
** This happens to Kahn's mother, who in "Maid in Arlen" is in a relationship with Bill. She is mentioned in the next episode, but never appears again.
** This has happened quite a few times: in "Pretty, Pretty Dresses", Bill gets a pet iguana whom he names Lenore, in "Returning Japanese" Luanne buys another bloodhound whom is presumably male after she thinks she's killed Ladybird, and in "I'm with Cupid", Bobby gets a new girlfriend named Debby, but none of these characters are ever seen again.
** One of John Redcorn's old flings and his newly discovered daughter end up moving into his trailer with him in "Untitled Blake [=McCormick=] Project". They are never seen or mentioned again.
* TheWhitestBlackGuy: Khan is accused of being the whitest Asian guy in the episode "Orange You Sad I Did Say Banana?" when Ted calls him a banana.[[note]]A pejorative term used to refer to Asians who live a "white" lifestyle.[[/note]] So, he tries to [[AvertedTrope avert this]] by restyling his entire life to get more in touch with his ancestry. After finding he doesn't enjoy his new lifestyle, he comes to terms with himself and accepts he should just be happy with who he is, and enjoy what he likes:
---> Khan: "If you want someone to play round of golf, give me call! If you want someone to feel guilty about the way they choose to live, call someone else."
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Subverted. It's established that Arlen is in Texas. ''Where'' in Texas varies from episode to episode. Some episodes have it close to the Mexican border (which would make sense, given that Arlen has a sizeable Mexican population and it is implied in "Lupe's Revenge" and "Three Days of the Khan-Do" that heading to Mexico from Arlen doesn't take that long), while others have it in central Texas, and a couple have it somewhere near Dallas or Houston.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: Peggy, scoffing at ''Steinbeck'' during a performance of ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Bobby, as viewed by Hank:
--> [[CatchPhrase That boy]] [[RunningGag ain't right.]]
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Discussed. When Bobby is planning on stealing a rival school's mascot (an armadillo), he asks Dale if he could pump poison into the school to render the mascot's guards unconscious. Dale points out that the amount of poison needed would kill an armadillo. Plus the kids probably wouldn't wake up.
* WomenAreWiser: Inverted with Hank and Peggy, though played straight for Kahn & Minh and Dale & Nancy.
* TheWorstSeatInTheHouse: There's an episode where Hank, his son, and a few of their friends attend a conference title game in Dallas. They buy absurdly expensive seats that turn out to be in the bloodiest of the nosebleed section, but through some good luck they end up in a luxury suite by the end of the game.
* WroteTheBook: Crossed with {{Metaphorgotten}}:
-->'''Storekeeper''': This fella never went to school. He grew up in the hills, but he wrote the book on homemade bait. 'Course it's just a bunch of scribbles 'cause he never went to school.
* XanatosGambit: By Peggy, of all people. After getting conned, she hatches up a scheme with all the other victims to get their money back. They trick the conman into bringing the money to a motel where they've set up a phony gambling hall. If he keeps betting, it's rigged so that he'll lose it all. If he tries to leave with the money, they have several other ways of stealing it back from him.
* YankTheDogsChain: In "Tankin' it to the Streets", Bill notices that the vast majority of his military medical records are censored. Dale gets ahold of the original documents and spills the secrets: When Bill joined the military in his '20s, he was given an experimental injection that would cause excess hair and fat growth. It was designed to prepare soldiers for being stationed in Alaska. Upon hearing this, Bill is at first dismayed that the military gave him this drug without telling him the side effects (he assumed they were booster shots), gets drunk and steals a tank from the base. Hank, Dale, and Boomhauer convince Bill that at least now he knows that his shortcomings aren't actually his fault. However, later Dale mentions the "name" of the injection: "Placebo". So Bill wasn't really being injected with body-altering substances, and he realizes that his hair growth and excess body fat ''are'' his own doing. Typically Bill is getting his chain yanked whenever anything positive happens to him thanks to StatusQuoIsGod. Especially if it involves women in any way. Poor man just can't catch a break.
* YourMom: In "Traffic Jam," Roger "Booda" Sack launches into a series of these against Hank's mom when Hank tells Buddha Sack that his mother didn't raise him right. Also [[BerserkButton Hank's urethra]].
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