Characters / King of the Hill - Strickland Propane

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    Buck Strickland 
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Hank's selfish, slacking, and borderline abusive boss at Strickland Propane. Voiced by Stephen Root.
  • The Alcoholic: One of his many, many vices.
  • Bad Boss: Any time he takes an active hand in his own business, he starts running it into the ground, needing Hank to bail him out. For example, putting Vickers in charge when he's in the hospital, and making Hank feed his hounds.
  • Blind Obedience: From Hank, see Broken Pedestal.
  • Broken Pedestal: Averted, as no matter what he does (especially if it would get him arrested), Hank continues to idolize him. That's not to say that he's oblivious to his boss' shortcomings; in one episode, Hank tells Bobby that he's put out his first "Strickland fire", adding, "A couple hundred more and you'll have caught up with me." There's also the episode where Hank slows down his truck enough to allow a member of a gang of toughs to a swing at Buck.
    • Hank's devotion to Buck seems to spring from a few specific factors. A large one is that Buck "saved" him from a job he hated (selling blue jeans) by offering him a job in a field about which he's extremely passionate; a few episodes like "The Good Buck" also imply that he used to be a good, relatively honest businessman until his vices caught up with him. This seems to be the reason Hank maintains a positive image of Buck and has yet to quit Strickland Propane in spite of everything that's happened between them.
    • More than one viewer has speculated that Hank's desperate desire for a father-figure less transparently-jerkish than Cotton leads him to overlook Buck's somewhat less-obvious unsavory traits.
  • Corrupt Hick: A gambling good ol' boy who engages in all sorts of shady business practices and has more addictions than he has fingers. According to Hank, he wasn't always like this, but he's gotten worse with age.
  • Cyborg: A realistic example. Large sections of his heart have been replaced with artificial parts due to his many heart attacks. He also has two pig valves, but that's neither here nor there.
  • Dirty Old Man: He's slept with all of his secretaries and an uncountable number of hookers.
  • Easily Forgiven: to the point that he can frame Hank for murder and Hank lets it go immediately.
  • Expy: Of Lyndon Johnson, 36th President of the United States.
  • Fat Bastard: He's got a rich man's gut, which he earned through years of binge drinking.
  • Good Ol' Boy: A classic and unambiguously negative example, in sharp contrast to Hank.
  • Genius Ditz: During his few moments of sobriety, Buck's demonstrated the business savvy that got his business up and running. He's at least smart enough to know that Hank is a once-in-a-lifetime find and lets him run his propane business for him so he can rake in the money.
  • The Hedonist: Spends his fortune on women, booze, food, cheap thrills, and extravagance. Often takes money out of the cash register or safe of his business to blow at a stripper club or horse race.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Prone to having these.
  • Idiot Houdini: Most of the time.
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Infarction."
  • Karma Houdini: The worst offender of this was when he tried to pin Debbie's murder on Hank by planting fake evidence against the latter when he wasn't looking only to diverge the attention on his wife. However, when it's found out Hank nor Buck's wife murdered anybody, Hank doesn't call him out on it.
  • Kavorka Man: He's old, bald, fat, and a general scumbag. But he pulls in an astounding amount of tail. Though as Buck himself explains: "I'm not much to look at, but I've got a lot of money!"
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "Fun With Jane and Jane" he tries to make Hank kill some emus that he bought. They escape, and in the final scene find Buck and attack him.
  • Like Father, Like Son: His son Jody (or Ray-Roy) inherited his daddies appetite for booze and women. Along with his business acumen.
  • Made of Iron: With the amount of hearts attacks he's had, he should be dead by now.
  • Pet the Dog: After he and his long-lost son drives Hank to drink himself stupid (and ruining his induction), not only does he sets up the committee to blackmail them in order to save Hank's career, but also gets Hank inducted into the "Hall of Flame."
  • The Rival: M.F. Thatherton, who used to work for him before branching out on his own.
  • Stupid Boss: Hank is pretty much the only reason why his company is still running. Buck is thoroughly aware of this, however, and more than a few episodes involve him pushing Hank to edge with his antics only to realize he is about to kill his "Golden Goose" (as he referred to Hank in one episode) and immediately start taking steps to get back in Hank's favor. The fact that Buck makes an effort to get Hank to forgive him is probably why Hank idolizes him despite having many similarities with Cotton.

    Joe Jack 
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A coworker of Hank's, the driver of one of Strickland's propane delivery trucks, known as a "Bobtail".
  • The Alcoholic: He's got a bit of a drinking problem, usually when he gets stressed.
  • Catch-Phrase: Calling anyone he talks to "Honey" regardless of gender or their relationship with him. Could also be a Verbal Tic.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In one episode, Buck makes the Strickland employees stay at the office overnight as a team-building exercise. While no one's exactly thrilled with the idea, Joe Jack suggests murdering Buck in all evident seriousness.
  • Noodle Incident: Was kicked off the Zephyr softball team for doing something unspeakable at the Taco Bueno.
  • Two First Names: Both his first and last name can be used for the given name of a man.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice was a lot higher when he first appeared.

    Enrique 
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Hank's Mexican-American coworker. Usually a background character, but gets a few focus episodes in later seasons. Voiced by Eloy Casados and Danny Trejo.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Not as bad as Bill, but he likes Hank a lot more than vice versa.
  • Annoying Laugh: That sounds halfway between a laugh and a cough.
  • Ascended Extra: Started off as a random bobtail driver. Eventually, he became a regularly appearing employee.
  • Characterization Marches On: In earlier seasons Enrique had a more introverted personality in later seasons he's more extroverted, and social.
  • Fun Personified: He lives for the good times, spending most of his cash on parties (and funerals). Because of this he has no savings as he blows through his paychecks.
  • Negative Continuity: In "Enrique-cilable Differences", Enrique has a rocky marriage, and his children are implied to have grown up and moved out. In "Lady and Gentrification," he has a loving relationship with his wife and a 15 year old daughter who is seemingly his only child, while his relationship with his wife can easily be explained as them working out their problems off screen, that still doesn't explain his daughter.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: "Enrique-cilable Differences."
  • True Companions: It's mostly one sided, but Enrique considers Hank to be his best friend and he asks him to speak at his daughter's quinceanera. Hank would prefer a professional relationship with him, and is reluctant to speak at the quinceanera. Eventually, Hank grows to be good friends with Enrique and his daughter, and even saves him from being forced to move, due to Peggy's selling homes in Enrique's neighborhood to hipsters forcing the rents sky-high.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Lampshaded in that he's always told his wife how beautiful she is yet he never gets this feedback.

    Debbie Grund 
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One of the employees at Strickland and Buck's mistress up until Season 4 when she attempted to kill Buck for calling off their affair and ended up dying instead. Voiced by Reese Witherspoon.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Hank, although it ping pongs back and forth between her being genuinely attracted to him and her just trying to get on his good side for pragmatic reasons.
  • Character Death: Accidentally shoots herself while trying to climb into a dumpster.
  • Character Exaggeration: In her first appearance, she was merely a somewhat lazy employee that Buck, and at least one other employee, liked to ogle; there was no indication that she was intentionally trying to seduce anyone. From Season 3 onward, it was established that she had a sexual relationship with Buck.
  • The Mistress: It's pretty much her entire character until her last appearance.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Accidentally shot herself, which simultaneously solved the problems she was causing Hank and Buck.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Season 4. She did speak once in Season 3, but was not actually present in the scene.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Invoked completely by accident. Her unintentionally shooting herself created problems for all three of her personal enemies, Hank, Buck, and Miz Liz, due to them becoming the prime suspects.
  • Too Dumb to Live: She accidentally killed herself by putting Buck's loaded shotgun, which didn't have the safety on, in the dumpster first and stepping on the trigger. This was all because she didn't think to set down her nachos first.

    Donna (from accounting) 
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A curvaceous, slightly spacey woman who works as Strickland Propane's accountant. Voiced by Pamela Adlon.
  • Anything That Moves: She's apparently slept with every one of her male co-workers except Hank, and it's implied she's slept with at least one woman.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Lazy and self-absorbed, but very good at web design and social networking.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She gets her own episode where she basically signs up Strickland Propane for a very lewd MySpace account which she then goes crazy with it, gets herself fired, and then rehired when it becomes obvious that getting rid of her won't stop her from raising hell against Strickland on social media.
  • The Ditz: Acts like a spacey high-schooler most of the time.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Her main motivation in "Lost in MySpace": she just wants Hank and Buck to recognize her talents rather than make her do work she's not qualified for. That she goes way overboard kind of negates her point. She's rehired with the compromise that they'll appreciate her work and give her more creative freedom, and in return she'll actually do the job they hired her to do.
  • Hartman Hips: She's got these and then some.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. She's the second Donna from Accounting. The original was a minor background character, who was fired for stealing office supplies.

    Roger "Booda" Sack 
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A standup comedian who ends up working at Strickland Propane. Voiced by Chris Rock in his first appearance ("Traffic Jam") and by Phil LaMarr for the rest of the series.
  • Adam Westing: Chris Rock as a provocative, motormouthed comedian?
  • The Alcoholic: Implied in "Lost in MySpace."
    "I was 30 days sober!"
  • Berserk Button: Do not insult his mother.
  • Black and Nerdy: He's the most tech-savvy Strickland employee, as evidenced in "Grand Theft Arlen" and "Lost in MySpace."
  • Demoted to Extra: After his first appearance, he's lucky to get a line or two.
  • Noodle Incident: Wound up in Arlen after "getting risqué on Moesha." It's implied he's teaching traffic school for community service.
  • Recurring Extra: At first he's just a vehicle for Chris Rock's guest appearance. He appears in some later episodes as well.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Becomes this with Hank by the end of "Traffic Jam."
  • Your Mom: His favorite mode of insult.


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