The Hills and Other Relatives (Hank Hill) | The Hills' Neighbors (Dale Gribble) | Strickland Propane | Other Characters
- Affectionate Nickname: He calls Hank Old Top.
- Bobby calls his father this in "The Buck Stops Here" when he starts copying Buck.
- Subverted in "That's What She Said", when Rich, a new employee, temporarily becomes Buck's new favorite because of his smutty jokes and juvenile behavior, to the extent he starts calling Rich "Old Top".
- The Alcoholic: One of his many, many vices.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite his womanizing, he shows he does love his wife deep down... unfortunately, the way he does so is quite twisted: when his long-time mistress Debbie Grund is killed, because his wife is the most obvious suspect, he frames his most loyal employee Hank Hill as the killer to protect her.
- 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. Or the time when he framed Hank for murdering his mistress...
- Blind Obedience: From Hank. No matter what Buck does, even accusing Hank of things like the murder of his mistress Debbie, Hank still won't quit his job. Buck does recognize this, knowing that Hank is his proverbial golden goose, and that he simply can't afford to get rid of Hank.
- 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 take 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.
- Played straight in the episode where Buck's illegitimate son "Ray-Roy" (Jody) comes around. After father and son get into a fight over a woman, Hank says he's had enough and makes a drunken speech dissing Buck, which almost gets him fired.
- Another example played straight is when Buck has Hank feed his dogs and when he goes to his house, discovers he has an electric stove and when Hank confronts him over this, Buck admits he was in the propane business for the money, which disillusions Hank and almost leads to him resigning from Strickland.
- Buffyspeak: Buck (like everyone else at Strickland) is shocked when Hank shows up for work with feathered hair dyed platinum blond (due to his barber's dementia):
- Buck: "Good god Hank! You look like that fella killed the other fella!"
- 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 Coward: Expect him to bail on his employees the minute things turn sour.
- Dirty Old Man: He's slept with all of his secretaries and an uncountable number of hookers.
- He also has a crush on Hank's niece Luanne, at least until she turns down his marriage proposal in "The Good Buck". He also sponsored and managed her fighting career in "Boxing Luanne", though his "management" style involved dressing Luanne in skimpy, provocative outfits and hopping like a bunny. In "Meet the Propaniacs" Hank says that Buck insisted Luanne be part of the comedy group or he wouldn't pay for the t-shirts.
- Disproportionate Retribution: "You know he tried to have me kicked outta the club for throwin' my putter at his wife? NOBODY sneezes while Buck Strickland's makin' a putt!"
- Drunk Driver: A few episodes show him sauced to the gills behind the wheel of his Caddy- ultimately crashing into the parking lot at Strickland Propane, or the garbage cans in Hank's driveway.
- Easily Forgiven: To the point that he can frame Hank for murder and Hank lets it go immediately.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- While he's a crass sleazebag, he doesn't approve of his employees telling crass jokes during work hours, seeing that behavior as unprofessional.
- While he puts Hank under enormous stress, he doesn't go out of his way to antagonize him. When Kahn deliberately harasses Hank while being forced to work at his carwash, Buck tells Kahn off for wanting to "kill the golden goose."
- In the episode "Meet the Propaniacs", he tells Bobby that he used to "chase tail" with his grandfather Cotton, but added that (unlike Bobby), Cotton is a "mean kinda funny", suggesting that Cotton is a bit much even for him.
- In the episode "Lost in MySpace", Buck justifiably fires Donna after he gets beat up by a flash mob she made.
- Executive Excess: He regularly cheats on his wife with his much younger secretaries and hookers, takes part in illegal underground gambling matches, spends his company's money on horse races, drinks and eats to excess (to the point he's had so many heart attacks that several parts of his heart have had to be replaced to keep him alive) and at one point buys emus to hunt. According to Hank he used to be far more straight-laced, but at some point his wealth went to his head.
- Expy: Of Lyndon Johnson, 36th President of the United States, even conducting business while on the toilet in full view of his subordinates just like Johnson was known to do.
- Fat Bastard: He's got a rich man's gut, which he earned through years of binge drinking.
- Flanderization: In the earlier seasons, he was relatively invested in his work and slightly less shady. Over time he became more and more deeply involved in his vices and grew less and less interested in running the company.
- Funny Background Event: In "Patch Boomhauer", when Boomhauer has been framed (by his own brother Patch) for bringing hookers to Patch's bachelor party, Hank tries to shame his friend, talking about how he (obviously doesn't hold the sanctity of marriage in as high regard as he (Hank) and Buck". While Hank is saying this, the very married Buck is right behind him trying to attract prostitutes with dollar bills stuffed in his hands and mouth, begging like a dog.
- 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.
- Good Ol' Boy: A classic and unambiguously negative example, in sharp contrast to Hank.
- 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.
- Buck: "I'm physically addicted to the good times!"
- Hollywood Heart Attack: Prone to having these.
- He has had at least a couple of real ones (as in the episode "Snow Job"), evidenced by the heart surgery scar on his chest.
- Horrible Judge of Character: During a freak snow storm, he thought it was a good idea to put Vickers in charge of his business and Hank in charge of...feeding his dogs.
- Idiot Houdini: Most of the time.
- He has gotten his rightful comeuppance in a handful of episodes, mostly in the form of beatings. Donna's flash mob kicks his ass (thinking he was Hank) in "Lost in Myspace", he gets sucker punched by Joe Jack (for firing him without cause) in "Hank Fixes Everything", and his emus (whom he tried to have Hank exterminate) gang maul him in "Fun With Jane and Jane".
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Always keeps a bottle of hard liquor nearby in case things go south.
- Inherently Funny Words: "Infarction."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In "The Father, the Son, and J.C.", after Hank pulls his fat out of the fire once again (by taking on Buck's community service task of building a "Habitat For Humanity"), Buck rewards him by publicly affirming how crucial Hank has been to him over the years and finally promoting him to Manager of Strickland Propane. But Hank swiftly ruins the moment by declaring that he "loves" his boss, causing a hugely embarrassed Buck to recant the promotion.
- When a drunken Hank spews invective at Buck during the latter's induction into the Hall of Flame ("What Happens at the Propane Convention in Memphis...") and is in danger of being suspended, Buck and his bastard son "Ray Roy" (after prodding from Peggy) blackmail the Propane Commission into not only reversing Hank's suspension, but awarding him the Blue Flame of Honor jacket as well.
- Jerkass: He's a Mean Boss at best, and an outright criminal at worst. Trying to frame Hank for murder was probably his lowest act in the series.
- 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 neither Hank nor Buck's wife murdered anybody, Hank doesn't call him out on it. Neither does the Texas Ranger who's standing right there, despite Buck just admitting to a felony.
- Kavorka Man: He's old, balding, 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!"
- Large and in Charge: The Boss at Strickland Propane. He's also an inch or two taller than Hank and just as wide (with a bigger gut).
- Large Ham: Regularly talks in a loud, bombastic way.
- Buck: "MIZ LIZ!!! TWO HOT TODDIES!!!"
- 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.
- In "The Buck Stops Here" Buck almost corrupts, and then leads Bobby to almost getting attacked by thugs. Hank returns the favor by letting one of said thugs give Buck a good whallop to the face and later has him stay in the outside back of his truck where he freezes.
- 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.
- Nice to the Waiter: Played with, and ultimately averted. When he and Bobby are at the steam baths and Buck gets the details for Rooster's card game from an attendant, Buck tips the man... by throwing the money in the tub.
- Hey Bobby, ever see a man fish for forty dollars? Ha ha ha! I make in a week what he makes in a year!!
- Parental Substitute: During one Christmas episode Hank accidentally tells Buck he loves him (after Buck gives him a higher position for his good work), something he's never allowed to tell his natural father, Cotton. As other tropes listed show, Buck is a less unpleasant and easier to please version of a father figure for Hank.
- 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".
- In a twisted way, the fact he was willing to frame Hank for Debbie's murder rather than let his wife go to jail for it.
- Real Men Love Jesus: While his eagerness to become "born again" in "The Good Buck" was mostly spurred by his crush for Luanne, he did seem at least somewhat open to the idea of introducing more spirituality in his life. And a later episode ("Church Hopping") has a clip which shows Buck being extremely passionate in church (ripping off his shirt and screaming like a maniac).
- The Rival: M.F. Thatherton, who used to work for him before branching out on his own.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: His default strategy whenever disaster strikes. Especially ones he's created.
- Buck: "Got my 'trouble bag', and I'm headed for the border!"
- Serious Business: Subverted. In the episode "Snow Job," Buck goes on about how glorious propane is, only for Hank to discover Buck uses electric stoves in his home. When Hank calls him out on this, Buck told Hank it's just a business; it's about making as much money as you can while you can. However, it's implied he originally had the same passion for propane as Hank before his vices caught up with him.
- Shirtless Scene: Has an unnerving number of these for a fat, elderly drunkard. Takes off his shirt (exposing his open heart surgery scar) to fist fight M.F. Thatherton in the street in "Hank Fixes Everything". Wears nothing but swim trunks to get in the pool (and ogle Luanne) in "The Good Buck", and is stripped to his skivvies by Rooster's thugs in "The Buck Stops Here".
- Slimeball: He's sleazy, greedy, adulterous, cowardly, and dishonest.
- 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 the 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 Buck, despite his having so many similarities with Cotton.
Elizabeth "Miz Liz" Strickland
The long-suffering wife of Buck Strickland. During the first half of a two-part episode, Miz Liz confronts Buck at an awards dinner while he is there with his mistress. She files for divorce from Buck and subsequently takes control of Strickland Propane. Thanks to Hank, the two end up reconciling not too long after.
- Bad Boss: To Debbie, at least, during her short time as owner of Strickland Propane. She demotes her husband's ex-lover to the most demeaning, degrading job at the company (tank wipe), and strives to make Debbie's life pure hell.
- She also uses her position to sexually harass Hank, mostly to get back at Buck.
- Contralto of Danger: She has a rather deep, gruff voice and has shown just what kind of damage she's capable of upon finding out about Buck's relationship with Debbie.
- Mrs. Robinson: Tries to seduce Hank in revenge for Buck cheating on her with Debbie. Hank, of course, is not interested.
- Silver Vixen: She's very good looking for her age.
- Woman Scorned: Files for divorce and takes Buck for everything he has. Almost.
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.
- Catchphrase: Calling anyone he talks to "Honey" regardless of gender or their relationship with him. Could also be a Verbal Tic that doesn't imply any sexuality on his part.
- 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.
- The Dog Bites Back: Buck cruelly and abruptly fires Joe Jack (by luring him out the door, locking it behind him and screaming "you're fired!") at the beginning of "Hank Fixes Everything" as a cost-cutting measure. Later, when a fight breaks out at a propane seminar that Buck attends (and Joe Jack is working as a sandwich board guy), Joe Jack takes the opportunity to cold-cock his former boss.
- Noodle Incident: Was kicked off the Zephyr softball team for doing something unspeakable at the Taco Bueno.
- One-Steve Limit: Averted with Joseph. Joe is short for Joseph, Jack is a nickname for John, and Joseph's full name is Joseph John Gribble, though Joe Jack's last name is never given.
- Real Men Love Jesus: In "Church Hopping", he tells Hank (with extreme gravitas), that "you gotta be right with God to join my church, Honey. It's hardcore".
- Two First Names: Both his first and last name can be used for the given name of a man, assuming that is his last name.
- Vetinari Job Security: As one of Strickland Propanes' Drivers, Joe Jack is important to the company because he is HazMat-Certified. When Vickers was put in charge of Strickland Propane and kept pushing Joe Jacks' and the other Drivers' buttons in one episode, Joe Jack and the other drivers quit which resulted in Buck Strickland firing Vickers for losing all of their HazMat-Licensed Drivers.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice was a lot higher when he first appeared.
Hank's Mexican-American coworker. Usually a background character, but gets a few focus episodes in later seasons.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Not as bad as Bill, but he likes Hank a lot more than vice versa.
- 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 their only child. While his relationship with his wife can easily be explained as them working out their problems off screen, that still wouldn't account for the daughter.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: "Enrique-cilable Differences."
- True Companions: It's mostly one sided at first, 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 do so. Eventually, Hank grows to be good friends with Enrique and his daughter, and even saves them 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.
- Vocal Evolution: Even despite his change in voice actors, he had a low voice, until later seasons made it so he had a much stronger Mexican accent.
One of the employees at Strickland and Buck's mistress up until Season 4 when she attempts to kill Buck for calling off their affair and ends up dying instead.
- 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.
- Ascended Extra: Started off as a minor background character before getting a larger role in "Hanky Panky".
- Asshole Victim: Considering how unstable she was and how she plotted to kill Buck and Liz, you can't really feel sorry for her.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While sleeping with a married man is a sure sign of anyone being scum, her appearance might make many dismiss her as just a clueless bimbo. Then in "Hanky Panky", she shows that she is Not Good with Rejection, to the point of attempted homicide.
- Boss's Unfavorite Employee: When Miss Liz temporarily takes over Strickland Propane, she has it out for Debbie due to her having an affair with Buck. Miss Liz demotes Debbie to tank wipe (which according to Hank, is the most degrading and worst paying job at Strickland).
- Character Death: She plans to kill Buck and Miz Liz by hiding in a dumpster, then jumping out to shoot them with Buck's shotgun. However, she gets hungry while lying in wait, and got some nachos. While trying to climb back into the dumpster, encumbered by her food she slips and accidentally shoots herself.
- 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.
- Dumb Blonde: Downplayed; she's presented less as dumb than she is lazy. She was implied to be hired by Strickland Propane for her looks and little else.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Made an off-screen appearance on season 3's "Peggy's Pageant Fever"; she talked to Buck on the intercom.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She resembles Reese Witherspoon quite a bit.
- The Mistress: It's pretty much her entire character until her last appearance. Buck was sleeping around with her, and she intended to do the same to Hank until he flatly turned her down.
- Ms. Fanservice: An attractive blond woman who is sleeping with her boss and frequently shown in skimpy outfits.
- Not Good with Rejection:
Debbie(banging on Hank's car window): THIS AIN'T OVER! NOBODY REJECTS DEBBIE GRUND!Hank (rolls down the window): Well I just did.Debbie (as Hank drives away): YOU'LL BE SORRY, HANK HILL!
- She goes completely berserk when Hank rejects her advances in "Hanky Panky", even threatening to tell Peggy that they had sex, even though they didn't.
- She also planned to kill the Stricklands after they got back together, and might have done the same to Hank and Peggy as well.
- Self-Disposing Villain: While waiting for Buck in a dumpster with the intention of shooting him with a shotgun, Debbie got out to buy some nachos, then attempted to climb back into the dumpster, putting the gun in the dumpster first. As she climbed back in, her foot slipped onto the trigger and caused the gun to fire, shooting her and causing an accidental suicide. This 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.
- 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.
- Walking Spoiler: Her ultimate fate is the result of many a hidden trope about her.
A curvaceous, slightly spacey woman who works as Strickland Propane's accountant.
- 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 has the biggest butt and hips out of anyone, even Nancy, in the main and secondary cast.
- Really Gets Around: She claims to have hooked up with most of the office, excluding Hank of course.
- 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.
- Woman Child: Downplayed in "Lost in MySpace". She behaves more like an entitled teenager than someone in her 30s. She acts more mature in other episodes.
Roger "Booda" Sack
A standup comedian who ends up working at Strickland Propane.
- 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.
A former prostitute from Oklahoma City who was hired as the customer service representative for Strickland Propane in the episode "Ho, Yeah!". She forms a close friendship with the Hills, who allow her to temporarily stay at their place after she gets kicked out of her apartment. Hank and Peggy are unaware of her past, and the low pay at Strickland causes her to fall back into her old lifestyle, with Hank unknowingly acting as her new pimp.
- '80s Hair: Has a large mane of red hair like Peg Bundy.
- Bare Your Midriff: Most of the outfits she wears expose her stomach.
- Book Dumb: She's a high school dropout and her eagerness to get her G.E.D. thrills Peggy to no end.
- Expy: She is very obviously based on Peg Bundy. He pimp is even named Alabaster Jones.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Despite her profession, she really does genuinely care about the Hills and vice-versa. Though it naturally took Hank longer to warm up to her than Peggy.
- Ms. Fanservice: Comes with the territory of her job. She even gives Peggy a makeover, which Peggy and Hank both love and are oblivious that she looks like a hooker.
- One-Shot Character: It is never explained what became of her after "Ho, Yeah!", though she was memorable enough to get a background cameo in the Series Fauxnale "Lucky's Wedding Suit".
- Totally Radical: Uses this type of slang in her speech, which, combined with her accent, is interesting to say the least.
A blonde, bespectacled employee of Strickland Propane who is a Recurring Extra.
- Amazonian Beauty: The "Lost in MySpace" episode reveals that she has six-pack abs, to the astonishment of the employees, who saw a photo of her abs online and believed them to be photoshopped.
- Ambiguously Gay: She has Boyish Short Hair, six-pack abs and the MySpace episode implies that she has had sex with Donna at least once.
- Boyish Short Hair: She has short blond hair.
- Recurring Extra: She is often shown in the background of scenes taking place at Strickland Propane and gets occasional dialogue, but has never had a single limelight episode.