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    Buck Strickland 

Buck Strickland

Voiced by: Stephen Root

Hank's selfish, slacking, and borderline abusive boss at Strickland Propane.

  • Affectionate Nickname: He calls Hank “Old Top.”
  • The Alcoholic: One of his many, many vices.
  • Aww, 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, 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 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 his son Ray-Roy comes around and after they get into a fight, Hank says he's had enough and makes a drunken speech dissing Buck, which almost gets him fired.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 neither Hank nor Buck's wife murdered anybody, Hank doesn't call him out on it.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • Parental Substitute: During one Christmas episode Hank accidentally calls him dad after Buck provides a lot of holiday gift and gives him a higher position for his good work. As other tropes listed show he is a less unpleasant and easier to please Cotton 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.
  • The Rival: M.F. Thatherton, who used to work for him before branching out on his own.
  • Serious Business: Subverted. In the episode "Snow Job," Buck went on how propane is glorious, only for Hank to discover Buck use 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.
  • 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 having many similarities with Cotton.

    Miz Liz 

Elizabeth "Miz Liz" Strickland
Voiced by: Kathleen Turner

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.

  • 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.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: She's very good looking for her age.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Tries to seduce Hank in revenge for Buck cheating on her with Debbie. Hank, of course, is not interested.
  • Not So Different: The way she treated Hank after taking over Strickland Propane was similar to Buck's preferable treatment to Debbie. Even Hank's co-workers called him a boy toy.
  • Woman Scorned: Files for divorce and takes Buck for everything he had. Almost.

    Joe Jack 

Joe Jack
Voiced by: Toby Huss

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.
  • 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, assuming that is his last name.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice was a lot higher when he first appeared.


Voiced by:
Eloy Casadoes (1997-1998)
Danny Trejo (2003-2010)

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 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 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 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 

Debbie Grund

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Character Death: She 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.
  • 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:
    • 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.
    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 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.
  • 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. However, security footage would eventually show it was an accidental suicide.
  • 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.

    Donna (from accounting) 

Voiced by: Pamela Adlon

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'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 

Roger "Booda" Sack
Voiced by:
Chris Rock ("Traffic Jam")
Phil La Marr (all other appearances)

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.

    Tammi Duvall 

Tammi Duvall
Voiced by: Renée Zellweger

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.
  • Adorkable: The passion she shows for education is quite endearing. Even after falling back into her old ways, she still read the book that Peggy got her.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Melinda Grab 

Melinda Grab
Voiced by: Marissa Jaret Winokur

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.
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses.
  • 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.


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