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    Bill Dauterive 

Guillaume Fontaine de la Tour "Bill" Dauterive
Voiced by: Stephen Root

Bill, one of Hank's closest friends, was a promising high school football player who later joined the Army with big hopes and dreams. He married someone he thought was the perfect woman, but that relationship soon went south and never looked back, and Bill found a new companion in the throes of laziness, regressed to a washed up and rotund balding man. Now middle aged, broke, and divorced, Bill's constantly depressed and full of self-loathing. The guys try to put up with him as best they can.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: It's not subtle he has the hots for Peggy, though many of his flirtatious comments fly over Hank's head. He has no shame in watching Hank and Peggy having romantic moments...while they are supposed to be intimate inside their own house.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Occasionally when things actually go well for him. Especially when he got into bodybuilding in "Bill, Bulk and the Body Buddies".
  • Alone Among the Couples: Happens to Bill several times. Several of the episodes that revolve around him focus on his misery at being alone while Hank and Dale are married and Boomhauer always has a new girl.
  • Animals Hate Him: Dale acquired a falcon in one episode, and every time he took its hood off, it would start attacking Bill for no apparent reason. Then, after Dale states he set the falcon free in the woods, Bill starts a conversation about sausages and the falcon appears out of nowhere and starts attacking him again. He's also been attacked by emus and a rottweiler. It should be noted the rottweiler was just mean in general, as he's been shown to be friendly with other dogs. It's just birds that hate him.
  • Attention Whore: Almost anytime Bill finds himself successful or liked for doing something, he'll continue to put all of his time and effort into whatever it is he is doing until it eventually ruins him. Notable examples include when he dressed as Santa and entertained children, continuing this until well into February, or after finding out Peggy, Dale and Minh were secretly using him as an everyman to base their stock purchases on, he wastes away all of his money and ownings just to get their attention again.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: His full name is Guillaume Fontaine de la Tour D'Haute-Rive which is French for "Strong-Willed Warrior Fountain of the Tower of the Upper Bank."
  • Awful Wedded Life: What little we now of his marriage to Lenore certainly qualifies; they fought so loud the whole block could hear it, she started cheating on him two weeks after they were married, and he was Exiled to the Couch on their honeymoon. In "Pretty, Pretty Dresses", Hank (pretending to be Lenore) outright tells him that "she" left him because he was lazy and no-good, but most of all, "she" doesn't love him anymore.
  • Badass Decay: In-Universe example. He was exceptionally strong in his youth, able to hold off three big angry punks at a bar without getting a scratch. Depression ruined him but flashes of the old Bill do emerge from time to time.
  • Beady-Eyed Loser: Is drawn with sad-looking circular eyes unlike most other characters.
  • Big Eater:
    • Once entered a Competitive Eating Contest and was a marked favorite to win. In the same episode, he ate an entire platter of hot dogs Hank had cooked for the whole neighborhood. This is met with disgust by those in attendance, although Hank is awed at Bill's ability to do such a thing.
    • It bites him in ass in "Dia-BILL-ic Shock'', when he finds that his eating habits have given him diabetes.
  • Broken Ace: Has tragic shades of this. From what we see of his past, young Bill basically ruined his life by idolizing Hank, undervaluing himself, and falling into endless cycles of toxic relationships and behaviors, when he was and still is an extremely talented, loving, and capable individual.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The man is a mess in practically every aspect of life. But he's a damn good barber.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is always getting the short end of the stick.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In "Pretty, Pretty Dresses", when Hank forces him to admit that she won't come back, he snaps and starts dressing as and pretending to be Lenore. Hank resolves the situation by doing the same, telling Bill "I'm the real Lenore, and I don't love you", which finally gives him the chance to get closure by venting at "Lenore" and telling "her" off the way he was never brave enough to do in the past.
  • Character Development: Possibly the show's shining example. Bill starts the show obsessed with his ex-wife Lenore (and Peggy to an extent), self-loathing and suicidally depressed. While retaining many of his flaws throughout the series, Bill does shed most of these traits, gains healthier relations with his friends and certainly recoups most of his self-esteem.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: A couple of episodes show him to be a skilled chef when he's cooking for other people. When eating alone, it's usually a frozen dinner or eating straight out of a can. His low self-esteem and desire to please other people might have a hand in it.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His "Billdozer" abilities still come in handy sometimes.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: If sufficiently riled, he's a force to be reckoned with. Out of the four man band, he's second only to Hank in terms of fighting capability and it's always a good idea to remember that while he is a barber, he's an Army-trained barber. Even Boomhauer, who's a Texas Ranger, is wary of tangling with a pissed off Bill.
  • Crossdresser: During his insane spell at Christmas time, he dresses like a woman and pretends to be Lenore. This is perhaps due to his father making him crossdress when he was younger.
  • The Ditz: He's not too bright and sometimes makes Luanne look like a genius in comparison.
  • Drunk with Power: Anytime Bill gets put into a position of authority, expect it to go straight to his head. "Bad News Bill" has him at his worst; he gets put in charge of a snack counter and starts acting like he owns the stadium.
  • Eloquent In Their Native Tongue: He sounds much less oafish when he speaks Creole.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As emotionally needy as Bill can get he did show a hard limit on what he was willing to go along with for it in "The Trouble With Gribbles". Dale had taken on acting like a jerk as part of a strategy to win a lawsuit against Manitoba Cigarettes that involved him insulting Nancy nonstop and he was spending more time hanging out with Bill as part of his plans. Bill was thrilled at first but eventually broke down and called Dale out on how his plan was going to cost him Nancy, saying that he knew Dale's plan was going to backfire and was looking forward to it because it meant Dale would be spending more time over at Bill's house but he ultimately believed Dale saving his marriage was more important and pushed him to fix things with Nancy.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Eats garbage on a semi-regular basis, not to mention his fondness for dog-hormone biscuits.
  • Fat and Skinny: Frequently pairs off into a classic example of this with Dale, where he naturally plays the fat one.
  • Fat Best Friend: Noticeably heavier than Hank, who's not exactly trim and fit himself.
  • Fat Idiot: His issues blind his better judgement at times.
  • Fat Slob: He's a testament to bad hygiene.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's strongly implied that he had an abusive relationship with his father. In perhaps unintentional foreshadowing for "Pretty, Pretty Dresses," it's mentioned in a Season 2 episode that Bill's dad made him dress up in girl's clothing to humiliate him. There is also his ex-wife leaving him.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: While Dale and Peggy are the most openly contemptuous of him, pretty much everyone casually insults him on a regular basis. It's often implied that he's kept around because Hank feels obligated to.
  • Friend to All Children: He genuinely enjoys making kids happy. At one point, he starts a Christmas fair in his yard and spends time dressed as Santa, giving gifts to kids who visit. He later takes it a bit too far with his insistence on keeping the village until well past Christmas, but the good intentions are there.
    "Hank, there'll be plenty of time for these kids to be beaten down by life. I can help bring a little extra joy and love into their world now. Shouldn't I?"
  • Future Loser: He was really in his prime during his high school years. Now? Everyone but him has moved on to do better.
  • Gonk: Bill's eyes are drawn round with dot pupils instead of the realistic style of the others, making them sadder looking and too small for his head. He also has cruder eyebrows than most of the other characters, and if any of his unsightly features are brought to attention, the features in question will often be far more detailed than a standard character design.
  • Graceful Loser: In Season 4 episode 3 "Bills are Made to be Broken", a promising young football player named Ricky Suggs ties Bill's record for most career touchdowns. Hank is understandably worried about Bill's mental state as one of the great accomplishments in his life comes under threat. However, Bill seems fine and even supportive of Ricky. When Ricky get a Game-Breaking Injury that will put him out for the season, Bill is sympathetic, even sharing an experience about hurting himself to get his record. It becomes a Deconstruction, when at the next game, the opposing team lets him score the record-breaking touchdown and the entire crowd cheers except for Bill and his friends, who see it as unfair since the player didn't earn it. While Bill tries to be a good sport at first, he admits to Hank that he's devastated to lose his record in an unfair way. It becomes a Reconstruction when Bill gets back in the game to re-tie the record. When given a chance to win back the record, Bill decides he is happy to share the tied record with Ricky, because Ricky earned the record with him and he is honored to share it with Ricky. Hank saids it best.
    Peggy: Why are you in such a hurry to witness Bill's soul-shattering collapse when Ricky Suggss crosses that goal line.
    Hank: Have you been talking to Dale? Because he's saying the same thing. You both think Bill will be depressed. Well, I'll tell you what, I am impressed with the way Bill has handled this with sportsmanship and dignity.
  • Groin Attack: Would constantly receive one to the point where it became a Running Gag.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Had hair akin to Roger Daltrey when he was younger. Then he got it buzzed in the Army. Then he went bald from age, and years of depression and neglect.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • A particularly sad case. After his wife, Lenore, leaves him, Bill spends a long time convincing himself that she'll be back. This mentality eventually cultivates in him breaking down into depression and suicidal impulses during a Christmas Episode. He gets over it in the same episode thanks to Hank helping him come to terms with Lenore's departure by pretending to be "Lenore".
    • Another example is when he finds out that he's been unknowingly used as a guinea pig to test a super soldier formula that would give him attributes of a walrus, which explains his current appearance. This is even worse when you see flashbacks of him where he was physically fit and a borderline example of The Ace, leaving him in depression which leads to him stealing a tank. It's later revealed that he only received a placebo, meaning everything wrong with his life really is his fault.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Hidden behind his failures, Bill is shown to be an excellent barber and professional caregiver.
    • He also speaks French (Creole, not European) and can play a zydeco-style accordion.
    • Pretty much any Bill-centric episode will reveal something he really enjoys and/or gave s very good at, but circumstances force him back to square one by the end of the episode.
    • In the episode, “Tankin’ It To The Streets”, he has some training or the pure skill to drive a tank. While drunk off his ass, no less.
  • Hollywood Dateless: Despite being pudgy, homely, and so desperate to please that he comes off as a creep, nearly every episode centered around Bill involves him getting involved with a smart, attractive, successful, kind-hearted woman who genuinely likes him. He usually manages to mess it up by the end of the episode.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In his youth, he was in excellent shape and was a star football player for Arlen High, and he had "hair like Roger Daltrey".
  • Jerkass: He may consider Hank his best friend, but this man never stops for a single vulnerable moment whenever there is tension between Hank and Peggy just to get closer to her, or whenever there are moments when Hank and Peggy are enjoying their time together in front of him. Hank always brushes him off, though.
  • Jerkass Ball: Has his moments, like in "Après Hank, le Deluge", where he has Hank locked up in a cage after the town blames the latter for negligence.
  • The Juggernaut: On the football field, where fans dubbed him "The Billdozer".
  • Kavorka Man: For all his unattractiveness, he has dated Reverend Stroup, Charlene, Ann Richards, and Kahn's mother.
  • Lazy Bum: When he's not working, he's either drinking beer in the alley or laying at home sulking.
  • Likes Older Women: He's went out with Ann Richards and Kahn's mother.
  • Oblivious to Love: In "It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Neighbor Sings", Bill fails to pick up on the not so subtle hints that Reverend Stroup gave him.
  • The Pig-Pen: He's not visibly dirty, but his awful breath and body odor are often commented on. Plus he's shown to be quite hairy when shirtless.
  • Ragin' Cajun: It's well-hidden most of the time, but it's there. For the most part he's a depressed sad-sack who's been beaten down by life and a total Butt-Monkey, but if anyone manages to really piss him off, it ain't gonna be pretty. Even Dale is wary about provoking him because of this.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives a blistering one to "Lenore" (actually Hank pretending to be his ex-wife) for leaving him because she didn't love him anymore, and didn't even bother to call him back after the fact.
    Bill: That's all? That's why you left? It's as simple as that? And you didn't even have the courtesy to send me a Dear John letter? Well, I'll tell you what. I consider that rude. And I'll tell you something: I am worth a Dear John letter, I'll tell you that right now. And there are a lot of women who would agree with me! So, you know what? You go ahead! You get out! Get out! You don't deserve William Fontain De la Tour Dauterive!
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: As if the poor guy didn't have enough things working against him, he also shrieks in a decidedly un-manly way in response to danger.
  • Self-Deprecation: During his version of the story in the "Rashomon"-Style episode, he is twice as fat and completely bald. However, since the episode was a Shout-Out of sorts to The Three Stooges, he might have been seeing himself as Curly.
  • Stalker with a Crush:
    • He is obsessed with Peggy. In "The Texas Skilsaw Massacre", he tells Hank "I once made a vest out of your wife's underpants". In another episode, he steals Peggy's used body cast from the garbage, takes it to his house, puts a picture of Peggy where the head would be and plays Boggle with it.
    • He's also uncomfortably fond of Hank, hanging on every word he says and being freakishly attached to their friendship, to the point of idolizing him.
    • His stalker tendencies are referred to by Peggy in "The Nut Before Christmas" where upon hearing that Bill has a date, Peggy is happy to hear that Bill "will be spending time with a woman who knows he's there."
    • In "Escape from Party Island", he tries to unsuccessfully win Peggy over while Hank is watching over his mom and her friends. This episode dialed Bill's stalker tendencies Up to Eleven from the way he told Bobby "you know how your mother and I worry about you" to revealing he held on to a spare key the Hills gave him when they went on vacation. Six years ago. This leads to a moment of Fridge Horror when you stop to consider Bill could've gone into their house whenever he wanted and they probably never knew.
  • Status Quo Is God: The plot of most Bill-focused episodes is as follows: Bill finds something he's really good at, or someone who actually likes him, and starts turning his life around; something turns out to be wrong with the situation, so his friends convince him to give up his new activity; Bill returns to being a sad sack and no one even suggests that he just try finding a new way to pursue his passion. While his reconciliation with his ex-wife was dropped in the same episode, his dating Kahn's mom was referenced vaguely the following episode, with it implied that Bobby accidentally jinxed the relationship with a tarot card reading.
  • Straw Loser: Fat, bald, divorced, broke, hopelessly depressed and a complete and utter creep. His existence on the show is solely to make the other characters look better by comparison.
  • Tuckerization: He shares a last name with the co-producer.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: When he gets diagnosed with diabetes, he gets confined to a wheelchair and makes friends who are also paraplegic. Later on, Bill unconsciously gets up from his wheelchair and walks around, to which his friends accuse him of faking his disability. In actuality, Bill was so physically active with his new friends that his diabetes regressed, allowing him to walk again.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • In "A Beer Can Named Desire", he visits family in New Orleans and gets the attention of three attractive cousins (one by blood, two by marriage). While the Hills are at the Cowboys-Saints game, Bill finds out which cousin is blood-related and sleeps with the two who aren't.
    • There is also his relationship with Ann Richards, and finally getting back at his ex-wife.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": He named an iguana after his ex-wife, Lenore.
  • With Friends Like These...: "Après Hank, le Deluge" is a triumphant example.
  • Worth It: Claims to have made most of his life decisions at a Foghat concert. He stands by them.


Jeffery Dexter "Jeff" Boomhauer III
Voiced by: Mike Judge

A very fast-talking ladies man and one of Hank's childhood friends. His dialect can be hard to keep up with, but none of his friends seem to have any trouble talking to him.

  • The Ace: Initially portrayed as this, but his flaws become clearer later on. Even with his flaws more apparent, though, he's still an attractive, intelligent and modestly wealthy man who seems to enjoy himself on a day to day basis much more than any of his friends do.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Though normally unflappable, he finds Dale's jokes at Hank's expense hilarious.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Notably the only main character to possess these. It lends to his normally stoic and unflappable disposition.
  • Cain and Abel: With Patch, being the Abel to Patch's Cain. Patch's willingness to lie about his own brother being a patron of prostitutes and seduce underage girls despite being due to marry his fiancee eventually led to his relationship with Boomhauer deteriorating.
  • The Casanova: For the first six seasons. See Characterization Marches On.
  • Casanova Wannabe: In the season 6 episode "I'm With Cupid", Bobby learns Boomhauer's "technique" is simply hitting on every women he is attracted to until one says yes.
  • Characterization Marches On: Early seasons portray Boomhauer as being fairly one-dimensional, with the primary function of his character being the Running Gag of the improbableness of his simultaneously being The Ace and The Unintelligible. As time went by and the joke began to wear thin as the audience became increasingly more accustomed to his speech, he began getting treated more legitimately as a character, gaining more obvious flaws, having his successfulness downplayed and even experiencing some Character Development in the form of dialing back his womanizing after getting his heart broken in season 6's "Dang Ol' Love".
  • Chick Magnet: He's very popular with the ladies.
  • Cool Car: His classic Dodge Charger. In general, he seems to have an interest in vintage cars to go along with the rest of his "cool guy" persona.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: A grown up example with both Dale and Bill. He's a handsome, confident and level-headed playboy while Dale is a weirdo Conspiracy Theorist and Bill is a Fat Idiot with cripplingly low self-esteem. Despite this, he constantly hangs out with both of them and even frequently willingly participates in their Zany Schemes. Arguably also applies to his friendship with Hank, who is a risk-averse stick-in-the-mud that is generally opposed to serial womanizers like Boomhauer.
    • Downplayed when they were in high school. They were all in the football team together, Hank was less awkward and a very good runningback and Bill was a handsome and confident quarterback. Still played straight with the scrawny towel manager Dale, though.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Justified, in that he spends a lot of time outdoors and has a tanning bed in his house.
  • Depending on the Writer: Depending on the episode he's in, Boomhauer is either standing aside (on account of being the Only Sane Man or not even a part of whatever kind of zany things Bill and Dale are doing), or he's going along with them.
  • Due to the Dead: Subverted, by accident. In "A Fire-fighting We Will Go", senior volunteer firefighter Chet Elderson dies and Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer are pallbearers at his funeral. Thanks to Dale refusing to touch the casket ("It's bad luck'), they drop him, fall into his grave and Boomhauer accidentally pantses him. Then Hank accuses Chet of burning down the firehouse in order to protect the real culprit, Dale.
  • Everybody Has Standards: He may be a chronic womanizer, but even he takes exception to cheating on one's fiance/wife, or sleeping with girls who are barely legal.
    • When Luanne briefly moves in with him, he's quick to assure Hank that nothing amorous is going on.
      Boomhauer: Hank, I don't know what you're thinkin', but no, man, I ain't no Woody Allen with that little ol' Soon-Li, man, nothin's gonna happen.
    • In the episode "Patch Boomhauer", he is furious with his older brother, Patch, for trying to seduce Luanne (despite being due to marry Catherine), and reminds him of his wedding vows. Patch's refusal to listen leads to a shoving match that turns to a fistfight, and it leads to them rolling into the streets while beating each other up.
  • Foil:
    • To Bill. Where Bill is a fat, slovenly, self-hating cuckold whose wife cheated on, argued with, and eventually left him, Boomhauer is a lean, handsome-looking, relaxed, introspective ladies man.
    • To Hank. Hank is married to Peggy and has a son, Bobby, while Boomhauer is single. And while usually The Stoic, Hank is more prone to anger than Boomhauer is, though Boomhauer is more willing to display his emotions in general than Hank is.
    • To his older brother, Patch. Both are Casanova Wannabes, except Boomhauer is calmer and introspective. Patch is a womanizing sleazebag who's willing to cheat on his fiancee, Katherine, with underage girls like Luanne. And while Boomhauer is loyal to his friends/loved ones, Patch isn't, as he was willing to lie about Boomhauer's patronage of prostitutes to save his own skin.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic. Like Hank, he normally has a calm, stoic, and unflappable disposition, and comes across as the Only Sane Man of the group compared to Dale's outrageous paranoia and Bill's self-loathing.
  • Generation Xerox: Apparently, Boomhauer's unintelligible way of speaking was passed down from his mother, who also talks like that. And his Meemaw, for that matter. Patch as well.
  • Greek Chorus: In a limited capacity, given his status as The Quiet One. But since he often stays away from the plot, sometimes he gives commentary near the end of the episode about the moral of the story or its larger themes.
  • Hidden Depths: His Hidden Depths are a major component of nearly every Boomhauer-centric episode.
    • Boomhauer is possibly the most philosophical and intellectual character on the show. Just listen to him explain the meaning of life.
    • In "Four Wave Intersection", we learn he was a talented surfer in his youth.
    • He turns out to have an excellent singing voice that is free from his usual Motor Mouth and Verbal Tics and perfect for singing bluegrass.
    • At the end of "To Sirloin with Love," it's revealed that he somehow has a job with the Texas Rangers.
    • He seems well-versed in governmental legalese, in "The Arrowhead".note 
  • Informed Attribute: Boomhauer is often said to be the most mature, best put together of Hank's friends to the point that out of them he's the only one of them Hank respects, but the thing is Boomhauer often goes along and willing participates in many of the zany harebrained schemes his friends will come up with, and shows himself to be just as irresponsible and stupid as they are at times. Knowing his true job does lend more credence to Hank's assessment, as the Texas Rangers required either three years of military service or 90+ units of college credit. Since Boomhauer never served in the military, this would make him the most educated person on the block, besides Kahn.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: To the people that know him well, including the viewer, if they've heard him speak enough times. People from outside Arlen can't understand him, however; this even gets him committed in one episode.
  • Kavorka Man: He's considered to be good-looking compared to his neighbors/friends, but he is damn near incomprehensible to anyone he isn't friends with, which makes his excellent skills with the ladies somewhat improbable. One episode reveals that he simply asks out every woman he sees until one of them says yes.
  • Ladykiller in Love: In one episode, which showed his Hidden Depths.
  • Last-Name Basis:
    • Both his friends and family call him Boomhauer, though his first name was revealed to be Jeff.
    • Boomhauer himself does this to Dale, whom he always calls “Gribble.”
  • Mellow Fellow: He's very laid-back and generally just goes with the flow.
  • Motor Mouth: YeahmanyaknowdatdangolBoomhauermantalksofastcantunnerstandawordhesdangolsayinman. Notably, he sees himself as speaking normally while everyone else is speaking like he is.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: His job/source of income on the show was given multiple explanations: one was that he was a former electric lineman on worker's comp, another was that he doesn't work because he lives off the money he won in a lottery, and a third explanation was that Boomhauer came from a moderately wealthy family and lived off a trust fund set up for him. The last episode "To Sirloin with Love" reveals that Boomhauer actually does have a job: he's a member of the Texas Rangers.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • He seems to find Dale's jokes hilarious, against his will.
    • In "Propane Boom", he was understandably terrified when Mega-Lo-Mart explodes thanks to a propane gas explosion caused by Buckley's blatant ignorance of safety protocols, and immediately tries calling 911. Unfortunately, his Motor Mouth tendencies ends up confusing the operator, forcing him to speak slowly. Thankfully, Buckley was the only casualty, but no one can blame him for thinking his friends were caught in the crossfire, too.
  • Older Than They Look: He's the same age as the rest of his friends, but while Hank, Bill and Dale have all gone to seed to varying degrees, Boomhauer doesn't look all that much different from when he was in high school.
  • The One That Got Away: His ex-girlfriend Catherine, for whom he has unresolved feelings. Boomhauer's none too happy when Catherine gets engaged to his older brother, Patch, especially when Patch's infidelity comes to light after he tries seducing Luanne.
  • Only Sane Man: Will usually play this role if Hank is absent, or if Hank has been unable to get Dale and/or Bill to stop acting like idiots. Generally speaking, Boomhauer has better judgement than Dale and Bill but frequently goes along with the zany schemes they concoct regardless. Notably, he is the only one of Hank's friends who Hank genuinely seems to respect.
  • Out of Focus: The number of episodes focusing on him can be counted on one hand. Now, compare that to the amount that focus on Hank, Dale, and Bill.
  • The Philosopher: Seems to enjoy introspection, and occasionally voices his beliefs on the human condition to his friends. Due to him being borderline-unintelligible, however, this is entirely played for laughs.
  • The Pornomancer: Always seems to have a rotating series of women over at his house. One episode lightly deconstructs this by revealing that his primary method of picking up women is to simply ask out every single one he sees until one eventually says yes.
  • The Quiet One: Generally keeps quiet during conversations, but when he speaks, he doesn't hold back. Notably, during Hank's friend group's signature "Yep" circle, he always simply grunts "Mmhm" instead of actually saying yep.
  • Ranger: The last episode reveals that he is a Texas Ranger.
  • The Reveal: The last episode finally reveals what his job is: he's a Texas Ranger.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With his older brother, Patch. Patch has the same casanova tendencies as Boomhauer, but he's willing to seduce underage girls, while Boomhauer refuses to sleep with women who are either engaged, married, or barely legal. While Boomhauer still loves his ex-girlfriend Katherine despite them having long since broken up, Patch is disloyal to her and was willing to cheat on his fiancee the moment he sees another pretty girl. And while Boomhauer is frequently willing to participate in his neighbors' hijinks, he's very loyal to his friends. Patch is not, being willing to lie about his own brother just to protect himself from being exposed as an adulterer.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Unlike when he speaks, Boomhauer's singing voice (provided by country singer Vince Gil) is clear and actually quite nice to listen to.
  • Skintone Sclerae: The lack of whites in his eyes gives him an impressive poker face.
  • The Stoic: Generally about as unflappable as Hank, though he's much more willing to emote.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: His older brother, Patch, looks almost exactly like him, except he's a darker blonde and has a mullet.
  • The Unintelligible: His fast-talking, slurred and heavily-accented speech (based on an angry hillbilly who called Mike Judge to complain about Beavis and Butt-Head, which he called "Porky's Butthole") can make figuring out what he's trying to say an impossible feat for new viewers. That said, once you become accustomed to his speaking patterns he becomes much easier to understand, and his dialogue always makes sense in the context that he says it in. Humorously, in The Rashomon episode, everyone else is unintelligible when he tells his side of the story.
  • Verbal Tic: Intelligible parts of his speech tend to include "yeah man", "Talkin' 'bout", and "dang ol'."
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Gets annoyed with Dale easily and exclusively refers to him as "Gribble" rather than his first name, but still clearly considers him to be one of his best friends.
  • You're Just Jealous: Everyone's reaction in "Patch Boomhauer" when he tries to warn them, and his ex-girlfriend Catherine, that his brother Patch has not given up his womanizing ways. While Boomhauer is jealous that Catherine chose his brother over him, he is genuinely trying to keep her from marrying a creep who'll inevitably break her heart. Thankfully, Patch accidentally confesses to his infidelity at the end, vindicating Boomhauer.

The Gribbles

    Dale Gribble 

Dale Alvin Gribble
Guns don’t kill people. The government does.

Voiced by: Johnny Hardwick

"If you want I can show you how to make a bomb out of a roll of toilet paper and a stick of dynamite."

Dale rounds out Hank's circle of friends. Dale, an exterminator by trade, is a paranoid conspiracy theorist who has prepared for just about any unlikely situation you can think of. And yet, he can't seem to figure out that his lovely wife Nancy is having an affair right under his nose.

  • Act of True Love: Deconstructed. Dale worships the ground his wife walks on. When she feels insecure about her age and fading looks, Dale promises to acquire the money needed for plastic surgery by any means, even suing his beloved cigarette company. However, he performs too well, to the point of driving Nancy away. When the company, afraid of losing the case, offers him a huge settlement, he rejects it without a second thought and instead exploits an entire courtroom to reassure Nancy not only that he loves her, but he considers her the most beautiful woman in the world unconditionally.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Parodied. Bill will tell a joke or story but be horribly injured halfway through. Dale will refer to the joke or the story as entertaining.
  • Afraid of Needles: To the point where he has a fit over getting his blood type test.
  • Agent Mulder:
    • Dale exemplifies this. Amusingly, the most obvious deception in his life is right in front of him, the fact that Joseph isn't biologically his, and he brushes it off as having a Jamaican grandmother whose dark skin and features skipped him and ended up with his alleged son.
    • In one episode, it is revealed that he has a hugely convoluted conspiracy theory to explain this (Nancy was impregnated by an alien), which acts in many ways as the foundation for his other conspiracy theories.
  • Alpha Bitch: A number of episodes will have Dale lead a clique with Bill and Boomhauer then actively bully and ostracize Hank. He can even command his cronies with a snap of his fingers and a, “S’go!”
  • Ambiguous Disorder: The episode 'Naked Ambition' implies that his Conspiracy Theorist tendencies and many of his stranger quirks are a result of a mental illness (See The Schizophrenia Conspiracy below), and they noticeably wane after he is put on medication. And several episodes suggest that he has an eating disorder of some kind, either anorexia or bulimia.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Inverted. One undeniable fact about Dale, he loves his son. However, this often causes more harm than good. In “Vision Quest” Dale’s desire to make his son cool, nearly drives Joseph to kill a helpless panda bear. In “the Smoking Bandit” Dale’s desire to earn his son’s respect causes a minor vandalism wave that only makes Joseph most rebellious. In “Of Mice and Little Green Men” his inability to connect with his son and his rationalization of this drives Joseph to run away from home.
  • Armor of Invincibility: Dale invokes this trope when he wears an actual European suit of armor and, unsurprisingly, becomes an even bigger bully. Until Bill dawns his own makeshift armor and defeats Dale in a duel.
  • Ax-Crazy: When pushed hard enough, or as Hank puts it, when they put stress “on a building that was never up to code in the first place.” Best seen when Dale thinks he has rabies and threatens to murder Hank and Bobby.
  • Bad Liar: In "Junkie Business", Dale applies for a job at Strickland Propane claiming to have owned and operated "Gribble & Sons Propane" out of Yuma, Arizona since 1984. He's being interviewed by Hank, who has known Dale since they were in first grade. He denies it.
  • Balance, Speed, Strength Trio: The speed to Bill’s strength and Hank and Boomhauer’s balance.
  • Baldness Angst: Whenever his cap gets knocked off, he tends to freak out and quickly cover his bald head.
  • Basement-Dweller: Probably one of the few examples that isn't a Hollywood Nerd and actually is married with a child. He pretty much lived down there before Nancy stops cheating on him. Then there's how he's always abusing Bill.
  • Batman Gambit: Somewhat hit-or-miss, such as when he dares Hank to tear apart his building permit for a watchtower. Nevertheless, Dale famously defeated Mad Dog with one of these.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Can pull these off with effortless confidence, such as when he exploits an entire courtroom to win back Nancy or cow a DMV employee into correcting Hank’s license. Others are just petty, such a shame when he demands four rooms in the hotel’s “kosher” floor or else be placated.
  • Blatant Lies: Resorts to this every he’s caught redhanded.
    Dale: Hank Did it! Bill did it! I begged them not to!
  • Berserk Button:
    • Dale loathes the idea of his privacy being invaded or being fooled. Case in point: when he thinks his lawnmower is stolen, it pushes him into a full-blown psychotic breakdown.
    • Nancy. When Dale finds out about Hank’s sex dream, he tries to kill him (along with Peggy, for good measure) with an ELECTRIC TOASTER while they were in the Gribbles' hot tub. When John Redcorn refuses to resume “healing” Nancy, Dale declares John Redcorn dead to him. When he catches his father making out with her on his wedding day (to cover up his homosexuality) Dale slaps him and disowns him. Even after they reconcile, Dale throws a knife at his dad when he merely talks to Nancy (since Bug hasn't told him he's gay yet).
    • Messing in any way with his beloved car, the bugabago.
  • Betty and Veronica: With John Redcorn to Nancy’s Archie. As to who is Betty and who is Veronica, is explored throughout the series, though by the finale it is clear Dale is Nancy’s Betty. He wins.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Subverted since they’re middle aged men, but Dale is the brains who comes up with the zany schemes, Bill is the dumb muscle, and Boomhauer is handsome but passive.
  • Big Bad: Rarely, since most of the time Dale’s antics, though harmful, have good intentions or are tangential to the driving conflict of the episode. However, in “King of the Ant Hill” his envy and pride are responsible for all the woes of Hank and Bobby.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Double Subverted. When he’s about to burst into the gun club and rescue the hostages Hank, Bill, and Boomhauer, he makes things worse and immediately gets caught by Mad Dog. But once imprisoned along he manages to outwit Mad Dog and safe the day in the end.
  • Big Eater:
    • It was revealed that Dale can actually put away more food than Bill or Bobby, in spite of his pencil-thin build. He keeps this a secret because he thinks it makes him a freak.
    • He also revealed in "The Exterminator" that he eats nine small meals a day, which adds up to quite a bit.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Along with Boomhauer, he is the thin to Hank’s big and Bill’s short.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Nancy, subtle but there. They are incredibly different in level of physical attractiveness. While Nancy is an outgoing, charismatic local television personality, Dale is a paranoid weirdo. One episode focuses entirely on Dale rejecting the advances of a gender-flipped beautiful exterminator version of himself in favor of his wife. However, both Dale and Nancy share Alpha Bitch tendencies, apparent not just with the neighbors in the gun club and the TV station. Their close friend (Hank/Peggy) underestimates their intellect, ruthlessness and capacity for harm. They both look harmless (giblet head/blonde bimbo) but when pushed hard enough they have explosive tempers. They bring the best out of each other and curtail the worst of each other. They are also perfectly okay with lying to themselves, each other, and everyone else to keep their bubble intact. Not least of all, they have great sexual chemistry (post Redcorn affair).
  • Blood Knight: Downplayed since he is completely incompetent. Having said that, he is ecstatic at the idea of executing a convict and calls it the major leagues for exterminators.
  • Blue Boy Pink Girl: With Nancy. Downplayed example, since Nancy in addition to her pink shirt Nancy also wears blue pants, but hers are rather muted in contrast to the deep blue of Dale’s, which is the noticeably deeper than the jeans of the other guys.
  • Bounty Hunter: Became one for one episode. Worked about as well as you would expect.
  • Brainy Brunette/Dumb Blonde: Perhaps unintentionally, Dale holds the distinction of a unique hair color among cast. While he’s not blond like Boomhauer, Nancy, or Luanne, he’s also not Brunet like Hank, Peggy, or Bill. His hair (what remains of it) is ranges between a light sandy brown or even strawberry. That ambiguity, coupled with his baldness, allows him to play with the trope since he can be both unbelievably ditzy and surprisingly cunning.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Subverted, since he was wet or soiled himself from mortal fear a couple of times, but he seems indifferent (or even proud!) of the fact.
  • The Bully: see Alpha Bitch above. Whenever Dale and Hank have a fight, Dale will bully Hank mercilessly, which is hilarious since Hank was popular jock in high school and Dale was a loser who made it through because he was friends with Hank and the other guys. Examples of Dale bullying Hank include the mooning episode, the diminished glutes mower race, the Tico’s Tacos adventure, and restraining order. Dale also bullies Bill verbally and physically.
  • Bumbling Dad: He loves his wife and son dearly, but his being the way that he is frequently impedes his ability to be a good patriarch.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Surprisingly good at his job as an exterminator (and his temporary job as an office worker in charge of terminating workers); in fact, it may be the only thing he's good at.
  • Butt-Monkey: He gets injured quite often.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Pocket sand!," "ELECTRIC TOASTER!" and "Squirrel tactic!"
  • Camera Fiend: One of his underrated hobbies. He wanted to be a famous cineaste but unfortunately nobody shot a president in front of him. He develops photographs in his basement and even has a snapshot of Bill giving Hank mouth to mouth resuscitation.
  • Catch Phrase: More so than any other character in the show.
    • “Wingo!” Whenever he has an eureka moment.
    • “Sh-sh-sha!” After escaping someone or performing some daring acrobatic deed.
    • “Gih!” A half-muffled gasp when he is surprised or caught having done, doing, or about to do something stupid.
    • “S’go!” Usually accompanied by a snap of his fingers. Whenever he plays the Alpha Bitch of the alley, he will command Bill and/or Boomhauer to follow him. They will invariably obey.
    • “Ass.” Said under his breath while he walks away from someone who’s just ruined his fun. (Usually Hank)
    • “You big bully!” To call someone out for doing something he himself is more likely to do—bullying others!
    • “My God, (name).” Exasperated by someone’s (usually Hank) being a wet blanket or party pooper).
    • “How could you, (name)?” Usually said to an animal for behaving, well, like an animal.
    • “Nancy!” Or “Joseph!” At the top of his lungs. Nancy will usually be on her way to John Redcorn or on her way to work. Prebubescent Joseph will obey while teenage Joseph will likely ignore him.
    • “Watcha doin’?” When is curious about something Hank is doing but wants to keep private. Or when Nancy is coming on to him.
    • “Unless...” Whenever Hank is unsure of what to do, Dale will propose two or three absurd ideas, which Hank will immediately shoot down. Then either Dale will offer a slightly less ridiculous idea which Hank will take as a hail-Mary or Boomhauer will break his silence to offer his own plan.
    • “That’s a Gribble of an idea!” On the other hand if Boomhauer or Bill offer a completely ludiocruous idea, Dale will run with it...and probably make it worse!
    • “That’s him! That’s Hank Hill!” If for whatever reason Hank is trying to keep a low profile, Dale will certainly and gleefully point him out to the interested parties.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Textbook example and justified, since Dale is fully aware of how wimpy he is. Dale will resort to biting, scratching, playing dead, sneak attacks, plenty of backstabbing and, of course, “POCKET SAND!”
  • Comedic Sociopathy: He gets a lot of pleasure out of watching Peggy suffer, particularly on her birthday (and if he can lend a hand in ruining it, all the better). In "Strangeness on a Train," he finally starts to experience some degree of remorse over this.
  • The Comically Serious: Perhaps symptomatic of his Ambiguous Disorder. In contrast to his purposeful jabs and quips, sometimes he will deliver utterly ridiculous or inappropriate statements with unflappably seriousness.
    Dale: Gentlemen, the crap has literally been scared out of me.
  • Comic Trio: An interesting example. Dale will invariably come up with the plans, but Bill and Boomhauer alternate roles, since Bill will do most of the work and readily obey Dale, but will be the first to become nervous and afraid. In contrast, Boomhauer is the most reasonable (and the most likely not to join the scheme in the first place) but he is the most quiet and most likely to follow along tacitly.
  • Chaste Hero: Shares this trait with Hank. Though Dale is hardly heroic, he has unyielding fidelity to his wife. And the times he manifests this trait coincide with flashes of heroism, such as when he, without a second thought, rejects the advances the beautiful exterminator or the competitive eating groupie (voiced by Pamela Anderson).
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Double Subverted. While he will not outright win, he will always gain enough of a profit or advantage to be satisfied.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Averted with the guys, since they mostly wear various combinations of blue, white, and black. But with Nancy and either Joseph or John Redcorn or Peggy they are blue/pink/green. With Peggy and Minh, Dale is blue, Peggy green, and Minh combines yellow and red.
  • Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: Will engineer schemes and then betray those foolish enough to follow him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Dale lives in a complete fantasy world of his own creation. It's one of the many reasons why Nancy was able to get away with cheating on him for 14 years.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Dale thinks the fact that Joseph doesn't look like him is either from (a) a Jamaican grandmother whose dark features skipped a generation, or (b) an extraterrestrial who impregnated Nancy.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: He really has only one theory, but it is a convoluted web involving the JFK assassination, time travel, aliens, UN global domination, and a worldwide computer information network conspiracy called "The Beast.” And yet he never picks up on the one very real, very obvious conspiracy happening right in front of his face (that of his wife cheating on him with John Redcorn).
  • Contortionist: Implied. The exact extent of his flexibility is unknown but he’s been shown to put both legs behind his head and walk on his hands without effort. No small feat for a heavy smoker in his forties.
  • Cool Car: His beloved ride, the Bugabaggo.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Zigzagged with Boomhauer. Dale is more often a foil to Hank, while Boomhauer is one to Bill. Indeed, Dale refers to the pair as "a cool married guy and a cool single guy" in contrast to losers Hank and Bill. But several episodes suggest a discreet closeness between Dale and Boomhauer. They go to the same salon to get haircuts and have hunted for sunken treasure together for over 20 years. Whenever one drives the other sits shotgun (unless it’s Bill’s birthday). While playing hooky from voting with Hank, Dale buys Boomhauer a cologne “he will love.” Notably, when Boomhauer is placed under a psychiatric hold he calls Dale first of all people. And they once had a cartoon made of what a child between the two of them would look like. However, while Boomhauer is a textbook cool guy and Dale seems like a loser, Dale is the more assertive and likely to take leadership (especially at the expense of Hank), Boomhauer will invariably follow Dale tacitly.
  • Cool Shades: A classic example. Although in Dale's case, it's more that he really wants to look cool.
  • Crazy Survivalist: Parodied in episode where he imitates Survivor Guy and lives in the backyard.
  • Domestic Abuse: Deconstructed. When he attempts to win a million dollar lawsuit against a cigarette company, Dale feigns to be disgusted by Nancy’s appearance. Dale thinks he’s performance is Played for Laughs, but to the other characters and the viewers it’s Played for Drama. Since Dale has plenty experience being The Bully, especially to Bill, he performs too convincingly and becomes horrifically verbally and emotionally abusive to Nancy, severely damaging her self-esteem and psychological health. She flees her own home and depends on Hank to prevent Dale from dragging her back. Eerily Truth in Television and along with "Leanne’s Saga" one of the most realistic depictions of domestic abuse in the series.
  • Depending on the Artist: How bald he is when shown without a hat varies. Sometimes he has a mild-to-moderately receding hairline, other times he's as bald as Bill. And in some of the season 1 and 2 episodes, he has a bad combover to try and cover it up. Eventually, they permanently settled on "receded to about halfway up his head".
  • Depending on the Writer: In some episodes, Dale's an excellent exterminator. In others, he appears completely incompetent. Dale's general level of intelligence also seems to fluctuate between episodes. In some episodes, he's erudite enough to quote Langston Hughes or discuss the Observer Effect; other times, he thinks F-I-A-T spells Ford or that digging tunnels under the alley is a good idea. Mostly governed by Rule of Funny.
  • Determinator: Whether he’s right, wrong, or indifferent, Dale will find away. Following Hank to Mexico, stowing away inside Hank’s truck, ruining Hank’s lawn with an ant infestation.
  • Didn't Think This Through: His plan to sue Bazooms for sexual discrimination fails spectacularly when he tries to make his demands (consisting of a piece of paper with the word "money" on it), only for the manager to call him out on his theft due to all the unrung food he gave to his customers and bluntly tells Dale that he'll get nothing as a result.
  • Dirty Coward: And he knows it. He's rather proud of it too.
  • Dishonored Dead: played straight when he vomits on Buckley’s charred remains. Downplayed in "A Fire-fighting We Will Go", senior volunteer firefighter Chet Elderson dies and Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer are pallbearers at his funeral. Thanks to Dale refusing to touch the casket ("It's bad luck'), they drop him, fall into his grave and Boomhauer accidentally pantses him. Then Hank accuses Chet of burning down the firehouse in order to protect the real culprit, Dale.
  • Double Think: Many of his conspiracy theories contradict each other. Hank calls him out on this more than once.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Whilst his declaring that Hank can't connect to Bobby is due to Hank being a crappy dad is Played for Laughs and as another Dale Jerkass moment, he's not actually wrong. The biggest issue in Hank and Bobby's relationship is that Hank demands that Bobby conform to what Hank wants his son to be like, think like, and act like. Even in the final episode, they only finally make a connection because Bobby turns out to have a knack for judging the quality and grilling abilities of meat, which is the kind of thing that Hank believes is an appropriate skill for a man to have. So, yeah, Hank might not be as directly abusive as his own father was, but this selfish controlling streak means that Hank is often a pretty awful parent in his own right.
  • The Dreaded: Becomes this during his short stint as junior Vice President of Human Resources at Stick-Tech.
  • Drunk with Power: Dale becomes this in "The Exterminator" when he becomes the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources of Stik-Tek. The position allowed him to fire people anytime he wanted.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Double Subverted when Hank takes the bullet for Dale. Dale confesses his undying loyalty to Hank’s memory and promises to dedicate his life to propane and protecting Peggy. Hank, however is not dying, and when Dale becomes offended by Hank’s wearing a bullet proof vest, Hank berates him for doubting the genuineness of his friendship.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: He likes to think of himself as a badass bounty hunter, but is too cowardly to really do the job. It's probable that he became an exterminator because this allows him to hunt and kill creatures he needn't fear (though even then, he occasionally gets scared of them).
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Averted and frequently employed as part of his Batman Gambits against Hank. When he destroys Bobby’s ventriloquist dummy and Hank threatens to kick his ass, Dale drugs himself, fully aware that Hank is too honorable to harm an unconscious man.
  • Evil Counterpart: Mad Dog in "Soldier of Misfortune" is Dale without the incompetence, cowardice or moral compass. Dale is able to outwit Mad Dog by playing on his paranoia and Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Family Man: Dale's most positive character traits tend to appear whenever he's dealing with his wife or his son, both of whom he loves dearly.
  • Fan Disservice: Appears onscreen either nude or wearing visibly insufficient underwear umcomfortably often.
  • Fat and Skinny: Frequently pairs off into a classic example of this with Bill, where he is naturally the skinny one.
  • Fingore: In "The Texas Skillsaw Massacre", Hank accidentally severs his good index finger (namely, the one that holds his cigarette butts) with a circular saw when Dale sits it down right in the path of the blades. Dale takes a second to register what happened, then appropriately freaks out. Luckily, he's rushed to the hospital with the digit on ice and has it surgically reattached.
  • Foil: To Hank, who is his complete opposite. Hank is handy, athletic, incredibly straight-laced, reliable, and extremely competent at his job, but is emotionally stunted and naive. Dale is paranoid, libertarian, scrawny, and incompetent at just about anything that doesn't have to do with killing bugs, conspiracy theories, or government loopholes, but is a loving family man with a broader perspective on life.
    • Also to John Redcorn who is even more dissimilar physically, since he’s stunningly Tall, Dark, and Handsome and has a luxurious glossy black mane. John Redcorn heals, whereas Dale exterminates. But in the end John Redcorn envies and resents Dale for his successful family life (Not to mention keeping the love of his life and his son).
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Cynic.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Choleric.
  • Fragile Speedster: Say what you will, but Dale is an agile, slippery dude.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Much like Bill, the rest of the cast are very much annoyed by Dale's antics, but he can be useful at times and does come through for his neighbors occasionally.
  • Friendless Background: Implied to have one before meeting the guys, since he was a loner and labeled a freak.
  • For the Evulz: Subverted. He refers to the resulting exclusion and mockery of Bill as “byproduct.”
  • The Gadfly: Will never hesitate at the opportunity to point and laugh at someone when they’re down (most often Bill, Hank, or Peggy). However, Hank also won’t hesitate to punch Dale in the arm whenever he crosses the line (aka when he insults Peggy).
  • Genius Ditz: He's a delusional idiot, no question about it, but he also shows rare flashes of genuine cunning.
    • Dale seems to have genuine skill in foreign languages, as he's seen speaking Russian, Spanish and Tagalog on various occasions.
    • His conspiracy theories have given him enough understanding of the government that, with no formal legal training, he is able to get John Redcorn a FOIA request processed quickly (such requests often take months, if they are answered at all) and also has the government return 12 acres of land stolen from the latter's tribe (but is still unable to comprehend that John Redcorn was sleeping with his wife.)
    • "Dale to the Chief" shows that he has an intimate knowledge of government officials and their relations, and uses that to force an Obstructive Bureaucrat to fix an error in Hank's license.
  • Girl Posse: Gender Inverted and parodied, since they are middle aged men. But Dale will invariably be the Alpha Bitch, Bill is the Beta Bitch who parrots Dale and mirrors his body language, and Boomhauer does little more than stand next to Dale and look handsome.
  • Greed: A defining motivator of his. Dale will never pass up an opportunity to make a quick buck, even or, perhaps, especially by exploiting his friends. From charging a dollar to use a portable toilet, fraudulently selling the healing properties of bees, trapping an old woman’s ghost in his basement, and even stealing a made up treasure map from a marriage counselor and blindfolding Bill so he call help Dale find the treasure but not take it for himself. Poor Bill even says that he’s not interested in the treasure—-He’s just happy spending time with Dale!
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Implied to be the reason why he hates Peggy so much. He knows he’ll never be as close to Hank as she is. Happens even more overtly when Hank spends time with his own expy, Hal.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: As much as he dislikes Peggy, they join forces a number of times: "A Bill Full of Dollars," "Peggy's Gone to Pots" (though that was because they both realized that the trouble they were in is so great that it would take a murder-suicide to make it go away, and since they hate each other, they do legitimately consider it) and "Full Metal Dust Jacket" come to mind.
  • Good Parents: For all of his numerous flaws, he's a devoted father and husband.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Played straight. While Nancy cheated on him he had sex only on his birthday and Christmas, which made Nancy depressed during the holidays. After she stops cheating and their marriage stops, as Hank puts it, crumbling, the couple has an active and healthy sex life.
  • Greek Chorus: Far more often than Boomhauer and mostly Played for Laughs. Out of the entire cast, Dale is the most likely to comment on just everything and everyone around him. He can be surprisingly insightful, but since the insight is buried under the piles of insults and paranoid nonsense, no one takes him seriously.
  • Gun Nut: Goes hand in hand with being a Crazy Survivalist, and he is also quite the Miles Gloriosus about his exploits.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: While not to the extent of Bill, Dale is shown with a full head of medium length Shaggy-like hair in his youth.
  • The Heavy: If Dale is to play an antagonistic role in the episode, this will be his default. Dale may have some involvement in the catalyst of the episode but he will rarely be the main cause of the conflict (not unlikely because he is too wimpy). For four Hank-centric examples, in “the Texas Skilsaw Massacre” the primary conflict is between Hank and his anger management, in “to Kill a Ladybird” The conflict is between his love for his dog and his son. “Pregnant Paws” is about his and Peggy’s failure to conceive. And “Hank’s Back story” is about Hank managing his diminished gluteal syndrome. In each of this episodes it is Dale’s actions that move the plot forward and drive Hank (often out of frustration) to face his conflict.
  • Henpecked Husband: Not always present, but there are a few lines here and there that imply Nancy definitely wears the pants in that house. He apparently even has an allowance.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Like the rest of the guys, Dale deifies Hank. When Dale prints his own currency he puts Hank on the $100 bill. The list of people he trusts includes Hank but not Dale himself. This doesn't stop Dale from excluding Hank during the former's Alpha Bitch moments (and, even then, it's possible that this is a misguided way for Dale to feel as important as the man he claims to look up to.)
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With all three guys at different times and for different reasons.
    • Hank won’t admit it but he considers Dale his best friend. As a clue Hank will always stand next to Dale.
    • Dale picks on Bill the most but the two commiserate over being “two beta males at the top of their game.”
    • Boomhauer, discreetly, but there. If Boomhauer has to hang with only one of the guys he will do so with Dale more times than with Hank and Bill combined.
  • Hypocrite:
    • In some episodes such as "A Firefighting We Will Go" and "It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Neighbor Sings" Dale makes fun of Bill's baldness even though Dale himself is also going bald.
    • Despite crying at the drop of a hat he makes fun of Hank for “weeping like a little French Girl.”
    • Despite his anti-government views, he will take advantage of the law or government programs when it's in his favor like when he had the restraining order on Hank or recieving welfare checks as "Rusty Shackleford".
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • When it comes to an episode that in some way deals with Nancy's affair with John Redcorn and their child that came from it, just about all of Dale's dialogue will be heavily laced with hypocritical statements. Not because he knows about the affair, but solely for Rule of Funny.
      • In the episode in which he reveals he knows Joseph isn't his biological son, after blaming his problems with connecting with Joseph on this fact, he then declares that Hank can't connect with Bobby because Hank is just a crappy dad.
    • He's paranoid about federal interference in his personal life, but a lot episodes highlight his invasion of his friends and neighbors' privacy on a whim.
  • Idiot Ball: While Dale's intellect is already spotty, he prominently carries this during some episodes where John Redcorn is meant to appear sympathetic. As in, while Dale is usually a good parent to Joseph, Dale will grasp the Idiot Ball with his parenting skills in order to validate John Redcorn feeling bad about not being more present in Joseph's life.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Was drawn to look like Robert Patrick who was originally supposed to voice him.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Convoluted pseudo-logic is a skill he has mastered and used in every possible circumstance.
    • To protect, as Peggy puts it, his “pathetic bubble of a life.” He convinces himself that aliens abducted his DNA to inseminate Nancy and conceive Joseph.
    • For petty profit. He tries to get a dollar off price of admission at the Renaissance fair by arguing that his time traveler outfit is a period costume.
    • To get attention, or as Hank puts it, “sometimes I think you say things just to hear yourself talk.”
    • To antagonize others. He suggests Bill should impregnate Peggy so they both have a child. This one earns him no-holds-barred punch from Hank.
    • Apparently out of total stupidity. When his freedom is at stake for drug possession he brings a precaught fish to the boat to pass it off as a fresh catch. But the fish is frozen because he had a coupon.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: with Bobby in different capacities. Avuncularly, as his acting coach, complicitly as paper boys, and trechearously as school vandals.
  • Irony
    • Loves guns, owns a plethora of them and is president of a local gun club. Despite having all the firing accuracy of Helen Keller.
    • He believes in every baseless Conspiracy Theory he's ever heard, yet never picks up on any of the very obvious clues to his wife's affair with John Redcorn or that Joseph is clearly not his biological son. As Mike Judge put it, Dale "believes every conspiracy except the one going on in his own house."
  • It's All About Me: To almost childish degrees. To give one example, when all of Rainy street comes together to film the cowboy movie and save the children, Dale makes sure to include Dale’s Dead Bug bugabago in Every. Single. Shot. Because getting free publicity was worth making Arlen look like a bug-infested dump.
  • It's Personal: With Hank. Dale reveals as much during the lawnmower race.
    Dale: I can still beat Hank—that’s even better than winning!
  • Jerkass: Pesters Hank on multiple occasions, and is even likely to get away with it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yes, he's shallow, selfish, tactless, cowardly, unethical and quick to blame everybody and anybody else for whatever problem he caused. However, to say he loves his wife and son is a huge understatement. He dotes on his son Joseph, even though he isn't even Dale's biological son, putting him before everything else in the universe and defending him with his life despite his cowardly nature. He worships the ground his wife walks on and treats her like royalty, which she does not even deserve, having cheated on him for fourteen years (and when another woman comes on to him, his only reaction is confusion; he can't understand why she's even trying, because he's married and that's all there is to it). Also, on numerous occasions, he risks his life and/or sacrifices himself for Hank. For example, secretly switching Hank's low-running oxygen tank for his own full one before going to put out a fire. He was also willing to help John Redcorn get his tribe's land back from the federal government to make up for accidentally hitting him over the head with a lamp.
  • Kavorka Man: He's not really ugly, but he's pasty, pencil-thin, and rapidly going bald. He still managed to attract Nancy, a sexy competitive eating groupie (voiced by Pamela Anderson) and a beautiful female exterminator (voiced by Janeane Garofalo).
  • Kick the Dog: In order of incidence: Bill, Peggy, Hank.
  • The Kirk: Generally, he will balance Bill as The McCoy and either Hank or Boomhauer as The Spock. However, if the plot revolves around saving Bill from self-destruction, Dale will take the role of The McCoy.
  • Knife Nut: Not nearly as much as guns, but Dale sure loves anything sharp especially...
  • Kukris Are Kool: He can hold a kukri with his teeth!
  • Large Ham: When he gets excited, he jumps straight into this territory.
  • Last-Name Basis: To Boomhauer, who always calls him “Gribble.” Noteworthy, since Boomhauer always calls Hank and Bill by their first name (unless he’s mad).
  • Lethally Stupid: The time he fires a warning shot from an armored tank almost gets him and the guys blown up. Indeed, it leaves Bill seriously hurt.
  • Logic Bomb: Will occasionally drop those.
    Dale: I wish the government would just ban itself! Wrap your head around that one fellas.
  • The Load: Depend on Dale in any way at your own risk.
  • Malaproper: Too many to count and of memetic proportions, whether it’s the films of M. Night Sham-a-la-ma-lam or hostile autonomatonomatoms. He is even convinced one day Joseph will kill him and marry his mother, that is to say Dale’s mother!
  • Manchild: Loves clubhouses, dressup, and throwing tantrums.
  • Master Actor: Deconstructed. Most of the time Dale is a terrible actor donning Paper Thin Disguises. But it’s implied he those are cases of just having fun without trying very hard. The one time he makes an effort to act he does so to win a million dollar lawsuit against Manitoba cigarettes. Unfortunately he did so my pretending he found Nancy unattractive from secondhand smoke exposure and did the job well that Nancy nearly divorced him! He wins her back by putting on an even more outrageous performance in the courtroom.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His once estranged Father is named Bug. Dale is an exterminator.
    • A dale is another word for “valley,” Dale’s best friend is Hank HILL.
    • A gribble is type of marine worm, which alludes to his profession and his character.
    • His middle name, Alvin, means “old friend” and alludes to his friendship with Hank and the guys.
    • Doubles as Ironic Name, since Alvin also means “noble friend”...
    • Also, "Dale" and "Alvin" are the names of two iconic cartoon chipmunks, emphasizing on how nutty Dale is.
  • Men Are Uncultured: Averted. In contrast to Hank, who plays this trope straight, Dale is more well rounded than the other guys when it comes to hobbies. He shares Hank’s manly interests in sports, cars, craftsmanship, fishing, and in fact is a better marksman than Hank (though that’s not saying much). Indeed, Dale’s passion in life is to kill things with as many weapons as possible. At the same time, Dale is equally comfortable baking desserts, coaching actors, watching dinner theater, dancing, yoga, and writing children’s storybooks. Even more, he enjoys playing dress up (From the future, deaf electrician, albino Indian) and building clubhouses.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He's very much a braggart and a gun-nut, but when real danger comes knocking, he'll split more often than not.
  • Morality Pet: To Nancy. Peggy realizes the reason Nancy could be the way she was in "Nancy Does Dallas" is because she wasn't distracted by Dale or his antics.
  • Murder-Suicide: Invoked and Played for Laughs. After Hank takes the bullet for Dale, Dale becomes offended that Hank was wearing a bullet proof vest. Hank admits to expecting Dale could kill him, but reveals that he also expected Dale to kill himself after.
  • My Greatest Failure: Played for Laughs. Apparently he had one shot at being cool (embarrassing his high school principal) but he blew it, this regrets leads to...
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Played for Drama: He’s determined not to let Joseph blow his chance at being cool, unfortunately this involves pushing the impressionable boy to hang with teenage vandals. It takes the efforts of Bobby, Hank, and John Redcorn to stop Dale from ruining Joseph’s life.
  • Nervous Wreck: Threatening to pop his bubble of delusion can reduce Dale to trembling, yelling mess.
  • Never Bareheaded: Because he is embarrassed about his hair loss, he rarely takes off his cap.
  • Nice Hat: His standard orange Mack hat.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: Depending on the circumstances. Between the guys, Dale will be the mean, to Bill’s nice and Hank or Boomhauer’s in between. However, when the plot revolves around a new person, Dale will usually become smitten and be the nice along with Bill, Boomhauer stays in between and Hank will be the mean, since he is the most likely to become suspicious or judgmental of the new person.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Dale bears more than passing resemblance to Hunter S. Thompson, and Mike Judge modeled the character after Robert Patrick, who was initially supposed to voice Dale. Dale's voice, political beliefs, and day job are all caricatures of William S. Burroughs.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: If he finds someone interesting he will examine them with eyes, nose, and hands without asking for permission.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Zigzagged with John Redcorn. From the beginning they challenge the stereotype, since one would expect the white man to be civilized, while the indigenous person of color to be a savage. But Dale first appears crass, rude, and mundane and insensitive, and unscrupulous whereas John Redcorn is charming, gentle, quiet, and mystical bordering on parody. Dale is an exterminator whereas John Redcorn is a healer. However, as the series progresses John Redcorn reveals his womanizing ways. It’s implied he has several sugar mamas and he uses his spiritual persona to pick up women. In contrast, Dale reveals his sweetness and naïveté. More importantly he proves to have an unwavering devotion and fidelity to Nancy.
  • Noodle Incident: Exploited, oddly enough. Dale’s stories and sidecomments are fueled by these, but because of his big mouth and attention seeking, it’s difficult to ascertain which are actual incidents and which are outright lies. One does wonder the purpose of “all the binging, the purging, the constant inoculations...”
  • Obstructive Zealot: Dale's fanatical anti-government views cause Hank no end of grief. When his beliefs are inverted into blind patriotism, he gets even worse.
  • Odd Friendship: With Minh. His friendship with Hank is also an example, as, in spite of their closeness, they couldn't be more different people.
  • Off with His Head!: Thanks to John Redcorn of all people, Dale has a vision of being decapitated in bed by a human sized praying mantis.
  • Oral Fixation: To cigarettes, of his own admission.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: For some unexplained reason, he repeatedly compliments Bill's appearance in "Returning Japanese".
  • Papa Wolf: In "Dale to the Chief," when he hears Joseph suddenly cry out in his room (because he's having a bad dream), Dale bursts in there with a loaded gun in each hand ready to kick the ass of whoever is bothering Joseph. For someone as cowardly as Dale, that's pretty ballsy.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Apparently he has a thousand but if they all are as convincing as the Deaf Electrician...
    • When working as a bounty hunter he dressed as a florist butforgot to remove his baseball cap with Bounty Hunter written on it then as a pizza delivery man with a shotgun sticking out of the pizza box.
  • Pet the Dog: On very rare occasions, he actually does manage to be a really good friend.
    • An example of this is when he kept trying to convince Bill that people really viewed him as a freak when he started participating in hot dog eating contests. Dale wasn't doing it to be malicious, but because he had a similar experience when he was a kid.
    Dale: Remember, Bill. Just because you have their attention, doesn't mean you have their respect.
    • A more consistent example would be his relationship with his family. He's a loving (if incredibly eccentric) husband and father who is extremely open-minded about both his wife and son's life choices.
    • Also he was perfectly fine with his dad turning out to be gay. However, he was ready to disown him when he thought his dad was a federal agent.
    • At the end of "King of the Ant Hill," he risks his life saving Bobby from a swarm of fire ants. (That he had intentionally infested Hank's yard with himself in the first place, but still...)
    • In "Dale Be Not Proud" he agrees to donate a kidney to a sick man, who didn't actually need it. Dale takes his kidney back and appears to run off with it, until he discovers another sick boy who needs it and happily gives it up.
  • Plot Allergy: His allergic reaction to bee stings snaps Hank out of his insurance paranoia.
  • Poisonous Friend: To put it bluntly, Dale is not the kind of friend any sane person should want to have. He turns against his friends quite often and frequently tries to harm or kill them, sometimes even unintentionally when his boneheaded schemes go awry.
  • The Prankster: Does anyone doubt for a second whose idea it was to trick Hank into mooning an entire hotel?
  • Precision F-Strike: Drops the one use of the f-word in the entire show (bleeped, naturally), after spending 60 hours straight behind a microphone for his pirate radio station.
    Dale: And I can't drum up any new sales since I'm stuck behind this F#@%ING microphone 24 hours a day...
  • Prone to Tears: Depending on the Writer, zig-zags between this and Nerves of Steel. It takes little pushing of the right buttons to reduce Dale to uncontrollable weeping. At the same time, Dale can demonstrate the unflappability of an assassin, such as when the exploding gun club sends Hank screaming to the ground while Dale smokes a cigarette.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • In "Untitled Blake McCormick Project", Dale had some suspicions about the daughter of Bill's new girlfriend and despite Hank telling him not to ruin it for Bill, Dale managed to get a hair sample from the girl to run a DNA test. As it turned out, the girl was Joseph's half-sister. There's also Operation Infinite Walrus. In that instance, even Dale seems surprised that his theory is correct. Subverted, mostly, when it turns out Bill was just given a placebo.
    • In "Megalo-Dale," Dale becomes convinced that Chuck Mangione is living inside the Megalo-Mart judging by the excrement left by the supposed rat infestation and by examining the bite marks seen around the store. He was right on all accounts. Chuck was living in the store to hide out from the contract he got sucked into by the Megalo-Mart corporation.
  • Pungeon Master: Tries to at least. "Looks like the cat is out of the bag. This is a catastrophe. Cat...You've got a Cat!"
  • Rapunzel Hair: Invoked by his own delusions! During the Rashomon-style episode, Dale’s version of himself is revealed to hide under his cap a luxurious head of hair that would shame even John Redcorn.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Zigzagged. Dale is not exactly manly, especially not next to the likes of Hank, John Redcorn, or even his own son. However, Dale has the same manly interests as Hank. Even so, he is aware of his wimpiness. Nevertheless, he is obsessed with being thought as savage killer, soldier of fortune, avid lover, and definitely not a homosexual (per his own cross-examination of himself). This does not stop him from reading romance novels, baking desserts, and weaving baskets.
  • Reason Before Honor: Goes without saying, since he is the polar opposite of Hank in this respect.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Exploited by Hank. Dale gives Bill one so powerful it leaves Dale breathless but saves Bill from being court marshaled.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Hank and Boomhauer’s blue. In the episodes where he teams with Peggy he will be the blue to her red.
  • Refuge in Audacity: A key part of his MO. Many of Dale’s schemes are so outrageous that most people are too stunned to react properly.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What exactly did he keep in the basement for twenty years until Nancy made him donate it to the teaching hospital?
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: In one episode, he reveals that he knows that Joseph is not his son, pointing out that they look nothing alike and have almost nothing in common, and most importantly he was nowhere near Nancy during the timeframe needed to be Joseph's father. But he believes Joseph is half-alien, part of a ploy by the aliens he was seeking out in Marfa at the time of Joseph's conception, rather than realising that Joseph is actually John Redcorn's bastard son.
  • Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: A relatively harmless and comedic example; Dale has all of the ideological requirements, but is a lousy shot and a feeble coward to boot. He's mostly content to avoid the government rather than oppose it outright.
  • The Rival: Hank. Sometimes Dale will take a break from fawning over him and exhibit a bitter rivalry. A classic example is the lawnmower race.
  • Schemer: His various schemes frequently make up the episodes' b-plots.
  • The Schizophrenia Conspiracy: In one episode, he gets sent to a mental institution because he lectures a clinic administrator on why more people are getting allergic to peanuts, because apparently they are tired of being eaten and have begun emitting a poison as a defense; when Hank sorts everything out and explains that Dale was never admitted to the hospital, he mentions the psychiatrist wants Dale to continue taking his medication. After this episode, Dale seems to become more aware of his own odder tendencies, and is, along with Bill, eager to convince Hank that Kahn, a manic-depressive, needs his medication to function.
  • Self-Induced Allergic Reaction: One of his stupidest moments. Despite being aware of his allergy to bee stings he deliberately exposes himself to them to heal his dislocated arm.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Both ways. He is sensitive guy to Hank’s manly man and the manly man to Bill’s sensitive guy.
  • Serious Business: Towel managing, his position on the high school football team.
  • Sexless Marriage: Downplayed. During the affair, Nancy apparently has sex with Dale on Christmas and on his birthday. She becomes very depressed during the holidays.
  • Sissy Villain: Whenever he's acting as the episode's antagonist.
    Dale: Hahaha! Is that what you are Hank? A prepubescent girl?
    Hank: Could a prepubescent girl kick your ass?
    Dale: Probably.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: He really hates Peggy, often being the only person In-Universe to call her out for stupid behavior. Though some episodes take this Up to Eleven, like Dale gloating over Peggy's disastrous birthday party.
  • Sleeping Single: Nancy and Dale sleep in separate bedrooms until she breaks the affair.
  • The Sleepless: Throughout the series, but especially in the first three seasons. Dale would be shown awake at all hours of the night playing in his basement, watching TV, or sitting in his den smoking, lights out, Cool Shades on. It’s implied to be symptomatic of his paranoia, tobacco consumption, and Ambiguous Disorder. After he starts taking medication and the affair ends and he resumes sleeping in Nancy’s bed, he is shown to be sleeping more often.
  • Sticky Fingers: Constantly “borrows” Hank’s tools. When Bill becomes suicidal, he actively loots him. It’s also implied he helps himself to his clients property while he fumigates their houses.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead / Never Speak Ill of the Dead: In the Same breath.
    Dale: What a moron—may he Rest In Peace.
  • Straw Loser: Zigzagged and reconstructed. He's a paranoid, wimpy basket case who is too stupid to realize that his wife is cheating on him in plain sight and that his dark-skinned son is the product of said affair. However, since he mostly hangs out with Bill (who plays this trope completely straight) he comes out looking better in comparison. He worships Hank, but as The Bully and Alpha Bitch, Dale is more likely to lead the clique, and bully and exclude Hank mercilessly (and that is to say nothing of his nonstop physical and verbal abuse of Bill). Dale devises schemes more often than any other character and has drag into them at one time or another just about everyone in Rainy street with the possible exception of Connie. But as the weakling he is, Dale will be the first to bail when things sour, leaving his associates to deal with the mess. One notable exception is in “The Exterminator.” As noted above, he’s a better family man than Hank, and despite John Redcorn being the best looking guy in the series, Dale ultimate gets to keep both Nancy and Joseph (of which fact John Redcorn is painfully aware). The episode where this trope plays in full effect, has Joseph disrespect his father (while still respecting Hank and Nancy) but by the end of the episode Dale has become a local anarchist sensation and earn back his son’s respect (and elude Intrepid Reporter wannabe Peggy). In short, Dale is aware of how much of a loser he is, but that awareness has only made him more clever, cunning, and ruthless about employing the strengths he does have to overcome it.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: For some reason has an exploding mailbox. For an even more enigmatic reason he also rigged Hank’s mailbox.
  • Sunglasses at Night: More like, "Sunglasses 24/7/365."
  • Super Gullible: It is ludicrously easy to trick him.
    Nancy: I don't know why you'd want to fool Dale like that. I mean, it's not hard, if you're someone he trusts...
  • Supreme Chef: He’s apparently a gifted baker, known for his lemon bars, cookies, and (especially) macaroons. This is probably explained by....
  • Sweet Tooth: He loves baked goods and soda (see Trademark Favorite Food). Whether he qualifies as a Genius Sweet Tooth depends on Rule of Funny.
  • Terrible Trio: On the episodes where he and Hank have a fight, Boomhauer and Bill will invariably side with Dale.
  • The Three Faces of Adam: Again depending on the circumstances. With Bill and Boomhauer, Dale will be the Lord, Bill the Hunter and Boomhauer the Prophet. If Hank is involved, he will naturally hold authority and be the Lord, Boomhauer stays the Prophet and Dale becomes the Hunter.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: On the rare occasions he doesn't wear his sunglasses.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Inverted. When he thinks his father is coming on to Nancy, he apparently throws a warning knife at the mannequin next to his father’s face with perfect precision...then it turns out Dale was aiming for his father’s face all along and warns his father next time he will aim at the mannequin and hit him!
  • Together in Death: Invoked but thankfully averted in the end. When Dale and Nancy (and Peggy) are trapped in the wildfire. Dale displays uncharacteristic gallantry and embraces his wife and comforts her, assuring her that he’s happy the two will die together (He also makes sure to tell Peggy to move away and die by herself).
  • Too Dumb to Live: See Self-Induced Allergic Reaction for just ONE example.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He loves his Mountain Dew to the point that he tried to stockpile several 55-gallon drums of the stuff to prepare for Y2K, and when he donates a kidney to an Ill Boy, he instructs the kid to be sure and give the organ one can of Dew per week ("He likes it"). Also, he is, of his own admission, addicted to cranberry-macadamia-nut muffins.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: While Dale isn't exactly ugly, he's still a scrawny, balding weirdo who is nowhere near as attractive as his bombshell of a wife is.
  • The Unfettered: Likes to scoff at the law almost as much he loves to arbitrarily enforce it!
  • Verbal Tic: “Gih!” A half aspirated gasp whenever he is startled.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice started out being rather low and gruff in season one, then kept getting higher-pitched with each season. And by the end of the show, his accent shifted from stereotypical Texan to almost Yankee-sounding.
  • Walking Armory: Played for Laughs. Apparently Dale keeps under his exterminator uniform poison, guns, daggers, and knives. Noteworthy since all he actually under his uniform are tighty-whities.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Inverted. He and Nancy are already married at the start of the series and she is already in an apparently committed relationship with John Redcorn. The trope is played more as Will They or Won't They? get divorced? Even after the affair ends, the couple hits plenty of rocky spots and the affair threatens to rekindle. This contrasts with Hank and Peggy’s marriage, since despite plenty of clashes, the Hills never stop having “a solid foundation based on routine.” In the end, Dale and Nancy don’t get divorced.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dale is not evil, just immature and petty, and he loves his family sincerely. But as The Unfettered he rarely measures the lengths he’s willing to go to show that love. When he tries to win the money to pay for Nancy’s plastic surgery he turns in brutal domestic abuser. When he tries to make Joseph cool, he drives his son to slaughter a helpless (not to mention endangered) creature.
  • Western Zodiac: Like Bill, he is a Cancer, and a textbook one at that. He is cranky, cantankerous, and snippy, but also tenacious, family-oriented, and sensitive. The crab, an invertebrate critter alludes to his profession and his spinelessness. It also connect with his last name, which is a marine worm. The sign of Hermes connects him to trickery and verbal persuasiveness. And the water sign is appropriate to one who works with poisons. As an emotional sign he contrast with Hank and Boomhauer who are both Aries, and thus fire, rational, levelheaded and noble, but at the same time also rigid and less adaptable.
    • Nancy his also an Aries and this fits the volatility of their relationship.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: A particularly touching subversion. Dale takes off his Cool Shades very rarely and when he does his eyes don’t seem particularly attractive since they are relatively small and squinty. But his wife finds them charming.
    Nancy: Oh, I forgot you have brown eyes! They’re so cute and close together.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has a crippling fear of Ventriloquist dummies.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: When Hank wears Peggy's dress to snap Bill out of his cross-dressing psychosis, Dale believes it to be a party game and feels left out. He immediately leaves the party to dress in Nancy's clothes, purse included, and even goes so far as to remove his hat and expose his baldness. All because he wanted to fit in with his friends.
  • With Friends Like These...: Dale has suggested killing (or attempted to kill) his friends on many occasions. A main reason Hank puts up with him is that he's too incompetent to really pull it off.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Downplayed. He frequently threatens to get into scuffles with little girls and old ladies but fortunately Hank is always there to restrain him.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Inverted twice over. First, canonically he never finds out about the affair, which is one of the defining factors of his character arc. His final conversation with Nancy suggests that he may have figured out there was something going on between Nancy and John Redcorn, but even then he seems at peace with it and promises that even if he’s not as good as John Redcorn at “healing” Nancy’s headaches, he is devoted to her with all his heart.
    • When he has the opportunity to cheat on Nancy with a beautiful and compatible woman, and even Nancy admits it would be poetic justice, Dale refuses even to entertain the notion.
  • Your Mom:
    • Subverted with Hank. Dale makes fun of him either for being an embarrassment to his dad or sharing an passion for miniatures with his mom.
    • Inverted with Kahn. Dale is genuinely surprised that Kahn was born from a normal mother and not a pod.

    Nancy Gribble 

Nancy Hicks-Gribble
Voiced by: Ashley Gardner

Dale's wife is a reporter for a local Arlen TV station. Smarter and more responsible than Dale, she nonetheless has a 14 year affair with John Redcorn which Dale never learns about. She eventually breaks it off, but not before she gives birth to a child whom Dale is convinced is his own flesh and blood.

  • Alpha Bitch: Implied to have been one (or still be one!). Just ask the weather girl before her. Most of the time she’s a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The beauty to Minh’s brains and Peggy’s brawn.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Dale, subtle but there. See above.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A less extreme example than most, but she is one of the most beautiful female characters on the show, has a charming personality, and a great public image. But even once you get past the decade plus affair, she can come off as the most self-absorbed, vindictive and two-faced narcissist on the block. In episodes like "Gone with the Windstorm" and "Nancy Does Dallas", she makes no bones about her willingness to destroy her coworkers' careers for personal advancement. This is lampshaded and Played for Laughs in "Gone with the Windstorm."
    Peggy: You may look like a Southern Belle, but instead you're as vicious as a bulldog. Why, I've seen you ruin whole wedding showers with one catty remark.
  • Blue Boy Pink Girl: With Dale. Downplayed example, since in addition to her pink shirt, Nancy has blue pants but hers are rather muted in comparison to the deep blue of Dale’s, which is the richest blue out of the guys’ jeans.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: With Dale and Joseph/John Redcorn/Peggy they are Pink/Blue/Green. With Minh and Peggy they are pink/yellow/green (with blue and red for good measure).
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Her voice can get very shrill whenever she loses her cool.
  • Good Parents: A devoted and loving mother to Joseph. She calls him ‘lil sug’ and notably, though he may disrespect his dad(s), he never disrespects his mother. Not least of all, she is the breadwinner of the family and always provides for Joseph.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: In bed she wears a beautiful periwinkle nightie.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard:
    • She cheated on Dale with John Redcorn, and John Redcorn cheated on her with some "isolated incidents."
    • This is acknowledged when she realized Dale was being hit on by a very attractive female exterminator shortly after she broke off her affair. Nancy feels too guilty to tell him not to see her, so she has to watch them grow ever closer. Dale never has an affair, though.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: In episode Night and Deity when a beautiful female exterminator falls for Dale and when Peggy tells her just tell Dale not to see her, Nancy acknowledge she lost the right to tell him that because of her cheating on him. Even when she told him she does not want him to see her, he point out that he had no problem with her seeing John Redcorn, causing her to let him go to see her.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The earlier seasons would have a lot of gags of her passing serious judgment on the other characters, blind to the fact that she was an adulteress. One quick scene had her shake her head disapprovingly when she saw Hank walk (horrified) out of the porno section of a video store, ignoring that she was walking through that same store with her lover.
  • In the Blood: Nancy cheated on Dale, just like her mother cheated on her father, and is now going bald after breaking off the affair.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: She and Redcorn parted ways in season 4 without Dale ever discovering the affair. However, the three episodes "Night and Deity"note , "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"note  and "The Untitled Blake McCormick Project"note  shows that she didn't get off scot-free.
  • Lady in Red: When she doesn’t wear a blue suit on television she wears a red one. But everyone knows this trope refers to her minuscule red bikini.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • She cheated on her husband for fourteen years, and had her son Joseph by John Redcorn. The only two people who aren't aware of Nancy's affair are Dale and Joseph. She also only slept with Dale on Christmas and his birthdays until she broke it off with John Redcorn. It seemed that Nancy managed to get away with her fourteen years of unfaithfulness, until her hair started to fall out as a result of breaking it off with John Redcorn, according to her mother.
    • She gets it earlier when we learn that John Redcorn had actually been seeing other women while he was seeing her, and there's the highly probable chance that he conceived his daughter Kate on the same day he conceived Joseph.
    • This was once averted when she sees clearly that an attractive exterminator has a crush on Dale, and sees the potential for Dale to start doing to her what she did to him for years. Fortunately for her, Dale is a devoted husband who would never cheat on her and stopped hanging out with the other exterminator when he found out she was into him.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Apparently she can still break entire wedding showers with one catty remark. But most of the time she’s a Nice Girl, former beauty queen, television personality—and she’s won’t let you forget it!
  • Miss Fanservice: No question about it. She looks damn good in that red bikini. She also looks good in her periwinkle nightie or Hank’s naughty grilling dreams.
  • Morality Pet: To Dale. With most people, Dale is paranoid, suspicious, and really pretty selfish. However, he's an incredibly loving and devoted husband and father (even though his son is not biologically his). Despite all his craziness, he's actually a better family man than Hank in some ways: unlike Hank, Dale has no problem showing affection toward his family or saying "I love you."
  • Nice Girl: Despite Nancy's long period affair with John and can be quite amoral and smug, she is very nice towards others. She calls everyone "sug"(short for "sugar" a really nice, sweet, friendly nickname)
  • Nice Mean And In Between: The nice to Minh’s Mean and Peggy’s in-between.
  • Noodle Incident: "Do you ever wonder what happened to the weather caster before me?"
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her signature blouse.
  • Riddle for the Ages: “Anyone want to see Nancy in an art film?”
  • Sexless Marriage: Downplayed. Apparently she has sex with Dale on Christmas and on his birthday. She becomes very depressed during the holidays.
  • Sleeping Single: She and Dale sleep in separate bedroom until she breaks the affair.
  • Southern Belle: Much like Luanne, a modern take on the belle. But while Luanne is firmly on the Bonne end of the spectrum, Nancy combines aspects of both. Lampshaded by Peggy.
  • Stacy's Mom: Bobby admitted to Peggy that he considers Nancy to be a very beautiful woman.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: She's never given a really sympathetic reason for cheating on Dale (Dale is legitimately hard to live with, but that doesn't actually seem to be her motivation). However, she becomes fairly sympathetic once she realizes how badly she abused his trust and makes a painful decision to break off her relationship with John Redcorn. Even before that, the fact that her affair with John Redcorn is far more complicated than a cheap side fling — they've been carrying it on for thirteen years and are actually quite devoted to each other — arguably makes it harder to judge her.
  • Tomboy And Girly Girl: The girly girl to Peggy’s tomboy.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her signature pants, her dressing gown, and especially her onscreen television tailored suit.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Blonde, pouty lipped, in shape woman. Married to a bald, unhinged, skinny nutjob.
  • Verbal Tic: She calls everyone "Sug" (pronounced as “shug,” and acting as an abbreviation to "sugar") — even God.
    Nancy: Why is God punishing me?! (Skyward) Why, Sug?!
  • What Does She See in Him?: Deconstructed: it's implied that Nancy fell for Dale, largely because he legitimately loved her and that she didn't start sleeping around on him until they were already married for two years. Furthermore, it's implied that Nancy was driven to John Redcorn, originally for legitimate headache treatment, due to Dale's antics, which ironically keeps Nancy's bitchiness in check since she is too busy cleaning up Dale's messes to scheme anymore.
  • Your Cheating Heart: One of the most famous example in a cartoon, if not the most.

    Joseph Gribble 

Joseph John Gribble
Before puberty.
And after.
Voiced by:
Brittany Murphy (seasons 1-4)
Breckin Meyer (seasons 5-13)

Nancy and John Redcorn's son. Joseph is an awkward, dim, and horny young man who spends most of his time hanging out with Bobby. Like Dale, he has no idea that John Redcorn is his biological father.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Connie, who finds Joseph attractive physically but is too weirded out by his poor social skills for anything to develop between them.
  • Brainless Beauty: When he hits puberty, he becomes taller and more muscular, and is noted to be quite handsome in-universe. In exchange, however, he seems to have lost a few brain cells.
  • Chocolate Baby: Is half Caucasian and Native American, being raised by his (both) Caucasian parents Nancy and Dale. He and Dale are completely unaware of this, though, and Nancy originally claimed Dale's grandmother was of Jamaican descent.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He was a tad off to start with, but he becomes a crackpot akin to his dad when he hits puberty.
  • Cool Loser: Actually a completely justified example. He's tall, athletic and quite attractive, but he's just so awkward that he tends to act like a complete creep when talking to pretty much anyone. This is in contrast to Bobby, who is short, fat, and relatively unattractive but manages to be pretty popular through sheer charisma.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Until his growth spurt, Joseph was voiced by a woman (Brittany Murphy).
  • The Ditz: When he hit puberty, though some of it might be from having Dale for a father.
  • Dumb Jock: His growth spurt seemed to simultaneously make him athletically stronger and intellectually dumber. He eventually joins the football team in high school.
  • Flanderization: He was always mildly awkward and a bit dim, but it really got ratcheted up in the later seasons. Somewhat justified, as he's going through puberty, which is an awkward time for a lot of kids and it does screw with their behavior. However, it doesn't explain how Joseph went from Bobby's more streetwise friend to practically a ditz who needs Bobby to tell him how to function basically. (This is even evident in Breckin Meyer's voicing of the character. In Joseph's early post-puberty episodes, his voice is mellow and slightly accented; later on, it becomes positively manic.) Then there's the fact that a conspiracy nut like Dale mostly raised him and John Redcorn didn't...
  • Foil: To Bobby, post-puberty. Bobby is short, fat and about as athletic as a stoned sloth, but despite this he manages to be pretty popular, especially with girls. Joseph is tall, handsome and incredibly skilled at sports but he has trouble getting a steady girlfriend and is generally disliked by everyone other than Bobby and his parents.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Played with. After he hits puberty, he becomes taller and more muscular, and is generally seen as being fairly handsome. Despite this, however, he becomes, much, much more awkward and hormonal, which makes him substantially more off-putting than he ever was as a kid. This is visually signified by his perpetual skeezy-looking peach fuzz, which completely counteracts his otherwise attractive face.
  • Informed Attribute: He is often stated to be around six feet tall post-puberty, yet he is still several inches shorter than the other adults, including Dale, who is said to be 5'10". When Dale is forced to stop exterminating and take an office job, he borrows one of Josephs suits and it fits him perfectly, even though Dale is still much bigger than Joseph.
  • In the Blood: Seems to have inherited John Redcorn's libido and some of Dale's delusional tendencies. This is also an example of Nature vs. Nurture. John Redcorn's genes make Joseph tall and athletic, but he is awkward and has poor social skills thanks to Dale's influence.
  • Lovable Jock: Despite being a star football player in the later seasons, he's more a Dumb Jock than a jerk and he's still friends with Bobby (who would normally get bullied by jerk jocks).
  • Morality Pet: To Dale. With most people, Dale is paranoid, suspicious, and really pretty selfish. However, he's an incredibly loving and devoted husband and father (even though his son is not biologically his, though Dale is unaware of this). Despite all his craziness, he's actually a better family man than Hank in some ways: unlike Hank, Dale has no problem showing affection toward his family or saying "I love you."
  • Nature vs. Nurture: Joseph has traits of both Dale and his biological father John; he's much more traditionally masculine and athletic than Dale ever was, but he also has Dale's silliness and paranoia.
  • Perma-Stubble: His permanent peach fuzz mustache.
  • Pyromaniac: After puberty kicks in, he develops a strong desire to burn things.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Played-with. At first glance it appears Joseph plays the trope straight. Given his hair and skin color, both as a child and especially as teenager he'd be the spitting image of his biological father except for were his Perma Peach Fuzz. The joke being neither he nor Dale (and for while, nor Peggy) seem to notice the resemblance at all. However, a careful viewer will notice that, beyond his complexion, Joseph shares physical attributes from all three of his parents, besides John Redcorn’s strong chin and cheekbones, Joseph has Nancy’s soft eyes and eyebrows, and Dale’s wide mouth and nose. Besides the athletic prowess of his biological father, Joseph vacillates between his mother’s charm and his adoptive father’s awkwardness. He does share the vanity and explosive temper with both.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: It seems as if some of his brain cells apparently died off when he hit puberty.
  • Visual Development: When he starts puberty. Not only does he get taller and grow a crappy moustache, his clothing changes to reflect his shift in personality from confident jock to awkward ditz. When he was younger he wore a green shirt and white shorts, the same colors as John Redcorn's clothes, while after puberty he switched to blue and brown clothes, the same colors Dale wears.
  • Younger Than He Looks: At 13, he resembles more a high schooler or even a young 20-something man after hitting puberty. He was even offered the wine menu by a waitress.

The Souphanousinphones

    Kahn Souphanousinphone 

Kahn Souphanousinphone
Voiced by: Toby Huss

This irritable Laotian-American systems analyst moved onto Rainey Street from Los Angeles with his wife and daughter in the series's first season. In a twist on the time-tested Positive Discrimination trope, Kahn is regularly rude towards his neighbors and dismisses them as dumb rednecks. Nobody really listens to him, however, especially not his daughter, Connie.

  • Action Dad: In "The Redneck on Rainey Street," Kahn displays significant skill as a martial artist when he gets into a fight with another redneck. This is notably the only time in the series that he actually gets into a fistfight.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: For a while, but in "Just Another Manic Kahn-Day," it's revealed he has manic depressive mood swings and needs to take medication for it (and the medication does make him act like an erratic jerk sometimes, but it's better that than having boundless energy one day and being utterly depressed and listless the next).
  • Asian Rudeness: Very openly hostile towards his "redneck" neighbors. Hank even referred to Kahn as "rude and nasty" upon meeting him.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: A parental version. After the children are lost in the caves and he and Hank get lost looking for her, they all get rescued and rather than be stern with her, he's so relieved that he takes her out for ice cream. And tetanus shots. This is the case in the finale when Kahn tells Connie to take a night off from studying.
  • Boomerang Bigot: He has even less respect for Laotian culture than Hank, his friends, and even Cotton.
  • Character Development: He goes from being a much stricter father who demanded constant excellence from Connie (who he even had named Kahn Jr. as he wanted a boy) to be much more relaxed. This is shown in the episode "To Sirloin, With Love" when Minh suggests they go to the Hill's barbecue and lets Connie take the night off from her studies.
  • Cranky Neighbor: Really obnoxious and mean-spirited towards the other neighbors and like to gloat in Hank's face.
  • Depending on the Artist: In scenes where Kahn ends up shirtless, his body is portrayed in a wide variety of ways. Sometimes he looks similar to the other guys and has a slight gut ("De-Kahnstructing Henry"), in others, he has a flat stomach and good pecs ("The Fat and the Furious"). A few times, he's been shown to be quite ripped and has a six-pack ("Get Your Freak Off").
  • Education Mama: A male example. Drills Connie to be uber smart and successful.
  • First-Name Basis: Due to how difficult his surname is to spell and pronounce, most people usually refer to him as just "Kahn" or "Mr. Kahn". This eventually went away as time went on and people got to know him better.
  • Foil: Acts as one of the many towards Hank. Their names are even anagrams of each others to reinforce this idea.
  • Former Teen Rebel: "Father of the Bribe" reveals that, back when Kahn was a young man during The '70s, he was a rebellious punk with a moped, a pompadour, and a love of disco. Minh instantly took a liking to him, preferring his company over that of the stuffy, pretentious suitor her father tried to get her to date.
  • Freudian Excuse: In "Nine Pretty Darn Angry Men", he admits to having "father issues." His jerk father-in-law probably doesn't help either. In fact, just about every episode that focuses on Kahn will reveal one of these.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: His aggressive attitude and superiority complex over his "redneck" neighbors has understandably caused some issues. However, it is shown that when push comes to shove, Kahn really does care about them and consider them his friends (Hank at least).
  • Funny Foreigner: Averted; most of the humor comes from Kahn trying to be as non-foreign as possible.
  • Grumpy Bear: The majority of his screen time is spent scorning over his redneck neighbors.
  • Happily Married: He really loves Minh and while not a high bar they are the most passionate couple in the neighborhood.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He seems like a pretty stereotypical depiction of an Asian-American at first, but you eventually find out his tightly wound personality has nothing to do with his ethnicity or culture, and everything to do with his family life and brain chemistry.
    • His manic depression revealed that he's very good at robotics, even though his official job is systems analyst.
    • He used to be a delinquent in his youth, the reason why Minh fell for him, and can actually defends himself in a fight.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: A Running Gag. It was even made the subject of an episode where Kahn sings karaoke. Made doubly annoying/funny by Kahn's affection for '80s pop music.
    Hank: Pretty good job, Kahn. I never heard that song with only one note before.
    Kahn: Yeah, it all about rhythm.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: Grows a pair in "The Redneck of Rainey Street", and becomes more short-tempered along with it.
  • Immigrant Patriotism: Acts this way after returning to America from Mexico in "Three Days of the Kahn-Do", but mostly just to rub into Hank that he legally got his citizenship while Hank technically sneaked into the country illegally. He also expresses a jingoistic attitude towards both Russia and Canada.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: A few episodes have implied that Kahn's arrogance and desire to be better than everyone else stems from deep insecurity and pressure to succeed.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Averted, with several episodes focusing on Kahn and Minh's Laotian background. It takes Hank and company awhile to catch on, though.
    Hank: So, are you Chinese or Japanese?
    Kahn: I live in California last twenty year, but uh, first come from Laos.
    Hank: Huh?
    Kahn: Laos. We Laotian.
    Bill: The ocean? What ocean?
    Kahn: We are Laotian, from Laos, stupid! It's a landlocked country in southeast Asia, it's between Vietnam and Thailand! Population 4.7 million!
    Hank: (after a moment of pondering) ...So, are you Chinese or Japanese?
    • Kahn's backstory is generally presented a story fitting an Asian immigrant from North-East Asia opposed to South-East Asia. The vast majority of Laotian immigrants came to the US as refugees in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and a Communist coup displaced US aligned groups, mostly in the back country. Kahn being an engineer who ran off with a General's daughter better fits Korean or Taiwanese immigrants during the same time period. At the same time, extended family has been shown off to be lower on the socioeconomic scale, and several episodes are devoted to Kahn's rejection of his Laotian roots.
  • Jerkass: Generally presented as a rude and short-tempered showboat who intentionally does things to anger and annoy other people.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Kahn gives two of these in "Maid in Arlen". The first is when the other neighbors take advantage of his mother, pointing out that Hank would have been furious if he did the same thing with the latter's mother. The second is after it's discovered that he sabotaged the relationship between his mother and Bill. While receiving accusatory glares from everyone, Kahn unapologetically demanded to know if any of them wouldn't have done the same thing if they were in his situation. No one says anything.
    • In "Death of a Propane Salesman," he's the one who calls Luanne out for her bizarre, misguided attempts at becoming socially aware after Buckley's death, forcing her to confront her feelings about him.
    • Kahn in general can read people fairly well. For example, in "Nine Pretty Darn Angry Men":
    Kahn: Give us a break, Hank. When you were little redneck boy you couldn't defend your mother. Now you compensate by defending your mower. You confuse personal issues with technological.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a pretty terrible person most of the time, but he does genuinely love Connie and Minh, and if pressed, really, really pressed, he'll even admit that he considers Hank a friend.
  • Narcissist: Quite full of himself, and goes to great lengths to display his accomplishments to his neighbors as loudly as he possibly can.
  • Not So Different: With Hank, to the point where they become Vitriolic Best Buds in later seasons. This is the explicit moral of his early episodes, though he tends to forget it.
    • His first episode has him and Hank talking about how they discipline their children with no dessert, even finding something like corporal punishment to be avoided.
    • In "Nine Darn Angry Men and a Lawn Mower", he states that like Hank, he has issues with his father; he also enjoys a close and doting relationship with his Mother; also was revealed that in Laos, his father was a fisherman, an occupation that is looked down upon in that culture (as implied by his father-in-law).
  • Odd Friendship: With Buckley. Though he implies he liked Buckley mainly because he annoyed Hank.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe, he views his days as a delinquent this way. He tells Connie that he met her mother at a national science museum, when in truth they met at a discotheque.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Saving Hank from the border guards in "Three Days of the Kahn-Do." Singing "Blue Moon Over Kentucky" with Bobby and Connie in "The Bluegrass Is Always Greener" for another.
    • His last scene in "To Sirloin with Love." He tells Connie that she can stop studying (she's three grades ahead anyway) and come to the barbecue next door. Also in the last aired episode "Just Another Manic Kahn-Day," he and Hank make a high-tech grill together and realize that they're not so different (their names are even anagrams of each others').
    • In the episode where the kids get lost in the caves, Kahn tells Hank he's afraid Joseph might try something with Connie, but says "Bobby's a good kid" so he knows Bobby would never do anything like that.
  • Pride: Frequently motivated entirely by his desire to show others up.
  • Poirot Speak: Does this to a degree, but not to the same extent as Minh does.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: When it comes to Ted Wassonasong, to the point of Ho Yay, but even he's got limits.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: He's about as good with it as Hank.
    (walks in on his daughter crying)
    Kahn: MINH! She's doing it again! Help me, make her stop!
  • Self-Made Man: part of the reason he's so proud of his current wealth.
  • Significant Anagram: "Kahn" is an anagram of "Hank".
  • Sixth Ranger: Occasionally acts as a fifth member of Hank's friend group.
  • Smug Snake: Very full of himself, but frequently lacks the skills necessary to back his boasts up.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is sometimes mistakenly spelled "Khan" (which is actually the correct way to spell it).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: By the later episodes, it's hard to deny that he and Hank have genuinely become friends. Despite this, their relationship is still incredibly antagonistic.

    Minh Souphanousinphone 

Minh Souphanousinphone (née Hexumalayasabrath)
Voiced by: Lauren Tom

Kahn's wife. Just as materialistic and spiteful as him, but a smidgen more down to earth.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She chose Kahn, a rebel from a working-class background, over the boring "corporate boy" her father pushed on her.
  • Asian Rudeness: Like Kahn, she is quite often rude to the other Rainey Street residents.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Wears a midriff-baring top in "The Redneck on Rainey Street" as part of their new "redneck" lifestyle.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Not quite as much as Kahn, but she's definitely close.
  • Cranky Neighbor: She's generally more pleasant and tolerant than Kahn is, though.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At least, her insults are usually more clever and better thought-out than Kahn's.
  • Good Parents: Really loving and protective of Connie.
  • Grumpy Bear: Her neutral mood seems to be "angry".
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Again, like Kahn, she has difficulty getting along with the others, but is more willing to actually spend time with them.
  • Full-Name Basis: Calls Peggy, Hank and other characters by their full name most of the time.
  • Jerkass: Usually openly rude and dismissive of others for no good reason. Sometime she is just really tactless such as when she accidentally makes fun of Peggy's shoes in their first encounter.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Like Kahn, you really gotta dig deep to see it. But it's there. Unlike her husband, who is often deliberately hostile and condescending to his neighbors, Minh seems to honestly be nice, but often thoughtlessly says arrogant or dismissive things.
  • Narcissist: Like her husband, she values posturing above all other things.
  • Odd Friendship: With Dale in "The Minh Who Knew Too Much". There's also "Bill Full of Dollars" when she joins Dale and Peggy in their stock investment schemes.
  • Pride: Seemingly driven entirely by her desire to be the best at everything.
  • Poirot Speak: Out of all the Souphanousinphones, she speaks the least fluent English. Though this may be a put on to make her seem more innocent to the neighbors, since she speaks noticeably better English when talking to Kahn and Connie.
  • Sadist: She seemed to enjoy being the daughter of a Laotian general. In her own words "I peasants' worst nightmare!"
  • Smug Snake: Acts like she's above almost everyone that she interacts with, despite not having much to back up her boasts.
  • Stacy's Mom: Joseph developed a short-lived crush on her. This was mainly due to him having just hit puberty and experiencing the onslaught of confusion and distress that comes with it (she was also wearing tight jeans and a cleavage-bearing shirt at the time). Bobby is also attracted to her as he admitted to Peggy that he considers Minh to be a very beautiful woman.
  • Women Are Wiser: Mostly averted; she's greedy, ambitious and kind of a jerkass just like her husband, but she is slightly more willing to interact with her neighbors than Kahn is. She's much more accepting of Bobby and Connie's relationship than Kahn, though; in "Father of the Bribe", when it looks like they might break up, Minh tells Connie how she and Kahn met and that, despite their differences, she knew he was right for her, and that the only person who knows if Bobby is right for Connie is Connie herself.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Peggy implies in the episode "The Accidental Terrorist" that Minh had an affair and blackmails her so she doesn't reveal a secret to Hank.

    Connie Souphanousinphone 

Kahn "Connie" Souphanousinphone, Jr.
Voiced by: Lauren Tom

The overachieving daughter of Kahn and Mihn who is great friends with Bobby, even dating him for quite some time.

  • A-Cup Angst: She catches Joseph staring at Luanne's bust, and promptly covers her flat chest with a forlorn look on her face.
    Connie: Who'd want to look at me when they could look at her?
  • Adorkable: A sweet, slightly nerdy girl who finds Bobby genuinely charming.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Subverted in that while she's very smart, she would prefer to be herself instead of pursue what her father wants.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As nice as she is, she has little tolerance for nonsense and can become quite nasty when enraged, as Bobby often found out.
  • Brainy Brunette: She has black hair and is an intelligent academic.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Unlike her parents, she does not speak broken English and has an American accent. This is because her parents are from Laos while she was born in the US. She also isn't very fluent in Lao as shown in "Orange You Said I Didn't Say Banana", when she can't tell if Kahn is greeting her or cursing her.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Bobby.
  • Chubby Chaser: She's genuinely physically attracted to Bobby, though she does show affection for slimmer guys on a few occasions. She's very much attracted to Joseph physically, but is repulsed by his awkward and sleazy personality.
  • Demoted to Extra: She becomes less important to the show after she and Bobby break up, but they still remain good friends.
  • Foil: To her parents. Kahn and Minh speak in broken English and are rude and nasty to everyone but do have kindness deep down, while Connie speaks fluent Americanized English and is very nice and pleasant most of the time, but can be almost as mean as Kahn and Minh when someone really gets on her nerves.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Her actual name is Kahn Jr. Justified as Kahn wanted a son.
  • Girl Next Door: She fills this role for Bobby, and fits the profile perfectly.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She's incredibly jealous of Bobby's crush on her cousin Tid Pao, even though the two had broken up quite some time ago. She also doesn't like Joseph staring at Luanne or kissing Minh (long story).
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Frequently annoyed by her parents constantly pushing her into being an overachiever. Though this is subverted in at least one episode ("Father of the Bribe"), when Connie admits that she actually likes studying.
  • Nice Girl: Generally a friendly and pleasant girl who gets along with everyone she meets.
  • Odd Friendship: With Hank in a few episodes such as "Aisle 8-A" and "The Bluegrass is Always Greener".
  • Only Sane Man: Arguably the truest one in the whole series, as she lacks any of the character flaws prominent in most of the other characters, such as Hank's unwillingness to show emotion.
  • Out of Focus: See Demoted to Extra above.
  • Plucky Girl: In "The Redneck on Rainey Street", Hank mentions to Kahn how hard Connie has been working while her parents gave up. In his words, "you couldn't bring that girl down with you if you tried."
  • The Smart Girl: She's very intelligent and does excellently in school.
  • Straight Man: Mostly to Bobby, though she occasionally plays one to her parents and other members of the cast.
  • White Sheep: She's very nice, polite, and down-to-earth which is a stark contrast to the rest of her family; Her parents are arrogant jerkasses, her maternal grandfather is a sadistic Laotian general who verbally abuses Kahn, her paternal grandmother is a control-freak who always nitpicks Minh's homemaking, and the two of her cousins we see on screen are both delinquents: Tid Pao being a gang-banger from Los Angeles who knows how to cook meth, and Phonsawan being an obnoxious street racer who cons other men into buying beer for him.

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