d20 Modern: Beginnings
Henry Rutherford “Hank” Hill is the man of the house who proudly sells “propane and propane accessories” as the assistant manager at Strickland Propane, and throughout his entire life always makes a big deal about the job when everybody around Hank finds his occupation boring. Hank is generally a well-meaning father, but is often frustrated and confused by modern trends and the antics of his friends and family members. Hank suffers from a narrow urethra, which made Bobby’s conception difficult. Hank is uncomfortable with public displays of intimacy with his wife and son. He has a very difficult time saying, “I love you” to any member of his family, as he thinks it is unmanly. Hank’s trademark wail of distress in times of discomfort (sounding like “Bwaaaah!”) and his phrase “I tell you what” (“what” in his dialect being pronounced /ˈhwʌt/) \.
Margaret “Peggy” J. Hill is Hank’s wife, Peggy, was born in Montana and raised on her family’s cattle ranch. Her strained relationship with her mother is a source of drama for her. Peggy is a substitute teacher in Eerie, Indiana, specializing in teaching Spanish despite having a poor grasp of the language. Peggy is also a freelance newspaper columnist, notary public, an exemplary softball pitcher and a Boggle champion and has started a career in real estate. She has a habit of adding or changing ingredients to ordinary dishes then naming them after herself. “SpaPeggy & Meatballs” and “Apple Brown Peggy” are examples. Peggy is very self-conscious about her larger-than-normal feet (size 16 ½ on the left, 16 on the right).
Robert Jeffrey “Bobby” Hill is Hank and Peggy’s husky thirteen-year-old son. Although friendly and generally well-liked, he isn’t very bright and often prone to making bad decisions. He wants to be a famous prop comic and move to New York when he is older. Bobby displays little interest in gender roles and, although superb at golf and target shooting, dislikes team sports, often taking such classes as Home Economics and Peer Counseling, instead of more traditionally “masculine classes”. Although many tend to typify him as “not right”, he is remarkably successful with romancing girls, claiming Connie and several others as conquests.
Luanne Leanne Platter Kleinschmidt is the Hills’ college-age niece, daughter of Peggy’s scheming brother Hoyt and his alcoholic ex-wife Leanne. Luanne moves in with the Hills after her mother Leanne stabs Hoyt with a fork during a drunken fight which tips over their trailer. Hank initially makes frequent attempts to encourage Luanne to move out on her own, but later more-or-less accepts her as a member of the family. She was a student at the beauty academy and later at Eerie Community College. She was often portrayed as an airhead, but was shown to be an expert mechanic in the first two seasons and is good at logic puzzles. Luanne was promiscuous, but she settles down after being visited by the spirit of her first boyfriend, the slacker Buckley, whom she calls “Buckley’s angel”; and then attending a church-sponsored “born-again virgin” program and starts a Bible study class. Luanne has success operating a “Manger Babies” puppet show for a Public-access television cable TV station.