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Crazy 'King Of The Hill' Fan Theories That Dale Would Love

Updated April 10, 2020 16.5k votes 3.7k voters 272.6k views14 items

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From 1997 to 2010, the world was gifted with 258 episodes of King of the Hill spread across 13 seasons. So, what happens when a show has such a lengthy, successful run? Well, among other things, fan theory starts to pop up about it. King of the Hill is no exception to this rule, and King of the Hill fan theories run a wild gamut, from plausible and mildly amusing to batsh*t.

Perhaps you have some of your own King of the Hill theories. Read on to see whether your ideas measure up to the other fan theories about King of the Hill out there. 

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    Boomhauer Is An Undercover Spy Keeping Tabs On Dale

    Boomhauer Is An Undercover Spy Keeping Tabs On Dale
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    Redditor /u/irrelevant_inquirer concocted a theory regarding Boomhauer’s reason for living in Arlen, based on a piece of information revealed in the show’s final episode.

    Here’s the theory: 

    In the last episode of the series, the one where Bobby joins the college meat-inspecting team, it's revealed that Boomhauer is, in fact, a Texas Ranger. At no other point in the series, is any mention made of this. It seems rather odd, as Hank, Dale, and Bill will often talk about their work with each other, and yet no one seems interested in Boomhauer's law-enforcement career, nor, do they ever mention him having a job at all. Until the final reveal, it seemed like Boomhauer was free all hours of the day to chase women and sunbathe. Why would Boomhauer's closest friends not ever question or discuss his job? especially considering the numerous times the characters have broken the law, such as stealing a tank from the Army base? It's simple; they have no idea he's a Texas Ranger. And they have no idea, because he's undercover.

    The next natural question s why would he be undercover in sleepy Arlen, TX? Again, there's a simple answer; Dale. Dale makes no secret of his opposition to the government. He's been a member of at least one local militia movement, has trafficked illegal weapons, and seems to have contact with international criminals (as evidenced when he speaks in Russian to the shady guy about buying a Walrus). So, frankly, it would be alarming if Dale wasn't under surveillance.

    Also, look at the layout of the neighborhood. It can be kind of hard to nail down exactly how the homes are laid out, but it is clear that Boomhauer's backyard backs to the alley, as does Dale's, presenting a clear method by which Boomhauer can quietly observe Dale's activities.

    In flashbacks throughout the series, the four main characters, Dale, Hank, Boomhauer, and Bill, are shown to have grown up together. This may seem to work against my theory, but I actually think it works in favor. Boomhauer was specifically chosen for this assignment because he already had a relationship with Dale, and no one would view him as an 'outsider' within his own hometown. Boomhauer's superiors chose him so they would not have to waste time and resources getting another Ranger close to Dale. It had already been done. So they sent him back to Arlen, likely with a cover story to give to his childhood friends about why he was suddenly back in town.

    Boomhauer, however, knows Dale well, and understands that Dale is too much of a buffoon to ever be a real threat to the government. So he accepts the assignment, knowing full-well he'll likely never have to take action against his old friend. Instead, he lives out his bachelor lifestyle, and may in fact even be protecting Dale by continuously sending reports to his boss saying he needs more time to collect evidence, and therefore prevents authorities from ever taking Dale down. And no one on Rainey St. Will ever likely know.


    Is this plausible?
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    Dale Ignores Nancy’s Infidelity For The Sake of His Sanity

    Redditor /u/wwantstoknow created this theory, which suggests that Dale ignores Nancy's infidelity because, without her, he would lose his tenuous grip on reality.

    The theory, in full:

    Dale obviously knows whats going on with his wife. He is extremely paranoid, monitors all incoming and outgoing calls from his home, has surveillance cameras all over Rainey St and has mentioned he had a tracking chip put into Nancy.

    He ignores her indiscretion because without her in his life his fragile grip on sanity may dissolve completely, possibly into a homicidal rage. He has proven in the past that he can and will kidnap, steal from, abandon and betray anyone even those close to him. His only thing keeping his killing to insects and vermin is his wife.


    Is this plausible?
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    Hank Has Asperger’s

    This theory correlates facets of Hank's personality with the symptoms of Asperger’s:

    - His obsession with Propane and other interests.

    - A bit uncomfortable with sexuality, and at times can be distant from his family.

    - Prefer to not be very emotional, Hank can be very stoic.

    - Seconded. In the episode where Hank gets addicted to video gaming while Bobby trains for the president's fitness award, the game based off of him is called 'Pro Pain'. Hank assumes that this is simply a misspelling, when it is really a play on words. Asperger's can lead to things like this.

    A partial refutation of this theory suggests Hank is on the autism spectrum, but doesn't have full Asperger's. This theory also posits that Hank has Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. 

    Is this plausible?
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    Hank Isn’t Bobby’s Real Father

    Hank Isn’t Bobby’s Real Father
    Video: YouTube

    It’s established that Hank has a narrow urethra, meaning he wouldn’t be able to conceive Bobby with his wife, Peggy. This theory suggests that Bobby’s real father is Bill. The theory is supported by facts such as Bobby having a strong resemblance to Bill (short and chubby) and their similarly large appetites. Redditor /u/nouniqueusername fleshes out the theory in more detail, as follows:

    When Peggy couldn't get pregnant due to Hank's narrow urethra, she slept with Bill on the side and had his son. It's obvious to the entire neighborhood that Bobby is nothing like Hank and everything like Bill, but they ignore it the same way they do with Dale's son being fathered by John Redcorn.

    If you watch the show with this in mind, you spot reasons it is true all over the place, but here are a few.
    - The Hills were told that they would never get pregnant
    - Obvious physical likeness to Bill and dissimilarity to Hank
    - Bill's recurring crush on Peggy
    - Peggy admits under duress that she slept with Hank and one other man (the story that follows I think is a lie)
    - Bill passes on the Dauterive family recipe to Bobby to keep the family tradition alive (Redcorn does something similar with sending Dale's/his son on a spirit quest)
    - Lots of father-son type bonding between the two

    The whole show just takes on a new light when you consider it. Like Hank is helping around the neighbor's house after Khan disappears and Bill says, 'It's just not fair. Why does he get two families?' or Peggy warns against Bobby spending time with Bill.

    Is this plausible?