King of the Hill deals with many themes relevant to backwater Texan living. The Hill family, being an extremely right and conservative family serve as a vehicle for normal rightism. And The Gribble family is also being moderate to rarely racial right libertarian for Dale Gribble only. This political right and sometimes right libertarian vehicle is barraged with conflicting thought parties throughout the series.

The battle of the generations

Hank, relative to Bobby, is a totally different species generation-wise. Hank believes strongly in masculinity and men winning bread. Bobby just wants to be himself, which happens to be the opposite of what Hank wants in a son.

"That boy ain't right". -Hank Hill

Hank despises the new generation and the way it's going. He believes that society as a whole is going soft and spineless, which he believes is taking its toll on Bobby. Bobby has many atypical and feminine behaviours for a tweleve year old boy (in backwater Texas), such as listening to boy bands, dancing to girly music and collecting Troll Dolls. This behaviour is a constant source of disappointment and angst for Hank.

In Husky Bobby, just prior to the Little Junior Plus fashion show, which boasts "Clothes for the new Millenium" Hank Hill furiously forces Bobby to leave. When Dooley and the other teenagers pelt the show with donuts, Hank doesn't even chastise them for bullying, but writes them off as "human nature". The fashion show arguably represents the common generation Y acceptance of weaknessess, and Hank being the baby boomer he is, believes that it's not in society's nature to be that open-minded and forgiving.

In Hank's Bully, Hank is confronted by the child of a younger couple who believe in yell-free parenting. The boy, Caleb, runs totally amok, and when Hank takes it upon himself to discipline him by taking his bike, Caleb calls the police. Caleb's parents discount this as him having a "wild sense of imagination". At the end of the episode, Hank finally coerces the parents into sternly ordering Caleb to stop destroying Hank's lawn. The episode can be interpreted as illustrating that though the children of today can shirk consequences by depending on one-size-fits-all faculties such as the law, the government and education, discipline must reach them in the end or they can do totally the wrong thing, which must come from non-synthetic intimate social parties such as parents.

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Effemininity and the decline of boys

Bobby is a feminine boy, and again, Hank believes that it is the current generations fault that young men and boys are growing that way, which he takes great disdain to.

"Face it Hank, women are getting stronger and men are growing more effeminate. In the future both men and women will visit the gynecologist's, but only women'll be getting their money's worth. -Dale Gribble

Because King of the Hill illustrates far-rightism as "the good guys" for its comedic purposes, the episode The Boy Can't Help It aims to dismantle young effeminism. In it, Bobby's feminine behaviour reaches a peak when he is the subject of manipulation to a group of girls. Even Peggy can't bring herself to accept his behaviour.

*Looking conflicted* "This is perfectly acceptable beha-... Sigh. I'm sorry. I honestly tried." -Peggy Hill

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Gluttony and Obesity

The gluttony of the two main fat characters, Bobby and Bill, has been to cause for some chaos. Hank has been shown to make fun of fat people in his teenage years, which contributes to his disappointment in his son. Bill's obesity is due to his damaged mental state following his divorce, which has eroded his self-restraint. Texas at the time of writing is the tenth fattest state in America, but was much higher in the past during the time of King of the Hill's canon.

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The show's main ego-driven character, Peggy, has a little problem with her view of reality because of her mentally-abusive mother. This leads her wanting and eventually developing an anti-social narcissism or elite narcissism in her early adulthood to adulthood years.

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  • Mostly all "Peggy" episodes

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