|Name||Joseph John Gribble|
|Job|| Student |
|Relatives|| Nancy Gribble (mother) |
Dale Gribble (father)
John Redcorn (biological father)
Bunny Hicks (maternal grandmother)
Bug Gribble (step-grandfather)
Kate (paternal half-sister)
|Voiced by|| Brittany Murphy (seasons 1-4) |
Breckin Meyer (seasons 5-13)
Joseph John Gribble (born August 13) is the best friend and neighbor of Bobby Hill. John Redcorn is his biological father, whom he closely resembles; his conception was the result of the fourteen-year affair between John Redcorn and his mother, Nancy Hicks-Gribble. Joseph was conceived while Dale was out investigating the Marfa Lights, leading Dale to conclude in one episode that aliens actually impregnated Nancy.
John Redcorn occasionally visits Joseph-- a running gag in early episodes was that whenever Joseph or Dale would mention their relationship as father and son, John Redcorn would appear. In the episode where Dale takes Joseph on his first deer hunt, John Redcorn appears to present Joseph with a hunting knife given to him by his father, and to impart some wisdom about respecting nature and thanking it for the gift of the deer he would slaughter. At one point, he also gives Joseph a ceremonial headdress. Despite all this, Dale seems to have no idea that Joseph is not his biological son and neither does Joseph (attributing Joseph's coloring to a Jamaican grandmother), and he and Joseph enjoy a very close relationship. In "Spin the Choice", it is implied ambiguously that Nancy finally did tell Joseph.
In early episodes, Joseph acts a typical American pre-teen, usually quite bright and resourceful. But he often goes on at length about Dale's conspiracy theories and responding to things with a nasally "Uh-huh!" Normally, he hangs out with Bobby and often relies on him when needs to go ask a girl out. However, he also hangs out with Bobby in order to know more about Luanne Platter, whom he develops a crush on as he is thrust unceremoniously into puberty. Occasionally, he attempts to get closer to Luanne, even if Bobby does not feel comfortable with it. He and Connie Souphanousinphone have shared only a few romantic moments; they held hands when they and Bobby were lost in The Caves; they shared a kiss after Joseph went through puberty, and Connie agreed to go to the middle school dance with him when she was angry with Bobby. Though Connie seems mostly disgusted and annoyed by Joseph, he has admitted to Bobby that he was in love with her. Connie did have feelings for Joseph. This was only mentioned once and never brought up again. As of that point, she never really sees Joseph in a romantic light again.
In later seasons, Joseph's age shows, as he climbs violently into puberty, and becomes taller with a growing mustache. Eventually Joseph starts acting quite odd and dim-witted, not to mention clumsy. He also becomes increasingly athletic, as he gets involved in a lacrosse team as the star player and even the school's football team as quarterback; in home he is seen body building. Though Dale is proud of Joseph's fitness, he is also fearful of him. Also, along with this growth spurt appears to have become dumber, as before he used to be sensible and focused, but after will often shout out disturbing ideas: an example being where a fellow student told him about his fruit in his lunch, he suggests they "burn it". It is later suggested he is a pyromaniac, as in a counseling session stating at some points he just wished to burn things and burning Hank Hill's lawn in the episode "Hank Gets Dusted". Joseph's pyromania is also mentioned in the episode "It Ain't Over Til' the Fat Neighbor Sings" when Bobby stated he was going to give Pong to Joseph for him to burn. In the series, Joseph is shown to have a girlfriend named Lori, but the relationship ended when she broke up with him in the episode "When Joseph Met Lori, and Made Out With Her In The Janitor's Closet" due to him not wanting to have sex, which is ironic considering his weirdly obsessive attitude about women. Also in this episode Hank exclaims that Joseph is six feet tall, but he's still not as tall as most of the adults.
Despite that John Redcorn has a very sexy vibe and is very appealing to women, Joseph's personality gets in the way as he acts more like Dale. They both believe the conspiracy that Nancy was impregnated by aliens. A running joke is how much more Joseph has in common with Dale than John Redcorn. And this is something that Redcorn finds especially infuriating.
In early seasons, Joseph wears a green t-shirt, white shorts, white socks, and blue shoes. In later seasons, he wears a blue t-shirt, brown shorts, white socks, and blue shoes.
- In his later design (while going through puberty), Joseph has a bit of a mustache.
- One of Joseph's names is "John"--a clue to his biological conception by John Redcorn.
- Joseph makes the lacrosse team in one episode. Lacrosse is a sport invented by Native Americans--another reference to his conception by John Redcorn.
- He is the only character in the show to have been shown to physically mature, growing six inches of height during the summer, not to mention having a deeper voice and a wispy mustache.
- By Season 5, the show had Breckin Meyer take over as the voice of Joseph from Brittany Murphy as to give Joseph a more mature tone.
- Joseph is naturally great at all sports.
- Joseph has a fondness for vandalizing. He also likes to burn things.
- Joseph has only had one steady girlfriend throughout the series run, Lori.