|Job||Hairstylist, Puppetry, Golf Caddy, Student|
|Relatives||Hank Hill (uncle)|
|Voiced by||Brittany Murphy|
Luanne Platter is Peggy and Hank Hill's neice. She is the daughter of Hoyt Platter, Peggy's Brother. Luanne moves in with the Hills in the first episode, Luanne stays with the Hills while her parents sort out some marital issues; near the end of the episode, a tearful Luanne informs Hank that her mother stabbed her father with a fork and that their trailer home has been repossessed. She apparently moves in with the Hills permanently between the first and second episodes after her mother goes to prison, turning Hank's beloved den into her room. Luanne remains with them for the majority of the series run. In an early episode ("Texas City Twister"), it is revealed that Luanne lied and the trailer was merely tipped over; Hank, wanting to get Luanne out of his den and help her become self-reliant, tried to get her to move back into her trailer. Hank, Dale Gribble, Bill Dauterive, and Jeff Boomhauer attached a winch to trailer and righted it, much to Luanne's consternation. A tornado struck, tipping the trailer over once again. Hank was caught outside in the tornado, and he realized that family was truly important. The near-death experience changed Hank's views on his niece staying with him. Nevertheless, Hank wanting Luanne out of his den became a recurring theme. Luanne is very lazy in early seasons, and is seen mooching off Hank for money to spend with her loser boyfriends. One time, Hank cuts Luanne off and she tries to earn money by selling Hank's things. Althought she had originally she thought her passion was for cutting and styling hair, after many failed tests and bad peer experiences, along with a visit from Buckley's Angel, she quits beauty school to go to community college. Having an even harder time there, she quits and returns to her original passion, even earning a job at a popular salon.
In another early episode ("Meet the Manger Babies"), a glum Luanne discovers a box of cheap sock puppets at a garage sale and uses them to create a Christian-themed puppet show called "The Manger Babies", about the adventures of the animals who witnessed the birth of Jesus Christ. Oddly, the Manger Babies include a six-legged octopus and a penguin. The popularity of Luanne's show lands her a part-time job performing weekly shows for local TV station Channel 84, a job she has maintained throughout the run of the series. The manger babies' names are:
- Obadiah the donkey
- Hosea the cat
- Gurgle-Gurgle the octopus
- Sir Reginald Featherbottom the Third, a "very British" bird
In the season 13 episode "Manger Baby Einstein", Luanne was able to produce a Manger Babies DVD with the help of John Redcorn, which sold out on release. Luanne's success was short-lived, and her popularity soon waned. In an attempt to regain her popularity, she revamped the Manger Babies into a modern "gangsta" style theme, replacing Gurgle-Gurgle with a gun character. However, she stole the idea for the gun from a children's book that Dale was intending to write. To get revenge on Luanne for stealing his idea, Dale stole the Manger Babies and destroyed them in a dryer. Only Gurgle-Gurgle remained, who Luanne still uses to entertain her daughter, Gracie.
Relationship with BuckleyEdit
For the first two seasons, Luanne dated Buckley, a monosyllabic, rude, and incompetent clerk at the Mega Lo Mart. Their relationship was apparently based around sex, as Buckley's romantic zenith was presenting Luanne with a birthday present that consisted of some old CDs that he didn't want anymore. They were rarely seen speaking, and when they were presented engaging in conversation, it usually consisted of Buckley making vague sexual remarks. It was very clear throughout the series that Hank did not like Buckley and thought of him as a degenerate. In the second season's finale, Buckley ignored Hank's advice not to drag around propane tanks by their nozzles, causing a gas leak that eventually blew up the Mega Lo Mart. Luanne, Buckley, Hank, and Chuck Mangione were trapped inside; in the third season premiere, we learn that Buckley was killed in the explosion. Luanne survived, but all her hair was singed off. She claimed that, because she "did not look back" at Buckley after she had broken up with him seconds before the blast, she was able to retain her eyebrows. She was more upset at the loss of her hair than Buckley's death, but she came around at the end of the episode. In a rare instance for an animated series, Luanne's hair did not "magically" regrow by the next episode. Rather, each successive episode featured Luanne's hair steadily becoming longer and longer until it had grown back to its previous length. Her hair did realistically regrow within the episode from smooth bald to fuzzy stubble over a couple days. The incident led her to claim that she would quit beauty school, stop "making the world look pretty," and become a "photojournalist" (taking pictures of news broadcasts running on television). She also briefly became outspoken about starving Irish children, if not knowledgeably so, as she claimed a picture of Bobby was what a starving Irish child looks like and screamed "Fight the Occupation" at Buckley's funeral. Later, Kahn confronted her, indicating that she merely "put on strange Sinéad O'Connor act" due to her grief. Eventually, she realized that her anger was a result of her pain over Buckley's death. ("Death of a Propane Salesman")
Following Buckley's demise, Luanne briefly dated self-proclaimed genius Rad Thibodeaux. He was extremely careful not to actually make a commitment to her, and used her to hold a party in Boomhauer's house while he was away. She later became a "born-again virgin," participating in a church ceremony in which she vowed to never have premarital sex again. Initially, Luanne buckled under stress and nearly married Rhett Van Der Graaf, an insecure, neurotic virgin of 22, after meeting him only briefly just so that she could have sex again. She almost goes through with it, but changes her mind, calls the marriage off, and remains celibate. Luanne nearly got married a second time to a meat-packing tycoon named Trip Larson. Luanne eventually learned that Trip was only attracted to her because she was a dead ringer for the woman in the company's advertisement featuring a Swiss girl and a mountain climber posing with a pig. Trip, a schizophrenic, had fantasized since childhood of being the pig in the advertisement, and planned to turn Luanne into the Swiss girl by dyeing her hair red and forcing her to dress in a frilly blue and white pinafore, so that she could care for him. Trip was subsequently killed in a bizarre accident in the slaughter shed when he tried to lure Luanne into committing suicide with him. In a bit of tragic irony, he finally became sane after suffering an electrical shock, which served as ad hoc electroshock therapy seconds before his death.
In Seasons Ten through Twelve, Luanne dated, then married Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt, a bucktoothed, lazy, 38-year-old stereotypical redneck who supported himself by intentionally injuring himself inside stores and then suing the owner. Lucky loves to play in rock bands, including Big Mountain Fudge Cake with John Redcorn, and he dropped out of school in the 9th grade because he wasn't allowed to smoke (an interesting thing to note is that Lucky's favorite band is Brownsville Station, who performed the 1973 song Smokin' In the Boys Room). Luanne is apparently attracted to him because of his resemblance to the trailer people with whom she grew up. Luanna became pregnant with Lucky's child in the season 10 episode "Edu-macating Lucky", but she did not show any signs of pregnancy until the season 13 episode "Lucky See, Monkey Do" (leading many fans to believe she was suffering from hysterical pregnancy). She gave birth to their child in that same episode, a daughter she named Gracie Margaret Kleinschmidt (after Peggy convinced her not to name her Lasagna). Lucky consistently shows his devotion and love for Luanne, such as in "Life: A Loser's Manual", when he protects her from learning of her father's true location: not on an oil rig as she believes, but in prison.
When the series began, Luanne was beginning classes at the Arlen Beauty College, with the ambition of becoming a Hollywood makeup artist and successfully hiding the bags beneath Michael Douglas' eyes. Luanne proved to be a terrible hairstylist, and struggled to complete beauty school. Following Buckley's death, she had visions of Buckley in angelic form, who informed her that Jesus wanted her to take a different path. During one of these visions, Luanne crashed her car near the parking lot of a community college, where she was mistaken for a student. Luanne took this as a sign to begin pursuing a higher education and dropped out of beauty school and enrolled in the community college. What she was studying was never made explicit, though in one episode she mentions "pre-med", in another she states she is a "pre-education major", and in yet another, implies that she's taking psychology, though her definition of the word to Peggy ("the disease of psychology") indicates she was probably failing the course. Luanne's enrollment in college provided the impetus for her to move out of Hank's den, a move made easier when Bill's next door neighbor, old Mr. Popacito, suddenly died of a heart attack while mowing his lawn. Luanne moved into the home with a trio of arrogant slackers and radicals, who criticize her lifestyle and personal philosophies while at the same time refusing to clean up after themselves or cover their share of the household expenses. Finally taking matters into her own hands, she paid the overdue bills and then closed all the accounts (which were in her name alone), so that the others would have to be responsible for themselves. Luanne's roommate problem was apparently solved when Cotton Hill and another WWII buddy, "Topsy" Toppington, arrived at her house in the middle of the night looking for his friend (Pops). The two were instead greeted by one of Luanne's roommates, who accused Cotton of being a Nazi; enraged, Cotton attacked the roommate. He is briefly seen in the fifth season episode, "Hank and the Great Glass Elevator" at Luanne's party.
The "Lu Ann Platter" is a popular combination platter served at the Luby's cafeteria chain, and is a half portion entree with vegetables. This plate was the inspiration for the character name Luanne Platter. The cafeteria itself is characterized as "Luly's" on the show, and is claimed by Hank to have "8 types of ketchup and 3 types of catsup".
Shortly after Luanne began attending college, her role in the series was diminished, almost to the point that the character was written out of the show (for an extended period, she did not appear in any episodes). This was due to Brittany Murphy's increasing popularity at the box office and her pursuit of a movie career. One prominent episode that came around the time of Murphy's temporary departure was a 2000 "election special" in which Hank encouraged her to become involved in politics so that she could vote for George W. Bush in the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election. During voter registration, though, Luanne was informed by a "lady in a poncho" that Bush ate puppies; Luanne took the woman on her word, and registered as a communist.
After a few seasons, Luanne became a full-time character again, as she began working part-time at a hip unisex salon called "Hottyz" with Hank's friend Bill Dauterive, where her ability earned her the position of First Chair (the closest chair to the door, reserved for the best stylist in the salon). Bill was only permitted to work at the salon because the other employees believed him to be a homosexual, under the assumption that only gay men can properly style hair. When the manager of Hottyz found out that Bill was a heterosexual, he was fired, but Luanne was offered to keep her position on her own as first chair. She instead decided to quit her position to remain fair to her partner and friend Bill. Hank approached his increasingly-demented barber, Jack, about giving Luanne a job. Upon discovering that he would be "stealing" Hottyz' first chair, Jack happily accepted. Luanne left college and became a full-time hair stylist for Jack, and moved back in with the Hills (after an offer from Peggy) in order to save money.
Episode 01: "Pilot"
Episode 02 "Square Peg"
Episode 05: "Luanne's Saga"
Episode 06: "Hank's Unmentionable Problem"
Episode 08: "Shins of the Father"
Episode 09: "Peggy the Boggle Champ"
Episode 10: "Keeping Up With Our Joneses"
Episode 11: "King of the Ant Hill"
Episode 12: "Plastic White Female"
Episode 14: "Texas City Twister"
Episode 18: "Husky Bobby"
Episode 23: "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying"
Episode 24: "Meet the Manger Babies"
Episode 27: "Three Days of the Kahndo"
Episode 29: "Hank's Dirty Laundry"
Episode 31: "Leanne's Saga"
Episode 35: "Propane Boom"
Episode 36: "Death of a Propane Salesman"
Episode 38: "Peggy's Headache"
Episode 42: "Nine Pretty Darn Angry Men"
Episode 43: "The Wedding of Bobby Hill"
Episode 51: "Return to La Grunta"
Episode 58: "Wings of the Dope"
Episode 15: "Naked Ambition"
Episode 16: "Movin' On Up"
Episode 20: "Meet the Propaniacs"
Episode 02: "The Perils of Polling"
Episode 15: "Luanne Virgin 2.0"
Episode 18: "The Trouble with Gribbles"
Episode 17: "Fun with Jane and Jane"
Episode 09: "Pigmalion"
Episode 11: "Boxing Luanne"
Episode 17: "The Good Buck"
Episode 05: "Flirting With the Master"
Episode 07: "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane"
Episode 11: "My Hair Lady"
Episode 17: "How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo"
Episode 18: "Girl, You'll Be a Giant Soon"
Episode 08: "Mutual of Omabwah
Episode 09: "Care-Takin' Care of Business"
Episode 10: "Arlen City Bomber"
Episode 15: "Edu-macating Lucky"
Episode 04: "Luanne Gets Lucky"
Episode 12: "Lucky's Wedding Suit"
Episode 19: "Strangeness on a Train"
Episode 22: "Life: A Loser's Manual"
Episode 3: "Square-Footed Monster"
Episode 7: "Straight as an Arrow"
Episode 8: "Lucky See, Monkey Do"
Episode 17: "Manger Baby Einstein"
Episode 20: "To Sirloin With Love"
- Leanne (Luanne's mother) is only around sixteen years older than Luanne, meaning that Leanne had intercourse with Hoyt when she was a minor and he was legal (able to marry). Leanne also stabbed him with a fork, a stunt which landed her in prison. She returns briefly and attempts to reunite with Luanne, but her drinking problems return and she is not seen again.
- Luanne has had alcohol multiple times before she was actually 21 and of legal drinking age.
- Luanne appeared to inherit Peggy's brown 1985 Buick after Peggy recieves her convertible.