Infobox character | colour = #ffaa44
name = Boomhauer
caption = Boomhauer
gender = Male
first = Pilot (episode 1.01)
age = Early 40's
born = Between 1954 & 1961
occupation = barbed wire factory worker
family = Dr. Boomhauer (father)
Ms. Boomhauer (mother)
Patch Boomhauer (brother)
Boomhauer (voiced by
Mike Judge) is a character in the animated series" King of the Hill". Hank Hill, Dale Gribble, and Bill Dauteriveare his neighbors, and the four have been close friends since childhood. "Boomhauer" is in actuality his last name, as is proven by visits from his brother Patch Boomhauer and his father "Dr. Boomhauer". In addition to this, Bobby often calls him "Mr. Boomhauer". His primary pursuits are fast cars and loose women. In the episode “It’s Not Easy Being Green”, it is revealed that in high school, Boomhauer had a beloved cherry-red 1967 Ford Mustangnamed Sally. Bill, Dale, and Hank took the car on a late-night joyride and, through a series of mishaps (notably Dale's inability to drive a car with manual transmission), Sally ended up at the bottom of the Arlen quarry. Boomhauer was led to believe that the car had been stolen by Yankeesuntil the quarry was drained and it was hauled out of the water with his friends' letterman jackets inside. He currently drives a 1968 Dodge Coronet.
Boomhauer is apparently highly intelligent and often gives advice to his friends. Once after giving advice to
Bobby Hill, Bobby replies by saying “I can see why my dad's always quoting you, Mr. Boomhauer.” In another episode, he mentions that his mother wanted him to become an electrical engineer. Given the opportunity, Boomhauer will also demonstrate that he is, in fact, quite cultured. In "Ceci N’Est Pas Une King of the Hill" Hank Hill makes remarks about art that deride its modern state provoking Boomhauer to call him ignorant, going so far as to cite Dadaismand the famed Marcel Duchampwork "Fountain.", he is also the only one who understood the meaning behind Kahn's story at Buckley's funeral.
Boomhauer favors animal-print
bikinibriefs, which has been observed a few times in the show when he’s appeared without his blue jeans. In an episode where Hank, Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer are stuck in the water because they jumped off a boat, Boomhauer confesses that he dyes his hair ("Hank's on Board").
He was once one of the best surfers in Corpus Christi. He also plays
Scruggs style banjoin a bluegrass band with Barry Hermann. He owns a limousine, which has not been seen, but is mentioned when Luanne Platter is planning her wedding to Rhett Van Der Graaf.
Boomhauer's nick-name in high school was "Wheels". In the episode, "What Makes Bobby Run?", Bobby is looking through Hank's old year book when he comes across a picture of Hank, Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer. Below the picture is their names and Boomhauer is listed as "Wheels" Boomhauer.
Boomhauer is allergic to macadamia nuts, as told by Hank Hill in the episode, 'The Fat and the Furious' (Season 7).
Employment (or Lack Thereof)
Boomhauer spends most of his spare time drinking
Alamo Beerwith Hank, Dale and Bill in the alley behind Hank’s house. In the episode "Luanne Virgin 2.0", Boomhauer is a limo driver. It is mentioned in one episode that he is an electrician on worker's compensation. Another reveals that his parents are rich after having won the lottery, and a third implies that Boomhauer receives favors from the various women with whom he sleeps. In an episode where he must hold suicide watch over Bill, he complains that his life is now "Work, Bill, work, Bill", proving he has a steady job. On the FX Networkswebsite that shows "King of the Hill", it says “Boomhauer likes Seinfeld...‘dat show about nothin’ and he works in a deafeningly loud factory that makes barbed wire.”
Trademark Speech Pattern
Boomhauer’s speech patterns are nearly incomprehensible to the untrained audience and serve as a recurring theme. He mumbles and invariably uses the words "dang ol’" as an all-purpose adjective, sometimes several times in a single sentence. He also uses the phrases "I tell ya what" and "man" frequently. His poor enunciation and heavy Southern accent sometimes lead to misunderstandings about his mental capacity. In one episode, he was admitted to a
mental hospitalin downtown Houstonafter he drifted in on the river in a tube and was found in his Speedos, sunburned, drunk, dehydrated, and babbling incoherently. All of the regular characters on the show understand most of what he says. There is a recurring joke in which Hank occasionally cannot understand Boomhauer due to extenuating circumstances such as a bad telephone connection or an echo. Often, the closed captiontexts of Boomhauer’s mumblings are clearer than his spoken words. An example of a typical line of dialog::Yeah man, I tell ya what, man, that dang ol’ internet, man, you just go in on there and point and click, talk about w-w-dot-w-com, mean you got nekkid chicks on there, man, just go click, click, click, click, click, it’s real easy, man.
Boomhauer’s speech is satirical of “rednecks” using phrases such as "dang ol'" “dad gum” and “yeah, man talkin’ ’bout.” Nevertheless, he sings clearly, as evidenced by his rendition of “
Blue Moon of Kentucky” in Episode 6.9 (“The Bluegrass Is Always Greener”). The singing was done by country star Vince Gill. In “ A Fire Fighting We Will Go”, an incident at the local firehouse is shown the way he remembers it, with Hank, Dale, and Bill mumbling and himself speaking clearly. Mike Judgehas stated that the inspiration for Boomhauer’s voice came from a message left on his answering machine by an irate viewer of " Beavis & Butt-Head". Season 1 episode "Hank's Got the Willies" cleverly shows Boomhauer and the famously-incomprehensible Bob Dylanconversing with one another.
Early promotional spots for the series featured clips of Boomhauer speaking, intercut with text that presented the term "Boombonics" in the style of a
dictionaryentry as a parody of Ebonics. The word was broken down into syllables, with proper pronunciation and the definition, "See " gibberish"."
Boomhauer has had four relatives that have appeared on the show. His grandmother, his “Meemaw” (a Southern term for
grandmother), and his father, Dr. Boomhauer, and mother, Mrs. Boomhauer. Mrs. Boomhauer and Meemaw both have the same speaking patterns as Boomhauer; Dr. Boomhauer does not speak. The fourth family member is Boomhauer’s sleazy brother, Patch, voiced by Brad Pittin his only appearance. Patch prepares to marry Boomhauer’s ex-girlfriend, Katherine ( Laura Dern). The wedding does not take place because Katherine learns of her fiancé’s promiscuous behavior, and possibly because she still harbors feelings for Boomhauer.
Although considered something of a playboy by his neighbors, he has trouble getting over break-ups. When his ex-girlfriend Katherine left him and went off to college, Boomhauer spent two days sitting in his hot tub, nursing a broken heart. When he meets a jogger whom Bill lusts after, he spent many days (and nights) with her, before he got up the courage to ask her to marry him, offering Meemaw's ring. To his horror, she had been sleeping with another man and only dated him for the sex. Adding insult to injury, she admitted that she hadn't understood much of what he'd said since they met and mistakenly referred to him as "Boomhauser". Crushed, Boomhauer goes speeding down the street with “Barracuda” playing, crying in sadness. He spends the next few days trying to call her back to beg her to come home, and then trying to find another woman, with no success. Bill, a veteran at getting dumped, helps his friend get over the jogger and back on his feet by giving him a motivating and uplifting speech.
* [http://www.Boomhauer.org Society for the Promotion of Boomhauer]
* [http://home.earthlink.net/~joebobzen/boom.html Wisdom of Boomhauer]
* [http://www.fox.com/kingofthehill/ FOX Broadcasting Company: "King of the Hill"]
* [http://www.tv.com/king-of-the-hill/show/250/summary.html/ "King of the Hill" at TV.com]
* [http://koti.mbnet.fi/b-hauer/ Boomhauer] is a rock band from
Finland, named after the character.
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