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"Ho yeah!" —Peggy's catchphrase

Margaret J. "Peggy" Hill (née Platter), age 41,[1] is the deuteragonist of King of the Hill, the wife of Hank Hill and the mother of Bobby Hill. She is also the paternal aunt of Luanne Platter. She has a two year teaching degree and was hired for numerous part time and temporary teaching jobs, mostly at Tom Landry Middle School. She is a freelance writer, mostly for the local newspaper, the Arlen Bystander. She is a notary public and sculptor. She also had tried other jobs in many episodes. She is a real estate agent in the show's later seasons. Peggy drives a brown 1982 Buick Regal and later a Black 2006 Chrysler Sebring Convertible.

Appearance

She has been said to be beautiful (mostly by herself and Bill) despite being considered frumpy by most others due to her granny-beehive and unfashionable glasses, not to mention her tendency to wear culottes. Peggy wears square, rimless glasses and is generally seen wearing cut-off blouses and culottes. She is an average framed woman standing at about 5'7" who wears a disproportionate size 16½ shoe on her left foot and size 16 on her right-- which has been a constant source of her misery.

Personality

Peggy's most well-known personality traits is her highly inflated ego and sense of pride. While she is often willing to help others, Peggy can often cause things to turn sour when she tries to take charge of things from assuming she knows more/better than others despite qualifications and background or her pride refuses to allow her to admit when she's wrong. This often causes Peggy to fail to see when she has done something wrong and admit to it until she is confronted with the truth or until it is nearly too late to reverse the damage.

Pride: Peggy is well known for her immense sense of pride. She often takes great pride in even the smallest matters which causes her to inflate her own ego. In the episode "Lupe's Revenge", Peggy refused to claim she spoke bad Spanish even though it meant going to jail for kidnapping if she didn't and that it was very obvious she didn't understand anything said by the judge, even the not guilty verdict at the end of the trial. In "Beer and Loathing", Peggy became an employee for Alamo beer and learned the reason behind the contaminated beer but was so concerned about her confidentiality agreement and losing her job that she was willing to allow Hank, the guys, and herself to drink soap contaminated beer in order to keep things under wraps. She is also very prideful about her looks and believes that she is more beautiful than majority of women she knows, she herself stating in "Returning Japanese" that most of the photos that she carries in her purse are of herself and that she felt certain that Junichiro would fall in love with her for being "exotic". In "Peggy's Pageant Fever", Peggy felt so sure of her looks that she felt she did not need to change anything about her appearance to win the beauty contest until she realized the other contestants far surpassed her in looks, careers, and family life. Although this is one of her more negative features, there are times when she will admit to her own pride and admit she was wrong but often does not learn anything from it or will twist things around so that people will apologize to her instead of the other way around. Her pride and ego often cause con artists to easily talk Peggy into a scam when she is easily swayed by their flattery.

Peggy's pride and ego also lead her to believe that she knows what's best for those around her despite obvious signs that say otherwise. In "Edu-macating Lucky", Peggy believed she knew what was best for Luanne and tried to keep Lucky from marrying her by purposely sabotaging Lucky's chance of obtaining his G.E.D. because she personally did not like Lucky and felt that Luanne could do better than him, not taking the time to see how the two truly love each other and were happy being together. More dangerous examples are in "Hank's Unmentionable Problem", "Bystand Me", and "The Incredible Hank". In "Hank's Unmentionable Problem, Hank was suffering sudden constipation and didn't want to talk about it that Peggy decided to slip him chocolate laxatives against his knowledge, although this attempt failed due to Bobby exposing her plan. In The Incredible Hank, Hank is suspected to be suffering from low testosterone but didn't want to accept the medication. Peggy took it upon herself to get the medication made and, again without Hank's knowledge, began putting the pills into his food and drinks in dangerous amounts (2-4 pills per drink/meal) that the amount of testosterone medication she slipped him was damaging enough that the doctor stated would affect Hank physically for the rest of his life. In "Bystand Me", after her supply of useful household hints was cut off, Peggy made up a hint of using ammonia and bleach to clean and whiten shower tiles but in actuality it was a deadly poison similar to mustard gas.

Peggy's egotism can possibly best be seen in "Peggy's Fan Fair" where she twisted a rejection letter from Randy Travis' lawyer as encouragement toward a song writing career and proceeded to use this minor connection to steal leadership of a church retreat from the assistant pastor, annoy the entire congregation with her know-it-all attitude despite not knowing anything about the area they were traveling to, and claiming she basically invented spaghetti and meatballs, of which she calls it "SpaPeggy and Meatballs" after herself. Because of her pride and self-proclaimed high intelligence, Peggy believes being a teacher is her purpose outside of her family. She firmly believes that she is an expert in Spanish and other areas she substitutes in to the point that she did not hesitate to steal nun's clothing and impersonate a Catholic nun in order to teach and avoid working at Strickland Propane. Even when it was proven that an online I.Q. test was a scam and she was conned out of over nine hundred dollars, she still claimed to be a doctor at the end of The Substitute Spanish Prisoner.

Intelligence: While Peggy is a smart person, what Peggy thinks she knows and what she actually knows is a common source of plot drama in the series. At times, she has claimed well known public knowledge to be 'her own personal opinion'; such as the day before Thanksgiving being the busiest travel day of the year and the scientific term for 'leverage' being something she personally calls the motion. She will at times appear to think she is smarter than highly trained or highly qualified personnel and will attempt to make herself seem better than them even though she has no knowledge or skill in those particular areas. Peggy does appear to have a large vocabulary as she is skilled in Boggle and became state champion in a tournament. Because of her pride and job as a substitute Spanish teacher, Peggy believes herself to be so fluent in Spanish that she is more fluent than native Spanish speakers and has claimed, on several occasions, that the people of Mexico do not speak Spanish very well. However, her Spanish and accent are rather poor, but she refuses to acknowledge this. Because she believes she is so fluent in Spanish, Peggy will at times believe that Spanish is similar enough to other languages and think it is possible to speak to others using it or will use Spanish pronunciations to say words of other languages; such as in "When Cotton Comes Marching Home" she continually pronounced Iwo Jima as Iwo Hema and in "A Beer Can Named Desire" she assumed Spanish and Cajun French/Creole were similar enough that she could use Spanish as a means of communication with Louisiana locals and claims to have understood them when she asked a question although they never actually said anything back to her. She had once told Luanne in Texas City Twister that she had been asked to teach German and had answered Nein thinking it meant yes instead of no, indicating that Peggy may think she is fluent or knowledgeable of other languages and cultures.

Self-Esteem: Peggy is heavily implied to have low self-esteem and therefore heavily cares about what her family and others think of her. She is suggested to suffer from low self-esteem due to her tense relationship with her abusive mother who endlessly criticized everything Peggy did throughout her life although it is heavily implied that Maddy recognized her daughter was simply trying to brag about anything she did or has accomplished and refused to feed her ego. When Peggy's authority is challenged even in the slightest, she will usually act out in petty and childish ways, such as throwing away Bobby's untouched glass of chocolate milk when he decided to start using Hank's barber instead of letting her cut his hair. Peggy has been shown numerous times to be concerned about being a fitting and/or cool parent and has been shown to be influenced by cooler/more fun parents and willing to do what she can to be just like them so that she can be viewed in a better light by others and possibly become an inspiration to others to do the same until she eventually comes to her senses. During times when she is faced with the reality that she may not be as "gifted" as she believes, she will go into a state of depression and will do what she can to bring herself back up to her own standards.

Self-Worth: In the episode "Goodbye Normal Jeans", Peggy has admitted to believing one of the reasons Hank married her was because he needed her to cook and clean for him and felt he wouldn't need her anymore when Bobby easily outdid her in all manners of household tasks. Like her husband, she has an impressive work ethic coupled with mediocre intelligence and minimal ambition: the greatest achievement of her career as an educator was to win Tom Landry Middle School's "Substitute Teacher of the Year Award" three sequential years, despite the award being a meaningless vote-based self-promotion that was created by Peggy herself and that no-one else really cared about as it was shown to be more of a "most popular" contest by the students in "Little Horrors of Shop".

Motherhood: Peggy is a caring and supportive mother to Bobby and has self-proclaimed herself to be one of the best mothers in Texas. In contrast to her relationship with her own mother, Peggy often shows too much concern when it comes to Bobby and will then 'baby' him. While she sees nothing wrong with this, as she continually treats and tries to keep him in a young state of childhood, she fails to see how coddling him holds him back from maturing in certain ways and deprive him of learning how to do things for himself; possibly so he can continue to rely on her for everything. There have been times when Peggy is shown to struggle with the thought of Bobby growing up and not needing her anymore. Anytime she believes he's in trouble, she will not hesitate or let anything stop her from helping him. Her mothering has extended to Luanne after taking her in and helping her niece in many aspects. While she often tries to help Luanne see she is brighter than she thinks, it was shown in "Pigmalion" that Peggy felt she needed to fight Luanne's battles for her even though Peggy was the one at fault for Luanne losing her job and telling Luanne how and who she can date. In "Lucky See, Monkey Do", Peggy would try to get Luanne to do things her own way concerning her child, but majority of time was trying to get her niece to do things her way until Luanne eventually stood up to her. It was even seen in Luanne's baby class that she had passed on information to Luanne that she thought was perfect and acceptable but was quickly called out for holding on to dangerous and outdated information; such as giving a baby whisky to sooth teething pain or lying a baby on their stomach to sleep while surrounded by toys and blankets. Peggy felt she was such a mother figure to Luanne that she called herself 'Grandma' to Luanne's daughter in Manger Baby Einstein.

Naivety and gullibility: Nancy once described Peggy as always wanting to see the best in others, explaining some of her gullibility and naivety, which she attributes as the reason why Peggy was the only one besides Dale not to figure out about Nancy's affair with John Redcorn until Hank pointed it out to her in "Peggy's Headache". Other times Peggy is shown to be naive and gullible is when she agreed to take a package from Mexico across the border without knowing its contents and when she believed an inmate was a former student despite how close they were in age and that she didn't recognize his name or him when they met. Her gullibility is something that makes her an easy target to con artists when they prey on her inflated ego and are able to string her along for quite a while until she finally accepts she was conned.

Jealousy: Peggy is shown to have a terrible jealous side that at times causes her to act out drastically and sometimes violently. In "Luanne Virgin 2.0", she felt Hank was overreacting that she was not a virgin when she married him, yet she acted the complete opposite in "I Remember Mono" when she learned Hank had kissed another girl (although it was against his will) that she went so far as to track down the woman and confront her at her job about it. Nearly any time that she suspects Hank is receiving any kind of positive/affectionate attention from an attractive woman, Peggy's jealousy will rise and she will go to the lengths of constantly phoning, questioning, or following Hank to either confirm her suspicion or confront whomever she believes is trying to steal Hank. Possibly the episode that best demonstrates her jealous side is "Goodbye Normal Jeans", wherein Peggy became so jealous of her own son being better in all manners of home making than her that she, at no hesitation, decided to sabotage his Thanksgiving turkey.

Pettiness: When things do not go her way or she is not given the praise or adoration she thinks she deserves/has earned, she will resort to childish pettiness and complain about her idea(s)/point of view not instantly being seen as the one and only option. In the episode "Smoking and the Bandit", Peggy had decided to skip her usual assignment at the Waffle House because she wanted something more interesting but became upset when a commotion caused by Dale happened and Jenkins was assigned to cover the events, going so far as to call him a thief and confront him about "stealing" her assignment. Another incident of her pettiness was when she acted childish toward Hank about being selected as Luanne's designated driver in Night and Deity even though she was the one who caused Luanne to change her mind about Peggy being the designated driver by pointing out her parent's substance abuse and that she would tell Luanne how each drink she had would put Luanne closer to being like them.

Competitive nature: Another stand out character trait of Peggy's is how competitive she can become. While she has a relatively healthy competitive athletic nature, she can be competitive in other areas. In "The Buck Stops Here", she became so competitive against Minh in donating blood to win a coffee mug that she gave so much blood to the point she became incredibly weak and was not strong enough to even walk, having to drag herself across the ground to brag to Minh that she got the mug first. Another instance this trait is seen is in "Tankin' It to the Streets" where Peggy became so determined to correctly guess the weight of a cup of yogurt with toppings that she went so far as to pull Bobby from school to help her guess the weight of numerous items as practice. She proceeded to brag when she eventually got one right, even though she had already spent several dollars on yogurt that she had already tried to guess the weight of and the amount of time and supplies she used while practicing.

Peggy is a fan of Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner. She also responded affirmatively when Hank asked if she was reading her "rabbi mysteries", a probable reference to the novels of Harry Kemelman. Peggy also uses a catch phrase "Ho yeah!" when she feels accomplished.

Biography

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Born in Montana to cattle ranchers, she moved to Texas for her high school years. Her family includes Doc Platter (father), Maddy Platter (mother), Leanne Platter (ex sister-in-law), Luanne Platter (niece), Hoyt Platter (older brother), Laverne (aunt) and Boffo (uncle).

Peggy's mother was extremely critical, and her father was aloof and spoke in obtuse, nature-based metaphors that were the foundation of Hank's admiration towards Doc. These portrayals of her parents, from the episode "A Rover Runs Through It", are actually a retconned version differing quite noticeably from the homemaker mother – and presumably equally suburban father – displayed in flashbacks in earlier episodes, "I Remember Mono" and "Transnational Amusements Presents: Peggy's Magic Sex Feet". In early episodes, Mrs. Platter is seen visiting in the Hills' home, implying that she lives in or near Arlen, Texas, and is on speaking terms with her daughter (although the episode "Happy Hank's Giving", in which she appears in her original incarnation, implies that her mother either still lives in Montana or moved back). These appearances are discarded by "A Rover Runs Through It". In fact, the suggestion in the later episode is that Peggy left her parents behind when she went to Texas, which is a significant alteration. In both versions her mother tends to be critical of her, albeit for different reasons.

According to Bill, Peggy had a crush on a boy named Bob Cecil when she was in the tenth grade and they apparently went to a basketball game together, but it never went anywhere because he did not like her.[2] Peggy's first sexual experience was with a close friend of hers, Wayne Trotter, whom she offered to have sex with after he expressed suspicion he was homosexual, which their encounter would confirm. Peggy hid this from Hank for years into their marriage, allowing him to believe he had been her first sexual experience until Luanne exposed the truth.[3]

Peggy's older brother, Hoyt, is Luanne's father. A petty criminal, Hoyt was unseen and serving a second jail term. The family told Luanne that he was working on an oil rig to spare her the truth. When Hoyt returned to Arlen, Peggy tried to help him out and gave him money, but eventually realized Hoyt was an incorrigible criminal and would destroy the entire family.

Character

Intelligence

Peggy's inflated ego and irrepressible intellectual confidence leads her to believe she is vastly more intelligent than she actually is. In "The Substitute Spanish Prisoner", she claims her IQ is 170, though she also reveals to have never actually taken an IQ test. She claims to be fluent in Spanish, and indeed teaches it to children as her primary area of expertise, when in reality she speaks it extremely poorly, with a terrible grasp of both grammar and vocabulary and a totally nonexistent accent. In "Lupe's Revenge", her poor Spanish led her to face a Mexican judge on kidnapping charges after she accidentally kidnapped a Mexican child due to her inability to recognize that they were not a member of her class and could not understand her explanations.

This is not to say, however, that Peggy is unintelligent, as her natural curiosity and high motivation often lead her to resolve a plot crisis with sheer effort; for example, her knowledge of legal proceedings allowed Hank to filibuster an unpopular law from passing. Her extensive Boggle playing has given her a good vocabulary, allowing her to win the aforementioned state Boggle tournament with a 16-letter word, "acquaintanceship." A clever act of sabotage led the Alamo Beer Company to admit to knowingly selling tainted beer, and she managed to outsmart a conman who had ripped her and a number of other Arlen residents out of massive amounts of money through fake degree programs.

She has been a professional writer for a long time, writing for newspapers and hippie folk music. She writes musings and often speaks like a muser, although many of her "musings" are blatant, obvious facts, such as the day after Thanksgiving being the busiest shopping day of the year being her opinion rather than fact.

In one of the few examples of Peggy's theories being proved correct, she once claimed her song lyrics were stolen by country singer Randy Travis, though Mr. Travis claimed to have written them independently. It is later revealed that the lyrics (and the story which Peggy tells Mr. Travis inspired her to write it) were, in fact, Peggy's, but her reputation for self-promotion makes even Hank think she is crying "wolf". Travis also steals an anecdote about her large feet and tells it to his audience during a performance. It isn't until Travis tells an audience that he saved Hank from drowning when, in reality, Hank was the one who saved him after Bill sent his RV into a lake, not knowing Mr. Travis was inside. Hank decided he was going to kick his ass before Peggy told him it wouldn't make a difference.

Relationships

  • Hank Hill: Peggy's husband. She is shown to be very dedicated to Hank but at times is frustrated with his lack of showing emotions towards herself or others. Even though Hank is very capable of handling himself, Peggy does not hesitate to threaten others in order to keep him safe. Despite her obvious love for Hank, Peggy has kept secret from him that she had been sexually intimate with another man prior to them dating. Because of Hank's tendencies to 'sweep in and rescue' Peggy when she is in a difficult situation, Peggy will not always ask for his help when she is in over her head until nearly the last minute. In the episode "Sug Night", she became angry at Nancy and Minh for tying Hank with Bill at the bottom of their 'Who's Sexy' list.
  • Bobby Hill: Peggy's only son and child. Most likely due to the difficulties she and Hank had trying to get pregnant, Peggy often acts in a mother hen/mama bear manner toward Bobby. She is not afraid to baby him but also will not stand for any disrespect or bad behavior he shows to family or others, even one time wrestling him in the yard in full view of the neighbors when he disrespected Hank. She will at times act more like a friend toward Bobby than a mother which sometimes backfires in whatever situation they are in together. Still, she is a very loving and caring mother to her son.
  • Luanne Platter: Peggy's niece. After taking Luanne in and becoming her guardian, Peggy sees herself as more of a mother figure to Luanne than an aunt. In typical Peggy fashion, she often thinks she knows what's best for Luanne and tries to keep her on a path that will lead to the best future for her; even to the point of sabotaging Lucky's attempt to get his GED because she felt Lucky wasn't the best man for Luanne to be with. Despite this, Peggy does care very much for Luanne and supports her as best as she can.
  • Lucky Kleinschmidt: Luanne's boyfriend/husband. In the beginning, Peggy right away did not like Lucky as she had right away labeled him as a "trailer trash hillbilly" who most likely not provide Luanne with the future Peggy hoped for Luanne to have and felt he would "drag her back down to the trailer life she escaped from". When Lucky and Luanne began seriously dating, Peggy was constantly annoyed by Lucky being around the Hill house so much and soon attempted to rid him of their lives by sabotaging his chance to get his GED. However, when she finally accepted that Lucky and Luanne truly loved one another, she accepted their relationship and helped the two become engaged. After this, their relationship appeared to get better although Peggy does not always approve of many things he does, such as giving Bobby a snake as a gift.
  • Maddy Platter: Peggy's emotionally abusive mother. Since Peggy was young, she was often on the contradicting end of her mother's behavior and/or words. It was partly due to her relationship with her mother that Peggy decided to stay in Texas and would go years without speaking to Maddy. During a time when Peggy believed when her mother was trying to patch things up, she was excited to see her mother again but became upset when Maddy wanted to blame her for the family nearly losing the ranch. Even after Peggy saved the ranch, their relationship remained tense.
  • Hoyt Platter: Peggy's older brother. Peggy appears to hold some resentment toward her brother for possibly being their mother's favorite child but is also the only one who knew the truth that Hoyt was actually in prison and not on an oil rig like everyone thought. Like she does with many "sympathy cases", Peggy believed she was possibly the only one who could help Hoyt turn his life around if he was given enough chances. However, she clearly was aware of his actions while he stayed at the Hill house after his release from prison but continued to turn somewhat of a blind eye until Bobby revealed that Hoyt would possibly frame his pregnant daughter and even Bobby himself for possible crimes unless she did something to stop him.
  • Bill Dauterive: The Hills' long-time neighbor and friend. Peggy is well aware that Bill appears to be in love with her, but she does not return these feelings, in fact she is somewhat disgusted by it although at the same time seems flattered that a man feeds her vanity in such a way. Like many others, Peggy sees Bill as the prime example of "pathetic" that people should avoid becoming and regularly tries to keep Bobby from him knowing that her son is easily influenced by others and that Bill tends to depress those around him. It is seldom that Peggy will be genuinely nice to Bill with no ulterior motive.
  • Nancy Gribble: Peggy's best friend and neighbor. Peggy gets along quite well with Nancy. For the majority of Nancy's marriage, Peggy was unaware of Nancy's affair with John Redcorn and became very upset at finding out some twelve years after it began. She falsely claimed that she figured it out herself even though Hank was the one who pointed it out to her. Peggy was so upset at this that she nearly told Dale the truth but stopped when she realized it would destroy the Gribble family. When Nancy eventually ended the affair, Peggy encouraged her not to fall back to "needing two men" and was proud of Nancy for re-igniting her love for Dale.

Achievements

She frequently aggrandizes her own accomplishments, such as her continual recognition as the substitute teacher of the year, although she won the first award because she created it. This ego of hers was seen as a running gag in a few episodes where in some cases she will point out how she was a major part of something in an effort to hog the glory. For example, when she thinks Bobby has been chosen to run with the Olympic torch (although it was, moments later, proven to be Hank, not Bobby, who won the contest), Peggy is only willing to concede, "Well, to be fair I wrote the essay, but let this be Bobby's moment." Her belief that someone can do anything if they put their mind to it often leads her into trouble when she takes the philosophy too literally; she often believes she can do many things for which she has no skill or background, such as walking into a crime scene and expecting to become part of the investigation.

It is perhaps not the fact that Peggy thinks so highly of herself, but in her assumption (and expectation) that everyone else thinks equally highly of her, which leads her into a variety of predicaments. In one episode, Peggy assumes that an actor, Eduardo Felipe, star of TV's Monsignor Martinez is madly in love with her and wants to have an affair with her. This idea is based somewhat on a cultural misunderstanding, over wine he tells her his wife is "with the ancestors" and acts in a way her friend Nancy agrees is "flirting", but largely on her presumption that she is irresistible. This happens multiple times throughout the series-- in one episode, Peggy believes she can win a beauty contest, hands-down, without modifying her appearance at all, since she is naturally just that beautiful; Hank has to awkwardly try to talk her out of competing against much younger, prettier women without hurting her feelings. In another, Hank has a nude dream about Nancy Gribble and then later ignores her to talk to some young nudist women; despite her total conviction at this point that Hank is no longer attracted to her and their marriage is ruined, she is still unwilling to concede that she might not be "equally pretty" to every gorgeous woman on the planet.

Another episode sees her self-consciously comparing herself to Bobby's 14-year-old girlfriend, bragging that they are similarly beautiful, despite the comically vast difference in their ages and appearances.

Ego

"Believe me, I prayed on it, Hank. And God told me "Don't do it." But you know what? I knew better!"

Peggy's most negative, but humorous trait is her extremely inflated ego. She has the habit of using the phrase "in my opinion" when stating well known facts, such as, "In my opinion, the day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year," and "As I like to say/call it," when using common expressions, or, for example, calls a basic boiled pasta and canned sauce spaghetti recipe "SpaPeggy and meatballs." Hank calls her out on this in the Randy Travis episode, saying "That's not your opinion, that's just fact." She also occasionally makes claims that seem to have no basis in reality at all, such as "Swiss cheese is not Mexican, it's American". She does this to try and piggyback on intelligent people's observations to make herself look smarter.

When she is particularly pleased with her own cleverness, she coyly raises her hand to her chest and chuckles, "Oh, Peggy!" In an interesting spin on Peggy's self-confidence, she reluctantly recruited Bill Dauterive, whom she usually avoids because of his obvious and unwelcome crush on her, to a pyramid sales scheme, only to be surprised as Bill proved to be a much better salesperson than she was.

Peggy once ran for the school board, along with Minh and Nancy but lost. In a frequent theme, Peggy, Minh, and Nancy began to turn on each other to win. In a classic example of her self-aggrandizing nature, Peggy treats her run for local school board as though she were a candidate for national office, using a backgammon set as a fake briefcase and answering her cellphone with "War Room". In the end, they all lost to a fundamentalist Christian, who planned to get rid of biology, geometry, the after-school program, and all "offensive" encyclopedias.

While her ego tends to get her in trouble, it is also what gives her an incredibly admirable level of confidence and bravery that empowers her to stand up for herself and those around her.

Gullibility

Because she’s so enthusiastic about her own abilities, she is always gullible enough to fall for scams. Cindy Wasanasong tricked her into taking over her Cozy Kitchen "business," which turned out to be an inescapable pyramid scheme. Ironically, she gave away her first sale set as free samples, something she berated Luanne for doing in an earlier episode. An archaeology professor tricked her into signing off her property as a legalized dig. A scam artist tricked her into paying $999 for a fake Ph.D. degree after she tested as a "genius" in an online IQ test. She and Luanne were even lured into a cult. Peggy is also slow to pick up on social cues; she was the last on the block to realize that Nancy Gribble was having a long-term affair with John Redcorn, and realizes this only when Hank practically hands her the answer. ("Look at Joseph!")

Her gullibility was even proved in the episode "Death and Texas", when a convict, Wes Archer, wrote to her from prison, claiming to be a former student. She right away fell for his lie that she was the one teacher who believed in him and eventually her naivety gets the better of her when she unknowingly smuggles cocaine into the prison, and Wes finally admits that he never had her as a teacher, stating that he grew up in Arkansas and that he and her are almost the same age and calling her out for being stupid.

Her unfounded ideas can also lead to big problems, such as getting the Hill family deep into debt by taking out a cash advance on their credit card to buy a share in a roller derby team after she was supposed to help Luanne get her own debt under control[4], accidentally telling readers to make Mustard Gas in her household tips column[5]or almost getting Nancy, Dale, and herself almost killed by convincing Nancy to report on the county's wildfire up close.[6] Minh told Peggy she wondered what it is that Hank kept her around for, seeing as she is unable to do simple household tasks such as remove stains from clothing.[5]

Insecurities

Peggy's ego is a defense mechanism for her many insecurities, which typically appear when other people seem to be better than her at things she prides herself on. Peggy is prone to jealousy and spite, sometimes to the point of severe neurosis and unnecessary family strife, and she sometimes becomes extremely vindictive about seemingly mundane things:

  • An entire B-Plot was dedicated to her after she failed to guess the weight of her ice cream, in which she trained herself throughout the episode to calculate things she held and even took her son out of school to help her train. When she finally got the weight right at the end of the episode, she shamelessly showboated to the cashier, despite his obvious and total lack of interest.
  • Peggy becomes upset when Hank and Bobby decide Bobby is old enough to start getting his hair cut at Jack's barber shop. When Bobby attempts to comfort her by saying she can help him pick out a haircut while he drinks chocolate milk, Peggy says since Bobby is old enough to get his hair cut at Jack's he's too old for chocolate milk, spitefully dumping the chocolate milk into the sink.
  • Bobby takes Home Economics and becomes better than her at cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry which drives her to get a new and ridiculous hairdo (which Hank can't stand because of the smell of her hairspray) in an attempt to bring Hank's attention back to her and distract him from Bobby's domestic accomplishments. When that doesn't work, she purposely sabotages the Thanksgiving dinner Bobby has been meticulously preparing by stealing both his buttermilk turkey and his bike and fleeing down the street with it so Hank doesn't think she's a "bad wife".
  • When Hank's friends nominated him to run with the Olympic torch, she continually blamed him for the act despite Hank not wanting to run with it in the first place.
  • When Hank wouldn't hire a female employee, Peggy assumed it was because the woman was attractive and continuously accused him of being sexually attracted to her to the point she would constantly question him about the woman and even show up at the store to check on things.
  • During the wedding of Boomhauer's brother Patch, Patch tries to frame Hank for the presence of hookers at his bachelor party; despite the fact that Patch had already admitted to hiring them himself, Peggy glares at Hank as though he is indeed at fault.
  • In a particularly low moment, she purposely sabotages Lucky's GED test by "tutoring" him and teaching him all the wrong information because she doesn't personally approve of his marriage to Luanne.
  • She grew jealous of Ladybird because she believed Hank loved the dog more than her, despite Hank jumping through hoops to get her pregnant.
  • She also becomes jealous of Hank's prized guitar "Old Betsy" because she believed he loved the guitar more than her.
  • She became jealous of Hank when he was shown to be a better and more popular substitute teacher, although this had much to do with the competition he presented for her third straight "Substitute Teacher of the Year" Trophy. It is implied that Peggy's actions led to Hank being removed from teaching, after which she withdrew from the running and then reapplied for the award as "Mrs. Hank Hill".
  • She has also been jealous of Minh for improving upon her family recipes, which other women admitted to liking much more and confessed they had to force down Peggy's version, and jealous towards Nancy for her beauty despite thinking she herself is more beautiful.

Peggy's Musings (Oh Peggy...!)

  • "My husband calls me his 'better half' because I 'better half' dinner on the table when he gets home."[7]
  • "Napkin rings, those useful things".
  • "Autumn - love it or leaf it".
  • "Did you know Emily's husband is having an affair with root beer? Don't worry, she's not jealous".
  • "Although there is no "L" is Christmas, there is "NOEL" in Christmas".[8]
  • "Credit where credit is due is not just a phrase for bankers and lawyers".[9] (unpublished)
  • "You know it's Autumn when the leaves are leaving pine needles are sticking around".
  • "I am tired of hearing negative stories about today's youth. You might say I am on an all Pro Teen diet".
  • "The people who say you can't make an omelet without cracking eggs are always pretty hard boiled".
  • "They say time flies but with the way the air lines are going these days maybe time should take the bus".
  • "They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but if you don't go to the doctor for regular checkups, you're bananas".

Trivia

  • In early seasons, Peggy wore white socks, but later in the series those socks disappeared.
  • It was told by Hank that in the Season 4 episode "Transnational Amusements Presents: Peggy's Magic Sex Feet", Boomhauer has known Peggy longer than Hank has.
  • She is something of a mentor for her niece Luanne as her own mother wasn't there for her. She has tutored Luanne in many things, including baseball, family, and life in general.
  • Bill Dauterive has been infatuated with Peggy for quite some time in contrast to her absolute disgust for him on every possible level.
  • Peggy holds a "threepeat" (three times/repeat) Substitute Teacher of the Year at Tom Landry Middle School.
    • Although it is revealed that the first award was given to her for creating it and the third was because she piggy backed on Hank's success as the temporary shop teacher.
  • In "Reborn to Be Wild", it is revealed that Peggy used to have blonde hair at one point, mainly due to Farrah Fawcett's popularity according to Hank.
  • In "The Peggy Horror Picture Show", because of her body physique, not being very feminine and having big feet, she was once mistaken for a drag queen. It's been revealed that Peggy's feet are even bigger than Hank's.
  • Peggy owned a Brown 1982 Buick Regal sedan for most of the series, but after having it break down on her, she gives the car to Luanne as her first vehicle and drives a black 2004 Chrysler Sebring convertible.
  • She appears to not be very computer savvy, seeing as she asked if her Kaypro computer (a 1980s computer) was Y2K compliant. She was told by a former Dell computers employee that "[her] watch had more memory than that."
  • Peggy has a 2-year college degree, revealed in "Board Games".
  • Peggy owns a "Pong" system that is shown in "It Ain't Over Till The Fat Neighbor Sings".
  • Her catchphrase is "Ho Yeah"! whenever she was encouraged or is excited.
  • While Hank has always been an athlete, Peggy is a scholar as well as an athlete. She seems especially talented at all sports but most notably baseball although she is revealed to have a high HBP (Hit By Pitcher) count, of which she claims that the batter(s) were standing too close to the base.
  • In virtually every episode, Peggy recites her full name to herself - or to a person or group of people - in a context outside of introduction. She also refers to herself by various self-affixed "titles", e.g "Coach Peggy Hill", "Sales Manager Peggy Hill", and so forth. One time, she even makes her full name into a verb: when asked by Bobby how she comes up with her (questionably) clever musings, her reply is that she'd take an idea "...and Peggy Hill the heck out of it." This behavior is ironic when one realizes her actual name is not Peggy at all but Margaret.
  • In early episodes of King of the Hill, Peggy was clearly a Substitute teacher being assigned jobs that nobody else wanted. She was even locked out of the copy machine by a full time employee in "Beer and Loathing", and was terminated at the beginning of "To Spank, with Love". However, in "Queasy Rider", she unethically advanced a student to the 9th grade in order to cheat in a contest so she could get the dining table in the private room at That's Amore. In "Cheer Factor", Carl Moss told her that she was still allowed to teach Spanish. In "Après Hank, le Deluge", she has her own master key.
  • Although she is right-handed, she is seen using the swing for left-handed players when playing baseball.

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