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I killed fitty men!
~ Cotton's frequent boast
Do ya now? (Laughs)
~ Cotton's last words in "Death Picks Cotton"

Cotton Hill (December 7, 1927 – November 11, 2007) was the anti-hero of King of the Hill. He was Hank's father, Bobby's grandfather, and Peggy's father-in-law.

He was voiced by Toby Huss, who also voiced Tennessee O'Neal.


Cotton served in the U.S. army during World War II, he killed fifty Japanese soldiers avenging his fallen comrades in an aircraft bombing. Cotton lost his legs to gun-fire (Hank claims he was 6'4" when he went to battle and 5'1" when he returned) and brags that before he passed out, he used the body parts of his fallen allies to beat the Japanese infantry to death. Cotton frequently boasts and exaggerates about his service, but the two most consistent things about his stories are 1 that he killed fifty men and 2 that when he woke up in a veteran hospital he had no shins, his feet having been grafted onto his knees to allow him to walk.


As a result of his service, Cotton has a sense of deep entitlement and no sense of empathy with others.

Cotton is also very sexist and borderline racist, often referring to Japanese and Japanese Americans as Tojos. However, he seems to have no ill will to people of Chinese or Laotian background. He also refers to Nazis as "Nazzys".

Though Cotton is rude, obnoxious, politically-incorrect, and critical of Hank and Peggy, Cotton is a very protective and loving father and grandfather. While Cotton believes cruelty is the best way to ensure Hank becomes strong, he is kind, protective and supportive to Bobby and his friends. This is the most closest Cotton gets to showing his softer side.

On rare occasions, Cotton shows a vulnerable side that he normally keeps hidden: He realizes he was a terrible father and person, hates himself for growing old and becoming disabled, and readily admits that he would die to protect Bobby ("Revenge of the Lutefisk").

In his final appearance in "Death Picks Cotton," Cotton tells Hank on his deathbed that he knows he was hard on him his whole life, but it was not because he hates him. However, when Hank admits to his father that he loves him, Cotton berates him for this.