The elder patriarch of the Pickles family, young at heart, he likes to be adventurous. He was a Private First Class during in World War II.
Occasionally, he flirts with women. He is commonly thought of as having a wild imagination from the many stories he tells of his earlier years. In the early episodes, he was voiced by the late David Doyle. After Doyle's death, the late Joe Alaskey voices Lou Pickles in the later episodes until the end of the series.
Lou Pickles has gray hair and is often shown wearing a purple shirt and a green vest. He looks just like his son Drew Pickles when he was younger, but as he got older, he now looks more like his other son Stuart Pickles.