John Redcorn

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John Redcorn III[3] (originally voiced by Victor Aaron, later by Jonathan Joss[4][5]), is a character in the animated series King of the Hill. He is addressed or referred to as "John Redcorn" or "Mr. Redcorn" by every character in the series, and very rarely just "John".

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Background

A former roadie for Winger[6] and "Licensed New Age Healer",[7] he is Nancy Gribble's Native American[8] masseur, her former lover of 14 years and the biological father of Joseph Gribble. Both Dale and Joseph are completely unaware of this, although it is obvious to everyone else in the neighborhood, due to the close resemblance between Joseph and Redcorn. He has a sister, whom Nancy seems to assume told everyone about their affair. A recurring gag early on in the series was that whenever Dale would make a comment about being Joseph's father, John Redcorn would show up.

John Redcorn drives a tan Jeep Wrangler, and is the lead singer of the band Big Mountain Fudgecake, for which Lucky played guitar and Dale was briefly the manager. Following the breakup of the band, Redcorn began singing toned-down solo acoustic children's versions of his songs at the Strickland company barbecue and was instantly popular. It was revealed that Big Mountain Fudgecake got back together near the end of the episode "Earthly Girls are Easy". When driving he is often heard playing Pat Benatar including the hits "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Heartbreaker". He is also notable for playing music from the band Foreigner, such as "Hotblooded" and "Double Vision." Redcorn is often seen reading a book about Native American rights in North America, entitled This Land is Our Land. A common gag on the show is that when he begins speaking about matters related to Native traditions and their spiritual meanings, Redcorn's long black hair is dramatically whisked up in a breeze. Despite Redcorn's dedication to his heritage, it has sometimes backfired on him. When Bobby Hill becomes interested in Native American rights, Redcorn seems pleased (although his original intention was to get Joseph interested in his heritage). However, Bobby unknowingly says that Redcorn's tribe engaged in cannibalism, which then causes a mortified Redcorn having to explain to everyone how that practice was outlawed centuries ago.

Redcorn has a predictably difficult relationship with Dale; though he considers him a good man, he is jealous of his relationship with Nancy and Joseph, and exasperated by how Dale's eccentricities influence Joseph. Redcorn seems depressed that he was not more a father to Joseph, which is later partially resolved when Nancy reveals to Joseph that since they all are "from the Earth", John and Joseph are in fact related. In Nancy's Boys, after Dale helps him with a lawsuit against the Federal government, Redcorn calls Dale "a true friend" and cites this as a reason for agreeing to split up with Nancy; he made a similar comment to Hank regarding Peggy in an earlier episode. However, later in the series he would (unsuccessfully) attempt to get back together with Nancy.

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