Next to the X-Files’ Fox Mulder, there’s perhaps no TV character more prone to conspiracy theories than King of the Hill’s Dale Gribble. Why Dale fears the government so much isn’t exactly explained, but decades of working with pesticides and baking in the unforgiving Texas sun have surely had an impact on his brain. He may be oblivious to what’s taking place in his own bedroom, but he maintains a watchful eye on all of Arlen from the surveillance of his basement headquarters. Not even the most mundane of tasks is safe from Dale’s watchful eyes.
As the show progressed, Dale’s theories often became more ridiculous – and at times, dangerous — much to the annoyance of Hank. Just how insane was the publisher of The Gribble Report, though? Was Dale merely a pest that wouldn’t even pop up on the NSA’s radar, or was he truly a threat on the verge of taking down the Illuminati?
Let’s explore the many conspiracies that only a gun-toting, chain-smoking nut job like Dale Gribble, a.k.a. Rusty Shackleford, could come up with.
He believes U.N. helicopters are monitoring him.
Mike Judge wasted no time in painting Dale as a conspiracy theorist. We get our first glimpse of how Dale’s mind works in the pilot episode when Hank questions a thumping noise and Dale theorizes that it’s likely U.N. helicopters. Because the United Nations naturally wants to monitor the goings-on of Rainey Street.