|Created by||Tom Kapinos|
|Portrayed by||David Duchovny|
Henry James "Hank" Moody, portrayed by David Duchovny, is a fictional character who serves as the protagonist of the Showtime television series Californication. Moody is an erratic but esteemed writer who frequently becomes embroiled in bizarre, and in some cases, scandalous situations. Many reviewers liken Moody's character to that of writer Charles Bukowski.
However shallow Moody may come across as being, most episodes of Californication reveal at least some degree of depth to his persona, in many cases exposing a surprisingly vulnerable Hank, especially in relation to his long-term on-and-off girlfriend Karen and their daughter, Becca. He is shown on more than one occasion to be broken, empty and desolate, seeing himself as beyond saving.
Hank is born in Levitown, New York, on Long Island. In pursuit of his dream of becoming a writer, Hank moved to New York City. He had to work at Blockbuster to support himself. Eventually, Hank's talent and gift as a writer were noticed by the literary community. Hank's early short stories and books were instantly regarded as sharing the same gritty realism as Charles Bukowski. As such, a cult following emerges around Hank's novels, particularly after the publication of his God Hates us All. Hank met Karen Van der Beek at CBGB's, and soon after, she became pregnant and gave birth to their daughter, Rebecca. After the publication of God Hates Us All, Hank, Karen and Becca moved to Los Angeles so that Hank can work on the screenplay for the movie adaptation.
During the first four seasons of the series, Hank is seen driving a 1990 Porsche 964 Cabriolet with one headlight smashed. The car is characterized by its messy and dusty look that Hank maintains with his daughter Becca's support. They both claim that it "has character". Hank buys a new Porsche Cabriolet in ninth episode of the first season but it's soon carjacked, so Hank goes back to his original Porsche. In the fourth season when the car is crashed by Becca, Hank subsequently buys a new one. He is seen using a tire iron to break the right headlight of the new car, even before leaving the used car lot on Washington Boulevard in Marina Del Rey, to resemble his old car. This is believed to be an homage to The Wallflowers' song "One Headlight."
- South Of Heaven
- Seasons In The Abyss
- God Hates Us All 
- Fucking & Punching
- Lew Ashby, A Biography
Other Works 
Aside from his books, Hank has wrote the screenplay for the movie adaption of his God Hates Us All, titled Crazy Little Thing Called Love. He has also written the musical based on the book. In the fourth season, he rewrote the Fucking & Punching screenplay too.
- Moody, Hank (2009). God Hates Us All. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4165-9823-7.