Steven Hyde

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Steven Hyde
That '70s Show character
Hyde.png
First appearance "That '70s Pilot"
(episode 1.01)
Last appearance "That '70s Finale"
(episode 8.22)
Portrayed by

Danny Masterson

Joey Zimmerman (Hyde at 13) Easton Gage (Hyde at 7)
Information
Nickname(s) Hyde, Heidi, Han Solo, Screwhead, Archie, Puddin Pop
Gender Male
Occupation High school student
Foto Hut clerk
Hotel cook
Record store manager/owner
Family William Barnett (father)
Edna Hyde (mother)
Steven James "Bud" Hyde II (stepfather)
Angie Barnett (paternal half-sister)
Danny Hyde (maternal half-brother)
Spouse(s) Samantha Hyde (invalid marriage)
Significant other(s) Crissy (ex-girlfriend)
Jill (ex-girlfriend) Jackie Burkhart (ex-girlfriend) Ester The Biker Chick (ex-girlfriend)
Nationality American

Steven James Hyde III, known as Hyde by his friends, is a fictional character from the Fox sitcom That '70s Show, portrayed by Danny Masterson.[1] He is Eric Forman's (Topher Grace) best friend and by the end of season one, his de facto adopted brother. Hyde represents the rebel adolescent of the seventies that was suspicious of government and corporations.

Storylines[edit]

Hyde was abandoned by his mother, Edna (Katey Sagal), who only appeared in three episodes, two of which featured only her screaming voice calling from inside Hyde's house. His stepfather, Bud (Robert Hays), had left some years earlier. A half brother was mentioned once in a Season 8 episode, though not much is known about him.

Hyde's best friend, and later foster-brother, is the nice, geeky Eric Forman. The two share probably the closest friendship out of the group, shown by how they care and rely on one another and one another's advice. When Hyde's mother left town at the end of the first season, Eric tried to persuade his parents to do something about his best friend's living conditions and thus Hyde was invited to live with the Formans, which Hyde does from season one until the series' end. He is adopted into the Forman family, and lives in the basement of their house. Since there are no extra bedrooms, he sleeps in a small storage room on a cot. When Red decided to kick Hyde out after an arrest for possession of drugs, Eric attempts to come to his rescue.

Hyde found a job working at the Foto Hut with his burned-out hippie boss Leo (Tommy Chong). Hyde and Leo become good friends until Leo suddenly left town, because he remembered that he was only supposed to stay in Point Place for a short time, yet stayed for eight years, leaving his family behind. Ironically enough, during his tenure in the Foto Hut, he was the more responsible worker between himself and Leo, even telling his own boss off for not doing his job. Hyde and Leo's friendship resumed when Leo returned to the series near the end of Season 7. He gave the money he made to Red and Kitty to help them pay the bills. It is evidenced thus that Hyde has a sense of propriety and responsibility to rival that of his friend Eric's, yet is not proud of it as he is more accustomed to his stoner lifestyle.

Hyde developed a fairly close relationship with Eric's dad, Red Forman, who admired his toughness, lack of showing emotions, and traditional masculinity, a quality his son Eric lacks. Red became the closest Hyde has to a real father after he moved in with the Formans. Red does occasionally feel that Hyde can be a bad influence on Eric, particularly due to his frequent marijuana use, and briefly kicked him out when Hyde was arrested. However, he is often shown to have a deeper respect for Hyde over his own son and occasionally prefers Hyde over him (such as when he offered Hyde a job at his new muffler shop instead of Eric).

In the season 6 finale, Kitty discovered that Bud is not Hyde's real father. Subsequently, Hyde met his biological father, William Barnett (Tim Reid), who was black, making Hyde biracial. He later met his half-sister, Angie Barnett who dreamed of one day running her own store, but ended up working alongside Hyde in her father's store.

Hyde is highly critical of organized religion. He tells an Episcopalian girl that she believes in "the exact opposite of what [he] believe[s] in". Also, in "Holy Crap", he claims he doesn't go to church because it would make him a hypocrite, him believing that organized religions had corrupted the teachings of the likes of others like Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammad. Despite the fact that Hyde mentions God (such as stating his hair was a gift from God in "Eric's Hot Cousin") he does not express any sort of organized religious affiliation. However, he is shown on several occasions to be reverent and somewhat religious when the times called for it.

In contrast to the sensitive New-Age men prevalent in the 1970s, Hyde is very traditionally masculine, much like Red Forman. He does not voice or show his emotions often (a notable exception being when he has to tell Jackie he cheated on her in season 5, and other occurrences throughout their relationship.) He does not worry about romantic relationships and women the way Michael Kelso, Eric, and Fez do; he considers himself too "tough" and strong for that type of behavior. He generally acts as though he does not care for anyone, perhaps as a defensive mechanism; however, it is shown during the course of the series that he does care deeply about his friends and the Formans. Hyde seems to be against extracurricular activities, although he does mention that he plays baseball in school and is a fan of the Green Bay Packers. Hyde's other hobbies include music, hunting, hanging around, and he is also shown to have a talent in mechanics.

After Eric's departure to Africa, Hyde's conflicts were front and center in the series, mostly due to his relationship with Eric's parents (his foster parents) and his short marriage to Samantha. He experiences conflict with Kelso, who he punches for attempting to sleep with Jackie in Chicago. He also struggles to maintain civility with Jackie and manage his career. Later in the final season, Hyde receives a letter from his father (William Barnett) telling him that he is selling his chain of record stores. Hyde, angry at the vague letter, fears that he won't be able to continue the career he loves. Later, Barnett shows up to Hyde's record store to tell him that he sold every store except for the one in Point Place, and has granted him sole ownership of the last remaining Grooves. Hyde ends the series as the owner and manager of his Grooves record store.

Relationships[edit]

Early on in the series, he was rarely interested in getting into a serious relationship, and was very cynical about the idea (as portrayed in some of his quips such as "Dating is prostitution, only you don't always get what you pay for"). However, as the series progressed, he enjoyed a number of relationships. It was mentioned that his only girlfriend ended up leaving him for his uncle, and when Hyde and Fez make fun of Kelso for being "whipped" by Jackie, Kelso points out that he is the only one "getting some".

Hyde's first love interest of the series was a proto-punk girl, Christie, who wanted him to move to New York City with her. He loses his virginity to her, but he ultimately decides to stay in Point Place, and she leaves for New York. The relationship lasted only one episode.

Before Eric and Donna (Laura Prepon) started to date, Eric and Hyde both had feelings for Donna. Hyde tried to win Donna to the point that even Fez began to mock him over his repeated failed attempts. At one point he attempts to kiss her, but she rejects him with a slap. In an early episode, she blows off a "study date" with Hyde at the library to go out with Eric for Valentine's Day. Hyde goes to talk to Donna while she is out with Eric and tells her how he feels about her. However, Donna doesn't understand him because she is drunk. Hyde gives up soon after, prompting the assumption that he was more infatuated with Donna and not in love with her, and they remain close friends.

In Season 5, he became paired with Jackie Burkhart. There is foreshadowing of their relationship throughout the series, most prominently at the Forman's Veteran's Day BBQ in Season 3, where Jackie's date Chip calls her a bitch behind her back. Hyde responds by knocking Chip out cold. Later that day, after talking to Mrs. Forman, Hyde takes Jackie out for their first date which leads to their first kiss. Hyde also took Jackie to his junior prom in the first season, and he is the one Jackie goes to for comfort when she and Kelso encounter problems in their relationship, prompting him to ask "Why does she always come to me?" Despite initially loathing Jackie for all that she represents (she is spoiled, shallow, and rich), he has his first real romantic relationship of the series with her.

Hyde and Jackie's relationship was a very typical 'opposites attract' set up. Hyde tells Eric that he simply ignores Jackie's constant complaining and bossiness and focuses on how "hot" she is instead, although he does become more mature and caring as their relationship progresses. They came together during the summer between Seasons 4 and 5 when they found themselves bored with watching The Price Is Right. The relationship gradually grows into a surprisingly strong one, considering their past conflicts. However, Jackie saw Kelso making out with Annette (the girl Kelso dated while he was in California ) and yelled get off my boyfriend. Hyde broke up with Jackie but it only lasted an episode they got back together in the end and went to the valentines dance. They also went through trouble when Hyde mistakenly perceives her to be cheating on him with Kelso. In response, he cheated on her. He sincerely apologizes, but Jackie ends the relationship. The separation is brief, however, and they get back together at the beginning of Season 6. They remain together until midway through Season 7, when Jackie becomes insecure about their relationship and asks Hyde if he can see a future with her. His response, "I don't know," breaks them up briefly, but they reconcile after only a few weeks apart. However, when Jackie is offered a job in Chicago, Hyde is once again forced to make a decision about a possible future together. Just when Jackie thinks Hyde will break up with her for good, Steven's made the decision to marry her. At that moment, he finds a note from Jackie that says she's left for Chicago, and Hyde is hurt and angry. In the very next episode, however, he decides to follow her and propose. In the middle of Hyde and Jackie's conversation, Kelso walks into the room in only a towel, carrying a bucket of ice and making a comment implying he and Jackie were about to have sex. Although Kelso frequently makes sexual comments to every female on the show, including Jackie and Donna, Hyde once again believes the two really were about to engage in sex, and drives off to Las Vegas.

In the last season, Hyde returned from Las Vegas after his confrontation with Jackie and Kelso. While he was in Vegas, he got drunk and married a stripper named Samantha. Although Jackie claims nothing happened between herself and Kelso in Chicago, Hyde chooses to stay in the marriage instead of annulling, ending his and Jackie's relationship. The marriage was bitter, as they were often seen screaming at each other, but it was hinted that they had an excellent sex life, and all the yelling was just a factor of it. In the middle of Season 8, Samantha's real husband showed up unexpectedly, and decided to take Samantha with him back to Vegas. Donna points out that since Samantha was already married when she attempted to marry Hyde, Hyde and Samantha were never legally married, making their marriage null and void. In the midst of the confusion, the two decided that it would be best for them to part ways, and Sam went back to Vegas. He had no significant other in the final episode.

Personality[edit]

Hyde is a rebellious, wise-cracking boy with no respect for authority and often makes it his main priority to defy as many policies or rules as possible, and seems to take pride in his own disobedience. He is supremely insensitive and seldom feels compassion for others, and often will make a sarcastic remark rather than show sympathy for somebody who is suffering. It was revealed in the Halloween special that Hyde's reputation was first sabotaged in elementary school, when Eric Forman ruined another student's diorama and Hyde received the blame, and has since then maintained a reputation as a troublemaker and rebel. Although he rebels against school and other educational activities, he is generally smart, as in the episode " The Crunge " Hyde scores second lowest among the gang, but does better than Eric without textbooks and without applying himself. When other members of the gang need advice, Hyde is usually the only one who gives them real advice.

Appearance[edit]

Hyde has an afro and sideburns (or occasionally a mustache and/or beard), and his sunglasses, which he is almost always seen in, making him appear like Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra and Eric Bloom of Blue Öyster Cult.[2] He regularly sports jeans, was once failed in PE for refusing to wear shorts, and also has many rock band t-shirts, which include: Santana, Judas Priest, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Queen, KISS, The Who, Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pink Floyd, Steve Miller Band, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Ted Nugent, Boston, Rush, Aerosmith, John Lee Hooker, The Allman Brothers Band, Blue Öyster Cult, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and the Grateful Dead. In at least one episode, he dons a two-tone green T-shirt displaying the International Paper corporate logo. Contrasting with his tough guy exterior, Hyde was once caught on videotape dancing to Frank Sinatra singing. Additionally, following his first breakup with Jackie, he happened to hear B. J. Thomas' "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" and became a fan of country music although the season 2 episode, Red's Last Day, a drunken Hyde is seen singing Redneck Mother by Jerry Jeff Walker. Hyde along with these many bands holds a passionate love of Led Zeppelin, the group he wears most frequently, and when once questioned by his father as to why he wears said shirts he replies, "If God didn't want me to wear them so much he wouldn't have made them rock so hard". He also noted that he likes to watch Little House on the Prairie, because it "reminds him of a simpler time." He dislikes the music of Pat Boone, Styx (although he did tap his foot to their music), ABBA, Andy Gibb, The Carpenters, and Little River Band. In fact, he once even broke up with a girl because she liked the Little River Band.

Steven is known to drive a black 1967 Chevrolet El Camino that is referenced in several episodes. It was given to him by Leo in the episode Radio Daze.

He hates disco (even starting a disco burning bonfire in season 8); however, the real reason he hated disco was because of his lack of dance skills. However, Kitty taught him to dance (which led Bob to believing Kitty was having an affair with him) and later danced with Donna to it in one of the earlier seasons.

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