Father Jack Hackett

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Father Jack Hackett


 

 

Father Jack Hackett (born 28th December 1929) is an elderly, decrepit, foul-mouthed, lecherous alcoholic priest who frequently lapses into violent behaviour, particularly when his fellow clergy deny him drink or try removing him from his armchair, where he is usually found sleeping (or, more likely, passed out). Left irrevocably damaged by his life of sloth, lechery and alcoholic abuse, he rarely speaks in a coherent manner, instead expressing himself through a series of random shouted words (i.e., "Feck!", "ARSE!", "DRINK!" and "GIRLS!").

 

Jack is extremely violent, frequently lashing out at all and sundry. He'd hit you, just because he thought it was funny...!

Alcohol is Father Jack's main vice. Many times this can get him in trouble. Twice, Jack has drunk Toilet Duck which has made him hallucinate, seeing pink elephants and the people around him as grotesque oddities. Jack also drank floor polish that slowed down his metabolism, convincing everyone he was dead. It was a couple of days before the effects wore off him. Jack has also had trouble from drinking Windolene at some point. One year, Ted tried to make Jack give up alocohol for Lent. After a day and a half without drinking, the effects of his alcoholism wore off him. However, when Mrs. Doyle returned from her Lenten pilgrimage, she found Jack sucking through tubes connected to bottles of wine hanging from the celing.

As well as being alcoholic, Jack is also extremely repulsive. Ted once panicked because he believed it was the time of year for Jack's bath. Jack also has a variety of odours such as vegetables and also fur, which 

made him a magnet for hundreds of rabbits. When Mrs. Doyle cuts Jack's nails she wears a helmet, as does everyone else in the room. When Jack was provoked by Father Jessup he locked him in his underpants hamper, where he was tormented by the smell. Jack sometimes sleepwalks naked which has constantly attracted the unwanted attention of Bishop Brennan.

The other residents of the parochial house (Father Ted, Father Dougal and Mrs. Doyle) are all used to Father Jack. Dougal continuously brings Jack outside. Although Jack has to be put in a wheelchair as he is impossible to convince to leave his armchair. Mrs. Doyle treats Jack with affection despite his rudeness and even brings him tea, even though he hates it. However, Jack can sometimes be too much. Ted cheered when he learned that Jack would have to be sent to St. Clabberts Old Priests' Home. Also, Ted and Dougal purposely went out to buy lots of floorpolish, hoping that Jack would find and drink them and die, knowing they would inherited £250,000 each from his will.