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"His name is Hector, but we call him Hector the Horrid!"
— Bill
Hector the Horrid!

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Simon Spencer


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

September 5th,
2007 (UK)
September 22nd,
2007 (US)
May 27th,
2009 (JAP)
September 16th,
2011 (AUS)

Previous episode

Dirty Work

Next episode

Gordon and
the Engineer
Gordon and
the Mechanic

Hector the Horrid is the fifth episode of the eleventh season.


Bill and Ben bring a new coal hopper, Hector, to the coal yards, and warn Thomas that he is very aggressive. Hector proves that point when Thomas tries to shunt him, to which he replies by roaring "KEEP AWAY!" Later when Rosie came to help, he scared her away. Thomas decides to teach Hector a lesson by bumping him very hard, unfortunately, he bumps Hector so hard that he derails. Hector then reveals he was aggressive so he would not have to carry coal, as he was scared. When he helps Hector back on the rails, Thomas shows him it is no hardship, and now Hector is the best-behaved coal truck in the yard.




  • This episode marks Bill's last speaking role until the seventeenth season episode, Percy's Lucky Day.
  • In the UK and US televised version, Hector crashes into the buffers, but they fly off to his left before he rolls over. In the DVD version, Hector crashes into the buffers, the buffers slide over to his right, and his rear-bogie wheels lift up slightly before he rolls over. Also, Hector is dirtier after the crash in the DVD version.
  • Going by production order, this is the eighth episode of the eleventh season.
  • When Thomas is being filled up with coal, he is in his larger scale model.


  • After Thomas bumps Hector off the rails, Hector's eyes are wonky.
  • It is said that Thomas and Hector shunt together, but Hector cannot move himself or other trucks.
  • When Rosie runs out of the coaling plant, Thomas' lamp is crooked.
  • In a close up of Hector when he is being pulled by Bill and Ben, he is already loaded with coal. This is likely to disguise the eye mechanism inside Hector.
  • In the UK version, when Thomas puffs up to Hector after knocking him over, the puffing sound can be heard after he stops.
  • When Thomas is demonstrating being filled up with coal, his whistle is wonky.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Hector el Horrible Hector the Horrid
Norwegian Hector huffameg Hector Horrid
Japanese ヘクターってこわい Hector is Scary
Polish Straszny Hektor Scary Hector
Finnish Hector Hirveä Hector the Hideous
Danish Hector den Hæslige Hector the Hideous
Portuguese Hector o horrível Hector the Horrible
Hungarian Hektor, a háklis Hector, the Horrid
Romanian Hector Nesuferitul Hector the Obnoxious
German Hector, der Schreckliche Hector, the Terrible
Czech Hector hrozitánský Hector the Awfully
Slovak Hrozitánsky Hector Hector the Humonguous
Swedish Hector den otäcke Hector the Nasty
Chinese 令人讨厌的赫克多 More Annoying the Heck
Thai เฮคเตอร์จอมคำราม Hector Wong the Roared

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


  • The Complete Eleventh Series

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