Ignore 'owls' or loose 'job'! I want you to go out there and get what it takes to keep those mangles off my line! Attack dogs! Rot-whilers! Dobermen! I don't care, JUST GET THAT SITE CLEAR!
~ Chuck barking orders to Felix through the phone.

Charles E. "Chuck" Muckle is the main antagonist of the novel Hoot and its film adaptation.

He was portrayed by Clark Gregg, who also portrayed Nat Jones in Mr. Popper's Penguins and Sarge on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Chuck Muckle is the greedy, selfish, arrogant, conniving, and manipulative "vice president of Corporate Relations" at Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House who plots to buy up an area of land in Florida and the incorporate the 100th pancake house. He refuses to believe that there is a colony of burrowing owls living on the construction site and even attempts to dispose of them.

When Mullet Fingers interferes with the construction here and there, Muckle uses every vile method he can to take care of him, from hiring professionals, siccing guard dogs on him to attempting to run him over with his bulldozer. He does whatever he can to destroy the owl's nest so he can expand his business and keeps his employees under his thumb.

Muckle is finally defeated when he is sent to an anger management class (which he fails) after attacking a reporter.

In the movie, he is arrested for his crimes by Officer David Delinko and fired by Kimberly Lou Dixon when the burrowing owls emerge. He is sentenced to 90 days of community service, picking up trash. Muckle is then on the head by coconut and gets knocked out the day, and the judge gives another 30 days for lying down on the job.


  • This was Clark Gregg's first villain role.
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