Presumably deeply toned, as it is hinted in ATWQ that he may be Hispanic
- "Well, if you're breaking out now, I'd better go. I don't want to get in trouble. I just want to say that if you don't make it and you are burned at the stake, it was very nice making your acquaintance."
- —Hector to the Baudelaire orphans
He is appalled at the many rules of the village (e.g., there are to be no mechanical devices, no crows are to be harmed, there are to be no books that break the rules.) and thinks that burning people to death at the stake is a very repulsive thing to do, but he was cowardly and skittish and could never bring himself to speak around the Village Elders.
Near his house, he secretly has an unfinished Self-Sustaining Hot Air Mobile Home in his barn, which is banned under the village rules, and wants to use it to fly away from the village. He also collected many of the village's banned books before they could be burned. The roosting place of the V.F.D. Crows is the Nevermore Tree, which is located in Hector's backyard.
He is described as having a knack for cooking Mexican cuisine.
Hector is almost certainly either a volunteer in V.F.D. or has some other connection to it. Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography quotes a letter from Jacques Snicket to Lemony Snicket that says, "I feel, Lemony, as if we are drifting away from one another, as if one of us is on the ground and the other is in some wondrous device, floating away into the sky, like that self-sustaining hot-air mobile home H is always talking about building," indicating that the brothers were familiar with Hector. It is possible that Hector is the brother of Gregor and Isaac Anwhistle (see also: Snicket family).
Hector also appears at the end of WCTBATH, on his twelfth birthday, talking to Lemony Snicket. He possibly got his ambition of the self-sustaining hot-air balloon from his training, as Snicket refers to ballooning projects.
The Vile Village
Violet Baudelaire, while under his care, helps him finish the hot air balloon. As the Baudelaires and Quagmires were running from a mob of villagers, Hector finally overcomes his fears when he appears in his (now functioning) balloon, scolds the Elders for their rules, and tries to help the Baudelaires and Duncan and Isadora Quagmire aboard. The Baudelaires are unable to make it because Officer Luciana (Esmé Squalor) destroys the rope with a harpoon gun. He was last seen flying away with Duncan and Isadora.
It is mentioned that Hector, Isadora and Duncan's mobile home were attacked by V.F.D. eagles. They sent an incomplete distress signal for help. Quigley Quagmire eventually came in a helicopter and took care of the eagles with a net. However, the mobile home sustained heavy damage from the eagles and crashed into the Queequeg.
- Who Could That Be at This Hour?
- Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? (Mentioned only)
- The Vile Village
- The Slippery Slope (Mentioned only)
- The Grim Grotto (Mentioned only)
- The Penultimate Peril (Mentioned only)
- The End (Mentioned only)
- Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (Mentioned only)