Hoyt Fortenberry is a major character on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by starring cast member Jim Parrack, Hoyt first appeared in the series' first season, and remained a prominent character through the series' second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh seasons. He was a resident of Bon Temps who worked for the road crew along with Lafayette Reynolds under the direction of Jason Stackhouse. He was in a relationship with the young vampire Jessica Hamby, and moved to Alaska after they broke up. Hoyt is notable for being one of the few starring cast members to leave the show without being killed off.
Sweet and good-natured, he is the only person Sookie Stackhouse knows whose thoughts are consistently kind and broad-minded. He is also remarkably progressive toward vampires and other social outcasts. This is in stark contrast to his mother, Maxine Fortenberry, who was extremely prejudiced and judgmental of most people, humans and vampires alike. His lack of experience with, and high respect for, women makes him extremely shy around them. Unlike his best friend Jason Stackhouse, he has no desire for frivolous hook-ups, and remains a virgin until he meets and falls in love with the vampire Jessica Hamby. For the majority of Season 1, he is bossed around by his mother, but begins to assert his independence in Season 2. Throughout the series, his character development shifts from happy-go-lucky to a much more serious and emotional young man.
Although fully human, Hoyt is quite strong, which is likely due to his athletic lifestyle in high school, and his strenuous professions of working on a road crew and an Alaskan oil-drilling ship. He is strong enough to knock Jason Stackhouse with a single blow. ("Love is to Die")