Hyde is a mixture of Holden Caulfield and Jughead Jones, in the sense that he despises authority and is rarely interested in getting into a serious relationship. However, he enjoyed having a steady girlfriend. Though he may seem sarcastic and careless, over the course of the series a thêm mellow, lovable side of Hyde has revealed itself through his shows of gratitude towards the Formans for taking him in after his mother abandoned him, and his treatment of his significant others in his few relationships. Hyde is potentially the smartest member of the group, hinted at in the episodes "Halloween" and "Eric Gets Suspended," among others, but simply refuses to apply himself.
Steven was abandoned bởi his mother, Edna Hyde (Katey Sagal, who only appeared in three episodes, two of which only her screeching voice calling from inside Hyde's house is heard). His father, Bud (Robert Hays), had left them both some years earlier. The Formans took him in afterwards; he currently lives in a room in their basement. Red actually treats Hyde better than he treats his own son Eric. Hyde becomes a một giây son to them when Kitty goes through menopause. Red, when talking to Steven and Eric, refers to it as "the thing thats taken over YOUR mother". Later in the series Hyde finds a job working at the Foto Hut with his burned-out hippie boss Leo (Tommy Chong), until Leo suddenly leaves town, because he remembers he was only supposed to stay in Point Place for a short time yet stayed for eight years, leaving his family behind. Ironically enough, during his tenure in the Foto Hut, he was the thêm responsible worker between himself and Leo, even telling his own boss off for not doing his job. He gives the money he makes to Red and Kitty to help them pay the bills, although he is obviously uncomfortable admitting that he is diễn xuất responsibly. It is evidenced thus that Hyde has a sense of propriety and responsibility to rival that of his friend Eric's, yet is not proud of it as he is thêm accustomed to his stoner lifestyle.
Hyde's first tình yêu interest was a proto-punk girl who ultimately left him to start a punk band in New York. In Season 5, he became paired with Jackie Burkhart. In Season 3, there is almost a foresight of their relationship, at the Forman's Veteran's ngày BBQ, when Jackie's ngày Chip calls her a chó cái, bitch behind her back. Steven responds bởi punching Chip in the face, knocking him out. Later, that ngày after talking to Mrs. Forman, Steven takes Jackie out for their first date. Which leads to their first kiss. Despite initially loathing Jackie for all that she represents (brainless, spoiled, shallow, and rich), he has his first real romance of the series with her. When the hiển thị started, Eric and Hyde both had feelings for Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon), but Donna made it clear that she preferred Eric. In an early episode, she blows off a "study date" with Hyde at the thư viện to go out with Eric. Hyde still tried to win Donna, to the point that even Fez began to mock him over his repeated failed attempts.
During the episode "The Ski Trip," Hyde made a di chuyển on Donna while Eric was out trying to rescue Fez, and kissed her. She was furious and promptly slapped him, effectively ending the infatuation. Eric only found out that Hyde had tried to get Donna for his own the tiếp theo year, when many of the gang's secrets were revealed during Halloween. After the slap however, Donna and Hyde continued to remain good friends. When Eric bailed out on Donna the ngày before her wedding, the friend she turned to for sympathy was Hyde, although she did accidentally elbow him off the water tower.
Hyde and Jackie's relationship was a very typical 'opposites attract' set up. They came together during the summer when they found themselves bored with just watching The Price is Right over and over again.
Early on, the relationship was threatened when Jackie screamed "Get off my boyfriend!" when she saw Annette (guest ngôi sao Jessica Simpson) kissing Kelso on the đi văng at the funeral for Kitty's father. To say that Hyde was angry would be an understatement, and he wanted to break up with Jackie, but she refused to let him. Jackie made it clear that she cared about Hyde, but she would always tình yêu Kelso because he was her first tình yêu and first boyfriend. Hyde eventually forgave Jackie for the slip up, but he remained paranoid for the remainder of the fifth season that the unfinished business between Jackie and Kelso, combined with Kelso's very vocal objections to their relationship, would ultimately come back to bite him in the ass. When he thought he saw Jackie and Kelso hugging on the couch, he got mad and cheated on Jackie with a nurse, only to find out later that Jackie was merely comforting Kelso after Fez had an erotic dream about him. He immediately confessed to Jackie what he'd done, and she broke up with him, even though he đã đưa ý kiến it would never happen again, because that was exactly what Kelso used to say. After going through a đắng, cay đắng period of clashing with both Kelso and Jackie, and even unsuccessfully trying to di chuyển on, Kelso eventually backed off and tried to get Hyde and Jackie back together, which is eventually what happened. Although they were together for a while, the relationship was ultimately destroyed bởi Jackie's innate need to always be in control and, in particular, her need to know that the relationship would head to a wedding, which secretly bothered Hyde just as much as it had Kelso, if not thêm so, as Hyde was the product of a broken home. When Jackie gets offered a job in Chicago, she offers to turn it down and stay with Steven if he will tell her that they will be married one day, but he can't commit and she has Kelso drive her to Chicago.
In Season 7 it was established that the man that Hyde thought was his father was not. Tim Reid was brought on in a recurring role as William Barnett, Hyde's true father, who is African-American. Hyde says this explains his "afro and suspicion of the Man". His father owns a chain of record stores called 'Grooves' and Hyde runs the cửa hàng that is in Point Place, Wisconsin, the setting of the show. Hyde also has a half-sister named Angie (played bởi Megalyn Echikunwoke) who dated with Michael Kelso.
In the last season of That '70s Show, Hyde returned from Chicago after witnessing Jackie and Kelso about to have sex. While he was in Vegas, he got drunk and married a stripper named Samantha. In the middle of Season 8, Samantha's real husband shows up unexpectedly, and decides to take Samantha with him back to Vegas. Angry, Hyde suggests that the trước đó husband should "take a hike and get over it." Samantha then says that she married her trước đó husband because he promised her many things prior to marriage, and she married Hyde because she was bored. In the midst of the confusion, Hyde, depressed, decides that it would be best for her to go with her trước đó husband, thus making their existing marriage null and void. In addition, his father grants him sole ownership of the record store. He had no significant other in the final episode.
In a Halloween episode, it is revealed that Hyde is actually a child prodigy, and would have gone on to do great things if not for a frame-up in elementary school where he is blamed for destroying a classmate's science project. He feels that that particular incident altered the course of his whole life, and once he finds out that Eric actually destroyed the presentation, he blames Eric for turning him into the person he is. In the final episode, Hyde is seen trying to give up pot and takes up exercising and cooking to get away from the habit. But his Những người bạn pulled him back in, refusing to let him "ruin his life." When he moved in with Eric, he also did several chores around the house to hiển thị his gratitude, but ceased once he took responsibility for Eric breaking the ti vi with a bowling ball. This seems to indicate Hyde is truly not a bad person, but is typecast as such bởi others and subconsciously conforms to this. Later he brought up his first crime was at age five, which he addressed as "Grand Theft Tricycle" which he got three days "in the cũi, giường cũi for."
He has worn many t-shirts with musicians on them such as AC/DC, KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, màu hồng, hồng Floyd, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Ted Nugent, Rush, Aerosmith, John Lee Hooker, The Allman Brothers Band, Blue Öyster Cult, The Sex Pistols, and the Grateful Dead that became part of his character's signature wardrobe along with the sunglasses his character almost always wears, even when indoors. Contrasting with his tough guy exterior, Hyde was once caught on videotape dancing to Frank Sinatra singing. Additionally, following his first breakup with Jackie, he happened to hear B. J. Thomas' "(Hey Won't bạn Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" and became a người hâm mộ of country music. He also noted that he likes to watch Little House on the Prairie, because it "reminds him of a simpler time." He dislikes the âm nhạc of Pat Boone, Styx, ABBA, Peter Frampton, Andy Gibb, and Little River Band. In fact, he once even broke up with a girl because she liked the Little River Band.