Rip is the long time ranch foreman for the Dutton family ranch. He came to the ranch as a teenager, after killing his abusive stepfather shortly after his own stepdad had already brutally murdered the rest of his estranged family. Rip was later found by John Dutton hiding in a barn covered in cuts and blood and John decided to take him in as a farmhand. Rip has since considered the Duttons his family, regardless of their feelings towards him, and is willing to do anything they ask of him. He even severed ties to his old past, especially disregarding his own birthday.
|“||There's sharks and minnows in this world, Jimmy, and if you don't know which one you are, then you ain't a fuckin' shark||”|
–Rip Wheeler lecturing Jimmy.
|“||When we get back to the ranch, I'm gonna kill you with my bare fuckin' hands, Jimmy. I'm-a kill you for this.||”|
–Rip infuriated with Jimmy after having to tolerate his girl, Mia, on the drive to the ranch.
|“||I'd rather kill a thousand men than shoot another horse.||”|
–Rip as he put down a badly wounded horse.
Q: What is Rip’s rule on fighting on the ranch?
- A: You wanna fight someone, you fight him!