Hamton's mentor and favorite teacher is Porky Pig. Hamton differed from his mentor in that Porky is usually seen wearing a shirt with no trousers, whereas Hamton is usually seen in his signature blue overalls and no shirt. In some scenarios, Hamton loses his overalls and is regarded as "naked." Also, Hamton does not have a stutter.
Hamton's role in the series is as a straight man (much like Porky in some of his pairings with Daffy Duck), with his personality dominated by tendencies toward being bookish and obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, when Hamton's patience is pushed too far, he is known for angry fits that surprises the human source of his frustration. Some of his madness-inducing moments involved such incidents as being unable to open a new school-issued locker or failing in an attempt to cook a lobster. Hamton's best friend, Plucky Duck often attempts to take advantage of Hamton's easy going nature, with Plucky often using him as his sidekick in his various scatterbrained schemes. Other friends of Hamton included Babs and Buster Bunny, who usually defend him from Plucky's schemes, and Fifi La Fume, who has shown romantic interests in him.