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16th Feb '17 12:14:09 PM ThomasVeggieDramaFan
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* ShaggyDogStory: Roger's journey to get the country life experience so he could write a genuine country song. He married the first white trash redneck he met, found out she had three kids, a trailer car and no macchiato, so he left immediately. Then she tracked him down and forced him to come back with a shotgun. After a while of living a life of fear, he pretended to be abused, sent his wife to jail, and found out that her kids would all be sent to a foster home, where they would likely never see each other again, if they even found new foster parents. Also, [[KickTheDog their dog got run over by a police car.]] [[spoiler:Then he sees a really ugly woman, and just wrote his country song about how ugly she was.]]

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* ShaggyDogStory: ShaggyDogStory:
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Roger's journey to get the country life experience so he could write a genuine country song. He married the first white trash redneck he met, found out she had three kids, a trailer car and no macchiato, so he left immediately. Then she tracked him down and forced him to come back with a shotgun. After a while of living a life of fear, he pretended to be abused, sent his wife to jail, and found out that her kids would all be sent to a foster home, where they would likely never see each other again, if they even found new foster parents. Also, [[KickTheDog their dog got run over by a police car.]] [[spoiler:Then he sees a really ugly woman, and just wrote his country song about how ugly she was.]]]]
** "Spelling Bee My Baby" has Steve once again trying to hook up with Akiko. He succeeds... Only for the aforementioned to disappear from the show with no explanation after this episode and have Steve [[ResetButton being single]] [[StatusQuoIsGod ever since]].
4th Feb '17 8:08:44 AM RayAP9
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-->'''Francine:'''[[spoiler:''[after Linda passionately makes out with her in front of the Ladybugs]'' And that fake lesbian kiss? What a great idea!\\
'''Linda:'''Fake? Oh, yeah. Of course. Fake.\\

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-->'''Francine:'''[[spoiler:''[after -->'''Francine:''' [[spoiler:''[after Linda passionately makes out with her in front of the Ladybugs]'' And that fake lesbian kiss? What a great idea!\\
'''Linda:'''Fake? '''Linda:''' Fake? Oh, yeah. Of course. Fake.\\



** From "Now and Gwen":
--->'''Gwen:''' ''[about [[TheGreys Roger]]]'' Seriously, who is this guy?!\\
'''Francine:''' ''[nervously]'' He lives in the attic. He's human.
** The opening of the episode "A Star is Reborn", featuring "Rockin' Ronnie" on his radio show:
--->'''Ronnie:''' Alright, I've got a six-day, five-night Hollywood getaway for two and it's going out to our tenth caller. Caller 10, holla at ya boy!\\
'''Caller:''' Oh, my God, I'm the tenth caller? ''[static]''\\
'''Stan:''' Hello, this is Stan Smith, caller 10. Not that man.\\
'''Caller:''' No, wait! Wait, wait, I'm caller 10!\\
'''Stan:''' Rockin' Ronnie, is he implying I used CIA technology to hack into the phone lines and win these tickets?



* SweetPollyOliver: Victor/B8 from Boyz 12 the boy band that Steve, Snot, Toshi, and Barry join in ''Can I Be Frank (With You)''.

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* SweetPollyOliver: Victor/B8 from Boyz 12 the boy band that Steve, Snot, Toshi, and Barry join in ''Can "Can I Be Frank (With You)''.You)".
31st Jan '17 7:12:13 PM TrickyTroper
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* SingleEpisodeHandicap: In "Stannie Get Your Gun", Stan is shot in the spine and becomes a quadriplegic. At the end of the episode, he gets shot again and the second bullet pushes the first one out.
31st Jan '17 12:13:14 PM RayAP9
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* ShoutOut: Has [[ShoutOut/AmericanDad his page]].

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* ShoutOut: Has [[ShoutOut/AmericanDad his its own page]].
30th Jan '17 6:43:03 PM RayAP9
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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Downplayed. [[WellIntentionedExtremist Stan]] and [[JerkassWoobie Klaus]] aren't villains per se, but they've been portrayed as at least having mildly racist thoughts. In the episode "Familyland", Klaus admits, unapologetically and enthusiastically, that a horribly racist theme park ride about slavery has "caught [his] attention". Likewise, at Hershey Park (in the episode "May The Best Stan Win"), Stan claims that he loved the White World portion of Milk Chocolate World, but "didn't care so much for Dark World".



-->'''Klaus:''' Enough! I confess. Just, please, no more puns.

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-->'''Klaus:''' --->'''Klaus:''' Enough! I confess. Just, please, no more puns.
30th Jan '17 12:19:29 PM RayAP9
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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Principal Lewis crashes into Stan's SUV and claims that it wasn't his fault because he was texting. Stan then gets a text from Principal Lewis that says "Imma crash into U".

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: SelfFulfillingProphecy:
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Principal Lewis crashes into Stan's SUV and claims that it wasn't his fault because he was texting. Stan then gets a text from Principal Lewis that says "Imma crash into U".U".
** In "Vision: Impossible", Hayley's pet raccoon Cuddles somehow gains [[spoiler:Roger's]] ability to see the future. He sees himself dead, being buried in the Smiths' backyard, and flees the house in fear. When he does, he runs into a loose electrical wire, and the shock kills him. This leads to, you guessed it, his body being buried in the Smiths' backyard.
25th Jan '17 12:23:05 PM rafi
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* SexyStewardess: A group of these feature prominently in the episode "Introducing The Naughty Stewardesses".
2nd Jan '17 6:33:43 PM RayAP9
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* StopBeingStereotypical: In the Halloween episode, Toshi's mother got him a Samurai costume to "respect his heritage". He refuses to wear it, shouting "I will not be a cliché!" [[HypocriticalHumor He ends up donning the costume to hunt Steve down for breaking a promise to bring Toshi's sister home by sunset.]]

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* StopBeingStereotypical: StopBeingStereotypical:
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In the Halloween episode, Toshi's mother got him a Samurai costume to "respect his heritage". He refuses to wear it, shouting "I will not be a cliché!" [[HypocriticalHumor He ends up donning the costume to hunt Steve down for breaking a promise to bring Toshi's sister home by sunset.]]sunset]].
** Inverted in "Big Trouble in Little Langley". When Baba tells Stan that Gwen is "a moron", pointing to the fact that she failed math as evidence ("Imagine Chinese girl can't do math"), Stan comments "It's embarrassing when children don't adhere to stereotypes."


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** In "Stan Of Arabia: Part 2":
-->'''Francine:''' Has your boss called to offer you your job back yet?
--> '''Stan:''' Nope, he didn't call me an hour ago. Or maybe it wasn't more like an hour and a half ago.
** "Oedipal Panties" has:
-->'''Steve:''' I went online and found out there's a cure for Ich. You can buy it at any pet store.\\
'''Klaus:''' A cure! Hooray! I had no idea. That is something of which I am just now learning.\\
'''Steve:''' Oh, my God. You knew.\\
'''Klaus:''' What? That-- that's crazy! Why would I infect you and not tell you there's a cure? So-- so your friends would shun you and you'd be forced to come home early and spend time with me for a change? How absurd! Listen to how crazy absurd you sound!
** Inverted in the episode "Not Particularly Desperate Housewives":
-->'''Francine:'''[[spoiler:''[after Linda passionately makes out with her in front of the Ladybugs]'' And that fake lesbian kiss? What a great idea!\\
'''Linda:'''Fake? Oh, yeah. Of course. Fake.\\
''[Stan enters scene]''\\
'''Linda:''' Oh, there's your husband. I better get home to my husband, because I love him, and I'm so sexually attracted to him! ''[nervous laugh]'' Oh yeah! He's got the good stuff! ''[walks away awkwardly]'']]
** Also inverted and combined with BaitAndSwitch in "Black Mystery Month", when [[spoiler:Steve learned of a conspiracy and was warned that he was being watched, followed by a car ramming into the telephone booth moments after Steve leaped out]]:
-->'''Driver''': Sorry! I'm not trying to kill you. I'm just a drunk driver.


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** "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas": When Stan [[spoiler:wishes away his family on Christmas, he goes through an entire lesson-learning process that compels the powers that be to give him his family back. His ''original'' family. The one he wished away long ago, before the series even started. Stan is confused when his wife, Mary, and their kids greet him]]:
--->'''Stan:''' Yes, son and... sister of son. It's not weird that I'm your father.
** Throughout the series, Stan shows flashes of paranoia about the CIA finding out that he's harboring an alien. The episode "The Scarlett Getter" opens as such:
--->'''Bullock:''' As you all know, there has been an alien on the loose for quite some time now.
--->'''Stan:''' I've checked my house! He's not in my house!
28th Dec '16 7:36:52 PM Vir
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** In "Ninety North, Zero West", when [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Humbaba]] is resurrected and the Smiths try to escape from him on a train powered by Christmas love, Steve's newfound hatred of Christmas causes the train to go into reverse and hit Humbaba's slit throat hard enough to knock his head off.
24th Dec '16 1:47:52 PM RayAP9
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* SelfServingMemory: A flashback-less example. Roger once explains that the reason for his lack of commitment to the Smith family is due to being abandoned by his initial adoptive family. When we finally meet said family, it is revealed their abandonment was in fact due to Roger's already established obnoxious and abusive treatment of them. Just for good measure, he is also hinted at having a crush on their son now that he's teen aged.

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* SelfServingMemory: SelfServingMemory:
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A flashback-less example.example occurs in the episode "Family Affair". Roger once explains that the reason for his lack of commitment to the Smith family is due to being abandoned by his initial adoptive family. When we finally meet said family, it is revealed their abandonment was in fact due to Roger's already established obnoxious and abusive treatment of them. Just for good measure, he is also hinted at having a crush on their son now that he's teen aged.aged.
** Another example without a flashback comes up in "Now and Gwen". When Francine's adoptive sister Gwen comes to visit, she forces Francine to help her commit various crimes, including running a sweatshop in the Smith's garage and selling human organs to shady buyers. Hayley finally gets tired of it and kicks Gwen out, knowing that Francine won't do it. Below is (first) the actual conversation between Gwen and Hayley, and (second) Hayley's retelling of the incident to Francine:
--->'''Hayley:''' Gwen, I am sick of this, and so is my mom. She has spent her whole life helping you, and you have never once done anything for her.\\
'''Gwen:''' She told you that?\\
'''Hayley:''' Yeah, she's just too nice to tell you. So it's time for you to go.\\
'''Gwen:''' Fine, I'm gone. But you tell your mom that someday she'll understand how I felt all these years. Some day soon. Some day ''today''.\\\
'''Francine:''' Where's Gwen?\\
'''Hayley:''' Gone. I knew you couldn't do it, so I kicked her out.\\
'''Francine:''' How did she react to that?\\
'''Hayley:''' It was hard to know what she was reacting to 'cause I was opening up both barrels on her! You know, I was like, "Never come back or you're gonna get a face full of knuckles!" And then she whined like a little bitch. ''[high-pitched]'' "Maybe one day your mom will see how I feel. Maybe today." ''[normal voice]'' She wasn't making any sense. ''[smugly]'' Probably because she was so scared.
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