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10th Apr '17 6:11:38 PM nombretomado
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* SpiritualSuccessor: After people got over the "It's a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' [[FollowTheLeader knockoff]]" phase, it's generally been agreed upon by fans to be the spiritual successor to the older episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in terms of writing quality, character development, and storyline depth (in the days before it started pandering to the LowestCommonDenominator). According to SethMacFarlane, ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' is actually supposed to be the spiritual successor to ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' (even though ''All In The Family'' already has one in the form of the short-lived animated sitcom ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'', though, these days, ''Wait Till Your Father Gets Home'' is seen as either a dry-run version of ''The Simpsons'' or a dry-run version of ''Family Guy'', sans the flashback and cutaway humor, with some character dynamics of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' in its early days).

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* SpiritualSuccessor: After people got over the "It's a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' [[FollowTheLeader knockoff]]" phase, it's generally been agreed upon by fans to be the spiritual successor to the older episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in terms of writing quality, character development, and storyline depth (in the days before it started pandering to the LowestCommonDenominator). According to SethMacFarlane, Creator/SethMacFarlane, ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' is actually supposed to be the spiritual successor to ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' (even though ''All In The Family'' already has one in the form of the short-lived animated sitcom ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'', though, these days, ''Wait Till Your Father Gets Home'' is seen as either a dry-run version of ''The Simpsons'' or a dry-run version of ''Family Guy'', sans the flashback and cutaway humor, with some character dynamics of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' in its early days).
2nd Apr '17 12:36:22 PM RayAP9
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* TranslationByVolume: In "Failure is Not a Factory-installed Option", after Stan goes insane and abandons his family, Francine and Hayley are forced to work dead-end jobs to make ends meet. A woman named Judy assumes that the two of them are from a Spanish-speaking country ''just because they're cleaning her house.''
-->'''Judy:''' Bue-nos di-as! I am Ju-dy!
28th Mar '17 1:15:29 PM rafi
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* ProudBeauty: In "The Magnificent Steven", Roger push this button with Hayley and Francine. He declares Hayley to be the "prettiest one in the house" and Francine suddenly becomes insanely jealous, so she tries to seduce Roger with a more revealing dress and succeeds in drawing his attention away from Hayley. However, Hayley soon retaliates and end in a CatFight. Turn out that Roger has manpulated them to make a video and sends it into a website that exchanges mother-daughter catfights for free T-shirts.
23rd Mar '17 10:15:48 PM RayAP9
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** In one episode Francine fakes a kidnapping of Roger to prove that Stan really cares for him. [[spoiler: Stan knew the whole time since he has Caller ID, and Francine called from her cell phone.]]
** "The Shrink" gives us 2 examples of this:
*** While stan is shrunken to near microscopic size in a fake city he created, which attracts ants. Those ants then invade the city, attracted by the scent of the [[ToDumbToLive mountain of mashed potatoes that stan created for food]]. For obvious reasons, the ants pose a legitimate threat to the smiths.
*** Stan, in an effort to save his family, crashes the toy train he created along with the city into the mini dam that he also built. The train falls apart once it hits the dam, since, again, it's a ''toy'' train.

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** In one episode Francine fakes a kidnapping of Roger to prove that Stan really cares for him. [[spoiler: Stan knew the whole time since he has Caller ID, and Francine called from her cell phone.]]
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** In "The Shrink" gives us 2 examples of this:
*** While stan is shrunken to near microscopic size in a fake city he created, which attracts ants. Those ants then invade the city, attracted by the scent of the [[ToDumbToLive mountain of mashed potatoes that stan created for food]]. For obvious reasons, the ants pose a legitimate threat to the smiths.
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Shrink", Stan, in an effort to save his family, [[ItMakesSenseInContext crashes the toy train he created along with the city into the a mini dam that he also built. built]]. The train falls apart once it hits the dam, since, again, it's a ''toy'' train. train.
** Subverted in "The Magnificent Steven". After Stan's actions throughout the episode cause 100,000 head of cattle to be tainted, the judge at the "beef safety hearing" is prepared to declare him guilty as charged, but Steve, Barry, and Snot step in and defend Stan. They claim that even though Stan almost got them killed, he taught them how to be men, and that's why they were ultimately able to survive the incident itself. Toshi, however, claims, in Japanese, "Stan Smith is a dangerous menace. He nearly killed us. The harshest punishment is required for his twisted actions." The judge has no idea what Toshi said, and relieves Stan of his crimes based on the other kids' testimony.
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:
** The subplot for "Gorillas in the Mist" of
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.
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