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* PapaWolf: Terry and Greg, surprisingly enough.
** Stan for all his JerkAss tendacies does play this trope straight a fair few times as well.
*** Heck, Stan is so loyal to protecting his family, that he himself "A faithful Christian" actually threatened God at gunpoint if he didn't bring him back to life so he could save his family from freezing to death.
*** Even Roger, of all people, is capable of crossing this trope. "The Ward" episode is evident of it.
* PaperThinDisguise: Roger seems to be recognizable as an alien only when he's stark naked. Putting on any kind of clothing seems to render him completely indistinguishable from humans, despite people occasionally mentioning he is not flesh coloured, doesn't have a nose, and is 'oddly proportioned'. Toshi seems to know but doesn't seem to care, as he refers to Steve's "Uncle Roger" as "alien in a wig." Of course, since no one understands Toshi (because he speaks Japanese), it didn't make any real difference.
** This is toyed with in regards to the Smith family in that they each have one persona of Roger's that they don't recognize. For Stan, it's the jerkass, lazy member of the country club he's desperate to get into. For Francine, it's a Korean kid who plays pool with a chopstick. For Hayley, it's her sandal repairman. For Steve, it was Alicia Wilkner, a girl he kissed at a Spin The Bottle party and dated seven times ([[BlackComedyRape actually nine, since Roger as Alicia roofied him on two dates and most likely molested him while he was unconscious]]).
* PantsPositiveSafety: CIA man Stan does this on a regular basis. He hasn't shot himself yet, though.
--->'''Stan:''' Cold, cold! Yet ''flattering.''
* ParentalIncest: Subverted. Hayley falls for Stan's double in S4 Ep06, "Pulling Double Booty," which Francine first mistakes for Stan. Later, Stan must impersonate the double for [[{{farce}} plot reasons]].
** S3 Ep 11, "Oedipal Panties" focused on Stan's relationship with his mother, which takes on some really {{Squick}}y overtones.
** Also a quick one-off joke in S1 Ep04, "Francine's Flashback":
-->Hayley: My mother stole my boyfriend!\\
Stan: Your boyfriend stole my wife! Let's get back at 'em by dating each other. ({{Beat}}) Wait a minute... Daddy [[DidntThinkThisThrough didn't think that one through]].
** In "Poltergasm":
-->'''Hayley:''' But if Dad can't please Mom, who will?\\
'''Steve:''' ''(adjusts pants)'' Well...\\
''(Hayley and Roger's eyes narrow)''\\
'''Steve:''' What? Aw, no, gross! I just need a new belt!
* PatrioticFervour: Stan veers between honourable and despicable, but prides himself on being a true patriot.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Subverted, Roger needs to know a password one a split-personality of his set up and tries "password" but it fails. [[spoiler:The actual password is [[DoubleSubversion "password1"]]]]
* PerkyGoth: Steve's girlfriend Debbie has an obsession with death and the dark side but is otherwise friendly and cheerful.
* PeripheryDemographic: In "Lincoln Lover", Stan writes a play about Abraham Lincoln's relationship with his bodyguard to try and encourage traditional Republican values, but unwittingly wrote it to look like there was homosexual subtext between the two men, giving it a strong following in the gay community.[[invoked]]
* PhonyDegree: In "Helping Handis", Francine gets a diploma-mill medical degree and goes to work as a doctor.
* PimpedOutDress: A number show up, for various reasons.
* PleaseWakeUp: S3 Ep10, "Tearjerker", a ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof, features Roger as the titular villain, in which he tries to take over the world using the ultimate TearJerker movie, "[[OscarBait Oscar Gold]]" about a mentally retarded, alcoholic, Jewish boy and his cancer ridden puppy during the Holocaust . After being foiled by Stan, he reveals as he's escaping that he has a backup plan for an ever sadder movie; six hours of a baby chimp trying to revive its dead mother.
** When the mother of the squirrels that lives in their yard dies, the "slow" one thinks she's sleeping/hiding.
* PlotHole: It's never explained how Toshi can understand English, yet can't actually speak it. In fact, Toshi's mother calls him out on this. Even she doesn't speak Japanese.
* ThePowerOfHate: Played with. Apparently Roger's "bitchiness" is an actual physical element of his species that will convert into a poisonous bile unless he expresses this trope in full throttle. Naturally ThePowerOfLove is toxic to them.
** Also Simon the cat, who after being horribly injured from a car accident, [[{{Determinator}} will painfully limp his way all around town]] to find Steve, and ''[[AnimalsHateHim claw his face in]]''.
* PornStash: In "Hurricane", Francine and Steve go looking for Hayley after she gets dragged away by a shark. Passing by Steve's room, she notices dozens of porno mags floating in the water. She's not really surprised to see them, more-so curious about his tastes.
-->'''Francine:''' Steve, what do you have under your mattress? The girls are all Asian... and pregnant.
-->'''Steve:''' Hayley's clearly not in here, lets move on.
* ThePowerOfRock: Stan becomes more in touch with emotions beyond anger and outrage when he is exposed to the music of ''My Morning Jacket'' during ''My Morning Straitjacket''.
* PreciousPuppies: There are TWO episodes involving a puppy. One named Fussy, and one named Kisses.
* PrettyInMink: Stan buys Francine a mink stole in one episode. Hayley's avatar in ''Dragonscuffle'' has a white fur collar. Greg Corbin has a white fur coat and hat he wears in one of the Christmas episodes.
* PrimalScene: In "I Am the Walrus" Stan tricks Steve into catching him and Francine having sex so he can re-establish alpha male dominance of the household.
* ProductPlacement: Mr Pibb (now known as Pibb Xtra) is given centre stage as the B-plot of ''A.T. The Abusive Terrestrial'' and is mentioned in several other episodes as well. Other references to real life products or shows are also in abundance. (Some even in the form of RunningGag. Pecan Sandies, anyone?)
** Also parodied in ''Black Mystery Month'' when for no reason at all Stan and Steve discuss their plan in a Burger King and Steve asks why they had to go there. Stan procceeds to tell him that "The economics of television have changed" before giving a fake smile to the camera and saying in a pained voice "Have it... YOUR way".
** Actually, this is an incredible throw-back to the pilot. The first commercial that aired after the theme song was for Burger King, who was the main sponsor of the show when it first aired.
** The episode "Red October Sky" is filled with a number of product placements relations to capitalism.
** They had an ''entire episode'' dedicated to nothing but Stan becoming obsessed with the band ''My Morning Jacket'', with a bunch of their songs being played, and the lead singer making a guest appearance.
* ProperlyParanoid: Stan has been proven right at least half of the time, which is just enough times to continue being this way.
* {{Pun}}s:
** They crop up semi-frequently, but Bullock pulls an epic one in ''Tearjerker''.
-->[Smith is being briefed in Japan; he and Bullock are Geisha girls]\\
'''Smith''': Why are we dressed up like this?\\
'''Bullock''': ''[[spoiler: Because I thought we could be "Secret Asians".]]''\\
'''Stan''': [[LampshadeHanging A 16-hour flight for a bad pun?]] [grins] ''Yes. Yes.''
** In A Ward Show:
-->'''Principal Lewis''': Is that what you intended to say, Superintendent?!\\
'''Superintendent''': ''[[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat It's what I super-intended to say.]]''
** In A Bully For Steve, when Roger plans to photograph Steve's fight:
-->'''Roger''': Gonna shoot it in black and white so it looks like RagingBull. Call it Raging Bully-- [[LargeHam OH MY GOD I DID IT!]]
* PsychopathicManchild: The Antichrist in "Rapture's Delight". Stan and Roger also qualify at times.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Stan Smith deals in these from time to time.
** As does Steve in ''Dope & Faith''. '''LAVATE. LAS. MANOS!!!'''
** Also Played Literally in "A Piñata Named Desire"
* PunnyName: S3 Ep 10, "Tearjerker", a James Bond spoof, features Francine as a Bond girl spoof named Sexpun T'Come.
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* QueerPeopleAreFunny
* QuietlyPerformingSisterShow: Fits this trope to a T. Not nearly as much publicity or as many viewers as ''FamilyGuy'', but a respectable and satisfied audience nonetheless.
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* RageBreakingPoint: Stan at the end of "Bullocks to Stan".
* RealityEnsues: After Roy Family locked up the Smiths and hundreds of others inside Familyland Theme Park, the people were divided into factions based on the part of the park that they enjoyed the most, with Stan, Steve, Roger, and Hayley being the leaders of those factions. War and chaos broke out among all of them, with many people being slaughtered and killed left and right. When Francine was finally able to set the people free, they ''sued the hell out of the park'' and turned it into a memorial for the dead.
* RealityWarper: Explored in ''Toy Whorey'', when Steve disappears into his imagination [[spoiler:and as does Stan later]]. Taken to the extreme [[UnreliableNarrator with Roger]] in the same episode; when fetching wine, Roger goes into the attic and [[spoiler:somehow goes ''through to a wine cellar'', before exiting the cellar to his garage in the mountains, where he picks one of his vintage cars, where he drives over a precipice immediately outside, causing an explosion.]]
* ReallyGetsAround: Almost every reference to Francine's past indicates that she was the loosest woman in Langley Falls, revealing to Stan that she actually has [[spoiler: North America's largest sex garden, with one rosebush for each of her partners]] in ''When A Stan Loves A Woman''.
** Hayley is also stated to be like this, but she has a monogamous relationship with Jeff for most of the series and is now [[spoiler: married to him.]]
* ARealManIsAKiller: When it is revealed that Stan has never actually killed anyone before, everyone is either disgusted or severely disappointed in him. Everyone except Hayley, that is... and the newfound respect she gains for Stan because of this is treated in-show as [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame a bad thing]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Stan gives Roger a pretty brutal one:
-->'''Stan:''' You're nothing but a worthless sack of fatass!
-->'''Roger:''' (gasps in horror)
-->'''Stan:''' You're lazy, you're a chubbo, you lie, you cheat, you eat all our food, you're a drunk, you never wash your wigs, but you strut around like you're Mary Queen of Scots, Brangelina, and Jesus all rolled into one. Well, you're not! You're a big fat nothing!
* RecursiveReality: In ''American Stepdad'', Stan's Mom rushes into marriage with [[spoiler:Roger's persona]]; when Stan and Francine are invited over for dinner, Stan sees the only pictures his Mom has of her incredibly brief relationship are of a recent flashback, the preparation of the meal they're about to eat, ''and an already framed photo of Stan looking at the photos.''
* ReferenceOverdosed: Just [[AvertedTrope without]] the excessive {{Cutaway Gag}}s found on ''Family Guy''.
* ReligionIsMagic: Christianity is [[TheParody parodied in this fashion]]; nowhere is this more obvious than in ''Dope & Faith''.
* RetconningTheWiki: Steve once wrote an article about "Truth of peanut butter" using the crazy conspiracy plot he learned throughout the episode "Black Mystery Month." Wikipedia actually did lock the articles on peanut butter and Mary Todd Lincoln in order to deter idiot viewers from doing this.
* RevengeMyopia: In "Escape from Pearl Bailey", the popular kids swear revenge on Steve and his friends for Steve's revenge plot against Lisa Silver and her friends for Debbie's class presidential campaign getting sabotaged, and persist even after Steve realizes it was his friends who did it, and apologizes for it.
* RightWayWrongWayPair: Done a few times with Stan and Francine in terms of providing for the family, with Stan's overzealous extremist (and occasionally psychotic) approach pretty much always making him the Wrong Way guy. Deconstructed a handful of instances Francine's calmer approach also falls short (eg. Stan creates two clones of Steve for each of them to raise separately, Stan's clone goes insane from his overbearing treatment, while Francine's coddling devolves the other into a spoiled lazy bum).
* RipVanTinkle: This trope isn't mentioned or implied when a "statue" of a Walt Disney expy turns out to be the actual man, frozen. But when he refreezes himself at the end, he realizes at the last second that he forgot to go to the bathroom. The new "statue" is holding its crotch in agony, implying that this trope will come into play if he is ever unfrozen again.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Steve goes on a non-lethal one after Lisa Silver and her friends humiliate Debbie with an embarrassing website and cost her the school election. [[spoiler: It turns out that Lisa and her friends were innocent. It was Snot, Toshi, and Barry who set the website up because they were sick of Steve spending all his time with Debbie.]]
** Hayley goes on one whenever a guy dumps her. It's gotten so bad that she will face jailtime if the cops catch her again.
* RobotGirl: Steve's somewhat unnerving gradual conversion of a vacuum cleaner into an artificial mate during ''Stannie Slickers II'' to the point where [[{{Robosexual}} it can perform...]] well, it's Steve so you can probably figure out the rest.
--> "Last night I got ''[[{{Squick}} a dusty pinky]]''."
* RockMeAsmodeus: Stan's new friend (who's an atheist) proves he went to hell, and came back, with a guitar made of a goat skull.
* RogerRabbitEffect: In ''Return of the Bling'', Roger is spliced into some live-action stock photos from the 1980's Olympic Hockey game to prove to Stan that yes, he was a member of the U.S. Team.
* RoswellThatEndsWell: Roger claims that his arrival on Earth was responsible for the Roswell incident.
* RPGEpisode: ''Dungeons and Wagons''
* RubeGoldbergDevice: One of Rogers plans to steal Greg and Terry's wine in ''Toy Whorey''. It's such an OverlyLongGag ''even Francine [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it'':
-->'''Francine''': [muttering] Goddamn Rube Goldberg... [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext family of flies... 600 bucks of dominoes...]]
* RunningGag: The writers get their fill with the many vagina jokes that pop up (so much so that one episode broke from the plot to have a "1000th Vagina Joke" celebration). They try to go for the OncePerEpisode approach.
** One of the more subtle ones involves Francine's habit of using a lamp whenever she hits someone.
** Another involves the humorously infantile nature of the C.I.A (Show and tell, nap time etc)
** Roger and Steve taking cases as Wheels and The Leg-Man, complete with theme music and opening sequence.
** Stan being in a scene reading a book with a title that describes what he is doing or whatever he will do next. "Reading With One Hand" and "Nude From the Waist Down" are examples.
** Stan randomly pulling out his gun to scare people.
** In the later seasons, Stan would start sending picture messages on his cell phone to two black employees working at an airport terminal, and them commenting on each one.
** Character x saying they can't believe character y had done whatever, only to be reminded that it's totally in-character for them.
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* SadistShow: While not quite as prominent an example as Seth's [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy other]] [[WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow shows]], there's some frequent BlackComedy and the majority of the cast [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist are less than]] [[ComedicSociopath morally sound]] to say the least.
* {{Samurai}}: Toshi becomes one for Halloween and tries to kill Steve for not bringing his sister home in time. He then quickly kills five armed escaped serial killers proving KatanasAreJustBetter.
* SanitySlippage: Stan suffers from this once his neighbors and family made fun of him in "I Can't Stan You".
* SapientCetaceans: The show portrayed a program that both trained dolphins to help on missions and taught humans to speak dolphin, but it turns out all they want to do is talk about fish. Even after the titular CIA agent's son is rescued by them at the end of the episode he just ends up getting pissed off because the dolphins won't shut up about mackerel.
* SayMyName: Exasperatedly shouting Roger's name whenever he screws something up (add "what the ''hell?!''" when he's a JerkAss for no reason) seems to be the entire family's CatchPhrase.
* {{Scandalgate}}: Parodied in the the episode title "Surro-Gate".
* SceneryCensor: In ''G-String Circus,'' Stan covers up the strippers nudity just so that we won't see it.
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: [[spoiler:Stelio! Stelio ''Kontos''!]]
* ScreamingAtSquick: Stan after he learns that Hayley was sleeping with Bullock.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Principal Lewis was depending on the 50 grand reward money for finding Haley when she ran away to get married to Jeff. When he finds out that the reward has been claimed, he leaves with this line.
-->''I was depending on that money! I can't go back to work now, I took a deuce on my desk! [=*rips off his suit and flips everyone off*=] [[PrecisionFStrike FUUUUUUUCK! Y'ALL!]]''
* SdrawkcabName: In "Dungeons and Wagons", Steve's friends get tired of him lording his stronger {{MMORPG}} character over them, and learn that they can [[OneHitKill kill him instantly]] just by saying his name backwards.
** Later that same episode, Hayley and Jeff go on a quest to find a way to bring Steve's character back. They arrive at Castle Roodpart. Hayley initially assumes it's just the developers making a crude joke and Jeff starts musing if it's explained in the WorldBuilding, only for Hayley to interrupt: "Crap, it's 'trapdoor' spelled backwards." No points for guessing what happens next.
* SeamlessSpontaneousLie: Roger frequently manages to utilise one of these (given his multiple dress up personas, he is likely come to be accustomed to it).
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Francine attempts one in "Shallow Vows", and it backfires spectacularly. When Stan says that they married for looks, she stops doing her daily exercise and beauty regimens for the two weeks before their vow renewal ceremony, and show up overweight, hairy, and gap-toothed, causing Stan to flee. Stan tells Klaus that he does love Francine but can't get past her appearance, so he has the CIA detach his retinas so he can be with her again. Things are great for a while (he becomes much more attentive and considerate), but Francine admits that she can't get over the blindness and accepts that she's just as shallow as Stan, so they both [[SnapBack go back to normal at the end of the episode]].
** Parodied in ''Bullocks to Stan''. Bullock dates Hayley and puts Stan through hell; when Stan finally snaps and nearly kills him, Bullock congratulates Stan and says that the whole ordeal was a test he was putting him through to see if Stan would stand up to him. However, it is clear from the context that the whole "test" explanation is a face- and life-saving lie.
---> '''Avery''': My only regret is that I didn't get to jump through this pane of break-away glass! *Running leap! Smack! Avery pulls out his gun and shoots the glass a few times, then manages to jump through it.*
* SelfAbuse: in one episode. Stan shows his son, Steve, an admittedly hilarious anti-masturbation propaganda film that ends with a boy screaming "NOOOOO!" as he's growing hair on his palms and his eyes melting out. The kid turns up (in a deleted scene) later in Stan's head and says something along the lines of "It was worth it."
* 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".
* SelfPlagiarism: Frequently accused of being this to ''FamilyGuy'', mostly thanks to the near-identical premise and animation style. This accusation is often related to ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch.
* 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.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Son/father example with Steve and Stan.
* SeriesContinuityError: Happens a lot but can be dismissed with the RuleOfFunny.
** In "42-Year-Old Virgin", Stan claims to have never killed anyone. But "Stan of Arabia" he breaks Jay Leno's neck; he kills Jackson's double at the beginning of "It's Good to Be Queen"; he accidentally disintegrates one of his co-workers in "I Can't Stan You"; in "An Apocalypse to Remember", Stan shoots down someone who was hang gliding; in "Con Heir" he shoots a painter. In the initial sequence for this joke, the funny background events show that he has never personally killed people (ie pulled the trigger on a gun) however he has been responsible for the deaths of others through accidents or what have you.
** However, the episode "Haylias" ends with Stan having suffered evident selective memory loss, which could explain his assertion that he has never killed anyone.
** Another possibility is that Stan has never killed anyone he was assigned to kill, only erroneous or accidental targets.
** Also the first season develops Roger's experience with the outside world and learning to use disguise. Later episodes feature flashbacks that show Roger has utilized costumes to live a plausible social life since the fifties.
** Also, Roger doesn't know what happened to Stan's skating partner in "Of Ice and Men", but he learned all of Stan's memories in "Roger 'N' Me".
*** Or he just doesn't care, which is par for his character.
** In the pilot episode, Roger (after getting sneezed on) says he's supposed to bring pneumonia back to his planet, but in the second episode, Roger claims that his species is immune to all human ailments (except for an unexplained cold sore). On top of that, "Weiner of Our Discontent" reveals that [[spoiler: Roger was the crash test dummy for a new model spaceship and possibly died upon impact, meaning that his planet doesn't want him back]].
*** He was being sarcastic saying he was bringing back pneumonia, and was probably lying about his immunity.
** In an episode where Stan is putting together a [=DeLorean=], he says that he doesn't like time travel movies, so much so that he has never even ''heard'' of ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' and built the [=DeLorean=] so he can model his life after John [=DeLorean=]. In another episode, where he actually travels back in time and he tries to explain time travel to his past self, they both conclude that it would be easier to just say that it was like ''Back to the Future''.
** "Every Which Way But Lose" shows that Stan has never lost at anything before. Prior episodes (such as the skating flashback in "Of Ice and Men") say otherwise, and he didn't kill himself over it in "Of Ice and Men" either.
** On the episode "Stan's Best Friend," Stan bars Steve from adopting a dog because [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood his mom forced him to shoot his dog because he thought the dog was dying]], yet, as Francine mentioned, the Smiths had two dogs before: the 19-year-old (133 in human years) walking corpse Stan shot in the pilot episode and the cutesy dog named Fussy on "Not Particularly Desperate Housewives." Stan dismisses Francine's claim as dreams.
* SeriesFauxnale: The first episode of season seven, "Hot Water," was made when the producers were afraid the show wouldn't be renewed, and intended it to be the finale. Since the show was renewed, they decided to make it a season premiere that was non-canon.
* SeriousBusiness: In one episode, Stan is going for jury duty and asks Francine to manage his fantasy basketball team. After they have a minor quibble over his line-up, he says "You know what, just have Steve do it." When he gets back, Francine tells him that Steve only understood the "fantasy" part and tried to add three griffins and an ogre. Stan grumbles "Fucking nerd", and later Francine tells Steve that his actions have made the family weaker as a unit.
* SexySantaDress: Two teenage orphan girls were forced to wear them when Steve and Roger were using orphans as slave labor.
* SexyShirtSwitch: Roger wakes up wearing Stan's shirt in ''Roger 'N' Me''. Also happens with Bullock and Hayley in ''Bullocks to Stan''.
* 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.]]
* ShaggyFrogStory: From "White Rice":
-->'''Francine''': Are you sure about all this?\\
'''Roger''': Remember when Rudy from TheCosbyShow got old and stopped being cute? I brought them Raven-Symone! Saw her on a Philadephia playground and knew she was a star, snatched her right up! Six months later, her parents saw her on TV and realized she was still alive... did some time for that. So, you ask, am I sure about this? I dunno.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Hayley of all people in "Every Which Way But Lose" where its revealed in the subplot for that episode that she's a very competent professional baker who goes under the name of Carlotta Monterrey!
* SheetOfGlass: Subverted, mocked, roughed up and down thoroughly in one single scene in "The Wrestler". Two workers carrying the sheet decide to hold it horizontally instead of vertically, so that nobody crashes through it. Then someone runs into it anyway and [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe gets bifurcated down the waist]]. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Then a legless man takes the severed legs and puts them on himself.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Played for laughs in S4 Ep01, "In Country... Club", where Steve develops PTSD after participating in a VietnamWar reenactment.
* ShoutOut: Lots of references, but possibly the only show to do a meta-ShoutOut ("He's like America - the guy!")
** In the first season, Stan [[Series/SledgeHammer talks to his gun]].
** Another from season four after Roger [[KickTheDog brutalizes Steve's pets]] then [[ProfessionalWrestling hits him with a steel chair]]: "Haha - just like in the movies, bitch!"
** In another we get to meet Stan's father. He is a sturdily built guy who worked for the CIA, and wears an eye patch over his left eye. When he sees Roger for the first time, he pins him to the ground and draws his pistol, to which Roger replies "Someone want to tell [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork Snake Plissken]] to get off of me?"
** ''The One The Got Away'' has this when Roger ruins a thief's life; in an attempt to sabotage his relationship, he meets with his girlfriend only to find [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors she's a ditzy, thin blonde with a very high voice, and the thief she's dating is a short dork with big glasses]].
** In the episode where Roger and Francine go wine tasting, Roger's disguise is very similar to Paul Giamatti in Sideways. The resort also bears several similarities.
** Multiple shout outs to E.T., including one scene where Roger is hiding in a pile of stuffed animals in Steve's closet.
** Roger's situation in "Stan of Arabia" appears to be a ShoutOut to Literature/ArabianNights: Roger wants to avoid sleeping with the man who bought him, so he (Roger) keeps the man distracted by telling him stories.
** "The Great Space Roaster" has references to the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series during the space-based conclusion; examples include a monster performing an EnemyRisingBehind and the protagonist wielding a flamethrower and wearing a vest with very revealing underwear.
** Boys 12 is quite clearly a shout out to SuperJunior.
** Also lampshaded in "Pulling Double Booty". As Hayley is going on another rampage after Jeff broke up with her in the mall, she has descended into the point where she is spouting nothing but animalistic {{Angrish}}, grabbing a nearby female doll and ascending a giant toy replica of the Empire State Building, a la ''Film/KingKong'', complete with motorized toy biplanes buzzing around her. Then, the camera cuts to reveal two mall security cops, holding oversized controllers. This exchange takes place:
-->'''Mall Cop #1''': Why are we doing this?
-->'''Mall Cop #2''': Why? Aren't you having fun?
** In "Not Particularly Desperate Housewives," Francine is walking down a street and starts seeing that all the women around her are members of the Ladybugs. The build-up as they gather in number and start pursuing her more quickly is reminiscent of the chase scenes in the 1978 remake of ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers''.
** In "American Dream Factory", Roger, dressed in the persona of a rock musician who took over Steve's band, tells Steve that he "just saw a million faces" and "rocked them all", an adaptation of the line "I've seen a million faces and I've rocked them all" from the song "Wanted Dead or Alive" by ''Music/BonJovi''
** When convincing Stan that having a kink is completely normal, Roger bursts out into what is a clear parody of ''I've Got a Dream'' from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' called ''You've Got a Kink''. It even takes place in a bar.
** In "Da Flippity Flop", Roger has built a gym in the house's attic and is guving a tour to Steve. His choice of clothes and wig makes him look an awful lot like [[BurnAfterReading Chad]].
* SideEffectsInclude: Featured in the fake medical commercial for crack in ''A Jones for a Smith''.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Chuck White is this to Stan in "Deacon Stan, Jesus Man".
* SkewedPriorities: Implemented a fair few times for laughs:
** In "Great Space Roaster" when attacked by a murderous Roger, Stan is self-preservational enough to [[DirtyCoward ditch his family and run to the only escape pod]], before heading back for [[SeriousBusiness fresh underwear]].
** In "Bullocks To Stan" Francine is outraged at Hayley dating an elderly man, but is encouraging towards her dating an overbearing (and potentially abusive) boy of the same age.
* SkywardScream: "Why, crow, WHY?!"
* SnowballLie: Stan runs on these, best showcased with the appropriately winter-themed episode ''Of Ice And Men''.
* SoapBoxSadie: Hayley, even in the later episodes when she actually has a role.
** And of course, Stan ''literally'' gets up on a soap box in ''Camp Refoogee'' and preaches about America's ignorance of Africa's strife.
* SoCalization: At least two episodes feature characters buying Chocodiles at the store. Since the mid-90s, Chocodiles have only been available on the West Coast (the show is set in Virginia).
* TheSociopath: In Series 6, Roger acknowledges that he is one.
** All of the Smiths have shades of this DependingOnTheWriter. Most notably all of them have murdered someone in cold blood.
* SolidGoldPoop: Roger's solid-gold, diamond-encrusted turd.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** ''Tearjerker'' and ''For Black Eyes Only'', full episode ''Film/JamesBond'' parodies
** ''Rapture's Delight'', a post-apocalyptic Christmas episode.
** ''Hot Water'', a MusicalEpisode featuring a murderous hot tub played by Cee Lo Green [[SeriesFauxnale originally written as the last episode of the series]] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork due to worries that FOX may cancel it without a proper ending]].
** ''Blood Crieth Unto Heaven'', an episode set up as a parody of the play ''August: Osage County'', featuring a live-action appearance by the voice of Avery Bullock himself, Patrick Stewart.
** ''Lost in Space'', a space adventure featuring Jeff Fischer (while the rest of the main cast are either not there or only appear in flashbacks).
** ''Of Ice and Men'': Told ''Princess Bride''-style as a fairy tale by a human Klaus years after he spent life as a goldfish.
** "Steve and Snot's Test-Tubular Adventure" to an extent. The third act becomes an homage to ''Film/BladeRunner'' with a prom that decorated to look like the dystopian future depicted in the movie and Stan putting on a coat like the one Rick Deckhart wore and chasing and killing clones.
* {{SORAS}}: Toshi's little sister, Akiko, was depicted as an 8-year-old in her first appearance ("American Dream Factory"). Two seasons later, she's shown as being around the same age as Steve and Toshi in her next appearance ("Weiner of Our Discontent").
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: When Francine gets mixed up with a secret society of housewives known as the Ladybugs, she's introduced to an asian member who has an oriental theme play whenever she enters the scene. When she becomes enticed by Francine's involvements that lead her to become a member of their society, she gives a long smile and just freezes for a minute while the music plays. Francine begins to check her watch, wondering when the music will finally end. Said music also plays when she farts.
* SpiritualSuccessor: After people got over the "It's a ''FamilyGuy'' [[FollowTheLeader knockoff]]" phase, it's generally been agreed upon by fans to be the spiritual successor to the older episodes of ''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 ''AllInTheFamily'' (even though ''All In The Family'' already has one in the form of the short-lived animated sitcom ''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 ''KingOfTheHill'' in its early days).
* SplitPersonality: Roger develops one in ''The One That Got Away''.
** At the climax, he tries to convince that personality to [[SplitPersonalityMerge merge back into Roger]]. [[spoiler:Just as the other personality accepts, Roger [[SplitPersonalityTakeover "kills" him]], because the personality's NiceGuy nature would "cramp his style".]]
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Steve and Roger. Compare the first season to the more recent ones and you'll notice that those two have been getting more and more focus over the years. Though unlike ''FamilyGuy'', the writers have still been able to maintain a healthy balance between the cast.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Taken to such ridiculous extremes that the show is practically ''parodying'' this trope. To cite one example: In ''Stannie Get Your Gun'', Hayley unintentionally shoots Stan and paralyzes him; later in the episode, Stan is shot ''again'', and the second bullet fixes his condition by dislodging the first bullet.
** Stan appears most affected by this, as no matter how many lessons he learns in any given episode, he's back to his usual JerkAss self by the next episode.
** To the point that [[spoiler:when Stan dies and gets raptured, he gets his own personal heaven...an eternity with his family.]] This is possibly the one show to take it [[UpToEleven as far as it possibly can]].
* StayInTheKitchen: Stan is often shown as having chauvinistic attitudes towards women, which is why he's so frequently at odds with Hayley, why he loved being transferred to Saudi Arabia in "Stan of Arabia", and why he loves Francine so much, as this is her fate, which often leads to a breakout episode/moment for her character, much to Stan's dismay.
* 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.]]
* * StrawCharacter: Amarican dad is a particularly notorious example of this Stan smith is repeatedly presented as in the wrong with many episode with many episodes [[Flanderization giving him attributes he’s never shown before]], such as being bad with money, or having a wondering eye.
* StrawmanPolitical: Anything vaguely political is usually guilty of this, but in a good way.
** Some episode are worse than others. In one episode, Stan sees some example of a Democrat welfare program from Obama, which he says is bad because throwing money at everyone will make them lazy. Roger them substantiates this point, by mentioning he and his adopted babies are abusing welfare and being lazy. Obvious point, it's wasteful for people to take taxed money they don't need. Stan then decides this means [[IdiotBall helping people in any way is evil]]. The episode spends the next 30 minutes showing how stupid this is and it is highly frustrating seeing Stan continually lose all common sense and almost let his daughter die over an obviously wrong principle that Republicans don't actually believe. At no point are any successful government welfare programs mentioned after the initial bad example, so, though this clearly wasn't their intention, [[StrawmanHasAPoint Obama loses this round]]
** Still, the show is considerably more balanced and bipartisan with its humor than ''FamilyGuy''.
* StrictlyFormula: The vast majority of episodes of the show, particularly in later seasons, revolve around Stan doing something callous to a family member (usually in some [[WellIntentionedExtremist ill devised attempt to improve their lives]] after observing some supposed defect about them) and, after causing an escalating amount of chaos in his stubborn goals, eventually learning a lesson about being more considerate and tolerant. On rarer occasions another Smith member gets an Aesop, usually Steve revolving around his own formula of gaining popularity or impressing a girl.
* SwappedRoles: The focus of S1 Ep 17, "Rough Trade". Stan is under house arrest for DUI (thanks to Roger) so Roger gets a job at a car dealership while Stan stays home and drinks while watching TV.
* 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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* TakeThat: Took a shot at its own sister show in one episode, showing how unnatural the setups for ''FamilyGuy'''s cutaway gags would sound in context:
-->'''Roger:''' ''(responding to an odd statement made by Francine)'' Well, that was about as obvious as the setup for the sequel at the end of ''Film/BatmanBegins''.\\
'''Stan:''' What are you talking about?\\
'''Roger:''' You know, when Inspector Gordon gives him that Joker playing card?\\
'''Stan:''' Well, what does that have to do with Francine?\\
'''Roger:''' What about her?\\
'''Stan:''' You sounded like you were going to say something important about Francine.\\
'''Roger:''' Ummm... no. Nope, don't think so.\\
'''Stan:''' Oh... okay.\\
''(awkward silence)''
** One episode involves Roger dressing up as a girl and tricking Snot into thinking they're having sex. He does this by substituting a stress ball with a hole in it. After the ball has been violated multiple times throughout the episode, we learn that it's a promotional item for ''Sons of Tuscon'', a sitcom that replaced American Dad on the Fox schedule in 2010. The writers add insult to injury by having Roger remark that he doesn't remember Sons of Tuscon at all, a reference to the fact that the show was canceled after only a month. Don't mess with American Dad's time slot.
*** And as a final bit of rubbing in, there's a scene where Roger puts the "used" stress ball in the dishwasher, then walks away while humming the American Dad theme song.
** When Roger and Stan go visit a Horse Whisperer, there are nothing but pictures of famous horses who he has spoken with in the past adorning his office walls, including an autographed picture of Hillary Swank.
** One episode has Steve receive a bunch of fireworks from Francine's parents and lights one off in the house, prompting the following line from Francine's dad:
-->"This one is called TheEnglishPatient: It looks beautiful, but takes a long time for an unsatisfying payoff."
** In ''American Stepdad'', Steve and his friends find the lost screenplay for [[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast and Furious 7]] and, reading through it, [[spoiler:discover massive amounts of homo-eroticism. After then cutting the script to eight pages to remove all gay undertones, they hand it in to a producer, only to be told it's a fake as ''it lacks all the gay sex scenes and undertones that they usually have to edit out.'']]
* TakingYouWithMe: When Principal Lewis loses his job, his house, and all his friends thanks to Roger's meddling as a legal guardian, Lewis decides to take Steve to Arizona... to die together in suicide by driving off the Grand Canyon.
* TheTalk: "You see, Steve, when a man and a woman are in love (or very drunk), they..."
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Stan lampshades this. He coaches Roger to finally beat Barry so he doesn't lose his high school wrestling record. Barry had Roger pinned and the referee counted to two. Stan told him to start using his incredibly powerful legs and to escape before the referee politely waits for their conversation to be over before he counts to three.
* ATasteOfDefeat: In "Every Which Way But Lose", Stan's football team loses due to some intervening from Steve and Roger. [[DrivenToSuicide The taste proves very bitter...]]
* TeensAreMonsters: The FlashbackCut portrayal of puberty for the Smith family children in ''1600 Candles''. Steve had done some questionable things before too - he completely loses it when he grows GagBoobs in ''Helping Handis'' and pushes a bookcase onto his wheelchair-bound father in ''Stannie Get Your Gun''.
** To be fair, he thought his dad had stolen him from his real family when he was a baby.
* TeensAreShort: The "nerdy" teens at least, as well as Hayley and Jeff (who are college aged). Steve, his friends, and other nerdy students are all only about ''up to the chests'' of the adults, appearing to be barely 5 feet tall; the shortest of them, Toshi, seems to only be about 4 feet tall. This is especially strange for Steve and Hayley in particular; both Francine and Stan are clearly rather tall, so you'd think their two kids would be taller than what they are. This trope is averted, however, when it comes to other teens who are all about as tall as the adults.
* TemporaryBulkChange: After discovering that Roger's [[NonMammalMammaries milk]] tastes good in a salad, can be produced in greater amounts when Roger eats during his mating cycle, and needing said milk for a church event, Stan and Francine tie Roger down to a machine where he is force fed food all day and lactates his milk because of it. Predictably, Roger becomes very fat from all the force feeding and his bulk eventually breaks the machine while spontaneously dropping the weight a few scenes later.
** Francine herself also gains weight after letting herself go when she tests Stan's true love for her. Naturally, Stan is repulsed by Francine's horrible appearance and she drops the weight by the end of the episode.
* TemptingFate: In ''Finances With Wolves'', when Greg and Terry are in their yard:
-->'''Greg''': Well, another successful trip to Brad's Cactus Shack!\\
'''Terry''': Can you believe they were giving away razor blades?\\
'''Greg''': I'll just turn on our new lemon juice waterfall!\\
[[MillionToOneChance (Stan proceeds to hit the cacti, bounce off of the razor blade pile and then land in the lemon juice fountain)]]
* ThatDidntHappen: Stan and Roger have a one-sided version of this in ''Roger 'N' Me''; Roger wants to tell about how he and Stan "became best buddies", but Stan doesn't.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Apparently, anger is the only emotion Stan is capable of expressing.
* TheEndOrIsIt: Spoofed in ''Tearjerker''. The last shot is of a volcano, and as "THE END" is displayed, the title character's hand comes out of the crater and a question mark appears. A few seconds later, he falls back into the volcano and the question mark disappears.
** Happens at the end of the sequel, ''For Black Eyes Only'', where [[spoiler: Tearjerker wakes up on a beach, still impaled by a marlin.]] Just as he begins to crawl away, "To be continued..." appears on screen, but then [[spoiler: the fish and Tearjerker are dragged away by an orca whale into the sea, and]] the message changes to "Scratch that."
* ThemeMusicPowerup: Not that he needed it, but Stelio Kantos beats up Stan while a nearby stereo plays the OminousLatinchanting of his name in the background. He hits the Stop button when Steve motions to him that his job was done.
* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: When Stan tries to set up Principal Lewis with a wife and get him to settle down, Lewis brings up his old prison bitch Tracy in a conversation. When setting up his wedding, Stan reintroduces Tracy, and Tracy reveals that he's already married to Lewis, according to prison rules. Stan tries to handle the situation by taking Tracy to Lewis' home one night, then shooting him in the back. He takes the body to a cliff and throws it off the edge, then drives down and runs it over back and forth repeatedly, then letting an alligator eat the corpse, then shooting the gator and making a gatorskin handbag out of it. Too bad for Stan, that Tracy survived the whole ordeal.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Used by Roger ''a lot''.
** Also used once by Klaus: "Fabulous Thunderbirds, bitches!".
* TickertapeParade: Roger threw himself a ticker tape parade because a deli named a sandwich after him.
* TimeTravel: In '"May The Best Stan Win" a Cyborg version of Stan from a thousand years in the future travels back in time to woo Francine.
** In "Fartbreak Hotel" Steve falls in love with a painting of a girl by Patrick Nagel and travels back to 1981 using the same method Christopher Reeve used in ''Film/SomewhereInTime'' to find her. He soon discovers to his horror [[spoiler: that Nagel drugged him and painted him nude and that ''he'' is the girl in the painting!]] Later in the episode Francine takes a new identity and becomes a successful businesswoman ten years in the future but she is unhappy and misses her family. She travels to the past like Steve and warns her younger self not to leave them.
** In the first Christmas episode, the Ghost of Christmas Past takes Stan back to the 1970s where he gets Martin Scorsese to give up drugs, [[ForWantOfANail leading to America being taken over by the Soviet Union]]. The only way to get things back to normal is for Stan to go back to the 80's [[ItMakesSenseInContext and shoot Ronald Reagan]].
** In "The Kidney Stays in the Picture" Hayley's kidneys fail and Francine reveals that Stan might not be a match for a proper transplant since she cheated on him back in the 90s, so they time-travel to get the kidney of the guy who might match.
* TitleDrop: "Deacon Stan, Jesus Man."
** Also...
--> Stan: I... am Stan of Arabia!
** The plot of "Tears of a Clooney" centers around Francine's attempts to break George Clooney's heart, with the operation given the same name as the episode.
* TokenMinority: Greg and Terry, the local gay couple. Their token-ness is blatantly poked fun of in various episodes.
--> Terry: Why are we always holding hands?
--> Greg: How else will everyone know we're a gay couple?
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Daughter/mother example with Hayley and Francine.
* TonightSomeoneDies [[spoiler:The 100th episode, "100 A.D." The episode starts off with a message that says 100 characters will die. The final body count: 1 dog, 98 one shot characters from previous episode (96 of them killed in the same bus crash) and the manager of a motel that appeared earlier in the episode.]]
** Except Agent Duper, who was a recurring character earlier, suddenly killed and is brought back as a clone directly after 100AD to set up the premise of the episode.
* TooDumbToLive: Stan frequently. Also a case of StatusQuoIsGod, since his mistakes are rarely brought up again. Also worth noting Stan is quite capable physically and (most of the time) mentally, but could be charitably called inept when it comes to his family.
** Steve is also this way at times. This is especially [[ZigZaggedTrope zigzagged]] in the episode "Killer Vacation" where he openly criticizes and deconstructs Liam's idiotic decisions, but still goes along with them despite the pain and injuries he receives because Liam's accent is "convincing".
** The CIA's pet cloned Dodo bird spends the entire 10th season premiere demonstrating why Dodos went extinct. Ironically, it survives a whole bunch of suicidally stupid stunts only to be struck by lightning at the end of the episode.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the post-apocalyptic world of "Rapture's Delight", Stan becomes a [[spoiler:one-armed, hook-handed bounty hunter]]. It's even more awesome than it sounds.
** The Anti-Christ himself in his second appearance. In his first episode, he was a laughably pathetic villain. In his second? He was a voiceless evil baby who was ''actually pretty scary''.
** Toshi in "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls". He becomes a samurai for Halloween and tries to kill Steve because he didn't bring his sister Akiko home in time. Then he kills five escaped serial killers before they murder Stan, Francine and Roger.
** Jeff in For Whom The Sleighbell Tolls. [[spoiler: During the assault on the Smiths, Santa offers Jeff the Golden Compass bear helmet he wanted for Christmas in exchange for joining him and betraying the Smiths. He walks over to him and appears to have accepted, but then proceeds to headbutt the spiked helmet into Santa's back. Jeff then drags an injured Stan to safety, and says to him that he did it for his wife Hayley. He then joins the family in battle with Santa's elf army, until Santa is forced to call off the attack because the sun came up, and he only had until sunrise to accomplish his goal.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: during the course of the show, Stan went from a StrawmanPolitical Jerkass to a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Roger however, went from a somewhat obnoxious sloth to an [[LackOfEmpathy apathetic]] [[ComedicSociopath psychopath]] (with a later In-universe explanation that Roger ''HAS'' to be a jerkass in order to biologically survive.) Steve also seems to be leaning this way albeit DependingOnTheWriter.
** Francine has been steadily doing this although DependingOnTheWriter.
* TooMuchInformation: In one episode, Francine talks about how strippers will do anything for money, "And then sometimes when you're rolling around on the floor making out with another girl, some guys will throw out money, then pick it back up and throw out the same singles again! Like I'm blind! Like I don't have peripheral vision!" Cut to Roger and Klaus, wide-eyed and silent.
* TrackingDevice: Stan planted a tracking device in both Hayley and Steve when they were both born.
* TorturedMonster: Post-surgery Kisses in "Stan's Best Friend."
* Troll: Roger. How much varies from [[DependingOnTheWriter episode to episode.]]
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Jesus tries this on Stan after he hits him in ''Rapture's Delight'', only to be hit again.
--> "Ow! My other cheek!"
* TransparentCloset: Roger switches between this, CampGay, and DepravedHomosexual. It all depends on the episode. However, we can probably say by this point that if there is still a closet, it is pretty damn imaginary.
* TwinSwitch: Stan's double Bill begins dating Hayley, but then poses as Stan in order to try to sleep with Francine. After removing Bill from the picture, Stan must then pose as Bill in order to keep Hayley's heart from being broken.
* TwistEnding: many of the better episodes use improbable plot resolutions that are much more amusing with repeated viewings.
** 100 A.D. has one.
** Naked To The Limit has one [[spoiler: when the aliens from Roger's home planet come to the Smith's to pick him up, Roger shoves Jeff inside the transport beam instead and they take him away.]]
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Typically when this trope is used, the A story will focus on Stan and the B story will focus on either Steve or Roger.
** ''Five'' Lines, No Waiting: The initial premise of ''Finances With Wolves'', where Francine, Steve, Hayley, Roger, and Klaus each have their own plots that intersect at various points. Stan is prominent, but doesn't have his own actual plot.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Stan and Roger in S2 Ep20, "Roger 'n' Me".
** Stan and Francine in "Hot Tub."
---> '''Steve:''' Gee, I'd love to use the hot tub, but I'm pretty sure my parents [[SoundEffectBleep fucked]] in it last night!
* TwoTimerDate: Stan attempts to pull off one of these in ''One Little Word''. While he and Francine are trying to enjoy a romantic weekend in one lakeside cabin, Stan must keep his boss's mistress supplied with cigarettes in the cabin across the lake.
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