The ''dramatis personae'' for Seth [=MacFarlane's=] second animated {{sitcom}}, ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', featuring some background information on the characters and tropes they provide examples of. More to come.
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!!! Stan Smith
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[[caption-width-right:320:''"We can't choose our fathers, but we can choose our father figures. I chose my mother. That set me back a bit."'']]
-> The man of the house, a CIA agent later promoted to Deputy-Deputy Director. Although an extreme right-winger to the point of parody with a tendency to [[AesopAmnesia forget the lessons he's just learned]], he still loves his family. Voiced by Creator/SethMacFarlane.

* {{Acrofatic}}: Stan's got a rather large gut, but doesn't stop him from doing handsprings and being a proficient CIA agent (though he sucks at [[LeParkour free-running]]).
* ActionDad
* AesopAmnesia: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] often.
* AlliterativeName: '''S'''tan '''S'''mith.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted in "Tearjerker" and parodied in "The 42-Year-Old Virgin".
** Generally, this trope is subverted - Stan is established as never having had sex with anyone before Francine, which is presented as detrimental to him rather than her.
* [[spoiler:BaldOfAwesome: One episode revealed that Stan is completely bald, and has been trying to keep it a secret from everyone. Except everyone already knew, and none of them cared. He then decided to keep wearing his wig and no one ever cared enough about it to mention it again afterwards.]] Despite this, several episodes before and afterwards blatantly prove this is almost certainly not canon.
* BigBeautifulMan
* [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Intelligence Officer]]: Despite his quirks, he seems to be very good at his job.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Oh my God!" He'll often say this whenever he learns a lesson in an episode.
* CallingYourAttacks: MEAT SLAP!
* ControlFreak
* CrazyPrepared
* CrossDresser: Doesn't hide from his family the fact that he wears panties and if it was socially acceptable, would wear mascara because it makes his eyes "pop like firecrackers".
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: When on his game, Stan is nearly unbeatable.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: This happens to him at the end of "Hot Water" for no real reason, but like [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kenny McCormick]], he is alive and well in the next episode.]]
** [[spoiler: WordOfGod is that Stan died because they expected Hot Water to be the series finale, and reasoned "what better way to end the show by killing the main character?" The show wasn't cancelled, so ''Hot Water'' became a season premier.]]
** [[spoiler: Stan also dies in "Rapture's Delight" and gets escorted to his personal heaven, which is identical to the beginning of the episode. The commentary for the subsequent episode jokes that everything from then on actually takes place in Stan's personal heaven.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Stan is personally responsible for Klaus being stuck in the body of a fish, simply because the CIA didn't want East Germany winning the Gold medal for Skiing during the 1986 Winter Olympics.
** Most things Stan does generally fall under this category.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type 2 ''Incarnate.''
* {{Flanderization}}: Believe it or not, Stan in the first episode was the example of a stereotypical conservative, obsessed with politics, Ronald Reagan, America and keeping his family safe, he was an extremist, but deeply cared about his family and was really overprotective, but in later seasons, he began to evolve into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, however at the end of the day, despite his selfish aspects, feels bad about it and learns a lesson every episode, even though it's AesopAmnesia.
* FreudianExcuse: Stan was extremely unpopular in his childhood due to his nerdy ways. As a result he bullies Steve for also being nerdy hoping to break him of said habits, in order for Steve to have the life he didn't.
** Additionally, his father was never around, which didn't exactly help in being a father. Meanwhile his needy mother made Stan take his place, leading him to try take all adult responsibilities prematurely and not grow up naturally.
* GoingNative: Stan has a strong tendency to do this; [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Francine in "Stan of Arabia".
* HappilyMarried: To Francine, but they have an equal amount of [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim neglect and unfaithfulness]] with love.
* HenpeckedHusband: Played with in "Stan's Night Out." He throws a brief temper tantrum because he assumes Francine never lets him go out with his friends. However, Francine has absolutely no problem with Stan spending time with his friends away from her and is surprised he thought he was "stuck" there.
* HeteronormativeCrusader: He gets better as time goes on.
** In fact, accepting gay lifestyles is the ''only'' [[AesopAmnesia lesson Stan remembers]].
** To the point where he even once gives a PatrickStewartSpeech that while Republicans might not accept gays or support gay rights, they shouldn't hate ''[[GayConservatives Gay Republicans]]'', because they're on ''their'' side and it's a waste of perfectly good hate that should be reserved for the ''Democrats!''
* HeroicComedicSociopath
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: His father left him when he was young and his mother forced Stan to fill his role as provider despite being too young to do so. His mom also lied to Stan, saying that his pet dog was sick and needed to be shot to put him out of his misery (turns out she did it because the apartment they were moving in to didn't allow dogs).
* HonorBeforeReason: Stan is so into the thrill of winning that when he actually lost to Steve's team in a game of football, he attempted to commit suicide because of the shame he felt for losing. It also turns out that Stan never was able to express sadness properly either.
** The initial reason he agreed to risk his career (and possibly even life) to protect Roger from the CIA, considering himself to be honour-bound to repay Roger for saving his life from UnfriendlyFire at Area 51.
* HypocriticalHumor: Stan forbids Steve to go out with Debbie, an overweight girl, while his family points out that he isn't quite thin himself. With Stan being extreme like he usually is, he takes the fat comments too close to heart and starves himself to the point where he becomes anorexic.
** At one point, he basically sends Francine to the woods because she has a spanking fetish to "recover" from her deviancy, despite the fact that he's obviously got a foot fetish himself. [[PlayedForLaughs All played for humour, of course.]]
* IdiotHero: Stan is able to hide it by use of an eloquent and authoritative tone, but only just barely. He's at least good at his job and ''much'' smarter than Peter Griffin.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Stan's logic when it comes to fixing things he perceives to be broken. How he does he stop Francine from thinking he's too boring and leaving him? He'll poison Roger so Francine will be too busy taking care of him. How does he get Steve to stop playing with toys? Take him to Mexico to lose his virginity to a whore. How does he believe he'll "fix" Christmas after he's perceived that liberals have ruined it? Go back in time and try to kill Jane Fonda.
* ItsAllAboutMe: While he does care about others, Stan is still completely willing to put them in danger, lie to them and abuse them for his own benefit or sense of justice.
* {{Jerkass}}: Most of the time. His JerkWithAHeartOfGold moments are usually overshadowed by some of his crueler acts, such as a scheme to get back at a car salesman that happened to involve abandoning his own family as prerequisite.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Arguably Stan's callousness has been toned down or at least been placed in [[WellIntentionedExtremist more well-intentioned light]] in later seasons. It is a rule for the creative team that, in his own mindset, Stan's actions are for the well being of his family and country.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence[=/=]AnalProbing[=/=]HoYay[=/=]TheirFirstTime[=/=]DidTheEarthMoveForYouToo: With Roger during their trip to Atlantic City. They were both [[KissingUnderTheInfluence drunk]], and Stan agreed to the most intimate experiences of Roger's species. Roger ended up knowing all of Stan's memories, [[DidTheEarthMoveForYouToo but not vice versa]] -- this was especially humiliating for Roger because Stan was actually Roger's ''[[TheirFirstTime first]]''.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Numerous episodes go out of their way to emphasize this, especially ''The Most Adequate Christmas Ever'', where God actually had to tell Stan face-to-face that no, he does not know everything and he can't.
* LanternJawOfJustice
* LargeHam
* ManChild: It really depends on who's writing the episode. "Man on the Moonbounce" actually showed Stan acting like a kid, despite being an adult, as a therapeutic way to catch up on the childhood he lost when his father abandoned him and his mom forced him to grow up and provide for her.
* ManipulativeBastard
* MommasBoy: In "Oedipal Panties", it's revealed that Stan is so overprotective of his mother that he had been abducting his mother's boyfriends and dumping them on a deserted island for over ''30 years!''
** OedipusComplex
* MoralMyopia: If he does it for himself, it's okay. If someone does it to him, its unforgivable.
* NeverMyFault
* OnlySaneMan: In "Stan's Night Out", Stan discovers that his coworker friends at the C.I.A. are a bunch of irresponsible assholes whose blatant disregard for other living organisms boarders on the sociopathic, with him playing the role of the straight man throughout an increasingly insane night.
* PapaWolf: He might not agree with Hayley, and he might not have much in common with Steve, but if anyone insults or harms either of them, that person's going to be in pain for a long while.
** Do ''not'' call his daughter a whore.
** In the early seasons when there was more emphasis on hiding Roger from the CIA, Stan was fully prepared to execute Roger if it meant protecting his family from any possible repercussions, despite being indebted to Roger for saving his life by his own admission.
* PatrioticFervour
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: The blue to Francine's pink.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: He's a bigot in many ways, but he generally learns AnAesop about it...[[AesopAmnesia for a while]].
* PromotionToParent: For Jeff, first symbolically, and then literally once [[spoiler:Jeff and Hayley tie the knot.]]
* PsychopathicManchild: If he's not acting like a three-year-old, he's killing someone ''while'' acting like a three-year-old.
* RightWayWrongWayPair: Just about always the Wrong Way to Francines' Right Way in terms of their parenting skills (Francine has the odd subversion, but even then Stan is almost never the Right Way).
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Steve's Sensitive Guy.
* SharpDressedMan: He's always [[BadassInANiceSuit Dressed To Kill]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: Frequently acts narcissistic about his looks and "[[KnowNothingKnowItAll intelligence]]". May also apply as InferioritySuperiorityComplex when it's found out he wasn't always "the stallion he is today".
* SplitPersonality: In "Cock of the Sleepwalk", though technically it's Stan and his conscience.
* StandardFiftiesFather: ''Tries'' to invoke the trope, but fails.
** In a DVD-exclusive special on the creation of ''American Dad'', Seth [[=MacFarlane=]] describes the show as "What would happen if a 1950s anti-Communism short film announcer had a wife and kids?"
* StayInTheKitchen: He even sings a song about it.
* StraightMan: He tries to be this, but is really much more of a LargeHam.
** He gets ''rare'' genuine moments of this, usually against Roger, who is [[ShadowArchetype immature and outright sociopathic enough to make him look sane]].
* StrawMisogynist
* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: He's an exaggerated stereotype of hyper-patriotic Republicans. Though much less so as the show went on.
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TooDumbToLive: By mixture of AesopAmnesia, InsaneTrollLogic, and UpToEleven, Stan constantly goes through life-threatening situations thanks to his bizarre use of logic in order to achieve a skewed sense of victory, only to learn a lesson about why he was wrong to do so. Because Stan has even lampshaded that he "doesn't learn lessons", Stan will always put himself and his family at great risk to learn a lesson he already learned but forgot.
* TroubledSympatheticBigot
* UglyGuyHotWife: Averted. Stan's just as, if not more, attractive than Francine. He just hasn't slept around as much as Francine.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* WeightWoe: He once became so self-conscious about his weight he hallucinated that he was getting fatter and fatter until his family pointed out he was suffering from anorexia and hunger-based delusions to the point that he had wasted away to a walking skeleton. This was not helped by further hallucinations of a frat boy like personal trainer.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Has elements of this in his relationship with his father Jack, and this trait is very prominent in his son Steve.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Often the cause of his JerkAss antics.
* WouldHitAGirl: An early episode had him beat the crap out of a bunch of strippers after they tell him that he can't take Hayley home while she's working.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He fears seagulls. Or rather he ''feared'' them, as he mentions he got over the fear in a later episode where he interacted with them (a {{hand wave}}, as the plot required said interaction).

!!! Francine Smith (née Ling, Dawson)
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[[caption-width-right:320:''"I may be blonde with great cans but I'm pretty smart when I've had my eight hours!"'']]
-> The matriarch, wife of Stan and mother of Hayley and Steve. A fairly happy housewife, if not a little loopy at times, although she does wish she could do stuff outside the house other than grocery shopping. During her years growing up, she was the adopted daughter of the Chinese Lings after her birth parents, the Dawsons, abandoned her as a baby at an airport since bringing babies to first class wasn't allowed. Prior to hooking up with Stan, she was very promiscuous (currently has the largest rose garden dedicated to the men she had sex with prior to meeting Stan) and wild. Voiced by Wendy Schaal.

* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: She's in her 40's, and has had two kids (three counting Greg and Terry's daughter, Libby). And she can pass for a girl in her 20's. Brought up during "My Morning Straightjacket".
-->''' Jim James''': Hey, is this your daughter?
-->'''Stan:''' Wife.
-->'''Jim:''' ''Damn...''
* ActionGirl: Occasionally, but it's clear she's the second {{Badass}} character next to Stan. She dishes out quite the beating on Thundercat in "Stan of Arabia", and fought alongside her family against Santa's elves, actually killing a few.
** In "Bully for Steve", she leaps out of a window while chasing down Stan, and catches him by [[CarFu ramming him into a tree during a car chase.]]
** She's also an InstantExpert on LeParkour in "Stanny Boy and Frantastic", and has displayed a hefty amount of physical strength in "Hurricane!" where she carries a wounded Hayley rather easily, who's just about the same size as she is.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Shifts somewhere between this and an outright BitchInSheepsClothing, DependingOnTheWriter (much like Lois on ''FamilyGuy'', though granted she is called out on it). Her personality often tends to come off as unpredictable to say the least.
** Let's just say, even Stan (who usually has a very low sense of self-preservation) is smart enough to be scared of her when she gets angry. Example? Season 1, episode 4.
** She nonchalantly admitted to stabbing her college roommate to death while the Smiths were having dinner at a restaurant.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: In later seasons.
* BigEater: Which forces her to work out [[CrossesTheLineTwice until she pukes, power lift the couch, and take a ton of laxatives]] to stay attractive.
* BiTheWay: Sort of. She has had sex with women before, and seems perfectly willing to make out with a woman to get backstage at a rock concert. But she is primarily straight, compared to Linda Memari.
* BlondeRepublicanSexKitten: ''Sort of''. Compared to Stan, Francine is much more apolitical (she likely doesn't understand politics in general.)
* BoundAndGagged: In "Dungeons and Wagons."
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The brief times her head comes back to earth, she can be very intelligent. The rest of the time... well... remember the box she thought was a TV? Nuff said.
** In the episode Live And Let Fry, Francine [[{{Flanderization}} comes off as borderline insane.]]
* DumbBlonde: [[GeniusDitz But not too dumb.]]
* DamselInDistress: DependingOnTheWriter.
* EthicalSlut: She [[ReallyGetsAround really got around]] when she was younger, but all in the name of partying and free love.
** She claims her first time was with a group of angry construction workers.
* ExpansionPackPast
* ExtremeDoormat: Often for Stan and Roger, though she stands up for herself when [[BerserkButton pushed too far]].
* FormerTeenRebel
* FreudianExcuse: Francine was rescued from a dried-up well when she was little by a firefighter who died saving her. All of her previous attempts at having jobs, careers, and fulfilling her dreams were just efforts to prove that her life was actually worth saving and so that firefighter did not die in vain. [[spoiler: It turned out the firefighter was still alive, but living as a hermit underneath the well and having lost his sanity years ago. This did not help.]]
* {{Gasshole}}: Has been seen belching loudly as a throwaway gag on occasion, usually after drinking something.
* GeniusDitz: For the brief periods of time when she tried to pursue something outside of being a housewife, she is ''ridiculously'' good at what she does. To the point where she once became and oceanologist, and ''published a paper on how she found a thought-to-be-extinct species!'' Stan always brings things back to a screaming halt (to the point where he ''deliberately sabotaged the American economy'' because that was the only way to stop her career as a real estate agent).
* GenkiGirl: She can be high-energy and somewhat crazy.
* {{Housewife}}
* HappilyAdopted
* HappilyMarried: To Stan.
* {{Hypocrite}}: She claims to be an animal lover but drowns a rare species of birds in one episode.
** Then there's the fact that, in one episode, she refuses to be a provider after Stan goes blind because he values good looks above all else. They then decide not to fix [[StatusQuoIsGod what isn't broken]].
* KickTheDog: Got her son suspended from school by stashing drugs in his locker.
* {{Ladette}}: In her younger years, she loved to drink, party, and [[ReallyGetsAround have tons of sex]].
* MamaBear: Messing with Steve and Hayley is a sure way to get you killed by Francine, whether you're her husband or not. When Jeff seemingly decided to break off his engagement with Hayley for 50,000 dollars, Francine was so disgusted she tried to kill Jeff by unloading Stan's gun into his face. If it wasn't for the fact that Stan removed the bullets, Jeff would be dead right now. And when she discovered Stan had been bullying Steve in order to toughen him up, Francine chased him through the school, jumped out a window, and ran after him with glass in her hair until he drove off. She then rammed his car off the road with her's.
--> '''Stan:''' What the hell, Francine! You t-boned me bro!
* MsFanservice
* NiceGirl: Aside from her BitchInSheepsClothing tendencies, she can be sweet and caring most of the time.
* NotSoDifferent: Most of Francine's moments of humility revolve around her stooping to Stan's level, either joining him in an immoral stunt or mirroring one of his arrogant bouts.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Francine's able to unintentionally pass herself off as a teenager when she's up to it. In the first season, after Stan accidentally erased the last twenty years of her life from her memory, Francine noticed no significant change in her physical appearance (except for pubic hair).
* ParentalAbandonment: Her real parents left her at an airport after being told they couldn't bring any children with them in first class.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Pink is her favorite color.
** PinkGirlBlueBoy: With Stan.
* ReallyGetsAround: Shown at the beginning of "When a Stan Loves a Woman."
* RetiredBadass: She was once in a fight club and in prison, and if you hit her BerserkButton she becomes a CombatPragmatist who will do anything short of ''killing'' her family members if they cross her (she rammed Stan with a ''four-wheel-drive!'').
* RightWayWrongWayPair: The Right Way to Stan's Wrong Way (albeit Deconstructed a few occasions she proves to be just as bad).
* StalkerWithACrush: When she was younger she had a crush on her algebra teacher, Mr. Feeny. He didn't take her seriously, and then his wife found her in their closet smelling his clothes and cutting herself. Francine lied to the police about them being lovers, so he was arrested and eventually killed himself in prison.
* StayInTheKitchen
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly Girl to Hayley's Tomboy.
* TheUnfairSex: Though she has flawed moments, any confrontation she has with Stan (regardless as to whether Stan has a legitimate point or not) ends with her winning 99% of the time. Played straight as possible in an episode she revealed to have cheated on Stan just before their wedding. She's ''still'' the good guy.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* WomenAreWiser
** NotSoAboveItAll: While she is much more sane than Stan, she still engages in zany schemes, like trying to assassinate Creator/GeorgeClooney because she felt he upstaged her (season 1 finale).
*** Recent episodes [[AvertedTrope avert]] this by making her more socially-awkward and Stan closer to Earth.
* {{Yandere}}: To her son, Steve (non-romantic example).
** Actually, Francine has moved away from this aspect in the later seasons, and when Stan starts having issues with Steve growing up Francine's the one who has to set him straight.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: In one episode, she is revealed to have animosity toward left-handed people though shortly reveals herself to be is naturally left-handed. This is due to during her childhood being struck in the orphanage for using her left hand subsequently growing up believing lefties to be spawns of the "Devil".

!!! Hayley Dreamsmasher Smith [[spoiler: Fischer]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:''"I gotta stop smoking salvia at the body paint shop."'']]
-> Daughter and the oldest of the two Smith siblings. As a kid, she and her father were close due to sharing the same beliefs, but as she became a young adult, her views became the complete opposite of her dad's, causing the two to butt heads often; for instance, she's in favor of gun control, while he isn't. That's not to say that she doesn't get AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moments with Stan, and shares more than a few personality traits from her father, both negative and positive. Voiced by Creator/RachaelMacFarlane (Seth's sister).

* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* TheArtifact: Arguably even more than Klaus, who one can argue has never really been a major character. Hayley was the second character created for the show after Stan, when the premise was supposed to be a modern "All in the Family". When politics was phased out in the first two seasons, Hayley's screen time and storylines were dramatically reduced.
* BalloonBelly: In ''Camp Refoogee''.
* BareYourMidriff: Her default outfit exposes her midriff (and her navel ring).
* BerserkButton: She does not take breakups well (provided that she is not the one who breaks up).
* BiTheWay: She's completely open to the idea of having female lovers:
-->"I'm gonna live a carefree life with a string of lovers! John-Jacques, Henri, ''Simone.'' ''(beat)'' Simone is a ''girl's'' name."
* BodyPaint: In one episode about Neighborhood Watch, she paints over her chest to protest changes being made to the neighborhood.
** InformedAttribute: This is actually the only time she's implied to be so, and judging by how she said it she was probably just trying to shock her parents. A few seasons later in "Killer Vacation" she seems against the idea when she actually gets the opportunity.
* BlackSheep: Even described as such in-universe in at least one episode.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Stan [[spoiler: enrolled her in a program to become a CIA sleeper agent when she was 5.]] If you say the right combination of words, [[LetsGetDangerous she becomes a trained killer]].
** ManchurianAgent: The trigger words: [[spoiler: "I'm getting fed up with this orgasm."]]
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Sort of, in the early seasons.
* DaddysGirl: While often at each other's throats, Hayley and Stan do care about each other. Hayley has even set aside her liberal beliefs to support Stan on occasion.
* DeadpanSnarker: Usually to her father.
* DemotedToExtra: Considering how little scenes and lines she has in recent seasons and that here are fewer episodes and subplots about her she tends to fit this trope.
** Since Hayley married Jeff Fischer, the writers seem to be making an effort to include her more along with Jeff, but even then the subplots don't rely on Hayley's leftist views as much as they focus on problems with their marriage. There have been at least a few sub-plots on Hayley and Jeff's lack of a satisfying sex life.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Hayley is either the most lucid and rational of the Smiths ([[RightlySelfRighteous if a tad arrogant about it]]) or even more of a callous, pretentious {{Hypocrite}} as her father.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Dreamsmasher.
* FakeAmerican: In-Universe. At the end of "She Swill Survive," there is a scene with Stan and Hayley being their AnimatedActors. Hayley's actress has a thick Australian accent.
* FreudianExcuse: Her hypocritical and psychotic tendencies can be somewhat explained as an inherited tendency from her parents, but also [[spoiler: as a likely side effect of the brainwashing Stan put her through when she was little.]]
* GranolaGirl: In deep contrast to Stan.
** In the "Stan Of Arabia" two parter, when she's being chased by police for going out in public without a man, she yells at them "I respect your right to chase me!" (even though someone who is liberal and pro-women's rights like her should be objecting to how women are treated in Muslim countries). Later in the episode she agrees with a terrorist about how evil America is, though she insisted there were ways besides terrorism to fight the system.
* HiddenDepths: The episode "Love, A.D. Style" shows that she's a very good singer (as is her voice actress) -- to the point where [[spoiler: Roger]] becomes dangerously obsessive with her.
* {{Hypocrite}}: A lot of humor tends to revolve around this. In some cases she is incredibly shallow about her own ethics and views, albeit DependingOnTheWriter.
** She dumps boyfriends, frequently Jeff, coldly and nonchalantly on numerous occasions (perhaps most notably dumping Avery Bullock over phone, mid way through a presentation, on live TV, ''a second'' before he was going to promote Stan) and is occasionally outright termed as a "slut". When a boy dumps ''her'' however, she goes out and out AxCrazy (to the point that the police have threatened her to have her put in jail for life if she gets dumped again).
*** To hammer this point in, at the beginning of "Pulling Double Booty" (which introduces her violent responses to being dumped), a panicked Francine tells Stan that Hayley and Jeff broke up. Stan casually points out that this happens "at least every other week" before being told that Jeff caused it.
* KarmaHoudini: A lot of Hayley's role revolves around being a NotSoDifferent hypocritical foil to Stan and showing similar overzealous or callous tendencies as her father, especially in early seasons. However, similar to Francine, due to being mostly in supporting roles or minor comic relief, her actions are rarely called out or met with repercussions to the same level as Stan or even Steve.
* [[spoiler: LaserGuidedTykebomb: As a result of undergoing "Project Daycare" as a child, Hayley was brainwashed to become a nigh-unstoppable killing machine when Stan utters a specific codephrase. Unfortunately, after seven days she'll go crazy and try to murder Stan.]]
--> '''Stan''': [[spoiler: I'm getting fed up of this orgasm!]]
* MadeOfIron: Survived being bitten in the abdomen by a shark in the ''Hurricane!'' episode. Though she doesn't exactly shrug it off either, spending the rest of the episode pale and weak with blood loss.
** In "Love, A.D. Style," she survives a point blank gunshot wound to the chest [[spoiler: from Roger]], and while in the hospital also gets a vase smashed onto her head [[spoiler: again by Roger]]. She also doesn't seem any worse for wear even after [[spoiler: Roger]] kidnaps her out of the hospital and holds her captive in a dingy warehouse.
* MamaBear: In ''Season's Beatings'', despite denying any maternal instincts, the minute she sees the baby Jeff adopted she starts sobbing uncontrollably with joy over "her baby". [[spoiler: To the point that she was willing to kill Stan to protect Nemo, even if he is the Anti-Christ (from Rapture's Delight, to boot).]]
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Masculine Girl to Steve's Feminine Boy.
* MsFanservice
* NotSoDifferent: Her and Stan. Despite their contrasting views, they still share quite a few personality aspects; they are stubborn, self righteous and politically extreme people who often show a disregard for their partner (when she is with Jeff anyway) and try and force them to conform to their world view.
* [[OedipusComplex Electra Complex]]: Hayley once entered a relationship with Stan's C.I.A. double, Bill, who looked like her dad (and nearly drove Francine to kill Stan because she thought he was sexually molesting her).
* OutOfFocus: Since about season 3 onward, compare her screen time and plot/sub-plot focus to Stan, Francine, Steve and Roger. In some episodes, she's lucky to have comparable screen time and lines to Klaus. See [[TheArtifact Artifact]] above.
** Big part of it is that as the show moved away from [[StrawmanPolitical political satire]], Hayley ended up losing most of her purpose to the show.
* RealLifeRelative: Hayley is voiced by [[SethMacFarlane Seth MacFarlane]]'s sister, Rachael.
* RightlySelfRighteous: Her hypocrisy and ego is Lampshaded in excess, but having a father like Stan (and Seth's usual depiction of Republicans) she usually still proves the saner man.
* SoapboxSadie: To provide contrast to Stan's over-the-top right wing attitude.
* StrawHypocrite: At her very worst. While she does show genuine devotion to her beliefs at times, a lot of her actions seem to be solely to outrage her ControlFreak father, and has attempted to bail out a few good times she is made to go through with the consequences of her actions.
* StrawVegetarian: Claims to be vegetarian, but eats a lot of ham in "Camp Refoogee".
* TeensAreShort: Even shorter than her mother.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Surprisingly, averted. In ''Roy Rogers [=McFreely=]'', Hayley points out to Stan that, since Roger's in charge and his views are counter to his, Stan is now part of the counterculture, and therefore on the same side with Hayley. Rather than argue, Stan realizes she's right and the two form a group to undermine Roger's control on the neighborhood. The episode showed that, if not for their clashing points of view, Stan and Hayley would get along great.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Francine's Girly Girl.
* TheUnfavorite: Her middle name says most of it, as well as Stan's disdain for her and Francine's blatant favoritism for Steve.
* UnstoppableRage: If the ''guy'' is the one who ends the relationship, she'll go on a destructive rampage.
** Averted in the episode "American Dream Factory", where illegal Mexican immigrant Paco breaks off a relationship with her, with no adverse effects. This is likely because this episode is almost two years older than Pulling Double Booty, the episode where this trait made its debut.
*** She does however go to desperate lengths to have him prosecuted by the INS. [[DependingOnTheWriter Though the reactions are different throughout the show]], Hayley at least consistantly handles being dumped in an extremely callous manner, [[HypocriticalHumor especially considering the number of times she has]] [[DoubleStandard coldly dumped Jeff]].
** She also was a holy terror during various stages of puberty: when told that she had to wear tampons now that she was on her period, Hayley (who was wearing a skirt) threw the tampon box away and sat on the Smiths' new white couch, she yelled at her parents for not getting bigger boobs, and when Roger cracked a joke about a pimple on her face, she threw Roger through a window and set the living room on fire.
** One could speculate that her talent for destruction might be due to [[spoiler: [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb Project Daycare]].]]
* WeirdnessMagnet: She always seems to attract questionable men, and being sucked into an environmental cult with a man who planned to be turned into a tree, as well as having dinner with a psychopathic serial killer who just killed his father.
* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Daughter" Girl]]: It's occasionally implied that some of her political beliefs and actions are simply ways to get her parents (mostly Stan) to notice her. Likewise, she once admitted that she felt as though Stan didn't love her since he's never openly said it.
* WomanScorned: To its most extreme. See above.

!!! Steven "Steve" Anita Smith
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[[caption-width-right:320:''"I'm Steve. I have five friends on MySpace and I'm waiting on approval from a sixth."'']]
-> The younger of the Smith siblings. A nerdy teenager who has his own circle of nerd buddies and quests for tail. While otherwise unsuccessful at the game of love, he does have an on-again/off-again relationship with heavyset goth Debbie Hyman, which seems to have resumed as of 'Escape From Pearl Bailey'. Voiced by Scott Grimes.

* {{Adorkable}}: At times.
* AlliterativeName: '''S'''teve '''S'''mith.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Despite his endless QuestForSex with girls, Steve has shown several instances of an open attraction to men. He has been visibly seduced and kissed by Roger several times, and has even ''openly kissed Snot'' as an "oath of friendship". However, when Stan just asked him if he were gay with Snot, he denied it... [[CampGay with a quick "ugh" and a limp wrist.]]
** The "Ambiguous" part may be out the window considering [[spoiler:he and Snot are married in the future.]]
* AmbiguousDisorder: Several episodes prove that he's capable of extreme violence, self-abuse, and just plain undiagnosable problems for laughs. Roger even lampshades this with his response to Steve's plan to exact revenge on a bully by dressing up like a girl and seducing him: "Yeah, let's keep that plan between you, me, and the string of therapists who won't be able to help you."
* AnimalsHateHim
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BigNo: Periodically belts out a rather humorous one.
* BreakoutCharacter: Earlier episodes put more focus on Klaus (who was the ''intended'' breakout character) and Hayley (who was Stan's political foil.) Steve ended up becoming one of the fan favorites.
* ButtMonkey
* CasanovaWannabe
* {{Catchphrase}}: Scott Grimes once joked that he actually got an umbilical hernia from screaming "AWESOME!" so often during early series.
* TheChewToy: Poor guy can't seem to catch a break. Especially when it comes to women...
* DependingOnTheWriter: He's either a sweet {{Adorkable}} kid who looks up to his dad, a kid with ''serious'' issues, or hormonal and perverted.
** His competency with girls also varies ''wildly''. Sometimes, he comes off as awkward, but funny and cute to girls. Sometimes he's a stuttering, nervous wreck when talking to one, but endearing to them anyway. Sometimes, he's an ultra charismatic smooth operator who comes ''just'' this close to losing his virginity, while in other cases he's a tactless pervert who earns the disgust of the object of his affection. And in this one particular episode (at a WildTeenParty, no less) he couldn't even ''talk'' to a girl without curling up into a fetal position on the floor and hyperventilating.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Gets as much focus on the show as his father, especially in more recent episodes.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: In the end, this is how it always ends up for him because StatusQuoIsGod.
* DitzyGenius: At times. For example, in "Irregarding Steve," he's shown to know more about the New York Stock Exchange than about prostitution.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: There's a six minute ''precursory'' test pilot where Steve's character, both in personality and cosmetics, is drastically different than how it looks now.
* ExtravertedNerd
* {{Geek}}
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: His friends seem to only hang around him because there's no one else to hang out with and tend to ditch him or start drama with him at the drop of a pin. He's prone to the same treatment when one of them is under the limelight.
* TheHero: With his friends.
* HollywoodDateless: Has had 17 prominent romances over the series (15, if you count that one of them was [[ItMakesSenseInContext his dad in a cyborg's body trying to "seduce" him]] and the other was an ArtificialHuman of his own making), and 5 of them gave him a very realistic chance of losing his virginity despite supposedly being incredibly incompetent with girls.
* HollywoodGenetics: It has been explicitly said that Steve has red hair (though on television, it appears brown). His mom has blonde hair and his dad has black hair with blond recessive genes.
** His mom is not a natural blonde, however; she's shown in one episode to dye it from brown.
** [[NegativeContinuity And seen as a blond when she was a child and baby.]]
*** Though generally, young children will have blonde hair that darkens with age.
* InformedFlaw: One common joke about him is him supposedly being extremely feminine, despite not being noticably girlier than most 14 year old boys. One episode even has him join a lesbian gang because the members thought he was more girl than boy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He can be an obnoxious brat who tends to take friends and family for granted, but at heart he's a decent kid.
* TheJinx: In both the case of [[AnimalsHateHim animals]] and [[DidNotGetTheGirl romance]]. The few he successfully gains the affection of tend to meet a terrible fate. [[ThePowerOfHate Simon the cat]] seemed to make the connection.
* KarmaHoudini: In "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance", he got no punishment for going along with Roger's lie that he was kidnapped by Hayley which required him to sellout his own sister for something she didn't even do.
** Unless you count him not being able to have sex with the very girls that motivated him to sellout Hayley for.
* LargeHam: Seems to inherit his father's melodramatic tendencies.
* LovableSexManiac
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Feminine Boy to Hayley's Masculine Girl. Also, when with on-and-off (mostly off) girlfriend Debbie, the Feminine Boy to ''her'' Masculine Girl.
* MommasBoy: This gets addressed a few times where Stan is concerned that Francine nurtures Steve too much, making him less of a man.
* MoreThanMeetsTheEye: Regarding his surprisingly good singing voice when he sings for ''real'', instead of being PlayedForLaughs by singing in his normally shrill voice. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZDa_O53FU0 You can hear him here.]] He also isn't shy about it, taking several opportunities to sing in front of people, and even once landing him and his friends a spot on a boyband. Fun fact about this; his voice actor, Scott Grimes, is actually a professional vocalist.
* NerdGlasses
* NerdsAreVirgins / QuestForSex: Majority of his storylines amount to this.
* {{Otaku}}: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]]. ''Some'' of his several nerdy obsessions include manga and anime based things, but for the most part, he enjoys nerdy American things (mostly Star Trek). But, he does have a particular ''thing'' for Japanese cosplay, being very [[RagingStiffie "interested"]] in Akiko's [[StreetFighter Chun-Li costume]].
* NonActionGuy
* PapaWolf: After raising a clone of a random girl to be his date to the prom, Steve comes to legitimately see her as his daughter, to the point that, after Stan makes a comment about how hot she is, Steve slaps him in the face on instinct alone.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Stan's Manly Man.
* SlapSlapKiss: Has this in one episode with an underage Indian girl.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He wrote a SaturdayNightLive sketch called "Quantum Rape", about a guy in jail for raping Scott Bakula who tries to explain to his cellmate what ''QuantumLeap'' is and failing. Steve finds this hilarious. Jon Stewart didn't. Steve comes to the logical conclusion that Stewart was raped as a child which is why he thinks it's so awful.
* SpoiledBrat: Can come off as this sometimes, but it became much more apparent when one episode had him raised by Francine only, turning him into the stereotypical spoiled and lazy teenager.
* TeensAreShort
* [[ManChild Teen Child]]: While he does act like a teenager at times, he also has a lot of moments where he acts like he's 4 years old. Just look at the episodes Minstrel Krampus and Familyland. Or the episode where he refused to let go of his toys.
* WellDoneSonGuy Tries to impress Stan, who is repulsed by his nerdiness and lack of athleticism.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Steve's friends ditch him the first chance they get when something out of the norm happens to him. He also fights with them alot.

!!! Roger Smith
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[[caption-width-right:320:''"God! Who do you have to probe around here to get a Chardonnay?"'']]
-> A very zany space alien who self-describes as effeminate and alcoholic who was taken in by the Smiths after he saved Stan from death by grenade during a lockdown at Area 51. Also a master of disguise out of necessity, to avoid suspicion from the rest of the planet. Voiced by Creator/SethMacFarlane.

* AlienAmongUs
* AlienBlood: His blood is purple, as seen when a wolf started eating his head.
* AliensAreBastards
** AlwaysChaoticEvil: Everyone of his kind is a Jerkass. Justified, as acting nice is harmful to him.
* AlwaysCamp
* TheAlcoholic: To the '''EXTREME'''.
* AntiHero: He would probably be a straight up VillainProtagonist if it were not for his PetTheDog moments.
* AttentionWhore
* AxCrazy: In his worst moments, shows traits of this.
* BecomingTheMask
* BeenThereShapedHistory: In his lifetime he's responsible for creating disco in the 1970s (through a time paradox, admittedly), instigating the death of Biggie Smalls, creating [[Franchise/StarWars Jar Jar Binks]], inventing ecstasy in the 1990s, and turning Raven-Symone into an actress (after he kidnapped her from a park when she was a child).
* BiTheWay: Confirmed as of "You Debt Your Life." After realizing that realizing Andy Dick took his place after he moved out [[spoiler: [[StatusQuoIsGod (temporarily)]]]], we get this quote:
--> '''Roger''': Oh my God! Another fey, pansexual, alcoholic nonhuman...I've been replaced!
** DepravedBisexual: To the extreme. Roger will perform filthy sex acts with just about any man and women on the planet. He also has no qualms about being openly attracted to high school aged boys/girls, once having sex with Steve's 14 year old best friend Snot.
* BigBad: If anything ever goes wrong, it's most likely his fault.
* BigNo: Has had a few of his own, though not as many as Steve.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Used to excellent effect. Aside from having a seemingly normal (though very large and shaped like his head) brain, his organs are unrecognizable and some have minds of their own; his pancreas has teeth and once bit Hayley. He occasionally shoots green slime from his arm pits. He can pull any of his organs out through his skin without any ill effect to himself. Most impressively though, he can be completely dismembered, disemboweled, skinned, and have his face torn off yet be put back together by simply slapping everything back on (though he does say himself that he will die if he stays in that condition too long).
* BigEater: According to Stan he eats all the family's food.
* BreakTheHaughty: In "Wiener of Our Discontent", he claims to be the "decider" of humanity's fate, but then discovers that he was actually sent to Earth as a crash test dummy, much to Stan's amusement.
* BreakoutCharacter: Hasn't quite supplanted Stan as the main character, but he's come close.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Any of Roger's previously established personas are extremely competent at what they do, the most blatant example being Jeannie Gold, wedding planner (and prostitute).
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: While still having obnoxious moments, Roger was much more of a neurotic pushover in early episodes, usually more on the receiving end of the other Smiths than dishing it out. His swift talent with costumes and personas was also undeveloped, constantly having to hide himself from public or requiring the rest of the family to create forms of disguise for him.
** Similarly, in early episodes he was mostly house-bound and unable to go anywhere without the family, for fear that people would discover he was an alien, with the implication he'd been kept by the government since Roswell. This was later dropped with Roger able to come and go as he pleases and having lived on Earth for over 60 years with no-one the wiser.
* ClarkKenting
* ComedicSociopath
* DarkAndTroubledPast: For the large part, the more we learn about Roger's background, the more depraved an individual he seems.
* DisappearedDad: He ate him when he was 15. Apparently this is another of his species' sociopathic tendencies.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife
* {{Determinator}}: If his motives are selfish enough, he can achieve ANYTHING. He pursues [[spoiler: Hayley and Jeff with the money they cheated Stan out of]] across the entire planet. When he's convinced to kill the Smith family because they roasted him at his birthday party, he's able to escape from Bang Kwang Central Prison. Not even leaving the planet is enough to escape his wrath.
** In the episode "Old Stan in the Mountain", Roger tries to explain to Francine about how important it is to stick with something. He says this before a long series of events that reveals [[ComedicSociopath he married a woman just so when she died, he could take her hair for a wig and dump her corpse in a lake]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: Frequently plays this trope to it's most extreme. One notable example being when he conspires to make Steve's life a living hell after Steve ate his cookie and said: "You snooze, you lose."
** One episode has Stan calling Roger a selfish fat failure. Roger responds by planning on destroying the planet.
** After starting a chauffeur service and trying to be as polite and respectful as possible, he gets stiffed for twenty dollars by five frat boys. Roger proceeds to hunt each one of them and run them down, in the limo, even when the last one managed to get on a plane. Roger somehow managed to get on the plane's wing, run the guy down by driving through the plane, and kills everyone on board. As he and Klaus are parachuting down, he sees a stewardess parachuting next to them, and unbuckles her for no good reason other than he's "got the blood lust".
-->'''Klaus:''' You're really going to kill five people over $20?!
-->'''Roger"''' You're asking this of the man who just last week killed six people over $19?
** In "Great Space Roaster", Roger attempts to kill the entire Smith family because they roasted him for his birthday (even though he was sure he wanted it and he had a huge misconception on what a roast is). When he finally gets a hold of everyone, he forces the Smiths to roast each other, but it backfires because they are used to making fun of each other.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Roger is a self-centered, amoral {{Jerkass}} with a serious LackOfEmpathy, but even he thinks his Ricky Spanish persona is simply an awful person, to the point where he actually buried the costume in his closet so he would never assume it again. Unfortunately, he forgot about it and ended up donning the costume without knowing who it was.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: He is capable of creating rainbows with his finger when he's happy... though the rainbows are made of urine...
* ExpansionPackPast: His life since his arrival on Earth during the Roswell incident.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Roger when he's in a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative mood.]] He can act nice if he wants to be at times, before stabbing them in the back and/or abandoning them.
* {{Flanderization}}: His affinity for costumes and dress up acts, to the point some [[BecomingTheMask take over]] [[FunnySchizophrenia his personality]]. His JerkAss traits also initially just came with [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} the quirkiness]] of his personality and were much more toned down. As time progressed, his callousness is canonically accepted as his defining trait (to the point [[InTheBlood he'll actually die]] [[ThePowerOfHate without acting consistently cruel]]).
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Went to a sci-fi convention without a disguise. Oddly enough, this was the one time he avoided interaction with people.
* TheGreys
* HappilyMarried: Supposedly for 35 years.
* TheHedonist: The only characters who even come close to Rogers level of depravity is Bullock and Principal Lewis. He's almost never seen with Bullock, but he and Lewis occasionally join forces.
* HeroicBSOD: In Wiener of our Discontent, he is put out of action when he finds out he was supposed to be a crash test dummy
* ItsAllAboutMe: While all the family display this trait on occasion, Roger takes it to sociopathic extremes.
* {{Jerkass}}: Can shift into a [[LaughablyEvil comedic monster]] on occasion.
** DependingOnTheWriter, he's shown to be perfectly willing to exploit or even murder his closest friends for minor offenses or indulgences.
** InTheBlood[=/=]FreudianExcuse: It would kill Roger to be nice. His species have to let their 'bitchiness' out frequently otherwise it vents out in bile and vomit.
*** Just because his species has to let their bitchiness out doesn't entitle Roger to most of the atrocities he's committed. There's a line between being rude and bitchy, and being an amoral sociopath, and Roger's crossed that line numerous times. His "Ricky Spanish" persona alone has done such things as defecating in the chest of a person undergoing open heart surgery, to [[spoiler: killing Avery Bullock's wife for no reason.]]
** It should be noted that the episode that revealed this, ''Franny 911'', displayed that he was willing to die beloved while keeping his need to be mean a secret, only started dying from being excessively nice for a prolonged period of time, and went from his deathbed to full health just by insulting Steve's dancing.
** TookALevelInJerkass: Roger was more toned down in early episodes, acting little past an obnoxious {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and showing more frequent gestures of [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold genuine care and sympathy to the Smiths]]. As his costumes and outside lifestyle became more active however his apathy and psychotic traits became more and more prominent.
*** In spite of Taken a level of Jerkass, he still has moments of clarity.
*** PetTheDog: Despite having little to no sense of empathy the majority of times, he is often shown to genuinely care about Stan. The entire reason he came to be with the Smiths is because he went out of his way to save Stan from a botched CIA attack. Even in later episodes Roger's friendship is sometimes exploited by Stan, which is saying a lot considering the former's [[ManipulativeBastard usual tendencies]].
** He helps the Smiths with his disguises ''far'' more often than he antagonizes them (except [[ButtMonkey Klaus]]), though for him the motive seems to be more the chance to dress up than an act of kindness.
* KarmaHoudini: Has he ever suffered for his horrible actions?
** Ironically how much he suffers is usually reverse proportional to his own misdeeds. He can get away with all sorts of horrific and outright murderous schemes but the odd time he plays TheChewToy is usually when he has done nothing wrong.
** There are however some episodes where he fails to get away with his atrocities. For example in 'The People vs. Martin Sugar', Stan had the jury vote him guilty thus leading the judge (tearfully) to sending him to prison.
*** Played straight in an ultimate sense however, as by the end of the episode he is off the hook and for good measure is now a juror at Stan's trial.
** Oh yes, he has suffered. The episode regarding the above-mentioned biological requirement for him to be an asshole ends with Stan (off-screen) beating the ever-loving shit out of him. Also in "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance" Steve exposes his bogus news story about being kidnapped by Hayley (although Steve himself isn't punished for selling out Hayley by going along with it in hopes of having sex with some girls who missed him).
* KissingUnderTheInfluence[=/=]AnalProbing[=/=]HoYay[=/=]TheirFirstTime[=/=]DidTheEarthMoveForYouToo: With Stan during their trip to Atlantic City. They were both [[KissingUnderTheInfluence drunk]], and Stan agreed to the most intimate experiences of Roger's species. Roger ended up knowing all of Stan's memories, [[DidTheEarthMoveForYouToo but not vice versa]] -- this was especially humiliating for Roger because Stan was actually Roger's ''[[TheirFirstTime first]]''.
* KnightTemplarParent: In the one episode he was the legal guardian of Steve he killed 3 teachers who bullied Steve (who to be fair Steve was mean to first).
* LackOfEmpathy: To extremes. The first time he felt empathy for someone over himself was such a shock to his mindset that he [[FunnySchizophrenia developed a split personality]] ([[TheWoobie one with far more redeeming aspects than his own]]).
* LargeHam
* LaughablyEvil: He shows little, if any thought for his family and friends' well being, and committed all sorts of heartless or outright murderous acts for the [[DisproportionateRetribution most trivial and petty reasons]] and so it goes without saying he is a fan favorite.
* ManipulativeBastard
* MoralMyopia: Even more so than Stan, comparing his nonchalant abuse and manipulation of every being around him to the insane lengths of retribution he takes towards any minor slight inflicted onto him.
* MysteriousPast: He's apparently 1601 years old. Who knew?
* NamesTheSame: No, he is NOT [[Anime/TheBigO a negotiator]].
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Among which include being flame-retardant, ultra-buoyancy, the ability to learn one's memories by probing them, the ability to change costumes in under a second (usually done off-screen or when Roger throws up a cloud of confetti), and [[SuperSpeed the ability to move "really, really fast."]]
** What about the ability to crap golden jewel-encrusted turds?
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: His voice and mannerisms were initially based on Paul Lynde.
* NonMammalMammaries: Despite having BizarreAlienBiology, Roger goes through cycles of mating which involve lactation from his chest and he can impregnate anyone via mouth to mouth CPR. Roger can also lactate a lot more if he eats and because Roger's milk apparently tastes delicious (though the people that had it doesn't know what it is), Stan and Francine use Roger's milk as a substitute for mayonnaise in Francine's potato salad for their church and they force feed him so that he can keep producing.
* NighInvulnerability: Turns out that his only weakness is [[spoiler:''being nice'']] & that even his superiors were unaware of his durability.
** To put that into respective, he was once used as ''a crash test dummy''.
** It does seem, however, that Roger can die from conventional wounds, as one episode shows that Roger is willing to let Stan kill him with a gun to keep the fact that the Smith family has been harboring him a secret from the CIA.
* OverprotectiveDad: Surprisingly without crossing into abusive territory when he becomes Steve's legal guardian.
* PaperThinDisguise: Has a wardrobe full of them.
** Justifiably in Stanny Tendergrass, it's revealed that there is at least one persona that each member of the Smith family cannot see through, instead actually seeing Roger as that person. For Stan, it is Mr. Vanderhill, Francine, a Korean kid who shoots pool with a giant chopstick, Hayley's is her sandal repair man and Steve's is Elisha Wiltner, who Steve went on 9 dates with.
* PetTheDog: Risked his life by saving Stan from being blown up by a grenade, and also, when the CIA began tracking him down, was willing to let Stan kill him to keep the Smith family safe.
* ThePowerOfHate: The very entity keeping his species alive (see above). Naturally ThePowerOfLove is toxic to them as a result.
* PsychopathicManchild: A rare one indeed. He's a hybrid of the types B, C and E and arguably D too. Being an alien and all he possesses a supernatural intellect [[DependingOnTheWriter and on some occasions physical aptitude (strength and/or speed]], yet he uses these assets for simple purposes. He also possesses a lot of childish traits as well: such as his sweet tooth, his juvenile whining and complaining and on a lot of episodes Roger has been called a [[ManChild spoiled brat despite being a grown up]]. While he is very knowledgable about this world or better yet life in general he has committed a lot of haneous deeds during his unnatrual lifespan and doesn't really see it as a big deal, committing a felony is the same as spilling a glass of water in his book (of course, [[MoralMyopia until it's inflected onto]] ''[[HypocriticalHumor him]]''), and while Roger might not appear as much he is really a force to be reckoned with to say the least.
* RealityWarper: A subtle case. Whenever he comes up with a backstory for one of his personas, logic bends to his will to make those backstories true. This includes being the birth mother of two fully grown men, and also being the teenage birth son of a human family, complete with pictures of him growing up! Roger is perhaps the greatest actor ever! Surpassing even [[FamilyGuy Fred Savage]].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Despite his apperance, Roger is at least 1600.
* RoswellThatEndsWell: According to "The Best Christmas Story Never Told", Roger claims ''he'' is the alien that crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico, back in 1947. But, as revealed in "Weiner of Our Discontent", not for the reason he thinks.
* SuperSpeed: Allowed him to fake the death of a persona in, "Jenny Fromdabloc".
* TheSociopath: Self-confessed, no less. When he becomes a DirtyCop (after being on the force for 3 hours) he says that
--> Plus I'm a sociopath so all this fits me like a glove.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Tends to say these at least once an episode.
* TokenEvilTeammate: None of the Smiths are particularly saintly in behavior, however Roger is the most consistently malicious of the cast. Less evident in earlier episodes where Roger was more sympathetic with Stan or Klaus usually acting as the more malevolent of the family.
* TragicVillain: Possibly his sociopathic behavior is because their species has a BlueAndOrangeMorality.
* TheUnfettered: Playing into his LackOfEmpathy, Roger will cheat, abuse or even murder others without a second thought to achieve his goals. Taken to absurd lengths at times since he can find even menial goals and ambitions and rotate their ends around completely callous and deranged schemes (a plan to get a free T shirt involved him manipulating Francine and Hayley to try and kill each other).
** TheUbermensch: YMMV, but if it is at all possible to play this trope strictly for laughs, you could make a case for Roger. He is goal oriented, amoral, refuses to accept outside authority, and if he wants something, even something impossible, he makes it happen through nothing more than sheer force of will and a complete ignorance of objective reality.
* UpToEleven: He has a persona named Ricky Spanish who's even '''more''' of a {{Jerkass}} than Roger himself and is hated by every single person in Langley Falls. [[spoiler:At the end of that episode, you can add Steve to the list, since "Ricky" framed him for robbery and got him sent to jail.]]
* UnlimitedWardrobe: In contrast to the rest of the major characters.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type 1 with Stan, Steve and at times Klaus.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: He is so evil because his species releases a bile that kills them if they don't "let their evilness out". Made worse when it is revealed the reason he is trapped on Earth is that the others of his species wanted to get rid of him. In addition, there are moments where he really seems to care about his adoptive family. It is implied that Roger only acts that way because he was made to be evil, and not by choice, and if you stop to think about it, it's terrible being him.
* WouldHitAGirl: He slaps around Hayley and Francine a couple of times but the is discussed in "Daddy Queerest"
-->Roger: If a girl comes around with a bruise on her cheek talking about this dog is hers, it is; Pepper's stolen.
* WrongGenreSavvy: When he got a job as a cars salesman, he thinks it's like a sitcom on TV.
* Yandere: Shown in the season 8 premiere, "Love, AD Style".
!!! Klaus Heissler
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[[caption-width-right:320:''"There's an old German saying: "Don't blame the fish." There are other sayings, but they, um, mostly involve genocide."'']]
-> An East German athlete trapped in the body of a goldfish thanks to a scheme by the CIA to prevent him from winning the gold at the 1986 Winter Olympics because he was from the "communist East." Stan was assigned to looking over Klaus, and as such the talking fish has become an honorary member of the Smith family. Voiced by Creator/DeeBradleyBaker.

* AccentAdaptation: In the German dub, he has a Saxon accent. ([[FridgeBrilliance Klaus was East German, after all]].)
* AllGermansAreNazis: At the very least, he does seem to sympathize with the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] somewhat. In the German dub, he's a Communist party sympathizer.
** He once got a horrified reaction when he mentions his grandfather drove the kiddy train at Auschwitz -- the zoo, not the concentration camp. As he's quick to point out, there are ''[[GodwinsLaw other]]'' things in that town!
* BalefulPolymorph: Kinda.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: While usually no-one takes him seriously, on one occasion, Klaus had enough and ''furiously'' swore revenge on Steve and Roger, claiming that his retribution could come at ''[[ParanoiaFuel any]]'' time! This terrified them so much, they spent over ''9 months'' hiding in a closet rather than face Klaus.
* BerserkButton: ''HATES'' having his stories questioned.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In-universe, when Klaus disappeared in a puff of smoke, then later reappeared whilst cutting himself out of a squid, armed with a sword and wearing a crown.
--> '''Klaus''': I was gone ''sixty years''! [[YearInsideHourOutside How long was it here]]?!
--> '''Roger''': What, where'd you go?
--> '''Klaus''': I don't know, but wherever it was, I am their ''king'' now!
* ButtMonkey: To the point that even ''[[NiceGuy Jeff]]'' treats him poorly.
* TheChewToy: Arguably the largest amongst the similarly luckless Smith family.
* ChivalrousPervert: Spent most of the early seasons trying to woo Francine. Less prominent later on where he seems to have gained a respect for Stan and lost interest in Francine for the most part.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Occasionally implied.
* HiddenDepths: Klaus before being transformed into a fish was highly accomplished; he studied at Viardina European University and may have a doctorate in therapy. He owned a Ferrari and was an Olympic class skier. However, as none of that is relevant to being a goldfish it's frequently overlooked or ignored.
* IRejectYourReality: This, along with TheMadHatter, and {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. His mental health has obviously deteriorated due to being stuck in the body of a fish, and he's fully aware of it. He has conversations with himself, and has narrated his life and those around him as a DVD commentary, among other instances of insanity.
* JerkAss: Albeit toned down in later episodes, where he's usually too desperate for human interaction.
* TheLoad: [[BewareTheNiceOnes Even Francine]] is blunt about this:
-->'''Klaus:''' Oh, can I help?
-->'''Francine:''' How can ''you'' help? You're a fish!
* MarsNeedsWomen: Lusted after Francine [[CharacterizationMarchesOn in early episodes]].
* MobileFishbowl: Being a fish, he gets around by either crawling around in a small glass filled with water or rolling around in a hamster ball filled with water.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: A big victim of this.
* MysteriousPast: Much about his human life is unknown.
** One FlashForward shows his possible future is also mysterious, with Klaus as human once more and having a family. When his grandson asks if he was any ''other'' animals beside being a fish?
--> '''Klaus''': I was two sharks and a monkey! Now shut up and go to bed!
* NoodleIncident: Apparently he really pissed off the East German Mafia in the past.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His actions in "Da Flippity Flop" certainly count. His original human body is finally found, but Stan repeatedly refuses to take Klaus to the CIA to swap him back when asked. When Francine finally convinces Stan to do so, it turns out that lab technicians unfroze Klaus' body and used the ice to cool their beer, causing the body to severely decay and rot. Outraged, Klaus knocks Stan out and swaps bodies with him, and then goes on a bunch of insanitary revenge-fuelled adventures, during which he repeatedly abuses and defiles Stan's human body by, among other things, smoking, getting multiple tattoos, having sex with diseased prostitutes, playing with dead animals, and doing drugs while sharing the syringe with a hobo. Through it all, he brings Stan, now trapped in the body of a fish, along in a fishbowl and [[ForcedToWatch forces him to watch]].
* ShipSinking: He had a major crush on Francine in the early seasons, which seems to have been lost since.
* TwoferTokenMinority: When he briefly inhabited the body of an African American man, he retained his German accent.

!!! Jeff Fischer
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[[caption-width-right:320:''"I'm intrigued. Although that could just be the Intriguenol I took this morning."'']]
-> Hayley's on again off again stoner boyfriend. They get married in the premiere of season 6. Voiced by Jeff Fischer.

* ADayInTheLimelight: He's the star of the season 9 episode ''Lost In Space'', which details what happened to him after Roger tossed him onto his "rescue" ship.
* ButtMonkey
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: In "Less Money Mo Problems," Jeff was pretty quick to take on intruders with a knife.
** BadassBookworm: Is often shown reading.
* TheDanza: Voiced by... Jeff Fischer.
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Arguably the main reason Hayley even bothers with him ([[OutOfFocus he has appeared less]] the more Stan has warmed up to him).
* EruditeStoner: Ties in with ''GeniusDitz'' below.
* ExtremeDoormat: Usually to Hayley and Stan's abuse (albeit largely due to being ThePollyanna).
* GeniusDitz: So musically talented and intelligent, but so blindingly stupid at the same time, that he gives [[BewareTheNiceOnes Francine]] a run for her money.
* HeroWorshipper: Has shades of this towards "Agathor", Steve's alter-ego in the online game ''Dragon Scuffle'', to the point where after Agathor's death in the game, Jeff's character held a candlelight vigil for ''days''.
* MadeOfIron: Survives [[spoiler: ''having his skin removed'' and then worn by Roger]].
* TheMillstone: He rivals Stan in his ability to make situations go from bad to worse.
* NoodleIncident: In one episode Hayley is pissed and fed up with him trying to win her back, but Jeff tells her something offscreen that apparently [[spoiler: causes her to fall in love with him and elope.]] What he said is never revealed, probably because there's no believable way they could write something that emotional.
* ManChild: In "For Whom The Sleigh Bell Tolls" Stan is incensed that Jeff still believes in Santa Claus. He turns out to be real later in the episode.
* NiceHat
* ParentalAbandonment: His father framed him for possession of cannabis and [[WellDoneSonGuy frequently expresses embarrassment for him]] in a highly unfiltered SarcasmMode. His mother abandoned him ''before'' he was born (the impossibility of this is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], however).
* ThePollyanna: Is quite possible the most cheerful, upbeat guy in the entire show.
* TheDitz
* [[PutOnABus Put On A Spaceship]]: He later escapes with help from other prisoners on the ship (including [[spoiler: Sinbad]]). Time will tell how long it takes for him to get back to Earth, as his escape pod's computer stated that there were tens of thousands of planets with the name "Earth."
** [[spoiler:Not long at all... but he decides to undo his return because it will mean that Hayley will life a full life doing something rather than spend it doing nothing but waiting for him.]]
* TheStoner: Justified apparently, as it's revealed that if he ''doesn't'' smoke weed, he starts to [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbate constantly]].
* UnexplainedRecovery: "Seasons Beatings".
--> '''Stan:''' Jeff? I thought you drowned!
--> '''Jeff:''' Nope.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Constantly seeks the approval of his father who hates him.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: CIA]]

!!! Avery Bullock
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[[caption-width-right:320:''"You are a complicated man, Smith, I would love to do mushrooms with you."'']]
-> Deputy Director of the CIA and Stan's superior (he's only Deputy-Deputy Director). Also a right-winger, but not to the same level of absurdity as Stan. Notably, despite being married, he has had sex with [[spoiler:Hayley]]. Also has a thing for "plump Asian" chicks. Voiced by Creator/PatrickStewart.

* ActorAllusion: The writers will occasionally have him say something that sounds like something [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc Picard]] would say (and a lot that he wouldn't say, but sound hilarious coming from him).
* AdamWesting: More or less the character's reason for existing. Any time the writers can get him to say something that would sound ridiculous coming out of [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard's]] mouth, they will.
* AxCrazy: In more recent episodes, he's become progressively unstable. One episode revolves around him supposedly getting dementia.
* BadassGrandpa: Despite his age, he's still one of the toughest characters on the show.
* BaldOfAwesome: Though considerably less that Stewart Himself
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' touch his sandwich.
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* BrickJoke: In "Stan of Arabia, Part 1", Stan cracks a joke about Bullock being a ChubbyChaser. Three seasons later, "One Little Word" shows that it's completely true.
* ChubbyChaser: He "has a thing" for chubby asian chicks. Although it usually helps if they're also skanks.
* CloudCuckooLander
* CoolOldGuy
* EvenEvilHasStandards: WordOfGod states that despite being a selfish and slightly unstable drug addict who runs the CIA like a daycare, Bullock is not a pedophile. In a recent interview, it was stated that Patrick Stewart refused to do a joke where Bullock was implied to be a pedophile, and the staff agreed that Bullock does indeed hold some things sacred.
* TheHedonist: An unabashed drug user, sex fiend and general thrillseeker.
* HypocriticalHumor: In "Four Little Words," he dismisses Stan's idea of hiring a midget assassin to burst out of a car's air bag and strangles someone to death as stupid, but in the same episode, uses that very idea in an attempt to kill Francine.
* InkSuitActor
* LargeHam
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Runs the C.I.A. like a daycare, including giving time-outs for misbehaving agents and not allowing them to have their milk-box.
* PlayingAgainstType
* ShoutOut: The occasional ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' reference is made, such as Bullock referring to his immediate subordinate as "Number One".
* SituationalSexuality: Bullock had several gay experiences in boarding school. He described it as "the time when he started to enjoy playing inside".
* SophisticatedAsHell: Only Creator/PatrickStewart can deliver such utterly obscene dialogue in a Shakespearean tone and make it hilarious every single time.
* WildCard

!!! Reginald the Koala
-> A homeless man whose brain was placed in the body of a koala, and now works for the CIA. Voiced by Donald Fullilove & Erik Durbin.

* BadassAdorable: He's as cute as a button.
* DanceBattler: "It's UsefulNotes/{{Capoeira}}, bitch!"
* MarsNeedsWomen: Tried to pursue a romance with Hayley, only for Hayley to reunite with her stoner boyfriend, Jeff.
* OutOfFocus: Possibly due to audiences not liking him much. His last appearance was on the season six finale "Gorillas in the Mist" (the episode where Steve and Stan act more like friends than father and son, and Roger marries an abusive, trailer trash woman so he write a true country song about heartbreak and hard-living).
* [[SassyBlackWoman Sassy Black Koala]]: Justified as Reginald used to be a homeless black man.

!!! Dick Reynolds
-> A recently divorced, miserable co-worker of Stan. Voiced by Stephen Root & David Koecher.

* ButtMonkey: His genitals (literally) disappeared after he was emasculated by his wife becoming the main breadwinner.
* TheChewtoy: Of the CIA cast.
* TooDumbToLive

!!! Jackson
-> A ‘former homosexual’ co-worker of Stan’s whose ‘sodomy cleared right up’. Voiced by Mike Henry.

* TooDumbToLive

!!! Duper
-> A fellow agent who is always showing Stan up.

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: To Stan
* KilledOffForReal: In "100 A.D." In the following episode, he was revealed to have a clone... who later died in "The Kidney Stays in the Picture", having returned too late from a [[OurTimeTravelIsDifferent time-travel mission and melted into a puddle of goo]].
* OutOfFocus
* TheOtherDarrin: Voiced by PhilLewis in most of his appearances. DeeBradleyBaker voices him in "The Kidney Stays in the Picture."

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Pearl Bailey High School and other teens]]

!!! Principal Brian Lewis
-> The principal of Steve’s High School. Voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.

* ApatheticTeacher: Steve lampshades this by admitting to his face that he can't believe he's an educator.
* AscendedExtra: Moved from being an incidental character to becoming the focus of the main plot of two consecutive episodes.
* AxCrazy: How the man got a job teaching children is an absolute mystery, he is incredibly unstable.
* BadassTeacher: Discovered Steve had just punched an Indian exchange student (a twelve year old girl) in the face, then shattered a hot pot of coffee in Steve's face.
*** PapaWolf: Told the PTA to turn a blind eye to his daughter and her friends' revenge on Steve and his friends.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy
* BeenThereShapedHistory: His life was the basis for ''DifferentStrokes'', meaning that the bike shop incident did happen to him and his friend Dudley was messed up because of it.
* BiTheWay: Turns out that while he was in prison he got "prison married" to another male inmate.
* CelebrityResemblance: Several people claim that Lewis has a strong resemblance to rapper Rick Ross.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: A result of {{Flanderization}} as his eccentric tendencies gradually became more and more pronounced the more he appeared.
* DepravedBisexual: Was "prison married" for a few years, yet doesn't necessarily admit he's solely heterosexual and has professed fond memories of his time pushing cocaine and being given the pick of "girls, not women, girls" by his boss.
* FatBastard: Crosses into this territory from time to time.
* TheHedonist: Almost manages to outshine ''Roger'' in this regard. He drinks, does drugs, sells drugs, gambles, enjoys all manners of depraved sex acts, and thats not even touching on his violent tendencies.
* InkSuitActor: [[http://images.wikia.com/americandad/images/f/f9/Principal_Lewis.jpg Compare with]] [[http://sharetv.org/images/person/kevin_michael_richardson.jpg Kevin Michael Richardson.]]
* MoralMyopia: See PapaWolf. Said revenge was a case of DisproportionateRetribution, especially since they were no better in the first place, and it was all because of a case of MisplacedRetribution on Steve's part. Steve even explained it was his friends' fault, and they still wanted Steve as well, making it a case of MisplacedRetribution on their part as well.
* OddFriendship: Steve thinks he has this with Brian after he begins handling his paperwork. Even before then Steve had a tendency to refer to him by his first name. Then Brian sets him straight just before he plans on killing the two of them by explaining Steve was only his accountant.
* PapaWolf: Had the entire school go after Steve and his friends due to Steve's revenge on the resident AlphaBitch and her friends ended up humiliating his daughter, whom he admits to not liking that much, but she IS his daughter and no one messes with her.
* WhereDidWeGoWrong: Is deeply ashamed of his daughter Janet, for "more reasons than you can imagine".

!!! Schmuley "Snot" Lonstein
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-> Steve's best friend and frequent partner in crime. Voiced by Curtis Armstrong.

* ActorAllusion: His nickname, "Snot" alludes to Curtis Armstrong's most famous role, "Booger", in the RevengeOfTheNerds film series.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Just like his best friend. In fact, whenever Steve incidentally does something gay, it usually involves Snot.
* ButtMonkey: Frequently. Notably:
** During a prank where Hayley and Klaus convinced Steve he was lucid dreaming, Hayley calls Snot and asks him out. [[BrickJoke At the end of the episode]], he shows up for the date with a limo and tux, claiming that to pay for it he had to sell ''all'' of his toys. Cue Hayley slamming the door in his face.
** Thought he had lost his virginity to his new girlfriend. It was actually Roger in disguise, and due to Roger lacking female sexual organs, he used a stress ball to "simulate" the experience.
* ClearMyName: After [[spoiler: Steve pins a barmitzva heist on him in "Bar Mitzvah Hustle"]]
* DisappearedDad
* EmbarrassingFirstName
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]]: After Snot supposedly lost his virginity to "Jenny" (actually Roger) and usurped leadership from Steve, he started wearing better clothes and combing his hair. After Roger faked "Jenny's" death, he reverted [[StatusQuoIsGod back to his usual look]].
* HopelessSuitor: Has had an unrequited crush on Hayley for apparently quite a long time.
* JewishAndNerdy
* TheLancer: To Steve.
* NoodleIncident: One time he and Steve encountered a mystery of the disappearance of his bicycle, but they dropped it after the case turned into a double rape homicide.
* PermaStubble
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Finally lands a date with Hailey in "The Missing Kink". And immediately loses interest in her.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Snot turns on Steve a lot, like stealing his girlfriend and throwing an apple at him when he had his scoliosis brace on. Snot himself has suffered from some of Steve's schemes in turn.

!!! Barry Robinson
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-> Steve's mentally retarded friend. Voiced by Eddie Kaye Thomas. [[spoiler:He's actually a criminal mastermind when off his meds, and his evil side is voiced by Craig Ferguson]].

* AxCrazy: When is not medicated.
* TheBigGuy: To Steve.
* BerserkButton: Don't deprive him of his candy. Last person who did it got shot. Then Barry jammed then twisted his finger in the wound for good measure.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: See above.
* [[spoiler:BitchInSheepsClothing]]
* [[spoiler: TheChessmaster]]
* TheChick: To Steve.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* ContinuityNod: [[spoiler: To his evil side. Since the episode where his condition was revealed, he semi-frequently says and does dark or disturbing things even when sedated. For example, he once got revenge on Lewis by letting him get shot and then twisting his finger in the wound. Another time, while he, Snot, and Toshi were beating Steve, he suddenly shouts his desire to kill his whole family.]]
* DepravedHomosexual: Barry has a crush on Snot, and things get awkward when they're alone in a car in "Independent Movie."
* DisabilitySuperpower: Barry is shown to be impossibly good with numbers.[[spoiler: Probably a side effect of his drugs not being entirely full-proof.]]
* [[spoiler: EvilBrit: He is secretly one of these.]]
* [[spoiler: TheEvilGenius]]
* [[spoiler: FatBastard]]
* FatBestFriend
* [[spoiler: FauxAffablyEvil: When off his meds.]]
* GentleGiant: [[spoiler:{{Subverted}}. He's only like this under his medication, [[PsychopathicManchild but otherwise]]...]]
* GoodIsDumb: Looking into his history, he represents this well. He's also arguably the most docile of Steve and his friends and the dumbest. [[spoiler: ...with his meds anyway. Without them he's an [[TheEvilGenius evil genius]].]]
* [[spoiler: ItsAllAboutMe: His untraquilized persona [[UpToEleven actually takes this to an even more psychotic level than Roger]] after gaining a bond with Stan, becoming intent on destroying anyone that pulls them apart.]]
* [[spoiler: ManipulativeBastard]]
* ParentalNeglect: Suggested off screen. Though the fact that he's [[spoiler: a calculating possessive psychopath when off his medication]] might explain why they want to keep their distance.
* [[spoiler: TokenEvilTeammate]]

!!! Toshi Yoshida
-> The fourth of Steve's circle of friends. Voiced by Daisuke Suzuki.

* ArrangedMarriage: He briefly mentions he's involved in one.
* AsianAndNerdy
* BadassBookworm: See KatanasAreJustBetter
* FunWithForeignLanguages
* FunWithSubtitles: The disconnect between what Toshi is saying and what the other characters think he's saying is often played for humor.
* JapaneseRanguage: ''EAT... MY... '''BOWLS!'''''
* KatanasAreJustBetter: He uses one to cut apart two serial killers in the Halloween episode "'''Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls'''".
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Mess with his sister, or even take her out on a date without his permission, and he will ''END'' you.
* TheSmartGuy: To Steve.
* StopBeingStereotypical: This is the reason he didn't want to wear a samurai Halloween costume.
--> ''"I will not be a cliche!"''
** Once when the boys were playing ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Toshi complimented Steve's sensitivity for not automatically casting him as Sulu. That role fell to Barry, who did the "me Chinese" eyes, prompting Toshi to remark "Laugh while you can, [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld the next century is ours]]."
* TheUnintelligible: He only speaks Japanese, but it's subtitled, so the audience can understand even though none of the other characters can. Inexplicably, his mother, father, and sister speak fluent English.
** The same episode his mother and sister are introduced brings up that he chooses not to speak English out of national pride.
** In another episode, it is discovered that he seems to be 'haunted' by Minamoto a 12th century shogun, who he, ironically cannot understand and takes his phrases for something else like his friends do him.
** Lampshaded in "Spelling Bee my Baby" when his mother asks why he only uses Japanese when she doesn't even speak it.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Doesn't seem to like Steve (much of his dialogue is insulting remarks toward Steve, which Steve can't understand), but continues to hang out with him.
** It's implied other kids aren't as nice to him.

!!! Debbie Hyman
-> Steve’s on-again, off-again Goth girlfriend. Voiced by Creator/LizzyCaplan.

* BigEater
* DarkIsNotEvil: She's pretty nice, despite being a Goth.
* DemotedToExtra: Possibly so the writers could focus on the Steve and Akiko pairing. On top of that, Debbie broke up with Steve after the events of "Escape From Pearl Bailey."
* HiddenDepths: Is quite knowledgeable about guns.
* OnlySaneMan: Out of the entire show Debbie is possibly the most well-adjusted, rational, and emotionally mature character save for her interest in death.
* PerkyGoth
* TheSixthRanger: Well, fifth, to Steve.

!!! Akiko Yoshida
-> Toshi’s sister, who often acts as a translator. Voiced by GreyDelisle & Grace Park.

* JustFriends: As another example of Steve's perpetual DidNotGetTheGirl, they spend Halloween bonding and becoming close, and Steve finally convinces Toshi to [[BigBrotherInstinct stop being so overprotective]]. Akiko thanks Steve since this means she's free to date Doug, a 12-year-old kid who appears out of nowhere. "Spelling Bee My Baby" reversed this.
* NerdsAreSexy: Her Halloween costume was [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun-Li]]
* TheOtherDarrin: Was voiced by GreyDelisle, until "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls" where she was replaced by Grace Park.
* {{SORAS}}: In her first appearance, she was approximately 12 years old; as of "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls", she's only slightly younger than Steve and co, and is incredibly hot. This is never addressed either.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Smith Extended Family]]

!!! Jack Smith
-> Stan’s father who abandoned him as a child, a jewel thief and con-man. Voiced by Daran Norris.

* TheAtoner: After [[spoiler:all the terrible things he's done to his family, along with [[Main/ItMakesSenseInContext trapping Minstrel Krampus, which allowed Santa to make children more spoiled and bratty over the years]], he becomes the next Krampus and can go around the world teaching naughty children how to behave, and make the world a better place.]]
* {{Badass}}
** BadassGrandpa
** HandicappedBadass
* [[spoiler:HeelRealization]]: After several episodes of going through HeelFaceRevolvingDoor, he finally has one in [[spoiler:Minstrel Krampus, when Hayley convinces him that family is the most important thing.]]
** [[spoiler:This helps him do a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* DaddyDidntShow: Mostly because he's been in jail.
* DisappearedDad: to Stan.
* EyepatchOfPower
* HandsOffParenting
* {{Jerkass}}: He wasn't caring of Stan when he was around.
* ManipulativeBastard

!!! Betty Smith
-> Stan’s somewhat needy mother. Voiced by Swoosie Kurtz.

* IJustWantToBeLoved: All Betty every really wanted was for someone to love her, and if Stan hadn't tried to "protect" her all those years she could've finally found someone and stopped relying on Stan as an emotional crutch.
* MyBelovedSmother: Subverted. Betty lives for Stan's attention but she's actually looking for a boyfriend so she can have somebody who'll make her happy. The relationship crosses into disturbing territory at times, but it's Stan that has the unhealthy obsession, not Betty.
** What do you do when your mom's unhappy? Jerry left her feeling crappy? Sing her a shanty nice and snappy! Wash her in the bathtub!
* [[spoiler: [[WhattheHellHero What the Hell, Hero?]]]] : In the episode 'American Step Dad', [[spoiler: Roger marries Betty after Hercules has died, seemingly to get his attic back.]] Stan, understandably, is opposed to the idea. He is eventually proven wrong when [[spoiler: Roger turns out to be very competent at being a father, to the point of getting Stan a car they fixed together.]] Sometime later, Stan checks their computer and finds that [[spoiler: Roger seemingly wants to kill Betty in Niagara Falls thanks to a pop-up that reads "Top Ten Ways to Kill Your Spouse in Scenic Niagara Falls."]] When he gets there after [[spoiler: inexplicably surviving a major accident,]] it turns out that she's [[spoiler: trying to kill Roger because Stan refused to listen when she told him she wanted to be independent.]] Her method of achieving said [[spoiler: independence? [[BitchInSheepsClothing TAKE OUT A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY ON ROGER.]]]]

--> '''Betty:''' Stan, he's not trying to [[spoiler: kill me. Because I'm trying to kill HIM!]]

!!! Bàba Ling
-> Francine’s adoptive father. Voiced by Tzi Ma.

* AsianRudeness
* GassHole: In his first appearance, Stan gets annoyed at his farting while wearing Stan's swim trunks. In "Spring Break Up", Francine says that she's going to have to [[TooMuchInformation "fart" him, squeezing his stomach to release excess gas]].
* ItsPronouncedTropay: It's "Bah-ba" not "Baba", something he has to constantly correct Stan on.
* NoNameGiven / BilingualBonus: Bàba is simply the Chinese word for 'father'.
* ObnoxiousInLaws
* PapaWolf: Well papa-in-law wolf. He saved Stan from a fire.

!!! Māma Ling
-> Francine’s adoptive mother. Voiced by Amy Hill.

* AscendedExtra: Slightly. Compared to her husband she's made more appearances separately.
* AsianRudeness
* DevilsAdvocate: Despite her dislike with Stan, in ''Spring Break Up'', she told Francine that Stan was right to leave her because she stopped laughing at his jokes and listening to his stories. Māma explained that the basis of a good marriage is taking the time to laugh at your spouses jokes and listen to their stories even if you've heard them a million times, because it shows you care and it makes them happy.
* NoNameGiven / BilingualBonus: Māma is simply the Chinese word for 'mother'.
* ObnoxiousInLaws

!!! Gwen Ling
-> Francine’s adopted, never-seen sister.

* AsianAirhead: The reason Bàba and Māma left everything to her in their will is because, as Bàba himself put it, she's an idiot and "needs all the help she can get." She's not even good at math!
-->'''Stan:''' It's heartbreaking when kids don't conform to cultural stereotypes.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Every time she's mentioned, Stan has to go on about how hot she is, to Francine's annoyance.
* InformedAttractiveness: She's apparently incredibly hot. And thin.
* TheUnseen

!!! Nick Dawson
-> Francine’s biological Dad.

* PutOnABus: Has not appeared since his first appearence.


!!! Cassie Dawson
-> Francine’s biological Mom.

* PutOnABus

!!!Stevearino
-> Steve's clone
* AssholeVictim
* AxCrazy
* EvilCounterpart: To Steve.
* FreudianExcuse
* {{Jerkass}}: At point of being a sadistic sociopath.
* KarmicDeath
* KnightOfCerebus: He is probably the most evil character in the series and his cruelty is played seriously.
* LaserGuidedKarma
* OneShotCharacter
* {{Sadist}}: Yes, very sadistic cat killer.
* TheSociopath
* TeensAreMonsters: And how
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Neighbors]]
!!! Greg Corbin and Terry Bates
-> Homosexual life partners and co-anchors at W-ANG-TV, and neighbors to the Smiths. Francine was a surrogate mother for their daughter Liberty Belle, or "Libby." They're voiced by Creator/SethMacFarlane and Mike Barker respectively.

* AllGaysLoveTheatre: At least, Terry does.
* BadassGay: Both Terry and Greg at times, such as when [[spoiler: Terry punches Stan in the face for kidnapping their daughter.]]
* TheBear: Greg slightly. Compared to Terry he has more visible body hair and he's pudgier.
--> '''Greg:''' I'm gay fat. I'm straight thin, but I'm gay fat.
* BetaCouple: Arguably the most prominent relationship on the show after Stan and Francine (and maybe Jeff and Hayley).
* CampGay: Conspicuously so.
* CarpetOfVirility: Greg.
* DanceBattler: They fight like characters out of ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
* TheDandy
* DeadpanSnarker: Both of them.
* Foil: To Stan and Francine. While Stan and Francine are an incredibly unstable couple, who abuse each other and are both incredibly shallow, Greg and Terry have more normal issues that don't tend to exceed mild bickering.
* GayConservative: Greg's a Log Cabin Republican.
* HappilyMarried: Although not technically married, one of the sweetest couples in animation history, with few arguments and a multitude of tender moments between them.
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Aside from a few CampGay mannerisms that are sparse and tend to get played for humour, you can tell they're gay because they're always holding hands and telling people how gay they are.
* HotScoop
* KentBrockmanNews: They tend to squabble and unload their dirty laundry while at work -- or did, in the early episodes. The later ones, not so much.
* ParentalAbandonment: Terry suffered this from his father Tank after Terry revealed to him that he's homosexual and gave him the choice of accepting that or leaving.
* PapaWolf: After Stan kidnapped their baby, the two managed to rouse up support from numerous gay truckers to stop Stan. After Stan returned Liberty (and the kids he stole from a lesbian couple) Stan expected to be forgiven because he learned a lesson. Terry decked him.
-->'''Stan''': [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness That wasn't campy at all!]]
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two]] [[JustForPun Gays]]
* TheUnfavourite: Terry. His father abandons him after discovering his sexuality and in "Rapture's Delight", he's left behind while Greg is raptured, because apparently God ''does'' like Gays... but only if they're tops.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Vaginas?]]: Terry is apparently freaked out by vaginas. He's seen Francine's twice and both times he's moaned about it afterwards. Greg asks why he even bothers looking when he knows she has one, and Terry responds "I don't trust it. I refuse to turn my back on it."
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Greg and Terry have been known to spend a numerous amount of time with Stan and Francine, but a couple of instances have proven that the two don't really care much for the Smiths.
** Some episodes imply that they at least like Francine, having her be their surrogate, and later having the baby play around with her, though throughout the episode they were chasing after Stan who stole their daughter [[spoiler: Terry slugs him in the end.]]

!!!Linda Memari
-> An Iranian-American neighbour and friend of Francine. Voiced by Megyn Price.

* BiTheWay / LipstickLesbian: Made out with Francine in "Not Particularly Desperate Housewives" as a way of saying a goodbye, despite being married to a man. [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Miraculously, this saves Francine from getting killed by the Lady Bugs,]] ]] and Francine thanks Linda, thinking the kiss was a plan to save her. Linda, clearly disappointed, just goes along with that and claims she needed to get back home to her husbands that "she loves". Overall, it's suggested that Linda's not truly attracted to her husband and is a closeted lesbian, and it's revealed that her husband is aware of her preferences.
** "Rough Trade", has her making her bust more noticeable by unbuttoning her shirt when she went to go borrow some sugar from Francine, which really was an attempt to hit on her. However, Linda quickly covers up when Stan comes to the door instead.
*** In the same episode, when Linda starts gushing over Francine, her husband mutters "Oh boy, HereWeGoAgain...can I at least watch this time?"
* DemotedToExtra: Linda never really appeared in later seasons, along with her husband. This may be justified as she didn't have much of a character beyond crushing on Francine.

!!!Buckle
-> A Disney imaginer turned MountainMan turned HenpeckedHusband. Voiced by Matt McKenna.

* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
* BigDamnHeroes: Has been this twice to the Smiths, and both of those times he was saving them from Stan's stupidity.
* TheBigGuy
* ButtMonkey
* GadgeteerGenius: He used to work for Disney. See the treehouse he built and the amazing haunted house he put together for Halloween as proof of his abilities. As Francine put it in regards to the haunted house:
-->'''Francine''' (''disturbed''): I actually don't know how I got out. The front hallway spiraled into a black hole and the weather kept changing and ''I was a child again''.
* HenpeckedHusband
* MountainMan
* StalkerWithACrush: He developed an unhealthy obsession with Hayley for a little while due to his extreme loneliness. Stan fixed it by setting him up with Shari.
* StoutStrength: As big as he is wide.

!!!Sharri Rothberg
-> A Jewish-American princess and annoying wife of Buckle. Voiced by Lisa Edelstein.

* ItsPronouncedTropay: The first syllable in her name rhymes with "car", not "air"
* JewishAmericanPrincess
* JewishComplaining
* {{Jerkass}}: She complains to Buckle a lot. Though the fact that she was raised by a rich dad may have something to do with it. She was not used to not getting what she wants so it probably inflated her ego.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Though she admitted to herself that she loves Buckle.
* JewsLoveToArgue
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Desperately wants to be married, does almost nothing but complain to her husband even though she admits to herself she loves him.

!!!Father Donovan
-> The local pastor. Voiced by Martin Mull.

* DirtyOldMan
* FatBastard
* {{Hypocrite}}
* {{Jerkass}}
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Roger’s Personas]]
!!! Dr Jordan Edelstein
-> A Jewish College Professor and Head of Political Science Department at Harvard. This is later established to be false; he is Head of Economics.

* BiTheWay: Once spent an experimental weekend with AllenGinsberg.
* DeadpanSnarker
* HappyMarriageCharade

!!! Rashid
-> A crude but sexy Persian wingman.

* BitchInSheepsClothing
* DomesticAbuser
* {{Jerkass}}
* ManipulativeBastard

!!! Horse Renoir
-> A tough BountyHunter born on the bayou.

* BountyHunter
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Obviously modeled after [[DogTheBountyHunter Duane "Dog" Chapman]].
* SonOfAWhore: The "backwoods son of [[ExaggeratedTrope a whore and a prostitute]]".
* ThirdPersonPerson

!!! Sidney Huffman
-> A nebbishy NiceGuy that became 'alive' on his own.

* BecomingTheMask
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* ButtMonkey
* ExtremeDoormat
* NiceGuy
* ThePollyanna
* [[spoiler: SplitPersonalityTakeover: The victim of this.]]

!!! Roy Rogers [=McFreely=]
-> The powerful and corrupt Chairman of the Homeowners Association.

* CorruptHick
* CorruptPolitician
* TyrantTakesTheHelm

!!! Dr Rafael Penguin
-> Originally a prison psychologist and later the family psychologist.

* FourEyesZeroSoul
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate

!!! Jeannie Gold
-> An efficient and mysterious wedding planner with links to organised crime.

* AntiHero: Or AntiVillain. Her actions all stem from wanting to pull off the perfect wedding so in a way she's simply giving her clients exactly what they want regardless of her questionable ethics in pulling it off.
* BlondesAreEvil
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* BunnyEarsLawyer: She's a highly competent wedding planner whose only shortcomings are from her clients wasting their budget.
* CareerVersusMan: She's chosen career.
* CrazyPrepared: Her purse comes equipped with a crossbow and fake hymens.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Scoffs at the idea of getting a boyfriend because she's "too set in her ways" at this point in her life.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes
* MamaBear
* ManipulativeBitch
* MoralityPet: Her sons.
* TakeOurWordForIt: The "sexy barnyard stuff" she has on her website which she explicitly tells Stan that he could not be too cautious in scrubbing his hard drive down if he saw it, clearly stating they'd both go to jail.
* ThrowItIn: When her "breast" (an orange) rolls out of her clothes, she rolls with it, declaring herself a breast cancer survivor.

!!! Sweeps [=McCullough=]
-> A washed-up agent who tries to renew his career.

* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide]]
* FunctionalAddict
* HookersAndBlow
* JadedWashout
* {{Slimeball}}

!!! Martin Sugar
-> The owner of an illegal sweatshop.

* AffablyEvil
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* TheCharmer
* KarmaHoudini
* ManipulativeBastard

!!! Jenny Fromdabloc
-> A teenage girl and brief girlfriend of Snot.

* MeaningfulName
* SexEqualsDeath
* SmittenTeenageGirl

!!! Sgt Pepper
-> A hard-as-nails soldier responsible for cleaning out portajohns.

* {{Badass}}
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* {{Expy}}: of Jeremy Renner's character, Lt James, in TheHurtLocker.
* InkSuitActor
* ShellShockedVeteran

!!! Roland Chang
-> An Asian young man who is very positive.

* {{Determinator}}
* NiceGuy
* {{Keet}}
* OutOfCharacterMoment: When he holds down Nemo, Stan tries stabbing the child, but ends up stabbing Roger, he screams at him, calling him an idiot, before realizing that's not who Roland is.
* ThirdPersonPerson

!!! Spartacus Vanderhill
-> A rich snob at the Havercamp Country Club.

* EvilOldFolks
* {{Golddigger}}
* ILoveTheDead: He admitted to having sex with his wife after he pulled the plug as he was mocking his elderly stepdaughter.
* {{Jerkass}}
* MayDecemberRomance: His stepdaughter now requires a walker to get around if that's any indication of his wife's age.
* SmugSnake

!!! Ricky Spanish
-> A psychotic criminal hated by everyone in town.

* AxCrazy: To the point that even ''Roger'' seems scared of him.
* BeardOfEvil
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* DepravedBisexual
* ForTheEvulz
* JerkAss: ''The king.'' Think Roger is bad? Just go see the things he has done.
* ManipulativeBastard
* SmugSnake
* TheSociopath

!!!Tom Yabo
-> A Yoga instructor and Stan's new stepfather.

* BaldOfAwesome
* HeroicSacrifice
* NiceGuy
* PromotionToParent

!!!Max Jets
-> Elderly and wealthy prisoner who enjoys showering the family in cash.

* UnclePennybags

!!!Skyler Montessori and Madeline Carpal-Tunnel
-> Sisters who run a day care center and a girls' finishing school respectively.

* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: Skyler makes a career out of watching other peoples' children even though she has to leave her own kids with her "bitch mother."
* RealWomenNeverWearDresses: Inverted with Madeline, who espouses "A literate girl is a lonely girl."

!!!Ruby Zeldastein
-> An elderly medium who frequently deals with copyright infringement lawsuits and disperses advice on sex. Is called in to handle the personification of Francine's repressed sexual needs when it manifests as a bloodthirsty ghost.

* CoolOldLady
* DirtyOldWoman
* TheEmpath
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Is rather squicked at the idea that Steve might have been offering to please Francine's needs in place of Stan (he wasn't).
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens
* NeverMessWithGranny: When it looks like they're about to die because Stan has yet to fully pleasure Francine, Ruby (or more likely Roger breaking out of character) forces a bottle of Mexican tar Viagra suppositories down Stan's throat and orders him to get back in bed.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: She's a blatant parody of Zelda Rubinstein and her role in the ''{{Poltergeist}}'' franchise.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Other Characters]]

!!! Ron[=/=]Daniel Turlington
-> An enigmatic detective character who’s often slow to react. Voiced by Creator/ForestWhitaker.

* BaldOfAwesome
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
--> '''Turlington:''' Enjoying your coffee, Smith?
--> '''Stan:''' I'm not drinking coffee.
--> '''Turlington:''' I'm just testing. See, if you were a liar, you might say you were enjoying your coffee. Maybe even take a drink from an imaginary cup.
--> '''Stan:''' ... Who are you, and why do you freak me out?
* InkSuitActor
* InspectorJavert
* MommyIssues
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Heinrich Brown from "Rubberneckers".
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs

!!!Stelio Kontos
-> A Greek bully who made Stan's life miserable.
* {{Badass}}: He mops the floor with Stan.
** Subverted as Stan put up no fight whatsoever.
* TheBully: He was Stan's in High School. And in a later episode, Steve's.
** BarbaricBully: Takes it to extreme measures.
* KarmaHoudini: Never got his comeuppance for bullying Stan. He recently added Steve to his list in an off-screen moment.
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Stelio... Stelio KON-TOS!]]'' ''[[EarWorm Stelio... Stelio KON-TOS!]]''
* TheVoiceless: In all of his appearances, not once does he ever speak at all.
[[/folder]]
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