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* AcceptableTargets: Everything that ever existed, but especially celebrities.
** More recently, anyone who doesn't agree with the writers.
* AlasPoorScrappy: This happens to Brian when he is briefly killed. Brian may be hated by some people, but the way he dies is utterly tragic and is without doubt the single most tearjerking part of the whole show, yet was [[DeathIsCheap quickly undone with a]] {{retcon}}.
** And on that note, despite not being an actual death, [[spoiler:Vinnie gets a touching send-off when Stewie realizes that saving Brian's life means that the Griffins will never adopt him]].
** [[spoiler: Muriel Goldman]] in "And Then There Were Fewer", especially considering that she was about to expose [[spoiler:Diane Simmons]] for who she really was.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Stewie in general is a fairly complex character for the series. Depending on how you view him, he could be seen as a full-blow psychopath, or a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Exactly how sympathetic is his person? Is he a [[EnfantTerrible psychopathic little brat]] without excuses who enjoys killing people, to the point of wanting to kill his own mother? Or a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds?
** Does Lois ''try'' to do the right thing for her children and husband or has [[{{Flanderization}} her current characterization]] turned her into a horrible woman who is just as bad a parent as Peter is?
** Peter Griffin: a well-meaning idiot who doesn't know any better, or a dangerous sociopath (though given the episode where he's declared mentally retarded, it might be both)
** Meg Griffin: Is the family's mistreatment of her actually resentment that's been building over the years from back when she was whiny, spoiled and selfish in earlier seasons, or is that Meg merely lashing out of frustration for being in a family of [[JerkAss Jerk Asses?]]
*** Is she staying with her family out of concern for their well being or is she suffering from StockholmSyndrome?
** Did Bertram think Stewie was bluffing before he [[spoiler: killed Leonardo Da Vinci]] or believed that Stewie's telling the truth? He said it was WorthIt but was it to take a risk on his bluff or was it a case of TakingYouWithMe?
** "If "Tiegs For Two" and "Brian The Closer" are any indication, has Quagmire's treatment in recent seasons caused Brian to hate him just as much?
** Was Quagmire flaccid when Lois trusted him because consent is his turn off?
* {{Anvilicious}}: The show at its most serious, which a lot of fans don't like about the later episodes.
* AuthorsSavingThrow:
** After the backlash Season 7 got for constantly portraying Brian's ultra-liberal preaching in the right, recent episodes will usually have characters point out the absurdity of a dog lecturing people about politics.
** After Quagmire was rewritten into a TakeThatScrappy avatar who loathed and called out Brian on a regular basis, some fans complained it was overdone or skewed due to Quagmire's own shortcomings. Later episodes TookAThirdOption and made Brian hate Quagmire back, with both characters trading equal blows and calling out each other's hypocrisies, usually with neither character portrayed as particularly more moral than the other.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: The Disney universe in "Road to the Multiverse". It's widely considered the best part of the episode.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** "Bag of Weed."
** "The Freakin' FCC" and its unloved twin "You Can Find It On TV", which shares the same tune as the first one.
** Peter's version of "Shipoopi".
** Any of the "special" credits themes, and all of the themes to the "Road to..." episodes
** "Mr. Booze"
** From the show's early days: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2golE8oQsPQ Give Up the Toad]]".
* BadassDecay:
** Stewie is considered to have undergone this by many during the show's later seasons. A quick example is "Halloween on Spooner Street," wherein Stewie not only ''cries'' after some bullies steal his Halloween candy, he also wonders if he's gone too far promptly after shooting a rocket at them. This is in complete contrast to his characterization in the earlier seasons. He occasionally lapses back into his old characterization, but it's quickly dropped afterward each time.
*** Another example is "Patriot Games" where Stewie goes from mercilessly beating Brian to get his money to [[{{Wimpification}} completely cowering about Brian beating him up]].
** Joe has pretty much been reduced to a joke about the handicapped with rage issues. Few people seem to remember he was a pretty efficient cop who just so happened to be in a wheelchair after getting paralyzed while on duty (initially, it was from fighting The Grinch on Christmas Eve, but a later episode revealed that he was shot during a drug sting). That aspect of him returned in Season 9, however.
*** Like Stewie, his old characterization seems to come and go. In "Herpes, the Love Sore", he gave up after someone tripped him out of his wheelchair. Old Joe wouldn't do that...
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Stewie, post-BadassDecay, with some arguing that he's a pathetic shadow of his former self (something that has been occasionally [[LampshadeHanging addressed]] within the show itself). The fact that the current Stewie is probably one of the most likable members of the [[TookALevelInJerkass current Griffin family]], as well as providing a good chunk of the series' humor, still keeps him fairly popular.
** Meg. She is either the biggest [[TheWoobie woobie]] ever or a lame FlatCharacter who deserves her ButtMonkey status. Her abuse is either funny ("Shut up Meg" is MemeticMutation) or the worst thing about the show (for her fans).
** Peter is either loved because his random and stupid antics keep the show entertaining or hated for being a PsychopathicManchild and abusing his daughter for his own amusement.
** Fans seem divisive as to whether turning Quagmire into a SelfDeprecation avatar counts as an AuthorsSavingThrow or the complete destruction of his character.
** Brian. People either like him for being the OnlySaneMan and his friendship with Stewie, or hate him for being a self-absorbed AuthorAvatar. His death is either the best thing to ever happen to the show (for those that hate him for being said self-absorbed AuthorAvatar), or the absolute worst thing to happen to the show (for his own fans).
** Consuela: Half of the fandom thinks she's an utterly ''hysterical'' EnsembleDarkhorse and a FountainOfMemes ("No... no..."), while the other half looks at her as being the EthnicScrappy who's only there to be obnoxious and troll the Griffins.
* BetterOnDVD: The DVD version (at least for the episodes made after the show was saved from being cancelled) is ''not'' like the version you see on TV (not even the Creator/AdultSwim version). Words like "fuck" and "shit" aren't bleeped, there are alternate scenes and lines (some of which are better than what the TV version has, but most are a little too disgusting or in bad taste.), and you get commentary and deleted scene reels on what was originally supposed to be in the episode.
** Zigzagged with the Netflix version, where it's a mix between the uncut DVD versions and the edited for TV (not syndication edits, but edited when it first aired on FOX or Global, if you're Canadian) versions. The episode "Boys Don't Cry" is an odd mix, as it has all the scenes that aired on the DVD version, yet the shot of the sign that says, "Welcome to Texas: The Fuck You State" had "Fuck" pixellated.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The show might as well be renamed as "Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Show" for its ridiculous amount of cutaway gags which are mostly there to fill in the remaining time of an episode's length, for at least OncePerEpisode. It got even [[SeasonalRot worse]] in modern episodes, were the first cutaway gag may be shown ''less than 10 seconds in.''
* BizarroEpisode: "Da Boom" which is the episode with the nuclear explosion due to the MillenniumBug. The Griffins try to find a lost Twinkie factory, and decide to form a new town, with Stewie turning into an octopus. (It all [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes sense in context]].) At the end, a ''Dallas'' character wakes up from a dream and tells Bobby about this weird episode. Bobby doesn't understand what ''Family Guy'' is, which freaks her out even more. And it was the first episode to feature Ernie the Giant Chicken and his fights with Peter. Since its one of the most well loved episodes this is probably a case of TropesAreNotBad
* BrokenBase: As far as the general public's opinion of the show goes, you're in one of three camps: "''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' Is The Best Show Ever," "''Family Guy'' Sucks Because It's A Rip-Off of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and/or ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''," or "''Family Guy'' Used to Be Good Until [insert SeasonalRot scenario here: "They Revived It In 2005," "Brian Became a Preachy Liberal", or "I Found Out ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' Was Funnier"].
** [[ArchEnemy Brian and Quagmire]] fans are quite divided over their recurring rivalry, especially since Brian has started hating Quagmire back.
** Season 4. Is it part of the show's classic era or the beginning of its decline?
** Season 9. Is it an improvement over seasons 7-8 or hated for being slower-paced?
** What is worse: Season 7, 10 or 12?
** Was it a good idea to kill off Brian in "Life of Brian"?
*** and then bring him back three weeks later in "Christmas Guy"?
** Which Stewie is better: The evil DiabolicalMastermind Stewie of the earlier seasons or the nicer CampGay Stewie of the later seasons?
* CargoShip:
** Parodied in the episode "I Dream of Jesus", where, after Peter loses his "Surfin' Bird" record, he goes on a rant and lets slip the fact that [[TooMuchInformation he had sex with it.]]
** Also [[{{Squick}} this]], from the end of the "Li'l Rascals" parody:
-->'''Peter:''' I'm going to go microwave a bagel and have sex with it.
-->'''Quagmire:''' Butter's in the fridge!
** Peter and a cardboard standee of Kathy Ireland.
* ComplainingAboutPeopleNotLikingTheShow: Some of the FanDumb do this..., instead of respecting or simply disagreeing with the opinion.
** Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike: Goes both ways, such as some haters insulting the fans for finding the show funny.
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* CrazyAwesome:
** Mayor West, who ''punched the constellation of Orion'', among other things.
** Some of Peter's wacky antics.
** [[OverlyLongGag As long as they may be]], the Peter vs Ernie the Giant Chicken fights certainly qualify.
* CreatorsPet: Brian without a doubt as even episodes that feature prominent TakeThatScrappy moments against him usually end with Brian still coming out on top:
** In "Quagmire's Dad", Brian finds out the woman he just had sex with was actually Quagmire's recently transgendered father, gets beat up by an enraged Quagmire afterwards, but manages to get the last word.
** Then in "Valentine's Day in Quahog", Brian is confronted by his former girlfriends who try to explain that their relationships with him failed due to Brian's immaturity and self-centered nature. Brian however refuses to acknowledge that he could possibly be at fault and instead tries to lay the blame on them, enraging them into chasing him through town, only for Brian to somehow talk his way out of it off screen and even convincing them to all have sex with him at once.
* CriticalDissonance: Extraordinarily popular with regular viewers, and some critics, but other critics feel it’s very lowbrow, formulaic and just [[ReferenceOverdosed rips off other franchises under the moniker ‘parody’ while much of it just feels more like ‘plagiarism’]], especially in the [[SeasonalRot later seasons]].
* CriticalResearchFailure: Their [[http://www.buddytv.com/articles/family-guy/carol-burnett-loses-family-guy-7103.aspx Carol Burnett parody]] that said her customary eartug was saying goodnight to her mother instead of her grandmother like it was in the show.
** In "Quagmire's Dad", Ida had sex with Brian a few days after her vaginoplasty. In RealLife, trans-women who have undergone a vaginoplasty have ''months'' of recovery before sex can safely take place.
** The episode "Amish Guy" where the Amish are portrayed as [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalists]] who are disapproved of the new-generation outsiders (i.e. Ezekiel forbidding his son, Eli, from seeing Meg because he fears that Meg would corrupt his son). In RealLife, the Amish encourage their young people to go out into the larger world to see how other people live, before returning to their community (that's what Rumspringa is).
** The episode "Tea Peter" where the Tea Partiers were protesting for no government. In RealLife, the Tea Partiers wanted less government interference, not no government at all.
** The cutaway gag in "Friends of Peter G." about there being no war before Christianity. It also implies that the birth of Jesus was a bad thing, as it shows two formerly friendly men acting violently towards towards each other after they hear the news.
** The "Road to the Multiverse" episode, which acts as though the world would have progressed much further and faster technologically if Christianity never existed. The problem with that is that the Catholic Church has always been a huge supporter of the sciences, astronomy and medical science in particular, and that numerous important scientific discoveries and theories, such as the field of genetics and the Big Bang theory, were put forth by Catholic scientists. There's also how most of the information that survived the collapse of the Roman Empire only did so due to the efforts of monks. Finally, the theory runs on the long-debunked view that the Dark Ages were a period where the religious oppressed scientific thought (The slight slowing of scientific progress was due more to people being more preoccupied with picking up the pieces after the collapse of the Roman Empire).
** When Jesus presented an award with Music/ThePussycatDolls in "I Dream Of Jesus", [[RaceLift all the women were shown as white despite half of them being, well, not.]]
** The show sometimes makes gratuitous usage of horse-related terminology. In one episode, Carter describes Lois as a "wild stallion", even though a stallion is a ''male'' horse. Also, Nate Griffin, in one of his diary entries, refers to a female horse as a "colt", even though that word is meant to describe a young male horse/pony. Although the latter could probably be Justified by Nate being an African-American slave from the 1800s, and thus likely wouldn't have received the kind of education to understand the different terms to describe the gender/age of a horse.
** In "Fresh Heir", Peter tells Chris that Vermont is the only state where a man can legally marry his son. In actuality, [[http://s808.photobucket.com/user/osiris_loves_isis/media/map.jpg.html?t=1264021973 the only state]] with no laws against adult incest is Rhode Island...[[EpicFail you know, the state Family Guy is set in?]]
** When Mayor West was on trial for murder, Carter, Brian, and Peter should not have been on the jury as they are family members and therefore would ''not'' to be able to give an impartial verdict.
** In ScreamsOFSilenceTheStoryOfBrendaQ the abuse is ridiculously over the top yet Joe wont arrest him unless she files a report despite the fact that he does it out in the open
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Boy howdy. Start with Terri Schiavo, TheMusical.
** In "Airport 07", the news report on the plane crash contains three simulations: what would have happened if the plane crashed into a school, if it crashed into a school for bunnies, and if it crashed into a school for bunnies and a surviving passenger took his anger out on his wife.
** Peter's pitch for a 9/11-themed screwball comedy in "Back To The Woods" is intentionally as tasteless and offensive as possible. Until he says "The voice of the plane is Creator/DavidSpade," at which point it becomes hysterical.
*** In fact, a major criticism of the newer episodes is that it only crosses the line once, so something that was intended to be offensive to the point of hilarity comes off as just offensive, meaning the show only needs to Cross the Line Thrice in order to Cross the Line Twice.
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: A logical occurrence given perceived {{Flanderization}} of the characters, namely with a great many of them becoming {{Jerkass}}es and weakening their ability to have an audience sympathize with them. Some episodes deal with this by attempting to make the characters more sympathetic (such as Life Of Brian when Brian is killed off for real...for about two episodes.)
* DesignatedHero: Peter, Brian and Lois at their worst, and even Meg in some episodes when she grabs the JerkassBall (for example, making constant passes at Brian, who was dating Jillian at the time, and then attempting to rape him, blackmailing her brother (and continuing to blackmail him even after he completes the list that she gives him) and having Bonnie arrested just to be closer to Joe, etc).
* DiscreditedTrope: Many, especially [[ButtMonkey Meg's role]] and [[AllGaysArePromiscuous how gays]] [[CampGay are characterized]].
* DontShootTheMessage: For a time, Brian's liberal atheist viewpoints and his need to constantly preach them to characters/the audience (most notoriously in "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven") were taken to such levels that it even began to [[StopBeingStereotypical annoy the show's Democratic viewer base]], many of whom agreed with the general message but thought the ''execution'' simply made him look bad.
* DoubleStandard: While the extent of any consequences he suffers vary, pretty much everyone in universe is open to what a moronic asshole Peter is, and he often ends up affected whenever an episode features AnAesop. Lois however, despite often proving to be just as sociopathic and callous (and much more lucid and hypocritical about it on top of it) tends to get a lot of her immoral tendencies ignored and treated far more sympathetically. TheUnfairSex in particular is used in spades in the show.
* DracoInLeatherPants: For a SadistShow, a few characters qualify.
** Stewie. Yes, he did become nicer in later seasons of the show, but fans forgot that he originally started off as an evil baby who was willing to murder his own mother.
** Lois may qualify. Some of her defenders usually try to excuse her abuse towards Meg by saying that because other characters are cruel to Meg, that justifies her abuse. While it's true that other characters are cruel to Meg, the only reason Lois is vilified for it while Peter isn't is because she is the smarter of the two. Not to mention she's Meg's mother.
* EarWorm:
** Parodied and played for laughs on the "I Dream Of Jesus" episode with the Trashmen's "Surfing Bird". Peter's obsession for the song quickly degenerates into a nightmare for the rest of the family, with Stewie and Brian eventually stealing and destroying the record, ''Film/OfficeSpace'' style.
** ''A bag of weed, a bag of weed! Oh, everything is better with a bag of weed!''
** ''Friendship is the best thing ever!''
** ''Don't mess with Mr. Booze!''
** The theme song.
** ''Give it up! Give up the toad now! Its no joke!''
** ''Kentucky is a state. Kentucky is a state. All the people there are dicks, Kentucky is a state.''
** "Gonna gonna gonna buy me a rainbow..."
** ''Its a wonderful day for pie!''
** ''Can't touch me!''
** ''The fellas at the freakin' FCC!''
** ''Cause the spirit of Massachusetts is the Spirit of America, the spirit of what's old and what's new...''
** ''You and I are too awfully different...''
** ''Have you ever put butter on a Pop-Tart? It's so freakin good...''
** ''I'm just a prom night dumpster baby...''
** ''Who wants to live in Korea? Their name sounds like "Gonorrhea!"''
** ''You know you don't thank the lord, you thank the whites!''[[note]]Despite the awful lyrics.[[/note]]
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** There's ''Website/{{Facebook}}'' groups based around one-off characters such as Sneakers O'Toole and Mayor Bee.
** Ernie the Giant Chicken, Death, the Evil Monkey, Ollie Williams, Seamus, Herbert, Greased-up Deaf Guy, and Bruce (the Performance Artist that has "Oh no!" as a CatchPhrase) are all popular among fans. They were also one time characters before cancellation but due to their popularity they became {{Recurring Extra}}s soon after.
** Matt Groening has said he's quite jealous of Ernie, and wishes he'd come up with the idea. You don't get much more dark horse-y than that.
* EthnicScrappy: An LGBT example, Brian's cousin Jasper for being a walking offensive stereotype.
* EvilIsCool: Stewie Griffin.
* FairForItsDay: In "The Fat Guy Strangler", Peter starts an organization that advocates the promotion of fat men and the episode deconstructs his idea to do so. Years later came the fat acceptance movement which would denounce the negative portrayal his organization's members.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop:
** "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS8E14PeterAssment Peter-assment]]":
*** "Sexual harassment is forgivable and OK if the harasser hasn't had sex in a long time".
*** Or if you've never had sex and you want to harm yourself, someone should just give you what you want instead of you getting professional help.
*** This was inverted with Meg sexually harassing robbers who were robbing the family home, [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe asking them if they were going to have their way with her]], and getting arrested for it.
** "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS10E2SeahorseSeashellParty Seahorse Seashell Party]]": "Victims of family abuse should stay in their abusive relationships/households because it helps their abusers"
*** Subverted in "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS10E3ScreamsOFSilenceTheStoryOfBrendaQ Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.]]", in which DomesticAbuse is actually shown as a bad thing (yet lying to an abuse victim by forging a letter saying that her abuser left her is acceptable).
*** Then played straight again in "Brian's a Bad Father".
** If you are ugly, you deserve all the bullying you get from your family/classmates.
* FansPreferTheNewHer: In "Sibling Rivalry", Lois became quite obese when Peter stopped having sex with her. The show treated this change as the worst thing that happened to her. The viewers, on the other hand, [[BigBeautifulWoman thought she became quite sexy]].
* FauxSymbolism: Sometimes it is implied that Chris is some sort of MessianicArchetype - his name, his disposition as the kindest and most innocent member of the family and his blond hair all go towards this. Sometimes the jokes are pushed a little further, such as when he was cast as Luke Skywalker when Peter parodied the story of ''StarWars,'' and when he dressed up as Optimus Prime from ''{{Transformers}},'' both of whom are messianic archetypes themselves. Of course it's all a gag.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: [[FunnyAneurysmMoment/FamilyGuy Now has its own page]]
* GrowingTheBeard:
** Season 8, especially when compared with [[SeasonalRot Season 7]]. For example, "Dog Gone" which shows that the show can indeed have emotional depth (something that it hasn't had since "Brian Wallows and Peter Swallows"), and "Quagmire's Baby" showing that, while the show can bring in a few [[Heartwarming/FamilyGuy Crowning Moments of Heartwarming]], the show still has its tasteless magic.
** Season 9 shows that the writers are going out of their way to improve the show as much as possible, as the show is now in 720p high-definition, the stories are better written (though some weak episodes do crop up), there are now actually pretty emotional moments every now and then, and the humor has been stepping up in quality as less and less recycled gags are used.
*** CriticalDissonance: Though most critics after season seven have blasted the show for not being as funny as it used to be and writing off seasons 8, 9, and 10 as SeasonalRot.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** "Turban Cowboy" focused on Peter unwittingly joining a terrorist organization that planned on blowing up a bridge. That episode contained a cutaway gag about Peter winning the Boston Marathon by driving through the racers and killing them. That episode aired three weeks before the Boston Marathon Bombing.
** Brian
*** "Road To The Multiverse" ended with Brian's alternate-universe counterpart being hit by a car after returning from his journey. This ends up happening to the real Brian at the end of "Life Of Brian", [[KilledOffForReal killing him]]; however, this managed to be stopped later on, possibly erasing two-and-a-half episodes.
*** In "Dog Gone", Brian ends up accidentally running over and killing another dog with his car...but his family doesn't care whatsoever. This ultimately happened to Brian himself, but was thankfully prevented.
*** Any episode where Brian laments his mortality ("Brian Sings and Swings", "Brian and Stewie", etc.) or someone laments it for him ("Wasted Talent", etc.) becomes this after Brian ends up dying in "Life of Brian".
*** This particular line, from "Wasted Talent", is gut-wrenchingly prophetic:
----> '''Peter''': Beer that never goes flat. Do you know what that means, Brian? This beer will still be carbonated long after you die of old age and we buy another dog to help the kids...you know, forget about you.
** In other media, Brian's death can be really uncomfortable to those who know about the popular Dead Bart CreepyPasta. Why? Because of the story's eerily similar premise to "Life of Brian", both of which feature a typical start to an episode, only for unthinkable to happen when one of the main characters suddenly dies in a horrifying, gruesome manner, followed by the remaining characters grieving at said character's funeral. Though not official, all you can say is at that point is.....[[RunningGag "Simpsons did it first!"]] ''indeed.''
** In Road to Rhode Island's surreal commentary where Family Guy is apparently some sort of reality show, Stewie and Brian trade insults after Stewie notices [[OffModel Brian's chubbier-than-normal looking character model]], which leads to this prophetic little jab:
---> '''Stewie''': You know, you're so in-tune with other people's faults, yet so oblivious to your own. Webster's has words for people like that. Asshole!
** Early episodes took a lot of potshots at Ted Turner, particularly "Screwed the Pooch", which paints him as TooDumbToLive and willing to have sex with a dog. Kinda awkward now, considering that Cartoon Network was instrumental in saving the show from cancellation (the DVD sales helped too, but the reruns on Cartoon Network showed that the show can get big ratings).
** This [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1cijUlcfkA cutaway]] gag featuring a sex tape with Bill Cosby.
** Peter Robbins, the original voice actor of Charlie Brown, being [[http://www.dbtechno.com/us/2015/12/08/voice-of-charlie-brown-arrested-gets-two-years-in-prison/ arrested and given a five-year prison sentence for threatening a local sheriff]] makes the future Charlie Brown sketch now disturbing.
** The second part of the USO show joke in "Lottery Fever" is sort of awkward now that Jenner has had sex-reassignment surgery.
** Remember the joke where Peter once shot Meg in the face just for saying hi to him? http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/sumner/hendersonville/2016/08/08/child-shot-hendersonville/88424374/ Not so funny now is it?
* HesJustHiding: A lot of people were saying this after Brian's death. Well, he wasn't hiding, but [[spoiler:Brian came back just two episodes after that by Stewie preventing his death from ever happening]].
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* HilariousInHindsight:
** Stewie pleading to FOX to at least let them stay on long enough to be syndicated in "The Road to Rhode Island", which, thanks to its 2005 revival and being rerun on TBS and CartoonNetwork's Creator/AdultSwim block, it has exceeded its goal.
** In "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein," Peter expresses how badly he needs help from a Jewish person. Later in season 8, in the episode "Family Goy," it's revealed that [[spoiler:Lois is Jewish on her mom's side, and had to hide it so Carter can get into a country club that's notorious for banning anyone who's Jewish]].
** The season seven episode "We Love You Lauren Conrad" has Stewie refer to Bruce Jenner as a beautiful ''woman''. In April 2015, [[http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/bruce-jenner-im-woman/story?id=30570350 Bruce Jenner came out as transgender]], and two months later, Bruce Jenner got gender reassignment surgery and is now known as Caitlyn. Stewie knew her true gender identity six years before anyone else did and even funnier when Brian tries to correct him saying "Bruce Jenner is a man."
** One of the cutaways makes fun of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, with the narrator (voiced by the late, great trailer announcer Creator/DonLaFontaine) unsure just what ethnicity he was (in real life, Wrestling/DwayneJohnson is black and Canadian on his father's side and Pacific Islander[[note]]Samoan and Hawaiian[[/note]] on his mom's side). After that episode aired, he went on to voice a white guy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Planet 51}}'' and he sounded pretty ''white'' to the point where you likely wouldn't have guessed it was him.
** Music/MileyCyrus is revealed to be a robot in "Hannah Banana"; her 2010 album ''Can't Be Tamed'' actually features a song called "Robot". The lyrics just make it even more funny.
** Interestingly enough, more recently (as of 2015), one frequently featured guest voice actress on the series (and friend of [=MacFarlane=]'s) is Miley's ex-''Series/HannahMontana'' co-star Creator/EmilyOsment.
** In the episode "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1", Peter tells Diane and Tom Tucker to "Make like a Siamese twin and split, and then one of you die." [[spoiler:Diane was KilledOffForReal in the ninth season premiere.]]
** In "Don't Make Me Over," The Griffins become musical guests on an episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' hosted by Creator/JimmyFallon. The episode first aired around the time that ''FG'' was returning from cancellation (around 2005-ish). Fallon wouldn't host an actual episode of ''SNL'' until six years later (in 2011), and unlike how the episode depicted him, Fallon never once ruined a sketch by cracking up (he almost did during the "Beethoven's Band" sketch, but he caught himself, and he even admits that his cracking up ruined a lot of good sketches he was in in the actual episode's monologue), but he did make out with a girl who looked younger than he did (it was Rachel Dratch, who is middle-aged in real life but can pass for a teenager eerily well because of how short and girlish she looks. Also, unlike the ''FG'' depiction, it was part of the sketch, as Fallon and Dratch were reprising their roles as the Boston Teens). Also, for all the jokes Creator/SethMacFarlane has made about ''SNL'' cast members and the show itself (not just on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', but ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' had a fictional ''SNL'' episode hosted by Tyne Daly and on the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Ricky Spanish," Steve said that facing your fears is like watching an episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': [[{{Metaphorgotten}} the cold opening may suck and the monologue may be terrible, but once Kenan Thompson does his "What Up With That?" sketch, it's actually worth it]]), it's funny (and a bit hypocritical) that he even would agree to host the first episode of the 38th season -- and do a fairly good job of it.
*** Additionally the song "Gonna Buy Me a Rainbow" had Creator/TaraStrong (the singing voice of Meg for this episode) singing as Meg about [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbows, Unicorns and Butterflies]].
** One cutaway gag features Katie Holmes escaping from Creator/TomCruise, In June 2012, Katie announced she was divorcing Tom because he was too controlling.
** In an early episode, Peter mentions that he hates the later seasons of ''M*A*S*H'' when Alan Alda made the show preachy and dramatic, which ''is'' what arguably happened to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (though ''Family Guy'' is making an effort to turn itself around, or -- at the very least -- be less preachy, but [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped have a good point to make about certain prejudices or ways of thinking]], even if the audience doesn't agree with what's being said. In short, some of the later episodes are trying to be like what ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' used to be from seasons one to four).
** In "Screwed the Pooch" after finding out Brian didn't impregnate Seabreeze, he says he was looking forward to being a dad. Later in "The Former Life of Brian", it is revealed he has a human son (and in "Jerome is the New Black," one of the reasons why Quagmire hates Brian is that he never cares for Dylan and only saw and bonded with once while smoking weed).
** Remember Peter's dad Francis (not his biological father from Ireland, but his Bible-thumping father who hated Lois because she was Protestant, mistook Chris's pooping in the bathroom for masturbating, whacked Brian with a Bible when Brian criticized baptism, and criticized Meg for having a crush on Joe's son)? That strict religious guy who went to work with the Pope (back when the Pope was Pope John Paul II)? Well, nowadays, the new Pope is called Francis I.
** In "Barely Legal", Meg's friends tell Brian he looks like Creator/BenAffleck. Then jun the "WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}" parody opening "Family Goy", Brian is Batman. Then, in 2013, guess who was announced to play who in the ''Film/ManOfSteel'' sequel?
** A 2007 episode contained a joke in which Carl Sagan's ''Cosmos'' was "edited for rednecks" by dubbing over an explanation of the Big Bang. In 2014, [[http://gawker.com/fox-station-cuts-evolution-out-of-neil-degrasse-tysons-1543147417 an Oklahoma City Fox affiliate just happened to interrupt Neil Degrasse Tyson's mention of evolution on the updated ''Cosmos''.]] Not to mention that Seth [=MacFarlane=] is actually involved with the ''Cosmos'' reboot.
** In 2014, a Series/WheelOfFortune contestant [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/19/wheel-of-fortune-lucky-guess_n_4996809.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063 guessed a complex answer off the top of his head just like Peter]] (although in his defense, he did not first guess "the Batman symbol.")
** In "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High," Brian is forced to teach a class of thugs and the like. In order to teach them Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet), he tries to speak "their language. Come [[http://m.youtube.com/user/thugnotes 2013]], and we have the YouTube channel "Thug Notes".
** Possibly deliberate; eight years after a cutaway joke about the implausibility of Creator/LiamNeeson playing an American cowboy because of his Irish accent and being in more UK movies than American ones, Seth [=McFarlane=] cast him in his sophomore directorial effort, ''Film/AMillionWaysToDieInTheWest'' as an outlaw American cowboy (and, is considered by some, to be the [[JustHereForGodzilla only good part of the movie]]).
** "What Really Grinds My Gears" from ''Recap/StewieGriffinTheUntoldStory'' is very similar to WebVideo/YouKnowWhatsBullshit. Peter even kinda looks like James Rolfe.
** The "Rocky VI" cutaway gag from "Petergeist". Said sixth Rocky film (titled ''Rocky Balboa'') came out just a few months later.
** This [[http://www.adultswim.com/videos/family-guy/brand-new-day/ clip]] from "Barely Legal" in which black people celebrate the absence of police officers is this (or a FunnyAneurysmMoment) due to the NYPD's 2014 [[http://www.bet.com/news/national/2014/12/31/nypd-arrests-drop-66-percent-in-wake-of-officers-shooting-deaths.html work slowdown]] due to a racially charged feud with Mayor De Blasio.
** One cutaway gag had Iceman's wife catching him going to a gay bar. Nine years later, Iceman canonically came out as a homosexual.
** "Boys Don't Cry" features a DVD-exclusive scene [[NationalLampoonsVacation where Christie Brinkley's character in the car gets hit by a semi]] and Lois brushes off her death with, "Ah, ya marry Billy Joel, it's gonna happen one way or the other". The scene of the sexy female driver getting plowed by a semi while flirting with another driver happens in the trailer for the 2015 reboot/sequel.
** In "Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey", a cutaway of "[[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]] dating Lorena Bobbitt" features somebody finding The Thing's rocky penis. In ''Film/FantasticFour2015'', it was revealed that The Thing doesn't have any pants on and appears not to have any genitals, which makes this scene ironic.
** There was a cutaway gag poking fun of John Goodman's weight and eating habits to the point that the rest of his family are all skin and bones. As of 2015, [[http://nypost.com/2015/11/10/the-secrets-behind-john-goodmans-100-pound-weight-loss/ he lost a lot of weight]].
** During the "post-movie" scene of ''Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story'', Peter mentions that an episode he directed caused backlash because it centered on incest, which is exactly what happened in the season 12 episode "Fresh Heir" (only it had Chris about to marry Peter, not Chris having sex with Lois and Brian ranting, "Wrong! It's wrong!").
** In "North by North Quahog" Peter and Lois find a fictional sequel to ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' in Mel Gibson's home. In June 2016, it was announced that Mel Gibson would be making a sequel.
* HypeBacklash: The show's final {{un|Canceled}}cancelation alienated a lot of long-term fans who didn't like that this quirky cult series which occasionally aired on late-night TV had now become a pop-culture behemoth which, for a time, blew their [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons long-time]] [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark competition]] out of the water in terms of popularity (there exists a theories that the only reason ''Family Guy'' got as popular as it did was that it was revived just as those shows were [[SeasonalRot beginning to run out of steam]]. What was once being called a daring groundbreaker is now being called the worst thing to happen to adult animation.
* IdiotPlot: The conflict of "Quagmire's Mom" would have been resolved much sooner if somebody pointed out that the teenage girl Quagmire slept with lied about her age, meaning ''she'' should have been the one on trial. Lampshaded by Chris when he asked for the teenage girl's wherabouts twice!
* InternetBackdraft: News alerts for the 11/24/2013 episode read, "Stop reading if you don't want to know who died." The problem? The headline already says 'Brian Dies'. Needless to say, many fans were not amused.
** Then there's the episode itself. Despite the criticism surrounding him, fans were in an uproar when Brian died. Right after the episode premiered, someone created a petition to bring Brian back. Within hours, the petition had over 2,000 signatures.
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: Fans of the show from when it was a short-lived cult show occasionally aired on late nights felt "betrayed" when it's final {{un|Canceled}}cancelation turned it into the pop-culture behemoth that it is now. Creator/SethMacFarlane, by his own admittance, never understood the logic behind this mentality.
* ItWasHisSled: It's hard to hide the events of "Life of Brian" when a video titled A Farewell To Brian Griffin is on the ''front page of YouTube''.
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* JerkassHasAPoint: In "''The Kiss Seen Around The World''", after Meg's report n how gross Neil Goldman is, Tom Tucker's only comment is "I guess beggars ''can'' be choosers."
* JerkassWoobie: You could make this case for almost every regular in the show.
** Lois is a good example, to start. Yes, she is self centered, snarky, abusive, and quite the sociopath, but she probably ended up like that because she has to put up with the insanity of the world (mostly caused by her legally retarded, PsychopathicManchild husband, Peter).
** Glenn Quagmire, himself. Described by Creator/SethMacFarlane as a "heartless sex maniac," this man also has a lot of problems that do make you feel sorry for him: the one woman he truly loved (Cheryl Tiegs) left him (which is what made him into a "heartless sex maniac"), his niece has cancer and is going through chemo, his sister dated a man who abused her, his father abandoned him years ago, then returned, and got a sex change operation, his pet cat was brutally murdered by Peter out of spite (and forgotten about in favor of Brian's story about trying to get marijuana legalized), and he had to give his daughter up for adoption because he felt that he wasn't a good father.
** Brian is (or, rather, has become, as the early episodes had him as Peter's sane half who liked to drink) a condescending weasel who a frequent amount of times shows a complete intolerance and apathy for anything under him. He provokes the endless abuse he gets each episode a lot less than most of the other borderline sociopaths in Quahog, however, and is frequently mocked and treated as sub human for being a dog.
** Peter. Yes, he's a self-centered sociopath who gets away with virtually anything he does, but unlike the above three who are intelligent and aware to a certain degree, violence is probably all Peter knows when dealing with something he can't handle, and when he tries to do another method he usually screws up badly or find himself in a more difficult situation. Also unlike Lois, Quagmire, and Brian who live with the knowledge of how much their Parents love them, Peter's own parents are implied not to be so good to him. It's implied, but never stated outright, that Peter's abusive personality may have came from his own troubled background:
*** His real father was never there for him, his mother is implied to be emotionally abusive or at least neglective towards him (as seen as where a young Peter has a sore tooth and she responds by pitching a glass of wine at him), his false dad yells at him a lot, and his peers mistreat him daily. Apparently, he's been used as a sex-slave when he was younger for 8 years, unlike others who enjoy or even motivated by sexual thrill, Peter doesn't enjoy being sexually harassed or being raped, so he's always out to fend for himself. [[FridgeBrilliance Perhaps Peter's attitude in later episodes is just him finally snapping]].
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: When it was announced that a member of the Griffin family would be KilledOffForReal, the audience felt that Brian, what with being Seth Macfarlane's AuthorAvatar, would be the last character to be killed off. And sure enough, one episode afterward, [[spoiler:yeah they were bluffing. "Christmas Guy" brought Brian]] back. [[https://twitter.com/SethMacFarlane/status/412407556942753792 MacFarlane himself lampshaded this.]]
** [[InterfaceSpoiler It didn't help]] that Vinnie's voice actor wasn't credited to appear in the Simpsons crossover.
* LoveItOrHateIt: It's either a great show with it's own bizarre sense of humor or mean-spirited, [[ReferenceOverdosed pop-culture dependent]] garbage. And the opinions becomes more and more split with each passing season.
* LoveToHate:
** Of course [[EvilIsCool old Stewie]], the ''original'' BreakoutCharacter.
** This can be completely subjective, but some fans have admired Carter for being a villain much more efficient in later seasons, especially those who have lost hope in Stewie's villainy.
* {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch: [[spoiler:Diane Simmons]] in the Season 9 opening.
* MemeticMolester: Quagmire. One particularly memorable joke involved him raping [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Marge Simpson]] and then murdering every member of WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons family. As you might expect Creator/MattGroening did not find it funny and almost ended his friendship with Creator/SethMacFarlane. It even spurred Seth to rethink that particular gag.
* MemeticMutation:
** Mostly spawned by those mocking the show, most famously ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and its supposition that the show is written by manatees with words scrawled on balls; [[AscendedMeme the idea caught on enough that the Family Guy writers, in DVD commentaries, refer to weak jokes with comments such as "The manatees were kinda off that day".]]
** In the episode "Mother Tucker", Peter dies from watching a video from ''Film/{{Mannequin}}'', a parody of ''Film/TheRing''. This clip became popular on Website/YouTube, with the uploader replacing the ''Mannequin'' video with something considered so unwatchably bad that it would kill them the way Peter was killed on the show.
** "Stewie just said that" is quickly becoming this, though it may just be a ForcedMeme.
** IRAQ LOBSTER!
** An image macro of Peter with the caption "Oh my god, who the hell cares?!"
** Because you touch yourself at night.
** DAMN NATURE, YOU SCARY!
** [[TheChewToy Shut up, Meg!]]
** You know what really grinds my gears? {{Memetic Mutation}}s.
** [[http://instantostrich.com/ Laughing Ostrich]].
** The scenes where Stewie [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beats the over-loving hell out of]] Brian for not paying the bet dues in time.
*** "Where's my money?"
** The Peter Griffin {{Sideboob}} Hour.
** [Insert Scientific Invention with no money here] "WHY ARE WE NOT FUNDING THIS?!"
** [[MushroomSamba It's a Cheeseburger.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBemDRn2jLM BUTT SCRATCHAAAAA!!!]]
** Pepperidge Farm remembers.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_HyxTAyla8 "That happened, and we all let it happen."]]
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Whoever originally did, and now has tried, to run over Brian (even to be TheUnseen), is a enough candidate to qualify as MoralEventHorizon, as he was fully aware that the dog was there and (almost) crushed him with the tires anyway. Some fans have theorized that Quagmire was probably responsible, though he was decent enough to attend Brian's funeral even if it wasn't too interested in it.
** Speaking of Quagmire, some fans think that he really crossed it when he raped [[TheSimpsons Marge Simpson]], then killing her and the entire Simpson family. PlayedForLaughs, but still creepy.
** Most fans declared that Peter finally went beyond redemption during "Brian Griffin's House of Payne", in which he threw an injured Stewie under his moving car while Lois was backing out of the driveway in order to [[FrameUp frame her for his head wound]], and admits that he knocked out his other kids in the past ("Sometimes by accident, sometimes because the Patriots lost").
** There's also a scene in which [[ButtMonkey Meg]] casually walks into the living room and greets her father. How does he reply? He shoots her in the face of course!
** While Jeff from "Screams of Silence" was portrayed as being nasty and sadistic even before he actually appeared on the show, (as "Jerome is the New Black" established that he was an abusive asshole who was dating Quagmire's sister), you could argue that his attempts to [[spoiler:kill Peter, Joe, and Quagmire]] pretty much was THE moment when it was proven that he wasn't going to turn back.
** Lois in "Stew-Roids" when she gives up in trying to console Meg and leaves her a Creator/SylviaPlath book and a bottle of Ambien (compare to the episode, "Fish Out of Water," where Lois actually was nice enough to take Meg to the beach for spring break and encouraged her to be like the popular kids or "And The Wiener Is..." where she cooks up a revenge plan to get back at the popular kids who pelted Meg with meat during her flag squad performance).
-->'''Lois:''' I'm going to look away and whatever happens, happens.
** Brian in "Be Careful What You Fish For" when he leaves Stewie and other toddlers to the negligence of the teacher he's dating and tries to keep Stewie from telling Lois.
*** For many, Brian's topped this when he knowingly gave both Chris and Stewie herpes in "Herpe, The Love Sore" after agreeing to become blood brothers with them. It's especially rubbed people the wrong way for him doing so with Stewie since he did so even though he's the only one who knows [[spoiler: that Stewie changed the timeline to save his life.]]
** Bertram [[spoiler:killing Leonardo Da Vinci]] and attempting to destroy the universe in "The Big Bang Theory".
** Penelope crosses it when she tells Stewie to [[spoiler:kill Brian]] because she saw him as a threat. Earlier she had killed a kid for pushing Stewie, and caused a war between Pakistan and India.
** In "The Old Man and the Big C", Carter's industry discovered the cure for cancer in 1999 and has been keeping it from the public ever since, using the excuse that they get more money treating cancer patients for a lifetime than if they dure them in a day. When Brian reveals the secret to the Griffin family and Lois makes her father promise to publicize the cure, what does Carter do? He '''LIES.''' Lois immediately calls him demanding an explanation, at which point he flat-out admits to lying before abruptly hanging up on her.
*** He also tormented an orphan boy in "No Chris left behind" [[ForTheEvulz just for kicks]]. And he stated he does this every month.
** [[spoiler:Diane Simmons crossed it in "And Then There Were Fewer", when she murders James Woods and Priscilla, and then frames Tom Tucker for doing this.]]
** Stewie nearly murders his mother (though even if [[spoiler:it was just a simulation]]), and he has also killed people throughout the series.
** Even ''Meg'' crossed it when she tricks a gay guy into almost raping her brother.
** Chris arguably crossed the line in "Secondhand Spoke", where he trapped Stewie in his backpack for days, telling him that he would die in there and daring him to name one person who loves him. By the end of the episode he gets better with the whole "you became the bully" message, but some of his moments seemed overly harsh.
** Sheriff Nichols seems to be a Jerkass sheriff at first, deciding to frame Peter Griffin and his friends so that they'll have to spend two weeks at a prison...but it quickly becomes apparent just how horrible he is when Peter discovers that he and the warden are never planning to let them go.
** In "April in Quahog", Peter's comment seconds before the supposed "end of the world," expressing shame and disgust for his children, uttered deliberately in thinking that he will have no price to pay. How sadly mistaken he is once the "April Fools Day" hoax passes without incident ... and even Peter's heartfelt apology is fruitless -- Meg, Chris and Stewie are still very pissed at their father.
** If Brian didn't cross it by knowingly infecting Stewie with herpes in "Herpe the Love Sore" ''(keep in mind that Stewie is the very reason he's '''alive''')'', he certainly crossed it in "Brian The Closer" when he purposely pulls a fake MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment to purposely screw Quagmire over, even after the latter looked past his hatred to help Brian in his own time of need.
* MostWonderfulSound: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR8Nf00VPyk "public radio" gag]] can trigger [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_sensory_meridian_response ASMR]] in some people.
* NauseaFuel:
** [[VomitChainReaction "Who Wants Chowder?"]]. Made even worse in "Yug Ylimaf" when time goings backwards ''forces the vomit back up their mouths''.
** Stewie asking (and finally convincing) Brian to clean out Stewie's diaper when they are trapped together in the bank vault...by ''eating Stewie's shit''. Which causes Stewie to puke, and then he asks and convinces Brian to ''eat that, too''. It was ''the'' single grossest thing on ''Family Guy'' and pretty much the deal breaker scene for anyone who watches the 150th episode "Brian and Stewie."
** Peter and Quagmire vomited in each other's mouth while kissing on the episode where Quagmire tries to convince a hooker he drunkenly married that he's gay.
** Brian jamming Stewie's dislocated arm back into the socket in "Be Careful What You Fish For".
** Brian's hairless body in "A Fistful of Meg".
** Stewie's, Brian's, and Chris' sores in "Herpes, The Love Sore." The {{Grossup Closeup}}s do ''not'' help.
** Stewie giving birth in "Stewie is Enceinte". Even if the birth itself isn't shown, it doesn't help that the babies are birthed throughout various body parts of him, such as ''[[BodyHorror his mouth]]''.
** The testicle cutaway from "Fresh Heir".
** Any time one of the bones pop out of the legs of the characters.
* NightmareRetardant: Said clones melting, then Brian wanting to eat their remains (this was on the TV version. The DVD version replaces this dialogue with Brian asking Stewie if he should search their remains because he left his bank card in one of the clones).
* OlderThanTheyThink: A cartoon using "Surfin' Bird"? ''Family Guy'' had to be the first, right? Nope. Try CBS's short-lived 1998 cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}'', which used it… as the opening theme, no less.
** In "Hell Comes to Quahog", the "Do you remember [X]? Pepperidge Farm remembers." joke had also been done in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "A Fishful of Dollars" seven years earlier, which makes some say "TheyCopiedItSoItSucks."
** In "Ratings Guy", Peter tells Homer Simpson "Looks like this is one we beat you to!" after the latter came in telling he broke television. Funnily enough, this episode isn't the only one Family Guy beat The Simpsons to. The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror XIV" segment "Reaper Madness", whose plotline has Homer taking over as the Grim Reaper, was beaten to the punch by the plotline of Family Guy's "Death Is A Bitch" three years earlier.
** In "Seahorse Seashell Party", pointing one's finger like a gun and going "bang" is a referred to as a fingerbang. This was the subject of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode, "Something You Can Do with Your Finger", from 2000.
* ParodySue: In the episode "The Man With Two Brians", Peter buys a new dog under the name of New Brian after Lois says that Brian is getting old. New Brian is polite, perfect, multi-talented and instantly befriends everyone (sans Stewie, who sees him as a ReplacementScrappy), who rightly realizes that he's Brian's "replacement". New Brian goes on to improve everyone's lives and supplant Brian completely. However he makes his fatal mistake when he [[ItsPersonal has sex with Stewie's teddy bear, Rupert]].
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* ReplacementScrappy
** Vinny, the dog the Griffins adopted in the DeletedTimeline after Brian's death. This has since been changed, however, so that it has never happened.
** Ironically enough, Brian has become this for Vinnie ever since he was brought back. The fact that Brian TookALevelInJerkass after his revival (with episodes like "Brian's a Bad Father" and "Herpe, the Love Sore", but especially the latter, see MoralEventHorizon above and TheScrappy below) while Vinnie was undoubtedly a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and arguably one of the nicer characters on the show by that point has made Vinny's status as a ReplacementScrappy an InvertedTrope.
** Joyce Kinney is this for fans of Diane Simmons.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** Later episodes have been trying to show to us that Brian isn't this perfect AuthorAvatar that everyone agrees with, but is actually the most flawed character on this show and not as smart or important as he believes.
** Vinny won a lot of people over when he helped Stewie [[spoiler:go back in time to save Brian. Even though he never knew Brian, he knew that Stewie really loved and missed him, and was willing to give up meeting the Griffin family so that Stewie could have Brian back]].
* ScapegoatCreator: As can be seen on this very page, Creator/SethMacFarlane is often blamed for just about everything wrong with the later episodes. With a few exceptions, he really hasn't written written or directed an episode in a long time. Of course, he ''is'' executive producer--he may not come up with a certain script himself, but he has to approve all of them (and voice about half the characters himself), so he's still responsible for deciding what does and does not get into the show. However, there have been numerous jokes that Seth didn't care for that still managed to make it past the final cut. You'd think he'd be a bit more mindful of what he puts out...
* TheScrappy:
** Brian has become this to a portion of the fanbase after being derailed into becoming the AuthorAvatar.
*** Although his death in "Life of Brian" elicited an AlasPoorScrappy response from the fans, two of his actions after coming back to life are making some of them ''wish'' he stayed dead, namely, giving Stewie and Chris an incurable STD in "Herpe The Love Sore" ''(thanks for saving my life, Stewie!)'', and purposely screwing over Quagmire in "Brain The Closer" '', after Quagmire, despite his hatred of Brian, helped him when the latter got disfigured. UngratefulBastard doesn't even begin to describe Brian now.
** Even the BigBad Carter is very hated, even much more than Brian. Several fans have perceived him as a total prick even worse than Peter or Lois, unnecessarily cruel, [[{{Jerkass}} extremely unpleasant]], and [[PsychopathicManChild irritatingly childish and annoying]] in his moments, especially in recent seasons. [[KarmaHoudini Makes him even more irritating the fact that he always gets away with every misdeed.]] And unlike the main characters (which are not specifically saints), he has not a FreudianExcuse nor a reason for his actions.
** Jasper is '''loathed''' by LGBT fans (which would explain why he has only appeared in a cameo since "You May Now Kiss....Uh..The Guy Who Receives") and even ones who aren't. Possibly because he is a walking embodiment of [[CampGay every negative gay stereotype]] even though the writers attempt [[BrokenAesop to use him as an advocate for gay rights]].
** Lois is hated intensely by fans for being {{flanderiz|ation}}ed into a massive {{Jerkass}} who gets away whatever she does more easily than anyone, especially Peter.
** Quagmire for being reduced to a selfish, non-empathetic, annoying sex maniac who despises Brian over petty hypocritical reasons. Killing his sister's abusive boyfriend is about his only remaining redeeming quality.
** The Conway Twitty cutaways are often seen as a time-consuming nuisance in episodes, which makes many fans wince every time Peter utters the words, ''"Ladies and gentlemen, Conway Twitty."''
*** WordOfGod says that that was the entire point of the joke: to waste valuable network airtime with stock footage of the least charismatic performer ever.
*** "3 Acts Of God" is probably a sign that they won't reappear anytime soon.
---> '''God''': Oh, by the way, Conway Twitty says cut it out. Just tell a joke.
** Vinny was initially hated by fans for replacing Brian but once Brian returned, most people warmed up to him and some even complained that he shouldn't have been written off the show.
** Peter, if only because he seems to be involved in most of the OverlyLongGag shots.
** '''Herbert'''. The entire implication of him constantly stalking Chris and the references to his pedophilia and his annoying voice just comes off as overused these past seasons. Add to the fact '''no one''' besides Stewie (and possibly Meg, who calls him a creepy old man) notices his pedophilia doesn't help.
* SeasonalRot: A lot of fans tend to argue that Season 7 was the worst season, due to the characters being flanderized into essentially one-note characters, episodes focusing on Brian's views (the most notable one being the infamous "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven") and poor plotlines.
** Some fans feel that this began to kick in as early as Season 4.
** There was a time between the 7th and 12th seasons where many said that Season 10 was the worst (and to some still is). Episodes that are prime examples of this include "Seahorse Seashell Party" (for as Mr. Enter pointed out, having the worst example of StatusQuoIsGod), "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q" (portraying domestic violence totally straight on a show that makes a living out of [[HypocriticalHumor doing it for laughs both before and since]]), "The Blind Side" ([[UnfortunateImplications all blind people are gullible]]), "Be Careful What You Fish For" (mostly for the subplot with Brian and Stewie), and "Tea Peter" (the plot can easily offend anyone who's studied politics and containing a joke saying that Autism is an excuse for kids to act ill-mannered).
*** There's another side of the fandom that does say that it is (or was before Season 12) the worst season but only because most of the episodes were completely forgettable.
** Season 12 is the current low point for the series according to most fans. The main reason being Brain getting killed off in “Life of Brian” only to be brought back three weeks later in “Christmas Guy” in a ratings grab so desperate and shallow that it caused several longtime fans to lose whatever respect that they still had for the show by that point. Other episodes that play a big part in why the season is so reviled include “Peter Problems” (for the one-minute long scene of Peter accidentally killing a whale while trying to push it back into the ocean using a forklift), “Brian’s a Bad Father” (the main plot being ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin according to some and the subplot ending with an overly-gory scene of Quagmire shooting Peter in the head), “Fresh Heir” (aka “Let’s See How Many Unfunny Incest Jokes We Can Force Down Your Throat in 22 Minutes”), and “Herpe, the Love Sore” (Brian intentionally gives Stewie & Chris herpes when he becomes blood brothers with them and the subplot involving Peter, Joe, and Quagmire which has one of the show’s worst UnfortunateImplications).
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped:
** "Road to the North Pole": Be grateful with what you have and don't be selfish during the holiday season.
** Radio/RushLimbaugh telling Brian to actually give differing opinions a chance before passing judgment on them as heard in "Excellence in Broadcasting"
** "Friends of Peter G.": Keep your addictions in moderation and don't let them control your life.
** "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar": Feminism is about choice. Choosing to be a wife and mother doesn't make a woman any less empowered. Also: men need to realize that women are people too and should be treated equally (or at least that was the moral they were aiming for).
** "[i]f you're watching a TV show and you decide to take your values from that, you're an idiot. Maybe you should take responsibility for what values your kids are getting. Maybe you shouldn't be letting your kids watch certain shows in the first place if you have such a big problem with them, instead of blaming the shows themselves." (looks at the camera) [[LampshadeHanging "Yeah."]]
** There's a reason why [[DomesticAbuse Jeffrey Fecalman]] was played completely straight.
** From "Brian Writes a Bestseller,": Putting faith in your work is often more important than the quality of the work itself.
* {{Squick}}:
** Peter breastfeeding Stewie on "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar"
** The morbid humor of keeping Stewie's severe head injury a secret on the episode where Brian pitches a TV show that gets co-opted by James Woods.
** Chris and Meg unknowingly making out with each other on the episode "Halloween on Spooner Street."
** The ipecac drinking contest on "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenaged Daughter." Then "Yug Ylimaf" went and made that scene ''even worse''.
** Brian [[spoiler:shaving all his fur off and going around bald to get back at Peter.]]
** Stewie's herpes.
** Stewie's pregnancy and the birth of his and Brian's deformed hybrid babies.
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[ParentingTheHusband Lois]] varies in degrees between this and [[{{Hypocrite}} this]].
* TakeThatScrappy:
** Brian gets it with Quagmire's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
*** Another notable instance is, of course, Brian's death, in the now DeletedTimeline it occurred in. Played seriously for the most part, but right after being hit by the car, a squirrel comes down, spits on him, and states that he sucked. This could also apply for the few fans who hate him as much as Quagmire does.
** Quagmire gets his own just desserts when a hardened Chris, a 13 year old boy, beats the crap out of him just so he can take his car.
*** Brian has also started requiting Quagmire's hatred of him, appeasing those who thought the latter was a hypocrite, conning him out of his money in "Brian The Closer" and calling him out over his own self righteousness in "Tiegs For Two" and "Quagmire's Mom". Even fans who hate ''both'' of them can now get gratification from them both never giving the other a break.
** Lois in "Seahorse Seashell Party" where she breaks into tears when Meg calls her out for being a horrible mother.
** Peter gets it in "Stewie Kills Lois" and "Lois Kills Stewie". He gets framed for murdering his wife, Stewie beats him up so he can give out what he thinks of his macaroni art, and people start throwing apples at him. And in "Dial Meg For Murder", he gets raped by a bull and gets beaten to a pulp by his ceaselessly mistreated daughter.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: A lot of people felt that Vinny's potential as a character was severely underused, and felt bad that he was written out of the story after three episodes. Some of his former haters even opined that he wasn't that bad a character and wouldn't mind seeing more of him, [[spoiler:just as long as he was not used as a replacement for Brian.]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** "Stew-Roids" wastes ''two'': Stewie growing large muscles and Connie getting HiddenDepths and/or CharacterDevelopment.
** This is why a lot of fans hate "Back To The Pilot", finding the 9/11 plot tasteless and unnecessary and wishing it focused more on riffing the first episode.
** The "Death Of Brian" arc ended two episodes after it began and was resolved in a way that left many people unsatisfied, although that didn't stop millions of others from rejoicing.
** "Seahorse Seashell Party" is seen as a lost opportunity to get rid of Meg, especially considering the fact that the writers started abusing her ''because they wanted to write her out!!''
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible:
** Diane Simmons' short movie ''Lint.''
** Stewie's music video he made for Susie.
---> '''Brian''': I'm not following the storyline here.
---> '''Stewie''': Shut up!
* UglyCute: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc7_6Xptd-s Fat Brian.]]
** Some fans see Stewie as this.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic:
** Peter falls victim to this hard in "Turkey Guys" when he frames Brian for eating the Thanksgiving turkey with him because he didn't want to take all the blame. Him also saying that nobody would care if he threw Brian off a bridge (so long as he didn't murder an actual person) really didn't help.
** Quagmire also gets hit with this in "Quagmire's Mom". Rather than owning up to the fact that he had sex with '''''an underage girl''''', he blames it on his moral upbringing by stating that his mother is the reason why he's the sex maniac he is today. To cap it off, when his mother does come along to ask for forgiveness he decides to be a complete asshole to her and still refuses even after she has sex with the judge in order to [[KarmaHoudini get him out of going to jail for 20 years]] for his crime. It is truly sickening that Quagmire still considers himself to be a better person than Brian after this episode.
*** UnintentionallySympathetic: Brian in the same episode for being snide and taking pleasure out of Quagmire's suffering. While the episode tries to show that he is a jerk for acting like this, it's pretty well justified considering all the times Quagmire's been a complete asshole to him for absolutely no reason.
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Meg. See below.
** Chris to a lesser extent, due to similar reasons.
** Inverted with Connie D'Amico, though. Connie, InUniverse, is [[AlphaBitch very popular]] with the high school kids at James Woods High , [[TheScrappy but is one of the most despised and unpopular character in the fandom]] [[TheWoobie (particularity to Meg fans).]]
* WhatAnIdiot: [[WhatAnIdiot/FamilyGuy Has its own page]].
* WriterCopOut: "Lois Kills Stewie" ends after the titular event happens... Only to reveal that it was all just a virtual reality simulation. Of course, this gets lampshaded to Hell and back as part of a TakeThat against [[NoEnding the ending]] to Series/TheSopranos.
** A more controversial example would be [[spoiler:Brian being resurrected two episodes after his death]]. A lot of people were expecting the writers to spend more time on the plot thread than they did.
* TheUntwist: Even before ''Christmas Guy'' aired, there were several people who had already guessed its plot of [[spoiler: Stewie finding a way to repair his time machine so he could head back to the past and save Brian's life.]]
* TheWoobie:
** Some people feel sorry for Meg because of her extreme ButtMonkey status.
** There's also Death, is this and a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. The poor guy is [[EveryoneHatesHades despised and treated like shit by everyone for doing his job]] and can't form a good human relationship. Even [[{{Jerkass}} Peter]] takes pity on him.
** Stewie Griffin definitely entered a Woobie territory in the episode "Life of Brian". He witnessed the death of his only best friend (Brian) and seems unable to overcome it.
*** Except he's "dead" (the Stewie who witnessed Brian's death), so...[[AvertedTrope no?]]
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