Awesome: American Dad!

The Show

  • The episode title "Rapture's Delight". Not necessarily the episode itself, but the title is epic.

The Smith Family

  • How Stan gets Francine to realize that Roger is a selfish jerkass during the first half of "Frannie 911" when earlier in the episode, Francine did nothing but defended the latter from any sort of well deserved retribution. This soon gives Francine one, as she no longer puts up with Roger's crap (by both smacking him verbally and physically) and forces him to be nicer. Sure, things went back to normal at the end, but the final scene of Francine allowing Stan to beat down on Roger whenever he deserves it is icing on the cake.
  • In "Hurricane!", when Stan decides not to evacuate, his whole family calls him out, citing he always makes bad decisions in bad situations.
    • Well, except for Hayley, whose one moment of supporting her dad led to her getting mauled by a shark. She then promptly changed her opinion.
  • In "Virtual In-Stanity": Stan controlling the super-strong Phyllis avatar versus Francine in a Mini-Mecha!


  • The first true CMoA in the series comes at the end of the episode "Bullocks to Stan", where Stan engages in a fight with Deputy Director Bullock for calling his daughter a "cheap slut".
    Stan: This is for treating me like a errand boy! This is for delaying my promotion! This is for disrespecting my daughter! And this is for not letting me stop at the creek for a drink!
  • Stan, for all he mistreats his family, has shown his willingness to take the bullet for them on a surprisingly frequent basis. He took a sniper attack on Hayley in "Stannie Get Your Gun" and pushed Francine out of the way of a falling statue in "Finances With Wolves". Of course Status Quo ensures Stan comes out okay, but the implication's still there.
    Stan: For the second time in my life I was saved by hip hop... but that's another story.
  • Also Stan's plan to save Roger from an autopsy in "Office Spaceman".
    Roger: He switched the gas. Son of a bitch "Superman II'd" me!"
  • Stan — who is a fountain of these, despite the fact that he borders on being a Villain Protagonist in some episodes — spends the early parts of an episode digging through the foundations of the house searching for Oliver North's hidden gold cache while everyone is calling him insane. Stan's moment comes when Francine is doing an interview with reporters/neighbors Greg and Terry in the kitchen; while she's saying how insane Stan is and the Greg and Terry are calling Stan an idiot, Stan walks in carrying a chest. Stan drops it on the table, opens it up to reveal Ollie North's gold — which instantly shuts everyone up — then puts the cherry on top by flipping off everyone as he walks out of the room.
    • And then he sticks his head back into the room and flips them off again for good measure.
  • Stan beating the hell out of a meter maid, because... well, let's face facts, it's something we've all wanted to do.
  • In Raptures Delight, Stan makes some statues from an upside-down "birth of Jesus" display fall and crush two mooks)
    It's raining wise men. Hallelujah.
    • Stan saves Francine from the Anti Christ and then pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to save Jesus himself.
  • "Return of the Bling": Stan snatches the gold medal from Roger's hands and yells, "You lying, thieving cheater! You're gonna get what you deserve!" followed by chucking Roger in a pit of ugly, horny British girls.
  • Though "Less Money, Mo Problems" is meant to demonstrate Stan's complete inability to live on minimum wage, there is something admittedly awesome about him managing to single handedly treat his wounds after being ran down by a car driven by Roger.
  • While telling Roger he'd have to kill either him or Jeff if Jeff ever discovered he was an alien, Roger ascertains that Stan couldn't do it, because he loves him. Stan's response? To choke him to death with an utterly bored look on his face, drop him, and revive him with CPR.
  • Stan, with the help of Hulk Hogan, pulling a rather conventional Heel-Face Turn in "Stanny Tendergrass" and teaming up to convince Roger and the other snobby club members to give back the employees' swim time "the hard way". Hogan's original theme "Real American" playing through the whole thing only sweetens the deal.


  • Francine's musical number in "Stan of Arabia", in which she manages to rhyme "labia" with "Arabia" and break many Muslim laws by singing and appearing in skimpy clothes.
    • Until the tables had turned on her, Francine in the same episode was dishing out quite the ass-whooping on Thundercat.
  • In The Scarlett Getter, Stan realizes his former fantasy girl is actually an alien hunter who's been using Stan to get to Roger. As she's tying Stan up and calling him a loser, Stan tells her that she's trash and not worth the trouble he went through to get her, reminding himself that Francine is more of a woman then Scarlett will ever be.
    Stan: Lady, my wife blows you away!
    Francine: Damn right I do.
  • In "Son of Stan", Stan clones Steve to prove his strict parenting methods are better than Francine's lenient methodology; Francine's Steve (the real Steve) becomes a disrespectful, lazy brat (while Stan's Steve becomes a crazed lunatic). When Steve mouths off to his parents even after they save him, Francine decides she's had enough; she slaps Steve twice, then tells him to do what she says or...
    I'll shove you back up my clownhole, birth you again, and name you my bitch, NOW GET OUT OF THAT CAGE!
  • Francine free-running like a boss in "Stanny Boy and Frantastic", and it was her first time doing it (meanwhile, Stan — who actually was able to free-run on the pilot episode — ends up getting bruised and beaten).
  • From the "Hurricane!", blink and you'll miss it, but when the family finds Hayley after she was wounded by the shark, Francine makes a truly impressive display of physical strength by hefting her teenage daughter, whom it should be noted is about the same size as she is, into her arms and carrying her back to where the rest of them are.
  • The fight between Francine and Toshi's mother in "Spelling Bee My Baby".
  • In "White Rice" Stan tries to sabotage Francine's return to her former career as a stand-up comic who specialized in telling Asian jokes by making her nervous before performing in front of some TV executives. Sure enough, Francine barely says a complete sentence before she vomits on stage. Stan waits for her to come home with a banner saying the dishes are in the sink. Francine says that the Fox network ordered six episodes for her own sitcom and she's leaving for Hollywood. If Stan had stayed he would've known that Francine turned the incident around to make a bunch of jokes about Mongolian barbecue.
  • In "Bully for Steve", after discovering that Stan has been bullying Steve in another misguided attempt to make him man up, she chases him throughout the school and it escalates into a car chase that ends with her crashing Stan into a tree. It just goes to show you, even if you're her husband, do NOT mess with her Steven.
  • In "Killer Vacation", Francine is unhappy that Bullock has ordered Stan to kill the seemingly nice recreation director at their vacation resort because the guy is a bloodthirsty war criminal. However, Francine later decides that if this wrecking their vacation, she actually tries to help Stan take the guy out.


  • Steve beating the living shit out of Beauregard, a greyhound-riding half-man, after the latter unleashed a barrage of insults about Stan.
    Steve: Don't talk about my Dad that way! Just because he doesn't know everything doesn't [punch] mean [punch] he's [punch] stupid! [punch]
    • And then he proceeds to steal Beauregard's cash.
  • Steve gets two in Toy Whorey. The first when he successfully sets up an ambush in his room to stop Stan from taking away his toys, a la Home Alone, complete with a firecracker assault. Stan actually crawls out of Steve's room on his knees in fear. The second when he tricks the two guards holding them prisoner into playing make believe with them, at which point Steve locks them in the cell so he and Stan can escape.
  • In one episode, Stan and Steve are trying to get a door for Stan's project of building a DeLorean, and are competing with a Back to the Future fanboy, who steals the knob from Stan's gearshift. Steve climbs out onto the hood, leaps into the other guy's DeLorean, steals the knob back, and then jumps back to Stan's car, even flipping back down into the passenger's seat. All while a Suspiciously Similar version of the Back to the Future theme song plays. Stan himself calls the stunt awesome, and the smug look on Steve's face afterwards shows that he knows it.
  • A minor one but in the episode where Steve tries out for football to impress Stan, after getting kicked/punched in the nuts every time Steve and Stan have a father-son moment by Stan, Steve finally gets to punch Stan in the nuts when Stan notices they're having a moment.
    Stan: Hey look at that, we're having a father-and-son moment.
    Steve: Quit ruining it! (*cue nut punch*)
  • After all the jokes about how weak and wimpy Steve is, when the Smiths find out Roger is seeing another family behind their backs, he's so angry he flips over a table, tears a pillow in half, and jumps up to the ceiling and pulls down a chandelier!
  • When he thinks his girlfriend's campaign for student body president was sabotaged by Alpha Bitch Lisa Silver and her two friends, he goes off on a glorious Disproportionate Retribution spree to avenge Debbie by destroying Lisa and her friends. But it turns out it wasn't them.


  • In "Cops & Roger", the way that Roger kills the dirty cop. He climbs up a metal chain to escape said cop, and tries to elbow drop him, but WINDS UP MAKING HIS HEAD EXPLODE BY ACCIDENT!
    Roger: That was unexpected.
  • In one episode, Roger falls face-first into some cocaine and then takes out an ENTIRE DRUG GANG.
  • Responding to Francine throwing him off a cliff in the most awesome way possible.
  • When a group of drunken asshole fratboys screws Roger out of his pay for a limo ride, Roger hunts down and murders every single one of them, including one who was on a plane. This may seem like a case of Disproportionate Retribution, but for anyone who has EVER worked in a service job and had to deal with smug assholes like this, its easily a moment of Awesome.
  • Roger screwing Hayley and Jeff out of the 50 grand they conned out of Francine and Stan by invoking Hell Is That Noise in Son Of Stan.
  • Just the sheer lengths Roger is willing to go when there is something he wants. Sometimes it lands him on the side of Villain Protagonist, but you still have to admire his sheer tenacity, such as his relentless pursuit of the Smiths in The Great Space Roaster, which includes busting out of an insanely high security prison in Asia where his jail cell was at the bottom of the ocean, or the ridiculous lengths he went to for a good red wig in Old Stan In the Mountain.
  • Roger taking down a CIA helicopter in "Blagnarst: A Love Story"


  • Bullock and Stan drive Jeff out to the woods to kill him under the pretense of going hunting. Stan, feeling pity, gets Bullock to agree to giving Jeff a ten-second headstart. Jeff instantly takes off to steal their car and leaves them stranded in the woods.
  • Jeff Fischer finally stands up to father-in-law Stan, who's been putting him down for years, as the Smith family fights off Santa and his elves. It was in a Christmas episode, so it might not be part of regular continuity, but it was still awesome.
  • After being repeatedly robbed and beaten outside his own bedroom door by Roger in disguise (which Jeff never finds out), Jeff confronts the "mugger," first with a speech about how scum like him are responsible for making the streets (read: bedroom hallway) unsafe, then shooting him.
    • Also doubles as a CMOA because as Roger lays on the ground bleeding he pulls a gun at Jeff (who is unaware that the thief (Roger) is even alive.) and takes aim but instead of getting a shot at Jeff loses grip of the gun and it shots him in the knee and what Roger say's only adds to this.
    Roger (Grunts in pain): That's a whoopsies.
  • In "Lost In Space" Jeff proves to Roger's people that true love does exist and Emperor Zing has been lying to his people. The result starts a rebellion.
    • Not to mention Jeff's reaction when finds out that there are 47000 planets known as earth in the escape pod's database
      Jeff: Well let's start with Earth 1.


  • Hayley does get a couple of moments even though her role on the show is downplayed.
    • In Roy Rogers McFreely, Hayley points that, as she is part of the counterculture and now Stan is opposed to Roger's ruling of his beloved system, Stan is now part of the counterculture himself and on the same side as Hayley. Stan actually agrees with her and the two team-up to form a substantial counterattack to Roger's changes in the neighborhood. She later saves Stan from Roger and makes Stan realize that Roger making Stan feel powerless is just how Stan makes Roger feel when they're at home.
    • When she realizes Snot has stolen a pair of her panties from Steve, Hayley bursts into his house and delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to get said panties back, just because they were lucky, and when you think about it, God only knows what Snot was doing with them.
    • When Roger and Stan try to hasten Hayley through the stages of acceptance because Jeff was abducted by Roger's race so she could referee their badminton game, Hayley points out at the end she had to accept it because they were the ones who got Jeff abducted in the first place, so she steals their shuttlecock and ruins their game. Understated, but still satisfying.
    • From the ending of Da Flippity Flop when Hayley and Francine corner Klaus in Stan's body:
      Hayley: Punch in the face!


  • In Haylias, Stan turns to Klaus for advice about what to with Hayley now that he's activated her sleeper cell training. Though it's entirely one-sided as he's just interrupting Klaus as he's trying to read. Klaus finally gets fed up and calmly tells Stan this:
    Klaus: I think you only turn to me when you have no one else to turn to. I think you really don't care what I have to say and you just like listening to yourself talk. I think you are a selfish bastard and I think you can go to Hell!
    Stan (shocked): Wow. Okay. Uh, well I guess I'll ask someone else what-
    Klaus: Yes, why don't you go do that.
  • In one episode, Roger attempts the Smoke Out and fails both times (falling asleep in the smoke cloud). Later on, Klaus (who Roger's been belittling throughout the episode) manages to do the Smoke Out right. A few seconds later an octopus-like monster appears and Klaus, sitting in a golden chalice, wearing a crown and wielding a sword, cuts his way out of its belly. He then tells Roger "I was gone sixty years! [...] I don't know [where I went] but wherever it was... I am their king now."
  • In Dr. Klaustus, Klaus airs all of the Smith Family's lies to help them work through them, as they've all been turning to Roger's psychiatrist persona "Dr. Penguin" who's been telling them to lie. Their problems include:
    • Stan has been have pre-dinner meals every day for ten years because Francine's cooking is awful, and has been feeding her meals to a pit of wolves built under the kitchen. And some of the wolves are in fact fourth generation.
    • Francine has been stealing fifty dollars from Stan's wallet every week to go to her "emergency fund", for drugs.
    • Steve has a girlfriend and has been telling her that Greg and Terry are his gay fathers because he's embarrassed of Stan and Francine.
    • Jeff can only think of Francine when he's having sex with Hayley because it's the only way he can get aroused.
    • Hayley has been playing ultimate Frisbee without Jeff because he's horrible at sports.
    • None of the family will listen to Klaus because they can't see past his fish exterior. After Roger realizes that the way to get the family to listen is by providing a mouthpiece, Roger gets into his Drill Sergeant Nasty persona "Sgt. Pepper", and barks them into submission and then orders them to work out their problems. Stan should just shut up and eat Francine's cooking, Francine should use her emergency fund for a cooking class, Steve should be lucky he has parents who love him, Hayley should dress up for Jeff because "hippies aren't sexy, they're dirty", and Jeff should exercise. Roger then orders them to thank Klaus because these are his ideas and he deserves the credit. The family then apologizes and honestly thanks Klaus for helping them. This is one of the nicest things Roger has ever done for Klaus, and it's a genuine Pet the Dog moment for Klaus (until he gets rewarded a hooker and the episode ends with him crying and eating chocolate while the hooker just files her nails in bed).
      • This was an amazing moment for Klaus, who's been neglected and ignored for years.
  • In Sense and Sensei-bility, Klaus is relegated to being an "outdoor fish" which eventually exposes him to a large number of aggressive cats and birds. Klaus eventually lures Stan, Francine and Hayley outside and locks them out. They get back at Klaus by delivering all of the cats and birds to Klaus in a box, which Klaus opens in the house. However, Klaus kills all of the animals in 10 seconds.

Other Characters

  • Toshi single-handedly takes out half a dozen serial killers to save Stan, Francine, and Roger.
  • In "Bully for Steve", Steve finds Stan's childhood bully on Facebook and has him beat Stan to a bloody pulp. The whole episode revolved around Stan teaching Steve to stand up for himself and not have other people fight his battles for him by bullying his own son; while Steve did resort to having someone fight his battle for him (which means he completely missed the point of Stan's lesson), Stan did have it coming, and boy, was that beatdown fun to watch.
  • Jesus gets one when he flips onto the Anti Christ's shoulders and snaps his neck with his thighs.
  • Principal Lewis flip-flops from Fat Bastard, Fat Idiot, and Apathetic Teacher, or can usually be a mix of the three, but he earned some points when he broke a pot of coffee across Steve's face when Steve had punched a twelve year old girl with no provocation.
  • In the episode when Stan kidnaps Greg and Terry's infant daughter because he thinks gays won't make good parents. After kidnapping the children of a lesbian couple who tried to change make him see the error of his ways, the kids make him realize he's in the wrong. When he stops and hands the kids back over to their rightful parents and apologizes, Terry punches him in the face and puts out a restraining order against him.
  • The Chocodile scene when Stan is inside Roger's mind on "Brains, Brains, and Automobiles." Especially saying his Pre Ass Kicking One Liner "Oh HELL no" while smirking at Stan. Then the short yet cool beatdown begins.
  • From the very end of the episode "Son of Stan": "I'll see you in hell." *BANG*
  • In the fight in "Lost In Space", Sinbad holds his ground against the alien guards (at first) with nothing but a butcher knife. Sort of becomes a Heroic Sacrifice.
    • The initial test itself in "Lost In Space" is kickass in that it's set to the orgasmic music of Wax Fang's "Majestic" and sequenced fantastically with the song. However, the same test doubles as a heart-wrenching experience for Jeff.
      • Speaking of which, they actually got Wax Fang to perform the song for the sequence, as opposed to just paying to use the album version.
  • Director Bullock calling Stan out for his actions when Stan is ordered to have Bullock mindwiped because he is showing signs of dementia and he is now a risk to national security, with Stan refusing and going on the run with Bullock due to their mentor/student relationship. It was actually a brain scrambling chip Bullock's rival put on his neck as part of an extended rivalry between the two. Bullock points out that Stan refusing to terminate him, heartwarming though it was, was incredibly stupid and borderline treasonous, especially since Bullock's erratic behavior caused multiple serious security breaches, among others he stole a nuclear submarine.
    Bullock: You don't work for ME, you idiot! You work for your country!