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The dramatis personae for Seth MacFarlane's second animated sitcom, American Dad!, featuring some background information on the characters and tropes they provide examples of. More to come.

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Stan Smith

"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 forget the lessons he's just learned, he still loves his family. Voiced by Seth MacFarlane.

  • 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 free-running).
  • Action Dad
  • Aesop Amnesia: Lampshaded often.
  • Alliterative Name: Stan Smith.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: 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.
  • Bald of Awesome: 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.
  • Big Beautiful Man
  • 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.
  • Calling Your Attacks: MEAT SLAP!
  • Control Freak
  • Crazy-Prepared
  • Cross Dresser: 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".
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When on his game, Stan is nearly unbeatable.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: This happens to him at the end of "Hot Water" for no real reason, but like Kenny McCormick, he is alive and well in the next episode.
    • Word of God 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.
    • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: 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 Jerk with a Heart of Gold, 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 Aesop Amnesia.
  • Freudian Excuse: 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.
  • Going Native: Stan has a strong tendency to do this; lampshaded by Francine in "Stan of Arabia".
  • Happily Married: To Francine, but they have an equal amount of neglect and unfaithfulness with love.
  • Henpecked Husband: 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.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: He gets better as time goes on.
    • In fact, accepting gay lifestyles is the only lesson Stan remembers.
    • To the point where he even once gives a Patrick Stewart Speech that while Republicans might not accept gays or support gay rights, they shouldn't hate Gay Republicans, because they're on their side and it's a waste of perfectly good hate that should be reserved for the Democrats!
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: 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).
  • Honor Before Reason: 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 Unfriendly Fire at Area 51.
  • Hypocritical Humor: 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. All played for humour, of course.
  • Idiot Hero: 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.
  • Insane Troll Logic: 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.
  • It's All About Me: 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 Jerk with a Heart of Gold 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.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Arguably Stan's callousness has been toned down or at least been placed in 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.
  • Kissing Under the Influence/Anal Probing/Ho Yay/Their First Time/Did the Earth Move for You, Too?: With Roger during their trip to Atlantic City. They were both drunk, and Stan agreed to the most intimate experiences of Roger's species. Roger ended up knowing all of Stan's memories, but not vice versa — this was especially humiliating for Roger because Stan was actually Roger's first.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: 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.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice
  • Large Ham
  • Man Child: 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.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Momma's Boy: 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!
  • Moral Myopia: If he does it for himself, it's okay. If someone does it to him, its unforgivable.
  • Never My Fault
  • Only Sane Man: 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.
  • Papa Wolf: 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.
  • Patriotic Fervour
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The blue to Francine's pink.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He's a bigot in many ways, but he generally learns An Aesop about it...for a while.
  • Promotion to Parent: For Jeff, first symbolically, and then literally once Jeff and Hayley tie the knot.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: If he's not acting like a three-year-old, he's killing someone while acting like a three-year-old.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: 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).
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Steve's Sensitive Guy.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's always Dressed To Kill.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Frequently acts narcissistic about his looks and "intelligence". May also apply as Inferiority Superiority Complex when it's found out he wasn't always "the stallion he is today".
  • Split Personality: In "Cock of the Sleepwalk", though technically it's Stan and his conscience.
  • Standard '50s Father: 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?"
  • Stay in the Kitchen: He even sings a song about it.
  • Straight Man: He tries to be this, but is really much more of a Large Ham.
  • Straw Misogynist
  • Strawman Political: He's an exaggerated stereotype of hyper-patriotic Republicans. Though much less so as the show went on.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Too Dumb to Live: By mixture of Aesop Amnesia, Insane Troll Logic, and Up to Eleven, 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.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Starting from Season 8, to the point where he's just this shy of being a Peter Griffin clone.
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Averted. Stan's just as, if not more, attractive than Francine. He just hasn't slept around as much as Francine.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
  • Weight Woe: 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.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Has elements of this in his relationship with his father Jack, and this trait is very prominent in his son Steve.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Often the cause of his Jerk Ass antics.
  • Would Hit a Girl: 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.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: 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)

"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.

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: 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...
  • Action Girl: 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 ramming him into a tree during a car chase.
    • She's also an Instant Expert on Le Parkour 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shifts somewhere between this and an outright Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, Depending on the Writer (much like Lois on Family Guy, 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.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In later seasons.
  • Big Eater: Which forces her to work out until she pukes, power lift the couch, and take a ton of laxatives to stay attractive.
  • Bi the Way: 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.
  • Blonde Republican Sex Kitten: Sort of. Compared to Stan, Francine is much more apolitical (she likely doesn't understand politics in general.)
  • Bound and Gagged: 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.
  • Dumb Blonde: But not too dumb.
  • Damsel in Distress: Depending on the Writer.
  • Ethical Slut: She 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.
  • Expansion Pack Past
  • Extreme Doormat: Often for Stan and Roger, though she stands up for herself when pushed too far.
  • Former Teen Rebel
  • Freudian Excuse: 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. 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.
  • Genius Ditz: 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).
  • Genki Girl: She can be high-energy and somewhat crazy.
  • Housewife
  • Happily Adopted
  • Happily Married: 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 what isn't broken.
  • Kick the Dog: Got her son suspended from school by stashing drugs in his locker.
  • Lad-ette: In her younger years, she loved to drink, party, and have tons of sex.
  • Mama Bear: 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!
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Nice Girl: Aside from her Bitch in Sheep's Clothing tendencies, she can be sweet and caring most of the time.
  • Not So Different: 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.
  • Older Than They Look: 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).
  • Parental Abandonment: Her real parents left her at an airport after being told they couldn't bring any children with them in first class.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Pink is her favorite color.
  • Really Gets Around: Shown at the beginning of "When a Stan Loves a Woman."
  • Retired Badass: She was once in a fight club and in prison, and if you hit her Berserk Button she becomes a Combat Pragmatist who will do anything short of killing her family members if they cross her (she rammed Stan with a four-wheel-drive!).
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: The Right Way to Stan's Wrong Way (albeit Deconstructed a few occasions she proves to be just as bad).
  • Stalker with a Crush: 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.
  • Stay in the Kitchen
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Hayley's Tomboy.
  • The Unfair Sex: 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.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
  • Women Are Wiser
    • Not so Above It All: While she is much more sane than Stan, she still engages in zany schemes, like trying to assassinate George Clooney because she felt he upstaged her (season 1 finale).
      • Recent episodes 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.
  • You Are What You Hate: 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 Fischer

"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 Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moments with Stan, and shares more than a few personality traits from her father, both negative and positive. Voiced by Rachael MacFarlane (Seth's sister).

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • The Artifact: 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.
  • Balloon Belly: In Camp Refoogee.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her default outfit exposes her midriff (and her navel ring).
  • Berserk Button: She does not take breakups well (provided that she is not the one who breaks up).
  • Bi the Way: 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."
  • Body Paint: In one episode about Neighborhood Watch, she paints over her chest to protest changes being made to the neighborhood.
    • Informed Attribute: 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.
  • Black Sheep: Even described as such in-universe in at least one episode.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Stan enrolled her in a program to become a CIA sleeper agent when she was 5. If you say the right combination of words, she becomes a trained killer.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Sort of, in the early seasons.
  • Daddy's Girl: 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually to her father.
  • Demoted to Extra: 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.
  • Depending on the Writer: Hayley is either the most lucid and rational of the Smiths (if a tad arrogant about it) or even more of a callous, pretentious Hypocrite as her father.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Dreamsmasher.
  • Fake American: In-Universe. At the end of "She Swill Survive," there is a scene with Stan and Hayley being their Animated Actors. Hayley's actress has a thick Australian accent.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her hypocritical and psychotic tendencies can be somewhat explained as an inherited tendency from her parents, but also as a likely side effect of the brainwashing Stan put her through when she was little.
  • Granola Girl: 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.
  • Hidden Depths: The episode "Love, A.D. Style" shows that she's a very good singer (as is her voice actress) — to the point where 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 Depending on the Writer.
    • 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 Ax-Crazy (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.
  • Karma Houdini: A lot of Hayley's role revolves around being a Not So Different 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.
  • Laser-Guided Tykebomb: 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: I'm getting fed up of this orgasm!
  • Made of Iron: 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 from Roger, and while in the hospital also gets a vase smashed onto her head again by Roger. She also doesn't seem any worse for wear even after Roger kidnaps her out of the hospital and holds her captive in a dingy warehouse.
  • Mama Bear: 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". 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).
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Steve's Feminine Boy.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Not So Different: 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.
  • 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).
  • Out of Focus: 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 Artifact above.
    • Big part of it is that as the show moved away from political satire, Hayley ended up losing most of her purpose to the show.
  • Real-Life Relative: Hayley is voiced by Seth MacFarlane's sister, Rachael.
  • Rightly Self-Righteous: 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.
  • Soapbox Sadie: To provide contrast to Stan's over-the-top right wing attitude.
  • Straw Hypocrite: 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 Control Freak father, and has attempted to bail out a few good times she is made to go through with the consequences of her actions.
  • Straw Vegetarian: Claims to be vegetarian, but eats a lot of ham in "Camp Refoogee".
  • Teens Are Short: Even shorter than her mother.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: 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.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Francine's Girly Girl.
  • The Unfavorite: Her middle name says most of it, as well as Stan's disdain for her and Francine's blatant favoritism for Steve.
  • Unstoppable Rage: 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 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 Project Daycare.
  • Weirdness Magnet: 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.
  • "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.
  • Woman Scorned: To its most extreme. See above.

Steven "Steve" Anita Smith

"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' but ended for good as of "Bar Mitzvah Hustle". Voiced by Scott Grimes.

  • Adorkable: At times.
  • Alliterative Name: Steve Smith.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Despite his endless Quest for Sex 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... with a quick "ugh" and a limp wrist.
    • The "Ambiguous" part may be out the window considering he and Snot are married in the future.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: 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."
  • Animals Hate Him
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Big "NO!": Periodically belts out a rather humorous one.
  • Breakout Character: 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.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Casanova Wannabe
  • Catchphrase: Scott Grimes once joked that he actually got an umbilical hernia from screaming "AWESOME!" so often during early series.
  • The Chew Toy: Poor guy can't seem to catch a break. Especially when it comes to women...
  • Depending on the Writer: 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 Wild Teen Party, 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.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: In the end, this is how it always ends up for him because Status Quo Is God.
  • Ditzy Genius: At times. For example, in "Irregarding Steve," he's shown to know more about the New York Stock Exchange than about prostitution.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: 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.
  • Extraverted Nerd
  • Geek
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: 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.
  • The Hero: With his friends.
  • Hollywood Dateless: Has had 17 prominent romances over the series (15, if you count that one of them was his dad in a cyborg's body trying to "seduce" him and the other was an Artificial Human 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.
  • Hollywood Genetics: 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.
  • Informed Flaw: 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be an obnoxious brat who tends to take friends and family for granted, but at heart he's a decent kid.
  • The Jinx: In both the case of animals and romance. The few he successfully gains the affection of tend to meet a terrible fate. Simon the cat seemed to make the connection.
  • Karma Houdini: 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.
  • Large Ham: Seems to inherit his father's melodramatic tendencies.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Hayley's Masculine Girl. Also, when with on-and-off (mostly off) girlfriend Debbie, the Feminine Boy to her Masculine Girl.
  • Momma's Boy: This gets addressed a few times where Stan is concerned that Francine nurtures Steve too much, making him less of a man.
  • More than Meets the Eye: Regarding his surprisingly good singing voice when he sings for real, instead of being Played for Laughs by singing in his normally shrill voice. 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.
  • Nerd Glasses
  • Nerds Are Virgins / Quest for Sex: Majority of his storylines amount to this.
  • Otaku: 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 "interested" in Akiko's Chun-Li costume.
  • Non-Action Guy
  • Papa Wolf: 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.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Stan's Manly Man.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Has this in one episode with an underage Indian girl.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He wrote a Saturday Night Live sketch called "Quantum Rape", about a guy in jail for raping Scott Bakula who tries to explain to his cellmate what Quantum Leap 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.
  • Spoiled Brat: 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.
  • Teens Are Short
  • 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.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy Tries to impress Stan, who is repulsed by his nerdiness and lack of athleticism.
  • With Friends Like These...: 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

"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 Seth MacFarlane.

  • Alien Among Us
  • Alien Blood: His blood is purple, as seen when a wolf started eating his head.
  • Aliens Are Bastards
    • Always Chaotic Evil: Everyone of his kind is a Jerkass. Justified, as acting nice is harmful to him.
  • Always Camp
  • The Alcoholic: To the EXTREME.
  • Anti-Hero: He would probably be a straight up Villain Protagonist if it were not for his Pet the Dog moments.
  • Attention Whore
  • Ax-Crazy: In his worst moments, shows traits of this.
  • Becoming the Mask
  • Been There, Shaped History: In his lifetime he's responsible for creating disco in the 1970s (through a time paradox, admittedly), instigating the death of Biggie Smalls, creating 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).
  • Bi the Way: Confirmed as of "You Debt Your Life." After realizing that realizing Andy Dick took his place after he moved out (temporarily), we get this quote:
    Roger: Oh my God! Another fey, pansexual, alcoholic nonhuman...I've been replaced!
    • Depraved Bisexual: 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.
  • Big Bad: If anything ever goes wrong, it's most likely his fault.
  • Big "NO!": Has had a few of his own, though not as many as Steve.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: 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).
  • Big Eater: According to Stan he eats all the family's food.
  • Break the Haughty: 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.
  • Breakout Character: Hasn't quite supplanted Stan as the main character, but he's come close.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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).
  • Characterization Marches On: 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.
  • Clark Kenting
  • Comedic Sociopath
  • Dark and Troubled Past: For the large part, the more we learn about Roger's background, the more depraved an individual he seems.
  • Disappeared Dad: He ate him when he was 15. Apparently this is another of his species' sociopathic tendencies.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life
  • Determinator: If his motives are selfish enough, he can achieve ANYTHING. He pursues 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Roger is a self-centered, amoral Jerkass with a serious Lack of Empathy, 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.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: He is capable of creating rainbows with his finger when he's happy... though the rainbows are made of urine...
  • Expansion Pack Past: His life since his arrival on Earth during the Roswell incident.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Roger when he's in a 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 take over his personality. His Jerk Ass traits also initially just came with 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 he'll actually die without acting consistently cruel).
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Went to a sci-fi convention without a disguise. Oddly enough, this was the one time he avoided interaction with people.
  • The Greys
  • Happily Married: Supposedly for 35 years.
  • The Hedonist: 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.
  • Heroic BSOD: In Wiener of our Discontent, he is put out of action when he finds out he was supposed to be a crash test dummy
  • It's All About Me: While all the family display this trait on occasion, Roger takes it to sociopathic extremes.
  • Jerkass: Can shift into a comedic monster on occasion.
    • Depending on the Writer, he's shown to be perfectly willing to exploit or even murder his closest friends for minor offenses or indulgences.
    • In the Blood/Freudian Excuse: 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 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.
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: Roger was more toned down in early episodes, acting little past an obnoxious Cloudcuckoolander and showing more frequent gestures of 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.
      • Pet the Dog: 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 usual tendencies.
    • He helps the Smiths with his disguises far more often than he antagonizes them (except Klaus), though for him the motive seems to be more the chance to dress up than an act of kindness.
  • Karma Houdini: 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 The Chew Toy 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).
  • Kissing Under the Influence/Anal Probing/Ho Yay/Their First Time/Did the Earth Move for You, Too?: With Stan during their trip to Atlantic City. They were both drunk, and Stan agreed to the most intimate experiences of Roger's species. Roger ended up knowing all of Stan's memories, but not vice versa — this was especially humiliating for Roger because Stan was actually Roger's first.
  • Knight Templar Parent: 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).
  • Lack of Empathy: To extremes. The first time he felt empathy for someone over himself was such a shock to his mindset that he developed a split personality (one with far more redeeming aspects than his own).
  • Large Ham
  • Laughably Evil: 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 most trivial and petty reasons and so it goes without saying he is a fan favorite.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Moral Myopia: 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.
  • Mysterious Past: He's apparently 1601 years old. Who knew?
  • Name's the Same: No, he is NOT a negotiator.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: 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 the ability to move "really, really fast."
    • What about the ability to crap golden jewel-encrusted turds?
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice and mannerisms were initially based on Paul Lynde.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Despite having Bizarre Alien Biology, 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.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Turns out that his only weakness is 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.
  • Overprotective Dad: Surprisingly without crossing into abusive territory when he becomes Steve's legal guardian.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: 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.
  • Pet the Dog: 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.
  • The Power of Hate: The very entity keeping his species alive (see above). Naturally The Power of Love is toxic to them as a result.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: 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 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 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, until it's inflected onto him), and while Roger might not appear as much he is really a force to be reckoned with to say the least.
  • Reality Warper: 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 Fred Savage.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Despite his apperance, Roger is at least 1600.
  • Roswell That Ends Well: 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.
  • Super Speed: Allowed him to fake the death of a persona in, "Jenny Fromdabloc".
  • The Sociopath: Self-confessed, no less. When he becomes a Dirty Cop (after being on the force for 3 hours) he says that
    Plus I'm a sociopath so all this fits me like a glove.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Tends to say these at least once an episode.
  • Token Evil Teammate: 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.
  • Tragic Villain: Possibly his sociopathic behavior is because their species has a Blue and Orange Morality.
  • The Unfettered: Playing into his Lack of Empathy, 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).
    • The Übermensch: 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.
  • Up to Eleven: 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. 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.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: In contrast to the rest of the major characters.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Type 1 with Stan, Steve and at times Klaus.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: 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.
  • Would Hit a Girl: 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.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: 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

"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 Dee Bradley Baker.

  • Accent Adaptation: In the German dub, he has a Saxon accent. (Klaus was East German, after all.)
  • All Germans Are Nazis: At the very least, he does seem to sympathize with the 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 other things in that town!
  • Baleful Polymorph: Kinda.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: 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 any time! This terrified them so much, they spent over 9 months hiding in a closet rather than face Klaus.
  • Berserk Button: HATES having his stories questioned.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: 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! 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!
  • Butt Monkey: To the point that even Jeff treats him poorly.
  • The Chew Toy: Arguably the largest amongst the similarly luckless Smith family.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: 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.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Occasionally implied.
  • Hidden Depths: 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.
  • I Reject Your Reality: This, along with The Mad Hatter, 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.
  • Jerk Ass: Albeit toned down in later episodes, where he's usually too desperate for human interaction.
  • The Load: Even Francine is blunt about this:
    Klaus: Oh, can I help?
    Francine: How can you help? You're a fish!
  • Mars Needs Women: Lusted after Francine in early episodes.
  • Mobile Fishbowl: 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.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: A big victim of this.
  • Mysterious Past: Much about his human life is unknown.
    • One Flash Forward 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!
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently he really pissed off the East German Mafia in the past.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: 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 forces him to watch.
  • Ship Sinking: He had a major crush on Francine in the early seasons, which seems to have been lost since.
  • Twofer Token Minority: When he briefly inhabited the body of an African American man, he retained his German accent.

Jeff Fischer

"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.

  • A Day in the Limelight: 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.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In "Less Money Mo Problems," Jeff was pretty quick to take on intruders with a knife.
  • The Danza: Voiced by... Jeff Fischer.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Arguably the main reason Hayley even bothers with him (he has appeared less the more Stan has warmed up to him).
  • Erudite Stoner: Ties in with Genius Ditz below.
  • Extreme Doormat: Usually to Hayley and Stan's abuse (albeit largely due to being The Pollyanna).
  • Genius Ditz: So musically talented and intelligent, but so blindingly stupid at the same time, that he gives Francine a run for her money.
  • Hero-Worshipper: 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.
  • Made of Iron: Survives having his skin removed and then worn by Roger.
  • The Millstone: He rivals Stan in his ability to make situations go from bad to worse.
  • Noodle Incident: In one episode Hayley is pissed and fed up with him trying to win her back, but Jeff tells her something offscreen that apparently 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.
  • Man Child: 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.
  • Nice Hat
  • Parental Abandonment: His father framed him for possession of cannabis and frequently expresses embarrassment for him in a highly unfiltered Sarcasm Mode. His mother abandoned him before he was born (the impossibility of this is lampshaded, however).
  • The Pollyanna: Is quite possible the most cheerful, upbeat guy in the entire show.
  • The Ditz
  • Put On A Spaceship: He later escapes with help from other prisoners on the ship (including 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."
    • 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.
  • The Stoner: Justified apparently, as it's revealed that if he doesn't smoke weed, he starts to masturbate constantly.
  • Unexplained Recovery: "Seasons Beatings".
    Stan: Jeff? I thought you drowned!
    Jeff: Nope.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Constantly seeks the approval of his father who hates him.


Avery Bullock

"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 Hayley. Also has a thing for "plump Asian" chicks. Voiced by Patrick Stewart.

  • Actor Allusion: The writers will occasionally have him say something that sounds like something Jean-Luc Picard would say (and a lot that he wouldn't say, but sound hilarious coming from him).
  • Adam Westing: 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 Captain Picard's mouth, they will.
  • Ax-Crazy: In more recent episodes, he's become progressively unstable. One episode revolves around him supposedly getting dementia.
  • Badass Grandpa: Despite his age, he's still one of the toughest characters on the show.
  • Bald of Awesome: Though considerably less that Stewart Himself
  • Berserk Button: Do not touch his sandwich.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
  • Brick Joke: In "Stan of Arabia, Part 1", Stan cracks a joke about Bullock being a Chubby Chaser. Three seasons later, "One Little Word" shows that it's completely true.
  • Chubby Chaser: He "has a thing" for chubby asian chicks. Although it usually helps if they're also skanks.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Word of God 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.
  • The Hedonist: An unabashed drug user, sex fiend and general thrillseeker.
  • Hypocritical Humor: 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.
  • Ink-Suit Actor
  • Large Ham
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Runs the C.I.A. like a daycare, including giving time-outs for misbehaving agents and not allowing them to have their milk-box.
  • Playing Against Type
  • Shout-Out: The occasional Star Trek: The Next Generation reference is made, such as Bullock referring to his immediate subordinate as "Number One".
  • Situational Sexuality: Bullock had several gay experiences in boarding school. He described it as "the time when he started to enjoy playing inside".
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Only Patrick Stewart can deliver such utterly obscene dialogue in a Shakespearean tone and make it hilarious every single time.
  • Wild Card

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.

  • Badass Adorable: He's as cute as a button.
  • Dance Battler: "It's Capoeira, bitch!"
  • Mars Needs Women: Tried to pursue a romance with Hayley, only for Hayley to reunite with her stoner boyfriend, Jeff.
  • Out of Focus: 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).
  • 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.


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


A fellow agent who is always showing Stan up.

     Pearl Bailey High School and other teens 

Principal Brian Lewis

The principal of Steve’s High School. Voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.

  • Apathetic Teacher: Steve lampshades this by admitting to his face that he can't believe he's an educator.
  • Ascended Extra: Moved from being an incidental character to becoming the focus of the main plot of two consecutive episodes.
  • Ax-Crazy: How the man got a job teaching children is an absolute mystery, he is incredibly unstable.
  • Badass Teacher: 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.
    • Papa Wolf: Told the PTA to turn a blind eye to his daughter and her friends' revenge on Steve and his friends.
  • Bald Black Leader Guy
  • Been There, Shaped History: His life was the basis for Different Strokes, meaning that the bike shop incident did happen to him and his friend Dudley was messed up because of it.
  • Bi the Way: Turns out that while he was in prison he got "prison married" to another male inmate.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: 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.
  • Depraved Bisexual: 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.
  • Fat Bastard: Crosses into this territory from time to time.
  • The Hedonist: 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.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Compare with Kevin Michael Richardson.
  • Moral Myopia: See Papa Wolf. Said revenge was a case of Disproportionate Retribution, especially since they were no better in the first place, and it was all because of a case of Misplaced Retribution on Steve's part. Steve even explained it was his friends' fault, and they still wanted Steve as well, making it a case of Misplaced Retribution on their part as well.
  • Odd Friendship: 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.
  • Papa Wolf: Had the entire school go after Steve and his friends due to Steve's revenge on the resident Alpha Bitch 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.
  • Where Did We Go Wrong?: Is deeply ashamed of his daughter Janet, for "more reasons than you can imagine".

Schmuley "Snot" Lonstein

Steve's best friend and frequent partner in crime. Voiced by Curtis Armstrong.

  • Actor Allusion: His nickname, "Snot" alludes to Curtis Armstrong's most famous role, "Booger", in the Revenge of the Nerds film series.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Just like his best friend. In fact, whenever Steve incidentally does something gay, it usually involves Snot.
  • Butt Monkey: Frequently. Notably:
    • During a prank where Hayley and Klaus convinced Steve he was lucid dreaming, Hayley calls Snot and asks him out. 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.
  • Clear My Name: After Steve pins a barmitzva heist on him in "Bar Mitzvah Hustle"
  • Disappeared Dad
  • Embarrassing First Name
  • 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 back to his usual look.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Has had an unrequited crush on Hayley for apparently quite a long time.
  • Jewish and Nerdy
  • The Lancer: To Steve.
  • Noodle Incident: 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.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: Finally lands a date with Hailey in "The Missing Kink". And immediately loses interest in her.
  • With Friends Like These...: 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

Steve's mentally retarded friend. Voiced by Eddie Kaye Thomas. He's actually a criminal mastermind when off his meds, and his evil side is voiced by Craig Ferguson.

Toshi Yoshida

The fourth of Steve's circle of friends. Voiced by Daisuke Suzuki.

  • Arranged Marriage: He briefly mentions he's involved in one.
  • Asian and Nerdy
  • Badass Bookworm: See Katanas Are Just Better
  • Fun with Foreign Languages
  • Fun with Subtitles: The disconnect between what Toshi is saying and what the other characters think he's saying is often played for humor.
  • Japanese Ranguage: EAT... MY... BOWLS!
  • Katanas Are Just Better: He uses one to cut apart two serial killers in the Halloween episode "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls".
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Mess with his sister, or even take her out on a date without his permission, and he will END you.
  • The Smart Guy: To Steve.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: 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 Star Trek, 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, the next century is ours."
  • The Unintelligible: 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: 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 Lizzy Caplan.

  • Big Eater
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She's pretty nice, despite being a Goth.
  • Demoted to Extra: 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" Then were back together in "Bar Mitzvah Hustle" and then Debbie left him for someone much more mature and it ends there.
  • Hidden Depths: Is quite knowledgeable about guns.
  • Only Sane Man: Out of the entire show Debbie is possibly the most well-adjusted, rational, and emotionally mature character save for her interest in death.
  • Perky Goth
  • The Sixth Ranger: Well, fifth, to Steve.

Akiko Yoshida

Toshi’s sister, who often acts as a translator. Voiced by Grey Delisle & Grace Park.

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite she and Steve became a couple in "Spelling Be My Baby" she was never seen again after that and it's implies Steve is single again.
  • Just Friends: As another example of Steve's perpetual Did Not Get the Girl, they spend Halloween bonding and becoming close, and Steve finally convinces Toshi to 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.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Her Halloween costume was Chun-Li
  • The Other Darrin: Was voiced by Grey Delisle, 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.

     Smith Extended Family 

Jack Smith

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

Betty Smith

Stan’s somewhat needy mother. Voiced by Swoosie Kurtz.

  • I Just Want to Be Loved: 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.
  • My Beloved Smother: 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!
  • What the Hell, Hero? : In the episode 'American Step Dad', 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 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 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 inexplicably surviving a major accident, it turns out that she's trying to kill Roger because Stan refused to listen when she told him she wanted to be independent. Her method of achieving said independence? TAKE OUT A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY ON ROGER.

    Betty: Stan, he's not trying to kill me. Because I'm trying to kill HIM!

Bàba Ling

Francine’s adoptive father. Voiced by Tzi Ma.

Māma Ling

Francine’s adoptive mother. Voiced by Amy Hill.

  • Ascended Extra: Slightly. Compared to her husband she's made more appearances separately.
  • Asian Rudeness
  • Devil's Advocate: 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.
  • No Name Given / Bilingual Bonus: Māma is simply the Chinese word for 'mother'.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws

Gwen Ling

Francine’s adopted, never-seen sister.

  • Asian Airhead: 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.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Every time she's mentioned, Stan has to go on about how hot she is, to Francine's annoyance.
  • Informed Attractiveness: She's apparently incredibly hot. And thin.
  • The Unseen

Nick Dawson

Francine’s biological Dad.

  • Put on a Bus: Has not appeared since his first appearence.
    • Justifed, considering Stan never introduced him to Francine,

Cassie Dawson

Francine’s biological Mom.

  • Put on a Bus
    • Justified, considering Stan never introduced her to Francine,


Steve's clone


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 Seth MacFarlane and Mike Barker respectively.

  • All Gays Love Theatre: At least, Terry does.
  • Badass Gay: Both Terry and Greg at times, such as when Terry punches Stan in the face for kidnapping their daughter.
  • The Bear: 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.
  • Beta Couple: Arguably the most prominent relationship on the show after Stan and Francine (and maybe Jeff and Hayley).
  • Camp Gay: Conspicuously so.
  • Carpet of Virility: Greg.
  • Dance Battler: They fight like characters out of West Side Story.
  • The Dandy
  • Deadpan Snarker: 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.
  • Gay Conservative: Greg's a Log Cabin Republican.
  • Happily Married: Although not technically married, one of the sweetest couples in animation history, with few arguments and a multitude of tender moments between them.
  • Have I Mentioned I am Gay?: Aside from a few Camp Gay 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.
  • Hot Scoop
  • Kent Brockman News: They tend to squabble and unload their dirty laundry while at work — or did, in the early episodes. The later ones, not so much.
  • Parental Abandonment: 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.
  • Papa Wolf: 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.
  • Those Two Gays
  • The Unfavourite: 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.
  • 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."
  • With Friends Like These...: 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 Terry slugs him in the end.

Linda Memari

An Iranian-American neighbour and friend of Francine. Voiced by Megyn Price.

  • Bi the Way / Lipstick Lesbian: Made out with Francine in "Not Particularly Desperate Housewives" as a way of saying a goodbye, despite being married to a man. 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, Here We Go Again...can I at least watch this time?"
  • Demoted to Extra: 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.


A Disney imaginer turned Mountain Man turned Henpecked Husband. Voiced by Matt Mc Kenna.

  • Badass
  • Big Damn Heroes: Has been this twice to the Smiths, and both of those times he was saving them from Stan's stupidity.
  • The Big Guy
  • Butt Monkey
  • Gadgeteer Genius: 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.
  • Henpecked Husband
  • Mountain Man
  • Stalker with a Crush: 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.
  • Stout Strength: As big as he is wide.

Sharri Rothberg

A Jewish-American princess and annoying wife of Buckle. Voiced by Lisa Edelstein.

Father Donovan

The local pastor. Voiced by Martin Mull.

    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.


A crude but sexy Persian wingman.

Horse Renoir

A tough Bounty Hunter born on the bayou.

Sidney Huffman

A nebbishy Nice Guy that became 'alive' on his own.

Roy Rogers McFreely

The powerful and corrupt Chairman of the Homeowners Association.

Dr Rafael Penguin

Originally a prison psychologist and later the family psychologist.

Jeannie Gold

An efficient and mysterious wedding planner with links to organised crime.

Sweeps McCullough

A washed-up agent who tries to renew his career.

Martin Sugar

The owner of an illegal sweatshop.

Jenny Fromdabloc

A teenage girl and brief girlfriend of Snot.

Sgt Pepper

A hard-as-nails soldier responsible for cleaning out portajohns.

Roland Chang

An Asian young man who is very positive.

Spartacus Vanderhill

A rich snob at the Havercamp Country Club.

Ricky Spanish

A psychotic criminal hated by everyone in town.

Tom Yabo

A Yoga instructor and Stan's new stepfather.

Max Jets

Elderly and wealthy prisoner who enjoys showering the family in cash.

Skyler Montessori and Madeline Carpal-Tunnel

Sisters who run a day care center and a girls' finishing school respectively.

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.

     Other Characters 

Ron/Daniel Turlington

An enigmatic detective character who’s often slow to react. Voiced by Forest Whitaker.

Stelio Kontos

A Greek bully who made Stan's life miserable.

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