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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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".
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.)
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.
Hypocrite: She claims to be an animal lover but drowns a rare species of birds in one episode.
Kick the Dog: Got her son suspended from school by stashing drugs in his locker.
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!
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 childrenin first class.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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".
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.
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.
"I'm Steve. I have five friends on MySpace and I'm waiting on approval from a sixth."
The younger of the Smith siblings. A nerdy teenager who has his own circle of nerd buddies and quests for tail. While otherwise unsuccessful at the game of love, he does have an on-again/off-again relationship with heavyset goth Debbie Hyman, which seems to have resumed as of 'Escape From Pearl Bailey'. Voiced by Scott Grimes.
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.
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."
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"God! Who do you have to probe around here to get a Chardonnay?"
An 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.
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. Will do 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 tried biting Francine. 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.
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, he's able to escape from an excessively secure underwater prison. Not even leaving the planet is enough to escape him.
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?
Another episode had Roger attempting 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What about the ability to crap golden jewel-encrusted turds?
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 salad dressing 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.
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.
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 ontohim), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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."
"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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Kick the Dog: 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.
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.
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.
Continuity Nod: To his evil side. Since the episode where his condition was revealed, he semi-frequently says and does dark or disturbing things even when sedated. For example, he once got revenge on Lewis by letting him get shot and then twisting his finger in the wound. Another time, while him, Snot, and Toshi were beating Steve, he suddenly shouts his desire to kill his whole family.
Depraved Homosexual: Barry has a crush on Snot, and things get awkward when they're alone in a car in "Independent Movie."
Disability Superpower: Barry is shown to be impossibly good with numbers. Probably a side effect of his drugs not being entirely full-proof.
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 speaks 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.
Toshi’s sister, who often acts as a translator. Voiced by Grey Delisle & Grace Park.
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.
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
Stan’s father who abandoned him as a child, a jewel thief and con-man. Voiced by Daran Norris.
Stans 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jerkass: She complains to Buckle a lot. Though the fact that she was raised by a rich dad may have something to do with it. She was not used to not getting what she wants so it probably inflated her ego.
An efficient and mysterious wedding planner with links to organised crime.
Anti-Hero: Or Anti-Villain. Her actions all stem from wanting to pull off the perfect wedding so in a way she's simply giving her clients exactly what they want regardless of her questionable ethics in pulling it off.
Take Our Word for It: The "sexy barnyard stuff" she has on her website which she explicitly tells Stan that he could not be too cautious in scrubbing his hard drive down if he saw it, clearly stating they'd both go to jail.
Throw It In: When her "breast" (an orange) rolls out of her clothes, she rolls with it, declaring herself a breast cancer survivor.
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.
Never Mess with Granny: When it looks like they're about to die because Stan has yet to fully pleasure Francine, Ruby (or more likely Roger breaking out of character) forces a bottle of Mexican tar Viagra suppositories down Stan's throat and orders him to get back in bed.