Characters / American Dad!

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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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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a Nice Guy through and through, but when Roger, not knowing of the Split Personality, ruins his life and destroys everything he cares about, and vows to continue doing so, Sidney hires an assassin to kill him.

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.
  • 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.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's a highly competent wedding planner whose only shortcomings are from her clients wasting their budget.
  • Career Versus Man: She's chosen career.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Her purse comes equipped with a crossbow and fake hymens.
  • Does Not Like Men: Scoffs at the idea of getting a boyfriend because she's "too set in her ways" at this point in her life.
  • Morality Pet: Her sons.
  • 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: In-Universe. When her "breast" (an orange) rolls out of her clothes, she rolls with it, declaring herself a breast cancer survivor.

Sweeps McCullough

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

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.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: When he holds down Nemo, Stan tries stabbing the child, but ends up stabbing Roger, he screams at him, calling him an idiot, before realizing that's not who Roland is.

Spartacus Vanderhill

A rich snob at the Havercamp Country Club.
  • I Love the Dead: He admitted to having sex with his wife after he pulled the plug as he was mocking his elderly stepdaughter.
  • May–December Romance: His stepdaughter now requires a walker to get around if that's any indication of his wife's age.

Ricky Spanish...(Ricky Spanish)

A psychotic criminal hated by everyone in town.
  • Ax-Crazy: To the point that even Roger seems scared of him.
  • Jerkass: The king. Think Roger is bad? Just go see the things he has done.

Pete Pendelman

An executive for a concrete company.
  • Something Completely Different: He's a stark contrast to Roger's other personas: a lonely widower, a recovering alcoholic, and a diabetic. The only remotely Roger-ish thing he does is pretend to be a superhero.

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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Is rather squicked at the idea that Steve might have been offering to please Francine's needs in place of Stan (he wasn't).
  • 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.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: She's a blatant parody of Zelda Rubinstein and her role in the Poltergeist franchise.

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A not really Sex Offender who moves onto Spooner Street for an episode
  • Exact Words: Promises to make Steve and his friends into men. By which she mean that by the end of their time with her they will be excellent handymen.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Pretends to be a sex offender to trick Steve and his friends into working for her for free, so she could flip the house she bought for a huge profit. And it's implied that she's done this, successfully, multiple times!
  • Ms. Fanservice: Intentionally invokes this.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Pretends to be one
  • The Reveal: She isn't actually a sex offender, she just pretends to be one to trick horny teenage boys into working for her for free. She's actually a House Flipper.
  • Trickster Mentor: Styles herself as one, claiming that because of her, the boys learned all about construction and home renovation.
  • Vanity License Plate: One that says "lil teez."
  • Walking Spoiler: So much of her character hinges around The Reveal.

Ron/Daniel Turlington

Voiced by: Forest Whitaker
An enigmatic detective character who’s often slow to react.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    Turlington: Enjoying your coffee, Smith?
    Stan: I'm not drinking coffee.
    Turlington: I'm just testing. See, if you were a liar, you might say you were enjoying your coffee. Maybe even take a drink from an imaginary cup.
    Stan: ... Who are you, and why do you freak me out?

Sergei Kruglov

Stan's communist neighbor.
  • Arch-Nemesis: To Stan.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When Sergei moves in, he at first seems to have accepted the boys of capitalism. But those were all bullshit stories to gain Stan's trust and convert Steve to communism.

Stelio Kontos

A Greek bully who made Stan's life miserable.