YMMV: American Dad!

  • Acceptable Targets: Used with varying degrees of intensity: the more the writers hate it, the meaner they'll be. So far, everything has been ripe for parody.
  • Anvilicious: Parodied in an episode where, after Francine is worried that her and Stan's new friends might get an abortion, he says...
    Stan: They won't, (looks at camera and smiles) because they're awesome! (nods)
    • "Stan Goes On The Pill" unfortunately lays on the "men should listen to women more" aesop thick, to the point where it's actually kind of difficult to enjoy the episode.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Francine a sensible mom or is she an insane dumb blonde?
    • Does Stan only care for himself or is he a Well-Intentioned Extremist who tries to do what's best for his family?
    • Speaking of Stan, he can be seen as insane due to his irrational way of thinking which includes Aesop Amnesia, Insane Troll Logic, and Too Dumb to Live and even many characters plus Steve believe he is a lunatic. Even the Jury Duty Summons didn't want him invited and branded Stan as a Lunatic. Stan's insanity might be exposed when he suffers delusions that make him believe he's fat and see an imaginary trainer named Zack in "The American Dad After School Special".
    • Is Roger a full-blown psychopath that does nasty and awful things because he enjoys it? Or simply, is about Blue and Orange Morality, as he says about his species.
    • Does Roger have a multiple personality disorder, or is he so committed to or obsessed with acting that he sometimes forgets who he really is?
    • Steve Smith might have multiple personalities since he has a different type of behavior from episode to episode, some episodes he really wants a girlfriend, some episodes he's a horndog, some episodes he's a teenager with many problems no therapist might help him with (as Roger puts it) and some episodes he acts like a immature spoiled brat.
  • Arc Fatigue: Some view the Jeff in space arc as this which was dragged out over the course of three seasons (and amounted to a little more than two years in real life). It didn't help that it was only focused on at least once per season (a total of three episodes overall) and that it ultimately resolved via reset button where all the characters (barring Roger, who caused the whole thing to begin with yet suffered no punishment) would forget the events of the entire thing making it feel completely pointless.
  • Ass Pull:
    • The ending of "White Rice" can be seen as this, especially since what wraps it up is also what kickstarted it in the first place making the whole thing feel pointless.
    • The aforementioned resolution to the multi-season Jeff in space arc.
  • Awesome Art: The MMORPG scenes in "Dungeons and Wagons" look gorgeous.
  • Awesome Music: All the songs in Hot Water. Helps that they got Cee Lo Green to play the hot tub.
    • The Summoner's song to bring out the Majestic in "Lost in Space".
    • The song by the boyband Boyz 12 in "Can I Be Frank (With You)"
  • Base Breaker: Roger (and Klaus to a lesser extent) is either hilarious or annoying.
  • Badass Decay: Season 1 Stan? Badass Hyper-competent CIA Agent who can spy with the best of 'em and manages a daring Parkour-esque escape from Steve in a shopping mall. Season 7 Stan? Attempts Free-Running, falls and breaks his leg open, gets beaten up on a regular basis and has proven completely incompetent at protecting his family.
  • Better on DVD and Bowdlerization: Much like Family Guy, this show has a lot of extended scenes, unbleeped-out language, and cruder lines of dialogue that only the DVD version can provide. Unlike Family Guy, they don't come by the boatload.
    • On TBS they're allowed to say 'shit' without the bleep.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: A key factor in why many consider the show to be a complete Family Guy clone in the later seasons. The most obvious examples are "Naked to the Limit, One More Time" and "A Boy Named Michael" where they use cutaway gags.
    • Earlier seasons still had their own moments. The 1,000th Vagina Joke and Mind Quad stand out, as well as a gag that depicts the cast as Animated Actors where Stan walks off the set because he thinks the B-Plot he and Francine are in doesn't make any sense, storming off past a giant version of Klaus in front of a green screen.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Hot Water" (the season seven premiere with the murderous hot tub) due to how out-there it is. Justified, however, as it was originally written as the Series Finale in case FOX decided to screw it over by now renewing the show, but when FOX did renew it, the deaths were hand-waved as non-canon.
    • Some low-key examples of this trope include "Stan's Best Friend," "The Boring Identity," "Da Flippity Flop,", "Familyland", and "CIAPOW" which some viewers have described as feeling like Family Guy episodes with the American Dad! cast.
  • Broken Aesop: This pretty much happens every time someone (specifically Stan) learns a lesson as they will forget by the following episode 9 times out of 10. Unfortunately, this can also be a reason for why a character is disliked nowadays (see Unintentionally Unsympathetic below).
    • Stanís status as Designated Villain also makes many of the asoepes this by default. For example in ďKung Pao TurkeyĒ Stanís plans for football on Thanksgiving in his underwear are ruined by Francine inviting her adopted parents over the holiday. While itís true was being rude at first his in-laws were being their usual selves by taking over the house. However it exculpated to ridiculous proportions when not only did they break the TV, but Francine decided to replace dishes to make them feel more welcomed (not add actually replace for example stuffing the turkey with Chinese food). Stan ended up leaving the house in a huff coming upon a tailgate party where he learned the true meaning of Thankgiving. However upon returning home the audience finds out that no one cared or even noticed that he was gone. Thus the aesop of the episode is that Stan needs to learn to appreciate a family that doesnít even aknowledge his existence.
      • This leads to some Fridge Horror when you remember that his father regularly forgot who he was before abandoning him.
  • Broken Base: The episodes before the "Stan of Arabia" two-parter. Some fans state that these episodes were awkwardly written and come off as Family Guy without the cutaway jokes (though the pilot did have some Family Guy-style cutaway jokes, like George W Bush's call to God and Roger finding the Jack-In-The-Box mascot in the basement) while some say that the pre-"Stan of Arabia" episodes do have their moments of being good, even if the episodes sucked overall.
    • Phasing out the show's political angle aside from a few occasions note . Was it a good decision to help further the series or did the show lose what made it special and turn it into a Family Guy clone?
    • Season 7. Was it the better than season six, worse than season six, or about the same?
    • Are seasons 8, 9, and/or 10note  worth watching or yet another example of the show's decline in quality?
    • Are the TBS episodes (which no longer have Mike Barker on them due to creative differences) better or worse than the FOX episodes?
  • Compressed Vice: Both played straight and inverted throughout the series. In order for Stan to maintain his Designated Villain status a lot episodes has him take a level of Jerkass by adding attributes heís never shown before or take a level of dumbass by taking away attributes. For example in mo money mo problems Stan has sudden become unable to survive off of a budget despite many episodes depicting it a promininet skill. There is also him uncontrollably breaking out into song and dance every time he hears the song taking care of business.
  • Crazy Awesome: Principal Lewis. He gets into fistfights with dogs, his life was the basis for the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," and he was a drug trafficker years before he became a high school principal.
    • A lot of episodes ("Iced, Iced Babies," "You Debt Your Life," and "Naked to the Limit, One More Time") infer that Principal Lewis is still a drug trafficker while serving as principal.
    • Roger can sometimes be this, like gunning down a gang like some kind of action hero after getting a facefull of cocaine.
    • Stan had moments of this originally, though his Badass Decay of later episodes diluted it, usually punctuated with others such as Roger and Francine outdoing him at the trope.
    • Bob Tod from "For Whom the Sleigh Bells Toll", a crazy mountain man who makes the strongest whiskey known to man and makes love to slain reindeer, but is more than capable of killing murderous elves and giant evil snowmen.
  • Creator's Pet: The writers really tried to push Klaus as the Breakout Character in the first season. Fans just weren't biting, and the writers caught wind of this and scaled him back. Now, it's become a running gag how he's always Out of Focus. Ironically, this has actually made him more popular.
    • Roger appears to be this in the later episodes. If he's not the main focus of the episode, he'll still manage to play a huge part in it. However, unlike the majority of other offenders of this trope, most fans don't seem to mind (key word: Most).
  • Crosses the Line Twice: As expected of a Seth MacFarlane work, though American Dad! is often admired for showing some restraint and using this trope sparingly like a fine, expensive spice, rather than slathering it on like ranch dressing on an otherwise healthy salad. One such example is the suicidal lemur of "Killer Vacation" Taking the Bullet for Francine and then giving a thumbs up to the camera.
    • "I'm dealing with a suicidal lemur!"
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: This hits hard due to how often the show abuses Aesop Amnesia (especially in later seasons). It makes the characters look like they're just pretending to learn their lesson so that they can get away with everything they did in the episode. Nearly every character has some ulterior motive to get what they want and when they're called out on it, they just apologize and are Easily Forgiven.
    • Even though it is non canon the episode Blood Crieth Unto Heaven takes Stan status as the Designated Villain to ridiculous extremes. Both before and after this episode Stanís parents have shown to be incredibly abusive heaping huge amounts of psychological abuse and neglect ending with his father abandoning him and his mother (and lying to him about it for years), and his mother forcing him to take his fathers place. This episode absolves his parents of all responsibility for their actions by saying it was Stanís fault, because they threw him a surprise party. And since they regularly forget who he is completely averts willing suspension of disbelief.
  • Designated Hero: Hayley, despite being designed as a satire of Not So Different left wing extremists, is pretty much always in the right against Stan. Most of her immoral or hypocritical qualities are played for quick gags and rarely called out, with all of maybe two or three episodes she receives a comeuppance or An Aesop (and even these are usually in regards to her stooping to Stan's level than being wrong in her herself). In addition, despite her past treatment of Jeff being coldly dismissive to outright abusive, she is nearly always firmly in Women Are Wiser territory.
  • Designated Villain: On similar terms, Stan in multiple episodes. He borders a Villain Protagonist at times, but a lot of other cases those he opposes are enabled to act even worse. "Bollocks To Stan", "Stan Time" and "The Kidney Stays In The Picture" are perhaps the most ludicrous cases where he is "the bad guy" to his family's immoral actions, despite his approach, while still flawed, being at least somewhat justified. "The People vs Martin Sugar" out and out Lampshades Roger as a Designated Hero to Stan.
    Roger: People forgive you if you're likable, and I'm the most charming S.O.B. anyone's ever met. Face it, I'm Ferris Bueller and you're my jealous, big-nosed, sour-faced sister Jeanie.
    • Borderlines as an Anti-Hero in "Bully for Steve" when he tries to toughen Steve up by becoming a bully. It doesn't work.
    • In cases such as "School Lies" and "Daddy Queerest", very little of what went wrong was actually down to Stan's actions, the events were down to circumstances that would have happened either way (Steve's school being fumigated in the former, Terry's Dad being a homophobic Jerk Ass in the latter) or were actually planned by another character (in both cases, it was actually Francine who suggested the plan that set up the Disaster Dominoes (sending Steve to a private school and revealing Terry is gay to his father respectively). Stan is still blamed when it goes wrong, by her).
    • Roger himself also gets some of this in "Meter Made", since he didn't actually do anything wrong. Contrary to what Haley said, he had every right to be there. It was a public art class. The fact that Haley talks big but can't follow through with her words when it's people she knows isn't his problem.
    • Done again against Hayley in "Jack's Back", where Roger is giving her internship credit by working at his makeshift bar. While Roger's tasks are ridiculous, Hayley blatantly has no intention of doing any work to earn her credit. She actually outdoes Roger of all people with dress up acts and gets her way again.
  • Ear Worm: Stelio... Stelio Kontos!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Avery Bullock and Principal Lewis.
    • Greg Corbin and Terry Bates, the gay local news anchors.
    • Michelle, the worst lawyer in the afterlife, enough to cameo in the Series Fauxnale "Rapture's Delight".
    • Stelio Kontos.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Done on purpose in "Shallow Vows", where Stan and Francine realize that they're both horribly shallownote , but declare that it works because they're honest about it.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Lampshaded in the commentary for "Irregarding Steve", where Stan says "Death has better things to do, like remembering Tony Curtis already." The writers said that they prayed that Tony Curtis wouldn't die any time near that episode's airing.
    • But now Tony Curtis is dead as of 2010, officially making that line this trope.
    • The 2005 episode "Stan Knows Best" makes fun of how inexpensive community college is (Hayley's teacher refusing to grade her paper because she doesn't have the $85.00 for tuition [after Stan announces that he's not giving Hayley any more money for school], so Hayley takes a job as a strip club waitress — and later a stripper — to pay for college). In recent years, community colleges (and the regular four-year colleges and universities) have faced major cutbacks, and tuition has skyrocketed. Tuition has nearly doubled in California in just four years.
    • Whitney Houston being paid in crack to sing to Francine. Not so funny now that (a) she's dead, and (b) drugs were considered a contributing factor in her death (see also Family Guy's cutaway about Houston and Bobby Brown fighting over crack and the many jokes made on both Saturday Night Live and MADtv about Whitney Houston's drug abuse).
    • Remember the two-part episode "Stan of Arabia" when Steve goes bonkers after seeing Angelina Jolie's boobs? Yeah, not so funny or (pardon the pun) titillating now that Jolie got a preemptive double masectomy after finding out that her mother's side of the family has a history of contracting breast cancer.
    • Bullock expressing the desire in 'Roger Codger' to 'track down the bastards that have been harboring (Roger) and punish them brutally. I mean, really brutally. Weird stuff. Butt stuff.' This became much darker after the Feinstein report on torture revealed that 'rectal feeding' (seriously, don't look that up - trust us) and similar methods were part of the CIA interrogation arsenal at the time the episode was aired.
  • Growing the Beard - Midway through season one, after the Stan of Arabia two-parter. When it first started, a lot of people thought the show was okay (while some wrote it off as a Family Guy knock off — or a knock-off of a knock-off, if they were diehard Simpsons fans who thought shows like Family Guy were weakening The Simpsons), but starting with the Stan of Arabia two-parter, the show got better in both animation and humor.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Stan's personality becomes lot less funny when you see exactly why he thinks like that. He is so patriotic because his father lied to him for years about being a secret agent, he is so focused on appearance because he was bullied as a teenager for being a zitfaced geek (and for losing his hair in his college years), and he believes a man needs to kill what he loves because his mother tricked him into killing his pet dog.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "Daddy Queerest," a drunken Stan mistakes Nelson Mandela for Morgan Freeman. It is somewhat funny due to Mandela's and Freeman's similarities in appearance, but it really becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when you realize that the episode came on seven months before the release of the movie Invictus.
    • A throwaway line in season six Season Finale "Gorillas In The Mist" joked that Francine faked her orgasms. The season nine Halloween Episode "Poultergasm" revealed that, yes, Francine faked her orgasms — to the point that it manifests itself into a demon that possesses the house.
    • The season five finale "The Great Space Roaster" was about the family doing a roast on Roger for his birthday (with unexpected results). Seth MacFarlane (the voice of Stan and Roger) became the roast master for the Comedy Central roasts of David Hasselhoff, Donald Trump, and Charlie Sheen (the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne was hosted by Jane Lynchnote  and the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco was hosted by Franco's friend and costar from Pineapple Express, Seth Rogen).
    • In "Francine's Flashback", an amnesiac Francine (who thinks she's a wild teenager from 1985) runs off with Hayley's boyfriend Jeff to watch the Burning Man event. Stan then absent-mindedly suggests to Hayley that they get back by dating each other (with Stan realizing that the suggestion is a very bad idea). In "Pulling Double Booty," Hayley dates Stan's double Bill (whom Francine initially mistakes for Stan, causing her to freak out over the supposed incestuous relationship). At the end, Stan must fill in for Bill to prevent Hayley from being crushed.
    • The b-plot from "American Stepdad" becomes this with the announcement of an actual Fast and Furious 7.
  • Ho Yay: Steve and Snot in "Why Can't We Be Friends." Their air guitar outfits and the glances they give each other while doing it SCREAM this trope.
  • Informed Flaw: Stan Smith is stated to be such a Control Freak that the Almighty Himself called him out on it. However it is repeatedly shown that Stan actually has very little control over his life. He doesnít want Haley to date Jeff, he moves in, he doesnít want another baby Francine tries to rape him. And while Hayleyís actions are usually given the excuse of his harsh rules, theyíre usually things like donít come in pass curfew, donít drink while underage, donít steel monkeys and leave keep them in the house. Its reach the point where the family does the complete opposite of what he says the moment he says it.
    • This is perfectly exemplified in ďWeiner of Our DiscontentĒ where the Aesop was that Stan doesnít have the right to deny roger control over all human life just because he felt he didnít have any control over his. It also doesnít help that the little control he does have is what keeps his family together. As Francine spoils them so excessively that anytime he decides to do something for himself they fall apart.
    • This can actually be seen as fridge brilliance Stan has had such little control over his life that the incidents where this flaw is brought up are just him going mad with power.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While many of Stan's views come across (probably rightfully) as extreme and authoritarian from the perspective of the audience he actually is living in a typical Seth Macfarlane universe where you have every reason to be paranoid and overprotective of your family, so many of his views are justifiable in the context of the setting he lives in. See Designated Villain for more.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Roger. 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.
      • However it seems that do to Retcon Roger is even a Jerk Ass by his species standards as of the events of "Lost In Space" where it's revealed that Roger cheated on Emperor Zing.
    • Stan. His father abandoned him as a child, his mother made him grow up too soon and he was even unluckier then Steve was as a teenager with girls. Since then, no matter how hard he tries, he's in a dead end in his career, he can never make a long term connection with his kids (It's a mix between his general disinterest in the stuff they say and their having an incredibly low opinion of him most of the time), his only friend is a sociopathic alien and anytime he has a chance of making his own life better, he has to give it up for Francine or his kids.
    • Steve. Though at first he was a sweet natured kid who was a bit girl crazy and just wanted his dad's respect, nowadays he's a perverted creep who tends to be obnoxious and disrespect his parents as he fails to even keep a girlfriend and will never succeed in his attempts to lose his virginity at 14. Plus, one or all of his friends quickly ditch him at the first sign of trouble most of the time.
  • Jumpingthe Shark: Many consider the show's Channel Hop to TBS as this.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Barry when he's off his meds.
  • Memetic Mutation: A popular gif to find online is Stan screaming "DIE, CALORIES, DIE!" from The American Dad After School Special.
  • Misblamed: While Stan is often accused of being just another Homer Simpson rip-off, since Seth MacFarlane's previous show (Family Guy) has been branded a Simpsons knock-off. In reality, Stan has very little in common with Homer other than being a father who occasionally does stupid things and contends with his daughter, who is a bleeding-heart liberal. If anything, Stan has more in common with Zapp Brannigan or Archie Bunker than he does Homer.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Francine's biological parents abandoning her as a baby because babies can't ride first class without even batting an eye, then they wouldn't save Stan from being trapped under a wooden beam in his burning house because they didn't want to become a liability.
    • Because of Roger's Flanderization of being a complete narcissist psychopath since the 5th season, he's guaranteed to cross this a minimum of three times per season. The biggest example would arguably be Season 7's "Virtual In-Stanity", where he kills five frat boys and brutally hits each with a limousine that he stole, simply because they hadn't paid him $20 for their limo ride. He follows this up by killing an airline stewardess by undoing her parachute, for no other reason than because he'd gotten bloodlust.
    • Stan crosses this in Season 2's "Failure is Not a Factory Installed-Option". The episode has him becoming homeless after being tricked by a cars salesman multiple times into buying stuff he doesn't need. This leads to the rest of the Smiths going into poverty and Hayley having to sell herself for money only to discover that it was all an elaborate ruse by Stan in order to gain sympathy from said car salesman and reduce the money of how much he has to pay for a car every month.
    • Stan would cross this again in "The Scarlett Getter" from Season 7 which has him telling an alien hunter of Roger's existence and setting him up to be killed so that he can keep his over-obsessive crush on Scarlett whom Roger was dating. There's also the fact that he doesn't seem to care about Francine's feelings while fawning over Scarlett and even hints that he would be happy if she was dead in order to remain single. This in turn makes him Unintentionally Unsympathetic at the end when it's discovered that Scarlett never cared for him and was planning on killing Roger herself.
    • Stan's mother tricking him into personally killing his beloved dog because their new apartment doesn't allow pets (except for rabbits, but even that's debatable).
    • Francine crosses the Moral Event Horizon solidly in "Ice, Ice Babies" by planting drugs in Steve's locker in order to get him suspended from school so that she can spend more time with him and keep him away from his girlfriend Debbie. All because she was suffering from empty nest syndrome and didn't want to accept that her son was growing up.
    • It's up for debate if Bullock crossed this in "Honey, I'm Homeland". The episode involves Stan getting kidnapped by three members of the Occupy movement and brainwashed into becoming a leftist and involved with a scheme to shoot missiles at Mount Rushmore to re -sculpt it into figures of leftists. Turns out that it was nothing more than an elaborate scheme by Bullock in order to test out the recently installed ant-missile defenses inside of the monument and two of the members that had brainwashed Stan were actually Jackson & Duper (the third however was an actual terrorist who was savagely beaten to death by Stan with his wheelchair).
    • Steve crosses this in "News Glance with Genevieve Valance" which is also an example of Never Live It Down. He goes along with Genevieve Vavance's (who is actually one of Roger's many personas) bogus story that Hayley kidnapped him so that he can get laid by all the girls who missed him when he went missing due to being embarrassed in his sex-ed class. He later owns up to his lie and rats Roger out, but it's the fact that he sold out his own sister in order for satisfy his own selfish sexual needs that makes him irredeemably evil.
      • It should be noted that Steve's primary motivation for allowing Hayley to take the fall was not to get laid by girls relieved by his return, but Roger threatening to get him in trouble for pretending to disappear, and this was after Roger framed Stan and Francine for murdering Steve. While Steve was still wrong to go along with the lie, Roger deserves most of the blame for coming up with it in the first place, falsely accusing three different people of Steve's disappearance, just for publicity.
    • Terry crosses this in "A Boy Named Michael" where he plans to kill his newly-adopted 10 year old son Michael (who is actually Roger is disguise) because he's afraid of him ratting out to Greg that he's not as upper-class as him by eating ho-ho's. The way both he and Greg treated their daughter Libby in the same episode doesn't help. This is enough to make viewers think Stan kidnapping Libby and taking her to be adopted in Nebraska in "Surro-Gate" MAY have been a good idea after all.
  • Never Live It Down: As mentioned above, Steve for his actions in "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance" where he plays along with Genevieve Vavance's (who is actually one of Roger's many personas) bogus story that Hayley kidnapped him so that he can get laid by all the girls who missed him when he went missing due to being embarrassed in his sex-ed class. It doesn't matter that he owned up to his lie and ratted Roger out, it's the fact that he sold out his sister in order for selfish sexual needs that makes him forever irredeemable in the eyes of some.
    • Roger for murdering Millionare Matt Davis and Hayley for not retaliating for Roger's act of murder in "The Longest Distance Relationship".
    • Stan for putting his family through poverty (leading to things like Hayley selling her body for money) just so that he could one-up a cars salesman who had scammed him several times before.
  • Seasonal Rot: Some believe that this has happened in the 2010-11 season, making it feel like Family Guy during a bad season thanks to bad writing. Luckily, the 2011-12 season was better-received, with some even saying it's as good (or better) than the 2009-10 season (which is considered by many to be the best season). The 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, however, were So Okay, It's Average at best and awful at worst — some episodes were very good, while others weren't.
    • On the other hand, you also have people who say that the 2011-12 season was the worst. Reasons include less comedy and more drama as well as some character's traits becoming more exaggerated (especially Roger). It's also disliked for having boring plots with glacier-slow pacing along with most of the actual comedy reduced to over-the-top gore and bizarre moments that you'd expect on Family Guy. Another reason is for the extreme of oversaturation of Stan & Roger note  to the point where it felt more like The Stan & Roger Show that would sometimes feature Steve or Francine.
    • There are a few fans who believe that the show peaked in its 3rd season and that it's all been downhill ever since (although some will say that it didn't really start to become bad until halfway into Season 5) due to changes like phasing out the show's political edge, Hayley & Klaus becoming extras aside from maybe one or two episodes a season and the oversaturation of Stan and Roger along with their worst traits to the point where fans feel that the show should have ended there before turning into another Family Guy.
  • Squick: Stan gleefully giving his mother a bath while singing an incestuous parody of What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor?. It was so bad, it traumatized Roger into drinking again (he was supposed to be on his white month, where he exercises, detoxes his body, and quits drinking. It was fun while it lasted).
    • Steve and Stan with huge boobs on Helping Handis.
    • A sickly mother cat giving birth to 3 kittens in front of an awakening Francine from "Less Money, Mo' Problems".
    • Mr. Tuttle, who is morbidly obese, crushing Snot.
    • The brothels in Toy Whorey. Stan and Steve's first stop is to the home of a fat, old hooker with both her legs missing, slapping a tortilla between her thighs as if she's cooking them, the second one has a man who uses Senor Wences-style hand puppets as hookers (one of which has teeth), and the third (which, thankfully, wasn't shown) was so bad that it induced a chain reaction of vomiting.
    • Speaking of which, the Overly Long Gag of people vomiting and a man in a cart using the vomit for horchata (horchata is a Mexican rice, vanilla, and almond drink that does have that dull brown vomit color, though sometimes, it's whitish brown) also counts.
    • The time Stan and Francine kept giving Steve aging serum while he was asleep by violently jamming a large needle in him. One time they did it right into his temple, and it got stuck.
    • Roger elbow-dropping the drug dealer and making his head explode instead of what he thought would happen. The shot does turn it into Crossing the Line Twice by showing nearly twenty different action cuts from multiple angles.
    • The implications of what Stan did to the horse that broke its brain...
  • Stop Helping Me!: In "Hurricane!", despite Francine's pleas, Stan continues to try and save his family from the disaster...only it makes things worse, such as bringing in a bear to kill the shark that is attacking them, since they are "natural enemies", but the two predators work together instead.
  • Strawman Has a Point / Informed Wrongness: Stan is often portrayed as a bigoted self serving sociopath who causes havoc over even the slightest problems caused in his perspective, however given he lives in a Crap Saccharine World where half the cast are almost as bad as he is, he does actually often have a reason to be annoyed (eg. his Control Freak in laws taking over his house uninvited, his wife becoming a surrogate mother behind his back, any disagreement he has with either Hayley or Roger) it's just his depraved overzeal causes him to take much nastier measures that gives the other side the higher moral ground. Some episodes are generous enough to convey a Not So Different rivalry, but most of the time Stan is made to admit he's wrong and let the others (despite only being a lesser evil) do as they wish.
    • "Da Flippity Flop," is a great example of this trope: many people consider it Stan's Moral Event Horizon while forgetting that Klaus is a hedonist. His action when he got a hold of Stan's body shows that even he was given his original he most likely would have been dead within a week.
    • The guy was wrong for wanting to stop the Anti Christ! Why? Because Hayley just adopted him. Of course abiding by "Rapture's Delight" it eventually does become justified to kill him when it is the side effect of Francine and Jesus Christ himself giving Stan a lesson in humility. As a result of it's earlier production, nothing is mentioned of his adoption to the Smith's at all, making it seem like the universe just skews things so Stan is always wrong.
    • An interesting example is "Bully for SteveĒ where Stan learns that Steve is too passive and resorts to confronting Steve as a bully. He tells Steve that, as bullies do not just go away, he must deal with them. While Francine is initially opposed to this approach she quickly changes her mind once she finds out that Stan is the one bullying Steve and then later agrees with Stanís initial assessment after attempting to train Steve. In the end the problem is solved when Steve hires Stanís old bully to beat Stan up even though Stan made his point when Steve agreed to fight him. Later episodes show that not only will Steve agree to help raise someone else's child if told to but he can't even tie his own shoes. Making Stanís initial approach seem too lenient.
      • Stan was also proven right when Steve tried to hire the bully again only to find out he was Steveís current bullyís father. He ended up getting beat up by both of them.
    • Stan mentions that Jeff is basically a lazy stoner who lives in his van and will never really amount to anything back in Season 1 and Hayley constantly breaks up with him until they get married. He continues to be a lazy stoner that will never really amount to anything and the only difference is that he lives with Hayley in Stan and Francine's house now and yet he's supposedly wrong for not liking Jeff very much and thinking that Hayley could find someone way better for her.
    • Lampshaded by Francine in "Hurricane", any idea, no matter how logical it seems in concept, is destined to be wrong on the simple grounds Stan thought of it.
    • The way Greg & Terry treated their daughter Libby in "A Boy Named Michael" shows that maybe Stan kidnapping her in "Surro-Gate" with plans to take her to Nebraska might not have been a bad idea after all.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Steve. He's pretty much a stereotypical horny teenage virgin nerd, whose Flanderization in the 9th season has him often acting like an obnoxious brat to his parents. His behavior in "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance" as listed above doesn't help.
    • Hayley. She's pretty much a lazy drug user who bites the hand that feeds her non-stop (Aka Stan) who spends 98% of her dialogue whining and complaining about laws, conservatives, Stan, most things Stan believes and so forth and constantly dumping and getting back together with Jeff until they got married. Her Soapbox Sadie hypocrisy was intended to make her a Not So Different rival for Stan, however since only he is usually the subject of Aesops and comeuppances (see above) she exists more as a Rightly Self-Righteous Karma Houdini with none of Stan's acts of humility or pathos.
    • Jeff, aka Hayley's on and off again boyfriend and then husband. He's a lazy stoner who has never amounted to anything in his life and likely never will. While he is admittedly much nicer than Hayley, he makes up for it with jaw-dropping stupidity.
    • Debbie. She was originally pretty popular for being a quirky goth and very different from all the love interests Steve has ever had. The problem was, every episode about her after her introduction was them repeatedly breaking up for whatever reason. Coupled with her miniscule developent, she became a source of annoyance with many.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Francine's parents. They're Affably Evil, unlike her nice but racist-written and not-that-funny adopted parents.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: The episode "Lincoln Lover" briefly features a play with an obese man wearing underpants and a stovepipe hat tossing joints of meat around the stage while reciting advertising slogans. He then accuses us all of being slaves, and a mirror is lowered with the word "slave" written on it, as sheep noises play. Stan is suitably unimpressed.
  • Ugly Cute: Roger.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Stanís status as the shows Designated Villain makes him this most of the time (though there are exceptions see morel event horizon above). The "Stan acts like a jerk and must learn a lesson" formula. It doesnít help that most of Stanís flaws have been given very understandable fruden excuses something that in a lot of cases those that he opposes donít have.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Stan comes across as this in many episodes of the later seasons for how he treats his family (especially Hayley and Steve) as well as causing his own problems only to learn a lesson that he will immediately forget by the following episode. "The Scarlett Getter" and "Old Stan in the Mountain" to name a few are prime examples of this trope in action. Another reason is that he gets stupider every season to the point where by Season 10 he is simply another Peter Griffin.
    • Roger also counts for the same reason as Stan (learning a lesson that will never resonate by the next episode) as well as his Flanderization into being a complete psychopath who very rarely suffers any consequences for his actions nowadays.
    • Steve has fallen victim to this as of late due to his Flanderization making him a very obnoxious brat to both his parents. "Morning Mimosa" is a prime example of this.
  • What an Idiot: "If they find out that potato salad had alien breast milk, I'll never be deacon!" Uh, Stan, if they find out you have an alien at all, you'll go to jail for treason. And you seem to have done a good job of keeping that under wraps for the past four years.
  • The Woobie: Sydney Huffman, one of Roger's personas that took a life of its own because Roger couldn't deal with the emotion of guilt. Due to this, his and Roger's credit cards are identical, so when Roger found out someone else was using his credit card, he destroys his life, not knowing they are one and the same. Once he finds out, he and Sydney embrace in order to become one again. Except Roger quickly stabs him in the back, saying Sydney's nice guy attitude is 'cramping his style'.
    • Hayley has become this as time has gone on with her becoming something of the Butt Monkey. It really wasn't helped by the events of "Naked to The Limit, One More Time" where Hayley basically lost the love of her life because of Roger's actions. Most of the time after that episode she was seen mourning Jeff or trying to move on from him. Just as she was preparing to move from Jeff after he told her to Roger again screws this up by killing her new love interest who would have most likely made her life better.
    • Similarly Jeff despite being a lazy stoner in the beginning of the show has become more of the woobie after he married Hayley. Again in the above mentioned episode he is separated from Hayley and almost never gets to see her again. And just when he is reunited with her everything goes wrong and he decides to let her get with her other love interest so he leaves and tells her to move on. All of these bad events that happen to him are Roger's fault.