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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: This happens to Brian when was briefly Killed Off for Real. Brian may have been hated by people, but the way he dies is utterly tragic and is without doubt the single most tearjerking part of the whole show even if it was quickly undone with a Ret Gone.
    • And on that note, despite not being an actual death, Vinnie gets a touching send-off when Stewie realizes that saving Brian's life means that the Griffins will never adopt him.
    • Muriel Goldman in And Then There Were Fewer, especially considering that she was about to expose Diane Simmons for who she really was.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Stewie in general is a fairly complex character for the series. Depending on how you view him, he could be seen as a full-blow psychopath, or a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
    • Does Lois try to do the right thing for her children and husband or has her current characterization turned her into a horrible woman who is just as bad a parent as Peter is?
    • Peter Griffin: a well-meaning idiot who doesn't know any better, or a dangerous sociopath (though given the episode where he's declared mentally retarded, it might be both)
    • Meg Griffin: Is the family's mistreatment of her actually resentment that's been building over the years for her at-times questionable behaviour (for example, when Chris found out Meg tried to get him raped by a gay man) or is that Meg merely lashing out of frustration for being in a family of Jerk Asses?
      • Is she staying with her family out of concern for their well being or is she suffering from Stockholm Syndrome?
    • Did Bertram thought Stewie was bluffing before he killed Leonardo Da Vinci or believed that Stewie's telling the truth? He said it was Worth It but was it to take a risk on his bluff or was it a case of Taking You with Me?
  • Anvilicious: The show at its most serious, which a lot of fans don't like about the later episodes.
  • Awesome Art: The Disney universe in "Road to the Multiverse". It's widely considered the best part of the episode.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Bag of Weed."
    • "The Freakin' FCC" and its unloved twin "You Can Find It On TV", which shares the same tune as the first one.
    • Peter's version of "Shipoopi".
    • Any of the "special" credits themes, and all of the themes to the "Road to..." episodes
    • "Mr. Booze"
    • From the show's early days: Give Up the Toad
  • Badass Decay:
    • Stewie is considered to have undergone this by many during the show's later seasons. A quick example is "Halloween on Spooner Street," wherein Stewie not only cries after some bullies steal his Halloween candy, he also wonders if he's gone too far promptly after shooting a rocket at them. This is in complete contrast to his characterization in the earlier seasons. He occasionally lapses back into his old characterization, but it's quickly dropped afterward each time.
    • Joe has pretty much been reduced to a joke about the handicapped with rage issues. Few people seem to remember he was a pretty efficient cop who just so happened to be in a wheelchair after getting paralyzed while on duty (initially, it was from fighting The Grinch on Christmas Eve, but a later episode revealed that he was shot during a drug sting). That aspect of him returned in Season 9, however.
    • Like Stewie, his old characterization seems to come and go. In a recent episode, he gave up after someone tripped him out of his wheelchair. Old Joe wouldn't do that...
  • Base Breaker:
    • Stewie (pre-Badass Decay). Meg to a lesser extent. The former is either the coolest and most badass character in the series, or a Creepy Child who's given too much screen time. The latter is either the biggest woobie ever, or a self-absorbed Bratty Teenage Daughter who some fans consider "ugly" and deserves her Butt Monkey status. Her yandere tendencies don't help.
    • Peter is starting to become one of these as well.
    • Fans also seem divisive as to whether turning Quagmire into a Self-Deprecation avatar counts as an Author's Saving Throw or the complete destruction of his character.
    • Brian. People either like him for being the Only Sane Man, or hate him for being a self-absorbed Author Avatar.
      • With that said, his death is either the best thing to ever happen to the show (for those that hate him for being said self-absorbed Author Avatar), or the absolute worst thing to happen to the show (for his own fans).
    • Consuela: Half of the fandom thinks she's an utterly hysterical Ensemble Darkhorse and a Fountain of Memes ("No... no..."), while the other half looks at her as being the Ethnic Scrappy who's only there to be obnoxious and troll the Griffins.
  • Better on DVD: The DVD version (at least for the episodes made after the show was saved from being cancelled) is not like the version you see on TV (not even the [adult swim] version). Words like "fuck" and "shit" aren't bleeped, there are alternate scenes and lines (some of which are better than what the TV version has, but most are a little too disgusting or in bad taste. Case in point: In one episode, Brian's line to Lois in the TV version was, "Can I WHAM! my Oingo Boingo into your Velvet Underground?" which is funny because it's a delicious pun of sex and 1980s bands. The DVD version replaces the line with the coprophagic and downright sickening, "I would eat your poo."), and you get commentary and deleted scene reels on what was originally supposed to be in the episode.
    • Zigzagged with the Netflix version, where it's a mix between the uncut DVD versions and the edited for TV (not syndication edits, but edited when it first aired on FOX or Global, if you're Canadian) versions. The episode "Boys Don't Cry" is an odd mix, as it has all the scenes that aired on the DVD version, yet the shot of the sign that says, "Welcome to Texas: The Fuck You State" had "Fuck" pixellated.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The show might as well be renamed as "Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Show" for it's ridiculous amount of cutaway gags which are mostly there to fill in the remaining time of an episode's length, for at least Once per Episode. It got even worse in modern episodes, were the first cutaway gag may be shown less than 10 seconds in.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Da Boom", though since its one of the most well loved episodes this is probably a case of Tropes Are Not Bad.
  • Broken Base: As far as the general public's opinion of the show goes, you're in one of three camps: "Family Guy Is The Best Show Ever," "Family Guy Sucks Because It's A Rip-Off of The Simpsons and/or South Park," or "Family Guy Used to Be Good Until [insert Seasonal Rot scenario here: "They Revived It In 2005," "Brian Became a Preachy Liberal," or "I Found Out American Dad! Was Funnier"]."
    • Brian and Quagmire fans are quite divided, especially after the controversial Brian's death in "Life of Brian".
    • Season 4. Is it part of the show's classic era or the beginning of its decline?
    • Season 9. Is it an improvement over seasons 7-8 or hated for being slower-paced?
    • What is worse: Season 7, 10 or 12?
    • Was it a good idea to kill off Brian in "Life of Brian"?
      • and then bring him back after three weeks later in "Christmas Guy"?
    • Which Stewie is better: The evil Diabolical Mastermind Stewie of the earlier seasons or the nicer Camp Gay Stewie of the later seasons?
  • Cargo Ship:
    • Parodied in the episode "I Dream of Jesus", where, after Peter loses his "Bird is the Word" record, he goes on a rant and lets slip the fact that he had sex with it.
    • Also this, from the end of the "Li'l Rascals" parody:
    Peter: I'm going to go microwave a bagel and have sex with it.
    Quagmire: Butter's in the fridge!
    • Peter and a cardboard standee of Kathy Ireland.
  • Character Rerailment: It might be a bit soon to say, but in first episodes of Season 13 (most notably "The Simpsons Guy"), the Griffins' behaviour was dialed back to be more like their pre-cancellation selves.
  • Complaining about People Not Liking the Show: Some of the Fan Dumb do this..., instead of respecting or simply disagreeing with the opinion.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Mayor West, who punched the constellation of Orion, among other things.
    • Some of Peter's wacky antics.
    • As long as they may be, the Peter vs Ernie the Giant Chicken fights certainly qualify.
  • Creator Backlash: Seth Macfarlene has all but explicitly come out and said that he's getting sick of the show and is only continuing it because FOX is paying him to. This probably has to do with the fact that the show seems to slip further from his control as it goes on (see Scapegoat Creator below), resulting in the infamous Seasonal Rot.
  • Critical Research Failure: Their Carol Burnett parody that said her customary eartug was saying goodnight to her mother instead of her grandmother like it was in the show.
    • In “Quagmire’s Dad”, Ida had sex with Brian a few days after her vaginoplasty. In Real Life, trans-women who have undergone a vaginoplasty have months of recovery before sex can safely take place.
    • The episode “Amish Guy” where the Amish are portrayed as fundamentalists who are disapproved of the new-generation outsiders (i.e. Ezekiel forbidding his son, Eli, from seeing Meg because he fears that Meg would corrupt his son). In Real Life, the Amish encourage their young people to go out into the larger world to see how other people live, before returning to their community (that's what Rumspringa is).
    • The episode “Tea Peter” where the Tea Partiers were protesting for no government. In Real Life, the Tea Partiers wanted less government interference, not no government at all.
    • The cutaway gag in “Friends of Peter G.” about there being no war before Christianity. It also implies that the birth of Jesus was a bad thing, as it shows two formerly friendly men acting violently towards towards each other after they hear the news.
    • The "Road to the Multiverse" episode, which acts as though the world would have progressed much further and faster technologically if Christianity never existed. The problem with that is that the Catholic Church has always been a huge supporter of the sciences, astronomy and medical science in particular, and that numerous important scientific discoveries and theories, such as the field of genetics and the Big Bang theory, were put forth by Catholic scientists. There's also how most of the information that survived the collapse of the Roman Empire only did so due to the efforts of monks. Finally, the theory runs on the long-debunked view that the Dark Ages were a period where the religious oppressed scientific thought (The slight slowing of scientific progress was due more to people being more preoccupied with picking up the pieces after the collapse of the Roman Empire).
    • When Jesus presented an award with The Pussycat Dolls in "I Dream Of Jesus", all the women were shown as white despite half of them being, well, not.
    • In "Fresh Heir", Peter tells Chris that Vermont is the only state where a man can legally marry his son. In actuality, the only state with no laws against adult incest is Rhode know, the state Family Guy is set in?
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Boy howdy. Start with Teri Schiavo, The Musical.
    • In "Airport 07", the news report on the plane crash contains three simulations: what would have happened if the plane crashed into a school, if it crashed into a school for bunnies, and if it crashed into a school for bunnies and a surviving passenger took his anger out on his wife.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A logical occurrence given perceived Flanderization of the characters, namely with a great many of them becoming Jerkasses and weakening their ability to have an audience sympathize with them.
  • Designated Hero: Peter, Brian and Lois at their worst, and even Meg in some episodes when she grabs the Jerkass Ball (for example, making constant passes at Brian, who was dating Jillian at the time, and then attempting to rape him, and having Bonnie arrested just to be closer to Joe, etc).
  • Discredited Trope: Many, especially Meg's role and how gays are characterized
  • Don't Shoot the Message: For a time, Brian's liberal atheist viewpoints and his need to constantly preach them to characters/the audience (most notoriously in "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven") were taken to such levels that it even began to annoy the show's Democratic viewer base, many of whom agreed with the general message but thought the execution simply made him look bad.
  • Double Standard: While the extent of any consequences he suffers vary, pretty much everyone in universe is open to what a moronic asshole Peter is, and he often ends up affected whenever an episode features An Aesop. Lois however, despite often proving to be just as sociopathic and callous (and much more lucid and hypocritical about it on top of it) tends to get a lot of her immoral tendencies ignored and treated far more sympathetically. The Unfair Sex in particular is used in spades in the show.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: For a Sadist Show, a few characters qualify.
    • Stewie. Yes, he did become nicer in later seasons of the show, but fans forgot that he originally started off as an evil baby who was willing to murder his own mother.
    • Lois may qualify. Some of her defenders usually try to excuse her abuse towards Meg by saying that because other characters are cruel to Meg, that justifies her abuse. While it's true that other characters are cruel to Meg, the only reason Lois is vilified for it while Peter isn't is because she is the smarter of the two. Not to mention she's Meg's mother.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: To be expected, considering the show's nature.
    • Various cruel actions Played for Laughs in characters like Lois, Peter and (especially) Carter end up falling into this territory.
    • In-Universe in "When you Wish Upon a Weinstein". (Which is ironic, since said episode was banned for awhile.)
    Cleveland: Peter, not every Jewish person is good with money.
    Peter: Well yeah, not the retarded ones I guess. But-but why would you say that? For shock value?! Geez Cleveland, there's 'edgy' and there's 'offensive'.
    • The sheer amount of Double Standard that is apparent in the series.
    • Meg's Butt Monkey status in the later episodes, which really crossed the line from "cruel yet funny" to just plain cruel.
    • Even some hardcore fans thought the joke about Quagmire raping Marge Simpson then killing her entire family went too far. It almost ruined Seth's friendship with Matt Groening and Seth even admitted they went too far.
    • The 9-11 jokes wouldn't be too bad if there weren't so many of them.
    • A brief moment from "Friends Without Benefits" where Meg mentions a Facebook page to encourage her to kill herself, the twist being that Meg herself started it.
    • From "Stew-Roids," Lois tries to cheer up a sobbing Meg, but when she becomes inconsolable, Lois gives Meg a bottle of Ambien and some Sylvia Plath books and says, "Whatever happens, happens" before leaving.
    • "Patriot Games" pulled a subversion of this trope: after watching a Celebrity Boxing episode between Carol Channing and Mike Tyson, Peter remarks "You know, Mike Tyson beat his wife once. (Beat) But there's nothing funny about that" — before giggling.
    • One episode had a one off gag about school shootings. You don't see anything because Peter is listening over the phone, but you can hear a gun going off and people screaming.
    • There was a joke about Elizabeth Smart — a real life victim of kidnapping and child molestation — getting raped during her nine-month captivity. The punchline of the joke is that Elizabeth is so deeply traumatized by the ordeal that she's constantly thinking about rape, even when she's playing the harp, and her parents don't seem concerned about it as they're too happy to have her back. Fortunately, the real Elizabeth seems to be handling it quite well.
    • The Teaser from "Fore Father", where the family watches a Little House on the Prairie episode where they play pranks on the blind daughter. It wasn't shown on FOX (for obvious reasons), but is on the Cartoon Network cut and on the DVD version.
    • Peter bashing an old man with cataracts with a baseball bat to steal his bingo board.
    • The insane amount of rape jokes, like Peter getting raped by a bull in "Dial Meg For Murder" and the Aquaman cutaway from "Baby Not On Board".
    • Brian's overall behavior in "Be Careful What You Fish For" (until he realizes that the negligent preschool worker has a boyfriend), as well as the Griffins being forced to watch The Cove.
    • Some of the attacks on celebrities are unnecessarily harsh.
    • Carter pulling up to an orphanage to deny a poor little boy a good life is an excruciating example.
    • The graphic beating on a stereotypical Jewish Mort from the Disneyverse in "Road to the Multiverse" .
    • A Cutaway Gag from "Ratings Guy" where Peter mentions not being picked for anything, showing him not been chosen to get shot during a mass shooting.
    • The joke about the Vietnam War Memorial, with a vaguely East-Asian person giving two veterans the finger and shouting "Scorecard, Vietnam!"
    • Some Hollywood Homely jokes.
    • Peter being in possession of hundreds of pictures of nude babies in the episode "He's Bla-ack!"
    • Seth MacFarlane himself spoke out against an edited clip from Family Guy being used to mock the 2013 Boston bombing. The clip shows Peter running over numerous participants in the Boston Marathon with a car, with footage from a different storyline in the same episode being edited in to make it look like he then set off the bombs there. The episode the clips were lifted from also had the misfortune of being broadcast just weeks before the bombings, leading to the episode being edited to have various sensitive scenes removed for subsequent airings.
    • Peter trying to kill his wife for being Jewish in "Family Goy", and the earlier joke about Lois's Jewish grandmother being named "Hebrewburg Moneygrubber".
    • Quagmire smacking down Brian at the end of "Quagmire's Dad" after the latter unknowingly had sex with the former's dad. And this capped off an episode where Brian was either ignored or (in the case of not knowing he had sex with a transgender) laughed at.
    • "Family Guy Viewer Mail No. 2" parodying Lady Diana's death. There's not even an attempt at a joke, all they do is re-enact it with different people.
    • What happens to Stewie in "Brian Griffin's House Of Payne" first he accidentally gets knocked down the stairs by Chris after Meg chases him leaving him with a big gaping wound in his head and he falls into a coma after vomiting, when Chris and Meg try to hide his wound Chris drags him up the stairs bumping his head the whole way up, a raccoon tears open the wound and eats chunks of his brain, when Chris gives him a bath he scrapes his head with a brush exposing bits of his skull, then rather then tell Lois what happened Peter throws his unconscious body underneath Lois' car so she would run him over.
    • The overly-flamboyant gay stereotypes.
    • The Take That, Scrappy! moment given to Brian by the squirrel when he's dying on the road. It seems very uncalled for, despite his Base Breaker status.
    • Because of "Christmas Guy", the Parents Television Council (a frequent critic of Family Guy) named the series the "Worst of the Week" for the 42nd time – this time in large part due to a Shout-Out cutaway parody of Home Alone, where the two burglars are immediately wise to Kevin's tricks and shoot him in the head. The PTC – in addition to condemning the scene as graphic – wrote that the airing of the clip seemed to be deliberately timed for the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Newtown, Connecticut. More can be read at the following link.
    • A gory two-minute scene in "Peter Problems" in which Peter accidentally kills a whale with a forklift and tries to push it back into the ocean.
    • Wilford Brimley's shooting rampage at the Teen Choice Awards in "Meg and Quagmire", especially after the Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings.
    • Many jokes in "Fresh Heir", which could have been titled "Incest: The Episode".
    • Peter asking God to have Meg fade from existence at the end of "3 Acts of God" was a step too far even by those who tolerated Meg-bashing.
    • The "Peter Griffin Jr." Imagine Spot. Not funny for anyone whose children were shaken too much.
    • The scene where Stewie is locked in the car on a hot day and the only concern of the passerby is that he's going to miss the game.
    • Peter punches Lucy for pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, but then it turns into a violent beating that leaves her bloodied and bruised despite her pleas for help. Many viewers were appalled. Though many Lucy-haters admittedly enjoyed it.
    • This is one of the few shows ever with the bad taste to make a violent joke at the expense of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood showing Stewie shooting up the Neighborhood of Make-Believe only to get shot by Mr. Rogers himself. Even Seth McFarlane says he regrets this segment ever airing.
    • Terri Schiavo: The Musical, from the episode "Peter-assment".
    • The overly-graphic scene of Brian breaking his leg in "The Book of Joe".
  • Ear Worm:
    • Parodied and played for laughs on the "I Dream Of Jesus" episode with the Trashmen's "Surfing Bird". Peter's obsession for the song quickly degenerates into a nightmare for the rest of the family, with Stewie and Brian eventually stealing and destroying the record, Office Space style..
    • A bag of weed, a bag of weed! Oh, everything is better with a bag of weed!
    • Friendship is the best thing ever!
    • Don't mess with Mr. Booze!
    • The theme song.
    • Give it up! Give up the toad now! Its no joke!
    • Kentucky is a state. Kentucky is a state. All the people there are dicks, Kentucky is a state.
    • "Gonna gonna gonna buy me a rainbow..."
    • Its a wonderful day for pie!
    • Can't touch me!
    • The fellas at the freakin' FCC!
    • Cause the spirit of Massachusetts is the Spirit of America, the spirit of what's old and what's new...
    • You and I are too awfully different...
    • Have you ever put butter on a Pop-Tart? It's so freakin good...
    • I'm just a prom night dumpster baby...
    • You know you don't thank the lord, you thank the whites!note 
  • Eight Deadly Words: Lately, of the "the characters are too unlikeable" category. The only interest the show really generated in recent times was when Brian was temporarily Killed Off for Real. Afterwards, the show followed the usual status quo. Note that this trope really applies to the main protagonists.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • There's Facebook groups based around one-off characters such as Sneakers O'Toole and Mayor Bee.
    • Ernie the Giant Chicken, Death, the Evil Monkey, Ollie Williams, Seamus, Herbert, Greased-up Deaf Guy, and Bruce (the Performance Artist that has "Oh no!" as a Catch Phrase) are all popular among fans. They were also one time characters before cancellation but due to their popularity they became Recurring Extras soon after.
  • Evil Is Cool: Stewie Griffin.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • "Peter-assment": "Sexual harassment is forgivable and OK if the harasser hasn't had sex in a long time".
      • Or if you've never had sex and you want to harm yourself, someone should just give you what you want instead of you getting professional help.
      • This was inverted with Meg sexually harassing robbers who were robbing the family home, asking them if they were going to have their way with her, and getting arrested for it.
    • "Seahorse Seashell Party": "Victims of family abuse should stay in their abusive relationships/households because it helps their abusers"
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Brian and Stewie. Fans really, really, really like those two.
    • There's alot of Lois/Brian and Brian/Meg in Rule 34 as well.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The gag from "Blind Ambition" where Peter tries to do good by dressing up as "Gary the No-Trash Cougar" and pointing a gun at a group of schoolkids to pick up their garbage becomes a lot less funny after the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, though given it was made after the Columbine shooting, it was in poor taste even then.
      • Also, the scene in "Quagmire And Meg" where Wilford Brimley goes on a shooting rampage at the Teen Choice Awards.
    • "Fatman and Robin" becomes this after Robin Williams' death.
      • Even worse, the episode was on BBC at the time that his death was announced.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Season 8, especially when compared with Season 7. For example, "Dog Gone" which shows that the show can indeed have emotional depth (something that it hasn't had since "Brian Wallows and Peter Swallows"), and "Quagmire's Baby" showing that, while the show can bring in a few Crowning Moments of Heartwarming, the show still has its tasteless magic.
    • Season 9 shows that the writers are going out of their way to improve the show as much as possible, as the show is now in 720p high-definition, the stories are better written (though some weak episodes do crop up), there are now actually pretty emotional moments every now and then, and the humor has been stepping up in quality as less and less recycled gags are used, though most critics after season seven have blasted the show for not being as funny as it used to be and writing off seasons 8, 9, and 10 as Seasonal Rot.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • "Turban Cowboy" focused on Peter unwittingly joining a terrorist organization that planned on blowing up a bridge. That episode contained a cutaway gag about Peter winning the Boston Marathon by driving through the racers and killing them. That episode aired three weeks before the Boston Marathon Bombing.
    • In "Lethal Weapons", Lois takes up karate classes originally meant as a physical way to vent her anger and frustration, but is quickly corrupted by the power it gives her and becomes increasingly violent for it. She called it 'freeing the beast.
    • Brian
      • "Road To The Multiverse" ended with Brian's alternate-universe counterpart being hit by a car after returning from his journey. This ends up happening to the real Brian at the end of "Life Of Brian", Killed Off for Real killing him; however, this managed to be stopped later on, possibly erasing two-and-a-half episodes.
      • In "Dog Gone", Brian ends up accidentally running over and killing another dog with his car...but his family doesn't care whatsoever. This ultimately happened to Brian himself, but was thankfully prevented
      • Any episode where Brian laments his mortality ("Brian Sings and Swings", "Brian and Stewie", etc.) or someone laments it for him ("Wasted Talent", etc.) becomes this after Brian ends up dying in "Life of Brian".
      • This particular line, from "Wasted Talent", is gut-wrenchingly prophetic:
    Peter: Beer that never goes flat. Do you know what that means, Brian? This beer will still be carbonated long after you die of old age and we buy another dog to help the know, forget about you.
    • In other media, Brian's death can be really uncomfortable to those who know about the popular Dead Bart Creepy Pasta. Why? Because of the story's eerily similar premise to "Life of Brian", both of which feature a typical start to an episode, only for unthinkable to happen when one of the main characters suddenly dies in a horrifying, gruesome manner, followed by the remaining characters grieving at said character's funeral. Though not official, all you can say is at that point is....."Simpsons did it first!" indeed.
    Stewie: You know, you're so in-tune with other people's faults, yet so oblivious to your own. Webster's has words for people like that. Asshole!
    • Early episodes took a lot of potshots at Ted Turner, particularly "Screwed the Pooch", which paints him as Too Dumb to Live and willing to have sex with a dog. Kinda awkward now, considering that Cartoon Network was instrumental in saving the show from cancellation (the DVD sales helped too, but the reruns on Cartoon Network showed that the show can get big ratings).
    • The ending of "Mom's the Word" involves Peter accidentally killing his late mother's friend Evelyn by snapping her back when hugging her. While already bad to begin with, it got a whole lot worse when Evelyn's voice actor Lauren Bacall died 5 months after this episode originally aired making it her final role.
    • The 2005 episode "Don't Make Me Over" has a throwaway joke about Joan Rivers speaking from beyond the grave. Deep into 2014, she unfortunately passed away.
  • He's Just Hiding: A lot of people were saying this after Brian's death. Well, he wasn't hiding, but Brian came back just two episodes after that by Stewie preventing his death from ever happening.
  • Hell Is That Noise: PEEPER
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Stewie pleading to FOX to at least let them stay on long enough to be syndicated in "The Road to Rhode Island".
    • In "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein," Peter expresses how badly he needs help from a Jewish person. Later in season 8, in the episode "Family Goy," it's revealed that Lois is Jewish on her mom's side.
    • One of the cutaways makes fun of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, with the narrator (voiced by the late, great trailer announcer Don LaFontaine) unsure just what ethnicity he was (in real life, Dwayne Johnson is black and Canadian on his father's side and Samoan and Hawaiian on his mom's side). After that episode aired, he went on to voice a white guy in Planet 51 and he sounded pretty white to the point where you likely wouldn't have guessed it was him.
    • Miley Cyrus is revealed to be a robot in "Hannah Banana"; her 2010 album Can't Be Tamed actually features a song called "Robot". The lyrics just make it even more funny.
    • In the episode "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1", Peter tells Diane and Tom Tucker to "Make like a Siamese twin and split, and then one of you die." Diane was Killed Off for Real in the ninth season premiere.
    • In "Don't Make Me Over," The Griffins become musical guests on an episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Jimmy Fallon. The episode first aired around the time that FG was returning from cancellation (around 2005-ish). Fallon wouldn't host an actual episode of SNL until six years later (in 2011), and unlike how the episode depicted him, Fallon never once ruined a sketch by cracking up (he almost did during the "Beethoven's Band" sketch, but he caught himself, and he even admits that his cracking up ruined a lot of good sketches in the actual episode's monologue), but he did make out with a girl who looked younger than he did (it was Rachel Dratch, who is middle-aged in real life but can pass for a teenager eerily well. Also, unlike the FG depiction, it was part of the sketch, as Fallon and Dratch were reprising their roles as the Boston Teens).
    • One cutaway gag features Katie Holmes escaping from Tom Cruise, In June 2012, Katie announced she was divorcing Tom because he was too controlling.
    • In an early episode, Peter mentions that he hates the later seasons of M*A*S*H when Alan Alda made the show preachy and dramatic, which is what arguably happened to Family Guy (though Family Guy is making an effort to turn itself around, or — at the very least — be less preachy, but have a good point to make about certain prejudices or ways of thinking. In short, some of the later episodes are like what The Simpsons used to be from seasons one to four).
    • In "Screwed the Pooch" after finding out Brian didn't impregnate Seabreeze, he says he was looking forward to being a dad. Later in "The Former Life of Brian", it is revealed he has a son (and in "Jerome is the New Black," one of the reasons why Quagmire hates Brian is that he never cares for the human son he only saw and bonded with once).
    • Remember Peter's dad Francis (not his biological father from Ireland, but his Bible-thumping father who hated Lois because she was Protestant, mistook Chris's pooping in the bathroom for masturbating, whacked Brian with a Bible when Brian criticized baptism, and criticized Meg for having a crush on Joe's son)? That strict religious guy who went to work with the Pope (back when the Pope was Pope John Paul II)? Well, nowadays, the new Pope is called Francis I.
    • In "Barely Legal", Meg's friends tell Brian he looks like Ben Affleck. Then jun the "Super Friends" parody opening "Family Goy", Brian is Batman. Then, in 2013, guess who was announced to play who in the Man of Steel sequel?
    • A 2007 episode contained a joke in which Carl Sagan's Cosmos was "edited for rednecks" by dubbing over an explanation of the Big Bang. In 2014, an Oklahoma City Fox affiliate just happened to interrupt Neil Degrasse Tyson's mention of evolution on the updated ''Cosmos''. Not to mention that Seth MacFarlane is actually involved with the Cosmos reboot.
    • In 2014, a Wheel of Fortune contestant guessed a complex answer off the top of his head just like Peter (although in his defense, he did not first guess "the Batman symbol.")
    • In "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High," Brian is forced to teach a class of thugs and the like. In order to teach them Shakespeare(Romeo & Juliet), he tries and speak "their language. Come 2013.
    • Possibly deliberate; eight years after a cutaway joke about the implausibility of Liam Neeson playing a cowboy, Seth Mc Farlane cast him in his sophomore directorial effort, A Million Ways to Die in the West.
    • "What Really Grinds My Gears" from Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story is very similar to You Know Whats Bullshit. Peter even kinda looks like James Rolfe.
    • The "Rocky VI" cutaway gag from "Petergeist". Said sixth Rocky film (Rocky Balboa) came out just a few months later.
  • Internet Backdraft: News alerts for the 11/24/2013 episode read, "Stop reading if you don't want to know who died." The problem? The headline already says 'Brian Dies'. Needless to say, many fans were not amused.
    • Then there's the episode itself. Despite the criticism surrounding him, fans were in an uproar when Brian died. Right after the episode premiered, someone created a petition to bring Brian back. Within hours, the petition had over 2,000 signatures.
  • It Was His Sled: It's hard to hide the events of "Life of Brian" when a video titled A Farewell To Brian Griffin is on the front page of YouTube.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In "The Kiss Seen Around The World", after Meg's report n how gross Neil Goldman is, Tom Tucker's only comment is "I guess beggars can be choosers."
  • Jerkass Woobie: You could make this case for almost every regular in the show.
    • Lois is a good example, to start. Yes, she is self centered, snarky, abusive, and quite the sociopath, but she probably ended up like that because she has to put up with the insanity of the world (mostly caused by her legally retarded, Psychopathic Man Child husband, Peter).
    • Glenn Quagmire, himself. Described by Seth MacFarlane as a "heartless sex maniac," this man also has a lot of problems that do make you feel sorry for him: the one woman he truly loved (Cheryl Tiegs) left him (which is what made him into a "heartless sex maniac"), his niece has cancer and is going through chemo, his sister dated a man who abused her, his father abandoned him years ago, then returned, and got a sex change operation, his pet cat was brutally murdered by Peter out of spite (and forgotten about in favor of Brian's story about trying to get marijuana legalized), and he had to give his daughter up for adoption because he felt that he wasn't a good father.
    • Brian is (or, rather, has become, as the early episodes had him as Peter's sane half who liked to drink) a condescending weasel who a frequent amount of times shows a complete intolerance and apathy for anything under him. He provokes the endless abuse he gets each episode a lot less than most of the other borderline sociopaths in Quahog, however, and is frequently mocked and treated as sub human for being a dog.
    • Peter. Yes, he's a self-centered sociopath who gets away with virtually anything he does, but unlike the above three who are intelligent and aware to a certain degree, violence is probably all Peter knows when dealing with something he can't handle, and when he tries to do another method he usually screws up badly or find himself in a more difficult situation. Also unlike Lois, Quagmire, and Brian who live with the knowledge of how much their Parents love them, Peter's own parents are implied not to be so good to him. It's implied, but never stated outright, that Peter's abusive personality may have came from his own troubled background:
      • His real father was never there for him, his mother is implied to be emotionally abusive or at least neglective towards him (as seen as where a young Peter has a sore tooth and she responds by pitching a glass of wine at him), his false dad yells at him a lot, and his peers mistreat him daily. Apparently, he's been used as a sex-slave when he was younger for 8 years, unlike others who enjoy or even motivated by sexual thrill, Peter doesn't enjoy being sexually harassed or being raped, so he's always out to fend for himself. Perhaps Peter's attitude in later episodes is just him finally snapping.
  • Jumping the Shark: Fans consider Brian's death to be when this happened to the show.
    • Fans also consider Brian being brought back in "Christmas Guy" (two episodes after the aforementioned event) as this due to making the aforementioned example come across as a very shallow ratings stunt.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: When it was announced that a member of the Griffin family would be Killed Off for Real, the audience felt that Brian, what with being Seth Macfarlane's Author Avatar, would be the last character to be killed off. And sure enough, one episode afterward, yeah they were bluffing. "Christmas Guy" brought Brian back. McFarlane himself lampshaded this.
    • It didn't help that Vinnie's voice actor wasn't credited to appear in the upcoming Simpson's crossover.
  • Love to Hate:
    • Of course old Stewie, the original Breakout Character.
    • This can be completely subjective, but some fans have admired Carter for being a villain much more efficient in later seasons, especially those who have lost hope in Stewie's villainy.
  • MagnificentBitch: Diane Simmons in the Season 9 opening.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Many fans still see Lois as a saint in later episodes, forgetting the fact that she has free-will when it comes to her jerkass behavior. Many fans blame it all on Peter.
  • Memetic Molester: Quagmire. One particularly memorable joke involved him raping Marge Simpson and then murdering every member of The Simpsons family. As you might expect Matt Groenig did not find it funny and almost ended his friendship with Seth Mcfarlane. It even spurred Seth to rethink that particular gag.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Memetic Sex God: Quagmire
    • Lois is this too.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Whoever originally did, and now has tried, to run over Brian (even to be The Unseen), is a enough candidate to qualify as Moral Event Horizon, as he was fully aware that the dog was there and (almost) crushed him with the tires anyway. Some fans have theorized that Quagmire was probably responsible.
    • Speaking of Quagmire, some fans think that he really crossed it when raped Marge Simpson, then killing her and the entire Simpson family. Played for Laughs, but still creepy.
    • Most fans declared that Peter finally went beyond redemption during "Brian Griffin's House of Payne", in which he threw an injured Stewie under his moving car while Lois was backing out of the driveway, and admits that he knocked out his other kids ("Sometimes by accident, sometimes because the Patriots lost").
    • There's also a scene in which Meg casually walks into the living room and greets her father. How does he reply? He shoots her in the face of course!
    • While Jeff from "Screams of Silence" was portrayed as being nasty and sadistic even before he actually appeared on the show, (as "Jerome is the New Black" established that he was an abusive asshole who was dating Quagmire's sister), you could argue that his attempts to kill Peter, Joe, and Quagmire pretty much was THE moment when it was proven that he wasn't going to turn back.
    • Lois in "Stew-Roids" when she gives up in trying to console Meg and leaves her a Sylvia Plath book and a bottle of Ambien (compare to the episode, "Fish Out of Water," where Lois actually was nice enough to take Meg to the beach for spring break and encouraged her to be like the popular kids or "And The Wiener Is..." where she cooks up a revenge plan to get back at the popular kids who pelted Meg with meat during her flag squad performance).
    Lois: I'm going to look away and whatever happens, happens.
    • Brian in "Be Careful What You Fish For" when he leaves Stewie and other toddlers to the negligence of the teacher he's dating and tries to keep Stewie from telling Lois.
      • For many, Brian's topped this when he knowingly gave both Chris and Stewie herpes in "Herpe, The Love Sore" after agreeing to become blood brothers with them. It's especially rubbed people the wrong way for him doing so with Stewie since he did so even though he's the only one who knows that Stewie changed the timeline to save his life.
    • Bertram killing Leonardo Da Vinci in "The Big Bang Theory".
    • Penelope crosses it when she tells Stewie to kill Brian because she saw him as a threat in "Mr. and Mrs. Stewie".
    • In "The Old Man and the Big C", Carter's industry discovered the cure for cancer in 1999 and has been keeping it from the public ever since, using the excuse that they get more money treating cancer patients for a lifetime than if they dure them in a day. When Brian reveals the secret to the Griffin family and Lois makes her father promise to publicize the cure, what does Carter do? He LIES. Lois immediately calls him demanding an explanation, at which point he flat-out admits to lying before abruptly hanging up on her.
      • He also tormented an orphan boy in "No Chris left behind" just for kicks. And he stated he does this every month.
    • Diane Simmons crossed it in "And Then There Were Fewer", when she murders James Woods and Priscilla, and then frames Tom Tucker for doing this.
    • Stewie nearly murders his mother (though even if it was just a simulation), and he has also killed people throughout the series.
    • Even Meg crossed it when she tricks a gay guy into raping her brother.
    • Chris arguably crossed the line in "Secondhand Spoke", where he trapped Stewie in his backpack for days, telling him that he would die in there and daring him to name one person who loves him. By the end of the episode he gets better with the whole "you became the bully" message, but some of his moments seemed overly harsh.
    • In "April in Quahog", Peter's comment seconds before the supposed "end of the world," expressing shame and disgust for his children, uttered deliberately in thinking that he will have no price to pay. How sadly mistaken he is once the "April Fools Day" hoax passes without incident ... and even Peter's heartfelt apology is fruitless — Meg, Chris and Stewie are still very pissed at their father.
    • Another potential moment for Peter is "Fresh Heir" where he marries Chris because he was named the sole heir of Carter's will (even though he doesn't want the money) and tricks Lois into divorcing him in the process to make it happen. It also doesn't help that it's hinted he married Lois just so he could be a part of her father's will.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • "Who Wants Chowder?". Made even worse in "Yug Ylimaf" when time goings backwards forces the vomit back up their mouths.
    • Stewie asking (and finally convincing) Brian to clean out Stewie's diaper when they are trapped together in the bank eating Stewie's shit. Which causes Stewie to puke, and then he asks and convinces Brian to eat that, too. It was the single grossest thing on Family Guy and pretty much the deal breaker scene for anyone who watches the 150th episode "Brian and Stewie."
    • Peter and Quagmire vomited in each other's mouth while kissing on the episode where Quagmire tries to convince a hooker he drunkenly married that he's gay.
    • Brian jamming Stewie's dislocated arm back into the socket in "Be Careful What You Fish For".
    • Brian's hairless body in "A Fistful of Meg".
    • Stewie's, Brian's, and Chris' sores in "Herpes, The Love Sore." The Grossup Closeups do not help.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Said clones melting, then Brian wanting to eat their remains (this was on the TV version. The DVD version replaces this dialogue with Brian asking Stewie if he should search their remains because he left his bank card in one of the clones).
  • Older Than They Think: A cartoon using "Surfin' Bird"? Family Guy had to be the first, right? Nope. Try CBS's short-lived 1998 cartoon Birdz, which used it… as the opening theme, no less.
    • In "Hell Comes to Quahog", the "Do you remember [X]? Pepperidge Farm remembers." joke had also been done in the Futurama episode "A Fishful of Dollars" seven years earlier, which makes some say They Copied It, So It Sucks.
  • Parody Sue/Purity Sue: In the episode "The Man With Two Brians", Peter buys a new dog under the name of New Brian after Lois says that Brian is getting old. New Brian is polite, perfect, multi-talented and instantly befriends everyone (sans Stewie, who sees him as a Replacement Scrappy), who rightly realizes that he's Brian's "replacement". New Brian goes on to improve everyone's lives and supplant Brian completely. However he makes his fatal mistake when he has sex with Stewie's teddy bear, Rupert.
  • Replacement Scrappy
    • Vinny, the dog the Griffins adopted in the Deleted Timeline after Brian's death. This has since been changed, however, so that it has never happened.
    • Joyce Kinney is this for fans of Diane Simmons.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Later episodes have been trying to show to us that Brian isn't this perfect Author Avatar that everyone agrees with, but is actually the most flawed character on this show and not as smart or important as he believes.
    • Vinny won a lot of people over when he helped Stewie go back in time to save Brian. Even though he never knew Brian, he knew that Stewie really loved and missed him, and was willing to give up meeting the Griffin family so that Stewie could have Brian back.
  • Retroactive Recognition: "Don't Make Me Over" features Jimmy Iovine years before he became famous.*
  • Scapegoat Creator: As can be seen on this very page, Seth MacFarlane is often blamed for just about everything wrong with the later episodes. With a few exceptions, he really hasn't written written or directed an episode in a long time. Of course, he is executive producer—he may not come up with a certain script himself, but he has to approve all of them (and voice about half the characters himself), so he's still responsible for deciding what does and does not get into the show. However, there have been numerous jokes that Seth didn't care for that still managed to make it past the final cut. You'd think he'd be a bit more mindful of what he puts out...
  • The Scrappy:
    • Brian has become this to a portion of the fanbase after being derailed into becoming the Author Avatar.
    • Even the Big Bad Carter is very hated, even much more than Brian. Several fans have perceived him as a total prick even worse than Peter or Lois, unnecessarily cruel, extremely unpleasant, and irritatingly childish and annoying in his moments, especially in recent seasons. Makes him even more irritating the fact that he always gets away with every misdeed. And unlike the main characters (which are not specifically saints), he has not a Freudian Excuse nor a reason for his actions.
    • Jasper is loathed by LGBT fans (which would explain why he has only appeared in a cameo since "You May Now Kiss....Uh..The Guy Who Receives") and even ones who aren't.
    • Lois is hated intensely by fans for being flanderized into a massive Jerk Ass who gets away whatever she does more easily than anyone, especially Peter.
    • Quagmire for being reduced to a selfish, non-empathetic, annoying sex maniac who despises Brian over petty reasons. Killing his sister's abusive boyfriend is about his only remaining redeeming quality.
    • Meg Griffin is an In-Universe example. Curiously, as of "Life of Brian", she suddenly got thrust into this in real life by grieving Brian fans commenting on the outcome of the episode:
      "MEG should have been the one to die!"
    • Jeff.
    • The Conway Twitty cutaways are often seen as a time-consuming nuisance in episodes, which makes many fans wince every time Peter utters the words, "Ladies and gentlemen, Conway Twitty."
    • Vinny was initially hated by fans for replacing Brian but once Brian returned, most people warmed up to him and some even complained that he shouldn't have been written off the show.
    • The Griffin Family in general- a fair few people will call them some of, if not the worst, characters ever to be conceived. Peter gets this the most, if only because he seems to be involved in most of the Overly Long Gag shots.
    • Bruce, mostly because he just isn't funny.
    • Herbert. The entire implication of him constantly stalking Chris and the references to his pedophilia and his annoying voice just comes off as overused these past seasons. Add to the fact no one besides Stewie (and possibly Meg, who calls him a creepy old man) notices his pedophilia doesn't help.
  • Seasonal Rot: Most fans tend to argue that Season 7 was the worst season, due to the characters becoming Flanderized into essentially one note characters, the dropping of lessons with the subtlety of an atom bomb, most of those lessons being broken or delivered in a hypocritical manner, and poor plotlines, though season six after the "Stewie Kills Lois" two-parter was pretty bad, thanks to the Writer's Guild strike and FOX's decision to release three barely-done episodes behind MacFarlane's back.
    • Some fans feel that this began to kick in as early as Season 4.
    • There was a time between the 7th and 12th seasons where many said that Season 10 was the worst (and to some still is). Episodes that are prime examples of this include "Seahorse Seashell Party" (for as 'Mr. Enter pointed out, having the worst example of Status Quois God), "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q" (portraying domestic violence totally straight on a show that makes a living out of doing it for laughs both before and since), "The Blind Side" (all blind people are gullible), "Be Careful What You Fish For" (mostly for the subplot with Brian and Stewie), and "Tea Peter" (the plot can easily offend anyone who's studied politics and containing a joke saying that Autism is an excuse for kids to act ill-mannered).
      • There's another side of the fandom that does say that it is (or was before Season 12) the worst season but only because most of the episodes were completely forgettable.
    • Season 12 is the current low point for the series according to most fans. The main reason being Brain getting killed off in “Life of Brian” only to be brought back three weeks later in “Christmas Guy” in a ratings grab so desperate and shallow that it caused several longtime fans to lose whatever respect that they still had for the show by that point. Other episodes that play a big part in why the season is so reviled include “Peter’s Problems” (for the scene of Peter accidentally killing a whale while trying to push it back into the ocean using a forklift), “Brian’s a Bad Father” (the main plot being Exactly What It Says on the Tin according to some and the subplot ending with an overly-gory scene of Quagmire shooting Peter in the head), “Fresh Heir” (aka “Let’s See How Many Unfunny Incest Jokes We Can Force Down Your Throat in 22 Minutes”), and “Herpe, the Love Sore” (Brian intentionally gives Stewie & Chris herpes when he becomes blood brothers with them and the subplot involving Peter, Joe, and Quagmire which has one of the show’s worst Unfortunate Implications).
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • "Road to the North Pole": Be grateful with what you have and don't be selfish during the holiday season.
    • Rush Limbaugh telling Brian to actually give differing opinions a chance before passing judgment on them as heard in "Excellence in Broadcasting"
    • "Friends of Peter G.": Keep your addictions in moderation and don't let them control your life.
    • As maligned as "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" is (and it is maligned — at least on TV Tropes. That Other Wiki pretty much brands this as So Okay, It's Average), it actually does have a few good morals (even if it comes off as mean-spirited due to Brian's sudden atheism):
      • Irrationality and fundamentalism in religion can be a very dangerous thing (if you want proof of that, read up on the Westboro Baptist Church or any Islamic fundamentalist with a death wish).
      • Sometimes religion doesn't have all the answers on why we're here and why life is what it is.
      • Much like the moral on "The Juice is Loose," idol worship of your favorite celebrities is not worth it, as they're human and can be whiny assholes (cf. the "Stewie spends the day with the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation after missing out on asking them questions at a sci-fi convention")
    • "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar": Feminism is about choice. Choosing to be a wife and mother doesn't make a woman any less empowered. Also: men need to realize that women are people too and should be treated equally (or at least that was the moral they were aiming for).
    • "[i]f you're watching a TV show and you decide to take your values from that, you're an idiot. Maybe you should take responsibility for what values your kids are getting. Maybe you shouldn't be letting your kids watch certain shows in the first place if you have such a big problem with them, instead of blaming the shows themselves." (looks at the camera) "Yeah."
    • There's a reason why Jeffrey Fecalman was played completely straight.
  • Squick:
    • Peter breastfeeding Stewie on "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar"
    • The morbid humor of keeping Stewie's severe head injury a secret on the episode where Brian pitches a TV show that gets co-opted by James Woods.
    • Chris and Meg unknowingly making out with each other on the episode "Halloween on Spooner Street."
    • The ipecac drinking contest on "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenaged Daughter." Then "Yug Ylimaf" went and made that scene even worse.
    • Brian shaving all his fur off and going around bald to get back at Peter.
    • Stewie's herpes.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: Lois varies in degrees between this and this.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Brian gets it with Quagmire's "The Reason You Suck" Speech and No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
      • Another notable instance is, of course, Brian's death, in the now Deleted Timeline it occurred in. Played seriously for the most part, but right after being hit by the car, a squirrel comes down, spits on him, and states that he sucked. This could also apply for the few fans who hate him as much as Quagmire does.
    • Quagmire gets his own just desserts when a hardened Chris, a 13 year old boy, beats the crap out of him just so he can take his car.
    • Lois in "Seahorse Seashell Party" where she breaks into tears when Meg calls her out for being a horrible mother.
    • Peter gets it in "Stewie Kills Lois" and "Lois Kills Stewie". He gets framed for murdering his wife, Stewie beats him up so he can give out what he thinks of his macaroni art, and people start throwing apples at him. And in "Dial Meg For Murder", he gets raped by a bull and gets beaten to a pulp by his own daughter.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: A lot of people felt that Vinny's potential as a character was severely underused, and felt bad that he was written out of the story after three episodes. Some of his former haters even opined that he wasn't that bad a character and wouldn't mind seeing more of him, just as long as he was not used as a replacement for Brian.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • "Stew-Roids" wastes two: Stewie growing large muscles and Connie getting Hidden Depths and/or Character Development.
    • This is why a lot of fans hate "Back To The Pilot", finding the 9/11 plot tasteless and unnecessary and wishing it focused more on riffing the first episode.
    • The "Death Of Brian" arc ended two episodes after it began and was resolved in a way that left many people unsatisfied, although that didn't stop millions of others from rejoicing.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible:
    • Diane Simmons' short movie Lint.
    • Stewie's music video he made for Susie.
      Brian: I'm not following the storyline here.
      Stewie: Shut up!
  • Ugly Cute: Fat Brian.
    • Some fans see Stewie as this.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Meg. See below.
  • What an Idiot: Has its own page.
  • Writer Cop Out: "Lois Kills Stewie" ends after the titular event happens... Only to reveal that it was all just a virtual reality simulation. Of course, this gets lampshaded to Hell and back as part of a Take That against the ending to The Sopranos.
    • A more controversial example would be Brian being resurrected two episodes after his death. A lot of people were expecting the writers to spend more time on the plot thread than they did.
  • The Untwist: Even before Christmas Guy aired, there were several people who had already guessed its plot of Stewie finding a way to repair his time machine so he could head back to the past and save Brian's life.
  • The Woobie:

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