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YMMV: Family Guy
Alas, Poor Scrappy: This happens to Brian when he's finally Killed Off for Real. Brian may have been hated by people, but the way he died is utterly tragic and is without doubt the single most tearjerking part of the whole show.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Broken Base: As far as the fandom 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," "The WGA Strike Happened," "Brian Became a Preachy Atheist," "The Writers Were Under The Delusion That They Were Invincible, So They Began Writing Crap Episodes To Piss Off The Fans Who Helped Them Get Back on Their Feet," 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?
Designated Hero: Peter. Brian and Lois at their worst. Meg in some episodes when she grabs the Jerkass Ball (for example, trying to rape Brian when he's already dating Jillian and having Bonnie arrested just to be closer to Joe, etc).
Designated Villain: Joyce Kinney for outing Lois as a former porn star. It should be noted that it was done because of a cruel prank done to her in high school. It's played up as a big Moral Event Horizon and you're supposed to feel sorry for Lois, but in the end, Lois calls everyone out for ostracizing her about her shady past and embraces the fact that she did porn so no one would mock her for it.
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.
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.
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. Being a woman or a man doesn't give one an excuse for their wrongdoings.
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 Matt and Seth's friendship and Seth admitted they went too far.
The 9-11 jokes wouldn't be too bad if there weren't so many of them. This makes it even more jarring when you couple that with the fact that Seth just barely avoided being one of the victims. note He ended up hungover the day of the attack and his travel agent gave him some bad flight information, causing him to miss his flight by 15 minutes.Maybe it's his way of coping or Seth has survivor's guilt, but hides it behind tasteless jokes, who knows?
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.
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 (though some celebrities do deserve what they get on Family Guy either for being jerks or being such a Small Name, Big Ego, you wonder why he or she ever became famous in the first place), "Hannah Banana" in particular. One can only wonder if this episode is once again based on Seth's hatred of Disney.
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!"
"Since they cast Michael J. Fox (a known Parkinson's sufferer) in that Zorro remake" followed a nondescript symbol that was supposed to a Z.
Seth MacFarlane himselfspoke 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".
Any jokes about eating disorders.
One cutaway showed two slaves building the Pyramids, and one says "Y'know, all races are going to have their tough times. We [the Jews] are getting ours early. From here on, it'll all be smooth sailing."
"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.
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!
What about 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...
There's a Facebook group based around one-off character 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.
Say that you like any of the post-cancellation episodes (Season 4 & up). Even worse, say that you liked any of what are considered the worst episodes, such as the infamous "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven".
In "The Former Life of Brian", Meg is forced to watch all the Monty Python sketches that aren't considered funny or memorable. A lot of Monty Python's sketches are funny, but the show either relied on visual humor or tried to contextualize what little humor can be found in a long sequence. The few sketches that everyone remembers ("The Dead Parrot," "The Lumberjack Song," etc) are the short, quotable one-liner based bits that become Memetic Mutation and are remembered — much like the kind of humor Family Guy puts out on a near-weekly basis.
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.
Also, the scene in "Quagmire And Meg" where Wilford Brimley goes on a shooting rampage at the Teen Choice Awards.
The part on "The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou" where Brian shows Stewie that he didn't write down Stewie's last words and, instead, drew himself hanging from a noose. Thanks to "Brian and Stewie" (which reveals that Brian is suicidally depressed and has been planning on killing himself for a long time), that visual gag is less a sick joke and more a look at a broken, anthropomorphic dog.
The scene at the beginning of "Killer Queen" where the news reports the mayor of Detroit giving up became less funny when the city declared bankruptcy in 2013.
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.
"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.
"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", and he's been Killed Off for Real.
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 happens to Brian himself.
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 kids...you 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.
He's Just Hiding: A lot of people were saying this after Brian's death. They may be valid now that it's been confirmed that Brian will be appearing in future episodes.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
Jumped the Shark: Fans consider Brian's death to be when this happened to the show.
In the episode "Mother Tucker", Peter dies from watching a video from Mannequin, a parody of The Ring. This clip became popular on YouTube, with the uploader replacing the Mannequin video with something considered so unwatchably bad that it would kill them the way Peter was killed on the show.
"Stewie just said that" is quickly becoming this, though it may just be a Forced Meme.
An image macro of Peter with the caption "Oh my god, who the hell cares?!"
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").
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.
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".
Carter after "The Old Man And The Big C" where it's revealed that his company developed a cure for cancer years ago, but he refuses to release it to the public just so he can increase corporate profit, after Lois lectures him about this, he acts like he's going to change his mind, but unsurprisingly he goes back on his word and doesn't announce the cure, dooming millions of people all so he can be even more rich!
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 stimulation), and he has also killed people throughout the series.
Even Meg crossed it when she tricks a gay guy into raping her brother. So far, the one member of the family that hasn't crossed the line is Chris.
"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 vault...by 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".
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.
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 Rupert the teddy bear.
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.
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...
Brian has become this to a portion of the fanbase after being derailed into becoming the Author Avatar.
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:
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."
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. It's going to take all of seasons 8 to 11 for the show to return to form and for people to like the show again (if they ever abandoned it to start with). Some fans feel that this began to kick in as early as season 4.
"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."
Another notable instance is, of course, Brian's death. 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.
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.
Pearl Burton's final moments before she dies. Especially with the matching music, it's one of the few touching moments in the entire show.
In "New Kidney In Town", Peter drinks makeshift Red Bull (a key ingredient being kerosene) and must have both of his kidneys taken out. Brian's kidneys are supposedly a match, but because they are dog kidneys, both of them have to be given to Peter. Brian agrees to it, and begins talking about how Peter is his best friend and how Peter always cared for him. Of course, Brian doesn't die and in the end Dr. Hartman gives up a kidney instead.
Brian revealing what the contents of his safe deposit box are for: A gun and a bottle of expensive scotch, so he can have one last drink before he blows his brains out.
Brain's death. Even a number of people that didn't like the character in question were left teary-eyed.
If there is a cutaway involving a woman the joke will either be about how "ugly" they look or something far worse. If it's a cutaway involving a man it'll be about everything else.
Or the fact that anyone shown to be gay or mentally handicapped is Camp Gay or an exaggerated Down Syndrome sufferer.
Or despite the fact that Stewie, despite being known by everyone as "the gay baby" only has serious, episode spanning relationships with girls. Any kind of reference to relationships with boys are only used for a quick joke that holds about as much weight to the narrative as a Manitee Gag.
Meg deciding to stay with her abusive family feels uncomfortably like Stockholm Syndrome. That this is treated as a good and heroic thing makes it seem downright creepy. Not to mention "They abuse me because they can't cope without me" is almost exactly how someone with Stockholm's thinks (or someone in an abusive relationship).
"Quagmire's Baby" has Lois state that it's Quagmire's responsibility to look after the baby, likewise the note in the basket says that it's now his problem because he didn't wear a condom. At no point does anyone call out the mother for deciding to callously abandon it the moment it was born, simply to spite Quagmire.
The series' adherence to the All Germans Are Nazis trope. One cutaway gag implied they still practice eugenics.
The show has also been accused of being racist. Opinions vary on whether it's racist jokes are making social commentary and making fun of people who hold such opinions, or if it's just playing stereotypes and caricatures straight.
Some people feel sorry for Meg because of her extreme Butt Monkey status.
Brian himself could be this, if you go with the Alternate Character Interpretation- that, far from being a big egomaniacal Jerkass, he was separated from his mother at an early age, often regarded as inferior for being a dog, and revealed to be a suicidal because he has no a purpose. Sure, not to mention the tragic way he died.