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    Jack Smith 
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Voiced by: Daran Norris

Stan’s father who abandoned him as a child, a jewel thief and con-man.


  • The Atoner: After all the terrible things he's done to his family, along with trapping Minstrel Krampus, which allowed Santa to make children more spoiled and bratty over the years, he becomes the next Krampus and can go around the world teaching naughty children how to behave, and make the world a better place. However, he seems to have quit doing this due to stress and now works as a bus driver in Baltimore.
  • Broken Pedestal: The only thing that ever stopped Stan from realizing that his dad was a terrible person was the lie that Jack was actually a secret agent. When it turns out that Jack was actually a notorious jewel thief, it all comes crashing down.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Has played this trope several times due to his appearances being very infrequent and often times years apart:
    • After his debut in "Con Heir" from Season 1, outside of flashbacks his next appearance wouldn't be for a little more than three years when he returned in "Jack's Back" from Season 4.
    • After "Jack's Back", it'd be another three and a half years before he reappeared in "Blood Crieth Unto Heaven" from Season 8. He would then appear in the following season's Christmas special "Minstrel Krampus" which was originally intended to air before "Blood Crieth Unto Heaven".
    • After becoming Krampus in "Minstrel Krampus", he disappeared from the show for the longest time before reappearing in Season 13's "Ninety West, North Zero" yet another three years after his last appearance.
    • In the most recent season he appears a lot more, but mostly minor appearances. He’s also human again with no explanation.
  • Daddy Didn't Show: Mostly because he's been in jail.
  • Disappeared Dad: To Stan. He left his family and spent 20-40 years in prison.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He lacks an eye and wears an eyepatch.
  • Heel Realization: After several episodes of going through Heel–Face Revolving Door, he finally has one in Minstrel Krampus, when Hayley convinces him that family is the most important thing.
  • Jerkass: He wasn't caring of Stan when he was around.
  • Manipulative Bastard: When Jack returns to Stan's life, taking him out to a gun range. Jack talks Stan into joining him for a mission to, supposedly, stop terrorist activity. When they arrive at the "National Gallery of Art" Stan realizes that they are actually on a jewel heist and is betrayed by his father.
  • Pet the Dog: When he realized that Steve saw him as a greater role model than Stan he turned himself in to the police, telling Steve in "Jack's Back" that he'd never been a good father to Stan, but he wanted Stan to be a good father to Steve.
  • Series Continuity Error: Despite turning into Krampus in "Minstrel Krampus" and still remaining as such at the end of "Ninety North, Zero West", for some reason he's seen in his human form in "Klaustastrope.TV".
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • Jack looks remarkably like Stan aside from their different hair colors and the former having a smaller jaw and chin length.
    • Rusty looks almost exactly like Jack except for the hair color, ponytail, and that he has darker skin.
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    Betty Smith 
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Voiced by: Swoosie Kurtz

Stan’s somewhat needy mother.


  • Abusive Parents: Was emotionally manipulative towards Stan in his early years, guilt tripping him into taking his father's place for the sake of her own company. She also tricked him into mercy killing his own dog so they could live in a hotel that forbids them.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She doesn’t appear anymore, except in the zombie horde in “The Two Hundred” and in a memory of Stan’s in “The Life and Times of Stan Smith ”.
  • Dude Magnet: During Stan's childhood and after Jack had left them, she was asked out by many men.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After Jack left, Betty manipulated Stan into becoming dependent on her and even tricked him into killing his own dog because they couldn't bring it with them to their new apartment. The amount of mind games and smothering she used to make him do whatever she wanted backfired pretty badly on her when Stan started to kidnap every guy she dated out of fear they'd break her heart. If she hadn't warped Stan as a child, she might've been able to create a stable relationship for herself much sooner.
  • Hypocrite: After being dependent and manipulative towards Stan throughout his childhood, now she has a boyfriend, she thinks he needs to stop clinging onto her.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: All Betty ever really wanted was for someone to love her, and if Stan hadn't tried to "protect" her all those years she could've finally found someone and stopped relying on Stan as an emotional crutch. Then again, if she hadn't emotionally abused Stan and turned him into her crutch to begin with she would've found someone sooner.
  • Karma Houdini: Manipulated Stan into doing all his father's duties and being completely dependent on her emotionally. Also outright tried to kill Roger for money, and as far as the public is concerned, she did it. Unlike Jack, she's never faced comeuppance and most of the time is treated as in the right. Even worse than all of that, she manipulated Stan into mercy killing his dog for no reason.
  • My Beloved Smother: Subverted. Betty lives for Stan's attention but she's actually looking for a boyfriend so she can have somebody who'll make her happy. The relationship crosses into disturbing territory at times (especially in Stan's early years), but it's him that has the unhealthy obsession, not Betty.
    • What do you do when your mom's unhappy? Jerry left her feeling crappy? Sing her a shanty nice and snappy! Wash her in the bathtub!
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In the episode 'American Step Dad', Roger marries Betty after Hercules has died, seemingly to get his attic back. Stan, understandably, is opposed to the idea. He is eventually proven wrong when Roger turns out to be very competent at being a father, to the point of getting Stan a car they fixed together. Sometime later, Stan checks their computer and finds that Roger seemingly wants to kill Betty in Niagara Falls thanks to a pop-up that reads "Top Ten Ways to Kill Your Spouse in Scenic Niagara Falls." When he gets there after inexplicably surviving a major accident, it turns out that she's trying to kill Roger because Stan refused to listen when she told him she wanted to be independent. Her method of achieving said independence? TAKE OUT A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY ON ROGER. Even worse, she manipulated Stan into mercy killing his dog. The dog wasn’t even sick.
    Betty: Stan, he's not trying to kill me. Because I'm trying to kill HIM!

    Rusty 
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Voiced by: Lou Diamond Phillips

Stan's extremely wealthy Native American half brother. When their Great-Great Grandfather died, he left them to choose between $20,000 and a large amount of land in the desert. Stan took the money, and Rusty became insanely wealthy because he's able to sell $18,000,000 worth of copper every year.


  • Big Fancy House: He lives in a beautiful mansion built into the side of a rocky cliff in the middle of the desert. Highlights include a giant waterfall, a bar with a massive library of booze at hand, a kitchen with his own personal chefs, and his son's game console is a virtual reality room.
  • I Have No Son!: "I Have No Half-Brother" in this case, after Stan forced him and his own family out of his house, he threatens to kill Stan if ever returns.
  • Inheritance Murder: At first, Stan simply switches places with Rusty by chloroforming him and his family. Rusty comes back, with the intent of killing Stan if he doesn't get off his land.
  • Literal-Minded: When he says that he'll kill Stan if he doesn't get off his land, he means that literally. After a helicopter crash forces the Smiths to walk through the desert for hours on end, Rusty still intends on killing Stan because he's still technically on his land, even though he's nowhere near Rusty's home.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Caucasian on his father's side and Cherokee Native American on his mother's side.
  • Rejected Apology: He still threatens to kill Stan without giving him a chance to apologize.
  • Rich Bitch: At first, Rusty is very humble about his wealth, keeping it hidden from Stan. After Stan finds out about Rusty's wealth, he's starts rubbing it in Stan's face. Understandable, since Stan did the exact same thing every Thanksgiving when he was convinced Rusty was poor.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Stan had no idea of Rusty's wealth for many years. He was convinced Rusty and his family were poor, only to find out about their wealth when he attempts to take Steve to their home for Thanksgiving to show him a lesson in humility. Rusty has been doing the same for his son Glenn for years without Stan's knowledge.
  • Series Continuity Error: In "Meter Made", it's established that Rusty (not referred to by name) lives in Wisconsin. But in "There Will Be Bad Blood", it's revealed that he and his family live in Arizona.
  • Signature Laugh: His laughter sounds like stereotypical Native American chanting.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • Between him and Stan, Rusty gets most of their father's physical looks (especially around the jaw and chin size), with the only difference being Rusty's darker skin, blacker hair, and hairstyle.
    • Following from the above, despite some physical differences, Rusty and Stan look a lot alike.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Stan, his grandfather and great grandfather all saw the land as worthless. Rusty however found that it was rich in copper which gained him a fortune.

    Mah Mah & Bah Bah Ling 
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Mah Mah voiced by: Amy Hill
Bah Bah voiced by: Tzi Ma

Francine’s adoptive parents.


  • Ascended Extra: Mah Mah slightly. Compared to her husband, she's made more appearances separately while Bah Bah has yet to appear on his own.
  • Asian Rudeness: Both "Big Trouble in Little Langley" & "Kung Pao Turkey" are about them barging their way into the Smith's residence uninvited, enforcing their rules under Stan's roof, and using or destroying his stuff without his permission. Both episodes end with Stan learning to accept them, even though Stan is justified at being annoyed by their behavior.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Their brief cameos in "The Two Hundred" was the first time they've appeared since "Kung Pao Turkey" which aired a little more than two years earlier. Additionally, it was their first appearance since the show switched networks. They wouldn't appear again for nearly three years afterwards, and ironically not on the same show itself but instead in a brief crossover appearance in the Family Guy episode "No Giggity, No Doubt".
  • Devil's Advocate: Despite Mah Mah's dislike with Stan, in Spring Break Up, she told Francine that Stan was right to leave her because she stopped laughing at his jokes and listening to his stories. Mah Mah explained that the basis of a good marriage is taking the time to laugh at your spouses jokes and listen to their stories even if you've heard them a million times, because it shows you care and it makes them happy.
  • Gass Hole: In Bah Bah's first appearance, Stan gets annoyed at his farting while wearing Stan's swim trunks. In "Spring Break Up", Francine says that she's going to have to "fart" him, squeezing his stomach to release excess gas.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: It's "Bah-ba" not "Baba", something he has to constantly correct Stan on.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bah Bah really does care for his family, even Stan.
  • No Name Given: Mah Mah & Bah Bah are simply the Chinese words for 'mother' and 'father' respectively.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Subverted. They don't have any bad feelings for Stan, however whenever they show up they tend to take over the place. At the end of the episode, they also save Stan when the house catches fire, and her father expresses genuine fondness for him (saying that they don't have to worry about Francine's well-being because she married well). Stan's relationship with the Lings is shown to be much better in later episodes.
  • Papa Wolf: Well papa-in-law wolf. Bah Bah saved Stan from a fire.

    Gwen Ling 
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Voiced by: Uma Thurman

Francine’s adopted sister. She remained unseen until "Now and Gwen", where she's revealed to be a criminal who uses Francine to cover for her.


  • Asian Airhead: According to Bah Bah, she's an idiot who "needs all the help she can get". Aside from lighting a cigarette in a gas-soaked room and failing math in high school, she's actually quite intelligent, cunning, and manipulative.
  • Chinese Girl: She is Mah Mah and Bah Bah Ling's natural daughter.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She last appeared in “The Two Hundred” where she is a zombie.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Every time she's mentioned, Stan has to go on about how hot she is, to Francine's annoyance.
  • Con Woman: She sold fake cellphones to the elderly and was holding a sweatshop making the fake cellphones in the Smiths' home.
  • The Ghost: Until "Now and Gwen", she was only mentioned. This is because she's a convicted felon.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Just as she and Francine seem to have finally made peace with each other, they accidentally burn down their old school. Gwen ends up in jail as a result, while Francine only receives a suspended sentence. Gwen swears Revenge on Francine over this.
  • Informed Flaw: Her father thinks she's an idiot, but that appears to be because she's a Chinese girl who's bad at math.
    Stan: "It's heartbreaking when kids don't conform to cultural stereotypes."
    • She does tend to make poor decisions on the spur of the moment, like suddenly deciding to run out on a black market organ sale with both the money and the organ. If Francine hadn't been there to help her escape, the prospective buyers would have surely killed her for it.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She easily convinces Francine to let her do anything, knowing she will bail her out. She does this because Francine burned the school while she smoked in the lab room with tons of flammable elements and she took the blame. But she still does manipulate her until Hayley convinces her to leave, but not before she tries to frame Francine by burning down the school.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is very sexy and wears a Little Black Dress in "Now and Gwen".
  • Never My Fault: By the end of "Now and Gwen", she receives a six year prison sentence after she and Francine accidentally burn down the school. She blames Francine for this (resenting how Stan used his CIA connections to get her a suspended sentence), despite the fact that her sentence was the result of her knowingly and repeatedly violating the terms of her parole.
  • Older Than They Look: She's older than Francine, but like her sister, Gwen could pass for a girl in her twenties.
  • Retcon: Prior to "Now and Gwen" dialogue made Gwen sound like a harmless Brainless Beauty. When she finally appeared in the flesh she turned out to be beautiful, but not particularly dumb at all and an actual criminal. It was also said that Gwen was younger than Francine by three years. Come the episode where she appears, and now she's the older one as she was a senior in high school while Francine was only a freshman.

    Nicholas & Cassandra Dawson 

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Nicholas voiced by: Jeff Perry ("Big Trouble in Little Langley")
Cassandra voiced by: Holland Taylor

Francine’s biological parents.


  • Bus Crash: We learn in "Family Plan" that Cassandra had committed suicide via hanging after her last appearance in "Shallow Vows" over seven and a half years prior.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In "Family Plan", Nicholas orders all of his family (which includes Francine) to fight to the death with the last person standing becoming the sole heir to the family fortune. Why? He was fed up with everyone using their own data plans instead of the family plan that he set up.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Emphasis on Faux (in Nicholas' case, not so much after "Family Plan" where he's just outright evil), they may act polite and sophisticated couple but willing to leave anyone for shallow and trivial reasons.
  • Flanderization: While Nicholas was always a bit of a jerkass considering things like the reason why he abandoned Francine, "Family Plan" turns him into an outright monster by the fact that he orders everyone in his family to fight each other to the death all because he was angry that they were using their individual data plans instead of the home network (though it's implied that he's gone crazy since his wife died, as he's shown doing things like eating cat food, and he also has a brief My God, What Have I Done? moment when it seems like no one managed to survive the battle, leaving him completely alone).
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Cassandra, who back in the day looked near identical to how her daughter looks now.
  • Jerkass:
    • They abandoned Francine so they could fly first class on an airplane.
    • They also left Stan to die when he was trapped inside his burning house because they didn't want to be a liability.
    • Nicholas ordered everyone in his family to fight each other to the death because he was upset over them using their own data plans instead of the home network.
  • Killed Offscreen: We learn in "Family Plan" that Cassandra committed suicide via hanging sometime between this episode and "Shallow Vows".
  • Put on a Bus: Haven't appeared since their first appearance. Justified, considering Stan never introduced them to Francine.
    • They did eventually reappear for a very brief cameo in "Shallow Vows" where they appeared at Stan & Francine's vow renewal.
    • Nicholas reappeared in "Family Plan" but not Cassandra due to said episode revealing that she committed suicide via hanging herself.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: As mentioned above, Cassandra looked identical to Francine in her youth. Similarly, Francine's older self in "Fartbreak Hotel" bares a strong resemblance to how her birth mother looks presently.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Nicholas. Sure, he wasn't really the nicest character to begin with if some of the aforementioned tropes are any indication, but I don't think the Nicolas that we saw in "Big Trouble in Little Langley" would've forced everyone in his family to fight each other to the death over something so minor and petty (like using their own separate phone networks instead of the one he setup).
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    Steve-arino 
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Voiced by: Scott Grimes

A clone of Steve created by Stan and raised exclusively by him for awhile to see if he or Francine was the better parent. Likewise, Steve was raised only by Francine in the meantime.


  • Asshole Victim: Nobody will mourn him (Stan mourned way more the loss of his sneakers).
  • Ax-Crazy: It’s clear he’s very mentally ill considering the fact that he butchers cats for fun and was about to move on to people before Stan and Francine stopped him.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Steve. Though he starts out the same as him in every way, Stan's authoritative parenting style drove him insane over the course of 3 months and he ended up as a calculating, cat-killing psychopath. He also attempted to murder the original Steve, but was defeated by Stan.
  • Freudian Excuse: He started out exactly like Steve. But Stan's overbearing parenting style made him into a sociopath, the constant pressure to succeed driving him mad.
  • Jerkass: To the point of being a sadistic sociopath.
  • Karmic Death: He ends up being shot by one of the cats he tortured. And that cat happens to be the one who keeps attacking the real Steve.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He is probably the most evil character in the series and his cruelty is played seriously.
  • One-Shot Character: He only lasts one episode.
  • Sadist: Yes, a very sadistic cat killer.
  • See You in Hell: He says this to his former feline victim as he’s poised to kill him.
  • The Sociopath: Stan’s brutal treatment of him has stripped him of all empathy, given him a manipulative streak a thousand miles wide and has turned him very Ax-Crazy.


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