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  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Stan and Francine often display this; Steve even cites them as the main reason he didn't want to bring his new girlfriend to his house in "Dr. Klaustus":
    Steve: I feel like I can't bring anyone around here 'cause Dad's a lunatic! And if he doesn't drive them away, Mom's food will probably kill them!
  • Flanderization: Just like with the Griffins, everyone has had their traits greatly exaggerated overtime. They've either became stupider (Stan), jerkier (Steve & Roger), crazier (Klaus) or all the above (Francine)!
  • Not So Different: If "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance" and "The Mural of the Story" are any indications, it would appear as though Steve & Stan don't have any problem with callously throwing Hayley under the bus for things that she didn't even do so long as doing so either gives them the chance of being laid (Steve in the former) or makes themselves look better by not owning up to their mistakes (Stan in the latter).
  • Sociopathic Hero: Each member of the Smith family (except Jeff) often displays dangerously sociopathic behavior when given the opportunity, having destroyed private property or beaten, killed, tortured, raped, or tormented enemies or just bystanders for the most arbitrary of reasons without remorse afterwards.
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    Stan Smith 
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"We can't choose our fathers, but we can choose our father figures. I chose my mother. That set me back a bit."
Voiced by: Seth MacFarlane
Debut: "Pilot"

The man of the house, a CIA agent later promoted to Deputy-Deputy Director. Although an extreme right-winger to the point of parody with a tendency to forget the lessons he's just learned, he still loves his family.


  • Abusive Parents: He is this from time to time (not as much as Peter Griffin or even Homer Simpson, but he does have questionable methods to raising children right):
    • Stan openly admits to disagreeing with everything Hayley stands for even when he understands when they are right. He constantly tries to raise Steve to be just like him, and despises the fact that his daughter is a liberal while his son is a geek instead of a jock or even a fairly normal kid. He's usually either neglectful of Steve or obsessive over any coming-of-age obstacle in his way, like getting his first kiss, learning about sex, or going to a school dance. It is even revealed once that Stan is threatened that Steve may one day become the man of the house, but is calmed down when he remembers that the true man engages in intercourse, and Steve is a hopeless virgin. At one point, he concocts a perfect plan of revenge that includes having his family go broke, Steve losing a chance at sex because the repo men took the cars back, and Hayley selling her body so they can survive. On the ride home, Stan happily gloats about how good it feels to win while his family looks on with trauma.
    • Stan also shows Peter Griffin's idea of abusive treatment with his children. His idea of shooting down Hayley's or Steve's beliefs is to fart on them (as shown in the first episode, as well as "The Missing Kink"), and giving Steve a charlie-horse for no reason (as seen in "Vacation Goo"). He once even wakes Steve up by scaring him in his dreams. The reaction is Steve jumping out of his window and twisting his arm.
    • His own parents were even worse than he is. His father was cruel and neglectful and completely abandoned the family when Stan was 8, and his mother expected him to take over the role as man of the house, costing him his entire childhood and leading to a disturbingly co-dependent relationship between them in adulthood.
  • Acrofatic: Stan's got a rather large gut (although, he alternates between this and a hunky physique, depending on the episode), but doesn't stop him from doing handsprings and being a proficient CIA agent (though he sucks at free-running).
  • Action Dad: He is in the CIA as a field agent after all.
  • Aesop Amnesia: A significant portion of the episodes' plots wouldn't be possible if Stan actually bothered to remember the dozens of times he learned that lying is wrong, to accept other groups such as gays and foreigners, to never listen to Roger's "advice", and to accept Steve and Hayley the way they are. It's even been lampshaded on more than one occasion that Stan is completely incapable of learning from his mistakes; Stan himself even acknowledges it (multiple times, no less):
    Stan: Lying is wrong! I'd know that if only I'd paid attention to anything that's ever happened to me before!

    Stan: There's something you should know about me by now, Roger. I don't learn lessons.
  • Alliterative Name: Stan Smith.
  • Amazon Chaser: Stan thinks it's hot when Francine discusses how she wants to kill someone and got an erection when Scarlett held him at gunpoint. He also got very turned on when Francine gained some muscles in "One-Woman Swole".
  • Ambiguous Disorder: His thought process runs on Aesop Amnesia and Insane Troll Logic, and other characters have outright called him insane on more than one occasion.
  • Amusing Injuries: He suffers these and more often than not they're anus related. He has good butt insurance from Darkstar.
  • Assumed Win: His ego leads him to believe he will always win anything. In "Season's Beatings", he was convinced he'd be picked to play adult Jesus in the church's nativity play, on the grounds that he was "the most devout" member, only for Father Donovan to point out that he was unsuited due to being overweight.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Stan almost always wears his iconic blue suit.
  • Bald of Awesome: One episode revealed that Stan is completely bald, and has been trying to keep it a secret from everyone. Except everyone already knew, and none of them cared. He then decided to keep wearing his wig and no one ever cared enough about it to mention it again afterwards. Despite this, several episodes before and afterwards blatantly prove this is almost certainly not canon (cf. "Frannie 911" showed that Stan was once scalped by Roger dressed as an American Indian, leaving stubble on his bald head. If he were wearing a wig, there'd be no stubble nor would Roger need to scalp Stan).
  • Big Beautiful Man: He fits in this tropes perfectly. He's tallest in the family, muscular(however it has been shown that he's slighty overweight) and there have been many women interested in him. Examples being episodes "Wife Insurance" and "When a Stan Loves a Woman"
  • Black Comedy Rape: When Stan was a boy, he molested his Catholic priest while away at a summer camp. And no, that wasn't a typo. He molested the priest.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: It's been shown several times that Stan has wild west values and views (i.e loves guns, has sexist views of women, is against non-heterosexual relationships and believes that traditional masculinity must be publically defined). In several cases, Stan is shown to dress like a cowboy or address the lifestyle. In "Familyland" he bases his clan around the Wild West as "Black Stan" and the "Italian Stallions". In "The Magnificent Steven" he forces Steve and his friends to be cowboys in order to prove their manhood.
    • Ironically, in "West to Mexico", where the series is reimagined as the wild west. Stan is actually out of his element because he possesses qualities that are unfit for the western lifestyle.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his quirks, he seems to be very good at his job or at competent enough to avoid being fired outright by Bullock.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh my God!" He'll often say this whenever he learns a lesson in an episode.
    • Whenever he is caught off-guard when doing something bad as seen by others or when he narrowly avoids problems, he often says fast, "OOH!"
    • "What have I done?!"
  • Calling Your Attacks: MEAT SLAP!
  • Can't Take Criticism: The entire plot of "I Can't Stan You" revolves around this; within the episode, he ends up having everybody in his neighborhood, including his own family, deported to a roadside motel simply because they kept criticizing and insulting him.
  • Character Development: He starts off the series as a Heteronormative Crusader, but by the time of "Daddy Queerest" he's a full gay rights supporter.
  • Competition Freak: He has a habit of taking any contest or sport too seriously, from ordering a member of the football team he was coaching to injure Steve, his own son, to ditching Francine when he believes she's holding him back during a race around the world.
  • Control Freak: Many episode plots center around him trying to control every aspect of his family's lives and freaking out when they won't do what he says.
    • One episode finds him in Heaven trying to save his family from dying on Christmas day, and after nothing goes as he planned, he ends up storming into God's office with a heaven gun that can kill angels, holds god at gunpoint, and demands that he at least be able to go back to Earth to do it himself. Despite this, he still insists he doesn't try to control everything at first.
    God: Stan, you're holding a gun to God's head. I mean, I can't think of a better metaphor than this.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He's hidden guns all over the house, and went to such lengths as having it completely sealed in cause of a flood. Unfortunately, he also sealed up the drain track underneath the house, leading to it being torn off it's foundation when Langley is flooded during a hurricane.
  • Cross Dresser: Doesn't hide from his family the fact that he wears panties and if it was socially acceptable, would wear mascara because it makes his eyes "pop like firecrackers".
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When on his game, Stan is nearly unbeatable.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • Stan's attitude towards his family varies from "A Jerkass because he doesn't understand what he's doing wrong, and tries to fix it when he finds out" to "Manipulative Bastard who's so callous that he'll often put them through some horrible Evil Plan for some incredibly trivial/stupid reason".
    • His attitude towards his family is dependent on who he's interacting with at the time: Hayley is either daddy's wayward grownup daughter who he tries to keep on the right (his) path, or the displaced trouble child he simply gives up on because they have nothing in common. Steve is both his school-stud son who has hidden geek qualities (in his mind's eye), and simply a shake of the head as to where he went wrong raising that boy. Francine is possibly his air-headed housewife who is slightly clueless as to what goes on in front of her, or his air-headed housewife whose rager past is contained by the suburban shell around her.
    • Stan's competence also varies from episode to episode. In some episodes he is something of a Bunny-Ears Lawyer, and despite his shortcomings is a somewhat competent agent whose stunts ultimately prove his worth, or a completely hopeless excess of a human being who is actually far less capable of surviving than his family.
    • In most episodes where the topic of religion comes up Stan is depicted as deeply and sincerely religious (albeit often with a comedic level of ignorance about his own faith) and the entire plot of "Dope and Faith" revolves around his fears that his atheist friend will go to Hell due to his lack of belief. In "May the Best Stan Win" on the other hand Stan appears to have no belief in any sort of spiritual afterlife, planning to be cryogenically frozen after death.
  • Determinator: Stan, at times, is so adamant about being right, that he absolutely refuses to admit defeat even in the face of overwhelming adversity. A good example occurs in "Less Money, Mo' Problems". Stan makes a bet with Jeff and Hayley— if Stan and Francine can survive for a month on Jeff's minimum-wage salary, Jeff and Hayley have to move out of the Smith's home. Mere days into their journey, Stan and Francine are living in a cheap car with only rice and potatoes to eat. Francine gives up and goes back home, but Stan continues the bet. He's eventually hit by a car, but can't get treated in a timely manner due to lack of health insurance (per the terms of the bet), so he administers self-first aid with a newspaper and a used hypodermic needle. After his car is towed, he resorts to sleeping under parked cars, and eventually attempts to break in to his house and rob his own family. At this point, he finally admits that he was wrong and tells Jeff and Hayley that they can live with him for as long as they need to.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In "American Fung", he has Francine put in a mental hospital for a few days, so he can avoid facing her wrath for forgetting their anniversary. It never crosses his mind that Francine would put two and two together, and figure out who put her there.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Stan is personally responsible for Klaus being stuck in the body of a fish, simply because the CIA didn't want East Germany winning the Gold medal for Skiing during the 1986 Winter Olympics.
    • In "Four Little Words", he goes to great extremes to make Francine believe that she killed her friend when in actuality her friend was accidently killed by Bullock during a date gone wrong. Why? He didn't want her say "I told you so".
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: This happens to him at the end of "Hot Water" for no real reason, but like Kenny McCormick, he is alive and well in the next episode, mostly because "Hot Water" was a series finale that was rewritten as a non-canon episode when FOX decided to renew the series.
    • Stan also dies in "Rapture's Delight" and gets escorted to his personal heaven, which is identical to the beginning of the episode (though Klaus is dead and mounted on the wall). The commentary for the subsequent episode jokes that everything from then on actually takes place in Stan's personal heaven.
  • Egocentrically Religious: He is this at times, such as in "Dope & Faith", where he prayed to Jesus to let him win a raffle for a paddleboat. He claims his religion is the "foundation" of who he is, yet he more often than not uses this as an excuse to think that he's better than others (like in "Rapture's Delight") rather than live up to its teachings, and in "Daesong Heavy Industries", admitted that he's never actually read the Bible. Following a Crisis of Faith after Steve's logic undermines all the book's stories, he reacts dismissively to the suggestion that he simply see them as a set of instructional fables, detesting the idea of basing his character around some "fairy tales".
  • Entitled Bastard: No matter what terrible things he does to others, he always expects them to forgive him right away.
  • Expy:
    • Of Peter Griffin. Especially since he becomes stupider with each passing season.
    • Family Guy itself has compared Stan to Joe, seemingly just for their large chins and having a government job (Joe is a police officer; Stan is a CIA agent).
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Stan's so uptight that when he enjoys something, he can't stop.
    • Also his "unusual" way of thinking, his arrogance, and pride tends to get him to perform unlikable acts of Disproportionate Retribution and ends up doing horrible things to his own family and is completely willing to put them in danger, lie to them and abuse them for his own benefit or sense of justice.
  • Feigning Intelligence: He thinks that he knows everything and constantly uses an eloquent and authoritative tone when speaking, but it's shown, especially in later seasons, that Stan is every bit an Idiot Hero and a Know-Nothing Know-It-All.
  • Flanderization: Stan was always something of a bumbling sociopath, but it originated more from his ego and right wing extremities, and at times he diverged from Seth MacFarlane's traditional Bumbling Dad role by proving to have Hidden Depths and some amount of tact (to the point of having spaced moments he was actually right about something). As time passed however, the necessity for Stan to learn An Aesop every episode led to him becoming increasingly moronic and childish, and his badass CIA agent qualities have been increasingly degraded in favor of making him a borderline Straw Loser for the rest of the Smiths. Basically Stan evolved from a slightly smarter right wing Peter Griffin to just being another if not deadlier Peter Griffin.
  • Freudian Excuse: Stan was extremely unpopular in his childhood due to his nerdy ways. As a result he bullies Steve for also being nerdy hoping to break him of said habits, in order for Steve to have the life he didn't. Additionally, his father, Jack, was an alcoholic who was never around (and was later revealed to be a con artist), which didn't exactly help in being a father. Meanwhile his needy mother made Stan take his place, leading him to try take all adult responsibilities prematurely and not grow up naturally.
  • Genius Ditz: Despite acting like a general idiot and doing incredibly stupid things, he is a weapons expert and the best field-agent on the CIA. He was even able to outsmart Francine several times in episodes like "Franny 911" and "Widowmaker".
    • This would eventually disappear in later seasons since Stan has been relegated into a full-blown idiot.
  • Going Native: Stan has a strong tendency to do this; lampshaded by Francine in "Stan of Arabia".
  • Happily Married: To Francine, but they have an equal amount of neglect and unfaithfulness with love.
  • Henpecked Husband: Played with in "Stan's Night Out." He throws a brief temper tantrum because he assumes Francine never lets him go out with his friends. However, Francine has absolutely no problem with Stan spending time with his friends away from her and is surprised he thought he was "stuck" there.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: He gets better as time goes on. In fact, accepting gay lifestyles is the only lesson Stan remembers, probably because a relapse into homophobia wouldn't fly under the radar as easily as his other forgotten lessons.
    • To the point where he even once gives a Patrick Stewart Speech that while Republicans might not accept gays or support gay rights, they shouldn't hate Gay Republicans, because they're on their side and it's a waste of perfectly good hate that should be reserved for Democrats!
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: His father left him when he was young and his mother forced Stan to fill his role as provider despite being too young to do so. His mom also lied to Stan, saying that his pet dog was sick and needed to be shot to put him out of his misery (turns out she did it because the apartment they were moving in to didn't allow dogs).
  • Honor Before Reason: Wheeeeeere to begin...
    • Generally, he dislikes being proven wrong by others on his ideals.
    • He steals the idea of a telethon from Roger to save a torturing program for terrorists, but when many wonder if he really came up with the idea, Stan lies and claims he did, which makes Roger go after him to ruin the telethon. (Stan stupidly believed Roger got angry at him for not calling him for dinner.)
    • Stan is so into the thrill of winning that when he actually lost to Steve's team in a game of football, he attempted to commit suicide because of the shame he felt for losing. It also turns out that Stan never was able to express sadness properly either.
    • The initial reason he agreed to risk his career (and possibly even life) to protect Roger from the CIA, considering himself to be honor-bound to repay Roger for saving his life from Unfriendly Fire at Area 51.
    • He trained up Steve by masquerading as a school bully to toughen him up. When Steve asks him what Stan did to get rid of his bully, he simply laughs it off by saying his bully moved out so there was never a closure there.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Several plots (such as "Seizures Suit Stanny") revolve around Stan being deeply against something, then (by circumstance or his own choice) trying it for himself, and becoming obsessed with it (and usually trying to cover his hypocrisy around his family). These episodes more often then not tend to portray Stan at his most unlikable, especially with the lows he'll sink to in order to cover his tracks.
    • Stan often derides Steve for being a geek and a "wuss", despite the fact that he was the same (or even moreso) at his age, and constantly tries to "make a man" out of him. But several episodes (such as "Chimdale") have shown that, when push comes to shove, Steve can be more of a man than Stan is.
    • In "Bully for Steve", Stan acted as a bully to Steve, constantly telling him that he needed to stand up to bullies. Not only did Stan never stand up to his childhood bully, Stelio Kontos (because he simply moved away), but when Steve brings him in to do the fighting for him, Stan doesn't even try to fight back, letting Stelio beat him to a pulp.
    • In "Big Stan on Campus", he looks down on the campus security team, believing them to be "unprofessional", even though he himself saw his temporary employment there as being like a "vacation", and wanted the students to see him as a "Cool Uncle" rather than an authority figure. When the students made it clear they didn't see him that way, he attacked them all with pepper spray.
    • "The Mural of the Story" began with Stan lecturing Hayley about how you should always put family first. But when Hayley ends up taking the blame for the damage he caused to the town's beloved mural while attempting to restore it, Stan does nothing to correct that belief, and is perfectly willing to let his own daughter suffer rather than publically admit his failure.
    • He frequently finds fault with others, expecting them to just stand there and take it, but he himself Can't Take Criticism at all.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Stan forbids Steve to go out with Debbie, an overweight girl, while his family points out that he isn't quite thin himself. With Stan being extreme like he usually is, he takes the fat comments too close to heart and starves himself to the point where he becomes anorexic.
    • At one point, he basically sends Francine to the woods because she has a spanking fetish to "recover" from her deviancy, despite the fact that he's obviously got a foot fetish himself. All played for humour, of course.
  • Idiot Hero: Stan is able to hide it by use of an eloquent and authoritative tone, but only just barely.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: While deeply arrogant and self-assured, Stan is also very insecure, and craves the validation of others. In "I Can't Stan You", learning that he was not as beloved by his neighbors as he believed he was caused him to break down, eventually driving him to have the whole neighborhood (and his family) relocated so he wouldn't have to endure their "criticisms". This trait is also brought up in "Chimdale" and "An Incident at Owl Creek", with Stan even stating in the former his belief that other people's opinions of you matter more than anything.
  • Informed Flaw: He's allegedly such a Control Freak that God Himself called him on it, but it's shown time and time again that he actually has very little control over his life. He doesn’t want Hayley to date Jeff—Jeff marries and moves in with the Smiths. He doesn't want another baby: Francine tries to rape him. And while Hayley’s actions are usually given the excuse of his harsh rules, they’re usually things like coming in past curfew, dying her hair green, drinking while underage, getting a job as a stripper, having boys in her room, and stealing monkeys from an animal testing lab and keeping them in the house (although that's still better than letting then be tortured by evil scientists). It's reached the point where the family does the complete opposite of what he says the moment he says it (although it's possible that his Control Freak tendencies are actually a result of the lack of control he has in his life).
  • Insane Troll Logic: Stan's logic when it comes to fixing things he perceives to be broken. How he does he stop Francine from thinking he's too boring and leaving him? He'll poison Roger so Francine will be too busy taking care of him. How does he get Steve to stop playing with toys? Take him to Mexico to lose his virginity to a whore. How does he believe he'll "fix" Christmas after he's perceived that liberals have ruined it? Go back in time and try to kill Jane Fonda. How does he plan to make up for forgetting his and Francine's anniversay (again)? He has Francine put in a mental hospital, just long enough for him to put together a (poorly thought out) gift.
  • Instant Soprano: In "Crotchwalkers", he steps on a rake, which swings up and hits his groin so hard that his testicles allegedly retreated up his scrotum, leaving him with an embarrassingly high-pitched voice. Ironically, it's right when he accepts it to help Roger, Klaus and Hayley's Russian folk band that his balls drop back down.
  • It's All About Me: While he does care about others, Stan is still completely willing to put them in danger, lie to them and abuse them for his own benefit or sense of justice.
  • Irony: Despite his aim at protecting his family there are times where he is completely willing to put them in danger, lie to them and abuse them for his own benefit or sense of justice, this was lampshaded in "Hurricane!" (part three of the Seth MacFarlane "Night of the Hurricane" crossover). It didn't help he shot Francine a couple times during the whole ordeal.
  • Jerkass: Most of the time. His Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments are usually overshadowed by some of his crueler acts, such as a scheme to get back at a car salesman that happened to involve abandoning his own family as prerequisite.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • The episode "Less Money Mo' Problems," depicts Stan as being in the wrong for considering Hayley and Jeff freeloaders for living with him and Francine instead of being out on their own. While the episode had some valid points about how hard it is to make a living on just minimum wage, Stan was actually justified for getting frustrated with them; what with Jeff waking him up in the middle of the night to watch Bones, going to the bathroom while Stan was still in the shower, and pouring out an entire bottle of syrup onto his pancakes after Stan asked him to pass it.
    • In "The Old Stan and the Mountain," Stan is depicted as wrong for going behind his elderly coworker's back and stealing an assignment to demonstrate a new Urban Assault Vehicle. While, yes, it was kind of a dick move, Stan points out that the coworker who was supposed to demo it was clearly exhibiting signs of senility, citing how just the other day he mistook a sponge for a Hot Pocket.
      Stan: You microwaved it for thirty seconds, flipped it over, and then microwaved it for another thirty seconds. You had a lot of opportunities to see that it wasn't food.
    • Generally, though most episodes usually depict Stan as in the wrong, he does make some legitimate points, even if he goes about them the wrong way, such as Roger being a lazy Fat Slob who acts like he's better than everyone around him ("Weiner of Our Discontent"), and being irritated that Francine's adoptive parents drop in uninvited and completely take over his house ("Big Trouble in Little Langley").
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Arguably Stan's callousness has been toned down or at least been placed in more well-intentioned light in later seasons. It is a rule for the creative team that, in his own mindset, Stan's actions are for the well being of his family and country. No matter how insane or immoral they are.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: A constant source of contention between he and Steve. Stan constantly tries to help his son with various "masculine" activities to avoid letting Steve repeat the same poor experience Stan had in high school.
  • Karma Houdini: In "The Mural of the Story", he's put in charge of the restoration project to restore the town's mural. But before it even starts, he ends up wasting the entire project's budget on a pre-party leaving him the sole person to fix it but only ends up making it worse. When the mural is unveiled, everyone assumes that Hayley was the one who made it worse and Stan... Decides to just let them continue thinking that thereby completely throwing her own daughter under the bus and ruining her reputation. While he does eventually own up to his actions at the second unveiling of the mural (which is now entirely repainted in tribute to Hayley due to the aforementioned's revenge ploy of making him think that all his earlier actions led to her being involved in a serious car crash and in critical condition so that she and Klaus could plot to blow it up), nobody besides Hayley calls him out for selling her out the way he did nor does he receive any punishment for wasting the initial project's budget before it could even get off the ground. And that's not even mentioning up how in-between him throwing Hayley under the bus and her revenge on him, he CHISELS HER EYES OUT AND FLAYS HER ENTIRE FACE OFF in an attempt to help her!
  • Kissing Under the Influence: With Roger during their trip to Atlantic City. They were both drunk, and Stan agreed to the most intimate experiences of Roger's species. Roger ended up knowing all of Stan's memories, but not vice versa — this was especially humiliating for Roger because Stan was actually Roger's first.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Numerous episodes go out of their way to emphasize this, especially The Most Adequate Christmas Ever, where God actually had to tell Stan face-to-face (as Stan holds a gun to his forehead) that no, he does not know everything and he can't.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Perhaps the most ridiculous, exaggerated example in all of Western Animation.
  • Large Ham: Seth has gone on record describing Stan as his most exhausting role on any of his shows.
  • Lethally Stupid: At his absolute worst. Stan's attempts at helping only cause pain and suffering for everyone involved such as Francine being shot and a bear and shark attacking the family in "Hurricane" and Haley needing extensive facial reconstruction after he disfigures her in "The Mural of the Story".
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: Related to his fatal flaw detailed below; when an epiphany finally does work its way through his thick skull, before the end of the episode erases it, it's at the worst possible time where it leads him to leave others to take the fall for something he could help fix. Such as finally learning to say no to Bullock when he's asked to take him to a hospital for a bullet wound.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: In the episode "Haylias," he believed that Project Daycare, which he put Hayley in, was discontinued because the subjects lost their free will permanently after seven days of activation. It isn't until after he activates Hayley and misses the deadline that he discovers from Bullock that the project was actually discontinued because the subjects turned on their handlers and killed them after seven days.
  • Love Is a Weakness: To quote "The Magnificent Steven":
    Stan: A man kills what a man loves before it weakens him.
  • Manchild: It really depends on who's writing the episode. "Man on the Moonbounce" actually showed Stan acting like a kid, despite being an adult, as a therapeutic way to catch up on the childhood he lost when his father abandoned him and his mom forced him to grow up and provide for her.
  • The Millstone: As shown in "Hurricane!", Stan's every attempt at trying to save his family from the hurricane just keeps making the situation worse until, when things reach their boiling point, Buckle bursts in and tranquilizes Stan along with an attacking bear and shark because he "wasn't sure who was doing the most damage." Francine even states that, though many of Stan's ideas and plans sound reasonable at first, they're always doomed to end badly.
  • Momma's Boy: In "Oedipal Panties", it's revealed that Stan is so overprotective of his mother that he had been abducting his mother's boyfriends and dumping them on a deserted island for over 30 years!
  • Moral Myopia: If he does it for himself, it's okay. If someone does it to him, it's unforgivable.
  • Mr. Fanservice: And He Knows It! and loves bragging about it. He's tall and muscular, often has scenes wearing nothing but brief underwear, was briefly employed as a male stripper, and it has been shown on more than one occasion that he has a muscular booty (Earning him the nickname "Thunder Butt"), and gave a rather....(cough) provocative dance in a skin tight suit in "Virtual In-Stanity.
  • Never My Fault: When things go wrong, he's quick to assign blame to others, even when he's the one to blame. Just like with the Hypocrite example, episodes where this happens tend to show him at his absolute worst:
    • In "CIAPOW", he put the blame for his team's failed atempt to steal an inhaler on all the others, in spite of the fact that it was his idea to steal it in the first place, and that they were only caught because he left a piece of paper with their hotel information on it behind.
    • In "Father's Daze", when the rest of the family learn that he was using a Laser-Guided Amnesia device to make them "redo" Father's Day over and over again, rather than accept fault for it, Stan instead rants about their inability to "get it right".
    • In "The Mural of the Story", he ends up being the sole person responsible for restoring the town's mural after blowing the project's budget on the pre-party and ends up making it even worse. While he does later own up to it, he initially just callously lets Hayley take the fall for it at it's first unveiling.
  • Oedipus Complex: He gives his mother baths in the bathtub. He sits in the tub and sings about washing her private parts as well.
    • Also, while it's not Lampshaded in-series, it should be noted that his mom bears a resemblance to Francine; same height, blond hair, same lips, similar body shape, and a similar face shape as well. Knowing Stan, it makes sense that he ended up marrying a woman who looks like his mother.
    • Stan’s relationship with Francine is eerily similar to his relationship with his mom. Given that he shows All Take and No Give devotion to her which she only calls out when it becomes an inconvience to her.
  • Only Sane Man: In "Stan's Night Out", Stan discovers that his coworker friends at the C.I.A. are a bunch of irresponsible assholes whose blatant disregard for other people boarders on the sociopathic, with him playing the role of the straight man throughout an increasingly insane night.
    • Also in "People vs Martin Sugar", he is the only member of jury who sees that Roger is guilty despite his sympathetic atitude during the trial.
  • Papa Wolf: He might not agree with Hayley, and he might not have much in common with Steve, but if anyone insults or harms either of them, that person's going to be in pain for a long while.
    • Do not call his daughter a whore. Avery Bullock learned this the hard way. (You know, Stan's boss whom he more-or-less idolizes?)
    • In the early seasons when there was more emphasis on hiding Roger from the CIA, Stan was fully prepared to execute Roger if it meant protecting his family from any possible repercussions, despite being indebted to Roger for saving his life by his own admission.
    • And recently, the protection has extended to Jeff, at least sometimes.
  • Paper Tiger: As much as he likes to act like a tough guy, he tends to fold pretty quickly when someone puts up a good enough fight, and will sometimes even run from a confrontation entirely.
  • Patriotic Fervour: Stan veers between honorable and despicable, but prides himself on being a true patriot.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: He usually wears a blue suit while Francine's dress is pink.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He's a bigot in many ways, but he generally learns An Aesop about it...for a while. Gays, fat people, senior citizens, even blacks; they all get some backlash from Stan at least once.
  • Promotion to Parent: For Jeff, first symbolically, and then literally once Jeff and Hayley tie the knot.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: If he's not acting like a three-year-old, he's killing someone while acting like a three-year-old.
  • Rape as Comedy: Apparently, he molested his preacher at summer camp when he was a kid (And no, that's not a typo), which he casually reminisced about once.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: He has this mentality in the episode "Buck, Wild," explicitly telling Steve that the only way he can become a man is by hunting and killing an animal.
    • Ironically enough, the episode "The 42 Year Old Virgin" revealed that Stan had, in fact, never killed another human being and had simply been talking a big game (his first credited kill had died in a subway accident, and every kill since had died in increasingly ridiculous accidents just as Stan tracked them down). Steve and Francine lose all respect for him as a man when they find out. However, he netted his first kill by the end of the episode and he's killed multiple people on-screen since. Deservedly, of course. Usually.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Stan has a major soft spot for ponies.
  • Retcon: There are several aspects of Stan's character that are only established for a specific episode and forgotten about later. Such examples include:
    • "The 42 Year-Old Virgin" revealing that he's never actually killed anyone, despite killing Jackson's double in "Francine's Flashback" and Jay Leno in "Stan of Arabia - Part 1".
    • "Chimdale" revealing that he's bald and wears a wig. This is contradicted by both previous and later episodes like "Frannie 911", "Old Stan in the Mountain" and "Gifted Me Liberty" where in the first mentioned a flashback shows Roger scalping off his hair leaving visible stubble and the latter two having his hair gradually fall off due to either rapid aging or extensive blood loss.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: Just about always the Wrong Way to Francines' Right Way in terms of their parenting skills (Francine has the odd subversion, but even then Stan is almost never the Right Way).
    • Even more so against Hayley. While Hayley can be self serving and abrasive about it, her left wing ethics are always far saner than Stan's right wing extremist ways.
  • Self-Serving Memory: In "There Will Be Bad Blood", Stan believes that his half-brother Rusty "tricked" him out of the valuable land their grandfather left to him. This is in spite of the fact that (as shown in a Flashback), Stan, believing the land was worthless, cheated Rusty with a rigged game so he would end up with the $20,000 their grandfather was also leaving them (which he later lost on the bus).
  • Shaking the Rump: Isn't afraid to literally shake what his momma gave him as he did in "Spring Break-Up" and in "Flirting With Disaster" It's revealed that the women at the CIA nicknamed him "Thunder Butt" because of his muscular butt and his ability to clap his butt cheeks together.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's always Dressed To Kill.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Frequently acts narcissistic about his looks and "intelligence". May also apply as Inferiority Superiority Complex when it's found out he wasn't always "the stallion he is today".
  • Split Personality: In "Cock of the Sleepwalk", though technically it's Stan and his conscience.
  • Standard '50s Father: Tries to invoke the trope, but fails.
    • In a DVD-exclusive special on the creation of American Dad, Seth [MacFarlane] describes the show as "What If? a 1950s anti-Communism short film announcer had a wife, kids, and a job with the CIA in the 21st century?"
  • Static Character: Almost every episode after the first season has Stan act controlling or bigoted, ending with him learning his lesson, only to forget said lesson by the very next episode. The Gay Aesop is the only lesson he's never had to learn again after the first time he learned it. Aside from that, the only changes he's gone through are non-positive ones such as Badass Decay from the first season, where he was a macho Badass agent, only to later be depicted as just as out of shape and Flanderization of having his stupidity played up more to the point where by the time the show moved to TBS it would be hard to pin-point what separates him from Peter Griffin intelligence wise.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Stan's been known to be incredibly sexist towards women, believing women shouldn't have a say in matters, let alone vote. He even sings a song about it in Stan of Arabia.
  • Straight Man: He tries to be this, but is really much more of a Large Ham.
  • Straw Character: He's an exaggerated stereotype of hyper-patriotic Republicans. Though much less so as the show went on.
  • Tautological Templar: He's always confident that his way (which is often shockingly bigoted, even by his own family's standards) is the good, righteous, and just way, by simple virtue of being his way. He often comes around by the end of an episode, but the show actually lampshades how the lesson never sticks. As a gung-ho CIA agent, he also feels this way about the United States itself — he doesn't believe that America can do no wrong so much as he believes that anything it does is justified by being America.
  • Too Dumb to Live: By mixture of Aesop Amnesia, Insane Troll Logic, and Up to Eleven, Stan constantly goes through life-threatening situations thanks to his bizarre use of logic in order to achieve a skewed sense of victory, only to learn a lesson about why he was wrong to do so. Because Stan has even lampshaded that he "doesn't learn lessons", Stan will always put himself and his family at great risk to learn a lesson he already learned but forgot and will forget once more.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In a season 1 episode, he was noted as a weapons expert who hadn't fought hand to hand in years, and has the shit kicked out of him by a homeless man. Later, Stan is an extremely competent fighter, hand to hand or otherwise.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Starting in Season 8, to the point where a better name for him now is Peter Griffin II.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: As mentioned above, he's been kidnapping his mom's boyfriends and dumping them on a deserted island since he was a boy to keep them from dumping her and breaking her heart like his father did.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Averted. Stan's just as, if not more, attractive than Francine. He just hasn't slept around as much as Francine.
  • Ultimate Job Security: He's done things that should have got him fired. In "Bully for Steve" and "A Boy named Michael" he didn't go into work for extended periods of time, just so he could "toughen" Steve up by bullying him in the former, and mock Roger by acting like a low-class lout in the latter. His career has never been shown suffering any ill consequences for those acts.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Subtly deconstructed (initially). Stan's recurring fear (other than seagulls before getting over it in "Choosey Wives Chose Smith") is if his friends and family still actually love him or not.
  • Villain Protagonist: When you take into consideration many of his actions throughout the show's run and the lows he'll stoop to in order to get his own way or hide his hypocrisies from the rest of the family, there are many episodes where he ultimately comes across as the bad guy instead of the hero (even in ones where he's supposed to be the hero!). Episodes like "The Scarlett Getter", "Seizure Suit Stanny" and "Father's Daze" just to name a few are prime examples of Stan playing this trope 100% straight.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: In "A Jones for a Smith," he expresses the view that people should solve their own problems and asking for help of any kind is a sign of weakness; when Hayley starts choking on a piece of turkey sausage, Stan goes so far as to forcibly hold Francine back from helping her, leading to Hayley nearly dying.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice sounded a lot deeper and gruffer in Season One.
  • Weight Woe: He once became so self-conscious about his weight he hallucinated that he was getting fatter and fatter until his family pointed out he was suffering from anorexia and hunger-based delusions to the point that he had wasted away to a walking skeleton. This was not helped by further hallucinations of a frat boy like personal trainer.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Has elements of this in his relationship with his father Jack, and this trait is very prominent in his son Steve.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Often the cause of his Jerkass antics.
  • Would Hit a Girl: An early episode had him beat the crap out of a bunch of strippers after they tell him that he can't take Hayley home while she's working.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He fears seagulls. Or rather he feared them, as he mentions he got over the fear in a later episode where he interacted with them (a hand wave, as the plot required said interaction).
  • Yandere: To his mother. Ever since his father ran out on them, he has decided to be there for her. When she starts seeing other men, he believes that they'll just break her heart like his father did. So to "protect" her, he kidnaps her boyfriends during their third date and he sends them to a deserted island.

    Francine Smith (née Ling, Dawson) 
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"I may be blonde with great cans but I'm pretty smart when I've had my eight hours!"
Voiced by: Wendy Schaal
Debut: "Pilot"

The matriarch, wife of Stan and mother of Hayley and Steve. A fairly happy housewife, if not a little loopy at times, although she does wish she could do stuff outside the house other than grocery shopping. During her years growing up, she was the adopted daughter of the Chinese Lings after her birth parents, the Dawsons, abandoned her as a baby at an airport since bringing babies to first class wasn't allowed. Prior to hooking up with Stan, she was very promiscuous (currently has the largest rose garden dedicated to the men she had sex with prior to meeting Stan — one with guided tours and a native tribe who has never seen a white man) and wild.


  • Abusive Parents: Not as often as Stan, but she does have her moments. She constantly shows a need for Steve's approval for her rather than acceptance, and Francine goes out of her way to sabotage Steve's relationships with other girls so he can stay a Momma's Boy. She even flat out tells him that his ex, Debbie, never loved him, and that no woman - not even any future wives or daughters - will love him as much as his mother. In "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls," when Stan scares Steve so bad that he jumps out the window and dislocates his shoulder, Francine is actually impressed (though she does push it back in). It's even part of the plot of "Morning Mimosa," where after Steve drops an F-bomb at her, she flat-out refuses to take care of him on the grounds that since one doesn't say "F*** you" to their mother, Steve must not consider her his mother; to further drive the point home, Steve even tried to apologize by way of a card, but Francine refused to accept it.
  • Action Girl: Occasionally, but it's clear she's the second badass character next to Stan. She dishes out quite the beating on Thundercat in "Stan of Arabia", and fought alongside her family against Santa's elves, actually killing a few.
    • In "Bully for Steve", she leaps out of a window while chasing down Stan, and catches him by ramming him into a tree during a car chase.
    • She's also an Instant Expert on Le Parkour in "Stanny Boy and Frantastic", and has displayed a hefty amount of physical strength in "Hurricane!" where she carries a wounded Hayley rather easily, who's just about the same size as she is.
    • She also goes toe-to-toe with Toshi's mother Hiko in "Spelling Bee My Baby".
  • Aesop Amnesia: While not nearly as bad as Stan, she does have her moments. For example, in "Iced, Iced Babies," she spends the episode having empty nest syndrome and trying to have another baby, but at the end, she's talked down when Stan points out she'll always be a mom and that the kids are supposed to leave because it means the mother has done a good job. When they get home and find that Steve has been dumped by Debbie, as soon as Stan is out of the room, she blows off everything she just learned and eagerly seizes the opportunity to coddle Steve.
  • Angrish: In "American Fung", she suffers Sanity Slippage upon learning that Stan put her in a mental ward for three days just to buy time for a half-assed anniversary present of a bucket of fried chicken. She is promptly dragged back into the ward that she was about to check out of, screaming incoherently all the way.
  • Anything That Moves: In addition to copious amounts of sex with various men in her past, Francine displayed a confirmed sexual interest for females when she seduced a lesbian female bouncer in My Morning Straitjacket and a willingness to have sex with Stan when his mind was trapped in Klaus' old decomposed dead body in Da Flippity Flop. Needless to say, her daughter certainly got her sexual habits from Francine.
  • Ax-Crazy: Often shows shades of this. In the episode "Francine's Flashback," it was shown that the last time Stan forgot their anniversary, she flew into a rage and attacked him, resulting in them appearing on an episode of C.O.P.S..
  • Badass Adorable: As noted above, she's able to defend herself and is better than her spy husband at Le Parkour, yet she's no less bubbly because of it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shifts somewhere between this and an outright Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, Depending on the Writer (much like Lois on Family Guy, though granted she is called out on it). Her personality often tends to come off as unpredictable to say the least.
    • Let's just say, even Stan (who usually has a very low sense of self-preservation) is smart enough to be scared of her when she gets angry. Example? Season 1, episode 4.
    • She nonchalantly admitted to stabbing her college roommate to death while the Smiths were having dinner at a restaurant.
  • Bi the Way: Sort of. She has had sex with women before, and seems perfectly willing to make out with a woman to get backstage at a rock concert. But she is primarily straight, compared to Linda Memari.
  • Big Eater: Which forces her to work out until she pukes, power lift the couch, and take a ton of laxatives to stay attractive.
  • Blonde Republican Sex Kitten: Sort of. Compared to Stan, Francine is much more apolitical (she likely doesn't understand politics in general.)
  • Bound and Gagged: In "Dungeons and Wagons."
  • Bring My Brown Pants: "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls" establishes that Stan builds a haunted house each year, with success equating to Francine wetting herself. When she returns from Buckle's even scarier haunted house, we hear a sloshing sound from her shoes, followed by Stan noticing the scent of urine.
  • Buxom Is Better: Several characters have remarked about her breasts staying nice at her age, especially Bullock.
  • The Chew Toy: Francine seems to be getting this treatment more frequently as the show goes on, starting with "Flirting With Disaster" where she gets her face melted off with acid.
  • Cleavage Window: Her ice dance dress in the episode "Of Ice and Men" has a heart-shaped opening in the chest area.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The brief times her head comes back to earth, she can be very intelligent and sound. The rest of the time... well... remember the box she thought was a TV? Nuff said.
    • In the episode Live And Let Fry, Francine comes off as borderline insane, mostly because she's used to cooking with trans fats and the ban has limited her cooking abilities.
  • Covert Pervert: Despite living a very sex-positive life before she and Stan got married, her occasional mention of her pre-marital sex squicks Stan out.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Averted, her birth parents abandoned her at an airport because first class doesn't allow babies and they're too vain and haughty to accept coach. Even Stan found this unappealing.
  • Depending on the Writer: Francine can either be a woman of average intelligence (if she sleeps at least eight hours, according to herself), or a full blown Dumb Blonde. She also shifts between a genuinely loving family woman who can scare Stan himself if she's pushed beyond ethical limits, or a psychotic Bitch in Sheep's Clothing (however, not quite as erratically as Lois Griffin). In the episode "Live and Let It Fry", she comes off as completely insane.
    • Her attitude towards her children (especially Steve) also varies from loving to downright resentful, sometimes bordering on hateful.
  • Dude Magnet: Many men find her attractive.
  • Ethical Slut: She really got around when she was younger, but all in the name of partying, having fun, and free love, admitting the sex she had was meaningless without actually loving her partners.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: The Smiths' neighbor, Linda Memari, is in love with her.
    • "My Morning Straitjacket" has a female bouncer attracted to her, with Francine not minding and even initiating a kiss with her.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Everyone has found her attractive or admitted to Francince being hot. Howewer she is not a natural blonde but a brunette, which most likely explains why her son Steve is a light brunette, and daughter Hayley is a darker brunette who seems to have more of Stan's hair color. Before she got a new hairdresser in "Star Trek", her dark roots were visible.
  • Expy: Of Lois Griffin in terms of how bitchy and uncaring she can get (especially in the later seasons).
    • Visually she is (perhaps unintentionally) an expy of Princess Peach.
  • Extreme Doormat: Often for Stan and Roger, though she stands up for herself when pushed too far.
  • Fatal Flaw: Francine gets herself in trouble because of her need to have a more exciting life.
  • Fetish: Kinky Spanking, just to name one.
  • Flanderization: Her bitchy side has become much more played up in later episodes (especially the TBS episodes).
  • Former Teen Rebel: And a former young-adult rebel, for that matter. Whenever we get peaks of Francine's past, it usually involved copious amounts of sex, drugs, partying, and fighting: a lifestyle that she accredits Stan as saving her from. Being raised in a strict Catholic boarding school as a child following her WASP parents ditching her at the airport because their flight doesn't accept children and then adopted by lenient Chinese parents probably had something to do with it.
  • Freudian Excuse: Francine was rescued from a dried-up well when she was little by a firefighter who died saving her. All of her previous attempts at having jobs, careers, and fulfilling her dreams were just efforts to prove that her life was actually worth saving and so that firefighter did not die in vain. It turned out the firefighter was still alive, but living as a hermit underneath the well and having lost his sanity years ago. This did not help.
  • Gasshole: Has been seen belching loudly as a throwaway gag on occasion, usually after drinking or eating something. She even admits it!
    Francine: I'm gross...
  • Genius Ditz: For the brief periods of time when she tried to pursue something outside of being a housewife, she is ridiculously good at what she does. To the point where she once became an oceanologist, and published a paper on how she found a thought-to-be-extinct species! Stan always brings things back to a screaming halt (to the point where he deliberately sabotaged the American economy because that was the only way to stop her career as a real estate agent).
    • However, these moments of genius are mainly Played for Laughs, leaving her an unintelligent bimbo for most of her appearances. Other characters for the most part comment on how idiotic she generally is.
  • Genki Girl: She can be high-energy and somewhat crazy.
  • Godiva Hair: In "Daesong Heavy Industries II: Return to Innocence".
  • Gone Horribly Right: When Stan lost his memory in "The Boring Identity", Francine, in an attempt to turn him into the "perfect man" made him think he was an supremely-caring, deeply sensitive individual. It never crossed her mind that such a man wouldn't want to be with a woman with as many flaws as she possesses; In fact, it doesn't take long for the new Stan to decide that they're too different to be together, and he openly denounces Francine for her own insensitivity.
  • Happily Adopted: She was raised by a Chinese couple called the Lings and is so happy about it she does not even want to know who her biological parents are.
  • Hello, Nurse!: In "Rubberneckers " Stan call in Francine as a witness and she arrives in a racy dress. As she walks towards the front, she catches the eye of every man present and Stan calls them on it.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: In "Spelling Bee My Baby", her plan to kidnap Akiko and eliminate her from the competition for Steve to win would've succeeded had she not given her captive a Nintendo Wii - this led to Nintendo alerting Akiko's mother when she sent the Yakuza and Toshi on a manhunt to find her, and giving her the Smith address to rescue Akiko and get her to the competition just in time before she's eliminated.
  • Housewife: Francine is an extreme parody of this. In the Thanksgiving episode she was obsessed with having the most number of burners on her stove, and upon entering an enormous magnificent mansion, all she can think about are the burners.
  • Hypocrite:
    • She claims to be an animal lover but drowns a rare species of bird in one episode and takes Steve's pet rabbit so she can fry it.
    • Then there's the fact that, in one episode, she refuses to be a provider after Stan goes blind because he values good looks above all else. Even stating she married him so Stan could financially take care of her despite bashing Stan on his superficial reasons for marriage. They then decide not to fix what isn't broken.
    • Despite bashing Stan for his bad parenting habits, she sees nothing wrong with excessively spoiling her kids until Stan decided to spend time for himself forcing her to have to deal with it’s consequences.
    • In "Whole Slotta Love", she is outraged when she thinks Stan is cheating on her, but later in the same episode, she admits that she likes the idea of other women being attracted to him.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Francine is a practiced expert at this having used sex appeal to get by in life. In the episode "My Morning Straitjacket", to help Stan get backstage to meet the lead singer of My Morning Jacket, she pulls this against several security staff, including flashing her breasts and making out with another woman.
    • She attempts it (and fails) in another episode, trying to get something out of some CIA agents. Lowering the straps of her dress doesn't work, giving him her panties (taken off right in front of him) doesn't work, but the second she mentions her brownies his partner charges over in a Humongous Mecha and takes them. "He makes it hard to negotiate," the first scientist remarks.
  • Karma Houdini: She has gotten away with excessive stealing in "Crotchwalkers".
  • Kick the Dog: Got her son suspended from school by stashing drugs in his locker.
  • The Lad-ette: In her younger years, she was a Hard-Drinking Party Girl who loved to drink, party, and have tons of sex.
  • Lethal Chef: Stated to be one in "Dr. Klaustus." Stan can't stand her cooking and has been secretly feeding it to wolves for ten years, and Steve even cites it as one of the reasons he didn't want to introduce his girlfriend to the family, outright stating that Francine's food would probably kill her if Stan's lunacy didn't drive her away first.
  • Male Gaze: Francine is often subject to this with major focus during her Sexy Walk scene in "My Morning Straitjacket" and "Rubberneckers". Also, Bullock (Stan's superior) like focus on her breast.
  • Mama Bear: Messing with Steve and Hayley is a sure way to get you killed by Francine, whether you're her husband or not. When Jeff seemingly decided to break off his engagement with Hayley for 50,000 dollars, Francine was so disgusted she tried to kill Jeff by unloading Stan's gun into his face. If it wasn't for the fact that Stan removed the bullets, Jeff would be dead right now. And when she discovered Stan had been bullying Steve in order to toughen him up, Francine chased him through the school, jumped out a window, and ran after him with glass in her hair until he drove off. She then rammed his car off the road with her's.
    Stan: What the hell, Francine! You t-boned me bro!
  • Morality Pet: Zigzagged. Francine is a victim of Roger's selfishness, but she's also one of the very few individuals who can curb his said selfishness.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is a very attractive woman and there are many fanservice tropes relate to her. Special mention goes to "My Morning Straitjacket", in which she got Stan backstage by showing off her body to appease all of the guards, and "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls" where she spend half of the episode in underwear.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: She's in her 40's, and has had two canon kids (three counting Greg and Terry's daughter, Libby). And she can pass for a girl in her 20's. Brought up during "My Morning Straightjacket".
    Jim James: Hey, is this your daughter?
    Stan: Wife.
    Jim: Damn...
  • Nice Girl: Aside from her Bitch in Sheep's Clothing tendencies, she can be sweet and caring most of the time.
  • Not So Above It All: While she is much more sane than Stan, she still engages in zany schemes, like trying to assassinate George Clooney because she felt he upstaged her (season 1 finale).
  • Not So Different: Most of Francine's moments of humility revolve around her stooping to Stan's level, either joining him in an immoral stunt or mirroring one of his arrogant bouts to show how their crazy personalities complement one another.
  • Older Than They Look: Francine's able to unintentionally pass herself off as a teenager when she's up to it. In the first season, after Stan accidentally erased the last twenty years of her life from her memory, Francine noticed no significant change in her physical appearance (except for pubic hair).
  • Parental Abandonment: Her real parents left her at an airport after being told they couldn't bring any children with them in first class.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Her classic outfit is pink while Stan wears a blue suit.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Pink is her favorite color and has many outfit with this color. Her normal attire consists of a pink gown with straps and pink high heels to match.
  • Really Gets Around: Shown at the beginning of "When a Stan Loves a Woman" where Francine revealed she has a sex garden where she planted a rose bush for every man she slept with that was later revealed to be the largest sex garden in North America and made cover of Sex Garden Magazine.
    • Played for Drama in "The Kidney Stays in the Picture", as she had sex with a man who may or may not be Hayley's real father on the day before her wedding because she was nervous about settling down to be a wife after being a party girl for so long and getting married and Stan is upset over being lied to about being Hayley's father (though he does accept the fact that he still loves Hayley, whether or not he's biologically related to her).
  • Retired Badass: She was once in a fight club and in prison, and if you hit her Berserk Button she becomes a Combat Pragmatist who will do anything short of killing her family members if they cross her (she rammed Stan with a four-wheel-drive!).
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: The Right Way to Stan's Wrong Way (on more than a few occasions she proves to be just as bad).
  • Sexy Walk: In the episodes "My Morning Straitjacket" and "Rubberneckers" where she wear skimpy outfit and catches the eye of many men (and one woman).
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Francine really likes it when Stan acts sweet and sensitive. However it ends up averted in "The Boring Identity" where she turns an amnesiac Stan into her ideal sweet and caring man, but ends up bored with him and realizes she loves the old Stan who she acknowledges deep down is "an insensitive son of a bitch" but is the "only man she ever wanted." Meaning she wants a bad boy who's good in small doses.
  • A Sinister Clue: She is left-handed, but suppressed it after having this trope (literally) beaten into her. Steve and Hayley help her overcome her past, and she resolves to start using her left hand again, which proves catastrophic because she had simply trained herself to be right-handed.
  • Stacy's Mom: Steve's friends have mentioned it about her. Jeff finds her attractive too (despite the marriage with Hayley making Francine his mother-in-law.) Even her son Steve has expressed how attractive he finds her.
    • Steve himself in "Rubberneckers" literally sings twice about how he would to have sex with her if Francine wasn't his own mother.
  • Stalker with a Crush: When she was younger she had a crush on her algebra teacher, Mr. Feeny. He didn't take her seriously, and then his wife found her in their closet smelling his clothes and cutting herself. Francine lied to the police about them being lovers, so he was arrested and eventually killed himself in prison.
  • Stripperiffic: Her dance dress in the episode "Old Stan in the Mountain" that is very revealing. Indeed she is visibly embarrassed when Roger takes her to a funeral instead of a dance competition while wearing her ridiculous costume.
    [Roger and Francine walk into the funeral, and receive glares from all those in attendance]
    Francine: Why is everybody staring at us?
    Roger: Maybe 'cause we're at a funeral and you got your 'taters out.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Hayley's Tomboy.
  • Too Dumb to Live: For the most part she is this. In "Standard Deviation" she makes paste that's used for bicycle tires and serves it as dinner for her family believing it to be a recipe for soup! She also got said "Recipe" from a bicycling magazine.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Just like how her husband turned into a Peter clone in later seasons, she herself turned into a Lois clone in terms of how bitchy she became (especially after the show switched networks). Her bitchiness often varies depending on how large of a role she plays in an episode likely so that she doesn't end up coming across as Unintentionally Unsympathetic in the ones where she's the main character.
  • The Unfair Sex: Though she has flawed moments, any confrontation she has with Stan (regardless as to whether Stan has a legitimate point or not) ends with her winning 99% of the time. Played straight as possible in an episode she revealed to have cheated on Stan just before their wedding. She's still the good guy.
  • The Unfavorite: Subverted. Her Chinese in-laws parents seem to favor their birth daughter Gwen to her. And Stan finds her parents' will, in which they leave everything to Gwen. But after Francine's father saves Stan from a burning building, he explains that they help Gwen because she is an idiot, but Francine is intelligent and can take care of herself and she has a good husband, so they know she'll be fine.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Stan is a Jerkass who's incapable of learning any lessons and does such things as lie to and use his own family for his own benefit, and has forgotten his and Francine's wedding anniversary more than once. In at least one episode, Francine has actually thought about leaving him.
  • Women Are Wiser: It varies. It's very common for Stan to be portrayed as the smart, rational one in comedic situations where her flaws don't bring any serious consequences. During the actual plot, where stupidity does push the conflict, however, you won't see Stan having the high ground. One example of this is "Daddy Queerest", which starts with showing Francine as embarrassingly stupid at a party, while the actual plot concerning Terry hiding in the closet from his homophobic father shows Francine as reasonable for helping him uphold a charade of heterosexuality while Stan is portrayed as an insensitive idiot for outing him after he pushed Greg onto Stan as a scapegoat.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Well, teenager actually; She kidnaps Akiko in "Spelling Bee My Baby" so that Steve could focus on the competition.
  • Yandere: To her son, Steve (non-romantic example).
    • Actually, Francine has moved away from this aspect in the later seasons, and when Stan starts having issues with Steve growing up Francine's the one who has to set him straight.
    • She's even one for her husband. When he tells her that he "killed" one of their friends' husband, she becomes jealous and overprotective of him. When she accidentally reveals that Stan "killed" her husband, she goes to extreme measures to keep Stan from getting arrested.
  • You Are What You Hate: In one episode, she is revealed to have animosity toward left-handed people though shortly reveals herself to be is naturally left-handed. This is due to during her childhood being struck in the orphanage for using her left hand subsequently growing up believing lefties to be spawns of the "Devil".
  • Your Cheating Heart: One episode has Francine reveal that she cheated on Stan the day before they got married, which may or may not have led to Hayley.

    Hayley Smith (now Fischer) 
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"Ugh, I gotta stop smoking salvia before I go to the body paint shop."
Voiced by: Rachael MacFarlane (Seth's sister)
Debut: "Pilot"

Daughter and the oldest of the two Smith siblings. As a kid, she and her father were close due to sharing the same beliefs, but as she became a young adult, her views became the complete opposite of her dad's, causing the two to butt heads often; for instance, she's in favor of gun control, while he isn't. That's not to say that she doesn't get Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moments with Stan, and shares more than a few personality traits from her father, both negative and positive.


  • Aesop Amnesia: Like Stan, Hayley has trouble learning lessons. In "Faking Bad," she uses Steve to make fake I.D.'s for her friends, while mocking him behind his back. This eventually results in Hayley going to jail. The two reconcile, but immediately after, Hayley goes back to insulting Steve.
  • Anything That Moves: She's had sex with her father's boss, and a her father's "body double" (a man who looks just like him— essentially a CIA stunt-double) (she claims that she doesn't see the resemblance). She is also implied to be at least bicurious (or interested in the possibility of having sex with a woman). She even displayed a willingness to have sex with Reginald the Talking Koala. Needless to say, she Really Gets Around.
    Stan: [sadly] You used to watch Sesame Street...
  • Attention Whore: She most likely flaunts her left-wing beliefs around to irritate her father and to get attention. She quickly abandons them whenever she wants to.
  • The Artifact: Arguably even more than Klaus, who one can argue has never really been a major character. Hayley was the second character created for the show after Stan, when the premise was supposed to be a modern "All in the Family". When politics was phased out in the first two seasons, Hayley's screen time and storylines were dramatically reduced.
  • Ax-Crazy: She was a holy terror during the various stages of puberty, doing such things as setting the couch on fire and throwing Roger out a window. Furthermore, though she dumps boyfriends regularly and nonchalantly, the minute she's the one who gets dumped, she flies into a destructive rampage that has led the police to threaten her with prison should it happen again.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her default outfit exposes her midriff (and her navel ring).
  • Berserk Button: She does not take breakups well (provided that she is not the one who breaks up).
  • Bi the Way: She's completely open to the idea of having female lovers:
    Hayley: I'm gonna live a carefree life with a string of lovers! Jean-Jacques, Henri, Simone. [beat as no one reacts] Simone is a girl's name.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Special mention goes to the episode "Dungeons & Wagons" when Hayley breaks up with Jeff yet again because she feels he's smothering her. Later, after deciding she wants him paying attention to her again, she finds that Jeff would rather play an online RPG game with Steve and his friends so she herself enters the game and kills Steve's character. What makes this example stand out among others is the usually passive Jeff openly calls her out on her selfish and Jerkass behavior when she tries to make him pay attention to her again and even suggests that he wants nothing more to do with her.
  • Black Sheep: Even described as such in-universe in at least one episode.
  • Body Paint: In one episode about Neighborhood Watch, she paints over her chest to protest changes being made to the neighborhood.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian: In addition to being a hippy/hipster, she lives with her upper middle class parents.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Stan enrolled her in a program to become a CIA sleeper agent when she was 5. If you say the right combination of words, she becomes a trained killer.
  • Brainy Brunette: Despite her brattiness and occasional self-righteousness, Hayley is quite intelligent and insightful.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Sort of, in the early seasons. She has beliefs that directly oppose her father's, but at times, it appears that she simply rebels against her parents for the sake of it.
  • The Chew Toy: More so in recent seasons, Hayley is frequently used for physical comedy such as in 'Max Jets' when she's knocked into a bathtub with a toaster, electrocuting her. When she emerges, she's almost immediately stung by a poisonous scorpion.
  • Competition Freak: "The Bitchin' Race" shows that she shares this trait with Stan; While teamed up with Steve in a race around the world, she treated Steve like he was useless (claiming that she had been "carrying" the team the whole way), and would go to any lengths to get ahead, from teaming up with Stan to having the leads taken out of the race.
  • Contralto of Danger: She has one of the deepest voices of any female in Seth's shows, and has proven on several occasions that she's dangerous when crossed. In "Hayley Smith, Seal Team Six", she mentally regresses into a happy, idealistic six-year-old, complete with a much higher voice. She regains her cynicism after Jeff (with help from Roger) is acquitted from bludgeoning a zoo seal to death (done specifically to break her), repeating "That's not fair!" several times as her voice progressively tumbles down back to normal (though she backs up and clears her throat when she briefly ends up deeper than usual).
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Originally the main reason Hayley even bothered with Jeff. However, Stan eventually warmed up to him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually to her father.
  • Demoted to Extra: Particularly from Season 3 on. Compare her screen time with Francine's, Steve's, or Roger's. Arguably because the show switched from politics driven to character/story emphasis, and her personality wasn't much developed other than as the strawman liberal.
    • Since Hayley married Jeff Fischer, however, the writers seem to be making an effort to include her more along with Jeff, but even then the subplots don't rely on Hayley's leftist views as much as they focus on problems with their marriage. There have been at least a few sub-plots on Hayley and Jeff's lack of a satisfying sex life.
    • Then, starting from Season 9 and continuing into the TBS episodes, she received more focus compared to her screen time from the last few seasons. At one point, Hayley had more episodes focused on her than Stan or even Roger!
  • Depending on the Writer: Hayley's Soapbox Sadie tendencies can switch between being genuinely passionate and well intentioned, or completely hypocritical and implied to be nothing more than a facade to irritate her father. Similar to Francine, she can switch between the most level headed of the family or as much a self-righteous Jerkass as Stan.
  • Dude Magnet: Like her mother, many men have been attracted to Hayley. Notable examples include Jeff, Bullock, Snot, and Reginald.
  • Electra Complex: Hayley once entered a relationship with Stan's C.I.A. double, Bill, who looked like her dad (and nearly drove Francine to kill Stan because she thought he was sexually molesting her).
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Dreamsmasher.
  • Entitled Bitch: In the episode "LGBSteve," she's genuinely shocked and driven to tears when the lesbian roller derby team she and Steve joined kicks her off the team, despite the fact that mere minutes before they do so, she exposed Steve as a boy to the others by pulling his pants down to expose his genitals right in front of them; as it turns out, the other girls had known all along that Steve was a boy and didn't care.
    • Hayley also seems to have this with her family, especially Stan. It's reached the point where a lot of the things she claims as excuses for her behavior like Stan never saying he loved her or was proud of her were stuff she completely made up. She basically feels she has the right to do whatever she wants and her parents have no right to stop her. This is probably best exemplified in "Standard Deviation" where she calls Stan out for not accepting her for who she is which essentially involves mooching off of her parents and repeatedly dropping out of and re-entering college to the point where she’s trying to register using a fast food menu.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Invokes this trope by dyeing her hair blonde to get people to pay attention to her (in the episode "Blonde Ambition").
  • Fake American: In-Universe. At the end of "She Swill Survive", there is a scene with Stan and Hayley being their Animated Actors. Hayley's actress has a thick Australian accent.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her hypocritical and psychotic tendencies can be somewhat explained as an inherited tendency from her parents, but also as a likely side effect of the brainwashing Stan put her through when she was little.
  • Granola Girl: In deep contrast to Stan. However she is usually a more cynical version of this trope.
    • In the "Stan of Arabia" two-parter, when she's being chased by police for going out in public without a man, she yells at them "I respect your right to chase me!" (even though someone who is liberal and pro-women's rights like her should be objecting to how women are treated in Muslim countries). Later in the episode she agrees with a terrorist about how evil America is, though she insisted there were ways besides terrorism to fight the system.
  • The Hedonist: She ditches her left-wing, hippie vegetarian views several times in order to endorse superficial lifestyles. It usually doesn't end too well for her.
  • Hidden Depths: The episode "Love, A.D. Style" shows that she's a very good singer (as is her voice actress) — to the point where Roger becomes dangerously obsessed with her.
  • Hypocrite: A lot of humor tends to revolve around this. In some cases she is incredibly shallow about her own ethics and views, albeit Depending on the Writer. She dumps boyfriends, frequently Jeff, coldly and nonchalantly on numerous occasions (perhaps most notably dumping Avery Bullock over phone, midway through a presentation, on live TV, right before he was going to promote Stan) and is occasionally outright termed as a "slut." When a boy dumps her, however, she goes out and out Ax-Crazy (to the point that the police have threatened her to have her put in jail for life if she gets dumped again).
    • To hammer this point in, at the beginning of "Pulling Double Booty" (which introduces her violent responses to being dumped), a panicked Francine tells Stan that Hayley and Jeff broke up. Stan casually points out that this happens "at least every other week" before being told that Jeff caused it. Stan freaks out upon hearing that particular detail of the story.
    • The episode "Hayley Smith - Seal Team Six" reveals that she became a Soapbox Sadie at her 7th birthday party, where she witnessed a baby seal getting clubbed to death on the news and realized how unfair life was yet she sees nothing wrong with taking advantage of her family (but then again, they tend to take advantage of/screw her over far more often than she does to them).
    • On several occasions, she calls Steve a "loser", in spite of the fact that she herself is a jobless, repeat college dropout who lives with her parents, and has no friends or social life outside the house (Steve at least has a small group of friends he regularly hangs out with).
  • Informed Deformity: She apparently has a very masculine face, to the point where she's sometimes mistaken for a man.
  • Karma Houdini: A lot of Hayley's role revolves around being a Not So Different hypocritical foil to Stan and showing similar overzealous or callous tendencies as her father, especially in early seasons. However, similar to Francine, due to being mostly in supporting roles or minor comic relief, her actions are rarely called out or met with repercussions to the same level as Stan or even Steve.
  • Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: As a result of undergoing "Project Daycare" as a child, Hayley was brainwashed to become a nigh-unstoppable killing machine when Stan utters a specific codephrase (a phrase that "no one in the world would ever utter"). Unfortunately, after seven days she'll go crazy and try to murder Stan.
    Stan: I'm getting fed up with this orgasm!
  • Lazy Bum: Hayley only seems to work her hardest when attempting to screw over her family. For example in "Helping Handis" she makes a video about how worthless Francine’s life as a home maker is for class despite the fact that she keeps dropping out of college and the show openly acknowledging that she will never move out of the house. In "Less Money Mo’ Problems", it's revealed that Jeff is the only working full time and Hayley would rather remain a community college student and blame the low minimum wage for them mooching off Stan and Francine instead of getting a job herself to bring in more income so they can move out.
  • Made of Iron:
    • Survived being bitten in the abdomen by a shark in the "Hurricane!" episode. Though she doesn't exactly shrug it off either, spending the rest of the episode pale and weak with blood loss.
    • In "Love, A.D. Style", she survives a point blank gunshot wound to the chest from Roger, and while in the hospital also gets a vase smashed onto her head again by Roger. She also doesn't seem any worse for wear even after Roger kidnaps her out of the hospital and holds her captive in a dingy warehouse.
  • Mama Bear: In "Season's Beatings", despite denying any maternal instincts, the minute she sees the baby Jeff adopted she starts sobbing uncontrollably with joy over "her baby." To the point that she was willing to kill Stan to protect Nemo, even if he is the Anti-Christ (from Rapture's Delight, to boot).
  • Manchurian Agent: The trigger words: "I'm getting fed up with this orgasm." It was supposed to be "rhubarb," but that ended up triggering Steve into being a killer.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Steve's Feminine Boy.
  • Meaningful Name: Her middle name, "Dreamsmasher". Stan wanted to use his youth on something productive and extravagant, but Hayley's birth put an end to his plans.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not at level of her mother, but again present. One of early episodes has she work as stripper and another models nude, making a big deal on how it's totally not scandalous..until she sees that Roger is in the class.
  • Not So Different: Her and Stan. Despite their contrasting views, they still share quite a few personality aspects; they are stubborn, self righteous and politically extreme people who often show a disregard for their partner (when she is with Jeff anyway) and try and force them to conform to their world view.
  • Only Sane Woman: Compared to jerkass Stan and Roger, energetic Francine, sex-crazed Steve, somewhat insane and perverted Klaus, and her stoner husband, she comes across as the closest to normalcy within her family.
  • Out of Focus:
    • Since about Season 3 onward, compare her screen time and plot/subplot focus to Stan, Francine, Steve and Roger. In some episodes, she's lucky to have comparable screen time and lines to Klaus. See Artifact above. A big part of it is that as the show moved away from political satire, Hayley ended up losing most of her purpose to the show.
      Francine: It's been so quiet around here. Roger, Klaus and Hayley are still on that 100,000-mile road trip.
      Hayley: I didn't go on that trip.
      Francine: Hmm... you've really been flying under the radar this year...
    • As of Season 9, this has become subverted as she's been given much more plot/subplot focus than in the years prior. Season 11 for example had her playing some sort of essential role in 7 of its 15 episodes.
  • Retcon: Hayley states in "Stan Knows Best" that she's 18. However, while "The Kidney Stays in the Picture" never specifies her age in that episode, due to when it first aired (March 2012) it can be implied that she's 16 at best due according to said episode revealing she was born in 1996.
  • Rightly Self-Righteous: Her hypocrisy and ego is Lampshaded in excess, but having a father like Stan (and Seth's usual depiction of Republicans) she usually still proves the saner man.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: Her left-wing ethics are always the right way to Stan's right-wing extremism.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She has been shown to be pretty attractive when she wears a more flattering outfit and hairstyle, even developing a much curvier figure than her thin top and loose jeans would indicate. On few episodes, Roger even tells her that if she cleaned herself up and abandoned her hippy look, men would find her more attractive.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her husband, Jeff, and many of Hayley's ex-boyfriends are nice guys.
  • Soapbox Sadie: To provide contrast to Stan's over-the-top right-wing attitude. Became this way after seeing news footage of a baby seal getting clubbed on her seventh birthday. From then on, she became very political and dour (cf. when Stan came to her school on Career Day to tell the class what he does for a living, she introduced him as being responsible for introducing crack cocaine and AIDS into poor, inner-city neighborhoods [even though, according to Stan, the FBI was responsible for infecting inner city neighborhoods with AIDS])
  • Straw Hypocrite: At her very worst. While she does show genuine devotion to her beliefs at times, a lot of her actions seem to be solely to outrage her Control Freak father, and has attempted to bail out a few good times she is made to go through with the consequences of her actions.
    • Stan’s status as the Designated Villain makes her this a lot of time such as in the episode "Less Money Mo’ Problems" where Hayley only brought up how hard it is to make a living on just minimum wage after Stan got tired of their antics which involve Jeff waking him up in the middle of the night to watch Bones, going to the bathroom while Stan was still in the shower, and pouring out an entire bottle of syrup onto his pancakes after Stan asked him to pass it. Making it come across as an excuse to allow them to keep freeloading off of Stan than something she actually believed in.
  • Strawman Political: She's as much a stereotypical liberal as her father is a stereotypical conservative.
  • Straw Vegetarian: Claims to be vegetarian, but eats a lot of ham in "Camp Refoogee" and had lobster with her family in "Family Affair". On "N.S.A: No Snoops Allowed", Roger convinces her to spend one day eating meat after eating Klaus' hazelnut and veal omelette, which escalates her into eating the brain of a gorilla, which disgusts her enough to return to her vegetarian diet.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With her hair dyed blonde and without her headband, she looks practically identical to Francine.
  • Teens Are Short: Even shorter than her mother.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Averted. In "Roy Rogers McFreely", Hayley points out to Stan that, since Roger's in charge and his views are counter to his, Stan is now part of the counterculture, and therefore on the same side with Hayley. Rather than argue, Stan realizes she's right and the two form a group to undermine Roger's control on the neighborhood. The episode showed that, if not for their clashing points of view, Stan and Hayley would get along great.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Francine's Girly Girl.
  • The Unfavorite: Her middle name ("Dreamsmasher") says most of it, as well as Stan's disdain for her and Francine's blatant favoritism for Steve. Plus, with her extreme liberalism, her rebellious attitude, her dating and marrying Jeff, etc, she tends to get Stan's dislike often.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • If the guy is the one who ends a relationship with her, she'll go on a destructive rampage. Averted in the episode "American Dream Factory", however. Illegal Mexican immigrant Paco breaks off a relationship with her, with no adverse effects (though she does go to desperate lengths to have him prosecuted by the INS). This is likely because this episode is almost two years older than "Pulling Double Booty", the episode where this trait made its debut. Though the reactions are different throughout the show, Hayley at least consistently handles being dumped in an extremely callous manner, especially considering the number of times she has coldly dumped Jeff.
    • She also was a holy terror during various stages of puberty: when told that she had to wear tampons now that she was on her period, Hayley (who was wearing a skirt) threw the tampon box away and sat on the Smiths' new white couch, she yelled at her parents for not getting bigger boobs, and when Roger cracked a joke about a pimple on her face, she threw Roger through a window and set the living room on fire.
    • One could speculate that her talent for destruction might be due to Project Daycare.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She was very happy and energetic as a child (her nickname even being Happy Hayley). The episode "Hayley Smith - Seal Team Six" reveals that this aspect of her personality vanished at her 7th birthday party, where she witnessed a baby seal getting clubbed to death on the news, turning her into the preachy downer that she is now.
  • Weirdness Magnet: She always seems to attract questionable men, and being sucked into an environmental cult with a man who planned to be turned into a tree, as well as having dinner with a psychopathic serial killer who just killed his father.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: It's occasionally implied that some of her political beliefs and actions are simply ways to get her parents (mostly Stan) to notice her. Likewise, she once admitted that she felt as though Stan didn't love her since he's never openly said it.
  • Woman Scorned: To its most extreme when she gets dumped.

    Steven "Steve" Smith 
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"I'm Steve. I have five friends on MySpace and I'm waiting on approval from a sixth."
Voiced by: Scott Grimes
Debut: "Pilot"

The younger of the Smith siblings. A nerdy teenager who has his own circle of nerd buddies and quests for tail. While otherwise unsuccessful at the game of love, he does have an on-again/off-again relationship with heavyset goth Debbie Hyman, which seems to have resumed as of 'Escape From Pearl Bailey' but ended for good as of "Bar Mitzvah Hustle".


  • Adorkable: A nerdy kid who geeks out and frequently becomes giddy, and is desperately trying to get the girl of his dreams.
  • Alliterative Name: Steve Smith.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Despite his endless Quest for Sex with girls, Steve has shown several instances of an open attraction to men. He has been visibly seduced and kissed by Roger several times, and has even openly kissed Snot as an "oath of friendship". However, when Stan just asked him if he were gay with Snot, he denied it... with a quick "ugh" and a limp wrist. In a possible future, he and Snot are married.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Several episodes prove that he's capable of extreme violence, self-abuse, and just plain undiagnosable problems. Roger even lampshades this with his response to Steve's plan to exact revenge on a bully by dressing up like a girl and seducing him: "Yeah, let's keep that plan between you, me, and the string of therapists who won't be able to help you." However, given what happened with Hayley, it's implied Steve is also screwed up.
  • Animals Hate Him: If an animal appears in a subplot involving Steve, it's a sure bet it will attack him at some point.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Hayley sometimes becomes annoyed with his geeky behavior.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Generally a nice and pleasant kid, but it's been proven time and time again that when pushed, he will fight back. Case in point: in "Irregarding Steve," he puts up with Beauregard's relentless taunts and insults up until the point where Beauregard begins to insult Stan, at which point Steve snaps and beats him unconscious.
    Steve: Don't talk about my dad that way! Just because he doesn't know everything doesn't... mean... he's... stupid!
  • Big "NO!": Periodically belts out a rather humorous one.
  • Brainy Brunette: Brown hair and going along with being a nerd, Steve is fairly intelligent for someone his age.
  • Break the Cutie: A victim of this in "Ricky Spanish." ...(Ricky Spanish)... He tries to prove to Roger that everyone can change for the better by trying to redeem Roger's Ax-Crazy persona of the same name... only for "Ricky" to use him as an Unwitting Pawn to set up a robbery and leave him to take the fall with the cops. Steve's final scene in the episode is of him exercising in prison while swearing revenge on Ricky Spanish, now hating him just like everyone else in Langley Falls. To twist the knife even further, there's even a Hope Spot that makes it look like Roger is going to help Steve escape... only to steal his wallet and throw him to the cops, who promptly beat him senseless.
  • Butt-Monkey: The biggest in the show. He's been beat up, humiliated and/or tormented by nearly every other character in the show, like jocks at school, Roger, his friends, and even his dad in one episode. Plus, the writers have fun giving him the possibility to get a girlfriend just to lose her at the end of the episode. There have been times where he does manage to successfully keep a girl at the end of an episode, only for said girl to never appear again in later episodes.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Although to be fair, while he does have the classic bad pick-up lines and often misplaced charisma, this borders on Informed Flaw due to how often he actually does have girls interested in him. See both Depending on the Writer and Hollywood Dateless below.
  • Catchphrase: Scott Grimes once joked that he actually got an umbilical hernia from screaming "AWESOME!" so often during early series.
  • The Chew Toy: Poor guy can't seem to catch a break. The guy's been attacked by bees, beaten up by cheerleaders and jocks with baseball bats, pantsed and given a swirlie at the prom, and had a beautiful woman willing to have sex with him killed, twice.
  • Chick Magnet: While he may be a Casanova Wannabe and depending on the plot, Steve has managed to successfully flirt with and date many young ladies who genuinely find him cute.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • He's either a sweet Adorkable kid who looks up to his dad, a kid with serious issues, or hormonal and perverted.
    • His competency with girls varies wildly. Sometimes, he comes off as awkward, but funny and cute to girls. Sometimes he's a stuttering, nervous wreck when talking to one, but endearing to them anyway. Sometimes, he's an ultra charismatic smooth operator who comes just this close to losing his virginity, while in other cases he's a tactless pervert who earns the disgust of the object of his affection. And in "I Am The Walrus" (at a Wild Teen Party, no less) he couldn't even talk to a girl without curling up into a fetal position on the floor and hyperventilating.
    • His level of strength and fighting skills also varies; generally, he's a wuss, but in "Irregarding Steve," he beat Beauregard unconscious in a fit of rage. The former is taken Up to Eleven in "Bully for Steve," where he's so pathetically weak that, according to Francine, he can't even make a fist.
    • Just like with his mother, the extent of how much of a bratty jackass he's become thanks to his Flanderization also varies from episode to episode. Unlike with Francine however where she's more of a bitch in episodes where she isn't a main character, this example applies to any episode with Steve, main character or not.
  • Deuteragonist: Gets as much focus on the show as his father, especially in more recent episodes.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Let's just say he is the poster boy for this trope as the episodes where he tries to get the girl always ends like this because Status Quo Is God.
    • His longest relationship was with Debbie Hyman, who dumps him in "Bar Mitzvah Hustle" (twice). And later on when he dates Akiko Yoshida (even hooking up with her at the end of "Spelling Bee My Baby"), she disappears from the show without mention afterwards, and Steve has gone back to being single.
  • Ditzy Genius: At times. For example, in "Irregarding Steve," he's shown to know more about the New York Stock Exchange than about prostitution.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: There's a six minute precursory test pilot where Steve's character, both in personality and cosmetics, is drastically different than how it looks now.
  • Flanderization: As of the latest seasons, his obsession with losing his virginity and bratty nature have become his defining traits. In the case of the former, by "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance", he'll willingly sellout his own sister for something that she didn't even do (Roger's bogus news story that Hayley kidnapped him) if it means that he has a chance at getting laid. And in the case of the latter, by the time of "Morning Mimosa," Steve has absolutely zero qualms against saying "fuck you" to his own mother.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: His friends seem to only hang around him because there's no one else to hang out with and tend to ditch him or start drama with him at the drop of a pin. He's prone to the same treatment when one of them is under the limelight.
  • Geek: He is portrayed as a typical stereotypical of this. He is a bit of a social outcast, wears thick glasses and harbors a strong academic interest in science, especially chemistry. More typically geeky traits of Steve's include his interests in Dungeons & Dragons, Harry Potter and Star Wars.
  • Geek Physique: He's a scrawny little dork who wears glasses.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Is depicted as such in "Daesong Heavy Industries," openly criticizing religion in church and eventually driving Stan to a Crisis of Faith.
  • Hollywood Dateless: Has had 18 prominent romances over the series (16, if you count that one of them was his dad in a cyborg's body trying to "seduce" him and another was an Artificial Human girl he made out of a vacuum cleaner), and 5 of them gave him a very realistic chance of losing his virginity note  despite supposedly being incredibly incompetent with girls.
  • Hollywood Genetics: It has been explicitly said that Steve has red hair (though on television, it appears brown). His mom has blonde hair and his dad has black hair with blond recessive genes and seen as a blond when she was a child and baby.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Many episodes that deal with Steve's sexuality portray him as a naughty young man with his perverted tricks up his sleeves to gain attention from girls.
  • Informed Flaw: One common joke about him is him supposedly being extremely feminine, despite not being noticeably girlier than most 14 year old boys. One episode even has him join a lesbian gang because the members thought he was more girl than boy and in "LGBSteve," he joined a women's roller derby team because Hayley introduced him to the team as her sister and the other team members believe that he's too feminine to be a boy.
  • Jerkass Ball: Has many of these moments post-Flanderization where he'll act selfish and bratty when the plot demands it ("Minstrel Krampus", "I Ain't No Holodeck Boy", "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance", "Morning Mimosa", "The Life Aquatic of Steve Smith", "The Unincludeds" and "Julia Rogerts"). Even in episodes where he's mostly nice like "Garbage Stan", he'll still have at least one moment of being a complete asshole to someone (in the aforementioned's case, Klaus who he essentially dehumanizes by forcing him to take down a poster that he hung up in the alcove between the kitchen and garage which he considers to be his room).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be an obnoxious brat who tends to take friends and family for granted, but at heart he's a decent kid. Granted, his moments of kindness diminish more and more with each new post-Flanderization season.
  • The Jinx: In both the case of animals and romance. The few he successfully gains the affection of tend to meet a terrible fate. Simon the cat seemed to make the connection.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: A constant source of contention between he and Stan. His father constantly tries to help him with various "masculine" activities to avoid letting Steve repeat the same poor experience Stan had in high school.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • In "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance", he got no punishment for going along with Roger's lie that he was kidnapped by Hayley which required him to sellout his own sister for something she didn't even do...unless you count him not being able to have sex with the very girls that motivated him to sellout Hayley for.
    • He was also an accomplice in Roger's orphan enslavement ring in "Tears of a Clooney", and neither he nor the aforementioned were really punished or called out for their actions there either.
  • Kiddie Kid: While he does act like a teenager at times, he also has a lot of moments where he acts like he's 4 years old (especially after his Flanderization around the 8th/9th seasons). Just look at "Toy Whorey", "Minstrel Krampus", and "Familyland".
  • Large Ham: Seems to inherit his father's melodramatic tendencies.
  • Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: Much like his sister, though his password is apparently "rhubarb."
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: (though one would remove the word "Lovable") His desire to lose his virginity was always a part of his character, but as of the latest seasons it's become one of his two sole defining characteristics.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Hayley's Masculine Girl. Also, when with on-and-off (mostly off) girlfriend Debbie, the Feminine Boy to her Masculine Girl.
  • Momma's Boy: This gets addressed a few times where Stan is concerned that Francine nurtures Steve too much, making him less of a man.
  • Morality Pet: Zigzagged. Steve is a victim of Roger's selfishness, but he's also one of the very few individuals who Roger always wants to make happy.
  • More Than Meets the Eye: Regarding his surprisingly good singing voice when he sings for real, instead of being Played for Laughs by singing in his normally shrill voice. You can hear him here. He also isn't shy about it, taking several opportunities to sing in front of people, and even once landing him and his friends a spot on a boyband. Fun fact about this; his voice actor, Scott Grimes, is actually a professional vocalist.
  • Nerd Glasses: He’s a nerd with glasses.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In "Bazooka Steve," he convinces star quarterback Johnny Concussion to retire from football for the sake of his health, costing the Langley Falls Bazooka Sharks the season. In response, everyone in Langley Falls turns on Steve, including his own family, and chases him out of town; in fact, Francine was the one who sold Steve out to the town in the first place.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Has remained 14 for virtually most of the show's run. "Virtual In-Stanity" had him turn 15, only for every subsequent episode since then that mentions his age keep him at 14.
  • Oedipus Complex: In later seasons Francine has become an object of his confusing Oedipal emotions. In "Rubberneckers", Steve literally sings twice about how he would have sex with Francine if she wasn't his own mother.
  • Otaku: Downplayed. Some of his several nerdy obsessions include manga and anime based things, but for the most part, he enjoys nerdy American things (mostly Star Trek, video games, computers, and Dungeons and Dragons). But, he does have a particular thing for Japanese cosplay, being very "interested" in Akiko's Chun-Li costume.
  • Papa Wolf: After raising a clone of a random girl to be his date to the prom, Steve comes to legitimately see her as his daughter, to the point that, after Stan makes a comment about how hot she is, Steve slaps him in the face on instinct alone.
  • Quest for Sex: Majority of his storylines amount to this.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Has this in one episode with an underage Indian girl.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • He wrote a Saturday Night Live sketch called "Quantum Rape", about a guy in jail for raping Scott Bakula who tries to explain to his cellmate what Quantum Leap is and failing. Steve finds this hilarious, but Jon Stewart didn't. Steve comes to the logical conclusion that Stewart was raped as a child which is why he thinks it's so awful.
    • Like his father, Steve generally tends to think he's a bigger deal than he actually is.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: The only of his immediate family to wear glasses and is quite the smart guy.
  • Spoiled Brat: Can come off as this sometimes (especially post-Flanderization), but it became much more apparent when one episode had him raised by Francine only, turning him into the stereotypical spoiled and lazy teenager.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Just how much of a wimp he is, Depending on the Writer. In "Irregarding Steve", he actually beats Beauregard unconscious in a rage after Beauregard insults his family, whereas in "Bully for Steve," he's so wimpy that, according to Francine, he can't even make a fist.
  • Teens Are Short: Yep. He and his friends are dwarfed by practically every other teen on the show (except his sister Hayley, who's also short). Especially jarring since both his parents actually appear to be fairly tall (Stan is listed at 6 feet. Francine's height is unknown, but she isn't terribly shorter than Stan).
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed in regards to his family. As mentioned above and below, he certainly has his flaws and bratty moments, but they are nowhere near the flaws of the rest of his family, which can range anywhere from Consummate Liar to murderous sociopathy.
  • Too Dumb to Live: "Stan Smith as Keanu Reeves as Stanny Utah in 'Point Breakers'" had him make friends with a drifter he met on the edge of town who won't tell him his name, stays with the Smiths, uses Steve to commit crimes, and heavily implies that he's going to kill Steve. Near the end of the episode, Stan calls Steve out on this egregious lapse in judgment and throws the drifter out.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Got hit around Season 9 as part of his Flanderization into becoming an obnoxious brat.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Tries to impress Stan, who is repulsed by his nerdiness and lack of athleticism.
  • With Friends Like These...: Steve's friends ditch him the first chance they get when something out of the norm happens to him. He also fights with them alot.

    Roger 
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"God! Who do you have to probe around here to get a Chardonnay?"
Voiced by: Seth MacFarlane
Debut: "Pilot"

A very zany space alien who self-describes as effeminate and alcoholic who was taken in by the Smiths after he saved Stan from death by grenade during a lockdown at Area 51. Also a master of disguise out of necessity, to avoid suspicion from the rest of the planet.


  • Aesop Amnesia: He's just as bad about this as Stan, if not worse. It's even lampshaded in the episode "Great Space Roaster," where he reveals that he didn't really feel like a part of the Smith family, which is why he got insulted when they threw a comedy roast for his birthday (at his request). The others actually get indignant because not only has this issue been dealt with before, but in that episode and others they had repeatedly gone out of their way to please his ever-insane needs and desires. As Hayley pointed out, if he didn't think they cared about him by that point, it was his problem, not theirs.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Extremely prone to it.
  • Alien Among Us: Has been living on Earth since the mid-20th century, after being abandoned on Earth by his people as a disposable crash test dummy (they told him he was The Decider who would determine if humanity should be destroyed or not).
  • Alien Blood: His blood has been inconsistently shown to be red, yellow, and purple.
  • Aliens are Bastards: His race needs to act like jerks, though it does depend on what person he is portraying with his costumes. Though to be fair, the only members we actually see act like bastards are Roger, the Emperor and his guards. In fact, the civilians are absolutely furious when they find out the emperor has been lying to them about the existance of true love, and join the slaves in a slave revolt.
  • Always Camp: LOGO declared him the "Gayest Cartoon of All Time."
  • The Alcoholic: To the EXTREME.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He often shows signs of mental instability. One episode reveals there's an imaginary little boy in the attic who he talks to, he developed a Split Personality in "The One That Got Away," and in "Oedipal Panties," he freely admits to Francine, "I don't know what's real."
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: Roger identifies as a man by default, though he is incredibly gender fluid, acting as masculine or as feminine as whatever disguise he's wearing calls for.
  • Anti-Hero: A Nominal Hero at best in his better moments.
  • Attention Whore: Part of being a Manchild.
  • Ax-Crazy: In his worst moments, shows traits of this.
  • Becoming the Mask: Up to Eleven when he creates a new identity to seduce a shop girl and allow him to steal a pair of gloves he likes. Then the stress of actually caring about someone causes Roger's mind to split into two - the persona he created, and himself. Apparently his persona carries on for quite a while before Roger notices extra bills on his credit card, at which point Roger tries to destroy this man's life.
  • Been There, Shaped History: In his lifetime he's responsible for creating disco in the 1970s (through a time paradox, admittedly), instigating the death of Biggie Smalls, creating Jar Jar Binks, inventing ecstasy in the 1990s, and turning Raven-Symone into an actress (after he kidnapped her from a park when she was a child).
  • Big "NO!": Has had a few of his own, though not as many as Steve.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Used to excellent effect. Aside from having a seemingly normal (though very large and shaped like his head) brain, his organs are unrecognizable and some have minds of their own; his pancreas has teeth and once bit Hayley. He occasionally shoots green slime from his arm pits. He can pull any of his organs out through his skin without any ill effect to himself. Most impressively though, he can be completely dismembered, disemboweled, skinned, and have his face torn off yet be put back together by simply slapping everything back on (though he does say himself that he will die if he stays in that condition too long).
  • Big Eater: According to Stan he eats all the family's food.
  • Black Comedy Rape: One of the reasons he doesnt want to return to his own planet is because the sex is so boring; it's all consensual.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Comes with his species, apparently. Fitting his love of acting and disguises, the few morals Roger has seem to be entirely dictated by his emotions; meaning he essentially decides what's right and wrong on a whim. For that matter, his sense of right and wrong is also extremely self-serving/self-excluding, even when he means well. For example, from the episode "You Debt Your Life"; looking for a reason to get Stan to trust him again, he sees nothing wrong with causing Stan to lose both of his legs (via pushing him into a polar bear exhibit) and then refusing to take him to a hospital in order to save him himself.
  • Break the Haughty: In "Wiener of Our Discontent", he claims to be the "decider" of humanity's fate, but then discovers that he was actually sent to Earth as a crash test dummy, much to Stan's amusement.
  • Breakout Character: Roger originally started out as an alien who lives with the Smith family as well as being forced to stay within the house and didn't have much major importance to the plot. Later in the series, he was more outgoing through the use of disguises and is one of the more prominent characters. Recently, he's the second most prominent character after Stan, and is now one of the most popular characters on the show.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Any of Roger's previously established personas are extremely competent at what they do, the most blatant example being Jeannie Gold, wedding planner (and prostitute).
  • Can't Take Criticism: In one episode, he tries to outright murder the Smiths after they roasted him at his birthday party, something he wanted them to do.
  • Characterization Marches On: While still having obnoxious moments, Roger was much more of a neurotic pushover in early episodes, usually more on the receiving end of the other Smiths than dishing it out. His swift talent with costumes and personas was also undeveloped, constantly having to hide himself from public or requiring the rest of the family to create forms of disguise for him.
    • Similarly, in early episodes he was mostly house-bound and unable to go anywhere without the family, for fear that people would discover he was an alien, with the implication he'd been kept by the government since Roswell. This was later dropped with Roger able to come and go as he pleases and having lived on Earth for over 60 years with no-one the wiser.
  • Clark Kenting: While his disguises are elaborate, they dont actually hide the fact that Roger looks nothing close to human, but no one ever notices this.
  • Complexity Addiction:
    • In season 7's "Toy Whorey," Roger goes through a bunch of elaborate schemes to try to get a bottle of Rain Duck wine from Greg and Terry, including setting up an elaborate Rube Goldberg Device to cause a blackout in the Smiths' house just to get them to notice and check on the Smiths. Eventually, Francine gets sick of waiting and presents a very simple solution to the problem: she goes straight to Greg and Terry's house, hits them across the faces with a spatula, and just takes the wine and leaves while the two are crying in pain.
    • In an earlier episode, "Old Stan on the Mountain," he lies to Francine about a dance contest and trains with her for six months, when in reality he merely wanted her to come with her to an ex-wife's funeral; he states that the dance contest story seemed easier than simply asking her to do so. And it only gets crazier from there...
    • In "The One That Got Away", he created a new persona, Sidney Huffman, to romance a department store worker so he could steal her key to a box containing a pair of gloves he wanted. During the course of the false romance, Roger spent $700 dollars on a necklace for the girl. Sidney points out to Roger that the gloves only cost $10 (which of course meant that Roger could have just bought them). Roger's responds with a Big "SHUT UP!".
  • The Corrupter: Whenever someone in the Smith Family is about to do something immoral, you can count on Roger to egg them on to behave at their absolute worst. He was even referred to by Klaus as "the little devil on people's shoulders".
  • Dark and Troubled Past: For the large part, the more we learn about Roger's background, the more depraved an individual he seems.
  • Depending on the Writer: How people perceive Roger changes each episode sometimes people see as completely human sometimes people can see him as the oldly proportioned small gray man he is.
  • Determinator: If his motives are selfish enough, he can achieve ANYTHING. He pursues Hayley and Jeff with the money they cheated Stan out of across the entire planet. When he's convinced to kill the Smith family because they roasted him at his birthday party, he's able to escape from Bang Kwang Central Prison. Not even leaving the planet is enough to escape his wrath.
  • Disappeared Dad: He ate him when he was 15. Apparently this is another of his species' sociopathic tendencies.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Frequently plays this trope to its most extreme. One notable example being when he conspires to make Steve's life a living hell after Steve ate his cookie and said: "You snooze, you lose."
    • One episode has Stan calling Roger a selfish fat failure. Roger responds by planning on destroying the planet.
    • In the episode "Virtual In-Stanity". After starting a chauffeur service and trying to be as polite and respectful as possible, he gets stiffed for twenty dollars by five frat boys. Roger proceeds to hunt each one of them and run them down, in the limo, even when the last one managed to get on a plane. Roger somehow managed to get on the plane's wing, run the guy down by driving through the plane, and kills everyone on board. As he and Klaus are parachuting down, he sees a stewardess parachuting next to them, and unbuckles her for no good reason other than he's "got the blood lust".
    Klaus: You're really going to kill five people over $20?!
    Roger: You're asking this of the man who just last week killed six people over $19?
    • In "Great Space Roaster", Roger attempts to kill the entire Smith family because they roasted him for his birthday (even though he was sure he wanted it and he had a huge misconception on what a roast is). When he finally gets a hold of everyone, he forces the Smiths to roast each other, but it backfires because they are used to making fun of each other.
  • Entitled Bastard: He expects others to bend other backwards to do things for him, yet he is often unwilling to perform even simple tasks or small favors for them without getting something in return.
  • Ephebophile: He has no qualms about being openly attracted to teenage boys/girls, once having sex with Steve's 14 year old best friend Snot.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Roger is a self-centered, amoral Jerkass with a serious Lack of Empathy, but even he thinks his Ricky Spanish persona is simply an awful person, to the point where he actually buried the costume in his closet so he would never assume it again. Unfortunately, he forgot about it and ended up donning the costume without knowing who it was.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: He is capable of creating rainbows with his finger when he's happy... though the rainbows are made of urine...
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: As his species is practically Made of Evil, Roger is completely unfamiliar with the idea of feeling for anyone other than himself. In fact, in "The One That Got Away," actually feeling guilty for one of his atrocities was such a shock to his mindset that he developed a Split Personality just to cope.
  • Evil Is Petty: He'sa self-proclaimed sociopath and as such takes this trope to its most extreme, victimizing or destroying others either for some minor slight or sheer curiosity or boredom. He once convinced Steve he was adopted for stealing his cookie for example, going so far as to burn all of Steve's baby pictures, and another point tried to blow up the Earth because Stan insulted him (which itself was provoked by Roger being his usual apathetic self). There is some slight justification as his species are in fact Made of Evil, and if they don't let out their "bitchiness" on a frequent basis it takes the form of a poisonous bile that kills them. Since he has little to no problem with this behavior however, it still counts.
  • Expansion Pack Past: His life since his arrival on Earth during the Roswell incident.
  • Exposed Extraterrestrials: While he obviously needs disguises to go out and about, he's generally naked within the Smith house.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: To the extreme. Self-identifying as a "fey, pansexual, alcoholic nonhuman," Roger will perform filthy sex acts with just about any sexually mature (or maturing) human on the planet. He's also been shown to have had sex with animals, other aliens, and objects like checkbooks.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Roger when he's in a manipulative mood. He can act nice if he wants to be at times, before stabbing them in the back and/or abandoning them.
  • Flanderization: His affinity for costumes and dress up acts, to the point some take over his personality. His Jerkass traits also initially just came with the quirkiness of his personality and were much more toned down. As time progressed, his callousness is canonically accepted as his defining trait (to the point he'll actually die without acting consistently cruel).
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Went to a sci-fi convention without a disguise. Oddly enough, this was the one time he avoided interaction with people.
  • Functional Addict: In addition to being The Alcoholic, he has an absolutely massive tolerance for drugs and frequently indulges in cocaine, among many other things, without any long-lasting ill effects. This is most likely due to his alien biology; in "School Lies", he and and a fellow heavy-using girl do coke, speed, and meth together. She's pink-eyed, twitchy, high for hours, and OD's from the one binge (requiring an adrenaline shot) while Roger sobers up, takes more drugs, and then sobers up again in the same time frame. Even the heaviest human addicts couldn't build up a tolerance like that.
  • Good Hurts Evil: The episode "Frannie 911" reveals this to be the reason why Roger is such a Jerkass: his species has to let their "bitchiness" out regularly, or else it will turn to bile and poison them. In other words, if Roger acts too nice for too long, it will literally kill him.
  • The Greys: His appearance heavily invokes them.
  • Happily Married: Supposedly for 35 years.
  • The Hedonist: The only characters who even come close to Roger's level of depravity are Bullock and Principal Lewis. He's almost never seen with Bullock, but he and Lewis occasionally join forces.
  • Hero-Worshipper: On the rare occasions that Roger doesn't despise a person and consider them worthless is when he has an unhealthy amount of admiration for them and considers them perfect.
  • Heroic BSoD: In "Wiener of Our Discontent", he is put out of action when he finds out he was supposed to be a crash test dummy.
  • I Love the Dead: In "Stanny Tendergrass", one of his personas is stated to have gotten married to an elderly woman on life support for her fortune. When said woman's also elderly daughter comes at Roger with a crossbow, he unashamedly admits that he had sex with her mother after he pulled the plug.
  • Immortal Immaturity: He's over 1600 years old, but often acts like a human child, as shown in such episodes as "Frannie 911" and "One Little Word."
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Much like Stan, Roger's massive ego is easily punctured, and his sense of self-worth can be diminished by a few choice words from people he's closest to.
  • In the Blood: It would kill Roger to be nice. His species have to let their 'bitchiness' out frequently otherwise it vents out in bile and vomit.
    • Just because his species has to let their bitchiness out doesn't entitle Roger to most of the atrocities he's committed. There's a line between being rude and bitchy, and being an amoral sociopath, and Roger's crossed that line numerous times. His "Ricky Spanish" persona alone has done such things as defecating in the chest of a person undergoing open heart surgery, to killing Avery Bullock's wife for no reason.
    • It should be noted that the episode that revealed this, Franny 911, displayed that he was willing to die beloved while keeping his need to be mean a secret, only started dying from being excessively nice for a prolonged period of time, and went from his deathbed to full health just by insulting Steve's dancing.
  • Interspecies Romance: A given since he's an alien and may of his romantic interests are human.
  • It's All About Me: While all the family display this trait on occasion, Roger takes it to sociopathic extremes.
  • Jerkass: Can shift into a comedic monster on occasion.
    • Depending on the Writer, he's shown to be perfectly willing to exploit or even murder his closest friends for minor offenses or indulgences.
  • Karma Houdini: He manages to utilize this trope over and over in the series, facing near-zero consequences for enslaving orphans, faking a marriage for the sake of blender, several implied cases of theft and murder, and abusing, manipulating and placing his adoptive family in horrific situations over and over (along with at least once trying to outright kill them). Stan, and to an extent the rest of the Smiths, sometimes lean into this trope as well but are much more likely to see the error of their ways. Not to say that Roger doesn't avoid retribution on some occasions (At the end of "Man in the Moonhouse", Stan punched him out for lengthening his jail sentence at his parole meeting) but yeah, more often then not he usually gets away with antics.
    • Ironically how much he suffers is usually reverse proportional to his own misdeeds. He can get away with all sorts of horrific and outright murderous schemes but the odd time he plays The Chew Toy is usually when he has done nothing wrong.
    • There are, however, some episodes where he fails to get away with his atrocities. For example in "The People vs. Martin Sugar", Stan had the jury vote him guilty thus leading the judge to (tearfully) send him to prison.
      • Played straight in an ultimate sense, however, as by the end of the episode he is off the hook and for good measure is now a juror at Stan's trial.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Oh yes, he has suffered. The episode regarding the above-mentioned biological requirement for him to be an asshole ends with Stan (off-screen) beating the ever-loving shit out of him. Also in "News Glance with Genevieve Vavance" Steve exposes his bogus news story about being kidnapped by Hayley (although Steve himself isn't punished for selling out Hayley by going along with it in hopes of having sex with some girls who missed him).
    • He also suffered in "The Hurricane." He spends the first act trying to get rid of his one-night stand, and shows more sadness that his sweater has been ruined when she's fatally impaled. Once the house capsizes, he drowns her, not to mention he decides to save a wig instead of Klaus. At the end of the episode, he gets a nasty electrical shock thanks to Stan's incompetence.
  • Kissing Under the Influence/Anal Probing/Ho Yay/Their First Time/Did the Earth Move for You, Too?: With Stan during their trip to Atlantic City. They were both drunk, and Stan agreed to the most intimate experiences of Roger's species. Roger ended up knowing all of Stan's memories, but not vice versa — this was especially humiliating for Roger because Stan was actually Roger's first.
  • Knight Templar Parent: In the one episode he was the legal guardian of Steve he killed 3 teachers who bullied Steve (who to be fair Steve was mean to first).
  • Lack of Empathy: To extremes. The one time he showed empathy for someone other than himself, it literally almost killed him; empathy is toxic to his race. On another occasion, feeling empathy for a shopgirl who lost her job because of one of his Zany Schemes was such a shock to him that one of his personas went rogue.
  • Laughably Evil: He shows little, if any thought for his family and friends' well being, and committed all sorts of heartless or outright murderous acts for the most trivial and petty reasons and so it goes without saying he is a fan favorite.
  • Leitmotif: In "Great Space Roaster" his presence is marked by the song "I Saw the Sign" by Ace of Grace.
  • Made of Iron: He has survived bering shot multiple times, being skinned and disected, accidentally slicing his own face off, and falling off a cliff multiple times, once in a car which exploded with him in it. He can take a lot more damage than humans. He's also immune to freezing temperatures.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In "The One That Got Away", to get revenge on Sidney Hauffman for using his credit card, he completely ruins every aspect of his life from his job, his garden, his pigeon friends, his fiancee, and his apartment. Only to find out Sidney was one of his personas that had taken on a life of its own.
  • Moral Myopia: Even more so than Stan, comparing his nonchalant abuse and manipulation of every being around him to the insane lengths of retribution he takes towards any minor slight inflicted onto him.
  • Mysterious Past: He's apparently 1601 years old. Who knew?
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Among which include being flame-retardant, ultra-buoyancy, the ability to learn one's memories by probing them, the ability to change costumes in under a second (usually done off-screen or when Roger throws up a cloud of confetti), and the ability to move "really, really fast." Oh, and the ability to crap golden, jewel-encrusted turds.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice and mannerisms were initially based on Paul Lynde.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Despite having Bizarre Alien Biology, Roger goes through cycles of mating which involve lactation from his chest and he can impregnate anyone via mouth to mouth CPR. Roger can also lactate a lot more if he eats and because Roger's milk apparently tastes delicious (though the people that had it doesn't know what it is), Stan and Francine use Roger's milk as a substitute for mayonnaise in Francine's potato salad for their church and they force feed him so that he can keep producing.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Turns out that his only weakness is being nice & that even his superiors were unaware of his durability.
    • To put that into respective, he was once used as a crash test dummy.
    • It does seem, however, that Roger can die from conventional wounds, as one episode shows that Roger is willing to let Stan kill him with a gun to keep the fact that the Smith family has been harboring him a secret from the CIA.
      • In the same episode, Stan strangles him to death to make a point, before subsequently reviving him with CPR.
  • Out of Focus: Around halfway into Season 12, his overall screentime seems to have taken a bit of a hit in favor of giving more screentime to Klaus. While he still has a presence, he's mostly been relegated to b-plots and some episodes will only have him being an incidental character with no actual barring on the plot other than providing the obligatory uncensored utterance of the word "shit" at least once an episode.
  • Overprotective Dad: Surprisingly without crossing into abusive territory when he becomes Steve's legal guardian.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Has a wardrobe full of them.
    • Justifiably in "Stanny Tendergrass", it's revealed that there is at least one persona that each member of the Smith family cannot see through, instead actually seeing Roger as that person. For Stan, it is Mr. Vanderhill the country club owner, for Francine, it's a Korean kid who shoots pool with a giant chopstick, for Hayley, it's her sandal repair man and for Steve, it's Alicia Wilkner, who kissed Steve at a Spin-the-Bottle contest and dated him nine times (or, rather, seven times, with Steve doped up on roofies for the last two).
  • Pet the Dog: Risked his life by saving Stan from being blown up by a grenade, and also, when the CIA began tracking him down, was willing to let Stan kill him to keep the Smith family safe.
    • Despite having little to no sense of empathy the majority of times, he is often shown to genuinely care about Stan. The entire reason he came to be with the Smiths is because he went out of his way to save Stan from a botched CIA attack. Even in later episodes Roger's friendship is sometimes exploited by Stan, which is saying a lot considering the former's usual tendencies.
    • He helps the Smiths with his disguises far more often than he antagonizes them (except Klaus), though for him the motive seems to be more the chance to dress up than an act of kindness.
    • After killing his Sidney persona in "The One That Got Away," he decides to take Sidney's girlfriend on a pity date.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: At times, he can be deeply intelligent, showing a high level of business savvy and even an advanced knowledge of human psychology, but at other times (even within the same episode), he shows total ignorance towards simple concepts. One example is shown in "Stanny Boy and Fran-tastic" where he uses one of Greg and Terry's credit cards in a way that won't be noticed, then allows himself to be duped by Klaus into being put on hold for several days while calling a helpline. He even lampshades it:
    "I have a Masters degree in City Planning. I can tell you where to build a convention center, but I can't tell when a fish is giving me the business."
  • The Power of Hate: The very entity keeping his species alive (see above). Naturally The Power of Love is toxic to them as a result.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: A rare one indeed. He's a hybrid of the types B, C and E and arguably D too. Being an alien and all he possesses a supernatural intellect and on some occasions physical aptitude (strength and/or speed, yet he uses these assets for simple purposes. He also possesses a lot of childish traits as well: such as his sweet tooth, his juvenile whining and complaining and on a lot of episodes Roger has been called a spoiled brat despite being a grown up. While he is very knowledgable about this world or better yet life in general he has committed a lot of haneous deeds during his unnatrual lifespan and doesn't really see it as a big deal, committing a felony is the same as spilling a glass of water in his book (of course, until it's inflected onto him), and while Roger might not appear as much he is really a force to be reckoned with to say the least.
  • Reality Warper: A subtle case. Whenever he comes up with a backstory for one of his personas, logic bends to his will to make those backstories true. This includes being the birth mother of two fully grown men, and also being the teenage birth son of a human family, complete with pictures of him growing up! Roger is perhaps the greatest actor ever! Surpassing even Fred Savage.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Despite his appearance, Roger is at least 1600.
  • Roswell That Ends Well: According to "The Best Christmas Story Never Told", Roger claims he is the alien that crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico, back in 1947. But, as revealed in "Weiner of Our Discontent", not for the reason he thinks.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: In the episode "Max Jets" he uses his titular persona's financial hold on the Smiths to, among other things, play with Francine and Steve's nipples without their consent
  • Super Speed: Allowed him to fake the death of a persona in, "Jenny Fromdabloc".
  • The Sociopath: Self-confessed, no less. When he becomes a Dirty Cop (after being on the force for 3 hours) he says that
    "Plus I'm a sociopath so all this fits me like a glove."
  • Static Character: Thanks to being the show's resident Hate Sink and the Freudian Excuse that his species will die if they don't let out their bitchiness, Roger has never once been allowed to receive even the slightest ounce of positive development to his character.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Tends to say these at least once an episode.
  • Token Evil Teammate: None of the Smiths are particularly saintly in behavior, however Roger is the most consistently malicious of the cast. Less evident in earlier episodes where Roger was more sympathetic with Stan or Klaus usually acting as the more malevolent of the family.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Roger was more toned down in early episodes, acting little past an obnoxious Cloudcuckoolander and showing more frequent gestures of genuine care and sympathy to the Smiths. As his costumes and outside lifestyle became more active however his apathy and psychotic traits became more and more prominent.
    • In spite of Taken a level of Jerkass, he still has moments of clarity.
  • Tragic Villain: Possibly his sociopathic behavior is because their species has a Blue and Orange Morality.
  • The Übermensch: If it is at all possible to play this trope strictly for laughs, a case could be made for Roger being a Nietzschen superman. He is goal-oriented, defines his own morality, refuses to accept outside authority, and if he wants something, even something impossible, he makes it happen through nothing more than sheer force of will and a complete rejection of objective reality.
  • The Unfettered: Playing into his Lack of Empathy, Roger will cheat, abuse or even murder others without a second thought to achieve his goals. Taken to absurd lengths at times since he can find even menial goals and ambitions and rotate their ends around completely callous and deranged schemes (a plan to get a free T shirt involved him manipulating Francine and Hayley to try and kill each other).
  • Up to Eleven: He has a persona named Ricky Spanish who's even more of a Jerkass than Roger himself and is hated by every single person in Langley Falls. At the end of that episode, you can add Steve to the list, since "Ricky" framed him for robbery and got him sent to jail.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: In contrast to the rest of the major characters.
  • Villain Protagonist: More so than anyone else in the family, he goes far beyond the line of a mere Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist into this. Among his many crimes include enslaving orphans, killing numerous innocent people and casually destroying people's lives for very petty and immature reasons. He's even tried to outright kill the Smiths at one point.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Type 1 with Stan, Steve and at times Klaus.
  • Vocal Evolution: When the show started, Roger's voice was slightly more soft spoken and had a more prominent accent, making the Paul Lynde basis more evident.
  • Voodoo Shark: Played for laughs. Many of Roger's disguises depend on this. For example, in "Shallow Vows", Roger is pretending to be a wedding planner, and introduces Stan to his sons — two college-aged men who act as if Roger is actually their mother:
    Stan: How is that possible?
    Roger: I know. I look too young to have kids in college.
    Stan: No, that you have children when your persona is completely fabricated-
    Roger: We are the music makers. We are the dreamers of dreams.
    Stan: That is an unsatisfying answer.
    • An offhand comment about the son of one of his personas in another episode suggests he merely kidnaps and brainwashes people.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He is so evil because his species releases a bile that kills them if they don't "let their evilness out". Made worse when it is revealed the reason he is trapped on Earth is that the others of his species wanted to get rid of him. In addition, there are moments where he really seems to care about his adoptive family. It is implied that Roger only acts that way because he was made to be evil, and not by choice, and if you stop to think about it, it's terrible being him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He slaps around Hayley and Francine a couple of times.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Discussed in "Daddy Queerest".
    Roger: If a girl comes around with a bruise on her cheek talking about this dog is hers, it is; Pepper's stolen.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: When he got a job as a cars salesman, he thinks it's like a sitcom on TV.
  • Yandere: Shown in the season 8 premiere, "Love, AD Style".
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    Klaus Heissler 
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"There's an old German saying: "Don't blame the fish." There are other sayings, but they, um, mostly involve genocide."
Debut: "Pilot"

An East German athlete trapped in the body of a goldfish thanks to a scheme by the CIA to prevent him from winning the gold at the 1986 Winter Olympics because he was from the "communist East." Stan was assigned to looking over Klaus, and as such the talking fish has become an honorary member of the Smith family.


  • Accent Adaptation: In the German dub, he has a Saxon accent. (Klaus was East German, after all.)
  • All Germans Are Nazis: At the very least, he does seem to sympathize with the Nazis somewhat.
    • He once got a horrified reaction when he mentions his grandfather drove the kiddy train at Auschwitz — the zoo, not the concentration camp. As he's quick to point out, there are other things in that town!
  • Baleful Polymorph: Kinda. He has repeatedly shown disdain in being a fish but other times he seems to be content with it.
  • Bathtub Mermaid: Klaus is usually seen floating in a fishbowl or lounging in a filled cup. In "1600 Candles", he becomes mobile by having a hamster ball filled with water.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While usually no-one takes him seriously, on one occasion, Klaus had enough and furiously swore revenge on Steve and Roger, claiming that his retribution could come at any time! This terrified them so much, they spent over 9 months hiding in a closet rather than face Klaus.
  • Berserk Button: HATES having his stories questioned.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In-universe, when Klaus disappeared in a puff of smoke, then later reappeared whilst cutting himself out of a squid, armed with a sword and wearing a crown.
    Klaus: I was gone sixty years! How long was it here?!
    Roger: What, where'd you go?
    Klaus: I don't know, but wherever it was, I am their king now!
  • Butt-Monkey: To the point that even Jeff treats him poorly.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first season, Klaus was far more unpleasant, openly lusting after Francine, and delighting in tormenting Roger. Nowadays, he's usually the lowest member on the Smith family totem pole, frequently being insulted or demeaned by the others, has dropped his crush on Francine (and is even irritated by her on occasion), and is generally more sympathetic.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Spent most of the early seasons trying to woo Francine. Less prominent later on where he seems to have gained a respect for Stan and lost interest in Francine for the most part.
  • Closet Geek: One gag shows that he's a fan of Family Guy.
  • Dirty Communists: In the German dub, he's a Communist instead of a Nazi.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Later episodes have him finally standing up and having his revenge against the Smiths.
    • In "Da Flippity Flop", He abuses Stan's brainswitched body as revenge for his constant poor treatment.
    • "Scents and Sensei-bility" After being coldy thrown out of the house by the Smiths due to his smell, he outsmarts them and kicks them out of the house. He manages to take over the house by the end of the episode.
    • "Father Daze" He intentionally ruins Stan's plans for a perfect Father's Day when the latter had insulted him prior.
    • "A Nice Night for a Drive" He lashes out on Stan when his mind is swapped with the family car.
    • "The Life and Times of Stan Smith" He hazes the shit out of Steve with his old fraternity.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In "Big Trouble in Little Langley," he's absolutely disgusted to find out that Francine's birth parents abandoned her simply because they couldn't bring a baby into a first-class flight.
    Klaus: Stan, these people are monsters. You know what my country has done, and I'm disgusted.
  • For the Evulz: In "Deacon Stan, Jesus Man," he not only tricks Roger into eating Francine's potato salad for the Deacon's wake, but also deliberately tells Stan that Roger produces more breast milk when he eats, leading to Roger being hooked up to a milking machine. Both times, he states it's simply because "I'm German. It's what we do."
  • The Hedonist: When he forcibly swaps bodies with Stan in "Da Flippity Flop," he embarks on several pleasures, such as smoking, having unprotected sex with diseased hookers, and doing drugs. Though it's mostly to get revenge on Stan for letting Klaus' old body rot.
  • Hidden Depths: Klaus before being transformed into a fish was highly accomplished; he studied at Viardina European University and may have a doctorate in therapy. He owned a Ferrari and was an Olympic class skier. However, as none of that is relevant to being a goldfish it's frequently overlooked or ignored.
  • Humanity Ensues: He gets his brain put in the body of a cryogenically-frozen black man, which he intends to use to have sex with Francine. It expires after getting impaled by debris from a mall statue and is put in a goldfish body once again. Sometime in the future, however, he has a human body for good to the point where he has a grandson.
  • I Love the Dead: In "Shallow Vows", Stan brings home a fish the CIA experimented on and removed its retina that died shortly after it was put in Klaus's bowl, this was over two weeks before Stan and Francine's anniversary and wedding vow renewal. With the fish's body still floating in his bowl after the renewal, Stan still wouldn't take it out of the bowl despite Klaus asking him to. After a sigh of resignation, Klaus remarks that he'll have sex with the fish's body again before the smell makes him throw up.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He occasionally takes on a villain role in his few A Day in the Limelight episodes, usually involving him trying to steal somebody's body and/or get revenge on Stan. However, it's hard to root against him when you realize he's a human being who's been trapped in the body of a fish for about 30 years.
  • Irony: In the early days of the series, Klaus would delight in tormenting Roger (most notably in "Deacon Stan, Jesus Man"). In recent times, Roger is the one doing the tormenting, regularly tearing down Klaus's self-esteem without a care.
  • I Reject Your Reality: This, along with The Mad Hatter, and Cloudcuckoolander. His mental health has obviously deteriorated due to being stuck in the body of a fish, and he's fully aware of it. He has conversations with himself, and has narrated his life and those around him as a DVD commentary, among other instances of insanity.
  • Jerkass: Albeit toned down in later episodes, where he's usually too desperate for human interaction.
  • The Load: Even Francine is blunt about this:
    Klaus: Oh, can I help?
    Francine: How can you help? You're a fish!
  • Manipulative Bastard: One of the most cunning, manipulative characters on the show. He can frequently get revenge on others for his mistreatment, despite bring confined to a bowl. Most notably in "Stanny-Boy and Frantastic" where he gets back at Roger and Steve for insulting him, by tricking them into wasting days to get a refund on a credit card that wasn't even there's.
  • Mars Needs Women: Lusted after Francine in early episodes.
  • Mobile Fishbowl: Being a fish, he gets around by crawling around in a small glass filled with water, rolling around in a hamster ball filled with water, or just appearing where he needs to be, bowl and all.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: A big victim of this.
  • Mysterious Past: Much about his human life is unknown. All we know is that he was an accomplished Olympic skier and he apparently owed money to the German Mafia at some point.
    • One Flash Forward shows his possible future is also mysterious, with Klaus as human once more and having a family. When his grandson asks if he was any other animals beside being a fish?
    Klaus: I was two sharks and a monkey! Now shut up and go to bed!
    • He also apparently studied psychology when he was in college.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently he really pissed off the East German Mafia in the past.
  • Out of Focus: Some seasons often see him only having one line per episode.
    • Subverted as of about halfway into Season 12 where he's been having much more of a presence as he's been the primary focus or supporting character of a handful of subplots and is being used a lot more than Roger.
  • Retcon: His backstory since the very first episode was that he was a skater in the 1986 Winter Olympics. However, fast forward to many years later where the Season 13 episode "The Life and Times of Stan Smith" inexplicably changes it to where now he was a college student post-1994 when the Foo Fighters were formed.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His actions in "Da Flippity Flop" certainly count. His original human body is finally found, but Stan repeatedly refuses to take Klaus to the CIA to swap him back when asked. When Francine finally convinces Stan to do so, it turns out that lab technicians unfroze Klaus' body and used the ice to cool their beer, causing the body to severely decay and rot. Outraged, Klaus knocks Stan out and swaps bodies with him, and then goes on a bunch of insanitary revenge-fuelled adventures, during which he repeatedly abuses and defiles Stan's human body by, among other things, smoking, getting multiple tattoos, having sex with diseased prostitutes, playing with dead animals, and doing drugs while sharing the syringe with a hobo. Through it all, he brings Stan, now trapped in the body of a fish, along in a fishbowl and forces him to watch.
  • Ship Sinking: He had a major crush on Francine in the early seasons, which seems to have been lost since.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: "Of Ice and Men" shows that he eventually did obtain a human body again, and also started a family (as evidenced by his grandson).
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Along with Hayley, he's the only one who mellows out and becomes a lot nicer later on (whilst the rest of the Smiths Took a Level in Jerkass).
    • Granted, he will occasionally fuck with the Smiths on rare occasions but does show a more considerate and caring side when necessary (e.g. "Seizure Suits Stanny" and "Father's Daze").
  • Twofer Token Minority: When he briefly inhabited the body of an African American man, he retained his German accent.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Very few people seem to be all that surprised by a talking goldfish, in contrast to Roger, who has to disguise himself.

    Jeff Fischer 
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"I'm intrigued. Although that could just be the Intriguenol I took this morning."
Voiced by: Jeff Fischer
Debut: "Pilot"

Hayley's on again off again stoner boyfriend. They get married in the premiere of season 6.


  • Amusing Injuries: Jeff has been ripped in half. Twice. And he's none the worse for wear, aside from a nasty scar.
  • Badass Bookworm: Is often shown reading.
  • Bi the Way: Though not to the same extent as Hayley; while he's not attracted to men (and found Roger's crush on him creepy) he's shown to be willing to (reluctantantly) sleep with men if it's for her sake, such as taking male clients as a prostitute when they needed money, and implicitly sleeping with a male swinger when under the impression it would rekindle his and Hayley's love life.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being abducted by aliens, he later escapes with help from other prisoners on the ship (including Sinbad). He makes it back home but decides to undo his return because it will mean that Hayley will live a full life doing something rather than spend it doing nothing but waiting for him. He finally comes back for real in Season 11.
  • Butt-Monkey: By absolutely everybody except Steve and Klaus and usually Hayley, and currently Francine.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Naked to the limit one more time proves he can't whether it be a surprise Birthday party, a birthday present, a movie's summary/ending and that Roger's an alien. If He were a Doctor his license would be revoked.
  • Commuting on a Bus: While largely missing for the next few years after being abducted by aliens, "Lost in Space" and "The Longest Distance Relationship" show what he's been up to.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In "Less Money, Mo Problems," Jeff was pretty quick to take on intruders with only a knife.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He's the star of the season 9 episode Lost In Space, which details what happened to him after Roger tossed him onto his "rescue" ship.
  • The Ditz: He’s not very smart.
  • Erudite Stoner: Ties in with Genius Ditz below.
  • Extreme Doormat: Usually to Hayley and Stan's abuse (albeit largely due to being The Pollyanna).
  • Genius Ditz: So musically talented and intelligent, but so blindingly stupid at the same time, that he gives Francine a run for her money.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: He's actually been torn in half at the waist twice, though both instances were in throwaway gags.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Has shades of this towards "Agathor", Steve's alter-ego in the online game Dragon Scuffle, to the point where after Agathor's death in the game, Jeff's character held a candlelight vigil for days.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: Jeff is a Nice Guy for the most part, but despite that, Stan finds him annoying and doesn't even bother trying to hide the fact that he hates him. In "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls," Jeff reveals that he in fact hates Stan right back, considers him an ass, and only tolerates him for Hayley's sake.
  • Made of Iron: Survives having his skin removed and then worn by Roger.
    • Also survives being dissected into multiple pieces by aliens. Sort of, as only his brain survives, and must be uploaded into the body of an alien clone that offers to sacrifice itself to do so. He later gets a human body back thanks to Roger's "help."
  • Manchild: In "For Whom The Sleigh Bell Tolls" Stan is incensed that Jeff still believes in Santa Claus. He turns out to be real later in the episode.
  • The Millstone: He rivals Stan in his ability to make situations go from bad to worse.
  • Nice Guy: Jeff is an easy-going, friendly individual.
  • Nice Hat: One with a grey ring around it.
  • Noodle Incident: In one episode Hayley is pissed and fed up with him trying to win her back, but Jeff tells her something offscreen that apparently causes her to fall in love with him and elope. What he said is never revealed, probably because there's no believable way they could write something that emotional.
  • Not So Different: Like Stan, he has a really lousy father and a lot of issues because of it. Both also acknowledge in "For Whom The Sleigh Bell Tolls" that they don't really like each other (though Jeff is better at hiding that, of course).
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: He frequently annoys Stan with his various quirks and habits. "For Whom The Sleigh Bell Tolls" reveals that Jeff actually feels the same way about him and only tolerates him for Hayley's sake.
  • Parental Abandonment: His father framed him for possession of cannabis and frequently expresses embarrassment for him in a highly unfiltered Sarcasm Mode. His mother abandoned him before he was born (the impossibility of this is lampshaded, however).
  • The Pollyanna: Is quite possibly the most cheerful, upbeat guy in the entire show.
  • Put on a Bus: He's abruptly abducted by aliens and is gone for quite a while thereafter.
  • Riches to Rags: He used to be a multimillionaire. Back when he was a cook for Blues Traveler, he ended up acquiring the rights to their debut album, which gave him an income of about two million dollars a year. He no longer has the rights, as when he was really into cougars, he ended up marrying a very elderly woman and gave the rights to her daughter for a fiftieth birthday present.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: His father highlights the many disappointments he has with Jeff with sarcasm. Stan picks up on it after a couple minutes; Jeff not so much.
  • Secret Keeper: He's the only character outside of the Smith family to know Roger is an alien. He's terrible at keeping secrets, which leads to his eventual exile into space. It takes several seasons for him to make it back to Earth.
  • The Stoner: Justified apparently, as it's revealed that if he doesn't smoke weed, he starts to masturbate constantly.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Most likely due to a continuity error, Jeff is shown to physically resemble his father and mother.
  • Teeny Weenie: By his own admission, no less.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: His body gets dissected into multiple pieces by a group of alien Collectors that find his space ship. The same group sends an alien clone of him to Earth to replace him, but he reveals what's going on to Hayley, Roger, and Stan, who board the Collector ship to recover the real Jeff. As Jeff's original body is now effectively dead, the clone offers to sacrifice itself so that Jeff's still living brain can be placed into his body, and as everyone except Roger has their memories of this erased on the ride back to Earth, Jeff effectively becomes this trope.
    • Later in the series, Roger reveals this to the Smiths (having forgotten about it all that time), and offers to help Jeff get a human body back: by swallowing his brain and then "gestating" him a new body as though he were pregnant.
  • Tuckerization: Jeff is based on Seth MacFarlane's friend, also named Jeff Fischer, who voices the character.
  • Unexplained Recovery: "Seasons Beatings".
    Stan: Jeff? I thought you drowned!
    Jeff: Nope.
    • He's also somehow recovered from being ripped apart at the waist on two separate occasions.
  • The Unfavorite: He once off-handedly mentioned having a brother whom his father loves far, far more than him.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Constantly seeks the approval of his father who hates him.

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