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|“||That's right... I do groceries.||„|
|~ Lois after beating up Peter and Chris for getting groceries.|
|“||Listen, I've never told anyone this, but I killed a jaywalker in 2002. She looked old, but she was only 51. I mean, back then, that was old to me. It's why I always talk and ask questions so much. When there's any moment of quiet, I think about her. That's why all mothers do that. Every mother has killed someone. Now drink your ginger ale.||„|
|~ Lois Griffin to her son Chris.|
Lois Patrice Pewterschmidt-Griffin (born February 18, 1956) is a major character in the FOX animated TV series Family Guy. Originally she was a protagonist, but as she became darker, despite being one of the protagonists, she does have several episodes where she has an antagonistic role.
She is voiced by Alex Borstein, who is well-known for her portrayal of Ms. Bonnie Swann on the hit satirical comedy show MADtv, as well as Queen Machina in Power Rangers Zeo, and Negative Wonder Woman in Robot Chicken.
Born Lois Pewterschmidt, is the daughter of billionaires Carter Pewterschmidt and Barbara Pewterschmidt, Lois grew up in a very wealthy home with her sister, Carol. She also has a long-lost older brother, Patrick, who was sent to an asylum after he became a serial killer.
She met Peter when he was hired as a towel boy by his aunt. His rich dad can't accept Peter and makes rude comments every chance he gets. Peter seems to want to do his absolute best not to be a hindrance. She also alludes to having studied at Kent State University.
Lois is currently full time as a mom and spends most of the work day taking care of Stewie, cleaning the house and cooking for her family. However, she is also a piano teacher on the side to supplement the family income. She is currently 42 years old. She is reportedly two years younger than Peter.
Lois is a middle-aged Caucasian woman with short orange bell-shaped hair. She is commonly seen dressed in a teal green button-up woman's blouse, tan slacks, and magenta slip on shoes with red lipstick.
Initially, Lois is depicted as a stereotypical housewife and doting mother, which combined with her natural beauty and sexiness has made her the ideal woman. She has shown to be tolerable of Peter's random shenanigans, putting himself and others in danger whether it's from his unhealthy drinking or reckless idiotic acts, while doing her best to be a living mother and wife.
However, as the series progressed, Lois developed a darker personality. Among them being her apparent taste for Sadomasochism (S&M), dressing as a dominatrix in "Let's Go to the Hop", putting out a lit cigarette on her arm in "Breaking Out is Hard to Do", asking Peter to put his finger in a bullet hole and twist it when he accidentally shot her in "Barely Legal" and directing Peter to kick her breasts in "Brian's Got a Brand New Bag". Several times, Lois raped Peter, yet she sees nothing wrong with this as she believes men can't be forced to have sex.
Lois has also gone from a loving mother to a woman who once admitted that she didn't want children in the first place during one several occasions; in "A Fish out of Water" when her and Meg go on Spring Break, during the awkward car-ride she tells Meg that she took birth control but taking antibiotics made it not work, evidently causing Meg's birth. In "Peter's Daughter" she instructs Meg on how to have a miscarriage". Chris was also said to be the result of a broken condom in "Emission Impossible", with the resulting lawsuit paying for the Griffin's house.
She has also started showing almost no compassion toward Meg, Chris, and sometimes Stewie on a number of rare occasions whether either of them gets into serious situations. In almost any episode, Meg is the prime target of various negative comments from Lois, which ranges from an assortment of criticisms about her appearance or personality, sometimes displaying superiority over Meg using her previous relationships, accomplishments, or popularity, often breaking down her daughter's self-esteem more and more with every episode. Lois was even willing to consent to having Principal Shepard create a fake application for Meg in "Meg Goes to College" so Meg would be accepted into a college and that way they would be rid of her.
In several situations where her children shows any kind of imperfection that would go against her desires or question her adeptness as a parent, she'd once attempted to come up with an immediate reason to tell people if Chris committed suicide about mental illness in an attempt to gain sympathy; in "Papa Has A Rollin' Son", she asked Doctor Hartman whether or not Stewie would die younger than fourteen after he informed her that he wouldn't grow any taller; in a possible future where Stewie and Brian in "Roads to Vegas", she milked the fact that Stewie had died receiving different gifts and foods from her friends and parents.
Lois would often put her own personal needs above the rest of her family and because of her egotistical personality, Lois would develop a control dominatrix over her family and she is more quick to blame others rather than admit her own personal mistakes. Lois is also known to easily get very violent or threatening whenever she is angry.
Lois is also willing to resort to blackmail, such as in "Halloween on Spooner Street", where although she got back Stewie's Halloween candy another boy had stolen, Lois threatened the boy's mother by demanding she also pay her some money as well, or against Quagmire in "Quagmire and Meg", where though she and Peter saved Meg from having sex with Quagmire, she also blackmailed Quagmire into letting her and Peter use his cabin at least once a month.
- In "Breaking Out Is Hard to Do", Lois became addicted to shoplifting. When she was about purchase a ham, but found out that she didn't have enough money, she stole the ham rather than putting it back. And after she stole the ham, Lois developed kleptomania. Even though Brian convinced Lois to quit her addiction and return everything she stole, she attempted to escape from Joe Swanson when he found out but was caught and sentenced to 3 years in prison. After the family breaks her out, they uproot their entire lives, moving to chinatown.
- In "Brian Griffin's House of Payne"; when Stewie was both injured and comatose, both Chris and Meg, and eventually Peter, tried to hide the fact the he's injured by putting a hat on his head and telling everyone he's asleep. When Peter tosses an injured Stewie while Lois was backing up she accidentally runs over Stewie. When she thought that she "injured" Stewie, instead of taking him to a hospital, she tried to hide the fact the Stewie was injured by doing the exact same thing that Peter, Meg, and Chris did. To many critics and fans, this is the episode where she becomes no better than her husband.
- In "And the Weiner is..." after Meg is humilated by the cool kids at a football game. Lois decides to help her exact revenge by providing Meg a flashbomb to use at Connie DiMico's party. Though Meg backs down at the last minute and still got humiliated again, Lois reveals she knew that might happen, and reveals her back-up plan which was to send Glenn Quagmire to Connie's house to scar them for life implying that she sent Quagmire there to have sex with Connie. This was notably one of Lois' earliest main villianous acts in the show.
- In "Jungle Love", Lois reassures a worried Chris that his first day of high school will be alright. After dropping him off, she honks the horn and yells "Freshman!", exposing her son to be victimized through hazing by students and Adam West. This eventually leads to Chris running away to another country.
- In "A Fish out of Water", Lois decides that Meg and her should have their own Spring Break. Even though she tries to give Meg the time of her life, Lois lets her younger wild side get the best of her and starts to party, and as a result, she consistently embarrasses and overshadows Meg, forgetting that the trip is supposed to be for Meg’s happiness, by winning over the favor and attention of the teenage party goers including Meg’s classmates.
- In "The Son Also Draws" she gambles away the family car. This leads to Peter to lying to get the car back and him and Chris nearly dying in the woods on a vision quest.
- In a flashback in "Ratings Guy", Peter and Lois were attempting to abandon Meg by leaving her outside the fire station.
- In "Friends Without Benefits", Lois tells Bonnie Swanson over the phone that she has left Stewie in the oven numerous times. Also in "Dearly Deported" it's said she put Stewie in the oven multiple times and dared herself to turn the oven on.
- In "Hannah Banana", when Chris was trying to prove the Evil Monkey existed, he set up a camera to see what happened that night. When he saw the video, Lois was caught stealing money out of Chris' wallet.
- In "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas", Lois went on a psychopathic rampage. She wanted everything to be perfect for Christmas dinner. But when everything went wrong, Lois tried to remain calm, until, Meg told them that there was no paper towels. This caused Lois to go on a rampage throughout Quahog. While she was on a rampage, in two cutaway gags, she shoved George Bailey off a bridge and burned Frosty the Snowman alive. She even attempted to destroy the star on the town's Christmas Tree.
- Multiple times throughout the series Lois calls Peter an idiot, even when he hasn't done anything that is considered to be stupid.
- In "Boys do Cry", she gets a job as the new organist at the local church, which causes her to force her family to start attending mass on Sundays. After Stewie mistakes Communion wine for punch, he drinks too much and throws it up, leading the citizens of Quahog to believe Stewie is possessed by Satan. When the priest wants to exorcise him, aided by everyone in town, the Griffin family escapes to Lois' sister Carol's house in Texas. Upon arriving at the home, Peter fits in well with the cowboys, but Brian is disgusted by the bigotry of the local residents. She soon hears that the search for Stewie has ended, but, since she was hoping to instill "new moral values" in her family she decides not to mention that they can go home. Later, before attending the beauty pageant that a disguised Stewie had entered, Brian finds out about the town calling off the search, from his girlfriend Jillian back in Quahog, and at the pageant tells Lois, who says she knows, which horrifies Brian.
- In "Go, Stewie, Go!", Lois has developed a crush, as well as a perverted nature, towards one of Meg's boyfriend, Anthony. After being scolded and driven away by Meg, Lois, instead of taking responsibility for her actions, confronts Peter, accusing him of making her feel bad about herself which drove her over the edge.
- In "Lethal Weapons", when Lois was taking taijutsu, she started to become a bit of a control freak. She forces Peter to drop "them". After a therapy session with Stewie and Peter, the doctor recommend to become a more peaceful family. So Lois forces the family to never argue, nor fight again, but as a result, the entire Griffin family fought each other and destroyed part of their house.
- In "Stewie Loves Lois", she dreamed of killing her son Stewie, because of frustration that he gives her, and this nightmare causes Lois to completely ignore Stewie which this neglect results in Stewie injuring himself while trying to get her attention (which also caused Stewie to lose his newfound respect for Lois).
- In "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One", Lois becomes the Mayor of Quahog. However, despite her trying to do good as the mayor by shutting down companies that polluted the lake, she quickly becomes corrupt and embezzled $600 to buy an expensive purse. And when she wanted to buy a fur coat that cost $4,300 she nearly made a deal with Bob Grossbeard that if he paid for the fur coat Lois would allow him to reopen his company and continue polluting the lake. Lois realizes the error of her ways and closes the pipe of the drain and resigns her position as mayor.
- In "Peter-assment", Lois doesn't take Peter being sexual harassed by his boss Angela seriously, saying that men like being touched and even makes jokes about it. This is one of many examples of her not caring about her husband. She also puts off and doesn't follow up on the fact that Meg was molested by a janitor, which she cites as an "actual" example of sexual harassment.
- In "And I'm Joyce Kinney", it's revealed that, as a teenager, Lois pulled a cruel joke on a then overweight and possibly unpopular Joyce Kinney (then Joyce Chevapravatdumrong) in high school. Tricking her into thinking she had become part of the cheerleading squad (which Lois herself was the captain of), Lois blindfolded her, walked her into the middle of the gym, pulled down her pants and put a hot dog in her mouth. This was done in front of the entire school and everyone laughed at Joyce. Lois probably only did this to simply be nasty and had an evil expression while she was laughing at Joyce. In the same episode, she is revealed to have been a cocaine addict. At the end of the episode, she shows her porno, in church, in front of children, including her own.
- In "Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey", when Stewie showed her and Peter a drawing he made they made some nice compliments towards it, but after he left the room he overheard them laughing and making some insulting and vituperative comments towards his drawing. Later, she sleeps with Bill Clinton, whom Peter befriended, a friendship which nearly destroys Peter and Lois' marriage seduces Lois into having sex with him, only to be caught by Peter.
- In "Seahorse Seashell Party", she mistreated Meg, even blaming her for the bad things that happen to the Griffin family. Later, after Meg finally calls them out for their abuse, Lois fights with Peter and Chris instead of holding herself accountable. She also goes right back to mistreating Meg after the latter agrees to be the "lighting rod" of the family.
- In "Into Fat Air", along with her family, she eats Ben Fishman's frozen body, the son of Ross and Pam. However, this action is motivated by the survival instinct. She also didn't tell Ross and Pam about Ben's death, which led them to falling down a ravine and almost dying.
- In "Lois Comes Out of Her Shell", she pretends to be a young woman and begin combining pranks. At one point, she causes a car crash that kills two people. In the same episode, she attempted to cheat on Peter with Justin Bieber, who was under 18 at the time. She also blames the whole thing on Peter and refuses to take any personal responsibility, although Peter did make her very insecure about her age.
- In "Farmer Guy", along with her family, she takes part in selling drugs.
- In "Brian the Closer", she refused to spend the money to repair Brian's teeth. Lois even goes as far as to laugh at his predicament while stating that they weren't going to spend a lot of money on "some deformed animal". This is hypocritical, as Lois has at times spent much of the family's money for her own selfish reasons.
- In "The Peanut Butter Kid", she and Peter forced Stewie to do a commercial, which tired him, and they kept giving him drugs to keep him active and pressuring him to succeed, as well as using Stewie's earned money they planned for his college fund for themselves instead.
- In "A Lot Going On Upstairs", she almost killed Peter, Joe, Quagmire, and Cleveland by locking them in the attic simply because they were annoying her. She only lets them out because Peter pooped on her wedding dress.
- In "Hot Shots", she convinced the entire town not to vaccinate their kids, and, because of her, 150 people died from a Measles outbreak and showed no remorse for it afterwards. Among those who died was a young boy named Billy. She is a hypocrite as in a previous episode, "Livin' on a Prayer", she kidnapped, Scotty Jennings, a boy who has cancer, disagreeing with his parents decision to forgo treatment, even though in this episode she believed parents should decide what's best for their child.
- In "Peter's Lost Youth", when Lois goes with Peter to Boston to a fantasy baseball camp, she reveals that the reason she was going with Peter is to get away from the kids, to which she calls them life-sucking turds to their faces.
- In "Love, Blactually", she and Peter didn't want Cleveland to reconcile with his ex-wife Loretta, so they conspire to have Quagmire have sex with Loretta again to prove she hasn't changed (ironically though this plan ultimately failed, Cleveland chose not to reconcile with Loretta). This one is more justifiable as Loretta deliberately cheated on Cleveland.
- In "Dead Dog Walking", while attempting to steal money from Stewie's piggy bank, Lois discovers Stewie to be vaping and takes his stick away. She later proves to be a hypocrite, when Chris goes to get Stewie's vaping stick back and he catches her smoking a cigarette.
- In "Bri, Robot", Lois is seen attempting to cheat on Peter with another man and is almost caught by Peter.
- In "Vestigal Peter" Lois learns that Peter and Chris had gotten groceries when they return home with them. But instead of being grateful, she physically assaults her husband and throws a can at her son's head, because she believes getting groceries was her thing alone. Peter argues with the fact that Lois complains that he never does anything around the house, but then Lois admits that she likes saying that more than she like Peter actually doing things. This one is played for Comic Effect.
- In "Throw it Away", after being inspired by Trisha Takanawa's book, Lois is determined to get rid of the things the Griffin Family don't actually need, but her attempt to remove the clutter ends up going too far and it causes her to become very obsessive and domineering over the rest of the Griffin family. It gets to the point where she throws out just about everything, including kicking the rest of the family out of the house as well, believing them to also be clutter "ruining her joy", only showing care about her own demented/psychotic wants over the needs of her family.
- In "Prick Up Your Ears", she rapes Peter.
- In "Undergrounded", after Peter, Joe, Quagmire, and Cleveland are rescued from the tunnel Peter made, rather than embrace Peter for still being alive, Lois instead assaults him for lying to her about the tunnel in the first place. In addition, it's revealed that Lois murdered a waitress 20 years earlier during their honeymoon after Peter selected a waitress she could kill.
- In "You Can't Handle the Booth!", during a commentary on an episode of Family Guy by the Griffins, it's revealed that Peter was "previously married" to Sarah Paulson (hence his higher salary to pay "alimony"). While Lois is justified in being angry that Peter lied about his salary and covering up his "previous marriage", it was actually due to the fact that Peter is uncomfortable around Sarah to an extent (as she yelled at everybody to be quiet when her character was doing her scene). Before Lois learns about why Peter's "marriage" ended, her increased irritability after Peter complains about their sex life (when he's drunk), Lois lashes out and reveals that she had another affair (separate from Clinton), with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and that Hoffman may actually be Chris' biological father. She restates this while mockingly laughing, before arrogantly and narcissistically saying that she deserves better than Peter for being "Dishonest and disrespectful", when Lois honestly is no better, and has on occasion done things worse than Peter. Peter may've withheld and covered up information, but Lois is delusional if she believes that she deserves better, due to her own history of heinous acts.
- In "Episode 420" Lois criticizes Brian after being arrested for possession of cannabis, saying "It's illegal for a reason". Brian points out that she's being a hypocrite as she smoked cannabis before and as revealed in "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington" and "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream" she had even done it during her second and third pregnancies, which is likely what resulted in Chris' low intelligence and occasional anger issues and Stewie's evil and matricidal nature.
- In "Peter's Two Dads", Lois angrily slaps Stewie after he broke her pearl necklace, causing him to cry and briefly traumatizing him (to which he imagines an exaggerated take of the incident). She feels guilty about it and apologizes, while Stewie ends up enjoying it.
- Lois has shown some forms of bigotry and intolerance.
- In "Jungle Love" she says that Chris' marriage isn't legally valid in America "Where God pays attention", insulting the tribesman that her new daughter in law is a part of.
- In "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives" she initially against Gay marriage, as a result of her upbringing by her parents who passed on the belief that straight people who hate each other have every right to marry while gays who genuinely love each other don't, before making this connection she even wanted to prevent Stewie from witnessing the wedding of Brian's cousin Jasper and his fiancé Ricardo. When she realizes how she inherited her bigotry from her parents, she immediately changes her viewpoint.
- In "Quagmire's Dad", when Quagmire's father Dan is revealed to identify as transgender and plans to get a sex change (in which Dan would later become Ida), both Lois and Peter view her as gay because of attraction to men. When Quagmire tries to correct them for their misinterpretations, Lois finishes the statement by gleefully saying "Well look let's all agree that he's odd", before laughing and referring the sex change operation as a "Circus" showing that she's transphobic. This is supported by how later in the episode she tells Meg to discard a crumble Ida made for them.
- In "Thanksgiving" when Ida says she needs to freshen up Lois says "You may use the yard", dehumanizing Ida as if she's less than a person.
- In "Holly Bibble", when there's a hurricane and the Griffin family goes to a motel for shelter, but due to a lack of provisions Lois decides to go out and try and get some food. Immediately after she opens the door she sees Cleveland looking for shelter, before going back inside and shutting the door, denying Cleveland shelter despite his pleas which Lois and the others ignore.
- In "Movin' In (Principal Shepherd's Song)", when Lois drives the kids to school, she forces Meg to give Chris her pants so the big day that Chris has with Principal Shepherd would not be ruined after Chris realizes he forgot to wear pants.
- In "Peterotica", Lois reveals to Peter that she refused $10 million from her father due to her belief that their family doesn't need any wealth, even though it has been proven that they have been financially struggling. While it's understandable that her refusal may be out of fear of turning into her parents, she didn't take her own family into consideration as she never talked to them about the offer. As a result, she denied them a chance to become more financially stable because of her own mindset, only thinking about her needs and not the needs of her family. Now they can't afford a college fund for Meg, they have to rent their house, and Peter has to work at a Brewery, which isn't good as he's a borderline alcoholic that needs serious help.
- In "Stewie's First Word", when she tries to find out who caused Stewie to say drop an F-bomb, she believes Peter to be responsible so she waxes the stairs to make them all slippery and for him to fall down them like in "The Blind Side", where he repeatedly shouted obscenities after the replaced wood had done the same thing. While she did suspect Peter, she could've killed him.
- In "La Famiglia Guy", in a cutaway gag that is a parody of the film Fargo, Lois murders Brian by throwing him into a wood chipper after Brian admitted he drank the last of Lois' wine. This isn't taken seriously, as Brian is murdered multiple times throughout the episode for comedic effect.
- In "Wild Wild West", Lois endorses Elle Hitler (no relation to Adolf), a librarian for mayor believing her be knowledgeable and competent, when that's clearly not the case. She continues to support Elle and holds a strong opposition to the other and much more popular candidate Wild West, simply because she thinks that having a female mayor will be more beneficial to Quahog. While having a female mayor in Quahog after an implied history of male-only ones would itself be progressive, Lois is ignoring the fact that Elle isn't suited for the position while West, whose cousin Adam had served as mayor, seems to be much more driven and determined. Lois doesn't realize her own misandry and genuinely believes herself to be in the right. Later in the episode she develops a sexual attraction to West and fantasizes about him while she and Peter are in bed, something that deeply hurts Peter.
- In "Pawtucket Pat", Lois sides with Peter on allowing the statue of Pawtucket Pat to remain where it is, even after it was revealed that Pawtucket Pat was a racist murderer that killed Native Americans after he stole their beer recipe and passed it off as his own. Lois' reasoning for this is even worse as she says she believes that if someone applies the ethical principles of society today then essentially every statue should be taken down and while certain statues may've been dedicated to those who have done horrific things in history, the entirety of all memorial statues shouldn't be taken down. She then says "As a woman I need landmarks to find my way around town. Without that statue I'm completely disoriented", which is a profoundly sexist and regressive statement towards her own gender, when it's likely that Lois is going senile.
- In "The First No L", When Lois decides to leave the family on their own for Christmas to see how they would do, due to them being too lazy to help, she holds up at a motel with a pair of binoculars where she can spy on them and wait for them to call begging her for help. While leaving them on their own part with initial despair or spying on them isn't villainous, she vows revenge upon seeing that they've become a successful and loving family without her and in a nod/rip-off of The Grinch steals all of their Christmas goods. A Muslim neighbor is blamed for the theft and deported, but Lois doesn't reveal the truth.
- In "Customer of the Week", Lois goes to extreme measures to be customer of the week at a coffee shop. One of her first attempts is buying a six hundred dollar painting made by one of the staff members and doesn't take her family into consideration even though they are struggling financially. After many other failed attempts, she then decides to save one an employee's life to win the award. Aware that a staff member named Lisa has a peanut allergy, she loads her car with peanuts, but it ends in a fiery car crash as well as being run over that nearly killed her. Lois then panics when she learns that they'll be reviewing the security tapes, she finds that Kyle H. is already aware of her secret, so she kidnaps him and threatens to get him hooked on heroin against his will, but promises to take care of his cats just for manipulation purposes only because she doesn't want him calling the cops on her for everything she's done. At his apartment, she meets his two roommates and ends up having to tie them up when they realize he's in trouble. Lois also shows her bigotry once again, as she discovers one of his roommates is gay and thinks of stereotypes of gay men, as well as being shocked when the other one reveals he's straight and the gay one isn't attracted to his roommate, outright admitting she's clearly not woke due to this after initially claiming she was and not a bigot. She has also shown no guilt at all from putting peanuts in Lisa's car and throughout the episode she repeats that she is a good person. While it's understandable that Lois did want some form of excitement in her life, believing that she's a good person despite all of her heinous actions throughout the entirety of the episode and the series shows how delusional and screwed up she really is. Lois was ultimately sentenced to six months in prison for her actions. The cycle repeats after she is released, as she gets offended when she doesn't get noticed for her large tip at a different coffee shop.
- In "Young Parent Trap", after being mistaken for a young couple, hoping to make newer friends, Lois decides for her, Peter, and Stewie to move into an apartment to help live up this lie of Stewie being their first child. As a result of her wanting to make better friends, Lois was wiling to abandon Chris and Meg by leaving them in their old house, and pretend they knew about the latest trends, which resulted in Meg and Chris pretending to be a young couple to expose their parents after finding out where they were. This also resulted in her abandoning Stewie when she, Peter, Chris, Meg and the young parents all went to a music festival. This also resulted in all of the the other children drowning in the pool, with Stewie being the only one to survive.
- In "LASIK Instinct" when Lois became blind after trying to get her vision fixed with LASIK surgery she starts making videos to make money rather than help people in her situation as she was originally supposed to do. When Lois does get her vision back, she pretends to still be blind so she could still make money off her situation. She tries to defend herself to Meg by saying this is the only way that she a 'middle-aged, cisgendered, able-bodied white woman' would not be able to inspire anyone without doing this, once again showing her bigotry. She also forced Peter, Chris, Brian and Stewie to make a treehouse for Doug, the child she hit with her car which resulted in her going for the LASIK surgery, instead of doing it herself.