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Villain Overview

Roadhouse!
~ Peter's famous catchphrase.
Shut up, Meg.
~ Peter to his daughter Meg Griffin whenever she says something nice, cute, adorable or nasty about her father.

"Justin" Peter Löwenbräu Griffin Sr., or best known as just Peter Griffin, is the titular anti-heroic protagonist of the adult animated comedy series Family Guy; he is the father of Chris Griffin, Stewie Griffin and Meg Griffin, biological father of Bertram Griffin, husband of Lois Griffin and friend and owner of Brian H. Griffin. He is a man in his early 40s who lives on 31 Spooner Street in the city of Quahog, Rhode Island.

While he is the protagonist, he's not as nice as most would like to imagine as he has caused others misfortune due to his stupidity but also deliberately to better himself which backfires leaving Peter stuck with the raw end of the deal. He's not alone in these respects as he has an evil brother named Thaddeus Griffin, a bullying older sister named Karen Griffin and an abusive fanatical stepfather named Francis Griffin suggesting antagonism runs in his family and helps explain the behavior of his children (although in fairness Peter does have caring moments despite the fact they are increasingly rare). He was originally presented as a morally ambiguous anti-hero, but later on in the series he was mostly presented as a protagonist villain and in some episodes an antagonist.

He is voiced by the series' creator Seth MacFarlane, who also voices Brian Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Glenn Quagmire, and Carter Pewterschmidt on Family Guy, and Roger Smith in American Dad!.

Appearance

Peter is an obese man, he has peach skin, short red-brown hair, green eyes (Blue in at least one episode) and a large cleft chin. He wears a white dress shirt with green pants, a black belt with a yellow buckle, white socks, brown shoes and glasses, which Peter claims to have come from a doctor Halloween costume in the episode Roasted Guy. He is 6 feet tall when compared to his wife Lois who is 5'8" according to her ID in Stewie's nightmare in the episode A Lot Going On Upstairs.

Personality

You are completely selfish, and totally irresponsible as a father. You have no education, you have no interests, you just do whatever reckless thing you want to do whenever you want to do it without regard for anyone else. Oh, oh, and when you're not terrorizing the community with your impulsive escapades, you're being a total jerk to your family. You shove your daughter's face in your ass and you fart on it. If someone in the outside world could see the way you treat me, you would be in jail! You are a fat, lazy, abusive, blue-collar Irish Catholic dad who drinks way too much and barely makes enough money to support his family. You've lived half your life, and you have nothing to show for it. Your only arguable accomplishments are your kids, and look at us; we're a disaster. You're a total and complete embarrassment in every possible way. Take a good look at yourself, Peter Griffin. You're a waste of a man.
~ Meg Griffin accurately describing her father.

Peter is a lazy, obnoxious, foolish, rude, crude, moronic, arrogant, short-tempered, stubborn, ignorant, dimwitted, reckless, egotistical, and argumentative person who causes a great deal of harm and misery to those around him. Some of his more defining traits are his borderline alcoholism and drugging habits which tend to leave him in a state of incomprehension specifically regarding things like decency and safety measures and causing him to enter unrestrained stupors. Most of his time is spent getting wasted, going wherever and doing whatever he wants and costing thousands to millions of dollars in damage with his drunken or quasi-sober tomfoolery. He had also been willing to do more for his friends Glenn Quagmire, Joe Swanson and Cleveland Brown than his family as well.

Another example of his negative aspects was how terrible he was to Lois. Peter almost always took her for granted despite her being the daughter of billionaire Carter Pewterschmidt, very attractive and having the affections of others who were arguably better. There had been more than enough instances to show Peter was cheating such as when he admitted on live TV he knew the names of all pornographic stars and was openly shown to have attractions for or interests in other women and/or former sexual partners. Even Lois's terrible treatment of Peter does not fully justify the way he neglects her. He even had sex with her while she was disguised as another woman despite not knowing it was her.

He was also shown to be an absolutely manipulative, atrocious and cheating father figure by demeaning, degrading, demoralizing and downright abusing his family, especially Meg and Brian in particular; Peter actually left the former behind when she was in danger saying he and Lois decided if they needed to leave a child behind it would be Meg. Even back when he was a decent, yet misguided father, he showed no regard for Brian's feelings about not being seen as equal. Along with this he openly admitted he hated the kids simply because they did not do anything that he liked or were not entertaining to him. However, there have been moments where Peter is there for his family, having good times with them, getting laughs and taking them to places such as amusement parks or parties. More importantly, he was a much better father in the earlier episodes as mentioned below.

While early seasons depicted him as an oafish, but naive, silly, likable, and good-natured father who cares a lot about his family (one episode at the time involved him saying he'd take a bullet for Meg), this was not the case in later seasons as at the crunch, he became an unlikable, malicious, evil, psychopathic childlike jerk who helped others for personal gain, did illegal actions almost every time nowadays, abused his family (notably Meg and Brian), and is always excused for his actions as he's said to do that stuff out of idiocy, even though that's not true. In the cruel and bizarre world involving Family Guy every character has their share of maliciousness. However, Peter took the cake as the scenes where he was sympathetic paled in comparison to his nastiness. It's gotten to the point where critics and fans of the show outright hate him for his immoral actions and being a shell of his former, oafish but well-meaning self.

Quotes

Remember what I always tell you, if I come home in the middle of the day and catch you having sex with someone... I'll kill you both.
~ Peter to his wife Lois Griffin.
Old man?!?! What, you think you're not gonna get old, you little bastard?!
~ Peter before beating up Justin Bieber.
If that DVD even touches Road House, I will kill you.
~ Peter to a merchant passing him a film he hates.
Okay, that is the last time you are gonna pull that crap! (Kick in the face.) You hear me? (Lucy: Yes!) Do you hear me? (He continues to hit her.) (Lucy: Yes!) And you are gonna hold down that football until Charlie Brown kicks it. You got that? (Lucy: Yes.) Go ahead, Charlie. (Charlie kick in the ball.) And you know what else? I did some checking around. You're not a licensed therapist. (Kick in the face.) Road House.
~ Peter beating Lucy Van Pelt.
Hey, stupid, what the hell are you doing?! That's my daughter! (Jerk: Yeah? What are you gonna do about it?) What am I gonna do about it? I'll knock your teeth down your throat and out your butt, you little bastard! (Another jerk laughs.) Oh, you think that's funny, him spilling juice all over the floor? This is gonna make people's sneakers sticky, and then we're gonna have to listen to (IMITATES STICKY SHOES WALKING) all day! Well, I won't have it. Get on your knees and lick that up! (Jerk: What? A-Are you serious?) Yeah, I'm serious. I'm the principal! (The jerk fearfully obliges)
~ Peter severely punishing a jerk for mistreating Meg while serving as the Principal of James Woods High.

Trivia

  • Peter's recognizable voice is an impression of Richard Kind.
  • In many respects Peter was similar to Homer Simpson and seemed like what people called an "average Joe". However, there were differences as while Homer usually had a tendency to feel guilt and remorse Peter hardly did so as often, specifically later in the show's run. Furthermore, while Peter shows signs of being much dumber than Homer, he is often less ignorant regarding how his actions affect others depending on the episode. Furthermore, both were nicer in earlier episodes before becoming far dumber and meaner in the later ones. As with most cases, however, how evil Peter is depends on the episode.
  • He is also similar to Eric Cartman, both who were fat dimwitted idiots who were mostly anti-heroes before, but gradually became more cruel, manipulative, and sadistic, Cartman's breaking point was in season 5 with Scott Tenorman must die but peter's breaking point is hard to pinpoint, but his actions became especially heinous in season 8.
  • In the earlier seasons it is pretty obvious he's the protagonist in most episodes, however in new episodes we constantly see other characters in the spotlight, Peter nowadays appears on & off as the protagonist and as the main antagonist in multiple episodes, notable examples are Brian Griffin's house of Payne, Papa's Got a Rolling Son and multiple other examples.

See also

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