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|“||Oh boy, it's swell to say, good morning USA!||„|
|~ Stan Smith in the intro for American Dad!.|
Stanford Leonard Smith is the main protagonist of the TV show American Dad!. Though he is the protagonist, he commits many villainous deeds, often thinking of himself first.
Stanford Leonard Smith was born on November 22, 1958 to Betty Smith and Jack Smith.
His father had left him when he was a child, which is most likely why he looks up to and is a lackey of Director Avery Bullock.
He attended John DeLorean High School in the early 70s and was a very unpopular student, and was often bullied and humiliated by the popular students.
He met his future wife, Francine Dawson (later Smith), when she was hitch-hiking and Stan gave her a ride. He had run over a raccoon accidentally and put it out of its misery, which Francine saw as the kindest act she had ever seen. They got married the same year.
Stan Smith has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency since the 80s, as a field agent and weapons expert, and later on in the series, the Deputy-Deputy Director, placing him on the third tier of importance in the C.I.A. under Deputy-Director Bullock. As at the start of Season 2, his official job title is apparently "Deputy Deputy Director", although the official announcement of his promotion wasn't actually seen in any episode. In this role, his work has included the interrogation of possible terrorists. Stan is always on alert for terrorist activity, at work, and in his home life.
Stan is a man with very conservative, patriotic, and xenophobic views. Although he is a loving father and husband, he is often the one to cause issues/tension with the family due to his views and actions. This is most prominent with his daughter Hayley, as his views often put him at odds with her, which is the catalyst to many episodes of the show. Stan can also be extremely selfish towards his family, such as the episode where Bullock develops a relationship with Hayley, which Stan was fine with despite their age difference because he wanted a promotion. In the same episode, Hayley leaves Bullock for Jeff and Stan willingly attempts to kill Jeff after Bullock told him to.
Furthermore, Stan is a narcissist with incredible insecurity, which is seen many times. A perfect example is when he found out Francine had been engaged to another man before him and went out of his way to find out whether or not Francine truly loved him or if she'd just settled with him by means of faking his death (which backfired as he and Roger were left stranded for months). Another example was when he used CIA surveillance equipment to eavesdrop on his neighbors and was so hurt and offended by their private opinions and conversations about him that he had them all forcibly relocated, which included his family when they tried to stop him. He even used Roger's ability to enter dreams to find out how Francine thinks of him and was mortified to see Francine's private thoughts showing him as a wailing baby, a clown, an ogre, and other unflattering examples.
Stan is also a control freak and was psychoanalyzed to be so afraid of change that for twenty year, he took Francine to a hypnotist (lying to her that he was a marriage counselor) in order to hypnotize Francine to make her forget problems, feelings, thoughts, or otherwise that Stan didn't want to deal with or because it affected his life. He used Hayley's training as a sleeper agent to force her to marry a man of his approval (not realizing this man was gay and only agreeing to the marriage so his own father wouldn't disinherit him), only for the sleeper agent programming to cause Hayley to turn against Stan and kill him, although it was temporary and Stan didn't learn his lesson as he was just glad he got away with it. Stan is very untrusting of Hayley due to her left wings views at odds with his extremist right wing beliefs, and he once admitted her middle name is Dreamsmasher due to her birth forcing him to give up his search for Oliver North's gold.
He's gone out of his way to force his son Steve to meet his expectations, such as becoming an actual bully to force Steven to stand up for himself (which is hypocritical as Stan never stood up to his own bully and Steven found this bully and paid him to beat Stan into submission), tried to get Steve to hang out with cooler kids than his own friends Snot, Toshi, and Barry, and has at multiple times forced Steve into activities he didn't want to do. Part of his reasons for being so hard on Steve is he wants him to be popular (reacting very negatively one time when Steve told Stan he didn't care about being popular) because Stan himself wasn't popular in his adolescence and it can be assumed he wants Steve's youth to turn out better than his own did.
Stan is also antagonistic and unfair to Roger and Klaus. Early on in the series, Stan forbade Roger from leaving the house at all and was unsympathetic to Roger's cabin fever and boredom, until Roger started using his disguises/personas to be able to get out and have a social life. However, the CIA was hunting Roger, and Stan only sheltered him to protect him and his family. Stan is horrible to Klaus, ignoring him, being condescending to him, and constantly breaking his promises to give Klaus a human body or improve his living situation. He is the reason why Klaus was a fish in the first place; Klaus was an Olympic skier and Stan transferred his brain into a fish just so Germany wouldn't get the gold medal at the 1986 Winter Olympics. His negligence caused Klaus' human body to decompose. He even once tried to swallow Klaus by drinking his fishbowl.
- Trapping the whole neighborhood in a prison camp (his backyard). This all started when he racially profiled an Iranian couple because he believed them to be terrorists which included doing security checks on them in a barbecue, harassing them, and installing security cameras in their house to spy on them without their knowledge.
- His ego causes him to believe he has the best sense of judgment and has to make all the vital decisions in a dire situation when his incompetence actually makes things much worse. In one instance, his actions caused his family to be trapped during a hurricane, which flooded their neighborhood, made the house flip over, got a shark stuck in their already flooding house, made things even worse by bringing a bear to kill the shark only for the bear to attack the family along with the shark, accidentally electrocuted Roger, and inadvertently harpooned Francine when he was aiming for the bear. His bad decision making even continues after the hurricane when he shoots Francine in the arm on impulse during a standoff between him, Cleveland Brown, and Peter Griffin.
- Running a sweatshop with undocumented Mexicans so he could earn money after criticizing Hayley for dating one prior, making Stan a hypocrite
- Evicted his entire neighborhood from their homes because he found out that they were making fun of him and saying bad things about him behind his back. He even evicts Francine and Hayley for the same reason too.
- Bullying his own son as a demented way of teaching him self-reliance
- Ruining every aspect of his atheist friend Brett's life so he could be closer to God (i.e., blowing up his house, destroying his family, etc). This caused Brett to attempt suicide and become a satanist.
- When he destroyed Brett's family, he had C.I.A. scientists use an experimental ray to make Brett's wife to a lesbian, therefore forcefully converting her sexuality (unknowingly) against her will.
- Another horrendous act he did towards Brett in his conversion efforts was that he ruined Brett’s breakfast business by contaminating the food with an avian virus, which caused multiple people to get very sick.
- Framing Francine for murdering her friend (Bullock was the actual culprit) and putting her in a really dark place, just so Francine wouldn't say "I told you so"
- In “Surrogate Stan” after Francine agrees to be a surrogate mother to Greg and Terry , Stan kidnaps the baby immediately after she is born and attempts to take her to Nebraska because he believed that gay couples can’t raise children. During the road trip he accepts hospitality from a lesbian couple only to kidnap their children too.
- It is revealed in “Oedipal Panties” that Stan had been repeatedly kidnapping his mother’s boyfriends out of obsessive jealously for over 35 years and had dumped them all on an uncharted island and left them to fend for themselves.
- In “One Little Word”, Stan refuses to take Bullock to the hospital and leaves him to die after Bullock gets shot in the leg by his wife Miriam when she finds out that Bullock was cheating on her with a woman named Coco.
- In“Phantom Telethon” Stan plagiarizes Roger’s idea to hold a telethon that raises funds for the CIA and lies about it to the whole family, causing Roger to go on a vengeful crusade to sabotage the telethon when in aired.
- Stan beats up Roger in “Not So Desperate housewives” over a dog named Fussy who was spending more time with Roger than with Stan. Stan even throws Roger through a wall and into Hayley’s room. However it turns out that Stan’s efforts were for nothing because Fussy ditches both Stan and Roger in favor of a homeless man.
- In “Deacon Stan Jesus Man” he takes advantage of Roger’s reproductive cycle by forcefully putting him in a milking machine and over feeding him so Stan could win the position of church deacon.
- In “Moon Over Isla Island” Stan accidentally kills the island dictator . Instead of telling the island citizens the truth and letting them move towards democracy, he has Roger impersonate the dictator in order to cover the death up and get a promotion from work.
- In “The People V Martin Sugar” Stan assaults a federal officer by clubbing him in the head with a rock and stealing his dog in order to pursue Roger.
- In one Christmas episode, Stan gives Steve a gun for Christmas despite promising Francine that he wouldn’t. This causes a chain of events that put the entire family in danger after Steve accidentally shoots Santa Claus.
- In "A Jones For A Smith", Stan admitted that his fellow colleagues and him have distributed crack to inner-cities, and in the same episode became addicted to crack and refused to get professional help until he hit rock bottom and ended up temporarily stranded in Colombia. Beforehand, he had pawned many things in his house to pay for more crack and even ended up taking his neighbors Greg and Terry hostage for a plane to get to Colombia in the first place. His addiction also ruins Steve's new relationship with his girlfriend Jeanine by attempting to prostitute himself to her father for more drug money.
- Also in "A Jones For A Smith", Hayley accidentally chokes on cereal and struggles to clear the blockage. Stan not only does not help Hayley and instead continues reading his newspaper but he also refused to let Francine help Hayley when she tries to.
- After Hayley is hospitalized and in need of a kidney transplant, Stan decides to donate his own kidney but after finding out from Francine that she slept with a man named Joel days before their wedding, Stan has Roger break into Joel’s apartment and forcefully take a kidney from him.
- In "A Smith In The Hand" Stan becomes addicted to masturbation after an accident with a wood burner. He previously berated Steve for it, saying that masturbation is a sin and showing a very unrealistic and outdated video on it. Steve catches Stan in the act and calls him out for his hypocrisy. Rather than own up and admit that he was a hypocrite and apologize, Stan blames his maturbatory addiction on television even though television had nothing to do with it and decides to take over the TV network to broadcast his anti-sex classes.
- Murdered a couple of clones of teenage girls that Steve and Snot created just so He would not get fired from the CIA. It turns out that Stan did not need to kill the clones because they were on their last couple hours of life anyway.
- It was revealed in one episode that Stan and Francine had another son named Bailey who was born alongside Hayley. However it is strongly implied that Bailey died because Stan refused to get him vaccinated.
- In “American Fung” Stan puts Francine in a psychiatric hospital because he forgot their anniversary once again and wanted more time to get Francine a good gift in order to avoid her yearly tantrum over the forgotten anniversary. However he not only spends the money meant for her gift on himself but also forgets that he left Francine in the hospital, causing her to stay there for three days. When Stan does show to pick Francine up from the asylum, he gives her a bucket of fried chicken as an anniversary gift, causing a chain of events that lead to him and Francine almost getting a lobotomy.
- In “Next Of Pin”, Stan beats up an innocent bystander at a bowling alley for refusing to support Steve during a game, which causes Stan to get banned from the bowling alley. In the same episode, Stan violates the ban by sneaking into the bowling alley during one of Steve’s championship matches and stabs Steve in the ankle with a switchblade to prevent him from winning and moving away from the family to pursue success, therefore ruining Steve’s bowling career in the process.
- In “Bazooka Steve” Stan let’s Francine rat out Steve to the Bazooka Sharks and the public when Steve convinces quarterback Johnny Concussion to quit mid-game out of concern for his health, turning Steve into a town pariah in the process. Eventually, the public tries to kill Steve and Stan joins in with them instead of protecting Steve from them. He even tries to kill Steve himself with a bolas, only to miss when he threw too high. Nevertheless, this forces Steve to run away to an uncharted island.
- In “The Mural Of The Story” Stan volunteers to restore a beloved mural after noticing it was wearing out due to vandalism and natural wear and tear. However he blows funds for the restoration of the mural on a pre party and has to restore the mural by himself. He ends up ruining it by making it look like it was painted by a preschool student and decides to pin the defaced mural on Hayley. Instead of listening to Hayley’s pleas to tell the truth, Stan chloroforms her and mutilates her face so she would not be recognized and hated anymore, which leads to her going insane and swearing revenge on Stan.
- In “A Starboy Is Born”, Stan commits a lot of crimes in a hypocritical attempt to teach Roger a lesson on following rules. First off, he abducts a musician Roger likes named The Weeknd. After Roger gets grounded, runs away, and ends up in jail in Las Vegas and wanting to apologize to Stan for his earlier behavior, Stan refuses to accept the apology and get Roger out of jail out of his demented meaning of “Tough Love”. He even rejects Roger’s apologies and pleas for help again when Roger and Klaus get stranded on a volcanic island but Francine convinces Stan to change his mind. However, in a plan to save Roger and Klaus, Stan infects Francine with the bubonic plague and loses the cure when he tries to give it to her, forcing The Weeknd to sacrifice himself to save Francine.
- Infiltrated a cannabis factory to steal the "ever-lasting edible" (which supposedly granted a cannabis user an everlasting high), under the pretense of "doing whatever it takes to the fight the War on Drugs", even though cannabis is legal in Virginia (Note: Only in American Dad continuity; In real life, cannabis is currently illegal in the state of Virginia), and his boss Avery Bullock (who has a notorious history of drug abuse) simply wanted the edible all to himself, and made little effort to hide it. Stan and his fellow agents abuse the fact that cannabis is illegal on a federal level to have his agents raid legal cannabis shipments to steal and acquire a "golden blunt rap" to gain entry to the factory where the edible was created.
- In the same episode he preached inverted facts about the effects of cannabis legalization saying it "raises crime and brings the economy down" when it actually does the exact opposite by generating more revenue and removing cannabis from the illegal drug trade, while also ridiculing Jeff for being a cannabis user.
- Abusing or mistreating Klaus for trivial or no absolute reason whatsoever. This is even worse, considering Stan and his C.I.A. co-workers are responsible for putting Klaus in the body of a goldfish to cheat Germany out of an Olympic gold metal and confining Klaus to a miserable life.
- Granted, Klaus acted like a pervert and inappropriately hit on Stan's wife Francine a lot in the past, but that is in part to Klaus' loneliness for female companionship, and only began to stop because Stan ended up saving Klaus' life by putting him in a new fish body after having his new human body fatally wounded. But Stan has still continued to abuse Klaus, along with his family.
- When a utopian society was formed upon the destruction of Roger's golden turd and his body, Stan and his family grew bored with their new utopia, even though world peace was finally achieved, and after learning that they could restore Roger's body as well as the more chaotic world, the Smiths jumped at the chance, as they viewed their old lives as more interesting, even though it would cause all the good that came from it to revert back to a much worse time. After succeeding ,the Smiths succumb to the recreated golden turd's corruption inducement, and Stan pretends to be immune and plans to keep the turd to himself, which indirectly results in his entire family killing each other over it, including Stan himself. Roger, however, is able to reset the timeline by using the turd to talk to his past self, effectively erasing Stan's heinous actions, but the world is still left with conflict, as now the utopian society wasn't even able to come into being in the new timeline, which Stan is partially and unknowingly responsible for, as Roger wouldn't have had to change the timeline if Stan and his family allowed Roger's body to stay destroyed since it would've enabled a new age of peace and harmony.
- Stan's voice is based off of 50s radio announcers.
- Seth MacFarlane has said doing Stan's voice is exhausting, and this was poked at in an episode where Roger dressed up as Stan but had trouble getting his voice right and settled for making him sound like Sean Connery. The joke here is that Roger is also voiced by Seth.
- Stan is meant to be a negative stereotype to mock Republicans, as Seth MacFarlane, Stan's voice actor, has identified as Liberal.
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