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|“||What the deuce?||„|
|~ Stewie Griffin's famous catchphrase.|
|“||VICTORY IS MINE!||„|
|~ Stewie Griffin|
|“||I have 137 nuclear warheads trained on every capital city on the globe. The world is now under my control. But oh no, I'm naked!||„|
|~ Stewie Griffin|
He was originally the show's main antagonist because he was originally a stereotypical mad scientist and wanted to kill his own mother, however, in the latest seasons, Stewie gradually redeems himself for the better. Afterwards, his grandfather Carter Pewterschmidt became the show's main antagonist. That said, there are various episodes where he reverts to his former self.
Goals and Ambitions
Stewie originally had two goals in life: to murder his mom and taking over the world. However as the series progressed, Stewie became more of an anti-hero, prone to mocking others for his own amusement but he wasn’t as bad as the earlier seasons, especially the first three seasons. If anything, he became a mere jerk rather who sometimes reverts back to his old self.
In other episodes, Stewie engages in other violent or criminal acts, including robbery, carjacking, loan sharking, forgery, and killing off many minor characters. Stewie has been on getting rid of his mom since the beginning of the show, and has commented several times on the subject to other people, such as when he is being interviewed when the family become part of a reality show; "It's not really that I want to kill her... it's just that I want her not to be alive... any more." His matricidal tendencies are primarily as a result of her constantly (and unknowingly) getting in the way of his evil plans, so he desires to kill her so he can carry out his plans without interference. His attempts are always fruitless in the end, usually resulting from various unfortunate circumstances getting in the way, such as her opening a cupboard door as he attempts to blow a poison dart at her, or simply moving out of the way when he is about to shoot her with a crossbow. In the more recent seasons, Stewie has a larger amount of freedom from his parents, usually spending much of his time with Brian. This extends to the point of him being able to keep pigs from parallel universes ("Road to the Multiverse") or take part in the television series Jolly Farm ("Go Stewie Go"), as compared to the first season, in which his plans were constantly hindered by Lois. In "The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair", Stewie inadvertently clones an evil twin of himself after trying to increase his evil nature. By the end of the episode, it is suggested that the original Stewie may have been unknowingly killed by Brian (as he cannot tell them apart) and Stewie turns to the camera with glowing yellow eyes (reminiscent of Michael Jackson's "Thriller"). But so far, the Stewie recently seen in "Trading Places", the follow-up episode, he still seems to have his mostly harmless eccentricity, shown when he asks Brian if he wants to trade places with him for fun. Stewie has had a few rare interactions with his apparent pedophile neighbor Herbert. It should be known that Stewie intensely dislikes him and even calls him a pervert. All this does, however, is move Herbert into thinking Stewie as "feisty".
When Stewie travels to the 1960s and falls in love in "Valentine's Day in Quahog", he learns that the infant he kissed is really his mother when Carter arrives to pick her up.
In the double episode "Stewie Kills Lois"/"Lois Kills Stewie", Stewie appears to have finally killed Lois who a year after returns to Quahog, much to Stewie's dismay. At the Griffin home, Stewie takes his family hostage and, after killing Cleveland Brown, ties them up and forces Brian at gunpoint to drive him to CIA HQ. As Stewie gains world domination, a humiliated Lois shows up at Stewie's compound and after a bloody fight Stewie is killed, not by Lois but Peter. However, the events are reverted in a deus ex machina ending, where most of the story turns out to be a computer simulation. Because of the rather disastrous ending for himself in the simulation, he decides to put his plans of matricide and world domination aside for the time being.
The entire Griffin family has gone through quite a few changes as the series has progressed, going from immature jerks to emotionally unbalanced lunatics. Stewie, however, progressed backwards and has become less evil. The most evil plan he successfully pulled off was to trap a group of toddlers in a secret pit because they had displeased him. He called it "The Club of Forgotten Children" and they all presumably starved to death. Stewie would normally unflinchingly commit acts like murder, theft, hijacking, bombing and extortion among many, many others and embraced this depraved personality disorder of his. He never managed to kill a member of his family even though he tried to do so in almost every episode in the earlier seasons, most notably his mother Lois. Furthermore, he did help them whenever it suited him.
Since the fourth season, Stewie has become far less evil and more or less like the rest of the family had been in the first few seasons. Even so, Stewie has retained some of his malicious traits but directs them to other members of the world instead of his family who he has visibly grown to care for. Stewie was originally a very unsocial kid who could not even have normal conversations with his family. He instead spent his time building a huge array of weapons and gadgets which seemed capable of almost anything. His British accent and loathing for just about everything with a heartbeat were very noticeable in earlier seasons. Stewie also had an absurdly wide vocabulary in earlier seasons and used huge words for situations that did not require them.
In the present seasons, Stewie is far more laid back and flamboyant, even enjoying his family's company. One running gag with Stewie that has become popular is his sexual orientation. He has had crushes on several girls (i.e. Janet, Penelope), but has also been very public with his struggling homosexuality. He also seems to not completely understand sex. At first, he did not even like the topic; he recently appears to understand it more, but is still ignorant to some its more specific details. However, he still has moments that show he hasn't reformed as he still acts mean to those he dislikes.
What's more, Stewie has demonstrated insecurity and narcissism in ways that makes many of his criticisms and meddling towards Brian hypocritical. While a fair amount of Stewie's condescending to and ball-busting of Brian can be considered justified, it is actually a a form of attacking himself while using Brian as a substitute because deep down Stewie recognizes his flaws in Brian, but refuses to admit to them. When he had a session with the child psychologist, Dr. Cecil Pritchfield, Stewie's barriers were broken down, revealing he is really an insecure little boy who wears his airs of superiority and sophistication like a security blanket because he is afraid of being like everyone else, unremarkable and average, leading him to let Dr. Pritchfield die of a heart attack so no one else would know the truth. Part of the reason Stewie attacks his family in the ways he does is to knock them down from feeling good or proud about themselves whether or not it's deserved because Stewie can't stand for anyone else in his family or their friends to feel good and proud of themselves or their accomplishments compared to Stewie's own, whether or not his own pride and achievements are justified, which they usually aren't. His insecurity has been shown multiple times in recent years, such as burning his trophy case when he foudn out they were all just participation awards (which accidentally burned the house) and angrily disowning his beloved teddy bear Rupert when he found out Rupert used to belong to Chris and later deciding he had to kill Chris and Rupert in order for himself to move on, until he found out Chris had intended to give Rupert back to Stewie, which Stewie accepted but he "encouraged" Chris they forget the attempt he made on his brother's life never happened. He once admitted to Brian that he (Stewie) has a pathological need to be liked.
He also once tried to befriend fellow troublemaker Bart Simpson in the Simpsons Guy crossover. However, as both of them have completely different bad boy personalities due to the difference in comedic style between both series (Bart pulls pranks and vandalism, though he has a few redeeming qualities and is not all bad, in contrast to Stewie who is more of a sociopath as he has a violent and disturbing personality), Bart became creeped out by Stewie especially after learning that Stewie kidnapped all of his enemies (Nelson Muntz, Jimbo Jones, Principal Skinner, Sideshow Bob and Apu, just to say the pun "I took a-poo.") and chose not to befriend him, devastating Stewie.
- Wanting to murder his mom. He almost killed her many times throughout the show.
- Antagonizes Brian in several episodes.
- Mind control attempts.
- Created a 'club of forgotten children.'
- Kidnaps a bully to get revenge for stealing his bike.
- Assaults a stranger for not buying his lemonade.
- Using Chris as an android.
- Stealing Meg's diary (just like the rest of the family).
- Locked his babysitter's boyfriend in the trunk of Brian's Prius out of jealousy for at least 2 weeks, presumably killing him.
- Burning the house where Olivia Fuller and Victor were in for cheating.
- Carjacking someone.
- Implied he killed seven babies without remorse.
- In a popular moment, he aggressively beats Brian for not having his money. His attempts at getting his money back ended up becoming outright torture.
- Just to teach Brian a point, he burns down a building and kills a stranger's dog.
- Attempted to murder Santa Claus due to a mall Santa ignoring him, but he spares the real Santa due to being unwell.
- He destroyed various parts of the world with Penelope.
- Tricked Brian into eating his feces, just for his amusement.
- Violently killing New Brian and chopping him into pieces.
- After other children recognized Lois as Saggy Naggy, Stewie joins them in physically assaulting Lois by knocking her out with a golf club and then kicked her repeatedly in the head.
- Spanking Chris for talking back when he was in trouble without even hearing him out.
- After Lois slapped him, Stewie developed a love of getting hit, and attempts to provoke her anger to get her to hit him again.
- Allowed the child psychologist of his pre school to die, since he had revealed his true self to the psychologist. Interestingly, this is one of the few times Stewie shows remorse, as he struggles to sleep that night. However, while admitting to Brian that he did something terrible, he refused to discuss it.
- Implied that he left an overdosed Mother Teresa alone in front of an emergency hospital without help out of his car.
- Got into a fight with Chris over a massage chair at an electric appliance store that Brian took them to while he was returning a keyboard causing havoc and damage worth $3,000 and initially refused to chip in along with Chris leaving Brian to do it in spite of the fact that Brian wasn't responsible for their petty squabble.
- When he and Chris were debating on the gender of a squirrel they were nursing back to health, before squirrels iously mauled it to death Stewie reveals he confirmed the squirrel's gender by checking with his finger and "Really getting it in there", causing Chris to call him out for inadvertently molesting the squirrel.
- He is quite similar to Manny Heffley as both of them are the youngest of three siblings, very young age, get away with a lot of things that they should never, and are rather smart and manipulative.
- In the episode "Peter's Lost Youth", it is revealed that Stewie is a Taurus which means that his birthday falls between April 20 and May 20.
- While most characters like Peter, Lois, Meg and Brian became darker characters as the series progressed, Stewie changed in a more positive manner.