Powers / Skills
Interest in guns, pushing like bully-figure, policeman figure to his children
Bullying and causing chaos towards others (his own family in particular)
He wants to be "true american" in most-all episodes and bit episodes he thinks "he's man in house" or he controls everything like a control freak.
Type of Villain
Political, Father of Hero, Dimwit, Control Freak, Bully
Stan Smith is the main protagonist of the cartoon American Dad! He is considered an anti-hero and sometimes as anti-villain due to some of the villainous acts he commits, but most of the time, this is because of his low intelligence and extreme political views.
Stan is usually depicted as a loving husband and father. However his ego, patriotism, and high standards can often bring him to antagonistic levels.
Stan is shown to be very manipulative and willing to do anything to accomplish his goals, which are sometimes place above his family's. Holding both right-wing political and social views, he is known to mistreat his family, particularly Hayley and Steve. These character flaws are routinely exposed in many episodes in which Stan either shows hypocrisy or is forced to accept people for their true selves (as in Steve as a geek, and Hayley as a teenager with distinct political views).
In addition to the above, Stan is also shown for the most part as being opposed to any show of emotion, regarding it as effeminate or un-manly. While Stan generally tries to repress his emotions, he may wound up exposing them in such a manner that leads to him doing highly impulsive things.
Stan has no qualms about kidnapping, drugging, or tasering anybody if he sees it as a means to an end.
Stan's antagonism is shown in (but not limited to) these following episodes.
- Surro-Gate: Stan kidnaps Greg and Terry's baby and the childrens of a lesbian couple and heads to the Nebraska boarder, where gay couples have no rights.
- Oedipal Panties: Francine discovers than Stan has been abducting all dates of his mother, believing that they would all break her heart like his father, and putting them on an uncharted island in order to be close to her and tries to abdute her actual boyfriend Hercules.
- 1600 Candles: He (along with Francine) just stood around while bullies were giving his son Steve a swirly.
- Bully for Steve: He bullied his son Steve in an attempt to toughen him up, which caused Steve to hire Stan's bully, Stelio Kontos to brutalize him in turn.
- Hot Water: Stan buys a hot tub which encourages him to do bad things, such as choosing it over his family which drives them away. Many would say that this is where Stan crosses the Moral Event Horizon, even though this episode is one of the three episodes that contradict others.
- Homeland Insecurity: He believes new neighbors from Iran are terrorists, so he locks them in (along with other guests) at a backyard party which he turns into a detention camp.
- Dope & Faith: After making friends with an athiest named Brett, Stan does everything in his power to make him believe in God (such as destroying his home, getting him fired, and causing a divorce in his family). Instead of his intentions, Brett attempts to commit suicide and ends up becoming a satanist.
- Buck, Wild!: When Steve comes along with him on a business hunting trip, he tells him he must kill animals to become a man. Guilt leads Steve to run away into the wilderness to nurture the deer fawn whose parents he accidentally killed. Eventually, Stan realizes his son has become a man by showing mercy (by not letting the animals kill him), but only in the woods where they will never go back.