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    "Don't let your kids watch it!" - Robbie Rotten

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    Brian Griffin
    "Well, be careful you don't fall off that ladder. Not all dogs go to Heaven."
    — Stewie, "Dial Meg for Murder"
    Gender: Male
    Type: Seth MacFarlane's Political Soapbox
    The Extremely Dark Side of Brian Griffin
    Age: 10 (human years)/70 (dog years)
    Species: Dog
    Portrayed by: Seth MacFarlane
    Status: Alive
    Deceased (During "Life of Brian" to "Christmas Guy")
    Media of origin: Family Guy
    First appearance: Death Has a Shadow

    "After his book was written, they had nothing to do with him, he had been milked dry. He's got no real meaning to search for because he was bad at everything he tried to do, he's just become so pathetic at this point, that it's hard to watch at times. He just sits around the house, being an alcoholic and smoking weed. That's his character. At this point, they've just completely run out of things to do with Brian. When you chip away at everything deep and complex about his character, all that remains is a pretentious, depressive asshole. And it was completely intentional! They actively want you to think of Brian like this, they want you to hate him!"

    LS Mark, "Brian Griffin: An Icon in Ruin"

    "Brian: I'm trying to establish a friendship with you. How could you not like me?
    Quagmire: Okay, I'll tell ya. You are the worst person I know. You constantly hit on your best friend's wife, the man pays for your food and rescued you from certain death and this is how ya repay 'im? And to add insult to injury, ya defacate all over his yard. And you're such a sponge. Ya pay for nothing, ya always say, "Ooh, I'll get ya later", but later never comes! And what really bothers me, is ya pretend you're this deep guy that loves women for their souls, when all you do is date bimbos. Yeah, I date women for their bodies, but at least I'm honest about it. I don't buy them a copy of
    Catcher in the Rye and then lecture them with some seventh-grade interpretation about how Holden Caulfield is a profound intellectual. He wasn't! He was a spoiled brat! And that's why ya like 'im so much: he's you! God, you're pretentious! And you delude yourself by thinkin' you're some great writer even though you're terrible; y'know, I shoulda know Cheryl Tiegs didn't write me that note, she woulda known there's no "A" in the word "definite"! And, I-I think what I hate most about you, is your textbook liberal agenda: how we should "legalize pot, man", how big business is crushin' the underclass, how homelessness is the biggest tragedy in America! Well, what have you done to help? I work down at the soup kitchen, Brian! Never seen you down there! Ya wanna help?! Grab a ladle! And by the way, driving a Prius doesn't make ya Jesus Christ! Oh, wait, you don't believe in Jesus Christ, or any religion for that matter, because "religion is for idiots!"! Well, who the hell are you to talk down to anyone?! You failed college twice, which isn't nearly as bad as your failure as a father! How's that son'a yours ya never see? But ya know what? I could forgive all of that, all of it, if ya weren't such a bore! That's the worst of it, Brian. You're just a big, sad, alcoholic bore! (sighs) ... I'll be seeing ya, Brian. And thanks for the fucking steak."

    Quagmire's tirade on how and why Brian is an awful person, "Jerome is the New Black"

    "Stewie: You can't write."

    Stewie's response to Brian's 'Apology' in "Brian Writes a Bestseller"

    Brian Griffin is one of the main characters of the American adult animated TV series Family Guy. He is the Griffins' dog and is the voice of reason in the show. He is voiced by the series' creator Seth MacFarlane Brian Griffin is one of the main characters of the American adult animated TV series Family Guy. He is the Griffins' dog and was a voice of reason in the show. He is voiced by the series' creator Seth MacFarlane.

    He was a likable character in the first seven seasons, but ever since season 8, his character suffered a massive and notable flanderization, and will never be the same as he once was in the earlier seasons.

    Why He's a Self-Righteous Liberal Douchebag Who Can't Write Now

    1. He was flanderized ever since season 8 beyond recognition to the point where any redemption for his character is pretty much hopeless now. He went from being a sarcastic and snarky talking dog but a likable voice of reason to a pretentious, arrogant, and narcissistic jerk who isn't above manipulating and tricking his friends and family into getting what he wants. He, alongside his owner Peter, arguably suffered the absolute worst flanderizations ever.
    2. Similar to Emily Cooper from Emily in Paris, he often acts like a complete jerk to his family for no seemingly apparent reason other than the fact that the writers wanted it to happen. He even treats Stewie like garbage frequently:
    3. He sometimes lets innocent people die over simple things, for example, when a woman is in a car about to fall into the ocean, he attempts to rescue her, but upon hearing that she has a child, instead of being encouraged to save them, he lets go of the car so they drown, it's bad enough letting a woman die, but an infant? That's way too far.
    4. In "Brian the Closer", he once conned Quagmire, even though Quagmire helped Brian at the beginning of the episode, and the fact he had sex with his robot duplicate.
    5. He has become nothing more than just the soapbox for Seth MacFarlane, as most of his lines nowadays are just him preaching Seth MacFarlane's beliefs.
      • Not helping is the fact that Brian's voice still is Seth MacFarlane's normal voice (please note: we're not saying Seth MacFarlane does a bad job voicing Brian).
    6. In "The Woof of Wall Street", Brian invested in a company that sold protein shakes, even after Stewie showed Brian that the shakes were made of dog meat, Brian still willingly invested, making him a cannibal.
    7. He was infamously killed off in "Life of Brian", only to be brought back in "Christmas Guy", yet little was done to make him a better character after his resurrection.
    8. He has shown to be a massive hypocrite on numerous occasions:
      • In "Brian & Stewie", in which despite being liberal, he keeps a pistol because of protective reasons and pretends to be against using a gun itself over the "national tragedy at Columbine".
      • He calls himself an atheist, although he met Jesus Christ and God before.
      • He deliberately ran over a squirrel, which, unbeknownst to him, traumatizes Stewie. He also hires a hitman to kill Quagmire's cat. These actions make him a hypocrite because in several episodes he supported animals' rights and was against violence toward animals.
      • He believes that Lois having an affair with anyone other than him is morally objectionable.
    9. To make all of this worse, he's aware of the fact he's, in his own words, a "self-righteous liberal douchebag", showing that he doesn't care.
    10. Though we do get that his design is still good and nothing changes, some versions of him look very disturbing like him without fur (though it is to stop Peter from flashing him).

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. Like Peter and Lois, he was way more likable in the first seven seasons.
      • He, along with some other flanderized characters, are slightly reverting to their original personalities starting with season 21.
    2. There are some episodes where he does get comeuppance for his actions. Five seasons after the season 9 episode "Brian Writes a Bestseller", he gets a very satisfying punishment here.
    3. He still sometimes acts like the likable voice of reason and has his original personality in some episodes such as:
      • He was likable and sympathetic in "The D in Apartment 23", as he was getting non-stop harassed over a tweet that was supposed to be nothing more than a joke, he even stood up to everyone who was calling him a racist and called them out for bullying and harassing him 24/7.
    4. He does still have a handful of funny moments such as these.
    5. He still cares a lot about his friends and family and is one of the few characters who don't usually bully Meg (except for the one time that he and Stewie helped with spitting on Meg).
      • He reconciled with Quagmire, being on much better terms up until the season 20 episode "Must Love Dogs", where sad, their rivalry was brought back.
      • He still has an awesome and believable chemistry with Stewie. (The season 16 episode "Dog Bites Bear" is a good example of how awesome their chemistry is.)
      • While not enough, he was slightly more likable in season 16 than he was in the other seasons.
    6. Seth MacFarlane still does a good job voicing, with him using his normal voice.
    7. Like with Peter and Lois, many fans still like him, and they argue that the show wouldn't be the same without him.


    • Brian's dog breed is a Labrador.


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