Megan 'Meg' Harvey Oswald Griffin (born March 23, 1995) is one of the protagonists in the Fox animated TV series Family Guy. She's the daughter of Peter and Lois, and older sister to Chris and Stewie. She was a great character during the first 7 seasons, as well as right now after season 14. Unfortunately, during seasons 8-14, she was flanderized to being a punching bag.
She is voiced by Mila Kunis, who is well-known for her portrayal of Jackie Burkhart on the hit period sitcom show That '70s Show.
- Her role of being a punching bag became overused in these seasons, to the point where the name of the trope "Megward the Wizard" was inspired by her.
- She is too weak, often being the biggest victim of the 'comedic' torture.
- She became crazy, selfish, and unbearable, to the point where she is downright unlikable.
- Her gross body became more clear in these seasons, but not in a good way.
- In "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q", there was the infamous cutaway where Meg pops a zit, which can make anyone who sees it sick.
- In "A Fistful of Meg", while it was nice to know that Meg killed her bully, the way she did it was by “being gross”, though it was still fun to watch since her bully still deserved it for brutally treating her like a punching bag, not to mention her gross body was thankfully censored.
- In "Seahorse Seashell Party", her being a punching bag is what apparently keeps the family together, which is a very stupid reason, and despite that, she accepts that, which is not only very stupid, but very sad. Although the family eventually becomes less abusive to her and each other.
- There are times when she isn't always a good person, examples of these include:
- In "Quagmire and Meg", she hangs out with Quagmire and yells at her family for always interrupting them. Her family was actually protecting her in that episode because they know what happens whenever Quagmire is with a girl.
- In "Chris Cross", she blackmailed Chris, after catching him stealing from Lois' purse. Her demands start off small (making Chris do her homework, clean her room, etc.) Basic sibling stuff. But then her requests get increasingly disturbing like having Chris stalk outside of planned parenthood, take the names of the girls who go inside, and then dial them up with some seriously messed up prank call material, something she may have been doing and was possibly caught. She also reveals to Chris, or at least heavily implies, that she's an anti-Semite as she was part of a gang that vandalizes Anne Frank's house on an annual yearly basis, even though she's half-Jewish. Basically, she goes way beyond a little sibling rivalry; what she does and wants is downright criminal. She also revealed to Chris that she won't stop with the demands.
- In "The Heartbreak Dog", she (along with Chris) steals elderly people’s things from a nursing home. Which is cruel, especially against the elderly.
- She straight up does not care if anything bad happens to her family sometimes (although these are understandable because Meg has suffered years of abuse).
- In "Dial Meg for Murder", she threatens her family after getting out of jail, and the one who got the worst of it was Peter, who she brutally beats up once returning home, finishing off by stomping his teeth on the stairs (similar to the infamous scene in American History X). While it's understandable why she does this, as her family abused her over the years, actually abusing them back is not the right thing to do. Not to mention that later in the episode, she rapes Peter in the shower with a loofa.
- In "Brian's a Bad Father", she actually gave Peter tips on how to kill himself. It's understandable that she hates her family after all the abuse they gave her, the fact she actually wants her father dead is pretty terrifying though.
- In "Brian the Closer", she once again doesn’t care about Brian’s feelings and she (along with the rest of the family) refuse to help him fix his teeth after Peter hurts him and causes him to lose his teeth.
- In "Friends Without Benefits", she tried to blackmail Chris so that her crush, Kent, who's actually gay could break into his room and rape him while he is unconscious. Not even kidding.
- She will accept any kind of love from boys that give it to her, even if it’s the wrong kind.
- In "Jerome is the New Black", Jerome is revealed to have had sex with her, which was not only very disgusting to hear, but also clearly very illegal.
- In "Dial Meg for Murder", she dates a criminal named Luke Dillonhall, and kept him in her room when he came to visit her after escaping jail.
- In "Quagmire and Meg", she allows Quagmire to hang out with her and keep her company, being oblivious to what he’s going to do to her.
- She had several one-sided crushes that took her into evil territory (excluding "Barely Legal" as it's from season 5, and is widely considered a good episode unlike the ones below).
- In "Friends Without Benefits", she became obsessed with a boy whom she found out was gay and in love with Chris. In order to have closure, she asked Chris to have sex with this boy and when he refused, she attempted to blackmail him. Basically, she planned to have her brother raped and turn her crush into his rapist. It's also revealed that she taught Chris how to poison squirrels during a family vacation.
- In "The Hand that Rocks the Wheelchair", what starts off as a neighborly gesture turns into something dark. While checking in on Joe and Susie while Bonnie is away, Meg becomes infatuated with Joe, blowing the smallest thing out of proportion to convince herself he loves her too. To keep Bonnie away longer and permanently, she plants a gun in Bonnie’s luggage and gets her arrested at the airport, and later that night inserts herself into the Swanson family life by breastfeeding Susie in public, to Joe's horror.
- She was a much better character in the first eight seasons and has massively redeemed herself since season 15.
- In some parts, she stood up to her bullies/abusers/enemies:
- In "Seashell Seahorse Party", she stood up to her family and called them out for being a suite towards her,
- Like in "Dial Meg for Murder", she beat up Connie D’Amico and her friends with a bag full of sodas.
- In "A Fistful of Meg", she kills her bully via her gross body.
- She's not as bad as her mother, father and Brian nowadays.
- In "The Simpsons Guy" (crossover episode with The Simpsons), she makes good friends with Lisa Simpson, who encourages her that she matters, and helps her find her talent, playing the saxophone really well. They still remain good friends after Meg leaves Springfield, and her playing the saxophone was awesome, and it doesn’t really rip off Lisa’s talent, as shown in the past, Meg’s mother, Lois, was a good music person who plays an instrument greatly (in Lois’ case, the piano).
- She is willing to help her father, Peter, in the episode "Peter’s Sister", where she learns that his sister abusing him turned him into an abuser.
- She has reconciled with two of her family members, Chris in "Chris Cross", and Peter in "Peter’s Sister", which lead to them being on good terms with her and resulted in far less "Meg torture" after season 14. She also stays strong despite Peter and Lois Griffin, after their flanderization, abusing her during these seasons.
- Mila Kunis still does an amazing job voicing her.
- Her personality is not very different from the previous seasons. It's just that her role as a "Butt-Monkey" was flanderized, much like Squidward Tentacles' "Butt-Monkey" role from seasons 6-9a of SpongeBob SquarePants.
- With that said, she wasn't a bad characters in these seasons, just flawed.