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Stanford Leonard Smith is the main protagonist of the 2005 American adult animated sitcom American Dad!. He is the husband of Francine Smith, father of Hayley and Steve, and voiced by the series' co-creator and executive producer, Seth MacFarlane.
While he was very tolerable and decent in the first ten seasons, sadly, he has been flanderized since season 11 and hasn’t fully redeemed himself ever since.
Why He’s Not Our American Dad nor a Brave Patriotic Hero of the United States Anymore
NOTE: This only refers to Stan's character as depicted in seasons 11 onwards as he was more likeable in the previous ten seasons of American Dad!. Any attempts to add any loathsome moments of his from seasons 1-10 on this page will be reverted immediately.
- Similar to two other male leads from Fox's other popular animated sitcoms, Stan became an unfortunate victim of flanderization as he went from being a right-wing brave patriot of the USA who still means well as a father and husband into a cowardly, whiny, spoiled, bratty, immature, annoying, unfunny, and a very idiotic man-child.
- While Stan has shown himself to be a jerk who had done terrible things in the first ten seasons, his behavior gets even worse afterwards.
- He's basically just the American Dad! version of Peter Griffin (though not as bad) as he acts childish and incompetent, as he seems to treat his family horribly, especially Hayley and Klaus.
- He is now a horrible father, as shown when there are multiple episodes where he abuses Steve and Hayley and made their lives like hell.
- He is also a hater on Klaus as he completely tortures him for no reason given at all, other than to advance the plot.
- He is shown to be committing even more heinous crimes such as streaking naked in a store that resulted in his arrest. (This is considered illegal in real life)
- He now has a strong and unnecessary hatred for Jeff similar to seasons 1-10 as he seems to have learned nothing from the episode "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" when Jeff saved him from death. He still tends to rip on Jeff for nothing.
- His hatred for Hayley has gone way too far, up to the point where he disfigures his daughter after causing so much trouble to her.
- He is shown to be an adulterer to Francine in some episodes.
- He also happens to be planning to hurt or murder several innocent people that defiantly gets in his way for no valid reason.
- In "Father's Daze", Stan decides to wipe his family's memories so then he could have Father's Day every day. This episode goes to show how much of a sociopath he is as a person in general.
- Like Peter Griffin, his stupidity has gone from comedic to very mean-spirited, though not as horrible as Peter.
- He thinks that he can do everything right. In "A Starboy Is Born", when Francine was horribly sick, he said no to taking her to the hospital, thinking he could fix her and make her feel better.
- In general, he's been a very unfunny character in episodes such as "American Fung", where his antics are supposed to be taken as jokes but come off as tasteless, unfunny and boring.
- His flanderization got worse midway through season 11 when the show moved to TBS as his flanderization is cranked up to eleven.
- Speaking of which, he was at his absolute worst in episodes such as "American Fung" and "The Mural of the Story" where his flanderization met all-time lows as he forgets his wife's anniversary and then locks her up in an asylum and aside from almost getting a lobotomy, Stan does not really receive any punishment for his horrendous behavior in this episode.
- Likewise, in "The Mural of the Story", he blows the funds for the mural on a pre-party, ruins the mural by making it look like it was drawn by a preschool student, pins his misdeeds on his own daughter, refuses to tell the truth, and mutilates his daughter’s face.
- He is a Karma Houdini, or more fittingly, an Idiot Houdini since he’s a full-blown idiot who often gets away with his crimes.
- He was a more tolerable and decent character in seasons 1-10.
- Not to mention, there are some episodes where Stan Smith has his original personality, such as the 200th episode.
- Seth MacFarlane still does an excellent job voicing him.
- Unlike Peter Griffin, he still cares and loves for his family at times.
- He still has a great character design.
- He is still very patriotic despite his right-wing attitude being long gone from seasons 1-2, and by a lesser extent, seasons 3-4.
- He sometimes does show regret and gets comeuppances such as in "The Mural of the Story", where he apologizes to Hayley and was booed which proves that he won't be a Karma Houdini entirely.
- His flanderization at least didn’t hurt the show too much.