Stanford Leonard "Stan" Smith is the Father/Husband of the smith family. As the Family's breadwinner, he works fo the Central intelligence Agency. Although he once held the position of a case worker at the CIA, he is now a weapons expert and top interrogator for the angecy.
He is voiced by Seth MacFarlane.
BiographyEditStan Smith has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency since the 80s, as a field agent and weapons expert, and later on in the series, the Deputy-Deputy Director, placing him on the third tier of importance in the C.I.A. under Deputy-Director Bullock. As at the start of season 2, his official job title is apparently "Deputy Deputy Director", although the official announcement of his promotion wasn't actually seen in any episode. In this role his work has included the interrogation of possible terrorists. Stan is always on alert for terrorist activity, at work, and in his home life.
At some point in Stan's childhood, someone gave him bad advice about sex, leading to Stan's belief that masturbation would lead to hair growing on his palms and his eyes melting, a belief which Stan almost passed on to his son. Though he has grown passed this, these beliefs led to a life-long love of hobbies, including gun cleaning and wood burning. Stan also collects commemorative plates from the Franklin Mint.
In "Stan's Food Restaurant" it's revealed that he lived in or near Philadelphia at the time his father left him and that he was molested by Father Roy, his priest. Although on further reflection he thinks he may have seduced Father Roy. In "The Best Christmas Story Never", Stan is taken back in time to his boyhood home by Michelle, the Spirit of Christmas Past, after which he travels to the New York of 1970.
In 1980, Stan, then a college student, met his future wife Francine. She was hitch-hiking and Stan gave her a ride. As he was driving, he accidentally ran over a raccoon, which he shot to put it out of its misery, and Francine thought was that it was the most compassionate act she ever saw. They got married later that same year. Stan's father (Jack) wasn't able to attend the wedding so he had a fake father ("Grandpa" Smith) come to the wedding and pose as his real father for 20 years.
He constantly carries (and often uses at inappropriate times) two Glock 17s. He also owns an AR-15, Mac10, a "pen gun", MK 5, and what he calls a "sword gun" (a mix of a Glock 17 and a kitchen knife), all of which are stored in his wife's spice pantry, who does not seem to notice them. He stores weapons in random places around the house. During a mock robbery, Stan screams, "Hayley! Get the gun from the China cabinet!"
In the episode Black Mystery Month it is revealed Stan is a part of the Illuminuti, an organization trying to keep a peanut butter conspiracy secret.
It is believed that Stan has been in the military. This was shown only in the episode In Country...Club, when at the end of the episode, when Steve is unable to sing the US National Anthem, due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and he runs away, Stan is talking to him while wearing a US Army cold weather Coat and a beret. This is never mentioned in any other episodes, though, and it is most likely he was a reservist, having been a career CIA man.
FamilyEditStan is 50 years old, as revealed by the episode "Da Flippity Flop". This does contradict a previous statement that he is ten months older than Francine, who is 45, as well as the title for the episode "The 47-Year-Old Virgin", however, it is possible that they have both aged over the duration of the series'. Stan and Francine have two teenage children, Hayley and Steve. Stan allows Roger to live in the Smith household because the alien saved his life at Area 51. Roger has come to think of the Smiths as family. His goldfish, Klaus, was actually an East German skier which explains how he is able to talk. To prevent Klaus from winning the gold medal in the 1986 Winter Olympics, Stan switched his brain with a goldfish's brain and has lived as a goldfish with the Smith family since then. The Smith Family currently lives at 1024 Cherry Street in Langley Falls, Virginia, near the C.I.A.
Stan's reflexive super-patriotism possibly stems from his father, Jack Smith. Jack, a Nick Fury-look alike, was an absent father and was believed to be a part of a group of spies known as the Scarlet Alliance. Stan clearly worshipped his father until discovering that Jack was, in fact, a jewel thief. Stan's mother's name is Betty and she always comes to Stan when her newest boyfriend dumps her but unknown to her Stan kidnaps her boyfriends so they can never hurt her like his father did. She later falls in love and marries the local deli owner Hercules.
He has a half-brother on his father's side named Rusty who lives In Arizona. A second half-brother named Nicholas is reported to live by a lake in Wisconsin in Meter Made.
Stan is in mostly top physical shape, though he has a bit of a gut to accompany his noticeable muscle mass. Stan's exaggeratedly large chin has been described satirically as a "Jay Leno jaw" He usually wears a blue suit with a lapel pin that is a simplified version of the U.S. flag, consisting of three red and white stripes and a blue square.
Stan's perception of his looks has been explored upon. In the first episode he's admiring himself in the mirror wearing only his underwear and thinks he's a masterpiece, but in the second season when his family points out he's a little heavyset he becomes horrified and develops anorexia.Stan is considered attractive by his coworkers. Aside from his musculature, Comments about Stan's attractiveness often pertain to his prominent backside, earning him the nickname "Thunderbutt".
Stan is portrayed as drastic, rash, insensitive, inconsiderate, dog-eat-dog, and very masculine. Although Stan is, for the most part, a loving husband and father, he often causes problems within the home with his 'God Bless America' attitudes, possibly showing him having right-wing authoritarianism. Stan also seems to prize popularity; he encouraged Steve to date cheerleaders, and has expressed shame in his son on several occasions. He is horrified when he discovers his son, Steve, is a geek and is reluctant to let the other C.I.A. agent see him, lest Stan become one of the uncool agents, as in the episode "All About Steve". Though he appears to dislike nerds, Stan is shown owning a bat'leth, a type of Klingon sword. He is oblivious to the obvious, and occasionally mistakes sarcastic comments for suggestions.
Stan is also shown to be very virile and masculine. He often bears out his chest, stands up rigidly straight, and possesses a deep, thick voice quality. Moreover, he has expressed macho beliefs. For example, he has expressed opposition to showing emotion, associating it with being a woman. He once told Steve, "Son, feelings are what women have. They come from their ovaries."
Stan has no qualms about kidnapping, drugging, or tasering anybody, even family members, if he sees it as a means to an end. In one episode, he kidnaps American actress and singer Hilary Duff to date his geeky son Steve.
Stan can speak with dolphins and use Morse code.
In the beginning of the series, it was heavily emphasized that Stan was a highly Conservative Republican, bordering on right-wing authoritarianism. He idolized then United States President George W. Bush and former President Ronald Reagan. Combined with these traits, he was also portrayed as patriotic and Christian. Stan regularly caused havoc, disorder, and great catastrophe with his bigotry, Conservatism, patriotism, chauvinism, xenophobia, and paranoia. MacFarlane has likened Stan's original character to Archie Bunker from All in the Family.
Under his initial persona, he also opposed homosexuality and gay marriage for a time. He changed his views on homosexuality, however, in the episode "Lincoln Lover", once becoming associated with the Log Cabin Republicans. Stan's stance on homosexuality further softened in the episode "Surro-Gate" when Francine acted as a surrogate mother for gay couple Greg and Terry's baby. At the end of this episode, Stan realized what a loving family Greg and Terry were.
After the first few seasons and as the series progressed, Stan was portrayed as growing out of these particular traits and they were largely dropped from his character. Branching out, he later began displaying his wrongheadedness and penchant for taking to extremes in numerous other ways beyond ultra right-wing politics. He has also exhibited instances of gullibility (like his son Steve) such as when he believed he was taking cold medicine when in fact he was smoking "crack" as Roger nonchalantly points out. Hayley has also tricked him into buying mirrored sunglasses that wound up getting him kidnapped by a group of radicals. In another episode, Roger states to Stan that he has to give his champion racehorse "a full release", which Stan ultimately does so.
In several early episodes, Stan is shown to have a disgust for overweight and obese people, first revealed when he meets his son Steve's overweight gothic girlfriend, Debbie, who he doesn't take very kindly to. However, when he is told he's put on a few pounds, his attempts to slim himself down (to prevent becoming what he hates) leads him to anorexia. When Steve accepts Debbie's weight problem, it inspires Stan to accept his own, and in the episode "Iced, Iced Babies", he comes to accept Debbie. He also displayed hatred towards Steve's friend Barry for his obesity, however since his change, his antagonism towards Barry now seems to stem from Barry's actions in "All About Steve".
Stan worships Ronald Reagan, quoting his speeches and even going as far as choosing a dog because it was alive during Reagan's administration. In an episode of Family Guy, when Brian sees Ronald Reagan as a hero, Stan is then seen watching him on TV saying, "good for Brian". He also sees G.W. Bush as a hero shown in "Bush comes to dinner" he wrote a letter to Bush which has resemblance to a love letter and would send Hayley into a pit via trap door and drugged her so that she could not tell Bush her true feeling and loathing of his decisions. As a proud Republican, he strenuously opposes abortion and gun control(he even talks to his gun, a weird habit that seems to have been inspired by the title character from the cult 80s show Sledge Hammer!). At the beginning of the series, he had a strong prejudice against homosexuality. His views on the subject soften somewhat in the episode, "Lincoln Lover", in which he finds out that his neighbor, Greg Corbin, is not only gay, but a Republican; he gradually learns that he and other gay Republicans are not gay by choice, but nevertheless are Republicans by choice. Stan hates Democrats, especially Susan Sarandon, Jane Fonda and Michael Moore. He frequently argues with Hayley over her liberal political views and appears to somewhat distrust her. He occasionally uses his CIA status and near-totalitarian views to attempt to control every aspect of her life, such as in "Stan Knows Best" when he shaved her hair just because she dyed it green while participating in a Green Party rally. When his boss insulted her in the episode "Bullocks To Stan", however, he defended her honor by nearly beating his boss to death.
Stan begins the serious as very xenophobic and vigilant. In the episode, "Homeland Insecurity", he profiled the new neighbors, Bob and Linda Memari as terrorists because of their Iranian heritage, though he later seems to warm up to them. He is so proud of the United States that he hates anything foreign, even food (i.e. French toast, falafel). He also hates being pegged as feminine. In the episode "Roger Codger", he began to shed tears before he almost shot Roger. Steve pointed that out, and Stan immediately said, "I'm not a lady!". Stan is very traditional, as he believes his wife should be at home, doing housework, unable to leave the house without being escorted, and cooking meals. MacFarlane says these qualities of Stan were based on Archie Bunker from All in the Family.
Hobbies and talentsEditStan's childhood hobbies include gun cleaning, wood burning and decoupage. In "A Smith In The Hand", he revisits these hobbies with Steve in order to help him with self-denial. Stan's current hobbies include collecting commemorative plates from the Franklin Mint, and he has an incredible talent in ice skating. Stan can also play the guitar, as evidenced in "Stannie Get Your Gun", "A Smith In The Hand" and "Stan Time". He has passed this talent on to Hayley, and Steve (seen playing an electric guitar in "American Dream Factory"). He also seems to have an interest in musical theater. In "Homeland Insecurity", Stan performed with his cellmate in jail in the play, South Pacific, and he has long been dying to see the musical Mamma Mia!. Stan is also a fan of the TV series Lost and 24, and has written an extensive unpublished children's book series called Patriot Pigeon.
Stan was in competition figure skating, when he was younger. Francine inspires Stan to get back into skating and they compete in a local figure skating contest.
In Delorean Story-an, Stan reveals that for years he has been secretly building his dream car, the Delorean. He has spent thousands of dollars of his and Francine's life savings on building this dream car. Stan builds this car not knowing the iconicity of the car from Back To The Future.
Several episodes cleverly through in misinformation based on Stan's C.I.A. status. In one episode, it's revealed that his height is 5'9''and his weight as 195lbs, both of which are very unlikely due to his visual size. This is likely based on his "John Doe" status in the C.I.A. which would hide any true information regarding him. It's shown in another episode on his license that he is actually 6'0'' and weighs 260lbs
As a running joke in the series, Stan's full first name is left ambiguous and is often even deliberately changed to confuse the audience. Up to season 4 he is called Stanley, for example by Roger in Roger 'n' Me. However, in One Little Word and other episodes he is called Staniel mainly by Roger, and in Choosy Wives Choose Smith he is called Stanford. He has been called both Staniel and Stanford by his wife, Francine.
- Stan appears alongside Avery Bullock in the Family Guy episode "Lois Kills Stewie" and Stewie Griffin mistakes Stan for Joe Swanson due to their large chins.
- Stan makes a brief cameo in the Family Guy episode "Excellence in Broadcasting", commending Brian Griffin for becoming a conservative.
- A bobblehead of Stan can be seen in the Mad episode, "Garfield of Dreams".
- Out of all the voices he's done in both Family Guy and American Dad!, MacFarlane says that Stan's voice is the most exhausting. It has been noted on DVD special features that Stan's voice is based on the announcers of 1950s American anti-communist propaganda films. He also seems to be partially based on the title character from the cult 80s show Sledge Hammer, who also had a weird habit of talking to his gun, as Stan does.
- It is revealed in the non-canon episode "Chimdale" that in an effort to get rid of his acne, he took part in testing of an experimental acne treatment. The treatment caused all his hair to fall out, and he has worn a toupee ever since. Up until this episode, he didn't think anyone knew. The family told him that it was obvious (other than Steve who had no idea). In reality, this was just a 1 episode joke, since in previous episodes he grows hair and has it cut and torn off by Roger.