Stan Smith PLEASE LEAVE THIS AS "STAN SMITH." See the "Name Section" for a discussion on his full name is the main character of the animated television series American Dad! Stan is a Central Intelligence Agency agent, promoted Deputy-Deputy Director, placing him on the third tier of importance in the C.I.A. under Deputy-Director Bullock and the currently unidentified Director. Although once a field agent, he is now a weapons expert.
Stan Smith is married to Francine Smith. The two met when Francine was hitch-hiking and Stan gave her a ride. As he was driving, he accidentally ran over a raccoon, which he shot and killed to put it out of its misery. Francine thought it was the most compassionate act she ever saw, which made her fall in love with him. They started dating and got married later that same year. Stan and Francine have an adult daughter, Hayley, and a teenage son, Steve. Stan allows an alien named Roger to live in the Smith household because the alien saved his life at Area 51 and Roger has come to think of the Smiths as family. His goldfish, Klaus, was actually an East German Olympic skier whose mind was transplanted into the body of a goldfish. Stan has a father named Jack Smith who was actually a jewel thief. It is revealed that in 'meter maid' he has a half brother that he calls 'bro'. Although Stan is, for the most part, a loving husband and father, he often causes problems within the home with his patriotism, egotism, and high standards of his family. Stan is a far-right Republican as well as highly xenophobic, Christian, and masculine. MacFarlane says these qualities of Stan are based on Archie Bunker from All in the Family.
Stan is often portrayed as oblivious, selfish, arrogant, inconsiderate and short tempered. He holds extreme right-wing views. He initially opposes homosexuality and gay marriage, but he changes his mind in the episode "Lincoln Lover" after his association with the Log Cabin Republicans. He is known to mistreat his family, particularly Hayley whom he openly condemns and Steve who, despite idolizing his father, does not fit Stan's views of manhood. Stan is also ardently opposed to any show of emotion, viewing it as effeminate. In the episode Chimdale, it is revealed that Stan Smith has been bald since college and wears a wig.
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.
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