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Stan Smith
American Dad! character
First appearance Pilot
Created by Seth McFarlane
Portrayed by Seth McFarlane (voice-actor)
Duration 1x01– (2005–)
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation Intelligence Officer
Family Smith Family

Spouse(s) Francine Smith
Thundercat Smith (ex-wife)
Joanna Smith (ex-wife)
Children Hayley Smith
Steve Smith

Jack Smith (father)
Betty Smith (mother)

Hercules (stepfather)
Half-Siblings Nicholas Smith
Residence 416 Cherry Street,
Langley Falls,
Nationality American

Stan Smith 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.[1] However, he does execute the occasional regime change in Latin America. Stan is voiced by co-creator of the series, Seth MacFarlane. Many of MacFarlane's staff believe that Family Guy's Joe Swanson is the inspiration for Stan as they look similar to each other and both have jobs to society.



Stan Smith is married to Francine Smith. She 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, and he got to kill something.[2] They started dating and got married later that same year.[citation needed] 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.[3] His goldfish, Klaus, was actually an East German skier whose mind was transferred into the body of a goldfish.[4] Stan has a father named Jack Smith who was actually a jewel thief.[5] 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.[citation needed][6] He is an expert marksman and a trained killer. Stan is often portrayed as Oblivious,Selfish,Inconsiderate and Short Tempered.He holds Extreme Right Wing Views and even believes in Racial Segregation.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,viewingt it as Effeminate


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, and in "Choosy Wives Choose Smith" he is called Stanford. He has been called both Staniel and Stanford by his wife, Francine.

Cameo appearances


  1. ^ "Threat Levels". Written by David Zuckerman. Directed by Brent Woods. American Dad!. FOX. No. 2, season 1.
  2. ^ "Francine's Flashback". Written by Rick Wiener. Directed by Caleb Meurer and Brent Woods. American Dad!. FOX. No. 4, season 1.
  3. ^ "Roger Codger". Written by Dan Vebber. Directed by Albert Calleros. American Dad!. FOX. No. 5, season 1.
  4. ^ "Pilot". Written by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman. Directed by Ron Hughart.. American Dad!. FOX. No. 1, season 1.
  5. ^ "Con Heir". Written by Steve Hely. Directed by Albert Calleros. American Dad!. FOX. No. 11, season 1.
  6. ^ ""Lincoln Lover"". Written by Rick Wiener, Kenny Schwartz, and Nahnatchka Khan. Directed by Brent Woods. American Dad!. FOX. No. 27, season 2.


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