List of Family Guy characters
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Family Guy is an American animated adult comedy created by Seth MacFarlane for Fox Broadcasting Company. Characters are listed only once, normally under the first applicable subsection in the list; very minor characters are listed with a more regular character with whom they are associated.
- 1 Griffin family
- 2 Spooner Street neighbors
- 3 Quahog Channel 5 News
- 4 Peter's coworkers
- 5 Other recurring characters
- 6 Gag characters
- 7 Bibliography
- 8 References
Peter Löwenbräu Griffin (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) is an Irish-American patriarch of the Griffin household. Peter is immature, obese, care-free, outspoken, dim-witted and a heavy drinker. He finds out he is mentally retarded in the episode "Petarded". Peter has an obsession with the Trashmen song "Surfin Bird" by singing often in various episodes.
Lois Patrice Griffin (née Pewterschmidt) (voiced by Alex Borstein) is Peter's wife and the mother of Chris, Meg, and Stewie. She is a stay-at-home housewife who cares for her piano lessons, kids, and her husband. She is also very flirtatious and has slept with numerous people on the show, and her past promiscuous tendencies, and her hard-core recreational drug-use, are often stunning but overlooked.
Megan "Meg" Griffin (voiced by Lacey Chabert in season 1, Mila Kunis since season 2) is the Griffins' 18-year-old child and only daughter. She is a self-conscious, unattractive teenage girl with low self-esteem, being portrayed as generally soft and non-rebellious. The other family members treat her with contempt, as an object of abuse, and an outcast. Peter refers to Meg as "Pig" in the episode "Peter's Two Dads". Meg often attempts to "fit in" with the popular kids but is rejected. Meg has had several love interests, including the family dog, Brian, and Joe Swanson.
Christopher "Chris" Griffin (voiced by Seth Green) is Peter and Lois' 14-year-old child. He is fat, irresponsible and emotionally effusive. A recurring gag is that an evil monkey lives in his closet, which he finds out is not evil in the episode "Hannah Banana". He tries fitting in with his peers but fails due to his social awkwardness.
Stewart Gilligan "Stewie" Griffin (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) is the Griffins' one year old child, but often behaves in adult ways such as speaking in an upper-class English accent. However, even having reached the age of one he still has not been weaned. He is a child genius who frequently aspires to murder his mother Lois and take over the world. Stewie has also built a time machine with which he and Brian travel through time frequently. He is also believed to be gay, and seems to be attracted to Brian, such as when Brian makes a bet with Stewie, Stewie mutters "Kiss on it".
Brian Griffin (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) is the family's anthropomorphic talking dog and the best friend of both Peter and Stewie. He and Stewie are often at the center of the show's most critically acclaimed episodes, most notably the Road to... episodes, where he and Stewie go on adventures together. Brian is portrayed as an intellectual who often points out how ridiculous Peter's ideas are. He is an alcoholic, a smoker, an atheist, a liberal, and an unemployed writer. In the episode "Life of Brian", Brian is hit by a car and dies due to his injuries with the family by his side. Brian is, however, alive due to Stewie travelling back in time and saving Brian from his untimely death in Christmas Guy.
Relatives of the Griffin Family
- Francis Griffin (voiced by Charles Durning) – Francis Griffin is Peter's curmudgeonly adoptive father and the grandfather of Chris, Meg, and Stewie. He was once married to Peter's natural birth mother, Thelma Griffin. An obsessively devout Roman Catholic, he hates Lois because she is not a Catholic, and often calls her a "Protestant whore", disapproves of his son's family's lifestyle, and frequently attempts to force his religious views on them. To a lesser extent, he disapproves of Lois due to her heritage, and is angry with Peter for not marrying an "Irish rose". When Peter and Lois got married, Francis taped sign "To a Protestant Whore" underneath the "Just Married" sign on the limousine. Despite all of this, he truly did love and care for Peter, and showed on multiple occasions to care for his grandchildren. Francis used to have a job at a metal fabrication plant; after his short retirement, he became a body guard for the Pope. In the episode "Peter's Two Dads," Francis dies on Meg's 17th birthday when Peter (dressed up as a clown) gets drunk and tries to ride a unicycle down the stairs, but ends up falling off the stairs and landing on top of Francis. Francis passes away in a hospital after uttering "Peter... you're a fat stinking drunk!". Francis appears at the memorial in "Perfect Castaway." In "Family Goy," Francis appears as a ghost where he tells Peter not to convert to Judaism.
- Thelma Griffin (voiced by Florence Stanley in the first appearance, Phyllis Diller in later appearances) – Thelma Griffin is the ex-wife to Francis, the mother of Peter, and the grandmother of Chris, Meg, and Stewie. Thelma first appears in "Holy Crap". She is 82 years old (as stated in the episode "Mother Tucker"), has gray hair and noticeable wrinkles below her eyes, and wears purple earrings and a purple bead necklace. She also wears glasses like her son and husband and is a heavy smoker. Unlike Francis, she is generally friendly and personable, and gets along well with Lois. Before Francis' death, she divorced him because she had "needs he didn't fill" and dated Tom Tucker for a while in "Mother Tucker". She often appears with news inconvenient or troubling to Peter and his family. Her brief partnership with Peter's biological father, Irishman Mickey McFinnegan, is only established in the episode "Peter's Two Dads". In the episode "Grumpy Old Man", it is revealed that Thelma was sent to a retirement home. A future confirmed plotline involves Thelma's death.
- Carter Pewterschmidt (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – Carter Pewterschmidt is Lois Griffin's father and the grandfather of Chris, Meg, and Stewie. He is also a trillionaire industrialist, shipping mogul, and owner of several major companies. His company in the episode "Business Guy" is named Pewterschmidt Industries, and he is also a member of what is probably the New York Yacht Club whose clubhouse is located in Newport, Rhode Island. He is shown to be friends with other rich people such as Michael Eisner and Bill Gates yet has problems with Ted Turner (who is generally portrayed as being childish and needy). Carter is a domineering, devious and somewhat manipulative man who hates Peter passionately and throws frequent and cruel barbs towards him, and is usually involved on various plots or scams to embarrass and/or cause Peter pain, even if it causes Lois and the children to suffer as well. On rare occasions, though, he and Peter share a friendship and work together, normally with a common goal. He loves Lois but sometimes does not listen to her and tries to boss her around. He is married to Barbara Pewterschmidt, with whom he had three children – Lois, Carol, and Patrick. In the episode "No Chris Left Behind," he is a member of the Skull and Bones and also slightly admires Chris. It is revealed in "Welcome Back, Carter" that he is an Allied officer. In this episode, he cheated on his wife Barbara. Peter found out and blackmailed him before accidentally telling Barbara. She left him and with persuasion from Peter, he entered the dating scene. He discovered he only wanted Babs and convinced her to take him back. In Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy he plays both Owen Lars and Emperor Palpatine. In The Old Man and the Big 'C', Carter Pewterschmidt was shown to have terminal cancer. When Lois came to visit Carter, he was shown to be alright. Brian and Stewie infiltrate Pewterschmidt Industries to see if the Carter Pewterschmidt they saw was an imposter. Upon thinking that the Specimen Z that Carter was talking to with his executives was the real Carter, Brian and Stewie head down to the sub-level and find that Specimen Z is actually a chemical that is the cure for cancer. Carter finds them in the room where it's being held and reveals that he has been sitting on the cure since 1999 in order to protect his sales of treatment pharmaceuticals. Carter then has the security guards throw Brian and Stewie out. As Brian fumes on their way home, Stewie reveals that he stole the cure. They take it home to show Lois, but Carter arrives with his men to take it back and Brian tells what it is. Lois is appalled, but Carter refuses to show pity until she brings up some of his closest loved ones possibly dying of cancer and he promises to reveal the cure. But the next day in a press release, he only gives the news of a deodorant. Lois calls to find out why he didn't reveal the secret as Carter blows her off with the fact that he lied. The episode ends with Peter assuring to Lois that they'll get over the fact that Carter's a bad man when he's shown on the cover of Forbes Magazine.
- Barbara "Babs" Pewterschmidt (née Hebrewberg) (voiced by Alex Borstein) – Babs Pewterschmidt is Carter's wife, the mother of Lois, Carol, and Patrick, and the grandmother of Chris, Meg, and Stewie. She speaks in an English accent. It is noted on a few occasions Barbara only married Carter for his wealth and family heritage. She is less hostile towards Peter than her husband is. In appearance, she is basically an older version of Lois. In the episode titled "Family Goy", it is revealed she is a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. She only changed her religion so she and Carter could gain access to country clubs. It is also revealed in that episode that her maiden name was Hebrewbergmoneygrabber, which was changed to Hebrewberg to escape Nazi prosecution. In the episode "Running Mates", she is described as passive aggressive. Barbara Pewterschmidt is also the ex-wife of billionaire Ted Turner. She left Carter in "Welcome Back Carter" after learning he had an affair. However, she does eventually forgive him after deeming herself too old to remarry.
- Carol Pewterschmidt (voiced by Carol Kane in the first appearance, Julie Hagerty in the second appearance) – Carol Pewterschmidt is Lois' younger sister and the aunt of Chris, Meg, and Stewie. She has been married and divorced nine times. In "Emission Impossible," Peter and Lois had to stay with her when she ended up pregnant. In "Brothers & Sisters," Carol moved in with Peter and Lois after her latest divorce where she ended up meeting Mayor Adam West. She gets married to him and is still with him by the "Thanksgiving" episode.
- Patrick Pewterschmidt (voiced by Robert Downey, Jr. in the first appearance, Danny Smith in the second appearance) – Patrick Pewterschmidt is Lois' older brother and the uncle of Chris, Meg, and Brian. He has been kept hidden by her mother and father. He first appeared in the episode "The Fat Guy Strangler." When a family picture of Lois's family was broken, she noticed a folded-in part of the picture included a brother she didn't know she had. She then broke into her parents' house and found out where he lived. Then she and the family drove to the address which was found to be a mental institution. When there seemed to be nothing wrong with him they decided to check him out and take him in. Later it is discovered that he has an imaginary wife and, more importantly, that he had a hatred of overweight people due to a bad experience from his childhood (witnessing comedian Jackie Gleason having a sexual encounter with his mother). At the same time, there is a rash of killings in the neighborhood of fat men, and Patrick is strongly suggested to be this "Fat Guy Strangler." After denying it, Lois finally decides she must take him back, after he tries to strangle Peter to death. Patrick also appeared in the season 10 episode "Killer Queen", where he helps Peter and Joe after he is released from the mental institution by Charles Yamamoto as part of his revenge plot on Chris which involved framing Patrick. After Charles dies from seeing the "News of the World Album" shown to him by Stewie, Patrick identifies Charles as the one who let him out of the mental institution. Patrick manages to slip away after that with Peter having to injure Joe to make it look like a struggle.
- Jasper (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – Jasper is Brian's flamboyantly homosexual cousin. Brian stays with him in Hollywood in "Brian Does Hollywood". Jasper marries a Filipino named Ricardo, in the episode "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives". Jasper also makes a short appearance in "E. Peterbus Unum" during a flashback of Peter getting something the family doesn't need (in this case, a new dog—one that looks like a flamboyantly gay version of Brian). He also appeared in the episode, Brian's Play, when he was seen chatting to Brian through a web-cam. His most recent appearance (along with Ricardo) was at Brian's funeral, in the episode Life of Brian.
- Bertram (voiced by Wallace Shawn) – Bertram is the son of a gym teacher and her partner through artificial insemination. Bertram's biological father is Peter Griffin. Bertram appears in "Emission Impossible", "Sibling Rivalry" and "The Big Bang Theory". In "Emission Impossible", Bertram is a sperm inside Peter's testicles. He enters combat with Stewie Griffin in order to prevent his destruction, as Stewie wishes to remain the baby of the family. The two became frenemies, and Stewie changes his mind on a new family member. In "Sibling Rivalry", it is revealed that a mishap prior to Peter receiving a vasectomy caused Bertram to be part of a sperm donation used to impregnate a female gym teacher's partner. After he is born, he begins playing at the same park as Stewie, and the two fight over who will rule the playground. Stewie eventually disarms Bertram, who admits defeat and runs away. Bertram appears again in "The Big Bang Theory", in which he tries to erase Stewie from the universe by killing Leonardo da Vinci, one of Stewie's ancestors. Although he kills da Vinci, he is killed in turn by Stewie, who manages to maintain the time line and save the universe. Bertram also appears as the main antagonist in Stewie's history in Family Guy Video Game!. An alternate reality version of Bertram is the main antagonist in the video game Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse.
- Mickey McFinnigan (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – Mickey McFinnigan is Peter's biological father making him the biological grandfather of Chris, Meg, and Stewie. He is an Irish drunk who had an affair with Thelma when she was on vacation in Ireland. When Peter accidentally kills Francis, he discovers that he is not his biological son (Peter discovers this through a childhood memory in which he attempted to give Francis a father's day card, and Francis denies that he is Peter's father). Upon traveling to Ireland to meet Mickey, Peter discovers that he inherits his excessive drinking habits from his father. Mickey neglects Peter at first, thinking that they have nothing in common, and as a result, Peter challenges Mickey to a drinking contest which he wins. Mickey then happily accepts Peter as his son. Though Mickey's only appearance was in Peter's Two Dads, he has been referenced by Thelma and Quagmire since. Peter clearly got his looks from Mickey, who is basically a red-haired, bearded and slightly older version of Peter. He also has a pet sheep named O'Brien, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Brian.
- Dylan Flannigan (voiced by Seth Green) – Dylan is Brian's 13-year-old hoodlum son (although it is unclear how this is possible since he is technically older than Brian and does not appear to be half-dog; it's more likely Tracy was just using Brian to rid herself of Dylan). He first appeared in the "The Former Life of Brian". His mother Tracy was devastated when Brian left her. After Brian apologizes to Dylan for not being there for him he changes his image and decided to leave the Griffin house and change his mother like Brian changed him.
- Biscuit – Brian's deceased mother who appeared in "Road to Rhode Island". She was later stuffed by her owners.
Spooner Street neighbors
- Glenn Quagmire (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – Glenn Quagmire is the Griffins' next-door sex-addict neighbor and one of Peter's best friends. He is an airline pilot, but is best known for his extreme sexuality and always saying "Giggity", or "All Right". He is attracted to nearly every woman (especially Lois Griffin). His sister is Brenda Q. Quagmire. In one episode, he is revealed to have been Jack The Ripper in a past life. He has a soft side for cats and despises Brian Griffin from "Jerome is the New Black to "Tiegs for Two." His dad is Ida Quagmire.
- Joe Swanson (voiced by Patrick Warburton) – Joe Swanson is the Griffins' neighbor and Peter's friend. He is a paraplegic who also suffers from impotence and incontinence. Despite his disability, Joe still proves to be an extremely skilled police officer, as he is constantly seen pursuing criminals or rescuing victims with the aid of his wheelchair and even goes so far as to abandon his wheelchair to complete his work. He used to live in Providence, Rhode Island. In "A Hero Sits Next Door," Joe mentioned that he got crippled when stopping the Grinch from stealing Christmas from an orphanage. He is usually shown as being very tactful, but he also has severe anger issues (In "Road to Rupert", for example, he overreacts when Peter makes it difficult for him to revoke his driving licence). He is married to Bonnie Swanson, who was once pregnant for many years. She and he had a son named Kevin who staged his own death in Iraq. He also has an infant daughter, Susie. He has a glass eye, as a result of Peter in the episode "Lottery Fever." In "Joe's Revenge," it is revealed that Swanson's story about being crippled during a fight with the Grinch was a cover-up. Joe Swanson was actually crippled by Bobby "The Shirt" Briggs, a criminal running a heroin operation whom Swanson was pursuing in an undercover police operation. After 15 years, Bobby Briggs was arrested, but he escaped during an open house at the prison. Joe Swanson asked the police chief to allow him to pursue Briggs but was denied. Joe decided to ignore the chief's order and pursue Briggs with the assistance of Peter Griffin and Quagmire. When Joe tracks down Bobby to Atlantic City, the trio pursue Briggs over rooftops and into the streets, where he escapes. Joe, Peter, and Quagmire are then arrested by two "police officers" for interfering in the police case. Joe soon discovers that the police officers were actually associates of Bobby Briggs. They escape and learn that Briggs is planning to travel to Juárez, Mexico. Joe finds Bobby in traffic to Mexico, where they end up in a fight. Joe eventually has Briggs at gunpoint. Joe fires a non-lethal shot at Bobby's legs, then Bobby is kicked into a river.
- Bonnie Swanson (voiced by Jennifer Tilly) – Bonnie Swanson is Joe's calm and soft-spoken wife, and mother of Kevin and Susie Swanson. She is pregnant from her first appearance in "A Hero Sits Next Door" in season one until "Ocean's Three and a Half" in season seven, when she gives birth to a daughter named Susie. Her prolonged pregnancy is pointed out by Peter in the season four episode "Blind Ambition." Joe temporarily leaves her in "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air", when he regains the ability to walk. He returns to her when she tries shooting him to paralyze him. After missing several times, he shoots himself. Bonnie is arrested in "The Hand That Rocks The Wheelchair" after Meg plants a gun in her purse due to Meg's infatuation with Joe, which she acquires when Bonnie asks her to look after Joe while she is out of town. In "Foreign Affairs", Bonnie goes to Paris with Lois in the hopes of having an affair after feeling neglected by Joe. She nearly leaves Joe for a French man, also in a wheelchair, named François. After intervention from Lois, Joe comes to Paris and apologizes for neglecting her before proving his love by walking (although it is actually Quagmire walking, tied to Joe's back). Bonnie reunites with Joe and they return to Quahog. In the season ten episode "Internal Affairs," it is shown that Bonnie was once a stripper at The Fuzzy Clam where she first met Joe.
- Kevin Swanson (voiced by Jon Cryer in his debut, Seth MacFarlane in other earlier appearances, Scott Grimes in later appearances) – Kevin is Joe and Bonnie's son and first child. Meg Griffin has a crush on him. He was mainly seen in the first three seasons, only making a few occasional appearances after that with no speaking parts. In the episode "Stew-Roids", Joe said that Kevin died in the Iraq War. In "Thanksgiving", Kevin returns and tells them a story that he was in a coma following a bomb that had been placed inside a turkey during Thanksgiving years before and faked his own death in order to leave the war and return home. In "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream," it was mentioned that Bonnie stopped Kevin's suicide attempt. In "Joe's Revenge," it is revealed that Kevin shares a room with Susie as they get to know each other.
- Susie Swanson – Susie Swanson is the baby daughter of Joe and Bonnie who was born in the episode "Ocean's Three and a Half". In the episode "Stew-Roids", it is shown that Susie is strong enough to beat up Stewie. In "Joe's Revenge," it is revealed that Susie and Kevin share a room as they get to know each other. Although Susie has not yet spoken, the voice of her thoughts is provided by Patrick Stewart.
- Cleveland Brown (voiced by Mike Henry) – Cleveland Brown is Peter Griffin's mild-mannered friend who formerly owned and ran a deli. He is an African-American male who is very polite to everyone and has a unique laugh. A running gag in the series is the front of his house being damaged, usually as a result of one of Peter's shenanigans, while Cleveland is in the upstairs bathtub. The tub always falls into the front yard with Cleveland exclaiming, "What the hell?! No, no, no, no, no, no!!!" Following his departure from Quahog, the character became the star of his own spin-off series The Cleveland Show where he now lives in Stoolbend, Virginia.
- Loretta Brown (voiced by Alex Borstein) – Loretta Brown is Cleveland's late ex-wife, and the mother of Cleveland, Jr. She had a liking for cricket and the television program Friends. Early in the show, Loretta had a minimal quantity of lines, the bulk of which were "Mm-hmm!" She treats Cleveland harshly, and eventually cheats on him with Glenn Quagmire, leading the Browns to divorce. In the episode "Love, Blactually", it is revealed that Loretta has regretted her actions and wants Cleveland back, but he refuses her advances. Cleveland informs her he needs to move on, and advises her to do the same. She takes Cleveland's house in the divorce and puts it up for sale, yet is still apparently living there some months later. In The Cleveland Show episode "Gone with the Wind", Loretta dies in an accident when Peter drops an Apatosaurus skeleton (which Brian had dug up from the Griffin Family's yard) on her house and she goes through the same bathtub gag that Cleveland went through which she doesn't survive. Quagmire ended up driving her body down to Stoolbend for her funeral. It is revealed in this episode that she had also cheated on Cleveland with Mayor Adam West, Ollie Williams, Frank Sinatra, Jr., and the Greased Up Deaf Guy.
- Cleveland Brown, Jr. (voiced by Mike Henry in "Family Guy," Kevin Michael Richardson in "The Cleveland Show") – Cleveland Brown Jr. is the son to Cleveland and Loretta Brown. In his appearances on Family Guy, he is slim, hyperactive and has an apparent knack for golf. However, after leaving Quahog with his father in the first episode The Cleveland Show, he is somewhat older and both severely obese and somewhat lethargic. Also, it is revealed that he has lost his faith in God because of the affair his mother had with Quagmire that led to his parents' divorce.
- Mort Goldman (voiced by John G. Brennan) – Mort Goldman is a Jewish pharmacist with Polish ancestry, and one of Peter's friends. He runs Goldman's Pharmacy and was married to Muriel Goldman with whom he has one son Neil. Mort's defining characteristics are stereotypically Jewish such as his whiny neuroticism, his chronic hypochondria, his wimpy attitude and his general gawkiness. Mort frequently discusses his various disgusting maladies and childhood bullying in otherwise polite conversation. He takes on the characteristics of Sol Rosenberg, a character from The Jerky Boys created by Johnny Brennan in the late 1980s. Although he first appeared one season after his son Neil, Mort has since become a major supporting character. Mort also bowled a perfect game in the episode "Blind Ambition". Mort plays a jawa in the "Blue Harvest" episode, and Lando Calrissian in the "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" and "It's a Trap!" episodes.
- Muriel Goldman (voiced by Nicole Sullivan) – Muriel is Mort's wife, whose physical appearance is very close to her husband's. She met Mort via a video dating service, presumably during their youth, as they had their first kiss at age of fourteen while both of them were suffering from a head cold. Later in her life, one of her main recreations was watching old films along with the album Hotel California to find if any of them synchronize. She was murdered in the Season 9 premiere "And Then There Were Fewer" by being stabbed in the back by Diane Simmons.
- Neil Goldman (voiced by Seth Green) – Neil Goldman is Mort's stereotypical nerdy son, who has an unrequited crush on Meg Griffin. He is the editor of the school newspaper, is part of the A/V Club, and works at his father's pharmacy where he is employee of the month, according to Family Guy Online. He is more confident than his father, so much so that he does not seem to realize that Meg has nothing but contempt for him. At one point in the series, both Neil and Meg become interns at Channel 5, and they share a kiss. Neil speaks with a lisp when he wears his retainer, but when he removes it, he speaks with a deep, smooth bass (cf. the apocryphal story that Demosthenes improved his elocutionary skills by holding stones in his mouth during everyday speech). Seth MacFarlane does his voice (nearly identical to the voice of Stan Smith from MacFarlane's American Dad!) until Neil puts his retainer back in. He has made few appearances in the series in recent years, being absent entirely in the fifth and eighth seasons, and only making silent cameo appearances during the ninth and eleventh seasons. "Peter's Daughter," "Stew-Roids," "You Can't Do That on Television, Peter," and "A Fistful of Meg" are to date the only episodes since the fourth season where he has spoken. His reaction to his mother's murder is still unknown. In "You Can't Do That on Television, Peter", Neil says that he cannot dissect the fetal pig in biology class for religious reasons where his teacher remarks that it's no thrill for a pig to touch a Jew either.
- John Herbert (voiced by Mike Henry) – Herbert is an elderly pederast, who resides just down the street from the Griffin family and distributes popsicles to small children in his basement. He has a particular interest in Chris; in the episode "Play It Again, Brian", Chris finally realizes this and asks Herbert, "Are you a pedophile?", to no onscreen answer. Also, in "Spies Reminiscent of Us", Stewie refers to a "pedophile who lives down the street" against whom nobody is taking any action "because he's so funny", clearly talking about Herbert. He has a dog named Jesse, who is also very old and is unable to use his hind legs. He has a high-pitched, very soft effeminate voice and pronounces sibilant consonants with a high-pitched whistle. Herbert is often seen wearing a light blue robe and slippers, walks with a walker and frequently makes inappropriate, sexually tinged comments to teenage boys (in "Road to the North Pole", Herbert wants a little drummer boy for Christmas, while staring at a poster of Nick Jonas). It is revealed later on that he is the eldest member of the Skull and Bones secret society. He was also a corporal in the United States Army and a POW during World War II. Herbert plays Obi-Wan Kenobi in the "Blue Harvest", "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" and "It's a Trap!" episodes. In "And Then There Were Fewer" he drove an ice cream truck which in past episodes he has used to lure little boys. In "Internal Affairs" Herbert's ice cream truck is hijacked and destroyed during one of Peter & Ernie's fighting rampages. In an interview, Mike Henry stated that he based Herbert's voice on an old man he used to meet at a grocery store. Before the character was used for the show, Mike would use the Herbert voice to motivate stalled writers at meetings. He also appeared in The Cleveland Show episode "It's the Great Pancake, Cleveland Brown" as Cleveland Jr.'s first house when he was trick or treating. In "Valentine's Day in Quahog," it is revealed that Herbert's first name is John and that he has a grandniece named Sandy.
Quahog Channel 5 News
- Thomas "Tom" Tucker (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – Tom Tucker, also known by his stage name George P. Wilbur, is the arrogant, baritone male news anchor at Channel 5. He was also an actor before moving to Quahog, he was in the movie Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. Tom tends to insult everybody around him, particularly Diane Simmons, his former co-anchor. He disliked her and frequently traded insults with her on-air. His family includes his first wife, Stacy; his second wife, Sarah; and a son from his first marriage named Jake, whose face is upside down. He is shown to be protective of his son and dislikes people's use of the term "freak". MacFarlane stated that Tom Tucker's voice is the easiest to do for him, and he was "sort of modeled after the cigarette spokesman from the 1940s commercials". Tom hardly speaks in completely normal sentences, instead using his news anchor dialect in regular conversation (i.e. "Back to you, [character].") In the episode "And Then There Were Fewer", Diane Simmons caused the deaths of James Woods, Muriel Goldman, and Derek Wilcox leaving evidence that would frame Tom Tucker. In "Excellence in Broadcasting," Tom Tucker was released from prison and mentions on the news that Diane caused the murders and is now dead. He also introduces Joyce Kinney as Diane's replacement. In "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream," Peter learns about Tom Tucker's life as George P. Wilbur and had done minor TV appearances after that. Peter plans to get Tom back on the track in Hollywood. He started off by getting Tom a minor part in an episode of NCIS where Tom played a mechanic that Leroy Jethro Gibbs questions. In the episode "Mother Tucker" Tom has a brief relationship with Peter Griffin's mother, Thelma Griffin, where he became a father figure to a childish Peter. Meg Griffin had a temporary crush on him until he showed his true colours and didn't care if Neil Goldman died. Meg yelled at Tom saying he only cared about his ratings.
- Joyce Kinney (voiced by Christine Lakin) – Joyce Kinney was introduced in the episode "Excellence in Broadcasting" as a successor to the late Diane Simmons. In the season 9 episode "And I'm Joyce Kinney", it is revealed that she went to high school with Lois and harbors a grudge against her for a humiliating prank committed by Lois and the cheerleading squad. When Lois confides in her over drinks that she was in a porn film, Joyce announces it on the news the next day causing most of Quahog to loathe Lois. Also, it is revealed that in order to have a name that would work on television she changed her last name from Chevapravatdumrong (the last name of the co-producer for the series) to Kinney. When Lois showed the "Quest for Fur" porn film in church, Joyce was present and not pleased that the congregation forgave Lois.
- Diane Simmons (voiced by Lori Alan) – Diane Simmons is the news station's late former news co-anchor and talk show hostess. In the episode "The King Is Dead", it was revealed that her birth name was Diane Seidelman. She and fellow anchor Tom Tucker often traded insults on the air. Her largest role on the show was when Peter hired her to play Anna in his version of The King and I; she quit after he kept changing everything. It was revealed that her husband killed himself after Tom asked, "Diane, didn't your first husband blow his brains out?" In the hour-long season 9 premiere "And Then There Were Fewer," it was mentioned that she used to date James Woods until he broke up with her around the same time when Tom Tucker tried to replace her. Diane reveals that she worked with Tom for 15 years. This caused her to plan revenge on both men with James Woods ending up murdered and leaving evidence that Tom Tucker murdered Muriel Goldman, Derek Wilcox, James Woods' girlfriend Priscilla and Quagmire's then-girlfriend Stephanie. Lois put the pieces together and discovered this, only to come face to face with Diane. Diane then took Lois to the edge of a cliff and attempted to silence her, but suddenly, with the immortal catchphrase of "If anybody's gonna take that bitch down, it's gonna be me...", Diane is shot and killed by Stewie, thus saving Lois's life. In "Excellence in Broadcasting," her murderous actions and her own demise were mentioned by Tom Tucker and Diane was replaced by Joyce Kinney. Lori Alan has appeared in Seth MacFarlane's animated short Larry & Steve, a precursor to Family Guy. When Family Guy was created, Lori Alan auditioned for the role of Lois, but eventually was cast as Diane. Lori Alan stated that she based Diane's voice on her mother who was also a voice actress.
- Ollie Williams (voiced by Phil LaMarr) is the news station's Blaccu-Weather Forecast reporter. Ollie Williams is a fast-talking black man who works at the Quahog News Station. Ollie rarely speaks for more than about 1–3 seconds. His news reports are always rapidly spoken and loud. The only time he was ever calm was in "420", having smoked marijuana and it was later revealed his hyperkinetic style was also influenced by alcoholism. Ollie has only spoken for longer than a few seconds on two occasions, one in an episode where Ollie and Tom were talking about him stuck in a rainstorm with his umbrella blown away, and in "Lois Kills Stewie" where he recaps the previous episode, "Stewie Kills Lois".
- Tricia Takanawa (voiced by Alex Borstein) – Typically referred to as "Asian reporter Tricia Takanawa" by her colleagues, she speaks in a nasal monotone cadence that Borstein has described as "all presentation and no substance". She is confirmed as being Japanese in Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story. In Livin' on a Prayer, Tricia has a distrusting African American boyfriend, who thinks she's cheating when she has to work at night. In "Da Boom", it is implied that Tricia has been killed by fellow anchors Tom Tucker and Diane Simmons in the post-apocalypse as a source of food.
- Mr. Jonathan Weed (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) – Jonathan Weed is the late owner of the Happy-Go-Lucky Toy Factory, and thus Peter's boss. He spoke with a strong Spanish accent and was described as an "effeminate weirdo" by his employees. He disapproved of nearly all of Peter's actions, mainly because most of them were detrimental to the company, and has fired or come close to firing Peter on multiple occasions. In "Mr. Saturday Knight", he was invited to the Griffins' house for dinner. He promotes Peter to head of toy development and minutes later chokes to death on a dinner roll. His video will had described how the factory will be replaced by a children's hospital, starting 'now'; the machinery endangers everyone attending the meeting. His great-grandfather's surname was 'Bermudagrass' after the weed-like, invasive species of ground cover Bermuda grass. He is later mentioned by Stewie right before he attempts to kill Lois in "Lois Kills Stewie".
- Angela (voiced by Carrie Fisher) – Angela is Peter's and Opie's supervisor, in charge of the Shipping Department at the Brewery. She likes Opie far better than Peter, and treats Peter very coldly, repeatedly rewarding Opie as employee of the month. However, Angela fires Opie in "The Blind Side." Peter tried to befriend her based on her love of animals, but ended up horrifying her by staging a bloody cockfight in her house and leaving the aftermath for her to find. In the season 8 episode "Peter-assment", Angela targets Peter with sexual lust after Peter comes to work without wearing his glasses. After Peter refused to have sex with her, she tried to gas herself in her car. After Peter rescued her, it was revealed that she has not dated anyone in ten years. Feeling sorry for her, Peter disguised himself as a stereotypical 1920s New York billionaire, and had sex with her. Angela knew it was really Peter, but what she did not know was that Peter hid Mort Goldman (who did it for $2) in his pants so it was Mort who actually had sex with her, not Peter.
- Opie (voiced by Mark Hentemann) – Opie is a mentally challenged and gibberish-speaking co-worker of Peter Griffin at the Pawtucket Brewery and ward of the state. He has won "Employee of the Month" at least twenty times and has been promoted ahead of Peter. He has a mental retardation and he never really does anything about it. He sometimes tells Peter to stick his finger in mouth, only to bite it. He wears two different shoes on each foot. He once went for a haircut that went horribly awry. No one other than Angela seems to understand what he's saying. However, Peter has been shown to understand him in some instances such as when he gets fired. In "Whistle While Your Wife Works," Opie watched Peter and Lois have sex in his office at the brewery. In Blue Harvest, he played a Tusken Raider. In "New Kidney in Town," Peter sends him a shoutout on The Price is Right. In "It's A Trap!," he plays a small amphibious alien that swallows the door droid, voiced by Consuela, from Jabba the Hutt, played by Joe Swanson's, palace. In "The Blind Side," Opie is fired from his position for doing something unnecessary that only Peter understood and is replaced by a deaf woman named Stella. He makes a cameo crowd appearance when Peter proposes reinstating the city government in "Tea Peter". Opie can also be seen as Stewie rides through town under Brian's car in "Family Guy Viewer Mail 2."
- Fouad (voiced by Mike Henry) – Fouad is one of Peter Griffin's co-workers at the Pawtucket Brewery. He is a recent immigrant to the United States, apparently of Arab ethnicity. In all his appearances he has demonstrated that he is extremely earnest in his attempts to learn a Western sense of humor and understand its subtleties, such as the nature of a sarcastic or ironic comment. He laughs in a loud manner at sarcastic or ironic statements before explaining why the joke was funny. Peter does not seem to have a strong relationship with Fouad, likely due to his comparatively short time employed at the Pawtucket Brewery, however Peter gets along much better with Fouad than he does with Opie or Angela. Fouad first appears in Chick Cancer, being introduced by Peter as that foreign guy at work who helped him understand sarcasm. In Blue Harvest, Fouad plays Lieutenant Shann Childsen on the Death Star prison deck, who laughs when Chewbacca (played by Brian) asks for a cell by the pool, stating that it is funny because prisons do not have luxury areas such as swimming pools. In "Padre de Familia", Peter suspects that Fouad may be an illegal immigrant, and is angered because of it. Fouad's voice is also heard off-camera in a DVD exclusive scene in "Three Kings". In the "The Shawshank Redemption" segment, Captain Byron Hadley (played by Seamus) yells for lights out, calling the inmates "ladies" and Fouad replies that it is funny because they are men.
- Santos and Pasqual – Santos and Pasqual are a pair of Portuguese immigrants who do not speak English. All of their dialogue is subtitled and not understood by the cast. They lament leaving Portugal for various low-paying jobs in Quahog such as caterers, fishermen, janitors, and babysitters. Peter treats them deplorably. In return, they urinate in his refreshments when the opportunity arises.
Other recurring characters
- Mayor Adam West (voiced by Adam West) – Adam West is the Mayor of Quahog who is named after the actor who voices him. He is a highly odd and paranoid politician. He has been shown to be good-natured but generally irresponsible. He also has a love affair with Meg in "Deep Throats". Mayor West played Grand Moff Tarkin in "Blue Harvest". As of "Brothers & Sisters", Mayor West marries Lois' sister Carol, thus making him Peter and Lois's brother-in-law. In "Life of Brian" Adam West appears at Brian Griffin's Funeral, only to disappear into the background as a ghost, complaining "no-one came to my funeral".
- Barbershop quartet (voiced by Jon Joyce, Bob Joyce, Rick Logan, and Randy Crenshaw) – A group of four men that sing close harmony songs in specific episodes.
- Bruce (voiced by Mike Henry) – Bruce is a moustached man who speaks effeminately in a calm, drawn-out voice with a slight lisp, as well as occasionally smacking his lips before a sentence. Though he was not given a name until the episode "No Chris Left Behind", he has appeared in several episodes without being named on-screen; however, he is referred to in commentary tracks prior to that episode as "the Performance Artist". He even comments on it the first time his name is spoken in the series. He has several catchphrases, the most notable being "Oh, no!". He first appeared as the clerk of an "exotic entertainment" shop in the Season 1 episode Chitty Chitty Death Bang, and was then seen sitting astride an obese donkey at the Renaissance fair when Peter fought the Black Knight. He has since been seen with a variety of jobs including a deacon, a therapist, a medium, a lawyer, a masseur and a barman. More recently, he was seen working at the bowling alley selling rental shoes, refereeing the boxing match where Lois fought Deirdre Jackson and working at Quahog Laser Tag. He has also been seen training to be a police officer, teaching a CPR course, running the Quahog Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and entertaining children at the Quahog Library. He is a member of the school board committee of James Woods Regional High School. Although Bruce himself is generally limited to occasional appearances, his voice is lent to a number of anthropomorphic creatures including a large bee, the shark in a parody of Jaws, a Xenomorph from a parody of Aliens, a Tetris block, and a giant mutant rat. In "Blue Harvest", he played the role of Greedo. He makes an appearance as Admiral Piett on the Imperial Star Destroyer in the episode "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side". Bruce often talks to Jeffrey, his unseen roommate. It is implied that Bruce is gay and that Jeffrey is his domestic partner, as in "Road to the North Pole" where he states in the song "All I Want for Christmas" that he wants a wedding ring from a guy named Jeffrey. In the episode "BFFs" of The Cleveland Show, Peter says that Bruce was his therapist and referred to him as "that gay guy who has, like, a thousand jobs". Another character voiced by Mike Henry who is heavily implied to be Jeffrey appeared in both the Family Guy episodes "Friends of Peter G." and "Finders Keepers", and The Cleveland Show episode "Die Semi-Hard". Bruce is also noted for his tendency to give unsolicited advice about mundane subjects, often during critical events. This occurs most notably during his training as a 911 operator. When a victim calls to report a man in her home, he provides tips for being a good host to unexpected guests.
- Carl (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) – Carl is the manager of the local gas station and convenience store called the Quahog Mini Mart. He speaks in a calm, monotone voice and shows almost no emotion regarding anything happening around him. Carl is a cinephile, having an obsession with films and attractive actresses. In "Road to the North Pole", he wants a Blu-ray of The Wiz for Christmas. He goes out of his way to discuss exciting movies. He becomes good friends with recurring customer Brian and eventually becomes friends with Chris, when Chris worked for him in "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)". Carl and Chris establish a friendship based on their mutual interest in movies. He does not get along with Meg. In "Friends of Peter G.", it is revealed that the reason that he knows so much about movies is because he's an alcoholic and he spent so much time in his house and watched every film he could get his hands on. In the Star Wars episodes, Carl plays Yoda.
- Connie D'Amico (voiced by Fairuza Balk in earlier appearances, Lisa Wilhoit in later appearances) – Connie is the head cheerleader and most popular girl in school. Connie is portrayed as extremely egotistical, shallow, promiscuous and vain. When social, she is normally seen with her three best friends: Lisa/Gina, Scott, and Doug. She shows great disdain toward Meg and picks on her with her friends. However, more than once Connie has formed an alliance with Meg while this is usually to further her own social standing. At least once in "Stew-Roids", Connie turns to Meg after she realizes what it is like to be shunned and mercilessly taunted by her classmates. Chris has been noted to like her, and it is possible that she likes him as well. Connie has kissed every child of the Griffin family, having dated Chris when he briefly became popular, Stewie when he posed as a student, and Meg kissed her after beating her with a bag filled with soda cans. She also danced with Peter when he went undercover as "Lando Griffin" at the Winter Snowball dance. It is shown that Peter has a crush on her, going as far as to lie on top of her when she was down. Despite this, however, in the episode "Peter's Daughter", Peter smashes Connie against a fire extinguisher in front of her friends and Meg, who stops Peter in the end and leads him away.
- Consuela (voiced by Mike Henry) – Consuela is a maid who is the head of the Maids' Union. She is Hispanic and speaks very broken English. She often says "No, no, no...". Consuela first appears in "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air" demanding Lemon Pledge in a court case, and is then seen answering the door as Superman's maid at the Fortress of Solitude in "Stewie Kills Lois". She appears in a cutaway in "Ocean's Three and a Half" on the game show Are You Smarter Than a Hispanic Maid?. In "Dog Gone", she goes to work for the Griffin family, but proves to be so annoying that they drug her with chloroform and leave her with Joe. She has a nephew named Mikey, who apparently sells light-up yo yos, and a son named Rodrigo, who is in prison. Another of her nephews was molested by James Woods before he committed suicide, as revealed in "And Then There Were Fewer" when she was working as Woods' maid. In "Stewie Goes for a Drive" Stewie runs away from home and ends up in a bad neighborhood. Consuela (for the second time not wearing a maid's uniform, but a turquoise tracksuit) finds and takes him to her home and puts him in her bathtub, which is also being used to make soup for a Quinceañera (girl's 15th birthday party) being held at her house. Brian tracks Stewie to Consuela's house but she refuses to let him go, wanting to keep him and calling him "Ernesto". A young male relative of Consuela threatens Brian with a gun in his belt. Stewie takes the gun, shoots Consuela in the foot and fires into the air scaring all the guests as he and Brian leave. Consuela also appears as Darth Vader's maid in "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side", and as the controller of the security system at the palace of Jabba the Hutt in "It's a Trap!". She also appears as Donna's housekeeper on The Cleveland Show season 3 episode "Die Semi-Hard". In Valentine's Day in Quahog, it is revealed that Consuela has a husband that is still living in Mexico.
- Death (voiced by Norm Macdonald in the first appearance, Adam Carolla in later appearances) – Death is the Grim Reaper figure in the form of a skeleton in a black robe who seldom removes his hood. Underneath his hood is a human skull with spiders and snakes crawling in and out of the eye sockets, mouth and ear cavities as seen in "Death Lives". He is present in "Mr. Saturday Knight" when Mr. Weed dies after choking during dinner at the Griffins'. In the episode "I Take Thee Quagmire", it is revealed that anyone who touches his bones dies instantly (though in "Death Is a Bitch", this is contradicted). In "Wasted Talent", Death comes to a college campus where a party had taken place and everybody is dead with beer bottles around the room. After doing his deed, he drinks some beer bottles to try and find a silver scroll (for Pawtucket Pat's contest). He ends up getting drunk and crashes his car. In "Friends of Peter G.", Death shows Peter what his life would be like if he continues to drink as much as he does, and if he does not drink at all. Peter learns to control his drinking from this. Death later ends up in a car crash in "Grumpy Old Man", leading him to be taken away by "Super Death" (a larger version of himself) who tells him he was going to be reincarnated as a Chinese child. He disappears only to reappear seconds later as he was reincarnated a baby Chinese girl.
- Dr. Elmer Hartman (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – Elmer Hartman is a Yale-educated doctor who works at Quahog's hospital. He temporarily loses his medical license in "Stewie Loves Lois" when Peter accuses him of rape (it turns out that Hartman had in fact merely performed a normal prostate exam, though Peter didn't understand the procedure). He manages to regain his license after treating Peter's urination problem. He has shown a slight sexual attraction to Peter. In the episode New Kidney in Town, Dr. Hartman gives Peter a kidney because the Griffin family are his last paying customers. Also in the episode, Hartman reveals that while attempting to clone a chicken, he inadvertently created Ernie the Giant Chicken, something Peter says he is going to want to discuss later. In the Season 6 episode "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air", Peter brought up the fact that Dr. Hartman sounds very similar to Carter Pewterschmidt when he speaks. As a response, Hartman tells Peter that Carter is one of his patients and that there are only so many voices in the world; some are bound to be similar. This was brought up to turn the scenario that Seth MacFarlane voices both Dr. Hartman and Carter Pewterschmidt into a comical situation. His name comes from Seth MacFarlane's close friend and fellow animator, Elmer "Butch" Hartman. Dr. Hartman is generally shown to be an unskilled doctor and his skills fluctuate from episode to episode. Occasionally, he seems to know exactly what he's doing and performing great medical feats, such as plastic surgery to restore Peter's face, to other episodes where he doesn't even understand common medical terminology, or needs a chart to find body parts and lets Meg take care of patients while he is gone, as in "You Can't Do That on Television, Peter". In "Ratings Guy," it is revealed that Dr. Hartman is the worst doctor at Quahog's hospital.
- Horace (voiced by John G. Brennan) – Horace is the proprietor and bartender of The Drunken Clam for 30 years. Has been shown to have been working there for at least as long as Peter and his friends have been regulars. Horace has also been shot a handful of times, but has recovered from each incident. In "One If by Clam, Two If by Sea," Horace sold The Drunken Clam following a storm and moved to Florida. He later repurchased it after moving back to Quahog. In "Blind Ambition, Horace's life is saved by Peter (who was blind at the time) when The Drunken Clam was on fire. In "Save the Clam," Horace is accidentally killed when a baseball hit by Jerome hits him during a baseball game between The Drunken Clam and Mort's Pharmacy. His death causes the bank to close The Drunken Clam enough for Peter, Joe, and Quagmire to protest this until Jerome buys The Drunken Clam to keep Horace's legacy alive.
- Jake Tucker (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – Jake is Tom Tucker's deformed son and Chris' former classmate. Jake's many appearances show him with an "upside-down face"; a mouth near the top of his head and eyes near the bottom. Toxic waste later gives him a normal face. Although typically depicted as a demanding and obnoxious brat, Jake craves his father's attention, which he rarely gets. It is also revealed in the episode Peter Griffin: Husband, Father...Brother? that he "doesn't have a bottom". Though Tom often neglects him, he often shows that he cares when Brian accused Jake of giving Chris alcohol. However, when Chris gets his own back on Jake by planting drugs in his locker an enraged Tom declares him a "bad boy" and loses faith in him. In "Mother Tucker," Jake is noticeably neglected by Tom when Tom pays more attention to Peter. But Peter then realizes that Tom should pay more attention to Jake.
- James William Bottomtooth III (voiced by Chris Sheridan) – James William Bottomtooth III is a character who suffers from a severe underbite (Habsburg jaw), which has given him a comically oversized lower jaw and has made his speech impossible to understand due to his extreme Locust Valley lockjaw accent. He has a taste for brandy, which he pours into his lower jaw. He is part of the staff of The New Yorker in "Brian Goes Back to College". In "You May Now Kiss the...Uh...Guy Who Receives", he refuses to sign Brian's petition against Mayor Adam West's gay marriage ban because he's a devout Christian. He has a son named James William Bottomtooth IV who attends Morningwood Academy and bears a strong resemblance to his father (particularly the large bottom jaw and speech). Like his classmates, he holds a strong antipathy for Chris Griffin, as seen in "No Chris Left Behind," until he finds out that Chris is the grandson of Carter Pewterschmidt, who also attended Morningwood. He is part of the mob that rushes the Griffin home in "The Juice Is Loose" to deal with O.J. Simpson. In "420," he catches a bag of marijuana in his jaw. In "Tiegs for Two," he attends Quagmire's class on how to pick up women.
- James Woods (voiced by Himself) – James Woods is an actor whose fictional persona is a criminal sociopath. In "Peter's Got Woods", he is invited by Peter Griffin to help deal with the name change for James Woods Regional High School in Quahog. While Brian's attentions are turned to his girlfriend, Peter becomes friends with Woods. This friendship ends when Woods becomes jealous of Brian. Peter and Brian lure Woods into a crate and ship him off to be studied by "top men". Woods returns in "Back to the Woods", stealing Peter's wallet and assuming his identity. Peter retaliates by assuming Woods' identity and ruining his credibility on the Late Show with David Letterman. When Woods shows up to fight Peter, he is again lured into a crate to be studied by "top men". In "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side", James Woods makes an appearance as General Maximilian Veers. In "Brian Griffin's House of Payne", the CBS producers hire Woods to star in Brian Griffin's television show, Woods making multiple changes to Brian's original script that prompt Brian to back out of the project. James Woods reappears in "And Then There Were Fewer" in which he becomes a born-again Christian due to his new relationship with young news intern Priscilla. Woods turns his life over to Jesus wishing to make amends for his sins. James is later killed as part of an elaborate murder plot orchestrated by Diane Simmons. In "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream," it is revealed that the paramedics that loaded James Woods' body into the ambulance recognized him and had him rushed to a Hollywood hospital where a teenage girl's lifeforce was drained into James Woods which successfully resurrected him. He's still a born-again Christian when he encounters Peter Griffin and Tom Tucker in Hollywood.
- Jerome (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) – Jerome is an African-American guy. He first appeared in "Jerome is the New Black" where he won the audition as a temporary replacement for Cleveland, It is revealed he was involved with Lois Griffin in their younger days before she met Peter, which made Peter jealous enough to burn down Jerome's house. So Lois invited him to come live with them. Peter believed that Jerome was trying to steal Lois from him and became jealous. He kicked Jerome out of his house, but later apologized to him and they remained friends. Jerome also tells Peter that he had some nasty ass sex with Meg when he was staying with the Griffins although Peter told him that he doesn't care about that. He returns in "Save the Clam" playing for Mort Goldman's softball team against Peter and his team. He accidentally kills Horace by swinging the ball towards his face. He appears at the funeral where he states he apologizes for killing Horace. When it came to the demolition of the Drunken Clam which Peter, Quagmire, and Joe were protesting, Jerome appears and uses his sports earnings from lacrosse (which also happens to be his brother's name) to buy The Drunken Clam in order to keep Horace's legacy alive.
- Jillian Russell (voiced by Drew Barrymore) – Jillian Russell is Brian's sexy, bulimic and dimwitted ex-girlfriend, portrayed as a stereotypical blonde. She is very clueless and naïve; for example, she does not understand that Adolf Hitler was defeated decades ago. She first appeared in "Whistle While Your Wife Works". She is the only girlfriend that Brian has dated for more than one episode, and was a recurring character in Season 5. He stays with her purely for sex, though after they split, he felt strong feelings of love for her. She breaks up with Brian in "Movin' Out" when it is revealed that Brian did not want a committed relationship with her, and she briefly dated Mayor West. She got married in the episode "We Love You, Conrad". In the episode "And Then There Were Fewer", her husband Derek Wilcox was murdered by Diane Simmons, thus making Jillian a widow. She is shown dating again in "Tiegs for Two", where Quagmire attempts to date her to make Brian jealous, but she and Cheryl Tiegs leave together when they realize how immature both men are acting. In "Valentine's Day in Quahog," Jillian is among the ex-girlfriends of Brian that Stewie assembles. She can be absent minded and doesn't think, as shown when Brian had to talk to her while drying herself, she takes off the towel she used to cover her front and dry her and leaving completely naked.
- Jim Kaplan (voiced by Danny Smith) – Jim Kaplan is a con man who tricks Peter into spending money on various useless things on many occasions. He was first introduced as Doug but has been referred to as Jim in later episodes. First appearing in the episode "There's Something About Paulie", he sells a car to Peter that does not have an engine under the hood but rather a picture of one by claiming that the car belonged to James Bond. He later sells Peter volcano insurance in "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" where Peter paid him with Lois' rainy day money (which she planned to use after Stewie broke Meg's glasses). With help from the accountant Max Weinstein, Peter reclaimed the money. Jim later sells Peter a TiVo in "Bango Was His Name Oh!".
- Judge (voiced by Phil LaMarr) – The Judge is an unnamed African-American judge who presides over trials involving any of this show's characters.
- Paddy Tanniger – Paddy Tanniger is a short red-haired angry man who was a caddy manager and a Hummer salesman. He was best known for ending his statements with "Big whoop, wanna fight about it?" He was eventually killed when he was run over by a tank piloted by Brian and Stewie in "Hell Comes to Quahog".
- Patty (voiced by Alexandra Breckenridge in "Barely Legal," Barclay DeVeau in "Halloween on Spooner Street," Emily Osment in "Friends Without Benefits") – Patty is a redhead girl who is one of Meg's friends. She has two moms, implying that her biological mother is a lesbian.
- Phineas and Barnaby – Phineas and Barnaby are two strongmen that usually pursue two goals: working out at the Quahog Gym and riding high-wheel 'Ordinary' bicycles of the 1860s–1890s.
- Principal Shepard (voiced by Gary Cole) – Principal Shepard is the principal of James Woods High School. He was revealed to be Jewish in "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein."
- Rupert – Rupert is a stuffed teddy bear that belongs to one-year-old Stewie Griffin. Though inanimate, Rupert has become his personal confidant and best friend. Stewie confides all his secrets and machinations in Rupert, and often gets upset when Rupert does not respond. Rupert has also been known to double as a pistol when needed. Rupert has been damaged several times. The first time in a flashback in "Stu & Stewie's Excellent Adventure," Stewie argued with Brian about the economy and Brian decided to eat one of Rupert's legs; Stewie got the leg back after a while. The second time involved encountering an unfamiliar Rottweiler dog in "Stewie Loves Lois". Rupert was torn to shreds but was later fixed by Stewie's mother Lois. It also seems that when Rupert doubles as a gun, his head needs to be ripped off, and Lois seems to fix that by the next scene in the episode. Also in "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas," Stewie tears Rupert in two, after waking up from a Santa Claus-themed nightmare. In "Killer Queen," Stewie shoots Rupert in the head with a gun rather than risk letting him die a worse death when he sees the cover of a Queen album. In "The Man with Two Brians," he is humped by New Brian for two hours. Stewie is then shown dragging a body into the garbage, later revealed to be New Brian. At the end of the episode Stewie is shown crying in the shower and washing Rupert in despair, constantly reassuring him that it wasn't his fault. In "Chick Cancer," when Stewie married Olivia Fuller, he had Rupert officiate the ceremony. "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter" had the creation of Stewpert, a being where Stewie and Rupert were fused together after Stewie activated his teleportation device before he realized Rupert was inside, in reference to Brundlefly of The Fly. Stewie had several times referred to him as gay. Stewie accused Rupert of choosing to watch the boys in "Road to Rhode Island" as opposed to watching their bags as Stewie has told him to, much to Stewie's chagrin. Stewie has also imagined Rupert as a muscular, human male a few times, including in "Road to the North Pole," where he builds a buff Rupert snowman in the opening credit sequence. However, Rupert retains his Teddy Bear head. During these dreams, Rupert is voiced by David Boat. In a DVD exclusive scene in "Excellence in Broadcasting," Stewie explores the experience of masturbating and in his fantasy buff Rupert makes out with an equally buff Brian while Stewie is tied to the bed. In the episode Lois Comes Out of Her Shell, Rupert's head is ripped off by Stewie's evil pet turtle Sheldon who Stewie enters a fight with in return. In Total Recall, the factory that made Rupert demands all bears are sent back due to them becoming a choking hazard. Lois in shock sends him back and Brian and Stewie go on a life threatening quest to get him back, only just saving Rupert (and Stewie)from instant death on a furnace. As they return home, Stewie celebrates with Rupert only for Rupert's eye to come off and Stewie to swallow it supposedly killing him with Chris who witnessed the scene casually shouting "Mom, Stewie's dead."
- Ruth (voiced by Natasha Melnick) – Ruth is one of Meg's friends. Her tongue is supposedly cut off during her and Meg's trip to Paris when they are kidnapped. In later episodes however, she continues to converse normally.
- Seamus Levine (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – Seamus is a tough fisherman with two peglegs as well as two peg arms. He wears a black eye-patch. He makes his first appearance in the episode "A Fish Out of Water". While spending time with Peter and the gang in a steam room, it is revealed his whole body from the neck down is wood. He tends to warn Peter of danger. Seamus had his own talk show in "Perfect Castaway". In his premiere episode he jokes that his father was a tree, but in the episode "And Then There Were Fewer" he blames his condition on James Woods. Seamus initially claims that Woods carved him from wood and did not wish hard enough for him to be a real boy, but he later revealed that they both got high on acid one day and Woods ate off Seamus' arms and legs, thinking that he was a steak. In "Ocean's Three and a Half" when Seamus is seen naked, his body is entirely wooden while his head is human, bringing into question how he can sustain life. He played Byron Hadley in Family Guy's portrayal of The Shawshank Redemption which was seen the second of the "Three kings". In a DVD exclusive scene, Seamus tries out for Fox News Channel in "FOX-y Lady." He gets a ship in a bottle for Christmas in "Road to the North Pole". In "Tiegs for Two" he attends Quagmire's class on how to pick up women. In "Cool Hand Peter"," Seamus attempts to join in Peter, Joe, Cleveland and Quagmire's road trip only to be rejected by Peter.
- Vinny (voiced by Tony Sirico in an Italian-American accent) is a talking dog. Vinny's first appearance in the franchise occurs in the episode "Life of Brian". After mourning the death of Brian for a month, the Griffin family decides to find another dog at the pet store to ease their grief. They meet Vinny, a pussyhound (he is 1/16th cat) of Italian descent. Each member of the family is taken by the dog, save for Stewie, and he is adopted into their family. Stewie, still mourning over the death of Brian, rebuffs the hound and makes several attempts to get him out of the family. However, once Stewie learns that Vinny had also undergone a period of mourning when his owner died in a freak yoga accident, he comes to accept Vinny as a part of the family. Like Brian, Vinny is an anthropomorphized dog; he is described as having a "tough guy attitude", and according to executive producer Steve Callaghan, "Vinny is just a lot more rough around the edges, and is a really good match for Stewie." His personality is that of a "wise guy" Italian. In "Christmas Guy", Vinny helps Stewie distract his past self so he can steal the return pad from his backpack and travel back in time to save Brian. As a result, the family never takes Vinny from the pet store and he and the Griffins never meet.
- Al Harrington – Al Harrington is the owner, president and CEO of "Al Harrington's Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tubeman Emporium and Warehouse". In an advertisement, he speaks at an incredibly fast rate and could be described as "in-your-face", but just in that friendly-annoying way, as described by Peter.
- Buzz Killington (voiced by Danny Smith) – Buzz Killington is a man who dresses and acts as if he is a 19th-century British man of means. His name is based on the term "buzzkill". He is a stereotype of a socially popular person in the late 19th century, but by today's standard would be regarded as a "buzzkill". He is typically introduced into otherwise fun situations, such as a wild party, but his contributions (showing etchings, telling stories) bring the party (and fun) to a grinding halt.
- Conway Twitty – He is usually seen in archival footage of his performances, which are used when one of the characters needs a distraction. The first such appearance was in the episode "Peter's Daughter": Meg's wedding had just been called off and Peter said that the guests were expecting a show--cut to a clip of Twitty singing his best-known song, "Hello Darlin'". Twitty has also been featured in "Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey" and "The Juice is Loose" (which featured a 3-minute clip of him singing "I See the Want To in Your Eyes"). In "It's a Trap!" he's referred to as Darth Twitty and a Darth Vader helmet is digitally placed over his hair; in "Lois Comes Out of Her Shell", Peter beats up Justin Bieber just before a concert, so the scene cuts to "Conway Bieber" digitally sporting the young singer's floppy hair.
- Evil Monkey (voiced by Danny Smith) – The Evil Monkey is a monkey living in Chris' closet, who scares Chris whenever he jumps out of the closet by pointing at him with an evil grimace and a strange tremble (which the monkey claims is due to a copper deficiency). For much of the series, the family believes the Evil Monkey is a figment of Chris' imagination. In "Hannah Banana", Chris blames him for a bad test grade, saying that he scared him while he was trying to study. Peter and Lois are stunned when Chris catches him and shows him to them. The Evil Monkey explains that he moved into Chris' closet after his wife had an affair and divorced him, and pointing at Chris was his way of trying to make conversation. Chris is unconvinced, but when Monkey helps him write a book report, they become friends. Eventually, Monkey moves out of Chris' closet and, saying "I'll go where I'm needed," moves into Jake Tucker's closet. The monkey's trademark grimace and pointing was the idea of writer Mike Barker. In "The Cleveland Show" episode "BFFs", Peter Griffin brought the Evil Monkey with him to rescue Cleveland and his friends from hillbilly rapists.
- Ernie the Giant Chicken (voiced by Danny Smith) – Ernie the Giant Chicken is an anthropomorphic, human-sized chicken that often fights violently and suddenly with Peter Griffin, usually interrupting some unrelated event. The fight scenes are often long and melodramatic, involving the destruction of large sections of Quahog and sometimes killing bystanders. Peter wins most of the time. This rivalry begins in the episode "Da Boom" when the Giant Chicken gives Peter an expired coupon, which angers Peter. (However, in "Meet the Quagmires", Peter's meddling in his past allows him to accidentally punch Ernie while dancing at the Country Club, giving a new origin to the rivalry.) In "No Chris Left Behind", their fight comes to a halt when Peter and the Giant Chicken forget what they have been fighting about, and Peter is cordially invited to dinner with the Chicken (referred to as Ernie) and his wife Nicole. When the bill comes, both Peter and Ernie try to pay; this starts out politely but quickly escalates to a fight that resumes their feud. In "Big Man on Hippocampus", the Chicken ends up attacking an amnesiac Peter when he insults his lawn. The blow to the head causes Peter to remember who he is, and he states that he does not remember making peace with the Chicken, who resumes smashing various objects on his head. The Chicken is shown as Boba Fett in the Star Wars episodes "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" and "It's a Trap!". In "New Kidney in Town", Dr. Hartman tells the Griffins about a failed cloning attempt that resulted in a violent man-sized chicken; Peter responds that they should talk. He also appears in the episode "Trading Places", when Chris makes a chicken noise and says it was fake. The Chicken's fight with Peter continues in the season 10 finale Internal Affairs", where Peter accidentally backs into the front of the Chicken's car; during this brawl, the Chicken is close to killing Peter at an oil rig, but gets burned alive by the falling debris and plunges into the ocean, taking on the appearance of a roasted chicken--but he reveals he's still alive by opening his eyes. In Yug Ylimaf, Brian and Stewie witness a backwards fight between Peter and Ernie that "ends" by Peter opening his car door in front of Ernie's moving bicycle. He is the main antagonist in Family Guy Video Game! disguised as Mr. Belvedere. In Blind Ambition, Ernie turns up while the Spooner Street residents are discussing Quagmire peeping in the ladies' room watching Lois, and Peter interrupts his defense of Quagmire to rejoin the fight.
- Greased-up Deaf Guy (voiced by Mike Henry) – Greased-Up Deaf Guy first appeared in the episode "The Thin White Line". His speech is indicative of someone with prelingual deafness. He is always shown running; even when stopped, he will continue to run in place, flailing his arms. In "North by North Quahog", he mentions that he used to be a lawyer. In "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High", he is seen speaking in court during the show's Law and Order-parody intro. He was named Jay after an audience member by the same name in Family Guy Live queried his name in a Q&A session. He appears in the direct-to-DVD movie Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story. He also appears in Family Guy Online. The reason for his condition was revealed in the Season 11 episode "Yug Ylimaf"; due to an accident with Stewie's time machine, Brian and Stewie witness him on his way to work, hurrying past a grease truck that explodes, burning off his suit and covering him in grease.
- Kool-Aid Man (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – The Kool-Aid Man, mascot for the popular drink Kool-Aid, is parodied in several episodes. In "Death Has a Shadow" and "Stewie Kills Lois", when each family member exclaims "Oh no!" to the Judge's sentencing of Peter, the Kool-Aid Man breaks through the courtroom wall yelling "OH YEAH!", then backs away awkwardly. In "Peterotica", he has an epiphany while sitting in his living room when a car crashes through his wall, which put him on the receiving end of the trademarked breaking wall for the first time. In "Prick Up Your Ears", after Stewie panics about the existence of the Tooth Fairy, Brian and Chris fail to calm Stewie, then Glenn Quagmire makes an attempt, then the Kool-Aid Man is seen in a pair of boxing gloves at the back of a line of other characters. In "The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair", Evil Stewie lures him out by pretending to impersonate other people going "Oh no!"; when he bursts through the wall, Evil Stewie shatters him, he drinks up the spilled Kool-Aid. Thanks to Stewie's and Brian's interference, the Kool-Aid Man misses his cue when they travel back to the events in "Death Has a Shadow" in "Back to the Pilot", when he shatters trying to back out of the courthouse, he is still able to yell at Stewie and Brian for messing things up.
- Tomak and Bellgarde (voiced by John Viener and Alec Sulkin) – Tomak and Bellgarde are two foreign guys who have "been living in the United States almost long enough to sound American". They first appeared in "The Former Life of Brian", sitting in a coffee shop discussing how much fun they had at a "discotheque", and reflecting that they had drunk "so many liters of beer". In "Extra Large Medium", they wonder how to celebrate Gerbitz Day, a holiday in their native country. In "Road to the North Pole" they partake in the musical number "All I Really Want For Christmas", revealing they don't know what Christmas is, but their home country has a similar holiday called "Kishkev Fufleer". They are alcoholics, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings Peter attends in "Friends of Peter G."; they did not share any stories, but they participated in the performance of "Mr. Booze".
- Vern (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and Johnny – Vern and Johnny are a stereotypical vaudeville music duo. Vern often appears randomly in certain episodes performing some sort of entertainment act. When people invariably fail to react, Vern urges in a panicked voice "Play me off, Johnny!" and Johnny plays "Galloping Gertie" by Sam Fonteyn on his piano. Stewie shoots and kills them in "Saving Private Brian"; they later appear in "Back to the Woods"--Ghost Vern reveals that Johnny was sent to Hell because he "liked little boys," implying that Johnny is a child molester.
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