Adam West (Family Guy)
|Family Guy character|
Mayor Adam West
|First appearance||"Fifteen Minutes of Shame" (2000)|
|Last appearance||"Adam West High" (2019)|
|Created by||Steve Callaghan|
|Voiced by||Adam West|
|Full name||Adam West|
|Occupation||Mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island|
Mayor Adam West is a character voiced by actor Adam West on the American animated television series Family Guy. He was the mayor of the town of Quahog, Rhode Island, where the show is set. He appeared on a recurring basis from his first appearance in season 2 until his final appearance in season 17.
Mayor West is characterized as an intense yet friendly, soft-spoken, childish crackpot whose delusions often came at great expense and sometimes danger to citizens of Quahog. His psychotic whims included dispatching the entire Quahog police department to Cartagena, Colombia, to search for the fictional character Elaine Wilder from the film Romancing the Stone, or wasting council money on a solid gold statue of the Dig 'Em frog and cementing coffins since he is afraid the dead will return as zombies.
In the episode "420", he legalizes marijuana after listening to a song Brian sings, only to re-criminalize it a few days later when Brian is forced to sing a song condemning the substance. He was also a brainwashed Russian sleeper spy activated by the phrase "Gosh, that Italian family at the next table sure is quiet". In the episode "Brothers & Sisters", he married Lois' sister Carol. In "Road to the Multiverse", it was revealed that he was 95% helium. The episode "Dr. C and the Women" strongly suggested he was fully sane and his bizarre antics are actually a smokescreen to throw people off and cover up a dark, murderous side.
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane wrote several episodes of the cartoon series Johnny Bravo. West played a similarly intense and odd rendition of himself in an episode written by MacFarlane, "Johnny Meets Adam West!", first broadcast in December 1997. In the episode, West's fictionalized persona displays similar deluded characteristics to the later Family Guy character, such as believing a race of megalomaniac mole-people lives under a local golf course. However, he dressed formally and behaved slightly similarly to his character in the 1960s series of Batman. MacFarlane found West's character and performance in Johnny Bravo so funny that he created a similar character for Family Guy.
|“||The character we've created is kind of this alternate-universe Adam West where he's mayor of this town, and we deliberately have not made any references to Batman, because we like keeping that separate. It's the obvious place to go. We tried it; we thought it would be funny to do something different with the mayor of this town. People like Clint Eastwood and Martin Sheen who have taken whacks at this sort of thing — there's a precedent for it, actors getting into politics. He's the mayor, but he's this guy who clearly does not have it all together.||”|
Following the real Adam West's death on June 9, 2017, Mayor West died offscreen in Family Guy's seventeenth season. Following his death, MacFarlane said, "Family Guy has lost its mayor. He is irreplaceable". Producer Steve Callaghan told Entertainment Weekly that there were still five unaired episodes featuring West that would air in the upcoming season. Callaghan revealed that they hadn't decided how they were going to address the departure of West's character from the series, while also revealing that it is something they've been dealing with concerning the loss of Carrie Fisher in December 2016. Callaghan went on to say that both the departures of Fisher and West from the show will certainly reflect the importance that each of their characters and actors had within the series.
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