'Family Guy' Characters

The Family Guy characters are what keeps the cartoon one of FOX's biggest hits. From the patriarch, Peter Griffin, down to a brainiac baby, and including their neighbors, the Family Guy characters are a funny bunch. Following is a list of Family Guy characters, with pictures and bios.

Peter Griffin

Peter Griffin
Peter Griffin. FOX

Peter Griffin (Seth MacFarlane) is the central character of Family Guy. He and his family live in Quahog, Rhode Island. Speaking with a thick New England accent, he operates as if he is smarter than everyone else, but in reality, he's clueless. He spends his free time drinking at the Drunken Clam with his buddies, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe. Peter has worked for various companies, including the Pawtucket Patriot Brewery and the Happy-Go-Lucky Toy Factory (no doubt modeled after Hasbro, which is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island). Also, Peter has a long history of fighting with a large, yellow chicken.

Lois Griffin

Lois Griffin
'Family Guy' Lois Griffin. Twentieth Century Fox

Lois Griffin (Alex Borstein, Mad TV) is Peter's wife. She comes from the wealthy Pewterschmidt family and married Peter against their wishes. Lois is an accomplished piano player and singer. She's considered to be very attractive, which is proven by Quagmire's not-so-subtle advances toward her, as well as her short-lived career as a model ("Model Misbehavior"). She may be more sophisticated than Peter, but we have seen occasionally that she shares his low brow humor and lustfulness.

Stewie Griffin

Stewie Griffin
'Family Guy' Stewie Griffin. Twentieth Century Fox

Stewie Griffin (Seth MacFarlane) may be a baby, but he is as diabolical as the worst villain. He is highly intelligent, but he's still very attached to his teddy bear, Rupert. He has schemed many times to destroy Lois but has failed at every attempt. In early seasons, it was insinuated that Stewie is homosexual. In recent seasons, the writers have become more obvious with his sexual leanings, though the humor is usually couched in Stewie's complete ignorance of his own comments.

Brian Griffin

Brian Griffin
'Family Guy' Brian Griffin. Twentieth Century Fox

Brian (Seth MacFarlane) is the Griffin family's dog. He seems to be the wisest and most sensible of all the characters, regardless of the fact that he  still urinates on the carpet in Lois' presence. Yes, that's right, he is in love with Lois. Brian has had a girlfriend, Jillian, and enjoys the occasional martini. He and Stewie are usually pitted against each other, or drawn together, by extreme circumstances, such as a road trip to find Brian's mother (the former) or recruitment into the military (the latter). Brian can often be found singing duets with Stewie.

Meg Griffin

Meg Griffin
Family Guy - Meg Griffin. Twentieth Century Fox

Meg Griffin (Mila Kunis, That 70s Show) is the only daughter of Peter and Lois. She is frequently the butt of the family's jokes. She is considered to be unattractive and a loser. She and Peter bonded when his driver's license was revoked and she chauffeured him around town. She was given a chance to shine as a star in "Don't Make Me Over." Also, she has a crush on Luke Perry.

Chris Griffin

Chris Griffin
'Family Guy' Chris Griffin. Twentieth Century Fox

Chris Griffin (Seth Green) is Peter and Lois' eldest son. He's not terribly bright, but he is a talented artist ("The Son Also Draws") and rock singer ("Saving Private Brian"). He admires his father and follows blindly into many of Peter's misadventures. Also, he fears the crazy monkey in his closet.

Quagmire

Quagmire
Quagmire. Twentieth Century Fox

Glenn Quagmire (Seth MacFarlane) has only one thing on his mind and it isn't ice fishing. He stalks every woman he comes across, paying special attention to Lois, his next-door neighbor. Quagmire successfully wooed Cleveland's wife in "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire." He even made a move on Meg when she turned 18 in "Meg and Quagmire." Since the series debuted we've learned that Quagmire has father issues and he's an airline pilot.

Cleveland

Cleveland - The Cleveland Show
Cleveland - The Cleveland Show. Twentieth Century Fox

Cleveland Brown (Mike Henry) is one of the Griffins' neighbors on Spooner Street. He is the most mild-mannered and nicest of the Family Guy characters, although I don't know if that's saying much. He used to be married to Loretta, but they separated when she had an affair with Quagmire. Once their divorce was final, Cleveland moved his children to Stoolbend, Virginia, where he rekindled his romance with an old high school flame in ​The Cleveland Show, now canceled.

Joe

Joe Swanson
Joe Swanson. FOX

Joe Swanson (Patrick Warburton) is another neighbor on Spooner Street. He is a police officer with occasional anger management issues. He's married to Bonnie, and they have two children, Susie and Kevin. Joe became a paraplegic when Joe got shot while he was undercover at a heroin lab. He is usually the one who gets Peter and/or Quagmire out of trouble.

John Herbert

Chris Griffin and John Herbert
Chris Griffin and John Herbert. FOX

John Herbert (Mike Henry) is the creepy old man, and pedophile, in Family Guy who is obsessed with Chris. John Herbert is a United States Army veteran. His high-pitched, whispery voice is provided by Mike Henry, who also plays Cleveland. (He makes me shudder every time he's on screen!)

Pewterschmidt Family

Peter Griffin and Carter Pewterschmidt
Peter Griffin and Carter Pewterschmidt. FOX

Lois Griffin's maiden name is Pewterschmidt. Her father made billions in U.S. Steel and owns a company called Pewterschmidt Industries. Carter is her father; Barbara is her mother; Patrick is her brother; and Carol, who is married to Mayor Adam West, is her sister.