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Steven A. "Steve" Smith is a fictional character on the American animated TV series American Dad!. He is Stan and Francine Smith's only son and Hayley's younger brother. Steve is voiced by Scott Grimes.

According to TVTDB.com, Steve's original design was much geekier and gawky and he was voiced by Ricky Blitt. Halfway through production, Grimes replaced Blitt and Steve's design was made to be more attractive, so he would be less comparable to Neil Goldman from "Family Guy."

Appearance and Personality

Steve is portrayed as a moderately stereotypical geek: he is a social outcast, wears glasses and is intelligent, with a strong interest in science, especially chemistry. Adding to the "geek chic" nature of Steve's character is his interest in Dungeons and Dragons and, with his friends, pretending to be the characters from Star Trek. He is also confident, sometimes to where he even seems arrogant. Once, when he became famous for writing a story about Roger, he mentions that he let his fame, originally unwanted, go to his head.

In addition to wearing glasses, Steve typically wears an orange-yellow T-shirt with a red collared shirt, open in the middle, over it. He also wears blue jeans and sneakers. Occasionally he wears his Scout Ranger uniform and, depending on the episode, changes to variants of his typical wardrobe (i.e., Camp Refoogee, where he wore brown shorts instead of his jeans while in Africa), or a new outfit entirely (i.e., The Vacation Goo, With Friends Like Steve's, The Magnificent Steven).

Steve is farsighted, which he appears to get from his dad (who wears glasses at the end of "Bullocks to Stan"). His hair is medium to light brown, although in one episode ("Widowmaker"), both Steve and his father call Steve ginger haired. This leads to speculation that both Stan and Steve may be color blind, but this is not clear as no other character mentions Steve's hair color, nor is it mentioned in any other episode.

A freshman at Pearl Bailey High School, Steve is a highly capable musician, having taken up the cello to once impress a girl. In a later episode, however, Steve says that he has been playing the cello since he was nine. Steve also plays guitar and sings, which he did as part of a band in the episode "American Dream Factory." In fact, both of the songs Steve's band rehearses ("Livin' on the Run" and "Sunset Blvd"), were originally recorded by Scott Grimes, who voices Steve.

Among Steve's other talents are being able to read Elvish, use Morse code, and communicate with dolphins. He is also right-handed, although he was once forced to write with his left hand when his dad glued his right hand to a table.

While book-smart, Steve is also quite naïve and not as street smart. For example, he knows more about the New York Stock Exchangemarker than about prostitution. As a result, he can sometimes be tricked into believing outrageously implausible lies. Roger typically takes advantage of this, especially when he is upset with Steve or when he is simply bored. Once Roger made Steve believe he was not really Stan and Francine's biological child. Another time Roger tricked Steve into believing he was an adolescent wizard and a drug dealer's house was a wizard's school (Steve assumed the laboratory to make drugs was "Potions Class.")

Steve frequently masterminds, or collaborates with Roger on, unusual schemes to improve his, or their, social standing. For example, he once planned to make a video in which girls "go wild" and market it in late-night television so he and his circle of friends could afford a Gamestation console video game. In another scheme, Steve and Roger ran away to New Yorkmarker to make their fortunes. Meanwhile, the rest of the family thought the two were hiding in the tree house and were killed when it was later destroyed by lightning. Sometimes these schemes either fail, or backfire, with Steve typically taking the brunt of the damage when the scheme backfires.

Although normally even-tempered and relatively tolerant, Steve cries when he is notably upset, but he has also had uncontrolled bursts of rage, during which he breaks nearby objects and screams very loudly. If pressed hard enough, Steve will also hit or attack people, such as when he beat up Beauregard La Fontaine for calling his dad stupid. It also appears that he still uses children stuff as it is implied at the end of Live and let fry that he still sleeps with a teddy bear and it is revealed in Camp Refoogee that he uses a Care Bear towel.

Family

  • Stan is often frustrated and/or dismayed that Steve is a geek, probably because Stan was also a geek at Steve's age and wants his son to be more popular. Unfortunately, Stan's attempts to help Steve lead to unpredictable results, such as when he once gave Steve an experimental performance enhancer. The steroid caused Steve to grow female breasts but also ironically made him more popular at school. Steve looks up to his dad as a role model but his naïvete often leads him to follow his dad's advice or convictions, seemingly blindly. This led him to once openly display homophobia. Another time Steve received a failing grade on a presentation about fossils using information he got from Stan because he thought his dad was smart, despite Roger's attempts to convince him otherwise. When Steve and Roger left for New York, Stan was sure they ran to the treehouse. He was the one who stop anyone to go and get them in, because he wanted to teach them a lesson. But it wasn't until a lighting bolt destoryed the treehouse that he reailsed his 'big mistake' when everyone thought Steve and Roger had died. When Francine shouts at him for this, he said he knows it's his all fault. When Steve and Roger return, he was so proud to see Steve, not much for Roger.


  • Francine seems to care little about Steve's social standing; she views him as her "baby" and tends to overprotect him. Sometimes, however, her attempts to do so cause more harm than good, like when she once tried to keep him from reaching puberty so he could remain her baby a little while longer. Steve's brown hair comes from Francine, who actually dyes her hair blonde. Also when Steve and Roger left, she was so worried, but was reliefed to think they were in the treehouse. She wanted to get them in, but Stan refused to let her. So when the lighting bolt destroyed the treehouse and everyone thought they had died, she like the rest of the family were miserable. She shouts at Stan pointing out that they would be alive if he would only let her go and get Steve. She had never been so happy when Steve and Roger returned home.


  • Hayley and Steve don't share many interests and generally ignore each other, although she often mocks his pretensions, dreams and schemes to become popular and get girls, or simply mocks him in general. One episode implied that Steve would probably be romantically interested in Hayley if she was not his sister; he French-kissed her when he thought he was adopted. In another episode, Steve masturbates to a nude painting of Hayley that Roger gives him, although at the time he is unaware that Hayley is the model depicted in the painting.


However there are times shown when Hayley cares about Steve, when Stan shot Steve's dog in the Pliot, when Steve became pregnant in Deacon Stan, Jesus Man and when everyone thought Steve and Roger went in the tree house (but really they left for New York) in Irregarding Steve, she was worrried like her mother during the thunderstorm. When the lighting hit the tree house and everyone thought Steve and Roger had died was very upset.

Also there are times when they worked together, like when they wanted to break up a young couple to grab their interests in Roger 'n' Me, when they help Francine deal with her left- handiness and her prediuce aganist left-handiness in Office Spaceman and when they together give Roger a fake nose to look like Kevin Bacon, but when he goes crazy and being rude, they try to stop him, but he won't listen to them.

  • Roger, a space alien, is one of Steve's oldest friends, because Stan brought him home as a present for Steve four years ago, on what appears to have been Steve's tenth birthday. Steve and Roger play video games together, get advice from each other and come up with schemes together. They even solve crimes together as Wheels (Steve) and the Legman (Roger). Steve's tendency to inflate his own ego, combined with Roger's easily irritated and vindictive nature, often leads the latter to physically abuse or play a prank on Steve because of a real or perceived slight or insult. Occasionally, Steve gets even, like when he once conned Roger out of $50,000. Despite their love-hate relationship, Steve considers Roger his best friend, even once intervening to rescue the alien from an abusive relationship. Steve and Roger are very much like Family Guy's Stewie Griffin and Brian Griffin.


  • Klaus, an East Germanmarker Olympic Skier whose mind was transplanted into that of a fish, once became a father figure to Steve when the latter disowned Stan for the way he treated Roger. Another time Steve comforted a depressed Klaus by taking him out of his fishbowl and petting him, which resulted in Steve catching ich from Klaus. As a result, Steve was forced to isolate himself from his friends and spend time with Klaus until he discovered that he could have picked up the cure at a pet store all along.


Friends

Besides Roger, Steve's other friends that he hangs out with regularly are:
  • Snot, a teenager with curly hair and bad acne. His character appears to be based on Booger from Revenge of the Nerds; he is even voiced by Curtis Armstrong, who played Booger in the movie. Snot, who is Jewish, once had an affair with Steve's then-girlfriend, Gretchen.
  • Barry, a British overweight maniacal genius who is inexplicably hated by Stan. He claims his parents 'never care', and that his mother uses marijuana. He takes "vitamins" to inhibit his evil genius and desire to hurt other people which cause temporary mental retardation. Without the pills, he also seems to have a British accent, with Steve comparing him to Gary Oldman. He is also in love with Miss Piggy.


  • Toshi, a multilingual Japanese teenager. Although he seems to understand English, he has yet to speak it (with the exceptions of "Finances with Wolves", where he yells "Werewolf!" in unison with Snot and Barry, in "Francine's Flashback" where he yells "Godzilla!" as Jewel approaches) and in "The Magnificent Steven" singing with Steve and Barry, thoug his voice can't be heard. When he speaks Japanese, Steve believes he can understand him, though he really does not. Toshi has spoken Russian and speaks Spanish when talking to Francine. Toshi's style of character is very similar to that of Ling-Ling from Drawn Together; both characters speak with subtitles and are misinterpreted by others. He also apparently has been cursed to have a Japanese shogun haunt him, who he has casual conversations with. Though they are friends, Toshi's greatest wish is to one day kill Steve. He has an Younger(but taller) sister, Akiko, who speaks perfect English and acted as his translator in "Weiner of Our Discontent". Steve got a boner when she slapped him and also appears to have had a growth spurt in between 2 seasons, appearing 8 then 12 in two seasons.


Romance

Steve is obsessed with women and sex, yet he knows very little about sex. The one time Stan tried to teach his son about sex, he left Steve overwhelmed and babbling mindlessly. However, Stan doesn't seem to mind Steve having sex provided he hooks up with attractive women and doesn't masturbate. He seems to be particularly fond of female breasts, which he refers to as "boobs." In "Tearjerker", Steve plays a scientist named S, whose gadgets only make women's breasts grow.

Steve often chases attractive girls from school, usually cheerleaders, such as Lisa Silver from the very first episode, or other girls that Hayley has described as out of his league. He has been able to get with some girls like Chuck White's daughter, although he inadvertently got her pregnant when they kissed. The only popular and attractive girl that Steve has chased who has not rejected him appears to be Lindsay Cooliage, with whom he has reached first and second base. Her attraction to him appears to be purely sexual, as she often does seductive things like licking her lips and whispering to him. Steve even once openly referred to her as a "cello slut", due to her liking for cellos.

In "The American Dad After School Special", Steve met Debbie, an overweight goth girl with whom he was immediately smitten. Believing that his relationship with Debbie was responsible for his dad's anorexia, Steve broke up with her, but they got back together at the end. Debbie appeared again in the episode "Iced, Iced Babies", though she reportedly and inexplicably broke up with him by the end of the episode. Steve and Debbie got back together in "Escape from Pearl Bailey", but she dumped him again in "Bar Mitzvah Shuffle".

Some of Steve's other romantic encounters include:

  • "Con Heir": Steve meets an elderly lady named Gretchen with whom he bonds over the memory of Steve's "fake, dead grampa", Lou, and then shares a passionate kiss. Although it appears Steve is very much smitten, Gretchen cheats on him with his friend Snot, claiming that monogamy should be left to the 60-year-olds. Steve and Snot agree to never let a girl come between them again. Seconds later, however, they both chase after an old lady with an oxygen tank.




  • "Camp Refoogee": Steve falls in loves with a young refugee named Makeva. After she was kidnapped, he participated in the Camp Olympics to get her back. At the near end, she falls in love with the leader of the rebel band. Steve asked why she liked him and she replied saying that she was a crazy chick then she kisses the leader.


  • "The Vacation Goo": While on a cruise with the family, Steve becomes involved with a staff-member named Becky, which ultimately leads to her accidental death while being chased by "hunters" and shortly after being eaten by the Smith family, as they are trapped and have no food. They later learn that the hunt was all meant to be a fun game and that Becky's dying, and them consuming her was all for nothing, leaving Steve and the rest of his family traumatized with a dark secret.


  • "Spring Breakup": When Roger starts a Spring Break party at the Smith house, Steve realizes how easily girls will consent to have sex when drunk and attempts to lose his virginity to the drunken college girls. He nearly succeeds with a celebrity, "Carmen Selecta", who has her breast implants removed at his request. Ironically, that leads to her demise, as various members of the party comment that she might have survived if “only she'd had some sort of cushioning on her chest, something not real - fake if you will - to withstand the impact."


References

  1. "Random American Dad Trivia." TVTDB.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-16.



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