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Roger (American Dad!)

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Voiced by  Seth MacFarlane
Gender  Male
Species  Extraterrestrial life
Full name  Roger Smith
Played by  Seth MacFarlane
First appearance  "Pilot"
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Created by  Seth MacFarlane Mike Barker Matt Weitzman
Aliases  List Maradeth Fields Cephilia Takaro Raider Dave Samantha Kingsbury The Legman Scotch Bingington Tearjerker Sidney Huffman Chilly Arbuckle T. Boone Braf Zachland Jeannie Gold Sholanda Dykes Mr. Deliver Jeremy Neederhoff Abigail Lemonparty Dr. Penguin Lazlo Morphine Martin Sugar Krispy Kreme McDonalds Jean-Louis Finch Kevin Ramage Sweeps McCulloch Clive Trotter Tom Yabo Demitri Krotchliknioff Fantasia Lopez Roland Chang Spartacus Vanderhill Chex LeMeneux Bing Cooper Roy Rogers McFreely Laura Vanderbooben Luke Fondleberg Reganomics-Lamborghini Alicia Wilkner Sgt. Pepper Cuss Mustard Ace Chapman Jenny Fromdabloc Winfrey Bob Danalou Max Jets Jerry Jets Kevin Bacon Parker Peters Genevieve Vavance Ricky Spanish Billy Jesusworth Trish Dan Andsome Handsome Clip Clop Professor Edelstein Warren Beanstalk Ruby Zeldastein Emmy Lou Sugarbean Ace Crouton Skyler Montessori Madeline Carpal Tunnel Burt Jarvis Dom Fikowski Ruby Zeldastein Frankie Marconi Morris Buttermaker Horse Renoir Professor Baxter Captain Fran├žois Dubonais LeVar Crush Oscar Gold Tony O'Chat
Occupation  Various (depending on alias)
Movies and TV shows  American Dad!, Inside the CIA
Creators  Seth MacFarlane, Matt Weitzman
Similar  Stan Smith, Francine Smith, Steve Smith, Hayley Smith, Klaus Heissler

Roger Smith (born Wogir) is a fictional character in the adult animated sitcom American Dad!, voiced by Seth MacFarlane. The character was created and designed by Seth MacFarlane. Roger is a centuries-old grey space alien living with the Smith family, around whom the show revolves. Having lived on Earth since 1947, at the age of 1600, Roger came to live with the Smiths after rescuing main character Stan Smith at Area 51 four years prior to the beginning of the series.

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Roger began the series as a sensitive pushover who is often taken advantage of, cheated, and ridiculed. Over time, the character has become increasingly cruel, selfish, devious, and depraved, although the Smith family are curiously oblivious to his nature. In early episodes of the show, Roger is disallowed from leaving the Smith house in order to conceal his being an alien. This restriction is soon abandoned and Roger begins adopting disguises and fictitious personas in order to have a life outside the house.

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Roger's personas have become a major plot device, with his myriad alter egos frequently being the subject or facilitator of an episode's main story or subplot. This also helps to amplify his pansexuality and androgynous nature, which varies dependent on the plot situation and persona he has adopted. Aside from catalyzing the plot or subplot with his various personas, and despite his increasingly evident self-interest, he often serves to counsel the show's main characters, by humorously affirming or bluntly disregarding their opinions.

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When voicing the character, MacFarlane speaks in a swish accent intended to resemble Paul Lynde (who played Uncle Arthur in Bewitched). In 2014, Roger was voted "Gayest Cartoon Character of All Time" in a first-ever March Madness style competition held by Logo TV.

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Roger is depraved, devious, and cruel, but, ironically, deeply sensitive. Having his feelings hurt usually spurs the creation of his egos and schemes. Roger typically displays a lighthearted, carefree temperament while at the same time engaging in his freakish grossness, outrageous malice, and rascally shenanigans. Roger was tricked into coming to Earth in 1947, led to believe he was "The Decider" in whose hands the fate of mankind rested. In the episode "Naked to the Limit, One More Time" however, it is evidenced that Roger remains on Earth by will, the episode revealing that he can simply call for his aliens' spaceship to return him to his birth planet if he so desires. Details on Roger's actual family and pre-Earth life have yet to be shown on the series. Although in the episode "Lost in Space", a brief clip revealed that prior to Roger's life on Earth, he was involved in a homosexual romantic relationship with another member of his alien race, Zing; however, Roger cheated on Zing, blatantly making out with a human male in front of him. It's also been revealed that Roger has lived on Earth for many years prior to his life spent with the Smith family. Roger came into contact with the Smith family when he saved Stan's life back when Roger was a fugitive of Area 51 (four years prior to the show's beginnings). Feeling he owed Roger a life debt because of this, Stan rescued him from government capture and allowed him to live in his home. Stan has allowed this in defiance of his employer, the CIA. Roger now covertly lives in the Smith home. The Smiths use their attic as a hideout/bedroom for Roger. Stan feels that it would endanger him and the rest of his family if it were to be discovered that Roger is an alien and living with them; however, Roger is able to skillfully use disguises to exist in the outside world. Adding to this, he's created countless alter egos to go along with them. Roger has, however, abused this practice, leading numerous lives and outrageously deceiving numerous people. In fact, some of Roger's characters are in prison, while others are widely despised, and others somehow have full-fledged human families, etc.

According to the episode "Frannie 911", Roger has been on earth for over 60 years, having arrived in 1947 as a result of being tricked. Stan Smith, an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, adopted Roger after Roger saved his life, as seen in the episode "You Debt Your Life". Stan feels that it would endanger him and the rest of his family if it were to be exposed that Roger is an alien and living with them. Consequently, Stan disallowed him from leaving the house when the series first began, even in disguise. Confined to the house in the first couple of seasons, Roger was miserable and malcontent. As the series progressed, Roger disguises himself in various human personae and lives an active life outside the house. In later seasons, Roger is shown leading numerous lives and deceiving many people with his alter egos. He sometimes says that he is a graduate of Howard University.

Crude and brazen, Roger has no qualms with randomly saying and doing whatever is on his mind no matter how outrageously cruel, depraved or devious. Most heavily emphasized, Roger is devious and crafty, regularly misleading and finagling others to achieve his desired ends. His desired ends are often ridiculously trivial or marked by schadenfreude. The episode "Frannie 911" establishes that an aspect of the well-being of Roger's species is the ability to display crude behavior and purge negativity from their bodies.

In the episode "You Debt Your Life", Roger described himself as a "fey pansexual alcoholic non-human". He spends his time watching soap operas, drinking and getting drunk by alcohol, eating junk food, and using recreational drugs. Roger disappeared for a few episodes.

Potential film adaptation

At Comic-Con 2013 on July 20, Mike Barker revealed that an American Dad! film centering on Roger and set on his birth planet may take place in the coming future. Barker didn't announce any specifics as it relates to the nature and type of film he and the rest of the show's creators had in mind for the series; however, he strongly suggested that a film is where the show's staff and creators would like to take things. Barker further hinted that an American Dad! film may already be in the works and partially written.

References

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