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Friday, April 1, 2011

Character Profiles - Brian



Brian Griffin is an 8-year-old talking white Labrador who has lived with the Griffin family since Peter picked him up as a stray. He also possesses various anthropomorphic qualities, such as the ability to speak intelligently, drive a car, and walk bipedally. Earlier in the series, he used the catch phrase "Whose leg do you have to hump to get a dry martini around here?". He also has a particularly sharp wit. Peter is his best friend, despite Brian's vastly superior intelligence - on several occasions, Brian has had to explain Peter's inability to do various things, such as haggling over prices. In "Brian Goes Back to College", it is revealed that Brian went to Brown University in Rhode Island, but did not graduate.

Brian has a cultured background; he loves opera and jazz (he is a fan of John Coltrane) speaks fluent French and Tagalog, and is competent in Spanish. He is also a member of Mensa. He loves to sing and can imitate a barbershop quartet without accompaniment. He is an avid writer, having once been invited to write for The New Yorker, although he was fired once the magazine learned he did not graduate from college. He has also written a novel, although has made little progress other than the title Faster Than the Speed of Love, and a synopsis similar to the film "Iron Eagle III" (for which Stewie and Lois mock him) and has since been brought up several times throughout the series.

He is a smoker, an alcoholic and recovered cocaine addict. Brian discovered that his cocaine habit stemmed from his mother abandoning him for which he saw a therapist. He has also made references to either buying, being in possession of, or smoking marijuana in numerous episodes. In "420" he actually does a whole dance to the song A Bag of Weed. In "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One", it is revealed he has a Ziggy tattoo. It is shown in "Brian & Stewie" he keeps a gun just in case he wants to commit suicide.

28 comments:

  1. ahhh.. brian.. family guy wouldn't be the same without him :] lol

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  2. oh, i love family guy! following.

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  3. I think Brian is the only intelligent member of the family xD Good post

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  4. family guy shows that cartoons aren't just for kids!

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  5. haha great post man! :D following and supporting!

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  6. Actually find Brian to be the least likeable character, next to meg... Yuck

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  7. I love Brian, he's a straight shooter and I love how he is the only one who understands Stewie.

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  8. pretty cool, i like faimly guy too, its a funny show

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  9. I would have to say Brian is my favorite character in Family Guy.

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  10. Got to agree with ^
    Brian is an awesome character.

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  11. Do you remember that special episode with brian and stewie, the one that involved diapers and eating poo? That was my favorite.

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  12. Brian is the best after stewie...

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  13. Most people say Stewie is their favorite character but mine has always been Brian.

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  14. I basically only watch Family Guy because of Brian, best character ever!

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  15. Brain is awesome and interesting articel

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  16. I wish my dog could talk :(

    Brian is like the main reason I watch family guy :p

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  17. Brian is a pretty funny character. A mildly smart guy who is always trying to hook up with some good looking woman and has a drinking problem at times.

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  18. Brian is my favourite. Though obviously he's not that realistic due to the fact that real dogs don't have opposable thumbs.

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  19. He's really great, my second favourite after peter.

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  20. brian's an aspiring novelist, as i remember.

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  21. Great stuff, lol.

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