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Christopher Cross "Chris" Griffin is a fictional character
from the animated series Family Guy. He is the son and middle child of
Peter and Lois Griffin, brother of Stewie and Meg Griffin. Chris is
voiced by Seth Green.
Chris was born February 8th. Chris deals with the problems that most
pubescent boys face: acne, girls, and school. Chris has been known to
feel self-conscious about himself, especially his weight. In fact, on
the Volume 1 DVD Boxset TV guides special Family Guy edition, it stated
that Chris "wouldn't hurt a fly, unless it landed on his hot dog". Due
to Chris' weight, he was referred to as an "Elephant Child" when he was
born. Chris is also willing to do something as drastic as to convert to
Judaism in order to do better in school, specifically math. He once
believed his low grades in mathematics were caused when he tickled his
brain by sticking an army man's rifle into his nose and (presumably)
accidentally puncturing a lobe. Chris enjoys drawing and once almost
became a famous artist in New York.
Chris also has an apparent physical attraction to his mother, Lois,
which was noted in the commentary of Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story,
near the end of the movie Peter comments about "The incest episode". It
is also seen in "E. Peterbus Unum" (where he hands Meg a note that
reads "I think Mrs. Griffin is hot") and in "Model Misbehavior" (where
he says that he will masturbate to pictures of her). In one episode,
Chris punched Lois Griffin in the face. Chris, like his father, is
obese, has a low IQ and no common sense. While Chris' low intelligence
level is often viewed as a heredity commonality with his father, it is
mentioned in the episode "Peter's Daughter", that it is due to Lois
abusing alcohol and smoking while pregnant with Chris and "chickening
out half-way through" a clandestine abortion. Also, various storylines
give him autistic savant talents, such as artistic ability, and
detailed knowledge of film and TV actors. Both he and Peter have also
demonstrated profiency in the use of American Sign Language.
Occasionally he exhibits unexpected, uncharacteristic insights, such as
when he gives Peter and Lois a detailed and articulate lecture on the
effects and disadvantages of marijuana. He has also demonstrated an
ability to quickly adapt to new cultural surroundings. For example,
when the family moved to London in "Patriot Games", Chris was the only
member of the family who was able to quickly learn and speak cockney
Chris is usually depicted as naive to the point of blamelessness.
However, when Peter and Lois were having a fist fight, Chris cheered
for Peter, telling him to "kick her ass!"; earlier in the episode,
after Chris breaks something and Lois tells Peter to punish Chris,
Peter tells Chris to "punish himself" and subsequently spanks himself.
Also, in Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, when Lois and Peter are
trying to make out, the children mistake it for a fight and Chris says,
"I don't know what they're fighting about, but I think Dad's winning.
Go Dad!" In the episode "Trading Places", after Chris accidentally
damages Peter's dirt bike, Peter "punishes" Chris by making him start
Seth Green described Chris as "completely socially awkward", "very
easily satisfied and highly distractible [...] a simple, strong boy".