Meg Griffin, a character from Family Guy, is perhaps the character with the most personality. As the only daughter of Peter and Lois Griffin, she strives to survive in a predominately male household with the only other female in the house, her mother, Lois. Meg’s personality gives rise to someone who is in desperate need for attention and gets it for all the wrong reasons. Her family goes back and forth between treating her terribly, to overprotecting her, and to pretending she doesn’t exist.
Meg feels completely isolated. She wants to be accepted by everyone, but she is either pushed away, insulted, or used. She’s boy crazy, except when it concerns Neil Goldman who she cannot stand, and she is not above fabricating tales about dates she’s been on. She’s enamored by her own need for affection that she will fall head over heels for the first person that shows her interest. In season five, episode 8 Barely Legal, Meg develops an obsession with Brian when he accidentally and drunkenly kisses her at her junior prom dance. In season 12, episode 12, the Hand that Rocks the Wheelchair, Meg looks after Joe and his daughter Susie while Bonnie takes a trip. When Joe shoes Meg kindness, she mistakenly believes he is in love with her and quickly becomes infatuated with him. Her obsession leads her to setting up Bonnie to keep her away.
In non-standard episodes, such as the Star Wars trilogy mockups, Meg is portrayed as three different monsters; the Dianoga, the Exogorth, and the Sarlacc. In the Disney mockup, within season 8, episode 1, Road to Multiverse, Meg is portrayed as a horrible looking tentacle creature, ugly beyond sin. In the same episode, she is also portrayed as a stunning woman, at least in Brian’s eyes, but is still considered the ugliest person in the town. It is questionable why Seth MacFarlane, program creator of Family Guy, would have Meg to get the burnt end of the deal. A character that is the brunt end of jokes, unfairness, and selfish abuse is the one who is most likely to shine.
Incidentally, throughout the series Meg goes back and forth from a needy teenager to a teenager who becomes fed up with her family’s behavior and attitude toward her. In Season 2 episode 12, Meg becomes disgusted with her family’s constant belittling and embarrassing her. She exposes them on a talk show. The plot backfires when the Griffins are offered a TV deal, and later on Meg runs away. Later on, Lois regrets what has happened to the family, and what being on television has done to them. Meg also regrets her actions, and the family becomes reunited. At the end of the episode Meg accepts her family for who they are.
Meg rarely ever seems to have it easy. It is usually Peter and Chris who fart in her face, steal from her, smash food or drinks into her face, or treat her horribly. Lois generally either embarrasses Meg or discreetly encourages her to commit suicide when she can’t seem to get through to Meg during Meg’s emotional breakdowns. Through it all, there are situations where Meg’s family show how much they do love her.
In season 3, episode 5 Meg joins the flag girl squad. At the game, she is pelted with rancid meat. Lois thinks up a revenge plan when Meg is invited to a party, but Meg backs out. When she is tricked into kissing a pig, she becomes humiliated enough into accepting Lois’ plan. Lois sends Quagmire, a friend of the family and a womanizing pervert to frighten Connie DiMico and scar her for life.
In season 10, episode 20, Meg takes a trip to Paris, France with her friend Ruth, where human traffickers quickly abduct them. Meg manages to call home in desperation, but before she say much, the traffickers drag her off. Peter and Lois call the FBI. It is Stewie, with his sleuthing expertise and electronic devices, who launches a rescue mission with Brian’s help. Together they rescue Meg, and Stewie wipes Meg’s memories of the incident.
Through each episode in each passing season, Meg clearly shines through as a girl who has gone through a lot of character development. She truly grows up into a responsible young woman who is capable of making mistakes, but even more she is capable of learning from those mistakes.