At this point, Family Guy has been on television far longer than any of us could have suspected. Yes, it was funny when it first came out, much funnier than it is now, but it didn’t seem particularly revolutionary or spectacular. It was just a fun, adult cartoon.
Although the cartoon has undoubtedly declined, I’m sure many will be sad when Seth finally does say goodbye to this beloved show. After twenty years and sixteen seasons, people are used to Family Guy. The characters are familiar, we know Quahog like our own towns at this point and all the recurring gags have come back around a fourth time and are almost funny again. Even if you do still enjoy the show, you can’t deny that, like any show with as many seasons, it isn’t as good as it used to be. While it’s point was to be edgy and push the boundaries, there are some moments from recent series that are a whole new level of gross!
But the most curious part of the shows long run is that, in twenty years, Peter and Lois’s children have only aged two to three years. Sure, that’s much more than other grown-up cartoon children (*cough* Simpsons *cough*) but given how much the characters have developed in twenty years, you’d have thought they’d have grown a little more. Since we’re unlikely to see them grow up in the show, fans have taken it upon themselves to show us what they look like! Here are so reimaginings of the Griffin kids as adults.
24 Childhood Sweethearts
Olivia is probably the most recurring of the children’s love interests throughout the show’s run. She goes through phases of being both sweet and horrid to Stewie, from their first introduction at stage school in season three’s Method to Madness.
Or their latest appearance in season fifteen's The Boys in the Band, where she screws Stewie out of his songs.
I hope they’re not a couple as grown-ups, especially as Stewie is now canonically gay, but I hope they have come to some mutual agreement and friendship, putting their toddler rivalry behind them.
Artwork by ChiQs09.
23 Hail Our Leader
Let’s face it, this is going to be our future. Stewie might be a little silly, he is still a baby after all, but anybody who can build a time machine shortly after their first birthday, then build a bigger, better time machine after their second, is going to rule the world.
One day Stewie will be looking down on us Mr. Burns style, sipping his champagne in his high-backed chair.
We will bow down to him and, if he likes us, our ends shall be quick and painless. Thank you Overlord Stewie!
Artwork by Skybluespirit.
22 Some Time Later
I didn’t think fan art of Meg would be as popular as Stewie, but there is a lot of love out there for the Griffin family underdog! Maybe lots of people can relate to her being the family’s punching bag. It’s sad, but so many future Meg fan arts are just gorgeous.
I’m getting cool, single Mom vibes from this Meg again.
Although she could just be making herself breakfast in her super awesome kitchen. I love those summer pajamas, though. Turns out future Meg can pull any look off! Hang in there Megatron!
Artwork by Ashiva-K-I.
21 The Awkward Years
This Stewie shows very little resemblance to the diabolical genius that he was in the early seasons. Can you imagine this guy building doomsday devices or attempting to take over the world?
Nope, he’s just your average awkward teenager hoping to woo that special someone.
What’s bizarre about this is Stewie’s outfit looks a little outdated. It looks a little seventies to me. So, either Stewie gets in retro fashion when he grows up, or he uses his time machine to go on dates. Perhaps he falls for someone from a different time and has to hide the fact he’s from the future.
Artwork by EtherealVision.
20 Causally Bad
This teenage Stewie is probably a lot more accurate. He just looks happy and casual, like a normal high schooler. If that simple smile is anything to go by, he abandoned his plans for world domination long ago.
Maybe he looks back and cringes at who he was when he was younger... but who can say they are the same person they were when they were two?
He does look a little too normal here; I imagined Stewie would go into a goth phase in high school or become an art geek.
Artwork by BurandiChan.
19 Mystical Meg
When looking at a picture of my sixteen-year-old self recently, I realized how much my face had changed in less than ten years. We don’t notice the changes ourselves, looking in the mirror every day, but the changes are there.
That’s what this Meg picture makes me think of. Her face is still similar to the one we’re used to seeing, but there are subtle differences in her eyes, her nose, and her mouth. You can tell that it’s Meg Griffin, but this woman has certainly done some growing up.
Artwork by Ashiva-K-I.
18 Chris Cleaned Up
This fan art is simple, but there is a lot there. Chris has always been a very happy character, despite his home life and not being the most like kid at school. There is that happy-go-lucky smile that he always seems to have on his face and it’s nice to think he never loses it.
A running joke in Family Guy is Chris’s lack of personal hygiene, but subtle things here show he’s grown out of that.
Maybe it’s just his neat shirt, his combed hair, and that he’s finally let go of that old hat.
Artwork by Random-panda7.
17 Visiting Grandma
This fan art shows a college student Meg visiting her Grandmother Barbara. The family relationships in Family Guy seem to follow a typical television issues path. Barbara left Lois with issues, Lois projects those issues onto Meg who resents her mother, yet Barbara and Meg seem to get along very well. It’s a bit harsh to Lois, but at least Meg grows up with at least one good family relationship.
I love this college Meg. She’s experimenting with her style in a very student manner. The pink belt reflects her old style, but the jeans and jacket with badge make her look artsy and carefree.
Artwork by Ashiva-K-I.
16 Stu And The Dogs
I hate to be the person to bring this up, but assuming that this Stewie is at least fourteen, I’m not sure those dogs would still be around. That’s around twelve years since the current point in the series which would make Brian around twenty.
That’s younger than the oldest dog who ever lived, but that’s still pretty old for a dog.
Mind you, Stewie is a genius. If he can make a time machine, maybe he can mutate the genetics of both Brian and Vinnie to make them live as long as humans.
Artwork by ldejruff.
15 Mother Meg
This image is just too cute! Having grown up with a terrible mother, I can only hope that Meg learns from her mother’s mistakes and becomes a better mother. But judging by the smiles between the two, they have a great relationship. Since she is in the Griffin house here, I assume that she’s brought her own daughter over to visit her grandparents.
For some reason, I like to think that Meg is a single parent. Meg is much stronger than she seems and could completely stand on her own. I imagine these two having a supportive, close relationship.
Artwork by ZroFrost.
14 The Griffin-Simpson Wedding
Well, this certainly is an interesting ship. One could argue that Meg is too old for Bart, being eighteen when he is ten. But maybe they reunited years later when Bart was much older. Besides, Bart has existed for around thirty years at this point, so really, he’s much older than Meg.
Although if Bart is much older here, I don’t know who all those kids on Meg’s train are.
I don’t want to knock this ship, since Quahog canonically exists in the same universe as Springfield. But Meg can do better!
Artwork by PerkyGoth14.
13 The Sides Of Stewie
This fan art is interesting as I recognize two of these versions of Stewie from the show. The first is Stewie when he was trying to create his weather control device in I Never Met the Dead Man. The one on the right is a non-canonical future Stewie seen in a cutaway where he is at college.
The one in the middle I assume is a fan creation Stewie, possibly in high school, between the other stages of Stewie.
I’ve mentioned how I like the aged-up Chris and Meg still maintaining their favorite colors and have similar feelings about Stewie’s adapted version of his yellow and red dungarees.
Artwork by Kyzmonkey.
12 Growing Up Is Hard
The grown-up Megs we’ve seen so far seems to have recovered well from her abusive childhood. She seemed to have moved on and grown stronger. But this moment is very different. She looks very melancholy, like she is reliving painful memories in her head. After everything she’s been through, she deserves a few moments like this.
Even if she sometimes gets down because of her past, at least she seems to be very successful. That bathroom is huge and beautiful! You can’t escape your past, but with a house like that, it must be easier to deal with.
Artwork by Ashiva-K-I.
11 Creepy Side Of Chris
While the style of Chris is the same as the teenaged Chris from the show, the realistic style face looks far older than what he usually looks like. Even Chris who has had to deal with a lot of stress and who isn’t exactly the healthiest around.
Maybe there is some sad story here as to why he dresses the same way. Perhaps he has been repeatedly held back in school. He’s never been the brightest bulb in the tanning bed! To me though, the pencil shows that he still has a passion for art, rather than struggling in school.
Artwork by KDLIG.
10 The Other Simpson-Griffins
Apparently, that trip to Springfield was a very good idea for the Griffin kids! This ship is a little better, since Stewie and Maggie are pretty much the same age. (Although I’ll say again, it’s been confirmed that this isn’t the marriage that Stewie wants.)
It’s bizarre that the kids just look like one or the other, rather than just being a mixture of the two of them. But this does look like these characters in the future. Although Maggie is far too old for that bow!
Artwork by ChiQs09.
9 A Quiet Moment
Okay, so I made fun of Stewie and Maggie for not being a compatible pairing and Bart and Meg for their age difference- but both ships sail circles around this one. For one, isn’t Quagmire canonically sixty-one when Meg is much younger? That’s a forty-three-year-old age difference.
Secondly, Quagmire is a pig and Meg can do better.
Having said that, I can’t hate this fan art. It’s just too beautifully done! Maybe Quagmire takes really good care of himself and Meg changed him for the better, as this image is too serine.
Artwork by Ashiva-K-I.
8 Future Happiness
Doesn’t this fan art just break your heart?
This artwork depicts an older Stewie next to a human Brian. Sure, Brian wouldn’t really work as a character if he were a human in the show, but when you see something like this you really wish he was, since he would meet his end before Stewie grew up. The special bond between dog and baby in the show goes past all others. I guess things that don’t really talk can form really meaningful relationships behind our backs.
Artwork by Skybluespirit.
7 Heavy Metal Griffin
Instead of being a simply age-up for a character, this fan art reimagines Chris Griffin as the character Toki Wartooth from the other adult animation Metalocalypse. As Toki is significantly older than the teenaged Chris, I consider this to be an age-up.
It’s certainly not a bad reimagining. Someone familiar with both programs can recognize both characters. They are both also incredibly naive and innocent, with a child-like nature. Plus, remembering the Family Guy episode Saving Private Brian, Chris can be a very devoted metalhead! Perhaps in the future, he’ll fall back into the habit.
Artwork by FearOfTheBlackWolf.
6 Weird Baby, Weird Teen
This is a teenage Stewie I can completely get on board with. Stewie being a very smart baby, even if the case is that he can’t really speak, he’s going to turn into a very smart teen. But that doesn’t mean that teen will be well behaved; baby Stewie isn’t! I want Stewie to fall into the wrong crowd, spike up his hair and wear eyeliner. Imagine being that moody, cynical teen but actually having the technology to rule the world!
According to the artist, this isn’t Meg, but Stewie’s niece of a similar age. I hope they are best friends who assist each other’s evil plans.
Artwork by VictorTheBabysitter.
5 Stewie And Stu
Rather than being a traditional fan art, this is a still from Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, edited by a fan. While it might not be as impressive as the beautiful Meg paintings we’ve seen, it still shows devotion to the show.
The film was pretty depressing when you think about it. Poor Stewie’s life pretty much falls apart because of something that happened to him as an infant! That’s why I love this; it’s a really simple edit but giving Stewie his hair back just renews his confidence and makes him look ten times healthier than he did in the film.
4 Another Side Of Stewie
This is possibly my favorite entry on this list because it doesn’t look like the Stewie we know now. Yes, it’s the character drawn in a different cartoon style, but it also fits in with the concept of growing up.
All babies have oddly shaped heads.
While Stewie’s is more different than most, it could gain a more normal shape as he got older. His face would change also.
True, Family Guy is a cartoon, but it shows a lot of creativity to build a completely different version of the same character. Plus, look how happy he is!
Artwork by The-Ds2.
3 Sensible Stewie
This fan art of Stewie is sweet, but it’s also a little plain. There isn’t a lot of personality here. But then again, Stewie has a lot of personality as an infant, so maybe he calms down a lot when he gets a bit older.
I think in this fanart he looks around ten or twelve. So not really a grown-up, but older than he is now. Perhaps he’s at that stage in growing up when you don’t really know who you are yet and are still looking for a style. (But where does that black hair come from?)
Artwork by Deonpalmer45.
2 Cool And Calm
This Meg I’m interpreting as being in her late twenties, in the middle of summer. The style is still very youthful and free, but she carries herself well. There is a subtle confidence there and a sureness. She’s certainly a lot more confident then she was when she was a teenager.
Perhaps she had finally had laser eye surgery to get rid of her huge glasses. (Which is perfectly safe, Lois!)
Glasses are great and suit loads of people, but if you feel more confident without them, then do what you have to.
Artwork by FlaminKitsune.
1 A New Meg
There isn’t a great difference in this Meg and the Meg we all know and love. But she looks more mature, more sensible and honestly a lot happier than she does in the show. Given how much she’s gone through during the parts of her childhood we’ve seen, it’s nice to see her looking somewhat normal (at least on the surface).
It’s also nice to see that she carried some of her teenage fashion into adulthood. Her familiar colors are all there, they’ve just aged up with her.
Artwork by iLoveMegGriffin06.