Roger's disguises on American Dad are without a doubt one of the best aspects of the show. He’s been everything from Lord of the Rings’s Gollum to a Bond Villain. The Roger Smith personas are a necessary part of his existence, since he is an alien after all, he can’t very well go out and mingle with the general public. Things have definitely evolved from "Roger the alien in disguise" to the disguises becoming an integral part of Roger’s personality.
Very little is known about his past. Viewers know he landed in Roswell years ago and his only mention of his parents was that his mother suffers from arthritis and he wishes she could figure out Skype. Apparently, he ate his father at 14 years old and he still has bits of his leg. Roger’s many fictitious identities have contributed to his journey of discovering what his true identity is now… even if that means exploring what it’s like to be a Jacuzzi salesman that smokes crack out of a Rubix Cube. Keep reading for some of Roger's best disguises on American Dad.
In Season 8 Episode 7, Roger's most hated alter-ego, Ricky Spanish emerges from a trash bag in the back of the closet. Roger forgot that Ricky Spanish is the most hated man in town and goes out for a stroll resulting in menacing glares and a physical assault. Roger decides to go on a mission to try and right Ricky’s wrongs and 'reinvent’ himself.
Horse Renoir, Bounty Hunter
Nobody makes a better villain than a Roger disguise. Season 2 Episode 19's Horse Renoir was created to hunt down Jeff when Roger and Stan find out he's wanted in Florida. The above scene features Jeff's father. Besides having maybe the best name ever, Horse Renoir has an epic costume, which we have come to expect from Roger.
In Season 7 Episode 10, “Wheels & Legman and the Case of Grandpa’s Key,” Steve and Roger create a fictional detective agency. Steve’s persona is Wheels, and Roger is Legman. Unfortunately, their partnership in solving crime is disrupted when Stan joins the team and starts ruining all the fun.
In Season 3 Episode 10, “Tearjerker”, Roger is the villain Tearjerker, who has been abducting celebrities. He's been replacing them with robots so no one will notice they’re missing while he forces them to star in his movies. His plan is to release a worldwide premiere of a film so sad, that people literally cry themselves to death.
Roger as Gollum
In Season 5, Episode 13, “The Return of the Bling,” Roger confesses to playing on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team as Chex LeMeneux and using steroids to win. Stan takes his medal away from him because he didn’t really earn it. Roger flips out and goes ‘Gollum’ on Stan as he attempts to get ‘his precious’ back.
Doctor Ya Ya, Creator of Ecstasy
In Season 7 Episode 16 “The Kidney Stays in the Picture,” Francine’s pre-marital indiscretion comes to light and Stan realizes Hayley may not actually be his biological daughter. Stan and Francine end up traveling back in time to 1996 where they meet Doctor Yaya, Roger’s crazy persona that claims to have invented ecstasy.
Season 7 Episode 7, “The People vs Martin Sugar” features Roger as Martin Sugar running a sweatshop and eventually gets arrested. Stan just so happens to be the jury foreman at Roger’s trial and can’t wait to make sure Roger is finally punished for all his shenanigans. Roger turns up the charm, but Stan refuses to let the other jurors return anything but a guilty verdict.
General Juanito Pequeño
In Season 6 Episode 2, “Moon Over Isla Island,” Roger is General Juanito Pequeño, the dictator of a small island. He makes ridiculous changes to the country, starting with its new name, “Bananarama”, and changes the national anthem to “Venus.” He decides to have all the residents painted yellow and then changes his mind and makes them turquoise.