Death, also known as The Grim Reaper, is a recurring character in Family Guy. He depicts the common personification of "death", and appears, whenever a character goes through an event that's enough to kill them, so he can put them to death. When he shows up, people are either horrified and beg for mercy, or they start bickering with him, over whether they should really be pronounced dead or not. He is voiced by Norm Macdonald originally then by Adam Carolla.
In "Death Is a Bitch", Death suffers a sprained ankle while trying to chase Peter, and has to rest up at the Griffins'. Concerned that people must not learn that the rules of death have been suspended, Death sends Peter to do his work, lending Peter his cloak and scythe. In the meantime, Death stays in the living room wearing a Providence College sweatsuit loaned to him by the Griffins.
In "Wasted Talent", he goes to a frat house where the members drank themselves to death trying to win the contest. After sitting down and helping himself to several of their beers by using his eye socket as a bottle opener, he leaves and backs into a police car while intoxicated.
During "Death Lives", Peter helps Death to get a date with Amy, an assistant in a pet store. When they finally get together over a coffee, Death discovers that her views on animals are irritating and boring, so he touches her with the usual results, she falls dead, spilling her coffee, as he calls for the check. Death in return helps Peter out with his relationship with Lois, as he also did in Meet the Quagmires, where he allows Peter to travel back in time to 1984 repeatedly to initially live a life of bachelorhood, and then to try and save his marriage with Lois. During their adventures, Peter pulls down his hood, revealing a skull with snakes and bugs crawling all over it.
In "Mr. Saturday Knight", he brings his dog to claim Brian Griffin, but because Jonathan Weed ended up choking to death on the roll instead, they take him.
In "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1" a young Quagmire, in an argument with the young Peter over who was braver, bets Peter is too chicken to laugh at Death in the face. Peter does this with extreme confidence, and Death, who is wearing a pro-smoking T-shirt, responds by proclaiming that his chances of fitting in have decreased because of what had just happened.
In "The Perfect Castaway", he shows up to point out the giant wave about to capsize the S.S. More Powerful Than Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and the Incredible Hulk Put Together.
In "I Take Thee Quagmire", he comes to Glenn Quagmire's staged funeral after meeting with NBC about the fate of Joey. He ends up taking his wife Joan Quagmire, and two men who high five him.
He makes a cameo as a performer of "Peter is Slow" in "Petarded".
In "Meet the Quagmires", Death comes to check on Horace, the bartender at The Drunken Clam after he falls off of a ladder. Bored with his life, Peter talks Death into letting him see what his life would have been like if he had chosen to liven it up more.
Death gives Peter a glimpse of what life would be like without alcohol in "Friends of Peter G", after Peter is killed in a car crash. He advises Peter to drink responsibly. When Death dies in a traffic accident caused by Carter Pewterschmidt in "Grumpy Old Man", Superdeath arrives to oversee his transition. Death wonders if he'll go to Heaven but Superdeath tells him he's being reincarnated in China. Death disappears but quickly reappears with the two noting he'd been born a girl in China.
Death comes to pick up a mailman killed by Stewie with his ray gun in the special opening of "Bigfat".
Death returns in "3 Acts of God", to tell Cleveland his show had been canceled and is asked by Peter to meet God. He agrees and brings them to Heaven.
Death is an extremely annoying person to be around, he is blunt, rude and ungrateful. In his first appearance he repeatedly annoys Lois despite her attempts to make him feel better. However this aspect of him may be attributed to peoples own attitude towards him, he says that he is tired of always being labeled the bad guy just for doing a job that has to be done.
All the people Death has taken the lives of.
- Several Fraternity members, who O.D.ed during a party. (Wasted Talent)
- Amy (Death Lives)
- Jonathan Weed (Mr. Saturday Knight)
- The Friends spin-off series, Joey, referencing to it's cancellation. (I Take Thee Quagmire)
- Himself in a car accident. (Grumpy Old Man)
- An unnamed mailman, killed by Stewie's ray gun. (Bigfat)
- The Family Guy spin-off series, The Cleveland Show, referencing to it's cancellation. (3 Acts of God)
- Death is a Bitch
- Wasted Talent
- Meg for Mercy
- Da Boom
- If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin'
- Peter Griffin: Husband, Father, ... Brother?
- Love is in the Air
- Pubic Indecency (Cameo)
- Power Over Peter
- Mr. Saturday Knight
- Peter the Cheater
- I Take Thee Quagmire
- Death Lives
- Family Guy Viewer Mail #1 (As a Baby)
- Petarded (Cameo)
- The Perfect Castaway
- Stewie B. Goode (Mentioned)
- Meet the Quagmires
- Peterotica (Cameo)
- Stewie Kills Lois
- Lois Kills Stewie (Cameo)
- And Then There Were Fewer (Cameo)
- The Mortician
- Grumpy Old Man
- Friends of Peter G
- Deaf Penalty (Non-Speaking Cameo)
- Livin' on a Prayer
- Finders Keepers
- 200 Episodes Later
- Thanksgiving With The Griffins (Flashback; Cameo)
- Road to Jamaica
- Turban Cowboy
- The Old Man and The Big C
- 12 and a Half Angry Men (Cameo)
- Valentine's Day in Quahog
- Bigfat (Non-Speaking Cameo)
- Mom's the Word
- A New Lease of Death
- 3 Acts of God
- House in Horror Hell
- Peter in Purgatory
- Bri, Robot
- Death was voiced by Norm MacDonald in "Death Is a Bitch". He was unable to reprise the role, as he was committed to Twenty Minutes with Stan Hooper. The role was given to Adam Carolla, who voiced him for all further appearances.
- Death can be seen without his hood in "Wasted Talent" and "Death Lives". His head is a bare skull in "Wasted Talent," but in "Death Lives" it is a skull covered with bugs, and a snake crawling in and out.
- Death fits the stereotypical description of a teen rebel, never thinking he fits in and having girl troubles.
- In "Death Is a Bitch", Death twists his ankle badly while chasing Peter under the mistaken impression that he's dead and has to stay at the Griffins until he feels better. However, in "Death Lives" he is shown to have his entire lower leg broken off by a stray soccer balls and is later shown, legs intact and apparently none the worse for the wear.
- Stewie is a big fan of Death.
- Death is of ambiguous sexual orientation, evidenced by a number of things, such as:
- When animals see him in "Death Lives" they go into a panic.
- Oddly enough, whenever death touches someone, they usually die, but he has touched Peter multiple times with no harmful effects. In "Death Lives", this could be explained because Peter was having a near death experience, but other times he was fully healthy. In addition, "Death Is a Bitch" demonstrated that if Death becomes incapacitated then humanity becomes immortal and unable to feel pain until he is recovered. Thus Stewie is able to massage his foot without dying.
- Death has no ass.
- According to the fact ups for Something, Something, Something, Dark Side, Death was originally cast to play Emperor Palpatine, but when It's A Trap! started production, the staff realized Carter Pewterschmidt was more suited, so they went back and replaced Death with Carter in Dark Side for continuity's sake.