Christopher Cross "Chris" Griffin is the middle child of the Griffin Family . He is 13 in the first three seasons.
Though Chris is not the brightest one in the family, he is particularly coherent and makes a good point when talking about movies with Carl 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, it stated that Chris "wouldn't hurt a fly, unless it landed on his hot dog". He once believed his low grades in mathematics were caused by himself when he tickled his brain by sticking an army man's rifle into his nose and accidentally puncturing a lobe. Chris both enjoys and excels at drawing and once almost managed to become a famous artist in New York, but failed when he refused to estrange his family.
Chris, like his father, is obese, has a low IQ, and little to no common sense.
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!" Also, 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 a running gag, Chris is regularly tormented by an evil monkey who lives in his closet.
While Chris is better treated than Meg Griffin, he is usually more subjected to Peter's thoughtlessness, since Peter frequently neglects Chris in favor of other children or himself, and often accuses Chris of being "needy." Unlike Peter, Chris also doesn't seem to dislike Megas much, merely having a rather extreme sibling-rivalry relationship and at times, treats her very well.