In Family Guy the mayor of Quahog is Adam West

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Is this character a representation of the actor who played Batman?

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Or is the character's name just a coincidence?

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    Mayor West is actually played by the real Adam West, so it's clearly not just a coincidence.. Aug 16, 2013 at 15:56
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    As a side note, Adam West also voiced a "playing himself" style role in another animated comedy (that I'm aware of, anyway): in The Fairy Oddparents he is Catman (in his mind; in the show's reality he's a crazy Adam West), an incompetent superhero who was also a child TV star (Catkid). The comedic stylings are very similar to Mayor Adam West, though in this case it's a very obvious parody of his 60's Batman role. He started this role about the same time as he did Mayor Adam West. May 28, 2018 at 4:12

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When asked about the Adam West character in an interview with A.V. Club, Seth MacFarlane said:

I wrote on a show called Johnny Bravo when I was at Hanna-Barbera, and he guest-starred as himself. He was so funny, and he's got this way about him. I think he likes playing into what he's known for, even on a casual basis. He's a really fun guy to work with, and genuinely gets comedy. It's not the type of situation where you just bring somebody in to make fun of themselves. The character we've created is kind of this alternate-universe Adam West where he's mayor of this town, and we deliberately have not made any references to Batman, because we like keeping that separate. It's the obvious place to go. We tried it, we thought it would be funny to do something different with the mayor of this town. People like Clint Eastwood and Martin Sheen who have taken whacks at this sort of thing–there's a precedent for it, actors getting into politics. He's the mayor, but he's this guy who clearly does not have it all together. The first couple episodes we did, we got a great response from fans in their teens, who I can't imagine, necessarily, know who he is from the old Batman show. He's one of the characters we get the most requests for more of. It's nice, because to me it means we've built a funny character around him that doesn't just play off of the fact that he's a celebrity. He's playing himself, but he's not playing himself.

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    So in the end he isn't really "a representation of the actor who played Batman", but neither "is the character's name just a coincidence". ;)
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:47
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    @ChristianRau Something like that, yeah ;)
    – Tom
    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:04
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    He's a dude, playing a dude disguised as another dude! youtube.com/watch?v=vpaQ-6mJpzk
    – Reactgular
    Aug 22, 2013 at 19:40
  1. The actor who voices Adam West in Family Guy actually is Adam West (the guy who plays the Batman you pictured).

  2. Whether it's a real representation of the actor himself (modern appearance) is something you'll have to determine yourself.

  3. Whether there's some in-joke or particular reason why Adam West was cast or the character name was the same is something that's unknown (at least in my limited research I just did now).

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