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* [[Characters/FuturamaThePlanetExpressCrew The Planet Express Crew]]
* [[Characters/FuturamaMainRecurringCharacters Main Recurring Characters]]
* [[Characters/FuturamaPlanetExpressCrewRelatives Planet Express Crew Relatives]]
* [[Characters/FuturamaAntagonists Antagonists]]
* [[Characters/FuturamaOtherCharacters Other Characters]]

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* [[Characters/FuturamaThePlanetExpressCrew The Planet Express Crew]]
Crew]] [[labelnote:Click to Expand]]Fry, Leela, Bender, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Hermes, Amy[[/labelnote]]
* [[Characters/FuturamaMainRecurringCharacters Main Recurring Characters]]
Characters]] [[labelnote:Click to Expand]]Nibbler, Zapp Brannigan, Kif Kroker, Scruffy, Linda, Morbo[[/labelnote]]
* [[Characters/FuturamaPlanetExpressCrewRelatives Planet Express Crew Relatives]]
Relatives]] [[labelnote:Click to Expand]]Cubert Farnsworth, Leo and Inez Wong, Fry's Family, Hermes's Family[[/labelnote]]
* [[Characters/FuturamaAntagonists Antagonists]]
Antagonists]] [[labelnote:Click to Expand]]Mom, Walt, Larry and Igner, Robot Devil, Robot Santa Claus, Donbot, Lrrr and Ndnd, Richard Nixon's head, Dr. Ogden Wernstrom, Roberto[[/labelnote]]
* [[Characters/FuturamaOtherCharacters Other Characters]]Characters]] [[labelnote:Click to Expand]]Calculon, Smitty and URL, Hedonismbot, Dr. Cahill, "God", Elzar[[/labelnote]]
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[[folder:Philip J. Fry]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"People said I was dumb, but I proved them!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest
-->Debut: ''"Space Pilot 3000"''

The main character. Fry is a decent, honest and fun-loving guy, but he's also immature, lazy, and not very bright. Once a pizza boy from the 20th century, he accidentally cryogenically freezes himself during a delivery run on New Years' Eve, 1999 and wakes up on New Years' Eve 2999. HilarityEnsues when he gets a job at Planet Express as a delivery boy, working for his closest living relative, distant nephew Professor Farnsworth.

* AcePilot: Surprisingly proves himself to be one whenever he takes control of a ship. All of his time playing video games payed off.
* {{Adorkable}}: Mostly due to his childish nature and his kooky mannerisms, and he's a Trekkie. He's not seen as particularly attractive in-universe, but he manages to date some fairly hot women at times.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Implied by Bender (who lives with him) with many off-hand insults/jokes that Fry masturbates frequently. A whole episode, "Spanish Fry", featured one long RunningGag of Bender making jokes about this at Fry's expense.
* AllLovingHero: He's a pretty compassionate guy and has a tendency of bonding with his enemies.
* AmusingInjuries: Horrifically painful things happen to him on a regular basis (Bender slashing his throat, Bender strangling him for drinking his beer, Bender trying to run him over...)
* AngstWhatAngst: Lampshaded in-universe, his reaction upon learning he's woken up a thousand years in the future. Justified in that no one from Fry's time liked or even respected him and he had a miserable life as a delivery boy (though later episodes do show that his family did care about him, and Fry had a dog named Seymour who was loyal to him):
-->'''Fry''': My God, it's the future! My parents! My co-workers! My girlfriend! I'll never see any of them again!
-->''{{Beat}}''
-->'''Fry''': YAHOO!
* AscendedFanboy: When saving the cast of ''Star Trek''.
* AttractiveBentGender: In "Neutopia" ("[[BrainlessBeauty Now when I say stupid things guys all laugh and buy me stuff.]]") Not that he wasn't good-looking.
* AudienceSurrogate: During some of his FishOutOfTemporalWater moments.
* BadassAdorable: His (admittedly ''gross'') naivete keeps him from being too much of a hardened {{Badass}} (and lets him be likeable as just a regular guy) but he has a lot of really heroic and outstanding moments through the show.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He was all mellow while he was fighting with Zoidberg to the death. But when Zoidberg cut his arm off, he screamed "You BASTARD!!! I'll kill you! YOU BASTARD!!!
* BewareTheSillyOnes: He may be a silly, goofy, naive ditz, but make him mad and you're ''dead meat''.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Inverted. A season 2 episode has Amy and Leela seeing Fry's [[UnusualEuphemism human horn]] and laughing at it. Whether this has anything to do with Fry's apparent lacklustre performances in the bedroom is unknown.
* BookDumb: He's a lazy, childish slacker who doesn't have much more knowledge regarding anything else outside of a small sector of nerdy interests. In one episode, he attends Mars University, ''just so he can drop out''. Despite all of this, he does manage to be quite clever at times, as well as pull off some remarkable feats and moments of clarity when given the right motivation.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: He ''loves'' living in the 31st century, due to always dreaming of going to space and being interested in what the future would look like, and never feeling like he had much going for him back in his own time. He still doesn't have much, but he enjoys his surroundings a lot more.
* BrooklynRage: Though he grew up in Midwood, Brooklyn, it takes a lot to get him angry. But when he does get mad...
* BuffySpeak: Occasionally lapses into this. "Like a balloon... and something bad happens!"
* BunnyEarsLawyer: In "Near Death Wish", Fry wins Delivery Boy of the Year!
* ButtMonkey: Not as bad of a case as Zoidberg or Kif, though.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In regards to his sensitivity. Early on in the show, there was actually a plot point in one episode that Fry was too masculine and dense to cry; this is a ''complete'' 180 of his personality later in the show, where he practically cries every other episode ([[HopelessSuitor usually over Leela]]). He also celebrated arriving in the future in the pilot, which is inconsistent with later episodes that depict him as missing his family.
* ChickMagnet: He has attracted several very good looking women, including Leela and Amy. His {{Adorkable}} nature and NiceGuy attitude probably have something to do with it.
* TheChosenOne: [[spoiler: His lack of the Delta Brainwave has made him the most important person in the universe, regularly saving it from certain doom.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Always.
--> '''Fry:''' Wait, I'm having one of those things... like a headache, with pictures.
--> '''Leela:''' An idea?
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** He's actually quite competent when the chips are down.
** In "Law and Oracle", he joined the police force and actually made Detective... but got fired because he warned Bender that he was suspected of a future crime.
** "Fun on a Bun" [[TookALevelInBadass Take this trope to a new level]] where, after a freak accident, Fry loses his memories, is found by a secret society of Neanderthals (and is mistaken as one of them), leads them in a war against the far technologically advanced human civilization... and they got an [[CurbStompBattle easy victory]] [[RockBeatsLaser over them]]!
** He challenged [[ActionGirl Leela]] to hand-to-hand combat and holds his own quite well. This feat clearly [[{{Awesome/Futurama}} takes the cake on Badass]]!
** Fry is amazing at anything related to or involving video games. He's an excellent gunman on the Planet Express Ship and he completely owned the entire crew at a video game.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Fry is often accused of {{Flanderization}}, but his intelligence actually fluctuates depending on the episode, with the second episode already making him act like an idiot.
* DirtyCoward: In "The Series Has Landed" Fry gets a moon rover caught in a lunar dust pool. He declares "It's every man for himself!" and bails out, only to sink up to his neck in the very same dust. He immediately calls for Leela to save him. He gets called this in "War is the H-Word" when he, wielding the only charged phaser, blasts himself a hole to hide in. Though at the end of that episode, he does ride a bouncing ball to the peace meeting to save the life of his best friend.
* DisabilityImmunity: Due to his past-nastyification which caused Fry to become [[MyOwnGrandpa his own grandfather]], he's unique as the only sentient being in the universe without the Delta Brainwave, thus making him immune to the Brain Spawn's mental attacks. The Nibblonians refer to this as his "superior, but inferior mind". This later proves even more efficent when he [[spoiler:faces the Brain Spawn for a second time and saves a primordial, unborn creature from "the Dark One".]]
* DisabilitySuperpower: Not exactly a "superpower", but early on in the show, he once accidentally infected himself with a colony of space worms that actually ''improved'' his body and mind from the inside out, turning him into a suave genius ([[spoiler:much like his future self, Lars]]) and super-powering his muscles (enough to flip a very burly man over his shoulder with no effort). It also enabled him to play the notoriously difficult-to-master "Holophonor" instrument, which later [[ChekhovsGun comes back]] in a big way as the key to [[WillTheyOrWontThey finally]] [[RelationshipUpgrade win]] [[JustFriends Leela's]] heart.
* DisneyDeath: He has way too many to count. Arguably the first is when he was frozen in the year 2000, and his family assumed him to be dead. Averted in "Fun on a Bun", when he [[spoiler:is presumed dead after falling into a meat chopper]]. Granted, [[spoiler:he didn't die, but the implications before this revelation are quite macabre]].
** [[spoiler: Double Subverted in the series finale. He- yes, Fry himself and not a clone or something of the sort- ''finally'' dies for real via falling to his death from hundreds of stories. But, thankfully, TimeTravel saves the day before it's too late.]]
* TheDitz: Partly because he's a FishOutOfTemporalWater and partly because of that whole Delta Brainwave thing. In either case, he always seems to be a little slow on the draw.
** Here's an example from "All the Presidents' Heads":
--> '''Fry:''' Guess I better head over to my night job.\\
'''Leela:''' You have a night job?\\
'''Fry:''' Yup. It's exhausting, but I need the extra money to buy coffee so I can stay awake for my night job.\\
'''Leela:''' But--\\
'''Fry:''' Gotta go!
* DoggedNiceGuy: He chased comically after Leela. As time went on Leela returned more and more of his affection.
* DumbIsGood: For the most part. Sometimes his lack of intelligence causes him to be rather insensitive, but he's generally one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He's also one of the dumbest.
* TheEveryman: While he's frequently made to be ridiculously stupid, Fry is generally an average and relatable guy.
* {{Expy}}: He's pretty much like a younger [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]], although he's much less of a [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] {{jerkass}}.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: At first, but he quickly adapts. In fact, 'The Cryonic Woman' makes light of the fact that he adjusted ''very'' quickly and well to the future, and that he fits in better there than in the present.
* {{Flanderization}}: He started out as just an ordinary, kinda dumb 20th-century everyman. After accidentally [[HumanPopsicle getting cryogenically frozen for a thousand years]], he was just your average modern college dropout trying to adjust to an unrecognizable sci-fi future where everyone he ever loved was long-dead. Within a few episodes of the pilot, his below-average intelligence started getting more pronounced until he was too stupid to be real, even by modern standards.
* FluffyTamer: A bone vampire with acidic spit and urine, razor sharp talons, enormous strength and an insatiable lust for bones, that loved him to bits and acted like a puppy around him.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Phlegmatic
* FriendToAllLivingThings : Has been shown to inspire an amazing loyalty and connection with all of his pets, ranging from his old dog, Seymour, who waited for him to get back for 12 years, to his hamster that was still loyal to him after he put it through astronaut training, to a narwhal that he taught to eat and live again, to...
* FoolForLove: Fry does genuinely love Leela, but his childishness puts her off, regardless of how hard Fry tries. Not helping matters is that Fry's attempts to impress her are equally childish, or poorly thought out.
* FutureBadass: [[spoiler:Lars Filmore was a time sphere-created duplicate of Fry who spent several years in the past and became older, wiser and more competent as a result]]
* GeniusDitz: Sometimes he does things ridiculously well to the point of brilliance (e.g. writing a symphony (once he got the hands to play it), driving the ship and shooting at a chasing car of robot mafia at the same time, and re-arranging an entire galaxy with a gravitational array to write Leela a love message).
* GenreSavvy: Best exemplified when he prevents the Omicronian invasion of Earth. Generally speaking, if the events play out like a video game or a sci-fi movie or television show, Fry knows just what to do.
* TheHeart: He's pretty much singlehandidly responsible for keeping the Planet Express crew together.
* TheHero: Being an impulsive {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and IdiotHero has not stopped him. He tends to have the most focus, often saves the day (even if accidentally) and most importantly of all, is the one who drew the RagtagBunchOfMisfits together.
* HeroicSacrifice: A lot, every one to protect Leela [[spoiler:but the only time that killed him was in ''Rebirth''. And technically the time it killed him in Bender's Big Score.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Bender.
* HiddenDepths: Despite being TheDitz, and having a superior/inferior brain, and often doing very stupid/suicidal things, when given the opportunity, he's pretty darn capable. This is perhaps best demonstrated in "Bender's Big Score", when [[spoiler:he spends years working his way up to assistant director of an aquarium back in the year 2000ish before returning to the year 3000ish as the suave, competent, charming Lars]].
* HollywoodDateless: In a sense, before taking many [[RelationshipUpgrade Relationship Upgrades]] with Leela in later seasons. Before all that, he often complained about why no woman would date him. But, he's clearly not as hopeless as he claims, having successfully picked up and slept with plenty of women over the show's run (still, they all admit he's... "meh" in bed).
%%* HonorBeforeReason
* HumanPopsicle Spent 1000 years as one, [[spoiler:even longer after time travel screws with things in TheMovie]].
* IdiotHero: "No I'm... doesn't!". He shows some awareness of this, and tends to move forward in spite of it. As he himself says in "The Duh-Vinci Code", "There's always going to someone smarter than you, so the only way you can be happy is to make the most of what you've got!"
* IgnoreTheFanservice: At one point he turns down an offer to shower with Leela and Amy because he's too busy spying on Bender.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Before finding out he was to be the savior of the universe. (Funny - he has a dead end job, sorta, but he still managed to rack up a list of one-of-a-kind adventures.) Oddly, he continues to have this mindset even after saving the world about a half a dozen times.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Somewhat useful even ''outside'' the WhatIf episode where they're being invaded by Nintendians. (That one time he blew up a Space Pirate ship with an arcade console-style targeting mechanism, for example, in 'Godfellas'.) Ironically, if the first episode is any indication, he actually kinda sucks at videogames, an idea reenforced by the fact that he apparently never got the last ship in ''SpaceInvaders'' when he was a kid.
* IncestIsRelative: Incest ''[[CrossesTheLineTwice twice]]''. First with his grandmother in the past, conceiving ''[[StableTimeLoop his own father]]'' in the process, making him his own grandson. Then later (in the 6th season episode "The Prisoner of Benda") when his mind was in Zoidberg's body he had sex with Leela while she was in ''in Farnsworth's body''. Though Farnsworth is a very distant descendant of Fry, the two have acknowledged each other as family since the beginning of the series. It was the first time Fry had sex with somebody ''he knew at the time was related to him''. Neither Zoidberg nor the professor experienced this because their minds were in other characters' bodies too. It was a body/mind-swapping episode.
* InformedFlaw: From all the comments about Fry's physique over the years, and all the injuries he's taken at Planet Express, he should really be a physical wreck, and badly out of shape. You'd never tell from looking at him.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: He has on a couple occasions unintentionally hurt one of his companions' feelings.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Many, but especially [[spoiler:in the first movie]]. When you stack it up, that example becomes Fry wanting Leela to be happy [[spoiler:on top of Lars wanting Leela to be happy.]] It's super-confusing when you work it out.
* IronButtMonkey: He's very resistant to the huge amounts of AmusingInjuries he receives. He get slammed into a wall at full speed by those transport tubes, surviving a fall from a helicopter without deploying his parachute, eating a big heaping bowl of salt, three cola induced heart attacks in high school. And those are the ones that don't involve super-advanced medicine or symbiotic worms.
* JumpedAtTheCall: He was overjoyed at the concept of working for Planet Express, despite having spent the last several hours trying to avoid being a delivery boy. He also told Nibbler he'd willingly help if the Nibblonians ever needed him again.
* JustFriends: With Leela to the point where people are getting tired of the WillTheyOrWontThey It has been shown/implied that they do get together in the end.
* KindheartedSimpleton: This trope may well be called ''The Fry''.
* TheKirk: He will ''freak out'' when presented with a life-threatening situation, though.
* LastNameBasis: From everyone, including his own great-great-[...]-great-grand-nephew.
** {{Lampshaded}} in one episode, when the TV mentions "Turanga Leela":
--->'''Fry''': ''"Turanga"?''
--->'''Amy''': That's her name, Philip!
--->'''Bender''': ''"Phillip"?!''
* {{Leitmotif}}: For some reason, Katrina and the Waves' "Walkin' on Sunshine". Even played at his funeral. On bagpipes. And it's his ringtone. And yet he can never get beyond the first verse (because it blows out Billy West's vocal chords).
%%* LethallyStupid
* LikeADuckTakesToWater: Literally unfrozen in 3000, he adapted readily to his new environment and picked up a few skills; and his (rather spotty) knowledge of how things worked in the past has helped out the crew a few times.
--> '''Professor:''' Tell us of this 'the wheel'!
* LimitedWardrobe: Almost always wears his combination of red jacket, T-Shirt and jeans which is a tribute to James Dean. It's a bit out of style in the 31st century. More impressive is the fact that his outfit has been destroyed or otherwise unrecoverable at the ends of some episodes, so he might be getting replacements somewhere. He evidently only owns one outfit at a time.
* LoserProtagonist: The opening alone has him get ridiculed by children, yelled at by his boss and dumped by his girlfriend. While he's still not much in the year 3000, he's at least content with his life and has found several friends... and Zoidberg!
* MadeOfIron: His incredible list of injuries aside, he also mentioned having had three heart attacks (due to excessive soda consumption), by the time he was in high school.
* ManChild: Although he mans up pretty quick in a crisis.
--> '''Fry:''' "At last, war has made me into a man. ''Wheeee!"''
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Feminine Boy to Leela's Masculine Girl.
* MeaningfulName: After Phil Hartman (the original intended voice of Zapp) was murdered, production gave Fry his first name in his honor.
* MoralityPet: For Bender.
--> '''Bender''': All those times I said "Kill all humans," I'd always whisper "except one". Fry was that one. And I never told him so!
* MustHaveCaffeine: ''Generally'' doesn't try to chug down 300 cups a day, except for that one time, but he does like his coffee. He is also constantly drinking Slurm Soda (enough to turn green when a soda machine was installed) and in high school, used to drink a hundred cans of Cola a week, which lead to ''three'' coca-cola related heart-attacks.
* MustMakeAmends: Fry finds his old dog from the 20th century fossilized in a construction site. Feeling bad for abandoning it (despite not meaning to) he arranges for the professor to actually revive it. With Science!
* MyOwnGrampa: As a result of [[RoswellThatEndsWell time travelling to 1947 Roswell.]]
* NaiveNewcomer: Usually catches up quick, though.
* NiceGuy: Probably the nicest character on the series and the only one to treat Zoidberg decently, according to him.
-->He was the only one of you who never struck me!
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: He ruined {{Heaven}} for ''EVERYONE'', all just so he could tell Bender that he's happy where he is. There was nothing actually ''wrong'' with wanting to contact his best friend. He clearly didn't expect Yivo to be such a {{Clingy Jealous G|irl}}uy and evict everyone for "cheating on him" with another universe.
** Or for Bender to use the letters he sent through the rift to create hypermatter weapons with which to attack Yivo and attempt to destroy heaven.
** His attempt at a HeroicSacrifice ends up kickstarting the plot of "The Sting" because [[spoiler:by using his body as a shield, the bee stinger winds up having to go through two bodies and Leela gets pierced by the tip, injecting her with all the venom. Had he not got in the way, she would just have been impaled like he was, which could be fixed with surgery]]. Of course he had no way of knowing that would happen so it was still noble.
* NonActionGuy: Usually, right up until the chips are down.
* OddFriendship: Fry seems to be able to befriend just about anyone.
* OnlyFriend: He's the only person Bender considers a friend. Whenever he chants "Destroy all humans" in his sleep, he always whispers "Except Fry." under his breath.
** Similarly, if anyone shows a notable degree of sympathy for Zoidberg, it's often him.
* OnlySaneMan: His idiocy aside, he is a lot more normal than most in the show.
%%* ParadoxPerson
* ReallyGetsAround: Not nearly as much as Amy, but there's a pretty good-sized list of wom- er, ''females'' he's gotten with. Some of them weren't even human! Like the [[CargoShip radiator girl from the Radiator Planet]]... which [[SubvertedTrope turned out to just be a radiator]].
* RedheadedHero: He's the main character and has red hair.
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: He's surrounded by aliens, mad scientists and robots. And he's just a working-class guy from Brooklyn.
* RipVanWinkle or ColdSleepColdFuture, either one.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Bender's Manly Man.
* TheSlacker: Even after coming to the future, he spends much of his time sitting on the couch and drinking beer.
* StableTimeLoop: His immediate family tree.
* TakingTheBullet: He always does this for Leela.
* TeenyWeenie: Poor Fry, guy can never catch a break. Ever. According to Amy and Leela, due to selective genetic engineering being rampant by the 31st century, Fry's normal "equipment" apparently doesn't stand the test of time. PlayedForLaughs by Bender, who occasionally makes "small" jokes at Fry's expense (who, of course, insists it's [[CompensatingForSomething "huge"]]).
* ThisLoserIsYou: A lazy, dimwitted everyman who serves as AudienceSurrogate.
* TimeAbyss: He has been frozen for a period of 2000+ years, and with the events of ''The Late Phillip J. Fry'', he may be one of the oldest living beings (chronologically).
* TookALevelInDumbass: In the earliest episodes, where he was supposed to be a FishOutOfTemporalWater and stories would mostly focus around him adapting to life in the 31st century, he was a fairly average guy with a dash of Cloudcuckoolander and a few moments of genuine cleverness. As the show progressed, he adapted to his surroundings much faster than the writers intended, and so he devolved into a gibbering manchild unless the writers needed him to say something profound.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Pineapples. He also loves anchovies on his pizza. Too bad they went extinct while he was frozen.
* TrueCompanions: If his friends are in trouble, he'll stop at nothing to save them.
* UnfazedEveryman: More-so before he was {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed into the IdiotHero.
* UnluckyEverydude: "I've run over black cats who were luckier than me."
* UnreliableNarrator: Fry's jaundiced views of his 20th century life are gradually revealed to be signs of his own immaturity. [[spoiler:Notably, The Why of Fry and Bender's Big Score show how much his family really loved him, and an early script of The Cryonic Woman had Fry's mother, not his girlfriend, follow him to the future.]]
* TheWatson: Fry is generally the one to ask questions, ranging from TechnoBabble to questions about someone's BackStory.
* WholeCostumeReference: He is dressed like Jim Stark from ''RebelWithoutACause''. Which puts him in the same company as [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]]...
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Leela. Tends toward they Will, in the end, but that it'll be difficult for them to get there.
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[[folder:Captain Turanga Leela]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"Look, I don't know about your previous captains, but I intend to do as little dying as possible."]]
-->Voiced by: Katey Sagal
-->Debut: ''"Space Pilot 3000"''

Leela is everything Fry isn't. Smart, strong, level-headed, a mutant, and a woman. So it's no surprise she ends up being the girl of his dreams. Leela was abandoned as a baby and grew up in an orphanarium. For the longest time she believed she was an alien from an unknown planet, but later found out she was a sewer mutant native to Earth. She is the conscience of the group, and is often prone to nagging them and expressing her outrage at their various immoral actions (though RuleOfFunny dictates that she is in many ways as bad as Fry and Bender).

* ActionGirl: Easily the most badass person on the crew.
* ActionGirlfriend: To Fry.
* AdamAndEvePlot: Leela was suckered into one by Alcazar who tricked her into believing they were the last of her supposed alien species. Later happened again with [[spoiler:Zapp Brannigan]] who managed to convince her that they were the last two humans alive, on a literal Garden of Eden like planet, [[spoiler:later discovered to be Earth]].
* AnimalNemesis: In "Möbius Dick".
* {{Badass}}: Strong, tough, highly skilled in martial arts.
* BadBoss: A mild case - as captain of the Planet Express ship, she often puts pride or personal grudges over the safety of her crew.
* BalloonBelly: During the FreakyFridayFlip, Amy gorges herself and fattens up Leela's body. Leela was not amused.
---> '''Leela''': Fry! Help! She's turning me into a parade float!
* BizarreAlienBiology: In the original series she was pretty much a one-eyed human. The movies added elbow talons (she trims them normally), a singing boil on her posterior, a mention that she lays an egg every few months, and temporarily a bunch of tentacles.
* BullyHunter: Leela will kick the crap out of anyone who treats kids poorly.
* BoobsOfSteel: Leela is probably the toughest person in the series. She's also among the bustiest.
* {{Cyclops}}: Her single eye doesn't seem to be much better than a normal one, though, and she usually wears contacts.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: To Fry (being his boss) for the first few episodes. After that, he adapts and stops being a Fish Out of Temporal Water, though she still takes on this role from time to time.
* CuteMonsterGirl: A beautiful one-eyed woman descended from a race inflicted with all kinds of BodyHorror. Her parents and people are formerly human, subterranean mutants and the fact that she happened to be born looking almost human is why they were able to pass her off as a Human Alien and send her to the surface world for a better life than they could give her.
* CutenessProximity: Leela is often a victim of this, even in the presence of animals that are generally not that cute, such as the muck leech on Mars in Into the Wild Green Yonder. A muck leech who turns out to be evil. It annoys the Nibblonians when she does this to them as well.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mainly when dealing with Zapp.
* DependingOnTheWriter: A lot of episodes (mostly the earlier ones) established her as a calm, sensible, unimpulsive woman who [[ActionGirl could defend herself in a pinch.]] Some episodes and the movies make her into a reckless, angry girl who would use violence as much as possible. Both make sense for her, really. She tries to conduct herself professionally for the sake of being the ship's captain but deep down, she harbors a lot of personal issues stemming from her origins and her life growing up. She has a lot of control but can be pushed easily as well.
* DoorstopBaby: Complete with bracelet and undecipherable Alienese note.
* DrivenToSuicide: One of the few serious examples in the show. Towards the end of "The Sting" she becomes so distraught over her inability to separate reality from her own dreams caused by the guilt she feels that she decides the only way out is to eat enough space honey to fall into a perpetual sleep. Luckily, Fry manages to talk her out of it and then [[spoiler:it turns out most of the episode was just AdventuresInComaLand and she wakes up for real]].
* {{Flanderization}}:
** She started as very archetypal captain figure, the {{Straight|Man}} ActionGirl that was sorely needed to run a crew and company that were barely competent in their own individual rights, occasionally showing odd, questionable quirks that kept her safely out of MarySue territory. In each successive season (especially the ComedyCentral ones), the latter aspect of her personality became increasingly prevalent to the point of consuming the rest of it, sometimes outright resembling {{Chickification}}. One could almost say that Fry didn't win her love by becoming smarter, but rather from her [[TookALevelInDumbass becoming dumber]].
** Leela's love for violence was played up later in the show and in the movies. Before than she just got irritated a lot and would sometimes react by punching people. In the movie, ''Bender's Game'', the professor has to put a shock collar on her to stop her from hitting and it doesn't even work. In fact, she starts to like the electric shocks because of her newly-formed association with them and violence. [[TooKinkyToTorture At one point, we see her moaning suggestively and repeatedly]].
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Choleric.
* FourStarBadass: In ''Bender's Big Score'', Leela steps up to take command of the Earth fleet after a surprise attack leads the ''Nimbus'' to be shot down just seconds into the battle. The trope later subverted somewhat as she ''does'' fail just as badly in the end, after realizing how hard it is to actually command a fleet. Hermes and Farnsworth take over and save the day though.
* FreakinessShame: Leela is extremely sensitive about her huge single eye, due in large part to being made fun of while growing up in the Orphanarium. Fry had always been attracted to Leela, eyeball and all. In fact, when Leela gets a prosthetic second eye in "The Cyber House Rules", Fry is the only one who objects, saying that [[FreakyIsCool he liked her better the way she was]].
* FriendToAllChildren: Being a former orphan herself, she's very kind to current kids at the orphanage.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: She's a known animal lover.
* GagBoobs: When she complained that the professor was investing too much in ship's speed and too little in ship's security, the professor replied that he does not complain when she changes her things. Leela replied that those things won't kill anyone... and Scruffy gets a severe hurt when he hits his head on the ship, because he was very DistractedByTheSexy. Well, he may get hospitalized, but it was worth it!
* GranolaGirl: An environmentalism who loves the animals and nature.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: When it comes to certain animals, such as space bees or bloodsucking leeches [[spoiler:aka "Dark Ones"]].
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: As described by Zapp Brannigan himself. "Set co-ordinates for 36-24-36, aka Leela".
* InformedAttractiveness: She has men falling for her pretty often, but this is shown to be subverted as often as it's played straight. It depends largely on the episode.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She can be snarky and a bit of a jerk sometimes, but she is a good person underneath it all.
* JustFriends: With Fry to the point where people are getting tired of the WillTheyOrWontThey It has been shown/implied that they do get together in the end. The end of "Overclockwise" pretty much confirms that Leela and Fry ultimately have a happy ending.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Masculine Girl to Fry's Feminine Boy.
* MeaningfulName: Turanga Leela is a reference to the "Turangalila-Symphonie", a piece of music most famous for prominently featuring the ondes Martenot, forerunner of the classc sci-fi staple the theremin. Also, in the case of purple-haired Leela, "Lila" means "purple" in German.
* MoodSwinger: When she thought Fry stood her up and died in an explosion in "The Late Philip J. Fry":
-->'''Leela:''' [[IFeelAngry I'm so angry. I mean, I'm so sad. But I'm still pretty angry. But also sad.]] ''(to Hermes)'' Can I be both?\\
'''Hermes:''' It's what he'd want.\\
'''Leela:''' Then that's what I am! ''(angrily kicks the television and sadly cries)''
* MsFanservice: She's very busty, her standard outfit consists of skin-tight tanktop and pants, her other "ordinary" outfits (such as formal dresses and swimsuits) invariably have a midriff window showing her belly button, and she's the most likely to be seen wearing strange, Stripperiffic outfits.
* NaiveAnimalLover: In "The Sting", she gets Fry killed (although it's just a dream) by bringing a killer space bee aboard the Planet Express because "it's so cuuuutteee!" In "Bender's Game", she refuses to save her friends from a giant worm called the Tunneling Horror because she has just vowed to never kill another living thing.
* NameOrderConfusion: Both Leela and her parents use a reversed naming convention, having their surname placed before their personal name. When referring to each other however, they only ever use seem to their personal names, unless giving a FullNameUltimatum.
* NotSoAboveItAll:
** For instance, in one episode, rather than pay a nominal parking fee for a Hollywood premiere she flies around for hours before landing on the La Brea Tar Pits... which is ''exactly'' the sort of thing she usually scolds Fry and Bender for.
** In "A Head in the Polls", after she spends the whole episode encouraging Fry to take an interest in politics and the electoral process:
--->'''Farnsworth:''' I can't believe it. [[DecidedByOneVote He won by a single vote.]]\\
'''Bender:''' Well it ain't my fault. I'm a non-voting felon, thank you.\\
'''Fry:''' Well it's not my fault either 'cause I forgot to vote.\\
'''Leela:''' Oh, crud! I ''knew'' there was something I meant to do today!
** She calls Fry a baby for whining about how the career chip hurt when inserted. Two seconds later, she does the same thing.
* OldShame: InUniverse example, having sex with Zapp is become this to her.
* OnlySaneWoman: Easily the most level-headed person, compared to Fry, Bender and the others.
* OrphanageOfFear: The "[[PerfectlyCromulentWord Orphanarium]]" where she grew up seems to be an odd mixture of this and OrphanageOfLove--it was (and still is) dirt-poor and she was picked on constantly, but the Warden seems like a nice guy... sort of.
-->'''Leela:''' Mr. Voggle, remember me?\\
'''Mr. Voggle:''' Leela. ''You're worthless and no one will ever love you!''\\
''(both laugh and hug)''\\
'''Leela:''' You used to say that all the time!\\
'''Mr. Voggle:''' Those were happier days.
* RadiationImmuneMutants: As a Mutant, she can plunge into a lake of toxic waste, swim around in it, and it won't do a thing to her.
* RubberForeheadAlien: [[spoiler:An InvokedTrope in her case; her parents tried to pass her off as one so she might have a better life than a sewer-dwelling mutant.]]
* {{Shorttank}}: She's the tomboyish female co-star.
* ShoutOut: Her name is an homage to a piece by 20th-century composer Olivier Messiaen, the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turangal%C3%AEla-Symphonie Turangalîla-Symphonie]]."
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: She seems to get her fair share of slapstick in later seasons. She's been hit on the head, electrocuted, sucked by a leech, attacked by an octopus and smashed into a wall by a door.
* SoapBoxSadie: Occasionally, and in the sense that it forms an episode's A-plot.
* TheSpock: Levelheaded, predictable ActionGirl.
* StatuesqueStunner: She's much taller than the rest of the Planet Express crew, even meeting Fry (who probably stands at or around six full feet) at eye-level.
* StepfordSmiler: Describes her method of coping with her tragic life by apologizing for a brief grief-stricken outburst and explaining that "usually I keep my sadness pent up inside where it can fester quietly as a mental illness."
* StraightMan: The serious, no-nonsense girl who provides the setup for most of Fry/Bender's jokes. She's also this to pretty much everyone in the main cast.
* SuperWristGadget: "This thing I wear on my wrist".
* TankTopTomboy: The level-headed, action-oriented leader of the Express crew. A tank top is her default outfit.
* TeamMom: So much that she follows Fry and Bender into the army so they won't get hurt.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Amy's Girly Girl.
* TomboyishPonytail: Obviously. She provides the page image.
* {{Tsundere}}
-->'''Leela''': "Fry, you ''idiot''! You noble ''idiot''!"
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: You may be able to sell SchmuckBait to Fry with ease, but not with her around.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Fry.
* WorkingWithTheEx: She and Fry were married, for all of the time it took her to file for divorce.
* WomenAreWiser: She's generally the one to talk Fry and Bender down from some crazy scheme. This is sometimes averted though, as Leela is generally more stubborn and short tempered than Fry, while Fry is typically the more moral and laid back one.
* WomanScorned: Let's just say you don't want to be on her bad side.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: She has purple hair, though it might be justified. She is a mutant.
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[[folder:Bender Bending Rodriguez (Bending Unit 22)]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"I'm Bender, baby! ''Please'' insert liquor!"]]
-->Voiced by: JohnDiMaggio
-->Debut: ''"Space Pilot 3000"''

A loudmouthed, kleptomaniac, misanthropic robot who also happens to be Fry's best friend. Despite his abrasive personality, has been known to PetTheDog on occasion. Bender drinks constantly, because his fuel cells are powered by alcohol. He also smokes constantly because he thinks it makes him look cool.

* AbusiveParents:
** When he adopts twelve orphans for the government stipend.
** He sells his firstborn son to the Robot Devil in "The Beast With A Billion Backs" in exchange for an army to wage war on Heaven and shows no emotion as the child cries for help. This is so evil it scares / impresses the Robot Devil.
* AGodIAm: In "Godfellas". He didn't like it much, mainly because his worshippers kept bothering him, then wiped themselves out with nukes.
* AccidentalHero: When an evil little girl defeated him in a tap contest, Bender swore that some day he would dance tap over her grave. The girl had a heart attack and died to everyone's sorrow -- except Bender, who did not want to wait, and danced tap ''over her dead body''. [[spoiler:The rhythmic hoofing over her heart resuscitated it, and her life was saved.]]
* AndIMustScream: Bender's head was stuck in the ground of Roswell for over 1000 years. [[AngstWhatAngst He was enjoying it until Planet Express found him again.]]
* AntiHero: Bender is a NominalHero. According to the Robot Devil, they looked around and couldn't find a robot worse than him. Yet, he is one of the protagonists and also has quite a few PetTheDog moments.
* AntiRoleModel: Parodied in "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV", where Bender acts like himself on a TV show. Bender is an anti-role model (since he has no redeeming qualities) whom young viewers treat as a role model. At one point on the show, he says, "Try this at home, kids!" (while a brief disclaimer flashes across the bottom of the screen saying not to try it at home), and then he sets himself on fire. Later in the episode, he protests his own presence on TV and the blame placed upon him. Note that the proverbial last straw for Bender here is that the children who emulated his behavior stole his stuff.
* AntiVillain: Most of the time he's an alcoholic whore-mongering lunatic with no reservations about any criminal activity you care to name, including adopting ten kids in a welfare scam and then try to ''sell them as meat'' when he gets tired of them. But when he cares to be, he can be very heroic and a pretty good friend.
* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: in "Overclockwise" [[spoiler:although it doesn't last.]]
* AttentionWhore: He'll act out (to varying degrees of violence) if he feels his friends are neglecting him.
* AttractiveBentGender: In 'Bend Her', Bender gets a sex change as part of a scam and ends up being the target of several romantic advances from male robots, notably Calculon.
* AxCrazy: Repeatedly has questioned his sanity, often has an extremely homicidal behavior, especially toward humans. In "The Honking", he strangled Fry simply by drinking his last beer.
* BodyBackupDrive: Averted. Bender thought he had this type of immortality but discovers he was built without a backup unit. Fortunately (or not) he never needed to use his backup unit before discovering he does not have one.
* TheBigGuy: He's well aware that he's this, but usually goes out of his way to avoid getting pigeonholed (or, less tactfully, he's too lazy to do typical Big Guy stuff).
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: "[[TropeNamer I prefer extortion]]. [[XtremeKoolLetterz The 'X' makes it sound cool.]]"
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: After undergoing reverse fossilization in [[WhatIf ''Anthology Of Interest II'']], Bender is turned into a blonde human. It was insisted he was designed this way because, as WordOfGod put it, "[[AcceptableTargets blonde men are more disgusting]]".
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: When it comes to interacting with humans, he seems to only have a very basic understanding of their limits while missing the fact that approaching those limits is painful. Thus, he's served up a dish of capers and salt (think mashed potatoes except... not), but makes sure that the amount of salt is slightly below a lethal amount.
* CardCarryingVillain: Bender longs to be the TokenEvilTeammate, and his feelings are easily hurt at any implication that he's not the amoral, terrifying (yet [[ForTheLulz fun-loving)]] killing machine/[[OneOfTheseThingsIsNotLikeTheOthers folk singer]] he yearns to be. Comes up in "The Farnsworth Parabox" particularly.
--> '''Bender''' ''sulkily:'' "It's not fair! Somewhere [[AnotherDimension out there,]] there's an eviller Bender than me! ''I do my best dammit!"''
* TheCasanova: Bender's had more flings- with mostly fembots and the occasional human woman- than any of the other character, and he also easily gains admirers.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Inverted. Due to being an alcohol-powered robot, if he doesn't get enough alcohol, he'll start to slur his words and stumble around, much like a human who's had too much alcohol. Bender even "grows" a five-o'clock-shadow made out of rust!
* CatchPhrase:
** "Bite my shiny metal ass!"
** More recently, "♫Let's ''go'' already!!♫"
** DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!!!
** "We're boned"
** "We're/I'm back, baby," and "Me, Bender".
** "It's gon' be ''fun on the bun''!"
** When someone mentions something like a kind of metal or wiring, he says "I'm 40% [X]."
* CigarChomper: Occasionally, because "they make [him] look cool."
* CordonBleughChef: He ''can'' cook just fine, and in fact the other characters have been eager to eat his cooking in the past, but he really shouldn't be allowed to [[LethalChef experiment]].
* TheCorrupter: Whenever Tinny Tim is involved, Bender tends to involve the kid in home invasions, attempted muggings or inducting him into the robot mafia. And that's without mentioning his antics on "All My Circuits".
* CripplingOverspecialization: When Flexo is almost crushed by an unbendable girder dropped on him by the Robot Mafia, the only way Bender can think of to save him is to try to bend it anyway; he doesn't know anything about lifting. [[spoiler:Fortunately, he's actually able to do it after applying some "Bend-Gay" to his arms.]]
* DeafComposer: Bender loves to cook, but can't taste his food. Which is terrible.
* DeathGlare: Often utilized, but for no real reason; Bender is consistently drawn, both in the series and in promotional images, with a [[http://turnlol.com/images/wallpaper-download-22703.html noticeably angry expression]], even if his present situation might not call for it. [[WordOfGod David X. Cohen]] often [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the DVDCommentary, claiming it always gives him a laugh.
-->'''Cohen''': See this drawing here of Bender's angry eyes? There's something so funny about him for no reason having that evil look...
* DirtyCoward: In one of the movies, he, Amy and one other character are trapped by a bunch of orcs in a castle. Bender tells the two ladies he has a plan, The next scene shows him holding them up in the and tells the orcs to take his friends first, just to give him one more second of sweet sweet life. In "Bendin' in the Wind," the crew is plunging off a cliff. Bender grabs a nearby cable, loudly declaring, "I'll save ME!" The rest of the crew is only saved by grabbing his legs just in time.
* DoAnythingRobot: Quite literally, but only when he feels like it. Seems Robots in the year 3000 are built for one purpose, but can adapt pretty well to others; Bender himself is Planet Express' resident cook. Bender sees it differently: everything he does is simply a different form of bending, which enables him to bend an entire brick wall (not on the list of approved bendables, apparently).
* DramaQueen: With a BodyBackupDrive, he is in fact immortal. So then why does he scream as a DirtyCoward when there is danger? Because nobody ever said he can't be a drama queen! (He discovered later that he does ''not'' have a backup unit, so when he dies... he dies.)
* DrivenToSuicide: Originally, as he explains in the pilot, he was proud of being a Bending Unit. He could bend a girder to a 90 degree angle, 60 degree, you name it. Then he found out that the girders he was bending were being used to build suicide booths. Depressed from this revelation, he tried to use one of the booths himself... Which is how he and Fry first met.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The closest Bender has to a "mother" is the industrial robot who built him. Still, he gets kind of choked up when he gets an X-Mas card from "her" in one episode.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: "All those times I said, "Kill all humans," I'd always whisper "Except one." [sobbing] Fry was that one, and I never told him so!" In a later episode, he told Hermes that the latter was on his "do not kill"-list. Bender has shown times where he genuinely connects with Fry (and other humans too) and doesn't want to see any ill happen to them.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's evil, but ''usually'' not as evil as the current antagonist. Also, there are moments when even he is hesitant or shocked by something. During "Time Keeps On Skippin'", he was the one who tried to point out the danger of chronitons, and in "Love And Rocket", he actually looked unnerved on seeing the Lovey Bear "Hospital".
* EvilIsHammy:
--> "The [[NephariousPharaoh cruelty of the old Pharoah]] is no more! [[MeetTheNewBoss Let a whole new wave of cruelty wash over this lazy land!!!"]]
* ExoticEyeDesigns: Looks like typical CartoonyEyes, until you look closer and realize that he has ''square'' pupils. One gag had him playing back a recording, during which his pupils switched to the 'play' symbol.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Sanguine
* {{Flanderization}}: His original character has been displaced by a jokey persona. Could be justified as CharacterDevelopment, as he's a far rounder character now. Before he met Fry, he had no real friends and worked in constructing suicide booths. Now he has multiple friends and he's lived out most of his dreams to some extent. It makes perfect sense that his personality would change over time. Confirmed by WordOfGod -- the electric shock from the pilot that removed his block on bending non-girder objects, ALSO removed all other inhibitions.
* GeniusLoci: A result of non-stop overclocking in "Overclockwise".
* GenreSavvy: Is the first member of the cast to realize that the Professor's catchphrase of "Good news, everyone!" is code for "I'm sending you on a mission that will kill you!"
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: For a CigarChomper like Bender, SmokingIsCool and EvilIsCool probably go hand-in-hand.
* {{Hammerspace}}: The compartment in his chest can seem to hold anything; beer, the keys to his apartment, a "gay-dar" detector, a tube of "Bend-Gay", and much more. Fry was able to fit in there once.
* TheHedonist: To an extent. It could be considered a form of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, since the networks wouldn't take kindly to his drinking, smoking, smut-reading and whore-mongering so much if he were human. Of course, he's a paragon of sobriety and chastity compared to Hedonismbot.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Bender has no problem betraying his friends for some petty reason, and then helping again for some incredibly lame reason. For example, he once helped Zapp Brannigan capture Leela, and then helped her escape from prison... because, by helping her, his criminal record would still be higher than hers!
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Fry.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: On a good day.
* HesBack: "[[CatchPhrase I'm back, baby!]]"
* HiddenDepths: Has an interest in folk music, art (he has an odd argument with Planet Express Ship early in 'Love And Rocket'), cooking, and others that really seem out-of-place in a bending unit, much less a sociopathic whore-mongering criminal like Bender. Bender first met Fry whilst waiting in line for a [[DrivenToSuicide Suicide Booth]], having become depressed and suffer a crisis of conscience, upon learning that the girders he had been bending were used in their construction.
* HumongousMecha: In ''Anthology of Interest I'', and ''Benderama''.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** ''I Dated A Robot'': Complains all through the episode about Fry dating a robotic version of Lucy Liu. When he deletes her, Bender instantly starts making out with Lucy Liu's head.
** ''Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV'': Didn't care at all if his stunts on TV were imitate-able by his younger fanbase. At least until it was ''his stuff'' that wound up stolen from their acts. To which he joins the protest to get himself banned from TV.
** ''Proposition Infinity'': In addition to the above, all of a sudden he now fully supports human-robot relationships since he and Amy were dating. But when all said and done, he dumps Amy when he realizes he won't be able to date more then one girl.
** ''31st Century Fox'': Inverted in this case, he ignored Leela's complaints about fox hunting. But when he realized it was a robot fox. He's the one now protesting.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: With Amy in ''Proposition Infinity''; at least, until he discovers Amy wants a monogamous relationship and says "Hasta la vista!" Though course of he had been with one other human before, Lucy Liu to be exact.
* InformedAttribute: Played for laughs. He constantly brags about his lack of emotions but is probably the most emotional person in the series.
* IllTakeTwoBeersToo: Bender says "This calls for a drink!" and pulls out three beers, when there are three characters present. He then drinks all of them at once.
* ItsAllAboutMe: He loves to be the center of attention. On his worse days, Bender will refuse to acknowledge that anyone else's existence matters more than him ("My life and by extension everyone else's is meaningless").
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Towards Anglelyne in "Bendless Love". Another non-romantic example in "Bend Her": he backs out of a potentially hugely profitable scam because he doesn't want to hurt or humiliate Calculon, and does it by faking his own death in [[DeusAngstMachina the most over-the-top way possible]] because Calculon can handle "soap opera pain" better than anything realistic or commonplace.
* {{Jerkass}}: In "A Pharaoh to Remember", Bender, Leela and Fry are trapped on a ancient Egyptian planet where Bender encourages the overseers to whip the slaves (which include Leela and Fry) more and work them harder. This goes on to where he starts ordering people worked to death to construct a monument to himself.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Still, he isn't above a PetTheDog moment and can feel guilt for some of his harsher actions, and that doesn't even take into account [[TrueCompanions Fry and Leela really are to him]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Often. In "Xmas Story" all the others ere surprised when Bender says he wants to "volunteer" at a liquor kitchen for homeless robots. It turns out he just wants to pose as a homeless robot to get free booze.
* KarmaHoudini: On occasion, though there are instances where he has been punished such as being beaten up for trying to cheat in a Poker game, getting caught for stealing a priceless cigar (Even lampshaded by him "Alright closure!"), getting chased down by Music/{{Beck}} when he tried to scam him for a charity check. And losing a crown he tried to take from a king when he forgot it was in the king's compartment when Bender was within his body.
* KleptomaniacHero: Well, a hero who is also a kleptomaniac, although ''hero'' might not be the right term.
--> '''Bender:''' I love stealing, I love taking things~''
* LackOfEmpathy:
** Notable in that he ''is'' capable of love, but not empathy. For example, he loves Fry with all his heart, but in a completely narcissistic fashion, as he only cares about Fry being alive and present so that Bender can love him, not about Fry himself being happy.
** In the episode "I Second That Emotion", Prof. Farnsworth installs an Empathy Chip on Bender in order to teach him about empathy. It forces him to feel whatever emotions Leela is feeling at the moment. The episode ends with Bender not learning a thing and continuing to be a {{Jerkass}} and Leela learning to be more like a jerk.
* TheLancer: To Fry.
* LargeHam: He manages to upstage Calculon. Enough said.
* LaughablyEvil: The TokenEvilTeammate and easily one of the most hilarious, entertaining characters.
* LethalChef: Being a robot, [[GeniusBonus means he doesn't have a sense of taste]]. Although he does bake a perfectly edible cake. It seems his problem is that he likes to experiment.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: As revealed in "Lethal Inspection", robots (ones made by Mom, at least) can simply BodySurf into a new body (he acted like they didn't because he's a drama queen), and jokes at humans being capable of (easily) dying. As it turns out, he doesn't have a backup chip, prompting him to be scared of his new found mortality, [[TimeAbyss which is, at most, a billion years]].
* LovableRogue: To the Planet Express crew, anyway. He even considers himself "the loveable rascal."
--> '''Leela:''' Bender, we didn't mind your drinking, or your kleptomania, or your pornography ring.
--> '''Zoidberg:''' In fact, that's why we ''loved'' you.
* TheMcCoy: He's quite impulsive. Also he usually doesn't do anything moral, but when he does it usually fits this trope.
* MeaningfulName: "Bending unit" a robot who was manufactured for the sole purpose of bending metal objects. Also, one slang meaning of "bender" is "a bout of heavy drinking", which is appropriate for Bender since he runs on alcohol.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: How his full name was established in the show.
* MoralityPet: The Planet Express crew, and ''especially'' Fry, are about the only people in the world who he would willingly put himself on the line (or not do something he wants to do) for.
* MultipleChoicePast: The circumstances of his "birth". WordOfGod once implied that the viewers were just seeing him getting new bodies built for him as he grew older.
* MustMakeAmends: In the same episode as the Fry example, Bender, in a fit of jealousy, kicked said dog's fossil into hot lava. After realizing what he did, he dove into the lava to save it - successfully, though his eyes melted afterwards.
* {{Narcissist}}: And how. in "The Farnsworth Parabox" he seemingly falls in love with an alternate gold plated version of himself, stating that he has finally found someone "as great as me"
* NiceJobFixingItVillain : His attempts to confirm Angleyne's sentiments for Flexo by impersonating him only caused her to go back to her ex-husband.
* NighInvulnerable: Of both the MadeOfIron and SpareBodyParts varieties.
--> ''"What does it take to ''kill'' me?"''
* TheNoseless: Though in one episode he says he ''does'' have one, he just never wears it.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When he briefly becomes bored with kleptomania, having stolen ''everything'' in Alcazar's Palace:
--> '''Bender''': I think I might have finally stolen enough.
--> '''Fry''': *''Slaps him''* SNAP OUT OF IT!
* OlderThanTheyLook: When the series started, despite his adult appearance and habits he was only a few years old. But thanks to getting stuck in Roswell and LOTS of time travel, by this point he's older than any human alive. Without the time travel and other factors, however, "Overclockwise" stated his model is 12 years old.
* PetTheDog: Sometimes; the majority occurs in the comics.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Despite being a Bending Unit, his laziness means we rarely see Bender actually bend things. It's later revealed in "Bendless Love" that his pent-up urge to bend caused him begin bending things in his sleep.
** Even Bender has this assessment of his skills:
--> '''Bender''': I need a calculator.
--> '''Fry''': You ''are'' a calculator?
--> '''Bender''': I mean a ''good'' calculator!
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: In one episode, Bender becomes a human. Since he never developed the concept of modesty, he didn't think to cover his crotch. Hermes does it for him.
* PsychopathicManchild: An alcoholic, amoral gambler who deals porn and has no qualms with selling children as dog food. He occasionally becomes incredibly childish, most notably in the Mom-centric episodes.
--> "Mom! Mom! Look at me, Bender! Hey-ho, I want attention!"
* PunnyName: "Bender" can also mean a drinking spree. So Bender is a bender who goes on benders.
* PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery: "I'm so embarrassed, I wish everybody else was dead!"
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Bender's super strength and invulnerability are all side-effects of his ability to bend. He can also do anything as long as it's an extension of bending (like pumping, [[CripplingOverspecialization unlike turning]]).
* Really700YearsOld: And then some. It's subtle but post-Bender's Big Score he has actually existed for eons due to various time travel incidents where he goes into the past then waits until the present day (from where he came) arrives again. Even before that, as a result of the time traveling in Roswell That Ends Well, his head is over a thousand years older than his body (his head fell out of the ship just before they returned to the future).
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: The poster boy for this trope. He himself considers robots as a separate race rather than man made tools. To be fair though, the robots in this series practically are.
* RobotBuddy: The best buddy of Fry, and the worst RobotBuddy ever.
* {{Sadist}}: He has no qualms when he has the opportunity to hurt someone, and is very implied to enjoy doing that.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: Whenever his plans go awry or the cops show up:
--> '''Bender''': Cheese it!
* SecondLawMyAss: Or shiny metal ass, as he might put it.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Really hates coming in anything below first place. Examples: Entering Zoidberg as a pet in a Pet Show and getting second place (which in his own words, "Is a fancy word for losing!"). And getting third in a cook-off contest. So much so he murders the top two winners just to get the first place trophy during the commotion with the neanderthals.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Fry's Sensitive Guy.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Bender has a Big Ego constantly at odds with his Small Name, as most vividly seen in "A Pharaoh to Remember". Pointing the latter out is one of his biggest Berserk Buttons.
* SmokingIsCool: Invoked.
--> '''Bender:''' I need plenty of wholesome, nutritious alcohol. The chemical energy keeps my fuel cells charged.
--> '''Fry:''' What are the cigars for?
--> '''Bender:''' They make me look cool.
%%* SmugSnake
* SnarkyNonhumanSidekick: A robotic sidekick who indulges in vices from gambling to strippers and often remarks upon "his" desire to kill his friends.
* SociopathicHero: A megalomaniacal robot who is only after his personal stimulation. He is frequently shown stealing just about anything he can get his claws on, as well as indulging in all manner of other crimes and immoral behavior. A recurring joke is his apparent desire to "kill all humans." DependingOnTheWriter, however, he can also be a LoveableRogue and/or a ManipulativeBastard. At the very least, it's shown that "kill all humans" doesn't apply to Fry or (maybe) Leela and he's gone out of his way to save them.
* SpotlightStealingSquad:
** He had dozens of episodes focusing on him, whereas characters like Leela and Zoidberg only had a handful. In addition to that, almost every episode that didn't have him as the main character had him in a subplot, two of the movies had his name in the title (''Bender's Big Score'' had more to do with Fry and Leela), and the two that didn't had very long subplots involving him.
** Amy and Hermes are easily the most underused characters in the series. Season 6 tries to correct this by having one Hermes episode and two Amy episodes. The catch? Both the Hermes and one of Amy's episodes are centered on Bender.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Being a robot makes him stronger than a normal human, but exactly how strong he depends on RuleOfFunny or whatever the plot requires at the moment. On occasion, Leela is able to beat him up.
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids He was designed for bending struts, yet...
* TeamChef: Officially Planet Express' cook.
* TheTeamWannabe: Wanted to join the Harlem Globetrotters in "Time Keeps On Slipping".
* TheSlowPath: All backwards time travel he's done has had Bender waiting it out-see TimeAbyss.
* TimeAbyss: Due to hundreds of repeated one-way time travel, Bender would clock in at the thousands of millennia. This may be a ShoutOut to [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Marvin.]]
--> '''Fry:''' "Bender! What was it like to spend a ''thousand years'' buried in the sand?!"
--> '''Bender''' ''scowling:'' "I was '''enjoying''' it 'til '''you guys''' showed up!"
** The WhatIf Christmas episode seems to indicate he can last ''500 million years.''
** YoungerThanTheyLook: Before "Roswell that Ends Well", Bender was actually the ''youngest'' Planet Express member, being built a mere three years before his first appearance. If it weren't for time travel he'd be in his late teens by the series finale.
* TinCanRobot: Looks like a robot out of the 1950s, since he's supposed to be a industrial girder-bending robot. This has the added advantage of making him durable and fairly easy to repair, to the point that he has (or can easily acquire) [[SpareBodyParts replacement arms and legs]].
* TokenEvilTeammate: Even his best friend, Fry doesn't hesitate to call him evil. Though other characters have their shady moments as well, none of them is as openly (and proudly) callous as Bender.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Later episodes, particularly in the show's UnCanceled era, increased his sociopathic tendencies, where he goes so far as to commit outright murder and at one point even damns his own son to robot hell, something that disturbs [[EvenEvilHasStandards the Robot Devil]].
--> ''Bender goes to Robot Hell to strike a deal with the Robot Devil and get his army of the damned.''
--> '''Robot Devil:''' "I rather think we could strike a deal, Bender. I shall give you your army of the damned and in return I ask just one thing, just one itty-bitty thing; your first born son! ''laughs evilly''"
--> '''Bender:''' "Jus' a sec."
--> ''In a suburban neighbourhood, Bender approaches a small robot with a blue cap and shorts on.''
--> '''Robot:''' "Daddy! I knew you'd come back!" ''Bender gives the boy a huge hug''
--> '''Bender:''' ''to the Robot Devil'' Here ya go!
--> ''Bender boots his son out of a window and into a vat of liquid which bursts into flames upon contact with the child.''
--> '''Robot Devil:''' "Wow! That was pretty brutal, even by my standards."
--> '''Bender:''' "No backsies!"
* TreasureChestCavity: He can hide all kinds of stuff inside his robot body - children, robot clowns, Fry... Recently he proved to have so much space available that a small doomsday device went off inside him and didn't damage him. But when it came to carrying around an entire castle's worth of loot he started to show difficulties.
* {{Troll}}: "Ha ha haw ha ha!... oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder. '''Haw ha ha haw ha ha!'''"
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: "Bite my shiny metal ass." Most of the main cast have strong Jerkass tendencies (except for Fry and Zoidberg), but Bender is easily the worst.
* VillainProtagonist: He has committed many crimes, including outright murder.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth]]
[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Professor_Farnsworth_7838.png]]
[[caption-width-right:320:"Why bother remembering anything? You're just going to forget it five minutes later."]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest
-->Debut: ''"Space Pilot 3000"''

Fry's great-to-the-umpteenth-power nephew. An inventor whose brilliance is hindered by his old age. Owns Planet Express, and manages to get ample screentime despite never accompanying the heroes on their missions.

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Extra credit goes to the episode "A Big Ball of Garbage", where he goes to an inventors' competition, realizes the invention he brought (the death clock) is the same one he showed last year, attempts to invent the same thing again after it's pointed out to him ("I need a new invention! Perhaps some kind of death clock..."), quickly creates a new invention (the smell-o-scope) to replace it, then only hours later... "Eureka!" "You built the smell-o-scope?" "No, I remembered that I'd already built it last year!"
* {{Angrish}}: "If anyone needs me I'll be in the angry dome!"
* BadBoss: He cheerfully sends the crew to very dangerous missions. And they're not his first crew.
* BadNewsInAGoodWay: "Good News, Everyone!"
** Lampshaded in ''The Beast with a Billion Backs'':
--> '''Farnsworth''': Now, I've often said "Good News!" when sending you on a mission of extreme danger. So when I say this anomaly is "Dangerous", you can imagine how dangerous I ''really'' think it is!
* BoomerangBigot: Towards {{robosexual}}ity.
* BrilliantButLazy: "I really should do something... but I ''am'' already in my pajamas". It's more a lack of motivation than outright laziness, though.
* BunglingInventor: He has had his share of bungled inventions, including a machine that made glow-in-the-dark noses while also producing an enormous amount of unusable toxic waste. Also, he nearly destroyed the fabric of space-time by creating and then artificially aging a team of genetically engineered basketball players.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He's undeniably crazy and unstable but also one of the best minds in the world, and possibly the universe.
* CatchPhrase:
** "[[BlatantLies Good news, everyone!]]"
** "Wah?"
** "But I ''am'' already in my pajamas" was nearly one but was discarded pretty soon.
** As was "Holy Zombie Jesus!" and "Sweet Zombie Jesus" (both of which got edited when the show was put in reruns on Creator/CartoonNetwork, most domestic and international syndicated versions, and TBS, but can be heard on ComedyCentral, FOX, and on DVD and Netflix).
** "''[[ArchEnemy WERN]]''[[ArchEnemy -STROM!]]"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Thanks to his senility.
%%* ComedicSociopath:
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: In "Roswell That Ends Well", he tells Fry that in the event that he was supposed to do anything that affects anything while in the past, "for the love of God, don't not do it!"
* CoolOldGuy: He has his moments.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Despite being one of the protagonists. After all, the Planet Express slogan is "Our crew is expendable, your package isn't!"
* DirtyOldMan: He has his moments, though he's more insane, forgetful, mean, and lazy than lecherous, as far as old man stereotypes go.
** His first concern on being de-aged to eighty-three is to bemoan that he'll need a fake I.D. to watch "ultraporn".
* DitzyGenius: Probably the greatest scientist in the universe, but incredibly senile.
* EccentricMentor: The ''very'' few times he has a good idea, he is this.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** He demands they not go after Space Bee honey, considering what happened to his last crew. And the crew before that one... Assuming he wasn't using ReversePsychology. And given a recording is found of his last crew saying he'd told them they weren't as good as the crew before...
** He killed Hitler while time traveling. Though considering he had previously been in favour of saving Hitler's brain and implanting it in a Great White Shark, it's unclear if his objection was to Hitler himself or if he had some ulterior motive (like a manner of death for Hitler which left his brain in better condition).
* {{Foil}}: As Fry's closest relative, he's almost the complete opposite of him in personality; the senile, amoral mad scientist to Fry's youthful idiocy. Occasionally their differences as family members are brought up.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Melancholic
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Not to his insanity, but to his hate for his parents, which stems from the fact that they tried their hardest to deprive him of science as a child by moving to a farm. This is explained towards the end of the episode because he suffered from violent night terrors and his parents did everything they could to soothe his anguish, which included trying to under-stimulate him by moving away from the city and limiting how much research he could do.]]
* GadgeteerGenius: He ''is'' a brilliant inventor.
* GrumpyOldMan: "Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go and buy a single piece of fruit with a coupon, and then return it, making everyone in line wait behind me while I complain!"
* HollywoodSatanism: It's heavily implied.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: In one instance, honestly seemed to believe Bender was "gentle".
* IdenticalGrandson: Or Great-Nephew. He looked an awful lot like Fry in his youth, despite being an extremely distant nephew/[[spoiler:[[MyOwnGrandpa grandson]] ]]
* ImAHumanitarian: Several episodes have suggested the Professor will, given half a chance, eat people, starting as early as the second episode, wherein he buys the corpse of a Zuban pharaoh for the purpose of eating it.
* {{Jerkass}}: He agrees when Fry describes him as a "senile, amoral crackpot". He gleefully sends the crew to very dangerous missions (many of his previous employees died because of this). The Sting shows he's sent multiple crews on the same mission and each time they died, and also implies the Professor goads said crews into going by comparing them unfavourably to his previous crew.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He appears to share some level of friendship with the other members of Planet Express. He also cares about his clone, Cubert, treating him as though he were his biological son.
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler: As revealed in ''Near-Death Wish'', Hubert has a younger brother named Floyd, who his parents raised so he would not end up like Hubert and end up in a mental institution for a good chunk of his life. He's never actually seen, but Bender recalls meeting a "homeless rodeo clown" named Floyd.]]
* MadeOfIron: For a man physically over one-hundred and sixty, he's amazingly durable... when the plot demands it. An exploding super-collider does no more than annoy him, for example, and the entire upper floor of Planet Express exploding doesn't do more than scratch him up a bit. However, on other occasions, his limbs can break at the slightest provocation. Or no provocation at all.
* MadScientist: [[spoiler:So mad he was sent to a mental institution for twenty-five years when he was young.]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Senile to the point of insanity, but mostly harmless. Has a penchant for creating doomsday devices, only keeps Amy around because she's his blood type, tries to harvest Leela's organs, is implied to be a cannibal, implanted Hitler's brain in the body of a shark, killed people for their stem cells, has been frequently cited for public nudity, and frequently, knowingly sends his crew on life-threatening adventures without warning, to the point of hiring replacements even before their demises are confirmed. In his youth, he created the modern robot, an ecological disaster.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: After inventor Philo Farnsworth, a pioneer of television who created the first fully electronic television system.
* NoNudityTaboo: It is said that nudity is acceptable in the future, but the Professor seems to embrace his nakedness far more than other characters, [[FanDisservice to the audience's horror]]
* OhMyGods: "Buddha! Zeus! God! One of you guys do something! Help! Satan! You owe me!"
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist
-->'''Hermes:''' Professor, can you wire my brain directly into the main Battle Net?
-->'''Professor:''' I can wire anything into anything! ''I'm the Professor''!
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: When asked what field he hopes to win a Nobel Prize in, he responds "I don't care. They all pay the same".
** He has ''several'' doomsday weapons simply lying about his lab:
-->'''Farnsworth''': I suppose I could part with one and still be feared.
* OpaqueNerdGlasses: A pair of Nerd Glasses, and indeed his eyes are never seen in the series. Subverted in one episode where he needed his "reading glasses" and put on a pair several times thicker than his already fairly enormous glasses (to the point that they looked like glass cylinders). At least somewhat of a Justified Trope: Professor Farnsworth is 160 years old. Anyone's vision would become pretty bad by that age.
* ParentalSubstitute: Implied to be this to Leela. The first two times she almost got married, he was the one to give her away.[[note]]The first time she didn't know her real father yet, the second time he couldn't because mutants aren't allowed on the surface[[/note]]
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Though "hero" is definitely pushing the term...
** He's specieist against sygnoids, for no clear reason, and has at least one Martian's skull as a mug, dismissing their complaints about the disrespect as "whining".
** Farnsworth also has a infrequent habit of making incredibly sexist remarks, usually directed at Leela. For example, dismissing her demand to fly the ship when looking for his escaped gargoyle Pazuzu because he wasn't "trying to find the quickest route to the mall".
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: On the surface, Farnsworth appears 80 or 90 years old but is actually in his 170's. Understandable, considering that this ''is'' the distant future.
* RetiredBadass: Although weak and scrawny now, it was shown in "Tip of The Zoidberg" when he was younger Hubert was pretty badass, as he almost singlehandedly killed a giant space yeti.
* RobotMaster: He created the robot that all modern robots are based on.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: He even has a "crochety grandpa discount card" (which expired, despite being good for a lifetime), and once uttered the line "I don't have time for this! I have to go buy a single piece of fruit with a coupon and then return it, making everyone wait behind me while I complain!" In fact, when he receives an award in ''Crimes of the Hot'', he is absolutely nonchalant and entitled about it.
--> "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Thank you. I deserve this.]]"
* SeniorSleepCycle: He once fell asleep while skiing and woke up at the lodge with a bronze medal around his neck.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Ogden [[strike:Wernstrom]] '''''[[SayMyName WEEEEEEERRRRRRNSTRRROOOM!!]]'''''
* TheSpock: He has absolutely no problem sending his crew on missions to almost certain death. Unlike other examples though, this is simply due to his being insane and evil.
* TheyCalledMeMad: "Even I laughed at me when I invented this cross-species analyzer! But I guess I showed myself!"
* TokenEvilTeammate: Given his near-total lack of regard for human life and number of Doomsday devices, one could make a case for Farnsworth being this.
--> '''Leela:''' Has anybody seen Fry?
--> '''Bender''' ''(shaking his head):'' '''I''' didn't kill him. Professor?
--> '''Professor''' ''(absent-mindedly):'' No. I've been busy.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: According to Mom, although the audience [[TheUnreveal never actually sees]] what they look like under his glasses.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: John A. Zoidberg, M.D.]]
[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Dr__Zoidberg_8742.png]]
[[caption-width-right:320:"You lost the woman of your dreams, but you still have Zoidberg. YOU '''ALL''' STILL HAVE ZOIDBERG!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest
-->Debut: ''"The Series Has Landed"''

A lobster-like alien who serves as the doctor at Planet Express, and lives in Professor Farnsworth's walrus tank (and sometimes in a dumpster out back). He's not very good at his job, and has secret ambitions to be a comedian. Unfortunately, he's not very good at comedy either. In fact, he's not very good at ''anything'' except annoying the fellow crew members. Coasts by on freeloading off others, being pitied for his ''naivete'' and occasionally being the hero.

* AmbiguouslyBi: He didn't seem to mind when he thought President Truman was coming onto him in "Roswell That Ends Well". Later in "Beast With A Billion Backs" he seems rather...interested when describing men thrusting their sweaty naked bodies against [[ItMakesSenseInContext slices of delicious cake.]]
* AmbiguouslyJewish: He fulfills many, many Jewish stereotypes but is never exactly confirmed.
* AmusingAlien: A lobster-esque alien
* AscendedExtra: Unlike Bender, who was fully expected to be the popular one, Zoidberg's popularity crept up on the show with lobster-like tenacity.
* BackAlleyDoctor: His medical credentials are questionable at best, and he regularly shows gross ignorance about human biology. His connections with the Professor are the only reason he has a position as the staff doctor, and the crew suffers for it regularly.
* BerserkButton: Zoidberg does the cutting, and you better not forget it!
** Also, don't cross him. Zoidberg is relentlessly loyal, but betray him and he'll cut you.
-->''You're lucky to have Zoidberg as a friend. But cross me, and I'll turn on you like ''that!''''
* BewareTheSillyOnes: He rivals Fry in this department. When angered, Zoidberg shows how dangerous a starving lobster monster can be when his claws can cut through metal or bone with no effort.
* BigEater: Whenever he's not rummaging through garbage cans. He destroys an entire buffet table in "Roswell That Ends Well"
* BizarreAlienBiology: He has redundant organs, ink glands, a mating crest and went through close to a dozen stages of growth in the episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles". He's also got three hearts (originally four, but one was removed) and two different kinds of stomachs. He also keeps has a brain in his rump.
* BorschtBelt: As part of his role as [[SpaceJews Space Jew]], he's also a classic Borscht Belt-style comedy character.
%%* BumblingSidekick
* ButtMonkey: The most common recipient of the trope. In one episode Leela crashes the Planet Express ship through the roof. Hermes turns to Zoidberg and promptly docks his pay.
* CatchPhrase: [[Film/TheThreeStooges WOOP WOOP WOOP!]]
* TheChewToy: "Don't forget, you still have Zoidberg! YOU ALL STILL HAVE ZOIDBERG!"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Zoidberg is neck and neck in the running with Fry when it comes to this trope. Which makes sense, what with him being the token alien and Fry having a unique form of brain damage.
* CripplingOverspecialization:
** When it comes to medicine and surgery, Zoidberg is actually ''brilliant''... as long as he's operating on aliens or dealing with alien diseases. Unfortunately, since he's on Earth and surrounded by humans, all that knowledge is nearly useless and thus he often does more harm than good.
** In "The Duh-Vinci Code", he gets to use his doctorate for once. However, that doctorate is in art history...
** It's implied he suffered some brain damage when he was younger [[spoiler: from a Tritonian Yeti nearly biting through his skull]]; prior to that, his comments were completely rational, and afterwards he forgets what he said and is less coherent.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** When he's sufficiently angered, he is capable of kicking serious ass. Isn't that right, Clamps?
** The first season alone gives Zoidberg a few moments of awesome, managing to plug a hole in a door, keeping the gang safe from the angry Trisolians, or managing to hold a heavy bulkhead door open with one claw.
* {{Cthulhumanoid}}: Though his mouth parts are smaller than those of most Cthulhumanoids in fiction.
* DeathBySex: His species apparently dies after mating season. Which leads to FridgeLogic when Fry has sex in his body and if just fine. It's possible though that like with some real world species, rather than dying directly from sex the male of his species is killed by the female.
* DesperatelyCravesAffection: No one really cares about him and is always desperate for friendship and attention.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Eats just about anything that will fit in his mouth, including a very moldy sandwich and golf balls (which he thinks are "gritty, tasteless eggs").
* FirstNameBasis: Nowadays everyone calls him by his last name, but he was quite popular with the first Planet Express crew who called him by his first name. In a FriendshipMoment at the end of "The Tip of the Zoidberg", the Professor calls him "Johnny". [[FriendshipMoment This also happens]] when [[spoiler:Carol]] is talking to Johnny and vise-versa.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Phlegmatic
* {{Flanderization}}: His original schtick was that he was an alien doctor that knew nothing about human anatomy. The later episodes have him as a poor, disgusting, incompetent mooch who serves as the show's [[ButtMonkey walking punchline]].
* FormerlyFit: According to the flashbacks in "The Tip of the Zoidberg" he used to be quite slim looking.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: He works for Planet Express but all of his co-workers hate him, though he's mostly oblivious of it. Fry and Professor Farnsworth are usually the only ones to refer to Zoidberg as a friend.
* GeniusDitz: Despite being an incompetent doctor who knows absolutely nothing about the Human Anatomy, we later find out that he IS a doctor - [[NotThatKindOfDoctor of Art History]]. What's more impressive is that there were a couple of occasions where Zoidberg actually performed operations successfully. Impressive, considering he doesn't actually have any medical training. He may not know anything about human anatomy but he is a terrific alien Doctor.
* HonorBeforeReason: As shown in the episode "The Tip of the Zoidberg", Zoidberg was a remarkably successful doctor working for Mom and could have lived a life of comfort had he stayed on her payroll. Instead, in return for the Professor saving his life from a yeti, Zoidberg decided to stay with him [[spoiler: and euthanize him in the event he contracts Hyper Malaria]], making him the poverty-stricken man he is today.
* InnocentAliens: He thinks most doctors are poor.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends:
** He cares more about friends than money or fame, as seen in "The Tip of the Zoidberg", where he remained with the Professor, his friend, instead of staying working for Mom, which could have made him rich. His decision to remain with his friend cost him a life of wealth. He doesn't seem to care (or at least, he doesn't realize his decision threw him into poverty), although he does cry from time to time over being poor.
** One episode has him spell this out explicitly. After having a bag of mob money dropped in his dumpster, he takes off to Mars Vegas (where the rest of the Planet Express crew are vacationing), sits down at the roulette table and bets his entire pot... and wins... then bets everything again and wins ''again'' (coming out to over $10,000,000,000; he started with $8,000,000) in an astonishing swing of good luck. He buys drinks for everyone, they all cheer, he sets up another spin... and loses it all in one shot. Amy admonishes his behavior, to which he responds that he's okay with it and was satisfied to make everyone around him happy, if even for a brief moment. Then he calmly stands up and walks out of the casino with dignity.
* JerkassBall: He comes off as pretty friendly and nice for the most part but he feeds off nasty things (in fact, in the video game is implied that he has eaten humans) and has taken deplorable actions: framing Fry for breaking the Professor's bottle, or [[KickTheDog severing Fry's right arm]] in a fight over a female of his species. Subverted, when he immediately felt guilty and tried to ''kill himself'' over the former, and apologized and made up for the latter.
* KickTheDog: When he severs Fry's right arm in a fight over a female of his species. After several failed attempts, he did fix the arm.
* LastNameBasis: Doctor John A. Zoidberg, known simply as Zoidberg.
* LethallyStupid: It's implied that he killed many of his patients due to incompetence.
* LetsGetDangerous: Kicks Clamps' ass in ''Silence of the Clamps'' after he threatens his job at Planet Express and is about to clamp Bender [[spoiler:or who they thought was Bender]]. And as previously mentioned, saving the Professor's life in "The Tip of the Zoidberg".
* TheMillstone: To the Planet Express crew. He is the company's doctor, but a terrible LethallyStupid doctor with no clue about how human anatomy works.
* MoralityPet: To MOM, of all people. Zoidberg is the only person she treats with genuine respect, heck they even address each other by first names and she has offered to give him his own lab fully staffed. He's also this to Robot Santa who tries to kill everyone for being naughty, except Zoidberg, who has been very good and gets a pogo stick. Seems that Zoidberg's lot in life is to be treated as a ButtMonkey by everyone except those who already treat ''everyone else'' as a ButtMonkey.
* MundaneLuxury: Given the way he lives, the simplest of things can easily be the most amazing of triumphs.
--> "What's this? Two meals in one week?"
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: TropeNamer, which somehow ''helps'' him in at least one case (robot Santa seems to consider him morally upright, despite participating in several of the gang's antics that he doesn't overlook for anyone else).
* NiceGuy: Despite his odd habits and and lack of knowledge about human anatomy, Zoidberg is one of the more morally positive characters on the show. It's been shown he's willing to sacrifice his own happiness on multiple occasions to help others. He gives up a potentially luxurious life for Farnsworth, a loving relationship with a woman in order to give her a sense of smell, and a literal fortune in order to show people a good time. Not only that but he'll risk life and limb for his friends, such as backstabbing a muderous robot Santa Claus and saving professor Farnsworth from a yeti. Not only that but Zoidberg is perhaps the only person on Earth who meets said Robot Santa's impossibly high standards for good behaviour.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: In ''The Duh-Vinci Code'', it turns out that Zoidberg's doctorate is in art history... Though it was later established he's one of the best doctors around when it comes to alien anatomy.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Though it would be hard to guess how old he looks (He is a crab like alien after all) he's known the professor since 2927, putting him somewhere past his ''late 80s''.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: "The Cryonic Woman" shows that part of Zoidberg's lack of popularity at Planet Express is because of the presence of the much cooler Fry, Bender and Leela. When they're fired, he immediately becomes more popular.
* PerpetualPoverty: Always poor, hungry, and lonely. Something of a BelatedBackstory, as he was none of these things in the first season.
* Really700YearsOld: His multiple life-stages suggest he could be near/in the Professor's age group, if not somewhat older.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Introduced in the second episode, along with the other supporting Planet Express members (Hermes and Amy).
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler:The real reason he stays around Planet Express is to keep watch on Professor Farnsworth, and euthanize him when he finally shows symptoms of Hyper Malaria.]]
* ShoutOut: His name is a reference to a rejected Apple II game that David X. Cohen developed in high school called ''Zoid''. (Supposedly, it was a lot like ''VideoGame/{{Qix}}''.
* SpaceJews: Played for laughs. Oy vey! This is also why his species are crustaceans -- they're not kosher.
* StrawLoser: He actually makes ''[[LoserProtagonist Fry]]'' look cool in comparison. While Fry is also cosidered a loser, at least he doesn't live in a dumpster or eat garbage, has plenty of women over the show's run (including Leela, Amy, his own grandmother, a radiator...), and despite being often the butt of the other's jokes, is actually liked by most people.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Occasionally, Zoidberg has the tendency to refer to himself in the third person, usually when gloating about something idiotic.
* TokenGoodTeammate: In "An Xmas Story" he was specifically the only member of the Planet Express Crew (and apparently ''on Earth'') who is not on Santa's naughty/target list.
* TookALevelInBadass: Zoidberg seems to have become more competent after the show moved to ComedyCentral.
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:In the second-to-last episode ever, no less, Zoidberg gets a love interest who ''isn't'' seen off by StatusQuoIsGod at the end of the episode.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: Has become an important trait in the ComedyCentral seasons. In "The Tip of the Zoidberg", we see that the Professor was the first friend he ever had, and he swore never to leave his side [[spoiler:partly to help euthanize the Professor when his Hyper-Malaria flares up]]. In "The Six Million Dollar Mon", he holds onto Hermes' discarded body parts and restores him to normal when [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul he starts losing his humanity]], all because he thinks Hermes is a good friend (when in reality Hermes can't stand him).
-->''"Zoidberg never abandons a friend, apparently!"''
* VitriolicBestBuds: Despite the others's treatment of him, he likes to see everyone as his best friend (thinking he and Hermes are close friends, calling Fry his "dearest friend", calling Bender his "best friend", etc.) How much this is reciprocated depends on the episode; Hermes just flat-out hates Zoidberg and the others are not too fond of him but they can tolerate him at times or even treat him like a friend (like the Professor in "The Tip of the Zoidberg").
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hermes Conrad]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"Sweet three-toed sloth of Ice Planet Hoth!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/PhilLaMarr
-->Debut: ''"The Series Has Landed"''

A Jamaican bureaucrat who helps Farnsworth run Planet Express. Enjoys bureaucracy, unnecessary forms, and limbo.

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Barbados Slim, his former professional limbo rival, and La Barbara's ex-husband. "He is the only person to have won Olympic medals in both Limboing and sex."
* AnythingButThat: As a dedicated bureaucrat, paid vacation is "the ultimate penalty" to him.
* AscendedExtra: In the first season, Hermes was more of a SatelliteCharacter. Later seasons rectified this.
* BadassBureaucrat:
** In one episode he convinces a forced labor camp to let him go by organizing them so efficiently all the work can be done by one Australian man. ''Then'' he organizes a massive pile of tube cylinders. [[AwesomeMusic To a beat.]]
** In ''Bender's Big Score'', after plugging his brain into the fleet battle-computer, Hermes uses AwesomenessByAnalysis to utterly annihilate the Scammers defences in a [[CurbStompBattle matter of minutes]].
* CatchPhrase:
** "My Manwich!" Usually provoked by Bender's antics. And his son's inherited it.
** "Sweet (animal) of (location)!" Lampshaded one on occasion, where Hermes was too traumatized to bother filling in the blanks.
--->''"Sweet something of... someplace."''
** "(X subject) (Y verb/adjective) (Z simile about green snakes and sugar cane).
--->''"I'm feeling lower than a green snake under a sugar cane truck."''
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: In "The Six Million Dollar Mon", Hermes becomes addicted to upgrading himself with robotic parts. This culminates in him becoming 'Mecha Hermes,' a hulking, emotionless, DoAnythingRobot that houses his brain.
* DeadpanSnarker: He was always this, even in his debut episode.
--> '''Leela''' ''(reading the surprisingly comprehensive waiver attached to her new job application):'' Look, I don't know about your previous captains, but I intend to do as little dying as possible.
--> '''Hermes:''' ''(laughs, then turns deadly serious)'' Sign de paper.
* DreadlockRasta: A bizarre subversion. Despite being Jamaican, a Rastafarian and fond of marijuana, Hermes is an ObstructiveBureaucrat and often attempts to run Planet Express with dictatorial efficiency.
* FormerlyFit: Hermes used to be fit enough for the Olympics, until [[TearJerker a fan fatally attempted to emulate him.]] That and the munchies(though he's still great at limboing)
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Choleric
* TheGenericGuy: Tends to be this, with no real distinctive personality traits aside being very dedicated and having the universal hatred of Zoidberg. Recent episodes are attempting to give him CharacterDevelopment.
* HappilyMarried: To the beautiful La Barbara. She always goes over to her ex-husband [[TheRival Barbados Slim]] however if Hermes is not available for whatever reason (like having his head chopped off).
* HenpeckedHusband: La Barbara also scolds Dwight, their son, often.
* IrrationalHatred: Before Zoidberg was characterised as a disgusting bum, Hermes still disliked him, starting as early as the third episode, when he spat out some food he'd just been enjoying when Zoidberg said he'd made them. It grew in "Hell is Other Robots", when he begins blaming Zoidberg for the rising electricity bills, and removes several items Zoidberg enjoys and uses from the office.
* IWasQuiteALooker: He has very much gotten out of shape since his limboing days (apparently due to "the munchies"), although he's still a champion limbo master.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** He really hates Zoidberg (even more than everyone else), and often blames him regardless of whether or not he's actually done anything wrong. And should the Professor decide he's not cold-hearted enough to fire the entire crew, Hermes will do it for him, instantly.
** When Fry and Bender get drafted through their own stupidity, Hermes fires them immediately. In another episode, when Bender is crippled by a can-opened, Hermes joyfully tells him it's Hermes' dream come true.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:He approved Bender on the production line even though he was defective and should have, according to regulation, been immediately destroyed. Years later, he assists Bender as he struggles with accepting his newly discovered mortality.]]
* LampshadeHanging: "Didn't we used to be a delivery company?" From the comics in particular: "'Good news, everyone!' is a registered trademark of Planet Express. The management guarantees no actual good news."
* ManChild:
-->'''Hermes:''' I think I'm coming down with circusitis. ''(sneezes -- he ends up looking like a clown)''\\
'''Leela:''' I thought circusitis only affected children.\\
'''Hermes:''' Children of ''all'' ages.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Along with the Professor, Hermes will strip naked at the earliest opportunity for some good old fashion FanDisservice.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Hermes may come across as a driven, cold heartless bureaucrat... and he is. But he'll also jump at the chance for a day off, same as anyone else.
* ObsessedAreTheListmakers: Averted... kind of. He once stated he's only anal 78.36% of the time.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: And he's ''incredibly proud'' of it.
--> ''"We didn't choose to be bureaucrats'' /
--> ''No, that's what almighty Jah made us'' /
--> ''We'd treat people like swine and make them stand in line'' /
--> ''Even if nobody paid us!"''
* OnlySaneMan: He often takes this role, most notably in ''Bender's Big Score'' where he's the only person to realize the crew is being scammed. He's also the most consistent critic of the incompetent Zoidberg.
* RetiredBadass: Parodied. Hermes was once an Olympic limbo champion, who retired when a young fan of his tried to imitate him, and tragically broke their spine in the attempt. A traumatised Hermes was incapable of limboing from that day forth.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Introduced in the second episode, along with the other supporting Planet Express members (Zoidberg and Amy).
* SoProudOfYou: His reaction to Dwight and Cubert's behaviour in "The Route of All Evil".
-->''Proud of you? You ruined us with sleazy business practices, and a complete disregard for decency! ... of ''course'' we're proud of you!''
* TheStoner: Heavily implied in the ComedyCentral episodes more than the FOX ones.
-->'''La Barbara:''' Husband! Can't you go anywhere without lightin' something up?
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: [[CatchPhrase "My manwich!"]]
* UglyGuyHotWife: Hermes isn't much to look at, but his wife La Barbara is quite stunning.
* VocalEvolution: Becomes noticeably hoarser from season 5 on. His voice was also much deeper in some of his earlier appearances.
* TheWonka: He once gave ''himself'' a tongue-lashing and kicked himself out of his own office for asking to take Valentine's Day off.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Amy Wong, Ph.D]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"Spleh!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/LaurenTom
-->Debut: ''"The Series Has Landed"''

An "intern" working at Planet Express, though seemingly as permanent as everyone else there. Is extremely rich and spoiled. Her parents own half of Mars, which they use for buggalo ranching and a gambling paradise called "Mars Vegas".

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Until she hooks up with Kif.
* AnimeChineseGirl: She's of Chinese descent, but she's from Mars. (Her parents own half of Mars. "The good half," so they claim.)
* AsianAirhead: Literally every male character makes note of how good-looking she is, she's richer than God, and well-liked by everyone. She acts so ditzy that it's easy to forget that she was introduced as a graduate student in applied physics (and eventually gets her PhD.)
* AsianRudeness: Though her parents are just greedy Jerkass ultra-capitalists in the same vein as Mom, regardless of race; Amy, then, because of her ultra-bourgeois upbringing is a ditzy RichBitch, though she becomes more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold through her years at Planet Express.
* BareYourMidriff: Does this all the time. While on an ice fishing trip she even wears a ''belly parka''.
* BigEater: She was like this when she was younger. During an incident that made everybody younger, her preteen self was revealed to be chubby, and she cried when she saw herself in that state. Later, during a FreakyFridayFlip, she used the opportunity to go back to her big eater ways, and spent the episode constantly eating until she witnessed Fry and Leela [[spoiler: having sex in the bodies of Zoidberg and Farnsworth]].
* BrainlessBeauty: At times, especially in season 2.
-->'''Amy:''' Fool me seven times, shame on you, fool me eight or more times, shame on me.
* CasualKink: With Earth facing impending death (''[[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed Again]]''), Amy suggested an end-of-the-world orgy. The rest of the crew quickly lost interest, though not before Amy got changed.
* CharacterDevelopment: In early seasons Amy was mostly TheDitz, and the fact that she was also Farnsworth's intern and an intellectual was essentially an InformedAttribute, only mentioned in her introduction and in Mars University. In the post-revival seasons, Amy gets significantly more focus to highlight the fact that yes, she ''is'' a scientist and Farnsworth's partner.
%%* TheChick
* CuteClumsyGirl: Frequently falls over. In one episode Fry refers to her as "a klutz from Mars".
* TheCutie:
** She was once caught in a fire that burnt off most of Amy's hair. Her reaction? "Look! My hair got singed into an even cuter 'do!"
** She had cuteness reduction surgery in two places.
* TheDitz: A black-haired Ditz (to the point of becoming BirdsOfAFeather with [[IdiotHero Fry]] in "Put Your Head on My Shoulders"), she fails at haggling, confusing it with bidding at auctions, and flirts with all men. Bordering on GeniusDitz, since she's also an engineering student (though in one DVD commentary, the writers admitted that they'd completely forgotten that). Only after the return of the show post-cancellation, she began to be portrayed more as a...
* DitzyGenius: The series actually starts using her in plots involving her as an academic or scientist on top of plots involving her as a ditz. Even more so, now that [[spoiler:she's finished college and obtained a doctorate.]]
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Occasionally kicks her boots off in her downtime, usually while watching TV.
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: Her 2997 employee of the year photo. Not only was she fat in that photo, it makes her hungry just looking at it.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Played with -- when she's first seen during the {{Introdump}} at the very beginning of ''Bender's Big Score'', she had grown her hair longer, but Bender almost immediately burps fire, burning her hair to its more familiar length.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Sanguine
* FormerlyFat: She was very fat as a child; even her parents tease her mercilessly about it. In one episode, the main characters all revert to their childhood forms, and Amy, again overweight, becomes the butt of all her parents' childish jokes.
* GoodBadGirl: Not only was she open to dating non-humans, but in some episodes, dated creatures that weren't even humanoid. She still brags about her "general sluttiness" though.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Amy often speaks Cantonese, especially when angry.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: [[spoiler:With Bender in ''Proposition Infinity''.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: With Kif.
* LimitedWardrobe: Amy Zigzags the Trope. Despite having boatloads of cash from her parents to purchase any outfit she could want, Amy almost always wears the same pink tracksuit (except for formal events). When Fry points this out, she says it's because she's rebelling against her parents. However she seems to have a large variety of outfits for special occasions and parties. She even wore an outfit modeled after Jackie Onassis Kennedy in "Hell is Other Robots".
* MsFanservice: Aside from her regular pink tracksuit outfit, wear very skimpy outfit for every formal event (even a funeral) and often appears in bikini. The creators acknowledged in a commentary at one point that Amy was a sex symbol to the fans, joking that there was a fansite called Can't Get Enough Amy.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Zig-zagged. She's the girly girl to Leela's tomboy, and her default outfit is pink - but it's a tracksuit, not something feminine.
* ReallyGetsAround: At least, until she gets together with Kif.
* {{Robosexual}}: Temporarily.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Energetic Girl to Kif's Savvy Guy.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Introduced in the second episode, along with the other supporting Planet Express members (Zoidberg and Hermes).
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: The whole reason she was created was to see if audiences would accept a female victim of slapstick. They did.
* SmarterThanYouLook: As the episode "That Darn Katz" reminds us, she IS an engineering graduate student who designs a machine to harness the rotational energy of the Earth. Also, [[spoiler:she officially gains her doctorate at the end of the episode, so she is the ultimate DitzyGenius.]]
* SpoiledSweet: Her parents own a hemisphere of Mars, but despite this, she's actually pretty nice (if a little inconsiderate and selfish at times).
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Pretty much anything she wears outside of her normal outfit.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly Girl to Leela's Tomboy.
* TooDumbToLive: Zoidberg manages to trick her into freeing him several times in "Why Must I Be a Crustacean In Love?" (and he does it one more time before the scene ends) and a robotic food disposal almost chops off her hand in "Mother's Day" by offering her a diamond ring in the drain until the others stop her. In both scenes someone calls her a 'moron' (Bender in the former, Prof. Farnsworth in the latter).
* TotallyRadical: A 30th century version.
* UpperClassTwit: A ditzy, spoiled rich girl.
* ValleyGirl: Although a milder case than most.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Leela. Amy frequently insults Leela at the drop of a hat, but still goes out for drinks with her (although she'll still abandon Leela to go off for "coffee" with guys), and invites Leela to her wedding.
* WellDoneDaughterGal: Sort of. In "Into the Wild Green Yonder", she reveals that she has been trying to fill the void of her father wanting a son by acting more masculine (her choice of clothing, as opposed to something more feminine, for instance).
* WorkingWithTheEx: Her and Fry dated for a while, until he dumped her in a fit of stupidity.
* WrenchWench: An engineering intern. Not that she [[PiratesWhoDontDoAnything actually does anything...]]
[[/folder]]

!Main Recurring Characters

[[folder: Nibbler]]
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-->Voiced by: Creator/FrankWelker
-->Debut: ''[[spoiler: "Space Pilot 3000", (shadow only)]]'', ''"Love Labours Lost in Space"''

The RidiculouslyCuteCritter that the Planet Express crew encountered while [[TheArk saving two of every animal]] from a planet about to implode. He proved to have a [[BigEater voracious appetite]], but thankfully, he's SolidGoldPoop incarnate -- his species produces dark matter, which could be used as starship fuel.

[[spoiler:It turns out that his species are ObfuscatingStupidity in order to defend the universe from the Brain Spawn, and nobody remembers his actions due to his wiping of their minds afterwards. Until he officially assigned himself to Earth as a part of the Planet Express crew.]]

* BadassAdorable: There's practically a whole episode devoted to how adorable the crew find him (much to Bender's chagrin), and in as the series progresses, it is revealed that [[spoiler:the Nibblonian race was already 17 years old at the time of the big bang, and are charged with protecting the Earth from the evil Brainspawn]] and also that Nibbler himself had a fairly big part to play in [[spoiler:getting Fry cryogenically frozen for 1000 years in the first place]].
* BigEater: And how! Most things he's eaten are bigger than he is.
* ChekhovsGunman: Present since the series premiere, in fact... if you know ''exactly'' where to look.
* CoolPet: A pet that poops fuel for the Cool Ship? Awesome indeed. [[spoiler:He's also late revealed to be a member of super-intelligent species.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: Despite his overwhelming cuteness, he is a soldier...]]
* CuteLittleFangs: Well, not exactly little. He has large fangs, but he's still cute.
* DependingOnTheWriter: [[spoiler: While some episodes are shrewd enough to sneak in hints of his intellect, In others Nibbler's actions (which include deliberately endangering himself or the crew or maintaining his act even when unsupervised) make no sense under knowledge of his secret identity, implying the story treats his dumb animal act as being his real personality.]]
* DePower: [[spoiler:After ''Bender's Game'', Nibblonian poop is useless as fuel, being replaced with whale oil.]]
* ExtremeOmnivore: Able to eat any creature regardless of its size.
* TheFakeCutie: [[spoiler:As explained, they all thought Nibbler was a cute pet, when he was actually an agent of a powerful ancient alien race... all of them cute as well.]]
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Melancholic
* IdiotHoudini: Despite Nibbler's actions as a brainless animal frequently causing hindrance or dismay to the team, Leela is usually quick to fend off anyone willing to punish him for it (most often Bender). [[spoiler: Considering these are all supposedly just an act, perhaps Nibbler is taking the role ''[[BecomingTheMask too]]'' seriously.]]
-->'''Leela:''' It's not his fault he's a killing machine!
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: Played with. [[spoiler: Nibbler and the Nibblonians regard Earth as important for two reasons: 1) it is the homeworld of the pizza bagel, and 2) due to certain events in 1947 and 1999, it will/does/did produce a savior that will rescue the entire universe from the Brain Spawn. Aside from that, the trope is played straight: Nibbler's log refers to as a "primitive dirtball inhabited by psychotic apes."]]
* IntellectualAnimal: [[spoiler: He's not the cute, brainless animal he appears to be, at all.]]
* LargeHam: [[spoiler: He is voiced by FrankWelker.]]
* MemoryWipingCrew: [[spoiler: Many of his and the Nibblonian's appearances in the series' first run have been wiped from Earth's memory. After the movies, he seems to have simply stopped wiping the Planet Express Crew's memories of him being anything but a stupid pet. His ability to converse normally with them is a major plot point in "That Darn Katz". It's implied that he gave up wiping their memories after discovering in ''Bender's Game'' that, since he'd forgotten to wipe their memories after the events of ''The Beast With A Billion Backs'', meaning that they'd known he could speak for some time but simply didn't ''care!'']]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:He acts like a dumb pet, but he is actually a highly intelligent super-being whose race is responsible for maintaining order in the universe.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:See ReallySevenHundredYearsOld below.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Played with. [[spoiler:When he first revealed his true nature to the crew, he decided to stick with "Nibbler," due to certain difficulties in translating his actual name:]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Nibbler:''' "That name is for ''your'' sake! In the time it would take to pronounce ''a single letter'' of my ''real name,'' a ''million cosmoses'' would ''flare into existence...'' and sink again into ''eternal night.'']]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler: According to one of the Special Feature pages on the DVD, Nibbler is over 3000. His species [[TimeAbyss is older than the universe.]]]]
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: He's [[UglyCute pretty weird looking]], but he's small and squeaky enough to make the tough, no-nonsense captain Leela go to pieces and adopt him as a beloved pet. He later gets a little red cape and diaper.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Bender tends to loathe Nibbler for being a nuisance or his cuteness stealing his thunder, even once flushing him down the toilet. [[spoiler: Some of the things Nibbler does to Bender in his pet role suggest the hatred is mutual.]]
* SmarterThanYouLook: [[spoiler:He hides his hyper-intelligence with a mask of ultra-stupidity and a tendency towards doing cute things.]]
* SolidGoldPoop: His waste is dark matter, which powers starships. [[spoiler:At least before ''Bender's Game.'']]
* SuddenlyVoiced: [[spoiler: After TheReveal, starting in "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" ]]
* TeamPet: After being adopted by Leela.
* TranslatorMicrobes: [[spoiler:Whenever he needs to communicate with someone outside his species, he affects their brain patterns to automatically translate his cute babbling into bombastic English.]]
* WalkingSpoiler
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Twenty-Five-Star General Zapp Brannigan]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"When I'm in command, every mission is a suicide mission."]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest
-->Debut: ''"Love Labours Lost in Space"''

The only military leader we ever see, Brannigan has many medals and a high post despite a strange fixation on killing everybody who he sends into battle, whether helpful or not, whether needed or not. People serving under him tend to die. He's selfish, arrogant, fat, lazy, immature and an idiot. And those are his ''good'' qualities...

In his first episode, he tricked Leela into sleeping with him, something he's never let her live down.

* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Leela. Zapp is quite handsome (if a bit overweight): Leela hates him purely for [[{{Jerkass}} his personality]]. On their first encounter Leela sleeps with him out of pity, complicating things for herself for the rest of the series.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: It's likely he takes this view. By his own admission, he was allegedly a virgin ("allegedly" because 1. DependingOnTheWriter he may or may not have had some past paternity lawsuits and 2. It was Leela he told this to, so he may have been lying to gain sympathy points) before making it with Leela; after he does, he mentions the encounter often whenever he tries to emphasize his manliness.
* BadBoss: Often sends his men on deadly missions, expecting total loyalty out of them over ridiculous causes, and emotionally abusing them - you just know what a prick he is when his Second-In-Command Kif Kroker would rather face almost certain death than work for him.
* BigBookOfWar: He stamped his name onto the TropeNamer. Given his track record, it's not something that should be read by those with any sense of self-preservation.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Not so much "evil" as "sexist, incompetent, and haughty."
* CaptainErsatz: His appearance, attitude, position, and mannerisms are very similar to those of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries James T. Kirk]]. In fact, he was originally pitched as "What if Creator/WilliamShatner was captain of the Enterprise?"
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Although he is more explicitly a parody of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] (his character was originally pitched as "What if Creator/WilliamShatner was captain of the Enterprise rather than Kirk?).
* CasanovaWannabe: Despite his attitude, he once admitted that Leela is the only woman who's ever loved him - ''physically''. He did get some action with the Amazonians, but [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization that doesn't count]]. And judging by a few of Leela's off-handed comments, he wasn't even satisfactory in bed either; not in his opinion though, of course.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He's usually an arrogant, incompetent, idiotic, cowardly, selfish jerk. However, there are a few moments when he genuinely does something awesome like when he got rid of History's Greatest Villains in "Kif Gets Knocked Up". (Of course, this act [[PyrrhicVictory almost destroyed his ship and killed everyone.]])
* DirtyCoward: Woken up from sleep, his first words are: "I surrender and volunteer for treason!"
* DumbBlonde: Male example.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Zapp is an utter coward, but even he thought President McNeal asking humanity to die for his safety was awful
* FakeUltimateHero: Boy howdy. He has won offscreen victories, and taken credit for other people's deeds so he keeps his job, and is even well-regarded by many. Most people think he's an amazing hero and TheAce, until they actually meet him.
* FatIdiot: It's not super obvious, but he has quite a gut. Best observed when he goes to a planet with super-high gravity and the force of his belly rips open his girdle.
* GeneralFailure: He's not evil, per se; but he's usually against the protagonists due to his own total incompetence. His deeds have included fighting the Killbots by sacrificing millions of soldiers until the Killbots reached their limit and shut down, attacking the Hubble Space Telescope, ordering his ships to make a run so as to clog the enemy ship weapons with their own wreckage, getting his ship sliced in half by flying through a giant windmill despite being told what would happen, destroying an entire repair station due to impatience, destroying the brand new headquarters of The Federation by using his ships' laser at full power to cut the inauguration ribbon, attacking a strategically unimportant planet for no reason and wasting the element of surprise by dumping his soldiers out through the ship's floor, getting enough women killed through fraternization that the army banned them from his command, trying to get the protagonists arrested multiple times, and being taken out in the first second of Bender's Big Score's final battle.
* GeneralRipper:
** Has started tons of unnecessary wars, including against a race of sentinent balls on Spheron 1 (which resulted in them being forced off their home planet), the Spiderians, the Neutral Planet, the Retiree People of the Assisted Living Nebula, and the dreaded Pacifists of the Ghandi Nebula.
** President Nixon advocates just about everything Brannigan does, which is why he's able to be such a free wheeler. The Democratic Order Of Planets doesn't seem to really care (the only way he was able to get on their bad side was to destroy their brand new headquarters, otherwise they seem to ignore his attitude towards combat).
* HandsomeLech: To some extent. He'd be played straight if he got rid of the gut.
* IdiotHoudini: Most of the time, despite endangering people through his constant idiocy and lack of regard for the life of anybody but himself, he rarely suffers any retribution for it.
* IgnoreTheFanservice: It's revealed that Zapp doesn't wear ''underwear'' and it's only by virtue of the length of his uniform top that he's not always exposed. But don't follow behind him while climbing a ladder. It seems he extended it to the soldiers under his command, and possibly the entire Earth military considering his high position in it.
* ItsAllAboutMe: He doesn't care about the danger any of his actions cause unless he ends up in danger from them.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's got lots of examples that could be cited but a crowning moment might be the time he tried to pass off a declaration of war to a non-English-speaking alien race as a peace treaty, giving him the justification to invade their homeworld when their guard was down. [[spoiler:Thankfully his translator, Leela's mother Munda, actually had a conscience and ratted him out.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk:
** He shows himself as one on this very first appearance: after he breaks down to Leela and admits he's just an idiot who had no idea what he's doing, he uses her sympathy to get her to have sex with him then gloats over it for the rest of the series.
** In one episode, he accidentally causes his ship to go down, and he says that "the captain must go down with his ship" after Kif comments on how noble that is of him, he immediately promotes Kif to captain and then flees the ship in a one man pod
** His infamous plot to get Leela to have sex with him in "In A Gadda Da Leela".
* LargeHam: Imagine William Shatner playing William Shatner playing William Shatner... as Kirk.
* LaserGuidedKarma: While he keeps his job depressingly well, most of the time Zapp ends up looking a fool.
* LawfulStupid: Played for laughs. Zapp Brannigan will always enforce "Brannigan's Law" wherever he goes (a parody of the PrimeDirective), even though he has no idea what that law even is. Other than that, he is generally a selfish DirtyCoward who would happily sell out his friends and sacrifice hundreds of people to save himself.
* LaughablyEvil: In a serious show, he'd be a monstrous villain. See GeneralFailure and GeneralRipper.
* LethallyStupid: Whenever he is called for help, he'll come to make things worse.
* {{Malaproper}}
--> '''Zapp''': Brave-o! En-core!
* ManipulativeBastard:
** In "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela".
** In "The Beast With a Billion Backs" acting bereaved over Kif's death to bed Amy was probably a new low for him.
* MilesGloriosus: The patron saint of this trope. He will never rush in to a fight, but obtained a reputation of being a good fighter through his willingness to sacrifice wave after wave of his own men, while avoiding any risk to himself. If he does end up fighting, it's because he believes he has an overwhelming advantage, or is too stupid to realize that he's in danger.
* ModernMajorGeneral: At times.
* {{Narcissist}}: He's shamelessly vain and full of himself.
* TheNeidermeyer: He's especially fond of saving himself by sacrificing those under his command.
* NeverMyFault: No matter what death and destruction his actions cause or whatever mistake he causes, he never admits it to making a making a mistake himself.
* TheObiWannabe: Especially when giving Kif love advice.
* OfCorsetsFunny: "C'mon girdle... Hooolddd..."
* PantsFree: Not only does he not wear pants, he doesn't wear underwear either.
* ParentalAbandonment: Zapp's hinted to do this on occasion. He brings up once or twice the fact that he's often got slapped with failed paternity lawsuits from lovers in the past or virtual-reality lovers brought to life.
* PetTheDog:
** He does have one genuine moment, which is providing assistance during Kif's pregnancy. But even then, he didn't really ''care'' about the situation so much as he was just going along with what everyone else was doing.
** He has a half-one in "Where the Buggalo Roam" when he compliments Kif on a brave act by calling it "Brannigan-worthy". It's half a moment since it's a surprisingly sincere compliment, but also shows that he can't even give those without ''also'' finding a way [[ItsAllAboutMe to sing his own praises at the same time.]]
* PyrrhicVictory: Pretty much his only battle strategy.
* PsychopathicManchild: He's very cowardly, dim-witted, immature, and perverted. Though that's more disturbing as he's also a high-ranking officer in the Earth's military, with the authority to get people killed in mass amounts. Which he fully utilizes to do just that.
* ShoutOut: Between the many Creator/WilliamShatner shout outs, one stands out as he dramatically recites the lyrics to "[[TheKinks Lola]]", imitating Shatner's infamous rendition of "[[EltonJohn Rocket Man]]". Not to mention ordering Kif to [[TheTwilightZone climb out on the wing and pretend he's a gremlin.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Kif's Sensitive Guy.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Subverted. Someone with his personality would be a SmallNameBigEgo in most situations if not for his absurdly high rank.
* TheSociopath: Egotistical, arrogant yet charming, incapable of learning from his mistakes, utterly without guilt for his actions, manipulative, an exceptional liar, and of course lacking a shred of respect for ''any'' life other than his own, Zapp shows all the classic signs of sociopathy. It's just that he's funny too.
* TooDumbToLive: In fact, it's even a wonder he is alive since half the things he does nearly get himself killed (the other half gets everyone else killed). Somehow he rationalizes bouncing between asteroids will induce a "gravity boost" and thus he tries to pilot a gigantic space cruise liner through an asteroid field.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The only possible reason for how he retains a job.
* WeHaveReserves: His method for dealing with pretty much everything? Send wave after wave of men at the problem until it's solved or he runs out of men.
* WouldHurtAChild: Has absolutely no problem sending children to their deaths in a battle either.
* ZergRush: A favorite tactic of his.
--> '''Zapp''' ''(indicating enemy mothership on chart):'' ...my strategy is so simple an ''idiot'' could have devised it! On my command, all ships will line up and file ''directly'' into the alien death cannons, ''clogging'' them with ''wreckage!''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:(Lieutenant) Kif Kroker]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:'''Zapp:''' "Kif, round them up, and spare me the weary sigh for once."]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/MauriceLaMarche
-->Debut: ''"Love Labours Lost in Space"''

Brannigan's long-suffering personal assistant, Kif just can't seem to get away from the guy. Eventually evolved from merely a SatelliteCharacter for Brannigan to also having a relationship with Amy.

* {{Adorkable}}: He serves as Zapp's meeker, smarter alien assistant. He tends to be a nervous ExtremeDoormat and becomes painfully shy when he's around his love interest, Amy.
* AlliterativeName: '''K'''if '''K'''roker.
* BeleagueredAssistant: To Zapp. Might as well be the trope image, if that's not currently the case.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He turns out to be a pretty demanding boss when he has an underling of his own, and after learning that Zapp used his temporary death as an excuse to sleep with Amy he snaps and punches Zapp right in the stomach.
* BizarreAlienBiology: His digits can stick to walls and ceilings, he has no muscles or bones (his body is supported by bags of fluid instead), and we've also seen him inflate his head (to scare off predators on his home world) - and ''only'' his head, get your mind out of the gutter. His race is otherwise amphibian. Also, his race has a late metamorphosis stage in which they become clouds of HiveMind-operating fly-like creatures (his father is this form). In ''Proposition Infinity'', Kif says that he would be the closest related to the Sea Cucumber out of all of Earth's aquatic animals.
* ButtMonkey: Zapp frequently has him do humiliating things, and Kif often gets the blame when Zapp makes a mistake.
* CatchPhrase: A weary sigh seems to be his, always in response to whatever dumb thing Zapp has just said. It seems to be contagious: in "''Into the Wild Green Yonder''", Bender does it with him.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially early on, before he hooked up with Amy.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Turns out to be this once he gets a subordinate. It's mostly the result of pent-up stress from serving under Zapp, though.
* ExtremeDoormat: Especially after he hooks up with Amy, he becomes less of a DeadpanSnarker and much more passive.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: A male example in-universe. Females in at least two cultures of humanoids find him attractive.
* HypercompetentSidekick: ''Hyper''competent might be pushing it a bit, but he's got a good head on his shoulders and is usually standing near Zapp.
* HypocriticalHumor: In "War is the H-Word", Fry is demoted to Kif's assistant and Kif proves to be an even worse boss than Zapp, being openly hostile towards and constantly yelling at Fry. Then again, working for Zapp definitely has led to some ''severely'' repressed anger on Kif's part.
* IJustWantToBeBadass: A couple of times. He does pretty well, considering.
* InformedAttractiveness: Out of Zapp, Kif, and Fry, Kif is apparently supposed to be the best looking. At least, according to the Fem-Puter.
-->'''Fem-Puter''': Kif, as the most attractive male, will be [[OutWithABang snu-snued]] by the most beautiful women of Amazonia... ''then'' the large women... ''then'' the petite women... ''then'' the large women ''again''.
** Of course, Kif was being measured up against ''Zapp'' and ''Fry''. And unlike them, wasn't being a sexist jerk.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Amy.
* LittleGreenMan: He fits the bill for being small and green. However neither he, nor his species, has hostility towards humanity.
* MisterSeahorse: In the aptly-named "Kif Gets Knocked Up A Notch". Apparently, his species has a strange method of reproduction.
* NiceGuy: He's kind of [[DeadpanSnarker bitchy]] early on, but grows more into a shy, sensitive nice guy through his relationship with Amy.
* NoRespectGuy: He is put upon a lot because Zapp blames him for his own failings.
* OnlySaneMan: When you work with someone like Zapp, you're this by default.
* PunnyName: "Kroker" as in "croaker" as in "frog".
* RubberMan: A mild form of this. Being an amphibian-like alien with no bones, he can stretch himself to a considerable degree, though this causes apparent discomfort and isn't really treated as a superpower.
* RunningGag: Kif being accused of being spineless, causing him to explain he ''doesn't'' have a spine and his body is supported by a series of [[BizarreAlienBiology fluid-filled bladders]]. He often gets cut off though before he can finish.
* SarcasticDevotee: He sticks behind Zapp no matter what (probably because it's his place in the military), but makes it painfully obvious that he hates Brannigan for it. Oddly enough, Zapp is never fazed by Kiff's commentaries.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Savvy Guy to Amy's Energetic Girl.
* TheScapegoat: Official Zapp policy seems to be blaming Kiff whenever he does something wrong.
-->''Kiff, stand by to take the blame... now!''
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Zapp's Manly Man.
* ShrinkingViolet: Usually a Deadpan Snarker when dealing with Zapp, but seems to show this side when his Love Interest Amy is around. In the episode that brought them together as a couple, she kept getting phone calls of someone breathing and panting heavily on the other end; she assumed they were prank calls, when it was really Kif calling to tell her how he feels, but too scared to say anything, thus hyperventilating until he hung up.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Scruffy "The Janitor" Scruffington]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"Scruffy's work here is done."]]
-->Voiced by David Herman (2000)
-->Debut: ''"A Fishful of Dollars"''

Originally a recurring background character in the series, Scruffy was randomly tossed about the series who held multiple jobs much like TheSimpsons Wiseguy. However, during the episode "Anthology Of Interest," the writers ran out of characters to kill[[note]]In a non-canon "what-if" segment[[/note]] and decided to feature his character as another victim as a result. Ever since then, he became an AscendedExtra and his job was cemented into the full time janitor at Planet Express.

* AlmightyJanitor:
** He does own more than four times the rest of the employee's stock in Planet Express.
-->'''Scruffy:''' "Scruffy believes in this company!" ''(sniffles)''
** When asked what he did at Planet Express by Hermes, who was looking to reduce overhead, he replied, "Toilets 'n boilers, boilers 'n toilets. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Plus that one boilin' toilet.]] Fire me if'n you dare."
* AscendedExtra: He shows up to comment on things when all other characters are used up. He's also occasionally featured as being even lazier than Fry, spending all his time in the basement reading porno magazines.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Yyyup"
** "[I'm] Scruffy. The janitor."
** "Second."
* DisneyDeath: Remember when Scruffy died? Remember when he reappeared unharmed? He's the [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kenny]] of ''Futurama.''
* DumbassHasAPoint: Scruffy is the source of much simple-minded wisdom.
-->'''Scruffy''': (referring to a depressed Bender) I have never seen him so down. Or ever before.
* {{Expy}}: His voice seems to be based on [[Film/SlingBlade Karl Childers]]. Mmmhmm.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Leukine.
* LovableSexManiac: He's rarely seen without some [[PunBasedTitle humorously named]] porno magazine (e.g. National Pornographic, Chef Play-Boyardee, and Astounding Tales [Of Doing It])
--> '''Scruffy:''' "Scruffy's gonna die the way he lived." ''(licks finger, turns page of magazine)''
* NiceHat: He wears a brown hat (when he was just a background character originally, the colour of his hat, hair and mustache often changed between appearances).
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[spoiler: "Law and Oracle" reveals Scruffy is one.]]
* RecurringExtra: He is often present and makes comments on situations that have nothing to do with him.
* RepetitiveName: According to the 2008 ''Futurama'' wall calander, his full name is "Scruffy Scruffington".
* RunningGag: No-one ever remembers that Scruffy works at Planet Express. Except Fry, who apparently befriended him at some point.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[CargoShip With his robotic wash bucket.]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: Scruffy almost always speaks in the third person.
* VerbalTic: mmmhmm.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Linda van Schoonhoven]]
-->Voiced by Creator/TressMacNeille
-->Debut: ''"A Big Piece of Garbage"'

A human anchorwoman for Channel √2 News who works alongside Morbo. She often smiles and laughs at the wrong times.

* TheDitz: She pretty much epitomizes this trope: she's bubbly and airheaded, much unlike her co-anchor Morbo.
* DumbBlonde: Not exactly, she is more a ditzy blonde.
* EatenAlive: Gets eaten by one of the Bart-monsters durring the Simpsons crossover. Though considering the groan she makes as it swallows her [[DeadLineNews the alive part probably didn't stick.]]
* KentBrockmanNews: With Morbo. As his co-anchor, she often gives him airheaded laughs.
* PerpetualSmiler: Linda keeps on a cheery face even when bad news is announced.
* StepfordSmiler: Apparently her [[TheAlcoholic drinking]] allows her to cope with her job and kids. But she breaks down in tears after [[ItMakesSenseInContext all alcohol on Earth is consumed by microscopic Bender clones]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Morbo]]
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[[caption-width-right:244: "In lighter news, the city of New New York is doomed."]]
-->Voiced by Creator/MauriceLaMarche
-->Debut: ''"A Big Piece of Garbage"'

A green alien who is Linda's co-anchorman. He often speaks condescendingly about humans.

* AmbiguouslyEvil: He often claims that [[AlienInvasion his people plan to invade Earth some day]]. However we never see him act on this threat.
* EvilIsHammy:
--> ''"Windmills do not work that way!'' '''Good night!"'''
--> "Hello, little man... ''I will destroy you!"''
* EvilSoundsDeep: He subverts this by having a deep voice and an expressed desire for destruction of all of humankind, but only works as a news anchor.
* ExplosiveBreeder: Apparently is married to one.
-->'''Nixon:''' Hello, Morbo! How's the family?
-->'''Morbo:''' Belligerent and numerous!
* HatesEveryoneEqually: He hates humans, calling them "puny", "insignificant", and other insults (which his human co-host Linda oddly doesn't seem to mind), but he seems to hate and insult robots, other aliens, and pretty much everyone, even his wife. The only friends he seems to have are UsefulNotes/RichardNixon and Linda.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He seems to consider Linda a friend, and once implied that he may actually love his wife deep down.
* KentBrockmanNews: He and Linda are presented in a format similar to Kent Brockman himself, but with Morbo often talking about how he hates all other living things, especially humans.
* LittleGreenMan: He certainly isn't little (he's about the size of a well built human), he has green skin and hates humanity.
* ThirdPersonPerson: "All humans are vermin in the eyes of Morbo!"
[[/folder]]

!Planet Express Crew Relatives

[[folder:Cubert Farnsworth]]
-->Voiced by: KathSoucie
-->Debut: ''"A Clone of My Own"''

A twelve-year-old clone of Professor Farnsworth; Cubert is didactic, self-important and snarky. The Professor created Cubert in order to have somebody to continue his tradition of half-baked inventions that are, not uncommonly, a threat to all life.

* ClonesArePeopleToo: A clone of the Professor, but treated just like any son.
* DeadpanSnarker: Cubert occasionally throws the quick one-liner in "A Clone Of My Own", as well as later in the series:
-->'''Professor:''' ''Nothing is impossible! That's what being [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist a scientist]] is all about!
-->'''Cubert:''' Nnnnnno, that's what being a ''magical elf'' is all about.
* HateSink: Seems to be deliberately written to be unlikable with his rude attitude.
* InsufferableGenius: He belittles almost everyone, aside from Hermes' son Dwight.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's a rude, arrogant jerk to the other members of Planet Express.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: The calendar moves on, but Cubert remains twelve. But then, the cancellation/renewal of the show would have put him in his twenties by now...
* OlderThanTheyLook: He looks around nine.
* OutOfFocus: Well, he was never really '''in''' focus, but he's gone from appearing several times per season to only showing up for a few seconds in Season 7 as part of a fake PSA.
* TheLoad: Deliberately written this way as a TakeThat to the various "spunky kids" of certain other science fiction series.
* TheScrappy: Intentional/in-universe example; he's meant to parody [[Franchise/{{StarTrek}} Wesley Crusher]] and annoys Planet Express
* StopHavingFunGuy: Played strongly in his first appearance, though downplayed to a mere KnowItAll in later episodes.
* TeenGenius: A clone of the Professor created to continue his life's works after he dies.
* WrongGenreSavvy: His debut appearance, he assumes that the universe operates on the same laws of physics as RealLife. It takes him most of the episode to understand that he's science fiction setting that runs on RuleOfFunny.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Leo and Inez Wong]]
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[[caption-width-right:250:My parents may be evil, but at least they're stupid.]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest and Creator/LaurenTom
-->Debut: ''"A Flight to Remember"''

Leo and Inez are Amy Wong's parents- and your sterotypical strict Asian archetypes. Ridiculously rich, owners of half of Mars, and desperate for grandkids. They usually show up to meddle in Amy's love life and remind her that "she's not getting any younger."

* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: Interestingly, they are from Mars, and dress like stereotypical U.S southerners, yet speak with these accents. Leo is aware of this and apparently took a dictation coach. Unfortunately for him, said coach happened to be JackieChan...
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: With their constant attempts to set Amy up with anything with a Y chromosome.
%%* FictionFiveHundred
* HappilyMarried: They are usually shown as happy together, except in a throwaway joke.
-->'''Leo''': I'm ruined!
-->'''Inez''': OK, I want a divorce.
* HateSink: Both of them (particularly Leo) are fairly unlikeable.
* TheHeavy: Leo is this in the last movie, while the Dark One is the BigBad.
* IWantGrandkids: They are so obsessed with getting Amy to have grandchildren, it almost seems like they care more about that than they care about Amy herself. To the point that when the latter [[FountainOfYouth got deaged to her preteen years]], they were too busy complaining about how they were never going to have grandchildren at this rate (And in Leo's case, [[{{Jerkass}} cruelly tease Amy]]) to actually worry about their daughter's condition.
* {{Jerkass}}: Both of them are greedy, callous, manipulative, tend to believe that they can do whatever they want because they're rich (especially Leo, who has been the villain of a plotline more than once for precisely this reason), and are often outright antagonistic towards nearly everybody.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Leo is fairly racist (and extremely sexist as well).
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Screw Politeness,'''We''' are Senior, in their case.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Thinking about suing them? Well...
-->'''Professor Farnsworth:''' Hmm, I may have mental anguish.
-->'''Leo:''' I have you know I'm friends with every judge on planet.
-->'''Professor Farnsworth:''' I'm alright then.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: They bribed Mars University into admitting Amy. Leo was willing to pay more to get her into Phi Beta Kappa.
--> '''Dean Vernon''': [[GoldDigger How much you got]]?
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fry's Family]]
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[[caption-width-right:223:You sayin' my boy's a commie?]]
Mr. and Mrs. Fry, Yancy Fry Jr., and Seymour Asses, who Fry left behind in the past after he was cryogenically frozen by accident. When he arrives to the future, he expresses joy at the thought that he doesn't have to see his family again, though very later on in the series he realizes that he just convinced himself that he hated the past because he knew he could never come back.

* BigBrotherInstinct: Yancy Jr., even if he doesn't show it if he can help it.
* CanineCompanion: Seymour.
* DadTheVeteran: Yancy Sr. apparently fought in Vietnam.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Yancy Jr., Seymour, Yancy Sr., and Mrs. Fry all get episodes focused on their relationship with Fry, those being "The Luck of the Fryish", "Jurassic Bark", "Cold Warriors", and "Game of Tones" respectfully.
* DirtyCommies: Seems to be a primary source for Yancy Sr.'s paranoia.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: They are portrayed as complete boors in their first flashbacks, but later episodes (namely "The Luck of the Fryrish", "Cold Warriors", and "Game of Tones") reveal their kinder sides.
* MyOwnGrampa: Philip Fry, AsYouKnow, but also Yancy Fry. Part of the same paradox: Yancy had a son, Philip, Philip had a son while traveling back in time, who red then Yancy's grandson, but that grandson is Yancy himself.
* NoNameGiven: Fry's Mom's first name has not yet been revealed, so she is usually just referred to as "Fry's Mom" or "Mrs. Fry".
* ParentalNeglect: Fry's parents, who are shown in flashbacks to be generally neglectful, with his mother being a LadyDrunk and his father being a ConspiracyTheorist.
* PosthumousCharacter: They're all deceased by the 31st century of course.
* SiblingRivalry: Between Fry and Yancy Jr.
* TangledFamilyTree: Not as complicated as other family trees, but it's still a bit complex. A family tree that goes all the way from the Kubert Farnsworth kid to the minute-man Yancy Fry that fought in the American revolutionary war. See [[http://theinfosphere.org/Fry_family_tree here]] for details.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hermes's Family]]
Hermes has a wife, La Barbara Conrad, and a son, Dwight Conrad.
----
* BareYourMidriff: La Barbara's outfit are always show off the belly.
* HappilyMarried: La Barbara to Hermes.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Like Cubert, Dwight's age is always the same.
* StatuesqueStunner: La Barbara is noticeably taller than nearly every other human we meet. She's also slim and a dark beauty.
* UglyGuyHotWife: La Barbara to Hermes.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: La Barbara has a different sexy outfit every episode she appears, sometimes more than one.
* YourCheatingHeart: La Barbara always goes over to her ex-husband [[TheRival Barbados Slim]] if Hermes is not available for whatever reason (like having his head chopped off).
[[/folder]]

!Antagonists

[[folder:Mom]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"Jam a bastard in it, you crap!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/TressMacNeille
-->Debut: ''"A Fishful of Dollars"''

Head of Mom Co and richest woman on earth, she is the overall villain of {{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}. It was also revealed that she was in a relationship with Professor Farnsworth in the past, but he left when he found out how evil she was. This happened several times, as he kept forgetting.

* AbusiveParents: Her favorite act of parenting to her kids? Slapping the hell out of them ''at the drop of a hat.'' When Walt and Larry where just toddlers, she used them as ''human shields'' during Farnsworth's explosive demonstration of dark matter.
* BigBad: She is the closest thing the series has to a main villain. Although the movies have their respective baddies, she returns in the third as the primary antagonist.
* BirthdayHater: She hates "Mother's Day" (a day when all the robots her company built show their affection), since her true love, Professor Farnsworth, left her after an argument. It's not technically her birthday, but it serves the same purpose (being a celebration centered around her).
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She presents herself to the public as a matronly grandmother, but in reality she's an incredibly evil and abusive old woman.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: She's a CCE trying to take over the world, who masquerades as a sweet, kindly old lady in public.
* DatingCatwoman: Professor Farnsworth has some history with Mom, which resurfaces in a few episodes.
* DistaffCounterpart: Basically a female version of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Mr. Burns]]. Which is why they hooked up in the CrisisCrossover comic book.
* EvilMatriarch: She provides the page image.
* EvilOldFolks: She hates everyone and everything, and has actually sent every robot in the world on a revolution against humans so that they could conquer the world for her.
* FatSuit: Used to keep up with her public appeal as an innocent grandma figure... then promptly discarded elsewhere to reveal a slender hag underneath.
* FauxAffablyEvil: A ruthless corporate raider and abusive parent who puts on a sweet old lady routine and fat suit for her TV ads. In her first appearance in "A Fishful of Anchovies", she drops the act when she finishes cutting a TV ad, and again when Fry gets in her way.
* GivenNameReveal: Everyone always called her "Mom," but when it was revealed that she and Zoidberg had a history, her casually addressed her as "Carol."
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: A modern version.
* {{Jerkass}}: Good Lord! She is '''RUTHLESS!'''
* KarmaHoudini: She never really pays for a lot of her actions. Most punishment she got was in ''Bender's Game'' where her plan to hoard dark matter was foiled when it was rendered useless.
* LeanAndMean: Lampshaded.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: It's suggested that she became so bitter because Farnsworth broke off with her 70 or so years ago. Though, granted, he broke it off because she was already doing some morally reprehensible stuff, so it's more of a case that Love Makes You ''Worse.''
* MamaBear: Sort of...
-->'''Mom:''' Nobody rips my kids off but me!
* NeverMessWithGranny: In spades. Although she is by no means a CoolOldLady, being firmy in EvilMatriarch camp.
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: In-universe.
* OneBadMother: As big a jerk as Mom is, just try not to say anything bad about her when your own mother happens to be in earshot. The results wouldn't be pretty. Turns out her real name is actually Carol.
* PetTheDog:
** Zoidberg is the only person she treats well. She was also willing to give him an expensive yeti head that Zoidberg needed for a coupon. It could be she was also trying to help the Professor as well.
** In a bit of a twisted example, she comforts Bender when he apologizes for not being able to exterminate humanity without being told to first.
** She dabbled in genetic engineering to cure a person of being a giant and create plants big enough to feed world hunger. She still intended to profit off the latter, but emphasized that the resulting plants would be so cheap that even the poor could afford them. She also cured Leela's mutations in gratitude for (accidentally) helping her perfect her work.
* RichBitch: She's an evil, extremely rich businesswoman.
* TakeOverTheWorld: When she's feeling cranky. "GO CONQUER EARTH, YOU BASTARDS!"
* {{Tsundere}}: The reason she's broken up and gotten back together with Professor Farnsworth several times over several decades.
* UngratefulBitch: She receives hundreds of thousands of heartfelt cards from her robotic 'children' every Mother's Day, but she uses them as material for her products without even reading them. (After checking inside for money, of course.)
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: She appears as a sweet, lovable old lady in public, but is really a CorruptCorporateExecutive. She may not always be planning to take over the world, but it is canon that she intends total global (or more) economic domination.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Walt, Larry, and Igner]]
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-->Voiced by: Creator/MauriceLaMarche, David Herman and Creator/JohnDiMaggio
-->Debut: ''"A Fishful of Dollars"''

Mom's three sycophantic sons/henchmen in order of importance. Walt is the oldest and supposedly most intelligent - but even that isn't saying much. Larry is a snivelling yes-man to everything his mother says with an inferiority complex the size of New New York. And Igner is mentally retarded.

* BigBrotherBully: Walt towards his younger brothers, on multiple occasions.
* ButtMonkey: Larry, who is often abused by Mom and Walt, and Igner, who is usually assigned the worst jobs by his brother.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In their debut episode, Walt was virtually the same, but Larry seemed to [[ButtMonkey be at the bottom rung]] while Igner was silent, but normal (barring a few hints of crossdressing). Larry now seems to be the OnlySaneMan while Igner is a full-on TheDitz.
* ComicTrio: Walt is the schemer, Larry is powerless, and Igner is stupid.
* TheDitz: Igner is the dumbest of the three, and often displays the symptoms of mental retardation.
* TheDragon: Theoretically, Walt to Mom - although he doesn't actually have any say in any of Mom's plans, he does have the authority to slap his brothers around.
* DumbassHasAPoint: "Bender's Game", in-universe.
-->'''Walt:''' Did you see anyone?
-->'''Igner:''' Me?
-->'''Walt:''' Yes, you. You're the only one here.
-->'''Igner:''' If I'm the only one here, how could I see anyone?
-->'''Larry:''' He's got a point, Walt.
-->'''Walt:''' So does my knee! (''knees Larry'')
* ExtremeDoormat: Larry is submissive to his older brother and mother, and ApologisesALot even when it's not his fault.
* {{Expy}}: Their antics often mirror those of Larry, Curly, and Moe of Film/TheThreeStooges. When Mom slaps them, it's dubbed with either the original Stooges multi-person slap sound or a very close match.
* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler: Igner's father Farnsworth wasn't married, and though not a hero [[DumbIsGood Igner's the nicest of his siblings]] ]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Walt is the most similar to Mom, in personality.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: [[spoiler:Igner is Farnsworth's son, and Walt is Wernstrom's son. Larry hasn't been clarified, but is probably also Wernstrom's son, since the colour of his hair is the same as Wernstrom's when he was younger.]]
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: Walt is the mean one, Igner is the nice one, and Larry is the inbetween.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: ''Igner'' of all people did this in ''Bender's Game'' to his brothers, which raises some questions about his usual behaviour...
* OedipusComplex: Walt once voiced the desire to marry a woman just like his mother. The worrying part was that the looks his brothers gave him didn't display them seeing a problem with this - and possibly even agreeing.
* OnlySaneMan: It's hard to tell, thanks to Walt's crazy and idiotic plans, but other than those he does seem to be the only sane man in the trio.
* PunchClockVillain: The brothers have had occasional appearances outside of Mom's schemes, and it seems that when Mom isn't around, the three of them lead almost normal lives (Larry in particular was once seen queuing up to use Bender's dating service).
* PuttingOnTheReich: They seem to go to the same tailor as the [[StarWars Galactic Empire]] and the [[{{Series/Firefly}} Union of Allied Planets]]. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "Overclockwise," where Walt, Larry and Igner are playing ''World of World War II 3'' against Fry, Cubert and Bender ''as'' the [[ThoseWackyNazis Trope Namers]].
* ShrinkingViolet: Larry is a spineless, NervousWreck who finds it difficult to even say aloud words like "bra".
* SiblingsInCrime: They are the primary henchmen of Mom's business.
* SissyVillain: All of them (particularly Larry) qualify.
* TerribleTrio: Though they're not completely incompetent, Mom treats them as if they are. Their original plan to get Fry's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment PIN number]] only worked because Fry was being... [[IdiotHero well, Fry]].
* TheUnfavourite: While Mom is mean to all three of them, it's pretty clear [[ButtMonkey Larry]] is her least favorite son.
* VillainousFriendship: There are odd moments they have when [[Main/BigBrotherBully Walt isn't slapping them around]]. They hang out and play video games with each other, for example, and seem to get along when off work.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Robot Devil]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:You can't just have your characters announce how they feel. ThatMakesMeFeelAngry!]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/DanCastellaneta (1999, 2003, 2008); Creator/MauriceLaMarche (2001, on the episode "A Tale of Two Santas")
-->Debut: ''"Hell Is Other Robots"''

Overlord of Robot Hell, tormentor of robotic souls, and sower of discord. His manipulations often turn against him.

* AffablyEvil: He might be the robot version of {{Satan}}, but he's actually a rather polite guy under most circumstances.
* BodySurf: Should he get his body trashed, his digital ghost transfers into one of his countless replacement bodies on the double.
* ChainOfDeals: Actually manages to use one in "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" as part of a BatmanGambit to reclaim his hands from Fry... and it works!
* CrazyPrepared: Oh, so you think you can destroy the Robot Devil? He's got an endless closet of replacement bodies.
* DealWithTheDevil: He does this. A lot.
* TheDevilIsALoser: The guy is [[IdiotHero outsmarted by Fry]] and in one episode is seen in jail.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The depths to which Bender can stoop shock even him, like when [[spoiler:Bender reunited with his long-lost son, then punted him into a vat of electric fire, all because the Robot Devil wanted Bender to sacrifice his first-born son to him]].
** [[spoiler:And in "Calculon 2.0", his response to [[{{Narcissist}} Calculon's]] offer to perform a one man show for the residents of Robot Hell:]]
--->'''Robot Devil:''' Haven't they suffered enough?!
* HiddenDepths: He is a music enthusiast.
* IronicHell: Will exploit this when at his worst.
* LargeHam: His musical numbers say it all.
* LiteralGenie: How his deals work, with him usually keeping his word unless he gets screwed over by it, in which case he goes in JerkassGenie.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: His voice is based on Hans Conried's portrayal of Captain Hook in ''Disney/PeterPan''.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Proves at the end of "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" that despite TheDevilIsALoser trope applying to him most of the time, he is extremely cunning and isn't to be underestimated.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Given that there is a "Fairness in Hell Act" dating back to the 23rd century, he's probably this.
* {{Satan}}: Apparently when robots started getting religion, it was felt that only a simulation of Satan would keep them on the straight and narrow.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl
* SissyVillain: At one point, he summoned the fire department to his office (which is in Robot Hell, full of fire and brimstone and lava) because his trash can was on fire. Note that the firemen (the Planet Express Crew) had to get through a wall of it just to get into the office.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Was his line, and is the TropeNamer
* VillainSong: A whole one dedicated to Robot Hell, lyrics tailored to Bender's predicament (with Fry and Leela unwittingly contributing to the song). Lampshaded in "Ghost in the Machine," when he cues up the ''exact same'' song again and Bender furiously shuts him and his band up.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Robot Santa Claus]]
-->Debut: ''"Xmas Story"''
-->Voiced By: Creator/JohnGoodman (on "Xmas Story"); Creator/JohnDiMaggio (all other appearances)

A robotic Santa Claus that was designed on Earth to determine who was naughty and who was nice at Christmas (now "X-Mas"). However, due to a programming error, his AI finds a way to deem everyone naughty (though somehow excluding Zoidberg) and his resolution is to commit genocide to rectify it. Thus, every year at X-Mas, he comes down from his base on Neptune to smite Earth for its apparent indiscretion. Everyone on the planet typically fortifies their homes and cowers in fear until X-Mas has passed.

* AllCrimesAreEqual: "Mobsters beating up a shopkeeper for protection money: very naughty. Shopkeeper's not paying their protection money: exactly as naughty."
* AxCrazy: He makes Bender look like pacifistic by comparison.
* {{Badass}}: An evil robotic bazooka-wielding Santa. Not nice, but definitely Badass.
* BadassSanta: Heck one song they sing about him is called "Santa Claus Is Gunning You Down."
* BadBoss: The midget Neptunians who slave in his toy factory on Neptune are starved and mistreated.
* BadSanta: A recurring homicidal robot villain with nigh-unachievable standards for "nice". For example, mafia thugs beating up a shopkeeper for protection money? That's naughty. But a shopkeeper refusing to pay mobsters protection money? Equally naughty. Scruffy the Janitor apparently gets on the "naughty" list simply by picking his nose.
* BigBad: In any Christmas episode.
* DisproportionateRetribution: If anybody does something he consider "naughty" he feels they need to die.
* TheDreaded: The entire planet Earth is terrified of him and won't go outside until X-Mas has passed.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Shows in one episode where he invites Bender to join him on his reign of terror after he took over for him, only to kick him off the sleigh not long afterwards.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's hostile to (nearly) everyone (except Zoidberg, [[PetTheDog who's the only person on his nice list]]).
* KarmaHoudini: Mainly because it is really, really hard to kill him. Everyone in the show's universe treats his annual visit as a way of life - or, sometimes, cause of death - that can't be avoided.
* KnightTemplar: He has been programmed to determine who is naughty and who is nice. Unfortunately, his standards for nice are set too high - everyone except Dr. Zoidberg is considered naughty, and to make matters worse, he ain't limited to putting coal in your stocking. He's more likely to turn you to charcoal instead.
* LogicBomb: Subverted - he was built with paradox-proof crumple zones to prevent him from being destroyed by them.
* MoralSociopathy: A KnightTemplar example. He has a very strict code of morals. But he doesn't really seem to care for other people. He only applies these ethics to other people and only when they do something wrong.
* PetTheDog: He treats Zoidberg very well in contrast to the other characters.
* Really700YearsOld: Has made X-Mas horrible for 200 years straight.
* TheSociopath: ''Worse'' than Bender.
* VillainDecay: In-universe in ''Bender's Big Score''. His heart wasn't in it anymore.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Donbot]]
The head of the Robot Mafia.

* TheDon: That's his function, although it's obviously carried to the point of parody.
--> '''Donbot:''' Their desire to keep living shows me no respect.
%%* EvilGenius
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* KarmaHoudini: He never got punished for his actions until "Viva Mars Vegas".
* KnightOfCerebus: Unlike other villains, he's played seriously, many times.
* OnlySaneMan: He's the only one of the robot mafia with his head together. Usually, at any rate.
* PrettyInMink: Gets his girl a white fur coat [[FellOffTheBackOfATruck he just happened to get from Burlington Coat Factory]].
* TheSociopath: Although one of his lackeys is even more so, and Donbot has to keep him in check.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lrrr and Ndnd (of the planet Omicron Persei 8!)]]
[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lrrr_and_Ndnd_1341.png]]
[[caption-width-right:320:"It is true, what they say: men are from Omicron Persei 7, women are from Omicron Persei 9!"]]
-->Voiced by Creator/MauriceLaMarche and Creator/TressMacNeille
-->Debut: ''"When Aliens Attack"''

The rulers of the planet Omicron Persei 8, Lrrr and Ndnd ([[ItsPronouncedTroPAY pronounced "Lerrr" and "Nen-DEN-duh"]]) are typically presented as working towards conquering other planets to expand their empire. When not conquering other planets, they act like a remarkably stereotypical couple that have been married for years, watching television, having petty arguments and the like. Their race, the Omicronians, are capable of producing several millions of (delicious) children, an asset which allows them to conquer many planets, as mentioned above.

* AliensSpeakingEnglish: They seem to have their own language (like when Ndnd was counting to the little Omicronian in "The Problem With Popplers") but for the convenience of us (and probably the writers), they always speak English. [[FridgeBrilliance However they DO spend most of their free time watching 20th/21st century Earth television broadcasts...]]
* BadassCape: Lrrr, and pretty much standard attire for Omicronian men in positions of power.
* BigBad: Apart from Mom, the Omicronians are another selection of characters often played as villains.
* BlackComedyRape: A human woman does this to him in "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences".
* CatchPhrase: "I am Lrrr, ''ruler of the planet Omicron Persei 8!''" Said even to people already ''very'' familiar with him. And when he's trying to [[PaperThinDisguise hide his identity]].
--> '''Lrrr:''' Oh, I'm just... some guy... ''[[VerbalTic ruler of the planet Omicron Persei Eight!]]''
** According to ''T For Terrestrial'', this is a common trait among Omicronians.
--> '''Drrr''': I am Drrr, Doctor of the Planet Omicron Persei 8!
* CompensatingForSomething: Lrrr helpfully informs a plastic surgeon that his horns are a sign of virility... and that [[BizarreAlienBiology they house his testicles]]. He's promptly recommended to get horn extensions.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: A human girl with an alien fetish forces Lrrr to have sex with her. He cries about it the next day, but you know, it's (supposed to be) [[PlayedForLaughs funny.]]
* DomesticAbuse: More specifically, DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale. PlayedForLaughs, of course.
* EvilIsHammy: This concept of ham-style acting '''confuses and''' '''''INFURIATES LRRR!'''''
* EvilSoundsDeep: Lrr. In fact it seems that Maurice [=LaMarche=] uses the (exact) same voice for Morbo.
%%* ExtremeOmnivore
* HenpeckedHusband: Oh, God, is he ever. In "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences", Ndnd is '''mad''' at finding that Leela is more successful at nagging and forcing him to do stuff than she is (and Leela was trying to help him with his marriage).
* IsThisThingStillOn: Lrrr sets about scratching his crotch once he thinks the camera has stopped rolling on his announcement to eat a human in compensation for all the children consumed by humans.
* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: In the first few episodes featuring her, she's "nen-DEN-duh". In the later half, she's "Nn-duh-NN-duh".
* JustEatHim: Lrrr's prefered methods of dealing with conflict.
* NoIndoorVoice: Omicronians in general, but Lrrr is the best example.
* PaperThinDisguise: Lrrr tries to use one when buying an aphrodisiac in "Spanish Fry". What takes the cake is that when the video is shown to Leela, Fry, and Bender, Leela recognizes Lrrr before he even says a word.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: "This concept of 'wuv' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
* VillainsOutShopping: They're even introduced to ''Futurama'' as demanding to be shown the final episode of a long-lost Earth television show, ''[[{{Ally McBeal}} Single Female Lawyer]]''.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Lrrr's father.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:President Richard Nixon('s head)]]
[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/President_Nixon_4324.png]]
[[caption-width-right:320:"If there's one thing Nixon is known for, it's class. Let's cut this turd loose!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest
-->Debut: ''"Space Pilot 3000"''

[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The head of former U.S. President]] UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. He first appeared in the series premiere in a hall of heads of presidential figures, getting knocked over by Fry - which shatters his head jar and causes him to go into a frenzy. However, he gets a much bigger role when he decides to bodyjack Bender and exploit a Constitutional loophole to win an election, but gets cornered in Watergate and has to fork over Bender's body or let him play a recording of a psychotic rant he just spouted off. Still, Nixon wins the election (due to the large number of robot votes he got by sporting another, insanely huge robot body) and becomes President of Earth again - a surprisingly ''decent'' one... [[TakeThat go figure.]] He has since become a recurring character, and most often plays the PresidentEvil role. Nixon also has Spiro Agnew at his side as vice president again - though he's in the exact opposite predicament of all the other 20th-century cameo characters - an unintelligible body without a head.

* ADayInTheLimelight: The framing device for ''Saturday Morning Fun Pit'' revolves around him and the headless body of Agnew watching Saturday morning cartoons.
* AscendedExtra: Once a one-time character, Nixon's head is now the recurring president of Earth.
* BerserkButton: ''Do not'' smash his containment jar or he will go aggro on you, biting like a rabid jackal.
--> "That's it - you just made ''my '''list.'''''"
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In-Universe example in ''Saturday Morning Fit Pit'' during the [[GIJoe G I Zapp]] cartoon where he hilariously tries to dub over or tone down the more violent scenes of the cartoon until it becomes too much even for him and he pulls the plug.
* CardCarryingVillain: He loves doing evil.
* CatchPhrase "Aroooooo!"
%%* ChekhovsGunman
* ComedicSociopathy: He's presented as a head with a bottomless appetite for evil. Although he seems more interested in making the threats than doing the deeds.
-->I'll sell all of our children's organs to zoos for meat! Then I'll break into peoples' houses at night and wreck up the place! [[EvilLaugh Muhahahaha!]]
* DoIReallySoundLikeThat: When Bender plays back Nixon's incriminating rant about voters in "A Head in the Polls".
-->'''Nixon:''' My God, I really sound like that? I thought my voice had more of a Clark Gable quality.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type II.
* EvilIsHammy: '''"NIXON'S BACK!!!"'''
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Justified in-universe in that he's gone insane since the present.
* {{Jerkass}}: A trait that is exaggerated from Nixon's actual persona. In-universe the exaggeration is explained as a result of SanitySlippage from being stuck as a head in a jar at the head museum and unable to do anything important anymore.
* KarmaHoudini: Among his glaring list of wrongdoings, the biggest is flattening his secretary under the gargantuan boot of his super-sized robot body when he made his startling entrance as newly-reelected president of Earth, yet nobody said a word about it. Here's hoping she lived...
* LoopholeAbuse: How he got to run for president again, since no''body'' could have more than two terms, he got a new body. Bender's body, to be specific.
* PetTheDog: Subverted.
-->'''Nixon:''' Now look here, you drugged out communist! I paid for this body and I'd no sooner return it than I would my little cocker spaniel dog, Checkers.
-->'''Checkers' Head:''' Arf!
-->'''Nixon:''' Shut up, dammit!
* PresidentEvil: His political promises include selling children's organs to zoos for meat, using the poor as a cheap source of teeth for aquarium gravel, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking going into people's houses at night to wreck up the place.]]
* TakeThat: Serves as one against Nixon for the writers. Note that Nixon was made fun of semi-regularly on the first few seasons of WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons, until Nixon's death in the mid 1990s. A very huge and [[ItsPersonal personal one]] for West himself, who was drafted for the Vietnam War. He came up with the werewolf like mannerisms from watching one of Nixon's debates with Kennedy in 1960.
* VoodooShark: An in-universe example: In "Into The Wild Green Yonder", Fry finds out that Nixon staged the moon landing - [[spoiler:''on Venus'']].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dr. Ogden Wernstrom]]
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[[caption-width-right:254:It's time you left science to the 120-year-olds!]]
-->Voiced by: David Herman
-->Debut: ''"A Big Piece of Garbage"''

One of Professor Farnsworth's former Mars University graduate students, and his prized pupil before he turned against the professor and became his rival after receiving his idea the worst grade possible, [[FMinusMinus an A-]].

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Started off as this to the professor, and is undeniably more successful.
* TheBGrade: He turns against the professor upon receiving an A- due to penmanship counting on one of his assignments. After 100 years, he finally gets his revenge on Farnsworth by giving his new invention the worst grade imaginable, an A Minus Minus.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He started out as just a rival for the professor, but in situations such as those in ''Beast With a Billion Backs'', he tries agreeing with the professor on the issues at hand, though the professor ends up ignoring him. They eventually end up working together, and not all that reluctantly at one point.
* {{Jerkass}}: Costs him his Academy Prize.
-->'''Mayor Poopenmeyer:''' I now present [Professor Farnsworth] with the Academy Prize, which we confiscated from Doctor Wernstrom after it became apparent that he was a jackass.
%%* OutOfFocus
* PhraseCatcher: "''WERN''-STROM!"
* SayMyName: Whenever he appears, Professor Farnsworth will call out "Wernstrom!"
* SitcomArchNemesis: Once again, to the professor.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Roberto]]
[[quoteright:337:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fifty_sixin_7622.png]]
[[caption-width-right:337:Ha-HAA!]]
-->Voiced by: David Herman
-->Debut: ''"Insane in the Mainframe"''

A dangerously unstable serial bank robbing robot who was built by a team of engineers for the sole purpose of creating an insane robot. Appeared several times up until "The Six Million Dollar Mon", where [[spoiler: he is put to death. Twice. [[UnexplainedRecovery Though he eventually started appearing again]].]]

* AbusiveParents: His mother apparently welded him to the wall a few times as a child, which is implied to be the reason he is insane in his debut appearance.
* AxCrazy: A criminally insane, psychotic stab-bot.
* BackFromTheDead:
** [[spoiler:Resurrected in "The Six Million Dollar Mon" after he is put to death via electromagnetic chair, though he dies for a second time after eating a piece of Hermes skin that absorbed unbearable heat from [=LaBarbara's=] cooking]].
** [[spoiler: Later reappears in "Stench and Stenchibility" [[UnexplainedRecovery with no explanation]].]]
* BankRobbery: He is a serial bank robber, and hits the same bank three times in a row in his debut appearance.
* {{Catchphrase}}: His "Ha-HAA!". Usually said when attempting to stab something.
* {{Flanderization}}: In his first appearance, he was capable of acting normal to the point of CasualDangerDialogue, but later appearances escalated his insanity to the point of [[TheDitz occasional gibberish]].
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: What, can't he visit his old friends and take them hostage?
* GoneHorriblyRight: Designed by a team of engineers to be an insane robot, though according to him, they failed.
* KarmicDeath: After taking over Hermes's robot body, he tried to eat his skin. [[spoiler:The end result is that he melts since the skin absorbed unbearable heat from [=LaBarbara's=] cooking]].
* KnifeNut
-->'''Roberto''': I was designed by a team of engineers attempting to build an insane robot but it seems, they failed!
-->'''Vending Machine''': Um, actually *Roberto stabs him*
* MoodSwinger: He can go from calm and friendly-ish to manic screaming at the drop of a hat, and then right back.
-->'''Roberto:''' ''(after escaping the sanitarium)'' I wanna repay you.
-->'''Bender:''' Ah, it was nothing.
-->'''Roberto:''' ''IT WAS NOT NOTHING!''
* RoboticPsychopath: He was designed to be an insane robot.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: He is very obviously killed by the end of "The Six Million Dollar Mon", but was apparently reincarnated ''again'' sometime before "Stench and Stenchibility". Possibly that Backup Unit Bender mentioned robots having in an earlier episode.]]
[[/folder]]

!Other Characters

[[folder:Calculon]]
[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Calculon_7779.png]]
[[caption-width-right:320:"I've seen better acting from extras in Godzilla movies!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/MauriceLaMarche
-->Debut: ''"I, Roommate"''

Robotic star of the hit tv show ''[[SoapWithinAShow All My Circuits]]'' and Bender's hero.

* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Though only briefly]].
* BerserkButton: Rob him of an Oscar and he '''''will''''' passionately threaten to kill you.
* BigNo
--> '''Calculon:''' "Funny story. The script called for me to say 'Yes', [[ThrowItIn but I gave it a little twist]]."\\
''"NOOOO!! En-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh!!"''
* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:Learns upon revival that people have a low opinion of his acting abilities after he died because everybody aside from Bender and Fry realized how little skill he had outside of being a ham. This ends up helping him learn legitimate emotion.]]
* BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats: [[spoiler:He was once the leader of the League of Robots, until Bender took his place.]]
* ChewingTheScenery: To say that he's a terrible actor is not quite true: he's not acting. Even when he's not in front of a camera, exaggerated and ludicrous emoting is the norm.
* DealWithTheDevil: Deal with the Robot Devil: To gain his "''unholy ACTING TALENT''"!
* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler:His second death in ''Calculon 2.0''.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He was horrified that network executives would put Bender on TV acting in such a horrible manner, stating that children watch the show and Bender was a terrible role model.
* {{Jerkass}}: Until he gets some belated CharacterDevelopment in Season 7.
* JuliusBeethovenDaVinci: He claims that he's been all of history's greatest robot actors, including Thespo-Mat and Creator/DavidDuchovny.
* KilledOffForReal:
** [[spoiler:He consumed food coloring during the ''World Acting Championship'' as a chance to win the Championship, which is very fatal to robots, and died, presumably permanently. By the way, [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown he didn't win.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Calculon is resurrected a season later, only to be killed off again - and it looks like he's gone for good this time.]]
* LargeHam: Actually called out in ''Calculon 2.0'' as his viewers had gotten savvy to this and saw how bad an actor he actually was. Ironically he really is a good actor when he cuts this out and shows some genuine emotion.
* Really700YearsOld: Used to be an automatronic arm in the 21st century.
* OscarBait: The reason he starred in Harold Zoid's ''The Magnificent Three'' is because he was promised an Oscar, so he could get out of that "festering rat's nest called 'television' once and for all."
%%* SenselessSacrifice
* TakeThat: As mentioned above, he claims to be David Duchovny (among others made for the show), but what he's claiming to be are history's greatest acting ''robots.''
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: [[spoiler:So much, the Robot Devil [[ILetYouWin deliberately lost a deal just because it meant Calculon's soul would be out of Robot Hell]].]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: [[spoiler: After his SenselessSacrifice, no one seemed to care about his inert body.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Smitty and URL]]
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/futuramacops_8417.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Look, a civilian {{jaywalking|WillRuinYourLife}}. Aw yes.]]
The two police officers of New New York. Smitty is the human, URL (pronounced "Earl") is the robot.

* ADayInTheLimelight: URL gets a lot of focus when Smitty retires and Fry becomes a cop.
* CatchPhrase: "Awww yeah." for URL. Changes to "In-dubitably" (exact same stress and meter) in an AlternateReality where everything's [[IAmVeryBritish British]].
* CorruptCop: A good number of times, they can be easily bribed.
* LaserBlade: Subverted in that they act just like regular police batons.
* PoliceAreUseless: Right from the get-go, they're generally shown to be pretty incompetent (responding to a call for back-up by declaring they'd arrive in five minutes, when they were quite literally right next to them). However, when they're called upon to arrest the crew, they're usually pretty successful.
* PoliceBrutality: Since the first episode
-->'''Smitty:''' He's picking his nose, get him!
* {{Retirony}}: Smitty is GenreSavvy enough to realize that something awful would happen to him in his last days before retirement... so he asked for an early retirement.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Are they the only cops in town?
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Hedonismbot]]
----
-->Debut: "Crimes of the Hot"

* CampGay: While he's in favor of pleasure of ''any'' kind, it's strongly implied that heterosexuality seems old-fashioned to him.
--> '''Hedonismbot:''' A ''man?'' Writing an opera about a ''woman?'' Oh, sirrah!
* TheHedonist: Well, ''duh.''
* LargeHam: One of the reasons he became such a hit so quickly: he's the first to loudly announce that A) the pleasure has begun, B) pleasure is imminent, or C) this no longer amuses him.
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Unlike most robots on the show, his pupils are round rather than square.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: He was built so that humans would not have to fill this essential role. It's not clear where he gets the funds for his oil-and-cream baths or frivolous one-night-only opera productions, but he seems able to afford it. It's revealed in one of the Comedy Central episodes that he's a senator. Presumably, that still pays pretty well.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Dr. Cahill]]

* AscendedExtra: She debut in the the first movie and become a recurrent character in the next seasons.
* BrainlessBeauty: Despite her insistence that her attractive nature didn't make her a bimbo - is in fact this.
* DumbBlonde: Totally Zig-Zagged. She is alternating between being a competent doctor offended by dumb blonde stereotypes to... well... being a dumb blonde.
* GagBoobs: In "Stench And Stenchability" when she lifts her breasts with the defibrillator ("I'm a doctor, and yes. They're real. Clear!").
* HospitalHottie: She is a sexy young doctor. Fry just called her "Dr. Good and Sexy".
* MsFanservice
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[[folder:"God"]]
----
-->Debut: "Godfellas"

* CatchPhrase: Calls the people he's interacting with "my good chum".
* EldritchAbomination: He does not appear to have a corporeal form, being essentially a giant galaxy with multiple blinking lights on him that move whenever he speaks.
* {{God}}: Possibly. The episode leaves it intentionally vague as to whether or not he really is the almighty, and it's implied that even he doesn't know.
* GodIsGood: He's a very friendly entity who admits to feeling compassion for all living things.
* InstantExpert: When Bender asks if he speaks English, he responds with "I do now".
* NiceGuy: Has compassion for all life and gives Bender a pep talk when he's feeling down.
* TheOmniscient: Discussed and played with. He tells Bender that he can predict what people will do before they do it, but deviations from those predictions are unknown to him. He also doesn't know where Earth is until a satellite signal from the planet makes contact with him and he doesn't know how to speak English until he hears it from Bender (he already knew how to speak binary, though).
* TimeAbyss: When Bender asks who made him (initially assuming him to be a mechanical entity) he responds with "I have always been".
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[[folder: Elzar]]
-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/JohnDimaggio
-->'''First appearance''': ''"My Three Suns"''

Elzar is a galactically famous chef and TV host, and a hero to the tragically taste bud-free Bender.

* AmazingTechnicolourPopulation: Like all Neptunians, he's purple.
* {{Jerkass}}: Frequently. For example, after accidentally blinding Leela because of Bender, he gives the entire crew a free meal... and at the end it turns out he's charging them for it.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Must be handy for a chef to have four arms.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Has Emeril Lagasse's Massachusetts accent and similar {{catch phrase}}s.
* PigMan: His nose is distinctly snout-like.
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[[folder:Philip J. Fry]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"People said I was dumb, but I proved them!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest
-->Debut: ''"Space Pilot 3000"''

The main character. Fry is a decent, honest and fun-loving guy, but he's also immature, lazy, and not very bright. Once a pizza boy from the 20th century, he accidentally cryogenically freezes himself during a delivery run on New Years' Eve, 1999 and wakes up on New Years' Eve 2999. HilarityEnsues when he gets a job at Planet Express as a delivery boy, working for his closest living relative, distant nephew Professor Farnsworth.

* AcePilot: Surprisingly proves himself to be one whenever he takes control of a ship. All of his time playing video games payed off.
* {{Adorkable}}: Mostly due to his childish nature and his kooky mannerisms, and he's a Trekkie. He's not seen as particularly attractive in-universe, but he manages to date some fairly hot women at times.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Implied by Bender (who lives with him) with many off-hand insults/jokes that Fry masturbates frequently. A whole episode, "Spanish Fry", featured one long RunningGag of Bender making jokes about this at Fry's expense.
* AllLovingHero: He's a pretty compassionate guy and has a tendency of bonding with his enemies.
* AmusingInjuries: Horrifically painful things happen to him on a regular basis (Bender slashing his throat, Bender strangling him for drinking his beer, Bender trying to run him over...)
* AngstWhatAngst: Lampshaded in-universe, his reaction upon learning he's woken up a thousand years in the future. Justified in that no one from Fry's time liked or even respected him and he had a miserable life as a delivery boy (though later episodes do show that his family did care about him, and Fry had a dog named Seymour who was loyal to him):
-->'''Fry''': My God, it's the future! My parents! My co-workers! My girlfriend! I'll never see any of them again!
-->''{{Beat}}''
-->'''Fry''': YAHOO!
* AscendedFanboy: When saving the cast of ''Star Trek''.
* AttractiveBentGender: In "Neutopia" ("[[BrainlessBeauty Now when I say stupid things guys all laugh and buy me stuff.]]") Not that he wasn't good-looking.
* AudienceSurrogate: During some of his FishOutOfTemporalWater moments.
* BadassAdorable: His (admittedly ''gross'') naivete keeps him from being too much of a hardened {{Badass}} (and lets him be likeable as just a regular guy) but he has a lot of really heroic and outstanding moments through the show.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He was all mellow while he was fighting with Zoidberg to the death. But when Zoidberg cut his arm off, he screamed "You BASTARD!!! I'll kill you! YOU BASTARD!!!
* BewareTheSillyOnes: He may be a silly, goofy, naive ditz, but make him mad and you're ''dead meat''.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Inverted. A season 2 episode has Amy and Leela seeing Fry's [[UnusualEuphemism human horn]] and laughing at it. Whether this has anything to do with Fry's apparent lacklustre performances in the bedroom is unknown.
* BookDumb: He's a lazy, childish slacker who doesn't have much more knowledge regarding anything else outside of a small sector of nerdy interests. In one episode, he attends Mars University, ''just so he can drop out''. Despite all of this, he does manage to be quite clever at times, as well as pull off some remarkable feats and moments of clarity when given the right motivation.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: He ''loves'' living in the 31st century, due to always dreaming of going to space and being interested in what the future would look like, and never feeling like he had much going for him back in his own time. He still doesn't have much, but he enjoys his surroundings a lot more.
* BrooklynRage: Though he grew up in Midwood, Brooklyn, it takes a lot to get him angry. But when he does get mad...
* BuffySpeak: Occasionally lapses into this. "Like a balloon... and something bad happens!"
* BunnyEarsLawyer: In "Near Death Wish", Fry wins Delivery Boy of the Year!
* ButtMonkey: Not as bad of a case as Zoidberg or Kif, though.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In regards to his sensitivity. Early on in the show, there was actually a plot point in one episode that Fry was too masculine and dense to cry; this is a ''complete'' 180 of his personality later in the show, where he practically cries every other episode ([[HopelessSuitor usually over Leela]]). He also celebrated arriving in the future in the pilot, which is inconsistent with later episodes that depict him as missing his family.
* ChickMagnet: He has attracted several very good looking women, including Leela and Amy. His {{Adorkable}} nature and NiceGuy attitude probably have something to do with it.
* TheChosenOne: [[spoiler: His lack of the Delta Brainwave has made him the most important person in the universe, regularly saving it from certain doom.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Always.
--> '''Fry:''' Wait, I'm having one of those things... like a headache, with pictures.
--> '''Leela:''' An idea?
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** He's actually quite competent when the chips are down.
** In "Law and Oracle", he joined the police force and actually made Detective... but got fired because he warned Bender that he was suspected of a future crime.
** "Fun on a Bun" [[TookALevelInBadass Take this trope to a new level]] where, after a freak accident, Fry loses his memories, is found by a secret society of Neanderthals (and is mistaken as one of them), leads them in a war against the far technologically advanced human civilization... and they got an [[CurbStompBattle easy victory]] [[RockBeatsLaser over them]]!
** He challenged [[ActionGirl Leela]] to hand-to-hand combat and holds his own quite well. This feat clearly [[{{Awesome/Futurama}} takes the cake on Badass]]!
** Fry is amazing at anything related to or involving video games. He's an excellent gunman on the Planet Express Ship and he completely owned the entire crew at a video game.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Fry is often accused of {{Flanderization}}, but his intelligence actually fluctuates depending on the episode, with the second episode already making him act like an idiot.
* DirtyCoward: In "The Series Has Landed" Fry gets a moon rover caught in a lunar dust pool. He declares "It's every man for himself!" and bails out, only to sink up to his neck in the very same dust. He immediately calls for Leela to save him. He gets called this in "War is the H-Word" when he, wielding the only charged phaser, blasts himself a hole to hide in. Though at the end of that episode, he does ride a bouncing ball to the peace meeting to save the life of his best friend.
* DisabilityImmunity: Due to his past-nastyification which caused Fry to become [[MyOwnGrandpa his own grandfather]], he's unique as the only sentient being in the universe without the Delta Brainwave, thus making him immune to the Brain Spawn's mental attacks. The Nibblonians refer to this as his "superior, but inferior mind". This later proves even more efficent when he [[spoiler:faces the Brain Spawn for a second time and saves a primordial, unborn creature from "the Dark One".]]
* DisabilitySuperpower: Not exactly a "superpower", but early on in the show, he once accidentally infected himself with a colony of space worms that actually ''improved'' his body and mind from the inside out, turning him into a suave genius ([[spoiler:much like his future self, Lars]]) and super-powering his muscles (enough to flip a very burly man over his shoulder with no effort). It also enabled him to play the notoriously difficult-to-master "Holophonor" instrument, which later [[ChekhovsGun comes back]] in a big way as the key to [[WillTheyOrWontThey finally]] [[RelationshipUpgrade win]] [[JustFriends Leela's]] heart.
* DisneyDeath: He has way too many to count. Arguably the first is when he was frozen in the year 2000, and his family assumed him to be dead. Averted in "Fun on a Bun", when he [[spoiler:is presumed dead after falling into a meat chopper]]. Granted, [[spoiler:he didn't die, but the implications before this revelation are quite macabre]].
** [[spoiler: Double Subverted in the series finale. He- yes, Fry himself and not a clone or something of the sort- ''finally'' dies for real via falling to his death from hundreds of stories. But, thankfully, TimeTravel saves the day before it's too late.]]
* TheDitz: Partly because he's a FishOutOfTemporalWater and partly because of that whole Delta Brainwave thing. In either case, he always seems to be a little slow on the draw.
** Here's an example from "All the Presidents' Heads":
--> '''Fry:''' Guess I better head over to my night job.\\
'''Leela:''' You have a night job?\\
'''Fry:''' Yup. It's exhausting, but I need the extra money to buy coffee so I can stay awake for my night job.\\
'''Leela:''' But--\\
'''Fry:''' Gotta go!
* DoggedNiceGuy: He chased comically after Leela. As time went on Leela returned more and more of his affection.
* DumbIsGood: For the most part. Sometimes his lack of intelligence causes him to be rather insensitive, but he's generally one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He's also one of the dumbest.
* TheEveryman: While he's frequently made to be ridiculously stupid, Fry is generally an average and relatable guy.
* {{Expy}}: He's pretty much like a younger [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]], although he's much less of a [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] {{jerkass}}.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: At first, but he quickly adapts. In fact, 'The Cryonic Woman' makes light of the fact that he adjusted ''very'' quickly and well to the future, and that he fits in better there than in the present.
* {{Flanderization}}: He started out as just an ordinary, kinda dumb 20th-century everyman. After accidentally [[HumanPopsicle getting cryogenically frozen for a thousand years]], he was just your average modern college dropout trying to adjust to an unrecognizable sci-fi future where everyone he ever loved was long-dead. Within a few episodes of the pilot, his below-average intelligence started getting more pronounced until he was too stupid to be real, even by modern standards.
* FluffyTamer: A bone vampire with acidic spit and urine, razor sharp talons, enormous strength and an insatiable lust for bones, that loved him to bits and acted like a puppy around him.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Phlegmatic
* FriendToAllLivingThings : Has been shown to inspire an amazing loyalty and connection with all of his pets, ranging from his old dog, Seymour, who waited for him to get back for 12 years, to his hamster that was still loyal to him after he put it through astronaut training, to a narwhal that he taught to eat and live again, to...
* FoolForLove: Fry does genuinely love Leela, but his childishness puts her off, regardless of how hard Fry tries. Not helping matters is that Fry's attempts to impress her are equally childish, or poorly thought out.
* FutureBadass: [[spoiler:Lars Filmore was a time sphere-created duplicate of Fry who spent several years in the past and became older, wiser and more competent as a result]]
* GeniusDitz: Sometimes he does things ridiculously well to the point of brilliance (e.g. writing a symphony (once he got the hands to play it), driving the ship and shooting at a chasing car of robot mafia at the same time, and re-arranging an entire galaxy with a gravitational array to write Leela a love message).
* GenreSavvy: Best exemplified when he prevents the Omicronian invasion of Earth. Generally speaking, if the events play out like a video game or a sci-fi movie or television show, Fry knows just what to do.
* TheHeart: He's pretty much singlehandidly responsible for keeping the Planet Express crew together.
* TheHero: Being an impulsive {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and IdiotHero has not stopped him. He tends to have the most focus, often saves the day (even if accidentally) and most importantly of all, is the one who drew the RagtagBunchOfMisfits together.
* HeroicSacrifice: A lot, every one to protect Leela [[spoiler:but the only time that killed him was in ''Rebirth''. And technically the time it killed him in Bender's Big Score.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Bender.
* HiddenDepths: Despite being TheDitz, and having a superior/inferior brain, and often doing very stupid/suicidal things, when given the opportunity, he's pretty darn capable. This is perhaps best demonstrated in "Bender's Big Score", when [[spoiler:he spends years working his way up to assistant director of an aquarium back in the year 2000ish before returning to the year 3000ish as the suave, competent, charming Lars]].
* HollywoodDateless: In a sense, before taking many [[RelationshipUpgrade Relationship Upgrades]] with Leela in later seasons. Before all that, he often complained about why no woman would date him. But, he's clearly not as hopeless as he claims, having successfully picked up and slept with plenty of women over the show's run (still, they all admit he's... "meh" in bed).
%%* HonorBeforeReason
* HumanPopsicle Spent 1000 years as one, [[spoiler:even longer after time travel screws with things in TheMovie]].
* IdiotHero: "No I'm... doesn't!". He shows some awareness of this, and tends to move forward in spite of it. As he himself says in "The Duh-Vinci Code", "There's always going to someone smarter than you, so the only way you can be happy is to make the most of what you've got!"
* IgnoreTheFanservice: At one point he turns down an offer to shower with Leela and Amy because he's too busy spying on Bender.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Before finding out he was to be the savior of the universe. (Funny - he has a dead end job, sorta, but he still managed to rack up a list of one-of-a-kind adventures.) Oddly, he continues to have this mindset even after saving the world about a half a dozen times.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Somewhat useful even ''outside'' the WhatIf episode where they're being invaded by Nintendians. (That one time he blew up a Space Pirate ship with an arcade console-style targeting mechanism, for example, in 'Godfellas'.) Ironically, if the first episode is any indication, he actually kinda sucks at videogames, an idea reenforced by the fact that he apparently never got the last ship in ''SpaceInvaders'' when he was a kid.
* IncestIsRelative: Incest ''[[CrossesTheLineTwice twice]]''. First with his grandmother in the past, conceiving ''[[StableTimeLoop his own father]]'' in the process, making him his own grandson. Then later (in the 6th season episode "The Prisoner of Benda") when his mind was in Zoidberg's body he had sex with Leela while she was in ''in Farnsworth's body''. Though Farnsworth is a very distant descendant of Fry, the two have acknowledged each other as family since the beginning of the series. It was the first time Fry had sex with somebody ''he knew at the time was related to him''. Neither Zoidberg nor the professor experienced this because their minds were in other characters' bodies too. It was a body/mind-swapping episode.
* InformedFlaw: From all the comments about Fry's physique over the years, and all the injuries he's taken at Planet Express, he should really be a physical wreck, and badly out of shape. You'd never tell from looking at him.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: He has on a couple occasions unintentionally hurt one of his companions' feelings.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Many, but especially [[spoiler:in the first movie]]. When you stack it up, that example becomes Fry wanting Leela to be happy [[spoiler:on top of Lars wanting Leela to be happy.]] It's super-confusing when you work it out.
* IronButtMonkey: He's very resistant to the huge amounts of AmusingInjuries he receives. He get slammed into a wall at full speed by those transport tubes, surviving a fall from a helicopter without deploying his parachute, eating a big heaping bowl of salt, three cola induced heart attacks in high school. And those are the ones that don't involve super-advanced medicine or symbiotic worms.
* JumpedAtTheCall: He was overjoyed at the concept of working for Planet Express, despite having spent the last several hours trying to avoid being a delivery boy. He also told Nibbler he'd willingly help if the Nibblonians ever needed him again.
* JustFriends: With Leela to the point where people are getting tired of the WillTheyOrWontThey It has been shown/implied that they do get together in the end.
* KindheartedSimpleton: This trope may well be called ''The Fry''.
* TheKirk: He will ''freak out'' when presented with a life-threatening situation, though.
* LastNameBasis: From everyone, including his own great-great-[...]-great-grand-nephew.
** {{Lampshaded}} in one episode, when the TV mentions "Turanga Leela":
--->'''Fry''': ''"Turanga"?''
--->'''Amy''': That's her name, Philip!
--->'''Bender''': ''"Phillip"?!''
* {{Leitmotif}}: For some reason, Katrina and the Waves' "Walkin' on Sunshine". Even played at his funeral. On bagpipes. And it's his ringtone. And yet he can never get beyond the first verse (because it blows out Billy West's vocal chords).
%%* LethallyStupid
* LikeADuckTakesToWater: Literally unfrozen in 3000, he adapted readily to his new environment and picked up a few skills; and his (rather spotty) knowledge of how things worked in the past has helped out the crew a few times.
--> '''Professor:''' Tell us of this 'the wheel'!
* LimitedWardrobe: Almost always wears his combination of red jacket, T-Shirt and jeans which is a tribute to James Dean. It's a bit out of style in the 31st century. More impressive is the fact that his outfit has been destroyed or otherwise unrecoverable at the ends of some episodes, so he might be getting replacements somewhere. He evidently only owns one outfit at a time.
* LoserProtagonist: The opening alone has him get ridiculed by children, yelled at by his boss and dumped by his girlfriend. While he's still not much in the year 3000, he's at least content with his life and has found several friends... and Zoidberg!
* MadeOfIron: His incredible list of injuries aside, he also mentioned having had three heart attacks (due to excessive soda consumption), by the time he was in high school.
* ManChild: Although he mans up pretty quick in a crisis.
--> '''Fry:''' "At last, war has made me into a man. ''Wheeee!"''
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Feminine Boy to Leela's Masculine Girl.
* MeaningfulName: After Phil Hartman (the original intended voice of Zapp) was murdered, production gave Fry his first name in his honor.
* MoralityPet: For Bender.
--> '''Bender''': All those times I said "Kill all humans," I'd always whisper "except one". Fry was that one. And I never told him so!
* MustHaveCaffeine: ''Generally'' doesn't try to chug down 300 cups a day, except for that one time, but he does like his coffee. He is also constantly drinking Slurm Soda (enough to turn green when a soda machine was installed) and in high school, used to drink a hundred cans of Cola a week, which lead to ''three'' coca-cola related heart-attacks.
* MustMakeAmends: Fry finds his old dog from the 20th century fossilized in a construction site. Feeling bad for abandoning it (despite not meaning to) he arranges for the professor to actually revive it. With Science!
* MyOwnGrampa: As a result of [[RoswellThatEndsWell time travelling to 1947 Roswell.]]
* NaiveNewcomer: Usually catches up quick, though.
* NiceGuy: Probably the nicest character on the series and the only one to treat Zoidberg decently, according to him.
-->He was the only one of you who never struck me!
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: He ruined {{Heaven}} for ''EVERYONE'', all just so he could tell Bender that he's happy where he is. There was nothing actually ''wrong'' with wanting to contact his best friend. He clearly didn't expect Yivo to be such a {{Clingy Jealous G|irl}}uy and evict everyone for "cheating on him" with another universe.
** Or for Bender to use the letters he sent through the rift to create hypermatter weapons with which to attack Yivo and attempt to destroy heaven.
** His attempt at a HeroicSacrifice ends up kickstarting the plot of "The Sting" because [[spoiler:by using his body as a shield, the bee stinger winds up having to go through two bodies and Leela gets pierced by the tip, injecting her with all the venom. Had he not got in the way, she would just have been impaled like he was, which could be fixed with surgery]]. Of course he had no way of knowing that would happen so it was still noble.
* NonActionGuy: Usually, right up until the chips are down.
* OddFriendship: Fry seems to be able to befriend just about anyone.
* OnlyFriend: He's the only person Bender considers a friend. Whenever he chants "Destroy all humans" in his sleep, he always whispers "Except Fry." under his breath.
** Similarly, if anyone shows a notable degree of sympathy for Zoidberg, it's often him.
* OnlySaneMan: His idiocy aside, he is a lot more normal than most in the show.
%%* ParadoxPerson
* ReallyGetsAround: Not nearly as much as Amy, but there's a pretty good-sized list of wom- er, ''females'' he's gotten with. Some of them weren't even human! Like the [[CargoShip radiator girl from the Radiator Planet]]... which [[SubvertedTrope turned out to just be a radiator]].
* RedheadedHero: He's the main character and has red hair.
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: He's surrounded by aliens, mad scientists and robots. And he's just a working-class guy from Brooklyn.
* RipVanWinkle or ColdSleepColdFuture, either one.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Bender's Manly Man.
* TheSlacker: Even after coming to the future, he spends much of his time sitting on the couch and drinking beer.
* StableTimeLoop: His immediate family tree.
* TakingTheBullet: He always does this for Leela.
* TeenyWeenie: Poor Fry, guy can never catch a break. Ever. According to Amy and Leela, due to selective genetic engineering being rampant by the 31st century, Fry's normal "equipment" apparently doesn't stand the test of time. PlayedForLaughs by Bender, who occasionally makes "small" jokes at Fry's expense (who, of course, insists it's [[CompensatingForSomething "huge"]]).
* ThisLoserIsYou: A lazy, dimwitted everyman who serves as AudienceSurrogate.
* TimeAbyss: He has been frozen for a period of 2000+ years, and with the events of ''The Late Phillip J. Fry'', he may be one of the oldest living beings (chronologically).
* TookALevelInDumbass: In the earliest episodes, where he was supposed to be a FishOutOfTemporalWater and stories would mostly focus around him adapting to life in the 31st century, he was a fairly average guy with a dash of Cloudcuckoolander and a few moments of genuine cleverness. As the show progressed, he adapted to his surroundings much faster than the writers intended, and so he devolved into a gibbering manchild unless the writers needed him to say something profound.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Pineapples. He also loves anchovies on his pizza. Too bad they went extinct while he was frozen.
* TrueCompanions: If his friends are in trouble, he'll stop at nothing to save them.
* UnfazedEveryman: More-so before he was {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed into the IdiotHero.
* UnluckyEverydude: "I've run over black cats who were luckier than me."
* UnreliableNarrator: Fry's jaundiced views of his 20th century life are gradually revealed to be signs of his own immaturity. [[spoiler:Notably, The Why of Fry and Bender's Big Score show how much his family really loved him, and an early script of The Cryonic Woman had Fry's mother, not his girlfriend, follow him to the future.]]
* TheWatson: Fry is generally the one to ask questions, ranging from TechnoBabble to questions about someone's BackStory.
* WholeCostumeReference: He is dressed like Jim Stark from ''RebelWithoutACause''. Which puts him in the same company as [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]]...
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Leela. Tends toward they Will, in the end, but that it'll be difficult for them to get there.
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[[folder:Captain Turanga Leela]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"Look, I don't know about your previous captains, but I intend to do as little dying as possible."]]
-->Voiced by: Katey Sagal
-->Debut: ''"Space Pilot 3000"''

Leela is everything Fry isn't. Smart, strong, level-headed, a mutant, and a woman. So it's no surprise she ends up being the girl of his dreams. Leela was abandoned as a baby and grew up in an orphanarium. For the longest time she believed she was an alien from an unknown planet, but later found out she was a sewer mutant native to Earth. She is the conscience of the group, and is often prone to nagging them and expressing her outrage at their various immoral actions (though RuleOfFunny dictates that she is in many ways as bad as Fry and Bender).

* ActionGirl: Easily the most badass person on the crew.
* ActionGirlfriend: To Fry.
* AdamAndEvePlot: Leela was suckered into one by Alcazar who tricked her into believing they were the last of her supposed alien species. Later happened again with [[spoiler:Zapp Brannigan]] who managed to convince her that they were the last two humans alive, on a literal Garden of Eden like planet, [[spoiler:later discovered to be Earth]].
* AnimalNemesis: In "Möbius Dick".
* {{Badass}}: Strong, tough, highly skilled in martial arts.
* BadBoss: A mild case - as captain of the Planet Express ship, she often puts pride or personal grudges over the safety of her crew.
* BalloonBelly: During the FreakyFridayFlip, Amy gorges herself and fattens up Leela's body. Leela was not amused.
---> '''Leela''': Fry! Help! She's turning me into a parade float!
* BizarreAlienBiology: In the original series she was pretty much a one-eyed human. The movies added elbow talons (she trims them normally), a singing boil on her posterior, a mention that she lays an egg every few months, and temporarily a bunch of tentacles.
* BullyHunter: Leela will kick the crap out of anyone who treats kids poorly.
* BoobsOfSteel: Leela is probably the toughest person in the series. She's also among the bustiest.
* {{Cyclops}}: Her single eye doesn't seem to be much better than a normal one, though, and she usually wears contacts.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: To Fry (being his boss) for the first few episodes. After that, he adapts and stops being a Fish Out of Temporal Water, though she still takes on this role from time to time.
* CuteMonsterGirl: A beautiful one-eyed woman descended from a race inflicted with all kinds of BodyHorror. Her parents and people are formerly human, subterranean mutants and the fact that she happened to be born looking almost human is why they were able to pass her off as a Human Alien and send her to the surface world for a better life than they could give her.
* CutenessProximity: Leela is often a victim of this, even in the presence of animals that are generally not that cute, such as the muck leech on Mars in Into the Wild Green Yonder. A muck leech who turns out to be evil. It annoys the Nibblonians when she does this to them as well.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mainly when dealing with Zapp.
* DependingOnTheWriter: A lot of episodes (mostly the earlier ones) established her as a calm, sensible, unimpulsive woman who [[ActionGirl could defend herself in a pinch.]] Some episodes and the movies make her into a reckless, angry girl who would use violence as much as possible. Both make sense for her, really. She tries to conduct herself professionally for the sake of being the ship's captain but deep down, she harbors a lot of personal issues stemming from her origins and her life growing up. She has a lot of control but can be pushed easily as well.
* DoorstopBaby: Complete with bracelet and undecipherable Alienese note.
* DrivenToSuicide: One of the few serious examples in the show. Towards the end of "The Sting" she becomes so distraught over her inability to separate reality from her own dreams caused by the guilt she feels that she decides the only way out is to eat enough space honey to fall into a perpetual sleep. Luckily, Fry manages to talk her out of it and then [[spoiler:it turns out most of the episode was just AdventuresInComaLand and she wakes up for real]].
* {{Flanderization}}:
** She started as very archetypal captain figure, the {{Straight|Man}} ActionGirl that was sorely needed to run a crew and company that were barely competent in their own individual rights, occasionally showing odd, questionable quirks that kept her safely out of MarySue territory. In each successive season (especially the ComedyCentral ones), the latter aspect of her personality became increasingly prevalent to the point of consuming the rest of it, sometimes outright resembling {{Chickification}}. One could almost say that Fry didn't win her love by becoming smarter, but rather from her [[TookALevelInDumbass becoming dumber]].
** Leela's love for violence was played up later in the show and in the movies. Before than she just got irritated a lot and would sometimes react by punching people. In the movie, ''Bender's Game'', the professor has to put a shock collar on her to stop her from hitting and it doesn't even work. In fact, she starts to like the electric shocks because of her newly-formed association with them and violence. [[TooKinkyToTorture At one point, we see her moaning suggestively and repeatedly]].
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Choleric.
* FourStarBadass: In ''Bender's Big Score'', Leela steps up to take command of the Earth fleet after a surprise attack leads the ''Nimbus'' to be shot down just seconds into the battle. The trope later subverted somewhat as she ''does'' fail just as badly in the end, after realizing how hard it is to actually command a fleet. Hermes and Farnsworth take over and save the day though.
* FreakinessShame: Leela is extremely sensitive about her huge single eye, due in large part to being made fun of while growing up in the Orphanarium. Fry had always been attracted to Leela, eyeball and all. In fact, when Leela gets a prosthetic second eye in "The Cyber House Rules", Fry is the only one who objects, saying that [[FreakyIsCool he liked her better the way she was]].
* FriendToAllChildren: Being a former orphan herself, she's very kind to current kids at the orphanage.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: She's a known animal lover.
* GagBoobs: When she complained that the professor was investing too much in ship's speed and too little in ship's security, the professor replied that he does not complain when she changes her things. Leela replied that those things won't kill anyone... and Scruffy gets a severe hurt when he hits his head on the ship, because he was very DistractedByTheSexy. Well, he may get hospitalized, but it was worth it!
* GranolaGirl: An environmentalism who loves the animals and nature.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: When it comes to certain animals, such as space bees or bloodsucking leeches [[spoiler:aka "Dark Ones"]].
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: As described by Zapp Brannigan himself. "Set co-ordinates for 36-24-36, aka Leela".
* InformedAttractiveness: She has men falling for her pretty often, but this is shown to be subverted as often as it's played straight. It depends largely on the episode.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She can be snarky and a bit of a jerk sometimes, but she is a good person underneath it all.
* JustFriends: With Fry to the point where people are getting tired of the WillTheyOrWontThey It has been shown/implied that they do get together in the end. The end of "Overclockwise" pretty much confirms that Leela and Fry ultimately have a happy ending.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Masculine Girl to Fry's Feminine Boy.
* MeaningfulName: Turanga Leela is a reference to the "Turangalila-Symphonie", a piece of music most famous for prominently featuring the ondes Martenot, forerunner of the classc sci-fi staple the theremin. Also, in the case of purple-haired Leela, "Lila" means "purple" in German.
* MoodSwinger: When she thought Fry stood her up and died in an explosion in "The Late Philip J. Fry":
-->'''Leela:''' [[IFeelAngry I'm so angry. I mean, I'm so sad. But I'm still pretty angry. But also sad.]] ''(to Hermes)'' Can I be both?\\
'''Hermes:''' It's what he'd want.\\
'''Leela:''' Then that's what I am! ''(angrily kicks the television and sadly cries)''
* MsFanservice: She's very busty, her standard outfit consists of skin-tight tanktop and pants, her other "ordinary" outfits (such as formal dresses and swimsuits) invariably have a midriff window showing her belly button, and she's the most likely to be seen wearing strange, Stripperiffic outfits.
* NaiveAnimalLover: In "The Sting", she gets Fry killed (although it's just a dream) by bringing a killer space bee aboard the Planet Express because "it's so cuuuutteee!" In "Bender's Game", she refuses to save her friends from a giant worm called the Tunneling Horror because she has just vowed to never kill another living thing.
* NameOrderConfusion: Both Leela and her parents use a reversed naming convention, having their surname placed before their personal name. When referring to each other however, they only ever use seem to their personal names, unless giving a FullNameUltimatum.
* NotSoAboveItAll:
** For instance, in one episode, rather than pay a nominal parking fee for a Hollywood premiere she flies around for hours before landing on the La Brea Tar Pits... which is ''exactly'' the sort of thing she usually scolds Fry and Bender for.
** In "A Head in the Polls", after she spends the whole episode encouraging Fry to take an interest in politics and the electoral process:
--->'''Farnsworth:''' I can't believe it. [[DecidedByOneVote He won by a single vote.]]\\
'''Bender:''' Well it ain't my fault. I'm a non-voting felon, thank you.\\
'''Fry:''' Well it's not my fault either 'cause I forgot to vote.\\
'''Leela:''' Oh, crud! I ''knew'' there was something I meant to do today!
** She calls Fry a baby for whining about how the career chip hurt when inserted. Two seconds later, she does the same thing.
* OldShame: InUniverse example, having sex with Zapp is become this to her.
* OnlySaneWoman: Easily the most level-headed person, compared to Fry, Bender and the others.
* OrphanageOfFear: The "[[PerfectlyCromulentWord Orphanarium]]" where she grew up seems to be an odd mixture of this and OrphanageOfLove--it was (and still is) dirt-poor and she was picked on constantly, but the Warden seems like a nice guy... sort of.
-->'''Leela:''' Mr. Voggle, remember me?\\
'''Mr. Voggle:''' Leela. ''You're worthless and no one will ever love you!''\\
''(both laugh and hug)''\\
'''Leela:''' You used to say that all the time!\\
'''Mr. Voggle:''' Those were happier days.
* RadiationImmuneMutants: As a Mutant, she can plunge into a lake of toxic waste, swim around in it, and it won't do a thing to her.
* RubberForeheadAlien: [[spoiler:An InvokedTrope in her case; her parents tried to pass her off as one so she might have a better life than a sewer-dwelling mutant.]]
* {{Shorttank}}: She's the tomboyish female co-star.
* ShoutOut: Her name is an homage to a piece by 20th-century composer Olivier Messiaen, the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turangal%C3%AEla-Symphonie Turangalîla-Symphonie]]."
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: She seems to get her fair share of slapstick in later seasons. She's been hit on the head, electrocuted, sucked by a leech, attacked by an octopus and smashed into a wall by a door.
* SoapBoxSadie: Occasionally, and in the sense that it forms an episode's A-plot.
* TheSpock: Levelheaded, predictable ActionGirl.
* StatuesqueStunner: She's much taller than the rest of the Planet Express crew, even meeting Fry (who probably stands at or around six full feet) at eye-level.
* StepfordSmiler: Describes her method of coping with her tragic life by apologizing for a brief grief-stricken outburst and explaining that "usually I keep my sadness pent up inside where it can fester quietly as a mental illness."
* StraightMan: The serious, no-nonsense girl who provides the setup for most of Fry/Bender's jokes. She's also this to pretty much everyone in the main cast.
* SuperWristGadget: "This thing I wear on my wrist".
* TankTopTomboy: The level-headed, action-oriented leader of the Express crew. A tank top is her default outfit.
* TeamMom: So much that she follows Fry and Bender into the army so they won't get hurt.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Amy's Girly Girl.
* TomboyishPonytail: Obviously. She provides the page image.
* {{Tsundere}}
-->'''Leela''': "Fry, you ''idiot''! You noble ''idiot''!"
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: You may be able to sell SchmuckBait to Fry with ease, but not with her around.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Fry.
* WorkingWithTheEx: She and Fry were married, for all of the time it took her to file for divorce.
* WomenAreWiser: She's generally the one to talk Fry and Bender down from some crazy scheme. This is sometimes averted though, as Leela is generally more stubborn and short tempered than Fry, while Fry is typically the more moral and laid back one.
* WomanScorned: Let's just say you don't want to be on her bad side.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: She has purple hair, though it might be justified. She is a mutant.
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[[folder:Bender Bending Rodriguez (Bending Unit 22)]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"I'm Bender, baby! ''Please'' insert liquor!"]]
-->Voiced by: JohnDiMaggio
-->Debut: ''"Space Pilot 3000"''

A loudmouthed, kleptomaniac, misanthropic robot who also happens to be Fry's best friend. Despite his abrasive personality, has been known to PetTheDog on occasion. Bender drinks constantly, because his fuel cells are powered by alcohol. He also smokes constantly because he thinks it makes him look cool.

* AbusiveParents:
** When he adopts twelve orphans for the government stipend.
** He sells his firstborn son to the Robot Devil in "The Beast With A Billion Backs" in exchange for an army to wage war on Heaven and shows no emotion as the child cries for help. This is so evil it scares / impresses the Robot Devil.
* AGodIAm: In "Godfellas". He didn't like it much, mainly because his worshippers kept bothering him, then wiped themselves out with nukes.
* AccidentalHero: When an evil little girl defeated him in a tap contest, Bender swore that some day he would dance tap over her grave. The girl had a heart attack and died to everyone's sorrow -- except Bender, who did not want to wait, and danced tap ''over her dead body''. [[spoiler:The rhythmic hoofing over her heart resuscitated it, and her life was saved.]]
* AndIMustScream: Bender's head was stuck in the ground of Roswell for over 1000 years. [[AngstWhatAngst He was enjoying it until Planet Express found him again.]]
* AntiHero: Bender is a NominalHero. According to the Robot Devil, they looked around and couldn't find a robot worse than him. Yet, he is one of the protagonists and also has quite a few PetTheDog moments.
* AntiRoleModel: Parodied in "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV", where Bender acts like himself on a TV show. Bender is an anti-role model (since he has no redeeming qualities) whom young viewers treat as a role model. At one point on the show, he says, "Try this at home, kids!" (while a brief disclaimer flashes across the bottom of the screen saying not to try it at home), and then he sets himself on fire. Later in the episode, he protests his own presence on TV and the blame placed upon him. Note that the proverbial last straw for Bender here is that the children who emulated his behavior stole his stuff.
* AntiVillain: Most of the time he's an alcoholic whore-mongering lunatic with no reservations about any criminal activity you care to name, including adopting ten kids in a welfare scam and then try to ''sell them as meat'' when he gets tired of them. But when he cares to be, he can be very heroic and a pretty good friend.
* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: in "Overclockwise" [[spoiler:although it doesn't last.]]
* AttentionWhore: He'll act out (to varying degrees of violence) if he feels his friends are neglecting him.
* AttractiveBentGender: In 'Bend Her', Bender gets a sex change as part of a scam and ends up being the target of several romantic advances from male robots, notably Calculon.
* AxCrazy: Repeatedly has questioned his sanity, often has an extremely homicidal behavior, especially toward humans. In "The Honking", he strangled Fry simply by drinking his last beer.
* BodyBackupDrive: Averted. Bender thought he had this type of immortality but discovers he was built without a backup unit. Fortunately (or not) he never needed to use his backup unit before discovering he does not have one.
* TheBigGuy: He's well aware that he's this, but usually goes out of his way to avoid getting pigeonholed (or, less tactfully, he's too lazy to do typical Big Guy stuff).
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: "[[TropeNamer I prefer extortion]]. [[XtremeKoolLetterz The 'X' makes it sound cool.]]"
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: After undergoing reverse fossilization in [[WhatIf ''Anthology Of Interest II'']], Bender is turned into a blonde human. It was insisted he was designed this way because, as WordOfGod put it, "[[AcceptableTargets blonde men are more disgusting]]".
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: When it comes to interacting with humans, he seems to only have a very basic understanding of their limits while missing the fact that approaching those limits is painful. Thus, he's served up a dish of capers and salt (think mashed potatoes except... not), but makes sure that the amount of salt is slightly below a lethal amount.
* CardCarryingVillain: Bender longs to be the TokenEvilTeammate, and his feelings are easily hurt at any implication that he's not the amoral, terrifying (yet [[ForTheLulz fun-loving)]] killing machine/[[OneOfTheseThingsIsNotLikeTheOthers folk singer]] he yearns to be. Comes up in "The Farnsworth Parabox" particularly.
--> '''Bender''' ''sulkily:'' "It's not fair! Somewhere [[AnotherDimension out there,]] there's an eviller Bender than me! ''I do my best dammit!"''
* TheCasanova: Bender's had more flings- with mostly fembots and the occasional human woman- than any of the other character, and he also easily gains admirers.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Inverted. Due to being an alcohol-powered robot, if he doesn't get enough alcohol, he'll start to slur his words and stumble around, much like a human who's had too much alcohol. Bender even "grows" a five-o'clock-shadow made out of rust!
* CatchPhrase:
** "Bite my shiny metal ass!"
** More recently, "♫Let's ''go'' already!!♫"
** DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!!!
** "We're boned"
** "We're/I'm back, baby," and "Me, Bender".
** "It's gon' be ''fun on the bun''!"
** When someone mentions something like a kind of metal or wiring, he says "I'm 40% [X]."
* CigarChomper: Occasionally, because "they make [him] look cool."
* CordonBleughChef: He ''can'' cook just fine, and in fact the other characters have been eager to eat his cooking in the past, but he really shouldn't be allowed to [[LethalChef experiment]].
* TheCorrupter: Whenever Tinny Tim is involved, Bender tends to involve the kid in home invasions, attempted muggings or inducting him into the robot mafia. And that's without mentioning his antics on "All My Circuits".
* CripplingOverspecialization: When Flexo is almost crushed by an unbendable girder dropped on him by the Robot Mafia, the only way Bender can think of to save him is to try to bend it anyway; he doesn't know anything about lifting. [[spoiler:Fortunately, he's actually able to do it after applying some "Bend-Gay" to his arms.]]
* DeafComposer: Bender loves to cook, but can't taste his food. Which is terrible.
* DeathGlare: Often utilized, but for no real reason; Bender is consistently drawn, both in the series and in promotional images, with a [[http://turnlol.com/images/wallpaper-download-22703.html noticeably angry expression]], even if his present situation might not call for it. [[WordOfGod David X. Cohen]] often [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the DVDCommentary, claiming it always gives him a laugh.
-->'''Cohen''': See this drawing here of Bender's angry eyes? There's something so funny about him for no reason having that evil look...
* DirtyCoward: In one of the movies, he, Amy and one other character are trapped by a bunch of orcs in a castle. Bender tells the two ladies he has a plan, The next scene shows him holding them up in the and tells the orcs to take his friends first, just to give him one more second of sweet sweet life. In "Bendin' in the Wind," the crew is plunging off a cliff. Bender grabs a nearby cable, loudly declaring, "I'll save ME!" The rest of the crew is only saved by grabbing his legs just in time.
* DoAnythingRobot: Quite literally, but only when he feels like it. Seems Robots in the year 3000 are built for one purpose, but can adapt pretty well to others; Bender himself is Planet Express' resident cook. Bender sees it differently: everything he does is simply a different form of bending, which enables him to bend an entire brick wall (not on the list of approved bendables, apparently).
* DramaQueen: With a BodyBackupDrive, he is in fact immortal. So then why does he scream as a DirtyCoward when there is danger? Because nobody ever said he can't be a drama queen! (He discovered later that he does ''not'' have a backup unit, so when he dies... he dies.)
* DrivenToSuicide: Originally, as he explains in the pilot, he was proud of being a Bending Unit. He could bend a girder to a 90 degree angle, 60 degree, you name it. Then he found out that the girders he was bending were being used to build suicide booths. Depressed from this revelation, he tried to use one of the booths himself... Which is how he and Fry first met.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The closest Bender has to a "mother" is the industrial robot who built him. Still, he gets kind of choked up when he gets an X-Mas card from "her" in one episode.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: "All those times I said, "Kill all humans," I'd always whisper "Except one." [sobbing] Fry was that one, and I never told him so!" In a later episode, he told Hermes that the latter was on his "do not kill"-list. Bender has shown times where he genuinely connects with Fry (and other humans too) and doesn't want to see any ill happen to them.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's evil, but ''usually'' not as evil as the current antagonist. Also, there are moments when even he is hesitant or shocked by something. During "Time Keeps On Skippin'", he was the one who tried to point out the danger of chronitons, and in "Love And Rocket", he actually looked unnerved on seeing the Lovey Bear "Hospital".
* EvilIsHammy:
--> "The [[NephariousPharaoh cruelty of the old Pharoah]] is no more! [[MeetTheNewBoss Let a whole new wave of cruelty wash over this lazy land!!!"]]
* ExoticEyeDesigns: Looks like typical CartoonyEyes, until you look closer and realize that he has ''square'' pupils. One gag had him playing back a recording, during which his pupils switched to the 'play' symbol.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Sanguine
* {{Flanderization}}: His original character has been displaced by a jokey persona. Could be justified as CharacterDevelopment, as he's a far rounder character now. Before he met Fry, he had no real friends and worked in constructing suicide booths. Now he has multiple friends and he's lived out most of his dreams to some extent. It makes perfect sense that his personality would change over time. Confirmed by WordOfGod -- the electric shock from the pilot that removed his block on bending non-girder objects, ALSO removed all other inhibitions.
* GeniusLoci: A result of non-stop overclocking in "Overclockwise".
* GenreSavvy: Is the first member of the cast to realize that the Professor's catchphrase of "Good news, everyone!" is code for "I'm sending you on a mission that will kill you!"
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: For a CigarChomper like Bender, SmokingIsCool and EvilIsCool probably go hand-in-hand.
* {{Hammerspace}}: The compartment in his chest can seem to hold anything; beer, the keys to his apartment, a "gay-dar" detector, a tube of "Bend-Gay", and much more. Fry was able to fit in there once.
* TheHedonist: To an extent. It could be considered a form of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, since the networks wouldn't take kindly to his drinking, smoking, smut-reading and whore-mongering so much if he were human. Of course, he's a paragon of sobriety and chastity compared to Hedonismbot.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Bender has no problem betraying his friends for some petty reason, and then helping again for some incredibly lame reason. For example, he once helped Zapp Brannigan capture Leela, and then helped her escape from prison... because, by helping her, his criminal record would still be higher than hers!
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Fry.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: On a good day.
* HesBack: "[[CatchPhrase I'm back, baby!]]"
* HiddenDepths: Has an interest in folk music, art (he has an odd argument with Planet Express Ship early in 'Love And Rocket'), cooking, and others that really seem out-of-place in a bending unit, much less a sociopathic whore-mongering criminal like Bender. Bender first met Fry whilst waiting in line for a [[DrivenToSuicide Suicide Booth]], having become depressed and suffer a crisis of conscience, upon learning that the girders he had been bending were used in their construction.
* HumongousMecha: In ''Anthology of Interest I'', and ''Benderama''.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** ''I Dated A Robot'': Complains all through the episode about Fry dating a robotic version of Lucy Liu. When he deletes her, Bender instantly starts making out with Lucy Liu's head.
** ''Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV'': Didn't care at all if his stunts on TV were imitate-able by his younger fanbase. At least until it was ''his stuff'' that wound up stolen from their acts. To which he joins the protest to get himself banned from TV.
** ''Proposition Infinity'': In addition to the above, all of a sudden he now fully supports human-robot relationships since he and Amy were dating. But when all said and done, he dumps Amy when he realizes he won't be able to date more then one girl.
** ''31st Century Fox'': Inverted in this case, he ignored Leela's complaints about fox hunting. But when he realized it was a robot fox. He's the one now protesting.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: With Amy in ''Proposition Infinity''; at least, until he discovers Amy wants a monogamous relationship and says "Hasta la vista!" Though course of he had been with one other human before, Lucy Liu to be exact.
* InformedAttribute: Played for laughs. He constantly brags about his lack of emotions but is probably the most emotional person in the series.
* IllTakeTwoBeersToo: Bender says "This calls for a drink!" and pulls out three beers, when there are three characters present. He then drinks all of them at once.
* ItsAllAboutMe: He loves to be the center of attention. On his worse days, Bender will refuse to acknowledge that anyone else's existence matters more than him ("My life and by extension everyone else's is meaningless").
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Towards Anglelyne in "Bendless Love". Another non-romantic example in "Bend Her": he backs out of a potentially hugely profitable scam because he doesn't want to hurt or humiliate Calculon, and does it by faking his own death in [[DeusAngstMachina the most over-the-top way possible]] because Calculon can handle "soap opera pain" better than anything realistic or commonplace.
* {{Jerkass}}: In "A Pharaoh to Remember", Bender, Leela and Fry are trapped on a ancient Egyptian planet where Bender encourages the overseers to whip the slaves (which include Leela and Fry) more and work them harder. This goes on to where he starts ordering people worked to death to construct a monument to himself.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Still, he isn't above a PetTheDog moment and can feel guilt for some of his harsher actions, and that doesn't even take into account [[TrueCompanions Fry and Leela really are to him]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Often. In "Xmas Story" all the others ere surprised when Bender says he wants to "volunteer" at a liquor kitchen for homeless robots. It turns out he just wants to pose as a homeless robot to get free booze.
* KarmaHoudini: On occasion, though there are instances where he has been punished such as being beaten up for trying to cheat in a Poker game, getting caught for stealing a priceless cigar (Even lampshaded by him "Alright closure!"), getting chased down by Music/{{Beck}} when he tried to scam him for a charity check. And losing a crown he tried to take from a king when he forgot it was in the king's compartment when Bender was within his body.
* KleptomaniacHero: Well, a hero who is also a kleptomaniac, although ''hero'' might not be the right term.
--> '''Bender:''' I love stealing, I love taking things~''
* LackOfEmpathy:
** Notable in that he ''is'' capable of love, but not empathy. For example, he loves Fry with all his heart, but in a completely narcissistic fashion, as he only cares about Fry being alive and present so that Bender can love him, not about Fry himself being happy.
** In the episode "I Second That Emotion", Prof. Farnsworth installs an Empathy Chip on Bender in order to teach him about empathy. It forces him to feel whatever emotions Leela is feeling at the moment. The episode ends with Bender not learning a thing and continuing to be a {{Jerkass}} and Leela learning to be more like a jerk.
* TheLancer: To Fry.
* LargeHam: He manages to upstage Calculon. Enough said.
* LaughablyEvil: The TokenEvilTeammate and easily one of the most hilarious, entertaining characters.
* LethalChef: Being a robot, [[GeniusBonus means he doesn't have a sense of taste]]. Although he does bake a perfectly edible cake. It seems his problem is that he likes to experiment.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: As revealed in "Lethal Inspection", robots (ones made by Mom, at least) can simply BodySurf into a new body (he acted like they didn't because he's a drama queen), and jokes at humans being capable of (easily) dying. As it turns out, he doesn't have a backup chip, prompting him to be scared of his new found mortality, [[TimeAbyss which is, at most, a billion years]].
* LovableRogue: To the Planet Express crew, anyway. He even considers himself "the loveable rascal."
--> '''Leela:''' Bender, we didn't mind your drinking, or your kleptomania, or your pornography ring.
--> '''Zoidberg:''' In fact, that's why we ''loved'' you.
* TheMcCoy: He's quite impulsive. Also he usually doesn't do anything moral, but when he does it usually fits this trope.
* MeaningfulName: "Bending unit" a robot who was manufactured for the sole purpose of bending metal objects. Also, one slang meaning of "bender" is "a bout of heavy drinking", which is appropriate for Bender since he runs on alcohol.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: How his full name was established in the show.
* MoralityPet:
[[Characters/FuturamaThePlanetExpressCrew The Planet Express crew, and ''especially'' Fry, are about the only people in the world who he would willingly put himself on the line (or not do something he wants to do) for.
Crew]]
* MultipleChoicePast: The circumstances of his "birth". WordOfGod once implied that the viewers were just seeing him getting new bodies built for him as he grew older.
[[Characters/FuturamaMainRecurringCharacters Main Recurring Characters]]
* MustMakeAmends: In the same episode as the Fry example, Bender, in a fit of jealousy, kicked said dog's fossil into hot lava. After realizing what he did, he dove into the lava to save it - successfully, though his eyes melted afterwards.
* {{Narcissist}}: And how. in "The Farnsworth Parabox" he seemingly falls in love with an alternate gold plated version of himself, stating that he has finally found someone "as great as me"
* NiceJobFixingItVillain : His attempts to confirm Angleyne's sentiments for Flexo by impersonating him only caused her to go back to her ex-husband.
* NighInvulnerable: Of both the MadeOfIron and SpareBodyParts varieties.
--> ''"What does it take to ''kill'' me?"''
* TheNoseless: Though in one episode he says he ''does'' have one, he just never wears it.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When he briefly becomes bored with kleptomania, having stolen ''everything'' in Alcazar's Palace:
--> '''Bender''': I think I might have finally stolen enough.
--> '''Fry''': *''Slaps him''* SNAP OUT OF IT!
* OlderThanTheyLook: When the series started, despite his adult appearance and habits he was only a few years old. But thanks to getting stuck in Roswell and LOTS of time travel, by this point he's older than any human alive. Without the time travel and other factors, however, "Overclockwise" stated his model is 12 years old.
* PetTheDog: Sometimes; the majority occurs in the comics.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Despite being a Bending Unit, his laziness means we rarely see Bender actually bend things. It's later revealed in "Bendless Love" that his pent-up urge to bend caused him begin bending things in his sleep.
** Even Bender has this assessment of his skills:
--> '''Bender''': I need a calculator.
--> '''Fry''': You ''are'' a calculator?
--> '''Bender''': I mean a ''good'' calculator!
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: In one episode, Bender becomes a human. Since he never developed the concept of modesty, he didn't think to cover his crotch. Hermes does it for him.
* PsychopathicManchild: An alcoholic, amoral gambler who deals porn and has no qualms with selling children as dog food. He occasionally becomes incredibly childish, most notably in the Mom-centric episodes.
--> "Mom! Mom! Look at me, Bender! Hey-ho, I want attention!"
* PunnyName: "Bender" can also mean a drinking spree. So Bender is a bender who goes on benders.
* PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery: "I'm so embarrassed, I wish everybody else was dead!"
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Bender's super strength and invulnerability are all side-effects of his ability to bend. He can also do anything as long as it's an extension of bending (like pumping, [[CripplingOverspecialization unlike turning]]).
* Really700YearsOld: And then some. It's subtle but post-Bender's Big Score he has actually existed for eons due to various time travel incidents where he goes into the past then waits until the present day (from where he came) arrives again. Even before that, as a result of the time traveling in Roswell That Ends Well, his head is over a thousand years older than his body (his head fell out of the ship just before they returned to the future).
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: The poster boy for this trope. He himself considers robots as a separate race rather than man made tools. To be fair though, the robots in this series practically are.
* RobotBuddy: The best buddy of Fry, and the worst RobotBuddy ever.
* {{Sadist}}: He has no qualms when he has the opportunity to hurt someone, and is very implied to enjoy doing that.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: Whenever his plans go awry or the cops show up:
--> '''Bender''': Cheese it!
* SecondLawMyAss: Or shiny metal ass, as he might put it.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Really hates coming in anything below first place. Examples: Entering Zoidberg as a pet in a Pet Show and getting second place (which in his own words, "Is a fancy word for losing!"). And getting third in a cook-off contest. So much so he murders the top two winners just to get the first place trophy during the commotion with the neanderthals.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Fry's Sensitive Guy.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Bender has a Big Ego constantly at odds with his Small Name, as most vividly seen in "A Pharaoh to Remember". Pointing the latter out is one of his biggest Berserk Buttons.
* SmokingIsCool: Invoked.
--> '''Bender:''' I need plenty of wholesome, nutritious alcohol. The chemical energy keeps my fuel cells charged.
--> '''Fry:''' What are the cigars for?
--> '''Bender:''' They make me look cool.
%%* SmugSnake
* SnarkyNonhumanSidekick: A robotic sidekick who indulges in vices from gambling to strippers and often remarks upon "his" desire to kill his friends.
* SociopathicHero: A megalomaniacal robot who is only after his personal stimulation. He is frequently shown stealing just about anything he can get his claws on, as well as indulging in all manner of other crimes and immoral behavior. A recurring joke is his apparent desire to "kill all humans." DependingOnTheWriter, however, he can also be a LoveableRogue and/or a ManipulativeBastard. At the very least, it's shown that "kill all humans" doesn't apply to Fry or (maybe) Leela and he's gone out of his way to save them.
* SpotlightStealingSquad:
** He had dozens of episodes focusing on him, whereas characters like Leela and Zoidberg only had a handful. In addition to that, almost every episode that didn't have him as the main character had him in a subplot, two of the movies had his name in the title (''Bender's Big Score'' had more to do with Fry and Leela), and the two that didn't had very long subplots involving him.
** Amy and Hermes are easily the most underused characters in the series. Season 6 tries to correct this by having one Hermes episode and two Amy episodes. The catch? Both the Hermes and one of Amy's episodes are centered on Bender.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Being a robot makes him stronger than a normal human, but exactly how strong he depends on RuleOfFunny or whatever the plot requires at the moment. On occasion, Leela is able to beat him up.
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids He was designed for bending struts, yet...
* TeamChef: Officially Planet Express' cook.
* TheTeamWannabe: Wanted to join the Harlem Globetrotters in "Time Keeps On Slipping".
* TheSlowPath: All backwards time travel he's done has had Bender waiting it out-see TimeAbyss.
* TimeAbyss: Due to hundreds of repeated one-way time travel, Bender would clock in at the thousands of millennia. This may be a ShoutOut to [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Marvin.]]
--> '''Fry:''' "Bender! What was it like to spend a ''thousand years'' buried in the sand?!"
--> '''Bender''' ''scowling:'' "I was '''enjoying''' it 'til '''you guys''' showed up!"
** The WhatIf Christmas episode seems to indicate he can last ''500 million years.''
** YoungerThanTheyLook: Before "Roswell that Ends Well", Bender was actually the ''youngest'' Planet Express member, being built a mere three years before his first appearance. If it weren't for time travel he'd be in his late teens by the series finale.
* TinCanRobot: Looks like a robot out of the 1950s, since he's supposed to be a industrial girder-bending robot. This has the added advantage of making him durable and fairly easy to repair, to the point that he has (or can easily acquire) [[SpareBodyParts replacement arms and legs]].
* TokenEvilTeammate: Even his best friend, Fry doesn't hesitate to call him evil. Though other characters have their shady moments as well, none of them is as openly (and proudly) callous as Bender.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Later episodes, particularly in the show's UnCanceled era, increased his sociopathic tendencies, where he goes so far as to commit outright murder and at one point even damns his own son to robot hell, something that disturbs [[EvenEvilHasStandards the Robot Devil]].
--> ''Bender goes to Robot Hell to strike a deal with the Robot Devil and get his army of the damned.''
--> '''Robot Devil:''' "I rather think we could strike a deal, Bender. I shall give you your army of the damned and in return I ask just one thing, just one itty-bitty thing; your first born son! ''laughs evilly''"
--> '''Bender:''' "Jus' a sec."
--> ''In a suburban neighbourhood, Bender approaches a small robot with a blue cap and shorts on.''
--> '''Robot:''' "Daddy! I knew you'd come back!" ''Bender gives the boy a huge hug''
--> '''Bender:''' ''to the Robot Devil'' Here ya go!
--> ''Bender boots his son out of a window and into a vat of liquid which bursts into flames upon contact with the child.''
--> '''Robot Devil:''' "Wow! That was pretty brutal, even by my standards."
--> '''Bender:''' "No backsies!"
* TreasureChestCavity: He can hide all kinds of stuff inside his robot body - children, robot clowns, Fry... Recently he proved to have so much space available that a small doomsday device went off inside him and didn't damage him. But when it came to carrying around an entire castle's worth of loot he started to show difficulties.
* {{Troll}}: "Ha ha haw ha ha!... oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder. '''Haw ha ha haw ha ha!'''"
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: "Bite my shiny metal ass." Most of the main cast have strong Jerkass tendencies (except for Fry and Zoidberg), but Bender is easily the worst.
* VillainProtagonist: He has committed many crimes, including outright murder.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth]]
[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Professor_Farnsworth_7838.png]]
[[caption-width-right:320:"Why bother remembering anything? You're just going to forget it five minutes later."]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest
-->Debut: ''"Space Pilot 3000"''

Fry's great-to-the-umpteenth-power nephew. An inventor whose brilliance is hindered by his old age. Owns Planet Express, and manages to get ample screentime despite never accompanying the heroes on their missions.

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Extra credit goes to the episode "A Big Ball of Garbage", where he goes to an inventors' competition, realizes the invention he brought (the death clock) is the same one he showed last year, attempts to invent the same thing again after it's pointed out to him ("I need a new invention! Perhaps some kind of death clock..."), quickly creates a new invention (the smell-o-scope) to replace it, then only hours later... "Eureka!" "You built the smell-o-scope?" "No, I remembered that I'd already built it last year!"
* {{Angrish}}: "If anyone needs me I'll be in the angry dome!"
* BadBoss: He cheerfully sends the crew to very dangerous missions. And they're not his first crew.
* BadNewsInAGoodWay: "Good News, Everyone!"
** Lampshaded in ''The Beast with a Billion Backs'':
--> '''Farnsworth''': Now, I've often said "Good News!" when sending you on a mission of extreme danger. So when I say this anomaly is "Dangerous", you can imagine how dangerous I ''really'' think it is!
* BoomerangBigot: Towards {{robosexual}}ity.
* BrilliantButLazy: "I really should do something... but I ''am'' already in my pajamas". It's more a lack of motivation than outright laziness, though.
* BunglingInventor: He has had his share of bungled inventions, including a machine that made glow-in-the-dark noses while also producing an enormous amount of unusable toxic waste. Also, he nearly destroyed the fabric of space-time by creating and then artificially aging a team of genetically engineered basketball players.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He's undeniably crazy and unstable but also one of the best minds in the world, and possibly the universe.
* CatchPhrase:
** "[[BlatantLies Good news, everyone!]]"
** "Wah?"
** "But I ''am'' already in my pajamas" was nearly one but was discarded pretty soon.
** As was "Holy Zombie Jesus!" and "Sweet Zombie Jesus" (both of which got edited when the show was put in reruns on Creator/CartoonNetwork, most domestic and international syndicated versions, and TBS, but can be heard on ComedyCentral, FOX, and on DVD and Netflix).
** "''[[ArchEnemy WERN]]''[[ArchEnemy -STROM!]]"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Thanks to his senility.
%%* ComedicSociopath:
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: In "Roswell That Ends Well", he tells Fry that in the event that he was supposed to do anything that affects anything while in the past, "for the love of God, don't not do it!"
* CoolOldGuy: He has his moments.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Despite being one of the protagonists. After all, the Planet Express slogan is "Our crew is expendable, your package isn't!"
* DirtyOldMan: He has his moments, though he's more insane, forgetful, mean, and lazy than lecherous, as far as old man stereotypes go.
** His first concern on being de-aged to eighty-three is to bemoan that he'll need a fake I.D. to watch "ultraporn".
* DitzyGenius: Probably the greatest scientist in the universe, but incredibly senile.
* EccentricMentor: The ''very'' few times he has a good idea, he is this.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** He demands they not go after Space Bee honey, considering what happened to his last crew. And the crew before that one... Assuming he wasn't using ReversePsychology. And given a recording is found of his last crew saying he'd told them they weren't as good as the crew before...
** He killed Hitler while time traveling. Though considering he had previously been in favour of saving Hitler's brain and implanting it in a Great White Shark, it's unclear if his objection was to Hitler himself or if he had some ulterior motive (like a manner of death for Hitler which left his brain in better condition).
* {{Foil}}: As Fry's closest relative, he's almost the complete opposite of him in personality; the senile, amoral mad scientist to Fry's youthful idiocy. Occasionally their differences as family members are brought up.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Melancholic
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Not to his insanity, but to his hate for his parents, which stems from the fact that they tried their hardest to deprive him of science as a child by moving to a farm. This is explained towards the end of the episode because he suffered from violent night terrors and his parents did everything they could to soothe his anguish, which included trying to under-stimulate him by moving away from the city and limiting how much research he could do.]]
* GadgeteerGenius: He ''is'' a brilliant inventor.
* GrumpyOldMan: "Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go and buy a single piece of fruit with a coupon, and then return it, making everyone in line wait behind me while I complain!"
* HollywoodSatanism: It's heavily implied.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: In one instance, honestly seemed to believe Bender was "gentle".
* IdenticalGrandson: Or Great-Nephew. He looked an awful lot like Fry in his youth, despite being an extremely distant nephew/[[spoiler:[[MyOwnGrandpa grandson]] ]]
* ImAHumanitarian: Several episodes have suggested the Professor will, given half a chance, eat people, starting as early as the second episode, wherein he buys the corpse of a Zuban pharaoh for the purpose of eating it.
* {{Jerkass}}: He agrees when Fry describes him as a "senile, amoral crackpot". He gleefully sends the crew to very dangerous missions (many of his previous employees died because of this). The Sting shows he's sent multiple crews on the same mission and each time they died, and also implies the Professor goads said crews into going by comparing them unfavourably to his previous crew.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He appears to share some level of friendship with the other members of Planet Express. He also cares about his clone, Cubert, treating him as though he were his biological son.
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler: As revealed in ''Near-Death Wish'', Hubert has a younger brother named Floyd, who his parents raised so he would not end up like Hubert and end up in a mental institution for a good chunk of his life. He's never actually seen, but Bender recalls meeting a "homeless rodeo clown" named Floyd.]]
* MadeOfIron: For a man physically over one-hundred and sixty, he's amazingly durable... when the plot demands it. An exploding super-collider does no more than annoy him, for example, and the entire upper floor of Planet Express exploding doesn't do more than scratch him up a bit. However, on other occasions, his limbs can break at the slightest provocation. Or no provocation at all.
* MadScientist: [[spoiler:So mad he was sent to a mental institution for twenty-five years when he was young.]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Senile to the point of insanity, but mostly harmless. Has a penchant for creating doomsday devices, only keeps Amy around because she's his blood type, tries to harvest Leela's organs, is implied to be a cannibal, implanted Hitler's brain in the body of a shark, killed people for their stem cells, has been frequently cited for public nudity, and frequently, knowingly sends his crew on life-threatening adventures without warning, to the point of hiring replacements even before their demises are confirmed. In his youth, he created the modern robot, an ecological disaster.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: After inventor Philo Farnsworth, a pioneer of television who created the first fully electronic television system.
* NoNudityTaboo: It is said that nudity is acceptable in the future, but the Professor seems to embrace his nakedness far more than other characters, [[FanDisservice to the audience's horror]]
* OhMyGods: "Buddha! Zeus! God! One of you guys do something! Help! Satan! You owe me!"
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist
-->'''Hermes:''' Professor, can you wire my brain directly into the main Battle Net?
-->'''Professor:''' I can wire anything into anything! ''I'm the Professor''!
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: When asked what field he hopes to win a Nobel Prize in, he responds "I don't care. They all pay the same".
** He has ''several'' doomsday weapons simply lying about his lab:
-->'''Farnsworth''': I suppose I could part with one and still be feared.
* OpaqueNerdGlasses: A pair of Nerd Glasses, and indeed his eyes are never seen in the series. Subverted in one episode where he needed his "reading glasses" and put on a pair several times thicker than his already fairly enormous glasses (to the point that they looked like glass cylinders). At least somewhat of a Justified Trope: Professor Farnsworth is 160 years old. Anyone's vision would become pretty bad by that age.
* ParentalSubstitute: Implied to be this to Leela. The first two times she almost got married, he was the one to give her away.[[note]]The first time she didn't know her real father yet, the second time he couldn't because mutants aren't allowed on the surface[[/note]]
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Though "hero" is definitely pushing the term...
** He's specieist against sygnoids, for no clear reason, and has at least one Martian's skull as a mug, dismissing their complaints about the disrespect as "whining".
** Farnsworth also has a infrequent habit of making incredibly sexist remarks, usually directed at Leela. For example, dismissing her demand to fly the ship when looking for his escaped gargoyle Pazuzu because he wasn't "trying to find the quickest route to the mall".
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: On the surface, Farnsworth appears 80 or 90 years old but is actually in his 170's. Understandable, considering that this ''is'' the distant future.
* RetiredBadass: Although weak and scrawny now, it was shown in "Tip of The Zoidberg" when he was younger Hubert was pretty badass, as he almost singlehandedly killed a giant space yeti.
* RobotMaster: He created the robot that all modern robots are based on.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: He even has a "crochety grandpa discount card" (which expired, despite being good for a lifetime), and once uttered the line "I don't have time for this! I have to go buy a single piece of fruit with a coupon and then return it, making everyone wait behind me while I complain!" In fact, when he receives an award in ''Crimes of the Hot'', he is absolutely nonchalant and entitled about it.
--> "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Thank you. I deserve this.]]"
* SeniorSleepCycle: He once fell asleep while skiing and woke up at the lodge with a bronze medal around his neck.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Ogden [[strike:Wernstrom]] '''''[[SayMyName WEEEEEEERRRRRRNSTRRROOOM!!]]'''''
* TheSpock: He has absolutely no problem sending his crew on missions to almost certain death. Unlike other examples though, this is simply due to his being insane and evil.
* TheyCalledMeMad: "Even I laughed at me when I invented this cross-species analyzer! But I guess I showed myself!"
* TokenEvilTeammate: Given his near-total lack of regard for human life and number of Doomsday devices, one could make a case for Farnsworth being this.
--> '''Leela:''' Has anybody seen Fry?
--> '''Bender''' ''(shaking his head):'' '''I''' didn't kill him. Professor?
--> '''Professor''' ''(absent-mindedly):'' No. I've been busy.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: According to Mom, although the audience [[TheUnreveal never actually sees]] what they look like under his glasses.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: John A. Zoidberg, M.D.]]
[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Dr__Zoidberg_8742.png]]
[[caption-width-right:320:"You lost the woman of your dreams, but you still have Zoidberg. YOU '''ALL''' STILL HAVE ZOIDBERG!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest
-->Debut: ''"The Series Has Landed"''

A lobster-like alien who serves as the doctor at Planet Express, and lives in Professor Farnsworth's walrus tank (and sometimes in a dumpster out back). He's not very good at his job, and has secret ambitions to be a comedian. Unfortunately, he's not very good at comedy either. In fact, he's not very good at ''anything'' except annoying the fellow crew members. Coasts by on freeloading off others, being pitied for his ''naivete'' and occasionally being the hero.

* AmbiguouslyBi: He didn't seem to mind when he thought President Truman was coming onto him in "Roswell That Ends Well". Later in "Beast With A Billion Backs" he seems rather...interested when describing men thrusting their sweaty naked bodies against [[ItMakesSenseInContext slices of delicious cake.]]
* AmbiguouslyJewish: He fulfills many, many Jewish stereotypes but is never exactly confirmed.
* AmusingAlien: A lobster-esque alien
* AscendedExtra: Unlike Bender, who was fully expected to be the popular one, Zoidberg's popularity crept up on the show with lobster-like tenacity.
* BackAlleyDoctor: His medical credentials are questionable at best, and he regularly shows gross ignorance about human biology. His connections with the Professor are the only reason he has a position as the staff doctor, and the crew suffers for it regularly.
* BerserkButton: Zoidberg does the cutting, and you better not forget it!
** Also, don't cross him. Zoidberg is relentlessly loyal, but betray him and he'll cut you.
-->''You're lucky to have Zoidberg as a friend. But cross me, and I'll turn on you like ''that!''''
* BewareTheSillyOnes: He rivals Fry in this department. When angered, Zoidberg shows how dangerous a starving lobster monster can be when his claws can cut through metal or bone with no effort.
* BigEater: Whenever he's not rummaging through garbage cans. He destroys an entire buffet table in "Roswell That Ends Well"
* BizarreAlienBiology: He has redundant organs, ink glands, a mating crest and went through close to a dozen stages of growth in the episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles". He's also got three hearts (originally four, but one was removed) and two different kinds of stomachs. He also keeps has a brain in his rump.
* BorschtBelt: As part of his role as [[SpaceJews Space Jew]], he's also a classic Borscht Belt-style comedy character.
%%* BumblingSidekick
* ButtMonkey: The most common recipient of the trope. In one episode Leela crashes the Planet Express ship through the roof. Hermes turns to Zoidberg and promptly docks his pay.
* CatchPhrase: [[Film/TheThreeStooges WOOP WOOP WOOP!]]
* TheChewToy: "Don't forget, you still have Zoidberg! YOU ALL STILL HAVE ZOIDBERG!"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Zoidberg is neck and neck in the running with Fry when it comes to this trope. Which makes sense, what with him being the token alien and Fry having a unique form of brain damage.
* CripplingOverspecialization:
** When it comes to medicine and surgery, Zoidberg is actually ''brilliant''... as long as he's operating on aliens or dealing with alien diseases. Unfortunately, since he's on Earth and surrounded by humans, all that knowledge is nearly useless and thus he often does more harm than good.
** In "The Duh-Vinci Code", he gets to use his doctorate for once. However, that doctorate is in art history...
** It's implied he suffered some brain damage when he was younger [[spoiler: from a Tritonian Yeti nearly biting through his skull]]; prior to that, his comments were completely rational, and afterwards he forgets what he said and is less coherent.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** When he's sufficiently angered, he is capable of kicking serious ass. Isn't that right, Clamps?
** The first season alone gives Zoidberg a few moments of awesome, managing to plug a hole in a door, keeping the gang safe from the angry Trisolians, or managing to hold a heavy bulkhead door open with one claw.
* {{Cthulhumanoid}}: Though his mouth parts are smaller than those of most Cthulhumanoids in fiction.
* DeathBySex: His species apparently dies after mating season. Which leads to FridgeLogic when Fry has sex in his body and if just fine. It's possible though that like with some real world species, rather than dying directly from sex the male of his species is killed by the female.
* DesperatelyCravesAffection: No one really cares about him and is always desperate for friendship and attention.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Eats just about anything that will fit in his mouth, including a very moldy sandwich and golf balls (which he thinks are "gritty, tasteless eggs").
* FirstNameBasis: Nowadays everyone calls him by his last name, but he was quite popular with the first Planet Express crew who called him by his first name. In a FriendshipMoment at the end of "The Tip of the Zoidberg", the Professor calls him "Johnny". [[FriendshipMoment This also happens]] when [[spoiler:Carol]] is talking to Johnny and vise-versa.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Phlegmatic
* {{Flanderization}}: His original schtick was that he was an alien doctor that knew nothing about human anatomy. The later episodes have him as a poor, disgusting, incompetent mooch who serves as the show's [[ButtMonkey walking punchline]].
* FormerlyFit: According to the flashbacks in "The Tip of the Zoidberg" he used to be quite slim looking.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: He works for Planet Express but all of his co-workers hate him, though he's mostly oblivious of it. Fry and Professor Farnsworth are usually the only ones to refer to Zoidberg as a friend.
* GeniusDitz: Despite being an incompetent doctor who knows absolutely nothing about the Human Anatomy, we later find out that he IS a doctor - [[NotThatKindOfDoctor of Art History]]. What's more impressive is that there were a couple of occasions where Zoidberg actually performed operations successfully. Impressive, considering he doesn't actually have any medical training. He may not know anything about human anatomy but he is a terrific alien Doctor.
* HonorBeforeReason: As shown in the episode "The Tip of the Zoidberg", Zoidberg was a remarkably successful doctor working for Mom and could have lived a life of comfort had he stayed on her payroll. Instead, in return for the Professor saving his life from a yeti, Zoidberg decided to stay with him [[spoiler: and euthanize him in the event he contracts Hyper Malaria]], making him the poverty-stricken man he is today.
* InnocentAliens: He thinks most doctors are poor.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends:
** He cares more about friends than money or fame, as seen in "The Tip of the Zoidberg", where he remained with the Professor, his friend, instead of staying working for Mom, which could have made him rich. His decision to remain with his friend cost him a life of wealth. He doesn't seem to care (or at least, he doesn't realize his decision threw him into poverty), although he does cry from time to time over being poor.
** One episode has him spell this out explicitly. After having a bag of mob money dropped in his dumpster, he takes off to Mars Vegas (where the rest of the Planet Express crew are vacationing), sits down at the roulette table and bets his entire pot... and wins... then bets everything again and wins ''again'' (coming out to over $10,000,000,000; he started with $8,000,000) in an astonishing swing of good luck. He buys drinks for everyone, they all cheer, he sets up another spin... and loses it all in one shot. Amy admonishes his behavior, to which he responds that he's okay with it and was satisfied to make everyone around him happy, if even for a brief moment. Then he calmly stands up and walks out of the casino with dignity.
* JerkassBall: He comes off as pretty friendly and nice for the most part but he feeds off nasty things (in fact, in the video game is implied that he has eaten humans) and has taken deplorable actions: framing Fry for breaking the Professor's bottle, or [[KickTheDog severing Fry's right arm]] in a fight over a female of his species. Subverted, when he immediately felt guilty and tried to ''kill himself'' over the former, and apologized and made up for the latter.
* KickTheDog: When he severs Fry's right arm in a fight over a female of his species. After several failed attempts, he did fix the arm.
* LastNameBasis: Doctor John A. Zoidberg, known simply as Zoidberg.
* LethallyStupid: It's implied that he killed many of his patients due to incompetence.
* LetsGetDangerous: Kicks Clamps' ass in ''Silence of the Clamps'' after he threatens his job at Planet Express and is about to clamp Bender [[spoiler:or who they thought was Bender]]. And as previously mentioned, saving the Professor's life in "The Tip of the Zoidberg".
* TheMillstone: To the Planet Express crew. He is the company's doctor, but a terrible LethallyStupid doctor with no clue about how human anatomy works.
* MoralityPet: To MOM, of all people. Zoidberg is the only person she treats with genuine respect, heck they even address each other by first names and she has offered to give him his own lab fully staffed. He's also this to Robot Santa who tries to kill everyone for being naughty, except Zoidberg, who has been very good and gets a pogo stick. Seems that Zoidberg's lot in life is to be treated as a ButtMonkey by everyone except those who already treat ''everyone else'' as a ButtMonkey.
* MundaneLuxury: Given the way he lives, the simplest of things can easily be the most amazing of triumphs.
--> "What's this? Two meals in one week?"
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: TropeNamer, which somehow ''helps'' him in at least one case (robot Santa seems to consider him morally upright, despite participating in several of the gang's antics that he doesn't overlook for anyone else).
* NiceGuy: Despite his odd habits and and lack of knowledge about human anatomy, Zoidberg is one of the more morally positive characters on the show. It's been shown he's willing to sacrifice his own happiness on multiple occasions to help others. He gives up a potentially luxurious life for Farnsworth, a loving relationship with a woman in order to give her a sense of smell, and a literal fortune in order to show people a good time. Not only that but he'll risk life and limb for his friends, such as backstabbing a muderous robot Santa Claus and saving professor Farnsworth from a yeti. Not only that but Zoidberg is perhaps the only person on Earth who meets said Robot Santa's impossibly high standards for good behaviour.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: In ''The Duh-Vinci Code'', it turns out that Zoidberg's doctorate is in art history... Though it was later established he's one of the best doctors around when it comes to alien anatomy.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Though it would be hard to guess how old he looks (He is a crab like alien after all) he's known the professor since 2927, putting him somewhere past his ''late 80s''.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: "The Cryonic Woman" shows that part of Zoidberg's lack of popularity at Planet Express is because of the presence of the much cooler Fry, Bender and Leela. When they're fired, he immediately becomes more popular.
* PerpetualPoverty: Always poor, hungry, and lonely. Something of a BelatedBackstory, as he was none of these things in the first season.
* Really700YearsOld: His multiple life-stages suggest he could be near/in the Professor's age group, if not somewhat older.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Introduced in the second episode, along with the other supporting Planet Express members (Hermes and Amy).
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler:The real reason he stays around Planet Express is to keep watch on Professor Farnsworth, and euthanize him when he finally shows symptoms of Hyper Malaria.]]
* ShoutOut: His name is a reference to a rejected Apple II game that David X. Cohen developed in high school called ''Zoid''. (Supposedly, it was a lot like ''VideoGame/{{Qix}}''.
* SpaceJews: Played for laughs. Oy vey! This is also why his species are crustaceans -- they're not kosher.
* StrawLoser: He actually makes ''[[LoserProtagonist Fry]]'' look cool in comparison. While Fry is also cosidered a loser, at least he doesn't live in a dumpster or eat garbage, has plenty of women over the show's run (including Leela, Amy, his own grandmother, a radiator...), and despite being often the butt of the other's jokes, is actually liked by most people.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Occasionally, Zoidberg has the tendency to refer to himself in the third person, usually when gloating about something idiotic.
* TokenGoodTeammate: In "An Xmas Story" he was specifically the only member of the
[[Characters/FuturamaPlanetExpressCrewRelatives Planet Express Crew (and apparently ''on Earth'') who is not on Santa's naughty/target list.
Relatives]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Zoidberg seems to have become more competent after the show moved to ComedyCentral.
[[Characters/FuturamaAntagonists Antagonists]]
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:In the second-to-last episode ever, no less, Zoidberg gets a love interest who ''isn't'' seen off by StatusQuoIsGod at the end of the episode.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: Has become an important trait in the ComedyCentral seasons. In "The Tip of the Zoidberg", we see that the Professor was the first friend he ever had, and he swore never to leave his side [[spoiler:partly to help euthanize the Professor when his Hyper-Malaria flares up]]. In "The Six Million Dollar Mon", he holds onto Hermes' discarded body parts and restores him to normal when [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul he starts losing his humanity]], all because he thinks Hermes is a good friend (when in reality Hermes can't stand him).
-->''"Zoidberg never abandons a friend, apparently!"''
* VitriolicBestBuds: Despite the others's treatment of him, he likes to see everyone as his best friend (thinking he and Hermes are close friends, calling Fry his "dearest friend", calling Bender his "best friend", etc.) How much this is reciprocated depends on the episode; Hermes just flat-out hates Zoidberg and the others are not too fond of him but they can tolerate him at times or even treat him like a friend (like the Professor in "The Tip of the Zoidberg").
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hermes Conrad]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"Sweet three-toed sloth of Ice Planet Hoth!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/PhilLaMarr
-->Debut: ''"The Series Has Landed"''

A Jamaican bureaucrat who helps Farnsworth run Planet Express. Enjoys bureaucracy, unnecessary forms, and limbo.

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Barbados Slim, his former professional limbo rival, and La Barbara's ex-husband. "He is the only person to have won Olympic medals in both Limboing and sex."
* AnythingButThat: As a dedicated bureaucrat, paid vacation is "the ultimate penalty" to him.
* AscendedExtra: In the first season, Hermes was more of a SatelliteCharacter. Later seasons rectified this.
* BadassBureaucrat:
** In one episode he convinces a forced labor camp to let him go by organizing them so efficiently all the work can be done by one Australian man. ''Then'' he organizes a massive pile of tube cylinders. [[AwesomeMusic To a beat.]]
** In ''Bender's Big Score'', after plugging his brain into the fleet battle-computer, Hermes uses AwesomenessByAnalysis to utterly annihilate the Scammers defences in a [[CurbStompBattle matter of minutes]].
* CatchPhrase:
** "My Manwich!" Usually provoked by Bender's antics. And his son's inherited it.
** "Sweet (animal) of (location)!" Lampshaded one on occasion, where Hermes was too traumatized to bother filling in the blanks.
--->''"Sweet something of... someplace."''
** "(X subject) (Y verb/adjective) (Z simile about green snakes and sugar cane).
--->''"I'm feeling lower than a green snake under a sugar cane truck."''
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: In "The Six Million Dollar Mon", Hermes becomes addicted to upgrading himself with robotic parts. This culminates in him becoming 'Mecha Hermes,' a hulking, emotionless, DoAnythingRobot that houses his brain.
* DeadpanSnarker: He was always this, even in his debut episode.
--> '''Leela''' ''(reading the surprisingly comprehensive waiver attached to her new job application):'' Look, I don't know about your previous captains, but I intend to do as little dying as possible.
--> '''Hermes:''' ''(laughs, then turns deadly serious)'' Sign de paper.
* DreadlockRasta: A bizarre subversion. Despite being Jamaican, a Rastafarian and fond of marijuana, Hermes is an ObstructiveBureaucrat and often attempts to run Planet Express with dictatorial efficiency.
* FormerlyFit: Hermes used to be fit enough for the Olympics, until [[TearJerker a fan fatally attempted to emulate him.]] That and the munchies(though he's still great at limboing)
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Choleric
* TheGenericGuy: Tends to be this, with no real distinctive personality traits aside being very dedicated and having the universal hatred of Zoidberg. Recent episodes are attempting to give him CharacterDevelopment.
* HappilyMarried: To the beautiful La Barbara. She always goes over to her ex-husband [[TheRival Barbados Slim]] however if Hermes is not available for whatever reason (like having his head chopped off).
* HenpeckedHusband: La Barbara also scolds Dwight, their son, often.
* IrrationalHatred: Before Zoidberg was characterised as a disgusting bum, Hermes still disliked him, starting as early as the third episode, when he spat out some food he'd just been enjoying when Zoidberg said he'd made them. It grew in "Hell is
[[Characters/FuturamaOtherCharacters Other Robots", when he begins blaming Zoidberg for the rising electricity bills, and removes several items Zoidberg enjoys and uses from the office.
* IWasQuiteALooker: He has very much gotten out of shape since his limboing days (apparently due to "the munchies"), although he's still a champion limbo master.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** He really hates Zoidberg (even more than everyone else), and often blames him regardless of whether or not he's actually done anything wrong. And should the Professor decide he's not cold-hearted enough to fire the entire crew, Hermes will do it for him, instantly.
** When Fry and Bender get drafted through their own stupidity, Hermes fires them immediately. In another episode, when Bender is crippled by a can-opened, Hermes joyfully tells him it's Hermes' dream come true.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:He approved Bender on the production line even though he was defective and should have, according to regulation, been immediately destroyed. Years later, he assists Bender as he struggles with accepting his newly discovered mortality.]]
* LampshadeHanging: "Didn't we used to be a delivery company?" From the comics in particular: "'Good news, everyone!' is a registered trademark of Planet Express. The management guarantees no actual good news."
* ManChild:
-->'''Hermes:''' I think I'm coming down with circusitis. ''(sneezes -- he ends up looking like a clown)''\\
'''Leela:''' I thought circusitis only affected children.\\
'''Hermes:''' Children of ''all'' ages.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Along with the Professor, Hermes will strip naked at the earliest opportunity for some good old fashion FanDisservice.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Hermes may come across as a driven, cold heartless bureaucrat... and he is. But he'll also jump at the chance for a day off, same as anyone else.
* ObsessedAreTheListmakers: Averted... kind of. He once stated he's only anal 78.36% of the time.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: And he's ''incredibly proud'' of it.
--> ''"We didn't choose to be bureaucrats'' /
--> ''No, that's what almighty Jah made us'' /
--> ''We'd treat people like swine and make them stand in line'' /
--> ''Even if nobody paid us!"''
* OnlySaneMan: He often takes this role, most notably in ''Bender's Big Score'' where he's the only person to realize the crew is being scammed. He's also the most consistent critic of the incompetent Zoidberg.
* RetiredBadass: Parodied. Hermes was once an Olympic limbo champion, who retired when a young fan of his tried to imitate him, and tragically broke their spine in the attempt. A traumatised Hermes was incapable of limboing from that day forth.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Introduced in the second episode, along with the other supporting Planet Express members (Zoidberg and Amy).
* SoProudOfYou: His reaction to Dwight and Cubert's behaviour in "The Route of All Evil".
-->''Proud of you? You ruined us with sleazy business practices, and a complete disregard for decency! ... of ''course'' we're proud of you!''
* TheStoner: Heavily implied in the ComedyCentral episodes more than the FOX ones.
-->'''La Barbara:''' Husband! Can't you go anywhere without lightin' something up?
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: [[CatchPhrase "My manwich!"]]
* UglyGuyHotWife: Hermes isn't much to look at, but his wife La Barbara is quite stunning.
* VocalEvolution: Becomes noticeably hoarser from season 5 on. His voice was also much deeper in some of his earlier appearances.
* TheWonka: He once gave ''himself'' a tongue-lashing and kicked himself out of his own office for asking to take Valentine's Day off.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Amy Wong, Ph.D]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"Spleh!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/LaurenTom
-->Debut: ''"The Series Has Landed"''

An "intern" working at Planet Express, though seemingly as permanent as everyone else there. Is extremely rich and spoiled. Her parents own half of Mars, which they use for buggalo ranching and a gambling paradise called "Mars Vegas".

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Until she hooks up with Kif.
* AnimeChineseGirl: She's of Chinese descent, but she's from Mars. (Her parents own half of Mars. "The good half," so they claim.)
* AsianAirhead: Literally every male character makes note of how good-looking she is, she's richer than God, and well-liked by everyone. She acts so ditzy that it's easy to forget that she was introduced as a graduate student in applied physics (and eventually gets her PhD.)
* AsianRudeness: Though her parents are just greedy Jerkass ultra-capitalists in the same vein as Mom, regardless of race; Amy, then, because of her ultra-bourgeois upbringing is a ditzy RichBitch, though she becomes more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold through her years at Planet Express.
* BareYourMidriff: Does this all the time. While on an ice fishing trip she even wears a ''belly parka''.
* BigEater: She was like this when she was younger. During an incident that made everybody younger, her preteen self was revealed to be chubby, and she cried when she saw herself in that state. Later, during a FreakyFridayFlip, she used the opportunity to go back to her big eater ways, and spent the episode constantly eating until she witnessed Fry and Leela [[spoiler: having sex in the bodies of Zoidberg and Farnsworth]].
* BrainlessBeauty: At times, especially in season 2.
-->'''Amy:''' Fool me seven times, shame on you, fool me eight or more times, shame on me.
* CasualKink: With Earth facing impending death (''[[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed Again]]''), Amy suggested an end-of-the-world orgy. The rest of the crew quickly lost interest, though not before Amy got changed.
* CharacterDevelopment: In early seasons Amy was mostly TheDitz, and the fact that she was also Farnsworth's intern and an intellectual was essentially an InformedAttribute, only mentioned in her introduction and in Mars University. In the post-revival seasons, Amy gets significantly more focus to highlight the fact that yes, she ''is'' a scientist and Farnsworth's partner.
%%* TheChick
* CuteClumsyGirl: Frequently falls over. In one episode Fry refers to her as "a klutz from Mars".
* TheCutie:
** She was once caught in a fire that burnt off most of Amy's hair. Her reaction? "Look! My hair got singed into an even cuter 'do!"
** She had cuteness reduction surgery in two places.
* TheDitz: A black-haired Ditz (to the point of becoming BirdsOfAFeather with [[IdiotHero Fry]] in "Put Your Head on My Shoulders"), she fails at haggling, confusing it with bidding at auctions, and flirts with all men. Bordering on GeniusDitz, since she's also an engineering student (though in one DVD commentary, the writers admitted that they'd completely forgotten that). Only after the return of the show post-cancellation, she began to be portrayed more as a...
* DitzyGenius: The series actually starts using her in plots involving her as an academic or scientist on top of plots involving her as a ditz. Even more so, now that [[spoiler:she's finished college and obtained a doctorate.]]
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Occasionally kicks her boots off in her downtime, usually while watching TV.
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: Her 2997 employee of the year photo. Not only was she fat in that photo, it makes her hungry just looking at it.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Played with -- when she's first seen during the {{Introdump}} at the very beginning of ''Bender's Big Score'', she had grown her hair longer, but Bender almost immediately burps fire, burning her hair to its more familiar length.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Sanguine
* FormerlyFat: She was very fat as a child; even her parents tease her mercilessly about it. In one episode, the main characters all revert to their childhood forms, and Amy, again overweight, becomes the butt of all her parents' childish jokes.
* GoodBadGirl: Not only was she open to dating non-humans, but in some episodes, dated creatures that weren't even humanoid. She still brags about her "general sluttiness" though.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Amy often speaks Cantonese, especially when angry.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: [[spoiler:With Bender in ''Proposition Infinity''.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: With Kif.
* LimitedWardrobe: Amy Zigzags the Trope. Despite having boatloads of cash from her parents to purchase any outfit she could want, Amy almost always wears the same pink tracksuit (except for formal events). When Fry points this out, she says it's because she's rebelling against her parents. However she seems to have a large variety of outfits for special occasions and parties. She even wore an outfit modeled after Jackie Onassis Kennedy in "Hell is Other Robots".
* MsFanservice: Aside from her regular pink tracksuit outfit, wear very skimpy outfit for every formal event (even a funeral) and often appears in bikini. The creators acknowledged in a commentary at one point that Amy was a sex symbol to the fans, joking that there was a fansite called Can't Get Enough Amy.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Zig-zagged. She's the girly girl to Leela's tomboy, and her default outfit is pink - but it's a tracksuit, not something feminine.
* ReallyGetsAround: At least, until she gets together with Kif.
* {{Robosexual}}: Temporarily.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Energetic Girl to Kif's Savvy Guy.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Introduced in the second episode, along with the other supporting Planet Express members (Zoidberg and Hermes).
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: The whole reason she was created was to see if audiences would accept a female victim of slapstick. They did.
* SmarterThanYouLook: As the episode "That Darn Katz" reminds us, she IS an engineering graduate student who designs a machine to harness the rotational energy of the Earth. Also, [[spoiler:she officially gains her doctorate at the end of the episode, so she is the ultimate DitzyGenius.]]
* SpoiledSweet: Her parents own a hemisphere of Mars, but despite this, she's actually pretty nice (if a little inconsiderate and selfish at times).
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Pretty much anything she wears outside of her normal outfit.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly Girl to Leela's Tomboy.
* TooDumbToLive: Zoidberg manages to trick her into freeing him several times in "Why Must I Be a Crustacean In Love?" (and he does it one more time before the scene ends) and a robotic food disposal almost chops off her hand in "Mother's Day" by offering her a diamond ring in the drain until the others stop her. In both scenes someone calls her a 'moron' (Bender in the former, Prof. Farnsworth in the latter).
* TotallyRadical: A 30th century version.
* UpperClassTwit: A ditzy, spoiled rich girl.
* ValleyGirl: Although a milder case than most.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Leela. Amy frequently insults Leela at the drop of a hat, but still goes out for drinks with her (although she'll still abandon Leela to go off for "coffee" with guys), and invites Leela to her wedding.
* WellDoneDaughterGal: Sort of. In "Into the Wild Green Yonder", she reveals that she has been trying to fill the void of her father wanting a son by acting more masculine (her choice of clothing, as opposed to something more feminine, for instance).
* WorkingWithTheEx: Her and Fry dated for a while, until he dumped her in a fit of stupidity.
* WrenchWench: An engineering intern. Not that she [[PiratesWhoDontDoAnything actually does anything...]]
[[/folder]]

!Main Recurring Characters

[[folder: Nibbler]]
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-->Voiced by: Creator/FrankWelker
-->Debut: ''[[spoiler: "Space Pilot 3000", (shadow only)]]'', ''"Love Labours Lost in Space"''

The RidiculouslyCuteCritter that the Planet Express crew encountered while [[TheArk saving two of every animal]] from a planet about to implode. He proved to have a [[BigEater voracious appetite]], but thankfully, he's SolidGoldPoop incarnate -- his species produces dark matter, which could be used as starship fuel.

[[spoiler:It turns out that his species are ObfuscatingStupidity in order to defend the universe from the Brain Spawn, and nobody remembers his actions due to his wiping of their minds afterwards. Until he officially assigned himself to Earth as a part of the Planet Express crew.]]

* BadassAdorable: There's practically a whole episode devoted to how adorable the crew find him (much to Bender's chagrin), and in as the series progresses, it is revealed that [[spoiler:the Nibblonian race was already 17 years old at the time of the big bang, and are charged with protecting the Earth from the evil Brainspawn]] and also that Nibbler himself had a fairly big part to play in [[spoiler:getting Fry cryogenically frozen for 1000 years in the first place]].
* BigEater: And how! Most things he's eaten are bigger than he is.
* ChekhovsGunman: Present since the series premiere, in fact... if you know ''exactly'' where to look.
* CoolPet: A pet that poops fuel for the Cool Ship? Awesome indeed. [[spoiler:He's also late revealed to be a member of super-intelligent species.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: Despite his overwhelming cuteness, he is a soldier...]]
* CuteLittleFangs: Well, not exactly little. He has large fangs, but he's still cute.
* DependingOnTheWriter: [[spoiler: While some episodes are shrewd enough to sneak in hints of his intellect, In others Nibbler's actions (which include deliberately endangering himself or the crew or maintaining his act even when unsupervised) make no sense under knowledge of his secret identity, implying the story treats his dumb animal act as being his real personality.]]
* DePower: [[spoiler:After ''Bender's Game'', Nibblonian poop is useless as fuel, being replaced with whale oil.]]
* ExtremeOmnivore: Able to eat any creature regardless of its size.
* TheFakeCutie: [[spoiler:As explained, they all thought Nibbler was a cute pet, when he was actually an agent of a powerful ancient alien race... all of them cute as well.]]
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Melancholic
* IdiotHoudini: Despite Nibbler's actions as a brainless animal frequently causing hindrance or dismay to the team, Leela is usually quick to fend off anyone willing to punish him for it (most often Bender). [[spoiler: Considering these are all supposedly just an act, perhaps Nibbler is taking the role ''[[BecomingTheMask too]]'' seriously.]]
-->'''Leela:''' It's not his fault he's a killing machine!
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: Played with. [[spoiler: Nibbler and the Nibblonians regard Earth as important for two reasons: 1) it is the homeworld of the pizza bagel, and 2) due to certain events in 1947 and 1999, it will/does/did produce a savior that will rescue the entire universe from the Brain Spawn. Aside from that, the trope is played straight: Nibbler's log refers to as a "primitive dirtball inhabited by psychotic apes."]]
* IntellectualAnimal: [[spoiler: He's not the cute, brainless animal he appears to be, at all.]]
* LargeHam: [[spoiler: He is voiced by FrankWelker.]]
* MemoryWipingCrew: [[spoiler: Many of his and the Nibblonian's appearances in the series' first run have been wiped from Earth's memory. After the movies, he seems to have simply stopped wiping the Planet Express Crew's memories of him being anything but a stupid pet. His ability to converse normally with them is a major plot point in "That Darn Katz". It's implied that he gave up wiping their memories after discovering in ''Bender's Game'' that, since he'd forgotten to wipe their memories after the events of ''The Beast With A Billion Backs'', meaning that they'd known he could speak for some time but simply didn't ''care!'']]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:He acts like a dumb pet, but he is actually a highly intelligent super-being whose race is responsible for maintaining order in the universe.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:See ReallySevenHundredYearsOld below.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Played with. [[spoiler:When he first revealed his true nature to the crew, he decided to stick with "Nibbler," due to certain difficulties in translating his actual name:]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Nibbler:''' "That name is for ''your'' sake! In the time it would take to pronounce ''a single letter'' of my ''real name,'' a ''million cosmoses'' would ''flare into existence...'' and sink again into ''eternal night.'']]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler: According to one of the Special Feature pages on the DVD, Nibbler is over 3000. His species [[TimeAbyss is older than the universe.]]]]
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: He's [[UglyCute pretty weird looking]], but he's small and squeaky enough to make the tough, no-nonsense captain Leela go to pieces and adopt him as a beloved pet. He later gets a little red cape and diaper.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Bender tends to loathe Nibbler for being a nuisance or his cuteness stealing his thunder, even once flushing him down the toilet. [[spoiler: Some of the things Nibbler does to Bender in his pet role suggest the hatred is mutual.]]
* SmarterThanYouLook: [[spoiler:He hides his hyper-intelligence with a mask of ultra-stupidity and a tendency towards doing cute things.]]
* SolidGoldPoop: His waste is dark matter, which powers starships. [[spoiler:At least before ''Bender's Game.'']]
* SuddenlyVoiced: [[spoiler: After TheReveal, starting in "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" ]]
* TeamPet: After being adopted by Leela.
* TranslatorMicrobes: [[spoiler:Whenever he needs to communicate with someone outside his species, he affects their brain patterns to automatically translate his cute babbling into bombastic English.]]
* WalkingSpoiler
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Twenty-Five-Star General Zapp Brannigan]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"When I'm in command, every mission is a suicide mission."]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest
-->Debut: ''"Love Labours Lost in Space"''

The only military leader we ever see, Brannigan has many medals and a high post despite a strange fixation on killing everybody who he sends into battle, whether helpful or not, whether needed or not. People serving under him tend to die. He's selfish, arrogant, fat, lazy, immature and an idiot. And those are his ''good'' qualities...

In his first episode, he tricked Leela into sleeping with him, something he's never let her live down.

* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Leela. Zapp is quite handsome (if a bit overweight): Leela hates him purely for [[{{Jerkass}} his personality]]. On their first encounter Leela sleeps with him out of pity, complicating things for herself for the rest of the series.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: It's likely he takes this view. By his own admission, he was allegedly a virgin ("allegedly" because 1. DependingOnTheWriter he may or may not have had some past paternity lawsuits and 2. It was Leela he told this to, so he may have been lying to gain sympathy points) before making it with Leela; after he does, he mentions the encounter often whenever he tries to emphasize his manliness.
* BadBoss: Often sends his men on deadly missions, expecting total loyalty out of them over ridiculous causes, and emotionally abusing them - you just know what a prick he is when his Second-In-Command Kif Kroker would rather face almost certain death than work for him.
* BigBookOfWar: He stamped his name onto the TropeNamer. Given his track record, it's not something that should be read by those with any sense of self-preservation.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Not so much "evil" as "sexist, incompetent, and haughty."
* CaptainErsatz: His appearance, attitude, position, and mannerisms are very similar to those of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries James T. Kirk]]. In fact, he was originally pitched as "What if Creator/WilliamShatner was captain of the Enterprise?"
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Although he is more explicitly a parody of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] (his character was originally pitched as "What if Creator/WilliamShatner was captain of the Enterprise rather than Kirk?).
* CasanovaWannabe: Despite his attitude, he once admitted that Leela is the only woman who's ever loved him - ''physically''. He did get some action with the Amazonians, but [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization that doesn't count]]. And judging by a few of Leela's off-handed comments, he wasn't even satisfactory in bed either; not in his opinion though, of course.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He's usually an arrogant, incompetent, idiotic, cowardly, selfish jerk. However, there are a few moments when he genuinely does something awesome like when he got rid of History's Greatest Villains in "Kif Gets Knocked Up". (Of course, this act [[PyrrhicVictory almost destroyed his ship and killed everyone.]])
* DirtyCoward: Woken up from sleep, his first words are: "I surrender and volunteer for treason!"
* DumbBlonde: Male example.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Zapp is an utter coward, but even he thought President McNeal asking humanity to die for his safety was awful
* FakeUltimateHero: Boy howdy. He has won offscreen victories, and taken credit for other people's deeds so he keeps his job, and is even well-regarded by many. Most people think he's an amazing hero and TheAce, until they actually meet him.
* FatIdiot: It's not super obvious, but he has quite a gut. Best observed when he goes to a planet with super-high gravity and the force of his belly rips open his girdle.
* GeneralFailure: He's not evil, per se; but he's usually against the protagonists due to his own total incompetence. His deeds have included fighting the Killbots by sacrificing millions of soldiers until the Killbots reached their limit and shut down, attacking the Hubble Space Telescope, ordering his ships to make a run so as to clog the enemy ship weapons with their own wreckage, getting his ship sliced in half by flying through a giant windmill despite being told what would happen, destroying an entire repair station due to impatience, destroying the brand new headquarters of The Federation by using his ships' laser at full power to cut the inauguration ribbon, attacking a strategically unimportant planet for no reason and wasting the element of surprise by dumping his soldiers out through the ship's floor, getting enough women killed through fraternization that the army banned them from his command, trying to get the protagonists arrested multiple times, and being taken out in the first second of Bender's Big Score's final battle.
* GeneralRipper:
** Has started tons of unnecessary wars, including against a race of sentinent balls on Spheron 1 (which resulted in them being forced off their home planet), the Spiderians, the Neutral Planet, the Retiree People of the Assisted Living Nebula, and the dreaded Pacifists of the Ghandi Nebula.
** President Nixon advocates just about everything Brannigan does, which is why he's able to be such a free wheeler. The Democratic Order Of Planets doesn't seem to really care (the only way he was able to get on their bad side was to destroy their brand new headquarters, otherwise they seem to ignore his attitude towards combat).
* HandsomeLech: To some extent. He'd be played straight if he got rid of the gut.
* IdiotHoudini: Most of the time, despite endangering people through his constant idiocy and lack of regard for the life of anybody but himself, he rarely suffers any retribution for it.
* IgnoreTheFanservice: It's revealed that Zapp doesn't wear ''underwear'' and it's only by virtue of the length of his uniform top that he's not always exposed. But don't follow behind him while climbing a ladder. It seems he extended it to the soldiers under his command, and possibly the entire Earth military considering his high position in it.
* ItsAllAboutMe: He doesn't care about the danger any of his actions cause unless he ends up in danger from them.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's got lots of examples that could be cited but a crowning moment might be the time he tried to pass off a declaration of war to a non-English-speaking alien race as a peace treaty, giving him the justification to invade their homeworld when their guard was down. [[spoiler:Thankfully his translator, Leela's mother Munda, actually had a conscience and ratted him out.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk:
** He shows himself as one on this very first appearance: after he breaks down to Leela and admits he's just an idiot who had no idea what he's doing, he uses her sympathy to get her to have sex with him then gloats over it for the rest of the series.
** In one episode, he accidentally causes his ship to go down, and he says that "the captain must go down with his ship" after Kif comments on how noble that is of him, he immediately promotes Kif to captain and then flees the ship in a one man pod
** His infamous plot to get Leela to have sex with him in "In A Gadda Da Leela".
* LargeHam: Imagine William Shatner playing William Shatner playing William Shatner... as Kirk.
* LaserGuidedKarma: While he keeps his job depressingly well, most of the time Zapp ends up looking a fool.
* LawfulStupid: Played for laughs. Zapp Brannigan will always enforce "Brannigan's Law" wherever he goes (a parody of the PrimeDirective), even though he has no idea what that law even is. Other than that, he is generally a selfish DirtyCoward who would happily sell out his friends and sacrifice hundreds of people to save himself.
* LaughablyEvil: In a serious show, he'd be a monstrous villain. See GeneralFailure and GeneralRipper.
* LethallyStupid: Whenever he is called for help, he'll come to make things worse.
* {{Malaproper}}
--> '''Zapp''': Brave-o! En-core!
* ManipulativeBastard:
** In "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela".
** In "The Beast With a Billion Backs" acting bereaved over Kif's death to bed Amy was probably a new low for him.
* MilesGloriosus: The patron saint of this trope. He will never rush in to a fight, but obtained a reputation of being a good fighter through his willingness to sacrifice wave after wave of his own men, while avoiding any risk to himself. If he does end up fighting, it's because he believes he has an overwhelming advantage, or is too stupid to realize that he's in danger.
* ModernMajorGeneral: At times.
* {{Narcissist}}: He's shamelessly vain and full of himself.
* TheNeidermeyer: He's especially fond of saving himself by sacrificing those under his command.
* NeverMyFault: No matter what death and destruction his actions cause or whatever mistake he causes, he never admits it to making a making a mistake himself.
* TheObiWannabe: Especially when giving Kif love advice.
* OfCorsetsFunny: "C'mon girdle... Hooolddd..."
* PantsFree: Not only does he not wear pants, he doesn't wear underwear either.
* ParentalAbandonment: Zapp's hinted to do this on occasion. He brings up once or twice the fact that he's often got slapped with failed paternity lawsuits from lovers in the past or virtual-reality lovers brought to life.
* PetTheDog:
** He does have one genuine moment, which is providing assistance during Kif's pregnancy. But even then, he didn't really ''care'' about the situation so much as he was just going along with what everyone else was doing.
** He has a half-one in "Where the Buggalo Roam" when he compliments Kif on a brave act by calling it "Brannigan-worthy". It's half a moment since it's a surprisingly sincere compliment, but also shows that he can't even give those without ''also'' finding a way [[ItsAllAboutMe to sing his own praises at the same time.]]
* PyrrhicVictory: Pretty much his only battle strategy.
* PsychopathicManchild: He's very cowardly, dim-witted, immature, and perverted. Though that's more disturbing as he's also a high-ranking officer in the Earth's military, with the authority to get people killed in mass amounts. Which he fully utilizes to do just that.
* ShoutOut: Between the many Creator/WilliamShatner shout outs, one stands out as he dramatically recites the lyrics to "[[TheKinks Lola]]", imitating Shatner's infamous rendition of "[[EltonJohn Rocket Man]]". Not to mention ordering Kif to [[TheTwilightZone climb out on the wing and pretend he's a gremlin.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Kif's Sensitive Guy.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Subverted. Someone with his personality would be a SmallNameBigEgo in most situations if not for his absurdly high rank.
* TheSociopath: Egotistical, arrogant yet charming, incapable of learning from his mistakes, utterly without guilt for his actions, manipulative, an exceptional liar, and of course lacking a shred of respect for ''any'' life other than his own, Zapp shows all the classic signs of sociopathy. It's just that he's funny too.
* TooDumbToLive: In fact, it's even a wonder he is alive since half the things he does nearly get himself killed (the other half gets everyone else killed). Somehow he rationalizes bouncing between asteroids will induce a "gravity boost" and thus he tries to pilot a gigantic space cruise liner through an asteroid field.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The only possible reason for how he retains a job.
* WeHaveReserves: His method for dealing with pretty much everything? Send wave after wave of men at the problem until it's solved or he runs out of men.
* WouldHurtAChild: Has absolutely no problem sending children to their deaths in a battle either.
* ZergRush: A favorite tactic of his.
--> '''Zapp''' ''(indicating enemy mothership on chart):'' ...my strategy is so simple an ''idiot'' could have devised it! On my command, all ships will line up and file ''directly'' into the alien death cannons, ''clogging'' them with ''wreckage!''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:(Lieutenant) Kif Kroker]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:'''Zapp:''' "Kif, round them up, and spare me the weary sigh for once."]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/MauriceLaMarche
-->Debut: ''"Love Labours Lost in Space"''

Brannigan's long-suffering personal assistant, Kif just can't seem to get away from the guy. Eventually evolved from merely a SatelliteCharacter for Brannigan to also having a relationship with Amy.

* {{Adorkable}}: He serves as Zapp's meeker, smarter alien assistant. He tends to be a nervous ExtremeDoormat and becomes painfully shy when he's around his love interest, Amy.
* AlliterativeName: '''K'''if '''K'''roker.
* BeleagueredAssistant: To Zapp. Might as well be the trope image, if that's not currently the case.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He turns out to be a pretty demanding boss when he has an underling of his own, and after learning that Zapp used his temporary death as an excuse to sleep with Amy he snaps and punches Zapp right in the stomach.
* BizarreAlienBiology: His digits can stick to walls and ceilings, he has no muscles or bones (his body is supported by bags of fluid instead), and we've also seen him inflate his head (to scare off predators on his home world) - and ''only'' his head, get your mind out of the gutter. His race is otherwise amphibian. Also, his race has a late metamorphosis stage in which they become clouds of HiveMind-operating fly-like creatures (his father is this form). In ''Proposition Infinity'', Kif says that he would be the closest related to the Sea Cucumber out of all of Earth's aquatic animals.
* ButtMonkey: Zapp frequently has him do humiliating things, and Kif often gets the blame when Zapp makes a mistake.
* CatchPhrase: A weary sigh seems to be his, always in response to whatever dumb thing Zapp has just said. It seems to be contagious: in "''Into the Wild Green Yonder''", Bender does it with him.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially early on, before he hooked up with Amy.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Turns out to be this once he gets a subordinate. It's mostly the result of pent-up stress from serving under Zapp, though.
* ExtremeDoormat: Especially after he hooks up with Amy, he becomes less of a DeadpanSnarker and much more passive.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: A male example in-universe. Females in at least two cultures of humanoids find him attractive.
* HypercompetentSidekick: ''Hyper''competent might be pushing it a bit, but he's got a good head on his shoulders and is usually standing near Zapp.
* HypocriticalHumor: In "War is the H-Word", Fry is demoted to Kif's assistant and Kif proves to be an even worse boss than Zapp, being openly hostile towards and constantly yelling at Fry. Then again, working for Zapp definitely has led to some ''severely'' repressed anger on Kif's part.
* IJustWantToBeBadass: A couple of times. He does pretty well, considering.
* InformedAttractiveness: Out of Zapp, Kif, and Fry, Kif is apparently supposed to be the best looking. At least, according to the Fem-Puter.
-->'''Fem-Puter''': Kif, as the most attractive male, will be [[OutWithABang snu-snued]] by the most beautiful women of Amazonia... ''then'' the large women... ''then'' the petite women... ''then'' the large women ''again''.
** Of course, Kif was being measured up against ''Zapp'' and ''Fry''. And unlike them, wasn't being a sexist jerk.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Amy.
* LittleGreenMan: He fits the bill for being small and green. However neither he, nor his species, has hostility towards humanity.
* MisterSeahorse: In the aptly-named "Kif Gets Knocked Up A Notch". Apparently, his species has a strange method of reproduction.
* NiceGuy: He's kind of [[DeadpanSnarker bitchy]] early on, but grows more into a shy, sensitive nice guy through his relationship with Amy.
* NoRespectGuy: He is put upon a lot because Zapp blames him for his own failings.
* OnlySaneMan: When you work with someone like Zapp, you're this by default.
* PunnyName: "Kroker" as in "croaker" as in "frog".
* RubberMan: A mild form of this. Being an amphibian-like alien with no bones, he can stretch himself to a considerable degree, though this causes apparent discomfort and isn't really treated as a superpower.
* RunningGag: Kif being accused of being spineless, causing him to explain he ''doesn't'' have a spine and his body is supported by a series of [[BizarreAlienBiology fluid-filled bladders]]. He often gets cut off though before he can finish.
* SarcasticDevotee: He sticks behind Zapp no matter what (probably because it's his place in the military), but makes it painfully obvious that he hates Brannigan for it. Oddly enough, Zapp is never fazed by Kiff's commentaries.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Savvy Guy to Amy's Energetic Girl.
* TheScapegoat: Official Zapp policy seems to be blaming Kiff whenever he does something wrong.
-->''Kiff, stand by to take the blame... now!''
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Zapp's Manly Man.
* ShrinkingViolet: Usually a Deadpan Snarker when dealing with Zapp, but seems to show this side when his Love Interest Amy is around. In the episode that brought them together as a couple, she kept getting phone calls of someone breathing and panting heavily on the other end; she assumed they were prank calls, when it was really Kif calling to tell her how he feels, but too scared to say anything, thus hyperventilating until he hung up.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Scruffy "The Janitor" Scruffington]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"Scruffy's work here is done."]]
-->Voiced by David Herman (2000)
-->Debut: ''"A Fishful of Dollars"''

Originally a recurring background character in the series, Scruffy was randomly tossed about the series who held multiple jobs much like TheSimpsons Wiseguy. However, during the episode "Anthology Of Interest," the writers ran out of characters to kill[[note]]In a non-canon "what-if" segment[[/note]] and decided to feature his character as another victim as a result. Ever since then, he became an AscendedExtra and his job was cemented into the full time janitor at Planet Express.

* AlmightyJanitor:
** He does own more than four times the rest of the employee's stock in Planet Express.
-->'''Scruffy:''' "Scruffy believes in this company!" ''(sniffles)''
** When asked what he did at Planet Express by Hermes, who was looking to reduce overhead, he replied, "Toilets 'n boilers, boilers 'n toilets. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Plus that one boilin' toilet.]] Fire me if'n you dare."
* AscendedExtra: He shows up to comment on things when all other characters are used up. He's also occasionally featured as being even lazier than Fry, spending all his time in the basement reading porno magazines.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Yyyup"
** "[I'm] Scruffy. The janitor."
** "Second."
* DisneyDeath: Remember when Scruffy died? Remember when he reappeared unharmed? He's the [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kenny]] of ''Futurama.''
* DumbassHasAPoint: Scruffy is the source of much simple-minded wisdom.
-->'''Scruffy''': (referring to a depressed Bender) I have never seen him so down. Or ever before.
* {{Expy}}: His voice seems to be based on [[Film/SlingBlade Karl Childers]]. Mmmhmm.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Leukine.
* LovableSexManiac: He's rarely seen without some [[PunBasedTitle humorously named]] porno magazine (e.g. National Pornographic, Chef Play-Boyardee, and Astounding Tales [Of Doing It])
--> '''Scruffy:''' "Scruffy's gonna die the way he lived." ''(licks finger, turns page of magazine)''
* NiceHat: He wears a brown hat (when he was just a background character originally, the colour of his hat, hair and mustache often changed between appearances).
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[spoiler: "Law and Oracle" reveals Scruffy is one.]]
* RecurringExtra: He is often present and makes comments on situations that have nothing to do with him.
* RepetitiveName: According to the 2008 ''Futurama'' wall calander, his full name is "Scruffy Scruffington".
* RunningGag: No-one ever remembers that Scruffy works at Planet Express. Except Fry, who apparently befriended him at some point.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[CargoShip With his robotic wash bucket.]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: Scruffy almost always speaks in the third person.
* VerbalTic: mmmhmm.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Linda van Schoonhoven]]
-->Voiced by Creator/TressMacNeille
-->Debut: ''"A Big Piece of Garbage"'

A human anchorwoman for Channel √2 News who works alongside Morbo. She often smiles and laughs at the wrong times.

* TheDitz: She pretty much epitomizes this trope: she's bubbly and airheaded, much unlike her co-anchor Morbo.
* DumbBlonde: Not exactly, she is more a ditzy blonde.
* EatenAlive: Gets eaten by one of the Bart-monsters durring the Simpsons crossover. Though considering the groan she makes as it swallows her [[DeadLineNews the alive part probably didn't stick.]]
* KentBrockmanNews: With Morbo. As his co-anchor, she often gives him airheaded laughs.
* PerpetualSmiler: Linda keeps on a cheery face even when bad news is announced.
* StepfordSmiler: Apparently her [[TheAlcoholic drinking]] allows her to cope with her job and kids. But she breaks down in tears after [[ItMakesSenseInContext all alcohol on Earth is consumed by microscopic Bender clones]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Morbo]]
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[[caption-width-right:244: "In lighter news, the city of New New York is doomed."]]
-->Voiced by Creator/MauriceLaMarche
-->Debut: ''"A Big Piece of Garbage"'

A green alien who is Linda's co-anchorman. He often speaks condescendingly about humans.

* AmbiguouslyEvil: He often claims that [[AlienInvasion his people plan to invade Earth some day]]. However we never see him act on this threat.
* EvilIsHammy:
--> ''"Windmills do not work that way!'' '''Good night!"'''
--> "Hello, little man... ''I will destroy you!"''
* EvilSoundsDeep: He subverts this by having a deep voice and an expressed desire for destruction of all of humankind, but only works as a news anchor.
* ExplosiveBreeder: Apparently is married to one.
-->'''Nixon:''' Hello, Morbo! How's the family?
-->'''Morbo:''' Belligerent and numerous!
* HatesEveryoneEqually: He hates humans, calling them "puny", "insignificant", and other insults (which his human co-host Linda oddly doesn't seem to mind), but he seems to hate and insult robots, other aliens, and pretty much everyone, even his wife. The only friends he seems to have are UsefulNotes/RichardNixon and Linda.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He seems to consider Linda a friend, and once implied that he may actually love his wife deep down.
* KentBrockmanNews: He and Linda are presented in a format similar to Kent Brockman himself, but with Morbo often talking about how he hates all other living things, especially humans.
* LittleGreenMan: He certainly isn't little (he's about the size of a well built human), he has green skin and hates humanity.
* ThirdPersonPerson: "All humans are vermin in the eyes of Morbo!"
[[/folder]]

!Planet Express Crew Relatives

[[folder:Cubert Farnsworth]]
-->Voiced by: KathSoucie
-->Debut: ''"A Clone of My Own"''

A twelve-year-old clone of Professor Farnsworth; Cubert is didactic, self-important and snarky. The Professor created Cubert in order to have somebody to continue his tradition of half-baked inventions that are, not uncommonly, a threat to all life.

* ClonesArePeopleToo: A clone of the Professor, but treated just like any son.
* DeadpanSnarker: Cubert occasionally throws the quick one-liner in "A Clone Of My Own", as well as later in the series:
-->'''Professor:''' ''Nothing is impossible! That's what being [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist a scientist]] is all about!
-->'''Cubert:''' Nnnnnno, that's what being a ''magical elf'' is all about.
* HateSink: Seems to be deliberately written to be unlikable with his rude attitude.
* InsufferableGenius: He belittles almost everyone, aside from Hermes' son Dwight.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's a rude, arrogant jerk to the other members of Planet Express.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: The calendar moves on, but Cubert remains twelve. But then, the cancellation/renewal of the show would have put him in his twenties by now...
* OlderThanTheyLook: He looks around nine.
* OutOfFocus: Well, he was never really '''in''' focus, but he's gone from appearing several times per season to only showing up for a few seconds in Season 7 as part of a fake PSA.
* TheLoad: Deliberately written this way as a TakeThat to the various "spunky kids" of certain other science fiction series.
* TheScrappy: Intentional/in-universe example; he's meant to parody [[Franchise/{{StarTrek}} Wesley Crusher]] and annoys Planet Express
* StopHavingFunGuy: Played strongly in his first appearance, though downplayed to a mere KnowItAll in later episodes.
* TeenGenius: A clone of the Professor created to continue his life's works after he dies.
* WrongGenreSavvy: His debut appearance, he assumes that the universe operates on the same laws of physics as RealLife. It takes him most of the episode to understand that he's science fiction setting that runs on RuleOfFunny.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Leo and Inez Wong]]
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[[caption-width-right:250:My parents may be evil, but at least they're stupid.]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest and Creator/LaurenTom
-->Debut: ''"A Flight to Remember"''

Leo and Inez are Amy Wong's parents- and your sterotypical strict Asian archetypes. Ridiculously rich, owners of half of Mars, and desperate for grandkids. They usually show up to meddle in Amy's love life and remind her that "she's not getting any younger."

* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: Interestingly, they are from Mars, and dress like stereotypical U.S southerners, yet speak with these accents. Leo is aware of this and apparently took a dictation coach. Unfortunately for him, said coach happened to be JackieChan...
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: With their constant attempts to set Amy up with anything with a Y chromosome.
%%* FictionFiveHundred
* HappilyMarried: They are usually shown as happy together, except in a throwaway joke.
-->'''Leo''': I'm ruined!
-->'''Inez''': OK, I want a divorce.
* HateSink: Both of them (particularly Leo) are fairly unlikeable.
* TheHeavy: Leo is this in the last movie, while the Dark One is the BigBad.
* IWantGrandkids: They are so obsessed with getting Amy to have grandchildren, it almost seems like they care more about that than they care about Amy herself. To the point that when the latter [[FountainOfYouth got deaged to her preteen years]], they were too busy complaining about how they were never going to have grandchildren at this rate (And in Leo's case, [[{{Jerkass}} cruelly tease Amy]]) to actually worry about their daughter's condition.
* {{Jerkass}}: Both of them are greedy, callous, manipulative, tend to believe that they can do whatever they want because they're rich (especially Leo, who has been the villain of a plotline more than once for precisely this reason), and are often outright antagonistic towards nearly everybody.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Leo is fairly racist (and extremely sexist as well).
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Screw Politeness,'''We''' are Senior, in their case.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Thinking about suing them? Well...
-->'''Professor Farnsworth:''' Hmm, I may have mental anguish.
-->'''Leo:''' I have you know I'm friends with every judge on planet.
-->'''Professor Farnsworth:''' I'm alright then.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: They bribed Mars University into admitting Amy. Leo was willing to pay more to get her into Phi Beta Kappa.
--> '''Dean Vernon''': [[GoldDigger How much you got]]?
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fry's Family]]
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[[caption-width-right:223:You sayin' my boy's a commie?]]
Mr. and Mrs. Fry, Yancy Fry Jr., and Seymour Asses, who Fry left behind in the past after he was cryogenically frozen by accident. When he arrives to the future, he expresses joy at the thought that he doesn't have to see his family again, though very later on in the series he realizes that he just convinced himself that he hated the past because he knew he could never come back.

* BigBrotherInstinct: Yancy Jr., even if he doesn't show it if he can help it.
* CanineCompanion: Seymour.
* DadTheVeteran: Yancy Sr. apparently fought in Vietnam.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Yancy Jr., Seymour, Yancy Sr., and Mrs. Fry all get episodes focused on their relationship with Fry, those being "The Luck of the Fryish", "Jurassic Bark", "Cold Warriors", and "Game of Tones" respectfully.
* DirtyCommies: Seems to be a primary source for Yancy Sr.'s paranoia.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: They are portrayed as complete boors in their first flashbacks, but later episodes (namely "The Luck of the Fryrish", "Cold Warriors", and "Game of Tones") reveal their kinder sides.
* MyOwnGrampa: Philip Fry, AsYouKnow, but also Yancy Fry. Part of the same paradox: Yancy had a son, Philip, Philip had a son while traveling back in time, who red then Yancy's grandson, but that grandson is Yancy himself.
* NoNameGiven: Fry's Mom's first name has not yet been revealed, so she is usually just referred to as "Fry's Mom" or "Mrs. Fry".
* ParentalNeglect: Fry's parents, who are shown in flashbacks to be generally neglectful, with his mother being a LadyDrunk and his father being a ConspiracyTheorist.
* PosthumousCharacter: They're all deceased by the 31st century of course.
* SiblingRivalry: Between Fry and Yancy Jr.
* TangledFamilyTree: Not as complicated as other family trees, but it's still a bit complex. A family tree that goes all the way from the Kubert Farnsworth kid to the minute-man Yancy Fry that fought in the American revolutionary war. See [[http://theinfosphere.org/Fry_family_tree here]] for details.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hermes's Family]]
Hermes has a wife, La Barbara Conrad, and a son, Dwight Conrad.
----
* BareYourMidriff: La Barbara's outfit are always show off the belly.
* HappilyMarried: La Barbara to Hermes.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Like Cubert, Dwight's age is always the same.
* StatuesqueStunner: La Barbara is noticeably taller than nearly every other human we meet. She's also slim and a dark beauty.
* UglyGuyHotWife: La Barbara to Hermes.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: La Barbara has a different sexy outfit every episode she appears, sometimes more than one.
* YourCheatingHeart: La Barbara always goes over to her ex-husband [[TheRival Barbados Slim]] if Hermes is not available for whatever reason (like having his head chopped off).
[[/folder]]

!Antagonists

[[folder:Mom]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:"Jam a bastard in it, you crap!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/TressMacNeille
-->Debut: ''"A Fishful of Dollars"''

Head of Mom Co and richest woman on earth, she is the overall villain of {{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}. It was also revealed that she was in a relationship with Professor Farnsworth in the past, but he left when he found out how evil she was. This happened several times, as he kept forgetting.

* AbusiveParents: Her favorite act of parenting to her kids? Slapping the hell out of them ''at the drop of a hat.'' When Walt and Larry where just toddlers, she used them as ''human shields'' during Farnsworth's explosive demonstration of dark matter.
* BigBad: She is the closest thing the series has to a main villain. Although the movies have their respective baddies, she returns in the third as the primary antagonist.
* BirthdayHater: She hates "Mother's Day" (a day when all the robots her company built show their affection), since her true love, Professor Farnsworth, left her after an argument. It's not technically her birthday, but it serves the same purpose (being a celebration centered around her).
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She presents herself to the public as a matronly grandmother, but in reality she's an incredibly evil and abusive old woman.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: She's a CCE trying to take over the world, who masquerades as a sweet, kindly old lady in public.
* DatingCatwoman: Professor Farnsworth has some history with Mom, which resurfaces in a few episodes.
* DistaffCounterpart: Basically a female version of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Mr. Burns]]. Which is why they hooked up in the CrisisCrossover comic book.
* EvilMatriarch: She provides the page image.
* EvilOldFolks: She hates everyone and everything, and has actually sent every robot in the world on a revolution against humans so that they could conquer the world for her.
* FatSuit: Used to keep up with her public appeal as an innocent grandma figure... then promptly discarded elsewhere to reveal a slender hag underneath.
* FauxAffablyEvil: A ruthless corporate raider and abusive parent who puts on a sweet old lady routine and fat suit for her TV ads. In her first appearance in "A Fishful of Anchovies", she drops the act when she finishes cutting a TV ad, and again when Fry gets in her way.
* GivenNameReveal: Everyone always called her "Mom," but when it was revealed that she and Zoidberg had a history, her casually addressed her as "Carol."
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: A modern version.
* {{Jerkass}}: Good Lord! She is '''RUTHLESS!'''
* KarmaHoudini: She never really pays for a lot of her actions. Most punishment she got was in ''Bender's Game'' where her plan to hoard dark matter was foiled when it was rendered useless.
* LeanAndMean: Lampshaded.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: It's suggested that she became so bitter because Farnsworth broke off with her 70 or so years ago. Though, granted, he broke it off because she was already doing some morally reprehensible stuff, so it's more of a case that Love Makes You ''Worse.''
* MamaBear: Sort of...
-->'''Mom:''' Nobody rips my kids off but me!
* NeverMessWithGranny: In spades. Although she is by no means a CoolOldLady, being firmy in EvilMatriarch camp.
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: In-universe.
* OneBadMother: As big a jerk as Mom is, just try not to say anything bad about her when your own mother happens to be in earshot. The results wouldn't be pretty. Turns out her real name is actually Carol.
* PetTheDog:
** Zoidberg is the only person she treats well. She was also willing to give him an expensive yeti head that Zoidberg needed for a coupon. It could be she was also trying to help the Professor as well.
** In a bit of a twisted example, she comforts Bender when he apologizes for not being able to exterminate humanity without being told to first.
** She dabbled in genetic engineering to cure a person of being a giant and create plants big enough to feed world hunger. She still intended to profit off the latter, but emphasized that the resulting plants would be so cheap that even the poor could afford them. She also cured Leela's mutations in gratitude for (accidentally) helping her perfect her work.
* RichBitch: She's an evil, extremely rich businesswoman.
* TakeOverTheWorld: When she's feeling cranky. "GO CONQUER EARTH, YOU BASTARDS!"
* {{Tsundere}}: The reason she's broken up and gotten back together with Professor Farnsworth several times over several decades.
* UngratefulBitch: She receives hundreds of thousands of heartfelt cards from her robotic 'children' every Mother's Day, but she uses them as material for her products without even reading them. (After checking inside for money, of course.)
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: She appears as a sweet, lovable old lady in public, but is really a CorruptCorporateExecutive. She may not always be planning to take over the world, but it is canon that she intends total global (or more) economic domination.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Walt, Larry, and Igner]]
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-->Voiced by: Creator/MauriceLaMarche, David Herman and Creator/JohnDiMaggio
-->Debut: ''"A Fishful of Dollars"''

Mom's three sycophantic sons/henchmen in order of importance. Walt is the oldest and supposedly most intelligent - but even that isn't saying much. Larry is a snivelling yes-man to everything his mother says with an inferiority complex the size of New New York. And Igner is mentally retarded.

* BigBrotherBully: Walt towards his younger brothers, on multiple occasions.
* ButtMonkey: Larry, who is often abused by Mom and Walt, and Igner, who is usually assigned the worst jobs by his brother.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In their debut episode, Walt was virtually the same, but Larry seemed to [[ButtMonkey be at the bottom rung]] while Igner was silent, but normal (barring a few hints of crossdressing). Larry now seems to be the OnlySaneMan while Igner is a full-on TheDitz.
* ComicTrio: Walt is the schemer, Larry is powerless, and Igner is stupid.
* TheDitz: Igner is the dumbest of the three, and often displays the symptoms of mental retardation.
* TheDragon: Theoretically, Walt to Mom - although he doesn't actually have any say in any of Mom's plans, he does have the authority to slap his brothers around.
* DumbassHasAPoint: "Bender's Game", in-universe.
-->'''Walt:''' Did you see anyone?
-->'''Igner:''' Me?
-->'''Walt:''' Yes, you. You're the only one here.
-->'''Igner:''' If I'm the only one here, how could I see anyone?
-->'''Larry:''' He's got a point, Walt.
-->'''Walt:''' So does my knee! (''knees Larry'')
* ExtremeDoormat: Larry is submissive to his older brother and mother, and ApologisesALot even when it's not his fault.
* {{Expy}}: Their antics often mirror those of Larry, Curly, and Moe of Film/TheThreeStooges. When Mom slaps them, it's dubbed with either the original Stooges multi-person slap sound or a very close match.
* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler: Igner's father Farnsworth wasn't married, and though not a hero [[DumbIsGood Igner's the nicest of his siblings]] ]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Walt is the most similar to Mom, in personality.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: [[spoiler:Igner is Farnsworth's son, and Walt is Wernstrom's son. Larry hasn't been clarified, but is probably also Wernstrom's son, since the colour of his hair is the same as Wernstrom's when he was younger.]]
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: Walt is the mean one, Igner is the nice one, and Larry is the inbetween.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: ''Igner'' of all people did this in ''Bender's Game'' to his brothers, which raises some questions about his usual behaviour...
* OedipusComplex: Walt once voiced the desire to marry a woman just like his mother. The worrying part was that the looks his brothers gave him didn't display them seeing a problem with this - and possibly even agreeing.
* OnlySaneMan: It's hard to tell, thanks to Walt's crazy and idiotic plans, but other than those he does seem to be the only sane man in the trio.
* PunchClockVillain: The brothers have had occasional appearances outside of Mom's schemes, and it seems that when Mom isn't around, the three of them lead almost normal lives (Larry in particular was once seen queuing up to use Bender's dating service).
* PuttingOnTheReich: They seem to go to the same tailor as the [[StarWars Galactic Empire]] and the [[{{Series/Firefly}} Union of Allied Planets]]. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "Overclockwise," where Walt, Larry and Igner are playing ''World of World War II 3'' against Fry, Cubert and Bender ''as'' the [[ThoseWackyNazis Trope Namers]].
* ShrinkingViolet: Larry is a spineless, NervousWreck who finds it difficult to even say aloud words like "bra".
* SiblingsInCrime: They are the primary henchmen of Mom's business.
* SissyVillain: All of them (particularly Larry) qualify.
* TerribleTrio: Though they're not completely incompetent, Mom treats them as if they are. Their original plan to get Fry's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment PIN number]] only worked because Fry was being... [[IdiotHero well, Fry]].
* TheUnfavourite: While Mom is mean to all three of them, it's pretty clear [[ButtMonkey Larry]] is her least favorite son.
* VillainousFriendship: There are odd moments they have when [[Main/BigBrotherBully Walt isn't slapping them around]]. They hang out and play video games with each other, for example, and seem to get along when off work.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Robot Devil]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:You can't just have your characters announce how they feel. ThatMakesMeFeelAngry!]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/DanCastellaneta (1999, 2003, 2008); Creator/MauriceLaMarche (2001, on the episode "A Tale of Two Santas")
-->Debut: ''"Hell Is Other Robots"''

Overlord of Robot Hell, tormentor of robotic souls, and sower of discord. His manipulations often turn against him.

* AffablyEvil: He might be the robot version of {{Satan}}, but he's actually a rather polite guy under most circumstances.
* BodySurf: Should he get his body trashed, his digital ghost transfers into one of his countless replacement bodies on the double.
* ChainOfDeals: Actually manages to use one in "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" as part of a BatmanGambit to reclaim his hands from Fry... and it works!
* CrazyPrepared: Oh, so you think you can destroy the Robot Devil? He's got an endless closet of replacement bodies.
* DealWithTheDevil: He does this. A lot.
* TheDevilIsALoser: The guy is [[IdiotHero outsmarted by Fry]] and in one episode is seen in jail.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The depths to which Bender can stoop shock even him, like when [[spoiler:Bender reunited with his long-lost son, then punted him into a vat of electric fire, all because the Robot Devil wanted Bender to sacrifice his first-born son to him]].
** [[spoiler:And in "Calculon 2.0", his response to [[{{Narcissist}} Calculon's]] offer to perform a one man show for the residents of Robot Hell:]]
--->'''Robot Devil:''' Haven't they suffered enough?!
* HiddenDepths: He is a music enthusiast.
* IronicHell: Will exploit this when at his worst.
* LargeHam: His musical numbers say it all.
* LiteralGenie: How his deals work, with him usually keeping his word unless he gets screwed over by it, in which case he goes in JerkassGenie.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: His voice is based on Hans Conried's portrayal of Captain Hook in ''Disney/PeterPan''.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Proves at the end of "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" that despite TheDevilIsALoser trope applying to him most of the time, he is extremely cunning and isn't to be underestimated.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Given that there is a "Fairness in Hell Act" dating back to the 23rd century, he's probably this.
* {{Satan}}: Apparently when robots started getting religion, it was felt that only a simulation of Satan would keep them on the straight and narrow.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl
* SissyVillain: At one point, he summoned the fire department to his office (which is in Robot Hell, full of fire and brimstone and lava) because his trash can was on fire. Note that the firemen (the Planet Express Crew) had to get through a wall of it just to get into the office.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Was his line, and is the TropeNamer
* VillainSong: A whole one dedicated to Robot Hell, lyrics tailored to Bender's predicament (with Fry and Leela unwittingly contributing to the song). Lampshaded in "Ghost in the Machine," when he cues up the ''exact same'' song again and Bender furiously shuts him and his band up.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Robot Santa Claus]]
-->Debut: ''"Xmas Story"''
-->Voiced By: Creator/JohnGoodman (on "Xmas Story"); Creator/JohnDiMaggio (all other appearances)

A robotic Santa Claus that was designed on Earth to determine who was naughty and who was nice at Christmas (now "X-Mas"). However, due to a programming error, his AI finds a way to deem everyone naughty (though somehow excluding Zoidberg) and his resolution is to commit genocide to rectify it. Thus, every year at X-Mas, he comes down from his base on Neptune to smite Earth for its apparent indiscretion. Everyone on the planet typically fortifies their homes and cowers in fear until X-Mas has passed.

* AllCrimesAreEqual: "Mobsters beating up a shopkeeper for protection money: very naughty. Shopkeeper's not paying their protection money: exactly as naughty."
* AxCrazy: He makes Bender look like pacifistic by comparison.
* {{Badass}}: An evil robotic bazooka-wielding Santa. Not nice, but definitely Badass.
* BadassSanta: Heck one song they sing about him is called "Santa Claus Is Gunning You Down."
* BadBoss: The midget Neptunians who slave in his toy factory on Neptune are starved and mistreated.
* BadSanta: A recurring homicidal robot villain with nigh-unachievable standards for "nice". For example, mafia thugs beating up a shopkeeper for protection money? That's naughty. But a shopkeeper refusing to pay mobsters protection money? Equally naughty. Scruffy the Janitor apparently gets on the "naughty" list simply by picking his nose.
* BigBad: In any Christmas episode.
* DisproportionateRetribution: If anybody does something he consider "naughty" he feels they need to die.
* TheDreaded: The entire planet Earth is terrified of him and won't go outside until X-Mas has passed.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Shows in one episode where he invites Bender to join him on his reign of terror after he took over for him, only to kick him off the sleigh not long afterwards.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's hostile to (nearly) everyone (except Zoidberg, [[PetTheDog who's the only person on his nice list]]).
* KarmaHoudini: Mainly because it is really, really hard to kill him. Everyone in the show's universe treats his annual visit as a way of life - or, sometimes, cause of death - that can't be avoided.
* KnightTemplar: He has been programmed to determine who is naughty and who is nice. Unfortunately, his standards for nice are set too high - everyone except Dr. Zoidberg is considered naughty, and to make matters worse, he ain't limited to putting coal in your stocking. He's more likely to turn you to charcoal instead.
* LogicBomb: Subverted - he was built with paradox-proof crumple zones to prevent him from being destroyed by them.
* MoralSociopathy: A KnightTemplar example. He has a very strict code of morals. But he doesn't really seem to care for other people. He only applies these ethics to other people and only when they do something wrong.
* PetTheDog: He treats Zoidberg very well in contrast to the other characters.
* Really700YearsOld: Has made X-Mas horrible for 200 years straight.
* TheSociopath: ''Worse'' than Bender.
* VillainDecay: In-universe in ''Bender's Big Score''. His heart wasn't in it anymore.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Donbot]]
The head of the Robot Mafia.

* TheDon: That's his function, although it's obviously carried to the point of parody.
--> '''Donbot:''' Their desire to keep living shows me no respect.
%%* EvilGenius
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* KarmaHoudini: He never got punished for his actions until "Viva Mars Vegas".
* KnightOfCerebus: Unlike other villains, he's played seriously, many times.
* OnlySaneMan: He's the only one of the robot mafia with his head together. Usually, at any rate.
* PrettyInMink: Gets his girl a white fur coat [[FellOffTheBackOfATruck he just happened to get from Burlington Coat Factory]].
* TheSociopath: Although one of his lackeys is even more so, and Donbot has to keep him in check.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lrrr and Ndnd (of the planet Omicron Persei 8!)]]
[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lrrr_and_Ndnd_1341.png]]
[[caption-width-right:320:"It is true, what they say: men are from Omicron Persei 7, women are from Omicron Persei 9!"]]
-->Voiced by Creator/MauriceLaMarche and Creator/TressMacNeille
-->Debut: ''"When Aliens Attack"''

The rulers of the planet Omicron Persei 8, Lrrr and Ndnd ([[ItsPronouncedTroPAY pronounced "Lerrr" and "Nen-DEN-duh"]]) are typically presented as working towards conquering other planets to expand their empire. When not conquering other planets, they act like a remarkably stereotypical couple that have been married for years, watching television, having petty arguments and the like. Their race, the Omicronians, are capable of producing several millions of (delicious) children, an asset which allows them to conquer many planets, as mentioned above.

* AliensSpeakingEnglish: They seem to have their own language (like when Ndnd was counting to the little Omicronian in "The Problem With Popplers") but for the convenience of us (and probably the writers), they always speak English. [[FridgeBrilliance However they DO spend most of their free time watching 20th/21st century Earth television broadcasts...]]
* BadassCape: Lrrr, and pretty much standard attire for Omicronian men in positions of power.
* BigBad: Apart from Mom, the Omicronians are another selection of characters often played as villains.
* BlackComedyRape: A human woman does this to him in "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences".
* CatchPhrase: "I am Lrrr, ''ruler of the planet Omicron Persei 8!''" Said even to people already ''very'' familiar with him. And when he's trying to [[PaperThinDisguise hide his identity]].
--> '''Lrrr:''' Oh, I'm just... some guy... ''[[VerbalTic ruler of the planet Omicron Persei Eight!]]''
** According to ''T For Terrestrial'', this is a common trait among Omicronians.
--> '''Drrr''': I am Drrr, Doctor of the Planet Omicron Persei 8!
* CompensatingForSomething: Lrrr helpfully informs a plastic surgeon that his horns are a sign of virility... and that [[BizarreAlienBiology they house his testicles]]. He's promptly recommended to get horn extensions.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: A human girl with an alien fetish forces Lrrr to have sex with her. He cries about it the next day, but you know, it's (supposed to be) [[PlayedForLaughs funny.]]
* DomesticAbuse: More specifically, DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale. PlayedForLaughs, of course.
* EvilIsHammy: This concept of ham-style acting '''confuses and''' '''''INFURIATES LRRR!'''''
* EvilSoundsDeep: Lrr. In fact it seems that Maurice [=LaMarche=] uses the (exact) same voice for Morbo.
%%* ExtremeOmnivore
* HenpeckedHusband: Oh, God, is he ever. In "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences", Ndnd is '''mad''' at finding that Leela is more successful at nagging and forcing him to do stuff than she is (and Leela was trying to help him with his marriage).
* IsThisThingStillOn: Lrrr sets about scratching his crotch once he thinks the camera has stopped rolling on his announcement to eat a human in compensation for all the children consumed by humans.
* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: In the first few episodes featuring her, she's "nen-DEN-duh". In the later half, she's "Nn-duh-NN-duh".
* JustEatHim: Lrrr's prefered methods of dealing with conflict.
* NoIndoorVoice: Omicronians in general, but Lrrr is the best example.
* PaperThinDisguise: Lrrr tries to use one when buying an aphrodisiac in "Spanish Fry". What takes the cake is that when the video is shown to Leela, Fry, and Bender, Leela recognizes Lrrr before he even says a word.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: "This concept of 'wuv' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
* VillainsOutShopping: They're even introduced to ''Futurama'' as demanding to be shown the final episode of a long-lost Earth television show, ''[[{{Ally McBeal}} Single Female Lawyer]]''.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Lrrr's father.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:President Richard Nixon('s head)]]
[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/President_Nixon_4324.png]]
[[caption-width-right:320:"If there's one thing Nixon is known for, it's class. Let's cut this turd loose!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest
-->Debut: ''"Space Pilot 3000"''

[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The head of former U.S. President]] UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. He first appeared in the series premiere in a hall of heads of presidential figures, getting knocked over by Fry - which shatters his head jar and causes him to go into a frenzy. However, he gets a much bigger role when he decides to bodyjack Bender and exploit a Constitutional loophole to win an election, but gets cornered in Watergate and has to fork over Bender's body or let him play a recording of a psychotic rant he just spouted off. Still, Nixon wins the election (due to the large number of robot votes he got by sporting another, insanely huge robot body) and becomes President of Earth again - a surprisingly ''decent'' one... [[TakeThat go figure.]] He has since become a recurring character, and most often plays the PresidentEvil role. Nixon also has Spiro Agnew at his side as vice president again - though he's in the exact opposite predicament of all the other 20th-century cameo characters - an unintelligible body without a head.

* ADayInTheLimelight: The framing device for ''Saturday Morning Fun Pit'' revolves around him and the headless body of Agnew watching Saturday morning cartoons.
* AscendedExtra: Once a one-time character, Nixon's head is now the recurring president of Earth.
* BerserkButton: ''Do not'' smash his containment jar or he will go aggro on you, biting like a rabid jackal.
--> "That's it - you just made ''my '''list.'''''"
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In-Universe example in ''Saturday Morning Fit Pit'' during the [[GIJoe G I Zapp]] cartoon where he hilariously tries to dub over or tone down the more violent scenes of the cartoon until it becomes too much even for him and he pulls the plug.
* CardCarryingVillain: He loves doing evil.
* CatchPhrase "Aroooooo!"
%%* ChekhovsGunman
* ComedicSociopathy: He's presented as a head with a bottomless appetite for evil. Although he seems more interested in making the threats than doing the deeds.
-->I'll sell all of our children's organs to zoos for meat! Then I'll break into peoples' houses at night and wreck up the place! [[EvilLaugh Muhahahaha!]]
* DoIReallySoundLikeThat: When Bender plays back Nixon's incriminating rant about voters in "A Head in the Polls".
-->'''Nixon:''' My God, I really sound like that? I thought my voice had more of a Clark Gable quality.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type II.
* EvilIsHammy: '''"NIXON'S BACK!!!"'''
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Justified in-universe in that he's gone insane since the present.
* {{Jerkass}}: A trait that is exaggerated from Nixon's actual persona. In-universe the exaggeration is explained as a result of SanitySlippage from being stuck as a head in a jar at the head museum and unable to do anything important anymore.
* KarmaHoudini: Among his glaring list of wrongdoings, the biggest is flattening his secretary under the gargantuan boot of his super-sized robot body when he made his startling entrance as newly-reelected president of Earth, yet nobody said a word about it. Here's hoping she lived...
* LoopholeAbuse: How he got to run for president again, since no''body'' could have more than two terms, he got a new body. Bender's body, to be specific.
* PetTheDog: Subverted.
-->'''Nixon:''' Now look here, you drugged out communist! I paid for this body and I'd no sooner return it than I would my little cocker spaniel dog, Checkers.
-->'''Checkers' Head:''' Arf!
-->'''Nixon:''' Shut up, dammit!
* PresidentEvil: His political promises include selling children's organs to zoos for meat, using the poor as a cheap source of teeth for aquarium gravel, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking going into people's houses at night to wreck up the place.]]
* TakeThat: Serves as one against Nixon for the writers. Note that Nixon was made fun of semi-regularly on the first few seasons of WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons, until Nixon's death in the mid 1990s. A very huge and [[ItsPersonal personal one]] for West himself, who was drafted for the Vietnam War. He came up with the werewolf like mannerisms from watching one of Nixon's debates with Kennedy in 1960.
* VoodooShark: An in-universe example: In "Into The Wild Green Yonder", Fry finds out that Nixon staged the moon landing - [[spoiler:''on Venus'']].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dr. Ogden Wernstrom]]
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[[caption-width-right:254:It's time you left science to the 120-year-olds!]]
-->Voiced by: David Herman
-->Debut: ''"A Big Piece of Garbage"''

One of Professor Farnsworth's former Mars University graduate students, and his prized pupil before he turned against the professor and became his rival after receiving his idea the worst grade possible, [[FMinusMinus an A-]].

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Started off as this to the professor, and is undeniably more successful.
* TheBGrade: He turns against the professor upon receiving an A- due to penmanship counting on one of his assignments. After 100 years, he finally gets his revenge on Farnsworth by giving his new invention the worst grade imaginable, an A Minus Minus.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He started out as just a rival for the professor, but in situations such as those in ''Beast With a Billion Backs'', he tries agreeing with the professor on the issues at hand, though the professor ends up ignoring him. They eventually end up working together, and not all that reluctantly at one point.
* {{Jerkass}}: Costs him his Academy Prize.
-->'''Mayor Poopenmeyer:''' I now present [Professor Farnsworth] with the Academy Prize, which we confiscated from Doctor Wernstrom after it became apparent that he was a jackass.
%%* OutOfFocus
* PhraseCatcher: "''WERN''-STROM!"
* SayMyName: Whenever he appears, Professor Farnsworth will call out "Wernstrom!"
* SitcomArchNemesis: Once again, to the professor.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Roberto]]
[[quoteright:337:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fifty_sixin_7622.png]]
[[caption-width-right:337:Ha-HAA!]]
-->Voiced by: David Herman
-->Debut: ''"Insane in the Mainframe"''

A dangerously unstable serial bank robbing robot who was built by a team of engineers for the sole purpose of creating an insane robot. Appeared several times up until "The Six Million Dollar Mon", where [[spoiler: he is put to death. Twice. [[UnexplainedRecovery Though he eventually started appearing again]].]]

* AbusiveParents: His mother apparently welded him to the wall a few times as a child, which is implied to be the reason he is insane in his debut appearance.
* AxCrazy: A criminally insane, psychotic stab-bot.
* BackFromTheDead:
** [[spoiler:Resurrected in "The Six Million Dollar Mon" after he is put to death via electromagnetic chair, though he dies for a second time after eating a piece of Hermes skin that absorbed unbearable heat from [=LaBarbara's=] cooking]].
** [[spoiler: Later reappears in "Stench and Stenchibility" [[UnexplainedRecovery with no explanation]].]]
* BankRobbery: He is a serial bank robber, and hits the same bank three times in a row in his debut appearance.
* {{Catchphrase}}: His "Ha-HAA!". Usually said when attempting to stab something.
* {{Flanderization}}: In his first appearance, he was capable of acting normal to the point of CasualDangerDialogue, but later appearances escalated his insanity to the point of [[TheDitz occasional gibberish]].
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: What, can't he visit his old friends and take them hostage?
* GoneHorriblyRight: Designed by a team of engineers to be an insane robot, though according to him, they failed.
* KarmicDeath: After taking over Hermes's robot body, he tried to eat his skin. [[spoiler:The end result is that he melts since the skin absorbed unbearable heat from [=LaBarbara's=] cooking]].
* KnifeNut
-->'''Roberto''': I was designed by a team of engineers attempting to build an insane robot but it seems, they failed!
-->'''Vending Machine''': Um, actually *Roberto stabs him*
* MoodSwinger: He can go from calm and friendly-ish to manic screaming at the drop of a hat, and then right back.
-->'''Roberto:''' ''(after escaping the sanitarium)'' I wanna repay you.
-->'''Bender:''' Ah, it was nothing.
-->'''Roberto:''' ''IT WAS NOT NOTHING!''
* RoboticPsychopath: He was designed to be an insane robot.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: He is very obviously killed by the end of "The Six Million Dollar Mon", but was apparently reincarnated ''again'' sometime before "Stench and Stenchibility". Possibly that Backup Unit Bender mentioned robots having in an earlier episode.]]
[[/folder]]

!Other Characters

[[folder:Calculon]]
[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Calculon_7779.png]]
[[caption-width-right:320:"I've seen better acting from extras in Godzilla movies!"]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/MauriceLaMarche
-->Debut: ''"I, Roommate"''

Robotic star of the hit tv show ''[[SoapWithinAShow All My Circuits]]'' and Bender's hero.

* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Though only briefly]].
* BerserkButton: Rob him of an Oscar and he '''''will''''' passionately threaten to kill you.
* BigNo
--> '''Calculon:''' "Funny story. The script called for me to say 'Yes', [[ThrowItIn but I gave it a little twist]]."\\
''"NOOOO!! En-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh!!"''
* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:Learns upon revival that people have a low opinion of his acting abilities after he died because everybody aside from Bender and Fry realized how little skill he had outside of being a ham. This ends up helping him learn legitimate emotion.]]
* BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats: [[spoiler:He was once the leader of the League of Robots, until Bender took his place.]]
* ChewingTheScenery: To say that he's a terrible actor is not quite true: he's not acting. Even when he's not in front of a camera, exaggerated and ludicrous emoting is the norm.
* DealWithTheDevil: Deal with the Robot Devil: To gain his "''unholy ACTING TALENT''"!
* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler:His second death in ''Calculon 2.0''.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He was horrified that network executives would put Bender on TV acting in such a horrible manner, stating that children watch the show and Bender was a terrible role model.
* {{Jerkass}}: Until he gets some belated CharacterDevelopment in Season 7.
* JuliusBeethovenDaVinci: He claims that he's been all of history's greatest robot actors, including Thespo-Mat and Creator/DavidDuchovny.
* KilledOffForReal:
** [[spoiler:He consumed food coloring during the ''World Acting Championship'' as a chance to win the Championship, which is very fatal to robots, and died, presumably permanently. By the way, [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown he didn't win.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Calculon is resurrected a season later, only to be killed off again - and it looks like he's gone for good this time.]]
* LargeHam: Actually called out in ''Calculon 2.0'' as his viewers had gotten savvy to this and saw how bad an actor he actually was. Ironically he really is a good actor when he cuts this out and shows some genuine emotion.
* Really700YearsOld: Used to be an automatronic arm in the 21st century.
* OscarBait: The reason he starred in Harold Zoid's ''The Magnificent Three'' is because he was promised an Oscar, so he could get out of that "festering rat's nest called 'television' once and for all."
%%* SenselessSacrifice
* TakeThat: As mentioned above, he claims to be David Duchovny (among others made for the show), but what he's claiming to be are history's greatest acting ''robots.''
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: [[spoiler:So much, the Robot Devil [[ILetYouWin deliberately lost a deal just because it meant Calculon's soul would be out of Robot Hell]].]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: [[spoiler: After his SenselessSacrifice, no one seemed to care about his inert body.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Smitty and URL]]
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/futuramacops_8417.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Look, a civilian {{jaywalking|WillRuinYourLife}}. Aw yes.]]
The two police officers of New New York. Smitty is the human, URL (pronounced "Earl") is the robot.

* ADayInTheLimelight: URL gets a lot of focus when Smitty retires and Fry becomes a cop.
* CatchPhrase: "Awww yeah." for URL. Changes to "In-dubitably" (exact same stress and meter) in an AlternateReality where everything's [[IAmVeryBritish British]].
* CorruptCop: A good number of times, they can be easily bribed.
* LaserBlade: Subverted in that they act just like regular police batons.
* PoliceAreUseless: Right from the get-go, they're generally shown to be pretty incompetent (responding to a call for back-up by declaring they'd arrive in five minutes, when they were quite literally right next to them). However, when they're called upon to arrest the crew, they're usually pretty successful.
* PoliceBrutality: Since the first episode
-->'''Smitty:''' He's picking his nose, get him!
* {{Retirony}}: Smitty is GenreSavvy enough to realize that something awful would happen to him in his last days before retirement... so he asked for an early retirement.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Are they the only cops in town?
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Hedonismbot]]
----
-->Debut: "Crimes of the Hot"

* CampGay: While he's in favor of pleasure of ''any'' kind, it's strongly implied that heterosexuality seems old-fashioned to him.
--> '''Hedonismbot:''' A ''man?'' Writing an opera about a ''woman?'' Oh, sirrah!
* TheHedonist: Well, ''duh.''
* LargeHam: One of the reasons he became such a hit so quickly: he's the first to loudly announce that A) the pleasure has begun, B) pleasure is imminent, or C) this no longer amuses him.
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Unlike most robots on the show, his pupils are round rather than square.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: He was built so that humans would not have to fill this essential role. It's not clear where he gets the funds for his oil-and-cream baths or frivolous one-night-only opera productions, but he seems able to afford it. It's revealed in one of the Comedy Central episodes that he's a senator. Presumably, that still pays pretty well.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Dr. Cahill]]

* AscendedExtra: She debut in the the first movie and become a recurrent character in the next seasons.
* BrainlessBeauty: Despite her insistence that her attractive nature didn't make her a bimbo - is in fact this.
* DumbBlonde: Totally Zig-Zagged. She is alternating between being a competent doctor offended by dumb blonde stereotypes to... well... being a dumb blonde.
* GagBoobs: In "Stench And Stenchability" when she lifts her breasts with the defibrillator ("I'm a doctor, and yes. They're real. Clear!").
* HospitalHottie: She is a sexy young doctor. Fry just called her "Dr. Good and Sexy".
* MsFanservice
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[[folder:"God"]]
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-->Debut: "Godfellas"

* CatchPhrase: Calls the people he's interacting with "my good chum".
* EldritchAbomination: He does not appear to have a corporeal form, being essentially a giant galaxy with multiple blinking lights on him that move whenever he speaks.
* {{God}}: Possibly. The episode leaves it intentionally vague as to whether or not he really is the almighty, and it's implied that even he doesn't know.
* GodIsGood: He's a very friendly entity who admits to feeling compassion for all living things.
* InstantExpert: When Bender asks if he speaks English, he responds with "I do now".
* NiceGuy: Has compassion for all life and gives Bender a pep talk when he's feeling down.
* TheOmniscient: Discussed and played with. He tells Bender that he can predict what people will do before they do it, but deviations from those predictions are unknown to him. He also doesn't know where Earth is until a satellite signal from the planet makes contact with him and he doesn't know how to speak English until he hears it from Bender (he already knew how to speak binary, though).
* TimeAbyss: When Bender asks who made him (initially assuming him to be a mechanical entity) he responds with "I have always been".
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[[folder: Elzar]]
-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/JohnDimaggio
-->'''First appearance''': ''"My Three Suns"''

Elzar is a galactically famous chef and TV host, and a hero to the tragically taste bud-free Bender.

* AmazingTechnicolourPopulation: Like all Neptunians, he's purple.
* {{Jerkass}}: Frequently. For example, after accidentally blinding Leela because of Bender, he gives the entire crew a free meal... and at the end it turns out he's charging them for it.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Must be handy for a chef to have four arms.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Has Emeril Lagasse's Massachusetts accent and similar {{catch phrase}}s.
* PigMan: His nose is distinctly snout-like.
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26th Feb '16 6:31:02 PM SgtFrog1
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* TooDumbToLive: In fact it's even a wonder he is alive since half the things he does nearly get himself killed. Somehow he rationalizes bouncing between asteroids will induce a "gravity boost" and thus he tries to pilot a gigantic space cruise liner through an asteroid field.

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* TooDumbToLive: In fact fact, it's even a wonder he is alive since half the things he does nearly get himself killed.killed (the other half gets everyone else killed). Somehow he rationalizes bouncing between asteroids will induce a "gravity boost" and thus he tries to pilot a gigantic space cruise liner through an asteroid field.
25th Feb '16 6:31:24 PM annette12
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* TheCorruptor: Whenever Tinny Tim is involved, Bender tends to involve the kid in home invasions, attempted muggings or inducting him into the robot mafia. And that's without mentioning his antics on "All My Circuits".

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* TheCorruptor: TheCorrupter: Whenever Tinny Tim is involved, Bender tends to involve the kid in home invasions, attempted muggings or inducting him into the robot mafia. And that's without mentioning his antics on "All My Circuits".



* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's evil, but ''usually'' not as evil as the current antagonist.
** Also, there are moments when even he is hesitant or shocked by something. During "Time Keeps On Skippin'", he was the one who tried to point out the danger of chronitons, and in "Love And Rocket", he actually looked unnerved on seeing the Lovey Bear "Hospital".

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's evil, but ''usually'' not as evil as the current antagonist.
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antagonist. Also, there are moments when even he is hesitant or shocked by something. During "Time Keeps On Skippin'", he was the one who tried to point out the danger of chronitons, and in "Love And Rocket", he actually looked unnerved on seeing the Lovey Bear "Hospital".



* IfItsYouItsOkay: With Amy in ''Proposition Infinity''; at least, until he discovers Amy wants a monogamous relationship and says "Hasta la vista!"
** Though course of he had been with one other human before, Lucy Liu to be exact.

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* IfItsYouItsOkay: With Amy in ''Proposition Infinity''; at least, until he discovers Amy wants a monogamous relationship and says "Hasta la vista!"
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vista!" Though course of he had been with one other human before, Lucy Liu to be exact.



* ItsAllAboutMe: He loves to be the center of attention.
** On his worse days, Bender will refuse to acknowledge that anyone else's existence matters more than him ("My life and by extension everyone else's is meaningless").

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* ItsAllAboutMe: He loves to be the center of attention.
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attention. On his worse days, Bender will refuse to acknowledge that anyone else's existence matters more than him ("My life and by extension everyone else's is meaningless").
25th Feb '16 4:12:39 PM Scorntex
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* OnlySaneMan: He's the only one of the robot mafia with his head together. Usually, at any rate.



* MoodSwinger: He can go from calm and friendly-ish to manic screaming at the drop of a hat, and then right back.
-->'''Roberto:''' ''(after escaping the sanitarium)'' I wanna repay you.
-->'''Bender:''' Ah, it was nothing.
-->'''Roberto:''' ''IT WAS NOT NOTHING!''



%%* PoliceAreUseless

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%%* PoliceAreUseless* PoliceAreUseless: Right from the get-go, they're generally shown to be pretty incompetent (responding to a call for back-up by declaring they'd arrive in five minutes, when they were quite literally right next to them). However, when they're called upon to arrest the crew, they're usually pretty successful.


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* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Unlike most robots on the show, his pupils are round rather than square.


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* AmazingTechnicolourPopulation: Like all Neptunians, he's purple.
* {{Jerkass}}: Frequently. For example, after accidentally blinding Leela because of Bender, he gives the entire crew a free meal... and at the end it turns out he's charging them for it.
22nd Feb '16 3:13:30 PM Scorntex
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* TheCorruptor: Whenever Tinny Tim is involved, Bender tends to involve the kid in home invasions, attempted muggings or inducting him into the robot mafia. And that's without mentioning his antics on "All My Circuits".


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** Also, there are moments when even he is hesitant or shocked by something. During "Time Keeps On Skippin'", he was the one who tried to point out the danger of chronitons, and in "Love And Rocket", he actually looked unnerved on seeing the Lovey Bear "Hospital".


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** On his worse days, Bender will refuse to acknowledge that anyone else's existence matters more than him ("My life and by extension everyone else's is meaningless").


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** His first concern on being de-aged to eighty-three is to bemoan that he'll need a fake I.D. to watch "ultraporn".


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* MadeOfIron: For a man physically over one-hundred and sixty, he's amazingly durable... when the plot demands it. An exploding super-collider does no more than annoy him, for example, and the entire upper floor of Planet Express exploding doesn't do more than scratch him up a bit. However, on other occasions, his limbs can break at the slightest provocation. Or no provocation at all.


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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Though "hero" is definitely pushing the term...
** He's specieist against sygnoids, for no clear reason, and has at least one Martian's skull as a mug, dismissing their complaints about the disrespect as "whining".
** Farnsworth also has a infrequent habit of making incredibly sexist remarks, usually directed at Leela. For example, dismissing her demand to fly the ship when looking for his escaped gargoyle Pazuzu because he wasn't "trying to find the quickest route to the mall".
15th Feb '16 6:39:57 AM MacronNotes
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* LikeAFishTakesToWater: He fits into the 31st century better than his native time.

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* LikeAFishTakesToWater: He fits into LikeADuckTakesToWater: Literally unfrozen in 3000, he adapted readily to his new environment and picked up a few skills; and his (rather spotty) knowledge of how things worked in the 31st century better than his native time.past has helped out the crew a few times.
--> '''Professor:''' Tell us of this 'the wheel'!



* TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer: Literally unfrozen in 3000, he adapted readily to his new environment and picked up a few skills; and his (rather spotty) knowledge of how things worked in the past has helped out the crew a few times.
--> '''Professor:''' Tell us of this 'the wheel'!
12th Feb '16 4:27:07 PM annette12
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* FriendToAllLivingThings: She's a known animal lover.



* GranolaGirl: She love the animals and nature.

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* GranolaGirl: She love An environmentalism who loves the animals and nature.



* JustFriends: With Fry to the point where people are getting tired of the WillTheyOrWontThey It has been shown/implied that they do get together in the end.
** The end of "Overclockwise" pretty much confirms that Leela and Fry ultimately have a happy ending.

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* JustFriends: With Fry to the point where people are getting tired of the WillTheyOrWontThey It has been shown/implied that they do get together in the end.
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end. The end of "Overclockwise" pretty much confirms that Leela and Fry ultimately have a happy ending.
11th Feb '16 1:44:21 PM Kafkesque
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** When asked what he did at Planet Express by Hermes, who was looking to reduce overhead, he replied, "Toilets 'n boilers, boilers 'n toilets. Plus that one boilin' toilet. Fire me if'n you dare."

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** When asked what he did at Planet Express by Hermes, who was looking to reduce overhead, he replied, "Toilets 'n boilers, boilers 'n toilets. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Plus that one boilin' toilet. toilet.]] Fire me if'n you dare."
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