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Philip J. Fry
"People said I was dumb, but I proved them!"
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. Hilarity Ensues
when he gets a job at Planet Express as a delivery boy, working for his closest living relative, distant nephew Professor Farnsworth.
Tropes associated with Fry:
- Ace Pilot: 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.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: 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 Running Gag of Bender making jokes about this at Fry's expense.
- Amusing Injuries: 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...)
- Angst? What Angst?: 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!
- Ascended Fanboy: When saving the cast of Star Trek.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: In "Neutopia" ("Now when I say stupid things guys all laugh and buy me stuff.") Not that he wasn't good-looking.
- Audience Surrogate: During some of his Fish out of Temporal Water moments.
- Badass Adorable: 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.
- Beware the Nice/Silly Ones: He may be a silly, goofy, naive ditz, but make him mad and you're dead meat.
- Book Dumb: 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.
- Born in the Wrong Century: 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.
- Brooklyn Rage: Though he grew up in Midwood, Brooklyn, it takes a lot to get him angry. But when he does get mad...
- Buffy Speak: Occasionally lapses into this. "Like a balloon... and something bad happens!"
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In "Near Death Wish", Fry wins Delivery Boy of the Year!
- Butt Monkey: Not as bad of a case as Zoidberg or Kif, though.
- The Chosen One: His lack of the Delta Brainwave made him the most important person in the universe for a single moment. It's also come in handy on several other occasions.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Always.
Fry: Wait, I'm having one of those things... like a headache, with pictures.
Leela: An idea?
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: 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" 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 easy victory over them!
- He challenged Leela to hand-to-hand combat and holds his own quite well. This feat clearly 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.
- Depending on the Writer: 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.
- Dirty Coward: 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.
- Disability Immunity / Disability Superpower: Due to his past-nastyification which caused Fry to become 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 faces the Brain Spawn for a second time and saves a primordial, unborn creature from "the Dark One".
- It's implied this caused his Brain Slug to quickly starve to death in "Raging Bender".
- Also, 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 ( 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 comes back in a big way as the key to finally win Leela's heart.
- Disney Death: 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 is presumed dead after falling into a meat chopper. Granted, he didn't die, but the implications before this revelation are quite macabre.
- The Ditz: Partly because he's a Fish out of Temporal Water 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.
Fry: Gotta go!
- Dogged Nice Guy: He chased comically after Leela. As time went on Leela returned more and more of his affection.
- Dumb Is Good: 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.
- Expy: He's pretty much like a younger Homer Simpson, although he's much less of a selfish jerkass.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: 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 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.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic
- Friend to All Living Things : 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...
- Fluffy Tamer: 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.
- Future Badass: 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
- Genius Ditz: 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).
- Genre Savvy: 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.
- The Hero: Being an impulsive Cloudcuckoolander and Idiot Hero 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 Ragtag Bunch of Misfits together.
- Heroic Sacrifice: A lot, every one to protect Leela but the only time that killed him was in Rebirth. And technically the time it killed him in Bender's Big Score.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Bender.
- Hidden Depths: Despite being The Ditz, 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 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.
- Hollywood Dateless: In a sense, before taking many 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).
- Human Popsicle Spent 1000 years as one, even longer after time travel screws with things in The Movie.
- Idiot Hero: "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!"
- Ignore the Fanservice: At one point he turns down an offer to shower with Leela and Amy because he's too busy spying on Bender.
- I Just Want to Be Special: 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.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Somewhat useful even outside the What If? 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 Space Invaders when he was a kid.
- Incest Is Relative: Incest twice. First with his grandmother in the past, conceiving 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.
- Innocently Insensitive: He has on a couple occasions unintentionally hurt one of his companions' feelings.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Many, but especially in the first movie.
- When you stack it up, that example becomes Fry wanting Leela to be happy on top of Lars wanting Leela to be happy. It's super-confusing when you work it out.
- Jumped at the Call: 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.
- Just Friends: With Leela to the point where people are getting tired of the Will They or Won't They? It has been shown/implied that they do get together in the end.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: This trope may well be called The Fry.
- The Kirk: He will freak out when presented with a life-threatening situation, though.
- Last Name Basis: From everyone, including his own great-great-[...]-great-grand-nephew.
- 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).
- Like a Fish Takes to Water: He fits into the 31st century better than his native time.
- Limited Wardrobe: 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.
- Made of Iron: His incredible list of injuries aside, he also mentioned having had three heart attacks (due to excessively drinking coca-cola), by the time he was in high school.
- Man Child: Although he mans up pretty quick in a crisis.
Fry: "At last, war has made me into a man. Wheeee!"
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Leela's Masculine Girl.
- Meaningful Name: After Phil Hartman (the original intended voice of Zapp) was murdered, production gave Fry his first name in his honor.
- Morality Pet: 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!
- Must Have Caffeine: 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.
- Must Make Amends: 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!
- My Own Grampa: As a result of time travelling to 1947 Roswell.
- Naïve Newcomer: Usually catches up quick, though.
- Nice Guy: 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!
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: 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 Guy 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.
- Non-Action Guy: Usually, right up until the chips are down.
- Odd Friendship: Fry seems to be able to befriend just about anyone.
- Only Sane Man: His idiocy aside, he is a lot more normal than most in the show.
- Really Gets Around: 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 radiator girl from the Radiator Planet... which turned out to just be a radiator.
- Redheaded Hero: He's the main character and has red hair.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: He's surrounded by aliens, mad scientists and robots. And he's just a working-class guy from Brooklyn.
- Rip Van Winkle or Cold Sleep, Cold Future, either one.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Bender's Manly Man.
- The Slacker: Even after coming to the future, he spends much of his time sitting on the couch and drinking beer.
- Stable Time Loop: His immediate family tree.
- Taking the Bullet: He always does this for Leela.
- Teeny Weenie: 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. Played for Laughs by Bender, who occasionally makes "small" jokes at Fry's expense (who, of course, insists it's "huge").
- This Loser Is You: A lazy, dimwitted everyman who serves as Audience Surrogate.
- Time Abyss: 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).
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In the earliest episodes, where he was supposed to be a Fish out of Temporal Water 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.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pineapples. He also loves anchovies on his pizza. Too bad they went extinct while he was frozen.
- True Companions: If his friends are in trouble, he'll stop at nothing to save them.
- Unfazed Everyman: More-so before he was Flanderized into the Idiot Hero.
- The Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer: Not because he's particularly bright (he... isn't, though he can surprise you), but for literal unfrozen in the future and adapted well to his new environment reasons, and for the way that his firsthand knowledge of how things worked in the past has been able to save everyone in the future a few times.
- Unlucky Everydude: "I've run over black cats who were luckier than me."
- Unreliable Narrator: Fry's jaundiced views of his 20th century life are gradually revealed to be signs of his own immaturity. 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.
- The Watson: Fry is generally the one to ask questions, ranging from Techno Babble to questions about someone's Back Story
- Whole Costume Reference: He is dressed like Jim Stark from Rebel Without a Cause. Which puts him in the same company as Terry Bogard...
- Will They or Won't They?: With Leela. Tends toward they Will, in the end, but that it'll be difficult for them to get there.
Captain Turanga Leela
"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 Rule of Funny
dictates that she is in many ways as bad as Fry and Bender).
Tropes associated with Leela:
- Action Girl: Easily the most badass person on the crew.
- Action Girlfriend: To Fry.
- Adam and Eve Plot: 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 Zapp Brannigan who managed to convince her that they were the last two humans alive, on a literal Garden of Eden like planet, later discovered to be Earth.
- Animal Nemesis: In "Möbius Dick".
- Badass: Strong, tough, highly skilled in martial arts.
- Bad Boss: A mild case - as captain of the Planet Express ship, she often puts pride or personal grudges over the safety of her crew.
- Balloon Belly: During the "Freaky Friday" Flip, Amy gorges herself and fattens up Leela's body. Leela was not amused.
Leela: Fry! Help! She's turning me into a parade float!
- Bizarre Alien Biology: 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.
- Boobs of Steel: 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.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: 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.
- Cute Monster Girl: A beautiful one-eyed woman descended from a race inflicted with all kinds of Body Horror. 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.
- Cuteness Proximity: 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mainly when dealing with Zapp.
- Depending on the Writer: A lot of episodes (mostly the earlier ones) established her as a calm, sensible, unimpulsive woman who 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.
- Of course, one could argue that in her former job, the most she had to deal with was two dorky scientists and defrostees, which was hardly stressful work! Dealing with her new coworkers on the other hand...
- Doorstop Baby: Complete with bracelet and undecipherable Alienese note.
- Flanderization: She started as very archetypal captain figure, the Straight Action Girl 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 Mary Sue territory. In each successive season (especially the Comedy Central ones), the latter aspect of her personality became increasingly prevalent to the point of consuming the reset of it, sometimes outright resembling Chickification. One could almost say that Fry didn't win her love by becoming smarter, but rather from her 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. At one point, we see her moaning suggestively and repeatedly.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Choleric
- Four-Star Badass: 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.
- Freakiness Shame: 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 he liked her better the way she was.
- Friend to All Children: Being a former orphan herself, she's very kind to current kids at the orphanage.
- Bully Hunter: Leela will kick the crap out of anyone who treats kids poorly.
- Gag Boobs: 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 Scrufy gets a severe hurt when he hits his head on the ship, because he was very Distracted by the Sexy. Well, he may get hospitalized, but it was worth it!
- Horrible Judge of Character: When it comes to certain animals, such as space bees or bloodsucking leeches aka "Dark Ones".
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: As described by Zapp Brannigan himself. "Set co-ordinates for 36-24-36, aka Leela".
- Informed Attractiveness: 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.
- Rubber Forehead Aliens: An Invoked Trope in her case; her parents tried to pass her off as one so she might have a better life than a sewer-dwelling mutant.
- Just Friends: With Fry to the point where people are getting tired of the Will They or Won't They? 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.
- Naive Animal Lover: See Horrible Judge of Character.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Fry's Feminine Boy.
- Meaningful Name: 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.
- Mood-Swinger: When she thought Fry stood her up and died in an explosion in "The Late Philip J. Fry":
- Ms. Fanservice: 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.
- Name Order Confusion: 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 Full Name Ultimatum.
- Not So Above It All: On occasion. 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:
I can't believe it. 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.
- Only Sane Woman: Easily the most level-headed person, compared to Fry, Bender and the others.
- Orphanage of Fear / Orphanage of Love: The "Orphanarium" where she grew up seems to be an odd mixture of both—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.
- Radiation Immune Mutants: 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.
- Shorttank: She's the tomboyish female co-star.
- Shout-Out: Her name is an homage to a piece by 20th-century composer Olivier Messiaen, the "Turangalîla-Symphonie."
- Soap Box Sadie: Occasionally, and in the sense that it forms an episode's A-plot.
- The Spock: Levelheaded, predictable Action Girl.
- Stepford Smiler: 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."
- Straight Woman: 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.
- Super Wrist Gadget: "This thing I wear on my wrist".
- Tank-Top Tomboy: The level-headed, action-oriented leader of the Express crew. A tank top is her default outfit.
- Team Mom: So much that she follows Fry and Bender into the army so they won't get hurt.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Amy's Girly Girl.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Obviously. She provides the page image.
Leela: "Fry, you idiot! You noble idiot!"
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: You may be able to sell Schmuck Bait to Fry with ease, but not with her around.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Fry.
- Working with the Ex: She and Fry were married, for all of the time it took her to file for divorce.
- Women Are Wiser: 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.
- Woman Scorned: Let's just say you don't want to be on her bad side.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: She has purple hair, though it might be justified. She is a mutant.
Bender Bending Rodriguez (Bending Unit 22)
"I'm Bender, baby! Please insert liquor!"
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 Pet the Dog
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.
Tropes associated with Bender:
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine
- Flanderization: His original character has been displaced by a jokey persona. Could be justified as Character Development, 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 Word of God — the electric shock from the pilot that removed his block on bending non-girder objects, ALSO removed all other inhibitions.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: For a Cigar Chomper like Bender, Smoking Is Cool and Evil Is Cool 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.
- The Hedonist: To an extent. It could be considered a form of Getting Crap Past the Radar, 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.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: 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!
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Fry.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: On a good day.
- He's Back: "I'm back, baby!"
- Hidden Depths: 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 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.
- Hypocrite / Hypocritical Humor:
- 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.
- If It's You, It's Okay: 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.
- Informed Attribute: Played for laughs. He constantly brags about his lack of emotions but is probably the most emotional person in the series.
- I'll Take Two Beers Too: 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.
- It's All About Me: He loves to be the center of attention.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Towards Anglelyne in "Bendless Love".
- 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 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. Bender's callousness reached such extremes at times it led even the Robot Devil himself to be taken aback.
- Jerkass Façade: Shows emotions often, even being moved to tears on more than one occasion.
- Jerk with a CPU of Gold: He has his moments, but let's be completely honest here. If Bender actually had a CPU made out of gold, he would rip it out, sell it on the black market, and use the money to buy booze, cigars, and hookers. (Then realize that he truly needs it and, with the help of friends, recover it.)
- Karma Houdini: 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 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.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Well, a hero who is also a kleptomaniac, although hero might not be the right term.
Bender: I love stealing, I love taking things~
- Lack of Empathy: 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.
- The Lancer: To Fry.
- Large Ham: He manages to upstage Calculon. Enough said.
- Laughably Evil: The Token Evil Teammate and easily one of the most hilarious, entertaining characters.
- Lethal Chef: Being a robot, 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.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: As revealed in "Lethal Inspection", robots (ones made by Mom, at least) can simply Body Surf 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, which is, at most, a billion years.
- Lovable Rogue: To the Planet Express crew, anyway.
Leela: Bender, we didn't mind your drinking, or your kleptomania, or your pornography ring.
Zoidberg: In fact, that's why we loved you.
- He even considers himself "the loveable rascal."
- The McCoy: He's quite impulsive. Also he usually doesn't do anything moral, but when he does it usually fits this trope.
- Meaningful Name: "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.
- Metaphor Is My Middle Name: How his full name was established in the show.
- Morality Pet: 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.
- Multiple-Choice Past: The circumstances of his "birth".
- Word of God once implied that the viewers were just seeing him getting new bodies built for him as he grew older.
- Must Make Amends: 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"
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain : His attempts to confirm Angleyne's sentiments for Flexo by impersonating him only caused her to go back to her ex-husband.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Of both the Made of Iron and Spare Body Parts varieties.
"What does it take to kill me?"
- Specifically not quite as invulnerable as he might have been, however.
- The Noseless: Though in one episode he says he does have one, he just never wears it.
- OOC Is Serious Business: 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!
- Older Than They Look: 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.
- Pet the Dog: Sometimes; the majority occurs in the comics.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: 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!
- Please Put Some Clothes On: 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.
- Psychopathic Manchild: 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!"
- Punny Name: "Bender" can also mean a drinking spree. So Bender is a bender who goes on benders.
- Required Secondary Powers: 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, unlike turning).
- Really 700 Years Old: 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).
- Ridiculously Human Robot: In personality, with the caveat that robots are a separate race.
- Robot Buddy: The best buddy of Fry, and the worst Robot Buddy ever.
- Sadist: He has no qualms when he has the opportunity to hurt someone, and is very implied to enjoy doing that.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Whenever his plans go awry or the cops show up:
Bender: Cheese it!
- Second Law My Ass: Or shiny metal ass, as he might put it.
- Second Place Is for Losers: 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.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Fry's Sensitive Guy.
- Small Name, Big Ego: 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.
- Smoking Is Cool: 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.
Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth
"Why bother remembering anything? You're just going to forget it five minutes later."
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.
Tropes associated with Farnsworth:
- Confusing Multiple Negatives: 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!"
- Cool Old Guy: He has his moments.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Despite being one of the protagonists. After all, the Planet Express slogan is "Our crew is expendable, your package isn't!"
- Dirty Old Man: He has his moments, though he's more insane, forgetful, mean, and lazy than lecherous, as far as old man stereotypes go.
- Ditzy Genius: Probably the greatest scientist in the universe, but incredibly senile.
- Eccentric Mentor: The very few times he has a good idea, he is this.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic
- Freudian Excuse: 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.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He is a brilliant inventor.
- Grumpy Old Man / Screw Politeness Im A Senior: "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!"
- Hollywood Satanism: It's heavily implied.
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
- I Called Myself Mad: But I showed me!
- Long-Lost Relative: 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.
- Mad Scientist: So mad he was sent to a mental institution for twenty-five years when he was young.
- No Nudity Taboo: It is said that nudity is acceptable in the future, but the Professor seems to embrace his nakedness far more than other characters, to the audience's horror
- Oh My Gods!: "Buddha! Zeus! God! One of you guys do something! Help! Satan! You owe me!"
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist
Hermes: Professor, can you wire my brain directly into the main Battle Net?
Professor: I can wire anything into anything! I'm the Professor!
- Only in It for the Money: 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.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: 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.
- Parental Substitute: Implied to be this to Leela. The first two times she almost got married, he was the one to give her away.note
- Really 700 Years Old: 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.
- Retired Badass: 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.
- Robot Master: He created the robot that all modern robots are based on.
- Senior Sleep Cycle: He once fell asleep while skiing and woke up at the lodge with a bronze medal around his neck.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Ogden
- The Spock: 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.
- Token Evil Teammate: Given his near-total lack of regard for human life and number of Doomsday devices, one could make a case for Farnsworth being this.
- What Beautiful Eyes: According to Mom, although the audience never actually sees what they look like under his glasses.
Doctor John A. Zoidberg, M.D.
"You lost the woman of your dreams, but you still have Zoidberg. YOU ALL STILL HAVE ZOIDBERG!"
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 naivety and occasionally being the hero.
Tropes associated with Zoidberg:
- Ambiguously Bi: 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 slices of delicious cake.
- Ambiguously Jewish: He fulfills many, many Jewish stereotypes but is never exactly confirmed.
- Amusing Alien: A lobster-esque alien
- Ascended Extra: Unlike Bender, who was fully expected to be the popular one, Zoidberg's popularity crept up on the show with lobster-like tenacity.
- Back-Alley Doctor: 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.
- Berserk Button: Zoidberg does the cutting, and you better not forget it!
- Beware the Nice/Silly Ones: He rivals Fry in this department.
- Big Eater: Whenever he's not rummaging through garbage cans. He destroys an entire buffet table in "Roswell That Ends Well"
- Bizarre Alien Biology: 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.
- Borscht Belt: As part of his role as Space Jew, he's also a classic Borscht Belt-style comedy character.
- Butt Monkey: 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.
- Catch Phrase: WOOP WOOP WOOP!
- The Chew Toy: "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.
- Crippling Overspecialization: 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 also implied he suffered some brain damage when he was younger 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.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When he's sufficiently angered, he is capable of kicking serious ass. Isn't that right, Clamps?
- Cthulhumanoid: Though his mouth parts are smaller than those of most Cthulhumanoids in fiction.
- Death by Sex: His species apparently dies after mating season. Which leads to Fridge Logic when Fry has sex in his body and if just fine.
- Extreme Omnivore: 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").
- First Name Basis: 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 Friendship Moment at the end of "The Tip of the Zoidberg", the Professor calls him "Johnny".
- 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 walking punchline.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: 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.
- Genius Ditz: Despite being an incompetent doctor who knows absolutely nothing about the Human Anatomy, we later find out that he IS a doctor - 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.
- Honor Before Reason: 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 and euthanize him in the event he contracts Hyper Malaria, making him the poverty-stricken man he is today.
- Innocent Aliens: He thinks most doctors are poor.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: 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 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.
- Jerkass Ball: 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 severing Fry's right arm in a fight over a female of his species. Not to mention that it's implied that he killed a lot of his patients (and he knows it).
- Subverted, when he immediately felt guilty and tried to kill himself over the former, and apologized and made up for the latter.
- Kick the Dog: When he severs Fry's right arm in a fight over a female of his species.
- Pet the Dog: After several failed attempts, he did fix the arm.
- Last Name Basis: Doctor John A. Zoidberg, known simply as Zoidberg.
- Lethally Stupid: It's implied that he killed many of his patients due to incompetence.
"Sweet three-toed sloth of Ice Planet Hoth!"
Debut: "The Series Has Landed"
A Jamaican bureaucrat who helps Farnsworth run Planet Express. Enjoys bureaucracy, unnecessary forms, and limbo.
Tropes associated with Hermes:
- Always Someone Better: Barbados Slim. "He is the only person to have won Olympic medals in both Limboing and sex."
- Ascended Extra: In the first season, Hermes was more of a Satellite Character. Later seasons rectified this.
- Badass Bureaucrat:
- 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. To a beat.
- In Bender's Big Score, after plugging his brain into the fleet battle-computer, Hermes uses Awesomeness by Analysis to utterly annihilate the Scammers defences in a matter of minutes.
- Catch Phrase / Mad Libs Catch Phrase:
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: 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, Do-Anything Robot that houses his brain.
- Deadpan Snarker: He was always this, even in his debut episode.
Leela: Death by irritable space bowel syndrome?
Hermes: You don't want to get that.
Leela: Death by sonic diarrhea?
Hermes: Just sign de form.
- Dreadlock Rasta: A bizarre subversion. Despite being Jamaican, a Rastafarian and fond of marijuana, Hermes is an Obstructive Bureaucrat and often attempts to run Planet Express with dictatorial efficiency.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Choleric
- The Generic Guy: 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 Character Development.
- Happily Married: To the beautiful La Barbara. She always goes over to her ex-husband Barbados Slim however if Hermes is not available for whatever reason (like having his head chopped off).
- Henpecked Husband: La Barbara also scolds Dwight, their son, often.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
- I Was Quite a Looker: 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.
- Lampshade Hanging: "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 statement guarantees no actual good news."
- Man Child:
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.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: And he's incredibly proud of it.
"We didn't choose to be bureaucrats /
That's the way almighty Jah made us /
We'd treat people like swine and make them stand in line /
Even if nobody paid us!"
- Only Sane Man: 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.
- Second Episode Introduction: Introduced in the second episode, along with the other supporting Planet Express members (Zoidberg and Amy).
- The Stoner: Heavily implied in the Comedy Central episodes more than the FOX ones.
- Trademark Favorite Food: "My manwich!"
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Hermes isn't much to look at, but his wife La Barbara is quite stunning.
- Vocal Evolution: Becomes noticeably hoarser from season 5 on.
- The Wonka: He once gave himself a tongue-lashing and kicked himself out of his own office for slacking on the job.
Doctor Amy Wong, Ph D
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".
Tropes associated with Amy:
- Asian Airhead: Until she gets her doctorate in applied physics.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Until she hooks up with Kif.
- Anime Chinese Girl: She's of Chinese descent, but she's from Mars. (Her parents own half of Mars. "The good half," so they claim.)
- Bare Your Midriff: Does this all the time. While on an ice fishing trip she even wears a belly parka.
- Big Eater: 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 "Freaky Friday" Flip, she used the opportunity to go back to her big eater ways, and spent the episode constantly eating until she witnessed Fry and Leela having sex in the bodies of Zoidberg and Farnsworth.
- Brainless Beauty: At times.
- Casual Kink: With Earth facing impending death (Again), Amy suggested an end-of-the-world orgy. The rest of the crew quickly lost interest, though not before Amy got changed.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: In one episode Fry refers to her as "a klutz from Mars".
- The Cutie: For example,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.
- The Ditz: A black-haired Ditz (to the point of becoming Birds of a Feather with Fry in "Put Your Head on My Shoulders"), she fails at haggling, confusing it with bidding at auctions, and flirts with all men.
- Genius Ditz: She acts like The Ditz but she is 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...
- Ditzy Genius: 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 she's finished college and obtained a doctorate.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Occasionally kicks her boots off in her downtime, usually while watching TV.
- Embarrassing Old Photo: Her 2997 employee of the year photo. Not only was she fat in that photo, it makes her hungry just looking at it.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: 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.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine
- Formerly Fat: 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.
- Good Bad Girl: 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.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: Amy often speaks Cantonese, especially when angry.
- If It's You, It's Okay: With Bender in Proposition Infinity.
- Interspecies Romance: With Kif.
- Limited Wardrobe: 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: 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.
- Pink Means Feminine: 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.
- Really Gets Around: At least, until she gets together with Kif.
- Robosexual: Temporarily.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Kif's Savvy Guy.
- Second Episode Introduction: Introduced in the second episode, along with the other supporting Planet Express members (Zoidberg and Hermes).
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: The whole reason she was created was to see if audiences would accept a female victim of slapstick. They did.
- Smarter Than You Look: 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, she officially gains her doctorate at the end of the episode, so she is the ultimate Ditzy Genius.
- Spoiled Sweet: 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.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Leela's Tomboy.
- Totally Radical: A 30th century version.
- Upper-Class Twit: A ditzy, spoiled rich girl.
- Valley Girl: Although a milder case than most.
- Well Done Daughter Gal: 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).
- Working with the Ex: Her and Fry dated for a while, until he dumped her in a fit of stupidity.
- Wrench Wench: An engineering intern. Not that she actually does anything...
Debut: "Space Pilot 3000", (shadow only), "Love Labours Lost in Space"
The Ridiculously Cute Critter
that the Planet Express crew encountered while saving two of every animal
from a planet about to implode. He proved to have a voracious appetite
, but thankfully, he's Solid Gold Poop
incarnate — his species produces dark matter, which could be used as starship fuel.It turns out that his species are Obfuscating Stupidity 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.
Tropes associated with Nibbler:
- Badass Adorable: 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 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 getting Fry cryogenically frozen for 1000 years in the first place.
- Big Eater: And how! Most things he's eaten are bigger than he is.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Present since the series premiere, in fact... if you know exactly where to look.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his overwhelming cuteness, he is a soldier...
- Cute Little Fangs: Well, not exactly little. He has large fangs, but he's still cute.
- De-power: After Bender's Game, Nibblonian poop is useless as fuel, being replaced with whale oil.
- Extreme Omnivore: Able to eat any creature regardless of its size.
- The Fake Cutie: 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.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic
- Idiot Houdini: 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). Considering these are all supposedly just an act, perhaps Nibbler is taking the role too seriously.
Leela: It's not his fault he's a killing machine!
- Insignificant Little Blue Planet: Played with. 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."
- Intellectual Animal: He's not the cute, brainless animal he appears to be, at all.
- Large Ham: He is voiced by Frank Welker.
- Memory Wiping Crew: 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!
- Obfuscating Stupidity: 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.
- Older Than They Look: See Really 700 Years Old below.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Played with. 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:
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.
- Really 700 Years Old: According to one of the Special Feature pages on the DVD, Nibbler is over 3000. His species is older than the universe.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: He's 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. It turns out that his entire species is sentient, and uses their cuteness as a ploy to infiltrate places where the local species is bigger and uglier as part of a giant conspiracy.
- Solid Gold Poop: His waste is dark matter, which powers starships. At least before Bender's Game.
- Suddenly Voiced: After The Reveal, starting in "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid"
- Team Pet: After being adopted by Leela.
- Translator Microbes: Whenever he needs to communicate with someone outside his species, he affects their brain patterns to automatically translate his cute babbling into bombastic English.
- Walking Spoiler
Scruffy "The Janitor" Scruffington
"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 The Simpsons
Wiseguy. However, during the episode "Anthology Of Interest," the writers ran out of characters to killnote
and decided to feature his character as another victim as a result. Ever since then, he became an Ascended Extra
and his job was cemented into the full time janitor at Planet Express.
Tropes associated with Scruffy:
- Almighty Janitor: 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. Plus that one boilin' toilet. Fire me if'n you dare."
- Ascended Extra: 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.
- Catch Phrase:
- "I'm Scruffy. The janitor."
- Disney Death: Remember when Scruffy died? Remember when he reappeared unharmed? He's the Kenny of Futurama.
- Expy: His voice seems to be based on Karl Childers. Mmmhmm.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Leukine.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: He's rarely seen without some 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)
- Our Zombies Are Different: "Law and Oracle" reveals Scruffy is one.
- Recurring Extra: He is often present and makes comments on situations that have nothing to do with him.
- Repetitive Name: According to the 2008 Futurama wall calander, his full name is "Scruffy Scruffington".
- Running Gag: No-one ever remembers that Scruffy works at Planet Express.
- Except Fry, who apparently befriended him at some point.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With his robotic wash bucket.
- Third-Person Person: Scruffy almost always speaks in the third person.
Twenty-Five-Star General Zapp Brannigan
"When I'm in command, every mission is a suicide mission."
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
Tropes associated with Zapp:
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Leela. Zapp is quite handsome (if a bit overweight): Leela hates him purely for his personality. On their first encounter Leela sleeps with him out of pity, complicating things for herself for the rest of the series.
- Bad Boss: 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.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Not so much "evil" as "sexist, incompetent, and haughty."
- Captain Ersatz: His appearance, attitude, position, and mannerisms are very similar to those of James T. Kirk. In fact, he was originally pitched as "What if William Shatner was captain of the Enterprise?"
- Captain Space, Defender of Earth!: Although he is more explicitly a parody of Captain Kirk (his character was originally pitched as "What if William Shatner was captain of the Enterprise rather than Kirk?).
- Casanova Wannabe: 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 that doesn't count.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: 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".
- Dirty Coward: Woken up from sleep, his first words are: "I surrender and volunteer for treason!"
- Dumb Blonde: Male example.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Boy howdy.
- General Failure: Dare we explain?
- General Ripper: 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).
- Handsome Lech: To some extent. He'd be played straight if he got rid of the gut.
- Ignore the Fanservice: 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.
- It's All About Me: 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. Thankfully his translator, Leela's mother Munda, actually had a conscience and ratted him out.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: 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.
- Karma Houdini / Idiot Houdini: Most of the time, despite endangering people through his constant idiocy and lack of regard for the life of anybody but himself, he rarely every suffers any retribution for anything he does. One of the few times he was hit with karma was "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela", where even the show's writers felt he went too far.
- Large Ham: Imagine William Shatner playing William Shatner playing William Shatner... as Kirk.
- Lawful Stupid: Played for laughs. Zapp Brannigan will always enforce "Brannigan's Law" wherever he goes (a parody of the Prime Directive), even though he has no idea what that law even is. Other than that, he is generally a selfish Dirty Coward who would happily sell out his friends and sacrifice hundreds of people to save himself.
- Laughably Evil: In a serious show, he'd be a monstrous villain. See General Failure and General Ripper.
- Lethally Stupid: Whenever he is called for help, he'll come to make things worse.
Zapp: Brave-o! En-core!
- Manipulative Bastard: In "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela".
- Acting bereaved over Kif's death to bed Amy in "The Beast With a Billion Backs" was probably a new low for him.
- Modern Major General: At times.
- Miles Gloriosus: 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.
- Narcissist: He's shamelessly vain and full of himself.
- The Neidermeyer: He's especially fond of saving himself by sacrificing those under his command.
- Never My Fault: 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.
- The Obi-Wannabe: Especially when giving Kif love advice.
- Of Corsets Funny: "C'mon girdle... Hooolddd..."
- Pants-Free/Going Commando: Not only does he not wear pants, he doesn't wear underwear either.
- Parental Abandonment: 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.
- Pet the Dog: Subverted twice. 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. Also, his infamous plot to get Leela to have sex with him in "In A Gadda Da Leela".
- He does have one (yes, only 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 also 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 to sing his own praises at the same time.
- Psychopathic Manchild: 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.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Pretty much his only battle strategy.
- Shout-Out: Between the many William Shatner shout outs, one stands out as he dramatically recites the lyrics to "Lola", imitating Shatner's infamous rendition of "Rocket Man".
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Kif's Sensitive Guy.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted. Someone with his personality would be a Small Name, Big Ego in most situations if not for his absurdly high rank.
- Too Dumb to Live: In fact it's even a wonder he is alive since half the things he does nearly get himself killed.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The only possible reason for how he retains a job.
- We Have Reserves: His method for dealing with a bunch of insane killbots? Send wave after wave of his own men to saturate their kill limit.
- Zerg Rush: A favorite tactic of his.
(Lieutenant) Kif Kroker
Zapp: "Kif, round them up, and spare me the weary sigh for once."
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 Satellite Character
for Brannigan to also having a relationship with Amy.
Tropes associated with Kif:
- Alliterative Name: Kif Kroker.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To Zapp. Might as well be the trope image, if that's not currently the case.
- Beware the Nice Ones: 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.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: 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 Hive Mind-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.
- Butt Monkey: Zapp frequently has him do humiliating things, and Kif often gets the blame when Zapp makes a mistake.
- Catch Phrase: 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially early on, before he hooked up with Amy.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Turns out to be this once he gets a subordinate. It's mostly the result of pent-up stress from serving under Zapp, though.
- Extreme Doormat: Especially after he hooks up with Amy, he becomes less of a Deadpan Snarker and much more passive.
- Green Skinned Space Hunk: In-universe. Females in at least two cultures of humanoids find him attractive.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Hypercompetent might be pushing it a bit, but he's got a good head on his shoulders and is usually standing near Zapp.
- Hypocritical Humor: 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.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: A couple of times. He does pretty well, considering.
- Informed Attractiveness: Out of Zapp, Kif, and Fry, Kif is apparently supposed to be the best looking. At least, according to the Fem-Puter.
: Kif, as the most attractive male, will be snu-snued
by the most beautiful women of Amazonia... then
the large women... then
the petite women... then
the large women again
- Interspecies Romance: With Amy.
- Little Green Man: He fits the bill for being small and green. However neither he, nor his species, has hostility towards humanity.
- Mr. Seahorse: In the aptly-named "Kif Gets Knocked Up A Notch". Apparently, his species has a strange method of reproduction.
- Nice Guy: He's kind of bitchy early on, but grows more into a shy, sensitive nice guy through his relationship with Amy.
- No Respect Guy: He is put upon a lot because Zapp blames him for his own failings.
- Only Sane Man: When you work with someone like Zapp, you're this by default.
- Punny Name: "Kroker" as in "croaker" as in "frog".
- Rubber Man: 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.
- Running Gag: 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 fluid-filled bladders. He often gets cut off though before he can finish.
- Sarcastic Devotee: 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.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Amy's Energetic Girl.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Zapp's Manly Man.
- Shrinking Violet: 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.
"Jam a bastard in it, you crap!"
Debut: "A Fishful of Dollars"
Head of Mom Co and richest woman on earth, she is the overall villain of 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.
Tropes associated with Mom:
Robot Santa Claus
Debut: "Xmas Story"
Voiced By: John Goodman (on "Xmas Story"); John DiMaggio
(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.
- All Crimes Are Equal: "Mobsters beating up a shopkeeper for protection money: very naughty. Shopkeeper's not paying their protection money: exactly as naughty."
- Ax-Crazy: He makes Bender look like pacifistic by comparison.
- Badass: An evil robotic bazooka-wielding Santa. Not nice, but definitely Badass.
- Bad Ass Santa: Heck one song they sing about him is called "Santa Claus Is Gunning You Down."
- Bad Santa: 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.
- Big Bad: In any Christmas episode.
- Disproportionate Retribution: If anybody does something he consider "naughty" he feels they need to die.
- The Dreaded: The entire planet Earth is terrified of him and won't go outside until X-Mas has passed.
- Jerkass: He's hostile to nearly everyone.
- Karma Houdini: 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 that can't be avoided.
- Knight Templar: 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.
- Logic Bomb: Subverted.
- Moral Sociopathy: A Knight Templar 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.
- Pet the Dog: He treats Zoidberg very well in contrast to the other characters.
- The Sociopath: Worse than Bender.
- Villain Decay: In-universe in Bender's Big Score. His heart wasn't in it anymore.
Walt, Larry, and Igner
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.
Tropes associated with Walt, Larry, and Igner:
- Big Brother Bully: Walt towards his younger brothers, on multiple occasions.
- Butt Monkey: Larry, who is often abused by Mom and Walt, and Igner, who is usually assigned the worst jobs by his brother.
- Characterization Marches On: In their debut episode, Walt was virtually the same, but Larry seemed to be at the bottom rung while Igner was silent, but normal (barring a few hints of crossdressing). Larry now seems to be the Only Sane Man while Igner is a full-on The Ditz.
- Comic Trio: Walt is the schemer, Larry is powerless, and Igner is stupid.
- The Ditz: Igner is the dumbest of the three, and often displays the symptoms of mental retardation.
- The Dragon: 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.
- Dumbass Has a Point: "Bender's Game", in-universe.
Walt: Did you see anyone?
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)
- Extreme Doormat: Larry is submissive to his older brother and mother, and Apologises a Lot even when it's not his fault.
- Jerkass: Walt is the most similar to Mom, in personality.
- Luke, You Are My Father: 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.
- Nice, Mean and In-between: Walt is the mean one, Igner is the nice one, and Larry is the inbetween.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Igner of all people did this in Bender's Game to his brothers, which raises some questions about his usual behaviour...
- Oedipus Complex: 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.
- Only Sane Man: 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.
- Punch Clock Villain: 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).
- Putting on the Reich: They seem to go to the same tailor as the Galactic Empire and the Union of Allied Planets.
- Lampshaded in "Overclockwise," where Walt, Larry and Igner are playing World of World War II 3 against Fry, Cubert and Bender as the Trope Namers.
- Shrinking Violet: Larry is a spineless, Nervous Wreck who finds it difficult to even say aloud words like "bra".
- Siblings in Crime: They are the primary henchmen of Mom's business.
- Terrible Trio: Though they're not completely incompetant, Mom treats them as if they are. Their original plan to get Fry's PIN number only worked because Fry was being... well, Fry.
- The Three Stooges: Their antics often mirror those of Larry, Curly, and Moe.
- When Mom slaps them, it's dubbed with either the original Stooges multi-person slap sound or a very close match.
- The Unfavourite: While Mom is mean to all three of them, it's pretty clear Larry is her least favorite son.
- Villainous Friendship: There are odd moments they have when 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.
"I've seen better acting from extras in Godzilla movies!"
Debut: "I, Roommate"
Robotic star of the hit tv show All My Circuits
and Bender's hero.
Tropes associated with Calculon:
- Back from the Dead: Though only briefly.
- Berserk Button: Rob him of an Oscar and he will passionately threaten to kill you.
- Big "NO!"
- Break the Haughty: 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.
- Brotherhood of Funny Hats: He was once the leader of the League of Robots, until Bender took his place.
- Deal with the Devil: Deal with the Robot Devil: To gain his "unholy ACTING TALENT"!
- A Death in the Limelight: His second death in Calculon 2.0.
- Even Evil Has Standards: 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 Character Development in Season 7.
- Julius Beethoven Da Vinci: He claims that he's been all of history's greatest robot actors, including Thespo-Mat and David Duchovny.
- Killed Off for Real: 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, he didn't win.
- Calculon is resurrected a season later, only to be killed off again - and it looks like he's gone for good this time.
- Large Ham: 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.
- Really 700 Years Old: Used to be an automatronic arm in the 21st century.
- Oscar Bait: 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."
The Robot Devil
Debut: "Hell Is Other Robots"
Overlord of Robot Hell, tormentor of robotic souls, and sower of discord. His manipulations often turn against him.
Tropes associated with the Robot Devil:
- Affably Evil: He might be the robot version of Satan, but he's actually a rather polite guy under most circumstances.
- Body Surf: Should he get his body trashed, his digital ghost transfers into one of his countless replacement bodies on the double.
- Chain of Deals: Actually manages to use one in "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" as part of a Batman Gambit to reclaim his hands from Fry... and it works!
- Crazy-Prepared: Oh, so you think you can destroy the Robot Devil? He's got an endless closet of replacement bodies.
- Deal with the Devil: He does this. A lot.
- The Devil Is a Loser: The guy is outsmarted by Fry and in one episode is seen in jail.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The depths to which Bender can stoop shock even him, like when 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.
- Hidden Depths: He is a music enthusiast.
- Ironic Hell: Will exploit this when at his worst.
- Large Ham: His musical numbers say it all.
- Literal Genie: How his deals work, with him usually keeping his word unless he gets screwed over by it, in which case he goes in Jerkass Genie.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice is based on Hans Conried's portrayal of Captain Hook in Peter Pan.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Proves at the end of "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" that despite The Devil Is a Loser trope applying to him most of the time, he is extremely cunning and isn't to be underestimated.
- Really 700 Years Old: Given that there is a "Fairness in Hell Act" dating back to the 23rd century, he's probably this.
- Satan: Well not really...
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Actually more like Homer Simpson or Earthworm Jim, since all three of them are voiced by the same guy (Dan Castellaneta)
- Sissy Villain: 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.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: Was his line, and is the Trope Namer
- Villain Song: 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.
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.
Tropes associated with Cubert:
- Deadpan Snarker: Cubert occasionally throws the quick one-liner in "A Clone Of My Own", as well as later in the series:
(Planet Express crew stands in astonishment as Cubert is awakened and the fluids drain around his cloning tube)
Cubert (matter-of-factly): What? It's not like this is the first time any of you have seen a genius's wiener or something?
(Planet Express crew, off-screen, mutter words of denial, then-)
- Insufferable Genius: He often belittles nearly everyone.
- Jerkass: He's a rude, arrogant jerk to the other members of Planet Express.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: 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...
- Older Than They Look: He looks around nine.
- Out of Focus: 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.
- The Load: Deliberately written this way as a Take That to the various "spunky kids" of certain other science fiction series.
- “Stop Having Fun” Guy: Played strongly in his first appearance, though downplayed to a mere Know It All in later episodes.
- Teen Genius: A clone of the Professor created to continue his life's works after he dies.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: His debut appearance, he assumes that the universe operates on the same laws of physics as Real Life. It takes him most of the episode to understand that he's science fiction setting that runs on Rule of Funny.
Leo and Inez Wong
My parents may be evil, but at least they're stupid.
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."
Tropes associated with The Wongs:
- Asian Speekee Engrish: 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 Jackie Chan...
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: With their constant attempts to set Amy up with anything with a Y chromosome.
The head of the Robot Mafia.
Tropes associated with Donbot:
Linda van Schoonhoven
A human anchorwoman for Channel √2 News who works alongside Morbo. She often smiles and laughs at the wrong times.
Tropes associated with Linda
A green alien who is Linda's co-anchorman. He often speaks condescendingly about humans.
Tropes associated with Morbo
Lrrr and Ndnd (of the planet Omicron Persei 8!)
"It is true, what they say: men are from Omicron Persei 7, women are from Omicron Persei 9!"
Debut: "When Aliens Attack"
The rulers of the planet Omicron Persei 8, Lrrr and Ndnd (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.
Tropes associated with Lrrr and Ndnd:
- Henpecked Husband: Oh, God, is he ever. In "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences", his wife 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).
- Is This Thing Still On?: 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.
- It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: In the first few episodes featuring her, she's "nen-DEN-duh". In the later half, she's "Nn-duh-NN-duh".
- Just Eat Him / Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Lrrr's prefered methods of dealing with conflict.
- Large Ham: This concept of ham-style acting confuses and INFURIATES LRRR!
- No Indoor Voice: Omicronians in general, but Lrrr is the best example.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Lrrr tries to use one when buying an aphrodesiac in "Spanish Fry".
Lrrr: (in sunglasses and a baseball cap) Do you have any... human horn?
Porno-Dealing Alien: You're not a cop, are you?
Lrrr: No, I'm just... some guy... who's... RULER OF THE PLANET OMICRON PERSEI 8!
- 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.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: "This concept of 'wuv' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
- Villains Out Shopping: They're even introduced to Futurama as demanding to be shown the final episode of a long-lost Earth television show, Single Female Lawyer.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Lrrr's father.
President Richard Nixon('s head)
"If there's one thing Nixon is known for, it's class. Let's cut this turd loose!"
The head of former U.S. President Richard Nixon
Debut: "Space Pilot 3000"
. 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... go figure.
He has since become a recurring character, and most often plays the President Evil
role. Nixon also has Spiro Agnew at his side as vice president again - though he's in the exact opposite predicament of Nixon - an unintelligble body without a head.
Tropes associated with Nixon:
I'll sell all of our children's organs for meat! Then I'll break into peoples houses at night and wreck up the place! Muhahahaha!
Dr. Ogden Wernstrom
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, an A-
Tropes associated with Wersntrom:
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 he is put to death. Twice. Though he eventually started appearing again.
Tropes associated with Roberto:
- Abusive Parents: 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.
- Ax-Crazy: A criminally insane, psychotic stab-bot.
- Back from the Dead: 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.
- Bank Robbery: 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 Casual Danger Dialogue, but later appearances escalated his insanity to the point of occasional gibberish.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: What, can't he visit his old friends and take them hostage?
- Gone Horribly Right: Designed by a team of engineers to be an insane robot, though according to him, they failed.
- Karmic Death/Hoist by His Own Petard: After taking over Hermes's robot body, he tried to eat his skin. The end result is that he melts since the skin absorbed unbearable heat from LaBarbara's cooking.
- Knife Nut
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*
- Robotic Psychopath: He was designed to be an insane robot.
- Unexplained Recovery: 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.
Smitty and URL
The two police officers of New New York. Smitty is the human, URL (pronounced "Earl") is the robot.
Tropes associated with Smitty and URL
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.
Tropes associated with Fry's family:
- Big Brother Instinct: Yancy Jr., even if he doesn't show it if he can help it.
- Canine Companion: Seymour.
- Dad the Veteran: Yancy Sr. apparently fought in Vietnam.
- A Day in the Limelight: 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.
- Dirty Commies: Seems to be a primary source for Yancy Sr.'s paranoia.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They're 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.
- My Own Grampa: Philip Fry, As You Know, but also Yancy Fry. Part of the same paradox: Yancy had a son, Philip, Philip had a son during a time travel, who is then Yancy's grandson, but that grandson is Yancy himself.
- No Name Given: 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".
- Sibling Rivalry: Between Fry and Yancy Jr.
- Tangled Family Tree: 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 here for details.
Tropes associated with Project Satan
- Ax-Crazy: And how. This is evident in his more famous phrase: "Misery? What misery? I love killing people! Squishing them till their organs squirt out like chunky mustard!"