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Characters: Futurama
A list of characters from Matt Groening's popular animated sci-fi comedy Futurama.

Main Characters/The Planet Express Crew

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    Philip J. Fry 
"People said I was dumb, but I proved them!"
Voiced by: Billy West
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:

  • Adorkable
  • 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.
  • 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!
    Fry: YAHOO!
  • 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.
  • Badass
    • 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.
    • Future Badass: Technically Lars Filmore was a time sphere-created duplicate of Fry, but he counts as an "older, wiser and more competent Fry."
  • Beware the Nice/Silly Ones: He may be a silly, goofy, naive ditz, but make him mad and you're dead meat.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: He LOVES it 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: Grew up in Midwood, Brooklyn. Generally not a 'rage' type of guy, though.
    Fry: I am literally angry with rage!
  • 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Leela: But—
    Fry: Gotta go!
  • Dogged Nice Guy
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fool for Love
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Honor Before Reason
  • Human Popsicle Spent 1000 years as one, even longer after time travel screws with things in The Movie.
  • 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'.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
    • Lampshaded in one episode, when the TV mentions "Turanga Leela":
      Fry: TURANGA?
      Amy: That's her name, Philip!
      Bender: PHILIP?
  • Leitmotif: For some reason, Katrina and the Waves' "Walkin' on Sunshine". Even played at his funeral. On bagpipes. And it's his ringtone.
  • Lethally Stupid
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: Usually catches up quick, though.
  • Naked People Are Funny: while only occasionally seen compleatly naked, it's not rare for fry to go an entire episode in just his underwear.
  • 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.
  • Paradox Person
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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.

    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 orphanage 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
  • 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 "M÷bius Dick".
  • Badass
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Choleric
  • Four-Star Badass: In Bender's Big Score, Leela steps up to take command of the Earth fleet after Zapp's incompetence leads the Nimbus to be shot down just seconds into the battle.
  • 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 to the ship, because he was very Distracted by the Sexy. Well, he may get hospitalized, but it was worth it!
  • Granola Girl
  • 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
  • Mood-Swinger: When she thought Fry stood her up and died in an explosion in "The Late Philip J. Fry":
    Leela: I'm so angry. I mean, I'm so sad. But I'm still pretty angry. But also sad. (to Hermes) Can I be both?
    Hermes: It's what he'd want.
    Leela: Then that's what I am! (angrily kicks the television and sadly cries)
  • 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:
      Farnsworth: 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
  • 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
  • Shorttank
  • Shout-Out: Her name is an homage to a piece by 20th-century composer Olivier Messiaen, the "Turangalţla-Symphonie."
  • Soap Box Sadie: Occasionally, and in the sense that it forms an episode's A-plot.
  • The Spock
  • Straight Woman
  • Super Wrist Gadget: "This thing I wear on my wrist".
  • 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
  • Tsundere
    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.
  • 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

    Bender Bending Rodriguez (Bending Unit 22) 
"I'm Bender, baby! Please insert liquor!"
Voiced by: John DiMaggio
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:

  • Accidental Hero: When an evil little girl defeated him in a tap contest, Bender swore that some day he would dance tap over her grave. The girl had a heart attack and died to everyone's sorrow — except Bender, who did not want to wait, and danced tap over her dead body. The rhythmic hoofing over her heart resuscitated it, and her life was saved.
  • And I Must Scream: Bender's head was stuck in the ground of Roswell for over 1000 years. He was enjoying it until Planet Express found him again.
  • Anti-Hero
  • Anti-Role Model
  • Anti-Villain: Type I.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: in "Overclockwise" although it doesn't last.
  • Attention Whore: He'll act out (to varying degrees of violence) if he feels his friends are neglecting him.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: In 'Bend Her', if you're into it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Repeatedly has questioned his sanity, often has an extremely homicidal behavior, especially toward humans. In "The Honking", he strangled Fry simply by drinking his last beer.
  • Body Backup Drive: Averted. Bender thought he had this type of immortality but discovers he was built without a backup unit. Fortunately (or not) he never needed to use his backup unit before discovering he does not have one.
  • The Big Guy: He's well aware that he's this, but usually goes out of his way to avoid getting pigeonholed (or, less tactfully, he's too lazy to do typical Big Guy stuff).
  • "Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word. I prefer extortion. The 'X' makes it sound cool."
  • Blonde Guys Are Evil: After undergoing reverse fossilization in ''Anthology Of Interest II'', Bender is turned into a blonde male. It was insisted he was designed this way because, as Word of God put it, "blonde men are more disgusting".
  • Blue and Orange Morality: When it comes to interacting with humans, he seems to only have a very basic understanding of their limits while missing the fact that approaching those limits is painful. Thus, he's served up a dish of capers and salt (think mashed potatoes except... not), but makes sure that the amount of salt is slightly below a lethal amount.
  • Breakout Character: In the same way Stewie was for Family Guy.
  • The Casanova: Bender's had more flings- with mostly fembots and the occasional human woman- than any of the other character, and he also easily gains admirers.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Inverted. Due to being an alcohol-powered robot, if he doesn't get enough alcohol, he'll start to slur his words and stumble around, much like a human who's had too much alcohol. Bender even "grows" a five-o'clock-shadow made out of rust!
  • Catch Phrase: "Bite my shiny metal ass!" among many others.
    • More recently, "♫Let's go already!!♫"
    • "We're boned"
    • "We're/I'm back, baby," and "Me, Bender".
    • "It's gon' be fun on the bun!"
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Bender longs to be the Token Evil Teammate, and his feelings are easily hurt at any implication that he's not the amoral, terrifying (yet fun-loving) killing machine/folk singer he yearns to be. Comes up in "The Farnsworth Parabox" particularly.
    Bender sulkily: "It's not fair! Somewhere out there, there's an eviller Bender than me! I do my best dammit!"
  • Deaf Composer: Bender loves to cook, but can't taste his food. Which is terrible.
  • Dirty Coward: Though not always.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Quite literally, but only when he feels like it. Seems Robots in the year 3000 are built for one purpose, but can adapt pretty well to others; Bender himself is Planet Express' resident cook.
    • Bender sees it differently: everything he does is simply a different form of bending, which enables him to bend an entire brick wall (not on the list of approved bendables, apparently).
  • Drama Queen: With a Body Backup Drive, he is in fact immortal. So then why does he scream as a Dirty Coward when there is danger? Because nobody ever said he can't be a drama queen! (He discovered later that he does not have a backup unit, so when he dies... he dies.)
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: "All those times I said, "Kill all humans," I'd always whisper "Except one." [sobbing] Fry was that one, and I never told him so!" In a later episode, he told Hermes that the latter was on his "do not kill"-list. Bender has shown times where he genuinely connects with Fry (and other humans too) and doesn't want to see any ill happen to them.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's evil, but usually not as evil as the current antagonist.
  • Evil Is Hammy
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Looks like typical Cartoony Eyes, until you look closer and realize that he has square pupils. One gag had him playing back a recording, during which his pupils switched to the 'play' symbol.
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • 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.
  • 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 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!
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: On a good day.
  • Comedic Sociopath: On a normal 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
  • 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
    • Jerkass Fašade: 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
  • Large Ham
  • Laughably Evil
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nominal Hero: According to the Robot Devil, they looked around and couldn't find a robot worse than him. Yet, he is one of the protagonists and also has quite a few Pet the Dog moments.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids He was designed for bending struts, yet...
  • 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.
  • Smug Snake
  • Sociopathic Hero
  • Team Chef: Officially Planet Express' cook.
    • Cordon Bleugh Chef: He can cook just fine, and in fact the other characters have been eager to eat his cooking in the past, but he really shouldn't be allowed to experiment.
  • The Team Wannabe: Wanted to join the Harlem Globetrotters in "Time Keeps On Slipping".
  • The Slow Path: All backwards time travel he's done has had Bender waiting it out-see Time Abyss.
  • Time Abyss: Due to hundreds of repeated one-way time travel, Bender would clock in at the thousands of millennia. This may be a Shout-Out to Marvin.
    Fry: "Bender! What was it like to spend a thousand years buried in the sand?!"
    Bender scowling: "I was enjoying it 'til you guys showed up!"
    • The What If? Christmas episode seems to indicate he can last 500 million years.
  • Tin Can Robot: Looks like a robot out of the 1950s, since he's supposed to be a industrial girder-bending robot. This has the added advantage of making him durable and fairly easy to repair, to the point that he has (or can easily acquire) replacement arms and legs.
  • Token Evil Teammate
  • Treasure Chest Cavity
  • Troll: "Ha ha haw ha ha!... oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder. Haw ha ha haw ha ha!"
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
  • Villain Protagonist

    Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth 
"Why bother remembering anything? You're just going to forget it five minutes later."
Voiced by: Billy West
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:

  • Absent-Minded Professor
  • Bad Boss: He cheerfully sends the crew to very dangerous missions. And they're not his first crew.
  • Blatant Lies: "Good News, Everyone!"
    • Lampshaded in The Beast with a Billion Backs:
    Farnsworth: Now, I've often said "Good News!" when sending you on a mission of extreme danger. So when I say this anomaly is "Dangerous", you can imagine how dangerous I really think it is!
  • Boomerang Bigot: Towards robosexuality.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: "I really should do something... but I am already in my pajamas". It's more a lack of motivation than outright laziness, though.
  • Bungling Inventor
    • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's undeniably crazy and unstable but also one of the best minds in the world, and possibly the universe.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "Good news, everyone!"
    • "Wah?"
    • "But I am already in my pajamas" was nearly one but was discarded pretty soon.
    • As was "Holy Zombie Jesus!" and "Sweet Zombie Jesus" (both of which got edited when the show was put in reruns on Cartoon Network, most domestic and international syndicated versions, and TBS, but can be heard on Comedy Central, FOX, and on DVD and Netflix).
    • "WERN-STROM!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander Thanks to his senility.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • Grumpy Old Man / Screw Politeness, I'm 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!"
  • 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.
  • Oh My Gods!: "Buddha! Zeus! God! One of you guys do something! Help! Satan! You owe me!"
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Ogden Wernstrom WEEEEEEERRRRRRNSTRRROOOM!!
  • 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.
  • 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!"
Voiced by: Billy West
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.
  • Amusing 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.
  • Berserk Button: Zoidberg does the cutting, and you better not forget it!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: 'Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?' shows us that accidentally stealing his girlfriend is a bad idea.
  • 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.
  • Bumbling Sidekick
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Butt Monkey
  • Catch Phrase: WOOP WOOP WOOP!
  • The Chew Toy
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • 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?
  • 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: Though it's not as much him being a Jerkass to others as others being jerkasses to him. ...Most of the time.
  • 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's not a nice guy: 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. He's not entirely heartless, though - for instance, when the Decapodians conquered Earth and enslaved everybody, he began to worry that "all this enslaving is schmutzing up our 'freedom' lesson!"
  • Kick the Dog: When he severs Fry's right arm in a fight over a female of his species.
  • Last Name Basis
  • Lethally Stupid
  • The Millstone
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Trope Namer
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: In The Duh-Vinci Code, it turns out that Zoidberg's doctorate is in art history... Though it was later established he's one of the best doctors around when it comes to alien anatomy.
  • Older than They Look: Though it would be hard to guess how old he looks (He is a crab like alien after all) he's known the professor since 2927, putting him somewhere past his late 80s.
  • Secret Keeper: The real reason he stays around Planet Express is to keep watch on Professor Farnsworth, and euthanize him when he finally shows symptoms of Hyper Malaria.
  • Space Jews: Played for laughs. Oy vey!
    • This is also why his species are crustaceans — they're not kosher.
  • Took a Level in Badass/Let's Get Dangerous: Kicks Clamps' ass in Silence of the Clamps after he threatens his job at Planet Express and is about to clamp Bender or who they thought was Bender.
    • And as previously mentioned, saving the Professor's life in "The Tip of the Zoidberg". Zoidberg seems to have become more competent after the show moved to Comedy Central.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In the second-to-last episode ever, no less, Zoidberg gets a love interest who isn't seen off by Status Quo Is God at the end of the episode.
  • Undying Loyalty: Has become an important trait in the Comedy Central seasons. In "The Tip of the Zoidberg", we see that the Professor was the first friend he ever had, and he swore never to leave his side partly to help euthanize the Professor when his Hyper-Malaria flares up. In "The Six Million Dollar Mon", he holds onto Hermes' discarded body parts and restores him to normal when he starts losing his humanity, all because he thinks Hermes is a good friend (when in reality Hermes can't stand him).
    "Zoidberg never abandons a friend, apparently!"

    Hermes Conrad 
"Sweet three-toed sloth of Ice Planet Hoth!"
Voiced by: Phil LaMarr
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:
    • "My Manwich!" And his son's inherited it.
    • "Sweet (animal) of (location)!" Lampshaded one on occasion, where Hermes was too traumatized to bother filling in the blanks.
      "Sweet something of... someplace."
    • "(X subject) (Y verb/adjective) (Z simile about green snakes and sugar cane).
      "I'm feeling lower than a green snake under a sugar cane truck."
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!"
  • 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.

Voiced by: Frank Welker
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:

  • 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.
  • Big Eater: And how!
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Present since the series premiere, in fact... if you know exactly where to look.
  • Cute Little Fangs
  • De-power: After Bender's Game, Nibblonian poop is useless as fuel, being replaced with whale oil.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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."
  • Large Ham
  • Older than They Look
  • Solid Gold Poop: His waste is dark matter, which powers starships. At least before Bender's Game.
  • 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.

    Doctor Amy Wong, Ph D 
Voiced by: Lauren Tom
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.
  • 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.
  • The Chick
  • Cute Clumsy Girl
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Genius Ditz: When given the chance, she's shown to be a surprisingly good engineer.
    • Even more so, now that she's finished college and obtained a doctorate - though after that point (or even a few episodes beforehand) she began to be portrayed more as a Ditzy Genius.
  • Good Bad Girl
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Slapstick Knows no Gender: The whole reason she was created was to see if audiences would accept a female victim of slapstick. They did.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Wrench Wench: An engineering intern. Not that she actually does anything...

    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
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "I'm Scruffy. The janitor."
    • "Second."
  • 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.
  • 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.

Other Characters

    Twenty-Five-Star General Zapp Brannigan 
"When I'm in command, every mission is a suicide mission."
Voiced by: Billy West
Debut: "Love Labours Lost in Space"

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

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
  • Big Beautiful Man
  • Big Eater
  • 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!
  • 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, 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
  • 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: Most of the time, despite endangering people through his constant idiocy 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.
  • Malaproper
    Zapp: Brave-o! En-core!
  • Man Child
  • 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
  • Narcissist
  • The Neidermeyer
  • 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
  • Of Corsets Funny: "C'mon girdle... Hooolddd..."
  • Pants-Free/Going Commando: Not only does he not wear pants, he doesn't wear underwear either.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Smug Snake
  • 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."
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche
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
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To Zapp. Might as well be the trope image, if that's not currently the case.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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: Apparently, he's the best looking of the Futurama characters. At least, according to the Fem-Puter.
    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.
    • That might be referring to his personality. He is certainly charming, especially considering he is being compared to Zapp.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Amy.
  • Mr. Seahorse
  • Nice Guy
  • No Respect Guy
  • Only Sane Man
  • Punny Name: "Kroker" as in "croaker" as in "frog".
  • Rubber Man
  • 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
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Zapp's Manly Man.

"Jam a bastard in it, you crap!"
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille
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:

  • Abusive Parents: Her favorite act of parenting to her kids? Slapping the hell out of them at the drop of a hat.
    • Heck when Walt and Larry where just toddlers, she used them as human shields during Farnsworth's explosive demonstration of dark matter.
  • Big Bad: She is the closest thing the series has to a main villain. Although the movies have their respective baddies, she returns in the third as the primary antagonist.
  • Birthday Hater
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She presents herself to the public as a matronly grandmother, but in reality she's an incredibly evil and abusive old woman.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Dating Catwoman
  • Distaff Counterpart: Basically a female version of Mr. Burns. Which is why they hooked up in the Crisis Crossover comic book.
  • Evil Matriarch
  • Fat Suit: Used to keep up with her public appeal as an innocent grandma figure... then promptly discarded elsewhere to reveal a slender hag underneath.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: A modern version.
  • Intentionally Awkward Name: As big a jerk as Mom is, just try not to say anything bad about her when your own mother happens to be in earshot. The results wouldn't be pretty.
    • Turns out her real name is actually Carol.
  • Jerkass: Good Lord! She is RUTHLESS!
  • Karma Houdini: She never really pays for a lot of her actions. Most punishment she got was in Bender's Game where her plan on hording the dark matter energy was foiled when it was rendered useless.
  • Lean and Mean: Lampshaded.
  • Love Makes You Evil: It's suggested that she became so bitter because Farnsworth broke off with her 70 or so years ago. Though, granted, he broke it off because she was already doing some morally reprehensible stuff, so it's more of a case that Love Makes You Worse.
  • Mama Bear: Sort of...
    Mom: Nobody rips my kids off but me!
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: In-universe. See Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Pet the Dog: Zoidberg is the only person she treats well, and subsequently, is one of the only people that treats Zoidberg well.
    • In a bit of a twisted example, she also comforts Bender when he apologizes for not being able to exterminate humanity without being told to first.
    • She also dabbled in genetic engineering to cure a person of being a giant and create plants big enough to feed world hunger. She still intended to profit off the latter, but emphasized that the resulting plants would be so cheap that even the poor could afford them. She also cured Leela's mutations in gratitude for (accidentally) helping her perfect her work.
  • Take Over the World: "GO CONQUER EARTH, YOU BASTARDS!"
  • Tsundere: The reason she's broken up and gotten back together with Professor Farnsworth several times over several decades.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: She receives hundreds of thousands of heartfelt cards from her robotic 'children' every Mother's Day, but she uses them as material for her products without even reading them. (Not before checking them for money, of course.)
  • Villain with Good Publicity

    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.

    Walt, Larry, and Igner 
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche, David Herman and John DiMaggio
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:

  • 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 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?
    Igner: Me?
    Walt: Yes, you. You're the only one here.
    Igner: If I'm the only one here, how could I see anyone?
    Larry: He's got a point, Walt.
    Walt: So does my knee! (knees Larry)
  • 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.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Igner of all people did this in Bender's Big Score 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.
  • Terrible Trio
  • 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.
    • Those Three Bad Guys:

"I've seen better acting from extras in Godzilla movies!"
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche
Debut: "I, Roommate"

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

Tropes associated with Calculon:

    The Robot Devil 
You can't just have your characters announce how they feel. That Makes Me Feel Angry!
Voiced by: Dan Castellaneta (1999, 2003, 2008); Maurice LaMarche (2001, on the episode "A Tale of Two Santas")
Debut: "Hell Is Other Robots"

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

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.
    • And in "Calculon 2.0", his response to Calculon's proposal of preforming a one man show for the residents of Robot Hell. His response?
      Robot Devil: Haven't they suffered enough?!
  • Hidden Depths: He is a music enthusiast.
  • Ironic Hell: Will exploit this when at his worst.
  • Large Ham: His musical numbers say it all.
  • 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.

    Cubert Farnsworth 
Voiced by: Kath Soucie
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.
  • 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.

    Leo and Inez Wong 
My parents may be evil, but at least they're stupid.
Voiced by: Billy West and Lauren Tom
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.
  • Fiction 500
  • Happily Married: They are usually shown as happy together, except in a throwaway joke.
    Leo: I'm ruined!
    Inez: OK, I want a divorce.
  • The Heavy: Leo is this in the last movie, while the Dark One is the Big Bad.
  • I Want Grandkids: They are so obsessed with getting Amy to have grandchildren, it almost seems like they care more about that than they care about Amy herself. To the point that when the latter got deaged to her preteen years, they were too busy complaining about how they were never going to have grandchildren at this rate (And in Leo's case, cruelly tease Amy) to actually worry about their daughter's condition.
  • Jerkass: Both of them are greedy, callous, manipulative, tend to believe that they can do whatever they want because they're rich (especially Leo, who has been the villain of a plotline more than once for precisely this reason), and are often outright antagonistic towards nearly everybody.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain
  • Racist Dad: Leo is fairly racist (and extremely sexist as well).
  • Screw Politeness, We're Seniors!
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Thinking about suing them? Well...
    Professor Farnsworth: Hmm, I may have mental anguish.
    Leo: I have you know I'm friends with every judge on planet.
    Professor Farnsworth: I'm alright then.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: They bribed Mars University into admitting Amy. Leo was willing to pay more to get her into Phi Beta Kappa.
    Dean Vernon: How much you got?

The head of the Robot Mafia.

Tropes associated with Donbot:

    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:

    President Richard Nixon('s head) 
"If there's one thing Nixon is known for, it's class. Let's cut this turd loose!"
Voiced by: Billy West
Debut: "Space Pilot 3000"

The head of former U.S. President Richard Nixon. 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:

  • A Day in the Limelight: The framing device for Saturday Morning Fun Pit revolves around him and the headless body of Agnew watching Saturday morning cartoons.
  • Ascended Extra: Once a one-time character, Nixon's head is now the recurring president of Earth.
  • Berserk Button: Do not smash his containment jar or he will go aggro on you, biting like a rabid jackal.
    "That's it - you just made my list."
  • Bowdlerise: In-Universe example in Saturday Morning Fit Pit during the G I Zapp cartoon where he hilariously tries to dub over or tone down the more violent scenes of the cartoon until it becomes too much even for him and he pulls the plug.
  • Catch Phrase "Aroooooo!"
  • Chekhov's Gunman
  • Comedic Sociopathy
    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!
  • Do I Really Sound Like That?: When Bender plays back Nixon's incriminating rant about voters in "A Head in the Polls".
    Nixon: My God, I really sound like that? I thought my voice had more of a Clark Gable quality.
  • Eagleland: Type II.
  • Jerkass: A trait that is exaggerated from Nixon's actual persona. In-universe the exaggeration is explained as a result of Sanity Slippage from being stuck as a head in a jar at the head museum and unable to do anything important anymore.
  • Karma Houdini: Among his glaring list of wrongdoings, the biggest is flattening his secretary under the gargantuan boot of his super-sized robot body when he made his startling entrance as newly-reelected president of Earth, yet nobody said a word about it. Here's hoping she lived...
    • Or maybe it was a subtle Take That to the real world Secretary of State at the time.
  • Large Ham: "NIXON'S BACK!!!"
  • Loophole Abuse / Exact Words: How he got to run for president again, since nobody could have more than two terms, he got a new body. Bender's body, to be specific.
  • Pet the Dog: Subverted.
    Nixon: Now look here, you drugged out communist! I paid for this body and I'd no sooner return it than I would my little cocker spaniel dog, Checkers.
    Checkers' Head: Arf!
    Nixon: Shut up, dammit!
  • President Evil: His political promises include selling children's organs to zoos for meat, using the poor as a cheap source of teeth for aquarium gravel, and going into people's houses at night to wreck up the place.
  • Take That: Serves as one against Nixon for the writers. Note that Nixon was made fun of semi-regularly on the first few seasons of The Simpsons, until Nixon's death in the mid 1990s.
    • A very huge and personal one for West himself, who was drafted for the Vietnam War. He came up with the werewolf like mannerisms from watching one of Nixon's debates with Kennedy in 1960.
  • Voodoo Shark: An in-universe example: In "Into The Wild Green Yonder", Fry finds out that Nixon staged the moon landing - on Venus.

    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:

  • Always Someone Better: Started off as this to the professor, and is undeniably more successful.
  • The B Grade: He turns against the professor upon receiving an A- due to penmanship counting on one of his assignments. After 100 years, he finally gets his revenge on Farnsworth by giving his new invention the worst grade imaginable, an A Minus Minus.
  • Characterization Marches On: He started out as just a rival for the professor, but in situations such as those in Beast With a Billion Backs, he tries agreeing with the professor on the issues at hand, though the professor ends up ignoring him. They eventually end up working together, and not all that reluctantly at one point.
  • Jerkass: Costs him his Academy Prize.
    Mayor Poopenmeyer: I now present [Professor Farnsworth] with the Academy Prize, which we confiscated from Doctor Wernstrom after it became apparent that he was a jackass.
  • Out of Focus
  • Say My Name: Whenever he appears, Professor Farnsworth will call out "Wernstrom!"
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Once again, to the professor.

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
  • 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 hostages?
  • 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
  • Robotic Psychopath
  • 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".

    Smitty and URL 
Look, a civilian jaywalking. Aw yes.
The two police officers of New New York. Smitty is the human, URL (pronounced "Earl") is the robot.

Tropes associated with Smitty and URL

    Fry's Family 
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.
  • 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.

    Project Satan 

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!"
  • Made of Evil

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