Futurama: Tropes E to H
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- Early-Bird Cameo: Leela's parents appear in "I Second That Emotion" in the background as the two nosed mutant is telling the legend of a swamp monster, two seasons before "Leela's Homeworld" where they were formally introduced.
- An eight-bit rendition of the Planet Express ship appears as the ship that Fry is piloting in an arcade machine called ''Monkey's Fracas, Jr." in the first few minutes of "Space Pilot 3000".
- The psychic hobo 9 that has an important role in the fourth movie can be seen in a crowd in the first episode of season 2.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Lots, much like The Simpsons. Unlike The Simpsons, the changes are more subtle.
- Bender sounded more surly and drunken in his earlier episodes.
- Also, in the pilot episode, it was mentioned that people in the year 3000 were implanted with career chips that permanently assigned them to a job, and if they quit, they would be fired out of a cannon into the sun. While the career chip plot device did creep up once in the series, the element of being fired into a cannon into the sun upon quitting a job was never brought up, as numerous times various members of the Planet Express Crew had walked off the job, disappeared without giving notice, and were fired, and in some cases horribly maimed or killed, only to wind up at the same job they were in at the end of the episode as though nothing had happened.
- Zoidberg's running gag in the early episodes was that he was an alien doctor who didn't understand human anatomy. In the later episodes, the running gag is how much of a poor, desperate, disgusting loser he is. On top of that, he's shown as having teeth in his first few appearances.
- In the earlier episodes, Professor Farnsworth was actually nice. A little dotty and lazy from old age, but nowhere near as heartless and insane as he would later be. On top of that, Billy West's voice for him was softer, and the episode that introduced Mom of Mom's Friendly Robot Company didn't even mention that Farnsworth and Mom used to be a couple (despite the scene of Mom confronting Fry right at Planet Express, there wasn't so much as a throwaway line about Mom and the Professor).
- The earlier episodes were centered on the Planet Express crew going to strange new worlds. The later ones don't have these episodes as often.
- Several episodes in Season 1 had cold openings, which were dropped near the end of that season (though "Brannigan Begins Again" from season two has the cold opening of Fry and Bender playing a violent, futuristic version of chess).
- For those who are used to seeing the head of Richard Nixon as Earthican President, "When Aliens Attack" is going to feel weird to watch as it had an Earthican President named MacNeal (whom the Omicronians mistake for Jenny MacNeil from the legal dramedy Single Female Lawyer), though MacNeal's getting shot does set up for the events in "A Head in the Polls."
- Earth All Along:
- A subtle example appears in "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" when Zapp tricks Leela into thinking that Earth was destroyed and they're the last Earthicans left alive, and stranded on a suspiciously Earthlike planet.
- Parodied in "The Late Phillip J Fry" where they find the Statue of Liberty blown up... then an Ape Statue of Liberty... than a Bird one... then a Lizard... then a slug maybe?
- Inverted in the episode when Fry thought he'd gotten stuck in another cryogenic capsule for another thousand years, only to learn that the "post-apocalyptic wasteland" wasn't a (more) far-future Earth, but Los Angeles in Leela's time.
- Ear Trumpet: When Fry travels in time and accidentally has sex with his grandmother when she was younger; upon having it spelled out for him she responds to his screams with "What was that dear?" and uses an ear horn.
- Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion
- Easy Road to Hell:
- There's one robot church that has an easy condemnation to Robot Hell for robots. According to his agreement with his new church, all Bender has to do is sin once to be dragged off to Robot Hell.
- Robot Santa's naughty setting kind of falls under Easy Road to Hell. He condemns Scruffy to the naughty/death list just for picking his nose. Apparently Zoidberg is the only one who meets his standards.
- Eat Dirt Cheap: After Lrrr accidentally conquers Earth the next thing we see is the main cast sentenced to the mines to supply his wife with gemstones to eat.
- Eaten Alive: Justified examples in "Naturama" (it's nature red in tooth and claw and such after all).
- Eats Babies: The Poppler episode.
- Eldritch Abomination: Yivo
- Yivo's something between this and a Genius Loci. It ("Schle"?) is sentient and has enough area to store everyone in the entire universe but Yivo is also very personable and tries to interact with the universe without dragging everyone to itself ("schlimself"?) first. Yivo's also for all intents and purposes a living Fluffy Cloud Heaven, which gives Yivo another dimension.
- Election Day Episode: In the episode "A Head in the Polls", Richard Nixon runs for Earth President using a robot body (initially Bender's) and wins. "Decision 3012" is about another Earth President election, this time with Nixon running against a competent candidate of mysterious origins.
- Emergency Presidential Address: This tends to happen in Futurama all the time, which shouldn't be surprising given the number of world/universe ending calamities that need averting.
- Endless Daytime: The planet that cats originally came from doesn't turn, so they have perpetual night and day for different sides of the planet. They come to Earth to steal its rotational energy, resulting in the same situation for Earth.
- Enemy Mine: Bender's Big Score has everyone forced to evacuate Earth to other planets by the scammer aliens, with the main characters taking up residence on Neptune. Unfortunately, they forget that Robot Santa is based there. It turns out that he's also been scammed, and Leela "convinces" him and his fellow holiday mascots to join forces and take out the scammers.
- Enfant Terrible: Tonya in “Stench and Stenchibility” is revealed to be this.
- Enhance Button:
- Enormous Engagement Ring: In The Beast with a Billion Backs, Yivo proposes to the universe with one of these ultra-large rings.
- Ensemble Cast: They've had a few, such as "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles", "Three Hundred Big Boys", and "The Prisoner of Benda".
- The Comedy Central-Era seasons in particular tended to focus on the entire crew in general.
- Establishing Character Moment: Bender's alcoholism and tendencies to steal were established, in a few seconds (After seeming to "join in" on the emotional moment by putting his hand on top of Leela's, and, when he pulls it back, the ring is gone. Leela swiftly accuses him of stealing the ring, to which he admits he stole and then returns it, declaring "and now the mystery of the stolen ring has been solved! Let's have a drink!", pulling out three large beer bottles and then guzzling all three down at one time) in "Space Pilot 3000".
- Even Evil Has Standards: The Robot Devil may be the embodiment of all that is evil, but Bender is worse, as seen in The Beast with a Billion Backs, where he reunites with his long-lost first-born son, then brings him to hell, and punts him through the Robot Devil's office into a vat of magma.Robot Devil: Wow! That was pretty brutal, even by my standards.
Bender: No backsies.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Specially if they have Shotguns
- Everyone Meets Everyone: Twice in a row: Fry, Leela, Bender and Farnsworth meet each other in the pilot; the first three meet Hermes, Amy and Dr. Zoidberg in the second episode.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs:
- T. rexes are inexplicably alive and well in the year 3000 and are used to give children rides in petting zoos. Presumably they were cloned.
- T. rexes ("the humblest of God's creatures") actually defeat an alien invasion in a episode of The Scary Door.
- A random Stegosaurus also shows up grazing on the White House lawn in one episode.
- "A Clockwork Origin" gives us robo-dinosaurs.
- Evil Feels Good: Bender does this a lot. He seems aware that stealing is bad but he sure enjoys it.
- Evil Old Folks: Mom. Professor Farnsworth had a tendency to fall in love with her and leave her (again) when he discovered she was evil. This happened several times.
- Evil Twin: In "Lesser of Two Evils", Flexo is considered Bender's Evil Twin (he has a goatee!). The trope is subverted is at the end of the episode, when it turns out that Bender is the Evil Bender.Fry: You mean Bender is the evil Bender? I'm shocked! Shocked! Well, not that shocked."You mean somewhere there's a more evil Bender than me? I do my best, dammit!
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: In one episode Professor Farnsworth has an angry dome for pacing back and forth, muttering in Angrish.
- Exact Words: Invoked. The Constitution says that nobody can be elected president twice. Exactly, "No body", but Richard Nixon is just a head in a robot body.
- Exotic Entree: Just to show how messed up the future is, some animals not considered food today are eaten regularly, like parrots. Not dolphins though, unless they blow all their money on instant lottery tickets, then it's okay.
- Expository Theme Tune: Parodied with the New Justice Team.
- Extreme Omnivore: Zoidberg, Nibbler, and numerous other aliens.
- Exty Years from Now: It's always 1000 years into the future.
- Eye Scream:
- The eyePhones are - you guessed it - inserted directly into the eyes.
- A Martian Muck Leech attaches itself to Leela's eye in the fourth movie.
- Leela's eye is apparently not as sensitive to the touch as regular human eyes; she can caress it.
- Bender's eye is drilled into in the third movie.
- The Faceless: Leela's boyfriend (or later ex-boyfriend) Sean is alluded to multiple times across the show's run, but is never actually seen (although he is described). He wouldn't be seen until the episode "Fry and Leela's Big Fling."
- Fake-Out Fade-Out: At the end of "Put Your Head on My Shoulder":Fry: Listen, Leela. Thanks for rescuing me last night.
Leela: Anytime. I actually enjoyed hanging out with you.
Bender: Yep, everything worked out great thanks to good old Bender.
Leela: Come on! It's not like you intentionally set us up with bad dates so we'd spend Valentine's Day together.
Bender: Didn't I, Leela? Didn't I? (winks)
Leela: No, you didn't! You just rounded up a bunch of stiffs at the bus station and pocketed all our money.
- Fake-Out Make-Out: Done between Fry and Leela in "A Flight to Remember" in order to convince Zapp Brannigan that Leela was taken
- Fan Disservice:
Fry: "Nothing in here but a couple of elephant skin rugs. (beat) Eeew!"Farnsworth: Oh yes.
- The ancient Professor and fat Hermes often get naked or dressed in skimpy clothes for little to no reason, aside from the future having left behind such primitive concepts as "modesty". Also, we really didn't need to see Brannigan as the Adam figure in the second 2010 episode. Augh. Also, Mom and the Professor on "Mother's Day."
- Leela and Fry making out in the bodies of Zoidberg and Professor Farnsworth on "Prisoner of Benda." Good God!.
- The second part of the Girly Calendar on "Neutopia". It starts out nice, then rapidly becomes very disturbing.
- The Nudist aliens. Especially when they exercise the Power Perversion Potential of time travel. Urhuurgh.
Fry: Coed steam rooms? I love the future!Leela: Fry, you're in the women's steam room.Fry: Futuristic.Amy (aside to Leela): Psst! Look what life was like before genetic engineering.Leela: Those poor 20th-century women.(Fry swings his legs closed)
- In "Jurassic Bark", Fry walks in on Leela and Amy wrestling in revealing outfits for no discernible reason (Leela claims, "We need to practice hand to hand combat in case an enemy knocks the laser gun out of our hands and they slide way across the room."), but Fry is too busy prepping for the cloning of his dog to care about seeing a girl-on-girl fight.
- Shortly afterward, Leela declares that Bender has been down in the lava too long and she is going in after him. She starts to tear off her skimpy outfit (revealing some underboob) but is stopped by Professor Farnsworth who angrily reminds her that lava is hot. The DVD Commentary says they pushed it as far as they could.
- "Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love?" has Fry accidentally going into the women's steam room, where Leela and Amy are relaxing naked. Amy moves the hand covering her chest, but just enough to keep it still covered (according to the DVD commentary, the writers used this scene as a bargaining chip for the FOX censors when they wanted to get away with something that the censors would immediately decline, telling them "You let us get away with this. Why can't you do the same with this scene?").
- In "Parasites Lost", the one in which Fry is infested with worms that make him smart, there are two fanservice scenes. One is of Fry, buffed up by the worms, ripping his shirt off. Another involves Leela sleeping in a VERY skimpy nightie as she waits for Fry to return.
- Leela as Clobberella in "Less Than Hero". Boy, is she sexy in that uniform and domino mask, and with her hair down. Lampshaded by her parents, who ask if she had to make the costume so revealing.
Leela: It was brisk. I dressed in layers.
- For added points, there's the scene where she tells her parents about being a superhero: she tears off her clothes showing the Clobberella uniform underneath!
- And tears up the uniform again to change back.
- In "A Taste of Freedom", the whole crew takes a nude bath in a hot tub to celebrate Freedom day.
- There is a nude conga line in "Time Keeps On Slipping":Hermes: I don' know why I t'ought this would work.
- The straight-to-DVD movies kick it up a notch. The first one begins with a visit to the "Nude beach planet." In nonsexual fanservice, all the Continuity Nods qualify.
- Additionally, a huge part of the first movie's plot revolves around Fry's ass, which is frequently bared.
- In the second movie, Amy bride outfit for the Fon Fon-Rubok ceremony and, after, the funeral outfit◊. And she was the WIDOW!
- Amy and Leela hug near the end of the third movie and then make out for a little while for no good reason.
- The scene in "Rebirth" when Amy and Leela are ejected from the Stem Cell Tub may count.
- The episode "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" has Leela wearing nothing but leaves to cover her naughty parts, eventually: at first she's covering her boobs with her hands, and not covering her front-parts with anything. Seriously, they might as well have inked in a little purple landing strip.
- In "Neutopia", most of the first calendar shoot with Leela, Amy and La Barbara. Particularly when Leela is wearing nothing on her upper body except suspenders. HOW DID THEY GET AWAY WITH THAT?
- In "All the Presidents' Heads" we see Amy as if the British had won the Revolution. Needless to say, God Save◊ the Queen◊.
- In "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences", after Lrr's (staged) takeover of Earth, he and Ndnd are taking in a theatrical performance in which Calculon, the Professor and Leela are forced to fight a tentacled monster. Leela's outfit is pretty fanservice-y.
- Leela and Amy's skimpy Butterfly Derby outfits◊ in "The Butterjunk Effect".
- Leela and Amy showering together in "The Six Million Dollar Mon". Leela pleads with Fry to rub her new scented body oil on Amy and herself, but Fry is too busy trying to eavesdrop on a conversation between Hermes and Bender.
- Stench and Stenchability has Amy in a nurses outfit. Complete with ass cleavage.
- F Minus Minus: Parodied by Doctor Wernstrom.
- Fantastic Comedy
- Fantastic Religious Weirdness: Zoidberg is both stereotypically Jewish and a non-kosher shellfish.
- Well I'm not sure there's a rule against being a shellfish, and if anything it's even more of a reason not to eat them... Notably, he does eat a sea creature at his old scuttling ground. "Who's laughing NOW Vinnie?" (This was a different kind of crustacean, which is why it was small enough for Zoidberg to pick up, even though it bullied Zoidberg as a kid.)
- Human meat is as kosher as pork and shellfish. (The latter is, however, directly banned by Book Leviticus.)
- Another example of this trope is the above mentioned confusion surrounding the the specifics of robot religion. Fry sneaks into the reception for BOT Mitzvah (does this mean robots are circumsized?), while Bender falls under the spell of Preacherbot and the Church of Robotology, which rejects robosexuality.
- Fry briefly consulted Father Changstein el-Gamal of the First Amalgamated Church, which features elements of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Atheism, or at least Agnosticism. And when someone asks whether the Space Pope is reptilian, he means "Yes".
- "Oh why couldn't he have joined one of the mainstream religions? Like Oprahism?"
- "Or Voodoo?"
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Parasites Lost: The crew shrinks down to rid Fry of parasites, travelling through the ear, nose, heart, stomach, and intestines as they do so.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture:
- Fearful Symmetry: The "perfectly symmetrical violence" between the two Leelas in "The Farnsworth Parabox".
- Feudal Future: One of the futures that flashes by a frozen Fry in "Space Pilot 3000" is a civilization that resembles feudal times... until it's blown up by space aliens.
- Fever Dream Episode ("The Sting")
- Fiction 500: The Wong family and Mom.
- Fictional Colour: once made mention of a color called Blurple. Oh, and there was also Fry's description of an amazing, indescribable thing he saw that day at the beginning of I Dated A Robot:Fry: I just saw something incredibly cool. A big floating ball that lit up with every color of the rainbow, plus some new ones that were so beautiful I fell to my knees and cried.Amy: Was it out in front of Discount Shoe Outlet?Fry: Yeah.Amy: They have a college kid wear that to attract customers.
- In a Black and White episode Fry's over-sized diamond ring creates a rainbow that combined with the shards of other diamonds created a brand new colour which was "in no way a combination of different colours". All we saw was a slightly different shade of grey.
- Fictional Holiday: Freedom Day.
- Fictional Political Party: The one world government on Earth is run by a slew of these, most of which are puns based on the names of real parties and lobbyist groups in American politics. These include The Antisocialists, the National Raygun Association, and the Green Party (whose members are, literally, green), among others. Republican and Democratic parties are known as the Fingerlicans and the Tastycrats.
- Fidelity Test
- Finish Him!: In "Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love", Fry dramatically refuses to kill his friend, and Zoidberg takes the opportunity to chop off his arm.Fry: [beat as he stares at the stump of his arm before he flies into a rage and starts slapping Zoidberg with his own severed limb]: You bastard! I'll kill you! You bastard!
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: With robots.
- First Law of Gender-Bending: Appears to occur in the episode "Neutopia" to Scruffy, as he is in the bathroom when everybody else is returned to their normal gender. However, this is actually subverted, as in the next episode "Benderama", Scruffy is seen returned to normal.
- Fishing for Sole: In "The Deep South", after the crew receive a mandatory fishing license instead of a pet license for Nibbler, they head out to fish. Bender and Fry begin one-upping each other over past fish caught, while Leela busts out her harpoon to top them both. Unfortunately, the first thing she actually harpoons out of the ocean is a boot. Moments later she harpoons a crate of ten pairs of boots.Amy: Oh, so this is where you shop for your boots!
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: Fry, of course, and a later episode mildly deconstructed the concept via his ex-girlfriend.
- Five-Man Band
- Fixing the Game: Bender doesn't just cheat. He doesn't just like cheating. He has a cheating unit, that occasionally malfunctions.
- Flat "What.":Fembot: "Have you any idea how it feels to be a fembot living in a manbot's manputer's world?"Bender: ...What?
- Flintstone Theming: With a new theme Once an Episode.
- Flipping Helpless: On the episode "Crimes of the Hot", Bender rescues a turtle because he feels a kinship with it, because he too can't get up when laid on his back. (He claims that all those times he got up from his back he was actually slightly on his side.) At the climax, when all the robots have to vent their emissions upward to save themselves, Bender and the turtle are on their backs, unable to get up. Then the turtle manages to flip over, which gives Bender the incentive to do the same.
- Flowers for Algernon Syndrome: Fry's intestinal parasites improving his body and mind to near superhuman levels, then revert when he kicks them out.
- Fluffy Tamer: Lrr and Nd-Nd towards Bigfoot in "Spanish Fry."
- Fluffy the Terrible: Langdon Cobb calls his ego in the form of a giant plant/guard dog Pookie
- Flying Car: The default mode of transport in the 31st century. Even though there are plenty of wheels in evidence, the idea of attaching them to some seats to create a ground transport is apparently Lost Technology. In "Mother's Day" Fry literally reinvents the wheel to build a cart, and in "Game of Tones" Hermes describes a 1999 taxi as a "non-hovering hover-car."
- Foot Focus: Several episodes, perhaps most notably "Fun on a Bun" when Leela uses her foot to dip and then eat a tortilla chip, then brushes her ponytail with it.
- For Want of a Nail: Paul Revere only has access to one lantern in one episode.
- In Bender's Big Score, Fry, now back to the 20th century, uses the code to go back in time a few more minutes to eat the pizza he was supposed to deliver. This minor event resulted in creating a time duplicate of Fry who eventually became Lars.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: When Bender joins the "Ultimate Robot Fighting League", he's shown as an All American Face squaring off against a montage of stock Heel characters. One such is named "The Foreigner." His antagonizing of the crowd?"I'm not from here! I have my own customs!! Look at my crazy passport!!!"
- Nibbler's eyestalk appears in a dust basket in a flashback to Fry's freezing in the Seymour episode.
- You can also see it during the same scene in the very first episode.
- Planet Express is also seen being built during the Time Passes Montage in the first episode.
- Nibbler's shadow also appears for a brief second the moment Fry falls back into the cryo chamber.
- Leela's parents can be seen in a crowd shot long before they're introduced.
- Fry's brain slug starves to death. This may seem like a regular joke, until you find out that Fry lacks the delta brain wave.
- French becoming a dead language was foreshadowed, or possibly a continuity nod, in the very first episode.
- Blink and you'll miss it, but in "When Aliens Attack," when the camera zooms through the cosmos from Earth to Omicron Perseii 8, it passes by an Earth space probe engulfed in a blue, somewhat sparkly nebula. This is two and a half seasons before "Godfellas."
- In "Rebirth", Bender, needing a new power supply post-rebirth, is implanted with a doomsday device to power him, but the device generates excess power which causes him to vibrate if he doesn't burn it off by partying. The first time he starts vibrating, you can see one of his eyes starting to get shaken loose. In the climax of the episode, Bender, refusing to party anymore, starts vibrating again, his eye falls out, and the cyclops-eating monster from earlier in the episode mistakes him for a cyclops and eats him... then the doomsday device goes off inside the monster, killing it and resolving Bender's excess energy problem.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: "A Prisoner of Benda" takes this trope and runs across the border with it, refusing to come back until extradited for its various crimes. They set up a rule that two bodies can only switch minds once, and then proceeded to work out whether they could eventually restore everyone's original bodies via group-theory. The episode contains a 3-second shot of nothing but Farnsworth's laser-blackboard showing the new, completely original theorem proved just for this episode. And they said abstract math doesn't have any real-world applications.
- Free Wheel: Parodied — the wheel is coming from an exploding spaceship.
- Friendly Sniper: As of "The Tip of the Zoidberg", Zoidberg, of all people, is revealed to be one, or at least capable enough to put three shots into a body with a fairly tight grouping.
- The Fun in Funeral. Bender's "funeral" in "A Pharaoh to Remember."Bender "LOUDER AND SADDER!!!!!!!"
Bender: You people have convinced me to live, but only by showing me how boring my funeral would be!
- Funny Background Event
- Fun with Acronyms: Fathers Against Rude Television was a group made by Farnsworth and Hermes in response to Bender's decadence when he starred on All My Circuits in "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television".
Fry: The what?Farnsworth: Like the Federation from that show
- There's also Mankind for Ethical Animal Treatment, an Animal Wrongs Group.
- Also, the Democratic Order of Planets, an intergalactic counterpart to the UN.
- On "Saturday Morning Fun Pit," G.I. Zapp's enemies are part of a terrorist group called A.C.R.O.N.Y.M (A Criminal Regiment Of Nasty Young Men)
- Fun with Flushing: Bender finally gets fed up with (or more accurately, jealous of) Nibbler and flushes him down the toilet. This prompts them to install a chip that forces him to feel Leela's emotions, causing him to flush himself (in pieces) so he can rescue it.
Bender: What do these humans use this for?
- This comes after Bender realizes that he is too big to go down the drain as one piece:
- Fur Bikini: The Amazon planet.
- The Future
- Future Badass: Lars Fillmore in Bender's Big Score. Not actually a Badass, nor technically from the future, but he is a look at a much, much more mature version of a present-day character.
- Future Imperfect
- Futuristic Superhighway: All cars are hovercars, so there are skylanes along with regular ground roads. In "Bendin' In The Wind" the Golden Gate Bridge is now a hoverbridge, so it doesn't need an actual road on it... which is a problem, since the gang is on a 20th Century VW Microbus. Intergalactic trucking routes and railroads are also present, and "Rebirth," the first episode after the series was Un-Cancelled, features the Panama Wormhole.
- Gaia's Lament: Played for laughs. Pine trees, anchovies, cows, and poodles are extinct. Owls replace pigeons and rats as urban pests. Jungles exist on Mars but not Earth, and global warming was solved by dropping a piece of ice in the ocean every now and then. It was later solved by pushing the Earth away from the sun. In another episode, global warming was said to be solved with the nuclear winter.
- Gambit Roulette: Spoofed by the Don Bot in "The Silence of the Clamps".Don Bot: I knew Bender would turn up purely by coincidence.
- GASP!: Done all the time.
- Gay Aesop: "Proposition Infinity" has a very blatant one.
- Geeky Turn-On: "Dirty boy! Dirty, dirty, dirty!"
- Gender Bender: Done with Bender himself. Of course how robots have genders shouldn't matter. Rule of Funny and all that.
- Done to all characters in the episode "Neutopia".
- General Failure: Zapp Brannigan.
- Genius Breeding Act: In one episode, a Genius Breeding Act is referenced from a time when aliens landed on Earth and forced the smartest members to mate continuously. Farnsworth was disappointed that the latest alien invasion wasn't going to involve this.
- Genius Ditz:
- Amy is an ABSOLUTE Ditz. However, as the episode "That Darn Katz" reminds us, she IS an engineering graduate student who designs a machine to harness the rotational energy of the Earth. Also, she officially gains her doctorate at the end of the episode, so she is the ultimate Genius Ditz.
- Dr. Zoidberg. Even though he's the staff Doctor, he knows absolutely nothing about the Human Anatomy. We later find out that he IS a doctor - of Art History. What's more impressive is that there were a couple of occasions where Zoidberg actually performed operations successfully. Impressive, considering he doesn't actually have any medical training. He may not know anything about human anatomy but he is a terrific alien Doctor.
- Despite being an Idiot Hero, Fry is a very strange variation of Genius Ditz, in that sometimes he does things ridiculously well to the point of brilliance (e.g. writing a symphony, driving the ship and shooting at a chasing car of robot mafia at the same time, and re-arranging an entire galaxy with a gravitational array to write Leela a love message).
- Genre Shift: The first two seasons were pure comedy, with little emotional investment in the characters. Starting from the third season, they put some emotional pathos into Fry and Leela's relationship, and had a couple twist endings that really made you feel something, the most famous examples being "The Late Philip J. Fry," "Jurassic Bark," and "The Luck of the Fryrish." This was done the most in Season 4, which is why it's often considered the best season.
- In a different sense, the early episodes were mostly along the lines of a futuristic sitcom, where the humor comes from how the future is not that much different from the modern day. With the revival movies they started skewing more towards crazy sci-fi scenarios with an irreverent comedic bend to it, like "The Late Philip J. Fry," "Prisoner of Benda" and the (now) series finale "Meanwhile."
- Get a Room!: Bender shouts this at an offscreen couple while he, Fry and Leela are climbing up the Watergate hotel. When one of them replies that they're in a room, he tells them to lose some weight.
- Get Back to the Future: "Roswell That Ends Well".
- Gilligan Cut: Used, along with most other cut gags, in "Time Keeps on Skippin'"
- Leela: "Fry, stop. I don't wanna hurt you, but there is absolutely positively no way that you and I will ever, ever—" (time skip)
Preacher: "—man and wife. You may kiss the bride."
- It was used in the new season 6 episode as well, where the crew stumble upon a bus filled with skeletons of dead people. When Zoidberg shoves the bones off of a bed, the Professor scolds Zoidberg for desecrating the bones of the dead people. However, when Amy says that she found a safe, cut to Farnsworth using a skull to break into the safe
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Titanius Anglesmith (Bender) and Greyfarn's (Farnsworth) opinion on Leegola (Leela) and Gynecaladriel (Amy) making out in Bender's Game.
- Titanius Anglesmith: Ah, can it wait a couple of minutes?Greyfarn: Yes, yes it can.
- Bender and Fry watching Amy wash the Planet Express Ship, aka Bender's current girlfriend (quite literally Cargo Ship).
- God Guise: In "Godfellas", Bender ends up drifting in space, where he becomes God to the Shrimpkins, a race of miniature people who end up settling on his body.
- The episode "A Tale of Two Santas" gives us Zoidberg claiming to be Jesus and dressing up appropriately, for absolutely no reason and with little consequence.
- Godly Sidestep:
Entity: If you've done it right, people won't be sure if you've done anything at all.
- After learning that Nibblonians have been around since the dawn of time, Leila asks them about the creation. After seconds of untranslated Niblonian gibberish, Leila exclaims "That means every religion is wrong!"
- In "Overclockwise", Bender temporarily achieves omniscience, and obtains printouts with the answers to life's great questions. He casually throws away "the reason we exist", but does show Fry and Leela an account of their future together.
- Godfellas is this trope in compact-episode form. Bender becomes a god, fails horribly, meets something that might be God, and then proceeds to learn the ultimate godly lesson:
- Going Critical: Better than most shows, but in "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular", Grandma's fruitcake reaches critical mass when thrown into Santa's sleigh, creating a small mushroom cloud.
- Going to Give It More Energy: The Planet Express crew tries this against the Star Trek-loving Energy Being Melllvar. It doesn't work...Leela: Hmm... If we can re-route engine power through the primary weapons and configure them to Melllvar's frequency, that should overload his electro-quantum structure.
Bender: Like putting too much air in a balloon!
Leela: It's not working! He's gaining strength from our weapons!
Fry: Like a balloon and... something bad happens!
- Gonky Femme: * The Crushinator, a huge blocky robot with a masculine voice treated as a delicate beauty by Bender, she then goes to Miss Universe as Miss Earth Moon.
- Good News, Bad News: Whenever the professor says "Good news, everyone!", he's inevitably going to announce something horrible. Parodied in one episode when he's announcing something even worse than normal and simply says "News, everyone!" in exactly the same tone of voice as normal and lampshaded in "The Sting" when he says (in exactly the same tone of voice as normal) "Bad news everyone! Now normally when I say "Good news" it's usually bad news. So you can imagine how bad this news actually is." Also, in another episode, the Professor purchases some
IKEAπKEA science instruments which... go exactly how you'd expect them to. He is blown through the wall in to the next room. As he stands up, he says "Bad news, no one."
- In the "Freaky Friday" Flip, he and Amy try to switch to their original bodies. When they fail, he says "Bad news, me."
- Good Night, Sweet Prince: Mentioned twice on the "Anthology of Interest" episodes (both at the end of an act one story where Bender ends up dead — in Anthology of Interest 1, Bender gets impaled on a skyscraper. In Anthology of Interest 2, Bender [who has been turned human] kills himself with excess eating, drinking, and partying).
- In "The Cyber House Rules", Bender says something like this to his adopted kids.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: The Planet Express crew rarely smoke... except for Bender. Also, Mom and her cigarettes.
- Notably in the episode in which Bender joins the Ultimate Robot Fighting League, one of his opponents is a cigarette-smoking robot who taunts the audience that, after the match, he's going to their favorite restaurant. Bender celebrates his victory by lighting a cigar. No one cares.
- Grand Finale: The series has had four different episodes intended to act as this in case it didn't get renewed: the last episode of the original run, the last movie, the last episode of Production Season 6 (which was produced before they were renewed for a 7th production seasonnote ) and the last episode of Production Season 7.
- The first one was "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings", which was notable for featuring music more prominently than any other episode in the series. It ended with badly made holophoner images of Fry and Leela walking off into the sunset holding hands.
- The second one was Into the Wild Green Yonder. They really tried with the ending, which had a cliffhanger of the crew about to hit a wormhole, but they just got blasted back to Earth when the series restarted on Comedy Central.
- The third was "Overclockwise". It ended with Fry and Leela looking at a paper with the future of their relationship and smiling.
- The fourth is the episode "Meanwhile," which has so far proven to be the final finale. (Though the producers have expressed interest in reviving the series once again.)
- Grand Romantic Gesture: Fry pulls off one so big Leela decides to marry him. Unfortunately, time skips over the gesture itself and neither of them can remember what it is. It turns out to be a love note... written with stars Fry rearranged in space.
- Granola Girl: Done to death in Into the Wild Green Yonder.
- Grapes of Luxury: Hedonism-bot. He appears to be made for it.
- Grade System Snark: Apparently, within the lecture halls of Mars University, specifically the Twentieth-Century History class Fry, Amy, and Gunter, a chimpanzee whose intelligence was greatly enhanced due to a bowler hat that absorbed the energy of sun spots in "Mars University", each individual seat is rigged to electrocute any student who makes a snide or incredibly stupid remark, calls out of turn, or gets a question wrong. It doesn't help that the professor in charge of that particular class was thick on the sarcasm.
- Green Aesop: Parodied in "The Bird-Bot of Ice-Catraz" and "Leela and the Genestalk". In the former, Free Waterfall Sr. is dead-set on saving the lives of Antarctica's threatened penguin population until he learns the birds are breeding out of control, at which point he organizes a cull to kill them in the most agonizing ways imaginable. In the latter, while it's shown that Mom's agribusiness holdings are run purely for her own greed than any sort of charitable motivation, they have managed to cure various diseases and breed fast-growing crops (which, by the end, have totally blanketed New New York).
- Grey and Grey Morality: "Benderama", interestingly enough. The giant starts smashing up everything, only because he has some self-esteem and anger issues and everyone is insulting him. Everyone except Bender is entirely drunk and so can't really be held accountable, and while Bender stops the giant, he really was the only sober one and isn't any better than everyone else drunk:Bender: Let this be a lesson about attacking those more handsome than oneself.
- Grey Goo: Done with the infinitely replicating Benders, which even drop the trope name. They only thing saving the world was the Benders' collective laziness. The do leave behind significant damage before leaving to avoid doing even a minuscule fraction of a thing.
- Great Way to Go: Several. Fry tends to be a part.
- Groin Attack: Subverted in "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?" when an unwilling Fry must duel Zoidberg for the claw of the lovely Edna:Zoidberg: I want the tactile pleasure of chopping him right here, in the gonads! *points approximately to Fry's collarbone*Fry: Nobody correct him!
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: The final episode has one in the form of a device with a single button Farnsworth made that can send the person back in time ten seconds, and explicitly takes ten seconds to recharge so you can't just continue to go back in time further by repeatedly pressing it. To actually show it's effects to other people he created a "time shelter," so others won't be affected by the time jump. Breaking the device created a Time Stands Still situation for Fry and Leela, who live into old age together with the rest of the universe frozen, until Farnsworth was able to do a literal Reset Button.
- Hair-Trigger Explosive: Fry is carrying sticks of dynamite, and each time one fell off it exploded. Fry makes it to the storage shed, there's a big explosion inside, and Fry emerges singed. Of course, the whole point of dynamite is that it doesn't explode unless detonated, so this was strictly Rule of Funny.
- Hand Wave: "I thought that machine made noses?" "It can do other things. Why shouldn't it?" (Granted, that all makes perfect sense.)
- Hanging Judge: Judge Whitey
- Happily Married: Leela's, Amy's, and Fry's parents. Also Hermes and Labarbara Conrad, usually.
- Hard on Soft Science
- Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: Zapp Brannigan is one of the page quotes.
- Heads or Tails: In one episode, the main characters enter an alternate universe where coin flips have opposite results causing decisions to be different.
- Heart Beats out of Chest: Exaggerated in the episode "Reincarnation", where Fry's heart pops out so far that it keeps hitting Bender in the back until it comes out of Bender's chest.
- The Hedonist: The aptly-named Hedonism Bot.
- Hellevator: In Robot Hell. There's also a slide.
- Hello, Attorney!: "Single Female Lawyer"
- He Knows Too Much: When the crew is throwing away their "overly-complicated Japanese toilet", it offers them "Happy Poopy Time" if they'll spare it. Fry responds with this trope.
- Her Code Name Was Mary Sue: Melllvar's Author Avatar is the classic example of this in his FanFic.Shatner: (reading aloud in bored monotone) Alas, my ship, whom I love like a woman, is .. .disabled. (to self) Oh, Lord!Nimoy: (reading aloud in bored monotone) Fascinating, Captain, and logical too. Yet we need some help.Takei: (reading aloud in bored monotone) Look, Captain, Melllvar will help us.(A little later)Nichols: (reading aloud in bored monotone) My, what a handsome energy creature you are. I love you.
- Hermaphrodite: This is Hermes' actual name (but pronounced "Herm-Aphrodite") when he is turned into a centaur with breasts in the third movie, 'Bender's Game'.
- ...which is technically the correct (the best kind of correct!) pronunciation of that word as a proper name.
- Heroic BSOD: Bender enters this combined with Roaring Rampage of Revenge, of all things, after realizing he was built without a backup unit, and therefore is both imperfect and mortal.
- Heroic Fire Rescue: Fry (whose consumption of 100 cups of coffee has momentarily given him superpowers) rescues the patrons of a burning art exhibit (one at a time, using super speed).
- Heroic Host: Fry for the parasitic worms.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Slurms MacKenzie in "Fry and the Slurm Factory"; the parrot, possibly unintentionally, in "X-Mas Story".
- Bender, of all robots, dives on a grenade for his fellows in "War is the H-Word". Being robustly constructed, he survives, and gets a field commission and a set of nifty wheels.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Bender
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Fry and Bender.
- "Hey, You!" Haymaker something like this happened in "I Second that Emotion" one of Bender's arms tapped a foe on the shoulder, pointed in another direction, then the other arm punched said foe in the face.
- High-Class Glass: Bender puts on a monocle to show how rich Fry becomes in the episode "A Fish Full of Dollars".Leela: I know Fry's rich, but do we really have to wear these top hats?Bender: Maybe you don't understand just how rich he is. In fact, I think I'd better put on a monocle.
- High Collar of Doom: The Omicronians.
- High Fantasy: The theme of the world Bender invents (and then everyone gets transported to) in Bender's Game.
- Hippie Van: In "Bendin' in the Wind", an ancient, abandoned VW bus is discovered. After Fry explains how it works, the crew get it repaired and go off on a hippie-themed road trip, following Beck on tour.
- Historical Character Confusion: Even after meeting Leonardo da Vinci in person, Fry keeps getting him mixed up with Leonardo DiCaprio.
- Historical In-Joke:
- Where the whole "alien ship crashes in Roswell, NM" thing is "explained". Also, George W. Bush winning the 2000 US election in "Bender's Big Score".
- In Decision 3012, Nixon displays a sign saying, "Kick him around for four more years," a reference to Nixon's real 1962 Goodbye Speech.
- History's Crime Wave: A Holodeck malfunction causes Amy and Kif to get attacked by Jack the Ripper, Attila the Hun, the fictional Professor Moriarty, and Evil Lincoln.
- Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: Double subverted in "The Late Philip J. Fry." Professor Farnsworth succeeds in assassinating Hitler when his time machine has to cycle through the death and rebirth of the universe, but they miss their intended time period and are forced to travel through time a second time. His haste this time around causes him to miss and assassinate Eleanor Roosevelt instead.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: The worms in "Parasites Lost". They make Fry smarter and stronger, and he uses his newfound smarts and strength to get them to leave.
- Hold Up Your Score: The judges in the Miss Universe Pageant, with Zapp Brannigan instead holding up his room number.
- Holodeck Malfunction: Parodied to hell and back with the Holo-Shed in "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch".Holo-Lincoln: Real holographic-simulated Evil Lincoln is back!
Zapp: Damn, the last time that happened I was slapped with three paternity suits.
- Holiday Volunteering: In the episode "Xmas Story" Bender volunteers at a Liquor Kitchen (for homeless robots) only to pose as a homeless robot himself and drinks all the free booze. In the end he invites some of the robots back to have Christmas dinner with the rest of planet express.
- Hollywood Density: Parodied as starship fuel (dark matter) is so dense that "a single pound of it weighs ten thousand pounds." In one case, Fry refers to a ball of this fuel, which has previously been shown on rare occasions to be liftable by a human, as "weighing as much as a thousand suns."
- "The Game" throws the dark matter's weight out the window by having the characters pushing wheelbarrows filled with it. On the sun.
- A lampshade gets hung on this when Fry and Leela are going to have a fiddle contest with the Robot Devil where the prizes are Bender's soul and a solid gold fiddle. When Fry (of all people) asks "Wouldn't a solid gold fiddle weigh hundreds of pounds and sound crummy?" the Robot Devil admits that it's mostly for show, then (being a robot) takes it and plays a complicated piece on it.
- Then Bender grabs some wings and begins to fly out of Robot Hell carrying Fry and Leela. When Leela tells him he needs to fly faster he says he could if she would drop the solid gold fiddle she was carrying (dented from hitting the Robot Devil over the head with it).
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: In "Spanish Fry," Leela sings a warbly and off-key bit of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." Katey Sagal (besides being known as Peg Bundy and Turanga Leela) is a talented singer, and manages to convincingly sing badly.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Literally: in "Hell is Other Robots" there's a robot hooker who has an actual heart of solid gold.
- Hospital Hottie:
- Leela is once impressed with a handsome doctor, which makes her all flirty: "A tall doctor, you say?" His name is Adlai Atkins and they grew up in the same orphanage. He's an eye surgeon, and it doesn't hurt that most doctors are rich.
- The movie had a sexy young doctor named Dr. Cahill, (although Fry just called her Dr. Good and Sexy) who — despite her insistence that her attractive nature didn't make her a bimbo - was in fact a Brainless Beauty of a bimbo.
- Hug and Comment:
- Leela hugs Fry and mentions that "you smell like you've been rolling in New Jersey."
- Another episode ends with the revelation that Leela has been comatose for weeks, and Fry has been at her side the whole time. They hug, and:Leela: You could really use a shower.
Fry: You, too.
- Huge Holographic Head: Used several times, but most notably with Jorel, Master of Scheduling, who uses the system to make mundane announcements.
- Hugh Mann: The episode "A Taste Of Freedom" provides the picture for this trope's page, due to the unconvincing crustacean in disguise (who's even named Hugh Mann) who fools Zap Brannigan.
- Human Popsicle: How Fry gets to the future in the first place.
- Humans Are Bastards: Spoofed with Show Within a Show The Scary Door:Scientist: I have combined the DNA of the world's most evil animals to make the most evil creature of them all!
(A naked man walks out of the chamber)
Naked Man: Turns out it's man.
- Humans Are Morons: The 20th Century is known as "The Stupid Age" to historians. However, that doesn't make humans of the 31st Century any less stupid than us.
- Humans Need Aliens: Although Nibbler acts as a cute little pet most of the time, he in fact belongs to a powerful alien race and saves Earth and humanity more than once.
- Hurl It into the Sun: Hermes and the box in "The Farnsworth Parabox". Also done with a shipment of popcorn kernels in "A Bicyclops Built for Two" and a shipment of candy hearts in "Love and Rocket", although in that episode it was a quasar instead of the sun.
- Hurricane of Excuses:
- Hurricane of Puns: Numerous examples, but the one that really takes the cake is the Lead In to "The Luck of the Fryrish", containing every joke imaginable about horse racing, and, Just for Pun, a joke about Quantum Physics.
- Hyperspace Lanes: The Panama Wormhole, Earth's central shipping channel.
- Hypnotic Eyes: THE HYPNOTOAD. This has reached the levels of Memet—ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD
- Hypocritical Humor:
Farnsworth: You should be ashamed of yourself, Fry. You'd have to be blind not to notice that Leela's a cyclops.(zoom out to reveal Hermes)Hermes: Fry's over there, mon.Farnsworth: Oh? *adjusts his glasses*
- In Bender's Game, following a particularly brutal Take That to Robin Williams (in form of a horde of Morks, a combination of orcs and, well, Mork who can only repeat his catchphrases and are messily slain in great numbers for being annoying) for supposedly not being funny, we are subjected to The Eviscerator, which seems like the exact kinda joke Williams would make in his stand-up routine.
- "That Darn Katz" has Nibbler claiming that nothing acts cute without an ulterior motive. Even keeping in mind his actions through the entire series, he follows this up by acting cute to trick Amy into changing his diaper.
- "Your lyrics lack subtlety! You can't just have your characters announce how they feel! That makes me feel angry!"
- "I hereby promote you to executive delivery boy!" "It's a meaningless title, but it helps insecure people feel better about themself"...Executive Producers: Matt Groening, David X. Cohen.
- From "Xmas Story":