* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Linda really blissfully unaware of what Morbo says when he goes on to threaten the human race? She's been working with the guy for years, and since his people still haven't done anything to Earth she could well view his tirades as big talk.
** Could Hubert Farnsworth secretly be a BitchInSheepsClothing? A lot of his actions cause problems, and it is hinted that he has multiple doomsday devices. He cheerfully sends the Planet Express crew on very dangerous missions, his company's slogan says that all crews are expendable and this is not his first crew. Also, the Professor once had a relationship with Mom, and even created albino atomic apes for the sole purpose of proclaiming his love for her. Furthermore, Farnsworth presents himself as a fairly nice person in the pilot, but later on is quite mean to Fry. Considering all these facts, Hubert's charming and harmless-seeming senility could be just a very good act.
* AngstWhatAngst:
** Fry and Leela don't seem too bothered by the idea that [[spoiler:everything in the universe is frozen in place besides them]] in the series finale. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Well, they did have each other.]]
** PlayedForLaughs in the pilot, where Fry actually expresses joy for leaving his old time period, though a later episode suggests that he just convinced himself that his past was horrible because he knew he could never go back.
* AssPull: The reveal that [[spoiler: Igner is Professor Farnsworth's son]]. First, the episode ''Mother's Day'' revealed that Farnsworth's affair with Mom took place long before he could have been born. Second, unless Mom managed to cover it up, [[spoiler: Igner]] didn't show up as one of Fry's living relatives in the pilot. It doesn't help that after the reveal, it pretty much never came up up again in the series.
* {{Anvilicious}}: ''Into the Wild Green Yonder'', with a heavily pro-feminist and pro-environment messages, can come across as this.
** ''Decision 3012'' is basically 20-odd minutes of "Birthers are bigoted morons". Made especially painful by the fact that the whole controversy had died down immensely by the time the episode aired.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ha1odu94eA A Moment of Caffeine Transcendence.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_UdZ_j2uXw The opening theme song]] is also a big example.
** Even better is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8moY5KktQ28 the extended 2.5 minute remix]].
** Or even [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jRM45yO9Rg the original 5 minute remix]].
* BaseBreaker:
** Zapp Brannigan. Depending on who you ask, he's either hilarious or the worst character on the show.
** Zoidberg. Despite his large fanbase, many people hate him just as much as the other characters do.
* BetterOnDVD: The original run was broadcast out of order and at erratic intervals (to the point that there are actually five broadcast seasons made up of four production seasons). The [=DVD=]s and Netflix streaming allow you to watch the series as it was originally intended.
* BizarroEpisode:
** The "Anthology of Interest" episodes are two sets of three WhatIf shorts.
** "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" is a pastiche of holiday specials.
** "Reincarnation" imagines the cast of the show in three different animation styles: old-time "rubber hose" cartoons from TheThirties, early 1980s video game pixel art, and badly-dubbed, stiffly-animated Japanimation from the 1970s.
** "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" is one big TakeThat against Saturday morning cartoons (the popular American ones like ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'', and ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero G.I. Joe]]'') wrapped in a ThreeShorts package with a framing device of UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's head trying to deal with angry MoralGuardian protesters.
** "Naturama" reimagines the characters as wildlife and is structured like an episode of ''Series/MutualOfOmahasWildKingdom''.
* BrokenBase: The made-for-DVD movies and the Comedy Central episodes. Either they're just as good as the FOX episodes or they're an inferior copy of the infinitely better FOX run. Ditto the first couple episodes, where the voice acting was kinda off (especially for Bender), everyone's characterizations weren't fully developed, and most people thought the show was SoOkayItsAverage (or dismissed it as "''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in space").
* CaptainObviousAesop: Parodied:
-->'''Jack Johnson''': It's time that someone had the courage to stand up and say: "I'm against those things that everybody hates!"
-->'''John Jackson''': I respect my opponent. He's a good man. But frankly, I agree with everything he just said!
* CargoShip: Scruffy owns a robotic Washbucket with a female voice. In one episode, Amy gets her brain switched with the Washbucket, and Washbucket declares her love for Scruffy. Scruffy declares his love back, but turns her down because she's a robot even in Amy's body. She leaves the room, and he curls up and cries.
* CrossesTheLineTwice:
** Fry's repeated deaths in "[[GrandFinale Meanwhile]]." At first it's gruesome and horrifying, but after the fourth or fifth time, it becomes gruesome and ''hilarious''.
** Robot Santa's entire existence is based solely on this trope.
** Any time that Fry casually mentions domestic abuse is ''far'' funnier than it has any right to be.
*** From "The Series Has Landed":
-->'''Fry:''' [[Series/TheHoneymooners He]] wasn't an astronaut, he was a TV comedian! [[ItMakesSenseInContext And he was just using space travel as a metaphor for beating his wife!]]
*** From "The Sting":
-->'''Leela:''' Remember: bees communicate by dancing.\\
'''Fry:''' Hey, just like my parents! ''({{beat}})'' No, wait... That was "hitting".
* DesignatedVillain: There's the parody example of the Ball aliens that Earth went to war with on "War is the H-Word." As it turns out, it was the ''Earthican'' forces that were the invaders, the Ball people were just harmless aliens that only wanted to bounce. When Fry realizes this, he's understandably confused.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: From "Bender Should Not Be Allowed On Television":
-->Bender: You're watching Futurama, the show that does not advocate the really cool crime of robbery!
* EarWorm:
** "Weeeee're whalers on the Moon..." Repeated many times within the episode, and the characters are clearly sick of it.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWquINsgSPg "Call Robo-Rooter when you flush a towel! And we can also help with an impacted bowel. Robo-Rooter!"]]
** "Pop a Poppler in your mouth/When you come to Fishy Joe's!/What they're made of is a mystery/Where they come from no one knows!/You can pick 'em, you can lick 'em/You can chew 'em, you can stick 'em/If you promise not to sue us/You can shove one up your nose!"
** Also the Robot Hell song.
** "Freedom, freedom, freedom, oy! Freedom, freedom, freedom, oy!"
** This toy shop's goin' to war!
** The four-beat melody from "Game of Tones".
** "He wants a brain!" "He wants a Robit Brain!"
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** "MORBO OF DEMANDS RECOGNITION OF HIS POPULARITY!"
** "All glory to the hypno-toad!"
** Zapp Brannigan, who often has the best lines in the show.
** [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Also Zoidberg]]!
** Calculon and his [[PunctuatedForEmphasis UNGODLY! ACTING! TALENT!!!]]
** Scruffy was a popular character during the interim when Futurama was not producing new episodes. He only made a few appearances in the original run, and was mostly noteworthy for his extreme apathy. Since the revival, Scruffy has had a much larger role, frequently appearing alongside the main cast, almost solely due to his popularity on the Internet.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** In ''I Dated A Robot'' we see a video about how humans dating robots will destroy the world. Then we get ''Proposition Infinity'' and discover [[{{Robosexual}} robosexuals]] are both common and repressed. Bonus awkward for the original tape being a high school health class video approved by The Space Pope.
** In the pilot episode, the line about the Stop & Drop Suicide booths being "Americans' favorite suicide booth since 2008" becomes a bit wince-worthy in light of 2008's economic meltdown and the invention of an actual suicide machine in the same year.
** Fry's delighted reaction to realizing that everybody and everything he knew in the 20th century has gone (since he thought they didn't seem to like, care, or even respect him) seems much harsher when subsequent episodes such as ''The Luck of the Fryrish'', ''Cold Warriors'' and ''Game of Tones'' have shown that his family actually did love him and were worried about him when he went missing.
** One of the stations in the New New York tubeway system is given as "J.F.K., Jr. Airport". After the real-life John F. Kennedy, Jr. died when his private plane crashed, the line was replaced with "Radio City Mutant Hall" (though the original line can still be heard on the full-episode animatic that appears on ''Futurama'' volume one DVD).
** Fry's last line before he got cryogenically frozen was "Here's to another lousy millennium". Eerily prophetic considering that 2000 to 2010 had a lot of terrible things happen both in America and globally (a major terrorist attack on American soil, economic failure, and natural disasters).
** In ''The Lesser of Two Evils'', the main characters visit a theme park modeled on 2000s New York. There's a brief scene where the stock market drops from about 11,000 to 7,200, similar numbers to the real-life 2008 crash. (Fortunately, it jumps right back up to 11,000, and all the stock brokers who jumped to their apparent deaths float back up into the building via jetpack). Considering that the scene was supposed to be a "distorted history" take on the crash that started the Great Depression, that makes this a sort of bizarre case of life imitating art imitating life.
** The plot of ''Calculon 2.0'' (about Bender and Fry plotting to return Calculon to life so he can return to ''[[ShowWithinAShow All My Circuits]]'') has become this, as by the time it aired the show had been cancelled again.
*** Incidentally, that very episode contains the line: "This must be a hard time for those who confuse TV actors with real-life friends." The episode aired right around Cory Montieth's death (although the writers couldn't have possibly known about it), making it a shockingly relevant line at the time.
** ''The Problem With Popplers'' features an AnimalWrongsGroup protesting meat consumption, with Leela pointing out that animals eat other animals and then shown a lion who was taught to eat tofu...with the lion in a very, very malnourished state. The 2010's brings us the disturbing trend of [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/24/kitten-vegan-diet-nearly-dies_n_3644213.html vegan pet owners forcing their pets onto vegan diets]].
* GeniusBonus:
** A lot of jokes, references, and continuity errors are more understandable if you know anything about college-level math and science.
** The series has a number of particularly extreme examples in which complicated jokes (possibly made in a fictional language) are hidden in the background and can [[FreezeFrameBonus only be seen for a split-second]], requiring a very devoted fan to pause and get the absolute most out of episodes.
** Everything's playing at the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleph_number Aleph-Null-Plex]]!
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The unnamed couple's clear, plastic tarps with strategically-placed black tape from the first episode ("Space Pilot 3000"), the futuristic club clothes everyone wears at The Hip Joint on "Love Labor's Lost in Space" and Leela's costume on "Bend Her" can now be identified as styles associated with Music/LadyGaga, Music/NickiMinaj, or [[Music/{{Kesha}} Ke$ha]].
** The CouchGag from the final original series episode? [[UnCancelled "See you on]] [[ChannelHop some other channel."]] Doubly hilarious, considering that ''Futurama'' went from being rerun on Creator/CartoonNetwork to rerun (and revived) on Comedy Central, and triply hilarious now that Comedy Central canceled it and there's a lot of rumors that the show will once again be revived somewhere else.
** In "Bend Her", when Bender asks Farnsworth to make a woman out of him, Farnsworth misunderstands and says they should "[[IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship just remain friends]]". We later find out that he actually has had experience with {{Robosexual}} relationships in "Proposition: Infinity"
** In "Lesser of Two Evils" in the Old New York theme park there's a marquee that says ''Star Wars 9: Yoda's Bar Mitzvah''. Not only did Disney purchase ''Franchise/StarWars'' with plans to make a sequel trilogy (episodes VII, VIII, and IX) but it was announced in February 2013 that there would be a SpinOff movie based on Yoda.
** In "Overclockwise" Mom spies on Bender and Cubert using the X-Cube 360's camera. Two years later, Kinect 2 on the Xbox One was announced to be mandatory and still listening even when left on standby, making people paranoid that Microsoft was trying to spy on them(though it would later turn out that the Kinnect would not listen during standby).
** In "The Cryonic Woman", a man who was unfrozen claims he did so because he wanted to meet Shakespeare, his reasoning being "I figured time was cyclical". Although Fry's response is "Nope, straight line", [[spoiler:"The Late Philip J. Fry" shows that ultimately, due to the universe repeating eternally, time ''is'' cyclical after all]].
** In "Farewell to Arms" Amy mentions the end of the world prophecy tells of [[Film/{{Sharknado}} "Sharksplosions.]]
** The second segment of "Anthology of Interest II" features the Earth being invaded by classic 1980's arcade game characters. Years later this winds up being the basis for ''Film/{{Pixels}}''
** In the fourth film, "Into the Wild Green Yonder", StrawFeminist Frida Waterfall has a quirk of feminizing and masculineizing words ("I will fem-unicate your man-formation"). Cut to present day and the rise in popularity of terms such as 'mansplain' and 'manspread'.
* InformedWrongness: Bender in "I Second That Emotion." His reason for lashing out at Nibbler was because an unattended can-opener nearly killed him, and as he implied, killed his father in the past. While Bender's behavior later was uncalled for, that can-opener was pretty much a deathtrap for robots.
* MagnificentBastard: God, also the Robot Devil when he gets serious.
* MemeticMutation:
** A screengrab of Fry squinting suspiciously at Flexo is used for not one, but ''two'' memes: "Fry sees what you did there" and "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/futurama-fry-not-sure-if-x Not sure if...]]" This died down a little after it became an AscendedMeme by Comedy Central.
** "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!"
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n5E7feJHw0 "Ahahahahaha...oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder! AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!]]
** "Why not Zoidberg?"
** [[VoodooShark "That just raises further questions!"]]
** "I'm gonna build my own , with blackjack, and hookers! In fact, forget the !"
** I'm shocked. Shocked!...Well, not that shocked."
** "Good news, everyone!"
* MoralEventHorizon: Zapp Brannigan is a grade-A {{Jerkass}}, putting himself above others and commanding suicide missions. However, some may argue that he crossed the line in ''The Beast With a Billion Backs''. Kif dies as a result of Zapp trying to go against the Dimensional portal Yivo. After hiding in a shack with Amy and Leela, Zapp begins "reminiscing" about Kif. Zapp then SLEEPS WITH AMY. So, yeah, the jerk used a widow's husband's death, one that he caused no less.... to get laid.
** If he didn't cross it then, Zapp ''definitely'' crossed it in "In Gadda Da Leela." Leela and Zapp crash on an unknown planet, alone and without supplies. Leela is trapped under a fallen tree, and delirious from lack of water, [[EarthShatteringKaboom and the Earth has apparently been destroyed.]] Through the episode, Zapp appears to [[PetTheDog be helping Leela get better.]] Then we find out that the planet they crashed on is Earth, and Zapp has not only been using their current predicament for an AdamAndEvePlot-style seduction, but ''placed'' the hazards there so that he'd have a better shot at sleeping with Leela(again). The writers themselves seem to know that what Zapp did was unforgivable: they originally planned for Zapp [[KarmaHoudini to get off scott-free]], but changed it to Leela punishing him [[BlackComedyRape in a rather fitting manner.]]
* MostAnnoyingSound: Leela's boil singing "A-MAAAA-ZING GRAAAAACE!"
* NauseaFuel: Fry drinking a tub of beer that others have spat out in "Fun on a Bun".
** Fry drinking bathtub eggnog that turns out to be scented bathwater for Zoidberg in "A Tale of Two Santas."
*** Bender drinking the alcohol-flavored water Professor Farnsworth was bathing in and commenting on the flavor being a fine cognac with a hint of aged scrotum on "Benderama."
** Bender as a morbidly obese human.
** "Murder on the Planet Express" manages to best them all, with Leela [[spoiler: eating Fry's kidney.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: Leela's one night stand with Zapp. Mostly because he references it every single time they share a scene, though the later episodes don't mention it at all.
* NewerThanTheyThink: The "Do you remember [X]? Pepperidge Farm remembers." joke had been done in "A Fishful of Dollars", seven years before ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' did it in "Hell Comes to Quahog".
* PainfulRhyme: In "Fry and the Slurm Factory", the Grunka-Lunkas use terribly forced rhymes in their songs.
-->Grunka lunka dunkity-gredient\\
You should not ask about the secret ingredient!
* TheScrappy:
** Zapp Brannigan whether tricking Leela into sleeping with him or running away like the DirtyCoward he is.
** Zoidberg is the in-universe Scrappy to the other characters, [[UnpopularPopularCharacter but he's very popular amongst fans.]]
** Cubert is another in-universe example and he is also rather disliked by fans. The thing is, [[IntendedAudienceReaction the creators]] ''[[IntendedAudienceReaction intended]]'' [[IntendedAudienceReaction him to be unlikable]] as a parody of a CreatorsPet.
** Michelle, who not only cheated on Fry, but showed that she was an incredibly selfish and controlling person in her [[ADayInTheLimelight Day in the Limelight]] episode.
* SeasonalRot: The ComedyCentral episodes and made-for-DVD movies are viewed by some as inferior to the earlier FOX episodes.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped:
** "The Cyber House Rules": Your real friends are the ones who like you for you, and trying to fit in with a shallow crowd isn't worth it.
** "The Luck of the Fryrish", "Cold Warriors", and "Game of Tones": Even if they don't always show it, your family members love you.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: A spritz from Zoidberg's empathy bladder actually *does* sound relaxing, if a bit gross.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The main theme, to both Pierre Henry's original [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOqfWj0HqNE "Psyché Rock"]] and the Music/FatboySlim [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQWkitvfncc remix]] thereof; the influence of the latter is especially obvious in the extended version.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Leonardo Da Vinci in ''The Duc-Vinci Code.'' The fact that he built a device [[spoiler: solely to kill the rest of the population of his planet]] is supposed to be seen as some sort of great MoralEventHorizon and is even lampshaded by Fry's horrified reaction. However, he comes off as much more tragic due to the fact that the rest of his race were complete and utter jerkasses who bullied him, mocked him, belittled him, and harassed him all his life just because he wasn't as smart as the rest of his population. Given how several people in real life can be severely traumatized from excessive bullying from just a few days and how he had to put up with being bullied [[FridgeHorror for several millennia due to their advanced lifespans]], he comes of more of a would-be WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds than anything else. And his race showing pity for Da Vinci after [[spoiler: his death]] comes off as more hypocritical of them than anything else.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Fry in ''Game of Tones''. His desire to spend time with a dream simulation of his deceased mother is totally understandable... except that by doing so, he's willfully ignoring his mission and jeopardizing every actual living person on Earth.
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Zoidberg.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: The Comedy Central series is a lot more prone to referencing topical events... and some that were topical several years before. ''Attack of the Killer App'' alone has [=iPhones=], Twitter, Susan Boyle, and references to Jared from the Subway adverts at the same time. This episode aired in mid-2010, well after many of these topics stopped being topic (or at least edgy).
* WhatAnIdiot: Dan [=McMasters=] from ''Murder On the Planet Express''. [[spoiler: After terrifying the crew and making them overly paranoid of a potential shape-shifting monster, he then has the "bright" idea of trying to calm Fry and Bender down even though they're both now scared out of their minds, and he does so without bringing the rest of the still-alive Planet Express crew with him to prove that he's telling the truth. All things considered, he probably deserved what happened to him.]]