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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 with a huge heart, 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.

  • Ace Pilot: Surprisingly proves himself to be one whenever he takes control of a ship. All of his time playing video games paid off.
  • Adorkable: Mostly due to his childish nature and his kooky mannerisms, and he's a Trekkie. He's not seen as particularly attractive in-universe, but he manages to date some fairly hot women at times.
  • All-Loving Hero: He's a pretty compassionate guy and has a tendency of bonding with his enemies.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Fry not fitting in so well in his own time is implied to be related to him getting along so well in the future.
  • Amazon Chaser: Fry seems to have a thing for tough women. He is seen flirting with an Amazonian woman in "Brannigan, Begin Again" and is excited at the thought of being snu-snued to death by the Amazonian women. He also falls in love with Leela, who is known for her fighting abilities.
  • Amusing Injuries: Horrifically painful things happen to him on a regular basis (Bender slashing his throat, Bender strangling him for drinking his beer, Bender trying to run him over...)
  • Angst? What Angst?: Lampshaded in-universe, his reaction upon learning he's woken up a thousand years in the future. Justified in that no one from Fry's time liked or even respected him and he had a miserable life as a delivery boy (though later episodes do show that his family did care about him, and Fry had a dog named Seymour who was loyal to him):
    Fry: My God, it's the future! My parents! My co-workers! My girlfriend! I'll never see any of them again!
    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."). While he's always a pretty good-looking guy, he's an absolute bombshell as a woman.
  • Audience Surrogate: During some of his Fish out of Temporal Water moments.
  • Badass Adorable: His (admittedly gross) naivete keeps him from being too much of a hardened badass (and lets him be likeable as just a regular guy) but he has a lot of really heroic and outstanding moments through the show.
  • Basement-Dweller: It's only been touched upon in one episode, but Fry actually lives in Bender's (absurdly spacious) closet. Before that, he lived in the Planet Express office.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He was all mellow while he was fighting with Zoidberg to the death. But when Zoidberg cut his arm off, he screamed "You BASTARD!!! I'll kill you! YOU BASTARD!!!" Also he starts choking Nibbler because he doesn't like being used.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He may be a silly, goofy, naive ditz, but make him mad and you're dead meat.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Inverted. A Season 2 episode has Amy and Leela seeing Fry's human horn and laughing at it. Whether this has anything to do with Fry's apparent lackluster performances in the bedroom is unknown.
    • Especially funny when you consider that over the course of the series, Fry had sex with both Amy and Leela.
    • Despite a comment in "Time Keeps on Slippin'" from Amy that Fry is not a good lover, Leela looks genuinely pleased after the fact in "Free Will Hunting" and enjoys being with him often in "Fry and Leela's Big Fling". Though that is likely because he's finally with the love of his life, and is much better in bed as a result.
  • Blithe Spirit: He has a Positive Friend Influence on the Planet Express crew and basically brightens up everyone's lives.
  • Book Dumb: He's a lazy, childish slacker who doesn't have much more knowledge regarding anything else outside of a small sector of nerdy interests. In one episode, he attends Mars University, just so he can drop out. Despite all of this, he does manage to be quite clever at times, as well as pull off some remarkable feats and moments of clarity when given the right motivation.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: He loves living in the 31st century, due to always dreaming of going to space and being interested in what the future would look like, and never feeling like he had much going for him back in his own time. He still doesn't have much, but he enjoys his surroundings a lot more.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Though he grew up in Midwood, Brooklyn, it takes a lot to get him angry. But when he does get mad...
  • Buffy Speak: Occasionally lapses into this. "Like a balloon... and something bad happens!"
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Played for Laughs. In "Near Death Wish", Fry wins Delivery Boy of the Year! His competition were all children who also happened to have been killed while delivering packages, meaning he was the only candidate left.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not as bad of a case as Zoidberg or Kif, though.
  • Catchphrase: From Season 5 onwards, whenever he gets trapped in some manner that's guaranteed to be his own fault in some way, he'll shout "help, police!", which never happens anywhere near a police officer who could hear him (in a high-rise apartment he lives in, on another planet with no other sentient beings other than the Planet Express crew on it, etc).
  • Characterization Marches On: In regards to his sensitivity. Early on in the show, there was actually a plot point in one episode that Fry was too masculine and dense to cry; this is a complete 180 of his personality later in the show, where he practically cries every other episode (usually over Leela). He also celebrated arriving in the future in the pilot, which is inconsistent with later episodes that depict him as missing his family, though he justifies this as having convinced himself that he hated the past just because he knew he could never go back there.
  • The Chew Toy: He is often crushed by various objects, has had a metal pipe going through his body, even damaging internal organs and is regularly beaten up.
  • Chick Magnet: He has attracted several very good looking women, including Leela and Amy. His Adorkable nature and Nice Guy attitude probably have something to do with it.
  • The Chosen One: His lack of the Delta Brainwave has made him the most important person in the universe, regularly saving it from certain doom.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Always.
    Fry: Wait, I'm having one of those things... like a headache, with pictures.
    Leela: An idea?
    Fry: [Nodding] Mmm hmm...
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's actually quite competent whenever the chips are down.
    • In "Godfellas", he does pretty well in the battle against the Space Pirates, taking out both of their ships by manning the weapons while Leela drives.
    • 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" takes 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 for one of them), leads them in a war against the far more technologically advanced human civilization... and brings them an easy victory over them!
    • He challenges Leela to hand-to-hand combat and holds his own quite well. This feat clearly takes the cake on Badass!
    • Fry is amazing at anything related to or involving video games. He's an excellent gunman on the Planet Express Ship and he completely owned the entire crew at a video game.
  • 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.
  • 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. Whether women find him attractive or not also tends to vary with whatever is most convenient for the plot.
  • Dirty Coward: In "The Series Has Landed" Fry gets a moon rover caught in a lunar dust pool. He declares "It's every man for himself!" and bails out, only to sink up to his neck in the very same dust. He immediately calls for Leela to save him. He gets called this in "War is the H-Word" when he, wielding the only charged phaser, blasts himself a hole to hide in. Though at the end of that episode, he does ride a bouncing ball to the peace meeting to save the life of his best friend.
  • Disability Immunity: Due to his past-nastyification which caused Fry to become his own grandfather, he's unique as the only sapient being in the universe without the Delta Brainwave, thus making him immune to the Brain Spawn's mental attacks, at the cost of making him rather dumb. The Nibblonians refer to this as his "superior, but inferior mind". This later proves even more efficient when he faces the Brain Spawn for a second time and saves a primordial, unborn creature from "the Dark One".
  • 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.
    • Double Subverted in the series finale. He — yes, Fry himself and not a clone or something of the sort — finally dies for real via falling to his death from hundreds of stories. But, thankfully, Time Travel saves the day before it's too late.
  • 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: He chased comically after Leela. As time went on Leela returned more and more of his affection.
  • Drunk with Power: During "Bender's Game", he becomes too obsessed with Momon's dice after using its power by accident. Though it's less about being powerful than actually being stupidly fascinated with it ala Gollum.
  • 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.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: In "Hell Is Other Robots", Fry says how a mobster claimed he was giving him the kiss of death, but Fry thought he was actually gay. Apparently, he french kissed him a little.
  • The Everyman: While he's frequently made to be ridiculously stupid, Fry is generally an average and relatable guy.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Fry has eaten a variety of non edible things such as a heaping bowl of salt, a jigsaw puzzle, silverware and a softball.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: Fry once embarked on a polyamorous relationship with a woman named Colleen and four other guys. As hard as he tried to accept it, however, he couldn't stand the thought of sharing Colleen's attention with other men.
  • 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 his native time.
  • Flanderization: He started out as just an ordinary, kinda dumb 20th-century everyman. After accidentally getting cryogenically frozen for a thousand years, he was just your average modern college dropout trying to adjust to an unrecognizable sci-fi future where everyone he ever loved was long-dead. However, he had mostly adjusted to his new life fairly early into the long-running series, so the focus of his character shifted to his below-average intelligence instead, which started getting more pronounced until he was too stupid to be real, even by modern standards.
  • 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: Fry does genuinely love Leela, but his childishness puts her off, regardless of how hard Fry tries. Not helping matters is that Fry's attempts to impress her are equally childish, or poorly thought out.
  • 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...
  • Future Badass: Lars Filmore was a time sphere-created duplicate of Fry who spent several years in the past and became older, wiser and more competent as a result
  • Genius Ditz: Sometimes he does things ridiculously well to the point of brilliance (e.g. writing a symphony (once he got the hands to play it), driving the ship and shooting at a chasing car of robot mafia at the same time, and re-arranging an entire galaxy with a gravitational array to write Leela a love message).
  • The Heart: He's pretty much singlehandedly responsible for keeping the Planet Express crew together. In an episode where he quits to become a police officer, the rest of the crew learn the hard way that his absence makes the company dull and the crew more prone to snapping at each other.
  • The Hero: Being an impulsive Cloudcuckoolander and Idiot Hero has not stopped him. He tends to have the most focus, often saves the day (even if accidentally) and most importantly of all, is the one who drew the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits together.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A lot, every one to protect Leela but the only time that killed him was in Rebirth. And technically the time it killed him in Bender's Big Score.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Bender.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being The Ditz, and having a superior/inferior brain, and often doing very stupid/suicidal things, when given the opportunity, he's pretty darn capable. This is perhaps best demonstrated in "Bender's Big Score", when he spends years working his way up to assistant director of an aquarium back in the year 2000ish before returning to the year 3000ish as the suave, competent, charming Lars.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Whenever we get a flashback to Fry's parents, they are usually shown being ludicrously neglectful towards their son (although they didn't exceptionally favor his brother either). In "The Cryonic Woman", we even learn that when Fry went missing due to being frozen, his parents didn't even want the police investigating the case due to them believing it would be a waste of taxpayers' money. However, in "Bender's Big Score", Fry went back in time and reunited with his parents, in whose perspective he didn't stay absent long enough to justify calling the authorities.
  • 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). Still, none of them are repulsed by him.
  • Human Popsicle: Spent 1000 years as one, even longer after time travel screws with things in The Movie.
  • Identical Grandson: A literal example. He actually is his own grandfather. He also bears a strong resemblance to Professor Farnsworth, despite being a thousand years of generations apart.
  • 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!"
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Before finding out he was to be the savior of the universe. (Funny — he has a dead end job, sorta, but he still managed to rack up a list of one-of-a-kind adventures.) Oddly, he continues to have this mindset even after saving the world about a half a dozen times.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Somewhat useful even outside the What If? episode where they're being invaded by Nintendians. (That one time he blew up a Space Pirate ship with an arcade console-style targeting mechanism, for example, in 'Godfellas'.) Ironically, if the first episode is any indication, he actually kinda sucks at videogames, an idea reinforced by the fact that he apparently never got the last ship in Space Invaders when he was a kid.
  • Incest Is Relative: Incest twice. First with his grandmother in the past, conceiving his own father in the process, making him his own grandson. Then later (in the sixth 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's brother, 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.
  • Informed Flaw: From all the comments about Fry's physique over the years, and all the injuries he's taken at Planet Express, he should really be a physical wreck, and badly out of shape. You'd never tell from looking at him.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He has on a couple occasions unintentionally hurt one of his companions' feelings.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Many, but especially in the first movie. When you stack it up, that example becomes Fry wanting Leela to be happy on top of Lars wanting Leela to be happy. It's super-confusing when you work it out.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He's very resistant to the huge amounts of Amusing Injuries he receives. He get slammed into a wall at full speed by those transport tubes, surviving a fall from a helicopter without deploying his parachute, eating a big heaping bowl of salt, three cola induced heart attacks in high school. And those are the ones that don't involve super-advanced medicine or symbiotic worms.
  • Jumped at the Call: He was overjoyed at the concept of working for Planet Express, despite having spent the last several hours trying to avoid being a delivery boy. He also told Nibbler he'd willingly help if the Nibblonians ever needed him again.
  • Just Friends: With Leela to the point where people are getting tired of the Will They or Won't They? It has been shown/implied that they do get together in the end.
  • Kavorka Man: Fry is portrayed as an unattractive loser and yet he still manages to attract plenty of very attractive women. He gets more women than any of the main male characters on the show (aside from Bender but he mainly goes for hookers). His good nature personality is probably the biggest reason behind this.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: This trope may well be called The Fry.
  • The Kirk: He will freak out when presented with a life-threatening situation, though.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Whenever explaining to his friends about his own time, Fry either explains to them wrongly or is just as clueless as them.
  • 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: "Phillip"?!
  • Leitmotif: For some reason, Katrina and the Waves' "Walkin' on Sunshine". Even played at his funeral. On bagpipes. And it's his ringtone. And yet he can never get beyond the first verse (because it blows out Billy West's vocal chords).
  • Like a Duck Takes to Water: Literally unfrozen in 3000, he adapted readily to his new environment and picked up a few skills; and his (rather spotty) knowledge of how things worked in the past has helped out the crew a few times. He does get to do everything he ever wanted to do in the future such as go to space.
    Professor: Tell us of this 'the wheel'!
  • 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.
  • Living Distant Ancestor: Professor Farnsworth's great-great-[...]-great-grand-uncle, and thanks to the "past Nastyfication" a slightly more distant direct ancestor as well.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: He's often this to Bender, who has been known to go off his alcoholic fuel source when Fry brushes him off.
  • Loser Protagonist: The opening alone has him get ridiculed by children, yelled at by his boss and dumped by his girlfriend. While he's still not much in the year 3000, he's at least content with his life and has found several friends... and Zoidberg!
  • Love at First Sight: Fry says that he fell in love with Leela the first time he met her. He doesn't admit it until the third season (because he wasn't able to articulate his thoughts) and it becomes a regular theme in the show from then on.
  • Manchild: Although he mans up pretty quick in a crisis.
    Fry: At last, war has made me into a man. Wheeee!
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Leela's Masculine Girl.
  • Meaningful Name: After Phil Hartman (the original intended voice of Zapp) was murdered, production gave Fry his first name in his honor.
  • Morality Pet: For Bender.
    Bender: All those times I said "Kill all humans", I'd always whisper "except one". Fry was that one. And I never told him so!
  • Must Have Caffeine: Generally doesn't try to chug down 300 cups a day, except for that one time, but he does like his coffee. He is also constantly drinking Slurm Soda (enough to turn green when a soda machine was installed) and in high school, used to drink a hundred cans of Cola a week, which lead to three coca-cola related heart-attacks.
  • Must Make Amends: Fry finds his old dog from the 20th century fossilized in a construction site. Feeling bad for abandoning it (despite not meaning to) he arranges for the professor to actually revive it. With Science!
  • My Own Grampa: As a result of time traveling to 1947 Roswell.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Usually catches up quick, though.
  • Nice Guy: While it varies somewhat Depending on the Writer, Fry is generally a very considerate and kindhearted person. He can just be very lazy, immature and dimwitted.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Fry is usually responsible for almost every episode's crisis as a result of his stupidity, poor attention span or both.
    • 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 Crazy Jealous Guy and evict everyone for "cheating on him" with another universe.
    • For Bender to use the letters he sent through the rift to create hypermatter weapons with which to attack Yivo and attempt to destroy heaven.
    • His attempt at a Heroic Sacrifice ends up kickstarting the plot of "The Sting" because by using his body as a shield, the bee stinger winds up having to go through two bodies and Leela gets pierced by the tip, injecting her with all the venom. Had he not got in the way, she would just have been impaled like he was, which could be fixed with surgery. Of course he had no way of knowing that would happen so it was still noble.
    • In the episode "Future Stock", his speech cost the crew from becoming millionaires by causing Planet Express stock prices to fall hard.
    • In most time traveling episodes, Fry is sure to cause problems such as sleeping with his own grandmother and causing Paul Revere to fail to alert the colonies.
  • Non-Action Guy: Usually, right up until the chips are down.
  • Odd Friendship: Fry seems to be able to befriend just about anyone.
  • Official Couple: With Leela, from post-Revival onward.
  • Only Friend: He's the only person Bender considers a friend. Whenever he chants "Destroy all humans" in his sleep, he always whispers "Except Fry." under his breath. Similarly, if anyone shows a notable degree of sympathy for Zoidberg, it's often him.
  • Only Sane Man: His idiocy aside, he's still an Audience Surrogate, and often seems more normal than most of the future characters.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Gets annoyed at his Universe 1 self. More seriously, he's jealous at Lars Fillmore, his own older time duplicate, for Leela falling for him (though he didn't know they're the same until after Lars dies).
  • Paradox Person: He's a temporal anomaly due to becoming his own grandfather, making him the only person in creation without a Delta Brain Wave. Taken literally with his duplicate Lars Fillmore, who was created via Temporal Paradox.
  • 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. But who later showed up to his funeral in "The Sting".
  • Relationship Upgrade: At the end of Into The Wild Green Yonder, Leela finally reciprocates his feelings, and from then on out the show is relatively consistent at depicting them as a couple.
  • 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.
  • Surprise Incest: Since the man he thought was his grandfather died before having children, but Fry isn't erased from existence, he assumes neither his supposed grandfather nor the man's fiancee who's coming onto Fry are his relatives. He's half-right.
  • Taking the Bullet: He always does this for Leela.
  • Temporal Paradox:
    • In a what-if scenario, Fry not getting frozen causes this, which eventually leads to that timeline collapsing in on itself. This is because if he's never frozen, he'd not be able to go back and be his own grandfather.
    • Lars Fillmore's existence in a nutshell-Fry ended up interfering with his own past self for pizza, resulting in the two becoming separate beings. This is only achieved through a literal Timey-Wimey Ball, and it means Lars is doomed to die in order to correct the paradox.
  • 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"). So he might just be small by the future's standards or maybe Bender was just being a jerk.
  • This Loser Is You: A lazy, dimwitted everyman who serves as Audience Surrogate.
  • Time Abyss: He has been frozen for a period of 2000+ years, and with the events of The Late Phillip J. Fry, he may be one of the oldest living beings (chronologically).
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In the earliest episodes, where he was supposed to be a Fish out of Temporal Water and stories would mostly focus around him adapting to life in the 31st century, he was a fairly average guy with a dash of Cloudcuckoolander and a few moments of genuine cleverness. As the show progressed, he adapted to his surroundings much faster than the writers intended, and so he devolved into a gibbering manchild unless the writers needed him to say something profound.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pineapples. He also loves anchovies on his pizza. Too bad they went extinct while he was frozen.
  • True Companions: If his friends are in trouble, he'll stop at nothing to save them.
  • Unfazed Everyman: More-so before he was Flanderized into the Idiot Hero.
  • Unlucky Everydude: "I've run over black cats who were luckier than me".
  • Unreliable Narrator: Fry's jaundiced views of his 20th century life are gradually revealed to be signs of his own immaturity. Notably, The Why of Fry and Bender's Big Score show how much his family really loved him, and an early script of The Cryonic Woman had Fry's mother, not his girlfriend, follow him to the future.
  • The Watson: Fry is generally the one to ask questions, ranging from Techno Babble to questions about someone's Back Story.
  • Whole Costume Reference: He is dressed like Jim Stark from Rebel Without a Cause. Which puts him in the same company as Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury...
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Leela. Tends toward they Will, in the end, but that it'll be difficult for them to get there.

    Captain Turanga Leela
"Look, I don't know about your previous captains, but I intend to do as little dying as possible."
Voiced by: Katey Sagal
Debut: "Space Pilot 3000"

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

  • Ace Pilot: Despite frequent jokes about her lack of depth perception due to having only one eye, Leela is a very competent pilot.
  • Action Girl: Easily the most badass person on the crew. She is strong, tough, and highly skilled in martial arts.
  • Action Girlfriend: To Fry.
  • Adam and Eve Plot: Leela was suckered into one by Alcazar who tricked her into believing they were the last of her supposed alien species. Later happened again with Zapp Brannigan who managed to convince her that they were the last two humans alive, on a literal Garden of Eden like planet, later discovered to be Earth.
  • Animal Nemesis: In "Möbius Dick", a Whole Plot Reference to Moby-Dick. It parodies the concept further, as the Space Whale she hunts feeds on obsession, so it naturally antagonizes ship captains. Leela eventually overwhelms the whale's will with a bigger obsession than revenge: finishing her delivery!
  • Artists Are Attractive: Has a thing for musicians
  • 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!
  • Berserk Button: "No-one makes fun of my nose!"
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's a good person but she is a badass Action Girl.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: In the original series she was pretty much just a human with one big eye, as the least mutated mutant ever. The movies added elbow talons (she trims them normally), a singing boil on her posterior, a mention that she lays an egg every few months.
    • Of course, her purple hair is also probably, probably a mutant trait, especially since she shares this trait with her mutant parents.
    • "Leela and the Genestalk" implies that she's just been a late bloomer this whole time, since the plot involves her gradually turning into a bunch of tentacles.
  • Bully Hunter: Leela will kick the crap out of anyone who treats kids poorly since she was bullied by the other kids who made fun of her by calling her "One Eye" when she was raised in an orphanage.
  • Boobs of Steel: Leela is probably the toughest person in the series. She's also among the bustiest.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Awwwww." Said when she finds something cute, endearing or touching.
    • "Oh, Lord." Said when she's annoyed, fed up or exasperated by someone (usually Fry or Bender) but not angry enough to get violent.
    • "Hi-Yah." Yelled whenever she throws an attack.
  • The Chew Toy: More so in later seasons; Leela has been electrocuted, attacked by puddle monsters, crushed by a door, and suffered other amusing injuries.
  • Cleavage Window: She and Amy have some outfits with this. In "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings", Leela wears a long formal dress with a keyhole in the chest to Fry's opera. Also her wedding dress.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Fry (being his boss) for the first few episodes. After that, he adapts and stops being a Fish Out of Temporal Water, though she still takes on this role from time to time.
  • Cute Monster Girl: A beautiful one-eyed woman descended from a race inflicted with all kinds of Body Horror. Her parents and people are formerly human, subterranean mutants and the fact that she happened to be born looking almost human is why they were able to pass her off as a Human Alien and send her to the surface world for a better life than they could give her.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Leela is often a victim of this, even in the presence of animals that are generally not that cute, such as the muck leech on Mars in Into the Wild Green Yonder. A muck leech who turns out to be evil. It annoys the Nibblonians when she does this to them as well.
  • Cyclops: Her single eye doesn't seem to be much better or worse 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.
  • Doorstop Baby: Complete with bracelet and undecipherable Alienese note.
  • Driven to Suicide: One of the few serious examples in the show. Towards the end of "The Sting" she becomes so distraught over her inability to separate reality from her own dreams caused by the guilt she feels that she decides the only way out is to eat enough space honey to fall into a perpetual sleep. Luckily, Fry manages to talk her out of it and then it turns out most of the episode was just Adventures In Coma Land and she wakes up for real.
  • Dude Magnet: 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 and the man.
  • Flanderization:
    • She started as very archetypal captain figure, the Straight Action Girl that was sorely needed to run a crew and company that were barely competent in their own individual rights, occasionally showing odd, questionable quirks. In each successive season (especially the Comedy Central ones), the latter aspect of her personality became increasingly prevalent to the point of consuming the rest of it, sometimes outright resembling Chickification. One could almost say that Fry didn't win her love by becoming smarter, but rather from her becoming dumber.
    • Leela's love for violence was played up later in the show and in the movies. Before than she just got irritated a lot and would sometimes react by punching people. In the movie, Bender's Game, the professor has to put a shock collar on her to stop her from hitting and it doesn't even work. In fact, she starts to like the electric shocks because of her newly-formed association with them and violence. At one point, we see her moaning suggestively and repeatedly. This is because she associated the pain with the pleasure of beating people up.
  • Four-Star Badass: In Bender's Big Score, Leela steps up to take command of the Earth fleet after a surprise attack leads the Nimbus to be shot down just seconds into the battle. The trope later subverted somewhat as she does fail just as badly in the end, after realizing how hard it is to actually command a fleet. Hermes and Farnsworth take over and save the day though.
  • Freakiness Shame: Leela is extremely sensitive about her huge single eye, due in large part to being made fun of while growing up in the Orphanarium. Fry had always been attracted to Leela, eyeball and all. In fact, when Leela gets a prosthetic second eye in "The Cyber House Rules", Fry is the only one who objects, saying that he liked her better the way she was.
  • Friend to All Children: Being a former orphan herself, she's very kind to current kids at the orphanage. Dwight, being a little jerk, is the exception.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She's a known animal lover.
  • 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 Scruffy gets a severe hurt when he hits his head on the ship, because he was very Distracted by the Sexy. Well, he may get hospitalized, but it was worth it!
  • Girls Like Musicians: Leela reveals she has a thing for musicians, having dated a saxophone player (until he cheated on her) and swooned over Fry when he played the holophone for her when he was infected by a parasite that made him smarter, and again in the original finale when he trades his hands for the robot devil's.
  • Granola Girl: An environmentalist who loves the animals and nature.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: When it comes to certain animals, such as space bees or bloodsucking leeches aka "Dark Ones".
  • Hypocrite: In "Leela and the Genestalk," she adamantly opposes Mom's genetic engineering experiments... but does a complete 180 on them when Mom offers to use it to cure her squidification.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: As described by Zapp Brannigan himself. "Set co-ordinates for 36-24-36, aka Leela".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be snarky and a bit aggressive sometimes, but she is a good and caring person underneath it all.
  • Just Friends: With Fry for the original series. The revival gives them a Relationship Upgrade while the ending of "Overclockwise" gives them a happy ending.
  • Keeping the Handicap: In Futurama S 3 E 9 The Cyber House Rules, she decides to undergo surgery to become a normal two-eyed woman. At the end of the episode, she goes back to having one eye because she understands this is an important part of her.
  • The Lancer: A case of The Hero (Fry) being an impulsive but good-natured idiot with occasional flashes of genius, his Lancer counterpart is the rational, intelligent but hot-tempered Leela.
  • Last-Name Basis: Unlike everyone else, her first name is her family name.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Fry's Feminine Boy.
  • Meaningful Name: Turanga Leela is a reference to the "Turangalîla-Symphonie", a piece of music most famous for prominently featuring the ondes Martenot, forerunner of the classic sci-fi staple the theremin. Also, in the case of purple-haired Leela, "Lila" means "purple" in German.
  • Mood-Swinger: When she thought Fry stood her up and died in an explosion in "The Late Philip J. Fry":
    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)
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: When she asks the What-If Machine what she would be like if she were "a little more impulsive" in "Anthology of Interest", this is her solution to everything. The episode implies that murder is the first solution that occurs to Leela all the time, and is only kept in check by her being a bit of a stick-in-the-mud.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's very busty, her standard outfit consists of skin-tight tanktop and pants, her other "ordinary" outfits (such as formal dresses and swimsuits) invariably have a midriff window showing her belly button, and she's the most likely to be seen wearing strange, Stripperiffic outfits. She also tends to get naked a lot and seems fond of nude swimming and hot tubing.
  • Naïve Animal Lover:
    • In "The Sting", she gets Fry killed (although it's just a dream) by bringing a killer space bee aboard the Planet Express because "it's so cuuuutteee!" In "Bender's Game", she refuses to save her friends from a giant worm called the Tunneling Horror because she has just vowed to never kill another living thing.
    • In "Into The Wild Green Yonder" she kept trying to protect a muck leech even though it repeatedly attacked her and turned out to be the Big Bad
  • Never My Fault: Often refuses to accept her mistakes or flaws such as in The Problem with Popplers and Bender's Game.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • 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 stops Fry for whining about how the career chip hurt when inserted. Two seconds later, she does the same thing.
  • Official Couple: With Fry, from post-Revival onward.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe example, having sex with Zapp has become this to her.
  • One True Love: To Fry. No matter how many other women he is with, he still considers Leela to be the love of his life. Their relationship is very unstable, but they still seem to care for each other regardless of what happens. She does seem to love Fry, but is often put off by his lack of maturity. Eventually though, she and Fry have a more stable relationship.
  • Only Sane Woman: Easily the most level-headed member of the cast, especially compared to Fry and Bender. She has her moments, though, particularly when she is insulted. She holds very strong grudges.
  • Orphanage of Fear: The "Orphanarium" where she grew up seems to be an odd mixture of this and Orphanage of Love—it was (and still is) dirt-poor and she was picked on constantly, but the Warden seems like a nice guy... sort of.
    Leela: Mr. Voggle, remember me?
    Mr. Voggle: Leela. You're worthless and no one will ever love you!
    (both laugh and hug)
    Leela: You used to say that all the time!
    Mr. Voggle: Those were happier days.
  • Radiation-Immune Mutants: As a Mutant, she can plunge into a lake of toxic waste, swim around in it, and it won't do a thing to her.
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Averted. While she's definitively more masculine than the other women in the show, being tough and authoritative, she has just as many feminine traits (including, yes, wearing dresses) which are never depicted as being usual or out of character for her.
  • Relationship Upgrade: At the end of Into The Wild Green Yonder, she finally reciprocates Fry's feelings for her, and from then on out the show is relatively consistent at depicting them as a couple.
  • Rubber-Forehead Alien: 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.
  • Shoe Size Angst: Leela wears size 12 shoes, and is made fun of a couple times because of it.
  • Shorttank: She's the tomboyish female co-star.
  • Shout-Out: Her name is an homage to a piece by 20th-century composer Olivier Messiaen, the "Turangalîla-Symphonie".
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: She seems to get her fair share of slapstick in later seasons. She's been hit on the head, electrocuted, sucked by a leech, attacked by an octopus, smashed into a wall by a door, and had her arm torn out of its socket.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Leela's standard outfits are tank tops and other sleeveless outfits.
  • Soap Box Sadie: Occasionally, and in the sense that it forms an episode's A-plot.
  • The Spock: Levelheaded, predictable Action Girl.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's much taller than the rest of the Planet Express crew, even meeting Fry (who probably stands at or around six full feet) at eye-level.
  • Stepford Smiler: Describes her method of coping with her tragic life by apologizing for a brief grief-stricken outburst and explaining that "usually I keep my sadness pent up inside where it can fester quietly as a mental illness".
  • Straight Man: The serious, no-nonsense girl who provides the setup for most of Fry/Bender's jokes. She's also this to pretty much everyone in the main cast. She does have her moments though.
  • Super Wrist-Gadget: "This thing I wear on my wrist".
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: The level-headed, action-oriented leader of the Express crew. A tank top is her default outfit.
  • Team Mom: So much that she follows Fry and Bender into the army so they won't get hurt.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Amy's Girly Girl. Early designs for Leela had her be much more feminine but this was changed so Leela and Amy would contrast each other more.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Obviously. She provides the page image.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's generally tough and masculine, but is plenty capable of showing sensitivity and vulnerability. She has a soft spot for cute animals and can be downright motherly at time.
  • Tsundere:
    Leela: Fry, you idiot! You noble idiot!
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Aside from the one eye, she is the most human looking member of her family. Her parents realized this and decided to put her up for adoption when she was born so she could live a normal life.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: After years of rejecting Fry's advances, he often does the same to her when she is hitting on him in later episodes.
  • 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. They Do.
  • Working with the Ex: She and Fry were married, for all of the time it took her to file for divorce. Also later on she says that Fry and her's relationship is on again and off again. Eventually they settle into a more stable relationship.
  • Women Are Wiser: Zig-zagged. She's usually the one taking Fry and Bender down from some crazy scheme or questioning the Professor's Insane Troll Logic, but is just as prone to stubborn (even stupid) mistakes as anyone else in the crew.
  • Woman Scorned: Let's just say you don't want to be on her bad side.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair, though it might be justified since she is a mutant.

    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.

  • Abusive Dad:
    • When he adopts twelve orphans for the government stipend. He barely feeds them to try and save money, tries to abandon them at a bar to go off with a floozy, and even tries selling them to a Chinese restaurant.
    • He sells his firstborn son to the Robot Devil in "The Beast With A Billion Backs" in exchange for an army to wage war on Heaven and shows no emotion as the child cries for help. This is so evil it scares and impresses the Robot Devil. He even says "No backsies".
    • Subverted in "The Bots and The Bees", when Bender accidentally fathers a second son. To his son Ben, Bender is a loving and supportive father.
  • 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.
  • The Alcoholic: Played with. Bender is constantly drinking, but that's because his system actually runs on alcohol. When he gets depressed, he tends to stop drinking, and the resulting energy shortage causes him to act like he's drunk.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Inverted. Because he powers his batteries with alcohol, it's the lack of alcohol that causes him to act irrational. At one point, he crashed a ship full of dark matter onto the penguins of Pluto.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He has dated, flirted with, and even slept with several robot women in the series but his obsession with soap opera actor Calculon is filled to the brim with Ho Yay. His friendship with Fry is also a funny one as Bender often gets depressed and weepy when Fry does something that makes Bender feel that Fry is abandoning him.
  • And I Must Scream: Played with. Bender's head was stuck in the ground of Roswell for over 1000 years, but he was enjoying it until Planet Express found him again.
  • Anti-Hero: Bender is a 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.
  • Anti-Role Model: Parodied in "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV", where Bender acts like himself on a TV show. Bender is an anti-role model (since he has no redeeming qualities) whom young viewers treat as a role model. At one point on the show, he says, "Try this, kids at home!" (while a brief disclaimer flashes across the bottom of the screen saying not to try it at home), and then he sets himself on fire. Later in the episode, he protests his own presence on TV and the blame placed upon him. Note that the proverbial last straw for Bender here is that the children who emulated his behavior stole his stuff. At the end of the episode, he gives this gem:
    Bender: And so I ask you this one question. Have you ever tried simply turning off the TV, sitting down with your children, and hitting them?
  • Anti-Villain: Most of the time he's an alcoholic whore-mongering lunatic with no reservations about any criminal activity you care to name, including adopting ten kids in a welfare scam and then try to sell them as meat when he gets tired of them. But when he cares to be, he can be very heroic and a pretty good friend.
  • 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', Bender gets a sex change as part of a scam and ends up being the target of several romantic advances from male robots, notably Calculon.
  • 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. It's later shown when his robot body does die, he turns into some sort of robot equivalent of a ghost or spirit. So it's still not immortality (fortunately for him) but it's not cessation either.
  • 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).
  • Bigotry Exception: Despite Bender's hatred of humans, he does love his friend Fry, and makes a point of declaring him as #1 on his list of humans that he won't ever kill. Though that won't stop Bender from abusing Fry through other (non-lethal) means.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: "I prefer extortion. The 'X' makes it sound cool."
  • 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.
  • 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) Ohhhhh, this is awful! Somewhere, there's a more evil Bender than me! I do my best dammit!
  • The Casanova: Bender's had more flings — with mostly fembots and the occasional human woman — than any of the other characters, and he also easily gains admirers.
  • Camera Fiend: Bender has a hobby of taking pictures of horrifying and/or disgusting events.
  • 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!
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Bite my shiny metal ass!"
    • 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!"
    • When someone mentions something like a kind of metal or wiring, he says "I'm 40% [X]".
    • When Bender takes a photo of something he usually says "Neat!"
    • Shut up baby, I know it!
  • Cigar Chomper: Occasionally, because "they make [him] look cool".
  • 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 Corrupter: Whenever Tinny Tim is involved, Bender tends to involve the kid in home invasions, attempted muggings or inducting him into the robot mafia. And that's without mentioning his antics on "All My Circuits".
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He's so desperate to prove that his devoted girlfriend Angelyne is cheating on him with her Amicable Ex that he actually manages to drive her back into the other guy's arms through his machinations. When it comes to his friendship with Fry, he takes it to Yandere levels.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: When Flexo is almost crushed by an unbendable girder dropped on him by the Robot Mafia, the only way Bender can think of to save him is to try to bend it anyway; he doesn't know anything about lifting. Fortunately, he's actually able to do it after applying some "Bend-Gay" to his arms.
  • Deaf Composer: Bender loves to cook, but can't taste his terrible cooking.
  • Death Glare: Often utilized, but for no real reason; Bender is consistently drawn, both in the series and in promotional images, with a noticeably angry expression, even if his present situation might not call for it. David X. Cohen often lampshades this in the DVD Commentary, claiming it always gives him a laugh.
    Cohen: See this drawing here of Bender's angry eyes? There's something so funny about him for no reason having that evil look...
  • Dirty Coward: In one of the movies, he, Amy and one other character are trapped by a bunch of orcs in a castle. Bender tells the two ladies he has a plan. The next scene shows him holding them up in the and tells the orcs to take his friends first, just to give him one more second of sweet sweet life. In "Bendin' in the Wind", the crew is plunging off a cliff. Bender grabs a nearby cable, loudly declaring, "I'll save ME!" The rest of the crew is only saved by grabbing his legs just in time.
  • 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.)
  • Driven to Suicide: Originally, as he explains in the pilot, he was proud of being a Bending Unit. He could bend a girder to a 90 degree angle, 60 degree, you name it. Then he found out that the girders he was bending were being used to build suicide booths. Depressed from this revelation, he tried to use one of the booths himself... Which is how he and Fry first met.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The closest Bender has to a "mother" is the industrial robot who built him. Still, he gets kind of choked up when he gets an X-Mas card from "her" in one episode.
  • 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!" note: Bender never actually says this, as this took place in Leela's Bee-sting induced coma. 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.
    • In the crossover episode with The Simpsons, he was fond of Homer and Maggie.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: There are moments when even he is hesitant or shocked by something. During "Time Keeps On Skippin'", he was the one who tried to point out the danger of chronotons, and in "Love And Rocket", he actually looked unnerved on seeing the Lovey Bear "Hospital" and in "Spanish Fry" he expressed disgust when the porno dealing monster says that he video tapes his clients so he can blackmail them later.
  • Evil Twin: His twin brother, Flexo, sports a goatee, but Bender himself is actually the evil twin.
    Fry: So Bender is the evil twin? I'm shocked! Shocked! Well, not that shocked.
  • 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.
  • Expy:
    • In this interview, Groening says that he's like a "robotic Homer Simpson". This is made especially clear in the crossover when Homer and Bender become best friends, with Bart and Lisa remarking that Homer and Bender had the same basic design but with certain features added or changed.
    • However unlike Homer, Bender's tendency of being a delinquent and kleptomania appear to be taken from Bart.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Bender has shown attraction to various non-robotic items (including a toaster, a torpedo, an old-fashioned PC, and the Planet Express ship), Amy Wong, and Lucy Liu's head.
  • Eye Scream: Has fallen victim to it more than once. Fortunately, he's got replacements at hand if they break or melt.
  • Fantastic Racism: He really wants to start a Robot War and Kill All Humans (or at least most of them). He's also not too fond of every other form of organic life, either.
  • 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.
  • Funny Robot: Gallows Humor-Black Comedy-type-funny, but makes you laugh your ass off.
  • Genius Loci: A result of non-stop overclocking in "Overclockwise".
  • A God Am I: In "Godfellas". He didn't like it much, mainly because his worshipers kept bothering him, then wiped themselves out with nukes.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: For a Cigar Chomper like Bender, Smoking Is Cool and Evil Is Cool probably go hand-in-hand.
  • Hammerspace: The compartment in his chest can seem to hold anything; beer, the keys to his apartment, a "gay-dar" detector, a tube of "Bend-Gay", and much more. Fry was able to fit in there more than once.
  • The Hedonist: Because of his drinking, smoking, smut-reading and whore-mongering. Of course, he's a paragon of sobriety and chastity compared to Hedonismbot.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Bender has no problem betraying his friends for some petty reason, and then helping again for some incredibly lame reason. For example, he once helped Zapp Brannigan capture Leela, and then helped her escape from prison... because, by helping her, his criminal record would still be higher than hers!
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Fry. Bender regards him as his best friend.
  • 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. He's also really sweet at certain points; for example, when Fry's depressed over Leela's apparent death, he tells him that "The pain slowly fades while the love remains".
  • Humongous Mecha: In Anthology of Interest I, and Benderama.
  • Hypocrite:
    • I Dated A Robot: Complains all through the episode about Fry dating a robotic version of Lucy Liu. When he deletes her, Bender instantly starts making out with Lucy Liu's head.
    • Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV: Didn't care at all if his stunts on TV were imitated by his younger fanbase. At least until it was his stuff that wound up stolen from their acts. This spurs him to join 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 took up the protesting.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: With Amy in Proposition Infinity; at least, until he discovers Amy wants a monogamous relationship and says "Hasta la vista!" Though course of he had been with one other human before, Lucy Liu to be exact.
  • Informed Attribute: Played for laughs. He constantly brags about his lack of emotions but is probably the most emotional person in the series.
  • I'll Take Two Beers Too: Bender says "This calls for a drink!" and pulls out three beers, when there are three characters present. He then drinks all of them at once.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: On more than one occasion, he's suggested he doesn't mind eating humans — suggesting Fry and Leela fight to the death so he can cook the loser (telling Leela he'd prefer Fry tenderized), and is the only one of the trio to enjoy the food on Cannibalon.
  • It's All About Me: He loves to be the center of attention. On his worse days, Bender will refuse to acknowledge that anyone else's existence matters more than him ("My life and by extension everyone else's is meaningless").
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Towards Anglelyne in "Bendless Love". Another non-romantic example in "Bend Her": he backs out of a potentially hugely profitable scam because he doesn't want to hurt or humiliate Calculon, and does it by faking his own death in the most over-the-top way possible because Calculon can handle "soap opera pain" better than anything realistic or commonplace.
  • Jerkass: Bender's callousness reached such extremes at times it led even the Robot Devil himself to be taken aback.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Still, he isn't above a Pet the Dog moment and can feel guilt for some of his harsher actions, and that doesn't even take into account what Fry and Leela really are to him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He can fill this trope sometimes. In "Xmas Story", all the others were surprised when Bender says he wants to "volunteer" at a liquor kitchen for homeless robots. It turns out he just wants to pose as a homeless robot to get free booze.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: 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.
  • Kavorka Man: He's a rude, amoral, alcoholic, kleptomaniac robot who's hooked up with several fembots and even a few human women, though this may be chalked up to All Girls Want Bad Boys.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: He manages to upstage Calculon. Enough said.
  • Laughably Evil: The Token Evil Teammate and easily one of the most hilarious, entertaining characters.
  • Lethal Chef: Being a robot, means he doesn't have a sense of taste. Although he does bake a perfectly edible cake. His problem is that he is utterly unable to realize what humans actually eat, so he'll serve them a meal that consists largely of salt, or suggests trying to cook rocks in mud.
  • 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. He even considers himself "the lovable rascal".
    Leela: Bender, we didn't mind your drinking, or your kleptomania, or your pornography ring.
    Zoidberg: In fact, that's why we loved you.
  • The McCoy: He's quite impulsive. Also, he usually doesn't do anything moral, but when he does, it usually fits this trope.
  • Meaningful Name: "Bending unit" — a robot who was manufactured for the sole purpose of bending metal objects. Also, one slang meaning of "bender" is "a bout of heavy drinking", which is appropriate for Bender since he runs on alcohol.
  • "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name: How his full name was established in the show.
  • Morality Pet: The Planet Express crew, and especially Fry, are about the only people in the world who he would willingly put himself on the line (or not do something he wants to do) for.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: The circumstances of his "birth". Word of God once implied that the viewers were just seeing him getting new bodies built for him as he grew older.
  • Must Make Amends: In the same episode as the Fry example, Bender, in a fit of jealousy, kicked said dog's fossil into hot lava. After realizing what he did, he dove into the lava to save it — successfully, though his eyes melted afterwards.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • In one episode where Bender had an obedience virus installed in him, he was ordered to kill Fry. After he thought he killed Fry, he broke down in tears. Subverted when he shifts the blame on anyone else.
    • Played straight in the pilot episode. When he realizes the girders he bends are used to create suicide booths, he attempts to kill himself.
  • Narcissist: In "The Farnsworth Parabox" he seemingly falls in love with an alternate gold plated version of himself, stating that he has finally found someone "as great as me".
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! : His attempts to confirm Angleyne's sentiments for Flexo by impersonating him only caused her to go back to her ex-husband.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Of both the Made of Iron and Spare Body Parts varieties. He can take a swim in molten lava (thanks to being partly comprised of dolomite — the tough black mineral that won't cop out when there's heat all about!), survive at the bottom of the ocean, and even be at ground zero of more than one doomsday device without any ill-effects.
    "What does it take to kill me?"
  • The Noseless: Though in one episode he says he does have one, he just never wears it.
  • O.O.C. 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!
    • The idea that Bender might be telling the truth makes everyone scream in terror ("The Honking").
  • Older Than They Look: When the series started, despite his adult appearance and habits he was only a few years old. But thanks to getting stuck in Roswell and LOTS of time travel, by this point he's older than any human alive. Without the time travel and other factors, however, "Overclockwise" stated his model is 12 years old.
  • Other Me Annoys Me:
    • Averted. Whenever Bender encounters other instances of himself (via time travel, alternate universes, or other forms of duplication) he usually gets along great with them. Because if there's one thing Bender loves, it's Bender (though he's not above stealing from himself).
    • Played straight during one scene of Bender's Big Score, where all three Benders involved take a dislike to one another. The second Bender even decides once he's done trying to murder Fry he'll even try and murder himself out of nowhere.
  • Pet the Dog: Sometimes; the majority occurs in the comics.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Despite being a Bending Unit, his laziness means we rarely see Bender actually bend things. It's later revealed in "Bendless Love" that his pent-up urge to bend caused him begin bending things in his sleep. Even Bender has this assessment of his skills:
    Bender: I need a calculator.
    Fry: You are a calculator?
    Bender: I mean a good calculator!
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: In one episode, Bender becomes a human. Since he never developed the concept of modesty, he didn't think to cover his crotch. Hermes does it for him.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: An alcoholic, amoral gambler who deals porn and has no qualms with selling children as dog food. He occasionally becomes incredibly childish, most notably in the Mom-centric episodes.
    "Mom! Mom! Look at me, Bender! Hey-ho, I want attention!"
  • Punny Name: "Bender" can also mean a drinking spree. So Bender is a bender who goes on benders.
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: "I'm so embarrassed, I wish everybody else was dead!"
  • 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).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Despite being a rude, alcoholic, kleptomaniac womanizer, he has his moments.
    • He fits this temporarily in his stint in the Ultimate Robot Fighting League. He's forced into the character of The "Gender Bender", complete with a pink tutu and curly, blond wig. Though he appears to hate the outfit, he DOES take the time to carefully put it on a hanger and store it in his personal storage space, in the middle of a fight no less.
    • He has many straight up examples: he earnestly enjoys the robo soap opera All My Circuits, he was once "pregnant" with beer, his number two most repeated word is "Daffodil", he has a deep love of cooking (and is extremely hurt when told it sucks), he's obsessed with (and stalked) the aforementioned soap-opera's star, and once ALMOST MARRIED SAID STAR, and displayed some emotional aftermath at episode's end.
    • How much of his girlfriend's (the Planet Express Ship. Yes, he dated a ship. He likes a girl with a nice, 400 ton booty) personality stuck with him?
      Bender: Bender is a lone wolf, a solitary eagle, a cuddly baby tapir, and that's the way I like him.
  • 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).
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: The poster boy for this trope. He himself considers robots as a separate race rather than man made tools. To be fair though, the robots in this series practically are.
  • 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.
  • Series Mascot: Bender is treated as the face of the series for being the source of much of the darker humor, and for his very recognizable Tin-Can Robot design.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: To the point of being weaponized in "War Is the H-Word" when he's unwittingly wired with a bomb that will go off when he utters his most frequently-used word, which, unsurprisingly, is "ass."
    Bender: Bite my shiny metal—
    Bender: Up yours, chump. I said it nine hundred and six times before lunch.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Bender has a Big Ego constantly at odds with his Small Name, as most vividly seen in "A Pharaoh to Remember". Pointing the latter out is one of his biggest Berserk Buttons.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Invoked.
    Bender: I need plenty of wholesome, nutritious alcohol. The chemical energy keeps my fuel cells charged.
    Fry: What are the cigars for?
    Bender: They make me look cool.
  • Snarky Nonhuman Sidekick: A robotic sidekick who indulges in vices from gambling to strippers and often remarks upon "his" desire to kill his friends.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Zigzagged. He's a selfish kleptomaniac with signs of addictive personality disorder, additionally indulging to excess in gambling, femme-bots, and drugs. A recurring joke is his unconscious desire to "kill all humans". However he would by no means be diagnosed as sociopathic in real life, as he values the lives of others and considers his own life less meaningful without them. He's even risked his life for them a few times - a true Sociopath considers even long-time 'friends' completely replaceable.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad:
    • He had dozens of episodes focusing on him, whereas characters like Leela and Zoidberg only had a handful. In addition to that, almost every episode that didn't have him as the main character had him in a subplot, two of the movies had his name in the title (Bender's Big Score had more to do with Fry and Leela), and the two that didn't had very long subplots involving him.
    • Amy and Hermes are easily the most underused characters in the series. Season 6 tries to correct this by having one Hermes episode and two Amy episodes. The catch? Both the Hermes and one of Amy's episodes are centered on Bender.
  • Sticky Fingers: Stealing is one of his hobbies.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Being a robot makes him stronger than a normal human, but exactly how strong he depends on Rule of Funny or whatever the plot requires at the moment. On occasion, Leela is able to beat him up. On others, he can't even do a press-up without his arms spontaneously falling off.
  • Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids He was designed for bending struts, yet...
  • Team Chef: Officially Planet Express' cook.
  • The Team Wannabe: Wanted to join the Harlem Globetrotters in "Time Keeps On Slipping". Sadly, he wasn't funky enough.
  • 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 at least another 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: Even his best friend, Fry doesn't hesitate to call him evil — nor does Bender seem particularly affected by the statement. Though other characters have their shady moments as well, none of them is as openly (and proudly) callous as Bender.
  • Token Robot: He's the only robot on the crew.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Later episodes, particularly in the show's Un-Canceled era, increased his sociopathic tendencies, where he goes so far as to commit outright murder and at one point even damns his own son to robot hell, something that disturbs the Robot Devil.
    (Bender goes to Robot Hell to strike a deal with the Robot Devil and get his army of the damned)
    Robot Devil: I rather think we could strike a deal, Bender. I shall give you your army of the damned and in return I ask just one thing, just one itty-bitty thing; your first born son! (laughs evilly)
    Bender: Jus' a sec.
    (In a suburban neighborhood, Bender approaches a small robot with a blue cap and shorts on)
    Robot: Daddy! I knew you'd come back! (Bender gives the boy a huge hug)
    Bender: (to the Robot Devil) Here ya go!
    (Bender boots his son out of a window and into a vat of liquid which bursts into flames upon contact with the child)
    Robot Devil: Wow! That was pretty brutal, even by my standards.
    Bender: No backsies!
  • Treasure Chest Cavity: He can hide all kinds of stuff inside his robot body — children, robot clowns, Fry... At one point he proved to have so much space available that a small doomsday device went off inside him and didn't damage him. But when it came to carrying around an entire castle's worth of loot he started to show difficulties.
  • Troll: "Ha ha haw ha ha!... oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder. Haw ha ha haw ha ha!"
  • Turn to Religion: In "Hell Is Other Robots", Bender finds religion after becoming addicted to electricity and becomes extremely pious. The others get tired of the new Bender and conspire to have him go back to being a sleazy lowlife, after which Bender gets sent to Robot Hell.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Any time Bender is given an ounce of authority. Like on Osiris 4, when he makes the entire planet build a ludicrously oversized statue of him, then complains when they do just that.
    High Priest: But sire! We built it to your exact specifications!
    Bender: Too exact if you ask me! Now tear it down and start again. But this time, don't embarrass yourselves.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: "Bite my shiny metal ass". Most of the main cast have strong Jerkass tendencies (except for Fry and Zoidberg), but Bender is easily the worst.
  • Villain Protagonist: He has committed many crimes, including outright murder.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Leela, on occasion, even moreso as the seasons go on and both take Levels In Jerkass. Starting in Season 1, she admits she likes Bender for his "in-your-face personality". In Season 2, when prophesied to murder his best friend while a were-car, Bender goes straight for Leela, rather than Fry. The two hang out, but Leela is more than willing to respond with violence whenever Bender's a jerk.
  • Would Hurt a Child: "If you want kids beaten, you have to do it yourself." Aside from the incident with his first-born mentioned above, he's the most willing to hurt Cubert for being annoying, tries to sell children as food, and gleefully joins Robot Santa on his rampage.
  • Younger Than They Look: Before "Roswell that Ends Well", Bender was actually the youngest Planet Express member, being built a mere three years before his first appearance. If it weren't for time travel he'd be in his late teens by the series finale.
  • Your Answer For Everything: "All situations have the same Plan C: bending."

    Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth
"Oh fuff! Why bother remembering anything? You're just going to forget it five seconds 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.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Extra credit goes to the episode "A Big Ball of Garbage", where he goes to an inventors' competition, realizes the invention he brought (the death clock) is the same one he showed last year, attempts to invent the same thing again after it's pointed out to him ("I need a new invention! Perhaps some kind of death clock..."), quickly creates a new invention (the smell-o-scope) to replace it, then only hours later... "Eureka!" "You built the smell-o-scope?" "No, I remembered that I'd already built it last year!"
  • Ambiguously Evil: He's an insane Mad Scientist who loves creating doomsday devices for no apparent reason, states in one episode that "there is no scientific consensus that life is important", openly admits that he always knew he would have his hand in The End of the World as We Know It, and even takes pleasure in endangering the lives of his crew, getting upset in one episode when he finds out that he won't have to kill Fry to save humanity. On the other hand, he only has this attitude while they're still alive, and seems to genuinely regret it once they're dead (not that he ever changes as a result), and he has lines that even he won't cross. He's also always on the front line to save the world whenever it's threatened by someone or something worse than he is. After the show was Un-Canceled for the final time, his insanity was toned-down to make him more of a case of Good Is Not Nice.
  • Angrish: "If anyone needs me I'll be in the angry dome!"
  • Bad Boss:
    • He cheerfully sends the crew to very dangerous missions. And they're not his first crew.
    • He also refuses to bring the Planet Express ship up to government standards, regardless of how often the crew sue him.
  • Bad News in a Good Way: He introduces them by saying "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!
    Hermes: Not dangerous at all?
    Farnsworth: Actually, quite dangerous indeed.
    Hermes: That is quite dangerous!
    Farnsworth: Indeed!
  • Berserk Button: Anyone using the Planet Express Ship just to get a lift.
    Amy: (on a planet the crew's making a delivery to) Kif's on patrol near there. You could drop me off on the way.
    Professor: We could but we won't! It's a spaceship, damn it, not a prom limousine! Oooh, if anyone needs me, I'll be in the Angry Dome!
  • 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: He has had his share of bungled inventions, including a machine that made glow-in-the-dark noses while also producing an enormous amount of unusable toxic waste. Also, he nearly destroyed the fabric of space-time by creating and then artificially aging a team of genetically engineered basketball players.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's undeniably crazy and unstable but also one of the best minds in the world, and possibly the universe.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Good news, everyone!"
    • "Wah?"
    • Oh my, yes / no.
    • "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 and being a mad scientist. When he was speaking at the stockholders' meeting:
    Farnsworth: Where am I?
    Hermes: Move forward. Walk into the light.
    Farnsworth: Oh God! I'm dead. Well, no matter. (pulls out cue cards) Thank you all for coming. I don't recognize any of you, nor can I recall why I am here. Now without further ado, a film highlighting Planet Express Inc.'s latest fiscal year.
  • Confusing Multiple Negatives: In "Roswell That Ends Well", he tells Fry that in the event that he was supposed to do anything that affects anything while in the past, "for the love of God, don't not do it!"
  • Cool Old Guy: He has his moments. Shooting Hitler, for example.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Despite being one of the protagonists. After all, the Planet Express slogan is "Our crew is expendable, your package isn't!" In "Bender's Game" Leela says she's spends most of her time trying to think of how to get revenge on him. The rest of the crew agrees.
  • *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!": Being over 160, he often has joints crack and break. Jumping can break his ankle and cracking his fingers has broken them.
  • Dirty Old Man: Though he's more insane, forgetful, mean, and lazy than lecherous, as far as old man stereotypes go, but every now and then there are instances. His first concern on being de-aged to fifty-three is to bemoan that he'll need a fake I.D. to watch "ultraporn". And he fondly remembers a time aliens invaded Earth and forced the most intelligent people to mate continuously (he's pretty upset when it appears the Omicronians aren't going to 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.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Usually just called "the Professor".
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • He demands they not go after Space Bee honey, considering what happened to his last crew. And the crew before that one... Assuming he wasn't using Reverse Psychology. And given a recording is found of his last crew saying he'd told them they weren't as good as the crew before...
    • He killed Hitler while time traveling. Though considering he had previously been in favor of saving Hitler's brain and implanting it in a Great White Shark, it's unclear if his objection was to Hitler himself or if he had some ulterior motive.
    • The second episode has him momentarily look worried on handing Fry over to Zoidberg for a check-up.
    • He left Mom over her evil plans.
  • Fantastic Racism: He's speciesist against sygnoids, for no clear reason; and has at least one Martian's skull as a mug, dismissing their complaints about the disrespect as "whining".
  • Foil: As Fry's closest relative, he's almost the complete opposite of him in personality; the senile, amoral mad scientist to Fry's youthful kindhearted idiocy. Occasionally their differences as family members are brought up.
  • Freudian Excuse: Not to his insanity, but to his hate for his parents, which stems from the fact that they tried their hardest to deprive him of science as a child by moving to a farm. This is explained towards the end of the episode because he suffered from violent night terrors and his parents did everything they could to soothe his anguish, which included trying to under-stimulate him by moving away from the city and limiting how much research he could do.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He is a brilliant inventor. Usually, at any rate. While the Planet Express Ship is astoundingly fast and durable, he's also commented that it's been known to fall apart just sitting around.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Completely willing on his part. "I don't have time for this! 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!"
  • Horrible Judge of Character: In one instance, he honestly seemed to believe Bender was "gentle".
  • Identical Grandson: Or Great-Nephew. He looked an awful lot like Fry in his youth, despite being an extremely distant nephew/grandson.
  • Ignored Epiphany: A Season 2 episode establishes he left Mom for realizing she was evil. "Bender's Game" has him mention they hooked up again twice thereafter, the second time ending when he again realized she was evil (the third time she dumped him).
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Several episodes have suggested the Professor will, given half a chance, eat people, starting as early as the second episode, wherein he buys the corpse of a Zuban pharaoh for the purpose of eating it. "War is the H-Word" has him get pretty giddy at the thought of eating someone's heart ("to gain their courage! Their rich, tasty courage...")
  • Jerkass: He agrees when Fry describes him as a "senile, amoral crackpot". He gleefully sends the crew to very dangerous missions (many of his previous employees died because of this). "The Sting" shows he's sent multiple crews on the same mission and each time they died, and also implies the Professor goads said crews into going by comparing them unfavorably to his previous crew. He condescends to his son, and sabotages his efforts when Cubert tries to start a newspaper business ("Who's going to use a company with a kicked sign? Nobody, that's who!")
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He appears to share some level of friendship with the other members of Planet Express. He also cares about his clone, Cubert, treating him as though he were his biological son.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Appropriately for a scientist, he always wears a white labcoat, exceptions include only the beach and skiing. He wears the labcoat even to the baseball game.
  • The Load: It's pretty heavily implied in-universe that he's one for Planet Express. In "Future Stock", the company's stock skyrockets after he's ousted, only to plummet down to less than worthless once he's reinstalled, and in "The Late Phillip J. Fry" Leela manages to turn the company into a thriving business with him gone.
  • 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.
  • Made of Iron: For a man physically over one-hundred and sixty, he's amazingly durable... when the plot demands it. An exploding super-collider does no more than annoy him, for example, and the entire upper floor of Planet Express exploding doesn't do more than scratch him up a bit. However, on other occasions, his limbs can break at the slightest provocation. Or no provocation at all.
  • Mad Scientist: So mad he was sent to a mental institution for twenty-five years when he was young.
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: The first time he called it off with Mom, an event that broke both their hearts and still upset them decades on, it was because she wanted to make a soft toy he'd made fifteen feet tall. He didn't say a word about weaponizing the things.
    Things that are fifteen feet tall aren't cute!
  • Meaningful Name: Philo Farnsworth was responsible for sending the first successful television transmission in 1927.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Senile to the point of insanity, but mostly harmless. Has a penchant for creating doomsday devices, only keeps Amy around because she's his blood type, tries to harvest Leela's organs, is implied to be a cannibal, implanted Hitler's brain in the body of a shark, killed people for their stem cells, has been frequently cited for public nudity, and frequently, knowingly sends his crew on life-threatening adventures without warning, to the point of hiring replacements even before their demises are confirmed. In his youth, he created the modern robot, an ecological disaster.
    • He has several doomsday weapons simply lying about his lab:
    Farnsworth: I suppose I could part with one and still be feared.
  • Naked People Are Funny: When it's not being hideously disturbing, at least, the Professor has a fondness for going nude at the drop of a hat.
    Doctor: (as the Professor gets ready to enter searing hot tar) Sir, it's not necessary, or wise, to be naked.
    Professor: Pfft. You sound just like my tennis instructor.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: After inventor Philo Farnsworth, a pioneer of television who created the first fully electronic television system. In a later episode, the Professor claims that he's a distant relative.
  • Oh My Gods!: "Buddha! Zeus! God! One of you guys do something! Help! Satan! You owe me!"
  • Older Than They Look: A Season 2 episode has him reveal that rather than being 150 as he claimed, he's over 160 (which was illegal). Given the progression of time in the series, by the revival, he's over 170 at the least. Not helping is the end of "Teenaged Mutant Leela's Hurdles", after a dip in the Fountain of Aging pushes him past his original biological age.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He's skilled in robotics, chemistry, engineering and genetic engineering, at the very least.
    Hermes: Professor, can you wire my brain directly into the main Battle Net?
    Professor: I can wire anything into anything! I'm the Professor!
  • Only in It for the Money: When asked what field he hopes to win a Nobel Prize in, he responds "I don't care. They all pay the same".
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: A pair of Nerd Glasses, and indeed his eyes are never seen in the series. Subverted in one episode where he needed his "reading glasses" — and put on a pair several times thicker than his already fairly enormous glasses (to the point that they looked like glass cylinders). At least somewhat of a Justified Trope: Professor Farnsworth is 160 years old. Anyone's vision would become pretty bad by that age.
  • Parental Substitute: Implied to be this to Leela. The first two times she almost got married, he was the one to give her away.note 
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: By his own admission. He's a professor at Mars University, teaching a course on "The Mathematics of Quantum Neutrino Fields", which he just made up on the basis no student would take the course. When Fry does take the course, he's outraged.
    I don't know how to teach! I'm a professor!
  • 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.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: He is very senile and sometimes forgets things that had happened only moments earlier.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: He even has a "crotchety grandpa discount card" (which expired, despite being good for a lifetime), and once uttered the line "I don't have time for this! I have to go buy a single piece of fruit with a coupon and then return it, making everyone wait behind me while I complain!" In fact, when he receives an award in Crimes of the Hot, for solving a problem he'd helped cause, he is absolutely nonchalant and entitled about it.
  • Senior Sleep Cycle: He once fell asleep while skiing and woke up at the lodge with a bronze medal around his neck.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: It is said that nudity is acceptable in the future, but the Professor seems to embrace his nakedness far more than other characters, to the audience's horror.
  • 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 and evil.
  • Straw Misogynist: He has an infrequent habit of making incredibly sexist remarks, usually directed at Leela. For example, dismissing her demand to fly the ship when looking for his escaped gargoyle Pazuzu, because he wasn't "trying to find the quickest route to the mall".
  • They Called Me Mad!: By his own admission.
    "Even I laughed at me when I invented this cross-species analyzer! But I guess I showed myself!"
    "They say madness runs in our family. Some even call me mad...and why? Because I dared to dream of my own race of atomic monsters. Atomic Supermen with octagonal-shaped bodies that suck blood out of *wanders away still ranting* "
  • Token Evil Teammate: Given his near-total lack of regard for human life and number of Doomsday devices, one could make a case for Farnsworth being this.
    Leela: Has anybody seen Fry?
    Bender (shaking his head): I didn't kill him. Professor?
    Professor (absent-mindedly): No. I've been busy.
  • Truly Single Parent: He clones himself a son from a growth on his back. Instead of having a birthday, his clone ends up celebrating his growth-scraping day.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: According to Mom, although the audience never actually sees what they look like under his glasses. Apparently they're "milky white".

    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 naivete and occasionally being the hero.

  • Adorkable: Sure, he's a weird looking lobster, but he's a Nice Guy and just wants to have friends. Aww...
  • Aliens Love Human Food: Dr. Zoidberg and his species became infatuated with Earth food upon arriving on the planet, especially to anchovies, which eventually led to the extinction of said species after overeating. Zoidberg himself appears to have an addiction to the fish and upon trying a few he displays the telltale behavior of a drug addict going into withdrawal.
  • 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. Of course, Zoidberg does have difficulty telling the difference between male and female humans.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: He fulfills many, many Jewish stereotypes but is never exactly confirmed.
  • Amusing Alien: A lobster-esque alien
  • Ascended Extra: Unlike Bender, who was fully expected to be the popular one, Zoidberg's popularity crept up on the show with lobster-like tenacity.
  • Attention Whore: The desperate Butt-Monkey version of this.
    "Hooray! People are paying attention to me!"
  • Back-Alley Doctor: His medical credentials are questionable at best, and he regularly shows gross ignorance about human biology. His connections with the Professor are the only reason he has a position as the staff doctor, and the crew suffers for it regularly.
  • Berserk Button: Zoidberg does the cutting, and you better not forget it!
    • Also, don't cross him. Zoidberg is relentlessly loyal, but betray him and he'll cut you.
    You're lucky to have Zoidberg as a friend. But cross me, and I'll turn on you like that!
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He rivals Fry in this department. When angered, Zoidberg shows how dangerous a starving lobster monster can be when his claws can cut through metal or bone with no effort.
  • Big Eater: Whenever he's not rummaging through garbage cans. He destroys an entire buffet table in "Roswell That Ends Well"
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: He has redundant organs, ink glands, a mating crest and went through close to a dozen stages of growth in the episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles". He's also got three hearts (originally four, but one was removed) and two different kinds of stomachs. He also has a brain in his rump.
  • Borscht Belt: As part of his role as Space Jew, he's also a classic Borscht Belt-style comedy character.
  • Butt-Monkey: The most common recipient of the trope. In one episode Leela crashes the Planet Express ship through the roof. Hermes turns to Zoidberg and promptly docks his pay.
  • Catchphrase: WOOP WOOP WOOP!
  • The Chew Toy: "Don't forget, you still have Zoidberg! YOU ALL STILL HAVE ZOIDBERG!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Zoidberg is neck and neck in the running with Fry when it comes to this trope. Which makes sense, what with him being the token alien and Fry having a unique form of brain damage.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • When it comes to medicine and surgery, Zoidberg is actually brilliant... as long as he's operating on aliens or dealing with alien diseases. Unfortunately, since he's on Earth and surrounded by humans, all that knowledge is nearly useless and thus he often does more harm than good.
    • In "The Duh-Vinci Code", he gets to use his doctorate for once. However, that doctorate is in art history...
    • It's 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?
    • The first season alone gives Zoidberg a few moments of awesome, managing to plug a hole in a door, keeping the gang safe from the angry Trisolians, or managing to hold a heavy bulkhead door open with one claw.
  • Cthulhumanoid: Though his mouth parts are smaller than those of most Cthulhumanoids in fiction.
  • Death by Sex: His species apparently dies after mating season. Which leads to Fridge Logic when Fry has sex in his body and is just fine. It's possible though that like with some real world species, rather than dying directly from sex the male of his species is killed by the female.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: No one really cares about him and is always desperate for friendship and attention.
  • Expy: While Fry and Bender take after Homer's laziness and love of beer, Zoidberg inherits Homer's traits of being incompetent, bald, overweight and a Big Eater.
  • 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"). According to a DVD extra that answered questions from the viewers to the creators, there are only three things he won't eat, brown crayons, compact florescent bulbs and tofu.
  • 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". This also happens when Carol is talking to Johnny and vice-versa.
  • Fish People: As a Decapoidian, he's an aquatic alien who resembles various sea animals of Earth (most obviously crustaceans and cephalopods).
  • 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.
  • Formerly Fit: According to the flashbacks in "The Tip of the Zoidberg" he used to be quite slim looking.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He works for Planet Express but all of his co-workers hate him, though he's mostly oblivious of it. Fry and Professor Farnsworth are usually the only ones to refer to Zoidberg as a friend. He says that the only reason his co-workers keep him around is because he can cut things.
  • Funny Foreigner: His species are a common immigrant group on Earth with obvious Ashkenazi resonances.
  • Genius Ditz: Despite being an incompetent doctor who knows absolutely nothing about 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.
  • Hidden Depths: While it was mostly because the episode involved multiple accounts of Throw the Dog a Bone in regards to him, he's one of the extremely few beings on Earth that is on Robot Santa's Nice List (if not the only one).
  • 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.
  • Insufferable Imbecile: He's a Lethally Stupid doctor who the other characters don't even pretend to tolerate.
  • 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 the rest of the Planet Express crew are vacationing), sits down at the roulette table and bets his entire pot... and wins... then bets everything again and wins again (coming out to over $10,000,000,000; he started with $8,000,000) in an astonishing swing of good luck. He buys drinks for everyone, they all cheer, he sets up another spin... and loses it all in one shot. Amy admonishes his behavior, to which he responds that he's okay with it and was satisfied to make everyone around him happy, if even for a brief moment. Then he calmly stands up and walks out of the casino with dignity.
    • "300 Big Boys" demonstrates this too. Zoidberg wants to spend his 300 dollar tax refund on rich guy stuff, but nothing rich people like seems to actually appeal to him. In the end, he uses it to buy a hot dog feast for a bunch of homeless people.
  • Jerkass Ball: He comes off as pretty friendly and nice for the most part but he feeds off nasty things (in fact, in the video game it 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. Subverted, when he immediately felt guilty and tried to kill himself over the former, and apologized and made up for the latter.
  • Kick the Dog: When he severs Fry's right arm in a fight over a female of his species. To be fair, though, he wasn't in his right mind at the time. After several failed attempts, he did fix the arm.
  • Last-Name Basis: Doctor John A. Zoidberg, known simply as Zoidberg. In the early seasons his first name John is almost never mentioned, but in the Comedy Central episodes he's referred to as John Zoidberg much more frequently.
  • Lethally Stupid: It's implied that he killed many of his patients due to incompetence.
  • 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".
  • The Millstone: To the Planet Express crew. He is the company's doctor, but a terrible Lethally Stupid doctor with no clue about how human anatomy works.
  • Morality Pet:
    • To MOM, of all people. Zoidberg is the only person she treats with genuine respect, heck they even address each other by first names and she has offered to give him his own lab fully staffed.
    • He's also this to Robot Santa who tries to kill everyone for being naughty, except Zoidberg, who has been very good and gets a pogo stick. Seems that Zoidberg's lot in life is to be treated as a Butt-Monkey by everyone except those who already treat everyone else as a Butt-Monkey.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: The reason for his lack of medical knowledge changes depending on the joke and the episode. Sometimes it's brain damage, sometimes he's an expert on alien anatomy and unfamiliar with human anatomy, sometimes he's Not That Kind of Doctor and his doctorate is Art History, sometimes he's had no medical training whatsoever and his only knowledge is whatever he remembers from posters in the doctor's office and medication ads.
  • Mundane Luxury: Given the way he lives, the simplest of things can easily be the most amazing of triumphs.
    "What's this? Two meals in one week?"
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Trope Namer, which somehow helps him in at least one case (robot Santa seems to consider him morally upright, despite participating in several of the gang's antics that he doesn't overlook for anyone else).
  • Nice Guy: Despite his odd habits and and lack of knowledge about human anatomy, Zoidberg is one of the more morally positive characters on the show. It's been shown he's willing to sacrifice his own happiness on multiple occasions to help others. He gives up a potentially luxurious life for Farnsworth, a loving relationship with a woman in order to give her a sense of smell (although in that case, it actually works out because she finds his repugnant odor to be attractive), and a literal fortune in order to show people a good time. Not only that but he'll risk life and limb for his friends, such as backstabbing a murderous robot Santa Claus and saving professor Farnsworth from a yeti. Not only that but Zoidberg is perhaps the only person on Earth who meets said Robot Santa's impossibly high standards for good behavior.
  • 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.
  • Oblivious to Hatred: Sometimes he's oblivious about his The Friend Nobody Likes status, and thinks all his co-workers are his close friends. In "The Six Million Dollar Mon" he's genuinely shocked when Hermes tells him he's not his friend, even if Hermes openly hates Zoidberg more than anyone and is always verbal about it.
  • 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.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: "The Cryonic Woman" shows that part of Zoidberg's lack of popularity at Planet Express is because of the presence of the much cooler Fry, Bender and Leela. When they're fired, he immediately becomes more popular.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Always poor, hungry, and lonely. Something of a Belated Backstory, as he was none of these things in the first season.
  • Poverty for Comedy: Being a bad doctor and an even less wanted friend, he lives in a dumpster and subsists on garbage and whatever else he can find.
  • Really 700 Years Old: His multiple life-stages suggest he could be near/in the Professor's age group, if not somewhat older.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Introduced in the second episode, along with the other supporting Planet Express members (Hermes and Amy).
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: His name is a reference to a rejected Apple II game that David X. Cohen developed in high school called Zoid. (Supposedly, it was a lot like Qix).
  • Space Jews: Played for laughs. Oy vey! This is also why his species are crustaceans — they're not kosher.
  • Straw Loser: He actually makes Fry look cool in comparison. While Fry is also considered a loser, at least he doesn't live in a dumpster or eat garbage, has plenty of women over the show's run (including Leela, Amy, his own grandmother, a radiator...), and despite being often the butt of the other's jokes, is actually liked by most people.
  • Third-Person Person: Occasionally, Zoidberg has the tendency to refer to himself in the third person, usually when gloating about something idiotic.
  • Token Good Teammate: In "Xmas Story" he was specifically the only member of the Planet Express Crew (and apparently on Earth) who is not on Santa's naughty/target list.
  • Took a Level in Badass: 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!"
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite the others's treatment of him, he likes to see everyone as his best friend (thinking he and Hermes are close friends, calling Fry his "dearest friend", calling Bender his "best friend", etc.) How much this is reciprocated depends on the episode; Hermes just flat-out hates Zoidberg and the others are not too fond of him but they can tolerate him at times or even treat him like a friend (like the Professor in "The Tip of the Zoidberg"). In the episode "Silence of the Clamps" he states that the only reason the crew keeps him around is because he can cut things.

    Hermes Conrad
"Sweet three-toed sloth of Ice Planet Hoth!"
Voiced by: Phil La Marr
Debut: "The Series Has Landed"

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

  • Always Someone Better: Barbados Slim, his former professional limbo rival, and La Barbara's ex-husband. "He is the only person to have won Olympic medals in both Limboing and sex".
  • Anything but That!: As a dedicated bureaucrat, paid vacation is "the ultimate penalty" to him.
  • 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 defenses in a matter of minutes.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's the character most likely of receiving the short-end of the stick when Zoidberg isn't available.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "My Manwich!" Usually provoked by Bender's antics. And his son's inherited it.
    • "Sweet (animal) of (location)!" Lampshaded one on occasion, where Hermes was too traumatized to bother filling in the blanks.
      "Sweet something of... someplace."
    • "(X subject) (Y verb/adjective) (Z simile about green snakes and sugar cane).
      "I'm feeling lower than a green snake under a sugar cane truck."
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: In "The Six Million Dollar Mon", Hermes becomes addicted to upgrading himself with robotic parts. This culminates in him becoming 'Mecha Hermes,' a hulking, emotionless, Do-Anything Robot that houses his brain.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He was always this, even in his debut episode.
    Leela (reading the surprisingly comprehensive waiver attached to her new job application): Look, I don't know about your previous captains, but I intend to do as little dying as possible.
    Hermes: (laughs, then turns deadly serious) Sign de paper.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic Racism: It's strongly implied that Hermes' biased hatred against Zoidberg may at least partially be due to the latter being a Decapoidian; Hermes has even called him a "filthy crab".
  • Formerly Fit: Hermes used to be fit enough for the Olympics, until a fan fatally attempted to emulate him. That and the munchies( though he's still great at limboing).
  • The Generic Guy: He is a dedicated, anal-retentive worker who loves his job, but the lack of focus on his character can cause him to come off as this, with his most pronounced personality trait in earlier seasons being his hatred of Zoidberg. Later episodes attempted to give him Character Development.
  • Happily Married: To the beautiful La Barbara. She always goes over to her ex-husband Barbados Slim however if Hermes is not available for whatever reason (like having his head chopped off).
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Who knew limbo skills had so many uses.
  • Henpecked Husband: La Barbara also scolds Dwight, their son, often.
  • Irrational Hatred: Before Zoidberg was characterized as a disgusting bum, Hermes still disliked him, starting as early as the third episode, when he spat out some food he'd just been enjoying when Zoidberg said he'd made them (To be fair, it was crab and Zoidberg is a crab). It grew in "Hell is Other Robots", when he begins blaming Zoidberg for the rising electricity bills, and removes several items Zoidberg enjoys and uses from the office.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: Bordering on Ambiguously Evil.
    • He really hates Zoidberg (even more than everyone else), and often blames him regardless of whether or not he's actually done anything wrong.
    • Should the Professor decide he's not cold-hearted enough to fire the entire crew, Hermes will do it for him, instantly. And when presented with the opportunity to kill his coworkers, he actually had to think about it.
    • He hands Leela a gun and tells her to shoot the others. When she reaffirms that she's only going to use it for defense, he just shrugs it off.
    • Apparently, he needs a license to kill. For what remains unclear, but he will be using piano wire.
    • After Fry and Bender enlist in the Army, Hermes fires them immediately. In another episode, when Bender is crippled by a can-opener, Hermes joyfully tells him it's Hermes' dream come true.
    • He is very interested to learn that the grunka lunkas are a lot cheaper than his own employees and that they're basically slaves.
    • From Anthology Of Interest II:
    Farnsworth (off-screen): Who's there, Hermes? Is it visitors? I want to see them!
    Hermes: It's nobody! Now sign that will I gave you!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • He approved Bender (then an infant) 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.
    • He also wasn't angry with Leela for messing up when she was filling in for him, and easily helped get everything back on track.
  • 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 management guarantees no actual good news".
  • Manchild:
    Hermes: I think I'm coming down with circusitis. (sneezes — he ends up looking like a clown)
    Leela: I thought circusitis only affected children.
    Hermes: Children of all ages.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Along with the Professor, Hermes will strip naked at the earliest opportunity for some good old fashion Fan Disservice.
  • Not So Above It All: Hermes may come across as a driven, cold heartless bureaucrat... and he is. But he'll also jump at the chance for a day off, same as anyone else.
  • Obsessed Are the Listmakers: Averted... kind of. He once stated he's only anal 78.36% of the time.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: And he's incredibly proud of it.
    "We didn't choose to be bureaucrats
    No, that's what almighty Jah made us
    We'd treat people like swine and make them stand in line
    Even if nobody paid us!"
  • Only Sane Man: He often takes this role, most notably in Bender's Big Score where he's the only person to realize the crew is being scammed. He's also the most consistent critic of the incompetent Zoidberg.
  • Paperworkaholic: Hermes's primary character trait. Working for the Central Bureaucracy, he loves filling out paperwork. He even has a song about it:
    We didn't choose to be bureaucrats
    No, that's what Almighty Jah made us
    We'd treat people like swine and make them stand in line
    Even if nobody paid us
    They say the world looks down on the bureaucrats
    They say we're anal, compulsive and weird
    But when push comes to shove you gotta do what you love
    Even if it's not a good idea
  • Retired Badass: Parodied. Hermes was once an Olympic limbo champion, who retired when a young fan of his tried to imitate him, and tragically broke his spine in the attempt. A traumatized Hermes was incapable of limboing from that day forth.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Introduced in the second episode, along with the other supporting Planet Express members (Zoidberg and Amy).
  • So Proud of You: His reaction to Dwight and Cubert's behavior in "The Route of All Evil".
    Proud of you? You ruined us with sleazy business practices, and a complete disregard for decency! ... of course we're proud of you!
  • Stereotype Flip: He's a workaholic, anal-retentive Rastafarian.
  • The Stoner: Heavily implied in the Comedy Central episodes more than the FOX ones.
    La Barbara: Husband! Can't you go anywhere without lightin' something up?
  • 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. His voice was also much deeper in some of his earlier appearances.
  • The Wonka: He once gave himself a tongue-lashing and kicked himself out of his own office for asking to take Valentine's Day off.

    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".

  • All Girls Like Ponies: According to Amy, she had an awful lot of ponies as a child. When she was de-aged and went back to Mars, a pony could be seen standing to the side in her room. Also explains her devastated reaction when Bender baked her a pony for brunch.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys:
    • Until she hooks up with the sensitive Kif (though in the episode they first get together in, she expresses a distaste for bad boys, instead wanting a good guy).
    • In "Proposition Infinity" (quite possibly a case of Depending on the Writer as it was after Comedy Central picked up the series), it turns out that Amy still can't keep her eyes off of bad boys or flirting with them. This causes Kif to break up with her and Amy starts a "robosexual" affair with the biggest bad boy she knows, Bender. At the end Kif shows that he can be 'bad' in his own way to make up with her.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She is in a romance with Kif and flirts with a lot of guys but she kissed Leela in "Bender's Game" while they are in an alternate reality that resembles Lord Of The Rings.
  • Amicable Exes: Fry and Amy previously dated but remain close friends after breaking up.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: She's of Chinese descent, but she's from Mars. (Her parents own half of Mars. "The good half", so they claim.)
  • Asian Airhead: Literally every male character makes note of how good-looking she is, she's richer than the rest of the main cast, and well-liked by everyone. She acts so ditzy that it's easy to forget that she was introduced as a graduate student in applied physics (and eventually gets her PhD).
  • Asian Rudeness: Amy often accuses Leela of not being ladylike enough to be a true woman. Even so, they remain friends.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Does this all the time. While on an ice fishing trip she even wears a belly parka.
  • Big Eater: Technically a fat version, since she has a bottomless appetite, but ignores it for the most part in order to stay thin. During a "Freaky Friday" Flip episode where she ended up in Leela's body, she gleefully took the opportunity to eat to her heart's content, since it wouldn't be her own body getting fat. By the end of the episode, Leela's body is gigantic. However, seeing Fry and Leela have sex while in Zoidberg and Farnsworth's bodies kills her appetite for good.
  • Birds of a Feather: Part of the reason she and Fry hooked up was because they shared similar interests, both being ditzy and rebellious. And unlike Leela, Fry's childish behavior wasn't a turn-off for Amy.
  • Brainless Beauty: She is a very cute girl but, despite her usual intelligence, she can be absent-minded. Especially in Season 2. A notable example being removing Dr. Zoidberg's restraints no less than eight times, despite injuries she endured each time.
    Amy: Fool me seven times, shame on you, fool me eight or more times, shame on me.
  • Casual Kink: With Earth facing impending death (again), Amy suggested an end-of-the-world orgy. The rest of the crew quickly lost interest, though not before Amy got changed.
  • Character Development: In early seasons Amy was mostly The Ditz, and the fact that she was also Farnsworth's intern and an intellectual was essentially an Informed Attribute, only mentioned in her introduction and in Mars University. In the post-revival seasons, Amy gets significantly more focus to highlight the fact that yes, she is a scientist and Farnsworth's partner.
  • The Chew Toy: One of the main reasons she was created; Amy is often used for physical comedy.
  • Cleavage Window: She and Leela have some outfits with this. In one episode that had random time skips during a basketball game, Amy, wearing such an outfit, immediately brings attention to it as a possible explanation.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Frequently falls over. In one episode Fry refers to her as "a klutz from Mars".
  • The Cutie: She's proud of her appearance.
    • 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.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Her parents don't like Kif.
    Mr. Wong: This your boyfriend? I have instant dislike of him!
    Mrs. Wong; He too scrawny to father grandchildren.
    Amy: He's not scrawny, he's just small-boned.
    Kif:: Actually, I don't have bones. I'm supported by a system of fluid-filled bladders that—
    Mr. Wong: Yes, yes! You a big squishy wuss! Amy should be dating real man.
  • The Ditz: A black-haired Ditz (to the point of becoming Birds of a Feather with Fry in "Put Your Head on My Shoulders"), she fails at haggling, confusing it with bidding at auctions, and flirts with all men. Bordering on Genius Ditz, since she's also an engineering student (though in one DVD commentary, the writers admitted that they'd completely forgotten that). Only after the return of the show post-cancellation, she began to be portrayed more as a Ditzy Genius.
  • Ditzy Genius: In later seasons, the series actually starts using her in plots involving her as an academic or scientist on top of plots involving her as a ditz. Even more so, now that she's finished college and obtained a doctorate. An example of this trope is the episode "Viva Mars Vegas" when she comes up with an elaborate plan for the gang but also shows her clueless Upper-Class Twit side ("What's rent?").
  • 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.
  • Formerly Fat: She was very fat as a child; even her parents tease her mercilessly about it. In one episode, the main characters all revert to their childhood forms, and Amy, again overweight, becomes the butt of all her parents' childish jokes.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Amy is a spoiled and girly party girl, but she "works" as an engineering intern, has short hair, and always wears a tracksuit.
    Fry: Hey, tell me something: You've got all this money, how come you always dress like you're doing your laundry?
    Amy: I guess 'cause my parents keep telling me to be more ladylike.
  • Good Bad Girl: Not only was she open to dating non-humans, but in some episodes, dated creatures that weren't even humanoid. She still brags about her "general sluttiness" though.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Amy often speaks Cantonese, especially when angry. They're mostly insults.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: With Bender in Proposition Infinity.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Kif.
  • The Klutz: Frequently falls over. In one episode Fry refers to her as "a klutz from Mars".
  • Limited Wardrobe: Amy zigzags the trope. Despite having boatloads of cash from her parents to purchase any outfit she could want, Amy almost always wears the same pink tracksuit (except for formal events). When Fry points this out, she says it's because she's rebelling against her parents. However she seems to have a large variety of outfits for special occasions and parties. She even wore an outfit modeled after Jackie Onassis Kennedy in "Hell is Other Robots".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Aside from her regular pink tracksuit outfit, she wears very skimpy outfits for every formal event (even a funeral) and often appears in a bikini and, sometimes, naked.
  • Official Couple: With Kif. They have a more stable relationship than pretty much any other couple in the show. Contrast to the on-again off-again relationship of Fry and Leela.
  • Older Than They Look: Officially, Amy is 39, but could easily pass for someone in their early to mid-20s.
  • Pair the Dumb Ones: One episode focuses on the ditzy Amy dating Fry, and how easily they bond because of their similarities. He dumps her at the end of the episode though.
  • 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.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: She's an intern at Planet Express, but never seen to do actual work there. It's later revealed that Professor Farnsworth keeps her around because she has the same blood type as him.
  • Really Gets Around: At least, until she gets together with Kif. Not only was she open to dating non-humans, but in some episodes, dated creatures that weren't even humanoid.
  • Robosexual: Temporarily with Bender in "Proposition Infinity".
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Kif's Savvy Guy.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Introduced in the second episode, along with the other supporting Planet Express members (Zoidberg and Hermes).
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: The whole reason she was created was to see if audiences would accept a female victim of slapstick. They did.
  • Smarter Than You Look: As the episode "That Darn Katz" reminds us, she IS an engineering graduate student who designs a machine to harness the rotational energy of the Earth. Also, she officially gains her doctorate at the end of the episode, so she is the ultimate Ditzy Genius.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Her parents own a hemisphere of Mars, but despite this, she's actually pretty nice (if a little inconsiderate and selfish at times).
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: "Put Your Head On My Shoulders" shows how good she can relate to Fry's odd behavior with family matters. They both later decide to stop their advances on each other on account of Fry thinking she was everywhere in his life (which is because he couldn't stop himself from being with her).
  • Stripperiffic: Pretty much anything she wears outside of her normal outfit. Her normal outfit can also be counted as it is still pretty revealing.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Leela's Tomboy. Early designs for Amy had her be much more masculine. This was changed so the women would contrast each other.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Zoidberg manages to trick her into freeing him several times in "Why Must I Be a Crustacean In Love?" (and he does it one more time before the scene ends), and a robotic food disposal almost chops off her hand in "Mother's Day" by offering her a diamond ring in the drain until the others stop her. In both scenes someone calls her a 'moron' (Bender in the former, Prof. Farnsworth in the latter).
  • Totally Radical: A 30th century version.
  • Upper-Class Twit: A ditzy, spoiled rich girl.
  • Valley Girl: Although a milder case than most. Wealthy family, loves shopping and even uses a sci-fi-twisted version of the lingo ("guh" and "spluh" are favorites of hers).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Leela. Amy frequently insults Leela at the drop of a hat, but still goes out for drinks with her (although she'll still abandon Leela to go off for "coffee" with guys), and invites Leela to her wedding. In a deleted scene for "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch" Amy says she sees Leela as an older sister.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Gal: Sort of. In "Into the Wild Green Yonder", she reveals that she has been trying to fill the void of her father wanting a son by acting more masculine (her choice of clothing, as opposed to something more feminine, for instance).
  • Working with the Ex: She and Fry dated for a while, until he dumped her.
  • Wrench Wench: An engineering intern. Not that she actually does anything.


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