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During a trip to Mars Vegas, an accident involving a group of straw feminists leaves Fry with the ability to read minds, entangling him into a secret society known as the Legion of Mad Fellows. Leela joins up with the feminist group in order to bring down Leo Wong's environmentally disastrous giant miniature golf course, Bender begins having an affair with the wife of the leader of the Robot Mafia, and Fry works undercover as a security guard to prevent the potential extinction of man kind.

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  • Aborted Arc: Bender's affair with the Robot Mafia Don's wife abruptly ends not two minutes into the second segment of the whole movie in spite of it being rather center stage of the first 20 or so minutes.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Known womanizer Zapp's reaction to seeing the Planet Express men in a go-go cage? "There's something very wrong here... and yet, a little bit right."
  • And the Adventure Continues: The movie ends with the Planet Express crew flying into a wormhole into an unknown region of space that they could possibly never return from... and, originally, the entire series was going to end on that note.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Knowing that they could be facing certain death, Leela tells Fry that she is in love with him after years of not returning his feelings.
  • Anti-Climax: The ending scene, though through no fault of its own. The main characters are on the run from the law and to escape, they flee into a gigantic wormhole which is to take them light-years away without anyway of knowing if they can return. Originally intended to be the final scene of the series, it is made dramatic by having Leela and Fry kiss for the first time as the ship flies into the wormhole and it morphs into the familiar pattern of lights shown in the opening sequence of each episode. It would have been a fitting send-off; by the time of "Rebirth", however, we're treated to an Anti-Climax.
  • Ascended Extra: The Number Nine Man, who originated as a sporadically appearing background character in the original show's first two seasons before vanishing, resurfaces in this film in a more prominent role as a member of the Legion of Mad Fellows.
  • As Himself: Supreme Court Justice Snoop Dogg.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: The women try to invoke this by dressing Bender up as a hooker during the prison break. Instead the guards just shoot him a lot.
  • Back for the Finale: A single scene depicts up to two hundred and fifty minor and recurring characters that have appeared in the series (the animation studio fined the production company due to how expensive this was). The only ones not present are any child characters, who were originally present but removed after the writers realized this conflicted with a line about no children being present.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Kif as usual. Zapp Lampshades his sigh for the first time, though.
    Zapp: Kif — round 'em up. And spare me the weary sigh for once.
  • Beyond the Impossible: During the prison break, Bender manages to bend a brick wall, despite the fact that it's "not on the list of approved bendables". Not break it, but bend it, as if it were flexible. Rules are for humans indeed.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate/Big Bad Ensemble: Leo Wong and the Dark One. Despite not working together, they both have the same goal (destroying the Violet Dwarf Star) for different reasons (Leo to build a giant mini-golf course, the Dark One to prevent the birth of the Encyclopod).
  • Big Damn Kiss: Fry and Leela confess their love for each other and share one as they go through the wormhole.
  • Big Damn Movie: Originally intended to serve as a Grand Finale for the series, as the creators were unsure if they could get the series picked up again.
  • Big Good: The Encyclopods, the arch-enemies of the Dark Ones, who preserve the DNA of endangered and extinct species so they can recreate them if they go extinct.
  • Big "NO!": Done by Fry after Bender tells him that he screwed up a game of Tetris on his phone.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Despite molding into a Straw Feminist group of eco-terrorists who resort to acts of sabotage and even kidnapping on one occasion, Leela and the Feministas are nonetheless clearly the sympathetic side in their conflict with Leo Wong, a corrupt male chauvinist jerk who cares only about building his super-sized miniature golf course while bull-dozing through the universe in the most environmentally-destructive manner possible.
  • Book Ends: "You're you; that's all I need to know."
    • The movie starts at the public demolition of the old Mars Vegas, and ends at the public demolition of the Violet Dwarf Star.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When Bender is asked if he's crazy (for dating the Donbot's wife), his reply is "no, it's Fry who's crazy in this one", a callback to the last movie.
  • Brick Joke: In "The Beast With a Billion Backs", after being the first to be assimilated by Yivo, Fry deliberately begins speaking more eloquently to "fit my diction to the importance of what I'm saying". When the Legion of Mad Fellows begin explaining the history of the Encyclopods and Dark Ones, Fry encourages them to do the same.
  • Brought Down to Normal: At the end of the movie, Hutch pulls the femi-necklace out of Fry's temple before he dies, which removes Fry's psychic powers.
  • But Now I Must Go: Played for Laughs with the Encylopod, which leaves immediately after taking a sample of human DNA from Hutch, and Fry pointing out it only takes the DNA of endangered animals.
    Fry: I guess he didn't hear me.
  • Call-Back:
    • Amy's childhood obesity gets brought up during the golf course sequence.
    • In the finale, one of Kif's thoughts is that he misses Amy, after their break up two movies ago.
    • When it looks like Planet Express is going out of business, the professor removes Hermes and Zoidberg's career chips (then reinstates them when a bribe from Leo Wong is enough to save them). They're just as painful to add or remove as they've always been.
  • Captain's Log: Fry gives his own "delivery boy's log", stating how he ended up being a part of the environmental survey because he fell asleep on what he thought was the toilet.
  • Character Catchphrase: Many as usual, but notably LeBarbara tries to come up with some similar to Hermes', with him shooting them down every time.
    Hermes: Not your strong suit, woman.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Zoidberg's desire to eat the Muck Leech, even when told not to, eventually pays off in the finale.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Violet Dwarf system, with its life-supporting meteor. It's actually an egg-and-sperm pair for an Encyclopod, the first in generations.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Hutch initially shows up to provide Fry with his tinfoil hat and make passing mention of the Dark Ones. He later returns to introduce Fry to the Legion of Mad Fellows.
  • The Chosen One: Fry's lack of a delta brainwave makes his mind unreadable, a huge advantage over the Dark One.
  • Compensating for Something: The Professor, especially in regard to his TV (a Magna-Phallix brand plasma screen), which he smashes on learning there's a slightly bigger version available.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Leo Wong. And if Professor Farnsworth wasn't one before, he is now. But at least Farnsworth gets better.
  • Crazy Homeless People: Subverted. The League of Mad Fellows? They're not crazy hobos, but telepaths who are trying to stop the Dark One. They wear tinfoil hats to stop the Dark One from reading their minds, and also to stop incessantly hearing everyone else's thoughts.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Leela falls victim to this again, this time with a creature that is nowhere near cute, a muck leech. It turns out to be the Dark One.
  • Death by Irony: Frieda and Hutch, as per Waterfall family tradition.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Okay, the Martian muck leech is obviously not terribly benevolent right from the off, but guess what? It's also a Dark One; the very last Dark One, in fact.
  • Disability Superpower: Fry's lack of a delta brainwave makes his mind unreadable.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Kif finally tires of Zapp's shit and runs off with the Planet Express crew.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The identity of the Dark One: Did he appear before the reveal? Check. Was he Beneath Suspicion? Check. It is a surprise both to the characters and the audience? Check. Does it make sense with the general theme of the series? Check.
  • Double Entendre: During the poker tournament, Penn Jillette's head remarks how the buxom Boobs Vanderbilt has "a decent pair".
  • Double-Meaning Title: The movie title can refer to either the return of the green wave of life-giving chi, or the ending in which the Planet Express Crew goes on the run, basically into parts unknown, or as Bender puts it "Into the breach".
  • Ecocidal Antagonist: Leo Wong plans to destroy the Violet Dwarf Star to build a giant golf course, which poses a serious threat to alien life (especially since, unbeknownst to everyone, the star is half of the genetic material required to recreate the Encyclopod and preserve the DNA of every endangered or extinct animal species that ever lived). This spurns Leela to join (and eventually lead) an ecofeminist group to stop him.
  • Endangered Pest: Leela has to keep the last survivor of a parasitic leech species alive, despite it constantly attacking her.
  • Eye Scream: When Leela first encounters the muck leech, one of the places it attaches itself to is her eyeball.
  • Foot Popping: Fanny does it while making out with Bender.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Bender's excuse for why he's inside the Donbot's wife. Namely, that he went through a wormhole and was transported from a distant corner of the universe.
    • While the Feministas are being chased by the Nimbus through Leo's giant minigolf course, they escape by flying through a wormhole.
    • Leela seems far more affectionate with Fry than she ever has been before, hinting to her declaration of love for him at the end of the film.
  • Friend to All Living Things: The Legion of Mad Fellows are implied to be this. The Encyclopods are an entire species of them.
  • Grand Finale: This film serves as the conclusion to the direct-to-DVD films and went out on a strong note with Fry and Leela supposedly going through a Relationship Upgrade.
  • Granola Girl: Used to death by the Feministas.
  • Green Aesop: The movie has a heavy pro-environment message, with a significant part of the conflict being about Leo Wong causing harm to the ecosystem to create a gigantic golf course without a care to the consequences while the Feministas try to stop him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Fry, thinking he's the Dark One, tries to kill himself by diverting Leo Wong's demolition detonator to the Omega Device and using it on himself. It doesn't work, as he's not the Dark One, but lucky for him he was standing close enough to Leela who had the Dark One attached to her. It was the muck leech.
  • Informed Attribute: The first time Frieda and her feministas appear, Fry calls them "noisy" as they sing. In fact, they're singing quite softly, even with the megaphone. Off-key, and out of harmony, sure, but not loudly.
  • Killed Off for Real: The Headless Body of Spiro Agnew is run over by a golf cart and killed.
  • Lampshade Hanging: At the climax, when Leela agrees to Fry's demand because he's Fry, the commentary points out that really, it's because he's Fry she shouldn't listen to him.
  • Large Ham: Discussed trope. When #9 initially describes the situation involving the green chi in a bland and clunky manner, Fry asks him to liven his speech up a little so he can take him more seriously. So he does.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Dark One gets vaporized by the Encyclopod, and before it can preserve the Dark One's DNA, the remains are eaten by Zoidberg.
  • Last of His Kind: The Dark One and the Encyclopod are the last remaining members of their respective species, with the former being killed in the episode's climax, wiping the Dark Ones out once and for all. This may also apply to Hutch Waterfall after Frieda's death, as no more members of the Waterfall family are seen from this point onwards.
  • Lensman Arms Race: The war between the Dark Ones and the Encyclopods is depicted as one of these between snakes and frogs.
  • Metaphorgotten: Fry tries to defend himself from Leela calling him a rat, to no luck.
    Fry: I'm no rat. If I'm any rodent, it's the loyal capybara, king of the rats! ... no, wait...
  • The Mole: Fry infiltrates Leo Wong's organization to sabotage his attempts to destroy the Violet Dwarf Star. Bender teams up with Nixon and DOOP to capture the Feministas, so he can later break them out of prison, though this is just because he doesn't want anyone having a longer rap sheet than him.
  • Moon-Landing Hoax: Nixon admits that they did fake the moon landing... on Venus.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Professor Farnsworth. Despite being bribed by Leo Wong to look the other way regarding Wong's disastrous golf course plans no less than three times in the movie, he eventually feels immense guilt for putting monetary gain ahead of preserving nature and joins forces with Leela to atone for his misdeeds.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: If Leela had just let Leo Wong exterminate the muck leeches at the beginning of the movie instead of saving one of them, it would have killed off the last of the Dark Ones so they would no longer be a threat.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Exactly when Leela fell in love with Fry is never stated. The other movies did not indicate that her feelings for Fry had changed much and Fry even dated another woman in the second film.
    • Fry fell asleep on what he thought was the toilet. What he actually fell asleep on is not said.
  • Non-Answer: The Encyclopod only collects specimens from endangered species. When asked why it's taking human specimens, it immediately leaves.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: And no manual. The device Fry is given to destroy the Dark Ones was invented by a blind inventor, who described what was inside to a deaf person. Or so the legend goes....
  • Only in It for the Money: The Professor takes numerous bribes from Leo Wong to assist him.
  • Opening Shout-Out: When the Planet Express Ship flies into the wormhole at the end of the movie, it morphs into the pattern of blue lights seen in the opening sequence.
  • Painful Rhyme: Frieda Waterfall's rhymes are all these. The Dark One mocks her rhymes when it kills her.
    Dark One: Where are your crappy rhymes now, Frieda Waterfall?
    Frieda: I'm dead, I'm dead…. Eat only organic whole-grain bre-achhh!-
  • Paranormal Gambling Advantage: Fry uses his newfound telepathy to cheat at a poker tournament, while Bender loads up on lucky charms (most notably, the Donbot's lucky robot's foot). In the last hand Bender wins by not looking at his hand, which turns out to be all four kings plus a coaster labeled "King of Beers" that got shuffled into the deck by accident, beating Fry's four aces.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Ultimately, Leo Wong to the Dark Ones, aka the muck leeches he exterminated at the start of the movie. He laughed at the thought of screwing with Mother Nature, but that species? The universe is better off with them going extinct.
  • Poor Communication Kills: All over the place between Fry and Leela. Fry simply can't tell her what he's up to, because of the risk that the Dark One might hear it through her thoughts (and it will, since it's hiding on her person, though nobody knows it). Unfortunately, his job as The Mole has him working under the misogynistic executive that she's trying to oppose, making it harder for her to defend him from the other Feministas.
  • Power Incontinence: Fry can't turn off his new-found telepathy, and constantly hearing other people's thoughts almost drives him crazy. Thankfully Hutch teaches him that a Tinfoil Hat can keep the thoughts out.
  • Pretty in Mink: Fanny is the wife of the leader of the Robot Mafia, and he held up Burlington Coat Factory to get her a white fur jacket. Bender had been having an affair with her and says, "Man, this is great! I always wanted to nail a dame in a fur coat, and now's my chance."
  • Relationship Upgrade: Supposedly with Fry and Leela by the end of the movie. Somewhat carries on into the following seasons, as they become on again/off again in season six and are a regular couple by season seven.
  • The Reveal: Hutch's surname is Waterfall, making him Frieda Waterfall's long-lost brother, and a member of the Waterfall family from elsewhere in the continuity.
  • Scales of Justice: A statue of Lady Justice appears with her scales. Funny enough, a smaller statue of her is seen in one of her scales with the other being tipped over with a bag of money showing corruption.
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • Nixon's thoughts claim he faked the Moon Landing, but two movies ago, he said it was real, "nothing up there but dry rocks and those revolting onion men!" Then again, Nixon is completely insane.
    • Leela's parents, as well as several other sewer mutants, are seen among the crowd at the end of the movie, despite at this point in the series, mutants are still not allowed to leave the sewers to go above ground (unless given a special pass by the mayor, as shown in "Less Than Hero", but who other than Leela, who is a fugitive in this movie, could have done that for them?)
  • Series Fauxnale: The second installment of the series to be a finale that wasn't, albeit by the time it was actually released, it was already generally known that Comedy Central were picking the show up for some new seasons.
  • Shout-Out: The crew analyzing the abandoned space-sector is one to Star Trek. Adding to this is Bender manning the "spockoscope".
  • Shown Their Work: White rhinoceroses are shown with square lips and more prominent humps that distinguish them from black rhinoceroses (both rhinos are gray).
  • Soda-Candy 'Splosion: There is a dancing fountain display at Mars Vegas created through a mix of Diet Slurm and Mentos.
  • Space Whale: The Encyclopods are a race of giant manta rays with dome-like pouches on their backs, where they store extinct and endangered plants and animals.
  • Straw Feminist: The Feministas, with a little Animal Wrongs Group. They end up being heroes by opposing Leo Wong, a male chauvinist who prides himself on destroying the galaxy to make his golf-course, which is basically a big ego trip.
  • Take That!:
    • Céline Dion gets burned repeatedly, with the Planet Express crew making it clear they don't want the free tickets to Celine Dion offered to them by Leo Wong, a banner for the poker tournament saying that losers will have to attend her performance and the Number 9 Man saying "probably" in response to Fry's question on whether the Encyclopods loving and defending all living things included Celine Dion.
    • Calculon suffers a system error from using Windows Vista, which was notorious for crashing all the time. In Comedy Central reruns (and the Hulu version), however, the OS was changed to Windows 7.
  • Telepathy: Fry is gifted with this ability after Frieda Waterfall's "femi-necklace" becomes embedded in his head. He then becomes part of a group of mind-readers known as the Legion of Mad Fellows. Hutch pulls the necklace out just before he dies.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: The Waterfall family's habit of dying continues, with Frieda and Hutch being killed by the Dark One.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Subverted. Fry's logic on how he thinks he's the Dark One is sound note , but the Dark One turns out to be something else.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Bender spends most of the first act not even trying to hide his relationship with Fanny, the Donbot's wife. Unsurprisingly, they get caught and shot.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Leo Wong, previously just a nasty jerkass towards his daughter, now steps up to environmental devastation and supreme sexist jerkassery.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Helmut Spargle can be seen in the audience scene near the end, despite his stomach having exploded in the episode he originally appeared in.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: When the Dark One telepathically commands Leo to continue with the destruction of the violet dwarf star, he goes "You got it, Mr. voice in my head!"
  • Wacky Wayside Tribe: The first quarter of the movie deals with the establishment of the new Mars Vegas, Fry joining a poker tournament, and Bender in a relationship with the Donbot's wife. None of these things have any greater importance to the plot.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Lrrr apparently entered the Universal Poker Championship with the intent of making his father proud. He didn't.
    Lrrr's Father: I want you and your junk moved out by Monday!
  • Wham Line:
    • Leela finally confesses her love for Fry.
      Leela: [to Fry] Maybe I waited too long to say this, but I love you too.
    • Frieda's dying mention of a brother comes back when Hutch lays dying.
      Hutch: [gasps] My sister's femi-necklace!
      Encyclopod: I shall avenge you, Hutch... Waterfall.
  • White Sheep: Hutch is understatedly this for the Waterfall family, a Mellow Fellow who gives Fry helpful advice about his telepathy, is capable of rational thought and isn't Too Dumb to Live and is part of an environmental protection group who aren't Hypocrites or Strawmen, don't value animal life over human life and actually succeed in their goal. Fittingly, while his father's death got a round of applause, upon his death his DNA was taken by the Encyclopod to prevent the extinction of the human race.
  • Your Size May Vary: The Nimbus's size has never been very consistent over the course of the series, but it's pretty evident in the chase with the Feministas. In one shot, it's comparable to Jupiter and casually crashing through moons like bugs on a windshield, but when it goes through Kong's nostril, it seems to be smaller than the Planet Express Ship.


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