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Recap / Futurama S 2 E 8 Raging Bender

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Bender joins the Ultimate Robot Fighting League and quickly becomes the champ—as the fight's are rigged so the most popular robot wins. Bender's popularity eventually drops and he's ordered to lose to the devastating newcomer, the titanic Destructor. Leela decides to help Bender defeat Destructor when she discovers the other robot's trainer is her former despised karate instructor, Fnog.

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  • All Animals Are Dogs: Once Farnsworth "teaches the toaster to feel love", it acts a playful puppy—barking, yipping, and using its lever handle to "pant".
  • And I Must Scream:
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    • Hermes spends most of the episode with a Brain Slug on his head, courtesy of a stopover at the Brain Slug planet while on vacation. Everyone figures it out, but they're in no hurry to save him. Bender accidentally manages to dislodge the Brain Slug, but then it gets immediately put back on.
    • Lampshaded when George Foreman says, "As a head without a body, I envy the dead."
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Bender is ordered to take the fall in his final match against Destructor as Gender Bender, a sissy robot persona, or else get beaten the old fashioned way (to death!). Either way, he gains nothing from this.
  • Bankruptcy Barrel: Parodied with one of Bender's opponents, "Billionaire-Bot". After Billionaire-Bot is defeated, Bender puts a barrel over him labeled "Very Poor".
  • Butt-Monkey: Bender in the second half of the episode.
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  • Captain Obvious: When describing Ultimate Robot Fighting:
    Farnsworth: There are no rules. Two robots enter, one robot leaves. Then later the other robot leaves after being declared the winner.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: When Leela spots her former martial arts teacher in a trailer on TV.
  • Crack Defeat: Leela lost a martial arts match after beating up the other competitors because she lacks the 'will of the warrior'. In other words, she's female.
  • Death by Falling Over: The Masked Unit slips on Bender's oily popcorn, hits the ground and goes out cold.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Leela revealing The Masked Unit.
  • Fake Interactivity: The movie they are watching in theatre claims to be interactive, but the chairs with the buttons to make a choice are faulty, thus causing Calculon to check his paperwork instead of going on an adventure.
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  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Bender fights one of these, called The Foreigner.
    "I'm not from here! I have my own customs! Look at my craaaaaazy passport!"
  • Future Imperfect: The head of George Foreman recalls Muhammad Ali's fight in 1973 where he faced a giant, mechanical Joe Fraiser in a fight that destroyed the entire planet.
    Rich Little: Interesting if true.
  • The Giant: Destructor.
  • Glamorous Wartime Singer: Featured in the trailer they watch in the theatre.
  • Gorgeous George: Bender is forced to take the persona of Gender Bender, complete with pink tutu uniform, for his last match.
  • Graceful Loser: Bender believes there is at least some dignity in losing in a fixed fight. He gets denied this trope because he is ordered to take a dive against Destructor while wearing a tutu.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: The Destructor slamming Bender left and right in the ring.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Leela manages to defeat her mentor, Phnog, by having his controlled robot punch him.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The Tom Servo and Crow Shout-Out.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: Bender after becoming famous and rich.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Written by Writing Unit 5, Writing Unit 12 and Joe Eszterhas.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: The Masked Unit was very patient until Bender pushed him too far.
  • The Movie: The PE team goes to see All My Circuits: The Movie at the beginning.
  • Mugging the Monster: Bender acts like a complete jackass to a robot sitting in front of him at the theater. Eventually, the robot hits his limit, picks a fight, revealing himself to be the Masked Unit. "I'M GONNA OPEN A FILE OF 'WHUP-ASS!!"
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
    Bender: Final boarding call for Flight 406 — Non-stop service to pain!
    Bender: Now boarding standby passengers... (Wham!)
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: During the climactic fight, Bender kicks the Destructor without the latter showing any reaction.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Leela beats Phnog, but he still technically wins as Destructor when the robot squishes Bender, and nobody finds out that Phnog cheated.
  • Remote Body: The reveal that Master Fnog is remotely controlling the Destructor.
  • See You in Hell: Parodied.
    Phnog: See you in Girl Hell. I'll be in Boy Hell, much nicer!
  • Shout-Out:
  • Smooch of Victory: Bender gets one from a female robot admirer after defeating The Masked Unit in the theatre.
  • Spikes of Villainy: The Destructor has spikes all over his upper body.
  • Spoof Aesop: Bender loses his match, but as Leela says, the important thing is that she beat a guy who hurt her feelings in high school.
  • Squashed Flat: Bender at the end of his match with Destructor.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Master Fnog refused to send Leela, his best student, to the Junior Karate Championships, instead sending the two students she defeated in the qualifiers, because he claimed she did not have the Will of the Warrior - which according to him, only men can possess. Later, Leela encounters him during Bender's final bout in the Ultimate Robot Fighting League as the trainer of a new star, Destructor. She eventually uncovers Fnog was cheating and though he still taunts her for being a woman, she gets to beat him.
    Phnog: No girl has the will of the warrior. You have the will of a housewife, or at best, a schoolmarm.
  • Take That!: This line from Fry:
    Fry: Man, I thought Ultimate Robot Fighting was real, like pro wrestling, but it turns out it's fixed, like boxing.
  • There Was a Door: Destructor's Dynamic Entry.
  • Throwing the Fight: Bender learns that the robot matches are set up and a winner is already decided. Bender goes along with this trope as the popular fighter until said popularity drops. He is then orders to take on a Gorgeous George persona and lose to a new fighter.
  • Training Montage: Leela preparing Bender for Robot Wrestling.
  • We Meet Again: Line said by Leela when confronting Master Fnog.
  • The Worst Seat in the House: While at the movie's, Bender finds himself sitting behind a taller robot which blocks his view of the screen.
  • Your Brain Won't Be Much of a Meal: When Fry gets a brain slug, we soon see that it apparently starved to death. The creator's commentary admits that this is the oldest joke (and, despite what fans say online, has nothing to do with Fry being impervious to brainwashing or brain attacks because he has no delta brainwave, as this episode was written before that plotline was established).

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