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Bender fights for the rights of robot foxes after finding out that they are being hunted for sport.

Tropes for this episode:

  • Androcles' Lion: After Bender helps free the robot fox, it returns the favor by helping him avoid the various traps laid around the forest.
  • Animal Wrongs Group: Bender forms a robot animal rights group after learning about the plight of robot fox hunting. They only accomplish freeing a single robot chicken, chopping off the hand of a robot butcher, and killing a goose while rescuing some metal ducks from a shooting gallery game.
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  • Fin Gore: Bender accidentally chops off his middle finger while trying to carve himself a sandwich.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Bender's Animal Robot Front.
  • The Grand Hunt: Bender's all set to join a gentlemen's club in some fox hunting, but is horrified when he learns that all the animals participating are robots.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Bender manages to trick the Huntmaster into falling into one of his own anti-gravity snares.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: After Bender rescues the robot fox, the Huntmaster decides to have Bender replace it as the club's quarry.
  • I've Heard of That — What Is It?: Bender acts like he's an expert fox-hunter upon wearing a fox-hunting uniform, but he doesn't even know what a fox is until the hunt starts:
    Bender: Ah, yes fox-hunting. If there's one thing I know, it's everything about it.
    (the Huntmaster unveils a cage containing the fox)
    Bender: What's that weird cat?
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  • Life-or-Limb Decision: The robot fox chews Bender's foot off after he gets it caught in a bear-trap.
  • Not Zilla: The Planet Express crew are forced to get new uniforms after Mothzilla devoured their old ones during a delivery to Tokyo.
  • Overly Preprepared Gag: Bender frees the robot fox and waits all night in its cage to deliver this punchline to the other hunters:
    "You sir, have been outfoxed! I spent all night on that!"
  • Prickly Porcupine: Bender tries to throw his scent off by rubbing himself with a porcupine. Being a robot, he's only slightly irritated by its quills.
  • Robotic Reveal: At the end of the episode, it's revealed that the Huntmaster is actually a robot himself. Bender and Leela briefly debate whether this makes his death justified or not.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Leela is immediately against the idea of hunting for sport and only comes along with Bender to protest. Her outrage slightly subsides when she learns that the fox they're hunting is robotic, and proves to be perfectly willing to kill the fox herself after it chews up her protest sign.
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  • Take That!: "Today, we hunt the most dangerous game... aside from lawn darts."
  • Tempting Fate: Bender's group passes a motion to declare the robot fox an endangered species, and Bender declares he'll see the rest of the club at court. He specifically says to Judge Whitey, who's presiding over the case. Needless to say, the motion doesn't carry through.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Viciously lampooned. Bender has no problem killing a regular fox, but a robot one? That's going too far. When it's revealed that the Huntmaster himself is a robot after he's killed by the fox, Leela tries to argue that his death was a tragedy, but ultimately decides she's okay with it and has the Huntmaster's head mounted on the wall at Planet Express.
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