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This is a list of characters appearing in Futurama.

Contents

Main characters

Philip J. Fry

Turanga Leela

Bender Bending Rodriguez

Hubert J. Farnsworth

Doctor Zoidberg

Hermes Conrad

Amy Wong

Secondary characters

Barbados Slim

Hermes' arch-rival. He not only defeated Hermes at the 3004 Olympics to win the gold medal in limbo, but is also the only person ever to win gold medals in both limbo and sex. He was formerly married to LaBarbara Conrad, who still refers to him as a "mahogany god." In Futurama: Bender's Big Score, after Hermes was decapitated in a limboing accident, LaBarbara left him (believing as a head in a jar he would not be able to provide for her) and got back together with Barbados, even going so far as to take his last name (Dwight also took his last name), even though they never re-married and he was never adopted. After Hermes uses his bureaucratic prowess to save Earth from the scammers and wins back LaBarbara (and gets a new body), Slim vows "You have not seen the last of Barbados Slim!" before adding "Now goodbye forever!" As he prepares to leave the bridge, the sliding door malfunctions and goes down halfway. Slim then tries to limbo beneath only for the door to fall and crush his chest. He is voiced by John DiMaggio.

Calculon

Calculon, voiced by Maurice LaMarche, is an acting robot who mostly acts in melodramatic roles. His most famous role is in the long-running robot soap opera All My Circuits, in which he plays the lead character named after himself. He is from the 21st century, having been created as a standard industrial robot called Calculon 1.0. He changes his appearances and name every few decades to hide his true age, one of his claimed disguises being David Duchovny. It is revealed in "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV" that in his career acting for All My Circuits, he only had to do one take for each scene. He comments that only amateurs do two takes. His manner is loosely based on the cartoonish aspects of Charlton Heston.[citation needed] In the episode "The Honking", it is revealed that his first job was as a worker building the most evil car in existence, Project Satan. He was run over by this car and thus is a were-car (the robot equivalent of a werewolf). Since the curse is broken after the original were-car is destroyed, Calculon is freed of this curse at the end of the episode.

Celebrity heads

Various celebrities and historical figures are kept alive as heads in jars of liquids. The technology is crucial to Futurama's connection with 20th and 21st century culture since it allows significant figures from the past to make appearances in the series. This also allows for contemporary celebrities to make guest appearances as themselves.[1] The technology was invented by Ron Popeil, himself a head.[2] People seem to be able to be resurrected using this technology, as every U.S. President is found in the "Head Museum"; the most prominent head is that of Richard Nixon who becomes the President of Earth.

Cubert Farnsworth

Cubert Farnsworth is Professor Hubert Farnsworth's son or rather, his clone made to run Planet Express and complete all the inventions Hubert Farnsworth ever dreamed of making after he dies. He is first introduced in the episode, A Clone of My Own where the Planet Express crew end up having to go and save Hubert after being taken by a group of robots that take him to a planet full of old people attached to machines that simulate an old persons home.

Hubert J. Farnsworth created Cubert Farnsworth with the intention that he would continue his work after discovering that his life was wasted with nothing but failed or worthless inventions. Hubert is delighted until he discovers that Cuberts intentions are not as he planned. Cubert wants to do something 'better' with his life and doesn't accept the responsibility Hubert gives to him. He believes most things that happen to be "Impossible" contrary to the Professor's belief that nothing is impossible. Cubert has an epiphany after getting hit on the head, realizing how the starship engines Hubert invented work, allowing them to be repaired while Hubert is incapacitated. After this, he decides he wants to follow in his "father's" footsteps after all.

Dr. Ogden Wernstrom

Dr. Ogden Wernstrom, voiced by David Herman, is rival of his former college professor, Professor Farnsworth, in the field of science. He resents an "A-" grade given for sloppy penmanship by Farnsworth in 2900, and works for one hundred years in order to obtain revenge. Farnsworth usually greets him with an angry shaking fist and a long, drawn-out "Weeeerrnnn-strom!" He often competes against Farnsworth in various competitions, such as the Annual Inventors' Symposium. It is revealed that at one point that he had a relationship with Mom in Bender's Game; it is also believed he may be the father of Walt and/or Larry (Mom's two eldest sons)—however, he may have only married Mom to make the professor jealous or in an act of revenge for giving him the A-.

Kif Kroker

Lrrr

Lrrr (pronounced Lur), voiced by Maurice LaMarche, is ruler of the planet Omicron Persei 8. He has an extreme hatred for other beings, often threatening to destroy Earth and its inhabitants. He and his wife, Ndnd (pronounced NnDnda), voiced by Tress MacNeille, go through periodic love-hate cycles. Lrrr and his inner circle are devout fans of 20th and 21st century Earth television which, due to the distance of their planet from Earth, they can watch "live", though Lrrr has a violent hatred of animated shows. Lrrr also has a soft spot for animals, which he tries to hide with his threatening persona. However, Ndnd states that the reason she fell in love with him was because of his sensitive, poetic side.

Mom

Nibbler

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon, voiced by Billy West, is kept alive as a head in a jar like many other celebrities. He originally resides in the Hall of Presidents in the head museum, but he eventually leaves and becomes the President of Earth, winning by a single vote.[1] Nixon's administration is marked by a violent and aggressive foreign policy, frequently entering into wars which have little or no purpose. Nixon's head is sometimes accompanied by the headless body of Spiro T. Agnew.

Billy West has commented that he is not impersonating Richard Nixon for the role; he's impersonating Anthony Hopkins in Nixon (with "a little bit of werewolf"). Matt Groening also frequently expresses his pleasure that he can continue to poke fun at Nixon 30 or 40 years after he was in office.[3] Nixon's head was included in TV Squad's list of the five best television appearances by Presidents in animated or puppet form. The character was considered to be particularly interesting because he could be "pure evil" but also command respect and also because "Nixon's head trapped in glass is just really funny."[4]

Turanga Morris and Munda

Turanga Morris, voiced by David Herman, and Turanga Munda, voiced by Tress MacNeille, are Leela's father and mother. They are sewer mutants who love Leela deeply and try to give her as normal a life as possible by passing her off as an alien and leaving her to be raised in an orphanage. They participate in her life as much as possible from the sewers until Leela finally learns the truth and attempts to form a real relationship. They each have one eye, Morris has a vertically oriented mouth and the ability to shed his skin, and Munda has a lion tail, ungulate legs, and octopus tentacles in place of arms. Their original appearance in I Second That Emotion shows them as plain cyclopes like Leela. The plot of Leela's Homeworld required the addition of extra mutations to fit with the idea that Leela is able to live a normal life, while they cannot.[5][6]

Zapp Brannigan

Zapp Brannigan, voiced by Billy West, is a senior member of the military of the Democratic Order of Planets (D.O.O.P.), although his title varies. Brannigan was first seen in the episode Love's Labours Lost in Space as Captain of the starship Nimbus, where he imprisons Fry, Leela, and Bender for violating "Brannigan's Law" (spoofing Star Trek's Prime Directive). Brannigan was originally intended to be voiced by the late comic actor Phil Hartman, who died before the series started production; West's vocal characterisation of Brannigan is done in tribute to Hartman, with strong admixtures of a standard impression of William Shatner.[citation needed]

Zapp has many character traits which establish him as a buffoon. He is generally idiotic, egotistical, and painfully short-sighted. He will often mispronounce words, such as champagne ("sham-PAGG-nn") and guacamole ("GWACK-a-mole"). Unaware of pity sex, he remains lustful towards Leela. He is known to make catastrophic mistakes (such as destroying D.O.O.P. headquarters in Brannigan, Begin Again), yet, in the public eye, he is seen as an established and reputable leader of the Earth's army (Bender's Big Score, among others).

Brannigan is based on the creator's idea of what William Shatner might be like if he actually captained a starship. Similarly, Zapp's relationship with his First Mate (see Kif Kroker) parodies the Kirk-Spock dynamic; specifically, the attitude of a superior alien being towards an obviously inferior military superior.

Minor characters

Scruffy

Scruffy, voiced by David Herman, is the Planet Express Janitor who appears in many episodes. He generally approaches both his job and the rest of his life with a high level of apathy, as shown in "Parasites Lost", in which he ignores a broken boiler on the Planet Express Ship to read a magazine, continuing to read do so even after said boiler explodes. In "Future Stock", is shown revealed that he is deeply fond of the company, and owns four times more of its stock than the other employees. Although his co-workers meet him on multiple occasions, they always ask who he is, and he replies his catchphrase, "I'm Scruffy. The Janitor". He is shown several times to read porn magazines like National Pornographic and Zero G Juggs, puns on actual magazines, National Geographic and Juggs.

Al Gore

Al Gore, voiced by himself, appears as a head in a jar during most of his appearances and also appears with his body during scenes involving Fry's time period. He is First Emperor of the Moon and has "ridden the mighty moon worm".[7] He sports an almost excessively elaborate jar; the base is colored silver-white, and possesses several hologram projectors, two small rockets for mobility, a pair of lasers, and is backed with the top of a cape. He plays a role in Futurama: Bender's Big Score,[8] where he appears in multiple scenes that take place in the past and during the space battle in the future. During one of these scenes, Gore was shown to have won the 2000 Presidential Election, but Bender accidentally destroys the ballots in favor of Gore when hunting for Fry at Florida, leaving George W. Bush as the new U.S. President (thus creating a predestination paradox, related with the controversy of the election results in Florida).

The real-life Gore has said that Futurama is his favorite show. His daughter, Kristin Gore Cusack, was a writer for the show in its later seasons.[7][9] Gore has also voiced the cartoon version of himself in the promotional video, entitled A Terrifying Message from Al Gore for An Inconvenient Truth along with John DiMaggio, the voice of Bender, and Billy West, the narrator.[10]

Boxy

Boxy is a crude robot only able to communicate by beeping. He is frequently seen in the company of Calculon, and played the role of Calculon's half-brother in the All My Circuits soap opera where his objections sound like he's backing up.[11] Boxy is also John DiMaggio's favorite robot character.[citation needed]

Brain Slugs

Brain slugs are small, one-eyed, vaguely sluglike aliens which attach themselves to the heads of sentient beings in order to control them. Brain slugs apparently use this as a method of trapping more "prey," since those beings under brain slug control are driven by the desire to place brain slugs on other beings. The brain slug can be seen in numerous episodes, normally attached to Hermes. For a short time Fry had one attached but according to the professor it "starved to death."

Brainspawn

The Brainspawn are a race of flying telepathic brains that wish to collect all of the data in the universe and kill all other intelligent beings. They are able to use "stupefaction fields" to render all intelligent beings on a planet too stupid to resist them. This allows them to collect all knowledge on the planet and destroy it. Their main enemies are the Nibblonians, who send Nibbler on a mission to find Fry, the only being resistant to the Brainspawn. Fry lacks the Delta Brainwave, so he is able to repel the Brainspawn when they attack Earth. Fry later sends the Brainspawn and their space station, the Infosphere, into another dimension with a bomb given to him by the Nibblonians. The Brainspawn were inspired by the movie Fiend Without a Face, which features invisible, flying, tentacled brains that kill by sucking out the victim's own brains.[citation needed]

Cookieville Minimum Security Orphanarium residents

The Cookieville Minimum Security Orphanarium houses a large number of orphans, including Leela during her childhood. The orphans often suffer harsh conditions and various disappointing setbacks. It is run by Mr. Vogel, voiced by David Herman, who takes care of the orphans and keeps all records; he is apparently a bureaucrat grade 135 who has not been promoted since about the time Leela was born. Three orphans, Albert, Nina, and Sally, are featured most often. Albert and Nina are voiced by Kath Soucie and Sally is voiced by Nicole St. John. Sally has a third ear on her forehead which she is teased about by the other orphans. She also claims to have a tail.

The Crushinator

The Crushinator is the robot daughter of a farmer on the moon. She is stereotyped as a southern belle and represents Earth's moon in the Ms. Universe Pageant. She first appears in "Episode Two: The Series Has Landed" and also appears in the episodes "Lesser of Two Evils" and "Crimes Of The Hot". She briefly appears in the background in Into the Wild Green Yonder. Unlike her sisters, the Crushinator is more machine-like and has a masculine voice. She also has two orange tubes sticking out from her head, similar to Pippi Longstocking's braids.

Dwight Conrad

Dwight Conrad, voiced by Bumper Robinson and Phil LaMarr, is the son of Hermes Conrad and LaBarbara Conrad. He is the close friend of Cubert Farnsworth, and takes after his father in the ways of accounting and bureaucracy.

Father Changstein-El-Gamal

Father Changstein-El-Gamal, voiced by David Herman, is a priest in the First Amalgamated Church, a mixture of many 20th century religions. His last name El-Gamal is Islamic. He wears a bindi on his forehead (Hinduism), wears a mitre and clerical collar (Catholicism) with a taijitu (or yin-yang) symbol on the peak (Taoism), payot (Judaism), an orange wrap (Buddhism) with a shoulder scarf adorned with stars and moons (spiritism). He serves over weddings and funerals and counsels others. In weddings, he would say "dearly liked" instead of "dearly beloved", and "We are gathered here today before one or more gods, or fewer..."

Elzar

Elzar, voiced by John DiMaggio, is a famous four-armed Neptunian chef with his own New New York restaurant, "Elzar's Fine Cuisine", and television show. Elzar is crass and unpleasant, and has a very high opinion of himself. He never passes up an opportunity to milk money from his customers and fans. He has also been known to steal from his own cash register on occasion. Elzar's favorite cooking implement is his Spice Weasel, a mustelid-like creature which propels a cloud of spices from its snout upon having its body squeezed. Elzar often uses the phrases "Bam!" and "knock it up a notch".

Flexo

Flexo, voiced by John DiMaggio, is a bending robot who looks and sounds almost exactly like Bender with the exception of having a small triangular metal goatee, a reference to the Star Trek mirror universe. Flexo first meets and befriends Bender in "Lesser of Two Evils". Fry believes Flexo to be an "evil twin" of Bender, though it turns out that Flexo attempts to stop Bender from stealing the expensive crown from the Miss Universe pageant. Flexo is mistaken for Bender and is arrested for that crime. Critics have called Flexo's appearance in this episode one of the "Great Moments" in Futurama.[12] He returns in "Bendless Love" in which Bender briefly dates Flexo's ex-wife, Anglelyne, and impersonates Flexo. Flexo is targeted by the Robot Mafia because of this. Eventually, he reunites with Anglelyne. He makes a final cameo appearance in Into The Wild Green Yonder along with Anglelyne as members of the audience seeing the Encyclopod being "born". His signature character trait is the way he says something, usually a mild insult, and then immediately retracts it, laughing and saying some variation of "Naw, I'm just kidding... you're all right!" This, apparently, is also reversed when referring to situations or actions that cause him frustration or anger, such as Bender shoving him in one episode, with Flexo responding by saying, "Wow, thanks! That was nice a' ya... Naw I'm kidding. That was quite annoying."

Gypsy-Bot

The gypsy-bot, voiced by Tress MacNeille, is a carnival fortune-telling robot. In "Godfellas" the gypsy-bot hints that she does not actually have psychic powers; after Fry asks her a question, she replies,"What am I, psychic?". The gypsy-bot appears earlier in "The Honking", telling Bender he is a werecar.

Hattie McDoogal

Hattie McDoogal, voiced by Tress MacNeille, is an old woman who lives alone with her cats and often uses nonsense words and phrases, such as "kerjigger". She briefly serves as the landlady of Fry and Bender, and holds a single share of Planet Express, allowing her the decisive vote for its CEO. She has been married twice, surviving both of them, and often dates. She once hired Kif Kroker as a male escort in a scene parodying Midnight Cowboy. MacNeille also voices the Crazy Cat Lady on The Simpsons, who also is an old woman speaking nonsense, although to a much greater extent.

Hedonismbot

Hedonismbot, voiced by Maurice LaMarche (first seen in "Crimes of the Hot" at the Galapagos Island Robot Party), is a golden robot built in a lounging position that displays the typical characteristics of hedonism and decadence, such as constantly eating from a bowl of grapes on his stomach. He was built with tax-payers' dollars. He has a human servant named Djambi and he has stated that "I too have known unconventional love" with references to doomsday devices. He enjoys having a bath of chocolate, having his nipples rubbed with industrial sandpaper (and a power sander), and seeing how long he can remain entertained during an opera.[13]

Horrible Gelatinous Blob

Horrible Gelatinous (H.G.) Blob, voiced by Maurice LaMarche, is a three-eyed, green, translucent, ill-tempered alien. He first appeared on the season one episode "Episode Two: The Series Has Landed" in a commercial the Professor made for Planet Express. He contemptuously refers to humanoids as "solids," a reference to Isaac Asimov's "The Gods Themselves," and ridicules their one-way digestive system. According to the episode, The Route of All Evil, the Horrible Gelatinous Blob has a son named Brett Blob, who regularly bullies Cubert and Dwight. In Futurama: Bender's Big Score he is shown to be on the twenty dollar bill.

Hyperchicken

The Hyperchicken, voiced by Maurice LaMarche, is a large blue/green rooster-like attorney with southern mannerisms and a pince-nez perched on his beak. He is a terrible lawyer, and routinely loses cases for the main characters. The hyperchicken is a parody of "folksy" southern lawyers such as Matlock. In a deleted scene from Into the Wild Green Yonder, he was named Matcluck.

Hypnotoad

The Hypnotoad is a large toad with pulsating, multicolored eyes which emit a loud, ominous buzzing noise. It has the power to hypnotize almost any living thing at will, even mass numbers of creatures. The Hypnotoad first appeared in "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid", in which it hypnotized a panel of judges to win a pet show, then the audience of that pet show to force their approval of that victory. It has since acquired its own television show, Everybody Loves Hypnotoad, in which it hypnotizes the audience. Consequently, E.L.H. is the highest rated show in its time period. The Futurama: Bender's Big Score DVD includes a full 22-minute episode.[14][15][16] The episode mainly features the Hypnotoad staring into the camera, occasionally intercut with a laugh track or shots of the exteriors of various locations to indicate a scene change. The finale of the show consists of a voiceover telling the audience that they will wake up remembering nothing and feeling refreshed, and the credits are all attributed to Hypnotoad. The loud noise made by the toad is a stock sound dubbed "Angry Machine," which was originally used by the editors to remind themselves to replace it with a more appropriate sound effect.[citation needed]

Kwanzaabot and Chanukah Zombie

Kwanzaabot and Chanukah Zombie are Robot Santa's Kwanzaa and Hanukkah analogues. Precisely what role they play on their respective holidays is unknown. However, in the episode "A Tale of Two Santas", Kwanzaabot mentions he has been distributing pamphlets titled "What the Hell is Kwanzaa?" for 647 years. Kwanzaabot and Chanukah Zombie are evidently friendly with Robot Santa, as he calls them for support in Bender's Big Score, and Kwanzaabot invites Bender to join him and the Chanukah Zombie at the B'nai B'rith in "A Tale of Two Santas".

From his first appearance, Kwanzaabot has been voiced by rapper Coolio. Although Chanukah Zombie had been mentioned, he did not appear onscreen until Bender's Big Score, in which he is voiced by Mark Hamill.

LaBarbara Conrad

LaBarbara Conrad, voiced by Dawnn Lewis, is the wife of Hermes Conrad and mother of Dwight Conrad. She is the ex-wife of Barbados Slim, the rival of Hermes, who she refers to as "a human Adonis" and "a mahogany god." Hermes is insecure when Barbados is around, and LaBarbara leaves Hermes temporarily in Bender's Big Score to be with Barbados Slim after Hermes loses his body. She often wears clothes that reveal her belly button (like Amy Wong).

Leo and Inez Wong

Leo Wong, voiced by Billy West, and Inez Wong, voiced by Lauren Tom, are the very wealthy parents of Amy Wong. They are human Martians of Chinese descent who own the entire western hemisphere of Mars (which they claim is the best one) and the Wong buggalo ranch. They often pester Amy about their lack of grandchildren and meddle in her love life, trying to find a man to father their grandchild. When Amy and Kif Kroker begin dating, they decide Kif is not man enough for her. They do seem happy, however, when he and Amy have children. Leo is one of the primary villains in Into the Wild Green Yonder.

Linda

Linda, voiced by Tress MacNeille, is the co-anchor of √2 News with Morbo. She is blissfully unaware of or indifferent to his hatred for humanity, often giggling absentmindedly when he calls for the death of humans. Linda was inspired by Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight, even hosting a television series with Morbo called Entertainment and Earth Invasion Tonite.

Malfunctioning Eddy

Malfunctioning Eddy is a robot that runs a hovercar dealership. His character refers to the real life electronics chain Crazy Eddie, and its mascot of the same name. It turned out that Malfunctioning Eddy's prices were so low that he really was insane. He had an exploding problem associated with surprise in "Insane in the Mainframe". He was voiced by David Herman.

Master Phnog

Phnog, an Arcturan kung-fu master, was Leela's childhood Arcturan kung-fu instructor. He is green, has a head that resembles that of a fly, and is an unapologetic male chauvinist. He ruined Leela's dream of competing in the Arcturan kung-fu junior championships when she was in the orphanarium. Phnog was seen in "Raging Bender".

Michelle

Michelle, voiced by Kath Soucie and Sarah Silverman, is Fry's on and off girlfriend from the 20th century. She dumps Fry shortly before he is frozen New Year's Eve for a man named Constantine (called Charles in "The Cryonic Woman", who she later marries). They eventually split up, and she decides to freeze herself to try again in the distant future. She wakes up in 3002, meets Fry again, and restarts her relationship with him. However, she fails to fit into the 31st century life to which Fry has become so accustomed, and so asks him to freeze himself with her for another thousand years. This plan fails, as does the rekindled relationship, so Fry leaves her. She later is shown in a limousine with the recently unfrozen Pauly Shore.

In Bender's Big Score, it is revealed that Michelle had been frozen roughly 736 years longer than she had actually intended, a result of Fry (as Lars) using her cryotube to return to the future and be with Leela. This, along with the fact that Fry had accidentally broken off part of Michelle's hair while climbing into her cryotube, was not mentioned or shown in Michelle's previous appearances.

Morbo

Morbo the Annihilator, voiced by Maurice LaMarche, is the lovable human-hating anchor for √2 News, Entertainment and Alien Invasion Tonight, Good Morning Earth, and other shows on the √2 Television Network. Morbo is an advance scout for a forthcoming alien invasion, but doesn't bother to be subtle about it, often expressing his contempt and extreme hatred for mankind during live news broadcasts and frequently comments on his species' extremely violent invasion plans. He appears to be using his job to gather information about the human race for the invasion still yet to come. He is good friends with President Richard Nixon, however.[17] His co-host Linda seems either blissfully ignorant or entirely dismissive of Morbo's hatred and usually responds with an empty-headed laugh to Morbo's contemptuous outbursts. He is married to Mrs Morbo, another member of his species.

Morbo's character design is similar to the aliens from the 1957 science fiction movie Invasion of the Saucer Men. Maurice LaMarche often points out in DVD commentary that two of the characters he voices, Morbo and Lrrr, "sound nothing alike", as a running gag.[citation needed] LaMarche asserts that Morbo, being a newscaster, has better diction.[citation needed] The pitch of Morbo's voice was digitally altered lower than LaMarche's original recordings, and that in subsequent episodes, LaMarche simply read the voice lower to match the—as David X. Cohen referred to it—"sub-human level" of the altered tone.[citation needed]

Mr. Panucci

Mr. Panucci, voiced by John DiMaggio, is the surly owner of Panucci's Pizza where Fry worked before getting frozen. Although in the first episode it appears that he does not like Fry that much, it is shown in later episodes that he had a strong friendship with and acted as a father figure to Fry. It is revealed in Bender's Big Score that he likes Fry because Fry's life is so horrible it helps Panucci feel better about himself. Panucci is noticeably upset when Fry goes missing and he takes responsibility for Fry's pet dog Seymour.

In Bender's Big Score, Fry creates a time paradox by going back in time and living out his old life and thus continues working at Panucci's Pizza. Shortly after he arrives Panucci fires him because he didn't get the money from the customer the previous night (since it was a prank call made by Nibbler). Fry asks Panucci if he can live in Panucci's upstairs apartment which Panucci allows.

Nibblonians

The Nibblonians are an ancient race that came into existence 17 years before the moment of the Big Bang. They have extremely long life spans, eat animals whole to fill their stomachs, which are thousands of times larger than themselves, and excrete extremely dense and potent dark matter. Despite their nature, other beings find their small stature to be extremely adorable. Their arch-enemy is the Brainspawn. They believe Fry is the only hope of the universe in that he can stop the Brainspawn due to his lack of the Delta brainwave. The main Nibblonians in the series are Nibbler, Ken, voiced by Billy West, and Fiona, voiced by Tress MacNeille.

Pazuzu

Pazuzu is a gargoyle who Professor Farnsworth owned and put through college. He has a French accent and a son. He initially appears in "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles", where he escapes from the Professor. He returns at the end of the episode to rescue the Professor and "earn his freedom." He later appears in Beast With a Billion Backs, rescuing the Professor and Wernstrum from prison and informing the Professor that he has one wish left.

Petunia

Petunia is an elderly woman who wears a revealing pink dress and uses a lot of make-up. She is a chain-smoker and a keen gambler. In the episode "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", Bender sets her up on a Valentine's Day date with Fry after setting up a dating agency. She rejects Fry after learning he does not have a body and is merely a head attached to Amy. Petunia states she can do better than a slot-player when Fry reveals he controls only one arm. Petunia later joins the Feministas in Into the Wild Green Yonder. She has children and used to live in a house with wheels.

Randy

Randy is the man in pink, voiced by John Dimaggio. He is stereotypically gay and has an effeminate voice. Originally, he is depicted with blond hair, but sometimes appears with brown hair. Dimaggio says he is his favorite character to voice. The original design for Randy was very different. He was originally an old man in a mob, with his name in the script for "I, Roommate" literally "Man in Mob". DiMaggio changed the voice and therefore the character[18].

Reverend Preacherbot

Reverend Preacherbot, voiced by Phil LaMarr, is a preacher at the Temple of Robotology. He presides over weddings and funerals of robots and humans. His speech patterns, accent, and mannerisms are modeled on those of stereotypical African-American Evangelical preachers.[19]

Roberto

Roberto, voiced by David Herman, is a criminally insane, psychotic robot who appears to be some kind of stab-bot. His insane acts include targeting the same establishment for robbery three times in a row, killing other robots to provide a disguise, and "practicin' my stabbin'."[20] There are conflicting reasons for his insanity. In the climatic scene of "Insane in the Mainframe" his dialogue suggests that his parents (namely his mother) were abusive but in Bender's Game he states that his creators were trying to make an insane robot, but "failed". This violent nature is enhanced by a body that David X. Cohen and Matt Groening say is based on the shape of a tombstone.[20] Roberto appears in Bender's Game as a patient in the institute for insane robots which Bender is committed in. During a group therapy session, he stabs a robot vending machine, causing it to cough up red chocolate bars. He later appears in the alternate reality as a Denethor equivalent in the Middle-earth spoof. He is still insane in this alternate reality, having sent most of his military on a suicide mission against sealife. He briefly becomes sane after he is whacked on the head during a battle, however almost immediately after he is again whacked on the head and becomes insane again.

Robot Devil

The Robot Devil (aka "Beelzebot"), voiced by Dan Castellaneta and Maurice LaMarche (in "A Tale of Two Santas"), serves as the leader of Robot Hell, which is hidden beneath the "Inferno" ride at the amusement park "Reckless Ted's Funland" in New Jersey. His function is to torment robots who have committed various sins under the practice of Robotology. The voice acting of the Robot Devil by Dan Castellaneta has been described as a "bravura performance" on his part.[1] The Robot Devil is available as a build-a-figure from the first three series of Futurama action figures by Toynami.

He first appears in "Hell Is Other Robots" to kidnap Bender and torment him, but Fry and Leela manage to save Bender. He plays another major role in "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", in which Fry makes a deal with the Devil to improve his holophonor skills. Fry wins the Robot Devil's hands, though the Robot Devil manages to reverse the trade after setting up a complicated scheme to force Fry into relinquishing them. The character also makes brief cameos in "A Tale of Two Santas" and "Crimes of the Hot".

The Robot Devil appears in the film series on several occasions, most notably The Beast with a Billion Backs, where Bender makes a deal with the Robot Devil exchanging his first-born son for the Armies of Hell. Bender more than happily locates his son and kicks the child into a vat of lava, causing the Robot Devil to comment, "That was pretty brutal, even by my standards." Bender simply replies, "No backsies!" In Bender's Big Score, he conducts the band at Lars and Leela's wedding.

In the commentary for "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", Castellaneta says the voice is based on a "bad impression of Hans Conried."

Robot Mafia

The Robot Mafia is a three-member crime syndicate operating out of "Fronty's Meat Market" and "Small Bill's Laundry", who periodically dine at Elzar's, hijack shipments of Zuban cigars, arrange "accidents" for robots who act against them, as well as other unspecified Mafia-related illegal activities. They are made up of The Donbot, voiced by Maurice LaMarche, the leader of the robot mafia; Joey Mousepad, voiced by John DiMaggio, a burly goonbot wearing a computer-mouse necklace; and Clamps, voiced by Maurice LaMarche, an unstable robot obsessed with using the clamps that act as his hands.

Robot Santa

Robot Santa, voiced by John Goodman and John DiMaggio, is a robot created in 2801 by Mom's Friendly Robot Company to judge beings as naughty or nice and distribute presents or punishments accordingly. However, due to a programming error, his standards are too high and has judged everyone to be naughty (with the one-time exception of Dr. Zoidberg). This leads him to go on destructive rampages across Earth every Xmas using Christmas-themed weapons, such as grenades shaped like Christmas ornaments, bicycle guns, and T.O.W. missile launchers (a weaponized retort to mistletoe) to punish the "naughty" beings. He is also incapable of being destroyed by a logical paradox unlike other robots. He resides in a death fortress on Neptune along with a number of Neptunians that act as slave labor for the toy factory.[21] In Bender's Big Score, he assisted the Earth's population in reclaiming their planet after it was purchased by the devious Scammers, forcing his Neptunian elves to build weapons for an assault and participating personally in the ensuing battle. He is part of an alliance called 'The Trinity', a trio of holiday-themed madmen, comprising himself, Kwanzabot, and the Chanukah Zombie.

The character's design is very similar to that of Satan Claus P10, one of the giant mechanical beasts fought by Mazinger Z (known as Tranzor Z in the US) that appeared in Episode 56 of the anime of the same name.

Sal

Sal, voiced by John DiMaggio, is a surly, overweight, blue-collar worker with a thick Bronx accent. His first appearance is as a janitor on the Moon in "The Series Has Landed", servicing the machines in the amusement park. He has appeared many times since, always employed in a tedious job which he does not perform well. He is also seen to have a painting on his stomach (in "The Cryonic Woman") and comments that he is "on loan from the Louvre". His trademark is to add an "s" to many words that don't need it: "He's busteds. Gets hims outta heres!" David X. Cohen said in a commentary that the writers debate whether Sal frequently changes jobs or has been cloned many times; his habit of pluralizing words implies the latter. He was also featured in Bender's Game as the five-time winner of a demolition derby. After losing the derby, he promises to change his life.

Sewer mutants

Sewer mutants are humans mutated by years of pollution and radioactive waste poured into the sewers under New New York. They are forbidden by law to travel to the surface without special permission, so they reside in a community made out of objects flushed down toilets. Among the more prominent mutants in the series are Dwayne, Raoul and Vyolet. Dwayne is a mutant with two noses and a large forehead, voiced by David Herman. Raoul, voiced by Maurice LaMarche, is the "Supreme Mutant", the democratically elected leader of the sewer mutants. His most notable mutation is a third arm, which in his first appearance had grown in place of his right ear but above it in later appearances. Vyolet, voiced by Tress MacNeille, is a chain-smoking mutant with gills and a pig nose; she seems to be romantically involved with Raoul.

Smitty

Smitty, voiced by Billy West, is a Policeman partnered with URL in New New York. He is sometimes seen with a lightsaber-like nightstick. The two often use excessive force in non-violent circumstances. In one episode, he claims that he became a cop because his father owned a restaurant, and frequent dine-and-dashers kept it from going regional.

Tinny Tim

Tinny Tim, voiced by Tress MacNeille, is an ill-fated orphan-bot with a crutch for an arm and one shortened leg. He is programmed to beg, sell oil-ade, and write in cute backwards letters on signs. He was used by Bender and the robot mafia. He is based on Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol.

URL

URL, voiced by John DiMaggio, is a robot police officer paired with Smitty. The two often use excessive force in peaceful situations, and make use of various features built into URL, such as a siren, megaphone and violations printer. He also appears in the parody of Cops, called Cop Department. His catchphrase is 'Aww, yeah.'

Film-only characters

"Lars Fillmore"

Lars Fillmore, voiced by Billy West, is a character in the Futurama film Bender's Big Score. In the film he's an employee at the Head Museum who begins a relationship with Leela much to Fry's jealousy. They eventually get engaged... just as Nudar and the Scammers make them all bankrupt. Just as they're about to be wedded, Hermes' body is destroyed by a falling chandelier and Professor Farnsworth states that all paradox doubles of people are doomed to die or be destroyed. Lars then calls off the wedding for dubious reasons thus upsetting Leela. At the celebration of the Scammers' deaths Fry invites Leela and Lars to get together at the cryogenics lab although Lars insists that it was necessary for him to dump Leela for reasons he couldn't previously explain. Just as he is about to, Nudar (chief Scammer and the film's main villain) bursts through the door and holds Lars at gunpoint saying that he's got the time travel tattoo of Bender that Fry has. Lars does nothing to deny this and instead unfreezes a frozen paradox Bender that activated his self-destruct sequence just as he was frozen and tackles both of them killing all three of them. Lars' corpse reveals that he does have the tattoo.

In Lars' video will he explains that he is actually Fry who attempted to escape being killed by Nudar by time-traveling back to 1999. He befriended a narwhal (which was later set free), recaptured her, then let her go free after realizing her needs outweighed his own. Upon arriving back home in 2012, Bender (who was programmed by Nudar) destroys Fry's apartment with an energy weapon, and assumes that he had killed him in doing so. Fry survives the inferno, but all of his hair burns off and his larynx is scarred, rendering him bald and deepening his voice. He then returns to the year 3000 by hiding in the cryogenics tube of his ex-girlfriend Michelle so he could be with Leela, and thus she fell for him instead of the Fry of her time, since he had matured by his journey. When he discovered that he was doomed to die (being a paradox double) he called off the wedding so Leela wouldn't be distraught by his death.

Nudar

Nudar, voiced by David Herman, is the main antagonist of the Futurama film Bender's Big Score. In the film he's the leader of a group of con artists fittingly named the Scammers who use pop-ups on the Internet to bankrupt and take over businesses. This is a fate that befalls the Planet Express crew after the Professor signs over the business (thinking he has won the "Spanish National Lottery"). During this time, Nudar also takes control of Bender with a computer virus and also discovers a tattoo on Fry's butt that, when read, opens a spherical time travel portal known as the Time Sphere that can go anywhere in the past, determined by the request of the person who jumps into the Sphere, but is only one way (that is, the time traveler can only travel backwards in time). Using this portal, Nudar has Bender go back through time continuously to steal various riches for him and then hide out in the limestone caverns beneath Planet Express (since, as a robot, Bender could survive for thousands of years without deteriorating). After getting enough riches to satisfy his greed, Nudar realizes that opening the time portal again could destroy all reality, and thus decides not to continue forcing Bender to travel to the past to protect his own life. To otherwise ensure his own safety, Nudar has Bender steal a doomsday device from the Professor (for defense against theft), orders Bender to kill Fry (and thereby prevent him using the tattooed time code), then deletes the time code and virus from Bender. Unbeknownst to Nudar, during Bender's travels in an attempt on Fry's life, Bender created a paradox self that got cryogenically frozen just as his self-destruct sequence was activated. Nudar and the Scammers evict the crew from Planet Express and later trick Richard Nixon into signing over the Earth, forcing all of humanity to move to other planets; in Planet Express's case, Neptune. The Earthicans, with the aid of Robot Santa, attack Nudar in a mass armada, doing battle with a fleet of golden Death Stars the Scammers had built to protect Earth. Although Nudar initially dominates the fight, the Earthicans eventually come out victorious under Hermes' direction. Nudar (who was controlling the fleet remotely) then attempts to make the Earthicans surrender by threatening to destroy them with the stolen doomsday device. However, Bender reveals that he stole the device back from Nudar after being released from the Scammers' control, and launches the device at the Scammers' ship, apparently killing them with a wave of radiation. Later, at the cryogenics lab, Nudar reveals that he survived because he was wearing a "doom-proof" shirt (although since he forgot to wear doom-proof pants his groin apparently fell off). He then holds Fry, Leela and Lars Fillmore at gunpoint, seeking the time code, although Lars releases the frozen paradox Bender, tackles Nudar, and holds them together, killing all three of them as the paradox Bender finally explodes.

Colleen

Colleen, voiced by Brittany Murphy, is Fry's main love interest in the Futurama film The Beast With A Billion Backs. During the film she is dating Fry around the same time Amy and Kif decide to get married. According to Zoidberg they met while gazing in awe and fear at the recently opened anomaly (on a "Jumbotron" screen). Fry moves in with her, but their relationship is complicated when he learns that she lives with four other boyfriends and has been dating another, prompting him to break up with her. She is revealed to be a police officer and is ordered to violently restrain Farnsworth and Wernstrom when they protest Zapp Brannigan's military assault of the anomaly (rather than the scientific expedition they requested). When the creature Yivo's tentacles invades the universe through said anomaly Colleen is among the first to be possessed. Colleen from there on out has very little actual importance in the film. She is seen at the film's climax when Bender tries to close the space-time anomaly through which Yivo entered the universe. When Yivo surrenders and prepares to go back to the other universe alone, Colleen volunteers to go along, having found a kindred spirit in Yivo, bonding over their mutual polygamy.

Yivo

Yivo, voiced by David Cross, is the main antagonist in the Futurama film The Beast With A Billion Backs. Yivo is a hermaphrodite, and so asks to be referred to as "shglee", rather than he or she, in "shgler" movie appearance. It is a large planet shaped creature with one eye and it seems to have the ability to create anything on it. It is revealed s/he is the vision of Heaven, having sent its images to artists throughout the ages as well as its angels being only birds that eat its dead skin.

Yivo lives in an alternate universe that was made accessible to the people of the universe in which the main Futurama cast live ("Universe Gamma") by a space-time anomaly, which was unintentionally ripped open by Bender at the ending of the previous film. Yivo streams shgler billions of tentacles into the Futurama universe, and whoever they attach to becomes enamoured with the creature. As more and more people are possessed, a universe-wide religion is created to worship Yivo, with Fry as its pope. Leela, the only one never possessed, discovers and reveals to the worshipping masses that the tentacles are in fact sexual organs.

Shamed after having shgler plan to mate with the entire population of the universe exposed, Yivo reveals that shglee is simply very lonely, being the sole inhabitant of shgler own universe. To make amends shglee removes the tentacles and goes on a date with every single living being, then proposes marriage and requests they all move into the alternate universe. Every living being (except Leela, who is dragged along unwillingly) accepts, but unfortunately Yivo and the other contents of the alternate universe are made of electro-matter, which means robots and other electric devices cannot enter the alternate universe. The bots are left behind, and everyone who moved in with Yivo promises to not make contact with other universes.

At the film's climax, everybody is happy living with Yivo when Bender invades with a robot army, hauling Yivo through the anomaly in order to do battle. Yivo notices that the robot's weapons are lined with a letter Fry sent Bender made of electro-matter (the only material that can harm it), and realizes that Fry broke his promise. Heartbroken by Fry's betrayal, Yivo breaks up with everyone in the universe (except Fry's then girlfriend Colleen) and retreats to shgler own universe.

Fanny

Fanny, voiced by Tress MacNeille, played a large part in the start of the fourth film Into the Wild Green Yonder. She is an erotic dancer and the headline act of the erotic show held at the Wong hotel. She is also the Donbot's wife but has an affair with Bender after he sees her show. They secretly devise a plan to run away together but to get more money they enter a poker competition using her turquoise encrusted bra as the entry fee. Bender ultimately wins the contest after Fanny saws off the Donbot's lucky foot as well as Bender being made from lucky horseshoes and stepping on a leprechaun. The Donbot learns of the plan and makes them dig their own graves before shooting them. Whilst the Planet Express crew look for Bender, he and Fanny awake and she is picked up by the Donbot. She asks if she'll see Bender later, but he replies probably not.

The Legion of Mad Fellows

The Legion are a secret society of tinfoil-wearing telepaths introduced in the Futurama film Into the Wild Green Yonder. Only two of its members are named: Hutch Waterfall, the long lost brother of Frida Waterfall and grandson of Old Man Waterfall, and the Grand Curator, a recurring background character from throughout the series who wears a robe with the number 9 on it (commonly simply called the "No. 9 Guy"). They give Fry a mission to stop Leo Wong and the Dark Ones from destroying a violet dwarf star, which is really the last Encyclopod egg, to ensure a new Green Age.

Dark Ones

The Dark Ones are introduced in the Futurama film Into the Wild Green Yonder. They are a malevolent species devoted to the destruction of all life, and attempt to prevent the Legion of Mad Fellows from protecting the last Encyclopod egg. At the end of the film, it is revealed that the Martian muck leech Leela saved at the beginning of the film is the last Dark One, the others having been killed by Leo Wong's construction of New Vegas. It is temporarily disabled by Fry, killed by the Encyclopod, and eaten by Dr. Zoidberg.

The Encyclopods

The Encyclopods are a once extinct species devoted to the preservation of the DNA of all endangered life forms and the recreation of species from its collection. Their last egg, a violet dwarf star, is the focus of the Futurama film Into the Wild Green Yonder. Leo Wong planned to destroy the egg as part of his plan to build the universe's largest miniature golf course (although he was unaware of its true nature). Thanks to the interference of a group of eco-feminists led by Leela and Fry's sabotage, the Encyclopod was safely "fertilized" by a life-covered asteroid irradiated with the mysterious Qi, rapidly developed into an adult Encyclopod, and brought back several long extinct species with it. Soon after being born, it destroys the last of the Dark Ones after it attacks Hutch Waterfall with a fatal blow. While showing disdain with having to preserve its DNA, after seeing that Zoidberg ate it the Encyclopod quickly dismisses the incident while preserving the DNA of human beings from Hutch's corpse. It (as it's never explicitly stated if it even has a gender) soon flies off, not answering Fry's statement of "I thought you only preserve the DNA of endangered species."

The Feministas

The Feministas are a group of female feminists who fight for women's rights and the environment in Into the Wild Green Yonder. The group's leader is Frida Waterfall who was previously in the episode "A Taste of Freedom". Leela joins the group after Leo Wong tries to ruin the Violet Dwarf Star to make way for the largest mini-golf course in the universe. After realising the amount of sexism against them, Amy, Labarbara, Petunia and Linda join the group. Frida is murdered shortly after by The Dark Ones when trying to remember to deliver a message by Fry. They make many controversial stands until they are caught by Zapp Branigan and arrested. Bender helps to break them out whilst trying to keep his crime record ahead of Leela's and they end up stopping the explosion on the Violet Dwarf Star.

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