Zapp Brannigan is the incompetent, extraordinarily vain captain of the DOOP starship Nimbus. He is a satirical interpretation of William Shatner’s Captain Kirk from the original Star Trek. Although Leela thoroughly detests him, Brannigan—a self-delude ladies’ man —pursues her relentlessly, often at great personal risk.
Bender Bending Rodriguez
Bender is a foul-mouthed, heavy drinking, cigar-smoking, kleptomaniacal, misanthropic, egocentric, ill-tempered robot manufactured by Mom’s Friendly Robot Company. He is originally programmed to bend girders for suicide booths, and is later designated as assistant sales manager and cook, despite lacking a sense of taste. He is Fry’s best friend and roommate.
Dr. John A. Zoidberg
Zoidberg is a lobster-like alien from the planet Decapod 10, and the neurotic staff physician of Planet Express. Although he claims to be an expert on humans, his knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is woefully inaccurate. Zoidberg’s expertise seems to be with extra-terrestrial creatures. He is homeless and penniless; living in the dumpster behind Planet Express. Although Zoidberg is depicted as being Professor Farnsworth’s long-time friend he is held in contempt by everyone on the crew.
Hermes is the Jamican accountant of Planet Express. A 36th-level bureaucrat (demoted to level 37 during the series) and proud of it, he is a stickler for regulation and enamored of the tedium of paperwork and bureaucracy. Hermes is also a former champion in Olympic Limbo. He gave up limbo after the 2980 Olympics when a young fan, imitating him, broke his back and died. Hermes has a wife, LaBarbara and a 12-year-old son, Dwight.
Leela is the competent, one-eyed, captain of the Planet Express Ship. Abandoned as a baby, she grows up in the Cookieville Minimum Security Orphanrium believing herself to be an alienfrom another planet, but learns that she is actually a mutant from the sewers in the episode “Leela’s Homeworld.” Prior to becoming the ship’s captain, Leela works as a career assignment officer at the cryogenics lab where she first meets Fry. She is Fry’s primary love interest.
Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth
Professor Farnsworth, also known simply as “the Professor”, is Fry’s distant nephew. Farnsworth founds Planet Express Inc. to fund his work as a mad scientist. Although he is depicted as a brilliant scientist and inventor, at more than one-hundred and sixty years old he is extremely prone to age-related forgetfulness and fits of temper. In the episode “A Clone of My Own”, the Professor clones himself to produce a successor, Cubert Farnsworth, whom he treats like a son.
Philip J. Fry
Philip J. Fry is a dimwitted, immature, slovenly, yet good-hearted pizza delivery boy who falls into a cryogenic pod, causing it to activate and freeze him just after midnight on January 1, 2000. He reawakens on New Year’s Eve of 2999, and gets a job as a cargo delivery boy at Planet Express, a company owned by his only living relative, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth. Fry’s love for Leela is a recurring theme throughout the series.
Amy is an incredibly rich, blunt, spoiled, ditzy, and accident-prone long-term intern at Planet Express. She is an engineering student at Mars University and heiress to the western hemisphere of Mars. Born on Mars, she is ethnically Chinese and is prone to cursing in Cantonese and using 31st-century slang. Her parents are the wealthy ranchers Leo and Inez Wong. She is promiscuous in the beginning of the series, but eventually enters a monogamous relationship with Kif Kroker. In the show’s sixth season, she acquires her doctorate.