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The darkest Futurama theories that we hope aren't true

FuchsBy Zach Lisabeth AND AJ Caulfield / .13. Updated April 14, 2020 at 10:31 a.m. EDT /. Updated: April 14, 2020 at 10:25 a.m. EDT

While creator Matt Groening is best known for another small animated series that he started working on in the 80s, many fans would argue that Futurama is his true magnum opus. The show, if you will forgive us, was really ahead of its time; Perhaps that's why it was canceled and then revived again. Before there was Rick and Morty (Another show that spawned a ton of dark theories), Fry (Billy West), Leela (Katey Sagal), and the rest of the Planet Express crew galloped across the universe on high-profile science fiction adventures, mocking everything from timeless Touchstones from popular culture to mainstream network sitcoms.

Just like this other little Gröning project, The simpsons, Futurama is often much smarter than it might seem at first glance. In view of Groening's tendency towards cryptic references, Futurama The mutual propensity of fans to analyze symbolic trifles, the spread of dark theories since the 2013 swan song of the show probably should have been expected. The crazy thing is not the existence of these theories, but the fact that the deeper you dive into the evidence, they seem plausible.

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So you think you're ready to take the Planet Express ship into that wormhole? Here are some of the darkest Futurama Fan Theories You Can Never Unlearn.

Fry's worms made a lasting impression


In the second episode of the third season, titled 'Parasites Lost', Fry's legendary appetite gets better. The moronic delivery boy comes down from a space gas station with a questionable sandwich (via Leela's objections, we might add), and predictably he finds his insides full of parasitic worms. Fortunately for Fry, these worms aren't about causing indigestion and diarrhea. Instead, they immediately get to work building society and improving their receiving body.

The worms tighten Fry's muscles, turning him into a shredded adonis, and connecting new synaptic connections in his brain. Their work gives the humble messenger super intelligence and the ability to play the incredibly difficult holophonor - a musical instrument that projects holographic images when expertly played. The new Fry even catches Leela's gaze, although he ultimately worries that Leela only loves him because of his parasites. The truth is Futurama Vogue, Fry is cured of his helpful parasites by the end of the episode, but one fan theory has it that this wasn't the end of the story - at least not for Fry.

According to this dark theory, the parasites left a hole in Fry's soul - the understanding of his true potential. Proponents of this theory argue that from this point on the series you can see a marked change in Fry's behavior. Forever haunted by the parasite's glimpse of personal success, Fry becomes less irresponsible and more committed to self-improvement in order to make himself worthy of Leelas again. The last scene of the episode gives this theory some credibility; In it, Fry sits alone with a holophonor, trying a rudimentary melody that projects a sloppy portrait of Leela. Sad story as Fry never regains the level of success that the worms give him.

Bender went crazy on the mainframe during the pilot episode


If you've only seen a few episodes of Futurama here and there you may find it hard to imagine that Bender Bending Rodriguez (John DiMaggio) was ever anything but the filthy, beer-filled, gasping robot we all have come to know and love. But what if this mischievous personality featured in 139 of the series' 140 episodes was nothing more than a runtime bug?

One disturbing theory suggests that Bender was not the same robot prior to his chance meeting outside the suicide booth with Philip J. Fry. When the two future roommates first met in the pilot, they were both on the verge of suicide - Bender on purpose and Fry by mistake. In the course of their Meet-Cute, we learn that Bender has always helped do Suicide booths by bending the metal beams used in their construction.

This gentle, blue-collar bending robot, ready to take its own life out of shame for its moral aversion to its profession, has almost nothing to do with the Bender signing up for the delivery ship for Professor Farnsworth's crew. So what has changed?

Apparently it has something to do with a sudden electrical accident at the Museum of Criminals (via Scare normal). Bender has a major personality reversal after being electrocuted from a faulty wire. After the shock subsides, Bender turns amorally against his primary programming. Why the new personality? The theory is that the shock restarted Benders mainframe and the fact that he was in the Museum of Criminals at the time had a profound effect on his personality guidelines.

We actually see this process in a later episode where Bender is restarted due to trauma from a killer whale attack. This restart causes Bender to behave like a penguin, which suggests that his surroundings at the time of the restart actually have an impact on his personality algorithm.

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A dark explanation for the characters' youthful appearances

For us mortal souls, a healthy diet, regular exercise, a low base level of stress, and some good old antiaging skin care products are pretty much all we can rely on when trying to maintain our external youthfulness. Time eventually wears us all down and gravity ends up pulling everything down, but apparently that's not what the characters are talking aboutFuturama Experience. The series starts with Fry at the age of 25 and ends with him pressing 40 - and yet he looks basically the same aside from the e-episode 'The Late Phillip J. Fry' we see him and others in see their age.

So what's up? Why not oursFuturamaFriends seem to be aging? One fan theory provides a dark explanation: The Planet Express ship generates anti-aging radiation.

A Reddit user (who has since deleted his account) explained the thought process that led him to this conclusion. In the third episode ofFuturamaIn season one, Fry gets 'a huge dose of radiation' by switching to the Planet Express ship's jets for just a few seconds. They further argued, “I believe that prolonged exposure to ship radiation prevents aging. The radiation is so great that it affects the people you are closely with, like Dwight and LaBarbara Conrad. '

TheFuturama Fan suspects that dark matter, from which the reactors on the Planet Express ship are made, 'removes the radiation that prevents people from aging'. This would also explain why Mama (Tress MacNeille) and her sons are not getting any older - because they 'own a dark matter company' - and why 'the Niblonians can be so old that they are literally dark matter, she stays in (their) system '.

This theorist went on to explain that Professor had figured out how to 'turn the ship into whale oil and still have all of its normal functions (including this radiation)'. While others are still receiving the radiation in 'very small doses from other accessible areas of dark matter', the professor is excluding it on the Planet Express ship and multiplying it.

Zapp Brannigan has PTSD


Zapp Brannigan is one of the most memorable supporting characters Futurama. When the awkward starship captain was first introduced, he was little more than a one-dimensional, self-glorifying fool - a bloating satire of characters like William Shatner James Kirk, original captain of the Starship Enterprise. That changes in the following episodes, however, as the character reaches considerable depth over several overlapping missions with the Planet Express crew.

This dark theory weaves together several different pieces of Brannigan's slowly unfolding backstory into a tapestry of suffering. First, remember that Brannigan has considerable authority over someone who appears to be as incompetent as he has been shown to be. It's just implausible to imagine an officer these useless to climb the military to such heights. We have to consider the possibility that Brannigan was once a better officer than he is usually portrayed.

According to Zapp himself, his crowning military achievement came when he defeated the killbots by making the decision to send each and every one of his soldiers into battle at the same time, which overwhelmed the programming of the killbots. Such a brave surge tactic has likely been associated with significant human losses, a price that, according to this theory, has plagued Zapp since then.

Zapp was tortured by the post-traumatic stress caused by this incident and driven to alcoholism, cowardice and laughing. His feigned incompetence is all a ploy to secure a discharge from service. That empty spacesuit that spends all of its time looking after Leela? This man is just a shell of his former self - hollowed out by the horror of the military decisions he made at a moment of great importance.

A serious mental disorder like PTSD is hard to laugh about, so we really hope this theory isn't true, but we'd be lying if we said it doesn't make a lot of sense. From all Futurama Fan theories out there in the multiverse, this one is definitely the darkest.