-Under Construction- Bender is a constantly-drinking, hookerbot-chasing, cigar-smoking robot who used to bend girders, and now works at Planet Express, delivering packages with his roommate and human best friend, Fry.

Comes equipped with Full Pimpin' Mode

Just The Facts

  1. Bender's full name is "Bender Bending Rodriguez".
  2. Bender has to drink alcohol to keep his system running normally, or else he gets stupid and rusty,
  3. Magnets going near Bender's head cause errors in his robot brain, causing his eyes to flicker, and him to sing folk songs.
  4. Bender is 30% iron, 40% titanium, 40% lead, 40% zinc, 40% dolomite and a 0.04% nickel.
  5. He's 190.04% smartass robot.

Building a Better Buddy

Lots of movies and tv shows had used the idea of a human main character with a robot for a best friend. Sometimes this was presented in a sincere way, sometimes with a wink, but it was one of those sci-fi ideas that just wouldn't go away.

Then the Simpsons happened, and Matt Groening gained this enormous media power where he could go ahead create any new cartoon he chose. Unlike others in his position, he did not just crank out clones like Jango Fett in a military lab. Instead, he took one really good idea, and put most of his attention into it.

Thus, Futurama was born. It was pretty clear that Bender was the most awesome robot friend ever seen, probably starting the first time he ever said "Bite my shiny metal ass!"

Sure, there had been other robot buddy characters before this. We just can't really remember who they are anymore.

Robots More Cool Than Bender:


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Robots Who Are Exactly As Cool As Bender:

See: Bender.