-Under Construction-Fry is a regular dumbass from the year 1999 who gets frozen and wakes up in the future. Instead of a thankless pizza delivery job, he now has a thankless parcel delivery job.
England had Arthur Dent. America has Philip J. Fry.
When there is an adventure in space, and complete unhero is needed, Fry is often the one to sit there and pretend he does not hear the call of glory, usually opting instead to turn the volume up on the TV and drink some more Slurm.
Once someone has bribed him with something stupid (like the promise of stopping for ice cream), Fry is always ready to go somewhere dangerous, and probably cause a disaster. Sometimes he gets killed, but it's sci-fi. People get killed all the time. It's not that big a deal.