Originally posted by Nerd-o-rama:
The only out-of-characterness that spring to mind immediately is Bender in "A Pharaoh to Remember." I mean, we all know Bender is an asshole, but he doesn't usually enslave his friends. Also, what was with the masochism/brown-nosing when he was a slave?
Originally posted by HopelessShipper:
I have no problem saying Bender was OOC on "A Pharaoh..." It's been discussed before so I won't get into any details other than saying that Bender cares very deeply about Fry/Leela.
Am I the only Futurama fan who DOES believe that Bender cares very deeply about Fry and Leela...and yet still DOESN’T think he was OOC in "A Pharaoh to Remember?"
Lemme 'splain. No wait, too long. Lemme sum up:
Bender didn’t enslave his friends, they were already enslaved by the Osirans; he just took advantage of the situation afterward. He made them his personal body servants, which meant that he knew nothing really
terrible would happen to them; but he DOES love being in a position of power ( i.e., "War is the H-Word" ) and I don't think he could resist being able to lord it over them (he's kind of like a five-year-old that way - and who has ever met a five-year-old who they don’t
think would go a little overboard if he/she became god-emperor of a planet for a while, hmmm?). However, I have total
faith that if Fry & Leela had ever been in REAL danger, he'd have changed his tune (a la "Fear of a Bot Planet" ) toot-sweet.
I think Bender's affection for his friends is plenty evident in “Pharaoh.” He certainly couldn't bear to spend his "afterlife" without them; and their opinions matter so much
that he was persuaded to blow up his monument - which would have let millions of people remember him for millions of years - by Leela and Fry pretending to forget him for two minutes
As for Bender brown-nosing and kissing ass...when HASN'T he kissed his idols' asses? Elzar, the Harlem Globetrotters, Beck, Pharaoh...in each and every case, the subject of his unwavering sycophancy - whether they treat him like crap or not (the masochism).
He only turned against Elzar when he found a new hero to emulate, and IMHO that is the key to his behavior: people who ARE something that Bender longs to BE earn his most abject, fawning adoration. To Bender, “hero worship” is a literal statement.