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PEE Poll: Who do you hate more?
Zoidberg
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Scruffy
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Nixon
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« Reply #40 on: 03-14-2011 08:59 »

I think Zapp is great to watch from all angles. You know that once he's good (like being a gentleman in In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela) he's bound to be bad again. We saw this as early as Love's Labors Lost in Space when he cried to Leela about his loneliness, she showed compassion and then BAM out came Zapp again haha. There is no character I really hate in the show which is why this poll makes me mad!!
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« Reply #41 on: 03-14-2011 09:09 »

Nixon can grate on my nerves a bit, as can LaBarbara Conrad but I don't really hate any of the characters.  And I'm glad that Zapp became a little less one dimensional this season.
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« Reply #42 on: 03-14-2011 18:44 »

I don't hate any of the characters, either, but some of the minor characters can be annoying in their predictability. Clamps comes to mind.

To be honest, I can't believe Zapp got so many votes. Yeah, he's unbearably pompous and idiotic, but that's what makes him so hilarious.

However, I'm pleased to see that no one voted for Zoidberg. Hooray!
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« Reply #43 on: 03-14-2011 19:08 »

I don't hate any of the characters, either, but some of the minor characters can be annoying in their predictability. Clamps comes to mind.

Word on Clamps. I could take or leave the entire Robot Mafia, really (though the Donbot does have his moments).

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You know that once he's good (like being a gentleman in In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela) he's bound to be bad again.

True, but I thought his whimpering about being so lonely in "Love's Labours Lost in Space" was more obviously desperate than his goody-guy act in "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela"--and thus more funny. I don't hate him in I-A-D-L, I just thought that he was too bland in the second act (regardless of his ulterior motives).
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« Reply #44 on: 03-14-2011 20:13 »

I guess I just like watching Zapp any time big grin After the first viewing of IAGDL you know what's coming, which makes his nonchalant way about him all the more funny to me.

In LLLIS I don't remember if I knew right away that he was playing her (I think I was 14 too when it first aired). I don't think I thought about it. When he's on screen I'm just entertained and my brain goes to hypersleep mode hehe.
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« Reply #45 on: 03-14-2011 22:12 »
« Last Edit on: 03-15-2011 12:25 »

Anyone who says that they hate Zapp do if so hate me. And I will not tolerate that.  laff
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« Reply #46 on: 03-15-2011 05:06 »

And I love Santa robot, though!
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« Reply #47 on: 03-15-2011 12:50 »

I voted for Robot Santa--both because he is in fact my least favorite of those listed above, and because I just wanted to see the results of the damn poll already. I love "Xmas Story" and "A Tale of Two Santas", but Robot Santa's presence--beyond the novelty of his back story (he judges everyone to be naughty, and punishes them with TOW missiles? That's good stuff)--isn't what makes those episodes so memorable for me. (What I love about "Xmas Story" is that it is one of the first truly emotionally-grounded episodes of the series, sort of a precursor for the more dramatic fare that would characterize seasons three and four; and "A Tale of Two Santas" is just out-and-out hilarious (and I love the song).)

But I digress. My point is that Robot Santa is easily the least-developed character on this list (probably because he's more a tertiary character than a secondary one); he's too one-note for my liking. I suppose the same could be said for Nixon, though I find him more consistently amusing (and Billy West's portrayal of him is inspired).
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« Reply #48 on: 03-15-2011 21:44 »

Now I wanna see the results! I voted for santabot too.
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« Reply #49 on: 03-29-2011 21:01 »

no hes funny and i think thy shood give him more credit in the show and i just orderd his figer with the nixon head im still wating for it sorry off topic thow
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« Reply #50 on: 06-24-2012 07:21 »

I don't like Zapp as a person. But I enjoy him as a character on the show. I would hate having to put up with him in person, but he has a lot of funny lines and serves to advance the plot as needed with his hamfisted military strategies.
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« Reply #51 on: 06-25-2012 01:45 »

Whenever Kif gets a role in an episode bigger than "the guy who has to take Zapp's crap" he becomes boring to me. He just can't carry an episode.
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« Reply #52 on: 06-25-2012 02:39 »

I don't think I'd ever LIKE Zapp, but I'd dislike him a lot more if he got more karmic payback for the crap he pulls.

What I'd like to see is a fight to the death between Fry and Zapp over Leela's affections. Here's the scenario: Zapp thinks a weak, butterbellied nerd like Fry will run or be a pushover. But Fry's thick-headed, total devotion to Leela proves a formidable weapon.

And then, Fry kills Zapp.

YAYYY!!!!!

The end.
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« Reply #53 on: 06-25-2012 03:31 »

In a fight to the death, Fry is quite likely to lose unless he gets some help, cheats, or is incredibly lucky. Zapp's probably got a significant edge on Fry in terms of low cunning and dirty tactics. Wouldn't surprise me if Zapp made swift work of Fry and was then killed in turn by Leela, who wouldn't hesitate to blow him away if he killed the man it's taken her years to realise she has feelings for.
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« Reply #54 on: 06-25-2012 04:14 »

Zapp's probably got a significant edge on Fry in terms of low cunning and dirty tactics.

Not to mention how much Zapp outweighs Fry; if he loses the girdle, he could bitch slap Fry with his flabby belly and conceivably knock the poor guy out.
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« Reply #55 on: 06-25-2012 07:25 »

Rather than fight to the death - they should have a quote=off, the two characters that get the most random and nonsensical quotes have it out at each other. xD
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« Reply #56 on: 06-25-2012 07:35 »

Yeah, Zapp would probably win a fight to the death, but I could see Fry getting a good punch in there.  I don't think Zapp would expect it coming from him and clearly Zapp isn't used to anyone openly defying him.  Taken by surprise, I think Zapp would cower.
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« Reply #57 on: 07-02-2012 02:50 »

yup
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« Reply #58 on: 07-02-2012 03:03 »

Gorky - Fry's got a bit of a belly to throw around himself. Zapp might have a lil brawling experience, but has he ever scrapped it out one on one with a determined opponent? Methinks the answer is no.
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« Reply #59 on: 07-02-2012 09:51 »

Zapp is a bit of a coward, but yeah, the belly could definitely knock Fry out cold, especially after all that fattening hobo cuisine.
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« Reply #60 on: 07-02-2012 13:51 »
« Last Edit on: 07-08-2012 09:34 »

Leaving the reset button aside, Fry had training as soldier and cop.
That would count for some combat experience. (Cannot resist the comment: Should I ever need an ally in a brawl, and I was offered the choice between a female Junior Kung-Fu Championship aspirer, and a male former soldier/cop, I KNOW whom I would definitely choose big grin Okay...but enough of the Leela-bashing for now wink )

That coward thing can be REALLY important in a fist fight. Cowards tend to turn their face away quickly from a punch. Which is not a bad thing, should they keep EYE CONTACT. But cowards mostly also turn their gaze away from their opponent, and therefore cannot see what he is up to.
This may not sound too special to a non martial artist, but believe me: That eye contact is the most IMPORTANT thing. When you see a punch coming, you hat at least a chance to avoid it. When you do not see it coming, it will ALWAYS hit you.

When I started martial arts training, I (85kg+) managed to chase sparring partners (105kg+)through our training hall, who did outweight me about the same way Zapp outweights Fry.
Just because they did turn their gaze away...

As Zapp is the coward usually backing away, and Fry can be stubborn when it really counts, I would bet on Fry counting on the present shown characteristics.
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« Reply #61 on: 07-05-2012 00:19 »

I bet Fry could take Zapp in a fight.  Zapp might talk a big game, but it's obvious he'd fold like a cheap card table if you challenged him to fisticuffs and he couldn't get away.  Kif pretty much floored him with one punch, and he's an amphibian with no internal skeleton.  I get the feeling Fry would be unstoppable if you really pissed him off (or threatened Leela).
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« Reply #62 on: 07-05-2012 19:53 »

I voted Zoidberg, because the recurring gag of the show is that everybody hates Zoidberg!  laff
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« Reply #63 on: 07-08-2012 08:48 »

In a fight to the death, Fry is quite likely to lose unless he gets some help, cheats, or is incredibly lucky.

Fry has watched enough Star Trek to know how to enter Ripped-Shirt Cheat Mode.
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« Reply #64 on: 07-08-2012 18:55 »

I love Zapp, it's only occasionally that I get really pissed off with him for being a dick.
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« Reply #65 on: 07-08-2012 19:02 »

That's probably the major achievement about Zapp Branigan:

His status is often ambiguous, switching between "Harmless, clumsy, incompetent fool" and "psychopathic mass murderer". Not being able to label that character accordingly adds a sense of "uneasyness" around him, even among the viewers. He does not only get on the in-universe characters nerves, but also to a certain degree on the audiences nerves.
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« Reply #66 on: 07-08-2012 20:41 »

He does not get on my nerves.  And I don't know of any whose nerves he gets on.  It is actually for the other characters' uncomfortable situation that Brannigan's character excels for the audience.

Perhaps it is the show itself that ensures me that he does get on my nerves, because I know the limitations to what can happen in a Futurama episode.  But if Zapp Brannigan was in a more serious show, then surely we would all be terrified whenever he appeared on screen.
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« Reply #67 on: 07-08-2012 21:17 »

Am I the only one who prefers Zapp when he's the almost the Stifler-esque character of terrible asshole friend/wingman (Amazon Women in the Mood, Where the Buggalo Roam) to the evil, scheming space captain Zapp? I don't buy Zapp as an evil character, since he's been allies with the PE crew more times than an adversary to them.
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« Reply #68 on: 07-11-2012 22:24 »

If he was a real person I had to associate with then I wouldn't like him. But I don't really hate any character in Futurama, except maybe Kwanza Bot.
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« Reply #69 on: 07-16-2012 01:28 »

It really depends on the episode. I do have a Zapp Brannigan soundboard on my Android phone, so I can't really say I hate him, but as a Leela & Fry shipper fan, Zapp needs to gtfo. smile
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« Reply #70 on: 08-23-2012 12:20 »

Thought I'd have a look at this thread as I don't remember seeing it before, but I wish I hadn't. What a shit premise for a thread, anyway Zapp rules. Sure he's a bit of a dick, but he's a lovable dick and Futurama wouldn't be as great without his presence...

It's also important to note that Zapp is often enhanced by Kif. They are best together, although Kif lacks more without Zapp than Zapp does without Kif...

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« Reply #71 on: 10-20-2012 00:34 »
« Last Edit on: 10-20-2012 00:35 »

If you hate robot santa,good for you
if you hate kif,good for you
if you like fry and leela as a couple,good for you
if you hate robot mafia,good for you
if you like mom and farnsworth as a couple,good for you

BUT IF YOU LIKE ZAPP I DRAW THE F**KING LINE,ZAPP IS A SELFISH,STUPID PEICE OF M******F**KING SH*T CAN SUCK MY F**KING BALLS.*breathes* that dick.
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« Reply #72 on: 10-20-2012 00:43 »

If you hate robot santa,good for you
if you hate kif,good for you
if you like fry and leela as a couple,good for you
if you hate robot mafia,good for you
if you like mom and farnsworth as a couple,good for you

BUT IF YOU LIKE ZAPP I DRAW THE F**KING LINE,ZAPP IS A SELFISH,STUPID PEICE OF M******F**KING SH*T CAN SUCK MY F**KING BALLS.*breathes* that dick.

There's a difference between liking a character and liking their personality. We all know Zapp's a selfish, incompetent buffoon. That's why we love him. His stupidity is hilarious.
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« Reply #73 on: 10-20-2012 09:32 »

BUT IF YOU LIKE ZAPP I DRAW THE F**KING LINE,ZAPP IS A SELFISH,STUPID PEICE OF M******F**KING SH*T CAN SUCK MY F**KING BALLS.*breathes* that dick.

... he's also just a cartoon character so chill out.
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« Reply #74 on: 10-20-2012 16:00 »

ZAP BRANAGAN IS THE WORST KART TOON EVER! HES SO STUPID!
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« Reply #75 on: 10-22-2012 02:07 »

If stupidity defines the quality of a character, then Igner is much worse than Zapp. However it's still a dumb form of measurement, so why hate a character because of their intelligence?
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« Reply #76 on: 10-22-2012 06:54 »

Also being stupid is what makes a character funny. It's one of the reasons why Fry is my favourite character.

Also learn to spell Zapps name, 'cartoon' and un-do your Caps Lock, and maybe we might take you seriously... maybe not...
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« Reply #77 on: 10-22-2012 21:56 »

I dislike zapp very... Strongly.
Yes he is super funny especially with the rock paper scissors "kunundrum".
It's just that some of the things he does make me cringe, like his child like crying that's mixed with a temper tantrum. (you know the one)
Needless to say he has his great moments and the incompetance, stupidity, and selfishness are gems to boot.

And to bring down some thoughts from towards the top of the thread:
Yes fry could kick Zapps ass in a fight hands down, combat training as a solder and a cop, survival instinct, and did you see how well he handled combat against leela (an expirienced martial artist) in fun on a bun?  He's got Zapp by the fungal infection!
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« Reply #78 on: 11-12-2012 18:14 »

I don't like Zapp. I wouldn't want him as a friend, or try to be more like him. But I do enjoy him as a character on that show I watch. Rarely does Zapp fail to entertain, while perpetrating his buffoonery.
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« Reply #79 on: 11-13-2012 00:42 »

I've always had a theory that bad guys should spend very little time getting their comeuppance, though there should always be eventual comeuppance, and more time being a kick-ass bad guy. Something I preferred about the old run is that the moments of Zapp getting beaten up or humiliated or whatever were more few and far between, so they were more satisfying. Now, whenever he's in an episode you can be sure he's going to get his ass handed to him, and to me, it's starting to feel less and less justified. There are some moments in the new run that I've actually felt sympathy for Zapp, which should never be the case.
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