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pumpkinpie

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« on: 09-04-2011 08:38 »

I'm just very curious about the possible religions for characters...I know Zoidberg is obviously Jewish, but, is Leela? What about Fry? Or Hermes? Or Amy? What do you think their religions are? Share your thoughts!
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #1 on: 09-04-2011 08:42 »
« Last Edit on: 09-04-2011 18:41 »

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I know Zoidberg is obviously Jewish, but, is Leela?
If Leela isn't Christian, she will probably be sued soon for copyright infringement tongue
As Hermes did burn the last Paycheck so Fry doesn't come back as a Zombie, he's probably Vodoo follower.
jeepdavetj

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« Reply #2 on: 09-04-2011 08:51 »

Good question!

Farnsworth is most likely agnostic. I doubt he is pure atheist, but I could be wrong.

Fry, being part Irish and from traditional parents probably still clings to some elements of Catholism.

Leela, hmmmm, I see her bouncing around and maybe being a Buddist. Probably tried a few religions and settled there. Then again, she could be Christian (WWZJD)

Hermes is most likely voodoo or hoodoo.

Zoidy I would guess is some type of Jewish mixed with something on his home world.

Amy I would guess is atheist.

Bender WAS robotology? He has met the Robot Devil. Hell, they all have. And he has met "the" God.

Scruffy is most likelu Christian.

That's all I got for now.

UnrealLegend

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« Reply #3 on: 09-04-2011 10:30 »

What's your reasons for Amy being atheist?
bendingunit6

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« Reply #4 on: 09-04-2011 10:42 »

Farnsworth has tried praying to "Atheismo" in Bender's Game. Though he has this bit of dialogue in "Fry am the Eggman":

"Hence the Latin name bonus vampirus. Or, as you non-Catholics would say, the bone vampire!"
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #5 on: 09-04-2011 14:27 »

I think Fry is most likely agnostic. He's spent a reasonable amount of time with the amalgamated church.

I imagine Leela and Amy to be atheist because it's the future and people seem less worried by silly things like religion. The writers don't seem particularly religious, although they try to be fair and even-handed with the subject... but with it being the future, it makes more sense for these characters to be atheists.

Farnsworth is definitely an atheist. I took the Catholic dialogue to refer to his upbringing rather than his beliefs.

Hermes is a rastafarian.

Zoidberg is most likely a Decapodian religion, or just an atheist. He's not Jewish, his character just mocks Jewish stereotypes.

Bender is probably the first member of Benderism, worshipping himself for being so great. Although he's met the God-entity, I can't see that actually converting him to any sort of religion.

And it's anybody's guess regarding Scruffy.
coldangel

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« Reply #6 on: 09-04-2011 14:45 »

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #7 on: 09-04-2011 14:53 »

Farnsworth seems to bring up Satan a few times.
hobbitboy

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« Reply #8 on: 09-04-2011 15:39 »

Doesn't he start a prayer to Isis (or someone like that) in one of the more recent episodes?

Don't hate me, Trinity.  I'm just the messenger.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #9 on: 09-04-2011 15:46 »

Möbius Dick. wink
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #10 on: 09-04-2011 17:29 »

Farnsworth seems to bring up Satan a few times.

Yeah but, all I can recall are phrases like "The devil take this predictable colon!"

I'm an atheist and I still say things like "oh my God" and "Christ almighty".
Xanfor

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« Reply #11 on: 09-04-2011 17:34 »

I imagine that pretty much all humans, regardless of their beliefs, are members of this:

SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

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« Reply #12 on: 09-04-2011 17:44 »
« Last Edit on: 09-04-2011 17:52 »

Well we know Oprahism and Voodoo are mainstream religions now.  

Oh and that lesbian covens are traditional family units.  Awesome.

Amy is probably not religious, since her parents don't seem to give a damn about anything besides money and grandchildren, and the taboo about Robosexuality is a mostly religious one (her parents did take objection to her hooking up with Bender though.  The other characters are either not religious, or have religions that don't consider robosexuality to be a sin or taboo, or have fairly liberal interpratations of mainstream religions, like christians who think gay people should get married and adopt, and so on, and believe in the seperation of church and state.)

Oh and Wikipedia will probably become a fullblown religion in the future, because Wikipedia is all knowing and all seeing, like Allah herself.   BEHOLD, BEINGS OF NON DIGITAL FLESH

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Futurama
Gorky

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« Reply #13 on: 09-04-2011 20:11 »

I could see Amy's parents being fundamentalist Christian types, but that's mostly because their cowboy attire makes me think of god-fearing, gun-toting Texans. Amy herself could potentially be a Taoist or something, but she's more likely an agnostic or atheist. If she was raised in any particular religion, there's been no indication that she's still a practicing member.

Fry was probably raised Catholic (if anything), but I could see him now just being a nebulously "spiritual" person. He's very optimistic and not prone to critical thought, so I don't think agnosticism or atheism would suit him. He strikes me as one of those people who goes through life not believing in one particular god but rather in a more general, universal benevolence that will keep him from meeting any harm. He does say that maybe God loves him in "Roswell That Ends Well," which would indicate a somewhat innocent and childlike notion of how the universe works.

Farnsworth seems to bring up Satan a few times.

Yeah but, all I can recall are phrases like "The devil take this predictable colon!"

I'm an atheist and I still say things like "oh my God" and "Christ almighty".

He does claim that Satan owes him one in "The Farnsworth Parabox," but he also beseeches several other gods for help in that same sequence. I'd imagine he's an atheist, if only because someone who was strictly religious--regardless of the particular denomination--probably wouldn't go around praying to other gods or asking for their help when an experiment goes awry. Like you, I'm not religious but I've still adopted a lot of religiously-tinged language (goddamn, Jesus Christ, etc.), and that's probably what Farnsworth's done as well. (And Leela, too, what with her frequent "Oh Lord"s.)

Also: Farnsworth goes with science over religion in "A Clockwork Origin" and at the end of the episode only concedes the possibility of a creator, which would indicate a highly skeptical, sort of agnostic attitude at best.
jeepdavetj

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« Reply #14 on: 09-04-2011 21:10 »

A Clockwork Origin is why I think Farnsworth is agnostic. He is a see it to believe it kinda fella, and well, he saw it.

The reason I think Amy is atheist is, well, damn near everyone I knew who went to college went in believing, came out knowing everything and were a die hard atheist, and now, years later, believe again tongue

Just seems to be how things go LOL.
coffeeBot

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« Reply #15 on: 09-04-2011 21:49 »

Hm.
I really hope Zoidberg's Jewish, otherwise the irony of a shellfish being Jewish would be lost. Leela and Amy are probably agnostic, or possibly just "vaguely spiritual". Amy could possibly be Buddhist/Taoist/etc, but it's hard to tell. I always assumed Hermes was a Rastafarian (hence all the pot jokes). The Professor's probably atheist or agnostic. Even when he "prays", it sounds about as serious as when I say something along the lines of "God dammit", despite being atheist. Fry's probably a lapsed Catholic.
Honestly, though, this conversation could very well be moot. Xanfor's probably right, they're probably all part of the Amalgamated church. tongue
Gorky

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« Reply #16 on: 09-04-2011 21:54 »

I always assumed Hermes was a Rastafarian (hence all the pot jokes).

In "The Cyber House Rules," Fry refers to Hermes as a "Rastafarian accountant." I'd say Hermes is probably the only character whose religion has been more or less confirmed.

Oh, and there's a possibility that Fry would have converted to the Star Trek cult religion seen in "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" if it still existed in the year 3000. wink
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