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lovablerascal

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« on: 06-27-2003 13:34 »

In Bendless love we see that Bender is four years old as of series 3, making him about one when series 1 started (unless time is frozen in Futurama). Ive never considered this til now, but hes got a mentality of a child! In 'Hell has other robots' he says to the devil "I dont like things that are hot and scary." In 30% Iron chef he cries like a baby when he learns Planet express doesnt like his cooking. Anyone think of any other scenes?
Futurama_Hil

Urban Legend
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« Reply #1 on: 06-27-2003 13:37 »

Well, I don't think robots actually age.  Therefore, it's just his personality: immature. But then again, he's a robot.  How can robots be mature or not I don't know.
planetcutie

Bending Unit
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« Reply #2 on: 06-27-2003 14:18 »

How did Bender get his personality anyway?  When Morgan Proctor took our his 'in-your-face interface' disc he became a mindless drone, which would be far more suitable for a robot who just bends girders.

"Leela, there's nothing wrong with anything."
Cube_166

Professor
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« Reply #3 on: 06-27-2003 15:57 »

 
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Originally posted by planetcutie:
How did Bender get his personality anyway?  When Morgan Proctor took our his 'in-your-face interface' disc he became a mindless drone, which would be far more suitable for a robot who just bends girders.

[tearful rant] Take that back! Take that back! [/tearful rant]
boingo2000

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #4 on: 06-27-2003 17:14 »

 
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Originally posted by planetcutie:
How did Bender get his personality anyway?  When Morgan Proctor took our his 'in-your-face interface' disc he became a mindless drone, which would be far more suitable for a robot who just bends girders.


OK, what happened was... The mindless drone version of Bender is how he spent his first bit of existance at the suicide booth making plant.  However, he was chosen to test a highly experimental personality disk by a plant owner trying to improve his PR.  Bender weas lured into this with the promise of a new finish (he had plain stell, like all menidal workers).  However, the disk was corrupted, and the presonality on it transformed Bender the drone into the Bender we know.  Bender flipped his coin and was given his Foghat Grey finish, but during the process the plant onwer doscovered the flaw in the disk.  He tried to remove it from Bender, but Bender ran off, discovered he was working in a suicide-bboth plant, and fell into a pit of depression.  Escaping the factory, he decided to terminate himself, and got in line for the nearest suicide booth.  The rest is what you or I might call history, if we were so inclined.

(Did anyome buy that?)
M Jackson
Professor
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« Reply #5 on: 06-27-2003 17:41 »

Actually I've always thought of Benders origins in that way, not the actual specific details that you've used but a similar idea.
In Space Pilot 3000 Bender is more like a traditional robot (even though his first words are "Bite my shiny metal ass!" ). At first Bender is even more antisocial, cold, and logical in a traditional scifi robot way.

"I'm only programmed to Bend things for constructive purposes what do I look like a de-bender?!
Who cares what you're programmed for. If somebody asked you to jump of a cliff would you do it?
I'll have to check my program.... Yep".

Over the course of season one Bender becomes more adjusted to behaving 'normaly' around humans. And he develops more of a personality, and emotions. Think about it, before he met Fry Bender was quite prepared to walk into a suicide booth without giving it a second thought, in later episodes Bender gets scared in dangerous situations, and tries to save his friends and himself.
If new episodes ever get made, I'd love to see an episode set before Bender met Fry, and he was working in the Bending factory. Although we've already seen a what-if simulation of what would happen if Fry never came to the future, that was told from Frys perspective. It would be cool to see how the main characters would have ended up if they had never started working at Planet Express as a result of meeting Fry. Leela would have continued working at the cryogenics lab...etc
Düffman

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #6 on: 06-27-2003 17:52 »

wow, that did make sense, he did act kinda robotish in the eairler episodes. anyhow, i remember when they showed how he was build, didnt they interface wiht him, and teach him how to bend? maybe that interface also gave him personatily. also he said "I dont like things that are hot and scary." i think that was just to make things ryme
Grim

Professor
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« Reply #7 on: 06-27-2003 19:11 »

I thought it was the light bulb that shocked him that changed his program, "set him free"?
M Jackson
Professor
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« Reply #8 on: 06-27-2003 19:45 »

Oh go ahead and ruin the special bond Bender develops with Fry and the rest of the PE gang in my theory. But that's one way of looking at it.
Teral

Helpy McHelphelp
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« Reply #9 on: 06-27-2003 20:29 »

If you listen carefully, after Bender is electrocuted in SP3K you'll hear a clickity-click sound, as if something is reset.

The story about a robot growing and becoming more than just the sum of his programming is a wellknown sci-fi cliché (Data anyone?), but since Matt&Co couldn't do that in the span of 22 minutes they had to cheat a bit, by erasing some of Benders databanks.
BritaChica

Poppler
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« Reply #10 on: 06-29-2003 06:19 »

I don't think that Bender's age is why he is immature, in an episode (I forget which) didn't we found out that Calculon was over 1000 years old, but he doesn't act like it.
lovablerascal

Crustacean
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« Reply #11 on: 06-29-2003 14:48 »

Bender was maybe innocent when he first appeared. He has this massive database of Knowledge but has no idea how to apply it.
He also states in a non what if scene in anthology of interest 2 "We robots dont have emotions and sometimes that makes me very sad."
And he believes he cant lift things as stated in 'Bendless love', but in the one where they build a Pyramid he lifts the Pharohs statue nose off the crushed Pharoh.
Another childlike attribute surfaced in the first christmas special and 'Mothers day' where he refers to his creator and the machine that made him as 'mommy'.
Allen

Professor
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« Reply #12 on: 06-29-2003 15:05 »

What the heck are you guys going on about? ALL the robots have their own personalities. This isn't a story of one robot, all robots seem to be able to disobey their programming. Why this is possible I don't know. Robots that can disobey their programming makes no logical sense.

Robots are basically people now. They can own property. They can be rich or poor. They can have sex change operations!

Although the reason for these kinds of robots escapes logic, it's just an easy thing to accept and laugh at. So Bender is not alone. Sure, we've seen instances where his programming kicks in, but he is a robot after all.
lovablerascal

Crustacean
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« Reply #13 on: 07-02-2003 15:45 »

The Problem with Popplers
Bender to 'Fishy' Joe Gillman : "Hey mac, i got a complaint to make, the kiddie parks in your restaurants cant support a adult robot."
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