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Dannilicious

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« on: 11-12-2003 11:13 »

I looked through the entire Human Resources Dept and didn't find any threads asking: What do you think of Zoidberg? I found that kind of odd. And I really want to know what everyone's general opinion of him is, considering he's my all time favorite character. Anyone who has been reading my posts (I'm a newbie) may have noticed I like him a bit TOO much, but that's besides the point. So yeah, I like him. I think he's the best character in the show and everything he says he's funny and he's cute and this is like the worst run on sentance ever. *Takes breath*

So what do all you Futurama fans think of him? Do you think there should have been less of him? More of him? Did he have enough character development or not enough? Was he funny or just annoying? Cute or gross?

I think that we should have seen more of Zoidberg, but he definatley should not have like...taken over the show or anything. Just more of him would have been nice. A few more episodes just about him. His one liners are great, but I think there are too many episodes where he just has one thing to say and otherwise just mingles around in the background.

I think his character development was just perfect. No more or less was needed, we got to know everything we needed about the guy without letting the show get too revolved around him. He started off as just a weird looking bad doctor but slowly we began to learn that he's poor, eats just about anything, is an "inferior male specimen", and longs for companionship.

As for him being funny, I think just about everything he says is funny/cute, and absolutley nothing about him is annoying. And for being cute, I think he's cute a lot of the time, and sometimes just plain disgusting...which is hilarious! Wouldn't change it if I could.

So anyway...yeah, what do you all think? I don't know if he's a commonly loved character or commonly hated.
John C
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« Reply #1 on: 11-12-2003 11:44 »

I love Zoidberg as well!  love It would've been nice to see him a little more, but they seem to have worked on this in later episodes. I love just about everything he does and- surprise, his first name is mine as well! Zoiberg's character development was good, and I found all of his episodes to be extremely funny.  laff In a way, I think my sig says it all:


I am NOT obsessed with Zoidberg! *scuttles away*
Thoth

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« Reply #2 on: 11-12-2003 11:53 »

He's not my favorite character in the show but he's defenently the funniest, i might even go so far too say that he's the funniest charecter EVER.
A poor,starving,juish,lobster doctor, that alone is pretty funny.
I think they used him well in the show, but a bit more episodes with him involved like Bird bot of ice-catraz would have been great
FilthyCrab

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« Reply #3 on: 11-12-2003 12:17 »

Woop, woop, woop.

Zoidberg was great for adding a quick one-liner type joke to the script. 

The only funny Zoidy-centric ep was WMIBACIL.  Anything else where Zoidy was front and centre wasn't very good.
Bushmeister

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« Reply #4 on: 11-12-2003 17:19 »

Yeah Lobstertainment was disappointing and mabe a few more Zoidberg episodes would have been better. He was definitely one of the funniest characters though but not my favourite.
Margarita

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« Reply #5 on: 11-12-2003 19:32 »

i dont think he is funny all the time, but sometimes he is. not my favorite character.
Futurama_Hil

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« Reply #6 on: 11-12-2003 21:53 »

I love him. A little annoying at times looking back, but overall he had some awesome one-liners and it's fun to laugh at his patheicness. He is very lovable as well.  big grin

All in all, Zoidy is my third favorite character.
zoidyzoid

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« Reply #7 on: 11-13-2003 02:32 »

Zoidberg is definitely my favourite character. He was used the right amount in my opinion.
moonbus69

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« Reply #8 on: 11-13-2003 03:34 »

The episode with Freedom Day, where Zoidy ate 'Old Freebie' was his best front and center episode, IMO.
Agree with y'all that he is one of the funniest characters on the show (along with Bender and Fry, Zapp, Kiff, etc.)
On the whole, I feel he had a fair amount of lines and screen time.

Wonder who could eat more free donuts -- Homer Simpson or Zoidberg?  big grin
zoidberg74

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« Reply #9 on: 11-13-2003 10:25 »

zoidberg rules. he is by far my favorite character. every scene he was in is a memorable one.
kidofdarkness

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« Reply #10 on: 11-13-2003 17:36 »
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zoidberg rules hes the charcter i like the most and the funniest.my faveourite scene with him has to be to see him scutling away for the first time.he is simply the best 
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newhook_1

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« Reply #11 on: 11-13-2003 17:49 »

"I'm so into you!"
davierocks

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« Reply #12 on: 11-13-2003 18:28 »

Zoidberg is indeed a great character, he does need the other characters to work though, while most of the P.E. crew could carry off a scene on their own with support characters, i'm not sure Zoidberg could. Please give me examples if you think I am wrong.
SweetShrimp

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« Reply #13 on: 11-13-2003 22:56 »

 
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Originally posted by davierocks:
Zoidberg is indeed a great character, he does need the other characters to work though, while most of the P.E. crew could carry off a scene on their own with support characters, i'm not sure Zoidberg could. Please give me examples if you think I am wrong.

I agree.  One of the reasons he's such a funny character is because he's just so sad and pathetic, a point that was driven home by the abuse and neglect he recieved from the other characters.  Well, that and the fact that he was poor, and ate garbage.

I liked him as a character...not one of my absolute favorites, but definately very funny.
Dolcelannah

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« Reply #14 on: 11-16-2003 01:08 »

I love Zoidberg. But I don't think he's great as a central character (That's Lobstertainment and WMIBACIL were a bit average) because I think one of the most important and characteristic things about him is that he doesn't get enough attention. I think that if he was developed any more as a main character, he would lose a lot of that patheticness that we love him for.

So I think it's great that ol' Zoidy is basically a one-liner. One of Futurama's biggest strengths is that even if the plot is shocking, there are bits that make you want to roll on the floor in fits of laughter  big grin. And Zoidberg is a main part of that, and in my opinion that's where he fits best.

ActionLaPointe

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« Reply #15 on: 11-16-2003 01:14 »

zoidberg is jesus.
M0le

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« Reply #16 on: 11-22-2003 06:48 »

Fry: Leela even let me sit on her lap and steer. In this comic I drew.
Zoidberg: Oooooh, the new ones out?

Farnsworth: First prize is 500 dollars and a years supply of dog food!
Bender: 500 dollars you say?
Zoidberg: Dog food you say?

Zoidberg: In my experience, boxes are usually empty. Or maybe with a little bit of cheese stuck to the top? And one time, Pepporoni! What a day that was!

Zoidberg: Mmmm, I haven't eaten since Tuesday. Bird Eggs, Animal slices. Dry woven reeds...*eats basket* All Gone. Can I drive?
Gleno

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« Reply #17 on: 11-25-2003 10:25 »

Zoidberg....One of the funniest characters in a tv show....ever....
His name is funny, his voice makes me smile, his "awwwww" is so adorable heh-heh

I haven't seen every ep yet but I think it's safe to say Zoidberg was used well....I agree that he was best used as a supporting character for the other to laugh at and make fun of....When he was the main plot point he didn't seem as funny (Roswell being the exception)
Whether that was coincidence in the eps that were centered around him I don't know....

Anyway, I love him....end of story  big grin

A spin-off series would have been cool...

[Seinfeld]Hello....Zoidberg[Seinfeld]

[Zoidberg waving]Hello....![Zoidberg]

Let me break....let me break you down....for your sake....I will break you down...."[/small]
Preety In Pink

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« Reply #18 on: 11-25-2003 17:52 »

Zoidberg is funny because hes like a little kid and doesnt know any better tongue The most funniest thing that zoidberg did that made me laugh was in "kif gets knocked up a knotch" when amy left kiff at the baby shower and u heard this baby crying (thinking it was kiffs baby blablablablablahblahblahblah. ....) and it ends up to be zoidberg laff  laff  laff

i dont know why but i cracked up for like 10 minutes tongue
newhook_1

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« Reply #19 on: 11-25-2003 18:23 »
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I think Zoidberg is the funniest character overall but not my favorite. It's just fun to laugh at other people's misfortunes.
winna

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« Reply #20 on: 11-25-2003 19:27 »

Zoidberg is great.  Definitely for the one-liners.  And I'd know, I once worked at and got fired from a Zoidberg site  tongue  no no  roll eyes
davierocks

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« Reply #21 on: 11-26-2003 08:36 »

 
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Originally posted by ActionLaPointe:
zoidberg is jesus.

Ironic thing to say since Zoidy is so obviously based on a sterotypical view of a Jewish person.  His name, his voice, he wants to be a stand up comic...
Besides, he obbiously isn't Jesus, he is Zoidberg.  However, if you are implying that a fictional cartoon character is the messiah, I am doubtful.

  tongue
Dannilicious

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« Reply #22 on: 11-26-2003 10:46 »

Zoidberg dressed up as Jesus in one episode, you dink. *lol*
davierocks

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« Reply #23 on: 11-27-2003 02:58 »

And this makes him Jesus? Wow, *dresses up as Jesus*.  Follow me, for I shall show you all the righteous way, wait do I sound a bit like George W. Bush now?
moon_cakes

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« Reply #24 on: 11-27-2003 05:16 »

Is little known that lobster man Johnny Z. make'm much good snoo-snoo!

(those balded men all sexy beasts)
Pikka Bird

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« Reply #25 on: 11-27-2003 15:01 »

^Disturbing.
Zoidy- annoying, stupid, idiot- love him.
Maybe he's not a stupid idiot, but he does behave like one because of his lame-ass human doctor education. Part of the joke, of course. He is one of my absolute faves.

When I look at the stuff I wrote above, it dawns on me that I'm not very coherent right now...
::goes to recollect my shattered mind (and drink Jolly Cola (TM)::
Prof_Funkstein

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« Reply #26 on: 11-28-2003 03:00 »

Jolly Cola? (equal parts Cola and J.D.?)

Does Zoidberg remind anyone else of classic Jerry Lewis movies? (The Disorderly Orderly, in particular)
Nick Kang

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« Reply #27 on: 01-13-2004 02:21 »

Zoidberg is my favourite character,
just about every scene he is in is hilarous.

"i lost it.........in a volcano"-- A Clone Of My Own.


Zoidberg: "Fry, remind me, disembowling you, fatal or non fatal?"
Fry: "fatal"
Zoidberg: "large bet on myself in round one!"-- Why Must I Be A Crustation In Love?

  laff   laff   laff

Neptunians: Give us some food, we're starvin'
Fry: But you live in a gingerbread house!
Neptunian: Hey, its food or shelter, not both.

David A

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« Reply #28 on: 01-13-2004 03:01 »

 
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Originally posted by ActionLaPointe:
zoidberg is jesus.

 
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Originally posted by davierocks:
Ironic thing to say since Zoidy is so obviously based on a sterotypical view of a Jewish person. His name, his voice, he wants to be a stand up comic...

What, and Jesus wasn't Jewish?   no no

What are you, meshuga?   tongue

Speak softly. Drive a Sherman tank.
Zeep

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« Reply #29 on: 01-13-2004 03:35 »

the ink pouch was great. can't remember the ep. though.
EspanolBot

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« Reply #30 on: 01-13-2004 03:42 »

 I think it is meant to be ironic that he is meant to be Jewish but being a shellfish he is not kosher, apparently. On this weird internet thingy called Wikipedia they seemed to think that that was the underlining joke of the character.
ItsASuppository

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« Reply #31 on: 01-13-2004 10:32 »

I think he was used in the right fashion.  I espically liked the way he was used in such episodes as "Roswell that Ends Well", "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back", and "The Bird Bot of Ice Catraz" he wasn't the central character in those shows but just the way he works himself into situations. 

Zoidberg: "Leela, Fry, Robit, no matter what your doing tonight, I'm available." (HHRHGB)

Zoidberg: "Such a man! I'd follow him to hell and back, I would!" (Bird Bot)

Professor: "And the alien they captured was.. was…"
Zoidberg: "Hello!"
General: "Ewww!"
Zoidberg: "So, what are you guys doing tonight? I'm up for whatever."

Zoidberg: *snoring*
General: "What is your purpose here?"
Zoidberg: "All right, officer. I'll move along."
Man: "What the General means is: Why did you come to earth?"
Zoidberg: "Not a not a day goes by I don't ask myself the same question." (roswell that ends well)

planetcutie

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« Reply #32 on: 01-13-2004 11:47 »

 
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Originally posted by EspanolBot:
 I think it is meant to be ironic that he is meant to be Jewish but being a shellfish he is not kosher, apparently. On this weird internet thingy called Wikipedia they seemed to think that that was the underlining joke of the character.

I saw that yesterday when checking my site's Google rating.  Though 'Futurestock' does make it obvious - "Sorry, no shellfish" when not being allowed into the botmitzvah.

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

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« Reply #33 on: 01-13-2004 13:30 »

I wouldn't be able to say he was my favourite... or that he wasn't my favourite, I like Fry, Bender and Zoidberg equally. They're all hilarious. What if those three had a son....
Axl

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« Reply #34 on: 01-13-2004 15:04 »

I think zoidy is way overrated *preparing to get hit*
squidORlobster

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« Reply #35 on: 01-13-2004 15:23 »

*Shock!* Uses a cannon to shoot feathers at Axl. Great avatar by the way the Neutrolians were hilarious!
Nick Kang

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« Reply #36 on: 01-13-2004 21:36 »

 
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Originally posted by Zeep:
the ink pouch was great. can't remember the ep. though.

It was "the cyber house rules" or something like that when leela gets an artifitial eye.

" Help I'm under attack!!(squirts ink every where) woopwoopwoopwoopwoopwoop


  laff   laff   laff   laff   laff

Neptunians: Give us some food, we're starvin'
Fry: But you live in a gingerbread house!
Neptunian: Hey, its food or shelter, not both.

Axl

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« Reply #37 on: 01-14-2004 10:05 »

 
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Originally posted by squidORlobster:
*Shock!* Uses a cannon to shoot feathers at Axl.
Hahaa... I need to be tarred before the feathers will stick...

 
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Originally posted by squidORlobster:
 Great avatar by the way the Neutrolians were hilarious!
I neither like them or dislike them.
Professie

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« Reply #38 on: 01-14-2004 10:37 »

I love Zoidberg. Especially after he became poor and friendless.
Axl

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« Reply #39 on: 01-14-2004 15:09 »

 
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Originally posted by Professie:
I love Zoidberg. Especially after he became poor and friendless.

Hasn't he always been poor/friendless?
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