Originally posted by Rhodan:
Really? i donīt think so. Being inferior mutant freak
She has superior physical strenght, pretty good flying abilities despite her lack of depth perception and compared to those normal humans around her she's more dedicated, focused and strong-willed. Inferiro? I think not. Mutant, yes. Freak, no, since all people see her as an alien. And how is she more freakish looking than Morbo and H.G.Blob (who both have normal jobs and lives).
and only importency of character being now relationship with Fry, her role is pretty flatt.
Let's have a look at the 4ACV episodes. Kif Gets Knocked Up A Notch:
Mother of Kif's babies, have to endure Zapp's come-ons, no shippy contentLeela's Homeworld:
Finds her parents, about her being lonely, no really outspoken shippy contentLove & Rocket:
Shippy as hell, since it's a Valentines Day special it's to be expected Less Than Hero:
Being a superhero, and touching on her relationship with her parents, no shippy content A Taste Of Freedom:
Leela tries to defend Zoidberg and the freedom of speech in the scenes she has, no shippy contentBender Should Not Be Allowed On TV:
Not centered on Leela, no shippy contentJurassic Bark:
Some "nice" Leela-scenes (
), Leela supporting Fry as a friend, no shippy contentCrimes of the Hot:
Group-show, no shippy contentTeenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles:
Leela tries to relive her youth with chores, curfews and dates, a few shippy scenes, nothing major thoughThe Why Of Fry:
Fry-episode, shippy thoughWhere No Fan Has Gone Before:
Leela and Bender just tags along on Fry's wacky adventure, no shippy contentThe Sting:
Shippy as hell, though some of it can be attributed to friendship as wellBend Her:
Leela mostly reacting to Bender's sexist remarks and organizing his bail-out, not shippyObsoletely Fabulous:
Not shippy, mostly a Bender dreamThe Farnsworth Parabox:
Somewhat shippy, although I agree that part was pretty artificialThree Hundred Big Boys:
Leela's interest in animals is most predominant, although you could argue that the fact that Fry rescue Leela first is a shippy scene, although I would say it's just a natural reflex for Fry to save his friends firstSpanish Fry:
Not shippy, Leela is more outdorsy, taking charge or non-caring.The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings:
The mother of all shippy episodes
Ofcourse I left out one-liners and other quick jokes.
So a total of 4 shippy episodes and 3 episodes with a few shippy scenes. I don't think you can reduce Leela's role in the show to "love-interest of main-character". She has more sides and more to contribute. You might as well say Fry's only role is to win Leela's love.
Of course, I actually also donīt want to any character to die but just try to imagine Fry when Leela die, that would be interesting.
Interesting for an episode, maybe two, yes. But then what would happen? The show would've lost one of it's driving forces, the Leela-Fry "relationship" (actually them getting married would be a better twist, and I don't like that option either). Many of Futurama's jokes come from this interaction, and sacrificing that source for one good episode is a bad trade in my opinion. Plus we've allready seen Fry's reaction to Leela dying in "The Sting". So, yes, it would be interesting, but the sacrifices are too big.
As shocking as this may sound, my Leelaholic background have no bearing on this opinion, if I was an Amyholic I would feel the same way.