Originally posted by EspanolBot:
My theory is that, unintentionally, Bender became to symbolise what the audience would want to do if they were in the show to some extent. E.g. Electrocuting Cubert, (implied) beating Cubert with a rounders bat, throwing a bottle at Cubert...
Actually that's the whole point about Cubert. He was supposed to be so annoying, not only would the audience want to beat him with a baseball bat, the characters on the show would be equally eager to hurt him. Regarding Cubert the audience could identify with every character; Leela tries to hit him, Fry want to hit him, Bender hurts him, etc.
Moreover Cubert was intended to represent the audience, the nerdy, nit-picking segment anyway.
So I don't agree with your theory.