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PEE Poll: Most underrated character?
Fry   -0 (0%)
Leela   -3 (3.3%)
Bender   -0 (0%)
Prof. Farnsworth   -7 (7.6%)
Amy   -22 (23.9%)
Dr. Zoidberg   -13 (14.1%)
Hermes   -13 (14.1%)
Mom   -4 (4.3%)
Zapp   -7 (7.6%)
other   -23 (25%)
Total Voters: 92

John Pannozzi

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« on: 06-19-2004 12:41 »

What Futurama character do YOU think didn't get enough attention, enough love (from either the staff, or fans, or both), enough episodes?
David A

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« Reply #1 on: 06-19-2004 13:03 »

Amy.
KVA

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« Reply #2 on: 06-19-2004 13:43 »

Zoidberg.
Alee

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« Reply #3 on: 06-19-2004 14:16 »

I'd have to go with the Professor. He gets some hysterical lines and has great little idiosyncrasies, but there's a kind of subtlety about him and thus he tends to go overlooked when surrounded by "bigger" characters like Fry, Bender, Zoidberg and Zapp.

Kicked your ass.
Bushmeister

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« Reply #4 on: 06-19-2004 14:44 »

I'd go with Farnsworth.
Drunknmunky

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« Reply #5 on: 06-19-2004 15:22 »

I dont't really consider Zoidberg to be underrated at all, but I think Farnsworth is a little from looking at some of the Favourite Character polls.
Ozor Mox

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« Reply #6 on: 06-19-2004 16:17 »

Amy deserved more episodes and more depth.

Teral

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« Reply #7 on: 06-19-2004 17:04 »

I'll second third fourth Amy. She deserved one or two more episodes centered on her, instead of the buttload of Benderific eps we got in season 4.

Hermes is a bit underused as well, but as HHRHGB proved, there's a very good reason for that.
athena1999

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« Reply #8 on: 06-19-2004 20:36 »

I wouldn't say Zapp's one of the "bigger" characters-- he doesn't get too much air time.  Not to mention the writers degrade him as the series progresses (it starts out with him just fat and lazy, but then he wears a girdle, he gets fired, he needs a toupee, he announces to the world his armpits need shaving or he has to go to the men's room or something related, he dates Petunia (or in PYHOMS, a man disguised as a woman)... the list just goes on).  So many people hate him, but he's just really misunderstood, especially by the writers and the fans.  And not to mention he's damn sexy! ^^
Klumsy Kitty

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« Reply #9 on: 06-19-2004 20:39 »

I was going to say something else, but going by the question John Panozzi asked to start the thread I have to say Amy. Maybe just one or two more episodes devoted her way but yeah, she should have had more.

My first answer was going to be Hermes, there is just more potential there untapped I felt. And I LOVED HHRHGB!!
EvilLunch

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« Reply #10 on: 06-19-2004 21:16 »

Hermes only got one episode to himself[maybe one and a half].. He definitely should have gotten more than that. Come on, he's adorable.
Alliteration

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« Reply #11 on: 06-19-2004 23:31 »

Katrina
mpbx3003

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« Reply #12 on: 06-20-2004 00:28 »

The robot mafia... They work hard all day and people call them evil criminals...
Alee

Bending Unit
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« Reply #13 on: 06-20-2004 02:38 »

 
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Originally posted by athena1999:
I wouldn't say Zapp's one of the "bigger" characters-- he doesn't get too much air time. 

By that I meant that his personality is, to put it in terms of color, louder than the Professie's.

Kicked your ass.
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #14 on: 06-20-2004 09:33 »

Hermes! C'mon, I wanna see this guy as more than just a mine for Jamaican stereotype and bueracracy jokes...

Though I can understand you Amy lover's perspective, too. Neither of those character's got a plot where they stood on their own (well, Hermes had one, but it was regulated to the background for the most part...), they always shared the spotlight with either Fry, Kif, or Dwight. I'll let you guys figure out which goes with which.

*Recieves smart-ass reply regarding "The Exotic Escapades of Kif and the Herm-mon." Groans and falls off of his chair.*
EvilLunch

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« Reply #15 on: 06-20-2004 10:05 »

What about the Exotic Esc.. Woah, Slack, you're psychic!
David A

Urban Legend
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« Reply #16 on: 06-20-2004 14:08 »

I agree that Hermes was at least as underused as Amy was, but I can't say that I really care.  I've never found Hermes to be very interesting or funny.  I don't think that we really needed to see more of him.
Ozor Mox

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« Reply #17 on: 06-20-2004 14:11 »

We could certainly have done with seeing more of Amy though...  flirt

I liked her episodes anyway.

David A

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« Reply #18 on: 06-20-2004 14:38 »

I don't so much think that we needed more Amy episodes as I think that we needed to see more of her in the regular episodes.  "The Series has Landed" is a good example of how Amy should have been used.  Instead, in most of the non-Amy episodes, she only got a line or two.  In some episodes she doesn't have any lines.  Sometimes she doesn't appear at all.
Ozor Mox

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« Reply #19 on: 06-20-2004 14:43 »
« Last Edit on: 06-20-2004 14:43 »

I agree entirely that she should have just been used more in other episodes.

   
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Originally posted by David A:
"The Series has Landed" is a good example of how Amy should have been used.

I believe I said that exact sentence a while back.

Also "see more of her" was supposed to be a pun. It was probably a bad one though!    big grin

Edit to reorganise my post.

David A

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« Reply #20 on: 06-20-2004 15:03 »

 
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Originally posted by Ozor Mox:
I believe I said that exact sentence a while back.

Yeah, you often type what I'm thinking for me, Ozor.  It's a real time saver.

 
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Also "see more of her" was supposed to be a pun. It was probably a bad one though!     big grin

Got it.
VoVat

Bending Unit
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« Reply #21 on: 06-20-2004 15:17 »

I say Hermes, especially considering how many votes he got in the "worst character" poll.
passerby

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« Reply #22 on: 06-20-2004 16:24 »

Hermes, no doubt about it. Anybody who can be both the laid back Jamacan, and an uptight Accountant and Bureaucrat has as much potential as a character as any of the main characters. Seasons 4-5 were brill, but one thing they got wrong was Hermes' character became thinner as the episode advanced along. The start of 'Bend Her' was good, though.

Amy comes second. She never got much depth of character the way that say, Leela did. They did a good job with what they showed, but it'd have helped to see more of what she got up to around the Planet Express office if nothing else, i mean, Farnsworth said she was mostly for her blood type, but he must have thought she was good for something else there, too. She is an engineering student after all.

Farnsworth had limited time on screen, but was as well characterised as any character, IMHO. I call him the fourth main character.

In fact, its hard to think of a badly thought-out character on futurama. Its cast is smaller than many shows, but it puts more into them than most live action, even. Characters have always been its great strength.
scooty puff snr

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« Reply #23 on: 06-21-2004 02:42 »

Zoidberg. I think that he needs more screen time. Not necessarily more depth, just more involvement in the missons from time to time.
stateofmind

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« Reply #24 on: 06-21-2004 10:20 »

Yeh, i agree. Zoidberg always seemed to be a way of letting the writers slip in an extra joke and he never got recognised as a main character in the sense that he only got 2 episodes to himself where he had a decent role. Dont get me wrong though, hes still hilarious.
dimension_8

Bending Unit
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« Reply #25 on: 06-21-2004 12:11 »

Zoidberg - I mean, we could've at least had one more of his episodes!
AquaSka

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« Reply #26 on: 06-21-2004 22:23 »

i dont think hermes is one of my fav. characters, but he doesnt stick out enough in my mind for getting enough attention at all.
TheLampIncident

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« Reply #27 on: 06-21-2004 22:43 »

I've seen many derogatory comments about Leela, which I really think is unnecessary. What's not to like? I'd say that little Helper robot in Godfellas, I think he should have made a return.
j_ohanley

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« Reply #28 on: 06-21-2004 23:24 »

I don't agree with all this stuff about how characters should carry episodes all by themselves. The writers always focus on traits that are funny in moderation, but not for 22 full minutes (i.e. Bender's selfishness, Zoidy being generally pathetic, etc.). But Hermes is always underused. He's got all kinds of great quirks, but stays in the background for the most part. HHRHGB is one of my favorites, but in RoAE he was cancelled out by Cubert and Dwight, of course. I would also say Zoidberg, but it almost never works when he is the center of attention. That said, there are all kinds of possible combinations that would be terrific. Have Leela and Amy ever carried an episode together? The Professor and Bender? I would pay big money to see an ep in which Hermes and Zoidberg were forced to cooperate with each other for some reason.
M0le

Space Pope
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« Reply #29 on: 06-21-2004 23:48 »

I'd like to see a Hermes-based episode, Amy has had several episodes where she played a major part, Put Your Head on my Shoulder, the Amy-Kif relationship episodes. Whereas Hermes has only had one, and it didn't seem to be about him that much anyway.
Kryten

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« Reply #30 on: 06-22-2004 00:36 »

Amy, definitely. I think she could've done with some more episodes (not related to her Kif relationship). They could've easily given her a few of the episodes they set aside for Bender. I think we could've lived without "Obsoletely Fabulous".
termos

Starship Captain
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« Reply #31 on: 06-22-2004 04:07 »

I think Hermes, like Zoidberg, works best in small doses. They don't need their own episodes. But maybe a combined Hermes-Zoidberg episode - like j_ohanley suggested - would work...

At this point, any new episode would be good...
Davey

Starship Captain
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« Reply #32 on: 06-22-2004 08:17 »

YOU MISSED OUT SCRUFFY!
TheLampIncident

Urban Legend
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« Reply #33 on: 06-22-2004 10:00 »

Making an episode entirely about Scruffy would just molest the character, like they did with Nibbler.
3/4 of a Jesus

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« Reply #34 on: 06-22-2004 10:07 »

I'm going to be an individual and say Mom. She has some classic lines... she cracks me up every time. My favorite line of hers is, "Make that bitch your bitch you bastard!" Who could NOT love that line?   big grin
...but, it seems like I'm the only one here who gives her recognition.   frown
Spaz

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« Reply #35 on: 06-22-2004 10:44 »

i like Scruffy and would like to see more
of him
But why ruin a great dude with a whole episode??
So Bring on more AMY...with more of that
wrestling other chicks thing
that would be good
LOL

Yeah im a sick freak...just look at my Avatar  big grin

Everyones's always in favor of saving Hitlers brain.. But when  you put it in the body of a great white shark?  ooooo Suddenly you've gone to Far!!
Ozor Mox

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« Reply #36 on: 06-22-2004 13:59 »

 
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Originally posted by Spaz:
So Bring on more AMY...with more of that
wrestling other chicks thing

They kind of did that in Jurassic Bark when Amy and Leela were randomly seen wrestling at certain points during the episode. Hey, I wasn't complaining!  flirt

Rocketboy

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« Reply #37 on: 06-22-2004 14:40 »

I'd say Amy didn't get really much airtime
Alliteration

Starship Captain
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« Reply #38 on: 06-22-2004 18:19 »

Contrary to my previous answer of "Katrina", which was sort of a joke, I would have to really go with Amy, she had some real potential for uh... humour...
Spaz

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« Reply #39 on: 06-23-2004 00:31 »

Joke: More Radiator woman from the Radiator planet..  big grin


and more Chicks wrestling for no reason
in skimmpy outfits  big grin
((Just needed to make that Point again))

Everyones's always in favor of saving Hitlers brain.. But when  you put it in the body of a great white shark?  ooooo Suddenly you've gone to Far!!
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