If you like Futurama, then you'll probably love these Futurama fan theories. When fans think about shows, we all benefit. Especially when they come up with theories as great as these.
Some fans wonder if the entire show is just one long dream sequence, and others focus more on the impossibility of death. Is Hermes working undercover? Does Bender only drink beer so he can look cool? Whatever theories you subscribe to, there are tons of Futurama theories out there. Some of them are totally outlandish and seem highly unlikely, while others are practically canonical at this point. Of course, not everyone likes fan theories. Some purists only like things that happen definitively in the show. For them, evidence is key and speculation is the enemy.
A lot of the evidence for these fan theories comes from the Easter eggs the writers spread all over the show. From hidden meanings and character appearances from other shows to comical jabs at current events, Futurama Easter eggs have it all.
It's time to brush up on your Futurama trivia. Check out these great fan theories below.
The Worms Really Did Change Fry
There's an early episode where Fry eats a bad sandwich and gets worms as a result. Instead of making him sick, though, the worms make him amazing at just about everything. Leela falls in love with this new version of him, but when he eventually gets rid of the worms and returns to normal, she loses interest again. One fan theory suggests that this was a turning point for fry. From that moment on, he progresses in many aspects of his life and becomes much more mature. His whole growth from that episode on is a result of the worms showing him his true potential.
Accidentally Dying Is Nearly Impossible In Futurama
The possibility of death is really just a minor inconvenience in the Futurama universe. According to this theory, life in Futurama is like life as a Grand Theft Auto character. You can get hurt, really badly sometimes, but you really have to go out of you way to die. Medicine has evolved so much by the year 3,000 that it's nearly impossible for people to die by mistake. This is why the universe offers things like suicide booths. When people really want to die, there's actually a way for them to do it.
Bender Turns Into a Criminal In the First Episode
This is one of the most popular theories when it comes to Futurama. It suggests that Bender was actually a relatively good person before he met Fry. But, during their first encounter, Bender is electrocuted. The shock reboots Bender's circuits and disables much of his programming. To compensate for this, he adapts to his current surroundings: the Hall of Criminals. As a result, Bender reprograms himself as a criminal.
Futurama Exists In a Post-Scarcity Future
Scholors describe post-scarcity as an economy where just about everything is abundant and easily attainable by all. This theory purports that Futurama exists in a post-scarcity world. It makes sense given the extreme wastefulness of seemingly everyone except Fry. They all grew up in a world where everything is widely available and so they waste what they don't use. Fry, on the other hand, grew up 1,000 years earlier when things were much different.
The Nibblonians Know a Secret About Fry
In the episode "The Why of Fry," Nibbler reveals the secret of Fry's brain to Fry, himself. However, according to this theory, Fry's lack of delta waves isn't the only secret the Nibblonians know about him. A brief exchange between Nibbler and the Nibblonians suggests that there is another big secret that Nibbler is keeping from Fry, The nature of that secret is anyone's guess.
Zapp Brannigan Is a Former Genius
Anyone even remotely familiar with Futurama knows Zapp Brannigan is an idiot. According to this theory though, that wasn't always the case. The idea is that Zapp essentially went crazy after sending a countless number of soldiers to their death, as detailed early on in the series. He couldn't cope with the decision he made and thus, his mind fragments itself, locking the intelligent but ruthless part away, never to surface again.
Hypnotoad Evolved From the Toad Bart Brought to Australia
This one has quite a few stipulations - and incorporates The Simpsons universe, too. The basic theory argues that the toad that Bart Simpson brought to Australia eventually resulted in Hypnotoad. Of course, for this to be true The Simpsons and Futurama would have to exists in the same universe. The biggest problem with this theory is tha-ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD.
One Shared Timeline Split and Created The Simpsons and Futurama
According to this theory, there was one timeline that at some point diverged to create two separate realities. One is home to The Simpsons and the other is home to Futurama. Evidence is seen through the many instances in which one show's characters or items show up subtly in the other. Sometimes the separate timelines bleed into one another thanks to their common origins. It also helps that both shows were created by the same man, Matt Groening.