Fry-Bender relationship

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Fry-Bender relationship
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Shipped charactersPhilip J. Fry and Bender Bending Rodriguez
First met"Space Pilot 3000"
Current statusBest friends
The relationship between Philip J. Fry and Bender Bending Rodriguez is a recurring theme on Futurama. They are often called best friends.

Initial development

Fry and Bender met in line for a suicide booth on 31 December 2999. [1ACV01] Fry moved in with Bender to his place in Robot Arms Apartments in the year 3000. [1ACV03]


Fry and Bender maintain their mutual affection despite what would be seen as their mistreatment of one another, which ranges from name-calling to mutilation. Fry once insisted that Bender have his antenna (analogous to male genitalia) removed because it interferes with their apartment's TV reception. [1ACV03] Years later, Bender had Fry's kidney removed while he was sleeping, planning to sell it. [7ACV24]

Both have also performed acts of extreme loyalty. When Bender was lost in space, [3ACV20] Fry broke into a monastery to commandeer their space telescope, saying, "You guys have forever to look for God. All I'm asking is one measly lifetime to find my friend."

Fry and Bender also seem to enjoy more ordinary activities together, such as watching All My Circuits and mocking more enlightened or seemingly enlightened individuals. [3ACV01]

Additional information


    Bender: You really want a robot for a friend?
    Fry: Yeah, ever since I was six.


In the following media, either Bender or Fry is referred to as being the other's best friend.
Other media: