The Robot Elders who rule the robotic population of Chapek 9 are, like most governments, extremely corrupt. They are well aware that humans are no threat to their way of life. Nonetheless, they spread anti-human rumors and propaganda constantly as a means of distracting people from the planet's real problems.
The Elders are four centuries old and were carved from meteorites by the Robot Founders.
- Fry: Stop! Take one more step and I'll breathe fire on you!
Leela: He'll do it! He's crazy!
Yellow Elder: Can they really breathe fire or did we make that up?
Blue Elder: Gee, I can't remember anymore.
- Fry: So let me get this straight: This planet is completely uninhabited?.
Bender: It's inhabited by robots.
Fry: Oh, kinda like how a warehouse is inhabited by boxes.