For all that Bender is possibly the most popular character from Matt Groening’s animated sitcom, he’s easily the worst person in the show. Though Bean from Disenchantment and Homer (from The Simpsons, obviously) are both heavy drinkers too, Bender is the least moral leading character in any of the Groening cartoons. And yes, that includes Luci - a literal demon - from Disenchantment too.
His heart is in the right place, a lot of the time, but he’s still obnoxious, mean, impulsive and a liquor slamming thief at the end of the day. In some of these entries, he’s either trying to do the right thing in a completely horrible way, or recants and saves the day by the end of the episode. Other times though, he’s just being horrible because he wants to.
Though the episode quality was criticised when Comedy Central revived the show, the character development was still pretty solid. Because of that, there’s a healthy mix of original episodes, the movies and the revival era. Through all those years, Bender never changed his ways, but that’s exactly why we all love him.
Stacey Henley is a published author, avid gamer and all-round nerd. She can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home.