Bender Bending Rodríguez, designated Bending Unit 22, is a fictional robot character in the animated television series Futurama. He was created by series creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen and is voiced by John DiMaggio. In the series, Bender plays the role of a comic anti-hero, and is described by Leela as an "alcoholic, whore-mongering, chain-smoking gambler". He was built in Mexico and other characters refer to his "swarthy Latin charm", though he does not speak with a Mexican accent or even know how to speak Spanish. He is also prejudiced against non-robots, often expressing an urge to "kill all humans", except his best friend, Fry.
Bender serves as a member of Professor Farnsworth's delivery crew, as the ship's cook for the Planet Express ship. He is one of Fry's closest friends, though the relationship is often one sided. Bender is a heavy drinker, smoker, and gambler and has been known as "pure evil", by other characters. Bender requires alcohol to fuel his power circuits, and enters an inebriated-like state when he does not consume enough. Bender often shows signs of sociopath-like behavior, as he is a pathological liar, and rarely shows empathy towards anyone. He has a mostly voluntary morality and constantly steals, ranging from the petty theft of wallets to much higher crimes like kidnapping Jay Leno's head due to their long feud and stealing Fry's blood. He also once stole Amy's earrings while giving her a hug.
Bender is a Bending Unit 22 model robot, with a serial number of 2716057 (an expressable of the sum of two cubes), and chassis number of 1729. He weighs approximately five hundred and twenty five pounds (235 kg). Bender was built at a facility in Tijuana, Mexico by Mom's Friendly Robot Company, specifically for the task of bending metal girder for the construction of suicide booth. Bender attended Bending State University, where he majored in Bending and minored in Robo-American studies. He was also a member of Epsilon Rho Rho, a robot fraternity; here he gained notoriety for one night in which he chugged ten kegs of beer, streaked across campus, and stuffed fifty-eight people into a telephone booth. While different creation processes have been shown, David X. Cohen stated that the viewer has only been shown Bender emerging from the machine that created him, while what happened inside the machine was not revealed.
In Hermes' flashback in Lethal Inspection, we can see Bender as a baby, though according to Bendless Love, he was built as an adult with memory of his birth, however a similar baby-form was shown in Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles. As Bender's memory of his birth is an adult form, it is possible what he remembered wasn't his birth, but a transfer to an adult body. In "Rebirth", Bender's chassis is reconstructed from stem cells.
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