Doctor Zoidberg

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Dr. John A. Zoidberg is a fictional character in the television series Futurama. He is a crustacean-like alien from the planet Decapod 10, who emigrated to 30th century Earth, where he works as the staff doctor for Planet Express, despite his apparently poor understanding of human physiology, and allusions to his questionable credentials.

Zoidberg is voiced by Billy West, who performs the character with a Yiddish-inflected accent inspired by actors George Jessel and Lou Jacobi.

The name Zoidberg comes from an Apple II game that David X. Cohen created in high school called Zoid, similar to the game Qix. The game was rejected by Brøderbund. One of Cohen's inspirations for the character of Dr. Zoidberg's was the fact that Star Trek character Leonard McCoy frequently administered medical treatment to aliens such as Mr. Spock, so Cohen wished human characters in Futurama to be in the uneasy situation of being treated by an alien doctor.

During the first season, jokes surrounding Zoidberg usually focused on his incompetence as a doctor, his poor understanding of human anatomy, and the fact that all of his co-workers hate him. One of his running traits is his pronunciation of the word "robot," emphasising the "ro-" so it sounds like "roh-bit," an inflection typical among Ashkenazi Jews. As the series progressed, writers gradually introduced the themes that Zoidberg is also poor, homeless, friendless, smelly, undignified, and repellent.

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Losses: 2

Result Opponent A Score   B Score
Loss Team Rocket 59 to 65
Win Sideshow Bob 47 to 39
Win Doctor Finklestein 19 to 7
Win Admiral Ackbar 13 to 12
Win Stephen Colbert(Character) 15 to 11
Win Cthulhu 12 to 11
Win Spongebob Squarepants 13 to 4
Loss The Three Stooges 10 to 18