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Encyclopedia > Zapp Brannigan
Futurama character
Zapp Brannigan
Age 32-36
Gender Male
Species Human
Planet of Origin Earth
Job Captain of the DOOP starship Nimbus
Relatives At least three possible children resulting from a holoshed malfunction.
First Appearance Love's Labours Lost in Space
First Line These new uniforms are pretty snappy, eh, first officer?
Voiced by Billy West

Major General Webelo Zapp Brannigan is a fictional character in the television series Futurama. He is also referred to (mainly by himself) as "The Zapper," "The Velour Fog," "Big Z," and "The Man with No Name, Zapp Brannigan," He is a parody of William Shatner and his famed Star Trek character James T. Kirk and resembles comic book character Magnus, Robot Fighter. This article is about the television series. ... Download high resolution version (485x637, 23 KB)Zapp Brannigan This work is copyrighted. ... This article is about modern humans. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... The Democratic Order Of Planets (D.O.O.P.) logo, a rotational ambigram. ... One of the fictional ships called the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek, one of the most famous fictional starships. ... A holodeck on the Enterprise-D; the arch and exit are prominent. ... Loves Labours Lost in Space is the fourth episode in season one of Futurama. ... For the silent film-era actor, see Billy West (silent film actor). ... Insignia of a United States Air Force Major General German Generalmajor Insignia Major General is a military rank used in many countries. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Webelos rank (Cub Scouts of America). ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Futurama is an animated American cartoon series created by Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) and David X. Cohen (also a writer for The Simpsons). ... William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... James Tiberius Kirk, played by William Shatner, is the main character in the original Star Trek television series and the films based on it. ... Magnus, Robot Fighter #12, Valiant Comics Magnus, Robot Fighter is a fictional character created by writer/artist Russ Manning in 1963, based primarily on Tarzan. ...

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Brannigan is a senior member of the military of the Democratic Order of Planets (D.O.O.P.) though his title varies; he has been referred to as a "25 star General" and "General Major Webelo." Kif Kroker is his beleaguered lieutenant and personal assistant. Brannigan's flagship is the Nimbus, which though severely damaged in "A Taste of Freedom" was back in service for the later episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before." His quarters aboard the Nimbus (which he refers to as his "lovenasium") are garishly decorated in velour and contain a hovering heart-shaped bed, hanging over which is a portrait of him in a pose mocking Aaron Shikler's posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy. The Democratic Order Of Planets (D.O.O.P.) logo, a rotational ambigram. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Cub Scouts are a membership division of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), part of the overall Scouting program. ... Lieutenant Kif L. Kroker is a fictional character in the animated television show Futurama. ... The Nimbus: DP-1729 is a spaceship in the fictional series Futurama. ... A Taste of Freedom is the fifth episode of the fourth production season of Futurama. ... Where No Fan Has Gone Before is the eleventh episode of the fourth season of the animated series Futurama. ... Velour is a textile, a knitted counterpart of velvet. ... Aaron Shikler is an American artist noted for portraits of American statesmen. ... John Kennedy and JFK redirect here. ...


Brannigan envisions himself a "ladies' man," but also completely clueless in matters of romance. On first meeting Leela in "Love's Labours Lost in Space" he ended up having sex with her. In later encounters, he invariably refers to this interlude.[1] He remains convinced that Leela lusts after him and will eventually return to him, despite her (often literally) violent opposition to the idea. His overconfidence in this is such that he does not hesitate to hit on other women in the meantime, even in Leela's presence. He is also frequently seen with female companions who are obviously prostitutes, or even men in drag. Brannigan has expressed on several occasions his fondness for being choked and spanked by strong women, though during an encounter with the warrior-women of the planet Amazonia ("Amazon Women in the Mood"), his personal limits were rapidly met and exceeded. After escaping and despite his pelvic injuries, he looked back on the experience fondly, sighing happily, "I had snu-snu." He also takes any opportunity to brag about any sexual conquests; after having sex with Leela, he orders Kif to "inform the men!" Turanga Leela (often referred to simply as Leela) (born A.D. 2975) is the primary female character in the animated television series Futurama. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Amazons (in Greek, ) were a mythical ancient nation of all-female warriors. ... Amazon Women in the Mood is the first episode in season three of Futurama. ...


Brannigan's pretensions of being suave are belied by his ignorance of how to properly pronounce words such as champagne (he pronounces the silent g), bravo, encore, and guacamole (he treats the e as if it were silent and pronounces the first "a" as the "a" in cat), though, strangely, he has no problem with chutzpah or karaoke. This may be due to his "very sexy" learning disability, "sexlexia". He highly prizes his singing (calling himself "the Velour Fog", a parody of "The Velvet Fog"), doing a seemingly William Shatner-like version of Lola (He replaces the name Lola with Leela) to win back Leela's attention on Open-Mike Karaoke Night on an orbital restaurant. The results of his singing are obvious, as everyone runs screaming to escape pods and leaving, including the crew. Zapp is able to ignore the fact his singing made everyone run. This article is about Champagne, the alcoholic beverage. ... Look up bravo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Encore may be referring to one of the following: Adobe Encore, a software program by Adobe Systems intended for authoring DVDs. ... Guacamole // Guacamole is an avocado-based relish or dip from the time of the Aztecs. ... Look up Chutzpah in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses see Karaoke (disambiguation) A karaoke machine Karaoke from Japanese kara, empty or void, and ōkesutora, orchestra) (pronounced IPA: or ; in Japanese IPA: ;  ) is a form of entertainment in which amateur singers sing along with recorded music using a microphone and a PA system. ... This article is about the use of the term in the United States and Canada. ... Melvin Howard Tormé (September 13, 1925 – June 5, 1999), nicknamed The Velvet Fog, is best known as one of the great male jazz singers. ... Lola is a song written by Ray Davies and performed by the Kinks which details a romantic encounter between a man and a transvestite he meets in a Soho, London club. ...


Brannigan is arrogant, incompetent, and cocky. His battle tactics are impulsive, generally stupid, and almost always unnecessary. He takes delight in sending his men to die in ridiculous, easily avoidable altercations, viewing this as proof of their loyalty. Notable examples include an (unseen) battle with "Killbots," a battle which Brannigan won by sending wave after wave of his own men at the killbots until they reached their pre-programmed kill limit. However, as Bender pointed out, "we [robots] can always build more kill bots!" (Love's Labours Lost in Space) he employed similar tactics in defending Earth during the first invasion of the aliens of Omicron Persei 8 "(When Aliens Attack)," ordering all the ships under his command to "line up and fly directly at the enemy death cannons, clogging them with wreckage!" When describing the strategy, he also says "If we hit that bull's eye, the rest of the Dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate." His fleet managed to destroy the Hubble Space Telescope amid heavy losses, but was powerless against the actual alien mothership. He has written at least one book about military tactics, titled Zapp Brannigan's Big Book of War, based loosely on Sun Tzu's The Art of War, and looks like a Dr. Seuss book with his face on it. Loves Labours Lost in Space is the fourth episode in season one of Futurama. ... Poppler redirects here. ... When Aliens Attack is episode twelve in season one of Futurama. ... A bullseye on a dartboard. ... Domino redirects here. ... House of Cards was a political thriller novel written by Michael Dobbs, a former Chief of Staff at Conservative Party headquarters, which was set at the end of Margaret Thatchers tenure as British Prime Minister. ... For other uses, see Checkmate (disambiguation). ... The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a telescope in orbit around the Earth, named after astronomer Edwin Hubble. ... Sun Tzu (孫子 also commonly written in pinyin: Sūn Zǐ) was the author of The Art of War, an influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy (for the most part not dealing directly with tactics). ... For other uses, see The Art of War (disambiguation). ... Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist best known for his classic childrens books under the pen name Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and One Fish Two Fish Red...


In another episode, Zapp was leading an attack to capture a planet. He failed to realize how pointless and stupid the attack was, despite his speech that, "It is a barren wasteland with no natural resources or any strategic value." He even reveals that no one knew anything of the planet's culture, and didn't know what the inhabitants looked like, but merely stated that "We can only assume this: they stand for everything we don't stand for. Also, they told me you guys look like dorks!" It was later revealed that the planet they were attacking was actually the inhabitants' home planet, and the humans were in fact the "evil" invaders.


He once provoked an invasion of Earth after leading a military force to storm the embassy of Dr. Zoidberg's home planet, Decapod 10 (in "A Taste of Freedom"). Later, he was duped by the Decapodians into handing the codes for the Global Defence Network to one of their agents, horribly disguised, calling himself "Hugh Man." This led to their ridiculously easy conquest of Earth, for which Zapp then blamed Kif. A diplomatic mission is a group of people from one nation state present in another nation state to represent the sending state in the receiving State. ... Doctor John Zoidberg is a lobster-like alien, Decapodian, in the television series Futurama. ... Doctor Zoidberg, a Decapodian. ... A Taste of Freedom is the fifth episode of the fourth production season of Futurama. ...


Brannigan's victories tend to come from using excessive force to subdue lesser opponents, such as:

  • Carpet bombing Eden 7
  • Defeating the pacifists of the Gandhi nebula
  • Conquering the Retiree People of the Assisted Living Nebula
  • Single-handedly defeating the "weak and womanlike" Spiderians of Tarantulon 6
  • Driving the native population off the planet Spheron 1, during which he is seen "riding" his horse Felicity (who happens to be a male horse) while brandishing a sword - the horse, though, simply stands on a hovering disc ("War is the H-Word").

Brannigan briefly served as captain of the luxury space cruise ship Titanic, which ended up destroyed after he altered the direct, safe flight plan for an indirect, more challenging one, believing that in doing so "we might just get some kind of gravity boost, or something." He was indifferent to the danger posed by comets ("the icebergs of the sky") and black holes ("that blackish holish thing")—at least, until they actually become dangerous to him. This episode also shows Zapp transferring the blame for the incident to Kif (again), giving him the Captain's badge, and disappearing in a small escape pod. The incident serves to illustrate the apparent cowardice of the monumental space "hero". Brannigan, thanks to his exaggerated or ill-won conquests is considered a hero by the general populace (such as Amy Wong's parents) and government, frequently praised (even Leela was initially "thrilled" to meet him), but anyone who is around Brannigan too long rapidly develops an extreme dislike for him. When Brannigan tried his hand at karaoke (in his "suave" style, an apparent reference to William Shatner), the audience immediately booed and jeered, then fled from him, with one patron stating, "He sickens me!" Brannigan's own crew shares this opinion, evident during a meal in the Nimbus mess hall when he raised a glass and called for support, met only by a stony silence and one anonymous crewman yelling "You suck!" The phrase carpet bombing refers to the use of large numbers of unguided gravity bombs, often with a high proportion of incendiary bombs, to attempt the complete destruction of a target region, either to destroy personnel and materiel, or as a means to demoralize the enemy (see terror bombing). ... Pacifism is opposition to the practice of war. ... Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) (Devanagari: मोहनदास करमचन्द गांधी, Gujarati મોહનદાસ કરમચંદ ગાંધી), called... The Triangulum Emission Nebula NGC 604 The Pillars of Creation from the Eagle Nebula For other uses, see Nebula (disambiguation). ... War is the H-Word is episode seventeen in season two of Futurama. ... The subject of this article may not satisfy the notability guideline for Television episodes. ... In orbital mechanics and aerospace engineering, a gravitational slingshot or gravity assist is the use of the gravity of a planet or other celestial body to alter the path and speed of a spacecraft. ... Comet Hale-Bopp, showing a white dust tail and blue gas tail (February 1997) A comet is a small astronomical object similar to an asteroid but composed largely of ice. ... For other uses, see Black hole (disambiguation). ... Amy Wong (born August 4, 2980) is a fictional character, one of the main characters from the FOX television animated series Futurama. ... William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ...


Brannigan was once dismissed (though later reinstated) from the DOOP along with Kif (after Zapp attempted to transfer the blame once again to his loyal lieutenant's shoulders) for his role in destroying DOOP's new $400 billion headquarters ("Brannigan Begin Again"). While showing off, Brannigan used his ship's tactical laser (set on Hyperdeath™) to cut the ceremonial ribbon to inaugurate the new station. He accomplished this, but did not deactivate the laser in time to avoid destroying the station. Brannigan Begin Again is episode 2 in season 2 of Futurama. ...


Brannigan's Law

Brannigan's Law states that one cannot interfere with an undeveloped planet, a parody of the Prime Directive from Star Trek. Brannigan himself does not pretend to understand it, he merely enforces it, and even fails to uphold it on at least one occasion.[1] Brannigan's Law is officially called Directive B10.81. According to Brannigan, his law is also like his love; "hard and fast." To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


Production

Zapp Brannigan is voiced by Billy West, though it was originally intended to be voiced by Phil Hartman.[2] Hartman insisted on auditioning for the role, and "of course, just nailed it" according to creator Matt Groening. However, due to Hartman's death, West was given the role. On the Futurama DVD commentary, Groening reveals that Zapp's character and mannerisms were established in Billy West's original audition for the character, and any similarity to Phil Hartman or his other well known cartoon characters (Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure), is simply coincidence. On the other hand, in an interview for the web site TV Squad, Billy West states that his Zapp Brannigan is an imitation of Hartman and also "modeled after a couple of big dumb announcers I knew"[2] For the silent film-era actor, see Billy West (silent film actor). ... Phil Hartman (born as Philip Edward Hartmann) (September 23, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American Emmy Award-winning actor, voice artist, comedian, graphic artist and writer. ... Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist (Life in Hell) and the Emmy Award-winning creator of the animated series, The Simpsons and Futurama. ... Futurama is an animated American cartoon series created by Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) and David X. Cohen (also a writer for The Simpsons). ... Lionel Hutz is a fictional secondary character from The Simpsons, voiced by Phil Hartman. ... Troy McClure is a recurring fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, who was voiced by Phil Hartman, and first appeared in the episode Homer vs. ... TV Squad is a television weblog founded on March 10, 2005 and resides within the most visited sites of the Weblogs, Inc. ...


Brannigan is based on the Star Trek captain James T. Kirk,[1] played by William Shatner (the two actually meet face-to-face in the episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"). The creators of the series envisioned Brannigan as being similar to what Shatner himself would be like as a starship captain. On the DVD commentary of Zapp's first appearance, the creators describe him as being "40% Kirk, 60% Shatner," and that the initial premise for the character was "What if the real William Shatner was the captain of the Enterprise instead of Kirk?" In the episode "Amazon Women in the Mood" the DVD audio commentary describes Zapp Brannigan's reinterpretation of "Lola" as a spoken word song is a reference to what William Shatner did with "Rocket Man." Brannigan also wears a girdle to appear thinner ("Brannigan Begin Again") and in another episode nearly loses his toupee, seemingly a parody of similar accusations aimed at Shatner. As a reference to the fact that Shatner got fatter as Star Trek progressed, the writers originally wanted Brannigan to be fatter in every scene throughout the course of the episodes in which he appeared. Unfortunately, since he started out fairly fat and appeared in a lot of scenes in Love's Labours Lost in Space (Brannigan's first episode), towards the end of the episode, he was so fat that he was difficult to draw. The writers decided to drop the joke. This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ... James Tiberius Kirk, played by William Shatner, is the main character in the original Star Trek television series and the films based on it. ... William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ... Where No Fan Has Gone Before is the eleventh episode of the fourth season of the animated series Futurama. ... Amazon Women in the Mood is the first episode in season three of Futurama. ... Lola is a song written by Ray Davies and performed by the Kinks which details a romantic encounter between a man and a transvestite he meets in a Soho, London club. ... This article is about the song by Elton John. ... Youths boxing in a Minoan fresco on the Greek island of Santorini The word girdle originally meant a belt (or metaphorically speaking, something which confines or encloses, as in Tolkiens Girdle of Melian). ... Brannigan Begin Again is episode 2 in season 2 of Futurama. ... A toupée is a hairpiece or partial wig of natural or synthetic hair worn to cover partial baldness. ... Loves Labours Lost in Space is the fourth episode in season one of Futurama. ...


References

  1. ^ a b c Booker, M. Keith. Drawn to Television: Prime-Time Animation from The Flintstones to Family Guy, 115-124. 
  2. ^ a b Joel Keller (2006-06-15). Billy West: The TV Squad Interview. Retrieved on 2007-10-25.

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Zapp Brannigan: Information from Answers.com (1486 words)
Brannigan is a senior member of the military of the Democratic Order of Planets (DOOP) though his title varies; he has been referred to as a "25 star General" and "General Major Webelo".
Brannigan was once dismissed (though later reinstated) from the DOOP along with Kif (after Zapp attempted to transfer the blame once again to his loyal lieutenant's shoulders) for his role in destroying DOOP's new $300 billion headquarters ("Brannigan Begin Again").
Brannigan has expressed on several occasions his fondness for being choked and spanked by strong women, though during an encounter with the warrior-women of the planet Amazonia ("Amazon Women in the Mood"), his personal limits were rapidly met and exceeded.
Zapp Brannigan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1429 words)
Brannigan envisions himself a "ladies' man" yet is completely clueless in matters of romance (One entry in his book of pickup-lines is "I find the most erotic part of a lady to be the boobies")"Amazon Women in the Mood".
Brannigan was once dismissed (though later reinstated) from the DOOP along with Kif (after Zapp attempted to transfer the blame once again to his loyal lieutenant's shoulders) for his role in destroying DOOP's new $400 billion headquarters ("Brannigan Begin Again").
Zapp Brannigan is voiced by Billy West, though it was originally intended to be voiced by Phil Hartman.
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