Zapp Brannigan: The Funniest Character of Futurama

By Marjia Ahmed 8 Min Read

We always laugh watching Zapp Brannigan in Futurama because he is the least intelligent character on the show. In the show, he has a rank as a 25-star general. He is the general of the Democratic Order of Planets.

Zapp is also the captain of his ship which is called “Nimbus”. This character may be funny but he controls the DOOP army! Could you believe it?

After watching him, it’s not easy to believe him for such a foolish and funny activity. The best part of Zapp is his quotes.

All are hilarious. Fans love how he deals with situations. To remember Zapp, you just need to remember his best line. Let’s find out how much we know about this character in this review.

Zapp Brannigan: The Funniest Character of Futurama
Picture: Zapp Brannigan

Who is Zapp Brannigan?

Do you know about Futurama? It is an American animated science fiction sitcom. In this series, there are lots of characters that make the story much better and more fun.

Zapp Brannigan is one of them. Everyone, including fans, considered him as a secondary antagonist in this cartoon series. He is loud-mouthed, ever-so-oafish, misogynist, and a military officer.

All the positions he got in this series make him funnier, especially when it comes to handling the situation. As a captain of Nimbus, we saw him as one of the most decorated officers.

To create and implement his own ineffective strategic decision, Zapp is always trying to do something that is foolish to everyone.

Overall, Zapp is a joke and reminds us about “Star Trek ” all the time. He is a coward and does his activity without any logic. Behind the scenes, Billy West voices this funny character.

Zapp Brannigan: The Funniest Character of Futurama
Picture: Fans Love Futurama very much

What Is Futurama?

Before you know about the Zapp well, you should know about the back story. Yes, we are talking about the anime series.

Futurama is actually an animated series made for television. Its target audience is children but now adults also love this show very much. This funny and beautiful television series is created by Matt Groening.

Do you remember another popular animated series “The Simpson”? The creator of this series is also the creator of Futurama. Futurama has a diversified storyline with lots of funny situations and storytelling methods.

Most of the sections of the story are written based on science and math form. Overall, it indicates the future activity. Lastly, it is a form of science fiction.

After releasing the very first episode, this series started to influence people heavily. This series also used to be shown in different science classes for the children.

What about the name Futurama? Does the name sound familiar? This name was derived from the New York World’s Fair in 1939. As we saw, every episode involves something familiar.

Yes, the plot is actually parodying some different science fiction moments. It’s true, there are lots of precise references available in this series, which works like magic to draw the attention of the college-educated crowd.

Picture: Different crafts of Zapp are available
Picture: Different crafts of Zapp are available

What Are the Best Quotes Comes from Zapp Brannigan?

We love Zapp for her dialogue, Quotes, and foolish activities in the whole animated series of Futurama. As a crazy character, Zapp always makes us laugh. This funniest character does what he wants to do and it doesn’t matter how false they are.

He treats people like garbage and tries to balance everything around him with some idiot act. This dumbest character doesn’t realize the fact and delivers all the quotes we love.

Do you want to know some of his best shots to brighten your day? Then here it is.

  • To motivate the troops, Zapp said “We know nothing about them, their language, their history or what they look like. But we can assume this. They stand for everything we don’t stand for. Also, they told me you guys look like dorks.”
  • In some romantic moment with Leelas, Zapp pronounced “Cham-Paggin?” Wait, is that French? It was wrong pronunciation but Zapp thought he was right about it.
  • It’s true, Zapp is a coward and we found from his quotes as well “I Surrender and volunteer for treason.”
  • In some situations Zapp gets bizarre. In one situation he said, “She’s built like a steakhouse, but she handles like a bistro!”
  • “I am the man with no name. Zapp Brannigan, at your service,” he said without thinking about the situation and logic.
  • He stands straight forward to his fleet to stop getting and said “Stop exploding you, cowards”.
  • When Zapp was sentenced to death by the native of a strange planet, he said “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy and bruised.”

Where does Zapp Brannigan Appear?

Zapp is that popular character who is ruling the story of Futurama. As a result, we found him in different portions. Here is the source where you can find this hilarious character.

  • Liquid Diamond Is Forever! (Comic Story)
  • Slaves of New New York! (Comic Story)
  • The Red Menace! (Comic Story)
  • The Simpsons Game (Video Game)
Picture: Futurama
Picture: Futurama

Do You Know The Reason Why Zapp’s Voice Artist Was Recast?

In Futurama, all the voice artists are doing great and they are iconic for us. But do you know about Zapp’s voice artist? Before the show aired, the voice artist was recast because of some tragic reason.

Futurama’s voice cast is amongst the most iconic in animation history, but Zapp was recast before the show’s start for one tragic reason. The Legendary Voice actor Billy West voices Zapp Brannigan.

Before Billy, the creator of Futurama pegged Phil Hartman as a voice artist of Zapp. On May 28, 1998, Hartman was tragically murdered. 


There is no doubt about the implementation of the Character Zapp Brannigan in Futurama. Still, we think he is a strategic genius and steps forward to ruin everything with this foolish and funny act.

However, he wanted to do something with his rank but all the time some incident happened. For the first time, Zapp was influential to the fans and it began when he just received an illustrious medal as a captain.

Whatever, we still love Zapp as the captain of Nimbus. Without this character, the story of Futurama will be incomplete. He always entertains us in his way.

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