Less Than Hero

Season 5, Ep 6, Aired 3/2/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Suffering from aches and pains, Fry and Leela turn to Dr. Zoidberg who gives them a "miracle cream" that he bought long ago from a traveling salesman. Lo and behold, when they try it out, it actually is a miracle cream that gives them superpowers. Fry and Leela decide to become superheroes with Bender as the third member of their team.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Mayor Poopenmayer, Professor Ogden Wernstrum, Scruffy, Toronga Morris, Larry, Dwayne, Various

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela, Various

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Dr. John Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, Leo Wong, Various

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong, Inez Wong, Various

  • Tress MacNeille

    Mom, Linda the Newscaster, Various

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Zookeeper--Novel Concept For A Villain!

    By JaneKnight, Oct 05, 2012

  • du na na na na na na na du na na na na na na na Batman!

    By ZaleIsBackAgain, Sep 06, 2010

  • hillaroius episode

    By Blind_Legend, Jul 02, 2008

  • An amazingly funny episode that had some action too.

    By Iverson82094, Feb 19, 2008

  • Fry, Leela and Bender become superheroes.

    By mataletea, Feb 02, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (37)

    • Fry: Wow, a cream that give you super powers! You'd think something like that you'd have to freebase.

    • Fry: Uh, Leela, how you gonna meet your folks tomorrow? We've already scheduled the Zookeeper for a 9am foiling at the museum. Leela: Not a problem. I've cleverly arranged to meet my parents right there at the same museum at 10. Bender: 9...10...a big fat hen. (He takes a puff of his cigar.) The name's Bender!

    • Leela: Oh, I completely forgot, I left my apartment on fire! Bender: As for me, I'm late for my L.S.A.T.’s Fry: And I can't take life anymore! (Fry jumps out the window)

    • Bender: Hey Fry we've still got our costumes on. Wanna steal some more stuff? Fry: I guess, as long as you think it's right. Bender: Superheroes away!

    • Leela: Mom, Dad, oh I'm so sorry I got you kidnapped by a crazy madman who tried to feed you to pirhanas. Munda: We're just happy to be involved in your life. Leela: No no, it's my fault for telling you I was a superhero. Morris: That's true.

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    Notes (6)

    • The New Justice Team Song: Go, go, go, New Justice Team! Go, team, go, team, team, team, team Who's the newest Justice Team? The New Justice Team! Captain Yesterday is fast. Also he is from the past. Not just fast but from the past, Captain Yesterday! Super King has all the powers, Of a king plus all the power of Superman. Also he's a robot, ain't it cool? Superking, you rule! Clobberella beats you up, Clobberella beats you up! Who does she beat up? You! Clobberella! Citizens never fear. Crazy do-good freaks are here. Until they run out of steam Miracle cream, miracle cream, gives the power to the team It's effects wear off for sure, so they just slop on some more. The New Justice Team! Extra verse at the end of the episode: Go, go, go New Justice Team Fighting justice is their quest Super King, Clobberella and all the rest Here's to you, New Justice Team Do the things that make a team Help each other do some things Winners don't use drugs The New Justice Team

    • Though Leela's dad's name (Morris) is revealed in Leela's Homeworld, her mom's name is not revealed until this episode. Her name is Munda.

    • Several scenes were deleted from this episode. You can find them on the Season 4 DVD.

    • When Bender gets hit by the kangaroo, the cartoon bobble says "01001010." Translated using the ASCII code, the Hex is "4A." Bluntly, it's supposed to mean "Ahhh!"

    • One of the Jackson's from the original Jackson 5 (though it has never been revealed which one) was one of the voices singing the Justice Team song for the show.

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    Trivia (15)

    • This episode takes place after Leela's Homeworld, so it's established that Leela is a mutant. However the general public must still believe that she's an alien, otherwise she would be banished to live in the sewers.

    • Opening theme promotion: SOON TO BE A MAJOR RELIGION

    • Captain Yesterday's medallion is a C overlayed by a Y.

    • Leela's sign on her super hero outfit is a hand holding a rolling pin. Many fans mistook it for the communist symbol. The arm was suppsoed to make a C to stand for Clobberella.

    • LOOK HARD: Teddy Roosevelt: Museum Founder; No Admittance Without $5.00 Suggested Donation.

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    Allusions (12)

    • The logo that sports the New Justice Team's name greatly resembles the logo on the covers of the original Justice League of America comics from the 1960's

    • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Bender says "Nine. Ten. A big fat hen", quoting a line from the nursery line One, Two, Buckle my Shoe.

    • The Zookeeper's beltbuckle/logo somewhat resembles the Calvin Klein logo with an extra line.

    • Zookeeper shares his name with a Teen Titans villain who is a vicious changeling.

    • Leela's hair when she was in costume was similar to that of Starfire [comic book version] from the DC comic, Teen Titans.

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