Season 5 Episode 6

Less Than Hero

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 02, 2003 on Comedy Central



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • The piranhas that were "persuaded to walk on land" use Dr. Wernstrom's reverse SCUBA suit (minus the wetsuit).

    • The creme said that it gives superpowers to humans, but Leela is a mutant.

      RESPONSE: But she is a human mutant (that is, her DNA is mutated from human DNA), so it's quite probable that the creme might have similar effect on her as on normal humans.

    • Powers listed on creme: The powers listed on the tube included superstrength, superspeed, and aquatic telepathy. But it failed to mention invulnerability, despite the robber's foiled mugging of Fry and Leela. Remember? The laser bounced off of Fry, and the pipe over Leela's head just got dented...without either person getting hurt.

    • When Fry and Leela are taking back the remains of the Pi-Kea machine, you notice it there behind them in a perfect balance. But when the scene shows them backing up when the robot was about to shoot, the box is gone!

    • Leela yells at Fry for nearly giving away his identity, but yet she says his name several times in public while they were still in costume.

    • Despite the Mayor's statement, we never saw the New Justice Team damage anything in the museum. All the damage was done by The Zookeeper's animals.

    • It was established that the team cannot fly. But we see Fry jump out of a window and fly back into the room in costume.

    • Leela ripping her clothing is a series of continuity errors. First, she tears a shirt that shows cleavage to one that doesn't. Then she rips that suit off, and she's got her pants back.

    • When the Zoo Keeper captures Leela's parents, Morris (Leela's dad) complains about his allergies and Leela's mom says that there was animal fur all over so we can assume Morris is allergic to animal fur. But at the beginning of the episode, Leela's parents have a mutated cat sitting between them and Morris didn't sneeze once during that scene.

    • In the scene when Morris, (Leela's father), is fishing in the sewer and blabs to his mutant friends that Leela is Clobberella, Raoul, the mutant with the arm growing out of his head, has the third arm protruding from the left side of his head. In previous episodes such as "Leela's Homeworld", the arm was coming out of the right side of his head.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Fry: Oh no! Our superpower cream is out of itself!
      Leela: Check inside the cap! There might be a caked in goldmine!
      Fry: El zilcho! I'm afraid we're boned.
      Bender: El zilcho...is it too late to change my superhero name?

    • Fry: But, should superheroes commit crime? Even to save lives? I need moral guidance. Bender?
      Bender: Hmm, the thought of stealing anything fills Superking with disgust. But if it must be so, then let a museum heist be pulled!

    • Munda: Save us Leela! I mean...if you don't have anything better to do.

    • Zookeeper: Greetings superheroes, remember me?
      Farnsworth: I don't remember much buddy, and you're no looker!
      Leela: Uh Professor, isn't it time for your nap?
      Farnsworth: Yes dammit!

    • Leela: Oh, I can't take it! Mom, Dad, I'm Clobberella!
      Morris: Galloping gators!
      Munda: You're a superhero? Well that's wonderful! But did you have to make the costume so revealing?

    • Munda: It's good that Leela doesn't love us. She'll be less sad when we die.

    • Mayor: Thank you mysterious heroes. The value of the Gemerald you saved is slightly greater than the cost of the damage you caused to this museum. A net gain for our great city!

    • Munda: I'm scared and confused. I think we've wandered into an off-Broadway play.
      Morris: No, there are way too many people here.

    • Zookeeper: Ah, superheroes! Or should I say superzeroes!
      Fry: That was uncalled for.

    • Leela: I can't believe the Zookeeper is this late for his own heist. It's just rude!

    • Mayor: A dangerous villain know as The Zookeeper, who commits crimes aided by a pack of highly trained animals.
      Fry: Pack of highly. Got it!
      Mayor: His crew includes a badger with a troubled past and nothing left to lose, an elephant who never forgets - to kill! And a seldom used crab named Lucky aka Citizen Snips.

    • Leela: Well, so long. Keep in touch.
      Mayor: Wait, stay and meet the superheroes. There's three of you and three of them so it'll be perfect.

    • Leela: For one, superheroes cause a lot of collateral damage, and we don't wanna get our butts sued.
      Fry: Or do we...? No, I guess not.
      Leela: Also, if our identities get out, every crook in the city will be after us. Or, God forbid, our loved ones.
      Bender: Superking has no need for loved ones.

    • Woman: Captain Yesterday, I find your skintight highwaters incredibly sexy! Let's get together sometime!
      Fry: Sure. I'm listed in the phone book so once I reveal my real name to you along with my home address and a copy of my birth certificate...

    • Fry: Captain Yesterday!
      Leela: Clobberella!
      Bender: And Superking! The best one of the three!

    • Leela: (shouting) Listen up New New York! There's a new group of superheros in town! And we're -
      Hattie: (shouting) Quiet! It's 4am and I just fell asleep for the first time in 30 years!
      Leela: (shouting) Sorry! (whispering) A new era of justice has begun.
      Hattie: (shouting): What?!

    • Fry: Now me and Leela are forming an awesome crime-fighting duo.
      Bender: Wow, crime-fighting. Cool. You say you're a duo? Yeah duos are good. Of course sometimes they're a little short handed. See ya. With two humans you'd think there'd be a robot in there... to balance things out. But, whatever. I have these three costumes you could use. But, I guess I'll just throw one away.
      Leela: We'd love to have you on the team Bender. But aren't you more on the supply side of crime?

    • Leela: Hmm, I have been looking for a way to serve the community that incorporates my violence. Let's do it!
      Fry: You'll barely regret this!

    • Leela: How did we manage to survive? What gave us those strange powers?
      Fry: Maybe we're all wearing magic rings but they're invisible rings so we don't even realise it. Also you can't feel the rings.

    • Fry: I'm too scared to find my pocket. Here, I'll just take of my pants and give you those.

    • Mugger: Excuse me? Hi! Do you have a minute? I live in Jersey City and my car broke down and I need to get back because my Aunt's real sick and she needs this medicine but I need money for the bus. So I'm mugging you. Hand over your wallets.
      Leela: I don't believe that story for a second.
      Mugger: It doesn't matter, I'm mugging you.
      Fry: There's no bus to Jersey City.

    • Farnsworth: Bad news nobody, the supercollider super-exploded. I need you to take it back and exchanged it for a wobbly CD rack and some of those ransid meatballs.

    • Fry: I feel like I was mauled by Jesus.

    • Bender: Ah, there, finished. And with only six missing pieces!
      Fry: Those Swedes sure know how to put in almost everything you need.

    • Hermes: Ooo, while you're there, could you pick me up a licence to kill?
      Leela: Sure. Bare hands or weapon?
      Hermes: Uh, what does piano wire count as?

    • Amy: Are you off your rocket? Your parents are mutants. It's illegal for them to come above ground 'cause they're inferior genetic scum..uh present company excluded of course!

    • SewerCom Announcer: Your call is being connected by SewerCom - Reach out and touch the sewers.

    • Leela: Let's see...which powers do we have? Super Strength?
      (Fry karate chops table; Leela kicks down wall)
      Fry: Yup.
      Leela: Uh-huh. Lickety-Speed?
      (Leela and Fry run quickly across room)
      Fry: Yup!
      Leela: Yes sir! Ability to command the loyalty of sea creatures?
      Fry: Hey Zoidberg! Get in here!
      Zoidberg: Screw you!
      Leela: Ain't got that!
      Fry: Nope!

    • Leela's Father: Look at me! Proud Dad of a superhero! We should print up T shirts. And F shirts for our friends with two arms on the same side.

    • Fry: When you were a kid, what was your biggest fantasy?
      Leela: To have parents.
      Fry: Whatever. The correct answer is to be a superhero.

    • Leela: Guess who I just got off the phone with!
      Bender: No!

    • Leela: Fry, we need to keep our secret identities a secret.
      Fry: From everybody?
      Leela: Especially from everybody!

  • Notes

    • 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.

    • Alien code: Zoidberg gives Fry & Leela a tube of lotion to rub on their skin. After they get superpowers, they read the back to see what was in it. A large text of Alien Code #1 can be seen on the back. When translated it reads: "Keep out of reach of children under the age of five hundred. For best results, sacrifice a small mammal xanroc, then apply evenly to interior of eyeball. Would you like to help sell Flimflam Products? Contact a representative at a covered wagon near you."

  • Allusions

    • 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.

    • Gilligan's Island
      The mention of "All the rest" during the New Justice Team's theme played during the end credits is an allusion to the first season of Gilligan's Island where, during the credits, "All the rest" referred to Mary Ann and the Professor.

    • Spider-Man (1967)
      The New Justice Team theme song is similar to the theme song for the old animated Spider-Man TV series.

    • Justice League/Superfriends
      Many of the superhero references, including the backdrop the group jumps through, are taken from the DC based shows The Superfriends and Justice League.

    • Batman (1960's)
      A number of references are made to the 1960's version of Batman, inculding angled camera shots, the cartoon balloons for punches, music, and stupid villain names/jobs.

    • Barbarella
      Leela's superhero alias is based on this sexy comic character, made into a memorable movie starring Jane Fonda.

    • Title: Less Than Hero

      This a play on the title of the novel Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, which was later made into a movie starring Robert Downey Jr.

    • Sonic
      Quantum Gemerald looks like one of the Chaos Emeralds from the Sonic games.