|First appearance||"The Series Has Landed" (1ACV02)|
Bureaucrats in the 31st century are usually members of the Central Bureaucracy handling financial, legal, and other business matters in New New York, or Product Inspectors at Mom's Friendly Robot Company working in Tijuana, although this is less common.
These people are often discriminated by others, and have been described as "faceless bean counters, who blend into the woodwork". There is a numerous list of bureaucrats, and Hermes Conrad (Bureaucrat Grade 36) is the most wellknown of them.
They use a numerical ranking system, where lower numbers outrank higher ones, and a special ranking for one-hour bureaucrats, such as Turanga Leela, the Li'l Bureaucrat grade. They seem to respond to Number 1.0, who is probably their leader.
They communicate by pneumatic tubes, possibly ramifications of the Tube Transport System, which run not only throughout the Central Bureaucracy Building, but have terminals at their assigned businesses, such as the Planet Express headquarters. At the center of the building is the Central Filing, where most incoming messages are deposited for later sorting. Employees at the Central Bureaucracy Building use a Slowmobile as a means of transport and Cubicle Rooms as offices.
There is also a Bureaucrat Song, assumably written by Hermes Conrad and performed by himself alongside several other bureacrats and co-workers.
List of Bureaucrats
- Number 1.0, Bureaucrat Grade 1.0.
- The Beholder, Bureaucrat Grade 11.
- Morgan Proctor, Bureaucrat Grade 19.
- Man working in filing, Bureaucrat Grade 20.
- The Center Square Guy, Bureaucrat Grade 28.
- Hermes Conrad, Bureaucrat Grade 36.
- The Slowmobile Driver, Bureaucrat Grade 41.
- Man guarding the employee entrance, Bureaucrat Grade 53.
- Warden Vogel, Bureaucrat Grade 135.
- Turanga Leela, temporarily a Li'l Bureaucrat.
- Dwight Conrad, for a brief period in "The Route of All Evil", may not be registered at the Central Bureaucracy.
- Mark 7-G, formerly employed at Planet Express.
A bureaucrat (Grade 53) guarding the employee entrance. [2ACV11]
A bureaucrat (Grade 20) working in filing. [2ACV11]
The Li'l Bureaucrat badge. [6ACV06]
- Bureau is the French word for office or desk. However, many bureaucrats are seen working on the field.
- The portrayal of bureaucracy in Futurama is among the most popular.
Number 1.0: Don't quote me regulations. I co-chaired the committee that reviewed the recommendation to revise the color of the book that regulations are in. We kept it gray.
Hermes Conrad: That's a calculator. I ate it to gain its power.
Although bureaucrats first appeared in the second episode of the first season, this list only deals with sightings (both cameos and significant roles) of bureaucrats other than Hermes Conrad (a recurring character in Futurama), and episodes where we find out more about bureaucracy in general. For Hermes' appearances, see this.
- "The Series Has Landed" (1ACV02) Hermes Conrad is introduced as the first bureaucrat)
- "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back" (2ACV11) Morgan Proctor, the Beholder and Number 1.0)
- "The Cyber House Rules" (3ACV09) Warden Vogel)
- "The Route of All Evil" (3ACV12) Dwight Conrad as a bureaucrat)
- "Leela's Homeworld" (4ACV02)
- "The Why of Fry" (4ACV10)
- "The Sting" (4ACV12)
- "Three Hundred Big Boys" (4ACV16)
- "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" (4ACV18)
- The Beast with a Billion Backs
- Into the Wild Green Yonder
- "Lethal Inspection" (6ACV06) Turanga Leela as a bureaucrat, the Center Square Guy, the Beholder and Number 1.0)
- "The Mutants Are Revolting" (6ACV12)
- "The Cure for the Common Clod" (US#011)