|First appearance||"Space Pilot 3000" (1ACV01)|
Bending Units are robots built by Mom's Friendly Robot Company for the express purpose of bending metal for constructive purposes. Like many devices of the 20th Century, these robots have many capabilities aside from their main function and other robots, such as Robo-Rooter, are capable of bending while having other primary functions. Purpose built benders are known to come in many varieties; model #22 for instance has at least two finish colour options: gold and fog hat grey. While at least 994 models of Bending Unit exist, the only unit with a confirmed model number is the aptly named model #22 unit Bender Bending Rodríguez, who like units of most of the other first 994 models, has been recalled. These robots most likely come in so many varieties to provide higher quality additional features to different industries, and to allow the customer to choose more compact or higher powered models, and choice depends on whether the item needing bending is a wire hanger, an "unbendable" girder or something in between.
Bending units are fairly inexpensive; The overall price is a meagre $19.90, you can buy one for $30, then there's a $10 rebate and when your done with it you can turn in the head for the 10c deposit. Of course, while a Bending Unit can be owned, others are free to wander the streets, vote, and be charged and jailed for crime.
Farnsworth: Your standard bending unit is made of an iron-osmium alloy. But Bender was different. Bender had a point-04% nickel impurity.
Bender: [crying] It's what made me me.
As Bender appears in every episode and comic, only episodes with other units and references to them are noted here.