Miscellany of The Beast with a Billion Backs

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This article is about the trivia, the quotes, the references, etc. appearing in The Beast with a Billion Backs. It does not, however, include DVD information, character listings and cast information.

It is a separate article due to the fact that the amount of information to deal with in a trivia manner is huge when compared to a regular episode.

Character Cameos



Characters in the Date Scene

Four Scene Shot

Nine Scene Shot

Sixty Four Scene Shot

Headless body of Agnew


    Leela: Come on Bender, your grandmother could push harder than that.
    Bender: No crap. My grandmother was a bulldozer.

    Hermes: Professor, sprinkle us with wisdom from your mighty brain. How scared should we be?
    Farnsworth: Somewhere between not at all and entirely.
    Zoidberg: I call entirely! Ahhhh! Woop woop woop woop!

    Colleen: Have you seen how much cotton candy he' [fry] 'can eat?
    Farnsworth: Oh my yes, 5.1 pounds. That's why his blood is so good on pancakes.

    Fry: Something about seeing it on the Jumbotron makes it so much more real.
    Colleen: It's so scary. Well, what are you supposed to do when the whole universe is about to end?
    Fry: I have a thought. [Cut to Fry and Colleen in bed.]

    Zapp Brannigan: Leela, I can't help but notice that you're unescorted. Might I escort you behind that bush for the next five minutes?
    Leela: Nothing would revolt me more.
    Zapp Brannigan: Then how about that shrub?

    Stephen Hawking: In conclusion, I understand nothing about the anomaly, even after cashing the huge check I got for writing a book about it.

    Wernstrom: I have a squad of graduate students willing to risk their lives for a letter of recommendation.
    Farnsworth: Your squad sucks bosons. My team is twice as qualified and three times as expendable.
    Wernstrom: Tough talk for someone with only one Field's Medal!

    Farnsworth: Now stop shilly-shallying and line up for your pre-flight enemas.
    Enema-Bot: Warning! The enema you are about to enjoy is extremely hot.

    Bender: I finally know what I want to be when I grow up.
    Hermes: You want to co-star in his [Calculon's.] TV show, like that time you already did that.
    Bender: No, I'm gonna be his stalker.
    Leela: That's not really a career, more of a felony.

    Farnsworth: Emergency! Emergency! Everyone to the Calamitorium!

    [Calculon gets into bed, then looks over to see Bender laying down next to him.]
    Calculon: Who are you?
    Bender: Bender, your biggest fan.
    Calculon: Are you going to murder me?
    Bender: Unlikely. In my mind, we're friends. This diorama proves it. See? [Presents a diorama of himself and Calculon playing ping pong.]
    Calculon: Sir, your derangement is impressive. I'm appointing you my official stalker.

    Zapp Brannigan: Kif, stand in that hole so I look taller.

    Zapp Brannigan: Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race has had a dream; to kill him so we don't have to learn his language or his new way of looking at things.

    Wernstrom: Give science a chance!
    Farnsworth: Less invasions, more equations!

    Fry: I can't take it Leela. I need to go away, far away, forever.
    Leela: Aw. I know how you feel Fry. There are times when I also feel like you need to go away.

    Amy: Be careful my little teeny-weeny-greeny.
    Zapp Brannigan: [Pulls uniform lower over groin.] That's just a fungal infection. Oh, she's talking to you Kif.

    Suicide Booth: Please select mode of death.
    Bender: Clumsy bludgeoning please.
    Suicide Booth: You have selected clumsy bludgeoning. For an additional ten dollars would you like your eyes scooped out with a melon baller?
    Bender: Aw, what the heck I'll treat myself.

    Zapp Brannigan: [about to tell Kif to fire the UUM, Universe to Universe Missile Ready and fi--! [Kif almost hits the launch button, Zapp turns around and laughs.] Almost fooled you there.

    Calculon: On every step is a test.
    Bender: Ok, but if it's culturally biased I'm suing your ass.

    Bender: Do all the tests involve drinking?
    Calculon: It never occurred to me before, but yes.
    Bender: Wooo, just like Med school.

    Leela: The guard operating the x-ray machine came down with a sudden case of broken neck, so I was able to bring you that delicious case you wanted.

    Farnsworth: Holy mother of invention!

    Nixon: You again! This better be damned important, I'm right in the middle of a Cosmo survey.

    Mayor Poopenmeyer: Look up in the sky!
    Hermes: It's a bird!
    Hattie McDoogle: It's a plane!
    Superman look-alike: I am so out of here!

    Zoidberg: Hello? Hello? Call me back on my shell phone [Holds up a conch shell to the side of his head.]

    Zapp Brannigan: [voiceover] Captain's log; star date; the year of the Tiger. The battle has been bravely fought, the suffering of our troops beyond measure, but the alien is invulnerable and our defeat inevitable. That much is obvious even from my remote command post here at the Time Square Applebees.

    Calculon: ... but the League of Robots hasn't killed anybody in over eight-hundred years, and that was a very sick Girl Scout.

    Hermes: Sweet squid of Madrid! The tentacle got Fry!
    Leela: Quick, hand me machete! We can still save his legs!

    Fry: Thou shall love the tentacle.
    Farnsworth: Well, at least we don't have to love each other.

    Hermes: It got Zoidberg!
    Farnsworth: Oh I never knew how much I'd miss him until he was gone. Not that much as it turns out.

    Fry: Thus sayeth the tentacle, "Verily, thou shalt rejoice in the house of the tentacle."
    Leela: Fry listen to yourself. You've been brainwashed.
    Fry: No, I'm just trying to fit my diction to the importance of what I'm saying.

    Leela: No effect. The crystals are bouncing off the tentacle like meatballs off Mothra.

    Farnsworth: According to this blinking light the tentacle is made of electro-matter, matter's bad-ass grandma!

    Wernstrom: Stop, in the name of love!

    Leela: At least I won't have to trim my elbow talons anymore.

    Leela: It's ok to cry Amy. Come here, I'm wearing absorbent shoulder straps.
    Zapp Brannigan: Mmm. What an erotic display of girl-on-girl consolation.
    Leela: Zapp?
    Zapp Brannigan: Hurry, Leela, we don't have time to begin repopulating Earth. Go brush your teeth. I'll be waiting for you naked under this quesadilla. [pronounced incorrectly as 'cass-a-dilla]

    Bender: [To Leela.] Sup, bigboots?

    Bender: You humans are so cute when you're scared.

    Zapp Brannigan: Oh, yeah. Bathtub minestrone. [Incorrectly pronounced as min- est-rone.]

    Zapp Brannigan: Ditto on the grief there, Amy.
    Amy: You miss him too?
    Zapp Brannigan: More than you, as his mere wife, could ever understand. He was my fourth lieutenant for God's sake...

    Zapp Brannigan: Hardly a month goes by that I don't think of him. [kif]

    Zapp Brannigan: Leela, you must try the tentacle. It's like my soul is wearing a velour body glove.

    Fry: But Yivo has no gender, thus Yivo must be proclaimed that instead of "he" or "she," we are to use the word "shklee." And instead of "him" or "her," we are to use the word "shklim," or "shkler."
    Hermes: Phew! I've been sweating the nomenclature all week.

    Zapp Brannigan: We loved you, and you turn around and treat us like some sort of woman.

    Ms. Universe: Yivo makes me feel sexy, and I'm asexual.

    Fry: I don't know is I can put my heart on the line again only to have it broken and stomped on like a nerd's face.

General Trivia

  • The title is a reference to Shakespeare's line "I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs." in the play Othello (however, use of the phrase dates back before this usage). In "Spanish Fry", the sex shop in which Fry, Bender and Leela enter is called "The Beast with Two Bucks", which is a reference to the same line.
  • It also references The Beast With a Million Eyes. Incidentally plot of that movie involves a huge alien mind controlling the weak minded, albeit to fuel hatred rather than coerce the world into having sex with it. The movie came out in 1955, and the box art for The Beast With a Billion Backs is modelled after 1950's horror movies involving monsters.
  • A sneak peek was included in a two disc DVD of Bender's Big Score exclusive to Best Buy.
  • The official trailer (in colour) has been released and can be watched at slurmed.com.
  • Fry called DIAL-A-JOKE from Colleen's Apartment a total of 8128 times, with 254 pages of phone bills and 32 entries per page.
  • The end credits show the actor's name, together with an array of pictures of the characters they voiced. This is similar to The Simpsons Movie.
  • The video track used for the movie is only greater in length than the track used in Bender's Big Score by one second (although is is probably a wild coincidence).
  • In the Prison/Prism rooftop scene, at the start, Stephen Hawking's pickled head can again be seen toward the left. It is on the same "way cool rocket."
  • This is the first time in the series that the Globetrotter Homeworld is seen.
    • Noticeably, there are no female Globetrotters seen leaving it, implying either that they don't exist, or that they left in a separate group from the male ones.
  • Although we are to presume that all inhabitants of Earth other than the robots were gentacled by Yivo, we do not see any attached to heads inside of jars, or the sewer mutants.
    • In fact, while most of the previous species seen in Futurama make an appearance in this film, the Sewer Mutants (apart from Leela) do not appear in the film.
  • Noticeably, Yivo was able to "mate" with Decapodians without causing them to suffer gruesome death.
  • This is the first time in the series that we ever see Morbo, in any sort of frightened state. Linda was previously seen as such in "A Taste of Freedom" (4ACV05)
  • Yivo apparently gave every being in Universe A/Gamma "the clap", except Leela.
  • Leela managed to break a prison/prism guard's neck without getting caught.
  • Suicide booths have advanced since the pilot. They now have a broader range of choices other than "quick and painless" or "slow and horrible"
  • A picture of Robot from the TV series "Lost in Space" can be seen in the secret hideout of the League of Robots, as well as Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet.
  • This is the first time we ever see the Australian Guy in a non-enslaved situation.
  • If Yivo can't breathe in our universe, that means shklee needs to produce a gas made of electromatter. It is debatable whether our lungs could break down air made of electromatter, although no man made object in the 31st century can do so, it does not mean nothing in our biology could. We could also surmise Yivo produces normal oxygen for us.
  • A 2D gentacle prop can be seen in the 2D Tunnel of Love.
    4th wall break?
  • The one small piece of Electromatter couldn't have been split into enough pieces for all the harpoons and weapons of the Army of the Damned. However it could have been several letters instead of one.
  • After Yivo is pulled through the anomaly, the jakabirds disappear, possibly went into hiding.
  • The audio commentary of this movie introduced the 'I had that in the navy' running joke that is also mentioned in the Bender's Game and Into the Wild Green Yonder audio commentaries.
  • Robot 1-X makes second appearence after "Obsoletely Fabulous".
  • Fry and Colleen's date takes place at the St. Asimov's day festival. (Issac Asimov was a very well known science fiction writer who wrote the original three laws of robotics.)
  • During the TV appearance of Yivo we see Colleen with a t-shirt that states "For all X : I love X", which expresses her polyamorous personality in a mathematically correct predicate.


  • Red Minotaur, alludes to Red Bull, an existing energy drink.
  • Normal Kombat is a reference to Mortal Kombat.
  • Honkey Kong is a reference to Donkey Kong.
  • Ms. Marple Madness is a reference to both Ms. Marple and Marble Madness.
  • Exlaxian references Exlax, a laxative, and Galaxian, an old arcade game.
  • Soup bootlegging during soup prohibition refers to alcohol bootlegging during alcohol prohibition.
    • Bathtub minestrone refers to bathtub gin, which was actually any alcoholic beverage made in people's homes during prohibition, usually, as one might guess, in the bathtub. Most often it was just 1 part alcohol and 2 parts water.
  • Bender takes off his hand and hits Calculon with it to invoke a duel. This is an allusion to a very old way of invoking duels where the challenger would slap the challengee with a glove.
  • The scene at the end with Bender battling Yivo's mouth references Jack Sparrow battling the Kraken at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
  • Bender says that he is "Worthier than the average robot" to join the League of Robots. This is a very obvious reference to Yogi Bear, who often said that he was "Smarter than the average bear". He even does the same pose that Yogi makes whenever he says that.
  • Harold Zoid talks about his one line in a DVD movie, referencing his own line in this DVD movie.
    • "Shell phone" also references cell phones.
  • When Yivo escapes out of the anomaly, Mayor Poopenmeyer says, "Look, up in the sky!", to which Hermes says, "It's a bird!", then Hattie says, "It's a plane!", and a superhero says, "I am so outta here!!!" This is a spoof of the old Superman cartoons made by Max Fleischer that always opened with the phrase "Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!"
  • During Kif's funeral, The Grand Midwife starts to sing, and Bender yells, "Next!". This is a reference to most reality music shows. However, this could also be a reference to "A Pharaoh to Remember", as Bender yells "Next!" to Zoidberg when he starts singing for Bender's fake funeral.
  • When Leela aims at Fry with three pistols, we see a triangle of red dots on Fry's forehead, which is an allusion to the Predator movie, where Predator had a Plasma Caster gun with triangular laser rangefinder.


  • Steve Castle ("That Guy") can be seen towards the beginning of Yivo's invasion, despite having presumably died of Boneitis. This may not be a goof however, as we may presume that he was revived, cloned, or that it's his descendant.
  • The characters in Normal Kombat are orange and purple, representing Fry and Leela respectively. The symbolism of these colours is a continuing theme of the series.
  • Bender twangs his antenna/penis on Amphibos 9, a running gag in the series.
    • Another running gag involving Bender, where he says "neat" and takes a picture also shows up. It's in the scene with Calculon's plastic surgery. Noticeably it was a different colour (green instead of purple)


Notice Europe on the left, and the Americas on the right.
  • When the Earth's protection is being built, the Earth is mirrored.
  • During Deathball, when Wernstrom is knocked by the ball through the control room he lands back onto the arena. The next shot both Wernstrom's and the Professor's outlines can be seen in the control room and the glass is not broken.
  • Due to the nature of the Anomaly, machinery and/or metals cannot pass through it. However, when Fry travels through the Anomaly for the first time, his space suit neither causes a reaction nor is it destroyed by it; his suit is clearly mechanical.
    • Lightning does strike it once he's through the anomaly, which could be considered the reaction.
  • Hedonism Bot's mouth changes throughout the movie from just showing his "teeth" to showing his "teeth" and two lines across them like Bender.
  • Twice in the movie, the unnamed British robot changes from brown to grey. Although this may have been a trick of the light.
  • At the end, Fry calls Yivo "he" instead of "shklee"
  • In the space battle scene, Yivo had supposedly already invaded both Mars and Decapod 10, but yet we don't see the tentacles stretching anywhere near that far.
    • One plausible explanation for this, is that there are several anomalies throughout the universe, although this is neither confirmed nor hinted at in the film.
  • Amy asserts that Kif tried to kill Yivo, despite Yivo not being particularly known about until after Kif's funeral. Although we can attribute this to Amy being a ditz or overly grief stricken, it was not an intentional error.
  • In real life, the golden escalators, at the speed they went, would take 100's of 1000's of years, if not millions, to carry the residents of Earth (the ones closest to the anomaly) to Yivo's location.
  • In the vacuum of space, Kif manages not only to breathe, but to speak to Fry. Both of these things are impossible as there is no air to breath or transmit the sound.
    • It is possible, though, that Kif's species, being amphibious, can hold their breath for a long time, though it doesn't explain how he can communicate with Fry.
    • Another possibility is that near the anomaly it isn’t space vacuum but some sort of atmosphere.
  • Yivo claims not to have hurt anyone, although the space battle scene indicates otherwise. At least one ship is seen being destroyed, and the computer screen in the oval office indicates a lot more were as well.
    • It is possible, but unlikely, that they were all being remote controlled like the Nimbus.
      • It is also possible that Yivo rescued any soldiers who's ship was destroyed.
  • While on Yivo/heaven, Zoidberg is seen playing on the bouncing "clouds" (on the left of the screen), but then he comes on the right side of the screen, with ice cream.
  • Surely the entire population of a Universe could not have fit on one planet-sized monster, let alone one pirate ship.
    • It can be surmised that Yivo can expand shkler body size much like shkler tentacles, even so however, the size shklee was at the point shklee was dragged through the anomaly was not sufficient.
    • Yivo probably only took over the universe's sapient inhabitents (and the peguin we saw.) which may, if added together, would have made a entire planet's ecosytem.
    • Though "planet-size" is very ambiguous, because it is basically anything from Neptune and upwards. In addition, it should be noted, that all humans ever lived today could all fit in the Isle of Man.
      • Although it's not just all humans, but all of the universe.
    • How did everyone breathe on the pirate ship?
  • When the fumes on Yivo clear away, we see that Yivo's mouth is beak shaped, but it could not have been evenly covered underneath one normal looking mouth.
  • When meeting Yivo's body for the second time, Fry looks surprised to see Yivo's actual face. However, when he fell in love with shkler, he must have already seen shkler face.
  • Leela's Wristlojackimator made it through the anomaly undamaged.
  • If lab animals were stored in a 55 gallon drum like in the film, they would suffocate and (unless eating the other lab animals) starve, perhaps the one Wernstrom used is a life preserving one.
  • When Yivo was stabbed by Benders cables, Zapp's hair turned orange during a high angle camera view.
  • Diamondillium could not hold up against Yivo's tentacles, but the windows and walls of the Planet Express Building did.
    • However, the windows could be made of Diamondium, meaning it may actually be stronger than Diamondillium.
    • Or Yivo's Gentacles are not as strong as shklis tentacles are. However if this were the case, we'd be left to wonder why shkle didn't use shklis tentacles to break in.
    • However, even if it was Diamondium, the Professor stated that the tentacles was made of electro-matter, so the windows would still be unable to withstand it. The more likely scenario is that Yivo wasn't trying to break it.
  • Strangely, in the 64 shot scene at the end of Earth's date with Yivo, Zoidberg is seen with a house, yet in many previous episodes, he says or implies that he doesn't have a house.
  • While Yivo/Fry meet with the crew at the window, behind Fry there seems to be no atmosphere behind the broken Diamondillium. And in one scene there is no broken Diamondillium.
  • In the scene where Fry has his hand in the Anomaly just before he turns his head to see Kif, Fry's reflection in the Anomaly moves before he does. Also while the missile is overlapping Fry's legs both the missile and Kif have no reflection.
  • Yivo said that before shklee saw the creation of universe Gamma, shklee was alone, but shklee also said shklee was content with shklis stamp collection. However, if shklee was alone, there would be no-one to send shklim anything with stamps on it.
    • Also shklee mentions having sent an image of shklerself in the past - which is where the vision of heaven comes from. But shklee claimed not to have even known of the existence of universe Gamma, much less been able to communicate with it, before the anomaly appeared - which was only around 30 days before the events of this film. However Shklee did state that shklee saw the beginning of the big bang of Universe Gamma meaning shklee knew of Universe Gamma before the anamoly allowed shkler to interact with it.
  • The Anomaly flips sides various times.
  • How was Bender able to split the letter (or letters) from Fry that were made from electro-matter to attach to the weapons? Nothing in universe Gamma should have been able to tear the electo-matter.
Bender's mouth is misaligned
  • While jumping on Yivo, Bender's mouth is misaligned while he is speaking.