Turanga family

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Secondary character
Turanga Morris and Munda
Turanga Morris & Munda.jpg
Munda (left) and Morris (right)
GenderMale (Morris) and female (Munda)
SpeciesHuman (Mutant)
Planet of originEarth
RelativesLeela, daughter & her Amphibiosan offspring
First appearance"I Second that Emotion" (2ACV01)
Episode
Voices
MorrisDavid Herman
MundaTress MacNeille
The first appearance of Morris and Munda (upper left corner)

Morris and Munda are a married couple living their lives in the sewers. They are both mutants; each has only one eye, but Morris also has a sideways mouth and Munda has tentacles for arms plus a tail. Munda has a Ph.D. in exolinguistics and seems more the educated type, while Morris seems to be prone to drink sometimes and enjoys fishing. Both are friendly and dedicated to their only daughter Leela up to and beyond the point of rather dying than let something bad happen to her, though they always fear she might be ashamed of them. They live in a small house in the sewers and own a mutant cat with a tail that is a snake.

Biography

When their daughter was born the "least mutated mutant ever," they conceived a plan to give their daughter a better life by leaving her on the steps of an orphanarium on the surface. Munda used her Ph.D. in exolinguistics to write a note in Alienese, so people would think Leela was an alien rather than a mutant. The note read "Your parents love you very much." Both swore to rather die than let her daughter know the "shameful truth of her origin." However, in an attempt to save Leela from persecution by the other mutants, they accidentally attracted attention, and after a lengthy chase were almost killed by their own daughter, who mistook them for her parents' murderers. Only Fry's research and timely intervention saved them, and the little family was reunited. Later, they both made a trip to the surface with permission from Citihall to meet with their daughter, however Leela could not meet with them because she had to protect her secret identity as Clobberella, which caused her some pain. When the Zookeeper learned Leela's true identity, he kidnapped her parents to coerce the New Justice Team to deliver the Quantum Gemerald to him. When the crew was reverted to their teenage selves and later into childhood, Morris and Munda provided assistance by letting their daughter stay with them and briefly take up the childhood she had always wanted. Wanting to experience the real thing, Leela asked them to be as strict as they could, but they were constantly too lenient and Leela had to encourage them to be stricter. They also allowed the youthified crew to stay with the teenage Leela until the Professor worked out a plan to restore their true ages. Apparently the book containing the story about the Fountain of Aging belonged to them as well.

Additional Info

Trivia

  • In their first appearance, Munda doesn't have tentacles. This was explained in the commentaries as her wearing a fake arm over her tentacle on occasion.

Quotes

  • Morris: No beer until you finish your Tequilla!
  • Munda: [about Leela after her birth] She's completely perfect!
  • Morris: Fine, Sweetiekins, we'll be the strictest parents ever. Now, let's all have some tequila to celebrate!
    Leela: Dad! I'm underage!
    Morris: Oh, right. Here's a silly straw.

Appearances