Amy Wong

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Amy Wong
Futurama character
Amy Wong
First appearance "The Series Has Landed"
Last appearance "Meanwhile"
Voiced by Lauren Tom
Information
Species Human
Gender Female
Occupation Intern at the Planet Express Delivery Company
Relatives Fon Fon Ru: Kif Kroker
Parents: Leo and Inez Wong
Origin Mars

Amy Wong, voiced by Lauren Tom, is a main character from the Fox and Comedy Central television animated series Futurama. She works as an intern at Planet Express (supposedly kept around because she shares Professor Farnsworth's blood type). A graduate student for most of the series' run, in season six, she earns her Ph.D in Applied Physics from Mars University, earning her the title of Doctor.

Character development[edit]

When creating Amy's character Matt Groening and David X. Cohen decided that she would be something of a klutz. Groening was interested in exploring the idea of using slapstick comedy and physical humor with a female character since most of this humor was done by male characters in his previous work The Simpsons.[1]

Amy's personality was originally much different; Lauren Tom stated that she was supposed to be "a car mechanic, really tough lesbian sort of character." However, her characteristics were changed in order to provide a better contrast with Leela's.[2]

In the season four episode "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch", in which Amy's boyfriend Kif becomes pregnant, there was some disagreement among the writers as to whether Amy should be the real mother of his children. It was eventually decided that making Amy the mother and having her initially reject the children would make her too unlikeable.[3]

Over the course of the series, Amy is shown that she's not an entirely spoiled rich girl, being able to overcome just about any obstacle in order to help others. Her relationship with the other workers of Planet Express is quite good, and she sees them like a second family (especially Fry and Leela, who she considers like the brother and sister she never had). Like almost everyone on Planet Express, she shows very little or no respect for Zoidberg (though sometimes, she states that she has a huge respect for him and the way he lives his life).

Biography[edit]

Amy comes from a very rich Chinese family; her parents (Inez and Leo) own the entire western hemisphere of Mars, and her sorority was Kappa Kappa Wong (ΚΚ王), although in season 7 A Farewell to Arms she says she was a member of Sigma Beta. Amy's stereotypically Asian meddling mother and father frequently pressure her to get married and give them grandchildren, which she is not eager to do. They are often shown to be rather unkind to their daughter, including an incident where Amy's father repeatedly made fun of her for being fat as a child ("Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles").

On the show, Amy is known for being somewhat shallow, kind, and ditzy. When Doctor Zoidberg had lost his mind due to hormones and was forced to be tied up, she was fooled multiple times into untying him, despite the dangers. As she said herself, "Fool me seven times, shame on you, fool me eight or more times, shame on me." She uses Martian slang, which is simply American slang with altered consonants, such as "Guh" (duh) or "Shman" (man). She also shouts things in Chinese when angry or surprised. Amy tends to wear rather provocative outfits. Her standard outfit is a midriff baring pink sweatshirt and matching sweatpants, anything that reveals her belly button. She confesses to Fry that she dresses that way to rebel against her parents; in the movie Into the Wild Green Yonder, she tells her father that she wears the sweatsuit because she knew he always wanted a son. There is also a half-rivalry with Leela about their looks and love lives, with Amy always ready with a putdown. When angered, Amy occasionally starts cursing in poorly spoken Cantonese ("Amazon Women in the Mood"), such as "Aiya, da sei nei", which roughly translates to "Oh my god, I'll beat you to death". She has also been known to sing in Cantonese, though the exact lyrics have yet to be translated.

According to her, because of her supreme cuteness, Amy had cuteness reduction surgery on her cheek and nose when she was a teenager.[4]

Amy has dated many men, and she expresses a sexually adventurous attitude. In "Bender's Game" she portrayed bisexual characteristics. In "Proposition Infinity", she had a robosexual relationship with Bender; She also has a thing for 'bad boys'. She dated Fry for a time in "Put Your Head on My Shoulders", but the relationship was brief. However, during their relationship, he was involved in an accident, which caused her to have his head grafted onto her shoulder to save his life. She still carries a disfiguring scar from the incident. She has been dating Kif Kroker since 3001. Although she is not ready for total commitment, Amy is sure that one day she will be. In "Kif Gets Knocked Up A Notch", she became the "Smizmar" of Kif's children; that is, she inspired the feelings of love that caused Kif to be receptive to procreation. Although Leela is the biological mother because she grabbed Kif's ungloved hand to keep him from being sucked out of his spaceship, not knowing that, in his receptive state, this would impregnate him (some of the children even have only one eye like Leela), the Smizmar is considered to be the true mother in Kif's culture. Amy's love for Kif is undeniable, and she has been seen crying when Kif goes on dangerous missions, fearing for his well-being.

Amy has several tattoos which do not appear to recur between episodes. One "obscene tattoo" (which appears blurred because its design requires a resolution unmatched by modern TVs) was shown to be on her upper left arm in "A Fishful of Dollars"; and in "Three Hundred Big Boys", she buys a talking tattoo of a devil, which resembles the trademark of hot rod artist Coop, on her right arm. In the same episode, three other tattoos are implied to be on her butt, one of which is a horse of some kind; the other two had the voices of a man and a woman. However in "Proposition Infinity" she claims to have a tattoo of her mother on her butt and shows it to an inmate. None of these are ever seen or mentioned in any episode other than the ones they are first shown in, despite numerous occasions in which their locations are visible, apparently lacking said tattoos.

Amy is also skilled in piloting the Planet Express spaceship, which she learned to do by playing a claw vending machine until she completely drained it of all the prizes. This was an effort to get the keys to the ship, which had fallen into the machine due to her absent-mindedness. It is also shown in Bender's Big Score that Amy can understand (and probably speak) "yeti," proven when she understands the ice apes on Neptune before they begin "assaulting the interlopers". Into the Wild Green Yonder reveals that she was a champion miniature golf player as a child, which enables her to get a ship through a giant course; the episode "Bendless Love" shows her as a javelin thrower on the track and field team at Mars University.

In "That Darn Katz!", after working at Planet Express for 12 years, Amy completes her graduate research and receives her Ph.D. in Applied Physics, and is occasionally referred to as Doctor Wong in the succeeding episodes.

In "A Farewell to Arms," she demonstrates a knowledge of the ancient Martian language, translating a prophecy that foretells the end of the world on Earth. However, she later learns that she has made an error in her translation; the prophecy actually refers to the destruction of Mars, not Earth. During "The Butterjunk Effect," she and Leela enter the ruthless aerial sport of Butterfly Derby and take performance-enhancing drugs to build up their strength so they can hold their own against professional teams. When the Wongs lose their home and fortune to the Robot Mafia in "Viva Mars Vegas," Amy leads the crew in a plan to steal back one of the family's casinos by breaking into its vault, taking advantage of Zoidberg's temporary invisibility. In Stench and Stenchibility, when Zoidberg falls in love with a beautiful flower vendor, Amy assists him when he gives her a nose transplant.

Love life[edit]

Philip J. Fry[edit]

Amy used Fry as her fake boyfriend in order to avoid being set up with an unattractive potential husband by her parents during a trip on the luxury starliner Titanic. Unfortunately, Leela was also using Fry as her fake fiance to ward off the attentions of Zapp Brannigan. Thankfully, catastrophic damage to the ship avoided a potentially embarrassing situation and Amy won the battle of the bogus boyfriends. Amy and Fry also have another relationship (though this one is genuine) in "Put Your Head on My Shoulders" where Fry and Amy are trapped together in a desert on Mercury and realize they have a lot in common. When they are being towed to the nearest gas station to refuel, they have sex in the car. They continue the relationship back home (with sexual relations implied), but Fry intends to end it the day before Valentine's Day because he felt that they were spending too much time together. An accident ends with Fry's head being temporarily attached to Amy's body, causing much tension due to Fry's decision to break up and Amy's subsequent date, forcing Leela to step in and distract Amy's date to save Fry from an awkward situation. Despite the break-up, they remain good friends.

Armando[edit]

Despite supposedly being on a girls' night out to cheer up a critically depressed Leela after Bender flushed Nibbler down the toilet, Amy still ended up dancing all night at O'Zorgnax's Pub with Latin smoothie Armando. She abandoned Leela in order to go with Armando to the back seat of his car for "coffee".

Gary[edit]

Amy's next boyfriend Gary, a banking regulator, is her date on Valentine's Day. He was understandably displeased to see that Amy's ex-boyfriend (Fry) was still attached to her shoulder (although he does show Fry more than a little sympathy). Although things seemed to be going well, Gary fell for the "tell me about yourself" trick. Leela does this to save Fry's head from being carried to a sticky situation at Gary's place. Instead Gary went on to explain how interesting banking industry regulation is and that it is based on five different regulatory traditions ("six, if you want to get technical").

Kif Kroker[edit]

Amy's current husband Lieutenant Kroker was in command of the Titanic (a luxury spaceship named after/parodying the doomed 1912 ocean liner) in its final minutes before being sucked into a black hole. Amy's parents thought his sudden promotion outweighed the doomed nature of his ship and immediately grabbed him and presented him as a possible grandchild-provider to Amy. Amy seemed quite impressed with Kif, and the relationship lasted the rest of the series.

Initially, their relationship after escaping the Titanic went nowhere, mainly because Kif was too nervous to call her and ask for a date (settling instead for just phoning her ten times a day and stuttering so much Amy thought they were obscene calls). Eventually Zapp Brannigan persuaded him to go along on a double half-date with Amy and Leela. Zapp's book of chat-up lines nearly ended the date before it started, but eventually Kif's heartfelt singing and admission of love won her heart.

However, when Amy told her parents about Kif Kroker, they apparently had no memory of him, and when they met him they dismissed him as wimpy and 'un-manly,' contradicting the fact that they strongly encouraged Amy to date him on the 'sinking' Titanic (though Kif's demotion after the disaster to his usual status, serving under Brannigan's command, may have lowered Kif's appeal in their eyes).

In The Beast with a Billion Backs, Kif asks Amy to be his "Fonfon Ru" and they get married back at Kif's planet, Amphibios 9, with Zapp as the best man who is to hose the couple (Kif on the head, and Amy on the breasts). After Kif's accidental death during the film, however, Amy sleeps with Zapp in her grief (Zapp says that this way she can be closer to Kif). When Kif is revived, Kif cites that "Fon-Fon Ru" literally translates to "someone who doesn't sleep with his superior officer", which she did, and he punches Zapp in the gut for rubbing it in. At the end of Into the Wild Green Yonder, Kif abandons Zapp entirely and gets back together with Amy, joining the Planet Express crew as they travel through a wormhole to parts unknown.

Amy and Kif briefly break up in "Proposition Infinity" as Kif dislikes Amy's constant flirting with any 'bad boy' she meets. She falls for Bender, but although the relationship lasts for a while, he breaks up with her after realizing marriage would mean lifelong monogamy. Kif concocts a bad-boy image and wins her back.

In The Butterjunk Effect, Amy becomes addicted to a nutritional drink called Nectar, appearing more muscular, acting more aggressively and constantly drinking the Nectar. Her aggressiveness goes to the point where she throws stuff at Kif when angry (Kif himself states that she does not even want to snuggle next to him at night). When Fry is sprayed with pheromones of the Male Butterfly, Amy, as well as Leela, begin to feel a strong attraction to him, eventually needing to go cold turkey, in order to go back to normal. When returning to normal, she apologizes to Kif for her actions, to which he simply kisses her.

Bender[edit]

Amy and Bender ended up having a "robosexual" relationship in the episode "Proposition Infinity" when Amy was feeling depressed after her recent break-up with Kif (although she informed her parents that she was attracted to Bender rather than robots in general). The relationship becomes so serious that the normally promiscuous Bender actually proposes to Amy, the two subsequently arranging for a proposition to permit human/robot marriage. However Bender, ultimately true to his own nature, breaks up with her upon realizing she wants a lifelong monogamous marriage, and she returns to Kif, who now has turned into a bad boy for her.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cohen, David X (2003). Futurama season 2 DVD commentary for the episode "Xmas Story" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 
  2. ^ "9 Odd Things We Now Know About Futurama". Total Film. 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  3. ^ Odenkirk, Bill (2003). Futurama season 4 DVD commentary for the episode "Kif gets Knocked Up a Notch" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 
  4. ^ Futurama season 3 episode 9 "The Cyber House Rules" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 2001.