|Philip J. Fry|
|First||Full Name: Philip J. Fry|
|Second||Origin: Futurama Season 1|
|Third||Personality: Good, funny, sympathetic, stupid, friendly|
|Fifth||Voice: Billy West|
- "Here's to another lousy millennium."
- ―Philip J. Fry in Space Pilot 3000
Fry was born on August 9, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York to Yancy Fry, Sr. and his mother, née Gleisner. These surnames imply English and German ancestry. He was named Philip after the Philip's head screwdriver.
When he was young, he dreamed of being an astronaut, but due to motion sickness and the fact nobody liked spending a week with him, his dream was never fulfilled. He would often play basketball with his older brother, Yancy, as well as participate in break-dancing competitions. When he was in high school, he drank nearly a hundred cans of cola per week, resulting in three heart attacks. He also loved playing video games as he played them every day except the day that his eyes bled. He attended and subsequently dropped out of Coney Island Community College, which in the standards of 31st century education, made him the equivalent of a high school drop out.
Before being frozen, Fry worked as a delivery boy at Panucci's Pizza in Manhattan. During this time, he delivered pizza to Fox Network, and subsequently spilled beer on the control console, knocking Fox off the air. He also discovered his pet dog, Seymour when someone prank called the pizzeria as Seymour Asses. Seymour and Fry would become very close and would often sing/bark “Walking on Sunshine” together.
On December 31, 1999, Fry was sent out to deliver a pizza to an I.C. Weiner, an alias that Nibbler made up, at Applied Cryogenics located in Times Square. En route, he discovered his girlfriend Michelle was cheating on him. When Fry discovered that the pizza delivery was a result of a prank phone call, his mood worsened. When New Year's arrived at midnight, he toasted to “another lousy millennium,” only for him to lose his balance on his chair and fall backward into an open cryogenic tube and was frozen for 1000 years.
Originally, Nibbler caused Fry to lose his balance by blowing on his chair. However, while trying to defeat the Brainspawn, Fry was trapped in the Infosphere with the Brainspawn due to his Scooty-Puff, Jr. falling apart, and he travelled back in time to December 31, 1999 to confront Nibbler. Nibbler made Fry realize that if there was one thing in the future worth saving, it was Leela, and Fry blew on the chair himself, causing his past self to fall into the cryogenics tube. While the police offered to search for Fry, his parents decided it would be a waste of taxpayer money. Fry is actually 1,026 in the year 3000. But from the events in Bender's Big Score Fry is actually around 1030. By the time of Into the Wild Green Yonder, Fry is around 1035, seeing as "Into the Wild Green Yonder" takes place in 3009. As of the 10th broadcast season (in 3013), he is 1039.
In Bender's Big Score, Fry created two copies of himself, and the second copy remains in the year 2000. It was revealed that if Fry had stayed in the 20th century, he would have gotten a job at an aquarium . After he was attacked by Bender, he found out that his characteristics (mainly his hair and voice) were different, so the clone Fry called himself Lars Fillmore. He, unfortunately, was killed when the Bender duplicate exploded on December 31, 3007.
- "My God... it's the future! My parents, my coworkers, my girlfriend. I'll never see any of them again! Yahoo!"
- ―Philip J. Fry in Space Pilot 3000
Fry awoke on December 31, 2999. After a few minutes, he realized that he was in the future and was subsequently greeted by Terry, who exclaimed, “Welcome to the World of Tomorrow!” Fry then met Leela, who informed him that he would be assigned the career of delivery boy and that he has one living relative, his great, great, great .... great nephew, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth.
Before Leela was able to implant the delivery boy career chip into Fry's hand, however, he ran away and met a robot named Bender. Fry then mistook a suicide booth for a phone booth, but he and Bender escaped death (to Bender's somewhat disappointment). Eventually, Fry found Professor Farnsworth and became a delivery boy for the Planet Express Delivery Company.
Fry had wanted a robot as a best friend since he was six years old, so when he defrosted in the 31st century, he was excited to meet Bender. When they first met, he thought Bender was some "Cheesy New Year's Costume". Bender was his first friend in the 31st century -  they became close friends and eventually, after the crew kicked Fry out of the Planet Express building, they lived together in Robot Arms Apts.
His career at Planet Express has been nothing short of eventful: During his employment, Fry has rediscovered the original moon landing site, discovered he was rich and then subsequently got scammed out of it by Mom and her sons, become Emperor of the planet Tri-Sol after drinking their current emperor (but later got chased off the throne,) saved Earth from a giant garbage ball by re-introducing the concept of making trash to 31st-century society, enrolled and dropped out of Mars University, discovered the secret ingredient of Slurm with his coworkers, prevented Leela from marrying Alkazar (an alien posing as the only other remaining member of the Cyclops race), aided in the discovery of the Lost City of Atlanta, become infested by worms that made him intelligent, physically fit, and able to play the holophoner, saved Earth and then the universe from the Brainspawn due to him lacking the delta brainwave, saved the Planet Express crew from Roberto whilst believing he was a robot, gotten married to and subsequently divorced from Leela, become his own grandfather (the reason he lacks a delta brainwave), helped in discovering Leela's parents and the fact that Leela is a mutant (and not an alien as previously believed), become a superhero, discovered his old dog fossilized at a museum exhibit of a twentieth-century pizzeria, and written and performed an opera by playing a holophoner while he possessed the Robot Devil's hands.
- "For example, if you killed your grandfather, you'd cease to exist!"
- ―Professor Farnsworth
- "But existing is basically all I do!"
The Planet Express crew had gone to observe a supernova up close. While the crew prepared for the event, Fry went to make popcorn. He ignores the warning label on the aluminum popcorn pan saying not to cook in a microwave, which he does. The microwave emitted radiation that collided with the wave from the supernova, causing the Planet Express crew to travel back in time to 1947.
After Bender breaks apart, Zoidberg was captured by the U.S. military while picking pieces of his torso. Fry and Bender's head attempt to infiltrate Roswell, with the former disguised as a soldier. He runs into his grandfather, Enos Fry, engaged to Mildred. Acting on Farnworth's warning, Fry did his best to make sure that his grandfather was not killed- otherwise he in turn would cease to exist. However, he became paranoid in his attempts to protect Enos, driving and locking him in a house in the middle of nowhere - a house that was, unbeknownst to Fry - within range of a nuclear testing ground. Needless to say, Enos was killed in the resulting explosion, but for some reason, Fry was still existing.
He then returned to comfort his soon-to-be grandmother, who began to make sexual advances on him, which made him uncomfortable. He then reasoned with himself that because he still exists, Mildred couldn't be his grandmother and had sex with her. The next day, Professor Farnsworth, Leela and Bender knocked on the window, informing Fry that because of his actions, he himself became his own grandfather; Fry realized what he had done and freaked out. Because of the paradox, the Planet Express crew decided that they should get back to their own time, regardless of what it would do to change history. They stormed Roswell, rescuing Zoidberg during an autopsy, Bender's reconstructed body and stealing a microwave satellite dish to return to the future.
It was later explained by the Nibblonians that as a result of Fry becoming his own grandfather, a genetic abnormality caused him to lack the delta brainwave, rendering him immune to the Brainspawn and telepathy in general.