List of Futurama characters

Hermes Conrad is a workaholic bureaucrat and the accountant at Planet Express. He is from Jamaica and speaks with a heavy accent. He manages the Planet Express delivery business with responsibilities that include paying bills, giving out legal waivers, and notifying next of kin. Hermes is very enthusiastic about the Limbo and was once an Olympic limbo athlete. An accident in the 2980 Olympic Games in which a fan broke his back trying to emulate Hermes left him traumatized, and he could not bring himself to limbo again until decades later when it was needed. The series also alludes to Hermes using cannabis, though he is never seen using it, partially due to prime-time television censorship standards at the time of ''Futurama'''s original run.

Hermes frequently admonishes the staff for not working hard enough, and strongly dislikes Zoidberg, often treating him as a "thing" and not a person. Zoidberg is generally oblivious to this, considering Hermes his friend, but upon learning the truth in "The Six Million Dollar Mon", he callously calls out Hermes for his treatment of him. Later episodes show them building an uneasy rapport, with Hermes slowly softening to Zoidberg. He is also known to dislike labor unions, once referring to Labor Day as created by "fat-cat union gangsters", though seconds later he exclaims "Hot damn, a day off!" upon learning that it was that very day ("When Aliens Attack"), and consulting Glurmo about firing the entire crew and replacing them with Grunka-Lunkas for half the pay ("Fry and the Slurm Factory"). It is a recurring gag that Hermes wants to kill some or all of the members of the Planet Express crew; in "The Farnsworth Parabox", he suggests that Leela shoot the rest of the crew and ponders ejecting the entire crews of both universes into the sun.

Despite his disdain toward most of his coworkers, he is later portrayed as one of the most compassionate characters in the series, and seems to have a soft spot for Bender. In the Season 6 episode "Lethal Inspection," it is revealed that Hermes worked at the robot factory in Tijuana, Mexico where Bender was constructed, as Inspector No. 5, checking robots for defects as they came off the production line. Bender was built without a backup module, but Hermes' compassion for the baby robot led him to override Bender's "defective" assessment and give him a chance at life. He turned in his resignation afterward, and later destroyed all evidence of his employment there to prevent Bender from learning the truth, almost being killed in the process. At the end of the episode, he smiles as he watches his personnel file burn. In the earlier episode "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back", he risks his bureaucratic license to rescue Bender, sorting the entire Master IN pile in under four minutes to recover the disc containing Bender's downloaded brain.

Hermes is married to LaBarbara Conrad, with whom he has a son Dwight. LaBarbara was formerly married to Hermes' former Limbo rival Barbados Slim, and reunited with Barbados twice when Hermes was temporarily decapitated in ''Bender's Big Score''. Hermes is also overweight, caused by over three decades of overeating including LaBarbara's goat curry, which has made his skin too spicy and acidic for consumption by others.

Hermes is voiced by Phil LaMarr, who stated that he was originally named Dexter, did not have a Jamaican accent, and was more uptight. Series creator Matt Groening walked up to LaMarr after an early table read and said "Hey Phil, can you do a Jamaican accent?" This resulted in making the character more workable and less bland, according to Groening. Provided by Wikipedia
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