job: Captain of the Nimbus
voiced by: Billy West
Captain Zapp Brannigan is a 25-Star General in the Democratic Order of Planets (or D.O.O.P.) and is the captain of his flagship the Nimbus and head of the D.O.O.P. Army. Although he claims to be a strategic genius, Zapp Brannigan is actually completely idiotic, a total imbecile and a coward who always plans the most absurd processes and strategies.
But shockingly, Zapp is respected throughout the universe, often appearing as a Miss Universe Judge and (trying to) defend Earth from attacks. However, most battles that Zapp is in charge of are lost. He doesn't care about casualties and cheerfully sends masses of his own men off to die in battle.
The voice of Zapp Brannigan is also the voice of Fry, Farnsworth and Zoisberg on Futurama. Billy West is well-known in animation circles and is one of an increasingly popular breed - actors heard but not seen. Tops in the voice-over business, some of West's most famous voices include those of Ren & Stimpy, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in the feature film Space Jam and the official voice of Woody Woodpecker, as well as years of providing celebrity voice impersonations on The Howard Stern Show. Some of his animated projects include: Histeria!, Catdog, Detention, Voltron, Rayman, Project Geeker and Men in Black.
Amongst other things, West has been the in-show announcer for the Screen Gems Network, the voice of George Jetson for Radio Shack, Marfalump for the Pepsi/Star Wars ad campaign, various claymation characters for Brisk Iced Tea and the Red M&M for the millennium M&Ms campaign. A self-proclaimed Mel Blanc devotee, West recalls that even as a very small child he would listen to people's voices on the radio and imitate them. His big break came in 1988, when he landed the role of Cecil in the cartoon Beanie and Cecil. From there, he was noticed by the creators of Ren & Stimpy, who brought him on to portray the dim-bulb feline, Stimpy; later, he also took over the role of the psychotic chihuahua Ren. It was at that time that he supplied an array of outrageous characterizations for The Howard Stern Show.