Zapp Brannigan as seen on Futurama
|First Appearance||Love's Labours Lost In Space|
|Voiced By|| Billy West|
Captain Zapp Brannigan is the ever-charismatic commander of his starship, the Nimbus. He has been revealed to be a 25-Star General, and has been referred as other ranks in different episodes. He is a popular recurring character, appearing in many episodes, with his first appearance in the fourth episode, titled "Love's Labours Lost In Space". He is constantly chasing after Leela, despite her constant put downs, although he will not hesitate to attempt to charm other women. He is constantly seen with his second-in-command, Kif Kroker, who plays the straight man to Zapp's idiocy.
Zapp plays host to a lustful personality. He believes Leela is in love with him (she's not) after a one night stand, which was Zapp's first sexual encounter. He constantly tries to woo her by boasting about his prowess. He once stated that he has a "very sexy learning disability" which Kif reluctantly revealed to be sexlexia. Zapp is known for constantly boasting about his prowess.
Brannigan is also known for his leadership in warfare and defense. His main tactics include sending soldiers to be killed, usually to tire out the enemy or clog their weapons. As a leader, he can be described as unintelligent, impulsive, and having disregard for the safety of his soldiers. Nevertheless, he has been victorious against enemy species numerous times, much to Kif's displeasure.
Zapp Brannigan was originally to be voiced by actor Phil Hartman. After his death, Billy West took the role. West has stated that Zapp's voice is his own attempt at a Phil Hartman impression.
Although seen by most as a great military hero, the majority of people who have met him realize exactly how arrogant, incompetent, selfish, vain and cocky he is. They are far from impressed with his leadership qualities as he is usually helped tremendously through out his missions, and often seen not having a clue what to do. His treatment of Kif Kroker is a prime example of why people don't like him.
 Relationship with Kif
Kif Kroker is the personal assistant of Zapp, and could always be found at his side. Reluctantly, he would take the blame when something went wrong, Zapp even telling him to prepare for such an occasion in true Zapp Brannigan fashion. Kif is bullied alot and treated almost like a slave for his boss. Despite how he treats Kif, he sees him as the closest thing he's ever had to a friend.
 Relationship with Turanga Leela
As explained already, after a one night stand of what was ultimately pity sex, Zapp never left Leela alone and always flirted with her whenever the two were near one another. Leela always rejects Zapp's offers to date her, sometimes even using violence.
 Relationship with Amy Wong
After Kif died, Amy Wong had sex with Zapp. Interestingly, this makes Zapp only the second guy other than Philip J. Fry to have sex with both Turanga Leela and Amy Wong. The relationship didn't last and ended when Kif came back to life.
- Defeated an army of Killbots by sacrificing his troops until the bots' pre-set "Kill limit" was reached.
- Rented himself a medal after leading a successful assault on the Spiderian home world Tarantulon 6.
- Led DOOP to victory over the peaceful Ball-People of planet Spheron 1.
- Single-handedly defeated the Retire People of the Assisted Living Nebula.
- Annihilated the Pacifists of the Gandhi Nebula.
- Conducted a triumphant carpet bombing on Eden 7.
- Authored "Zapp Brannigan's Big Book of War".
- Opening Sequence
- Love's Labours Lost In Space
- A Flight to Remember
- When Aliens Attack
- Brannigan, Begin Again
- The Lesser of Two Evils
- Put Your Head on My Shoulders
- The Problem with Popplers
- Anthology of Interest I
- War Is the H-Word
- Amazon Women in the Mood
- Where the Buggalo Roam
- I Dated a Robot
- Future Stock
- Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch
- A Taste of Freedom
- Where No Fan Has Gone Before
- Three Hundred Big Boys
- The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings
- Bender's Big Score
- The Beast with a Billion Backs
- Bender's Game
- Into the Wild Green Yonder
- Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences
- Ghost in the Machines
- Cold Warriors
- Zapp Brannigan: Now, like all great plans, my strategy is so simple an idiot could have devised it.
- Zapp Brannigan: Brannigan's law is like Brannigan's love: hard and fast.
- Zapp Brannigan: Well, well, well...
- Zapp Brannigan: Stop exploding you cowards!!
- Zapp Brannigan: When I'm in command, every mission is a suicide-mission.
- Zapp Brannigan: What an erotic display of girl-on-girl consolation!
- Zapp Brannigan: I made it with a woman! Inform the men!