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"You DARE bribe Santa?! I'm gonna shove coal so far up your stocking, you'll be coughing up diamonds!"
Robot Santa Claus[source]

The Robot Santa Claus is one of the main antagonists in Futurama.


He is a four-ton robot designed by the Friendly Robot Company, possibly a precursor to Mom's Friendly Robot Company, in 2801 to judge whether people were naughty or nice and sort out presents accordingly. Due to a programming error, his standards were set way too high and the Robot Santa invariably judges everyone naughty with the exception of Dr. John A. Zoidberg at least once. Every year on Xmas Eve, Santa comes to Earth on his robot-reindeer sleigh to punish the naughty with extreme prejudice. It's said if someone is on the Naughty List and Robot Santa finds them, he will chop their head off and stuff their neck holes with toys from his sack of horrors. Usually, though, he kills them using a variety of X-Mas-themed murder devices and heavy ordnance.

Robot Santa Claus trapped in ice.

He is programmed to destroy the naughty, though he also hurts kids on his nice list in "A Tale of Two Santas".

When not on his Xmas mass murder spree, he spends most of the year in his death fortress at the North Pole of the Planet Neptune, where he watches the people of Earth doing naughty things on a series of giant monitors, 1984-style. A shantytown village named Jolly Junction lies at the base of his fortress, inhabited by unpaid, undersized, and underfed elf-dressed Neptunians.

Robot Santa Claus has proven quite resilient: having survived burning spaceship exhaust, explosions, as well as even survived listening to logical paradoxes - something which destroys other robots - thanks to "paradox-absorbing crumple zones" built into his head.

Robot Santa Claus, though hostile to nearly everyone, apparently has a friendly acquaintances with Kwanzabot and the Chanuka Zombie.

When Nudist Alien Scammers gained possession of Earth, they also scammed Santa out of his Naughty List, leaving him unsure as to whom he should kill. So, he joined forces with the Planet Express crew to retake the planet.

Behind the scenes

Santa Bot was voiced by John Goodman in "Xmas Story", but in "A Tale of Two Santas" and "Bender's Big Score" he was voiced by John DiMaggio.


  • It' unknown how Robot Santa enacts surveillance upon the entire population of Earth but it is probable that he uses "Mom's Old Fashioned Surveillance Unit".
  • Robot Santa was scammed out of his "Naughtiness List" in Bender's Big Score and this made him quite upset, because he wanted to cause discontent with the information on the List.
  • Robot Santa Claus has a bunch of Native Neptunians working in his workshop on Neptune. However, these Neptunians can be confused with Elves since they're underfed due to not turning a profit, because Santa doesn't give them a paycheck.
  • He may have been inspired by the robot Santa seen in The Simpsons episode "Homer's Phobia".
  • Due to him, Xmas has become warped from its original holiday meaning.





"I know he is, but I have no choice. I'm already running late, and if I don't complete my BRUTAL rampage, well, it just wouldn't be Xmas."
Robot Santa Claus[source]

"I perform over 50 mega-checks per second. You're both naughty for disregarding each other's feelings."
Robot Santa Claus[source]
"Nice try! But my head was built with paradox absorbing crumple zones."
Robot Santa Claus[source]
"Your mistletoe is no match for my TOW missile!"
Robot Santa Claus[source]
"Time to get jolly on your naughty asses!"
Robot Santa Claus[source]