|“||Scruffy votes his 40,000 shares for the mysterious stranger.||”|
–Scruffy, Future Stock
Scruffy Scruffington (born October 31, 2945) is the Planet Express janitor. He originally started off as a minor character, who only made brief cameos in the background, until his speaking debut in "Anthology of Interest I". A recurring joke is that nobody remembers his name or ever seeing him before because of how little he's appeared. Over the seasons, Scruffy became more and more prominent until he became an unofficial "eighth main character" by the latter half of the series.
It has been revealed that he owns 40,000 shares of Planet Express, more than anyone else, because he strongly believes in the company. He is lazy and can usually be found in the basement of the building, watching the boiler and reading an edition of Zero-G Juggs or National Pornographic. He almost always refers to himself in the third person. He seems to be quite profound, such as questioning whether violence really solves anything after killing a fly.
One of the few times he has been seen outside the Planet Express building is for the stock holders meeting in "Future Stock" and on Pluto for penguin hunting. He was also seen carting in the Beastie Boys, which may mean that he works for them or at least at the Madison Cube Garden, as well as at Planet Express. Scruffy also was seen saving the eco-feminist collective along with previous captives, although he wasn't held captive at all.
In the episode "Neutopia", Scruffy (along with many other main and recurring characters) had his gender swapped to the opposite gender. Scruffy was the only character who did not have his (her) gender reverted to normal at the end of the episode, as he was using the restroom at the time everyone else's genders were corrected. Despite this, Scruffy was shown to be his normal (male) self in "Benderama", the next episode.
In the episode "The Prisoner of Benda", it is revealed that his Robotic washbucket harbors romantic feelings for him which it confesses to when its personality is transferred to Amy's body. Scruffy tells Wash bucket that nothing can come of its love because deep down he knows that it's just 'janitorial equipment', he then tells Washbucket to leave before he asks it to stay. When Washbucket leaves he cries, implying that he returns its feelings.
Even though Bender Bending Rodríguez is the ship's cook, Scruffy seemed to be a better cook than him, regarding his corn biscuits.
- "My Three Suns" (Non-Speaking Cameo)
- "A Fishful of Dollars" (Non-Speaking Cameo)
- "Hell Is Other Robots" (Animatic Only)
- "Anthology of Interest I" (Speaking Debut)
- "Parasites Lost"
- "The Luck of the Fryrish" (Non-Speaking Cameo)
- "A Tale of Two Santas" (Non-Speaking Cameo)
- "Anthology of Interest II" (Non-Speaking Cameo)
- "Future Stock"
- "A Leela of Her Own"
- "The 30% Iron Chef" (Non-Speaking)
- "Jurassic Bark" (Cameo)
- "The Route of All Evil"
- "A Taste of Freedom"
- "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch"
- "The Sting"
- "Three Hundred Big Boys"
- "Obsoletely Fabulous" (Animatic Only)
- "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" (Cameo)
- "Attack of the Killer App" (Cameo)
- "Lethal Inspection"
- "The Prisoner of Benda"
- "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" (Cameo)
- "Law and Oracle" (Cameo)
- "Reincarnation" (Video Game Version)
- "Overclockwise" (Cameo)
- "The Bots and the Bees" (Cameo)
- "A Farewell to Arms"
- "Zapp Dingbat"
- "The Butterjunk Effect"
- "31st Century Fox" (Cameo)
- "Naturama" (Fish Version)
- "Forty Percent Leadbelly" (Cameo)
- "2-D Blacktop" (Cameo)
- "T.: The Terrestrial" (Cameo)
- "Fry and Leela's Big Fling"
- "The Inhuman Torch" (Cameo)
- "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" (Cartoon Version)
- "Murder on the Planet Express"
- "Simpsorama" (Cameo; Dies)
- It's possible that Scruffy is or was a prisoner at one point in time. In response to the arrest of another character, he opined in "Three Hundred Big Boys" that “Jail's not so bad. You can make sangria in the "terlet". 'Course, it's shank or be shanked.” Exactly what Scruffy was arrested for, and whether or not he actually served time, has never been revealed.
- Despite the fact that it was revealed in "Three Hundred Big Boys" that he has a small amount of gray hair under his hat, when he briefly took it off at the beginning of "The Bots and the Bees" he was shown to be bald.
- According to the Futurama Comics Issue #5, Scruffy took Theoretical Janitorial Science.