Were-Car was a terrible curse that could befall Robots if they were infected by an existing Were-Car. Though often dismissed by most people as ancient folklore, the Planet Express crew confirmed the condition when Bender Bending Rodríguez was infected.
When a robot is infected, it remains unaffected during the daytime. But when the robot's internal chronometer resets at midnight, it changes into an ancient vehicle that utilizes an internal combustion engine to move across the ground. Additionally the Were-Car is doomed to rove the streets until one night it kills their best friend.
The only way for a robot to escape this condition is to either kill itself or to gain the uninstall program by killing the original Were-Car, Project Satan.
On learning that the only way to cure Bender was to find the original Were-Car, the Planet Express crew followed the line of Were-Cars from the one who infected Bender in Thermostadt to the Anti-Chrysler Building. The origin of the curse, the original Were-Car, was known as Project Satan and only as he was being destroyed would the uninstall program be beamed out to all those infected.
Known Were-Cars Edit
Though many more may have existed, there are several Robots who are confirmed to be were-cars.
- Project Satan (original were-car)
- The Abominable Snow Mobile
- Unnamed Thermostadtian Were-Car
- The were-car is an obvious reference to a Werewolf because of the name and if you are 'bitten', you become one.
- Bender's were-car form is similiar like the real life car Lincoln Continental Mark III, what was used in 1977 horror/thriller film The Car. Even the were-car's acting is similiar like in that movie.
- The unnamed Thermostadtian Were-Car is based on Stephen King's Christine, a 1958 Plymouth Fury.
- In addition to Werewolf lore, the concept of the were-car is a reference to the novel and it's film adaptation.
- Project Satan has pieces from multiple "evil" cars such as the steering wheel from the car belonging to Adolf Hitler. It also has the windshield wipers from K.I.T.T., the car from the TV series Knight Rider. When Fry questioned this Calculon replied "His windshield wipers were. It didn't come up much in the story though."