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Introduction

Futurama is a 1999-2003 US TV-series. The show is loosely based on the late 1970s / early 1980s show Buck Rogers, with the same concept of a 20th century man frozen for 500-1000 years.
Comics are published as well.
Eric Raabe, 22 October 2007, and Eugene Ipavec, 25 February & 26 March 2005

Earth

[Earth]
image by António Martins, 12 September 2003

The Earth's Flag from the animated TV series can be seen on The Leela Zone Futurama fansite. In this particular episode (A taste of freedom), Dr. Zoidberg gets the death-penalty because he ate the flag.
J. Patrick Fischer, 25 January 2003

Since it is just a regular US flag with an image of Earth (Americas showing) instead of the stars, I suppose it fits within the historical / satyrical setting of the series.
António Martins, 12 September 2003

A [simplified] version of this flag is visible in the episode The Tip of the Zoidberg, along with a MomCorp flag (see screenshot).
Aleksandar Nemet, 16 October 2011


In the show Buck Rogers, the uniforms also feature an Earth flag that is essentially a US flag with an Earth in the star field instead of stars. However, the stripes on the Buck Rogers Earth flag seem to zig-zag slightly.
Eric Raabe, 22 October 2007


Earth Flag, vertical version

[Earth vertical flag]
image by António Martins
and Eugene Ipavec,
1 March 2005
This flag appears at the back of the Earth Legislature chamber in the episode When Aliens Attack. The vertical-hoist equivalent of the regular Earth flag, presumably.
Eugene Ipavec, 1 March 2005

Future Mongolia

[Mongols]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 5 July 2005

In the episode The Cryonic Woman, Fry and Bender borrow the spaceship for a joyride, inadvertently dragging along the entire Planet Express building, to which they are unknowingly moored by an unbreakable diamond tether. A brief sight gag has the building smashing a hole in the Great Wall of China, instantly causing nomadic warriors on horseback to flood through. The flag they carry is that of Mongolia, except with altered colors — gold/yellow/gold instead of red/blue/red, and the soyonbo in red insted of yellow.
Eugene Ipavec, 5 July 2005


U.S. (modified Gadsden)

[Foulded Gadsden flag]
image by António Martins, 19 November 2011

In the episode All the Presidents' Heads, the Futurama crew travels several times through time, but once they finally come back, it is shown that Bender changed the Gadsden flag in the past to his version.
Aleksandar Nemet, 1 October 2011

It shows the rattlesnake replaced with the likeness of Bender the robot, likewise in an aggressive stance, and the legend changed to read «Bite my fhiny metal aff» — this is supposed to read «Bite my shiny metal ass», with letters "f" standing for the correct sharp "s": "ſ" (the proper spelling for the last word would have been "aſs", however).

Please note that after distorting the flag shape (~3:4) the robot likeness looks more deformed than in the original, for faulty perspective due to the intentionally "rough" drawing style of Futurama.
António Martins, 19 November 2011


Real national flags in fictional use

At the torchlighting ceremony of the 3004 Olympic (the Bend Her episode), small flags waved by audience members are visible. A number of flags can be seen being waved by spectators in that scene, including those of: the UK, Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Chile, South Korea and Sweden.
T. Mike, 17 February 2005, and Eugene Ipavec, 19 February 2005

On the same scene as the modified Gadsden flag is another historical U.S. flag, the "Betsy Ross" design of the national flag. It too differs, having the canton taking up only 6 stripes, not 7, although that's probably negligence, not more of Bender's mischief in the fictional altered present/future. (Screenshot)
António Martins, 19 November 2011


Cyberia

[Cyberia]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 February 2005

The flag of Cyberia is seen in the Bend Her episode, flown at the 3004 Olympics: Light blue field with centered darker blue diamond. Inside the diamond is a device consisting of a grey (or maybe silver) vertical 4 fingered robot fist clenching a yellow lightning bolt. (screengrab).
T. Mike, 17 February 2005


Decapodia 10

Purple hanging banner

[Decapodia 10]
image by Eugene Ipavec,
26 February 2005
In the episode Why Must I Be a Crustacean In Love?, a vertical, dark-purple swallowtail with a thin light-purple border is visible behind the Decapodian elder in the arena while he presides over Fry's & Zoidberg's fight to the death. (screengrab from GotFuturama).
T. Mike, 17 February 2005, and Eugene Ipavec, 26 February 2005

Blue waves on pink

[Decapodia 10]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 26 February 2005

At the spaceport, in the episode Why Must I Be a Crustacean In Love?, a long, narrow pink flag can be seen, with the lower fourth taken up by blue waves, cresting from left to right. It appears above the welcome booth at the Decapodia spaceport. I think this might be a festival flag for the Mating Frenzy.
T. Mike, 17 February 2005, and Eugene Ipavec, 26 February 2005


Pink stripes on purple

[Decapodia 10]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 26 February 2005

There's also a different, furled flag in A Taste of Freedom (screengrab). It can be seen in the ambassador's office. The flag is a rather festive design with twin narrow purple stripes on a violet background.
T. Mike, 17 February 2005, and Eugene Ipavec, 26 February 2005


Nazi-style flag with Soviet-style emblem

[Decapodia 10]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 26 February 2005

A further Decapodian flag pop up in the episode The Taste of Freedom, in which the Decapodians invade Earth. It can be seen flying from the top of the Mobile Opression Palace This is likely the flag of the Decapodian occupation government of Earth — it looks like an attempt to combine Nazi and Soviet symbols, with a white disk on a dark red field bearing a hammer in the grasp of a Decapodian claw.
Eugene Ipavec, 26 February 2005

The design seems to be similar to a real-world flag, that of Russian neo-Nazi soviet-nostalgic organization National Bolshevik Party. The design is another case of a Mock variation of a (neo)Nazi flag.
António Martins, 12 & 15 September 2003


Devil's Island

[Devil's Island]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 28 February 2005

A 3004 Olympics participant in the episode Bend Her. Apparently an independent state by then.
A field of vertical green and dark blue stripes — four and five, respectively — overlaid with the device of a yellow-eyed, bright-red devil's head in profile, facing left. (Screengrab)
Eugene Ipavec, 28 February 2005


Globetrotters Homeworld

[Globetrotters planet]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 February 2005

The episode A taste of freedom shows The Globetrotters' Homeworld flag (see Screengrab).
T. Mike, 17 February 2005

The Globetrotter Homeworld — The Harlem Globetrotters are a contemporary U.S. trick-basketball team. In Futurama they have their own planet, from whence they occasionally emerge to challenge hapless Earthlings to pick-up games. The flag appears on embassy row in The Taste of Freedom. It's actually a rather nice design, based on the Stars-and-Stripes motif of Globetrotter uniforms.
Eugene Ipavec, 25 February 2005


Klingons

[Klingons]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 24 February 2005

The episode A taste of freedom shows a Klingon flag (Screengrab).
T. Mike, 17 February 2005

For those who may be unaware, the Klingons (from the TV show Star Trek) are an empire of uber-violent warriors who live for nothing but valor on the battlefield and honor in death. The humor inherent in giving them a purple-daisy-on-pink flag (to say nothing of making the Klingon Embassy look like a Barbie Dream House) should now become evident.
Eugene Ipavec, 18 February 2005


Nation of Joe

[Nation of Joe&]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 28 February 2005

The flag of the Nation of Joe is seen in the Bend Her episode, flown at the 3004 Olympics; a nation apparently consisting of one guy named Joe: Red field with Joe's head in the center, facing right — a rather strange expression on his face. (screengrab from www.Gotfuturama.com).
T. Mike, 17 February 2005, and Eugene Ipavec, 28 February 2005


Neutrals

[Neutrals]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 24 February 2005

The planet as seen in the episode Brannigan Begin Again. (Capital: Neutropolis; Motto: "Live Free Or Don't"). The flag can be seen in the president's office, as well as on embassy row in The Taste of Freedom.
Eugene Ipavec, 24 February 2005

I believe their flag is grey, based on the episode The Taste of Freedom. The color of the embassy was grey, and the flag matched the embassy color, grey.
Zachary Harden, 4 November 2004

From a symbolic standpoint, grey would indeed make it neutral in a "black or white" context.
Marc Pasquin, 4 November 2004

The flag is completely beige (Screengrab).
T. Mike, 17 February 2005


Omicronians

The Omicronians appear to have some kind of banner (vexilloid?) in the Spanish Fry; episode (Screengrab).
T. Mike, 17 February 2005


Democratic Order Of Planets (DOOP)

[DOOP]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 1 March 2005

DOOP stands for Democratic Order of Planets. The interstellar government of the year 3000 in the comedy series Futurama, and a satire of Star Trek's Federation. The flag is broadly in the UN style, with DOOP centered in lowercase in a deliberate retro-70s font; the field is a darker blue, though.
The whirly-atoms symbol over which 'DOOP' is superimposed bears a striking resemblance to that of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency.
Eugene Ipavec, 2 November 2004

Dark blue field, with a light green wreath, "doop" in yellow lowercase letters in the center surrounded by three overlapping red ovals, probably representing planetary orbits. One oval has two red dots on it.

This flag is seen in the Brannigan, Begin Again episode: When Brannigan is court-martialed, he makes Kif wave this flag behind him to add drama to his farewell speech.
T. Mike, 17 February 2005

DOOP's Coat of Arms

[DOOP emblem]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 1 March 2005

The coat of arms first appears in the episode Brannigan Begin Again, as does the flag. Simply the 'DOOP' symbol in an oval blue shield. The only difference from the flag is that the small spheres in the elliptical orbits in the center of the symbol are larger and golden.
Eugene Ipavec, 1 March 2005

DOOP's Roundel

[DOOP roundel]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 1 March 2005

There's a DOOP spacecraft roundel too. It shows up fairly often — every episode that features the "Nimbus". A simplified, unicolored version of the logo.
Eugene Ipavec, 1 March 2005


Momcorp

Name banner

[Red field, black letters spelling MOM]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 12 February 2006

The company flag of Mom's Friendly Robot Company — a division of the megaconglomerate Momcorp, and the manufacturer of one of the series' cast members, Bender the debauched robot, appears in the episode Mother's Day. (Mom at Gotfuturama)
Eugene Ipavec, 12 February 2006


Purple heart flag

This is most probably a flag of the MomCorp owned by the Mom, although there is already a flag of MomCorp presented. Here is a screenshot with visible flag together with Earth flag Wikipedia has more about this episode The Tip of the Zoidberg and the fictional character Mom.
Aleksandar Nemet, 16 October 2011


Olympic Committee

[Future Olympic flag]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 28 February 2005

The IOC flag seen at the 3004 Olympics — in the episode "Bend Her" — has an extra two rings, for a total of seven. The idiosyncratic use of colors and overlaps is reproduced as they appear onscreen.
Eugene Ipavec, 28 February 2005

Probably as a joke, but also getting around very strict IOC restrictions on non-olympic use of the official symbol.
David Kendall, 18 February 2005


Space Pirates

[Space pirates]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 26 March 2005

The Space Pirates, who have a part in the opening scenes of episode Godfellas. Points of interest include a three-eyed skull, odd curved-pennant shape and the choice of maroon instead of black, presumably for enhanced visibility in space.
Eugene Ipavec, 26 March 2005


Unidentified Flags or Ensigns

Unidentified nation at the 3004 Olympics

[UFE]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 1 March 2005

An UFE national flag that appears at the 3004 Olympics. It's included for the sake of completeness. The design looks like Djibouti, but the details are wrong.
Eugene Ipavec, 1 March 2005

I've often seen Djiibouti style flags when a flag of a typical "foreign country" is to be used, never looking exactly like Djibouti.
David Kendall, 18 February 2005


Unnamed Aliens

[Unidentified aliens]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 February 2005

The flag of the nasally endowed — and rather sensitive about it — aliens that invade Earth in one of the Futurama comic books.
Eugene Ipavec, 25 February 2005