futurama is one of those shows that lures you in by being funny and then rips your fucking heart out
If you didn’t know the hand was her father, the squid thing her mother, her parents left her at an orphanage when she was a baby but in reality were looking out for her all her life
what makes it even sadder is the reason they left her in an orphanage. they didn’t want her to know she was a mutant. they wanted her to live a normal human life so they gave her up while they live in the sewers as mutants.
now i regret having never watched futurama
One of the many reasons futurama is my favorite show
More specifically, they didn’t want her to know she was a mutant because mutants faced incredible prejudice. Since Leela’s mutation was fairly minor compared to most—she was dubbed “the least mutated mutant ever born”—her parents figured that while she couldn’t pass for human, she could easily pass as a humanoid alien, and left a note with her written in an alien language as “proof”. They wanted to give her a life where she had opportunities and chances to move up in the world and be happy.
And when she does reconnect with them, it just becomes more and more clear that they truly do love her—that all they did was out of pure love for their daughter.
Futurama is fucking wonderful, not just as a comedy, but as a tearjerker.