- Professor Bobo
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name = Professor Bobo
Mystery Science Theater 3000
caption = "Mads"
Pearl Forrester(center), Observer (aka Brain Guy)) (left), and Professor Bobo (right)
first = 801 - "
Revenge of the Creature"
last = 1013 - "
portrayer = Kevin Murphy
species = gorilla/human hybrid
gender = male
zoo specimen(as of final appearance)
Professor Bobo is a fictional character who appeared in the final three seasons of "
Mystery Science Theater 3000", a comedy television series that mocks B-movies. Played by Kevin Murphy (who also voiced and operated robot Tom Servoon the show), Bobo is a sapient, speaking gorilla from several hundred years in the future, an homage to the film "Planet of the Apes".
Professor Bobo is a curious mixture of eminent scientist, descended from a long line of supposedly respected apes, and of sensory-driven primate, often regressing to more primitive desires and actions. In the first three shows of Season 8, he leads an ape laboratory directed by the "Lawgiver" ("Planet of the Apes") to continue the movie-watching "experiments" on Mike Nelson and his robots, again trapped in the Satellite of Love. In subsequent shows, Bobo travels with the Lawgiver, who turns out to be Pearl Forrester (inheriting the mad scientist role from her son, Dr. Clayton Forrester). Bobo ultimately becomes one of her henchmen after his planet is destroyed when Mike Nelson helps the apes and their new mutant friends activate an atomic bomb (a reference to "PotA" sequel "
Beneath the Planet of the Apes").
During his tenure as a mad on the show, Bobo had the distinction for being one of the few mads to actually go onto the Satellite of Love in 822 - "
Overdrawn at the Memory Bank" while trying to catch Tom and Crow's monkey Henry. He was accidentally tranquilized along with Henry by Mike.
Despite his title of "Professor", Bobo frequently demonstrates remarkably little intelligence. In episode #820:
Space Mutiny, he inadvertently obstructs Pearl's attempts to free the "Mads" from captivity in Neronian Rome, and starts the Great Fire of Romeby knocking over a lamp in his haste to steal a wheel of cheese. In the final episode (#1013 ""), he boasts of his new "job" at a zoo, clearly unaware of his future role as a specimen.
During his first appearance on the show, Bobo introduces himself as "Bobo, son of Coco and heir to the lineage of Godo, Modo and Tim-Tim" an obvious reference to
Aragornfrom Lord of the Rings, which Kevin Murphy is a longtime fan of.
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