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In Lethal Inspection... Stop here if you have not seen the episode

Hermes is shown as seemingly much younger when he inspects Bender. However by Bender's own admission he is only 4 years old about a year after first meeting Fry and the gang. So Hermes would have inspected Bender only a few short years before, or as this question suggests, perhaps more like 7-10 years.

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"Growing up" as a robot Bender went trough several phases (as you can see in "Teenage Mutant Leela Hurdles"). When Hermes inspected him he was in some kind of toddler-stage.

My guess is that when Bender says that he is 4 years old he actually means that he has been in his adult "bending unit"-stage for 4 years. Otherwise it might be hard for him to make a definition. Was he already "him, Bender" when he was just a blueprint on a CD?

This would make it perfectly reasonable that Hermes inspected him for about 20 years ago.

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People look/ age differently. You can have someone look 20 when the person is 15 or 16. According to the infosphere, Hermes is 53. source

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  • But it is the reverse. Hermes looks 16 when he really should be more like 30.
    – DampeS8N
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 19:49

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