Fry has frozen himself multiple times, but he never seems to incur any sort of bill for this cryogenic freezing process. The future definitely still has money, so why doesn't Fry ever have to pay for this process?

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    ♪"Repeat to yourself it's just a show, I should really just relax..."♫ Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 1:20
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    @MeatTrademark Even though I approve the mantra, this is the last place I would go if I didn't want to ask questions that were never meant to be answered.
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 13:52
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  • @MeatTrademark I know. I see your rep, and am poking fun back at your comment. ;)
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 13:25

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To the best of my knowledge this is never addressed on screen.


  • Off-screen, either Al Gore or the Nibblonians took care of the costs.

Both groups are fully aware that the fate of the entire universe depends on Fry remaining frozen at the cryo-centre. Neither group seem to lack the funds to ensure that this takes place.

  • Off-screen, Fry took care of the costs.

Fry travels into his own past on at least three occasions. There's no reason to assume that he couldn't pay for the tube in advance. And yes, I'm aware that this is a bootstrap paradox. Go to hell, logic!

  • The cryo-centre didn't notice or didn't care.

Civilisation has collapsed on at least three occasions since Fry was frozen. It's certainly possible that the cryo-centre's HQ (and its billing centre) were in a building that didn't survive.

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    +1. Another alternative: Fry paid for it himself using the immense wealth he had in "A Fish full of dollars" - possibly when the collection department finally tracked him down. Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 21:50
  • @RoyalCanadianBandit - Ah, but they didn't know who he was.
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 21:51
  • Cryo tube occupant #157783 mysteriously disappears. A couple of months later, a previously frozen 20th century halfwit makes the news when he discovers he is a billionaire and spends a ridiculous sum of money on anchovies. Collections might have put two and two together. :-) Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 21:57
  • @RoyalCanadianBandit - In which case, the police and his parents would have seen some activity on his account. Don't forget that his brother never stopped looking.
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 21:58
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    @Richard: Tell that to the hooker I thought was just really into my Star Wars collection that one time. Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 0:27

Typically you would pay upfront for cryogenic freezing. The fact that he falls into them on accident multiple times, leads me to believe that since he was already frozen the people running the place must have assumed he had already paid. (Billing never talks to the scientists; a typical lack of communication between departments)

  • At least one or two of those incidents weren't accidental though. I can think of one specifically, but it is a spoiler for the movie.
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 19:18
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    another possibility is since he is still alive when they put him in, they may actually owe him money since hes testing unsure tech (as in he could die doing it), but since hes dumb its free for him.
    – Himarm
    Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 19:27
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    But will it always be?
    – HorusKol
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 0:50
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    @Zibbobz the distant future year 2000 :)
    – hobbs
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 5:46
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    @Himarm found the solution. No extra explanation needed. Prank order a pizza, they left the door unsecured, someone potentionally "died" under their watch, nobody's forming a search team, leave him quietly in place and avoid monstrous legal fees. Waking him costs money at the time, failing to waking him and letting him would cost more money. Leave him frozen? Minor cost increase for the next CEO. He stays where he is.
    – lilHar
    Commented Apr 24, 2017 at 21:05

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