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These Hands.. by MissusPatches These Hands.. by MissusPatches
I was reading a oneshot about Leela and the Robot Devil in ~redwalgrl's Anthology of Interest fic: [link] and it struck me just how much I liked the symbolism of Fry's hands.

Loss. In making these deals with the devil, Leela and surprising the Robot Devil himself have both lost something. The Robot Devil will never again know the joy of making music fly from his fingertips and we know how he loves his music; he's sort of like the Phantom of the Opera (haha pic idea ??x] ). "Down once more to the dungeons of my black despair, down we plunge to the prison of my mind! Down we go to that pit of darkness deep as hell!" <- totally makes me think of him dragging Leela into Robot Hell 8P
Anyways, Leela lost Fry in a sense; remember that part of the ep where his cold robot hands freaked her out? Yeah. Even if Fry had succeeded in keeping the hands and "winning Leela's heart with the holophoner's art", she might never have gotten used to his new hands. In the pic(and the aforementioned fic), Fry's real hands are an everlasting reminder of him to Leela. In a way, they aren't Fry's hands because they lack his unique caring touch, but it doesn't change the way she feels.
Bottom line - Instead of improving things, the deals robbed them of what they held dear.

Siigh~ I dunno about you, but I find the whole idea dreadfully romantic X]

And my friend Cody was awesome and added: "well, i guess its sometimes u gotta make sacrifices for the ppl u love, or somethin like that :P " So the hands could also symbolize sacrifice. yay symbolism~ <3

Well, I'm done. :3

A few notes on the pic:
- using two light sources was fun and new :}
- I know I fail at hands, forgive me >.<
- I tried to make the Robot Devil look regretful-ish - did that work?
and if anyone has critques on anything, I'd like to hear ^^

Thanks for looking! <3

EDIT: Oh crud. After rewatching the ep, I realize her gloves and dress are completely the wrong colour. How I overlooked that, I don't know xD; Ah well..

Robot Devil 'n Leela belong to Matt Groening.
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MagicBats Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is amazing!!! I totally agree with you on that whole dragging Leela to hell thing with the Devil being the Phantom of the Opera, that would make an EPIC picture!! 'Pounded down by everyone, met with hatred everywhere, no kind words from anyone.. No compassion anywhere, Leela...' xDDD
JiNdAwG Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
I read the fic right away
It's like...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwe :icondurrhurrplz:
MelanieGracey Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Hey there! :)

Yay! Another Leela/Devil supporter! I thought I was the only one, but apparently, I need to look through your Gallery more. :P Then again, I'm all for girls falling in love with robots...

Anyway, very lovely piece! I really, really like your color use in the background, and the posing is just so sweet. :)
MissusPatches Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
hiiyas~ :'D

:highfive: Sweet! I love the concept of human/robot pairings, too~ it's a very interesting topic ^^ and we're not alone in likin' this couple - take a look at this pic I commissioned: [link] and this pic I got in an art trade: [link] fans are all around~! :dance:

Anyways, thanks for the fav and the kind words! I like experimenting with colour to bring the drama out in a piece. good to know it works! ^^
MelanieGracey Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Yes; incredibly! I was all over Sarah Connor getting together with the Terminator. ;)
Yay! Awesome pieces; I can definitely imagine him serenading her. :dance:
MissusPatches Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
Ahhh I've always been meaning to get into the Terminator series! Thanks for reminding me - now I totally have to get a hold of those movies just so I can ship that XD
EdwardElricIshKinky Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Leela also lost her freedom in the trade. D: So sad. And Fry lost (or almost lost) Leela. But in the end, he lost the gift that made Leela love him.

Gawd I wish Leela would just get over the fact that she's never gonna find someone who's perfect in every way/shape/form and just accept Fry for who he is. D:

I'm not sure if I've ever seen the end of the series, did they end up together?? I hope so...
MissusPatches Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
aw yeah, poor them. D:

hah yeah, Leela needs to give Fry a chance at least ^^; I mean, it's been, what? 4 seasons ? Psh, he's done more than enough to prove to her that he really cares about her xP

well the last episode was the opera one with the Robot Devil and at the end of that, it sort of implied that they got together, but recently the crew got picked up to do 4 direct-to-dvd movies, so you could count that as the end of the series. So far, 3 have already come out, and the last one comes out in February. Hopefully, we'll get some closure in that last one...
EdwardElricIshKinky Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
I sure hope so! If they don't end up together, I don't know what I'll do. D:
Evilwomen Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
aww man! I thought I was the only sucker out there who actually thought this pair could work! :faint:
Ever since that episode with the hands I secretly fell madly for the idea. Nice too see other people feel the same.
wow, now that you mention it it DOES kind of seem like POTO. :D
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