Brannigan is a decorated general in the military. As well as his duties in Earth's military, he is also the captain for the D.O.O.P. starship, The Nimbus. He is one of the most frequently recurring characters in the series along with his lieutenant, Kif Kroker.
- Zapp Brannigan has appeared in 19 episodes of Futurama to date. Episodes where he has more than just a gag role are marked in bold.
- 1x04 - Love's Labors Lost in Space
- 2x01 - A Flight to Remember
- 2x03 - When Aliens Attack
- 2x06 - Brannigan Begin Again
- 2x10 - Put Your Head on My Shoulder
- 2x11 - The Lesser of Two Evils
- 2x12 - Raging Bender
- 2x18 - The Problem with Popplers
- 2x20 - Anthology of Interest I
- 3x02 - War is the H-Word
- 3x05 - Amazon Women in the Mood
- 3x15 - I Dated a Robot
- 4x06 - Where the Buggalo Roam
- 4x09 - Futurestock
- 4x12 - Where No Fan Has Gone Before
- 5x04 - A Taste of Freedom
- 5x05 - Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch
- 5x11 - Three Hundred Big Boys
- 5x16 - The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings
- Zapp Brannigan was originally to be voiced by Phil Hartman, but he was murdered before the series went into production. In order to let his spirit live on, Billy West assumed the role and does his best Phil Hartman impression.
- Zapp: Invite her to my quarters. Oh, and have the boy lay out my formal shorts.
- Kif: "The boy", sir?
- Zapp: You. You lay out my formal shorts.
- Zapp: We need rest. The spirit is willing but the flesh is spongy and bruised.