History ComicStrip / Dilbert

19th Aug '16 8:57:54 AM FordPrefect
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* YouCanPanicNow: Though not technically in featured in a given strip, Scott Adams has [[http://blog.dilbert.com/post/102964934001/fact-checking-adams-law-of-slow-moving-disasters noted]] that whenever humanity has become aware of a serious problem years in advance, it has been averted. When the PowersThatBe said, "Panic!", people went out and '''solved the problem.'''

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* YouCanPanicNow: Though not technically in featured in a given any particular strip, Scott Adams has [[http://blog.dilbert.com/post/102964934001/fact-checking-adams-law-of-slow-moving-disasters noted]] that whenever humanity has become aware of a serious problem years in advance, it has been averted. When the PowersThatBe said, "Panic!", people went out and '''solved the problem.'''
19th Aug '16 8:57:09 AM FordPrefect
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* StupidFuturePeople: Series creator Scott Addams speculated the future would involve people doing less and less - as machines do more of the physical labour - and eating more and more readily accessible junk food, and not seeing a correlation between the two things. A series of cartoons shows the Dilbert characters rolling around on the floor of a futuristic house, huge fat blobs with vestigial arms and legs, perfectly happy with this state and not caring about it so long as the Internet provides entertainment and the food supply is uninterrupted.

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* StupidFuturePeople: Series creator Scott Addams Adams speculated the future would involve people doing less and less - as machines do more of the physical labour - and eating more and more readily accessible junk food, and not seeing a correlation between the two things. A series of cartoons shows the Dilbert characters rolling around on the floor of a futuristic house, huge fat blobs with vestigial arms and legs, perfectly happy with this state and not caring about it so long as the Internet provides entertainment and the food supply is uninterrupted.
4th Aug '16 9:55:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* StupidFuturePeople: Series creator Scott Addams speculated the future would involve people doing less and less - as machines do more of the physical labour - and eating more and more readily accessible junk food, and not seeing a correlation between the two things. A series of cartoons shows the Dilbert characters rolling around on the floor of a futuristic house, huge fat blobs with vestigial arms and legs, perfectly happy with this state and not caring about it so long as the Internet provides entertainment and the food supply is uninterrupted.
4th Aug '16 3:22:31 AM MorganWick
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**This can get oddly inconsistent at times. When Zimbu the Monkey was introduced, he was said to have "learned language skills at the zoo", the joke being that this was enough to make him a ''better'' engineer than his human coworkers because of his PrehensileTail. This in a comic where ''all'' animals can talk...
4th Aug '16 3:09:27 AM MorganWick
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* MostAnnoyingSound: [[in-universe]] The company reduces the volume of tech support calls by replacing their hold music with "the sound that balloons make when you rub them."
** Wally intentionally does things that make noises that irritate his co-workers, at one point making a ''screen-saver'' of annoying cubicle sounds. And when he takes up chewing crushed ice...
-->'''Alice:''' Must ... destroy ... all refrigeration facilities ... on Earth.
4th Aug '16 12:54:57 AM MorganWick
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* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Dilbert's tie is usually flipped up at the end. During one arc, Dilbert had a girlfriend who genuinely liked him. Adams took a poll to see whether his fans wanted Dilbert to get laid, and said that if it happened he'd draw Dilbert's tie straight. [[spoiler:TheyDo.]]
** Dilbert's tie also flattened when he encountered "Antina, the non-stereotypical woman." In that instance, Adams suggested it was a ThrowawayGag with no deeper significance.

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* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Dilbert's tie is usually flipped up at the end. During one arc, Dilbert had a girlfriend who genuinely liked him. Adams took a poll to see whether his fans wanted Dilbert to get laid, and said that if it happened he'd draw Dilbert's tie straight. [[spoiler:TheyDo.[[spoiler:He did, but in a sequence of strips revolving around Liz telling him she was saving herself for marriage, written in a way to be highly open to interpretation. He later revealed that women overwhelmingly wanted him to get lucky while the men were split between the same position and not wanting him to get laid until they themselves did.]]
** Dilbert's tie also flattened when he encountered "Antina, the non-stereotypical woman." In that instance, Adams suggested Adams' comment: "I'm not sure what it was a ThrowawayGag with no deeper significance.means."



--> '''Dogbert:''' I recently received this angry letter from a mister "Dork". Mr. Dork informs me that the many people surnamed Dork are not amused by the recent usage of the word "dorkage" in the strip. He demands an apology. I apologize to all the dorks who were offended. I hope we can put this behind us.

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--> '''Dogbert:''' I recently received this angry letter from a mister "Dork". Mr. Dork informs me that the many people surnamed Dork are not amused by the recent usage of the word "dorkage" in the strip. He demands an apology. I apologize to all the dorks Dorks who were offended. I hope we can put this behind us.



-->'''Dilbert:''' Then how do I get my money out?
-->'''Teller:''' You're a bit slow in grasping the concept here.



* TakeThat: An early series of strips slammed ''ComicStrip/ZippyThePinhead'' with Dogbert's own comic, ''Pippy the Ziphead''.

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* TakeThat: An early One series of strips slammed ''ComicStrip/ZippyThePinhead'' with Dogbert's own comic, ''Pippy the Ziphead''.Ziphead'', because Bill Griffith had said, in Adams' words, "unkind things about ''Dilbert'' and me."



** A early strip has Dogbert complain how he feels all the smart people have already left Earth. In the same panel, Dilbert walks in and announces "Wheel Of Fortune" is coming on.

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** A early strip has Dogbert complain how he feels all the smart people have already left Earth. In the same panel, Dilbert walks in and announces "Wheel Of Fortune" ''[[Series/WheelOfFortune]]'' is coming on.
4th Aug '16 12:33:05 AM MorganWick
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-->'''Woman''': It doesn't matter. [[ScrewTheRulesImASenior I'm old and you must do as I say.]]

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-->'''Woman''': It doesn't matter. [[ScrewTheRulesImASenior [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior I'm old and you must do as I say.]]



** The final panel of one such strip is actually captioned "Next Thursday", and features Alice's antagonist slumped unconscious across the threshold of a time portal!
* MillenniumBug: Generally mocked in the strip, as when Dogbert deliberately spreads [[MillenniumBug [=Y2K=]]] fears on the grounds that 2000 is "big and '''ROUND'''!" Played straight, however, in the TV show.

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** The final panel of one such strip is actually captioned "Next Thursday", "sometime next week", and features Alice's antagonist slumped unconscious across the threshold of a time portal!
* MillenniumBug: Generally mocked in the strip, as when Dogbert deliberately spreads [[MillenniumBug [=Y2K=]]] [=Y2K=] fears on the grounds that 2000 is "big and '''ROUND'''!" Played straight, however, in the TV show.



* MoralGuardians: In one strip, Dilbert makes a device that filters out all morally questionable material from television programs. The only thing that the device approves is weather reports ... at first. Then there's a weather report about a huge tornado, which could be considered violent, so the device starts filtering weather reports as well.

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* MoralGuardians: In one strip, Dilbert makes a device that filters out all morally questionable material from television programs. The only thing that the device approves is weather reports ... at first. Then there's a weather report about a huge tornado, which could be considered violent, so the device starts filtering weather reports as well.well, which Dilbert declares a success.



* NoSwastikas: When strips involving the Cubicle Gestapo were shown in newspapers, it was changed to "Police" to avoid complaints.

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* NoSwastikas: When strips involving the Cubicle Gestapo were shown in newspapers, it was changed to "Police" to avoid complaints. Ironically, the "Gestapo" versions appeared in the book collections... including the one named "Fugitive from the Cubicle ''Police''".



* OddJobGods: the Demon of Demos and Phil, the Prince of Insufficient Light, the ruler of Lower Heck, punisher of sins too insignificant for Hell.

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* OddJobGods: the Demon of Demos and Phil, the Prince of Insufficient Light, the ruler of Lower Heck, punisher of sins too insignificant for Hell.Hell. Also the Demon of Demos, who looks exactly like Phil.



** One strip had phone operators instructed to tell people that instead of getting an empty box, the customers had received an "invisible robot who was somewhere in the room, watching them."

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** One strip had phone operators instructed to tell people that instead of getting an empty box, the customers had received an "invisible robot robot" who was somewhere "somewhere in the room, house, watching them."
4th Aug '16 12:07:59 AM MorganWick
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-->'''Dogbert''': [[TakeThat Law school]].

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-->'''Dogbert''': [[TakeThat [[EvilLawyerJoke Law school]].



* [[ComplainingAboutThingsYouHaventPaidFor Complaining About Things You Haven't Paid For]]: Dilbert once got free "therapy" from a psychiatrist who told him that his problem was that he's ugly and he should drink until he feels handsome. Walking out the door, he tells the receptionist, "You're overpriced."

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* [[ComplainingAboutThingsYouHaventPaidFor Complaining About Things You Haven't Paid For]]: *ComplainingAboutThingsYouHaventPaidFor: Dilbert once got free "therapy" from a psychiatrist who told him that his problem was that he's ugly and he should drink until he feels handsome. Walking out the door, he tells the receptionist, "You're overpriced."



* DisposableIntern: The Pointy-Haired Boss is seen carrying a corpse to a skip. He turns to camera (Fourth Wall?) and says "I love hiring these temporary workers! No benefits, no union, no contract, and you can just toss 'em in the dumpster when you're done!"

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* DisposableIntern: The Pointy-Haired Boss is seen carrying a corpse to a skip. He turns to camera (Fourth Wall?) and says tells Dilbert "I love hiring these temporary workers! No benefits, no union, no contract, and you can just toss 'em in the dumpster when you're done!"



-->'''Woman''': It doesn't matter. I'm old and you must do as I say.

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-->'''Woman''': It doesn't matter. [[ScrewTheRulesImASenior I'm old and you must do as I say.]]
15th Jul '16 10:24:27 AM AllenbysEyes88
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: For the first couple of years, the strip focused less on office humor and more on Dilbert's personal life; overall, it read like a "{{Garfield}} for Nerds." Then Adams learned the office strips were the most popular, and the rest is history.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Play with and played straight on occasion.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: For the first couple of years, the strip focused less on office humor and more on Dilbert's personal life; overall, it read like a "{{Garfield}} for Nerds." Then Adams learned the office strips were the most popular, and the rest is history.
history. There was also more political satire in earlier strips, something Adams largely abandoned, on the grounds that he wasn't good at political humor, and that jokes about UsefulNotes/DanQuayle and UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev tend [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece not to age well]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Play with and played straight on occasion.
12th Jul '16 5:48:28 PM nombretomado
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[RasputinTheMadMonk Rasputin]], AlbertEinstein and "Wilt Gandhi."

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[RasputinTheMadMonk Rasputin]], AlbertEinstein UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein and "Wilt Gandhi."
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