History ComicStrip / Dilbert

12th Sep '17 3:58:03 PM Luppercus
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* LivingDinosaurs: After Dilbert proves mathematically that it's impossible for the dinosaurs to have become totally extinct, a dinosaur character is introduced. Turns out they've just been hiding this entire time. (Incidentally, Dilbert's conclusion is approximately correct: some dinosaurs survived by, more or less, evolving into birds)
22nd Aug '17 7:53:44 AM CosmicFerret
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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. In addition, the office-based characters didn't start stabilizing into the lineup we know until around 1992 (prior to that Dilbert's co-workers had been largely interchangeable); by 1994 the characters had been set in stone. 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]].

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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}} "ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} for Nerds." Then Adams learned the office strips were the most popular, and the rest is history. In addition, the office-based characters didn't start stabilizing into the lineup we know until around 1992 (prior to that Dilbert's co-workers had been largely interchangeable); by 1994 the characters had been set in stone. 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]].



* ShoutOut: One episode from very early in the strip's run was featured in {{Garfield}}'s 20th Anniversary Collection in 1998. The strip referenced a then-current fad involving little Garfield plushies with suction cups on car windows:

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* ShoutOut: One episode from very early in the strip's run was featured in {{Garfield}}'s ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'s 20th Anniversary Collection in 1998. The strip referenced a then-current fad involving little Garfield plushies with suction cups on car windows:
19th Jul '17 1:04:36 PM longWriter
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* GladYouThoughtOfIt: Dilbert realized that deliberately invoking this on his boss was about the only way to get funding for an idea Dilbert came up with. Considering [[GladIThoughtOfIt his]] [[PointyHairedBoss boss]], he's right. Dilbert refers to this as "bossifying" his idea, and an example can be seen [[http://dilbert.com/strip/2014-01-12 here]]...
28th May '17 10:53:47 AM Malady
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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: A lot of the oneshot characters have alliterative names that [[{{ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin}} describe their major personality flaws]], such as [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2007-05-13/ Disgruntled Doug]], [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2001-05-20/ Jittery Jeff]], and [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2002-03-13/ Medical Mel.]]


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* AlliterativeName: A lot of the oneshot characters have alliterative names that [[{{ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin}} describe their major personality flaws]], such as [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2007-05-13/ Disgruntled Doug]], [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2001-05-20/ Jittery Jeff]], and [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2002-03-13/ Medical Mel.]]
19th May '17 4:03:05 PM fruitstripegum
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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 ''[[Series/WheelOfFortune]]'' 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 ''[[Series/WheelOfFortune]]'' ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' is coming on.
17th May '17 5:18:50 AM longWriter
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* ItCameFromTheFridge: In [[http://dilbert.com/strip/2014-04-20 this]] strip, the mold in the fridge gains sentience and gets a job at the company's [[NoSuchThingAsHR Human Resources department]].
14th May '17 11:59:41 PM McJeff
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* AlwaysABiggerFish: In [[http://dilbert.com/strip/1999-02-07 one strip]], Mordac is about to confiscate Dilbert's stuff. Then Catbert shows up, furious at Mordac for having made his personal printer a shared device, and shreds him.
-->''Dilbert:'' Two wrongs made a right.
-->''Dogbert:'' Welcome to my reality.
14th May '17 11:50:44 PM McJeff
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* RetCon: Recently, a Dilbert strip has made Asok gay. Which makes some of the early strips having him hit on Alice, make people wonder... To be fair though this is a conscious decision by Scott Adams to protest the Indian law banning people from being born Gay. Yes you heard right, it is now a crime to be BORN GAY IN INDIA.
** Though the in-universe reason is due to [[http://dilbert.com/strip/2013-09-28/ "rewiring neural pathways"]]

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* RetCon: Recently, a Dilbert strip has When the nation of India made Asok gay. Which makes some of the early strips having him hit on Alice, make people wonder... To be fair though this is homosexuality a conscious decision by crime (yes, really), Scott Adams retaliated by turning Asok gay. This was announced by Dogbert [[NoFourthWall directly to protest the Indian law banning people from being born Gay. Yes you heard right, it is now a crime to be BORN GAY IN INDIA.
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reader]]. Later, an in-universe reason is due to of [[http://dilbert.com/strip/2013-09-28/ "rewiring neural pathways"]]pathways"]] is given.
6th May '17 12:53:01 PM fruitstripegum
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* GoldenMeanFallacy: Parodied in [[http://dilbert.com/dyn/str_strip/000000000/00000000/0000000/000000/00000/1000/100/1159/1159.strip.gif this strip]].
* GuestComic: There was [[http://search.dilbert.com/comic/Guest%20Cartoonist a week of them]] in 2003, drawn by [[ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse Lynn Johnston]], [[ComicStrip/GetFuzzy Darby Conley]], [[ComicStrip/RoseIsRose Pat Brady]], [[ComicStrip/{{Luann}} Greg Evans]], and [[ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine Stephan Pastis]].


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* GoldenMeanFallacy: Parodied in [[http://dilbert.com/dyn/str_strip/000000000/00000000/0000000/000000/00000/1000/100/1159/1159.strip.gif this strip]].


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* GuestComic: There was [[http://search.dilbert.com/comic/Guest%20Cartoonist a week of them]] in 2003, drawn by [[ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse Lynn Johnston]], [[ComicStrip/GetFuzzy Darby Conley]], [[ComicStrip/RoseIsRose Pat Brady]], [[ComicStrip/{{Luann}} Greg Evans]], and [[ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine Stephan Pastis]].
1st May '17 5:38:59 AM longWriter
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*YouSayTomato: Dogbert quoted this in a 1992 strip...to compare stimulating the economy to giving himself a tax break. [[http://dilbert.com/strip/1992-03-30 Seen here.]]
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