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16th May '16 4:53:32 PM Faberlich
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[[caption-width-right:350: From left to right, Paolo, Andrea and Luca. Paolo and Luca [[StepfordSmiler try to smile]] as Andrea (in the middle) prepares to do [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown what he does best]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: Italian version - From left to right, Paolo, Andrea and Luca. Paolo and Luca [[StepfordSmiler try to smile]] as Andrea (in the middle) prepares to do [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown what he does best]].]]
26th Sep '15 4:45:17 PM tenryufan
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* TheDanza: Luca Nervi and Paolo Bitta are played by Luca Bizzarri and Paolo Kessisoglu respectively.



* NamesTheSame: Pippo is also [[{{Disney}} Goofy's]] Italian name. It should be noted, though, that [[{{Pun}} they're both goofy]], [[CampGay one way]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} or another]].
22nd Jun '15 12:16:26 PM blitzking
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*** Actually, there's at least one episode, in the early seasons, with a sort of comeuppance for him: Andrea, limited in the movements, is hardly beaten by Luca and Paolo, for all the previous violent humiliations. It was a suicidal "worth it" behaviour for the two, since once Andrea recovered, his revenge is obviously unavoidable.

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*** Actually, there's at least one episode, in the early seasons, with a sort of comeuppance for him: Andrea, injured and limited in the movements, [[DirtyCoward is hardly beaten by Luca and Paolo, Paolo]], for all the previous violent humiliations. It was a suicidal "worth it" WorthIt behaviour for the two, since once Andrea recovered, his revenge is obviously unavoidable.
22nd Jun '15 12:13:15 PM blitzking
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** Definitely Andrea, annoyingly so. ''Every single character'' (including Alex, Gaia, De Marinis, even ''Geller'') gets some humiliation or punishment in at least one episode. But there's basically no episode in which Andrea gets any sort of karmik comeuppance for being right-down sadistic and cruel.

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** Definitely Andrea, annoyingly so. ''Every single character'' (including Alex, Gaia, De Marinis, even ''Geller'') gets some humiliation or punishment in at least one episode. But there's basically no episode in which Andrea gets any sort of karmik comeuppance for being right-down sadistic and cruel. cruel.
*** Actually, there's at least one episode, in the early seasons, with a sort of comeuppance for him: Andrea, limited in the movements, is hardly beaten by Luca and Paolo, for all the previous violent humiliations. It was a suicidal "worth it" behaviour for the two, since once Andrea recovered, his revenge is obviously unavoidable.
16th Jun '14 9:01:02 AM Angeldeb82
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** Subverted with [[ChasteHero Silvano]], who is much more naive and innocent than his gilfriend [[CovertPervert Patti]].

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** Subverted with [[ChasteHero Silvano]], who is much more naive and innocent than his gilfriend girlfriend [[CovertPervert Patti]].



* AnnoyingLaugh: [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant Guido]] [[DissonantLaughter Geller]] [[strike: currently provides]] [[SmallReferencePools used to provide]] the image for the trope. Hee-hee!

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* AnnoyingLaugh: [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant Guido]] [[DissonantLaughter Geller]] [[strike: currently provides]] [[SmallReferencePools used to provide]] the image for the trope. Hee-hee!



* AntiRoleModel: Paolo. His defining traits are: almost illiterate by choice, proud of it, can't spell a single word right, he's BookDumb enough to be [[RunningGag unable to end a proverb without simply repeating twice the first half of it]], drinks [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grappa Grappa]] (imagine something similar to Whisky) regularly even while driving, DrivesLikeCrazy even while being sober, he ''only'' wants to drive either campers or Alfa Romeos, he's a LoonyFan of Italian band [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pooh_(band) Pooh]] (that last one not actually being a flaw by itself, obviously, but purchasing campers, Alfas and discographies [[CrackIsCheaper may be too much of an expensive hobby for a father]]), he can't [[HollywoodToneDeaf sing his idols' songs right]], he's a full-fledged CasanovaWannabe, only able to betray his wife with [[TheUnseen Maruska the hooker]], argues with his wife almost as regularly as how often he's drunk, he's proud of his two sons ''because'' of their criminal habits, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and on top of that, he has only one testicle!]]

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* AntiRoleModel: Paolo. His defining traits are: almost illiterate by choice, proud of it, can't spell a single word right, he's BookDumb enough to be [[RunningGag unable to end a proverb without simply repeating twice the first half of it]], drinks [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grappa Grappa]] (imagine something similar to Whisky) regularly even while driving, DrivesLikeCrazy even while being sober, he ''only'' wants to drive either campers or Alfa Romeos, he's a LoonyFan of Italian band [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pooh_(band) Pooh]] (that last one not actually being a flaw by itself, obviously, but purchasing campers, Alfas and discographies [[CrackIsCheaper may be too much of an expensive hobby for a father]]), he can't [[HollywoodToneDeaf sing his idols' songs right]], he's a full-fledged CasanovaWannabe, only able to betray his wife with [[TheUnseen Maruska the hooker]], argues with his wife almost as regularly as how often he's drunk, he's proud of his two sons ''because'' of their criminal habits, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and on top of that, he has only one testicle!]]testicle]]!



* BasementDweller: Silvano's relationship with his mom reminds us of [[TheSimpsons Seymour and Agnes Skinner]].

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* BasementDweller: Silvano's relationship with his mom reminds us of [[TheSimpsons [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Seymour and Agnes Skinner]].



* BerserkButton: Andrea has ''a whole [[IncrediblyLamePun keyboard]]'' made of these.

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* BerserkButton: Andrea has ''a whole [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} keyboard]]'' made of these.



** Also Patti, Pippo, Anna and Wanda. [[AndZoidberg And Olmo to a lesser extent]].

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** Also Patti, Pippo, Anna and Wanda. [[AndZoidberg [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And Olmo to a lesser extent]].extent.]]



* CloudCuckoolander: Paolo. The following exchange pretty much sums everything up.

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* CloudCuckoolander: {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Paolo. The following exchange pretty much sums everything up.



* [[strike: CrapsackWorld]] [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Relax Area]]: let's just put it this way. Out of all the characters played by the guest stars, almost ''nobody'' liked the company in any way. [[TraumaCongaLine For good reason.]]

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* [[strike: CrapsackWorld]] [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Relax Area]]: let's Let's just put it this way. Out of all the characters played by the guest stars, almost ''nobody'' liked the company in any way. [[TraumaCongaLine For good reason.]]



** Many [[PreAssKickingOneLiner pre-ass kicking one-liners]] provided by Andrea may count.

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** Many [[PreAssKickingOneLiner pre-ass kicking [[PreAsskickingOneLiner pre-asskicking one-liners]] provided by Andrea may count.



--> '''Paolo:''' ''[[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm "Whew, that's fine then."]]''

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--> '''Paolo:''' ''[[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm ''[[SarcasmBlind "Whew, that's fine then."]]''



* EpicFail: most characters are prone to this. Mostly noticeable in a sketch beginning with Luca screws up and gets tea instead of coffee; instead of simply throwing it away, he tries to give it to someone else[[note]](the former would be a solution, but [[SeriousBusiness his strong Communist beliefs keep him from "wasting" tea, as it would be "an instance of Capitalism"]])[[/note]]. By the end of the sketch, he ends up with ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext even more tea.]]''

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* EpicFail: most characters are prone to this. Mostly noticeable in a sketch beginning with Luca screws up and gets tea instead of coffee; instead of simply throwing it away, he tries to give it to someone else[[note]](the former would be a solution, but [[SeriousBusiness his strong Communist beliefs keep him from "wasting" tea, as it would be "an instance of Capitalism"]])[[/note]]. By the end of the sketch, he ends up with ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext even more tea.]]''tea]].''



** Silvano was less of a wimpy doormat in the very first episodes. He was still a ButtMonkey but he was actually able to react to people and in one episode after being insulted by Luca, he loudly yells back at him. In later episodes, apart from very rare BerserkButton moments of unexpected violence, (possibly CrowningMomentOfAwesome) he was a total ExtremeDoormat.

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** Silvano was less of a wimpy doormat in the very first episodes. He was still a ButtMonkey but he was actually able to react to people and in one episode after being insulted by Luca, he loudly yells back at him. In later episodes, apart from very rare BerserkButton moments of unexpected violence, (possibly CrowningMomentOfAwesome) SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome) he was a total ExtremeDoormat.



* FunnyBackgroundEvent: all the time. We often get to see... ''stuff'' randomly happening in the background; more often than not, it's likely to involve [[RunningGag Andrea and his baseball bat.]] And some poor guy running away from him.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: all the time. We often get to see... ''stuff'' randomly happening in the background; more often than not, it's likely to involve [[RunningGag Andrea and his baseball bat.]] bat]]. And some poor guy running away from him.



* GoldfishPoopGang: Michele Carminati [[AndZoidberg and]] [[TrueCompanions his co-workers]].

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* GoldfishPoopGang: Michele Carminati [[AndZoidberg [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] [[TrueCompanions his co-workers]].



* ItMakesSenseInContext: after seeing "Il portafoglio" ("The wallet"), whistling will become the [[MostWonderfulSound most hilarious thing you'll ever hear.]]

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* ItMakesSenseInContext: after seeing "Il portafoglio" ("The wallet"), whistling will become the [[MostWonderfulSound [[SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound most hilarious thing you'll ever hear.]]hear]].



--> '''De Marinis:''' ''"Filming people talking in front of a vending machine? [[HypocriticalHumor What a]] [[CatchPhrase moronic]] [[HypocriticalHumor idea!]] [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs It will never work!"]]''

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--> '''De Marinis:''' ''"Filming people talking in front of a vending machine? [[HypocriticalHumor What a]] [[CatchPhrase moronic]] [[HypocriticalHumor idea!]] [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs It will never work!"]]''work!]]"''



* JerkAss: ''Everyone'', with Luca, Paolo, De Marinis, Andrea, and Vittorio being the best examples. Also Alex who is a big {{Jerkass}} to Luca (she gets better in season 5 though) and Geller, the MagnificentBastard.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: ''Everyone'', with Luca, Paolo, De Marinis, Andrea, and Vittorio being the best examples. Also Alex who is a big {{Jerkass}} to Luca (she gets better in season 5 though) and Geller, the MagnificentBastard.



* NamesTheSame: Pippo is also [[{{Disney}} Goofy's]] Italian name. It should be noted, though, that [[IncrediblyLamePun they're both goofy]], [[CampGay one way]] [[CloudCuckoolander or another]].

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* NamesTheSame: Pippo is also [[{{Disney}} Goofy's]] Italian name. It should be noted, though, that [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} they're both goofy]], [[CampGay one way]] [[CloudCuckoolander [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} or another]].



** In Season 5, it's revealed that Olmo's mom picked the former's name [[Anime/DragonBallZ from a list of vegetables.]]
** In the episode [[UglyBetty Ugly Bitta]] Paolo, forced to wear braces and red glasses after a car accident, is ridiculized and made fun of by the other workers including [[ButtMonkey Patti, Pippo and Wanda]] because of his "ugliness". At the end of the same episode there's a reference to another American TV show when Paolo (now without braces and glasses) starts dressing and acting like ''[[Series/{{House}} Gregory House]]''.

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** In Season 5, it's revealed that Olmo's mom picked the former's name [[Anime/DragonBallZ from a list of vegetables.]]
vegetables]].
** In the episode [[UglyBetty Ugly Bitta]] Series/{{Ugly B|etty}}itta Paolo, forced to wear braces and red glasses after a car accident, is ridiculized and made fun of by the other workers including [[ButtMonkey Patti, Pippo and Wanda]] because of his "ugliness". At the end of the same episode there's a reference to another American TV show when Paolo (now without braces and glasses) starts dressing and acting like ''[[Series/{{House}} Gregory House]]''.



** However, the trope is [[MediumAwareness acknowledged]] and [[DeconstructedTrope sort of deconstructed]] by Luca in a Season 5 sketch, where Silvano [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity being fired for the nth time]] invokes in the former an... ''unusual'' reaction. Luca spends the whole time of the sketch in front of the coffee vending machine, constantly ranting in CreepyMonotone about how "it's always the same story, nothing ever changes, nothing ever happens", etc. This creeps out De Marinis so much, that he thinks it's another strategy of Luca to help Silvano keeping his job (and it ''isn't''); Silvano then hugs Luca in gratitude, and he replies [[CreepyMonotone "You see? Nothing happened".]] After Luca acknowledged the never-changing status quo, he basically took advantage of it to help Silvano by ''doing absolutely nothing.'' At the end of the sketch, Paolo remarks that "You've been there since this morning... I can't see you like this, let's go home". As soon as they leave, ''the coffee machine falls over''. Considering it could have ''crushed'' Luca, he snaps out of his depression and says in a surprised voice, [[MoodWhiplash "Oh well, so something DOES happen!"]].

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** However, the trope is [[MediumAwareness acknowledged]] and [[DeconstructedTrope sort of deconstructed]] by Luca in a Season 5 sketch, where Silvano [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity being fired for the nth time]] invokes in the former an... ''unusual'' reaction. Luca spends the whole time of the sketch in front of the coffee vending machine, constantly ranting in CreepyMonotone about how "it's always the same story, nothing ever changes, nothing ever happens", etc. This creeps out De Marinis so much, that he thinks it's another strategy of Luca to help Silvano keeping his job (and it ''isn't''); Silvano then hugs Luca in gratitude, and he replies [[CreepyMonotone "You see? Nothing happened".]] happened."]] After Luca acknowledged the never-changing status quo, he basically took advantage of it to help Silvano by ''doing absolutely nothing.'' At the end of the sketch, Paolo remarks that "You've been there since this morning... I can't see you like this, let's go home". As soon as they leave, ''the coffee machine falls over''. Considering it could have ''crushed'' Luca, he snaps out of his depression and says in a surprised voice, [[MoodWhiplash "Oh well, so something DOES happen!"]].happen!"]]



** While not at the same level, this is also true for the nameless company. If you are harrassing a colleague of Luca and Paolo, ''they will get you''.

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** While not at the same level, this is also true for the nameless company. If you are harrassing harassing a colleague of Luca and Paolo, ''they will get you''.
26th Feb '14 11:41:31 PM annette12
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* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Silvano and Patti; Luca and Alex.
26th Feb '14 11:40:23 PM annette12
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** Luca himself can qualify too.



* HopelessSuitor:
** Paolo to Gaia (actually to every female character except Patti). Since there's no Gaia in season 5, rigth now he seems very attracted to Gloria.
** Luca mostly to Emma and Maria Eleonora (and the other girls as well, except Patti of course).
** Olmo to Anna.
** Psychologist Sergio to Anna as well.
* HotChickInABadassSuit: Ilaria, Gaia, Jessica and Maria Eleonora.
** Lucrezia in season 5.



* JerkAss: someone more than others but well, pretty much everyone with Luca, Paolo, De Marinis, Andrea, and Vittorio being the best examples. Also Alex who is a big {{Jerkass}} to Luca (she gets better in season 5 though) and Geller, a MagnificentBastard who genuinely enjoys driving the other people crazy.

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* JerkAss: someone more than others but well, pretty much everyone ''Everyone'', with Luca, Paolo, De Marinis, Andrea, and Vittorio being the best examples. Also Alex who is a big {{Jerkass}} to Luca (she gets better in season 5 though) and Geller, a MagnificentBastard who genuinely enjoys driving the other people crazy.MagnificentBastard.



** Definitely Andrea, annoyingly so. ''Every single character'' (including Alex, Gaia, De Marinis, even ''Geller'') gets some humiliation or punishment in at least one episode. But there's basically no episode in which Andrea gets any sort of karmik comeuppance for being right-down sadistic and cruel. When it seems like he got screwed, he ends up beating up some ButtMonkey just because he's there. So the audience still remembers he's ''always'' the strongest.

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** Definitely Andrea, annoyingly so. ''Every single character'' (including Alex, Gaia, De Marinis, even ''Geller'') gets some humiliation or punishment in at least one episode. But there's basically no episode in which Andrea gets any sort of karmik comeuppance for being right-down sadistic and cruel. When it seems like he got screwed, he ends up beating up some ButtMonkey just because he's there. So the audience still remembers he's ''always'' the strongest.



* NeatFreak: Silvano and Maria Eleonora.



* OfficialCouple:
** Paolo and [[TheGhost Valeria]]. (Paolo and [[TheGhost the hooker Maruska]] can count too).
** Luca and Alex (well, actually Alex and every guy in the company). [[spoiler:Now they are engaged.]]
** Patti and Silvano, although they're more of PlatonicLifePartners (at least, until season 5). [[spoiler:Now they are waiting for a baby.]]



** There are exception though. In one episode ''Jessica'' punched Anna.

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** There are exception though. In one episode ''Jessica'' punched Anna.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: In season 3 Emma replaced Anna as the director's secretary. They were totally different chararacters though as Emma was nothing more than a boring ReplacementScrappy. After Emma's departure in saeson 5 they introduced the new secretary Gloria who was basically another Anna, the ditzy airhead type of secretary.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: In season 3 Emma replaced Anna as the director's secretary. They were totally different chararacters though as Emma was nothing more than a boring ReplacementScrappy. After Emma's departure in saeson 5 they introduced the new secretary Gloria who was basically another Anna, the ditzy airhead type of secretary.



** Silvano seems to consider Luca and Paolo his best friends. Of course they don't treat him like a friend (not even like a human being) as they always take advantage of Silvano and pull on him cruel pranks, but in ''very very'' rare occasions, they actually try to help him or give him advice particularly about his relationship with Patti.
20th Oct '13 3:00:54 AM lally87
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Added DiffLines:

* GenkiGirl: Patti.
20th Oct '13 2:51:48 AM lally87
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* AerithAndBob: Luca, Paolo and Andrea are three of the most common male names in Italy. Silvano and ''especially'' Olmo (which means "elm") are much more rare.



* BookDumb: Paolo, to ridiculous levels.



** De Marinis is pretty snarky as well.



* DumbIsGood: stupid characters (like Patti, Silvano, Anna, Wanda, Gloria...) tend to be way too naive and innocent to be as mean and cynical as others. Patti in the later seasons is far less naive and more and more shrill and bossy.

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* DumbIsGood: All the stupid characters (like Patti, Silvano, Anna, Wanda, Gloria...) tend to be way too naive and innocent to be as mean and cynical as others. Patti in the later seasons is far less naive and more and more shrill and bossy.



* TheEeyore: [[TheWoobie Anna]].

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* TheEeyore: [[TheWoobie Anna]].Anna.



* HopelessSuitor: Paolo to Gaia (actually to every female character except Patti, but Gaia is his dream girl). Since there's no Gaia in season 5, rigth now he seems very (sexually) attracted to Gloria.

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* HopelessSuitor: HopelessSuitor:
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Paolo to Gaia (actually to every female character except Patti, but Gaia is his dream girl). Patti). Since there's no Gaia in season 5, rigth now he seems very (sexually) attracted to Gloria.



** Patti to everyone, but she has to settle with the only one interested, Silvano. Maybe Silvano is the one she really loves but she just desperately wants to have sex with ''anyone''.



** Paolo, to a lesser extent.



* OfficialCouple: Paolo and [[TheGhost Valeria]]. (Paolo and [[TheGhost the hooker Maruska]] can count too).
** Luca and Alex (well, actually Alex and every guy in the company). [[spoiler:Now they are going to marry each other.]]

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* OfficialCouple: OfficialCouple:
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Paolo and [[TheGhost Valeria]]. (Paolo and [[TheGhost the hooker Maruska]] can count too).
** Luca and Alex (well, actually Alex and every guy in the company). [[spoiler:Now they are going to marry each other.engaged.]]



* OppositesAttract: Luca and Alex. Not that opposites actually: they are both ill-natured, cynical, sarcastic, rebellious and anti-conformist. But there's a big difference: Alex ReallyGetsAround and Luca is always alone and never gets a girl. Ever.
** Another difference is that Luca is a self-proclaimed intellectual BookWorm, Alex...not so much.

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* OppositesAttract: Luca and Alex. Not that opposites actually: they are both ill-natured, cynical, sarcastic, rebellious and anti-conformist. But there's a big difference: Alex ReallyGetsAround and Luca is always alone and never gets a girl. Ever.
** Another difference is that Luca is a self-proclaimed intellectual BookWorm, Alex...not so much.
25th Sep '13 8:38:56 AM KorKhan
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* MagnificentBastard: the director, Mr. De Marinis, ''is'' this trope incarnate, but two characters are [[UpToEleven even better than him]] at this, namely his daughter Chiara, and that in-universe NightmareFuelStationAttendant that is Guido Geller.

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* MagnificentBastard: the The director, Mr. De Marinis, ''is'' Marinis embodies this trope incarnate, wholeheartedly, but two characters are [[UpToEleven even better than him]] at this, namely his daughter Chiara, and that in-universe NightmareFuelStationAttendant that is Guido Geller.



* MotorMouth: Patti and Anna, the latter only in case of nervous breakdowns.
** Maria Eleonora, at times.

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* MotorMouth: Patti and Anna, the latter only in case of nervous breakdowns. \n** Maria Eleonora, at times.
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