History WesternAnimation / Dilbert

14th Jan '17 3:32:09 AM TheBushranger
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** Bob the Dinosaur's cameo occurs right after Dogbert suggests that all the species that ever existed still exist and are simply in hiding; this is Bob's backstory exactly (though he also had a cameo in the intro).

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** Bob the Dinosaur's (non-intro) cameo occurs right after Dogbert suggests that all the species that ever existed still exist and are simply in hiding; this is ''exactly''' Bob's backstory exactly (though he also had a cameo in the intro).comics.
14th Jan '17 3:22:49 AM TheBushranger
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In the ''intro'', Loud Howard is the only character whose startlement at [[ItMakesSenseInContext Dogbert's paper airplane]] is ''audible over the theme tune''.
14th Jan '17 3:19:42 AM TheBushranger
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: In the first episode Dilbert states that it is impossible for a man to transform into a chicken. Despite Dilbert has transformed into quite a few things in the comic (Assuming the two share the same canon) such as a troll, a dog and a sheep.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: In the first episode Dilbert states that it is impossible for a man to transform into a chicken. Despite the fact that, in the comic, Dilbert has been transformed into quite a few things in the comic (Assuming the two share the same canon) such as things: a troll, a dog and dog, a sheep. sheep...
8th Jan '17 6:57:42 PM nombretomado
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Creator/BenjaminFranklin appears in "Ethics," mainly to tell Dilbert that the Founders conceived America's political system as a big joke. LeonardoDaVinci shows up in "Art" as a Mafioso running the world's "art racket."

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Creator/BenjaminFranklin appears in "Ethics," mainly to tell Dilbert that the Founders conceived America's political system as a big joke. LeonardoDaVinci Creator/LeonardoDaVinci shows up in "Art" as a Mafioso running the world's "art racket."
6th Jan '17 7:34:20 PM nombretomado
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** Bob Bastard is TomKenny doing a JackNicholson impression.

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** Bob Bastard is TomKenny doing a JackNicholson Creator/JackNicholson impression.
1st Nov '16 2:08:32 PM themisterfree
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Animated version of [[ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} Scott Adams' cult comic]] that ran for two seasons on UPN, produced by [[Creator/ColumbiaPictures Columbia-[=TriStar=] Television]], starring the voice of Daniel Stern as Dilbert, an engineer working for a soulless and bureaucratic corporation, underneath an incredibly thick-witted, PointyHairedBoss (Larry Miller). The opposite of him in almost every way is his dog, Dogbert (Chris Elliott), a morally gray genius who constantly exploits Dilbert, Dilbert's company and everyone else with consummate ease.

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Animated version of [[ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} Scott Adams' cult comic]] that ran for two seasons on UPN, produced by [[Creator/ColumbiaPictures [[Creator/SonyPicturesTelevision Columbia-[=TriStar=] Television]], starring the voice of Daniel Stern as Dilbert, an engineer working for a soulless and bureaucratic corporation, underneath an incredibly thick-witted, PointyHairedBoss (Larry Miller). The opposite of him in almost every way is his dog, Dogbert (Chris Elliott), a morally gray genius who constantly exploits Dilbert, Dilbert's company and everyone else with consummate ease.
25th Oct '16 8:27:28 PM SilentStranger
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* ChristmasEpisode: Parodied in "Holiday" where all popular holidays are merged into Dogbert Day, which uses the traditions of all holidays, but most of the ones shown are from Christmas (gift giving, "mall Dogberts") and Thanksgiving (giant parade).



* ForInconveniencePressOne: To an extreme in "The Return". By the Dilbert's call to Comp-U-Comp to inquire about a return is onscreen, he's already up to option 61, and the most relevant option he had gotten required him to speak Mandarin and be inquiring about a tractor. Especially bad since most of the options were there for no apparent relevance to anything and no use other than to be inconvenient. One of the options, heard in the background while Dilbert is explaining this, is "If you would like to sleep with me". He eventually gets transferred to a fulfillment house, which turns out to be managed by his own company.

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* ForInconveniencePressOne: To an extreme in "The Return". By the Dilbert's call to Comp-U-Comp to inquire about a return is onscreen, he's already up to option 61, and the most relevant option he had gotten required him to speak Mandarin and be inquiring about a tractor. Especially bad since most of the options were there for no apparent relevance to anything and no use other than to be inconvenient. One of the options, heard in the background while Dilbert is explaining this, is "If you would like to sleep with me". He eventually gets transferred to a fulfillment house, which turns out to be managed by his own company.company, ''in the cubicle next to his'' at that.



* TheGrotesque: Bob Bastard wears a lucha libre mask to cover up his disfigured face. He wasnt exactly good-looking before his accident either though.

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* TheGrotesque: Bob Bastard wears a lucha libre wrestling mask to cover up his disfigured face. He wasnt exactly good-looking before his accident either though.


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* MundaneAfterlife: Dilbert has a near-death experience after getting hit in the head at a gas station and finds himself in a bright-lit void, with only a cubicle office in it, complete with desk, chair and computer. He feels somewhat let down over it.
--> '''Dilbert''': *sits down in the chair* Somehow, I was hoping for more.
** Later in the episode, the clients in a pyramid scheme form a cult around Wally after a capsule of "religious artifacts" (in reality the remains of the office birthday kit), crashes into their meeting, among which is the page photo seen above. Part of their religion is that you spend the afterlife with Wally. When Dilbert has a second near death experience, he finds himself back in the cubicle, only now, Wally is occupying a second cubicle next to his.


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* ParentalFavoritism: Dilbert is in the unusual position that his mother prefers his ''dog'' over him. She's even noted that while she loves her son, she doesnt particularly LIKE him (She has very high standards).


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* TheScrooge: The PHB calls Dilbert "the Scrooge of Dogbert Day" when Dilbert points out that his nonsensical ravings about the Dogbert Day celebrations of his youth makes no sense, because this is the first Dogbert Day ever celebrated.


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* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: The Dupey, a popular fad toy in the style of Furby, created by Dilberts company, accidently turns out to be alive and ends up evolving into a highly intelligent but now ugly species. With the loss of their cuteness, people abandon the Dupeys en masse, and the company attempts to remarket them as a ''pizza topping'', though this fails because nobody wants to eat giant brains that beg for their lives. The Dupeys are discarded in a landfill, and are only spared being eaten by seagulls when Dilbert rescues them.
17th Oct '16 12:23:47 PM SilentStranger
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Comp-U-Comp, the psychotic computer mainframe (voiced by JerrySeinfeld).

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* AdaptationalHeroism: ''Hero'' is stretching it, but the Pointy-Haired Boss is a good deal less mean in the series than he was in the comic. The series focuses more on his CloudCuckooLander qualities. Stil has his moments of spite though, he IS a manager after all.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Comp-U-Comp, the psychotic computer mainframe that secretly controls most of the world (voiced by JerrySeinfeld).JerrySeinfeld). When Dogbert briefly shuts it down to let Dilbert win against it in a game of Scrabble, it causes the ''Earths rotation to stop''.



** Surprisingly, Alice seems susceptible to this trope. In the same episode mentioned above she marries two death row inmates while they are being prepped for execution, only to lose interest in one when he's found to be innocent. She also falls hard for Bob Bastard, even though he treats Alice like dirt.

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** Surprisingly, Alice seems susceptible to this trope. In the same episode mentioned above she marries two death row inmates while they are being prepped for execution, only to lose interest in one when he's found to be innocent. She also falls hard for Bob Bastard, even though he treats Alice like dirt.dirt and its shown in Bobs flashback that his transformation into a jerk made him irresistible to women who previously scorned him at every opportunity.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Management is this.



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%%* AnimatedAdaptation* AnimatedAdaptation: A very expanded one at that, covering far more than the original strip could.



* DiplomaticImpunity: Dogbert when visiting Elbonia.

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* DiplomaticImpunity: Dogbert when visiting Elbonia.becomes the ambassador to Elbonia so he can follow Dilbert and make sure he doesnt get himself killed. He of course takes the opportunity to loot the country with impunity.



* TheGrotesque: Bob Bastard wears a lucha libre mask to cover up his disfigured face. He wasnt exactly good-looking before his accident either though.



* IncredibleShrinkingMan: While no actual shrinking takes place on screen. When workers are downsized they are "literally" downsized.

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* IncredibleShrinkingMan: While no actual shrinking takes place on screen. When workers are downsized they are "literally" downsized.downsized, as in "reduced to Littleput-style humans", which take up residence in the office crawlspaces and steal their markers.



* InventedIndividual: Todd

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* InventedIndividual: ToddTodd, a fictional employee Dilbert and the others created to let them claim an unoccupied cubicle for storage space. As Todds legend grew, they create faked employee records and even a photo of Todd, a composite image of Dilbert, Wally, Alice and Loud Howard.



* {{Jerkass}}: On a show that RUNS on these characters, there's still a few that stand out. Catbert of the recurring characters, and Bob Bastard, who's probably the biggest asshole in the entire series.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Dilbert sets out to solve a famine in Elbonia by creating a mutant vegetable plant called the Tomeato; it tastes disgusting, sucks all the nutrients out of Elbonia's mud, and when its explosive properties become apparent, the Elbonians try to use it as a WMD. It takes Dilmom teaching them how to properly prepare the tomeato so it becomes edible (put so much seasoning and sauce on it that you can't actually taste it) for the situation to be defused.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Dilbert sets out to solve a famine in Elbonia by creating a mutant vegetable plant called the Tomeato; unfortunatly, the Elbonians arent actually starving, they subsist on the countrys nutrient-rich mud. When Dilbert introduces the Tomeato, it tastes disgusting, sucks up all the nutrients out of Elbonia's from the mud, causing a ''real'' famine because the Tomeato is inedible and when its explosive properties become apparent, disgusting. On top of that, the Elbonians try realize that the Tomeatos innate fertilizer makes it a perfect explosive, leading to use them creating WMD's with it as a WMD. and destabilizing the whole region. It takes Dilmom teaching them how to properly prepare the tomeato so it becomes edible (put so much seasoning and sauce on (cooking it that you can't like a meat/fruit hybrid which it actually taste it) is rather than a vegetable) for the situation to be defused.go back to normal.



* ParentalAbandonment: Dilbert has issues with the mall [[spoiler:because his father left him alone when he went to the "All You Can Eat" buffet at the Red Oyster]].

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* ParentalAbandonment: Dilbert has issues with the mall [[spoiler:because his father left abandoned him alone there when he went to the "All You Can Eat" buffet at the Red Oyster]].Oyster and was never seen again]].



* ReassignedToAntarctica: Parodied; Dilbert and his co-workers treat the possibility of being reassigned to Albany as though it would be a FateWorseThanDeath.

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* ReassignedToAntarctica: Parodied; Dilbert and his co-workers treat the possibility of being reassigned to Albany as though it would be a FateWorseThanDeath. It then cuts to a man trudging through a bitter blizzard with the caption "Albany: First Day of Spring".
17th Sep '16 5:20:05 AM ImpudentInfidel
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*** In the end of the episode, when his attempt to fix it seems to have failed, the crowd is ready to lynch him because "for a few moments we had hope!"
17th Sep '16 5:10:01 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Dilbert sets out to solve a famine in Elbonia by creating a mutant vegetable plant called the Tomeato; it tastes disgusting, sucks all the nutrients out of Elbonia's mud, and when its explosive properties become apparent, the Elbonians try to use it as a WMD. It takes Dilmom teaching them how to properly prepare the tomeato so it becomes edible for the situation to be defused.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Dilbert sets out to solve a famine in Elbonia by creating a mutant vegetable plant called the Tomeato; it tastes disgusting, sucks all the nutrients out of Elbonia's mud, and when its explosive properties become apparent, the Elbonians try to use it as a WMD. It takes Dilmom teaching them how to properly prepare the tomeato so it becomes edible (put so much seasoning and sauce on it that you can't actually taste it) for the situation to be defused.
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