Whenever a throwaway character in a WorkCom is introduced, he will often be labeled as someone from the "Accounting department", usually to serve as the straight-man for a joke. Said character's name will also tend to be common and monosyllabic, such as Bob or Bill or Ted or Steve, altogether creating an impression of a [[FlatCharacter staid and two-dimensional]] person.

Sometimes said person will betray this impression and be wacky or very unusual in some way, creating humor via contrast. (Their name may be dropped, [[NoodleIncident but we never see their quirky antics]].) Alternatively, the person may be from human resources or some other department that most companies have, especially one not known for its personality.

Once their function in the joke has been fulfilled, they will [[AscendedExtra usually]] never be mentioned again.


[[folder: Advertising ]]

* From a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgPEhrB7ebc TV ad]] for ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': "The goblin's out sick? Well, send in [[TropeNamers Bob. From accounting.]]" Bob From Accounting was actually considered for a card in the joke set ''Unhinged''.
* A commercial for some sort of microwaveable noodle dish. The mascot in question is a miniaturized stereotypical Chinese man, who apparently works in accounting.
* A series of {{Radio}} ads for the temp service [=AccounTemps=] between a Boss and an HR manager detail the problems when the HR guy fails to get Bob from [=AccounTemps=]. An alternative link to the company's website invites the searcher to "get a Bob".


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* In the movie version of ''WesternAnimation/HortonHearsAWho'', Mayor Ned, not believing that Horton's "voice from the drainpipe" is real, asks if the whole thing is a prank by "Burt, from Accounting". We actually see Burt from Accounting later in the film, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' invokes this trope ''deliberately'' - and then almost immediately subverts it, because Bob from Accounting is [[TheHero Mr Incredible]]. It gets even funnier when you realize that his last name, Parr, sounds similar to the word "par," meaning "ordinary." Therefore, Bob Parr's name is supposed to sound generic, [[NonIndicativeName even though the rest of him... isn't.]]


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', Cobb introduces himself this way when setting up the Mr. Charles gambit.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* The title character in ''The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Literature/FredTheVampireAccountant'' by Drew Hayes, does not change his occupation after being turned.
* Ron's family in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is all wizards and witches, except for one of his mum's distant cousins who is an accountant. ("[[BlackSheep We don't talk about him much]].") WordOfGod says the reason the Weasleys don't talk about him is that he has the same opinions of wizards as Harry's Uncle Vernon, i.e. not positive. Originally, he was supposed to appear in the series when his daughter turned out to be a witch and received her Hogwarts letter but the storyline ended up being cut.
* The Dee family, in Creator/RobertSheckley's short-story "The Accountant", is likewise all wizards and witches, except for little Morton Dee, who wants to be an accountant--and has some powerful arguments on his side.
* One of the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampyr]] youth in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' "pretends to be an accountant". It's the Vampire equivalent of being one of those people who congregate in dark basements and drink cow's blood.
* Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Atrocity Archives]]'' has our hero Bob as a nondescript sysadmin in the IT department of "The Laundry", Britain's occult secret service. Being fully aware of the sheer horror and insanity that awaits actual field agents in his line of work, he is more than happy to keep out of harm's way. Fate, of course, decides otherwise, and his prowess in unforeseen circumstances ends up noticed by his superiors, thus subjecting him to being sent into increasingly more dangerous situations. To this day, he is unable to decide whether eldritch extradimensional threats are actually worse than the Laundry's relentless bureaucracy.
** He also used to have an archnemesis: Fred from Accounting. [[spoiler: Not for long, though, as Fred falls a victim to demonic possession.]]
** Also, the Accounting department should not be confused with Accounts. The former does accounting, the latter ''settles'' accounts by [[KillItWithFire rather]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill extreme]] methods. See also "Pimpf".


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{House}}'':
** In the season two episode where the hospital organised a charity poker tournament, Wilson finally won by beating "Berman from accounting".
** House also cracks jokes about 'Debbie from accounting', Wilson's supposed romantic interest. From the same episode with a poker tournament:
--->House: ''"Anything lower, you wouldn't sound so excited. Jacks or higher, your voice sounds like Debbie from accounting is sitting in your lap."''
* The staff on ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' make frequent references to the Accounts Department, with a lot of ethnic humour about how they were all Asian[[note]]That's ''South'' Asian, for Americans, Canadians, etc.[[/note]] (par for the course given the show), and in one episode, Mr. Patel from Accounts does appear.
* Early episodes of ''Series/JustShootMe'' features mentions of Baxter from Accounting.
* A lot of Chandler's workmates from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' get this treatment, including "Financial Services Lowell" and "Brian from Payroll".
** In one episode Rachael trys to set her sister up with "Bob from Human Resources". Becomes a RunningGag after she keeps bringing him up.
* From ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Tony's misadventures with female coworkers tend to have names like "Alice from Evidence," etc.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' does this with 'X from the gift shop' and 'Y from paediatrics'.
* On ''Series/NewsRadio'', they usually mention various people in Ad Sales.
* John Stossel did a report on taxes, and he showed an elderly man whom he introduced as Bob, his accountant.
* ''Creator/MontyPython'' loved accountant characters -- for example, there's a ''[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Flying Circus]]'' sketch about one who wanted to become a lion tamer despite his aptitude test showing that he was in no way suited to anything that exciting.
** Also, in the sketch where people are simply falling off a building past a window, one of the two office workers recognized one of them as "Wilkins from Finance".
** Averted in ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'' with the crew of the Crimson Permanent Assurance, who show that it's fun to charter an accountant and sail the wide accountant-sea...
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', when "Jim from IT" turns out to be [[spoiler:Moriarty]].
* Early on in ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Zack is often said to be dating "Naomi from Paleontology."
* On ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'', John Oliver [[RunningGag frequently]] refers to Janice from Accounting during his segments, as in "Janice from Accounting don't give a fuck!"


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'' has a character Scott Adams refers to as Ted the Generic Guy, who usually fills this role. In another strip, Ed from Accounting was the only demon from Heck that wasn't at lunch.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Wrestling/{{Christian}} mentioned a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcXc-koqcPI "Bob from accounting"]] during his feud with Wrestling/RandyOrton.


[[folder: Recorded And Stand Up Comedy ]]

* This trope forms the core of one of Creator/EddieIzzard's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' routines. Stevens from Accounts decides to go on an away mission to figure out why a landing party consisting of Kirk, Spock and [=McCoy=] routinely expenses several hundred packed lunches. Things look bad for Stevens as the Captain points out he's wearing a [[RedShirt red jumper]].


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'' Fred, a former Gadgetron accountant, is used as a contestant to introduce Annihilation Nation. He doesn't survive long.
* ''VideoGame/PokerNight2''
-->'''[[VideoGame/{{Borderlands}} Claptrap]]''': KillEmAll and let Debbie from Accounting sort them out!


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* This is the central gag of the webcomic ''Webcomic/WarbotInAccounting''.
* The political webcomic ''WebComic/GetYourWarOn'' features only office workers illustrated by clip-art images -- basically blank templates of {{White Collar Worker}}s. In the [[http://www.236.com/tag/Get%2BYour%2BWar%2BOn animated videos]], consisting of phone calls between two main characters, they identify themselves/each other simply as Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable.
* Mentioned among the victims of the anglerfish attack in ''Webcomic/WhatTheFu''.
* [[http://chainsawsuit.com/2012/01/09/butt-shazam/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{chainsawsuit}}''.
* Few realize that in addition to his years of accounting expertise, Bob is also a [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/copperroad/2012/10/03 talented movie critic]] in ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}''.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Parodied in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
-->'''Croquet''': Yeah... everyone involved with the production of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Egyptian God Cards]] was killed.\\
'''Pegasus''': What!? Even Chad from Accounting?\\
''[Cut to a man being thrown through a skyscraper window]''\\
'''Croquet''': [[EspeciallyZoidberg Especially Chad from Accounting!]]
** This was turned into Bill from Accounting when the joke was used in ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries'' and LK (not understanding why it was changed) concluded that it's Bill in the Naruto-verse and Chad in the Yu-Gi-Oh-verse. So he uses it in ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow'', using the same clip mind.
*** Not only that, but it seems to happen every time someone says "Bill from Accounting".
* [[https://www.reddit.com/r/TedTheAccountant/ Ted the Accountant]] is a recurring character in {{Website/Reddit}}'s [[https://www.reddit.com/r/WritingPrompts/ Writing Prompts]] subreddit. His valor and battle prowess is known around the world.


[[folder: Web Video ]]

* A WebAnimation/YouTubePoop of the "lost series finale" of ''[[WesternAnimation/YoYogi D'oh Yogi!]]'' shows from the opening titles that the series was, "Created by Phil from Accounting".


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* WesternAnimation/GravityFalls has Tad Strange, the only man in town who isn't a tad strange.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'': a character from the never-before-or-after-mentioned Accounting department serves as an additional foil to Murphy's inane scheme.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Make Love, Not [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Warcraft]]," one of the programmers tells the prophecy of the Sword of A Thousand Truths to his colleagues. The leader asks who foretold the prophecy and the programmer says it was Saltzman from Accounting.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Booberella is the daughter of Bill, an accountant at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.
** In one episode a private company takes over the bankrupt school. Lisa complains that "we spent all day selecting fabric swatches, and then our guest speaker was Phil from Marketing."
* Donna From Accounting from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. Note, she's never called just Donna, always Donna From Accounting.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'': In order to explain a plan to Pinky, Brain made a video featuring a birthday party for a character who fits the trope.
* A short skit on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' featured two vampires standing near a blood cooler and talking about someone named Dave.
-->"Big Dave, or little Dave?"\\
"Little Dave, from accounting."\\
"Yeah, he's a prick."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', episode "The It", the watchdog Ted from Accounting is in the Top 10 in the Intergalactic Villain Leaderboard after being tagged by Lord Hater.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Bob Newhart was actually an accountant prior to going into comedy.
* UsefulNotes/JohnMajor, legendarily dull British prime minister, was the son of an ex-trapeze artist and had an early career in banking, prompting the joke that he was the only man ever to run away from the circus to become an accountant. And knowing that makes ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' even funnier.