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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]].]]

-> '''Paolo:''' ''"Pippo, weren't ya goin' to the bathroom?"''
-> '''[[CampGay Pippo:]]''' ''"But I..."''
-> '''Paolo:''' '''''[[NoIndoorVoice "GO TO THE BATHROOM!"]]'''''
-> '''Pippo:''' ''[[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl "GOING RIGHT NOW!"]]''
-> ''[cue GirlyRun, [[RunningGag as always]]]''

A French sketch comedy series which spawned more than a dozen adaptations around the world, [[PunnyName punny-named]] so because "Camera Cachée" is French for ''Series/CandidCamera''. The original French series lasted from September, 2001 to December, 2003. A number of the adaptation were still ongoing as of 2011.

It basically involves [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a fixed camera, installed in a coffee vending machine]]. Said vending machine is inside a corridor within a company with NoNameGiven, next to a ''heavily'' [[DysfunctionJunction dysfunctional office]].

The camera ''never'' moves unless in cases of CameraAbuse (which [[ComedicSociopathy happen a]] ''lot''), all while accurately filming the employees' quirky habits.

[[TemptingFate But what could possibly happen in the relax area, to deserve enough interest to install a camera in a coffee vending machine?]]

'''''[[HilarityEnsues EVERYTHING.]]'''''

This series, sadly, has never been re-done in English. However this doesn't mean we can't list some tropes here. The series concept has however been sold across many countries, who have copied or made their own scripts based on the concept. The Quebec version, for examples, features a gender-neutral bathroom door in the room where the coffee machine is, allowing for other situations.

[[Characters/CameraCafe A character sheet]] (also about the Italian version) is under construction, although the most characters have essentially already been covered by now. Pictures about minor characters - or even one-time guest stars - are not strictly required, but still welcome nonetheless.

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!! This series (the names listed come from the Italian version) provides example of:

* AllMenArePerverts: With Paolo being easily the worst offender.
** Subverted with [[ChasteHero Silvano]], who is much more naive and innocent than his girlfriend [[CovertPervert Patti]].
* AffectionateNickname: Paolo often calls his friend Luca "Bubino" (as much as Luca hates this nickname).
* AnnoyingLaugh: [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant Guido]] [[DissonantLaughter Geller]] [[SmallReferencePools used to provide]] the image for the trope. Hee-hee!
** The new secretary [[BrainlessBeauty Gloria's]] weird laugh definitely fits this trope.
* 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]]!
* AssholeVictim: Luca and Paolo, whenever they interact with Andrea.
* AudibleSharpness: this one needs explanation. Guido Geller, a post-[[JumpingTheShark merger]] character, acts as an in-universe NightmareFuelStationAttendant, given how being in charge of ''human resources'' makes him an extremely feared figure. He carries a small notebook almost as feared as the Manga/DeathNote, and whenever he notices anything going wrong, he takes it and starts writing. [[MundaneMadeAwesome That's when the Audible Sharpness kicks in.]]
* AxCrazy:
** Vittorio the guard. ''In spades.''
** Also Paolo's stalker (and occasional lover) Lucrezia has shades of this as well-
** Subverted with Andrea who is just a sociopathic bully.
* {{Badass}}: Andrea, full stop.
* BaldOfEvil: Andrea, as seen above, overlapping with BaldOfAwesome, with BeardOfEvil thrown in the mix.
* BasementDweller: Silvano's relationship with his mom reminds us of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Seymour and Agnes Skinner]].
* BatmanGambit: Chiara, daughter of the MagnificentBastard director De Marinis, once pulled a Gambit ''on her own father''.
* BerserkButton: Andrea has ''a whole [[{{Pun}} keyboard]]'' made of these.
* BigEater: Olmo.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Patti.
* BlackComedy: subverted in that nobody makes jokes about certain subjects. This doesn't mean the character just ''won't stop'' [[CrapsackWorld being complete assholes to each other]]. Their mistreatment of Wanda, an old employee, counts as this trope.
* BrainlessBeauty: Gloria. Anna was a milder example.
* BookDumb: Paolo, to ridiculous levels.
* BrainyBrunette: Ilaria and Maria Eleonora.
* BrilliantButLazy: Luca and Paolo are actually pretty good in their respective jobs- when they fail it isn't because they're not skilled, but because fate said so. With that said, good luck seeing them working: they'd much rather spend their time in the Relax Area than doing something constructive.
--> '''Paolo''': "I might be a beast but I'm a ''professional'', for the love of..."
* TheBully: Luca and Paolo are two bullies picked on by another bully (Andrea, of course).
** While Paolo is implied to be a bully and a JerkJock even when he was in high school, Luca used to be the ButtMonkey of his class, mercilessly bullied by all his classmates.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Paolo. Actually many characters could qualify.
* ButtMonkey / TheChewToy: Silvano is by far the biggest one being also Luca's and Paolo's favorite target. Basically everyone in the company considers him the official ButtMonkey.
** Also Patti, Pippo, Anna and Wanda. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And Olmo to a lesser extent.]]
** Patti kept this status even in Season 5, ''[[UpToEleven despite being pregnant.]]''
* CameraAbuse: expect it anytime [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Andrea draws near]].
* CampGay: Pippo's behavior, though in an interesting subversion, his appearance makes him CampStraight.
* CannotTellAJoke: Silvano in "La barzelletta di Silvano" ("Silvano's joke"). Go to the trope page and see why.
* CasanovaWannabe: Paolo. He ''wishes'' he had sex with the women listed under Ms Fanservice below. Poor thing, he always [[WhatAnIdiot ruins everything right when he's close to the point to get one of them to date him]]. Out of his co-workers he only slept with his best friend's "girlfriend" [[ReallyGetsAround Alex]], his stalker Lucrezia and 60 years old Wanda.
** He actually ''gets'' many girls outside his workplace, mostly hookers and sluts, but still. It has been mentioned that he has an intense sex life unlike Luca.
* CatchPhrase: several.
** Paolo: "TALKIN' 'BOUT ME?"
*** "[first half of the proverb] [{{Beat}}] [first half of the proverb]"
*** "Weren't ya goin' to the bathroom, Pippo? ''GO TO THE BATHROOM!''"
** Carminati: "FOR TOM WEIL!"
** Silvano: "TOH-GOH!" (a stand-in for "Awesome!", usually said about stuff [[MundaneMadeAwesome that's not really that awesome at all]])
** De Marinis, the director: "YOU MORON!"
** Luca: "Now ''this'' will piss off our bosses!"
** Olmo: "I'll send you an e-mail!"
** Vittorio: "Ah, if it isn't that little comunist bastard with his tall, brainless pal!"
** Geller "In the ancient region of..." following a boring story about ancient chinese populations.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Several characters did just disappear without being mentioned again, most notably: Anna (one of the most prominent characters in the first two seasons), Jessica, Anselmo, psychologist Nadia along with other minor characters. But the biggest change was in the fifth season starting in 2011: Ilaria, Gaia, Giovanna, Emma, Maria Eleonora, Caterina and Carminati are all missing in the new episodes and seem to be just forgotten by the other characters.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Patti, Alex and Paolo's wife Valeria.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Paolo. The following exchange pretty much sums everything up.
--> '''Luca:''' ''"This quiz says you have to astonish your bosses. What should you do?"''
--> '''Paolo:''' ''"I don't know, by drinking with my nose?"''
--> '''Luca:''' ''"Something that has to do with your job."''
--> '''Paolo:''' ''"Drinking with my nose while I'm driving my Alfa?"''
--> '''Luca:''' ''"Something that has '''anything''' to do with your '''selling''' job!"''
--> '''Paolo:''' ''"Drinking with my nose while I'm signing a contract, then!"''
--> '''Luca:''' ''"But- [brief {{Beat}}] Listen, do you '''seriously''' think you'll surprise your boss by '''drinking with your nose?'''"''
--> '''Paolo:''' ''"How do you think I got my job?"''
* ComedicSociopathy: ''everyone.''
* ComesGreatInsanity: De Marinis once challenged Luca to become "boss for a day", since the latter accused the former to be unfair and declared to be a way nicer boss if given the chance. By the end of that very sketch, he became so "good" at giving orders to prompt a company-scale rebellion.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Paolo often falls into this, being also SarcasmBlind and LiteralMinded.
* TheComicallySerious: ''Guido Geller''. Andrea is very good at it as well.
* ComicTrio: Between Paolo, Luca and Silvano. Also, less frequently, Paolo, Luca and Olmo.
* ControlFreak: Maria Eleonora.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: De Marinis, the director.
* CouchGag: in the beginning, the opening for each sketch provided the series' logo, printed on a small plastic glass while it gets filled with coffee. Then, in the second season, a few variations have been made, such as both the plastic glass and the stream of coffee being misplaced, or the plastic glass being flipped over by the coffee itself. The third season [[UpToEleven upped the ante]] with even more absurd variations such as the plastic glass slowly lowered by chains and filled with ''[[{{Squick}} concrete]]'', a small scuba-diver-action-figure popping up from the plastic glass, the plastic glass being absent and the coffee flooding everything, the plastic glass glowing in the dark, a ''fish'' falling off the machine...
* [[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.]]
* CrypticBackgroundReference: the company produces something called C-14. It's never said what it is. In an episode, Patti is going to say what they are, but the episode ends [[SmashCut in the middle]] [[LostInTransmission of the phrase]].
* TheDanza: Luca Nervi and Paolo Bitta are played by Luca Bizzarri and Paolo Kessisoglu respectively.
* DeadpanSnarker: Luca, about his friend Paolo and... well, about anything that's weird in general.
--> ''(Luca notices one of the small, round, silver-colored tables stuck to the ceiling)''
--> '''Luca:''' ''"Why is one of the tables stuck to the ceiling?"''
--> '''Paolo:''' ''[[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum "There was a fly on the ceiling!"]]''
--> '''Luca:''' ''[[SarcasmMode "Well, that explains everything."]]''
** Many [[PreAsskickingOneLiner pre-asskicking one-liners]] provided by Andrea may count.
** And then there's Geller...
--> '''Paolo (to Luca):''' ''"I chose to take a vacation in order to not see that bastard that is Mr. Geller for a while."''
--> ''[[RightBehindMe (cue Geller coming out of the kitchen)]]''
--> '''Geller:''' ''"Next time you'd better be more careful about when taking a vacation then; turned out we'll both be away from work within the same time range, instead of you coming back to work when I'm on holiday."''
--> '''Paolo:''' ''"Oh. How long have you been eavesdropping?"''
--> '''Geller:''' ''[[SarcasmMode "Not long enough to hear you calling me a bastard, I'm afraid."]]''
--> '''Paolo:''' ''[[SarcasmBlind "Whew, that's fine then."]]''
** De Marinis is pretty snarky as well.
* DiabolusExMachina: Regularly.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: A RunningGag for Luca and Paolo, whoever the girl is; usually Gaia for Paolo and Maria Eleonora for Luca but [[HelloNurse Giovanna and Caterina]] are involved very often as well.
* TheDitz: Anna, definitely. Patti is this at times with some CloudCuckoolander tendencies as well.
** In Season 5 the queen of this trope is [[BrainlessBeauty Gloria]].
* DumbassHasAPoint: Paolo, on occasion, usually much to Luca's total shock.
* 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.
** Subverted with Paolo who is dumb and just as much of a {{Jerkass}} as his smart friend Luca.
** Also subverted with Vittorio who is an insane idiot and one of the most sociopathic characters on the show.
* TheEeyore: Anna.
* EnemyMine: Arch enemies Ilaria and Gaia on a few occasions teamed up against Luca and Paolo.
** This is the point of the whole relationship between Luca and De Marinis. They are openly hostile to each other, the former being a "Communist" who claims the director his natural enemy [[BlatantLies because of their opposite political leanings]], but actually they are always making secret agreements and plotting together against the other workers for their own personal profit (and everyone knows it, as lampshaded in season 4 episode "Il blog di Patti").
* 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]].''
* EvilVersusEvil: Luca vs. De Marinis, Luca/Paolo vs. Andrea are the most frequent.
** One episode puts the two office's resident psychopaths (Andrea and Vittorio) against each other. Aside from that episode they don't have other scenes together though.
* ExactWords: in one episode, JerkAss director De Marinis is about to install an answering machine as a replacement to textbook SexySecretary and resident MsFanservice Giovanna, prompting {{Gonk}}, ButtMonkey and DirtyOldWoman Wanda to comfort her by saying "you're young and pretty, you won't have any problems trying to find another job"; De Marinis replies that "this is why her new job will be yours, Wanda. We need an intern". Giovanna's solution is asking resident {{Nerd}} and PlayfulHacker Olmo's help in order to mess around with the answering machine, only for CasanovaWannabe Paolo finding out about it instead. Giovanna then points out she'll need the help of them both, as her "reward" can be shared. Given that AThreesomeIsHot, Olmo and Paolo eagerly team up and accept, and at the end of the episode, nobody gets fired. Cue the usage of ExactWords: Giovanna points out the two guys will get rewarded by the one who ''actually'' risked to lose her job: in other words... [[BrainBleach Wanda.]]
* ExtremeDoormat: Pretty much every ButtMonkey, especially Silvano.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: basically the plot of every episode.
* FatBestFriend: Olmo to both Luca and Paolo.
* {{Flanderization}}: Patti, big time. She was already considered a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] (because of her ugliness. ''Seriously.'') and the fact that she TookALevelInJerkass in season 5 didn't help either.
** Also Paolo. In season 1, with all his flaws, he still had a common sense, he was just less book smart than Luca. In later seasons, [[TookALevelInDumbass he was really dumbed down]], to the point he never gets the simplest thing and Luca has to explain ''anything'' to him multiple times. His idiocy reached its peak in season 4 though, it was a bit toned down in season 5.
** 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 SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome) he was a total ExtremeDoormat.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: [[TheUnseen Paolo's sons]] Brad (foolish) and Jonathan (responsible). Interestingly, in the beginning they are both shown as EnfantTerrible, but at some point, to [[AntiRoleModel Paolo's]] absolute dismay, the oldest son Jonathan started reading, studying and getting good grades. Obviously Paolo is often mad at him because of it and favours little criminal Brad instead.
* FriendVersusLover: There are quite a few episodes with Paolo and Alex fighting over Luca. That inevitably ended up with Luca having a rare PetTheDog moment trying to make happy both of them at the same time...only to discover that they actually don't care about him at all and that decided to spend time with each other instead. Leaving him alone, as usual.
* 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.
* GenkiGirl: Patti.
* GoldfishPoopGang: Michele Carminati [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] [[TrueCompanions his co-workers]].
* {{Gonk}}: Patti, as well as the late Wanda.
* GoodWithNumbers: Silvano.
* GoshDangItToHeck: while minor swears are allowed within the show, most of the dialogue borders on this even when characters are particularly pissed. This doesn't mean there aren't [[PrecisionFStrike rare exceptions]].
* GranolaGirl: Patti, Alex, Anna and Maria Eleonora all show signs of this.
* {{Greed}}: Luca has an ''insane'' attachment to money.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The two main characters, Luca and Paolo.
** Arguably also Paolo and his friends Pino and Budello, although [[TheGhost they never appeared on the show]].
* HilarityEnsues: the very premise of the series. Everything can happen in front of the coffee vending machine, every character may appear at any given [[DiabolusExMachina (and least appropriate)]] moment, and most notably, every plan [[strike: can]] ''will'' [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfire]].
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Paolo ''just can't'' sing in key. He borders on HellIsThatNoise.
* {{Hypocrite}}: while Luca is a Communist, he doesn't exactly always stick to the ideals and values that Communism would imply.
** InNameOnly: Communism as a whole.
* IdiotBall: Very common.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: after seeing "Il portafoglio" ("The wallet"), whistling will become the [[SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound most hilarious thing you'll ever hear]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Luca, Luca, Luca. Patti, also. As well as most of the other characters.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: about a ShowWithinAShow with the same premise.
--> '''De Marinis:''' ''"Filming people talking in front of a vending machine? [[HypocriticalHumor What a]] [[CatchPhrase moronic]] [[HypocriticalHumor idea!]] [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs It will never work!]]"''
* IWasQuiteAFashionVictim: Season 3 includes a dozen of episodes entitled "The last century". Each of them shows the very first day at work for every employee (a long time ago) and ''everyone'' is seen with ridiculous outfits and weird hairstyles.
* JadeColoredGlasses: It seems that the contract requires to wear them constantly.
* {{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.
** Even the supposedly "nice" Patti is evolving into this more and more.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Paolo sometimes shows that he really cares about his friendship with Luca. Although most of the time they have a WithFriendsLikeThese type of relationship.
* KarmaHoudini: it doesn't matter [[ReallyGetsAround how much of a slut]] Alex is, she never pays for it. Likewise, anyone who acts as the "villain" of the sketch equally never pays for it.
** 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.
** [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Luca and Paolo]] depending on the episode, although most the time they get the karmik punishments that they deserve (usually thanks to [[TheBrute Andrea]] or [[MagnificentBastard Geller]]).
* LackOfEmpathy: ''Everyone'', with Luca on top.
-->'''Luca''': "No, no, no, I'm sorry, I'm-"
-->'''Ilaria''': "You, instead, will just keep working knowing that your colleagues are paying because of you!"
-->'''Luca''': *beat* "Oh well."
** Of course, Andrea is the most triumphant example: while Luca ''did'' have his [[PetTheDog nice moments]], Andrea just beats people because they're annoying him.
* LargeHam: Luca, the Communist employee in charge of organising strikes, whenever he starts being overly melodramatic. And when he's actually talking about strikes, he starts ChewingTheScenery.
* LastNameBasis: De Marinis, Geller and Carminati.
* LoonyFan: Paolo is quite a fan of Italian band [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pooh_(band) Pooh]] ([[NamesTheSame no, not]] [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh that one]]).
* LoveRedeems: parodied in the episode "La Bella e la Bestia" ("The Beauty and the Beast") where Andrea, after a one-night stand with Gaia, claims to be madly in love with her and tells Luca and Paolo that he wants to be a better, nicer person just for love. Luca and Paolo obviously take advantage of the situation and start to pick on the new nice Andrea, who doesn't react violently anymore and he's basically become another Silvano. When Gaia arrives, she's seriously disgusted by Andrea being a pathetic doormat and tells him that [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys it was his tough badass attitude what made him appealing]]. So end of their "love story". Andrea of course immediately went back to his old self and you can imagine [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown what he did to Luca and Paolo]].
* {{Malaproper}}: Paolo. Just Paolo. Especially when he tries to pronounce long words ("Asterosterosis" instead of "Arteriosclerosis").
* MagnificentBastard: The director, Mr. De Marinis embodies this trope 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.
* ManChild: Silvano, mostly due to the relationship with his mother.
** Paolo, to a lesser extent.
* MotorMouth: Patti and Anna, the latter only in case of nervous breakdowns. Maria Eleonora, at times.
* MsFanservice: some of the girls are pretty damn sexy when they're wearing the right clothes. Case in point: Alex, Gaia, Ilaria, Jessica, Giovanna and after the company merged with its rival Digitex, Caterina and Maria Eleonora. Most blatant in the episode, "La più bella dell'ufficio", that is, "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The most beautiful one in the office]]", where even [[TheWoobie Anna]] goes sexy (while [[{{Gonk}} Patti]]... er, [[NoYay is trying to do her best]]).
** Season 5 has Lucrezia and Gloria.
* 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]].
* {{Nerd}}: Silvano is a textbook example, while Olmo tends on the {{Otaku}} variant.
* NerdsAreVirgins: Again, Silvano. [[spoiler: Until season 5, when he's implied to be the father of pregnant Patti's baby]].
* NiceGuy: Michele Carminati, Paolo's nemesis, is usually a friendly and good-natured person.
** Silvano can be seen as this, although his kindness is mostly due to his shy and naive nature. And when he [[BerserkButton really gets mad ]] can be as violent as Andrea.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Andrea, Vittorio and Guido Geller are this in-universe. Also, Silvano: while usually cheerful and naive, when he talks about his mother it can border on disturbing.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Luca and Alex. She's harsh and spiteful towards him, cheats on him with AnythingThatMoves and regularly makes fun of his poor sexual performance in front of the other employees. Luca on the other hand, constantly (and unsuccessfully) tries to seduce other women and once he told Paolo that he doesn't like anything about Alex except how "easy" she is and the fact that he's unable to get laid with anyone else.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Andrea is the all-time master of this, really. You name it - any episode featuring him is bound to end like this, whether you get to see it happening [[BolivianArmyEnding or not.]]
* OddFriendship: Luca and Paolo. The first time they met they hated each other: now they're best friends.
** Patti and Alex. Also Paolo and Patti in the episode "Momento d'intesa".
* OhCrap: whenever a sketch ends with a BolivianArmyEnding, the last shot shows whoever gets a DownerEnding ([[CrapsackWorld at the time]]) either [[StepfordSmiler trying to smile]] (see image above) screaming or [[HeroicBSOD stuck with a moronic yet horrified expression]].
* OnceASeason: The four merbers of the Pooh band (Paolo's idols) make a guest appearance.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Pippo, Patti and Alex.
* OnlySaneMan: Luca. It can't be otherwise since he's always dealing with Paolo's antics and he and Paolo are 95% (if not more so) of the show.
** The female characters (except Patti), whenever they appear in a sketch, are usually this.
* OppositesAttract: Luca and Alex.
* OutOfFocus: Gaia, Giovanna and Emma in season 4 before [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome totally disappearing]] in season 5.
* ThePerfectionist: Maria Eleonora.
* PlayingCyrano: Luca played Paolo's Cyrano in an episode to help him to find the right words with Gaia, withouth screwing up. ''With terrible (and hilarious) results.''
* ThePrankster: Luca and Paolo are a well known duo of troublemakers.
* ReallyGetsAround: Alex, and damn proud of it. She'd have sex with almost AnythingThatMoves, much to her [[FromACertainPointOfView "boyfriend"]] Luca's chagrin.
** Silvano's mom, Chiara De Marinis, Paolo's wife Valeria and to some extent Paolo himself.
* RedOniBlueOni: Paolo and Luca.
* ResetButton: nothing ever stays the way the sketch ends, [[StatusQuoIsGod but rather]] [[SnapBack the way]] [[NegativeContinuity the sketch begins]] (without counting major events such as [[JumpingTheShark the aforementioned merger]]).
* RightBehindMe: ''all the friggin' time.'' Every single damn character is a potential OhCrap magnet.
* TheRival: Digitex to the [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] company which the series is set in... [[JumpingTheShark until they merged for the latest seasons]].
* RunningGag: several.
** "Pippo, weren't ya goin' to the bathroom?", "Really, I -", "GO TO THE BATHROOM!", "GOING RIGHT NOW!".
** Andrea [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating up somebody]].
** Luca and Paolo beating up Silvano and making fun of Patti's ugliness.
** Silvano and Patti [[AlmostKiss almost kissing]].
** Paolo and Luca's plans, whatever they are, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfiring]].
** Paolo not being able to properly end a proverb, like: "All's well... [{{Beat}}] all's well".
** Paolo bursting out of the bathroom whenever he hears his name (or not), enthusiastically yelling "TALKIN' 'BOUT ME?!"... usually at the least appropriate moments.
** Geller narrating boring and incomprehensible stories about ancient chinese populations, when he wants people to learn a lesson.
* SadistShow: ''oh yes.''
* SassySecretary: Alex.
* SexySecretary: Alex, Gloria and arguably Anna. ''Horribly'' subverted with Patti.
* {{Schemer}}: Again, Paolo and Luca.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: usually provided by Luca when Paolo ruins a plan in a [[WhatAnIdiot stupid way]], but there are many other examples of this trope throughout the series.
* ShoutOut: several.
** The "ultimate joke" seen in one episode ("Il re degli scherzi", that is, "The king of jokes") consists of ''a wave of coffee flooding the relax area [[Film/TheShining bursting out of the elevator]]''.
** One episode parodied Film/TheMatrix, quoting lines of dialogue word for word.
** Another episode parodied FinalDestination, and Patti avoided a scripted death several times (although this ended up causing chaos). She eventually died by the end of the sketch when the vending machine fell on top of her (a rare case of the view moving).
** 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 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]]''.
* SitcomArchNemesis: the whole [[NoNameGiven unnamed company]] has the Digitex Company in the same building; in season 4, with the union of the two companies Paolo sees Digitex worker Michele Carminati as this (being also his rival in his selling job) but Carminati doesn't hate Paolo back and wants him to join his working team instead.
** Gaia and Ilaria are this to each other; also season 4 has Ilaria and Maria Eleonora.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: played straight with [[TheChewToy Patti]] (and sometimes Wanda) but averted with all the other female characters.
** There are exception though.
* TheSnarkKnight: Luca.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Luca defines himself "tall, charismatic, charming, honest, serious, socially conscious, idealist and a cinema expert". Oh well. He's ''really'' kind of a cinema expert anyway. About the rest...
** Paolo also qualifies.
* SorryIFellOnYourFist: When Andrea draws near, you will suffer. And if the sketch isn't over, you will also apologize for bleeding on him.
* SpannerInTheWorks: any stupid character will ruin any plan at the worst moment possible.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Geller and Maria Eleonora in season 4.
** Patti in season 5, ''so much'': there are several episodes completely about Patti, her pregnancy and Silvano, in which Luca and Paolo don't even appear and they are supposed to be the main characters!
* StalkerWithACrush: Lucrezia towards Paolo.
* StatusQuoIsGod: the trope is generally in full effect, as the only thing remotely resembling a coherent continuity is the change of said status quo between seasons.
** 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!"]]
* TheStoner: Alex, though we never get to see her stoned.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: In season 3 Emma replaced Anna as the director's secretary.
* TooDumbToLive: Silvano, Paolo (more in the later seasons) and Gloria.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Paolo.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Patti in season 5. Pregnant Patti is now a histerical, shrill bitch and downright abusive towards [[ExtremeDoormat Silvano]]. She's always been the most dominant in their "relationship" but in the most recent episodes she's getting worse and she literally treats him like a dog ''all the time''.
* {{Troperiffic}}: you've already seen the tropes not related to specific episodes. Keep in mind this is a sketch show. As a consequence, many and brief episodes means many subjects covered, with some episode being based about tropes themselves. You get the picture.
* TrueCompanions:
** Michele, better known by his surname Carminati, is a a standout among Italian series. [[MundaneMadeAwesome Set in a business company.]]
--> '''Carminati:''' [[CatchPhrase "FOR TOM WEIL!"]]
** While not at the same level, this is also true for the nameless company. If you are harassing a colleague of Luca and Paolo, ''they will get you''.
---> '''Luca''': "That's how you treat your boyfriend?"
---> '''Digitex Guy''': "I'm not his boyfriend."
---> '''Paolo''': "And those roses?"
---> '''Luca''': "Pippo, leave this to us, hunny."
---> '''Digitex Guy''': "There's a misunderstanding-"
---> '''Paolo''': "Pippo, did this bastard break your heart?"
---> '''Pippo''': "YES!"
---> '''Paolo''': "Then there's no misunderstanding."
---> *''And beating ensues''*
* TheUnfairSex: if the men are plotting a plan to get to have sex with any of the women, be sure that by the end of the sketch the plan will backfire and the women will react [[DisproportionateRetribution accordingly]].
* TheUnseen: several, mostly related to Paolo, the AntiRoleModel. Paolo's family (his wife Valeria and his sons, Brad and Jonathan) and criminal buddies (Pino, the one nicknamed Budello, as well as Maruska the hooker). There's also Lello, along with his restaurant; the President of the company (the first one and the new one after season 3); Silvano's mom and her old next-door neighbour, Mrs Bollini.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Luca and Paolo take this trope UpToEleven.
* VirginityMakesYouStupid: Patti and especially Silvano.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Luca and Paolo are a strong Type 2. Although Luca is usually the most vitriolic one.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: in the episode "Direttore per un giorno" ("Director for a day"), Luca's complaints about director De Marinis' bossy ways result in the latter daring the former to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin take his position for one day]]. Luca accepts out of {{pride}}, and at first everything goes well, but considering FailureIsTheOnlyOption in this series, everything eventually backfires: Luca has only one day to accomplish the task given by the same director he's replacing, and underwhelmed by the responsibility suddenly weighing on his shoulders, he starts treating the workers even ''more'' like crap than De Marinis did in the first place, going from idealistic communist to borderline BadBoss. The episode ends with Wanda ([[TheDogBitesBack yes,]] [[WhosLaughingNow Wanda]]) knocking him unconscious on the head [[BatterUp with a baseball bat]], while sporting a SlasherSmile.
* WhosLaughingNow: Silvano goes badass in one episode. Remember "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E6BandCandy badass Giles]]"? Something like that. And it is ''awesome''.
* WritingLines: Paolo once screwed with the women, and as a result they forced him to write several times the [[AnAesop supposed Aesop]] on a giant paper sheet that ''covered the entire floor''.
** The punishment is ''even worse'' than it seems since Paolo is an illiterate of epic proportions.
* XanatosPlannedThisIndex: basically ''everyone'' gets a moment in which he or she is plotting something. ''Everyone''. Except any ButtMonkey, maybe.
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