Given Caméra café
is set in an unnamed
, yet large business company, it's obvious there are many workers lurking inside it, and that's not even counting the one-time characters played by guest stars.
As with the main article, this refers to (as of now) the Italian
version of this Canadian/French format. Let's rock.
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The Main Duo
Luca Nervi and Paolo Bitta
Luca and Paolo
, the lead characters of the sitcom: an Odd Couple
of Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists
that have a different Zany Scheme
for almost every episode.
Tropes applying to both
- Asshole Victim: Whenever they interact with Andrea.
- Brilliant but Lazy: 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.
- The Bully: Especially towards Silvano. Patti and Pippo are frequent targets as well.
- Butt Monkey: They are on the receiving end of a lot of humiliation and beatings, especially since all their plans are doomed to fail, in every single episode.
- Casanova Wannabe: Especially Paolo. Luca is more of a Covert Pervert, Paolo is just a flatout pervert.
- Did Not Get the Girl: A Running Gag for both of them, whoever the girl is; usually Gaia for Paolo and Maria Eleonora for Luca. Giovanna and Caterina are involved very often as well.
- Failure Is the Only Option: All their plans, whatever they are, are destined to backfire.
- Flanderization: Paolo's stupidity, big time. Just watch a few episodes of season 1, and then any episode of season 4. Luca also was flanderized into one of the biggest losers ever especially in season 4. Ironically in the very much controversial season 5, their flanderization was a bit toned down, (especially Luca's Chew Toy status, Paolo still has plenty of dumb moments), but this is probably one of the few good things about that season.
- Get Rich Quick Scheme: Regularly. Luca usually comes up with all their "great" ideas to make money. Failure Is the Only Option, obviously.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Except that there's nothing remotely heroic about them.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Being best friends, they are always together, no matter what. Paolo also has a couple of other best friends outside the workplace (the infamous Pino and Budello), but it's pretty obvious Luca is his favorite.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Most of the time.
- Jerkass: They are totally different in many aspects but this is one of the few things they have in common.
- Karma Houdini: Played with. They get caught by karma quite often, and they definitely get a lot of deserved humiliations and beatings, but you have to wonder how they still have a job. They spend all their time drinking coffee, slacking off, bullying Silvano or others in the most cruel (and often violent) ways, trying to hit on their female co-workers and acting like jerks and idiots. Not to mention that some of their pranks, ridiculous schemes and, let's face it, most of the things they do are freaking dangerous and illegal. If they were real life people, they would be both in jail. And while their boss De Marinis is totally aware of their behaviour, everything he does is: yelling at them, calling them morons and threatening to fire them.
- Must Have Caffeine: Obviously. The show is filmed from the perspective of a coffee machine.
- One-Hour Work Week: Subverted in that they actually never work at all and it's lampshaded all the freaking time.
- The Prankster: Usually to Silvano.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Paolo and Luca, respectively.
- Schemer: Both of them, especially Luca.
- The Slacker: Are they ever...
- The Trickster: They are a well known duo of troublemakers.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Big time.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: They fight often, but they usually reconcile before the end of the episode.
- With Friends Like These...: While Paolo is his best friend, Luca is usually ready to backstab him for his own interests. Paolo sometimes is genuinely loyal to his friend, but other times he acts exactly like Luca, Depending on the Writer.
"Talkin' 'bout me?!"
The Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
of the show alongside Luca, Paolo is the best salesman in the company. Nevertheless he's proud to be an alcoholic, other than a sleazy, borderline illiterate buffoon who doesn't have many interests outside hookers, campers, Alfa Romeos and the like. However, his overall simple-mindedness is a foil to the way he treats his Butt Monkey
Basically, think of a skinny, more perverted, Italian version of Homer Simpson
: that's Paolo Bitta.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Gaia.
- All Men Are Perverts: All the guys on the show, except for Silvano, fit this trope, but Paolo is easily the biggest example.
- The Alcoholic
- Anti-Role Model: Paolo is literally everything a human being shouldn't be. Unsurprisingly, he's the most popular character in the show.
- Anything That Moves: As long as she is a woman (except Patti).
- Badass Driver: That's how he sees himself.
- Berserk Button: Many. He's maniacally obsessed with: his car, his camper, the Pooh band, his grappa and his four colour pen. Never mess with Paolo and his stuff or you will regret it.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Paolo would sometimes set aside his Dumb, Cloudcooklander side in favor of a lovely mix of Dissonant Laughter and Tranquil Fury.
Psychologist: "Well, you'd have much more free time if they fired you, wouldn't you?" *laughs*
Paolo: *laughing* "Oh no, if they fire me I go straight to jail."
Psychologist: *Wincing* "...Jail?"
Paolo: "Yeah... because the day they fire me I'll come here with five tanks of petrol and I will burn down the entire building."
- Bigger Is Better in Bed:...implied to be the reason of his active sex life.
- Book Dumb: To a ridiculous extreme.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his many quirks, he's very good at his job.
- Catch Phrase: "Paolo Bitta, a man called contract!"
- And of course his epic "TALKING ABOUT MEE??!" suddenly appearing and joining other people's conversation.
- Chaotic Stupid
- Cloudcuckoolander: 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?"
- Comically Missing the Point: Most of the humour about his character is this.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Oh, yes. He is Paolo Bitta.
- Drives Like Crazy: And proud of it.
- Dysfunctional Family: Paolo's family is definitely this. A variation since Paolo himself is the main reason why his family is dysfunctional.
- Flanderization: His idiotic tendencies and his obsessions (see Berserk Button).
- Genius Ditz: Paolo's IQ is 12 (!) yet he's a pretty good salesman and has his moments of brilliance from time to time.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Gaia. He's not really a hero, anyway...
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Oh God..
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On rare occasions, usually when his friend Luca "Bubino" is involved.
- Kavorka Man: While he's a Casanova Wannabe when it comes to his female co-wokers, he's well known to be quite a Sex God (see Bigger Is Better in Bed) and, unlike his friend Luca, has a very active sex life outside his workplace; mostly because he knows a lot of hookers and sluts and he would sleep with pretty much Anything That Moves (except Patti).
- Lethally Stupid
- Likes Older Women: He slept with Wanda multiple times.
- Literal-Minded: Much to Luca's dismay.
- Loony Fan: Of Italian band "Pooh".
- Lovable Rogue
- Lovable Sex Maniac
- Malaproper: Part of his book dumbness. Paolo, who barely knows his mother language and is obviously completely clueless about everything else, tends to mispronounce foreign AND Italian words.
- The Masochism Tango: His marriage with Valeria. They both cheat on each other and they fight all the time. It doesn't help that Paolo is always drunk.
- The Millstone: A lot of Luca's plans fail because of Paolo's stupidity.
- Never Learned to Read: A Running Gag. He actually reads but very slowly and mispronounces every word with more than one syllable. And he is damn proud of it.
Luca: "How about a book "How to become Paolo Bitta in two weeks"?"
Paolo: "No, a videotape is better. If you can read then what kind of Paolo Bitta you are?"
- Obfuscating Stupidity: To an extent.
- Parental Favoritism: Towards Brad, the Enfant Terrible troublemaker. On the other hand he's always disappointed by his other son because he's a studious good kid.
- Psychopathic Manchild
- Really Gets Around: The opposite of his friend Luca. Paolo sure loves women.
- Romantic False Lead: When he is close to getting a girl to admire him, he just has to do something moronic enough to ruin everything at the last second.
- Running Gag:
- Paolo can't spell.
- He just can't finish a proverb properly, usually repeating its first phrase. Example: "Clear agreements... Clear agreements." (It's actually "Clear agreements, long friendship", or "Patti chiari, amicizia lunga" in Italian).
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In season 1 Paolo was just uncultured and less book smart than Luca, but still not an idiot. In later seasons his blatant idiocy becomes part of his personality.
- Too Dumb to Live
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: His son Jonathan is much more responsible and mature than him.
- Your Cheating Heart: He regularly cheats on his wife with hookers.
"Now that will piss our bosses off!"
The other Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
, Luca is the leader of the company's trade union and, as such, he's in charge of the organization of strikes. He's proud to be a Communist, but he doesn't quite stick to the ideals implied by that.
Despite being a greedy jerk , he also has some redeeming abilities — namely, he's generally smarter and more classy than Paolo, though every time the two have a plan, it's likely to backfire. His flaws are somewhat punished by the... er, unfaithfulness
shown by his girlfriend. Karma's a bitch, indeed.
- All Love Is Unrequited: He has an obvious crush on both Emma AND Maria Eleonora and clearly likes them both way more than his "girlfriend" Alex. Too bad he never had a chance with either of them.
- Berserk Button: As a nod to his aforementioned nature as a Communist, he hates the way some traditions, never been in Italy before, suddenly got imported from Eagle Land. Case in point: Halloween.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Paolo, always.
- Consummate Liar: Usually. Sometimes it becomes Bad Liar.
- Cool Loser: Though "cool" only when you compare him with characters like Patti and Silvano.
- Deadpan Snarker: One of his defining traits. Sarcastic comments and snarky comebacks are about 90% of his dialogue.
- Dirty Communists: But of course.
- Dirty Coward: In spades.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Luca is anything but nice, but he acts like this towards Maria Eleonora in season 4.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Bubino, used almost exclusively by Paolo. Luca hates it.
- Freudian Excuse: Parental Neglect and Friendless Background. Also he was bullied during high school, so much that he attempted suicide.
- Greed: According to his co-workers, his worst flaw.
- Grumpy Bear: In some episodes.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The reason why he and Paolo end up fighting in several episodes.
- Hypocrite: As mentioned, he's not as idealistic as a real Communist is bound to be, as if the whole point behind the character was a Deconstruction of Communism. And given the nature of the network broadcasting the show...
- He claims to fight for the workers' rights but he actually fights for the rights of only a "worker": himself.
- Informed Flaw: He's a terrible lover. Just ask Alex.
- It's All About Me: He's so shamelessly selfish that he would betray even his only friend for his personal gain.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Whenever Luca acts nice to someone, it's just because he needs something in return.
- Lack of Empathy
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."
- Large Ham: Luca embodies this trope. Especially when he's defending his beliefs or giving one of his "important" and "idealistic" speeches, he starts being overly emphatic and melodramatic. And when he's actually talking about strikes, he starts Chewing the Scenery.
De Marinis: "Someone should end this war."
Luca: MEEE!! WHEN I'LL WIN IT!!!!"
- Loser Protagonist
- Manipulative Bastard: Occasionally.
- Money Fetish: He loves money more than everything else.
- My Girl Is Not a Slut: Except she is.
- No Respect Guy
- Not So Above It All: He can be the smart, levelheaded one of the duo, but Luca is just as depraved as Paolo and he knows it.
- Not So Different: He and De Marinis, as much as he hates to admit it. Also lampshaded by Olmo.
- Only Sane Man: Luca is usually the only character with common sense (along with Olmo), especially since the other three most important characters are Paolo, Silvano and Patti.
- Pet the Dog: When he tries to help Paolo and acts like his Cloudcuckoolander's Minder.
- The Scrooge: He's revealed to be quite rich in one episode.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Paolo ruins a plan in a really stupid way, Luca's usual response is leaving without saying a word, leaving Paolo to the karmic punishment he deserves.
- Smart People Play Chess: In one episode, he's revealed to be quite good at it.
- Smug Snake: Most of time, but he can be a Magnificent Bastard on occasion.
- The Snark Knight
- Straight Man: To Paolo.
- Surrounded by Idiots
- Teeny Weenie: He's often mocked for this, especially by Paolo and Alex. Everyone in the company knows it, of course.
- This Loser Is You: Especially implied for the Communist audience.
Played by Alessandro Sampaoli.
The company's nerdy and goofy accountant and the show's resident Butt Monkey
. Very shy, he's not able to overcome the others' bossy attitudes unless someone's screwing with his personal hobbies he loves the most.
Other than being a hopeless Momma's Boy
and a goody-goody know-it-all, Silvano is also known for his semi-relationship with the ugliest woman in the company (Patti), another reason for being made fun of.
- Adorkable: He can be annoying, but he's still extremely dorky and endearing.
- Almost Kiss: With Patti.
- Basement-Dweller: To the point you can call him Seymour Skinner.
- Berserk Button: Screw with something he's somewhat of a fan of, and you'll be screwed in return.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Blind Without 'Em
- Butt Monkey/The Chew Toy: He's epic at this.
- Cannot Spit It Out: In regards to his feelings towards Patti.
- Catch Phrase: "TOGOH!". "Togo" is a variant of the Italian word "figo" which means "cool". Of course basically nobody in Italy uses this childish term and Silvano is often mocked for using it.
- Chaste Hero
- Chastity Couple: With Patti, until season 5.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: On occasion. Particularly since Giovanna, Jessica, Titti, Alex, even Pippo were all hitting on him in different episodes. Not to mention that a professional hooker (friend of Paolo) was about to quit her job just to be with him. Of course, being Silvano, he barely noticed it and screwed up his chances with all of them.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: See Beware the Nice Ones. Silvano, the most harmless character on the show, is really frightening in his Berserk Button moments and he's the only who has been able to defeat Andrea.
- Disappeared Dad: His father is never mentioned, unlike his mother who's one of the recurring unseen characters.
- Extreme Doormat: He's usually this to everyone, including similar Butt Monkeys like Patti.
- Generation Xerox: His father was an accountant, so was his grandfather, his uncle and apparently most people in his family.
- Genius Ditz: Yes, Silvano is a math genius, has a degree in economics, is good at chess and can solve the Rubik's Cube in a few seconds. Yet he's an idiot, hopelesslly naive and has a very goofy Man Child personality.
- Good Is Dumb: He loves and trusts everyone. He really shouldn't.
- Good with Numbers: And extremely proud of it.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood
- Horrible Judge of Character: Seriously, he keeps trusting Luca and Paolo and considering them friends, after all these years...
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Implied to be the main reason of the trope above.
- I Take Offense to That Last One: Frequent among his lines of dialogue.
- Kick the Dog: Always on the receiving end of this.
- Kindhearted Simpleton / Nice Guy: Usually cheerful and innocent, although it's implied that it's mostly because of his Butt Monkey status that he's such an Extreme Doormat.
- Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: When left alone with Patti. It doesn't work.
- Lethally Stupid
- Man Child: He's an adult who acts like a (clueless and immature) 12 year old boy. And he still lives with his mother.
- Momma's Boy: Duuuh. He defines this trope.
- Nerd: He's a socially awkward, dorky accountant, with Nerd Glasses and some geeky interests (math, science, documentaries, crosswords, sudoku...)
- The Pollyanna: Despite all the abuse he gets, he keeps a cheerful disposition most of the time.
- Smart People Play Chess
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Roughly 5% of the time, Silvano actually gets the last laugh at the end of the episode. Most notably in the episodes "Il fattore Geller", "La vendetta di Luca", "Sfida tra ruoli, "Tormentone", "Chat", "L'ascensore", "Zitta", "Lavaggio del cervello" and maybe some more.
- Too Dumb to Live: And how.
- Unusual Euphemism: See Catch Phrase.
- Virginity Makes You Stupid
Patrizia "Patti" D'Imporzano
Played by Debora Villa.
Simply known as "Cesso" (Toilet), Patti is the flat-out ugliest one in the company. She's still a maiden despite her age in a platonic relationship with Silvano.
Eager to work and kind to everyone, despite waiting for the right person to lose her virginity with (Silvano), she's actually willing to settle with pretty much anyone else.
As of season 5, she's pregnant.
Silvano is heavily implied to be the other one involved.
Augusto De Marinis
"You're a MORON!"
Augusto De Marinis
Played by Renato Liprandi.
The director in charge of the company as a whole. Highly conservative and, although not explicitly, rightist, he doesn't think about Luca as an actual "menace".
Despite he's far from being a Big Bad
, he's still a despicable character, given the bossy way he acts towards the workers. This, unless there's someone somewhat "stronger" than him.
- Bad Boss: All his employees (except maybe Ilaria and Gaia) hate him for a very good reason.
- Brutal Honesty
- Catch Phrase: "YOU MORON!" To everyone.
- Also "THE STAAIRS!!" when he sees someone who's going to take the elevator.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Deadpan Snarker: He's pretty good at being snarky.
- Dirty Old Man
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Stanislao Maria.
- Enemy Mine: With Luca, regularly.
- Freudian Excuse: One of his sons is in a mental hospital because he tried to kill him.
- Now he's the boss and loves to call everyone "morons", but it's revealed that, a long time ago, before his promotion to director, "moron" was his nickname among the other co-workers.
- George Jetson Job Security
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He is quite easily pissed off.
- "I Am" Song: "I am the director!" in an episode involving a singing contest.
- Jerkass: Arguably the worst jerk on the show.
- Karma Houdini: Aside from rare exceptions, he fits the trope very well.
- Large Ham: "YOU MORON!".
- Last Name Basis: Justified, as he's the boss. He's always referred to by his last name De Marinis.
- For some reason, De Marinis himself usually calls Luca and Paolo (and rarely Silvano) by their last names ("Bitta, you're a MORON!!"), and everyone else by their first names.
- Manipulative Bastard: In spades. Though Geller is even better at this.
- Mean Boss: He even admits that he insults his workers just because it's funny.
- The Plan: in general
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Everyone knows how much he's homophobic, racist and elitist.
- Raised Catholic
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: His speciality.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
- Your Cheating Heart: He's married but he has also an affair with Silvano's mom.
Olmo with Anna.
Played by Carlo Giuseppe Gabardini.
The overweight, nerdy computer expert. Single father with a little kid, Olmo is pretty lazy and an easygoing person. Not without his quirks but still one of the closest characters to be the Only Sane Man
Alessandra "Alex" Costa
Alex with Luca
Played by Sabrina Corabi.
Alex is Luca's so-called, self-appointed girlfriend. A relatively minor character in the show, this secretary has actually slept with pretty much everyone in the company. She's also a stoner, and none of her brothers has an honest life in any way.
- Anything That Moves: It's implied (and revealed in one episode) that she makes out also with her female friends.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Alex cheats on Luca constantly, yet she's always jealous when Luca seems interested in some other girl.
- Deadpan Snarker: Non as much as Luca but she has her moments.
- Establishing Character Moment: The episode guest starring Luca's pen friend ends with something that could only be defined as a (thankfully lampshaded) Dethroning Moment Of Suck, quickly establishing her as one of the least likeable characters in the entire shownote .
- Friends with Benefits: What her relationship with Luca amounts to.
- Granola Girl
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl
- Hypocrite: Slutty, yet jealous of Luca.
- Jerkass: Big time.
- Karma Houdini: No matter how much she betrays Luca, she never pays for her unfaithfulness.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Her treatment of Luca.
- Kubrick Stare: She uses this expression every single time she's mad at someone (mostly Luca).
- The Lad-ette: Aggressive, slutty, rude Hard-Drinking Party Girl, and a stoner to boot.
- Ms. Fanservice
- No Indoor Voice: She yells a lot. Especially at Luca.
- Odd Friendship: With Patti.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: She's only known as Alex.
- Really Gets Around: Her defining trait. She doesn't even try to hide it.
- Sassy Secretary: A textbook example.
- Sexy Secretary: She's a very attractive secretary who Really Gets Around.
- The Stoner: Just an Informed Flaw, though.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In season 5 Alex, finally engaged to Luca, is not the rebellious slut that she used to be. Despite her troubled past being still mentioned, she's now a completely changed woman, actually in love with Luca and even faithful to him.
- Tomboyish Name
- Tsundere: Type A, very very much so.
- When She Smiles
- Your Cheating Heart: Poor Luca.
Played by Paolo Bufalino.
Andrea is Mr. De Marinis' personal driver, and he's
pretty much exactly
as violent as the stereotypical bodyguard he looks like: he delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown
almost every single time he's featured in a sketch.
- Badass: No duh.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Andrea always wins.
- Bald of Evil
- Beard of Evil
- Berserk Keyboard: You just can't know what could either piss him off or calm him down. Be prepared!
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Very rarely, but he shows his softer side in a couple of episodes, although he always goes back to being a sadist every time.
- The Brute
- The Bully: And that's one of the nicest terms to describe him.
- Camera Abuse: The usual modus operandi he uses to pull off a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's quite a good Pre-Asskicking One-Liner.
- Diabolus Ex Machina: He usually shows up at the end of the episode in order to ruin Luca and Paolo's fun.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He is very fond of this. Whenever he feels slightly insulted or annoyed by someone's comment (any comment, even the most innocent), he thinks it's a good reason for beating this person up.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely cared about his old primary school teacher, apparently his Morality Pet (ironically she turns out to be an unlikable bitch who hates him and treats him like crap). He also fell in love three times throughout the show, and all three times he was willing to change his ways for his woman. It never lasted long, obviously.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He didn't beat Patti in season 5 because she was pregnant.
- For the Evulz: Forget Disproportionate Retribution, this is the real reason why Andrea does anything he does.
- Jerk Jock
- Karma Houdini: Just watch the show. Andrea is this trope personified, since he never gets punished for his acts of violence.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Luca and Paolo are his favorite targets of abuse.
- Lack of Empathy
- Laughably Evil: Andrea's appearances are usually the funniest moments of the episode.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: There's no way anyone in Real Life can be like Andrea.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: In-universe.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Pretty much anytime he appears, usually following a Psychotic Smirk.
- Out-of-Character Moment: In one episode a group of employees were singing "happy birthday" to Luca. He was one of this group. And Andrea is not the kind of guy who sings "happy birthday" to anyone, especially Luca and Paolo.
- Psycho for Hire
- Sadist: The most violent, sadistic character on the show.
- The Sociopath
- Tranquil Fury: Usually, his facial expression doesn't change much, whether he's patiently listening to someone or doing what he wishes to do while trying his own patience, that is, beating the crap out of him.
- Would Hit a Girl: Only occasionally though (he beats up Patti in "La maestra di Andrea" and Wanda in "Il brutto anatroccolo"). Otherwise, he's mostly violent towards the male characters.
Giuseppe "Pippo" Lo Cascio
"GOING RIGHT NOW!!"
Played by Massimo Costa.
The homosexual office boy. Luca and Paolo's favorite Butt Monkey
when Silvano isn't around. A very common Running Gag
is someone (usually Paolo) ordering Pippo to go to the bathroom, to get rid of him.
"Yes, Mr. Luca."
Wanda with Paolo.
Played by Margherita Fumero.
A naive, submissive elderly woman, usually abused and mistreated by everyone.
"Ah, if it isn't that little comunist bastard with his tall, brainless pal!"
Played by Riccardo Magherini.
The psychotic, neurotic, lunatic guard who's always threatening people with his gun.
- Ax-Crazy: He's always carrying a loaded gun. In a business company where there's nobody else carrying a weapon.
- Catch Phrase: "That little comunist bastard and the tall brainless one" (Luca and Paolo respectively, of course) and "LET ME SEE YOUR BADGE!!!! BAAADGE! B-E-G-G..." (or other misspelling).
- Character Tics: He's full of them.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Vittorio is completely insane, in a violent, belligerent way.
- Evil Is Hammy
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Or Ax-Crazy, in this case.
- Gun Nut: He has a creepy Cargo Ship relationship with his gun, and he's never seen without one.
- Hidden Depths: His insanity makes him the only one who can handle Geller.
- Insane Equals Violent: Not as physically violent as Andrea but he's a seriously disturbed, dangerous psycho.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Jerkass: No one who ever interacts with him is safe from being verbally harassed and held at gunpoint.
- Large Ham: More than everyone else in the series.
- Laughably Evil: Even more so than Andrea, since he's an idiot and generally much more harmless and less scary.
- Never Learned to Read: Just like Paolo, he's illiterate and unable to spell a word right.
- The Nicknamer: He never uses people's real names (maybe he doesn't even know them). The initial quote is the only way he always refers to Luca and Paolo. Once he even called the director De Marinis "little capitalist bastard".
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: In-universe.
- No Indoor Voice: He's always yelling.
- Psycho for Hire: Maybe one phycho in the company wasn't enough, so we have two of them: Andrea and Vittorio.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
- The Villain Sucks Song: Unsurprisingly everyone hates Vittorio's guts. In the episode "Festa d'addio" when Vittorio wants to leave the company, his co-workers organize a party to celebrate the event, which includes a mocking, insulting song about him. Of course Vittorio changes his mind at the end and decides to keep his job in the company.
"A long time ago, in an ancient region named Gu..."
Played by Roberto Accornero
A post-merger character, the most important and the most feared. Everyone
fears him, including De Marinis. He's the tall, serious, composed man who's always carrying that small red notebook.
Being the responsible of human resources, he can examine workers' every single movement...and write their name in the notebook whenever he decides they do something wrong or stupid. And it happens. Always.
From left to right: Luca, Gloria and Geller.
Played by Desy Luccini.
She is the beautiful yet extremely dim-witted new secretary of the company.
Played by Roberta Nanni.
A new manager of the company who has an obsessive crush on Paolo.
Former Supporting Characters
Played by Claudia Barbieri.
The second most important person in the company, next to De Marinis, Ilaria is the strict Marketing director. While powerful and respected, she has basically no life outside the workplace and is considered by everyone a bitter middle-aged woman.
Gaia De Bernardi
Played by Roberta Garzia.
Vice Marketing Manager of the company, Gaia is a smart, beautiful, rich, successful woman whose eternal competition with Ilaria is well known by everyone. Unlike Ilaria, she's liked by everyone, especially the guys; much to her dismay she's the main object of Paolo's desire.
Giovanna (on the left)
Played by Giovanna Rei.
The young, sexy switchboard operator. Unambitious and not career oriented, Giovanna is your typical pretty and friendly girl, but still able to use her natural beauty to her advantage, whenever she needs something.
Played by Giorgia Cardaci.
An unlucky, not very bright secretary. After being dumped by her abusive husband, she's now a single mother with two little kids, always struggling with money and looking for a man.
Played by Jessica Polsky.
The athletic yet elegant british manager. The only foreigner out of the regular characters.
Played by Linda Gennari.
The new secretary arrived in season 3 after Anna's departure. Sort of a Replacement Scrappy
although she doesn't have much in common with Anna. Luca seems to have a bit of crush on her but she isn't fond of him at all.
Maria Eleonora Baù
Maria Eleonora with Luca.
Played by Cecilia Cinardi.
Introduced in the season 4, Maria Eleonora is an extremely cultured and competent young woman, object of Luca's unrequited affections. She's a nice, likable person but at the same time overly obsessive and neurotic and a bit of a perfectionist.
- Accidental Misnaming: Many people find her name too long and tend to call her just "Eleonora". And she always replies: "It's Maria Eleonora!"
- Benevolent Boss: The only one on the show. She's genuinely friendly to all the employess.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When she's disappointed by Luca's behavior (very often), Maria Eleonora can be really nasty to him.
- Brainy Brunette: Incredibly intelligent, cultured and much more competent than everyone else.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In season 5.
- Control Freak: Being an obsessive perfectionist, shows many tendencies of this trope.
- Cute Bookworm: As revealed in the episode "Quando Ugo impazzisce", Maria Eleonora feels sorry for people who don't love reading.
- Genki Girl: Despite being certainly sensible and reasonable, Maria Eleonora is kinda perky.
- Go-Getter Girl: Adult example.
- Good Is Not Dumb
- Insufferable Genius: At her worst. Sometimes people find her annoying for this reason.
- Motor Mouth: At times.
- The Perfectionist: To a ridiculous degree.
- The Rival: To Ilaria, since Ilaria's historical rival (Gaia) was Out of Focus in season 4.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: She only appears in season 4, but she gets more screen time than any other female character in that season, except maybe Patti. Even Gaia was Demoted to Extra.
- Token Good Teammate: Control Freak tendencies aside, she's possibly the most decent character ever appeared in the show.
- Tsundere: To Luca. A type B (mostly sweet), but only because she's a genuinely sweet-natured person who's nice to everyone. She's not remotely interested in him and all Luca's attempts to win her heart are Failure Is the Only Option.
"FOR TOM WEIL!"
Played by Fabrizio Careddu.
The main Digitex salesman and Paolo's rival and worst enemy. He's the most famous member of "Team Carminati" and strongly believes in the importance of the group work, thanks to the theories of Tom Weil, a fictional philosopher idolized by him and his co-workers.
- Always Someone Better: Carminati (and his team) is a more successful salesman than Paolo, who was formerly known for being the best one in his company.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In season 5.
- Friendly Enemy: To Paolo, sort of. The enmity is one-sided on Paolo's part and Carminati actually treats Paolo like a friend and wants him to join his team.
- Interestingly in the early pre-merger years the Digitex employees (like Vasile and Gustavo) hated Luca and Paolo just as much as Luca and Paolo hated them. As of season 4, once the merger and Carminati came along, the Digitex employees (former rivals) suddenly became friendly, with Luca and Paolo still hating and considering them rivals.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: Carminati and his team (team Carminati).
- Hero Antagonist: To Paolo's Villain Protagonist.
- Last Name Basis: He's only called by his last name Carminati.
- The Leader: Of his team (he has always 2 or 3 unnamed one-dimensional guys following him everywhere). However, he insists he's not the leader and that they're all equally important.
- Nice Guy: He's always friendly to Paolo, even though he knows that Paolo hates him.
- The Rival: To Paolo.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Paolo sees him as this but not the other way around.
- True Companions: Again, Carminati and his team.
- This trope backfires in one episode, when he actually does the "Tom Weil test" by falling on his back deliberately: his team must be ready to catch him before he falls on the nails on the floor. Unfortunately for him, he does this while delivering a Rousing Speech about his belief in the importance of teamwork, which ends with his "For Tom Weil!", which his co-workers are basically programmed to answer with a "hip hip, hooray!", complete with a re-enactment of The Three Musketeers' well-known Stab the Sky (see the page picture for True Companions) with their pens, by that point of the episode. Cue him falling on his back, and on the nails as well (which promptly stab him).
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: To the extreme.
Played by Elena Santarelli.
A young, attractive girl who works in the company's nursery. She hates her job and always looks aloof and annoyed with everyone.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: In the episode "Il dominatore", she tells Luca and Paolo that she hates doormats and loves dominant men; afterwards when Paolo starts treating her like dirt and acting like an arrogant, rude "dominant man", Caterina actually starts liking him.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In season 5.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
Luca: "So one of these days, do you wanna go out with me?"
Caterina: "I'm sorry, one of these days I'm busy."
Luca: ""What? Are you busy every day?!"
Caterina: "No, just the one you were thinking of. What a coincidence, right? "
- Dude Magnet: She has many admirers (Luca, Paolo, Olmo...), much to her annoyance.
- Dumb Blonde: Averted actually. While Caterina is lazy, possibly Book Dumb and bad at her job, she is far from being as stupid as other characters.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Obviously played straight, see Hello, Nurse! below.
- Flat Character: Her character is a bit...pointless. Just another hot girl who serves as Ms. Fanservice and a Foil to Luca and Paolo's antics.
- Hello, Nurse!: Considered by Luca and Paolo one of the sexiest girls in the company along with Giovanna.
- Ice Queen: Usually reserved and aloof and not exactly a friendly person.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Ms. Fanservice: Inevitably, being played by a quite famous Italian model and showgirl.
- Statuesque Stunner
Played by Ernesto Mahieux.
The company's psychologist. (season 1)
Played by Carla Signoris.
The company's psychologist. (seasons 2-3)
Chiara De Marinis
Played by Luciana Littizzetto.
The director's despotic daughter. (seasons 1-2)
Elisabetta "Titti" D'Imporzano
Played by Claudia Gerini.
Patti's attractive sister. (season 1)
Played by Paolo Pierobon.
The company's doctor. (season 2)
Played by Silvia Giordano
The cleaning lady. (season 2)
Played by Massimo Ranieri.
A shy, awkward Butt Monkey
who has stuttering problems. Basically another Silvano with a speech impediment. (seasons 2-3)
Played by Michele Alhaique.
A new employee with a little experience, who (unlike the other people) worships Paolo. His main goal is trying to be like him in every way. Paolo, on the other hand, considers him just an annoyance. (season 3)
Played by Dino Abbrescia.
A Digitex (the rival company) employee who hates Luca and Paolo with a passion. (season 3)
Played by Massimo Tomassoni.
Vasile's friend known for his extreme good luck. (season 3)
Giuseppe "Ciccio Riccio" Ricciuti
Played by Federico Bonaconza
A short-lived character on the sitcom and a total nutcase. (season 3)
Played by Lucia Ocone.
Luca and Alex's wedding planner. (season 5)
- Ascended Extra: Lucia Ocone was supposed to appear as a special guest in just one episode. The cast enjoyed working with her so much that the writers added more episodes with her character involved.
Paolo's wife, just as "faithful" to her husband as he is to her. Possibly the most well known unseen
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Understandably.
- Depending on the Writer: Valeria, being mentioned so frequently in the episodes, is a common victim of this. Sometimes she seems a long-suffering Only Sane Woman, sometimes she's flighty and promiscuous. In one episode, Paolo even reveals that she's insane and really mentally disturbed (probably due to her having to put up with her husband's antics). The description of her physical appearance is also inconsistent, and so is her intelligence (see Took a Level in Dumbass).
- Dumb Blonde: She's blonde, as mentioned by Paolo in a couple of episodes, and according to the episode "Q.I." (or "I.Q."), she's even dumber than Paolo, and the dumbest one in Paolo's family.
- The Ghost
- The Masochism Tango: Her marriage with Paolo. They both cheat on each other and they fight all the time. It doesn't help that Paolo is always drunk.
- Not So Above It All: While she's obviously closer to earth than her husband, Valeria still seems a seriously messed up woman (again, according to Paolo's stories).
- Really Gets Around: And Paolo isn't aware of this...
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In a season 2 episode Paolo discovered that she used to be a brilliant and overachieving student. Later it's revealed that her I.Q. (2) is even lower than Paolo's (12). Possibly a Series Continuity Error or maybe it's just due to the fact that she reached her husband's level with their marriage.
- Women Are Wiser: To be fair, pretty much anyone would seem closer to earth compared to Paolo.
- Your Cheating Heart
Paolo's oldest son, still with childish behaviour, but somewhat the most decent family member.
- Characterization Marches On: In the beginning, he was portrayed as a terrible Bratty Half-Pint like his brother Brad, but at some point, to Paolo's absolute dismay, he started changing and becoming a good kid who likes reading and studying, as opposed to his sociopathic father and delinquent brother.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: the Responsible to Brad's Foolish.
- The Ghost
- Kids Are Cruel: More so before his Character Development, but it's still there.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to the rest of his family. According to Luca, he's the only one in Paolo's family who is not an illiterate idiot.
- The Unfavorite: As pointed above, many episodes were focused on Paolo being mad at him because of his good grades and dedication to studies. Instead Paolo always favors little criminal Brad and he's totally proud of him.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: With Paolo.
- Where Did We Go Wrong?: Paolo's reaction when Jonathan started abandoning his bad habits and acting like a responsible kid.
- Would Hit a Girl: He apparently gave Anna a black eye in one of the early episodes.
Paolo's youngest son. "The shortest serial killer in the world" according to his proud father.
Pino and Budello
Paolo's infamous best friends (other than Luca of course), just as uncultured and thoughtless as him and known for their criminal habits.
Paolo's favorite hooker.
Alessandra "Sandra" Rogi
Silvano's mom. No description needed.
A friend of Silvano and his mom. She's their old next door neighbor, and they play Scrabble together every week.