Characters / Caméra Café

Given Camera Cafe 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 spend all their free time together. 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: Impulsive Cloudcuckoolander Paolo is the red and snarky, intelligent Luca is the blue. Although Luca is the more bad-tempered and hammy of the duo, he's usually the Straight Man to his friend's over the top behaviour.
  • Schemer: Both of them, especially Luca.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man:
    • Paolo is seemingly the Manly Man (a sleazy womanizer and loves cars and drinking) to Luca's Sensitive Guy (more of an intellectual loner who loves cinema and literature, or so he claims). Ultimately subverted since Luca is anything but sensitive.
    • Both of them are the Manly Men to Silvano's Sensitive Guy. Especially Paolo in contrast to Silvano in the episodes where they interact without 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.

    Paolo Bitta 
"Talkin' 'bout me?!"

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Paolo Bitta
Played by Paolo Kessisoglu.

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 co-workers.

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: He loves to drink Grappa (imagine something similar to Whisky) and is often drunk at work and when he's driving.
  • 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: 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. He can't even spell his own name.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his many quirks, he's very good at his job.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "Paolo Bitta, a man called contract!"
    • "TALKING ABOUT MEE??!" suddenly appearing and joining other people's conversation.
  • 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: Much of the humour about his character is this.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is Paolo Bitta.
  • Drives Like Crazy: And proud of it.
  • Drunk Driver: Obviously. He's an alcoholic who loves driving his car. He regularly runs over cats and old women while driving. He's both hated and feared by all the traffic cops in town.
  • 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 as seen in 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. He also seems to love his wife (despite cheating on her) and his kids but in a completely dysfunctional way.
  • 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).
  • Likes Older Women: He slept with Wanda multiple times.
  • Literal-Minded: Much to Luca's dismay, Paolo has trouble understanding his speeches and often takes them literally..
  • Loony Fan: Of Italian band "Pooh".
  • Lovable Rogue: The audience will always support Paolo no matter how terrible his actions can be.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He sleeps around a lot, reads porn, cheats on his wife with hookers, and is definitely a pervert but it's al Played for Laughs.
  • 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. He uses this to outsmart Luca in the episode "Prevedibile".
  • 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: He combines his simple-mindedness and immaturity with his reckless, amoral, and dangerous behaviour.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Luca Nervi 
"Now that will piss our bosses off!"

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Luca Nervi
Played by Luca Bizzarri.

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.
  • Bithe Way: Quite debatable. When he finds out that a male client of Paolo was willing to pay to have sex with him, Luca proceeds to shamelessly flirt with the man and hint that he'd be interested. Considering he's never been shown to be interested in men before and how greedy he is, it's probably less a revelation of his sexuality and more him showing just how much he loves money.
  • 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. He snarks about his friend Paolo and... well, about anyone or 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?"
  • 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:
  • 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: He's portrayed as the biggest loser of the main duo. Especially because, unlike Paolo, he has no family or friends whatsoever.
  • Manipulative Bastard: But only occasionally he's good at it.
  • Money Fetish: He loves money more than everything else.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: Except she is.
  • No Respect Guy: After Silvano, he is probably one of the least respected guys in the office.
  • 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: Sarcastic comments and snarky comebacks are about 90% of his dialogue.
  • Straight Man: To Paolo.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: One of the few characters who is not an idiot and regularly lampshades the stupidity of the other characters. Of course, he will still do stupid things along with Paolo for the sake of the plot.
  • 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.

Supporting Characters

    Silvano Rogi 
"TOH-GOH!" ("AWESOME!")

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Silvano Rogi
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.

(seasons 1-5)

    Patrizia "Patti" D'Imporzano 
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Patti
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.

(seasons 1-5)

    Augusto De Marinis 
"You're a MORON!"

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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.

(seasons 1-5)

  • Bad Boss: All his employees (except maybe Ilaria and Gaia) hate him for a very good reason.
  • Brutal Honesty: In the way he always insults his employees.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "YOU MORON!" To everyone.
    • "THE STAAIRS!!" when he sees someone who's going to take the elevator.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's quite cruel and we can make a list of all the illegal things he did on the show.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's pretty good at being snarky.
  • Dirty Old Man: He cheats on his wife and often shows sexual attraction towards younger women.
  • 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: One of his favorite ways to scold his employees is threatening to fire them.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Can you blame him for being always mad at Luca and Paolo?
  • 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.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Everyone knows how much he's homophobic, racist and elitist.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: His speciality.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He's married but he has also an affair with Silvano's mom.

    Olmo Ghesizzi 
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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.

(seasons 1-5)

  • Acrofatic: Despite his weight, he loves surf and extreme sports.
  • Big Eater: Until he lost weight in season 5.
  • Big Fun: He's large and rather easygoing.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Olmo is pretty competent and capable, but he's pretty much a slacker like Luca and Paolo.
  • Canon Foreigner: Out of the characters introduced in season 1, he is the only one who doesn't have a counterpart in the original French version of the sitcom.
  • Cassandra Truth: Nobody in the office believe that Olmo had sex with a model and she is the mother of his son.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Due to his Only Sane Man status.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Anna.
  • Fat Comic Relief: Many many fat jokes about him in the first four seasons. He lost his weight in season 5.
  • Fat Best Friend: To both Luca and Paolo. Basically the only character who is on good terms with them without being one of their enemies or their victims.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: He's much nicer than Luca and Paolo (though he also has his Jerkass moments) but unlike Silvano, he's not a pushover and doesn't let people walk over him.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Often serves as this to Luca and/or Paolo, thanks to his computer skills.
  • Nerd: A huge sci-fi-nerd obsessed with computer and videogames.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Luca most of the time.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Besides Anna, he's the only character who's constantly struggling with money. He's also one of the lowest paid employees and is a single father of a baby.
  • Straight Man: In many episodes, especially when Luca is not around, he serves as this for other co-workers.

    Alessandra "Alex" Costa 
"Luuuuuuuuca!!"

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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.

(seasons 1-5)

    Andrea Pellegrino 
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Andrea
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.

(seasons 1-5)

    Giuseppe "Pippo" Lo Cascio 
"GOING RIGHT NOW!!"

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Pippo.
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.

(seasons 1-5)

    Wanda Sordi 
"Yes, Mr. Luca."

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Wanda with Paolo.
Played by Margherita Fumero.

A naive, submissive elderly woman, usually abused and mistreated by everyone.

(seasons 1-5)

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Luca and Paolo on several occasions. Although half of time Paolo doesn't seem to mind (and he actually slept with her more than once), Luca on the other hand...
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She has her moments and can get pretty mean at times.
  • Butt-Monkey: Third biggest one on the show after Silvano and Patti.
  • Covert Pervert: Seemingly innocent, naive and motherly, but actually a Dirty Old Woman.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Not surprisingly, considering the show. She's often attracted to men who are much younger than her.
  • The Ditz: Due to senility, arguably.
  • Extreme Doormat: Most of the time, everyone takes advantage of her and treats her like crap.
  • Gonk: She and Patti are labeled as the ugliest women in the office (see the episode "Ugly Bitta"), although Wanda is considered less ugly than Patti. For example, Paolo is distusted by Patti but he doesn't mind Wanda too much...
  • Kavorka Man: A female example. She's a homely old woman who gets several lovers on the show, including Paolo himself.

    Vittorio Ubbiali 
"Ah, if it isn't that little comunist bastard with his tall, brainless pal!"

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Vittorio.
Played by Riccardo Magherini.

The psychotic, neurotic, lunatic guard who's always threatening people with his gun.

(seasons 1-5)

  • 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: He's more of a Large Ham than everyone else in the series.
  • 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: He's a very unstable guy, anything can set him off.
  • Jerkass: No one who ever interacts with him is safe from being verbally harassed and held at gunpoint.
  • 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!: He has a habit of repeating the words and then doing the spelling of said words (the spelling is always completely wrong) with a No Indoor Voice.
  • "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.

    Guido Geller 
"A long time ago, in an ancient region named Gu..."

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One of the few moments you'll see this man laughing, although in this case it doesn't match the situation, nor it is good to hear. Patti, we share your pain.
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.

(seasons 4-5)

  • Affably Evil: The evil part is debatable, but he's this in the eyes of the employees and is definitely a Manipulative Bastard.
  • Alliterative Name: Guido Geller.
  • Annoying Laugh: Easily the smartest character on the show, but his laugh sounds...idiotic. He's usually serious, though.
  • Audible Sharpness: when taking out his notebook, to boot!
  • Breakout Character: He was immediately popular with the audience, because of his coolness, snarky lines and has great scenes with everyone. Out of the characters introduced in season 4, he's the only one who has still a prominent role in season 5.
  • Catch-Phrase: "You know, in an ancient region named Gu (or Fu/Nu/etc)..." following a weird story about ancient chinese populations. He narrates these stories/metaphors every time he wants to teach someone a lesson.
  • The Comically Serious: He's always serious and composed but that doesn't make him less funny.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In a very subtle way, he's always snarking.
  • The Dreaded
    Silvano: "Since the day I met Geller I have nightmares every night."
    Luca: "Since the day I met Geller I don't even sleep anymore."
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A meta example that borders on Hilarious in Hindsight. Accornero appeared as a guest star in previous seasons, playing a hobo particularly prone to drinking. By the end of the sketch, the guy ended up with the crap beaten out of him by Luca and Paolo; now, Roberto Accornero is back, with a permanent role, this time playing a character that happens to be the most feared, respected and powerful figure in the show.
  • Last Name Basis: He's mostly called Dr. Geller (No, not that one) when the employees are talking to him, or just "Geller" when he's not around.
  • Manipulative Bastard: A big one, and that's why everyone fears him so much.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: In-universe. He's actually even more feared than Andrea.
  • Not So Stoic: He has a few moments of this. He's usually stoic and loses his cool very rarely (like in "Il talento nascosto" in season 5).
  • Odd Friendship: With Vittorio of all people, since he's the only one who isn't terrified of him (he is just too crazy and couldn't care less about Geller's role in the company).
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Yes, he really is. As cold as he seems, he's just doing his job.
  • Softspoken Sadist: In contrast to De Marinis.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: And how. Geller is introduced in season 4 and immediately gets more screen time than everyone else (except Luca, Paolo, Patti and Silvano) and half of the cast (especially the female) was Demoted to Extra beacuse of him. He's actually hilarious.
  • The Stoic: Never has excessive reactions and always has the same facial expression.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He's able to make everyone look like an idiot. And let's face it, everyone in the show is pretty much an idiot. Except Geller.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Mostly tall and snarky. He also has brown hair.

    Gloria 
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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.

(season 5)

  • Annoying Laugh: Her laugh is one of the worst examples of Most Annoying Sound. And her crying is just as annoying (see "Eroe nell'ombra").
  • Brainless Beauty: A textbook example. In fact her character was created just to be this trope. She's a Ms. Fanservice (played by model Desy Luccini) and the "brainless" part is exaggerated Up to Eleven.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Especially when she laughs.
  • The Ditz: She actually makes Paolo look like a genius. In one episode she actually falls for Paolo because of how "intellectual" he is (we are talking about Paolo, an ignorant illiterate moron of epic proportions) and then changing her mind because Paolo is too "smart" for her.
  • Ditzy Secretary: Like Anna in the first two seasons, but even more of an airhead.
  • Dumb Is Good: She's probably the only character who never has Jerkass moments. Since, this is Camera Cafè, that's saying a lot.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite her general incompetence she has a hidden "talent": being always able to know what time is it, without looking at the watch.
  • Ms. Fanservice: One of the most obvious examples.
  • Naïve Newcomer: A new secretary introduced in season 5 who is oblivious about pretty much everything.
  • Oblivious to Love: Well, oblivious to lust, when it comes to Paolo.
  • Only One Name: As far as we know.
  • Sexy Secretary: Very much so.

    Lucrezia Orsini 
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Lucrezia.
Played by Roberta Nanni.

A new manager of the company who has an obsessive crush on Paolo.

(season 5)

Former Supporting Characters

    Ilaria Tanadale 
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Ilaria.
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.

(seasons 1-4)

  • Brainy Brunette: Probably the woman with the most successful academic career.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Completely disappears in season 5.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mainly in her Snark-to-Snark Combat with Gaia.
  • Ice Queen: Her cold attitude is the reason why she's not well-liked.
  • Informed Flaw: In the show Ilaria is often looked down on for being "old and unattractive", especially compared to the younger and prettier Gaia, but she's actually only 38 and is clearly a very good-looking woman.
  • Married to the Job: So devoted to her career that she's completely alone.
  • Mean Boss: To a lesser extent than De Marinis though. Her secretary Patti definitely sees her as one.
  • Number Two: To De Marinis.
  • The Rival: To Gaia (season 1-3, a couple of episodes in season 4) and Maria Eleonora (season 4)
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Ilaria and Gaia. In season 4, with Gaia's appearances being less and less frequent, Maria Eleonora becomes Ilaria's main rival.

    Gaia De Bernardi 
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Gaia.
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.

(seasons 1-4)

  • Always Someone Better: To Ilaria.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In season 5.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially towards Paolo and Ilaria.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Arguably in season 4.
  • Dude Magnet: All the men in the company (except Pippo and Silvano) lust after Gaia, especially Paolo, who constantly and unsuccessfully tries to hit on her. Hell, in one episode, even Andrea falls in love with her.
  • Fiery Redhead: Gaia has her moments.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She's essentially a Rich Bitch but has a more likable attitude than Ilaria.
  • Lust Object: To Paolo who is the most obsessed with her.
  • Manipulative Bitch: It becomes a plot point in the episode "Una ragazza promettente".
  • Not So Above It All: She has a few moments of this. A shining example is one episode where she farts in front of Paolo.
    Paolo: "You kinda destroyed my dream, Gaia. To me, you were perfection. You were like a perfumed fl...a flower."
  • Out of Focus: Again, in season 4. She found a boyfriend in the rival company (Digitex) and rarely apperead again. The Paolo/Gaia dynamic was replaced by the similar Luca/Maria Eleonora one and the Ilaria/Gaia rivalry was replaced by the Ilaria/Maria Eleonora rivalry.
  • Rich Bitch: Mild version. Gaia comes from a wealthy family and she's shown to be a shallow bitch at times.
  • The Rival: Ilaria's rival of course. She usually wins.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: She gets away with a lot of things because she's good-looking.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Ilaria.
  • Straight Man: Usually to Paolo's antics.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Gaia can be both bitchy or pleasant, depending on her mood and the person she's talking to.
  • Tsundere: Type A, to Paolo. Of course she hates him and he never had a chance with her, but she actually liked him the first time they met and she genuinely enjoyed their First Kiss. Too bad every time she seems pleasantly surprised by Paolo, he ruins everything a minute later, just for being...Paolo.
  • You Go, Girl!: She's great at sports (like swimming and tennis), as seen in a couple of episodes, where she has proven to be much more athletic than Luca and Paolo.

    Giovanna Caleffi 
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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.

(seasons 1-4)

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears in season 5.
  • Dude Magnet: Biggest one on the show along with Gaia and Caterina.
  • Flat Character: There's nothing really interesting about her, other than being eye-candy.
  • Girl Next Door: She's pretty friendly and approachable most of the time.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Big time and Giovanna is well aware that all the guys find her attractive.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Especially in the episode where all the women are wearing a bikini.
  • Nice Hat: Her trademark bandana; in seasons 1-3 she's rarely seen without one. The reason is because the bandana severs to hide a serious dandruff problem.
  • Out of Focus: In season 4, to the point that people wonder why she was still credited.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Like Gaia, she gets away with a lot of things because of her good looks.
  • Straight Man: Many of her interactions with other co-workers have her in the Only Sane Woman role.

    Anna Murazzi 
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Anna.
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.

(seasons 1-2)

    Jessica 
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Jessica.
Played by Jessica Polsky.

The athletic yet elegant british manager. The only foreigner out of the regular characters.

(seasons 1-2)

    Emma Missale 
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Emma.
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.

(seasons 3-4)

    Maria Eleonora Baù 
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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.

(season 4)

  • 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 of an ambitious and driven career woman.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: She friendly and idealistic, but far from stupid.
  • 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.
  • Workaholic: She takes her work way too seiously.

    Michele Carminati 
"FOR TOM WEIL!"

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Carminati (and his team).
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.

(season 4)

  • 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.

    Caterina Farini 
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Caterina.
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.

(season 4)

  • 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: She's a blonde girl who is considered hot by the men in the company.
  • 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Inevitably, being played by a quite famous Italian model and showgirl.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She rarely smiles.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Played by the very tall Elena Santarelli.

Others

    Minor Characters 

Sergio

Played by Ernesto Mahieux.

The company's psychologist. (season 1)

Nadia

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)

Mauro Cestelli

Played by Paolo Pierobon.

The company's doctor. (season 2)

Loredana

Played by Silvia Giordano

The cleaning lady. (season 2)

Anselmo Pedone

Played by Massimo Ranieri.

A shy, awkward Butt-Monkey who has stuttering problems. Basically another Silvano with a speech impediment. (seasons 2-3)

Roberto

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)

Vasile Rovinescu

Played by Dino Abbrescia.

A Digitex (the rival company) employee who hates Luca and Paolo with a passion. (season 3)

Gustavo

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)

Carlotta Russo

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.

    Unseen Characters 

  • The Ghost: All these characters are often mentioned, but are never seen physically in the show.

Valeria Bitta

Paolo's wife, just as "faithful" to her husband as he is to her. Possibly the most well known unseen character.

  • 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.
  • Housewife: Valeria is often mentioned to be a housewife, so Paolo is the only one who "works", apparently.
  • 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).
  • 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: And Paolo isn't aware of this...

Jonathan Bitta

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.
  • Enfant Terrible: Used to be this before Character Development, and can still be one at times (but less so than his brother), however in later seasons he's more a teenager.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: the Responsible to Brad's Foolish.
  • 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.

Brad Bitta

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.

  • Aerith and Bob: Pino is a normal italian name. "Budello" is...well... And ironically Pino is just a nickname, while Budello apparently is not, see Only Known by Their Nickname below.
  • The Alcoholic: Pino known for his "grappa" (a alcoholic drink similar to Whisky) and possibly Budello as well.
  • The Brute: Budello. According to Paolo he could kick Andrea's ass any time.
  • Delinquents: Both of them are criminals.
  • Gasshole: If Paolo's stories are accurate...
  • Grease Monkey: Pino is a mechanic.
  • Men Are Uncultured: They are Paolo's best friends, after all.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Weirdly enough just Pino, whose actual name is Odoacre Maria. "Budello" on the other hand is his real name, but even Paolo isn't exactly sure if it's the first or the last name.
  • Those Two Guys: They are often mentioned together as Paolo's two buddies, but Paolo also mentions them separately quite often.

Maruska

Paolo's favorite hooker.

Alessandra "Sandra" Rogi

Silvano's mom. No description needed.

Mrs. Bollini

A friend of Silvano and his mom. She's their old next door neighbor, and they play Scrabble together every week.

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