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Characters: Caméra café
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

    Paolo Bitta 
"Talkin' 'bout me?!"

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. Think about him as a Jerk Jock of sorts, though Andrea is better at that.

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

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.

Supporting Characters

    Silvano Rogi 

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

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 
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!"

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)

    Olmo Ghesizzi 
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)

    Alessandra "Alex" Costa 
"Luuuuuuuuca!!"

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 
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!!"

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."

Wanda with Paolo.
Played by Margherita Fumero.

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

(seasons 1-5)

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

Vittorio.
Played by Riccardo Magherini.

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

(seasons 1-5)

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

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)

    Gloria 
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)

    Lucrezia Orsini 
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 
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 of her workplace and is considered by everyone a bitter middle-aged woman.

(seasons 1-4)

    Gaia De Bernardi 
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 appreciated 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.
  • Heroes Want Redheads
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She's essentially a Rich Bitch but way more sympathetic than Ilaria.
  • Not so Above It All: She have 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 perfurmed fl...a flower."
  • Out of Focus: Again, in season 4. She found a regular boyfriend in the rival company (Digitex) and rarely apperead again. The Paolo/Gaia dynamic was kinda replaced by the similar Luca/Maria Eleonora one.
  • Rich Bitch: Mild version.
  • 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 Woman: Usually to Paolo's antics.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality
  • 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 she has proven to be much more athletic than Luca and Paolo.

    Giovanna Caleffi 
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)

    Anna Murazzi 
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 
Jessica.
Played by Jessica Polsky.

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

(seasons 1-2)

    Emma Missale 
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 
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)

    Michele Carminati 
"FOR TOM WEIL!"

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.
  • Keet
  • 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 
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: 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

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. No one remembers her name. (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 

Valeria Bitta

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

Jonathan Bitta

Paolo's oldest son, still with childish behaviour, but somewhat the most decent family member.

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.

Alessandra "Sandra" Rogi

Silvano's mom. No description needed.


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