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Long-running Italian movie saga based on the eponymous books by Paolo Villaggio. It's the tragically comical story of the clumsy and unlucky accountant Ugo Fantozzi, played by Villaggio himself. The movies have no real plot. The endless disgraces and misfortunes of the main character are shown in a variety of sketches and sequences full of slapstick and Black Comedy.

Ugo Fantozzi is a grotesque parody of the Italian White Collar Worker of the 1970s. A mediocre man who is extremely apathetic and frustrated with his life, both at work and at home. Married to a plain and homely housewife, father of a monstrously ugly little girl, Fantozzi works for a huge company known as "Megaditta" where he's endlessly abused and humiliated by his co-workers and bosses (in-universe known as mega-directors), rejected by his "dream woman" Miss Silvani (a shallow, opportunistic, and rather ugly Manipulative Bitch) and gets into every sort of catastrophic situation.

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The first movie aired in 1975. It has 9 sequels but, depending on whom you ask, only the first few movies are worth watching (though there are also people who enjoy later movies). In Italy, much of the dialogue, especially in the first 3 films, is still source of Memetic Mutation, and the term "fantozziano" has become an adjective to describe a hapless, unlucky person.


The series provides examples of:

  • Aesop Amnesia: Fantozzi and his wife Pina have a Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moment in most of the movies... and the next movie he will be back ignoring Pina and chasing after Miss Silvani, only to realize at the end that Pina is important to him, over and over again.
  • Ascended Extra: Fantozzi's wife Pina is a minor character in the first two movies, because the story focuses more on Fantozzi’s life at his workplace. After the actress change, she has a more active role in the plot and in later movies she pretty much becomes the Deuteragonist.
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  • Bad Boss: Fantozzi has several different bosses over the years and all of them are evil tyrannical Corrupt Corporate Executive like Mr. Burns.
  • Born Unlucky: The Trope Codifier in Italy. His entire life is a big Humiliation Conga and his bad luck is exaggerated to cartoonish and unbelievable levels.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • The title character may be the most abused and unlucky character in history. In the Italian version of this wiki, The Chew Toy is named Il Fantozzi.
    • A close second is his daughter Mariangela who is treated like an animal by everyone except her mother. She's less of a Butt-Monkey than her father only because she's largely kept Out of Focus, except for a few gags.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • While always an unlikable character, in early movies Miss Silvani acts more like a classy, elegant, and polite Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, very different from the vulgar, foul-mouthed, and obnoxious woman she becomes in later movies.
    • In the first two films, Pina, as portrayed by Liù Bosisio, was an awkward, sweet, and submissive wife who genuinely loved her husband. When Milena Vukotic takes over the role (at least in the third and fourth films), she's more apathetic towards Fantozzi and even willing to flirt with other men. From the sixth film onwards, Pina (still played by Vukotic) is a rather sweet and loyal wife, although still more independent and assertive than Bosisio's Pina.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Fantozzi's slimy rival Calboni disappears after the fourth film. Since his original actor passed away after the airing of the third film, they hired another actor for the fourth one but he wasn't memorable like the original and in the other sequels the character is completely eliminated.
  • Cross-Cast Role: Plinio Fernando as Mariangela Fantozzi. In three of the later movies, he also plays Uga, the granddaughter.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: All of Fantozzi's attempts to win over Miss Silvani end up in Epic Fail. Averted in the eighth movie when they have Their First Time but it doesn't go anywhere because Fantozzi realizes how much his wife is important to him.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • During a billiards match with his boss Catellani, Fantozzi initially underperforms on purpose to please his boss. However, after being repeatedly insulted and derided by his boss and the colleagues, he finally decides to play to his real ability and defeats Catellani.
    • When Fantozzi and his colleagues are forced to watch The Battleship Kotiomkin (a parody of The Battleship Potemkin) for the umpteenth time, thus missing an important football match, Fantozzi finally reacts, openly denouncing the film as "an awful pile of crap", punching his manager who has bullied him many times before, and causing an uproar among his colleagues.
  • Downer Ending: Almost all the movies, especially the first five. Arguably averted with the 7th movie, Fantozzi alla riscossa.
  • Driven to Suicide: Fantozzi tries to kill himself a few times in different movies.
  • Extreme Doormat: Fantozzi, when he's around his bosses and co-workers, is a complete pushover to the point that people literally walk all over him. On the other hand, with his family he's a borderline Domestic Abuser with his wife being an Extreme Doormat.
  • Famous, Famous, Fictional: When Riccardelli is taken hostage, he is forced watch a few Italian B movies like Giovannona Long-Thigh, The Exorciccio (a parody of The Exorcist), and The police gets mad. The first two are actual movies, but there's no movie named The police gets mad and that title was only useful for a gag of the next scene.
  • Gonk:
    • Mariangela (Fantozzi's daughter) is so hideous that she is compared to/mistaken for a monkey in all of her appearances. She is a little girl played by a very unattractive man. In later movies there's also granddaughter Uga, played by the same actor of Mariangela.
    • Pina (Fantozzi's wife) is also considered ugly, although to a less dramatic extent than her daughter and granddaughter.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Despite being married, Fantozzi has a hopeless crush on his female co-worker, Miss Silvani.
  • Informed Attractiveness: An intentional example. Miss Silvani is not supposed to be pretty and the book explicitly states she is not, but since she's the only woman in the office, she has her male co-workers (mainly Fantozzi and Calboni) fighting over her.
  • Interspecies Romance: The ugly daughter Mariangela (who is always compared to a monkey) eventually marries a gorilla.
  • Jerkass:
    • Fantozzi is an abusive father, a horrible, uncaring husband who always hits on another woman, and generally a vile, miserable human being with no positive qualities.
    • Nearly all the characters in the saga are just as bad. Fantozzi is endlessly abused by other characters who are jerks to him. The only decent person is Pina, Fantozzi's wife, despite some Not So Above It All moments in the third and fourth movie when she's briefly attracted to other men.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Fantozzi usually has one Pet the Dog moment in almost every movie. A notable example is when he comforts his daughter after she was insulted by his Jerkass co-workers in the first movie.
  • Last-Name Basis: Fantozzi and his co-workers (even with his close friend Filini) always refer to each other this way. If not the surname, they use the job title.
  • Made of Iron: How Fantozzi manages to survive with all the horribly painful things that happen to him. At some point he's even literally used as a human lightning rod. He eventually dies in the eighth movie.
  • Malaproper: Incorrect verb forms are very common. It seems no one in these movies can speak properly.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Fantozzi's bosses never get his name right, usually calling him "Fantocci" ("fantoccio" is a derogatory way to say "puppet"). This is to show how much they are dismissive of him.
  • Overly Long Name: Many of Fantozzi's bosses. Sometimes they are also Punny Names.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Everyone in the company acts like this to the current Bad Boss.
  • This Loser Is You: Fantozzi is a parody of the Italian salaryman of the 70s.
  • What Does She See in Him?:
    • Pina is usually an apathetic wife who doesn't really love her husband. Considering that Ugo is a loser and a terrible husband it's understandable. But when she has a crush on another man, the man is usually disgusting, ugly, and obnoxious, like Cecco or Franchino, who are not really much better than Fantozzi. Pina is the Only Sane Woman in a Crapsack World but she has horrible taste in men.
    • Gender-inverted when it comes to Fantozzi himself and his love for Miss Silvani. She's not pretty at all and is generally a complete bitch with no redeeming qualities. Made worse by the fact that he's already married to an endlessly patient woman who is much better than her. Lampshaded in one of the later movies by Pina, when she says that she has never understood why Ugo likes Miss Silvani.

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