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Dilbert

An Unlucky Everydude who would be the Only Sane Employee if he hadn't stopped caring about his work years ago. Failure Is the Only Option when it comes to his attempts at dating.

Dogbert

Out, you demons of stupidity! Out!

Dilbert's anthropomorphic dog and Foil. An Evil Genius, Heroic Comedic Sociopath and The Barnum who constantly exploits everyone with consummate ease. He is bent on Taking Over The World and succeeded a few times, but relinquished his power because Victory Is Boring.

Dilbert: "I'm in need of your special talents.
Dogbert: "Hm, let me check my calendar. Evil, evil, not evil. Looks like I've got an opening"

Ratbert

I am, indeed, the greatest rat who ever lived" Rat adopted by Dilbert who just wants to be loved. Demoted to Extra after the strip started focusing on Dilbert's workplace.

Bob the Dinosaur

The Artifact from before the strip began devoting itself to office humor. Used to have a mate named Dawn and a son named Rex, but they fell prey to Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.

Dilbert's company

Pointy-Haired Boss

His own namesake trope pretty much sums it up. Dilbert's nameless boss is dumb, sometimes descending to ditz levels, and borderline utterly sociopathic.

Wally

"One day, I learned sadness is just another word for not enough coffee"

The poster child for Dismotivation, Wally is The Slacker and happily exploits his Ultimate Job Security to the fullest extent.

Alice

"Do you mind? My Fist of Death is stuck"

Workaholic who responds to the hopelessly clueless of the workplace with her "Fist of Death".

Asok

I learn so much from you

An intern from India, Asok is The Pollyanna and a Bollywood Nerd. Basically, he has genius-level IQ (and psychic powers), but is naïve when it comes to the company's bureaucracy and incompetence.

  • Bollywood Nerd: Possibly the Trope Codifier, at least for American audiences.
  • The Intern
  • Naive Newcomer: Was introduced as one.
  • The Pollyanna
  • Psychic Powers: In the Noughties a Running Gag developed that his time at the Indian Institute of Technology had left him with telekinesis and the ability to make people's heads explode by thinking about it.
  • Token Minority: Adams has said Asok was an attempt at an aversion - he worried that adding any ethnic minority character would provoke backlash because all his characters have amusing flaws and people might regard those flaws as being a stereotype - so Asok's flaw was 'inexperience', which was obviously temporary. Naturally, due to Fan Dumb, he was still blasted as a negative stereotype to start with.

Catbert

The evil Director of Human Resources.

 Alice: How many of your policies are designed solely to satisfy your own sadistic tendencies?

Catbert: All of them. Some are just more obvious than others.

Carol

Not so much a Sassy Secretary as a Bitter Secretary Who Hates The World, Everyone In It And The PHB In Particular. Constantly messes with the PHB, sometimes plotting to kill him, while doing her job in the most haphazard way possible.

Loud Howard

I HEARD A RUMOR!

A minor character appearing in a few strips he became an Ascended Extra in the TV Show. His main distinguishing feature was that he was extremely loud.

Tina the Tech Writer

Introduced as a Straw Feminist (her introductory strips literally dared readers to become as offended as possible), she is now mostly played as simply The Chick, in contrast to Alice.

Ted The Generic Guy

I'm Ted. No, not the Ted you're thinking of

A personality-less employee used in situations which would otherwise require a one-off character. Has thus been fired and killed a number of times, but it never sticks. Scott Adams has joked that there must be more than one Ted in the company.

Other

Phil the Prince of Insufficient Light

An Odd Job God who rules Heck and punishes minor sins. Also the PHB's brother.

  • The Artifact: He generally had more to do before office humor took over.
  • Ascended Fanon: Fans used to ask if Phil and the PHB were related because they looked similar. Adams liked the idea and made them brothers.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Has done this to people many times. One of his crueller punishments to people at Dilbert's company is to do nothing whatsoever.
  • Executive Meddling: Adams wanted to add the Devil to the cast as an annoying character, but his editors vetoed that idea, so he came up with Phil. Adams would later admit that Phil is a much funnier concept than what he originally had in mind.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck: "I Darn you to Heck."
  • Odd Job Gods

The World's Smartest Garbageman

An extremely intelligent man who seems to be something of a mentor to Dilbert.

  • Almighty Janitor
  • Noodle Incident: "Once I created life that was destroyed. I don't talk about it much."
  • Mentors: He appears every time that Dilbert needs some kind of help.
    • Parodied at one point in the series, where he compares pineapples and insurance salesmen because pineapples are "smarter than bananas".

The CEO

A guy with a tall bald head who makes the PHB seem like a kind person in comparison. There have been several different CEOs in the series with the same appearance and personality, so either he is an upper-management version of Ted or he repeatedly retakes power off-screen.

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