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Encyclopedia > Wally (Dilbert character)

Wally is a character from the Dilbert comic strip. Inspired by a coworker of creator Scott Adams at Pacific Bell, he is a lazy employee always trying to work the system, although he is very capable at his occupation. In Seven Years of Highly Defective People and What Would Wally Do, Adams explained that his co-worker at Pacific Bell wanted to avail himself of the generous severance packages being offered by the company during a period of downsizing, because he was told there was no future for him at the company; he thus embarked on a mission to get fired. Adams was inspired by this co-worker's serious dedication toward this goal, and the concept of a completely shameless employee with no sense of loyalty became Wally. Another story from Adams have him based on a co-worker who made some sort of error, not huge enough to get him fired, but huge enough to wreck any chance of ever advancing in the company. Without any incentive to work hard, he began to do as little work as he could, and successfully managed to stay with the company for years. Dilbert (first published April 16, 1989) is an American comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams. ... Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several business commentaries, social satires, and experimental philosophy books. ... For current information on this topic, see AT&T. Pacific Telesis Group was one of the seven Regional Bell Operating Companies created after the 1984 breakup of AT&T as a holding company for Pacific Bell and Nevada Bell. ... Pacific Bell logo Pacific Bell was a telephone company which provided service in the state of California. ... (UTC):This page is about loyalty as faithfulness to a cause. ...


In the animated series, we discover that Wally was once a great programmer. As described by a female employee in a flashback "He just programmed an entire database from scratch!" He is used later in the episode to solve the Y2K bug while being hypnotized. The Year 2000 problem (also known as the Y2K problem, the millennium bug, the Y2K Bug or just Y2K) was the result of a practice in early computer program design that caused some date-related processing to operate incorrectly for dates and times on and after January 1, 2000. ... Professor Charcot was well-known for showing, during his lessons at the Salpêtrière hospital, hysterical woman patients – here, his favorite patient, Blanche (Marie) Wittman, supported by Joseph Babiński. ...


Due to his obsession with coffee, Wally's idea of "work" is simply carrying around a cup of the beverage, of which he drinks hundreds of cups a day, somehow without succumbing to caffeine overdose. Or he simply drinks decaffeinated coffee. In one comic strip, he said (very unemotionally) that someone found asbestos in the ceiling of their building. He was wearing a breathing mask over his face, and if you looked closely, his coffee cup was wearing one too. He also has a notable lack of hygiene. He owns only one white shirt, and never washes it, because it's covered in white toothpaste stains that cannot be seen, and always smells minty. There is, in fact, a group of people that look like him, which led to Wally once being arrested for impersonating a dead man (and, since he gave the police a fake name, also caused Asok's career to go down the tube). Wally has no fingerprints, pulse, DNA, body heat, or the like. The lack of pulse may be the reason that he does not die from caffeine overdose, as death is usually from ventricular fibrillation. He reveals that his ancestors selectively bred to leave no such means of identification, and cites their reason as being "we prefer to ask why not" [as opposed to asking why]. Wally has no feelings for other people around him, so to him, it's okay to irritate people, ask poor Asok for frivolous things during budget requests, and do things at work that are forbidden by policy. For example, he got rid of Dilbert's monitor when company policy asked the employees to get rid of office equipment they never used, and once turned his cubicle into a pool. However, he does have a mentor-student relationship with Asok, and once told him that the reason he enjoys talking to him is that he is there. Occasionally at staff meetings, he gives the PHB the "Wally report": an overdramatic, story-like report detailing his weekly "accomplishments" which are always trivial if not non-existent. A cup of coffee Workers sorting and pulping coffee beans in Guatemala Mature coffee fruit still on the plant Coffee is a widely consumed beverage prepared from the roasted seeds — commonly referred to as beans — of the coffee plant. ... Caffeine is a xanthine alkaloid compound that acts as a stimulant in humans. ... Hygiene refers to practices associated with ensuring good health and cleanliness. ... Asok (pronounced Ah-shook) is an intern in the Dilbert comic strip. ... Ventricular fibrillation (V-fib or VF) is a cardiac condition which consists of a lack of coordination of the contraction of the muscle tissue of the large chambers of the heart that eventually leads to the heart stopping altogether. ...


Wally enjoys viewing pornographic web sites, as indicated in a couple of strips. He was married at least four times but is now single (his wives all filed for divorce due to the boss forcing Wally to work several hours of overtime) and has no children (his last attempt at reproduction was at the cellular level). His personal life is a bit odd; for example, he has a veterinarian for a doctor, fed a tree coffee and shredded memos, and he once started taking "Yoda" classes in the belief that they were yoga classes. Binary fission Binary fission is the form of asexual reproduction in single-celled organisms by which one cell divides into two cells of the same size, used by most prokaryotes. ... Look up veterinarian in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Yoda is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in all of the franchises films except for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Statue of Shiva performing Yogic meditation Yoga (Devanagari: योग) is a group of ancient spiritual practices originating in India. ...


Look-alikes of Wally appeared in innumerable early strips, but like the later "Ted the Generic Guy", he was initially used as only a random co-worker of Dilbert's. In early strips, he was called (among many other names) Les (Short Version), Norman, Bruce (Cheater Version), and Bud. However, in two comics (October 21-22, 1991), Adams incorporated the story of his co-worker's mission to get fired and he subsequently became a regular character. This is a list of minor characters from the Dilbert comic strip. ...


External links

  • Dilbert.com - The Characters

 
 

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