Talk:Pointy-haired Boss

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Proposal to reinstate section:[edit]

Disputed claim[edit]

"In the Dilbert TV series, in which he was voiced by comedian Larry Miller, the character was notably smarter..."

IMHO he is every bit as stupid in the TV series, if not more so. Lee M 19:10, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
As a big fan who owns the DVD boxsets, I agree that the TV version of PHB was as stupid as the cartoon strip version. Should be removed as it's incorrect. Notorious Biggles 12:24, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Lists and Their Evils[edit]

This page is a perfect example of why we shoudn't use lists: every other person that comes along feels the need to add to it. Someone needs to reformat it (Read: delete half of it) into a coherent paragraph.the1physicist 19:40, 16 December 2005 (UTC)

I disagree. That list was very helpful. In fact, I had a boss who fit 17 of the traits perfectly. That is a perfect example of why we SHOULD use lists. ( (talk) 23:11, 27 July 2008 (UTC))

I VOTE we reinstate the list. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:11, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

Nah, leave it out. -- (talk) 04:59, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

"Heck" link[edit]

At the time I found this, "Heck" redirected to "Hell". Since a few words down "Hell" already has it's own wikilink and a few words above "Phil" already has his own link I have changed the link portion to Heck(Dilbert) as the natural place if such an article is created. Jon 19:24, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Mauve has the most RAM[edit]

I've deleted this section. The text of the strip as recounted is completely incorrect. There is no citation proving that the joke is a reference to Douglas Adams. I very much doubt the strip has anything whatsoever to do with SGI workstations. If you want to put it back you'll have to rewrite it.


I understand Wikipedia needs to use free images, but surely there's a picture we can use for this article. NoobixCube (talk) 09:13, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

I have since added a picture--CornfieldMannequin (talk) 18:38, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

Never mind. We need a picture again.--CornfieldMannequin (talk) 19:08, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

Removed the weaselly-named "Related Acronyms".[edit]

After staring blankly at the "Related Acronyms" section for a bit, I realized was was bugging me about it. It's about stuff that really isn't related to Dilbert at all, except in the "If you enjoy Dilbert, Amazon recommends the following: ________" sense. It repeatedly used weasel words to build an after-the-fact connection when no real, verifiable connection ever existed. It was entirely about another strip/cartoon/whatever, by another artist, with no connection with Scott Adams's work. It was as if you put a whole section about Radiohead, and only Radiohead, in the Pink Floyd article. Oh, and on top of all that, it was purely original research. At first, I thought about rewriting it . . . but then, I realized I couldn't figure out any good reason for it being in the article at all. As if we need help recognizing when one acronym is reminscent of another? Or that we needed to be told the PHB is a "suit"?!? Can anyone justify this section's reinstatement? I think the article's much better without it. -- (talk) 05:13, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Book Covers[edit]

The following images can be used in the article, showing the Pointy-Haired Boss's portrayal on Dilbert book covers:

and Here

These images show relevance in the article. With the first one, management itself is portrayed as a bald person with pointy-hair, regardless of gender. And with the second one, the symbol of pointy-hair is referred to negatively as a pile of manure. (Hence the term "Don't Step In It," as well as the shovel.) I feel that these images should be shown in the article, and that someone should add Non-Free Use Rationales to them, permitting them to be used in this article. Please comment.--CornfieldMannequin (talk) 17:42, 21 April 2009 (UTC)

Jowly boss[edit]

actually last appeared Sunday 1st December, 1991. How sad am I ;) Calum (talk) 16:11, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Not entirely incompetent[edit]

There was a strip in the past year where he stated something that was actually a good idea in terms of business but was once again shot down by the pompous ass that Dilbert is - and this was all supposed to be funny because Dilbert is never wrong (even if he's an idiot in terms of business sometimes). (talk) 16:19, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

new section on the description of people as "pointy haired bosses"[edit]

due to the popularity of the comic strip, describing people as "pointy haired bosses" as a reference to the characteristics of the original is becoming more common.

am i right in thinking their should be a section on this? Magicalbendini (talk) 15:10, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Is he called PHB in the strip?[edit]

Is he referred to as Pointy-haired Boss in the Dilbert world, or is that just what fans have decided to call him? the article doesn't say (talk) 13:05, 30 July 2016 (UTC)