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Dale is an anime and video game enthusiast. He started off as a well-liked regular at Coffee of Doom, but was later hired as an employee, breaking the coffee shop's female-only streak as Dora's first male barista. In his earlier appearances, he had an on-going rivalry with Marigold in World of Warcraft. Their adversarial relationship has recently changed, however.

BackgroundEdit

Dale's home town is unknown. It is presumed that he is from the Pioneer Valley area of Massachusetts. He is the son of a single mother, whom he helps to support.[1] He is ethnically African-American.[2]

EmploymentEdit

Dale delivers pizza, buses tables, and walks dogs.[3][4] At first, he said he had three jobs, but most recently, he has been seen working the counter at a convenience store and washing dishes.[5] He also appears to work at an all natural health store. As of Strip 2530, Dale quit his job at the pizza place and has started working at Coffee of Doom.

EducationEdit

Dale's education is unknown.

RomanceEdit

Dale seems to have an attraction to Marigold Farmer, on which he is acting.[6]

Sex and drugs and rock&rollEdit

SexualityEdit

Dale is apparently heterosexual and appears to be in a relationship with Marigold.

He is also confirmed to be a virgin, at least up unitl Strip 2567.[7]

DrugsEdit

Dale drinks caffeine.

Music preferencesEdit

Dale's musical preferences are currently unknown, though he wears a T-shirt bearing the name "Creston Electric",[8] which produces vintage-style custom solid body and chambered electric guitars and basses. He has been seen wearing a T-shirt for nerdcore hip hop musician MC Frontalot, in keeping with his generally geeky preferences.[9]

PersonalityEdit

Despite his stereotypically nerdy interests, Dale gives the impression of being a friendly and easy-going guy [10] and is well-liked by the other characters.[11] Faye describes him as being "suspiciously chill. Everything's either 'cool' or 'all right' with him."[12] The more aggressive characters seem to mistake his nice attitude for wimpyness,[13][14] but while Dale's boundaries and tolerance for rudeness are more lax than most,[15][16] he is capable of standing up for himself when pushed too far.[17][18]

He appears to have a good sense of humor, though perhaps he sometimes has a hard time gauging his audience.[19][20] Dale's interactions with Marigold originally started off as a friendly rivalry colored by chock-full of anime tropes[3] that were meant to reflect their mutual interest in anime and video games, but instead came across as somewhat disquieting in tone [21] and ended up escalating into a gross misunderstanding between the two. Fortunately, Dale has no hang-ups about reaching out and apologizing when he know he's done wrong.[22]

For all his easy-going nature, however, Dale admits that he doesn't seem to have much luck when it comes to having a normal conversation with girls he is crushing on and reverts to grade school tactics to get their attention.[23][24] Barring any such pretenses, he becomes rather shy and nervous in their presence.[25] (Of course, dealing with a socially awkward Marigold likely doesn't make this task any easier).[26]

HobbiesEdit

Dale plays World of Warcraft. His main is a human mage on Tichondrius[27] and he recently started a night elf rogue on Warsong.[3] He previously played Dungeon Crawl, having done a 15-rune ascension with a Merfolk Crusader, though it is clear he no longer plays.[28] 

He is also an avid anime fan and owns quite a bit of anime-related memorabilia. He has posters of Gally/Alita (Battle Angel) and Haruhi Suzumiya in his room.[29][17] he owns the entire collection of the fictional manga, Magical Love Gentleman which he keeps locked up and out of sight. He frequently wears anime-related t-shirts, most notably "Shut Up, Shinji" and "EVA-01," both of which reference Shinji Ikari, the protagonist in the anime "Neon Genesis Evangelion." Interestingly, the title of 1693 further emphasizes a referential link between Shinji Ikari and Dale, which may or may not be intentional on part of the creator.

Guide to strips about DaleEdit

  • Strip 1640 introduces Dale and reveals that he is a well-liked regular at Coffee of Doom.
  • His second appearance was in FOR THE HORDE which shows that he delivers pizza and plays World of Warcraft.
  • Dale next appeared in Cue the Kill Bill music where he confronts Marigold about her treatment of him in strip 1668.
  • He is seen in in I-Ikari-san?! playing PVP against Marigold. This leads to his famous quotation: "No. Leave her. This one has... potential" (a possible reference to Neon Genesis Evangelion).
  • Dale appears again to taunt Marigold about WoW in Lousy in Real Life.
  • In Don't even MENTION Sigmund he taunts Marigold, and even Hanners notices a potential romance connection between the two.
  • Dale delivered pizza to Hannelore and Marigold in comic 2356: Porno Tropes.
  • Marigold owned Dale when he attacked her in WoW in comic 2359: MarigOwned.
  • Dale delivers a pizza to Marigold as a peace offering which she accepts in comic 2414 Detente as a result of his being soundly beaten back in strip 2359.
  • In comic 2487 Behind The Curtain, Dale reveals that he wears AR glasses, explaining the glow that has been present since comic 1693.
  • Between strips 2491 and 2515 Dale participates in a 48 hour trial beta program for the AR glasses. In exchange for $1,500, he is accompanied by a virtual companion AI he names May. Despite her outspoken and crude nature, May assists Dale with patching things up with Marigold and the two part on a heartwarming note.
  • In comic 2530, Dale is hired as a barista at the Coffee of Doom.
  • Between strips 2558 and 2563 Dale and Marigold spend an awkward evening together watching Anime.

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