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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[1] 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 changed, however.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

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.[2] He is ethnically African-American.[3]

Employment[edit | edit source]

Dale's first day in Coffee of Doom. 25432551

See also: Pizza place owner

Dale delivers pizza, buses tables, and walks dogs.[4][5] 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.[6] He also appears to work at an all natural health store.

Later, Dale quit his job at the pizza place and has started working at Coffee of Doom.[7]

Education[edit | edit source]

Dale's education is unknown.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Marigold[edit | edit source]

First kiss in Number 2591: Sugoiiiii.

Dale's interactions with Marigold originally started off as a friendly rivalry chock-full of anime tropes[4] that were meant to reflect their mutual interest in anime and video games, but instead came across as somewhat disquieting in tone [8] 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.[9]

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.[10][11] Barring any such pretenses, he becomes rather shy and nervous in their presence.[12] (Of course, dealing with a socially awkward Marigold likely doesn't make this task any easier).[13]

Dale complimented Marigold for the first time during their anime-date.[14] Their first kiss happened on the next day, when Marigold came to Coffee of Doom.[15]

The Virtual Assistant[edit | edit source]

A hologram appeared via Dale's AR glasses in a maid costume, chosen for her by an algorithm--likely due to Dales love of anime--as part of a beta testing program for a new virtual companion service. He was the first (after fourteen previous attempts) to accept her presence and End User License Agreement (EULA).[16]

Dale agreed to put up with the service for a period of 48 hours and in exchange for an evaluation of the program he would receive $1500.[17] The AI didn't have a name, so Dale picked "May".[18]

Once Dale accepted the EULA, May became surly and quite caustic. When her griping and terrible advice became too annoying, Dale switched off his AR Glasses,[19] but later had a change of heart and switched them back on. She became more cooperative.[20]

Dale was invited to Marigold's apartment by Momo, but Marigold was angry with him,and May actually gave him good advice on how to patch things up with her.[21] After the 48-hour trial period, the AI told him she liked the name May and would keep it.

The Return of May[edit | edit source]

Some time later, May showed up at Dale's apartment in a robot body;[22] she'd been released from Robot Jail and needed a place to stay.[23] Initially, Marigold didn't want May to stay at his apartment, but May convinced her that she was no threat to the relationship and Marigold relented.[24]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Despite his stereotypically nerdy interests, Dale gives the impression of being a friendly and easy-going guy [25] and is well-liked by the other characters.[26] Faye describes him as being "suspiciously chill. Everything's either 'cool' or 'all right' with him."[27] The more aggressive characters seem to mistake his nice attitude for wimpyness,[28][17] but while Dale's boundaries and tolerance for rudeness are more lax than most,[29][30] he is capable of standing up for himself when pushed too far.[18][31]

He appears to have a good sense of humor, though perhaps he sometimes has a hard time gauging his audience.[32][33]

Hobbies[edit | edit source]

Dale plays World of Warcraft. His main is a human mage on Tichondrius[25] and he recently started a night elf rogue on Warsong.[4] He previously played Dungeon Crawl, having done a 15-rune ascension with a Merfolk Crusader, though it is clear he no longer plays.[34]

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.[35][36] 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 Number 1693: I-Ikari-San?! further emphasizes a referential link between Shinji Ikari and Dale, which may or may not be intentional on part of the creator.

Sex and drugs and rock&roll[edit | edit source]

Sexuality[edit | edit source]

Dale has thus far only shown attractions to females and is in a relationship with Marigold, who also became his first sexual partner.[37][38]

Drugs[edit | edit source]

Dale drinks caffeine.

Music preferences[edit | edit source]

Dale's musical preferences are currently unknown, though he wears a T-shirt bearing the name "Creston Electric",[26] 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.[39]

Gallery[edit | edit source]


  1. Number 657: Humor, Quashed
  2. Number 2496: A Budding Romance
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Number 1680: Cue The Kill Bill Music
  5. Number 2357: Onomatoployment
  6. Number 2498: He Needs A Hair Net
  7. Number 2530: Roamin' Candles
  8. Number 1771: Lousy In Real Life
  9. Number 2414: Detente
  10. Number 2507: Gynophobia
  11. Number 2512: Or Maybe A Jumpsuit
  12. Number 2559: Cutekward
  13. Number 2487: Behind The Curtain
  14. Number 2562: Just Make Out Already
  15. Number 2589: You Are Very Special
  16. Number 2491: Anime HellNumber 2493: Resizability
  17. 17.0 17.1 Number 2494: In It For The Money
  18. 18.0 18.1 Number 2495: Nom De Guerre
  19. Number 2499: Shutdown
  20. Number 2500: Qualified ContritionNumber 2504: All Tsun, No Dere
  21. Number 2511: Reckless Endangerment
  22. Number 2710: Her Again
  23. Number 2712: Yup, Her Again
  24. Number 2714: Stomp Stomp SlamNumber 2717: Oooweeooo
  25. 25.0 25.1 Number 1668: FOR THE HORDE
  26. 26.0 26.1 Number 1640: Everybody Likes Dale
  27. Number 2551: And Some Body Armor
  28. Number 2529: High-Level Talks
  29. Number 2504: All Tsun, No Dere
  30. Number 2548: Never Good Enough
  31. Number 2499: Shutdown
  32. Number 2543: A Slow Start
  33. Number 2556: Spaceman Spiff
  34. Number 1895: Don't Even MENTION Sigmund
  35. Number 1693: I-Ikari-San?!
  36. Number 2495: Nom De Guerre
  37. Number 2567: Sometimes You Just Know
  38. Number 2638: I Like Them Better Cold AnywayNumber 2642: Culinary Apitiude
  39. Number 2574: I Guess He Walked There Himself
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