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Ex-cuse me, ye-I-I believe you have my stapler...

Milton Waddams is the often-abused drone of Initech in the animated series Milton, along with its live action spinoff movie Office Space.


Milton is a shy, neurotic employee that stutters constantly who works at Initech. He was actually let go from his job, five years prior to the events of the film, but no-one ever told him about it so he kept turning up to work. Due to a glitch in the payroll system, he kept getting a paycheck.

His desk gets moved repeatedly over the course of a year, frustrating him to no end. He used to have a desk facing a window through which he could see two squirrels playing, only to be moved for no apparent reason. When Initech switched from the Swingline staplers to Boston staplers, Milton kept his Swingline because they don't bind up as much.

Milton hates his job even more than the other employees, which is saying a lot. In a phone conversation, it was revealed that Milton will quit if his desk gets moved again, and if anyone takes his stapler, he will drastically retaliate by setting the office building on fire. Over the course of the movie, Milton is pushed further and further into making his threat a reality.

At vice-president Will Lumbergh's birthday party, Milton is denied a piece of cake and has to watch everyone else enjoy theirs. He stops receiving his paycheck when the Bobs fix the payroll glitch, without telling him. Lumbergh then moves Milton's desk into the basement and tells him to deal with the cockroaches while he's down there. Finally, Lumbergh takes Milton's stapler, just to be cruel.

Milton tries asking Lumbergh's secretary if he could have his stapler back, only to be ignored. Milton then walks into Lumbergh's office in the hopes of finding his stapler, only to find an unmarked check for three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) lying on the floor, as a result of the actions of three colleagues trying to hack the pay system. Realising the opportunity he had, Milton set the building on fire and travelled to the Carribbean, but failed to find his beloved stapler (but since Peter found it in the remains of the former software building while doing construction work with his neighbor Lawrence, it’s possible he eventually gave it back to him).