Ever notice who Dilbert resembles? And Dogbert?
Think back... to Rocky and Bullwinkle.
Remember Mr. Peabody and Sherman? Well, I'm sure they grew up eventually. Think about it...both wear glasses, are kinda nerdy, dog with schemes to travel in time will eventually go bad and turn to evil plans for world domination. Meanwhile, his subservient, dorky human companion, the boy who operated the time machine controlls, obviously grew up to be a nerdy programmer.