He wears a bright red-and-yellow Hawaiian shirt, which helps to establish his character.
Dale is a fun-loving character who sometimes has trouble staying focused on a single task - after all, there's a huge big universe out there, filled with all sorts of fun stuff!
He is playful to the point of appearing irresponsible; but when the fat is in the fire, he can often pull through, usually in an entirely unexpected direction.
Dale is a Chip's best friend, and a completely random factor; his unorthodox methods of handling situations can sometimes result in his finding a solution that no-one else thought of.
He's also a fairly good fencer.
Dale appeared in all episodes of the original TV show.
Accepted Fan Fiction Conventions
Dale's surname, "Oakmont", appeared for the first time in Michael Demcio's fan fiction Rhyme And Reason. It has been widely accepted by the fandom and used by many other fan fiction writers since then.