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''Heeeeey, {{Troper}}. What's happening? Yeah, I'm gonna need you to go ahead and [[DescribeTopicHere describe ''Office Space'' here.]] If you could get that done by Monday, that'd be greeeeeaaaat. Mmkay?''

A comedy by Creator/MikeJudge, ''Office Space'' introduced us to the world of Initech, a [[IncompetenceInc soul-crushingly inane software company]] presided over by Bill Lumbergh, a [[PointyHairedBoss soul-crushingly inane boss]] obsessed with TPS Reports -- a [[RuleOfThree soul-crushingly inane]] bit of paperwork -- who is slowly driving [[{{Salaryman}} employee]] Peter Gibbons out of his mind.

Then Peter gets [[HypnoFool de-stressed by a dose of hypnotherapy]] and stops caring about his job. Soon after that, some outside consultants interview him, trying to find people to lay off. Instead of puffing up his importance, Peter tells them exactly how the bloated bureaucracy of the company stops him from ever doing anything. The consultants, of course, take this as [[SeeminglyProfoundFool sheer brilliance]]. Peter is fast-tracked for a promotion, but also discovers that two of his only friends, Michael and Samir, are going to be getting the axe. When he shares the news, the three decide to do the only logical thing -- [[DisproportionateRetribution rob the company]].

They come up with ASimplePlan, but fail to notice a few very important details, and everything starts to spiral out of control.

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!!''Office Space'' contains examples of:

* AdaptationExpansion: Of the "Milton" animated shorts Mike Judge did for MTV's ''Liquid Television'' in the early 1990s, from which the characters of Milton and Lumbergh (who was unnamed at the time) were taken. The bit where Milton's stapler is taken away was lifted wholesale from the first short, and dialogue from the last two shorts (Milton being moved to the basement and being asked to take care of the cockroaches, respectively) was also used. For those who remember these shorts, it is ''ridiculously'' satisfying to see Milton [[spoiler:finally burn down the building]] (and, in a deleted scene, [[spoiler:''kill Lumbergh'']]) after having promised to do both for almost a decade.
* AllThereInTheManual: In the movie it's never revealed what the "[=TPS=]" in [=TPS=] Reports stands for. But in the DVD extras it's revealed that it stands for "Totally Pointless Shit" and it's a reference to all the pointless, tedious paperwork that office workers have to deal with.
** In reality, it stands for "Testing Procedure Specification" and is used extensively in high-end, IEEE compliant software and electrical engineering firms - like Initech. And would most likely be completely useless to Lumbergh, since he's not involved with QA.
*** Which only further demonstrates what a JerkAss Lumbergh is.
* {{Angrish}}: Samir, caught in traffic in the opening.
** Samir gives the impression of having not quite mastered English-language swearing: [[spoiler:"This is a f-fuck!"]]
* ArtifactOfAttraction: The Red Stapler.
* AssholeVictim: The printer.
** [[spoiler: Lumbergh, if you consider a certain deleted scene to be canon.]]
* BadBoss: Good God, ''Lumbergh''.
* BadNewsInAGoodWay: Lumbergh: "Yeeeeah, I'm gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday…"
* BerserkButton: Milton loves that stapler.
** Also, Michael's last name is Bolton. He doesn't care for the singer.
** The printer.
*** [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} PC Load Letter? Fuck! Even in the future nothing works!]]
** Do not talk to Johanna about her flair.
** And don't tell Peter that he has a case of the Mondays.
*** Well, not as much of a BerserkButton as it normally would be, if Lawrence is any indication.
---->'''Lawrence''': I believe you could get your ass kicked for saying something like that, man.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: Or they'll [[spoiler:set the building on fire]]
* BillingDisplacement: These days DVD cases and the like tend to present it as if it were a Creator/JenniferAniston vehicle, but while she does play the LoveInterest her role is actually fairly minor.
** That was actually true at the time the movie was released as well.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: The redubs of swearing for network TV are truly terrible. They say "deep slime" instead of "deep shit" and "'''''pound me into ash'''''" instead of "pound me in the ass".
** And Samir's incoherent swearing ("This is a fuck!") is changed into the equally incoherent "This is a suck!"
** On ComedyCentral, swearing is muted out, and the profanity in the rap songs are played backwards, creating very obvious skips in the beat.
* BuffySpeak: Joanna rants that Peter has become a "penny-stealing … wannabe criminal … man!"
* BurgerFool: Are you wearing your flair today?
* ButtMonkey: Milton. He is told to move his desk around at least three times a week. [[spoiler:It turns out he was laid off five years prior to the film, but no one ever told him and the payroll was never updated, meaning he kept getting a paycheck. Lumbergh decides not only to ''continue'' not telling him about his lack of employment but cut him from payroll and move him to the basement. All the while Milton keeps coming in, wondering about his missing paycheck, and Lumbergh keeps on being an ass to him and not telling him any of the above.]]
** Peter sees himself as the butt monkey, claiming that every day is the worst day of his life because every day since he's started working has managed to be even worse than the one before it.
* CeilingBanger: Peter and Lawrence's apartment walls are not very thick.
** Which leads to a BrickJoke later on.
* ChekhovsGun: Subverted: [[spoiler:The hypnotist dies before snapping his fingers, suggesting that Peter will return to normal after hearing a snap. This never happens, and he stays in his relaxed state until the effect wears off on its own.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Milton. [[spoiler:"I could set the building on fire."]]
* CoitusUninterruptus: In Peter's nightmare, Lumbergh is having sex with Joanna while holding a cup of coffee, and then he turns to the camera and says, "Oh, hello Peter. What's happening? Uh, could you give me those TPS reports ASAP? Mmmkay?"
* ComedicSociopathy: Fraud, embezzlement, and arson have never been so funny. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Joanna when she [[WhatTheHellHero tells Peter off]] for thinking he's entitled to engage in antisocial behavior just because he doesn't like his job.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: It's the [[http://www.thinkgeek.com/books/humor/8e6c/ Office Space "Case of the Mondays" Fun Kit! Comes with lots and lots of flair, TPS reports, and a Jump to Conclusions mat!]] Though seeing how [[FridgeBrilliance it's supposed to seem like the kind of stupid-ass thing Initech would do]], [[InvokedTrope that's pretty much the point.]]
** A minor RunningGag early on is various characters missing the point of the "What would you do if you had a million dollars?" exercise, talking about what they would do with the ''money'' rather than what they would do with their lives when money is no longer a concern.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Creator/{{Jennifer Aniston}} is all over the back of the DVD cover, even though she only has a small role.
* CreatorCameo: An uncredited Mike Judge plays Joanna's passive-aggressive boss.
* TheDilbertPrinciple: The two Bobs think Peter's a great candidate for the management track, while they want to fire two of the most competent workers.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: [[TropeNamers This song]] was used to great effect to show how much Peter hated Initech.
** Subverted when the Peter and his friends have to deal with the fallout of their crime, and Michael Bolton rants about "stupid neanderthal Mafia guys [being] so good at crime, when smart guys like us can suck so badly at it."
* DescriptionCut: The morning after Peter, Michael, and Samir celebrate having put their plan into action, Johanna remarks on the mess and wonders what the celebration was about, Peter replying that he's not at liberty to talk about it. Cut to Peter telling her everything.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Trope inspiration. Michael beats the faulty fax machine to a pulp with his bare hands. The whole sequence is set to [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome entirely appropriate music]].
* FailOSuckyName: Played twice with Samir Nagheenanajar [[note]]Naga...naga....not gonna work here anymore![[/note]] and, of course, Michael Bolton:
--> '''Samir:''' No one in this country can ever pronounce my name right. It's not that hard: Na-ghee-na-na-jar. Nagheenanajar.\\
'''Michael Bolton:''' Yeah, well, at least your name isn't Michael Bolton.\\
'''Samir:''' You know, there's nothing wrong with that name.\\
'''Michael Bolton:''' There ''was'' nothing wrong with it … until I was about twelve years old and [[MichaelBolton that no-talent ass clown]] became famous and started winning Grammys.\\
'''Samir''': Hmm … well, why don't you just go by Mike instead of Michael?\\
'''Michael Bolton:''' [[BigNo No way!]] Why should I change? [[TakeThat He's the one who sucks!]]
* FlippingTheBird: Johanna's reaction to her boss [[TemptingFate insisting that she "express herself"]].
* FictionalCounterpart: Chotchkie's, the casual dining restaurant where Joanna works as a waitress, is based on T.G.I. Friday's. Rumor has it that after ''Office Space'' was released, T.G.I. Friday's quietly removed the part of their dress code requiring employees to wear a certain amount of "flair" on their uniforms.
* FoeCooties: Peter is ''horrified'' when he mistakenly thinks that Joanna had had sex with his boss, Bill Lumburgh, before meeting him.
* FunnyForeigner: Samir.
* GodwinsLaw: Peter: "You know, the Nazis had little pieces of flair that they made the Jews wear."
* GoingPostal: [[spoiler:Milton finally gets his revenge, although he uses fire rather than guns.]]
* GoneHorriblyRight: "Well, technically, it ''did'' work."
* GratuitousRap
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Initech's hiring the Bobs. [[spoiler: That piece of advice to "avoid confrontation" by deliberately not telling Milton that he was fired didn't work out too well, did it?]]
** Not to mention the implication that the Bobs are going to get Lumbergh canned too.
* HollywoodAutism: Milton, arguably.
* HollywoodDressCode: Bill Lumbergh and his infuriating suspenders.
* HollywoodHeartAttack: Averted, more or less. The therapist feels greater and greater distress while talking to Peter until he keels over.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** When Tom Smykowski is asked by the Bobs what exactly he does at Initech, he becomes increasingly agitated as he tries to convince them he has good people skills.
** Kicking off the plot, Anne makes Peter see an occupational hypnotherapist. The very next morning, she gets pissed off with him when he's [[HypnoFool left in a permanent carefree state]], and tells him that she won't accept hypnosis as an excuse since she thinks it's bullshit.
** Joanna's boss at Chotchkie's wants her to "express herself" by wearing more flair to conform to the restaurant's motif.
** The woman who unctuously orders Milton to pass on his piece of cake because "we have to make sure ''everyone'' gets some" is nevertheless ''very'' quick to make sure she gets a piece (inevitably at Milton's expense).
** When Peter realizes that Michael's program is taking far more money than they intended, he and Samir take turns yelling at him over it, until Michael points out that the plan was Peter's idea. Peter quickly suggests that they avoid getting angry at each other in favor of figuring out how to deal with the problem.
* HypnoFool: Peter.
* IKnewIt: In-universe: Peter's coworker Tom Smykowski fears he's gonna get laid off for sure. [[spoiler:And he was right. He's going to kill himself, then seeing his wife makes him decide otherwise … then he's hit by a drunk driver, but the settlement money means he's set for life.]]
** Peter suspects his girlfriend Anne is cheating on him. When Peter hung up on her, she calls and tells him he embarrassed her for just sitting there while the psychiatrist is on the floor [[spoiler: as a result of being hypnotized]], she called again, more pissed off, and tells him he's a real loser and broke up with him. She ends her call saying she was cheating on him. Of course, at that point Peter, [[spoiler: still hypnotized]], doesn't give a damn.
* IfIWereARichMan: Peter and Lawrence have a discussion to this effect. Lawrence comes to the conclusion that he'd do [[AThreesomeIsHot "two chicks at the same time."]] Peter would "sit on [his] ass and do nothing" (besides two chicks at the same time, of course).
* IncompetenceInc: So what ''does'' Initech do, anyway?
** Why, they were updating bank software for [[MillenniumBug [=Y2K=]]], of course.
*** This might be missed by a lot of people since the movie referred to it as the "Year 2000 Problem," which is what it was called in computing circles before the Media got their hands on it. This was most likely intentionally done to make Peter's job sound all the more boring. And of course, in spite of the panic the Media stirred up over the event, [=Y2K=] was essentially an incredibly boring bit of debugging.
* InhumanResources: The Bobs are the Hatchet Man variety.
* InventorOfTheMundane: Tom Smykowski uses the settlement from a car accident to fund the invention of his "Jump to Conclusions" mat ("Have a problem? Just take out the mat and ''jump'' to a conclusion!").
* {{Jerkass}}: Joanna's co-worker Brian, an annoyingly, insincerely cheerful git whom their boss admires because he has more flair. Near the end, he flips Joanna off (mocking at how she got herself fired) and drives off laughing.
-->'''Joanna:''' ''(teeth clenching)'' I ''hate'' that guy.
** Lumbergh too, of course.
* KarmaHoudini: All of the protagonists in that they get away with their attempted crime (although they also lose the money), but most notably Milton. He gets sick of his job and [[spoiler:burns the place down, in the process finding thousands of dollars lying on the floor and escaping to a tropical resort]]. Subverted somewhat in that he seems to be equally miserable when he gets there.
** Or maybe Milton was Initech's (or just Lumbergh's) karma. Their treatment of him was downright illegal.
* KickTheDog: Whenever you might start to think that Lumbergh is just a guy trying to do his job in a company that [[IncompetenceInc happens to be bogged down with stupid and inane policies]], he starts kicking Milton around for no apparent reason other than [[ForTheEvulz because he can.]] When he finds out that Milton technically doesn't have a job at Initech, he gets even worse, seemingly going out of his way to think of new ways to demean the guy while deliberately withholding the information that Milton's "missing" paycheck doesn't exist and never will again, cementing for the audience that he's every bit the soulless monster his employees consider him to be.
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:If you take his … his s-s-stapler he'll, he'll, he could … he'll set the building on fire.]]
* LetThePastBurn: [[spoiler:Milton burns down the Initech building in revenge for the company's shabby treatment of him, in the process destroying Peter's letter of confession about embezzling money from the company. Everyone just assumes the arsonist was also the embezzler (and he ''does'' end up with the money in any case), and Peter gets off scot-free... and finds a new job in the field of construction, where one of his projects is cleaning up the remains of the building.]]
* MacGuffin: The stapler is used as motivation for Milton in the film, but it doesn't see much use as a stapler.
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy
* MeanBoss / PointyHairedBoss: Bill Lumbergh and his [[RuleOfThree infuriating]] '''SELF'''.
** He might genuinely believe that never raising your voice is all it takes to be considered "nice" by the rules of divine judgment.
*** Managers speaking in measured tones, using a lot of euphemisms & buzzwords, and acting passive-aggressively is often TruthInTelevision.
* MisplacedADecimalPoint: The cause of the plan's failure was Michael misplacing a decimal point, apparently. This results in far too much money being siphoned off. He claims that he always makes these kind of mistakes.
* NamedLikeMyName: Michael Bolton. "Why should I have to change my name? He's the one that sucks!"
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: "Michael … Bolton? Any relation to the pop singer?"
* NeverSayThatAgain:
-->'''Peter:''' When you come in on Monday and you're not feeling real well, does anyone ever say to you, ''"Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays"''?\\
'''Lawrence:''' No … No! Shit, no, man. I believe you'd get your ass kicked saying something like that, man.
* TheNineties: Between the out of date technology, the mentions of the [=Y2K=] bug and the gangsta rap soundtrack, the 90s are are on full display here.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The magazine salesman who pretends to be a former crack addict to elicit sympathy. Peter, Michael, and Samir start asking him questions about money laundering, and he finally admits that he's not a former crack addict and used to be a computer programmer until he was laid off (although he now makes more money selling magazines). He then blackmails Peter into buying 40 subscriptions to Vibe because he knows about their plan to steal.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with the consultants, both named Bob.
** There's also a second, unseen character [[spoiler:with the last name "Lumbergh": Bill's brother Ron, whom Joanna ''actually'' slept with.]]
** And there is another (real-life) Michael Bolton as well.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Michael, Samir and Peter, arguably.
* ParkingPayback: The rear bumper of Lumbergh's Porsche is ripped off after he parks in the disabled space.
* PeaceAndLoveIncorporated: Initech.
* PercussiveTherapy: Peter, Michael and Samir take the fax machine into a field and smash it to pieces with their feet and a baseball bat. Michael ''really'' gets into it.
* PerpetualTourist: [[spoiler:Milton.]]
* PissTakeRap: "Back up in your ass...with the...resurrection..."
** Samir is actually reciting the first line of the 'die motherfucker die' song that was just playing during the printer smashing scene. The resurrection is the name of the album the song comes from.
* PrisonRape: Discussed: "Watch out for your corn-hole, buddy."
** "We're going to federal POUND-ME-IN-THE-ASS prison!"
* PromotionNotPunishment: Instead of getting sacked, when Peter tells the truth about how pointless and unsatisfying his job is the consultant put him on the promotion fast-track.
* RantInducingSlight: I mean, Milton ''really'' loves that stapler.
** Also, getting his desk moved to Storage B and being asked to take care of the cockroach problem down there. "Well … okay. That's the last straw."
* ReallyGetsAround: Joanna, according to Peter's obnoxious officemate Drew. Corroborated by Michael.
* RefugeInAudacity: Do you really think Peter would have kept his job if he'd been less over-the-top?
* RunningGag: Peter is reminded about the missing cover sheet on his TPS report by no less than five people (Lumbergh, Portwood, an unknown character on the phone, Michael, and Samir).
** Also, the pronunciation of Nagheenanajar and Michael's name sake.
* {{Salaryman}}/{{Workaholic}}: The three main characters.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Lumbergh's secretary seems to realize [[spoiler:Milton is about to [[GoingPostal go postal]] on Initech]], and beats a hasty retreat out of the building.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Tom's belief that he was going to be fired. Since he apparently spent more time worrying about getting fired than preparing for the interview that he ''knew'' was coming, he was already a bundle of frayed nerves by the time he was in front of the Bobs, and falls apart after just a couple questions that really shouldn't have been that hard to answer. As a result, the Bobs [[WhatExactlyIsHisJob assume he has no useful job there, and can him.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Apparently pieces of flair are.
* ShoutOut:
** The money-making scheme is an [[LampshadeHanging acknowledged]] nod to ''Film/SupermanIII''.
** Bill Lumbergh wears an [[Series/BabylonFive Earthforce Academy]] graduation ring. Actor Gary Cole kept it from his previous role in ''Series/{{Crusade}}''.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Has one in ''HorribleBosses''. Both films feature workers setting up revenge plots on their bosses and have Creator/JenniferAniston in the cast. (The second one has her as a villain rather than love interest.)
** Mike Judge's later work ''Extract'' also touches on several of the same themes of a put-upon guy trapped in an unsatisfying working and personal life at a small business, except this time it's shown from the perspective of the boss instead of the employee. Incidentally, ''Extract'' features Creator/JasonBateman, who was also in ''Horrible Bosses''.
** The ComedyCentral workplace comedy ''{{Workaholics}}'' has been been described as "''Office Space'' on drugs."
* StaticElectricity: Peter gets a static shock from the door handle every day when he comes into work, and has grown to dread it. One way he illustrates his new in-control self is that he walks into work, borrows a power screwdriver from a maintenance worker and casually removes the handle.
* StuffBlowingUp: [[spoiler:Told you he loves that stapler …]]
* StupidBoss: Where to begin …?
* TechnologyMarchesOn: The floppy disk that Peter and Co. use to load the virus.
* ThatSatisfyingCrunch
* {{Tuckerization}}: Parodied with Michael.
* VanityLicensePlate: Lumbergh and his [[RunningGag infuriating]] car, with the tags MYPRSCHE (My Porsche).
** It is [[LaserGuidedKarma incredibly satisfying]] to watch his car get towed ([[KickTheDog he parked in a handicap space]]) and watch ''[[WatchThePaintJob the entire back bumper ripped completely off]]''.
* VerbalTic: "Yeah, Hi, it's Bill Lumbergh …"
** He also has a habit of sighing as if really tired when requesting incredibly annoying things to do.
** Lawrence has something like that too, man.
* VisualInnuendo: When Lawrence tells Peter about his desire to do "two chicks at the same time," look at how he is holding his bottle of beer…
* WatchThePaintJob: The LaserGuidedKarma for Lumbergh parking his Porsche in a handicapped space is its bumper being ripped off by an inept towtruck driver.
* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: "What exactly would you say you do here?". Tom's interview with the Bobs does not go well.
** And of course they find out that Milton doesn't even have a job at Initech.
* WhatTheHellHero: Joanna gives one of these to Peter late in the film, informing him that it's not okay to commit embezzlement just because you hate your job.
* WhiteCollarCrime: The second half of the movie revolves around an attempt at it, though the protagonists aren't very good at it (they look up money laundering in the dictionary for starters), which is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Michael:
-->'''Michael:''' "How is that all these stupid, Neanderthal [[TheMafia mafia guys]] can be so good at crime, and smart guys like us can suck so badly?"
* WhiteCollarWorker: The characters are mostly computer programmers.
* WishFulfillment: Most of the film. What would happen if you just stopped giving a crap and did what you felt like? [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Why, you'd get a promotion!]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Well, [[spoiler:office buildings]] at least.
** [[spoiler:And resort buildings too.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Peter's girlfriend. Peter suspects it already, Michael and Lawrence agree with his suspicions, and after Peter stops caring about anything, she dumps him and admits that she's been cheating on him, not that he even cares anymore.
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