* ActorAllusion: Gary Cole wears his ring from ''Series/{{Crusade}}''; presumably it's a class ring here.
* BillingDisplacement: Promo material and DVD covers present it as if it were a Creator/JenniferAniston vehicle, but while she does play the LoveInterest her role is actually fairly minor.
** WordOfGod is the studio insisted Judge hire Aniston specifically so they'd have someone (anyone) famous for the ad campaign. He agreed because he thought she was right for the part and did a good job playing it but the studio wouldn't have cared either way.
* TheDanza: Jennifer Aniston's character is named Joanna. Joanna also happens to be Aniston's middle name in real life.
* {{Defictionalization}}: ACCO never made a Swingline stapler in red before the film's release; the exact stapler was painted red by the props department. Afterwards, they reintroduced the model and offered it in red.
* PropRecycling: If it were possible to see his ring more closely, you'd find that Bill Lumbergh graduated from [[Series/{{Crusade}} Earthforce Academy]].
* TheRedStapler: TropeNamer. ACCO had stopped making Milton's stapler years before the movie came out, but after they suddenly had a high demand for a [[http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/61b7/ Swingline 747 model stapler in Rio Red,]] they changed their minds.
* StarMakingRole: Milton was the character who made people take notice of Creator/StephenRoot.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: The floppy disk that Peter and Co. use to load the virus.
** The printer that the main characters destroy, plus the computers they use in the office (and the OS).
* TropeNamer: TheRedStapler for the situation where a movie effects or creates a RealLife demand for an object, good or service. Swingline didn't make them in red and had discontinued it when the movie was produced, but does now.
* TruthInTelevision: That traffic jam in the opening credits? That's the Interstate 635 beltway in Dallas, notorious for traffic jams to this day.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Dated technology notwithstanding, the movie (like several others released that same year, such as ''Film/FightClub'' and especially ''Film/AmericanBeauty'') depicts the American middle class lacking a clear sense of vision and identity thanks to the banality of day-to-day life. A social issue that has been rendered mostly irrelevant after events such as 9/11 and the rise in social media.
** On the other hand, the film's depictions of the mundaneness and frustrations of office life are still very much TruthInTelevision.
* VindicatedByCable: One of the premier examples. The movie pulled in mediocre box office numbers, despite relatively good reviews from critics, but found a second life on premium cable and on home video. Creator/ComedyCentral's frequent airings brought the movie to an even wider audience, quickly granting it CultClassic status.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: After the first film's success on video and becoming a CultClassic, Mike Judge was offered the opportunity to make a sequel to the film. [[http://www.avclub.com/article/mike-judge-32313 But making the first film was such an unpleasant experience for him]] that he declined.
** [[http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/office-early-reduced.pdf This]] early script contains a lots of differences, from Initech being named Nycor, Peter losing his temper a lot, Anne disliking Lawrence, and working at Unitrode (in the final film it's called Initrode and referred to a couple times), Joanna being named Jennifer (likely they had to change it to avoid a case of TheDanza), and more.
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