* ActorInspiredElement: Many of the background characters in the office have the same first name as the actors who play them: Ben (played by Ben Bradshaw), Emma (Emma Manton), Jamie (Jamie Deeks), Philip (Philip Pickard).
* ActorSharedBackground: Like Ricky Gervais, David Brent is a failed rock star.
* TheCastShowOff: Ladies and gentlemen, the blues-rock stylings of Creator/RickyGervais.
* RealLifeRelative: The cleaner who always stands motionless and looks directly at the camera is Creator/StephenMerchant's father Ron Merchant.
* StarMakingRole: Take a bow, Creator/RickyGervais. Also for Creator/MartinFreeman.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Nowadays Brent wouldn't have to go home and get a book to prove that [[StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Mr Spock]] is half human, half Vulcan. Someone could just Google it on their smartphone.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: "Sitting" by Music/CatStevens was the original theme song.