Trivia: Office Space

  • Actor Allusion: Gary Cole wears his ring from Crusade; presumably it's a class ring here.
  • Billing Displacement: Promo material and DVD covers present it as if it were a Jennifer Aniston vehicle, but while she does play the Love Interest her role is actually fairly minor.
    • Word of God 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.
  • The Danza: 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Those with keen eyes will recognize one of the Bobs as Dr. Cox.
    • The other one was the most prominent of the minor barflies on Cheers.
    • And Peter's grandfather must have fought in WW2 as a paratrooper.
    • Jimmy James apparently moonlights at Initech.
    • Mike McShane from the British Whose Line Is It Anyway? is the psychologist who dies of a heart attack.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Bill Lumbergh? He'll take the case!
  • Prop Recycling: If it were possible to see his ring more closely, you'd find that Bill Lumbergh graduated from Earthforce Academy.
  • The Red Stapler: Trope Namer. ACCO had stopped making Milton's stapler years before the movie came out, but after they suddenly had a high demand for a Swingline 747 model stapler in Rio Red, they changed their minds.
  • Star-Making Role: Milton was the character who made people take notice of Stephen Root.
  • Technology Marches On: 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).
  • Trope Namer: The Red Stapler for the situation where a movie effects or creates a Real Life 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.
  • Truth in Television: That traffic jam in the opening credits? That's the Interstate 635 beltway in Dallas, notorious for traffic jams to this day.
  • Vindicated by Cable: 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. Comedy Central's frequent airings brought the movie to an even wider audience, quickly granting it Cult Classic status.
  • What Could Have Been: After the first film's success on video and becoming a Cult Classic, Mike Judge was offered the opportunity to make a sequel to the film. But making the first film was such an unpleasant experience for him that he declined.
    • 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 The Danza), and more.