YMMV / The Office (US)

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Pam tends to be viewed in two ways: either as a nice, sympathetic Shrinking Violet who then unfortunately takes a level in Jerkass and stops being nearly as sympathetic, or else as a depressed, shy doormat cursed with a Bastard Boyfriend who learns to trust her own judgment, speak her mind and actually go after what she wants.
    • Is Jim an affable prankster making the best of a job he doesn't enjoy by playing practical jokes as a way to cope with crushing boredom, or a smug, callow bully who picks on people who are disadvantaged compared to him just for his own amusement?
    • Gabe in "Secretary's Day", the characters all seemed to think he was being a fun-killing jackass with no sense of humor. Except that right up until the end of the episode, when he turned on Kevin in an effort to make the entire office stop bullying himself, instead, Gabe—until ratted out by Toby—looks to have actually done an effective job of stopping an office-wide bullying incident. (Sure, it wasn't entirely legal, but he may not have known that.)
  • Ass Pull: In "Promos", it's revealed the documentary was something of a hidden camera production, with the Scranton Branch unaware of the large amount of footage that had been filmed. This is rather hard to believe considering that the camera crew spent years filming them in both the workplace and their personal lives, making almost no effort to hide their presence, and the office staff were constantly giving them interviews about everything that happened to them.
  • Award Snub: 7 seasons as Michael Scott, 6 nominations for Steve Carell, and NO wins. Not one. Considered one of the biggest Emmy blunders ever. In fact, no actor ever won for the show, and John Krasinski notably never got a nomination as Jim (though he was later nominated for his work making a Special Class program for the show's final season).
    • Oddly enough, the Summer 2006 web series, The Accountants, aired only at NBC.comnote  won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Broadband Program - Comedy, and the web series's principal performers - Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, and Oscar Nunez - all shared the award, despite neither of the three ever getting a single Primetime Emmy nomination for the main series.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Michael Scott. The fanbase is divided as to whether his Cringe Comedy moments and generally boneheaded antics are utterly hilarious or just plain uncomfortable to watch.
    • Robert California, thanks to the ridiculous way he was inserted as the new CEO and characterization that fell into a bad case of Depending on the Writer.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Jim's pranks are so elaborate that his status as the Only Sane Man is highly debatable.
    • Creed. His Mysterious Past, badass skills (catching a fish bare-handed, for starters), and the tidbits of info he gives in his interview segments add to this.
  • Creator's Pet: Nellie in season 8. While she had definite signs of The Scrappy initially (hated by fans), the writers have been publicly praising Catherine Tate (adored by creators), brought back and put in as the boss and attempted to be given a sympathetic backstory (put into large scenes), and finally talked up by other characters (with Jim and Pam taking to defend her at one point). It's gotten worse in Season 9, considering they're giving us a few new Character Shilling moments for Nellie in seemingly every other episode. They even attempted to retcon her Jerk Ass behavior in the previous season by having her offhandedly mention that it was her merely playing the part of a "villain" as a ploy for more screentime.
  • Designated Villain: Andy Bernard often ends up as this, especially in his relationship with Erin Hannon. While their first breakup could be seen as Grey and Gray Morality as Andy should have told Erin about his relationship with Angela, though given the circumstances, it's perfectly understandable why he wouldn't want to talk about it. However, after that Andy was always presented as in the wrong. Repeatedly he would be forced to move on, only for Erin to realize she liked him again, making Erin come across as flighty and cruel. They finally got back together after Andy risked his job to go and get her back from Florida. However, in order to introduce a new love interest, they had him suddenly take a level in Jerkass and the audience is expected to forget any character development up to that point.
  • Ear Worm: Karen tries to annoy Jim with the squeaking of the chair that he swapped with hers. Jim responds by repeatedly singing the chorus from "Lovefool" by The Cardigans. Karen is begging him to stop in seconds.
    • The theme song itself is one of these.
      • Also the jingle Darryl and the gang write for the ad.
    Dunder Mifflin, the people person's paper people!
    • Andy has many Ear Worm moments. "Rockin' Robin", his inability to remember the Kit-Kat jingle, and the acapella versions of "Take A Chance on Me" and "You Can Call Me Al" are just a few examples.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Erin was initially meant to be a temporary character, but she was made into a regular as a result of both the producers loving the actress and the positive fan response to the character.
    • Creed is very popular, despite being a minor character.
    • Dwight's cousin Mose is also very popular, thanks to many funny moments. He even has his own Facebook fan page.
  • Faux Symbolism:
  • Foe Yay:
    • Dwight and Jim. In the episode where Dwight is fired (he was re-hired in the next episode) he doesn't say goodbye to anyone, but does stop to give Jim a big hug. Also, in the episode where Jim (with Karen and Pam's help) tricks Dwight into thinking that he's turning into a vampire, Dwight has tears in his eyes when he "realizes" that he must be the one to put Jim out of his "suffering".
    • To a lesser extent, Michael and Toby.
    • Dwight and Andy occasionally. In "Michael Scott Paper Company", they are competing to impress Erin as they play a song together. However, they eventually forget about her as they are singing and she leaves the room while they continue their duet.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Parks and Recreation and Modern Family, due to their shared traits of being mockumentaries and heartwarming, relatable sitcoms. The former shares writers and an actress (Rashida Jones) with Office.
  • Growing the Beard: After a rather shaky start, the show really comes into its own in the second season, after the show started finding its own distinct identity and humor style away from its British parent (as well as Steve Carell getting a star boost from The 40-Year-Old Virgin that summer). In fact, many people would even say season two was the show's peak.
  • Ham and Cheese: Jim as Goldenface in "Threat Level: Midnight". He only did it to impress Pam, but he sure looked like he had fun with it (although he admits he wasn't "in love" with the character).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "Stairmaggedon", just a few episodes from the end, Stanley tells Dwight "You are not my boss, and never will be". In the second-last episode, Dwight becomes manager. Though the finale shows Stanley retired very shortly thereafter.
    • Similarly, back in "Beach Games", there is one scene where Andy and Dwight are competing against each other after Michael revealed that he's using the events as the basis for who gets his job. Cue a talking head with Oscar where he says that he'll quit if either of them are made manager. Both Andy and Dwight have held the Regional Manager position since then(Granted, Andy gets significant Character Development first), and Oscar's still around at the end of the series.
    • In season's 4 "Chair Model", Jim jokes about setting up Michael with Pam's mom. The two ended up dating for real in season 6, much to Pam's dismay.
    • In a Season 9 episode, Clark shows his disdain for the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. Deleted scenes in the finale show him flirting with a new co-worker played by the film's leading lady, Dakota Johnson.
    • David Denman, Roy's actor, played another role just like Roy: a Bastard Boyfriend engaged to a girl who was the apple of a much nicer man's eye and eventually lost to him.
    • In "The Chump"note , there was a joke about a Billy Joel Rock Band game - something which, at the time, couldn't happen, because Billy Joel didn't allow his music to be used in either Rock Band or Guitar Hero at the time. Not only did Billy Joel's musicnote  appear as Downloadable Content over 3 months later in Rock Band 3, but according to Billy Joel himself, he did so because of the joke; he read a review of the episode where the reviewer said "God forbid that should ever happen"note , and Billy Joel got on the phone and told his people to get him in the latest Rock Band gamenote . However, a Billy Joel Rock Band in the same vein as The Beatles: Rock Band or Green Day: Rock Band, which is more likely what the critic was actually referring to, still has not happened (or, for that matter, a Guitar Hero game in the same vein).
    • When the "Niagara" episode aired in 2009, Meemaw showed disdain for watching Charlie Rose on TV. It's likely he was a mere random target. But in 2017, Rose, who worked for PBS and additionally CBS, made some sexually inappropriate behavior, and both networks canned him. Again, it's coincidental... unless Meemaw was on to something.
    • The pre-credits gag from "Trivia"note  unintentionally foreshadowed John Krasinski's A Quiet Place.
    • The Sabre company debuts a triangle shaped tablet called the Pyramid and Bryan's presentation in the opening of Sabre's first retail store puts a lot of emphasis on real life pyramids built throughout history. In Horizon Zero Dawn, electronics/robotics manufacturer Faro Automated Solutions has a pyramid logo and its CEO holed himself up in a pyramid shaped bunker to ride out a Robot War apocalypse that he himself was indirectly responsible for.
  • Hollywood Homely: Generally averted, as an effort was made to have much of the cast as average-looking or even outright unattractive. The show could be viewed as poking holes in this trope, as Pam is considered the prettiest girl in the cast but is often in frumpy clothing and shown in bad lighting, creating a contrast when a well kept purse saleswoman (played by Amy Adams) shows up. Karen (Rashida Jones) is similar, stunningly gorgeous but backhandedly insulted by Michael. When Pam wasn't able to use her contacts she wore unflattering glasses, which had Michael and Phyllis sniping at Pam, showing how rude and shallow they are (Kevin responds differently, as glasses are his Fetish Fuel, to the point that she takes them off for the rest of the episode).
  • Ho Yay:
    • Kevin and Oscar in "Niagara". Helps that Oscar is actually gay.
    • Also interesting is the Dwight/Ryan conspiracy in "Manager and Salesman".
    • Michael has been enamored of Ryan for a long time. He repeatedly writes about Ryan in his diary; when reading it at Jan's deposition, anyone who didn't know Ryan believed he was a woman Michael was in love with, based on some entries (he describes Ryan as being "just as hot as Jan, but in a different way"). There's also the Dundies, the annual office awards assigned by Michael. Michael repeatedly awards Ryan "Hottest in the Office", a title previously held by Pam. When someone else wins "Hottest in the Office" in the 7th season, Ryan is shown to be pretty upset by this.
    Ryan: Jim has been looking at me, kind of, a lot, all week... I would be creeped out by it, but, it's nothing compared to the way Michael looks at me.
    • Dwight towards Michael. Dwight is always trying to please Michael, takes care of him when he's hurt, and in the episode "Koi Pond" calls him handsome when trying to cheer him up.
    • Played for Laughs by Jim, who in one episode claims that Dwight tried to kiss him and that he's not sure how he feels about it. (Even more hilariously, Dwight doesn't actually truly deny this.)
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: The first season really suffered for being too similar to the original UK series. This can also lead to Early Installment Weirdness when you go back and watch that season after being more familiar with the later episodes.
  • Idiot Plot: Occurs many times.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Michael Scott. He may be a Too Dumb to Live Jerkass, but then you consider his horrible relationship with the bitchy Jan and his depression after his roast and his short-lived romance with Holly, whom he still holds a torch for. Also, in general his lack of social skills can be a downer sometimes.
      • Even further than that, throughout the show, it's clear that most of Michael's decisions (becoming a salesman being a big one) are made with the intent of either making friends or finding romance. Unfortunately, failure seems to be the only option for him, as bad luck tends to break up any chance at either that Michael's own thoughtlessness, childishness, oblivity, or generally self-centered nature doesn't drive away first. It gets really woobieish at the brief points where Michael actually realizes this, such as in "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day" and "Koi Pond".
      • The "Fundle Bundle" tape with young Michael qualifies as Mood Whiplash.
      • Also, some episodes point out that he really wants children. The "Fundle Bundle" above is an example, as is "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day". One of the arguments he has with Jan is that he wants children (he bought a whole condo for them!) but she doesn't. Even in "Chair Model", when he tells everyone to find a girl to set him up with, he flat-out states that he wants to play with his children before he gets too old. Even Creed tears up.
    • Dwight can be this in some episodes.
    • Pam's become one in later seasons. Interesting in that she started off as The Woobie, and developed Jerkass tendencies. Examples include: mocking how the senator proposed to Angela; manipulating Dwight, claiming they've been great friends when she knows that's not true, so that he can take care of her daughter for a night, so she (Pam) could sleep; lying and manipulating her way into a nonexistent job where she created her own higher salary because she couldn't cut it as a salesman.
    • Nellie is a bitch who stole Andy's job and not only got away with it but basically kicked off a downward spiral that got him fired. On the other hand, we learn that she does have feelings that can be hurt and that her life is crappier than Michael Scott's was: Due to her shopping addiction she's maxed out all of her credit cards and is in serious debt, she's been rejected for adoption because she's unmarried, she doesn't have any friends or a social life and her family lives in the UK. At the top of the ninth season Andy becomes blatantly abusive towards her and announces his intention to fabricate a reason to fire her, again making her more sympathetic by comparison.
      • Of course, considering the only reason Nellie has a job there in the first place is because she stole Andy's job in an absurdly implausible manner, there is plenty of justification for getting rid of her.
      • And many of these revelations about her make her come across more Unintentionally Unsympathetic than anything else, since they in no way excuse the things she's done, and are mostly self-inflicted.
      • Or any of the bad things she's done could possibly all be intentional as she later says:
      "My first week here I sneezed directly into the candy jar. I thought I'd get more screen time as a villain."
    • Andy in Season 9. Any sympathy for Andy over what Nellie did went out the window when his family loses their fortune and he abandons the job he just got back from Nellie to sail his family's yacht down to the Bahamas with his brother to sell it. He leaves his manager post vacant, expecting everyone to cover his ass to the main office, doesn't ask his girlfriend Erin to go with him and barely calls, writes or texts her the four months he's gone. When he returns he expects a big welcome back even though everyone's pissed at him and he accidentally blows Dwight's big sale to Jan Levinson's telephone book company. When Erin tells him she doesn't love him anymore after being neglected for so long Andy tells her they can pretend to still love each other. This causes Erin to finally dump him. Andy's boss David Wallace finds out about him being AWOL and yells at him but since Andy is the one who got him to buy Dunder Mifflin in the first place he can't fire him. Erin starts seeing Pete, the new guy in the office she developed feelings for while Andy was away. When Andy finds out about it he doesn't take it well and tries to fire Pete but Toby tells him it would be illegal. Andy gets back at them by inviting Erin's ex Gabe and Pete's ex-girlfriend over for supposedly a work-related matter but actually just to make them uncomfortable. Pete and Erin end up fighting with their exes much to Andy's delight.
    • Angela is rarely sympathetic, but you do feel bad for her when she's inconsolable after her cat Sprinkles died. She's very attached to her cats, and anyone who has lost a beloved pet knows how upsetting it can be.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Dwight would like to think he is one. He actually manages to pull it off in "Scott's Tots."
    • And "Classy Christmas." He had Jim reduced to a horribly paranoid mess by the end of the episode.
      • The cold open to "Pool Party" has Dwight and Stanley collaborate to manipulate Jim into pranking Dwight with various meatball-related stunts, giving them bags of free food daily.
    • Jim himself, when he plays an antagonistic role. Especially in the episode when Kelly sabotaged his and Dwight's customer reviews. Dwight had a borderline psychotic Villainous Breakdown, whilst Jim coolly manipulated both Ryan and Kelly into revealing what had happened. Once he knew what was going on, it seemingly took him minutes to reign in Dwight and blow Kelly's revenge plan wide open.
    • The company sent out thousands of sheets of paper marked with an obscene watermark. It is a disaster. It costs the company thousands of dollars and almost costs the manager his job. No quality control inspector could survive this, it would take a tactical genius to... CREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED!
  • Memetic Mutation: Boom! Roasted.
    • That's what she said!
    • NO, GOD. NO, God, please, no, NO! NO! NOOOOOOOOOOO
    • False.
    • Fact: Bears eat beets.
    • IT'S HAPPENING. OH MY GOD, IT'S HAPPENING. EVERYBODY STAY CALM! STAY F*CKING CALM!
    • WHERE ARE THE TURRRRTLLLES?!?
    • Schrute Bucks.
    • Looks into the camera like [they're] on The Office
    • Seems like the kinda thing white people with dreadlocks do.
    • (softly) Don't.
  • How the turntables...
  • Moe: Erin - we even see her in her "jammy jams".
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Dwight crosses one in "The Coup," when he tries to backstab Michael and take his job. Notable in that Dwight recognizes this and Lampshades it as he does so. This also triggered some character development for him, as earlier in the series he seemed to be genuinely in awe of Michael. Afterward, his character maintains the facade but reveals various times that he no longer respects him.
    • Michael trying to make every aspect of Phyllis's wedding all about him. He actually implied that the bride was dishonorable in front of her husband at the wedding. In time gone by that would have ensured a Duel to the Death.
    • Dwight making an extremely serious attempt to get Jim fired in "Scott's Tots." This was actually so effective on the audience that the writers aborted the related arc.
    • David Wallace sends Michael and Dwight to infiltrate a smaller paper company (that was posing no real threat to Dunder Mifflin) so that they could steal their clients and run them out of business.
    • Dwight (is that even possible??) murders Angela's cat because it was "weak."
      • The list of medications Angela describes and how Dwight details the cat later make it clear that the poor thing was suffering and Dwight killed it out of mercy. It doesn't make his actions less cruel to Angela, however. Plus it's revealed the way he killed it (anesthetizing it and stuffing it in the freezer) didn't go as planned (the cat woke up and tried to claw its way out), causing it to suffer.
    • Angela, while rude and insensitive, is usually okay with people, if tightly wound, except when she thinks they deserve it, or is vying for power (especially in regard to party planning). But in the dinner party episode, for no apparent reason, she lies about Pam's alleged romantic intentions with Michael to make Jan hate her.
    • Jan's 'forgetting' the Safe Word. Sounds like she raped Michael.
    • Dwight again in "Doomsday" when he installs a device to send an email to Robert California to get every one fired if they make 5 mistakes in a day. He then refuses to give up the password to them and says he'll write negative references to them if they get fired. If there ever was a time to give someone a kick to the testicles, this would be it.
    • In "Product Recall", Creed is largely to blame for the recall. He shunts the blame over to some random supervisor at the paper mill, getting her fired. Afterwards, he collects money from the other office employees to send her off with - then pockets the money and tosses the Hallmark card in the trash.
      • He also stole one of Phyllis and Bob's wedding gifts and threw out the card.
      • In "Blood Drive" he actually steals a bag of donated blood.
  • Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize: Quick viewers may figure out a few moments early why Joan Cusack would be asking Erin about her birth mother.
  • Never Live It Down: "Fire Guy!"
    • "Big Tuna", too.
  • Older Than They Think: A great many fans of the American version are not aware of the English one.
    • Or they wouldn't, if it weren't for Ricky Gervais complaining every time he gets a microphone about how "everyone" thinks Steve Carell is the creator of The Office.
    • Also, the character Michael Scott, who bears an intriguing resemblance to Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman.
      • Willy Loman strives for success but his main goal in life is to be loved, the same as Michael Scott. Both are convinced that's how you succeed. Both were very successful salesmen before the start of the narrative, and neither has realized how far downhill they've gone. Both are at a dead end in their careers, and neither realizes that their true talents lie elsewhere (Michael as a salesman, Willy as a carpenter). Both are desperate for normal human connections, and are incapable of keeping them. Willy Loman is really just Michael Scott in fifteen years, played for tragic anti-hero rather than for laughs.
    • The use of "That's What She Said" as a joke response to anything that could be interpreted as even vaguely sexual is definitely Older Than They Think. Though popularized by The Office, that phrase had been used in that exact same way for at least a decade before the show existed, if not longer.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Creed is one of the few characters out there that is particularly meant to be underused. His charms are his mysterious past, and the suddenness of his Cloud Cuckoolander-ness.
  • Paranoia Fuel: What if your coworkers really do have you under electronic surveillance, looking for something they can use to ruin you for their own benefit?
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Unintentionally. This sounds exactly like "Scott's Tots," only the real-life version was a success.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Andy.
  • Retroactive Recognition: A deleted scene from "WUPHF.com" had a lady named Sheri approach Dwight about the Hay Festival and being picked as "Mother Harvest". She was played by Selah Victor- Chloe Bourgeois.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The Dwight/Angela/Andy love triangle in season 5 just sort of dragged on and made Dwight and Angela into bastards.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Angela, who's often a self-absorbed, uptight, and manipulative jerk and hypocrite.
    • Ryan, season 5 onwards, turned into a total College-brat, who doesn't even have a real job in the office.
      • Ryan's conniving, bratty nature started showing back in season 3. It even gets lampshaded at one point.
      Jim: I liked you better when you were just the temp.
      Ryan: Yeah, so did I.
    • Nellie had a Hatedom ever since she appeared in "Search Committee", which became really vocal after she stole Andy's job. Main criticisms include her being such a Karma Houdini it shreds any Willing Suspension of Disbelief to pieces, and the strong suspicion of her being a Creator's Pet (the praise given to Catherine Tate by Paul Lieberstein in his interviews did not help matters).
      • Take That, Scrappy!: The beginning of Season 9 has Nellie becoming the prime Acceptable Target of a newly assertive and confident Andy. Or at least, it seemed this way until the season got underway and it became clear that this was less about a hated character getting her deserved comeuppance and more about the writers attempting to turn Andy into a Designated Villain. Not that the fans cared.
  • Seasonal Rot: There were complaints about a fall in quality starting around the fourth season (when the primary ongoing plot was resolved at last). It picked up even more during the sixth and seventh seasons and after Michael Scott left those complaints increased tenfold.
  • Super Couple: Jim and Pam, especially in seasons 2-6. One of the great examples of a Happily Married couple on TV this side of Friday Night Lights.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Nellie. Attempts to give her a sympathetic backstory rang a bit flat since they didn't excuse her behavior and detractors were quick to point out that many of her problems were of her own doing.
    • Phyllis in the party-planning subplot between her and Angela. To show how she is being mistreated by Angela, any episode that involves a party tends to include multiple scenes of Angela berating Phyllis for a mistake she made in the preparations. However, this happens so often that it quickly comes across as though Phyllis spectacularly fails at every single task she's given, making it hard not to see where Angela's frustration is coming from.
    • Erin in Season 9. In the show's frequent attempts to recreate the Jim/Pam romance, they attempt to portray her as neglected and mistreated so she could be pushed toward the supposedly nicer and more understanding Pete instead. However, the handwave they used to explain why Andy would inexplicably start treating her that way so soon after risking his job to win her back involved him going through exceptionally difficult circumstances that made his behavior actually somewhat understandable, and made Erin come off as heartless for abandoning him during such a rough period in his life, and over a temporary bout of Jerk Ass behavior that obviously wasn't entirely his fault. Made even worse by the scene where, in the midst of their breakup, Erin bursts into his office and demands that he "just get over it" like a spoiled teenager, after she had already proven in the previous season that she was completely incapable of doing that herself with the situations reversed.
    • Toby's crush on Pam and subsequent resentment of her relationship with Jim in season 4 would be a lot easier to sympathize with if he'd ever said anything to her about it, ever.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Dwight.
  • Values Dissonance: All of Michael's wanting the office to be a "non-traditional" and fun workplace took on a darker edge when the crackdown on workplace sexual harassment starting in 2017 revealed that a ton of businesses used this as an excuse for the bosses to harass their employees. Meanwhile, our hero Jim comes off as the guy who sees all this and knows it's wrong but still won't open his mouth about any of it.
  • The Woobie:
    • Pam before she gets married.
    • Erin more than anyone else.
    • Phyllis and Toby get picked on by Michael a lot. Especially Toby.
    • While he is normally a creepy idiotic pervert, one Cold Opening has Kevin going out of his way make chili for everyone in the office, proudly declaring that it's his greatest skill. As soon as he walks in the door (after carrying it up the stairs due to a broken elevator) he trips and spills it all over the carpet. Seeing the big guy trying in vain to scoop it all back into the pot just makes you want to give him a hug.
    • Andy has some Woobie elements too.
    Andy: "What we have here is the ultimate smackdown between the Nard Dog and crippling despair, loneliness and depression. I intend to win."
    • Erin is an orphaned Pollyanna who just wants everyone to like her, but she seems to have been fleshed out into a full fledged woobie as of Secretary's Day. She had a cringe worthy Heroic B.S.O.D. when she found out that Andy and Angela used to be engaged: her breathing pattern became irregular, she pulled her hair to her face, and started yelling.
      Erin: In the foster home my hair was my room.
      • Turned up to eleven when Michael lands a devastating blow during an argument in "Viewing Party"(Though in fairness, he picks up on the mistake uncharacteristically fast and immediately moves to fix it).
      Michael: I'm not your dad!
      Erin: *cue massive teary doe eyes*
    • Jim and Dwight had their moments. Jim during the lowest points of his pining for Pam; Dwight after Angela dumped him (especially when, after he defeated the computer in a sales competition and Angela didn't care, Pam, who had been impersonating the Dunder-Mifflin computer network as part of a prank, sent him an instant message admitting its defeat. Dwight cries).
    • Young Michael on the videotape in "Take Your Daughter To Work Day" (which goes a long way towards explaining parts of his adult personality): "I want to get married and have a hundred kids, so I can have a hundred friends, and no one can say no to being my friend."
    • Even Angela gets in on it at one point, when Dwight gives her the news of her cat Sprinkles having died. Pet owners can relate.
    • Jordan, every time she interacts with Dwight.
    • Brian the sound guy has to simultaneously endure losing his job and getting divorced. Adding to that is the fact that he's fully aware his crush on Pam is one-sided and you really have to feel for him.
    • Toby in the series finale. Almost everyone else has some kind of a happy ending except for him. Dwight fired him a year earlier and he tries to make it as a novelist in New York. He tries to re-connect with Nellie but she rebuffs him. At the forum for the documentary, an audience member asks them if they find their life feels pointless now that they're no longer being filmed and he automatically says yes. When crying while dancing with Pam at Dwight's wedding she asks is it her or Nellie, and Toby cries "It's everything." However, the series finale does end with a Hope Spot for him, as he seems to have a more positive outlook by the end of the wedding and accepts his former coworkers' invitation to go out drinking.
    • Michael actually becomes a full-fledged one in "Stress Relief: Part 2", as the only Jerkass thing he does is giving everyone a well-deserved comeback speech. He finds out that he causes stress for everyone in the office, and, because he genuinely wants them to be at peace, hosts his own event for them to speak their mind. Instead of giving him opinions, however, they flat-out insult and mock him, and he ends up leaving in tears.


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