The characters in The Office are memorable in every sense of the word, and they all have both traits to be praised and to dislike.
The Office is a show beloved by many for many reasons. The characters are memorable in every sense of the word, the writing is paced brilliantly to induce the perfect amount of cringe, and the deceptively simple setting of an office allows for some truly hilarious hijinks that have become legendary in their own right.
There’s always something or the other to love in The Office. Whether it be Michael and Dwight’s ridiculousness or Pam and Jim’s budding romance, the viewers will inevitably find themselves attached to these amazing characters. Of course, that’s not to say that these characters should be admired and looked up to wholeheartedly — their flaws are just as noticeable and something that either humanizes them further in the eyes of viewers or invokes a strong sense of dislike towards them.
10 Michael Scott — Has A Good Heart (& Zero Self-Awareness)
When one talks about some of the funniest characters of all time, there are many who would mention the name of Michael Scott in this conversation.
However, while his goofy nature and lack of any social manners might be hilarious in its own right, the reason why people love this character is because of the fierce loyalty he shows towards his people — barring a few exceptions — and genuinely loves them with all his heart.
9 Dwight K. Schrute — Strives To Do The Right Thing (But Not In The Right Way)
Dwight is one of the more entertaining characters on the show whose odd quirks are a joy to behold at times. He is very much similar to Michael in the sense that he’s an oddball who always tries to do things in the most convoluted manner possible.
That being said, there’s no denying the fact that the things he tries to do are generally for the greater good… barring a few occasions when his stubborn nature makes him somewhat frustrating to deal with.
8 Jim Halpert — Very Caring (But Somewhat Of A Slacker)
If there’s one thing that people can say about Jim, it’s that he’s genuinely a romantic who cares about the people he loves in his life, with Pam being the greatest example to illustrate this.
However, another thing that people can say about Jim is that he’s a huge slacker who always puts in the bare minimum effort at his work, and nothing else. For what it’s worth, his bare minimum is actually more than enough to justify his place in Dunder-Mifflin, and he definitely picks up his boots when he decides to run Athlead instead.
7 Pam Beesley — Artistically Driven (Yet Lacks Motivation And Self-Belief)
Pam is one of the most adorable characters on the show, and her artistic mind is something that is touched upon multiple times on the show.
However, what makes her somewhat frustrating is that she constantly doubts herself and never really steps up to the occasion unless pushed again and again. She ultimately does end up working towards developing her artistic skills, but the sheer amount of effort it takes her to do so can be somewhat annoying to watch at times.
6 Ryan Howard — Cunning (To A Fault)
Ryan is easily one of the more entertaining characters on the show, with his ability to think on-the-fly allowing him to surpass a great number of problems with ease… and even net him a place near the top half of Dunder Mifflin’s hierarchy.
Unfortunately, there are times when he’s too smart for his own good, and the fact that he was arrested for fraud is a perfect depiction of that.
5 Andy Bernard — Enthusiastic (With An Anger Management Problem)
Andy’s character fluctuates a ton throughout the series, making it hard to point one particular quality of his that has stayed consistent throughout the series. However, his enthusiasm is something that shines through whatever he’s doing, which is pretty refreshing to watch.
That being said, one has to admit that Andy’s anger has been a source of constant scrutiny throughout the series, and understandably so — even after going to anger management sessions, he still blows a gasket time and time again.
4 Robert California — A Brilliant Orator (With A Dirty Mind)
A character that only served as a major character for one season being before promptly pushed out by the time the final season, Robert California was definitely a person who could talk his way out of — or into — anything.
Unfortunately, his character meandered over time, to the point where his one-track mind towards anything even remotely sexual ended up running its course earlier than it should’ve.
3 Angela Martin — Dedicated To Her Job (& Too Uptight For Her Own Good)
Angela might be one of the more unique and notable characters on the show, but she’s also infamous for her uptight and holier-than-thou attitude that alienated her from a major chunk of the office.
That being said, there’s no denying the fact that she’s very good at her job, which is probably why people still choose to tolerate her.
2 Stanley Hudson — Efficient (Yet Somehow Lazy)
If there’s one thing that can be said about Stanley, it’s the fact that he’s very efficient and practical when it comes to achieving the things that he needs to do.
However, in all other aspects of life, Stanley is extremely lazy and needs a fair bit of coercion to do anything that won’t benefit him.
1 Kevin Malone — Is Loyal To His Friends (… & That’s About It)
There was a time when Kevin’s personality seemed to be more complex than what appeared on the surface. However, as the show progressed, it was clear that he was relegated to being the dumb guy in the office who couldn’t do anything.
However, he definitely is very loyal to his friends, and never fails to give anybody a verbal smackdown if they end up wronging anyone he’s close to. The manner in which he stood up for Oscar and Angela in front of the Senator was a commendable example of this.
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