7 Characters from "The Office" You Might Identify With

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7 Characters from "The Office" You Might Identify With

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There’s a reason why many people keep on re-watching the American adaptation of the popular British series “The Office,” and it is because it’s such a relaxing sitcom to watch after work. Many viewers can see a reflection of themselves on the characters of the series in some way, shape, or form.

Sometimes, they even see themselves in more than just one character, as the cast is filled with so many stereotypical facets of people working in regular, nine-to-five corporate jobs. It is not surprising, as the series aims to paint a more realistic picture in which the characters, settings, and themes are relatable, albeit frequently taking a more exaggerated approach in portraying some of these stereotypes typically seen in most comedy shows in the US.

Here are some of the most prominent office stereotypes from the show that you may relate yourself.

 

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1. The Stanley

Stanley Hudson may already be past his middle-age years, and his attitude shows it. He’s that one grumpy officemate who doesn’t care much about his job, is always preoccupied with something else—crossword and sudoku puzzles—and is just waiting for his retirement phase. A “Stanley” person is someone who is so fed up with everything that nothing bothers them anymore. Anyone, regardless of age, who has spent many years at a dead-end job doing boring tasks may relate to Stanley.

 

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2. The Kelly

A stark contrast to Stanley’s personality, Kelly Kapoor is that one person in the office who is always so energetic and doesn’t seem to know how to break a conversation. She talks a lot, which is why she works as a customer relations representative at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, but most, if not all, that she talks about has nothing to do with her job, but just pure gossip, which she knows a lot of. A “Kelly” person is the office chatterbox, who is either loved by her enthusiastic colleagues or hated by those who prefer silence in the office.

 

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3. The Pam

This may break some people’s hearts because of how Pam Beasley’s character speaks of them, but a “Pam” is that young, entry-level employee, who has a lot of dreams but somehow cannot achieve them and is stuck at her mediocre, nine-to-five routine. A Pam lacks the confidence to go out and take risks in order to achieve her life-long goals due to an innate fear of falling apart and losing, so they just play it safe by blending in with the crowd.

 

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4. The Oscar

A human encyclopedia of sorts, Oscar Martinez is the accountant who appears to know a lot about the world, from local and international politics, literature, and mathematics to different languages among many others. He also talks in a manner that seems to assert his intelligence over others by frequently incorporating adverbs like “actually” to make his arguments seem valid. Sometimes an “Oscar” embarrasses themselves to the entire office when they commit a single mistake, even if it’s inconsequential, and that’s everyone’s favorite part.

 

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5. The Dwight

Fan-favorite Dwight Schrute is that person who takes everything and everyone very seriously, adhering to every rule in the handbook and recording every aspect of his work in a personal journal. But to what gain? Power, of course. A “Dwight” is someone who is obsessed with power and control over his subordinates, who will always stick with his boss just to gain their trust and hope that eventually, they will get promoted to a position where they can finally show their authoritarian side.

 

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6. The Jim

Jim Halpert is that one snarky dude, who doesn’t care too much about his work like Stanley. But unlike the grumpy and old Stanley, Jim is that guy who is always bored and would rather spend company time flirting with the receptionist (Pam) and pulling off pranks on others (Dwight). But when a “Jim” is in a more comfortable environment where he can do what he loves, it is when he becomes very motivated and does work passionately. But sometimes, he can be a jerk.

 

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7. The Michael

Every office has to have a boss who is hated by most of his subordinates and appears to have no clue of what’s going on, just like Michael Scott, regional manager at Dunder Mifflin Scranton. While the series presents many of the boss traits people are repulsed by, it is done in such a way that we feel empathy toward Michael, which could make a viewer ponder if their boss is a “Michael” or if there is a “Michael” within them. Not every boss can be a Michael, but any employee can be like him, whether that person is a figure of authority or not. It just goes to show that we should be there for other people when they need us, regardless of workloads and HR memos.

 

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