The following is a list of characters from the U.S. version of The Office
. The Office
is a television series based on the British television comedy of the same name
. The format of the series, a parody of the fly on the wall
documentary technique that intersperses traditional situation comedy
segments with mock interviews
with the show's characters, provides the audience access to the ongoing interior monologues for all of the main characters, as well as occasional insights into other characters within the show.
The similarities between characters in the U.S and UK versions are summarized separately.
All characters have been present since Season 1 unless otherwise noted.
Dunder Mifflin warehouse employees
) Dock Worker
. Lonnie joins his friend Darryl in open displays of irritation and intimidation toward Michael. He became a vocal supporter of Darryl in trying to establish a union, citing the low pay they receive in comparison to the office employees. He is best known for yelling at Michael after Michael trashed the entire warehouse. He also insulted Michael in front of the staff during Darryl's safety training seminar, after Michael frequently interrupted the presentation with his obnoxiousness, and made fun of Michael anew during the office staff's own workplace safety lecture. Kelly insults him, referring to him as "Sea Monster
" due to him being overweight. His catch phrase seems to be screaming "Damnit, Michael!"
) Dock Worker
. Madge is a female warehouse employee who played against the office team during the Basketball
game (which led to Michael's crude reference to her as "the East German
gal"). When Michael led the male office workers into the warehouse for some "guy time," Madge excused herself from the proceedings. Michael mistook her name by calling her "Pudge" and later "Padge", not knowing her real name. Michael and Dwight stole her uniform when heading out to prank the Utica branch during "Branch Wars
", and Jim ended up wearing it during the whole fiasco.
is a Dock Worker
who is visibly shocked at Michael's antics.
is a Dock Worker
. Along with Darryl, Roy, and Michael, he watched the sexual harassment video sent by Corporate.
) is a Dock Worker
. In the episode Basketball
, Michael, knowing that his team is winning, claims that Jerry's inadvertent elbow hit to Michael's face is an intentional foul. Michael then declares that their "friendly" game has led to violence, and abruptly ends the game, declaring his team the winner. He shares his name with an NBC
Other Dunder Mifflin employees
); Regional Manager, Utica Branch. Karen was a sales representative at the Stamford branch before transferring to the Scranton branch after Stamford's closing. She dated fellow employee Jim Halpert. After their relationship ended, Karen transferred to Utica to become the branch's Regional Manager.
) is a Traveling Sales Representative
. He tells obscene, disrespectful 'jokes' (such as ridiculing Jim for being "queer") which offend everyone except Michael for the most part, though in one deleted scene from Season 1 Michael is uncomfortable when Packer starts telling a Jewish joke and quickly changes the subject. Although Michael considers Packer to be his best friend, their friendship appears to be largely one-sided, with Packer treating Michael more like an audience for (and occasional target of) his jokes rather than a friend. However, Packer has said they are friends. He once picked up a bouncer's girlfriend while he and Michael were at a convention and left Michael behind, after which Michael was savagely beaten up by the bouncer and his friends. A dedicated prankster, Packer left a highly odorous substance in Michael's office in "The Carpet
", which was never clearly revealed onscreen, but is often assumed by viewers to be feces.
Due to a DUI, Packer cannot drive his red Chevrolet Corvette convertible. His personalized Pennsylvania license plate "WL HUNG" causes Ryan Howard to wonder if Packer is a big fan of William Hung, even though it is supposed to mean "well hung". According to Packer, everyone asks him that.
Packer has flirted obnoxiously with Pam, causing her to pretend to have to be on the phone for hours. He has also approached Karen before finding out that she is dating Jim, to which he responds by claiming that Jim "must have been scared straight." In Sexual Harassment, Jim is seen in one of the talking head interviews stating that he hates Todd Packer.
Todd Packer's counterpart in the UK version is Chris Finch.
In The Carpet, Michael says that Todd Packer used to sit in Dwight's seat when he came into the office during Michael's days as a salesman.
), the Chief Financial Officer
, was first introduced in "Valentine's Day
". Wallace replaced Randall, the former CFO who resigned after sexual harassment charges were brought against him. He attends a meeting with Jan, Michael, and Josh along with the two other regional managers: Craig from the Albany
branch and Dan Gore from the Buffalo
branch. After Craig reveals that Michael and Jan hooked up, Wallace does not punish the two after hearing Michael's explanation, and laughs when Michael refers to the incompetent, careless Craig as a "tool". When it is announced in "Branch Closing
" that the Scranton Branch would be closing, Michael and Dwight go to his house to get Wallace to change his mind. However, he is not home and the Scranton branch is later saved by reasons unrelated to their presence. In "Cocktails
", Wallace invites the company to his home for cocktails. However, he finds the event boring and plays basketball
with Jim, whom he asks about what's going on between Michael and Jan.
In "Beach Games", Wallace invites Michael to interview for a corporate position, which Jim and Karen apply for as well. During the interview in "The Job", he reveals that the corporate position is actually Jan's job, whom the company will fire once they hire her replacement. Michael reveals this to Jan, who in turn angrily barges into Wallace's office. Wallace claims the firing was due to Jan's mental state, the numerous personal days she had been taking, and the lack of work she had been completing. In "The Deposition", his testimony reveals that while he thinks Michael is a nice guy, he never considered Michael a serious contender for Jan's old Corporate job (which ended up going to Ryan Howard); Michael seems hurt by the truth but mollified by David's sincere-seeming "nice guy" comments, which lead to him siding with the company over Jan and dooming her lawsuit.
Wallace's wife's name is Rachel, and they have a son. Like Michael, he despises his office's HR representative, whose name is Kendall.
(Dan Cole) is the Regional Manager of the Buffalo branch. He was first introduced in "Valentine's Day
" attending the meeting with the new CFO, David Wallace. He also attended Wallace's cocktail party in "Cocktails
", and was seen in "Launch Party
" trying to see if his branch's camera was working. He was one of the company leaders who attended Ryan's wilderness retreat, along with Toby (and not the pointedly un-invited Michael Scott).
(Omi Vaidya), does tech support
. In "E-mail Surveillance
", he shows Michael how to monitor his employees' email. His turban
initially leads Michael to assume he is a terrorist
. He later attends Jim's barbecue (to the consternation of Michael, who still doesn't appear to trust Sadiq's motives). In "Fun Run
", he cleans a computer virus from Pam
's computer. He is a Sikh
but resents being only classified by his religion, telling a meeting during "Fun Run" that he likes listening to hip hop
and National Public Radio
, and is restoring a 1967 Corvette
Former Dunder Mifflin employees
, (David Denman
); Former Warehouse Dock Worker. Roy was engaged to receptionist Pam for a lengthy period, before she broke off the engagement. The two dated for almost a decade before Roy finally tells Pam that he is ready to set a date for their wedding on the company's booze cruise, thwarting Jim's plan to confess his love for Pam. Roy's general disinterest in the actual wedding puts all the planning responsibility on Pam; after she calls off both the wedding and the engagement, Phyllis "steals" every detail that Pam had planned and essentially recreates the wedding for herself and fiance Bob Vance. At the reception, Roy (who is desperately trying to win Pam back) mentions to Pam that the flowers are the same color as the ones he got her for their high school prom; Pam is clearly frustrated that he doesn't recognize the details of what was to be his own wedding. Roy makes several lame attempts at winning Pam's affections again, culminating in Pam telling that if he's going to be her boyfriend, he has to do boyfriend things. He is subsequently forced to accompany her to a happy hour outing at Poor Richard's Pub, where he learns that Jim kissed Pam at Casino Night. He later tries to attack Jim in the office, but is pepper sprayed by Dwight and promptly fired from Dunder Mifflin. Pam tries to convince Jim, who is already cool to her in this season because of her rejection of his declaration of love the previous season, that she and Roy are really through for good; he doesn't believe her. When Roy returns to the office days later to apologize to Jim, he convinces Pam to join him for coffee, which seems to convince Jim that his suspicions are correct and Roy and Pam will start dating again. However, over coffee, Roy actually tries to convince Pam to start dating Jim, and seems to let go of their relationship gracefully.
(Devon Abner); former office worker, working in Supplier Relations. He was an office employee who sat across from Creed (who is directly responsible for getting Devon fired, to save his own job). Devon was reluctantly laid off by Michael on "Halloween
", and took it badly. In a bid to salvage their "friendship", Michael offered Devon free Chili's
gift certificates which Devon ripped up in Michael's face. While storming out, Devon invited "Kevin, Jim, Pam, Kelly, Toby, Oscar, Meredith, Phyllis, Stanley, and the temp
," to drinks, leaving out Angela, Dwight, Michael, and Creed. This implies he was never friendly with Angela and Dwight. Devon then smashes a pumpkin on Michael's car in retaliation. The episode marks his only dialogue in front of the camera. When Michael later receives a $3,000 Christmas bonus due to Dunder Mifflin saving money through downsizing, he considers calling Devon to thank him, saying "some good came of it." Ever since he was fired, he hasn't been seen, though he has been mentioned.
Devon was also warned by Dwight in "The Dundies" to keep his speech short. On the Season One DVD, a deleted scene from Diversity Day shows Devon with a "West Nile" sign on his forehead, as he escapes the seminar for a smoke. On the Season Two DVD, a deleted scene from "Valentine's Day" shows Michael walking down the street in New York City, only to have a pedestrian begin to chase after him, yelling at Michael as he chases him. In the following scene, Michael reveals that it was Devon chasing him, and cluelessly reflects that it was nice to see Devon again and get closure on their whole story.
This character has nothing to do with the former baseball player of the same name.
) Stamford Regional Manager
. Introduced in the "Valentine's Day
" episode (and first mentioned- although not seen- in the "Pilot
"), Josh was the Regional Manager of the Stamford branch before its closure in "Branch Closing
A colleague of Michael's and seemingly a more responsible and competent boss, his presentation to the new CFO of Dunder Mifflin was far more professional in comparison to Michael's. Jim worked for him in Stamford and seemed to look up to him (taking after his practice of biking to work).
When it was announced in "Branch Closing" that Dunder Mifflin Scranton would be closing, Josh was offered a promotion. However, he leveraged the offer to obtain a senior management job with Staples, throwing plans for the Scranton closing into disarray. As a direct result of Josh's decision to leave Dunder Mifflin, it was decided to close the Stamford branch instead. Disgusted, Jim later says of Josh's double-dealing, "Say what you will about Michael Scott -- but he would never do that."
In deleted scenes from the episode "The Convention" Josh states that he once spent time working on a Kibbutz in Israel and when Dwight asks if they grew beets there Josh says they focused on growing oranges; tells Dwight he was once a member of the United States Coast Guard; says he doesn't want to comment on Michael and Jan because it's gross; and declines Jan's offer to join her in her room for a drink.
) Former (Deceased) Regional Manager of Scranton Branch
. Ed Truck is the former Regional Manager that Michael worked for before he took his place. Ed also hired Creed. Michael’s biggest fear is that he’ll turn into Ed Truck. In the episode "The Carpet
" Michael believes that the fecal matter
left on his office carpet was left there because he is disliked by his coworkers. He scams Truck into meeting with him to discuss pension
issues but winds up asking for his opinions on the situation. As it turned out, Ed had someone defecate on his office carpet
as well. In that discussion, Ed's advice to Michael is "Why can't you just let your workers be your workers, your friends be your friends, and your family be your family?" (The joke here is that Michael has neither family nor real friends, and his employees serve as reluctant surrogates for both purposes.)
According to Creed (in "Grief Counseling"), Ed was "drunk as a skunk" and driving on Route 6 when he managed to go under an 18-wheeler, decapitating himself. Michael doesn't take the death of his former boss too well, leading to grief counseling for his employees. There is a plaque honoring him hanging between Michael's office and the conference room.
) was Jan's assistant ("The Negotiation
"). Michael feels threatened by Hunter's youthful good looks. He also has listened in on Michael and Jan's phone conversations; in Women's Appreciation
he was on the line during a sensitive phone conversation between the two and Jan tells Michael to tell Hunter if he is visiting her that night, so that he can get more vodka. In "The Job
", Michael makes Hunter uncomfortable by asking him to give Jan a message: "I want to squeeze them
." After receiving her termination, Jan wishes Hunter luck with his band and tells him, "Don't let them change you." In "Dinner Party
", it is revealed that Ryan fired Hunter not long afterwards; however, he has released a CD with his band, The Hunted
. One of the songs (as well as Jan's behavior when she listens to it), "That One Night", seems to imply that Hunter at one point may have slept with Jan.
Tom Peets, according to the season two episode, "Performance Review," was a former Dunder-Mifflin Scranton accountant. Michael noted that Tom was "weird." Apparently, Tom suffered from mental illness and shot himself. For the first three seasons, he was simply referred to as "Tom." His full name was finally revealed on May 2, 2008, when NBC uploaded Dwight's organization charts from the fourth season episode "Did I Stutter?" as .pdf files available for download.
Employees transferred from Stamford Branch
After Josh Porter throws the planned absorption of the Scranton Branch into disarray, corporate decides that Scranton will absorb Stamford. Six Stamford Branch employees are transferred to Scranton: Tony Gardner, Martin Nash, Hannah Smoterich-Barr, Karen Filippelli, Andy Bernard and Jim Halpert (who formerly worked at Scranton). The first three listed above quit almost immediately, due to Michael's management methods and other office problems; Andy and Jim stay. Karen stays for a considerable amount of time (the remainder of Season 3) but eventually transfers to the Utica branch after Jim breaks up with her.
) was a worker at the Stamford branch, and is one of the six employees that were transferred to Scranton during "The Merger
". His first appearance is in the "Diwali
" episode, when his chips get stuck in a vending machine, and asks Karen to use her "skinny little arms" to help him get them out. Before even meeting Tony, Dwight tries to persuade Michael to fire him on his first day in order to scare the new employees straight. On Tony's first day, he can hardly take Michael's antics (sitting through a painful orientation video made by Michael), but he hits his breaking point when Michael and Dwight tried to lift his large person onto a table for an orientation demonstration (Michael refers to his leg as a "hock"). Humiliated and angry, Tony quits, admitting that he was not completely sure about transferring to begin with, but mostly blaming Michael's management style. An insulted Michael fires Tony instead, resulting in Dunder Mifflin having to pay him severance which infuriates Jan.
) Supplier Relations
. Martin Nash worked at the Stamford branch, and was one of the six employees transferred to Scranton in "The Merger
". According to a deleted scene from The Merger
Martin is 37 years old. Before working at Dunder Mifflin, he served time in prison
after getting busted for insider trading
(which Kevin says is strangely similar to what he does). However, since he was put in a minimum-security facility, Martin claims his time in prison was just really boring. When he was released, he was hired by Josh through a federal reformed convict employment program, which allows Dunder Mifflin to receive rebate checks. Michael made a bad first impression on Martin, when he told the African-American employee, "I will show you where all the slaves work." He attempted to befriend Stanley, but failed. In "The Convict
", when Martin's past is revealed to the office, Michael overly stresses his trust in Martin to everyone, worried that people would see him as a racist for looking at him as an ex-convict. However, since Martin's tales from prison were generally positive, everyone actually envies his experience compared to their jobs, frustrating Michael. Martin is the second employee from the Stamford branch to leave, due to Michael's management style, particularly after Michael makes his prison sentence the focal point of one of his seminars.
. Hannah worked at the Stamford branch, and was one of the six employees transferred to Scranton. She engaged in every single action by which the mother of an infant can make her co-workers uncomfortable. In "The Merger
", Hannah had unpleasant encounters with Ryan (who found it impossible to concentrate while she was using a breast milk pump) and Creed (who photographed her left breast and made it his computer's desktop wallpaper). She dresses her infant son in pink, claiming it's his "favorite color," and snaps when anyone assumes the child is female. Hannah quits her job while Michael is on vacation at Sandals in Jamaica, after complaining of the hostile environment and claiming harassment, making her the third transferred employee from the Stamford branch to quit at Scranton.
, wife of actor Steve Carell) is Michael's real estate agent. She has two children. Michael entertained her kids at an ice-skating rink and she was Michael's date to the casino night. In a deleted scene, it is revealed that after "Casino Night
," Michael continued seeing her over the three months in between the second and third seasons . Carol rejected Michael's marriage proposal after they had been on nine dates. In "A Benihana Christmas
," after Michael gave her an inappropriate Christmas card of them (which was actually a family photo with Michael's face superimposed over Carol's ex-husband) she rejects his Christmas gift of two tickets to Jamaica and breaks up with him. In a deleted scene from that episode, Carol responds to Michael's question of what he did wrong with a very long list of complaints, and when Michael asks what he did right, she hangs up on him.
Bob Vance: Vance Refrigeration
(Robert R. Shafer
) is Phyllis Lapin
's husband and owner of Vance Refrigeration, a neighboring tenant in the office park
. He always introduces himself as "Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration," even in his wedding vows. He is seen for the first time in "Christmas Party
" and introduces himself to Kevin, Stanley, and Ryan in exactly that manner. On Valentine's Day
, he sent a number of gifts to Phyllis at the office, each card signed with his tagline. He also supplied a mini-fridge as a "Casino Night
" prize. In "Initiation
", he referred to Michael and Stanley as "a pair of Marys" after they ordered Phyllis to get to the back of the pretzel line, instead of letting the two kiss. He is a friendly and helpful neighbor to Dunder Mifflin, including offering to pump the employees' car tires back full of air after Michael had flattened them in an attempt to create office camaraderie in "The Merger
." When word gets out that the Scranton branch is shutting down, Bob offers to buy the Dunder Mifflin warehouse, therefore allowing all the workers there to keep their jobs. In "Ben Franklin
" a bachelor party is held for him in the Dunder Mifflin warehouse before his wedding, but he refuses to be entertained by the stripper Michael hires. He eventually marries Phyllis in "Phyllis' Wedding
," invites all her coworkers, and kicks Michael out after an embarrassing toast. In a deleted scene from "Women's Appreciation
," he comes to the Dunder-Mifflin office to comfort Phyllis after she is flashed, then takes her for a walk to calm her nerves. He drives a GMC Yukon
and is a Unitarian
"). He is portrayed as an attentive and dedicated husband who is deeply in love with Phyllis.
During the wedding episode, Phyllis mentions "baby mama drama" because Bob's other family from Ho Chi Minh is coming in, but this has not been mentioned otherwise.
(played by writer Michael Schur
) is Dwight's cousin and house mate at the Schrute family beet farm. In "The Injury
," Michael refers to Mose as Dwight's "weirdo cousin" who is "27 years old (and) never left the beet farm;" later, he is shown in the warehouse. Mose wears an Amish-style beard and clothing, and speaks and behaves in a naive and childlike manner, sometimes appearing mentally unstable and very socially awkward. Dwight easily dominates him mentally. The uncommon name Mose is a variant of Moses, and its use steadily declined in the decades following 1900. Mose can be seen in a photo on Dwight's desk. He made his first live appearance in "Initiation
," where he takes part in Dwight's misguided attempts to haze Ryan in the beet farm. Ryan decides he has had enough when Dwight tells him he must now wrestle Mose. Ryan storms off and Mose tells Dwight that Ryan seems nice. As an apology he leaves some eggs, bacon and a whittling in the shape of the Venus of Willendorf
with Dwight. In "Money
," when Pam and Jim stay at the Schrute Farms bed and breakfast. At night Pam looks out the window to see Mose using an outhouse and Dwight later tells Jim that Mose has had nightmares ever since "the storm". Like Dwight, Mose is a skilled table tennis
player; at the end of the "The Deposition
," Dwight and Mose play a high-skilled match in the warehouse at Dunder Mifflin. In the final episode of Season 4, Goodbye, Toby
, Mose again makes an appearance when he helps Dwight in his further misguided attempts at "hazing" Toby's replacement, Holly, on whom Michael has a crush.
) is head of security at the office park
. His first appearance is Hank sitting at his desk as Michael exits the building at the end of "Halloween
." In "Drug Testing
", Michael "pulls a few strings" and makes Dwight official Security Supervisor for the Dunder-Mifflin Scranton branch. Michael has Hank declare Dwight an "honorary volunteer corporal in charge of assisting all activity security". An annoyed Hank says "I don't think so" to Dwight's requests to both have a gun or bring his bo staff
. In "Night Out
", Jim forgets to let Hank know that the office workers would be working late and Hank locks them and their cars behind the parking lot's gate. Unsure of Hank's name, Jim calls Hank's number on Toby's cell phone to ask him to come and unlock the gate. The other office workers realize that they never tipped Hank last Christmas (Jim forgot to collect it) and Hank will probably not come help them. Later, the Scranton Business Park cleaning crew arrives to unlock the gate, and Hank arrives some time later to find everyone had left without notifying him. When Toby Flenderson
leaves the office at the end of Season 4, Michael brings Hank to escort him out, to Toby's annoyance.
) is an attractive handbag saleswoman who stops by the office in "Hot Girl
." Dwight considers her to be his ideal woman. Both Michael and Dwight make a move on her; Michael by flirting aggressively, and Dwight by showing interest in purchasing a handbag. However, she ignores their advances and later dates Jim for a few months. After Pam and Roy decide to set a date for their wedding, a devastated Jim breaks up with Katy on the "Booze Cruise
" episode when he admits that the two will never be as deeply in love with each other as Roy and Pam seem to be. Along with Toby, Katy is a graduate of Bishop O'Hara High School
, where she was a cheerleader
. She bonds with Pam's then-fiance Roy on the Booze Cruise when they realize they went to rival high schools and she cheered at games against the football team Roy played on. She drives a Volkswagen Jetta
. One of her Desert Island
Movies is Legally Blonde
In "Diversity Day
", corporate sends consultant Mr. Brown
(played by producer/writer Larry Wilmore
) to mediate a healthy discussion of diversity issues with the office staff after receiving complaints about Michael's inflammatory impersonation of a Chris Rock speech. However, Michael's juvenile humor and off-the-wall antics take a toll on Mr. Brown, and he tells Michael that corporate sent him to specifically give Michael the diversity training. Mr Brown is later seen in "Gay Witch Hunt
," giving the Stamford branch the same diversity training he gave the Scranton Branch; he alludes to incidents at the Scranton branch as the reason he is in Stamford.
(Marcus A. York
), property manager of the office park
in which Dunder Mifflin's Scranton office is located. Billy has used a wheelchair since the age of four. He is invited to the office in "The Injury
" to speak about being disabled after Michael burns his foot on a George Foreman Grill
, is offended by Michael's stupid and thoughtless remarks, but also brings to Jim's attention the serious concussion Dwight has suffered from crashing his car. Billy attends "Casino Night
" with his girlfriend, a Chili's
waitress, whom Michael mistakes for his nurse. He participates in the Fun Run
. Billy shares his last name with original series co-creator Stephen Merchant
Elizabeth the Stripper
) is hired by Dwight to strip at Bob Vance's bachelor party in "Ben Franklin
". Bob Vance refuses to let Elizabeth lap dance on him, and Michael starts to let Elizabeth do it for him, to the tune of Bad Company
's "Feel Like Makin' Love
," before deciding that he would be cheating on Jan. Dwight makes Elizabeth answer phones after the failed bachelor party because the company paid for three hours of work from her. Elizabeth is hired to come back and receive Michael's check to help cure rabies during the Season 4 opener, Fun Run
. She is later seen flirting with Darryl.