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Michael Scott [Regional Manager of Dunder-Mifflin: Scranton], played by Steve Carell

Michael Scott is the regional manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin. He has few social skills and is surprisingly immature for a man in his forties. He likes to believe that he’s the office comedian, but his humor is often inappropriate or even offensive. He usually shows a complete lack of self awareness, coupled with a huge ego. Despite all this, Michael is basically a “nice guy” and his employees occasionally get glimpses of the good man he is inside.

Michael is a Scranton native. He and Phyllis Vance were actually classmates in school. He had social difficulties as a child, and as an adult he tries to form friendships and romantic attachments too quickly, even proposing marriage to his real estate agent, Carol Stills, after only nine dates. He had an affair with his boss Jan, and he clearly felt the relationship was deeper and more meaningful than she did.

Michael sometimes feels threatened by people with more education, and tries to reassure himself by saying that street smarts and life experience are more valuable than schooling, yet he doesn’t have much in the way of those skills, either. He was one of the company’s top salesmen before being promoted to his current position, and it’s often said he’s much more suited to sales than managing an office branch. His friendly, conversational style served him well as a salesman, yet doesn’t seem to translate into good management skills. If the Scranton branch of Dundler Mifflin doesn’t achieve its highest productivity, it’s usually Michael’s fault.

Currently, Michael’s ex-girlfriend, Jan, is pregnant, and he plans to raise the baby with her even though he isn’t the father. He is clearly attracted to the Scranton P.R. representative, Holly, but it remains to be seen which of these women Michael will end up with.
Dwight Schrute [Assistant to the Regional Manager], played by Rainn Wilson

When the series begins, Dwight Schrute is a salesman at the Scranton branch of the paper-goods distribution company Dunder-Mifflin. He holds the title of "Assistant to the Regional Manager" but constantly refers to himself as "Assistant Regional Manager," attempting to elevate himself to second-in-command to Michael Scott. Dwight craves authority over others and relishes any minor task that Michael or any anyone else gives him. Though Dwight acts like a know-it-all, he is actually quite gullible and naive. For this reason, he is easily tricked and tormented by his desk-mate and fellow salesman Jim Halpert. Much to Dwight's displeasure, later in the series Jim is promoted to "Assistant Regional Manager," becoming second-in-command to the Regional Manager. Dwight's outlook on life seems to be more severe than that of his fellow employees and most people in general. Dwight's actions during crucial moments hint that he would like to imagine himself as a hero in an action movie. This idea is furthered by his idolism of fictitious, television heroes such as Hiro Nakamura and Jack Bauer. Despite lacking social skills and common sense, Dwight is Dunder-Mifflin's top salesman (having more sales than a computer). Additionally, despite his personal dislike of Jim Halpert, the two have been shown to be a very effective sales team. Dwight's ability as a salesman, though, has rarely commanded the respect of his peers or led to professional success.
Jim Halpert [Assistant Regional Manager], played by John Krasinski

At the beginning of the series, Jim Halpert is a paper salesman at the Scranton branch of fictitious paper-goods distributor Dunder-Mifflin. Intelligent but unmotivated, Jim spends much of his time conspiring with office receptionist Pam Beesly to engineer pranks on his overbearing deskmate Dwight Schrute. Much of the dramatic content of the early episodes of the show derives from Jim's secret crush on the engaged receptionist. It is often implied through the context of Jim's comments and through the comments of others that he is not only overqualified for his job but is not interested in it and that he only stays because of his hope to be with Pam.
Pam Beesly [Receptionist], played by Jenna Fischer

Pam is the friendly but often frustrated receptionist at the Scranton branch of the fictitious paper-distributor Dunder-Mifflin. She can seem shy or hesitant to speak her mind, but enjoys chatting with her best friend, now boyfriend, salesman Jim Halpert. She often helps Jim play pranks on his deskmate Dwight Schrute. At the beginning of the series she has been engaged to warehouse worker Roy Anderson for three years. Pam has above average typing skills, and is able to type 90 words per minute. She attended college, and later in the series returns to school to take art classes. Her desert island top five movies are Fargo, Edward Scissorhands, Dazed and Confused, The Breakfast Club, and The Princess Bride. However, none of these five is her all-time favorite movie. Pam's favorite flavor of yogurt is mixed berry. Her favorite type of chips is French Onion Sun Chips. Pam drives a Toyota Yaris hatchback, first seen in the third season. She is Presbyterian.

Ryan Howard [Vice President of Regional Sales], played by B.J. Novak

Ryan Howard was a temporary employee at the Scranton branch of the fictitious paper distributor Dunder Mifflin. He joined the staff in the first episode and is unsure of what to make of the antics that take place in the office. He has since taken Jan's widely sought after job at Dunder-Mifflin's corporate office in New York. This position seems to have boosted his confidence and changed his overall style. Ryan has never made a sale, and he started a fire in the office's kitchenette while trying to make a cheesy pita.
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: March 24, 2005
Ended: May 16, 2013
Episode Order: 24
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