Edit Michael was born on March 15, , at He was raised by his mother and stepfather, with a home on Kenneth Road. On several occasions, he has talked about his loneliness as a child. In " Nepotism ", it is revealed that Michael had a half-sister, from whom he was estranged from through As a consequence of their reunion, Michael hires his nephew Luke as an intern for the office.
Michael is reminded of an older brother in Email Surveillance , but he is never mentioned again. Michael did not attend college, having lost all his tuition money in a pyramid scheme. In the season 5 premiere episode Weight Loss , Michael says he once went twenty eight years without having sex, implying he was a virgin until his late twenties.
It is also revealed in season 5 that Michael got his job at Dunder Mifflin by following an attractive woman to the office park and leaving with a job.
He rose to his manager position by being one of the best salesmen in the company, winning consecutive awards for best salesman. When it comes to leaving the personal life out of work Michael does not seem to understand the concept. He will continually make awkward, inappropriate, or sometimes ignorant comments during conversations with people. He believes that his co-workers idolize him because he is their boss and he looked up to his previous boss for everything.
Michael is a devoted loyal employee to Dunder Mifflin and will do what he believes is best for the company. He has the same dedication to his co-workers as well and will do whatever it takes to make sure they continue with Dunder Mifflin.
As of "Michael's Last Dundies", Michael has worked at Dunder Mifflin for 9,, minutes, meaning he would have started work on April 6, Michael's constant desire to be the center of attention often manifests itself in selfish behavior.
For example, when he burns his foot in " The Injury ", he expects Pam Beesly and Ryan to tend to his needs, despite Dwight 's much more serious concussion. When invited to be an usher in " Phyllis' Wedding ", he assumes that his participation will be the high point of the ceremony and pouts when he is upstaged by Phyllis' elderly father. Michael appears to emphasize moments of sympathy or civility directed at him by his co-workers mostly Jim and inflate their importance in order to compensate for his loneliness.
Due to his overall lack of common sense, Michael can withstand significant abuse from his peers and is often the butt of jokes. He is quick to take offense when he realizes he is being wronged and his response is often disproportionate to the harm suffered. Even though he is generally oblivious to criticism, derision, and sarcasm, Michael has some limits to his patience, and leaves to question the extent of offense that he can actually acknowledge demanding professional respect from Stanley Hudson in " Did I Stutter?
In " The Meeting ", it is shown that Michael does not aim for his employees' betterment or his own, thinking that this would put his job at jeopardy; he unwittingly turns down a promotion that would put Jim in his position, choosing the status quo over his employees' ambitions. He is eventually forced to budge, having to co-manage the branch with Jim. He believes he has more power over Jim even though he doesn't.
Following his departure from the office in Scranton PA. Interests Edit Michael's favorite catchphrase is " That's what she said! Michael finds uttering the phrase so irresistible that in " Sexual Harassment " he is goaded into saying it just seconds after Jan Levinson and a lawyer from Corporate specifically order him not to do so.
Michael enjoys writing song parodies. In Goodbye, Toby , it is said that he had written songs such as "Beers in Heaven" which he tells Holly is "very sexual" and "Total Eclipse of the Fart".
He also appears to have a history of playing ice hockey and is, as Jan once noted when trying to find a compliment to give him, a very talented ice skater. On multiple occasions, Michael has also expressed interest in basketball even though he is terrible at it in " The Fire " and " Basketball ".
He also once stated that he is an Oakland Raiders fan. Michael attends classes in improvisational comedy , which he found out about by reading a flyer, and although he believes his skills are among the best in the world, he is shown in " E-mail Surveillance " to be a frustrating and unpopular presence in the class.
He is the playwright of such skits as Threat Level: Midnight which was discovered by Pam and read by the entire office without Michael's knowledge , celebrating Michael's main character alter-ego Michael Scarn. He constantly compliments his own performances, from joke-telling to impressions to videotape skits that he creates for presentation in the office.
Michael loves wearing jeans, in particular, a pair of Levi's he refers to as his "Fun Jeans" " The Convention ". He is so fond of his jeans that he gets them dry cleaned; Pam surmises that he instituted Casual Friday just to show off his jeans " The Client ". Michael treasures his "World's Best Boss" mug, even though he bought it for himself at Spencer Gifts and has multiple replacements. The audience knows that he has purchased at least two because Dwight precariously places one of them on Michael's desk, and Michael accidentally knocks it off with a golf putter that he was using to practice within his office.
This is also proven in "The Promotion" when Michael presents Jim with his own "World's Best Boss" mug at the end of the episode that they share Gin with each other. Michael is a passionate fan of YouTube , although he may not be entirely clear about what it is and seems to believe that it is a news media organization. He is an avid fan of the HBO television series, Entourage.
It is also established that Michael tends to be a bit "behind" when it comes to pop culture references, particularly in music. Michael likes Chrysler cars. For the first three seasons, he drove a silver Sebring convertible , until the season four episode " Money " in which he mentions he traded it in along with Jan's car for a Porsche Boxster.
After breaking up with Jan, he buys a red PT Cruiser convertible. He drives the PT Cruiser until the season 5 episode " Broke " in which he asks for a new Sebring convertible as part of his agreement to return to Dunder Mifflin. Michael is a big fan of the film 'The Devil Wears Prada', implying that he has rented it multiple times. He is also a fan of animated movies with mentions of 'Finding Nemo' and 'Toy Story' in episodes, allowing an insight into Michael's naive, simple side which appreciates warmth.
Personality and Management Style Edit Michael is almost inexplicably lacking in every skill, management or otherwise. Co-manager Jim Halpert once made a color graph of how Michael spends his time: To avoid being disciplined for his foolish actions, Michael often resorts to scapegoating employees to cover himself.
Although his actions often lead to more problems for his employees, Michael believes that Scranton is "the cool fun branch", and is genuinely upset when the top salesman from the Utica office trashes Scranton in a phone call by saying it's "worse than Camden ". Although his position as Regional Manager gives him broad decision-making authority on branch operations, he often places those responsibilities secondary to his desire to be friends with his employees.
On the other hand, he also oversteps his authority by hosting events that Corporate disapproves of such as " The Dundies ", and a " Booze Cruise ". It is revealed in the episode " The Duel " that, despite Michael's incompetence, the Scranton branch outperformed both Utica and Albany, reporting strong sales amid the floundering economy.
Michael is called to Corporate to answer the question, "What are you doing right? Altogether, Michael's management style seems to rely on making his subordinates feel comfortable in the work place. This method proves to be successful, indicating that Michael is, after all, a capable manager and, at one point, showed great potential, also evidenced by the fact that he was promoted to Regional Manager and retained the position for over a decade despite lacking higher education.
When referring to sex, Michael says that he likes cuddling and spooning, revealing his true romantic side. When witnessing PDAs from his employees, Michael sometimes smiles and looks happy for them. He creates a thoughtful and romantic scrapbook for Pam's mom, Helene, for her birthday when he is dating her, showing he is a very romantic character.
Relationships Edit Michael tends to overestimate his importance to his employees, and, despite constantly demeaning and offending some of them, has a close bond with them. Most of the employees have been the focus of Michael's jokes at one point or another, usually in reference to their race, sex, size, attractiveness, or sexual orientation.
Examples of Michael's difficult relationship with his staff include getting slapped by Kelly for being racist, hitting Meredith with his car, getting kicked out of Phyllis and Bob's wedding, getting slapped by Pam for dating her mother, Helene, and outing Oscar to the entire office without his permission.
Michael's relationship with the company warehouse employees is tense. He has a tendency to disrupt their daily workflow, and in a talking head interview, warehouse supervisor Darryl Philbin Craig Robinson explains that they have never been able to make a full year accident-free because of Michael's antics. CFO David Wallace tolerates Michael's antics because his branch is the best in the company, but Michael offends CEO Alan Brand and the rest of the executives during his only meeting with them by making lunk-headed comments and creating false claims to Dunder Mifflin's investors that he can't back up.
Dwight Edit Of the office staff, Dwight has the most respect for Michael, viewing him as a model for success, and is thrilled when asked to handle any task given to him however ill-conceived it may be. Although on the surface, Michael usually appears dismissive of Dwight, and generally views him as a suck-up, he is genuinely hurt and angry at the few times when Dwight has deceived him, such as when Dwight went over Michael's head to vie for the manager's job when he went to reveal office secrets to Michael's new company, the Michael Scott Paper Company.
In the episode "Heavy Competition" of Season 5, Dwight steals Michael's Rolodex and finds his own business card, on the back of which, Michael had written before leaving Dunder Mifflin: Dwight Schrute, tall, beets.
Michael also cares how Dwight feels about him. After Michael beats Dwight at his own dojo, Michael later finds out that Dwight no longer wanted Michael as his primary contact in case of an emergency which causes him to promote Dwight from "Assistant to the Regional Manager" to "Assistant Regional Manager," with a three-month probational period.
Dwight told Michael in Season 6 that Michael's career path was pathetic and that he regretted working for him instead of taking a fast-track job at Office Depot, but they buried their differences later on. In Season 7, Dwight is hurt that Michael didn't recommend him for the job. However, he changes his mind when Michael writes a letter of recommendation, and the two play a game of paintball together.
Ryan Edit Michael has a one-sided man-crush on Ryan, which makes Ryan uncomfortable. Despite admiring Ryan, Michael eventually acknowledges that Ryan makes bad decisions, but still opts to believe in him. Jim and Pam Edit Michael doesn't hesitate to compliment or criticize Pam for her looks and he frequently mentions her breasts. Their relationship comes to a rocky point when he begins dating her mother Helene.
This is only repaired after he breaks up with Helene and allows Pam to slap him in the face in the parking lot. He trusts and respects Jim, although when they were co-managers they clashed due to their polar-opposite management styles.
In " Secret Santa ", Michael mentions that in a future vision he sees himself and his future wife living next door to Jim and Pam and that their children will play together. He often also refers to Jim as his best friend in the office. Michael attempts unsuccessfully to have Jim and Pam over for dinner on many occasions, though he finally succeeds in the episode " Dinner Party "; the entire evening is a disaster.
In a Season 5 episode, Michael also shows his admiration for Jim, when Jim wears a tuxedo to work and goes on and on about having a 'classy party' for the party planning committee, and frequently suggests all of the ideas Dwight had offered that Michael had then rejected, only to bother Dwight by having Michael accept the same ideas from him. He seems to think that both of them are his best friends. During season 2, in episode 7 " The Client ", Michael and Jim share a mutual special glance at each other after both being rejected by Pam and Jan.
In " Goodbye, Michael ", Jim mentions what a great boss Michael has been over the years and Pam gives Michael a big hug at the airport before he goes off to Colorado to begin his new life with Holly. Toby Edit Michael, despite liking most of the staff, fiercely hates Human Resources Manager Toby Flenderson, likely due to Toby's requirement to enforce the rules of proper office behavior that Michael loves to flout.
Michael once reasoned that "Toby is in HR, which technically means he works for Corporate. His longtime goal is to get rid of Toby and any attempts at reconciliation between the two usually backfire, with Michael resorting to name calling or jokes at Toby's expense. In the episode " Goodbye, Toby ", Michael is thrilled when Toby decides to move to Costa Rica and gives as his going away present a rock with a note that reads "Suck on this".
The next season, after Toby's replacement Holly is transferred, Michael is horrified when Toby returns to Dunder Mifflin. In " Frame Toby ", he goes to great lengths to get him fired.