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Michael Scott Is A Bad Person And You're Also A Bad Person For Liking Him

Updated November 6, 2018 24.2k votes 3k voters 63.5k views15 items

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It's exhausting trying to keep track of all the awful things Michael Scott did on The Office. And even though fans think he's the best character on the long-running NBC sitcom, Michael Scott is the worst boss ever (even though his mug says differently). He has loveable moments and shows true compassion for his co-workers, but, ultimately, he's nosy, selfish, and inconsiderate.

For every nice thing he does for Ryan or Pam, there are 50 times Michael Scott on The Office is mean to Phyllis, Toby, or Dwight. Some Office fan theories think Michael just plays the fool for his own amusement, but that's highly unlikely. 

His branch is one of the most successful in all of Dunder Mifflin, but that often has little to do with his leadership. The sales and administration team often has to clean up the messes he leaves behind, yet Michael is always more than happy to take the credit. And while fans can point to a handful occasions where the "World's Best Boss" lived up to his billing, there are plenty of truly horrible reasons why Michael Scott is actually the worst.

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    He Ruins College Aspirations For Underprivileged High School Students

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    In what is arguably the most uncomfortable episode of The Office ever, Season 6's "Scott's Tots," Michael Scott drops the ball more than anyone has in the history of dropping balls. Ten years before the episode takes place, Michael promises every member of an elementary school class that he will pay for their college education if they graduate from high school.

    Well, they do... and he doesn't.

    The school invites Michael to celebrate their impending graduation. When he arrives, they regale him with song and dance about how amazing he is and he sits there bawling his eyes out knowing he just quite possibly ruined the lives of more than a dozen kids.

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  • 2

    He Ruins Phyllis's Wedding... Multiple Times

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    Michael makes sure to use Phyllis's pending nuptials as a reason to find the spotlight and, in turn, provides one of the most awkward episodes in all of television.

    Phyllis puts Michael in her wedding to get six weeks off for her honeymoon. Michael takes that opportunity to do some stand-up comedy discussing Phyllis's physique and her high school nickname "Easy Rider." Not to mention, he prematurely announces "Mr. and Mrs. Bob Vance" at the top of his lungs in the church. If that wasn't awkward enough, he forces himself into the classic "cake in the face" candid wedding photo.

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  • 3

    He Forces Dwight To Take The Fall For His 'Golden Ticket' Blunder

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    Time and time again, Michael takes advantage of Dwight's undying love and devotion – none more significant than the episode where one of Michael's many stupid mistakes put the company in jeopardy and he asked Dwight to "fall on his sword." The boss is sure he'll be fired but thinks it makes more sense for Dwight (the company's top salesman, of course) to make an exit.

    Fast-forward to the end of the episode: we learn that Michael's "Golden Ticket" gamble paid off. Since he already told upper management that it was Dwight's idea, they now think he is responsible for the win, but Michael can't have that. He crashes a congratulatory meeting with the CFO and Dwight, taking all the credit back from Dwight. If there was a Dundie for "Biggest Jackass In The Office," Michael would win it every year.

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  • 4

    He Sexually Assaults Oscar After Forcing Him To Come Out To His Co-Workers

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    Oscar Martinez is the sensible voice of reason on The Office, a show that sorely needs one. He's also a homosexual, and the reason we know that is because Michael Scott makes him stand up and come out to his co-workers in the middle of a meeting during the episode "Gay Witch Hunt" in Season 3.

    That's right. Michael takes control of one of the most significant and emotionally weighty decisions in a gay person's life. Oh, and then he grabs Oscar and kisses him on the lips in front of everyone to prove it is okay to have gay friends. 

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