Insane Fan Theories About 'The Office' That'll Blow Your Mind

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With nine seasons to work with, fans of the NBC smash sitcom The Office have come up with plenty of conspiracy theories. If you watched the series, you might know the characters well enough to be emotionally involved in their lives, so a fan theory about one of your favorites might hit you right in the feels. Here are some fan theories about The Office that may shock, anger, and maybe even emotionally destroy you.

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    43,393 VOTES

    Creed Bratton Isn't Really Creed Bratton

    Creed Bratton Isn't Really Creed Bratton
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    Creed Bratton (played by Creed Bratton) is undoubtedly one of the more mysterious characters on The Office. With a whole slew of cryptic quotes and strange mishaps to choose from, it's surprisingly difficult to answer the question: "Who the heck is Creed Bratton?" 

    For starters, he may not Creed Bratton at all.

    If you remember the "Money" episode from Season 4, Creed flashes his real passport for the world to see, and it clearly says "William Charles Schneider."

    From Redditor /u/Koala_Guru:

    Creed Bratton is not Creed Bratton. In one episode, he states that he transfers all of his debt to an account under the name William Charles Schneider. In another, he states that the last guy who stole from him was never seen again and his name was Creed Bratton. I propose that Creed's real name is William C. Schneider, and after a man named Creed Bratton stole from him, he killed him and took his name.

    43,393 votes
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    Jim And Pam Kissed Twice On Casino Night

    Jim And Pam Kissed Twice On Casino Night
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    In the Season 2 finale “Casino Night," we see Jim (John Krasinski) kiss Pam (Jenna Fischer), then they just stare at each other. But things look very different in the Season 3 premiere "Gay Witch Hunt."

    That scene opens mid-kiss before Jim smiles and says, "You have no idea how long I wanted to do that."

    According to this fan theory, there's footage missing between two separate kisses. Jim kisses Pam and then, after a pause, Pam kisses back. Season 3 shows the alleged second kiss. Pam seems to support this theory later in the season when she reveals to Roy (David Denman) that she kissed Jim. 

    34,325 votes
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    Michael Has Serious Dad Issues And That's Why He Hates Toby (A Divorced Dad)

    Michael Has Serious Dad Issues And That's Why He Hates Toby (A Divorced Dad)
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    There are plenty of reasons why Michael (Steve Carell) could possibly despise Toby (Paul Lieberstein). As the human resources representative at the Scranton branch, Toby is the only person with any real control over him.

    Michael is also eternally optimistic to the point of delusion while Toby is depressed.

    But Michael's hatred could have much deeper roots. Toby represents Michael's worst nightmare: a lonely, divorced father who rarely gets to see his kid. More than anything in the world, Michael wants to have a family and be happy.

    We see this potentially play out in a Season 7 episode in which Michael has to sit through six hours of mandatory counseling from Toby. Michael is openly hostile until Toby tricks him into opening up while playing board games. What does Michael talk about? His daddy issues.

    From Redditor /u/Athena_Nikephoros

    If we look at all the stuff Michael gets away with, it's clear that Toby isn't ever coming down on him as hard as he could. As the corporate HR rep, Toby could have gotten Michael fired literally dozens of times.

    My theory is that Michael's parents divorced when he was young, and he now channels his anger and feelings of abandonment towards Toby, who is a divorced father. Michael has no sense of subtlety or nuance, and so [he] doesn't see that Toby is a far better father and human being than his own dad.

    34,092 votes
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    Toby Is The Scranton Strangler

    Toby Is The Scranton Strangler
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    While the identity of the notorious Scranton Strangler is eventually revealed, one fan theory suggests Toby is the real killer. Remember when Toby suddenly decided to move to Costa Rica? The murders began right after he returned. 

    But things eventually get even more suspicious in later seasons.

    Toby ends up on the jury that convicts George Howard Skub, the accused Scranton Strangler. But Toby later develops doubts about Skub's guilt and goes on a crusade to prove his innocence. There’s a detailed breakdown of this theory here. It’s a long read, but it makes a very convincing case.

    39,246 votes
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    Roy Cheated On Pam... With Angela

    This theory may sound a little far-fetched to even the most seasoned fans of The Office. But several scenes throughout the series hint at a mutual attraction - and possibly more - between Roy and Angela (Angela Kinsey).

    From Redditor /u/flaming_muffins

    Here’s the evidence seen directly in the show:

    • In the episode “The Fire” (s2e14) Roy says he’d hook up with Angela in the game “Who would you do?” showing that he has attraction towards her.

    • In the episode “Casino Night” (s2ep22), Michael is opening the casino as Lady Fortune and he says “Old friends! New lovers!” and then there’s a shot of Roy and Angela sharing glances at each other (sort of the “let’s hook up” kind of glance). Then later in that episode, before Jim shares his feeling for Pam, we see Roy take off early from the casino night. Where was he going? To go hook up with Angela! Now I know this is stretching it but it makes sense given all of the rest of the evidence.

    • In the episode 'Cocktails' (s3ep18) you can briefly hear audio of Roy asking everybody at the bar if they want a drink and you can hear Angela saying something like, 'Oh, no thank you Roy, I’m…' This line on its own doesn’t mean much but its more the way she says it that interests me. She sounds very flustered, the way a girl talking their crush sounds.

    • In the same episode, when Pam says that she wants no secrets between her and Roy, Roy instantly becomes defensive and says that he totally could have done something (implying an affair) but he didn’t. The way he says this is definitely suspicious and is absolutely not convincing that he is innocent of an affair[...]

    • In the episode 'The Negotiation' (s3ep19) Angela has more of her flustered speaking when Roy comes to get his last paycheck. She calls him 'very strong' and Kevin snickers in the background (maybe Kevin knew about the affair, the way he knows about Oscar’s affair later on in the show).

    Now let’s consider Angela’s role in all of this:

    First off, we know that Angela is not shy when it comes to having multiple lovers at once. She cheated on Andy with Dwight, cheated on the senator with Dwight, and also mentioned two people named John dueling over her when she was 'living in Ohio' (s5ep18). We also know that Angela has a strong hatred for Pam. This is seen countless times throughout the show. I believe this hatred might be because Roy chose to remain engaged to Pam, basically choosing Pam over her. She might have felt that without Pam, she could have had a stronger relationship with Roy.

    35,042 votes
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    Everyone In The Office Wants To Be Famous

    Everyone In The Office Wants To Be Famous
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    There could be a very good reason everyone at Dunder Mifflin acts like a crazy person: it's not because they're legitimately insane, but because they all want more camera time with the documentary crew.

    Even if they don't know when the series will ever air, they believe they can be stars.

    From Redditor /u/Burnnoticelover

    Kelly wanted to be a Kardashian style megastar, so she manufactured drama with Ryan.

    Ryan tried to evolve with the times, first trying to be another Jim, then trying to be a rich, stylish New Yorker, and then becoming a hipster once that phenomenon set in.

    Kevin realized that the doc crew loved his "stupid funny" moments, Stanley found out they laugh at his apathy, and Andy became nice to try to be a protagonist rather than a villain, then (mistakenly) assumed they liked jerk Andy better. The other employees either didn't want to waste time trying to be famous, like Oscar, or didn't realize what was going on around them, like Dwight.

    28,554 votes