"You don't call retarded people retards. It's bad taste. You call your friends retards when they're acting retarded."
"In my opinion the third date is traditionally the one where.. you have sex. Does Holly feel that way? I don't know. I will probably find out tonight. If she starts having sex with me I'll know for sure."MICHAEL SCOTT
Played by: Steve Carrell
PL 0 (5)
ST 10 DEX 10 CON 10 INT 8 (-1) WIS 6 (-2) CHA 8 (-1)
Intimidate 3 (+2)
Knowledge (Paper) 4 (+3)
Knowledge (Pop Culture) 4 (+3)
Perform (Ice Skating) 4 (+3)
Profession (Hockey Player) 4 -- Uses Dex (+4)
Profession (Paper Salesman) 13 (+12)
Ultimate Skill (Paper Salesman)
Toughness +0, Fortitude +1, Reflex +1, Will +0
Attack +0, Damage +0, Defense +0, Initiative +0
Reputation (Idiotic Man-Child)
Responsibility (Loves Holly Flax)
Obsession (Fear of Dying Alone)
Obsession (Wants Respect)
Enemy (Toby from HR)
Abilities: -8 / Skills: 32--8 / Feats: 1 / Powers: 0 / Saves: 4 / Combat: 0 (5)
-"The Office" is one of the greatest sitcoms ever. Every character is a classic, and even the minor ones slowly develop (through "Flanderization" of their minor foibles into full-blown personas) into hilarious recurring characters. Michael Scott is a great case of this. Initially being just kind of an idiotic person who acts like a jerk (like David Brent in the original English version), Michael eventually got made a bit more innocent- he was still a jerk, but he had a good heart, and most importantly, THOUGHT he was a nice person doing nice things, but was really just a foolish man-child who was really rather petulant and selfish. For Michael, everything must be about HIM, and to him, everyone likes him and wants to be his friend. He also produces the most uncomfortable moments in TV history, like at Phyllis' wedding, where he tries to show-up everyone, including Phyllis' hobbled father, who proudly steps up out of his wheelchair (that Michael was pushing) to walk his daughter to the altar, and Michael pouts because this Crowning Moment of Heartwarming upstaged him.
-How do you stat up someone who explicitly SUCKS at everything but selling paper? Michael is so... messed up that he virtually never dated until the third season of the show, most of his co-workers at least dislike him and avoid him whenever necessary, he writes his e-name as "LittleKidLover" so everyone will know "What I'm about" (he thinks it's so women will know he wants to HAVE children), he thinks "Queer as F*ck" is the name of a TV Show, and when he makes pretend he's "Survivorman", he eats the first pile of mushrooms he sees growing next to a tree. He thinks that a "hysterectomy" removed Meredith's vagina, and basically outed Oscar to the entire office by casually talking about his being gay.
-His lighter moments, though, include times of extreme loyalty to his staff, defensiveness of people he's close to, and times when he authentically shows caring. Jim points out that Michael Scott would "never do that" when another Dunder Mifflin boss quits his job and goes to Staples, thus putting his entire staff out of work. And he made Pam feel better after a poor showing of her art, demanding to buy the work and place it in the office. Maybe his greatest moment, though, was when he found out Jim was in love with Pam (who was engaged to another man). Michael, the perennial joker, just turns to Jim and tells him to "never, ever, ever give up". Then there's his ultra-cute relationship with fellow dork Holly Flax, which was ended when the CEO of the company caught them dating (she was in PR, which wasn't kosher for the company as far as inter-company dating went).
-In fact, Michael is shown doing many things, but sucking at all of them, hence his low scores everywhere. He's in an Improv Acting class... but all his characters are Michael Scarn, FBI Agent, who steals every scene by demanding everyone get on the ground and be arrested by him. Truly, the only thing he excels at is selling paper, which leads to one of the show's best moments- where this idiotic, childish person actually comes in, makes friends with a potential buyer (over a shared history in the town, and dirty jokes), then NAILS THE SALE in spectacular fashion. Michael is an idiot who's only worth 5 power points, but he'll be damned if you're going to outsell him. And God Help You if you mess with his love for Holly (an adorable relationship brought into the fifth season), or his employees in general.Michael Scott: Man I would love to burn your candles!
Jan: You burn it you buy it!
Michael Scott: Oh good! I'll be your first customer!
Jan: You're hardly my first.
Michael Scott: THAT'S... WHAT.... SSSHHEEE SSSSAAAAAIIIIID!!
JAN LEVINSON (nee' Gould)- before she went nuts
Played by: Melora Hardin
PL 1 (24)
ST 10 DEX 12 (+1) CON 10 INT 14 (+2) WIS 10 CHA 10
Bluff 6 (+6)
Computers 2 (+4)
Craft (Scented Candles) 2 (+4)
Diplomacy 3 (+3)
Intimidate 6 (+6)
Investigate 4 (+4)
Knowledge (Business) 3 (+5)
Sense Motive 2 (+2)
Toughness +0, Fortitude +2, Reflex +2, Will +2
Attack +1, Damage +0, Defense +1, Initiative +1
Reputation (Dragon Lady- then Psychotic)
Responsibility (Loves & Hates Michael Scott)
Abilities: 6 / Skills: 28--7 / Feats: 2 / Powers: 0 / Saves: 5 / Combat: 4 (24)
-Jan was a terrific character that kind of became a different kind of terrific character. She started off as a "Dragon Lady" type of boss (you know- the one every man fears he'd have to work for)- bossy, commanding, nasty, lecturing, etc. Basically Fetish Fuel Incarnate for dorks. But she had lighter moments, especially when they showed her happier side, and she started getting more and more attracted to Michael of all people. But then the writers started having her go increasingly nuts, talking to therapists, sleeping with Michael then constantly regretting it, until eventually they just had her totally crack when he dumped her and she won him back with enormous breast implants.
-She got fired from Dunder-Mifflin for ignoring her job and vanishing several times, she forced Michael into several things he wasn't comfortable with (made him testify against his bosses, dressed him up like a schoolgirl for evil sex-play, making him sell his beloved car for a new one, etc.), and it culminated with an amazingly awkward scene in Michael's tiny condo, where she chucked his beloved Dundie Award into his beloved flat-screen (about the size of a computer monitor) and finally chased Michael away. Talk about a character switch- from a mean boss lady into a complete gibbering psychopath- Melora Hardin is clearly a really good actress. Maybe TOO good, as she was so handy with her early 'crazy' antics that they went all the way into making her nuts (Michael actually suspected her of poisoning Pam's food upon hearing his lies that he & Pam used to date).
-By the end of her run, she'd gotten artificially inseminated (reasoning that she might only have one kid, and couldn't trust Michael's sperm) and had her baby without Michael even being present, which was just about her lowest point in the run.
-This build suits Jan more early than later (when she was making scented candles and lost most of her Wisdom & Charisma). She's fairly smart, business-savvy, hot and with some anger in her (Power Attack).