30+ People That Had Bosses Who Are Real-Life Versions of Michael Scott From “The Office”

Some people might have taken their love of The Office a little too far… According to these Reddit stories, bosses like Michael Scott really do exist in real life. Keep scrolling to see for yourselves.

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This next story is cringey, but we’re not sure it holds the same level that season six’s “The Delivery” does. Michael walks into the delivery room and sees Pam’s exposed lower body as she’s giving birth. Naturally, Michael was mortified. But, we’re not entirely sure this OP’s boss ever was, his wife was mortified enough for both of them.

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Kidnapping Drills

We’ve already mentioned Dwight’s surprise fire drill. While this wasn’t necessarily planned by Michael himself, we couldn’t help but think of that chaotic scene when we read this post about kidnapping drills. But, aside from that, another episode that came to mind is “Happy Hour”.

Kidnapping Drills

Michael completes 25 push-ups (and one girl push-up) and challenges the office employees to do 26 push-ups of their own, offering those who do permission to go home early. Most of the office tries and fails, but Stanley remains dedicated to the task and completes the goal!

Handy-Dandy Translator

Is it just us or does this post describe Pam Beesly and Michael Scott’s relationship to a tee? Throughout the series, viewers see the dynamic between the two shift and evolve but one thing remains constant — Pam having to translate Michael’s speeches to the rest of the office staff.

Handy-Dandy Translator

From the sounds of it, this OP is the Pam Beesly of her own office considering that she knew the golden hamster wheel actually meant a golden raffle cage.

Work the Room More

Naturally, this post reminds us of the 16th episode of the third season — “Phyllis’ Wedding”. In order to ensure six weeks off for her honeymoon, Phyllis asks Michael to push her father’s wheelchair down the aisle at her wedding.

Work the Room More

Initially eager to participate, Michael considers himself the “father of the bride” in his own twisted way. And because Michael is Michael, he becomes upset when Phyllis’ father “upstages” him by walking the last few steps down the aisle to his daughter.

The Dundies

Well, it sounds like this OP’s father really does have the real-life Michael Scott for a boss. Not only would Michael comment on how hot one of his employees is, but he’d also hold an award ceremony for everyone in the office — oh wait… he did both.

The Dundies

“The Dundies” is the first episode of the second season in which Michael remixes the song “O.P.P.” and embarrasses Ryan Howard by awarding him “The Hottest in the Office.”

Color Graph

Well, if this isn’t something that Michael Scott has done at some point throughout the series, he certainly would do it. After all, he has a very special way of getting under everyone’s skin, which is why he has little time to work.

Color Graph

According to Jim Halpert’s graph of how Michael spends his time — 80% is spent distracting others, 19% is all about procrastinating, and 1% is dedicated to critical thinking. From the sounds of it, this OP’s boss has taken some inspiration from the graph.

You Had One Job!

Any fan of The Office knows that the conference room is the hub of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch. It’s home to dozens of holiday parties and birthday celebrations (thanks to the party planning committee), awkward seminars, CPR classes gone rogue, and countless pointless meetings.

You Had One Job!

Michael Scott of The Office has been known for his outlandish comments and kooky beliefs, so it really doesn’t surprise us that the OP’s boss has some theories of his own — to the point that he interrupts meetings and doesn’t do his job properly.

”How the Turn Tables”

“Well, well, well… how the turn tables.” This time, though, it’s in reference to the fact that this OP had a female version of Michael Scott as a boss. And while this specific scenario may have never happened in The Office, we can definitely imagine it.

”How the Turn Tables”

Michael would totally have Pam — or Erin — order a mannequin to put on display. The only difference is that he wouldn’t dress it up as his daughter but rather his girlfriend. Because ya know, he’s weird like that.

”Try My Cookie-Cookie”

If we didn’t know any better, we’d say that this OP’s boss is actually Steve Carell dressed up as his character, Michael Scott. After all, Michael has a reputation for saying some pretty offensive and insulting things — does anyone remember “Diversity Day,” the second episode of season one?

”Try My Cookie-Cookie”

During a diversity seminar, Michael delivers a racist impression of an Indian person to Kelly Kapoor. Naturally, Kelly takes offense to the stereotype and rightfully slaps Michael in the face.

Scranton — The Electric City

This OP’s boss undeniably has the same annoying tendencies that Michael Scott does. Aside from the weird Chewbacca noises and incessant usage of the voice-to-text feature, let’s just take a second to focus on the fact that he references old hip-hop song lyrics. Hello, people! Does anyone remember “Straight Outta Scranton”?!

Scranton — The Electric City

In “The Merger,” Scranton absorbs the Stamford branch. In an attempt to make his new employees feel comfortable, Michael — along with the help of Dwight — writes and shoots a welcome song, which is a parody of N.W.A’s “Straight Outta Compton.”

Catch-22

Unsurprisingly, this next post reminds us of the many phrases that Michael Scott botched throughout the series. From “migraine worker” instead of the correct “migrant worker”, to telling David Wallace to call him “ASAP as possible”, Michael is the king of misusing and/or mangling phrases.

Catch-22

This post specifically brings us back to season two’s “The Fight” in which Michael uses the term ‘catch-22’ incorrectly after hearing Ryan use it.

Spidey-Senses

Well, this is wildly inappropriate office behavior. Then again, so is Michael Scott — and all the real-life versions of him.

Spidey-Senses

While we can understand and respect the fact that this boss wants his employees to look sharp, there was really no reason for him to drop his pants in front of poor Paul here. If we didn’t know any better, we’d say that this manager just wanted to show off his Spiderman undies.

Workplace Bullying

Throughout the series, viewers saw the employees of Dunder Mifflin gather into the conference room for many seminars about anti-bullying, and no thanks to Michael Scott himself. Toby Flenderson, the branch’s H.R. Manager — and Michael’s arch-nemesis — would usually run these meetings… well, until they’d be interrupted by Michael’s shenanigans.

Workplace Bullying

In any case, it looks like this OP’s boss took Toby’s place by running his own meeting about name-calling. According to the OP, though, no one had ever called the boss a “ginger”. Perhaps he was just grasping at straws?

Pomegranate Hunt

You may think that this is as funny as this post gets, but you’d be wrong. According to the OP, they never ended up finding a pomegranate. They even checked a particular gas station but they, too, didn’t have any pomegranates because they weren’t in season at that point.

Pomegranate Hunt

When the poster returned to the office, though, their boss was eating a Subway sandwich. He seemed to have forgotten that he had even sent the OP on this mission — a very Michael Scott thing to do.

Improvised Comedy Gold

After reading this post, we might as well have been watching the third season premiere of The Office, “Gay Witch Hunt”. During this episode, Michael discovers employee Oscar Martinez is gay and ends up outting him to the entire office.

Improvised Comedy Gold

Naturally, no one in the office makes a big deal about it… except for Michael. Fun fact that some of you may not know — the scene in which Michael and Oscar hesitantly share a kiss wasn’t actually scripted and was, in fact, an improvised moment courtesy of Steve Carell.

”Yo Soy Cancun”

If you’re a fan of The Office, then this post probably reminds you of the episode entitled “Michael Learns Spanish”, in which Michael tries a rather unorthodox approach to learning Spanish to prepare for his trip to Cancun.

”Yo Soy Cancun”

Sure, he wasn’t necessarily learning the language to be able to communicate with an employee, but he was interacting with his employees in Spanish — or trying to, at least. Let’s just hope that the OP’s boss didn’t fill his office with genitalia-covered post-it notes in order to learn how to use the feminine and masculine nouns.

Loud Noises!

This specific incident might not have been an episode of The Office, but anyone who knows the show has seen Michael Scott throw some fits.

Loud Noises!

From his iconic “NO, G-D! PLEASE NO! NOOOOOOOOOO” when realizing that Toby had returned to Dunder Mifflin after having moved back from Costa Rica, to screaming at everyone to stay calm during Dwight’s surprise fire drill, Michael has certainly made his voice heard. Still, it sounds like this OP’s boss has a bit more of a temper than our beloved Mike.

”I Have to Be Liked”

Alright, people. Anyone who claims that they’re a Jim probably isn’t a Jim. Jim is cool, calm, and collected — meaning that he really has nothing to prove to anyone.

”I Have to Be Liked”

This OP deeply believes that their boss actually resembles Michael Scott, to the point that they even included a quote from the first episode of season four, “Fun Run”. If that is indeed the mantra that the OP’s boss lives by, then he probably is the real-life version of the PA branch manager that we’ve all grown to love.

Shoo, Fly, Don’t Bother Me

Leave it to someone oblivious to find a rotting banana in their bag after leaving it in there for weeks on end. Michael Scott may have not done this specifically but he’s certainly as unobservant as this OP’s boss and so, we can understand why this person wrote this post, to begin with.

Shoo, Fly, Don’t Bother Me

The best (or worst) part about this whole thing is that, in true Michael-esque fashion, the boss then tried to deny that the fruit flies were because of him. Well, how else would they have gotten there?

Same Same But Different

Usually, when you cover someone’s shift, you’re supposed to get paid for the hours that you work. We guess that because the OP was covering for their employer and not some co-worker, it was the perfect opportunity to take advantage.

Same Same But Different

The head honcho first offered the OP $50 to cover his shift. Then, rather than giving the OP the cash that was promised, “Michael” here handed over a comic book that he claims is worth $50. Hmmm, something sounds a little fishy.

What in Tarnation?!

Alright, we’d understand this boss’ freak-out had he not purchased everything himself. But, considering that he did buy everything and proceeded to stuff it all inside a closet, we can’t help but shake our heads.

What in Tarnation?!

This OP’s boss sounds like he’s very forgetful. Does that remind you of anyone in particular? Ding, ding, ding! That’s right — Michael Scott!

The Dwight to My Michael

Not only does our beloved Michael seem like he’s losing it at times, but we can also totally see him spending so much time in the sauna that he ends up passing out. And who better to rescue him than his trusty sidekick, Dwight Schrute?

The Dwight to My Michael

We guess that makes this OP’s brother the Dwight of his company. But, nothing really gets us as much as the fact that Mrs. Michael Scott wants the street to be swept once a week.

Character Description?

If we didn’t know any better, we’d say that this is the actual character description of Michael Scott from the original script.

Character Description?

Everything from his wisecrack jokes to relying heavily on his employees, and even reading people’s resumes aloud so he can laugh at their previous job experience — this just screams Michael Scott. Alas, it is not a character description but rather a real story told by a Reddit user who actually had this boss.

Divorce Party

While Michael Scott may have never gotten a divorce, viewers definitely did get a good look at his tumultuous relationship with none other than Jan Levinson (played by Melora Hardin).

Divorce Party

It’s safe to say that Michael and Jan had a chaotic, on-and-off fling that was complicated by Michael’s stupidity and Jan’s mood swings. And if anyone remembers season four’s “Dinner Party”, then you’ll agree that their violent breakup might as well have been a divorce.

Play Along

We don’t know about you guys but after reading this story, we had to think of Nellie Bertram (portrayed by Catherine Tate). She first appears as a guest star in the seventh season, where she interviews for the Regional Manager position at the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch.

Play Along

She’s displayed as a crass, rude, irrational, and professionally/socially inept woman — basically a female version of Michael Scott. In any event, we can totally imagine Nellie spinning around in a new outfit, and fishing for compliments.

The Roast of Michael Scott

Hmmm, this story sounds oddly familiar. Does anyone remember “The Roast of Michael Scott,” when Darryl (played by Craig Robinson) calls Michael out for not knowing the name of one of the other warehouse guys?

The Roast of Michael Scott

His name is Michael, also! Naturally, because our Michael Scott is who he is, he screams out “Jefferson” when Darryl asks what the warehouse guy’s name is. We wonder if the OP has ever seen this episode. If he has, we sure hope he showed it to his boss.

Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe, or Pizza by Alfredo?

This definitely sounds like a Michael Scott move. Let’s just hope this OP’s boss didn’t kidnap the pizza delivery boy as Michael did during season four’s “Launch Party”. Don’t remember?

Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe, or Pizza by Alfredo?

We’ll recap (spoiler alert) — Angela plans a launch party of the new Dunder Mifflin Infinity website, which Michael then scraps to plan his own party. He ends up ordering pizza from the wrong restaurant. When the pizza arrives and the pizza delivery guy doesn’t honor Michael’s coupon, he decides to hold the teenaged delivery boy hostage.

That’s What She Said

How many times did Michael Scott say “that’s what she said” throughout the series? Don’t worry — we counted. Michael uses the joke 44 times, and that’s not including the times other characters have used the phrase. Now, this joke has caused plenty of issues in Michael’s life, as he was reported for harassment.

That’s What She Said

So, basically, this OP’s boss shouldn’t just dismiss claims about one of the partners doing the same thing. Men don’t say things like that unless they lack a moral compass, and this OP shouldn’t have to take it as a compliment.

Focus, Michael!

Leave it to Michael Scott — or a Michael Scott-esque person — to get distracted by shiny candy wrappers. On the one hand, it has to be pretty frustrating for all the employees in the office to put up with these kinds of interruptions, especially if they’re in the middle of an important meeting.

Focus, Michael!

On the other hand, though, it’s a perfect way to deflect your boss’ attention when they’re busy yelling at you and your colleagues.

Jim May Be on to Something

This isn’t the first time that we’ve spoken about Michael’s color chart, and it probably won’t be the last — ya know, considering that most of the bosses on this list take after the King of Procrastination himself! Take this guy, for instance.

Jim May Be on to Something

During this OP’s time on the job, their boss spent his days doing nothing besides wandering around the office (19% procrastinating) and making conversation (80% distracting others)… all whilst the Dwight Schrute of the company did the heavy lifting. Sounds about right.

Check!

Whether or not you’re a stickler for organization, there’s no denying that checklists can play an integral role in how productive your day turns out to be. Being able to complete a task and check it off your list of things to do is easily one of the best feelings.

Check!

Even so, it’s hard to understand why this OP’s boss placed such an emphasis on the checklist his employees were using. Perhaps your staff would perform differently if they had a better manager…

Old Man Michael Scott

So, basically, what this OP is really telling us is that her boss is the future, 70-year-old version of Michael Scott. And we all know that the older and older Michael gets, the crazier he becomes.

Old Man Michael Scott

This could explain why this OP’s boss claimed that he invented Apple computers before Steve Jobs, held a knife-throwing contest, and came to the office wearing nothing but leopard print underwear and a pink cowboy hat.

The Best of Michael

Now, just because the other stories on this list are quite shocking doesn’t mean that people can’t also have good experiences with Michael Scott-like bosses! Take this OP, for instance.

The Best of Michael

They worked for a manager that genuinely cared about his employees’ well-being — which is not something you come across all too often. From the sounds of it, this OP and his co-workers only got the best of Michael Scott whilst being able to avoid the worst of him.

Stayin’ Alive

We’ll just say it — Michael Scott doesn’t belong anywhere near patients of any kind. After all, he couldn’t even pass the CPR class that he arranged for the office after Stanley suffered a heart attack. Anyway, even though the ‘big man’ in this story isn’t actually Michael Scott and is indeed a licensed dentist, something just doesn’t feel right.

Stayin’ Alive

Perhaps it’s the fact that this so-called dentist sent a patient home after pretending that their tooth had healed itself. And why? So he could have an hour of free time to throw the ball around.

Vroom, Vroom

It goes without saying that different countries have their own set of road rules. Even so, if this OP’s boss didn’t know how to drive in Germany, then he probably doesn’t know how to drive at all. Perhaps he’s originally from the UK?

Vroom, Vroom

Still, all you need to know in this case is to drive on the opposite of the road. Anyway, we’re not entirely sure how he hit eight cars! All we do know is that we’re not surprised that this boss tried to write his accident off on the company. Michael, is that you?

I’ve Got it Covered

In many companies, employees are expected to climb the ladder until they’ve reached a desirable managerial position. Now, even if this may have been the case for this OP’s boss, it’s obviously been a while since he’s had to step back into the shoes of one of his employees.

I’ve Got it Covered

And that’s okay — sometimes you just need to refresh your memory! But, when you’ve failed to help one customer after 30 minutes, perhaps you should let your trusty staff member step in…

Just Spread False Gossip

Like many of the other items on this list, Michael Scott may have not done these specific things per se, but he may as well have. Does the first episode of the sixth season — “Gossip” — ring a bell?

Just Spread False Gossip

Michael literally spreads a rumor that Stanley is having an affair before spreading a series of other false rumors to try to convince everyone that the original wasn’t true. No, it wasn’t a rumor about a hookup with some underage employee, but it still sounds like this OP’s boss is the epitome of Michael Scott.

Too Self-Aware

Yep — clearly we’ve got Michael Scott right here considering that he can’t even spell his first name right!

Too Self-Aware

But still, even if this OP cannot believe that his company made him a manager, he’s far too self-aware and owns up to his lack of knowledge… so much so that he can’t possibly be the Michael Scott of his company. We mean, our beloved Mike is the least self-aware person we know.

Keep Your Employees Happy

Well, that meeting escalated quickly, wouldn’t you guys say? After all, it all started with a small complaint and ended with a highly vivid threat. We hate to say it but this OP’s boss is bordering along the lines of crazy… and not Michael Scott crazy.

Keep Your Employees Happy

It’s no wonder why the OP considers this to be one of their worst job experiences ever. Here’s a message for all you employers and managers out there — the happier your employees are, the better life will be for everyone. Their mental well-being is so important and we can’t stress that enough!

Not Even Funny

We all know someone that lacks complete self-awareness, whether or not they’re our boss. Unfortunately, this OP had the real-life version of Michael Scott as a manager — and not in a funny way.

Not Even Funny

Not only did he make outwardly insulting jokes to put down the OP but he also stuck his nose where it didn’t belong. There’s no need for your unsolicited advice, rude names, or persistence to stay inside the country when you know full-well what your employee’s goals are.

What’s the Cloud?

Like it or not, people, but times are constantly changing. With the continuing advancement of technology comes endless social media platforms.

What’s the Cloud?

So, it goes without saying that this OP’s boss should have hopped on board and welcomed the internet with open arms. We have no idea whether or not the business ended up closing, being that the OP worked there back in 2012. But, let’s hope that this old-school boss has since changed his ways if his company is still up and running.

Safety Training

What better way to connect this post to Michael Scott than to discuss a season three episode called “Safety Training.” In the episode, Michael attempts to prove that life in an office is just as dangerous as the warehouse after Darryl injures himself and hounds Michael about it.

Safety Training

Eventually, Michael ends up on the roof of the building, where he then tries to show that depression caused by office life can lead to desperate and even fatal circumstances. We don’t know what’s worse — this or the active shooter idea that the OP’s boss came up with.

Nailed It!

What the…? Anyone capable of shooting themselves in the leg with a nail gun should not be anywhere near this kind of equipment. How did the OP’s boss even wind up where he did, in that kind of position?

Nailed It!

What makes this even worse is the fact that the OP clearly has more experience with these types of tools than his so-called boss does. From the sounds of it, though, this OP didn’t stick around to work for the rookie but was rather reminiscing about the days where he had Michael Scott as a boss.

Crossing a Line

Let’s be real — harassment in the workplace is not uncommon, as sad as that is. More often than not, though, you usually hear about a male in power harassing a female employee that works below him.

Crossing a Line

In this turn of events, the OP’s female boss would shamelessly harass her subordinate any chance she got. And while we can’t even count the ways and times that Michael has been inappropriate in the workplace, we’re not sure he was ever this bad…

#MeToo

Here we go again with yet another boss who refuses to change with the times. Sure — we have to give him credit for holding a discourse about an extremely significant current event but perhaps he should learn the correct lingo before he starts discussing a matter.

#MeToo

Whether or not someone corrected him, we’re just glad that this happened during a staff meeting rather than at a student assembly.