"Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me."
As Dwight might say, the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch wears many hats. Sadly, the one thing that all of Michael's hats have in common is they possess the uncanny ability to be so cringeworthy that anybody viewing them finds themselves wishing that the ground would swallow them whole, let alone Michael.
Be it casual racism, fat shaming or an unexplained yet visceral loathing of HR representatives, Michael Scott is every employee's worst nightmare on steroids. It speaks volumes to Steve Carrell's inimitable performance that such an offensive buffoon stands as one of the most beloved characters in television history despite the fact that most people would quit on the spot if they knew they were actually going in to work for Michael Scott.
And who could blame them? Michael's employees have been framed for drug possession, had their extra-marital affairs outed to the entire office and been run down by the man himself in the parking lot. Paper supply and distribution truly is a dangerous gig.
How many of Michael's more agonisingly embarrassing debacles can you remember?