Dwight and Angela definitely aren’t the most likable or good-hearted characters on The Office, and they are both rather eccentric. Their on-again, off-again romance throughout the show reflects this. While they might have a strange relationship, they are both strange people so in many ways that it works for them. However, while there are some surprisingly good and sweet things about their relationship, there are also a lot of really toxic aspects.
Here are the five ways that Dwight and Angela had a good relationship as well as five ways their relationship was unhealthy.
10 GOOD: THEY HAVE SOME SIMILAR PERSONALITY TRAITS
While Dwight and Angela aren’t two of the most pleasant people to be around, this is part of what makes their relationship work. They can both be really judgmental and condescending to other people, and they are both kind of weird and out there. While they are different in how they express their judgment, their unpleasant personalities go well together. It’s clear that these two find a match in each other that would be hard to find with anyone else.
9 TOXIC: THEY KEPT THEIR RELATIONSHIP SECRET FOR A LONG TIME
Most healthy and happy relationships don’t start out with the relationship being a big secret from everyone. The fact that Dwight and Angela were dating for so long before they ever made their relationship public is a big red flag. In fact, Angela insisted many times on keeping their relationship secret, even when it wasn’t because of an affair. This attitude is pretty unhealthy, and it was definitely unfair to Dwight and everyone else involved later on.
8 GOOD: BOTH OF THEM CARE A LOT ABOUT THEIR SON
While thinking about Angela and Dwight as parents may not be the most comforting notion, there’s nothing on the series that indicates that they are bad parents. While Dwight doesn’t know that Phillip is his son at first, once he does, he’s clearly very happy about the fact. He hoped he was the father all along, and he’s excited to get to participate in his son’s life and build a family. So, in this way, these two actually make a good match.
7 TOXIC: ANGELA KEPT THE TRUTH ABOUT HER SON’S DAD A SECRET
One of the things that makes the least sense about Angela and Dwight’s relationship is the whole paternity storyline. There is an episode where Dwight literally gets a paternity test that says he’s not the father. Then, in the final season, Angela reveals that Dwight actually is Phillip’s dad. This whole storyline is really weird. But the fact that Angela lied to Dwight for so long even after her marriage with the Senator ended is really messed up. It’s super unhealthy and toxic.
6 GOOD: THEIR WEDDING MADE THEM BOTH REALLY HAPPY
One of the sweetest moments in Angela and Dwight’s relationship, and on the show as a whole, is their wedding that takes place as the final episode of the series. These two have definitely grown a lot as people when they finally get married. They are more mature than ever before, and they are both in good, happy places. This means they don’t treat other people as badly as they used to, and they are a lot kinder to one another, too. However, the whole kidnapping Angela before the wedding tradition is still super messed up.
5 TOXIC: DWIGHT KILLS ANGELA’S CAT
During the fourth season of The Office, Angela and Dwight are dating even though it’s still a secret to most in the office. When Angela asks Dwight to go to her house at lunch and take care of her cats, he takes it upon himself to kill her cat, Sprinkles. While he thinks he’s doing her and the animal a favor since Sprinkles was so-so sick, it’s an awful thing to do. He shouldn’t have done it in the first place, and he definitely shouldn’t have lied about it either.
4 GOOD: ANGELA SUPPORTS DWIGHT’S WEIRD LONGING FOR POWER
While Dwight’s personality can be rather off-putting, at least Angela is not too bothered by it. During the early seasons of the show, Dwight is obsessed with getting the Regional Manager position. In this quest, Angela supports him, and she really wants him to get the job, too. While it might seem strange, there is something a little bit cute about how supportive she is about this.
3 TOXIC: DWIGHT IS REALLY SEXIST
While both Dwight and Angela are kind of old-fashioned in their own ways, Dwight definitely crosses the line with his sexism many times. He often makes disparaging remarks about women, and he also has this idea that men are better than women in business. This definitely is super troubling given the fact that the woman he’s dating is his coworker. He definitely doesn’t see her or other women as equals, and this attitude is rather toxic and also just creepy.
2 GOOD: DWIGHT TRIES HIS BEST TO MAKE ANGELA HAPPY
While Dwight definitely has his flaws, and luckily he matures a lot over the course of the series, he does try, in his way, to make Angela happy. He’s happy to find places to eat that have vegetarian options, and he even delivers important documents to corporate last minute for her. In these ways, he does show that he cares for her by doing the little things.
1 TOXIC: ALL OF THE AFFAIRS
If there is one thing about their relationship that is the most toxic thing of all, it’s how often affairs were a part of it. First of all, Angela and Dwight were having an affair the entire time she was dating Andy, and even when she was engaged to him. Also, Dwight and Angela had another affair when she was married to Senator Lipton. This entire dynamic is really messed up, and it shows how unhealthy their relationship was much of the time.