Jim and Pam are widely regarded as one of the most relatable, lovable, and perfect couples to come out of a television series. While the two of them definitely have some really adorable moments, the truth is they weren’t always good together as things appear. While Jim Halpert might be regarded as the type of man anyone would want to marry, there were quite a few times where he was a pretty big jerk. Now, this doesn’t mean Jim was a horrible guy as no one is perfect and relationship is perfect, but it’s definitely worth pointing out some of the times Jim wasn’t as much of a Prince Charming as everyone thinks.
Here are ten of the time that Jim Halpert from The Office was actually a jerk.
10 WHEN HE BROKE UP WITH KATY ON THE BOOZE CRUISE
In the first season of The Office, Jim is clearly in love with Pam, but Pam is still engaged to Roy. Jim starts dating Katy in an effort to get over Pam, but this doesn’t work very well. When he takes Katy on the booze cruise, he ends up breaking up with her after getting upset that Pam and Roy set a date for their wedding. Now, clearly Jim shouldn’t have been dating Katy in the first place, but there was no excuse for treating her so poorly. He showed her no respect or care with the way he broke up with her. Even if he didn’t want to date her, he didn’t have to be such a jerk about it.
9 HIS WHOLE RELATIONSHIP WITH KAREN
Karen was definitely a character on the show who deserved better. She was mostly just used as a foil to show how much Jim still loved Pam. Overall, Jim used her and their relationship as a rebound and bandaid.
While the two actually got along well, he broke up with her only to immediately ask Pam on a date. That’s definitely not admirable behavior. Plus, Jim seemed to think Karen did something wrong by going to hang out with her friends in NYC while he finished his interview. Karen was more independent than Pam, and this seemed to be something Jim couldn't quite understand.
8 WHEN HE TRIED TO DITCH PAM AT THE DINNER PARTY
While Jim is generally thought of as being a supportive boyfriend, there were definitely times where he was willing to leave Pam behind if it would get him out of an uncomfortable situation. In the “Dinner Party” episode, Jim claims that his apartment has been flooded so he has an excuse to leave. He is then willing to leave Pam behind in a situation she also clearly doesn’t want to be in if it means he can bail. While this isn’t too serious of an offense, it does seem to point to the fact that Jim might put himself first a bit too much.
7 HIS TREATMENT OF DWIGHT
This might be a bit of a controversial opinion, and it can definitely be argued either way. Dwight is definitely not a nice person or innocent here.
He is rather sexist and just rude overall, and so it’s rewarding to see him get pranked by Jim. However, there is a lot of indication that Dwight does actually care about and respect Jim, and it often feels like Jim uses this to his advantage.
6 BUYING HIS PARENTS' HOUSE WITHOUT TELLING PAM
This is another moment that can be debated. While some people might find this romantic as Jim was trying to plan their future together, other people find this pretty problematic. Jim didn’t really take Pam’s opinion into consideration, and it’s just one of many examples where he seems to ignore her distinct personhood in order to create a life for them that he thinks is best. He was definitely trying to be romantic here, but it was a risky move.
5 ALWAYS LEAVING PAM TO DEAL WITH THE EMOTIONS OF THEIR CO-WORKERS
Jim often didn’t seem to care that much about his co-workers at all. While this is probably understandable, not everyone has to like their co-workers, what wasn’t cool was how he dumped things on Pam.
Often when others in The Office were having an emotional crisis, Jim would jump ship to leave Pam to comfort them, such as one time where Erin seeks their advice. It seems like Jim thinks because he’s a man that he doesn’t have to deal with people’s emotions, and this is a pretty jerk move.
4 TAKING THE ATHLEAD JOB WITHOUT TELLING PAM ABOUT IT
Most of Jim’s most jerk-like behavior comes in the final season of the show. The Office definitely went the route of showing that their relationship wasn’t always happily ever after in this season. Jim takes the Athlead job and goes forward with the business before consulting Pam at all. Considering that they are married with two kids, this is a horrible thing to do. He didn’t consider her and their future at all, he was only thinking of himself and what he wanted.
3 EXPECTING PAM TO GO ALONG WITH HIS DREAMS WITHOUT CONSULTING HER
This point speaks to a truth about Jim that is revealed throughout the entire show. That is that he cares more about what he wants for his future than what Pam wants. While there were times he was supportive, such as when Pam was in art school, he seemed to steer their life towards his goals, not hers. He just expected Pam to want to leave Scranton and move to Philly to support him instead of talking with her about things like an adult.
2 HE WAS A PRETTY LAZY EMPLOYEE
Jim got a lot of props for being great at his job, but these don’t always seem totally deserved. He definitely was a good salesman, and it wasn’t necessarily hard to stand out from the crowd at Dunder-Mifflin.
However, he was always complaining and made it clear he didn't love his job. Despite this, he ended up in manager roles and with a lot of respect and responsibility.
1 BASICALLY, ALMOST EVERYTHING HE DID IN THE FINAL SEASON
The way things happened between Jim and Pam in season nine makes it harder to love their love story. While, of course, they work everything out, and eventually Jim stops with his selfish behavior, he did a lot of damage. He invested more money than Pam expected him to, and he got mad at Pam for accidentally not recording Cece’s recital. Overall, he treated Pam pretty poorly during this time and kept getting mad at her for not going along with decisions that he hadn’t even included her in.