The Office: The Most Annoying Characters, Ranked

The Office is a beloved sitcom, but that doesn't mean it hasn't made its share of mistakes. Here are some of the worst characters in the show's run.

The Office was full of hilarious characters. While some of the characters were just all around funny, there were some that were really annoying, too. Certain characters on the show just left you feeling frustrated and wishing they would go away. Even their humorous moments didn’t make them very popular.

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These characters had us rolling our eyes and feeling all the cringe. Whether they were a mainstay of the cast or a guest for a season, these characters were often the worst.


The Office Dinner Party Jan

While at first Jan Levinson wasn’t so bad, she got more annoying as the show went on. She went from the exasperated boss to completely over the top. By the time she was taken off the show, no-one was really sad to see her go.

Her relationship with Michael definitely led to a lot of laughs, but, at the same time, it was only funny for so long. The show was smart to have that relationship end before it dragged out for too long. Jan’s descent made her too annoying to stick around for the long term.


While Robert California might be a replacement boss that some people liked, it’s really hard to see why. After Michael Scott left in Season Seven, the show struggled to find a replacement for him.

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Robert California ended up taking more than just the manager position. He made himself CEO of the entire company. None of the Dunder Mifflin-Sabre employees liked him. He was supposed to be some archetype of a rich, eccentric, out of touch CEO, but the execution of this character fell rather flat. In the end, he was just plain annoying.


At first, it was easy to feel bad for Toby, as he was always picked on by Michael. While this could be funny at times, sometimes it was overdone and came off as really mean. However, as the seasons went on, it was hard to have sympathy for Toby.

He let himself be treated poorly and refused to take any responsibility for his life. Also, he really was a horrible HR representative who never really took the concerns of the employees that seriously. He clearly should have quit the job and moved on to something that would have made him a lot happier.


Erin was a character on the show that they never seemed to know quite what to do with. While she could sometimes be sweet and funny, she wasn’t the most standout character. The Office put her with different characters in romantic relationships, and never seemed to know quite the direction they wanted to take.

Erin was too naive, and, to be frank, not very smart at all. This made many of her scenes more annoying than funny. While the show needed to find a new receptionist after Pam, Erin might not have been the right choice.


Some of the most annoying characters on the show showed up later in the series. While Pete might not have been the most annoying, he was definitely one of the most boring. The problem with the characters that joined the cast later is that the audience had already built connections with the regulars.

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As a result, the new characters never really blended well, and it was hard to feel attached to them. Plus, the romantic relationship between Erin and Pete wasn’t that compelling or cute, mostly feeling forced.


The show really struggled to have any compelling bosses or managers after Michael left. The character of Nellie was annoying and hard to understand. She was at times antagonistic and at times sensitive, and there was nothing that engaging about her.

Overall, she seemed completely expendable, and it's hard to see why they wrote her into the show at all. The adoption storyline given to her also didn’t seem to have much of a point, and it was hard for audiences to care about.


Todd Packer’s whole schtick got old really, really fast. While having a character who represented the guy at your average office who has no boundaries and harasses people was a funny parody at first (especially because all the other employees hated him), it got old really fast.

Luckily, Todd Packer wasn’t on a ton of episodes. When he was eventually fired from Dunder Mifflin, it was a triumphant (and relieving) moment. Thankfully, Holly was able to finally show Michael just how awful Todd Packer really was.


Andy Bernard was added into the show early enough that he did become a staple of the cast. While there were times where he was funny or relatable, there were many more times where he was just annoying. The Office knew that Andy was an annoying character, so many of these moments were clearly done on purpose.

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However, in later seasons, his whole character arc really went off the rails. He became more and more of a delusional jerk, and it was impossible to like him at all.


Gabe Lewis was added into the show after the merger with Sabre. Pretty much all of the Dunder Mifflin employees couldn’t stand him, and it’s easy to see why. He was just annoying.

He was all about following the letter of the corporate law, and he was just kind of a weird guy on top of everything else. Plus, his relationship with Erin seemed forced and creepy, and it was just a useless storyline overall.


So many of the characters on this list were replacement options for Michael Scott, and this includes Deangelo. While Will Ferrell might be a big name star, this wasn’t one of his funniest roles.

Deangelo was a rude boss, and not likable in the strange way that Michael was. He was awkward and annoying, and there wasn’t really anything that stood out about him, except that everything he did made you cringe. Not in the good sitcom way, either.

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