Dunder Mifflin Scranton has had its ups and downs, but throughout the years, they've managed to keep the team together. Sure, Ryan Howard (BJ Novak) and most of the Stanford branch came and left, but somehow, despite the collective distaste for Michael Scott (Steve Carell), everyone still showed up for work every day. One name that stuck by the company through thick and thin, however, was Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson).
No matter how many times he was passed over for a promotion, or how bleak Dunder Mifflin's finances looked, he stayed. Yet, loyalty goes both ways. Dwight wasn't a perfect employee on The Office. In fact, there were multiple times he should have been fired. So, with that in mind, we want to take a look at this side. Here are 10 outrageous things Dwight did that should have gotten him fired.
10 Started A Fire On Purpose
From: "Stress Relief" (Season 5, Episode 13)
When Dunder Mifflin Scranton didn't listen to Dwight's fire safety presentation, he took it upon himself to make sure everyone learned something. To do so, he started a controlled fire, blocked the exits, and got his co-workers to try and find a way out. It didn't go well, however, as panic ensued, windows were destroyed, and Stanley Hudson (Leslie David Baker) had a heart attack.
Following this, corporate had a chat with both Dwight and Michael, but it doesn't seem like much was done. In fact, Michael took a lion's share of the blame for not rangling in his employee. If this isn't a fireable offense, we don't know what will be.
9 Destroyed A CPR Mannequin In A Creepy Way
From: "Stress Relief" (Season 5, Episode 13)
Following the fire-related incident, Dunder Mifflin brought in a CPR team to train the Scranton branch to deal with emergencies. The entire session goes sideways, however, when Dwight cuts the face off the mannequin, stabs it in the heart, and puts the plastic face over his own.
He's brought to head office where he's given a stern warning, but we have to wonder how much he can get away with at this point.
8 Hid Weapons Around The Office
From: "The Negotiation" (Season 3, Episode 18)
Dwight's weapons around the office are there to protect his fellow co-workers, like in one instance when a distraught Roy Anderson (David Denman) tried to attack Jim. Following the incident, we learned Dwight kept weapons all around the office.
We're talking ninja stars, crossbows, knives, and swords. He even shot Stanley Hudson (Leslie David Baker) with a blow dart to tranquilize him! We're not sure how he kept his job after that, but somehow, he did.
7 Dropped A Dead Goose On Pam's Desk
From: "A Benihana Christmas" (Season 3, Episode 10)
Dwight described this as a miracle, but for Pam, it was a nightmare. After the best salesman in Dunder Mifflin hit a goose, he thought he could bring it into the office, de-feather it, and cook it for everyone.
Not only that, but he could reuse the grease to save everyone a trip to the store for expensive goose grease! Unfortunately, he didn't really lay out that plan. Instead, he dropped the dead carcass of the bird on Pam's desk and just left it there.
6 Devised A Scheme To Have Jim Fired
From: "Scott's Tots" (Season 6, Episode 12)
When Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) became the co-regional manager alongside Michael Scott, Dwight was livid. Yet, instead of expressing his disappointment to upper management, he decided to get revenge on his rival. So, he devised a plan to get Jim fired. He convinced Andy to ask Jim for an Employee of the Month program for the office, following criteria he created.
Then, he began to ask his coworkers to pool their money to give the idea more incentive. When everything was said and done, Jim was named an employee of the month. Then, when he turned it down, Jim's wife Pam (Jenna Fischer) was the runner-up. As the employees got upset, Dwight called David Wallace, impersonating each member of the office. Somehow, he was never fired for this.
5 Tried To Steal Michael's Job
From: "The Coup" (Season 3, Episode 3)
When Dunder Mifflin Scranton was performing poorly, much of the blame went on the regional manager, Michael Scott. The company's Vice President of North East Sales, Jan Levinson (Melora Hardin), came down hard on Michael, leading Dwight to believe he could do a better job. So, he scheduled an appointment with Jan, told Michael he was heading to a dentist appointment, and gave his boss' boss a pitch for why he should run the show.
Jan was clearly not very impressed because she instantly called Michael to let him know of the insubordination. As punishment, Michael decided to let Dwight believe he got the job, only to pull the rug out from under him, embarrassing him in front of the entire office. To add salt to the wound, Dwight also had to do Michael's laundry.
4 Had Intercourse In The Office
From: Multiple Episodes
Look, we're all for loving the person your with, but intercourse in the office is crossing a line.
Dwight and Angela Martin (Angela Kinsey) did this multiple times in multiple locations and they were caught several times by a ton of different people. Somehow, despite this information, the couple didn't even get a talking-to.
3 Destroyed The Office As Recyclopse
From: "Shareholder Meeting" (Season 6, Episode 7)
Recyclopse is a character created by Dwight to help get the office on board for Earth Day. He started out with good intentions, giving his co-workers a few tips for reusing household products, but eventually, it went dark. Creating a backstory where his home planet is destroyed, Recyclopse grows angry with humans and makes life as difficult for them as possible.
So, every Earth Day, he comes into the office, throws papers on the ground, and sprays aerosol for no reason. Weirdly enough, most of the long-time Scranton Branch workers were unphased by Dwight's antics. Even Stanley just looks up asking if it's "Recyclopse Day" as chaos ensues around him. Somehow, despite this being an annual event, Dwight was never fired.
2 Choked Kevin With A Shoelace
From: "Murder" (Season 6, Episode 10)
We all know Dwight loves his karate, but he might let his enthusiasm get the better of him. During an office meeting, Dwight requested to show everyone advancements in the world of martial arts. He asks for a volunteer to demonstrate some moves on, but no one will comply. He asks Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner), but he's a little uneasy and tells Dwight last time he helped out, he was almost choked by a shoelace, to which Dwight responds confidently that he did choke him with a shoelace. Yikes.
Eventually, he was convinced that his only worthy opponent was himself, which made for an entertaining opening segment, but we can't help but wonder what, if any, repercussions were doled out for choking a co-worker.
1 Shot A Gun
From: "Dwight K. Shrute (Acting) Manager" (Season 7, Episode 23)
When Michael leaves Dunder Mifflin to live his life with Holly Flax (Amy Ryan), Dwight gets to live his dream of being the acting manager of the Scranton Branch. With the eyes of Sabre's founder Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates) on him, there's a good chance that he could take over for good. That all comes crashing down, however, when he brings a gun into work. Sure, he was trying to impress Jo, an avid gun enthusiast, but he takes it a bit too far and accidentally shoots into the floor.
Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt, but the proximity of the blast damaged Andy's eardrum. This was one of the few times Dwight faced any repercussions for his actions, but they're minor at best. His title of the acting manager was stripped from him and he moved back into sales while Creed Bratton took over and proved to be one of the worst managers in company history.