When The Office premiered in 2005, Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute emerged as one of the standout performances in the show. The beet-farming, Battlestar Galactica-loving paper salesman quickly endeared fans with his out of the ordinary personality and no-nonsense work ethic. In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at Dwight, highlighting some of his funniest moments on The Office and looking at the relationships that made him such an interesting character.
Best Dwight Quotes
Fans of The Office are quick to quote Dwight and interject some of his personal philosophy into their everyday lives, here’s an example of some of the best Dwight quotes from throughout the series.
"Of course martial arts training is relevant… Uh, I know about a billion Asians that would beg to differ… You know what, you can go to hell, and I will see you there. Burning!"
When Jim and Pam pranked Dwight by posting his resume on an online job board, he got several serious calls for job interviews. In a heated exchange with one potential employer, Dwight touted his martial prowess and the benefits it has in his professional life.
"I don’t have a lot of experience with vampires, but I have hunted werewolves. I shot one once, but by the time I got to it, it had turned back into my neighbor’s dog."
When a bat flies into the Scranton office, Dwight thinks that Jim contracted vampirism. Ever the hunter and protector of his fellow employees, Dwight is prepared to drive a stake through Jim’s heart should the situation deteriorate any further.
"I saw Wedding Crashers accidentally. I bought a ticket for Grizzly Man and went into the wrong theater. After an hour, I figured I was in the wrong theater, but I kept waiting. Cause that’s the thing about bear attacks… they come when you least expect it."
At Phyllis and Bob’s wedding, Dwight took it upon himself to root out any wedding crashers that might try and spoil the couple’s big day. When Michael interrupts the ceremony, Dwight is forced to keep his boss and friend from ruining the nuptials.
That’s What She Said Shirt
A running joke throughout The Office is Michael humorously saying “That’s what she said” whenever the situation calls for it. As a serious person, Dwight doesn’t typically join in on the joke. Nevertheless, when a stern Michael tells Dwight to think “long and hard” about his next decision, Dwight exclaims “That’s what she said!” to Michael’s chagrin. The joke has become synonymous with The Office, with many t-shirts and other apparel being made with the saying imprinted on it.
Best Dwight Moments
When Dwight’s coworkers ignore a presentation he made on fire safety, Dwight takes it upon himself to make sure that they are prepared for any eventuality. Simulating a fire by creating smoke, hot doorknobs, and fake explosions, Dwight whips the office into a frenzy, leading to fellow salesman Stanley Hudson collapsing from a heart attack. Later on, Dwight got in even more trouble with corporate when he cut the face off of a medical dummy that first aid workers were using to teach the office what to do when a coworker is facing an emergency.
Dwight Stops Roy:
When warehouse worker Roy found out that Jim had kissed his then fiancée Pam, he stormed into the office intent on beating-up Jim. Springing into action, Dwight intercepted Roy, spraying Jim’s would be attacker with mace and calling the police. The moment shows that despite often looking down upon his fellow employees, Dwight genuinely cares about the people in his life. Additionally, by refusing to be acknowledged as a hero for stopping the attack, Dwight showed his great humility.
Dwight Proposes to Angela:
Throughout the series, Dwight had an on-again-off-again relationship with Dunder-Mifflin accountant Angela Martin. The two faced numerous challenges to their relationship, including Angela being engaged to Andy for several months and even Angela’s marriage to State Senator Robert Lipton. After a tempestuous series of events, Dwight pulled Angela over on the side of the road. Taking out a bullhorn, Dwight declared his love for Angela and proposed to her with his grandmother’s ring. Angela accepted Dwight’s proposal, and, as an added bonus, told Dwight that he was the father of her son Phillip.
Best Jim and Dwight Moments
One of the signature running jokes on The Office is Jim’s frequent pranks on Dwight. In one of the most noteworthy pranks, Jim dresses-up as Dwight for work one day. Sitting down at his desk, Jim asks Dwight what bear is best. Dwight begins insisting that the question is ridiculous before Jim interjects that it is the black bear. In one of the most quoted lines from the show, Jim exclaims, “Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica,” much to Dwight’s annoyance.
When Jim goaded Dwight into a snowball fight, Dwight’s response exceeded the expectations of anyone. Ambushing Jim outside the office, Dwight pelted Jim with snowballs. Later on, Dwight disguised himself as Pam to surprise Jim with a bowl full of snowballs. In the final round, Dwight surrounded Jim and Pam’s car with an army of snowmen, declaring, “In the end, the greatest snowball isn’t a snowball at all, it’s fear.”
Despite their rocky relationship, Jim and Dwight are shown to nevertheless be friends. When Angela breaks-up with Dwight, Jim comforts him while visiting his beet farm. Additionally, in the series finale, Jim serves as Dwight’s best man at his wedding to Angela.