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Dwight Kurt Schrute, is a fictional character played by Rainn Wilson in the television series The Office.

Through seasons one and two, Dwight is constantly acting like Michael's personal bodyguard. He evens refers to Michael as the 'one person I have been hired to protect'. Dwight had a serious relationship with Angela, but it was broken off because he killed her cat.

Dwight lives on a 60 acre beet farm with his cousin Mose. He also turns his beet farm into a bed and breakfast.

Personality

Dwight is a stickler for rules, believing that rules are what separate humans from animals ("Christmas Party" deleted scene).

  • In the episode "Pilot", Dwight maintains that Jim's fence of pencils poses a "safety violation."
  • In a deleted scene from the episode "Diversity Day", Dwight refuses to let Jim help Pam play Freecell. "Solitaire is a one-player game. It can't have two players."
  • In a deleted scene from the episode "The Alliance", Dwight defends throwing out Jim's tuna sandwich by quoting "the official kitchen regulations memo" (which he himself wrote).
  • In the episode "The Dundies", Dwight asserts that the graffiti in the ladies' room "is defacement of company property."
  • In the episode "Office Olympics", Dwight forces Michael to let him go along to close on Michael's condo by pointing out that if it were a personal matter, then Michael would have to take a personal vacation day.
  • In the episode "Christmas Party", Dwight is surprised when Kelly spontaneously kisses him. "The man is supposed to do that."
  • In a deleted scene from the episode "Christmas Party", Dwight refuses to let Pam or Phyllis bring a guest to the party because no guest was registered on "the list."
  • In a deleted scene from the episode "Take Your Daughter to Work Day", Dwight accepts Jim's made-up document certification number.
  • In the episode "Michael's Birthday", Dwight is intimidated when Jim threatens to tell Michael that he broke privacy rules by kicking in the bathroom stall doors looking for him.
  • In the episode "Drug Testing", Dwight insists that everyone, including Michael, submit to drug testing. "That is the law according to the rules."
  • In a deleted scene from the episode "Conflict Resolution", Dwight willingly submits to an ID check from the building security guard.
  • In the episode "A Benihana Christmas", Dwight accepts the decision of the "Validity Committee."

On the other hand, Dwight conveniently ignores the rules when it suits him.

  • In the episode "Basketball", Dwight takes the first aid kit even though Angela is the safety officer.
  • In the episode "Hot Girl", Dwight asks Michael for permission to ask out Katy even though "it's against the rules and everything."
  • In the episode "The Fire", Dwight directs the evacuation of the office even though Angela is the safety officer.
  • In the episode "Michael's Birthday", Dwight takes control of Michael's birthday party from Angela, head of the Party Planning Committee.
  • In a deleted scene from the episode "The Convict", Dwight rejects Michael's suggestion that looking at Martin Nash's file is unconstitutional. "Constitutions are made to be broken."
  • In the episode "A Benihana Christmas", Dwight pleads with Toby to allow him to bring a dead goose to the office.


Dwight values loyalty highly, although his own loyalty to Dunder Mifflin and Michael Scott has wavered on occasion:

  • In the episode "Halloween", Dwight seriously considers taking a position at another paper company, then decides to use it to improve his bargaining position at Dunder Mifflin, claiming that he turned it down out of loyalty to the company.
  • In the episode "The Client", Dwight's desire to play the role of Agent Michael Scarn overcomes his loyalty to Michael.
  • In a deleted scene from the episode "Booze Cruise", Dwight tells the documentary crew that he has shifted his loyalty to Captain Jack because he is now on Captain Jack's boat. (His loyalty was torn on the ramp up to the boat, however.)
  • In the episode "The Coup", Dwight attempts to wrest control of the branch from Michael.

Sometimes, Dwight inadvertently undermines Michael's efforts:

  • In the episode "Boys and Girls", he suggests that Michael's "workplace seminar" could be held in the warehouse, undermining Michael's efforts to disrupt Jan's seminar.
  • In the episode "Casino Night", Dwight explains that Michael is technically incorrect when he says that the warehouse is "his".


Dwight relishes the power that he believes comes with the title of "Assistant to the Regional Manager":

  • In the episode "Pilot", Dwight wants Michael to tell him the important news before he tells the rest of the office. Even though he doesn't know what the information is, he tries to assist Michael in presenting it.
  • In the episode "Health Care", Dwight tries to fire Jim, believing himself to be "Acting Regional Manager" in Michael's absence.
  • In the episode "Performance Review", Dwight takes upon himself the duty of reading aloud every suggestion in the suggestion box.
  • In the episode "Email Surveillance", Dwight presses Michael to tell him what is going on. "If something were to happen to you, God forbid, then I would need to know in order to take over."
  • In the episode "Christmas Party", Dwight bosses everyone around to start the Secret Santa exchange.
  • In a deleted scene from the episode "Christmas Party", Dwight insists everybody wait for Michael to decide what to do next.
  • In the episode "The Secret", Dwight takes charge of spring cleaning and gives everyone their assignments.
  • In the episode "The Secret", Dwight joins Michael on the phone to check up on Oscar.
  • In the episode "Valentine's Day", Pam assumes that when Dwight wants to speak with her privately, it's because he intends to exercise his power as acting regional manager to fire her.
  • In the episode "Safety Training", Dwight hurries the employees into the parking lot for Michael's safety demonstration.


Dwight enjoys conducting investigations, presumably because it combines two of his other personality traits: Enforcing the rules and exercising power.

  • In the episode "Health Care", Dwight investigates the source of the fake diseases listed on health care forms.
  • In the episode "The Secret", Dwight investigates whether Oscar is really sick.
  • In the episode "Drug Testing", Dwight investigates the source of a joint found in the parking lot.
  • In the episode "Womens Appreciation", Dwight investigates who flashed Phyllis in the parking lot.

Dwight's regular work attire consists of a short-sleeved shirt and a suit (usually in drab colors such as olive), accessorized by a Casio calculator watch.

Skills

Dwight has a wide range of skills, some believable and some absurd.

  • In a deleted scene from "Gay Witch Hunt", Dwight says that his father taught him how to identify homosexuals and his grandfather taught him how to identify Communists. He also knows how to remove the web content block on the work computers.
  • In "The Coup", Dwight reveals that he knows what Jan's favorite brands of clothing are.
  • In "Ben Franklin", Dwight apparently knows how to jump start a car (as he shakes his head when Michael tries to explain how to do so).
  • In "Business School", Dwight claims to have hunted werewolves (actually shooting his neighbor's dog).
  • In "Money", Dwight uses the German words for "Hello" and "Good-bye" in a telephone conversation. It is unlikely that he speaks German because the forms of the words he uses are not the ones used in telephone conversation.
  • In "Survivor Man", Dwight displays excellent knowledge of surviving in the wilderness.
  • Dwight is experienced in home inspection and financing.
    • In the episode "Office Olympics", Dwight points out many flaws in the condo Michael is about to purchase. He also cautions Michael against taking a "ten over thirty" mortgage.
    • In the episode "A Benihana Christmas", Dwight is impressed with how Carol saved Michael $2000 on his condo.
    • In the episode "Cocktails", Dwight enthusiastically conducts an inspection of David Wallace's house.
  • Dwight is a skilled table tennis player ("The Deposition"). His table tennis heroes are Zoran Primorac, Jan-Ove Waldner, Wang Tao, Jörg Roßkopf, Ashraf Helmi, Hugo Hoyama, and Andrzej Grubba.

Religion

  • In "Drug Testing", Dwight says he will pray to Thor, the Germanic God of Thunder.
  • In "The Carpet" Dwight tells a joke about a nun to a customer on the phone. The customer gets offended and Dwight responds "I am Catholic too."

Family

Dwight's maternal grandparents (the Mannheims) were Nazis.

  • In the episode "The Fight", Dwight says that his maternal grandfather killed 20 men and spent the rest of World War II in an Allied prison camp.
  • In the episode "Take Your Daughter to Work Day", Michael refers to Dwight's grandmother as a "Nazi War Criminal."
  • In a deleted scene from "Initiation", Dwight says that his grandfather, Heinrich Rolf Mannheim, was a good man "who did some very bad things."
  • In the episode "Dunder Mifflin Infinity", Dwight states that his Grandpa Mannheim lives in Argentina. He tried to visit him, but his visa was protested by the Shoah Foundation.

Grammutter Mannheim lived to the age of 101; Grandfather Heinrich Rolf Mannheim is still alive at 103, living in Argentina ("Dunder Mifflin Infinity"). This would have made Grandfather Mannheim approximately 35 years old at the start of World War II, which is an unlikely age for an enlisted soldier, suggesting that he may have been an officer.

In a deleted scene from the episode "Initiation", Dwight takes Ryan to what we are led to believe is the grave of his grandfather Mannheim, contradicting Dwight's later claim that Grandfather Mannheim is still alive. It could possibly have been a ploy to divert attention from him; Dwight says that he "did some very bad things."

Dwight's paternal grandfather (Dweide Schrude) was Amish ("Drug Testing"). In "The Coup", Dwight praises the Schrute family's loyalty.

In the blog entry "Power", Dwight states that his paternal family have a long lasting hatred for Harry Truman, as they were staunch supporters of Thomas Dewey.

The blog identifies several other members of Dwight's family:

  • Uncle Grit Schrute ("Power"). Curiously, Grit is woman's name in German, short for Margaret.
  • At least five other uncles ("Power").
  • Cousin Helga ("Power"), married to Hank Hecht, with a son Johnny.

The Schrutes have a very bizarre set of customs and traditions.

  • In "Phyllis' Wedding", Dwight states that the Schrutes marry standing in their own graves and thus make the funeral very romantic (weddings are a bleak affair).
  • In "Money", Dwight states that the Schrutes give a bag of wild oats to a male when he has sex with a woman.

Trivia

  • Dwight is a purple belt. And the Schrute's are thirsty babies. Dwight's middle name is Kurt, although he once said it was Danger. It is not Fart, and he is not a security risk. Dwight is a fan of Mussolini's, or at least, of his speaking style.
  • On general circumstance, Dwight refuses to tip anyone for a job he can perform himself(ex: delivery peope, taxi drivers and barbers). To date, the only person he has tipped was his Eurologist, as he can not pulverize his own kidney stones.
  • He can, and does, cut his own hair.

Recurring jokes

  • Dwight is a big fan of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica (2004):
    • In the episode "Email Surveillance", Michael is so desperate that he even offers to watch "that show you've been wanting to watch, that stupid Battleship Galaxy."
    • In a deleted scene from the episode "Dwight's Speech", Michael and Dwight walk past a Battlestar Galactica convention. Dwight mentions, "The entire cast... is gonna be here, including Starbuck. I'm so in love with her."
    • In a deleted scene from the episode "Casino Night", Dwight uses "the planet Caprica" in a game of Mad Libs.
    • In the episode "The Return", Dwight wears a Battlestar Galactica sweatshirt to the office.
    • In the episode "Cocktails", Dwight calls Dan Gore "an idiot" because he doesn't watch Battlestar Galactica.
    • In the episode "Product Recall", Jim pretends to be Dwight and says "Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica."
    • In the episode "Survivor Man", Michael wears the Battlestar Galactica sweatshirt that Dwight wore in the episode "The Return". Presumably Dwight gave it to him to keep warm after his aborted survival expedition.
  • Dwight is also a fan of the television series Lost (2004):
    • In the episode "The Fire", when choosing his desert island books, Dwight asks, "Did my shoes come off in the plane crash?"
    • In the episode "Boys and Girls", he compares visiting the warehouse to the episode of Lost "where they met the Others."
    • In the episode "Initiation", Dwight asks Ryan, "What is the DHARMA initiative?"
    • In a deleted scene from the episode "The Job", Dwight asks Andy, "What is the DHARMA initiative?"
  • Dwight is obsessed with weapons and keeps a bizarre arsenal of weaponry at the office.
    • In "The Alliance", Dwight uses a Swiss Army knife to escape a box he was in.
    • In "Office Olympics", Dwight mentions that he has a crossbow range at the farm.
    • In "Christmas Party", Dwight's gives paintball lessons as his Secret Santa gift.
    • In a deleted scene from "Boys and Girls", Dwight fires his potato gun.
    • In "Drug Testing", Dwight wants to bring his bo staff after being appointed security chief.
    • In "Conflict Resolution", Dwight claims to have kept his potato gun under his desk all day with no one suspecting anything.
    • In "Business School", Dwight enlists Creed's help in sharpening a stick. He wears his paintball mask when capturing the bat.
    • In "The Negotiation", Dwight attacks Roy and Andy with pepper spray. At the end of the episode, Toby confiscates his pepper spray, as well as his nunchucks, throwing stars, taser, boomerang, handcuffs, nightstick, brass knuckles, and samurai sword.
    • In "Women's Appreciation", Dwight uses the pointed stick from the "Business School" episode when looking for the flasher.
    • In "Fun Run", Dwight uses a real gun to start the race.
    • In "Branch Wars", Dwight produced at least twelve Molotov cocktails for use in the panty raid on Utica.
    • In "Survivor Man", Dwight reveals that he has a hidden cache of knives, a samurai sword, and a blowgun throughout the office. He also keeps an eye on Michael with a M14 rifle (and forgets to turn the safety on at first).
  • Dwight is bothered by the to the in his job title. He pretends it isn't there or is mocked by others for it.
    • In the episode "Pilot", Dwight explains, "I'm Assistant Regional Manager. I should know first." Michael corrects him: "Assistant to the Regional Manager."
    • In the episode "Pilot", Dwight introduces himself to Ryan as "Assistant Regional Manager." Michael corrects him: "Assistant to the Regional Manager."
    • In the episode "The Alliance", Dwight asks Michael, "if there were [downsizing], I'd be protected as Assistant Regional Manager?" Michael corrects him: "Assistant to the Regional Manager."
    • In the episode "Basketball", Dwight accepts responsibility for the weekend schedule from Michael, adding, "And that's why you have an assistant regional manager." Michael corrects him: "Assistant to the regional manager." In a deleted scene, the conversation is extended slightly. Dwight: "Same thing." Michael: "No it's not. It's lower."
    • In the episode "Basketball", Michael names Dwight "Assistant to the team manager." Dwight asks, "Assistant team manager?"
    • In the episode "Hot Girl", Jim tells Dwight to talk to the purse girl. "You're Assistant Regional Manager." Dwight reluctantly corrects him: "Assistant to the Regional Manager."
    • In the episode "Halloween", Dwight tries to fire Stanley. He says, "As Assistant Regional Manager..." Stanley interrupts him: "To the."
    • In the episode "Halloween", Dwight tries to negotiate a promotion to "Assistant Regional Manager."
    • In the episode "The Fight", Dwight explains, "I am now Sempai, which is Assistant Sensei." Jim mocks him: "Assistant to the Sensei, that's pretty cool."
    • In the episode "The Fight", Michael "promotes" Dwight to Assistant Regional Manager but instructs him not to tell anybody.
    • In the episode "The Coup", Michael tells Dwight that he is the acting Regional Manager and that Michael will be the Assistant Regional Manager. Dwight corrects him: "Assistant to the Regional Manager."
    • In the episode "The Job", Dwight appoints Pam Secret Assistant Regional Manager, then reconsiders. "Let's call it Secret Assistant to the Regional Manager."


  • Dwight is obsessed with robots and the risk they pose to humanity.
    • In the episode "The Fight", Dwight explains that it impossible for humans and robots to coexist peacefully.
    • In the episode "Grief Counseling", Dwight takes Michael's suggestion that they build a robot statue in honor of Ed Truck and incorporates safety precautions to protect against the robot turning against humans.
    • In the episode "Safety Training", Dwight tries to lure Michael down with the promise of a Repliee Q1 female robot.
    • In the episode "Launch Party", Dwight explains to the documentary crew that robots sometimes become sentient.


  • Dwight does not accept rewards for good work.
    • In a deleted scene from "The Return", Toby says that Dwight did not accept his severance package (saying "he'd rather the company have the money than him").
    • In "The Negotiation", Dwight turns down Jim's gifts and gestures for thanking him after stopping Roy.
    • In "Launch Party", Dwight says that he has been top salesman for thirteen of the past twelve months. He did so well in February that he asked for two plaques from Corporate in lieu of a pay raise.
  • Dwight confuses "hero" with "superhero".
    • In the episode "Diversity Day", Dwight explains that "A hero kills people, people that wish him harm. ... A hero is part-human and part-supernatural. A hero is born out of a childhood trauma, or out of a disaster that must be avenged."
    • In the episode "The Negotiation", Dwight explains, "The guys who wake up every morning, and go into their normal jobs, and get a distress call from the commissioner, and take off their glasses and change into capes and fly around fighting crime. Those are the real heroes." He also calls Hiro from Heroes a hero, as well as Bono.
  • Dwight does things without making friends.
    • In the episode "The Fight", Dwight says, "Do I feel bad that I haven't bonded with the other students? No. I'm not there to make friends. I'm there to attack people."
    • In the episode "Drug Testing", Dwight says, "I did not become a Lackawanna County Volunteer Sheriff's deputy to make friends. And by the way, I haven't."
  • There are many scenes of Dwight eating and drinking, often in large quantities. The trend began in the third season.
    • In the episode "The Coup", Dwight wolfs down pancakes.
    • In the episode "The Coup", Dwight eats M&M candies.
    • In the episode "Initiation", Dwight tries and fails to down a boilermaker in one gulp.
    • In the episode "Branch Closing", Dwight gulps a sports drink.
    • In a deleted scene from the episode "The Convict", Dwight eats a butter sandwich in the kitchen.
    • In the episode "The Return", Dwight eats a sandwich on his lunch break at Staples.
    • In the episode "Women's Appreciation", Dwight eats the bananas he removed from the refrigerator.
    • In the episode "Women's Appreciation", Dwight eats (and briefly chokes on) Andy's candy bar.
    • In a deleted scene from the episode "Women's Appreciation", Dwight eats borscht in the kitchen.
    • In the episode "Beach Games", Dwight eats a sandwich before challenging Andy to a rematch, this despite the hot dog eating contest earlier in the day.
    • In the episode "Launch Party", Dwight gulps a package of energy gel.
  • Dwight plays the recorder.
    • In the episode "The Dundies", Dwight plays Mambo No. 5 to accompany Michael.
    • In the episode "Take Your Daughter to Work Day", Dwight plays Greensleeves for the children.
    • In the episode "Michael's Birthday", Dwight plays The Longest Time for Michael.
    • In the episode "Grief Counseling", Dwight plays On the Wings of Love at the bird funeral.
    • In the episode "Money", a depressed Dwight plays You Give Love a Bad Name in the parking lot.
  • Dwight removes his shirt.
    • In the episode "Basketball", Dwight removes his shirt during the game.
    • In a deleted scene from the episode "Hot Girl", Dwight pulls up his shirt to show his belt.
    • In the episode "The Dundies", Dwight attempts to take his shirt off to cushion Pam's head when she falls off her stool.
    • In the episode "The Fight", Dwight lifts his shirt and challenges Michael to punch him.
    • In the episode "The Client", Dwight sleeps on the office couch in his underwear.
    • In the episode "The Return", Dwight takes off his Staples uniform.
    • In the episode "Cocktails", Dwight swaps shirts with Michael.

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