Jim Halpert, played by Hollywood actor, director John Krasinski is an innovative and expressive person. He loves to debate and cannot prevent from getting involved in any challenging argument – he advocates for competition.
Jim wants gratification from his work as a salesperson and takes joy in finding new avenues of his profession to progress upward. Let’s dive deeper into his character and see how relatable he really is and see if are able to figure out which character from The Office are you.
On The Surface
We are introduced to him describing how dull it is to be a salesperson. His early growth of character is gradual, and his key point(s) throughout the 1st and 2nd season is that he is going after Pam and playing around with Dwight.
He explains his job as “To speak to clients on the phone about, quantities and type of copier paper.” He considers his job to be extremely boring. He loves to pull pranks on his co-worker Dwight. He doesn’t spend a lot of time coming up with ingenious pranks to annoy Dwight, just putting his stapler in a Jell-O seems to do the trick.
As for his relationship status, he starts out with being single, with a huge crush on his other co-worker Pam. She was with somebody else but he still keeps showing her that he cares about her. He doesn’t expect her to return his feelings out of the blue, but his small gestures are sweet enough to melt anyone’s heart.
Jim is stuck in Scranton, more precisely- at Dunder Mifflin. He could move if he wanted to and do something more (at least he liked to think that he could), but going away from Scranton meant going away from Pam. She is engaged to someone else and yet he can’t bring himself to leave her side. This shows his devotion to the girl who stole his heart. With no promise of having his feeling returned, he decides to stay by Pam’s side.
Spoiler Alert! (for Season 3) His patience and dedication do pay off, as we see in season 3 when he professes his love to Pam and they eventually get together. Their relationship is one of the most beloved ones in television history.
Fun and Games
Jim’s plot is basically based on being likable, but there are aspects of his personality that some characters (like Dwight) find annoying. He’s an unmotivated guy who uses much of his time at work to slack off.
You can’t deny that many of us have had those days at work, where we’d rather not be there, only staying at home, or simply doing something other than working. That makes his character all the more relatable and makes the audience like him more.
We mentioned how he likes to pull pranks. Throughout the entire run of the show, Jim ends up puling 116 pranks on his co-workers, but there is one who got suffered the most. Can you guess who?
Yes, it’s Dwight. Aside from Pam, Jim’s relationship with Dwight is probably the most interesting thing that keeps audiences hooked. They share a “frenemy” dynamic, where there is bantering all the time but under that layer of teasing, there is also mutual respect. After all, Jim does become Dwight’s best man at his wedding.
Jim evolves as he gets older, but his character still retains broad appeal as he’s still the ‘perfect guy’. His character might be fictional but everybody can find ways to relate to him in any way- whether it’s the apathy about the role, the quest for the life partner he searches for, or the ability about screw with the irritating coworker who’s really frustrating.
With his own growth, he helped the show grow as well. The audiences get to see beyond the Dunder Mifflin employees when Jim initiates the merger storyline. With the other branches coming into view, viewers get a thrill of excitement. Not only his character, but the show also starts to go beyond the surface as well. Jim plays a big part in helping the story move forward.
Other characters couldn’t mirror what he had developed in his own sense of incentive humor. And he builds a story about himself in the following seasons which was appreciated by the vast majority of viewers.
You also get to watch his relationship grow, how his career worked into his relationship, and how he shifted his perspective into other characters including Dwight and Michael completely. You can see that when Jim says goodbye to Michael. No matter how much they fail to see eye-to-eye, that moment made tons of fans cry.
Jim helps us believe in holding on. His relationship with Pam is not the smoothest, there are hurdles. But they overcome them together and bring out the best in each other. Jim realizes how much he needs Pam, who helps him move on from Dunder Mifflin.
At the beginning of the show, Jim is shown as a much unmotivated paper salesman who doesn’t seem to find his path. He feels trapped at Dunder Mifflin but is not inspired enough to take any steps to bring a kind of improvement in his life.
Pam ultimately helps him move forward and he leaves his ‘boring’ job to start a sports company. The progression of Jim’s character demonstrated not only his growth in wisdom but also a humbleness and understanding of who he truly was as the show finished.
Jim Halpert’s story is simple but relatable. He is a charming individual who starts off as a goofy, careless guy without a goal but ends up finding balance. His character is truly inspiring. He is a major part of the show that makes audiences laugh, cry, and gush.
His humor is not just great for the overall tone of the show but also compliments his personality in the best way possible. Not to mention, Jim and Pam are an ideal couple for many, considering how they helped each other become better versions of themselves.
So, did you figure out which character from The Office are you?