The Office - Kelly Kapoor, Master Manipulator

The Office’s Kelly Kapoor knows how to get what she wants. She exhibits all of the classic traits of a manipulator, yet despite her untrustworthiness and underhandedness, she’s also one of the series’s most likable characters. There’s just something endearing, even relatable about Kelly’s desperation to be recognized and loved. What is it about Kelly Kapoor that makes her coworkers—and the audience—excuse her manipulative behavior and even embrace it? Here’s The Take on what makes Kelly such a master of manipulation, and why we end up giving her the attention and affection she demands—even if we know we’re being played.

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