Daenerys Targaryen was introduced as a young, vulnerable girl living in exile, dependent on her abusive brother, Viserys Targaryen. She had no lands, no armies, and she was the daughter of the disreputed King Aerys, killed by a member of his own Kingsguard. In a very short span of time, this girl hatched three dragon eggs, acquired armies and lands. More than her stature, Daenerys is best remembered for eloquence.
Another fictional character, Michael Scott from the workspace mockumentary, The Office is counted amongst the greatest TV characters of all time. With a grimace on his face, Michael said some of the brutally hilarious things in sitcom history.
The two characters do not have anything in common, except authority and phenomenal dialogue delivery. In the light of those, here are ten Michael Scott quotes that would have sounded better if they came from Daenerys Targaryen.
10 “Would I Rather Be Feared Or Loved? Easy. Both. I Want People To Be Afraid Of How Much They Love Me.”
Michael said these words at the end of “The Fight,” after he defeated Dwight down at the Dojo. By the end of the day, Michael realized the only way to lift Dwight’s spirits was to titularly promote him to Assistant Regional Manager.
Imagine for a second, Daenerys says these words after she defeated the combined Lannister-Tarly field army. At the end of the Battle of the Goldroad, Randyll Tarly and his son Dickon refused to bend the knee and died as a consequence.
Out of fear, every soldier on the Goldroad yielded to Daenerys’s might before she walked off.
9 “I Saved A Life. My Own. Am I A Hero? I Really Can’t Say, But Yes.”
This classic quote was said by Michael Scott in “Safety Training” after Darryl talked him out of his fake suicide attempt. Michael was hellbent on proving warehouse and regular offices were equally dangerous workplaces.
Daenerys could have said these words right after she summoned Jon Snow to pledge the North’s loyalty to her. The two Targaryens came face to face in “The Queen’s Justice,” and Daenerys delivered an epic speech detailing her time in exile.
8 “I Love Inside Jokes. I’d Love To Be A Part Of One Someday.”
Michael Scott says the iconic quote in “The Convention,” in the presence of Dwight Schrute, Jim Halpert, and the Stamford regional manager, Josh Porter. He gets visibly confused and disappointed when Jim and Josh laugh over an in-joke and expresses his wish to be part of a social clique someday.
Had Daenerys said these words at the victory feast after defeating the Army of the Dead, the audiences would have understood her pain better. She experienced alienation as she oversaw drunken people enjoy each other’s company.
7 “Do I Have A Special Someone? Well, Yeah Of Course. A Bunch Of ’em. My Employees.”
Season 1 finale of The Office left Michael devastated when Katy, the purse saleswoman turned him down to go out with Jim. He said these words to hide his disappointment from the camera crew.
After Daenerys’s husband, Khal Drogo died, she entered into his flaming funeral pyre with three dragon eggs. At the dawn, she rose like a phoenix with three baby dragons. It marked the beginning of Daenerys’s momentous reign. She eventually bid farewell to her romantic partner, Daario Naharis, before setting sail for Westeros. Immediately afterward, Daenerys could have aptly used Michael’s words in her heartfelt conversation with her Hand, Tyrion Lannister.
6 “I Don’t Know. What Can I Say? Women Are Attracted To Power.”
Michael Scott didn’t struggle with confidence while talking to Katy, the purse saleswoman in “Hot Girl.” In the end, his pursuit of Katy was unsuccessful. But when has anything stopped Michael from bragging about his authority?
Daenerys and Yara Greyjoy’s powerful and flirtatious chemistry was quite apparent from their first meeting on Game Of Thrones. Yara and her brother, Theon fled the Iron Islands to travel to Meereen in order to seek the powerful Dragon Queen’s ally. Daenerys couldn’t help but smile as she attempted to find a common ground with Yara. Probably the only thing the iconic scene lacked was Michael’s memorable quote.
5 “Do I Need To Be Liked? Absolutely Not. I Like To Be Liked. I Enjoy Being Liked. I Have To Be Liked. But It’s Not Like A Compulsive Need To Be Liked. Like My Need To Be Praised.”
On the surface, this may look like one of those bizarre Michael Scott quotes. Yet, upon reflection, it accurately sums up every authoritarian figure, ever.
By the end of the series, Daenerys turned out to be no different from her father, the Mad King. She’d ignored her Hand’s peaceful counsel and burned down King’s Landing. Daenerys very well could have used Michael’s quote instead of having the obscure and unambiguous ‘breaking the wheel’ conversation with Jon Snow.
4 “You Don’t Even Know What Stupid Is. It’s About To Get All Stupid Up In Here!”
Michael Scott said these words in “Launch Party,” when he kidnapped a juvenile pizza delivery boy who refused to give him a discount. Kidnapping is a punishable offense, and yet Michael refused to let go of the boy, despite Jim Halpert’s advice.
In the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Daenerys snapped as she heard the bells of surrender. It’s baffling how she went from saving the North to a merciless tyrant who burned women, men, and children without remorse.
Teary and overwhelmed, Daenerys could have aptly spoken these words the moment she decided to burn King’s Landing to the ground.
3 “I Am Not Superstitious, But I’m A Little ‘stitious.”
Michael Scott said these words after he ran over his employee, Meredith Palmer in “Fun Run.” His negligence was the sole cause of the accident. Yet, he refused to take any responsibility and blamed it upon an indeterminate curse.
Melisandre met with Daenerys to tell her about the prophecy of ‘The Prince That Was Promised.’ While the Red Priestess insisted alluding to prophecies could be a dangerous thing, she managed to convince Daenerys to summon Jon Snow to Dragonstone.
The Dragon Queen felt exalted to hear about her prophesized fate. She might as well have said Michael’s words to confirm her belief in the prophecy.
2 “I Am Good Person, And Sometimes, Good People Don’t Get No Respect.”
Ah, Michael’s words after he successfully dealt with his subordinate, Stanley Hudson who refused to respect him or his authority. He let the first part of the conflict go but set the tone for healthy communication in the future.
Daenerys sacrificed everything for Jon Snow because she loved him. She declared an armistice with Cersei Lannister to travel half a world away to fight Jon’s war alongside him. She gave the North her armies, dragons, and her closest confidante, Ser Jorah lost his life in the Battle of Winterfell.
Yet, the Northerners were ungrateful and dismissive of Daenerys. She could have addressed these lines to Jon every time people gave her distrustful and hostile stares in the North.
1 “Never, Ever, Ever Give Up.”
In the episode “Booze Cruise,” Michael encouraged Jim to never give up on Pam. Jim listened to his advice and took it all to heart.
Michael’s words would have fit in Daenerys’s passionate address to her new Khalasar in “Blood of My Blood.” She chose not three but the entire Dothraki horde as her Bloodriders. The Dragon Queen sent her Khalasar into a frenzy by asking if they would cross the Narrow Sea for her and give her the Seven Kingdoms.
When it came to motivating and inspiring people in difficult times, the Mother of Dragons was equally brilliant.