Why does Michael hate Toby so much? I was watching the episode where Michael is angry that Toby returned from Costa Rica and I was wondering why they have such a bad relationship. They could be friends, right?
Anything that Michael considers to be a great management move or a great thing for a boss to do, is actually in all probability extremely inappropriate. Toby being HR is there to stop him from doing inappropriate things, so in Michael's eyes Toby is stopping the office from being, like, the best workplace ever. Which is unforgivable.
And also, since Michael has the maturity level of maybe a nine year old, it's probably just really fun to hate someone. And Toby just takes it, so it's easy.
On a side note, does anyone else find it hilarious that David Wallace hates his HR rep? XP
@bowg: That's actually not true at all. Michael says he doesn't like Toby because he's employed by corporate and therefore isn't under Michael's authority. Toby, as an HR rep, has to keep things appropriate and safe for work, and by doing so he often ruins Michael's plans and fun. Michael considers his office a "family", and with Toby being under corporate's authority and not Michael's, he doesn't consider Toby apart of his family. Also, he's divorced, so he's realy not a part of his family.
The reason Michael hates Toby comes from Season One: Diversity Day; After Mr. Brown left and Michael called everyone to the conference room to talk about "diversity tomorrow" toby remarked "Are we going to sit indian style?" Michael got really mad, said that that was inappropriate, and he made toby go back to his job
Toby is from HR and takes orders from corporate and not michael, so Toby can turn down the things Michael finds funny for a workplace, and pretty much the only person who has the power to stop Michael. Therefore Michael hates Toby for taking away all the fun.