1. When you just need to cut loose and bust some moves
No list of David Brent gifs would be complete without the obligatory office dance routine – indeed, it's pretty much the reason gifs were invented in the first place. Whether celebrating a particularly hard-won victory, getting into the party spirit or just simply bursting with happiness, this is the gif for you. Comes with a side order of optional cynicism, in that it can be taken at face value or used sarcastically.
2. When someone commits a workplace no-no
Is someone loudly espousing extreme political views at work? Is the guy that sits on the other side of the office a terrible sexist/racist/homophobe (delete as applicable). Then send this gif to like-minded work colleagues in the wake of their latest offence. Just be sure that they're likely to get the joke (and have seen the Fawlty Towers episode with the Germans).
3. When a work meeting is dragging on forever
The Brent equivalent of the eye-roll or the classic Partridge shrug, this handy gif can be deployed whenever lengthy, boring speeches are being made with no hope of escape. The ideal gif for bonding with work-mates, it's a look that says: “You and I both know this is utter claptrap, but we just have to sit here and take it. Fancy a pint afterwards?”
4. When you meet the woman of your dreams
Brent is nothing if not a ladies man, at least in his own mind. He certainly knows what he wants – someone that has it going on both upstairs and downstairs. Oh yes. So if you've met someone that appears to be the perfect package, why not let everyone know about it with this handy gif? (NB: That was sarcasm. Never ever actually do this).
5. When someone proves you wrong
It's easy to get carried away when you're the middle manager of a fictitious paper company. Inevitably there will be moments when your endless stream of general nonsense catches up with you and someone punctures your flow with a pesky FACT that proves you don't know what you're talking about. This gif was designed for just such an occasion, providing both a handy excuse and an appropriate facial expression.
6. When you need to make a hasty exit
The polar opposite to the mic drop, for when you've just said or done something so mind-bogglingly stupid that the only option is to leave the room as quickly as humanly possible. Extra points for the cursory attempt at styling it out on your way to the door.
7. When you're secure in your work-mates' opinions of you
Yes, you might have messed up on a couple of things here and there, or perhaps said the wrong thing on occasion, but the important thing is that your friends and colleagues like you anyway, right? Right? As with the dance gif at the top of the list, this one can also be used with a degree of sarcasm, depending on your intended level of self-deprecation.
8. When you have some important thinking to do
The gif that says: “I need to give this my full consideration”. Can be enhanced with a musical accompaniment, such as the theme from Countdown, to better inform that some brilliant idea is definitely on the way.
9. When you want to demonstrate how awesomely politically correct you are
Obviously YOU know how incredibly PC you are, but how to let everyone else know without coming across like some sort of equal rights activist? Simple – just send them this handy gif. Job done. (NB: That was also sarcasm. Never ever actually do this either).
10. When you suddenly need to present yourself in the best possible light
Developing something of a spare tyre? Not to worry – these things happen. But what happens when you suddenly need to impress someone? Rather than attempt Brent's monumental suck-in-the-gut moment yourself, just send them this gif, thereby acknowledging your own embarrassment at your current less-than-ideal appearance, but also how ridiculous you'd look if you tried to pretend otherwise. Yeah. That'll totally work.
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