Michael Bluth is the main character of Arrested Development. Michael is the straight man to his outlandish Bluth family, but he also has many peculiarities. He likes being right so much that it pains him when he is incorrect. He has trouble keeping his dating life normal, and although he prides himself on being a good parent he often misinterprets what his son is experiencing.
Michael is the son of real estate mogul George Bluth. He takes over as President of The Bluth Company when his father is incarcerated for fraud. He is the son of Lucille Bluth and is frequently called by her when she needs a favor. He is the father to George Michael Bluth whom he tries to help navigate through awkward adolescence. He is the brother to Buster and G.O.B. both of whom Michael often has to clean up after. His sister Lindsay, her husband Tobias, and their daughter Maeby move in with him after hitting financial woes of their own.
Michael's legal birth name is "Nichael Bluth" due to a typo on his birth certificate. He was raised believing he had a fraternal twin sister Lindsay but the two later discovered that she was originally Nellie Sitwell, daughter of Stan Sitwell. ("Development Arrested") He often fought with his older brother G.O.B., usually due to egging on by their father. ("Making a Stand") His younger brother Buster tried to avoid this conflict at all costs. Despite not learning the importance of family from his verbally abusive mother Lucille or absent father George, Michael grew to believe that the most important thing in the world is family.
Michael married his high school sweetheart Tracy in 1989, his sophomore year of college. ("The Ocean Walker") ("Public Relations") Together they conceived George Michael Bluth. Tracy passed away around the year 2000 from ovarian cancer, causing Michael to become overly protective of George Michael. ("Prison Break-In")
According to G.O.B., Michael had only had sex four times. According to Michael he had had sex with only four different women, one of them being his wife whom he married in college. ("Marta Complex") Michael, heartbroken by his wife's passing, didn't date for several years. He became attracted to Jessie Bowers but called it off because he didn't want to make George Michael uncomfortable. ("Public Relations") After learning his son was alright with him dating again, he met G.O.B.'s girlfriend Marta Estrella and discovered she valued family. ("Marta Complex") He also briefly saw George Michael's teacher Beth Baerly ("Shock and Aww"), (fake) blind prosecutor Maggie Lizer whom he met at a bar under the false name Chareth Cutestory ("Altar Egos") and his childhood crush Sally Sitwell. ("Burning Love")
In 2006, Michael met the beautiful Rita Leeds at Wee Britain and they two were immediately attracted to each other. ("For British Eyes Only") He thought she was a spy against his family so he called Bob Loblaw to have her deported. ("Mr. F") Realizing his mistake, Michael apologied and proposed so she wouldn't have to leave the country. After he discovered she was a MRF, he called off the wedding. ("The Ocean Walker")
As a child, Michael worked at Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand. Either in college or shortly after graduating, Michael began working for his father at the Bluth Company. He put in an honest day's work and never stole from the company, unlike the rest of his family. His father was impressed by his work ethic but he constantly shot his son down to keep working hard for his approval. ("Switch Hitter") When George retired in 2003, Michael assumed he was going to be president of the company. George, under poor legal advice, gave the position to Lucille, who tried to give the responsibility to Buster. Michael took charge and took over the role, where he served for nearly a year. ("Pilot") All the while he was constantly undermined by his father who attempted to run the company while in prison and later on the lam.
After George escaped from prison, Michael was investigated by the SEC for being a potential aid. G.O.B. was then made president by wowing the board of directors with his raining pennies illusion. ("The One Where Michael Leaves") Michael, now Vice President, kept the company afloat while his older brother, just trying to impress him, only played the role. ("The One Where They Build a House") Michael eventually got the position back when G.O.B. leaves to work at Sitwell Enterprises, but Lucille Austero, the majority shareholder of the Bluth Company, makes G.O.B. president again when they become an item. ("Switch Hitter") ("Burning Love") G.O.B. attempted to fire Michael for arguing with him but somehow was fired himself so Michael regained his job as president, yet again. ("The Immaculate Election") It wasn't until George was exonerated that he finally got the approval and recognition as president of the Bluth Company. ("Development Arrested")
Michael is probably the most functional Bluth and is a source of stability for his family (much to his chagrin). He is responsible, smart, hard working, and mostly self-sacrificing. However, Michael sometimes behaves unethically, has a false sense of superiority, a problem letting go of control, and tends not to listen to his son's feelings when making decisions for him. He is especially critical of George Michael's girlfriend, Ann, often forgetting her name, and frequently referring to her as any number of random, only loosely appropriate adjectives, including "Egg," "Plant," and (with thinly-veiled disappointment) "Her?"
In Season One, Michael had to take the reigns of the floundering Bluth Company after his father was arrested for stealing funds and defrauding investors. He also had to help his family adjust to a new, less glamorous life. This included helping his family attempt to find work as well as helping Lindsay with her failing marriage to Tobias.
All the while, Michael attempted to support his son George Michael through high school and the oddities that his family brought to their lives.
In Season Two, Michael stepped down as president of the Bluth Company to appease the board, as he was under investigation for assisting his father escape prison. He continued to really run the company while G.O.B. took the glory of being president. He also helped hide his father in the model home's attic while they attempted to figure out a legal solution to the "light treason" and fraud charges against George.
In Season Three Michael continued to run the Bluth Company (once again as president) and prepare for George's upcoming trial. While investigating his father's claim that he was set up by a British syndicate, Michael meets and falls in love with the lovely Rita Leeds, whom he nearly married until he discovers she is an MRF. Michael and his two brothers travel to Iraq and discover that George was set up by the CIA via a British syndicate to build model homes to monitor Saddam Hussein. George is exonerated and Michael is made the rightful president of the Bluth Company, before he decides to abscond to Cabo with his son.
Michael will return to protect the world from his family, this May. Season Four can't come soon enough.
|Teaser poster, featuring a Bluth Company card||Character poster|
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|Main Arrested Development Characters|
|Buster • G.O.B. • George Michael • George • Linsday • Lucille • Maeby • Michael • Tobias|
| Ann • Annyong • Barry Zuckerkorn • Bob Loblaw • Ice • Kitty • Larry Middleman • Lucille 2 • Lupe|
Maggie Lizer • Marta • Mort Meyers • Oscar • Rita • Stan Sitwell • Steve Holt • Tony Wonder • Uncle Trevor • G.O.B.'s wife