Michael is an immortal being called an Architect who constructs neighbourhoods for humans to live in in the afterlife. He falsely portrays an Architect for a Good Place neighbourhood when in reality, Michael is an Architect for the Bad Place. He masterminded a Bad Place to fit four people, who would slowly torture each other over the course of 1,000 years. The people selected for his project were Eleanor Shellstrop, Jason (Jianyu) Mendoza, Tahani Al-Jamil, and Chidi Anagonye. Before his villain reveal, Michael seemed to be a form of mentor and guide through her self-designed self-improvement course.