The 20 Most Horrible Fictional Bosses

The 20 Most Horrible Fictional Bosses

In this series, we are talking about 6 key drivers that come up time and again in the research on employee engagement. This is part of #1: Good Direct Boss

Our boss treated us all to the movie Horrible Bosses this week ("to show us how good we've got it.") It follows 3 friends played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis who decide to murder their horrible bosses:

A senior executive bully and psychopath (Kevin Spacey) A cocaine-addicted, amoral chemical company manager (Colin Farrell) A sexually aggressive dentist (Jennifer Aniston)

These 3 bosses represent some of the most extreme, grisly and repulsive behaviours that can be achieved by any manager wanting to completely disengage their staff. We hope no one reading this has ever had to endure people like this in the real world (though not everyone in the office agreed that being sexually harassed by Jennifer Aniston would really be all that bad).

Anyways, feeling a little disturbed (and inspired) after the movie, we decided to put together a list of the top 20 most awful, unpleasant and diabolically unbearable bosses from film and TV, along with the behaviours that helped them earn their spot.

The winners are:

1 Dismissive Ungrateful

2 Deceptive Eats off your face

3 Controlling Doesn't tolerate mistakes Heavy breathing

4 Selfish Reckless Drunk

5 Hostile Single-minded

6 Evil Immature Interrupts you mid-sentence

7 Keeps the airconditioner on low

7 Short tempered Makes you wear a bikini

9 Watches your every move

10 Uncharitable

11 Two-faced Psychotic Jealous

12 Annoying

13 Really, really annoying

14 Greedy

15 Unethical Swears a lot

16 Egotistical

17 Pesky Follows you around

18 Apathetic Unhealthy

19 Abusive Vain

20 Makes you do the same thing every night

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