Top 12 Horrible Bosses of All Time
The employers in this weekend's hit comedy "Horrible Bosses" are rotten to their employees in varying ways, so "Extra" decided to rank the top 12 bad bosses in film and TV.
Top 12 Bad Bosses
12. Katharine Parker, 'Working Girl'
Type of boss: Corporate backstabber Katharine (Sigourney Weaver) is one of those corporate climbers who has no qualms stepping on those beneath her to get what she wants. The tricky thing about Katharine is, she makes her assistant Tess (Melanie Griffith) THINK she's on her side, on the same team, when clearly that isn't the case. Tess learns to beat Katharine at her own game.
11. Louis De Palma, 'Taxi'
Type of boss: Morally challenged wiseass The head dispatcher for the Sunshine Cab Company, Louie spends the bulk of his time holding court inside the caged-in dispatch office at the garage and trading insults with the drivers. Played by the great Danny DeVito, nothing is beneath this guy; Louis positively revels in his misdeeds.
10. Margaret Tate, 'The Proposal'
Type of boss: Dragon lady Any employer who forces her assistant to marry her just so she can get her green card isn't a very good one. Although book editor Margaret (Sandra Bullock) and her subordinate Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) eventually fall for each other, the initial demand puts Margaret squarely on the list.
9. Michael Scott, 'The Office'
Type of boss: Ineffective manager Michael means well (most of the time), but his narcissism and cowardly ways always get in the way of managing his employees properly. Whoever "The Office" casts as the new manager of Dundler Mifflin Scranton branch, no one will be able to replace Steve Carell.
8. Capt. Queeg, 'The Caine Mutiny'
Type of boss: Paranoid schizophrenic When you are a captain of a Navy frigate during WWII, there really isn't any time to accuse your crew of stealing strawberries - and wasting time and effort on launching an investigation. That's not how Capt. Queeg sees it, played brilliantly by Humphrey Bogart. He's a real loon of a commander.
7. Darth Vader, 'Star Wars'
Type of boss:Master of intimidation Seriously, just look at him. Darth Vader's whole dress and demeanor scares the crap out of anyone who comes in contact with him. And the fact he can also kill his subordinates by using the dark side of the Force simply adds to the intimidation.
6. Franklin Hart Jr., 'Nine to Five'
Type of boss: Sexiest pig Portrayed by Dabney Coleman, Mr. Hart is one doozy of a bad boss, who revels in humiliating or sexually harassing the women who work underneath him. There's great satisfaction when the women (Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton) turn the tables and hand out some justly deserved punishment.
5. Miranda Priestley, 'The Devil Wears Prada'
Type of boss: Psychological abuser As played by Meryl Streep, ruthless fashion magazine editor Miranda runs her work place on fear, making her employees walk on egg shells. But she also recognizes backbone and intuitiveness - and rewards those who show it, especially by her assistant (Anne Hathaway).
4. Mr. Burns, 'The Simpsons'
Type of boss: Malevolent robber baron Ah, Mr. Burns. The eccentric millionaire runs the Springfield power plant locked up in his mansion, surrounding by his money, demeaning his workers. The only employee that admires him is Smithers, his loyal and sycophantic aide, advisor, confidant and secret admirer.
3. Lord Voldemort, 'Harry Potter' Series
Type of boss: Pure evil wizard Man, it must really suck to be a Death Eater. Ole Snake Face, Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), does not tolerate any mistakes or dissension, in any form. And anyone who fails him, well, is privy to the "death" in Death Eater.
2. Bill Lumbergh, 'Office Space'
Type of boss: Pointless micromanager Lumbergh is that boss who loves endless memos, paperwork and hovering over you, asking you to come in on the weekend to play catch up. Gary Cole nails the character with catch phrases like, "What's happening?" and "Mmmkay?"
1. Buddy Ackerman, 'Swimming with Sharks'
Type of boss: Psycho sadist There's nothing like a boss who relishes tormenting you at all hours of the day and night. Hollywood producer Buddy Ackerman, played with relish by Kevin Spacey, abuses his assistant Guy (Frank Whaley) so severely that Guy is finally driven to seeking retribution by turning the tables on Buddy.