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14th Mar '17 10:31:40 AM Troperr2016
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** Professor Farnsworth is not mean, but he doesn't care about the safety of his eployees one bit..

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** Professor Farnsworth Farnsworth, the CEO of Planet Express is not mean, but he doesn't care about the safety of his eployees employees one bit.. bit.
12th Mar '17 8:24:18 PM Troperr2016
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* Professor Fansworth from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is not mean, but he doesn't care about the safety of his eployees one bit.. Zapp Branigan is a more straightforward example, being completly abusive to his assistant, Kif.
** However, in ''War is the H-word'', Zapp assigned Fry to be Kif's assistant. [[NotSoAboveItAll He proved to be just as capable of being a bad boss when given power]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
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Professor Fansworth from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' Farnsworth is not mean, but he doesn't care about the safety of his eployees one bit.. bit..
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Zapp Branigan is a more straightforward example, being completly abusive to his assistant, Kif.
** *** However, in ''War is the H-word'', Zapp assigned Fry to be Kif's assistant. [[NotSoAboveItAll He proved to be just as capable of being a bad boss when given power]].power]] although Kif could have acted like this to take his frustrations of Zapp out on Fry
** Hermes Conrad, while not actually the CEO of Planet Express is a beaureaucrat who is sometimes shown to have executive powers such as managing employee wages and on occasion, firing people. However he is shown to be very mean and abusive towards Zoidberg as Hermes frequently deducts Zoidberg's paychecks for no reasons and often calls him "ya filthy crab", which is considered to be a racist slur as Zoidberg is a decapodian with crab and lobster like features
15th Feb '17 10:05:40 PM Vir
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* [[FatBastard Cheif]] and [[{{Gonk}} Lok]] from the ''WesternAnimation/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'' animated series.

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* [[FatBastard Cheif]] and [[{{Gonk}} Lok]] from the ''WesternAnimation/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'' ''VideoGame/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'' animated series.
28th Dec '16 1:45:21 AM Luppercus
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* Bradley P. "B.P." Richfield is ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', a yelling ruthless Triceratops, in one episode he confess to have bet away his worker's retirement fund, and in the final episode he [[spoiler:actually destroyes the world, causing the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event.]]

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* Bradley P. "B.P." Richfield is ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', a yelling ruthless Triceratops, in one episode he confess to have bet away his worker's retirement fund, and in the final episode he [[spoiler:actually destroyes destroys the world, causing the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event.]]



* Lieutenant Harris in the ''WesternAnimation/PoliceAcademy'', as his movie counterpart, is a terrible person and the inmediate superior of most of the cast. Downplayed with the existence of Cmndt. Lazard who is a nice guy and Harris' superior.

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* Lieutenant Harris in the ''WesternAnimation/PoliceAcademy'', ''Police Academy'' animated show, as his movie counterpart, is a terrible person and the inmediate superior of most of the cast. Downplayed with the existence of Cmndt. Lazard who is a nice guy and Harris' superior.
28th Dec '16 1:42:30 AM Luppercus
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* Lieutenant Thaddeus Harris in ''Film/PoliceAcademy'', is his life purpose to make the lives of his cadets (latter officers) as miserable as possible, of course this mistreatment often ends causing him LaserGuidedKarma punishment at the end of each movie.




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* Bradley P. "B.P." Richfield is ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', a yelling ruthless Triceratops, in one episode he confess to have bet away his worker's retirement fund, and in the final episode he [[spoiler:actually destroyes the world, causing the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event.]]




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* Lieutenant Harris in the ''WesternAnimation/PoliceAcademy'', as his movie counterpart, is a terrible person and the inmediate superior of most of the cast. Downplayed with the existence of Cmndt. Lazard who is a nice guy and Harris' superior.
26th Dec '16 1:07:17 AM Tron80
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* Franchise/{{Superman}}: Daily Planet [[DaEditor editor]] Perry "[[Series/LoisAndClark I love the smell of fear in a newsroom]]" White can be like this too, [[DependingOnTheWriter occasionally]], especially if you call him "Chief".
-->'''Perry: ''Lane. Kent. I am your editor. PrepareToDie.'' '''\\

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}: Franchise/{{Superman}}:
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Daily Planet [[DaEditor editor]] Perry "[[Series/LoisAndClark I love the smell of fear in a newsroom]]" White can be like this too, [[DependingOnTheWriter occasionally]], especially if you call him "Chief".
-->'''Perry: --->'''Perry: ''Lane. Kent. I am your editor. PrepareToDie.'' '''\\


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** Morgan Edge is the "If I say 'Jump' you ask 'How high?'" kind of boss. He is rude, demanding, gets angry constantly, and if he decides Clark Kent will stop being a reporter and work as a newscaster that is what will happen! In ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'':
--->'''Morgan Edge:''' Right now, I have an assignment for you, Kent! I want you to take this portable television transmitter and cover the launching of the new mail-rocket!\\
'''Clark:''' Sure... But why the TV? I'm a newspaper reporter!\\
'''Edge:''' You're my employee — and you'll do well to remember it! If I say you're working for my television station, you are! Clear?\\
'''Clark:''' I get the message, Mr. Edge!
15th Dec '16 2:35:28 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The King (obviously modeled on Creator/CharlesLaughton) who Yosemite Sam works for in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''Shishkabugs''.

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* The King (obviously modeled on Creator/CharlesLaughton) who Yosemite Sam works for in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''Shishkabugs''. A demanding RoyalBrat, Sam is never able to please him; the food that Sam prepares seems excellent ("Cornish Hen a la Westchester" and "Prime Rib of Mutton au Jus with kreplach Sauce Bordelaise") but the rude king kicks it away and complains that he's bored with "the same old thing". (Indeed, this is one of the few cartoons where a viewer [[AlasPoorVillain can't help but feel sorry for Sam]].)
10th Dec '16 2:44:57 PM DoctorCooper
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* Creator/JamesCameron is [[PrimaDonnaDirector widely regarded]] as one. He is frequently described as egotistical and cruel, frequently yelling at people (even at Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, when he went to the bathroom before shooting a scene from ''Film/TrueLies''!), and abusing his crew with anything, from working through meal breaks to spending too much time in water sets (people getting sick during ''Film/TheAbyss'' and ''{{Film/Titanic|1997}}'' were common). As early as the first ''[[Film/TheTerminator Terminator]]'', shirts written "You can't scare me... I work for James Cameron" were common in his sets (while shooting ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay T2]]'', there was also "Terminator 3? Not with me!"). ''Titanic'' star Kate Winslet stated she would only work with Cameron again for "a lot of money". Creator/OrsonScottCard described working with him on ''The Abyss'' as "hell on wheels", and later described [[NeverMyFault his tendency to force the blame on others]] (though leaving him unnamed) in his review of ''Film/MeAndOrsonWelles''.
** On the other hand, he does lead by example - during ''The Abyss'', he was usually first into the big tank and last out, working on script edits as he decompressed (it was that big a tank). During ''Film/TrueLies'', he insisted on doing the camera work shooting Jamie Lee Curtis dangling from the helicopter personally, under the principle that he's not going to theoretically endanger his lead while he sat safely on the ground. The camera work in question involved being harnessed up so he could lean out an open 'copter door with said heavy camera on his shoulder dozens of feet above the Florida Keys.
* By many accounts, Creator/SteveJobs was one. Despite having his nicer moments and leading Apple to become an ''extremely'' rich MegaCorp, he had no problem verbally abusing people if he thought their ideas sucked. He also threw several hissy fits over minor details, like a computer having a pop-out tray (though many would agree that they were too inherently fragile).
* Steve Ballmer was one when he was leading Microsoft after Bill Gates left the company to pursue his humanitarian dreams. There are many security footage of Ballmer breaking office furniture to intimidate employees, as well as verbally abusing them if they fail to perform.
* Movie producer Scott Rudin (''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'', most of Creator/WesAnderson's movies) is by all accounts an egomaniacal {{Jerkass}} who routinely [[NiceToTheWaiter abuses his assistants]], through throwing phones at them, shouting at them for the most [[RantInducingSlight minor of offenses]], throwing assistants out of moving cars and firing one for ''going to a funeral''. His assistants frequently have GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity, to the point where they reconvene at a local café and wait for him to calm down enough to rehire them. His HairTriggerTemper is go great that it allegedly both inspired [[Series/TheThickOfIt Malcolm Tucker]] and [[Film/SwimmingWithSharks Buddy Ackerman]] and got him labeled "The biggest asshole in [[HorribleHollywood Hollywood]]".
* Similarly, former 20th Century Fox CEO (and current Sony Pictures CEO) Tom Rothman is infamous for being one. [[http://www.avclub.com/article/much-derided-fox-executive-replace-much-derided-so-215708 According to this article]], Rothman took an ItWillNeverCatchOn approach to ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' and ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', micromanaged the ''Film/XMen'' series (including him not wanting Sentinels), drove Creator/BryanSinger away, almost got [[Film/TheCrow Alex Proyas]] to quit filmmaking, [[{{Bowdlerise}} bowdlerized]] ''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator'', ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' and ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', has a HairTriggerTemper, slashes budgets, demands [[{{Disneyfication}} family-friendly rewrites]], runs whatever [[CashCowFranchise Cash Cow Franchises]] he has into the ground and was responsible for ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' and ''[[Film/FantasticFour2015 Fant4stic]]'' turning out the way they did. He also hated SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} and kept preventing ''Film/Deadpool2016'' from being made, hence him saying [[TakeThat "Hi Tom!"]] in the test footage. Once he was gone and ''Deadpool'' did get made, it broke box office records. Brilliant work, Tom.
* It's infamous in the punk circles that Tony Brummel, the founder and head of Victory Records, is a horrible boss to the bands he signs. Music/StreetlightManifesto had such a poor relationship with Victory that they'd rather the fans pirate their music than purchase from Victory, and Music/{{Thursday}} have complained of royalty issues and Brummel's ideas regarding the band's merchandise (as in he commissioned ''whoopie cushions'' to promote ''Full Collapse''), which is why they eventually jumped to a major label. Aiden left the label when they learned that they received ''zero'' royalty payments from their album sales, and both Music/HawthorneHeights and Music/ADayToRemember sued Victory just to get out of their contracts. (Hawthorne Heights eventually released one more album and EP before jumping ship.)
* In 2015, a lot of heat had gone around regarding Creator/{{Konami}}, but [[http://kotaku.com/report-konami-is-treating-its-staff-like-prisoners-1721700073 reports]] about the treatment of the staff by their executives, at least one of whom has ''zero'' experience with videogames, plant Konami squarely in this trope. It's no wonder Creator/HideoKojima burned ''that'' bridge the instant he could and welcomed Sony with open arms.
* Creator/MarvelComics CEO Ike Perlmutter is a notorious penny pincher who reportedly refused to restock the office supply cupboard because he considered pencil nubs to be perfectly useable. He even refused to properly cater a press event for ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' and hungry journalists had to raid a neighboring press conference to get something to eat. When [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel Studios]] was set up, he headed a "Creative Committee" that [[ExecutiveMeddling forced extensive changes to scripts and casting]]. The committee's constant meddling became so stressful that Creator/JonFavreau had to quit making blockbusters and take a long break after ''Film/IronMan2'', Creator/JossWhedon quit the MCU after ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', and Creator/EdgarWright quit ''Film/AntMan'' just before filming was about to start. Perlmutter's finally became too much when he threatened the production of ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. Creator/KevinFeige put his foot down and threatened to walk away from Marvel and Disney, realizing who was truly responsible for the MCU's success, obliged by restructuring Marvel so that Marvel Studios became a separate entity and Perlmutter no longer had any influence. To illustrate how much of a relief this was, Jon Favreau and Joss Whedon have since said that they would be happy to return to Marvel if asked and Creator/ChrisEvans has said that he is considering extending his Marvel contract, having previously been adamant that he would leave once his obligation was completed.

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9th Dec '16 1:33:16 PM ironballs16
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* ''{{Film/Wanted}}'' has Wesley's boss, Janice, who eventually pushes him [[RantInducingSlight past his breaking point]] and delivering a much-deserved ReasonYouSuckSpeech, which is capped off with this.
-->'''Wesley''': But I want you to know, if you weren't such a bitch, we'd feel sorry for you. I ''do'' feel sorry for you. But as it stands, the way you behave - I feel I can speak for the entire office when I tell you... ''go fuck yourself''.
8th Dec '16 8:11:11 AM Morgenthaler
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Compare DrJerk, DaChief, and DaEditor, three other tropes with frequent crossover. For the REALLY extreme version of Mean Boss, see BadBoss.

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Compare DrJerk, DaChief, and DaEditor, three other tropes with frequent crossover. For the REALLY extreme version of Mean Boss, see BadBoss.Not to be confused with a BadBoss, who isn't just a {{Jerkass}} to his co-workers, but so evil that he actually maims or kills them.
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