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6th Jul '16 3:13:04 PM YasminPerry
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Very often such a boss is not merely incompetent but [[BadBoss evil]]; the kind of guy who takes all the credit for his employees' success but blames them for his own failures. In these cases he can be ''more'' contemptible than the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive CEO]] whom he serves: while the CEO is only concerned with padding the bottom line (thereby keeping the company humming along), the Pointy-Haired Boss will sink to any depths to protect his job--a job little better than that of his subordinates, yet one they are completely unqualified for--and will cut the knees out from under employees to [[NeverMyFault make themselves look competent.]] On other occasions, they may have been competent and serious about their job at one point or another, but a combination of having to deal with a bunch of angry employees with (frequently unfounded) axes to grind and higher-ups who were around only to micromanage to hell and back and act as nuisances eventually drove them to stop giving a fuck altogether and be just barely competent enough to not attract the ire of the upper management.

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Very often such a boss is not merely incompetent but [[BadBoss evil]]; the kind of guy who takes all the credit for his employees' success but blames them for his own failures. In these cases he can be ''more'' contemptible than the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive CEO]] whom he serves: while the CEO is only concerned with padding the bottom line (thereby keeping the company humming along), the Pointy-Haired Boss will sink to any depths to protect his job--a job little better than that of his subordinates, yet one they are completely unqualified for--and will cut the knees out from under employees to [[NeverMyFault make themselves look competent.]] On other occasions, they may have been competent and serious about their job at one point or another, but a combination of having to deal with a bunch of angry employees with (frequently unfounded) axes to grind and higher-ups who were around only to micromanage to hell and back and act as nuisances eventually drove them to stop giving a fuck damn altogether and be just barely competent enough to not attract the ire of the upper management.
9th Jun '16 12:59:51 PM DoctorCooper
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* The inversion of the US military expression "[[TheChainOfHarm shit rolls downhill]]", is sometimes an inversion of the meaning, but usually "sometimes shit rolls uphill" refers to a commander who shouldn't be one.
* Many a ButtMonkey sports team earns this status due to executives that seemingly make one bad decision after another -- be it the owner, that usually only gets out in case of bankruptcy, or the general manager, who in some cases still manage to keep their jobs for a long time.
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27th May '16 2:26:41 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' has GCPD Chief Angel Rojas in its first two seasons. The man is incompetent, a glory hog, petty, an UngratefulBastard, and refuses to learn from his mistakes. He couldn't solve some of the Riddler's easiest riddles. On a couple of occasions, he's trying to take credit for Batman's work. He's a BadBoss, openly belittling detective Ethan Bennett in front of his other subordinates just because Bennett supported Batman; this, along with the Joker's MindRape, drove Bennett to become the show's first Clayface. Even after Batman saved Rojas from Clayface and later Mr. Freeze and Firefly, he's still a jackass to him and when he learns Bennett's partner, Ellen Yin, was in an alliance with Batman, he fired her and used her as a hostage to get Batman to come to him, so he could capture him. Karma then bit him in the ass in [[Recap/TheBatmanS2E13NightAndTheCity the episode he pulled that last stunt]], as the TropeNamer for TheCommissionerGordon had just debuted and become Commissioner, ergo outranking Rojas, and proceed to both end Rojas's manhunt for Batman and force Rojas to release and reinstate Yin.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' has GCPD Chief Angel Rojas in its first two seasons. The man is incompetent, a glory hog, petty, an UngratefulBastard, and refuses to learn from his mistakes. He couldn't solve some of the Riddler's easiest riddles. On a couple of occasions, he's trying to take credit for Batman's work. He's a BadBoss, openly belittling detective Ethan Bennett in front of his other subordinates just because Bennett supported Batman; this, along with the Joker's MindRape, drove Bennett to become the show's first Clayface. Even after Batman saved Rojas from Clayface and later Mr. Freeze and Firefly, he's still a jackass to him and when he learns Bennett's partner, Ellen Yin, was in an alliance with Batman, he fired her and used her as a hostage to get Batman to come to him, so he could capture him. Karma then bit him in the ass in [[Recap/TheBatmanS2E13NightAndTheCity the episode he pulled that last stunt]], as the TropeNamer for TheCommissionerGordon had just debuted and become became Commissioner, ergo outranking Rojas, and proceed to both end Rojas's manhunt for Batman and force Rojas to release and reinstate Yin.
10th May '16 9:48:36 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* The bosses of ''TheOffice'' are exemplars of two different kinds of PHB. Michael Scott of the American version is a classic illustration of ThePeterPrinciple: he was (and is) a genuinely superb salesman, but was promoted to the post of Regional Manager -- a job he is absolutely unqualified for. Though he could be guilty of being an Evil Boss at times, his employees were generally competent and sometimes backed him when it was important enough. His evil tendencies faded over time, but his general inability to manage remained. His branch was always one of the top performers within the company. His UK counterpart, David Brent, evidently never had any skills to begin with, making his promotion an enigma... or an illustration of the Dilbert Principle (see below), wherein the incompetent are quickly KickedUpstairs to a position where they will do less harm to the productive parts of the organization.\\\
Although it's not made as clear as in the American series, in the final episode of the British series it is suggested that Brent actually ''is'' a pretty good salesman, but is definitely not management material or as talented as he thinks he is. As for the enigma, WordOfGod responded to criticisms that Brent would never reach a management position with a retort that a brief look around any kind of corporate-style organization ([[BitingTheHandHumor including]] Creator/TheBBC) would reveal that major positions were being filled by people who were even ''worse'' than Brent.
** Andy Bernard was the best example of the Dilbert principle. He was together with Pam the weakest paper salesman, but he was promoted to regional manager. He terminated a major account on a technicality and the office worked better during the three months he wasn't there.

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* The bosses of ''TheOffice'' are exemplars of two different kinds of PHB. ''Series/TheOffice'':
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Michael Scott of the American version is a classic illustration of ThePeterPrinciple: he was (and is) a genuinely superb salesman, but was which got him promoted to the post of Regional Manager -- a job he is absolutely unqualified for. Though he could can be guilty of being an Evil Boss at times, selfish and petty, his employees were are generally competent and sometimes backed back him when it was it's important enough. His evil tendencies faded fade over time, but his general inability to manage remained. remains. His branch was is always one of the top performers within the company. His UK counterpart, David Brent, evidently never had any skills to begin with, making his promotion an enigma... or an illustration of company.
** Andy Bernard is (along with Pam)
the Dilbert Principle (see below), wherein the incompetent are quickly KickedUpstairs to a position where they will do less harm to the productive parts of the organization.\\\
Although it's not made as clear as in the American series, in the final episode of the British series it is suggested that Brent actually ''is'' a pretty good
weakest paper salesman, but is definitely he gets promoted to regional manager. He terminates a major account on a technicality and the office works better during the three months he's not management material or as talented as he thinks he is. As for there.
* ''Series/TheOfficeUK'': David Brent also seems to have some sales skills, but is a terrible boss. He's extremely self-centered and spends most of his energy trying to get his employees to think he's cool rather than manage
the enigma, office properly. WordOfGod responded to criticisms that Brent would never reach a management position with a retort that a brief look around any kind of corporate-style organization ([[BitingTheHandHumor including]] Creator/TheBBC) would reveal that major positions were being filled by people who were even ''worse'' than Brent.
** Andy Bernard was the best example of the Dilbert principle. He was together with Pam the weakest paper salesman, but he was promoted to regional manager. He terminated a major account on a technicality and the office worked better during the three months he wasn't there.
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* ''Series/TheWire'' has several outstanding examples, both in city government and the Baltimore Police Department, with almost all authority figures fitting in somewhere between CorruptCorporateExecutive and PointyHairedBoss.

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* ''Series/TheWire'' has several outstanding examples, both in city government and the Baltimore Police Department, with almost all authority figures fitting in somewhere between CorruptCorporateExecutive and PointyHairedBoss.Pointy Haired Boss. The running theme throughout the show is that all organizations are fundamentally crippled by management acting to get themselves promoted rather than succeed at their mission.
10th May '16 9:40:26 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Denholm Reynholm, and even more so his son Douglas, in ''Series/TheITCrowd''. The latter once checks to see whether a gun is loaded by sticking it in his mouth and pulling the trigger. In another scene, he picks the king of diamonds [[PickACard from a magician's deck]]; when the magician asks if it was the ''ace'' of diamonds, Douglas is impressed at how close he got.

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* ''Series/TheITCrowd'':
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Denholm Reynholm, Reynholm is an AffablyEvil CEO who is fairly insane and even more so rather terrifying to the IT staff due to his unpredictable and occasionally illogical behavior.
** Denholm's
son Douglas, in ''Series/TheITCrowd''. The latter who succeeds him, is a would-be lothario and idiot ManChild. He once checks to see whether a gun is loaded by sticking it in his mouth and pulling the trigger. In another scene, Because he picks has the king of diamonds [[PickACard from a magician's deck]]; when hots for Jen, however, he's much more friendly with the magician asks if it was the ''ace'' of diamonds, Douglas is impressed at how close he got.IT department.
8th May '16 8:00:46 PM Tommypezman
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* Mary Gibbons from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'' is a sadist of the [[SuckySchool Honey Bee Academy]] but doesn't even know how to run a school properly.
* Professor Pamplemoose from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'' is stupid and thinks he knows how to run a school right.
26th Apr '16 3:27:52 PM Snarf
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** Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake exhibited signs of this, as he was a good doctor but an almost criminally incompetent administrator (though not quite as dim as in [[{{Film/Mash}} the movie]]). Radar practically ran the unit, only requiring Blake to sign off on documents. One time he got Blake to sign ''blank'' pieces of paper even as Blake railed about not knowing what he's signing.

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** Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake exhibited signs of this, as he was a good doctor but an almost criminally incompetent administrator (though not quite as dim as in [[{{Film/Mash}} the movie]]). Radar practically ran the unit, only requiring Blake to sign off on documents. One time he got Blake to sign ''blank'' pieces of paper even as Blake railed about not knowing what he's signing. That said, Blake was never malicious and generally did try to do the right thing even if he didn't know exactly ''how'' to do it.


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** ''Any'' commanding officer other than [[AFatherToHisMen Colonel Potter]] usually got portrayed this way.
7th Apr '16 5:56:20 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' has GCPD Chief Angel Rojas in its first two seasons. The man is incompetent, a glory hog, petty, an UngratefulBastard, and refuses to learn from his mistakes. He couldn't solve some of the Riddler's easiest riddles. On a couple of occasions, he's trying to take credit for Batman's work. He's a BadBoss, openly belittling detective Ethan Bennett in front of his other subordinates just because Bennett supported Batman; this, along with the Joker's MindRape, drove Bennett to become the show's first Clayface. Even after Batman saved Rojas from Clayface and later Mr. Freeze and Firefly, he's still a jackass to him and when he learns Bennett's partner, Ellen Yin, was in an alliance with Batman, he fired her and used her as a hostage to get Batman to come to him, so he could capture him. Karma then bit him in the ass in [[Recap/TheBatmanS2E13NightAndTheCity the episode he pulled that last stunt]], as the TropeNamer for TheCommissionerGordon had just debuted and become Commissioner, ergo outranking Rojas, and proceed to end both Rojas's manhunt for Batman and force Rojas to release and reinstate Yin.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' has GCPD Chief Angel Rojas in its first two seasons. The man is incompetent, a glory hog, petty, an UngratefulBastard, and refuses to learn from his mistakes. He couldn't solve some of the Riddler's easiest riddles. On a couple of occasions, he's trying to take credit for Batman's work. He's a BadBoss, openly belittling detective Ethan Bennett in front of his other subordinates just because Bennett supported Batman; this, along with the Joker's MindRape, drove Bennett to become the show's first Clayface. Even after Batman saved Rojas from Clayface and later Mr. Freeze and Firefly, he's still a jackass to him and when he learns Bennett's partner, Ellen Yin, was in an alliance with Batman, he fired her and used her as a hostage to get Batman to come to him, so he could capture him. Karma then bit him in the ass in [[Recap/TheBatmanS2E13NightAndTheCity the episode he pulled that last stunt]], as the TropeNamer for TheCommissionerGordon had just debuted and become Commissioner, ergo outranking Rojas, and proceed to end both end Rojas's manhunt for Batman and force Rojas to release and reinstate Yin.
31st Mar '16 7:00:07 AM TheUnknownUploader
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** Rimmer manages to be this despite only being in charge of one person (or in the case of the books, the most unimportant group of workers on ship).
23rd Mar '16 1:10:57 AM Kalaong
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* George O. Smith's first "Venus Equilateral" story has a particularly memorable example... or at least a particularly memorable screwup by a PHB. The guy arrives, starts screwing things up and annoying people, tensions run higher and higher until there are pointless fights almost constantly... then an engineer swears, runs up to the center of the rotating station to get his bearings, then runs to the air plant - then runs to scream out the PHB. When the PHB arrived on the station, he'd done an inspection tour, and been confused by the air plant; he'd been expecting some manner of machine, but all he'd found was a big plot of sawgrass, '''''so he had some workmen clear it out...'''''

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* George O. Smith's first "Venus Equilateral" story has a particularly memorable example... or at least a particularly memorable screwup by a PHB. The guy arrives, starts screwing things up and annoying people, tensions run higher and higher until there are pointless fights almost constantly... then an engineer swears, runs up to the center of the rotating station to get his bearings, then runs to the air plant - then runs to scream out the PHB. When Two days ealier, he'd gone poking about the PHB arrived on workings of the station, he'd done an inspection tour, and been confused by the air plant; he'd been expecting some manner of machine, but all he'd found was a big plot of sawgrass, '''''so he had some workmen clear it out...'''''
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