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2nd Dec '16 10:48:38 AM TheUnknownUploader
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** Jim, the branch's best sale person next to Dwight, finds himself victim of ThePeterPrinciple after he becomes co-regional manager. When he explains to Michael all the things he did wrong, Michael admits he made the same mistakes when he first became manager.
27th Nov '16 7:42:01 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Hamnpork, leader of the Clan in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', may have been competent as top rat before they became "educated". Once the rats become sentient, he's too old to make the adjustment to thinking and becomes a bit of a figurehead, nudged into doing whatever Peaches or Darktan want him to. Played with, as he later shows just why he became leader of the Clan during a BadAss moment [[spoiler: in the Pit]].

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* Hamnpork, leader of the Clan in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', may have been competent as top rat before they became "educated". Once the rats become sentient, he's too old to make the adjustment to thinking and becomes a bit of a figurehead, nudged into doing whatever Peaches or Darktan want him to. Played with, as he later shows just why he became leader of the Clan during a BadAss badass moment [[spoiler: in the Pit]].



* This is how Major Norton was portrayed in Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''UsefulNotes/DavyCrockett'' mini-series, though he may have just seemed this way against [[{{Badass}} Davy]].

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* This is how Major Norton was portrayed in Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''UsefulNotes/DavyCrockett'' mini-series, though he may have just seemed this way against [[{{Badass}} Davy]].Davy.
25th Nov '16 1:04:20 PM thekneesbee
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* In ''Series/Reaper'' there's Ted, the manager of [[SoulSuckingRetailJob The Work Bench]] who skirts the line between this and BunnyEarsLawyer. While Ted is a jerk that almost no one likes, he seems fairly good at his actual job. It doesn't help that the main characters are slackers with [[DevilsJobOffer bigger]] [[EscapedFromHell fish]] [[BountyHunter to fry.]]

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* In ''Series/Reaper'' ''Series/{{Reaper}}'' there's Ted, the manager of [[SoulSuckingRetailJob The Work Bench]] who skirts the line between this and BunnyEarsLawyer. While Ted is a jerk that almost no one likes, he seems fairly good at his actual job. It doesn't help that the main characters are slackers with [[DevilsJobOffer bigger]] [[EscapedFromHell fish]] [[BountyHunter to fry.]]
25th Nov '16 1:00:34 PM thekneesbee
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* The Television version of ''Series/StuffYouShouldKnow'' features Steve, a rare female example. She keeps order in the office by fostering paranoia among the other staff, and switches show priorities based on her daily whims and complete misreading of social trends. She's somewhat of a more effective manager than others on the list, but that could be because the rest of the office is just as crazy as she is.

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* The Television version of ''Series/StuffYouShouldKnow'' Stuff You Should Know features Steve, a rare female example. She keeps order in the office by fostering paranoia among the other staff, and switches show priorities based on her daily whims and complete misreading of social trends. She's somewhat of a more effective manager than others on the list, but that could be because the rest of the office is just as crazy as she is.


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* In ''Series/Reaper'' there's Ted, the manager of [[SoulSuckingRetailJob The Work Bench]] who skirts the line between this and BunnyEarsLawyer. While Ted is a jerk that almost no one likes, he seems fairly good at his actual job. It doesn't help that the main characters are slackers with [[DevilsJobOffer bigger]] [[EscapedFromHell fish]] [[BountyHunter to fry.]]
** Until he [[spoiler: gets fired, for excellent reason. His replacement, Andi, [[SecretKeeper is more willing to let]] [[OneHourWorkWeek their habits]] slide.]]
13th Nov '16 10:54:33 AM azul120
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While ThePeterPrinciple states that all managers are incompetent by definition, TheDilbertPrinciple claims that the most incompetent and irrational workers will be KickedUpstairs where they can no longer disturb the productive flow (at least in theory). This is the origin of the PointyHairedBoss.

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While ThePeterPrinciple states that all managers are incompetent by definition, TheDilbertPrinciple claims that the most incompetent and irrational workers will be KickedUpstairs where they can no longer disturb the productive flow (at least in theory). This is the origin of the PointyHairedBoss.
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** Adams himself, when running a restaurant, realized that he was becoming a PointyHairedBoss himself.

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** Adams himself, when running a restaurant, realized that he was becoming a PointyHairedBoss Pointy Haired Boss himself.



* Lord Stanley the Tool from ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}''. He is not only is a PointyHairedBoss, he's a ''BadBoss'' who threatens to kill Parson for simply noting that Stanley is [[TheNapoleon short]], and an EvilOverlord. And to top it all off? He believes that he is ''holy'', and on a MissionFromGod (though in his defense, there's a good chance that he ''is''). However, this may fall under the "promoted beyond his capabilities" aspect of the trope, as he's a pretty savvy tactician and capable warrior.

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* Lord Stanley the Tool from ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}''. He is not only is a PointyHairedBoss, Pointy Haired Boss, he's a ''BadBoss'' who threatens to kill Parson for simply noting that Stanley is [[TheNapoleon short]], and an EvilOverlord. And to top it all off? He believes that he is ''holy'', and on a MissionFromGod (though in his defense, there's a good chance that he ''is''). However, this may fall under the "promoted beyond his capabilities" aspect of the trope, as he's a pretty savvy tactician and capable warrior.



* Robin on WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo is literally ''and'' figuratively a PointyHairedBoss.

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* Robin on WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo is literally ''and'' figuratively a PointyHairedBoss.Pointy Haired Boss.



29th Oct '16 12:03:16 AM Tamfang
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** For those of you wondering what the problem was. The plot of sawgrass was the air plant: it filtered and scrubbed the air simply by being sawgrass.

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** For those of you wondering what the problem was. The plot of sawgrass was the air plant: it filtered and scrubbed the air air, and most importantly converted CO2 (exhaled by humans) back into O2, simply by being sawgrass.
27th Sep '16 7:51:24 PM MagnusForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'': Rancid Rabbit.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'': Rancid Rabbit.Rabbit at his least villainous is this. Otherwise, he's a MeanBoss or even a full-out BadBoss.



* Mr. Wilter from ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' is a teacher of a SuckySchool, but he's [[TooDumbToLive that stupid to teach a school]].



* Professor Pamplemoose from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'' is stupid and thinks he knows how to run a school right.

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* Professor Pamplemoose from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'' is stupid and thinks he knows how to run a school right.right, despite being a total idiot.
10th Sep '16 1:01:17 PM treehugger0369
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* Mettaton from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is this according to Burgerpants, who describes MTT Resort as a "labyrinth of bad choices", and that's hardly an exaggeration. Among other things, the restaurant requires you to reserve everything--table, silverware, food, etc; the fountain has been changed to a statue of Mettaton that misses the fountain, flooding part of the entrance hall; and you don't get room keys, so if you leave your room you have to pay to get back in. What's more is that, every time someone suggests a change for the better, Mettaton shoots it down with "That's not how they do it on the surface!"
-->'''Burgerpants:''' Yeah, because [[SarcasmMode humans are always eating burgers made of]] ''[[IAteWhat sequins and glue!]]''
17th Aug '16 11:42:30 PM PaulA
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* ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Falling Free]]:'' Bruce Van Atta: a former engineer, transferred to management where he would hopefully cause less damage. When Leo Graff sets off his plan to reconfigure the Quaddie's space station so that they can steal it, he tells Van Atta that he will be surprised by how much of the station, that Van Atta thinks is being decommissioned, can be "recycled." Van Atta insists that all of Leo's plans go through his office--so he can take Leo's name off them, and replace them with his own so he can take the credit.

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* ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Falling Free]]:'' ''Literature/FallingFree'': Bruce Van Atta: Atta is a former engineer, transferred to management where he would hopefully cause less damage. When Leo Graff Graf sets off his plan to reconfigure the Quaddie's space station so that they can steal it, he tells Van Atta that he will be surprised by how much of the station, that Van Atta thinks is being decommissioned, can be "recycled." Van Atta insists that all of Leo's plans go through his office--so he can take Leo's name off them, and replace them with his own so he can take the credit.
14th Aug '16 1:50:36 PM nombretomado
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* The "bankers in charge" in DoctorSteel's "Lament for a Toy Factory."

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* The "bankers in charge" in DoctorSteel's Music/DoctorSteel's "Lament for a Toy Factory."
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