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14th Mar '17 5:09:33 AM GoblinCipher
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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 damn 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 the PHB is 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 damn altogether and be just barely competent enough to not attract the ire of the upper management.
23rd Feb '17 5:55:24 PM Schismatism
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* Mr. Kornada from ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' takes this trope UpToEleven: he was repeatedly KickedUpstairs despite his rampant incompetence in the vain hopes that another company might try to hire him. Not only does he follow the BadBoss archetype in general, he makes it a ''point of pride'' not to know anything about his work, let alone anyone else's -- which nearly leads to the entire colony collapsing.
12th Jan '17 4:58:07 PM pwiegle
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** ''Any'' commanding officer other than [[AFatherToHisMen Colonel Potter]] usually got portrayed this way.

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** ''Any'' commanding officer other than [[AFatherToHisMen Colonel Potter]] usually got portrayed this way. Major Winchester would abuse the position to wallow in perks and creature comforts which he felt were his due.
12th Jan '17 4:42:26 PM pwiegle
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* Several of the officers in ''{{Sharpe}}''.

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* Several of the officers in ''{{Sharpe}}''.''{{Sharpe}}'', particularly those who [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney purchased a military commission]] simply because it was fashionable for [[OfficerAndAGentleman a gentleman to be an officer]]. Never mind that they [[UpperClassTwit know absolutely nothing]] about tactics, strategy, or warfare in general.
29th Dec '16 10:03:55 AM Odacon_Spy
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* Jeanne Frasoric, the head of the Bruma Mages Guild in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''

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* Jeanne Frasoric, the head of the Bruma Mages Guild in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', is a ditzy, scatterbrained mage with [[SmallNameBigEgo delusions of self-importance]]. She is also almost totally inept at magic, and only got her position as branch head due to her [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections connections]], something she brags about constantly, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint oblivious as to what that actually says about her]]. None of her subordinates respect her, and several pass the time pulling pranks on her.
10th Dec '16 7:10:42 AM Chariset
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Occasionally he'll also hold the title of BenevolentBoss as well if his incompetence is more towards the job than their people skills.

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Occasionally he'll also hold the title of BenevolentBoss as well if he's not too competent at handling the actual work yet has the social intelligence to deal wisely with his incompetence is more towards the job than their people skills.
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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.]]
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