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->''"I'm slowly becoming a convert to the principle that you can't motivate people to do things, [[VillainousDemotivator you can only demotivate them]]. The primary job of the manager is not to empower but to remove obstacles."''\\
-- '''Scott Adams'''

The Mean Boss is related to the PointyHairedBoss, possibly edging into BadBoss territory at times. He's certainly given the higher-ups every reason to have confidence in him. He's competent, knows what he's doing, and keeps his workers motivated. It's the way that he keeps them motivated that's the problem. He'll yell at you for being a minute late, give you mountains of work the night before it's due, have a heart attack any time you even suggest that you might deserve a raise for all your hard work, and nearly rip your head off at the drop of a hat. He may be a money-grubber, egocentric, or just plain ornery. Very often played for laughs. DrJerk is another trope with frequent crossover.

In RealLife (for those tropers who haven't entered the work world yet), these are mercifully rare. Many bosses are simply rough and difficult because it's their job to ensure the work gets done so everyone gets paid and the customers are satisfied, but are not necessarily mean or cruel-intentioned. Management (the job a boss does) can be stressful and difficult - it's like herding cats.
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!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertisements ]]

* Sam Breakstone, at least [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_otz5RleThs in commercials.]]
* The {{Jerkass}} who ends up [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnIjgw5A-iI in an unpleasant hell in a popular "Got Milk?" commercial]].

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]


* Tsunade from ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'' is very much this, especially in the fillers. As Hokage (the chief of the village), she is shown to have a very short temper and is strict about shinobi going on missions and reporting back to her immediately upon completion. When enraged, she would throw her chair and other furniture out the window, and have [[ThoseTwoGuys Izumo and Kotetsu]] retrieve them.
* Roy Mustang from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.

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[[folder: Comic Strips ]]

* Catbert, the Evil Human Resources Director of ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' lives up to that title. He even controls the trope-naming PointyHairedBoss to some extent to make everyone else's lives miserable.
* J.C. Dithers of ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' is quite possibly the Ur-example. (Of course, despite the fact that he fires Dagwood on a regular basis, he always hires him back for some strange reason.)
* Mr. Pembrook of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' is [[strike:quite possibly]] '''definitely''' an egocentric type - he once fired a massive amount of workers and then gave himself a $300,000 ''raise'', and in another strip he sent out a memo ordering the employees to make themselves look bad in the company photo so he'd look better by comparison. He also implies in the same strip that he didn't send Roger the memo and that he wants Roger at his side specifically because Roger already meets the required directions without knowing it. In another strip he had Roger work as a clown at his son's birthday party (that's in Roger's job description; he thought it was a joke when he was hired; a lot of what happened at the party is likely best left to the imagination, but Pembrook begged him not to sue.)
* Stuart in ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'' is a combination of this and PointyHairedBoss. Takes pride in the fact that most employees hate him.
** The initial district manager, Jerry, ''really'' fit the part as the jerk boss, leading Marla to comment that he was a "mean spirited jerk" (which Jerry unfortunately overheard). In the blog of the strip's character Cooper (www.coopersretailblog.com), he described Jerry as a "douchebag." In Jerry's last appearance in the strip it was revealed that he misremembered Marla's name on purpose.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* J. Jonah Jameson in ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}''.
* ''[[{{Superman}} Daily Planet]]'' editor Perry White can be like this too, [[DependingOnTheWriter occasionally]], especially if you call him "Chief".

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Manga/ButterfliesFlowers: Director Domoto. Not mean so much, but tyrannical, dictatorial, and demanding. Also [[{{Bishounen}} way hot]] and the LoveInterest.
* Extreme example: [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]].
** Vader implies that Emperor Palpatine is a far worse boss than himself, and Palpatine pretty much confirms Vader's statements in the expanded universe.
* Need we mention the cube farm boss lady from ''Wanted''?
* Bill Lumbergh from ''Film/OfficeSpace''. He always makes people work on weekends and continuously orders Milton to move his desk to increasingly absurd locations (ending in the roach-infested basement). Plus he took Milton's favorite stapler...again (which is one of the reasons why he [[RantInducingSlight set the building on fire]]).
* Philbin in ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise''. The musicians that work for him are motivated through a combination of casual threats and Speed, and as far as Philbin's concerned, [[WeHaveReserves they're all more than replacable.]] Plus, he ''doesn't'' take rejection by his Ingenues well- hence his conversation with Swan, the real villain of the story.
* Marty Wolff of ''Film/BigFatLiar'' is a complete {{Jerkass}} to everyone around him, but he gets his just desserts.
** Les Grossman from ''Film/TropicThunder'' is probably even worse than Marty Wolff.
* Tyrannical Channel 8 Owner & General Manager R. J. Fletcher of ''Film/{{UHF}}''.
* In ''Film/HorribleBosses'' the three titular bosses take meanness to a new level
** The Psycho boss denies Nick a promised promotion and tells everyone it is because Nick drinks at work. The only reason Nick had a drink is because the boss forced him to have one.
** The Maneater boss regularly sexually harasses Dale. When he rejects her advances, she drugs him and takes sexually explicit photos of him to blackmail him with.
** The Tool boss has Kurt fire all the overweight and unattractive people and then moves on to the handicapped.
* ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'': Mr. Sykes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}'': King Malbert.
* Creator/DavidHasselhoff's character in {{Click}}. He's also a StupidBoss.
* [[Creator/JonFavreau Harold Cornish]] in ''Film/IdentityThief'', a SmugSnake executive who treats all his underlings as replaceable cogs who should be happy they even have a job. He announces for the second year in a row that the company isn't doing well enough to justify bonuses for the employees. Meanwhile, he has Sandy cut checks for "special" bonuses for the partners with himself getting a million-dollar bonus. When Sandy expresses confusion, Cornish tells him that Sandy's job can be filled by Quicken (the software), meanwhile people like him (Cornish) are the ones who make all the money for the company and deserve the bonuses, referencing ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' as an explanation.
** Averted with Sandy's new boss, [[Creator/JohnCho Daniel Casey]], who recognizes Sandy's skills, makes him a VP and quintuples his salary. On the other hand, he's willing to fire Sandy over a case of identity theft.


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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Julius Root of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' is this with a dash of sexism thrown in in the beginning. Justified for political reasons; Holly was the first female recon officer, so he needed her to be a good example.
* William Shortpaws of the ''Literature/{{Geronimo Stilton}}'' series, is definitely a mean boss. Geronimo's grandfather and owner/publisher of the newspaper where his maternal grandson works, he never misses an opportunity to remind Geronimo who's in charge, and is constantly yelling at him or threatening to fire him. He's also very cheap, and in fact is called "Cheapskate Willy" (behind his back). However, he does pay his grandson the odd backhanded compliment when he does something particularly heroic that will give the paper good publicity. He also seems to favor Thea, and will do anything she asks him to, and appreciates his cook Tiny Spicetail's cooking to the point that he actully gets her get away with her attitude.

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[[folder: Television ]]

* Ryan Chappelle from ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''
* Mr. Pitt from ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
* Dr. Kelso from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' is a prime example. In fact, he pretty much stated outright why he is such a Mean Boss (its how he keeps the entire hospital staff unified and peaceful, even if they hate his guts).
* Dr. House from ''Series/{{House}}, M.D.'': in Season 4, he fires people for ''not being hot enough!'' at one point. Not to mention the variety of illegal, immoral, demeaning, and humiliating things he orders his staff to do, often just to satisfy his ego by reminding himself that he can.
* Mr. Wick from ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', who took great glee in coming up with new ways to fire people. Even one time he acted generous and treated Drew by taking him to a nightclub, the nightclub itself had a {{Hell}}-based theme.
* Dr. Bykov from the Russian sitcom ''The Interns''.
* Creator/BobOdenkirk played one in a ''Series/MrShow'' sketch.
-->'''Odenkirk''': You call yourselves junior executives?! '''YOU'RE SENIOR JACKASSES!!!'''
* Max is set up as one of these in the pilot of ''Series/SeanSavesTheWorld'', of the unbending, [[TheComicallySerious humorless]] hardass variety.
* In ''Series/That70sShow'' Red Forman is like this to his employees, and won't deny it if you raise the point. When the family is congratulating him on getting the job at Price-Mart, Hyde says "God help the poor bastards who work for you!" Red merely smiles and laughs, taking it as a compliment.
* Louie from ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' Zigzags this. He ''tries'' to be a Mean Boss, and he uses a lot of dirty tricks to get the better of employees (often downright illegal ones) but very few of them are truly intimidated by him at all, and he usually comes out the loser in any confrontation.
* TheDreaded Malcolm Tucker in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' - [[SirSwearsALot foul-mouthed]], foul-tempered, brilliantly gifted at his job, and absolutely merciless with the politicians he manages, who compare him to Goebbels.
* Subverted in the ''Series/ModernFamily'' episode "Spring-a-Ding Fling." Mitchell takes a new job at a legal clinic run by a former law-school classmate of his. Throughout the episode a number of things he sees and overhears make him think he's made a serious mistake and that she's this trope. When he finally confronts her on this in front of everyone else, every single thing turns out to be NotWhatItLooksLike.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Edgar's boss in ''VideoGame/TheAct'' is not above smacking him around if he doesn't think Edgar is doing his job.
* The announcer in VideoGame/TeamFortress2.

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* In [[http://bukucomics.com/loserz/index.php?comicID=25 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'' strip.
* Jean's boss Dean Martin M. Martin in ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.''
* Johnny's boss in {{Titanzer}} is a pretty big meany.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Mr. Krabs of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is either this or the PointyHairedBoss (He's certainly got the moneygrubbing down pat).
* Mr. Spacely, [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons George Jetson's]] boss.
** Spacely's business rival, Mr. Cogswell is just as bad. The worst part is, George is often caught in the middle of Mr. Spacely's plots to one-up Cogswell.
* Possibly Mr. Slate from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.
** In a few episodes, maybe, though most episodes seemed to portray him as reasonably amiable toward his workers (Wilma even invites him to Fred's birthday party in one episode), and only going into Mean Boss territory when Fred does something foolish/job-endangering. In one episode, he even convinced his new vice president to bend the rules a little when the new company policy required employees to have a high school diploma, letting Fred keep his job if he simply took a two week course to get one.
* Mr Herriman from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', though he heads into PointyHairedBoss territory for being incompetent at times.
* C. Montgomery Burns, Homer's maniacal boss from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* Hopper from Disney & ''Creator/{{Pixar}}'' ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''
** Also, Gilbert Huph from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
* [[FatBastard Cheif]] and [[{{Gonk}} Lok]] from the ''WesternAnimation/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'' animated series.
* Rancid Rabbit from ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''.
* Principal Pixiefrog from ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey''.
* Benson from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''.
** To be fair, Benson just has to deal with [[TheSlacker slackers]] like Mordecai and Rigby (Muscle Man sometimes gets on his nerves as well). He's actually quite reasonable with Pops and Skips.
*** But from the point of view of the ''actual protagonists'', Benson is a prick who takes away anything that gives the two the slightest joy (in any given episode) and then threatens to fire them.
* Professor Pampelmoose from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'':
** Numbuh 86 is downright mean whenever she is in a position to lead a team (and seeing as she outranks most other operatives, she can do that rather often; not to mention that, seeing as she's Head of Decomissions, they're downright ''terrified'' of her). Fortunately, Numbuh 362, the Supreme Leader of the organization, is much nicer.
** Also, Mr. Boss is the BigBad of the show (well [[BigBadDuumvirate one of them]]) but he's this towards his normal employees.
* Mr. Wilter from ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone''.
* Mr. Mufflin from ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum''.
* Nester from ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel''.
* Gart from ''WesternAnimation/RobotAndMonster''.
* Temple Fugate, before becoming the Clock King, in WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries. Threatening to fire an employee for being five minutes late seems mean to a normal human being, but Fugate is a ScheduleFanatic who only cares for punctuality. If you’re a punctual employee, Fugate would be civil to you, but never appreciative.
* [[DaChief Chief Rojas]] was like this on ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', although in truth, Batman was the one he was angry at, and he was taking it out on his men.
* The King (obviously modeled on CharlesLaughton) who Yosemite Sam works for in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''Shishkabugs''.
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