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"Geez, glad I don't work for him..."

"Who cares if we hit our own machines? They have Trans-Phase armor, don't they?"
Muruta Azrael, in response to Natarle Badgiruel's concern over friendly fire, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Card Games

"So they want to kill my men? Well, two can play at that game!"
Flavor Text for Orcish Catapult, Magic: The Gathering

Comic Books

Leland McCauley: I always say there are two kinds of workers in my organization-
Live Wire: Casualties and survivors?

Fan Works

"Besides, Cinder and I have a partnership. I scratch her back…and she doesn't incinerate me."
"I don't think that's how that saying goes," replied the underling.
"It is when you work with a crazy bitch like that,"

Now I think we understand each other. Anyone who disobeys me, anyone who fails me, anyone who just annoys me goes... boom. So, are you with me, or against me?

Desaad clutched at the shaft transfixing his midsection in agony. His master shot forth beams from his eyes which reduced him to his primal atoms. Later, he would reassemble them, and trust that Desaad would learn by that not to make jokes using his name.

Animated Films

I just wanna say a few words to you scumbags before you deliver those nightmares. I know some of you have girlfriends and old ladies, and all that kind of crap, and you're probably expecting to get into their feathers tonight! Well, let me just say... tough shit! And for you jerk-offs who think you can hang around here on your fat asses, I have one last thing to say... go suck an egg!
Synonamess Botch, Twice Upon a Time

Some of you may die, but it's a sacrifice I am willing to make.
Lord Farquaad, Shrek

Oh, my dear Bartholomew... I'm afraid that you've gone and upset me. You know what happens when someone upsets me. (rings bell to summon his Right-Hand Cat)

Memo to me, memo to me: maim you after my meeting.
Hades, Hercules

Film — Live Action

(shoots guard) "You know, there is no discipline with the youth today. I try to set an example, but it is difficult, eh? Personally I blame MTV."
—Self-declared Liberian President Andre Baptiste, Lord of War

"What you want is your own sub-camp. Do you have any idea what's involved? The paperwork alone? Forget you got to build the fucking thing, getting the fucking permits is enough to drive you crazy. Then the engineers show up. They stand around, they argue about drainage, foundations, codes, exact specifications, parallel fences four kilometers long, twelve hundred kilograms of barbed wire, six thousand kilograms of electrified fences… I'm telling you, you'll want to shoot somebody."
Amon Goeth, Schindler's List

Alva Restrepo: Well, I was, I was also thinking today that maybe you could put somebody else on the job for a while. Or a, a-another secretary to help me out? I-I mean, you know, to make the job easier.
Peter Loew: Alva... there is no one else in this entire office that I could possibly ask to share such a horrible job. You're the lowest on the totem pole here, Alva. The lowest. Do you realize that? Every other secretary who's been here has been here longer than you, Alva. Every one. And even if there was someone here who was here just one day longer than you, I still wouldn't ask that person to partake in such a miserable job as long as you were around. That's right, Alva. It's a horrible, horrible job, sifting through old contract after old contract. I couldn't think of a more horrible job if I wanted to. And you have to do it! You have to. Or I'll fire you, do you understand? Do you?
Alva: ...Yes.
Peter: Good.... Then there's no problem then. Is there?

"Everyone remember, Lincoln Center and its ilk use these competitions to decide who they’re interested and who they’re not. And I am not going to have my reputation in the department tarnished… by a bunch of fucking limp-dick, sour note, flatter-than-their-girlfriends flexible tempo dipshits. Got it? One more thing, Eugene give me that. (Eugene gives out a music book) If I ever find another one of these lying around again, I swear to FUCKING God… I will stop being so polite."

Gabbar: [pacing back and forth] How many men were there?
Kaalia: [stammers] Two, sir.
Gabbar: Hmm. Two men. [stops pacing and suddenly turns to them] YOU SONS OF BITCHES! [calms down] They were two, and you three. Yet you returned... empty handed? What did you think of? That I'll be happy? That I'll praise you? SHAME ON YOU! [calms down, then turns to Samba] Hey, Sambha... how much money has the government put on my head?
Samba: 50,000.
Gabbar: You heard? A full 50,000. And this has been put on my head because even in far-flung villages, when a child cries in the middle of the night, their mother tells them "Son, go to sleep. Sleep or Gabbar Singh will arrive". And these three bastards, they've tarnished my name! You will be punished for this. Rest assured, you will!
Gabbar Singh, Sholay


"One human-Controller was holding his own hand. The other two were very pale. Visser Three is not a leader who believes it is important to be popular with subordinates."
Ax, Animorphs 28

"A man who sees nothing has no use for his eyes, cut them out and give them to your next outrider. Tell him you hope that four eyes might see better than two...and if not, the man after him will have six."
Gregor Clegane, A Song of Ice and Fire

The Boss: Rupert, I'm disappointed. What happened to the sniveling Yes-Man who wouldn't think twice about putting a foot through a man's throat. What happened to your people-pleasing skills? Because I'm. Not. Pleased. With this. Oh, no. What happened to your understanding of our roles in this existence? Mine is to command. Yours is to role over and beg.
Rupert Wong: Boss-
The Boss: Meat. You're meat. Do not ever forget what you are. Meat. Food for the worms, food for the ghouls. Walking, talking shitting food. And food, Robert, food doesn't talk back to its betters. Do you understand that? Do you get where I'm coming from?
Rupert Wong: Yes, boss.
Food Of The Gods by Cassandra Khaw

"Oh dear," sighed Barry.
"My lord, if I forgot it was because GAAAAAGH," said the elf, as he burst into white flame. My skin prickled in sympathy as his body convulsed with agony before collapsing into a heap of crumbling ash.
Barry withdrew his pointing finger. "I ask one simple thing from my employees: that you follow all instructions and not deviate from them. You've only yourself to blame. Oh yes, and-" He paused to point at the barbarian, who immediately flared up with a heavily-accented scream. "-Nobody likes a tell-tale. You can both go and think about it by the clock tower. I'll resurrect you later if there's any time left in the schedule."


"I'm willing to let my men die. Can you say the same?"
Jacob Crane, Angel

"I take total responsibility for any mistakes today, which means I FIRE EVERYBODY!"
Benjamin Lennox, Jekyll

Niska: You see this man, ah, he does not do the job. I show you what I do with him, and now my reputation for you is fact. Is solid! ...Oh, you do not like I kill this man? Hmm...
Mal: No. I'm sure that he must've been a... very bad person.
Niska: My wife's nephew. At dinner I am getting earful. There is no way out of that.

Bernard: He left. He left like I always knew he would. That's what people do when you love them and nurture them and take care of them.
Fran: You mean you sacked him.
Bernard: There may have been an incident. Possibly involving a kitchen item and a hand, and maybe the hand was Manny's, and maybe the item was a sandwich toaster, and maybe I introduced them to each other.
Black Books, "Manny Come Home"

Alva? Laurent? If I'm not back within two hours, please remove the skin from each others' faces.
Killgrave, Jessica Jones (2015), "AKA WWJD?"

Tabletop Games

"Right, now Alan is going to be my arrest subject in which I will use the full potential of the GASH baton to restrain him."
"Now Alan, I want you to be a mugger."
"A what?"
"All will become clear. Now, you have just killed an old lady, robbed her of all her money and now you've just been stopped by the Shivers, namely me. I want you to react in a violent manner and be, in general, abusive. Okay?"
"Eh, I'm not sure but I'll try. I still get my 50 don't I?"
"Yes, now we may proceed."
"Up yours, you god damn Shiver scu..."
Thud! Thump! Crack! Thud!
"Now, this is the result of a civilian coming up against a well trained Shiver with a Pacifier Baton. Please report to your tutors for your assignments. Bates, Henderson... you two get this corpse out of here. It's bleeding on the crash mats."
—Commander Cradle giving an introductory talk to about the use of a Pacifier Baton, SLA Industries core rule book

"Fear the Commissar more than you fear the enemy!"

Tzimisce rarely need to resort to kindness, rewards or even Blood Bonds to keep their ghouls in line: a common practice among the clan is to gnarl a "recruit's" face into an unrecognizable lump of tissue and cartilage, with the subsequent promise to restore one facial feature per decade or so of perfect service. Perfect service is difficult to provide, and thus most Tzimisce ghouls are doomed to exist as monsters.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Tzimisce

Though they cannot stand ghouls, the Lasombra also cannot stand the fact that they are unable to admire their beautiful Caine-given features in the mirror. So, some Lasombra employ ghouls as personal-hygiene assistants for this reason. But that hair must be brushed for at least a hundred strokes, or a hundred bruises will decorate the inattentive ghoul's body. And should the servant fail to apply the skin lotion properly, the outraged Lasombra may well apply a "moisturizer" of muriatic acid to the ghoul's skin...
Vampire: The Masquerade - Ghouls: Fatal Attraction

Video Games

Palutena: Are you saying it makes no difference whether your troops have a leader?
Hades: They're all idiots. Seriously, I don't even know if any of them have actual brains.

"Hey Bats, go easy on 'em. For me? Ah hell, what do I care! DO YOUR WORST!"

"You know I don't tolerate failure. So who are you more afraid of? The Bat? Or ME?"
Black Mask, Batman: Arkham Origins

those stinkin' slaves! I- I mean, my fellow employees! Uncle Aslik's been takin' good care o' ya, right? I love all-ya like you was my own, right?! But if we don't catch this Abe guy... IT'S THE BREW VATS FOR ALL-YA! Now, what're ya waitin' for?! Get back ta work!
Vice President Aslik, Abe's Exoddus

"Refugees at Bitter Springs are giving startling accounts of the Legate, known as Lanius, who is said to be Caesar's top field commander. One refugee told us that "The Legate took over an "under-performing" squad of troops by beating its commander to death in full view of everyone." The Legate then ordered a tenth of his own troops to be killed by the other nine-tenths. And you thought your boss was a pain."
Mr. New Vegas, on Legate Lanius, Fallout: New Vegas

On charges of cowardice, you are sentenced to death! *BLAM*
''If you will not serve in combat, you will serve on the firing line!" *BLAM*
Commissar, Dawn of War

Decepticons, as your leader, I STARSCREAM demand absolute loyalty from ALL of my subjects. Onslaught and his Combaticons chose to disobey my order. They chose to break my law. There is no greater act of treason than disobeying MY direct order. I am the leader; all of you serve ME. I will not tolerate insubordination of any kind from any one of YOU. Tonight you will all learn the fate of those who choose to defy me. A fate so terrible, so awful and humiliating that you will never ever want it to happen to you. That is the lesson here; a lesson of EXTREME importance that YOU should commit to memory and RECITE to yourself, FREQUENTLY. Disobedience means treason; treason MEANS terrible fate; TERRIBLE FATE, could mean most anything if it is terrible. I want you to think about that for a moment. Think about the most terrible thing you could possibly conjure up in your PATHETIC minds. Now, double it! NOW, triple it! THAT is the kind of terrible thing I AM TALKING ABOUT!

Remind them who's boss
Sometimes you just have to beat the living daylights out of one of your own, for no better reason than to remind them who is in charge.

Ah, my rosy-cheeked new employees! I'm not going to lie: we're all here to make a buck... but it's the happiness of my people that gets me up each morning. My father, rest his soul, was a diamond miner. Got up at the crack of dawn each morning, smoked a cigarette, and down into the earth he went. To that wonderful... [someone in the furnace behind him screams] ...wonderful man, the company was god. I bring that same reverence to my humble business here, and I expect all of you here to do the same. Now, there are only three company rules you have to follow: first, protect my product. You can fuck them, boys, but be gentle. Second: kill any native on sight. Finally, all profits go to me. I'm an understanding boss, but if you break one of these rules... [[he lights a match and throws it into the furnace, instantly incinerating the man inside] ...I roast you in the furnace until your skin crackles like chicken!
Hoyt, Far Cry 3

Web Comics

"Sacrificing minions: is there any problem it can't solve?"

Bikke: Consider the lives of me crew forfeit.
Garland: I'm sure it won't come to that.
Bikke: It will if I says it will.

The main asset in an evil intern is not asking questions. The answers are usually written on the bottom of a tank full of sharks.
Gibbous Moon, Scary Go Round

Web Original

"Never do anything without my permission again. That includes breathing."
L to Watari, Death Note Abridged

Freeza: ''Ooh, is that an ultimatum? I love ultimatums. Here's mine: either die to him or die to me!"

Freeza: I'm starting to think that my people don't understand what I pay them for.
Zarbon: You don't pay us-
Freeza: -Allow them to live for.

Acai: Also, after rising concerns with our personnel... exploding, we've decided to form a union.
Freeza: Adorable. [Acai explodes]

Ishizu: Thank you, Kaiba.
Kaiba: For what?
Ishizu: Giving the Pharaoh your card was an incredible display of faith. You finally believe he is destined to defeat my brother.
Kaiba: I believe that about as much as I believe that there's a minimum wage for my employees.

Speaking of the chief, the exception chieftain Adrell is quite the leader. Let's list off some of his most noble deeds. How about that time where he led his fledgling tribe into a pointless war with countless fatalities? Or that time where he bravely fled from battle while his men fought on and died? What about that time where he wiped out an entire species of animals and destroyed the entire ecosystem. And of course, who could forget the time where he left babies completely unattended while he was off waging one of his senseless wars, and competing tribes came and destroyed the entire village?

You belong to Disney! Which means you stay busy!
Cranking out magic and assembly-line whimsy!
Artists begging me to stop— I WON'T LET 'EM!
Labor conditions in my shop? I DON'T SWEAT 'EM!
Walt Disney, Epic Rap Battles of History ("Stan Lee vs. Jim Henson")

"Why is it so hard to find good help? Oh! That's right. I keep melting them."
Cinder Fall, RWBY Chibi

Western Animation

"You let an imposter through. Report to the Dungeon for correction."
Megaria the Collector, Kaijudo

Drag Strip: Y'know, I may not even give the title over to the boss when we get back. If I'm Ruler of the Roads, what's he gonna do about it?
Wildbreak: Probably run ya over, back up, and then, run ya over again.

"...And the first to address him as Optimus Prime will have his voice box torn out."
Megatron, Transformers Prime

Real Life

"If I did not now and then kill one of them, they would forget who I am."
Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, after shooting his first mate under the table for no reason


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