Miranda Priestley – the Devil Wears Prada
One of the scariest film bosses ever – Miranda Priestly (played by Meryl Streep) was the editor in chief of Runway, a fashion magazine in New York. She loved nothing more than tormenting and terrifying her employees and – while you do see a slightly softer side at certain points – would stop at nothing to get what she wanted.
David Brent – The Office
The brilliance about the character of David Brent in The Office is that most people have probably worked with, or at least known, someone a bit like him. Inappropriate, arrogant and always out for himself – we think he’s definitely one of the worst bosses from TV, although he’s also one of the funniest.
Mr Burns – The Simpsons
We couldn’t write this without including Mr Burns – probably one of the most famous fictional bosses in the world. He’s greedy, doesn’t care about his employees (or anyone at all, for that matter) and doesn’t let little things like morals or decency get in the way of how he wants to run his business – the Springfield power plant. No wonder Homer is always slacking off…
Sam Malone – Cheers
When you own the place where “everybody knows your name” you’ve got to be a pretty nice guy, and Sam Malone (played by Ted Danson) definitely was. A former professional baseball player, he was always there to chat to, help and laugh with (or at) his employees and all the regulars.
Dumbledore – Harry Potter
OK so technically he was a headmaster, but he was also a boss and employer to all the teachers at Hogwarts. In the Harry Potter books and films Dumbledore is famously kind, caring and protective of everyone within his school and is the first to stand up for anyone who he thinks is being mistreated – definitely one for the good list.
Dr Cox – Scrubs
In the medical sitcom Scrubs, one of Dr Cox’s favourite things to do was to constantly berate and criticise all the people who worked for him, so this might seem like a strange choice. But underneath the sarcasm, he always pulled through for his employees and is supportive, encouraging and a great teacher. One of the best bosses – even if he did try to hide it.
Did we miss anyone? Who else do you think belongs on the list?