At one point or another, most people hate their respective bosses. Those who can genuinely contest this notion are amongst a highly privileged few, and should do whatever it takes to hold their jobs down for as long as humanly possible. Because, for the rest of the world’s low- to mid-level employees, the office, or wherever one calls “work,” can be miserable cauldrons of humiliation, psychological torture, and piece-of-shit copy machines. Waking up at the ass-crack of dawn five days a week is grueling enough—having to do so in order to share space with a cold-hearted superior, one who shows no signs of ever offering a promotion and seems to exist only to make his or her workers’ lives dismal.
Much like the trio of workforce leaders in the new comedy Horrible Bosses, in which Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis play three friends who share a mutual hatred for their in-office authority figures. And, boy, are their bosses real pains in the ass: Bateman’s boss (Kevin Spacey) teases dude with a promotion only to give himself the bump up; Sudeikis, meanwhile, has to answer to a cokehead asshole (Colin Farrell) whose favorite hobby is pretending he’s a kung fu master; as for dental assistant Day, his sex-obsessed, gorgeous dentist of a boss (Jennifer Aniston) threatens to tell his fiancée that he’s cheating on her if he won’t sleep with her.
As bad as those characters sound, though, they’re softies when compared to the bosses who’ve earned piss-poor reputations in the real, non-Hollywood world. Throughout history, superiors of varying power brackets have inadvertently killed employees, purposely murdered employees, and treated them like slave laborers. A nymphomaniac boss who looks like Jennifer Aniston doesn’t sound so awful anymore, does it? Wait until you get a load of the 10 Most Horrible Real Life Bosses.