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The Worst and Best Fictional Bosses

We looked at everything from Suits to Simpsons to find the most hated and loved fictional bosses in the world. We created a list from SEMrush of the most popular screen bosses. We ranked them according to the amount of positive or negative social media reactions.

The most hated and loved fictional bosses in the world

RankingFictional BossOrigin1Darth VaderStar Wars Saga2Professor FarnsworthFuturama3Richard WebberGrey’s Anatomy4Mr BurnsThe Simpsons5Harvey SpecterSuits6Iron ManMarvel Universe7Vito CorleoneThe Godfather Saga8Jim GordonThe Dark Night Rises9MJames Bond Universe10President Josiah “Jed” BartletThe West Wing11Princess LeiaStar Wars Saga12Santa ClauseThe world13Jethro GibbsNCIS14Sheriff Andy TaylorThe Andy Griffith Show15Obi-Wan KenobiStar Wars Saga16Bruce WayneBatman Universe17Michael ScottThe Office US18Professor Albus DumbledoreHarry Potter19Captain Ray HoltBrooklyn Nine-Nine

Data sourced by SEMRush and BuzzSumo

Retention and bad bosses

Many people have considered quitting their job due to a poor boss.

In the US, 82% said they would quit their job because of a poor manager. 67% stated that not being respected at work was the reason they quit last year. In the UK, 53% say they are planning to quit their job because of a poor manager. In Australia, 3 out of 10 admit to disliking their managers.

It is difficult to emphasize enough the impact of a direct manager on employee retention. A toxic workplace can be caused by insufficient soft skills, inability to listen and passive-aggressive behavior. This can impact on whether employees choose to stay or go.

Management is becoming more important than ever with 1/5 people thinking about quitting their jobs in the next 12 month and online searches for “quiet quitting” growing by 3750% over the past month.

What are the traits of a good manager?

The majority of fictional bosses we have listed are examples of how to not lead a team. But if you want to learn more about being a more approachable leader, then read on.

Good soft skills

A LinkedIn survey found that leadership soft skills are more important than verbal communication skills for managers.

Creates relationships

Around 86% of employees feel that lack of collaboration and communication is the leading cause of workplace failures, and 71% are more productive when they have a strong connection with their coworkers.

Mentors team

80% of those who receive workplace coaching see an increase self-confidence, improved communication skills, and 70% notice an improvement in their work performance.


Lack of empathy by bosses or managers is one of the most common reasons people leave their jobs. Nearly a third of UK adults believe this to be the most important trait they seek in a manager.

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