Horrible bosses are some of the most formidable opponents for hardworking anime characters. The worst examples of this archetype might have issues with poor management or inefficient delegation skills. Tamanawa from Oregairu is a prime example of this type of boss. On the opposite side of the spectrum, overseers are executing their employees, like Frieza from Dragon Ball Z, who vaporizes his underlings when they displease him.
The term "boss" is rather broad, since it includes people in a variety of supervisory positions. One terrible boss, Ton from Aggretsuko, works in an office setting, while Akira Midousuji of Yowamushi Pedal makes life hell for his high school bike team.
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If you work for a villain, your greatest concern might be getting beaten up by the good guys - or it could be whether your boss will kill you for looking at him funny. Frieza vaporizes his henchmen with little to no provocation. If a subordinate says something to upset him, he'll hurl them out of a spaceship, killing both the offending party and anyone else present. If they fail to fulfill his directives, he'll kill them without hesitation.Is this a terrible boss?
Gakuhō Asano Makes It Impossible For Teachers To Teach In 'Assassination Classroom'Photo: Lerche
Through most of Assassination Classroom, Gakuhō Asano seems like a bigger villain than the tentacle monster threatening to blow up the planet. Asano, the principal of Kunugigaoka Junior High School, sets up a class for the school's lowest achievers on the outskirts of campus. Not only does he treat these students like they're inherently inferior, he actively discourages them from improving their scores. Why? Because Asano believes having someone to look down on will inspire other students to succeed.
This is terrible for the students - and for his employees. A teacher's job is to help their students succeed academically, which is impossible if their boss is trying to prevent it.Is this a terrible boss?
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Bosses who prioritize their own goals over the physical safety of their employees are already bad news, but bosses who go out of their way to ensure their employees' demise are the worst. Mayuri Kurotsuchi doesn't necessarily like killing his employees - he doesn't care if they die in the name of science. Rather than seeing his underlings as humans, he sees them as fodder for his experiments.
This leads to Kurotsuchi turning his subordinates into bombs (without getting permission or even telling them ahead of time) to help him apprehend Uryū Ishida and Orihime Inoue, whom he wanted for his unethical experimentation.Is this a terrible boss?
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A halfway decent boss doesn't have to kidnap, coerce, or brainwash their employees to gain their support. Instead of seeking out people who believe in his cause - which involves achieving immortality to learn every jutsu in existence - Orochimaru rounds up orphans and brainwashes them into cooperating with him. He has no problem killing his minions or using them as experimental fodder if it's convenient for him.
Kabuto Yakushi, who is significantly smarter than his superior, is the only underling with genuine loyalty toward Orochimaru. Yakushi is far more capable of designing and carrying out experiments with tangible results. Orochimaru is pointlessly brutal, wildly unethical, and just plain inept at managing people.Is this a terrible boss?