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The 10 worst bosses from film and TV

By Steve Tobak, Special for CNN
updated 1:06 AM EDT, Fri June 14, 2013
Darth Vader I could live with. At least you knew where you stood with him. Not Jabba. One minute you're a trusted member of the gang, the next minute he flips a switch and you're down in the pit with a blood-thirsty <a href='http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Rancor' target='_blank'>Rancor</a>. I had a CEO who was just like that. Darth Vader I could live with. At least you knew where you stood with him. Not Jabba. One minute you're a trusted member of the gang, the next minute he flips a switch and you're down in the pit with a blood-thirsty Rancor. I had a CEO who was just like that.
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Jabba the Hutt, 'Star Wars: Return of the Jedi'
John Milton, 'The Devil's Advocate'
Gregory House, 'House'
Buddy Ackerman, 'Swimming with Sharks'
Carter Pewterschmidt, 'Family Guy'
Joe Carroll, 'The Following'
Frank Cross, 'Scrooged'
Bob Kelso, 'Scrubs'
John Ammer, 'Click'
Auric Goldfinger, 'Goldfinger'
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 10 of the worst movie or TV bosses
  • Bad on-screen bosses are often ones that remind people of real life
  • Horrible bosses are depicted in classic sci-fi movies like 'Star Wars' and TV shows like 'Family Guy'

Editor's note: Steve Tobak is a Silicon Valley-based management consultant, executive coach and former senior executive of the technology industry.

(CNN) -- Every so often I'll see a movie or a TV show where a boss is over-the-top bad, and it's supposed to be hilarious or terrifying.

But I've had bosses who did some of the same things in real life. Perhaps the echoes of reality is what makes these fictitious bosses stand out.

Come to think of it, I wasn't always such a great boss myself, so maybe it was just karma.

Here are some of the ones that reminded me of horrible bosses I had in real life. I know -- I probably deserved it.

Who gets your vote for the worst bosses from film and TV? Let us know in the comments, below.

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