“You don’t have to be crazy to work here, but it helps!” -Not a line from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Working in this movie’s mental asylum that’s actually more like a metaphor for life basically makes you a professional oppressor and dream-crusher. And your Darth Vader-like boss who goes by the name of “Nurse Ratched” might make you WISH you worked for Darth Vader. At least Darth never goaded a beloved mental patient into suicide by shouting at him about his mother.
Here’s a field of work you might not have considered: Being a nun. In Black Narcissus, the pressures of working for the ultimate horrible boss, God Himself, are too much for one nun, who goes insane, smears on some bright-red lipstick, and tries to push one of her fellow nuns off a cliff. The last time I had a bad day at work I just whacked the vending machine extra hard.
Might as well end the list with a shocker, right? It’s safe to say you’re already familiar with Gary Cole’s performance as Bill Lumbergh, the archetypal horrible boss. He has that kind of passive-aggressive demeanor that makes you want to punch him, if not actually plot his murder. It might be better just to set fire to his office in the middle of the night, though. Especially if he stole your stapler.