For Labor Day: The 10 Worst Bosses in TV Cartoons

As we explained last year at this time, Labor Day really doesn't mean much down here in Texas. We'll gladly take the day off, but we don't exactly revel in the "workingman" aspect of it.

But this year we will try.

So, to get ready for the big day, we present the ten worst bosses on TV cartoons.

10. Fearless Leader Not a pleasant man to work for, as Boris Badenov and Natasha learn. Instilling abject fear into your employees won't inspire respect. Also, would it kill you to throw a compliment around once in a while?

9. The Brain Outsize ambition and ego combined with sheer incompetence gets you Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders. As long as The Brain is in charge of making plans to dominate the world, the world will remain undominated.

8. Head Elf A martinet obsessed with the dehumanizing (de-elfing?) assembly line. Fails to spot individual talent and use it to further company goals for too long. Probably a real asshole about sick days, too.

7. Cosmo Spacely We fully understand the sprocket industry is a cutthroat one, but that's no reason to take out your disappointing domestic life on your hardworking employees. Oh, and the Hitler mustache -- it's tough to pull off that look, no matter how many years it's been since WWII.

6. Sir Topham Hatt This man gets so little respect, in England he's called The Fat Controller. Which sounds like some sort of diet aid, but we think it speaks to the way he antagonizes his workers by micromanaging.

5. Dr. Benton C. Quest Okay, maybe as a boss he's fine -- Race Bannon never seems to complain about his salary or benefits package. But what kind of monstrous father drags his son and another young kid into every kind of dangerous situation available? A child-hating sadist, that's who. That's your Benton C. Quest, boss of the year.

4. Mr. Slate Another deskbound hard-ass. Plus he just doesn't have the legs for the outfits he wears.

3. Ranger Smith Seriously bipolar, the boss of Jellystone Park is completely inconsistent when it comes to dealing with his "employee" Yogi Bear. Such mixed messages can only inspire confusion and trepidation among workers. Plus, the guy's appearance seemed to seriously change every so often.

2. Scrooge McDuck A violent temper sets not a good example for employees, or youth.

1. C. Montgomery Burns You never have to worry about him skewing pious.

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