In the United States, the first Monday in September is designated Labor Day, a holiday to celebrate the contributions of the working class, and also my favorite secondary holiday.  Having worked for a whole lot of jerks in my time, I can tell you that it is possible to be successful even when your immediate overseers are malicious, corrupt, incompetent or inattentive, a situation that makes me happy to have the chance to work at Major Spoilers.  The Robot Overlord may have a history of disintegrations, but he’s pretty consistent in his iron-fisted rule, and doesn’t even mind that I routinely misuse “it’s” for “its.”  Still, fiction is full of examples of people it’d be great to work for: Bruce Wayne, who overpays and doesn’t have time for employee reviews; Reed Richards, as long as you watch out for the times where the Baxter Building is rocketed into space; The Shadow, so long as you’re good with periodic mind-wiping, all of which leads us to today’s bank holiday query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would have picked the option to work for Tony Stark, if only his company didn’t fail every fifteen issues, asking: What fictional character do you think would make the perfect boss?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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5 Comments

  1. September 1, 2014 at 11:37 am — Reply

    Jabba the Hutt. Ruthless, efficient and with plenty of dancing girls!

    No, I’d have to go with Garak from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Work wouldn’t seem like work when you get to listen to his fantastical stories (even if they don’t have a speck of truth).

    • September 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm — Reply

      Plus, those scary snake eyes, which the actor has in real life, no less…

  2. September 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm — Reply

    I think Braniac 5 would be a good one. He’d base every decision on logic, would cut the favoritism based on whatever social hierarchy bullcrap, judging everyone fairly and hes super duper smart, so he would also make very few mistakes.

  3. Neckbeard
    September 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm — Reply

    Following Alisha’s comment with another Star Wars character, I think Darth Vader would be a great boss. Force-choking everyone to a better tomorrow.

    • September 1, 2014 at 2:45 pm — Reply

      Actually, I almost chose Vader. There were a few instances in the EU (both comics and novels) that showed he rewarded loyalty to those who served him. There was a character (name I can’t recall off the top of my head) that was seriously injured under Vader’s command that Vader made sure he and his family were well taken care of (The Emperor, on the other hand, wanted to clone the man to exploit his loyalty), and his grandson later mentioned it to Ben Skywalker while they served together in the Galactic Alliance Guard.

      Considering the number of people under Vader’s command through the Empire, the chances of getting Force choked are probably pretty slim.

      And…
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jdQqjcsfC8

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