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I've got 6 bullets in this gun, which means I can shoot all of you twice just like that bastard Pellitt if I really wanted to, but I'm not gonna do that. I've got a better idea. I'm gonna tell the cops that you killed Pellitt, and when I found out, you tried to kill me to shut me up.
~ Harken planning the demise of Nick, Dale and Kurt

David Harken is the main antagonist of the 2011 comedy film Horrible Bosses and a minor antagonist/anti-hero in its sequel Horrible Bosses 2. He is played by Kevin Spacey, who famously voiced Hopper and portrayed Lex Luthor and Frank Underwood.


Horrible Bosses

Nick Hendricks hopes for a promotion at ComniDyne where he worked an unspecified job (that provided middle income) for 8 years; however, Harken verbally abuses him for being only 2 minutes late and considers him a alcoholic for having taken a Scottish alcoholic drink at 8 in the morning, (which Harken actually forced Nick to drink, just "cause").

Harken promotes himself, after months of hinting that was going to be Nick's promotion, upsetting Nick badly since he worked 8 years in a low, demeaning position to become Senior Vice President, but it has been all for nothing.

Later at a bar, Nick (jokingly) encourages on murdering his boss along with his friends Dale and Kurt, both of whom have terrible bosses themselves.

During their attempt, Harken finds Bobby Pellett's (Kurt's boss) phone under his wife Rhonda's bed since Nick dropped the phone sneaking into Harken's house after they sneak in earlier. Suspecting that his wife is cheating on him, Harken drives to Pellitt's house, hands him the phone, and shoots him twice, but Nick secretly witnessed this even, and understandably "freaks the hell out" and speeds away from the area.

However, the film later proves that Harken's wife actually does cheat on him, having sucked Kurt's penis in the bathroom despite not even knowing Kurt.

Nick, Dale, and Kurt attempt to get Harken to confess his actions, which he openly does at his surprise birthday party but threatens to kill the three. After a car chase, Harken finally catches up to the trio.

After confronting them, Harken shoots himself in the leg just as the police arrive, framing them. However, Gregory, Kurt's car operator, had recorded Harken's plot before the police's arrival. Harken is arrested for the murder of Bobby Pellett and his three attempted murders. He is subsequently convicted on all charges and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Horrible Bosses 2

Nick, Kurt and Dale visit a now-bearded Harken in prison (mimicking Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs), where he gives them some "advice", ridiculing Nick and his friends for having chosen to start their own company without knowing anything about how to avoid scams and resulting financial ruin from the movie's new main antagonists Bert Hanson and Rex Hanson.

In the aftermath, their business goes into foreclosure, but is subsequently purchased by Harken in prison, who allows the three of them to stay employed, but not without further insulting them for "giving him good news".


  • Though Harken, Julia and Pellitt served as threats to Nick, Dale and Kurt respectively, Harken turned out to be the true main antagonist overall because he had bigger plans than anyone else.