|“||WHYYYYYY WEREN'T YOU AT ELF PRACTICE!?||”|
— The Boss Elf's most famous line
The Boss Elf (also known as the Elf Foreman) is a character from the Rankin/Bass television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He is the foreman of Santa Claus's team of elves who wears a goatee styled to resemble popular songleader Mitch Miller. He is outraged at Hermey's persistent disruption of the assembly line with his dentistry studies, refuses to give Hermey a break from working on toys because of his behavior, and threatens to fire him. The Boss Elf also conducts the elves in their song for Santa, "We Are Santa's Elves," a tune which Santa finds annoying. Towards the end of the special, he finally grants Hermey's wish and allows him to open a dentist's office, which proves fortunate as he then complains of a toothache and needs the aid of Hermey to treat it.
Interestingly enough, when the Boss Elf appears in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, he says in a questionable tone as to whether or not Hermey is a dentist, almost as if the two of them had never had their conversation at the end of the original film.