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3rd Jun '18 12:14:52 PM EDP
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* Some show up once in a while in ''ComicBook/DylanDog'', usually to deal with immense infestations. The strangest are the two cockroach exterminators that turned out to be [[spoiler:thousand of ''sentient cockroaches in hazmat suits'']].[[/folder]]
3rd Jun '18 12:11:57 PM EDP
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* Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin is a rat-catcher, a very competent one-and [[MagicalFlutist uses magic for the job]]. [[DisproportionateRetribution He's also very vindicative]].
26th Mar '18 11:27:50 AM mlsmithca
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* ''Series/WhosLineIsItAnyway'': A couple of times in the "Scenes From A Hat" segment, the comedians were asked to be exterminators with weird gimmicks like interrogating the home owner in GoodCopBadCop fashion about the infestation.

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* ''Series/WhosLineIsItAnyway'': ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'': A couple of times in the "Scenes From A Hat" segment, the comedians were asked to be exterminators with weird gimmicks like interrogating the home owner in GoodCopBadCop fashion about the infestation.infestation.
* In ''Series/TheGoodLife'' episode "Whose Fleas Are These?", an outbreak of fleas at the Good house is treated by professional pest expert P.V. Bulstrode, who loves his work so much that Tom and Barbara find him a bit unsettling. He gains entry to the Good house by pretending to be an encyclopaedia salesman who would particularly like to draw Tom's attention to the entries under "F" for "fleas", explaining that his customers find it less embarrassing for the neighbours to overhear, and proudly declares that his family have been in the "infestation" business since the bubonic plague was sweeping across Britain.[[note]] Whether this was the plague in the 1340s or the 1660s is not specified.[[/note]]
15th Mar '18 3:13:37 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Series/WhosLineIsItAnyway'': A couple of times in the "Scenes From A Hat" segment, the comedians were asked to be exterminators with weird gimmicks like interrogating the home owner in GoodCopBadCop fashion about the infestation.
15th Mar '18 3:10:44 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ''ComicBook/TheExterminators'' is a Vertigo comic book with an entire cast of eccentric exterminators.

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* ''ComicBook/TheExterminators'' is a Vertigo comic book with an entire cast of eccentric exterminators. As in using the chemical fumes to get high and some ''really'' weird sex drives.



%%* ''Mostly'' averted by the protagonist Alex in ''Film/BigAssSpider''.

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%%* * ''Mostly'' averted by the protagonist Alex in ''Film/BigAssSpider''.''Film/BigAssSpider''. He's obsessed with pests of all kinds to the point he can rattle off information about them in the blink of an eye, but is pretty professional regardless.



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%%* * Dale Gribble from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''.''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. If we consider being a ConspiracyTheorist "eccentric". He makes mention of doing stuff in order to be a more efficient exterminator like doing his own chemical mixes at home. At one point he quits the exterminator job and becomes an office drone (with a specialty of being the company's firing guy), but a cockroach infestation not only gives him the exhilaration he needs to go back to exterminating, he kills the bugs ''by crawling through the air vents and crushing them all with his body''.
15th Mar '18 11:13:18 AM StFan
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* Dale Gribble from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''.
* The pest control guy from ''WesternAnimation/TheItsyBitsySpider'' animated series.

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31st Oct '17 11:30:33 AM ElSquibbonator
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In RealLife, practitioners of pest control are usually like any professional who practices a job, but such is not the case in fiction land. Perhaps it is the sinister nature of the job, or the fact that it's not a job conducive to making friendships, but there's something in the image of the exterminator that has turned it from quirky to [[HumansAreCthulhu living Cthulhu of the pests]].

See also EgomaniacHunter.

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In RealLife, practitioners of pest control are usually like any professional who practices a job, but such is not the case in fiction land. fiction. Perhaps it is the sinister nature of the job, or the fact that it's not a job conducive to making friendships, but there's something in the image of the exterminator that has turned it from quirky to [[HumansAreCthulhu living Cthulhu of the pests]].

See also EgomaniacHunter.
pests]].
Therefore, exterminators in fiction are often portrayed as sadistic or unstable individuals who enjoy killing animals. They might give an EvilLaugh while fumigating a house for insects, or drive around in a truck with a giant sculpture of a dead bug on top. In short, they're the slightly more eccentric and benign version of the EgomaniacHunter. They're usually PlayedForLaughs, because [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute insects and rats aren't typically considered "cute"]] and therefore the idea of them being killed in over-the-top ways is still considered funny.
9th May '17 9:51:54 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The Orkin Man is depicted this way in a few comercials, like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzg3mCJpbG4 this one in 1992]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4-e_tDW6Bw&nohtml5=False this one in 1998.]]

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* The Orkin Man is depicted this way in a few comercials, like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzg3mCJpbG4 com/watch?v=QDipCSWPm8k&nohtml5=False this one in 1992]], 1990]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4-e_tDW6Bw&nohtml5=False this one in 1998.]]
9th May '17 9:50:12 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Terminix too, taking their job ''very'' seriously in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON4PPJ9n2jA this 2017 commercial]].
23rd Jun '16 3:23:24 AM gewunomox
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* LittleRichard plays one in a episode of ''Series/{{Martin}}''

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* LittleRichard Music/LittleRichard plays one in a episode of ''Series/{{Martin}}''
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