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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}}''
19th May '16 1:01:11 PM erforce
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* Ceasar from ''Film/MouseHunt'', played by Creator/ChristopherWalken of all people. He has an almost supernatural intuition to pests, and maintains an overly dramatic log report about his work. [[spoiler:Eventually he gets DrivenToMadness by the mouse he's trying to catch.]]
* The protagonist from ''Film/NakedLunch'', making this TruthInTelevision in the case of Creator/WilliamSBurroughs. He is chronically addicted to the bug powder he uses in his line of work as a poor man's drug, and even gets his wife hooked on to the stuff.
* The first ''Film/MenInBlack'' movie gives us Ed, who is a pretty normal fella (or as normal as someone played by Vincent D'Onofrio can be...) until a giant bug from outer space uses his body as disguise and steals an exterminator's van, giving us quite a bit of this vibe.
* John Goodman's character Delbert [=McClintock=] in ''Film/{{Arachnophobia}}'' has various quirks, but seems like a nice guy. He also has a bit of an inflated opinion of himself, but he does come in handy [[spoiler:when he kills most of the drone spiders at the end.]]



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

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* John Goodman's character Delbert [=McClintock=] in ''Film/{{Arachnophobia}}'' has various quirks, but seems like a nice guy. He also has a bit of an inflated opinion of himself, but he does come in handy [[spoiler:when he kills most of the drone spiders at the end.]]
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''Mostly'' averted by the protagonist Alex in ''Film/BigAssSpider''.''Film/BigAssSpider''.
* ''Film/FoodOfTheGods2'' gives us two: Jacques and Louis from Rat-A-Tak Pest Control. Complete with their own theme music.



* ''Film/FoodOfTheGods2'' gives us two: Jacques and Louis from Rat-A-Tak Pest Control. Complete with their own theme music.

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* ''Film/FoodOfTheGods2'' The first ''Film/MenInBlack'' movie gives us two: Jacques and Louis Ed, who is a pretty normal fella (or as normal as someone played by Vincent D'Onofrio can be...) until a giant bug from Rat-A-Tak Pest Control. Complete with their own theme music.
outer space uses his body as disguise and steals an exterminator's van, giving us quite a bit of this vibe.
* Ceasar from ''Film/MouseHunt'', played by Creator/ChristopherWalken of all people. He has an almost supernatural intuition to pests, and maintains an overly dramatic log report about his work. [[spoiler:Eventually he gets DrivenToMadness by the mouse he's trying to catch.]]
* The protagonist from ''Film/NakedLunch'', making this TruthInTelevision in the case of Creator/WilliamSBurroughs. He is chronically addicted to the bug powder he uses in his line of work as a poor man's drug, and even gets his wife hooked on to the stuff.
7th Apr '16 7:40:45 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.]]
4th Feb '16 3:34:32 PM tdf4638
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In RealLife, practicioners 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 conductive 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]].

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In RealLife, practicioners 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 conductive 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]].
23rd Mar '15 10:44:35 AM TheUnsquished
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* Carl, the guy Gabe in ''PennyArcade'' calls in to deal with his rat problem, who ends up [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/05/21 taming a deep crow]].

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* Carl, the guy Gabe in ''PennyArcade'' ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' calls in to deal with his rat problem, who ends up [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/05/21 taming a deep crow]].
9th Sep '14 9:14:39 AM Jarl
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* Vasily Fet of ''Series/TheStrain'' works for the NYC Health Department, and treats his job with a swagger-and-badge attitude more befitting a homicide detective in a 90s action movie. Fittingly, when the vampire apocalypse begins, that turns out to be an apt description.
5th Jun '14 3:23:34 PM Kooshmeister
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* ''Film/FoodOfTheGods2'' gives us two: Jacques and Louis from Rat-A-Tak Pest Control. Complete with their own theme music.
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