Created By: Maxmordon on October 12, 2010 Last Edited By: Maxmordon on October 21, 2010
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Eccentric Exterminator

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In Real Life, practicioners of pest control are usually like everyone who practices a job, but this is not the case in fiction land, perhaps is its sinister nature or the fact is not one job one makes lots of friends, but there's something in the image of the exterminator that has turned it from quirky to living Cthulhu of the insects.


Examples:

  • Ceasar from MouseHunt, played from all people by Christopher Walken.
  • Dale Gribble from King of the Hill.
  • The protagonist from Naked Lunch, making this Truth in Television in the case of William S. Burroughs.
  • While not exactly an example. The first Men in Black movie gives us Ed, which is a pretty normal fella (or as normal as someone played by Vincent D'Onofrio can be...) until a bug from outer space uses his body as disguise and steals an exterminator's van, giving us quite a bit this vibe.
  • The Exterminators is a Vertigo comic book with an entire cast of eccentric exterminators.
  • The men who get stuck killing rats in Stephen King's Night Crew would qualify.
  • John Goodman's character Delbert Mc Clintock in Arachnophobi definitely qualifies. Acts like he's the greatest thing ever, even though he really doesn't help a whole lot, as I recall.
  • In the Dexter season five episode "Hello, Bandit" the titular Dexter tracks down an exterminator who is also a serial killer.
  • The one from Over the Hedge.
  • Real Life/Reality TV example: A&E's Billy The Exterminator. Besides dressing in goth clothing as a substitute for more practical protection, he is perpetually excited about pretty much everything.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • October 12, 2010
    randomsurfer
    John Goodman in Arachnophobia? Must admit I've never seen it.

    I ass/u/me that the misspelling of Eccentric is on purpose?
  • October 12, 2010
    Pickly
  • October 14, 2010
    Maxmordon
    Sorry about the misspelling, English is not my first language. It's fixed now.
  • October 14, 2010
    Impr3ssion
    • The Exterminators is a Vertigo comic book with an entire cast of eccentric exterminators.

    • The men who get stuck killing rats in Stephen King's Night Crew would qualify.
  • October 14, 2010
    TooBah
    Yes, John Goodman's character Delbert Mc Clintock in Arachnophobia definitely qualifies. Acts like he's the greatest thing ever, even though he really doesn't help a whole lot, as I recall.
  • October 14, 2010
    BlackWolfe
    Telling an alien "you can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands" is normal?
  • October 14, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    • In the Dexter season five episode "Hello, Bandit" the titular Dexter tracks down an exterminator who is also a serial killer.

  • October 15, 2010
    Arivne
    @Maxmordon/OP: In Men In Black Edgar was not an exterminator. After the Bug killed Edgar and took his skin to act as an "Edgar suit", he met an exterminator and killed him by jamming a tube that sprayed insecticide down his throat.
  • October 15, 2010
    BlackWolfe
    That's right, that's right. Actually, he's pretty normal. OTOH, since bug!Edgar drives around in the exterminator's van (with his UFO crammed into the back of it), he comes off as one...
  • October 15, 2010
    Frank75
    The guy from Over The Hedge (the movie)
  • October 16, 2010
    Rhatahema
    Real Life/Reality TV example: A&E's Billy The Exterminator. Besides dressing in goth clothing as a substitute for more practical protection, he is perpetually excited about pretty much everything.
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