->''"Now, you've got a corpse in a car, [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace minus a head]], in a garage. Take me to it."''
-->-- '''[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Wolf]]''', ''Film/PulpFiction''

A character or team, usually affiliated to TheMafia, TheMenInBlack, or TheMasquerade, who specialize in crime-scene cleanup and/or [[DisposingOfABody body disposal]].

Not to be confused with legitimate crime scene cleaners, who only work to make a place livable after the police have already collected evidence; this trope is about covering up the evidence of what's happened.

These are the guys behind ItWasHereISwear. They'll frequently refer to themselves as "[[FluffyTheTerrible The Cleaner(s)]]". Not, however, to be confused with TheFixer, which is something entirely different.

Compare MemoryWipingCrew, who do similar things for evidence that is psychological rather than physical.

Not related to the AlmightyJanitor.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Sawyer the Cleaner from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is a cleaner who moonlights as an assassin when she needs to. Not nearly as subtle as most Cleaners on this page, particularly given her [[ChainsawGood weapon of choice]]; but then again, [[WretchedHive Roanapur]] doesn't really care that people die.
** It seems to be more a case of 'don't leave bodies lying around, its bad form to not clean up after yourself.'. The police chief seems more bothered about the commotion that criminals cause than the crimes themselves.
** She does however also do regular proper cleanup work together with some other cleaners. However mistakes like leaving the matress a decomposing bodies has beeen lying on, can still occur.
* Though, given it was a civil war where both sides felt the other were illegitimate and his side won and wrote history, it is slightly debatable as 'crime scene,' [[FalseFriend Iizuka]] was this for [[RurouniKenshin Kenshin]] for pretty much his whole assassin career. (Roughly ages fourteen to sixteen.) Once he switched to 'free swordsman and general rearguard' he didn't need one anymore, which is good, [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves because...]]
* ''GunslingerGirl'' - Bruno, a PunchClockVillain [[VillainsOutShopping with a loving family]] whose job it is to dispose of the victims and stolen cars of the Pandina terrorist organization. Captain Raballo makes a call for a "garbage truck" to dispose of the bodies of two subway hooligans killed by his cyborg in a training exercise.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** One of the tasks for the ANBU, sort of a special ops sect of ninja making them EliteMooks amongst EliteMooks, is properly disposing of their clan's corpses, since if dead ninja were to be studied by enemy clans their special clan specific jutsu might be turned against their homeland.
** Hunter ninja of the Hidden Mist village. The first we meet is aged about twelve, and his introduction shows him pulling out his knives, seemingly in order to dismantle a Mist ninja.
** Zetsu of the Akatsuki, who is sent to eat the bodies of fallen Akatsuki.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Butcher Joyce from ''ComicBook/TheDarkness''.
* One-shot Franchise/{{Batman}} villain the Eraser, who specialised in making the evidence of others' crime disappear.
* An especially disturbing version turned up in ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'' comic, with plenty of Gorn-y detail on what goes into dismembering a corpse for disposal.
* Marvel's various ''ComicBook/DamageControl'' limited series were about the wacky misadventures of a CleanupCrew. Their job was to clean up the aftermath of the various (and numerous) super-battles in the MarvelUniverse; HilarityEnsues when abandoned bits of AppliedPhlebotinum are picked up, superweapons are accidentally activated, and super-villains won't pay their bills. Averts this trope throughout, despite being (at various times) co-owned by The Kingpin and a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* Jimmy Natale, the sixth Vulture from ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', used be one of these, but got tired of cleaning up sloppy mistakes. He found someone with the technology to manufacture supervillains and approached his bosses with the idea of creating their own Vulture to "[[YouHaveFailedMe thin the herd]]" and discourage screw-ups. Unfortunately, he failed to notice that ''he'' had all the qualities he suggested they look for. Next thing you know, he's a flying, acid-spitting monster.
* The first ''Comicbook/SinCity'' story actual depicts corrupt cops and federal agents as clean up crews. They pop up in two scenes and are promptly beaten down by the protagonist.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* The forensics department of [[NGOSuperpower The Company]] in ''FanFic/TheReturn'' which exists to maintain TheMasquerade and clean up leftover demon parts and patch up the landscapes.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} expects a cleanup crew when he discovers the bodies of [[spoiler: John Hartigan and the Yelow Bastard]] in ''FanFic/ADarkKnightOverSinCity''. They arrive a few moments later, interrupting his fight with Kevin.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7957228/1/ Who Needs Obliviators? ]], a oneshot, addresses one of the various possible ways to "clean up" a scene of magic in the Harry Potter universe.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Nikita}}'' is the TropeCodifier, with Jean Reno playing Victor the cleaner -- a ruthless ImplacableMan feared even by the trained killers of the agency. He not only disposes of the bodies in the bathtub with acid (while they're still alive, much to his annoyance) but forces Nikita to carry out the original mission.
* Harvey Keitel plays "Victor" in ''Film/PointOfNoReturn'', the [[ForeignRemake English-language remake]] of ''La Femme Nikita''.
* Harvey Keitel plays the much more genteel Winston Wolf in ''Film/PulpFiction''. Wolf takes charge and "solves problems," including corpse disposal.
* ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''. After the protagonist reports a CIA station has been attacked and his friends murdered, a CIA team (driving a cleaning truck, and carrying buckets and mops) turns up to investigate and presumably dispose of the evidence.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'' has a possible variation where Michael and co "offer" to clean up after their own frame job on a politician, who was drugged and left in a hotel room with a DisposableSexWorker. The idea is that he'll owe them a favour, and thus be in their pocket.
* ''TheBoondockSaints'' kill a villain who was broadly similar, in that he was a hit man but did his own, highly clinical clean up as he went along. Rocco, who dealt with the guy before, calls him a "sick fuck" with good reason.
-->'''Rocco:''' This guy takes out a whole family -- wife, kids, everyone -- like he's ordering a fucking pizza.
* The ''Film/MenInBlack'' have "Special Services", members of the [=MIB=] organization who clean up evidence of aliens to prevent the general public from learning about their existence. They appear after (a) Mikey is killed, (b) J and K examine the dead alien in the morgue and (c) the Bug escapes from the jewelry store.
* ''Film/{{Munich}}''. Carl, the most experienced member of the group, works as "sweeper" -- his job is to remove any evidence (such as cartridge cases, though not bodies because the hits are made publicly) left behind by the Mossad hit team. "The Group" also carries out this function, usually by paying a lot more money to someone already in that profession, e.g. a gravedigger would be paid to dig a hole, put a body in it and keep his mouth shut.
* [[AlienInvasion Aliens carrying out an Infiltration-style invasion]] find these people very useful. Check out the garbagemen in ''InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' (1978) and the gardeners in ''The Arrival'' (1996); the latter also double as a hit squad who either MakeItLookLikeAnAccident or 'vanish' the evidence with AppliedPhlebotinum.
* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'': Alexander Corvinus leads a group of men, appropriately called The Cleaners, who cover up the evidence of lycans and vampires. They collect bodies, destroy evidence, and bribe eyewitnesses into staying silent. It's explicitly mentioned that they don't kill to cover it up. [[spoiler: They are all killed by Marcus in Evolution, [[BrokenMasquerade which is what probably led to humans learning of the existence of lycans and vampires in Awakening]]]]. The novelization explains that all of them come from special forces all over the world.
* ''Film/DesertHeat'' has a one-man Cleanup Crew to dispose of bodies by encasing them in Saran Wrap and then dumping them into a canyon.
* ''The Shadow Conspiracy'' (1997). A household cleaning crew for a company called A Tidy Job turn up to dispose of the bodies left by a killer who murders several people in the opening scene.
* The reason [[PoliceAreUseless the police never get involved]] in the events of ''Film/BurnAfterReading'' is that the CIA are observing everything from afar, [[IdiotPlot confused as to what's happening]] but worried that it ''might'' be a matter of national security. They're repeatedly forced to dispose of bodies before the police can find them and make everything uncomfortably public.
* In ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit'', Ryan has a close-call with an assassin in his hotel room after arriving in Moscow, which results in quite a bit of damage. He calls the CIA team monitoring him, who instruct him to leave for a few hours. Once Ryan returns, he finds the body has been removed and everything in the room has been restored, even the bullet holes in the door and the smashed bidet.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''{{Duumvirate}}'', by necessity, is chock-full of these. There is always a cleanup crew. Always.
* In the MercyThompson novels by Patricia Briggs, most werewolf packs retain the services of a witch to clean up their messes.
* In the Creator/StephenKing novel ''{{Firestarter}}'' the hero muses that these people must have showed up at his home shortly after he found the dead body of his wife (murdered by a sinister GovernmentAgencyOfFiction) and then left his home forever to chase after his powerfully pyrokinetic daughter (kidnapped by the aforementioned sinister GovernmentAgencyOfFiction).
* The Ministry of Magic in ''Literature/HarryPotter''; if there's a break in the Masquerade they'll swoop in to hide all evidence and wipe the memories of any muggles. An anecdote in the tie-in novel 'Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem' also shows that civilians will get in on the act, and did so when a dragon attacked a muggle beach.
* In Creator/MarkGatiss' Lucifer Box novels, [[TheMenInBlack The RA]] continues the theme of janitorial euphemisms by calling its cleanup crews "Domestics".
* To protect TheMasquerade, characters in the ''YoungWizards'' series have been known to patch up disaster areas by using timeslides, at least once replacing an entire town with a version from an alternate reality [[RetGone where the damage never happened]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Mike, the BaldOfAwesome associate of Gus in ''Series/BreakingBad'' often serves practical purposes such as this, but it's Walter himself who knows the proper chemistry to completely dissolve a human body. When Mike learns that Walter is capable of this, he starts bringing bodies back to Walt's lab for disposal.
* ''{{Moonlight}}'' had a character like this for the vampires to help maintain the {{Masquerade}}.
* Eliot pretends to be this twice in ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', both times to scare a mark into panicking and doing something stupid.
* The Centre in ''ThePretender'' had "Cleaners" and "Sweepers": Sweepers seemed to be low-level {{mooks}} who cleared the bodies out after a shootout. Cleaners seemed to be active assassins who were sent in to eliminate threats. Interestingly enough, two of the main females on the show - Miss Parker and Brigitte - were at one time Cleaners.
* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', like [[Series/LaFemmeNikita its predecessor]] has Cleaners, who kill and dispose of bodies on Division's orders, but it also has Reapers, Cleaners meant to deal with Division personnel. In episode 6, we learn that [[spoiler: Owen was once a Reaper, and one of his assignments was the murder of Nikita's fiance.]]
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had the supernatural Cleaners who were powered by holy & evil together to keep magic a secret. After TheMasquerade was instated after the Salem Witch Trials the Charmed ones caused so many breaches they had to be created.
* The [[TheManFromUNCLE United Network Command for Law and Enforcement]] apparently had insurance to cover any collateral damage done in the course of an 'Affair'. In one novelization Napoleon offers a dismayed homeowner a card for UNCLE's special insurance adjusters.
* Creator/StephenKing played one in a guest spot on ''SonsOfAnarchy''.
* ''{{Chuck}}'' has {{CIA}} cleanup teams, posing as firemen, clearing up the aftermath of firefights and the like.
* In one of the third season episodes of ''BurnNotice'', Michael was tasked with following a cleaner for a group thieves. Said cleaner used explosives to clean the crime scene.
* Near the end of Season 2 of ''Series/TheWire'' there's a scene that cuts between a cleanup crew working for The Greek furiously cleaning up a location, (washing heroin and coke down a drainage system with a hose, shredding documents and then taking big bags full of those shreds to dispose of elsewhere, etc.) and cops furiously typing up warrants to search that location. [[spoiler:By the time the cops get there, everything is gone.]]
* Season 2 of ''Series/{{Haven}}'' introduces [[Wrestling/{{Edge}} Dwight Hendrickson]], a Cleaner who tidies up Trouble related crimes and disasters to keep TheMasquerade.
* In ''Series/{{Helix}}'' this is {{Implied|Trope}} in "274", when CDC veterinary pathologist Doreen and her army liaison Major Balleseros are convinced that one of these has made off with Doreen's dissected monkey corpse, which she's been using to determine the nature of TheVirus outbreak in the private research facility they've been sent to. They suspect the facility's lead scientist, Dr. Hatake, sent a crew to prevent her from discerning the SyntheticPlague's nature, particularly since her necropsy lab appears to have been scrubbed with formaldehyde.
* These have shown up in ''Series/TheBlacklist'' on at least one occasion. The most notable example being The Stewmaker.
* Olivia Pope and Associates have acted as one of these in at least one instance on ''Series/{{Scandal}}''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Somewhere in the ''TabletopGame/ConspiracyX'' game's supplements there's a mention of cleaners that Aegis {{PC}}'s can summon to cover up a mess they've left behind.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement ''Den of Thieves''. Thieves Guild enforcers sometimes act as "cleaners", removing evidence and bodies from a crime scene.
* The NewWorldOfDarkness tends to have one or two groups per species of supernatural with the job description "Protect TheMasquerade".
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In Creator/MartinMcDonagh's play ''TheLieutenantOfInishmore'', Padraic and Mairead force Donny and Davey (his father and her brother, respectively) to "get chopping" on the three people they've just killed-- or else the CleanupCrew will be the next to die. [[BloodyHilarious Oh, and it's a comedy.]]
* In Creator/HaroldPinter's play ''TheDumbWaiter'', two hitmen discuss what happens after they have done their work and left the scene. They come to the conclusion that their organization must have a CleanupCrew that they have never seen.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The cleaners in ''MaxPayne2'' (Mafia-type cleaners who [[JanitorImpersonationInfiltration masquerade as janitor-type cleaners]] -- somebody high up has a sense of humor).
-->'''Cleaner:''' Kaufman's waiting in the van. The hardware's been bagged. Soon as the guys get Jackie Brown in there taken care of, we're done.
-->'''Cleaner 2:''' Okay, I'll round up the crew, make sure the clean-up's done: bodies, blood, prints, hair, mags, empty brass... When we're out of here, there won't be a shred of evidence for the cops to find. Just a ghost story.
* ''{{Killer7}}'': Garcian Smith calls himself a cleaner. Indeed, his job, when one of the personae has been killed in game, is to "clean" up their remains by retrieving what is essentially their head wrapped up in a brown paper bag...then he can resurrect them with the use of a TV in Harman's Room.
* ''NoMoreHeroes'': At the end of every Assassin Session, men appear and start spraying a dissolving foam that scrubs the blood and bits of whatever's left of Travis Touchdown's carnage completely away.
* One of the three paths available to anyone unfortunate enough to play VideoGame/ResidentEvilSurvivor involves taking on an army of pseudo-human soldiers dispatched by Umbrella to destroy all evidence of the game's events. Tragically they fail to expunge the game itself from everyone's collective memory.
** They even evaporate on death, equipment and all. Very convenient for an army whose every action must be deniable.
** ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilOperationRaccoonCity Operation: Raccoon City]]'' introduces the Wolfpack, another Umbrella-sponsored group of mercs who's primary mission in said game is to destroy any and all evidence that could expose Umbrella's instigating of the Raccoon City viral outbreak. It also means killing any and all witnesses they find, up to and including police officers and even series main characters if the player so chooses.
* You play as these guys in VisceraCleanupDetail, [[{{Tagline}} the space station janitor simulator]]. (Oddly enough, only one of the levels is clearly on a space station, the rest are the aftermath of scenes from a generic scifi-horror games/movies). Your job includes cleaning up bodies, [[LudicrousGibs gibs]], [[PaintTheTownRed bloodstains]], [[SpentShellsShower shell casings]], and fixing bullet holes in the walls. Essentially make the place look like a massive mutant-on-marine fight didn't occur, and ready for reopening for operation.
** There's also released DLC that places you in the cleanup detail for a temple in the new [[ShadowWarrior2013 Shadow Warrior]] and the workshop from Santa's Rampage.

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' Season 3 Episode 13 features The Cleaner who looks like Mr. Clean.
* ''TheFairlyOddParents'' has "Big Daddy", who handles the [[ItsAllTrash junk biz]] in fairyland. He even boasts about it in his card:
-->'''Big Daddy's card''': [[AlmightyJanitor Garbage]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Incorporated]]. We make your trash and your problems disappear, if you know what I mean.
* The Plumbers in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' were essentially the frontline equivalent of TheMenInBlack. Same suppressing function, a lot more wet work.
* ''{{Archer}}'''s Dr. Krieger is very good at disposing of bodies, and it's implied he likes it [[NightmareFetishist a little too much.]]
-->'''Lana''': Is Krieger hard at work?
-->'''Archer''': He [[DoubleEntendre literally]] [[RagingStiffie might be]].
-->'''Lana''': Ew.
** One episode reveals that [[spoiler:Malory has used ISIS this way after killing the Italian prime minister]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* "The service" in ''InterviewingLeather'' took care of this kind of thing for villains such as Leather.
* Often mentioned offhandedly or indirectly in the Wiki/SCPFoundation.
* RedVsBlue has Recovery Agents, they go after dead Freelancers, take their equipment and blow the body up.
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