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When a scene of absolute tidiness and polish is portrayed as unnerving. Possibly also related to the creepiness of sterile settings, like hospitals, laboratories, or all those white, sterile, futuristic/sci-fi corridors. The reasons may vary. It can be relied to the fear of dehumanization, or [[SuperOCD germophobia]] if you feel that something rotten is hiding behind that smooth surface. If played well, it might lead to MindScrew.

Can be related to a NeatFreak, especially if AffablyEvil, or to a DepravedDentist. May happen if [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu Cthulhu invites you to have tea with him]] and you find out its lair is actually ''too clean''.

Sister trope of RoomFullOfCrazy and StraightEdgeEvil. See also SpringCleaningFever and AsceticAesthetic when this is a building or even ''[[EnvironmentalSymbolism setting]]'' motif.



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The replacements for women in ''Film/TheStepfordWives'', have an unhealthy obsession with being the perfect housewife and making sure their homes and gardens are pristine and perfect.
* ''Film/AmericanBeauty'': Ricky's disturbed mother apologizes for the state of her spotless home.
* Some of Stanley Kubrick's movies contain unsettling scenes set in futuristic, aseptic spaces.
** ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]'' pushes this UpToEleven
** And ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
** To a lesser degree, ''Film/TheShining''.
* Also the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' could fit this trope.
* The whole Paris/Tativille from Jacques Tati's 1967 movie ''Film/{{Playtime}}''. It doesn't create fear, but a great sense of distress.
* The alienating yet spotless scenery of Fritz Lang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''.
* Nazi architecture shown in Leni Riefenstahl's ''Film/TriumphOfTheWill'', mainly because it is HarsherInHindsight.
* The protagonist's apartment in Nanni Moretti's ''Film/{{Bianca}}'' is a good example. Especially if you consider that he has sterilized the sink, the toilet and the bathtub by setting little fires into them.
* Dr. Alan Feinstone's study in both ''Film/TheDentist'' and its sequel. The opening credits are a great example.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The Empire's ships are always spotless and shiny, emphasizing their coldness and sterility. The Alliance's are always used and lived-in. (George Lucas had fights with the unionized cleaning staff, who kept trying to clean the Alliance sets up for contractual reasons after he had them deliberately dirtied.)
%%* Sticking with Lucas, ''Film/THX1138''.
* The totalitarian architecture in ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' (which [[PuttingOnTheReich borrows much from the Third Reich]]).
* Stanley Uris's bath in the 1990 movie version of ''Literature/{{IT}}'' is perfectly clean. ''So'' clean you can easily guess [[DrivenToSuicide what is going to happen]].
* In ''Film/AmericanPsycho'', Patrick Bateman's apartment is stark white and spotlessly clean, which goes towards displaying Bateman's psychotic fixation on appearance and utter shallowness.
* In ''Film/{{Mental}}'', Nancy's house is oppresively white and clean.

* The watchmaker in Terry Pratchett's ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' has a characteristic watchmaker's love of precision but is the sadder lonelier counterpart.
* Mr. Duffy's room in ''Literature/{{Dubliners}}'' is dominated by order, cleanliness and symmetry, however it becomes creepier as you keep on reading. It stands for the protagonist's ''paralysis'', as well as the ''[[IncrediblyLamePun sterility]]'' of his own life.
* Alan Dean Foster's ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' novel ''TheDayOfTheDissonance''. An extremely neat and clean orphanage appears to be on the up and up until Mudge points out that with so many orphans present it should be more dirty. The protagonists investigate and discover [[spoiler: that the operators are puritanical religious fanatics who regularly beat the orphans.]]
** [[spoiler:Neuter them, too.]] Just to make them more docile and less likely to make messes.
* In Creator/GKChesterton's ''The Ball and the Cross'', much of the inherent wrongness of the protagonists' prison cells in connected with the fact that they are kept antiseptically clean by periodic automated cleansing.
* Applies to Margaret's house in Creator/StephenKing's novel ''Literature/{{Carrie}}.''
* Used in ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'', where clean, stark settings are associated with the dehumanizing scientists, while Faye, the artist character who is in touch with her emotions, lives in a disorderly apartment.
* In ''Letting Ana Go'', the main character begins acting obsessive-compulsively cleanly while she succumbs to anorexia. As her anorexia gets worse, her cleanliness also gets worse.
* In ''Literature/TheGodsAreBastards'', the upper layers of the dungeon known as the Crawl are disconcertingly absent of dust and cobwebs. Probably has something to do with the Crawl being an EldritchLocation.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'''s preeminent TortureTechnician Semirhage prefers to use {{Agony Beam}}s on [[ShamefulStrip Shamefully Stripped]] victims in brightly-lit, stark, sterile laboratories.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The beginning of the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "The Big Wheel" depicts the SuperOCD-afflicted killer going through his eerily over-sanitized morning routine, including wearing different slippers in different parts of the house to avoid cross-contamination. It's very, very effective.
* [[StepfordSmiler Bree]] and [[AffablyEvil Orson]] Hodge's house in ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' is always neat and clean. However, Bree cried her heart out [[NeatFreak after polishing the silverware]] [[spoiler: when she found out her first husband Rex had passed away]] and, in her spotless bathroom, she [[spoiler: was almost killed by Gloria Hodge, who had already murdered Orson's father that way]]. So, does it still look so welcoming?
** And don't forget Orson is an expert in removing stains, probably because he [[spoiler: had to wash away his mistress's blood after his mother had murdered her]].
** As a child, Bree cleaned the blood of her mother up (when she was hit by a drunk driver and was rushed of to the hospital) off the drive.
* Superhoodie's lair on ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' is the most spotlessly sterile RoomFullOfCrazy ''ever''. Not surprising, as he is revealed to be [[spoiler: Simon, who has learned to harness his creepily obsessive and [[StalkerWithACrush stalkerish]] tendencies in order to become a pretty efficient superhero.]]
* On a flashback episode of ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'', little Felix is so neat that his grandfather (played by Tony Randall) tells him: "There are two things people don't like -- a dirty old man and a clean young boy!"

* Bath Haus of [[Music/LadyGaga Gaga]] in the ''Music/BadRomance'' video.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One evil Nazi scientist NPC in ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' is described as keeping his lab exceptionally clean. Lampshaded, in that the book points out this is usually the sign of a proportionally unclean mind.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' has the Melissiadae bloodline, who are known for keeping everything so clean that you can smell the cleaning fluids. As their sanity (and [[KarmaMeter Humanity]]) decays, they slowly act more and more like insects, starting with this OCD-like behavior. The "something rotten" is the large number of mind-wiped slave "drones" they keep around.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' hits you with this when you visit Vault 112 in the course of the main plot -- compared to most of the other abandoned and dilapidated locations you've been to, the Vault seems almost too pristine and well maintained, and seems more like a tomb than a shelter. You do get to experience the "something rotten" before long, though.
* ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'', a dystopia where even the rooftops are kept clean and shining.
* 'VideoGame/{{Portal}}'':
** The first part can be considered this, making the "rat man"'s dens a sharp contrast. You eventually get to personally see the "something rotten" hiding behind the smooth surface when you go OffTheRails later in the game.
** The ruined test chambers at the start of ''VideoGame/Portal2'' might be considered a deconstruction of these.
%%* The Lost Cathedral in ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur III]]''
* Most of ''VideoGame/TheWhiteChamber'' takes place on a space station that appears to have gone halfway into [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 the Warp]], tooth-lined walls, staring eyes, and whirling blades. At the very end it reverts to normal, a pristine, white environment that's just as creepy as the previous version.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Issue #5 (The Complex) of ''Webcomic/ParticleFiction''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Among the various obsessions associated with OCD (and obsessive compulsive personality disorder, on a lesser degree), germophobia is one of the most common. The compulsion to wash themselves repeatedly and to keep their settings in absolute order and cleanliness usually cause uneasiness to other people. But they have no idea what creepiness goes on inside the sufferer's mind.