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->''"Take away the horror of the situation. Take away the tragedy of her death. Take away all the moral and ethical considerations you've had drummed into you since childhood, and what are you left with? A 105 lb. problem."''
-->-- '''Kyle Fisher''', ''Film/VeryBadThings''

Following a death, either {{accidental|Murder}} or [[AlwaysMurder deliberate]], no matter how skilfully the responsible party covers it up, there remains the problem of disposing of the most obvious and most damning piece of evidence for the crime: the body itself. (There have been jurisdictions where no corpse means no murder.)

There are numerous popular methods for doing this:
* BurialAtSea[=/=]CementShoes, if they dump the body in a body of water;
* CarpetRolledCorpse, if they wrap it up in one to carry it away;
* CleanupCrew, if they call a professional to get rid of it for them;
* CrammingTheCoffin, if they put the body in an already occupied coffin that's due to be buried;
* DeadMansChest, if they hide it in a handy crate ([[HumanPopsicle or freezer]], or [[PunkInTheTrunk boot of their car]]);
* EatTheEvidence, if they [[ImAHumanitarian eat it]] / [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies feed it to others]];
* FedToPigs is one especially common and nightmarish way;
* HollywoodAcid, if they dissolve the body or parts thereof in some kind of corrosive chemical;
* VikingFuneral if they burn it on a pyre;

A common way to indicate that a bad guy is not to be messed with is if they have an original and well-thought-through method in place to entirely obliterate a human body if needed. This indicates either that they're CrazyPrepared, or that it's something they frequently find themselves having to do.

Pretty much any action movie with a significant body count won't even bother with this trope; the exception is if it's supposed to be taking place under TheMasquerade, in which case TheMenInBlack may send in a CleanupCrew to do the job.

See BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie, in which any post-mortem hijinks are the direct request of the deceased, and OfCorpseHesAlive, when someone tries to pretend a dead body... isn't.

!!'''This is a DeathTrope; spoilers ahoy.'''



* A Doritos ad has a man see his dog burying something, which he quickly recognizes as the family cat's collar. Then the dog is up in his face, growling, and pushes a bag of Doritos with a note reading "You didn't see ''nuthin''" towards him. At the end of the ad, we hear the man's wife asking "Have you seen the cat?"; the man looks up and sees the dog, outside the door, [[RefugeInAudacity another bag of Doritos in his mouth]].

[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'': In ''Curse-Killing Chapter'', Miyo Takano nonchalantly lectures Keiichi about the proper technique for disposing of the body after committing murder.
** "Friends help you move. ''Real'' friends help you move bodies."

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* The ''ECComics'' story "Cold Cuts."
** Likewise in "...And All Through the House" wherein the matter is somewhat more pressing, due to the presence of a SerialKiller outside the house who our matricidal "heroine" can't simply call the police about.
* The "Kitchen Irish" arc in Creator/GarthEnnis' ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' has an old guy who used to do this for the old Irish mob - his method being cutting the body into lots and lots of little pieces. For example, he points out the importance of covering the entire work area with trash bags prior to cutting - as well as doing it naked so as not to catch evidence in one's clothing.
* In both the comic and the film version of the ''Comicbook/SinCity'' story "The Big Fat Kill," after Dwight and the girls of Old Town learn that the abusive scumbag that they just killed [[spoiler:was a hero cop]], they set about disposing of him and his buddies by having Dwight dump them into the Santa Yolanda Tar Pits. Things... don't go to plan.
* ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'': When Spider Jerusalem realizes that he's inspired [[PresidentEvil The Smiler]] to murderous rage, he acquires {{Nanomachines}} designed to break human tissues and clothing down to monoatomic vapor, knowing he'll have to kill more than a few CIA assassins.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CampNightmare'' turns this UpToEleven: [[spoiler:the staff bathroom houses ''dozens'' of [[WouldHurtAChild child bodies.]]]]
* In ''FanFic/BlackQueenRedKing,'' the Earth Changelings eat their kin's dead bodies and those of the humans they kill in order to keep the police and other humans from finding them. The main character also eats his own severed arm to keep it from being found[[note]] and because he needed the nutrients[[/note]].

* ''Film/{{Casino}}'' gives a very insightful lecture on the subject (straight hole/ground burial)
-->'''Sam''' It's in the desert where lots of the town`s problems are solved.
-->'''Nicky''' Got a lot of holes in the desert... and a lot of problems are buried in those holes. Except you gotta do it right. I mean, you gotta have the hole already dug before you show up with a package in the trunk. Otherwise, you're talking about a half hour or 45 minutes of diggin'. And who knows who`s gonna be comin' along in that time? Before you know it, you gotta dig a few more holes. You could be there all fuckin' night.
** In the end, Nicky provides [[spoiler: a graphical self-demonstration too]]
* ''Film/WeekendAtBernies'' demonstrates an alternative approach to body disposal.
* In the [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] black comedy ''Film/{{Delicatessen}}'', tenants of Clapet's apartment building can [[HumanResources buy cheap meat if they lay off the questions.]]
* Subverted in the film ''Shattered'' where the killers dumped a body in a chemical vat - if they'd not been in such a hurry they might have seen the sign saying Formaldehyde.
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Jules and Vincent dispose of the body of Marvin, who Vincent [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace shot in the face]], in a car compactor.
* Ditto in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', where a gangster who opted out of Goldfinger's EvilPlan is assassinated, courtesy of Oddjob.
* In the Spanish film ''Film/{{Volver}}'', a woman hides her husband's corpse in the freezer of a restaurant while the owner is away, after her daughter kills him in self defense when he tried to molest her.
* In every version of ''SweeneyTodd'', Todd disposes of his victims by delivering them to his butcher neighbour to grind into [[ImAHumanitarian meat pies]].
* ''Film/MeMyselfAndIrene'' has the hero and LoveInterest steal a car in which they find a shovel and quicklime (highly corrosive), implying the former owner was planning to do this to someone.
** Indeed, [[DirtyCop the owner]] was planning to do it to ''them.''
* ''Le Pere Noel Est Une Ordure'' ("Santa Claus is Trash"), a cult French film adapted from a stage play, has the dead body cut into small chunks, individually wrapped in festive Christmas wrapping, and the chunks are then launched into the enclosures of various carnivores at the zoo.
* ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' has the in-a-trunk-in-a-car-in-a-lake variant.
* In the famous climactic scene of ''Film/{{Fargo}},'' Grimsrud is caught in the act of disposing of the body of his double-crossed partner, Showalter, via wood-chipper.
** At least partially inspired by the RealLife case of Richard Crafts, who chose to kill his wife Helle rather than let her go through with divorcing him.
* ''Eating Raoul'' uses the EatTheEvidence variety. The clue is in the title.
* As does ''The Green Butchers''.
* ''Film/FriedGreenTomatoes''. Another EatTheEvidence example.
* ''Film/ShallowGrave'' presented the issue to a group of friends when their recently-acquired renter keels over in his room. They end up chopping him to pieces and burying him in [[TitleDrop a shallow grave]]. Then things start getting worse...
* In ''Film/TheLadykillers'', the criminals dispose of the ever-accumulating bodies by taking them to a nearby railway bridge and dumping them on passing freight trains. In the 2004 remake, set on the Mississippi, the same but with a landfill barge.
* The German BlackComedy ''Drei Chinesen mit dem Kontrabass'' has the protagonist and his friends with the body of his fiancee which he isn't sure whether he killed her or not. [[spoiler:He didn't.]] So they cut the body up and borrow a grain mill from the GranolaGirl next door to shred the bones.
* In the film noir ''Rider on the Storm'', the heroine kills a rapist in her house, and then calmly proceeds to dump his corpse in the ocean. The lack of a body drives most of the plot. It's never discussed why she doesn't, say, call the police.
* ''Film/TheTroubleWithHarry'' is that he's dead, several people think that they did it, and none of them want his body found anywhere that might incriminate ''them''.
* In ''LethalWeapon2'' the South African baddie invites one of his hapless henchmen into his office which is covered in plastic. His other, not-so-hapless henchman shoots him in the head and he [[CrazyPrepared conveniently drops onto the plastic]].
** The Not-so-hapless henchman lampshades this later after being chewed out by his boss. When asked why he keeps looking down he jokes that he is just making sure he isn't standing on plastic.
** In ''LethalWeapon3'', the BigBad kills a mook who had failed him while he was standing in front of a form that would be turned into a foundation of one of the houses the BigBad was making in his civilian identity. The body lands in the form, and then other mooks pour in the concrete.
* In ''Film/GoodFellas'', the boys bury a dead body in a relatively shallow grave and have to go back and [[{{Squick}} dig him up six months later]] when they find out that that area is going to be developed and they'd certainly find the body -- this is very bad for them because [[spoiler:said body was a made man, and if their boss finds out, their lives are forfeit]].
* NicolasWindingRefn's ''{{Pusher}} 3'' includes a particularly long and gruesome example when Milo and his old comrade Radovan dispose of two bodies by butchering them in his restaurant.
* ''Film/VeryBadThings'' is a BlackComedy about a bachelor party trying to cover up the fact that [[DisposableSexWorker a stripper died in their hotel room]].
* ''Film/DesertHeat'' features bodies being dumped into a canyon from the bed of a truck multiple times.
* In ''DomesticDisturbance'' Vince Vaugn disposes of Steve Buscemi's body (this happens to Buscemi a lot) by incinerating it in a brick kiln. When the young protagonist immediately reports this to the police they handwave it away by saying that an investigation would entail expert criminal pathology.
* One of the final scenes of ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'' is [[spoiler: Leland]] disposing of the body of Laura Palmer, by wrapping her in a tarp and pushing her into the river. This, naturally, leads right into the opening scene of [[Series/TwinPeaks the TV series]], to which the film is a prequel.
-->'''Pete''': She's dead. Wrapped in plastic.
* In ''Film/BartonFink'', we never find out what [[spoiler:Charlie does to get rid of Audrey's body]], but the police find the headless body soon afterwards and reveal that [[spoiler:he's really "Madman" Mundt, a wanted serial killer. It's heavily implied that her head is in the box he leaves in Barton's room.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' has a gag where dumping in Lake Springfield was prohibited just as Fat Tony and his goons were about to dump a bag with a dead body inside into it.
-->'''Fat Tony:''' Very well, I shall put my ''yard trimmings'' in a car compactor.
-->'''Lou:''' Chief, I think there was a dead body in there.
-->'''Chief Wiggum:''' I thought so too, until he said "yard trimmings". You gotta learn to listen, Lou.
* This sets off the plot in ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'', since what the characters did was try to dispose of the body of a hit-and-run victim.
* ''Film/{{Nikita}}''. The psychotic [[TheDreaded Victor the Cleaner]] is called in to fix up a hit that's gone wrong. After pouring HollywoodAcid over several bodies in the bathtube, he's pissed off when [[{{squick}} one body starts thrashing about]] as [[SlippingAMickey he's not actually been killed]].
* In ''Film/HowToGetRidOfCellulite'', the protagonists plan to get rid of a body by cutting it up, tying it up to weather balloons and allowing them to float across the border. They first test the method using beef with GPS locators.

* In ''Literature/AmericanGods'', [[spoiler:the junker on the frozen lake has a sacrificed girl in the boot, as has every one for the last several winters.]]
* In ''WeatherWardens'', an amnesiac Jo has to help Eamon bury the body of a guy she doesn't know. But a couple of other bodies vanish without a trace due to weather related issues.
* In [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Heinlein's]] novel ''Literature/{{Friday}}'', the escape tunnel from a house the title character visits has a [[InformedAbility lime cavern]] attached to dissolve the bodies of those caught in that tunnel's deathtraps.
* In ''Two Bottles of Relish'' by Creator/LordDunsany [[spoiler:The killer eats the body...with relish for taste.]].
* ''ThievesWorld'' short story ''Blood Brothers''.
* ''Eight Skilled Gentlemen''.
* [[http://www.bartleby.com/246/234.html The Dream of Eugene Aram]] (1831)
* Creator/RobertLouisStevenson's ''The Wrong Box'' (and the {{Film}} based thereon, of course)
* There's a short story out there somewhere about a guy who killed an old man and tried to get rid of his body in the ocean. However, he's carrying the body over his shoulders, and rigor mortis sets in, locking the corpse's arms around his neck. He ends up drowning when the tide comes up and he can't outrun it.
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's "The Tell-Tale Heart": The UnreliableNarrator hides the body of his victim under the floorboards.
** In Poe's "The Black Cat," a man bricks his wife's corpse into the wall of their cellar. Unfortunately, he didn't realize the cat had jumped in with her. The cat's howling eventually alerts the police.
* In RAustinFreeman's Dr Thorndyke mystery ''[[http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks07/0700811h.html The Stoneware Monkey]]'', the victim's body is incinerated in a potter's kiln.
* ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Ethan of Athos]]:'' Elli Quinn spends an entire chapter disposing of a body. "Have you ever given thought to the difficulty of getting rid of a body on a space station?"
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, [[spoiler:Hollyleaf]] attempts to dispose of Ashfur's body by tossing it in a stream, hoping he'll be swept into the lake, the Clan would think he just mysteriously vanished, and that would be the end of it. Things don't exactly go as planned.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'': In ''ASongOfIceAndFire/AStormOfSwords'', Tyrion Lannister's hired sword Bronn is sent to kill a blackmailer, and says he'll get rid of the body in [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies one of the stew shops]] of TheCityNarrows.
-->'''Tyrion:''' Remind me never to eat there.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' story "Jeeves Takes Charge", in which Bertie wonders how those murderer chappies get about it (fortunately all he has to dispose of is a book).
* In ''Literature/NativeSon'', after Bigger accidentally kills Mary, he considers several ways of disposing her body before settling on incinerating her body into the furnace. It doesn't work.
* In ThePictureOfDorianGray, after [[spoiler: Dorian stabs Basil Hallward to death]], he has to do this soon before he's found out and executed for murder. [[spoiler: He does so via blackmailing an old lover, Alan Campbell, into disposing of Basil's corpse for him under threat of revealing their affairs. Alan reluctantly does so and then is DrivenToSuicide.]]
* In ''[[GarrettPI Sweet Silver Blues]]'', Garret and Morley kill one of the thugs that ambush them in Full Harbor. To get rid of the body, Garrett drives them to the red-light district while Morley feigns an argument in the back of their coach, cussing out the corpse for passing out drunk so early in the evening. They stop at a bordello, park the corpse at a corner table, and tell the house staff to leave their buddy alone to sleep it off. After taking their turns upstairs, they leave, knowing that the bordello's operators will dispose of the corpse quietly once they realize the "drunk" is dead.
* In ''Literature/TheGodfather'', the Corleones dump bodies they want to make disappear in the harbor or bury them in Jersey, but a mortician that asks the Don for a favor in the beginning is terrified that he might be asked to dispose of a corpse [[spoiler: but instead, Vito asks him to embalm his son.]]
** Then there's the infamous "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes" scene. The Don's most feared and loyal hit man vanishes around the same time his boss is gunned down, causing some debates in the family whether he turned on them or one of the other family's killed him. Then the Tattalias send them Brasi's bulletproof vest wrapped around a dead fish, and their questions are answered.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/DoubleStar'', Lorenzo Smythe, an acting legend in his own mind, has to dispose of three bodies by cutting them up into pieces small enough to go through the oubliette. He's squicked at this until he puts himself into the mindset of one of his characters -- "the worst of sadistic psychopaths, who had enjoyed dismembering his victims."

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In the ''{{Bottom}}'' episode "Gas", Richie and Eddie believe they've managed to kill the Gas inspector when they knocked him out with a frying pan (and hit him a few more times after he hit the floor for good measure). They decide to add an extra entry to his diary ("Left in high spirits, to indulge in my hobby of Bus surfing.") and post his body out of the window onto the roof of a double decker bus.
* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', the first attempt to get rid of a drug dealer's corpse goes badly wrong when the hydrofluoric acid eats through the bottom of the bathtub and then the floor, dumping a vile pile of half-digested body bits and acid onto the floor below. If you don't vomit, you'll [[BloodyHilarious crack up]].
** This got [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters the Mythbusters treatment]] in a ''Breaking Bad'' special; they found that hydrofluoric acid wasn't corrosive enough to do that much damage that quickly, and decided to [[HollywoodAcid find an acid that would]] -- settling on an undisclosed ("we're not in the business of showing people how to dispose of bodies") mixture of sulphuric acid AndSomeOtherStuff. Even ''that'' failed to eat through the tub and the floor.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. This becomes a plot point in the episode "Dead Things". The Trio commit an AccidentalMurder and get rid of the body by making Buffy think she killed the victim. Spike then tries to dispose of the body and stop Buffy from turning herself in to the police.
** Mostly averted throughout the series, as vampires tend to ash upon destruction due to the fact that the writers didn't want a good chunk of the episode to involve teenagers trying to dispose of bodies. The episode "The Wish" lampshaded it when Buffy kills a demon in the opening act and has to figure out how to get rid of the body.
** The problem occurs more often in the spin-off series ''Series/{{Angel}}''; usually played for BlackComedy with disposal presented as a messy business involving AnAxeToGrind and being CoveredInGunge. Some demons require different methods.
-->'''Lorne:''' Oh, relax. It's just a buzz saw. Nothing to get worked up over. It's Gunn and Wes down in the basement. They're dismembering that armor-plated demon, Skip.
-->'''Fred:''' Oh, right. Well, there's been an awful lot of dismembering going on in that basement lately, if you ask me.
** Done ineptly by Faith Lehane after she accidentally kills the deputy mayor. She ties weights to it and dumps it in a body of water, but the weights apparently come loose and the body is eventually found. The splinters in the heart wound tips off the season BigBad. Ironically, the problem could have been avoided had she gone to her watcher first; when Buffy explains the matter, she is told that the council is aware that such "accidents" can occur and that they have measures for handling them, implying that the council had disposed of accidents in the past.
* Frequently on ''Series/{{CSI}}''; one notable example being a man who gets stuck in concrete trying to dispose of one at a construction site. Which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBXurAy9TBs Catherine thinks]] is a [[CrowningMomentofFunny CMoF.]]
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' can't really be excluded from this trope considering his thoughtfully planned and executed methods of disposing of bodies. Not only does he completely cover a small room in plastic sheeting and prepare the scene, has everything he needs to both torture his victim (a villainous criminal implied to have no chance for redemption) with pictures of his victims, collect blood for his blood slide collection, then stab the victim in the chest, chop up the body, wrap it up in garbage bags, and deposit them at sea with his boat in the dead of night. All the while posing as the upbeat forensic blood spatter analyst for the police. Trope mastered.
* One episode of ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' (that was kind of a ghost story) had one corpse turned into an exhibit skeleton.
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', [[spoiler:Boyd]] makes [[spoiler:Topher]] do this (hacking the body up and dissolving it) with a death that he technically allowed to learn that "actions have consequences".
* In the first season of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Mary has to get rid of the body of a Turkish diplomat who dies in her bedroom, where he's emphatically not supposed to have been in the first place. The trope is {{Downplayed}}, as she doesn't mind the body being found; it's just necessary that it be found somewhere that won't lead to a massive life-ruining scandal for her.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Jessica buried bodies in the desert.
** Sylar didn't bother with disposal.
** The Company had {{cleanup crew}}s.
** Angela burned the body of [[spoiler: the original Nathan Petrelli]].
* On ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', the main characters often end up having to covertly dispose of the many corpses that result from their adventures; being young offenders on probation, they firmly believe that they'd be blamed for the deaths even in cases when it honestly wasn't their fault- and given the state of the police in the neighbourhood, they're probably right.
** In the first episode, they bury the bodies of Gary and Tony under a flyover. A few episodes later, it turns out that an environmental monitoring station is due to be built there, so they have to hide the bodies in their local community centre; eventually, the corpses are returned to the flyover and dumped in the wet concrete foundations of the building site.
** Next season, after learning that the body of [[spoiler: Sally the probation worker]] has been hidden upstairs in a freezer for the last couple of weeks, they wrap up the corpse in garbage bags, weigh it down with cinderblocks and dump it in the nearby lake.
** After [[spoiler: Superhoodie (AKA: Future Simon)]] is fatally wounded, he requests a VikingFuneral from Alisha to ensure that nobody ever learns his SecretIdentity. She tearfully obliges.
** The third season kicks off with the Misfits having to dispose of yet more bodies: this time, it's the villain of the week and her victim, both of whom are buried in some decently forested territory.
** A mind-controlling villain of the week is given a VikingFuneral by Simon. [[spoiler: Exactly as the villain intended.]]
** Not long after [[spoiler: Shaun]] dies from being stabbed by [[FreakyFridayFlip Jen in Kelly's body]], the team bury him as well; we don't see the burial actually happen, but Rudy does ask to borrow Seth's car so the body can be safely transported.
** Episode seven has arguably the highest disposal count of the entire series: in this case, the team have to bury the bodies of [[spoiler: Shannon Speers]], all ''six'' zombified cheerleaders, and their new probation worker. For good measure, Seth has to do all the work because [[spoiler: it was his fault that Shannon was resurrected as a zombie in the first place.]]
** In the series three finale, [[spoiler: Alisha]] is murdered by a ghost; with no evidence that [[spoiler: her]] killer even existed, the Misfits are forced to bury the corpse in the same forest as the last few victims.
* On one episode in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', a drug agent in South America is ''embalmed alive''. That of course is HollywoodTactics: the most sensible thing would have been to dump the body in the jungle for scavengers to render it unrecognizable. If anyone by a miracle found that it was a murder they would assume it had been done by the drug cartels long ago (which was of course not the case in this episode).
** In another, a body is found buried 18" underground prompting a discussion between Gibbs and Ducky as to why humans are buried six feet down. According to the writers, that's how deep they have to be so animals don't smell them and dig them up.
--->'''Gibbs:''' I said I know.
* [[CrossesTheLineTwice Played for laughs]] in ''Series/FawltyTowers.'' Creator/JohnCleese, on ''Parkinson'':
-->Well, we used to ask people. I had a friend called Andrew Lehmann, who'd worked in the restaurant business, and I knew he'd worked at the Savoy, and I said, "Andrew, what was the worst problem you had at the Savoy?" and he said, "Getting rid of the stiffs." And... your heart leaps with joy, because he's just given you a thirty-minute episode in one comment.
** Apparently, the Savoy Hotel in London has some sort of special allure for gentlemen who would check in, order the finest room service, then down an entire bottle of sleeping pills.
* ''Series/TheWire'':
** The Greeks in season two have a very simple process; cut off the head and hands to make identification difficult, and dump it in a body of water. [[spoiler:It's foiled when one of their victims has a recognisable tattoo on his knee.]]
** Marlo's hit squad Chris and Snoop have a genius system that allows them to off a huge number of rival dealers before the police start to notice (22 bodies are eventually recovered, but their actual hit count is unknown). They take them at gunpoint into one of hundreds of derelict row-houses, kill them and cover the body in lime, then wrap them in a plastic sheet and board the house back up.
* In ''Series/WireInTheBlood'', a hospital nurse has access to the perfect way of disposing of her victims: they go into the hospital's cremation furnace.
* Subverted in the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' piece ''Family''. Harold is introduced [[HollywoodAcid dissolving]]a corpse in a bathtub. It turns out he is a deranged man who ''keeps'' the skeletons and treats them as actual living persons.
* Adam and Jamie tested the ease of moving and burying a body on the Halloween 2012 episode of ''Series/MythBusters''. They were able to perform tasks with simulated cadavers fairly easily (stuffing them in a closet, shoving them out a window, etc.), but Jamie needed over two hours to dig a 2-foot-deep grave when he ran into hard-packed earth. Result: moving the body was "plausible," but digging the grave quickly was "busted." (The latter is lampshaded in ''Film/{{Casino}}'', which recommends digging the grave ahead of time.)
* Pops up frequently in ''Series/TheSopranos''. CementShoes / BurialAtSea (after some body hacking) is the standard method of choice but straight ground burial is also used. It tends to generate problems in the long-term as the threat of unburial and discovery is always a possibility. The trope is discussed in an early episode, where Big Pussy explains to Chris why it's better for a dead rival mobster to "disappear" than for them to send a message by leaving his corpse somewhere it'll be found.
* One of the guys on Series/TheBlacklist specialized in getting rid of bodies.
* In Season 2 of ''Series/{{Luther}}'', a SerialKiller who plans to set himself up as a modern-day {{Bogeyman}} is found to have got hold of a bus and a huge load of sodium hydroxide via his underworld contacts. He uses the bus to [[BusFullOfInnocents kidnap some schoolchildren]] whom he plans to have disappear so no-one will ever know what happened to them. The police rescue the children, and find stacked on pallets a drum of sodium hydroxide for each child, with the paperwork already filled out to have them shipped to India for disposal.
** In the finale of Season 2 Luther has to get rid of a psychotic gangster killed in self-defense by the woman he's hiding in his flat. At the same time an ex-cop working as an enforcer is trying to find out what happened to his boss. At first Luther hides the body on the roof of his apartment complex, but has to get rid of it when the enforcer comes around, dragging it into the lift in a huge sports bag. The enforcer catches Luther locking the trunk of his car and forces him to open it at gunpoint, revealing the bag...is full of sports equipment. Later the police answer an anonymous tip-off and find the body hidden in the enforcer's car. When he realises he's been set up the enforcer flees, expressing admiration for Luther's cunning.
* ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}''. Vinnie Terranova uses this trope to advantage when called on to kill someone, as he's actually an undercover federal agent. One time he shows his boss a body (donated from a medical facility) buried in quicklime so it's unrecognizable, while the intended victim is actually in witness protection. On another occasion Vinnie turns up with an urn full of ashes, rather startling the boss in that case as when he told Vinnie to "get rid of him" he actually meant to throw him off the premises.
* In the short-lived series ''Missing Persons'', a girl is missing and her rich-kid boyfriend is suspected of murdering her. A cop [[PimpDuds poses as a pimp]] and sells him a hooker for the night, only to wake him up the next day screaming in his face [[WhatDidIDoLastNight that he's killed her with rough sex]]. Faced with this problem and a ScaryBlackMan roughing him up, the kid blurts out a good place to dump her corpse. The cop goes there and sure enough finds the dead girlfriend, which he reports to the police in an 'anonymous' tip.
* In ''Series/OrphanBlack'', Sarah (posing as Beth) buries Katja in a gravel pit.

* "Dead Body Disposal" by Music/{{Necro}} gives various advice on how to dispose of a body and make it harder to find.
* The DixieChicks "Goodbye Earl" uses a tarp and a remote, rural lake to get rid of Wanda's abusive ex-husband.

* In Creator/SternPinball's ''Pinball/TheSopranos'', shooting the ball up the Meadowlands lane is required to get rid of dead bodies.

* In the ''Radio/{{Suspense}}'' episode "The Pasteboard Box," a man murders his twin brother and dismembers the body to dispose of it more easily, but [[ClingyMacGuffin just can't get rid of the pasteboard box containing the head]].

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In ''VideoGame/LiberalCrimeSquad'', you need to dispose of the bodies of your fallen comrades before you can use their equipment.
* After Vito [[spoiler:comes back from prison]] in ''VideoGame/MafiaII'', he, Joe, and Eddie Scarpa celebrate with lots of drinks at the Cathouse, but Eddie forgets until after he and Joe are plastered that he has a body in the trunk of his car that needs burying.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', one sidequest has the Warden getting rid of the "evidence" of deals gone bad. The quest is made easy by a convenient public well. It's best not to think about the people who drink from it.
* A lot of ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' cases have this in some form. Ranging from stuffing the body into a safe, to the much more obvious and used throwing the body into a lake. Of course, it never actually goes to plan for the killer.
** A lot of other cases subvert this, by instead using the body in such a way as to throw suspicion anyway from them or onto another person. A lot of killers actually ''purposely'' try and lead people to the body, as part of their plan. An example of this comes in ''Dual Destinies'' in case 3, where the killer used the way, time and place the body was found to make it seem as though he couldn't possibly be the culprit.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', you deliver two bodies to an organ harvester, and later help a murderous husband dispose of his wife's body.
** In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', a car compactor and a dog food factory are used for the same purpose.
* In ''Ka-Ge-Ki'', losers, although presumably knocked out rather than dead, get picked up by the referee and thrown into a convenient manhole.

* In ''Webcomic/TheOtherGreyMeat'', John must dispose of Ole Corpsey™ after he discovers his remains in the bunker.
* In one ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' comic, Black Mage tried to cut up a corpse and deposit it in numerous garbage disposals. What he didn't count on was that his knife, usually used to stab his 'friends', couldn't handle the bones. [[OmnicidalManiac Not that he's a first time murderer or anything.]]
* Webcomic/{{Niels}} once asked the manager of his [[LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub recycling plant]] how he gets rid of bodies. He holds up [[HumanResources a bag of fertilizer]] that he explains is [[MurderByCremation 10% recycled ash]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[spoiler:Redcloak]] disposes of [[spoiler:Tsukiko]]'s body by having mind-controlled ghouls eat it. Then having the ghouls eat each other. And the last ghoul set itself on fire. He's... thorough like that. In this case, the disposal is presumably for the sake of preventing the body being raised or spoken to, since he's very candid about having committed the murder.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* This has happened enough times on ''{{Archer}}'' that "I shall fetch a rug" has become a RunningGag.
** "Training Day" had Archer and Cyril planning to bury a [[DisposableSexWorker dead hooker]] ([[spoiler: who was just paralyzed]]) after smuggling her body out in a rug.
** "[[Recap/ArcherS1E4KillingUtne Killing Utne]]" had Malory taking care of a dead UN official and his high-class call girl companion by breaking into her hated neighbor's apartment, staging the scene to look like a murder-suicide, then burning the bodies.
** Probably reached its peak with "[[Recap/ArcherS3E8LoScandolo Lo Scandalo]]", in which Mallory ropes in Archer, Lana and Dr Krieger to help her dispose of the body of the Italian Prime Minister, who's been assassinated in her apartment. Krieger's solution is to hack the body up in a bathtub and use the rest of the agents to dispose of the pieces in separate trashcans spread out across the city. At the end, [[spoiler:we're left wondering whether it was actually Mallory who killed him.]]
* One episode of ''FamilyGuy'' had Lois attempting to dump a body in the river in order to protect her son Chris (who she thought killed the man, but in reality he didn't). Things got complicated when a policeman came by, but Stewie handled the situation by sliding himself into the collar of the man's shirt and acting like it was his body.
* ''SpongeBobSquarePants'', "The Nasty Patty": Spongebob and Mr. Krabs think they killed the health inspector (he's just unconscious) and try to dispose of the "body". Burying doesn't work because of the rain (underwater, I know, just go with it), and two cops arrive on the scene to give them a ride back to the Krusty Krab, so they hide it in the trunk of the squad car and then hide it in the freezer (but not before Spongebob has to bring him through the front door, hidden under his hat, because the back door was locked). And then the cops ask for ice...

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Numerous instances, but the most famous incident would be Jimmy Hoffa. He was last seen in 1975, and his body has yet to be found.