In RealLife, practitioners of pest control are usually like any professional who practices a job, but such is not the case in 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]].
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.



* The Orkin Man is depicted this way in a few comercials, like [[ this one in 1990]], and [[ this one in 1998.]]
* Terminix too, taking their job ''very'' seriously in [[ this 2017 commercial]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheExterminators'' is a Vertigo comic book with an entire cast of eccentric exterminators. As in using the chemical fumes to get high and some ''really'' weird sex drives.
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%%* One appears in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Seth in ''Film/AmericanHistoryX''. The quirk is that ''he's a [[ThoseWackyNazis Neo-Nazi]]''. While driving his exterminator car he even sings along with a song on the radio that is so profoundly racist that it need not be repeated here.
* 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''. He's obsessed with pests of all kinds to the point he can rattle off information about them in the blink of an eye, but is pretty professional regardless.
* ''Film/FoodOfTheGods2'' gives us two: Jacques and Louis from Rat-A-Tak Pest Control. Complete with their own theme music.
* The ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' franchise is basically the story of a ''group'' of Eccentric Exterminators. There are only two differences: A) they are the first and only exterminators in the world for the kind of pests they handle, and B) these pests can (and do eventually) get... out of hand.
%%* ''Film/GraveyardShift''
* 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.
* 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 men who get stuck killing rats in Creator/StephenKing's ''Night Crew''.
* ''Any'' rat catcher in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novels so far. And it seems the job is TheVerse equivalent to a RedShirt by the way, unless you're a [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnome]] of course. And sometimes it's even better than RedShirt. At least one of these guys upon dying was [[spoiler:greeted with "[[foldercontrol]]

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" and... reincarnated. No prize for guessing into ''what'' exactly.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' season five episode "Hello, Bandit" the titular Dexter tracks down an exterminator who is also a serial killer.
* Music/LittleRichard plays one in a episode of ''Series/{{Martin}}''
* 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.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "War of the Coprophages", a cockroach exterminator opens the episode with a heartfelt ode to roaches before finishing it with "But to them, we humans are gods and should act accordingly" and stomping a particularly unlucky specimen on the floor. It doesn't end well for him.
* Mr. Lance in the ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'' episode "Awesome Ants" is ''way'' too into his work, hunting bugs with steely determination and gleeful enjoyment, admiring the ants for their craftiness. He calls the protagonist a liar for claiming the ants from his ant farm grew to 3 inches, larger than any real life ants. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end when everything turns out to be a dream, and giant ants rule the Earth. Mr. Lance reflects how things might have been different for humans, and warns the protagonist not to let the ants know that he dreamed that it was Mr. Lance's job to kill them.]]
* 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.
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'': A couple of times in the "Scenes From A Hat" segment, the comedians were asked to be exterminators with weird gimmicks like interrogating the home owner in GoodCopBadCop fashion about the infestation.
* In ''Series/TheGoodLife'' episode "Whose Fleas Are These?", an outbreak of fleas at the Good house is treated by professional pest expert P.V. Bulstrode, who loves his work so much that Tom and Barbara find him a bit unsettling. He gains entry to the Good house by pretending to be an encyclopaedia salesman who would particularly like to draw Tom's attention to the entries under "F" for "fleas", explaining that his customers find it less embarrassing for the neighbours to overhear, and proudly declares that his family have been in the "infestation" business since the bubonic plague was sweeping across Britain.[[note]] Whether this was the plague in the 1340s or the 1660s is not specified.[[/note]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Carl, the guy Gabe in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' calls in to deal with his rat problem, who ends up [[ taming a deep crow]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Dale Gribble from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. If we consider being a ConspiracyTheorist "eccentric". He makes mention of doing stuff in order to be a more efficient exterminator like doing his own chemical mixes at home. At one point he quits the exterminator job and becomes an office drone (with a specialty of being the company's firing guy), but a cockroach infestation not only gives him the exhilaration he needs to go back to exterminating, he kills the bugs ''by crawling through the air vents and crushing them all with his body''.
%%* The pest control guy from ''WesternAnimation/TheItsyBitsySpider'' animated series.