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[[caption-width-right:318:Well, [[YouTasteDelicious that was creepy]]. And random.]]

->''Just so we're all clear, what's going on back in the reality of the insane asylum is that orderlies are raping the shit out of us, right?''
-->-- "Film/SuckerPunch: [[http://www.the-editing-room.com/sucker-punch.html The Abridged Script]]", The Editing Room

Perhaps it's because a hospital environment makes people feel more than a little vulnerable, and anxious about whether their caregivers have their best interests in mind. Perhaps it's because anywhere ''but'' a hospital, an orderly's occasional job of subduing unruly patients would brand them as a bad guy's {{Mook}}. Or perhaps it's simply NightmareFuel to imagine ''any'' medical professional turning bad, and it's orderlies who tend to catch the flack because we really, ''really'' want to believe our doctors and nurses are trustworthy.

Whatever the reason, many orderlies in fiction are depicted as petty or not-so-petty criminals, taking advantage of their patients and the trust of their hospital superiors. When he's not stealing patients' medication to sell on the street, any orderly who's not a faceless extra is bound to be rooting through their belongings for cash and jewelry. An orderly with lower tastes may procure drugs from hospital stocks for personal use, or secretly trade them to addicts under their care in exchange for sexual favors. The creepiest of all don't bother to barter, [[DudeShesLikeInAComa molesting or outright raping patients who are too drugged, restrained, unconscious or crazy to report the offense]].

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Parsons. a FatBastard orderly in ''ComicBook/LockeAndKey'' who ends up suffering [[spoiler: DeathByRacism]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* Buck from ''Film/KillBill'', who raped comatose patients and made a sideline in pimping their bodies out to others (usually truckers like him). He [[RapeAndRevenge ends up as one of the Bride's first victims]] when she gets out of her four-year coma, losing his life (by means of heavy steel door), his clothes and his truck (the Pussy Wagon) in the bargain.
* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', Sarah Conner is locked up in a mental institution. An orderly licks her face while she's strapped down and [[spoiler: apparently]] comatose. When this preeminent ActionGirl kicks his ass, the audience usually cheers.
** The extended cut features the same orderly and his pal zapping her with a stun rod and beating her with a baton earlier in the movie, making his eventual bashed-in face all the more richly deserved.
* ''Film/ShockTreatment'': Rest Home Ricky. He isn't all that bad of a guy from what we see of him, aside from him working for Cosmo and Nation [=McKinley=] at Dentonvale (and by extension, [[spoiler: Farley Flavors]]). Gets a PetTheDog moment when it's revealed during one song that he has a relationship going with Nurse Ansalong.
* In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors'', one of the Westin Hills orderlies tries to persuade ex-junkie Taryn to hook up with him, offering to share the contents of the hospital's drug cabinet with her. The other main orderly Max (played by a young Laurence Fishburne) averts this, since he's a friendly, lenient guy and genuinely wants to help the kids.
* An unintentional example of this is found in ''LookWhosTalking'', when John Travolta's character puts his grandfather into a nursing home and explains his daily medical care to the orderly. Later on the medical care is neglected and Grandpa goes a little nuts; it's revealed that the orderly speaks no English and so could not have complied with the medical instructions. Not so much a malicious creep as a negligent one, not to have admitted he didn't know what he was doing.
* The [[BedlamHouse mental institution]] in Rob Zombie's ''Film/{{Halloween 2007}}'' remake seems to be completely run by creepy -- and downright criminal -- orderlies. The [[BattleaxeNurse nurses are heartless]], the [[GratuitousRape orderlies rape the female patients]], [[ElectricTorture electroshock therapy]] seems to be a common treatment, and Michael Myers was degraded, insulted and beaten on a daily basis. (And Dr. Loomis wonders why Michael's mental state only ''worsened'' once he was in the care of these ''"professionals!"'') Special mention goes to the [[{{Squick}} necrophiliac]] [[ILoveTheDead ambulance driver]] in [[Film/HalloweenII2009 the sequel]].
* Blue in ''Film/SuckerPunch''. Though the MindScrew makes it unclear whether he's actually murdered any patients in the real world, what is relatively clear is that he's willing to take bribes to arrange unnecessary lobotomies, has a slimy demeanor, and is not above trying to rape a lobotomized girl.
* The Orderlies in ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' are little more than sadistic thugs, gleefully man-handling the patients who go against Nurse Ratchet.
* The orderly in ''HappyGilmore'', played by Ben Stiller, is the quintessence of this trope. He subjects the retirement home residents to long quilting sessions which he sells for personal gain. If anyone complains, they're punished by "pulling landscaping duty". In deleted scenes, other things the residents are forced to do include things like operating a phone sex line. In a deleted scene, he is thrown out the window by an angry Happy Gilmore after he's lied to by the orderly that his grandmother had "senilitis maximus" after she told Happy what was going on.
* Zep from the first ''{{Saw}}'' was an orderly who kidnapped a woman and her young daughter, then tormented the husband with photos of them tied up and threats to murder them at a specified time. [[spoiler: Granted, it wasn't his idea to do so, but considering Zep ends up dead anyway, he *could* have defied Jigsaw at the cost of his own life rather than terrorizing a helpless girl and her mom.]]
* The unnamed orderly in ''Film/CriminallyInsane'' feeds the patients dog food, and scarfs down chocolate bars in front of the eating disorder-afflicted Ethel with the smuggest look on his face. Ethel kills him by hanging him with a cord.
* The eponymous character in ''BloodNightTheLegendOfMaryHatchet'' is raped and impregnated by an orderly. She gets her revenge when she rips his head off while running amok through the asylum shortly after giving birth.
* The orderlies in the hospital at the beginning of ''{{Return to Oz}}'' later show up in Oz as the wheelers.
* An orderly in Creator/{{Troma}}'s ''Film/{{Unspeakable}}'' sexually abuses a comatose woman, and the patient shitting herself isn't enough to stop him from going down on her (yes, "[[NauseaFuel scat cunnilingus]]").
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[[folder: Literature]]
* Edward Lee and Wrath James White's ''The Teratologist'' opens with a scene of a creepy orderly's nightly routine of repeatedly raping a severely physically and mentally disabled patient. And since he gets off on the disgusting-ness of it, he deliberately neglects to bathe her or see to her other hygienic needs.
* Most, if not all the orderlies at the asylum in ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth The Law of Nines]]'' work for the BigBad, and abuse Jax and Alex's [[{{UnnamedParent}} Mother]]
* The doctors in ''Literature/TheAsylumForWaywardVictorianGirls''. It is about a BedlamHouse, after all, and [[RealitySubtext is almost certainly informed by the author's real-life experiences of the same.]]
* Pelafina in ''[[color:blue: House]] [[HouseOfLeaves Of Leaves]]'' is convinced (rightly or not) that the attendants at the mental hospital have been raping her on a monthly basis.
* Elizabeth was kidnapped by an [[{{StalkerWithACrush}} orderly with a crush]] in {{Sweet Valley High}} #13. There was rape-y subtext.
* In ''[[GarrettPI Deadly Quicksilver Lies]]'', the Rainmaker pays off some of the orderlies at the [[BedlamHouse Bledsoe's insane ward]] to toss the fence's enemies in with the crazies.
* The orderlies in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' act as Nurse Ratchet's enforcers. [=MacMurphy=] beating one up in a fist fight is considered a triumphant achievement for the patients.
* In ''Spider's Bite'', the first ''Literature/ElementalAssassin'' novel, Gin kills an orderly at a mental hospital who has been raping patients.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* An episode of ''LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' had a sociopathic orderly called Hal Shippman (i.e. he was named after a RealLife doctor who turned out to be a serial killer). [[spoiler: He was just a RedHerring though.]]
** Any time a hospital is the scene of a ''LawAndOrder'' investigation, it's a safe bet at least one suspect and/or unlikeable witness will be an orderly who steals meds, smokes weed on duty, or got fired from a previous job for groping a patient. Make that an ''especially'' safe bet, if it's ''LawAndOrderSVU''.
* An orderly in the beginning of the ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' episode "Patient Number 7" gropes and attempts to rape an out-of-it girl. Before he can, the ''real'' villains of the episode break in and shoot him.
* ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' has an episode where orderlies at sleep clinics variously administer electroshocks to make a woman dream she is having sex and program various random people to become killers under the delusion that the chosen targets are going to kill them.
* One ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' investigation into 'roid rage among marines at a Navy hospital uncovered an orderly who'd been under-dosing patients so he could sell the rest of their meds on the street.
* Some of the orderlies in ''Series/KingdomHospital'' are awfully creep'''''y''''', although not necessarily bad people.
* Jimmy The Overly-Touchy orderly from ''{{Scrubs}}'' season 8. It's nonsexual so he's not portrayed as villainous, just weird. It's PlayedForLaughs.
* On ''Series/{{Perception}}'', an orderly [[spoiler: terrorizes mental patients as a masked boogeyman and murders a co-worker to cover up his abusive behavior]].
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' in the sketch where the Headcrusher gets his fingers broken and must undergo physical therapy. The dead-eyed orderly who wheels him down the hall responds to his anguished screams by muttering that if he doesn't stop crying, he'll hit him. (And Nurse Unloop does hit him, despite not being a BattleaxeNurse.)
* On ''OneThousandWaysToDie'', a creepy orderly with a foot fetish liked to groom the feet of cute-looking comatose patients as they laid down in their hospital beds. He died when one of them kicked him in the face due to a triggered reflex, sticking the lollipop he was eating inside his throat and causing him to suffocate him to death.
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[[folder: Music]]
* [[Music/TheLonelyIsland "The orderlies are stealing, there's no excuse!"]]
* This trope is probably where "Big Scary Orderlies" gets its name from.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The orderly from Michael Gentry's InteractiveFiction work ''Videogame/{{Anchorhead}}'' is generally a foul-mouthed, unpleasant person who is usually seen reading a porn magazine, and will occasionally make a lewd remark.
* ''VideoGame/{{Sanitarium}}'' has a few examples - in the first act, one willfully leaves Max and several other patients in the burning tower because Max apparently stole and crashed his car, while the third act has one who threatens and bullies Max. [[spoiler:They're not real.]]
* Ace from ''Roleplay/RubyQuest''. Granted, he was probably a good guy before things started going to hell, but now...
* In ''AmericanMcGeesAlice'' and ''AliceMadnessReturns'', Alice's experience with the two JerkAss orderlies who tortured her in the mental asylum she stayed at manifest in the creepy Wonderland versions of Tweedles Dee and Dum. You fight them in the first game, but they make a non-combative appearance in one of the creepiest sequences of the second[[spoiler:, in the same asylum Alice stayed in.]]
* {{Inverted}} and PlayedStraight in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}.'' The original orderly of Thorny Towers was Fred Bonaparte, a friendly loser who took time out to help a particularly nasty patient named Crispin. However, their interactions made Fred lose his sanity as fast as Crispin regained his, and soon ''he'' was a suffering patient as Crispin was made this trope in his place.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Subverted in the ''{{Homestuck}}'' AU [[http://brainbent.tumblr.com Brainbent]]. Equius is an orderly, and he certainly has a creepy demeanor (quiet, sweaty giants in [[SinisterShades sunglasses]] tend to be offputting), but he's actually perfectly harmless, and indeed quite [[SugarAndIcePersonality sweet underneath his]] [[TheStoic stoic]] exterior.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the flashback portion of the ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' short "Scrappy's Birthday", Shaggy and Scooby are harassed by an orderly at the veterinary hospital where Scrappy is born.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* One of the many, ''many'' terrible things for which Florence Nightingale famously called out 19th century hospitals was the fact that many of the nurses and orderlies were [[NaughtyNurseOutfit whores]] who prostituted themselves and took advantage of patients in the hospital wards.
* In April 1997, a man named John Powell died at Drake Memorial Hospital in Cincinnati of unknown causes. The coroner detected a whiff of BitterAlmonds. Further tests confirmed murder. The investigation quickly revealed that one of the hospital orderlies, Donald Harvey, had been around so many patients who died that he'd been nicknamed "The Angel of Death". Eventually, Harvey was convicted of 24 murders, but claimed as many as 70, mostly of hospital patients but including a couple of people Harvey knew outside of his work.
* British national treasure turned national terror Jimmy Savile volunteered as an orderly at Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor Hospital, and used his position to sexually abuse dozens, even hundreds of vulnerable patients, predominantly children, at both, as well as many other locations. Although allegations were made during his lifetime, prosecutions were controversially dropped, and the full extent of his activities only became public after his death.
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