In fiction, vacuum cleaners are often used as monsters, especially in works focusing on children or animals, because of their ability to suck up items that are a lot bigger than just ordinary dirt and dust. In animated works especially, Vicious Vacs often display a much greater suction range and strength than real life vacuum cleaners could ever hope to achieve as well as the uncanny ability to suck up items far larger than could fit down their nozzles, rarely changing size no matter how much they consume.
They are the most dangerous when they attack characters, even coming to life and trying to suck up the characters when the vacuum is even bigger than the characters.
Related to Weapons That Suck
. Can be a part of A.I. is a Crapshoot
. Not to be confused with Vacuum Mouth
Anime and Manga
- In Goldfish commercials, the vacuum cleaners are portrayed as monsters by the goldfish living under the bed.
- Some animated commercials for Eureka vacuum cleaners were like this. This early-70s ad has "dirt blobs" on patrol against the Eureka.
- The "Rug Doctor" would growl "Steaming mad at dirt!" while dragging terrified dirt blobs out of carpets.
- The vacuum in Haiyore! Nyarko-san, which seems like a normal vacuum, but can shout "CYCLONE!!" for some reason.
- Pokémon: Invoked in Get Your Rotom Running!, where Ash, Dawn and Brock explore the Old Chateau and get pursued by kitchen appliances being controlled by a Pokemon named Rotom, one of them being a vacuum cleaner.
- In Futari wa Pretty Cure, Pisard has a Zakenna possess a vacuum cleaner, turning it into a huge monster.
- The Ambitious Vacuum Cleaner by George Carlson (1915) depicts a Edwardian style vacuum cleaner going on a rampage when left unattended, sucking up the entire contents of the owner's home in seconds, including the cat! Fortunately a strong gentleman friend of the owner manages to open the cleaner up, restoring the items. (It's unclear whether the vacuum is alive or not, but 'ambition' is not usually something associated with inanimate objects.)
- Not exactly killer or sentient per se, but the Hank the Cowdog book "The Case Of The Vampire Vacuum Sweeper" involved Slim Chance using a vacuum to tease Hank.
- Zenna Henderson's short story "Hush!" is about a small boy who, after being told to keep quiet, imagines a sentient vacuum cleaner designed to suck up sound—only to see his imagined invention actually become real, and start sucking up every sound possible—including heartbeats.
- Fatbag: The Demon Vacuum Cleaner by Jeremy Strong tells of the eponymous appliance - a sentient vacuum cleaner that tries to Take Over the World by sucking up everything in sight.
- In a long Horror Movie sketch on The Benny Hill Show about various electric devices coming alive, a vacuum cleaner kills a maid by strangling her with its hose.
- In the one-season wonder TV series Testees, wherein the protagonists are employed as product testers for a weird range of products, episode 4, "Vac Attack," has them testing out a military vacuum cleaner imbued with artificial intelligence, which becomes more and more aggressive as it deals with their slovenliness, until it sets out to kill them and must be destroyed with their giant collected hairball.
- In Little Big Planet 2, the intro movie features a close up of a vacuum cleaner sucking up the small floating images that represent imagination. Also, the Negativitron resembles a vacuum cleaner.
- In Ar tonelico, one of Aurica's cosmosphere levels depicts a cat on a vacuum cleaner that has been sucking away her power. Once that is discovered, another her comes and redirects the cat-vacuum toward Misha and Shurelia. The rest of the level is spent dealing with Aurica's inferiority complex with the other two potential love interests.
- In The Simpsons Barts Nightmare, one of the levels features killer vacuum cleaners.
- In Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren't So Frightening, the vacuum cleaner is depicted as a very friendly dog that eats soil wherever Sam places it. This is required for one puzzle.
- A sub-boss of Fur Fighters was a vacuum cleaner. Said vacuum cleaner was designed by dinosaurs to detect dirt and apparently you're dirty.
- Dustman from Mega Man 4 is a killer robot vacuum cleaner, complete with a dustbuster as an Arm Cannon. Later subverted as it turns out he's only fighting Megaman because Dr. Wily kidnapped his creator's daughter.
- In Spellevator you are a dust bunny and the enemies are robotic vacuum cleaners.