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Boris and Vlad are The Cleaners. The two men work for V.I.L.E. Academy. Normally, they work in janitorial duties but also work as men-in-black who are deployed to extricate V.I.L.E. members who have failed their missions by being apprehended and "scrub" any evidence of V.I.L.E.'s existence.

They appear in the 2019 Netflix animated series Carmen Sandiego and are voiced by Liam O'Brien.



The duo rarely speak, but are diligent in their jobs. They work quickly, quietly, and without complaint. As Shadowsan notes, they are without fear. They are also “guys who never leave before the job is done”. This is what Carmen says to Gray when he asks about them.

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Vlad is shorter than Boris and has brown hair, eyes and eyebrows with a sharper chin than him. He possesses a more tired expression as well. His hair is revealed to be balding.

Boris's chin is more square and blunt than Vlad's and is taller than him. His hair and eyebrows are black and tilted.

They both have somewhat wrinkly faces with their hair cut short.

Their attire changes depending on their part in missions but they mainly wear pale green-grey shirts and pants with a black belt. During a costume party in the episode The Haunted Bayou Caper, Boris dresses as Frankenstein, and Vlad as Count Dracula. They can also dress in black coats with black pants and grey shirts. In this attire Boris wears a beanie while Vlad wears a green hat.

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  • They are likely based off Rick and Nick ICK, commonly known as The ICK Brothers, a pair of V.I.L.E. henchmen who had similar jobs, seen in the 1996 edition of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, who were assigned to "clean up" the evidence of V.I.L.E.'s whereabouts. However, the brothers' incompetence always ends up creating more messes for V.I.L.E.'s members as ACME's detectives continue to pursue them.
  • Boris appears to have some difficulty with modern technology, as seen in "The Haunted Bayou Caper", when The Troll had trouble instructing them on utilizing a retinal scan phone app, and then when he asked Vlad to do it Vlad seemed to understand it a bit better.