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22nd Jan '16 8:43:31 PM HeraldAlberich
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[[folder:Film]][[folder:Film Animated]] * In ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', even though the ants are PettingZooPeople, soldier ants are about twice the size of workers and have {{Heroic Build}}s. The Queen has an enlarged abdomen and gives birth every ten seconds, though Princess Bala does not yet look any different from a worker. [[/folder]] [[folder:Film Live-Action]]
17th Jan '16 6:48:39 AM Sharlee
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* Some species of tiny gall-infesting insects (aphids, thrips) and three species of sponge-parasitic shrimps live in colonies of closely-related or clonal individuals, some of which develop enlarged mandibles/pincers to serve as a "soldier" caste and defend the colony.
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* Some species of tiny gall-infesting insects (aphids, thrips) and three species of sponge-parasitic shrimps live in colonies of closely-related or clonal individuals, some of which develop enlarged mandibles/pincers to serve as a "soldier" caste. As breeding isn't restricted to a single female, inbreeding and mutual defense of a "fortress" gall or sponge seem to be the drivers for caste and defend the colony.evolution in these instances.
17th Jan '16 6:45:44 AM Sharlee
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* Some species of tiny gall-infesting insects (aphids, thrips) and three species of sponge-parasitic shrimps live in colonies of closely-related or clonal individuals, some of which develop enlarged mandibles/pincers to serve as a "soldier" caste and defend the colony. * One Australian beetle (''Austroplatypus incompertus'') is now known to demonstrate a simple form of eusociality, with a single breeding female producing lots of offspring that excavate tunnels in trees and care for her young.
14th Jan '16 10:07:08 AM Piando
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* The manga version of ''ChronoCrusade'' mixes this trope with FantasticCasteSystem for the demons. Although we're never told the details of the system, demons often talk about the "rank" of themselves and other demons, and the higher the "rank", the less beast-like and more intelligent and powerful the demon seems to be. There also seems to be clearly defined roles for demons--among the ones the audience learns about are Pursuers (which seem to be Demon Cops of some sort), soldiers, Sinners (outcasts), and Pandaemonium, the HiveQueen.
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* The manga version of ''ChronoCrusade'' ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' mixes this trope with FantasticCasteSystem for the demons. Although we're never told the details of the system, demons often talk about the "rank" of themselves and other demons, and the higher the "rank", the less beast-like and more intelligent and powerful the demon seems to be. There also seems to be clearly defined roles for demons--among the ones the audience learns about are Pursuers (which seem to be Demon Cops of some sort), soldiers, Sinners (outcasts), and Pandaemonium, the HiveQueen.

* The Slivers in ''MagicTheGathering'' are pretty solidly this. The trope is played with in that their apparent home plane, Rath, is a DeathWorld, and so even the lowest of the low of them are deadly enough to kill and devour a human--there is no real "worker caste", just "specialized breeds that are useful in this particular tactical environment". Each breed also shares their adaptations with everyone else in the hive. ** Thrulls in [[MagicTheGathering MotG]] also fit the bill. There are even some that exist primarily to be worn as armor by other creatures.
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* The Slivers in ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' are pretty solidly this. The trope is played with in that their apparent home plane, Rath, is a DeathWorld, and so even the lowest of the low of them are deadly enough to kill and devour a human--there is no real "worker caste", just "specialized breeds that are useful in this particular tactical environment". Each breed also shares their adaptations with everyone else in the hive. ** Thrulls in [[MagicTheGathering [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering MotG]] also fit the bill. There are even some that exist primarily to be worn as armor by other creatures.

** Novelisations and ExpandedUniverse material would feature more castes, such as tiny drones (who serve the Queen) and even a "Pretorian class," which was far tougher than the standard Xenomorph.
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** Novelisations {{Novelization}}s and ExpandedUniverse material would feature more castes, such as tiny drones (who serve the Queen) and even a "Pretorian class," which was far tougher than the standard Xenomorph.

* In ''BabylonFive'' the insectoid race Gaim is divided into several castes like queens, warriors, workers and the only humanoids ambassadors. [[AllThereInTheManual Not that you'll know this from the show itself.]] There is also fan speculation about a caste system among the Drakh, because of the very different look of the leaders and soldiers.
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* In ''BabylonFive'' ''Series/BabylonFive'' the insectoid race Gaim is divided into several castes like queens, warriors, workers and the only humanoids ambassadors. [[AllThereInTheManual Not that you'll know this from the show itself.]] There is also fan speculation about a caste system among the Drakh, because of the very different look of the leaders and soldiers.

* The Skrall in ''{{Bionicle}}'' are a gender-segregated version of this. Among the males, there are the nameless "warrior" Skrall, which make up most of the population and serve as {{Mooks}}, then the Elite Skrall (Bigger, more powerful Skrall ), and finally the enormous Leader Class who are in charge of the Skrall society. The females [[LadyLand live separately]] to the males, and it's implied that the only interaction between the genders consists of fighting or mating. The [[GenderRestrictedAbility females also have]] PsychicPowers.
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* The Skrall in ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' are a gender-segregated version of this. Among the males, there are the nameless "warrior" Skrall, which make up most of the population and serve as {{Mooks}}, then the Elite Skrall (Bigger, more powerful Skrall ), and finally the enormous Leader Class who are in charge of the Skrall society. The females [[LadyLand live separately]] to the males, and it's implied that the only interaction between the genders consists of fighting or mating. The [[GenderRestrictedAbility females also have]] PsychicPowers.

* {{Pikmin}}. They're far cuter than most examples on this list, they're [[PlantAliens plant-based]], and they're stuck on the bottom of the food chain without the player's guidance. With the player's guidance, they quickly fly up the food chain.
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* {{Pikmin}}.VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}. They're far cuter than most examples on this list, they're [[PlantAliens plant-based]], and they're stuck on the bottom of the food chain without the player's guidance. With the player's guidance, they quickly fly up the food chain.

* Hivers in ''SwordOfTheStars'' are organized in clans centered around a princess, who has birthed all members of that clan. Aside from birthing princesses, hivers come in three kinds: Workers (scientists, engineers, artists, etc.), warriors (heavy manual labor, high-risk work, soldiers, etc.) and princes (sexually active and otherwise basically big, intelligent warriors). Each of the castes can apparently be further divided, as the princess is able to modify her eggs to slightly specialize the role of the hiver that hatches from it -- she can, for instance, make a clutch of soldiers slightly more radiation-resistant than normal to work in fallout clearance, but she can't make soldiers with wings and acid-spitting. Hivers thus use a panoply of technology (guns, tanks, starships, armour, etc.) roughly equal to those of humans and tarka, and nothing strictly prevents a worker from picking up one of their guns and using it... Apart from the problem that said gun was likely built for a soldier and weighs a bit more than your average worker can handle.
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* Hivers in ''SwordOfTheStars'' ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' are organized in clans centered around a princess, who has birthed all members of that clan. Aside from birthing princesses, hivers come in three kinds: Workers (scientists, engineers, artists, etc.), warriors (heavy manual labor, high-risk work, soldiers, etc.) and princes (sexually active and otherwise basically big, intelligent warriors). Each of the castes can apparently be further divided, as the princess is able to modify her eggs to slightly specialize the role of the hiver that hatches from it -- she can, for instance, make a clutch of soldiers slightly more radiation-resistant than normal to work in fallout clearance, but she can't make soldiers with wings and acid-spitting. Hivers thus use a panoply of technology (guns, tanks, starships, armour, etc.) roughly equal to those of humans and tarka, and nothing strictly prevents a worker from picking up one of their guns and using it... Apart from the problem that said gun was likely built for a soldier and weighs a bit more than your average worker can handle.
8th Jan '16 12:53:28 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in the ''{{Spellsinger}}'' books, where the social ranks of Plated Folk are determined by what ''species'' of insect they are, rather than what caste within a species.
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* Averted in the ''{{Spellsinger}}'' ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' books, where the social ranks of Plated Folk are determined by what ''species'' of insect they are, rather than what caste within a species.
17th Dec '15 9:04:09 PM HelloLamppost
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* The [[StarfishAliens Jan]] in ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' have male Workers, the majority of their population; sterile Warriors, with six clawed arms and giant fanged jaws; and breeding Matriarchs, who essentially mature into sessile [[GeniusLoci living mountains,]] and serve as the leaders of Jannite society.
29th Oct '15 3:26:34 PM WillKeaton
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* In VideoGame/AgeOfWonders, differences between units of the same species sometimes is obviously biological, at least for Draconians and Shadow Demons.
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* In VideoGame/AgeOfWonders, ''VideoGame/AgeOfWonders,'' differences between units of the same species sometimes is obviously biological, at least for Draconians and Shadow Demons.
29th Oct '15 3:26:15 PM WillKeaton
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* Naked Mole Rat, a "mammalian ant", one of two mammals that have insect-like sociality, with "Queen" and "Workers" (the other is another mole rat). Also said to be insusceptible to cancer. See the other wiki at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_mole_rat
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* Naked Mole Rat, a "mammalian ant", one of two mammals that have insect-like sociality, with "Queen" and "Workers" (the other is another mole rat). Also said to be insusceptible to cancer. See the other wiki at http://en.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_mole_ratorg/wiki/Naked_mole_rat See the other wiki.]]
15th Oct '15 3:44:13 AM Arivne
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[[folder: Other Sites ]] * ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', Characters/{{SCP Foundation SCPs 1000 And Beyond}}, [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1702 SCP-1702 ("The French Hive")]]. The humanoids who live in SCP-1702 are of three types: an InsectQueen who mainly lays eggs, male drones who fertilize the Queen and sterile females who do most of the work. [[/folder]] [[folder: Tabletop RPG ]] Games ]]









10th Oct '15 7:51:32 AM Bluecatcinema
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** Novelisations and ExpandedUniverse material would feature more castes, such as tiny drones (who serve the Queen) and even a "Pretorian class," which was far tougher than the standard Xenomorph.
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