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8th Jun '17 1:58:07 AM Az_Tech341
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Oftentimes, when BeePeople show up to fight a BugWar against humanity, while the humans use the full panoply of technology, including [[TheBattlestar spaceships]], [[TankGoodness tanks]], PoweredArmor, and military aircraft, the Bugs are likely to instead use specialized castes of their own race, with a large level of polymorphism between different castes of the same species to adapt them to specialized roles. This system is actually inspired by certain RealLife ants, bees and termites, who indeed come in several of the varieties seen below.

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Oftentimes, when BeePeople show up to fight a BugWar against humanity, while the humans use the full panoply of technology, including [[TheBattlestar spaceships]], [[TankGoodness tanks]], PoweredArmor, and military aircraft, the Bugs are likely to instead use specialized castes of their own race, race instead, with a large level of polymorphism between different castes of the same species to adapt them to specialized roles. This system is actually inspired by certain RealLife ants, bees and termites, who indeed come in several of the varieties seen below.



* Some will be [[GiantMook oversized versions of the warrior]], tougher to kill and big enough to bite through tanks.
* Some will have specialized weaponry as part of their body, [[BreathWeapon spraying acid, flame]], or darts.

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* Some will be [[GiantMook oversized versions of the warrior]], warrior]] - tougher to kill and big enough to bite through tanks.
* Some will have specialized weaponry as part of their body, body - [[BreathWeapon spraying acid, flame]], or darts.



* And of course there's usually the InsectQueen, who lays eggs and is probably [[LargeAndInCharge bigger]] and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking badder]] than the other castes.
* And then sometimes Drones, [[GlorifiedSpermDonor who pretty much exist to mate with the queen and not much else]].

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* And And, of course course, there's usually the InsectQueen, who lays eggs and is probably [[LargeAndInCharge bigger]] and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking badder]] than the other castes.
* And then then, sometimes Drones, [[GlorifiedSpermDonor who pretty much exist to mate with the queen and not much else]].
25th May '17 6:59:47 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'':Every Antinium(a race of humanoid insects) has a specific task to fulfill. The hive queen forms their body, while having in mind how it could help them accomplish their task. For example, a soldier has a huge muscular, while a worker a rather slender one.

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* ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'':Every Antinium(a ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'': Every Antinium (a race of humanoid insects) has a specific task to fulfill. The hive queen forms their body, while having in mind how it could help them accomplish their task. For example, a soldier has a is huge and muscular, while a worker a is rather slender one.slender.



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* The Space Pirates of the ''{{Metroid}}'' series. Higher ranks are more powerful and specialized, whereas ordinary grunts serve as either [[WeHaveReserves arm cannon fodder]], unwilling test subjects for the science division, or lunch. Yeah, life as a Space Pirate sucks.

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* The Space Pirates of the ''{{Metroid}}'' ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series. Higher ranks are more powerful and specialized, whereas ordinary grunts serve as either [[WeHaveReserves arm cannon fodder]], unwilling test subjects for the science division, or lunch. Yeah, life as a Space Pirate sucks.



* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'', there is only one playable non-hybrid alien in the original game (though you can get another with the ''University'' ExpansionPack), Pollination Tech#9 Smith, and from what can be seen in his family tree, alien society is organized like this. The only two castes seen are drones (called Pollination Techs) and {{hive queen}}s. Pollination Techs also are the ones that abduct, [[AnalProbing probe]] and impregnante male Sims.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'', ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', there is only one playable non-hybrid alien in the original game (though you can get another with the ''University'' ExpansionPack), Pollination Tech#9 Smith, and from what can be seen in his family tree, alien society is organized like this. The only two castes seen are drones (called Pollination Techs) and {{hive queen}}s. Pollination Techs also are the ones that abduct, [[AnalProbing probe]] and impregnante male Sims.



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25th May '17 6:52:10 PM Theriocephalus
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* The Tyranids from TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} don't have castes per se, but various different types of Tyranid creatures bred to do a specific job, ranging from enormous Hive Ships to not-quite-as-enormous (but still as big as most HumongousMecha) Biotitans to various Synapse Creatures (that control lesser Tyranid creatures) to tank-sized montrosities and smaller and more numerous warrior organisms. Non-combat Tyranid creatures include the Norn Queen (that breeds other Tyranids inside the Hive Ships), capillary towers and mycetic spores (organic drop pods). Even their weapons and ammo are Tyranid creatures. Granted, they are [[HumanoidAliens not]] bug people, but the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Tau]] have a caste system where members of each caste possess different physiology. The military Fire caste are tall and strong, the pilot Air caste are slender and have better depth-perception and G-force tolerance, and the worker Earth caste are short and stocky.
* The [[LizardFolk Lizardmen]] of TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} fantasy have the Skinks (drones) Saurus (warriors) and Kroxigor (workers) with the [[WitchSpecies Slann]] as the kind of 'Queen Bee'. Although all four of them will fight if called upon. The Skinks also act as scribes and overseers to the others, (and some can do magic) while the Kroxigor double up as [[GiantMook Giant Mooks]] in battle.

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The Tyranids from TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} don't have castes per se, ''per se'', but various different types of Tyranid creatures are bred to do a specific job, jobs, ranging from enormous Hive Ships to not-quite-as-enormous (but still as big as most HumongousMecha) Biotitans to various Synapse Creatures (that control lesser Tyranid creatures) to tank-sized montrosities and smaller and more numerous warrior organisms. organisms, down to bug-sized living ammunition. Non-combat Tyranid creatures include the Norn Queen Queens (that breeds breed other Tyranids inside the Hive Ships), capillary towers (which funnel nutrients from overrun planets to hive ships in orbit) and mycetic spores (organic drop pods). Even their weapons and ammo are Tyranid creatures. Granted, creatures.
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they are [[HumanoidAliens not]] not bug people, but the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Tau]] have a caste system where members of each caste possess different physiology.physiologies. The military Fire caste are tall and strong, the pilot Air caste are slender and have better depth-perception and G-force tolerance, and the worker Earth caste are short and stocky.
* The [[LizardFolk Lizardmen]] of TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' fantasy have the small, wiry Skinks (drones) (drones), who handle their society's artisan crafts and also serve as priests and wizards; strong, massive Saurus (warriors) (warriors), who live for nothing but fighting and form the bulk of the Lizardmen's armed forces and guards; and the absolutely massive Kroxigor (workers) (workers), who perform most heavy construction and repair labor in the temple-cities; with the toadlike [[WitchSpecies Slann]] as the a kind of 'Queen Bee'. Although "Queen Bees", acting as the high priests, societal leaders and archmages. That said, all four of them will fight if called upon. The upon, the Skinks also act acting as scouts, assassins, skirmishers, beast handlers, scribes and overseers to overseers; the others, (and some can do magic) while Kroxigors as shock troops and living tanks; and the Slann leading armies and raining magical destruction 'round the enemies' ears. An interesting note is that the Lizardmen aren't born in the usual sense -- they crawl out of special spawning pools in the hearts of their cities (with one kind of pools for Slann that rarely activates, one for Saurus and one for Skinks and Kroxigor double up as [[GiantMook Giant Mooks]] in battle.alike), being quite literally bred for their roles.
18th May '17 8:41:14 AM Toren
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* ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'':Every Antinium(a race of humanoid insects) has a specific task to fulfill. The hive queen forms their body, while having in mind how it could help them accomplish their task. For example, a soldier has a huge muscular, while a worker a rather slender one.
11th Feb '17 3:22:29 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': Antmen, on of the primitive underground animal people, come in four castes: workers, a third the size of a dwarf; drones, the same size and winged; warriors, as big a dwarf, that will defend the queen at all costs, and the queen, the size of a lion and the only female.

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* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': Antmen, on one of the primitive underground animal people, come in four castes: workers, a third the size of a dwarf; drones, the same size and winged; warriors, as big a dwarf, that will defend the queen at all costs, costs; and the queen, the size of a lion and the only female.
4th Feb '17 4:00:45 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' Hivers:

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* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': Antmen, on of the primitive underground animal people, come in four castes: workers, a third the size of a dwarf; drones, the same size and winged; warriors, as big a dwarf, that will defend the queen at all costs, and the queen, the size of a lion and the only female.
3rd Feb '17 12:17:14 PM JoeMerl
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An [[BadBoss Agate terrifies]], a [[MakingASplash Lapis]] [[HostileTerraforming terraforms]]''\\

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An [[BadBoss Agate terrifies]], a [[MakingASplash Lapis]] [[HostileTerraforming terraforms]]''\\terraforms]]...''\\
3rd Feb '17 12:16:42 PM JoeMerl
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Although gem types fulfill roles more typical of a FantasticCasteSystem (corresponding to human occupations like engineers or architects, and even having nobility), they vary greatly in shape, size, physical ability, and [[ComboPlatterPowers various powers]] even if though they're all humanoid and fully sapient. These differences come from deliberate design instead of evolution, as the whole race (except perhaps their leaders, the Diamond Authority) seems to have been created artificially. In one commonality with bees, they are [[OneGenderRace all female]]--there's no equivalent to drones because gems [[BizarreAlienReproduction are grown from the ground using machines]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Although gem types fulfill roles more typical of a FantasticCasteSystem (corresponding to human occupations like engineers or architects, and even having nobility), they vary greatly in shape, size, physical ability, and [[ComboPlatterPowers various powers]] even if though they're all humanoid and fully sapient. These differences come from deliberate design instead of evolution, as the whole race (except perhaps their leaders, [[BigBadDuumvirate the Diamond Authority) Authority]]) seems to have been created artificially. In one commonality with bees, they are [[OneGenderRace all female]]--there's no equivalent to drones because gems [[BizarreAlienReproduction are grown from the ground using machines]].machines]].
-->''An army has a use--they can go and fight a war.\\
A [[{{Seers}} Sapphire]] has a use, [[PrescienceIsPredictable she can tell you what it's for]].\\
An [[BadBoss Agate terrifies]], a [[MakingASplash Lapis]] [[HostileTerraforming terraforms]]''\\
3rd Feb '17 7:37:35 AM Theriocephalus
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* ''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.

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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', Characters/{{SCP Foundation SCPs 1000 And Beyond}}, ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[Characters/SCPFoundationSCPs1000AndBeyond SCP-1702]] [[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.



* Ants and bees, all of order ''Hymenoptera'', and Termites, from order ''Isoptera'', almost all of which have specialized Queens, Drones, and Workers.
** Some also add nursemaids to take care of the young, up to several sub-castes of Soldier Ants, and Honeypot ants add workers adapted to serve as living storage jars for nectar. Bugs are cool, huh?

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* Ants and bees, all of order ''Hymenoptera'', and Termites, termites, from order ''Isoptera'', almost all of which have specialized Queens, Drones, and Workers.
** Some also add nursemaids to take care of the young, up to several sub-castes of Soldier Ants, soldiers, and Honeypot ants add workers adapted to serve as living storage jars for nectar. Bugs are cool, huh?



* The naked mole rat, a "mammalian ant", is one of two mammals that have insect-like sociality, with "Queen" and "Workers" (the other is another mole rat). Unlike eusocial insects, they aren't irreversibly born into their castes -- all naked mole rats are born as workers, with pheromones in the queen's excrements keeping them that way. When the queen dies, the female workers begin to compete for dominance until one matures into a queen and begins producing the suppressive pheromones again. Also said to be insusceptible to cancer. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_mole_rat See the other wiki.]]

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* The naked mole rat, a "mammalian ant", is one of two mammals that have insect-like sociality, with "Queen" and "Workers" (the other is another mole rat). Unlike eusocial insects, they aren't irreversibly born into their castes -- all naked mole rats are born as workers, with pheromones in the queen's excrements excrements, which the workers absorb when using the latrine burrows, keeping them that way. When the queen dies, the female workers begin to compete for dominance until one matures into a queen and begins producing the suppressive pheromones again. Also said to be insusceptible to cancer. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_mole_rat See the other wiki.]]
3rd Feb '17 7:34:59 AM Theriocephalus
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* Ants and Bees, all of order ''Hymenoptera'', and Termites, from order ''Isoptera'', almost all of which have specialized Queens, Drones, and Workers.

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* Ants and Bees, bees, all of order ''Hymenoptera'', and Termites, from order ''Isoptera'', almost all of which have specialized Queens, Drones, and Workers.



* 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. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_mole_rat See the other wiki.]]

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* Naked Mole Rat, The naked mole rat, a "mammalian ant", is one of two mammals that have insect-like sociality, with "Queen" and "Workers" (the other is another mole rat).rat). Unlike eusocial insects, they aren't irreversibly born into their castes -- all naked mole rats are born as workers, with pheromones in the queen's excrements keeping them that way. When the queen dies, the female workers begin to compete for dominance until one matures into a queen and begins producing the suppressive pheromones again. Also said to be insusceptible to cancer. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_mole_rat See the other wiki.]]
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