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18th Oct '17 11:32:35 PM wolftickets1969
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* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' has the titular lifeforms that exist only to devour any living thing they encounter and make more of themselves. However, the later games reveal, after Samus has hunted them to extinction, that they were ''deliberately artificially created to deal with a parasite that is even worse, and which the universe now has no defense against.'' [[NiceJobBreakingItHero OOPS!]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' has the titular lifeforms that exist only to devour any living thing they encounter and make more of themselves. However, the later games reveal, after Samus has hunted them to extinction, that they were ''deliberately artificially created to deal with [[TheVirus a parasite parasite]] that is even worse, and which the universe now has no defense against.'' [[NiceJobBreakingItHero OOPS!]]
16th Oct '17 2:25:36 PM RazorTongue
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* One of the end-of-the-world plagues to be delivered by a loving and forgiving God, as foretold in the ''Literature/BookOfRevelation'', is a plague of unearthly locust-like creatures which will come from nowhere and deliver potent stings, so painful and disfiguring that those who are stung will wish they were dead. This is a CallBack to the earlier plague of locusts visited upon Egypt by G-d, in the book of Exodus.

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* One of the end-of-the-world plagues to be delivered by a loving and forgiving God, as foretold in the ''Literature/BookOfRevelation'', is a plague of unearthly locust-like creatures which will come from nowhere and deliver potent stings, so painful and disfiguring that those who are stung will wish they were dead. This is a CallBack to the earlier plague of locusts visited upon Egypt by G-d, God, in the book of Exodus.
23rd May '17 12:00:14 PM Kafkesque
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** If the player is so inclined, they can play as their own horde by creating a Hive Mind empire with the "Devouring Swarm" civic.
7th May '17 4:32:17 PM nombretomado
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* The Vord of ''Literature/CodexAlera'' are a CaptainErsatz of the [[StarCraft Zerg]] in a lot of ways, including following this trope. Their HiveMind is actually highly intelligent, but its attitude towards other lifeforms can easily be summed up as "assimilate or eat".

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* The Vord of ''Literature/CodexAlera'' are a CaptainErsatz of the [[StarCraft [[VideoGame/StarCraft Zerg]] in a lot of ways, including following this trope. Their HiveMind is actually highly intelligent, but its attitude towards other lifeforms can easily be summed up as "assimilate or eat".



** The [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Changelings]] give off this particular vibe as well, what with their less-than-subtle similarities with to [[VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} Zerg]]. The only difference being that they [[EmotionEater feed on love]] instead of ponies themselves.

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** The [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Changelings]] give off this particular vibe as well, what with their less-than-subtle similarities with to [[VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} [[VideoGame/StarCraft Zerg]]. The only difference being that they [[EmotionEater feed on love]] instead of ponies themselves.
6th May '17 1:10:57 PM 20person
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** With the ''Utopia'' DLC, Psionic races can telepathically communicate with them. [[spoiler:Asking them why they're here will have them tell you that like the Tyranids, they're running away from someone even worse, a species called the Hunters. The name "Prethoryn" means "survivors," as they're the last survivors of their war against the Hunters, who are still chasing them. The "HAK HAK HAK" laughing they make is not a standard EvilLaugh, but rather one mocking you for thinking that you could possibly defeat the Hunters.]]

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** With the ''Utopia'' DLC, Psionic races can telepathically communicate with them. [[spoiler:Asking them why they're here will have them tell you that like the Tyranids, they're running away from someone even worse, a species called the Hunters. The name "Prethoryn" means "survivors," as they're the last survivors of their war against the Hunters, who are still chasing them.them and will eventually arrive in the galaxy. The "HAK HAK HAK" laughing they make is not a standard EvilLaugh, but rather one mocking you for thinking that you could possibly defeat the Hunters.]]
6th May '17 1:09:02 PM 20person
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** With the ''Utopia'' DLC, Psionic races can telepathically communicate with them. [[spoiler:Asking them why they're here will have them tell you that like the Tyranids, they're running away from someone even worse, a species called the Hunters. The name "Prethoryn" means "survivors," as they're the last survivors of their war against the Hunters, who are still chasing them. The "HAK HAK HAK" laughing they make is not a standard EvilLaugh, but rather one mocking you for thinking that you could possibly defeat the Hunters.]]
23rd Apr '17 7:35:27 PM Zaptech
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* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' has the Prethoryn Scourge end-game crisis. They invade the galaxy from the outside and invade anything in sight, killing off any native pops on planets they conquer and [[HostileTerraforming turning fallen planets into 'infested worlds' that spawn more Scourge]], repeat until the galaxy is all Scourge. [[GameBreakingBug However they can't exterminate robot pops in the current build, leaving robot-inhabited planets conquered by the Scourge in a permanent limbo situation.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' has the Prethoryn Scourge end-game crisis. They invade the galaxy from the outside and invade anything in sight, killing off any native pops on planets they conquer and [[HostileTerraforming turning fallen planets into 'infested worlds' that spawn more Scourge]], repeat until the galaxy is all Scourge. [[GameBreakingBug However they can't exterminate robot pops in the current build, leaving robot-inhabited planets conquered by the Scourge in a permanent limbo situation.]]
23rd Apr '17 10:13:57 AM nombretomado
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* Locusts and Silicoids from ''SwordOfTheStars'' each embody this in a different way. Silicoids, also known as 'Swarms' are scilicon-based space-bugs who live in asteroid-belt and are mainly pests - a Swarmer Hive will send out a Silicoid Queen every 10 turns, aimed at a nearby planet with an asteroid-field, and establish a new Hive there if it isn't killed on the way. That Hive will send out a new Queen 10 turns later, and so on. Attacking either a Hive or a Queen gets you a fight with a swarm of angry Drones, so you better hope you remembered to bring point-defense systems. The Locusts, meanwhile, are not actual bugs but robots, and as such consume inorganic material, but they otherwise follow the trope to a tee (they're not PlanetLooters because they're utterly mindless and attack in bug-like swarms). The Locust Hiveworld will move slowly and deliberately across the map, draining the resources out of every planet it comes across (rendering them functionally useless), and - once it has gathered enough resources in this way - it will spawn a second Hiveworld. Left to its own devices, the Hiveworlds will turn every last bit of resources in the galaxy into more of themselves. Most players would rather face the [[ThatsNoMoon Deathstar-like]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast System Killer]] than the Locusts...

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* Locusts and Silicoids from ''SwordOfTheStars'' ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' each embody this in a different way. Silicoids, also known as 'Swarms' are scilicon-based space-bugs who live in asteroid-belt and are mainly pests - a Swarmer Hive will send out a Silicoid Queen every 10 turns, aimed at a nearby planet with an asteroid-field, and establish a new Hive there if it isn't killed on the way. That Hive will send out a new Queen 10 turns later, and so on. Attacking either a Hive or a Queen gets you a fight with a swarm of angry Drones, so you better hope you remembered to bring point-defense systems. The Locusts, meanwhile, are not actual bugs but robots, and as such consume inorganic material, but they otherwise follow the trope to a tee (they're not PlanetLooters because they're utterly mindless and attack in bug-like swarms). The Locust Hiveworld will move slowly and deliberately across the map, draining the resources out of every planet it comes across (rendering them functionally useless), and - once it has gathered enough resources in this way - it will spawn a second Hiveworld. Left to its own devices, the Hiveworlds will turn every last bit of resources in the galaxy into more of themselves. Most players would rather face the [[ThatsNoMoon Deathstar-like]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast System Killer]] than the Locusts...
16th Apr '17 6:57:10 PM nombretomado
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* The Black Mass from the ''StarTrekNewFrontier'' book series

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* The Black Mass from the ''StarTrekNewFrontier'' ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' book series
15th Mar '17 2:35:51 PM AthenaBlue
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* The Garuda come across this way to the ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia'', though their true end goal is not known. What is known is that they react with hostility to the lances that are their KryptoniteFactor, and attack anything that uses the power-source that most Sidonian technology runs on.



* The Garuda come across this way to the ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia'', though their true end goal is not known. What is known is that they react with hostility to the lances that are their KryptoniteFactor, and attack anything that uses the power-source that most of Sidonia technology runs on.



* The creatures in ''Film/BattleLosAngeles'' are apparently after Earth's water; they set up massive machines to drain the ocean and seem to be powering their devices, and even their own bodies, with it.



* The creatures in ''Film/BattleLosAngeles'' are apparently after Earth's water; they set up massive machines to drain the ocean and seem to be powering their devices, and even their own bodies, with it.
* The flying Bioraptors of 1999's ''Film/PitchBlack'' have apparently driven all life on the rest of the planet to extinction, to the point that they start killing off and eating each other en masse by the end.



* The flying Bioraptors of 1999's ''Film/PitchBlack'' have apparently driven all life on the rest of the planet to extinction, to the point that they start killing off and eating each other en masse by the end.



* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has the Replicators, which are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: they consume technology and matter to make more of themselves. Somewhat confusingly, the Asurans of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' are usually referred to as Replicators as well, despite not sharing anything with the original Replicators beyond having a similar construction design. Indeed, their goal is ''not'' to create more of themselves: they're more like a fully-functioning, entirely mechanical civilization.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has The Magog from ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]]: The Racnoss ate entire planets, and were dangerous enough that
the Replicators, which are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: they consume technology and matter to make more of themselves. Somewhat confusingly, Fledgling Empires, including the Asurans of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' are usually referred Time Lords, went to as Replicators as well, despite not sharing anything with war against them in the original Replicators beyond having a similar construction design. Indeed, their goal is ''not'' to create more early history of themselves: the universe. The Doctor winds up killing the newborn Racnoss that the Empress reawakens because they're more like "born starving" and thus cannot be reasoned with.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]] has
a fully-functioning, entirely mechanical civilization.massive swarm of stingray-like creatures, who reduced the titular planet to a desert, and have the ability to generate wormholes to go to a new planet by flying around the planet again and again.



* ''Series/DoctorWho:''
** The Stingray creatures in the 2009 Easter Special "Planet of the Dead".
** The Rachnoss, a reborn-from-near-extinction species that the Doctor murders in their crib in "The Runaway Bride", mainly because there is no way to talk them out of their instinct to consume the Earth and other planets, at least not while they are still children.
* The Magog from ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho:''
** The Stingray
An episode of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' had one MonsterOfTheWeek that was like this (maybe not a pure example of the Trope, seeing as the swarm did the bidding of someone else, namely [[BigBad Astronema]]). In the plot of the episode, a female monster called Mamamite planted millions of her eggs around Angel Grove assuring Astronema they'd hatch into a swarm of creatures in who acted like this; however, Astronema urged her to speed up the 2009 Easter Special "Planet of the Dead".
**
process, and she did her best with a drill-like device. The Rachnoss, heroes were able to defeat ''her'' rather easily, but her spawn hatched nonetheless, resulting in a reborn-from-near-extinction species somewhat accurate version of this Trope, which could also [[WormThatWalks combine into a stronger male version of its mother]] that called itself Termitus. Eventually, it was defeated by the Doctor murders in their crib in "The Runaway Bride", mainly because there is no way to talk them out of their instinct to Megazord.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has the Replicators, which are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: they
consume technology and matter to make more of themselves. Somewhat confusingly, the Earth and other planets, at least Asurans of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' are usually referred to as Replicators as well, despite not while they are still children.
* The Magog from ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''.
sharing anything with the original Replicators beyond having a similar construction design. Indeed, their goal is ''not'' to create more of themselves: they're more like a fully-functioning, entirely mechanical civilization.



* An episode of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' had one MonsterOfTheWeek that was like this (maybe not a pure example of the Trope, seeing as the swarm did the bidding of someone else, namely [[BigBad Astronema]]). In the plot of the episode, a female monster called Mamamite planted millions of her eggs around Angel Grove assuring Astronema they'd hatch into a swarm of creatures who acted like this; however, Astronema urged her to speed up the process, and she did her best with a drill-like device. The heroes were able to defeat ''her'' rather easily, but her spawn hatched nonetheless, resulting in a somewhat accurate version of this Trope, which could also [[WormThatWalks combine into a stronger male version of its mother]] that called itself Termitus. Eventually, it was defeated by the Megazord.



* In ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'', one episode shows a swarm of over-sized ants. Said ants almost destroyed an entire rainforest within a few days.



* In ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'', one episode shows a swarm of over-sized ants. Said ants almost destroyed an entire rainforest within a few days.
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