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15th Sep '16 5:08:37 PM supergod
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[[caption-width-right:271:Attention, Hollywood--these exist only to [[DeathBySex mate with the queen and die]].]]
15th Sep '16 4:19:50 PM eroock
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-->--'''''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'''''

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15th Sep '16 2:49:54 PM supergod
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Basically you invoke artistic License, otherwise it can be enough to [[PetPeeveTrope really bug you]] (if you'll pardon the awful {{pun}}).



And in fairness, of course, it's not like playing this trope ''perfectly'' straight with sentients would be at all feasible, as accurately depicting insect society and values would be, put bluntly, ''obscenely creepy'', none of the characters would be remotely sympathetic, and it would probably come across to the uninformed viewer as a [[StrawFeminist nightmarishly overblown paranoid misogynistic conspiracy theory]], and even if the whole "living only for breeding and dying" business were ignored, an entire society overtly built around strict gender roles would be hard to sell in modern times regardless of what gender is doing what.

Some works get around this by portraying [[GenderIsNoObject both male and female]] workers, and soldiers in colonies.

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And in fairness, of course, it's not like playing this trope ''perfectly'' straight with sentients would be at all feasible, as accurately depicting insect society and values would be, put bluntly, ''obscenely creepy'', none of the characters would be remotely sympathetic, and it would probably come across to the uninformed viewer as a [[StrawFeminist nightmarishly overblown paranoid misogynistic conspiracy theory]], and even if the whole "living only for breeding and dying" business were ignored, an entire society overtly built around strict gender roles would be hard to sell in modern times regardless of what gender is doing what. \n\n Some works get around this by portraying [[GenderIsNoObject both male and female]] workers, and soldiers in colonies.



And let's ''definitely'' not even get us started on biting male mosquitoes. Only female mosquitoes bite.

Can be combination of SomewhereAnEntomologistIsCrying, and MostWritersAreHuman. Can be an example of the TheSmurfettePrinciple.

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And let's ''definitely'' not even get us started on This trope also applies to biting male mosquitoes. Only mosquitoes, when in reality, only female mosquitoes bite.

A subtrope of ArtisticLicenseBiology. Can be combination of SomewhereAnEntomologistIsCrying, SomewhereAnEntomologistIsCrying and MostWritersAreHuman. Can be an example of the TheSmurfettePrinciple.
15th Sep '16 2:39:49 PM supergod
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** There's a race of insect-like creatures called Dromites. Dromites are genderless with the exception of the Grand Queen and Elected Consort, both of whom are responsible for populating the entire city hive. Also, the Queen and her Consort are elected every year, so how exactly the dromites gain sexual characteristics is unknown. However, it does resemble real life in that neither the Grand Queen or the Elected Consort does much, so ruling is presumably left to the normal dromites.
** The ant-like Formians have an immobile queen (who also has very powerful magic abilities), male "myrmarch" caste of field leaders and consorts, and sexless worker, soldier and slaver castes.
* While the Tyranids of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are genderless, the most powerful units are referred to as male (Broodlord, Swarmlord...). Every 'nid is spawned from seldom-seen units called Norn Queens.
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* Beautifully averted in ''ClanApis'' which portrays a bee hive realistically (apart from all the [[AnimalTalk talking]]). The only male bee depicted is perfectly okay with his [[OutWithABang sole purpose in life]]. The other insects have accurate gender roles as well: The Dung Beetle is male, the Praying Mantis is female etc.

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* Beautifully averted Averted in ''ClanApis'' which portrays a bee hive realistically (apart from all the [[AnimalTalk talking]]). The only male bee depicted is perfectly okay with his [[OutWithABang sole purpose in life]]. The other insects have accurate gender roles as well: The Dung Beetle is male, the Praying Mantis is female etc.


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* The mosquito trope is averted in Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/TheScar'': There is a race of sentient humanoid mosquitoes; the males are nectar-eaters and their wings are silent. The females are sanguinivorous, their wings drone when they fly, and they are widely feared. Both sexes are intelligent (and frighteningly so), though the blood-hunger in females makes it difficult for them to converse with any blooded creature long enough to gain a common language.


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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Looks to be averted at first in ''StarFleetBattles'' with the insectoid Seltorians, in that the ships are crewed by female workers, but then has them led by 'Sages' who were male 'Rams' that the Queen never got around to mating with, and suddenly survived, became long lived, and much smarter than all the females.
* Played with in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' with the [[BeePeople bee-inspired]] [[WomensMysteries thriae]], an [[OneGenderRace all-female species]] of which only the [[HiveCasteSystem queens]] are fertile. (They [[YouCantGoHomeAgain keep]] male volunteers [[GenderEqualsBreed from other species]] in the hive for breeding purposes.)
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15th Sep '16 10:46:04 AM supergod
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** There's a race of insect-like creatures called Dromites. Dromites are genderless with the exception of the Grand Queen and Elected Consort, both of whom are responsible for populating the entire city hive. Also, the Queen and her Consort are elected every year, so how exactly the dromites gain sexual characteristics is unknown. However, it does resemble real life in that neither the Grand Queen or the Elected Consort does much, so ruling is presumably left to the normal dromites.
** The ant-like Formians have an immobile queen (who also has very powerful magic abilities), male "myrmarch" caste of field leaders and consorts, and sexless worker, soldier and slaver castes.
* While the Tyranids of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are genderless, the most powerful units are referred to as male (Broodlord, Swarmlord...). Every 'nid is spawned from seldom-seen units called Norn Queens.
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* The mosquito trope is averted in Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/TheScar'': There is a race of sentient humanoid mosquitoes; the males are nectar-eaters and their wings are silent. The females are sanguinivorous, their wings drone when they fly, and they are widely feared. Both sexes are intelligent (and frighteningly so), though the blood-hunger in females makes it difficult for them to converse with any blooded creature long enough to gain a common language.




[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Looks to be averted at first in ''StarFleetBattles'' with the insectoid Seltorians, in that the ships are crewed by female workers, but then has them led by 'Sages' who were male 'Rams' that the Queen never got around to mating with, and suddenly survived, became long lived, and much smarter than all the females.
* Played with in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' with the [[BeePeople bee-inspired]] [[WomensMysteries thriae]], an [[OneGenderRace all-female species]] of which only the [[HiveCasteSystem queens]] are fertile. (They [[YouCantGoHomeAgain keep]] male volunteers [[GenderEqualsBreed from other species]] in the hive for breeding purposes.)
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Zigzagged in ''VideoGame/HeartOfTheSwarm'': Swarm Queens are given a definite female vibe (the Zerg themselves don't seem to have genders, including the WorkerUnit drones).
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14th Sep '16 5:37:16 PM Twiddler
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Averted in ''Webcomic/DemonStreet'', where all the giant ants are female.
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14th Sep '16 5:34:59 PM Twiddler
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14th Sep '16 5:32:05 PM Twiddler
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Beautifully averted in ''ClanApis'' which portrays a bee hive realistically (apart from all the [[AnimalTalk talking]]). The only male bee depicted is perfectly okay with his [[OutWithABang sole purpose in life]]. The other insects have accurate gender roles as well: The Dung Beetle is male, the Praying Mantis is female etc.
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* ''Creator/SparkPlugEntertainment'' plays it straight with ''Plan Bee'', which features both male and female worker bees and has a male worker as its protagonist, but averts it with ''An Ant's Life'', where all worker ants are depicted as female.
* Averted in ''[[WesternAnimation/DotAndTheKangaroo Dot and Keeto]],'' where Keeto the mosquito informs a [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrunken]] Dot that she doesn't have anything to fear from him -- he's a ''male'' mosquito and as such isn't going to try drinking her blood.



* Averted, interestingly, in Literature/TheBible, in Proverbs 6:6. Considering when that particular book was written and translated, it's probably a manifestation of noun gender (both the Old English and Hebrew words for ant are feminine, not neuter and thus anything other than "her" would be a grammatical error).
--> "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise!"



* Averted in Creator/RudyardKipling's ''The Mother Hive'', an undisguised AuthorTract that grabbed the stock metaphor and ran with it to the very end ''without'' derailing by usual general interpretation failures. Workers are always referred in feminine gender, queen does not exactly publishes decrees (and goaded into activity by workers), drones get mentioned at all exclusively in the contexts of mating flights, swarming or development anomalies.
* Averted in ''Literature/EmpireOfTheAnts'' by Bernard Werber, in which it's clearly explained that drones die after they mate. One of the main characters of the non-human [[TwoLinesNoWaiting part of the story]] is a drone ant, but [[spoiler:he dies before the mating flight]].
* The mosquito trope is averted in Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/TheScar'': There is a race of sentient humanoid mosquitoes; the males are nectar-eaters and their wings are silent. The females are sanguinivorous, their wings drone when they fly, and they are widely feared. Both sexes are intelligent (and frighteningly so), though the blood-hunger in females makes it difficult for them to converse with any blooded creature long enough to gain a common language.
* Averted in ''Literature/TheHeroicAdventureOfHerculesAmsterdam''; no male ants actually appear, but they apparently serve as slaves for females. At one point the Queen actually exiles a female worker into slavery, accusing her of secretly being a "weak" male in disguise.
* Averted in ''The Merro Tree'' by Katie Waitman. There is a sentient hymenopteroid race, the H'n'kae (who are among other things famed for unarmed combat). The worker and warrior castes are entirely made up of females; only a very few males exist at all; the queen is the only H'n'kae who lays eggs and is very very large indeed.
* Averted in the ''Literature/EndersGame'' series: the Formics are a very accurate depiction of an insect colony, albeit one of intelligent, alien insects.
* Literature/PerryRhodan, due to its nature as an extreme LongRunner written by a team of authors, sometimes averts this trope and sometimes plays it straight. In one memorable case, however, it manages to get ''this'' correct but still mess up. In one storyline shortly after the Earth has been teleported across the galaxy (long story), we're introduced to the dominant species of the sector (insectoid; beelike, to be specific) with a slightly disturbing scene [[ShownTheirWork where drones are rounded up and executed by the workers after having fulfilled their duty while the queen muses on how lucky she was to have been, among other things, fed the right kind of nectar so she won't have to take care of that]] - then switches over to a lengthy explanation of how [[YouFailBiologyForever the insects developed because there's too little cosmic radiation in that sector of the galaxy]] [[EvolutionaryLevels for mammals to evolve quickly enough, causing insects became sentient first]].



* Averted with the bloodsucking mosquito in the Creator/DrSeuss story, ''This is Ann''. Ann, whose full name is Anopheles Mosquito, is correctly shown as female.
* Averted in the children's book, ''Ned Kelly And the City Of the Bees.'' The main bee character is female, and the drones do die in the end.



* The Hell Ant Machines of IWA Japan are all men.[[/folder]]

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* The Hell Ant Machines of IWA Japan are all men.men.
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* Looks to be averted at first in ''StarFleetBattles'' with the insectoid Seltorians, in that the ships are crewed by female workers, but then has them led by 'Sages' who were male 'Rams' that the Queen never got around to mating with, and suddenly survived, became long lived, and much smarter than all the females.
* Played with in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' with the [[BeePeople bee-inspired]] [[WomensMysteries thriae]], an [[OneGenderRace all-female species]] of which only the [[HiveCasteSystem queens]] are fertile. (They [[YouCantGoHomeAgain keep]] male volunteers [[GenderEqualsBreed from other species]] in the hive for breeding purposes.)



* Oddly, averted in ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars''. The pseudo-insectoid Hiver race consists primarily of sexless warriors and workers. The [[HiveCasteSystem breeding caste]] consists of princesses who are absolute rulers as well as egg-layers, and princes whose duties consist largely of mating with the princesses, as well as trying to claim glory and achievements to prove they're worth mating with. It actually mirrors genuine colony insects quite well, albeit with the addition of sapience and culture, and the divergences are {{justified|Trope}} because they're not actually insects, but rather extraterrestrial life-forms which resemble Earthly insects, but also have important distinctions -- they have an internal skeleton, for instance. (Oh, and cheese gets them drunk.)
* Averted in, at least ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi: DaiFukkatsu]]'' where it is revealed that Hibachi, the eponymous [[InfernalRetaliation Angry]] [[TrueFinalBoss Boss]] [[BeeAfraid Bee]], is female. Whether this is true for the previous four games or not is unknown.



* Zigzagged in ''VideoGame/HeartOfTheSwarm'': Swarm Queens are given a definite female vibe (the Zerg themselves don't seem to have genders, including the WorkerUnit drones).



* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheCatInTheHatKnowsALotAboutThat'' where all of the ants, bees, and wasps appear to be female.



* Averted in Russian language, where a drone is called "трутень" (truten'), and its second meaning is "The one not doing any physical work", which is essentially what drones are. Polish "truteń" has the same two meanings. Loan words, Russian "дрон" (dron) and Polish "dron", are used in the meaning ''unmanned aerial vehicle''.
* The Spanish word "zángano" (dron) also has the second meaning of "lazy" and has male grammatical gender while "abeja" (Bee) is a female word.


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!!Aversions:

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Beautifully averted in ''ClanApis'' which portrays a bee hive realistically (apart from all the [[AnimalTalk talking]]). The only male bee depicted is perfectly okay with his [[OutWithABang sole purpose in life]]. The other insects have accurate gender roles as well: The Dung Beetle is male, the Praying Mantis is female etc.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Averted in ''[[WesternAnimation/DotAndTheKangaroo Dot and Keeto]],'' where Keeto the mosquito informs a [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrunken]] Dot that she doesn't have anything to fear from him -- he's a ''male'' mosquito and as such isn't going to try drinking her blood.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Averted, interestingly, in Literature/TheBible, in Proverbs 6:6. Considering when that particular book was written and translated, it's probably a manifestation of noun gender (both the Old English and Hebrew words for ant are feminine, not neuter and thus anything other than "her" would be a grammatical error).
--> "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise!"
* Averted in Creator/RudyardKipling's ''The Mother Hive'', an undisguised AuthorTract that grabbed the stock metaphor and ran with it to the very end ''without'' derailing by usual general interpretation failures. Workers are always referred in feminine gender, queen does not exactly publishes decrees (and goaded into activity by workers), drones get mentioned at all exclusively in the contexts of mating flights, swarming or development anomalies.
* Averted in ''Literature/EmpireOfTheAnts'' by Bernard Werber, in which it's clearly explained that drones die after they mate. One of the main characters of the non-human [[TwoLinesNoWaiting part of the story]] is a drone ant, but [[spoiler:he dies before the mating flight]].
* The mosquito trope is averted in Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/TheScar'': There is a race of sentient humanoid mosquitoes; the males are nectar-eaters and their wings are silent. The females are sanguinivorous, their wings drone when they fly, and they are widely feared. Both sexes are intelligent (and frighteningly so), though the blood-hunger in females makes it difficult for them to converse with any blooded creature long enough to gain a common language.
* Averted in ''Literature/TheHeroicAdventureOfHerculesAmsterdam''; no male ants actually appear, but they apparently serve as slaves for females. At one point the Queen actually exiles a female worker into slavery, accusing her of secretly being a "weak" male in disguise.
* Averted in ''The Merro Tree'' by Katie Waitman. There is a sentient hymenopteroid race, the H'n'kae (who are among other things famed for unarmed combat). The worker and warrior castes are entirely made up of females; only a very few males exist at all; the queen is the only H'n'kae who lays eggs and is very very large indeed.
* Averted in the ''Literature/EndersGame'' series: the Formics are a very accurate depiction of an insect colony, albeit one of intelligent, alien insects.
* Averted with the bloodsucking mosquito in the Creator/DrSeuss story, ''This is Ann''. Ann, whose full name is Anopheles Mosquito, is correctly shown as female.
* Averted in the children's book, ''Ned Kelly And the City Of the Bees.'' The main bee character is female, and the drones do die in the end.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Oddly, averted in ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars''. The pseudo-insectoid Hiver race consists primarily of sexless warriors and workers. The [[HiveCasteSystem breeding caste]] consists of princesses who are absolute rulers as well as egg-layers, and princes whose duties consist largely of mating with the princesses, as well as trying to claim glory and achievements to prove they're worth mating with. It actually mirrors genuine colony insects quite well, albeit with the addition of sapience and culture, and the divergences are {{justified|Trope}} because they're not actually insects, but rather extraterrestrial life-forms which resemble Earthly insects, but also have important distinctions -- they have an internal skeleton, for instance. (Oh, and cheese gets them drunk.)
* Averted in, at least ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi: DaiFukkatsu]]'' where it is revealed that Hibachi, the eponymous [[InfernalRetaliation Angry]] [[TrueFinalBoss Boss]] [[BeeAfraid Bee]], is female. Whether this is true for the previous four games or not is unknown.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheCatInTheHatKnowsALotAboutThat'' where all of the ants, bees, and wasps appear to be female.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* Averted in Russian language, where a drone is called "трутень" (truten'), and its second meaning is "The one not doing any physical work", which is essentially what drones are. Polish "truteń" has the same two meanings. Loan words, Russian "дрон" (dron) and Polish "dron", are used in the meaning ''unmanned aerial vehicle''.
* The Spanish word "zángano" (dron) also has the second meaning of "lazy" and has male grammatical gender while "abeja" (Bee) is a female word.
[[/folder]]

!!Zigzagged:

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Creator/SparkPlugEntertainment'' plays it straight with ''Plan Bee'', which features both male and female worker bees and has a male worker as its protagonist, but averts it with ''An Ant's Life'', where all worker ants are depicted as female.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Literature/PerryRhodan, due to its nature as an extreme LongRunner written by a team of authors, sometimes averts this trope and sometimes plays it straight. In one memorable case, however, it manages to get ''this'' correct but still mess up. In one storyline shortly after the Earth has been teleported across the galaxy (long story), we're introduced to the dominant species of the sector (insectoid; beelike, to be specific) with a slightly disturbing scene [[ShownTheirWork where drones are rounded up and executed by the workers after having fulfilled their duty while the queen muses on how lucky she was to have been, among other things, fed the right kind of nectar so she won't have to take care of that]] - then switches over to a lengthy explanation of how [[YouFailBiologyForever the insects developed because there's too little cosmic radiation in that sector of the galaxy]] [[EvolutionaryLevels for mammals to evolve quickly enough, causing insects became sentient first]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Looks to be averted at first in ''StarFleetBattles'' with the insectoid Seltorians, in that the ships are crewed by female workers, but then has them led by 'Sages' who were male 'Rams' that the Queen never got around to mating with, and suddenly survived, became long lived, and much smarter than all the females.
* Played with in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' with the [[BeePeople bee-inspired]] [[WomensMysteries thriae]], an [[OneGenderRace all-female species]] of which only the [[HiveCasteSystem queens]] are fertile. (They [[YouCantGoHomeAgain keep]] male volunteers [[GenderEqualsBreed from other species]] in the hive for breeding purposes.)
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Zigzagged in ''VideoGame/HeartOfTheSwarm'': Swarm Queens are given a definite female vibe (the Zerg themselves don't seem to have genders, including the WorkerUnit drones).
[[/folder]]
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