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27th Nov '17 9:05:59 AM AgProv
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* In Music/AliceCooper's ''The Black Widow'', which extols all the terrible evil majestic qualities of the spider [[note]]and yes, strictly speaking, an arachnid and not an insect, but in keeping with the spirit of this trope[[/note]], the deadly, pitiless and evil monarch who devours its mate immediately after sex - is described as "he" and "unholiest of kings".
-->The evil of his sting
-->The horror that he brings,
-->Unholiest of kings -
-->The BlackWidow!
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12th Nov '17 6:54:04 PM Pichu-kun
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* Charmy (a rarely-seen character from some VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog games) is a male bee with a stinger. He's also a 'child' despite not being a larva.

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* Charmy (a rarely-seen character from some VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games) is a male bee with a stinger. He's also a 'child' despite not being a larva.
24th Sep '17 7:06:36 AM Theriocephalus
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* 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).

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* 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 (the Old English English, Latin and Hebrew words for ant are all feminine, not neuter and thus anything other than "her" would be a grammatical error).
3rd Sep '17 8:08:10 AM Nazo
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' portrays [[GenderIsNoObject males and females among both soldiers and workers]]. The ero, naturally, is male.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' portrays [[GenderIsNoObject males and females among both soldiers and workers]]. The ero, hero, naturally, is male.
5th Aug '17 10:28:00 AM ElSquibbonator
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* While bees, ants, and social wasps in real life obviously avert this trope, [[TermiteTrouble termites]] actually play it straight. Termites aren't related to bees, ants, and wasps, so they evolved eusociality completely separately. For example, reproductive male termites don't die after sex--they spend the rest of their lives in the nest with the queen, and are called "kings". The workers can also be either male or female.
19th Jul '17 7:39:43 PM DrY9K
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* 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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* Averted in ''ClanApis'' ''ComicBook/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.
6th Jul '17 10:17:06 AM Julia1984
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' portrays [[GenderIsNoObject males and females among both soldiers and workers]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' portrays [[GenderIsNoObject males and females among both soldiers and workers]]. The ero, naturally, is male.



** There is also a mosquito in the bug bar that orders a Bloody Mary O+, which is obviously supposed to be blood, even though the 'squito has a male voice actor and males only drink plant juices. Then again, humans hardly drink alcohol for sustenance, and the blood makes the 'squito [[IntoxicationEnsues pass out]].

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** There is also a mosquito %% The blood-drinking creature in the bug bar that orders a Bloody Mary O+, which is obviously supposed to be blood, even though the 'squito has a male voice actor and males only drink plant juices. Then again, humans hardly drink alcohol for sustenance, and the blood makes the 'squito [[IntoxicationEnsues pass out]].tick, not a mosquito.
6th Jul '17 10:14:20 AM Julia1984
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Another reason for this trope is that all insect movies necessarily anthropomorphise their subjects, including by imposing human gender roles on them; often this extends to related tropes like NonMammalMammaries. Any fully accurate depiction of a society of sentient insects would be extremely creepy, with none of the characters being remotely sympathetic. Unlike giving insects human speech, faces, family structures, etc., however, this trope can [[ObligatoryPun bug people]] because it doesn't seem as necessary -- there's no reason the protagonist and main supporting cast of a story ''have'' to be male, so casting a creature that would biologically be female as a male is seen as a less [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality Acceptable Break From Reality]].

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Another reason for this trope is that all insect movies necessarily anthropomorphise their subjects, including by imposing human gender roles on them; often this extends to related tropes like NonMammalMammaries. Any fully accurate depiction of a society of sentient insects would be extremely creepy, with none of the characters being remotely sympathetic. Unlike giving insects human speech, faces, family structures, etc., however, this trope can [[ObligatoryPun [[ObligatoryJoke bug people]] because it doesn't seem as necessary -- there's no reason the protagonist and main supporting cast of a story ''have'' to be male, so casting a creature that would biologically be female as a male is seen as a less [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality Acceptable Break From Reality]].
6th Jul '17 10:14:03 AM Julia1984
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Fiction also tends to show an split between males to females, when there are barely a few hundred males for thousands of females in most insect societies due to the nature of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplodiploid_sex-determination_system how sexes are decided.]] And don't expect the "exist solely to have sex and die" thing to get anything more than a passing DoubleEntendre. It probably doesn't help that, in common slang, a "drone" is someone or something who works mindlessly, so a lot of people think that "worker bees" (the sterile females who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin work]]) and "drones" (the males who do a different kind of work) are just different names for the same thing.

Another reason for this trope is that all insect movies necessarily anthropomorphise their subjects, including by imposing human gender roles on them; often this extends to related tropes like NonMammalMammaries. Any accurately depiction of a society of sentient insects would be extremely creepy, with none of the characters being remotely sympathetic. More realistic portrayals of insect societies, on the other hand, sometimes appear in works mining it for social or political commentary, or in science fiction intentionally using its unfamiliar nature to make a insectoid aliens feel more strange.

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Fiction also tends to show an even or near even split between males to females, when there are barely a few hundred males for thousands of females in most insect societies due to the nature of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplodiploid_sex-determination_system how sexes are decided.]] And don't expect the "exist solely to have sex and die" thing to get anything more than a passing DoubleEntendre. It probably doesn't help that, in common slang, a "drone" is someone or something who works mindlessly, so a lot of people think that "worker bees" (the sterile females who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin work]]) and "drones" (the males who do a different kind of work) are just different names for the same thing.

Another reason for this trope is that all insect movies necessarily anthropomorphise their subjects, including by imposing human gender roles on them; often this extends to related tropes like NonMammalMammaries. Any accurately fully accurate depiction of a society of sentient insects would be extremely creepy, with none of the characters being remotely sympathetic. Unlike giving insects human speech, faces, family structures, etc., however, this trope can [[ObligatoryPun bug people]] because it doesn't seem as necessary -- there's no reason the protagonist and main supporting cast of a story ''have'' to be male, so casting a creature that would biologically be female as a male is seen as a less [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality Acceptable Break From Reality]].

On its way to becoming a CyclicalTrope.
More realistic portrayals of insect societies, on the other hand, societies sometimes appear in works mining it for social or political commentary, or in science fiction intentionally using its unfamiliar nature to make a insectoid aliens feel more strange.
26th Jun '17 5:02:58 PM WillKeaton
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Fiction also tends to show an split between males to females, when there are barely a few hundred males for thousands of females in most insect societies due to the nature of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplodiploid_sex-determination_system how sexes are decided]]. And don't expect the "exist solely to have sex and die" thing to get anything more than a passing DoubleEntendre. It probably doesn't help that, in common slang, a "drone" is someone or something who works mindlessly, so a lot of people think that "worker bees" (the sterile females who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin work]]) and "drones" (the males who do a different kind of work) are just different names for the same thing.

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Fiction also tends to show an split between males to females, when there are barely a few hundred males for thousands of females in most insect societies due to the nature of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplodiploid_sex-determination_system how sexes are decided]]. decided.]] And don't expect the "exist solely to have sex and die" thing to get anything more than a passing DoubleEntendre. It probably doesn't help that, in common slang, a "drone" is someone or something who works mindlessly, so a lot of people think that "worker bees" (the sterile females who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin work]]) and "drones" (the males who do a different kind of work) are just different names for the same thing.
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