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17th Apr '18 6:43:34 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Fanfic/StarlightOverDetrot'' has the Ladybugs - Magically constructed out of parasprites and a host of other things, they can telepathically share information across their HiveMind, and to anyone wearing one of the bugs.

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* ''Fanfic/StarlightOverDetrot'' has the Ladybugs - Magically -- magically constructed out of parasprites and a host of other things, they can telepathically share information across their HiveMind, and to anyone wearing one of the bugs.
7th Mar '18 9:37:40 PM Malady
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* Not only bug-shaped but also with a cloaking field in "Ayla and the Tests" of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. You have to be really sneaky to get past other genius inventors.
* In ''{{Literature/Worm}}'', Taylor eventually learns to interpret the data from the bugs [[MinionMaster which she controls]]. Even one or two bugs in a room are enough for audio surveillance to some extent, and just [[ParanoiaFuel consider how many insects are around you]] ''[[ParanoiaFuel right now.]]''
** Even before that, she could keep track of where the bugs were. [[DownplayedTrope While this didn't allow for precise intelligence, it allowed her to track people within her power's range and determine the layout of an area.]]

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': A few times they've been used:
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Not only bug-shaped but also with a cloaking field in "Ayla and the Tests" of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. You have to be really sneaky to get past other genius inventors.
* In ''{{Literature/Worm}}'', Taylor eventually learns to interpret the data from the bugs [[MinionMaster which she controls]]. Even one or two bugs
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** Cyber-Swarm specializes
in a room are enough for audio surveillance to some extent, and just [[ParanoiaFuel consider how many insects are around you]] ''[[ParanoiaFuel right now.]]''
** Even before that, she could keep track of where the bugs were. [[DownplayedTrope While this didn't allow for precise intelligence, it allowed her to track people within her power's range and determine the layout of an area.]]
them.
7th Mar '18 5:53:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''TooHuman'': a CyberPunk adaptation of Myth/NorseMythology, turns [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huginn_and_Muninn Huginn and Muninn]] into robotic birds with zoom-lens eyes.

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* ''TooHuman'': ''VideoGame/TooHuman'': a CyberPunk adaptation of Myth/NorseMythology, turns [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huginn_and_Muninn Huginn and Muninn]] into robotic birds with zoom-lens eyes.
3rd Mar '18 9:57:18 PM nombretomado
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* The Humongous Entertainment ''SpyFox'' games have Walter Wireless the Tracking Bug, a Walter-Cronkite-impersonating bug whom Spy Fox drops into the bad spy's purse, or whatever. He gives news reports on the villain's status while riding with them.

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* The Humongous Entertainment ''SpyFox'' ''VideoGame/SpyFox'' games have Walter Wireless the Tracking Bug, a Walter-Cronkite-impersonating bug whom Spy Fox drops into the bad spy's purse, or whatever. He gives news reports on the villain's status while riding with them.
2nd Jul '17 4:21:43 AM johnnye
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All of this on top of the fact that bugs themselves are rather unobtrusive, and people don't usually shriek in horror when there's just a random bug hanging around, minding its own business. As a result, they tend to be both cool and practical. It's hardly surprising that this trope appears in ScienceFiction, {{Fantasy}}, and [[ScienceFantasy everything in-between]].

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All of this on top of the fact that bugs themselves are rather unobtrusive, and people don't usually shriek in horror when there's just a random bug hanging around, [[HiddenInPlainSight minding its own business.business]]. And whereas people might begin to get suspicious if the telephone sprouted helicopter blades and [[IncrediblyObviousBug followed them into the next room]], an insect flitting from wall to wall is entirely uninteresting. As a result, they tend to be both cool and practical. It's hardly surprising that this trope appears in ScienceFiction, {{Fantasy}}, and [[ScienceFantasy everything in-between]].
in-between]].

If someone does -- usually out of sheer force of habit, rather than suspicion -- swat the bug in question, expect anyone in headphones on the other end to get a [[SensoryOverload painful dose of screeching feedback]].
15th Jun '17 9:38:40 AM StarBright
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* Non-sci-fi example: VeronicaMars once planted a bug inside a paperweight of a beetle.
7th Jun '17 7:24:18 PM nombretomado
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* Not only bug-shaped but also with a cloaking field in "Ayla and the Tests" of the WhateleyUniverse. You have to be really sneaky to get past other genius inventors.

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* Not only bug-shaped but also with a cloaking field in "Ayla and the Tests" of the WhateleyUniverse.Literature/WhateleyUniverse. You have to be really sneaky to get past other genius inventors.
6th Jun '17 9:50:01 PM TroperNo9001
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpecialAgentOSO'' has a tiny ladybug-like robot called Shutterbug.
16th Apr '17 5:07:44 PM nombretomado
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* R.A.L.P.H. (imaged above) the ''Robotic Arachnid Lithium Photo Helper'' from the ''SpyKids'' series.

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* R.A.L.P.H. (imaged above) the ''Robotic Arachnid Lithium Photo Helper'' from the ''SpyKids'' ''Film/SpyKids'' series.
27th Feb '17 9:01:11 PM Adept
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* There's a bard in ''ScrappedPrincess'' who learned to control swarms of robotic bugs running on LostTechnology and uses them, among other things, for spying on people.

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* There's a bard in ''ScrappedPrincess'' ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' who learned to control swarms of robotic bugs running on LostTechnology and uses them, among other things, for spying on people.
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