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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]].
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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.
17th Jan '17 6:16:44 PM HyperEmerson
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* Tiny robot bugs with a large field of vision show up in both ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}'' and its spinoff ''Caterpillar'' to spy on the ongoing battle royales. This is but a sample of the setting's fixation on bugs.
8th Dec '16 11:10:23 PM JackG
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* ''WesternAnimation/InchHighPrivateEye''. In "Super Flea" the invention of this trope [[JobStealingRobot threatens to put the miniscule private detective out of a job]].
7th Dec '16 5:24:01 AM isoycrazy
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* The Spyders in ''Film/MinorityReport''.
* A cockroach (with a really obvious set of surveillance gear strapped on its back) in ''Film/TheFifthElement''. Leading to a hilarious moment when the President squashes it and the man listening receives the noise of the strike many louder plus feedback.

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* The Spyders in ''Film/MinorityReport''.
''Film/MinorityReport'' are four-legged robots which invade people's homes to do a retina scan for identification. Those who don't open willingly will be shocked until they comply.
* A cockroach (with a really obvious set of surveillance gear strapped on its back) in ''Film/TheFifthElement''. Leading to a hilarious moment when the President squashes it (thinking it is just a bug) and the man listening receives the noise of the strike many times louder plus feedback.


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* ''Webcomic/WildeLife'' has spiders act as watchers, heralds, and if need be defenders, in the name of [[spoiler:the White Faced Bear]].
28th Nov '16 5:18:25 PM N1KF
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* Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'s spider-tracers. Whose signal he picks up with his spider-sense, in fact.

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* Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'s Comicbook/SpiderMan's spider-tracers. Whose signal he picks up with his spider-sense, in fact.
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