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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.
27th Nov '16 2:38:58 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'' features Zim spying on Dib with one of these in the first chapter.
25th Nov '16 9:33:04 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Champions}}'' adventure ''Deathstroke'' (1983). The villain group The Destroyers use spy devices disguised as insects to guard their hidden base.
* The Loyalty Roaches from TabletopGame/FengShui's 2056 juncture are how the Buro keeps its eye on its citizens. The watered-down "environment-safe" insecticides common in 2056 don't do dick to them, but the ones in the contemporary juncture, which are obviously banned by the Buro, do a bang-up job on them.

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* ''{{Champions}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' adventure ''Deathstroke'' (1983). The villain group The Destroyers use spy devices disguised as insects to guard their hidden base.
* The Loyalty Roaches from TabletopGame/FengShui's ''TabletopGame/FengShui'''s 2056 juncture are how the Buro keeps its eye on its citizens. The watered-down "environment-safe" insecticides common in 2056 don't do dick to them, but the ones in the contemporary juncture, which are obviously banned by the Buro, do a bang-up job on them.
14th Oct '16 12:46:55 PM Scorntex
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* ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons:'' An early issue has the FBI keeping watch on Mr. Burns via one of these, until Smithers notices it.
-->'''Mr. Burns:''' Oh, worried about bugs, are we? I eat bugs for breakfast. ''Let them eat static!''
-->'''FBI Agent:''' It... it's still working. I can hear chewing and swallowing.
19th Jun '16 8:25:22 PM Dravencour
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* The Loyalty Roaches from TabletopGame/FengShui's 2056 juncture are how the Buro keeps its eye on its citizens. The watered-down "environment-safe" insecticides common in 2056 don't do dick to them, but the ones in the contemporary juncture, which are obviously banned by the Buro, do a bang-up job on them.
9th Jun '16 2:26:59 PM margdean56
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This trope isn't just restricted to fiction, either- it turns out that [[http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22039/?nlid=1733&a=f actual beetles]] can be manipulated in such a way that they work as great surveillance, although full applications on this are still in the works. These studies also discredit one common appearance of this trope- robotic bugs. It turns out that they're CoolButImpractical, since making them work pretty much requires that scientists makes them as much like actual beetles as possible.

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This trope isn't just restricted to fiction, either- it either--it turns out that [[http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22039/?nlid=1733&a=f actual beetles]] can be manipulated in such a way that they work as great surveillance, although full applications on of this are still in the works. These studies also discredit one common appearance of this trope- robotic trope--robotic bugs. It turns out that they're CoolButImpractical, since making them work pretty much requires that scientists makes make them as much like actual beetles as possible.
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