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21st Aug '16 12:59:53 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'' with EddieMurphy, the professor proposes to his girlfriend by attracting fireflies into the words "Marry me?" using a synthesized firefly pheromone.

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* In ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'' with EddieMurphy, Creator/EddieMurphy, the professor proposes to his girlfriend by attracting fireflies into the words "Marry me?" using a synthesized firefly pheromone.
11th Aug '16 8:03:38 PM ironcommando
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* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Wishiwashi has an ability where it forms a school into a larger, more powerful form (to the point that it's considered TheDreaded). The school will scatter if it takes too much damage.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Wishiwashi is a scrawny weak fish that has an ability where it forms a school into a larger, much more powerful form (to the point that it's considered TheDreaded). The school will scatter if it takes too much damage.
11th Aug '16 4:32:19 PM Gamermaster
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* The Smorgs in ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' combine like this to form a giant...[[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere monster]]...[[BuffySpeak thingy]]...

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* The Smorgs in ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' combine like this to form a giant...[[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere monster]]...[[BuffySpeak thingy]]...


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* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Wishiwashi has an ability where it forms a school into a larger, more powerful form (to the point that it's considered TheDreaded). The school will scatter if it takes too much damage.
9th Aug '16 12:56:49 AM Perseus
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* One of the enemies in ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad'' is a swarm of bees or other small insects that form themselves into various threatening shapes, such as Master Hand or a sword.

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* One of the enemies in ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad'' is a swarm of bees or other small black insects that form themselves into various threatening shapes, such as Master Hand or a sword.
12th Jul '16 3:19:06 AM ThatBitterTase
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* A recurring boss in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' is the Giant Bat. Sometimes that giant bat is made of a lot of normal bats (such as ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow'' with Bat Company).
1st Jul '16 4:03:04 PM Kartoonkid95
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* The ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} short ''Insect to Injury'' has Popeye trying to stop a swarm of termites from eating his new house; he traps them under a garbage can, but they escape when they form a car jack to lift it up.
14th Apr '16 12:44:11 PM StFan
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* WesternAnimation/{{Rango}} has the Mole Clan do this while riding bats to [[spoiler:prey on Rattlesnake Jake's fear of hawks.]]

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* WesternAnimation/{{Rango}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' has the Mole Clan do this while riding bats to [[spoiler:prey on Rattlesnake Jake's fear of hawks.]]



* In ''TheNuttyProfessor'' with EddieMurphy, the professor proposes to his girlfriend by attracting fireflies into the words "Marry me?" using a synthesized firefly pheromone.

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* In ''TheNuttyProfessor'' ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'' with EddieMurphy, the professor proposes to his girlfriend by attracting fireflies into the words "Marry me?" using a synthesized firefly pheromone.



** ''Swimmy'' by Leo Lionni is similar.
** Some fish species in real life employ synchronized schooling like this.
* The swarm of "snow gnats" in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' can take on forms like hoops and arrows when attacking people, whom they enjoy stinging for no good reason whatsoever.

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** * ''Swimmy'' by Leo Lionni is similar.
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similar. Some fish species in real life employ synchronized schooling like this.
* The swarm of "snow gnats" in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' can take on forms like hoops and arrows when attacking people, whom they enjoy stinging for no good reason whatsoever.



* The end of ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'' from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' features this.

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%% * The end of ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'' from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' features this.



* In ''ThePowerOfFive'', some of the Old Ones take the form of a swarm of flies that mould themselves into the shape of sword-wielding men on horseback. If anyone tries to strike the figures, the swarm just dissipates and re-forms, and one of the protagonists wonders whether when they attack their swords stay solid or separate and sting their victim to death.

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* In ''ThePowerOfFive'', ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive'', some of the Old Ones take the form of a swarm of flies that mould themselves into the shape of sword-wielding men on horseback. If anyone tries to strike the figures, the swarm just dissipates and re-forms, and one of the protagonists wonders whether when they attack their swords stay solid or separate and sting their victim to death.



* This appears in a level of ''LogicalJourneyOfTheZoombinis'', once a branch with a hive has been angered enough to chase off the nasty Fleens in the shape of scizzors.

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* This appears in a level of ''LogicalJourneyOfTheZoombinis'', ''VideoGame/LogicalJourneyOfTheZoombinis'', once a branch with a hive has been angered enough to chase off the nasty Fleens in the shape of scizzors.



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* Skitter of ''{{Literature/Worm}}'' is capable of doing this. She has put it to good use on several occasions, creating warning of impending danger and acting as a form of ad hoc command and control during crisis situations.

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* Skitter of ''{{Literature/Worm}}'' ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is capable of doing this. She has put it to good use on several occasions, creating warning of impending danger and acting as a form of ad hoc command and control during crisis situations.



* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. Plankton rallies his extended family to aid him in finally stealing the Krabby Patty secret formula.
-->'''Mr. Krabs''': Curse you Plankton, and your ability to join together to form a working human ear!

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
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[[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. episode: Plankton rallies his extended family to aid him in finally stealing the Krabby Patty secret formula.
-->'''Mr. Krabs''': --->'''Mr. Krabs:''' Curse you Plankton, and your ability to join together to form a working human ear!



* Done in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. In the episode "Fall Weather Friends", Rainbow Dash gets chased by a swarm of bees, and they form a "?!" when she manages to hide from them.

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* Done in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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In the episode "Fall Weather Friends", Rainbow Dash gets chased by a swarm of bees, and they form a "?!" when she manages to hide from them.



* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': In the episode "[[Recap/MiraculousLadybugS01E05MrPidgeon Mr. Pidgeon]]", the flocks of pigeons under the villain's control takes various threatening shapes, notably that of bomber planes.



3rd Apr '16 11:25:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* Used all over the place in the ''SchoolhouseRock'' short "Busy Prepositions."

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* Used all over the place in the ''SchoolhouseRock'' ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' short "Busy Prepositions."



* In the DonaldDuck cartoon "Inferior Decorator", Donald gets into a feud with a bee. Toward the end of the cartoon, it calls on all its friends, which swarm out of the hive and form a question mark, as if to say "Yeah, what do you want?"

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* In the DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoon "Inferior Decorator", Donald gets into a feud with a bee. Toward the end of the cartoon, it calls on all its friends, which swarm out of the hive and form a question mark, as if to say "Yeah, what do you want?"



* Very common sight in ''TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''.
* One of ''ThePinkPanther'' cartoons has the title character annoy a swarm of bees. While taking cover inside a house blocks them, the bees take a form of a drill, and create a hole in the door that they fly through.

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* Very common sight in ''TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''.
''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''.
* One of ''ThePinkPanther'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'' cartoons has the title character annoy a swarm of bees. While taking cover inside a house blocks them, the bees take a form of a drill, and create a hole in the door that they fly through.
27th Mar '16 6:39:14 PM Qube
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* WesternAnimation/{{Rango}} has the Mole Clan do this while riding bats to [[spoiler:prey on Rattlesnake Jake's fear of hawks.]]
2nd Feb '16 3:23:55 AM Adept
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* Issue 7 of ''{{Blame}}'' has the main character briefly interacting with a swarm of microorganisms, which assumes various simple forms -- :) for "hello", O for "yes", X for "no", etc -- to answer his queries. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], in that the swarm is actually controlled by an AI, in a highly futuristic world where this kind of trick is pretty common.

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* Issue 7 of ''{{Blame}}'' ''Manga/{{Blame}}'' has the main character briefly interacting with a swarm of microorganisms, which assumes various simple forms -- :) for "hello", O for "yes", X for "no", etc -- to answer his queries. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], in that the swarm is actually controlled by an AI, in a highly futuristic world where this kind of trick is pretty common.
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