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9th Feb '18 3:11:45 AM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. The GiantSpider-creatures in "The Harvest of Kairos" (or they would be if the [[NoBudget prop department could afford to build]] [[EconomyCast more than one of them]]). The creatures hatch ''en masse'' and eat the valuable crystals the planet is famous for; unfortunately that means they also eat anyone who's picked them up or (once the food runs out and [[HorrorHunger they get really hungry]]) anyone with particles on their clothes from having come into contact with the crystals, so it's no good throwing them away once you realise what's happening.
28th Dec '17 1:58:23 PM Orbiting
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* Literature/TheManWithTheTerribleEyes has an army of quasi-sapient beetles that live inside the Man's sofa.

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* Literature/TheManWithTheTerribleEyes ''Literature/TheManWithTheTerribleEyes'' has an army of quasi-sapient beetles that live inside the Man's sofa.sofa. They eat people who try and mess with him after he befriends them.
17th Dec '17 11:21:47 AM jimi13
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* Due to a complex and not completely understood phenomena, local jellyfish populations will occasionally have so called 'blooms' where they're reproduction rate increases exponentially and they start congregating into large swarms. While most of this swarms 'only' consists of a few hundreds to a few thousand individuals, the exception is the ''mauve stinger'', whose swarm's can measure in ''billions(!)'' during blooms and has on several occasions wiped out entire Salmon farms.
5th Dec '17 9:26:52 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/{{Bats}}'', the genetically engineered killer bats attack the town in their thousands.
21st Oct '17 4:29:04 PM darkemyst
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* In ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' there are ''rivers'' of carnivorous scarabs which the main characters get fairly good at avoiding, but others are not so fortunate.



%%* Film/TheMummyTrilogy (scarabs)
5th Oct '17 3:25:48 PM WorstEditorEver
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* A particularly horrifying subsect of the [[ReligionOfEvil Baali]] in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' is known as the Avatars of the Swarm. They believe that their entire purpose in life is to breed ghouled [[FliesEqualsEvil swarms of flies]]... [[BodyHorror inside their bodies]]. And [[NightmareFuel their vicitms]]. And they're not even the worst of the Baali!
30th Sep '17 11:46:41 AM Theriocephalus
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Some variants of this trope, namely SpiderSwarm and SwarmOfRats, have their own pages.



** Don't forget the Bohrok, actually called TheSwarm.

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** Don't forget the Bohrok, actually called TheSwarm.the Swarm.
23rd Sep '17 12:29:52 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The Parasprites are cute and adorable individually. However, they have a less than endearing way of [[ExtremeOmnivore consuming everything in sight]] and rapidly reproducing by puking up new members of their species.
** Queen Chrysalis's army, despite being a little big, evokes this full time. Despite being able to fly, use magic, ''and'' shapeshift, they're shown to be much weaker (as well as noticably smaller) than a regular pony in combat. They compensate for this by [[ZergRush vastly outnumbering their foes]].
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E16CampfireTales Campfire Tales]]", Applejack, Apple Bloom, Rarity, Sweetie Belle, Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo are attacked by a swarm of flyders ([[MixAndMatchCritters spiders with fly wings]] that can shoot webbing). They quickly overwhelm them through sheer numbers, biting anyone they can reach and trying to tangle them in their webs. They eventually force them to run for it and completely overrun their campsite within minutes. Applejack implies they might have tried to eat them if they had managed to capture them.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The show has a surprisingly large variety of aggressive insect-like creatures that attack in massive swarms.
** The Parasprites are cute and adorable individually. However, they have a less than endearing way of [[ExtremeOmnivore consuming devouring everything in sight]] they can find]] and rapidly reproducing by puking up new members of their species.
species. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]", they're shown to be able to go from a single specimen to a famished swarm of hundreds within ''hours''.
** Queen Chrysalis's army, changeling soldiers, despite being a little big, evokes pony-sized, evoke this full time. Despite being able to fly, use magic, magic ''and'' shapeshift, they're shown to be much weaker (as well as noticably smaller) than a regular pony in combat.combat -- in " [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding Part 2]]", six civilian ponies with no combat training were able to beat their way through dozens of changeling soldiers before being overwhelmed by numbers. They compensate for this by [[ZergRush vastly outnumbering their foes]].
** Apple Bloom's [[spoiler:dream sequence]] in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E4BloomAndGloom Bloom & Gloom]]" features twittermites, [[ShockAndAwe electrogenic]] insect pests. They're not significantly dangerous alone or in small groups -- a pony with the right equipment and special talent can neutralize even a small swarm with ease. However, they become extremely dangerous if allowed to spread out of control -- a large enough swarm can create thunderbolts capable of destroying buildings with one strike.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E16CampfireTales Campfire Tales]]", Applejack, Apple Bloom, Rarity, Sweetie Belle, Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo are attacked by a swarm of flyders ([[MixAndMatchCritters spiders with fly wings]] that can shoot and capable of shooting their webbing). They quickly overwhelm them the ponies through sheer numbers, biting anyone they can reach and trying to tangle them in their webs. They eventually force them to run for it and completely overrun their campsite within minutes. Applejack implies they might have tried to eat them if they had managed to capture them.them.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E18AHealthOfInformation A Health of Information]]" features flash bees, insects resembling bees or hornets with blue rather than black stripes, whose aggressive swarms and [[ShockAndAwe electrified stings]] Fluttershy has to brave to obtain their magically powerful honey. They're not even rendered individually -- their swarms are just drawn as flying blue-and-yellow masses surging with electricity.
27th Aug '17 3:54:21 PM Theriocephalus
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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E16CampfireTales Campfire Tales]]", Applejack, Apple Bloom, Rarity, Sweetie Belle, Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo are attacked by a swarm of flyders ([[MixAndMatchCritters spiders with fly wings]] that can shoot webbing). They quickly overwhelm them through sheer numbers, stinging anyone they can reach and trying to tangle them in their webs. They eventually force them to run for it and completely overrun their campsite within minutes. Applejack implies they might have tried to eat them if they had managed to capture them.

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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E16CampfireTales Campfire Tales]]", Applejack, Apple Bloom, Rarity, Sweetie Belle, Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo are attacked by a swarm of flyders ([[MixAndMatchCritters spiders with fly wings]] that can shoot webbing). They quickly overwhelm them through sheer numbers, stinging biting anyone they can reach and trying to tangle them in their webs. They eventually force them to run for it and completely overrun their campsite within minutes. Applejack implies they might have tried to eat them if they had managed to capture them.
27th Aug '17 9:55:07 AM Theriocephalus
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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E16CampfireTales Campfire Tales]]", Applejack, Apple Bloom, Rarity, Sweetie Belle, Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo are attacked by a swarm of flyders ([[MixAndMatchCritters spiders with fly wings]] that can shoot webbing). They quickly overwhelm them through sheer numbers, stinging anyone they can reach and trying to web them up. They eventually force them to run for it and completely overrun their campsite within minutes. Applejack implies they might have tried to eat them if they had managed to web them up.

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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E16CampfireTales Campfire Tales]]", Applejack, Apple Bloom, Rarity, Sweetie Belle, Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo are attacked by a swarm of flyders ([[MixAndMatchCritters spiders with fly wings]] that can shoot webbing). They quickly overwhelm them through sheer numbers, stinging anyone they can reach and trying to web tangle them up.in their webs. They eventually force them to run for it and completely overrun their campsite within minutes. Applejack implies they might have tried to eat them if they had managed to web them up.capture them.
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