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* ''Film/HaloNightfall''[='s=] feral Lekgolo worms are a little bigger than the usual example, but otherwise fit perfectly. They can even combine into giant colonies to take down small ''spaceships''.
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* [[PuppeteerParasite The]] [[ChestBurster Flood]] from the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series certainly qualify. Heck, the Fore Runners found them so overwhelming, they had to [[ApocalypseHow annihilate all bio matter in the galaxy]] [[IDidWhatIHadToDo just to keep them from spreading farther than that.]]

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* [[PuppeteerParasite The]] [[ChestBurster [[TheVirus Flood]] [[ParasiteZombie Infection Forms]] from the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series certainly qualify. qualify, though the Flood as a whole eventually upgrade to bigger and badder forms. Heck, the Fore Runners super-advanced Forerunners found them the Flood so overwhelming, they had to resort to [[ApocalypseHow annihilate annihilating all bio matter sentient life left in the galaxy]] [[IDidWhatIHadToDo just in order to keep starve them from spreading farther than that.]]out]].
18th Jul '16 6:26:00 AM StFan
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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has Lutecia's Insekt, the only one of her [[SummonMagic bug summons]] that doesn't fall under BigCreepyCrawlies. They are, however, always summoned in droves during combat.
* ''KimbaTheWhiteLion'' has a swarm of locusts as a MonsterOfTheWeek that tried to eat the animals' farm and its [[AlternateContinuity 2009 TV-special]] takes things to the next logical step by introducing ''[[OhCrap carnivorous locusts]].''

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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has Lutecia's Insekt, the only one of her [[SummonMagic bug summons]] that doesn't fall under BigCreepyCrawlies. They are, however, always summoned in droves during combat.
* ''KimbaTheWhiteLion'' ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' has a swarm of locusts as a MonsterOfTheWeek that tried to eat the animals' farm and its [[AlternateContinuity 2009 TV-special]] takes things to the next logical step by introducing ''[[OhCrap carnivorous locusts]].''



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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** Quite a few cards are meant to reflect this trope, but the Slivers do it best. In general terms, for each Sliver in play, all Slivers in play get stronger, whether just more powerful and tougher, or gaining new abilities.
** The ''original'' Magic Swarm is [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&name=Plague+Rats Plague Rats]], whose power and toughness were both equal to the number of Plague Rats in play. Long after the ObviousRulePatch that limited copies of a single card to 4 per 60-card deck, they made an updated version called [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?name=relentless%20rats Relentless Rats]].
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* The Flea from ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'' has the power to control insects, and he's used this as an offensive weapon on several occasions, though not to this trope's usual level, as he is limited to what's actually in the area and can get there fast.

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* The Flea from ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'' ''ComicBook/PS238'' has the power to control insects, and he's used this as an offensive weapon on several occasions, though not to this trope's usual level, as he is limited to what's actually in the area and can get there fast.



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* The page quote comes from Nicholas Cage's character in ''TheWickerMan'', where Edward is subject to the bee mask by the villagers.

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* The page quote comes from Nicholas Cage's character in ''TheWickerMan'', ''Film/TheWickerMan'', where Edward is subject to the bee mask by the villagers.



* ''Film/BatmanBegins'' has the Scarecrow and his fear toxin. In several induced hallucinations, the victim sees worms crawling out of the Scarecrow's eyes and mouth.

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* ''Film/BatmanBegins'' has the ''Film/BatmanBegins'':
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Scarecrow and his fear toxin. In several induced hallucinations, the victim sees worms crawling out of the Scarecrow's eyes and mouth.



* Remember Literature/TheBible's 10 plagues of Egypt? Plague #2 was frogs, plague #3 was gnats/lice/fleas, plague #4 was flies or wild animals (depending on the interpretation), and plague #8 was locusts.

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* Literature/TheBible:
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Remember Literature/TheBible's the 10 plagues of Egypt? Plague #2 was frogs, plague #3 was gnats/lice/fleas, plague #4 was flies or wild animals (depending on the interpretation), and plague #8 was locusts.



* In another StarWarsExpandedUniverse book, ''Planet of Twilight,'' there are the Droch beetles, who function on the microscopic level or who can evolve to a sentient, hominid form, the main villain of the book, who plots to use the Imperial Remnant to get the Droch off their homeworld and spread into the stars, but in their primary form are very much The Swarm.

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* In another StarWarsExpandedUniverse Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse book, ''Planet of Twilight,'' there are the Droch beetles, who function on the microscopic level or who can evolve to a sentient, hominid form, the main villain of the book, who plots to use the Imperial Remnant to get the Droch off their homeworld and spread into the stars, but in their primary form are very much The Swarm.



* ''Series/StargateSG1'' Prior Bugs or R75 are made this by thoughtless research, Fridge Logic has the echolocation-prone death machine kill everyone and reproduce infinity-fold rather than thousand-fold but somehow avoid SG-1 and their special guests until [[spoiler:they manage to beckon the Prometheus to teleport them into safety]]

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' ''Series/StargateSG1'': Prior Bugs or R75 [=R75=] are made this by thoughtless research, Fridge Logic has the echolocation-prone death machine kill everyone and reproduce infinity-fold rather than thousand-fold but somehow avoid SG-1 and their special guests until [[spoiler:they manage to beckon the Prometheus ''Prometheus'' to teleport them into safety]]safety]].



** the way the rules are set up there's no logical way for bug-sized or even normal-rat-sized creatures to be properly threatening even to first level characters...hence, the Swarm type. Depending on the size of the individual creatures involved, swarms can resist and even be immune to damage that isn't an area attack.

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** the The way the rules are set up there's no logical way for bug-sized or even normal-rat-sized creatures to be properly threatening even to first level characters...characters... hence, the Swarm type. Depending on the size of the individual creatures involved, swarms can resist and even be immune to damage that isn't an area attack.



* Both ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have swarm units. They are typically represented by a large base with many models on it, counting as one multi-wounded model. They also tend to be cheap, so these swarms tend to be fairly big.

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* Both ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
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have swarm units. They are typically represented by a large base with many models on it, counting as one multi-wounded model. They also tend to be cheap, so these swarms tend to be fairly big.



* Quite a few cards in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' are meant to reflect this trope, but the Slivers do it best. In general terms, for each Sliver in play, all Slivers in play get stronger, whether just more powerful and tougher, or gaining new abilities.
** The ''original'' Magic Swarm is [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&name=Plague+Rats Plague Rats]], whose power and toughness were both equal to the number of Plague Rats in play. Long after the ObviousRulePatch that limited copies of a single card to 4 per 60-card deck, they made an updated version called [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?name=relentless%20rats Relentless Rats]].



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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** Technically, Zaktan, although he usually functions as TheWormThatWalks. When his old boss tried to vaporize him, he was somehow able to pull himself back together as microscopic "protodites". In this new, permanent state, Zaktan can easily avoid attacks by turning into an insect swarm; change the shape of body parts; heal damage by filling the gaps with Protodites; and engulf a foe in an attack that must feel like getting hit with thousands of needles. Zaktan himself calls it a curse however, as his voice now sounds like a crowd speaking; and whenever he wakes up he can feel his body shifting "where there once were tissue and solid metal".
** Don't forget the Bohrok, actually called TheSwarm.
** The [[GiantSpider Visorak]].
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* While not a swarm of insects per se, the Swarm from ''VideoGame/SpiralKnights'' is this. Basically, it's a bunch of black particles that corrupt and infect anything they touch, including enemies. While traces of it can be found in Spark and Roar's last floor, most of the deadly substance is thankfully sealed away within the Shadow Lairs. Unfortunately, said Shadow Lairs are literally ''replicas'' of the boss levels, including the bosses themselves. Considering that the Swarm needs to infect something first to take its form, this implies something very dark... Thankfully, however, Knights are immune to it.
** That's not even the worst of it; after beating the Swarm-infested bosses, you are sent into the Unknown Passage: an ''entire'' section of the Clockworks that serves as a sort of breeding ground for the monsters; this is also where the Swarm reaches it's highest concentration. To make matters even worse, it's implied that King Tinkizar is the one that created the Swarm, as there Gremlin corpses lying on the ground...

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* While not a swarm of insects per se, the Swarm from ''VideoGame/SpiralKnights'' is this. Basically, it's a bunch of black particles that corrupt and infect anything they touch, including enemies. While traces of it can be found in Spark and Roar's last floor, most of the deadly substance is thankfully sealed away within the Shadow Lairs. Unfortunately, said Shadow Lairs are literally ''replicas'' of the boss levels, including the bosses themselves. Considering that the Swarm needs to infect something first to take its form, this implies something very dark... Thankfully, however, Knights are immune to it.
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it. That's not even the worst of it; after beating the Swarm-infested bosses, you are sent into the Unknown Passage: an ''entire'' section of the Clockworks that serves as a sort of breeding ground for the monsters; this is also where the Swarm reaches it's highest concentration. To make matters even worse, it's implied that King Tinkizar is the one that created the Swarm, as there Gremlin corpses lying on the ground...



* The superheroes in ''{{Webcomic/Parimetra}}'' battle against swarms of "monsters," tiny black creatures that emerge from portals and roam the city of Parimetra in big black clouds. Being caught outside when the swarm is out spells instant death, and they can only be killed by superpowered attacks.

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* The superheroes in ''{{Webcomic/Parimetra}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Parimetra}}'' battle against swarms of "monsters," tiny black creatures that emerge from portals and roam the city of Parimetra in big black clouds. Being caught outside when the swarm is out spells instant death, and they can only be killed by superpowered attacks.



* The Parasprites of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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The Parasprites of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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.



* The nematodes in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. They eat everything in their path - some kelp, a stop sign, a whole truck - then wash it down by sucking the juice out of [=SpongeBob's=] pineapple home.

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* The nematodes in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. They eat everything in their path - -- some kelp, a stop sign, a whole truck - then wash it down by sucking the juice out of [=SpongeBob's=] pineapple home.



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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** Technically, Zaktan, although he usually functions as TheWormThatWalks. When his old boss tried to vaporize him, he was somehow able to pull himself back together as microscopic "protodites". In this new, permanent state, Zaktan can easily avoid attacks by turning into an insect swarm; change the shape of body parts; heal damage by filling the gaps with Protodites; and engulf a foe in an attack that must feel like getting hit with thousands of needles. Zaktan himself calls it a curse however, as his voice now sounds like a crowd speaking; and whenever he wakes up he can feel his body shifting "where there once were tissue and solid metal".
** Don't forget the Bohrok, actually called TheSwarm.
** The [[GiantSpider Visorak]].
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9th Jul '16 1:37:09 PM nombretomado
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* Technically, Zaktan from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', although he usually functions as TheWormThatWalks. When his old boss tried to vaporize him, he was somehow able to pull himself back together as microscopic "protodites". In this new, permanent state, Zaktan can easily avoid attacks by turning into an insect swarm; change the shape of body parts; heal damage by filling the gaps with Protodites; and engulf a foe in an attack that must feel like getting hit with thousands of needles. Zaktan himself calls it a curse however, as his voice now sounds like a crowd speaking; and whenever he wakes up he can feel his body shifting "where there once were tissue and solid metal".
** Don't forget the Bohrok. Actually called TheSwarm.
** Also the [[GiantSpider Visorak]].

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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
**
Technically, Zaktan from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', Zaktan, although he usually functions as TheWormThatWalks. When his old boss tried to vaporize him, he was somehow able to pull himself back together as microscopic "protodites". In this new, permanent state, Zaktan can easily avoid attacks by turning into an insect swarm; change the shape of body parts; heal damage by filling the gaps with Protodites; and engulf a foe in an attack that must feel like getting hit with thousands of needles. Zaktan himself calls it a curse however, as his voice now sounds like a crowd speaking; and whenever he wakes up he can feel his body shifting "where there once were tissue and solid metal".
** Don't forget the Bohrok. Actually Bohrok, actually called TheSwarm.
** Also the The [[GiantSpider Visorak]].
5th Jun '16 3:08:35 AM jormis29
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* Swarm, the [[BeeBeeGun Nazi Made Of Bees]], appeared once as a vast supercolony and was promptly taken out by the Thunderbolts.

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* Swarm, the [[BeeBeeGun Nazi Made Of Bees]], appeared once as a vast supercolony and was promptly taken out by the Thunderbolts.ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}.
4th Jun '16 2:48:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. The [[ManEatingPlant shambler trees]] are host to an entire ecology of carnivorous symbiotes who swarm when they sense the vibrations of nearby prey.

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* ''TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''.''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. The [[ManEatingPlant shambler trees]] are host to an entire ecology of carnivorous symbiotes who swarm when they sense the vibrations of nearby prey.



* ''[[TheLordsOfCreation In the Courts of the Crimson Kings]]''. The RodentsOfUnusualSize are this way, shocking the protagonist who'd assumed that meant unusually ''large'' size -- not small, voracious and existing in vast numbers.

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* ''[[TheLordsOfCreation ''[[Literature/TheLordsOfCreation In the Courts of the Crimson Kings]]''. The RodentsOfUnusualSize are this way, shocking the protagonist who'd assumed that meant unusually ''large'' size -- not small, voracious and existing in vast numbers.
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* "Literature/LeiningenVersusTheAnts", a short story by Carl Stephenson, is about a Brazilian plantation owner who takes on a mass of army ants. Adapted for an episode of the ''Escape'' radio program, the movie ''The Naked Jungle'', and even an episode of ''MacGyver''.

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* "Literature/LeiningenVersusTheAnts", a short story by Carl Stephenson, is about a Brazilian plantation owner who takes on a mass of army ants. Adapted for an episode of the ''Escape'' radio program, the movie ''The Naked Jungle'', and even an episode of ''MacGyver''.''Series/MacGyver''.
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* The third book of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has Lachrymose leeches, which swarm the poor fools who violate the 'Wait an hour before going swimming rule.

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* The third book of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has Lachrymose leeches, which swarm the poor fools who violate the 'Wait an hour before going swimming rule.
3rd Apr '16 3:51:55 PM FekketCantenel
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* ''Literature/EdenGreen'' contains both 'exes', X-shaped monsters that swarm up against their prey, and general hordes of black needle monsters.
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* The big action set piece at the end of ''Literature/TheGoodEarth'' has all the peasants in a Chinese village lighting bonfires in an attempt to save their crops from an enormous swarming horde of locusts.
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