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Bug People
Humanoids with insect/arachnid-like characteristics.
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A specific category of (usually) intelligent fantasy/sci-fi species, with arthropod-like physical characteristics. Females may or may not be Cute Monster Girls.

Super Trope to Spider People. Compare with Snake People, Fish People, Cat Folk, and other such tropes.

A race of these may be also a case of Bee People, though that trope is not limited to insect-like beings.



  • David Cronenberg's film The Fly has human(oid) Jeff Goldblum turning into a fly after a teleportation-related accident. His behaviour, dietary preferences and eventually morphology become increasingly fly-like over the course of the film. This is in contrast to the original film of the same title, which sees the main character's head and arm being replaced by that of a fly's immediately, with no further progression (if I remember correctly...).
  • One of Sid's "surgically-operated-upon" toys in Toy Story looks like a bug man.

Tabletop Games

Video Games
  • Darkstalkers gives us Q-Bee, who is a bee-based Cute Monster Girl.
  • Bloody Roar has Stun, who is more or less a Body Horror version of this trope.
  • In the game Portal 2, you can hear a recording down in Old Aperture from when one of their tests apparently went bad...
    Cave Johnson: For those of you who volunteered to be injected with Praying Mantis DNA, I have good news and bad news. The bad news: The test's been delayed indefinitely. The good news: We have a much better test for you. Fighting an army of Mantis Men! Pick up a rifle and follow the yellow line. You'll know when the test begins.

Western Animation
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987 series had Baxter Stockman, who metamophosed into a humanoid fly thanks to a freak accident.
  • Space Ghost episode 5 "The Web". The villainess Black Widow has large humanoid/ant henchmen who can fire energy beams from their antennas.
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