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.
- The Bugrom Queen in El-Hazard: The Magnificent World. - ZCE
- 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.
- Shadowrun: When insect spirits are invested into human beings they sometimes become "flesh form", which are human/insect hybrids. They are not pretty to look at.
- In Cyberpunk 2020 characters can get extensive body modifications that give them, among other things, bug eyes, antennae, and other insect-like stuff.
- Dungeons & Dragons has the Thri-Kreen, a race of bug people who don't live for as long as humans do, but never need to sleep.
- 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. - ZCE
- 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.
- Dark Sun has the Thri-Kreen, since they're from the Dungeons & Dragons universe as noted above, available as a player character race.
- Kevin & Kell has an odd mix of both normal-sized and -shaped bugs, normal-shaped but person-sized bugs, and these. Ironically, a few Bug People characters are friends with Lindesfarne and Fenton, who are insectivores.
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