Undoubtedly when you think of powers, you think of usual elemental abilities (fire, water, earth, etc.) When you have a power to summon or control creatures, you'd think of beasts like wolves or dragons. But then, there is also the power to control more...disturbing creatures.
Some have the ability to manipulate insects. These could be from little tiny life-eating bugs to more gigantic ones the size of buildings. Despite them looking very creepy as mankind knows them, they can do a job quite well when used.
Anime & Manga
- Get Backers has an entire race of this, the Kiryuudo race. They even have different "clans", where each clan control different type of bugs (one clan controls spiders, one clan controls butterflies, and so on). They're the Arch Enemy of the Maryuudo race, who controls more traditional beasts.
- Lutecia Alpine from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS could control insects on muliple levels, even summon one as large as Kaiju monsters.
- Shino from Naruto allows chakra bugs to live inside his body while giving him control over them. He can also control other bugs such as leeches.
- The clone of Jean Henri Fabre in the Read or Die OVA can control bees and other bugs. The giant grasshopper he rides is mechanical, but the smaller bugs seem to be normal, organic insects.
- Enchanted has a minor example when Amy Adams' character has cockroaches (along with other urban animals) helping with chores.
- In Phenomena, Jennifer Connelly has the power to control insects, and uses corpse flies to assist in a murder investigation.
- Luna, the first Big Bad of the Chinese Pretty Cure Balala The Fairies, has the power to use insects, which come in handy in many tough problems.
- BIONICLE: There is a Kraata with the Insect Control ability. By extension, Makuta have this power as well.
- Abaddon in Castlevania is usually a grasshopper looking humanoid who commands swarms of locusts.
- Command And Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars has the Scrin, where the commanders can control some bug-like cretures such as Buzzers and Disintegrators.
- Fallout3 has the Antogonizer, a woman with a comic supervillain-themed costume and personality who can controls giant ants to "terrorize" the nearby town (although it's actually more of a series of show fights against her nemesis The Mechanic).
- In Half-Life 2, after killing the antlion queen, a vortigant extracts a gland which lets you control her spawn. You then invade Nova Prospekt backed up by a Horde Of Alien Locusts.
- In Touhou, this is explicitly Wriggle Nightbug's ability. Somewhat justified, since Wriggle is a firefly youkai, and thus an insect herself.
- The Powerpuff Girls: The villain Roach Coach can control an army of cockroaches. Played with since Roach Coach is revealed to be a roach himself, controlling a robotic suit made to look like a man. His ability to control roaches has less to do with being a superpower, and more to do with being a charismatic leader.
- Xiaolin Showdown has the Sheng Gong Wu, the Tongue of Saping, which allows the user to talk to insects and somewhat control them. Sometimes, it can work too well...