Termites are tiny eusocial insects found all around the world, known for their [[TermiteTrouble love for chewing wood]] and their [[EvilTowerOfOminousness termite mounds]]--which are, [[FridgeHorror incidentally]], [[ToiletHumor made from their own feces]].

Termites are related (quite distantly) to ants, and often called white ants (although it turns out they're actually more closely related to both the cockroach and mantis families). They are, like ants, divided into [[HiveCasteSystem castes]], including a queen and [[IAmLegion lots]] and [[HordeOfAlienLocusts LOTS]] of [[{{Mooks}} workers]]. Oh, and did we mention the [[BadassArmy soldiers]]? Yeah, there are a lot of them, too.

Not to be confused with [[StuffBlowingUp Thermite]], although handling either of them without care can lead to painful consequences.

!! These insects provide examples of:

* BadassArmy: Termite soldiers have extra-large heads for the ''sole'' purpose of blocking off passageways. They will fight off [[RedShirtArmy tons]] of ant attackers before falling, at which point another soldier will take their place.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Termite mounds can grow up to thirty feet tall.
* HeroicSacrifice: If a breach is created in the termite mound, a phalanx of soldiers will rush out to hold off the attackers, while the workers repair the mound--locking the soldiers out and sealing their fate.
* HiveCasteSystem: Practically invented the trope. There are workers, soldiers, and the queen.
* HiveMind: Averted. Termites *do* serve a hive, but do not actually share a single mind. Their hive-like coordination is mostly based on predetermined instincts that may or may not be triggered by pheromones.
* HiveQueen: Played with. Yes, there is a queen. No, she isn't a leader.
* IAmLegion: There are a ton of termites, and they all serve a single goal: preserving the hive.
* MasochistsMeal: Not many animals would even ''try'' to eat wood, let alone digest it, but to these guys it's tasty.
* MeaningfulName: See RuleOfCool below.
** Termites are also known as white ants. The [[CaptainObvious reason for this is...]]
* {{Mooks}}: Termite workers are really pretty helpless.
** KingMook: Kings are still pretty helpless though.
* TheSiege: Termites are masters of this trope. Ants would likely defeat them in open warfare, but they have to get inside first.
* RuleOfCool: "Tar-baby" (nasute) termites will [[spoiler: BLOW THEMSELVES UP into sticky goo to slow down attackers]].
* TermiteTrouble: Trope namer.
* ToiletHumor: Guess what those cool mounds are made out of?
* YouShallNotPass: The jaws of termite soldiers are enlarged specifically to make use of this trope: Nothing can FIT through the narrow tunnels with a soldier in the way. [[CripplingOverSpecialization Most soldiers cannot even adequately feed themselves because of this.]]